Dimitri Hakke/GettyWhile January's release schedule this year remains as quiet as ever, there are still at least a handful of new albums which have the potential to banish those post-Christmas blues. Here's a look at five of the most exciting.Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (Jan. 13)The first big album of 2014, High Hopes is an intriguing collection of outtakes, cover versions and reinterpretations which sees The Boss tackle everything from protopunk duo Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" to his very own "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" with a little help from The E Street Band and Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello.Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Jan. 20)Fresh from creating the soundtrack to critically-acclaimed French zombie drama The Returned, Scottish quintet Mogwai return to the day job with an intriguing eighth studio effort which, as its name suggests, throws some electronics into their typically atmospheric post-rock mix.Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wanderlust (Jan. 20)Hoping to capitalise on her surprisingly successful run on Strictly Come Dancing, Victoria Beckham's one-time arch nemesis ditches the glittery electro-pop of her previous four albums and instead opts for an elegant chamber-pop sound on a cleverly-timed reinvention overseen by under-rated singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt.Warpaint – Warpaint (Jan. 20)The Los Angeles quartet have certainly taken their time since releasing their stunning debut, The Fool, back in 2010. But the presence of producer Flood and visionary music video director Chris Cunningham and a typically slow-burning but ultimately hypnotic lead single, "Love Is To Die," suggests that the wait will be worth it.You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth (Jan. 27)Following their first ever headline US tour and a support slot on Paramore's Australian tour, the UK's premier emo-rockers will be hoping to build on their international profile with a fourth record produced by Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Kings Of Leon).
If you got pregnant this year, 1.) Congratulations and 2.) you must be a celebrity, otherwise you were pregnancy buddies with a celebrity (which is just as cool). Because pretty much all celebrities who are capable of bearing children this year got pregnant. Seriously. All of them. Kim Kardashian, Halle Berry, Kate Middleton, Kate Winslet -- all of these ladies were pregnant this year and had healthy, beautiful babies. And we've got a slew of other celebrities who are about to become first-time moms or moms all over again. Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, Drew Barrymore, Kendra Wilkinson, Kelly Clarkson, Evelyn Lozada, Kristin Cavallari, Megan Fox, Ginnifer Goodwin -- they're all totally pregs and we can't wait to see these new celebrity babies. But of all of these (and other) pregnancies, we do have a few favorites. Here are the three celebrity pregnancies we are freaking out about the most.
Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley
Yes, folks. JWOWW from Jersey Shore is pregnant and the only reason it's not completely, entirely, mind-blowingly shocking is because Snooki already beat her to it last year, and Pauly D had a baby this year. You know you're old when all the former Jersey Shore cast members are settling down and starting families. But the truth is, Jenni's come a long way since her drunken nights on the Shore, and we can't help but be excited for her and her fiancé Roger Mathews. They announced the happy news on Christmas day with a sonogram photo on Jenni's blog, and we can expect to see that baby bump pretty soon.
The rockin' hot mother of two looks amazing just a few months into her recent pregnancy, but that's nothing to be surprised about... considering the fact that her abs haven't changed at all since 1995. The singer has remained mum about the new baby (although she did pose in that adorable bump photo with Rachel Zoe), so we have yet to find out if she's carrying a boy or a girl. Either way, it'll be awesome but it's hard not to hope for a teeny, tiny Gwen look-alike. We can just see the Hello Kitty onesies now...
A secret marriage, a secret pregnancy; how can we not be insanely excited about Kerry Washington's baby? Like Gwen, she has yet to confirm the news but we all saw that Saturday Night Live episode she hosted and we can expect her maternity wear during awards season to be ah-mazing. Then throw in the fact that she's an intelligent, creative, gorgeous woman? We cannot wait to see Washington enter motherhood, even if it does affect future seasons of Scandal.
Back in the day, people used to watch their favorite shows, and they had absolutely no hope of making contact with the actors on the show! They also had no way of sharing their love or frustration over a recent episode with the rest of the world and fellow viewers! Tragic, right? But now, thankfully, we have Twitter. And with a show as dramatic as ABC's Revenge, you're gonna wanna know who to follow/stalk, especially when season three picks up. Here are five Twitter accounts every Revenge fan must follow.@EmilyVanCamp
My kind of music. Love this. http://t.co/aTplxwxX
— Emily VanCamp (@EmilyVanCamp) February 14, 2013
Obviously, you have to follow the one and only Emily Thorne VanCamp. Typically a pretty private person, Emily's been tweeting some adorable photos of her new baby niece, and putting her followers on to some pretty dope music.
x-over time: @ScandalABC meets @Revenge w the amazing @BellamyYoung @voguemagazine @CFDA pic.twitter.com/drGSzUTDGC
— Gabriel Mann (@Gabriel_Mann) October 24, 2013
Now if you're not following Gabriel Mann (the actor who plays Nolan Ross), how are you ever going to see amazing photos like the one above? Mann was hanging out with everyone's favorite First Lady, Bellamy Young AKA Mellie Grant from ABC's other hit show Scandal.
— Nolan Ross (@TheNolanRoss) September 30, 2013
This acccount is so official, even Gabriel Mann is following it. How meta is that?
#RevengeBTS via @karterhol #Revenge pic.twitter.com/pbnKW5uNx5
— Barry Sloane (@BarrySloane) October 26, 2013
If you're on Team Aiden this season (and a lot of us are), you need to follow/Twitter stalk the heck out of the über-sexy Barry Sloane. That Twit-pic above pretty much says it all.
Happy times at Grayson Manor. pic.twitter.com/39k732oTMR
— Revenge Writers (@RevengeWriters) October 29, 2013
Because you have to tweet your frustration at someone! And because they occasionally tweet sneak peeks of upcoming scripts.
There are a lot of things that this season of Revenge has gotten right. The protagonist finally seemed close to exacting perfect revenge on the Grayson household, having successfully made it down the aisle with Daniel Grayson. Unfortunately, her attempt to frame the ever-shady Victoria Grayson for her murder went dramatically awry, and fans probably get the sense that it could be another five seasons before Emily actually achieves revenge against the very people she's been after this whole time. In hopes of this season ending on a strong note, here are a few things that absolutely must happen for Revenge to keep us fully invested in the show.
Nolan Needs A Legitimate Boyfriend Or Girlfriend
Tyler, Padma, Patrick -- Nolan Ross has had his fair share of relationship drama. But enough is enough. We're ready to see him get a real, live boyfriend or girlfriend that doesn't die or kill anyone, or anything weird like that. In fact, as long as Patrick can stay out of Victoria's pocket, he'll do.
Emily Needs To Tell Charlotte That They Are Sisters
It's been kind of sad watching Charlotte walking around thinking that her sister is dead. Emily needs to come clean and tell her that she is, in fact, Amanda Clarke. Who knows? She might end up with another ally in her plot for revenge.
Someone In The Grayson Family Needs To End Up Dead Or In Prison
Seriously! It's going to be very strange, and wholly unbelievable if yet another season of Revenge comes to a close and all of the Graysons are still alive, well, and free to rule the Hamptons.
Many fans of the ABC drama Revenge started watching this season wondering if the show would return to its first season glory. The second season had been full of plenty of drama, but this resulted in an almost soap-like series of episodes. Perhaps there was too much drama and not enough actua revenge-seeking; whatever it was, some changes were made and the third season has been notedly improved. There's still that soap opera-y twinge to some of the storylines but for the most part, Revenge is back on track. Here's what's working in season three.
Nolan & Patrick
Emily and Aiden were pretty hot this season, but nothing really compared to the steamy make-out sessions between Victoria's long lost son Patrick and Nolan. First of all, it further confirmed that Nolan's sexuality is not easily defined (which is pretty cool), and that one episode where they practically destroyed Nolan's house with all their hanky pankery? Awesome.
Aiden And Emily Make It Official
If you watched Revenge last season there was a good chance you wanted Emily and Daniel to be together. Or Emily and Jack. Or Emily and Aiden. Literally all of the main male characters on the show were somehow linked to the lead, and it got a little old watching her do the Jack/Daniel/Aiden dance. This season she finally seemed committed to being with Aiden, whilst exacting revenge on the Graysons through her fake engagement to Daniel. Even though she was still, technically, dating two guys at once, her relationship to Aiden seemed more realistic. And when Aiden finally proposed, it felt right... although we all pretty much knew things weren't going to go so smoothly.
Victoria Grayson Didn't Change One Bit
Vicki was so shady this season, it was amazing. Now, none of us should have been surprised, but between hiring and firing Aiden, and trying like hell to break up Daniel and Emily, this may have been her shadiest season yet.
The Introduction of Margaux LeMarchal
Although we last the stunning Ashley Davenport (played by Ashley Madekwe), this season brought us Margaux. A Parisian beauty who initially seemed interested in Daniel, the Voulez editor went on to become a more interesting character. While Emily attempts to bring the Graysons down with fake engagements, pregnancies, and other trickery, Margaux is just looking for the real story behind Conrad Grayson's success. We're hoping she finds a way to expose the Graysons when seaspn 3 returns (as Emily's plans tend to get a little complicated).
The Return Of Daniel's Ex
Some of us would have been feeling pretty bad for Daniel, since Emily spent the whole season lying to him and "cheating" with her real lover Aiden. But then Sarah, Daniel's ex, came back into the picture and offered a welcome complication to the storyline. Watching Daniel fall back in love with her-- only to choose Emily in the end because of her phony pregnancy (phony pregnancies work every time)-- made for great TV. And now that he knows the truth about Emily, things should get really interesting. Throw in the fact that he actually shot Emily in the winter finale, and we've got plenty to look forward to when the series picks back up in January.
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Emily Blunt has a new movie headed our way, which means you need to stop what you're doing and really think about how much you love Emily Blunt. Seriously. Don't you just love her? Her new film (in which she stars alongside Tom Cruise) looks totally epic, and she's also expecting her first child with husband John Krasinski. As she enjoys this special, happy time, let's look back at just a few of the special, happy times she's given us over the years. Emily Blunt, you are the bomb.
The Devil Wears Prada
Lest we forget that it was Emily Blunt (as the first Emily) who invented the "cube of cheese" Paris Fashion Week diet. As in, "See, I'm on this new diet. Well, I don't eat anything. And right before I feel I'm going to faint, I eat a cube of cheese. I'm one stomach flu away from my goal weight." Good times, good times.
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
"You can take your work and you can shove it up your un-feeling ass." These are the quotes that great movies are made of.
The Jane Austen Book Club
Because there's nothing like an awkward, sexually-charged read-through with one of your students.
The good news is that we get to see Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt team up again in a new movie. Well, sort of. They'll each be voicing a character for The Wind Rises, but we can totally pretend that it's some strange sequel to the amazingness that was Looper.
Former The Office star John Krasinski's latest screenplay, a collaboration with screenwriter Oren Uziel, will be produced by old pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Though their careers have diverged of late, with Affleck pursuing directorial efforts while Damon has remained an actor and activist, this marks the first film they've collaborated on since their late '90s heyday.
Krasinski, who wrote the Gus Van Sant directed Promised Land (a morality tale about the scruples of fracking) with Damon, wrote this new spec with Uziel. Uziel, who is credited as one of the writers on 2014's 22 Jump Street, is known primarily for his in-development genre-bending supernatural comedy The Kitchen Sink, which is filming now for a prospective 2015 release. Uziel is primarily a comedy writer, which would be a departure for Krasinski as a screenwriter, but could be a return to his sardonic character on The Office. There is a possibility that Krasinski will star, but so far no solid decision.
Krasinski and Damon have been friends since 2009, when they costarred in Promised Land together. Since then, Damon has worked with Krasinski's wife Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau and thus his involvement makes perfect sense. Less so, for Affleck, though perhaps he's motivated by a potential to produce more of his own films after winning the Oscar for Best Picture early this year. No details have yet emerged about the project other than that it's an "action adventure," but it is expected to go into production in 2014.
The English dub of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises is finally taking flight, and there's a load of A-list talent on board for the ride, including the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and John Krasinski.
Said to be his final film, Miyazaki ended his decades long career with a graceful swan song that tells the true story of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man with dreams of flight. Jiro would eventually becomes the aeronautical engineer that designs the fighter planes that Japan would go on to use during the second World War. The cast features a wide range of talented performers, and it seems like many of the actors simply couldn't pass up the chance to be a part of Miyazaki's last directoral project. While speaking about the film, Gordon-Levitt said that The Wind Rises was "clearly the work of someone who's a master at their craft." Hopefully, Gordon-Levitt and the rest of the English-speaking cast can do justice to Miyazaki's final project. The full cast list is below:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt — main character Jiro Horikoshi
Emily Blunt — love interest Nahoko Satomi
John Krasinski — Honjo, Jiro's college pal and fellow aviation engineer
Martin Short — Kurokawa, Jiro's grumpy boss
Stanley Tucci — Caproni, Italian airplane creator
Mandy Patinkin — Hattori, senior designer at Mitsubishi
William H. Macy — Satomi, Nahoko's father
Werner Herzog — the mysterious Castorp
Mae Whitman — Kayo, Jiro's younger sister, as well as Kinu, Nahoko's caretaker
Jennifer Grey — Mrs. Kurokawa
Darren Criss — Katayama, one of Jiro's engineering colleagues
Elijah Wood — Sone, another of Jiro's colleagues
Ronan Farrow — Mitsubishi employee
Elijah Wood — Sone, another of Jiro's colleagues
Ronan Farrow — Mitsubishi employee
(Via USA Today)
Fake deaths, fake alliances, fake people who are really aliens; there are so many ways to deliver a brilliant plot twist. But there’s nothing like a pregnancy – feigned or real – to take a story in a whole new direction. If you saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire one weekend, then watched new episodes of ABC’s Revenge and CBS’s The Good Wife, you may have noticed a trend. If someone gets knocked up, or pretends to get knocked up, it’s a total game changer. Let’s discuss why ... and BTW: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Katniss & Peeta Get Faux Pregs
Everything changes in Catching Fire when Peeta announces that Katniss is totally pregnant by him, right before they head back into the arena. It hardly even matters that she’s not actually carrying his baby, all that matters is that the people of the Capitol believe him, and it feels so real! The thought of someone actually playing the Hunger Games whilst carrying a child is so horrifying – and brilliant Peeta totally knew this. In a world where even children are unprotected and forced to murder each other for entertainment, somehow an unborn child was able to tug at the strings of an otherwise heartless society.
Emily Thorne Knows How To Keep/Trap A Man
As season three of Revenge soldiers on, Emily Thorne’s plot against the Grayson family gets more and more twisted. Not only is she pretending to be in love with Daniel and playing the perfect fiancé, but when she saw him slipping away from her, she threw a total monkey wrench into the game plan. The words “I’m pregnant” changed everything, and pretty much negated any thoughts Daniel had of leaving. Then there’s the part where she plans to frame the incomparable Victoria Grayson for her impending fake murder, which will be all the more dramatic since everyone now thinks she’s carrying the next Grayson baby. It’s such a slimy move, but all’s fair in love and revenge!
Peter Florrick: Are YOU The Father?!
The 100th episode of The Good Wife was a total game changer. We’d all been watching Peter’s beautiful ethics lawyer Marilyn Garbanza walking around with a burgeoning baby bump (and small garbage pails, for the occasional bout of morning sickness), when she suddenly revealed that she was naming her baby ... Peter?! Now this pregnancy is real (we assume), but it has introduced an amazing plot twist in an already amazing season. Eli’s epic spit take (in reaction to Marilyn’s baby name) tells us that he’s thinking what we’re thinking. But is Peter really her baby daddy? We’ll have to wait and see. If so, this changes everything! What will become of Alicia and Peter? Alicia and Will? And what about poor Eli? We know his nerves won’t be able to handle such madness. All of which proves once again that pregnancy is a scary, scary, life-changing thing.
Ever wonder why some Hollywood couples get together and others don’t? Yea, we really don’t either, but we’ve got a list of some of the characters with chemistry that never hooked up. Much to our dismay.
Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler were side-by-side every single day for years. Maybe it had something to do with the rape cases they worked, or maybe Stabler was a really good husband? Well, we know the latter part of that isn’t true.
Peggy Olsen and Don Draper have the most functional relationship Don has ever shared with someone. They have been there for each other through a few tragedies and Don hasn’t absolutely destroyed her. Maybe that’s because these two have stayed in the friend zone?
Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy were probably the funniest friends on NBC. The two couldn’t have been any different, a Republican and a Liberal extraordinaire, but they knew each other’s families, their favorite drinks, and even how the other drank their coffee. Donaghy was Lemon’s boss who had been married a few times prior (warning sign!), but the two of them would have made for some seriously interesting bedtime chat.
Emily Thorne and Jack Porter. You can practically cut the sexual tension with a knife. Their history together only makes their separation that much more painful. The two are supposed to be together! If we can see it, why the hell can’t they?!
And last but not least, Angela Chase and Brian Krakow. Possibly the most heartbreaking of all. Krakow’s love for Angela is so apparent, especially when he lashes out at her in the way only a teenager could. He hates how much she loves Jordan Catalano, but true to young girl form, she loves the bad boy. And there’s not much anyone can do it about it.