Singer Adele and Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson have been named among the recipients of coveted titles on Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors List. The 87-year-old monarch has bestowed a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal on the Grammy Award-winning 25 year old, while funnyman Atkinson has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
Adele's MBE comes during a very special year for the new mum - she picked up her first Oscar in February (13) for co-writing the theme to hit Bond film Skyfall.
The two celebrities are among the nearly 1,200 people who have been recognised by The Queen on her birthday.
Atkinson's former Blackadder sidekick Tony Robinson has been handed a knighthood and will therefore be able to add 'Sir' to his name.
Upon hearing the news, Robinson, 66, told the BBC, "I'm thrilled, flattered and a little gob-smacked," adding, "I'll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage in our society, and the plight of the infirm elderly and their carers.
"I also pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."
Meanwhile, one-time Bond villain Julian Glover, actress Claire Bloom and revered cinematographer Roger Deakins join Atkinson on the list of CBE recipients, celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor has been given a knighthood, British comedian Rob Brydon and singer PJ Harvey have been honoured with MBEs and grown-up child star Aled Jones has picked up an OBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) medal.
The 42 year old Walking in the Air hitmaker says, "I'm delighted and deeply honoured to be recognised."
Authors Jackie Collins, Kate Mosse and Joanne Harris have also been recognised on The Queen's Birthday Honors List - Collins and Mosse pick up CBEs for services to literature, while Harris is among the MBE recipients.
Every Hollywood awards ceremony offers a wide variety of acceptance speeches. They come in all breeds: heartfelt and moving, the self-deprecating and witty, the rambling and brow-raising. And this year's turnout did not disappoint. In case you happened to have missed a speech or two, or just want to jump back in to relive the glory that is Lena Dunham's amazed merriment or Kevin Costner's wistful coming-of-age story, we've gathered the lot here. Check out all of the Golden Globes 2013 acceptance speeches below (listen in the order in which they were awarded).
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Miniseries or TV Movie: Game Change (award accepted by director Jay Roach)
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Best TV Series, Drama: Homeland (award accepted by developers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon) Read our reaction here!
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Best Original Song: "Skyfall" by Adele, Skyfall Read our reaction here!
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical: Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour (award accepted by director Michael Haneke)
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical: Lena Dunham, Girls
Best Director for a Motion Picture: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical: Girls (award accepted by creator Lena Dunham) Read our reaction here!
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Les Miserables (award accepted by producer Tim Fellner... and Anne Hathaway, kinda) Read our reaction here!
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Motion Picture, Drama: Argo (award accepted by producer Grant Heslov) Read our reaction here!
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The historical epic will go head-to-head for Best Motion Picture (Drama) with Argo, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi.
Meanwhile, Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrays former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the movie, scored a mention for Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama), while Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones picked up nods for their supporting roles and Steven Spielberg landed a nomination for Best Director.
Lincoln is also nominated in categories for Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score, taking the tally to seven, while Ben Affleck's thriller Argo and Quentin Tarantino's drama Django Unchained trail with five nominations each.
In the TV categories, some of the small screen's biggest names are going head-to-head for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi will take on Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Homeland star Damian Lewis, Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Jeff Daniels of The Newsroom.
All the actors' shows will also do battle in the category for Best Television Series - Drama, while there are also nods for Lewis' Homeland co-stars Claire Danes (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama) and Mandy Patinkin (Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series).
Hit British period drama Downton Abbey has two nominations, for Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery, while singer Adele is nominated for her hit James Bond track Skyfall, which will compete in the Best Original Song category.
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will take place on 13 January (13) in Los Angeles.
The nominations were announced by actors Ed Helms, Megan Fox, and Jessica Alba in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday (13Dec12) and the complete list is as follows:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust And Bone
Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Richard Gere - Arbitrage
John Hawkes - The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix -The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight
Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith - Quartet
Meryl Streep - Hope Springs
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black - Bernie
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray - Hyde Park on Hudson
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Nicole Kidman - The Paperboy
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Alan Arkin - Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio - Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Best Director - Motion Picture
Ben Affleck - Argo
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner - Lincoln
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Chris Terrio - Argo
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
For You - Act of Valor
Not Running Anymore - Stand Up Guys
Safe and Sounds - The Hunger Games
Skyfall - Skyfall
Suddenly - Les Miserables
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Life of Pi
Best Animated Film
Rise of Guardians
Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone
Best Television Series - Drama
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hatfields & McCoys
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Damian Lewis - Homeland
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Connie Britton - Nashville
Glenn Close - Damages
Claire Danes - Homeland
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
Louis C.K. - Louie
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel - The New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Lena Dunham - Girls
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner - Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock
Woody Harrelson - Game Change
Toby Jones - The Girl
Clive Owen - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story
Sienna Miller - The Girl
Julianne Moore - Game Change
Sigourney Weaver - Political Animals
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield - New Girl
Ed Harris - Game Change
Danny Huston - Magic City
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere - Nashville
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Sarah Paulson - Game Change
Wonder what Will Smith will have to say about this? Despite getting her start in dad's 2007 film, I Am Legend, Willow Smith paid tribute on her YouTube page to a musical superstar other than her pops.
The talented 11-year-old uploaded a short video of her taking on Adele's new single/theme song for the latest 007 film, "Skyfall." In the 45-second clip, Will Smith's only daughter can be seen moving her hands along a keyboard while belting out the chorus — because according to her, "that's all I know how to do."
Fans of "Whip My Hair" know that is not all she knows how to do. Check out her impressive rendition below.
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Looks like we won't be the only ones returning to work on Monday. The cast of ABC's Modern Family has finally reached an agreement on their new salaries.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit initially brought on by the six leads — Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ed O'Neill (who had a separate contract, but joined in on the lawsuit as a way to show his cast mates support) — was dropped after months of negotiations.
On Friday, Century Fox TV finally agreed to increase the actor's salaries from $65,000 an episode to a figure ranging in the $170,000-180,000 range. The quintet was initially requesting $200,000, and the ongoing dispute caused the first table read of the season to be postponed. But now that the negotiations have ended and the lawsuit dropped, filming on season four will resume on Monday.
We're just hoping that the new season has more surprises than the settled suit. Everyone involved knew that ABC was never going to watch on as the Family broke up. Especially after five of the six actors — Stonestreet excluded — were just nominated for an Emmy in the Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series category.
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Beyoncé Knowles is just like us. Just four-and-a-half months after giving birth to her first child, daughter Blue Ivy, the new mom had to return to work. Though unlike most of us, work for the 30-year-old singer meant getting up on stage and performing in front of a room full of screaming fans.
On Friday night, Knowles wowed audiences at the grand opening of the Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ when she took the stage for her first performance in nearly a year. The theater was packed with 5,500 excited fans — not to mention hubby Jay-Z — who were lucky enough to see the first of her four sold-out shows.
During the two-hour concert the singer flaunted her new svelte body in five various costume changes, many of which showed off her taut tummy. Though it was easy to see how she got back into shape so quickly with her signature fast-paced choreography accompanying some of her hit songs, including "Crazy In Love," "Run the World (Girls)," and the show's closer, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." It was then when the proud momma played a video montage that featured a quick glimpse of her newborn daughter happily cradled in her arms.
Despite the audience's excitement over seeing the behind-the-scenes pic, the show swung to the more somber side when she paid tribute to both the late Whitney Houston and Donna Summer by sampling two of their more famous songs. Maybe this was the reason the superstar admitted she was "nervous" about returning to the stage in her two-part exclusive "Making Of" video she released days before the big show?
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Exactly 24 years ago today, Grammy award winning Adele was born in North London. In honor of the Brit's birthday, we list 24 reasons why 23 was an awesome age for her.
1. Time magazine named Adele one of the most influential people in the world.
2. Despite speculation that the singer would take some time off from music, Adele returned to the studio in early 2012 to work on her third album.
3. At only 23-years-old, her second album, 21, became the fifth best-selling album of all time in the UK.
4. VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music listed Adele at number five.
5. When Beyoncé released her fourth studio album, 4, she listed Adele as one of her influences.
6. Despite having to undergo surgery on her throat in late 2011, it was not throat cancer as some speculated.
7. Adele started dating her current beau, fellow Brit Simon Konecki.
8. She received the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and British Album of the Year.
9. She was nominated for six Grammy Awards in February, and won all six, tying Beyoncé's record of most gold trophies in a single night.
10. Fox's hit show, Glee paid tribute to Adele in November with a performance of "Rumor Has It/Someone Like You".
11. In honor of Record Store Day 2011, Adele released a limited-edition 10" vinyl that included two alternative versions of "Rolling in the Deep," and a never before released live version from NPR's World Cafe Session.
12. Last month Madonna told The Daily Mail that she would want to collaborate with Adele, saying "I would love to work with her."
13. Landed on the cover of Entertainment Weekly's special music issue.
14. People magazine named her one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age.
15. In order to get in better shape, Adele chose to become a vegetarian last month.
16. Released "Someone Like You" in September.
17. She went on tour, though had to reschedule many of her worldwide dates due to a severe cold and chest infection. She wrote on her blog, "I'm heartbroken and worried to tell you that yet again I'm experiencing problems with my voice."
18. 21 became the fourth best-selling album of the past 10 years in the United States.
19. A recording of her tour, Live at the Royal Albert Hall debuted at number one, and ultimately became the best-selling music DVD of 2011.
20. After recording two albums inspired by break-ups, Adele tells Vogue magazine she is "never writing a breakup record again. I'm done with being a bitter witch."
21. Adele bought a new home in her home country of England, estimated to be worth more than $11 million.
22. After a successful throat surgery, Adele performed for the first time at the Grammy Awards.
23. Earlier this year, 21 reached number 1 for the 21st non-consecutive week, breaking the record for the longest number 1 album by a woman in Billboard history. Until then the record was held by Whitney Houston's soundtrack, The Bodyguard.
24. Topped Billboard magazine's "Top 40 Money Makers".
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Cooked up in the head of Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) comes the movie in which he makes his directorial debut. Without Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze sifting through the maze this time Kaufman himself weaves this crazy quilt with consummate skill. In other words Synecdoche New York is just as successfully quirky humane and head scratching as all the others in the Kaufman ouerve. To sum up the plot succinctly is impossible but it centers on a stage director and hypochondriac Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who trades in his suburban life with wife Adele (Catherine Keener) daughter Olive (Sadie Goldstein) and regional theatrical work in Schenectady for a chance at Broadway. He puts together a cast (resembling those in his own dream world) and brings them to a Manhattan warehouse being designed as a replica of the city outside. As the world he is creating inside these walls expands so does the focus of his own life and relationships. As the years literally fly by he gets deeper into his theatrical self which soon starts to merge with his own increasingly pathetic reality. Whatever you make of the tale Kaufman is telling here the casting could not be better or more suited to the quirky material. Philip Seymour Hoffman offers up a tour-de-force and is simply superb playing all the tics and foibles of the deeply disturbed Caden. His early scenes in his “normal” home are wonderfully alive with all his phobias and hypochondria in view. Later we literally watch this man disintegrate as his master creation overwhelms him. Hoffman seems to fully understand the mental trauma of a man running as far from his own realities as he possibly can. Catherine Keener as always is right on target as his wife Adele. She has a knack for taking what seems like tiny moments and making them define exactly who this woman is. Jennifer Jason Leigh as a mentor to Caden’s daughter is always fascinating to watch and plays Maria with an ounce of irony. Tom Noonan playing the actor portraying Caden in the play is the perfect doppelganger and delightfully adds to Caden’s confused state. The all-pro trio of Michelle Williams as Caden’s new wife Claire; Samantha Morton as the irresistible assistant Hazel; and Hope Davis as Caden’s self-absorbed therapist add greatly to the merry mix. It’s nice to watch Charlie Kaufman seize control of his own work. In this instance he’s really the only one who can deliver us his Fellini-esque vision. Centering it all on the theatrical director’s weird universe Synecdoche does seem like it might be Kaufman’s own take on Fellini’s 8 ½ or even Woody Allen’s paean to that film Stardust Memories. Let’s just say we know most of it must exist somewhere inside Kaufman. Early domestic scenes could have been played flat but the novice director moves the camera around skillfully enough to make us immediately engaged in Caden’s world. Second half of the film set in the phantasmagoric warehouse is a stunning tapestry of scenes from Kaufman’s singularly fertile imagination. It’s nice to note he’s well equipped with the basic tools a director needs for this type of challenging material. Overall his film is a surprising confounding visual feast -- a dream/nightmare come to life and then spinning out of control.