The original manuscript featuring deleted lyrics and notes for Don Mclean's iconic song American Pie is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million (£938,000) at auction in April (15). The previously unseen 16-page document, compiled of handwritten and typed pages on a variety of coloured and lined notebook paper, contains notes, drafts and deleted lyrics from the 1971 classic.
McLean has never explained the meaning of most of the lyrics, except revealing the opening verses were inspired by the death of singer Buddy Holly in 1959.
McLean found the manuscript when rooting through boxes of his music paperwork and decided to sell it.
He tells Rollingstone.com, "I'm going to be 70 this year... I have two children and a wife, and none of them seem to have the mercantile instinct. I want to get the best deal that I can for them. It's time.
"I only have an attachment to my wife, children and my guitar... In fact, I'm going to rid myself of a lot of stuff. In a year or two, I'm going to have a big Christie's auction with guitars, clothes, boots, saddles, silver and watches. I collect a lot of stuff. It's time to let other people have it."
The lyric book will go under the hammer at Christie's auction house in New York on 7 April (15).
Francis Wahlgren from Christie's says, "The fact that the drafts, the working process of it, are all being offered as this lot makes it a remarkable insight into the mind of Don McLean and into this incredible song that has touched so many people."
The Super Bowl is upon us, and for those of you who don’t like football (which teams are playing again?), we know you mostly just watch for the commercials – and the buffalo wings. Each year the Super Bowl ads get bigger and buzzier. And if they feature a celebrity, that’s even better. This year we already know Kim Kardashian and Mindy Kaling have secured big game day ads, but let’s take a look back at some of our favorite celebrity Super Bowl commercials from years past.
1. Anna Kendrick for Newcastle Beer:
Our personal favorite. Anna Kendrick totally nailed this non-beer ad beer ad. Her hilarious ramblings while getting her hair primped made her a total beer girl babe in our eyes.
2. Scarlett Johansson for SodaStream:
ScarJo, an Oxfam ambassador, found herself in the middle of a political controversy by endorsing this brand, because they operate a factory in an Israeli settlement on the West Bank. She clarified she never intended to make any kind of statement with the endorsement. It still kinda made us want to get a SodaStream though.
3. Stephen Colbert for Pistachios:
What a nut! This commercial was wacky, but it did make us crave pistachios.
4. Amy Poehler for Best Buy:
Honestly, Amy Poehler could sell us anything. Hearing her ask ridiculous questions about technology just made us love her even more.
5. James Franco for Ford:
James Franco and a tiger. We don’t really know. Just go with it.
6. Megan Fox for Motorola:
We bet most people don’t even remember what Megan Fox was selling. They just remember she was in a bathtub. FYI: She reportedly used a thumb double for this ad.
7. Naya Rivera for M&M’s:
Poor Red M&M guy. He was too sweet for his own good. Glee’s Naya Rivera just wanted to (literally) eat him up.
8. Betty White for Snickers:
Seeing Betty White play football and get “tackled” was the best part of this commercial. Betty White makes everything better.
9. Bar Refaeli for GoDaddy:
This commercial got so much attention for having supermodel Bar Refaeli make out with some chubby, nerdy dude. It was so disturbing we couldn’t look away.
10. John Stamos for Oikos Greek Yogurt:
This commercial included a random Full House reunion. Bob Saget and Dave Coulier joined John Stamos to promote Greek yogurt. Strange, but we’ll take it.
Do you watch the Super Bowl just for the ads? Which one is YOUR favorite? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!
"We've listened to Don practice the trumpet in his trailer during every break for the last four years. I'm so glad the movie's almost over." Actress Kristen Bell on listening to House of Lies co-star Don Cheadle practice the trumpet for his role as jazz great Miles Davis.
The new season of The Challenge premieres tonight on MTV, with the subtitle Battle of the Exes II. Even after 25 seasons, we still love this gloriously insane reality competition show. Tragically, contestants Diem Brown and Ryan Knight both passed away after filming, making this season more poignant than usual. However, in the spirit of the fun they had on the show, here's why it's so enjoyable to watch.
1. The crazy competitions
The insane challenges push contestants to their limits, proving they'll do almost anything for money.
2. The elimination face-offs
Whether it's called the Duel, the Gauntlet or the Inferno, this head-to-head battle to stay in the game can get super intense.
3. The different themes
Battle of the Seasons, Rivals, Free Agents - each season comes with a new twist, which keeps the show fresh.
4. Seeing old favorites return
We're pretty sure Johnny Bananas makes most of his income from Challenge wins.
5. Attractive people
It's ok to be shallow once in a while, right?
6. The fights
There is never a shortage of drama in the Challenge house, especially when alcohol gets involved.
7. Drunken antics
But liquor can also bring out the sillier side of contestants, which is just as fun to watch.
8. The hookups
With this many hot people under one roof, hookups are inevitable.
9. Host T.J. Lavin
T.J. tells it like it is, and it wouldn't be The Challenge without him.
10. The crazy strategies.
There's a surprising amount of strategy involved in this game.
11. Seeing who gets thrown into the elimination round
Who will get backstabbed?
12. Contestants throwing shade in interviews
What they won't say to someone's face, they'll say to the cameras.
If you can't tell, we're pretty excited.
New Year’s resolution: Watch more TV. And with a slew of hotly anticipated new shows as well as a crop of returning favorites, that shouldn’t be too hard to fulfill. Start marking your calendars and picking that perfect spot on the couch in preparation for the fabulous TV that awaits you in 2015.
1. Better Call Saul
For those of you who have been in major withdrawals since Breaking Bad ended, rejoice! The prequel spin-off series starring fan favorite Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) premieres on AMC in February. Maybe there’ll be a cameo or two by Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston? Pretty please?
2. House of Cards
In the third season of this Netflix series (premiering in February), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots to take over the world! Ok, we don’t know that for sure, but it seems a likely possiblity for the power hungry politician. Either way, we can’t wait to see what he does next.
3. Game of Thrones
Season five is going to be Arya Stark’s time to shine, we just know it. The HBO fantasy series returns later this year (likely around April) and is sure to be filled with more weddings and deaths or combinations of the two.
4. Orphan Black
This cult favorite returns to BBCA in April and we can’t wait to see the clone club multiply! If Tatiana Maslany is not nominated for an Emmy this year, we give up on life.
The first half of the season ended way too soon and we’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more episodes ever since. The Scottish time-travel drama starts airing its second half on Starz on April 4. Don’t act like you haven’t been crossing off the calendar days until Jamie and Claire return.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
A new show from Tina Fey...starring The Office’s Ellie Kemper...coming straight to Netflix. Count us in and let the binge watching commence! It’s set to premiere in spring, so our excitement will be building until then.
It’s a Netflix thriller-drama starring Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler. Say no more. The mysterious show about a family with secrets hits Netflix in March.
8. Pretty Little Liars
We still don’t know who ‘A’ is, and we’re still dying to find out. Here’s hoping season 5’s January 6 winter premiere gives us some answers.
9. Downton Abbey
This season of the British period drama promises to be its most progressive season yet. They are deep into the roaring 20’s after all. The times can change, just as long as Lady Grantham's sass stays the same. Season 5 premieres on PBS January 4.
10. Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell is set to reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America movies in this new ABC series. It debuts on January 6 and if you’re a Marvel fan, you’re probably geeking out.
We’re intrigued by this Fox drama about a prominent hip-hop family. It was produced by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (who previously collaborated together on The Butler), and stars former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
12. Mad Men
It’s Mad Men’s final season and we’re all waiting to see how things end for Don Draper. We secretly hope Peggy and Joan start their own business together.
13. Parks & Recreation
Not going to lie, when the final season of Parks & Recreation ends this year, we’ll be weeping openly. We’ll miss Leslie Knope & Co. so much, but we’re going to savor the show’s last hurrah - which premieres on NBC January 13.
Daredevil has been in need of a reboot since the Ben Affleck played the superhero in the 2003 flop of the same name. Now Charlie Cox takes on the role in a new Netflix series set to premiere in May. Fingers crossed for better results.
Since the last season of Girls ended, we read Lena Dunham’s book to tide us over. The HBO comedy/drama returns for a fourth season on January 11 and we’re ready to see what shenanigans Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna get up to this season. Will they finally start to grow up? Not likely.
What shows are YOU looking forward to? Let us know!
Macy Gray has lost a huge chunk of her fortune due to her love of gambling. The I Try hitmaker has revealed she likes to play card games, and although she has enjoyed winnings of more than $28,000 (£17,500), she would have been able to buy a house with the thousands of dollars she has lost through bad bets.
She tells Telegraph.co.uk, "I love gambling and that’s another bad financial decision I’ve made; to play cards for money. The most I’ve won in one night is $28,000 playing blackjack and when I’m in Vegas I love playing poker and I just lose my mind but not to the point where I think I’ve got a problem. I don’t get up in the middle of the night and go every day, nothing like that."
When asked how much she has lost, she replies, "Hundreds of thousands I guess. Not millions though but I’ve definitely lost a lot of money. Enough to go and buy myself another house."
Gray's accountants also give her a weekly allowance so she will not spend too much money.
Country singer Trace Adkins is remembering his favourite holiday traditions as he celebrates his first Christmas without his dad. The You’re Gonna Miss This hitmaker’s father, Aaron Adkins, passed away in February (14), and the gravel-voiced star reveals he's missing his old man over the holidays.
But, while Adkins admits the usually cheerful season has been "tough" for him, he's happy with memories he has of Christmases in Louisiana when he was a kid, and the annual traditions he shared with his family.
He recalls, "Going out and carolling, I remember when we used to do that. We’d go from the church and walk and just go stand in front of somebody’s house and bellow. I don’t even know if people do that anymore."
Adkins had a rough start to 2014 - in January, he entered a rehab facility in a bid to beat his battle with alcoholism following a verbal altercation with a celebrity impersonator on a country music-themed cruise. According to multiple reports, he was allowed to leave the centre in February to be with his dying father.
Then, in March (14), Adkins’ wife of 16 years, Rhonda, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
Sean Penn has joined President Barack Obama in blasting Sony executives for bowing to cyberterrorists' threats and pulling the Christmas Day (25Dec14) release of Seth Rogen's comedy The Interview. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace threatened to attack cinemas screening the movie, in which Rogen and James Franco play hapless TV journalists assigned to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, following a month of Sony database security breaches.
The studio bosses pulled the film from release on Wednesday (17Dec14) after the owners of America's leading cinema chains opted not to show the comedy for fear of repercussions.
On Friday (19Dec14), President Obama attacked the Sony bosses in his end of year press conference at The White House, telling reporters the executives had "made a mistake" in cancelling the release of The Interview.
And shortly afterwards, Penn released a statement, addressing the controversy.
The Oscar winner fears that, in bowing to the threats, Sony bosses have opened the doors for other terrorist groups.
He writes, "This week, the distributors who wouldn't show The Interview and Sony have sent (terrorist group) ISIS a commanding invitation. I believe ISIS will accept the invitation. Pandora’s box is officially open.
"The damage we do to ourselves typically outweighs the harm caused by outside threats or actions. Then by caving to the outside threat, we make our nightmares real. The decision to pull The Interview is historic. It’s a case of putting short term interests ahead of the long term.
"If we don’t get the world on board to see that this is a game changer, if this hacking doesn’t frighten the Chinese and the Russians, we're in for a very different world, a very different country, community, and a very different culture."
FBI officials have confirmed the hack attack on Sony is linked to the North Korean regime.
Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma leads the film nominations at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards after racking up eight nods. Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama is shortlisted for Outstanding Motion Picture, alongside Belle, Beyond The Lights, Dear White People and James Brown biopic Get On Up, while the filmmaker will compete for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.
There were also a string of acting nods for Selma's leading man David Oyelowo (Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture), and supporting stars Andre Holland, Common, Wendell Pierce, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey.
In the TV categories, six-time nominee Scandal is up for Outstanding Drama Series, facing off against two other Shonda Rhimes creations, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, and Being Mary Jane and House of Cards, while drama acting nods went to Scandal's Kerry Washington and Guillermo Diaz, LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham).
Black-ish, House of Lies and Orange Is the New Black are among the nominees for Outstanding Comedy, while Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Laurence Fishburne (Black-ish), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) have been recognised for their comedic acting talents.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and Pharrell Williams have emerged as the ones to beat in the music categories with four nods a piece, just days after both garnering six Grammy Awards nominations on Friday (05Dec14).
Beyonce is in the running for Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Music Video and Song for Pretty Hurts, while Pharrell will be fighting for Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for Brand New with Justin Timberlake, and Gust of Wind with Daft Punk. They will both compete for Outstanding Album with respective releases Beyonce and GIRL.
Late King of Pop Michael Jackson has also earned posthumous nods for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Music Video for Love Never Felt So Good with Justin Timberlake.
The winners of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards, which celebrate diversity in film, TV, music and literature, will be unveiled at a ceremony on 6 February (15).
She’s starring in the suspenseful final season of White Collar, has a new show on the Cooking Channel in the works, is a mom to four-year-old daughter Harper, and is a holiday gifting guru. Tiffani Thiessen is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to share tips on the best ways to ship gifts to friends and family this holiday season.
Thiessen tells Hollywood.com all about how she plans to spend her holidays cozy at home with her family making homemade holiday gifts for loved ones. “It’s something we can do together and spend a lot of family time in the kitchen.” She told us how easy it is to ship these homemade treats using USPS priority mail flat rate boxes. The boxes even come with holiday themes on them, or, Thiessen tells us her daughter likes to decorate the boxes herself - so cute!
Thiessen's favorite holiday recipe is cookies because they're foolproof to make with her daughter. “The cookies are the easiest and the best.” We agree. She also likes to send different kinds of breads, chocolate bark and muffins. Yum! “It just depends,” she told us. “You can do anything.” You can see Thiessen's cookie recipe at the end of this article.
Other gifts she likes to send to friends and family over the holidays are personalized stationary and - believe it or not - stamps. She told us she just got a bunch of really cute Batman stamps from USPS as stocking stuffers for her nephew. That actually does sound really cute! To find out more exciting gifting options when it comes to shipping gifts this holiday season, head over to usps.com/holiday. Gift wisely!
Thiessen stars in White Collar, which is currently in its sixth and final season. She Tells Hollywood.com exlusively about the final season:
"I can tell you that it has a lot of questions answered. It leaves, I think, the fans in a good way. I think all of us were pretty happy about the way the show was ending, even though we were all sad that it was ending. But I think the fans are going to be very happy how we ended it."
You can watch the final season of White Collar Thursdays at 9/8C on USA Network.
Thiessen is also "cooking up something with the Cooking Channel.” She’s doing a show called Dinner at Tiffani’s. The premise of the show is she'll be hosting an intimate dinner party with her celebrity friends. “I can’t tell you too much because it’s kind of a secret, but kind of a cool secret. But I can tell you, you’re going to see a lot of recognizable people coming by my house for sure for a good meal.” Sounds fun!
When asked whether the former Kelly Kapowski would ever do a Saved By The Bell reunion, Thiessen says,
"I don't know if you'll see anything from us anytime soon."
The SBTB cast (Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley and Lark Voorhies, along with Thiessen) did a People Magazine spread a few years ago for the show’s 20th year reunion, and Thiessen said the magazine spread “kind of fulfilled us.” She goes on to say, “People ask us all the time, it’s very funny. I guess the show kind of held a very special place in a lot of people’s hearts, which is understandable. A lot of us still talk so we kind of have our own reunion all the time.”
Thiessen has appeared multiple times on E's Fashion Police in the past alongside the late, great Joan Rivers. About the recent announcement that Kathy Griffin and Brad Goreski will be joining the show, Thiessen tells Hollywood.com exclusively: “I think it’s great. I think those are some really hard shoes to fill, and I don’t think anybody can do it exactly, but I don’t think that’s what their job is for. I think their job is to hopefully just do their own thing on the show and I’m sure it’s going to be just as great.” Well said, Tiff!
Tiffani’s Shippable Holiday Treats
3.4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 large egg
1/3 cup cranberries, pepitas & shredded coconut (or any dried fruit or nut of your choice)
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Stir in cranberries, pepitas and shredded coconut last.
3. Drop cookie dough rolled into balls about the width of a quarter 2 inches apart on 2 baking sheets coated with oil. Bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pan for one minute. Remove cookies from pan and transfer to a wire rack for cooling.
4. Pack cookies in an airtight container and place in a holiday-themed Priority Mail box with bubble wrap or newspaper. Add a special note with greeting. and send to friends and family for a homemade holiday treat!