Friday Night Lights introduced the world to Taylor Kitsch and for that we are eternally grateful. But it also gave us so much more. The fantastic characters and realistic performances made it a show that went beyond high school football. It has since claimed its well-earned spot as one of the best shows ever to grace our TV screens. Even though FNL lasted for five seasons, we’re still not over it.
1. Tami and Eric Taylor’s relationship.
Easily one of the best married couples to ever be portrayed on TV.
2. General Tim Riggins debauchery.
Including, but not limited to, the day drinking, the affair with his best friend’s girl and that time he screwed the single mom who lived next door. Riggins, we wouldn’t have you any other way.
3. Tim Riggins' unwavering Texas pride.
Pretty convinced no one loved Texas as much as Riggins.
4. The cockiness of Smash Williams.
He was so full of himself, and we ate it up.
5. Tami Taylor's magical hair.
Ok, technically it's Connie Britton's magical hair, and we can still see it on Nashville, but we miss how perfect Tami always looked.
6. Every time Coach Taylor went into over-protective dad mode.
7. And on a related note, the fact that Kyle Chandler was a total DILF.
8. Matt Saracen’s emotional scenes.
Remember the petition to get Zach Gilford an Emmy nomination? Still bummed that nomination never happened.
9. Matt's grandma.
We loved Grandma Saracen. And we loved how Matt took care of her.
10. How annoying Julie was.
Yes, that's how much we miss FNL. We even miss Julie's whining.
11. The football games.
Even if you weren't a football fan, these scenes were still exciting to watch.
12. Tim and Jason Street's friendship.
That episode when they go to New York. Bromance at its best.
13. Landry's wise words of advice.
We miss when Jesse Plemons was sweet, funny Landry. It helps us block out creepy Todd, his character on Breaking Bad.
14. The fact that FNL introduced a whole new set of characters in season four, and we ended up loving them just as much as the old ones.
Hell yes, Michael B. Jordan. Go Lions!
15. Buddy Garrity. 'Nuff said.
World's biggest football fan, and world's most obnoxious car salesman/human being. We loved watching him annoy everybody.
16. Coach’s inspiring pep talks.
We don't even play football, yet we were ready to grab a helmet and get out on the field after one of these speeches.
17. The way Tim looked at Lyla.
18. Whenever Lyla actually lightened up.
And any scene involving Mindy Collette.
19. Landry and Tyra's relationship.
We loved how this unexpected romance blossomed. (We'll just pretend that murder storyline from season two never happened, shall we?)
20. That feeling of victory.
Rooting for the characters and then seeing them succeed was the best feeling ever.
21. The utterance of this phrase.
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Willie Nelson's classic tune Crazy has topped a new list of influential country songs. A panel of artists and experts picked Patsy Cline's rendition of the track as part of a TV special, which aired in America on Monday night (03Nov14).
Kacey Musgraves was among the celebrities who took part in the music survey and picked the song, stating, "The song is so relatable, undeniably it's a classic country song. I think 50 years from now, we're still going to be talking about it."
Nelson's song beat out George Jones' He Stopped Loving Her Today and Hank Williams' I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry on the 15 Songs That Changed Country Music special.
Garth Brooks' Friends in Low Places, Taylor Swift's Love Story, Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw and Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You also made the list.
22 Jump Street, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Maleficent and X-Men: Days Of Future Past will compete for the top title of Favorite Movie at America's 2015 People's Choice Awards.
Shailene Woodley leads all actors with four nods, including a Favorite Action Movie Actress nomination and two in the Favorite Movie Duo category with Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Theo James (Divergent).
Emma Stone and Channing Tatum have scored three nominations, while newlyweds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could make it a one two in the acting categories as both are nominated for their films Fury and Malificent.
In the TV categories, The Big Bang Theory, Game Of Thrones, NCIS, Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead will compete for Favorite TV Show, while 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Mom and New Girl will battle it out for the Favorite Network TV Comedy award, and Chicago Fire, Downton Abbey, Grey's Anatomy, Revenge and Scandal are up for Favorite Network TV Drama.
Betty White, Katey Sagal, Mark Harmon, Tim Allen and Tom Selleck are nominated for the Favorite TV Icon prize, while Sam Smith leads the way as the most nominated music artist, picking up nods for Favorite Album (In the Lonely Hour), Favorite Song (Stay with Me), Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Breakout Artist.
Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran are also multiple nominees.
The nominees were announced on Tuesday (04Nov14).
Anna Faris and Allison Janney will host the ceremony on 7 January (15).
Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Tim Mcgraw are set to perform for the A Very Grammy Christmas special next month (Nov14). The show will feature the artists performing holiday songs and sharing festive stories before the nominations for Album Of The Year for the 2015 Grammy Awards are announced during the broadcast.
A Very Grammy Christmas will film in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium on 18 November (14) and air in the U.S. on 5 December (14).
Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
Suicidal Tendencies bassist Tim 'rawbiz' Williams has died. The rock band announced the news in a statement posted on Facebook.com on Wednesday (27Aug), but no further details about his death have been disclosed.
The message reads, "It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently. Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally."
Williams performed with the band for four years and played on its latest album, 13, which was released in 2013.
Newlywed R&B star Kelly Rowland has confirmed rumours she is pregnant with her first child. The former Destiny's Child singer sparked speculation she was hiding a baby bump on Saturday (07Jun14), when she performed at a concert in Oklahoma wearing an uncharacteristically over-sized outfit.
She has since gone public with her pregnancy secret by taking to Instagram.com on Tuesday (10Jun14) to share a photo of her man's Air Jordan sneakers, alongside a matching infant-sized pair. In the accompanying caption, she writes, "I'll be stuntin (sic) like my daddy..."
The news comes a month after Rowland married her manager Tim Witherspoon in a private ceremony in Costa Rica, which was attended by her former bandmates Beyonce and Michelle Williams.
Rowland's kid will be the second Destiny's Child baby - Beyonce is mother to two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
Former Destiny'S Child star Kelly Rowland's wedding secret is out - editors at People magazine in America have obtained the singer's wedding snaps. The 33 year old exchanged vows with music manager Tim Witherspoon in Costa Rica at the weekend (10-11May14) and sources tell the publication that the small wedding party included her former bandmates Beyonce and Michelle Williams.
The insider says, "Kelly was really happy, Tim was happy, and it was a great break for everybody from the normal grind, but now they're all going back to work."
Rowland told People that she was planning a low-key wedding at the end of last year (13), stating, "I think we really just want it to be us and our pastor. That's it."
In the promotional materials for this summer's Sex Tape, there's a whole lot of Jason Segel. The actor and his costar Cameron Diaz appear in various stages of undress, including altogether naked. Segel, of course, is no stranger to taking off his clothes for the camera. The former How I Met Your Mother star was famously nude multiple times in his breakout hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Many people found his nudity refreshing, given that it is usually women who are objectified sans wardrobe on the big screen, but Sarah Marshall costars Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis kept their clothes on. No matter how you slice it, though, Segel's seems to be another example of the double standard.
When an actor with an imperfect body like Segel or Robin Williams doffs their clothes for a scene, it's typically seen as funny. When Lena Dunham does it on HBO's Girls, it results in social media posts imploring the actress to keep her clothes on and questions at press conferences about whether all the nudity is necessary.
Seemingly, for an actress to play an acceptable nude scene it either needs to be completely required by the story — think Halle Berry in Monster's Ball or Jodie Foster in The Accused — or she has to look really, really good naked (as far as the vocal public is concerned). There isn't an apt comparison for a woman, but when an actor like Jonah Hill or Mark Wahlberg comes out and openly states that he used a prosthetic device to cover his anatomy for a nude scene, everyone just shrugs. An actress can get away with using a body double occasionally, but if she's going to do a nude scene the audience by and large expects to see the real deal… and if she wants to have surgery to enhance certain features then all the better.
Segel, and a lot of male stars, can get away with being naked without issue because our society views male and female sexuality differently. In much the same way, there's no question about whether Segel's character would really be with a former model such as Diaz, while Dunham was questioned about her character's "unrealistic" fling with the very handsome Patrick Wilson.
Segel learned his craft under the tutelage of Judd Apatow, who is also a producer on Dunham's show. Aptatow has long been a proponent of creative uses of nudity. When the writer/producer/director was confronted about the amount of time that Dunham spends nude on Girls by The Wrap's Tim Malloy, he defended the practice for both sexes: "There's male nudity in Walk Hard [helmed by Sex Tape director Jake Kasdan]. I have people naked when they're willing to do it," Apatow said. "Lena is confident enough to do it so we have the opportunity to talk about other issues because she is braver than other people. If Paul Rudd said to me, I'm willing to be completely naked in the movie, I would use it. If Seth [Rogen] said he was willing to be completely naked — he showed his butt in a post-sex scene in Knocked Up — I would use it because it's more honest.”
While it's commendable that Apatow thinks that we should look at nudity across the board, the truth is that many people just don't see it the same way. Most of society continues to have an unrealistic expectation of women, wanting them to fit by turns into both sexual and asexual standard: the age-old Madonna-whore complex. Questioning Dunham's right to have her character naked without questioning Segel's or Kasdan's decision making process is inherently sexist… there's just no getting around that.
Benjamin Franklin, himself a fan of nudity, once told his fellow Founding Fathers, "We must all hang together or we will most assuredly hang apart." Similarly, it's either all right for all actors and actresses to be nude — regardless of body type — or it needs to be criticized equally for both sexes.
Quite simply, naked freedom for one should mean naked freedom for all.
DJ Avicii had a strange Thursday (27Mar14) - he was hospitalised hours after picking up two big honours at Germany's answer to the Grammy Awards. The Swedish dance music star was forced to scrap his Miami, Florida concert on Thursday night after he fell ill.
As WENN went to press it wasn't clear what prompted the Wake Me Up hitmaker to check into hospital, but his health emergency came just hours after he learned he'd won honours for Best Electronic Dance Music Act and Best Single for Wake Me Up at the Echo Music Awards in Berlin.
The DJ, real name Tim Bergling, wasn't at the ceremony as he was preparing for his show in Florida.
Echo winners also included: Robbie Williams (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Birdy (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Female), Depeche Mode (Best International Rock/Pop Group), Eminem (Best International Hip Hop/Urban Artist), German rockers Die Toten Hosen (Best Live Act), Tim Bendzko (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Ina Muller (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Female), violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Sterling (Best Crossover Act), Helene Fischer (Album of the Year for Farbenspiel), and Swiss singer Beatrice Egli, who stunned experts by beating favourites Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to the Best International Newcomer award.
The show featured performances by Kylie Minogue, James Blunt and Birdy, among others, and Swiss duo Yello stunned the audience with a live remix of their 1985 hit Oh Yeah, recorded on Boris Blank's cellphone as they collected the Echo award for Lifetime Achievement.