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!
Gwyneth Paltrow is flattered by criticism of her healthy living brand from lifestyle guru Martha Stewart.
Stewart recently blasted the actress for creating the Goop website when she could be concentrating on her Hollywood career, telling Porter magazine, "She just needs to be quiet... If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart." However, the criticism has not fazed Paltrow, who insists she is more flattered than hurt during an interview at Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit in California on Tuesday (07Oct14).
She jokes, "No one has ever said anything bad about me before, so I'm shocked and devastated. I'll try to recover... If I'm really honest, I'm so psyched that she sees us as competition. I really am."
On Monday (06Oct14), it was announced that Paltrow had hired Lisa Gersh, the former CEO of Martha Stewart Living, as Goop's new chief executive.
British actor/comedian Russell Brand has come under fire for mocking the star of a U.K. TV advert who died just weeks after the commercial aired. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star made a series of jokes about Sam Wright, the star of a commercial for Barclays bank, in a video message posted online as part of his The Trews series on YouTube.com.
The advert shows Wright, 75, learning about online banking, and in his clip, Brand suggests he is actually looking at online pornography and "investing in drones to bomb dispossessed people in the Middle East". Brand also mocks his regional accent.
Wright suffered a stroke and died five weeks after the advert first aired in the U.K. and his relatives have now criticised Brand for making jokes in their time of grief.
His son Stephen tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We loved that video (the banking advert) and dad was so proud of it. We are disgusted by Brand - he's caused so much upset to my family... When I saw Brand's show I felt sick. It was so insensitive. I don't think he knows how much hurt he has caused us."
Brand had yet to comment on the controversy as WENN went to press.
Pregnant Mila Kunis plans to turn her back on her Hollywood career once she becomes a mother, insisting, "I don't eat and breathe acting".
The Ted beauty is expecting her first child with fiance Ashton Kutcher later this year (14) and she admits she has no plans to juggle movie and TV work with raising their baby, because motherhood is her top priority.
She tells America's W magazine, "I have never wanted to be the person who only has business on her mind. To me, this job has always been a hobby that turned into a great profession, but I don't eat and breathe acting.
"I'm sure Meryl Streep has a very different point of view. But I'm excited about being a full-time mum."
British rocker Morrissey has warned fans not to be fooled by a new Twitter.com account set up in his name, insisting the blog is "bogus". The former The Smiths frontman surprised fans on Wednesday (14May14) by appearing to send out his first tweet since originally joining the social media site in 2009.
The message, from the account @itsmorrissey, read: "Hello. Testing, 1, 2, 3. Planet Earth, are you there? One can only hope..."
The page seemed to be legitimate as it featured the verified account check mark from Twitter bosses, and more than 248,000 devotees, including comedians Stephen Fry and Russell Brand, clicked to follow Morrissey's musings.
However, the Suedehead hitmaker has now spoken out to distance himself from the blog, exposing the mystery writer as a fake.
In a statement posted on his fansite True-to-You.net, he writes, "I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account.
"I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name - as 'It's Morrissey' - but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That's, of course, if you should remotely care."
Morrissey signed off the note with the words, "Untwitterably yours."
The dust has finally settled after the latest late-night shake up, and Stephen Colbert officially has a replacement: Larry Wilmore, who will take over the 11:30 Comedy Central slot as host of The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. In a press release, the network described the show, which will feature a cast of minority comedians, as a "a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television." Wilmore, who has been the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show since 2006, has written for numerous sitcoms, including The Bernie Mac Show (which he created), The Office (on which he appeared occasionally as a put-upon racial sensitivity trainer) and the upcoming Black-ish, where he will serve as show runner until The Minority Report kicks off in January.
Though his name didn't seem to come up much in the speculation that followed Colbert taking over The Late Show, Wilmore was apparently the first choice for executive producer Jon Stewart. Audiences have been clamoring for a more diverse late-night landscape for some time now, one that will talk about and deal with the news and issues that face the underrepresented parts of TV viewers, and Wilmore is the perfect person to step into that role. In addition to being an established comedian and show runner whose comedy has dealt with race and racial politics for many years, his time on The Daily Show has given him time to cultivate an audience who are interested in seeing him bring his trademark comedic style to late night.
Wilmore's comedy is often sharp and quick-witted, and his segments as Senior Black Correspondent are excellent takedowns of complicated racial issues, but his delivery tends to give the subject matter an injection of lighthearted goofiness. It keeps the subject matter from getting too dark for a comedy program while at the same time offering a slightly different take on a story that the 14-hour news cycle has already torn to death. His latest appearance on the show, on April 28, saw him take apart the Donald Sterling controversy to ultimately reveal his real mission: convincing Chris Paul to move to the Lakers.
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Wilmore's combination of absurdity and wit often comes to a head in some of his weirder, sillier bits, like when he took out a credit card swiper to discuss the "race card" or the First Annual Wilmore Awards, which were given to people who broke down barriers that didn't need breaking down. It's the kind of segment we wouldn't be surprised to see on The Minority Report: goofy enough to keep the tone upbeat, but still providing him plenty of opportunities for his more biting jokes, as well as allowing him some room to comment on events or issues from a slightly different perspective. Plus, it's undeniably funny, as best exemplified by him wrapping up the bit by silently sliding a Wilmore Award across the desk to Stewart.
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With so many cable news programs and comedic fake-news shows all competing for an audience, The Minority Report will need to stand out and gives the stories its covers a different spin or a new, unexpected angle. Wilmore's been doing just that on The Daily Show for years, subverting the viewers' expectations to keep things fresh and funny.
Though Wilmore has constantly come up with interesting and surprising ways to use his segments, The Minority Report gives him the opportunity to explore a wider range of topics, as well as the freedom to play around with different formats. As Senior Black Correspondent, his style works perfectly when dealing with race-related issues and policies, but it would work just as well covering major political scandals or newsworthy celebrity controversies. Though it's likely that The Minority Report will have a similar structure to its predecessors, Wilmore's long career in television means he's more likely to experiment with the format of the show. He not only know what makes a good segment, but he also knows what makes a good television show as a whole, which means that he's not as tied to the strict structure of The Daily Show.
It also means that he'll have the opportunity to conduct more interviews and interact with more people on the show, whether they're regular correspondents of guests. Wilmore plays off of other wonderfully, whether he's wearily putting up with Stewart's attempts to work rap lyrics into the conversation or pairing up with John Oliver for an investigative report. As the steady force of the show, his ability to connect with other will be an invaluable resource for the show, especially as new comedians and correspondents are introduced on the show. His rapport with Stewart and the various guests he interviewed is part of what made him a fan favorite on The Daily Show. In fact, the worst part about Wilmore hosting his own show is that it significantly cuts down on the amount of field interviews he'll get to do.
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Unlike Colbert, who carried much of his show himself, Wilmore's acerbic yet relaxed demeanor will make him the perfect host for a variety of comedians and correspondents, and we wouldn't be surprised to see The Minority Report become just as much of a launch pad for the careers of its correspondents as The Daily Show was. Though he's not yet revealed whether they will be looking at brand new talent or bringing in some already-familiar supporting players - critics are already predicting that breakout star Jessica Williams will make an appearance - there's no doubt that with Wilmore at the desk "The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!" will have some friendly competition very soon. Especially if you’re looking for someone on late-night TV to host a friendly conversation about race.
Russell Brand, Simon Pegg and Steve Coogan are the latest British celebrities to back a social media campaign to raise money for a cancer charity. The stars have thrown their support behind the #ThumbsUpForStephen social media fundraiser in honour of Stephen Sutton, a British teenager suffering from incurable cancer, who drew up a bucket list which included a wish to raise $1.6 million (£1 million) for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
His story hit headlines this week (beg21Apr14) after the 19 year old wrote a heartfelt message on Facebook.com, and a number of celebrities have now backed his fundraising efforts, posting images of themselves holding a piece of paper which encourages fans to donate to the campaign via text message.
Sutton's goal was reached on Tuesday (22Apr14). The campaign total had hit $2.7 million (£1.7 million) when WENN went to press.
We've just learned that Comedy Central's resident satirist Stephen Colbert will be inheriting CBS's The Late Show once David Letterman takes his final bow in 2015, but almost as important as the show's new host is the new band leader. Colbert has made a lot of musically gifted friends in his time at Comedy Central, but which ones would make a good fit once the comedian transfers his talents to late night?
Ed HelmsChemistry is the name of the game when it comes to a good host/band leader dynamic. Thankfully, Ed Helms and Colbert spent years working together in the early days of The Daily Show, and have shown a nice easy comedic flow back and forth. They're clearly still pals, considering the fact that Colbert made a guest appearance as Helms' college buddy on the final season of The Office. There's also the fact that Helms is a talented multi-instrumentalist.
Elvis CostelloWhile this one may be a bit of a stretch, the connection between the two is more than tenuous. Colbert has a great admiration for Costello, and the two have become good friends thanks to Colbert's show. Costello even sang a duet with Steven during his 2008 Comedy Central special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! If that wasn't enough, there's the simple fact that Elvis Costello is just really cool. Not run of the mill cool, but old school cool. He's smooth, and has a big presence that won't get drowned out by Colbert's antics.
James MurphyJames Murphy, the former face of the now defunct LCD Soundsystem, eats, sleeps, and breaths New York, so it would be no problem keeping him in town to do the show. He's also has a lot of time on his hands now that LCD Soundsystem is done and gone. If all that wasn't enough, Murphy chose the Colbert Report for his band's final television appearance.
The NationalThese Brooklyn-based rockers would only be a short train ride away from Stephen's new digs at CBS. They've also sang a song on The Colbert Report with the host before, so the two entities are already well acquainted with each other. Plus, The National seems to really get a kick out of adding their moody brand of rock to pop to pop culture. They've created a haunting version of "The Rains of Castamere" for Game of Thrones, and have even covered songs from Bob's Burgers of all places.
Steve CarellBoth Carell and Colbert are Daily Show alums, and the duo used to host the recurring segment "Even Steven" where they debated topics as irrationally as possible. Beyond the comedy connection, Steve Carell does play his fair share of instruments, though they're not your typical late night fare. You'd be surprised to learn that Carell can play the baritone horn and the fife. Now, are we really going to deprive the world its only chance of having a late night band being led by a fife player? I think not.
With True Detective finally wrapping up its mystery and the McConaissance officially complete, it's time to turn our attention to some new cable offerings, ones that will keep us just as enthralled and confused as we were every time Rust Cohle opened his mouth to speak. Since right now everyone's more interested in what's on cable than what's playing in theaters, HBO and Cinemax have capitalized on that by releasing trailers for all of the original and returning programs that will keep people glued to their televisions through the summer. But with so many trailers dropping at once, it can be hard to tell your mini series from your TV movies and your realistic political comedies from your fantasy political dramas, and so we've rounded up all of the big trailers in one handy post, along with everything you need to know in order to get excited about them. Although, not even we can keep straight how everyone on Game of Thrones is related, so you're on your own with that one.
Doll and Em
What to Expect: Created and written by Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, the show follows fictional versions of themselves as they attempt to balance work and friendship after Em hires Doll to be her personal assistant. Based on the trailer, it seems like the show will have the strong female characters and emphasis on friendship that Girls does, but with some of the "glamour" and showbusiness antics of Extras. Most Exciting Parts of the Trailer: Well-tailored jumpsuits. Condescending assistants. Driving mishaps. Awkward hot tub confessions. Friendship. Matching blazers. The Big Question: Now that The Newsroom is ending, will Jeff Daniels make an appearance? How about Dev Patel? He's British, it could work!When It Premieres: March 19 at 10 PM on HBO.
Game of Thrones
What We'll See This Season: Now that we've all finally recovered from the Red Wedding, we can celebrate with the Purple Wedding, between everyone's favorite tiny monarch King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, which we're sure will have no complications whatsoever. Meanwhile, Sansa is still attempting to escape from King's Landing and the Lannisters' abuse, Stannis Baratheon is still desperately attempting to seize the Iron Throne, Jamie Lannister finds his loyalty torn between Brienne and Cersei, the Wall is still under attack from the Wildlings, placing Jon Snow in the the middle of the chaos, and Daenerys now has three dragons and a massive army. Basically, everyone is going to die. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Dragons. Sword fights. Revenge. Dragons. Catapults. Battle. Murder. Dragons. Dramatic sword-grasping. Ambition. Samwell Tarly. Dragons. The Big Question: Are the White Walkers still a part of this show, or have we just abandoned that plot completely? When It Premieres: April 6 at 9 PM on HBO.
What to Expect: Created by the writer and director of Office Space, Mike Judge, the show follows six computer programmers who are determined to make their mark in Silicon Valley by launching their own start up, even though they have no business acumen, charisma or social skills. The cast is made up of a group of experienced comedians and actors including Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener and Zach Woods, which means that Judge's weird, irreverent brand of humor should be translated magnificently onscreen. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Computer programming. Anecdotes about meeting the pesident. Bike-throwing. Black turtlenecks. The Big Question: Which is the more appropriate analogy: punk rock or free-form jazz? When It Premieres: April 6 at 10 PM on HBO.
What We'll See This Season: The president has announced that he's not planning to run for re-election, leaving the door to the Oval Office wide open for Selina Meyers, so she launches a PR campaign that includes a ghostwritten memoir and some new staff members. But since everything in her office tends to fall apart, we're sure that the road to the White House will be paved with mis-steps and disasters. Luckily, Jonah's still hanging around, waiting to be abused, so at least Selina has someone to take her aggression out on. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: "I would rather be shot in the face than serve as Vice President again." Oh, Selina. How we've missed you. The Big Question: Who's getting fired (and then rehired and then fired again and then probably re-rehired) this season?When It Premieres: April 6 at 10:30PM on HBO.
The Normal Heart
What to Expect: Based on the Tony Award-winning play by Larry Kramer, and directed by Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart tells the story of the struggle that gay activists went through at the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the early 1980s, and their attempts to raise awareness and assistance from a community that wanted to ignore them. Mark Ruffalo will star as Ned Weeks, the activist spearheading the campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness, with Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, and Jim Parsons in supporting roles. Needless to say, this one's going to be a tearjerker. The Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Mark Ruffalo's dramatic gravitas. Denis O'Hare as the dismissive, vaguely-Southern mayor. Blonde Taylor Kitsch. Background music that sounds like someone made Enya into a choir. The Big Question: How many Golden Globes will this inevitably win?When It Premieres: May 25 at 9 PM on HBO.
What to Expect: Set in New York in the 1900s and directed by Stephen Soderbergh, the show follows the work and lives of the staff of the Knickerbocker hospital, including Clive Owen's Dr. John Thackeray. Think Grey's Anatomy, but with less anesthesia and proper hygiene requirements and more gore. Probably the same amount of illicit affairs, though - this is Soderbergh we're talking about. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Blood. Long shots of old-fashioned hospital beds. Blood. Clive Owen's tiny moustache. Blood. Soderbergh FINALLY comes out of retirement! The Big Question: How many vivid nightmares are the scenes of turn-of-the-century surgical procedures going to inspire? When It Premieres: This summer on Cinemax.
Seth Meyers officially threw his hat in the late night ring this week as the new host of NBC's Late Night. See the highlights of his first week on the job and remember to check back here at Hollywood.com every weekend for your weekly late night talk show highlights.
"Fake or Florida"Seth Meyer's breakout bit of the week was an odd little game show about that kooky place in the USA that calls itself The Sunshine State.
Rudd Battles FallonPaul Rudd absolutely shamed Jimmy Fallon into submission with a this one-sided lip sync battle.
Late Night TakeoverTwo of the greatest thespians of our time, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, try their hand at hosting a late night talk show.
EscandaloThe folks over at Jimmy Kimmel Live! put together a hilarious Latino-flavored parody of ABC's Scandal.
Take That, ArizonaThis hilarious sketch from Conan O'Brien takes a jab at the Grand Canyon State for its anti-gay laws.
Acrobatic ArcheryThis "Stupid Human Trick" really missed the mark on Late Show with David Letterman – she really should've aimed for Letterman's crotch.
Show Me the Digital MoneyJon Stewart lampoons banks such as Credit Suisse for its role in financial marketplace fraud.
A Decade of LoveAdam Sandler and Drew Barrymore profess their on-screen love that has lasted 10 years on The Tonight Show.
Military Over-SpendingWhen Stephen Colbert found out that America is spending billions of dollars on useless military equipment, the fake political pundit doubled down on more spending!
Suit of the LoomJimmy Kimmel debuted his brand new suit, made completely from authentically loomed rubber band braids.
Waste Paper BasketballJimmy Fallon and Miami Heat's LeBron James rapped about their favorite office distraction.