Unlucky Irish actor Chris O'dowd found himself embroiled in a Friday the 13th travel nightmare after he was stranded at a U.K. airport due to a broken plane. The Bridesmaids star was due to take a United Airlines flight from London to Texas on Friday (13Dec13), but his travel plan was thrown into chaos when his aircraft was grounded due to technical problems.
O'Dowd was unable to land a seat on any other flights to Texas, so the airline diverted him to Chicago, Illinois, around 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometres) from his destination.
The star expressed his frustrations by recounting his conversation with an airline representative on his Twitter.com page, writing, "United - 'Your flight's been cancelled'. Me - 'Oh, so what should I do?' United - 'You should get a different flight, next please'. Splendid...
"Me - 'Why was the flight cancelled?' United - 'Plane broken, next please'. (She literally said 'plane broken')... United - 'There are no other seats to Texas today'. Me - 'Is that a lyric from a country song?'... United - 'How about Chicago?'... Me - 'It's just... Chicago seems a long way from Texas'. United - 'It's not that far'. Me - 'Well I couldn't f**kin swim it'. United - 'Please don't swear sir'...
"Me - 'But I've already checked in, will you move my bags onto my flight to Texas?' United - 'Almost certainly sir. Next please'."
The actor goes on to add, "So it's a 3 hour delay, but then at least I get a flight to Chicago. Which is exactly where I was going. Oh, wait..."
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Legos were always the best toys as a kid because everything just fit together so well. Of course, it was all by design, but there was joy in knowing no matter what playsets you had, they would all connect in whatever combination you wanted with a swift click. With some easy construction, you could have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaming up with Batman and it all made perfect sense in a playtime logic sort of way. Now all those childhood battles come to life in the newest trailer for The Lego Movie.
The trailer is infused with the most amount of joy one can possibly inject into molded plastic. Chris Pratt's exuberance is the perfect fit for the lead character as we watch his jerky, joint-less movements explore the colorful land of Lego World. The story follows Emmet, an ordinary guy who is mistaken for The Master Builder, the only person capable of saving the Lego World from the tyranny of Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Along for the ride is an assortment of great voices including Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, and Morgan Freeman. The clear standout is definitely Will Arnett's take on Batman, who has all of the caped crusaders dark confidence, but none of his actual competence.
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Warner Bros. has constructed what looks to be a suffocatingly likable adventure built brick by brick with references that hit every square inch of the pop culture landscape in a bonanza of an animated movie. One of the surprising things about the trailer are all the adult jokes that skate around the clip's colorful energy There are even vintage lego pieces dotted throughout the trailer, copies of which are probably stuck between your mom's couch cushions right now.
The Lego Movie hits Theaters February 14th.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown will reportedly spend up to three months in rehab in an effort to resolve his anger issues. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker checked into a treatment centre in Malibu, California on Tuesday (29Oct13), a day after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge following a weekend (27Oct13) fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel.
The singer stands accused of allegedly punching a 20-year-old man who was attempting to board his tour bus, and the incident could land him in jail for a maximum of four years if Los Angeles prosecutors feel his latest arrest violates his probation from his 2009 assault conviction following a fight with his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Brown is serious about his rehab stint, adding the singer is eager to get to the root his temper troubles and is open to undergoing treatment for as long as three months.
An insider tells the website, "The rehab facility has been told to take him (Brown) apart and put him back together."
Brown's decision to seek professional counselling prompted him to pull out of a Halloween concert in New York on Tuesday (29Oct13).
WENN/Chris JepsonThose eleven artists who will walk away from London's The Roundhouse empty-handed on Wednesday night shouldn't feel too disheartened as while the Mercury Prize remains arguably the most prestigious award in British music, it's by no means a guarantee for a long-lasting career. Indeed, although the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal and two-time winner PJ Harvey have only gone from strength to strength since picking up the £20,000 cheque, the history of the ceremony is littered with artists who disappeared off everyone's radar virtually the moment their name was read out. Here's a look at five forgotten recipients.Roni SizeInstrumental in drum 'n' bass' mainstream breakthrough, Roni Size's win over Radiohead's OK Computer and The Prodigy's The Fat Of The Land with his 1997 debut, New Forms, may have come as a shock but certainly wasn't undeserved. However, the dreadlocked producer then appeared to scurry back into the underground almost as quickly as he'd escaped from it. Talvin SinghArguably the most leftfield winner, Talvin Singh's re-interpretation of Indian classical music on 1999's OK beat the likes of Blur's 13 and The Chemical Brothers' Surrender to the prize. A William Orbit-esque career path appeared to await when Madonna recruited the tabla player for 2000's Music but his contribution only appeared as a Japanese bonus track and his subsequent releases sank without trace.Ms DynamiteHailed as the voice of her generation, Ms Dynamite's blend of hip-hop, R&B and socially-conscious lyrics enamoured the judges enough to award her inventive debut, A Little Deeper, the prize back in 2002. However, preachy 2005 follow-up Judgement Days forgot to include any semblance of a tune, while her peace-loving reputation took a bit of a battering a year later when she pleaded guilty to punching a male police officer.KlaxonsThe leading figures of the mid-'00s nu-rave scene, The Klaxons triumphed over Amy Winehouse's Back To Black in 2007 with their trippy debut, Myths Of The Near Future. But originally rejected by their label for being too experimental, second album Surfing The Void was released to near total apathy in 2010.Speech DebellePerhaps the reason for the panel's play-it-safe approach in recent years, Speech Debelle was a virtual unknown before she was unexpectedly handed the prize ahead of Florence + The Machine and La Roux with 2009's Speech Therapy. Responsible for the lowest-selling Mercury Prize winning album ever (just 15,000 copies), she still remains a virtual unknown.
"They usually had a ramp for me to walk up so I could land somewhere near his face." Diminutive actress Natalie Portman needed a height boost for kissing scenes with Chris Hemsworth in their 2011 movie Thor.
Parks and Recreation is determined to come up with a season long arc, and so far, Leslie's (Amy Poehler) idea for a merger with rival town Eagleton is proving to be a good one. This week, the department took on their Eagleton counterparts in order to learn the lay of the land. Ultimately, the episode feels a little light because no matter how much we may want to see more of the Eagleton Parks Department, there was no way the cast was going to double in size, but the conceit was funny enough that it doesn't matter whatsoever.
April (Aubrey Plaza) is back to full agent-of-chaos mode, first rebranding Jerry (whose actual name is Gary) as "Larry Gengrich," and then torturing her doppleganger, Tynnyfer (June Diane Raphael) by mimicing her vapid cluelessness and tricking her into quitting her job and breaking into Dwayne Wade's house in Miami. Ron (Nick Offerman) slowly realizes that his counterpart, played by Sam Elliott and also named Ron, might be another mustachioed man of few words with a love of the outdoors, but while Ron is a libertarian suvivalist and meat-lover, Eagleton Ron is a vegan enviornmental crusader and nut nut ("They make wonderful milks"). They go from instant friends to instant enemies, and it's nice to see the slow build of things our Ron hates coming out of an increasingly gleeful Alterna-Ron's mouth. The only downside to so many great day players was that aside from Leslie's attempts to figure out who to fire, we didn't get to see any of our usual inter-character chemisty. Tom (Aziz Ansari), in particular, was stranded alone in his struggle to conceal that his doppleganger was a super-efficient computer program called E.R.I.C by constructing a fictional drug-dealing, racist, messy jerk identity for Eric who does, indeed, get fired.
And despite all these machinations, Leslie would have never fired someone from the main cast tonight, not just because they are under contract for the rest of the season, but because after recieving the news that Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ann (Rashida Jones) are planning to move out of Pawnee, she becomes hyper loyal, panicking about the loss of a friend by hanging on desperately to her employees, even attempting to get them to sign a Loyalty Agreement that binds them to the town for 50 years. Though Ann tries to soften the bad news with a plate of waffles and a picture of a shirtless Joe Biden riding a horse, Leslie still feels betrayed.
If only things were as easy as they are for Chris and Ben (Adam Scott), who have become close again over the last few episodes but dealt with the news in a mature and kind way. But Leslie's panic is understandable and totally in character. Additionally, Ann is pretty much nowhere to be found in what should have been a much bigger episode for her. Even as Leslie constantly reminds us how they are best friends who love working together, she spends far more time seeking advice from Ron and working with the rest of the department. If there was ever a time to show their friendship and its tightness, it was here. And with Pawnee becoming extreme in its unhealthiness (Chris orders a "salad" filled with gummy worms, cheese, a gumball, and toffee) and this merger giving her a natural break in her job, it's hard to tell exactly how she feels about leaving or about starting a new life with Chris. While it does seem best for the show to lose Ann as Ben becomes a more logical anchor in Leslie's life, that doesn't mean Ann should be unceremoniously shipped off. And the abrupt ending of the episode, which cuts to black just as Ann and Leslie sit down to talk, felt confusing, as the audience doesn't really know the answers to what they're talking about. Hopefully, next week we'll get a chance to hang out with both characters as they think about how to say goodbye.
Questions, Comments, Concerns:This week's stray observations will be used as a shrine to Craig, Donna's doppleganger, who was played by Billy Eichner, was the only Eagleton member left on the "maybe" side of returning vs. being fired, and was by far the most quotable. Case in point:"Donna? That is the perfect name for you. I love it, don't ever change it.""I wanted to be a Spanish man named Terrance, but that didn't happen." "I carried the Eagleton Department on my back and I loved every second of it, you don't even know!" (You have to imagine that this is at a shrill, manic pitch capable of waking the dead.)"You want me to put Bermuda grass in a continental climate that's a six on the Beauford scale in a park with zero drainage? I want Kentucky Bluegrass, I want a 10 percent discount, and I want you to apologize to my best friend Donna!" "I have a medical condition all right. It's called caring too much... and it's incurable! Also I have excema." "I'm halfway through designing a bamboo gazebo as a tribute to the founders of Motown.""My DVR is pregnant with 13 months' worth of Scandal."
"Any part they want to have me for - I can grow a great beard. I can even shave parts off to be a little bit crazier." Vampire Weekend star Chris Tomson is desperate to land a role on his favourite show Game of Thrones.
Ah, Norway. Land of Vikings, black metal, cured fish and now: Ylvis’s ‘What Does the Fox Say?”
The Brothers Ylvis have a lot of ideas about vulpine communications – all preposterous. Maybe we should ask what the fox this viral hit says about Norway?
The answer lies in the question. Mystery: Norwegians are into it.
It’s no coincidence that previous Ylvis hit ‘Stonehenge’ also depicts a Norse yuppie with a burning question: “What’s the meaning of Stonehenge?”
Food for thought, indeed, but not quite the internet catnip that is ‘foreign’ people dressed in animal costumes, doing an easy-to-replicate dance move over a glossy banger. (Anyone remember a lil' equine number called “Gangnam Style”?)
While Psy taught us everything we know about the trendy Gangnam district of South Korea (almost nothing), here we have the essential idiot’s guide to Norway. We see a genetically superior group of cava-swillers hitting up a sick wooden house in the woods for a fancy dress party. Then they rave to cheesy euro-dance in said woods (Norway is all about the woods). They question the vocabulary of a woodland creature (the fox), while showing off about their farming nous (Norwegian farming culture is ingrained – even these city slickers have a fundamental grasp of the standard fish and fowl lexicon). All the while, the fox, by its very nature, outfoxes them. His mother tongue is a mystery, probably requiring a whole special keyboard full of weird dots and an auto-tuned throat (see: Norwegian).
A bearded grandpa reads aloud from a dusty book to a rapt third generation Ylvis fan (Norwegians have fought hard to preserve their cultural history and traditions). The foxy tale becomes folk legend.
Maybe it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy and Yylvis will continue to represent Norway to the rest of the world for generations to come. Norway: are you cool with this?
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On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 11, Prince Harry took part in a trade for the BGC Partners Charity Day at Canary Wharf in London — an event in memory of those who died during the attacks on the World Trade Center 12 years ago. Harry, realizing the gravitas associated with such an event, made the above face.
Way to go, Harry.
Now that we know that Harry is capable of finding the most appropriate, tactful reaction to any significant phone call that may come his way, we thought we'd test him out with the most heart-wrenching telephonic moments from pop culture — in GIFs, of course.
When Rick Grimes discovered he was talking to his dead wife, Harry was all:Via
As Sam Baldwin sought solace following a broken heart, Harry just:Via
It was the last night of Casey Becker's life and Harry was just like:Via
Harry definitely knows who A is...Via
And Harry knows that Peggy is no Pizza House.Via
When Captain Kirk gets really, really, angry, Harry is all: Via
Harry ain't Jesse, Mr. White!Via
Colin Farrell is hostage in a phone booth, waxing poetic on the perils of trust, and Harry just:Via
Harry's fairly certain Alexis has the wrong number. Via
And he won't take s**t from nobody — not even Regina George. Via
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Teen girls the world over are losing their s**t because — OMG — One Direction is on the big screen. This Is Us hit theaters Thursday and that means 92 minutes of Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis, and Zayn singin', chillin', prankin', and just being their adorable selves. Can you even handle that?
If you have a life-sized poster of Niall on your wall, support Zayn's engagement even though you're broken-hearted, or are reading this right now while standing in line for your sixth viewing of This Is Us then it's safe to say that you are a Directioner through and through. And if One Direction is your all-time favorite boy band then, well, that says a lot. For starters, you are between the ages of 10 and 18. You also don't know who Lisa Frank is and will never fully appreciate the glory that is a perfectly-curated mix CD (or tape, if you want to kick it real old school). You have the fastest thumbs in west — all the better to tweet/text/Facebook/Snapchat you with, my dear – and are so over Justin Bieber (but Austin Mahone, on the other hand...)
But anyone born before 1995 knows that One Direction can hardly be called the "best boy band of all time." Here's what your boy band of choice says about you.
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A true child of the '80s, you were one of the first to hop on the boy bandwagon and, as such, you are known as being a trendsetter. You ripped your jeans and cropped your tops before you read that you were supposed to in Tiger Beat and you better believe there is still a crimper in the back of your closet. These days, you spend your days climbing to the top of the corporate ladder and your nights trolling for scalped tickets for the NKOTBSB Tour (which, let's be honest, you are still angry is not just a NKOTB reunion tour).
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If the Backstreet Boys are your one desire, then it's safe to say that the wildest ice cream flavor you'll ever order is chocolate and vanilla swirl (whoa, go crazy!). You like things to go according to plan — your plan — and you're not a huge fan of spontaneity. While you're a born leader and feel right at home at the top of the food chain, it's been a bit of time since you've held that post. And as fun as it is to relive your totally bomb senior prank every once in a while, this state of a perpetual comeback you're in is wearing thin on those who once worshipped you.
You're the best, the coolest, indisputably the most talented/gorgeous/charming/wonderful person of all time. (Can you tell where my loyalties lie?) In all seriousness, you're sassy on the outside but have a heart of gold. You may not have been class president or a star athlete once upon a time, but you know your crew would go to the ends of the Earth for you, and you for them. You're also a good dancer and have an inexplicable love of puppetry. You probably still have frosted tips and you have a one in five chance of achieving greatness.
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You have impeccable taste. You're a discerning consumer — of music, art, romantic companions, fine perishable goods — and never settle for less than top-notch. You're also wise beyond your years and therefore a neverending fountain of advice, support, and shoulders to cry on for your friends. You were definitely the first of your friends to get laid.
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Choosing 98 Degrees as your main jam shows that you're more wallflower than life of the party. You're a little shy (but totally adorable) and find more pleasure in a book or journal than, well, just about anything. A total smartie, you're not confused by tricky things like chicken of the sea. Most importantly, you're a hopeless romantic who will never give up on love — despite a few bumps along the road.
You aren't afraid to dance to the beat of your own drum (and "Back Here" on repeat). Holy Jesus are you a sucker for guys with accents. You studied abroad in Europe your junior year of college and were only convinced to return to the States after a strongly-worded phone call with your parents (which included phrases like "student loans," "throwing away your future," and "cutting off your funds").
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