Actress Olivia Wilde's Mother's Day dreams turned into a nightmare as she found herself hunting for an available restroom in Central Park on one of the hottest and busiest days of the year. The Tron: Legacy star was hoping the May (14) day would be quiet and enjoyable, but her plan to have a nice brunch and a walk in the park with fiance Jason Sudeikis and son Otis was ruined by soaring temperatures and the Japan Day celebration in New York.
She says, "We go up there (to Central Park) and it's hell... Everybody in the world is in Central Park that day. It also happened to be Japan Day, which it turns out is a huge deal in New York City...There were a billion people there and there's one bathroom, as far as I can tell... It was a bad decision on my part.
"We were sweating, and angry and hungry. Everyone had to pee. I finally just dropped to the ground on a patch of dirt, like in between two ugly roads, and then just ripped off the diaper of the kid to change him and he just pooped everywhere - like a torrent, a flood."
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Every spring, people graduating from high school or college celebrate the occasion by having a nice dinner with family and friends as they look towards the future. And, then after that, they go have a party. Strike that — they have a PARTAAAY! WHOO!
The high school/college party is a such mainstay in films about the age group that we've seen it done just about every way that you can imagine. There are some lessons that we've learned, however, on what all future movie characters should know about making the most of the party… which we will gladly share.
Everyone Is Going to Arrive at the Same Time
At real parties, people trickle in sometime after the designated start time. Not so in a movie party. On the big screen, everyone arrives all at the same time, as illustrated most effectively in 10 Things I Hate About You. Since chances are that the guests aren't going to be overly considerate of the house, you might want to hide the fine china before the mob gets there.
It's Good to Have Someone Keep His/Her Senses
When the party gets going, it's easy to lose sight of things. Just like Anna Kendrick's Beca in Pitch Perfect, it's nice to have someone remind the partiers to "make good choices."
Dance the Night Away
What's a party without music, right? If possible, try to invite some people that can really dance... like, say, Kid 'n' Play and their House Party crew. Just don't let anyone get hurt trying any of their moves.
If You're Hiring a Band, Though, Make Sure They're Good
Bad live entertainment can kill a party pretty quickly (see: Pitch Perfect), so it's important to bring in the right people. Animal House's Otis Day and the Knights showed the proper way to synch the band with the party.
Don’t Forget to Invite the Geeks
Whether it's Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles, Robert Carradine in Revenge of the Nerds, Christopher Mintz-Plasse in Superbad or Charlie Corsmo in Can't Hardly Wait, movies have proved over and over that the geek shall inherit the party.
If Someone Wants You to Play a Game, the Reward Probably Isn't Worth It
Personally, we learned this the hard way, but whether it's beer pong or quarters, the reward for any party games is probably going to be tempered by bad after effects. Or, as Skylar Astin found out in 21 and Over, the reward might only be a dude in his underwear.
If You Do Over-Indulge, Try to Find Someone Sober to Help
Don't do what Caroline did in Sixteen Candles and ask for assistance from some inebriated friends. The cost to get your hair fixed will be considerable.
When You See Your Chance, Take It
Not even Cher in Clueless could make people hook up at a party, but if the perfect opportunity to express your true feelings to a crush presents itself don't be afraid to take decisive action like Emile Hirsch in The Girl Next Door.
Have a Plan If the Cops Show Up
The traditional way to handle it is to run… and if the cops are like the ones played by Seth Rogen and Bill Hader in Superbad, they'll just tell you to do that. (Watch the NSFW clip here.) Of course, if your name is McLovin' you can just relax.
Don't Invite Prostitutes
Unless your name is Tom Cruise.
"Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has peed on his own face. #awesome". New mum Olivia Wilde jokes about little Otis' urinating troubles a day after his birth. The actress also shared a sweet black-and-white snap of her baby boy snuggling on her chest. The tot, Wilde's first with fiance Jason Sudeikis, was born on Wednesday (23Apr14).
Free star Paul Rodgers plans to give all the proceeds from his latest solo album to a music academy. The rocker financed The Royal Sessions himself and wants to donate the profits to the Stax Music Academy, an after-school program in Memphis, Tennessee.
The All Right Now hitmaker tells Mojo magazine, "(Producer) Perry Margouleff and I financed the whole thing and one day we just decided: pay the proceeds to the people who gave us this music.
"How? Well, the Stax Academy is a nice, communal place for kids which we saw in action, so that's what we agreed. I've done very well out of music, after all. If I've had dips in my career they've been while I was regrouping. One of the things The Royal Sessions has done is recharge my love for music."
The Royal Sessions is a collection of covers of classic R&B and soul songs recorded at Memphis' Royal Studios. Rodgers put his stamp on hits by soul greats such as Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles.
Actress Tiffani Thiessen lit up New York's Empire State Building on Wednesday night (02Oct13) to kick off an annual literacy campaign. The former Saved By The Bell star launched the Jumpstart Read For The Record campaign by lighting up the Big Apple landmark in a red glow.
The Read for the Record campaign aims to highlight the importance of early education. Thousands of American adults and children will try to set a record for the largest shared reading experience by simultaneously reading children's book Otis on 3 October (13).
Thiessen says, "As a mother and an avid reader, my hopes for Jumpstart are high. I want every child in America reading every day. Jumpstart's Read for the Record is another way to raise awareness of the importance of reading and the importance of providing high-quality early education to our children."
Look at that face. Is that the face of a 41-year-old? No. Chris Hardwick is clearly 17. But take a look at his IMDB page and you'll see that he's been hosting shows since 1993. 20 years ago. So that means he must be aging backwards. Regardless of how his face is aging, you've probably seen it all over the place throughout the years. Let's journey together through a retrospective of Chris Hardwick's career.
Hardwick broke onto the scene and shot into young girls' hearts as co-host of MTV's wildly popular dating show Singled Out in 1995. His dynamic with Jenny McCarthy as the nerdy funny guy and the hot chick who can throw down was a winning combination, so much so that he caught the attention of Aussie model and The Real World: London cast member Jacinda Barrett, whom he was engaged to but never married.
Since Singled Out, he's accumulated a laundry list of steady hosting gigs and acting roles. In 1998, he starred on UPN's comedy Guys Like Us, and appeared in Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses in 2003 and Halloween II in 2009. From 2007 to 2011, he voiced Otis the Cow for Nickelodeon's Back at the Barnyard, and is currently the voice of Craig on Sanjay and Craig. And those are just a few of his acting gigs.
Perhaps the most prolific host, talking-head personality, and cameo-maker of the last 20 years, Hardwick has appeared on everything from MTV Spring Break to Hollywood Squares to Boy Meets World. Some regular gigs he's had where he just shows up and is himself include The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Concurrent with Chelsea Lately and Jimmy Fallon, he hosts Talking Dead and Talking Bad, companion shows to the two AMC giants, Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Where does he have the time to do all this?
Besides his many TV appearances and acting roles, he is the co-president of Legendary Films' digital division, which incorporated his former media network, Nerdist. And as if that weren't enough, starting this fall, Hardwick will host a half-hour comedic panel show called @Midnight four nights a week literally at midnight. All of this raises the question: when does Hardwick sleep? And how does he age so well without getting any shut-eye? Could he be a living, breathing key to the fountain of youth? Maybe, maybe not, but he certainly is a hard-working and entertaining guy.
R&B legend Bobby 'Blue' Bland, who influenced everyone from Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett to The Band and Van Morrison, died June 23 at his home in Germantown, Tenn., a small town near Memphis. He was 83.
Though not a household name like B.B. King, Bland was every bit as much a pioneer, albeit an unlikely one. He never played an instrument or wrote music, and he dropped out of school in the third grade to pick cotton. But his velvet voice and relaxed stage presence set him apart from his contemporaries. "I’d like to be remembered as just a good old country boy that did his best to give us something to listen to and help them through a lot of sad moments, happy moments, whatever," Bland said in 2009 on the House of Blues Radio Hour.
If the blues typically burn hot, with stories about heartbreak, grief, and trials of the flesh, Bland lowered the temperature. Sure, in his early days in the mid-1950s playing clubs and serving as an opening act for other blues musicians, he mimicked the B.B. King approach, wailing and sobbing on songs like "It’s My Life, Baby" and "Farther Up the Road" as if hell had come to earth. But by 1958, Bland partnered with trumpet-player Joe Scott and radically changed his style.
Drawing from mellow crooners like Perry Como, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett, Bland started to convey laid-back intimacy with his vocals. He abandoned his falsetto and embraced a slow-burn approach that would influence decades of soul acts after him, like Redding and Pickett. It’s why "That’s the Way Love Is" broke out of the R&B chart to become a Top 40 pop hit in 1963. And when Kanye West was looking for some molasses-smooth soul to add to Jay-Z’s "Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)" on 2001’s The Blueprint, he sampled Bland's 1974 lament "Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City."
In the late '60s and '70s, his gentle approach to the blues influenced The Band, who recorded his 1964 song "Share Your Love With Me" themselves, and Van Morrison, who was known to play Bland's "Ain’t Nothing You Can Do" in his live shows.
That's why he got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. And it's why we’re still listening to his music now. The only thing bland about Bobby 'Blue' was his name.
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Dying to show the six-year-old in your life Animal House, but afraid that the toga-partying exploits of John Blutarsky might be too debaucherous for their young mind? Now there's a solution: Monsters University.
Based on the first full-length trailer for the Monsters Inc. prequel, Pixar has found a way to tap their love for raunchy college comedies by following the origins of everyone's favorite hard-working, middle-class monsters, Mike and Sully. Billy Crystal and John Goodman once again voice the BFF pair, but as we learn in the early glimpse of the movie, their road to friendship was a bit… scary. If Mike is Larry Kroger, than Sully is his Blutarsky. An intellectual in need of a bit of fun, a party animal in need of direction. Now, which monster is filling in for Otis Day?
Monsters University arrives June 21, 2013. Check out the first trailer below. Can it live up to the original?
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Jeez, Justin Timberlake sure isn't f**king around when it comes to his big musical comeback. For his first music video back on the scene, he's enlisting some pretty A-List help. David Fincher — you know, the guy behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, and Fight Club — will be directing the actual-real-not-lyric-version video for "Suit & Tie," The Playlist confirms.
You may remember that Fincher got his start in music videos, and is famously responsible for Madonna's iconic 1990 "Vogue" video. But he hasn't dabbled in the medium since he directed the video for Nine Inch Nails' "Only" in 2005. Despite his eight year hiatus, we expect big things from Fincher in his return to music videos. After all, the following seven videos all prove that no movie director is too big to return to the shorter, more YouTube-friendly form.
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Following his smashing success with 2009's (500) Days of Summer, Marc Webb helmed Green Day's "Last of the American Girls" video in 2010.
After Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) earned him a cult following, John Cameron Mitchell brought his artistic vision to Bright Eyes' touching "First Day of My Life" video in 2006.
In another movie star music video mashup, Bennett Miller teamed up with Scarlett Johansson for her 2008 video for "Falling Down." While Moneyball was still on Miller's horizon, he'd already scored notability with Capote (2005).
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A year before Milk, Gus Van Sant directed the Red Hot Chili Peppers' video for "Desecration Smile" (2007). Of course, Van Sant already had a number of hits (including Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester) to his name.
Unlike Fincher, Darren Aronofsky didn't try his hand at music video directing until he was established in movies. After Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan, Aronofsky directed the video for Lou Reed and Metallica's "The View" (2011).
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Like Fincher and "Vogue," it's pretty common knowledge at this point that Martin Scorsese directed Michael Jackson's "Bad" in 1987. But despite this being 26 years ago, Scorsese was in no way a newbie director. Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and The Color of Money (1986) (among others) were already behind him.
Even while he loaded up on feature film accolades (for movies such as Being John Malkovitch, Adaptation, and Where the Wild Things Are) Spike Jonze never really left his music video roots. Most recently, he took the reins of LCD Soundsystem's "Drunk Girls," Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," The Beastie Boys' "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," and Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" (below).
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If there's a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year director Bill Condon deserves to take it home after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011's Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella Edward and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves mining even more comedy thrills and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before. The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella's meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer's source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie's nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully they're all on purpose.
Part 2 picks up immediately following the events of the first film Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned into a vampire by Edward (Robert Pattinson) to save her life after the torturous delivery of her half-human half-vampire child Renesmee. She awakes to discover super senses heightened agility increased strength… and a thirst for blood. One dead cougar later Bella and the gang are able to focus on the real troubles ahead: Renesmee is rapidly growing (think Jack) and vampiric overlords The Volturi perceive her a threat to vampiric secrecy. Knowing the Volturi will travel to Forks WA to kill the young girl (a 10-year-old just a month after being born) The Cullens amass an army of bloodsucking friends to end the oppression once and for all.
Packed with an absurd amount of backstory and mythology-twisting plot points (some vampires can shoot lightning now?) Condon and series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg mine revel in the beefed up ensemble of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and thanks to a wildly funny cast it never feels like pointless deviation. Along with the usual suspects Lee Pace adds swagger to the series as a grungy alt-rock vampire Noel Fisher appears as a hilarious over-the-top battle-ready Russian coven member and Michael Sheen returns has Volturi head honcho Aro and steels the show. Flamboyant diabolical and a steady stream of maniacal laughter Sheen owns Condon's high camp vision for Twilight and he lights up the screen. There are a few throw away nations of vampires — the oddly stereotypical Egyptian and Amazonians sects are there mostly there to off-set the extreme whiteness — but the actors involved bring liveliness to a franchise known for being soulless. Even Stewart Pattinson and Taylor Lautner give personal bests in this installment — a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke) is genuinely heartfelt while Jacob's overprotective hero schtick finally lands.
Whereas Breaking Dawn - Part 1 stuck mostly to the personal story relying on the intimate moments as Bella and Edward took the big plunge into marriage and sex Part 2 paints with broader strokes and Condon has a ball. Delving into the history of the vampires and the vampire world outside Forks is Pandora's Box for the director. One scene where we learn why kids scare the heck of the Volturi captures a scope of medieval epics — along with the bloodshed. Twilight might be known for its sexual moments but Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will go down for its abundance of decapitations. The big set piece in the finale is something to behold both in the craftsmanship of the spectacle and in its bizarre nature.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the audience hooting hollering and even gasping as it twisted and turned to the final moments. There's little doubt that even the biggest naysayer of the franchise would do the same. No irony here: the conclusion of Twilight is a blast.