Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day that we awkwardly gather round the table before stuffing our faces and give thanks to the things that matter most in our lives: family, friends, and good health.
Well that's nice and all, but here at Hollywood.com we've compiled a list of things that we are truly thankful for. Things like Louie, Magic Mike, and Amy Poehler(We're proud to say that she's mentioned three different times). Check out our list and then share which pop-culture phenomenons you're most thankful for in 2012!
Kate Ward: I'm thankful to Louie for not only giving me quotable soundbites ("I… am… BORED!"), but also for helping me remember no matter how bad it gets, at least I don't have to help clean fecal matter off a raw meat-eating boy.
Leanne Aguilera: I’m thankful for the fact that Magic Mike was a legitimately good movie and that everyone has finally realized that “Call Me Maybe” is a truly obnoxious song. I’m thankful that Happy Endings is consistently amahzing (Wheee! What up skanks?!) and that I can blame my love for Glee on my job—when in reality it's one of the highlights of my week. I’m also thankful for Matt Bomer. Even though he doesn’t play on my team, it’s lovely to know that there are real life Disney princes walking among us.
Anna Brand: I am thankful for the release of Dawson's Creek instant streaming on Netflix, the "Shahs of Sunset", and these Gotye lip-syncing kids.
Alicia Lutes: I'm thankful for unending Lohan drama and the end of the 2012 election so that my blood pressure can return to normal. I'm thankful for drunk celebrities on Watch What Happens Live, and Twitter wars. I'm thankful for the friendship of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and their shows 30 Rock and Parks and Rec being so great. I'm thankful for Solange Knowles' general flyness, and that people have finally stopped playing that Gotye song. I'm thankful for Maggie Smith always, but especially for her in the 3rd season (sorry, series) of Downton Abbey. I'm also glad that our president supported gay marriage because being hateful is so 2011. I'm also glad that Shame came out on DVD for, yes, the very obvious reasons.
Abbey Stone: I am thankful for a Matthew and Mary union (enough sexual tension is enough, Mr. Fellowes) and the Dowager Countess, like, in general. I am also thankful for Hillary Clinton's texting skillz and "Call Me Maybe" (because duh).
Michael Arbeiter: I am most thankful for the language perpetrated by the future island society in Cloud Atlas. From now on, I can happily proclaim my affirmation for an idea with not merely a “true,” but a “true-true.”
Matt Patches: I am thankful that Channing Tatum has finally convinced people that he's more than just a good-looking meathead. He's a good-looking meathead with acting chops and sensibilities that help good movies get made.
Sydney Bucksbaum: I am thankful that Hart of Dixie didn’t take the expected and easy way out of the big Season 1 cliffhanger: after Zoe and Wade finally admitted they had feelings for each other and hooked up, George called off his wedding to tell Zoe he loved her… while Wade was still in her bed! We all thought this CW charmer would just have Zoe dump Wade to jump George for Season 2, but then they surprised us by having Zoe turn George down and give Wade his much-deserved chance. This fall has been all about “Zade,” and I’m glad the love triangle has been rendered almost extinct… at least, for now. Giving Zoe and Wade’s relationship some time to grow has breathed new life into this show.
Keslea Stahler: Ryan Gosling doing anything ever, the way Schmidt on New Girl says Chutney (“Chutt-en-ee”), the fact that 30 Rock is going out with a good final season, DVR for allowing me to be a TV-nut without being a total shut-in.
Aly Semigran: I'm thankful for the 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' soundtrack for ensuring I had plenty of goosebumps in 2012, I'm thankful for Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling's budding bromance on the set of the new Terrence Malick movie (more goosebumps), and I'm thankful for Leslie Knope (the continually amazing Amy Poehler) proving, at long last, smart, successful women in love can have it all.
Michelle Lee: I'm thankful for Claire Danes' award-winning ugly crying, extremely entertaining political scandals, Amy Poehler's adorable ginger baby and that 50 Shades of Grey isn't mentioned 100 times a day anymore.
Brian Moylan: I am thankful that Laurie died on The Walking Dead. Also, for Kim Richards.
Shaunna Murphy: I'm thankful for Daryl Dixon holding babies, and that scene of Chloe Sevigny scaring the school children on American Horror Story. I'm also thankful because Cabin in the Woods finally came out, as well as Anderson Cooper.
Lindsey DiMattina: I am thankful that a judge took away Amanda Bynes' drivers license because a few speeding tickets/hit-and-runs could have been a lot worse if she had been allowed to continue to drive.
Christian Blauvelt: I’m grateful that TV finally proved my theory that acting ability is directly proportional to baldness. See: every male actor on Breaking Bad, Andre Braugher on Last Resort, and Jim Rash on Community (and on the Oscars, when he mimicked Angelina’s leg poses). Hairlessness is akin to godliness, it seems, with the obvious exception of Terry O’Quinn on 666 Park Avenue. Also, I’m thankful that James Bond got his sense of humor back, even though I’m convinced that Daniel Craig will look like Jonathan Banks in 15 years.
What in the world of pop culture are you thankful for? Shout 'em out in the comments below!
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The wait is over! At last the nominations for the least authoritative awards show of all, the People's Choice Awards, are here. 93 million votes were tallied by phone, Interwebs, and even in-person polling at Walgreens (seriously), to determine the contenders for the 2013 kudos fest. It turns out that these guys Adam Levine (six nods), Channing Tatum (four), and Justin Bieber (five) are really popular. I have a Y chromosome, so I wouldn't have known. 2013 People's Choice Awards host Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) announced the nominees this morning in Los Angeles at the Paley Center for Media, along with country star Jason Aldean, Anthony Anderson, Casey Wilson, Jason O'Mara, and executive producer Mark Burnett. Check out the full list of nominees below, and, remember, if you object to any of the picks, you only have America to blame.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2013 NOMINEES:
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Snow White and the Huntsman
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
Robert Downey, Jr.
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
FAVORITE MOVIE ICON
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Men in Black 3
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE STAR
Robert Downey, Jr.
FAVORITE FACE OF HEROISM
Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman
Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE
21 Jump Street
What to Expect When You're Expecting
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE
The Lucky One
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTRESS
FAVORITE MOVIE FRANCHISE
The Dark Knight
The Hunger Games
FAVORITE MOVIE SUPERHERO
Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man
Chris Evans as Captain America
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Christian Bale as Batman
Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man
FAVORITE ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY
Emma Stone / Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man
Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games
Kristen Stewart / Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman
Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum, The Vow
Scarlett Johansson / Jeremy Renner, The Avengers
FAVORITE MOVIE FAN FOLLOWING
Potterheads, Harry Potter
Ringers, The Lord of the Rings
Rum Runners, Pirates of the Caribbean
Tributes, The Hunger Games
FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA
Once Upon a Time
FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY
Hot in Cleveland
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Melissa & Joey
FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA
Pretty Little Liars
The Walking Dead
FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV SHOW
Game of Thrones
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW
Once Upon a Time
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTOR
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Neil Patrick Harris
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESS
FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST
The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Ellen DeGeneres
Good Morning America: George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, Sam Champion
Live with Kelly & Michael: Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan
The Today Show: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales
The View: Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST
FAVORITE NEW TALK SHOW HOST
FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOW
America's Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
The X Factor
FAVORITE CELEBRITY JUDGE
FAVORITE TV FAN FOLLOWING
Little Liars, Pretty Little Liars
Oncers, Once Upon A Time
TVDFamily, The Vampire Diaries
FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY
Ben & Kate
Guys With Kids
The Mindy Project
The New Normal
FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA
666 Park Avenue
Beauty & The Beast
Emily Owens, M.D.
The Mob Doctor
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
FAVORITE POP ARTIST
FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTIST
FAVORITE R&B ARTIST
FAVORITE COUNTRY ARTIST
FAVORITE BREAKOUT ARTIST
Carly Rae Jepsen
“Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
“One More Night,” Maroon 5
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
“We Are Young,” Fun. ft. Janelle Monáe
“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
Believe, Justin Bieber
Blown Away, Carrie Underwood
Overexposed, Maroon 5
Some Nights, Fun.
Up All Night, One Direction
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Boyfriend, Justin Bieber
Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
Gangnam Style, Psy
Part of Me, Katy Perry
Payphone, Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa
FAVORITE MUSIC FAN FOLLOWING
Beliebers, Justin Bieber
Directioners, One Direction
KatyCats, Katy Perry
Lovatics, Demi Lovato
Selenators, Selena Gomez
What do you think of the nominees?
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The news earlier this week that George Lucas had sold his production company, Lucasfilm Ltd., to Disney and that Star Wars: Episode VII would be produced by the Mouse for release in 2015 came as a shock to just about everyone. Everyone, that is, except for two Star Wars legends: Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hamill revealed that, although Lucas did not inform them of the impending Disney deal, the mogul did take him and Fisher out for lunch back in August and revealed his plans for a new Star Wars trilogy to be exec produced by Lucasfilm co-chair Kathleen Kennedy.
“I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about,” Hamill says. “So when [Lucas] said, ‘We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,’ I was just gobsmacked. ‘What? Are you nuts?!’ [Laughs] I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end, and we all lived happily ever after [at the end of Return of the Jedi] and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.”
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Hamill goes on to say that, though Lucas did not mention anything to him about casting him and Fisher as an aging Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, respectively, that “[Lucas] wanted us to know before everybody else knew.”
Now, informing two of the core members of his original cast before anyone else may just have been an act of courtesy and respect on the part of Lucas. He's become very close with Hamill and Fisher again in recent years, as Hamill told me when I interviewed him for EW myself in July. The three of them took part in an impromptu on-stage reunion in front of thousands of adoring fans at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando in 2010. Or Lucas may very well be setting the stage for Hamill and Fisher to be involved in the new trilogy—even if their parts are very small. I noted yesterday in my theories about Episode VII that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot established the idea of rebuilding an aging movie property around a new, young cast, while still including a beloved favorite (in that case, Leonard Nimoy’s Spock) who fulfills the dual functions of anchoring the reboot to the franchise’s storied history and helping pass the torch to a new generation.
This could very well be what happens in Episode VII. Decades before Abrams’ Star Trek, when George Lucas first talked about his proposed “Sequel Trilogy,” this seems to be what he had in mind. We here at Hollywood.com did some research and dug up some old interviews that suggest as much. Speaking to comics legend Jim Steranko, an artist who contributed key concept art for Raiders of the Lost, in an interview for Steranko’s Prevue magazine for its September-October 1980 edition, Lucas said that Episode VII would begin “roughly 20 (or perhaps 30 or 40) years” after the end of Return of the Jedi. He also told TIME in 1983 that he imagined Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and even Harrison Ford appearing in Episodes VII, VIII, and IX when they’re in their 60s or 70s. And in a sweeping profile titled “George Lucas: Father of the Force” in a February 1988 issue of Starlog, Lucas revealed that he imagined Luke having a romantic relationship with a female love interest in the sequel trilogy.
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Mark Hamill himself confirmed much of this in a press conference at Fox Home Entertainment’s junket for the DVD release of the Original Trilogy in September 2004. Recalling Lucas’ original plans for his involvement in a sequel trilogy, Hamill said the following: “[George] said, ‘Um, how’d you like to be in Episode IX?’ This is 1976. ‘When is that going to be?’ ‘2011.’ I defy anyone to add 36 years to their lives and not be stunned.” Hamill then added, “I said, ‘Well, what do you want me to do?’ George said, ‘You’ll just be like a cameo. You’ll be like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope.’”
Well, Episode VII is slated for 2015, so only a few years after Lucas’s original prediction that Hamill would reprise his most famous role in 2011. All of this is still up in the air, and anything could happen, of course. But, if you didn’t already feel bullish about the chances of at least Hamill having a cameo in another Star Wars movie, check out this cryptic tweet from the erstwhile Jedi Master: “Congratulations to George for today's mega-deal! Can't comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience.”
Maybe Episode VII will be a return of the Jedi indeed.
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Hurricane Sandy just doesn't want to leave, does it? On top of New Yorkers going without public transportation some 42 hours since Mayor Bloomberg suspended subway and bus service, Big Apple-based late night TV shows are still feeling the effects of the storm. Hollywood.com has confirmed with Comedy Central that, like yesterday, today's scheduled tapings of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report have been cancelled. Reruns will air instead.
Last night we also saw eerie audience-free versions of Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. This afternoon, Letterman will again tape a solo version of his show, with guests Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel, Ken Burns, and music from Andrew Bird. The intrepid Jimmy Fallon, however, is welcoming a full audience back to his 30 Rock studio with guests Donald Trump, Andy Cohen, and musical guest Trey Anastasio.
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The last few months have felt like the darkest timeline for fans of Community. First, NBC axed the cult fave’s creator and showrunner, Dan Harmon, following behind the scenes conflict that included a high-profile feud between Harmon and series star Chevy Chase. Then there was word season four would be relocated to the graveyard shift timeslot of Friday at 8:30 to make room for Annie’s Boobs' now defunct solo vehicle, Animal Practice. Even then, Community wouldn’t return until Oct. 19, well after the rest of NBC’s comedies had debuted. Finally, the network pushed back the season premiere indefinitely. Nothing short of a Norwegian troll could instill greater dread in the hearts of Community's fans.
But fear not, Greendale human beings! The cast of your favorite show feels your pain, and to prove it Donald Glover and Danny Pudi have shot a new installment of their alter egos’ faux morning show, Troy & Abed in the Morning, featuring the rest of the Greendale Seven: Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Annie (Alison Brie), Jeff (Joel McHale), and Pierce (Chevy Chase). The goal here? To convince us of the ironclad “logic” of Community’s indefinite delay and that October 19 is only a state of mind—“a feeling within us all,” if you will. To quote Shirley, “That’s nice.” Check it out:
Nothing short of a Dreamatorium could be a better glimpse at season four, huh? Of course, not much has changed for the world’s quirkiest study group other than Abed adding a new bowtie to his collection, the Dean (Jim Rash) having possibly greenlit Animal Practice, and the former General Chang (Ken Jeong) having completed his descent from Greendale Dictator to one-man flash mob. Notice how he’s wearing a felt goatee, much like Evil Abed before him. Since Chang is already evil in our universe, does this mean that Good Chang made the quantum leap and now resides among us?
There’s no question where I’ll be when Community finally returns: glued to my TV set. But in the words of the immortal Inspector Spacetime, “The question is not where…but when.” Hopefully very soon.
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