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Singer Taylor Swift hit the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24th and the only word to describe it: Flawless. She performed her new song “Shake It Off” for the first time from her upcoming album “1989” and it was one of our favorite highlights of the entire night.
It was not only insanely entertaining, but she also added some humor and kept the audience wanting more. Supported by a massive amount of talented male dancers, she showed off her dance moves and belted it out to all the “haters” that influenced this song. Even her metallic outfit was on point. Everyone knows that shimmying and fringe go together like us and fangirling. It's just so natural. And we can’t forget about her matching “1989” microphone:
This is hands down our favorite performance of hers and we can literally watch it all day. Our only complaint is that it wasn't long enough! Taylor has grown into an amazing performer and we love being able to watch her grow with each VMA performance that she does. We've been a fan of this girl ever since the "Teardrops On My Guitar" era and are so happy that she is finally getting all the appreciation and recognition that she deserves. Taylor works her butt off and we can't wait to see what she has in store for this upcoming year. Make sure you preorder her album here!
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The release of the new Kevin Kline and Dakota Fanning movie The Last Of Robin Hood will be bittersweet for writer/director Wash Westmoreland - because the woman he spent years tracking down and then persuading to let him adapt her love story didn't live to see it. After reading Tedd Thomey's book, The Big Love, about Beverly Aadland's romance with silver screen icon Errol Flynn in 2003, Westmoreland attempted to track down the forgotten actress and singer.
Thomey made the introductions and the director drove to Palmdale, California to meet the reclusive former socialite.
He tells WENN, "We really wanted to get in touch with Beverly but she was famously guarded about the story. We wrote a very nice letter and waited. A few weeks later we got a phone call from Mr. Delvin Irwin from Mississippi saying, 'I hear you want to talk to Woodsy,' which was Flynn's nickname for her; he (Delvin) was a Flynn fanatic who had made friends with Beverly and her husband Ron and was kind of acting as a gatekeeper.
"We met her in a Mexican restaurant and she came in with her husband. She was very friendly but didn't put all her cards on the table at first. It was personal to her and she felt very bruised about the way that the romance has been treated over the years. She resented her mother stealing her story and teaming up with Tedd Thomey for The Big Love."
But Westmoreland's research impressed Aadland and her husband - he even tracked down a recording of Beverly singing Some Say two months after Flynn died for the film - and she agreed to let him make the movie.
He adds, "That's actually a real Beverly Aadland song. We managed to get the rights and we got Ron and the couple's daughter in the audience for the cabaret scene, where Dakota (Fanning) performs.
"Ron, who is a salt of the earth American blue collar guy, was just incredibly moved and was in tears watching this. He was just incredibly proud and the only sadness was that Beverly couldn't be there. She died in 2010. We always promised her the film would get made but she never saw it on the big screen."
The movie also features a cameo from Sean Flynn, Errol's 23-year-old grandson.
Westmoreland explains, "He played the guy who Beverly goes off with in Cuba on the back of the motorbike. So Kevin (Kline), as Errol, gets to look out the window seeing them disappear off into a cloud of dust, where he's really looking at Errol Flynn's grandson taking his girl away!
"He (Sean Flynn) said, 'People of my age don't know who Errol Flynn is', and he never met him. So when he met Kevin Kline as Errol, he said, 'I feel like I finally met my own grandfather'."
Almost a year has passed since the tragic end of the Jonas Brothers, yet we still can’t seem to accept the fact that this trio is no more. I mean, they’re brothers, right!? They can’t just break up! Since apparently they were serious about ending the band last October, does this make my autographed kickball that I won during the “Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009” more valuable? I was told there were only 40 others in the world, so it’s practically the equivalence of gold (just kidding.. I could never part with it). BUT on a happy note, we can expect a good year for Nick Jonas.
After releasing his new song and video “Chains,” he continues to post photos from rehearsals and our anticipation keeps building and building. We expect a list of tour dates in the near future, Nick!
In honor of all fangirls hearts still being broken, we’d like to take a moment of silence and remember the good times with Nick, Joe and Kevin:
When Nick stared out to the crowd and we all fell to our knees sobbing uncontrollably.
Then they would do cool tricks to keep us screaming our heads off.
Kevin was almost too flawless on J.O.N.A.S.
When the “Pom Poms” video came out and we all died a little when Nick got down with the groove.
Every interview they've ever done was better than the last. God, we just miss these faces.
This exact quote came out of our mouths. More than once. Maybe 15 times. Give or take 30.
This beautiful face. How can you not miss this beautiful face?
We miss when they would make the most random yet beautifully concepted videos in the world. Bounce... just bounce.
These darn boys and their shenanigans!
Nick playing drums was always a favorite of ours. So much in fact that we would record it and watch it a hundred times on the drive home.
Then their flawlessness was broadcasted for everyone to enjoy when they appeared on “Saturday Night Live."
Joe had some killer moves.
Basically, this was us. Except the entire wall was covered. And part of the ceiling. Okay, maybe majority of the ceiling.
Sometimes Nick smiled with his teeth and even kittens cried in awe.
As much as we loved Demi Lovato, no. Back off of our man.
Right back atchya Kev.
Farewell boys, it’s been a great ride.
We’re going to continue crying in a corner now and pray this is just the worst and longest joke to ever exist. After we watch the 3D Concert Experience and Camp Rock.
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Kevin Spacey has joined Hillary Clinton to shoot a hilarious new video to celebrate her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton's upcoming 68th birthday.
The actor, in character as his ruthless House of Cards politician Frank Underwood, mimics his pal Clinton in a call to Hillary, asking her if he can have an elephant for his birthday. When she insists such a creature might be dangerous for the family's dogs, Spacey - as Underwood impersonating Bill - says, "What about a baby elephant?"
He goes on to suggest names for their daughter Chelsea's baby, offering up Frank if it's a boy and Claire if it's a girl - Robin Wright plays Frank Underwood's scheming wife Claire in House of Cards. Hillary jokes she was thinking of the name Kevin, urging Spacey to hang up and simply sign her husband's online birthday card.
Bill Clinton turns 68 on 19 August (14).
"I did have a cameo in the new movie but it was cut at the last minute because I was too good." Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman jokes about almost appearing in the new Michael Bay movie.
"I love it. Worked on various parts of its development for 4 years. We had the right director for the project and you can clearly see Michael Bay's hand in it. I'm so proud of it and am glad the fans have responded so favorably." Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman admits he's a big fan of the hit new movie during Reddit.com webchat.
Entourage star Kevin Dillon has signed on to play the real-life New York police officer who attempted to save John Lennon after the Beatles star was shot outside his Dakota Building home in 1980. First-time director Jeremy Profe's The Lennon Report will chronicle the people who tried to keep the music legend alive.
Embattled hip-hop mogul Damon Dash is demanding $25 million (£14.7 million) from Lee Daniels amid allegations the director failed to honour an investment agreement for his hit movies. Jay Z's former business partner claims he first agreed to pump $2 million (£1.18 million) of his cash into Kevin Bacon's 2004 drama The Woodsman, which Daniels produced, and set up similar deals with the filmmaker for a string of his other projects, including Oscar-winning 2009 release Precious, 2012 thriller The Paperboy and 2013's The Butler.
In exchange for the help with funding, Dash maintains he was promised producing credits on the releases.
However, Dash alleges Daniels didn't hold up his end of the deal and snubbed his credit request, while he also did not receive any return on his investments, reports TMZ.com.
He filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, New York on Thursday (14Aug14).
The music mogul has been dogged with financial troubles for several years. The former Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder was evicted from his New York home last year (13) after allegedly falling behind on his rent, while he was also previously slapped with a $2.8 million (£1.65 million) federal tax bill relating to earnings dating back to 2005.
Comedian Jay Leno made a surprise return to his old programme The Tonight Show on Tuesday (12Aug14) to star in an hilarious spoof of hit political drama House Of Cards. Actress Ellen Barkin pulled off her best Robin Wright impression to portray her stoic character Claire Underwood, while the U.S. talk show's new host, Jimmy Fallon, channelled Kevin Spacey's cunning Frank Underwood for the House of Cue Cards sketch, which ended with Leno pushing his successor in front of a New York City subway train, mirroring a scene in season two of the Netflix show. Leno signed off from The Tonight Show in February (14), after 22 years in the TV spotlight.
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Upon hearing of Robin Williams' death, I witnessed many a friend attempt to choose his or her favorite of the actors' many terrific films... most of these attempts dissolved into chaotic indecision. So let's make it easier — while Williams' dramatic genius is well documented in pictures like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, his penchant for the dark and twisted well chronicled in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, we'll always have a very special place in our hearts for his comedy. As such, we limit our expedition to this realm: which is Robin Williams' funniest role?
There are a few candidates that leap out as frontrunners — Mrs. Doubtfire, for one. It's hard to top a film in which a grown man, disguised as a husky Scottish nanny, tosses a piece of fruit at Pierce Brosnan. But we'd be remiss to discount some of Williams' other laugh riots: He's delightful in the courageous and sharp Good Morning, Vietnam. He's outrageously kooky in the oddball dark comedy The Fisher King. And without even showing his face, he's a tour de force in Disney's Aladdin. Peruse the complete list of Williams laughers below, and then chime in with your feelings.
MRS. DOUBTFIREWilliams plays a newly separated father of three who dresses up like a kindly housekeeper in order to spend time with his estranged kids.Funniest moment: An unexpected run-in with the legal representative charged with determining his aptitude as a parent (and human being) forces Williams to dash from room to room, donning and shedding his Mrs. Doubtfire disguise, juggling accents and sticking his face in pies.
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM Williams plays a 'Nam-based disc jockey keeps his Army base lively with his irreverent radio show.Funniest moment: Any one of Williams' rapid fire on-air bits (much to the chagrin of the stuffed shirts in charge).
THE FISHER KINGWilliams plays a delusional derelict who entertains Medieval fantasies years after the death of his wife.Funniest moment: Williams' forceful escort of new friend Jack (Jeff Bridges) across the street, completely unfazed by oncoming traffic.
POPEYEWilliams plays a live action version of the animated sailor on a perplexing and listless quest through the neighborhood of Sweethaven.Funniest moment: Williams' genius is in his sardonic murmurs; after every ridiculous affirmation by one of the lively Sweethaven residents, Williams will mutter something nearly unintelligible and certainly hilarious under his breath.
THE BIRDCAGE Williams plays a gay nightclub owner who is married to his star performer (Nathan Lane) and father to a notably ungrateful young buck (Dan Futterman) who brings his girlfriend and her conservative parents over for dinner... prompting Lane to dress up as a woman. We're noticing a trend.Funniest moment: In truth, Williams is the straight man in this picture, letting Lane take most of the broad, wild comedy. But he does have plenty of good deadpan one-liners to enjoy.
PATCH ADAMSWilliams plays a doctor who holds dear to the maxim that laugher is the best medicine when he makes it his mission to lift the spirits of his ailing patients.Funniset moment: That old lady squeezing noodles can't be beat.
ALADDINWilliams plays an all powerful Genie, tasked with the wishes (and friendship) of dopey street rat Aladdin when the latter discovers his magical lamp.Funniest moments: It's gotta be his entrance. Williams puts on a veritable stand-up routine when he meets "Al" for the first time in the dank caves below the desert.
Which is your favorite? Cast your vote!