Soul star John Legend has been feted with an honorary doctorate at his alma mater in Pennsylvania. The All of Me hitmaker headed back to school on Monday (19May14) to attend the University of Pennsylvania's commencement ceremony, 15 years after he donned the traditional cap and gown there for his graduation from the institution's College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in English.
His proud wife, model Chrissy Teigen, shared a snap of her husband on his big day with fans on her Instagram.com blog, and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, "my baby got another honorary doctorate! I have a bunch too I just don't brag about all the time (sic)."
Pop star Nicole Scherzinger was left soaked after she was wiped out by a wave during a beachside video shoot in California. The Poison hitmaker took to the sands in Malibu on Monday (19May14) to shoot the promo for her new track Your Love in a long, flowing blue and white gown.
As she frolicked in the surf, she was taken by surprise by the crashing tide, which soaked her dress and left her struggling to stand.
Onlookers saw aides rushing to her assistance, while the train of her gown was left in knots.
Scherzinger refused to let the incident get in the way of business - she changed into a more revealing outfit for a sexy sequence against some rocks.
Rapper 50 Cent's teenage son has taken aim at his famous dad after he reportedly snubbed his high school graduation. Marquise Jackson took to his Facebook.com page on Sunday (18May14) to criticise his father for failing to show for the celebration, which took place at his private school in Atlanta, Georgia last week (ends18May14).
Alongside a photo of the youngster, dressed in the traditional cap and gown and hugging his mother Shaniqua Tompkins, he wrote, "Yea (sic) I broke down. I was really excited to see my pops at my graduation but he never showed up smh (shaking my head). My sister and mama is always there for me just know that you wasn't (sic). I did it without you."
The In Da Club star has endured a rocky relationship with Marquise and his mother in the past few years and publicly disowned him in a series of posts on his Twitter.com blog last July (13).
However, sources tell TMZ.com that 50 Cent didn't intentionally skip the graduation - he wasn't invited. Instead, the rap superstar was in his native New York attending a charity event.
Taylor Swift did not need to switch her Oscar De La Renta gown for the Met Gala in New York last week (05May14) after her pet cat attacked the custom satin dress during her fitting hours before she hit the red carpet. The country star looked flawless on the red carpet, leading some fashion critics to ponder whether she was forced to change outfits after revealing her cat Meredith had had her way with the gown.
Hours before fashion's big night out, she tweeted, "That moment when your cat casually walks up, then abruptly ATTACKS your custom satin Oscar de la Renta gown during your fitting for Met Ball."
She hasn't spoken about the near-disaster since, but now she's telling People magazine Meredith caused a minor panic but didn't do any major damage.
She explains, "I've never seen more fashionable people lose their composure quicker than when a cat walks up to a satin, custom Oscar de la Renta gown and then decides to make a home inside of it.
"She just passed, dug her claws in and started to roll... like when you see a crocodile attack an antelope on National Geographic (channel)."
She adds, " She (cat) fancies herself as quite a hunter... (but) she's a chubby house cat. She's not very strong!"
"I should have a dressing gown line. There are not enough nice dressing gowns in the world. I make them myself, especially for the theatre, because you live in your dressing gown in the theatre." Dame Helen Mirren is eyeing her own range of bath robes.
Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs won over the graduating class at America's Howard University by delivering a fun-packed commencement speech on Saturday (10May14). Officials at the Washington, D.C. institution came under fire earlier this year (14) when it was announced that the hip-hop superstar was set to return to his alma mater to pick up an honorary degree and deliver the 2014 commencement speech, because he had actually dropped out of the school.
However, Combs managed to overcome the controversy by delivering an impassioned speech to the 2014 graduating class, who gave the star a standing ovation and continually chanted 'Diddy'.
He told the students, "Ain't no homecoming like a Howard homecoming. And it feels so good to be home."
Combs took to Instagram.com after the ceremony to share a series of snaps of him in his cap and gown and posing with his honorary doctorate.
Combs attended the university in the late 1980s but left to pursue a career in the music industry. He followed previous speakers U.S. President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and poet Maya Angelou.
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It's that time of year again when young men and women sit in cap and gown waiting for the speeches to be over so that they can get their diploma and move on with their lives. Everyone at some point in time has sat and listened to a speaker try to impart words of wisdom on high school or college graduates — many celebrities have taken a turn delivering such an address — and movies have frequently used a commencement speech as a plot device.
There is a lot more life lessons to be gained from high school and college movies, however, than just when a character stands up at a podium and speaks to the gathered masses. What if you could build an inspirational speech from those movies to serve as a killer send off to graduates? Let's give it a shot.
You Don't Have to Know Everything Now
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), the hero of Say Anything…, took a unique tact in trying to figure out what to do with his life. Instead of focusing on what he wanted to do, he first eliminated all of the things that he didn't want to do. There's nothing wrong with that. Not everyone comes up with a workable life plan in high school or college… some people need more time to find their niche. That's perfectly fine, just as long as you're out of your parents' basement by 28.
Take a Stand
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) delivered a whole bunch of lessons to Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) in The Karate Kid… but "Wax on, Wax off" doesn’t translate that well to a speech. So, we're going with his example of what happens when someone tries to go at things half-heartedly. As Miyagi so eloquently put it, "Squashed like grape."
Don't Make Excuses
Jaime Escalante, the teacher portrayed by Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver, was a real-life inspirational figure, devoting his entire life to teaching impoverished youths. When Escalante first meets his class in the movie, he tells them that he doesn't want to hear excuses because their future bosses aren't going to want to hear them. True that.
Seize the Day
Robin Williams's professor in Dead Poets Society was basically a walking speech. Hell he was a bona fide encyclopedia of lessons. But when he reminds his young charges that the pictures on the wall were once in the same position with their entire lives in front of them, audiences everywhere heard what they were whispering. Carpe diem indeed.
Don't Let the Moment Be Too Big
When the Hickory High basketball team arrives for the state finals in Hoosiers, Gene Hackman gives a demonstration to show that the court in the bigger building isn't really any larger than the one in their home gym… that just because it seems bigger doesn't mean that it is. Keeping things in perspective is always a good idea.
We Really Are All the Same
When Anna Kendrick cries at the end of a viewing of The Breakfast Club in Pitch Perfect it's a seminal moment for her character and we understand why. The realization that we are all a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal is still mighty darn powerful.
Always Remember to Have Passion
We'll let Williams' John Keating have the last word, especially since he really did do a lot of speechifying during Dead Poets Society. Life without passion is an empty vessel. Whether or not you believe, like Keating, that poetry is a necessary part of that passion is irrelevant. Having passion about something is what makes life worth living.
Infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky has lightheartedly reprimanded Beyonce for an incorrect lyric in her sexy song Partition in a new magazine piece.
Opening up about her affair with former U.S. leader Bill Clinton in the new issue of Vanity Fair, Lewinsky pokes fun at the R&B singer over the line "He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse/He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown".
She corrects the singer, suggesting she should have used a better verb, stating, "Thanks, Beyonce, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton’d all on my gown', not 'Monica Lewinsky’d.'"
The song lyrics and Lewinsky's correction refers to the act of ejaculating on a woman's dress. Lewinsky's blue dress with Clinton's semen stain on it was used against the former President as evidence of his affair with the intern.
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May 6, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the series finale of Friends, a television event the likes of which we still haven't seen, even after Walter White took on a gang of white supremacists and Ted Mosby revealed that his wife had been dead the whole time. But while we often look back on Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey with fondness and joy, we tend to overlook the fact that these characters could often be terrible human beings. Those funny, charming New Yorkers you always wanted to hang out with often behaved in a way that was better suited to the gang at Paddy's Pub. What makes Friends even more evil than It's Always Sunny, though, is that so many of the gang's despicable deeds were simply glossed over by the writers. In honor of the finale's 10th anniversary, and the celebratory marathon you're no doubt planning, we've rounded up the gang's worst behavior, and the ways that the show taught us to look past it. Think of it as adding some much needed balance to your sitcom nostalgia.
Rachel Making Barry's Wedding About HerIt should be said from the start that Rachel’s ex fiancé Barry is the worst. But that still doesn’t exclude her from making his wedding to her best friend Mindy all about her. Yes, he placed a bet on how much torture she’d endure, but your friends' wedding is not the place for your big, redemptive speech about how you’ve moved on, forgiven them, and become a better person in the end. Just write it in the card!
Monica Wearing Emily's Wedding DressWhile it’s not nearly as morally reprehensible as some of the actions on this list, Monica secretly wearing her future sister in law’s wedding gown around her apartment, just to boost her own self-esteem is a pretty rude (and weird) thing to do. It’s not your day, it’s not your dress, and it’s not about you!
Chandler Pressuring Rachel to Start SmokingChandler’s been a smoker since the age of nine, and even though he managed to give up cigarettes, he’s apparently still a big fan of the smell. So much so that he would pressure Rachel to take up smoking just so he wouldn’t have to give up the smell along with the cigarettes... even though it could, say, get her addicted and possibly lead to a great deal of health problems.
Rachel Spreading Lies About Tag's Sexual Orientation to Keep Him Single Tag was a hot, single guy in an office full of women, so naturally Rachel had some competition for his affections. However, her plan to tell everyone else in the office that he was gay in order to get them to back off wasn't the way to handle that. Generally speaking, making up elaborate stories about friends', coworkers', and (especially!) hopeful significant others' sexual identities is a pretty psychotic move.
Monica Not Checking On Her Infant Nephew After He Hit His HeadIn all fairness to Monica, baby sitting can be tough. But when you accidentally hit your nephew’s head on the ceiling, your first though shouldn’t be “How can I hide this from his father so that I don’t get in trouble?” but rather, “Hey, is my toddler nephew okay? He hit his head pretty hard, and I wouldn’t want him to be seriously injured.”
Ross Firing Emma's Nanny Because He's a GuyEmma's first nanny, Sandy (Freddie Prinze Jr.), was everything a parent could want: he was smart, competent at his job, good with Emma, and he even taught Joey a thing or two. But Sandy didn't stick around for very long purely because Ross couldn't wrap his head around the idea of a male nanny. Because apparently, it doesn't matter how good you are at caring for a child; if you're not a lady, you're not fit to raise Ross' kid. That's just bona fide sexism from the would-be intellectual.
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Chandler Constantly Mistreating JaniceWe’re not going to deny that Janice’s laugh is really annoying. But that still doesn’t make it okay for Chandler to have Phoebe dump her so he doesn’t have to, call her whenever he’s lonely, sleep with her, and then dump her again the next day. Or lie about moving to Yemen just so she won’t bother him. Or pretend to be in love with her, even though he knows she still has feelings for him, in order to manipulate her into moving away. Turns out Chandler was a total jerk.
The Gang (and Show) Endorsing a Relationship Between an Adult and a MinorEverybody remembers that Phoebe was a surrogate for her brother, Frank, and his wife Alice, so that they could have a family. What they tend to forget is that Frank and Alice started dating when he was a minor and she in her 40s. He was a student in her Home Economics class in high school, and that he often referred to her as “Mrs. Knight” rather than by her first name. Monica, Rachel, and Ross were all guilty of similar malfeasances with younger lovers. Oh, but they were all madly in love, so the statutory rape is totally fine.
Rachel Convincing Bonnie to Shave Her HeadWhen Phoebe decides to set her friend Bonnie up with Ross, Rachel is supportive only because she remembers that Bonnie is bald, and knows that Ross wouldn’t find that attractive. So, when it turns out that Bonnie’s hair has grown back and Ross is interested, Rachel convinces her to shave he hear again, gives her the razor to do it with, and then confesses her feelings to Ross while he and Bonnie are in the middle of a fight. But as long as Ross and Rachel end up together, who cares what happens to everyone else, right?
Monica Getting Drunk in Front of Her Alcoholic BoyfriendWhen Monica’s boyfriend Fun Bobby realizes that he has a drinking problem and gets sober, rather than being supportive of him, she just becomes upset that he’s not “fun” anymore – the gang even goes so far to rename him “Ridiculously Dull Bobby” – and she starts drinking heavily in order to endure her dates with him. Because if your boyfriend is really, really boring, it’s okay to get rid of him by any means necessary... even if it means tempting him with the very substance he's worked very hard to kick.
Manipulating People Who Were Mentally IllNo, it’s not okay to threaten your roommate or watch him while he’s sleeping. But you know what else isn’t okay? Taking advantage of someone’s mental illness as a way of tricking them into move out of your apartment and leaving you alone, which is exactly what Chandler did to his roommate Eddie. Also not okay? Convincing a mentally unstable woman who thinks Joey is actually his soap opera character Dr. Drake Ramoray to run away to Salem to “be with Drake” in order to get her to stop stalking him. At least they’ve got that peace and quiet now, though, right?
So... Many... Homophobic Jokes...Whether someone was making wisecracks about Chandler and Joey's friendship or Ross was freaking out over his ex-wife's new wife, it's hard to name a post-Season 4 episode of Friends without a single homophobic joke in it. They were practically a fundamental part of Chandler's characterization, especially when the show delved into his relationship with his father. And yet everybody just went along with Chandler and Joey keeping barnyard animals as pets. Clearly, the writers were mining the wrong territory for jokes.
And worst of all...
Nobody Ever Made the Effort to Go to Phoebe's Place!Phoebe made that trip across town every single day to hang out with her friends. Every single day. And they just about never returned the favor by heading over to her neighborhood. Sure, most of them lived in one building and Central Perk was nearby, but it would have been nice of them to give their friend a day off from schlepping all the way across the city just to have yet another conversation about the relationship status of Ross and Rachel.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o turned heads at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala in New York on Monday (05Apr14) as she arrived in a feathery mesh design from Prada. The 12 Years a Slave star, who last month (Apr14) was named People magazine's Most Beautiful woman, topped off her latest red carpet outfit for this year's fashion Oscars with a jewelled headband.
Early arrivals at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art bash included John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren Collection, Latina stars Jessica Alba and Selena Gomez both in Diane Von Furstenberg and Jessica Pare and Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors. Fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker was stunning as always in a flowing Oscar De La Renta gown, while Nicole Richie and Rita Ora both opted for edgy DKNY designs.
Other fashionable attendees at this year's Met Gala included Anna Kendrick, Rachel McAdams, Suki Waterhouse, Hailee Steinfeld, Dakota Johnson and Kylie Minogue. Meanwhile, British singer Lily Allen, who wore a flattering silver and grey Chanel Couture gown to the fashion world's big night, made the most of her evening with the stars, snapping selfies with the likes of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ora and designer Donatella Versace and posting the photos on her Instagram.com page.