In a world where celebrities are constantly bombarded with paparazzi and where every detail of their life is public information, it seems very difficult for many to keep a long-term relationship. These twelve couples are among some of the most stable and enduring celebrity pairs of our time. They defy the odds by sticking through it and often, by keeping their lives as private as they possibly can.
1. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer: 36 years
Meryl Streep opted out of marrying someone famous and married this friend of her brother. Because Meryl wanted to keep her marriage out of the spotlight, it is still very impressive how little the world knows about him. The couple have four children together, and when Meryl finally did mention him in her 2012 Oscars' acceptance speech it was adorable. "“I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me," she said.
2. Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne: 32 years
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This couple has had their fair share of ups and downs, but have remained together nonetheless. They met in England when Sharon's father, a music manager and concert producer, managed Black Sabbath, the band Ozzy was the lead singer of. Ozzy was kicked out of the band because of drug abuse and Sharon ended up taking him on as a client. Ozzy continued to struggle with substance abuse and was even arrested for attempting to strangle Sharon while under the influence.
3. Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington: 31 years
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According to HelloBeautiful, this couple met while co-starring in the film Wilma in 1977. Five years later, they were married and now have four children together. According to the site, Pauletta told Oprah that she fell in love with his personality first. “I thought he was cute, but I fell in love with his spirit. And then I thought, ‘Hmm, not a bad package,'" she said.
4. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest: 29 years
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According to People, Jamie first saw Christopher in a magazine when he was an actor in the spoof The is Spinal Tap. She felt an immediate connection to him. "That's why I developed my smirk—which is why, when I looked at Chris's smirk in the picture, I basically saw myself. I saw a kindred spirit," she says of seeing his photo. Jamie gave him her number through an agent and the two became bicoastal lovers soon after. They married in 1984 and have adopted two kids, Annie and Thomas.
5. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: 26 years
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The pair originally met while Tom was still married to his college sweetheart on the set of ABC sitcom, Blossoming Buddies, when Rita guest starred for an episode. They didn't get together despite the chemistry they both felt, until after Tom's divorce in 1987. In 1988, they married and have since had two children together. "Literally, a wave of — if love is a feeling, or a cellular thing that happens to your body, it went through me, and that’s pretty much who he is, and how he’s been," Rita said of their relationship to Piers Morgan in 2012.
6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: 26 years
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Interestingly enough, the couple first met when Kyra was 12, at a viewing of a matinee play Kevin starred in. He was 19 at the time and nothing came of the meeting, except Kyra's brother urging her to tell him how much she enjoyed the play. Their relationship started several years later when they worked on the set of Lemon Sky together.
7. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan: 26 years
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This pair is especially inspirational as they have continually supported each other through a chronic illness. They met while working on Family Ties in 1985, but didn't start dating until two years later. Early on in their marriage, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but the couple have remained stable. "When we married, we married--and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married," Michael told O Magazine in 2002.
8. John Travolta and Kelly Preston: 23 years
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Despite losing their 16-year-old son, Jett, in 2009, the pair have stayed strong. They first met while filming The Experts, but nothing formed except for a friendship, because Kelly was married at the time. John told Redbook what he thought of her initially: "I had interest in her because even in spite of the trouble that she was having in her marriage, she was willing to stick through tough times with him, which really showed character. I just remember thinking, God, if we're ever single at the same time, I think this is really the one."
9. David Bowie and Iman: 22 years
According to Huffington Post, the rockstar and supermodel fell in love on a blind date in 1990 and were married two years later. The couple are very quiet about their life and their love story, but do have two children, Zulekha (Iman's child from a previous marriage) and Alexandria. Iman told The Independent that though David knew it was love at first sight, she was a little overwhelmed at first. “I was not ready for a relationship. Definitely, I didn't want to get into a relationship with somebody like him," she said.
10. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: 18 years
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This beautiful couple met on the set of All My Children where they were onscreen lovers. According to People, they dated secretly for a year and then eloped in Las Vegas. In fact this photo is from their onscreen marriage, because much of their offscreen romance has been kept secret. "It just happened. The next thing you know, we're married, and then four months later we were pregnant," Consuelos told Redbook. The couple have three children.
11. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: 18 years
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The couple first met in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia on the set of the TV drama Correlli. They both felt initial attraction and though Hugh hesitated to propose, he overcame it and they were married a year later. "I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months," Jackman told Town and Country magazine. "Then after four months I thought, that's the most ridiculous rule!" The couple have two children, Oscar and Ava. "It gets better every year," Furness said.
12. Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick: 17 years
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Another couple that have successfully kept their relationship under wraps, Sarah and Matthew refuse to say much about the secrets to their success. In last year's Harper's Bazaar, Sarah did gush about him shorthly. “There’s also the reality of your life,” she said. “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”
Zero Dark Thirty star Edgar Ramirez will replace Gerard Butler in the Point Break remake. The Venezuelan actor has signed up to play surfer criminal Bodhi, the character made famous by Patrick Swayze in the cult 1991 film.
Butler recently dropped out of the project following a series of creative differences with director Ericson Core, and a scheduling conflict.
Ray Winstone and Luke Bracey are still on board to recreate characters originally portrayed by Gary Busey and Keanu Reeves.
A statement from producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson reads: "We consider Edgar one of the finest actors in the world today, and we are thrilled he will be creating a fresh new take on the iconic character of Bodhi."
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Apple's landmark Super Bowl ad that helped not only signal a revolution in the personal computer marketplace, but set an advertising standard that is still on display. With Ridley Scott's Orwellian "1984" spot, Apple ushered in the age of the bigger-than-life Super Bowl commercial. The clamoring for ad space to run on the big game's broadcast has allowed broadcasters to charge $4 million for 30 seconds of time (in 1984 the figure was $450,000).
In the intervening years, Super Bowl ads have become a genre unto themselves. As the game approaches, companies have begun teasing their ads to build excitement for their campaigns.
Bud Light: What do Arnold Schwarzenegger dressed as a 1970s tennis player and practicing ping-pong have to do with Don Cheadle leading around a llama and Reggie Watts DJ'ing a bachelorette party? The beer company is hoping that enough people are intrigued by the idea to tune in and find out.
Apple: The computer giant did an update of their iconic ad on its 20th anniversary and it is expected that there will be another version this Sunday. Whatever their plan is, the company is keeping it under wraps.
Dannon: Honda had success with Matthew Broderick reprising his Ferris Bueller capers. Dannon apparently feels that just as many people hold similar affection for Full House. The yogurt maker is running a series of ads featuring John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier.
Toyota: The car manufacturer's planned ad for its Highlander brand involves the Muppets and Terry Crews. Crews, the former football player and Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor, picks up Kermit and crew after their bus breaks down.
Jaguar: The luxury car maker is doing a Super Bowl ad for the first time and tapped Sir Ben Kingsley, along with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), in a homage to British villians.
Go Daddy: After years of ads that objectified women and promised even more skin if viewers would go the web hosting company's website, this year spokeswoman Danica Patrick is turning the tables by running around with a bunch of male bodybuilders.
Butterfinger: To help launch its new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, Nestle's ad features Peanut Butter and Chocolate in couples therapy.
Child stars...many of them flame out or go on reality shows, like Danny Bonaduce. The list of those who didn't make it out is long, too: Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, etc. Here are the ones from the 1980s and 1990s that survived and thrived:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
He was capturing people's hearts on Growing Pains LONG before Titanic. DiCaprio's had a pretty good run too, being in Blood Diamond, The Departed and Inception of late. Yeah. I'd say he's doing pretty well.
2. Mila Kunis
Before she hit the '70s and Black Swan, Kunis was on shows like Seventh Heaven. She's also great at voiceover work, doing a long stint on Family Guy. Her love life has been well-chronicled too, but she seems to have kept her head on her shoulders quite well.
3. The Olsen Twins
They might not be doing as much now, but they made a mint post Full House. During a certain period in the 2000s, they were EVERYWHERE, having their own line of clothes, direct-to-DVD movies, you name it. Oh yeah, there was that whole creepy "Wait-until-they-turn-18" countdown. That was a bummer.
4. Alyssa Milano
Who's The Boss? She's the boss now on shows like Mistresses. She's also got a huge following on Twitter and she's a die-hard baseball fan. She's certainly got a Charmed life.
5. Neil Patrick Harris
Before Barney Stinson, he was legen - wait for it... - dary as Doogie Howser, MD. Of course, there were those hilarious appearances in the Harold & Kumar movies. He's also been a great role model for the LGBT crowd.
6. Jason Bateman
His life's in Arrested Development now, but he had a Silver Spoon in his mouth in the '80s. Bateman's always been someone who realizes he has an awesome job as an actor and is glad to be making a living doing that. Heck, he's even appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba.
7. Sarah Jessica Parker
Carrie Bradshaw sure was a Square Peg in the '80s. She's also married to an icon of the decade: Matthew Broderick. I wonder if he keeps giving her Ferris Bueller advice...
8. Michael J. Fox
He hasn't severed his Family Ties with NBC; he's got his own show coming up in the fall. It's a miracle that he's doing that, since he's been fighting Parkinson's for a very, very long time. I hope his good run continues.
9. Drew Barrymore
As a kid, she met with an extraterrestrial: that might explain the weird people she subsequently dated. Since then, she's become a Angel and a rom-com queen, and she's been the face of beauty commercials for a long time.
10. Justin Timberlake
This ex-Mouseketeer is doing much better than another one, his ex Britney Spears. He recently briefly re-united with his former boy band N'Sync and had one of the most anticipated album releases in 2013 with The 20/20 Experience. He's also been in some movies, and he's a staple on both Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Yeah, I think he's doing okay.
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Jones opened his door with a photo of Darth Vader in his hand, pretending he had expected the visitor to be a Star Wars fan hoping for his autograph.
The skit led to the theme song from Matt Stone and Trey Parker's smash-hit comedy, which opened the 66th annual awards show, hosted for a third time by Neil Patrick Harris.
Harris then broke into a song and dance number, which featured appearances by Amanda Seyfried, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Broadway icon Patti LuPone.
The Tonys recognise excellence on the New York stage.
You know those nights where you just fall into a YouTube hole watching video after video in the "related" sidebar until you look up and it's 2 AM and you have nothing but a sore mouse finger and tired eyes? Well, when that happens to me, I'm more often then not watching clips of performances from musicals at the Tony Awards. Since stage shows are so rarely recorded, the Tonys offer us a rare occasion to get some of the greatest production numbers on tape. Since we're talking Broadway, the production is absolutely insane. Flying witches, men riding camels, dancing grannies, and tap dancing sailors. It's enough to make your mind absolutely dizzy (and giddy) with craziness.
Before we see Neil Patrick Harris' sure to be amazing opening number at Sunday's Tony Awards show, here are 10 of my all-time favorite, ridiculously amazing Tony Award performance numbers ranked in order of absolutely insanity. (And, no, I did not include Bret Michaels busting his head open on a set.)
Dreamgirls, "And I'm Telling You": Before Jennifer Hudson made it famous in the movie, this power ballad was belted out by Jennifer Holliday on the Great White Way. The only thing crazy here is how good her voice is.
Ridiculousness Rating: 1
Anything Goes, "Anything Goes": Who doesn't love sailors? Who doesn't love a huge tap number? Who doesn't love sailors in a huge tap number? There's a reason this Cole Porter musical picked up the trophy for Best Revival at least year's ceremony (and the tune is still stuck in my head). Oh, and don't be tempted to click on the Patti LuPone version that will pop up after you watch it. She can't hold a candle to Sutton Foster. (Blasphemy!)
Ridiculousness Rating: 2
Evita, "A New Argentina": Speaking of Ms. LuPone, check out her completely insane hairdo when she played the original Eva Peron back in the '80s. My favorite moment (thanks to Broadway legend Seth Rudetsky who pointed it out) is at the end when Patti goes to link arms with her husband but he's a step too far away and she totally whiffs. It's just a millisecond — but now that you know about it, you will always see it.
Ridiculousness Rating: 3
Sunset Boulevard, "As If We Never Said Goodbye": Now we're getting into serious camp territory with Glenn Close performing the big number from Andrew Lloyd Webber's doomed '90s musical. What I love is that there is this huge set filled with extras and props, but the only person moving or singing is Close. She is ready for her Close up, and no one better interfere.
Ridiculousness Rating: 4
Wicked, "Defying Gravity": Wow, this is our second Joel Grey introduction on the list, but by far the crazier production. I mean, one of the women is painted green and she's riding on a broomstick. This video was definitely an influence on Glee's Kurt Hummel in his formative years which explains a lot of his wardrobe choices. As insane as this is, try not to melt like a witch in water when Idina Menzel sours up in the air for her big finale.
Ridiculousness Rating: 5
The Producers, "Little Old Lady Land": Every wonder what The Rockettes will look like when they have walkers? No, I'm sure you haven't — but this musical does. We get Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and a kick line full of knickers. There's nothing else like it.
Ridiculousness Rating: 6
Hairspray, "You Can't Stop the Beat": Who ever thought a movie by "Pope of sleaze" John Waters would be a crowd-pleasing, family friendly musical? Thankfully, they kept the crazy wigs, wacky costumes, and a drag queen hiding in a huge can of hairspray. There's nothing better than a song with a good tune and a better message... except maybe a drag queen.
Ridiculousness Rating: 7
Grey Gardens, "Revolutionary Costume for Today": This musical — based on a documentary about an eccentric (and possibly mentally ill) mother and daughter related to the Kennedy clan and living in squalor — wasn't a box office hit, but it did win Christine Ebersole a well-deserved trophy for her staunch performance bonkers recluse "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale. (Oh, and if you haven't seen Grey Gardens the documentary or the movie with Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, get yourself to Netflix, stat).
Ridiculousness Rating: 8
Into the Woods, "Children Will Listen": Into the Woods is probably Stephen Sondheim's strangest musical, and considering he wrote a show about a cannibalistic barber, that is some feat. This medley starts with the show's opening where a bunch of fairy tale characters (including a plastic cow) head into the woods and ends with Claire Huxtable, turning from a witch into a princess who sings the ballad "Children Will Listen." It's a tonal shift that you can't find anywhere else. And Jessica Fletcher introduces the song. I'm surprised someone in the audience didn't turn up murdered.
Ridiculousness Rating: 9
The Boy From Oz, "Not the Boy Next Door": OK, first we have Hugh Jackman in a leopard print shirt and bulgetastic tight gold lamé pants, riding a camel. To repeat: Hugh Jackman, leopard, bulge, gold pants, camel. Then he makes a penis joke. Then he gyrates all over the stage. Then he ambushes Sarah Jessica Parker (seated next to a pre-gray hair Andy Cohen) and drags her up on stage to do some gyrating of her own. I mean, this is Tony zaniness legend, right here.
Ridiculousness Rating: 10
Oh, because I couldn't leave this one out:
Cats, "Memory": It is a woman dressed up as a singing cat!
Ridiculousness Rating: 11
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A massive hit never ends at its own conclusion for better or worse. Lost Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland The Blair Witch Project and other pop culture milestones spawned plenty of imitators of wavering quality that trickled on to screens until the phenomena tapered off. Joyful Noise the new film starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton is one these auxiliary creative endeavors a direct descendant of the cheeky drama/comedy/musical hybrid Glee. But instead of teenage issues and pop covers Joyful Noise swaps in familial struggles gospel tunes and a sizable serving of Christian faith. The combination results in a movie that lacks the jazz hand energy of Glee but packs good-natured laughs to keep someone awake for its two hour duration. More "noise" than "joyful."
Mere minutes after the passing away of choir leader Bernie Vi Rose (Latifah) inherits the position—along with a serving of negative vibes from Bernie's wife G.G. (Parton) who was hoping to take the job herself. The new responsibility is only the beginning of Vi Rose's troubles as she attempts to balance her rebellious daughter Olivia's (Keke Palmer) raging hormones her son Walter's (Dexter Darden) Asperger's syndrome her husband's absence during a military stint and her own old school God-faring ways. Hardships are whipped into further chaos upon the arrival of Randy G.G.'s rambunctious horny grandson who shows up at rehearsal with an eye on Olivia and undeniable vocal skills. Randy's rock and roll edge is readily embraced by the group but even with the national gospel championship on the line Vi Rose isn't ready to toss tradition aside.
Joyful Noise is a mixed bag sporadically entertaining when director Todd Graff (Camp Bandslam) lets his two commanding stars flex their comedic muscles or belt soulful tunes. Latifah and Parton can do both with ease—Latifah has a natural charm while Parton essentially fills the "kooky Betty White" here—but instead of letting the two fly Graff breaks up the action with overwrought drama and bizarre side character stories. The script injects a lot of ideas into the picture—loss of faith modernizing ideologies coping with tragedy sexuality under the eye of God—but every tender moment is fumbled. A gut-wrenching conversation between Vi Rose and her autistic son should have weight and the actors do their best but the material doesn't service the emotional complexity of the scenario. Instead it opts to cut to a musical number. Another sequence involving the overnight demise of another character is even played for comedy even when it causes one woman to question her beliefs.
Thank God for the musical numbers which have enough energy to brush the flimsier moments under the rug. The Glee-inspired pop tune covers (Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror " Usher's "Yeah"—both tailored with religious modifications) aren't nearly as interesting or powerful as the straight-up gospel songs. But unlike the tunes Joyful Noise doesn't have rhyme or reason. A mishmash of played out character stereotypes narrative cliches and enjoyable but erratic music the movie feels more like a cash-in than it should. Latifah and Parton are a sizzling duo but the vehicle built for them is a clunker. As Vi Rose might say the only way to have a great time at Joyful Noise is to believe. Really really hard.
Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck
Director: Brett Ratner
Synopsis: A group of people conspire to steal back the money they lost from a wealthy Ponzi schemer (Alan Alda).
What We Think: Tower Heist sounds like most Ratner movies (i.e. pairing opposites with one another in an action-y comedy; or … the Rush Hour movies), but watching two of the giants of comedy, Stiller and Murphy, has undeniable appeal.
Cool to Know: Years ago, Eddie Murphy envisioned the movie as a potential “black Ocean’s Eleven,” alongside actors like Chris Tucker, Jamie Foxx and Dave Chappelle.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Cast: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Synopsis: The whole gang is back for this stoner-y take on Christmas – in stoner-friendly 3D. Their shenanigans this time involve burning down a Christmas tree and looking for a new one.
What We Think: Aside from a different director and the addition of 3D, everything looks to be the same with this installment – meaning those who liked White Castle and Guantanamo Bay should enjoy Christmas -- even if it is almost two months before the actual holiday.
Cool to Know: Kal Penn left his job as President Obama’s associate director of public engagement in June 2010 to film 3D Christmas; he returned to his post in November.
After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
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Alcon Entertainment has announced plans to remake Point Break, Deadline reports. The 1991 blockbuster, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starred Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a gang of bank-robbing surfers (Or was it surfing bank-robbers? I forget.) led by a Zen Buddhist played by Patrick Swayze. The new version will be set in the "world of international extreme sports," because that's what all the kids are into these days, but will otherwise adhere to the plot of the original. Also, it will be awful.
Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor, Kurt Wimmer and Alcon CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce the film from a script penned by Wimmer. A director will be chosen soon.
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