For the last six years, Parks and Recreation's resident goofy guy, Andy Dwyer, has been teaching us the most valuable life lessons.
1. The great history of the White House:
2. Never run:
3. Crushes are embarrassing for everyone:
4. What to do when you need to distract people:
5. How to make your life 5x better:
6. What to do when life gets tough:
7. On deciding where to move:
8. How to let a person know you're interested in them:
9. You don't need to know what you're doing, you just need to be confident:
10. It's not always called "crying":
11. Butter is more than a common dairy product:
12. The 5-second rule always applies:
13. It's actually not mother nature:
14. Get ninjas to do your dirty work:
15. Sometimes, it's a good idea to just not do anything:
16. Fake it until you make it:
17. Find enjoyment in the simple things in life:
18. When you can't take a full one, take a "Dwyer Shower":
19. If you see an opportunity to ask for something you want, do it:
20. Sometimes life stinks:
21. Despite all of his silliness, he does have heartfelt, smart lessons to teach:
Actor Mark Hamill is set to reprise his villainous role as The Trickster in the current series of superhero TV show The Flash. The Star Wars actor played James Jesse, aka the Trickster, in a 1990s TV series and he will now appear in an episode of the show, which features Grant Gustin as the speedy crimestopper, next year (15).
In a press release about his return to the superhero world, Hamill's character is described as "an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence... who helps Barry (Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original's deadly footsteps."
The episode will reunite Hamill with John Wesley Shipp, who starred opposite him as the original Flash on TV two decades ago.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Hitfix.com, "Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of The Flash. Christmas and Hanukkah came early for us this year when he said yes! We are beyond humbled and excited to have him joining us for another round of deadly trickery!"
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.”
Hollywood costume designer George L. Little has died, aged 63. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles on 29 August (14).
Little's big break in Hollywood came in 1979 when he served as a costumer for Francis Ford Coppola's classic war epic Apocalypse Now, and he went on to work with other acclaimed directors like Tony Scott (Crimson Tide), Sam Mendes (Jarhead), Barry Levinson (Bugsy), and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).
Little's credits also include Red Dawn, About Last Night..., The Pelican Brief, Striptease, Galaxy Quest, Transcendence, and the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four.
In 1988, Little was nominated for an Outstanding Costume Design Emmy for his work on TV movie Lincoln, starring Sam Waterston.
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is set to play the villain on the TV adaptation of comic book series The Flash after signing up to portray Leonard Snart. In the popular DC Comics, Snart's alter-ego, Captain Cold, is the leader of the Rogues, and a dastardly enemy of The Flash.
Grant Gustin will portray Barry Allen, who becomes the speedy superhero, on the show, which will debut in America later this year (14).
Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Robbie Amell and Tom Cavanagh have also joined the cast.
The CW Network
After watching their fellow networks unveil dozens of new series, The CW did things a little differently this year: the network only picked up four new shows. Since the network had its best viewership in a long time this past year, with ratings for Supernatural through the roof and new shows like Reign and The 100 becoming big hits, there weren't very many gaps in the schedule that needed filling. Still, the Winchester brothers can only hunt demons for so long, and so The CW has a new show about people with mysterious powers attempting to stop the apocalypse waiting in the wings. Or, if you're looking for more costumed crime fighters, sassy detectives, or a replacement for the cheesy fun of The Carrie Diaries, they've got that covered too.
We've run down all of the CW's new shows for the 2014-2015 shows, along with everything you need to know about them before they start airing in the fall. And yes, like all CW shows, they promise to be slightly terrible, but ultimately very addicting.
Jane the Virgin What It Is: Sitcom.What It's About: A young, career-focused woman is accidentally artificially inseminated, resulting in her getting pregnant even though she’s a virgin. Who's In It: Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo, and Ivonne Coll.What It Sounds Like: Secret Life of the American Teenager meets Ugly Betty, plus a sex-ed talk from the Coach in Mean Girls. How Good Will It Be: With a premise like that, it’s got to be terrible. We’re hoping it’s so terrible that it actually kind of good. How Long It Will Last: This seems like the obvious replacement for The Carrie Diaries, so it will most likely get around two seasons. Airs: Mondays at 9 pm.
The Flash What It Is: Drama.What It's About: After a freak accident involving a particle accelerator, Barry Allen wakes up with the power of super speed, and uses it to fight crime. Who's In It: Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin.What It Sounds Like: Arrow, only he wears red and runs really fast. How Good Will It Be: The CW scored a surprise hit with Arrow, so we have high hopes for this one, even though it too will probably take a while to find its voice. How Long It Will Last: If it gets anything less than five seasons, we’ll be shocked. Airs: Tuesdays at 8 pm.
iZombie What It Is: Drama What It's About: A medical examiner – who is also secretly a zombie – eats the brains of corpses to help solve their murders. Who's In It: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, Alexandra Krosney, David Anders, and Nora Dunn. What It Sounds Like: Pushing Daisies meets The Walking Dead, sprinkled with Veronica Mars.How Good Will It Be: Rob Thomas is on board as executive producer, so iZombie will probably be just as funny and charming as his other shows. Although, if we're honest, the premise is kind of stupid. How Long It Will Last: Three seasons... and then maybe a Kickstarter movie.Airs: Midseason.
The Messengers What It Is: Drama.What It's About: After a mysterious object collides with the earth, five strangers discover they have new powers that they must use to prevent the Rapture. Who's In It: Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black-D’Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, and Diogo Morgado.What It Sounds Like: Supernatural, with a dash of MisfitsHow Good Will It Be: The plot is a bit convoluted and heavy on the mythology and Biblical references, which will probably weigh down what would otherwise be an entertaining show about people with superpowers, which doesn't bode too well for The Messengers. How Long It Will Last: It will either be canceled after one season or it will run for nine years. Airs: Midseason.
Actor John Wesley Shipp, who played the original Barry Allen in the 1990s U.S. TV series The Flash, has been cast in a mystery role in the reboot of the DC Comics-inspired show of the same name. The former Dawson's Creek actor joins previously announced cast members Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh and Glee star Grant Gustin, who will play the titular role of The Flash.
Chris Hardwick has fashioned quite a nice career for himself by celebrating his geeky inclinations. And on Monday, Jan. 27, he played host to the reunion of the favorite troupe of many a comedy nerd: The State.
The episode of @midnight started with three comic contestants, just like any other — this time, The State veterans Michael Showalter, Kerri Kenney-Silver, and Michael Ian Black. As they off-handedly insulted their “absent” or possibly “dead” friends, each one of them popped up in the studio. Soon, all eleven members of group were on stage.
The venue makes sense, since Hardwick and The State are all survivors of '90s MTV and must have crossed paths in the hallways a few times. And that makes this episode of @midnight essential viewing for anyone who stayed up late to catch Singled Out or Black and Thomas Lennon as Barry and Levon, rubbing their butts in “$240 worth of pudding.”
If this is the jumping off point for a larger scale reunion, we now know what to expect. We'll get to hear our favorite catchphrases, for sure. Showalter was cut from the game first and reacted as his most famous character, disaffected teen Doug, certainly would have. ("I'm outta heee-reee.") And Ken Marino cut right to the chase when he was introduced, letting us know exactly what he wanted to do with Louie's famous ping pong balls. Joe Lo Truglio will probably wear a tux, as he has been ever since Brooklyn Nine-Nine won a couple of Golden Globes. And the comics will continue trying everything they can to make each other laugh. In the final round, when the contestants threw joke after joke at their straight-faced former costars, Michael Ian Black pointed out that it looked a lot like a The State pitch meeting.
For the love of Barry Lutz and everyone down at the Porcupine Racetrack, let's hope that this little get-together was a sign of bigger things to come.
Fans of The CW’s Arrow and the DC Comics Universe have been talking about the introduction of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) for months. Originally, Barry would be introduced on Arrow, and then the show would air a backdoor pilot for The Flash for The CW’s spinoff series following the super fast superhero. However, Deadline recently reported that The Flash would get a stand-alone pilot. After watching Barry’s introduction on Arrow, we have to agree that Gustin deserves his own pilot because he was fantastic.
In “The Scientist,” Barry arrives in Starling City as an assistant CSI tech from Central City to help investigate a robbery at Queen Consolidated. Throughout the episode he befriends Felicity Smoak — more like sparks fly between these two — but doesn’t win over Oliver, who finds out that Barry lied about his reason for being in Starling City. By the end of the episode though, Oliver, Dig, and Felicity realize they need Barry’s help. In the next episode “Three Ghosts,” Barry proves his worth as part of the Green Arrow team.
Despite such a short stint on Arrow, we already love the chemistry between Gustin and Emily Bett Rickards, as well as the possibility of a Barry and Ollie bromance. We’re almost sorry that Barry will be leaving Starling City to have his own show. In actuality, we’re extremely excited for The Flash. Gustin can totally pull off the transition from Barry to the titular character. Besides, we can always hope for some crossover episodes.
Do you think Jessica Biel's résumé just says "Justin Timberlake's Muse" in all big letters and nothing else, now? Because she's managed to get America's favorite former Mickey Mouse Club member to finally (finally!) return to music. With his new album, The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake has penned a sexy, sultry love letter to the new Mrs. Timberlake and, in turn, has announced his return to speakers the world over.
Mr. Timberlake is in l-o-v-e, y'all, and he's taken quite a liking to soulful, vintage stylings in order to fully express his feelings. Love just sounds more authentic when it's crooned over 70s-soul-tinged R&B. The marriage of JT's vocals with swelling big band strings, creeping vintage beats, and a bit of updated retro-soul was a smart move on his and producers Timbaland and J-Roc's part; it fills the gap in today's old school renaissance with a little bit of grown-ass-manliness. While Bruno Mars might be the flashiest tenant on the pop block, Timberlake has proven why he's the landlord of the whole damn building.
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Unlike past efforts, The 20/20 Experience is an album fully-realized: it's not a collection of chart-topping singles and guest appearances (indeed, Jay-Z's verse on "Suit & Tie" is the album's only instance of such work), but rather a unified aural experience. He wants you to experience the album, not just the songs. Tracks are not broken up into easily-digestible 2:30 snippets, but rather grown slowly over the course of several minutes and allowed to shift, curve, and swirl into existence. It's something that will undoubtedly be off-putting for some (and sometimes felt like a distraction), but a breath of fresh air to others. Overall, Timberlake is on his Michael Jackson, hyper-focused game.
When he sings "I say goodbye to the old me / it's already gone," during the second single, "Mirrors," you believe it. Sure, perhaps a bit of editing could've benefitted the middle bits, but the album has the confidence and cadance of a man no longer lost in the world of twentysomething cockiness. While FutureSex/LoveSounds told the world Timberlake was no longer a teen dream, The 20/20 Experience throws a smoking jacket on the man and turns him into a capital-M Man. And a Man isn't a series of spastic parts, he's a fully-realized artistic vision. So, while some parts shine far greater than others, the essence of who this new Timberlake is has arrived, whole. This is an album, an experience (duh) to be had — not just another collection of hits and ditties.
The album starts out with the sexy, sultry, and delicious "Pusher Love Girl." Here, Timberlake shines as the leading man of a musical exploration of Old Hollywood, pushed forward with the funky back-beat of an old school Prince jam. His love has narcotic qualities to it — as does the tune itself. The fact that this isn't the second single feels a bit surprising, to be honest. First single "Suit & Tie" appears second on the album — a song I admittedly had less-than-favorable opinions to upon first listen. But this tune is a grower. Maybe it's the songs perma-placement in advertisements and radio waves, but it won me over — or at least wore me down. It's shown us a few things (a few thangs), and it can't wait to get you on the floor, good-lookin'.
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The middle of the album suffers from a bit of the editing deficiency previously mentioned. Timbaland-heavy tracks such as "Don't Hold the Wall" and "Tunnel Vision" feel slightly out of place on the whole, but still satisfy that inherent spot in the back of your head, keeping you on the dance floor for just one more song. "Don't Hold the Wall" feels heavily Indian in influence, including a sample that gives it a mysterious hot-girl-running-down-a-smoky-back-alley-in-New-Delhi vibe. This is as SexyBack Timberlake as you're going to get. A track that will likely do well late night at the clubs, it ultimately shies away from the album's true power.
"Strawberry Bubblegum" may be the most head-scratchy track of them all: it's bouncy with the flare of a crackling, 70s-soul groove, but ultimately falls flat and feels like an unfinished vision. To say nothing of the weird, Barry White-esque sing-talking interjected throughout. "Tunnel Vision" is perhaps the most architectually Timbaland tune of the bunch; rife with his signature uh-huhs, break-it-down-nows, and here-we-gos, the track reminds us that sometimes even superstars are self-conscious, y'all. There are movie references (because Timberlake's a big-time movie star now, you know!) aplenty, punctuated by electro-mixed string sections that feel perhaps like the most "now" song on the LP.
The Barry White business continues on "Spaceship Coupe" which is vocally on-point, but feels slightly cringeworthy in subject matter. Is Timberlake writing a slowjam for his TARDIS built for two? If Doctor Who was even a remotely sexual being, this would be the tune he played before trying to get his companion pregnant with a baby Time Lord.
One of the best additions to Timberlake's musical vision is that of The Tennessee Kids, his backing band, which features most on the previously-heard tune, "That Girl," a fine song if nothing special. During live performances, their work shines, but feels pushed aside on the album itself. "Let The Groove Get In" feels like a tune to blast while on vacation in Rio, and folds well into Timberlake's next single, "Mirrors," which features Timberlake's return to form. This is the FutureSex man we met in the aughts, now in love rather than in like, with nothing left to prove except the love in his heart for his lady.
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The end of the album proves to be the most surprising: "Blue Ocean Floor" showcases Timberlake's vocals as the star of a melodically pensive track. The music slowly puddles around the steady stream of his crooning fluctuations. And trust, there is nothing easy about the way he vocally flips and jumps on this track — and its deviation from the rest of the album is refreshing. The highs and lows mimic the steady push and pull of the tide, and is a fantastically unshowy way to close an otherwise album.
In the end, Timberlake is back and has given fans a taste of the refined, confident man he's become in love and life. The 20/20 Experience has flickers of the curly-haired novice we all grew to love as a boyband frontman, and later respect as a minted R&B stalwart. Timberlake is back, and while it might not be perfect, it is pretty, pretty good.
What do you think of The 20/20 Experience? Sound off in the comments.
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