This Sunday will be Neil Patrick Harris’ first time hosting the Oscars. Can you believe it? He’s practically hosted every other awards show (from the Tonys to the Emmys), but now he’s in the big leagues – among such iconic hosts as Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and…Donald Duck? Yep, that’s right. The animated cartoon character actually co-hosted the ceremony back in 1958. We’re just glad we weren’t alive to witness that. But we’ve witnessed our fair share of other hosts, from bad to good. Allow us to rank them for you.
10. Anne Hathway & James Franco (2011)
Everyone was left scratching their heads when this hosting duo was announced, and Anne and James didn’t do much to allay people’s concerns. Anne tried way too hard, and James just didn’t try enough, resulting in a disastrous show that likely solidified the notion that producers should stick to comedians for the job.
9. Hugh Jackman (2009)
Sorry, Jackman. You’re a lovely singer and dancer, but this ain’t the Tonys. It was too much Broadway flair and not enough jokes.
8. David Letterman (1995)
It was the “Oprah, Uma” gag that did him in. It just went on for way too long, and Hollywood was not amused.
7. Seth MacFarlane (2013)
The Family Guy creator was an odd choice simply because we don’t see him in front of the camera much. He took risks with some edgier jokes (Such as: "['Django Unchained'] is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who's been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.") and received a mixed response from critics.
6. Billy Crystal (1990 - 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012)
He’s hosted a TON of times (9 to be exact), with varying degrees of success. The best part is whenever he inserts himself into the Oscar-nominated films. But when they brought him back to host the 2012 awards after Eddie Murphy dropped out, we sort of felt like he was the “safe” choice. He did play it safe, and in effect, the show was a bit boring.
5. Whoopi Goldberg (1994, 1996, 1999, 2002)
Remember when she appeared on stage in full Queen Elizabeth I regalia? She really went for it and nailed it.
4. Chris Rock (2005)
When he hosted, they had the telecast run on a 7-second delay – just in case. We know at least one person wasn’t a fan. After Chris made a joke about Jude Law, a humorless Sean Penn took the stage to criticize the comedian, calling Jude one of the industry’s “finest actors.” At least Chris stayed true to his own boisterous style.
3. Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin (2010)
Ok, so the pairing may have just been because they had recently starred in a movie together (It’s Complicated), but these two proved to complement each other quite nicely. Steve is a veteran host and knows how to work the room, and Alec is just naturally funny. They're no Tina and Amy, though...
2. Jon Stewart (2002, 2006)
The things about Jon Stewart is that he’s smart. Very smart. He deftly balanced the political jokes with his hilarious insights on Hollywood and we were thoroughly entertained. Maybe now that he's retiring from The Daily Show, it'll free him up to host more awards shows.
1. Ellen DeGeneres (2007, 2014)
Nevermind the fact that she took that epic celebrity selfie, she brought PIZZA for everyone last year. Hands down the best.
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Take a tip from teenagers this Valentine’s Day and do it up big. Everything’s a grand gesture when you’re young and these teen movies prove that young love trumps all. So get out there and do something nice for your significant other – and we don’t just mean getting tickets to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
1. Say Anything
The now-iconic boombox gesture. Except these days it would probably involve holding up an iPhone or something.
2. The Fault In Our Stars
Augustus used his wish to give Hazel her dream trip to Amsterdam. Sigh…
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
The public singing and dancing. How could you resist?
Edward would watch Bella as she slept (which definitely sounds creepy now that we think about it) and he took her flying through the woods. Unconventional romance, to be sure, but she swooned nonetheless.
5. Cruel Intentions
When a bad boy reveals his sensitive side to you, you know it’s love.
6. A Walk to Remember
He married her and fulfilled her dying wish, doesn’t get more grand than that.
7. Moonrise Kingdom
What’s more romantic than running away together?
8. Romeo + Juliet
The classic tale of star-crossed lovers. They basically disown their families to be together. They also die in the end but let’s just pretend it all worked out.
9. Save the Last Dance
Being a good dancer: hot. Showing up to your girl's dance audition because you know how important it is to her: even hotter.
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
We kind of wish people still exchanged mixtapes like Charlie and Sam.
11. The Notebook
Noah climbs a Ferris wheel just to ask Allie out. Yeah, he's kind of insane...but in the most romantic way.
Juno fills Paulie Bleeker's mailbox with his favorite orange Tic Tacs. Even sassy Juno can be sweet.
What do YOU think are some of the most romantic teen movie gestures? Tell us on social media!
Comedian Jon Stewart has become the last of the long-running U.S. late night hosts to step down after revealing he plans to quit The Daily Show later this year (15). Stewart, who made the announcement during Tuesday's (10Feb15) taping of his political satire programme, has fronted the popular, multi-award-winning comedy programme for 17 years.
Confirming the news, Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central, the network behind The Daily Show says, "For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honour and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera.
"Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."
Stewart took over the popular show in 1999, and has won 18 Emmy Awards, including 10 consecutive wins for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series.
Stewart stepped down from his hosting duties in the summer of 2013 to direct political drama Rosewater, and recently hinted to Jerry Seinfeld in his webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that he would have no qualms about leaving the programme in the near future.
When asked where he saw himself in 10 years, Stewart replied, "Putting in 15 years - nobody's going to do 30 years of television again. I'm not interested in just going in and hitting the ruts that I've worn out.
"It's going to be time to hand it off, and go, 'I'm kind of out.' That doesn't mean I don't still love doing it. But I'm finally getting to the place in my head where I'm like, 'When it goes, I'm gonna be very OK with that."
Stewart's former Daily Show regular-turned-show host Stephen Colbert wrapped up his The Colbert Report on Comedy Central late last year (Dec14) after announcing he would be replacing outgoing The Late Show host David Letterman.
Craig Ferguson also stepped down as the host of The Late Late Show in December (14) and will be replaced permanently next month (Mar15) by fellow Brit James Corden.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Stewart Stern has lost his battle with cancer. The 92 year old passed away on Monday (02Feb15) at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington.
Stern enjoyed a prolific career writing for TV and movie projects from the 1950s, including Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie, Marlon Brando's The Ugly American, and James Dean's 1955 classic, Rebel Without a Cause.
He also penned The Outsider, Thunder in the Sun, The Rack and Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, while in TV, his credits include Sally Field's 1976 miniseries Sybil, which won him an Emmy Award, and TV movie A Christmas to Remember.
Stern earned two Academy Award nominations - in 1952 for co-writing the film Teresa and in 1969 for Rachel, Rachel.
Grease is the best. It's a classic in the world of movie musicals. Everyone has seen it, or at least a scene or two, at some point in their life. But there's a lot more to this 1978 film based on a musical set in the 1950's than you thought. We all know that Jeff Conaway (RIP) played Danny Zuko on Broadway and John Tavolta was Doody, but did you know Elvis was offered a role?
1. Elvis was initially offered a role in the film.
It is believed he would play the Guardian Angel role, but he did not accept.
2. Grease is the highest-grossing film of 1978.
Grease is the word.
3. In "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee" they changed the reference and it has a freaky coincidence.
In the stage play, the song had a reference to Sal Mineo, who was murdered in 1976. For the movie, they changed the lyric to "Elvis, Elvis, let me be! Keep that pelvis far from me!" In reference to Elvis Presley, who died the same day the scene was filmed. The day was August 16, 1977.
4. There is a little tribute to the Three Stooges in the film.
The boys who played Doody (Barry Pearl), Sonny (Michael Tucci), and Putzie (Kelly Ward) all went to director Randal Kleiser with their idea and got it approved for the film during the bonfire scene.
5. All of the cast members were too old for high school.
John Travolta was 23, Jeff Conaway was 26, and Stockard Channing was 33 (older than Dennis C. Stewart A.K.A. Crater face or Leo, Leader of the Scorpions, who was 30). The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.
6. A "Hickey From Kenickie" was 100% real.
Stockard Channing said in an interview that Jeff Conaway insisted on applying the hickeys himself.
7. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was written after filming wrapped.
The producers felt that Olivia Newton-John needed a huge ballad for the film. This song actually ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination.
8. In the stage production, "Greased Lighting" is not sung by Danny.
It's sung by Kenickie, but John Travolta convinced the producers to let him sing it.
9. Danny's blue wind-breaker was a nod to James Dean.
Like his red wind-breaker from Rebel Without A Cause (1955).
10. Lucille Ball is the reason her daughter was not cast as Rizzo and the part went to Stockard Channing.
Lucie Arnaz was dropped from consideration after Lucille Ball called and said "I used to own that studio; my daughter's not doing a screen test!" But actually, she owned the studio Desilu which was bought by Paramount.
11. Cast members got sick from filming the drag race scene.
When filming near the bridge, the water there was stagnant and dangerous, causing some of the cast to become ill from it's filth.
12. That fight scene between Rizzo and Kenickie would have made sense but...
...the scene explaining it got cut. They filmed a scene, where the couple got into a heated argument, before the diner scene but it was pulled due to it's grittiness. It was compared to something Martin Scorsese might have directed.
13. The first time John Travolta met Olivia Newton-John was at her house.
He was a huge fan of hers (he basically was the #1 supporter of her being Sandy) and was very star struck when he met her, having not reached a huge level of success yet.
14. During the filming of "Greased Lightning" Jeff Conaway injured his back.
And the injury led to his abuse of prescription medication and downward path. He was dropped by fellow cast members during filming. This information was not publicly known until Conaway's appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
15. Olivia Newton-John's pants were so tight when filming "You're The One That I Want," that the zipper was broken.
She had to be sewn into her pants every morning.
16. John Travolta had to talk Olivia into filming that song.
She admit on the Merv Griffin Show that she was terrified of it.
17. Jeff Conaway came up with the idea of how to blow off Danny and Kenickie's hug.
Conaway said that in 50's, two guys hugging, "forget about it!" So he suggested that after, they comb their hair and pretend it never happened.
18. The film takes place in 1958.
20 years before the actual release date on June 1, 1978 (in the U.S.).
19. In the stage production of the show, Sandy's last name is Dumbrowski.
But because Olivia Newton-John was cast, they changed her background to match her Australian one.
20. One song cut from the film is actually played in the background.
The "Alma Mater/Parody" instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.
21. It took a week to shoot the dance contest.
They were on location in a real school at the time in downtown L.A. Originally Sandy was not intended to dance in this scene, it was meant to be just Danny and Cha Cha. It was reputedly 116 degrees during filming. Several extras suffered heat-related illness.
22. But it took only one day to film "You're The One That I Want"/the end scene.
It was filmed with a traveling carnival that was there only for the day. The next day, director Randal Kleiser wanted to film some extra close-ups, but the carnival had left, so they had to recreate pieces of that set to accomplish it.
23. Olivia Newton-John attended the premiere in a prom dress.
And then for the after party, she changed into her "Sandy 2" look, which was hot pink spandex.
24. That plastic wrap moment in "Greased Lighting" is actually a reference to condoms.
25. There was a planned sequel, by the title Summer School, completely different from Grease 2.
Paramount later nixed the idea and we sadly got Grease 2 in 1982. This orignal sequel plan grew out of Coach Calhoun's line "See you in summer school" to a student before he is hit with a pie in the carnival scene near the end.
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Shailene Woodley and Margot Robbie are among the actors vying for the Rising Star prize at the British Academy Of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in February (15).
The Fault in Our Stars actress, who rose to fame in Oscar-winning 2011 drama The Descendants, will compete against Miles Teller, her co-star in sci-fi movie Divergent, as well as Australian actress Robbie.
Unbroken star Jack O'Connell is also up for the award and the Brit admits he feels "honoured to be considered... amongst such a talented field". Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw rounds out the nominations.
The winner will be decided by public vote and announced during the BAFTA ceremony in London on 8 February (15). Previous recipients include James McAvoy, Shia LaBeouf and Kristen Stewart.
Maybe it's because we've been struggling to find one man to love us, let alone two, or maybe it's because it reduces pretty awesome female characters to a girl who can't decide which boy she loves, but we've grown a pretty tired of the love triangle trope saturating so many TV shows and movies. It seems like vampires are only ever happy if they're competing for a girl (and, of course, they simply must be vampires). Are there really no other ways to complicate a love story?
1. Sookie/Eric/Bill (True Blood)
Sookie, waitress (who spends shockingly little time actually waiting tables) and faerie, loves vampire Bill Compton. She is "his," which is some pseudo-romantic vampire way of possessing a woman like an object, and along comes douchey bad-haired vampire Eric. She hates Eric at first, but then he cuts his hair and gets amnesia, forgetting he's actually a jerk, and they fall in love. And then the two vampires compete over her for, like, ever. After this whole love triangle (a square, if you consider her relationship with werewolf Alcide) ordeal fades, she ends the series with a rando who we don't meet. Umm, cool? At least we had some steamy moments of threesome fantasies.
2. Olivia/Jake/Fitz (Scandal)
Is anyone into Olivia and Fitz anymore? We're not really sure there would be a show without this love triangle though, because Pope & Prez need to be lovers torn apart, and, what with the First Lady generally approving of their relationship (and engaging in extramarital affairs of her own), something needs to keep them apart. Enter Jake, secret agent man. We like Olivia Pope best when she's wearing Burberry trenches and "handling" situations like nobody else can. We tolerate her love life (although we do cherish the non-booty calls and her standing up for herself).
3. Jack/Kate/Sawyer (Lost)
We're not sure if we'll ever fully understand what happened on Lost, but we do know that the episodes weren't nearly as entertaining when they focused on this love triangle. Wasn't there enough going on here without this overplayed scenario?
4. Bella/Jacob/Edward (The Twilight Saga)
As much as we tried to bury our head in the sand and avoid this book/film series, the cursed Team Edward/Team Jacob drama found a way to perpetually enter our lives. Its ubiquity alone is enough to grow tired of. As far as we're concerned, if we didn't like the vampire-werewolf-human triangle on True Blood (okay, Sookie isn't human, but you get it), we're certainly not going to enjoy one where the vampire sparkles.
5. Rory/Dean/Jess (Gilmore Girls)
This is the love triangle we understand the most of all of these. No, not just because both Dean and Jess are irresistible and pretty unconditional in their affection for the perfect Rory Gilmore, but because Dean was sort of the first boy she had ever noticed. She started dating him, things were going smoothly, and then Jess came along. Understandably, when a bad boy who loves reading comes along, swooning is inevitable. Dean was a good first boyfriend, a bit too needy for our taste, and Jess made a huge mistake by, you know, leaving town while still dating Rory and not even saying anything, but we understood where she was coming from, at least. That still didn't make it enjoyable to watch Dean peacock and proclaim Stars Hollow as "his town."
6. Jack/Elizabeth/Will (Pirates of the Caribbean)
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Come on, Elizabeth! You can't just throw away your relationship every time Johnny Depp looks damn cute in a costume. You will never have a healthy love life that way.
7. Meredith/Derek/Addison (Grey's Anatomy)
It's always a grey area when a TV show makes you ship a relationship between a married man and his mistress, and that's exactly what happened here. We liked Derek and Meredith with the complications they already faced - a one night stand that turned into the pair working at the same hospital (and the accusations that she was sleeping her way to the top). When Addison came back into the picture, it just annoyingly kept apart two characters we knew should be together.
8. Serena/Nate/Dan (Gossip Girl)
The relationships on Gossip Girl mostly played like a square dance's exchange of partners, and we never liked Nate and Serena together (even though, goodness gracious, they were a gorgeous-looking couple) because he was her BFF's boyfriend. What happened to girl code, S? (To be fair, Blair then went for Lonely Boy despite his former relationship with Serena). Eventually, this show's only relationship we rooted for was strangely Chuck and Blair.
9. Katniss/Peeta/Gale (The Hunger Games)
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This one never seemed like much of a love triangle to us. As we read the book, and even in the first movie, we sort of felt like, "Gale who?" It was always Peeta. Katniss and Gale's relationship was strictly platonic, despite Hemsworth's hunkiness. His attractiveness is all he has going for him, and it's squandered by his jealousy. Peeta, on the other hand, is cute, caring, maybe a little needy, but we dig it. The real attraction to the movies/books lies in the revolution though (which is greatly motivated by Katniss' desire to rescue Peeta, further proof of his superiority).
10. Buffy/Angel/Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Seriously, what is it about vampire relationships that leads to love triangles? This is a little ridiculous. Buffy and Angel are perfect beyond words, a modern supernatural Romeo and Juliet plagued not by sparring families, but by an ancient curse, and Spike had vampire impotence and made a Buffy-bot. Really? We liked Buffy and Spike's banter, but the romance between the two always felt a bit wrong to us (and even Spike didn't believe her when she said she loved him).
11. Ross/Rachel/Joey (Friends)
Why. Did. This. Happen. Ross and Rachel, the annoyingly on-again, off-again, "we-were-on-a-break" couple everyone shipped throughout the 90s, were each other's lobsters. Joey, the show's resident Casanova, suddenly falls in love with her, even though she has Ross' baby? Whose decision was that?
Comedian Stephen Colbert closed out nine years of his nightly The Colbert Report show in America on Thursday (18Dec14) with a star-studded finale. After welcoming regular guest Grimmy, aka the Grim Reaper, and killing him off to obtain immortality, singer/songwriter Randy Newman led a celebrity-packed singalong.
Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Mandy Patinkin, Cyndi Lauper, Patrick Stewart, Barry Manilow, George Lucas, Sesame Street's Big Bird, James Franco and former R.E.M. star Michael Stipe were among the eclectic mix of stars crooning We'll Meet Again, while Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, moviemaker J.J. Abrams and former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined in the fun via video.
The series ended with Colbert joining fellow 'immortals' Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and U.S. game show host Alex Trebek on the studio roof.
The host then hopped on a Santa sleigh and flew off into the night.
Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show next year (15).
James Stewart's beloved festive film It's A Wonderful Life has topped a new U.K. poll to find the best seasonal movie of all time. The 1946 Christmas classic, directed by Frank Capra, picked up 16 per cent of the vote to lead the Odeon cinema hit list.
In celebration, Odeon will be holding screenings of the feel-good classic at 80 of its U.K. cinemas next week (15Dec14).
Home Alone comes in second place, while animated short film The Snowman ranks third.
The 1994 version of Miracle On 34th Street, which starred the late Richard Attenborough as Santa Claus, and Bing Crosby classic White Christmas round out the Odeon top five.
Actress/comedienne Carol Burnett has been honoured with the Harvey Award by organisers at a Pennsylvania museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. The Carol Burnett Show star was feted with the accolade at a fundraiser for the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation on Friday (04Oct14).
Talking about her affection for Stewart before meeting the late movie legend, Burnett told the Associated Press, "I saw this long, tall drink of water up there in black and white, and I said, 'He's my friend. I know him'."
Past recipients of the accolade include Janet Leigh, Shirley Jones and Ernest Borgnine.