Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day that we awkwardly gather round the table before stuffing our faces and give thanks to the things that matter most in our lives: family, friends, and good health.
Well that's nice and all, but here at Hollywood.com we've compiled a list of things that we are truly thankful for. Things like Louie, Magic Mike, and Amy Poehler(We're proud to say that she's mentioned three different times). Check out our list and then share which pop-culture phenomenons you're most thankful for in 2012!
Kate Ward: I'm thankful to Louie for not only giving me quotable soundbites ("I… am… BORED!"), but also for helping me remember no matter how bad it gets, at least I don't have to help clean fecal matter off a raw meat-eating boy.
Leanne Aguilera: I’m thankful for the fact that Magic Mike was a legitimately good movie and that everyone has finally realized that “Call Me Maybe” is a truly obnoxious song. I’m thankful that Happy Endings is consistently amahzing (Wheee! What up skanks?!) and that I can blame my love for Glee on my job—when in reality it's one of the highlights of my week. I’m also thankful for Matt Bomer. Even though he doesn’t play on my team, it’s lovely to know that there are real life Disney princes walking among us.
Anna Brand: I am thankful for the release of Dawson's Creek instant streaming on Netflix, the "Shahs of Sunset", and these Gotye lip-syncing kids.
Alicia Lutes: I'm thankful for unending Lohan drama and the end of the 2012 election so that my blood pressure can return to normal. I'm thankful for drunk celebrities on Watch What Happens Live, and Twitter wars. I'm thankful for the friendship of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and their shows 30 Rock and Parks and Rec being so great. I'm thankful for Solange Knowles' general flyness, and that people have finally stopped playing that Gotye song. I'm thankful for Maggie Smith always, but especially for her in the 3rd season (sorry, series) of Downton Abbey. I'm also glad that our president supported gay marriage because being hateful is so 2011. I'm also glad that Shame came out on DVD for, yes, the very obvious reasons.
Abbey Stone: I am thankful for a Matthew and Mary union (enough sexual tension is enough, Mr. Fellowes) and the Dowager Countess, like, in general. I am also thankful for Hillary Clinton's texting skillz and "Call Me Maybe" (because duh).
Michael Arbeiter: I am most thankful for the language perpetrated by the future island society in Cloud Atlas. From now on, I can happily proclaim my affirmation for an idea with not merely a “true,” but a “true-true.”
Matt Patches: I am thankful that Channing Tatum has finally convinced people that he's more than just a good-looking meathead. He's a good-looking meathead with acting chops and sensibilities that help good movies get made.
Sydney Bucksbaum: I am thankful that Hart of Dixie didn’t take the expected and easy way out of the big Season 1 cliffhanger: after Zoe and Wade finally admitted they had feelings for each other and hooked up, George called off his wedding to tell Zoe he loved her… while Wade was still in her bed! We all thought this CW charmer would just have Zoe dump Wade to jump George for Season 2, but then they surprised us by having Zoe turn George down and give Wade his much-deserved chance. This fall has been all about “Zade,” and I’m glad the love triangle has been rendered almost extinct… at least, for now. Giving Zoe and Wade’s relationship some time to grow has breathed new life into this show.
Keslea Stahler: Ryan Gosling doing anything ever, the way Schmidt on New Girl says Chutney (“Chutt-en-ee”), the fact that 30 Rock is going out with a good final season, DVR for allowing me to be a TV-nut without being a total shut-in.
Aly Semigran: I'm thankful for the 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' soundtrack for ensuring I had plenty of goosebumps in 2012, I'm thankful for Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling's budding bromance on the set of the new Terrence Malick movie (more goosebumps), and I'm thankful for Leslie Knope (the continually amazing Amy Poehler) proving, at long last, smart, successful women in love can have it all.
Michelle Lee: I'm thankful for Claire Danes' award-winning ugly crying, extremely entertaining political scandals, Amy Poehler's adorable ginger baby and that 50 Shades of Grey isn't mentioned 100 times a day anymore.
Brian Moylan: I am thankful that Laurie died on The Walking Dead. Also, for Kim Richards.
Shaunna Murphy: I'm thankful for Daryl Dixon holding babies, and that scene of Chloe Sevigny scaring the school children on American Horror Story. I'm also thankful because Cabin in the Woods finally came out, as well as Anderson Cooper.
Lindsey DiMattina: I am thankful that a judge took away Amanda Bynes' drivers license because a few speeding tickets/hit-and-runs could have been a lot worse if she had been allowed to continue to drive.
Christian Blauvelt: I’m grateful that TV finally proved my theory that acting ability is directly proportional to baldness. See: every male actor on Breaking Bad, Andre Braugher on Last Resort, and Jim Rash on Community (and on the Oscars, when he mimicked Angelina’s leg poses). Hairlessness is akin to godliness, it seems, with the obvious exception of Terry O’Quinn on 666 Park Avenue. Also, I’m thankful that James Bond got his sense of humor back, even though I’m convinced that Daniel Craig will look like Jonathan Banks in 15 years.
What in the world of pop culture are you thankful for? Shout 'em out in the comments below!
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Monday morning at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour event at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton, the cast and crew of Ben and Kate gathered to discuss their zany brother-and-sister duo comedy. The show, which centers on the wayward brother Ben moving in with uptight sister Kate and her daughter, Maddie, will be available starting Aug. 27th on Hulu, Yahoo, and other various online platforms.
The show stars The Groundlings comedian Nat Faxon, who booked the role of Ben the day after he won the Oscar for co-writing The Descendants (along with Community's Jim Rash, natch). "It's offered some momentum," Faxon says of his Golden trophy. "[But] I don't know that I'm going to be handed acting roles because I did something in the writing field."
Also starring as Kate is Dakota Johnson, who you may know as 2006's Miss Golden Globe. (A gig she calls "terrifying".) Growing up the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith (and the granddaughter of Tippi Hedren) gave Johnson a head start in the industry, but Ben and Kate's producer Dana Fox says she really wants people to believe that the world on this show is real, so Johnson and Griffith probably won't make an appearance.
In fact, a more looming presence on the show is Fox's brother, Ben, whose antics as a young man inspired Fox to create her first show. "He's a really, really smart guy who intentionally does dumb things all the time," she says of her brother. "He got older and he met this amazing woman, and they had two chldren together. The thing that I noticed was that he was the world's greatest father." Because of Fox's brother's open and silly personality, he was able to talk to his children on their level. Fox says she brings this relationship dynamic to the show, as Ben interacts with Kate's daughter Maddie. Still, Fox says they keep TV's Ben grounded in reality, and ask themselves at every turn if his actions are realistic. Basically, they want men to want to be him and women to (sort of) want to be with him. "He has a bizarre logic to all of his behavior," Fox says of TV's Ben. "He might be a genius?"
This "genius" may help the uptight Kate relax and enjoy her life a little. "She is being forced by her brother to break out of the box," Fox says. "He's going to come in and smash that to pieces, then ask her to clean up after." But the relationship is reciprocal — Kate is also going to help Ben expand on his own ideas, and grow as an adult person. "Part of the reason that we retitled the show from 'Ben Fox is My Manny' is because he's really not the Manny — the concept of the show is it takes a village. Everyone is taking care of this one magnificent child so they can all help each other bumble forward."
Included in this village is British actress Lucy Punch, who, in the trailer, puts a hilariously inappropriate amount of makeup on young Maddie. Punch is having a great time working on the series, and says its a far cry from comedy over the pond. "I think British comedy tends to be darker, and meaner," she says. "I think British people enjoy not liking people, and unsympathetic characters. In the States, it's nicer. It's friendlier." Still, Punch insists that her character can be "bitchy and horrible," because people like that.
But according to Maggie Elizabeth Jones, the 8-year-old scene-stealer from We Bought a Zoo who plays Maddie, Punch's zany character isn't the funniest off-screen — that honor goes to Faxon. But Punch has a different opinion. "Maggie makes us laugh," says Punch. "She's very naturally funny, and good at improvising." Faxon agrees — he says the little actress is so adorable that he literally has to "shove her aside" to get the spotlight back.
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
The Oscar winner underwent chemotherapy in a London hospital in 2008 to treat breast cancer.
She battled through to return to work on the final wizard movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, last year (09), but was left weeping on set - because the skin rash she caught on top of her cancer was so painful.
Smith tells Britain's Sunday Express, "The cancer was hideous. It takes the wind out of your sails and I don’t know what the future holds... I had shingles, as well, on my head. I have never known anything quite so painful. I was doing a lot of crying.”