Revered Northern Irish politician Ian Paisley has died at his home in Belfast. The divisive Protestant who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in his homeland only to become a leading peacemaker passed away on Friday (12Sep14), aged 88.
Tributes from his supporters and former critics have poured in, with former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness stating, "I developed a close working relationship with him which developed into a friendship, which despite our many differences lasted beyond his term in office."
Paisley founded the evangelical Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and the Democratic Unionist Party and led many rallies against the Catholics in Northern Ireland.
He once declared there wasn't "a snowball's chance in hell" he'd work with the IRA's politicians in Sinn Fein, but he formed an alliance with the political party's leader, Gerry Adams, in 2007 after Sinn Fein voted to support the police and accept the legitimacy of the Northern Ireland state for the first time.
Peace reigned over the country as Paisley appeared alongside Adams on TV to declare that their two parties were willing to work together and the DUP leader formed a four-party government with Adams' deputy, McGuiness.
Paisley stepped down as leader of the government and the Democratic Unionists in 2008 and he retired from the House of Commons in London in 2010 and from Northern Ireland's Assembly in 2011.
He was honoured with the title Lord Bannside and served in the upper House of Lords.
He is survived by his wife Eileen, three daughters, two sons and many grandchildren. A public memorial service is being planned.
Actress Sandra Bullock and pop superstar Justin Timberlake were the toast of the 2014 People Choice Awards after each taking home a handful of top honours. The Hollywood beauty claimed the first three prizes of Wednesday's (08Jan14) ceremony as she picked up the title for Favorite Movie Actress and was handed trophies for Favorite Comedic and Dramatic Movie Actress, too.
Her space disaster film, Gravity, was also named Favorite Dramatic Movie and her onscreen work with George Clooney landed her the Favorite Movie Duo award.
Timberlake was a triple threat at the Los Angeles ceremony, claiming Favorite Male Artist, R&B Artist and Favorite Album for The 20/20 Experience.
Robert Downey, Jr. was another big winner - he walked away as the Favorite Action Movie Star, while his superhero blockbuster Iron Man 3 was named Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie.
Newlywed Kaley Cuoco was given another couple of reasons to celebrate - she was handed the Favorite Comedic TV Actress honour for The Big Bang Theory, while the sitcom was also the winner of the Favorite Network TV Comedy category.
As she accepted her acting accolade, Cuoco, who wed tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve (31Dec13), gave a special shout out to her new husband, saying, "This is the second best thing that happened to me all year; the first was marrying you baby! I love you."
Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson fought back tears as she was hailed the Favorite Humanitarian for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, the children's organisation she founded in 2008 to help underprivileged kids following the murder of her seven-year-old nephew.
She stepped onstage with her sister Julia to accept the award and paid tribute to her late mother and brother, who were also killed in the family tragedy, telling the crowd: "We wanna dedicate this to our mother, who taught us... that without family, you have nothing, and our brother, who was the most giving."
Awards co-hosts Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs kicked off the show with a skit straight from the diner of their hit sitcom 2 Broke Girls, featuring guest appearances by The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder, The Crazy Ones' Sarah Michelle Gellar, Christina Aguilera, Ian Ziering, The Big Bang Theory co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, and talk show host Arsenio Hall. Cuoco also made a cameo in the opening sketch, handing over the honour of presenting the prizegiving after joking that she was going to be busy on the night of the event.
Musical performances came from the likes of Brad Paisley and OneRepublic, and presenters included LL Cool J, Zac Efron, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba and Malin Akerman.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Favorite Movie - Iron Man 3
Favorite Movie Actor - Johnny Depp
Favorite Movie Actress - Sandra Bullock
Favorite Movie Duo - Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (Gravity)
Favorite Action Movie - Iron Man 3
Favorite Action Movie Star - Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Comedic Movie - The Heat
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor - Adam Sandler
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress - Sandra Bullock
Favorite Dramatic Movie - Gravity
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress - Sandra Bullock
Favorite Family Movie - Despicable Me 2
Favorite Horror Movie - Carrie
Favorite Thriller Movie - Now You See Me
Favorite Network TV Comedy - The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Comedic TV Actor - Chris Colfer (Glee)
Favorite Comedic TV Actress - Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)
Favorite Network TV Drama - The Good Wife
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor - Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress - Stana Katic (Castle)
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series - Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries)
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series - Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones)
Favorite TV Crime Drama - Castle
Favorite Competition TV Show - The Voice
Favorite Cable TV Comedy - Psych
Favorite Cable TV Drama - The Walking Dead
Favorite Premium Cable TV Show - Homeland
Favorite Cable TV Actress - Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)
Favorite TV Anti-Hero - Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)
Favorite TV Bromance - Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins (Supernatural)
Favorite TV Gal Pals - Lea Michele and Naya Rivera (Glee)
Favorite On-screen Chemistry - Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show - Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor - Ian Somerhalder
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress - Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast)
Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries - American Horror Story
Favorite Daytime TV Host - Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
Favorite New Talk Show Host - Queen Latifah (The Queen Latifah Show)
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host - Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)
Favorite Streaming Series - Orange Is the New Black
Favorite Series We Miss Most - Breaking Bad
Favorite New TV Comedy - Super Fun Night
Favorite New TV Drama - Reign
Favorite Male Artist - Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist - Demi Lovato
Favorite Breakout Artist - Ariana Grande
Favorite Pop Artist - Britney Spears
Favorite Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Favorite Country Music Icon - Tim McGraw
Favorite Hip Hop Artist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite R&B Artist - Justin Timberlake
Favorite Band - One Direction
Favorite Alternative Band - Fall Out Boy
Favorite Song - Roar by Katy Perry
Favorite Album - Justin Timberlake (The 20/20 Experience)
Favorite Music Video - Roar by Katy Perry
Favorite Music Fan Following - Demi Lovato's Lovatics
Favourite Humanitarian - Jennifer Hudson.
Country fans — well, all Americans, really — had something to be upset about this week when Brad Paisley and LL Cool J released their song "Accidental Racist." While the duo claims that their intentions were to get people to resolve the racism issues in this country, they overlooked the fact that their song's lyrics are actually racist. On a more somber note, The Iron Lady passed away. No, not Meryl Streep, but the actual "Iron Lady," Margaret Thatcher — former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Check out the 10 funniest pop culture tweets of the week.
10 Funniest Pop Culture Tweets:
1. Rachel Lichtman: "Look at pics of Hef in the '60s and then Hef now. That's how Mad Men ends."
Look at pics of Hef in the '60s and then Hef now. That's how Mad Men ends.
— rachel lichtman (@DJRotaryRachel) April 9, 2013
2. Questlove: "Just heard the "Accidental Racist" man that Weird Al is amazing."
Just heard the "Accidental Racist" man that Weird Al is amazing.
— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) April 8, 2013
3. Greg Bennett: "Gays, Meryl isn't dead, the woman she played in the movie is."
Gays, Meryl isn't dead, the woman she played in the movie is.
— Greg Bennett (@GreggyBennett) April 8, 2013
4. Amy Schumer: "Arrest him! #morningjoke http://instagram.com/p/YAZYDdqUBN/"
Arrest him! #morningjoke instagram.com/p/YAZYDdqUBN/
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 12, 2013
5. Jim Gaffigan: "Victoria Secret just asked for my cup size. I said I normally don’t wear an athletic cup for modeling but I’d go large. #ImAnewAngel"
Victoria Secret just asked for my cup size.I said I normally don’t wear an athletic cup for modeling but I’d go large. #ImAnewAngel
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) April 11, 2013
6. Steve Martin: "When I was twelve, I wanted to launch a missile, too."
When I was twelve, I wanted to launch a missile, too.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 10, 2013
7. Rainn Wilson: "The North Korean Army looks like they march to "Hey Ya" by Outkast."
The North Korean Army looks like they march to "Hey Ya" by Outkast.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 11, 2013
8. Joan Rivers: "Rumor has it that Kim Kardashian is very upset. She just realized that there's a 50 percent chance her baby will be white."
Rumor has it that Kim Kardashian is very upset. She just realized that there's a 50 percent chance her baby will be white.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 10, 2013
9. Michael Ian Black: "Being on MTV is now the second leading cause of death among young people."
Being on MTV is now the second leading cause of death among young people.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 11, 2013
10. Lauren Ashley Bishop: "only one iron lady but already three iron mans so sexist"
only one iron lady but already three iron mans so sexist
— lauren ashley bishop (@sbellelauren) April 8, 2013
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The actor, who has played real-life figures Michael Collins, sex doctor Alfred Kinsey and Oskar Schindler on the big screen, admits he's still interested in portraying the co-founder of Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party - if the right script comes along.
Neeson says, "I have been approached before. I've read a couple of scripts based on him, but they were atrocious. They're really bad."
Neeson was originally slated to play another great historical leader, Abraham Lincoln, in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film Lincoln, but the role eventually went to Daniel Day-Lewis when scheduling issues forced the Taken actor to step down from the project.
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.