Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting joked about her recent anti-feminism comments at Wednesday's (07Jan15) People's Choice Awards, calling her appearance at the prizegiving part of her "apology tour".
The Big Bang Theory star hit headlines after telling Redbook magazine she does not identify with feminists demanding equal rights because she has never faced inequality, adding that she likes to cook and "serve" her husband Ryan Sweeting.
Her comments caused an uproar among women's rights campaigners and Cuoco-Sweeting took to her Instagram.com account last week (ends04Jan15) to apologize, suggesting the remarks attributed to her were not accurately represented. She wrote, "I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant."
During the awards show on Wednesday, the actress attempted to make light of the controversy as she presented the Favorite Comedic Movie Actress prize with her The Wedding Ringer co-stars Josh Gad and Kevin Hart.
During their introduction, Gad said, "Kaley, are you sure you want to do that category given your anti-feminism stance?" and Cuoco-Sweeting responded, "Guys, I have to, it's part of my apology tour."
Later in the night, the blonde beauty was feted with the Favorite Comedic TV Actress prize, but forgot to thank her husband, tennis pro Sweeting, during her acceptance speech. In an attempt to make up for her omission, she asked her The Big Bang Theory co-star and ex-boyfriend Johnny Galecki to thank Sweeting on her behalf as he accepted their prize for Favorite TV Show. Galecki joked, "Ryan, thank you. You are my heart. And I can't imagine where I'd be without you."
Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting has apologised to her fans for remarks she made about feminism in a recent magazine interview. The Big Bang Theory star told Redbook magazine she didn't identify with feminists demanding equal rights, because she had never faced inequality, adding she liked to cook and "serve" her husband Ryan Sweeting.
Her comments caused backlash online from pro-feminists and Cuoco-Sweeting took to her Instagram.com account on Thursday (01Jan15) to apologise, suggesting the remarks accredited to her were not accurately represented.
She wrote, "In my Redbook article, some people have taken offence to my comments regarding feminism... If any of you are in the 'biz' you are well aware of how words can be taken out of context.
"I'm completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others. I apologise if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant."
Sexual equality in Hollywood and music became a big topic in 2014 with Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain, Beyonce and Taylor Swift all tackling fair pay and women's rights issues.
Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting does not consider herself a feminist, insisting she loves to cook and "serve" her husband Ryan Sweeting.
The Big Bang Theory star is well aware that the advances made by women's rights groups in the past have paved the way for her both personally and professionally, but that doesn't mean she identifies as a feminist.
She tells Redbook magazine, "It's not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around.
"I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality."
The 29 year old also explains she likes to cater to her husband at home because she has to be assertive in her career.
She continues, "I cook for Ryan five nights a week: it makes me feel like a housewife; I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I'm so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off."
The couple will celebrate its first wedding anniversary on Wednesday (31Dec14).
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True pop culture connoisseurs are willing to give just about every genre, series, miniseries, director or film a try. But even though they're just as excited for the new Marvel movie as they are the latest indie from Richard Linklater, or watch both Breaking Bad and The Bachelorette, there's still one genre that most TV buffs are reluctant to sample. We are, of course, referring to the cooking show, likely the preferred Sunday afternoon programming of your parents. But cooking shows are more than just drawn out recipes from stiff, snobby chefs; they're exciting and interesting and sometimes, even dangerous. In an effort to encourage television fiends to expand their horizons even further, we've pulled together some of our favorites and matched them to their pop culture equivalent, so you can find the show or competition that's right for your appetite. Even if you don't find a new addition to your DVR, at least you've got something new to eat during your next Netflix binge.
If You Like Nancy Meyers’ Movies, Try Barefoot Contessa If you’re watching a Nancy Meyers film, you’re probably someone who appreciates a middle-aged romance, a linen pant and an expensive kitchen. Ina Garten’s show is ostensibly about teaching people how to cook delicious, rustic dishes, but it’s really about her beautiful home in the Hamptons, where’s she always throwing together something in her impeccably designed kitchen for an impromptu – but perfectly designed – get together. And since her husband Jeffrey often wanders in to fawn over her, all it’s really missing is Diane Keaton.
If You Like Scandal, Try Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee On Scandal, Olivia Pope can solve even the most intimidating, impossible-looking presidential problems with efficiency, and spends a significant amount of time contemplating her life while drinking wine in an expensive cardigan. Sandra Lee does the exact same thing on Semi-Homemade, only the problem is how to turn a bunch of processed, canned foods into something that’s even remotely edible. Unlike Olivia, unfortunately, she doesn't always succeed.
If You Like Channing Tatum, Try Anything with Bobby Flay Channing Tatum has carved out a niche in Hollywood by being good-looking and likable, no matter what kind of film he’s in. Comedy, romance, action, it doesn’t matter – you’re not really there for the plot, you just want to watch a Channing Tatum movie. When you want that kind of comfortable entertainment from your cooking shows, turn to Bobby Flay. It doesn’t matter which show you choose. He has a million of them, and they’re all just as likable and inoffensive as the others.
If You Like True Blood, Try Nigella Feasts Chances are you lost track of the plot of True Blood about three seasons ago and are now just tuning in for the sheer amount of skin on display. What’s Joe Manganiello saying? Who cares, just look at him. If you’re looking for a cooking show that will be equally uncomfortable to watch with your parents, you’re looking for Nigella Lawson, who treats food the way the rest of us treat Alexander Skarsgaard and Ryan Kwanten. What’s she making? It doesn’t matter. Just look at it.
If You Like Glee, Try 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray Only a few people have stuck with Glee this long into its run. They’re the kind of people who are willing to ignore just about anything in favor of upbeat dance numbers, familiar characters, and bright colors. They’re also the kind of people who would love 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray, another acquired taste. You want questionable dialogue? People talking enthusiastically in the loudest, most theatrical voice possible? Comfortable guilty pleasures? A set designed in shades of tangerine? This is the show for you.
If You Like Everything Michael Bay's Created, Try Guy’s Big Bite You’re a person with simple tastes: you want loud, explosive action scenes, very little plot, lots of incoherent shouting and as many punching robots as humanly possible. Sure, you might get teased by friends who think they have better sensibilities, but you know you’re not alone in your preferences. Luckily, there’s a cooking show just for you, hosted by the culinary equivalent of Michael Bay – Guy Fieri – in which he makes loud, obnoxious, potentially explosive food that forgoes any kind of subtlety for punching you in the face with flavors.
If You Like True Detective, Try Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown This isn’t a straightforward cooking show, but then True Detective isn’t a straightforward murder mystery show. Both feature a complicated, charming anti-hero with a penchant for foul language, who sets out in search of meaning and mystery. it just so happens that instead of solving a crime, Anthony Bourdian is hunting down obscure delicacies. All of the action, adventure, beautiful cinematography, and potential for weird crushes are still in tact, though. Don’t you worry.
If You Like The Hunger Games, Try Top Chef Do you like televised competitions in which one person must outsmart, outwit, and out-maneuver everyone else, please judges who have the ability to bestow gifts and advantages on them, utilize their individual skills in creative ways, form alliances and teams in order to support one another, all in hte interest of coming out on top? The only difference between The Hunger Games and Top Chef is that nobody dies on the latter. Although, someone did cut off a finger once…
If You Like Harry Potter, Try Jamie Oliver For many people, the Harry Potter series was an introduction to a lifelong love of reading, British culture, fantasy worlds and fandom, among other things. Likewise, Jamie Oliver is often an entryway into the world of cooking shows. He’s handsome and charming, easy to follow, and cooks simple, classic meals with all of the manic enthusiasm of Daniel Radcliffe. The first time you ever saw someone make traditional British food? It was probably Jamie Oliver. Plus, like Harry, he’s the star of an epic series of his own, with somewhere between two and 12 shows airing on some channel at any given time.
If You Like Friday Night Lights, Try Chuck’s Day Off As many Friday Night Lights fans know, sometimes the best programs are the ones very few people are watching, and that’s true of the Cooking Channel show Chuck’s Day Off. In this series, our culinary Tim Riggins, Chuck Hughes, takes us through the process of cooking classic, simple food with his laid-back, good ol' boy charm. At some point, before you’re entirely ready, you’ll be done with all the episodes, feeling empty, hungry, and a little bit in love. And like with Friday Night Lights, you’ll spend a significant amount of time trying to convince your friends to give it a shot, promising it’s “not just about cooking, I promise!”
Lesbian comedienne Ellen Degeneres has beaten the likes of producer/writer Ryan Murphy and actor Neil Patrick Harris to be named the most powerful gay celebrity in America. The talk show presenter and Oscars host has topped Out magazine's annual Power List, ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook at two and U.S. newswoman Rachel Maddow at three.
Glee and American Horror Story creator Murphy was placed sixth, while How I Met Your Mother star Harris took the seventh spot.
Other notable mentions include Glee actress Jane Lynch at 20, X-Men director Bryan Singer at 28 and R&B star Frank Ocean at 42.
Juno star Ellen Page, who 'came out' in February (14), makes her debut on the list at 29.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The CW’s spy show Nikita closed up shop on its final season recently and although we miss it, we can at least take comfort in the fact that the stars aren’t going too far. Many of the main cast members have moved on to other projects that will soon be able to fill the void left by Nikita. (However, while we wait for all these TV shows and movies to premiere, you can always re-watch Nikita, it’s only four seasons — that’s barely a weekend’s worth of binge-watching.)
Maggie Q (Nikita)
The star of Nikita will be moving to the big screen in the upcoming film, Divergent. Q will play Tori, a member of the Dauntless faction. She’ll play a bigger part in the sequels to Divergent, which are due to come out in 2015 and 2016.
Shane West (Michael)
Our favorite ‘90s heartthrob-turned-spy will star alongside Rachel Leigh Cook, Bill Pullman, and Cam Gigandet in Red Sky. The film follows a disgraced Top Gun fighter pilot who must lead a rogue squad to recover a weapon of mass destruction.
Lyndsy Fonseca (Alex)
You can always catch Fonseca as Ted’s daughter on How I Met Your Mother (even though she filmed that stock footage about 10 years ago.) She’s currently filming for Moments of Clarity due to debut in December. She’ll star alongside fellow Nikita alum Xander Berkeley (who played Percy).
Lyndie Greenwood (Sonya)
Greenwood’s character was noticeably absent from the finale episode of Nikita, probably because she was working on her new show: Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Greenwood plays Jenny Mills, the sister of deputy Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie.)
Noah Bean (Ryan)
After his violent departure from Nikita, we’d love to see Bean land somewhere safer on TV. However, our wish isn’t going to come true: Bean has landed a part on Gang Related, which will premiere this summer on Fox.
Dillon Casey (Sean)
Okay, okay, Casey may not have been in the final season of Nikita (we’re still not over his character’s death in season three,) but he’s technically one of the show’s stars. He moved to The CW’s Internet channel, The CW Seed, and starred in Backpackers. He’s also set to star in the Canadian series Remedy this year.
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On Saturday November 30, actor Paul Walker and his friend, race car driver Roger Rodas, were killed in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, CA. The friends were coming from a charity event raising money for people suffering the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, sponsored by Walker's own charity, Reach Out Worldwide. Only 40 years old, Walker's death came as a shock and many celebrities took to Twitter to give their condolensces and share their disbelief.
RIP Paul Walker,loved working with you on "Into the Blue". I Will miss you.
— Tyson Beckford (@TysonCBeckford) December 1, 2013
Paul was a good dude. Conscientious & not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life & lived like it. Nice to know you brotha.
— Ryan Phillippe (@RyanPhillippe) December 1, 2013
This is awful. Awful. #RIPPaulWalker pls pray for his family, friends & fans. We've lost a great, laid back, sweet, cool man & father
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 1, 2013
#RIP Paul Walker .... One of the nicest, most down to earth guys in the business. Glad I had the honor of know & work with such person
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) December 1, 2013
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2013
I'm Heart broken Paul Walker, he was a mate of mine, very sad. My heart goes out to his daughter.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 1, 2013
.@RealPaulWalker awful news. Paul was a lovely guy. Handsome as all hell and funny and cool to boot. Terrible news. My condolences.
— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) December 1, 2013
Rachael Leigh Cook
Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters. ..A real life tragedy if there ever was one.
— Rachael Leigh Cook (@RachaelLCook) December 1, 2013
I'm a devastated right now. My prayers & condolences go out to Paul Walkers family & friends. He was a amazing talent & will truly b missed
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 1, 2013
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Earlier this year Jennifer Lawrence took home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Tiffany in the critically-acclaimed film Silver Linings Playbook. She is now the second-youngest Best Actress winner and the youngest person to ever receive two Oscar nominations for Best Actress. Suffice it to say, she’s doing just fine and really doesn’t need our help. In her next few films we’ll see her re-teaming with her Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, and of course the rest of The Hunger Games films are headed our way. But if J-Law wants to take her career to a whole ‘nother level, we can think of a few directors who might be able to make that happen.
Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine)
Okay first of all, a movie with Cianfrance almost automatically means a movie with Ryan Gosling. Can you imagine the scenes d’amour in this one? Exactly. Lawrence’s role in Winter’s Bone showed critics and audiences that she can do gritty, and she can do indie. We’d love to see her get back to some of that—but with a little bit of romantic intensity – by teaming up with Cianfrance. Plus, again, it's important to stress: that Gosling/Lawrence love scene would be all kinds of insane.
Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette)
In the upcoming period piece Serena, Lawrence will work with award-winning director Susanna Bier. We’d like to see her team up with more women behind the camera, and we think Sofia Coppola could really cook up a great role for her. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst, and Emma Watson have benefited greatly from being in her films, and we can easily see Lawrence transforming into one of her fascinating characters.
Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious)
Okay, even we’re a little scared about this mash-up. In fact, we respectfully request that Jennifer Lawrence not make any movies with Lee Daniels for at least another five to seven years. Daniels is no joke — his films are often beyond gritty, beyond intense, and most of us still feel like we should go hide in a corner and peek through our fingers during the majority of his sex scenes. But he’s definitely the go-to guy if you want to do a film that makes you pretty much unrecognizable as an actress. Folks like Halle Berry, Mo’Nique, Nicole Kidman, and Zac Efron have him to thank for certain big moments in their careers. If Lawrence ever gets tired of looking like America’s sweetheart, this would be the route to go.
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