The 87th Academy Awards last night confirmed that Neil Patrick Harris is an incredible host and can do pretty much anything. Here's a look at the best moments of last night's show:
12. When JK Simmons won the hearts of moms around the world with his "call your parents" speech.
11. When Benedict Cumberbatch whipped out his fun flask to better enjoy the evening.
10. Whenever the camera showed Mr. & Mrs. Keira Knightley.
They're actually too cute.
9. When Oprah continued to prove she doesn't understand awards humor.
8. When Oprah finally started to understand awards humor and totally nailed it.
7. When NPH sort of became Sharon Stone's vagina.
6. When John Travolta wouldn't stop touching Adele Dazeem's face.
And when NPH called him out on it.
5. When Jack Black freaked out about technology during the opening number.
4. When Lady Gaga paid tribute to the legendary Julie Andrews and brought the house down.
It almost totally made up for her heinous gloved look.
3. When Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor and exploded with the most adorable excitement imaginable.
Even Queen Cate can't contain the joy Eddie is bringing her.
2. When Patricia Arquette turned her acceptance speech into a feminist statement (and Meryl loved it).
1. When NPH pulled a Birdman and then walked on stage in his undies.
2014 was a great year for fans of pop culture and books. We learned the stories behind the making of a classic, had a young girl tell us what she's "learned," and even learned the secrets of modeling that Tyra could never have taught us. We've rounded up the best of these just in case you're looking for a last minute gift or the next pick for your book club.
1. "Yes Please" - Amy Poehler
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For: A fledgling feminist in her twenties who could use a good laugh and some sound advice from a Smart Girl, or anyone who needs to hear that it's okay to feel the way they're feeling.
Memorable Quote: "Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it's not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready."
(Bonus quote: "I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas.")
2. "Not My Father's Son" - Alan Cumming
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For: Fans of Who Do You Think You Are? or anyone trying to overcome their childhood dramas and are seeking inspiration.
Memorable Quote: "For yes, being a woman, even one with a penis and for the purposes of drama really made me feel that women have been coerced into a way of presenting themselves that is basically a form of bondage. Their shoes, their skirts, even their nails seem designed to stop them from being able to escape whilst at the same time drawing attention to their sexual and secondary sexual characteristics. And I think that has happened so that men feel they can ogle them and protect them in equal measure."
3. "The Woman I Wanted To Be" - Diane von Furstenberg
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For: The fashionista who knows what she wants, or the woman in your life who wants to 'have it all.'
Memorable Quote: "In my older face, I see my life. Every wrinkle, every smile line, every age spot. There is a saying that with age, you look outside what you are inside. If you are someone who never smiles your face gets saggy. If you're a person who smiles a lot, you will have more smile lines. Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life. My face reflects the wind and sun and rain and dust from the trips I've taken. My face carries all my memories. Why should I erase them?"
4. "So, Anyway" - John Cleese
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For: The Monty Python fan seeking a crash course in what makes comedy funny and what makes a comedian successful.
Memorable Quote: "So, creatively, I was doubly blessed: constant relocation and parental disharmony. Add to these two gifts the well-established fact that many of the world's greatest geniuses, both artistic and scientific, have been the product of serious maternal deprivation, and I am forced to the conclusion that if only my mother had been just a little more emotionally inadequate, I could have been HUGE."
5. "Uganda Be Kidding Me" - Chelsea Handler
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For: Chelsea Handler fans suffering withdrawals during this period between her E! show and her upcoming Netflix gig.
Memorable Quote: "There's a difference between being a class act and being classy. Peeing off the side of a Jeep doesn't mean you're not classy, it just means you're a free spirit with a small bladder."
6. "The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year" - Andy Cohen
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For: Any pop culture junkie who wants all the dirt on their favorite celebrities; any Real Housewives fans itching to know which lady is causing the most trouble.
Memorable Quote: "I literally almost called this book Diary of a Name-Dropper. So if you want to play a drinking game while reading this book—and that's not a great idea and only gonna last for so long—take a swing every time you read a name you recognize."
7. "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'" - Lena Dunham
For: Any guy or Girl who's almost getting it kind of together; anyone whose own thoughts have sometimes been too much for them.
Memorable Quote: "When someone shows you how little you mean to them and you keep coming back for more, before you know it you start to mean less to yourself. You are not made up of compartments! You are one whole person! What gets said to you gets said to all of you, ditto what gets done. Being treated like shit is not an amusing game or a transgressive intellectual experiment. It's something you accept, condone, and learn to believe you deserve. This is so simple. But I tried so hard to make it complicated."
8. "Dancing With Myself" - Billy Idol
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For: The wannabe groupie; anyone interested in the not-to-be-believed antics and lifestyles of glam rockers.
Memorable Quote: "After a while, my nose became so bloody that I reverted to smoking cocaine instead. From there, it was all downhill."
9. "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" - Diane Keaton
For: Anyone who has ever felt or been told they were ugly or imperfect; anyone who sees themselves aging before a mirror and sighs.
Memorable Quote: "After living with Mr. Lincoln's portrait for several years, I've come to this conclusion: his beauty, like the hidden cast of his right eye, became identifiable only after I included "unsightly" as a possible way of describing a beautiful face."
10. "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America" - John Waters
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For: Your eccentric friend with incurable wanderlust; anyone who wants to see America from a very different pair of eyes.
Memorable Quote: "I'm alive, I think, and so many of my friends are not. I may be nuts to be doing this, but I'm kind of proud of myself. I am having an adventure. I like my life. Even if I have to stand here for the rest of it."
11. "Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography" - Neil Patrick Harris
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For: The person living a life that seems unworthy of a book and wants to live vicariously through Doogie Howser, M.D.; fans of choose-your-own-adventure books, biographies, and How I Met Your Mother.
Memorable Quote: "If you had known people would be calling you by your character name for the next twenty years, you might have asked for a different one. Thunderbolt Howser, say, or Dr. Feelgood, or Baron von Sexy Ass."
Sir Paul McCartney recalled the moment he heard about John Lennon's death during an interview over the weekend, insisting the late Beatles star's killer, Mark David Chapman, is "the jerk of all jerks". McCartney rarely speaks about the passing of his former bandmate and songwriting partner 34 years ago on Monday (08Dec14), but during a chat with British TV host Jonathan Ross, he remembered the moment he heard the terrible news.
The rocker said, "For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't gonna see him again... For me, the biggest thing was that the guy that took his life, the phrase kept coming in my head: 'Jerk of all jerks!'
"This is not even a guy political motivated; it's a total random thing."
Bill Cosby's lawyer is refusing to "dignify" sexual abuse allegations the comedian is facing from actress Barbara Bowman, insisting he will not comment on "decade-old, discredited" claims.
Bowman penned an editorial piece in the Washington Post earlier this week (ends16Nov14) accusing the star of raping her 30 years ago, writing, "Why wasn't I believed...? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward...?"
Over the years, Cosby has faced multiple allegations from women claiming to have been sexually abused by the funnyman - one acquaintance accused the 77 year old of drugging and raping her at his home in a 2005 lawsuit. The case was settled before it went to trial and Cosby has never been hit with criminal charges. Last month (Oct14), the story returned to the fore when comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during a stand-up performance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cosby was asked about the allegations during an interview with National Public radio host Scott Simon on Saturday (15Nov14), but he refused to comment.
A statement on Cosby's website from attorney John P. Schmitt reads: "Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.
"Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."
If you think your job is wacky then get ready to do some reassessing. Of course we don't expect you to feel much pity for the rich and the famous, but many of them have taken crazy gigs on the side in order to get some extra money. These gigs include weird commercials that would have never seen the light of day in America before the internet. But now luckily many of the cooky, foreign commercials have made it online and you can see what many beloved actors have done to make an extra buck. Get ready to be confused.
1. Nicholas Cage
Chances are you won't understand what's going on on this video. We want to let you know that that's okay.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
So, this is what it sounds like when Arnold speaks Japanese.
3. Bruce Willis
We want Bruce Willis to fight off our annoying calls for us!
4. Ben Stiller
We have to admit, Ben has been in some weirder stuff but it's still interesting to watch.
5. Britney Spears
Reminisce a little of what the old Britney was like with this cute commercial.
6. Tommy Lee Jones
Can we have an entire movie with Tommy Lee Jones playing this character, please?
7. Hugh Laurie
Oh Hugh, you are always so clever.
8. Leonardo Dicaprio
In case you forgot that Leo was a '90s heart throb, we decided to include this.
9. John Travolta
We demand more commercials with John Travolta's dancing!
10. Dennis Hopper
If you have ANY idea of what's going on in the commercial below, please tell us!
11. Hulk Hogan
Who wouldn't fall asleep to Hulk's heavenly voice?
12. Nicholas Cage pt. 2
Because Nicholas Cage is just a gem, we had to include him twice on the list.
Which commercial was your favorite? Tweet us your answer!
"Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a Pope that speaks out about it. He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God. It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church that opposes. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today... Make this man a saint now, OK?" Sir Elton John heaped praise on Pope Francis at his Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday night (28Oct14).
Actress Drew Barrymore has paid tribute to her half-sister, who was was found dead in her car on Tuesday morning (29Jul14). Jessica Barrymore, who shared the same father as the Charlie's Angels star, was found slumped behind the wheel of the vehicle in National City, just north of San Diego, California.
Pills were discovered on the passenger seat and a can of energy drink was wedged between her legs.
Barrymore has now spoken out about the tragic news, insisting she is sad to hear about Jessica's death.
A statement from the actress reads: "Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible and I'm so incredibly sorry for their loss."
Jessica would have turned 48 on Thursday (31Jul14). She is the daughter of John Drew Barrymore and his third wife Nina Wayne.
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It's that time of year again when young men and women sit in cap and gown waiting for the speeches to be over so that they can get their diploma and move on with their lives. Everyone at some point in time has sat and listened to a speaker try to impart words of wisdom on high school or college graduates — many celebrities have taken a turn delivering such an address — and movies have frequently used a commencement speech as a plot device.
There is a lot more life lessons to be gained from high school and college movies, however, than just when a character stands up at a podium and speaks to the gathered masses. What if you could build an inspirational speech from those movies to serve as a killer send off to graduates? Let's give it a shot.
You Don't Have to Know Everything Now
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), the hero of Say Anything…, took a unique tact in trying to figure out what to do with his life. Instead of focusing on what he wanted to do, he first eliminated all of the things that he didn't want to do. There's nothing wrong with that. Not everyone comes up with a workable life plan in high school or college… some people need more time to find their niche. That's perfectly fine, just as long as you're out of your parents' basement by 28.
Take a Stand
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) delivered a whole bunch of lessons to Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) in The Karate Kid… but "Wax on, Wax off" doesn’t translate that well to a speech. So, we're going with his example of what happens when someone tries to go at things half-heartedly. As Miyagi so eloquently put it, "Squashed like grape."
Don't Make Excuses
Jaime Escalante, the teacher portrayed by Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver, was a real-life inspirational figure, devoting his entire life to teaching impoverished youths. When Escalante first meets his class in the movie, he tells them that he doesn't want to hear excuses because their future bosses aren't going to want to hear them. True that.
Seize the Day
Robin Williams's professor in Dead Poets Society was basically a walking speech. Hell he was a bona fide encyclopedia of lessons. But when he reminds his young charges that the pictures on the wall were once in the same position with their entire lives in front of them, audiences everywhere heard what they were whispering. Carpe diem indeed.
Don't Let the Moment Be Too Big
When the Hickory High basketball team arrives for the state finals in Hoosiers, Gene Hackman gives a demonstration to show that the court in the bigger building isn't really any larger than the one in their home gym… that just because it seems bigger doesn't mean that it is. Keeping things in perspective is always a good idea.
We Really Are All the Same
When Anna Kendrick cries at the end of a viewing of The Breakfast Club in Pitch Perfect it's a seminal moment for her character and we understand why. The realization that we are all a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal is still mighty darn powerful.
Always Remember to Have Passion
We'll let Williams' John Keating have the last word, especially since he really did do a lot of speechifying during Dead Poets Society. Life without passion is an empty vessel. Whether or not you believe, like Keating, that poetry is a necessary part of that passion is irrelevant. Having passion about something is what makes life worth living.
The fiance of Julia Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes has broken his silence for the first time since the production assistant's death on Sunday (09Feb14), insisting reports suggesting she and her famous sibling didn't get along are untrue. John Dilbeck has released a statement about the tragedy, explaining that Motes was determined to create a better relationship between herself and family members, despite reports suggesting she and Roberts were at odds at the time of her death.
The statement reads: "John Dilbeck and his extended family would like to express their heartfelt condolences to all of Nancy Motes' family and friends. We loved her dearly and will miss her always. Please know that the words she wrote in online venues were those of someone in pain who loved her family and longed for a closer bond with them.
"Nancy was a kind and thoughtful person quick to give a hug or share her memorable laugh. John is heartbroken and requests that he be left in peace to recover from a loss that all should understand."
Reports suggest Motes may have taken her own life because a suicide note was found at the scene of her death.
Prescription and non-prescription drugs were also found at her Los Angeles home, but it remains unclear whether or not the drugs played a role in her death.
Motes and Dilbeck became engaged last year (13) and were planning to wed in 2014.
The family of paedophile rocker Ian Watkins has broken its silence after he was sentenced to 35 years in jail for a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. The former Lostprophets frontman was handed the lengthy custodial sentence at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on Wednesday (18Dec13) for abusing the children of two female fans, with the judge, Mr Justice Royce, explaining that the case was so shocking it "broke new ground".
Watkins' stepfather John Davies, married to the musician's mother Elaine, has now described his own family's anguish throughout the police investigation and subsequent trial.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I could cheerfully spend an hour knocking him around a cell. There are things I may well want to say to him. These offences are so horrific. They are the most heinous crimes. Every one of us is completely and utterly devastated.
"We chose not to come to court. It is far too distressing for Elaine and for me. My heart aches for her. Ian had a very strong relationship with his mother. It is a very deep bond. My heart aches for any individual who has been drawn into this and been affected by it. And only time will tell who those victims are."
Davies also reveals that as a teenager, Watkins, whose lawyer told the court he became addicted to drugs in 2009 and has no memory of the sex assaults, was vehemently against drink and drugs and was later corrupted by fame.
He adds, "He was emphatic as he was growing up through his teenage years that he would never drink, never do drugs. That's what he told us. Whether that was to reassure us as parents, I don't know. But obviously something went wrong in later years. I think it coincided with being in the American scene.
"He started giving interviews and there were concerns that perhaps he was just trying to shock, or create an impression or trying to push boundaries to reinvent himself and the band."