Did you recently ask eight of your closest friends to be bridesmaids at your upcoming wedding? Do you knwo that they no clue what that means? In fact, you really don't know either, because, unlike Katherine Heigel in 27 Dresses, you haven't been a member of 27 bridal parties. The role seems easy enough, but maybe you should all do some research to clarify what it entails. Of course, by "research" we mean watch some of the greatest wedding films around.
This movie is the best one of the bunch for both laughs and "What Not To Do" lessons. It reminds you that spicy food is probably not best before a dress fitting, the more personal the planning, the better, and that competition amongst bridesmaids is a little silly.
2. My Best Friend's Wedding
Maybe you're not in love with the bride, but that doesn't mean that your feelings of jealousy and a little sadness aren't valid. It's a big change to have a friend go from single to married. It makes her harder to reach and less likely to confide in you first. There's nothing wrong with expressing that to the bride, but keep in mind that this doesn't mean she won't need you again.
3. Wedding Crashers
It's okay to feel a little emotional and lonely on your friend's big day, but don't get so emotional and lonely that you end up going home with a jerk that played right into that. Also, watch out for your fellow females that don't know about the bride's womanizer cousin.
4. 27 Dresses
This mainly teaches you that even if the dress is hideous, you (unfortunately) have to deal with it. Just remember the fun memories it brings back and your friend's happiness on the day. Also, brides should probably watch this to remember there's a fine line between wedding themes and tackiness.
5. The Proposal
One portion of this movie that's about bridesmaids (though, it wasn't official since the engagement was not yet real) was when they attended the strip club together. That's a good lesson in learning that funny moments (or just funny-looking strippers) are often better than what you expected for the bachelorette party.
6. Rachel's Getting Married
Just remember that this much family in one place doesn't always mean a happy thing. You don't have to get into it as a bridesmaid, but steering the bride away from drama and family tension will always be a welcome thing.
7. I Give it a Year
This movie teaches that your bridesmaid role can sometimes last after the wedding. Keep your friend in mind as she goes through the first year of marriage and help remind her of what her significant other has always meant to her.
8. Bride Wars
Anne Hathaway's and bKate Hudson's have their ups and downs throughout this movie about two bridezillas that can't stop competing, but in the end they are there for each other and that's what matters. Maybe don't let everything happen that did before this moment though, maid of honors?
9. The Wedding Planner
This movie is less romantic when you're on the side of the bride... it's more frightening. Just watch out for hot wedding planners, so your bride has nothing to worry about. Ha!
10. Runaway Bride
This reminds you (in a worst scenario kind of way) how to deal with a bride who gets cold feet. Remind her of the man she's marrying and help her not stress about the little things that may not go according to plan on the day of.
11. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Big families means big opinions, so try to stay calm and try not to get offended when family members on either side get too personal or intrusive. Often you may know their tendencies (at least the bride's family's), so the occasional save may be needed from your for the groom.
12. Four Weddings and a Funeral
This may not be the moral of the movie, but making sure the bride looks darn good is definitely in your line of duty. A wobbly flower crown or exposed bra straps in the photos that'll be on several walls for the next hundred years is not going to be good thing.
13. The Wedding Singer
Embarrassing speeches are bound to happen every now and then (hey, it's a lot of pressure!), but maybe keep them a little more toned down then this one. Liquid courage is one thing, but too much can bring up failure and family problems, which NO ONE wants to sit through.
14. Father of the Bride
This is another lesson is saving the groom, on occasion, from over protective fathers, but it's also a lesson in reminding the bride to make this day as easy as possible for dad who's giving away his little girl.
Watch these with your bridal party together to get a good idea of what you all should and should not do on your big day!
British actor David Oyelowo is preparing to reunite with his Selma filmmaker Ava Duvernay for a new movie set during Hurricane Katrina. DuVernay will write, produce and direct the drama, which will revolve around a love story and complex murder mystery during the natural disaster, which ripped through New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005.
Oyelowo is expected to take on a lead role and also serve as producer in what will be the pals' third project together - they also teamed up for DuVernay's feature film directorial debut, 2012 drama Middle of Nowhere.
Announcing the news, DuVernay says: "I'm fortunate to work again with the always exquisite David Oyelowo.
"The story we're interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I'm looking forward to the journey."
Downton Abbey and U.K. soap Eastenders were named the best of the best at Britain's National Television Awards (NTAs) on Wednesday (21Jan15). The acclaimed period programme was named Best Drama at the prizegiving, while the long-running BBC soap nabbed three awards, including best Serial Drama, Serial Drama Performance for Danny Dyer, and the Newcomer award for Dyer's on-screen daughter, Maddy Hill.
Other winners included Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who picked up their 14th consecutive trophy for Entertainment Presenter, while their show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! was named best Entertainment Programme.
Actress Sheridan Smith earned the Drama Performance prize for her portrayal of singer/TV personality Cilla Black in the mini-series Cilla, but she was forced to accept her trophy late after failing to arrive at the ceremony on time.
When she finally took the stage, Smith explained, "I couldn't believe it. I was crying in the back of the car. I've been filming since five this morning... There's traffic everywhere. I was in the (taxi) cab for three hours. They said my name and I was in the cab in traffic and I started crying."
Simon Cowell's The X Factor won Best Talent Show, while former Doctor Who and current star of Broadchurch David Tennant was handed the Special Recognition Award.
Coronation Street actor William Roache paid a special tribute to actress Anne Kirkbride, his onscreen wife of over 40 years, who passed away on Monday (19Jan15).
In a taped segment, Roache gushed over his beloved friend, and said, "What we'll remember the most is the vibrant, warm-hearted, loving person who came to work each day, gave us all a hug and brightened up our lives... I feel blessed and honoured and privileged to have had those years working with Anne.
"We've been deeply touched by the outpouring of love for Anne. We share your grief for losing such a beautiful person. I love you Anne."
Still reeling from the shock of Kirkbride's death, the Coronation Street stars chose not to walk the red carpet at the NTAs, but host Dermot O'Leary thanked them for coming, stating, "I know you've been through a very difficult time and on behalf of everyone here we are delighted you came. We're all here for you."
Meanwhile, the cast of BBC drama EastEnders dedicated its Best Serial honour to the rival show's fallen star, with actor Ian Woodyatt telling the audience at London's O2 Arena that his drama would not have been possible if it wasn't for Coronation Street.
He left the stage to a standing ovation from the Coronation Street cast when he said, "If you don't mind, we'd like to accept this for the Weatherfield One," referring to Kirkbride.
Beloved Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride has died, aged 60. The actress passed away peacefully in a Manchester, England hospital on Monday (19Jan15), her husband David Beckett confirmed.
Kirkbride was a Coronation Street veteran, who portrayed Deirdre Barlow on the hit soap for 44 years.
She left the show in October (14), after producers granted her an extended leave of absence.
Executive Producer Kieran Roberts shared his condolences in a statement which reads: "There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne's passing. We know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow.
"She will be greatly missed by the Coronation Street team who share happy memories of working with her. We feel blessed and honoured to have known her. Our thoughts are with David and their family."
Co-star William Roache, who played Kirkbride's onscreen husband Ken Barlow, adds, "I feel Anne's loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. She was such a loving and vibrant person.
"You always knew she was there because her laugh was never far away. She was an impeccable performer with superb comedy timing and an immense gift for really heightened drama.
"We had some rows over the years as Ken and Deirdre and it was wonderful to play those scenes opposite her. Coronation Street has lost one of its iconic characters and Anne will be greatly missed."
Kirkbide appeared in an impressive 1,439 episodes of Coronation Street, first appearing on the show in 1972.
Show creator Tony Warren has added to the tributes pouring in for the actress, stating, "Anne was very easy to love. Her talent over the years made a massive contribution to Coronation Street."
A collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia worth around $16 million (£10 million) is to be auctioned for charity.
A British collector has spent his life amassing rare items, including the late actress' dresses and underwear, and he now plans to sell his hoard this summer (14) to raise money for good causes and mark what would have been Monroe's 90th birthday on 1 June (15).
Seller David Gainsborough Roberts tells BBC.co.uk, "I have been collecting for many years, I'm 70 years of age now, I don't have a wife and children so I thought I must sell things... I have got a lot of big things out there which I hope people will love and buy."
Avid collector Roberts will also be selling off other memorabilia relating to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Rapper Tyga has reportedly signed a deal to star in his own Mtv reality show.
The hip-hop star, real name Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, is said to be lined up for the show, which will focus on his friendships and not his much-discussed love life. He is rumored to be dating Kim Kardashian's younger sister Kylie Jenner and has a notoriously fractious relationship with the mother of his child, model Blac Chyna.
Sources tell TMZ.com that neither women will appear in the show, but his pal Chris Brown is said to have filmed a segment.
Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez fears she'll never make a good mom, because she's too much of "a lone wolf".
The 36-year-old actress, who has reportedly dated Zac Efron and Cara Delevingne in recent months, admits she's holding off on motherhood for as long as she can - or until she can find a father figure for a child.
She tells Interview magazine, "Come on. Look at me! I have absolutely nothing consistent in my life. But that's where serendipity comes in and I love that.
"One day I'm going to have to sacrifice that to bring life into the world. But the more I can hold off on that, the happier I'll be. It's scary for me. I'm a lone wolf. I run by myself on most things.
"I've got lots of really great friends, but the thought of being in a long-lasting relationship? I couldn't last more than six months with somebody, let alone have a father figure around for a kid. I mean, if I could give a kid a father figure, that would be amazing."
British actor David Oyelowo is preparing to double up on projects with Lupita Nyong'o this year (15) after entering talks to star in a new biopic about a Ugandan chess prodigy. The Selma star has already been tapped to join Nyong'o in the big screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, a love story between two young Nigerian immigrants, and now the actors have been approached to feature in Disney's Queen of Katwe.
The film is based on the life of Phiona Mutesi, who rose to fame as a master chess player from 2010 after taking part in the annual World Chess Olympiad competitions as a teen. She was named a Woman Candidate Master in 2012 and later became the first female player to win the open category of the National Junior Chess Championship in Uganda.
Her unusual story inspired sports writer Tim Crothers' 2011 book The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster, which was subsequently optioned for a movie project by Disney executives.
Oyelowo is in negotiations to portray Mutesi's mentor, Robert Katende, while 12 Years A Slave star Nyong'o has been approached to play her mother, Harriet.
Indian director Mira Nair will take charge of the film, which is expected to begin production in South Africa and Uganda in the spring (15).
A campaign to raise money for a British youth club by selling T-shirts bearing a famous image of rock band The Smiths standing outside the venue has raised more than $25,500 (£16,000). The cult 1980s group posed outside Salford Lads Club in their native Manchester, England for an image on the sleeve of their landmark 1986 album The Queen Is Dead.
The snap went on to become one of the most iconic images of '80s rock, and bosses of the youth facility recently launched a fundraising drive by selling T-shirts printed with the shot.
More than 1,000 have been sold so far, and the campaign has even received the backing of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who was handed one of the garments during a visit to Manchester last week (ends11Jan15).
Cameron, who revealed his love for The Smiths in 2010, quoted the band's lyrics as he told the Manchester Evening News, "You have made my day. Thank you very much, there is a light that never goes out."
Photographer Stephen Wright, who snapped the image, has waived his copyright for the fundraiser, and money from the sale of the clothing will be used to help six youngsters from the club to go to the U.S. as part of an exchange programme.
Australian singer David Campbell is celebrating after becoming a father to twins. The star and his wife Lisa welcomed a boy and a girl, named William and Elizabeth, and he shared news of the birth by posting a picture of the babies on his Instagram.com page on Monday (12Jan15).
He added in a caption, "Hey guys. Here is William David Campbell and Elizabeth Ann Campbell. We call them Billy and Betty. Mum is wonderful. Leo is so excited and I am doubly in love."
The couple married in 2008 and they are already parents to a four-year-old son named Leo.