Well, it turns out that selfies are officially no longer as completely ridiculous as they used to be. Oxford Dictionaries, the go-to guide for the English language, has just named "selfie" 2013's international Word of the Year. We should all be very, very ashamed for making that possible.
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the official definition of '"selfie" (also, selfy; plural selfies) is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
Up against "selfie" for the Word of the Year prize were "bedroom tax," "binge-watch," "bitcoin," "olinguito," "schmeat," "showrooming," and, of course, "twerk." But luckily for us, the fact that the frequency of the word "selfie" in the English language increased by 17,000 percent since this time last year caused it to beat out all of the other words. (We're assuming we can thank Kim Kardashian for about half of that number.)
Check out our gallery of some of the best celebrity selfies while you bask in the glory of what the English language has become.
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One of Truman Capote's closest confidantes has revealed the writer captured footage of a secret meeting between Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe at his home in New York just weeks before the actress' death in 1962. Celebrity seer John Cohan tells WENN Capote showed him the footage of the tense showdown between President John F. Kennedy's wife and his alleged mistress, which he filmed without the two women's knowledge, multiple times before he sold the home video to TV mogul Merv Griffin in the eraly 1980s.
Griffin, in turn, had planned to release the film on the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death last year (12), but died in 2007 before he could create the television special he had planned.
Now Cohan has no idea what has become of the footage, but he's convinced it will be broadcast in the near future.
He says, "I was reminded of this film while I was recalling my friendship with Truman for a new book, titled The Pink Triangle.
"Truman had been a friend to Jackie Kennedy but they had a falling out and when she asked him to arrange a meeting with Marilyn at his home, he bugged the room and filmed them. He did this because he could be devious and cunning."
And Cohan was stunned when the author first showed him the footage.
He recalls, "I remember Marilyn arrived looking like the movie star she was, dressed in a stunning white dress and Jackie showed up in this very tailored black suit, which made her look very matronly... When MM (Marilyn) first started the greetings, she said, 'Hello Madam Jacqueline'.
"The two women were together a little over 30 minutes and Jackie basically told Marilyn she knew what was going on between her husband and Marilyn, and wanted it to stop. Jackie said she forgave MM for the affair with her husband because she knew too well Jack could charm a dead body and get a response.
"Marilyn became hysterical because she didn't want to end the affair. Money was exchanged. Jackie had with her a good size pink round hat box. In it was a lot of money. She said to MM, 'Take this and use it to make your new home more beautiful and the rest invest in stocks and other good ventures for your future'. By the end of the film, Marilyn was a mess. Her hair was all messed up and her mascara was running."
Cohan admits Capote was very guarded about the film and, as far as he knows, he's the only person who has seen it other than the author and Merv Griffin.
He adds, "In the beginning, Truman kept it because he wanted to get back at Jackie and just by having this film he felt he had achieved that, but over the years he got so bored with it and told me, 'I'm going to sell it' - and he did.
"Merv Griffin treasured the footage and intended to keep it under lock and key until the 50th anniversary of Marilyn's death. Like Truman, he was very guarded about this and I don't think he showed it to anyone or talked about it.
"Unfortunately Merv, another great friend of mine, died before his time and the footage is now lost, but I'm sure Merv took care of all his affairs before his death and had plans for this film. I'm sure it will see the light of day at some point."
Live from New York, it's Bobby Moynihan killing it as Mayor Rob Ford! SNL opened successfully, going after the Toronto politician's reputation for smoking crack and generally looking like a maniac. Lady Gaga took the stage for her monologue, singing a parody of her current single "Applause" through a majority of it. This set a vintage variety show tone, but it would have been more interesting to see Gaga not play so obviously to her strengths. It made it seem like she couldn't be funny and engaging on her own, so they went with this instead.
Gaga's monologue made heavy-handed references to "pandering," which was her approach to the first half of the show. Making obvious references to having a penis and ripping off Madonna, Gaga almost exclusively made jokes about herself. Aside from that and a few laughs based on how she looked, the cast shouldered most of the comedic responsibilities. It's then revealed why Gaga seemed so nervous leading up to her musical performance: R. Kelly is here and they have a lot of air humping to do. This attention-grabbing performance was a reminder of what Lady Gaga does best. After delivering musically, she seemed comfortable enough to do a Marisa Tomei impression for no reason in a sketch about a co-op board interview.
SNL's cast really came together this week. The strongest sketches kicked off the first half of the show, with a commercial parody for "Paxil: Presidential Strength." This smart piece featured Jay Pharaoh as Obama, pouring pills into his face over Obamacare problems. Pharaoh continued to execute strong impressions, playing Kanye West in one of the best pieces of the night. With Nasim Pedrad as Kim Kardashian, "Waking up with Kimye" spoofs a morning talk show where Kim is annoying and Kanye is insane. Pedrad and Pharaoh are so funny it made it easier to stomach the second Gaga-has-balls-joke in less than 30 minutes.
The Update desk was so perfect, it's hard to imagine Seth Meyers leaving. But the real performance of the night came from Taran Killam, who appeared as Jebediah Atkinson, the author of a newspaper review panning the Gettysburg Address. Killam portrays an almost Simon Cowell-type of historical speech critic. Great writing like "John F. Kennedy, I'll tell you what you can do for my country. Wrap it up! Next!" plus a hilarious performance from Killam allowed him get away with botching a line. After all, describing the Pearl Harbor speech as "boring ass" is still really funny.
The show concluded appropriately with Gaga's weird stamp of approval, a purple spandex performance from a tambourine player who's possibly on ecstasy. While Gaga did not offer the same performance as an actor, she more than delivered when it came to her assets, while letting the cast members take the lead and enjoying the ride.
Apollo 13 star Bill Paxton relived the day he spent gazing at President John F. Kennedy, hours before he was assassinated, as part of a U.S. TV special to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the atrocity that rocked the world. The actor was eight years old when his father hoisted him on his shoulders so he could get a clear view of the U.S. leader as he addressed supporters outside the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, Texas.
In a programme remembering that fateful day, he recalled, "I was probably about 20 feet in front of him... His hair was red and he was in a blue suit and he couldn't have been more charming."
Minutes later, Kennedy gave what was to be his final speech inside the hotel before heading for Dallas.
Narrating JFK: The Final Hours, which aired on Friday night (08Nov13), Paxton said, "It was rainy that morning but nobody cared. You see, it wasn't every day you got to see President Kennedy... What we didn't know was that President Kennedy was going to die in just a few hours."
Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas, Texas on 22 November, 1963.
"This was my turn on the correct side of the desk... He's played JFK and Bobby and he was great, but I was really happy to have my crack at it." Actor Rob Lowe on playing President John F. Kennedy in new TV movie Killing Kennedy years after his The West Wing co-star Martin Sheen portrayed the assassinated leader and his brother.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg had to call on her mother to help her nail her Russian for new movie Killing Kennedy after realising she didn't know enough of the language to portray alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's wife Marina. The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is fluent in basic Russian thanks to her parents' Soviet heritage - but she admits she couldn't master some of the more difficult scenes as the wife of the man who allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy.
She explains, "(My mom) translated the entire script for me; we wrote it out phonetically, so that I knew the exact pronunciations.
"I'm fluent in Russian, but I didn't grow up, luckily, with sentences like, 'You can't see your children. Hide the guns. Don't shoot the president!' That was not in my repertoire as a six year old.
"There were different conjugations... I had to change it to a housewife in the late 1950s."
And her mother's language skills were noted by producers, who listed Mrs. Trachtenberg as a consultant on the film in the credits.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is keen to meet the widow of the man accused of assassinating John F. Kennedy after portraying her in new TV movie Killing Kennedy. Marina Oswald has always made it clear she does not want to be associated with what her husband allegedly did way back in 1963, and so the actress refused to try and track her down as she researched her latest role.
But she admits she would love to meet up with the Russian, who is now in her 70s.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "Of the main players in the movie, she's the only one who's still alive... When I started to do my research, there was a minimal amount of information about her; I found an out-of-print biography, called Marina and Lee, which is a huge, thick book that I brought to set... but she didn't really exist to me.
"I found a YouTube video of her on the 30th anniversary (of the assassination) saying, 'My husband was innocent', so I didn't want to disrespect her in any way... but if she would ever like to meet me it would have to be on her terms."
Ever since the first Inside Llewyn Davis trailer was released earlier this year, we've all taken to brownstone porches and subway platforms with a nonstop recording of Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac's "Fare Thee Well" cover and a checkered pocket full of somber contemplation. The latest Coen Bros picture has the makings to be the best music movie in ages, owing both to its tale of a trembling New York folk musician facing the aching realities of the toughest industry on the planet, and to its beard's worth of actual great music. We've only gotten a taste of the latter so far — the aforementioned ditty by star Isaac (who plays the titular Llewyn Davis) and Mumford & Sons' lead singer and guitarist standing out — but through the good graces of National Public Radio, we are now treated to the full soundtrack.
A number of the movie's actors, in addition to Isaac, have a place on the album: Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, and Nancy Blake among them. The soundtrack also employs the musical talents of artists like Brooklyn- and Queens-based folk musicians John Cohen, Dave Van Ronk, the Punch Brothers, and Bob Dylan.
The Coens have done wonders with many colorful corners of the United States: Los Angeles, the Midwest, the Great Plains, the Deep South... but this could very well be their iconic stab at New York City. Not the same New York they channeled in The Hudsucker Proxy, but the one vastly overshadowed — the folksier, slushier New York that has seen resurgence in the wake of this decade's upswing in Brooklyn counterculture. We look forward with excitement to Inside Llewyn Davis as a great music film and a great New York film. In the meantime, we enjoy the lovely tunes the Coens, their players, and NPR have treated us to.
Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack1. "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" — Oscar Isaac2. "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" — Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford3. "The Last Thing on My Mind" — Stark Sands, with Punch Brothers4. "Five Hundred Miles" — Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands5. "Please Mr. Kennedy" — Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver6. "Green, Green Rocky Road" — Oscar Isaac7. "The Death of Queen Jane" — Oscar Isaac8. "The Roving Gambler" — John Cohen, with the Down Hill Strugglers9. "The Shoals of Herring" — Oscar Isaac, with the Punch Brothers10. "The Auld Triangle" — Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, and Gabe Witcher11. The Storms Are on the Ocean" — Nancy Blake12. "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song") — Oscar Isaac13. "Farewell" — Bob Dylan14. "Green, Green Rocky Road" — Dave Van Ronk
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Actor Rob Lowe has credited his new TV wife Ginnifer Goodwin for helping him slip into character to play tragic U.S. leader President John F. Kennedy in Killing Kennedy. The Behind the Candelabra star portrays the 35th president in the TV movie based on U.S. journalist Bill O'Reilly's book, and he admits his co-star, who played Kennedy's wife Jacqueline, was instrumental in his transformation for the role.
He tells Good Morning America, "When I looked into her face, I felt I was transported to being with Jackie and she made my performance work because she was already in the place I needed to get to.
"To see her in that Chanel tragic beautiful pillbox hat and outfit (which was worn by the former First Lady when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963), it was just so heartbreaking. It was easy to find all of the stuff I needed to access."
"I like him a lot and to play his dad, I thought about that and I kept it in the back of my mind, particularly when I was doing scenes with John, Jr. I would have liked John to have been happy with it." Rob Lowe thought a lot about his late friend John F. Kennedy, Jr. while portraying his father President John F. Kennedy in new TV movie Killing Kennedy.