Movie star Bradley Cooper went back to school last week (08Nov13) to catch up with friends from Germantown Academy's class of 1993. The Silver Linings Playbook star returned to Fort Washington, Pennsylvania for the 20th anniversary school reunion, where he mingled with another successful actor, Bones star Brian Klugman.
According to People.com, Cooper took a tour of his school with his former history teacher Kendall Mattern and stuck around for Germantown Academy's football game against arch rivals Penn Charter.
The movie star proved to be a lucky charm for his school's team - after losing to Penn Charter for the last 12 years, the Academy picked up a victory.
A source tells the website, "He hung out as long as he could at the game. He loved being back at the school. He took his time signing autographs and said hello to a lot of people. He is very modest. I think he has a hard time understanding why people follow him around campus. It's genuine and not a false modesty. He's a really good guy."
It’s hard to believe there is actual innovation happening on television. There are constant remakes like Ironside or abuse of the public domain with shows like Sleepy Hollow and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. However, a few seemingly random shows have managed to sneak through and change the face of television.
Here are some series that have created their own new genres.
Super Fun Night
Rebel Wilson is a genius. She has an understanding of comedy and entertainment few people can dare to grasp. She found success in America with Pitch Perfect and her small role in Bridesmaids. In Australia, she wrote and starred in her own series Bogan Pride. Her new show Super Fun Night focuses on the sadness and pathos of a group of single, socially awkward girls. Despite that downer, these gals have great spirit, good morals and strong bonds of friendship. This pathomedy or Sad-com is unique. It may not win over American audiences but it does allow room for the future for different types of characters like the "best friend" or "wacky neighbor" to be the lead of a television series.
Say what you will about Lena Dunham. Some believe she’s a shamelessly nude, entitled hack and others see her as the mouthpiece of her generation. Regardless of how you feel about her, she has created a whole new genre - the home theater of the grotesque. Even if you hate Girls, you can’t deny that it has created room in television to take it to the limit and break all the rules. Whether it show people doing lines of coke off toilet seats, eardrums ruptured with Q-tips, or Dunham’s breasts, nothing is too much for this series. This brazen honesty has trickled into the mainstream and allowed shows to delve into dark and uncomfortable places and still be funny.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy was witty and chock full of action. It blended punchy dialogue with an evolving, twisting plot that developed over the series with Buffy eventually defeating "The Big Bad." This series has created the teen hero saga. You take a socially awkward or disenfranchised teen, give them something that sets them apart from their peers but makes them able to save lives, then set them up against a mysterious enemy for 22 episodes. It has changed the face of The CW’s line-up and influenced series like Veronica Mars, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries and The Tomorrow People.
Honorable Mention: The musical episode of Buffy, "Once More with Feeling," also reinvigorated attempts at musical television. Before this episode, Cop Rock was one of the only shows to try its hand at a musical TV series. Shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother went on to have musical episodes. Buffy also set the stage for musical TV series like Glee and Smash.
Seinfeld will be forever remembered as "a show about nothing." Many people scoff at the series finale finding the four leads in prison. What they don’t realize is that the four main characters were self-centered, rutheless and generally bad people. This spawned the Despicable We genre. The entire cast is filled with generally unlikable characters that get into awkward and zany hi-jinks. This helped lead to the success of shows like Will & Grace with their constant insults and self-absorbed issues. It also reached a crescendo in Don't Trust The B**ch in Apartment 23, where Krysten Ritter shone as one of the most likeable, yet despicable, characters on television.
Two & A Half Men
Chuck Lorre seems obsessed with addiction. Two and a Half Men started with the mother of all addicts, Charlie Sheen, playing Charlie Harper, a heavy-drinking, sex-addicted lothario, taking in his high-strung brother and precocious nephew. It became a huge metaphor for life with an alcoholic. His follow-up Mike & Molly began with two characters finding love at a Overeaters Anonymous meeting. The new series Mom finds a mother (Allison Janney) and daughter (Anna Faris) going to Alcoholics Anonymous. This series also made room for a show like Go On, about grief-counseling, to get on the air.
Golden Girls influenced every show featuring four female leads in the nearly 30 years since it premiered in 1985. It was a show about four aged women but manages to resonate with people of all ages. It created a new genre of the quartet comedy. Now ever series with four female leads seems to have the snarky leader, the slutty one, the innocent one and the outspoken one. It influenced shows like Sex and the City, Hot in Clevleand, and even Girls.
New mother Kim Kardashian made room for the latest addition to her famous family by selling personal items in a yard sale on Sunday (10Nov13). The reality TV star, who gave birth to her daughter North West over the summer (13), gave fans the chance to buy Kardashian treasures at the event in California.
Announcing the sale on Twitter.com, she wrote, "We are having a yard sale today for charity!"
Proceeds from the sale were matched by the clan and handed to No Kid Hungry and the Greater Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation charities.
Kardashian was joined by her mother Kris Jenner and her sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie, and Kendall.
Khloe Kardashian was at odds with stepdad Bruce Jenner on the latest episode of their reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, as he insisted drug addicts have no one to blame but themselves. In the revealing episode of the popular series which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (03Nov13), Kardashian, Jenner and his 18-year-old daughter Kendall were shown discussing Glee star Cory Monteith's tragic death from a drug and alcohol overdose in July (13).
In the midst of reports Kardashian's husband Lamar Odom is currently battling a substance abuse problem, Jenner told his daughters, "Lesson to be learned: stay away. Really, really, really stupid. Waste of a life... It is a personal choice. You know what you're doing? You're taking the responsibility away from the person. This guy had a choice to take drugs. It's his own fault. You can't blame anybody else but him."
However Kardashian, who seemed distraught, insisted being a drug addict is "a disease."
While she did not directly discuss Odom's alleged addiction, Kardashian did confess he is going through a difficult period in his life.
She said, "Lamar has been having a really tough time lately. And it's not just black and white - there's a lot of emotional issues. It's really scary when nothing's really working and you know if you give up, no one in his life will be able to help."
Reality TV star Kendall Jenner turned 18 years old on Sunday (03Nov13) and has reportedly received multiple offers from adult film companies to star in their risque movies. Kim Kardashian's half-sister celebrated a milestone birthday, which now allows her the right to vote, purchase cigarettes and get a tattoo in the U.S., but one thing some company executives are hoping for is Jenner's debut in the porn industry.
According to editors at TMZ.com, the fashion model has been approached by representatives of six of the top adult film companies in America, including website Bangyoulater.com, whose bosses are offering her $1.8 million (£1.2 million) to have sex on film.
The family is no stranger to dealing with sex tape scandals - Kim rose to fame after her home video with ex-boyfriend Ray J leaked online in 2007.
Jenner has yet to respond to the report.
The longterm partner of late British broadcaster Kenneth Kendall committed suicide after struggling to overcome his grief, an inquest has heard. Kendall, the first newsreader to appear on BBC television in 1955 and a longrunning regular on the network, died aged 88 after suffering a stroke last November (12).
His civil partner Francis Fear was found dead at their home on the Isle of Wight in April (13).
An inquest into his death has heard Fear left a note to his loved ones explaining he couldn't continue without Kendall, who he had been with for 23 years.
Isle of Wight assistant coroner John Matthews recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging, adding that the 55 year old had "suffered a tremendous amount of grief".
Kim Kardashian's half-sister Kendall Jenner has spoken out to blast false reports suggesting she and her younger sister illegally gained entry into a 21-and-over club last week (ends18Oct13) by using fake identity cards. The 17-year-old model and her sibling Kylie, 16, were snapped at the Vignette lounge in Los Angeles on 15 October (13), raising suspicions about how they managed to convince doormen to let them in.
Their manager mother, Kris Jenner, insisted the teens were admitted without IDs, but the manager of the venue, who claimed he had no idea who the Keeping Up With the Kardashians regulars were, accused them of flashing falsified documents to get into the club.
The allegations reportedly prompted officials at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to launch an investigation into the controversy, but on Wednesday (23Oct13), Jenner had had enough and took to her Twitter.com blog to clear up the gossip.
In a series of posts, she writes, "I am so done with everyone making my little sister and I out to be something that we are not. shut up with these stupid rumors and stories. no one has fake ID's and no one's partying. we know that's what all you slimy media people want to see but that is not going to happen. we're smarter than that, we have goals and personally I think it's sad that some people sit at their desk making things up about girls that are trying to have a career just like everybody else. get over it. no story here."
Kendall and Kylie Jenner are Kris' two kids with her estranged husband, former Olympian Bruce Jenner.
Twentieth Century Fox TelevisionAccording to most blind items sites, nearly every person working in the entertainment industry is hiding a secret about their sexuality. But despite the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer proving that coming out certainly doesn't neccessarily lead to career suicide, the number of openly gay celebrities still remains relatively small. Following last week’s 25th annual National Coming Out Day, here's a look at five stars who have made that bold step to publicly come out of the closet this year.Wentworth MillerThe former Prison Break lead and Stoker screenwriter came out on GLAAD's official website in an open letter to the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival. Politely declining their invitation to attend because of the Russian government's treatment of gay citizens, he also later revealed he had attempted suicide as a teenager because of his sexuality.Raven-SymoneFamous for her role as Olivia Kendall in The Cosby Show and her Disney Channel vehicle, That's So Raven, 27-year-old Raven Symone took to Twitter in August to express her delight at the fact that she could finally get legally married following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.Robbie RogersRobbie Rogers became the first openly gay professional footballer in 23 years when he prematurely announced his retirement back in February. Following a wave of support from players and fans alike, he returned to the game in May when he signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy.Jason CollinsJust a week before Rogers' comeback, NBA star Jason Collins also made a ground-breaking move when he became the first active male athlete from North America's four major professional sports leagues to confirm he was gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated.Ben WhishawBest-known for his role of Q in Skyfall, acclaimed British actor Ben Whishaw had previously refused to talk about his private life. But his representative released a statement in August confirming that he had entered into a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw twelve months previously.
After 22 years of marriage, Bruce and Kris Jenner have officially decided to separate, according to E!.
For anyone who still watches Keeping Up With the Kardashians, it should come as no surprise that the couple has decided to call it quits. From daily arguments with each other to an overall aura of bitterness and annoyance, as of late, their relationship has seemed to be on the rocks.
In a joint statement to E!, Bruce and Kris said: "We are living separately and we are much happier this way, but we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority."
According to People, Bruce's 33-year-old daughter from his first marriage, Cassandra Marino, said: "I think this is a decision that they have not come to lightly ... it was time for them to move on."
Bruce and Kris have two daughters together, Kylie and Kendall, and each has four children from previous marriages.
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There's a countdown going on, but it's one that I have no desire to be a part of. It's tracking the days left until Kendall Jenner, part of the most powerful reality TV family in Hollywood, turns 18. It's not just fanboys who are keeping such close tabs, but the media, which to me, ups the ick factor exponentially.
We've been through this already with other pretty but underage starlets, before Facebook and Twitter had become the juggernauts they are now. Surely you remember some of them, and the trainwrecks their lives usually became shortly thereafter. You had grown men practically slavering at their keyboards, keeping us all updated. There were countdown timers. There was just a really ugly undercurrent to it all. Now, with the Internet being even more ubiquitous, it just looks even worse.
Sure, some may say that this goes with the territory, since the Kardashians/Jenners live for the limelight and putting everything out in the public eye, but this isn't fair to a teenager like her. Sure, she's living a lifestyle that many, many kids don't, but that doesn't mean that the media should act like everyone's perverted uncle. It's tough to find new and fresh angles in this 24/7 news cycle, but they've got to try, darn it.
Let's hope that the members of the media that are doing this realize that they are giving their fellow journalists a black eye and stop doing it. In the age of paparazzi, that might be a tall order though. Yes, celebrities have accepted that they will often be photographed when they go outside and that many facets of their life will be recorded - like whether they have gained or lost weight and who they happen to be dating at any given moment.
Instead, they can try to get as many pictures of Kanye and Kim's baby daughter. Then we'll just have to wait another 17 years for this cycle to begin anew.
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