Retired U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan, who was David Beckham's former teammate at the Los Angeles Galaxy, is to wed again. The 32 year old alerted fans to his latest status on Facebook.com on Tuesday (10Feb15), revealing he has asked "the love of my life" to be his wife.
Hannah Bartell said yes and the pair is now planning a big wedding.
Donovan retired from Major League Soccer last year (14) as the U.S. game's all-time leading goal scorer.
He was previously married to actress Bianca Kajlich, but they divorced in 2011.
Have you ever wondered what some of Hollywood's most popular stars looked like before they landed their biggest (or at least, one of their biggest) roles? We were curious. I mean, you're telling us there are just videos out there of people like Rachel McAdams and Miley Cyrus before they were household names? Sign us up, we're ready to watch! And we bet you are too.
1. Matthew McConaughey reading for David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused:
2. Jason Momoa reading for Khal Drogo in Game Of Thones:
3. Rachel McAdams reading for Allie in The Notebook:
4. Emma Stone reading for Olive in Easy A:
5. Selena Gomez reading for Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place:
6. Steve Carell reading for Brick in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy:
7. Megan Fox reading for Mikaela in Transformers:
8. Blake Lively reading for Serena in Gossip Girl:
9. Lea Michele reading for Rachel in Glee:
10. Miley Cyrus reading for "Zoey," the original best friend created for Hannah Montana:
11. Scarlett Johansson reading for Judy Shepard in Jumanji:
12. Robert De Niro reading for Sonny Corleone in The Godfather:
13. Demi Lovato reading for Sonny in Sonny With A Chance:
14. Gabourey Sidibe reading for Precious in Precious:
15. Jennifer Garner reading for Elektra in Daredevil:
Who had your favorite audition tape? Tweet us if you think they did or didn't deserve the role!
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Pop star Lorde swept the board at the New Zealand Music Awards on Thursday (20Nov14) by scooping six prizes.
The Royals hitmaker brought her family along to the ceremony in their native Auckland to watch as she managed to top the four wins she scored last year (13). She picked up prizes for Album of the Year, Single of the Year for Team, Best Female Solo Artist, Best Pop Album, Highest Selling Single for Royals and the International Achievement Award.
Lorde brought her brother and sister onstage as she accepted an award and during a subsequent speech she said, "I feel like I'm going to cry... Holy c**p, thank you. It seems crazy to think it's been only a year since I was sat right there, opening the music awards."
The pop star was only beaten in one category - the People's Choice Award, which went to singer Stan Walker. Walker picked up a further award while other winners included hip-hop star David Dallas, musical trio Sol3 Mio and alternative rock group The Naked and Famous.
Actresses Susan Sarandon and Daryl Hannah have signed a campaign letter warning Brits of the dangers of genetically modified (GM) food imported from the U.S. The open letter, which warns of the damage of non-organic meals, was delivered to British Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence at Downing Street in London on Wednesday (12Nov14) by campaigners including fashion mogul Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Almost 60 million people have signed the missive to counter the pro-GM plan that has been raised by the British Government to open the U.K. up to GM crops and food.
The European Commission and the U.S Government are in talks regarding a free trade agreement which would increase the flow of American GM food into Britain and Europe.
Americans who have signed the letter are hoping to show British people how damaging the produce can be to both their health and the environment.
Sarandon says in a statement, "Instead of bringing certainty and security, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have raised more and more worrying questions about their effectiveness, their necessity, and even their safety. Polls show that the majority of U.S. citizens - and in fact citizens everywhere - either want them labelled or taken out of the food system altogether."
Westwood adds, "GMOs are a democratic issue. They are a massive, unethical experiment in human and environmental health."
The designer previously threatened to derail the anti-GM campaign when she came under fire for suggesting people should eat less if they cannot afford to eat organic food. Westwood later clarified her remarks, explaining, "My comments were related to eating less meat. People are eating far too much factory-farmed meat and junk food which is bad for you and not providing the nutrients you need. You can source good food and organic farmed meat for less."
Veteran comedian John Cleese is set to join the literary elite after winning a nomination for Britain's top book awards along with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and blockbuster thriller writer Lee Child. The Monty Python star's memoir So, Anyway... has landed a nod in the autobiography/biography category at the Specsavers National Book Awards.
Other big names to score nominations include Rowling, who will compete for Crime/Thriller Book of the Year under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith for The Silkworm. She faces competition from Anthony Horowitz (Moriarty), Lee Child (Personal), Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim) and Sophie Hannah (The Monogram Murders).
The Slits star Viv Albertine is included in the Non-fiction Book of the Year category for Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys... while Awful Auntie by British funnyman David Walliams is nominated for Children's Book of the Year and Audiobook of the Year.
The awards will be announced on 26 December (14).
As America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle unfolds, we've decided to take a look at previous seasons to see how often Tyra and her ever-changing panel of judges choose the right model. As anyone who has watched the show throughout the years (and the marathons every time they're on TV) knows, the model you spend all season rooting for rarely wins, no matter how much she deserves to.
Who Won: Adrianne Curry
Should Have Won: Adrianne Curry
If only Tyra's first season were a sign of things to come. She picked it right. Adrianne had that special blend of being cool, a good model, and reality TV perfection (which is essential for a first season). She went on to become a "star" on Vh1's CelebReality, and we continued to grow up watching the ups and downs of her relationship with a Brady. That sort of contribution to our adolescence is invaluable.
Who Won: Yoanna House
Should Have Won: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Mercedes was perfect! She was such a great model, she had the cutest personality, and she was owning the competition while suffering with Lupus. Her final photo and her Billie Holiday photo are some of our favorite in ANTM history.
Who Won: Eva Pigford
Should Have Won: Toccara Jones, Yaya DaCosta
Eva was okay, but we loved Toccara. She left too soon, and we began to root for Eva. Looking back on this cycle now though, it's hard not to feel like Yaya is sort of like ANTM's Jennifer Hudson -- she lost, but has the best career possibly out of any of the girls.
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Who Won: Naima Mora
Should Have Won: Kahlen Rondot
This is a no brainer. Kahlen was perfect. Naima was a good model, okay, sure. But she was quiet and enigmatic. Kahlen was shy, but adorable and relatable. And, if we're being frank, a far superior model.
Who Won: Nicole Linklater
Should Have Won: Bre Scullark (or Nik Pace)
We loved Bre. We still love Bre. She will always be one of our favorites. We rooted for Nik after Bre was eliminated, but Tyra didn't seem to care and picked the annoying and whiny Nicole.
Who Won: Danielle (Dani) Evans
Should Have Won: Joanie Dodds
This makes us uncomfortable to say, because we really like both girls here. This was one of the rare instances where we would have been happy regardless of who won. For some reason, we always remember this as the cycle that Joanie won though. Clearly she left the stronger impression (although we'll never forget Dani's photo on top of the elephant, while she was sick).
Who Won: CariDee English
Should Have Won: CariDee English
We felt really bad when Melrose lost because she was consistently good. She tried so hard to be perfect. Sure, she wasn't the most likable, but she was undeniably a good model. But CariDee had the whole package. She was likable and could model. We would have been happy if one of the twins won too though (just saying...).
Who Won: Jaslene Gonzalez
Should Have Won: Renee Alway
We were rooting for Renee from the very beginning. When she came in third place, we obviously started supporting Jaslene just to prevent the bizarre Natasha from winning. Deep down though, we still feel wronged by Renee's elimination.
Who Won: Saleisha Stowers
Should Have Won: Jenah Doucette
We never liked Saleisha. She kind of looked like Rihanna if Rihanna were on Disney. We were never into it. Chantal similarly had sanitized feel to her. Jenah shined as the only normal, likable girl in the cycle. She was a great model too!
Who Won: Whitney Thompson
Should Have Won: Anya Kop
This is one that outrages us still. Whitney was unlikable and even the judges thought so for most of the season. She just happened to get farther than any other plus-sized model, so they let her win. Everybody knows that Anya ran that cycle as if she were already a professional. Her photo shoot with Nigel? Her Sprite campaign? And don't even get us started on the injustice of eliminating Tiffani Thiessen-lookalike Katarzyna. How did they pick Whitney?
Who Won: McKey Sullivan
Should Have Won: McKey Sullivan
Girl was flawless. She was tall, stunning, poised, and had a lovely personality. Honorable mention to Analeigh Tipton though for doing her thing and having a great career.
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Who Won: Teyona Anderson
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
Allison. Our favorite contestant in the history of ANTM. This one hurts. We're not quite ready to talk about it.
Who Won: Nicole Fox
Should Have Won: Nicole Fox
We loved Nicole and we loved runner-up Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra didn't have the chance to mess this cycle up.
Who Won: Krista White
Should Have Won: Raina Hein
Raina has been working more than anyone else from this cycle -- we've been seeing her pop up on commercials, and a working model is a successful one. Overall, we didn't really like this cycle.
Who Won: Ann Ward
Should Have Won: Kayla Ferrel
First of all, Ann's runway walk was not good. Chelsey and Jane were both good models, but there was something about Kayla that we were consistently drawn to. She somehow looked like a classic beauty, yet edgy and modern. She was fieeeeerce.
Who Won: Brittani Kline
Should Have Won: Hannah Jones
Were we the only ones who didn't hate Alexandria? We would have been happy if she won, but instead we were left with Brittani. She was a fine model, but on a personal level, we just stopped liking her after that meltdown in panel. Hannah also reminded us a lot of Analeigh from cycle 12, so we had a soft spot for her.
Who Won: Lisa D'Amato
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
TWICE? REALLY? Allison, who broke our hearts when she was runner-up in cycle 12, admits that it sucks to be runner-up twice. She should have won. Twice. She's the best. We'll never be ready to talk about this.
Who Won: Sophie Sumner
Should Have Won: ...Annaliese Dayes? ...Laura LaFrate? Maybe Sophie?
This is one of those cycles that had three great girls at the end. At one point or another, we rooted for all of them to win. We're happy Sophie won because she was a cutie, but we loved Annaliese way more throughout the competition. She was like a Spice Girl and a model all in one.
Who Won: Laura James
Should Have Won: Leila Goldkuhl
Laura is a fantastic model -- let's just get that out of the way up front. Leila was eliminated, because Tyra rarely makes good decisions, and brought back by the fans who loved her. Clearly she was a fan-favorite and she should have won. Leila was definitely better than runner-up Kiara.
Who Won: Jourdan Miller
Should Have Won: Renee Bhagwandeen
Our friend texted within the first episode of ANTM 2.0 saying she couldn't stand the girl who was married and divorced at 18. And she never really made us like her more. On the other hand, from the moment Renee was shown in the casting episode, she had our vote. We were gung-ho from the get-go. Sure, Cory and Marvin were fantastic, but personally we're still rooting for the girls.
Will Tyra make the right choice in Cycle 21?
Rocker Paul Weller has expressed his delight after winning $16,000 (£10,000) in a privacy lawsuit against British tabloid editors after they published photos of his twin babies. The former The Jam frontman took issue with snaps of himself, his sons John-Paul and Bowie, and his wife Hannah enjoying family day out in Los Angeles, which made up part of an article posted on the MailOnline in October, 2012.
He claimed the pictures invaded his family's privacy and were "plainly voyeuristic", while his lawyer David Sherborne also argued that Hannah had taken steps to keep the twins' faces out of the public eye following their birth the previous January.
A judge at London's High Court ruled in Weller's favour on Wednesday (16Apr14) and ordered bosses at the website's parent company, Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), to pay damages.
Now the Wellers have spoken out about their legal victory, revealing they sued to protect their kids from any future paparazzi harassment.
A joint statement from the couple reads: "We are absolutely delighted with the positive outcome of our privacy case against ANL. As we are with the fact that in a detailed and very carefully reasoned judgment, the Court has upheld our complaint that unpixellated photographs taken of our children while out enjoying some quality time with their family should not be published without consent. That is why we brought this action on their behalf.
"The only reason for publishing the photographs was because they are the children of someone well-known. That is no proper justification at all... This is an important step in the protection of children's rights, and this decision should be welcomed by those who value them, regardless of whether they are so-called 'famous' or not...
"It is our opinion that this protection should be automatically offered by law and should not have to be sought by families in a similar predicament. This was a distressing situation for our family and we are happy that this case has concluded and that justice has been done."
Not every show can go out on a good note. Sure, some shows like Breaking Bad come up with a conclusion that feels right and true to most fans. But usually, when a show has been on the air for a while, finding a tidy way to wrap things up can be a chore.
Even if it's been planned out since the beginning, as was the case with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, it's hard to make people who have invested time in the characters feel like they've said goodbye in a satisfying way. While the fury swells over the HIMYM's controversial ending, it's helpful to distract ourselves with other epic finale fails Ted and his stupid blue French horn are up against.
It's like the start of a joke… Tony Soprano walks into a diner.
That's how David Chase sets up the finale of his landmark HBO series. The Mafia boss made famous by the late James Gandolfini rifles through a jukebox at his table and picks out Journey's "Don’t Stop Believing." His wife Carmela (Edie Falco) joins him, soon followed by his son A.J. (Robert Iler). The diner is full. A guy in a hat sits at a nearby booth and may have eyed Tony when he was alone. Another guy in a Members Only jacket enters right before A.J. and seems kind of twitchy. Another pair of guys lingers near the counter. Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is late because she can't parallel park. The jacket guy walks past the Soprano's table and goes into the bathroom. Meadow, finally out of the car, walks towards the door of the diner. She reaches out to open it, the bell rings above the door and… nothing. Cut to a black screen.
Millions of Americans reached for their remote, sure that their TV sets had just completely screwed them over and were poised to call their cable company... when suddenly the credits started to roll. The shock that the series ended with a cut to black set fans howling and looking for answers. Did we go black because a bullet just went through Tony's head? Did the bell mean something? Were the potential threats in the diner just a part of Tony's normal paranoia? What the heck does any of it mean? Chase has steadfastly refused to provide much in the way of explanation, leaving a large section of the fan base furious over the ambiguity.
The show about nothing decided to make the end about something. That's a problem. With Larry David back to write the final episode of the show that he created with his friend Jerry Seinfeld, the group is about to have some good fortune. The show-within-a-show created by Jerry and George (Jason Alexander) finds new life and the duo, along with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Kramer (Michael Richards), are jetting off to Paris to celebrate in a private jet courtesy of NBC. But, some mechanical issues ground them and while they wait, they stand around making jokey comments about a car-jacking that they're witnessing. Next thing you know, we're in a court room with every ancillary character in the history of the show, each with his or her own story of how horrible Jerry and his friends are. The foursome is led to a single jail cell after being convicted under a Good Samaritan law and, essentially, starts having a conversation the same as they would at Monk's or Jerry's apartment.
As the credits role, Jerry, dressed in prison orange, performs a stand-up routine for the other inmates. The finale was bloated, lazy, and worst of all, not funny… with jokes falling flat left and right. Apparently most of the humor was supposed to come from the audience seeing the Soup Nazi or Newman one last time. For a show that had delivered consistent laughs throughout its entire run, not remaining true to the style of humor that had made it a cultural phenomenon was the ultimate sin.
The critically acclaimed '80s medical drama had a very loyal fan base that kept it on the air. It's hard to remember but the Boston-based show was the career launching pad for a number of actors, Denzel Washington and Mark Harmon chief amongst them, and was a major influence on later hospital series like ER and Grey's Anatomy. In the finale, a bearded Howie Mandel leaves after finishing his residency and David Morse's soulful Dr. Morrison collects his young son to depart as well. As the show's moral center Dr. Westphal (Ed Flanders) returns to his office, his autistic son (Chad Allen) stares out the window at the falling snow.
Cut to: Westphal now dressed as a construction worker entering an apartment where his son is on the floor staring at a snow globe. What's inside the globe? A replica of St. Eligius Hospital, or St. Elsewhere, as it's more commonly called. So, the whole show was just something that played out in the mind of an autistic boy? Is that it? Really? The whole "it was all fake" ending worked exactly once with the brilliant final reveal on Newhart, but that's it.
The closet serial killer played by Michael C. Hall is getting out of the game. With his girlfriend Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) and son Harrison (Evan and Luke Kruntchev) in tow, he's going to skip out to Argentina and lead a more peaceful life... then a criminal shoots Dex's sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter). Even though she seems fine, she suddenly lapses into a coma after a massive stroke. Dexter kind of matter-of-factly kills Saxon while he's in police custody, sends Hannah and Harrison off to Buenos Aires, and then takes Deb off life support. He steals her body and dumps it into the sea, before faking his own death. Except when we see Hannah and Harrison way down south, Dexter isn't with them and Hannah is reading a news story about his presumed watery demise.
We hear Dexter in a voice-over explaining how hard it is to be him. So, where is he? Well, why don't we let every fan of the Showtime hit take over from here: "A lumberjack?! He's a f**king lumberjack?! What do you mean he's a f**king lumberjack?!" Before that final scream-inducing reveal — seriously, how many TV sets were broken when remotes went sailing into them immediately after the shot of bearded Dexter? — the episode was pretty lifeless, moving from point A to B to C in a paint-by-numbers kind of way.
Just like with Seinfeld, the ending to Roseanne Barr's long-running sitcom felt like a cheat. Really it was a case where the show probably should've ended a couple of seasons before it actually did. The final season was an unmitigated disaster as the Connors won the lottery and the entire premise of the show changed, becoming a distorted rumination on the meaning of life. In the final episode, we see the cast of the show gathered around the kitchen table eating, laughing, and joking. Then a voice-over from Rosanne tells us that what we've been watching was a figment of her imagination. She's changed things from real life as she's written, including having Dan survive the heart attack that actually killed him two years prior. Worse, she calls into question what parts of the show going back before the heart attack were real (what do you mean David is really Becky's boyfriend?). Considering that the show became a ratings juggernaut with its funny portrayal of the real issues that face lower-middle class Americans, being told that it was just the main character's alternate reality was a slap in the face. And, while it's fine for a finale to be packed with emotion — plenty of fans cried at the end of M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show — the final shot of Roseanne sitting alone on her couch was unnecessarily depressing.
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Why are all late night hosts white men? Maybe David Letterman's replacement will break the unfortunate cycle. Flavowire lists potential replacements who aren't white guys.
A The Goonies sequel is forthcoming. '80s kids rejoice. Find out the details at Celebuzz.
Can you guess the famous godparents of these celebrities? Who would have thought that Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow had the same super famous godfather? Check out the quiz at VH1 Celebrity.
A woman might have invented superheroes. The first masked avenger appeared in Baroness Emma Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel. Read about the history of superheroes at Hollywood.com.
It's almost become a game — how many things can be blamed on Miley Cyrus? When she went out on her Bangerz tour, mothers — none of whom had apparently been paying attention to what the singer's been up to since Hannah Montana — took to the web to complain about her antics, comparing the stage show to porn and lamenting the fact that their children had been exposed to it. Joe Jonas wrote a tell-all essay for New York Magazine, where he revealed that it was peer-pressure from Cyrus and Demi Lovato that got him to smoke pot for the first time. When she subsequently lit up a joint on stage in Amsterdam, she was labeled out of control. Months after, she caught a ton of flak for her "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Internet exploded with rumors that Cyrus was the real reason behind the break-up of Robin Thicke and his wife, Paula Patton.
Now, Katy Perry is taking shots at the singer after Cyrus tried to kiss her at a concert, telling an Australian television show that she backed away from the smooch because, "God knows where that tongue has been." Even something as simple as being photographed using a teleprompter during a concert in Denver — a practice that did not originate with Cyrus — becomes national tabloid fodder. All that's missing at this point is Vladimir Putin issuing a statement saying that Cyrus is the real cause behind the unrest in the Ukraine.
Do a search for Cyrus' name and you'll return a lot of self-righteous posturing about her habit of not wearing clothes and her professed love of marijuana. The problem with all of this is that when you boil it all down, there's absolutely nothing wrong with what Cyrus is doing. In fact, if anything, it's a savvy career move.
Cyrus' image make-over isn't the first of its kind. When Drew Barrymore wanted to be seen as something more than the girl from E.T., she posed for Playboy and flashed David Letterman on national television. Within the music industry, Cyrus still has a ways to go before she tops the dual masters of self-promotion, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Heck, Madonna was kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera years before Cyrus thought of it, and Gaga has been naked (or nearly) so often that it doesn't even register anymore.
So, why does what Cyrus is doing bother so many people? Is it because there's a segment of the audience that feels like they've watched her grow up on her Disney Channel show? Is it because she comes from a country music background with its more "traditional" values and with none other than Dolly Parton as her godmother? Or is it just that even now, people have difficulty with a young woman flaunting her sexuality?
The truth is that as a culture there are continuous mixed messages about female sexuality. Being sexy is valued, but being overtly sexual can go either way. When Jennifer Lawrence goes on Conan and tells a story about sex aides, it gets treated as something cute. If Kim Kardashian does the same thing, the nicest label that gets attached to her is "vapid." Madonna and Gaga are hailed as smart business women for parlaying an image based largely on sex into millions of dollars, but Spears is continuously portrayed disparagingly for doing the same thing. Cyrus was bashed for the tone of her concerts, but mothers routinely take their daughters to Perry's shows that feature skimpy costumes, stripper poles and a variety of accoutrements tied to her breasts. How does any young female performer that's coming up know what's over the line, when the line isn't the same for any two women?
To her credit, Cyrus does not take the criticism without hitting back. When Jonas made his comments, she responded to the New York Times that, "If you want to smoke weed, you're going to smoke weed. There's nothing that two little girls are going to get you to do that you don't want to do." When Perry called her out, she took to Twitter to shoot back about Perry's ex-boyfriend John Mayer, "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we all know where THAT (tongue) been."
She also has a sense of humor about it, appearing on Saturday Night Live two different times in the fall to make fun of the furor over her behavior. Parton, who was never shy about using her own sexuality to gain notice, has defended her goddaughter as well, telling a London newspaper, "It's not easy being young. You almost have to sacrifice your damn soul to get anything done."
Unlike Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan, Cyrus appears to know exactly what she's doing. If she's to blame for anything, it's for showcasing again the double-standards that get applied to strong, young women.