Actress Connie Britton has former college roommate and now-U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to thank for helping her adopt her young son. The Nashville star took nine-month-old Yoby to the U.S. from Africa in 2011, a homecoming that was three years in the making due to the arduous and tedious adoption process.
Just when Britton thought all hope was lost, she found some help from a former friend who she was unaware had become a Senator for the state of New York - and changed her name since their days in school.
Britton, who went to Ivy League school Dartmouth College, explains, "I spent a term in China, and roommate was Kirsten Gillibrand, who is now the Senator for New York. When I was in the process of adopting my son, it was becoming increasingly difficult to do an international adoption.
"I hadn't really kept up with Kirsten since college, and in fact, I was back at Dartmouth for a reunion, and I had friends there who were like, 'We're gonna go hear Kirsten Gillibrand speak.' And I'm like, 'Who the heck is Kirsten Gillibrand?' And they said, 'I think you even knew her - you went to China together.'
"And I'm like, 'You mean Tina Rutnick?' Rutnick was her maiden name, and Tina was her nickname. She thought people would take her more seriously if she used her real name, Kirsten...
"Once I figured out my China roommate is now the Senator of New York and very, very active in international adoption, she was really helpful to me."
Bobby Brown's family has paid tribute to his ex-wife Whitney Houston online to mark the third anniversary of her death as the couple's only child continues to fight for her life in a Georgia hospital. The I Will Always Love You legend drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel suite bathroom on 11 February, 2012 and three years after her drug-related death, her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown remains hospitalised in a medically-induced coma, after she was found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub at the Roswell home she shares with her partner Nick Gordon on 31 January (15).
After Bobby Brown's sister Leolah revealed the embattled 21 year old is "opening her eyes" and "doing well right now", other Brown relatives expressed their sadness as they remembered Houston and continued praying for Bobbi Kristina's recovery.
Houston's former sister-in-law, Tina Brown, took to her Facebook.com page and revealed she was "feeling heartbroken", as she shared photos of the late singer, who was nicknamed Nippy.
Captioning one image, she wrote, "I miss you MY sister...rip nip....I miss you sis,...like crazy!!!!!!-...rip my sister..."
Bobbi Kristina's cousin, Jerod Brown, also paid tribute by sharing the last photo he took with Houston, writing, "You will never know the last moment you will experience, the last conversation you will have, the last photo you will take. Well this was the last photo we took with you auntie and if I would have known that I would've taken a few more... In life we forget to take a few more photos, share a few more laughs, shed a few more tears, overcome a few more struggles, mentor a few more people.
"By chance we are all born, by choice we live, and we are all promised death. One thing auntie was about was Family. Right or wrong, Family is Family. It was an honor to have known you, to be loved by you, and to be inspired by you. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU..."
He then added a message for his cousin, simply adding "WakeUpBK."
Meanwhile, Houston's friend and fellow singer Monica also took to her Instagram.com blog to salute her late pal, writing, "Nippy Only you would come to the aid of a young broken hearted girl & stay for days with me selflessly giving of your time, love & compassion... Only you would speak to the depths of my soul when I couldn't let go of the things that hurt me most...
"Only you would do for others before yourself & Only you will forever have a piece of my heart forever ... Everyday I'm Missing u (sic)... Keep watching over your Baby Girl.. #LoveUAlways".
2015 is going to be a big year for movies, and we're super excited. There are dozens of films that we can't wait to see: long-awaited sequels, novel adaptations, oh and a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These are some of the blockbusters that are heading to a theater near you in 2015.
1. 50 Shades of Grey (February 13)
The sexy novel comes to the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day.
2. Cinderella (March 13)
3. The Divergent Series: Insurgent (March 20)
4. Furious 7 (April 3)
The last Fast and Furious movie to star the late Paul Walker.
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
The superhero team assembles once again to take on a sentient robot threat.
6. Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15)
The Bellas are back for an aca-sequel!
7. Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15)
8. Tomorrowland (May 22)
9. Paper Towns (June 5)
The closest I've come to getting a picture of Ben. Love these guys. #PaperTowns http://t.co/QjLY96DqiJ pic.twitter.com/hBso48e2K9
— John Green (@johngreen) December 17, 2014
The second book by author John Green to be made into a film, after the success of last summer's The Fault in Our Stars.
10. Jurassic World (June 12)
11. Inside Out (June 19)
The newest Pixar film takes place in the mind of a young girl.
12. Terminator Genisys (July 1)
13. Magic Mike XXL (July 1)
We're so happy that we're getting more of this.
14. Ant-Man (July 17)
15. The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (September 18)
16. Spectre (November 6)
James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to kick some more ass.
17. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (November 20)
18. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18)
19. Sisters (December 18)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler starring in a movie together makes it an automatic must-see.
20. The Hateful Eight (December 25)
H8ful Eight rehearsal! This shit is too much fun! Gonna be a BLAST!! http://t.co/VuRFpbABFs
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 23, 2014
The latest film from Quentin Tarantino. Expect a lot of violence.
It looks like we'll be spending a lot of time at the movies next year.
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There's no question that 2014 was the year of the booty. From Chris Brown's Instagram to Kim Kardashian's Paper spread, there's no doubt our collective attention has been drawn to one body part in particular. Though the derrière mania may have hit a fever pitch this year, we'd argue that Meghan Trainor's claim of "bringing booty back" may be slightly misguided. Here's a rough timeline of songs praising big behinds:
Queen - "Fat Bottomed Girls" (1978)
Perhaps the original ode to the big butt, Queen asserted way back in the day that "fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go 'round."
LL Cool J - "Big Ole Butt" (1989)
We can't help but love LL, especially as he confesses he's leaving his girl for Tina, because she has a big ole butt. That's a good enough reason, right?
Sir Mix-A-Lot - "Baby Got Back" (1992)
Without a doubt the most iconic song about any body part ever written, this is the song Nicki sampled for her rump anthem and the reason we'll forever tell any Becky we meet to "look. at. that. butt."
Soundmaster T - "2 Much Booty (In Da Pants)" (1994)
This song may be a bit silly, but it's always a crowd pleaser. A song about having too much booty (is there such a thing?) that not even pants can contain it.
Sisqo - "Thong Song" (1999)
This is Sisqo's biggest hit in the U.S., and it received four Grammy nominations. All thanks to that thong, th-thong thong thong.
Mystikal - "Shake Ya Ass" (2000)
This song is such a catchy keister shaker that not even a young Nicholas Hoult could resist singing it.
Destiny's Child - "Bootylicious" (2001)
The only song on this list officially endorsed by the Oxford English Dictionary, this Destiny's Child song is an eternal anthem for GNOs around the world. Props, too, for giving us the phrase "I don't think you're ready for this jelly." We weren't.
Pitbull feat. Lil Jon - "Culo" (2004)
The song's title itself is Spanish for "ass." Need we say more?
Bubba Sparxxx feat. Ying Yang Twins - "Ms. New Booty" (2005)
This song would be the "Baby Got Back" of its time, if "Baby Got Back" weren't so classic. Bubba Sparxxx's biggest hit is iconic in its own right though, and we still get really excited whenever we hear it.
Eminem - "Ass Like That" (2005)
Eminem can make a song about behinds like not many other people can. This one is tied with "Shake That" for Slim's best booty song, and they're both pretty unstoppable rump shakers.
The Black Eyed Peas - "My Humps" (2005)
Though Fergie is singing about all of her lovely lady lumps here, it's all that ass inside her jeans that makes us scream, makes us scream.
Soulja Boy - "Donk" (2008)
It's hard to fight the twerk when this song comes on, as much as we hate to admit it. This may just be our favorite Soulja Boy song.
Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj - "Dance (A$$)" (2011)
Nicki Minaj's backside could possibly be more famous than any of her songs. Then again, a great many of her songs discuss her backside. It's like a chicken/egg situation, but this collab with Big Sean is still on most of our Spotify playlists because it's just too good.
Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea - "Booty" (2014)
Jennifer Lopez's rear end has been her most famous asset since she rose to fame, yet she somehow waited a very long time before she made a song about it. We're not sure why it took so long, but it was worth the wait. Two of the best butts in the bizz came together for an unforgettable video.
Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda" (2014)
What happens when you take the most famous butt of the 21st century and mix it with the most iconic song ever written about butts? This. This is what happens, and we're so thankful it did.
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Rapper Lil Wayne has sparked rumours he is dating R&B singer Christina Milian after he attended the 2014 ESPY Awards with her on Wednesday (16Jul14). The Lollipop hitmaker was spotted sitting next to Milian at the Nokia Theatre event in Los Angeles, which was hosted by his pal Drake.
Wayne also arrived at the prizegiving hand in hand with the Dip It Low singer, who he signed to his Young Money record label in 2012.
Milian recently ended her engagement to music mogul Jas Prince, and prior to their break-up, Wayne released a song called Tina Turn Up Needs a Tune Up, which fans believe is sly dig at Prince and a confession of his love to Milian.
The lyrics include, "I'll take your Tina (Christina)/She need a king, f**k them princes/You’re a queen/Let’s have a princess".
Incidentally, Wayne and Milian are both connected to music producer The-Dream - Wayne was previously engaged to The-Dream's first wife, R&B singer Nivea, while Milian was also married to The-Dream, but divorced him in 2011 after just a year of marriage.
Controversial new movie Of Good Report has beaten Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom to win South Africa's equivalent of a best picture Oscar. The black and white movie, about a teacher's inappropriate relationship with a 16 year old pupil, triumphed at the eighth annual South African Film and Television Awards on Saturday (05Apr14).
Jahmil XT Qubeka's drama almost never made the cut after landing an official ban at last year's (13) Durban International Film Festival, when censors ruled the film could not be rated because it featured scenes of a sexual nature.
The decision was eventually overruled when it was discovered the young star of the film noir was of age.
As well as picking up Best Feature, Qubeka's movie also earned him the Best Director prize, while co-stars Mothusi Magano, Tshamano Sebe and Tina Jaxa claimed the ceremony's Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards, respectively.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Get ready, Hollywood, for there is an epic prank war happening in your midst. At this year's Golden Globes, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler poked fun at, amongst many other things, George Clooney's perpetual bachelorhood, which Clooney interpreted as the perfect opening for a joke of his own. At a Sirius XM Town Hall event to promote his latest film, The Monuments Men, Clooney revealed that he had stolen some stationary belonging to his co-star Matt Damon — who the ladies jokingly called "a garbage person" at the awards — and wrote Fey and Poehler a long letter as Damon, in which he pretended to be terribly hurt by their jokes. In response, Fey and Poehler sent the unsuspecting Damon two huge fruit baskets, and attached a letter to each one. In the first, they apologized for hurting Damon's feelings, and asked for forgiveness. In the second, however, they revealed that they suspected the whole thing was Clooney's fault, and challenged the two to "step it up."
Whether Damon likes it or not, he has been officially roped into a prank war for the ages, and Clooney couldn't have picked two tougher opponents. But will Fey and Poehler's quick wit be enough to out-plot such a master prankster? We've evaluated the teams based on their prank history, special skills, and comedic talents to determine who we think will win the Great Celebrity Prank War of 2014. Will it be Everyone's Favorite A-listers or the Funniest Ladies Around?
Team Clooney and DamonPrank War History: Clooney is a seasoned prankster, and has become known amongst his friends and co-stars for always having a trick up his sleeve. When it comes to pulling pranks, Clooney's in a different league than everyone else. He never give up, and he never forgets. However, while Damon has assisted his friends and co-stars on a few pranks of their own, he's been dragged into this war against his will, which means he's likely not planning to give it his all. Longest Running Showdown: 11 years and counting for Clooney, opposite Brad Pitt. 8 years and counting for Damon, against Jimmy Kimmel. Free Time to Devote to Pranking: Damon's starring in one upcoming film, and the television pilot he and Ben Affleck are producing just got picked up. Plus, as he said on Letterman, he's got four kids. Clooney also has one upcoming film, but without any kids to contend with, he's basically got all the time in the world for pranks. Collective Number of SNL episodes hosted: 6 (5 for Clooney, one for Damon)Collective Number of 30 Rock episodes: 4, all Damon. Team Members from Boston (the pranking capital of America): Will Hunting himself, Matt Damon.Collective Number of "Sexiest Man Alive" Covers: 3Potential Prank Backup Team: Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. Are They Considered to Be National Treasures?: Damon definitely is. It can go either way for Clooney. Special skills: An abundance of charm, the fact that Clooney doesn't appear to have any hobbies besides pranking, an absurd number of villas, great hair.Key Weakness: Damon doesn't seem that into it.
Team Fey and PoehlerPrank War History: Funnily enough, they once compared themselves to "Cloons and Damon" in an interview with Marie Claire, in which they joked about pulling pranks on each other while filming Baby Mama. However, neither one is particularly well known for pranking people, it's important to remember that, as they said in their letter to Damon, these are "grown-ass professional comedians" and as a result, they're not afraid of anything. They've both got years of improv, Saturday Night Live, and long-running sitcoms under their belt, so they know what's funny, and they're not afraid to look stupid in the name of comedy. Longest Running Showdown: Two years and counting for both of them and Taylor Swift. And only one side of that feud seems to be having fun.Free Time to Devote to Pranking: Both Fey and Poehler each have two young kids, which eats up a great deal of plotting time. Fey also has two upcoming films and two sitcoms in the works, while Poehler also has two films in the pipeline, as well as her role as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation.Collective Years Spent at SNL: 17 (9 for Fey, 8 for Poehler)Collective Number of Sitcom Seasons: 14 (7 each for 30 Rock and Parks and Rec)Team Members from Boston: Amy "Boston" Poehler. Improv History: They spent 4 years at Second City in Chicago and Poehler is the co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade.Potential Prank Backup Team: Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. Are They Considered to be National Treasures?: You betcha. Special Skills: Innate comedic timing, the kind of creativity spawned by three very weird shows, the ability to make everyone want to be their friend, great hair. Key Weakness: Poehler is considered to be the nicest woman in Hollywood.
Overall Winner: Team Fey and Poehler. Clooney's got the experience and dedication, but his reluctant teammate may hurt him in the long run. Fey and Poehler might not have such a storied pranking history, but they've got plenty of creativity and they're always willing to commit to a bit. We're going to give this one to the ladies. Your move, Clooney.
After Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got the masses excited for the Golden Globes and made Leonardo DiCaprio blush -- not an unsubstantial feat on either count -- it's easy to feel like there's a run of strong hosts taking over the awards season. Ellen DeGeneres is back to bring sweetness to the Oscars and Neil Patrick Harris has made the Tonys relevant to viewers that have never seen a Broadway show. It wasn't that long ago, however, that the wrong host for the wrong awards show has made for an uncomfortable audience both at home and in the auditorium. In fact, it was just last year. Here's a look at the five worst hosts to grace an awards show stage.
Seth MacFarlane, Academy Awards, 2013
The Family Guy creator made many actresses squirm in their seats as he sang a ditty about seeing their breasts on screen. McFarlane was perfectly willing to poke fun at himself. In one bit, a time-traveling William Shatner warns MacFarlane he'll be dubbed the worst host ever. It's hard to argue with Captain Kirk.
David Letterman, Academy Awards, 1995
The very things that have made Letterman a fixture of late night television -- his acerbic wit and panache for slightly off-kilter humor -- led to his downfall in front of the Hollywood elite. His repeating of Uma and Oprah, ostensibly to introduce Thurman to Winfrey, was painful. It was hard to tell who was more uncomfortable, Letterman or his audience.
Reality Show Hosts, Emmys, 2008
There was already a legitimizing of reality shows by the Emmys adding a category to honor the best host of one of the shows. Having the five nominees in the category actual serve as hosts for the broadcast, as it turns out, was one step too far. Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest were so out of place and lost they could have been Amazing Race contestants.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Academy Awards, 2011
A studio could probably make a cute rom-com with Franco and Hathaway, even if they reportedly left their Oscar hosting night not on the best of terms. Unfortunately, there aren't multiple takes allowed to get things right on a live broadcast. Franco came across as stoned and Hathaway as over excited, and neither did young Hollywood any favors.
Chelsea Handler, MTV Video Music Awards, 2010
Handler seems like she would be the perfect fit to host what amounts to a big party, and claimed to stay sober for a week to get ready for it. The comedian, as expected, didn't straddle the line of good taste, but instead plowed through it with jokes that weren't merely off-color but downright offensive, even for the network of Jersey Shore and Teen Mom.