All of those who lived in fear that Time magazine would declare Miley Cyrus to be the Person of the Year can finally breathe a sigh of relief; the honor was instead awarded to Pope Francis, who became head of the Catholic Church in March. Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's managing editor explained the choice, stating that "So much of what he has done in his brief nine months in office has really changed the tone that is coming out of the Vatican. He is saying, 'We are about the healing mission of the church, and not about the theological police work that had maybe been preoccupying us.'"
Pope Francis beat out a shortlist that included last year's winner President Obama, as well as Edward Snowden, Senator Ted Cruz, and of course, Miss Cyrus. Both he and Cyrus were also named to Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People list, which means that 2013 is officially the year when pop stars and religious leaders collided. Although Cyrus led in Time's reader poll, the final decision is always made by the magazine's staff, which means that we were all essentially upset over something that we shouldn't have been worried about.
But as with all end-of-the-year lists, the choice is bound to be divisive. After all, there's no way that only one human being can be considered to have the greatest influence on every single person on the planet. And that is why every year, multiple publications all declare a different person to have been the most entertaining, the most fascinating, the most influential or the best looking person of the year. We've rounded a bunch of them up for you, so that you can decide which one had the greatest impact on your and your life in 2013.
Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year: Sandra Bullock
Why: For giving two fantastic performances in two of the year's biggest films, The Heat and Gravity. For her friendship with Melissa McCarthy. For making us all root for her and George Clooney to get together. For being the most likeable movie star currently working.
GQ's Man of the Year: Justin Timberlake
Why: For launching the biggest and most talked-about comeback of the year. For starring in both one of the best (Inside Llewyn Davis) and one of the worst (Runner, Runner) films of the year. For earning seven Grammy nominations. For being best friends with Jimmy Fallon. For being one of the best recurring SNL hosts around.
People's Sexiest Man Alive: Adam Levine
Why: For being a coach on the biggest reality show in the country, The Voice. For his uniform of skinny jeans, leather jackets and white V-neck shirts. For his engagement to Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo. For sparking nation-wide debate about who would be a better choice for the title.
Glamour's Man of the Year: Daniel Radcliffe
Why: For his starring roles in Kill Your Darlings and on the West End in The Cripple of Inishmaan. For playing a younger version of John Hamm in A Young Doctor's Notebook. For his dedication to his charity work. For breaking away from Harry Potter while still appreciating the opportunities and fans it brought him. For the terrible hair extensions he has to wear for Frankenstein.
Glamour's Woman of the Year: Lady Gaga
Why: For releasing Artpop, one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year. For her work with her Born This Way Foundation. For declaring that her Glamour cover should have gone to Malala Yousafzai. For dressing up as a human Christmas tree.
Watch out, Katie Couric: you've got yourself a copycat. Meredith Vieira, the woman who replaced Couric on The Today Show, is now following in her footsteps with plans to start a new daytime talk show, according to Deadline. There's just one small thing: that's exactly what Couric did after she left the NBC morning staple (and after she spent a bit of time as CBS' nightly news anchor, but we're going for an effect here).
With Katie holding daytime television court on Katie, is there room for Vieira in the late afternoon game? We pit Vieira's morning show antics to the test against Couric's morning show and daytime skills and find out which host has the most.
Who's got better (dating) game?A staple of the daytime talkshow circuit is doling out dating advice on occasion. A quick survey of Vieira's past Today segments shows she may be lacking in this area, but Couric's got it down to an art.
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It's always better to feel like the host understands the plight of the person she's advising, especially when it comes to dating, and Couric has certainly done that by adding her own personal spin to the conversation. This round, the victory goes to Couric.
Who's better at handling Hamm?It's no easy task to interview Mad Men star Jon Hamm, the impossibly handsome man behind Don Draper (on account of all the handsomeness), but both Vieira and Couric have had a turn with the hunk. Who handled it better?
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Sure, it's probably the more professional answer to say that an interviewer shouldn't cavort with her subject, but let's be honest... even Jay Leno had to spoof Vieira because she was so straight forward with Hamm. Couric, however, was flipping her hair and giggling, basically allowing us to live vicariously through her, which is perfect. Couric takes it again.
Who's better at talking to adorable, talented kids?It's an essential part of daytime TV: palling around with impossibly adorable kids. The daytime audience needs it. They crave it. They want to squee and say "awwwwww" until they just can't stand it anymore.
Unfortunately, for Vieira, she has a hard time changing her interview style from the way she talks to a politician to the way most people talk to kids. Her question to the Darth Vader kid was so complicated, the poor thing got lost. Couric knows all you have to do is tell a kid they're awesome and compliment their hair and they're right at ease. Couric is the victor. (Sensing a pattern?)
And of course, who's better at asking the tough questions?While the talk show biz is a lot about glitz and fun segments, it comes with its fair share of tough interviews if you're doing it right. Who's better prepared to get to the bottom of a sensitive story?
Sorry, Vieira, but even if we weren't counting the time Couric eviscerated Sarah Palin when she was running for Vice President and were only focusing on her Manti Te'o interview, that Donald Trump incident in which you failed to question his outrageous claims stands out as journalism school mistake number one. Couric wins this thing, hands down.
Of course, that doesn't mean Vieira can't learn enough to make her own version of daytime talk work. One thing's for sure though, she's going to have to learn that it's always okay to make eyes at Jon Hamm.
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On Thursday night's episode of Parks and Recreation, Halloween and heart attacks were the big sells. But a final scene on the ep offered a much bigger, more surprising, and (debatably) emotionally moving turn of events for our favorite characters (spoilers to all those who haven't seen yet): Leslie and Ben got engaged.
Some of us loved this revelation. Some, however, felt differently. And since we're the sort of people who care enough about this kind of thing to scream adamantly at one another about our points of view, we figured we'd enlighten you unto the conflicting viewpoints on the issue.
So here it is: our debate on whether last night's presentation of Ben's proposal to Leslie truly worked on an emotional level.
Why It Didn't Work
Argument presented by Michael Arbeiter
On Thursday night, Pawnee, Indiana — nay, our entire nation, was faced with what should have been one of the most rewarding moments in television history: Ben Wyatt’s proposal to Leslie Barbara Knope. The inception of their engagement (something we all knew, if not hoped, would happen eventually) came about suddenly after we saw Ben grapple with the decision to extend his leave from Leslie and take a position running a gubernatorial campaign down in Florida.
Unfortunately, the shock value of the episode’s conclusion served to rob the moment of its emotional durability. The jagged nature of this turn of events seemed instead to take the form of an exciting, unexpected plot twist, whereas a founded, more subtly emotional moment between the pair would have been far preferable. I am the sort of person who has cried openly during every single legitimately moving TV proposal, wedding, birth, death, and friendship reconciliation I have ever seen. But this didn't do it for me.
I am wholly rooting for Leslie and Ben. I couldn’t be happier over the fact that they are, now, engaged. But the decision didn’t seem to come about organically. Was Ben just entrenched in the idea of missing Leslie? Upset over the prospect of delaying his return to her? These seem to be what charged the uncharacteristically spontaneous move from our number-crunching friend. The Ben we know and love — the one who loves Leslie and will, in fact, be a loving and encouraging husband to her — is the sort who, in his greatest form, would spend months mulling over the decision and perfecting the presentation of his question to her. The Ben we saw last night was some different Ben, a desperate Ben. It didn’t feel real, and neither did the moment.
As I said above, I want nothing more than to see Leslie and Ben live out their lives together in joyful harmony (seriously — my own life is so hopelessly empty that I am unhealthily invested in these fictional characters). But when Parks and Recreation forced these two into a sudden engagement for shock value, it wasn’t the relationship I knew. It wasn’t the Leslie and Ben we’ve all fallen in love with.
Why It Worked
Argument presented by Kelsea Stahler
My opponent would like you to believe that the surprise proposal was ill-timed and rushed, and that it robbed two of our most beloved characters of one of the most emotional moments in their lives. I’d like to take this opportunity to whole-heartedly refute this point. Ben’s surprise proposal to Leslie was not only moving, but incredibly satisfying, in that it felt real. It felt like something that might happen to your friends—it just so happens that something similar did happen to a friend of mine just a few days ago—instead of something concocted by a clever team of writers trained to elicit the highest possible emotional response. Instead of being swathed in prefatory context for this monumental engagement, we happened upon it and were given the chance to react exactly as Leslie did: with the complete and utter outpouring of love and emotion elicited by such a beautiful, unexpected gesture.
Let us not forget the entire point of the episode, which was that Leslie, the straight-A student of Pawnee local government, was trying desperately to plan her future down to every last detail. As she learned from Ben’s newest job opportunity and Jerry’s sweet (and fully ignored) speech from his hospital bed, it’s impossible to live according to a plan. It’s a lesson Leslie would have a hard time learning. (Think about it: She’s just about the most stubborn person in the contiguous United States – which is one of the many reasons Ben loves her.) The only way to truly teach Leslie the meaning of the life lesson “just wait and see” is to hit her in the spot where her brain can’t compete: Her enormous heart.
So, sure, it would have been wonderful to see a production around Ben’s eventual proposal to our lady hero (not a single fan of the show had a doubt it would happen in the near future), but that’s not the point. Leslie needed to be blindsided by this outpouring of love. Councilor Knope needed to be floored by the fact that not only can Ben not live without her, but he’s been hanging onto a ring, waiting for the right moment to strike so he could make Leslie his forever. She needed to be stopped in her tracks by the one thing that can always get her to stop spinning and steam-rolling: love.
It’s only appropriate. Leslie was willing to squash her entire political campaign and, later, the job she loves more than anything in the world. For love. And love had to be thing that finally showed her that her life can’t be determined by a series of spreadsheets, to-do lists, and calendars. Love can only be lived in the moment, and that’s what Thursday’s surprise proposal proved.
Did It Work?
What do you think? Did it hit home or miss the mark? Sound off below and let us know!
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The beloved writer/filmmaker passed away on 26 June (12) due to complications from acute myeloid leukaemia, and her death prompted many of her fans and collaborators to take to Twitter.com to share their grief.
On Monday dozens of Hollywood's biggest names arrived at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to pay their last respects, and among the crowd of famous faces were the leading ladies of her most famous films Julie & Julia and Sleepless in Seattle - Streep and Ryan.
Also in attendance were Martin, Steven Spielberg, Sally Field, Larry David, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, Matthew Broderick, designer Diane Von Furstenberg, homemaker Martha Stewart, and journalists Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.
Longtime pals Tom Hanks and director Mike Nichols delivered touching tributes during the ceremony, while guests were handed printed programmes, which included food lover and cook Ephron's recipe for Esther Fein's Brisket.
It was a bittersweet day for Oscar winner Hanks, who turned 56 on Monday.
President Barack Obama, you finally feel our pain. Apparently, there aren't even enough secret service agents in Washington, D.C., to keep the president from running into the Kardashians. "Why am I telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian?" President Obama joked during the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night. "What is she famous for, anyway?"
But the "friendly" jests hardly ended there. Jimmy Kimmel also turned the event into a Kardashian roast. "If you're looking for the greatest threat to America right now, she's right there," Kimmel said as he pointed directly at the reality star. Kimmel added, addressing President Obama, "When you took office, the Kardashians had one reality show. Now they have four. This is not a good trend."
While Kim and Kris Jenner, her mother, both took the jokes in stride, this is hardly the first time E!'s First Family has been the target of jabs. Here are just a few who have kept up with taking shots at the Kardashians. Why make fun of the family? Because, like Everest, they're there. A little too often.
Jon Hamm v. Kim Kardashian
Just a month ago, Mad Men star Jon Hamm started a battle with Kim when he dissed her during an interview with Elle UK. "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated," he stated. "Being a f**king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."
Jonah Hill v. the Karadashians
Moneyball star Jonah Hill took a swing at the Kardashian's reality empire when he told The Huffington Post that he didn't understand why people would choose to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians on Sunday nights over Mad Men. "The truth of it is, I have friends who work in TV and the Kardashians get higher ratings than their TV shows," he said. "Shows that people actually work hard on; writing, and creating, and trying to tell stories. The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like Mad Men is disgusting."
Mitt Romney v. Kim Karadashian
Kim Karadshian may be planning on running for Mayor of Glendale one day, but she has already made it into one political race. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared the reality star's short-lived marriage to the promises of President Obama makes while on the campaign trail. “I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama, then candidate Obama, going through making Iowa promises... " Romney said. "I think the gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of ’til death do we part.”
Cher v. Kim Kardashian
You know things are bad when you're put on a lower tier than Jon and Kate Gosselin. "Never saw a Kardashian but these B**ches should b Drop kicked down a freeway! Not kidding!" she tweeted. "feel like I live in a cave! Once watched J&Kate they were sweet! This s**t is HARD CORE! Is true Kardashian did Porno ! I'm so Fkn outa it !"
Barbara Walters v. the Kardashians
Barbara Walters may have been interviewing the Kardashians, but she still unloaded her opinion right in front of the reality stars. "You don't really act; you don't sing; you don't dance," Walters said to the girls. "You don't have any — forgive me — any talent!"
Paris Hilton v. Ex-BFF Kim Kardashian
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Late in the afternoon yesterday, the oddest pairing of talent came together to push a high profile remake forward. Deadline broke a story claiming that Oscar winner Clint Eastwood will direct Beyoncé Knowles in the fourth remake of A Star Is Born for Warner Bros. Pictures.
For those lacking knowledge of film history, the story centers on a young Hollywood hopeful who's assisted by an aging alcoholic has-been whose best days in the industry are behind him. Legendary performances were given from the stars of the various versions of the film, including Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, James Mason and Kris Kristofferson. This time around we've got a modern musical icon in the role of the young fame seeker, while the over-the-hill leading man will likely soon be cast. The source notes that this is a part that nearly every A-list or age-appropriate actor in the business, from Robert Downey Jr. to Johnny Depp to George Clooney to Jon Hamm, could potentially seek out.
Though it seems an odd choice for director Eastwood, his musical background makes him one of the very best filmmakers for the job. Forgetting the fact that he's a longtime Warner Bros. contributor, he's also an accomplished musician who has scored many of his own films, from Million Dollar Baby to Gran Torino, and has made quite a few movies with a focus on music, including his 1971 directorial debut Play Misty For Me and 1988's Bird, a biopic of jazz great Charlie Parker. I've watched Eastwood evolve for the better as a filmmaker over the last decade, taking on everything from science fiction (Space Cowboys) to war epics (Flags Of Our Fathers) to supernatural dramas (Changeling). With A Star Is Born, the 80-year-old auteur will continue to reinvent himself in his sixth decade in the movie business.