Freaks and Geeks was tragically canceled after only 12 episodes had aired -- a mistake many have come to learn throughout the years as the series has found a cult following and a new appreciation. Its cast is filled with some of the most recognizable and lovable faces around today. Here are the audition tapes from those faces, trying to land the roles we'd come to love them for:
Linda Cardellini, Lindsay Weir
We could really never picture any other actor playing Lindsay Weir, and she had it down pat even in her audition. Since playing lead character (and eternal style icon) Lindsay Weir, Cardellini has starred as the perm-getting murderess from Legally Blonde and Velma in the Scooby Doo movies, as well as maintaining a long run on ER and an Emmy-nominated guest role on Mad Men. More recently, she's done voice work with various TV shows.
John Francis Daley, Sam Weir
"So that means she had sex in February." He straight up kills this audition and perfectly embodies the adorable Sam Weir. Best known for his facial expressions throughout the short-lived series, Daley has become well known to fans of the hit show Bones, starring as Dr. Lance Sweets since season 3. He also writes movies like Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone nowadays too.
Seth Rogen, Ken Miller
"That's why when some idiot teacher tells me that I'm not living up to my potential, I just smile 'cause I know I am." It seems from this clip, Seth Rogen hasn't changed much, thankfully. Rogen followed his role in Freaks and Geeks with a small role in Donnie Darko and a lead role on the (also tragically short-lived) Judd Apatow-created Undeclared before finding more mainstream success with bigger roles in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, which he also produced. He's since gone on to write, produce, and star in several other monstrously successful films: Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is The End, and Neighbors. He's also a known enemy of North Korea.
Busy Philipps, Kim Kelly
Wow, Busy Philipps totally understood just how mean she was supposed to be. After her turn as McKinley High School's resident mean girl Kim Kelly, Philipps guest starred a few times on Undeclared and then had a longer run as a supporting role on Dawson's Creek. Aside from her film roles in movies like White Chicks and Made of Honor, she can be found currently starring in the sixth and final season of Cougar Town.
Jason Segel, Nick Andopolis
Absolutely perfect audition, right? No longer just the awkward, Led Zeppelin-obsessed stoner of McKinley, Segel now has a successful film career acting in Knocked Up, I Love You, Man, Bad Teacher, and writing/starring in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, and Sex Tape. His TV roles include a memorable recurring role on Undeclared and a lead role on the long-lasting hit series How I Met Your Mother.
Martin Starr, Bill Haverchuck
"It's called the Hitler Punch." It's clear from this hilarious audition why he got the part! Probably our favorite of the entire bunch, Bill Haverchuck, the geekiest of the geeks, was played perfectly by the lanky and awkward Martin Starr. Starr has gone on to enjoy film roles in Superbad, Knocked Up, and This Is The End, along with a TV role on the hilarious-but-unfortunately-short-lived cult comedy Party Down. He can currently be found on the Emmy-nominated Silicon Valley as Gilfoyle.
Samm Levine, Neal Schweiber
Yepp, it seems Samm Levine really is Neal Schweiber, doofy impressions and all. Levine followed up his memorable turn as one of Sam Weir's geek best friends with small roles on every show you've ever heard of: Spin City, Yes, Dear, Just Shoot Me!, The Steve Harvey Show, Boston Public, Undeclared, Raising Dad, What I Like About You, Maybe It's Me, The Drew Carey Show, That's So Raven, That 70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, Still Standing, Entourage, Veronica Mars, Lost, 90210, Modern Family, NCIS, Person of Interest, and most recently, Selfie. His film work includes Sydney White, Inglourious Basterds, and I Love You, Beth Cooper.
While there's no James Franco audition online yet, we're not giving up hope.
John Legend's model wife Chrissy Teigen has dismissed reports suggesting the couple has signed up to star in a fly-on-the-wall reality TV show. Legend was recently rumoured to be following in the footsteps of stars including Ozzy Osbourne and Kim Kardashian by allowing cameras into his home, but Teigen is adamant the story is not true.
When asked whether they will be filming their own TV show, she tells the New York Daily News, "Never, no. Absolutely not. I love watching them, and that's why I know the answer is never. I would never open ourselves up to that."
Stars including Boy George, Simon Le Bon and Billy Idol have paid tribute to eighties pop icon Steve Strange after he died on Thursday (12Feb15). The Visage frontman passed away in Egypt after suffering a heart attack and his celebrity pals have paid their respects to Strange, real name Steven John Harrington, on Twitter.com.
Culture Club star Boy George wrote, "Heartbroken about the death of my friend Steve Strange. So bl**dy sad. Such a big part of my life!", while Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon adds, "I'm very sad to announce that our friend Steve Strange has died in Egypt today. He was the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him."
Billy Idol writes, "Very sad to hear of my friend Steve Strange passing, RIP mate..... Vancouver we rock tonight in memoriam 4 Steve Strange who would b (sic) the first to want the show to go on, he was great!" while Kim Wilde shared a number of pictures of her with Strange without adding captions.
Actor Warwick Davis adds, "So sad to hear of the passing of Steve Strange. Lovely guy..."
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had a double date to remember with friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigen on Saturday (31Jan15) when they stopped at a waffle house in Glendale, Arizona following West's performance at the DirecTV's Super Saturday Night Party.
The Super Bowl is upon us, and for those of you who don’t like football (which teams are playing again?), we know you mostly just watch for the commercials – and the buffalo wings. Each year the Super Bowl ads get bigger and buzzier. And if they feature a celebrity, that’s even better. This year we already know Kim Kardashian and Mindy Kaling have secured big game day ads, but let’s take a look back at some of our favorite celebrity Super Bowl commercials from years past.
1. Anna Kendrick for Newcastle Beer:
Our personal favorite. Anna Kendrick totally nailed this non-beer ad beer ad. Her hilarious ramblings while getting her hair primped made her a total beer girl babe in our eyes.
2. Scarlett Johansson for SodaStream:
ScarJo, an Oxfam ambassador, found herself in the middle of a political controversy by endorsing this brand, because they operate a factory in an Israeli settlement on the West Bank. She clarified she never intended to make any kind of statement with the endorsement. It still kinda made us want to get a SodaStream though.
3. Stephen Colbert for Pistachios:
What a nut! This commercial was wacky, but it did make us crave pistachios.
4. Amy Poehler for Best Buy:
Honestly, Amy Poehler could sell us anything. Hearing her ask ridiculous questions about technology just made us love her even more.
5. James Franco for Ford:
James Franco and a tiger. We don’t really know. Just go with it.
6. Megan Fox for Motorola:
We bet most people don’t even remember what Megan Fox was selling. They just remember she was in a bathtub. FYI: She reportedly used a thumb double for this ad.
7. Naya Rivera for M&M’s:
Poor Red M&M guy. He was too sweet for his own good. Glee’s Naya Rivera just wanted to (literally) eat him up.
8. Betty White for Snickers:
Seeing Betty White play football and get “tackled” was the best part of this commercial. Betty White makes everything better.
9. Bar Refaeli for GoDaddy:
This commercial got so much attention for having supermodel Bar Refaeli make out with some chubby, nerdy dude. It was so disturbing we couldn’t look away.
10. John Stamos for Oikos Greek Yogurt:
This commercial included a random Full House reunion. Bob Saget and Dave Coulier joined John Stamos to promote Greek yogurt. Strange, but we’ll take it.
Do you watch the Super Bowl just for the ads? Which one is YOUR favorite? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!
Eighties pop stars Kim Wilde and Rick Astley have signed up to present shows on a new digital U.K. radio station. The veteran singers have both landed slots on radio station Magic, which launched online across the country on Monday (05Jan15).
The two stars will both present regular Sunday shows, while other hosts in the star-studded line-up include actor/singer John Barrowman, TV personality Denise van Outen, and actress Claire Sweeney.
New Year's Day is creeping up on us, and to celebrate we decided to look back on the year 2014 and its celebrity moments. It's always interesting to see what and who matters to us when it comes to entertainment news. The A-list certainly created headlines that have stuck around for weeks because they did something that blew our minds. Sometimes the reason for the headline was plain strange, sometimes it was sad, and others were shocking!
1. Rihanna returned to Instagram.
2. Emma Watson launched "HeForShe" gender equality campaign.
3. Here Comes Honey Boo was canceled.
The reason for it really threw us.
4. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married.
We never thought we would see the day that this bachelor settled down.
5. Robin Williams passed away.
6. Lupita Nyong'o won "Best Supporting Actress" at the Oscars for her awesome performance in 12 Years A Slave.
7. John Travolta totally flubbed Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars.
8. Stephen Colbert had his final
9. Rumor of Idris Elba being the next James Bond hit the web.
10. Kim Kardashian's crazy "break the internet" photo shoot was revealed. Then the spoofs came in and made our life!
11. Jennifer Lawrence along with many other female celebrities' nude photos were leaked. We couldn't help but say...
12. Nicki Minaj's provacative "Anaconda" video released.
13. Solange Knowles got married.
14. The Kimye wedding happened.
15. How I Met Your Mother ended and we didn't know how to feel after it broke its promise to us.
Which celebrity moments really blew your mind in 2014? Tweet us your answers using the Twitter handles below!
2014 was a great year for fans of pop culture and books. We learned the stories behind the making of a classic, had a young girl tell us what she's "learned," and even learned the secrets of modeling that Tyra could never have taught us. We've rounded up the best of these just in case you're looking for a last minute gift or the next pick for your book club.
1. "Yes Please" - Amy Poehler
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For: A fledgling feminist in her twenties who could use a good laugh and some sound advice from a Smart Girl, or anyone who needs to hear that it's okay to feel the way they're feeling.
Memorable Quote: "Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it's not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready."
(Bonus quote: "I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas.")
2. "Not My Father's Son" - Alan Cumming
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For: Fans of Who Do You Think You Are? or anyone trying to overcome their childhood dramas and are seeking inspiration.
Memorable Quote: "For yes, being a woman, even one with a penis and for the purposes of drama really made me feel that women have been coerced into a way of presenting themselves that is basically a form of bondage. Their shoes, their skirts, even their nails seem designed to stop them from being able to escape whilst at the same time drawing attention to their sexual and secondary sexual characteristics. And I think that has happened so that men feel they can ogle them and protect them in equal measure."
3. "The Woman I Wanted To Be" - Diane von Furstenberg
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For: The fashionista who knows what she wants, or the woman in your life who wants to 'have it all.'
Memorable Quote: "In my older face, I see my life. Every wrinkle, every smile line, every age spot. There is a saying that with age, you look outside what you are inside. If you are someone who never smiles your face gets saggy. If you're a person who smiles a lot, you will have more smile lines. Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life. My face reflects the wind and sun and rain and dust from the trips I've taken. My face carries all my memories. Why should I erase them?"
4. "So, Anyway" - John Cleese
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For: The Monty Python fan seeking a crash course in what makes comedy funny and what makes a comedian successful.
Memorable Quote: "So, creatively, I was doubly blessed: constant relocation and parental disharmony. Add to these two gifts the well-established fact that many of the world's greatest geniuses, both artistic and scientific, have been the product of serious maternal deprivation, and I am forced to the conclusion that if only my mother had been just a little more emotionally inadequate, I could have been HUGE."
5. "Uganda Be Kidding Me" - Chelsea Handler
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For: Chelsea Handler fans suffering withdrawals during this period between her E! show and her upcoming Netflix gig.
Memorable Quote: "There's a difference between being a class act and being classy. Peeing off the side of a Jeep doesn't mean you're not classy, it just means you're a free spirit with a small bladder."
6. "The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year" - Andy Cohen
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For: Any pop culture junkie who wants all the dirt on their favorite celebrities; any Real Housewives fans itching to know which lady is causing the most trouble.
Memorable Quote: "I literally almost called this book Diary of a Name-Dropper. So if you want to play a drinking game while reading this book—and that's not a great idea and only gonna last for so long—take a swing every time you read a name you recognize."
7. "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'" - Lena Dunham
For: Any guy or Girl who's almost getting it kind of together; anyone whose own thoughts have sometimes been too much for them.
Memorable Quote: "When someone shows you how little you mean to them and you keep coming back for more, before you know it you start to mean less to yourself. You are not made up of compartments! You are one whole person! What gets said to you gets said to all of you, ditto what gets done. Being treated like shit is not an amusing game or a transgressive intellectual experiment. It's something you accept, condone, and learn to believe you deserve. This is so simple. But I tried so hard to make it complicated."
8. "Dancing With Myself" - Billy Idol
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For: The wannabe groupie; anyone interested in the not-to-be-believed antics and lifestyles of glam rockers.
Memorable Quote: "After a while, my nose became so bloody that I reverted to smoking cocaine instead. From there, it was all downhill."
9. "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" - Diane Keaton
For: Anyone who has ever felt or been told they were ugly or imperfect; anyone who sees themselves aging before a mirror and sighs.
Memorable Quote: "After living with Mr. Lincoln's portrait for several years, I've come to this conclusion: his beauty, like the hidden cast of his right eye, became identifiable only after I included "unsightly" as a possible way of describing a beautiful face."
10. "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America" - John Waters
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For: Your eccentric friend with incurable wanderlust; anyone who wants to see America from a very different pair of eyes.
Memorable Quote: "I'm alive, I think, and so many of my friends are not. I may be nuts to be doing this, but I'm kind of proud of myself. I am having an adventure. I like my life. Even if I have to stand here for the rest of it."
11. "Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography" - Neil Patrick Harris
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For: The person living a life that seems unworthy of a book and wants to live vicariously through Doogie Howser, M.D.; fans of choose-your-own-adventure books, biographies, and How I Met Your Mother.
Memorable Quote: "If you had known people would be calling you by your character name for the next twenty years, you might have asked for a different one. Thunderbolt Howser, say, or Dr. Feelgood, or Baron von Sexy Ass."
Beyonce has been named Facebook's most-referenced entertainer of the year. The superstar, who stunned fans with the surprise release of her self-titled album a year ago, has beaten out Pharrell Williams and Nicki Minaj to the top spot, while Taylor Swift and U.S. chat show host Jimmy Fallon round out the top five.
Kim Kardashian, John Legend, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry and Pitbull all make the top 10.
R&B star Chris Brown led the way at the 2014 Soul Train Awards on Sunday (30Nov14) by taking home three prizes thanks to his hit song Loyal. The embattled singer had a night to remember by winning Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, and Best Collaboration for his track with Lil Wayne and Tyga.
Brown even kicked off his big night with a medley of some of his greatest hits, including Yo (Excuse Me Miss), Poppin' Take You Down, New Flame, and award-winning Loyal.
Behind Brown with two awards each were Beyonce, who was feted with the Best R&B/Soul Female Artist accolade and Album of the Year for her acclaimed self-titled album, and Pharrell Williams, whose hit Happy was named Song of the Year and Video of the Year.
Other winners included Trey Songz (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), John Legend (Record of the Year/The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award for All of Me), and Nico & Vinz (Best New Artist).
Meanwhile, disco band Kool & the Gang were honoured with the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and artists such as Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, MC Lyte, Tamar Braxton, Joe, and Mase took to the stage to perform songs from the group's catalogue spanning 50 years in the business.
However, the highlights of the night came from R&B group Jodeci, who reunited for the first time since 2006 and sang a medley of their hit songs, while Lil Kim, Missy Elliot and Da Brat closed out the ceremony with their 1997 track Not Tonight, with a special segment devoted their late collaborator Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes.
The TLC star, who died in 2002, was featured in a video performing her part in the song which was projected onto a big screen during the rendition.
U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams hosted the event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The awards were handed out on 7 November (14), but televised on Sunday.