For the last 10 years, if you've been able to stay awake after the Academy Awards telecast ended (late, as always), Jimmy Kimmel Live! has had an "After The Oscars Special" for all to enjoy. Last night for the 10th anniversary, Jimmy pulled out all the celebrity stops he could and it was pretty impressive.
He opened the show with a hilarious sketch featuring Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris:
Despite his hectic Oscars schedule and Vanity Fair after party commitment, NPH managed to stop for a hug and time to babysit.
There was a special edition of "Lie Witness News", which proved people will literally lie about anything:
Angelina Jolie as Rosa Parks? Sexiest movie adaptation that woman has ever seen, obviously.
The real icing on the cake from last night's show, however, was the two part special jam-packed with celebrities, like first-time Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and more:
Jeez Eddie, why don't you sound British enough? You're from there! Only Jimmy Kimmel could get Jennifer Aniston to agree to a dis-trust fall and make it funnier than we could have hoped for.
On Top of having a series of hilarious pre-taped sketches, Jimmy also had J.K. Simmons on the show, after his very first Oscar win - "I did it baby! I did it Jimmy!" Subsequently, Jimmy made him share it with him. Jimmy also brought out the man who has been ridiculed since last years Oscars name flub - Adele Dazeem - John Travolta. John broke down just how many parties he had to attend and what dancing he'd be getting up to.
As much as we loved last night's 10th annual special, we still think that this skit is the best thing Jimmy Kimmel has ever done.
5th Annual "After The Oscars Special" - "Handsome Men's Club":
"Wow, you're Handsome. You're perfect. You're incredible. You are one good looking son of a bitch. Good job mom. Amazing. Holy shit."
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Unlikely duo Beyonce and British singer Ed Sheeran teamed up to cover Stevie Wonder's hits at a Grammy Awards tribute concert on Tuesday (10Feb15). The Halo hitmaker opened the All-Star Grammy Salute show with an energetic rendition of Wonder's hit Fingertips, even performing in the aisles of the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as she approached the veteran superstar for a hug.
Sheeran then joined her onstage to perform a medley of Master Blaster and Higher Ground, and footage shows Beyonce dancing in a black and gold dress as Sheeran, in jeans, strums his guitar.
Later in the concert, Ne-Yo duetted with Wonder's daughter Aisha on Isn't She Lovely, a song written by the music legend after her birth, and the star-studded line-up also included musical tributes from Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams and Jennifer Hudson.
LL Cool J and Gladys Knight both gave speeches, and other performances came from OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, Ariana Grande, Annie Lennox, John Legend and Tony Bennett.
For the finale, Wonder performed Superstitious and You Are the Sunshine of My Life as the celebrities gathered around his piano.
Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute will be televised in the U.S. on 16 February (15).
One of America's national treasures assured the French 'You've Got a Friend' in the U.S. when James Taylor performed his signature tune at a diplomatic get together in Paris on Friday (16Jan15). The singer/songwriter was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's special guest at a ceremony to honour the victims of the city's recent terrorist attacks, which the politician called "a living nightmare".
Kerry told the dignitaries gathered at the Hotel de Ville, "I really wanted to come here and share a hug with all of Paris and all friends. I wanted to express to you personally the sheer horror and revulsion of all Americans for the cowardly and despicable assault on innocent lives."
He then introduced Taylor, who performed his hit You've Got a Friend, which also featured a sample of the French national anthem.
Grease is the best. It's a classic in the world of movie musicals. Everyone has seen it, or at least a scene or two, at some point in their life. But there's a lot more to this 1978 film based on a musical set in the 1950's than you thought. We all know that Jeff Conaway (RIP) played Danny Zuko on Broadway and John Tavolta was Doody, but did you know Elvis was offered a role?
1. Elvis was initially offered a role in the film.
It is believed he would play the Guardian Angel role, but he did not accept.
2. Grease is the highest-grossing film of 1978.
Grease is the word.
3. In "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee" they changed the reference and it has a freaky coincidence.
In the stage play, the song had a reference to Sal Mineo, who was murdered in 1976. For the movie, they changed the lyric to "Elvis, Elvis, let me be! Keep that pelvis far from me!" In reference to Elvis Presley, who died the same day the scene was filmed. The day was August 16, 1977.
4. There is a little tribute to the Three Stooges in the film.
The boys who played Doody (Barry Pearl), Sonny (Michael Tucci), and Putzie (Kelly Ward) all went to director Randal Kleiser with their idea and got it approved for the film during the bonfire scene.
5. All of the cast members were too old for high school.
John Travolta was 23, Jeff Conaway was 26, and Stockard Channing was 33 (older than Dennis C. Stewart A.K.A. Crater face or Leo, Leader of the Scorpions, who was 30). The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.
6. A "Hickey From Kenickie" was 100% real.
Stockard Channing said in an interview that Jeff Conaway insisted on applying the hickeys himself.
7. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was written after filming wrapped.
The producers felt that Olivia Newton-John needed a huge ballad for the film. This song actually ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination.
8. In the stage production, "Greased Lighting" is not sung by Danny.
It's sung by Kenickie, but John Travolta convinced the producers to let him sing it.
9. Danny's blue wind-breaker was a nod to James Dean.
Like his red wind-breaker from Rebel Without A Cause (1955).
10. Lucille Ball is the reason her daughter was not cast as Rizzo and the part went to Stockard Channing.
Lucie Arnaz was dropped from consideration after Lucille Ball called and said "I used to own that studio; my daughter's not doing a screen test!" But actually, she owned the studio Desilu which was bought by Paramount.
11. Cast members got sick from filming the drag race scene.
When filming near the bridge, the water there was stagnant and dangerous, causing some of the cast to become ill from it's filth.
12. That fight scene between Rizzo and Kenickie would have made sense but...
...the scene explaining it got cut. They filmed a scene, where the couple got into a heated argument, before the diner scene but it was pulled due to it's grittiness. It was compared to something Martin Scorsese might have directed.
13. The first time John Travolta met Olivia Newton-John was at her house.
He was a huge fan of hers (he basically was the #1 supporter of her being Sandy) and was very star struck when he met her, having not reached a huge level of success yet.
14. During the filming of "Greased Lightning" Jeff Conaway injured his back.
And the injury led to his abuse of prescription medication and downward path. He was dropped by fellow cast members during filming. This information was not publicly known until Conaway's appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
15. Olivia Newton-John's pants were so tight when filming "You're The One That I Want," that the zipper was broken.
She had to be sewn into her pants every morning.
16. John Travolta had to talk Olivia into filming that song.
She admit on the Merv Griffin Show that she was terrified of it.
17. Jeff Conaway came up with the idea of how to blow off Danny and Kenickie's hug.
Conaway said that in 50's, two guys hugging, "forget about it!" So he suggested that after, they comb their hair and pretend it never happened.
18. The film takes place in 1958.
20 years before the actual release date on June 1, 1978 (in the U.S.).
19. In the stage production of the show, Sandy's last name is Dumbrowski.
But because Olivia Newton-John was cast, they changed her background to match her Australian one.
20. One song cut from the film is actually played in the background.
The "Alma Mater/Parody" instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.
21. It took a week to shoot the dance contest.
They were on location in a real school at the time in downtown L.A. Originally Sandy was not intended to dance in this scene, it was meant to be just Danny and Cha Cha. It was reputedly 116 degrees during filming. Several extras suffered heat-related illness.
22. But it took only one day to film "You're The One That I Want"/the end scene.
It was filmed with a traveling carnival that was there only for the day. The next day, director Randal Kleiser wanted to film some extra close-ups, but the carnival had left, so they had to recreate pieces of that set to accomplish it.
23. Olivia Newton-John attended the premiere in a prom dress.
And then for the after party, she changed into her "Sandy 2" look, which was hot pink spandex.
24. That plastic wrap moment in "Greased Lighting" is actually a reference to condoms.
25. There was a planned sequel, by the title Summer School, completely different from Grease 2.
Paramount later nixed the idea and we sadly got Grease 2 in 1982. This orignal sequel plan grew out of Coach Calhoun's line "See you in summer school" to a student before he is hit with a pie in the carnival scene near the end.
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Guests at a celebrity gala in New York were left squirming in their seats when U.S. TV host Chelsea Handler told a shocking joke about Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife in front of the Beatles star and his new bride.
McCartney attended the Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Thursday (13Nov14) with his wife Nancy Shevell for a tribute event in honor of his fashion designer daughter Stella. However, the evening got off to an embarrassing start when Handler, who was opening the gala, made a potentially offensive gag about the musician's former wife Heather Mills, who lost a leg in a road accident.
Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report Handler told the audience, "I would say break a leg, but I don't want to insult Heather Mills."
Paying tribute to Stella McCartney, she also joked, "(Her) collections have always spoken to me, probably because we come from such similar backgrounds. Her father is one of the greatest musicians of all time, who influenced generations, and my father spent a night in prison for shoplifting an eight-track of Yellow Submarine."
The Beatles star appeared unfazed by the racy remarks - he presented his daughter with a special tribute award and later told Page Six, "I'm more proud than you could ever imagine. A trillion, a trillion times proud, times a trillion. You know, to me she was once just a tiny little baby, and I'm here now in New York, and she's a celebrated lady who does so much for women, the planet, children and me."
Other guests at the dinner included Liv Tyler, Woody Harrelson, and model/actress Kate Upton, as well as John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who greeted McCartney and his wife with a hug and a kiss. The event also raised money for the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund.
Some people would laugh at you if they knew how much you actually enjoyed these movies, but we're not here to judge. In fact, we're here to enjoy them along with you. These guilty pleasures are immensely entertaining and we should make no apologies for liking them. So watch them to your heart's content!
1. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
After re-watching this “re-imagining” of Dirty Dancing on Netflix recently, it holds up as total guilty pleasure material. It stars Romola Garai and Diego Luna in a forbidden love story that includes steamy Latin dancing, pre-Mad Men appearances by John Slattery and January Jones, and a modern soundtrack (even though the movie takes place in the ‘50s). Can’t beat that.
2. 27 Dresses
Remember when Katherine Heigl was still Hollywood’s golden girl? This movie represented her rom-com peak. Even though it left us with many questions (How is a woman as beautiful as Heigl so hopelessly single? How does she afford that humongous NYC apartment on an assistant’s salary?), we can’t help being utterly charmed by it.
3. Definitely, Maybe
We’re definitely, maybe a little ashamed to love this movie so much. But it's like three romantic comedies in one! Ryan Reynolds tells his young daughter about the three major loves in his life (played by Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher), and at the end you find out which one he ends up with. It's wonderful.
4. Magic Mike
“Pleasure” is the operative word here. What other movie allows you to shamelessly ogle a stripped down Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello all at once? This may be a guilty pleasure, but we’re only a tiny bit guilty about it.
5. 21 Jump Street
Why did we find this movie so funny? The humor should have been beneath us. But we laughed – a lot – at Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover cops pretending to be high schoolers. We clearly weren’t alone, because the movie did get a sequel after all.
If Taken is on, we must watch. It’s required. Sure, it’s a totally ridiculous and over-the-top action flick, but Liam Neeson is somehow believable as a highly trained operative who’ll stop at nothing to rescue his daughter. It’s pretty much a classic at this point.
Christina Aguilera’s first (and probably last) movie. This can be categorized under “so bad it’s good.” You can’t deny Cher’s divalicious presence, or the beyond-catchy soundtrack. Bonus: Kristen Bell as a sassy burlesque mean girl.
8. The Proposal
Romantic comedy plots are always somewhat outlandish, but this one’s a doozy. A demanding boss forces her employee to pretend they’re engaged so she won’t get deported to Canada. (He probably should have reported her to HR.) Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds not only make this watchable, they make it pretty darn enjoyable, too.
9. The Fast and the Furious
Come on, you know you’ve seen at least one of these movies. You probably can’t recall the plot, but you’ve definitely seen one. They’re completely mindless and that’s why they’re fun.
10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
You can’t deny the entertainment factor of this popcorn action flick. Nor can you deny the chemistry between Brad and Angelina. Pretty obvious they were going to end up together in real life. Bonus appearance by Kerry Washington in her pre-Scandal days.
11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
As a full-grown adult, it’s perfectly acceptable to say you love Disney/Pixar movies. But sometimes we like other animated movies, and we’re not ashamed to say it. This one has food puns galore and great voice work by Bill Hader.
12. Love Actually
We dare you to convince us that you don't watch this movie every holiday season. Because we're pretty sure you do. Except now when you watch it you're all like, "OMG, it's Rick from The Walking Dead!"
We want YOU to add your favorites to this list. Tweet us and tell us your favorite guilty pleasue movies!
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Former Kyuss frontman John Garcia was stunned when his hero Robby Krieger agreed to play guitar on a track on his new self-titled solo album. The rocker recorded vocals for a recent Vista Chino album through a vintage microphone owned by the Doors guitarist, but he never thought he'd get the chance to record with Krieger.
He tells Rolling Stone he was left speechless when producer pal Harper Hug suggested Krieger for a "Spanish, flamenco guitar" on Her Bullets Energy - and then revealed he was helping the veteran build a studio.
Garcia says, "I pretty much fell over from my chair and said, 'Do you think he would do it?'"
Krieger picks up the story and adds, "For the last couple years, I've been building a new studio with Harper Hug... Harper played me a song that I really liked, and we decided to try recording some of my flamenco guitar on it. This was the first time we actually recorded at the studio. We did it in the big room, and it sounded awesome."
Garcia recalls, "We spent more time, I think, talking about golfing than we did about the track. I'm from Palm Springs, and there's a s**t-ton of golf courses here. He was asking me about a couple courses out here. I'm not a golfer myself, but he's Robby Krieger, so I was trying to do my best to accommodate."
Garcia's new album, which also features a guest spot from his Kyuss bandmate Nick Oliveri, will be released in August (14).
Movie producer Oscar Generale surprised onlookers including John Travolta and Kelly Preston at the amfAR gala in Cannes, France on Thursday (22May14) when he got down on one knee and proposed to his beauty queen girlfriend Denny Mendez. The Pulp Fiction star and his wife congratulated the happy couple and gave them a hug.
John Travolta has broken his silence after becoming the butt of jokes following his misreading of singer Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars on Sunday night (02Mar14). The Grease star took the stage at the Dolby Theatre to introduce the Broadway favourite's Let It Go performance from Frozen, which went on to win the Best Song award, but he got tangled up over Menzel's name and called her "the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Nazeem".
His flub became one of the most talked-about moments at the Academy Awards, and now Travolta has spoken of his error.
In a statement issued through his publicist on Tuesday (05Mar14), the movie star says, "I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought... what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, 'Let it go, let it go!' Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"
Menzel has yet to comment on Travolta's Oscars mistake but a source tells E! News that the Tony winner "thought it was funny", and even gave the actor a hug after her performance.
The fiance of Julia Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes has broken his silence for the first time since the production assistant's death on Sunday (09Feb14), insisting reports suggesting she and her famous sibling didn't get along are untrue. John Dilbeck has released a statement about the tragedy, explaining that Motes was determined to create a better relationship between herself and family members, despite reports suggesting she and Roberts were at odds at the time of her death.
The statement reads: "John Dilbeck and his extended family would like to express their heartfelt condolences to all of Nancy Motes' family and friends. We loved her dearly and will miss her always. Please know that the words she wrote in online venues were those of someone in pain who loved her family and longed for a closer bond with them.
"Nancy was a kind and thoughtful person quick to give a hug or share her memorable laugh. John is heartbroken and requests that he be left in peace to recover from a loss that all should understand."
Reports suggest Motes may have taken her own life because a suicide note was found at the scene of her death.
Prescription and non-prescription drugs were also found at her Los Angeles home, but it remains unclear whether or not the drugs played a role in her death.
Motes and Dilbeck became engaged last year (13) and were planning to wed in 2014.