Scandal is so good because of its actors, story lines, and formula. Oh, you never noticed the formula? If you pay close attention, there are 10 things that happen in every episode in order to pump up the drama.
1. Rowan Pope gives a killer monologue...maybe two.
2. "Vermont with Fitz" gets mentioned in some way.
3. But in the next breath "standing in the sun" with Jake is mentioned.
4. When Olivia and Fitz have a moment their signature music cue goes off.
5. Huck either tortures someone or talks about his addiction to torturing people.
6. Before Abby would usually come in and start an argument each episode. But lately she just comes in and asks questions to figure out what the heck is going on!
7. Quinn angrily reminds everyone that they're Gladiators and to stay on course because she replaced Harrison.
8. Mellie gets the short end of the stick in some way. Maybe a kid dies, maybe she gets cheated on once again, maybe someone reminds her that her position doesn't matter.
9. Someone yells at Fitz. Maybe it's Olivia, Jake, Cyrus, or Mellie, but be sure someone is going to school him on some mistake he's making.
10. Cryus has some sort of conniption.
Have you noticed anything else that happens in every episode? Tweet us your answers to the handles below!
Taylor Swift doesn't look very intimidating, but you shouldn't underestimate her. Yes, she likes baking and doing low-key things but if you look even closer this woman has a interesting master plan. That's right, people! The superstar is planning to take over the world.
1. She creates the catchiest music that it becomes unavoidable.
2. By refusing to have her music on Spotify, she has made sure she got paid, and she did by selling 1.29 million copies in the first week of 1989.
3. She might be able to just sit back and get paid from others by filing to trademark phrases like "Nice to meet you. Where you been?"
4. She automatically made her cat a saint by naming it "Olivia Benson".
5. She wins people over by doing the nicest things for her fans.
6. She takes rumors of her being crazy and just turns it into an amazing song and music video.
7. She danced badly but it made an awesome music video, which seems like an impossible feat.
8. She is taking down each terrible ex with one song at a time.
9. She makes sure that the camera is always on her at award shows.
10. With that in mind she also makes sure she takes home that award at every award show.
11. She dominated country music then decided to move on to pop once she couldn't go any higher.
12. She takes the coolest young celebrities under her wing.
13. She laughs in the faces of hackers threatening to find nudes of her.
14. She's not afraid to call out people when they aren't playing nice (ahem Katy Perry)!
Do you support Taylor Swift's world takeover? Tell us why or why not using the Twitter handles below!
Katy Perry has denied reports she paid bosses at the National Football League (NFL) to secure the halftime show spot at the upcoming Super Bowl.
Reports emerged last year (14) suggesting the headliner at the 2015 U.S. football spectacular would have to donate a portion of their subsequent touring income to NFL executives.
The Roar hitmaker landed the coveted gig, but insists she did not 'pay to play', telling the Associated Press, "I put my foot down very early in the courtship... I said, 'Look guys, here's where I draw a line in the sand.' I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print.
"I stuck to my position... I don't even care if my contract leaks... I have nothing to hide, basically."
Perry will perform at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on 1 February (15) with special guest Lenny Kravitz.
Pop star Katy Perry has lashed out at the Australian paparazzi after one "perverted" snapper stripped naked and pestered her to pose for a bikini shot while on a nudist beach in Sydney.
The Firework hitmaker, who is currently Down Under as part of her world tour, was taking a stroll on gay-friendly Obelisk Beach on Friday (21Nov14), ahead of her gig in the city, when a group of photographers began trailing her. She claims they began badgering her relentlessly and vowed they'd only leave her alone if she agreed to let them snap her in her bikini. She refused, and Perry subsequently took to her Instagram.com blog to slam the snappers for their rude and disrespectful behavior.
In a lengthy post, she wrote, "Australia PRESS: you should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY. "I was stalked by many grown men today as I tried to take a quiet walk to the beach. These men would not stop as I pleaded over & over to let me have my space. Many other people stopped to try to help but the paps continued to laugh at me & hold their barrels up & shoot. They told me to make a 'deal' with them. Give them a bathing suit shot and they would leave me be. "This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this. I will NEVER make a deal with paparazzi and I will not befriend anyone who perpetuates this kind of behavior."
The singer, who also shared her own pictures of the men in question, continued her rant on Sunday (23Nov14) as she urged press editors not to use the snaps from her disrupted beach day, and she then singled out one notorious paparazzo for particular criticism after he allegedly shed his clothes in front of Perry.
In a series of Twitter.com posts, she wrote, "Remember AUS (Australia) anyone printing or posting unauthorized photos of me in a bikini from these DISGUSTING/PERVERTED OLD MEN is AGAINST my will! "Also remember Jamie Fawcett we hv (have) pictures of ur (your) tiny penis & rather large gut. Ur (sic) a true sicko for taking pictures of us while being naked."
Fawcett previously hit headlines in 2005 amid allegations he had bugged Nicole Kidman's Sydney home. He was ordered to pay the Oscar winner $1 million (£625,000) in compensation.
He also faced legal action from former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown last year (13), amid allegations of harassment.
Hugh Jackman, Suki Waterhouse and Idris Elba have tackled John Lennon's peace anthem Imagine as part of a global Unicef campaign. The actors join singers Nicole Scherzinger and Katy Perry on the new cover track, which has been released to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - an international agreement by governments to recognise the needs of children.
Members of the public have been invited to record their own version of the song online to create what the charity hopes will become a huge choir hit when the track is released at the end of the year (14).
Katy Perry thrilled pupils at a girls' school in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday (13Nov14) by handing over a cash prize to boost the facility's performing arts department and dispensing advice to the youngsters.
Perry handed over a check for $8,771 (£5,482) to bosses of Loreto Mandeville Hall after declaring the school the winner of a competition in which students were asked to make a video to demonstrate their creativity.
The Firework hitmaker, who is currently on tour Down Under, visited the school to make the contribution and she delighted pupils by holding a question-and-answer session with them, handing out advice and urging them to focus on their studies.
She told the youngsters, "Don't waste too much time thinking about boys. They are very distracting. They'll always be there... Knowledge is power."
Celebrities including Katy Perry, Courteney Cox and Jessica Alba flocked to Kate Hudson's house in Los Angeles for her annual Halloween party on Thursday night (30Oct14). The Almost Famous actress and her mother Goldie Hawn donned leather gear for their Sons of Anarchy-inspired costumes, while Perry wore a giant orange foam outfit to become a walking Cheeto cheesy snack.
Cox and her fiance Johnny McDaid dressed up as spooky puppets while Alba transformed into Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale were vampires, Nicole Richie became fictional villain Cruella De Vil, Lea Michele wore a Little Red Riding Hood costume, and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland became fictional orphan Annie.
Lily Allen courted controversy by donning medical scrubs and a name badge which read 'Dr. Luke', a nod to music producer Lukasz Gottwald, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with pop star Kesha over sexual and emotional abuse allegations.
Other guests included Kurt Russell, Aaron Eckhart, Adam Sandler, Zach Braff, Tallulah Willis, Maria Menounos, and Ashley Benson.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving her role on cult TV comedy Community in order to care for her ailing father. Brown has played Shirley Bennett on the series since 2009, but she announced on Tuesday (30Sep14) that she will not be joining her fellow castmates for the upcoming sixth season, and requested to be released from her contract to focus on caring for her sick dad.
She tells TV Guide Magazine, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.
"I can't say enough how much I respect Sony and (executive producer) Dan (Harmon) for how they handled this profound change in my life... I'm still Community's biggest fan... It's very bittersweet. I can take care of my dad but won't be with my TV family. I don't want the fans to worry; it's going to be fine."
Brown is also currently working on the remake of classic sitcom The Odd Couple, starring Matthew Perry.
Meanwhile, Community stars including Joel McHale, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong are all slated to return for the show's sixth season, which will stream on Yahoo! Screen, after it was cancelled by bosses at America's NBC network after five seasons.
And with one last cafeteria dance party, Greendale has once again been saved, and Community has almost reached its ultimate goal of six seasons and a movie.
But the group’s hard-earned victory felt somewhat hollow, and the fifth season was brought to a close in a particularly lackluster way. Despite last week’s episode, “Basic Story” setting up a slightly different, more interesting take on the idea of the study group contemplating moving on and growing up, the finale threw all of those developments out the window for what turned out to be their most formulaic adventure yet. In fact, lackluster the best way to sum up season five as a whole, which got off to a great start, but seemed to fall flat after losing Troy and Pierce.
Since “Basic Sandwich” brings to a close a season surrounded by controversy and media attention, it seems only fair to look back on all of the episodes to see what worked, what didn’t and what we think Community can improve in the event that get the season we’ve been waiting for.
Worked: Duncan and Hickey The loss of Troy and Pierce left the study group somewhat off-balance, but Duncan and Hickey were the ideal replacements for two of the gang’s most important members. Like Donald Glover, John Oliver has the ability to deliver almost every punch line perfectly, and so he’s given this season some of its best and weirdest jokes. Jonathan Banks has also made a great addition to the group, giving their adventures some edge and playing the “grumpy older man” role with hilarious results. We’re not sure if they’ll be back next year, as both are committed to other series, but we sincerely hope they are. After all, we still need to find out how Hickey’s gay son’s wedding went.
Didn’t Work: The Finale The fifth season kicked off with “Repilot,” which allowed the show to start over again from a fresh, new perspective, which is why it makes no sense for the show to end on another push of the reset button. What’s the point of setting up interesting storylines or putting the characters through major changes of everything’s going to be wiped away at the end of the season with some Dave Matthews Band? The whole point of this season was to rebuild the show after the “gas leak,” and so ending up at the same place we started essentially renders everything that happened this year pointless.
Worked: Abed Abed was by far the MVP of Season 5, and his combination of meta commentary and heart gave the show some much-needed life this year. Between his heartbreaking goodbye to Troy and his long, rambling monologue about Britta and Jeff’s spinoff in “Basic Sandwich,” Abed continues to be one of the show’s strengths, and he has truly become the heart and soul of Community. Plus, he does the best Nicolas Cage impression we’ve ever set eyes on.
Didn’t Work: Lack of Shirley Her relationships with the other members of the study group have given the show some of its best episodes and most iconic moments, but the fifth season of Community saw Shirley shunted to the side in favor of the other characters. She never once received a story line of her own, and all of the things we’ve learned about her over the years – her devotion to her family, her dedication to her business, her secret foosball past – were touched upon at all this year. It’s not enough to simply reference her lack of screen time. You need to actually give her some more attention in order for it to work.
Worked: Higher Stakes This year’s highlights came whenever the characters dealt with big issues: the loss of two of their own, the threat of mortality, life turning out differently than they expected, and having to leave behind their safety net. These stories provided the funniest moments and the cleverest parodies and gave the fifth season some much needed weight. We’re hoping the writers will bring keep exploring bigger issues in the sixth season, as everything gets a little more serious now that the study group understand what failure in the real world feels like.
Didn’t Work: Jeff/Annie/Britta Look, we don’t care if he dates Britta, Annie, both or neither, but the show needs to either follow through with this plot or let it go completely. We can’t suffer through any more of Jeff and Annie pining over each other, and while we love Britta and Jeff’s bickering, their fake-out attempts at a relationship are losing their charm. Pick a direction and stick with it, and please, spare us all any more will-they-or-won’t-they-is-this-a-love-triangle-or-are-they-all-just-friends nonsense.
Only Kind of Worked: Season 4 Bashing We get it: Dan Harmon hates Season 4. It’s understandable. But while we loved the small references to the issues everyone had with those episodes, much of this season felt like Harmon was just attempting to prove how much better he is at running Community than everyone else. The parody episodes felt less like homages than an opportunity to showcase how much better his references were, and many of the characters’ plots felt like a deliberate attempt to undo everything the show runners of season four came up with. Now that we’ve all made peace with the past, how about we just look forward for season six, and allow everyone to just move on. (We're still on board with the gas leak idea, though.)
Still Doesn’t Work No Matter How Hard We Try: Chang Ken Jeong still has some brilliant moments, but Chang hasn’t felt like an organic part of the show since he was fired way back in season one. He flip-flops back and forth between good and evil as the story requires, but he doesn’t’ add anything to the show. If the writers can’t figure out a decent story for him for the next season, it might be best to just reduce his role to a recurring one, so that we get all of the best parts of Chang without him wearing out his welcome. Or just give him and Garret a spinoff. We’d watch every episode of that.
Singer Katy Perry and reality TV star-turned-fashion designer Nicole Richie have thrown their support behind self-help author Marianne Williamson's campaign to run for a seat in the U.S. Congress. The stars joined guests including Kourtney and Kim Kardashian for a political campaign event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (08Apr14) in support of Williamson's bid to replace Democratic Representative Henry Waxman, who is retiring from his role in California's 33rd Congressional District.
Richie has also recorded a video testimonial for the writer and aspiring politician, declaring, "I support Marianne Williams because I think that America is ready for positivity, strength and enlightenment."
And she isn't the only celebrity to do so - Eva Longoria, Glee star Jane Lynch, and singer Alanis Morissette have also voiced their support for Williamson's race for a seat in America's House of Representatives.
Californians will go to the polls in June (14).