Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy gave us an exciting, fun space adventure and a surprisingly moving relationship between a raccoon and a tree. But according to the Internet, the real gift is that of Chris Pratt: Movie Star.
He's everywhere right now — interviews, talk shows, movie theaters, television screens, .gif sets on Tumblr — all punctuated by the giddy exclamations of a nation head over heels in love. And why shouldn't America revel in the glory that is Pratt? He's goofy, charming, lovable, and humble, the funny guy next door wrapped up in an action-star package. But though this is the biggest wave of Chris Pratt adoration that we've experienced, it's hardly the first time that people have fallen in love with him. You might not realize it, but he's been breaking hearts for years now, thanks to his transition from teen crush to goofy best friend to supporting character to leading man. But is Chris Pratt as Star-Lord really better than all of these Chris Pratts, or did we miss the best Chris Pratt when we weren't paying attention? Let's take a look:
Doe-Eyed High School Boyfriend Chris Pratt (a la Everwood)The WB
This is the original iteration of Chris Pratt, and everyone knows the sequels are never as good as the original. That’s the face of a guy who is bound to grow into a movie star, but right now is going to make your teenage heart melt as the jerk-turned-dream-boyfriend. Have you seen his scenes with Hannah? When you were in high school, all you wanted was for someone to love you like that. All you still want is someone to love you like that. And look at that floppy hair – do any other Chris Pratt’s have that ridiculous hair? No they don’t. That’s why this is the best.
Everyone's Chubby Best Friend Chris Pratt (a la Parks and Recreation)NBC
We’re glad that people are finally waking up to Chris Pratt, but frankly, we feel a bit bad for them. See, they missed the best Chris Pratt of all: chubby, accident-prone, lovable doofus Chris Pratt. You want charm? He’s got it. A brilliant sense of humor? Check. Dashing good looks? Always there. A relationship with both his on and off-screen wives that will make you swoon? Still here. On top of all that, chubby Chris Pratt is the kind of guy who will happily sit on the couch with you to binge-watch Netflix, buy you Chipotle whenever you’re craving it and he won’t care at all about what you look like, because he loves you no matter what.
So Badass It's Scary Chris Pratt (a la Zero Dark Thirty)Columbia Pictures
Sure, Chris Pratt elitists can complain that earlier versions are superior, but the truth remains that ripped Chris Pratt is the best one of all. All of those amazing traits that the other Chris Pratt’s have – the humor, the humble perspective, the charm – are still here, but now they’re covered in the most incredible abs you’ve ever seen. Now he’s a serious actor. No more running into ambulances, he’s got serious business to take care of, and when he’s done, he’ll swoop you up into his toned, dramatic actor arms and carry you off into a terrorist-free sunset.
Space Cowboy Chris Pratt (a la Guardians of the Galaxy)Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel
There’s a reason everyone hopped on the Chris Pratt bandwagon after seeing him as Star-Lord: this is the best version of Chris Pratt. He’s cocky, he’s tough, he’s suave, he’s clever and he’s got a heart of gold and the coolest friends in the galaxy. He’s the best kind of action hero, the kind that has a wisecrack for every occasion and the sweet, sweet dance moves that are required in tense situations. Star-Lord is Han Solo for a new generation, the kind of character everyone wants to be and everyone wants to be with. It’s everything you love about the other Chris Pratts, plus a super cool fighter plane.
Moustachioed Chris Pratt in High-Waisted Pants (a la Her)Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection
Sure, he only has a few minutes of screen-time, but those few minutes show off the best Chris Pratt we’ve seen yet. He’s sensitive enough to enjoy a well-written love letter, kind-hearted enough to accept his friend’s non-traditional relationship, funny enough to break the tension, attractive enough to pull off that mustache-and-pants combination and – best of all – emotionally stable enough to be in a relationship with an actual human being. Imagine the weekends in Catalina with him. Would any of those other Chris Pratts take you on a romantic trip to Catalina?
Chris Pratt: French Braider, Heart Breaker YouTube/Entertainment Tonight
Just when you thought Chris Pratt couldn’t get any better he goes and braids an intern’s hair. Not just any braid – a French braid. Most women we know can’t manage a decent French braid... and there Chris Pratt is, effortlessly plaiting her hair into an artfully-messy style that people would pay good money for in a salon. He does it all without breaking his concentration, answering questions just as easily as he would if he weren’t breaking the hearts of everyone watching. And then, just when it seems like you’ll finally be okay, he chastises the interviewer for attempting to tie it off with a rubber band, because this Chris Pratt is the best Chris Pratt.
Chris Pratt, Family Man WENN/Brian To
Chris Pratt is at his best when he’s with or talking about his family, by far. All of his insanity and goofiness fades away to showcase all of the affection he has for them, and there is nothing in this world better than a hot man who loves his family. Have you seen the way he looks at Anna Faris? That’s the dream right there. How about the way he talks about his son, Jack? It’s heartwarming and charming and adorable, while still allowing him the opportunity to make poop jokes. It’s the perfect combination of everything that makes Chris Pratt wonderful, with an extra helping of smiley, adorable baby and beautiful, talented wife. This, right here, is the dream.
Cast your vote for the best Chris Pratt of all below!
There are a few things that we learned from this behind-the-scenes video blog that Nicki Minaj released after her epic Summer Jam performance. It is a must-watch, to say the least.
1. She officially has the most hypnotizing booty of all time (see the 0:56 mark).
2. Even Nicki Minaj gets yelled at sometimes (hear Laurieann Gibson at the 1:01 mark).
3. She's not a fan of matching hats (see the 1:15 mark).
4. She and her fans are just adorable and totally perfect together (see the 3:00 mark).
This video also tells us that we simply are not having as much fun in life as we should be. Thanks, Nick.
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On a recent episode of Person of Interest, we saw a terrorist, whose plan was thwarted by Harold Finch, promise that he would get vengeance on the ingenious gero. Finch might as well have told him to "join the club," since an ever growing number of bad people want to end his life. As such, we wonder if the show is piling on too many of them to the point of it becoming way too convoluted.
The most recent episode was actually a flashback that showed how the bespectacled billionaire operated before he recruited John Reese. It was a fascinating hour that actually had ties to many of the current people on the show, and didn't add a new bad guy to the list of people that would like to see the two vigilantes dead. In this way, it was a rarity among Person of Interest episodes of late.
Who are all the nefarious scoundrels who want Finch and Reese out of the picture? Well, there are the privacy zealots, Vigilance, members of the shadow government, and another reclusive rich man that seeks to destroy Finch and gain control of the Machine. While Jonathan Nolan has done a fantastic job of writing a fascinating world for his characters, it's not unfounded to wonder if too many balls may have been tossed in the air. A couple may break if they land too soon.
Instead of weaving in new bad guys on top of new bad guys, Person of Interest needs to pay more focus to the ones already in play. Most fascinating among them: Root. Let's not forget, out of this whole rogues gallery, Root is the biggest wildcard of them all. Sure, she's been a huge asset to the team of late, rescuing them a couple of times with her dual-pistol-wielding entrances, but it's also very clear she has her own agenda. Her first interaction with them involved kidnapping Finch and subjecting him to watching her kill at least one person. She could very well switch back to being on the side of the devils.
If Person of Interest can set aside its fixation on building up Finch's enemies list, it might be able to give better and more thorough stories to its existing baddies.
America's tax collectors want $702 million (£468 million) from Michael Jackson's estate. Officials at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claim the pop music legend's estate owes them the money in unpaid federal taxes and penalties, and they've accused the administrators of undervaluing some of the star's assets by hundreds of millions of dollars.
The estate bosses previously challenged an IRS tax claim against the King of Pop's fortune in July (13).
A 2009 tax filing previously stated the Jackson estate had a $7 million (£4.6 million) taxable value, but in May (13), IRS bosses issued the estate a tax deficiency notice for $505.1 million (£337 million) in taxes and $196.9 million (£131.2 million) in penalties, according to Tax Court documents obtained by Reuters.
A Jackson estate spokesman claims the IRS's appraisal values are "based on speculative and erroneous assumptions unsupported by the facts or law," adding on Friday (23Aug13) the administrators have paid $100 million (£66.7 million) in taxes out of the estate's coffers.
Jackson died from an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol in 2009. His estate's beneficiaries are his three children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, his mother Katherine and various charities.
The Marvel action epic, with an all-star cast including Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth, raked in a massive $207.1 million (£129.44 million) in the first three days after its release on Friday (04May12).
The blockbuster has grossed more than $700 million (£437.5 million) worldwide, and now Disney's CEO Robert Iger reveals a follow-up is in the works.
The Hollywood Reporter claims Iger made the announcement during a conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings on Tuesday (08May12).
Iger is said to have boasted that The Avengers "shattered domestic box office records with a $207.1 million opening weekend for a global performance of more than $702 million to date" and added: "Eventually, (on) a date to be determined, you'll see a sequel to Avengers."
S2E16: I’d like to start this recap with a resounding “YES.” I know some fans aren’t too jazzed about the episodes where Community gets a little real, like the Mixology episode, but bear with me. There’s a reason so many of us think these episodes are so fantastic. Part of it is that these characters that we’ve come to love because of their wild antics are still people that we care about even when things aren’t so goofy anymore. The other aspect behind the awesomeness of an episode like this is that the show’s creators are proving that they love television just as much (if not way, way more) than the rest of us; so much so that they can take the tropes, styles and techniques of other shows, adopt them into their own amorphous world and still make it work. That’s something that amazes me about Community – no matter how far they go with different concepts and styles for each episode (and they’re all wildly different) no episode ever loses that overwhelming sense of the show’s identity. That’s when you know you’re doing it right.
“What are you, Abed? (Looks at camera) Oh, sorry, Abed. ” –Shirley
“Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking” could be considered another concept episode, but I don’t know that I’d jam it into that category. Yes, they changed up the whole flow of the show by showing us the events through Abed’s documentary lens and taking an opportunity to try on the mockumentary format that The Office has mastered so well, but I’d argue that this wasn’t just an overarching theme or gimmick that gave the episode shape. Rather it was another way to tell a story that Community would have told anyway, while allowing the show to play with the notion of the documentary style. (I especially like the moment when Abed noted that documentaries make it easier to tell stories thanks to the benefit of talking heads interviews. So true.)
One of the additions to this style is something they’ve done on occasion on The Office, which is to acknowledge the cameraman himself. This time, the cameraman was Abed, so it allowed Abed to remain an active character in the episode while calling attention to the fact that this was a film being made about these fictional characters. It also amazed me that when they filmed a documentary of these fictional characters, instead of pointing out how fictional they are, it actually made them seem more real than they had been – even Pierce. (But in Pierce’s case, it’s not necessarily a good thing. Yikes.)
“Since you’re the new black sheep – oh, I’m sorry, that’s offensive – the black swan.” –Pierce
Pierce is tricking the group into thinking that he’s dying after their non-chalant response to his pill-popping landed him in the hospital for an overdose. (A little heavy for you? Don’t worry, they handle it well.) He begins to call them all in one by one to bequeath them gifts before he dies (I love that Troy clearly confused this word with another similar sounding, inappropriate word that I’ll let you figure out on your own). All this bequeathing starts to tear the group down as Pierce tries desperately to get their attention after they wouldn’t invite him to their “crap.”
I love that both Shirley and Britta learned something thanks to the format – both realizing their faults because their behavior is affected by the presence of a recording device. Britta would have taken Pierce’s $10,000 for herself and Shirley realizes that she uses guilt to pressure people into doing what she wants (the bit where she makes her own talking head interview about it and immediately uses guilt to force Abed to let her continue was so perfect).
Annie of course learns something in spite of the fact that she was the only one Pierce wasn’t trying to teach a lesson. When he gives her the tiara she assumes he’s trying to teach her not to be an elitist (was it just me or did she say “elitism” really strangely?) when really he was just giving her a tiara because she’s his favorite. Of course I can’t help but wonder if that little speech about pitting people against each other and ending up alone got to Pierce on some level even if he tends to barricade himself from any sense-making.
“SET PHASERS TO ‘LOVE ME.’” –Troy
Holy shit, Donald Glover is a physical comedy GOD. If you don’t agree, maybe we weren’t watching the same episode. Troy asked Pierce for a signed photo of Levar Burton for his bequeathal, so somehow Pierce got the actual Levar Burton to show up. (Side note: Community tends to have such awesomely unexpected guest stars and I love it.) Anyway, cut to Troy meeting Levar. Troy’s face looks like he’s a little mouse who’s just been trapped in the corner by a python and it's glorious. They immediately cut to Troy in the snack room freaking out and screaming “You can’t disappoint a picture!” and later that great scene where he starts crying while singing “Reading Rainbow” as he’s curled up in a ball on the bathroom floor before yelling that quote about phasers. The awesomeness continued as Troy attempted dinner with Levar in the study room, but when he starts singing “Reading Rainbow” he runs crying and screaming out of the study room. I cannot say it enough, I LOVE THIS GUY. He really is incredible. More Troy please.
“Don’t you cut to footage of me freaking out.” –Jeff
“Is there footage of you freaking out?” –Abed One of the best results of the documentary style was the issue brought about by Pierce’s promise to bring back Jeff’s estranged father (this kind of sounds like I’m recapping The Young and The Restless, but I swear it gets better). When Jeff begins to freak out about this (including that hilarious father role-playing bit with Britta playing “Jeff’s dumb gay dad”) and says if Pierce is fucking with him (note the use of the bleep button in that scene) he’ll beat him, Pierce realizes he has to find a way to remedy the ruse he was planning. This of course results in a transparent ploy to make Jeff think that his father was too chicken to actually see him and when Jeff sees right through it, he pulls Pierce out of his town car shelter and wails on him, yelling things at Pierce that he wanted to say to his father. Whoa. That’s heavy man. The one thing I’d like to note about this bit of the story is that at the end, when Pierce and Jeff are perhaps playing father and son (a reversal from older episodes) Abed undercuts it all by noting that the documentary format allows you to do what 30 Rock just slammed reality TV for: the montage set to sappy music. It always managed to give a false sense of resolution with the help of simple film techniques – an interesting point. Well done, Community.
The Aussie actress married American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2008 and has recently turned her attentions to campaigning for gay rights.
De Rossi has been back Down Under this month (Nov10) as part of a promotional tour for her new book Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, and she took the opportunity to address the topic of same-sex marriage during a radio interview.
The Ally McBeal star admits she thought Australia would have been one of the first countries to legalise same-sex unions and she is adamant Prime Minister Julia Gillard has let down the public by failing to act on gay marriage.
She tells 702 ABC Sydney, "I always thought Australia would pass this equal rights law long before America would. I'm a little bit disappointed with the new Prime Minister. I'm hoping that Australia will be a leader on this."
The MTV Movie Awards pick in June for the Best Summer Movie We Haven’t Seen Yet was spot on: Transformers debuted with a smashing $67.6 million this weekend at the North American box office, bringing its total to $152.5 million since its opening Tuesday.
The Michael Bay actioner--starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who are among the humans hurled into the action when two races of warring robots bring their feud to Earth--took the biggest first week revenues ever for a non-sequel, surpassing the $151.6 million of 2002's Spider-Man. As well, Transformers’ one-day take of $29 million July 4 makes it the largest daily gross for any Fourth of July holiday ever.
The weekend's other new wide release, the comedy License to Wed, starring Robin Williams, took fourth place with $10.4 million, raising its total since debuting Tuesday to $17.8 million.
The overall domestic box office plunged, however. The Top 12 movies took in $161.5 million, down 23.03 percent from last year’s total of $209.8 million and up 10.02 percent from last weekend’s total of $146.8 million.
"The good news is we've got another big one right around the corner with Harry Potter," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers told The Associated Press. "We should be looking at a strong midsummer boost that'll hopefully carry through to the end of summer."
The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Buena Vista’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which opened at No. 1 with $135.6 million in 4,133 theaters, averaging $32,817 per theater; Warner Bros. Superman Returns, which dropped to second place in its second week with $21.8 million in 4,065 theaters, averaging $5,367 per theater; and 20th Century Fox’s The Devil Wears Prada, which dropped to third place in its second week with $15 million in 2,882 theaters, averaging $5,210 per theater. (Click here to read last year's box office report).
BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES
(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)
No. 1: Transformers (Paramount, PG-13)
• Gross: $67.6 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 4,011
• Per-theater average: $16,854
• Cume to date: $152.5 million (opened Tuesday)
No. 2: Ratatouille (Disney, G)
• Gross: $29 million (-38%)
• Weeks opened: 2
• Theaters: 3,940 (unchanged)
• Per-theater average: $7,368
• Cume to date: $109.5 million
No. 3: Live Free or Die Hard (Fox, PG-13)
• Gross: $17.4 million (-48%)
• Weeks opened: 2
• Theaters: 3,411
• Per-theater average: $5,101
• Cume to date: $84.1 million
No. 4: License to Wed (Warner Bros., PG-13)
• Gross: $10.4 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 2,604
• Per-theater average: $3,998
• Cume to date: $17.8 million (opened Tuesday)
No. 5: Evan Almighty (Universal, PG)
• Gross: $8.1 million (-46%)
• Weeks opened: 3
• Theaters: 3,460 (-176)
• Per-theater average: $2,345
• Cume to date: $78.1 million
No. 6: 1408 (MGM, PG-13)
• Gross: $7.1 million (-33%)
• Weeks opened: 3
• Theaters: 2,631 (-102)
• Per-theater average: $2,714
• Cume to date: $53.7 million
No. 7: Knocked Up (Universal, R)
• Gross: $5.1 million (-29%)
• Weeks opened: 6
• Theaters: 2,219 (-446)
• Per-theater average: $2,325
• Cume to date: $132 million
No. 8: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (20th Century Fox, PG)
• Gross: $4.1 million (-55%)
• Weeks opened: 4
• Theaters: 2,618 (-806)
• Per-theater average: $1,585
• Cume to date: $123.7 million
No. 9: SiCKO (Weinstein/Lionsgate, PG-13)
• Gross: $3.6 million (-19%)
• Weeks opened: 3
• Theaters: 702 (+261)
• Per-theater average: $5,199
• Cume to date: $11.5 million
No. 10: Ocean's Thirteen (Warner Bros., PG-13)
• Gross: $3.5 million (-42%)
• Weeks opened: 5
• Theaters: 2,102 (-801)
• Per-theater average: $1,677
• Cume to date: $109.1 million
Rescue Dawn (MGM, PG-13)
• Gross: $104,000
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 6
• Per-theater average: $17,333
Joshua (Fox Searchlight, R)
• Gross: $51,086
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 6
• Per-theater average: $8,514
Introducing the Dwights (Warner Indie, R)
• Gross: $20,000
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 4
• Per-theater average: $5,000
Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin got into a fight with Pamela Anderson's
bodyguard outside of a New York City hotel over the weekend.
The actor had planned a day out with his eight-year-old daughter Alexandra,
but a relaxing excursion quickly turned into chaos when Anderson and her
boyfriend Stephen Dorff attempted to leave the same hotel at the same time.
Astin says, "It was an honest misunderstanding... Pamela Anderson and my
friend Stephen Dorff were coming out (of our hotel). They were going to the Knicks game from the Peninsula Hotel and the crowd of paparazzi and autograph
seekers and people who were intrigued to see Pamela surged into me.
"I had my eight-year-old girl and we almost got pinched in between the
Suburban... So I was trying to protect my daughter from the surging crowd and
then I wanted to quickly duck into the car.
"Mike, who was Pam's security guy, saw from the back a guy getting in the wrong car. I thought it was my car but it was her car, and he kinda grabbed me
and swivelled me around."
The two have since apologised to each other.
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