Did you recently ask eight of your closest friends to be bridesmaids at your upcoming wedding? Do you knwo that they no clue what that means? In fact, you really don't know either, because, unlike Katherine Heigel in 27 Dresses, you haven't been a member of 27 bridal parties. The role seems easy enough, but maybe you should all do some research to clarify what it entails. Of course, by "research" we mean watch some of the greatest wedding films around.
This movie is the best one of the bunch for both laughs and "What Not To Do" lessons. It reminds you that spicy food is probably not best before a dress fitting, the more personal the planning, the better, and that competition amongst bridesmaids is a little silly.
2. My Best Friend's Wedding
Maybe you're not in love with the bride, but that doesn't mean that your feelings of jealousy and a little sadness aren't valid. It's a big change to have a friend go from single to married. It makes her harder to reach and less likely to confide in you first. There's nothing wrong with expressing that to the bride, but keep in mind that this doesn't mean she won't need you again.
3. Wedding Crashers
It's okay to feel a little emotional and lonely on your friend's big day, but don't get so emotional and lonely that you end up going home with a jerk that played right into that. Also, watch out for your fellow females that don't know about the bride's womanizer cousin.
4. 27 Dresses
This mainly teaches you that even if the dress is hideous, you (unfortunately) have to deal with it. Just remember the fun memories it brings back and your friend's happiness on the day. Also, brides should probably watch this to remember there's a fine line between wedding themes and tackiness.
5. The Proposal
One portion of this movie that's about bridesmaids (though, it wasn't official since the engagement was not yet real) was when they attended the strip club together. That's a good lesson in learning that funny moments (or just funny-looking strippers) are often better than what you expected for the bachelorette party.
6. Rachel's Getting Married
Just remember that this much family in one place doesn't always mean a happy thing. You don't have to get into it as a bridesmaid, but steering the bride away from drama and family tension will always be a welcome thing.
7. I Give it a Year
This movie teaches that your bridesmaid role can sometimes last after the wedding. Keep your friend in mind as she goes through the first year of marriage and help remind her of what her significant other has always meant to her.
8. Bride Wars
Anne Hathaway's and bKate Hudson's have their ups and downs throughout this movie about two bridezillas that can't stop competing, but in the end they are there for each other and that's what matters. Maybe don't let everything happen that did before this moment though, maid of honors?
9. The Wedding Planner
This movie is less romantic when you're on the side of the bride... it's more frightening. Just watch out for hot wedding planners, so your bride has nothing to worry about. Ha!
10. Runaway Bride
This reminds you (in a worst scenario kind of way) how to deal with a bride who gets cold feet. Remind her of the man she's marrying and help her not stress about the little things that may not go according to plan on the day of.
11. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Big families means big opinions, so try to stay calm and try not to get offended when family members on either side get too personal or intrusive. Often you may know their tendencies (at least the bride's family's), so the occasional save may be needed from your for the groom.
12. Four Weddings and a Funeral
This may not be the moral of the movie, but making sure the bride looks darn good is definitely in your line of duty. A wobbly flower crown or exposed bra straps in the photos that'll be on several walls for the next hundred years is not going to be good thing.
13. The Wedding Singer
Embarrassing speeches are bound to happen every now and then (hey, it's a lot of pressure!), but maybe keep them a little more toned down then this one. Liquid courage is one thing, but too much can bring up failure and family problems, which NO ONE wants to sit through.
14. Father of the Bride
This is another lesson is saving the groom, on occasion, from over protective fathers, but it's also a lesson in reminding the bride to make this day as easy as possible for dad who's giving away his little girl.
Watch these with your bridal party together to get a good idea of what you all should and should not do on your big day!
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl rang in his 46th birthday a few days early on Saturday (10Jan15) by jamming onstage with rock legends Alice Cooper, SLASH, Paul Stanley and David Lee Roth. The Best Of You hitmakers announced plans to play a "surprise" birthday show for Grohl last week (ends09Jan15) and fans who managed to snap up tickets to The Forum show in Los Angeles were treated to an all-star line-up packed full of rock icons.
KISS star Stanley kicked off the night by joining the band onstage to perform Detroit Rock City and Do You Love Me?, while Cooper thrilled fans with renditions of School's Out and I'm Eighteen.
Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction took over the microphone for Mountain Song and a cover of Miss You by the Rolling Stones, while Van Halen's Roth delighted the crowd by belting out Panama and Ain't Talkin' Bout Love.
Guitarist Zakk Wylde treated fans to versions of Black Sabbath's N.I.B. and Fairies Wear Boots, before bringing the gig to a rousing end with Slash and Motorhead's Lemmy for their version of Chuck Berry's Let It Rock.
There were also appearances from Queens of the Stone Age's Nick Oliveri, musician Trombone Shorty and Tenacious D stars Jack Black and Kyle Gass, who stepped onstage to rock out with Slash and the Foo Fighters for a cover of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song and Queen's Tie Your Mother Down,.
The concert, billed as An Evening With Foo Fighters in the Round, also doubled up as a benefit show, raising funds for three music-related charities - Sweet Relief, MusiCares and the Rock School Scholarship Fund.
Grohl actually turns 46 on Wednesday (14Jan15).
Tom Hanks, Sting, Al Green and actress Lily Tomlin were handed Kennedy Center honours by U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday (07Dec14). The celebrities, alongside ballerina Patricia McBride, received a ceremonial rainbow ribbon from Obama at the White House, for their lifetime contribution to American culture.
The Forrest Gump actor told Reuters, "I couldn't believe it when I was notified that it was going to happen... I feel like, you know, there's an anomaly in the vote-taking process."
Obama said, "It's clear that the group on stage with me tonight understands what President Kennedy understood: that our art is a reflection of us not just as people, but as a nation. It binds us together... Songs and dance and film express our triumphs and our faults, our strengths, our tenderness in ways that sometimes words simply cannot do."
The ceremony was followed by a tribute concert. Usher, Earth, Wind & Fire and Jennifer Hudson sang a string of Al Green's hits, while Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars performed highlights from Sting's career.
Actor and comedian Martin Short lead a musical tribute to Hanks by singing "you're our Yankee Doodle dandy" joined by military choirs and musicians.
U.S. talk show host David Letterman, director George Stevens, Jr. and Steven Spielberg also paid tribute to the actor, with the Saving Private Ryan director calling him "America's favourite son".
Jane Fonda and Glee's Jane Lynch also feted Tomlin.
The concert, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will be broadcast in the U.S. on 30 December (14).
British actor David Oyelowo is set to receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival next year (15). The Lee Daniels' The Butler star will be feted for his role as late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the upcoming film Selma on 3 January (15) at the awards gala in California.
A statement from PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner reads, "David Oyelowo's transformation into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is truly outstanding.
"He perfectly recreates King's mannerisms and speech cadence, and moreover, captures the spirit of one of the greatest leaders in history, giving audiences a rewarding portrait of this iconic man that is deeply layered and effecting."
Previous recipients of the accolade include Lupita Nyong'o, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Hudson.
Oyelowo is the latest to be added to the 2015 honours roll - Rosamund Pike will also receive a Breakthrough Performance Award for Gone Girl, while Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore and the cast of The Imitation Game are due to be feted at the ceremony, too.
The Office ended May 16, 2013. That might only be a year and a half ago, but with fall TV in full swing, The Office fans can feel the show's presence missing from our lives. Can't they just reunite and make new episodes already? Every other show/movie is getting redone or sequels or put on Netflix, why not skip the waiting period and do it now?
1. This show taught us amazing life lessons, like that you can be both feared and loved.
2. We also learned this very useful bit of advice about mistletoe.
3. The show gave us aspirations that we could do more than just sit in an office.
4. Kelly Kapoor is the reason we know what to say to sound smart.
5. And Michael broke the very important news over who loves pizza.
6. Kevin taught us all what dreams really are.
7. Our inner child smiled when Dwight used this insult we've been throwing at our friends since we could read.
8. This show introduced u s to a new National holiday.
9. They gave us hope to one day create such an amazing holiday card with our own co-workers.
10. Characters like Jim created places no one ever knew they wanted, but once we heard of them, we needed them.
11. But speaking of Jim, The Office also showed us that office romances can bloom into the most powerful and amazing things in the world.
12. The show gave us the perfect insult for Negative Nancys.
13. It also reminded us there are too many people on this planet.
14. Prison Mike let everyone know why we should never wind up in prison.
15. Stanley gave everyone a new life motto.
16. Jim and Dwight gave us very tough decisions. Did we love Jim as Dwight?
17. Or Dwight as Jim, more?
18. And honestly, is TV really even funny anymore if people aren't force-feeding Kevin vegetables?
What do you miss the most about The Office? Tweet us your answers!
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Kanye West shocked the audience at the AAHH! Fest in Chicago, Illinois by making a surprise appearance on stage on Sunday (21Sep14).
The Stronger hitmaker was a shock addition to the bill at the inaugural music festival in his hometown which was organised by fellow rapper Common in conjunction with West's arts organisation Donda's House Inc. West performed 16 tracks including All of the Lights, Jesus Walks, Gold Digger and his collaboration with Common, Get Em High.
The AAHH! Fest, held in Chicago's Union Park, was hosted by comedian David Chappelle and included sets from Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica and Jennifer Hudson.
"He told me I'm his second-favourite singer. Michael Jackson is first - and then mommy. He's always around the house making little videos of himself doing Michael Jackson moves. I was telling him recently that, 'You know, you were in my tummy when I sang at his memorial'. And he was like, 'Really? Wow!'" Singer Jennifer Hudson's son David is a big Michael Jackson fan.
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Pop star Justin Bieber proved he has a model body by stripping down to his underwear during the 2014 Fashion Rocks event on Tuesday night (09Sep14).
The Baby hitmaker took to the stage with supermodel Lara Stone to introduce Rita Ora at the music and runway event at the Barclays Center in New York City, but he told the crowd that he doesn't "feel comfortable" unless he is in his underwear. Bieber then shed his pants, bright blue blazer and black tank top, as he flexed his muscles for the crowd.
In addition to Ora, who covered David Bowie's hit Fashion, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Duran Duran, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and KISS all took the stage for the event, which coincides with New York Fashion Week.
As America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle unfolds, we've decided to take a look at previous seasons to see how often Tyra and her ever-changing panel of judges choose the right model. As anyone who has watched the show throughout the years (and the marathons every time they're on TV) knows, the model you spend all season rooting for rarely wins, no matter how much she deserves to.
Who Won: Adrianne Curry
Should Have Won: Adrianne Curry
If only Tyra's first season were a sign of things to come. She picked it right. Adrianne had that special blend of being cool, a good model, and reality TV perfection (which is essential for a first season). She went on to become a "star" on Vh1's CelebReality, and we continued to grow up watching the ups and downs of her relationship with a Brady. That sort of contribution to our adolescence is invaluable.
Who Won: Yoanna House
Should Have Won: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Mercedes was perfect! She was such a great model, she had the cutest personality, and she was owning the competition while suffering with Lupus. Her final photo and her Billie Holiday photo are some of our favorite in ANTM history.
Who Won: Eva Pigford
Should Have Won: Toccara Jones, Yaya DaCosta
Eva was okay, but we loved Toccara. She left too soon, and we began to root for Eva. Looking back on this cycle now though, it's hard not to feel like Yaya is sort of like ANTM's Jennifer Hudson -- she lost, but has the best career possibly out of any of the girls.
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Who Won: Naima Mora
Should Have Won: Kahlen Rondot
This is a no brainer. Kahlen was perfect. Naima was a good model, okay, sure. But she was quiet and enigmatic. Kahlen was shy, but adorable and relatable. And, if we're being frank, a far superior model.
Who Won: Nicole Linklater
Should Have Won: Bre Scullark (or Nik Pace)
We loved Bre. We still love Bre. She will always be one of our favorites. We rooted for Nik after Bre was eliminated, but Tyra didn't seem to care and picked the annoying and whiny Nicole.
Who Won: Danielle (Dani) Evans
Should Have Won: Joanie Dodds
This makes us uncomfortable to say, because we really like both girls here. This was one of the rare instances where we would have been happy regardless of who won. For some reason, we always remember this as the cycle that Joanie won though. Clearly she left the stronger impression (although we'll never forget Dani's photo on top of the elephant, while she was sick).
Who Won: CariDee English
Should Have Won: CariDee English
We felt really bad when Melrose lost because she was consistently good. She tried so hard to be perfect. Sure, she wasn't the most likable, but she was undeniably a good model. But CariDee had the whole package. She was likable and could model. We would have been happy if one of the twins won too though (just saying...).
Who Won: Jaslene Gonzalez
Should Have Won: Renee Alway
We were rooting for Renee from the very beginning. When she came in third place, we obviously started supporting Jaslene just to prevent the bizarre Natasha from winning. Deep down though, we still feel wronged by Renee's elimination.
Who Won: Saleisha Stowers
Should Have Won: Jenah Doucette
We never liked Saleisha. She kind of looked like Rihanna if Rihanna were on Disney. We were never into it. Chantal similarly had sanitized feel to her. Jenah shined as the only normal, likable girl in the cycle. She was a great model too!
Who Won: Whitney Thompson
Should Have Won: Anya Kop
This is one that outrages us still. Whitney was unlikable and even the judges thought so for most of the season. She just happened to get farther than any other plus-sized model, so they let her win. Everybody knows that Anya ran that cycle as if she were already a professional. Her photo shoot with Nigel? Her Sprite campaign? And don't even get us started on the injustice of eliminating Tiffani Thiessen-lookalike Katarzyna. How did they pick Whitney?
Who Won: McKey Sullivan
Should Have Won: McKey Sullivan
Girl was flawless. She was tall, stunning, poised, and had a lovely personality. Honorable mention to Analeigh Tipton though for doing her thing and having a great career.
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Who Won: Teyona Anderson
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
Allison. Our favorite contestant in the history of ANTM. This one hurts. We're not quite ready to talk about it.
Who Won: Nicole Fox
Should Have Won: Nicole Fox
We loved Nicole and we loved runner-up Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra didn't have the chance to mess this cycle up.
Who Won: Krista White
Should Have Won: Raina Hein
Raina has been working more than anyone else from this cycle -- we've been seeing her pop up on commercials, and a working model is a successful one. Overall, we didn't really like this cycle.
Who Won: Ann Ward
Should Have Won: Kayla Ferrel
First of all, Ann's runway walk was not good. Chelsey and Jane were both good models, but there was something about Kayla that we were consistently drawn to. She somehow looked like a classic beauty, yet edgy and modern. She was fieeeeerce.
Who Won: Brittani Kline
Should Have Won: Hannah Jones
Were we the only ones who didn't hate Alexandria? We would have been happy if she won, but instead we were left with Brittani. She was a fine model, but on a personal level, we just stopped liking her after that meltdown in panel. Hannah also reminded us a lot of Analeigh from cycle 12, so we had a soft spot for her.
Who Won: Lisa D'Amato
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
TWICE? REALLY? Allison, who broke our hearts when she was runner-up in cycle 12, admits that it sucks to be runner-up twice. She should have won. Twice. She's the best. We'll never be ready to talk about this.
Who Won: Sophie Sumner
Should Have Won: ...Annaliese Dayes? ...Laura LaFrate? Maybe Sophie?
This is one of those cycles that had three great girls at the end. At one point or another, we rooted for all of them to win. We're happy Sophie won because she was a cutie, but we loved Annaliese way more throughout the competition. She was like a Spice Girl and a model all in one.
Who Won: Laura James
Should Have Won: Leila Goldkuhl
Laura is a fantastic model -- let's just get that out of the way up front. Leila was eliminated, because Tyra rarely makes good decisions, and brought back by the fans who loved her. Clearly she was a fan-favorite and she should have won. Leila was definitely better than runner-up Kiara.
Who Won: Jourdan Miller
Should Have Won: Renee Bhagwandeen
Our friend texted within the first episode of ANTM 2.0 saying she couldn't stand the girl who was married and divorced at 18. And she never really made us like her more. On the other hand, from the moment Renee was shown in the casting episode, she had our vote. We were gung-ho from the get-go. Sure, Cory and Marvin were fantastic, but personally we're still rooting for the girls.
Will Tyra make the right choice in Cycle 21?
Kelly Brook's fiance has been given a major career boost. Former TV Gladiator David McIntosh, who became engaged to the British model/actress earlier this year (14), makes a topless cameo appearance in Jennifer Hudson's new music video for single Walk it Out.