Music mogul Simon Cowell gets into the holiday spirit during his annual sunshine break by watching Christmas classic It's A Wonderful Life. The X Factor mogul shuns the wintry weather in his native U.K. and spends every Christmas on vacation in the Caribbean, but he always makes sure he has a copy of James Stewart's movie classic with him.
He tells Britain's Shortlist magazine, "We always watch It's A Wonderful Life... It's the best Christmas movie of all time. Every time I see it, it always puts me in a good mood... but I'm always in the Caribbean. I go somewhere hot now."
Cowell also names board games Trivial Pursuit and Balderdash as his festive must-haves.
Christmas 2013 will be Cowell's final Christmas as a childless star - his girlfriend Lauren Silverman will give birth to the couple's first child in the new year.
Heading to a job interview? A wedding? A funeral? What is the first thing this backwards society dictates that you do? Shave. For some reason, it has long been considered more professional, more sophisticated, more bourgeois to rid oneself of all remnants of facial hair. To this we cry balderdash — there is nothing better than sporting a long, thick, scraggly, life-affirming beard.
The latest video from BuzzFeed enlightens us to the charms and perks of beardsmanship. It's not simply an aesthetic issue, there are actual health benefits to carrying a beard. So we beckon you, follicular friends, chinstrap, chums, and goatee devotees. Watch the new video and take pride in the monstrosity imperializing your head!
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Cameron Crowe is not just making a movie. Cameron Crowe is saving the planet.
You might have heard of the time honored director's developing picture, a romance in which he has already cast everybody's favorite person Emma Stone as lead female. Now, Deadline reports that Crowe is seeking to offer the lead male spot to Bradley Cooper, one of the few figures in Hollywood to rival Stone in general affability. Everybody loves both these actors. That's reason enough to explain the casting decision, right?
Well, there's a little more to it than that. See, Stone and Cooper have worked together one before: in the 2008 Rainn Wilson comedy The Rocker. The film is not exactly the strongest testament to their talents, and could very nearly undercut these actors' reputations as America's favorite people. And believe it or not, that can present extremely dire ramifications.
At any given time, we can assume that an extraterrestrial superpowered legion is determining the value of any number of races across the universe. When these intergalactic judges happen upon the denizens of Earth, they're bound to come across our nation's unremitting celebration of figures like Stone and Cooper. And when they undertake their own investigations of these figures, they're quite likely to happen upon The Rocker. "This is the union of the two most beloved people on Planet Earth?" they'll say (or at least transmit mentally via their advanced forms of communication). "Balderdash! Down with this planet!" And thus, The Rocker becomes our undoing.
But not if Crowe can help it. Responsible for such cinematic masterpieces as Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous, Crowe will undoubtedly manufacture something that the human race can be proud of. The names of Stone and Cooper will maintain reverence, on this planet and all others. We'll be saved.
Thank you, Cameron Crowe. This almost makes up for Elizabethtown.
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