Because we can never have too many award shows, a night honoring solely comedy is heading back to TV next year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has opted to reboot the American Comedy Awards, which will air in May 2014.
The Comedy Awards, which originally aired from 1987 to 2001, will be executive produced by Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel, and Juliane Hare and honor achievements in film, television, and stand-up comedy. Considering that Mischer is a 15-time Emmy winner and has past experience directing/producing the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Academy Awards, and the Super Bowl halftime show, it looks like we'll be in for quite the production.
"We all love a good laugh and the American Comedy Awards will be full of gut-busting material from the best comedians in our business," said Paul Telegdy (president of alternative and late-night programming at NBC), according to THR. "With creative genius Don Mischer at the helm, get ready for a night of great hilarity. No joke."
While we all know that the best part of the show will probably be the live entertainment from the comedians themselves (we're looking at you, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), we thought we'd go ahead and decide who we think will take home "the Lucy" (the award, which is named after Lucille Ball). Based off of the categories from the 2001 ballot and on the shows/movies that have aired since May 2013 until now, here are a few of our picks for winners:
Funniest Motion Picture This Is the End: While The Heat would definitely be a contender, This Is the End received positive attention. The film is overflowing with comedy stars, and the premise is more than laugh-worthy. However, there's a lot more time before the award show actually airs, and we're fully expecting that another comedy will edge its way into victory.
Funniest Female Performer in a Motion PictureMelissa McCarthy: Because we don't want to leave The Heat hanging, we're thinking McCarthy should probably take home "the Lucy" for best female performer in a movie. Since making her mark in Bridesmaids (even though she starred in several TV shows before the movie came out), McCarthy has shown us what she's made of, and apparently, it's a big ol' pile of funny bones.
Funniest Television SeriesLouie: If we're basing the winner off of what voters usually choose, Louie would probably take home the award. However, we'd be more than happy to see a cult-favorite like Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or Community win.
Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Amy Poehler: Yes, there are many funny women starring in comedies right now, but it's time for Poehler to take home an award for her performance as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation. She has taken the role of a neurotic councilwoman and turned her into a empowering and loveable woman who we root for on a weekly basis.
Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Andre Braugher: Brooklyn Nine-Nine might be the new kid in class this time around, but Braugher has proved he's up to the task of playing the gay, stern captain (who's mastered dead-pan comedy) to Andy Samberg's juvenile detective. Sure Louis C.K., Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert are comedy gold, but we're seriously hoping Braugher gets some attention at the award show.
Funniest Female Stand-Up ComicChelsea Peretti: Before she had a supporting role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and before she was a writer for Parks and Recreation, Peretti took off as a stand-up comedian. We've still got our eyes on Amy Schumer and Kristen Schall, but there's just something about Peretti that makes us want to hand her all of the awards.
Funniest Male Stand-Up ComicUndecided: This category just has way too many contenders and we simply can't decide between anyone. We don't even know who would be the top five nominees. If we had to guess who would make the ballot, we'd have to go with Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Marc Maron, and Bill Burr, but seeing as how the last time this show aired was 13 years ago, we don't really know what kind of comedians are going to be nominated.
Now, who knows how things will pan out (or who will have a standout performance) between now and May 2014, but we can only hope that the American Comedy Awards will come back in full force and do justice to the world of comedy, and more importantly, include some categories for writers because... come on.
It doesn't seem like Jay-Z had to pull very many strings to get the hottest female singer in music right now to collaborate on his upcoming score for Baz Luhrmann's epic retelling of The Great Gatsby. Beyonce is teaming up with Andre 3000 for a duet on the movie's soundtrack. Nepotism, anyone?
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The Great Gatsby was originally scheduled for a holiday 2012 release, but was pushed to May 15, 2013, just in time for the summer. The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel will open the Cannes Film Festival in May.
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"It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival," says Luhrmann. "We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël."
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The Beyoncé age is upon us. And as such, our Queen B has a unique position: she can practically do no wrong. That's why B can release an average documentary about her life and we're still singing her praises.
Life is But a Dream is everything we wanted: a look at Beyoncé's daily life and her seeming fairy tale romance with Jay-Z. Yet when the credits rolled, there was an overwhelming sense that something had been left out. Now, we can't expect a 90-minute movie to reveal the answer to every question we've had about the singer, but we expect a level of candid exposure that the HBO doc fell slightly short of. Perhaps, it's because the woman driving the direction of the film was also its subject: Beyoncé directed her own documentary.
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There are both pros and cons to her decision. On one hand, our entry into her world is inherently personal, because her experience dictates her process. But on the other hand, it's hard for a documentarian to pull the deepest truths from her subject when her subject is herself. Beyoncé has always been a wildly private person, so even upon opening up in this film, she's still got walls between her and her audience. And those walls are palpable.
We follow her through rehearsals and recording in the studio. We're with her when she debuts her album to a team of record execs. But when it comes time to show the softer, more precious moments, it's clear we're seeing a tailored version. Even as she opens up about the tragedy of her miscarriage, we're seeing the "raw Beyoncé " that she's comfortable with showing us, not the full picture.
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And while that's technically a problem for a film that purports to uncover truths as a documentary is meant to, it's not really a problem. Beyoncé fans will always want more from her. They'll always be clamoring to know what it's like to step behind the curtain.
Life is But a Dream gives us a tiny sliver of a peek, and one seen through a billowing gauzy curtain, fluttering between us and the woman ruling the world at the moment. It's beautiful, it's moving, and only slightly unsatisfying.
But maybe that's all for the best. Keeping somewhat of a veil between Beyoncé and her adoring audience ensures that there's still some mystery, some answer we're striving to understand. It creates the demand for her music, her performances, and her voice.
And perhaps it's all part of the plan. After all, as far as we're concerned, that girl runs the world.
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Let's get ready to rumble... it's the non-feudiest celebrity feud ever. Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake are not in a battle, but they are not at odds, working constantly at Brandi Glanville levels of competition to best one another at the fame game. But damn, are they doing a lot of the same things at the exact same time! Take, for example, Timberlake's tease for a new documentary about the making of his album on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. Sounds a wee bit familiar, no? (Queen B's self-directed doc hits HBO Feb. 16.)
While they may not be willing to fight it out, we can't help but wonder, who's playing the fame game better right now?
Round 1: Revival, Ahoy!
Who cares about the Oscars anymore, really? The same day that the Academy announced its 2013 honorees, JT and Bey took to social media to announce some seriously huge news of their own.
Justin's shot: The 1-2 Punch
The night before his big announcement, Timberlake took to Twitter to tease some big news, simply saying, "Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST..." The talented teaser followed that up with a link to his website and the phrase "I'M READY." The result was a video teasing his long (long, long, long) awaited return to the studio. And, with that, the sound of a million women passing out could be heard across the globe.
Beyonce's Shot: The Upper Cut
Oh really? There are two other huge announcements today? And both were teased ahead of time? Well, Bey isn't worried. She knows that when she posts notice of her new album and a photo of the Destiny's Child reunion and a link to pre-order their new music the world would lose its mind. And boy, were the minds lost because we had no idea it was even coming.
Ding, Ding, Ding: Beyoncé wins for her use of the element of surprise. JT's pre-pre-announcement on Twitter the night before posting a vague video is bested by Beyoncé's simple Facebook post without warning. The shock was much greater, and so was the impact.
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Round 2: Delivering the Goods
Announcements are great, but the only reason they get us all riled up is that they lead to a product. In this case, the product is music that we hope can live up to the original greatness of both JT's and DC's catalogs.
Justin's Offering: A Little Pop of the Collar
"Suit & Tie" disappointed many fans by failing to live up to the incredibly gold standards of "SexyBack" and "What Goes Around (Comes Back Around)." Still, the song has swag (and if that's not enough, it's got Jay-Z, too).
Beyonce's Offering: "Emotions" Round 2
While fans were going on and on about how disappointing JT's first return effort was, the disappointment can't hold a candle to the epic boredom inspired by Destiny's Child's new song, "Nuclear." The song was so boring, the trio didn't even debut it at the Super Bowl as they'd planned (likely for fear that people might be snoozing before B got to her big finish).
Ding, Ding, Ding: Justin wins this round. "Suit & Tie" is like "Damn Girl" off FutureSex/LoveSounds: it's catchy, and we're dancing, but we know JT can do better. "Nuclear" is like "Emotions," minus the part where the song has actually feelings. And face it, ladies: no one lists their favorite DC song as "Emotions."
Round 3: The Super Bowl
The biggest night in sports was hijacked by the music industry as both Beyoncé (with Destiny's Child) and Justin gave long-awaited performances for their fans. Sorry, Ravens.
Justin: Just Accept That You've Already Lost This One
Timberlake made a valiant effort to be as relevant as Beyoncé during the hubbub of the Super Bowl, giving his first performance the night before at a DirecTV party and playing not one, but two new tracks. And they were fantastic. They really were. If we were awarding points for effort here, JT would take the cake. But unfortunately, effort doesn't mean victory.
Beyonce: Killed It
Has anyone you know been talking about anything other than Beyoncé's halftime show for the past two days? If your answer is "Yes," aren't you looking for a way to direct their attention away from John Kerry, the Baltimore Ravens, and their friends and family so you can talk about how you had a dream that you pulled a Freaky Friday with Bey for 24 hours and how it was the best dream you've ever had in your life? Our girl and her explosive halftime show are still trending on Google and the performance ended over 40 hours ago. Those are light years in Internet time, and we're still furiously searching for videos and GIFs.
Ding, Ding, Ding: You're kidding, right? Queen B, all the way.
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Round 4: A Life on Film
Both of our beloved performers are now releasing their own true-life films about their lives. And yes, we are hungry for every last second of these documentaries. No, we don't have a problem. This is perfectly healthy.
Justin's Reveal: How to Make Another Album
JT is giving us an inside look at the album that took years of fans' begging to make happen. We asked for it, and it looks like we're about to get more than we ever bargained for. (We're still guaranteed to love it. How could we not?)
Beyoncé's Reveal: Her Life Story
Beyoncé has been extremely, extremely closed about her personal life. Perhaps that's why every little glimpse we get of her, her beau, and their precious little bundle of joy sends us into fits of joy. It's rare. As well as we know (and love) B's every little trick on stage (hair flip, FTW!), we know very little of her personal life. She told a room of reporters that the reveal of her documentary, which she edited herself, leaves her "scared."
Ding, Ding, Ding: Beyoncé, again. A pop idol giving us a behind-the-scenes look at his new album versus one of the most powerful and beloved women in the world revealing herself so candidly that it scares her? There's no contest.
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Round 5: Jet-setting
What follows the announcement of a new album? A tour. That's right: a long, glorious parade of costumes and epic solos as fans cry tears of immeasurable joy.
Justin's Itinerary: One Show. One.
Justin has yet to announce a tour. Instead, his fans were forced to clamor for the instantly sold-out, one night only show at Hollywood's Palladium on Feb. 10. That's it. No. Fair.
Beyoncé's Itinerary: Globe-trotter
Mrs. Carter (her actual married name and the name of her tour) will fly around the world, delivering her fierceness to fans everywhere and ending the journey with a homecoming show at her hubby's hub: the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The announcement came with plenty of pomp: a video featuring Beyoncé looking like royalty, covered in jewels and fine clothing. All we can say is, "When can we buy our ticket?"
Ding, Ding, Ding: It's B. Call us when you've got a tour set up, Justin.
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We might not remember who won every Super Bowl. We might not recall who thrilled at every halftime show. But we will always, for better or worse, remember the commercials — minute-long bits of comedy (or, occasionally, sexual exploitation) interspersed throughout the biggest sports broadcast of the year. And when we think back to iconic ads of past, we'll remember a handful of faces: the characters who convinced us to buy soft drinks, computers, and snack foods.
But while we may have a pretty vivid memory of these folks, it might dawn on us that we haven't really seen most of them since. So where are all of the actors and actresses who starred in the iconic Super Bowl commercials of past? We've managed to track down a few (while some others remain a mystery)...
The boy from "Hey Kid, Catch" (Coca Cola, 1979)
Then: Tommy Okon, 9-year-old fan of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle "Mean Joe" Greene, who is rewarded for his devotion and generosity (he gives his thirsty hero a bottle of Coke) with Greene's official Steelers jersey.
Now: Long retired from the acting game, Okon is reportedly a family man and resident of Westchester, New York, with a business based in Queens.
Dookie from "Whassup?" (Budweiser, 2000)
Then: Scott Martin Brooks played one of the doofuses prone to spouting exclamatory "Whassup?!"s in lieu of a more refined telephone greeting.
Now: Since the commercial, Brooks has taken roles on television (Hack) and in film (Mr. 3000), and has acted as spokesman for the restaurant Church's Chicken.
The heroine from "1984" (Apple, 1984)
Then: Actor/athlete Anya Major played the courageous warriror who'd take down the totalitarian dystopia in this classic Orwellian ad.
Now: United Kingdom-born Major, the subject of a few false death rumors, lives with her husband and three children in England.
The kid from that time Cindy Crawford got thirsty (Pepsi, 1992)
Then: The taller of two gawking youngsters, entranced by a nearby Cindy Crawford... or at least by her beverage of choice.
Now: No, he's not Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Brother Dominic from "Monks" (Xerox, 1976)
Then: Comedian Jack Eagle portrayed a harried clergyman, charged with the ungodly task of copying the scriptures of a priest... until he eases his workload with a new Xerox machine.
Now: Eagle went on to appear in films like Stepmom and Goodbye, Johnny Wake. Sadly, he passed away in 2008.
Guy # 2 from that time Ali Landry went to a laundromat (Doritos, 1998)
Then: Sean Hayes played a gawking cretin attempting to attract the nearby Landry with his skills in the art of Dorito-consumption.
Now: He's actually famous.
The boss from "Terry Tate: Office Linebacker" (Reebok, 2003)
Then: Michael Sean McGuinness played the deadpan executive who hired Terry Tate to keep order in his kooky office environment.
Now: He's on Facebook! And appears to have returned to stage acting.
The frogs from "The Master Plan" (Budweiser, 1998)
Then: Cultural icons
Now: Dismantled animatronics.
The kids from "When I Grow Up" (Monster.com, 1999)
Then: A gaggle of turn-of-the-century youngsters express their "dreams" about growing up to do menial, unfulfilling jobs, all just to afford the cost of living.
Now: Sadly, most of them probably upheld this destiny. Damn you, The Man.
That dude from "Halftime in America" (Chrysler, 2012)
Then: An icon actor and director with longstanding reverence and clout in the industry and the political climate
Now: Ugh, the chair...
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With just two days to go before her huge Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé is all anyone can talk. But as more details regarding her HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream has emerged, the Beyoncé news has taken a somber turn. According to outlets privy to an advance screening of the film, including People, Beyonce opened up about her miscarriage. "It was the saddest thing I've ever been through," Beyoncé says.
Jay-Z alluded to the tragedy in his 2012 song for daughter Blue Ivy, "Glory," with the lyrics: "False alarms and false starts / All made better by the sound of your heart. / All the pain of the last time / I praised so hard it was the last time." But this is the first time Beyoncé has commented on it. "About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. And I hear the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life," she says.
Beyoncé continues, "Being pregnant was very much like falling in love. You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There's no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you, so of course you want to scream it out and tell everyone."
But then, tragically, complications to the pregnancy caused her to lose the baby. "I flew back to New York to get my check up – and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat," she says. Beyoncé then "went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I've ever written in my life … And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through."
A year following her loss, Beyoncé and Jay-Z welcomed beautiful baby Blue Ivy Carter into their lives.
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Watching reality show competitions are a little bit like falling in love. At first, the initial attraction is purely based on what you see, but as time goes on, you become more and more invested in the relationship, and do everything you can (be it voting or never-ending praying) to keep your all-time favorites in your life and on your TV screens. Whether it be American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, or So You Think You Can Dance, we've all loved and lost in one form or another. And now that SYTYCD is in the midst of its ninth season, we here at Hollywood.com thought it would be fun to check in on our past favorite dancing alums and see what they've been up to since leaving the show.
From earning law degrees to becoming full-out dance instructors, these former contestants have gone on to accomplish quite a bit since we last saw them. Here's what we were able to find out after a whole lot of stalking some very extensive research.
Name: Chelsie Hightower
Where She Is Now: Chelsie is currently a Dancing With the Stars professional. She choreographs all the dance routines for her celebrity dance partners, which have consisted of Jake Pavelka, Michael Bolton, and most recently, Roshon Fegan.
Name: Dmitry Chaplin
Where He Is Now: Dmitry went on to become a Dancing With the Stars professional who has been partnered with the singer Mya and supermodel Petra Nemcova. Though he hasn't participated as a permanent DWTS partner in the past few seasons, he continues to appear in guest performances throughout the show. He is also a member of the DWTS Live in Las Vegas cast that performs at the Tropicana Theater.
Name: Lacey Schwimmer
Where She Is Now: Lacey is also a regular dancer and former dance pro on Dancing With the Stars. Currently, Lacey is also a cast member of the DWTS Live in Las Vegas show, showing fan-favorite dances from past seasons.
Name: Kupono Aweau
Where He Is Now: Not only did Kupono dance alongside Madonna at the Super Bowl Halftime show this year, but he was also featured in her "Girls Gone Wild" music video. Currently, Kupono is traveling all over the world as a dance member in Madonna's MDNA Tour 2012.
Name: Kamilah Barrett
Where She Is Now: Kamilah has since created her very own dance style called Heel Hop, which she now goes around teaching to the world. Heel Hop is a dance style inspired by hip-hop, modern, salsa, and ballroom dance styles. Kamilah's Heel Hop is based in LA, but she is hosting classes in the DC Area this summer.
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Name: Jordan Casanova
Where She Is Now: Jordan currently has a clothing line site called KARflash.com, which sells dancewear clothes at great prices for both dance groups and individuals, allowing her to add modeling into her growing repertoire. She also continues to pursue and fulfill her dream of dancing by taking classes and performing in several different dance events like participating on The Voice or Napa Valley's Broadway Playhouse production of Cabaret.
Name: Sandra Colton
Where She Is Now: Sandra is now the Editor-in-Chief at a publishing company called Dance Track Magazine. She's also released a book called BOOK ME! which is about how to become a successful working dancer in Hollywood.
Name: Faina Savich
Where She Is Now: Faina is currently a Judicial Intern at the New York State Supreme Court and is expected to graduate from Fordham Law School in 2014. However, she still makes sure to keep dancing in her life and is a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Center. She is also a regular dancer at McDonald Selznick Associates.
Name: Ashlé Dawson
Where She Is Now: Ashlé is now working in New York City as a guest faculty member at the well-known Broadway Dance Center — New York's most prestigious dance school. She is also the proud director of "Ashlé & Co.", a pre-professional dance company based in New Jersey.
Name: Courtney Galiano
Where She Is Now: Courtney revealed in April of this year that she's been diagnosed with MS, however she continues to dance professionally even to this day and has participated in a few episodes of Glee. She will also be shown in Stand Up Guys starring Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in 2013. Since her diagnosis, Courtney has funneled a portion of the registration fees for her dance workshop "The Beat" into a foundation that she and her brother have created called "Beat MS."
Name: Mark Kanemura
Where He Is Now: Mark is now one of Lady Gaga's professional male back up dancers. He is currently touring with the superstar singer on her Born This Way Ball tour. Let's all take a moment to be jealous.
Names: Evan Kasprzak, Thayne Jasperson, Jess LeProtto, and Alex Wong
Seasons: 5, 4, 8, and 7
Where The Are Now: Though these four former contestants were from completely different seasons on the show, they're all currently working together as part of the ensemble for the new Broadway musical Newsies, which also happened to win several Tony Awards this year. So, in a way, I guess you could say they're all Tony Award-winners now. Not a bad thing to be able to add onto their already impressive resumes.
Name: Melissa Sandvig
Where She Is Now: Melissa is currently a freelance dancer, performing with companies such as the Sacramento Ballet, the Helios Dance Theater, and the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and a ballet teacher at the Long Beach Ballet. And if that wasn't enough on her plate already, Melissa additionally goes on tour with the Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention as a ballet teacher.
Name: Benji Schwimmer
Where He Is Now: Benji, brother of DWTS pro and former SYTYCD contestant Lacey Schwimmer, is the founder of his band called "The Weekend Forecast" who have an album out on iTunes called "Sun, Doubt & Scenic Routes." He also continues to be a dancer and choreographer in his spare time.
Name: Victor Smalley
Where He Is Now: Victor is now one of the main dance instructors on the popular reality show Dance Moms Miami, which goes behind the scenes at the Miami-based Stars Dance Studio.
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Name: Ben Susak
Where He Is Now: Since his time in the spotlight on So You Think You Can Dance, Ben has set his sights to the Broadway theater and currently plays the character Chistery in the San Diego production of Wicked: The Musical.
Name: Will Wingfield
Where He Is Now: Will is now the President of a creative and artistic design company called The Mete Fizikel, which specializes in Dance 4 Film, Theater, Live Stage Performance, TV Commercial Work, and Artistic Development.
Name: Alexie Agdeppa
Where She Is Now: Currently, Alexie is traveling all over the United States, teaching on dance conventions and offering master classes at private studios and events including Dance RAW and Showstoppers Dance Convention. She also teaches Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary-modern, Jazz Funk, and Hip-hop at Dellos Dance and Performing Arts Academy. Aside from teaching, Alexie continues to audition and book dance/acting jobs while taking a master class at the Howard Fine Acting Studio.
Name: Jamie Bayard
Where He Is Now: Though he continues to be a dance coach and performer, Jamie is also an International Dance Department Professor at Orange County High School of the Arts. Additionally, Jamie offers coaching for dancers of all levels at a dance company called JB Dance.
Name: Billy Bell
Where He Is Now: Billy is a member and founder of the Lunge Dance Collective — a project-based dance company that was created to expose young artists to each other and create a stronger network for them to help start their careers.
Name: Ryan "Ryanimay" Conferido
Where He Is Now: Ryan is a member of the dance group Quest Crew. He was also recently part of LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," "Champagne Showers," and "Sexy And I Know It." But Ryan's talents extend further than just dancing — he's also an amateur hairstylist. In fact, the crew has coined him the official hair designer of the group as he often cuts and styles all of their hair.
Name: Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
Where He Is Now: Along with Ryan, Hok is also a lead member of the dance troupe Quest Crew, who won the third season of America's Best Dance Crew.
Names: Ashleigh Di Lello and Ryan Di Lello
Where They Are Now: Married dance couple Ashleigh and Ryan are currently exceptional choreographers whose routines have been used by Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and several other professional dance/theater companies from all over. Though Ashleigh is currently recovering from hip surgery, Ryan was recently in What To Expect When You're Expecting and is currently dancing in DWTS Live in Las Vegas. They remain happily married even to this day.
Name: Natalie Fotopoulos
Where She Is Now: Much like many other SYTYCD contestants, Natalie has opted to turn her attention toward theater and is currently a member of the cast of the Broadway Musical "Wicked" on their U.S. Tour.
Name: Allan Frias
Where He Is Now: Allan is currently a Hip Hop teacher at the Dance Mission Theater, which just so happens to be the home of his group Mind Over Matter that performs all over the Bay Area. Allan also directs the Junior Jam youth performance program at the Golden State Warriors.
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Name: Susie Garcia
Where She Is Now: Besides continuing to dance for live audiences, Susie has also managed to dabble in film, including the major motion picture production of Rock of Ages, where she plays one of the dancers. Additionally, she is the owner of the Show Stopper Dance Studio.
Name: Jason Glover
Where He Is Now: Preferring to keep his dance talents mostly in the theater realm, Jason is now currently a member of the Festival Ballet Theatre company.
Name: Neil Haskell
Where He Is Now: Neil has most recently been on a United States tour as a cast member of Bring It On: The Musical, a production inspired by the Kirsten Dunst comedy of the same name.
Name: Donyelle Jones
Where She Is Now: Donyelle continues to keep dance and music a part of her every day life by teaching hip hop classes at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood.
Name: Kourtni Lind
Where She Is Now: Like many other former So You Think You Can Dance contestants, Kourtni has decided to take her dance talents to the Great White Way and is currently an ensemble member of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
Names: Nick Lazzarini and Travis Wall
Seasons: 1 and 2
Where They Are Now: Nick and Travis both belong to a contemporary dance company called Shaping Sound, which Travis himself created. They, along with 24 other talented dancers, have put on two very successful shows in L.A. and are also stars of the Oxygen network's All the Right Moves, — a reality docu-series premiering this summer that follows Nick, Travis, and others as they launch the company and live together in Hollywood.
Name: Sasha Mallory
Where She Is Now: Sasha's incredible dance moves eventually caught the eye of none other than the Queen of Pop herself: Madonna, who nabbed Sasha as one of her very own back up dancers. Sasha has also previously danced for the likes of Adam Lambert and Rihanna.
Name: Janette Manrara
Where She Is Now: Janette has been keeping herself very busy with her professional dancing career and is currently touring in Sydney Australia with the ballroom dancing extravaganza team called Burn the Floor.
Name: Ashlee Nino
Where She Is Now: Ashlee just got back from a South America tour with Selena Gomez and is also the newest member of the all girl Romones Tribute Band called "The Ramonas."
Name: Ricky Palomino
Where He Is Now: Ricky has made it his mission to pass on his knowledge and joy of a dance to others and is now the Artistic Director at the Poetry In Motion Dance Company in Minneapolis, Minn. It's a professional, youth and adult training facility designed to help dancers make their way into the professional dance industry.
Name: Kherington Payne
Where She Is Now: Kherington is currently participating in Cabaret at the Napa Valley Opera House. She is also involved in the interactive web series called Dance Showdown, in which famous YouTube personalities are paired together with professional dancers to compete against other teams. Kherington made her film debut in 2009, playing Alice Ellerton in the reinvention of Fame.
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Sometimes accidents just happen. Whether you're of the accident-prone regular folk kind or a famous Hollywood star, no one can escape the inevitable awkward moments that life is sure to send your way. Thankfully for us in the former category, the whole world isn't watching us 24/7 to capture any embarrassing moments on film. The celebrity world isn't so lucky, especially when it comes to wardrobe malfunctions.
Countless celebs have been caught displaying their bare essentials on camera for all the world to see. And while some stars (like Madonna) prefer to take the infamous nip slip factor into their own hands, others have had it happen completely without their consent. So in honor of Madonna's voluntary dare-to-bare moment, here's a look back at ten of the most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions of all time that were purely unintentional.
1. Janet Jackson's Super Bowl Mishap
The mother of all celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake took the stage for the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show and ended up exposing quite a bit more than their raw musical talent after Timberlake tore off a piece of Jackson's costume, accidentally exposing her right breast to millions of football fans worldwide. And so, Nipplegate (complete with an FCC meltdown) was born — making it the one year where the commercials were less intriguing than the actual game.
2. Tara Reid Let's Things Slide
The American Pie actress took the "messy partygoer" to a whole new level when she fully exposed her breast on the red carpet of P. Diddy's 35th birthday bash in 2004. Uh, Tara....those straps are supposed to go on your shoulders, not elbows. Also, what the heck was going on in 2004?!
3. Nicki Minaj's 'Good Morning' Wake Up Call
During a performance of Good Morning America in 2011, Minaj decided to give the crowd quite an eyeful by indecently exposing her left breast for all the world to see. It was (or wasn't, depending upon your view of things) a good morning, after all.
4. Jennifer Lopez's Academy Award Slip Up
There's still much debate about whether a nip slip actually occurred or not, but this 2012 Oscar incident received so much attention it'd feel wrong not to include it on the list. I don't care how confident you are or how used to the press you may be — when your breast gets its own Twitter account, you are totally allowed to be embarrassed. And also, somewhat flattered.
5. Geri Halliwell Spices Up Our Lives
The former Spice Girls star accidentally showed off her derriere at the British Children's Awards Show when a huge gust of wind blew her way. I think it's safe to say that after this moment, everyone would wannabe this girl's lover.
6. Keira Knightley Gets A Little Too Pride and Prejudice
The British actress accidentally showcased more of her assets than she meant to when her left breast decided to make an appearance at the New York premiere of Pride and Prejudice in 2005.
7. Lindsay Lohan Goes Undercover
It seems the troubled star can't even make a comeback without having some slip up occur. While filming on the set of Liz & Dick, Lohan suffered at the hands of a nip slip on June 5. And while this incident had to be a somewhat embarrassing moment for the actress, we all know she's certainly experienced worse.
8. Emma Watson Feels Under the Weather
Apparently, there are some things that even a magical spell can't help prevent: like the weather, for instance. At the 2009 premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the actress (who was only 21 at the time), found it difficult to cover up as the strong winds managed to blow her gown wide open, making her flash her undergarments at hundreds of adoring fans. It could have been worse though — she could have been wearing no underwear at all.
9. Lady Gaga Gets On the Edge...of Inappropriate
Given this singer's rather eccentric (and equally revealing) wardrobe choices, it's no surprise Gaga's experienced several indecent exposures during her time in the spotlight. Like when she exposed her upper-body bits at the CFDA Fashion Awards in June 2011. This would probably rank a little higher on our list if it hadn't happened so many times before. We can't really fault her for it, though — she was just born this way.
10. Taylor Swift Goes Marilyn
The country singer experienced her very own Marilyn Monroe moment during a concert last year when the bottom of her dress flew up, exposing her granny-looking underwear to thousands of screaming fans. But being the true professional that she is, the perpetually giggly Swift managed to laugh it off and carried on with her performance.
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Reunited and it felt so good. It had been six long weeks since we last saw our favorite parks and recreation employees from a small, fictitious Indiana town. (Suck it, Eagleton!) With Leslie's campaign, and thus the rest of season four, drawing close to the end, there was no time for plot lines about coming up with campaign theme songs or finding time in the day to "Treat yo'self." It was time to get down to business.
If there's any testament to the staying power of Leslie Knope (an increasingly Emmy-worthy Amy Poehler) in this already rocky campaign, it was during last night's new episode of Parks and Recreation titled "Live Ammo." When we last saw Leslie she had a disastrous, drunk interview with Buddy Wood (Sean Hayes). So what could possibly be worst than that? Killing puppies. Sweet, adorable, innocent puppies.
Of course Leslie wasn't actually killing puppies (or in the words of Tom, puuuuuupies.) But she did face the dilemma of having to close the local animal shelter, thanks to a budget cutting stand-off with Councilman Pilner (the always-great Bradley Whitford, back in political West Wing mode) before his impending retirement. Leslie would soon find out she would have to snap out of parks and rec mode and into a city council mindset. For a person who smiles 90 percent of the day, this is no easy task. But, come on, this is Leslie Knope we're talking about here.
After being faced with the even worst prospect of losing the shelter and employees being cut in the budget (including her best friend, beautiful tropical fish Ann), Leslie put one whole, risky idea together. In a bold stroke of genius, Leslie convinced Bobby Newport's (we miss you, Paul Rudd) campaign manager Jennifer (Kathryn Hahn) to have her rival use his bottomless trust fund to save the animal shelter in exchange for no more negative campaigns and a negotiation with Pilner to save jobs and the budget. While the risky maneuver would undoubtedly give Bobby the edge with voters that week, Leslie quickly reminded Jennifer that the clueless, spoiled Bobby would have to face her in a debate soon. And nobody beats Leslie Knope in a debate.
As if the stakes weren't high enough for Leslie, she has more than just her political future hanging in the balance — she has to consider Chris' future as well. After spending the day testing to see if Ron was a flexible enough coworker (by taking him, hilariously, to meditate) to appoint him as Assistant City Manager, Chris found out that if Bobby were to win, he would lose his job. Literally the worst news ever.
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While the idea of losing one's job, or complete upheaval of the entire government, may have thrilled the unintentionally zen Ron, the idea shook Chris to his typically very strengthened core. But leave it to Ron freakin' Swanson to know that it's not meditation that would help the struggling Chris. ("We're all just molecules, floating around in random patterns devoid of meaning," he said, hopelessly, if not accurately.)
No, it was a glass of whiskey (the nectar of the Gods, if you will) and the shockingly sound advice of "Don't try so hard" that did the trick. (In fact, a newly enlightened Chris may have looked at his ex Ann in a whole new light. Sorry Tom! But, not really. Please break up, in spite of your amazing apartment.) Ron may not care about the government, but his quiet devotion to his friends and coworkers is a different story entirely.
But Chris wasn't the only one facing the awful truth that, as an adult, sometimes no matter how hard we try, things don't always pan out and our once sound worldview can be shaken to its very core. (Wow, I guess I see I have more in common with Chris than I initially thought.) April had the very anti-April task of taking over for Leslie, a job which she soon found out was not, as Leslie had promised a "non-stop thrill ride." Before Leslie negotiated to keep the animal shelter open, April took on the task of trying to save it and recruited Andy, Tom, Donna, and Gerry for help. April may be the anti-Leslie, but that doesn't mean she's incapable of having good ideas and a big heart, too.
When taking in all the animals from the shelter, including a headphone-eating piggy, April came up with a plan to hold an adoption drive at the park. An idea Leslie wonderfully described as "The coolest thing since *NSYNC, Aerosmith, and Nelly performed together at the Super Bowl halftime show." While April's plan was arguably a little bit cooler than that, they wound up leaving with more animals than they arrived with, crushing her spirit and reinforcing that hard work doesn't actually pay off. And much like Ron playing spiritual guru to Chris (let's all let that sentence sink in), Tom stepped up and played moral compass and cheerleader to a disappointed April. (Hey, thanks for taking our advice, you guys! Now please just break Tom and Ann up.)
"Live Ammo" may not have been the laugh-out-loud episode Parks and Rec fans had been waiting for during the Lil' Sebastian-sized hiatus, but it was an important one. There were subtle, but tremendous shifts with characters and the roles they'll play for the rest of the season, if not the series. (April could, against all odds, become a force in local politics and Chris could evolve from a one-note joke to a versatile, perhaps lovable character.) We're not just rooting for Leslie anymore in this campaign, we're rooting for everyone again.
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The best lines and moments from last night's Parks and Recreation:
--Leslie owns "sneak around" clothes.
--Tom's "girl heaven" apartment includes cozy blankets, a fridge full of coconut water, and amenities galore.
--A particularly saucy Leslie around the puppy-level cute Ben. ("I'm just really into you. Gimme a spin, baby.")
--The visual of stern Ron standing behind a meditating Chris was total comedy bliss.
--Tom's invention of the Beeryonce. That's just beer in a "sexy ass mug"
--Tom's pronunciation of cashmere. ("Cashmuuuuuur." If he and New Girl's Schmidt ever were in the same room the Douchebag Space Time Contiuum would collapse in on itself.)
--Ben's priceless, horrified reaction to a house full of animals.
--Donna's made-up back stories for the animals, including Ray Charles' seeing eye dog and a cat that appeared in Boogie Nights.
--Andy setting up cards in hopes that all the dogs would play poker.
--Chris hoping to play Cranium while drinking whiskey and wheat grass shots with Ron. (Sorry, but does that sound fun to anyone else, too?)
--Leslie thinking that being a nurse mostly consists of "shaving wieners and dodging knife attacks from meth heads."
--"I will walk deeper into the belly of the beast if it means I'm able to further limit reckless government spending. I mean I have so many ideas. Some are simple, like take down traffic lights and eliminate the post office. The bigger ones will be tougher, like bring all this crumbling to the ground." — Ron's genius government platform
--"I'm not sure I'm interested in that. No, I am sure I'm not interested in that."— Ron, on meditation
--"I'm filling in for a person who smiles 90 percent of the day." — A distressed April, aka Lil' Sparkle
--"It's crazy boring, it lasts forever and you're going to wish you were dead. Wanna borrow my yoga pants?!" — Ann, not quite selling the meditation sizzle to Ron
--"I don't know what the hell these other crackpots were doing." — Ron, after he "didn't" meditate
--"I just had five cats on me at once! Wanna come in here and try and break my record?" — Andy
--"They should be rewarded for not being people. I hate people." — April, on animals (Did anyone else notice Andy in the back playing with a toy monkey?!)
--"There's a hot, spinning cone of meat in that restaurant next door. I don't know what it is, but I'd like to eat the whole thing." — Ron. Be still my heart, Ron Swanson.
What did you think of last night's episode? Were you disappointed in the levity of it or were you glad they moved the story along as much as they did? Will Leslie be able to take this campaign right out of Bobby Newport's entitled hands? Between this and Cabin in the Woods, is anyone having a better week than Bradley Whitford? And seriously though, Ron. Freakin'. Swanson.
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Superbowl halftime shows and period piece directorial debuts prove that Madonna isn't going anywhere. And just in case you're still skeptical after her eventful past year: Madonna's album MDNA has reached the Number One position on the charts. This is the musical icon's eighth album to earn this title.
Madonna's MDNA has not only earned her ample record sales, but also a good deal of controversy. Anti-drug groups protested in response to the album title's alleged Ecstasy reference (MDMA is a popular abbreviation for the chemical name of Ecstasy). Additionally, controversy arose surrounding Madonna's video for the MDNA song "Girl Gone Wild," which featured her dancing provocatively. "I'm supposed to be a 'Girl Gone Wild' in the video — how can I go wild and not grind?" Madonna said.
And although controversy does breed attention, that alone cannot account for Madonna's eighth chart-topping position (and fifth consecutive album to reach that position). Think whatever you will about her image and music, Madonna is clearly one of those rare, timeless phenomena that never seems to get old.
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