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The best friends on Grey's Anatomy have become fierce enemies. Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) used to be the type of buddies who laughed often, confessed secrets, and hugged when the rigors of life and practicing medicine got difficult. Now, their friendship is strained, they have philosophical differences, and they have trouble being in the same room together. Luckily, we have the luxury of maintaining alliances with both parties in this battle. But if you had to pick a side...
Strengths: Compassionate, eager, married to a neurosurgeon god (Dr. Derek Shepherd played by Patrick Dempsey). Grey is the type of doctor you want to hear bad news from. She has a great bedside manner thanks to caring for two young children. Yes, she has fallen behind other doctors in the operating room, but she wants to make up for it by researching organ replacements using a 3D printer.
Weaknesses: Sub-expert surgery skills, jealousy, living in the shadow of her husband. Grey knows what she's doing when the surgery gloves go on, but she's not great. This feud with Yang has made her delusional — Grey is not on par with her in the OR. And unless she cures cancer or the common cold, she will never equal the celebrity of Shepherd.
Strengths: Emerging cardio surgeon superstar, success is her top priority, admiration. If a major surgery is needed, Yang is the one to call. She will exhaust all resources to make her patient healthy. The other docs around the hospital know she's quickly become the ace of the staff.
Weaknesses: Coldhearted, lack of social life, elitist. Surgery and success are all Yang knows. Sacrificing relationships and real friendships could be her downfall. She isn't the most caring doctor. Unfortunately, Yang knows she's better than most of her colleagues. Hubris is never a good trait for the mighty.
So who's it going to be? Team Grey or Team Yang? Vote below!
It was just over a year ago when How I Met Your Mother pulled what I consider its most offensive move to date: the Barney-Patrice gambit that ultimately hooked Robin into realizing her feelings for the duplicitous suitor. It was in this experiment, one that advertised the impossibility of a fit central character drumming up feelings for a full bodied woman, that the CBS sitcom showed off a peak in immaturity — a long-gestating immaturity that had taken form in the hearts of Barney, Robin, and, most of all, our hero Ted.
Ted's vantage point has always celebrated a very specific idea of romantic love. The kind that you'd find in a decade-long Meg Ryan movie. In universe, Ted has endured some treacherous punishment for his pursuit of this singular manifestation of love — not even in pursuit of a return of that love, but of the love itself. Ted needs to love the way he understands love to take form. The restrictive, illogical, selfish, immature way that he (and, let's be honest, we) defines this all-consuming phenomenon. And although it's more enchanting to view love this way, it isn't fair.
It isn't fair to the people we love — to Robin, in Ted's case — or to the people doing the loving. To dismiss your feelings is deemed cynical by films and television shows like How I Met Your Mother. To get over someone after years of desperate, agonizing passion would render these years illegitimate. There is only one kind of love, the show has affirmed, and it doesn't change.
A third party to whom this mentality isn't fair: everyone else. Everyone who hasn't been loved like this, or who hasn't felt this specific kind of love. Anyone who didn't meet his or her soul mate on the first day of college (Marshall and Lily), who wasn't saved from a lifetime of destructive behavior by the only person "as messed up" as him (Barney), or who didn't spend nine years stealing blue French horns, setting up elaborate Christmas decorations, retrieving lockets, and destroying himself over the one (Ted). To everyone who hasn't experienced this kind of love and who has been made to feel like he or she is not experiencing real life because of it, this whole maxim isn't fair. And it's more or less a lie, too.
But for 199 straight episodes, How I Met Your Mother seemed bent on upholding the idea of love that it inherited from everything in between Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally, laying waste to the toxicity it instills in the lover and the lovee, a party reduced to an idealized end-goal who is robbed of her own industries, passions, and feelings of organic love as they are devalued as little more than roadblocks in this sprawling romantic quest (Robin). In universe, Ted was punished for his journeys, but we all knew that How I Met Your Mother was rewarding him for his "uniquely pure heart" by repeatedly crowning him a tragic hero. And to all those who've endured Ted's path before, the tragic hero title is a nice compensation prize, ain't it? Just enough to keep you going, to keep you adhered to the journey.
And then came the big 2-0-0, last week's episode, when we were treated to the backstory of the still nameless Mother. The episode, titled "How Your Mother Met Me," gave us the first big surprise of the season: Ted would not be her first love. Years before taking up with Mr. Mosby, The Mother was deeply and devotedly involved with another, Max, whose untimely death was the only cause for their relationship's end. No, he wasn't proven to be "not quite the one" (although a subsequent pre-Ted beau would). This Max, for all we know, would have made The Mother the happiest woman on Earth. But we were surprised to hear our old, traditionally immature friend How I Met Your Mother assure us that this doesn't mean Ted can't do the same. For the first time in its nine year span, the show admitted that there might not only be one kind of love.
A week later and our surprise is doubled. We find Ted on Central Park's Bow Bridge (the most romantic place in New York City, you know), begging his nutty ex Jeanette (Abby Elliott) to return the locket that he has been dying — really, killing himself! Contacting old girlfriends like Stella and Victoria and flying across country just to figure out where he stored the thing — to retrieve as Robin's wedding gift. In a rare moment of earnestness, the kooky Jeanette challenges Ted's judgment, insisting that he needs to get over Robin and that he's better off without the locket. But Ted disagrees. He can't stomach the idea of getting over Robin, as it would mean that his years of devotion to her meant nothing. And, as said love is what he used to define himself altogether, it would mean that he meant nothing. And for the first time, after so many romantic diatribes in which Ted has spelled out his aching, ceaseless, unwavering obsession with his own love, we see How I Met Your Mother take a different stance.
"I'm in love with her. If you're looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it's love," Ted cries. "And when you love someone, you don't stop. Ever. Even when people roll their eyes or call you crazy. Even then. Especially then. You just — you don't give up. Because if I could give up, if I could just take the who world's advice and move on and find someone else, THAT WOULDN'T BE LOVE. That would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for." And then, Ted manages one desperate, "That is not what this is," almost too worn out to convince Abby or himself.
For the first time, the show seems to understand that this isn't right. That this isn't how someone should feel about love. That it shouldn't be something that destroys you, or that you adhere to obsessively in an effort to become what you wish you were. And that if this is the sort of "love" you are experiencing, then you might be better off tossing your locket into The Ramble and Lake... which, of course, is what Jeanette does next. An act of malice on her part, but one that sets him free.
And so, we flash forward to the wedding weekend, with Ted sitting beside Robin on the beach as the sun comes up, waiting for Barney to stumble back from his drunken night of tutoring two young schmoes in the art of wooing women (the passing of the torch, you could call it), finally deciding that everything in his cold, concrete definition of love needed to change. And so, he decides to let her go. Forever. And more importantly, to let go of his belief that his love for Robin is not just the only thing worth fighting for, but worth living for. Because love doesn't have to be defined by Casablanca or When Harry Met Sally or Marshall and Lily. Some people find it in Paris, some people in road trips, some people in college hallways, some people in New York City pubs, some people on dating websites, some people through set-ups, and the list goes on. Some people find it once, some people find it over and over. It's different for every one who experiences it — any two cases are incomparable. Every case has its own, unique, honest story. And after trying to capitalize on everything he thought it should be for so many years, the fellow telling his story via Bob Saget voiceover to the two kids on his living room couch is finally ready to begin it.
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Supermodel Kate Moss took a break from her wild 40th birthday celebrations for a bit of healthy living - she played tennis and went swimming in between parties, according to her best friend Sadie Frost. The British beauty enjoyed a wild, five-day celebration when she reached the milestone earlier this month (Jan14) but actress-turned-fashion-designer Frost insists Moss spent a lot of her time exercising and relaxing.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Kate's party was a lot of fun. I went for the whole five days from beginning to end. We all played a lot of tennis and did healthy stuff - went in the pool, played tennis, went for walks. It was just a really recreational holiday, which was nice.
"It was opposite to the image. People paint a picture about things and it's often wrong. I came away feeling refreshed."
Moss headed to Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island with her family and friends in the run-up to her big day, and when she returned to the U.K. she hosted dinner at a restaurant in London's Mayfair, where guests including supermodel Naomi Campbell helped to rack up an $8,000 (£5,000) bill. They later continued the party at the Dorchester hotel.
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Allow me to open this article with a candid admission: I want to believe that Andy Kaufman is still alive. I've wanted to believe that Andy Kaufman was still alive since I was first introduced to the comedic genius' story at age 11, sparked by my fandom of Taxi (thank you, Nick at Nite) to watch Man on the Moon (thank you, HBO). I had loved his work as Latka Gravas and knew his famous Mighty Mouse gag, but wasn't familiar with the man or his legacy — nor his dedication to very fabric of comedy — until Milos Forman and Jim Carrey painted such a colorful picture. Ever since then, I've read everything I could about Kaufman. I've watched all his old routines, reveling in his variety of hoaxes and schemes. I hung a decidedly creepy poster of the man in my college dorm room, alienating visitors with my 48 square inch print of the swarthy weirdo with the menacing stare. In short (although I guess it's too late for that), I love Andy Kaufman. Many do. And among those is, quite likely, a large population who were really hoping that this new revelation was not a hoax.
On Monday, New York City's Gotham Comedy Club hosted the 9th Annual Andy Kaufman Award finals — a nation-wide talent competition constructed to showcase the varied creative exploits of budding performers. The most notable performance of the night came not from a contestant, though, but from a 24-year-old young woman who took the stage beside Michael Kaufman (Andy's brother and the founder of the award show), announcing herself to be the daughter of Andy Kaufman, and pronouncing her alleged father to be still alive. Watch the video for yourself, courtesy of Cinema Blend:
A bit of background info. In 1984, Kaufman was believed (by some) to be killed by a longstanding struggle with lung cancer... a curiosity to those who knew Kaufman as a very healthy individual who never smoked a day in his life. Due to the number of times he pulled the wool over America's eyes — he staged so many elaborate cons, short and long, that to take anything Kaufman did at face value would be foolish — a number of people have assumed that the death was a ruse. Kaufman could have faked it for a number of reasons: Maybe to sink into a life of privacy that he might enjoy amongst his loved ones, maybe to emancipate himself from the cannibalistic vanity of the Hollywood business, or maybe, simply, because he thought it would be funny. We'd believe any and all.
Kaufman hasn't been seen publicly since '84, and doesn't appear to have had any encounter with his brother Michael, with whom he shared an ostensibly good relationship. The one exception to the actor/comedian's 30-year absentia came in 1999, at a restaurant where he planned to meet his brother had he ever decided to fake his own death. Andy didn't show, but Michael is said to have come into the possession of a message from his brother, stating that Andy was alive, happy, living with a wife and children, and uncomfortable discarding his privacy just yet. With the passing of the Kaufman brothers' father this past summer, Andy is said — by his alleged daughter — to be reconsidering his privacy, opening up to the idea of reconnecting with his brother, and possibly extending his publicity beyond that. The young woman revealed that Andy is a big fan and follower of the awards circuit that Michael Kaufman has set up in his name, taking special interest in Michael's forwarding of their appreciation of comedy and performance.
And so, here we are. Wondering if this new twist of fate carries with it any veritability at all.
On the side of "Come on, this is ridiculous!" Cinema Blend acknowledges the uncanny resemblance that exists between the Kaufman daughter and theater actress Alexandra Tatarsky, who is reported to have met Michael Kaufman at a Manhattan art gallery and, quite possibly, planned the whole ordeal with Andy's brother from there. Incidentally, Tatarsky's father is a 58-year-old New York-based psychologist.
On the side of "Well, maybe... just maybe..." we really only have faith. Faith and the proclamations of present parties who insist that the whole scene was a genuine display of shock and emotion on the parts of both Michael and the niece he would have first met on this night.
And somewhere in the middle, airing cautiously on the side of the former mentality but with a smidgen of hope that maybe... just maybe... it's possible that the Elvis-impersonating Foreign Man pulled off one of the greatest gags in showbiz history, do I lie. Contemplating skeptically the rare reversal of the Internet death hoax.
I'm wont to believe that the whole thing is an act. In truth, it would be amazing if Kaufman were to resurface, and not only for the reason of having my hero back among us once more, but in the showcase of a performance artist's true devotion to the art that he pioneered in his heyday. But as much as I'd bask in the glory of Kaufman's triumphant resurgence, there would be cons to this turn of events as well.
With the rebirth of a legend comes the rebirth of his humanity. Just like with Elvis, Tupac, Houdini, James Dean, Jim Morrison, John Belushi, and a number of other legends, a portion of the majesty of these figures' work is owed to their untimely passing. Immortalized by the short section of time that they got the opportunity to showcase their brilliance, we remember these greats as flawless. Their images are limited to their triumphs. They are dehumanized and transformed into ideas of perfection (in their respective fields). Andy Kaufman was 35 at the time of his supposed death, having only treated us to a few years of his maniacal brain before leaving this Earth (or just leaving its eye). Back with us, Kaufman would be a man. A man, granted, who managed a 30-year prank, but a man (and a 64-year-old one, to boot) who'd have to carry forth nonstop with his genius in order to maintain "the legend." For a while, doable. For a lifetime, impossible.
That's why we speak with a hymnal whisper of John Lennon, but a merry appreciation of Paul McCartney. Paul is a man. An unbelievably talented force of musical creativity and chutzpah. But John, now, is just shy of a god. Granted, John was also a dark, brooding loon and Paul is a pretty even-keeled and chipper fellow. But it's also the immortalization thing.
We'd lose the Kaufman we knew if we were to unite with one that lived today. He'd arise as a man, one living in a different kind of world that might not play conduit to the tricks at which he was such a master. And we'd eventually have to ask the inevitable question: What kind of person willingly lets their brother, parents, and friends believe he is dead for 30 years, all in the service of a joke or his own desires for privacy?
I say this not motived to castigate Kaufman, if he indeed is still out there, or to call attention to humanity's odd glorification of the dead. I say this as an appeasement for those, like me, who really want to believe that he did it. That he faked it all, hid away, and decided, "What the hell? Let's get the band back together!" Anything is possible. But this is probably not the case. Sadly, Andy Kaufman may very well have died back in 1984. But on that very same day, something was born: his legacy. The legendary, inimitable character that has coursed through the veins of comedians ever since, hoping to achieve this wonderful spirit's passion for laughter, performance, and emotion. In a way, no matter what, he's still at large. Because nobody, 30 years after disappearing, could inspire this much conversation about the veracity of his death. Andy might not be on this Earth any longer, but he continues to fool us all. And we're all terribly grateful for it.
Thank you very much.
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Hollywood actor Tom Hanks is suffering from diabetes. The Philadelphia star, 57, who has been dealing with high blood pressure since the age of 36, revealed he has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition which occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin.
The star opened up about the condition on the Late Show with David Letterman, saying, "I went to the doctors and they said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been living with since you were 36, well you've graduated, you've got Type 2 Diabetes young man.'"
The Oscar-winning actor has been advised to lose weight to help control the symptoms but believes he will struggle shedding the pounds, adding, ''Well it's controllable and through diet. My doctor said, 'If you can weigh what you weighed in high school, you'll essentially be completely healthy and not have Type 2 diabetes.' And I said, 'Well, I'm going to have Type 2 diabetes then.'"
Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr was recently named one of the highest-paid models in the industry, second only to Gisele Bündchen. She is, for all intents and purposes, perfect. No, seriously. She's this beautiful woman, with a beautiful family (her hubby is Orlando Bloom and their son Flynn is adorable); she's making tons of money, and she somehow manages to come off completely and totally down-to-earth. Because of her commitment to spiritual and physical health, Miranda is constantly promoting both inner and outer beauty to her fans on her Instagram page. The divas of the world are fun, but Miranda Kerr is is something else. Here are five reasons you can't help but love the supermodel, super mom.
She Practices Buddhism
If you Google 'Miranda Kerr,' you will be bombarded with a gazillion images of her out and about in the streets of NYC, as photographed by the paparazzi. In these images you will never see her flipping off the paparazzi, or looking the least bit perturbed. Even with little baby Flynn on her hip, she literally always has a smile on her face. At first you might assume that it's because she's a model (and therefore camera-ready at all times), but Miranda's sweet disposition probably has more to do with the fact that she practices Nichiren Buddhism. Between her diet, meditation, and yoga routine it's no wonder this woman always appears to be at peace with the world.
The Hair Is Everything
Miranda has said that the secret to her flawless hair is coconut oil. Whatever it is, this Vine she posted on Instagram tells us that it's working over time.
Started Her Own Organic Makeup Line
The best news about Miranda Kerr is that you can totally, kinda look just like her if you hook yourself up with her products. KORA Organics is her makeup line, and of course the products are made using completely organic and natural ingredients.
She Has A Brilliant YouTube Series With NET-A-PORTER
Without a doubt, you will feel 100 times healthier just watching her Nutrition episode on The Body Beautiful series. Miranda is not just here to be a pretty face! She considers it her duty to spread the good word about healthy living.
She’s A Kid At Heart
Yes, she's one of the most beautiful people in the world and -- sadly -- that means she could get away with having no personality whatsoever. But check out that Vine! Nobody who laughs like that at a mini electronic helicopter is sans personality. She's awesome, and the fact that she's a kid at heart tells us that she's most likely an amazing mother as well.
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Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon turned the lights of New York's Empire State Building orange to celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play on Monday (16Sep13). Cannon joined children's characters SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer to mark the 10th anniversary of the Nickelodeon event.
The Day of Play, which takes place on Saturday (21Sep13), is aimed at encouraging an active lifestyle by inviting kids to play outside. Nickelodeon bosses are set to suspend programming on all its TV channels for three hours to promote the healthy living campaign.
British actor Jim Carter is promoting healthy living by cycling 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) across England. The Downton Abbey star will be joining other keen riders to cycle from Cambridgeshire to Bedford later this month (Aug13) as part of the Pedal On UK festival.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "The hardest part of riding a bike is getting it out of the shed. The minute I'm on my bike and start pedalling, the world suddenly seems a much better place... I would urge anyone who has been thinking of getting their bikes out of mothballs to pump up their tyres and join in. You are guaranteed to feel better afterwards. I promise."
The event celebrates 84 new walking and cycling routes across England in a bid to encourage families to travel by bike or on foot.
Jewish rapper Matisyahu, rocker Travis Barker and pop star Ariana Grande have teamed up for an unlikely collaboration as part of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama's ongoing campaign to promote healthy living. The three artists have recorded a track titled U R What You Eat (Salad Bar) for a new hip-hop inspired album, Songs for a Healthier America, which was put together by officials at Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America organisation and the Hip Hop Public Health group.
Other tunes on the project bring together Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green and Robbie Nova, while Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren have joined forces for another song.
Executives at Obama's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to fight obesity and promote fitness among kids, hope the message to lead healthier lives reaches children via the music.
Sam Kass, executive director of Let's Move! and White House assistant chef, says, "Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that's not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music. I think hip-hop in particular - so many kids love hip-hop. It's such a core part of our culture... and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community, which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues."
Jordin Sparks and hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh are also among the artists featured on the album - their duet Everybody was released earlier this year (13).
The Let's Move! campaign was launched in 2010 and featured a video from Beyonce, who reworked her song Get Me Bodied and renamed it Move Your Body for the Let's Move! Flash Workout initiative.
"I think that many people try to make everything as difficult as they possibly can. You should try to take the philosophy of, 'What if it's just easy? If you give up all the resistance and go ahead and forgive, resolve your issues, open your heart, stay in your compassion, sleep when you are supposed to sleep, eat when you are supposed to eat, exercise when you are supposed to exercise, show up on time for your jobs, keep your agreements, and live in your truth, you will have a healthy life." Sharon Stone offers up tips on good living.