"The whole thing was horrifying. I was deposed for four hours explaining why I didn't want it to be released. God forbid, it's an on-demand movie in a hotel room and my mother says, 'Oh, I haven't seen this work of my son's', and hits purchase." Actor Colin Farrell recalls the hell surrounding the release of his 2006 sex tape, which he sued to halt. The intimate footage featured the Irish star making love to Playboy model Nicole Narain.
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In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, which officially kicks off on Friday with the Opening Ceremony, there has been a great deal of concern over whether Russia would be able to pull off the Winter Games successfully. So far, there have been protests and controversy over the country's anti-gay laws, worries over security, concerns over the surprisingly warm climate, and most famously, terrible housing conditions for the visiting journalists, who have been chronicling the unfortunate state of their hotels to the delight of the Internet. But even though we've spent months under the impression that the Sochi Olympics are going to be a complete and total disaster, it turns out that, well, things might not be that bad after all.
Don't get us wrong, these games definitely still have their issues, but underneath all of the hilarious tweets and viral images, it seems like the Olympics might actually be coming together just in time for the competition. Just in case you don't believe us, we've pulled together all of the way that the 2014 Sochi Olympics might not be as horrific as we all expected, as well as some of the reasons to get excited about this year's games. Although it goes without saying that the main one is watching the games from the comfort of your own home, where you presumably have hot water.
It's Not Actually That Bad: Based solely on what we've learned from the Internet, it appears that the Winter Games are poised to be a mess of Olympic proportions. However, while there are still plenty of legitimate concerns over what's happening in Sochi, things might not be as horrific as they appear.
Security: Any major international event is bound to raise concern over the possibility of a large-scale terrorist attack, or individual attacks on the athletes gathered there to compete, and constant photographs of the poverty-stricken region has only caused more stress. However, both journalists and athletes have reported feeling very safe in Sochi - the games are boasting that they are the "safest Olympics ever" - and security is tight. In addition, the US has offered to help the Russian government protect the athletes and spectators, by working to dispel unnecessary threats and providing two Navy warships to sit in the Black Sea in case of emergencies. And since nothing says "safety" like a giant metal death ship, it looks like things are going to be just fine on the security front.
Housing: Yes, there are a lot of legitimate issues with many for the hotels that foreign journalists are staying in. However, that doesn't mean that all of them are Russian hell-holes. Athletes haven't reported any major problems with the Olympic Village, which was completely finished with construction by the time the competitors arrived, and there are many journalists that haven't had any issues at all with their hotels for the games. Of course, that doesn't negate the fact that plenty of people can't wash their face with the tap water, but at least it's not all bad in Sochi. You might not have a doorknob on your hotel room, but you do have three light bulbs. Now, that's luxury.
The Games Themselves: The first three events of the 2014 Winter Games, which were qualifying runs for slopestyle, team skating, and women's moguls (a kind of freestyle skiing), went off without a hitch. In fact, the biggest issue that the events faced on Thursday was the lingering shadow of snowboarder Shaun White, who pulled out of the slopestyle competition earlier this week to focus on the half pipe. The stadium is complete, the competition is fierce, and everything seems to be running smoothly when it comes to the actual Winter Games - and everything should continue on in that fashion as long as the snow doesn't melt. But don't worry, they got Siberian shamans praying for snow, so that's completely under control.
The Protests: There are still likely going to be plenty of protests against Russia's reprehensible denial of human rights and equality, and the organizers have set aside an area of the park specifically for protesters. Well, we say "park"; the designated protest area is actually about seven miles away from the main Olympic park. However, there are still plenty of people using the press and social media to call out the host country's injustices, and some of the athletes are even getting in on the action. Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev showed off an interesting design on his snowboard after finishing his qualifying run at the slopestyle competition, which featured a woman wearing a ski mask and holding a knife. The design is thought to represent a member of the band Pussy Riot, the feminist punk band that has famously denounced President Putin. Sobolev wouldn't confirm his support for the band, instead opting to admit that "anything's possible" when it comes to interpreting the design.
Nobody's Ever Ready in Time: The world has spent a lot of time worrying about Sochi's preparedness for the games, but one of the things that isn't often taken into consideration is that no host city is ever completely ready in time for the Olympics to begin. London had city-wide construction so bad that the athletes were stuck in traffic for hours when they first arrived to compete, and when Athens hosted in 2004, they were forced to spray paint the dirt green because they didn't have enough time to install grass outside the stadium. The Olympics are major undertaking, and since these games are the most expensive of all time, there are so many tiny details to account for, and not a lot of in which to deal with them. At least Sochi has grass. It's sparse and covered in man-made snow, but it's still there. The Olympic committee is trying their best. They might not win a gold medal for preparedness, but hey, at least they'll take home that participation trophy.
What to Look Forward To: Between the bad news, protests and photographs of showers that might actually be death traps, the Olympics themselves seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle. As with most Olympics, once the games officially kick off, we'll set aside many of our issues in favor of obsessively tracking medal counts and hoping for another ice hockey victory, but in the meantime, we thought we'd shed some light on some athletes and events to pay attention to during this Olympics.
The Opening Ceremony: Russia may not have as many legendary rock stars and international pop stars as England did, but the one thing you can expect from the Sochi Opening Ceremony is plenty of classical music. The ceremony is set to feature several artists who are superstars in the classical world, who will showcase the long classical history that Russia has. Also, there will be a ton of dancing; from interpretative to modern to ballet, this ceremony will essentially be one giant dance recital, all choreographed by one of the guys behind the Broadway show Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, which, if you'll remember, had absolutely no problems at all during its run. None. But, hey, look on the bright side: 80 percent of the Olympic rings opened correctly. That's almost all of them! This can't be that bad.
The National Costumes: If you catch the Opening Ceremony, keep an eye out for the official Team USA uniform, which is insane in the best possible way. The design, which was created by Ralph Lauren, as is Olympic tradition, features what appears to be about six different sweaters all sewn together in a jigsaw puzzle of patriotism and comfortable warmth. However, when it comes to truly memorable uniforms, the team to watch is the Norwegian Curling squad, who will take to the ice in red, white and blue zig-zag printed suits. Perfect for every occasion.
New Events: There are several new events being unveiled at this years Olympics, but the two most interesting are slopestyle and team ice skating. Slopestyle involves a downhill course that competitors travel through, all while doing insane tricks in a combination of skill and speed. It grabbed the media's attention due to the presence of White, possibly the most famous snowboarder currently competing, and his departure from the event earlier in the week, due to an injured wrist. Despite the controversy surrounding his decision, the real competitor to watch this year is Torah Bright, an Australian snowboarder who is the only female snowboarding triple threat - meaning she will compete in slopestyle, snowboard cross and the half pipe - and she's both the defending gold medal winner in the half pipe and the current favorite to win again. This time, though she's got the chance to take home three golds, and she's favored to do just that. In addition, 2014 is the first year that women will be allowed to compete in ski jumping, and 19 year-old American Sarah Hendrickson is the far-and-away favorite to take home gold, even after suffering a major knee injury six months ago.
Returning Veterans: Every Olympics features new hopefuls and returning vets, all vying for their shot at a medal, but few stories are as exciting as the return of the Jamaican bobsleigh team, who ahve qualified for the Olympics for the first time since 2002. When the team didn't have the money to fund their trip to Sochi, however, the Internet donated money on their behalf, and raised enough to send them all the way to Russia within a matter of days. If you enjoyed Cool Runnings, you'll love the real deal even more. Over on the ice, long track speed skater Shani Davis is returning to his fourth, and possibly his final, Olympics. He's won the gold medal two Olympics in a row, and he's gunning for a hat trick. It's always great to see a talented vet hold their own against the younger guys, but Davis is not just any old four-time Olympian. He's also the inspiration for the character FroZone in the Pixar film The Incredibles, which means that a win for Davis is a win for fans of animated superheroes everywhere.
See? It's not so bad in Sochi after all. But then again, when everyone is expecting the whole Olympic park to fall apart at any second, everything that does go right is a victory, no matter how small.
Director Wes Anderson makes his actors repeat every scene almost 20 times in a bid to get the perfect take, according to British star Ralph Fiennes. The Harry Potter regular was directed by Anderson for upcoming comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel and admits the filming process was a challenge because The Royal Tenenbaums filmmaker had such specific ideas.
Fiennes tells Time Out London magazine, "He's very, very precise. He's very encouraging but insistent on exhausting the hell out of a moment of speech. Which I love, because you feel you've tried everything. We often went for at least 10 takes. Possible 15, 16. Again, again, again.
"He's written the script, so he has a very acute sense of what he wants in terms of tone, timing, rhythm, speed. He'd already done a moving storyboard of most of the film and recorded all the lines himself."
The Grand Budapest Hotel will be released in March (14) and also features Bill Murray, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan and Tilda Swinton.
In honor of The Grammys, this episode was all about misguided theme parties. It wouldn’t be a Real Housewives season without someone dropping a few thousand on a completely unnecessary event. This season is no different, but what did we learn from Married to Medicine? Nothing makes a party more memorable than fisticuffs.
Phaedra Parks is no stranger to ostentatious events. Remember her funerals? How about the ratchet pool party complete with a formal presentation of 12 different cakes ... for a one-year-old! She decides to have an inauguration-themed christening for her son, Dylan aka Mr. President. She brings back NeNe Leakes’ former gay bff, Dwight Eubanks, to plan. Dwight certainly looks like he’s been dipped in plastic surgery. The party is a smash at a huge mansion with secret service agent dancers and looks smashing. However, the tension between Apollo and Phaedra is so thick you could cut it with children’s safety scissors ... and they don’t cut anything.
Kenya Moore is having a different kind of party. The theme is delusion. She goes to a fertility specialist who tells her the obvious her ovaries aren’t as keen on pregnancy as she is. She then takes her gay bff Lawrence Welk Washington. They visit a sperm bank where Kenya makes a laundry list of demands that can’t possibly be met. She wants someone intelligent, tall, attractive, with green eyes, full lips, super powers, albino hair...
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker discuss their misguided musical. Kandi also mentions what Natalie Williams said about him being an opportunist, just in time for NeNe’s pajama party. She has decided to gather all the usual suspects for some major drama. Everyone will be in various states of undress and they all have an axe to grind. Not only are all of the ladies there but Natalie and Christopher Williams and Mynique and Chuck Smith are there. Existing beef + drama – clothes = tension. NeNe says that she wants to just air everything out so everyone can get along but she seems primed to orchestrate the episode to end all episodes. If there was a Supreme among the Real Housewives it would be NeNe.
Everyone arrives to the party but Kenya is an hour late. Everyone bonds over the fact that Kenya has attacked all of them for being late and she hasn’t arrived or called. Point one: NeNe. NeNe reveals that not only will everyone be wearing pajamas but the men and women will be “served” by their own ratchet stripper. This is a huge departure from the NeNe who was too coy to discuss sex. Now that she isn’t on The New Normal, old NeNe is back and she’s spilling the tea.
Kenya arrives with her friend Brandon DeShazer. You might remember him from other physical altercations. Despite NeNe giving Kenya major attitude, the tension dies down and everyone has fun. They discusses sex, masturbation, sex toys, and strippers. Suddenly, Peter Thomas aggressively reveals he loves to go to strippers but never gets a lap dance. Kandi accuses him of lying and reveals some of the secrets she knows about Peter that she referenced last episode. Apollo reveals that he has spent $5,000 to $8,000 a night at a strip club.
Out of nowhere, NeNe brings up Kenya’s accusations that Christopher Williams and Natalie do not have a real marriage. He gets up to refute that and then she gets up to go walk over to Natalie, presumably to get into her face. Christopher steps in and all hell breaks loose. First, Brandon gets aggressive with Christopher for touching Kenya but suddenly Apollo and Peter attack Brandon and take him down and now they are fighting for a good 10 minutes while Christopher is being held back. Apollo seems hungry for blood, and looking good in a torn T-shirt. NeNe yells at Kenya for starting the fight. However, the instigator of the fight was Mrs. Peacock NeNe in the hotel room with the candlestick booze, strippers, and drama. Sadly, we have to wait a week before we see part two of the fight.
The Reading Room: Best Lines of the Night
Do you have a history of mental illness? Yes! – Kenya about her family life
If you guys have any spare lube around, I’d love to take some? –Lawrence at the sperm bank
I do not want any DNA from a person who is clearly unintelligent. One Porsha running around town is enough for us all. –Kenya
Now this is how you make an entrance. It’s not called being late it’s called being grand. –Phaedra
I want to do a blessing over Dylan today and wrap him in purple and the royalty and cover him in the blood. –Phaedra’s mother Pastor Regina Bell's blessing
What kind of question is that Miss Leakes? Is this a fun game or are you stirring the pot as usual? –Phaedra about NeNe’s party game questions
Once a heathen always a heathen that’s why she’s Kenya Moore-Whore. –Phaedra
Is she going to tuck before she dances…because she’s looking like a man. –Kenya about Natalie dancing for her husband
Apollo is out of his mind….beating Brandon like as though he’s in his jail cell fighting for his virginity. –Kenya about the fight
There is no shortage of shocking moments this season. It looks like Downton Abbey is channeling Melrose Place. Here’s hoping that Heather Locklear stops by as a 1920s advertising executive hell-bent on getting her hands on the Abbey. The original Shady Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) is replete with side-eyes, social slights, and aristocratic sass. Lady Edith is also making poor romantic choices as usual. Oh poor Edith, why are you so unlovable? Meanwhile, has anyone noticed that Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) sounds a lot like a slightly inebriated Liza Minnelli?
The party guests are slowly leaving. Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards) proved himself a hero. Miss Braithwaite (MyAnna Buring) has gone full-on Fatal Attraction on Tom Branson (Allen Leech). She is trying to turn their one-night-stand into a ticket to the wealth of Downton.
Lady Mary, Edith, Tom and Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) head to London to stay with Lady Rosamund Painswick (Samantha Bond). They head to The Lotus Club to listen to some jazz. Steve Urkel Jack Ross (Gary Carr) serenedes with the most nasal rendition of 1920s jazz. When, Lady Rose’s escort gets sloppy, Jack saves the day by cutting in. However, Tom rushes to stop her from dancing with a black man. Racism is alive in London, people.
Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) is courting the hell out of Lady Mary. He even snuck on the same train to surprise her at home. He proposes but Mary has to decline but she does give him an epic kiss on the grounds.
The Drama: Not only is Mr. Gregson heading to a pre-World War 2 Germany to get a divorce, but they totally spent the night together. He seems somewhat above board since he gave Edith power of attorney over his finances. But ... does he plan to sleep with her and run? Also, has he left her with legal control for an ulterior motive?
Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) is still recovering from her attack and not doing so well since she has to see Mr. Green (Nigel Harman) before he leaves. She has become very icy to Bates (Brendan Coyle) and absolutely refuses to tell him why. She has even asked Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) to move back with the servants. Ivy (Cara Theobold) and Jimmy (Ed Speleers) have upgraded their lame courtship into full-on canoodling. Alfred (Matt Milne), jilted, has decided to apply for a cooking fellowship with The Ritz hotel. He may be leaving Downton like his aunt O’Brien. Carson (Jim Carter) is also beginning a very slow flirtation with Mrs. Hughes. Could the Mom and Pop of the staff get together for real?
The Drama: Mrs. Hughes plays Tom’s hero by destroying Braithwaite and her pregnancy claims. She finds a book about conception and bluffs Braithwaite into leaving Downton. She also tells her that if she makes a fuss she will never get a job in her lifetime. Now, if only Mrs. Hughes can tackle Anna’s attacker.
Best Lines of the Night
Don’t be transparent mamà, it doesn’t suit you. -Lady Mary to Cora
Don’t say I’m not good enough. If you were good enough for Lady Cybil Crawley then I’m good enough for you. -Braithwaite to Tom
Ivy moves a little fast for a beginner, don’t she -Daisy (Sophie McShera)
If we only had moral thoughts ... what would the poor church men find to do? -Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)
Things have come to a pretty pass when you have to be rescued by a black band leader. -Lady Rosemound being a tad wee bit racist
Do you ever wonder why people dislike you so much? It’s because you’re sly, oily, and smug and I’m really pleased I got to tell you before I go. -Braithwaite to Barrow
If we’re playing the truth game. You’re a lying manipulative little witch and if your schemes have come to nothing I’m delighted. -Tom Barrow (Rob James-Collier) to Braithwaite
Edith is about as mysterious as a bucket. -Lady Mary
Last night's Golden Globes were full of surprise wins, strange moments, and bleeped-out speeches, but the real stars of the night weren't the films or shows that took home awards, they were the hosts. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned for a second year to drink wine, heckle celebrities, and make all of us wish that we could be their friend. This year, the Golden Globes were the award show everyone was most looking forward to, which meant that they had the difficult task of coming up with a show that topped everything they did last year. After all, last year had "drunk" Glenn Close, the stars of Dog President, and a James Cameron joke that still makes people laugh.
So, just how well did our favorite funny ladies do this time around? We've graded them on their jokes, sketches and props to determine whether or not Fey and Poehler managed to make this Golden Globes even funnier than the last. And considering how stunning they both looked last night, we think they're off to a pretty good start.
The Monologue: A-Fey and Poehler had a lot to live up to this year, as their 2013 monologue has been passed around the internet more times than any other awards show opening. But despite a shaky start - we were amused by the Tom Hanks/Tam Honks joke, but nobody in the room seemed to be - and some hilarious but surprisingly racy jokes, they delivered a solid monologue and proved why they're the best awards hosts around, and the opening was once again the best part of the night. The biggest laugh and biggest burn went to a joke about Gravity, "the story of how George Clooney would rather float off into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age." Their other major burn? "Matthew McConaughey did amazing work this year. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club he lost forty-five pounds. Or, what actresses call 'being in a movie.'" They made a few callbacks to last year's awards, which included Poehler's goofy bit with Martin Scorsese, where she listed all of the Bobby's and Danny's who wanted to say hi to him in her Boston accent, and earning a high-five with a quip about Masters of Sex being the degree she earned in college.
One of their funniest jokes came at the expense of a slightly unexpected target, when Fey said that the movie Her "takes place in a not-so-distant future, which is perfect, because so does Joaquin Phoenix." Phoenix looked slightly confused, but seemed to be a good sport about it. Their other surprising target was Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi, who earned two separate jokes, including one from Fey about how The Blacklist is the list of people invited to her room later, which she punctuated with a Somali Pirate shout-out and by telling Abdi "I am the captain now." it probably shouldn't have worked, but for some reason it did, and Abdi's willingness to play along helped it land. It was just the start of some slightly more risque material, including the first of many genitalia jokes, with a reference to the prosthetic that Jonah Hill used in The Wolf of Wall Street "so you have that to look forward to the next time you eat at Planet Hollywood."
By far, the best part of their monologue was their shout out to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was nominated in both the film and television categories. Fey and Poehler made reference to her "changing" and sitting with the film actors, and the cameras cut to Louis-Dreyfus, wearing sunglasses, smoking a e-cigarette and pretending not to remember her friends. She then upped the ante by waving off an excited Reese Witherspoon, who tried to take a picture with her, and together, she, Fey and Poehler stole the show.
Randy Fey: AAs part of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgqick's introduction of their daughter, Miss Golden Globe, Sosie Bacon, Fey rushed out onstage to introduce Mr. Golden Globe, her adult son from a previous relationship, Randy aka Poehler in a tux and a ridiculous Bieber-inspired wig. After trading a few jokes about Randy's unwillingness to participate, Fey chided Randy to introduce himself to Sosie, which prompted Poehler to ask, "What are you, the Olympics?" It was a quick, amusing bit that they then took to the next level when Fey declared that Randy's estranged father was somewhere in the room, leading Poehler to march over to Idris Elba and ask if he was the father. Elba seemed completely game to have fathered Fey's child, and even a little disappointed when Fey dismissed the idea with a curt, "Think about it!" Poehler then went with the next best option, Harvey Weinstein, and judging by Fey's awkward silence, it seems like whatever Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom brings in at the box office will have to go towards Randy's college fund. Unfortunately, the cameras cut away from a hilarious shot of Poehler caressing Weinstein's face, but it was a great bit, and helped keep the show as weird as ever.
The Swift Joke: B+Remember when Fey and Poehler made a joke about Taylor Swift dating Michael J. Fox's son at last year's ceremony, and Swift didn't seem to think it was funny at all? Well, the hosts remembered, and Fey made reference to the most surprising celebrity feud of all time when she celebrated Poehler's Best Actress in a Comedy win with this statement: "I just want to say congratulations again to my friend Amy Poehler, I love you and there's a special place in hell for you." The joke is a call-back to the quote by Katie Couric that Swift used in a Vanity Fair article to express her dislike of Fey and Poehler's comments last year, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women." And with that, let's hope the score between these three has finally been settled.
The Leo Joke: AOne of the funniest and most shocking jokes of the night came towards the end, after everyone had apparently hit the open bar a little too hard. When introducing presenter Leonard DiCaprio, Fey decided to go with this zinger: "Like a supermodel's vagina, let's all give a warm welcome to Leonard DiCaprio." Like the rest of us, DiCaprio found it funny, and was still laughing to himself when he arrived onstage to present. It might not be the kind of joke that anyone expected to hear at the Golden Globes, but it's definitely unforgettable.
The Lack of Fey and Poehler: CIf you've missed the show and are catching up through this recap, it might sound hard to believe, but there was actually a surprising lack of screen time for our favorite hosts. Sure, they had the monologue at the beginning and the Randy skit halfway through, but other than that, they only appeared periodically to introduce presenters, only to disappear backstage for about a half an hour at a time. We don't begrudge the ladies for wanting to take a quick break and share a martini with Emma Thompson, because we know that hosting can be very stressful, but we wish that Fey and Poehler had gotten a little more to do between awards. Think of the jokes they could've come up with after Jacqueline Bisset's disjointed and overly-censored acceptance speech. Or the delight that would've resulted from them sharing the stage with Diddy. Hopefully, they will celebrate the end of their hosting run next year by spending a lot more time onstage, drinking wine and making jokes. At the very least, someone should hand them some popcorn and let them heckle everyone's speeches next year. It'll certainly go over better than the awkward play-off music does.
Golden Globe Winner Amy Poehler: A+Setting aside the jokes, the monologue, and the Bieber wig, the best moment of the night had to be when Poehler finally won her first major award for her role as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. After celebrating in true Poehler fashion (making out with Bono, of course), she appeared to be genuinely surprised and delighted and delivered a speech that was both funny and heartwarming. And because she's the nicest woman in Hollywood, she took a moment to share her joy and her award with her thrilled cast members, by shouting out "Whoo, Parks!" while they all cheered and clapped. It may have taken a lot longer than we all would have liked, but Poehler is finally a Golden Globe winning actress. Looks like Jon Hamm will have to host that Loser's Party alone next year.
Final Grade: AIt might not have been as polished as last year's awards, but in the end, Fey and Poehler delivered their second time around, and helped continue the Golden Globes' tradition of being the funniest and most outrageous award show of all. Only one whole year to go until we get to see them hosting again.
After seven decades, the Golden Globes can still surprise us. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association offered a particularly entertaining show this year — thanks not only to winning hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or a wealth of surprising awards victors — but to the array of unplanned weird s**t that happened during the ceremony's three-hour run-time. The kind of madness you cannot plan, and certainly cannot contain. Practical goofs, drunken faux pas, and the odd reference to genitalia. This is the stuff that made the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards one to remember.
WE SEEM TO BE EXPERIENCING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
Jonah Hill in The Teleprompter Tango — introducing Margot RobbieWhat happens when a transformative funnyman and a showbiz newcomer are given the wrong cues at an awards show? Chaos ensues!
The Longest Bleep I and II, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Diane KeatonWe saw it first in Jacqueline Bisset's acceptance speech — a long, awkward, misplaced bleeping that returns to audio on the word "s**t." And we see it again with Diane Keaton's drunken praise of Woody Allen! Where will the bleeper strike next?
I DON'T THINK THAT MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS...
HERPES! An Alfonso Cuaron filmFrom the director of Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Great Expectations, comes an unexpected herpes joke.
Leonardo DiCaprio presents PhilomaniaA pandemic of mispronunciation hits the awards circuit in this outbreak thriller!
OKAY, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
Cheer Up, Rob Lowe: A Documentary About the First Golden Globe Win of Amy Meredith Poehler What is the real reason behind Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe's frowny face during the announcement of costar Amy Poehler's Globe win?
Reese Witherspoon presents What Am I Doing Here? The Story Behind the Introduction of '12 Years a Slave' It's a case of mistaken identity in this experimental feature that assumes someone who "grew up in New Orleans" is the perfect person to deliver a slavery drama.
Diddy and Ebert: Beyond the Boat — a musical buddy comedyOne's a madcap hip hop legend prone to wild outbursts. The other's an oddball composer with hair like Radagast the Brown. Together, they bring the love, the laughs, and some groovy tunes.
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Actress Jacqueline Bisset had the censors pressing buttons at the Golden Globe Awards early on Sunday (12Jan14) after uttering the ceremony's first expletive as she attempted to wrap up a rambling speech while ceremony bosses played music in an attempt to get her offstage. The star was the night's second award winner when her role in Dancing at the Edge earned her a Best Supporting Actress prize, and after taking an eternity to get to the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, she appeared flustered as she began her acceptance speech.
As the music started, she shook herself and said, "I'm gonna get this together," before adding, "I want to thank the people who have given me joy, and there have been many, and the people who have given me s**t. I say like my mother... 'Go to hell and don't come back!'
"However... I believe, if you wanna look good, you've got to forgive everybody... I love my friends, I love my family and you're so kind."
Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss uttered the same expletive minutes later when she hit the stage to pick up the Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie honour for Top of the Lake.
We like spending time in the mind of Wes Anderson. Generally speaking, the more time the better, although his latest 7-minute short film is one hell of a charmer. Jason Schwartzman, a mainstay of the director's palette, appears as an American racecar driver who speeds into a tiny Italian village, crashing recklessly into a statue, and setting up shop for a long stay amongst the locals. Quickly, Schwartzman's character recognizes the community to be that from which his ancestors hail, delighting in the company of his ostensibly prescient kin, and slurping down their hooch and pastas as he sits in on what seems to be an eternal card game.
And we love it. So much so that we want more. Yes, it is the brevity and simplicity of the short film that gives it such charm, but we're inclined to ask for more. A full feature about Schwartzman's high-strung but good-natured racer who gets lodged unexpectedly in the simple livin' traditions of his distant Italian relatives — a spin on the Doc Hollywood trope. Schwartzman seems to be more open to this change in routine than his similarly diminutive Michael J. Fox counterpart was, happy to appreciate the melodies and majesties of Castello Cavalcanti.
So what do you think, Wes? How about making your next venture after Grand Budapest Hotel another European foray?
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Episode 1. Juniper Hill Inn, Part One
(AIR DATE 08/13/2012)
Award-winning chef and hospitality expert Gordon Ramsay will travel across the country to fix horrid hotels, awful inns and just plain bad bed and breakfasts. The first hotel is Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor, VT. Ramsay checks in to the inn, a place that looks like a million dollars, but smells of raw sewage. He meets the inn's wealthy and arrogant owner, Robert Dean II, and witnesses Dean's inexcusable treatment of his staff.
Episode 2. Juniper Hill Inn, Part Two
(AIR DATE 08/14/2012)
Gordon Ramsay continues to work with Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor, VT. But he quickly concludes that it may take a miracle to save the inn. Even when Ramsay sides with the staff against their arrogant boss, he catches one staff member in a bold-faced lie, and feels he must do something he's never done before: abandon ship.
Episode 3. Cambridge Hotel
(AIR DATE 08/20/2012)
Award-winning chef and hospitality expert Gordon Ramsay checks into The Cambridge Hotel in Cambridge, NY. Established in 1885, the hotel is the birthplace of pie a la mode, and home to a ghost, a little girl named Alice. But the Cambridge has seen better days. Its owners have no hotel experience and they are losing their investment in the landmark hotel. Ramsay confronts the owners to address the issues and works with them and their staff to turn the hotel around. Will his efforts be enough to save it?
Episode 4. Keating Hotel
(AIR DATE 08/27/2012)
This week Ramsay checks into The Keating Hotel in San Diego, CA. The Keating, located in the city's iconic Gaslamp Quarter, is a 35-room boutique hotel in debt and in crisis. The owner looks to Gordon to help him turn the hotel around. Gordon immediately sees issues with the d'cor, the room service, the laundry service, hotel restaurant MerK Bistro and the owner's own managerial style. Will The Keating's boss swallow his pride and agree to the changes that Ramsay suggests or will he push back.
Episode 5. River Rock Inn/Roosevelt Hotel
(AIR DATE 09/03/2012)
Gordon Ramsay checks into the River Rock Inn in Milford, PA. The hotel, established in the 1880s, is falling apart. It's in desperate need of a cleaning, there are dead bugs everywhere and Ramsay discovers a disgusting galaxy of stains on one particular bed spread that sends him through the roof. Then, Ramsay checks into the Roosevelt Hotel, a converted 16-bedroom schoolhouse, in Coeur D'Alene, ID, where the owner is more interested in dressing up like Sherlock Holmes for murder mystery nights than he is in updating the hotel's musty décor. Will Ramsay's efforts be enough to save these inns?