Kenya Moore chose scenic Mexico in the hopes of declaring a détente amongst the ladies... or to stir up more drama. Ether way, this trip is becoming one huge burrito of trouble filled with meaty fights and cheesy lines. It seems like the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta is primed to oblige, but the combatants are not who you expect.
As much as Kenya would have you believe that she is clearing the air with Apollo Nida, she is definitely crossing the line. Their flirtation seems pretty obvious. Kenya’s relationship with Phaedra Parks is amusingly hostile at best. Phaedra shows up but rather than make a fool of herself by starting trouble she leaves the situation (progress!) Phaedra just might be the smartest housewife of them all. She knows her appeal is her hilarious soundbites and bizarre life choices.
Porsha Stewart and NeNe Leakes deserve a medal for hypocrisy. They are quick to run up to Apollo and tell him that he shouldn’t have been talking to Kenya. But aren’t they both talking to a man when his wife isn’t present? Aren’t they both getting involved in someone else’s marriage? Apollo tries to make peace with Phaedra’s angry battle form, Bulbasaur #Pokemonreference, with mixed metaphors, bad impersonations, and a flower ripped off a tree. But it seems like their soon-to-be-swan song can’t be avoided with misguided romantic gestures.
The coup de grace of Apollo’s failed efforts to get Phaedra’s forgiveness is an early birthday party. Is this a pre-divorce shower? He gives her a piñata filled with condoms. It is nice to see everyone actually having fun on vacation. Although, Kandi Burruss is continuously making hilariously uncomfortable faces. The group also does vacation things. Kenya, NeNe and Cynthia Bailey bond by having a twerk contest in the pool. Oh those tender moments before everything turns to madness.
Kenya has something special planned for the last night of the trip. She decides to rehash NeNe’s Pajama Drama Jam. To quote Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, Kenya, “You in danger, girl!” This isn’t going to end well. But the fighters in this Andy Cohen video game Marital Kombat are vastly different than you’d expect. Like NeNe’s party, Kenya has provided some sexually suggestive and anger inspiring questions set to start trouble.
Porsha gets asked how she likes sex and drops the word “old.” NeNe is asked who annoys her the most and she says Porsha because of her ignorance. Not her ignorance about the Underground Railroad but her description of the sex lives of “old people.” Then she brings Kandi in the fray for asking if NeNe still gets her period. Todd Tucker brings a cogent and diplomatic response to NeNe’s attention and she rebuffs him. It seems pretty clear that when NeNe wants to have a fight she will have one and attack indiscriminately. However, she uses “better judgment” and “being real” as arguments when she really is managing her persona and her storyline. She also seems to be coaching people on certain things... like hating Marlo Hampton and insulting Peter Thomas.
Kenya dismisses the men and things get heated. She confronts Phaedra who confesses that she has no interest in friendship and scolds Kenya for the umpteenth time. Meanwhile, Peter and Gregg Leakes get into a fight over things Peter said to NeNe in another episode. That quickly spirals out of control. We get it, Peter gets involved with the drama. But that’s because everyone involved knows Cynthia is a snooze. A dynamic, stunningly beautiful snooze who brings nothing particularly dramatic to the show. Either way, the episode ends with NeNe calling Peter a b**ch. It was a slap heard all around the world. Teresa Giudice heard it in her lawyer’s office. Aviva Drescher heard at her favorite place to get a three-legged manicure. And finally, everyone in Mexico heard it and that is the basis for the next episode. Looks like that burrito of trouble comes with sides.
Best Lines of the Night
"Once again this old wilted up hoe Kenya Poor-Whore is trying to refresh this mess with Apollo. She is like Black Single Female. I wish she could find a shaman who could magically invent her a man and a life." – Phaedra
"Kenya and Apollo have Angelina and Brad’s chemistry. And last night it really showed, then out of the blue comes Jennifer Aniston." – Miss Lawrence
"Peter, if you’re going to stick your nose into our business you need to have a pair of breasts. And since you don’t you need to stay out of our business." – Kenya
"It’s been years since you’ve been putting your panties in people’s faces. Nobody cares about what’s goes on in them." – Kandi on NeNe’s life chocies
"Yes, Phaedra! You definitely have your fighting nails on and you are scratching that heifer in her face. But watch out for those contacts." – Porsha
"It’s not often I try to do something nice for you because you’re so mean all the time. We’re going to have a good night tonight." – Apollo at his most honest
"I don’t have to sweeten my delivery to please Todd. I mean, who is Todd?" – NeNe being mature and above it all
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Sex scenes evoke different things in all of us. You either love, hate, fastforward to, or fastforward through them. They can border on pornographic, disturb you, or feel cheap and gratuitous. But they can also be so exciting they elevate a movie into an instant classic. How many scenes can you name from movies like Wild Things or Y Tu Mamá También? Would you know Oliver Martinez if it wasn't for Unfaithful? Everyone likes to be titillated every once in a while. In the right context, steamy scenes can elevate a story, demonstrate a character, or just plain turn you on.
We’ve collected movies with some of the hottest scenes in movie history. You may have to rewind some of these scenes to be sure they actually happened.
GALLERY: Movies with the Hottest Sex Scenes
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It seems like every three months, there’s a list of the sexiest women in comedy. Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig, and Rashida Jones are shuttled out in half-nude photos and wacky poses. Meanwhile, there are tons of articles about the funniest men in comedy and sexy is not brought into the equation. But Hollywood is chock full of sexy stand up comics and comedian actors. Here’s our list of the hottest, funniest, and most enjoyable actors in comedy.
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Oddly enough, the body-swapping genre has been one of the most consistent in Hollywood. This somewhat campy story tradition focuses on two characters, often a parent and child but occasionally friends, swapping bodies unexpected, leading a comedy of errors to ensue. It may be hard to believe that this entire genre began with an 1800s novel titled Vice Versa. People might also not connect the countless Freaky Friday remakes with an actual children’s book by Mary Rodgers. This genre may be slowly dying as people’s interest in magic requires teenage wizards or shiny vampires. However, there have quite a number of films that have played to, played with, or played against this popular trope.
Here’s some of the most famous, and forgettable, Body Switching Movies:
Freaky Friday (1976)
Fans of Oscar winner Jodie Foster will remember her as a tomboy in this classic Disney movie. Based on the popular kid's book, Foster’s character swaps places with her housewife mother (Barbara Harris) after the two simultaneously wish to switch places (Boom! It happens just like that). This was before the days of assigning rules or logic to magic. That may be why it’s only the one Freaky Friday and not a franchise. Prepare yourself for the inevitable Thowback Thursday movie.
Like Father Like Son (1987)
Dudley Moore is best known for his role as Arthur. However, he and the now controversial Kirk Cameron starred in this body swap comedy. The two ingest a bizarre South American potion and switch bodies. This film was released in theaters but has a distinct made-for-TV feel. It’s also a lot darker and less fun than you’d expect from the genre. It’s one of the few non-Hallmark channel acting roles of Cameron… though that isn’t saying much.
Vice Versa (1988)
This film doesn’t credit the classic Victorian story but is a modern retelling of the father/son body swap novel. Fred Savage switches places with his uptight father (Judge Reinhold) after the two conveniently yell they wish to swap places while holding a Buddhist statue. Savage is great as at playing the outspoken adult despite his diminutive stature. Reinhold was also pretty childlike in his role in Beverly Hills Cop, so this isn’t much of a stretch. There are also great appearances by Swoosie Kurtz and Jane Kaczmarek.
18 Again! (1988)
George Burns stars with Charlie Schlatter in this comedy that is a little twisted. 81-year-old Burns switches places with his 18-year-old grandson, putting his life at risk, and allowing Schlatter to do a convincing old-timey accent. Don't confuse it with Zac Efron's film 17 Again... although that's its own kind of body swapping film.
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
People may forget this Alec Baldwin/Meg Ryan romantic drama. Based on a play of the same name, Ryan goes against type as a misanthropic eccentric who falls in love with Baldwin’s lonely conservative. It channels Dharma & Greg until the film makes a sharp turn. At the couple’s wedding, Ryan gets a kiss from an old man and becomes a different person. You guessed it: they switch bodies. The film then goes on an existential journey about life, love, and youth. Despite being a little depressing, it had surprisingly great performances by Baldwin and Ryan.
Freaky Friday (1995)
In this remake, Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffmann play the mother daughter duo that switch bodies because of matching magical necklaces. In the book and original movie, the mother is a married homemaker, but in this film Long plays a divorced workaholic.
Wish Upon a Star (1996)
Disney also released this other Freaky Friday-themed kid’s movie. A young Katherine Heigl plays a high maintenance pretty girl (sound familiar?) whose younger sister, played by Danielle Harris of the Halloween franchise, wishes on a star to see what the former's life is like. The two learn, through really high-stakes magical roleplay, to appreciate how tough one another has it. It’s a halfway decent movie but pales in comparison to the two other Disney bodyswap films.
This film takes a darkly, starkly real take on body swapping. FBI Agent John Travolta literally has his face taken off and attached to the head of his mortal enemy, played by Nicolas Cage. Despite the implausibility of face swapping and the fact that no one points out the vast differences in their bodies, this action movie is amazing. There’s a ton of suspense, a lot of campy fun, and some prime crazy Nic Cage.
Virtual Sexuality (1999)
This British romantic comedy really plays with the genre. A persnickety virgin goes into a machine and designs the man of her dreams. The problem, after an explosion, she wakes up in his body. Talk about loving yourself. This film is fun and focuses on the interesting dating differences between men and women, so the “magic” of body switches doesn’t get too distracting.
The Hot Chick (2002)
If Mean Girls never happened this, might be the role that Rachel McAdams would have been remembered for. She plays a Regina George type who, via a magic earring, swaps places with a thief played by Rob Schneider. Let's just say that Schneider has definitely made worse. It also features Anna Farris and Tia and Tamera Mowry.
Freaky Friday (2003)
This film established Lindsay Lohan as a teen icon. The Parent Trap was a great remake, but this new edgier, raspier Lohan is the girl who went on to rule the early 2000s. It also was Jamie Lee Curtis’ unofficial Activia audition. The actresses play the same feuding mom and daughter that swap bodies after opening up magic fortune cookies. If you haven’t seen this classic, check it out to remember when Lohan became a star.
It’s a Boy Girl Thing (2006)
This forgettable film is on Hulu if you doubt it ever existed. Kevin Zegers, best known for the recent Mortal Instruments movie, and Samaire Armstrong, who is on Resurrection, swap bodies and genders in this incarnation. This film blends the body-swap with the popular gender-bender genre. This means a ton of going into the wrong bathroom jokes.
The Change-Up (2011)
Just a few years ago, when Ryan Reynolds was everywhere, this film was a pit stop on his journey out of the limelight. He plays a wild bachelor who switches places with his married best friend (Justin Bateman). The film feels like lesser Happy Madison rather than a great comedy, despite the talented men at the head of the cast.
Slowly but surely, television is opening up the long overdue idea of a woman in the White House. Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, a former presidential hopeful who takes the thankless job of VP. She tries for change but often gets mired in bureaucracy and ignored by the POTUS. Scandal follows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a D.C. fixer with a very close relationship with the president. Though different genres, both have women as major players in politics and tend to favor outrageous situations in our nation’s capital. So which series presents the most formidable women and which has the most outlandish shenanigans?
Veep has quite a few women in power. Selina Meyer is Vice President, and some of the most important people in her office are her Chief of Staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky) and her personal assistant, Sue Wilson (Sufe Bradshaw). Part of the joke of Veep is that Selina is so inutile. She is unable to make as much headway in politics as she’d like because but she gets sidelined by lobbyists or undone by the POTUS. However, there are enough high profile women in Washington that she often liaises with Senators and Representatives… including Kate Burton, who incidentally plays the Vice President over on Scandal.
In the Scandal universe, Olivia Pope is a major power player in D.C. She lives outside the law, often outright breaking it to achieve her ends. She is instrumental in presidential elections. There are plenty of powerful women on the show as well. Two members of Olivia’s team are women and the First Lady Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) is a shrewd politician. There even is a viable potential presidential candidate in Josie Marcus (Lisa Kudrow). However, Olivia’s Achilles’ heel is her love for the president. As kick-ass as Olivia and the women on the show can be, their efforts are often undone by sex, love, or other personal matters. The series does deserve some bonus points because Shonda Rhimes’ power does reverberate through the series, but her sphere of influence is Hollywood, not D.C.
Ruling: Veep. In the court of public opinion, Selina’s reputation is still pretty decent. All the female characters are unwaveringly ambitious and often sacrifice the personal for the professional.
Both series present a slightly exaggerated view of D.C. for the sake of entertainment. Veep opts for the realistic with comedic reactions. Selina will occasionally fly off the handle or get her foot in her mouth. On one occasion, she sneaks into the Oval Office to confront the POTUS and accidentally gets lipstick stuck in the presidential seal on the office rug. She is often the last to find out about major policy changes because she has a non-existent relationship with the POTUS. Personally, she’s divorced and her sex life is often met with equally wild mishaps. But the bulk of the outrageousness comes from keeping her issues out of the public eye and staying in good standing.
Scandal is not afraid to be downright insane. Not only is Olivia carrying on an off-again/on-again relationship with the president but she’ll move mountains to keep it a secret. The series has secret government agents, murders, kidnappings, and a White House Chief-of-Staff (Jeff Perry) who is willing to do anything for the president and his political career.
Ruling: Scandal. It takes drama to the extreme. Not only does it focus on some of the worst possible scenarios for D.C. but everyone is chock full of secrets.
Both series are making great headway in showcasing women as important players in government. It helps that the shows use humor and scandalous soap operatic drama to excite the masses for a female president.
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You don’t mess with a geek’s favorite comic book characters. Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and it almost broke the Internet. Halle Berry was cast as Storm and Catwoman and people are still dealing with it in therapy. Yet, the new Fantastic Four’s cast of Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and That Awkward Moment co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller has actually drummed up some excitement for a reboot. Although offbeat choices, the actors are actually making the generally lame Fantastic Four seem... interesting.
It’s hard to cast iconic roles like Batman, Superman, and Spiderman because everyone has an opinion. They are beloved, timeless, and it can be challenging to decide whether to cast an unkown or a major star. But the Fantastic Four are hardly as iconic as either of DC's top dogs, or any of Marvel's other heroes. The distinct casting choices might actually save the Fantastic Four reboot, after the critical failures of the first go 'round.
For instance, Bell might not look like a big goon like Ben Grimm, but he might better capture the alienation of turning into a big rock than Michael Chiklis could. Mara is a vastly different choice than Jessica Alba was for Sue Storm. The House of Cards star may be able to give her more of an edge than she usually gets in the comics. Jordan is perfect because he can blend comedy with drama. He stretched his dramatic muscles in Fruitvale Station and showed the human side of superpowers in Chronicle. These casting choices add another vital layer to a comic book that’s about a family unit. But families are more complicated than road trips to Venus and the drama of sharing a bathroom. The former films focused too much on keeping the look and cheesy tone of the original comics. Alba may have been the physical match for Sue Storm, but her character didn't have the necessary flare.
The Avengers is a prime case for lame characters saved by good acting. Thor is an obnoxious thunder god who decides to spend his free time on Earth? Chris Hemsworth captures that cockiness but also brings the superpower of abs to the table. Robert Downey Jr. patented blend of sarcasm and humor saves a character whose super power could have read like a glorified Inspector Gadget. The Hulk is such a hard sell it took two movies and three actors to get him ready for The Avengers. Thanks in no small part to such gifted actors, the movie ranks as one of the highest grossing in history.
Conversely, Affleck went to a much darker place than the comics might have allowed for the role of Daredevil. Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer with vastly enhanced senses. Affleck did a great job and, shockingly, proved he could play Batman. Affleck’s character was battle-worn, addicted to painkillers, and cut off from society. All that and he actually had super powers. This film is like one long screen-test. It was actually disappointing that Affleck couldn’t just put on the black leather outfit and pointy ears. A blind superhero who uses sonar to “see” seems to undercut the character succeeding over adversity. Also, he, Bullseye, and Kingpin aren’t interesting enough characters for their own movie.
Likable actors who give great performances make the difference. They not only ground the magic and science-fiction and the ever-revolving high stakes but they also make the movie fun to watch. They are also able to find another access point to the character. On paper, these characters are just archetypes but the right actor can make them full-fledged people. If you have any questions as to the complexities of playing comic book heroes be sure not to ask Brandon Routh, Ryan Reynolds, or Jennifer Garner.
Celebrity relationships make up the bulk of tabloid news. People are obsessed with the bed-hopping, infidelity, and unlucky A-listers searching for love. It sells magazines and makes people watch celebrity news shows. Every once in a while, there is a couple that you just want to make it. It seems like true love exists and marriages can survive anything. Sure, celebrities face unique problems: high-stakes financial issues, constant temptation, and the scrutiny of the public eye. But on paper, their relationships seem like a love story come to life.
Here are a few of our favorite Hollywood couples that could use a little movie magic to reconnect.
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Statements by Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharaoh ushered in public outcries against the lack of black women on Saturday Night Live. The series made some swift changes and brought Kerry Washington to host, then added Sasheer Zamata to the cast. And yet, the show is still lacking in people of color and LGBTQ cast members and opts for stereotypes over cultural commentary. For a series based on finding the humor in contemporary culture and politics, the show is vastly unrepresentative of America.
To respond to the scandal, Kerry Washington hosted an episode and played Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Beyonce in one sketch. However, the sketch was more cocky and mocking than apologetic. Washington went on to play the stereotypical roles of a gum-chewing assistant with an attitude, a bawdy dating show contestant, and a confused Miss Uganda in a sketch (below) that crossed a lot of lines and had nothing to say.
The characters in the sketch were Miss Universe contestants who represented “fringe countries” like Bolivia, Moldova, and Uganda. Washington walked around aimlessly asking questions in a convincing African accent. But what did the sketch have to say other than to mock people from underdeveloped nations?
Since she joined the cast this season, the lion's share of Zamata's roles have involved dancing in music videos. She is relegated to dancing in the background in sketches like "Resolution Revolution," "28 Reasons," and "Before They Were Stars," and is little more than a Lil Kim lookalike in "What's Poppin'." The sketch below has a lot to say about race and Black History Month, but doesn't offer Zamata any lines or material.
Saturday Night Live isn't much closer at all to embracing "diversity." Finally deeming themselves able to do a Scandal sketch with an Olivia Pope, they further exemplify their monochromatic lineup with the questionable choice of having a white actor play Huck, a character portrayed by Latino actor Guillermo Diaz.
While the Scandal sketch falls admittedly in a gray area of the issue, a separate sketch from the same episode is outright racist. Cecily Strong starred in "Jewelry Party" as a Venezuelan bride who doesn’t realize her husband is part of the Men’s Rights Movement and a character of questionable morality. With no Latino cast members, and the majority of its Latino characters taking this form (igorant or unintelligent), Saturday Night Live is painting a terribly negative image of the group. See for yourself:
As SNL's ratings slip, we have to wonder if Americans are getting tired of laughing at jokes that shoot for uninspired, ignorant jabs. The show is long overdue for a return to sketches that lampoon popular culture and politics, not just shoot for easy stereotypes.
Nine years isn’t such a gap in comparison to the time it took to make prequels like Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Prometheus, but it still feels like we've been waiting forever for a Sin City sequel. The first film shocked audiences with a cutting edge cinematic style and a sexy, violent trip through a beloved comic franchise. This prequel has suffered some major losses to the cast and a general loss of buzz from the original. So we're wondering if waiting a decade has actually harmed the upcoming new movie.
First off, casting. Sadly, Brittany Murphy and Michael Clarke Duncan have passed away since the release of Sin City. The lengthy delay in filming cost the film these actors and quite a few more. Dennis Haysbert will be taking over the golden-eyed role of Manute. But can he play a convincing villain if his voice makes people want to double check their insurance rates? Devon Aoki’s model good looks and silent intensity were immortalized in the character of Miho. She’s been replaced by former Real World star Jamie Chung. Chung has been action-ish in Sucker Punch and Once Upon a Time , but she also starred in the utterly horrible Dragonball: Evolution. Eva Green plays the highly coveted role of Ava Lord. She’s not the worst choice but is a bit of a downgrade considering Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson could have had the role. Finally, Michael Madsen has been replaced by Ari Gold himself, Jeremy Piven.
Additionally, the buzz may have all but faded. Die hard Frank Miller fans will come out for the film regardless of the questionable casting and the long delay. However, a lot of the major excitement riding off the first movie has dissipated. Sin City was monumental, but films that have come since and borrowed the same ilk, like Watchmen and Sucker Punch, have done poorly in theaters. In the last nine years, stars like Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Rosario Dawson have lost a lot of their A-list appeal, lowering their grade to the likes of Good Luck Chuck, Iron Man 2, and The Zookeeper respectively.
The casting may be less exciting than the original but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has joined the cast. A Dame to Kill For is also one of the most exciting and intricate stories of the comic book franchise. It’s also the entire driving force behind Clive Owen’s character in the original film. Only time will tell if the film will be as great as the original. However, the geek appeal will definitely draw some butts to seats.
Has nine years left you indifferent or dying to see the sequel?
Hollywood is a business where looks matter. But what about when your perfect looks — fit body, great skin, and a killer smile — are exactly the same as someone else's? There are tons of Hollywood doppelgangers in the entertainment industry. And instead of avoiding similarities, we want to see look-alike performers capitalize on them! Wouldn’t it be crazy if Katy Perry played Zooey Deschanel’s (other) sister on New Girl? Nina Dobrev plays three different characters on The Vampire Diaries, but what if Victoria Justice stopped by to give her a break?
Here are a few of our favorite Hollywood clones. Don't worry, you are not seeing double.
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