The Oscar nominated star of ‘Juno’ came out in a wonderful, honest, and heartrending speech at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Time To THRIVE conference. Watch the speech and read the full text of it below.
Ellen Page, the Oscar nominated star of films like Juno, Inception, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, is gay.
The 26-year-old Canadian-born actress came out during a stirring speech Friday—Valentine’s Day—at the Time To THRIVE conference. “I am here today because I am gay,” she said. “And because maybe I can make a difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time.”
Meet the Brits whose first movie after film school, ‘The Voorman Problem,’ has been nominated for an Oscar. Unfortunately, they couldn’t afford the airfare or a tuxedo for the show.
Not every Oscar nominee was backed by Harvey Weinstein or a multimillion dollar publicity drive. Meet the British blaggers whose first movie after film school has been nominated for an Academy Award.
Mark Gill, director of the short film The Voorman Problem, told The Daily Beast that breaking all the rules and a letter sent blind to Kevin Spacey helped to secure an unlikely Hollywood cast for the film. Stellar reviews and an Oscar nomination later, Gill was thrilled but still couldn’t afford the airfare or a tuxedo for his first ever trip to Los Angeles.
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As if the Olympic skiing courses weren’t already challenging enough, this Danish television segment ups the ante by shooting lasers at the skiers as they fly down the moguls run.
Sure, you’re familiar with celebrated classics ‘Love Actually,’ ‘Annie Hall,’ and ‘Casablanca,’ but here is a collection of underappreciated romance films for millennials.
Each and every Valentine’s Day, the Hollywood powers that be impose a coterie of awful films on impressionable teens and lovesick adults. This year, in lieu of a sappy Nicholas Sparks adaptation, there’s the miserable-looking duo of Endless Love and Winter’s Tale—a DOA remake and fairy tale misfire.
The dispiriting combination of chilly winter temperatures, snowy sidewalks, and the dreaded V-Day will find many retreating to the comfy confines of their couch for some serious movie binging. You’ve probably heard of the all-time classics—Gone with the Wind, West Side Story, An Affair to Remember, etc.—but here’s a selection of excellent romance films that haven’t received their just due in the annals of moviedom. So, pop a bottle of wine and enjoy these (should be) classics.
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The hit Netflix series’ showrunner Beau Willimon walks us through the big shocks of Season 2, and why the show isn’t that cynical. Massive spoiler alert!
At 3 a.m. ET on Friday morning, House of Cards, the dark drama about power and politics, returned to Netflix—and the nation’s business ground to a halt.
We’re kidding, of course. But all across the country, and especially in Washington, D.C., political junkies awoke in the wee small hours of the morning, clicked on Season 2, and began to binge. The story picks up right where it left off, with wily House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) about to ascend to the vice-presidency and a pack of reporters on his trail. But from there the series takes some surprising—and brutal—turns.
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Over the span of his tragically short life, we doubt young Marius ever imagined a sobbing Kirstie Alley tweeting on his behalf.
Last Sunday Marius, a 2-year-old giraffe, was slaughtered at the Copenhagen Zoo. Marius, whose genetic composition was incompatible with the zoo's international breeding program, was shot with a bolt gun and fed to lions in front of a live audience. Adding another layer of surreality to this insane story, numerous celebrities have fired up their various social media platforms in an attempt to call attention to the killing.
While Ian Somerhalder plays a bloodthirsty vampire on TV, the real life actor and animal rights activist wouldn't hurt a fly. Somerhalder took to Twitter last Saturday urging followers to sign a petition to save Marius. While the petition ultimately failed, we're sure Ian's adolescent fans appreciated this virtual window into his swoon-worthy, giraffe-cuddling, sensitive side.
If you, like the entire lady-loving population of America, are interested in learning a little more about the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover models, read on.
Every year, Sports Illustrated inexplicably publishes a full issue of models in bikinis (or body paint). Yesterday, Sports Illustrated revealed this year’s swimsuit edition cover, celebrating fifty years of incredibly picturesque objectification. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is fairly deplorable from a feminist standpoint; plus, it has very little to do with sports. But everyone looks so pretty and happy! Plus beaches, and butts!
The 50th anniversary cover features Chrissy Teigen (right), Nina Agdal (left), and Lily Aldridge (center). Watching this video, in which the models learn that they’ve just achieved SI cover status, is genuinely adorable. It’s pretty endearing to watch the women, who actually seem like close friends, freak out. We almost believe that the three of them hang out topless and take innocent booty pics in their free time. Read on if you, like the entire lady-loving population of America, are interested in learning a little more about the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover models.
It had A-list stars—Julia Roberts! Bradley Cooper! Taylor Swift!—and a fun conceit, but 2010’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ turned out to be pure torture for viewers. We revisit one of the biggest ghosts of V-Day’s past.
With all due respect to the heinous-looking one-two punch of Endless Love and Winter’s Tale, which have seemingly arrived in theaters this Valentine’s Day to torture impressionable romantics nationwide, there is one film so grossly saccharine that it rules the V-Day crap-movie roost. I’m talking about Valentine’s Day.
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This 2010 film was a lame attempt at mimicking the star-studded rom-com conceit made famous—or infamous, depending on your taste—by 2003’s Love Actually. Only this time, the action was set in California and boasted a plethora of bizarre, chemistry-free star couplings. Yes, Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day managed to fleece unsuspecting audiences of over $216 million worldwide, but it’s a film that will live on in infamy for its gag-worthy scenarios and awful romantic clichés. It serves as living proof that no amount of A-list stars can make up for crap filmmaking.
Julia Roberts’s sister killed herself last week and reportedly resented her mega-successful sibling. The problem doesn’t just apply to Hollywood families though.
Mare Winnigham snagged an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a world famous singer whose drug addicted younger sister struggles in her shadow in the 1995 film Georgia. The tragic tale seemed eerily similar to real life when it was announced that Julia Roberts’ younger sister Nancy Motes had reportedly taken her own life. Multiple news accounts claimed that Motes, who had allegedly battled addiction, left a suicide note that included references to her strained relationship with her superstar sibling. Motes is not the first sibling of a superstar to struggle and do so publicly. But Motes’s sad story raises a number of uncomfortable questions. Namely, what responsibility does a really successful family member have for his or her relatives?
Family therapist Dr. Rachel Sussman said the responsibility that a famous sibling has to a sibling is the same responsibility all siblings have to one another. Of celebrities she said, “They really don’t have a responsibility other than to be a good sibling,” which includes reminding less famous siblings that they are loved and they are special. But it does not include becoming the less wealthy sibling’s piggy bank. She and other experts explained that money, identity and boundaries are common destructive forces in familial relationships but tend to become more pronounced when a wealthy celebrity is a member of the family.
From Harrison Ford to Jack Nicholson, many actors have taken a spin in the Oval Office. Here's a look at the best (and worst) fictional presidents in film and TV.
Being the president of the United States is not an easy gig. Whether he’s fighting off a team of Russian hijackers, defending the world from hordes of evil aliens, or simply trying to meet the right woman, the president’s job is never done.
President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) in Lincoln
The first season of the dark political drama was good. The second is great. How Netflix improved its flagship series. (WARNING: Contains first-season spoilers and hints of what’s to come in Season Two.)
At the tail end of the Season Two premiere of House of Cards, the pitch-black series about power and politics that returned to Netflix at 3 a.m. Friday morning, we see wily House Majority Whip and soon-to-be-Vice-President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) gazing into his bedroom mirror as he fiddles with a new pair of cufflinks—a birthday gift from his loyal body man, Meechum. Suddenly, he turns to the camera.
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“Did you think I’d forgotten you?” he asks, the slightest smile materializing at the corners of his mouth. “Perhaps you hoped I had.” He’s talking directly to us. Underwood has just committed a crime so heinous and surprising—from both a moral and a dramatic standpoint—that even now, 15 minutes later, we’re still reeling.
Just when it seemed like her career was fried, Paula Deen starts a new company with a $75 million investment. Will we forgive her? And does it matter?
When you mess up in the kitchen but still want the food to taste good, there’s a trick that everyone knows: you put some butter on it. No one knows that trick better than Paula Deen. Only this time, she’s swapping out butter for money, y’all.
She’s swapping it out for about $75 million, to be exact. Oh yes. Just when it seemed like Paula Deen—Countess of Carbs, First Lady of Finger Lickin’, Baroness of Butter—was cooked, word broke this week that she’s plotting a comeback. A new company, Paula Deen Ventures, has been formed to reheat the fallen-from-grace cooking personality’s career. The company says it received an investment of between $75 million and $100 million from Njafi Cos., a private-equity company headed by Jahm Najafi, who owns BMG Music Service and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
It's a luxury to complain about a broken toilet, when you think about it. Maybe we should be thankful for our picayune complaints.
Last week, my usually steadfast and loyal upstairs toilet decided to go on strike, requiring the intervention of a slightly psychotic but surprisingly competent handyman. The whole thing needed to be replaced, he declared ominously, but it was a process that would take a number of days, demanding the toilet be left in peace, living out its final days in quiet dignity. It the meantime, this would require me trudging downstairs, to the second bathroom, for a middle-of-the-night piss.
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Naturally, the following day I would be attacked by Normandy-like waves of nausea, turning Lou Ferrigno green, retching and coughing and puking until my stomach was vacant and throbbing. With upstairs off limits, I left the comfort of my bed, decamping to the narrow living room couch. This minor plumbing issue, corrected for a reasonable fee absorbed by an unreasonable landlord, provoked a good bit of complaint (“How long does it take to buy a new toilet?” “When can I return to my very comfortable, rather large bed?”). But these types of “white whines” are best whispered in private, lest one be reminded that while you might be infected with the Norovirus, someone else has cholera—and that you’re also suffering from an acute case of “first world problems.”
You’ve seen the awful masterpiece of a trailer, but this remake of the 1981 cult schmaltz (with the number-one hit song) excised something that just can’t be cut from the original. Spoiler alert!
Where’s the scene in Endless Love where the mom watches her daughter lose her virginity in front of the fireplace?
The movie, a remake of the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli film starring Brooke Shields (based on the 1979 novel by Scott Spencer), seems to have entirely missed what made the phrase “endless love” so scarring for a generation of Americans. Endless Love without Mrs. Butterfield’s obsession over her daughter’s boyfriend is like Flowers in the Attic without the brother-sister incest, or Lolita without an underage Dolores. As it is, the film is just crappy, sappy, PG-13 Valentine’s Day drivel.
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