From Ron Burgundy interviewing Peyton Manning to Benedict Cumberbatch doing R. Kelly, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.
5. A Christmas Story
It's that special time of year again. Instead of spending countless hours watching every holiday movie on television, here's a convenient Christmas film supercut.
The French award Dylan the Légion d’honneur, then place him under investigation for hate speech. Have they not been listening to what he’s sung about for half a century?
The chances of the French authorities attempting to arrest Bob Dylan are probably remote. Slapping the cuffs on a superstar to whom you have just pinned a shiny Légion d’honneur badge would a little look perverse, even by Gallic standards.
Bob Dylan performs onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Michael Caulfield/Getty)
It would seem sillier still if you were pursuing a figure who has had one or two things to say about human dignity down the years. To place him “under investigation” for alleged racism over remarks damning racial hatred would knock satire on its ear. France has just landed that punch.
Journey’s Neal Schon is marrying reality show princess Michaele Salahi, and you can pay to watch a ceremony that Schon swears ‘won’t be cheesy in the least.’
When an 80s rock star and a reality show princess decide to solemnize their feelings with a wedding ceremony, it stands to reason that they will do it on pay-per-view and charge each customer $14.95.
Recording artist Neal Schon of Journey and TV personality Michaele Salahi attend the 110th NAMM Show - Day 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 20, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (David Livingston/Getty)
“It’s a musical event of love, laughter and music,” says the future groom, Neal Schon, the longtime lead guitarist and songwriter of the venerable pop-rock band Journey, best remembered for such hits as “Wheel in the Sky” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” “It won’t be cheesy in the least.”
A Greenwich Village historian tells us how the bohemian paradise dramatized in the Coen Brothers’ new film ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ became what it is today—one of the squarest, priciest neighborhoods in New York.
The Coen Brothers’ new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, is hardly a sunny, soft-focus nostalgia-fest. It depicts a hardscrabble week in the life of the titular folksinger—a period, sometime in the winter of 1961, during which Davis gets punched in the face by a stranger, nearly freezes, coatless, in the bitter New York cold, and has to beg everyone he knows for a sofa to sleep on. The low winter light captured by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel is lovely, but it’s also as bleak and grey as Davis’s prospects for musical stardom.
And yet, watching the film—a terrific, often hilarious meditation on the desperate sadness of being a nearly great artist—you can’t help wishing that you too were bumming around Greenwich Village in 1961, when the cafes were full of cigarette smoke and folk songs.
Especially when you compare Llewyn Davis’s Greenwich Village to Greenwich Village today—a place where Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs seem to be competing to open the most stores on Bleecker Street and where no one who makes less than $200,000 a year can afford to live.
And 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Gets Release Date
Ratings: NBC's Sound of Music Live! Does Something Very Good. Sound of Music netted 18.5 million viewers. Wonder how many of them actually stayed for the whole thing and did not switch over to Scandal. TVLine.
Brian Is Coming Back to Family Guy. The logline for the December 15th episode reads, "Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas.” Vulture
A brilliant documentary, directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame, chronicles a 5-year quest to solve a 350-year-old mystery—and gets to the heart of what it means to be an artistic genius.
What if you could paint like Johannes Vermeer? What if everyone could? How would that transform our beliefs about artistic genius?
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In a fun, candid chat, Keanu Reeves spoke to Marlow Stern about his directorial debut, ‘Man of Tai Chi,’ surveillance and the NSA, Amazon delivery drones, ‘Bill & Ted 3,’ and much more.
Keanu Reeves is, to borrow a phrase from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a righteous dude.
The Canadian star of cult classics like My Own Private Idaho and Point Break as well as the blockbuster Matrix trilogy has, at the age of 49, achieved veteran status in Hollywood and as such, has ventured into filmmaking. The opening salvo was Side By Side, a documentary that Reeves produced last year about the future of filmmaking in an increasingly digitized world. And now, he’s released his feature directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, which is now available on VOD and comes out on DVD Dec. 10.
Was Carrie Underwood a good Maria? No. Was NBC’s decision to do a live staging of ‘The Sound of Music’ a good one? Maybe not. Was it fun anyway? Actually, kinda.
The poor hills. They finally come alive, only to experience a rotating flurry of emotions so dizzying it's as if the indefatigable Carrie Underwood started spinning on them at the beginning of NBC's The Sound of Music Live! and didn't stop for the entire three-hour broadcast. And, honestly, the country singer tackled her turn as Maria with such grating gusto she'd probably had done just that if she was asked to.
The experience of watching The Sound of Music Live! was a bit of an exhausting one. Not a bad one. Not a good one. But one that took energy.
‘Fruitvale Station’ star Michael B. Jordan’s name may be next to Robert Redford and Tom Hanks at the Oscars. If not, there’s always a chance he’ll be in ‘Star Wars.’
He’s come a long way from Wallace. After critically acclaimed turns in Fruitvale Station and Chronicle—not to mention his years of well regarded work on Friday Night Lights and The Wire—it seems as though 26-year-old Michael B. Jordan is the most sought after young actor in Hollywood. He’s been rumored for every major tent-pole in pre-production, from new incarnations of The Fantastic Four and Independence Day to the most coveted—and secretive—project out there: J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars. (“I can’t say anything about that. Nothing whatsoever.”)
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For now, we can only speculate on which superhero he’ll end up playing in 2016. Before he blows up too big, Michael B. Jordan talked to us about awards season, his acting heroes, and what exactly the year of the “Black movie” means to him.
The hip-hop mogul and Beyoncé are missing the point of successful diets—if you stay on it, it works. Why the odds are stacked against the couple in their 22-Day challenge.
Good news! Another celebrity just started a diet that he wants to tell you about!
Jay Z has let us know that he and Beyoncé are going vegan for 22 days, to celebrate his 44th birthday. Yes, that potent nexus of food, pursuit of the flat stomach, and Hollywood star-power is conspiring to educate the dim masses on how best to approach human nutrition. The logic is impeccable: If Jay Z and Bill Clinton are vegan, then it must be the right thing to do, right?
Surely America’s dietary approach could use a little tune-up, celebrity-led or not, given what a fat nation we have become. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 35.7 percent of the country is obese, leading to additional medical costs of $147 billion. Much of this bigness relates to our eating and overeating habits, though the exact role of genetic predisposition is being explored. What is certain—and let’s face it, very little is certain—is that fast foods and slow habits are a sure-fire way to pack on the pounds.
Lana Del Rey’s songs have always sounded like a groggy soundtrack to a campy art house movie, so the logical step for her was to actually make a campy 27-minute art house movie.
Lana Del Rey has been making heavier and longer and more bloated videos of her year-old songs from Born to Die: Paradise Edition as if she’s slowly releasing hostages. She’s saved her biggest victim for (hopefully?) last, a three-headed monster comprising her tunes “Body Electric,” “Gods and Monsters” and “Bel-Air,” which have been turned into a 27-minute-long short film, Tropico.
Del Rey’s songs have always sounded like a groggy soundtrack to a campy art house movie, so the logical step for her was to actually make a campy art house movie.
Well, here it is, released on Vevo Thursday. It’s directed by Anthony Mandler, who’s set to make his first feature film, Tokyo Vice, based on the book by Daily Beast contributor Jake Adelstein, with Daniel Radcliffe in the starring role.
Jennifer Grout, a 23-year-old singer from Boston, speaks no Arabic—and yet she’s become a phenomenon across the Middle East for her flawless renditions of classic songs on the spinoff series ‘Arabs Got Talent’.
Susan and Daryl Grout were in the car on a Sunday afternoon last month when their daughter, Jennifer, 5,000 miles away, emailed a link to a YouTube clip showing her flawless rendition of Um Kalthoum’s “Ba’eed ‘annuk” — “Far From You,” aptly—in perfect Arabic.
The performance floored the judges on Arabs Got Talent, which the 23-year-old Grout is now a favorite to win despite not speaking Arabic. “She’s a born performer,” Daryl Grout says of his daughter. “She can master any genre she chooses,” adds Susan.
The bizarre future world of Katniss and Peeta is an American conservative’s fantasy—a big federal government that squashes individual will.
“Remember who the real enemy is.”
It’s a pivotal line in the new Hunger Games film sequel, Catching Fire. But it might also be said of the film itself.
‘The Final Member’ chronicles the race between a womanizing nonagenarian and a well-endowed kook to get a human penis in Iceland’s Phallological Museum. Only one penis can win.
Iceland is home to many wonders. Volcanic mountains. The Blue Lagoon. Musical acts Björk, Of Monsters and Men, and Sigur Rós. Four-time “World’s Strongest Man” winner Magnús Ver Magnússon. The evil ice hockey team in D2: The Mighty Ducks.
Icelandic Phallological Museum. A collection of penises from mink whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). (commons.wikimedia.org)
It also has the distinction of hosting the world’s only penis museum.
NBC Plans More Live Musicals
After success of “The Sound of Music.”More
Actress Eleanor Parker Dies
Played baroness in “The Sound of Music.” More
Netflix Planning Romney Doc
Will air in January.More
‘Frozen’ Wins Weekend Box Office
“Catching Fire” still holding strong.More
I DREAMED A DREAM
Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger’s
Call diagnosis a “relief.”More
Hilton Blames Lohan for Attack
Says she ordered friend to beat him up.More
Former stockbroker Jordan Belfort once had sex on $3 million in cash. Check out more stats about the man behind Leo DiCaprio’s leading role in Martin Scorsese’s latest.