The films '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle' were the big winners in the 2014 Golden Globe nominations, with seven each. See the full list of nominees.
2013’s awards contenders are bleak, brutal, and hard to watch. So thank Disney for this charming crowd-pleaser that’s practically flawless.François Duhamel/Disney via AP
Plunging necklines, over-the-top wigs, and a really bad comb-over steal the show in David O. Russell’s new film.
Hustling is all about “starting from the feet up,”as David O. Russell’s new film American Hustle reminds its audience numerous times. Between Amy Adams’s plunging necklines and Christian Bale’s terrifying, come-over, clearly the catch-phrase was referring to one’s look. American Hustle focuses on transformation, both internally and externally, of the characters as they embark on a series of scandals in the midst of the glitz and glamour of the 1970s. Amongst the characters performances are decadent costumes, over-the-top wigs, and too much leather, fur, and slinky cuts to count. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson and lead hair stylist Katherine Gordon tell The Daily Beast what it took to make American Hustle’s characters come to life.
Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams)
The may be small, but they’ll kick your ass on the green. Netflix’s first documentary, ‘The Short Game,’ follows golf’s best 7-year-olds as they battle for supremacy.
As the nation patiently awaits the release of Mitt, Netflix has another treat in store—one that’s equally fun but half the size.
Zamokuhle Nxasana in Netflix's "The Short Game." (Netflix)
The Short Game, produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (livestreaming on Netflix starting today), follows eight 7-year-old golfers as they prepare to compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Referred to as the “superbowl of kids golf,” it’s the pinnacle tournament for young golfers, bringing together 1500 players from 60 different countries—all under the age of 8. With a strict 365-days-a-year training schedule, the miniature pros literally eat, sleep, and breathe golf. All in the hopes of coming out the victor of the three-day August tournament.
The film is as eye opening about the world of kid’s professional sports as it is about kids in general. Failure isn’t an option, until they learn that it’s inevitable.
If the topic doesn’t capture you—the kids will.
After episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want. Does that mean we see the orange suit? Warning: Spoilers abound.
Where did The Flash go? After introducing Barry Allen last week in Arrow, the DC Comics speedster wasn’t the focus this week. Until the end of the episode.
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After eight episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want. In the final scene of “Three Ghosts,” the particle accelerator explodes and lighting strikes Barry while he’s standing in his lab—the same lighting strike that gave his character super speed in the comics. Looks like we’re going to be seeing an orange streak pretty soon.
He’s a god. He’s the espresso. He’s the Braveheart of creativity. He's Shakespeare in the flesh. And that’s just a taste of what Kanye West said about himself in 2013.
“Yeezy season approaching/Fuck whatever y’all be hearing/Fuck what, fuck whatever y’all been wearing/A monster about to come alive again”
Kanye West arrives at the Ghita 2008 collection during New York Fashion Week. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)
These lyrics opened Kanye West’s Yeezus. They also warned of what was to come in the latter half of 2013. Since his album dropped in June, Kanye has made a welcomed return to the limelight with multiple candid interviews and public appearances. And if there’s one thing you can expect when Kanye is in a room, it’s that he’ll say something that will be worth discussing with your friends. Thankfully, West did not disappoint—he gave us some great quotes on pop culture, design, the state of rap, the fashion industry, and of course Kanye West, the creative genius.
“I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people, this is the level that things could be at. So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.” June 16, New York Times
Get ready for more blue and orange pegs, because the super addictive pachinko-‘Breakout’ hybrid is back, this time with a head-banging unicorn.
PopCap has a history of making games that are nigh-impossible to put down, including Bejewled, which reintroduced the world to match-three puzzle games; Plants vs. Zombies, a totally amazing take on the tower-defense genre pitting, well, plants against zombies; and Peggle, the pachinko-Breakout hybrid that is easily one of the most addicting videogames to have ever been made.
Peggle, released for the PC and Mac in 2007, is the perfect combination of luck and skill. Each level consists of a static screen covered with blue and orange pegs. The goal of the game is simple: hit all of the orange pegs. The player gets 10 balls, although more can be acquired by hitting certain scores or by getting the ball into the moving bucket at the bottom of the screen. There are also pink pegs, which give point bonuses, and two green pegs, which award special powers. The special powers correspond to each world and each game “master.” The first game had a lobster gives pinball-like bumpers to the bottom edges of the screen, a dragon shoots a fireball that destroys every peg in its path, and eight other masters each changed the game in some small way. 2008’s Peggle Nights, only added one master, but it was more of an expansion than a serious sequel. After that, there was a lull in the Peggle-verse.
Then, at this year’s E3, PopCap announced Peggle 2. (Whoo!) As an Xbox One exclusive. (Wha?)
'12 Years a Slaves' and 'The Butler' dominate the movie categories, while 'Breaking Bad' and '30 Rock' get rewarded for their swan songs on the TV side.
Want to score big in your Oscar pool? Pay attention to this morning’s announcement. More than the Golden Globe Awards, the splashy Hollywood orgy of stars that has practically zero bearing on the eventual Academy Award nominees (this is an organization that has nominated The Tourist and Burlesque for Best Picture), the SAG Awards are a more reliable forecaster of what the Academy might on its shortlists. Or rather, who.
Actors make up the largest segment of Academy members, so their tea leaves are the best when it comes to the acting races (let’s be honest, the races we care most about). By that regard, expect 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, August: Osage County, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler to do well at this year’s Oscars—12 Years leads SAG nominees with four nods, followed by three a piece for the Dallas, August, and The Butler. Also expect contenders who seemed to have all-but lost their buzz—Forest Whitaker in Best Actor for The Butler, Daniel Bruhl for Rush, and James Gandolfini for Enough Said, both in Supporting Actor—to be back in contention again.
In the embarrassment-of-riches Best Actor category, Whitaker's inclusion means Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all were snubbed. Redford's exclusion is probably the biggest surprise, though a lot of people in the industry are still rooting for Phoenix to make a surge in the race for his brilliant performance in Her. The two actress categories could very well be set, with the ten nominees all likely to repeat with Oscar mentions. Gandolfini and Bruhl's inclusion in Supporting Actor means Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks) and Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) are on shakier ground come Oscar time.
Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman, oh my! Like ‘The Avengers,’ the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel has a lot going on. Can the comic book flick genre survive this bloat?
With superhero movies following The Avengers and stuffing two hour flicks with tons of characters—Iron Man, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor, Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D., and countless villains—the question looms: Is a bigger movie always better?
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The Man of Steel franchise already has Henry Cavill as an emo-Superman, Ben Affleck as geriatric Batman, and super villain Lex Luthor. Now Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. It really is packed. But can the franchise survive this bloat? Let’s take a look.
She was your favorite on ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ Now she’s going to be the first female black character on ‘Girls.’ Meet Danielle Brooks, 2013’s breakout star.
When Danielle Brooks won the role of Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is the New Black, she wasn’t wearing any pants.
And you thought you couldn’t love her more.
YouTube released the top trending videos of the year, featuring the Harlem Shake and a Miley Cyrus spoof—and a riddle about what a certain animal says.
We knew the answer all along—it’s bark, yelp, or simper.
The question, of course, was, “What does the fox say?” When the Norwegian duo Ylvis posed it this summer, it stumped us good. We were so curious that we were frantically seeking the answer—more than 270 million times.
YouTube released the top trending music videos of the year, featuring Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and more. But the top-ranked video might surprise you.
Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines” may have been the song that stalked your every move this year like the villain of a Lifetime movie—and may have been just as unwelcome—but its radio ubiquity did not translate to YouTube views. The honor of this year’s top trending music video instead goes to an artist that you may have even forgotten was pop-culturally relevant at all 2013: South Korean viral-video savant Psy.
A year after the domination of “Gangnam Style,” Psy once again tops the YouTube charts. His follow-up, “Gentleman,” was the top-trending music video of 2013, according to stats provided by YouTube. More impressive, however, may be the feat twerked out by TIME Person of the Year hopeful Miley Cyrus. She holds the number two and three slots on the list, for “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.”
‘Her,’ a futuristic love story directed by Spike Jonze, is one of the best films of the year. The filmmaker and star Amy Adams revealed some of the film’s secrets at a New York luncheon hosted by Peggy Siegal.
Her, filmmaker Spike Jonze’s long-awaited follow-up to Where the Wild Things Are that’s out Dec. 18, provides an embarrassment of cinematic riches. There’s Joaquin Phoenix’s riveting turn as Theodore Twombly, a romantic who’s in the throes of a depression after being dumped by his wife, played by Rooney Mara. There’s Scarlett Johansson, who breathes life into the voice-only role of Samantha, a sentient operating system that Theodore gradually falls for. There’s the the eye-catching color palette and futuristic set design, a mélange of Los Angeles and Shanghai. There’s Amy Adams, who gives a soulful turn as Amy, Theodore’s only—and equally lonely—friend. There’s the beautiful soundtrack, courtesy of Arcade Fire and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
And there’s that hilarious phone sex scene.
Early on in the film, Theodore is very, very sad. He can’t stop thinking of his ex. So, to take his mind off things, he logs into a phone sex chatroom and connects with a woman whom he thinks is a kindred spirit. The talk starts off nice and kinky. Theodore “enters” her—verbally. The woman purrs, and Theodore is getting worked up. And then… things take an unexpected turn. “Choke me with that dead cat!” the woman on the other end screams. Theodore is genuinely confused. “The dead cat by the bed… choke me with it!” she screams louder. So, he ends up playing along and painting a kinky-bizarre scenario where he’s choking the woman with the cat’s tail while they’re “having sex.” This sends his tele-hook up over the moon, and she howls with ecstasy like Kim Cattrall’s randy cheerleader in Porky’s.
And NBC will continue its live musical productions.
Tila Tequila is apparently a Nazi sympathizer now. The reality TV star now calls herself “Hitila” and has come out in defense of Hitler’s actions. Tablet Magazine
Listen to Ron Burgundy and Robin Thicke’s hilarious duet (of sorts) from Anchorman 2 soundtrack. Ron Burgundy continues his domination of all things media with this amazing six minute track. Vulture
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SAG Nominations Announced
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Lovato Admits Cocaine Addiction
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Forbes: Sandler Most Overpaid
Followed by Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon.More
NBC Plans ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Series
Will be set in Paris.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.