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OMFG I SWEAR TO GOD IF HE COMES TO MY COUNTRY FOR A HUMANITARIAN VISIT, I MIGHT JUST DIE.
Bless this man and his army of followers for helping the Philippines recover from her devastating tragedy... <3
Universal's The Best Man Holiday made headlines this past weekend, opening this weekend to decent reviews, an extremely rare A+ rating on CinemaScore, and excellent box office numbers: $30.6 million, a close second to Marvel's Thor: Dark World, which earned $35.8 million in its second weekend. But films featuring predominantly black casts have been performing well for years, so why the hell are reporters still so shocked when a "black film" succeeds at the box office?
When Sony released Think Like A Man in 2012, it earned $33.6 million in its opening weekend, before going on to rake in a cumulative $91.5 million domestic gross. Not a single one of Tyler Perry's five Madea movies took in less than $21 million in their opening weekends. Yet black films continue to be seen as niche movies that only appeal to a small subsect of the population, and their success remains an anomaly.
When The Best Man Holiday took in $30 million this weekend, entertainment reporters were quick to express their shock that the movie did so well. The phrase "over-performed" was thrown around by outlets, including Variety. Struggling behemoth USA Today also stepped into it, titling an online headline "Holiday Nearly Beat Thor, As Race-Themed Films Soar." After much outrage on Twitter, they changed "race-themed films" to the equally inelegant "ethnically diverse," before finally settling on "Best Man Holiday Nearly Beats Mighty Thor." Ray Subers, the journalist who runs Box Office Mojo, a well-known site for box office prognostication and analysis, summed up his shock with a tweet on opening Friday that read "Looks like at least $30 mil for BEST MAN HOLIDAY this weekend. Very surprising." His prediction for the film was a paltry $54 million cumulative—a figure that will easily be outpaced if the opening weekend successes continue.
Labeling these box office victories as "surprising" and "over performing" immediately indicates that they are an aberration from the norm, unlikely to happen again with any degree of consistency. Coming from an average viewer, it's still short-sighted. Coming from a movie writer? It's idiotic. As a paid critic or commenter, there's a reasonable expectation to know what the hell you're talking about when preaching to thousands of readers. But there's a larger responsibility that comes with the reach: the ability to educate and engage. If entertainment reporters, who have seen continued trending success in films geared towards niche audiences, can't acknowledge that times are changing, can the general public's perception towards said films really evolve either?
Subers had a moronic tweet in the days prior to the film, in regards to the multiple diverse holiday films being released in the coming weeks.
When pressed on how that was an oddly racist sentiment masquerading as an interrogative statement, Subers feigned ignorance, asking how that tweet could be seen as offensive. I pointed out that in 2004, there were three major holiday films all featuring big name actors and all-white casts/storylines—The Polar Express, Surviving Christmas, and Christmas With The Kranks—Subers only response was "I wasn't doing box office analysis in 2004." While his statements are surprising for a journalist (I mean, overkill, really?), he's unfortunately not alone. Despite stating that it should be unsurprising that black audiences enjoy the moviegoing experience, Scott Mendelson at Forbes ultimately chalks the success of Best Man Holiday up to a fad (emphasis mine).
"On that note, Tim Story's Think Like A Man was a breath of fresh air last April, a genuine ensemble romantic comedy that happened to feature a most black cast without the Tyler Perry baggage. If Think Like A Man was The Ring, Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday is The Grudge, the first major movie to capitalize on what Hollywood hopes may be a fad."
In the minds of critics like Subers and Mendelson, black films primarily only appeal to black audiences. And while that's not entirely untrue—Variety reports that 87 percent of the audience was black—no critic would call a Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams romance a "white film." In a year where three major Oscar contenders tell the story of black males: The Butler, Fruitvale Station, and 12 Years A Slave, the real shock isn't that a movie like The Best Man Holiday can be successful—it's that in this day and age, anyone is surprised at all.
In the front row: Tom Cruise and John Travolta side-by-side in the front row as the Church of Scientology's Flag Building in downtown Clearwater, Florida is opened. The building is rumored to have a floor where members can get 'super powers'
Confetti falls as the Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige dedicates the massive Flag Building in downtown Clearwater
The ceremony was for parishioners only but even born-and-bred Scientologists couldn't get into the exclusive dedication ceremony.
Danielle Lumberg is a third-generation Scientologist who belongs to the church in Clearwater, but wasn't allowed past the thick security surrounding the new buidling.
Instead, she stood outside the event and tried to get as good a look at the new building as possible.
'It sounds like Disney World in there,' she told the Tampa Bay Tribune.
But she didn't seem to hold any grudge against the church for not letting her into the event.
'Thank God it's finally done,' she said. 'There are so many more people joining the church we really needed more space so we could be more comfortable and do more things for the community, and the response today is absolutely breathtaking. We've been looking forward to this for a long, long time.'
Brad Kugler is a second-generation Scientologist from nearby Palm Harbor and he too wasn't allowed into the ceremony.
Mr Kugler climbed a palm tree just for a better vantage point into the ceremony.
'I've been watching this come out of the ground for the better part of 15 years. It's huge,' he told the Tampa Bay Times.
After a quick eight-minute speech by Scientology's leader David Miscavige, confetti-rained down and the cathedral's doors were opened to the thousands gathered outside.
But for non-church members excluded on the outside, the building's opening was not a celebration. Around four people were seen protesting the event in Guy Fawkes masks, while other locals weren't happy at the religion's takeover of the city.
'People don't want to come to downtown Clearwater because that's all you see — big groups (of Scientologists) walking everywhere. Downtown Clearwater could be a really interesting, vibrant place,' said Debbie Halvorsen, 62, of Largo.
Mo Iskander would disagree. The local restauranteur sees the center's opening as a money-making opportunity. He opened his new restaurant Mixx Bar and Bar and Grill yesterday as well and aims to bring in Scientology parishioners.
'The church will play a big part in bringing attractions, festivals and nightlife to the downtown area, and we're just the first,' he said. 'The Scientologists are always well dressed, they look nice, and they keep our city a nice place. And they need to eat, too.'
The group broke ground on the Mediterranean Revival-style building in 1998, but stopped work after finishing the shell.
For three years, the group ceased construction on the project until the city started imposing $250-a-day fines for code violations.
Scientology defectors have explained that the building's slow construction is due to church leader's who have allegedly used the project as a fundraising cash cow.
An analysis by the Tampa Bay Times discovered that the church had raised $145million for the building, much higher than the $100million it was estimated to cost.
Former Scientologist couple Rocio and Luis Garcia of Irvine, California contributed more than $340,000 to the construction of the Super Power building, before ultimately suing the church in federal court for dragging out the project 'as a shill'.
Church representatives have described the Garcia's suit as 'frivolous'.
While the new building is part of a larger complex of buildings that serve as a spiritual retreat for Scientologists, there will be space on the ground floor for visitors to learn about the religion.
The visitor center will have a 'grand lobby' with a three-story atrium and exhibits that explain the religion's belief system and practices.
The second and third floors are home to offices and classrooms while the basement houses a huge kitchen and dining areas.
Three hundred small rooms for 'auditing' can be found on the buildings upper floors. Auditing is the religions form of counseling and a session can cost $1,000.
But the jewel in the crown of the Flag Building is on the fifth floor, where members can participate in the Super Power program for the first time.
The Super Power program was developed by the religion's found L Ron Hubbard and described as one of his greatest discoveries.
'Super Power is a series of spiritual counseling processes designed to give a person back his own viewpoint, increase his perception, exercise his power of choice, and greatly enhance other spiritual abilities,' church spokesman Ben Shaw said in a statement.
Hubbard went further in his description of the program saying: 'Super Power is the answer to a sick, a dying and dead society...With it we literally revive the dead.'
As part of that therapy, members will be spun on an anit-gravity simulator blindfolded to improve their 'perceptics' - Hubbard's 57 senses which include sight, smell, taste, blood circulation, and awareness of awareness.
Another interesting feature of the building is the circular running track located on floor six.
Scientologists use the track for 'Cause Resurgence Rundown'. Basically they run until they have a moment of enlightenment called 'cognition'.
Would you become the beard for a Scientologist actor?
'Made In Chelsea' star Spencer Matthews might have to have a few quiet nights in after he tweeted a snap of him holding a credit card bill for almost half a million quid.
Although it's unclear if the huge bill was run up by the 25-year-old reality star, he captioned the snap with 'Sh*********t', so we're guessing it might be.
After spending the night at Morton’s, a private members club in London's Mayfair, Spenny shared the bill for £488,706,08 with his followers on the social networking site.
But not everyone was impressed, with some taking to Twitter to condemn him for his expensive night out.
"You could've sent that off to the Philippines you self centered p****," tweeted Soph.
Whilst MrJackKB tweeted: "Sadly it rather sums up what is wrong with society."
The Wanted Play Heads Up on BUMP
The Wanted's Jay McGuinness Interviews Khloe Kardashian
The 'I Found You' star speaks gets Capital's Max to put his question to the reality star.
VIDEO HERE (STUPID CAPITAL PLAYER)
The Wanted have been praising Khloe Kardashian this week on Max's show, with Jay McGuiness also getting to ask a question to the reality show star.
The group met the US TV sensation earlier this year and told Capital how much they loved spending time with her. Khloe also joined Capital's Max this week and listened in to some of the kinds words the group had to say about her.
"I love The Wanted, I love Max. Let's date in our dreams," she said.
You might know Adam Devine from Workaholics, Pitch Perfect, or a bit role in the new season of Arrested Development. Devine is promoting his Comedy Central show called Adam Devine’s House Party, hence the reddit visit.
Also, if you aren’t already watching Workaholics you really should.
Do you get fan mail from dyslexic Maroon 5 fans?
EVERY DAY. I thought 14 year old girls just thought I was the sexist dude with an amazing voice for awhile.
Who are you? Genuine question, am British.
I’m the lead singer of Maroon 5
Can you discuss the movie you guys are gonna be doing with Seth Rogen?
A little bit. Its a big action comedy movie. Seth is helping us produce it. which basically means he helps us talk to dudes in suits that we’re to immature to talk to and he also will help us sell our movie to the studio. ALSO, also, Seth and Evan have given us notes to make our movie more movie-ish. It’s NOT a workaholics movie but it is starring the three of us.
I hope this doesn’t make me sound like a dick, but it seems like you play the same character on most shows you’re on. Obviously, on Modern Family you’re basically the opposite of your crude Workaholics counterpart, but you still have that dopey quality. Do you feel like you’re being typecast or setting yourself up to be typecast?
I think you just do what you do best. will ferrell, ben stiller, Seth Rogan, sander, black, sasha baron cohen, all those guys do the same stuff. You just do what you do to be your funniest. I’m not Daniel Day Lewis and I’m not trying to be.
Who is the one Actor/comedian that you consider to be your biggest influence? Who got you into comedy?
I literally cried when Chris Farley died. I did impressions of him on the radio in Omaha where i grew up. They would pay me in concert tickets and Matchbox 20 cd’s. When he died I was devastated. I thought he was the funniest man in the world. Sa[n]dler was also a comedy super hero.
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It is hard to imagine that anyone who spends their life being photographed or parading down a catwalk can be insecure about their body.
However Cara Delevingne admitted she would be happier with a few more curves when she posed for her third i-D magazine cover, which has relaunched a new video-driven site.
The 21-year-old looks stunning in the shots which sees her sport a blonde Afro wig and elaborate make-up and clothes, channeling a Pierrot-style clown.
When asked what she was most insecure about, the model replied: 'My body because I’d like to be curvier.'
As she moves into acting, the star revealed the lengths she would go to in regards changing her appearance for an acting role.
'I’d shave all my hair off and my eyebrows, I’d gain weight, I would do anything, sky dive, jump off buildings, do my own stunts, I want to learn all there is to learn', she commented.
The glamorous pictures see the Victoria's Secret Angel sport sparkly tweed-style pants, over-sized blouse and a short, spotted fur stole, styled by Sarah Richardson.
Cara, who never appears to be out of the headlines, opened up about how she feels about the media attention she receives while being photographed by Richard Bush.
She said: 'I tried to punch one [a member of the paparazzi] in the face the other day. I’m worried that I’m going to get into trouble one day.
'The pictures never tell the whole story, they don’t show the provocation from some of the paparazzi, and how some of them just want to provoke you in order to get their story.'
The bushy-browned star, who revealed that she normally sleeps naked, said her dream date would be US rapper, Eminem.
Speaking about the fun-loving character she portrays, she commented: 'Everyone, including me, has off days. But I try my best to keep happy the way everyone around me does, and to keep up moral.
'Of course, I’m only human. I try and be real and keep my life real. I don’t expect anyone to think I’m always perfect because I’m not. No one is.'
The Brit, who says her dream roles would be either Cat Woman or Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has been linked with Michael Winterbottom’s Amanda Knox inspired film, Face of an Angel.
'I’m always scared of the future, but Michael is an incredible director and I’m working with an incredible cast. With acting, you’re essentially learning on the job,' she said.
The young star said it was her fans that make her work harder, adding: 'I want them all to realise that their dreams are possible.'
"Save Henry" - While Henry's life hangs in the balance, the race is on to stop Pan from gaining full magical powers from the heart of the truest believer. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke of the past, Regina decides to fill a void in her life and, with Mr. Gold's help, sets out to adopt a baby, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire/Neal Cassidy, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are David Anders as Dr. Whale, Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Robbie Kay as Pan, Rose McIver as Tinker Bell, Parker Croft as Felix, Darien Provost as Lost Boy #1, Jack Di Blasio as Lost Boy #2, Freya Tingley as Wendy, James Immekus as keychain, Matt Kane as glasses and Julian D. Christopher as adoption agent.
"Save Henry" was written by Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thomsen and directed by Andy Goddard.
+New Cast Promotional Photos
My last episode of the show. Might as well see Pan to the end. Wish he got one of these posters.
Melissa Rauch is getting into a little raunch.
The Big Bang Theory star — who plays high-pitched Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the sitcom — looks fairly tame in this little black dress. But in other photos for the the December issue of Maxim magazine, she goes dominatrix.
On the show, Rauch's character worked at the Cheesecake Factory while studying to get her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, Rauch says, "I've actually never been!"
She adds that she is similar to Bernadette "in that we both spent some time waiting tables. I worked at a sports bar in New York City during college. It was before fantasy football was online, so people would come in with their notebooks. One time I spilled a pitcher of beer all over someone's fantasy notebook. It really (messed) up his draft."
Advice for guys still living at home (like aerospace engineer Howard, Bernadette's husband on the show, did): "Don't have your mother fold your underwear," says Rauch, 33.
On funny guys: "I absolutely love a funny guy. I am a sucker for it. It's my number one requirement."
The thrilling action continues in another all-new, adrenaline-fueled episode. Detective Kennex and Dorian battle an intense and futuristic hostage situation, while Captain Maldonado (Lili Taylor) attempts to meet the terrorist's demands, hoping to protect innocent people.
'Almost Human' executes solid premiere rating
Almost Human delivered 9.1 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49. Almost Human benefited from a big NFL lead-in and was easily Sunday’s top-rated broadcast entertainment series on a night that’s been lacking in strong drama numbers lately. Still, given all the promotion for Almost Human, and its powerful opening act, we were hoping to maybe see a new drama premiere record for the fall (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains well out in front on that score with its 4.6 debut rating back in September, and actually Fox’s Sleepy Hollow got off to a stronger start too).
Part of the problem with Fox depending on football for a lead-in on Sunday night is that football fans watch football. So when you have Fox’s game ending around 7:30 p.m. and Fox’s Almost Human beginning at 8 p.m. and NBC’s massive Sunday Night Football Kansas vs. Denver game starting around 8:30 p.m. … well … you see? It can be hard to get football fans to exit football marathon mode and commit to a drama break.
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Velvet D'Amour, a New York native now based in Paris, tried to make it as a model when she was 21 years old but was deemed 'too fat' by agents at a petite 117lbs.
Ironically, the five-foot-eight-inch blonde went on to get her big break in French Vogue and on the catwalk for John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, aged 38, weighing 300lbs and a size 26.
For the past eight years she has been striving to 'push size acceptance along' and today unveiled the fourth issue of her diversity-focused women's magazine, Vol Up 2.
D'Amour, 46, launched the quarterly publication in February last year in a bid to encourage women to embrace their 'imperfections' and be proud of their bodies. It features plus-size as well as mainstream models.
Through working in fashion - as a model, photographer and now magazine editor - D’Amour has many thoughts on the status of modeling and the changes she would like to see happen.
She told Bustle.com: 'The women we hold as icons of beauty are not happy. And if they’re not happy, who is happy. All the images that are out in the media [are] the same - the 16-year old white girl who is totally emaciated. Older women are excluded . . . Different ethnicities are never shown.'
D’Amour, the youngest of five children from Rochester, New York, said she always dreamed of being a fashion illustrator or designer and would look at 1940s photos of her parents for inspiration.
'I became obsessed with the more eccentric styles,' she says. But because the illustration field was dying out, D’Amour turned her hand to artwork, photography, and performance arts.
She moved to Manhattan to study at the School of Visual Arts. With a great bone structure, slender figure and long curly hair, people would often mistake her for a model.
'They’d say you have the face of talent,' she says.
IMG models showed interest in her - the same agency representing Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, and Alek Wek - but D'Amour says she couldn't lose enough weight to be on their books. At the time she tipped the scales at a light 140lbs.
'At the time everyone was completely coked up and maybe 99lbs,' she added. 'So I went down to 117 and they said I was
still too fat.'
Feeling rejected, she went on to focus on photography, spending a year studying in Italy under American photographer James White before returning to New York.
D'Amour says when her weight shot up she felt ashamed about her body. But the more she worked with 'perfect-looking unhappy' models the more she came to terms with her larger frame.
'I started out photographing models and that's actually where my size acceptance came into play. Because I was shooting models and I was not feeling good about my body and I was shooting women who were the ideal of beauty. And I was thinking, "They're not happy with themselves". And that was a huge revelation. 'That here I was with these ideals of feminine beauty and they hated their bodies. Now if these women who are the ideals of feminine beauty of our society hate their bodies, then what exactly is going on?'
When the first French plus-size modleing agency opened in Paris, Agence Plus, D’Amour, who was then based in the city, approached them about being a photographer.
'I showed them my [work] so they’d get a feel for my talent,' she recalled. 'But I also included photos of myself so they could see I was a plus-size woman, and they said, "Well, we want to sign YOU."
She previously told Raannt.com during an interview: 'It was highly ironic that I was getting signed at age 38 and near 300 lbs!
'I considered it a personal victory for all the struggles that I went through to accept my body and the rollercoaster ride which yoyo dieting led it on.'
She made headlines after appearing as a plus-size model in Jean-Paul Gaultier's Paris Fashion Week show in October 2006. She also made a catwalk appearance in John Galliano's runway presentation entitled 'Everybody is Beautiful' the same season, scoring her a spot in French Vogue shot by photographer Nick Knight.
A keen performer, the same year she landed the lead role in Avida, a French dark comedy, and later participated in the third season of France's popular reality TV show, Celebrity Farm.
Critics have accused D'Amour of 'promoting obesity' but she insists she is healthy and has no high blood pressure or cholesterol problems. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she says she does not abuse drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.
She concludes on her blog: 'For those who spend their nights up wringing their hands together, sick with worry over my health, there are so many examples of unhealthy models and celebrities.
'Sadly some aren’t just unhealthy, but actually dead, and yet none are banned from the media. So many women suffer from poor body image, wake each day to loathe their image in the mirror, do you sincerely believe that by pretending fat people don’t exist somehow changes this phenomenon for the better?! We do exist, we always have and we always will, there will always be a fatty somewhere in this vast world. If there is any shred of sincerity in your feigned concern over a fat person’s health, then instead of mocking us when we do get to the gym, or track, or waddle our way into a pool, take a second to encourage someone to better health.'
'At the end of the day, the true beauty we will all be left with isn’t cloaked in Dior or Lanvin, it’s the simple acts of kindness which have made a difference in the lives of others, which no cellulite or wrinkle can ever erase.'
Paging ONTD doctors that are concerned for her health...
The savior of our economy appears on the cover of Cosmopolitan SA in a sexy cut-out swimsuit. (It’s almost summer down there!) Needless to say, she is absolute perfection from her golden, flowing weave to those lethal curves. Imagine the damage Bey will cause when she actually has something to promote! (No the fawk they did not! lmao)
Spot the flaw. Try your best and let us know if you find one in the comments below.
Weekend chart from Box Office Mojo
The full chart is at the source.
International box office numbers (they're a weekend behind fyi)
Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes
Polls are still messed up, so they're under the spoiler cut
How was your weekend, ONTD? Are you looking forward to any movies coming out soon?
A few unavoidable truths regarding Leonardo DiCaprio: He owns an island. He dates supermodels. He’s been nominated for three Oscars and eight Golden Globes (and he won for The Aviator in ’05). He’s one of just a handful of male celebrities (Pitt, Clooney, Timberlake) whom both men and women admire and adore equally. He has a production company (Appian Way), and a non-profit (The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation), and he is quite proud of the work he is doing with both. But perhaps above all else, when you go to see a Leonardo DiCaprio film, you know that you are going to witness a character being brought to life with utter and complete (yet entirely invisible) devotion – free from a tinge of vanity, or even a mere glimpse of the weighty celebrity that the actor himself wields.
On that last note, there is one final, unavoidable truth concerning DiCaprio: He possesses the kind of ungodly fame that only a few people on the planet can truly comprehend. It is the kind of fame that pervades everywhere he goes and every interaction he has with another human being. Yet despite this incomprehensible degree of celebrity, by all accounts (and certainly unlike the vast majority of former child stars), he’s handled it quite well. No drug problem. No profanity-laced tirades or airport paparazzi assaults. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with an unkind word to say about the man. And for someone with his rarified level of fame, he’s shockingly unpretentious.
Perhaps the key to DiCaprio’s breezy navigation through the pitfalls of superstardom is what can only be described as some very keen compartmentalization. He spends a few months wholly transforming himself (for our entertainment/enlightenment) into characters as disparate as a sadistic slave owner (Django Unchained), a disillusioned undercover cop (The Departed), or the tortured, paranoid godfather of the fbi (J. Edgar). Then he disappears for a brief respite, resurfacing only to reluctantly walk the red carpet in an impeccably-tailored suit, or conduct a rare, impassioned interview about his latest cinematic or philanthropic endeavor.
As for his time in between projects? Chances are you’ve spotted photos of him online, looking carefree on a beach or a yacht somewhere in the South of France. He’s usually surrounded by unfathomably beautiful women, while he tries, for what it’s worth, to keep a low profile in his trademark baseball cap and metal aviators. This part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s life is something that any man can easily admire. Yet, although he could easily afford to devote the rest of his life to relaxing on that beach, the vacation doesn’t last for long. Soon he is back on set with another legendary director, devoting himself entirely to another complex and distinctive character, like the titular power broker in this December’s The Wolf of Wall Street – his fifth collaboration in the last decade with master auteur Martin Scorsese.
This aura of mystery DiCaprio has cultivated has only added to this stature. You see, aside from what we can surmise from those photos of him relaxing with supermodels or championing his latest environmental cause (like saving the Sumatran Tiger), we really know very little about the man’s personal life. We know he’s never been married and has no kids, but that’s about it. This is a welcome breath of fresh air from the over-sharing, talentless, self-proclaimed “celebrities” infesting our tabloid culture. But perhaps it’s also this aloof mystique that oddly finds him simultaneously hailed as the greatest actor of his generation, and a little under appreciated. Sure, before the age of forty he’s amassed three Oscar nods, but he’s never won, and depending on how you count, he’s been snubbed up to six times (Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, J. Edgar, Django).
If DiCaprio is again overlooked by the Academy for The Wolf of Wall Street, it could be due to his apparent aversion to the Hollywood press machine. While he is certainly comfortable in interviews discussing his work (and not his personal life), you get the distinct impression that red carpets, congratulatory award ceremonies and press junkets are decidedly not his thing. He doesn’t relish going on talk shows and recanting contrived, pre-rehearsed anecdotes in an attempt to hawk his film; he is content allowing his work to speak for itself. And this is part of what separates Leonardo DiCaprio’s body of work from nearly every other so-called “leading man” in Hollywood.
That resume gains luster when you flashback to 1998. Titanic has just become the biggest movie ever, and the actor found himself at a consequential career crossroads. He had already successfully made the transition from child star to respected young character actor, but after Titanic, almost instantaneously, he was an immediate heartthrob – the kind of guy tween girls hung pictures of on their walls and shrieked at the mere sight of; the kind of guy who could never again enter a supermarket of shopping mall without being accosted. For a slight comprehension of this kind of fame in action, look no further than to Justin Bieber. Fame could have consumed DiCaprio (as it may now be consuming Bieber). He could have gone off the deep end; he could have become a cautionary tale.
Instead, DiCaprio built upon the respect he’d garnered from films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries; he worked hard to solidify his place among the ranks of our greatest living actors. It would have been so very easy for him to coast on his looks through one $20 million paycheck after the next (as so many other “leading men” have done). By now he could have permanently retired to that idyllic beach with those lovely ladies, and we certainly wouldn’t have held this against him. Yet no project he has made has been what might be considered a safe bet. When he does make a big-budget studio picture, it’s either a labyrinthian psychological thriller like Inception, or a bold and vibrant retelling of a literary classic like Gatsby. He pushes the artistic boundaries of what his colossal fame has begotten.
Take that take that Clooney
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Does wearing black make you age slowly or something?
"When Christian bale comes up to you and says "Um Oh my god, It's Bella Thorne from Shake It Up!" #LIFEMADE
Hug Lyfe: Christian Bale
Me: So I like to end my interviews with a hug. How do you feel about hugs from strange reporters?
Christian: (laughs loud and hard and sudden) Whatever floats your boat!
I definitely thought someone aged up Gwyneth Paltrow and pasted her into a photo with Bale
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Talks about the batvoice and how his wife thought it was rubbish:
It's so nice to see him so happy-go-lucky in these interviews and photos. And I really hope Out of the Furnace doesn't bomb.
Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year for 2013 definitely captures a snapshot of our social-media-obsessed moment.
That's right -- it's "selfie."
In case you don't know what a selfie is, Oxford Dictionaries defines it as:
(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
It's not a new word -- its origins date to 2002, according to Reuters -- but that doesn't matter. "The Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past 12 months and it does not have to be a word that will stick around for a good length of time," Judy Pearsall, editorial director for Oxford Dictionaries, tells Reuters.
According to Oxford's editors, use of the word has gone up a staggering 17,000% since 2012, Reuters reports.
During that same time, use of the selfie has probably gone up at least that much among celebrities. In the past few months alone, arm's-length photos of Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Nick Jonas and Chris Pratt have all gone viral. And a British poll in July rated Rihanna the world's best when it comes to taking the self-aimed shot.
Meanwhile, what about "twerk"? The word seemed inescapable for much of the year, especially after Cyrus' performance at the MTV VMAs in August. Time's Lily Rothman makes a strong case that it should have won.
Which celeb selfies are your favorites, ONTD?
Our absolute favorite dessert for a bunch of us in this family is pumpkin pie. Jim Bob’s mother, Grandma Duggar, would make homemade pumpkin pies when he was young and Jim Bob absolutely loved those. Now, all of our children really enjoy those, too. Often instead of a cake for their birthday they’ll request pumpkin pie because they like it so much.
Grandma Duggar taught me how to make piecrust years ago when I met Jim Bob and now she has taught a lot of my girls, too. Grandma Duggar likes to pass on her specialty which is a really tasty, flaky pie crust.
One of my personal favorites has always been pecan pie. My mother would make us pecan pie at all of our family get-togethers during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, we’re native Arkansans and we have apple trees all around in this area, so apple pie is always another favorite in the Duggar home.
Usually when we are baking pies, it’s not uncommon for us to make fifteen pumpkin pies for a big event. For a big dinner with a lot of friends and family we might also have, three or four pecan pies and five or six apple pies depending how many guests there are going to be.
That’s the most wonderful smell -- those yummy pies being baked in the oven. It’s just like a magnet; everybody seems to gather in the kitchen when they smell the pie cooking. It’s a great tradition to celebrate the season. We have to make sure we limit those to certain times of the year or else we could be overindulging in all those great treats!
Favorite dessert? I love anything with chocolate