14 items from 2016
For Chaz Bono, transitioning was the key to helping him finally shed a negative self-image - and the excess weight that came with it. In an exclusive sneak peek at Saturday's Oprah: Where are They Now?, the transgender trailblazer (also son to Cher and the late Sonny Bono) opens up about a major internal struggle that prevented him from being his best, and most healthy, self. "I would have never been able to do it before [transitioning]," Bono, 45, tells Oprah Winfrey. "I was too disconnected from my body, and the dysphoria that I had with my body was too much »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
34 years ago today, a new talk show favorite was born when Late Night with David Letterman debuted. Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC until 1993, when the network chose Jay Leno over Letterman to take Johnny Carson’s place as host of The Tonight Show. Letterman then moved to CBS and launched Late Show with David Letterman. On both Late Night’s first show in 1982 and Late Show’s first episode in 1993, Bill Murray was the first guest. He was a frequent guest on both, with 44 appearances between the two shows. In the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman last May, Murray presented item No. 1 on the show’s star-studded final Top 10 list. Other notable February 1 happenings in pop culture history: • 1896: Giacomo Puccini opera La bohème had its world premiere in Turin, Italy. 100 years later, the massive popularity-bound musical Rent premiered in New York — Jonathan Larson based Rent »
- Emily Rome
Our host for tonight is Ronda Rousey, who has won a lot of medals and championships for being Very, Very Strong. Like, seriously. She could knock you out in a second. It is a little terrifying, but also inspiring in a “You go, girl” kind of way. And now she’s got a burgeoning acting career, with roles in The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage 1 and God Willing Only. She will make her comedy debut in the upcoming Do Nothing Bitches, based on a script by Sisters writer Paula Pell in which Rousey plays a bootcamp instructor putting suburban housewives, one of which is played by Tina Fey, in their place. Tonight seemed to be Rousey’s chance to prove her comedy chops, but she honestly didn’t get much of a chance-- she only truly starred in one sketch, and made minimal to no appearances in all of the others. »
- Emilie Sowers
Nominees for the 8th annual Shorty Awards — highlighting the best content across the social media landscape including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and, for the first time, Periscope — are officially out, with Tom Hanks, Taraji P. Henson, Dwayne Johnson, Reese Witherspoon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Cher, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele, Michael B. Jordan, Caitlyn Jenner and J.K. Rowling among this year's notables. Additionally, the TV shows with noteworthy social content for the year include Empire, Game of Thrones, How To Get Away with Murder, Lip Sync Battle, Pretty Little Liars and The Late Late Show
- Ashley Lee
Beginning Monday, more than 180,000 bottles of clean water will be trucked into Flint, Michigan - courtesy of Cher - to relieve the city amidst a federal emergency over the contaminated water it had been piping to its residents. The pop icon, who is partnering on this project with Icelandic Global, announced the donation Saturday in a press release. The water will arrive at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, according to the release, and the bank "will immediately begin the distribution process to those who need it most for drinking, cooking and washing." "The water will go directly to community centers, »
- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91
The man behind one of this summer’s biggest hits, and now a best picture nominee, Mad Max: Fury Road has been directing films for four decades but many fans would have a hard time picking him out of a lineup. George Miller, the 70-year-old visionary director behind all four films in the Mad Max franchise, earned the first best directing Oscar nomination of his career yesterday morning, though his history with the Academy goes all the way back to 1993.
To say Miller has an eclectic resume is an understatement, as his directing credits have bounced from post-apocalyptic action films to heavy family drama to family films. This year, his film is second in nominations to only The Revenant, from last year’s best director winner, Alejandro G. Inarritu.
Much of Miller’s anonymity springs from his ability to not be pegged down to one specific genre, »
- Patrick Shanley
In addition to scaring the pants off of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga took home an award at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. The actress could barely hold it together as she stepped on stage after winning best actress in a TV drama for her incredible (and incredibly creepy) work as The Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel. "I feel like Cher in that John Patrick Shanley film Moonstruck right now," she said with wide eyes. "This is one of the greatest moments of my life." Watch her beautiful acceptance speech above! »
- Quinn Keaney
By the time Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" won the award for Best Comedy/Musical Series at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, it was clear that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was unafraid to stake out new ground with its TV awards this year—at the risk of neglecting to honor the popular and, on occasion, the good. And then Lady Gaga took her turn at the podium after winning Best Supporting Actress, comparing herself to Cher in "John Patrick Shanley's 'Moonstruck,'" as if to drive home the point. It turns out that the HFPA's desire to defy expectations, which I praised after its idiosyncratic TV nominations, is (still) subject to the same strange whims as ever. Read More: "Golden Globes: Finally, an Awards Group Looks to the Future of TV, Not the Past" Like Ricky Gervais' comic stylings—"Shut up, you disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum, »
- Matt Brennan
Lady Gaga won her first Golden Globe for her onscreen turn in the fifth installment of America Horror Story: Hotel. Gaga played The Countess in the series. Ryan Murphy, the show’s creator, invited her back for the sixth season of Horror Story. “I feel like Cher in that John Patrick Shanley film Moonstruck right now, this is one […]
- Crystal Smith
A visibly moved Lady Gaga won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel. Playing an 115-year-old vampire who's in love with a former drug-addict (played by Matt Bomer) the pop superstar emerged victorious from an impressive group of nominees that included veteran actors like Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), Queen Latifah (Bessie), and Felicity Huffman (American Crime).
Shaking as she made her way to the stage, the Globes newbie »
Lady Gaga can now add Golden Globe winner to her resume.
The worldwide superstar took away the statue for best actress in a limited-series or TV movie for her role as The Countess in “American Horror Story: Hotel.”
Through tears, Gaga revealed,” I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer — but music worked out first.”
Backstage, Gaga told press about her “Ahs” character for which she earned her award. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Though all five nominees — including Sarah Hay (Flesh & Bone), Felicity Huffman (American Crime) and Queen Latifah (Bessie) — earned their nods, TVLine always saw this as a race between Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel) and Kirsten Dunst (Fargo).
Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.
#40. Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis »
- Joshua Gaul
We all have predisposed notions about the infamous “romantic comedy.” As with other genres, there’s a large subsection of offerings, giving it a bad name. But, for every tired, cliché-driven comedy, there is another impressive offering that redefines the genre, garners plenty of laughs, and tells an honest story about love and relationships, however warped they may be. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at the fifty romantic comedy films that should be seen. These may not all be classic films, but they certainly put a stamp on the industry and the genre we affectionately call “rom-coms.”
#50. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Most of Wes Anderson’s films could be described as romantic comedies, but his 2012 effort stands out, as its central story focuses on young love and the need to find acceptance. In Anderson’s world, while quirks abound, true connections between characters are commonplace. With Moonrise Kingdom, »
- Joshua Gaul
14 items from 2016
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