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Peter Billingsley was just 12 when he starred as Ralphie in the beloved film. He now works behind the scenes as a producer for films such as "Iron Man" and "The Break-Up" - the latter via a production company he formed with that film's star, Vince Vaughn. He recently told BuzzFeed he enjoys the movie that made him a star: "It took me a while to appreciate it as a film," he says. "But I watch it now and go, you know what, that's a damn good director. I can say without ego it's a pretty good performance. It's a good story. It's a good script. It's a well-made movie."
Melinda Dillon stars as the doting mother in the film and continued to act afterward, snagging roles in "The Hendersons," "Law & Order: SVU" and as Rose Gator in the acclaimed film "Magnolia."
Darren McGavin was gruff as The Old Man Parker. Before the film, he was known for starring in "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" but later made a career playing dads as he did in the film "Billy Madison" and on the television series "Murphy Brown." He died in 2006 at 83.
Ian Petrella stayed bundled up as the little brother, Randy, in "A Christmas Story." He continued to act into his teens and now reportedly works in animation.
Scott Schwartz moved on from playing Flick to starring in the classic film "The Toy." He made headlines in the '90s when it was revealed that he appeared in some porn films. He recently said in an interview that he now works with his father in the collectibles and memorabilia industry.
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Courtney Stodden appears to be having a very merry holiday season.
The recently separated—and even more recently brunette—19-year-old was spotted shopping for Christmas trees yesterday along with a handsome mystery man.
Actually, mystery solved: His name is Ray, he's an actor/model and he's "one of many suitors that have approached Courtney" since her split from husband Doug Hutchison, a source exclusively tells E! News.
"They had a nice time," the source added. "He's a really nice guy and he's already planning their second date!"
So, their first date was coffee (judging by the red holiday Starbucks cup in Courtney's hand) and a walk through the tree lot? Sounds like someone's ready to hang stockings and curl up by the fire!
Courtney and Doug, who appear to have remained friends, announced their separation after almost three years of marriage in November. The Couples Therapy alums said at the time that he would still be involved in her career and they would continue to live together.
But does Doug get to meet her new beaus? Or will he be interviewing them, like Brigitte Neilsen did with Flavor Flav's potential love interests on Flavor of Love after things didn't work out between the two of them? (Courtney and Doug are members of the VH1 family, too, after all...)
Courtney unveiled her new brunette look earlier this month at the 1st Annual WOWie Awards in Universal City, Calif., her first red carpet appearance since the split.
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1. A Snow Globe Christmas
Meg, a bah humbug-y TV executive, gets hit on the head with her favorite snow globe. She wakes up in an alternate universe where she married her old college boyfriend, had two adorable children, and everything was pretty much perfect. Perfection doesn’t last, however, because Meg’s continued cynical ways begin to infect the happy-go-lucky world around her, and she needs to choose whether to stay or return to the real world. Alicia Witt and Donald Faison (of Scrubs fame) were what really sold this movie to me. Their chemistry and comedic timing were fantastic, and I spent most of the film snickering into my popcorn/wine over a joke.
Rating: 7 snow globe concussions out of 10
2. Snow Bride
Fake relationships that end up becoming real ones are one of those tropes that I can’t help but have a soft spot for. Here, a spunky tabloid reporter in line for a promotion rushes to get the scoop on a private political family who are described as “the Kennedys of the West Coast.” After accidentally getting snowed in with that same family’s eldest son, she ends up spending Christmas with them and, of course, falls in love. Greta Kaine (Katrina Law) is entertaining as a reporter torn between her growing affection for Ben Tannenhill (Jordan Belfi) and her career, and there are quite a few guffaw-worthy moments which make Snow Bride a cute addition to this list.
Rating: 6 fugly wedding dresses
Melody (Jennie Garth) is a successful big city businesswoman, whose job sends her reluctantly back to her hometown to negotiate a deal for her company. There, Melody comes face to face with her old friends, family, and an old flame for the first time in years – and when a bump on the head transports her to an alternate reality where she stayed in that small town, married her ex-fiancé Carter (Cameron Mathison), and became the owner of a tiny but adorable coffee shop, Melody begins to see her old life in a new light. Holidaze was, surprisingly enough for me, a ridiculously entertaining movie. Melody and Carter have one of those constantly bickering relationships which Mathison and Garth play up to hilarious results.
Rating: 8 trips down a flight of stairs
4. Naughty or Nice
Krissy Kringle (Hilarie Burton) lives on Candy Cane Lane, and she is not at all happy about either of those details. She just got fired from her job and now works at a gift-wrapping booth, her neighbor keeps pestering her to decorate her yard, her long-term boyfriend is almost always absent, and to top it all off, all the Santa letters and packages children drop off in the mail keep clogging up her doorstep. But when one of those packages ends up being Santa’s actual Naughty or Nice list, the temptation to use the book to expose everyone’s misdeeds might be too much for Krissy to handle. The “two sides to every story” moral of this movie was cutely presented, and Krissy and her coworker Marco (Gabriel Tigerman, pictured above) play off each other well to make this a pretty fun watch.
Rating: 7 horribly wrapped Christmas presents
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NBA Christmas Day games: What kind of gifts will we receive?
If you're celebrating Christmas, then you're probably getting to open some gifts on Wednesday. Part of the anticipation of opening gifts is the moment you realize what you've received. Sometimes, it can be an exciting new gadget, clothing item or toy that you've been waiting for. Knowing that a family member took the time to make sure you got something you've been dying to own is a special moment and one that can help build lifelong memories.
Sometimes, you have a family member that just doesn't put any effort into it. One of my grandmas once gave me soap on a rope and my dad a bag of kindling at the same Christmas because she didn't want to put effort into shopping. While the holidays are more about family than receiving gifts, it can still be deflating for a moment while you try to feign excitement over a bathing product or a bag of smaller pieces of wood that are used to help build a roaring fire. How are you supposed to be excited about a gift that you're literally meant to set on fire?
Even if you're not celebrating the holiday, NBA fans still will get five presents with the five games that will be played Wednesday. We don't know what kind of present we may find under the NBA tree, but it's fun to think about what it could be. Here's your gift guide to the NBA Christmas Day games.
CHICAGO BULLS AT BROOKLYN NETS, NOON ET
How this game will be like opening a next-generation console: I don't want to lie to you during the holidays; there is no way watching this game will be like unwrapping a PS4 or Xbox One. You'll be lucky if you get a Sega Game Gear with one working battery out of this game. The best we can hope for is the combination of Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Jimmy Butler gets into an epic scoring battle with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. Maybe Jason Terry will have a throwback fourth-quarter performance and break out that pretend jet celebration thing he loves. It's unlikely the Bulls allow this to be a pretty game but you can still hope for a sweet console being in that box.
How this game will be like opening soap on a rope: Unfortunately, two of the stars of this matchup, Brook Lopez and Derrick Rose, aren't walking through those doors in a uniform. The Bulls have the league's second-worst offense. The Nets have the fourth-worst defense. What's funny is you'd assume this would mean something has to give. Either we get a throwback performance on defense from Garnett or we get a deluge of points from the Bulls. Sadly, neither is likely. It will be just competent enough in all respects to not be interesting.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER AT NEW YORK KNICKS, 2:30 P.M. ET
How this game will be like opening a subscription to NBA League Pass: Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant. I believe in this matchup; you almost have to. Assuming he plays, Anthony -- who tweaked an ankle Monday night -- loves this showdown with Durant too. He's 11-1 all-time against Durant with averages of 30.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. He shoots 50.4 percent overall and 40 percent from downtown. He's a monster when he faces Durant's team. Durant is no slouch, putting up 26.8/6.5/3.3 on 42.2 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from 3-point range. If we get the duel from these two we usually get, this is going to be a nice little battle for "best pure scorer" that everybody loves to debate.
How this game will be like opening a bag of kindling: Since Melo turned his ankle Monday night against the Orlando Magic and there's a chance he won't play if it doesn't get any better by midday Wednesday. If that happens, then we have J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani trying to match Durant and Russell Westbrook shot for shot. While the potential for hilarity and Smith unveiling an "unwrapping the present you wanted" celebration after a made three (I made it up but please let this happen), the chance of a good game without Anthony is very low.
MIAMI HEAT AT LOS ANGELES LAKERS, 5 P.M. ET
How this game will be like opening a brand new leather jacket: There's not a lot you can expect aside from individual performances. The Lakers could surprise some of us with an offensive barrage from the perimeter that the Miami Heat just can't counter -- giving us a competitive contest. This game will be special if we get lucky and LeBron James decides to make it special. We'll see a full-court alley-oop or a monster baptism at the hands of LeBron at the rim. Maybe we'll see a sequence that makes you want to quit watching basketball because it can't get better than that. Regardless, LeBron being LeBron is how this game becomes great. Either that or Greg Oden gets to step on the court in a regular-season game.
How this game will be like opening up a box with Russell Westbrook's Christmas outfit and no gift receipt: If we don't get enough shots from Nick Young or Pau Gasol leading a fast break or a video bomb from Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh after the game, this could be a dud. Individual performances are what make this game potentially watchable, but the disparity between the talent levels of the two squads could make this be a lost cause by halftime. What if we get Chris Kaman to wrestle a bear as the halftime entertainment?
HOUSTON ROCKETS AT SAN ANTONIO SPURS, 8 P.M. ET
How this game will be like him going to Jared: Let them run. Let them be free. Let them move the ball. Honestly, the worst thing we can get in this game is a game in which the referees are too involved. We'll have some Dwight Howard hacking and we'll get James Harden and Manu Ginobili trying to flop their way to some extra free throws. But mostly these two teams playing their ideal games at relative health could make this one of the best Christmas Day games we've seen in years. The passes should be crisp, the legs should be in constant motion, and the 3-pointers should be flying. Not to mention a Christmas Day Gregg Popovich interview between quarters.
How this game will be like opening a Beanie Baby ... in 2013: Smite-a-Dwight and a lot of free throws could ruin this. If Harden isn't healthy or Pop is willing to grab a fine by sitting one or all of his big three players, we could be in for disappointment. There also could be a fine line between both teams playing a high-octane attack and both teams being sloppy with the way they execute their game plans. I'll be pretty disappointed if this doesn't get recreated:
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS, 10:30 P.M. ET
How this game will be like finding a luxury car with a big bow in your driveway like in this holiday commercials: Let. It. Fly. The Warriors have one of the best offensive attacks when their starting lineup is clicking with Stephen Curry leading the perimeter charge, Klay Thompson spotting up with that deadly shooting motion, and Andre Iguodala playing facilitator. The Clippers have the best point guard in the world with Chris Paul and two guys that will go get lobs no matter where they're thrown. We could see more electricity than the Griswold family cat.
How this game will be like Knicks season tickets: Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry have been known to turn an ankle or two. We also could just get the weird thing of anticipation building up a game and eventually deflating it because it doesn't live up to the billing. Everybody in the NBA fan realm is looking forward to wrapping up the day with this game. Because of injuries around the league, this is the premiere matchup for Christmas Day. The hype is there with two electric point guards and a supporting staff worthy of YouTube time. Please don't let this turn into Knicks tickets, basketball gods. We pray to you and the birth of baby Jesus Shuttlesworth.
Happy holidays, everybody!
Durant, Westbrook and Others Give Back at Holidays
By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
Dec. 24th, 2013
The line of families at the People’s Church in north Oklahoma City didn’t just go out the door, it wrapped all the way around the building.
On December 18th, the morning after a Thunder road victory over the Denver Nuggets, Kevin Durant hosted his first annual Toy Giveaway in an event that was open to the public. Members of the Oklahoma City community traveled from all corners of the city to get a chance to meet Durant, in addition to being able to get a free toy for their child. The energy was electric throughout the afternoon as families swung through the line where Durant was handing out specific toys to boys and girls of all age groups.
“Christmas-time is always a time of giving and seeing smiles,” Durant said. “It’s my favorite time of the year.”
From six-year olds who got their very first bicycle from Durant to grandmothers who simply wanted to give Durant a kiss on the cheek to show their appreciation, every person who stepped into People’s Church had their lives touched by Durant’s generosity.
Basketball also seemed to be on the mind, as Durant exclaimed “great choice” when a boy selected a basketball over a super-soaker, and Durant smiled wide when a young girl turned around after getting a Barbie and said, “Can I get a basketball instead?”.
The toys, especially the Durant-signed basketballs, were a huge hit, but it was the emotional gift that Durant gave by showing his fellow Oklahomans that they are important and that he cares was the best present of all.
“It’s a big deal,” a mother of four named Kim said. “The kids get to have a good Christmas now.”
“It speaks volumes of Kevin’s heart to give back to the community, to be a part of his community and bless kids,” People’s Church Directof of Creative Arts Brian Rush said. “It’s amazing. It really shows that he loves his city and wants to impact the community as well.”
The joy Durant brought to the lives of those who attended last Wednesday was only rivaled by the way the perennial All-Pro forward felt as his afternoon at People’s Church was coming to a close. Durant looked over the enormous stack of autographed photos that had dwindled down and the massive pile of presents that had been divvied out to families in need of a wonderful holiday memory and with a smile of satisfaction and happiness, was able to feel great about his event.
“I’m definitely grateful and blessed for this opportunity,” Durant said. “I know I have a responsibility to be the best person I can be and lead by example and give them hope.”
Durant wasn’t the only player who gave back this holiday season, as Russell Westbrook hosted his annual Christmas event with Citizens Caring for Children in conjunction with his Why Not? Foundation. Westbrook gave away basketball shoes, backpacks and other goodies as he hosted a lunch for children living in foster care. Across town, Andre Roberson and Hasheem Thabeet swung by the Fifth Street Baptist Church to give away turkey dinners to those who live in the church’s downtown Oklahoma City neighborhood.
In addition, Kendrick Perkins participated in a traditional Thunder-hosted event, taking a family-in-need on a Homeland shopping spree to help them get all of their groceries and necessities for the holiday season.
The Thunder is active in the community in November and December with its Holiday Assist program, but over the past few weeks, these Thunder players decided to go beyond the call of duty. By showing that they were willing to go the extra mile, they not only helped those in need, but gave the precious gift of happiness to those who could use a smile.
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NEW YORK -- For Mark Teixeira, Christmas morning as a child always meant a lesson in restraint. There may have been gifts wrapped under the tree, but the house rules demanded that those treasures were off-limits until everyone in the house was stirring.
Teixeira said he and his older sister, Elizabeth, would always wake up early on Christmas morning in their Severna Park, Md., bedrooms, and while there was temptation, the future Yankees slugger knew better than to sneak a peek through the wrapping paper.
"It was always very exciting," Teixeira said. "We weren't allowed to go downstairs and look under the tree until my parents were up. They had their showers and their coffee, and they were getting ready. It taught me a little bit of patience, which was great.
"Then we'd spend all day playing with our toys and having a nice breakfast with my family -- my aunts, uncles and cousins would always come over, or we'd go over to their house. It was always a full day with family."
Teixeira recalls one Christmas in particular, which he believes was around age 10 or 11. Teixeira and his father, John, were actively involved in sports; baseball was an obvious favorite, but the Teixeiras also would shoot basketballs or throw around a football with regularity.
Around that time, Teixeira also discovered an affinity for billiards, so father and son would travel often to a local arcade and game center to shoot pool. Those trips became much more convenient after the holidays.
"That year, I opened up a pool stick, and I was like, 'This is cool,'" Teixeira recalled. "Then I opened up the next present, and they were billiards balls. The next present was chalk, and I was like, 'Wait a second.' So I started putting two and two together, and my parents said, 'Why don't you go look downstairs?'
"I ran downstairs and there was a pool table built. I don't know how they pulled it off."
Teixeira also remembers his father reading "The Night Before Christmas" before bedtime on each Dec. 24, and the family always would gather around to watch the 1970 musical version of 'Scrooge,' starring Albert Finney.
"That was kind of my childhood," he said.
Teixeira and his wife, Leigh, plan to spend the holidays with their three children at her parents' home in Georgia. Teixeira said that his favorite part of this offseason is having opportunities like that to catch up with friends and family.
"It'll be great," Teixeira said. "We'll just have a lot of fun watching the kids open their presents and play with the other toys. There'll be some arguments over whose toys are whose, but that's all fun."
The switch-hitting first baseman must savor the quick break, because he will head right back to work after the holidays. Teixeira said that he is continuing daily rehab on his right wrist following surgery to repair the tendon sheath in early July, and added that he has no doubts about being ready for Opening Day.
"I'm close to 100 percent," Teixeira said. "I feel like I'm healed. I wish I was a little bit looser; my wrist is going to be tight for a while because of the way the surgery was performed. They had to kind of tighten everything up to make it secure.
"It's still a little bit tight, but that's why I'm doing rehab every day and doing exercises every day. I'll start swinging a bat in January and that will also help loosen it up."
This winter has also seen Teixeira take on a role of recruiter for the Yankees. Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury both said that they heard from Teixeira before signing their contracts with the Yankees, and Teixeira said that he was pleased to be able to help.
"I'm really happy with the moves," Teixeira said. "We had plenty of holes to fill, unfortunately, but when you can go get Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran before Christmas -- even guys like Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson, I think can be huge pickups for us.
"I've played against Brian for 11 years. I've played with Kelly in Atlanta. So I know what kind of quality guys they are. They're going to fit in great with our clubhouse. I think they're going to do a great job on the field as well. I'm really excited."
With 2013 winding down, Teixeira said that he hopes general manager Brian Cashman will be able to come through with a few more surprises before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in February.
"I would love for us to round out our pitching staff, both in the starting rotation and the bullpen," Teixeira said. "If we add a couple more pieces, I think we go into 2014 with a great shot.
"I know Cash has worked really hard, and I give him a lot of credit for what he's done so far. I wouldn't mind unwrapping a present after Christmas with a couple more guys on the pitching staff, and we'll be ready to roll."
INTERVIEW: TEAM CAPTAINS ANTHONY ERVIN, CULLEN JONES TALK ABOUT AMAZING DUEL IN THE POOL FINISH
GLASGOW, Scotland, December 21. TWO of Team USA's captains, Anthony Ervin and Cullen Jones, talked about Team USA's amazing comeback one-point Duel in the Pool victory in Scotland.
Ervin and Jones helped Team USA in a big way with a second-place tie behind Jimmy Feigen in the men's 50 free as part of a huge 1-2-3 finish for the men.
Ervin and Jones also talk about heading right back into training for the upcoming season, with Ervin and Jones both looking to getting stronger, faster and better after some serious amounts of training. The duo also explained how fast the young kids on Team USA are getting.
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The Musketeers is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality. More than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis and Porthos stand resolutely for social justice, for honor, for valor, for love – and for the thrill of it. Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) will star as D’Artagnan alongside Musketeers Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis, Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos and Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, The Hour) as Cardinal Richelieu.
The Musketeers, 10 part series premieres January 2014.
Oscar Isaac plays the unsung title “loser” of the Coen Bros.’ Inside Llewyn Davis, a folk singer in New York’s Greenwich Village of 1961 who can’t seem to catch a break.
Fortunately for Isaac, 33, a Guatemalan-born American whose musicianship is as sterling as his acting, life isn’t imitating art. This includes the beard, which he shaved off after making the film.
To many people, Isaac may seem like a “mystery tramp,” to cop a lyrical allusion from Bob Dylan, whose imminent arrival in Greenwich Village looms over Inside Llewyn Davis.
Isaac’s previous screen roles have been everywhere except the marquee. They include stints as King John in Robin Hood, an interpreter in Steven Soderbergh’s Che and Jesus’ dad Joseph in The Nativity Story. He’s perhaps best known to moviegoers as Carey Mulligan’s ex-con husband in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, playing opposite Ryan Gosling.
That’s all changing with the release of Inside Llewyn Davis, which last week earned Isaac the 2013 Best Actor prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association. He’s on the awards radar for this film, and also on many music players, since he features prominently on the soundtrack album produced by T Bone Burnett, who lavishes praise on the actor/singer.
Isaac spoke to the Star from New York, amidst a whirlwind of promotional chores that likely would have flummoxed Llewyn Davis.
Llewyn Davis is very loosely modelled on late folkie Dave Van Ronk, but it’s amazing how real he feels beyond that. It’s almost as if you could go out and buy the album you see in the movie.
I think that’s what’s so great about it. The Coens have been able to create what feels like a very real human. I’ve been asked many times about the “real” Llewyn and it’s like, no, no, that’s a fictitious character.
How do you suppose Llewyn would react to the awards attention your performance is receiving?
He probably wouldn’t show much outward recognition of it, but I think inside he’d be pretty stoked. I think he’d be contemptuous, but I think he’d also want to win.
What do you make of Llewyn as a man? There are moments in the film when you want to throttle him and then you feel sorry for him.
I think that’s part of it. He’s a guy who wants to succeed but he also wants to fail as well, because failing would be more true. I think success would mean having to compromise and he’s not willing to do that.
In order to succeed, there’s things he’d have to do that he’s just not willing to do because that’s not who he is.
Do you like Llewyn? Would you have a beer with him, if you could?
I love Llewyn, and I do have beers with those kinds of guys. Those kinds of guys are my friends. I get it. And that’s the thing: I don’t think he dislikes people, he just has a particular way about him. I actually started playing in little cafés around New York and I have a lot of good friends of mine who are musicians who are struggling in New York.
A lot of people don’t know that when Dylan arrived in NYC he was basically a total invention, a city intellectual pretending to be a country bumpkin. Here you have Llewyn trying so hard to be an authentic folk artist, whereas for Dylan it was just one of his many transformations.
You’re exactly right. When I got the material to audition, on the bottom of the page it said, “Note: Llewyn is not Dylan. He is not the poet genius. He’s the workman, the blue-collar workman.” And I took that further. He knows exactly who he is: he’s from the boroughs; he’s not from anywhere else. He’s not making up a myth to try and seem more mysterious. He’s very upfront about who he is.
How do you feel about what’s called “the folk process,” the appropriating of melodies and lines from traditional songs to make new ones, something Dylan did all the time. Would Llewyn be against that?
I think that Llewyn’s not against it. If the song is good, he’s not against it. For him, though, that’s not what he does. He’s a preservationist (singing the original song). That’s how he expresses himself.
Unfortunately for him, preservation doesn’t sell.
Well, T Bone (Burnett) says that Llewyn was looking backwards, like a lot of these preservationists were. But Dylan was able to look backwards and forwards.
A lot has been said about that scene-stealing cat who dogs Llewyn, a discussion that began right after the premiere at Cannes last May. Were you a cat person before you made the film, and are you one now?
No, and no! Cats are impossible to work with. They’re just very difficult because you can’t really train them. They’re not really interested in whatever you want them to do. Dogs want to please you; cats only want to please themselves. That’s a little tough.
But it was a genius touch on the Coens’ part. One, it gives the movie a plot. Two, it completely undercuts Llewyn’s seriousness. It’s absurd that he has to walk around with a cat. At the same time, it’s a vulnerability thing: the cat needs him, and it’s one thing that he can’t just turn his back on. He actually feels the need to take care of it.
Everyone who made this movie with you, especially T Bone Burnett, has remarked how great it was that you could do take after take of the songs you play in the film.
I guess it’s just because I was so happy to be there. I could have done it all day long. I just loved doing it. I was completely energized. I worked so hard on the music that I felt confident to do it take after take.
The Internet loves Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch. Their incredible performances (as Loki and Sherlock, in particular) kind of don’t even hold a candle to their real-life charm. But an important question remains: Whose moves are smoother, Hiddles’ or Cummerbund’s? You’ll have to decide for yourself.
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Britney Spears kicks off her Planet Hollywood residency December 27, and a teeming brigade of …Baby One More Time nostalgianates finally have their day. But that’s not what this article is about.
According to SquidHat Records’ Allan Carter, punk rock Britney Spears tribute band Hit Me Baby, the only punk rock Britney Spears tribute band in the world, plans to celebrate the kickoff by releasing a 13-track digital cover album under the SquidHat banner. As it turns out, HMB is actually the cover project of Attack Ships on Fire, SquidHat CEO Allan Carter’s punk project from Portland.
We received an advance copy and let me tell you, it’s one for the books. “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time,” for example, was approached with the same mercilessness Metallica approached the ‘80s.
It isn’t just one period of the Spears legacy, either. You get the carefree “Oops!” years, for sure, but you really get taken on a journey through her self-seeking “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” phase, and driving it home by letting you contemplate the hyper-sexual “Toxic” age. It really puts the late 20th century under a microscope.
But more appreciated than that is the attention to detail. These songs are done the way a joke album should be done: as accurately as possible. This is our new favorite punk rock Britney Spears cover band.
SquidHat Records is proud to announce the release of Hit Me Baby, a 13 song digital-only album featuring nine previously unreleased studio tracks and four songs recorded live during their historic 2011 Men Fatale tour. Coinciding with the actual Britney Spears’ residency at Planet Hollywood, the CD will be released as a $3.99 digital download from the SquidHat Records web store on December 27, 2013.
“She keeps coming back … so they do to.” said Allan Carter, President and founder of SquidHat Records. “We want to preserve their place in history and make the ear humping Britney punk deliciousness of Hit Me Baby an enduring part of the punk lexicon.”
The songs you know and love are here … from gold standards such as “Toxic”, “Oops! … I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time” to new sure-fire classics like “Hold It Against Me”, “Gimme More” and “Radar.” From the first pulse-pounding strains of “If You Seek Amy,” to the heart-wrenching, dulcet tones of the acoustically reimagined “Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” you will relive the defining moments of your youth … even the scary, curled up in the shower crying ones.
Tongues planted firmly in cheek and in counter-contrast with their masculine image – Hit Me Baby’s style is bold and sassy, with in-your-face beats that make a mosh pit rumble and beckon a dance floor to its knees. The sound is loud, dirty and irresistible, and has won them respect from the mostserious music lovers – pop and punk alike – around the world. They rocked Vegas, Portland, and all points in between, and were a staple of the Double Down Saloon calendar.
if you are lazy watch from the 8:00 that's the emotional stuff
so cute :( :( :(
Another Vampire Diaries rebound romance! Paul Wesley has moved on from his divorce -- with yet another costar! Just two months after splitting from wife Torrey DeVitto, the 31-year-old actor was recently spotted getting awfully close with his former costar Phoebe Tonkin, a source reveals to Us Weekly. The two CW stars weren't trying to hide their affection (and heavy PDA!) toward each other at Soho House on Saturday, Sept. 21.
"[They were] on a double date with Ben McKenzie and Shelley Hennig," the eyewitness tells Us. "It looked like Paul and Phoebe might have set Ben up with Shelley -- seemed like a first date." (Wesley and McKenzie are best friends and recently celebrated the former O.C. star's 35th birthday in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 14. Tonkin and Hennig costarred in the CW series The Secret Circle.)
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"Paul and Phoebe were 100% romantic - they were across the table from Ben all cozied up on the couch kissing each other," the source added. "She had her head on his chest."
Wesley's date with the 24-year-old brunette beauty comes on the heels of his divorce from actress Torrey DeVitto. In July, reps for the actors confirmed their split to Us. Wesley and DeVitto, 29, "have decided to amicably split," their reps explained at the time. "They will continue to remain good friends." The two met in 2007 and tied the knot in a private New York City ceremony in April 2011.
DeVitto joined the CW series as a recurring guest star during its third season in 2011. She's most known for her TV work in Army Wives, One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars. As for Wesley's new gal pal, Tonkin was cast as Hayley Marshall in TVD in 2012. She can next be seen starring in its spin-off, The Originals, set to premiere Oct. 3.
She is insanely gorgeous but gives me off bitch/dumb vibes, and he knows for sure how to move on quickly.
Clearly Rivers is still touchy over Lawrence's comments back in November that shows like "Fashion Police" tell young people to judge others based on "all the wrong values and that it's OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat."
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Rihanna was surrounded by fans while Christmas shopping in Barbados on Tuesday (December 24). She was photographed with a few family members and driving around town.
how was your christmas/holiday break, ontd? get anything good?
A belated holiday gift for fans of The Americans: FX has set a premiere date for Season 2.
The retro spy drama will return on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10/9c, the cabler announced on Thursday.
Keri Russell is spending a lot of time with her “The Americans” co-star Matthew Rhys after announcing her divorce — sparking rumors the pair are embarking on a romance.
Multiple sources tell Page Six that Russell — who announced earlier this month that she and her husband Shane Deary have split after seven years of marriage — has been spotted “looking affectionate” with handsome Welsh-born actor Rhys, her on-screen husband on the hit FX show.
One source who spotted the disarmingly charming Rhys, who is single, and Russell recently sharing an intimate lunch at ABC Kitchen, told us, “Seeing the way they are together I could have sworn they were a couple. They were so touchy-feely, drinking and laughing.”
Another source tells us that Russell and Rhys have become such close friends they have spent time with their respective families.
Russell, 37, and Rhys, 39, are currently in New York filming Season 2 of “The Americans,” in which they star as Soviet KGB agents posing as a married couple. Their reps didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.
In early December, Russell’s publicist confirmed her marriage to Deary — with whom she has son River, 6, and daughter Willa, nearly 2 — was over, telling People, “They have been separated since early summer. The separation is amicable and their focus is on their children.”
Russell and Rhys, 39, were seen walking around her Brooklyn Heights neighborhood a few days before Christmas, shopping and looking at furniture on the street.
"They looked very much like a couple," a source tells PEOPLE. "They were laughing and walking closely together."
As if anyone needed another reason to love Jennifer Lawrence!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star brought some Christmas cheer to the kids and families at Kosair Children's Hospital in her hometown of Louisville, Ky.
Twitter pictures from Jen's Dec. 22 visit show the Oscar winner, dressed casually in a plaid shirt and jeans, smiling happily alongside patients and staff alike.
In one touching shot, the 23-year-old actress holds hands with a young boy in what appears to be a U.S. army themed hospital room.
Jen also posed for a sweet picture with a smiling child smiling ear-to-ear from her hospital bed, and another of herself grinning alongside two equally happy young ladies.
She even stopped for a snap with the hospital staff, crouching down in the front of the group (who looked very appreciative of Katniss Everdeen's holiday visit!)
Kosair Children's Hospital tweeted their thanks to a Jennifer fan account on Dec. 23, writing, "Thank you for visiting the kids yesterday. We know it meant a lot to them and brightened their day."
It certainly did. Props to Jen for making this holiday season extra memorable for all of those kids!