I bet a lot of you are too young to remember when “We Are The World
” first hit the airwaves 25 years ago, in 1985. The single, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was recorded by an all-star lineup that crossed music genres and quickly became the biggest-selling single of all time. The proceeds went to famine relief charities in Ethiopia. I was 8 years old when “We Are The World” was released and I was living on an Air Force base in Japan, and even there, I can remember the song playing everywhere
— in stores, on the street, in train stations and airports and bus terminals. It was a world-wide phenomenon. I liked to sing along and pretend I was Cyndi Lauper, one of my favorite childhood idols (second only to Judy Blume).
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The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced this morning and some of the nominees include: George Clooney for best actor in “Up in the Air,” Mo’Nique for best supporting actress in “Precious,” Maggie Gyllenhaal for best supporting actress in “Crazy Heart,” Gabourey Sidibe for best actress in “Precious,” and a little movie called “Avatar” was nominated in a whole bunch of categories, tying “Hurt Locker” for a total of nine nominations. One difference in the awards this year is that 10 movies have been nominated for best picture rather than the usual five. For a full list, check out the official website of the Oscars. Keep reading »
The Grammy Awards were so yesterday. Tonight is all about “The Bachelor.” Who will Bachelor Jake get rid of next, after ninja-dissing Ella, Katherine, and Ashleigh last week? There’s only a few more ladies left! Meet me back here at 8 p.m. (EST). Keep reading »
Forget the Super Bowl. There’s something even bigger happening on television this week—the season premiere of “Lost.” I repeat, “LOST” IS BACK! We’ve been waiting eight whole months to find out if Juliet is alive, if Ben really killed Jacob, and if detonating that nuclear bomb did anything to negate flight 815 crashing on the island in the first place. Check out the preview after the jump, as well as a few other shows you’ll want to catch this week. Keep reading »
So, I went to NYU. My friend—I’ll call him Hans, because that’s his name—went to Columbia. Both our universities’ film schools have had an amazing presence at the Sundance Film Festival this year, with students and alumni all over the prominent entries in the festival. Did I mention that Hans and I can get a little competitive when it comes to our respective alma maters? We’ve been comparing who has more films competing, more stars at their respective festival parties, and eventually who collects more awards. The winner claims James Franco who, I’m told, is attending MFA programs at both schools simultaneously. Mmm, James Franco. But while I was at NYU’s Sundance party, Hans remembered that he was at the fest to watch films and skipped out on the Columbia party. Instead, he saw Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek in “Get Low.” So my victory was hollow.
That said, I did meet some really cool people at the festival, though they might not count as full-fledged “celebrities.” Keep reading »
“I’m abstinent now. I realized that with abstinence, if you really, really believe in yourself like I do, you discover your own self-worth. Abstinence means you refrain from any sex—thinking about it, doing it—even to yourself! I’m a born-again virgin.”
—Danielle Staub of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on the new life philosophy to match her new face [People] Keep reading »
In case you haven’t heard, there are wedding bells ringing over at “The Bachelor” camp. Since actual nuptial news from the show only rolls around once every … OK, only once ever, listen up: Jason and Molly are gonna tie the knot on March 8. And in true “Bachelor” fashion, they’re sharing their intimate ceremony with the whole nation. In 13 seasons of “The Bachelor” and five of “The Bachelorette,” they are only the second couple to make it down the aisle. And, uh, these two could only be described as dysfunctional—remember when Jason ditched his first-choice fiancée for Molly?—so who knows if they’ll actually say “I do.” That’s not such a hot track record for a show dedicated to finding the one.
I’ve never gotten into “The Bachelor.” But interestingly, there exists another reality show that I do watch regularly which has nothing to do with dating yet has a much better couple success ratio. This wondrous show is known as “The Biggest Loser.” Keep reading »
Could this be? The “Jersey Shore” guidos headed to “Gossip Girl” country? Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the fist-pumpers have renewed for a second season, but sources say MTV is scouting locations beyond Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The hoity-toity Hamptons — where celebs like P. Diddy and Christie Brinkley have homes — is one place that scouts are checking out, along with Delaware. If there really is a Situation on the East End of Long Island, your camera crews won’t get the up-turned noses that make good reality TV. Fancy pants Blair Waldorf-types have plenty of money to keep the riffraff out — and they’re less likely to start throwing punches! [New York Post] Keep reading »
You know how everyone has been going period-joke crazy since the announcement of the iPad, Apple’s new gadget? Well MadTV, that now-defunct “Saturday Night Live”-esque sketch comedy show, essentially predicted it in a skit a few years ago. Their “iPad” is a menstruation aid that links up to your computer, which frankly sounds more interesting and useful than this thing Apple has invented. Keep reading »
Jon Hamm hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend — for no real reason other than his undeniable hotness, seeing as he doesn’t have a movie to promote and “Mad Men” is on hiatus — and the results were delightfully … weird. In the digital short, above, Hamm plays a sexy saxophonist named Sergio who emerges during the most inopportune moments after a curse is placed on Andy Samberg’s character. For the record, Jon Hamm Covered In Birth Goop is still as sexy as Jon Hamm NOT Covered In Birth Goop. Keep reading »