Celebrity Break Ups: From Classy to Nasty

Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson (Image Credit: Brian Birzer/MixRadio via Getty Images)

Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson (Image Credit: Brian Birzer/MixRadio via Getty Images)

If you follow me on Twitter, I’ve said it over and over again. 2015 = The year love died. I’m being serious! It seems just about every week there’s a new divorce, rumor of a separation or SOMETHING being reported in the world of celebrity news. I don’t know what’s in the water but something is clearly wrong. So to put even more salt in the wound, we rounded up all the relationships that are clearly in the public eye and their break up story behind it. Truth be told, some of them are praiseworthy but some of them are just plain… Eek. So naturally, we ranked it from classy to “nasty.” Continue reading

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2015 DragonCon: What to expect!

DRAGONCON (Image Credit: Brian Skroback / The Daily Quirk)

DRAGONCON (Image Credit: Brian Skroback / The Daily Quirk)

It’s that time of year again. Thousands of the nation’s most passionate fans will gather in the heart of Atlanta, Ga. for the biggest and most exciting labor day event this country has ever seen. That’s right, I’m talking about DragonCon. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Fall 2015 TV Premieres: Why So Late?

SCANDAL (Image Credit: ABC)

SCANDAL (Image Credit: ABC)

As a non-sports person, the start of the fall TV season is like my Super Bowl, March Madness and World Series rolled into one. I make a spreadsheet to cover the lineup months in advance and schedule any activities around important shows. I’ve been doing this for years, but this year, a lot of the fall premiere dates gave me pause. Continue reading

Taylor Swift’s ‘This Sick Beat’ and other Crazy Celebrity Trademarks

Taylor Swift (Image Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Taylor Swift (Image Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

From Paris Hilton’s “That’s Hot” to Donald Trump’s “You’re Fired,” celebs have a long history of trademarking the things they say. Most recently, Taylor Swift made news when she applied to trademark some popular lyrics off her 1989 album. What seem to be normal phrases such as “This sick beat” and “Nice to meet you, where you been” now belong to Taylor Swift herself. Don’t even think about saying you want to “Party like it’s 1989,” because that’s hers too! Continue reading

Why we can’t wait for Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’

(Image Credit: Candace Cameron Bure/Instagram)

(Image Credit: Candace Cameron Bure/Instagram)

If you grew up in the 1990s or watch a lot of ABC Family, you probably know and love the classic sitcom Full House – the show about widower Danny Tanner (played by Bob Saget) trying to raise daughters D.J., Stephanie and Michelle (Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and the Olsen twins respectively) with the help of his best friend Joey (Dave Coulier) and brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos). Continue reading

Why You Should Check Out Snapchat Discover

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(Image Credit: Ivan Kruk)

When Snapchat rolled out its latest update at the end of January, many users were caught off guard by the drastic changes made to the app. Social media erupted once figuring out the Best Friends feature had been axed. It was no longer possible to stalk our friends and significant others to see who else they were “snapping”! Continue reading

Flame On! The ‘Fantastic Four’ Rise from the Ashes

FANTASTIC FOUR (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

FANTASTIC FOUR (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

The early 2000s saw a huge boost in superhero movies, and among this early set was the nearly universally-panned film Fantastic Four (2005). Now, although I was only 14 when the movie came out, I’d like to think my movie taste wasn’t terrible, and I liked the movie so there must have been a special something about that particular story because I agree that the sequel was terrible. Continue reading

‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary at Tribeca Film Festival

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (Image Credit: Sony Pictures)

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (Image Credit: Sony Pictures)

One of the greatest comedies ever made will be honored at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In addition to hosting a special screening of the cult classic comedy, Tribeca Film Festival will feature the international premiere of the documentary Monty Python – The Meaning of Live. Continue reading

Seriously Though, Who is Fancy?

(Image Credit: Who is Fancy?/Youtube)

(Image Credit: Who is Fancy?/Youtube)

UPDATE 4/08/15: Fancy revealed himself to be our best guess, singer Jake “Fancy” Hagood, during a performance on the Tonight Show and via a post on Instagram. Read on to find out more about his single “Goodbye” and how we cracked the mystery before the reveal.

A friend of mine recently moved out to L.A. to pursue a career in the music industry, so I’ve gotten quite used to his 3 A.M. texts imploring me to listen to the latest track he’s hooked on. Most recently he sent me a track by Who is Fancy? Called “Goodbye,” telling me it would be my new favorite song. And I must admit, I really liked it. So I jumped on the Internet (like thousands of other people have by this point) to learn more about the intriguingly titled musician, only to find out that there is pretty much no information available. Continue reading

Can Lady Gaga get you to check back in to ‘American Horror Story’ with ‘Hotel’?

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(Image Credit: FX)

In six words, Lady Gaga blew up the Internet. Continue reading

The Best of Celebrity Party Crashers

Jay-Z and Beyonce (Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Adidas)

Jay-Z and Beyonce (Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Adidas)

Isn’t it a dream to party with one of your favorite celebrities, or is that it just us fantasizing that idea? After hearing Jimmy Fallon’s experience at the Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary after-party with tons of celebrity guests, we couldn’t help but keep wishing to one day rub elbows with Jimmy Fallon.

But, what if one day it does happen to you? What would you do or how would you react if you were going to a party and the last person you’d ever imagine (a celebrity nonetheless) pops up? There are several celebrity party crashers who have been making their rounds lately, so we thought we should give you a list of people who you might see one day.

Maroon 5

If you haven’t seen Maroon 5’s music video to their newest single “Sugar,” stop reading this article and check it out now. A handful of newlyweds get the surprise of their lifetime when the pop rock band decided to crash their wedding reception to perform their song. According to a behind the scenes rep, the husbands knew all about the idea, but still. Come on! Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever?

Bill Murray

Okay. We can’t be the only one noticing Bill Murray’s slow rise to fame all over again. For some reason, people are obsessed with him and they have every right to be! Have you seen how cool he is and how he’s very nonchalant with just about anything? For example, an engaged couple were in the middle of their engagement photo shoot and what does he do? Casually walks into the frame. Why? Because he’s Bill freaking Murray. He’s also known to crash a bachelor party and house parties, too. Plan accordingly and see whether or not Murray is in a town near you next time you host a party!

Beyonce & Jay Z

Pretty much everyone looks up to Queen Bey and Hov (hello, #RelationshipGoals!) Being in their presence alone has people screaming like crazy. So, just imagine how this bride felt when Beyonce & Jay Z entered the local church with no invitation while on vacation.

Conan O’ Brien

We all know Twitter as the number one source of trying to get the attention of one your favorite celebrities, right? Well, someone got to Tweeting throughout the whole day of a couple’s wedding and was actually able to convince the talk show host to attend the reception. (Does this mean if we keep tweeting Hilary Duff, one day she’ll finally grab some froyo with us?!)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet

When we heard this story told by Jesse Tyler Ferguson on Conan O’Brien’s show, it almost made us wish we were back in college. After doing a quick discussion with a few students of Kansas State University, Stonestreet thought, “Why don’t we just check out my old fraternity house.” Little did they know, they were a little too late to the party, but everyone was thrilled to see the two anyways. Quick! Everyone should check if a celebrity ever graduated from your school!

We have one note to all celebrities: Any event we throw, whether it be a wedding, birthday party, baby shower or what-have-you, we will allow the open door policy AKA please come to our party. Anytime you want. Who is someone you wish will randomly crash YOUR party? Let us know!

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At the 2015 Oscars, ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ win, NPH loses

(Image Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin)

(Image Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Birdman won the grand prize of Best Picture at the 87th annual Academy Awards, which aired Sunday on ABC. The dark comedy took home three other awards for Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. Wes Anderson’s eighth major motion picture The Grand Budapest Hotel also took home four awards, all for production aspects of the film. Whiplash won three awards.

Interestingly, Vox pointed out that every film nominated for Best Picture won at least one award.

Many were excited for this year’s ceremony because veteran award show host Neil Patrick Harris was at the reins. He is the king — or, at least, he was. Very surprisingly and extremely unfortunately, Harris flopped as hard as one could in the job. It isn’t his fault entirely because there is a whole team of writers who put together the show and his jokes, yet it’s hard to see how Harris thought any of the jokes would take off. He started off strong with his first joke: “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest” to combat the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. But he never managed to top that joke, which was made in the first few seconds of the telecast. It was unbearable to see such a beloved figure fall so hard and for so long. The show ran over by 40 minutes, bringing the total to just under four hours.

The only bit that worked was the spoof of Birdman and Whiplash where Harris stripped to his Michael Keaton-best undies and yelled at Miles Teller for not being on his tempo. It was absolutely fantastic. The night needed more of those kinds of moments. It’s simply unbelievable to think Harris was at the helm of all of it.

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However, Harris of course was able to pull off the opening musical number that, unsurprisingly, spoke of the magic of the movies. Though, this time they’re called “moving pictures.” It was a splendid use of projection and graphics. Shout out to Anna Kendrick for stealing the scene and throwing her Cinderella slipper at Jack Black.

In comparison to Harris’ gigs at the Tony Awards and the Emmys, this was pitiful and a major disappointment.

Moving on from the disappointing, personal favorites Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel had a very successful night. For the entire duration of the show, I went back and forth with these two films because I love them both immensely and they were often up for the same award. It’s like trying to pick your favorite child or your favorite snack. There isn’t a definitive answer.

Alejandro González Iñárritu created a two-year winning streak for Mexican directors after Alfonso Cuarón was the first to win for Best Director at last year’s ceremony. More importantly, it was a personal victory when The Grand Budapest Hotel won an award because the plinking harpsichord of Alexandre Desplat’s score played every time. It was heaven — a Technicolor, Bill Murray-filled, indie heaven. Every frame of Anderson’s films is a visual dream, thus it’s very fitting for it to win more behind-the-scenes awards.

All of the winners for the acting categories were predictable, even if we are just using the Golden Globes as a basis. I was honestly hoping for an upset and a dark horse to pull through, but the four who were predicted to continue their winning streak did. But we all won with those great acceptance speeches. J.K. Simmons told us to call our parents. Eddie Redmayne proved how adorable he is when he was overcome with excitement during his acceptance speech. And most importantly, Patricia Arquette argued for equal pay between the sexes, which inspired Meryl Streep to fist pump and scream “yaaaassss” — a moment that reminds us all why we need the Internet.

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From Idina Menzel to the several orchestral versions of musical songs (“Falling Slowly” from Once; “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” from Footloose and more), this year’s Oscars seemed very much like a tribute to musical theater. The musical numbers truly were the highlight of the evening, aside from the lackluster performance of “Lost Stars” from Begin Again. Why was that film even nominated?

Side note, who told John Travolta he could touch Idina Menzel’s face? That’s not OK unless it’s John Travolta circa Grease.

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Most notably of all, Jennifer Hudson sang “I Can’t Let Go” from NBC’s failed musical drama Smash. I very literally jumped and flailed in my seat when I realized JHud was singing this song. Not only was it incredibly random to sing it in any capacity, but also she sang it after the In Memoriam segment, of which Meryl Streep gave such a beautiful introduction. Obviously, the underlying message was that Smash will never actually die. It was jarring, but it made my night. I’m actually still shocked. I’m so fortunate to have lived to see the day where JHud sang a song from Smash on the Academy Awards. Who could have ever guessed that? Bless that mess.

Though it’s hard to say anything could top the random appearance of Smash at the Oscars, Lady Gaga’s medley of songs from The Sound Of Music was mesmerizing. She came out looking like the queen that she is and slayed the entire universe for the next three minutes. She was the definition of elegance. It was absolutely stunning. It’s a Gaga no one is used to, however it is a Gaga that is continuing her trend of moving away from those outlandish costumes that helped earn her name and into being a classy, stylish and sophisticated artist. Most are also used to Gaga’s pop vocals, but with this medley, she showed off her the true extent of her talent, and it was breathtaking.

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To top it all off, the queen herself Julie Andrews came on stage to hug and praise Lady Gaga for her performance. If that Smash moment had not happened, this would be the highlight of the entire evening.

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Another highlight came from another musical performance that was simply “awesome.” Tegan and Sara performed “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, whose snub will never be forgiven. What could have been an utterly silly and worthless performance became the moment that pumped everyone up as The Lonely Island, Will Arnett dressed as Batman, Questlove drumming as Robin, Devo and more filled the stage for an incredibly energetic and visual performance. Seriously, where can we get those Lego Oscars? We want to be as happy as Oprah.

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Set on a replica of the pivotal Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, John Legend and Common performed “Glory” from Selma and actually brought everyone, particularly David Oyelowo and Chris Pine, to tears. Their performance was so moving and well staged at the Grammys that it was hard to believe they could top it, but they did. Common once again gestured the “Hands up, don’t shoot” reference to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, further showing the poignancy of the message of this beautiful song. It’s a shame this was the only win for Selma. It’s hard to reason how Steve Carell could deserve the Best Actor nomination over Oyelowo, or how Ava DuVernay didn’t garner a Best Director nomination. Her camera techniques aren’t as obvious but they are equally as stunning and visually appealing as the work done by Iñárritu or Anderson.

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Last but not least, The Imitation Game pulled a surprise win tonight in the Adapted Screenplay category. It is an excellent film that looks at the life of Alan Turing, who helped solve the Enigma code in World War II and was later arrested for homosexuality. Graham Moore expertly penned the adaptation of this emotional film. His acceptance speech was no less impactful. Moore said, “When I was 16-years-old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here. And so I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like he’s weird or he’s different or he doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the message to the next person.” Snaps for you, Graham Moore. These are the kinds of speeches that need to be made on the stages of award shows. These are platforms that easily reach millions of people at one time. Make statements about equal pay and about self-worth. Take this time to quickly thank the ones you love and the ones who helped you on the project, but then do something more with your time at the microphone. What other time and place are you going to have so many people — from all walks of life — listening to you? I’m thoroughly excited to see what this talented writer will do next.

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And that’s the show, folks! It was the first year in which I had seen all of the Best Picture nominees, thus making me particularly eager for this year’s ceremony. I’m beyond thrilled for Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash. Of the eight nominees, those were actually my top three favorites. I was thoroughly petrified that Boyhood would sweep the awards. Just because this film was made over 12 years, doesn’t mean it is award-worthy. It’s a regular, boring coming-of-age story about a young white boy who comes from a middle-class struggling family. The length of time it took to make this film doesn’t warrant it receiving any awards for its otherwise unoriginality.

It was a good night for the films, and just a bad night for NPH. Who knew? But, in the end, we all know Meryl Streep always wins, and we win because she did this:

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Full List of Winners:

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Cinematography: Birdman

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game

Best Film Editing: Whiplash

Best Visual Effects: Interstellar

Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Sound Editing: American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash

Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature: Big Hero 6

Best Animated Short Film: Feast

Best Documentary Feature: CitizenFour

Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida

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Kristen Stewart is Poised for a Comeback

Kristen Stewart in STILL ALICE (Image Credit: Sony Pictures)

Kristen Stewart in STILL ALICE (Image Credit: Sony Pictures)

Regardless of what you might think of her acting abilities, Kristen Stewart is undoubtedly a star. Her portrayal of the frail, useless and consistently vanilla protagonist Bella Swan in the Twilight series catapulted her into the spotlight at the age of 18. Stewart recently announced that she is taking a break from acting, which I think is the best possible decision she could make if she wants to extend the longevity of her career. Let’s take a look at the evolution of her career to analyze why now is the perfect time for Stewart to step out of the limelight for a bit. Continue reading

Celebrity Friends Who Have Gone Their Separate Ways

Katy Perry (Image Credit: Liam Mendes) / Taylor Swift (Image Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

Katy Perry (Image Credit: Liam Mendes) / Taylor Swift (Image Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

Friends come and go. We all know that, right? Over the years, we slowly realize friends we were once close with are no longer in our lives anymore. It’s sad to say, but it’s something that inevitably happens when you grow up. Have you ever thought back and wondered what ever happened to your friendship with so-and-so? Yeah, so did Demi Lovato. Well, not really. Continue reading