Smash/Marry/Kill: The Biggest Stars of 2014

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The “Bang Bang” Singers: Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J

Smash: Nicki Minaj

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Was there ever really any question? In 2014, Nicki Minaj was basically the definition of bang bang.

Marry: Jessie J

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Let’s face it, of all these sexy, powerful, chart-topping ladies, Jessie J is the probably the one you’d feel most at ease bringing home to mom.

Kill: Ariana Grande

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She unleashed some unrelenting earworms this year, including her verse in this hit collaboration. The ponytail-ed one must pay!

The New Orange Is The New Black Inmates: Vee, Soso, Lolly

Smash: Soso

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Sure, Soso was so, so annoying, but her sex scene with Nicky was pretty hot.

Marry: Lolly

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Who was Lolly you ask? Why she was Piper’s plane mate in the first episode of Season 2, played by a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her Lori Petty. The actress will reportedly have a bigger role in the upcoming third season, so our opinion of her might change, but we liked what we saw so far.

Kill: Vee

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We’re all on Team Rosa when it comes to this choice.

Throwback Photos of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Before Kids

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People love to hate on Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian‘s relationship. Sure, they’ve been through some rough patches. But when compared to all of the dysfunction that’s hit the Kardashian family over the years, the couple looks more stable than anyone else. These two have been holding it down for a long time, and there are pictures to prove it.

Today you’ll  find them shopping for cribs and changing diapers, but eight years ago, before the birth of Mason (5), Penelope (2), and their newest baby boy, these two were running the party scene.

We know Scott hasn’t fully let go of his partying ways just yet. The Gossip Table reports that Kourt is over his wild behavior (yet again), but with these two, you never really know. Their status seems to change every other day, but the amazing photos of them in this gallery will last a lifetime.

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Celebrities with Award-Worthy Shoe Game

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Have you ever searched for the perfect footwear to complete your outfit? So have your favorite celebrities. Looking back on the year’s stylish shoes, we created awards for their fierce footgear.

Did Jennifer Lopez choose strappy statement heels to tap into our latent dominatrix fantasies? If so, we’re into it. Angelina Jolie showed her sinister side in white platforms, while Michael B. Jordan ensured he made a stylish splash at the Oscars.

Who else wowed us with their shoes this year? Hop into our gallery and find out.

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Stars Who Look Like Disney Characters

by (@t_akino)

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Have you ever found yourself crushing on an animated Disney character, and then subsequently chastising yourself for having sexual fantasies about a cartoon? You’re not alone. We all do it. Which is why we’re here to make you feel better.

From Russell Brand to Mama June and Leighton Meester, these celebrities share such a striking resemblance to Disney creations that your attraction to two-dimensional designs are completely justified. Check out more of Hollywood’s finest who have doppelgangers in the House of Mouse.

Neil Patrick Harris Makes His ‘AHS’ Debut, Kim Kardashian Gives Her Mom a Reality Check + More in Today’s Last Lap

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American Horror Story finally gives us a peek at Neil Patrick Harris‘ character, Kris Jenner gets a brutal email from her daughter, Sony‘s CEO says: “We have not caved,” and more in Last Lap.

  • Check out the first peak of NPH behind the tent of the Freak Show. [Comic Book]
  • Sony’s CEO responds to President Obama regarding canceling The Interview. [Yahoo!]
  • Ashley Benson and Ryan Good are splitsville after three years of on-and-off dating. [US Weekly]
  • Does Kim Kardashian know her famous butt has been made into a Christmas ornament.? [E!]
  • A man built a Christmas light show to the Star Wars soundtrack. [Tech Times]
  • What exactly has James Franco been up to since The Interview was canceled? [Huffington Post]
  • Krysten Ritter talks Breaking Bad and new movie Big Eyes on Big Morning Buzz Live.

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Gekkeikan Has Your Cocktail for the Weekend

by (@TaylorFerber)

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Gekkeikan‘s White Cloud is the rich, smooth cocktail you need. A combination of creamy Gekkeikan Nigori and fruity Gekkeikan Plum Wine, this concoction will allow you to start your weekend off right.

Here’s what you need and how to whip it up.

  • 3 parts Gekkeikan Nigori Sake
  • 2 parts chai-infused apple cider*
  • 2 parts Gekkeikan Plum Wine
  • ¾ part simple syrup

*Place 4 chai tea bags in a liter of apple cider and refrigerate for four hours. Then remove tea bags.
Shake all ingredients well over ice and fine strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a green apple slice.

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President Obama and George Clooney Speak Out Against Sony Canceling ‘The Interview’

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President Obama and George Clooney are calling it: Sony‘s falling victim to cyberterrorism and canceling The Interview isn’t just about hackers taking down a raunchy comedy. It’s about terrorists winning against the U.S. and effectively compromising the country’s freedom of speech.

During his end-of-the-year press conference, Obama called Sony’s decision to pull the film a mistake and addressed what this forced censorship could mean for the future of storytelling through filmmaking, stating:

Sony’s a corporation. It suffered significant damage, there were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake…We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States, because if someone is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like. Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. That’s not who we are. That’s not what America’s about.

In an exclusive interview with Deadline, Clooney echoed the President’s statement saying:

This is a silly comedy, but the truth is, what it now says about us is a whole lot. We have a responsibility to stand up against this. That’s not just Sony, but all of us, including my good friends in the press who have the responsibility to be asking themselves: What was important? What was the important story to be covering here? The hacking is terrible because of the damage they did to all those people. Their medical records, that is a horrible thing, their Social Security numbers. Then, to turn around and threaten to blow people up and kill people, and just by that threat alone we change what we do for a living, that’s the actual definition of terrorism.

Clooney and his CAA agent Bryan Lourd had attempted to send a petition around to major Hollywood execs that would support the release of The Interview. However, not one person asked agreed to sign it, in fear of becoming a terrorist target themselves. Here is an excerpt from their petition:

This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands. We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.

In the interview, Clooney also mentioned speaking to Sony chairman Amy Pascal, who still wants to release the film. The actor’s solution calls for doing so in whatever way possible, even if that includes releasing it online, to continue to protect the United States’ values.

With the news that the FBI is now officially linking the hacking to North Korea, a country that’s been expressing their support for the crimes and threatening physical harm to the U.S. if the film was released, it’s even more imperative to consider Clooney and President Obama’s remarks. In Clooney’s words, “We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all fucking people.”

The Gossip Table has more on Clooney being the subject of some of Sony’s leaked emails.

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Yas Girl of the Week: Quvenzhane Wallis

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Quvenzhané Wallis is silencing any critics who thought she might be a one-trick pony after her stunning Oscar-nominated performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild. After earning an Oscar nomination at nine, the now 11-year-old actress received her first ever Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her turn as the titular character in Annie (in theaters now). This young actress is showing her incredible range — from drama to singing and dancing — before she even turns 12. Yas, Quvenzhané. Keep this awesome work up!

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‘Homeland’ Star Maury Sterling Explains What’s Behind Season 4’s Non-Stop Adrenaline Rush

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Homeland Season 4 has critics raving and fans sitting on the edges of their seats. And while the show has assaulted its cast with a barrage of kidnappings, killings, and other nightmare scenarios, one character who has managed to survive and thrive this season is Max, the socially awkward surveillance expert played by Maury Sterling.

We sat down with Sterling for his take on Max’s development, his relationship to Carrie (Claire Danes), and how he’s looking forward to this Sunday’s finale as much as we are. Spoilers below, so if you haven’t caught up yet, get to binging!

Fans have been blown by the action this season. Has it also shot a new energy into the cast?
Absolutely. There was this big question of where we were going to go now, especially where season 3 ended. I’ve been blown away with how the writers have put this together, and the amount of tension they’ve created again. It feels totally fresh; this season’s just been a rollercoaster.

How have you seen Max grow this season compared to the previous three?
He’s gotten to emerge, and we’ve learned more about him. Introducing the character of Fara, who Max may or may not have a crush on, and what that’s brought out in him, has, especially in the last two episodes, really pulled out more and shown his mettle and his courage.

Did you ever think that Max would last this long? It must be scary to get the script every week.
[Laughs.] People die on Homeland. It’s a dangerous show to be on. I’ve been keeping under the radar in previous seasons so I thought he was safe. But this was the first season where I was like, “This could be very, very dangerous.” [Laughs.]

Have you created a backstory for Max?
We did. I always wanted Max to have his moment, because he sits around obsessively watching Bruce Lee movies to the point where he’s actually gotten pretty good at martial arts. [Laughs.] That never really came to pass, which is fine. We started off with the possibility that he’s on the [Autism] spectrum, which we developed by making him good at his job — he notices details and things that are different, the anomalies or what stands out. That’s why he’s valuable.

How has Max’s relationship with Carrie developed this season?
He’s a truth teller — he doesn’t lie. Especially in this season, he’s gotten to be a bit of Carrie’s conscience in calling her out and seeing through all of her noise and the difficult decisions that she has to make. He’s just so blunt and I love that he’s shined light on her. He says it like it is, and there’s a friendship there for her as well.

What is it like to work with someone who’s as intense on screen as Claire Danes?
Claire is just all business in a good way. I think “professional” is a really good word for her. There’s no drama, there’s nothing unnecessary, and she’s really committed to what she does with very little fuss. And with the amount of stuff she’s carrying, to carry that show — no pun intended — it’s impressive.

How far in advance do you get the scripts? Has there been anything this season that made your jaw drop?
I get the script maybe like a week or so before depending on how many rewrites they’re doing. The writers are furiously tinkering and making it as good as it can be, which I am so grateful for. Almost every episode, every time I think they’ve earned a crescendo — when Carrie is on the drugs and hallucinates — I’m wondering what the next episode wil be. The following episode starts off relatively calmly, but by the end there was another another twist. I think that’s what they have done so well this season. They crafted it in a way where you get these pauses but by the end they just jerk your chain again. It’s a trip.

Now without giving away too much, what can we expect for the finale?
I actually haven’t read the finale, so I can’t say. Part of the joy of being in the show is that I watch it as a fan. And even having seen the scripts, I’m just as excited. I’ve been live tweeting and it’s been fun to do that. I’m taking the ride, too.

Will Max appear in the finale?
No.

What do you recommend for people who are about to go through Homeland withdrawal?
Game of Thrones is coming back — I don’t know, that might be playing for the other team. [Laughs.] Try paint ball, maybe? Take up martial arts? I don’t know.

Join the ‘Selma’ #MarchOn Movement for Social Justice

by (@TaylorFerber)

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The cast and crew of the Golden Globe nominated film Selma continue the fight for equality off-screen. At selmamarchon.com and with #MarchOn, you can join celebrities and activists in an interactive digital movement, share your story, and invite friends.

Selma #MarchOn

The film, starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, and Oprah Winfrey, chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr‘s fight for equality in 1965 Alabama. The #MarchOn campaign invites you to join the movement towards social justice before the film hits theaters nationwide on January 9. Watch the full trailer below.

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