Davy Jones, the lead singer of the Monkees, died this morning in a Florida hospital of heart failure, TMZ reports. He was 66. At least two generations will mourn the passing of the adorable, Manchester, England-born singer, who joined the made-for-TV group in 1965. The Monkees originally aired on NBC from 1966-1968, but many of us got hooked on it when MTV picked up the series in the ’80s. We perfected our monkey walk in the playground and hummed along to the same sugary pop songs our parents listened to as teens.
Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz all auditioned for the group, the brainchild of TV execs who wanted to cash in on the popularity of the Beatles’ movie, Hard Days Night. And though they eventually took creative control of their music, the quartet endured endless criticism for their manufactured origins. Still, “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer” were genuine #1 hits. And we’re pretty sure that success directly lead to the copycats of the modern era, from the Spice Girls to O-Town to — why not? — American Idol.
Jones started off as an actor, appearing on the British soap Coronation Street at age 11, and also trained to be a jockey. In 1964 he was a member of the Broadway cast of Oliver!, which visited the Ed Sullivan Show the same day the Beatles made their debut on it. After The Monkees, he continued to act in TV guest spots.
Jones is survived by his third wife, Jessica Pacheco, and four daughters from previous marriages.
So, the New York Post is reporting that Snooki is indeed pregnant after all, but has been hiding it because “MTV went into crisis mode after they found out. … They’re trying to hide it because it would greatly affect the creative direction of the show.”
Now, although we are part of the MTV family, we have no inside knowledge of this situation (sorry). But we do think that it would be pretty damn silly for producers to be worried that a baby would cramp Snooki’s style. We can’t think of a better way to spice up the Jersey Shore or her spinoff with JWoww. As Hollywood well knows, pregnancy is HI-larious. And watching Snooki pout while everyone else around her gets to party would make for great viewing too.
Come to think of it, we think Mama Snooks could have easily been toting around a mini-mini-me all throughout the storied history of Jersey Shore and they wouldn’t have lost a second of entertainment. See for yourself.
While we totally enjoyed the silly way Angelina Jolie insisted on posing with her leg at last night’s Oscars — and the Twitter stir her leg caused all through the night — many of you were more alarmed than amused. Is she really able to stand and walk around on legs skinnier than our arms? Did she give all her food away to war refugees? We’re not completely sure of the normally slender actress was actually thinner than usual last night, or if we’re just not used to seeing that much of her bared leg against the stark contrast of all that Versace velvet. But yeah, there were a bunch of actresses we’d like to feed sandwiches to right about now. Somehow, we doubt they partook in that popcorn that was passed out in the Kodak, much less the 3-D desserts Wolfgang Puck cooked up for the Governor’s Ball. Melanie Griffith’s face was downright sickly looking, and a close inspection of Jane Seymour’s decolletage is not for the weak of heart. There are others whose razor-sharp shoulders and collar bones we’re used to — like Rooney Mara’s — but that didn’t stop us from wishing we could show up, grandma style, and shove plates of food in their faces. Awards season is over ladies, please feast to your heart’s content!
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There’s little we hate more than the way rumors of catfighting on the set plagues every TV show or movie that features an ensemble of women. As if no one can believe that any room of ladies inevitably turns into a scene from Mob Wives. That’s just one of the reasons we love the way this awards season has proved that the opposite was the case with the casts of Bridesmaids and The Help. Before she picked up her Best Supporting Actress Oscar last night, Octavia Spencer made it clear that she never wants to consider her colleagues “rivals” of any kind.
“I’m actually not competing,” Spencer told VH1 News on the red carpet. “I’ve got Janet McTeer who gave a brilliant performance. Melissa McCarthy, our dear friend, gave a brilliant performance. Jessica Chastain, a good friend, and Berenice Bejo. I think we’re all just happy to be a part of the conversation. We don’t compete.”
She went on to sing the praises of her other co-star. “Viola Davis is exactly what she’s wearing today: a jewel,” Spencer said. And the feeling is mutual.
We entertainment writers do our best not to assume that all celebrities know each other or all actors are just like their characters, or other amateur business like that. But after seeing Rooney Mara kick major ass and rescue Daniel Craig in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, we thought she might possibly be a fan of other stories in which the lady saves the day. Like, for instance that other little best-selling trilogy, The Hunger Games?
“I haven’t read the books,” Mara confessed to VH1 News on the Oscar red carpet last night. “But I would like to. I’ve heard that they’re great. I think I’ll try and see the books first and then go see [the movie].”
Please do, Rooney! We see a lot of similarities between Lisbeth Salander and Katniss Everdeen, actually. They’re both scrappy, emotionally damaged girls who will do anything to survive but always wind up risking their necks to save others too and seem surprised to find themselves as heroines. And we wonder, would they like each other? More important: Who would win in a fight? (Forgive us, and our fried post-Oscar brains, please.)
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Lucy Lawless and six fellow Greenpeace activists were released from police custody earlier today, after being arrested aboard the oil rig Nobel Discoverer in New Zealand’s Port Taranaki and charged with burglary. But Greenpeace is calling the group’s three-day stay atop the ship’s tower, delaying its Shell-chartered trip to the Arctic, a success.
“When we started this seven of us went up the rig but 133,000 came down with us in solidarity,” Lawless said in a statement, referring to the number of people who sent letters to Shell, protesting its plans to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska. “They’re writing letters and we know that new heros are going to spring up in our fervent mission to make sure the oil industry becomes an energy industry is one that is renewable and clean.”
On the third night aboard the ship, Lawless and company said they were bombarded with loud music and lights, but a Shell spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald that the music was from an alarm clock and the lights were necessary for routine work.
The seven protesters will appear in court on Thursday.
So, it wasn’t the most surprising of Oscar ceremonies. That’s why we have to thank the women who made things interesting with their sartorial choices — all that color, all those sequins and pleats, all those perfect silhouettes served to liven up the self-congratulatory goings on at the Kodak Theatre. Gwyneth Paltrow swooped in wearing a cape, guys. And Angelina Jolie’s slinky Versace made her actually act silly in public, which is a virtue we didn’t know dresses possessed. Viola Davis’ Vera Wang should make actual emeralds feel dull by comparison. And we don’t even know what the color of Michelle Williams’ gown is, it’s just perfect.
Our next door neighbor, a former fashion editor, has been texting us all night with the exact opposite opinions on many of these looks — she says Angie’s a mess, and Melissa Leo (whom we put in the worst-dressed list) is great — so we’re expecting more debate from you guys on this too. Flip through our top eight below and then tell us what you think. Who did we miss? Who doesn’t deserve our praise? Sound off in the comments!
We almost didn’t want to write this one, people. Because honestly, for the first time in as long as we can remember, there were no completely egregious fails on the Oscars red carpet tonight. No gowns made out of garbage bags, no inappropriate body parts hanging out, no missing undergarments. So what follows is a list of the people whose outfits were less than than the spectacular fashions we’ve come to expect from their kind. We think we might be struck down on our very couch for daring to criticize Meryl Streep, but that gold material looks more suited for a downtown cabaret backdrop. And Melissa McCarthy, you know we love you. But we wish you would dress to show off your curves, not drape them in bags. Also, it’s really hard for men to make this list, but we’re giving an honorary mention to Bradley Cooper and his silly mustache. You are not a Williamsburg hipster form 2010, you are the Sexiest Man Alive. Now please shave.
Of course, this is just our humble opinion. Peruse the gallery below and defend or attack as you please in the comments below!
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The big stars are just beginning to arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and we’re chomping at the bit to see who will shine and who will totally flop on the red carpet tonight. Just to get things warmed up, let’s take a look at the ladies who either couldn’t wait to get there, or whose publicists really wanted to assure them lengthy interviews (while all the reporters are just biding their time until Brad and Angie and George and Stacey show up). It’s the first Oscars for some, like Milla Jovovich, though you wouldn’t tell by the way she’s killing it with a dazzling sequined Elie Saab. Sequins seem to be the early trend — they’re also a big feature on Rose Byrne’s Vivienne Westwood and Ellie Kemper’s Armani Prive. Berenice Bejo is also wearing Elie Saab, but she chose beading over sequins. Berenice’s hair is our fave of the night so far — we’re kind of envying her Tyra-esque high forehead. Missi Pyle is an early winner, if only because she manages to make the phrase “cruelty-free silkworms” seem like the next big thing in fashion. Check out the gallery for our early pics below, and then watch along on MTV News’ live stream for more!
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It didn’t take long after the National Enquirer published a pic of Whitney Houston’s open casket for the backlash to come fast and hard. And it’s not just the tabloid taking the heat. Whigham Funeral Home CEO Carolyn Whigham said she’s received threatening emails, accusing her and her staff of selling the pic, a charge she vehemently denied to the New York Daily News.
“Whitney was a friend,” she told the paper. “I’m the one who flew to Los Angeles and got Whitney from the coroner’s office. I did everything to protect her.” That included having security guard the casket at all times, except when the family had a private viewing, she explained. And even if she weren’t personal friends with the Houston family, Whigham’s other argument for not selling the photo makes a whole lot of sense to us: I’ve been in business since 1943. This is my name, my character. Honestly, this is my life’s work. We would never do something like this.”