Today the latest Pixar epic Brave opens wide in theaters, and we fully expect it to earn the GNP of a first world country in its opening weekend alone. The film follows the story of Merida, a young archer from the hills of Scotland who struggles to undo a curse placed upon her family. Actress Kelly Macdonald recently sat down with Carrie Keagan on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live to discuss the pressure of voicing the very first female lead in Pixar history. “I felt it [the pressure] for a moment. Because also it’s film number 13. Lucky number 13. So at first I thought ‘Oh no! Too much pressure!’ But it’s Pixar. I think we can all rest easy.” In addition to the quality of the visuals, Kelly insists that the story is timeless. “It’s a mother and daughter story, so I feel like every female should be able to relate.”
We have to admit, we were pretty pumped to go see the film, because Pixar movies are unforgettable. But the more we thought about it, we realized that they’re unforgettable because of the emotional scars they carved on our psyche at a young age. At least that’s what our therapists have said. Nemo losing his mother in Finding Nemo, those creepy mutant toys in Toy Story, the lonely old man in Up. This is some powerful stuff! And from what we’ve heard, Brave packs a few emotional punches too. So for the strong willed, we’ve compiled the 7 most traumatic Pixar movie moments of all time. Full disclosure: At one point we sobbed a bit while compiling this post.
7. Toy Story: Revenge of the Toys
This scene is basically an animated Child’s Play, with a touch of The Exorcist thrown in for good measure. For years we made sure our toys were always neat and tidy, for fear of pissing them off. Also, for reasons we can’t fully explain, this kid Sid reminds us of a pre-fame Justin Bieber.
We all get by with a little help from our friends, but celebs even more so. After all, Hollywood is a tough biz, and the only way to survive the ups and downs of Tinseltown is by surrounding yourself with a few true pals who will stick by your side in good times as well as during the bumps and slumps. We’ve long loved the enduring bond Oprah Winfrey and her BFF Gayle King share, and got teary-eyed this awards season watching Busy Phillips escort her nominated pal Michelle Williams to every event in town. And who can resist dudes like Tom Sturridge andRobert Pattinson and Jay-Z and Kanye West, who are always on hand to support each other’s personal and professional triumphs?
And then there are gals like Snooki and J-Woww, who have stuck by each other from day one in the Jersey Shore house. Through booze, bitch slaps, anonymous note-leaving, Vinny sex and drunken fights on the streets of Italy, they’ve never left each other’s side. The girls have a new reality show premiering tonight on MTV chronicling — what else? — the ups and downs of their friendship. In honor of their unbreakable bond, we’ve got 35 of the Most Adorable Celebrity Besties in the gallery below. Have a fave pair? Shout ‘em out in the comments.
Looking back over the years of Nicole Kidman’s impressive acting career and closely followed love interests, we can see how many times she’s changed roles, husbands and hometowns. We can also, for better or worse, see a definite evolution of her face. When she broke into the industry at the ripe age of 16, the Australian actress had more of a quirky girl-next-door look, with those red curls and that open face. As her hair has become sleeker and blonder, she seemed to be waging war against any kind of
After continuously boasting that her face was “completely natural,” Nicole finally admitted to using Botox in an interview with German TV Movie magazine in 2011. “I even tried Botox but I didn’t like how my face looked afterwards. Now I don’t use it any more –– and I can move my forehead again.” OK, we’re not sure how that explains her continued lack of wrinkles, but maybe she’s discovered some other beauty secret not yet available to regular folks?
Whatever is the case with her new face, Nicole is still definitely killing it, recently playing alongside hot co-stars like Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey and Clive Owen. Efron did tell reporters of his role in The Paperboy, which made quite a, um, splash at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival that doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman “was the highlight of my life.” Meanwhile, she’s got a happy home life, with hubby Keith Urban and their two young daughters. All teasing aside, we’d like to wish Nicole a happy 45th birthday today, and hope for many more interesting pics of her to come!
Today’s a big birthday for pop icon, Paula Abdul, as she turns the big 5-0! She’s showed the world all she’s got since the early 80s and we know she’s not slowing down any time soon! Pop isn’t all she’s got – Paula is known for her wacky and fabulous wardrobe. The colors, the designs, the sparkles – OH MY! Abdul ‘s unique threads are always show stoppers. Her originality radiates in every red carpet pose from the Kids’ Choice Awards to the Grammys. Abdul has come a long way since her days on her high school cheerleading team and has proved to be the powerful woman she set out to be.
This past January Abdul announced that she would not be returning to be a judge on the X-Factor. So what’s she up to now? Well a few days ago she was spotted at Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies/Dodgers game. She was there there supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and getting down with the Phillies mascot, Phillie Phanatic. Check out some of her wildest outfits, craziest ‘dos, and sweetest dance moves in the gallery below!
Some fathers know best, and other fathers know hookers. Some fathers play golf, and others play the field. Some dads mow the lawn, and others mow down mailboxes with their Mercedes while drinking and driving. Some fathers make plans to take their wives out for dinner, while others make plans to “take their wives out.” And then there are some dads who pretend they’re not dads at all! Think we’re kidding? We wish.
It’s safe to say that not all fathers know best. Just look at Michael Lohan, Jon Gosselin, Mel Gibson, and other guys we wouldn’t trust with a pair of scissors, not to mention a kid! So join us this Father’s Day while we count down the 15 worst pops of all, ranked by the standard unit of bad dads: the Michael Lohan. If your face is in the gallery below, you’re probably not getting a tie for Father’s Day this year.
As you can see from the video above, Tom Cruise’s co-stars Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough and Catherine Zeta-Jones really feel like the actor was a real rock star on the set of Rock of Ages — and they meant that in the best way, not the diva-concert rider, trash the hotel room kind of way. And from what we can tell from clips of him as Stacee Jaxx, the guy really poured himself into the part. But none of this should surprise us in the least: After all, the guy has always been a rock star, even when he was at his most clean-cut and Hollywood. Here, we’d like to count down the 10 moments when he most resembled the lead singer of his own guitar-thrashing, ear-melting, groupie-attracting, Billboard-topping band.
Certainly, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and all those great awards-show moments have gone a long way toward making us stop referring to Neil Patrick Harris as “Doogie.” But even though the actor turns 39 today, we can’t help but get a warm, fuzzy feeling in our hearts as we recall him in his too-big white coat and stethoscope, assuring a patient for the 1,000th time that, yes, even though he’s only 16 and looks 12, he is a legit, board-certified physician. And then we picture him writing all about his feelings for Wanda on his funky old computer (proto-blogging!). Seriously, NPH, with his slicked-back curls and his innocent, freckled face, was adorable on Doogie Howser, M.D., which ran from 1989-1993. Also, he gave hope to all the nerds of the world that when we eventually made it to the adult world, our quirks and brains would finally be appreciated.
So today, we’d like to say: Happy Birthday, Neil! We’re glad you grew up to be an awesome actor and dad and LGBT icon, but we hope you’re OK with us missing Doogie once in a while.
What’s hot, hard, and runs on Windows XP or higher? It’s robots of course! Our artificially intelligent friends have been heating up screens both large and small with their lab-crafted good looks for decades. They may not have feelings, but then again we’ve always been attracted to emotional unavailability. From Weird Science‘s Kelly LeBrock and Jude Law in A.I. to Jeri Ryan in Star Trek: Voyager and even that Svedka Vodka ad, you don’t have to be well versed in C++ or QBasic to appreciate the sizzling appeal of these machines!
Ridley Scott’s latest epic Prometheus opens wide today, starring Michael Fassbender as hunky android David. We haven’t seen it yet, but we think he’s definitely in the running for one of the hottest robots in pop culture history. But there are so many to choose from! Check out the gallery below for our list of the 20 sexiest robots of all time. With hot bots like these, who needs humans? Did we miss any? Disagree with our ranking? Let us know in the comments!
In addition to their athletic superiority, the Thunder have long proved themselves to be the snazziest team in the league. Durant and his teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden are often seen off court wearing outfits that are louder than the final buzzer! Oklahoma City will go on to play either the Miami Head or the Boston Celtics in the finals. But no matter who gets the most baskets, the Thunder definitely wins the fashion style-off. Head on down to the gallery below for some of their greatest post-game press conference outfits of all time. Enjoy!
Mark Wahlberg turns 41 today, but the bad-boy rapper turned award-nominated actor and producer still has the pecks and abs from his younger days. We recently saw the evidence all over the Web, as he was filming his new movie Pain and Gain in Miami and showing off his killer physique all over town. Mark even took it back to his Calvin Klein ad days by parading around in his underwear on his balcony.
Partly in preparation to play Micky Ward in the 2010 boxing flick The Fighter, Wahlberg beefed up quite a bit in recent years. The Boston native also literally flexed his muscles as Holbrooke Grant in the 2010 comedy Date Night. But he’s not just a pretty face: He was a producer on The Fighter, and exec-produced HBO series Entourage, How to Make It in America and Boardwalk Empire. He’s the whole package, but to celebrate Mark’s 41st birthday, we’re going to celebrate his less cerebral pursuits with 20 pics of the shirtless actor.
And while you’re at it, check out the video clip above to see celebs like Julianne Hough and Brooke Hogan weighing in on their shirtless Mark Wahlberg moment. Got one we forgot? Let us know in the comments section!