Thanksgiving is all about eating turkey, spending time with loved ones and watching a great football game. However, knowing that some of the hottest NFL stars are also some of the sexiest men on Earth also means that some of us won’t be watching for the game. Our eyes are on something other than the pigskin.
Ah, Thanksgiving… It’s a time to feast with family, friends and the television show Friends. For whatever reason, the writers of Friends decided to take Thanksgiving and make it the show’s big holiday and we are incredibly thankful to them.
Now some people marathon all the Friends Thanksgiving episodes. Some people need to watch them in order. However, we at VH1 know that you might not have the time for five hours of your favorite Friends. (I mean, there’s also this thing called football happening and some people are actually cooking.) To help you pick and choose, we’re ranking them Thanksgiving buffet style. Which episodes make a good main dish? Which offer a sweet sentimental dessert? And which episode, like Chandler’s traditional non-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving food, is fulfilling for a Friends fan, but not very festive?
Thanksgiving is way past over by now, but don’t feel guilty about still eating those leftovers. Lady Gaga was doing the same thing when she was discovered “35 monsters” in the garage of her Peru home. When the pop star woke up in the nude to make a midnight run to the kitchen, she noticed some unexpected house guest on her security camera while making a leftover plate. In true Gaga fashion she embraced the “bad kids” and tweeted “#MONSTERFACT when gaga is asleep try to break into the garage, sing loud as possible, + ring the doorbell repeatedly #happeningnow.”
According to Sky New Lady Gaga didn’t notify any authorities and even allowed the fans to spend the holiday with her and her family. She even honored them with the endearing title “friends.” So next time someone tries to break into you’re home think to yourself: “What would Gaga do?” Maybe inviting them in for dinner will solve all conflicts – or then again, maybe not. We guess next year we’ll be camping out in Gaga’s garage too; who better to spend your Thanksgiving with than our beloved Mother Monster? At least her holiday was better than Halle Berry’s…
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Every year at this time, I give thanks for having a loving family and all the fortunate things that have happened in my life. I’d also give thanks to my wife if I had one, but to fill that void I’m thankful for all the other wives on television. The day a reality-TV wives came into my life, I knew everything about the world had changed for the better. They embody I love about a woman: beautiful, charismatic, hilarious and intolerant of any disrespect, even if it means a catfight. Not that they’re all alike, however. There’s the sugary sweet Tia and Tamera in contrast to the rowdy and sometimes rough around the edges Basketball Wives. Tamar‘s over-the-top.com personality next to Teresa flipping tables on Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Desperate Housewives might have been what sparked the flame for the Housewives mania, but it’s not doubt these Reality Wives have made a name for themselves well beyond the fictional soap. There’s no slowing down these women, and they’re only getting juicier every year — see: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Hollywood Exes. In order to show my gratitude for these lovely ladies here are some GIFS of the Best Moments in Reality Wives History, according to me: Read more…
As we travel home, hop into our elastic Thanksgiving pants and proceed to inhale turkey over the next week before passing out on the sofa with the football game on, we must take a time to pause and reflect. What are we thankful for? What makes us happy, and how can we improve ourselves for the upcoming year as 2012 comes to a close? Though there are still a couple of days before Thanksgiving, I already began to ponder these thoughts. Yes, I love my family. Yes, I adore my friends. But what am I really thankful for? Four more years of Sasha and Malia Obama in the White House!
Whatever your politics may be, you can’t deny that the 11- and 14-year-old daughters of Barack and Michelle Obama are adorable. From the intellect they’ve inherited from their brilliant parents to their keen fashion senses, the first daughters are role models and destined for greatness themselves. Here are four reasons why I love the Obama girls and why I’m looking forward to spending four more years with them:
1. We’re Watching Them Grow Up – Sasha and Malia were just 7 and 10 when they entered the White House, and four more years of an Obama presidency means Malia will be 18 and Sasha will be 15 by the time Obama’s term is complete. Thus, some of their most formative years and milestones will be spent at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Lucky for us, we’ll hopefully get to share some of these experiences with them. In the next several years, Malia will be taking driving lessons, going on college tours, and dare we say, dating? We can’t wait to see a photo of the Secret Service accompanying Malia and a Sidwell student to dinner and a movie.
I often find it difficult to choose my favorite slice of pop culture at any given moment. Whether it be a movie, song, Broadway show, album, television show, book … I just can’t decide, I can’t help it — I love 100 different things at once.
So when it came down to picking ONE thing that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving, you can imagine how difficult it was for me. At first I was able to narrow it down to a category … ladies. At all times I have about a running list of about 10 women that I look up to/admire/wish that I was/crush on/am entertained by/wish I was friends with/you get the point. The queens on my current list include Claire Danes (a devoted My So Called Life fan, my love for Claire Danes was reignited by Homeland), Lea Michele (she’ll be in my heart always and forever — I can listen to her sing A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G), Christina Aguilera (because of this, this and this), Demi Lovato (I’m living for her eyebrow evolution on the X Factor) and well of course, Rihanna!
When I join hands with my family this Thursday, I’m going to give thanks for a number of things: my friends, my health, the money VH1 Celebrity pays me to make jokes about things I would be reading on the Internet anyway and, most important, American Horror Story: Asylum. Why is AHS: Asylum so dear to my heart? Why, because it is everything I love in a grimy, spine-tingling package. AHS is a horror series, a slasher flick, an Exorcist knock-off, a mad scientist tale, a monster movie, a tragic romance and a platform for Evan Peters‘ butt all in one. It is a blood-soaked late-night soap opera drenched in dirty water and covered in electrodes, and I love it so.
But seriously, a large part of it is Evan Peters‘ butt.
This is the time of year where we show thanks and gratitude for all of the things that brought us joy and gave our lives meaning in the past year. So naturally, we chose to highlight this piece of forgotten pop perfection unearthed by Mad Men for its long awaited season-five premiere. In the words of Popeye, we are what we are. When Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) gorgeous new wife Megan (Jessica Pare) stepped into the spotlight to serenade her husband with the 1960 French minor hit “Zou Bisou Bisou,” our mouths dropped. Not only had we never heard anything so cloyingly sweet, upbeat and peppy in our entire lives, but we were definitely not expecting it on a show that can be as soul-crushingly depressing as Mad Men.
Yes, it is literally impossible to feel bad while listening to this track. Don’t believe us? Well, to prove it we’ve assembled the top 10 saddest movie scenes of all time in the video above. Mufasa’s death in The Lion King? E.T. returning to his home planet? Noah and Allie’s farewell in The Notebook? Artax’s demise in The Neverending Story?* Trust us, these moments don’t stand a chance again the unfailingly optimistic and effervesent tune that will get lodged into your skull for months. So whenever you’re having a rough day, just remember this song: It’ll cheer you right up! Or at least make you so annoyed that you’ll forget whatever was troubling you…
*Note: Does not work with the opening few minutes of Up.
The first time I heard Les Miserables, I was 8 years old playing at my friend Ali’s house. She had an older sister and watched old episodes of Saturday Night Live, and was generally hip and cool in all the ways I was not. (I read Babysitters Club books under my covers with a flashlight at night and pretended my bike was a horse named Tabitha, who I kept in the “barn” of my suburban garage.) Looking back, I am fairly certain Les Mis was the first musical I ever heard, and it was the first time music really evoked something emotional in me. Like, I felt something. I’m not sure what an 8 year old really feels, but it was more than what I got listening to my dad play the drums on the steering wheel of our Peugeot wagon as Fleetwood Mac‘s Greatest Hits churned along in the tape player.
OK, sure, I’m thankful for my (growing) family, food on the table and all that this Thanksgiving, but it ain’t my job to talk about those things here at VH1 Celebrity, so I get to skip to the lighter stuff and tell you that this year, I’m thankful for the heroines. Specifically, the heroines of a number of young adult novels I’ve been digging into this fall, and who, despite being teens in alternate universes, still manage to inspire this crusty old lady with their ability to rise above dreary circumstances with nothing but their wits. There are a whole lot of them, but I’ll narrow it down to the protagonists of two books that came out in the past month: Cassia, the heroine of Reached, the conclusion to Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy; and Adelice, the girl at the center of Gennifer Albin’s Crewel.
After saying goodbye to Twilight, and looking at a long wait for the next Hunger Games movie, I think we’re pretty lucky that there’s been a steady flow of other fantastic girls like Bella and Katniss jumping out of their pages. Not that I’d lump them all together, though. Cassia is unlike any others you’ve met: She began Matched perfectly content with the dystopian Society that dictated everything in her life from what she ate every meal to whom she’d married. And at first, it wasn’t any sort of mortal danger that woke her up from that illusion, it was a poem. As we’ve followe Cassia’s journey out of society, into the wilderness to follow her exiled love Ky (in book 2, Crossed) and back to work under cover for the rebellion in Reached, we see her grow brave and confident. We also see her become an artist in her own right, writing poems in a world finally realizing that 100 carefully selected classics aren’t enough. And then, strangely enough for such an entertaining book, it is actually Cassia’s skills as a statistician (or “Sorter” as they’re called) that proves to be what turns her into a hero for thousands. A girl who saves the day with math and literature? Yes, I think we could use a few more of those. Read more…