Today the Supreme Court of the United States finally ruled that DOMA is illegal, which basically means same sex spouses are entitled to federal benefits. (They were a little more wishy-washy on California’s Prop 8, deciding that proponents of the gay marriage ban can’t appeal the federal district court’s ruling that struck down the law.) While there are many pressing matters that we need the Supreme Court to rule on, gay marriage most certainly is not one of them. Hear us out on this: It doesn’t take a team of experts for us to know that when two adults love each other and want to spend their lives together, it’s not only perfectly fine, it’s awesome–and YES, they deserve spousal benefits.
For some reason, people keep taking forever to prove points that should be obvious to just about everyone. Here are five obvious things that we don’t need a panel of experts to understand.
For instance, I don’t think we need the Supreme Court to tell us that Kate Upton has amazing boobs.
What’s Kim Kardashian going to be doing at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday? What kind of wedding is Avril Lavigne planning for herself and beau Chad Kroeger? And will anyone in the current NBC late night line up be keeping their jobs?
The Oscars are too fancy shmancy for anyone to walk on stage with their “Thank You’s” written out on a tiny piece of scrap paper or, even worse, read from the winner’s iPhone. Instead, Oscar attendees tend to have carefully thought out shout outs that get straight to the point. That said, every so often, moments of real, actual emotion break through, which make stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Adele and Ben Affleck shine more than their exquisitely prepared peers. Read more…
The MTV Video Music Awards are known for having one of the most varied guest lists in showbiz, creating mind-blowingly random Hollywood juxtapositions. Many unexpected duos are tapped to present awards together, and sometimes folks are feeling friendly and just want a picture with their secret celeb crush.These unexpected pairings sometimes could be the musical collaboration of our dreams, much like Lady Gaga and Cher appearing side by side (with a side of beef) back in 2010. Or they could be the nightmare we wish would end, like the legendary meeting of Kanye West and Taylor Swift in ’09. Who would have thought teen sweetheart Mandy Moore would want to be hugged up with the creepy Marilyn Manson? The VMAs have given us some insanely wonderful worlds colliding moments over the years, so we’ve made a gallery to celebrate our favorite. Head down bellow to check out our 20 Most Unexpected VMA Pairings of All Time. Let’s hope we can have another 50 Cent and Paris Hilton moment this Thursday!
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Shhh, rumor has it that Adele married her boyfriend Simon Konecki in a super secret ceremony! The zillion-selling singer has been spotted out and about wearing a flashy new gold ring around her finger, and now some alleged attendees are spilling details to hungry news outlets. “They did get married, and I was present,” a source told the Daily Mail. “It was a fabulous occasion.” OK dude, we’re gonna need some more info here. “Adele was dressed in a classic attire and Simon looked very smart and joyous.”
Ehhh, still pretty generic. So, let’s take it over to the always-exciting Life & Style, whose cover features the most recent pics of the pregnant pop star out and about. “Adele and Simon managed to keep the baby news a secret for so long that there are rumors they’ve already gotten married, too,” says a friend. “She’s an old-fashioned girl and can’t wait to be part of a family unit. She just wants to focus on the baby and the man she loves.”
It’s a pretty awesome sounding rumor, right? What better way to cap off her past year: an album about heartbreak breaks all sorts of records, and then she marries and has a baby with Prince Charming? Too bad -like fairy tales- it ain’t true. Adele denied the rumors herself on twitter today, posting the charmingly curt message “I’m not married….Zzzzzzz.” We can’t see her, but she probably did this as she wrote it.
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Wha? The world is going to welcome a tiny new chanteuse in September? While we only heard about it on June 29, apparently Adele’s pregnancy has been a well-kept secret since, oh, round about February. “Adele has barely left the house in recent months, so she could keep this to herself for as long as possible,” a source allegedly confirmed to Heat Magazine, noting that the “Rolling In The Deep” singer was conspicuously absent from the Billboard Awards (which she dominated) in May. While we’d like to postulate that maybe Adele just fell asleep on the couch that night, it seems more likely that she is one of a growing number of celebrities who hold off until the last possible second before dropping their pregnancy news. Frankly, we don’t get it. Don’t these ladies know it’s going to make people only want to get in your business more? Remember all the rumor-mongering that surrounded…
Yes, Robert Pattinson and Adele hang out together and discuss their craft, just like you imagined in your more elaborate albeit kind of boring fantasies. Did your fantasies also include RPatz quietly and firmly putting his food in his mouth while trying to tell Adele how to live? “I had this argument with Adele, which is probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever said,” the Cosmopolis star told Canadian talk show host George Stoumboulopoulos. “[I told her] you know, you can really just reach for it!’ And she was like, ‘You do realize I’m, like, the biggest selling female artist ever.’ And for some reason, I decided to get into an argument with her about it.” Why would anyone voluntarily get into a fight with A-Town? The woman can set fire to the rain. Luckily Pattinson had a host of other adorable quotes from his interview that if Adele heard, we’re sure would inspire her to immediately forgive him:
Every year, Time does a pretty decent job combining pop culture personalities with businesspeople and super important political types for their 100 Most Influential People list, and this year is no exception. We’ll let you read about Hillary Clinton and Anthony Kennedy on your own time. We’re going to recap the people on the list who have some pretty hefty influence on these very blog pages. Here’s how they rank — in our expert opinion of ourselves — and why:
22. Tim Cook: For being Steve Jobs’ successor as CEO of Apple, from whom we will be buying lots of things until the end of time, even though we are still PC people.
21. Marc Andreessen: For being the co-creator of the first widely used web browser (Mosaic), who now owns part of, like every social media platform we use. So, thanks!
20. Walter Isaacson: One more geeky entry here for the Steve Jobs biography, since every other person we know has been reading it.
19. Louis C.K.: For being one of the most consistently funny people on TV and Web ever.
18. Jeremy Lin: Not necessarily for what he’s done for the Knicks as much as for what he’s done for punny headlines and tweets.
17. Raphael Saadiq: For making old-school soul so now.
16. Tim Tebow: For being the suspected football boyfriend of every “good” girl in Hollywood. And maybe now New York, too?
Not that this is the most shocking news ever, but we like to see our fave actors and musicians on the top of all the lists they deserve to be on, OK? And this one in particular shows how much of our hard-earned money has gone into their pockets in the past year. London’s Sunday Times is coming out with its big Rich List in a couple of weeks, but today they released the subcategories of Brits age 30 and under. Adele’s massively successful 21 placed her at the top of the musicians list, with her fortune worth 20 million pounds, or about $32 million. Less-globally successful ladies Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis and Katie Melua are way behind her, tied for #2 with 12 million pounds apiece.
Adele’s wealth is less than half of the fortunes at the top of the actors list. Daniel Radcliffe is worth 54 million pounds ($86 million), with 6 million pounds coming in last year from the last Harry Potter flick and, to a lesser extent, from The Woman in Black and his Broadway run in How to Succeed. And close on his heels is Robert Pattinson, who is worth a reported 40 million pounds, or $64 million. If we have to explain where his dough comes from, you are reading the wrong blog. Keira Knightley is not just #3 on the actors list — her work for Chanel makes her #1 on the model list two, with a 30 million fortune. Is that even fair to the models whose fortunes didn’t come from Pirates of the Caribbean? Oh well. The point here seems to be: Break out of the U.K. and sell lots of things and you will become very, very rich. Genius!
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We have a theory: Adele and the Brit Awards producers must have known that no one would treat “Adele wins” as a big headline-worthy deal this week, after she swept the Grammys last week. So they purposely cut her off during her acceptance speech, and she flipped them the bird. Yep. That worked! The triumphant songstress’ middle finger livened up her otherwise risk-free appearance, but other stars at last night’s show let their gowns (or lack thereof) do the talking. For her performance, Rihanna switched out her breathtaking, beaded gold gown for a sweatshirt and some boxer brief. Jessie J flashed us her underpants through a gauzy, flamenco-style red gown. And Florence Welch looked a bit like wild animals tried to rip her dress off her — but the look kind of worked on the energetic singer. It was a night when risks paid off, after all.
Check out the looks that wowed us, and a few that we’d like to splash with some of Coldplay’s Day-Glo paint, just to liven things up a bit.
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