Teachers are without a doubt the most important people in the world. They fill our heads with knowledge and put up with us when hormones turn us into literally the worst people imaginable. As graduation season is here, and folks get ready to leave their educators behind, we’d like to pause for a moment and recognize the individuals who tried to teach us about Shakespeare while we were busy sticking carrot sticks up our noses. Sadly we didn’t all attend the same school and share the same terrific tutors, so we’re going to shout out the most inspirational teachers from across the pop culture spectrum!
As HIV-positive transvestite Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto has exploded back onto the acting scene, earning tons of awards-season buzz. We here at VH1 aren’t really in the business of heaping high-minded kudos on thespians — we just like to watch others do so — but we do want to add the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman to a prestigious list we just made up: Our favorite roles played by men in drag.
The leads from the new flick Rush talk about depicting two legendary adversaries, Carson Daly is about to be an early riser, and Benedict Cumberbatch tackles the role of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Chest hair can be pretty divisive. Like modern art, cilantro, Marmite and Magic: The Gathering, you’re either REALLY into it…or really not. But looked at objectively, some of the manliest dudes of all time have quite the rug. James Bond! Chuck Norris! Don Draper! Alec Baldwin! Simon Cowell!!! And of course, there’s also Scott McCall of MTV’s Teen Wolf. At least when he goes into werewolf mode, that is.
Do your movies keep filling up the direct-to-DVD dollar bin? Do they often complete the phrase “the worst film since…”? Do they make less money than we did that time we went to a Coinstar? Well, don’t let that get you down, because you could still be in the running for Oscar glory! Every year, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation names the most terrible films and performances of the year. Sure, it’s gotta hurt to be named the absolute worst of Hollywood, but just know that you’re in surprisingly good company. Check out the gallery below to see some Oscar winners who have also been up for a Razzie!
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The British invaded L.A.’s Beverly Hilton last night for the 2011 Britannia Awards! The event was held by the BAFTA organization’s Los Angeles chapter, and featured familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren, and Felicity Jones. The Americans were well represented too, with the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Robin Williams and Ben Stiller in attendance. Ben was honored with an award for Excellence In Comedy, which he accepted with (we hope!) a sense of humor. “It’s important to get and give awards and to strive to win awards,” he joked with ET. “I feel as long as people are giving awards or getting awards, for human interaction, it just helps people.”
The Britannia Awards are seen as the low-key anti-Oscars, focusing more on artistic staying power and less on box office receipts and buzz. “It’s all about people who have contributed things over their careers,” explained host Alan Cumming, “so it’s less faddy and markety and less current, and more about celebrating these people for what they’ve done over their entire lives.” Helena Bonham Carter was also honored for her body of work, as was screen legend Warren Beatty and director John Lasseter. Check out more in the gallery below!
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Way to pop up on the radar again. One of our old favorite funnymen,Â Robin WilliamsÂ married Susan Schneider, his girlfriend of two years, in St. Helena, California, on Sunday. This is the 60-year-old actor’s third trip down down the aisle. Susan — a graphic designer — helped nurse Williams back to health after he had heart surgery in March 2009. The operation happened shortly after he met her.
Celebrity guests at the wedding reportedly included Steven Spielberg,Â George LucasÂ andÂ Billy Crystal. His daughter, actress Zelda Williams tweetedÂ during the ceremony writing, “The wedding festivities rage on but my tired feet are done. Think it’s time to lay in the tub, eat m&m’s and write.” Sounds like quite a part-ay!Â We’re so happy for the newlyweds and would like to offer them our congratulations.
We haven’t seen Robin Williams in awhile but, dayum. Is that him under that bushy white beard that seems to be eating his face? Apparently so, even though it looks like he’s abducting the hapless female behind him. He’s pictured here leaving a fundraiser in New York with his girlfriend. Yes, the woman with what looks very likely to be a killer pair of legs and an outfit we’d die for, is Robin’s girlfriend, graphic designer Susan Schneider. We’re just not getting on board with her famous boyfriend’s latest look, though. Whutup with the kiss curl, Robin? Hopefully he’ll lose the beard after wrapping up Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway, he’s straying dangerously close to creepy old Hollywood dude territory (with a girlfriend half his age to boot). Say it isn’t so, Robin!
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Had the above photos not been captioned with Robin Williams‘ name, we might not have recognized the guy. The actor attended the opening night of the Broadway show That Championship Season last night and we had to do a triple take to realize it was actually him. He’s got Woody Allen‘s hat, Santa’s beard and every hipster in Brooklyn’s glasses, and with all those elements combined he looks like a 21st century Sigmund Freud (if you squint, maybe). He’d be perfect if they ever remake Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure!
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After rumors that Cher could potentially play Catwoman turned out to be false (Damn you, Anne Hathaway and your feline good looks!) we were leery about who director Christopher Nolan would cast as Christian Bale‘s foe in the upcoming The Dark Night Rises. How would you feel if we told you the most recent rumors have Robin Williams playing Dr. Hugo Strange? Film site Batman On Film tweeted about Williams’ casting, saying “RW as Strange? Hmm…”, a hint that has fans in the know all a-twitter. Who knew Robin would ever play a role more disturbing than Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire? We know; we’re amazed too!
While casting the genie from Aladdin as an insane psychologist might seem like a bizarre choice, Williams’ roles in Insomnia and One Hour Photo prove the comedian can go dark. Many of us also scratched our heads at Nolan’s casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker, but the director clearly knew what he was doing. Other actors mentioned for the role of Hugo Strange included Inception’s Tom Hardy, since cast as the villain Bane. How many evil-doers does this movie even have? Nolan, you know exactly how to make us crazy with anticipation! Just remember that it’s never too late to hire Cher (No offense, Anne Hathaway!)