Sep 18, 2014
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Matthew McConaughey Won’t Return for Magic Mike Sequel, Khloe Kardashian May Be Getting Back with Lamar Odom + More of Today’s First Dibs

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Magic Mike XXL director confirms the absence of Matthew McConaughey, Khloe Kardashian may be reconciling with Lamar Odom, Saturday Night Live gets a familiar face to announce the show, and more of today’s First Dibs.

  • Sorry, ladies, but we won’t be seeing Matthew McConaughey (or his delicious abs) in Magic Mike XXL. [Time]
  • Is Khloe Kardashian thinking about reuniting with Lamar Odom? [Naughty but Nice Rob]
  • Saturday Night Live‘s longest tenured cast member, Darrell Hammond, will return to replace the late Don Pardo as the show’s announcer. [Just Jared]
  • Melissa Rivers will give a tribute to her late mother Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. [Harpers Bazaar]
  • Kate Middleton cancels a trip to Malta due to morning sickness. [Access Hollywood]
  • As his days playing professional baseball are dwindling, Derek Jeter ventures around the Bronx to the sounds of Frank Sinatra in this new Gatorade ad.
  • The 7th Heaven cast reunited for the first time in eight years. [TV Guide]
  • Robin WilliamsDead Poets Society co-star Ethan Hawke opens up about the star’s depression on set. [Breathe Cast]
  • Aubrey Plaza will voice Grumpy Cat in Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. [MTV]
  • Ben Affleck admits to counting cards at a Las Vegas casino. [Details]

Even though he won’t be reprising his role as Dallas, McConaughey’s performance in Magic Mike will always have a place in our hearts. Watch the Oscar winner talk about some of his most memorable roles, in the video below.

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Sep 18, 2014
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Middle School Math Teacher Wins $1 Million on Wheel of Fortune

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A middle school math teacher won big on Wheel of Fortune Wednesday night, taking home million in prize money. Sarah Manchester, a 42-year-old Takoma Park Middle School teacher from the D.C.-area, correctly solved the final puzzle, becoming the third person in the show’s history to win the top prize money. And as you can see from her face above, she was stunned.

While there have been many epic game show struggles throughout the years, Manchester was completely calm while delivering the correct answer of “Loud Laughter” in the bonus round. She only lost her cool when host Pat Sajak opened up an envelope to reveal her million prize. Luckily, her surprise face is on par with that of Taylor Swift. Watch it all go down, above.

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Sep 18, 2014
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Ryan Gosling Cried After Seeing His Newborn Daughter, Peyton Manning Has Benefited from Legal Marijuana + More in Today’s Last Lap

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Ryan Gosling teared up after the birth of his daughter, Peyton Manning isn’t fighting the legalization of marijuana anytime soon, Jennifer Lawrence is Chris Martin‘s number one fan, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • Ryan Gosling was reportedly “in tears” when he saw his baby for the first time. [Hollywood Gossip]
  • Peyton Manning says his pizza business has benefited from Colorado legalizing marijuana. [Bleacher Report]
  • Jennifer Lawrence supported her man Chris Martin by “singing every song” at a Coldplay concert. [E!]
  • Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith joins the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. [THR]
  • New posters for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey have been released. [The Film Stage]
  • The Grey’s Anatomy cast channel their inner Orange Is the New Black characters. [The Wrap]
  • Tom Brady posts his pre-NFL resume when he attended University of Michigan. [College Spun]
  • Seth Rogen, Adam McKay, and Ben Schwartz join forces for a new comedy. [EW]
  • Ellen Page talks about castration in W‘s “New Royals” issue. [Naughty but Nice Rob]

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Sep 18, 2014
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Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac’s A Most Violent Year Has Us Ready for Award Season

The race to award season is finally starting to pick up, thanks to today’s latest trailer. A Most Violent year, from director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call), stars Oscar Isaac, and Jessica Chastain as an emerging power couple during the grim days of 1981 New York, surrounded by corruption and murder. At first glance, it’s like a darker, more serious sequel to American Hustle without the cleavage. Chastain has been nominated for two Academy Awards, while Chandor received a Best Original Screenplay nod for Margin Call. While Isaac and Inside Llewyn Davis were snubbed by Academy voters last year, he had a big 2013 thanks to his performance as the endearing yet frustrating folk singer in the Coen brothers film. Pair these resumes with the December 31 release date, and A Most Violent year seems prime for award season picking — albeit dangerously close to the voting deadline. Will this be the film that gets Chastain over the Best Actress hump? She also stars in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, which will be released on November 7. Because it’s always good to have options.

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Sep 18, 2014
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See The Derek Jeter Ad That’s Making Grown Men Cry

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has 11 games left in his professional career. After 20 years in major league baseball, he’s been given a first-class sendoff throughout his final season including moving tributes from opposing teams (and crabs). And now he’s teaming up with another New York legend to make you cry.

After Jordan’s moving RE2PECT ad went viral in July, Gatorade is pushing things even further by placing the shortstop in the Bronx neighborhood he’s called home since 1995. During a symbolic walk to work, Jeter greets the River Avenue fans who have been cheering for him all these years while the sounds of Frank Sinatra‘s “My Way” play in the background. (You know, that one song that really gets you.) He finally makes it to ballpark adjacent Stan’s Sports Bar — even though he was never formally invited — and signs a piece of the bar that will no doubt become priceless memorabilia for generations to come. It’s a classy way to go out, and much better than submitting yourself to yet another one of LeBron’s Samsung commercials.

Thanks to Gatorade, Jeter, and Sinatra for helping us get a little release this morning. And kudos to baseball fans who aren’t afraid to admit to crying over something other than their Fantasy league.

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Sep 18, 2014
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These Celebrity Baby Pictures Are Too Cute To Handle

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We know it’s hard to believe, but celebrities did have childhoods just like us normals. Before conquering the pop culture universe, our favorite stars were in fact toddlers, too, complete with dorky hats, matching outfits, and toothless grins. But can you identify your today’s biggest celebs from just their baby pictures? We’re putting you to the test.

We scoured the web for the cutest — and by default, awkwardest — snapshots of celebrities as tykes. And while some stars don’t look that much different from their childhood photos, some are virtually unrecognizable. However, all share one commonality: So. Much. Cute. Seriously, it’s almost unfair these A-listers went from ah-dorable nuggets to muy caliente adults. No awkward braces/glasses/cargo shorts in sight. *Places retainer back in drawer, cries shamefully.*

If you’re up to the challenge, browse through our gallery and try to guess the star from his or her baby picture. How many did you get right? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Sep 18, 2014
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Gunther from Friends Believes Zooey Deschanel Is the Central Perk Barista’s Female Equivalent

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As the 20th anniversary of the beloved sitcom Friends approaches, New York City is celebrating with a Central Perk pop-up store featuring none other than our favorite barista, Gunther. James Michael Tyler, who played the starstruck cafe manager, told VH1 who he thinks would be the perfect female equivalent,  his favorite guest stars over the show’s run, and which character he relates to most in real life (hint: It is not who you’d expect).

Tyler admitted to having died his hair religiously for 10 years straight, and revealed that most of the cast was riding caffeine highs throughout shooting as those iconic, oversized Central Perk mugs were filled with real java. Read on for more of our chat — which was over coffee, of course.

VH1: Do you think Gunther should’ve ended up with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)?
No. I think Gunther had this idealized version of what he thought he wanted and what love was, but I really think he probably had no experience with love. So he put Rachel up here [raises arm] like, “That’s what I want to have.” Gunther really should have had someone who loved him back.

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Who would you cast as the female Gunther?
Oh my gosh, I never really thought about that before. As far as actresses I admire now, Zooey Deschanel, perhaps? But you would have to give her a crew cut and bleach her hair blonde. But just the way she comes across, I think she could play a female Gunther very, very well.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in real life to win someone over?
There was a girl that I really, really wanted to ask to the prom. I would call her house — maybe the first three numbers — and hang up. Finally, she answered and I couldn’t get up the nerve to say anything so I just hung up on her. I felt so guilty that I sent her a dozen roses but I didn’t sign it. She thought it came from this other guy, that she liked, and she asked him to the prom. So I got this guy his prom date. It backfired in a very spectacular fashion.

If you could have coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
The Dalai Lama.

Who was your favorite guest star on the show?
I specifically remember Sean Penn. It was the episode right after 9/11; he flew in from New York, I think, just to be on the show, and I always admired him as an actor but I just remember the mood on the set was of course subdued and bad. It was set in New York and fictional, but everyone had a connection. When he came on, you could tell he was affected. He was very serious, but then he played this comedic character. It was kind of comforting having him on the set, in an odd way. For me specifically it was like, “I think things are going to be OK because we’ve got Sean Penn on the set.”

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Which Friends character do you identify with most in real life?
Probably Ross. I have a science background – a degree in Geology — as well as a Masters in Fine Arts and Acting. I don’t really practice it anymore but I’m kind of a science nerd. I love reading the IFLS website.

What was your favorite episode or scene to shoot?
I loved the one where Phoebe dated the guy who wore shorts all the time and tended to not wear underwear. And he would sit like this [spreads legs] a lot in the coffee shop and everyone was aware of what was going on — being quite visually inappropriate — and Gunther tells him: “Hey buddy, this is a family place. Get the mouse back in the house.” Also the episode where Gunther speaks Dutch. He literally says: “You have sex with donkeys” in Dutch, and I cannot believe that made it passed the censors.

Why do you think Gunther was such an important role throughout the whole series?
He was the character — and this is due to the writers — that often would say things that I think the audience was thinking. He would say things that [main] characters could not. He was more observant than people give him credit for. He didn’t say a lot, but he knew everything.

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Sep 17, 2014
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Kylie Jenner Wants To Pursue a Music Career, Jennifer Lopez’s New Film is “Uncomfortable” + More in Today’s Last Lap

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Kylie Jenner is giving up modeling to chase her music dreams (why, God, why?!?!), Jennifer Lopez‘s new film will “make you uncomfortable,” John Travolta responds to gay cheating rumors, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • Sources say Kylie Jenner thinks she is “the next Katy Perry.” [Naughty but Nice Rob]
  • Jennifer Lopez stars in the new film The Boy Next Door, in which she has an affair with a teenage boy. [Hallels]

  • Kerry Washington designed a handbag in effort to raise awareness of “financial abuse.” [The Root]
  • The ladies of Scandal reunited yesterday at the Parker on Spring launch. [Just Jared]
  • Despite rumors, Teresa Giudice‘s crisis manager claims the Real Housewives star isn’t pregnant. [US Weekly]
  • Kourtney Kardashian is expecting another girl. [Hollyscoop]
  • Actor Gerard Depardieu admitted to drinking up to 14 bottles of wine a day without getting “totally drunk” and said he once killed two lions “in legitimate self-defense.”  [NY Post]
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    Sep 17, 2014
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    Did You Even Realize How Hot FX’s Leading Men Are?

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    There’s no doubt that one of the hottest basic cable lineups belongs to FX. The channel as a whole is home to some of the boldest shows, and in its 20th year, it still takes major risks. The network has been rewarded with plenty of fans — who come back season after season, show after show, to not only see great scripted dramas and hilarious comedies but also some of the sexiest men on TV. There’s a reason Sons of Anarchy is such a major success: Charlie Hunnam. (Why else would he have originally landed the role of Christian Grey in film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey?) And then there are all the men in Ryan Murphy‘s rotating cast of American Horror Story. Joining Denis O’Hare and Evan Peters this season are Finn Wittrock (The Normal Heart) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games). And you can’t forget about Timothy Olyphant on Justified. Yum!

    Thanks to a number of large casts, we had the tough duty of ranking FX’s sexiest leading men. Among them are the scruffy Adam Rayner of TyrantCorey Stoll of The Strain, and Matthew Rhys of The Americans.

    While we should be jealous of the fact that Keri Russell gets to work alongside Rhys, we have to admit we are just as jealous of him. He and the rest of the cast get to have fun trying on Russell’s wig from her Felicity days. (And we’re fairly certain that’s not a sexy look on any man.) Of course, if you’re not a FX person, you may like Showtime.

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    Sep 17, 2014
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    Where To Catch Your Favorite Skins Cast Members on Film and TV this Fall

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    Fans of the British teen drama, Skins, were definitely saddened when the show went off the air last summer. Over the course of seven series, audiences were introduced to a number of fine actors, such as Nicholas Hoult, who later went on to even bigger stardom. Thankfully, over the past year, cast members from all three generations have started to pop up in new films and TV shows. Those not quite ready to let go of Cassie (Hannah Murray), Cook (Jack O’Connell), or Emily (Kathryn Prescott) can find solace in seeing the actors who portrayed them back in the limelight this fall.

    Nicholas Hoult (Tony, First Generation)

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    Undoubtedly the biggest star to come out of the series, Hoult has crossed over to the big screen with roles in the X-Men franchise and Warm Bodies. He can next been seen in Dark Places (Nov. 2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (May 2015), both co-starring Charlize Theron.

    Joe Dempsie (Chris, First Generation)

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    After his turn as the happy-go-unlucky Chris, Dempsie appeared on a number of shows, such as Doctor Who and Merlin, before landing a recurring role as Gendry on Game of Thrones. While he was gone during season four of GoT, it’s likely he’ll be back in season five. Dempsie also stars in Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to the indie sci-fi monster flick that was a hit in 2010. The film hits theaters on Sept. 26.

    Hannah Murray (Cassie, First Generation)

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    When Skins first premiered, Murray quickly became a fan favorite thanks to Cassie’s hypnotizing, yet troubled character. After winning a BAFTA for her role, Murray moved on from the series. She most recently joined Game of Thrones as Gilly and was bumped up to series regular in season four. Murray’s also back on the big screen with the British musical drama, God Help the Girl, which hit theaters in September.

    Murray and her co-stars even stopped by VH1 to hang out with Jarvis in the elevator.

    Up Next: More cast members from the First Generation plus a new MTV star

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