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In a commencement speech to Wellesley High School seniors this week, teacher David McCullough Jr. delivered a highly unusual message for such an occasion. Simply put, he told the class before him: you are not special.
Said the son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian:
“Think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.”
What was McCullough’s point? That accolades have come to mean more than “genuine achievement.” As a consequence, heMore >
(HMG Celebrity News) – Taking on another dramatic role, New York magazine reports Bill Murray is set to portray polio-afflicted politician president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in an upcoming adaptation titled “Hyde Park on the Hudson to be directed by Morning Glory’s Roger Michell.” Oddly the production will be bankrolled by Film4, who apparently passed on funding The King’s Speech in their eagerness to get this film which also features King George VI. Written by playwright Richard Nelson, the movie recounts a June 1939 weekend when King George VI and his queen visited President FranklinMore >
And the Oscar goes to …
The King’s Speech. Other films too, of course, but it was a royal victory for the picture about King George VI, which won Best Picture, and Best Actor Colin Firth.
Director Tom Hooper and Screenplay writer David Seidler also triumphed for the film. Natalie Portman, as the troubled dancer in Black Swan, won Best Actress.
The four big winners at the 2011 Oscars.
“This is insane,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I truly, sincerely wish the prize tonight was to work with my fellow nominees. I am in such awe of you.”
The Fighter‘s Melissa Leo and Christian Bale wonMore >
Natalie Portman trained in the art of Ballet for a year before taking on her role in David Aronofsky’s critically lauded film Black Swan and her hard work paid off with Portman taking home her first Academy Award at Sunday nights awards ceremony.
In the movie Portman played troubled ballerina Nina Sayers and during her speech she had this to say:
“I truly, sincerely, wish the prize was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I’m so in awe of all of you.”
Portman was up against some tough competition including Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole,More >
Footage of CBS reporter Serene Branson losing control over her speech while covering the Grammys Sunday sparked serious questions about her health.
She appeared light-headed and began uttering nonsense in what clearly wasn’t mere stumbling over words, prompting a call to paramedics thereafter.
While it was feared (and widely reported) that Serene Branson suffered a stroke on air, she was examined and determined to be fine following this:
CBS said in a statement that “Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after herMore >
The King’s Speech has beat out The Social Network in yet another awards show, taking the top prize Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The movie has 12 nominations at this years Oscar’s and with a best director win at the Directors Guild Awards the movie should be a good choice for front runner when the Academy Awards kick off in just four short weeks.
Among other big winners was Colin Firth for his role in The King’s Speech and Natalie Portman, the front runner for Black Swan.
Here’s the full list of big winners:
Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress: Natalie Portman,
Bristol Palin’s sex life is a common topic of discussion on celebrity gossip websites. Washington University students don’t want to hear about it, though.
At least not in person, for a hefty fee.
The Dancing With the Stars finalist was dropped from a planned February speaking engagement at the St. Louis college following student protests.
Bristol Palin, who got pregnant at 17, was invited by the Student Health Advisory Committee to talk abstinence during Student Sexual Responsibility Week.
But after the student body protested the use of student-generated money to fund her reportedlyMore >
If you worked on the The Kings Speech in 2010 you have reason to celebrate, your heralded movie has delivered with 12 Oscar nominations.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences today announced this years Academy Award nominations and the 83rd annual event delivered pretty much what we expected with The King’s Speech gaining a bunch of nods, 127 Hours receiving some attention and the Social Network appearing numerous times.
Here’s the 2011 Academy Awards nominees full list:
Actor in a Leading Role
- Javier Bardem in Biutiful
- Jeff Bridges in True Grit
- Jesse Eisenberg in The Social
The 2011 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, with no real surprises in any of the major categories. The following movies, actors, actresses and directors will vie for the biggest prize in their business on Sunday, February 27…
BEST PICTURE 127 HoursBlack SwanThe FighterInceptionThe Kids Are All RightThe King’s SpeechThe Social NetworkToy Story 3True GritWinter’s Bone
BEST ACTORJavier Bardem, BiutifulJeff Bridges, True GritJesse Eisenberg, The Social NetworkColin Firth, The King’s SpeechJames Franco, 127 HoursMore >
Ricky Gervais hosted the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards, creating a bit of a stir while doing so. But that wasn’t unexpected.
Robert De Niro, conversely, is known as one of the quieter, more intense actors out there. That’s why it made it so shocking when the icon accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award last night and went off on hot topics such as immigration and Megan Fox.
“I’m sorry more members of the foreign press aren’t with us tonight,” he said. “But many were deported right before the show along with most of the waiters. And Javier Bardem.”More >
Ricky Gervais kicked off the 2011 Golden Globe Awards by staying true to his vow to be more subversive than he was a year ago. Just ask Tom Cruise and John Travolta, at whom the comedian aimed this opening joke:
“Also not nominated was I Love You Philip Morris, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Two heterosexual characters pretending to be gay. So the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then… Probably. My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke. They’re not here.”
And with that… the show was off! Watch Gervais’ intro here, following by a list of the event’s majorMore >
Justin Bieber may have stolen the pre-show with his mustached act on the red carpet, but an actual awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles afterward.
Which movie came out on top at the Critics Choice Awards? Which stars shined on the red carpet? We have the events winners and fashion losers posted here…
BEST PICTUREThe Social Network
BEST ACTORColin Firth (pictured), The King’s Speech
BEST ACTRESSNatalie Portman, Black Swan
BEST SUPPORTING ACTORChristian Bale, The Fighter
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSMelissa Leo, The Fighter
BEST DIRECTORDavid Fincher, The Social Network
As always, Khloe andMore >
It’s official. Brett Favre has retired from the NFL.
The quarterback legend made the announcement at a press conference Sunday. He is currently listed as questionable for training camp in August.
“One season does not define me,” said Favre, referring to a lackluster final year with Minnesota, and possibly the Jenn Sterger scandal as well.
Asked how this is different from his previous nine retirements, he cited his myriad injuries, adding “I know it’s time” and “I have no regrets.”
Watch Brett Favre’s retirement speech here:
(HMG Celebrity News) – I don’t think this is going to go over well with Jennifer Aniston’s many loyal fans, but Rupert Everett as per usual slammed a fellow actor or two. During an interview with BBC Radio 4, about how homosexuals fare in Hollywood, the conversation lead into the 51-year-old British actor declaring that certain stars will always remain on Hollywood’s A-list because they are loved by the studios, no matter how poorly they perform at the box office:
“If you look and analyze the careers of many, many stars, you’ll find that they’re mostly sustained by the business,” he said.
[HMG Celebrity News] – Fans of ‘The Hills’ or ‘Entourage’ will be happy to hear that two stars of those shows are now an item; Jeremy Piven has found love with Jason Wahler’s ex-partner, Katja Decker Sadowski.
Having already inflamed the affections of January Jones and Dita Von Teese, 45-year old Jeremy was spied standing in line with 22-year old Katja at LA’s ‘Arc Light Cinema’ late on Sunday.
“Jeremy and Katja looked really happy,” a source told Radar. “They were holding hands as they waited to see ‘King’s Speech,’ and they were cuddling throughout the film too. Afterwards they left in aMore >