Singer Joe Cocker Dead at 70
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:16:00 -0800
Singer/songwriter Joe Cocker, perhaps best known for his 1969 cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends," has died at age 70. Sony Music tells ET that the British-born musician passed away today after losing a battle with lung cancer. NEWS: Exhibit Celebrating Beatlemania
Jena Malone on Unconventional Childhood: 'I had 2 Moms, and It Was Awesome'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:37:00 -0800
To say Hunger Games actress Jena Malone had an unconventional childhood is an understatement. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the 30-year-old star of such indie films as Donnie Darko and The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys reveals her "long, strange trip" to Hollywood stardom. Jena actually grew up with two women filling the role of parental figures in her life -- her biological mother as well as her dad's wife. Her father was married to another woman when he impregnated her mother, and she didn't have a relationship with him until they reconnected when she was a teenager, so she was raised by her mother and her girlfriend.
Ana Gasteyer On Her 'Girls' Role & (Accidentally) Vomiting On a Fan
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:43:00 -0800
Most famous for her hilarious sketches on Saturday Night Live, Ana Gasteyer has built a brand of musical comedy that mixes the familiar (Celine Dion) with the fanciful (Bobbie Mohan-Culp).
In the 12 years since leaving NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series, the 47-year-old actress has channeled her musical passions into “a fun, very vocal" jazz album, I Am Hip, which she says you’re supposed to drink a cocktail while listening to it.
Gasteyer has also maintained a familiar presence on TV, with notable appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Good Wife, and Suburgatory. And next year, she’ll join HBO’s Girls as Shoshanna’s (Zosia Mamet) mother, becoming a part of the show’s expanding family of parental characters.
As she promotes her new partnership with Lysol -- bringing her charm to otherwise germy cold and flu season -- Gasteyer talks to ETonline about an embarrassing incident on the subway, her Schweddy Balls legacy, and what you won’t be seeing of her when Girls returns for its fourth season on Jan. 11.
WATCH: Behind the Scenes With Chris Pratt at 'Saturday Night Live' ETonline: One of my favorite sketches was The Culps, and I was curious if that’s one that people ever kind bring up when they ask you about SNL. Is there a particular sketch that fans always mention?
Ana Gasteyer: Well, the Culps don’t re-air very much, and the reason is that the music rights are too expensive, the publishing, so they’re not in any of the re-runs. I love the Culps, in terms of – we did a ton of them while I was there – but they don’t re-run. So, the things that end up being evergreen, literally, for me, are the Christmas show sketches. The Martha Stewart Topless Christmas and Schweddy Balls are probably the more common references that I would get. They’re the most common things because they air, thankfully, every year at the holidays.
Is that weird to have a legacy like that, you know with Topless Martha and Schweddy Balls?
No, I’m really grateful for it. It is a little bit embarrassing. [Laughs] But, I’m super, super grateful for it. Honestly, I love it. I’m grateful to have something – SNL is such a weird ephemeral, crazy experience on every level, so I’m grateful that I have something that they’ve deemed appropriate to air every year and kind of keep the reality of that part of my life alive. I guess it’s just nice to have a fun sketch the people liked.
An Ode to Zac Efron's New Mustache
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:38:00 -0800
Alert! Alert! This is not a drill! Zac Efron has a mustache! This photo from last month, the month November of the year 2014, is how we’re used to our Zac Efron looking: Fairly clean shaven, with perhaps a dash of scruff. Perfect. Earlier this month, Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeted out this selfie of our Zac Efron filming something for HitRecord On TV and sporting what appeared to be a ‘70s-style porn stache.
6 Celebs Reveal How They *SPOILER ALERT* Found Out Santa Was Not Real
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:35:00 -0800
Spoiler alert: Santa is not real, but everyone finds this out in their own way at different times. On the red carpets of the Hollywood Christmas Parade and KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, these six celebs told ET about the time they found out Santa Claus was not who they thought he was.
At first, the Dancing With the Stars dancer expressed some shock that Santa was not real and joked, "I'm still waiting for Santa to come!" The 36 year old then shared her story.
Ranking the Award-Winning Adult Actors in 2014 YA Adaptations
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:01:00 -0800
Thanks to the successful film adaptations of The Hunger Games franchise and The Fault In Our Stars, 2014 could be dubbed the year of the YA. The genre of books took over the box office with other big screen takes on the first of the Divergent series, The Giver, If I Stay, and The Maze Runner.
While the primary focus on these films was the young stars that embodied the angst-ridden teens of the books, every one of these movies was supported by an award-winning adult actor. Even Meryl Streep got into the YA game, adding pedigree to The Giver, which starred budding star Brenton Thwaites.
But how did Streep compare to Julianne Moore, who stepped into the role of President Coin in the third Hunger Games film, or to Kate Winslet, who portrayed the villain in the first installment of Divergent? We ranked all of the 2014 film performances based on who used their Oscar prowess to maximum effect.
In order from worst to best: 12. Stacy Keach (If I Stay)Pedigree: One Golden Globe
The longtime actor’s appearance could almost be a cameo since he’s nothing more than “Grandpa” in the film. Though, his brief time on screen does bring some actual emotional depth to a film fraught with earnestness.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Star in Steamy New Balmain Campaign
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:32:00 -0800
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are taking their love of fashion to the next level. The stylish couple, who's made no secret of their love for super-pricey designer Balmain, are the new faces of the brand's Spring/Summer 2015 menswear campaign titled "Army of Lovers." In one sultry photograph, a smoky-eyed Kim is snapped on the verge of giving her rapper husband a steamy kiss, while in two more snapshots, Kim and Kanye give their best super-serious model faces.
Celebrities in Their Underwear
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:22:00 -0800
This is something you don't see everyday. Lost and The Hobbit star Evangeline Lilly decided to embark on a "grand experiment" with Esquire magazine where she stripped down to some sexy lingerie in order to "act out" a short story titled The Apartment. The men's publication refers to the project as "two stories -- one factual, one fictional -- and one unbelievable photo shoot."