<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent 2012 Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/2012 http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/2012 <![CDATA[The Best Man Booker Prize Nominees 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-man-booker-prize-nominees-2012/ranker-books
When you're looking for your next good read, try this list that includes information about the 2012 Man Booker Prize Nominees, ranked from best to worst by your votes! The Man Booker Prize is a literary award presented to the best English language novels published in the UK in a given year. The 2012 Man Booker prize nominees list includes a diverse assortment of quality literature, all deserving of the honor.

Which books will you find on this list of 2012 Man Booker nominees? The 2012 winner, Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, appears near the top of the list. The novel is the second release in Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng was on the 2012 Man Booker nominee long list, as well.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Narcopolis also appear on this list of 2012 Man Booker prize nominees. The Teleportation Accident by the British author Ned Beauman is another example of a nominee for the 2012 Man Booker prize.

Which novel on this list of 2012 Man Booker prize nominees do you think is the best? Vote your favorite books to the top of this list and share your opinions in the comments section.
The Best Man Booker Prize Nominees 2012, books, books, literature, man booker prize, 2012,

Bring Up the Bodies

Umbrella

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Garden of Evening Mists

The Lighthouse

Narcopolis

Skios

The Teleportation Accident

The Yips

Philida


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<![CDATA[Rotten Tomatoes Highest Rated Movies 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rotten-tomatoes-highest-rated-movies-2012/rotten-tomatoes-lists
Here is a list of the top 50 highest rated movies from Rotten Tomatoes for 2012. The list is comprised of popular box office movies, along with independent films as rated on Rotten Tomatoes website for the year 2012. The list answers the question, “What is the highest rated movie of 2012, according to Rotten Tomatoes?” The 2012 movies with 20 or more critic reviews compete for the top spot on Rotten Tomatoes website based on their Tomatometer Scores. The top critics are generally those that write for a notable newspaper and to be a critic for the site, the original review must be popular and get a certain amount of ‘likes’ regardless of whether the review is positive or negative. Each of the 50 highest rated movies of 2012 has a picture of the movie next to the title so that readers can see what the film looks like. Each film also lists the name of the director, or directors, which worked on the movie.Rotten Tomatoes is not just about the highest rated movies of a certain year, but also offers reviews, information, and news pertaining to movies that are just released or have been in the theater.
Rotten Tomatoes Highest Rated Movies 2012,

The Waiting Room

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

This Is Not a Film

Oslo, August 31st

Wild Bill

The Invisible War

How to Survive a Plague

56 Up

Planet of Snail

More Than Honey


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<![CDATA[The Best Albums of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-albums-of-2012-v1/clark-benson
No stone classics this year on par with last year (Black Keys and Adele), but overall about 10 truly excellent releases, and many really good ones. In many cases I've added a video of a track to check out. Overall, a lot of good releases in the rock field (I don't like hip-hop or contemporary-sounding R&B and country for the most part).

While I listen to a lot of new music, I am also loyal to bands that I love and will typically pick up their new albums and give them a shot. On that front:

Surprises: Rush, ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Dr. John, Neil and the Horse.

Letdowns: DMB, Muse (just a slight letdown - "Madness" is at least a killer track), Heartless Bastards, Sigur Ros, Paul Weller, Soundgarden, and the 3 Green Day records, which combined maybe have 10 decent songs on them and very few great ones.

(I didn't include Aerosmith and Van Halen in either bucket because my expectations weren't very high to begin with, but at least each of their albums have a few solid songs).

If you want to really go deep, here's my top albums of the '90s and the '00s, as well as my Top 500 Bands Of All Time.
The Best Albums of 2012,

Oceania
Wow. Billy is back, full-on. If you don't believe me check out this song Quasar.
Locked Down
Producer Dan Auerbach is also a strong contender for MVP of the year.
Wrecking Ball
Have to admit, while (like all of his comeback records) I liked this from the start, I didn't love it till I heard these songs live. What a tour. Check out "Death To My Hometown" with honorary E Streeter Tom Morello. 
Blunderbuss
Most Valuable Rocker of 2012?
Tempest
Though consistently good, the last 2-3 songs are where this gets great, which puts it a notch above his last studio record.
Centipede Hz
Doesn't blow me away the way Merriweather Post Pavillion did, but great stuff nonetheless. Check out the embedded track Today's Supernatural for a serious mind-meld. 
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
The two main (long) pieces on this album are songs they have been playing live these past two years, and that blew me away live as they blow me away on this record.
Psychedelic Pill

Boys & Girls
I have had a couple of these songs for a year and a half now and they still pump me up every time. 
Blak and Blu


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<![CDATA[The Most Egregious 2013 Oscar Snubs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-egregious-2013-oscar-snubs/oscar-grouch
The most egregious 2013 Oscar snubs include those movies and individuals overlooked by the Academy. In other words, despite being an outstanding film, a phenomenal actor who delivered an incredibly memorable performance or a director who went above and beyond, the films and people on this list failed to garner an Academy Award nomination in a key category (or in multiple categories). Which snub is the worst? You decide, with your votes. See a movie or person you feel was overlooked? Vote them up, by all means, and feel free to sound off in the comments about your choice(s). Also, if you notice that a particular Oscar 2013 snub isn't listed, definitely add it to the list.

No list of Oscar snubs 2013 would be complete without several very notable directors who didn't make the cut. Among them: Ben Affleck, widely considered an Academy Award favorite for his directing of 'Argo,' and Kathryn Bigelow, who directed 'Zero Dark Thirty.' In March of 2010, Bigelow became the first woman ever to win an Oscar for Best Director for 'The Hurt Locker.' Other notable directors left off the 2013 Academy Awards nominations included Quentin Tarantino ('Django Unchained') and Tom Hooper ('Les Miserables').

As for the Best Picture Oscar nominees in 2013, several major motion pictures failed to garner a nomination in this esteemed category, including 'The Master,' 'Skyfall,' 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Moonrise Kingdom.' Everyone has a favorite, but not everyone saw their favorite get nominated. Which snub is the worst? Again, that's up to you to decide with your votes.

Oscar snubs are nothing new. Need proof? Just look at this list of the most egregious 2012 Oscar snubs. Just because it's bound to happen doesn't mean we can't complain about it, though, and that's precisely why this list was created.
The Most Egregious 2013 Oscar Snubs,

Ben Affleck

Skyfall

John Goodman
Actor John Goodman's resume is extraordinary. He always gives incredibly brilliant performances, and 2012 was no exception with 'Argo.' While his co-star, Alan Arkin, did earn a Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination, Goodman was left out -- again. Shocking fact: John Goodman has *never* been nominated for an Oscar.
Kathryn Bigelow
While Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' did receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination (as well as a Best Actress nod for star Jessica Chastain), Bigelow failed to garner a Best Director nomination. She won in that category in 2010 for 'The Hurt Locker.'
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio's performance as evil plantation owner Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained' was certainly memorable. So much so, that many believed Leo would earn an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. That didn't happen, though his co-star, Christoph Waltz, was rewarded with one. Anytime Leonardo DiCaprio gives a solid, memorable acting performance and fails to get an Academy Award nomination, it's a snub.
Maggie Smith

Quentin Tarantino
'Django Unchained' director Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to Oscar nominations, but with this 2012 movie, he didn't make the cut in the Best Director category. His film did earn Christoph Waltz a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category, however. And Tarantino was nominated for Best Writing for 'Django.'
The Dark Knight Rises
Did 'The Dark Knight Rises' really have a shot at winning a Best Picture Academy Award in 2013? We'll never know, because this final installment in Chris Nolan's brilliant 'Batman' trilogy failed to garner a nomination. In fact, 'TDKR' was snubbed across the board, missing out on nominations in all the major categories. What gives, Academy?
Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' boasted one of the best ensemble casts of any film in 2012, yet it was entirely overlooked in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category. Anderson and Roman Coppola were nominated for Best Original Writing, so at least that's something right?
The Master
The Paul Thomas Anderson drama 'The Master' earned nominations for three of it's stars (Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Supporting Actor and Amy Adams for Supporting Actress), yet it failed to get a Best Picture nomination. How did that happen, exactly?

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<![CDATA[The Very Best Viral Conan Clips of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-very-best-viral-conan-clips-of-2012/robert-wabash
This list of the Very Best Viral Conan Clips of 2012 includes some of the best Conan sketches of the year. 2012 was a good year for Team Coco, and this list has all the viral video clips from the Conan O'Brien Show to prove it. If you're looking for funny videos, or silly sketch comedy, this is the place to be.

These funny clips from the Conan show include Triumph the Insult Comic Dog covering the Presidential election, the iPad mini launch, funny videos of seniors using electronics and social media, and even a visit by Conan to the Guinness brewery. These hilarious videos are sure to make you laugh, cry, maybe even pee your pants a little.

What is the Best Viral Conan Clip of 2012? That's up to you to say! This votable list of Conan's best clips from the year here for your viral video viewing pleasure. Think iPad clips were the funniest videos of 2012? Or did old people texting make for the best video of the year? Or do you say nay to both and choose Conan's cornrows as the video clip that brings the funny? Cast your vote and say so now. Enjoy this list of the Very Best Viral Conan Clips of 2012 and, if you're into Conan O'Brien, check out the Very Best Conan O'Brien Quotes for more Coco.
The Very Best Viral Conan Clips of 2012,

Conan's Election Results

The Apple IShiv

It was on every inmate's Holiday wishlist in 2012.





Conan and Alex Morgan Review Just Dance 4

For complete video click here: Conan and Alex Morgan Review Just Dance 4


Clueless Gamer: Hitman Absolution

IPhone 5's Secret Sexy Feature

Conan Visits the Dublin Guinness Brewery

Arnold's Alternate "I'll Be Back" Catchphrases

Not gonna lie, I'm surprised Arnold has more than those three words in his vocabulary.




Conan's Makeover

If there's anything finer in life than ginger cornrows, I have yet to find it.





Guy Fieri Eating In Reverse

Not quite as good as Paula Deen riding a stick of butter, but somewhere in the grossly satisfying spectrum.




Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at the Final Presidential Debate

If I wanted political advice from a dog with a cigar I'd call Monica Lewinsky (topical!).






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<![CDATA[The Best Action Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-action-movies-of-2012
The best action movies of 2012 kept audiences on their toes, brought impressive special effects and included some of the best action stars of this generation. These 2012 action movies rose above all others and along with the best comedy movies of 2012, made for some of the best movies of the year.

In line with the best action movies of 2011, many of the top 2012 action movies were based on superhero comics. "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" each received praise from critics and fans alike as they earned over a billion dollars in combined box office revenue. Those three, along with "The Hunger Games," were among the top five highest grossing movies of the year.

But not all of the best 2012 action movies involved superheroes though many others did use familiar stories. 2012 featured a number of successful sequels back for another go around. Films like "The Expendables 2," The Bourne Legacy" and "Taken 2" all reintroduced some of our favorite action stars and characters in new adventures. The same goes for remakes with films like "Total Recall," "21 Jump Street" and "Dredd" each providing updated versions of old favorite action movies.

So whether you're a fan of the time-traveling thriller "Looper" or highly anticipating the new Bond film "Skyfall," if you're a fan of action movies, chances are some of your favorites from 2012 are right here. Tell us which you enjoy best by voting for those you love, re-ranking the list your way or adding any not listed all below.
The Best Action Movies of 2012,

Skyfall

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Looper

The Expendables 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

The Bourne Legacy

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Django Unchained


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<![CDATA[The 50 Greatest Internet Memes of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-50-greatest-internet-memes-of-2012/danielle-dauenhauer
These are the best Internet memes of 2012. Funny memes happen once in a blue moon, but new memes happen about 10 times per day at this point. Narrowing them down is ridiculous work, so we asked our own JF Sargent for help on this one. Here's what he had to say about his half of the list:

I think I'm just gonna be frank here: I am, right now, insane. I shouldn't be. I should be the picture of mental health, like I was yesterday. But that was before I agreed to catalogue the best memes of 2012 for Ranker. Before I agreed to comb through an entire year's worth of Internet, find the stuff it found interesting and then (this is the part that made me insane) explain why that stuff is interesting to you.

And that's the problem. Memes can't be explained, or catalogued, or understood. They can't be reasoned with. They can't be bargained with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

So that's what he had to say. So from "Gangnam Style" (this year's "Friday"), to a spoiled girl named McKayla Maroney, to the Overly Attached Girlfriend that ended up capturing everyone's heart, to memes that actually seem like they've been around longer but hit their peak this year, to the most recent Ikea Monkey, to the always adorable and amazing Grumpy Cat, here are the 50 most funny memes of 2012. Because you deserve it.

So let's check 'em out. Here are the funniest memes of 2012. Enjoy!
The 50 Greatest Internet Memes of 2012,

Call Me Maybe

KONY/HORNY 2012

In March of 2012, the non-profit group Invisible Children released a video titled "Kony 2012" that went into depth explaining the issues surrounding the use of Child Soldiers in Uganda. When the video went viral, armchair activists were shocked and vowed to do the absolute bare minimum to let everyone know how shocked they were, while professional social workers frustratedly massaged their temples in grim anticipation of how irritating the next few months were going to be. No, I'm not going to explain to you why the video is terrible. Look it up yourself. But things got even more complicated a mere month later when Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children was… well, let's just let the meme explain: 
Yep. He was caught masturbating in public while intoxicated by some unidentified drug, which forces us to assume it's "Cheese" because that's the funniest name for a drug. Naturally, people with barely-passable photoshop skills had a field day with this: 


Masturbation, guys! Coupled with behavior indicative of severe emotional problems! comedy doesn’t get any more golden than this.
 
Want more KONY? Check out this list of Best Internet Reactions to KONY 2012.
Botched Ecce Homo

Who would have ever thought completely destroying a classic piece of art would lead to one of the best costumes of the year, Halloween or otherwise?



Let's start from the beginning (not of time, just the painting). A church in Borja, Spain received a donation of a century-old fresco painting called Ecce Homo ("Behold the Man"). An elderly patron of the church, Cecilia Jimenez, desired to restore the painting, which was in deteriorating condition, and is said to have done so without the permission of the church (though she claims to have received authorization from a priest). This is the progression of the "restoration" from when it was first painted to the the time it arrived at the Santuario de Misericordia Church to the post-restoration attempt.


The picture of the botched restoration (dubbed "Potato Jesus") exploded like a can of tan paint on Reddit, and the memes came pouring in.









The woman who botched the restoration claimed to be experiencing panic and anxiety attacks over the attention the painting was receiving and went into hiding in her home...until the church started charging people to see the Ecce Homo.
Like a miracle, the woman was able to get out of bed, leave her house, and put her hand out for a share of the royalties being collected from the exhibition of the painting. No word yet on whether she's collected any money or any additional restoration commissions. 
Election 2012

There were so many awful/awesome things that happened on the road to the 2012 Presidential election this year that they get their own sub-heading.
Binders Full of Women

The American public likes to pick and choose what it remembers about, well, everything. You know what I remember from Etta James' funeral earlier in the year? Christina Aguilera's potential, um, "lady malfunction".

Didn't even remember it was Etta James that died (sorry, Aretha, thought it was you), but had a vivid recollection about the mystery slime trail debate. Was it bronzer? Was it her time of the month? We'll never know.

What we DO know is that Mitt Romney has binders full of women.

In response to a question about equal pay for women at one of the Presidential debates, the ex-candidate answered

“I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women".
Need a lady to do the job? Go see Mitt, he's got binders full!

This was about the only thing America cared about that came from that debate, and reactions were immediate and sublime.








There was even a song, which you can listen to if you want to be humming "Binders Full of Women" for the rest of the day.


Orange Face Mitt Romney
Since we're already on the topic of Mitt Romney doing weird stuff, let's talk about his visit to Univision.

He looks like mother loving Snooki. It didn't really take off in the macros, but there was A LOT of speculation on message boards and the media alike that the governor had dyed his face to appeal to the Latino voting base. Legit, the guy looked like he'd spent the weekend with Tan Mom. 

Clint Eastwood and Invisible Obama

Surely, in an election year where Karl Rove had a public meltdown on Fox News, there couldn't be anyone crazier that the actual political players that would emerge from the election coverage, right?


Wrong. Dead wrong. (In case you're wondering, that is a John Wayne quote, but there's no way- on that night- that Clint would have known he didn't say that).
That is the video of Clint Eastwood having a conversation with an imaginary President Obama at the Republican National Convention in August. Eastwood made a surprise appearance at the RNC and posited questions like "how do you handle promises you made when you were running for election?" to a non-existent political figure. At one point in the "interview", he said to the Obama chair, "I'm not gonna shut up. It's my turn" which was super laughable because the 11-ish minute rant ran well over time and pushed the appearance of Mitt Romney out of primetime. Whomp whomp. 
The internet responded to the appearance immediately, natch. "Eastwooding" images (pictures of people pointing at empty chairs) started popping up right away.




And other popular meme figures found their way onto that empty stage to keep Clint company.


SNL put in its two cents, of course. Not that they really needed to spoof what was already coming off as a complete farce.

The best response, however, came from the POTUS himself.


Beef Cake Paul Ryan

We learned in the 2008 Presidential Elections that the last thing a Vice Presidential candidate needs is an IQ over 80, so is there really any shock associated with the GOP's nomination of a jock to run as VP on the 2012 ticket? THIS jock:


Notice anything odd about that photo (besides everything)? Look again.


This photo was taken for Time Magazine. TIME. Not The Onion, not Fitness Weekly, TIME. The photos, taken in 2011 when Ryan was being considered for the Person of the Year cover, were released hours before the Vice Presidential Debate. We see what you did there, TIME. Did I mention there were pictures (plural)?



Has Paul Ryan heard of the internet, viral images, and/or Beats by Dre? I just don't understand. Here's how the internet interpreted the situation.






Mitt Romney to Big Bird: "I Will Cut You"

Again, as witnessed with the Binders Full of Women incident, the American public has a soft spot for the things that could be instantly memed, and in the first Presidential debate, it was Mitt Romney's statement to PBS journalist Jim Lehrer, the moderator, that if elected he would cut funding to PBS. Said Mittens:

“I’m sorry Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS, I like PBS, I love Big Bird, I actually like you too, but I am not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

In 2009, Sesame Street received $7.9 million in government funding. But, hey, that's really the feather that broke the trillion dollar deficit's back, right? People were pissed that of all the things Romney could pick on, it was the sweet, lovable giant bird we all grew up with. The gentle giant who totally didn't care when we hung out and bogarted all the Snack Packs for ourselves. THIS is who Romney wanted to pick a fight with. Well, he got the claws (claws are what birds would fight with, right?)





On November, the Million Puppet March (redubbed from Million Muppet March) descended on Washington DC to show support for the cause of Big Bird and other performers with hands up their asses that didn't belong to big corporate interests. 

If you're looking for more Election 2012 meme coverage, check out the complete list
Gotye

Dude. Let's paint some people, film it, and play a song over it. I bet we can totally get more views than those jerks pouring milk all over themselves.
350 million views on YouTube. People watched Wally De Backer (aka Gotye) and Kimbra get painted and cry about a breakup so many times that it inspired a bunch of others to get in on the saddo gold. 
Like Canadian band Walk off the Earth who filmed the five members of their band simultaneously playing the song on one guitar (no cups). Closing in on 140 million views.
 

Singer Israel Curtis, who was really pissed (like everybody else living on Earth and breathing) about the "Nooooooo" heard 'round the world (or at least in a galaxy far, far away), gave the song a Star Wars flare.

And then the Grammys gave it a nomination for Record of the Year to go along with its nomination for an MTV VMA for video of the year, so expect to hear about Wally's love life in song for a while yet.
Grumpy Cat






Gangnam Style
"Gangnam Style" is kind of a big deal. Like, approaching a billion views on YouTube big. The lead single from Korean pop singer PSY's sixth album, PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1, "Gangnam Style" immediately started making waves on the Korean charts and began racking up YouTube views as soon as it was released in July.It started "slow" compared to where it's at now, generating about 9 million views a day in its first two months, and soon surpassed Justin Beiber's "Baby" video as the most-watched video ever posted on YouTube.

I repeat, he unseated Justin Beiber as King of YouTube. If ever there was a sign the Mayan apocalypse may yet be delayed, this certainly qualifies.
So what is this video, which as of December 18th has over 982 MILLION views, all about? It's about the posers that claim to be part of the opulent, Beverly Hills-like lifestyle the people that live in the Gangnam area of South Korea. Says PSY: 
 
"People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are—it's only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are "Gangnam Style"—so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they're not".
 

And dance fighting; serious, Derek Zoolander-inspired dance-off intense dance fighting. Aside from being a send-up of the poser culture, the mass appeal of the video centers around the intense choreography of PSY and his crew in the video including, but not limited to, the "horse dance" and the elevator shake. As you can probably tell by the number of views the music video has recorded, people cannot get enough of PSY and "Gangnam Style".
 
He's become such a cross-over hit that he's appeared on the VMA's, Ellen, Jay Leno, and even a hilarious sketch with Seth McFarlane on Saturday Night Live.
 
In October, as demand for PSY was hitting a fever pitch, he did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for Reddit. These were some of the best Q & A's of the hour-long session.
 
Q: Why were you so mad at that girl’s ass? 
 A: Because her ass was so mad.
 


Q: Can I come and hang out with you in Seoul? 
A: Call me maybe.
  
Q: If you could collaborate on a song with any one artist / band, who would that artist be? 
A: I love so many but if I had to choose one, Justin Bieber.
 
(PSY! NO! Don't you know that a collaboration with the Beebs has the potential to bring on the apocalypse? Don't do it!)
 
Q: Do you have a favorite Gangnam Style “spoof” video? 
A: Ohio University marching band. 
 

Also tops on the list of Gangnam Style parodies are: 
 
Mitt Romney Style: 
 

Lifeguard Style (sidenote: all of the lifeguards in this video were fired for improper use of public property after the video went viral): 



Baby Gangnam Style: 
 

 On top of the countless gifs, video parodies, and reenactions, the song is now available in American karaoke establishments as well. There is no escaping "Gangnam Style" (not that you'd want to). And hey, if this wasn't enough Psy for you, check out the Ranker list of The Best Gangnam Style Parodies .

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy




What People Think I Do/ What I Really Do

First spotted on Facebook, the What People Think I Do/ What I Really Do is a look at what different people think a person of a certain profession or occupation actually does. Because clearly, people were super confused about what was going on with the guy who plays computer games all the time.  

The meme is alternately a way for people to build up what they do to make themselves look awesome, or a way to demystify a profession and/or seek sympathy because whatever the person making the meme does is so awful. Like being a pilot or an actor.


That first "What People..." that came out of Facebook described what it's like to be a science student, which probably legitimately sucks.


It was soon followed by the board for a Director, which saw one of the first instances that saw heavy re-posting.

The meme itself is simple enough: six panels, five views, and then "what you really do". For instance, this is a pretty good representation of what I get up to on a daily basis.

Except that I prefer Hearts to Solitaire. The meme was pretty much put through the paces of anyone that thinks they do something, ANYTHING, that's misunderstood by other people. In the course of a couple months it felt like the meme had been around forever.


Sh!t __ Say
Like many of the best things in life, it all started with cross-dressing. And Juliette Lewis.

Done in the vein of Sh*t My Dad Says and Sh*t That Siri Says, the series of episodes was a spin-off of the @Sh*tGirlsSay Twitter account conceived by comedians Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey which included tweets like "We should have tea sometime", "Don't care, don't care, don't care", and "First of all, ew". 
Worth noting right off the bat is the fact that Episode 1 of "Sh*t Girls Say" was uploaded to YouTube on December 12th, 2011, but didn't produce these excellent memes we're going to talk about until 2012. There. It's all out on the table (unlike Graydon Sheppard's balls which were tightly wrapped up while shooting the episodes).
The reactions: they started within weeks and offered "Sh*t" takes on Black Girls, Asian Girls, Drunk Girls, Single Girls...if it had a vagina, YouTube had a video about what it was saying. 
Of course, because people were having a laugh at women's expense, it was instantly dubbed as offensive for sexualizing women (how this is possible when a guy is playing a chick housing a bowl of chips in pajamas is beyond me) and incitied members of the media to protest the meme's existence. Like that was going to stop the internet.
African American comedian Francesca Ramsey, in a feature for the Huffington Post, did a response to everybody getting their panties in a twist and gave her version of the "Sh*t" series, "Sh*it White Girls Say to Black Girls". She played the white girl.

Needless to say, controversy did not slow this meme from addressing every sub-category of women under the sun. Here are some of the better examples.





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<![CDATA[The Most Overplayed Songs of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-overplayed-songs-of-2012/polkadotking
These are the most annoyingly overplayed songs of 2012, ranked by people like you. These are the Most Overplayed Songs of 2012 - but not necessarily the most annoying. Sure, if I hear "Oppa Gangnam style" one more time, I'm gonna drive off the nearest bridge, but if we're being honest, a few times, when I've been alone in the car, I've come in with a pretty good "someBODyyy" at just the right moment. A great one, in fact.

Thinking back on the most annoying songs of 2012, I remember a lot of hip hop / rap crossovers making their ways onto the mainstream airwaves. No joke, I heard Flo Rida playing at Macy's last weekend. And the ladies have been busy singing their precious little hearts out about fluttering hearts (like Carly Rae Jepsen and Rihanna) and breakups (like Taylor Swift and, in a sadder way, Katy Perry). Boy bands like One Direction have been as overplayed as ever, and - well, does Maroon 5 count as a boy band? Because they released 13 singles this year. I won't pretend that some of them aren't very, very, very catchy, but man, too much "Moves Like Jagger" can drive a good person to evil thoughts.

Vote on these overplayed / annoying / worst songs of 2012 so radio stations, commercial-makers, and department stores can confidently, finally, take them out of their rotations. Feel free to add any that I missed - though I'll be amazed if you heard a single song this year that's not already on this list.
The Most Overplayed Songs of 2012,

Moves Like Jagger
Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Call Me Maybe
Carly Rae Jepsen
Starships
Nicki Minaj
Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye ft. Kimbra
What Makes You Beautiful
One Direction
We Are Young
Fun. ft. Janelle Monáe
Wild Ones
Flo Rida ft. Sia
Gangnam Style
PSY
Payphone
Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Taylor Swift

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<![CDATA[The Best Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-movies-of-2012
This is a list of the best movies of 2012, as ranked by experts and fans alike. The best movies of 2012 include gut-wrenching dramas, mind-bending sci-fi movies and wonderful, romantic comedies that remind movie-goers why they fell in love with movies in the first place. This is a list of some of the best films of the year. Obviously any 'best of' list is going to be subjective, so not everyone will agree. That's the great thing about lists on Ranker: You can change the order with your votes and, in this case, by creating your very own list of the top movies of 2012.

Think "Looper" is the best movie of 2012, hands down? Vote it up, and rank it high on your own list! Did 'Ted' leave you in stitches, laughing days after? Certainly it's one of the best comedy movies to come along in quite a while, but does it deserve to rank #1 on this list? It's up to you to make these sorts of decisions. Whether it's a first-rate foreign film like 'Holy Motors' or a stunning action-adventure flick like 'Skyfall,' or a solid, lighthearted animated family movie like 'Wreck-It-Ralph,' rank away! I can't wait to see which movies come out on top (and which movies get slammed, in the form of down votes, because really, not everyone liked 'Cloud Atlas,' and I'm still hearing people argue about it).

Each and every one of us who've spent a ton of cash to be entertained for a few hours in a darkened theater deserve to be heard. While 2012 certainly brought with it some stinkers (hello, 'That's My Boy'!), there were some real gems, too. And yes, as new 2012 movies come out, add them to your 'best of' list. Several films believed to be Oscar contenders will hit theaters before year's end ('Lincoln' 'The Hobbit,' and 'Anna Karenina' among them).

What are the best movies of 2012? Take a look here and see for yourself.

Please rank your favorite films of 2012. And if you don't see the movie or movies you've been raving about, feel free to add them to this list so everyone can vote for them! For an updated list, check out Ranker's list of the best movies of 2013.
The Best Movies of 2012,

Skyfall

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Wreck-It Ralph

Django Unchained

Argo

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook


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<![CDATA[The Top 10 Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-movies-of-2012/eleventhdoctor
These are my 10 favorite movies that I saw in 2012. If you have a different order and different films, put them in the comments...I would love to hear! These are based on only films that I actually saw, so please don't get upset if you don't see one on here...instead, suggest them.
The Top 10 Movies of 2012,

Skyfall

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises

Life of Pi

Argo

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Les Misérables

Beasts of the Southern Wild


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Sat, 08 Dec 2012 01:32:47 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-movies-of-2012/eleventhdoctor
<![CDATA[The Worst Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/worst-movies-of-2012
The worst movies if 2012 include the least watchable, most disappointing and painfully awful films released during the year. These train wrecks entertained no one, are bad and should feel bad for existing in the first place. Plain and simple, these movies have no redeeming qualities (unless you count being among the worst movies of all time a positive thing) and represent hours of our time that we can never get back.

Looking at these outright bad 2012 movies, it's hard to comprehend the millions of dollars spent to produce and promote these flops. Some are just plain lame with unfunny jokes and cheesy acting, such as the worst comedy movies of the year including Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy," "The Babymakers," "The Watch" and "A Thousand Words." In three words, those comedies suck.

But it wasn't only hopefully funny movies that made audiences groan in 2012 with a number of horrible drama, action and horror movies earning ridiculously low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Nearly everyone agreed that "Battleship" was atrocious, so much so that board game movies might just be a thing of the past from now on. "Total Recall" wasn't much better, definitely a far cry from the original. Even "The Expendables 2," stacked with all the action stars you can think of, was a total flop.

Why bad movies like these 2012 worst movies are still produced is a mystery but luckily there were just as many top movies of 2012 released throughout the year to balance out the scales like the best comedy movies of 2012 and the best action movies of 2012. So if you're looking for something to watch, unless all the rest of the movies on this planet have been burned, don't watch these dreadful movies. Go play outside, watch paint dry or just stare off into space. Your brain will thank you.
The Worst Movies of 2012,

The Babymakers

A Thousand Words

The Apparition

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

LOL

Battleship

The Cold Light of Day

That's My Boy

ATM


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Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:25:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/worst-movies-of-2012
<![CDATA[The Coolest 2012 Movie Posters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-coolest-2012-movie-posters/drake-bird
The coolest 2012 movie posters got film buffs buzzing as they were released during the year. These top 2012 movie posters advertised and enticed on behalf of their corresponding movies and in certain cases led to utter disappointment when viewers realized that the cool movie poster was the highlight of the film. Good movie or bad, these movie posters were the best of the best for films released during 2012.

With a perfect combination of stellar filmmaking and brilliant marketing, the leaders on this list of the best 2012 movie posters represent not only some of the best movie posters from the year but also many of the best 2012 films as well. "The Dark Knight Rises," "Looper," "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" were all easily among the best action films of 2012 as was "This is 40," "Men in Black 3" and "Casa de Mi Padre" on the rankings of the best comedy movies of 2012.

But then there is a whole 'nother category of awesome movie posters: Those which are actually better than the awful movie they accompany. "Battleship" was awful but the posters were pretty decent. The poster for "The Devil Inside" was actually scarier than the horror movie it advertised, unfortunately. Even the movie poster for the latest installment of the semi-annual Tim Burton-Johnny Depp collaboration "Dark Shadows" showed promise, though the movie sadly didn't.

So regardless if the movie was just as awesome as the poster or if we can really only look back and praise the poster for it's creativity, either way, these movie posters showed skill in marketing and brought fans to the theaters, the goal. Did a movie poster stand out as amazing to you during the year? Want to put these cool posters in your own order? Do all that below by voting for the ones you love, re-ranking this list your way or adding any we missed!


The Coolest 2012 Movie Posters,

Skyfall

The Avengers

Men in Black 3

The Dark Knight Rises

Prometheus

Looper

The Raven

The Amazing Spider-Man

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Wreck-It Ralph


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Fri, 07 Dec 2012 02:03:44 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-coolest-2012-movie-posters/drake-bird
<![CDATA[The 23 Most Ridiculous Deaths of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-27-most-ridiculous-deaths-of-2012/danielle-dauenhauer
Bizarre deaths were in no short supply in 2012. All through the year people were finding weird, crazy, unbelievable ways to die and these are the best/worst of the bunch. This list of the craziest deaths of the year includes bizarre instances in the US, UK, Brazil, China, Japan, and everywhere in between. No insane way to die has been left out of this list, so read on to find out why your year, no matter how bad, was better than some.
The 23 Most Ridiculous Deaths of 2012,

Three Drown in Manure Filled Septic Pit
What a sh*tty way to die. Literally. 
Glen Nolt and his two sons, Kelvin and Cleason, were out seeking to procure some fertilizer for their farm when their mission ran afoul at the site of giant manure pit on a Maryland dairy farm. It's unclear exactly what happened, but the story that was pieced together in the aftermath goes something like this:
The men were out to suck some manure from this pit for their own pit. When one of the three was setting a pumping device in the giant vat, he unexpectedly fell in. The other two rushed to the rescue, became trapped in the vat themselves, and were unable to escape. The three drowned a giant vat of poop. No sh*t, true story. This actually happened.

So next time you're having a crappy day, you can think how much better you have it than the Nolts. 
Source: Huffington Post
Man Dies After Being Fused with Chair for Two Years
It's hard to say what's worst about the case of an Ohio man who sat in the same chair for two years without moving: that he had two roommates who lived with him, fed him daily, and allowed him to be completely sedentary in their home, or that after two years of sitting in the same chair, the man became fused to the fabric of the seat- which was covered in his own urine and feces- to the point of maggots sprouting around the guy before he was dead.
 

The absurd living situation was exposed one day when one of the roommates, who happened to be the man's GIRLFRIEND, came home to find the man unconscious. When officers arrived, they found the man in deplorable conditions and had him immediately transported to the hospital, where he later died. One of the officers who responded to the call was so disgusted by the scene that he had to dispose of his uniform after helping the man from the house.
  Source: Fox News

Hair Extensions Kill Woman
Next time you're getting ready to go out to the club for the night, remember this very important wardrobe fact:

Picking the wrong accessories could kill you.

34-year-old Atasha Graham went out for a night of dancing in London at the club her boyfriend DJ'ed at. She had some drinks, got on the dance floor, and got her groove on. Several hours in, Graham was sweating up a storm, but still carrying on until she collapsed out of the blue in the middle of the floor. She hadn't had too much to drink, wasn't in bad health, so what was it that did her in?

Her hair extensions. 


All attempts to revive Graham failed and she was pronounced dead shortly after collapsing in the club, prompting an autopsy that revealed latex glue from her hair extensions had seeped into the woman's scalp, causing a reaction that led to her death. As if that's not shocking enough, the doctor that performed the autopsy said there are 10-20 deaths of this nature in the UK every year, and many more in America

So next time you go out dancing, unless you're trying to attract some real freaks, maybe leave the hair extensions at home.

Source: Voice UK
Man is Killed, Dismembered, and Sent to Local Schools
When Jun Lin said he wanted to go back to school, he probably didn't envision it this way.

Lin, a Chinese university student, was murdered and dismembered by adult film actor Luka Magnotta (his reported lover), who sent boxes containing different parts of Lin to politicians in Ottawa and to two schools in Vancouver. 

The body parts were put together with Lin's murder when police found his severed head in a Montreal Park.


Magnotta fled from Canada after the murders, but he was picked up in an internet cafe in Berlin, Germany where he was Googling articles about himself.

Source: CNN  

Man Cooked to Death at Bumble Bee Tuna Factory
Jose Melena had been working at the Bumble Bee Tuna plant in Santa Fe Springs, CA for six years when his on-the-job satisfaction took a monumental turn for the worse one afternoon in October. 

Melena's job at the seafood processing plant was to load baskets of canned product into the pressure cooker and remove them with a pallet jack when they had finished processing. At some point during the transfer process, Melena became trapped in the container and was cooked to death.
 

   


Upon discovering Melena was in the steamer machine, emergency personnel were summoned, but the man could not be saved.

Man Tweets YOLO to Drunk Driving, Dies in Crash
Now, we all know that when looking for a credible, reliable source on topics like life and philosophy, we should turn to the nearest rapper and ask his advice. If you had asked aspiring rapper Ervin McKinness for his advice on the topic of driving while drunk, he would have told you “Definitely a bad idea, son. Designated drivers are your keys to big pimpin’”.

Ok, he would never have said that. Had you Tweeted that same question to him, though, you would have seen this take on the topic:



You had half a bottle of Henny and you have to get across town? #F**kIt, son! What’s the worst that could happen drifting 120 MPH around corners?

Oh, right. Death. Death could happen.

McKinness, known as Jew'elz and Inkyy in the music community that had recently awarded him a recording deal, never got a chance to make any music professionally because 21 minutes after he said “f**k it” to driving drunk, the SUV he was in skidded into a wall and killed all five of the car’s occupants, including the would-be rapper.

Maybe YOLTM (You Only Live Twenty Minutes) would have been a more appropriate hashtag?
Man Shot Dead Trying to Cure Hiccups


Known ways to cure the hiccups: holding breath, drinking a glass of water, punching the afflicted person in the stomach, shooting the afflicted in the face.

Wait, that last one sounds a little extreme; does it really work? As a matter of fact, it does (mostly because getting shot in the face kills you, but maybe it also really freaks you out and cure the hiccups before you die).

Sadly, Pfc Isaac Lawrence Young was the unwitting guinea pig for that “shot in the face” theory recently when a fellow soldier stationed at Ft. Hood in Texas pulled out a gun, just to scare the hiccups away, and ended up discharging the weapon in the general direction of Young’s face.

The incident went down in the men’s living room where they, and a third soldier, were watching Sunday night football and drinking. Pfc. Patrick Edward Myers, who was probably a little overly-excited after seeing both Texas teams win their games earlier in the day, took out a handgun to help Young triumph over his temporary affliction, but ended up killing him before he could be transported to a nearby field where a helicopter was waiting to take him to a trauma hospital.

Myers is currently awaiting trial for manslaughter.
Woman's Kung Fu Grip to Blame in Testicle-Related Death
Since the following death occurred in China's haiku city, here are three lines about this man's death:

No, you can't park here
Hey, those are my balls. Hands off
Grip like vice, I'm dead

Here's how it went down: this woman drives into the city to pick her kids up from school and tries to park her scooter (yes, she was going to put multiple children on a scooter. Totes nominated for The 20 Absolute Worst Parents of 2012) in front of a man's shop. The man says no, you can't park here, they fight a little, she calls her brother and husband to join her in the dispute, things escalate further, and when she realizes he's not going to allow the scooter to stay,

she grabs the man's testicles and squeezes them until he passes out

The man was taken away by ambulance but later died in the hospital. 

Source: Huffington Post
Three People Fight to the Death in Karaoke Dispute
"Ugh, I swear to god, if I hear one more person sing Journey tonight, I am gonna kill someone."
Next up on the mic is Barry with "Don't Stop Believing"!
"Oh, that's it, I'ma stab a bitch."
Stabbing someone for a poor choice at karaoke? Too much? Not in Xi'an China. 
On Qixi, the Chinese Valentine's Day, a noodle shop owned by a man called Mr. Yun was the site of a double murder over control of the microphone in what was intended to be a light-hearted night of crooning with his family. 
Yun's 4-year-old son was on the stage, belting out tunes and refusing to give the other attendees a turn to sing. Yun was indulging the child, who the other party-goers were calling a "little emperor" (a reference to Chinese parents' special attention to the one child they're allowed to have per Chinese law) and getting increasingly agitated with the situation. 

Rather than gong him off the stage, which many of the finer American karaoke bars will do when a patron is insufferable, two of the young boy's uncles attacked Yun, kicking him mercilessly until he was on the ground, unable to fight them off.
In the midst of the fracas Yun's nephew, who worked at the shop, picked up not the mic, but A MEAT CLEAVER and hacked the two men attacking his uncle to death.

Next time maybe the rest of the family will be smart enough to just walk across the street and rent a booth when the "little emperor" of the family can't sing enough Bieber. 
Source: The Telegraph 

Man Dies After Live Cockroach Eating Contest
If you're Bear Grylls and you're in some rain forest trying to survive on nothing but the land and your own recycled piss, maybe eating some live cockroaches isn't such a bad idea. If you're some random guy in Miami, though, not so much.

Edward Archbold was 32 when he decided to enter a pet store's live bug eating competition. On the menu for the contest: worms and live cockroaches. Archbold bested about 30 other contestants and won the competition's grand prize, a python. 

Sadly, the roaches were apparently not satisfied to be the only ones losing their life in this bizarre contest, and wreaked some kind of havoc in Archbold's stomach. While all of the other contestants went seemingly unaffected by the ingestion of the strange contest fare, the winner collapsed in front of the store and could not be revived at the hospital.

Maybe next time, if people are thinking about having a contest involving eating foods that will survive a nuclear holocaust, they'll choose Twinkies instead. 

Source: Yahoo!


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Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:48:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-27-most-ridiculous-deaths-of-2012/danielle-dauenhauer
<![CDATA[100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/100-highest-paid-celebrities-in-the-world-power-list-2012/worlds-richest-people-lists
Who are the 100 highest paid celebrities in the world? The celebrity power list of 2012 includes rich and famous people from all areas of entertainment. Some celebrities listed here are singers, others are musicians and still others are on the opposite side of the camera: directors, screenwriters and movie and TV executives. This list of the highest paid celebrities in the world is from Forbes' magazine's annual power 100 list. Is your favorite here?

Some celebrities do much more than act, sing or write. They're now expanding their wealth by including a business angle. Examples? Jennifer Lopez has made millions as an actress and a singer, but she's made the most money by building a fashion and perfume empire. It's not enough just to be famous anymore: To get rich, a celebrity clearly needs to build and expand their own brand in some way.

Newcomers to the Celebrity 100 Forbes list in 2012 include Rihanna and Kim Kardashian: Two women who know how to market themselves and their brand, to the tune of multi-millions. As far as men, newcomers to the 2012 list include Ashton Kutcher, who raked in millions through his high-profile role on 'Two and a Half Men,' but also in endorsement money (think Nikon).

The 2012 100 highest paid celebrities in the world are highly recognizable names. Some, including perennial favorites Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and others, are also included on the 2011 power list of the wealthiest celebs worldwide.
100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012,

Dr. Dre
$110 million

George Lucas
$90 million

Howard Stern
$95 million

James Patterson
$94 million

Jerry Bruckheimer
$115 million

Michael Bay
$160 million

Oprah Winfrey
$165 million

Simon Cowell
$90 million

Steven Spielberg
$130 million

Tyler Perry
$105 million


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Wed, 28 Nov 2012 04:03:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/100-highest-paid-celebrities-in-the-world-power-list-2012/worlds-richest-people-lists
<![CDATA[The Top 10 Biggest Homophobes of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-biggest-homophobes-of-2012/keaton
The top 10 biggest homophobes of 2012 are those influential politicians, religious leaders, businesses and organizations who made their opposition to homosexually very well known during the year. These men and women were quite vocal about their opposition to equal rights for all be it through backing legislature to ban gay marriage to boycotting companies who support equal rights to finding anti-gay groups. They might call their beliefs biblical but an argument could be made that really these people are nothing more than the biggest homophobes of the year.

Being an election year in the United States, it's no shock that many of the biggest homophobes of 2012 were politicians. The presidential election runner-up Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan easily made the list with their opposition of homosexuality, not to mention their gaffes which subtly offended a good portion of the country. Other Republicans and Tea Party members only added fuel to the fire with politicians and pundits like Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Ann Coulter each sharing their firm beliefs against homosexuality in the spotlight.

Just like with the biggest homophobes of 2011, homophobia certainly wasn't limited to individuals in 2012 with companies and other organizations getting in on the hate. Fast food chain Chick-fil-A defended its "family values" despite calls for boycotts. The Boy Scouts of America made news by banning gays from being scouts or scout leaders. The Westboro Baptist Church continued to spew hate with their vulgar signs and statements. One Million Moms, an organization of tens of thousands of Christian moms attacked everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to JC Penney to Oreo for their support of gay rights in 2012.

Despite all of the hate speech and bigotry exhibited by these biggest homophobes of 2012, there were some big accomplishments for equal rights during the year. President Barack Obama, who endorsed gay marriage, was reelected and three states, Maine, Maryland and Washington, voted to legalize same-sex marriage.


The Top 10 Biggest Homophobes of 2012,

Ann Coulter

Michele Bachmann

Mitt Romney

Paul Ryan

Pope Benedict XVI

Rick Santorum

Chick-fil-A

Westboro Baptist Church

One Million Moms

Boy Scouts of America


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Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:53:35 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-biggest-homophobes-of-2012/keaton
<![CDATA[The 13 Hottest Girls Who Turned 18 in 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-hottest-girls-who-turned-18-in-2012/greg
These girls were all born in 1994. Let that sink in. Kurt Cobain was always just a story to them. Green Day's Dookie, Weezer's Blue Album and NIN's Downward Spiral could possibly be one of these girls's "Top Album from the Month I Was Born" album. Pulp Fiction, Speed and Dumb and Dumber came out that year and you probably saw them in THEATRES. O.J. Simpson was chased down in his white Ford Bronco by police and was allowed to turn himself in. There we go. Now that we've got some perspective, enjoy all these insanely hot, legal, pictures of these girls, sorry, women (awww yeah), that were magically put together by perverted, pop-culture inclined elves of the internet. These are the girls who turn 18 in 2012 and who will be legal as hell from here on in. Get ready to feel old (and wrong).

You should be ashamed of yourself. Check out these totally legal hot 18 year olds. These sexy 18 year old girls! In 2012, that is. Now they're even MORE fair game.
The 13 Hottest Girls Who Turned 18 in 2012,

Allie Grant
This is kind of a surprise. I never would've been able to tell you that the fat, curly-haired, weird-faced little girl from Weeds would ever become a beautiful woman, but I guess that's just what happens when you become a supporting character during your awkward phase. 

She's not only a great comedic actress now, but is a regular on the show Suburgatory where she not only sasses it up, but has leaned up and has really grown into herself. 

America.She's downright pretty. So she belongs here. Because none of us thought it would ever happen. And because this is America.

Dakota Fanning
We saw Dakota Fanning grow up. She's an extremely talented and wonderfully intelligent, beautiful and well-respected actress that decided, for some reason, to star in the Twilight films. Maybe because she's literally a teenage girl. 

She turned 18 this year, which is weird because she played the little girl in both War of the Worlds AND in I Am Sam and because I'm getting older really slowly emotional while the rest of my body ages like bread, that just doesn't seem like that long ago. 

And now, the young lady can take a MEAN picture. I mean check it out. 

Aislinn Paul
The cute girl with the glasses from Degrassi: The Next Generation is finally 18! She played easily the most likable character on the series (that I never ever watched, shut the hell up Kevin Smith watches it too) and was really a girl that everyone was rooting for. 

She lived her awkward phase with pride on that show and really made every scene she was in actually watchable. 

Anyway, now she's 18 and Degrassi is probably paying her Canadian bills well enough to never do anything but live off syndication forever now.

Barbara Palvin
THIS IS A BONUS ITEM

Sometimes I'm not a perfect man. So, because I owe the world this, here is a girl that I missed last year. She arguably should've won the award, but was not on the radar yet since she didn't really become a Victoria's Secret model until 2012, but she was born in 1993 so I thought it'd be okay to squeeze her in here. 

Her name is Barbara Palvin and she's Victoria's Secret's newest model and she's absolutely stunning. 

Here are a bunch of pictures of an 18 year old in lingerie. This is mostly true because she turned 19 this fall, which means that she was 18 for MOST of 2012. Juuuuuust barely counts. 

Laura Neiva
Three years ago Laura Neiva starred in a critically-acclaimed film she made when she was 14 about a young woman going through her sexual awakening after learning of her father's infidelity. 

To make it even creepier, Vincent Cassel (the handsy teacher from Black Swan and contortionist thief from Ocean's 12 and 13). 

Since she was 14, though, she's been a well-respected and cultured Brazilian fashion model who's graced many a Fashion Week and has really done quiet well for herself, so people have been exploiting her for a long time already. 

For American girls this is usually kind of a vulture situation, but not much is going to change for her since the age of consent in Brazil is 14 so old dudes have been drooling over her for 4 years already. 

She also kinda looks like a younger, Brazilian version of Lady Mary from Downton Abbey. It's also kind of weird int he movie because she's super tall. She's actually not a bad actress.

Allie DeBerry
A Disney Channel supporting star, it's safe to say that drugs are in her future but so is success and money so hey there's always that. 

She plays Paisley Houndstooth on the show A.N.T. Farm and had a stint on the Nickelodeon show True Jackson, VP until it got cancelled. 

Courtney Stodden
Courtney Stodden is the person I'm most ashamed of putting on this list. And it's not because it makes me feel like a dirty old man (because it doesn't, she looks like a 30 year-old transvestite Barbie which I only don't usually say about her because I respect transvestites so much), but because she just came out of nowhere about a year and a half ago when she married that side character who didn't even look good on Lost. 

He's also Michael Clarke Duncan's (RIP) jailer in The Green Mile. This guy seriously isn't even famous, but the fact that he married an, at-the-time, 16 year-old with parental consent blew all pedophiles off their chairs with the whole "but why does HE get to do it?" thing. 

Anyway, since trying and failing to have a successful reality TV show, Courtney Stodden has worked her way into all our hearts and minds by being a complete clown of a human being. 


Happy birthday this year, Courtney. It's all down hill from here.

Emma Lockheart
This list is becoming such a stretch that I'm going to pitch it to a yoga studio. 

Remember the little girl who plays a young Rachel in Batman Begins? THIS IS HER NOW! 

Fun Fact: ALSO in Batman Begins, the great actor that portrays the little assh*le Geoffrey Lannister on Game of Thrones. 

Toma Barkova
Barely Legal Toma Barkova is a model who's been featured in Bambi magazine. She's a Russian supermodel who you should be seeing on the arm of a sports star or rich and flighty actor sometime in the next few years weeks. 
Keke Lindgard
Keke Lindgard is a French model who turned 18 this year and she is super hot and look at this video of her where you will fall in lust with her. 

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Thu, 08 Nov 2012 05:20:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-hottest-girls-who-turned-18-in-2012/greg
<![CDATA[The Best TV Shows That Ended in 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-shows-ending-in-2012/greg
This is a list of the TV shows that are ending or have ended in 2012, as voted on by experts and fans alike.

While 2012 hasn't been the bloodbath that 2011 have been with regards to television shows -- remember 'The Playboy Club'? -- there still were a considerable number of shows that saw the light at the end of the tunnel and went for it. Some TV shows ended their runs voluntarily while others went whimpering to the other side. Some cancelled fall 2012 TV shows now include NBC's 'Animal Practice', MTV's 'Jersey Shore' and Showtime's 'Weeds'. They likely won't be the only TV programs to get the axe, however. Shows cost big money. If they don't deliver with ratings quickly, they're gone. It's not exactly fair sometimes, but that's just how it goes. This is a list of all the new 2012 TV shows cancelled so far.

Expect this list of cancelled TV shows in 2012 to be updated. Fox and NBC aren't the only networks that's yanking these shows almost as soon as they start. (When was the last time anyone saw 'The Mob Doctor' on the schedule?) Several new and old programs are already said to be on 'death watch' just a few weeks into this season. Among them: CBS' 'Partners' and ABC's 'Last Resort'. If you're watching these shows, just know there's a very real chance that unless ratings begin to go up, up, up (fast), you might be disappointed if/when they get canned.

And let's not forget that by Spring 2013, shows like 'The Office', 'Fringe' and the talk show 'Anderson' -- which was just announced this week -- will cease to exist. New episodes, at least.

Please rank the canceled 2012 shows from best to worst. And if you don't see your favorite dead TV show, feel free to add it to the list so that others could walk down memory lane with you.


The Best TV Shows That Ended in 2012,

Desperate Housewives

One Tree Hill

The Closer

Weeds

House

Eureka

Chuck

Cash Cab

Alcatraz

The Killing


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Fri, 02 Nov 2012 07:54:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-shows-ending-in-2012/greg
<![CDATA[The Best Horror Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-horror-movies-of-2012/all-genre-movies-lists
The best horror movies of 2012 managed to scare the daylights out of movie goers and keep them enthralled with tales of terror and mayhem. The 2012 horror films listed here each provided a unique and often disturbing angle on frightful stories. Some are straight up ghost stories ('The Woman in Black') and others are sequels to already successful horror franchises ('Paranormal Activity 4'). Which 2012 horror movie scared you the most, and which left you completely flat? Vote for your favorites, and feel free to add any great horror films from 2012 that are missing.

Some of the best 2012 horror movies weren't sequels at all: The horror thriller 'Sinister,' starring Ethan Hawke, drew fright fans to theaters in droves, and the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard penned 'The Cabin in the Woods' got rave reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Is 'Cabin' the best horror film of the year? The voting will be the final determiner, but it's hard to argue that it wasn't a super clever horror movie.

Looking for more great "best of" movie lists? Check out these lists for the best action movies of 2012, the best comedy movies of 2012, the creepiest kids in horror movies and of course, some of the best old horror movies ever made.

And yes, some of the horror movies on this list might also wind up on the worst movies of 2012 list, too. It all depends: What scares some people to death might not phase someone else. Horror fans: It's up to you to decide!
The Best Horror Movies of 2012,

Underworld: Awakening

The Cabin in the Woods

Prometheus

Silent House

The Woman in Black

Sinister

The Possession

House at the End of the Street

The Devil Inside

V/H/S


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Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:37:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-horror-movies-of-2012/all-genre-movies-lists
<![CDATA[The Best Comedy Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-comedy-movies-of-2012/all-genre-movies-lists
The best comedy movies of 2012 kept audiences laughing as they hit the theaters throughout the year. These comedy films feature some of the best and most talented actors as well as witty writing, both of which combined to create comedic blockbusters. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and prepare to laugh your butts off with the best comedy movies of 2012.

The 2012 year in comedy movies brought us a number of original movies, adaptations, remakes and sequels. Many of the remakes and sequels got the most buzz, such as the remake of 21 Jump Street, the new installment of Men in Black III and American Reunion, which reunited the American Pie cast for one more adventure. But there were also plenty of original movies and adaptations that entertained viewers all year long.

Butter introduced the highly competitive world of butter sculpting, Friends with Kids showed us a different side of parenting, and For a Good Time, Call... allowed us to live vicariously through two phone sex operators. 2012 also brought us a bevy of hilarious characters such as Ted, a foul-mouthed teddy bear, The Dictator, the latest personality from Sacha Baron Cohen, and the five very different women of What to Expect When You're Expecting.

These comedy films are just a handful of those released in 2012 but highlight the funniest movies of the year. Think one movie is better than the rest? Want to add something not already listed or put this list in your own order? Do all of that and more below on this list of the best 2012 comedy movies.

Be sure to also check out the All-Time Best Comedies, The Best Romantic Comedies, and The Best Stand Up Comedy Movies on Netflix Instant, The Best Comedy Films on Amazon Prime, and the Best Comedy Movies on Netflix Instant
The Best Comedy Movies of 2012,

Men in Black 3

21 Jump Street

Ted

Moonrise Kingdom

American Reunion

The Dictator

Silver Linings Playbook

The Campaign

Goon

Pitch Perfect


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Fri, 21 Sep 2012 03:31:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-comedy-movies-of-2012/all-genre-movies-lists
<![CDATA[The Greatest Internet Memes of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-internet-memes-of-2012/williammtx
The greatest Internet memes of 2012 kept us laughing, made us cringe and gave us fun ways to comment on life as they popped up on Reddit, in our Facebook feeds and on other sites during the year. These funny Internet memes introduced us to quirky characters like the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy Zeddie Little, the Ermahgerd Berks girl, Bad Luck Brian and of course the dreaded Overly Attached Girlfriend, plus brought in new Advice Animals, complete with horrible guidance that no one should ever take. Lawyer Dog, we're looking at you.

Like the greatest Internet memes of 2011, the top 2012 Internet memes allowed us to poke fun at those people we all know, whether they are like the Almost Politically Correct Redneck spewing obliviously racist statements, the Forever Resentful Mother reminding us how many hours she was in labor with us or the Annoyed Picard who was a favorite for his versatility to comment on anything at all.

Plenty of familiar faces ended up in image macro memes during 2012 as well with the 2012 Summer Olympics and United States presidential election dominating the news cycles. Between Relatable Romney talking about how he's just like poor people to Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney being not impressed by pretty impressive things to the hilarious Texts from Hillary Clinton.

So move over Scumbag Steve, there's a whole new bunch of Internet memes ready to take over our bandwidth.
The Greatest Internet Memes of 2012,

McKayla is Not Impressed

Skeptical Baby

Annoyed Picard

Almost Politically Correct Redneck

Overly Attached Girlfriend

Bad Luck Brian

Drunk Baby

Grumpy Cat

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

Ermahgerd Berks


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Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:48:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-internet-memes-of-2012/williammtx
<![CDATA[Heisman Trophy Candidates 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/heisman-trophy-candidates-2012/pedro-cerrano
Heisman Trophy candidates 2012 are the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers playing in NCAA college football who are projected to contend for the 2012 Heisman Trophy. The annual award, given out each December following the college football regular season, honors the most outstanding college football player in the country.

It should be no surprise that USC quarterback Matt Barkley, a favorite for the 2011 Heisman Trophy, won by quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor, is leading the pack in the 2012 Heisman race. In 2011 Barkley completed nearly 70% of his passes for an impressive 3,528 yards and 40 touchdowns. With the USC Trojans back in the spotlight, Barkley is an early favorite to dominate the 2012 Heisman voting.

But there are also many other stellar 2012 college football quarterbacks ready to fight for the hardware. Geno Smith of the West Virginia Mountaineers, Taylor Martinez of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Tyler Wilson of the Arkansas Razorbacks and even Denard Robinson of the Michigan Wolverines are just a few of the other passers who, depending on their 2012 performances, will get a good look.

The Heisman Trophy however is not simply a quarterback award with many other offensive players firmly in the contest. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee and Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell are all in the mix.

Only one of these talented college football stars will go down in history as a Heisman Trophy winner but until then, we can speculate and predict how the voters will feel come December. Have a Heisman favorite that is not listed? Want to re-rank this list your way or vote for a player you see as the best? Do all of that and more below on the list of Heisman Trophy candidates 2012.

Check out more lists like Greatest Mens Tennis Players of All Time, Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball and Best Current NHL Players
Heisman Trophy Candidates 2012,

Matt Barkley
USC quarterback
Landry Jones
Oklahoma quarterback
Geno Smith

Taylor Martinez
Nebraska quarterback
Collin Klein

Marqise Lee
USC wide receiver
De'Anthony Thomas

Le'Veon Bell
Michigan State running back
Marcus Lattimore
South Carolina running back
Montee Ball
Wisconsin running back

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:02:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/heisman-trophy-candidates-2012/pedro-cerrano
<![CDATA[2012 Oscars Red Carpet Worst Dressed]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/2012-oscars-red-carpet-worst-dressed/fashionbaby
The worst dressed celebrities at the Oscars in 2012 represent some of the most talented names in film today who all made a fashion faux pas on Hollywood's biggest night. These Academy Award nominees, presenters and other celebrities are not only competing for the Oscar statues but also against one another for who looks the best, or in this case worst, on the Oscars red carpet. The line between being on the worst dressed list and the best dressed list at the 2012 Oscars is a fine one but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Entertainment and fashion media outlets and critics will all be on hand as the stars walk the Academy Awards red carpet for the 2012 Oscars on Sunday, February 27, 2012, and ready to critique the stars from head to toe. If a hairstyle is off, the haute couture gown fits wrong, the accessories and diamond jewelry are too much or, as Helena Bonham Carter did at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards, if the expensive shoes are mismatched, these fashion critics, icons and bloggers will be the first to report on the misstep.

Predicting which celebrities will be among the best and worst dressed at the 2012 Academy Awards can be difficult but with a long list of nominees for roles in the top movies of the year, the choices are nearly endless. In past years, everyone from Nicole Kidman to Amy Adams and Jennifer Hudson have made headlines as the worst dressed of the Oscars. Some, like Helena Bonham Carter, even made their looks part of the biggest fashion disasters of 2011 with their horrendous outfits.

With every new Hollywood awards show comes a new red carpet and new opportunities for Hollywood's finest to shock and awe fans, reporters and critics with their fashion choices. See a look that you love or hate? Vote for it or add it below!
2012 Oscars Red Carpet Worst Dressed,

Cameron Diaz
Gown by Gucci
Emma Stone
Outfit by Giambattista Valli & Louis Vuitton
Glenn Close
Gown by Zac Posen
Jonah Hill

Li Bingbing
Gown by Georges Chakra Couture
Octavia Spencer
Gown by Tadashi Shoji
Sacha Baron Cohen
In costume as "The Dictator"
Tina Fey
Wearing a custom Carolina Herrera gown
Viola Davis
Gown by Vera Wang
Jean Dujardin


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Wed, 22 Feb 2012 02:49:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/2012-oscars-red-carpet-worst-dressed/fashionbaby
<![CDATA[2012 Oscars Red Carpet Best Dressed]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/2012-oscars-red-carpet-best-dressed/fashionbaby
The best dressed Oscars 2012 list includes anyone and everyone who rocked the red carpet at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012. Entries on this list include some Oscar nominees, particularly actresses (though actors can certainly wear tuxes beautifully), along with veteran actors and Oscar presenters. (Be sure to check out the Worst Dressed list as well when you're done here!) Celebrities know that the Academy Awards red carpet is THE biggest of the big when it comes to glamorous gowns and sparkling jewels and accessories, so no expense is spared. This list includes the most beautiful, best dressed, A-listers at the 2012 Oscars. Be sure to vote for your favorites, and obviously if you think a celeb's look fell far short of "best dressed," vote them down.

Unlike some other major awards shows, the Oscars red carpet tends to be very, very classic. A celebrity who wants to take a huge fashion risk would be well-served to NOT do it at the Academy Awards. The Oscars, traditionally, are all about old school Hollywood glitz and glamor. This is the time for true fashionistas to shine, with designers gladly making Oscar dresses for top nominees to gain exposure for their designs.

Who will be among the best dressed at the 2012 Oscars? Actresses who could steal the spotlight include Academy Award nominees Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain. Other potential head-turners include Bérénice Bejo, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. Veteran actresses Helen Mirren, Glenn Close and Meryl Streep are always a sure bet for almost any "best dressed" list. They've walked so many red carpets over the years, how could they go wrong? Many of the aforementioned actresses were on the best dressed at the 2012 Golden Globes red carpet list, too, so it's a safe bet they'll go all out at the Oscars as well.

Couples-wise, some of the best dressed at the 2012 Oscars will likely include George Clooney and Stacy Keibler (she dazzled on the Golden Globes' red carpet in 2012), and, of course, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Enjoy this list of the 2012 Oscars best dressed list, and again, vote for the celeb that you think rocked the best awards show look of the year!
2012 Oscars Red Carpet Best Dressed,

Cameron Diaz
Gown by Gucci
George Clooney

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gown by Tom Ford
Li Bingbing
Gown by Georges Chakra Couture
Milla Jovovich
Gown by Elie Saab
Natalie Portman
Vintage Christian Dior Couture from Spring 1954
Octavia Spencer
Gown by Tadashi Shoji
Penélope Cruz
Outfit by Armani Prive & Chopard
Stacy Keibler
Marchesa & Judith Leiber
Jessica Chastain
Gown by Alexander McQueen

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Wed, 22 Feb 2012 03:01:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/2012-oscars-red-carpet-best-dressed/fashionbaby
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Endorsed 2012 GOP Candidates]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-endorsed-2012-gop-candidates/keaton
Celebrities who endorsed 2012 Republican presidential candidates include some well-known celebs who have, over the years, consistently let their political leanings be known, as well as some newcomers. How much does a star's endorsement of a presidential candidate really matter? That's hard to quantify, but when someone who has the media (and the tabloids) attention throws support behind a candidate, it usually makes headlines. This list includes actors, reality stars, musicians and athletes who have gone on record as fans or supporters of GOP candidates in the 2012 election.

Donald Trump is certainly one of the most high-profile celebrities to endorse a candidate this election season. In early-February of 2012, the Donald threw his support behind GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Other celebs known to back Romney include Robert Duvall, Kelsey Grammer and Jon Voight. Celebrities who have endorsed and/or support Newt Gingrich are fewer and more far between, though getting an endorsement from Chuck Norris is nothing to sneeze at. For what it's worth (and really, not much), Gary Busey briefly endorsed Gingrich - but he reversed his decision within a day or two, saying it was too early to make an informed decision.

Ron Paul seems to have the support of some big celebrities, too. Among them: Vince Vaughn, Juliette Lewis, Barry Manilow and Aerosmith's Joe Perry. And who can forget singer Kelly Clarkson's Twitter endorsement of Paul? She got a whopper of a record boost from that one.

Dennis Miller made headlines when he (very publicly) endorsed then-GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Two months later, Miller withdrew that endorsement, telling Bill O'Reilly quite simply that Cain "can't win." And, in one of the more bizarre celebrity Republican presidential endorsements of the campaign season, actor Nick Searcy (FX's 'Justified') made a campaign video for Herman Cain (sort of) called "He Carried Yellow Flowers." The video, released on YouTube in September of 2011, was essentially a parody of all the crazy celebrity presidential endorsements - but it also hammered home Searcy's support for Cain (before Cain withdrew from the campaign, of course).

As you can clearly see from this list (stacked heavily to celebrities who endorse Ron Paul and celebrities who endorse Mitt Romney), not all of Hollywood is throwing support behind Barack Obama in 2012.


Celebrities Who Endorsed 2012 GOP Candidates,

Chuck Norris
Newt Gingrich
Dave Mustaine
Rick Santorum
Donald Trump
Mitt Romney
Gary Busey
Newt Gingrich (withdrawn)
Gene Simmons
Mitt Romney
Jenna Jameson
Mitt Romney
Jon Voight
Mitt Romney
Kelsey Grammer
Mitt Romney
Pat Boone
Rick Santorum
Robert Duvall
Mitt Romney

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Mon, 13 Feb 2012 06:40:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-endorsed-2012-gop-candidates/keaton
<![CDATA[The Best Super Bowl Movie 2012 Ads]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-super-bowl-movie-2012-ads/randolph
The best Super Bowl movie 2012 ads will feature great trailers of upcoming films. In keeping with the sports theme, a lot of movie trailers aired during past Super Bowl games have been for action/adventure films -- hitting a key male demographic. In 2012, a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl set companies back about $4 million. Airing a Super Bowl movie ad is an expensive endeavor, but it's a smart one if studios pick the right film to highlight to a captive audience during a break from the big game. This is the time to break out trailers for the blockbusters!

Four major movie studios plan to air commercials during Super Bowl XLVI: Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media have all purchased promotional time. What special Super Bowl movie trailers will air? Viewers will likely see trailers for "The Dictator," "Battleship," "John Carter" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." Disney will also air a trailer for "The Avengers," a movie that's projected to do really well in 2012. Universal could opt to air trailers for "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Lorax."

During Super Bowl XLVI, Relativity Media will air it's action movie "Act of Valor," a film about the Navy SEALs (and starring actual active-duty SEALs). It will air during the fourth quarter of the game -- though commercials for it will also be shown during NBC's pre and post-Super Bowl coverage.

With a little over a week to go until Super Bowl 2012, a teaser featuring Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller surfaced online. This, of course, led to wild speculation about the upcoming ad: A "Ferris Bueller" sequel, perhaps? Within a day, news broke that no, the Ferris Super Bowl Ad was not for a movie of any kind - it will be for Honda, specifically the Honda CR-V. The ad will recreate certain scenes from the classic 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," with Broderick/Ferris driving a Honda CR-V instead of a Porsche.

And "Hunger Games" movie fans hoping to see a brand new trailer for the highly-anticipated 2012 movie were in luck: Lionsgate did buy time to air a trailer during the Super Bowl pre-game coverage. The new "Hunger Games" movie trailer debuted online just days before the big game.
The Best Super Bowl Movie 2012 Ads,

John Carter

The Avengers

The Lorax

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Battleship

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Act of Valor

The Dictator


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Fri, 27 Jan 2012 03:43:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-super-bowl-movie-2012-ads/randolph
<![CDATA[The Most Egregious 2012 Oscar Snubs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-egregious-2012-oscar-snubs/oscar-grouch
The 2012 Academy Award nominees were announced on the morning of January 24, 2012, and immediately, it became clear that several deserving or expected nominees were snubbed. With 9 nominated films for Best Picture, it was obvious that not every film being honored would receive honors across multiple categories. But many of the most eagerly and excitedly anticipated nominees were left off of the official Oscar ballots, including performers and directors from some of the year's top films. This list contains all the most surprising 2012 Oscar snubs, and it's Voteranked, so you can choose the people or films you thought were most deserving and move them to the top. Think the year's best unnominated performance, behind-the-scenes collaborator, writer or director was left off the list? Add it yourself at the bottom of the page!
The Most Egregious 2012 Oscar Snubs,

Alan Rickman
Despite giving a stand out performance as Professor Snape in the final 'Harry Potter' movie, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,' Alan Rickman failed to garner a 2012 Oscars supporting actor nomination. This was the Academy's last chance to honor Rickman as Snape - one of the most memorable characters around. People were really buzzing that Rickman was a shoo-in for a nomination when the movie first came out. What happened?
Albert Brooks
Actor, director, writer and comedian Albert Brooks was widely praised for his going-against-type role as a shady gangland figure in the indie sensation "Drive," earning a bevy of critics circle awards and even scoring a Golden Globe nomination. But he was passed over in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Oscars.
Andy Serkis
Many thought this would be the first year an actor would score a nomination for working with motion-capture animation. And if anyone was going to be the performer to break that barrier, it would be fitting to give the honor to Andy Serkis, the actor behind some of the most famous motion-capture characters of all time. (He's Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" AND King Kong AND Captain Haddock from "The Adventures of Tintin"!) His role as Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" helped propel that film from oddball summer curiosity into one of the year's most popular films. But the Academy held to a more traditional definition for Best Actor and Serkis was shut out.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
For 50/50. His best performance so far in his career.
Michael Fassbender
Fassbender appeared in about 80% of all 2011 movies, including a 'revealing' and praised turn as a sex addict in Steve McQueen's "Shame" and a memorable role as psychologist Karl Jung in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." It wasn't enough to earn him a Best Actor nod, however, as he was edged out by two other "breakthrough" performances: Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" and Jean Dujardin in "The Artist."
Michael Shannon
Dark, brooding Michael Shannon - perhaps best known to audiences as unpredictable Treasury agent Nathan van Alden on "Boardwalk Empire" - was praised for his role as a possibly schizophrenic husband and father in the art-house disaster film "Take Shelter." He took home a number of critics awards, won Best Actor in the Village Voice film poll and is up for the Independent Spirit Award. But it was not enough momentum to crack this year's tough Best Actor race, and "Take Shelter" went unnominated in any categories.
Ryan Gosling
2011 was truly the Year of the Gos, with Ryan Gosling giving great performances in three different films: 'The Ides of March,' 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' and 'Drive.' At least Gosling got two Golden Globes nominations. Still. No Ryan G. at the Oscars? Crazy. And Stupid.
Tilda Swinton
Many of the Best Actress nominees have been commonly shortlisted for the prize for most of awards season. There seemed little doubt Michelle Williams (for "My Week with Marilyn"), Viola Davis (for "The Help"), Glenn Close (for "Albert Nobbs") and of course Meryl Streep (for "The Iron Lady") would get mentions, and they did. Tilda Swinton's bold work in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" was a relatively late addition to the horserace, even though she has previously won an Oscar for her supporting work in "Michael Clayton." After Swinton won the National Board of Review's award for Best Actress, and was nominated for a Golden Globe, she seemed an obvious choice to fill out the Best Actress category on Oscar night. Instead, her "wild card" spot went to Rooney Mara for her take on Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
Tom Hardy
Warrior, the film about two estranged brothers who end up facing each other in a mixed martial arts tournament, only received a single nomination. While Nick Nolte may deserve his supporting nomination as their alcoholic father, Tom Hardy deserves it more. His brutal intensity as a former Iraq vet trying to earn some money to put his mind at peace is a throwback to Stallone's Rocky fighting for self-respect. While Hardy's work in other films (Inception, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy) has been mesmerizing, Warrior was a step beyond.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was left out of a number of categories, but none was more surprising than Best Original Score. Last year's winners for "The Social Network" - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - did similarly interesting work in "Dragon Tattoo" but failed to earn even a nomination, despite getting nominated in the category at the Golden Globes.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-egregious-2012-oscar-snubs/oscar-grouch
<![CDATA[The Least Interesting Celebrated 2011 Films]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-least-interesting-celebrated-2011-films/oscar-grouch
A list of movies that appeared on numerous Oscar prediction lists or critical "Top 10s" that, for whatever reason, most people have no desire to see. Vote up the films you care about the least on the list, and if I've left off a movie you've heard a lot about but don't care if you ever see, enter it in the space at the bottom of the page.

Every fall and winter, when the movie awards season race begins in earnest, you start hearing about all kinds of independent films, foreign films, art house films and even major releases that thus far had flown under the radar. Many of these are films that simply don't open until December or January, but which will have coordinated Oscar campaigns. Others are movies that were hits on the festival circuit, and have thus been picked early as possible award contenders by pundits, bloggers and critics. Still others are just films that built up their own reputation by playing on a few screens, and snuck their way on to some writers' "Best of the Year" lists. Others yet are the result of straight-up marketing campaigns, studios and financiers paying tastemakers and influencers to talk up their films in the hopes of getting some award recognition.

Often, this "buzz" will bring deserving attention on to great movies that may not have otherwise found an audience. 2011's "The Artist" - a foreign-made silent romance - is an unlikely hit, but still scored with Americans after winning some major early awards and generating positive reviews in selected markets.

But other times, this buzz leads to movies no one would normally care to see getting an undue amount of attention come December. This list collects these movies from 2011, the ones you'd never think of actually paying money for, but that you still end up hearing about all the time because they are considered "award-worthy." Bah humbug.
The Least Interesting Celebrated 2011 Films,

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Beginners

Midnight in Paris
Got better as it went on, but really just an average Woody film at best
J. Edgar

Melancholia

A Separation

Albert Nobbs

The Iron Lady

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

My Week with Marilyn


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Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:29:10 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-least-interesting-celebrated-2011-films/oscar-grouch
<![CDATA[Celebrity Break Ups 2012: Celeb Couples Who Split in 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-break-ups-2012-celeb-couples-who-split-in-2012/celebrity-events
Celebrity breakups from 2012 included some of the most high-profile splits, a few we saw coming, and a few we didn't. The celeb couples who split in 2012 are countless, but these few stood out from the pack as the most notable the year had to offer.
Celebrity Break Ups 2012: Celeb Couples Who Split in 2012,

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Cruise and Holmes had been married for 5 years when they announced that they planned to divorce. The couple had wed in 2006 in an Italian castle. (Cruise was 49 at the time of their wedding, Holmes was 33.) Together, the couple has a 6 year old daughter, named Suri. It marked the third marriage for Tom Cruise, who had previously been wed to Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers. The marriage was Holmes's first.
Heidi Klum and Seal
The couple renewed their wedding vows every year on their anniversary, but after seven years the two are divorcing. The couple has three biological children and Seal adopted Klum's daughter from a previous marriage.
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm
Add Emily Maynard and Jef Holm to the growing list of Bachelorette couples who've called it quits. According to reports, Emily and Jef, who got engaged during the big Bachelorette finale in July 2012, failed to go the distance: They have called off their engagement. Emily Maynard has now been engaged twice: Once to Brad Womack, who chose her on The Bachelor, and once to Holm, the man she picked on The Bachelorette. Will she try again? That remains to be seen, but for now, it's just Emily and her daughter, Ricki.
Taylor Swift and Connor Kennedy
Alas, the fairytale romance between country songbird Taylor Swift and Connor Kennedy, the son of Robert Kennedy Jr., is kaput. Swift and Kennedy's romance lasted throughout the summer of 2012, with many speculating that things wouldn't last, largely because of the age difference (Swifty is 22, Kennedy is 18). Now the question is: How badly will Taylor Swift skewer Connor Kennedy on her next album?
Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel and her husband, businessman Jason Hoppy, separated in December of 2012, after almost three years of marriage. Frankel and Hoppy have one child together: 2 1/2 year old Bryn. When Frankel and Hoppy married in March of 2010, Bethenny was seven months pregnant. Frankel and Hoppy began dating in late 2008.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
Depp and Paradis were together for nearly 14 years before officially calling it quits in June of 2012. Depp's publicist says the couple "amicably separated," and asked for privacy for themselves and their two children (Lily-Rose and Jack).
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
After 14 months of marriage the pop star and the comedian decided to call it quits.
Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito
In a true celebrity break up shocker, actress Rhea Perlman and her husband of 30 years, actor Danny DeVito, opted to separate in October of 2012. Perlman and DeVito first met in 1970; they married in 1982. They have three children together. No reason was given for the split and close friends, including Perlman's former 'Cheers' co-star John Ratzenberger, expressed shock over the breakup.
Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik
Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik became the latest couple from ABC's 'The Bachelor' to call things off. The couple, who dated for nine months, decided to call it quits in October of 2012. In a statement, Courtney and Ben said that they'd begun to "grow apart" and that they needed "to focus on our respective careers." Within days of the announcement, Courtney was romantically linked to 2012 'Bachelor' runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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<![CDATA[2012 Best Tamil Movies List]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-tamil-films-of-2012/rajwant-dhaliwal
Vote for your favorite Tamil movies of 2012. The Indian cinema industry produced many wonderful Tamil language films in 2012 - from the coming-of-age romantic drama film 3, to the action film Thuppakki, and the Tamil thriller movie Naan. Indian producers have long been working to make impressive Tamil movies. 2012 was no different. These hit films are all wonderful, so help us choose the top 10 and vote!
2012 Best Tamil Movies List,

Nanban

Naan

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

Kumki

Kalakalappu

Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom

Thuppakki

Pizza

Sundarapandian

Naan Ee


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Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:49:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-tamil-films-of-2012/rajwant-dhaliwal
<![CDATA[Celebrity Hairstyles 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-hairstyles-2012/fashionbaby
What are the hottest celebrity hairstyles in 2012? As the year progresses, celebs will be setting a ton of new trends, and hair is a biggie. Celeb hairstyles are impossible to predict ahead - that's what makes them so fun! What is the "must have" cut for 2012? It could well be a short, pixie-style like the one Emma Watson's been sporting, or a longer, layered "demi-bob" like style-maven Alexa Chung. Whether it's a short hair cut or a longer style, people will be watching celebrities to see what's hot -- and then rushing to a hairdresser for a copycat look!

While there's no way to know exactly what 2012 celebrity hairstyles will be the hottest, it's likely that some of the biggest trendsetters will be those who began flaunting their style icon status in 2011. Example? Kate Middleton: The Duchess of Cambridge's long, lustrous brunette locks are all the rage, with women clamoring to duplicate the look. Basically, Kate has a long, layered hairstyle, with lots and lots of shine, bounce and movement. Will this be the biggest celebrity hairstyle of 2012? It very well could be.

Wigs could be big in 2012, too. They sure were in 2011, with gorgeous style-setting musicians like Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry leading the way, sporting wigs in vibrant blues and pinks. Sure, the wigs are more of a 'fad' than anything, but they're a great way to switch up a look and be 'current' without sacrificing your hairstyle (and color).

Bottom line: Great celebrity hairstyles in 2012 will be versatile. Some styles will be timeless and elegant -- others, more trendy and fleeting, but either way, women will want to duplicate them, pronto. To spot trends, keep an eagle-eye on television and film actresses, especially those constantly in the spotlight (Jennifer Aniston, anyone?). As 2012 unfolds, celebrity hair trends will undoubtedly begin to surface.
Celebrity Hairstyles 2012,

Amanda Seyfried
Instantly sexy and wanted by women around the globe, Amanda Seyfried's curly, blonde hairstyle is a classic favorite. Worn down, her long hair flows with tumbling curls to highlight the shine and catch the eye.

For the Amanda Seyfried look, start with long hair and ask for a layered cut. Then, create bounce and dimension by curling sections with a large-barrel curling iron and finishing with a shine glossing spray.
Charlize Theron
The Academy Award-winning actress rocked the wavy look in the spring of 2012 with her short-medium length hair. Charlize Theron's simple waves frame her kind face to create a softer look.

For Charlize Theron's look, curl medium-length hair with a small-barrel curling iron in one-inch sections to create a wavy look. Alternately, for already curly hair, use a hair dryer with a diffuser and some curling hair product to achieve the same look.
Christina Hendricks
Though she's naturally a blonde, Christina Hendricks is easily one of the hottest red heads on the planet right now with her bold look. Her fiery shoulder-length tresses look fabulous whether they are done up for her television show "Mad Men" or down for a red carpet event.

Now just because Christina Hendricks has been coloring her hair a cardinal color since she was a child does not mean the shade works on all people. If you want to try, seek out an experienced colorist. Then, like the busty beauty, style hair for the occasion be it a simple updo with side-swept bangs or down with tight curls.
Emma Watson
Showing fans that less can be more, "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson's short pixie look has been turning heads. Similar to the cut worn by blonde beauty Michelle Williams, Emma Watson has cropped her red hair to bring a mature level of sophistication to her look.

Creating the pixie look like Emma Watson is as simple as cutting hair down to a matter of inches. From then, day-to-day styling is super easy. Allow straight hair to air dry for a effortless look or use a bit of styling product and blow dry to add texture and volume.
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is known for her trademark long locks. Her incredible mane is always shiny, bouncy and totally healthy-looking, and the color is always flattering. J-Lo wears her hair straight at times, but during her concert tour in 2012 she began wearing great, natural curls.

In June of 2012, Lopez shocked when she emerged (with boyfriend Casper Smart) in Santiago, Chile, sporting a much shorter 'do. Her hair was noticeably shorter, almost shoulder-length and very curly -- almost a bob of sorts. Did she get a cut or simply have extensions removed? Is it a wig? Only J-Lo knows, but the bouncy, flirty, shorter look definitely flatters.
Kate Beckinsale
As if the woman could not look any more beautiful, Kate Beckinsale perfects the simple sophistication with her flowing look. A simple part gives volume to the brunette and the layered curls, swept to one side, make the actress look absolutely stunning.

Though the look appears simple, this celebrity hairstyle takes a bit more work than others. Start with a good colorist to replicate the darker on the roots, lighter on the ends color. Then simply part hair, blow dry to add volume and curl feathered ends, paying attention to keeping the hair to one side of the body.
Miley Cyrus
In mid-August of 2012, Miley Cyrus shocked the world when she debuted a *very* different haircut. Gone were Miley's signature flowing, brown locks. Cyrus basically chopped it all off, opting for a sleek, platinum blonde, pixie-style cut. Cyrus stunned her millions of Twitter followers by posting a photo of the big re-"do," saying she was "ready for a change." That she was. Fans, understandably, had mixed reactions, but Miley said she was thrilled with her short new cropped hair, saying she'd "Never felt more me in my whole life."
Rachel McAdams
For some, showing dark roots with blonde hair is considered a sin but not for actress Rachel McAdams who embraces the look. She shoulder-length hair is extremely versatile and can be blow-dried smooth for a professional look or styled into wavy ringlets for a softer, sexier look.

For the cut, start with wispy bangs plus side bangs then leave the remaining hair medium-long, or just past the shoulders. Highlight and color as needed. Style as desired for the occasion.
Rihanna
Songstress Rihanna may change her hairstyle as often as some change their clothes but her hair rarely fails to disappoint. Whether it's straight or curly red hair, like she sports when walking the red carpet, her pixie-inspired short hair or the partially shaved head with the long, dark hair, Rihanna's many hairstyles are far from boring.

Unless you're a fan of wigs or constantly processing your hair at pricey salons, recreating Rihanna's look requires picking one of her many looks. The singer has been blonde, rocked a mohawk and gone from short, straight hair to long and curly overnight with each style looking better and better each time.
Kate Middleton: The Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, is known for her shiny, luxurious, long locks. Her polished waves look healthy and virtually effortless. Women around the globe are flocking to hairdressers, asking for Kate's gorgeous look, which was hot in 2011 and remains hot well into 2012.

Basically, Kate's look is natural and easy-going - easy breezy! Getting this particular hairstyle might be difficult if you've got shorter locks (waiting for hair to grow out can take forever), but if you already have long locks, just be sure to condition hair for extra bounce and use a shining serum for a super glossy mane! Ask your hairdresser to cut your hair in long layers, adding in a little chin-length fringe. The longer layers give hair extra movement.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Babies 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-babies-2012/celebrity-events
Celebrity babies in 2012, just like the celebrity babies from 2011, will be headline news before they take their first steps, say their first words or make any contribution to society. These celebrity babies, be them born to the celebrities themselves or adopted by these famous people, will earn their parents millions of dollars in photo shoots and product endorsements. Clearly, the best thing to be in 2012 is a celebrity baby as it's a highly lucrative position that requires no work for lots of money.

Celebrities wasted no time in 2012 waiting to have their babies with a few new celebrity offspring being born in the first hours of the new year. Actress Roselyn Sanchez and her actor hubby Eric Winter welcomed a baby girl, Sebella Rose, on January 4, 2012, and quickly became the first celebrity to bring a new live into this world in 2012.

Singer Beyonce and her rap mogul husband Jay-Z may be the highest profile of the bunch with whole websites dedicated to if their celebrity spawn. On January 7, 2012, Beyonce gave birth to a baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter, in New York City.

For other celebrities, bump watch continues. 2012 is set to be a huge year for celebrity baby bump watches with some of the biggest celebrities in the world expecting little ones in 2012.

But the ongoing celebrity pregnancies from 2011 don't stop there. Everyone from singer Jessica Simpson, actresses Jennifer Garner and Hilary Duff, and reality star Kourtney Kardashian were all expecting in 2012. Once they have their babies, those little bundles of joy are added to this list!

Stay tuned folks, as 2012 is sure to bring not only a new crop of tabloid fodder with celebrity babies but also a new group of expectant celebrity parents. We'll be keeping an eye on both and update this list when more information is available.
Celebrity Babies 2012,

Olive Barrymore Kopelman
Born to actress Drew Barrymore and her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, on September 26, 2012. The baby girl is the couple's first child. Barrymore and Kopelman got married in June of 2012 at Barrymore's home in Montecito, California.
Magnus Hamilton Miller
Born to Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles and her husband, Justin Miller, on December 6, 2012. The little boy is the couple's first child. In a statement, Nettles and Miller said they are "excited to take some time together as a new family."
Vivian Lake Brady
Born to supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on December 5, 2012. In a statement on Facebook, Gisele said that she and Tom "feel so lucky to have been able to experience the miracle of birth once again." She says little Vivian "is healthy and full of life." Vivian has two siblings, both boys: Benjamin Rein and John, Brady's son with actress Bridget Moynahan.
Breeze Beretta Johnston
Born to Levi Johnston (the ex-fiance of Bristol Palin) and his girlfriend, preschool teacher Sunny Oglesby, on September 12, 2012. The baby girl, whose middle name is the same as Italian firearm maker Beretta, was born in Wasilla, Alaska. This is Oglesby's first child; Johnston has a three-year-old son, Tripp, with Bristol Palin.
Dean Turner Saliman
Born to 'Grimm' actress Bree Turner and her husband, Justin Saliman, on September 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. The 6lb, 9oz baby boy is the couple's second child: They have a two-year-old daughter, Stella Jean Saliman.
Camden John Lachey
Born to Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey on September 12, 2012. The baby boy, who weighed 8lbs 9oz, is the couple's first child. Lachey and Minnillo were married in July of 2011. Camden seems to be a popular celebrity baby name for 2012: Former 'Hills' star Kristin Cavallari and her fiance, Jay Cutler, also named their baby boy Camden.
Logan Phineas Miller Murphy
Born to 'Glee' and 'American Horror Story' creator Ryan Murphy and his husband, David Miller, on December 24, 2012. The 6 pound, 21-inch baby boy is the couple's first child. Murphy and Miller married in July of 2012.
Tennessee James Toth
Born to actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth, on September 27, 2012. The baby boy is the couple's first child; Witherspoon has two other children, Ava and Deacon, with her ex-husband, actor Ryan Phillippe. Reese tied the knot with Toth in March of 2011. A rep for Witherspoon said shortly after the announcement that "Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled."
Noah Shannon Green
Born to actress Megan Fox and her husband and longtime partner, actor Brian Austin Green, on September 27, 2012. The baby boy is the couple's first child. Megan Fox actually broke the news to everyone via her Facebook page, writing, "We have been very lucky to have had a peaceful few weeks at home, but I would like to release this myself before others do. I gave birth to our son Noah Shannon Green on September 27th. He is healthy, happy, and perfect."
Violet Marlowe Followill
Born to Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and his wife, singer Jessie Baylin, on December 26, 2012. The baby girl is the first child for the couple, who married in November of 2009. 2012 was a baby boom of sorts for the Followill family: Nathan's brother, Caleb Followill, and his wife, Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge, had a baby girl (Dixie Pearl Followill) in June of 2012.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-deaths-2012-famous-deaths-list/famous-celebrity-deaths-list
The Official 2012 Celebrity Deaths list. What famous stars died in 2012? These are the famous deaths in 2012. These famous people who died in 2012 are actors, musicians and notable world leaders who we now mourn their passing. This list of dead celebrities was updated with all notable deaths in 2012 along with a brief obituary for each. Which stars died in 2012? The more recent famous celebrity deaths are listed at the top, though you are also able to sort by the notable stars names as well. The stars that died in 2012 will be missed and all the famous dead celebrities of 2012 have been listed. If we have missed anyone though, please let us know if the comments below.

Also look at Celebrity Deaths 2011 for last years list as well as dead celebrities 2013 for last year and famous dead celebs 2014 for the current year.
Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List,

Bob Anderson
1/1/12: Bob Anderson, famed English fencer and actor, died on New Year's Day at the age of 89. He was most well known for being the fight double for Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy as well as the fight choreographer. Anderson helped create the lightsaber fighting style. He was also the Sword Master for the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, "Highlander" and "The Princess Bride."
Dick Tufeld
1/24/12: Dick Tufeld was the man who voiced the robot in the 1960's sitcom "Lost In Space", he died peacefully at an L.A. area hospital according to Dick's "Lost in Space" co-star Bill Mumy.

According to Mumy, Tufeld -- a cancer survivor -- suffered from Parkinson's disease. He was 85 years old.
Don Cornelius
2/1/12: Creator and host of the hit show "Soul Train", Don Cornelius, was found dead in his Los Angeles home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 75.
Etta James
1/20/12: Prolific singer/songwriter Etta James passed away after a long bout with leukemia. James bridged the gap between R&B and rock & roll, with hits like "Dance With Me, Henry," "At Last," "Tell Mama," and "I'd Rather Go Blind." She is the winner of 6 Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards as well as being an inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame and the Grammy's Hall of Fame. She was 73.
Joe Paterno
1/22/12: A fixture in college football for over four decades, Joe Paterno passed away on January 22, 2012, from complications from lung cancer. "JoePa" as he was fondly known served as the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 until 2011 and won 409 games, the most of any NCAA Division I coach in history. Paterno was 85.
Johnny Otis
1/17/12: Johnny Otis was known to most as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues." He was a songwriter, musician and producer. He notably discovered and produced for Etta James and also wrote the hit song "Every Beat of My Heart" which was later used by Gladys Knight and the Pips. He was 90.
Leslie Carter
1/31/12 Leslie Carter is the sister of former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, and teen pop rapper Aaron Carter. Leslie was found dead of an apparent presecription overdose at the family's home in upstate New York. Officials who responded to a 911 call found three prescriptions near her body: Olanzapine (used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder), Cyclobenzaprine (a muscle relaxant) and Alprazolam (used to treat anxiety or panic disorders). Her half sister said she had fallen in the shower the day before and seemed depressed. She had moved home to kick a drug habit and deal with several mental issues that have plagued her for the majority of her life. Leslie was 25 years old.
Robert Hegyes
1/26/12: Robert Hegyes, an actor best known for his role as Epstein on the popular TV show "Welcom Back, Kotter", died of a heart attack. He was 60.
Sarah Burke
1/19/12: Freestyle skier and X-Games winner Sarah Burke died from injuries sustained after a crash at the bottom of a superpipe on 1/10. She was 29.
James Farentino
1/24/12 Joe Farentino was an iconic TV actor with over 100 credits to his name. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angelesat the age of 73 from complications due to a broken hip.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Arrests 2012: Celebrities Arrested in 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-arrests-2012-celebrities-arrested-in-2012/celebrity-events
These are all the famous people arrested in 2012. What celebrities were arrested in 2012? This famous celebrity arrests list includes all the best details, including when and where the celeb was taken into custody, along with the charges, of course. As the year drags on, more celebrities will inevitablly have brushes with the law -- it's just a given. What famous celebrities were arrested in 2012? This list includes actors, actresses and musicians who've wound up in handcuffs some time in 2012. Who will be the next famous person hauled in by the cops?

Just because someone is rich and famous doesn't mean they live above the law. Not by a long shot. If they break the law, celebrities can and have been arrested. Some even wind up doing jail time, too.

Behold, the 2012 celebrities who ran afoul of the law. And, if you'd like a trip down memory lane, check out this list of the biggest celebrity arrests of 2011, as well.
Celebrity Arrests 2012: Celebrities Arrested in 2012,

Adrian Peterson
NFL star Adrian Peterson was arrested on July 7, 2012, at a Houston, Texas, nightclub. Peterson was taken into custody for resisting arrest by authorities. After spending several hours in jail, Peterson was released on a $1000 bond. Reports cite an incident report as saying that Peterson was "drinking heavily" before the alleged altercation at the Live! at the Bayou club.

For his part, Peterson apparently disputes the reports. The day after his arrest, the Minnesota Vikings running back tweeted, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Chad Ochocinco
NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (yes, Chad Ochocinco), was arrested in South Florida, on August 11, 2012, on domestic violence charges after an apparent altercation with his new wife, 'Basketball Wives' star Evelyn Lozada. Chad is accused of head-butting Evelyn during an argument. Evelyn was said to be upset after finding a receipt for a box of condoms in the couple's car.

Everything went downhill fast for Johnson after his arrest. The star wide receiver was quickly cut by the Miami Dolphins, and VH1 announced it was canceling his reality show, 'Ev & Ocho.'
Fiona Apple
Singer Fiona Apple was arrested during a Texas border patrol stop on September 19, 2012. Authorities used drug dogs to search Apple's tour bus and uncovered hashish and marijuana. Reports say that Apple admitted that yes, the drugs were hers. She was taken into custody and incarcerated at the Hudspeth County Jail.

Apple was later released, and in the days following her arrest, she claimed she was "mistreated" by officers. How did Fiona issue a statement on the matter? During a concert in Houston, Texas, Apple gave a bizarre, rambling statement, telling the audience:

"Most of the people were very nice to me. There are four of you out there—I want you to know that I heard everything you did, I wrote it all down, with your names and everything you did and said, stupidly thinking I couldn’t see or hear you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it."

Apple wasn't finished: She then explained, "I’ll make you f—ing famous," (talking about the supposedly corrupt cops). Here's the video of the rant:



Within days, a spokesperson for the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department responded, saying that Apple should "just shut up and sing."
Jenna Jameson
Porn star Jenna Jameson was arrested in May of 2012 on suspicion of DUI. Police in Orange County, California, filed charges after Jameson smashed her car into a light pole. Fortunately, Jameson wasn't seriously injured in the crash.
Marcus Jordan
Marcus Jordan, son of former NBA great Michael Jordon, was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 1, 2012. Police took the 21-year-old Jordan, a basketball player for Central Florida, into custody on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The charges stem from an alleged argument with two women outside of an Omaha hotel. Jordan was later released.
Randy Travis
Country singer Randy Travis was arrested on August 7, 2012, in what has to be one of the most embarrassing celeb arrests of the year. Travis was taken into custody by police in Grayson County, Texas, naked and battered. He's charged with DWI and threatening "to kill state troopers," after his Pontiac Trans Am was found crashed at a construction site. Why Travis was naked isn't clear, but this is the second arrest for him in 2012: He was previously arrested on public intoxication charges in February.
Scout LaRue Willis
Scout Willis was arrested in early-June of 2012 for allegedly using a fake ID. Apparently, the 20-year-old Scout (Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's middle child) was hanging out in New York City's Union Square, drinking underage, when a cop asked her for ID. The one she gave him? Not hers! She was charge with two misdemeanors: criminal impersonation and breaking the city's open container law.
Deena Nicole Cortese
Deena Cortese became the latest in a (growing) line of 'Jersey Shore' stars to get arrested. On June 10, 2012, the cops hauled Cortese in for disorderly conduct and public intoxication in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Cortese was understandably not happy about her arrest -- and it clearly shows in her mugshot.
Joe LaFont
Joe La Font, aka "Trapper Joe" gator hunter on the History Channel reality show 'Swamp People,' was reportedly arrested by California police on domestic violence charges on June 20, 2012. According to TMZ, the charges may stem from an alleged fight LaFont had with his girlfriend.
Jenelle Evans
Jenelle Evans, star of MTV's 'Teen Mom 2,' was arrested in North Carolina on Sunday, June 24, 2012. This is the fourth arrest in 2012 for Evans. This time, she was busted on assault charges and, according to TMZ, she "was also in possession of weed" when she was taken into custody. E! reports that Evans' estranged fiance, Gary Head, was also taken into custody, and that the charges against both stem from a domestic incident.

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<![CDATA[The Internet Reacts to Rick Perry's Debate Gaffe]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-internet-reacts-to-rick-perry_s-debate-gaffe/pilgrimsprogressive
At a Republican Primary debate on November 9, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry was attempting to name 3 governmental departments he would seek to dissolve as president. After listing off the Departments of Commerce and Education, Perry forgot the third agency he meant to name. After a prolonged, embarrassed pause, and a few attempts to dodge the situation or change the subject, Perry then admitted his mistake, laughed and said "oops."

The gaffe set off a torrent of criticisms and jokes online, particularly on Twitter, with many pundits, bloggers and even some Perry fans declaring his campaign officially over. (Among the political journalists riffing on the error and declaring Perry DOA were Ezra Klein, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Coulter and even Matt Drudge.)

Perry spoke afterwards to reporters, using self-deprecating humor and conceding that he had "stepped in it" earlier. (He also clarified that it was the Department of Energy he meant to identify.) But it seemed likely that the damage had already been done, with Perry's stock dropping on the betting site InTrade and general sentiment concluding that he was not ready for the national spotlight.

What follows is a list of the funniest Internet reactions to the Rick Perry "oops" moment. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments.
The Internet Reacts to Rick Perry's Debate Gaffe,

The Joke That HAD to Be Made
If ever a situation called for Keyboard Cat to play someone off... this was it.
He Was Sober?


Far be it from me to doubt the wisdom Ann Coulter, but are we sure about that?

[NOTE: This MAY not be the real Ann Coulter. The account is unverified.]
Yelp Gets in On the Fun


In their latest app release for iOS, Yelp included a joke at Perry's expense, forgetting the contents of their own update. It's very funny, but I didn't get it right away, and to be honest, they're being kind of rude. 2 stars.
The Gaffe

Fox News?


Blogger Tbogg announces Perry's plans to appear on all the major networks to explain his memory lapse... and of course gets in a dig at the same time.
The Suspense is Killing Me


Tech pundit MG Siegler suspects showmanship, rather than buffoonery, was behind Perry's debate performance. Time will tell...
Rick's Campaign's in Jeopardy


When even "Jeopardy" champs are snapping on you, that's a sign your presidential campaign is not going well.

The comparison between Rick's failure to produce a response and the popular TV quiz show wasn't lost on YouTubers, either:


Rock, Paper, Uhh...


And just like that, the "Forgetful Perry" meme is born. [Via Redditor pokelila]
Hey Rick, Nice Shot


Let no one say that comedian Jim Norton does not tell it like it is. Ouch. (For those who don't get the reference, Pennsylvania politician Budd Dwyer famously arranged to kill himself while being broadcast on television. It's called Google, folks!)
Rick Perry Fans React on Facebook
Buzzfeed has assembled a most excellent list of Rick Perry fans commenting on, making excuses for and just generally lamenting their candidate's complete nationally televised meltdown. Here are a few of the choice posts:



Yeah, do we really want a President who remembers all of his children's names and his address? (Presumably, that would be 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. See, I remember it and I don't even live there!)



Never before has a Facebook avatar been so appropriately chosen.



Of all the excuses offered for Rick's stumbling appearance at the debate, this one was the most heartbreaking. If Perry really does have some sort of serious illness that caused him to forget his own platform, we're all going to feel pretty bad about all of this comedy tomorrow.



The post that perhaps catches the prevailing sentiment of the moment among Perry fans better than any other.

Check out the rest on Buzzfeed

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<![CDATA[The Most Anticipated 2012 Films]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-anticipated-2012-films/lons
Movies that came out in 2012 that you, the Ranker Community, were most excited to see. This is an Open VoteRanked list, so you can add your own suggestions at the bottom of the page (please limit it to films that came out in 2012!) and vote for your favorites to move them up. (Already seen all these? Check out the Most Anticipated Films of 2013!)

What are the most anticipated films of 2012? A number of films that came out in 2012 were introduced with a ton of hype, are based on massively popular source material or are the continuation of venerable, long-standing film franchises. It promised to be a competitive year at the box office. A number of respected, big-name directors - including David Cronenberg, Quentin Tarantino and John Hillcoat, among others - released new work in 2012. And of course, the genre of comic book adaptations continues chugging along, with new films featuring Batman, Spider-Man and, naturally, The Avengers scheduled for release.

Find your favorites and vote them up to make this the definitive guide to hotly anticipated 2012 films on the Web. And if the male leads of these blockbusters get your heart racing, check out Hottest Guys of Summer 2012 Movies.
The Most Anticipated 2012 Films,

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Brave

The Avengers

Men in Black 3

The Dark Knight Rises

Prometheus

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Django Unchained

Star Trek Into Darkness


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<![CDATA[New Movie Trailers 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-movie-trailers-2012/new-movie-trailers
The 2012 movie trailers is your guide to the all the movie previews for upcoming 2012 films. What new movies are coming out in 2012? New movie trailers for 2012 releases of film franchises you love will be listed here as they are released. Click here for 2012 Action Movies. What movies are coming out in 2012? Easily searchable, sortable and viewable without leaving Ranker, you can watch all the trailers for upcoming 2012 movies. The most recent 2012 movie previews will be at the top of the list, you can also switch the list to infostyle to see more trailers on the page and sort alphabetically.

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New Movie Trailers 2012,

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger Trailer

The untold origin story of the famous Ranger.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter

Release Date: July 3, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
GI Joe: Retaliation Trailer

The G.I. Joe team faces off against Zartan, his accomplices, and the world leaders he has under his influence.

Starring: Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Elodie Yung and RZA

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Man of Steel
Man of Steel Trailer

Zach Snyder's re-imagining of the classic Superman story.

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburn

Release Date: June 14, 2013
Oblivion
Oblivion Trailer

On a future Earth one man risks his life and all he knows to save a girl.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo

Release Date: April 12, 2013

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim Trailer

In the future, the world is plagued by giant monsters called "Kaiju". The only defense we have are the massive robot fighters, the "Jaegers".

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day 

Release Date: July 12, 2013

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

To the Wonder
To the Wonder Trailer

An exploration of love in it's many forms.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem

Release Date: TBA 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek: Into Darkness Trailer

When the crew of the Enterprise return home to see the Federation in ruins it is up to them to chase down the madman responsible.

Starring: John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller

Release Date: May 17, 2013

After Earth
After Earth Trailer

In a distant future, all of mankind has left Earth as it has become uninhabitable. A father and son crash on the planet and have to learn how to survive the new world.

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith 

Release Date: June 7, 2013 

This Is the End


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