<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent top lists Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/top-lists http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/top-lists <![CDATA[The Best Movies Where Nothing Really Happens]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-where-nothing-happens/anncasano

It’s not like absolutely nothing happens in these movies, it’s more like nothing happens in the traditional sense of Hollywood storytelling. These movies (most of them indie films) feature no real story or major plot points, but are more artistic in nature. Sure, not a lot happens as far as the story goes, but it's all about the feel of it, right?! Right. These are the best movies where nothing happens, but will totally make you think.

In 99% of the movies you see in theaters, there is one main plot line that drives the narrative forward in order to achieve a single goal. Every scene, every bit of dialogue, and every character is in place for the sole purpose of progressing towards the climax of one story’s conclusion. That goal may be to find the gold, win the big game, solve the murder case, make it off the island, finish the musical to a standing ovation, or save the day.

However, there is a small set of films, usually independent films released outside of the studio system, that defy this formulaic traditional Hollywood structure. The films on this list are not defined by one single narrative plot line with the end result of achieving a singular goal. These films are not interested in the same generic stories and arcs that we’ve seen a million times. These films are instead concerned with examining aspects like the human condition, or deconstructing a complicated relationship with real dialogue.

Even though several movies on this list are critically acclaimed films, they did not see big box office grosses. For all the awards and positive buzz that Boyhood received, its total box office gross was around $25 million, and it was in theaters for months! You may be wondering how it’s possible that a film with so much hype could be so low grossing. Well, it’s simple. It’s because nothing really happens… at least in the grand sense. There are no major catastrophes, the boy (Mason) in the film does not grow up to be the president, there is no murder case to solve, there is no evil villain.

Instead, Boyhood examines growing up, it tracks the progression of all the characters as they get older and face new chapters in their lives. No one who had anything to do with the film thought the production was going to rake it in at the box office. These types of films where nothing happens are art pieces; they are not made for the masses. This list represents the best movies where nothing really happens. However, they are inspiring and satisfying, despite their lack of a traditional plot. Anyone can enjoy these films and relate to their deeper meanings, but it takes some getting used to. There are no giant explosions and showy special effects here!

Upvote the best movies in which nothing happens below and start the discussion about these films' themes and ideas in the comments section!



The Best Movies Where Nothing Really Happens, film, films, indie,

American Graffiti
Oh, the good ole days. George Lucas's coming of age film is really just about a bunch of bored teenagers hanging out - and it's brilliant. It made audiences yearn for their younger days, when it was perfectly acceptable to hang out at the diner all night, cruise the strip, and listen to great tunes with your best buds.

Clerks
There are plenty of pointless debates about Star Wars and career goals between a minimum wage worker and his friends who come visit him (all day) at the Quick Stop convenience store. Kevin Smith's black and white uber-low budget comedy is plotless, but its familiar dialogue makes us feel like we're chatting alongside the characters like we're all old pals.

Dazed and Confused
This 1993 Linklater coming of age comedy is set in 1976. The film follows a group of Texas teenagers on their last day of school. There is some hazing, a little weed smoking, and a whole lotta drinking. The film is a simple day-in-the-life tale of high school students celebrating the birth of summer. And yes, "it would be a lot cooler if you did."

Easy Rider: The Ride Back
The tagline for the 1969 Peter Fonda road movie is, "A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere." Two bikers cruise the country, that's more or less the plot of what would become one of Hollywood's most iconic films about the counter-culture.
Forrest Gump

Kids
Kids is not for the faint of heart. While lacking no real plot per se, the film explores the lives of a group of reckless, very sexually active, drug-using teenagers in New York. Oh, and it takes place during the heart of the AIDS scare in 1995. There is no true central narrative, but we do get a rich look at how young people make horrific, life-threatening decisions.

Lost in Translation
Did you think that Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) would eventually hook up? They never do. Instead, director Sophia Coppola explores themes like alienation and loneliness. There is a secret whisper and a short kiss but other than than, guess what? Nothing really happens.

Napoleon Dynamite
The comedy examines what it's like to be a totally socially awkward teen in high school. But the biggest thing that happens in the story is Pedro getting elected as class president, despite giving the worst speech ever. You'll cringe a lot during the movie, but you'll spend plenty of time laughing as well.

Reservoir Dogs
Sure, there is a bank robbery gone wrong in the story. But Tarantino's first feature film is a classic because of the scenes where the characters are just sitting around discussing things like why you should or should not tip a waitress, and the virtues of Madonna's hit song "Like a Virgin." Mr. Blonde's take on the pop song's meaning: "It's about a girl who is very vulnerable. She's been f*cked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive."

Taxi Driver
We watch Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drive around New York City, wishing for the day when "a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." Scorsese's film is about loneliness, isolation, and delusion. Bickle is a menacing figure who means well, but it's not his actions that make up the classic neo-noir, it's how the film deconstructs the darkness of human nature.


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<![CDATA[29 Things You Didn't Know About Our Founding Fathers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/founding-fathers-facts/mel-judson
This list of interesting facts about the Founding Fathers will rock your world. These are little-known tidbits about former Presidents of the United States and the group of men who created America with its founding documents. If you are looking for a list that features John Adams facts, George Washington fun facts, and loads of trivia about Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay! These geniuses make up some great US history trivia that will shock your friends, because these facts probably weren't in your American History textbook.
 
Who are our Founding Fathers? Well, they were a bunch of cool dudes. In fact, these facts about the founding fathers offer a ton of president trivia about the educations and occupations about these American leaders. For instance, which of the first five presidents did not own a slave? Who married a 17-year-old? Who was a volunteer firefighter and what president was an awesome dancer?

The only way to find out is to check out all of these fun facts about the Founding Fathers, now listed here for your ranking and learning pleasure. Upvote the most interesting US Founding Fathers facts below, and file away Benjamin Franklin's essay entitled "Fart Proudly" for your next dinner party conversation starter.



29 Things You Didn't Know About Our Founding Fathers,

John Adams Went to Harvard... at the Age of 16
Most people get rejected from Harvard, but not John Adams! In fact, he put every student in the United States to shame by attending the prestigious school around the time of his Super Sweet Sixteen. He graduated within four years and excelled at his studies.

Source: Biography
John Adams Was the Only President of the First Five Who Didn't Own a Person
Kudos to John Adams! While the four presidents who held the job before him were slaveowners, Adams was in staunch opposition. He, and his son John Quincy Adams, refused to own a human being when he moved into the White House. 

Source: Strange But True, America: Weird Tales from All 50 States
James Madison Weighed 100 Pounds
James Madison was a very little man, standing at just 5'4". In addition to being the smallest president ever, he never weighed more than 100 pounds.

Source: Internet Public Library
George Washington = World Class Dancer
The first president of the United States happened to be a damn good dancer. In fact, it was one of the many activities he loved to do with his wife Martha, and he had even studied formal dancing when he was a teenage boy.

Source: The Invention of George Washington
Thomas Jefferson Had About 6,500 Books
Thomas Jefferson was such a hoarder of books that he once said "I cannot live without books." Don't believe him? The reason the Library of Congress got 6,500 of the books in their collection is because Jefferson sold his collection for almost $24,000.

Source: Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson Designed UVA's Rotunda
Politician or architect? Many people know that Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819 but few people know he actually designed the school's most recognizable landmark. Planning their curriculum wasn't enough for the overachieving TJ, he also had to plan the design of the school's Rotunda.

Source: University of Virginia
Vanilla Ice Cream Was Thomas Jefferson's Jam
While Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans and Bill Clinton loved fast food, Thomas Jefferson was an American leader known for his love of ice cream. In fact, his love of vanilla ice cream became history, as the first known recipe written down in the United States was Jefferson's vanilla ice cream recipe.

Source: SDPB
Benjamin Franklin Could Yell at You in Five Languages
Even trilingual wasn't enough for Benjamin Franklin, the man who knew everything. From Spanish to Latin, Franklin could speak five languages in total... fluently (the other three were German, French, and Italian). Now that's a good education.

Source: The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
Benjamin Franklin Invented Your Rocking Chair
Benjamin Franklin fitted his armchair's legs with curved wooden pieces, leading to what many believe was the invention of the rocking chair. Considering this was the guy who figured out electricity and founded the United States, it's not hard to believe. Franklin had all kinds of tricks up his sleeve.

Source: Biography
Benjamin Franklin Volunteered for the Fire Department
Benjamin Franklin not only gave birth to the United States and invented all kinds of stuff you've probably heard of, he also put out literal fires. Franklin not only established America's first volunteer fire department, but he was a firefighter himself and volunteered after witnessing a local blaze.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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<![CDATA[30 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-actors-who-play-straight-characters-v1/celebrity-lists

This list of gay actors who play straight characters is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. One of the great things about being an actor is you can play characters that are different from yourself. Several gay actors are famous for playing straight characters in film and on television. One gay actor is best known for playing a womanizing lawyer on a sitcom.

Who is the most famous gay actor who has played straight characters? Rosie O'Donnell tops our list. The A League of Their Own star publicly came out in 2002. She has since been a fierce advocate for gay rights, same-sex marriage, and gay adoption rights. She has played several straight characters including Betty Rubble in The Flintstones. Portia de Rossi married talk show host Ellen Degeneres in 2008. She has played several straight characters including Lindsay Bluth Funke on Arrested Development.

Neil Patrick Harris plays the womanizing Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Harris came out in 2006, saying, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." Other gay actors who play straight characters include Jim Parsons, Ricky Martin, and Ellen Page.

Do you think that it is difficult for gay actors to play straight characters? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


30 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters,

David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce played Niles Crane on "Frasier" from 1993-2004. By the end of the series, Dr. Crane was married with a son. Pierce publicly came out in 2007. He married Brian Hargrove, his partner of over 20 years, in 2008.


Ellen Page

Ellen Page came out in 2014 at a youth even for the Human Rights Campaign. She has played several straight characters, including a pregnant teenager in the title role of the 2007 film Juno.


Jane Lynch

"Glee" actress Jane Lynch is openly gay and a big supporter of gay rights. She played one half of a hilarious lesbian couple in the comedy Best in Show, but she has played several straight characters, including helpfully horny Paula in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Lynch was married to Lara Embry from 2010 to 2014.


John Mahoney

John Mahoney does not speak publicly about his personal life, but it is widely believed that the actor is gay. He has played many straight characters in his career, including the twice-married Martin Crane on "Frasier."


Maria Bello
Maria Bello publicly came out in 2013. She has played several straight characters throughout her career, including Edie Stall in A History of Violence. She is in a relationship with Clare Munn.
Neil Patrick Harris

Actor Neil Patrick Harris is openly gay. He came out in 2006, saying, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." He and his husband, David Burtka, have a twin daughter and son.
From 2009-2014, Harris played notorious womanizer Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother."


Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin came out as gay in 2010. He wrote a statement on his website, saying, "These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within, and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed." He has since become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage. Martin played the straight character of Miguel Morez on "General Hospital."


Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson played Harriet Hayes on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." In one episode, Hayes identified as a Christian who believed that although the Bible recognized homosexuality as a sin, she also learned "judge not lest ye be judged." Paulson announced that she was in a relationship with Cherry Jones in 2007. The couple split in 2009.


Sara Gilbert

Openly gay actress Sara Gilbert has played several straight characters, including Darlene Conner on "Roseanne." By the end of that series, Darlene was married. She is currently engaged to 4 Non Blondes frontwoman and successful music producer Linda Perry.


Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons has played several socially awkward heterosexual characters, including Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory," who has been in a relationship with Amy Farrah Fowler for several seasons. Cooper has been in a relationship with his partner, Todd Spiewak for over 10 years.



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<![CDATA[18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airline-secrets-flying/ranker-travel
If you're a frequent flyer, there are two approaches to this list of airline secrets you may or may not want to know: 1. Ignore it and carry on in your blissful ignorance of duct tape holding the wing of your aircraft together while flying. Or 2. Read about the awful things that happen on commercial flights, and go in armed with the knowledge of how awful the flight you're on really is (but possibly avoid dysentery). There's no option three, so choose wisely, because some of these airline worst practices can't be unseen.

From odd / surprising (hopefully) places you'll find poop on a plane to the things a flight attendant might overlook so they get paid, there are an uncomfortable number of scary things airlines don't want you to know about flying. Culled from the experiences of real pilots, flight attendants, airline staff, ground crew, and TSA officials, these are the reasons logical people are afraid to fly - and even the most seasoned traveler should be at least a bit skeeved out by this list of awful things that happen on planes. 
18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know,

Some Airline Employees Don't Get Paid Until the Flight's in the Air
Why is this scary for you? Let's say a pilot, flight attendant, or other airline employee notices something off about the plane (torn carpet, a toilet issue, a possible technical issue) they consider negligible, they may fail to report the condition in case it causes the flight to be substantially delayed or even cancelled. 

(Source)
Somebody Has Probably Changed a Diaper On Your Tray Table
Why bother going to the bathroom to remove your child's sodden diaper when you could loose it on a small table that most people eat their food on? 

(Source)
Pilots Get Served Different Meals in Case of Food Poisoning
Likely the same meals you're being offered, so hope you chose the same meal as the pilot who continues at the helm during the other's bout of food poisoning.


The Emergency Door Handles Are There So Flight Attendants Aren't Pushed Out
People go nutty whenever there's a situation involving an emergency exit, and the poor flight attendants – who are trying to get you out safely – are often disregarded like limits on carry-on baggage, necessitating the plane's version of "Oh Sh*t" bars.

(Source)
Pilots Routinely Nod Off During Long Flights
While nap breaks are scheduled so one pilot can rest while the other commands a plane once it's at cruising altitude, most pilots (more than 50% according to this survey) have involuntarily nodded off while in the cockpit.
People Steal the Under-Seat Life Jackets
Somewhere, in a Midwest frat house, is the life jacket you should be using in case of emergency.

(Source)
Guidelines Exist for the Amount of Screws a Plane Is Allowed to Fly Without
Seems you'd prefer to have zero screws missing, but apparently there's a threshold of acceptable missing screws on the plane.

(Source)
The Toilets Can Be Unlocked from the Outside
This is more of a "Charlie from 'Lost' getting cranked on heroin" precaution than a "People in row 23 joining the mile-high club" fail-safe, but the fact remains that occupied does not mean you're free from the possibility of interruption.


Plane Water Is Disgusting And Possibly Poop-Filled
A test of tap waters from various airlines, performed by the Wall Street Journal in 2002, found bacteria levels in spigot water to be as much as 100x the allowed limit in the US.
If You Use the Oxygen Bags for More Than 15 Minutes, You're Gonna Have a Bad Time
The oxygen masks on planes only supply 15-20 minutes of oxygen. The theory is that the pilots will descend to a height of normal cabin pressurization as soon as an issue is noted.

(Source)

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<![CDATA[Gay Celebrities Who Are Married to Same-Sex Partners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-celebrities-who-are-married-to-same-sex-partners/celebrity-lists
List of gay celebrities who are married to same-sex partners, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Gay marriage is now legal in 16 states in the U.S., so several celebrity couples have been able to officially tie the knot. Some famous gay celebrities got married after only a few years of dating, while others had been in relationships for over 20 years.

Who is the most famous gay celebrity who is married to a same-sex partner? Ellen DeGeneres tops our list. The comedian has been in a relationship with Arrested Development actress Portia de Rossi since 2004. They got married on August 16, 2008, and they are still together today. They do not have any children, but the animal advocates have three dogs and four cats. Other famous women who married their same-sex partners include Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes, and Cynthia Nixon.

David Hyde Pierce has been dating Brian Hargrove since 1983. The couple married October 24, 2008, and they are still together today. They do not have any children, but David Hyde Pierce, along with Fraiser's John Mahoney, are godparents to co-star Jane Leeves' son.

When do you think gay marriage will be legal across the entire United States? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Gay Celebrities Who Are Married to Same-Sex Partners,

Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon has been dating Christine Marinoni since 2004. The couple got married in New York City on May 27, 2012. They have a son, born in 2011, and Nixon has two children from her previous marriage to Danny Mozes.
David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce had been with Brian Hargrove for 24 years when the couple married October 24, 2008. They do not have any children, but Pierce, along with John Mahoney, are godfather to their Frasier co-star Jane Leeves's son.
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has been in a relationship with Portia de Rossi, since 2004, and they married in Los Angeles on August 16, 2008.  They do not have any children, but the animal advocates have three dogs and four cats.

Elton John
Elton John began dating David Furnish in 1993. They were married on Dec. 21, 2005, the day that the Civil Partnership Act was enacted in the UK. They have two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John (born 2010) and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John (born 2013). Both children were born by the same surrogate mother.
George Takei
George Takei married Brad Altman on September 14, 2008. The couple has been dating for over 10 years, and was the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood.
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster married her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, in a secret ceremony over the weekend of April 20, 2014, E-Online reports. The two-time Oscar winner, 51, and Hedison, a photographer who had previously dated Ellen Degeneres for three years, began dating in October 2013. 

Jodie Foster officially came out as gay during an emotional speech at the Golden Globes.  
Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin and her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, were married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2013.
Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer publicly came out as gay in 2012, but the actor recently revealed that he and his husband actually married a year earlier. Surprise! In April of 2014, Matt Bomer told Details Magazine that he and Hollywood power publicist, Simon Halls, got hitched in 2011.

The two are parents to three sons: six-year-old twins and an eight-year-old.
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell began dating Michelle Rounds in 2011, and they married in New York City on June 9, 2012. The couple adopted one daughter together, Dakota (born 2013).

Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes began dating her wife, Alex, in 2006, whom she married in 2008. The couple have two children together, twins, whom Alex gave birth to in 2009.


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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:44:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-celebrities-who-are-married-to-same-sex-partners/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-for-teenagers/ranker-film
The films on this list of the best movies for teenagers have ranked by the community as the best teen movies in any genre. These are movies about teenagers or made for teenagers and most deal with issues and stories teens can directly relate to. What are the best movies for teenagers?
 
This list has the best movies for teenagers, many of which have been top box office hits and have received many awards! Teen movies often star teenaged characters and tell stories involving popular teen issues like peer pressure and finding one's own identity. Many of these movies are classic PG-13 comedy movies.
 
The best movies for teenagers on this list include classics like Clueless, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mean Girls, Heathers, The Breakfast Club, Bring it On, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Vote up the best teen movies below or add a film you think is great that isn't already on the list.
Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20,

10 Things I Hate About You

American Pie

Bring It On

Clueless

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Mean Girls

Superbad

The Breakfast Club

The Goonies

Easy A


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<![CDATA[Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-college-courses-wish-list/don-davis
All that time (and money) spent earning your college degree... wouldn't it have been great if even some of those classes were useful for handling everyday life stuff? This is a list of the things you wish you could've learned in a college class but couldn't since the course never existed. You had to eventually figure out on your own how to do these real-life, everyday things you wish someone had taught you about.

In fact, it's possible you still don't know how to do many of these things - and while you spent lots of money learning about English literature in the 1600s, probably know Socrates' birthday by heart, and can likely recall some data from the periodic table you had to memorize for a chemistry class at some point, you still don't know how to change a tire, manage your bank account, or file your taxes. Despite earning that degree, after graduation, many students are left clueless as to how they can handle some of the basic fundamentals in everyday life.

Sure, some of these college classes we wish existed were offered in some iteration if you majored in a related field - 'How to Invest' or 'How to Save Money' were likely covered in a Business degree. The classes on this list are what you wish had been part of your general education requirements but weren't since most colleges don't offer a course in how to avoid identity theft, how to apply for a loan, how to take care of a pet or how to get a boyfriend or girlfriend. Even though you spent a lot of money on a fancy college degree, there are still plenty of real-life things you don't know how to do that you wish you could've learned about in college.

This is a list of the classes that colleges should offer but don't... the stuff we really need to know how to do in everyday life. Vote up the classes that don't exist that you wish you could've enrolled in during college.

Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't),

Taking Care of Your Car 101
Changing a tire, changing oil, fixing a flat tire, regular maintenance, etc.
Investing 101
Stocks, bonds, CDs, mutual funds, investing for the future, IRAs, pensions...wha!?
Handyman 101
Fix a leaky faucet, a broken window, a creaky door, general household repairs.
Filing Your Taxes 101
What the heck is a W-4? How do you file your taxes and get the biggest tax refund? What should I claim? How do I fill out all these papers? When starting at a new job do you select 0 or 1 or more for your dependents?

Handling Life's Emergencies 101
Basic first aid, how to act in a crisis, how to respond to a life-threatening situation of any type, emergency or natural disaster, what to do if you're in a bad situation such as a car accident, who can you turn to for help, etc.
Managing Your Credit 101
How is a credit score determined, what happens if I make late payments, when does my credit score actually matter, how do I monitor my credit score, how do I improve my credit score, FICO scores...wha!?
Saving Money 101
"Why save money when you can spend it?" said the broke guy.

Managing Your Personal Finances 101
How to create a personal budget, how bank accounts work, avoiding overdraft fees, how to balance a checkbook (for those who still have them).
Self Control 101
Too much of anything: eating, drinking, partying, sex, oversharing, spending...if only you learned a better way to control yourself.
Searching for a Job 101
How to craft the perfect resume, where to begin searching for a job, how to land a job interview, what to expect on a job interview, how to negotiate salary, the things you should and shouldn't say in a job interview, interview etiquette, etc.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-90s-tv-shows/ranker-tv
In the 1990s, television was one of the fastest growing mediums. More TV shows were popping up than ever before, and ratings were at all-time highs. Viewers tended to be interested in laugh-out-loud moments, which is why sitcoms like Friends, Roseanne, and Seinfeld were the biggest hit TV shows of the decade. While comedies were extremely popular in the '90s, procedural dramas also reigned, with shows like The Practice, JAG, and NYPD Blue becoming popular with large audiences.

 

Many of the most popular shows of the '90s were long-running shows. ER, for instance, ran 15 seasons, starting in 1994, while shows like Will & Grace, which began in 1998, lasted 8 years. The reality show genre was just popping up in the '90s, especially after the massive ratings and critical success of MTV's The Real World. Children’s programming was also popular, with hit shows like Boy Meets World and Dinosaurs.

 

What are your favorite programs from the 1990s? Which '90s shows do you have the fondest memories of? This list includes many of the biggest shows from that magical decade.


The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked,

Boy Meets World

Friends

Full House

Home Improvement

Law & Order

Married... with Children

Saved by the Bell

Seinfeld

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Simpsons


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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:27:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-90s-tv-shows/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[20 Celebrities Who Were Homecoming Queen]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-were-homecoming-queen/celebrity-lists
List of celebrities who were Homecoming queen ranked by fame and popularity. Homecoming queen is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a popular high school student. Typically girls in their junior or senior year can be considered for homecoming queen and they are usually involved in several extracurricular activities. It's no surprise that many celebrities have been crowned homecoming queen.

Who is the most famous woman to be declared homecoming queen? Halle Berry tops our list. The Catwoman star was the first African American homecoming queen at Bedford High School. She was also the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for best actress for her performance in Monster's Ball. Berry was also a beauty queen. She won Miss Teen All American and Miss Ohio and she came in second place in the 1986 Miss USA competition.

Singer Jessica Simpson was voted homecoming queen twice, as was Twilight star Dakota Fanning. Oscar winner Meryl Streep was very popular in high school and was crowned homecoming queen of Bernards High School. Streep has went on to become the actor most nominated for Academy Awards, as she has been up for an Oscar 17 times.

What do you think of all the famous women who have been homecoming queens? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
20 Celebrities Who Were Homecoming Queen,

Dakota Fanning
Twilight actress Dakota Fanning was voted homecoming queen twice by her high school classmates.

Debra Messing
"Will and Grace" actress Debra Messing was a homecoming queen.

Halle Berry
Halle Berry was the first African American homecoming queen at Bedford High School.  She was also the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for best actress for her performance in Monster's Ball.

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson was voted homecoming queen, not once, but twice during her time at J.J. Pierce High School.

Meg Ryan
When Harry Met Sally star Meg Ryan was elected homecoming queen at Bishop Hartley High School.

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was crowned homecoming queen at Bernards High School.

Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul was head cheerleader and homecoming queen at her high school.

Rashida Jones
"Parks and Recreation" actress Rashida Jones was crowned homecoming queen at Buckley School.

Renée Zellweger
Chicago star Renee Zellweger was on the homecoming court and voted "Dream Date" by her classmates.

Sheryl Crow
Musician Sheryl Crow was homecoming queen, a majorette, and a track star during her time in high school.


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<![CDATA[36 Movies That Were Ridiculously Banned Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/banned-movies/jacob-shelton
The history of film is littered with movies that were banned for explicit scenes of excessive violence or gratuitous sex. But sometimes films are banned for the most arbitrary of reasons. It can be because of whatever is trending that month (BDSM! Horrifying anthropomorphic turtles that are also ninjas!), or it can be that the government of certain countries are terrified of time travel. These banned movies were kept from audiences for some seriously ridiculous reason, and most of the time, it was because whoever was in control of the censorship board was just a total square.

Speaking of squares, rumor has it that in 1918 all comedies were banned in Manitoba because it was believed they would make the populous too frivolous. In hindsight, the notion of a film making the citizens of a providence run wild with frivolity seems naive. Especially after viewing some of the films on this list of movies that were banned even for ridiculous reasons. 

Across the globe films from The Interview to The Wild One (starring Marlon Brando), and even ET have been censored for everything from an intent to incite anarchy to the possibility of a film having a negative impact on the film industry of another country. When it comes to movies, the rest of the world does not play around! Check out this list of movies that were banned across the globe and head to the comments section to let us know if there are any internationally banned films that we missed or if you think there's a movie listed here that should definitely be locked away in a vault forever. 
36 Movies That Were Ridiculously Banned Around the World,

Avatar
The 2D version of James Cameron's Biggest Movie Ever™ was banned in China after the government worried that the success of the film would affect their own film industry. Censors were also concerned that the film would promote civil unrest. Despite the Chinese government's efforts, the film made a record $2.7 billion worldwide.
Back to the Future
If you grew up in the '80s you probably spent summer afternoons pretending travel through time in a bitchin' DeLorean with a sidekick that was 40 years older than you. Just us? Back to the Future is a touch stone of cinema history, but it was too much for the Chinese government. Upon its release, they banned the film, saying it was "the government's belief that time travel is a dangerous element in fiction and that the actions of Marty McFly are highly inappropriate."
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
If you were a child of the '80s, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial made huge impact on your life. Whether you were touched by the heartwarming story of a boy and his alien, or you were creeped out by the scary raisin monster, the film still has a special place in your heart. Unless you grew up in Finland, Norway, or Sweden, where children under the age of 12 were banned from seeing the movie when it was released because it portrayed "adults as the enemy of children." 
Goldfinger
Upon Goldfinger's release in 1964 it was banned in Israel. Once the Israeli government discovered that Gert Frobe, who is AMAZING as Goldfinger, was a member of the Nazi party they banned the film. But once they did a little more digging they discovered that Frobe used his membership in the Nazi party to save Jews from the Gestapo, they overturned their ruling.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The second, and darkest, installment of the Indiana Jones franchise saw the adventurer stumble upon an ancient cult in India. Save for a couple of scenes of hearts being ripped from human bodies and a feast of monkey brains, it was a pretty fun family movie. Speaking of monkey brains, the Indian government felt that the film was racist and offensive to their culture so they banned it for a brief period of time.
Life of Brian
The Monty Python comedy rode a dangerous line by telling the story of Brian, a child born in a stable near Jesus, who gets mistaken as the Messiah. Upon release, the film was considered blasphemous and banned by several UK councils, some of which have only recently lifted the ban. Lighten up fellas, it's only a movie. 
Schindler's List
The 1994 Steven Spielberg tour de force about Oskar Schindler, the German Nazi party member who risked his life to save 1,200 people was quite rightly considered a high point in Spielberg's filmmaking career (second only to his appearance in Austin Powers: Goldmember probably). But it caused an uproar in some Muslim countries for being "too sympathetic to the Jewish cause." When asked to re-edit the film the suit the Middle Eastern countries, Spielberg said "no way, Jose" and took a nap on his pile of money.
The Simpsons Movie
Think long and think hard about why The Simpsons Movie was banned in Burma. Was it the cursing? Maybe, but no. Was it Bart's nude scene? You're close. As luck would have it, the colors yellow and red are banned in Burma - and since Bart mostly wears a red shirt, even if he had been clothed the entire time it wouldn't have mattered. To think that the citizens of Myanmar have yet to lay eyes on Spiderpig is a shame. 
Zoolander
We know what you're thinking. The movie about a secret plot to kill the prime-minister of Malaysia for enacting child labor laws was banned in Malaysia, right? Well aren't you just Mr. Smarty Pants. Zoolander, the goofy film about male models was banned in Iran for depicting homosexuals. That's it. They didn't want to show the film because there might have been some gays in it. Iran, you need to stop resting on ugly and sashay away.
The Interview Makes North Korea Really Super Mad
Why is the banning this bro-mantic comedy about two hapless dopes that try to kill the leader of North Korea so ridiculous? Because it's absurdly hilarious that a film made by the brains behind Pineapple Express could endanger world peace. The country's UN ambassador called the film "an act of war" and affected Sony's original release plans for the film. 

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:40:19 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/banned-movies/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[40 Adorable Throwback Pictures Of Your Favorite Heartthrobs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dorky-pictures-of-your-favorite-heart-throbs/ariel-kana
You know them: the hottest men on the planet. Clooney, Pitt, Beckham. The men who make hearts race worldwide. These top choices for celebrity crushes are generally good looking guys who made some bad decisions at some point in their life or career. The scary part is these aren't all pictures from before they were famous. Some of the awful celebrity photos on this list of pictures that will make you hate your celebrity crush were taken when these hot guys were already super famous (but not rich enough to hire a stylist, apparently).

The problems with these bad celebrity photos are varied. From the bad styling choices of men who generally have the best celebrity hair to the poor fashion choices, there are some ugly celeb pictures in this round-up of pictures of celeb crushes that will make you disown your formerly favorite stars. These tragic celebrity pictures may remind you that even really, really ridiculously good looking people have awkward periods in their lives. 

What are the worst pictures of hot celebrities? What celebrity crushes are subjects of bad celebrity photos you've never seen before? These pictures aren't here to make you hate your celebrity crushes, but there are some pictures of celebrities you won't be able to unsee. Take the time, as you're traumatized by these unsexy celeb photos, to upvote the best of the worst celebrity pictures. 
40 Adorable Throwback Pictures Of Your Favorite Heartthrobs,

Brad Pitt

Charlie Hunnam

Colin Farrell

Jake Gyllenhaal

Johnny Depp

Mark Wahlberg

Orlando Bloom

Robert Downey Jr.

Ryan Reynolds

Will Smith


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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:27:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dorky-pictures-of-your-favorite-heart-throbs/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-to-make-sure-you-die-happy/lauren-slocum
Live life to the fullest–Learn how to find fulfillment in your days and in the end, die happy. Been feeling bogged down by your career? Or have you been trying to get away from that toxic friendship with no success? We've all come to that point in life when we feel the need to seek some living tips on how to enrich the quality of daily life.

From the monumental to the seemingly small decisions, the way we approach our individual paths affects both our long and short-term quality of life. Life is a gift, and the way we live it is a choice. If you’re looking for the best mantras for eternal contentment, or even just some tips on being happy, give these ideas a read and start taking control of your own destiny!

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy,

Listen to Your Gut
It’s an age-old phrase we’ve all been told at least once or twice, and it’s a phrase that ranges across a wide panel of possibilities. If your gut tells you your sister already has that Katy Perry album on vinyl, get her something else! If your gut tells you you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, scram! Err on the side of caution when your gut is involved (it's usually right!).
Take the Time to Get to Know Yourself
Never lose sight of what’s important to you and don’t be afraid to try new things. Take trapeze swinging lessons, start painting, read your first science fiction novel, or bust out that dusty clarinet you’ve had in your closet since 8th grade. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, married, or dating, you’re an individual and you’re ever-evolving; Roll with it.
If You Hate Your Job, Quit
Work can be the biggest stressor in your life, if you let it. Sure, we may not all land our dream jobs, our dream salaries, or our dream schedules, but life is full of too many other important factors to let our careers dictate our livelihood. Feeling bogged down by your current gig? Always keep your options open and your eyes peeled for something more suitable.
Eat Good Foods
It’s a choice that affects you in the long-term and in the short-term. Eating Arby’s sandwiches, California Burritos, and McDonalds on the regular can make you feel like you swallowed a watermelon and washed it down with a couple Ambien. Learn how to cook some simple dishes at home and shop on the outer perimeter of the grocery store. You’ll reap immediate benefits, such as brighter skin, more energy, and deeper sleep. You’ll also reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer by increasing your vegetable intake and decreasing your intake of saturated and trans fats.
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
This applies to both work and play. The key to setting goals isn't chasing them around;  It's approaching them with confidence and strategy. This idea can apply to your long-term goals and your weekly goals. Don't over-commit. Allow yourself to stay focused. Work with a purpose and don't lose sight of what is important to you. The rest will fall into place.
Get Some Sleep
There’s no denying that a good night’s sleep is one of the most amazing phenomenons of human life . . . so why deprive it?! Visit The National Sleep Foundation and find out just how much sleep is recommended for you and your lifestyle.
Surround Yourself With People Who Bring Out the Best in You
We’ve all had to make hard decisions about our lovers and our friends. Choosing what is best relationship-wise can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be  like a "Real World" confrontation. Understand that while we grow with some, we grow away from others. You can still be a good person while keeping your best interests in mind.
Learn How to Say No
Sometimes you just need to say no. Too often, we overlook the importance of listening to our bodies and tuning out the influences of our social, professional, and familial lifestyles. Learn what’s right for YOU and act accordingly.
Seek Adventure
We all have different perspectives on what “adventure” really means. Whether you view adventure as Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro or getting your palms read by the local Fortune Teller, plan intelligently, save accordingly, and make it happen!
Treat Yo’self!
You don’t have to be Tom Haverford and Donna to enjoy a nice day of treatin' yo’self. Get a massage, buy some new records or a new outfit for the weekend. Fill the house with fresh cut flowers. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to break away from your norm. 

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:13:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-to-make-sure-you-die-happy/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[26 Celebrities Who Divorced Young]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-divorced-young/celebrity-lists

From the outside, it seems like Hollywood marriages hardly ever last long, but some famous celebrities rushed both the alter and to divorce court. Young divorcees abound in Tinsel Town, from Angelina Jolie, who was just 24 years old at the time of her first divorce, to divorced-remarried-divorced-again-remarried-again Kim Kardashian. One famous pop singer had one marriage annulled and another end in divorce all before she turned 30. Celeb divorces can be fascinating, shocking news stories, but a few young stars on this list were already divorced before you ever heard their names.

Who is the most famous celebrity who divorced young? Angelina Jolie tops our list. The Tomb Raider actress divorced Jonny Lee Miller in 1999 when she was 24 years old and divorced her second husband, Billy Bob Thornton, in 2003 at age 28. Jolie was in a relationship with Brad Pitt from 2005, and the couple married in 2014, but they separated in 2016 despite their six children together.

Britney Spears had her marriage to Jason Allen Alexander annulled after being married less than three days in 2004. She was only 22 years old at the time. She divorced Kevin Federline in 2007 when she was 25.

Are you surprised that so many famous people divorced at a young age? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


26 Celebrities Who Divorced Young,

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie divorced Jonny Lee Miller in 1999 when she was 24 years old. She divorced her second husband Billy Bob Thornton in 2003 at age 28.
Britney Spears
In 20014, at age 22, Britney Spears had her marriage to Jason Allen Alexander annulled after less than three days. She divorced Kevin Federline in 2007 when she was 25.
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson divorced Nick Lachey in 2006 when she was 26 years old.
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes divorced Tom Cruise in 2012 when she was 33 years old.
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian divorced Damon Thomas in 2004 when she was 24 years old. Her divorce from second husband Kris Humphries was finalized in 2013 when she was 32.
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman divorced Tom Cruise in 2001 when she was 34 years old.
Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde divorced Tao Ruspoli in 2011 when she was 27 years old.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson divorced Ryan Reynolds in 2011 when she was 26 years old.

Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel divorced Ben Gibbard in 2012 when she was 32 years old.
Katy Perry
Katy Perry divorced Russell Brand in 2012 when she was 27 years old.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:22:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-divorced-young/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Top 10 Oldest Living Things on Earth]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-top-10-oldest-living-things-on-earth/analise.dubner
This list of the oldest living things on Earth, including the oldest animals, species, and organisms, will definitely make you feel young. You could probably nitpick some of these life forms within a million years here, a million years there... but the fact remains that these animals have been around a loooong time. What are the oldest living organisms on earth? And more importantly how have they stuck around this long?

These ancient organisms have been around for millions, or ever billions of years and have achieved apparent perfection in their environment. Millennia have passed, and they keep on keeping on. Sure, a tail might shorten, an extra tentacle might grow, or they might develop a more streamlined coat of armor... but, like that guy you know with the haircut he's had since high school, these animals have asked themselves the question: Why change it if it's working?

These are the oldest living things on the planet, and they just might still be here long after we are nothing more than fossils found buried in a pile of styrofoam take-out boxes.
The Top 10 Oldest Living Things on Earth,

Cyanobacteria
Age: 3.5 billion years old

The oldest known cyanobacteria fossils were found on Archaean rocks of western Australia. Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, is a type of bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create energy. It is believed that this played a role in oxidizing the earth's atmosphere, making the planet more suitable for life as we know it.
Nautilus
Age: 235 million years old

Often called "living fossils," the nautilus originated in the Late Triassic period, and is a marine mollusk. The name means "sailor" in Greek. The nautilus is only found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. They live in the deep slopes of coral reefs.
Coelacanth
Age: 400 million years old

A rare order of fish, coelacanths are more closely related to lungfish, reptiles and even mammals than to common ray-finned fish. Live species have been discovered as recently as 1998.
Horseshoe crab
Age450 million years old

Horseshoe crabs are considered "living fossils." The earliest horseshoe crab fossils are dated to the Ordovician period. These marine arthropods live primarily near shallow ocean waters with soft, sandy or muddy bottoms. Their populations have been in decline due to habitat destruction and over harvesting.
Martialis heureka
Age: 100 million years old

The most primitive species of living ants, the DNA of the Martialis heureka (which roughly translates to "From Mars! Wow!") has barely changed in the last 100 million years. This species was discovered in the Amazon in 2000, and generally lives its life underground.
Jellyfish
Age: 505 million years old

Jellyfish belong to the group of animals called Cnidaria or Coelenterata. This group includes corals, hydras, jellyfish, Portuguese men-of-war, sea anemones, sea pens, sea whips, and sea fans. They are hard to fossilize, as they're made of mostly water, but fossils suggest they are even older than previously thought.
Sponge
Age: 580 million years old

Sponges are from an ancient animal group whose lineage can be traced back to the beginnings of animal life. Fossils of glass sponges have been found in rocks in Australia, China, and Mongolia. Although about 90% of modern sponges are demosponges, fossilized remains of this type are less common than other types because their skeletons are composed of relatively soft spongin that does not fossilize well.
Gingko Biloba
Age: 270 million years old

The Ginkgo tree is the only living representative of the order Ginkgoales, a group of gymnosperms dating back to 270 million years ago in the Permian period. Due to geological cataclysms, only three or four species were left in the Tertiary period (65 million years ago). The extinction of the dinosaurs as potential seed dispersers of the tree's large seeds may also have influenced this decline, which is in line with the fossil records.
Sturgeon
Age: 200 million years old

Sturgeon and related paddlefish have undergone remarkably little morphological change, indicating that their evolution has been slow and earning them informal status of "living fossils." This is explained, in part, by their long inter-generation time, tolerance for wide ranges of water temperature and salinity, lack of predators due to size, and the abundance of prey items in their benthic environment.

Horseshoe Shrimp
Age: 200 million years old

This little guy has the distinction of being the oldest living species on earth that has existed UNCHANGED for 200 million years. In other words, he may not have been around as long as some of the creatures above him, but today he's is still virtually indistinguishable from his 200 million year old fossil.

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Tue, 07 Sep 2010 09:29:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-top-10-oldest-living-things-on-earth/analise.dubner
<![CDATA[30+ of the Worst Tattoos of Celebrity Faces]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/25-of-the-worst-tattoos-of-celebrity-faces/awesomeballa
Oh, drinking and the things it leads to. It's hard to believe these tattoos weren't forced on by some sort of hazing, rather people acting wanting these. Here are 25 bad tattoos that should be pictured next to the Webster definition for the word "regret". From Buddy the Elf, to Joe Dirt, to Clay Aiken to Judge Judy, these are the faces that you never thought you'd see on someone's skin. Here are the worst tattoos of celebrity portraits the Internet could muster. These people could've at least got some hot actresses on their arms, not some ridiculous Joe Dirt type characters.
30+ of the Worst Tattoos of Celebrity Faces,

Alan Alda
Upon first glance, this tattoo reminded me of Mr. Larson from Happy Gilmore, the formerly psychotic boss turned Happy's number one fan. But it's actually Alan Alda, best known for his portrayal of Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H." Which, sounds like it could be in the running for "Most Bad-Ass Television Character Name, Ever." Future list, perhaps? #newlist
Bob Marley
What's the name of that disease where you can't recognize other people's faces? 
Frank Zappa
Tattoos of your favorite musician's face is a pretty intense declaration of musical love and admiration, especially of an eccentric artist like Frank Zappa. But if you are going to get a portrait tattoo of anyone, I say capture the true essence of the individual through your own eyes. Or what they find in their nose.
Mahatma Gandhi
Out of respect for Gandhi, I'm not sure his face should be inked onto your "holier than thou" body. Just a thought.
Bono
If this person decided to get a Bono tattoo after watching the "South Park" episode where Bono and Randy fight over who can take the biggest s**t, then I will respect this tattoo (although, I would prefer a tattoo of Randy Marsh). If this person decided to get a Bono tattoo because they love rockers who always wear sunglasses, go by one word names and, while charitable, are annoyingly smug, then I judge. But props for getting a portrait tattoo that is actually discernible!
Willie Nelson
This is one of the few tattoos on the list that are actually amazing pieces of art, but it still takes a mega Willie fan to dedicate such a large piece of skin to his wrinkled mug. That person's arm sort of looks like an old, wise tree:


Will Ferrell
While it's well done, I'd feel a little violated knowing that Will Ferrel's eyes were always staring at me like that if his face was tattooed on me like that.
Napoleon Dynamite
Yet another memorable movie character memorialized forever on skin. Napoleon Dynamite taught us all about our new favorite animal (the liger), how to dance, and what sweet skills girls are really looking for in a boy (nunchucking skills, computer-hacking skills...). This brave soul sat down before the needle and had Napoleon, complete with Chap-Stick, etched on to their arm. Random choice, yes. Awesome choice, heck yes.
Jack Black
This is a freakishly accurate portrait of Jack Black, chubster funny-man, rock star and stoner (which probably explains the belly...). And while this tattoo is ridiculously well-done, and Tenacious D is freaking awesome, still not sure I would want Jack's face on me, unless he's willing to order me some food from Zanzibar's!
"Comic Book Guy" ("The Simpson's")
There are loads of people out on the web showcasing their cartoon/gamer/I'm-a-virgin tattoos. Some of them are actually kind of awesome. Others, like this weak drawing of "The Simpson's" Comic Book Guy, complete with its "Worst tattoo ever" script bubble looks like someone's little cousin, who took a couple art classes at the Y, got a hold of their butt cheek and went to town.

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Mon, 12 Jul 2010 04:34:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/25-of-the-worst-tattoos-of-celebrity-faces/awesomeballa
<![CDATA[The Most Honest Advice Celebrities Gave Other Celebs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-giving-advice/celebrity-lists
Celebrities giving other celebs advice has become a thing the Internet loves to talk about, mostly because the celeb advice being given falls into the category of "crazy bananas." Despite their seemingly good intentions, most free advice going from one celebrity to another isn't usually well-received, and oftentimes ignites a feud between the two. While it may have seemed like a good idea at the time to lecture another human on the Internet for the entire world to see about what a bad person they're becoming, those celebrities taking the hit aren't happy about their public shaming, retorting with harsh words. 

No one's perfect, including celebrities. Sometimes they don't realize the repercussions of their actions until it's too late. Some advice has come completely unsolicited, and some is a reaction to what another celebrity has said. Which celebrities have given the worst "advice" to others? Which feuds are the most interesting to read about? Now's your chance to vote. Read it though and vote it up.
The Most Honest Advice Celebrities Gave Other Celebs,

Ellen Pompeo
Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo took issue with Daniel Craig's overly dramatic announcement that he'd rather slit his wrists than play James Bond again. On Twitter, Pompeo politely advised Craig that he may need to calm down, Tweeting, "that dude needs a reality check," with a link to the article where Craig was quoted.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Courtney Love to Amanda Bynes
During Amanda Byne's public breakdown in 2013, Courtney Love tried to talk some sense into the troubled young star, even offering to help pay for her treatment should she choose to get help. Love attempted to contact the young star via Twitter encouraging her to "pull it together dude." Byne's response to Love's unsolicited advice was a tweet calling the elder star “the ugliest woman" she'd ever seen.
 
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Courtney Love to Britney Spears
Though pop star Britney Spears has recently found success with touring and a Las Vegas residency, the former Mouseketeer has seen darker times in her past. In 2008, Hole singer Courtney Love recognized some of the problems the younger pop princess was having and told TV show "Access Hollywood" that Spears "definitely needs help."

Love justified her advice by telling the celeb-centric program that, having been in a similar position before, she knew that "if she [Britney] doesn’t get help something very, very bad is going to happen."
 
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Joan Rivers to Jennifer Lawrence
Joan Rivers told the New York Post, "My New Year's resolution is [ensuring] Jennifer Lawrence grows up and realizes how lucky she is and calms down," after Lawrence made some comments about Rivers's show "Fashion Police." According to Lawrence, the show gives viewers, "all the wrong values and that it's OK to point at people and call that ugly or fat."

Lawrence has been open about her refusal to lose weight for a role, to diet, or when her picture has been photoshopped. But Rivers got touchy over the young actress's comments. She said, "I love that she's telling everyone how wrong it is to worry about retouching and body image, and meanwhile she's been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican. Look at her posters. She doesn't have a nose. She has two holes. She just has to learn. Don't talk if you're doing it."

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Sinead O'Connor to Miley Cyrus
Shortly after pop star Miley Cyrus told "Rolling Stone" in 2013 that Sinead O'Connor's video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" was an inspiration for her career, O'Connor penned an open letter to the Disney star gone wild telling her what the future would hold if she kept up with her crazy ways. Said the songstress (who herself is no stranger to controversy):

"The music business doesn’t give a sh*t about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it's what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone."

Cyrus, in a five word tweet that may or may not have taken her the full day to compose, responded to O'Connor's 1,000+ word letter with a picture of the elder singer and text that basically called her crazy. Her words: "Before Amanda Bynes.... There was...."

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Frances Bean Cobain to Lana Del Rey
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of rockers Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, took to Twitter in June of 2014 to tell Lana Del Rey she's acting like an idiot telling a newspaper she wishes she "was dead already" in response to a reporter from The Guardian, asking how Del Rey felt about musicians who die young.

Cobain's father famously committed suicide at 27, giving her unique insight into the untimely deaths of musicians. Said Cobain (in a series of tweets), "I'll never know my father because he died young, and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool.'"

Del Rey responded by saying she was tricked into making the statements during the interview and does not, in fact, wish herself dead.

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Chloe Moretz to Kim Kardashian
The fact that Kim Kardashian's posted yet another naked selfie didn't really come as a shock to anyone when she did it again in March, 2016. But actress Chloe Moretz still had some choice words for Kim. She commented on Twitter,  "I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than... just our bodies."

Kim responded with this... compliment?: "Let's all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to twitter, since no one knows who she is. your nylon cover is cute boo



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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:56:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-giving-advice/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Best Actresses Who Won Razzies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-actresses-who-won-razzies/ranker-film
The best actresses who won Razzies might surprise you. Several of the women on this list of Golden Raspberry Award winners are some of the best actresses in film history, including a few Academy Award winners. This list of Razzie actress winners proves without a doubt that bad films happen to good people. Need further proof? This list of the best actors who won Razzies should solidify the idea. Vote for the actresses you think are fantastic, despite a misstep (or two), and feel free to rerank this list any way you want.

Just because Sandra Bullock can swoop in and win the Best Actress Oscar for 'The Blind Side' doesn't mean we can (or should) ever forget that she also starred in 'All About Steve.' In fact, Sandra Bullock apparently doesn't want us to forget, either: She showed up in person to accept her Razzie Awards for the movie in 2009. And guess what? When Oscar winner Halle Berry won the Worst Actress Razzie Award for 'Catwoman,' she also turned up at the Golden Raspberry ceremonies to accept the award in person.

Let's face it, though: Some of the actresses who won Razzies aren't that awesome. For every Faye Dunaway or Melanie Griffith, you've got a Carmen Electra or a Paris Hilton (are they even actresses, really?). The women listed here had the great misfortune of starring in some of the worst movies of all time. Need examples, you say? Jennifer Lopez won the Worst Actress Razzie Award for 'Gigli,' Kelly Preston was given the honor for her role in 'Battlefield Earth' and Alicia Silverstone won for 'Batman & Robin.' Enough said.
The Best Actresses Who Won Razzies,

Alicia Silverstone

Demi Moore

Faye Dunaway

Halle Berry

Heather Locklear

Jennifer Lopez

Jessica Alba

Nicole Kidman

Sandra Bullock

Sharon Stone


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Thu, 23 May 2013 04:47:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-actresses-who-won-razzies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[27 Illuminati Eye Sightings in Pop Culture]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/illuminati-eye-sightings-in-pop-culture/mel-judson
List of Illuminati Eye sightings in pop culture. Celebrities, from Nicki Minaj, to Lil Wayne to Rihanna, are accused of filling the airwaves with Illuminati imagery. In music videos, promotional materials, video games, and paparazzi photos, the most famous guys and girls in pop culture are caught repping the All-Seeing Eye. This eye, a singular eyeball in a pyramid-esque shape, is associated with this occult group of Satanists who have sold their souls for success.
 
Turn on the MTV VMAs for Illuminati symbolism, courtesy of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. Scroll through old album covers and find one-eyed Jordin Sparks and Celine Dion confirming their membership in the occult organization. Turn the pages of Parlour magazine and Esquire to see Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj use triangular mannerisms to cover one eye. The Eye of Horus isn't even disguised as the CBS logo, nor is it disguised in scenes from "Grand Theft Auto V." Look close enough, and Illuminati Eyes sightings are all over pop culture. Illuminati symbols in pop culture aren't uncommon, but are sometimes a bit of a stretch, so take these with a grain of salt. 

27 Illuminati Eye Sightings in Pop Culture,

Lil Wayne
Illuminati members reportedly sell their souls to the devil in order to be loved by the masses. This is manifested visually in Drake and Lil Wayne's music video by shape-shifting reptilian eyes, often associated with Illuminati and Satan.
Eminem
There's a frame of the All-Seeing Eye of Horus as Marshall Mathers raps about his dark past with violence and insanity.
Rihanna
As Rihanna sings about how "you can't see shiny stars" in the dark, there is plenty of symbolism about the All-Seeing Eye and rain, which evidently has some Rain Man connection to Illuminati conspiracies.
Will.i.am
Britney Spears sings about "all eyes on us" in Will.i.am's music video for "Scream and Shout," and one-eye imagery is invoked when a man's left eye is a camera lens.
Katy Perry
In Katy Perry's music video for "Dark Horse" (even in its screenshot frame) we see the All-Seeing Eye peering out in bright blue.
Lady Gaga
In the music video for "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga makes the hand gesture for "eye in the triangle," after a fire and red-dressed dancers appear, supposedly representing her initiation into the Illuminati.
Kesha
Ke$ha might have sold out so fast to Satan that she put the dollar sign in her name to remind us. She flaunts a giant ring in this music video, which just so happens to be in the shape of an All-Seeing Eye, which she just so happens to use to cover her other eye. Suspicious.
Judas
In "Judas," Lady Gaga hides her eye on camera (evidently confirming her Illuminati membership) and fills the music video with Eye of Isis symbolism.
Monsters University
What could be worse than indoctrinating the children? The Illuminati Eye featured in all the promotional materials was even more scrutinized because it was drawn over the "M," which obviously stands for "Masonry" rather than "Monster."
Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks' cat's name is Lucifer, which doesn't help fend off conspiracy theories that her music video features references to occult owls and all-seeing eyes.

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:06:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/illuminati-eye-sightings-in-pop-culture/mel-judson
<![CDATA[The Greatest Fictional Pets You Wish You Could Actually Own]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-pets/carlybobarly
List of the best fictional pets from literature, film, TV, comics, mythology, and other places. Included are the top fictional dogs, birds, and cats from books and movies, as well as animals from other planets or other worlds. The animals on this list include real, live action, animated, and even animatronic pets. Vote on the cutest, smartest, sassiest, and most helpful animals that served as pets to other fictional characters. What are the best fictional animals from TV? Movies? Vote for your favorites. 

What are some fictional pets? Take a look at this list of fictional animals, some famous, some not. But what is the same is that they're greatest of all time.

For more animal fun, check out this list of the best animal performances in film history.
The Greatest Fictional Pets You Wish You Could Actually Own,

Hobbes

Snoopy

Stitch

Pluto

Scooby-Doo

Garfield

Dug

Abu

Hedwig

Toothless


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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 06:25:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-pets/carlybobarly
<![CDATA[The Grossest Personal Habits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-grossest-personal-habits/analise.dubner
Sometimes you are driving and you look over at the light and some dude has his finger shoved up his nose. Other times you are at a sporting event and a gentlemen next to you hawks a huge spit glob down at his feet. It's nasty. What's the grossest one, though? Inquiring minds want to know. Add your own personal gross-out if it's not here, and vote on the ones you think are vomit-worthy. What are some gross bad habits? Take a look at this list of bad habits!
The Grossest Personal Habits,

Chewing Tobacco

Not Washing Your Hands

Chewing With Your Mouth Open

Spitting

Picking Your Nose

Not Covering Your Mouth When You Sneeze

Leaving Pee On the Toilet Seat

Leaving a Wad of Hair in the Drain

Popping Your Zits in Public

Picking Your Feet


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Wed, 24 Apr 2013 03:43:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-grossest-personal-habits/analise.dubner
<![CDATA[30 Famous People Who Once Were in Marching Bands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/30-famous-people-who-once-were-in-marching-bands/robert-wabash
Who says marching band is for freaks and geeks? This list of famous people who were once in marching bands have gone on past their high school band careers to transcend stereotypes along with the instruments they once played. The celebrities here may surprise you as all have come a long way from their football field formations to become household names.

Well before these stars were among the hottest celebrities of all time, they were just another face in the crowd as a member of their school's marching band. It's hard to believe that the likes of Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tommy Lee were once dressed up in their school's colors and parading around in unison, but that's the truth. Berry played the flute, Roberts sounded the clarinet, Jackson sported a French horn, and Lee, just as he does for a living now, played the drums.

Just like Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, many of these celebrities went on to have successful careers in music after their marching band days ended. Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Lionel Richie, Steven Tyler, Trent Reznor, and Aretha Franklin are just a few who took their musical talents to the next level.

What celebrities played in the marching band? Even President Bill Clinton was once in marching band, proving that band geeks are far from freaks and may even surprise you when they go on to become famous celebrities, world-champion athletes, and even world leaders.
30 Famous People Who Once Were in Marching Bands,

Andy Griffith
Tuba
Bill Clinton
Saxophone
Celine Dion
Flute
Gloria Estefan
Clarinet
Gwen Stefani
Flute
Jennifer Garner
Saxophone
Julia Roberts
Clarinet
Steven Tyler
Trumpet
Vince Carter
Saxophone
Woody Allen
Clarinet

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Wed, 20 Oct 2010 06:32:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/30-famous-people-who-once-were-in-marching-bands/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[60+ Adopted Celebrities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/adopted-celebrities/carlybobarly
List of adopted celebrities, famous adoption people, celebrity adoptions, celebrity adoptees, famous adoptees, and famous people who were adopted.
60+ Adopted Celebrities,

Babe Ruth
Raised in an orphanage, St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, from age 7


Bill Clinton
Raised by his grandparents after the death of his father; adopted the name of his stepfather at age 15
Faith Hill
Given up and adopted at birth
Jamie Foxx
Adopted at 7 months by his maternal grandmother after his young parents split up
John Lennon
Raised by his maternal aunt and uncle from age 5 after his father's military desertion
Marilyn Monroe
Grew up with foster parents, family friends, and various aunt and uncles as a ward of the state
Nicole Richie
Raised by family friend Lionel Richie from age 3; legally adopted at age 9
Ray Liotta
Adopted at 6 months old
Steve Jobs
Given up and adopted at birth
Nicole Polizzi
Adopted at 6 months old

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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:21:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/adopted-celebrities/carlybobarly
<![CDATA[The Best Excuses to Leave a Bad Date]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-excuses-to-leave-a-bad-date/amber-hubert
Best case scenario, when it comes to a date, you'll be staring into each other's eyes and fall madly in love by the time the creme brûlée arrives. More often though, you'll be scrounging for anything to talk about to make that uncomfortable silence go away and forcing yourself to find something attractive about his receding hairline and beer belly. If that's the case, sometimes you just gotta bounce. It isn't always the nicest thing to do but your time is precious and if there's no spark - on to the next one! 
 
This list has some good tips for when you need to tip toe on outta that restaurant, call your best friend, and tell her the all scary details. Not every date can be a home run! You might let him get to first base, but sometimes you meet a guy and don't even want to be in the same ballpark! If that sounds familiar, check out this list for pointers in case it ever happens again, which, sorry to say, it probably will. 
 
But keep hope alive, ladies and gents! He or she is out there and looking for you, too! So much of life is about timing. This list is for when the timing is so bad that you just can't sit across from your bad date for another second. Always try to be polite and kind but you got to do what you got to do.
The Best Excuses to Leave a Bad Date,

My roommate lost her keys

Migraine!

Go to the bathroom and never come back

Fake being sick

I have an emergency!

I have to be up SO early!

My best friend needs me

We should just be friends!

Let him down gently

So tired!


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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:05:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-excuses-to-leave-a-bad-date/amber-hubert
<![CDATA[20 Celebrities with (Alleged) Ties to the Mafia]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-alleged-ties-to-the-mafia/josh-heller
You'll be surprised by some of the celebrities with alleged ties to the mafia, the crime bosses, mafiosos, mobsters, and gangsters. Of course, there are the obvious actors who've played mafiosos, people like Al Pacino and James Caan. They're the kind of actors who may have gotten deep into their characters by hanging out with actual mobsters... "Method Acting." 
 
But this list also includes people who you wouldn't expect, like English bombshell Elizabeth Hurley. What has she been doing with mobsters? Does the mafia really like the 2000 film Bedazzled? Was their relationship the inspiration for Mickey Blue Eyes
 
And, furthermore, what was the mafia doing with Tito Puente? Did they just really need someone to play the vibraphone at a mob function? 
 
It's important to remember these relationships haven't been confirmed, these are just celebrities who have been rumored to have mafia connections. Perhaps they got connected because they went to the same birthday party. Or maybe it's something more sinister. Maybe Wayne Newton's success in Las Vegas will require him to pay a few favors out to the mob? 
 
Let your imagination run wild with this list!  

20 Celebrities with (Alleged) Ties to the Mafia,

Steve Wynn
Over the years, this billionaire Vegas hotelier is said to have had connections to Genoveses, among other crime families. In 1986, Wynn got into heat with authorities over his Atlantic City hotel. Investigators discovered that Wynn's friend, mobster Tony Castelbuono, had been laundering the profits from his heroin-trafficking business through Wynn's casino. The scandal almost cost Wynn his gambling license.

(Source 1, 2)

Debbie Reynolds
According to MafiaInformation.com, this veteran actress has ties to crime families in Chicago. Debbie Reynolds is a long time Vegas fixture. She was once asked if people should be worried about getting killed in Las Vegas, and she said, "Yeah, but only those who need killing."
Elizabeth Hurley
According to MafiaInformation.comthis British bombshell has been linked to the Colombos. Hurley is said to have associated with Colombo Capo Donnie "Shacks" Montemarono, who was investigated by the FBI for fixing UCLA football games. Charges were dropped, but he stayed on their radar.
Frankie Valli
The Four Seasons frontman has ties to the Genoveses. He admits the connections: "Where I grew up, in New Jersey, there was a lot of organized crime activity. It was a part of life." If you were an entertainer in the 60s, you'd rub shoulders with mob guys all the time; they owned most of the clubs.

(Source)

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra's uncle, Babe Garavante, was a member of the Morettis and was convicted of murder in 1921 after driving the getaway car from an armed robbery. Over the years, Old Blue Eyes was consistently tied to the Gambino, Genovese, and Colombo families.

(Source 1, 2)

Jerry Orbach
This deceased "Law & Order" star was connected to the Colombos. He was an eyewitness in the murder of Crazy Joe Gallo, but refused to cooperate with police. Even though Orbach saw the shooter, he went to his grave never revealing who it was. 

(Source)

Joe Namath
This football personality has been connected to both the Gambinos and the Luccheses through his seedy Upper East Side bar, Bachelors III. So many bookies, loan sharks, and mobsters came through the doors that the NFL ordered Namath to divest himself from the place. 

(Source)

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe allegedly spent her last night alive with gangster Sam Giancana in Lake Tahoe, CA. That night, he supposedly convinced her not to go public with her affair with JFK. The next day, she was found dead of an apparent suicide. 

(Source)

Tony Bennett
This crooner is supposedly connected to the Bonanno family. He also had an alleged run-in with a notorious mob hit-man in the 70s. Bennett was confronted by Tony Spilotro for messing with his girl. Spilotro is said to have angrily slammed Bennett's head on a telephone book, which got the singer to "turn his life around." 

(Source 1, 2)

Wayne Newton
This Las Vegas mainstay allegedly has connections to the Gambinos. Newton has publicly admited to knowing Guido Penosi of the Gamino crime family, but Newton insisted that he didn't know about Penosi's ties. He told a newspaper in 2000: "I'm an Indian boy from Virginia. What do I know about the Mafia?"

(Source)


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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:17:05 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-alleged-ties-to-the-mafia/josh-heller
<![CDATA[The Worst Movies That Have Grossed Over $1 Billion]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-movies-that-grossed-over-1-billion/ranker-film

List of the worst movies that grossed over 1 billion dollars, as ranked by movie fans and critics. These days, the worth of a movie is usually graded by the amount of money it takes in at the box office.However, the highest grossing movies of all time are rarely ever the most critically acclaimed. In fact the movies that often make the most money are fueled on massive explosions, 20 minute chase scenes, bloody fight sequences,and random nudity, rather than quality. The movies usually have stilted dialogue, gaping plot holes, and are completely forgettable once you leave the theater.

The movies on this list have each grossed over a billion dollars, making them the most successful movies of all time. However, the quality of these movies is not always that great. They don’t often get nominated for anything more than an MTV movie award. The special effects are usually more noteworthy than the script or the acting. In fact many of the movies on this list received negative reviews from many of the most respected film critics in the business.

What are the worst billion dollar grossing movies of all time? This list includes the movies that have made the most money without being based on quality.


The Worst Movies That Have Grossed Over $1 Billion,

Avatar
$2,782.3 worldwide
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
$1,066.2 worldwide
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
$1,027.0 worldwide
Titanic
$2,186.8 worldwide
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
$1,017.0 worldwide
Alice in Wonderland
$1,024.3 worldwide
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
$1,123.8 worldwide
Iron Man 3
$1,214.7 worldwide
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
$1,043.9 worldwide
Furious 7


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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:20:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-movies-that-grossed-over-1-billion/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The 13 Least Profitable Movies Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-least-profitable-movies-ever-made/randolph
Some movies fizzle, and then some just plain tank. The films here represent the A-bombs of the A-list: gargantuan-budget pictures that nobody seemed to want to sit through. While not all of these movies are necessarily bad, all of them turned into huge losses for their respective studios. Even the most marketable actors and elaborate sets could not drag in audiences to fill the theater seats.

There are also plenty of rumors in the world of cinematic failures; some fabled studio-bankrupting flicks actually turned profits. Waterworld, for example, did not make the roster below since it actually raked in around $264 million in global box office sales, far more than the $175 million that went into production. However, the epic went way over budget, earned less-than-glowing reviews and fared rather poorly in the American market (the bulk of revenue came from overseas), badly tarnishing actor/producer Kevin Costner's reputation. While Waterworld managed to escape this list, Costner's name still appears for other work.

What are the least successful movies? There are some realy clunkers on this list, and they are considered failures since they didn't make any money and were pretty to boot.
The 13 Least Profitable Movies Ever Made,

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Budget: $167 million
Box Office: $85 million

This animated epic based on the popular video game franchise was enough to break Square Pictures studios after four years of production with an ever-expanding budget. Although the film took in $85 million in theaters, this was barely enough to recoup half of what was spent.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the same man responsible for creating the game. The film is set in an alien apocalypse, and depicts humans fighting to survive under cruel extraterrestrial leadership.

The movie, which incorporates cutting-edge animation techniques, did manage to gain praise from critics for its visual appeal. However, this was likely little consolation for the newly-unemployed production team.
Battlefield Earth
Budget: $75 million
Box Office: $57.7 million

John Travolta's pet project based on the L. Ron Hubbard science-fiction book of the same name was originally slated to be a series of two films. However, once Battlefield Earth (2000) wound up a money pit with horrific reviews, the star wisely scrapped the sequel. The film propagates the Scientologist ideologies of Hubbard, and major studios shied away from the potentially-controversial script. Travolta did manage to procure independent production company Franchise Pictures to help bring his vision to reality.

Critics bashed the flick for poor acting, bad camerawork and numerous other problems. Today, many regard Battlefield as one of the worst movies of all time.
Cutthroat Island
Budget: $98 million
Box Office: $18.5 million

This 1995 action film from Renny Harlin stars Geena Davis as a lady pirate on a quest to save her father. The film was such a massive flop, it was a major factor in bringing down an entire production company. Carolco never released another movie after Cutthroat Island, and declared bankruptcy shortly after its debut. Did it also contribute to the divorce of star Geena Davis and director Renny Harlin a scant 3 years later? Who knows?

The net loss translates to $146,947,958 with today's inflation.

Davis did manage to redeem herself with the release of The Long Kiss Goodnight the following year. While not a smash hit, the film pulled in a respectable box office haul of over $89 million and received favorable reviews.
Gigli
Budget: $74 million
Box Office: $7.3 million

Given the tsunami of media attention that power-couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez garnered in 2003, it seemed that Gigli would be a sure-fire sensation. Writer/director Martin Brest commandeered this sinking ship, which starred Affleck as the title character, a mobster with a soft heart. When Gigli is ordered to conduct a kidnapping, Lopez is appointed to make sure he gets the job done right.

Reviewers slammed Gigli, and audiences seemed to have no interest in watching the two stars outside of the tabloid realm. Thus, the film was pulled from theaters after a pitiful three-week run.
Heaven's Gate
Budget: $44 million
Box Office: $3.5 million

This big-budget Western about the Johnson County War seemed to have all of the elements necessary for success. Director Michael Cimino had just won an Academy Award for The Deer Hunter, and the follow-up starring Christopher Walken and Kris Kristofferson was slated to be his next smash hit. However, the production fell far behind schedule and wound up costing more than quadruple the estimated price tag.

Once the film was finally completed, critics drove audiences away with brutal pans. Vincent Canby of The New York Times likened the disaster to "a forced four-hour walking tour of one's own living room."

The total box office loss for Heaven's Gate equals over $104 million in today's market.
Ishtar
Budget: $55 million
Box Office: $14.4 million

There was no shortage of talent in this notorious bomb from 1980. Superstars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty played two lofty-minded (but rather unskilled) singer/songwriters looking for gigs in Morocco who inadvertently become involved in Cold War strife.

The production was plagued by an ever-increasing budget paired with personality conflicts between Beatty and director Elaine May, among others. A switch in management during post-production caused further issues.

Upon release, lackluster performances and negative reviews helped contribute to the low box-office appeal of Ishtar. In the end, the movie lost what would amount to more than $80 million with adjustments for inflation.
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Budget: $100 million
Box Office: 7.1 Million

This exorbitantly-budgeted turkey from director Ron Underwood starred Eddie Murphy as smuggler-turned-entrepreneur Pluto Nash, who owns a nightclub on the moon. When his club is burned down, Nash sets out to find the arsonist who has ruined his livelihood.

Critics gave the 2002 flick a harsh reception, and it managed to make Rotten Tomatoes' list of the 100 worst movies of all time. Despite the huge amount of cash pumped into this disaster, the special effects were deemed primitive and the acting even worse. Nash managed to garner five Golden Raspberry nominations, including one in the Worst Picture category.
The Alamo
Budget: $145 million
Box Office: $25.8 million

This 2004 depiction of the infamous Texas Revolution battle was helmed by director John Lee hancock and included the legendary Ron Howard among its roster of producers. Critics regarded the flop as draggy and uninspiring, with stars Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid failing to draw in an audience. The one thing that The Alamo may have going for it is historical accuracy. However, even this must be called into question as historians don't agree about what actually happened at the event.

Upon release, the film was trounced at the box office by The Passion of the Christ, which had already been in theaters for some time but was still pulling people in for second or third viewings.
The Postman
Budget: $80 million
Box Office: $17.6 million

After the fiasco that was Waterworld, actor/director Kevin Costner decided to resurrect his floundering career with…another post-apocalyptic epic starring himself. The Postman (2007) tells the tale of an actor struggling to survive in what's left of America after a devastating nuclear war. Upon discovering a stash of undelivered mail in an abandoned post office, he sets out on a mission to provide other survivors with old letters from their loved ones, bringing new hope for civilization itself.

Critics didn't buy the story, and movie-goers didn't buy tickets. Instead of salvaging the wreckage from Waterworld's wake, The Postman only delivered another colossal failure for Costner, grossing far less than it's much-mocked predecessor.
Mars Needs Moms


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Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:07:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-least-profitable-movies-ever-made/randolph
<![CDATA[What's the Worst Thing About Your Job?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-and-_39_s-the-worst-thing-about-your-job-/desertrat89
Unless you have that dream job where you work your own high-paying hours designing illusions for top tier magicians on the Vegas strip... you probably have something about your job you hate. Some of us work under the most employee-hating conditions imaginable (Wal-Mart *cough*), some of us work 3 jobs just to keep the lights on and some of us do ok but have to spend all the hours of our lives sitting in flourescent-lit cubes. What's the worst thing about your job? And please, add yours, because I only scratched the surface here. Vote... and ADD.
What's the Worst Thing About Your Job?,

No Chance of Promotion

No Benefits

Your Boss in General

So Boring

Favoritism

Upper Management Is Out of Touch

Having to Show Up

Lazy Coworkers

No Holiday Bonus

Stupid Rules


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Mon, 22 Jul 2013 03:07:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-and-_39_s-the-worst-thing-about-your-job-/desertrat89
<![CDATA[The Creepiest Sports Mascots]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepiest-sports-mascots/the-round-mound
The creepiest sports mascots represent professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey teams, as well as college sports teams and international competitions. Designed to excite the crowd and entertain fans, these creepy sports mascots miss the mark as they are bizarre, odd or simply scary. Some are downright profane while others are so offbeat that they ride the fine line between funny and freaky.

Masklophobia is the official term for a fear of masks or mascots. Clearly that term was coined after these creepy mascots put fear into the hearts of sports fans old and young. These are the types of mascots that haunt dreams, hide under the bed and creep up on you while you're minding your own business at a sporting event.

Some mascots, especially those representing college teams, are doomed from the get-go as the team nickname does not exactly translate to something that would make a great mascot. Take the Stanford Cardinal Tree or the Ohio State Buckeyes for example. Both schools worship trees and let's face it, trees don't make fierce mascots, they make mascots that are equal parts lame and creepy.

For other mascots, it's the life-like but beyond creepy expression on the mascot's face that makes them something out of a bad horror movie. The Providence College Friar, Dallas Cowboys Rowdy and the King Cake Baby, a strange mascot that pops up around New Orleans, Louisiana, especially as the New Orleans Hornets games, take that level of creepy to the next level.

Whether the mascots are based on crappy things to begin with, like the Xavier University Blue Blob, or are simply a strange combination of a person and a cartoon, like the University of Nebraska Lil' Red, each of these mascots easily qualify as the creepiest out there. Once you see these mascots, you'll never look at one the same ever again.
The Creepiest Sports Mascots,

2012 Summer Olympics
Wenlock and Mandeville
New Orleans Pelicans
King Cake Baby
Providence College
The Providence Friar
Rhode Island School of Design
Scrotie
San Diego Chargers
Boltman
Stanford University
Stanford Tree
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Eutectic
Vanderbilt University
Mr. Commodore
Wichita State University
Wushock
Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
Pistol Pete

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Sat, 21 Jan 2012 01:21:53 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/creepiest-sports-mascots/the-round-mound
<![CDATA[The Last Tweets of Deceased Celebrities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-last-tweets-of-dead-celebrities-v1/keshvaralikhani
Before the age of the Internet, famous last words were immortalized in journals, books, and through word of mouth. But now that we document every single moment of our lives on the web, you’re much more likely to find the last words of celebrities right where you’d expect them - on Twitter.

These may not be their official last words, but they are the last public statements these celebrities ever made. Whether or not these stars knew they were about to die, the last tweets of dead celebrities offer snapshots into the final moments of their famous lives.

Some famous people, like Maya Angelou and Leonard Nimoy, left last tweets that perfectly encapsulate their spirits and legacies. Others, like Billy Mays and Reeva Steenkamp (the woman killed by “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius), Tweeted final words that chillingly foreshadowed their doomed futures.

Some of the famous people on this list are celebrities who died unexpectedly, while others took their own lives or suffered long illnesses. Whether these dead celebrities’ last tweets were promoting upcoming shows, making jokes, or sending love to their family members, they’re the last words fans will ever get to read. At least until some distant relative takes over their Twitter account and starts spamming your feed with obnoxious quotes. RIP.
The Last Tweets of Deceased Celebrities,

Billy Mays

Carrie Fisher

Elaine Stritch

Garry Shandling

George Michael

Leonard Nimoy

Maya Angelou

Patty Duke

Robin Williams

Harris Wittels


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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:45:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-last-tweets-of-dead-celebrities-v1/keshvaralikhani
<![CDATA[16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/13-songs-that-don_t-mean-what-you-think-they-do/molly-mahan
Here's a list of songs whose meanings we completely miss because we either don't listen to lyrics properly or we just take the song at face value, ignoring any origins or intent of the artist. Or we just don't even realize what the lyrics really are. Then, one day, your world breaks down. The real meanings of these popular songs will shock you.

Everything you knew and loved about these songs is about to turn out to be a lie because that songs you thought were innocent and sweet are often actually about the opposite. Think "Born in the USA" is a patriotic anthem? Think again.

Hopefully, learning the truth about these popular songs doesn't shatter your world too much, though it will certainly make you think twice at the next karaoke night.
16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do,

Semisonic
This memorable '90s track is about a bar at closing time, right? RIGHT? No. No, it's about something else entirely.

According to Dan Wilson, Semisonic lead singer, it's about being "bounced from the womb." As in, your mama's belly. In the above video he points out a lot of lyrics that make you go, "oh, yeah, I guess it is about the birth of a baby." For instance: "This room won't be open till your brothers and your sisters come."

Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
Misconstrued by eBay and many others as an anthem for consumerism (thanks no doubt in part to the music video), "Semi-Charmed Life" is actually about a drug users dark descent into crystal meth use and the sexual acts he performs while trying to find that "something else."

I was taking sips of it through my nose [...]
Doing crystal meth, will lift you up until you break

You're the priestess, I must confess
Those little red panties they pass the test
Slide up around the belly, face down on the mattress

Of course, it's no wonder that many of us either don't know or don't catch the song's lyrical content. In addition to the upbeat sound and the references of lewd activities coming at you a mile a minute, the song was also drastically edited to be a playable single for TV and the radio.

The original song is 3:07 minutes long, but when edited for the radio, nearly a whole minute was taken out to make it playable, and the words "crystal meth" are often covered up by use of backmasking (you know, just like all the references to Satan in Led Zepplin songs supposedly are).
Like a Virgin by Madonna
"Like a Virgin" isn't about a sensitive girl, and is, in fact, not about a girl at all. Lyricist Billy Steinberg explained in an interview with the LA Times that he did not intend for a woman to sing the song, and that the song was about his personal experiences of going through the emotional ringer in the past, and how he felt new and unhurt the next time he fell in love, as if he had never been hurt before. Like a virgin.

I was beat, incomplete
I'd been had, I was sad and blue
But you made me feel
Yeah, you made me feel
Shiny and new


Says Steinberg, "I was saying ... that I may not really be a virgin – I've been battered romantically and emotionally like many people – but I'm starting a new relationship and it just feels so good, it's healing all the wounds and making me feel like I've never done this before, because it's so much deeper and more profound than anything I've ever felt."
Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
Many an unsuspecting singer chooses "Brown Sugar" for karaoke and balks at the lyrics as they appear on the screen. Somehow (we don't know how) they typically understand what this song is about, even though the story is right in the lyrics. It's used in some daytime TV commercials and places all around in this fun, light-hearted manner when it is quite literally a song about slave rape.

This song isn't a love tribute to a beloved African American woman and it is most definitely not something about the sweetener that brings us all chocolate chip cookies. This song is about white plantation owners raping their African slaves.

Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in a market down in New Orleans
Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright
Hear him with the women just around midnight.
Ah, brown sugar how come you taste so good?
Brown sugar, just like a young girl should


Yikes.

Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
Only The Boss could make an anti-war song sound like a jingoistic rock anthem that most people use as a pro-America anthem. The song narrative follows a working class American who gets into some trouble at home, so he goes to Vietnam to fight in the war. When he returns, he is unable to find work and is shunned by the community at large, kind of like in real life.

Springsteen's lyrics and message were so cleverly masked, that Ronald Reagan's staff tried to get the song to be the official song for his re-election campaign (which is exactly how well they did their research), but The Boss politely declined, as he did not support Ronald Reagan at all.
There She Goes by Sixpence Nonethericher
This is actually a cover of a song by British rock band The La's from their eponymous album. Although the song initially seems to be about a woman, if you look closely at the lyrics, the "she" in question is actually heroin and the song tells of the rush of using the drug and how fleeting the high is.

There she goes again
Racing through' my brain
And I just can't contain
This feelin' that remains

There she blows
There she blows again
Pulsing through' my vein
And I just can't contain
This feelin' that remains


Additionally, the song has stylistic similarities to The Velvet Underground's "There She Goes Again," a song with overt references to prostitution and potentially references to drug abuse, as well.
Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
Probably best known for the repetitive chanting of "I want my MTV" by Sting, the song is often believed to be an anthem for the MTV generation. "I want my MTV" even became a tagline, and slogan for the generation of people who grew up believing in music videos and the MTV phenomenon.

But the four and half minute song is, in fact, a criticism of the music scene of the 80s - especially glam metal which was in its hey-day. In fact, bassist Nikki Sixx claims the song is specifically about his band, Motley Crue.

Told from the perspective of a blue collar worker, the song contains lyrics that discredit and dismiss the musicians and their ability such as "See the little f*ggot [a word which is used liberally and with absolutely no hesitation throughout the song, and, according to the song writer is actually part of the 'point' of the character who sings the song] with the earring and the make-up" and comments on how their music "ain't working." Still, he laments their ability to get "money for nothing, and their chicks for free." In the end, he decides that maybe he should learn how to play guitar.

The Ice Cream Truck Song
That utterly American ice cream truck song you thought meant "hey kids, come enjoy a cold treat on this fine sunny day!" actually has some of the most racist lyrics in the history of music. Recorded for Columbia records 1916, the melody is from a song called "N**** Loves a Watermelon Ha Ha Ha" by a terrible man named Harry C Brown. Here's a sampling of the lyrics:

You N***** quit throwing them bones and come down and get your ice cream
Ice cream?
Yes, colored man's ice cream: watermelon!
N***** loves a watermelon ha ha ha
N***** loves a watermelon ha ha ha
For here they're made with a half a pound of cool
there's nothing like a watermelon for a hungry coon.


My Sharona by The Knack
We all probably know that "My Sharona" is about sex or trying to get laid, but how about sex with underaged girl? Maybe not. In the tradition of "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the song is about a man's serial lust for a girls several years his junior.

In this case, the song is about Doug Fieger, the band's drummer, and his relationship with Sharona Alperin, who he met when he was 25 and she was 16. They dated for four years and she appears on the single's cover. Nevertheless, the lyrics are quite raunchy and rather uncouth in kinder circles:

Such a dirty mind, always get it up
For the touch of the younger kind...

When you gonna give it to me
Give it to me
It's just a matter of time Sharona


As far as songs about underaged sex go, though, "My Sharona" takes the cake... And robs the cradle?
Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
You probably heard this song a lot as a kid and didn't think much of it. Well, give this record a spin and really listen to the lyrics - you'll realize that the song is all kinds of rough. Not only is it about some guy getting it on with multiple girls - Sue and Daisy - they both "know what to do" (so they're very experienced), and they all drive him crazy.

Also, the repeated hook of "Tutti frutti, aw rooty" was not the original lyrics of the song, before it got picked up to be recorded. When performing live, Little Richard sang the following:

Tutti Frutti, good booty / If it don’t fit, don’t force it / You can grease it, make it easy.

The lyrics were then changed in studio to "Tutti Frutti, all rooty" (all rooty was slang at the time for "alright") so that the rest of the song didn't make sense, making it more marketable. Yes, that's right. The song you most likely danced to like an idiot when you were three and didn't know better was really... much more adult.

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<![CDATA[The 61 Celebrities with the Most Marriages]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-the-most-marriages/general_crack
Famous people seem to have a knack for binge marrying. Divorces and weddings come and go with such frequency that it can become difficult to remember who's spouse is whose.

What celebrities have the most marriages? This list includes both men who have gone through multiple wives, and women who have gone through multiple husbands. It makes one wonder why someone would be willing to marry someone who has been married countless times before. It would seem fame has yet another advantage.
The 61 Celebrities with the Most Marriages,

Artie Shaw
1. Jane Cairns (1932-1933)
2. Margaret Allen (1934-1937)
3. Lana Turner (1939-1940)
4. Elizabeth Kern (1942-1943)
5. Ava Gardner (1945-1946)
6. Kathleen Winsor (1946-1948)
7. Doris Dowling (1952-1956)
8. Evelyn Keyes (1957-1985)
Bonnie Lee Bakley
1. Evangelos Paulakis (1971; divorced)
2. Paul Gawron (1977–1982)
3. Robert Moon (1984–1987)
4. DeMart C. Besly (1988; annulled)
5. Joseph Brooksher (1992; annulled)
6. William Webber (1993; annulled)
7. E. Robert Telufson (1994; annulled)
8. Glynn H. Wolfe (1995; annulled)
9. John Ray (1996–1998)
10. Robert Blake (2000–2001; her death)
Elizabeth Taylor
1. Conrad Hilton, Jr. (1950–51)
2. Michael Wilding (1952–57)
3. Mike Todd (1957–58; his death)
4. Eddie Fisher (1959–64)
5. Richard Burton (1964–74)
6. Richard Burton (again; 1975–76)
7. John Warner (1976–82)
8. Larry Fortensky (1991–96)
Jennifer O'Neill
1. Dean Rossiter (1965–1971)
2. Joseph Roster (1972–1974)
3. Nick De Noia (1975–1976)
4. Jeff Barry (1978–1979)
5. John Lederer (1979–1983)
6. Richard A. Alan (1984–1987)
7. Neil L. Bonin (1992–1993)
8. Richard A. Alan (again; 1993–1996)
9. Mervin Sidney Louque, Jr. (1996-present)
Jerry Lee Lewis
1. Dorothy Barton (1952–1953)
2. Jane Mitchum (1953–1957)
3. Myra Gale Brown (1957–1970)
4. Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate (1971–1982)
5. Shawn Stephens (1983–1983)
6. Kerrie McCarver (1984–2005)
7. Judith Brown (2012-present)
Lana Turner
1. Artie Shaw (1939–1940)
2. Joseph Stephen Crane (1942–1943; annulled)
3. Joseph Stephen Crane (1943–1944)
4. Henry J. Topping (1948–1952)
5. Lex Barker (1953–1957)
6. Fred May (1960–1962)
7. Robert Eaton (1965–1969)
8. Ronald Dante (1969–1972)
Larry King

1. Freda Miller (1952–1953; annulled)
2. Annette Kaye (1961)
3. Alene Akins (1961–1963)
4. Mickey Stuphin (1963–1967)
5. Alene Akins (again; 1967–1972)
6. Sharon Lepore (1976–1983)
7. Julie Alexander (1989–1992)
8. Shawn Southwick (1997–present)


Mickey Rooney
1. Ava Gardner (1942–43)
2. B.J. Baker (1944–48)
3. Martha Vickers (1949–51)
4. Elaine Devry (1952–58)
5. Carolyn Mitchell (1958–66; her death)
6. Marge Lane (1966–67)
7. Carolyn Hockett (1969–75)
8. Jan Chamberlin (1978–present)
Richard Pryor
1. Patricia Price (1960–1961)
2. Shelley R. Bonis (1968–1969)
3. Deborah McGuire (1977–1978)
4. Jennifer Lee (1979–1982)
5. Flynn Belaine (1986–1987)
6. Flynn Belaine (again; 1990–1991)
7. Jennifer Lee (again; 2001–2005; his death)
Zsa Zsa Gábor
1. Burhan Aspaf Belge (1937–1941)
2. Conrad Hilton (1942–1947)
3. George Sanders (1949–1954)
4. Herbert Hutner (1962–1966)
5. Joshua S. Cosden, Jr. (1966–1967)
6. Jack Ryan (1975–1976)
7. Michael O'Hara (1976–1983)
8. Felipe de Alba (1983; annulled)
9. Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (1986–present)

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<![CDATA[Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actor-phonebook-list/carlybobarly
List of actors who you would watch do something as mundane as read the phone book. Some of these guys are leading men, considered some of the best actors of all time, and other are great character actors, known for their ability to become completely different people each time they are on camera. A few are just charming, or maybe "interesting," whatever that means. Others on this list are just quirky weirdos known for their off-screen antics as much as their actual acting. Maybe they would liven up the phonebook a bit? It's not always ads for fireworks and prostitutes.

Vote for those actors you think would be fun to watch doing just about anything. If not read the phonebook, maybe they could do the news, or the weather. Be sure to add any who are missing, and click 'rerank' below to make a list of your own.
Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book,

Alan Rickman

Anthony Hopkins

Benedict Cumberbatch

Gary Oldman

Ian McKellen

Johnny Depp

Liam Neeson

Morgan Freeman

Robin Williams

Tom Hanks


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Tue, 14 May 2013 08:14:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actor-phonebook-list/carlybobarly
<![CDATA[99 Celebrities Who Went to Ivy League Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-ivy-league-schools/celebrity-lists
Celebrities who went to Ivy League schools are those smarty pants actors, musicians, and other famous people in the entertainment industry who at one point in their careers attended one of the most prestigious universities in the country. All of these stars scored big for their work in Hollywood but judging by their schooling, they would have likely been successful in other fields as well.

Perhaps the most prestigious of them all, Harvard University, was once home to many of our favorite current actors and TV stars such as Conan O' Brien, Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jack Lemmon. Yale University is no different with numerous famous alumni such as Meryl Streep, Edward Norton, James Franco, Claire Danes, Jodie Foster, Leiv Screiber, Paul Newman, and Anderson Cooper.

Hundreds of famous people have attended other Ivy League schools too, like Brown University, which was attended by Emma Watson, John Krasinski, and Julie Bowed, or Columbia University, once a place where Kathryn Bigelow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Reeve and Casey Affleck formerly studied. To round out the eight Ivy League schools, Cornell University has its share of stars, like Bill Nye, Bill Maher, and Jane Lynch, as does Dartmouth College, with alumni such as Mindy Kaling, Aisha Tyler, and Mr. Rogers, Princeton University, formerly home to Brooke Shields, David Duchovny and Ethan Cohen, and the University of Pennsylvania, with esteemed former attendees such as John Legend, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Trump, and Candice Bergen.

So while these celebrities who attended Ivy League schools might seen like some of your typical Hollywood airheads, all have high quality educations to fall back on should that whole TV, movies, or music thing not work out. Not a bad plan B at all!
99 Celebrities Who Went to Ivy League Schools,

Claire Danes

Conan O'Brien

Edward Norton

Emma Watson

Jake Gyllenhaal

John Krasinski

Matt Damon

Meryl Streep

Natalie Portman

Rashida Jones


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<![CDATA[9 Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-whose-parents-have-been-in-prison/celebrity-lists
List of Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison, ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous people came from less than traditional upbringings because their parents spent time in prison. Some of these famous people's mothers were actually pregnant with their future stars while they were incarcerated. One famous actor's father was convicted of multiple murders.

Who is the most famous person whose parents have been in prison? Lindsay Lohan tops our list. The Mean Girls actress's father Michael Lohan has been in and out of prison. The list of charges against him include insider trading, driving under the influence, and assault. Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson's father spent most of his life in prison after being convicted of two murder charges. He attempted to escape in 1995, but he was caught and sent to the Supermax prison ADX Florence.

"Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester's mother was serving time in prison on drug charges throughout her pregnancy.Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur was very involved in the Black Panthers party, and she spent almost a year in jail for conspiracy against the U.S. government. She was acquitted of all charges, and Tupac was born one month after her release from jail.

Do you think that having parents who were incarcerated made it hard to enjoy childhood?  Share your thoughts in the comments section.
9 Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison,

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore's childhood was less than traditional. Her father, John Drew Barrymore, went to jail several times in the 1950s and '60s for public drunkenness, drug abuse, and domestic violence against his first wife Cara.

Hayden Panettiere
When Hayden Panettiere was 18, her father, Skip, was sent to jail after being charged with misdemeanor spousal battery against her mother. Panettiere's parents divorced in 2012.

Hope Solo
Hope Solo was conceived during a conjugal visit while her father, Jeffrey, was in prison for embezzlement. A mysterious con man with a questionable history, he was later was jailed for kidnapping Solo and her brother as children and driving them out of state.
Kellie Pickler
"American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler's father, Bo, was in and out of jail when she was a child. He served 3 years for aggravated assault and battery related to a 2003 stabbing. In 2013, he was listed as a fugitive in Florda after violating his probation. Pickler was raised primarily by her grandparents.

Kimora Lee Simmons
When Kimora Lee Simmons was in elementary school, Vernon Whitlock, Jr., spent three years in prison. A former Federal Marshal and bail bondsman, he was originally sentenced to 24 years for distributing cocaine and synthetic heroin, but his sentence was reduced when he provided the state information about his supplier.

Leighton Meester
While pregnant, "Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester's mother, Constance, was serving time in federal prison. She had been convicted as part of a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the U.S. Meester was born in a hospital, and her mother was able to spend a few months with her newborn in a halfway house. She was then raised by her grandparents until her mother got released from prison.

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has been in and out of prison for decades. The list of charges against him include insider trading (1990), violating probation (1997), driving under the influence, and assault (2004).

Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, was very involved in the Black Panthers Party. She took part in several bombings and was charged with over 150 charges of Conspiracy against the U.S. government and New York landmarks. She acted as her own criminal defense attorney in her trial, but starting in 1970, she spent 11 months in jail. Shakur was eventually acquitted of all charges, and Tupac was born one month after her release.
Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson's father spent most of his life in prison after being convicted of two murder charges. A hitman, Charles Harrelson was convicted in 1973 for the 1968 murder of Sam Degelia. While out on parole, he shot and killed U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. in 1979. Harrelson attempted to escape prison in 1995, but he was caught and sent to the Supermax prison ADX Florence. He died of cancer in 2007.

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<![CDATA[12 Romantic Comedy Cliches That Give Men False Hope]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/romantic-comedy-cliches-that-give-men-false-hope/ivana-wynn
List of romantic comedy cliches most notoriously aimed at making men think dating and marriage is one big laugh riot. Everyone loves to hate romantic comedies for their over-the-top moments and predictable storylines, which are so unlike real life.

What’s even more illusory about romantic comedies is that they give men false hope when it comes to attracting or keeping the opposite sex. Check out the cliches below and make sure not to make the mistake of believing them too easily because love and even hooking up, is rarely that simple.
12 Romantic Comedy Cliches That Give Men False Hope,

All of her friends will NOT bang all of your friends
It seems like once the two protagonists of a romantic comedy start dating, their friends suddenly have no lives of their own and match up perfectly – alternative. All that'€™s left for them to do is tag along for comedic relief, like in What Happens in Vegas. The pranksters, Hater (Rob Corddry) and Tipper (Lake Bell) spend the movie insulting each other, but end up attracted. Don't assume that if one scores, all of your boys will.
If you give her love advice about another guy, she’ll end up falling for you.
Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth and Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor go to extreme lengths to get the girl. Butler helps Katherine Heigl win over her sexy doctor neighbor by accompanying her to get a makeover, practicing seduction techniques, and even communicating with her through an ear piece while she’s on a date. Dempsey humiliates his masculinity by agreeing to be Michelle Monaghan’s maid of honor and going through the wedding preparations.

Of course, these women eventually realize that the men they’re currently with aren’t "the one." In real life, she wouldn’t be asking you for advice about another guy if she wanted you. Chances are she’s genuinely asking your opinion about the guy she’s currently into, and it isn’t you.
If you’re really persistent, she’ll fall in love with you.
In Hitch, Will Smith is persistent to the point of restraining order, going so far as to preach about his feeling on his love interest's doorstep before jumping onto a moving car to stop her from leaving with another man.

In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Matthew McConaughey weaves his car in and out of New York traffic to profess his love for Kate Hudson, who's secretly trying to get rid of him. Under other circumstances it might be kind of creepy and stalkeresque, but hey, movies. 
If you’re hideous and she’s beautiful, you still have a chance to make her fall for your personality.
Sometimes when you’re at the mall, you’ll notice a pretty girl holding hands with an ugly dude, but don’t think all girls are sensitive enough to like you for your humor if you’re seriously lacking in physical attractiveness. Practically every Adam Sandler movie propagates this false notion (Just Go With It, Funny People, Bedtime Stories, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, etc.).

Although the positive outcome of the lovable and chubby Kevin James’ obsession with celebrity Allegra Cole in Hitch is sweet, it’s also extremely unrealistic. Similarly, Seth Rogen’s character in Knocked Up is a total pothead loser who only ends up in bed with Katherine Heigl because she’s drunk. Remember, Heigl’s character is forced to look for Rogen’s positive traits when she gets pregnant.
A superficial girl will eventually be able to see beyond the surface.
In Clueless and The House Bunny, Alicia Silverstone and Anna Faris spend the whole movie making you laugh with their shallow personalities and cringe-worthy comments. Yet, somehow three-quarters of the way through, they start to see clearly and win over the smart guy by paying attention to current events and reading books in the library. She may just be putting on an act, but even then, you probably don’t want a girl who is afraid to be intelligent.

The House Bunny

She’ll agree to a threesome.
Even though it’s a very well-written and directed film by Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona goes further than most romantic comedies with a threesome involving Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Scarlett Johansson. At first Bardem’s new girlfriend Johansson, who has moved in with him for her one-month stay in Barcelona, is jealous of his history with the mentally unstable but artistically talented Penelope Cruz.

Suddenly, the two women are going out into the city to work on Johansson’s photography and Johansson becomes "what was missing" in Bardem and Cruz’s relationship. It would take a very open-minded pair of women to make this fantasy happen.
She’s willing to have a purely sexual relationship.
This cliche has sparked a recent trend of "Let’s just be f**k buddies" movies like Love & Other Drugs and No Strings Attached. This decision is usually due to a past filled with painful relationships, like Anne Hathaway’s experience of being abandoned because of her Parkinson’s disease in Love & Other Drugs.

Having a purely sexual relationship sounds like a guy’s dream come true at first, but then of course, the couple starts spending more time together and they (ironically, the guy has the epiphany first) realize that emotions tend to complicate things. If she has any standards at all and is worth your respect and time, she’s going to want more from you than just sex.
Even if she looks like a nerd now, a makeover will transform her into a hot chick.
This classic cliche can be found in She’s All That, The Princess Diaries, The House Bunny, and Miss Congeniality. Rachael Leigh Cook in She’s All That is made "unattractive" by wearing glasses and putting her hair up into a ponytail. Sandra Bullock has a dorky laugh and tough attitude in Miss Congeniality. Anne Hathaway’s hair is frizzed up and she’s awkward and clumsy in The Princess Diaries.

The truth is that all these actresses are beautiful to begin with – they still have pretty faces and nice bodies. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a two-hour makeover will do the trick on any nerdy chick of your choice.
If you get her pregnant, you can still become a happy couple.
It’s perfectly possible for this to happen. After all, the U.S. has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates and these teens are still managing somehow. However, unplanned pregnancies can easily cause tension between two people, especially if they barely know each other to begin with. You’re suddenly linked to someone through your responsibility for another human being.

Romantic comedies like Juno and Knocked Up show you the struggles and fights that result from being thrown into that particular situation but their happy endings are a rare in reality.
Even if she’s about to marry another guy, you still have a shot!
The phrase "Speak now or forever hold your peace" has been abused by romantic comedies like Wedding Crashers, Sweet Home Alabama, The Wedding Planner, and Made of Honor. Whether it be a lawyer, the father of the bride, the groom, or the guy who loves the bride, romantic comedies treat marriage very lightly. It would be wise to speak to her before the wedding if possible because (hopefully) by then she’s probably already made up her mind.

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<![CDATA[50+ Celebrities Who Never Had Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/childless-celebrities/celebrity-lists
List of Childless Celebrities ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous and successful people have not had children. Some have deliberately decided against procreation, some cannot have kids due to medical reasons while others just haven't gotten around to it yet. Through the years there have been tons of childless celebrities.Who is the most famous person without children? 

“The Office” co-creator Ricky Gervais has been with his long-time love for over 30 years. Ricky Gervais has stated that he never wanted to have kids: “We never wanted to be parents, with all that entails: the loss of freedom, total dependency.” Maternal famous women Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, and Dolly Parton are also childless celebrities.

Do you think that not having kids allowed these celebrities to reach a higher level of success in their careers? While some of these celebrities who never had kids opted out of parenting, others lost children early in their lives and never had more. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
50+ Celebrities Who Never Had Kids,

Betty White
Though she was married 3 times and has played many matronly characters, Betty White never had any children.
Cameron Diaz
There's Something About Mary star Cameron Diaz has dated high profile men like Jared Leto, Alex Rodriguez, and Justin Timberlake, but she has remained unmarried and child-free.

Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has never married or had children.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton has been married for over 45 years, but she has been unable to have kids. Not having kids caused Parton to suffer from episodes of depression.

George Clooney

George Clooney, formerly Hollywood's most eligible bachelor, dated Kelly Preston, Renee Zellweger, and Stacey Kiebler before he married lawyer Amal Clooney in 2014. He is childless, but he is an animal lover who has had two bulldogs and a potbellied pig.


Helen Mirren
Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren became a stepmother when she married a father of two in 1997, but she says has "no maternal instinct whatsoever."
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson has been married several times, but remains childless.

Jay Leno
Talk show host Jay Leno has been married to his wife Mavis since 1980.  The couple has no children.

Lily Tomlin
Actress Lily Tomlin married her longtime partner, Jane Wagner, in 2013. The couple has no children.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was sexually abused as a child and became pregnant at the age of 14.  She hid the pregnancy from her father, who said he would rather see her dead than shame the family with an illegitimate child, and she drank bleach in attempt to abort the baby.  She ultimately gave birth to a premature son who died shortly after his birth, and Winfrey has not had any children since.  A family member leaked information about this event in 1990.


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<![CDATA[The Weirdest YouTube Channels You Should Be Watching]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-youtube-videos/devon-ashby

We all know about the “weird side” of YouTube. In our darker (or more enlightened) moments, we may even have ended up there. One minute you're minding your business, then someone sends you a link that you assume to be a funny YouTube video, and the next thing you know, you're watching a video of an adult in a full-body cat suit and party wig aggressively twerking to Beyonce.

With all that competition, what are the weirdest YouTube channels out there? The most bizarre YouTube channels? The creepiest YouTube channels? Let's be honest – we're all in the mood for something a little strange and horrifying sometimes, and with over 72 hours of fresh amateur content uploaded every 60 seconds, YouTube is the perfect place to go for that. Below, enjoy a crash course introduction to some of the most bizarre, incomprehensible, and occasionally brilliant channels on YouTube.


The Weirdest YouTube Channels You Should Be Watching,

Cyriak
Cyriak is a surreal British animator who makes repeating loops of creepy, mind-bending things like monsters made out of human fingers that puke their own heads up through their mouths in an endless cycle. Confused? You probably should be.

Cyriak's animations are terrifying, but from a technical perspective, they're also brilliant and incredibly detailed. Plus, they're a great way to upset your friends.
David Firth
David Firth is a pre-YouTube Internet celebrity who first rose to infamy roundabout the mid-2000s with his bizarre and unnerving Flash animation series, Salad Fingers.

Firth is now a successful animator who does work for the BBC, and he's apparently finished posting Salad Fingers updates, but he still posts other strange and horrifying crap from time to time, like this inscrutable stop-motion short.

Jillian Mayer
Jillian Mayer is an actual, legit artist who has exhibitions at fancy places like the Guggenheim. But she also runs a YouTube channel! And her YouTube channel is really damn weird.

Mayer's channel is mainly about the unexpected and brain-twisting intersections between physical reality and life online. Her most popular video is probably "I Am Your Grandma," but if you really want to go hard, you need to experience her full-on epic, "#PostModem."
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
Don't Hug Me. I'm Scared became Internet famous a couple years ago thanks to their retroactively childhood-destroying short film of the same title. The short tricks you into thinking it's a normal clip from a children's show, only to slowly derail into a discordant nightmare of raw meat, glitter glue, and screaming.

They made a sequel to the original short earlier this year and continue to regularly update their channel with cryptic follow-ups like this one, featuring the same characters. Currently, they are working on a Kickstarter campaign to launch a full webseries. (God help us all.)
Everything Is Terrible
Everything is Terrible specializes in unearthed and re-edited footage from after-school specials, infomercials, Saturday morning children's fare, and other artifacts from the forgotten wasteland of VHS and television production prior to the Internet's heyday.

It's tough to narrow it down to just one video demonstrating why this channel is awesome, but we're going to go with this clip from the 2005 made-for-TV cautionary tale, Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life.
The Report of the Week
This kid started making truly excellent (and weird) food reviews in 2011. What started as a crucial report on energy drinks expanded to cover fast food, junk food, and candy within a few months. 

Think this guy is weird? He's nothing compared to these Weirdest YouTubers

Memory Hole
Culled from some mysterious, covertly-obtained stash of shot-on-VHS home videos, Memory Hole is a project run by the same people responsible for Everything is Terrible. All of their videos are short, but they are among the most unsettling and inexplicable things you will ever see on the Internet, guaranteed.

If you dig Memory Hole you'll get a kick out of the rest of these Weird Youtubers
The Uncharted Zone
Hosted by the inimitable (among other things) Phil Thomas Katt, The Uncharted Zone is the official YouTube channel of a public access radio station in Gulf Shores, Alabama devoted to showcasing unknown and offbeat musical acts.

Their YouTube presence is dominated by trippy, non-professional green screen music videos, which UZ produce in their own studio for performers like Supagroup, and folk-rocker Mark Gormley, whose ballad "Little Wings" will move you to tears of...something.
NextMedia Animation
Based in Taipei, Taiwan, NextMedia Animation produces satirical CGI news segments.

All of their videos are based on actual news stories, but NMA is definitely never afraid to get whimsical – this video about Justin Beiber's faux pas visit to a Chinese shrine, for example, gleefully depicts Beiber taking selfies with the corpses of decorated war heroes and spraying fountains of urine all over rows of painted ceramic urns.

Think NextMedia is weird? You're going to want to check out these other weird YouTubers.
Rawn Erickson
Ron Erickson's "Hi, I'm Rawn!" is an intentional comedy channel, but dude definitely has his own signature style of presentation. He occasionally goes on field trips, but many of his videos consist of him hanging out in his own basement, doing solo physical comedy routines, or dressing up in different costumes and playing multiple characters.

For the record, we think Rawn is actually pretty funny and talented, and if you don't believe us, just check out this sexy ribbon-dancing video he made.

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:24:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-youtube-videos/devon-ashby
<![CDATA[36 Rare Photos From World War II]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/world-war-2-pictures/ashley-reign
Even decades after its end, World War 2 still strikes a chord in the hearts of people from all corners of the globe. For some, it was a time of epic heroism and a fight for morality and freedom. For others, it was a time when the darkest imaginations of the human soul came to life. Here, we’ve gathered a collection of rare World War 2 pictures that show both the depths of human evil, and the fierce goodness we can aspire to. More than anything, these pictures from the Second World War prove that greatness can be achieved when good men and women vow to fight against monstrosity.

In these stunning WW2 pictures, you’ll see the war through the eyes of people from all over the world. From the drawings of a young girl raised in a concentration camp, to the reactions of German POWs as they watch footage of what happened inside them, many of these incredible photos will leave you speechless. Though some of these images are graphic, those brave enough to face them will better understand the realities of a war far too important to be lost in time.

In a world that sometimes seems overrun by chaos, here you’ll find evidence that there is always hope, as long as those who stand for good continue to fight against the forces of evil. Though many are still stunned by the darkness that was revealed during the time, these WWII pictures will show you why it’s so important to remember history: it’s the only way to guarantee that some aspects of it are never repeated again.
36 Rare Photos From World War II,

A Naked Gunman Resumes His Post After Rescuing a Drowning Pilot

The US Navy Crewman of your dreams? The young man photographed here was actually a hero. Before immediately reassuming his role as a machine-gunner, he stripped down in order to dive into Rabaul Harbor to rescue a Marine pilot who had been shot down by the Japanese.

Photo by: Horace Bristol


German Prisoners Reacting to Footage of Concentration Camps
This photo was taken in 1945 and depicts German POWs being forced to watch footage of the horrors unfolding in Nazi run concentration camps.

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A German Soldier Sharing Bread with Russian Boy
This photo was taken in 1942, somewhere in the Volkhov area of Russia and shows a German soldier sharing bread with an orphaned boy.

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Aleksandra Samusenko, a Female Tank Commander
Aleksandra Samusenko was one of the only female tank officers of the Soviet Armed forces and served as a tank commander from 1943-1944. Samusenko rose to fame both for her heroic performance during the Battle of Kursk and for leading her forces out of an ambush when her commander fell during a later battle.

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Two Soldiers with the Best Easter Present Ever
Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joesph Jackson had an extra special Easter egg for Hitler in 1945.
 
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A Liberated Jewish Man Holds a Nazi at GunPoint
Wow!  Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!

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A POW Stares Defiantly at Hitler's Right Hand Man
This photo was taken in August of 1941 when Hitler's right hand man, Heinrich Himmler, visited a Shirokaya Street POW camp in Minsk, USSR.

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The Architect of Auschwitz Right Before He Was Executed Next to Its Crematorium
Rudolf Höss was the architect and commander of Auschwitz concentration camp, the legendarily gruesome site of thousands of deaths. Though he was hung next to the death camp's crematorium, guards who were present later commented that the execution hardly seemed enough to make up for the countless atrocities Hoss orchestrated during the war.

Photo by: Press Photographer Stanisław Dąbrowiecki

 

The Sky Over London After a 1940 Battle
This photo was taken in London in 1940 and shows the city skies after an air fight between British and German pilots.

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A US Soldier Offering Help to a Japanese Woman Hiding in a Cave
During the Saipan battle of 1944, nearly 22,000 Japanese citizens lost their lives- many to suicide due to the Emperor's command to kill themselves rather than be taken alive. This terrified woman who had hidden in a cave with her child was probably hesitant to accept help thanks to Japanese propaganda that told citizens that American soldiers were rapists and murders.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:47:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/world-war-2-pictures/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Longest Hollywood Marriages]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/longest-hollywood-marriages/celebrity-lists
List of the Longest Hollywood Marriages ranked by their duration in years. Hollywood marriages are known to be notoriously short, but a few couples have remained happy together for decades. Some couples are both successful actors, while other couples have one spouse who is a mega-star while the other is unknown to the public.

Who tops our list of the longest Hollywood marriages? Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara top our list. They have been married for 60 years. They have two children together, Amy and Ben Stiller. Jerry Stiller on their marriage, "Anne is very forgiving. She doesn't care about money, being rich, or clothes. We never argued about finances." Stiller and Meara first gained attention as a successful comedy duo. Stiller went on to appear on successful television shows like “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens” and Meara appeared on “Sex and the City.”

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married for 25 years. They have two children together and Tom has two children from a previous marriage. Both spouses have successful acting and producing careers. Other actors who have had long Hollywood marriages include Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest.

Why do you think it is so difficult for Hollywood couples to stay married? Share your thoughts about these famous celebrity successes in the comments section.
The Longest Hollywood Marriages,

Bill Cosby
In 2014, Bill Cosby will celebrate his 50th anniversary with his wife Camille, who he married in 1964.  The couple have five children together.  In 2014 and 2015, Bill came under fire from more than 20 women who alleged that he had drugged and molested them throughout his career.

 Bill Cosby has said of marriage, "Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge."
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart has been married to his wife Ginny since 1963.  They have four children together.  Newhart on marriage: "I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much."
Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken has been married to his wife, Georgianne, since 1969.  They have no children.  Although Walken is a loving husband, he rarely gets cast in the role. He has said, "I'd love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing - but nobody offers me those kind of parts."
Don Rickles
Don Rickles has been married to his wife Barbara since 1965.  They have two children together.  Rickles on sex: "Sex is great, but when you get to be my age, you've got to pace it a little bit. Otherwise you get tired."
James Garner
James Garner and Lois Clarke married in 1956 just 14 days after they met. Clarke had one daughter, Kim, from a previous marriage, and the couple has another daughter, Gigi. Garner has said: "Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist."
Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara have been married since 1954.  They have two children together, Amy and Ben Stiller.  Jerry Stiller on their marriage, "Anne is very forgiving. She doesn't care about money, being rich, or clothes. We never argued about finances."
Jessica Tandy
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy were married for over 50 years, from 1942 until Tandy's death in 1994. The couple had two children, Christopher and Tandy Cronyn, and they collaborated on several films, plays, and other projects over their many decades together.
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft wed in 1964; they were married for 41 years at the time of Bancroft's death in 2005. They have one son together.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed in 1958; they were married for 50 years at the time of Newman's death in 2008.  They had three daughters together, and Newman had two daughters and a son from a previous marriage.  Paul Newman said of his marriage, “I don't like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?”
Regis Philbin
Regis and Joy Philbin have been married since 1970. They have two children together, and Philbin has two more from a previous marriage. 


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<![CDATA[The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-50s-tv-shows/ranker-tv

List of the top TV shows of the 1950s, as ranked by television enthusiasts and fans. In the 1950s, television was still relatively new. People were only just beginning to add a television set to their furniture collection. At the time there were only a handful of channels, and a very limited program selection. Since there were less TV show options, more people were watching the same shows and experiencing the same cultural phenomenons at the same time.

 

The most memorable shows that came from the 50s were sitcoms like "I Love Lucy," "Leave it to Beaver," and "The Honeymooners." These programs still rerun on TV to this day, due to their timeless nature. However, many of the programs that aired in the 50s did not stand the test of time. Many of these shows included ideals and jokes that are no longer relevant today. Most of the top shows from the 50s were variety comedy programs, starring the top comedians of the day including Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, and Red Skelton. Many of the top programs were also game shows.

 

What is your favorite 1950s show? This list features the highest rated, critically acclaimed, and fan favorite shows of the 50s.


The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s,

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Dragnet

Gunsmoke

I Love Lucy

Leave It to Beaver

Looney Tunes

The Ed Sullivan Show

The Honeymooners

The Twilight Zone

The Three Stooges


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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:27:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-50s-tv-shows/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[31 Times You've Seen The Walking Dead Actors Before]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/other-roles-by-walking-dead-actors/devon-ashby
With everyone dying and coming back to life all the time, it's hard to keep track of all the different performers appearing regularly on The Walking Dead each week. To make things even more confusing, many of these people actually had lives and careers prior to appearing on the show. In what other roles have you seen The Walking Dead actors before?

The hotly anticipated adaptation of the comic book series by the same name, The Walking Dead was an instant smash success when it premiered in 2010. One of the best AMC shows of all time, the series follows a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world in which dead people reanimate and eat other people. You may call them zombies, but in this world, they are called "walkers." Maybe these people have never heard of zombies; who knows. Easily one of the creepiest shows on TV right now, the show has steadily increased viewership each season, becoming one of the most popular on television. While most of The Walking Dead actors are relatively new faces, the cast is made up of hard-working professionals who have actually been in the biz for years or even decades. Where have you seen that guy with the gun before? How about that lady with a knife in her hand, blood on her face, and a gleam in her eye? Does that zombie look familiar??

Some of The Walking Dead's star performers have racked up years of experience; others may have only popped up in one or two other roles. Wondering where you've seen that The Walking Dead actor or actress before? Allow us to humbly assist.
31 Times You've Seen The Walking Dead Actors Before,

Alexandra Breckenridge
Before she was Jessie, Alexandra Breckenridge played the young version of maid Moira O'Hara in the first season of American Horror Story: Murder House. She has appeared in other seasons of AHS. 
Andrew Lincoln
Before he led the zombie resistance as Rick, Andrew Lincoln played a sensitive dude in love with his best friend's wife in Love Actually.



Chad Coleman
Before he played Tyreese, Chad Coleman appeared in an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia as a drunken party guest who was really obsessed with jean shorts.
Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn, also an accomplished character actor, appeared in lots of neat things before playing Dale Horvath on The Walking Dead. Here's a picture of DeMunn playing the prosecuting attorney in the opening scenes of The Shawshank Redemption (a movie which, incidentally, was directed by The Walking Dead show creator, Frank Darabont).
Jose Pablo Cantillo
Before he was Cezar Martinez, Jose Pablo Cantillo played Hector Salazar on FX's Sons of Anarchy.
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
Before he was troubled, post-apocalyptic alcoholic Bob, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. played ill-fated drug kingpin D'Angelo Barksdale on the first season of HBO's The Wire.
Lauren Cohan
Before her role as Maggie, Lauren Cohan sexed it up as Bela Talbot on Supernatural.
Norman Reedus
Before he mastered the use of a crossbow, Norman Reedus showed off his skills with more traditional firearms in the 1999 classic, The Boondock Saints.
Steven Yeun
Before he was Glenn, Steven Yeun appeared in a flashback sequence on The Big Bang Theory in which he warns Leonard about his obnoxious new college roommate, Sheldon.
Emily Kinney
Before she played Beth, Emily Kinney appeared on The Good Wife as the sister of a famous pop star accused of attempted murder.



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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:39:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/other-roles-by-walking-dead-actors/devon-ashby
<![CDATA[10 Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/10-amazing-real-life-superhero-technologies-and-gadgets-and-powers/john-barryman
Real-life superpowers exist. The military is developing real Batman armor, real Iron Man style armor, Spider-Man gloves and boots, invisibility cloaks, and people around the world's unique genetic abilities may serve as genetic advancements that could lead medicine to replicate mutagenic superpower abilities in normal people. No, this isn't a new show that gets horrible after one season – it's reality. Here are the greatest superhero technologies, gadgets, and powers that actually exist in real-life.

It may not be too far in the future where a soldier will bring real life Batman suit onto the battlefield. In fact, some ingenious inventors have already made replica batman gadgets for sale. Check out what superhero gear and powers exist in the real world below.
10 Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers,

Military Develops Batman Armor and Helmet
THE SUPERHERO: Batman

THE SUPERPOWER: A ridiculously expensive suit that is not only bullet-proof, but extremely light, agile, comes with an insane amount of Terminator-like visual displays, and still allows people to run and flip around like an acrobat.

THE TECHNOLOGY:
Inciting a pattern of military spending on superhero technology, here is the Air Force's gift to the Batman mythology: BATMAN, or Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided knowledge (I know, kind of a stretch, right?)

Besides the effort put into the name, the project is an attempt to modernize the gear commandos take with on combat missions, the overall aim being that the gear must be "lighter, smarter, deadlier," and more covert just like Batman's.

While a soldier usually has to carry 160 pounds of equipment, the BATMAN enhanced tech can decrease the payload and ensure more agility.

So like all that cool Batman electronic technology we see in the movies, the soldiers here have a small computer near their chests that tells them their logistical position and which tactics they can implement for any given situation.
That's right, it'll even include awesome communications gear, badass helmet displays, a headset (of course), and a computer (along with the ridiculous amount of batteries they'll need to keep these things rockin' on the battlefield.)

In case these new Dark Knights run out of juice, though, the suit also creates the option of refueling with the Bat Hook. A hook is thrown onto a power line and the hook slurps down power to keep BATMAN alert at all times.

If they could combine their technology with this awesome real-life utility belt that an MIT student created, they would be well on their way... Now, just to keep tabs on the richest men in the world who don't look turtles who've lost their shells.

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The news report was unclear as to whether or not the suit would, in fact, be equipped with nipples.
Military Develops Spider-Man Gloves/Boots
THE SUPERHERO: Spider-Man

THE SUPERPOWER: The power to walk up/climb walls via his hands and feet.

THE TECHNOLOGY:
Engineers at Cornell University (in New York) have apparently invented a great palm-sized device that uses the surface tension in water to make a reverse-adhesive bond to stick to glass, wood, and brick.

They're getting close in transferring this to gloves and shoes to allow the bearer to climb up, Spider-Man style, the flattest of surfaces.

The technology was actually inspired by a Palmetto tortoise beetle in Florida that uses the surface tension from tiny, pore-sized droplets of secreted oil at the top of its legs to climb up and stick to surfaces.

So basically, they are looking to insect technology to make a Spider-Man type weapon/gadget; who would've thought, right?

They found, though, that the more holes they had, the stronger the suction got. These holes, if made even tinier (1000x the width of a human hair, to be exact) would have the suction power to hold an entire person.

But would they unstick? If the force is strong enough to hold a person, wouldn't you jerk back so hard that not only would you unstick, but fall off whatever building you were climbing? Well, no, because the scientists were actually able to use that electrical field to reverse the suction, thus becoming unstuck on demand. Just like Spider-Man.

Start stitching your suits, guys. Start stitching your suits.

The gloves would work by using an electrical field to pump small amounts of water through microscopic holes.

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Honorable Mentions:
High School student invents suction technology using vacuums

Guy dressed as Spider-Man climbs skyscraper with his bare hands.

The famous French "Spiderman" (hyphen is never used when referring to him for some reason) who wears no costume, but climbs insanely high buildings with just his hands.
Child's Rare Genetic Condition Causes Hulk-like Super Strength
THE SUPERHERO: The Hulk

THE SUPERPOWER: Super strength, impenetrability via genetic mutation.

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERPOWER:
Click here for the news report on this child and the genetic condition that gives him super strength.

Click here for a great video of the child exhibiting his strength (3rd video down).

A rare genetic condition is giving 3-year-old Liam Hoekstra, Michigan, the ability to eat like a horse and not gain any weight whatsoever, lift large furniture that most adults would have trouble lifting, and increase in muscle strength by just living out his normal life. At 3 years old. He's a toddler.

His condition was first suspected when he (no foolin' here) was able to walk at an early age... Just how early? Two days. The child was able to walk after only two days of life.

He can also do the Olympic move called the Iron Cross where they hold themselves up with only their hands.

The genetic disease/condition that the kid has is called Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy. There have only been 100 cases of this in the world.

There's a defect in his genetic code that allows for excessive muscle growth. So the defect blocks the antibody that usually inhibits muscle growth in the human body, so it's almost a double-negative situation in which the disease blocks the blocker, therefore giving the child incredible muscle strength.

There are no medical downsides and his heart will be unaffected. The only downside is that he eats six enormous meals a day. He also has a six pack, without even really working out, and looks otherwise no different from other children: his muscles are just that much stronger.

Look at those guns!

So medically, if they were able to replicate this condition, it would be open to abuse by athletes, but also open for extremely important use by people with diseases like muscular dystrophy.



Invisibility Cloaks
THE SUPERHERO: The Invisible Woman (or the Predator, from the movies or hey, even Harry Potter)

THE SUPERPOWER: Invisibility

THE REAL-LIFE TECHNOLOGY:
Scientists in Tokyo University, Japan, have invented a coat which makes those wearing it appear "invisible." The coat is made with a special type of "retro-reflective material" that acts as a photographic screen. A camera exists behind the person who is wearing the coat, and that camera reflects onto the coat so that the wearer appears transparent.

Check out the video to see it in action.

Before it's "turned on," it looks like a normal grey windbreaker. The practical application of this? Well, other than being mindblowingly, face-meltingly awesome, it is actually to help surgeons see patient's bodies all the way through, so that they can analyze every single part, never missing a tumor, or what they can't see behind organs normally.

This can also be used by pilots to make the floors of their planes appear transparent to help them land...which if they did that to the entire plane, it would be Wonder Woman technology.

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More recently, US and UK scientists have developed a technology that bring us one step closer to something that is less like the moderate invisibility invented by the Japanese and more like TRUE invisibility, but don't get your Hollow-Manesque fantasies rockin' just yet, this wouldn't hit the market for YEARS.

Here's the report:

"Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and Imperial College London used their cloak, made using photonic crystals with a structure resembling piles of wood, to conceal a small bump on a gold surface, they wrote in Science.

"'It's kind of like hiding a small object underneath a carpet--except this time the carpet also disappears,' they said.

"'We put an object under a microscopic structure, a little like a reflective carpet,' said Nicholas Stenger, one of the researchers who worked on the project.

"'When we looked at it through a lens and did spectroscopy, no matter what angle we looked at the object from, we saw nothing. The bump became invisible,' said Stenger.

"The 'cloak' they used to make the microscopic bump disappear was composed of special lenses that work by bending light waves to suppress light as it scattered from the bump, the study says.

"The invisibility cloak was minute, measuring 100 microns by 30 microns -- one micron being one-thousandth of a millimeter -- and the bump it hid was 10 times smaller, said Stenger.

"The researchers are working now to recreate the disappearing bump but on a larger scale, but Stenger said Harry Potter's invisibility cloak would not be hanging in would-be wizards' wardrobes in the near future.

"'Theoretically, it would be possible to do this on a large scale but technically, it's totally impossible with the knowledge we have now,' he said."

(via Discovery News)
Military Develops Iron Man Exoskeleton
THE SUPERHERO: Iron Man

THE SUPERPOWER: Iron Man's Mark IV/V suit of armor. It can fly, shoot repulsor blasts, comes with awesome helmet displays, communications gear, and is almost impenetrable.

THE TECHNOLOGY:
This awesome exoskeleton, coined "Iron Man" by its developers, serves the purpose of increasing mobility and strength by basically using basic robotics to enhance/multiply whatever movement the soldier is making. This means that if you give a punch that would lightly bruise someone, the suit would make it so that the same punch would go through thick wood planks (as seen in this video), or someone's face (as not seen in this video).



This includes the ability to lift up rockets and rocket launchers as if they're shotguns, which means that we would be that much closer to developing real Mechs (that was the sound of 5,000 nerds – including myself – squealing).

Seeing the soldier in this video do pushups and lift things shows how this is about as mobile as Iron Man's cave-built suit, which (for real life) is actually pretty damn awesome.

Lifting extremely heavy munitions, food and other military supplies will be the primary function of this suit...at least for now.

The most interesting part about this whole thing is that it basically makes even the weakest soldier the strongest one on the field, due to the lack of effort needed to use the suit, as it is mainly a strength enhancement suit.

Mark my words, in 2030, Exoskeleton Baseball WILL be a sport.

Here's another, little more crazy version of this, showing that some people just don't get government grants for their research for a REASON: Link
Can Attract Metal, Like a Magnet
THE SUPERHERO: Magneto (who is more of a villain most of the time.)

THE SUPERPOWER: To attract, control, and stick to metal. Magneto is the master of magnetism and can manipulate metal at will.

THE REAL LIFE SUPERPOWER:
73-year-old Liew Tho Lin of Malaysia has been able to magnetize his skin for the past 10 years. He noticed his ability while working in construction, and his tools started sticking to him while he was shirtless.

Sort of like the moisture-induced suction of the Spider-Man contraption, Liew Tho's skin has an extra suction property to it that helps metal and other objects stick to his skin.

He can also pull a one-ton car using an iron suctioned to his stomach, which adds extra coolness to his ability.

His powers are "not an illusion," scientists said when trying to investigate into Liew Thow's body ability, and while his abilities definitely seem magnetic, they're actually a suction-based nature.

Click here for the full story and additional pictures of Liew Thow Lin showing off his powers.
Jet-Man Invents a Working Jetpack
THE SUPERHERO: The Rocketeer, or the main character in the popular indie comic Ex Machina.

THE SUPERPOWER: Flight via Jetpack

THE REAL-LIFE TECHNOLOGY:
A man named Yves Rossi claims to be a huge Batman fan, and was actually inspired by Batman (because if there's something everyone attributes to Batman, it's flying around in a jetpack). He uses his invention to fly relatively long distances for up to six minutes, and can hit speeds of up to 160 mph.

According to this article on MSNBC, the only problem/stagnation in the development of true Jet-Pack technology is the insane amount of fuel that it would need. In order to truly lift up a human from the ground, you would need so much power that in order to make a long trip that would be worth it, you would need hundreds of gallons of gasoline–which kind of defeats the purpose since you'd need to carry something that carries those...which would be enormous or, let's say, the size of an, I don't know...PLANE.

Why Jetpacks don't work yet.

Here's an example of another Jetpack that isn't as cool, but can take off from the ground, and can take an average-sized person 30 miles in 30 minutes on only five gallons of gasoline: Ground Take-Off Jet-Pack
Real Life Daredevil Sees Using Only Sound
THE SUPERHERO: Daredevil

THE SUPERPOWER: Sees using only sound, and can therefore "see" better than anyone. Peak physical strength and enhanced hearing, and an insane ability in acrobatics.

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERPOWER:
Ben Underwood is a blind boy whose eyes were removed (he lost them to cancer) when he was three, leaving him with absolutely no vision at all.

He can play video games, he can shoot a great game of basketball, he rides his bike around town (Sacramento, California) and even rollerblades every now and then. He can also find objects around the house for his mom.

Ben uses many aides for the blind, such as a braille keyboard and sound software to use computers. But according to this report, it's what he doesn't use that makes him remarkable. He doesn't use a seeing eye dog, or even a cane. He emits a moderately loud click with his mouth wherever he goes, which allows him to use the bouncing off of the sound to "hear" his surroundings. He can "see" walls, couches, desks, stairs, and anything else around him. This allows him to move around like someone who could see. This isn't "easy," or even possible for normal people.

He is the only person in the world who "sees" using only echo-location, kind of like a bat.

Check out the video for a 10-minute feature on Ben, and his incredible abilities. Now all he needs to do is become a lawyer (like the Daredevil in the comics), and make sure the Ben Affleck doesn't get the rights to his life story.
Qijong Master Can Create Heat with Hands
THE SUPERHERO: The Human Torch (or hey, Carrie also works)

THE SUPERPOWER: Controlling heat/fire and emitting it at will, aka Pyrokinesis.

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERPOWER/ABILITY:
A Qigong Master uses his Chi energy to create heat using minimal friction, and is actually able to steam water using his hand without even touching it. He uses heat healing to help people with back problems.

Using an infrared camera, "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" shows the man's hands directly applying heat to objects using nothing but his bare hands. He can increase and decrease the heat of water, or any moist object, at will. He was able to, using only his hand, generate heat of up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

He can heat a water on a damp towel to 10 degrees below boiling point, and actually walk on suspended sheets of paper without breaking them because, according to him, he makes himself lighter by focusing his energy.
Skin Can Conduct Electricity Like Electro
SUPERHERO: Electro (alright, so he's a supervillain, but he's a little more recognizable than Black Lightning and Static Shock).

THE POWER: His skin/body can not only absorb electricity, but can conduct it as well.

THE REAL-LIFE POWER:
According to the Beijing Sci-Tech Report, a man named Ma Xiangang can fix electrical circuits by using his bare hands. He doesn't wear any safeguards, gloves, or coat his hands in anything. They say, "he can hold a positive wire in one hand and a negative wire in the other and a bulb will light up."

Of course, anybody could do this with enough electricity, but they would most likely die, or at least convulse.

Like most superheroes, he discovered his power due to an accident, when he saw that the television he was watching with his wife broke. He went outside to check on the wiring and found a broken wire that he started picking at, touching and twisting it. After he pulled on the wire for a while, he realized that the line was actually live and could have shocked him severely. Knowing this wasn't normal, he boldly touched the power line harder...and he was still not affected.

Apparently, he can bear 220volts without any damage to his body, which is incredible.

His powers stem from his horribly, horribly dry skin. Apparently, his hands are much rougher and drier than a normal person's, which allows his skin to act like a pair of insulated gloves. His rough, thick skin prevents most of the electricity from entering his body, which means that what does get through, he absorbs and passes it through a part of his body.

After learning of his power, he became addicted to touching electricity and learning how to control the voltage passing through his body.

He now uses his "super power" to conduct electrotherapy and massages.

Source 1 Source 2

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<![CDATA[33 Child Actors Who Died Young]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/30-child-actors-who-died-young/celebrity-lists
Child actors who died young include some of the most recognizable names in Hollywood, as well as some who starred on stage and screen many decades ago. All of the actors and actresses listed here were in the business as kids, and sadly, all passed away way too early in their lives. Their causes of death vary from health-related problems, to suicides or accidents, but every child actor listed here was taken from this Earth way too soon.

The untimely death of a star is always a tragedy, and when it comes to child actors who died at a young age, it's especially tragic. This list is, unfortunately, proof positive that no matter how famous you are, you are not immune from pain and sadness in life. The names here on this list are among the most famous people who died young.

Some of the child actors listed here died very young, like Poltergeist star Heather O'Rourke, who passed away in 1988 at the age of 12 during surgery to repair an acute bowel obstruction. Other stars, like River Phoenix, died in their early 20s (in Phoenix's case, he died of drug-induced heart failure). Sometimes drug abuse was involved, sometimes not. Actor Brad Renfro battled addiction demons in the last years of his life. After starring in The Client as a young teen, Renfro died of a heroin overdose in 2008.

Child actors who committed suicide are also included on this list. In August of 2013, for example, former Disney star Lee Thompson Young, who appeared on the show "Famous Jett Jackson" and had a part in the TV crime drama 'Rizzoli & Isles,' took his own life at the age of 29. In November of 2003, 'seaQuest DSV' star Jonathan Brandis committed suicide at the age of 27.

If you're looking for more information about famous celebrities who died young, check out these lists of members of the '27 club' (who died at age 27) and the most depressing celebrity trainwrecks of all time.
33 Child Actors Who Died Young,

Anton Yelchin

In June of 2016, 27-year-old Anton Yelchin died at his home in Los Angeles after being struck by his own car. He was standing behind his car when it suddenly rolled backward down his steep driveway and pinned him to his brick mailbox and security gate. Yelchin was best known for playing Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot by JJ Abrams. He also appeared in Alpha Dog, Fright Night, and Charlie Bartlett.


Brad Renfro
The star of The Client died in 2008 at age 25 from a heroin overdose. Renfro's death from acute heroin/morphine intoxication was ruled accidental.

(Source)  

  

Carl Switzer
Alfalfa from the Our Gang comedies died in 1959 at age 31. Switzer was shot during an altercation with a man he believed owed him money.

(Source)
Corey Haim
The teen star of '80s hit films like Lucas, The Lost Boys, and License to Drive turned to drugs when his career slowed. In 2010, he died at age 38, officially from pneumonia - though he notably procured 553 prescription pills from 7 different physicians in the 32 days prior to his death, including 195 Valium, 149 Vicodin, 194 Soma, and 15 Xanax.

(Source)
Dana Plato
"Kimberly Drummond" from Diff'rent Strokes died in 1999 at age 35 while visiting her fiancé's mother in Moore, OK. Plato took a lethal dose of Lortab and Valium before laying down for a nap and never woke up. The death was eventually ruled a suicide. 
Gary Coleman
"Arnold Jackson" from Diff'rent Strokes died of a brain hemorrhage in 2010 at age 42. The former child star had lapsed into a coma in a hospital near his Provo, UT, home and passed away shortly after being take off life support.

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Heather O'Rourke
"Carol Anne" from Poltergeist died in 1988 from complications during surgery to remove an acute bowel obstruction. She was 12 years old.

Jonathan Brandis
The star of SeaQuest DSV died in 2003 at age 27. Brandis was found alive, but unconscious, hanging from the neck in his home. The friend who happened upon the scene summoned paramedics immediately, but the star of Ladybugs died at Cedars-Sinai hospital the next day.

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Judith Barsi
The young star of Jaws: The Revenge and The Land Before Time (voice of "Ducky") died in 1988 at age 10. In a murder-suicide carried out by her father, Judith and her mother were shot, killed, and subsequently set on fire before he shot himself to death in the family's garage.

(Source)
River Phoenix
The child and teen star of Stand by Me and Explorers died in 1993 at age 23, after speedballing cocaine and morphine. The scene unfolded in front of The Viper Room, a legendary Sunset Strip music venue, while then-owner Johnny Depp was performing onstage with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. As news circulated through the club about Phoenix's collapse outside, the show stopped, but he was never revived.

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<![CDATA[14 Celebrities Who Are Heirs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-are-heirs/celebrity-lists
List of celebrities who are heirs, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Being an heir to a gigantic fortune can give a celebrity the freedom to pursue whatever goals they wish. Some have used the financial security to start their own businesses while others used it as a reason to get famous. Either way having a billion dollars to fall back on has got to be a great feeling.

Who is the most famous person who is an heir? Paris Hilton tops our list. “The Simple Life” star used her heiress status to gain attention at clubs and in the media. After she released her sex tape she became a celebrity overnight. She has expertly used her celebrity status to get acting roles, music contracts and start her own businesses. Other famous heirs who have used their names to help them succeed include Nicky Hilton, Ivanka Trump and Andrew Lauren.

Some heirs may surprise you. “Seinfeld” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus' family is worth billions of dollars. The Louis-Dreyfus group is a global conglomerate that deals with everything from agriculture to oil. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's mother is designer Gloria Vanderbilt, making him a direct descendant of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Do you think that being an heir helped these famous people to succeed? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
14 Celebrities Who Are Heirs,

Anderson Cooper
Newsanchor Anderson Cooper is a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the railroad and shipping tycoon. Cooper's mother is designer Gloria Vanderbilt.

Balthazar Getty
"Brothers and Sisters" actor Balthazar Getty's great-grandfather is the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields has a long lineage of rich and noble ancestors, including several families in Genoa and Rome, Italy. Her grandmother was Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi, daughter of Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi. Also, her father is an executive at Revlon and Estee Lauder.

Carly Simon
Carly Simon's father is Richard L. Simon, co-founder of Simon and Schuster Publishing, one of the largest publishing houses in America.

Chevy Chase
Actor Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an heir of Crane Plumbing. 

Edward Norton
Actor Edward Norton's maternal grandfather was James Rouse, a big time developer and founder of The Rouse Company.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is heiress to the Louis Dreyfus Group fortune.  Her family is thought to be worth billions of dollars.

Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is heiress to the Hilton Hotels fortune.

Spike Jonze
Director Spike Jonze's real name is Adam Spiegel.  His family is connected with the $3 billion dollar Spiegel catalog owners. 

Armie Hammer
The Social Network actor Armie Hammer's great-grandfather made a fortune running Occidental Petroleum.


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<![CDATA[33 Careers That Were Ruined by Social Media]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fired-over-social-media/jacob-shelton
For all intents and purposes, social media is a great thing. It helps you keep in contact with friends and family across the globe, you can find out about all manner of cool stuff going on in your neck of the woods, and you get to be on the ground floor when a person or corporation has a total meltdown. Occasionally, these social media mistakes have led to hasty firings and many people who instantly regretted their tweets and Facebook posts, having lots of time to reminisce, thanks to their newly unemployed lifestyle.

If you're lucky enough, you get to see these social media faux pas and Twitter meltdowns happen in real time. This list is all about those moments when someone put a thought into the digital landscape without realizing that what they said could be read by one important person, or by millions of consumers ready to tear apart their corporate overlords, 140 characters at a time. These posts resulted in people with no job, ruined careers, and a whole lot of time on their hands all of a sudden.

We've all said things that we wish we could take back, and in the 21st century, we've all written things on social media we wish we could delete forever. Most of us are lucky in that our online lives haven't popped up to stab us in the back in the middle of a board meeting or while we're having a dinner with our parents. Most people haven't been fired over Twitter posts or let go thanks to a Facebook photo, but not the people on this list.

These people led normal lives, hated their bosses, and liked to party. The only difference between them and you is that they put something negative on social media and the world sat up and listened. While that may seem like a good thing, the folks on this list didn't think so at the time - most of them lost their jobs, were fired over Facebook, and faced a landslide of mockery that continues to this day.

Who has made the biggest social media mistakes and been fired for social media posts? Read on to find out and let us know about your own Twitter or Facebook blunders in the comments. We promise we won't use them against you.

33 Careers That Were Ruined by Social Media,

Anthony D. Weiner
Anthony Weiner: the man for which no one felt any sympathy. Mr. Weiner made Twitter history when, in 2011, he tweeted a photo of Little Anthony to a 21-year-old Seattle student. Then, in 2013, he entered the New York Mayoral race and more pictures ended up online (link NSFW). Allegedly, the pictures were posted under the name "Carlos Danger."

If there are two lessons to learn from Anthony Weiner, they would be DON'T SEND NAKED PICTURES OF YOURSELF TO STRANGERS and don't give yourself a nickname that includes the word "danger." 


Source: Post-Gazette
Gabriella Pasqualotto Blows Open Cricket Gate
Gabriella Pasqualotto, a cheerleader for several cricket teams (today you learned cricket teams have cheerleaders!) posted a tell-all blog about how poorly the players treated them and was promptly fired by the team owners. 

Source: Times of India

Brookfield Zoo Employee Fired After Racist Tweet
In June 2015, an employee at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago posted a selfie, with a clever caption that said, "Wassup y'all? At work serving these rude ass white people." The zoo's spokeswoman, Sondra Katzen, informed the public that employee was "seasonal" and also happened to be "no longer employed" by the zoo.
Day Care Worker Fired for Snapchat PIc

A 19-year-old day care employee in Mesa, Arizona was fired for sending a Snapchat picture to friends. The picture showed her holding up her middle finger to one of the children at Kids Play day care, with the caption, "Swear I love kids." The police department investigated other accusations that the woman had filmed the kids fighting and playing in the toilets, but those stories were never confirmed. Ultimately, she was fired for having her cell phone out when she should have been watching over the children. The owner of the Kids Play, Dorothy Thorton, said, "I had to let her go. She shouldn't have had her cellphone out. She's watching kids."


Justine Sacco Fired After AIDS Tweet
On December 20, 2013, on the eve of her flight to visit family in South Africa, Justine Sacco, global head of communications for the digital media conglomerate IAC, tweeted, "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm White!" As expected, the Internet exploded. Sacco claims that she meant the tweet as a piece of satire, but regardless of the context of her tweet - she was fired. 

Source: Gawker
Rashard Mendenhall Posts a Unique Opinion on the Death of bin Laden
In 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall tweeted disappointment in the overwhelming praise of Osama bin Laden's death by the American public. In the following months he lost his endorsement deals and was traded to Arizona where he played for only one year. 

Source: Fox Sports
Principal Fired for Dumb Comment
Miami officer David Eric Casebolt wasn't the only one who lost his job after pulling a gun at an unruly teenage pool party. North Miami Senior High School principal Alberto Iber was also sacked after unwisely adding his two cents to the nationally controversial and racially charged debate.

Iber wrote a public comment on the Miami Herald website, saying, “He [Casebolt] did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.” The comment showed his Facebook picture, name, school and title.

Miami-Dade School District (whose student body is 99% minority) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said, “Judgment is the currency of honesty. Insensitivity — intentional or perceived — is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity and humanity of all, beginning with children.”

Source: Miami HeraldRead more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article23616994.html#storylink=cpy


Cameron Jankowski Fired Over Extra Yellow Nachos
If you still eat at Taco Bell, you may not want to after reading this. In July 2012, Cameron Jankowski posted a photo of himself peeing on an order of nachos and addressed it to Internet super creep and "revenge porn" purveyor Hunter Moore.

Either because they love Taco Bell or because they love justice, the hacker group Anonymous tweeted a link to a YouTube video that contained Jankowski's personal details. Jankowski claimed that the nachos weren't served to any customers and it was just a joke, but the damage was done and he was fired.


Source: The Daily Mail 
Connor Riley Ruins Her Chances with Cisco
UC Berkley grad, Connor Riley, was offered a job at Cisco when she tweeted "Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work." 

It wasn't long after that someone claiming to be a Cisco employee posted a reply saying, "Who is the hiring manager? I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the Web." Oops.

Source: NBC News

 

Epicurious Makes an Epic Fail
On the Monday after the Boston Marathon Bombing, recipe website Epicurious thought a bit of cross promotion was in order. They tweeted out "In honor of Boston and New England may we suggest: whole-grain cranberry scones!"

May we suggest sticking your head in a bag of rabid ferrets?

Source: Mashable

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<![CDATA[20 Celebrities Who Had Home Births]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-had-home-births/celebrity-lists
This list of celebrities who had home births is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Home births are gaining popularity in the United States as a way to welcome a new baby into the world in a friendly place, rather than an uncomfortable, sterile hospital. Most home births are natural, without the aide of pain killers or doctor intervention. Several famous people have decided to have home births.

Who is the most famous person who had a home birth? Gisele Bündchen tops this list. In 2012, Bundchen gave birth to her and Tom Brady's daughter, Vivian Lake, from the comfort of their home. Bundchen's son was also born at home via water birth. 

After she gave birth in 2013, Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter to thank Ricki Lake. Wood wrote, "I have to say thank you Ricki Lake for your inspiring documentary The Business of Being Born. I never knew I had a choice when it came to labor. It taught me so much & aided my decision in having a natural home birth which my son & I are now forever grateful for." Lake filmed her own home birth for the documentary.

Do you think that home births are better than giving birth in the hospital? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
20 Celebrities Who Had Home Births,

Alyson Hannigan
"How I Met Your Mother" actress Alyson Hannigan had a home birth with both of her children.

Cindy Crawford
Supermodel Cindy Crawford explained that what she enjoyed most about having a home birth was that is was comfortable. She said, "You're not hearing another person down the hall screaming, or ambulances or people rushing about around you. You chose who to have with you. Within an hour, there was no one in my house. I was there, with my baby and my husband. I sat and had dinner with my husband."
Demi Moore
Demi Moore reportedly gave birth to all three of her children at home.

Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly was in labor for 30 hours during her home birth, welcoming a son, Kahekili.
Evan Rachel Wood
After she gave birth in 2013, Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter to thank Ricki Lake. Wood wrote, "I have to say thank you Ricki Lake for your inspiring documentary The Business of Being Born. I never knew I had a choice when it came to labor. It taught me so much & aided my decision in having a natural home birth which my son & I are now forever grateful for."
Gisele Bündchen
In 2012, Gisele Bundchen gave birth to her and Tom Brady's daughter, Vivian Lake, from the comfort of their home. Bundchen's son was also born at home via water birth.
Jennifer Connelly
In 2011, Jennifer Connelly and her husband, Paul Bettany, welcomed their baby girl into the world with a water home birth.

Julianne Moore
In 2002, Julianne Moore gave birth to her daughter Liv at home.

Meryl Streep
Reportedly, at least one of Meryl Streep's children was delivered into this world via home birth.

Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson gave birth to her sons at home. She says, "I gave birth at home both times – natural – with a midwife, in water… with nothing."


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<![CDATA[35 Bible Tattoo FAILs That You Won't Believe!]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bible-tattoo-fails/ashley-reign

Have you ever considered sharing your faith with the world through a colorful, Christian themed tattoo? Has it ever occurred to you to celebrate your love of Christ with a little ink? If so, don't do anything until you take this crash course in what not to do when you head to the tattoo parlor! We’ve gathered a hilarious collection of Bible tattoo fails that’ll show you just how wrong even the saintliest tattoos can go. 

 

Below, we’ve gathered a collection of religious tattoos gone wrong-- so wrong that even Christ probably couldn’t resist a cringe. You see, these Bible tattoo fails are here to warn you that although this too shall pass, it may take a few painful sessions of laser removal. While a tattoo proclaiming your ability to do anything through God is lovely, please make sure you include spell check in your journey.

 

You’ll also pick up a few other helpful hints, such as the importance of asking for samples of your tattoo artist’s work. Can he prove his drawing skills exceed a second grade level? And though there are always exceptions, you’ll also see a few tragic examples of why you may want to stick with classic religious imagery rather than trying to get too modern. Jesus may have looked great in Levi’s in the 80’s, but these days his hip huggers aren’t looking so holy.

So get ready for some of the worst tattoos the Christian world has to offer! These funny Jesus tattoos are hilarious reminders that religious is a spiritual journey, not a public one.


35 Bible Tattoo FAILs That You Won't Believe!,

Jesus Remains Skeptical of This Nipple

Christ Goes Commerical

Grateful Jesus Will Play Your Sins Away

Raptor Rapture

Who You Gonna Call? A Killer Tattoo Cover Artist

"I Gotcha, Bro."

Gumby Gets Crucified

Too Late

Lemme Guess? He'll Be Back

"Aaaah-chew! Sorry... Where Was I?"


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<![CDATA[The Funniest Female TV Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-female-tv-characters/ranker-tv
The funniest female TV characters are those whom we've both laughed at and laughed with, sharing their hilarious moments and sometimes their most touching ones. These funny females are mothers, friends, wives and businesswomen -- comical television character versions of the roles women play in real life. Sometimes easy to relate to, sometimes not, funny female TV characters keep viewers returning to the TV for season after season.

While most truly funny women on TV can be found in sitcoms, a few of the best and funniest women in television can be found in dramas. Ally McBeal proved that a leading woman’s role could deal with dramatic situations, yet still allow the female lead to be humorous. A few of the funniest female TV characters have also come from books adapted into television shows, as in the case of Piper Chapman -- who also plays in a drama.

Some of the funniest women on TV are known for their antics; a classic example is Lucy Ricardo’s failure to pronounce “Vitameatavegamin” after becoming tipsy off the health tonic of the same name. Some of TV’s funniest women are known for their rants or musings. Remember when Elaine Benes had to decide whether men were ‘spongeworthy?' No matter why viewers find them funny, these quirky, witty female characters continue to stand the test of time and give both men and women hilarious females to enjoy on TV.

Whoever your favorite funny women on TV are, chances are they’ve become characters you can watch again and again. And that’s the real test: The funniest female TV characters aren’t just funny once, they’re enjoyable and humorous with repeated viewings. They’re human, they’re engaging and these funny television females give audiences not only a laugh, but a lift -- whether they earned one season, six seasons or more.

The Funniest Female TV Characters,

Elaine Benes

Kitty Forman

Liz Lemon

Mary Richards

Phoebe Buffay

Rose Nylund

Sophia Petrillo

Leslie Knope

April Ludgate

Lucy Ricardo


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<![CDATA[50+ Famous People Who Were Bullied]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-bullied/celebrity-lists
List of Famous People Who Were Bullied, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Bullying is a problem that has been around forever, but seems to get worse every year. Many successful people have triumphed over their bullies by having successful careers. If you are being bullied, just remember that high school is just a moment in time and life gets better.

Who is the most famous person who was bullied? Jessica Alba tops our list. Although she may be one of Hollywood's most sought after actresses today, growing up Jessica Alba faced some pretty tough bullying. The “Sin City” star was picked on for being awkward and having bucked teeth. Other beautiful actresses who were bullied in school include, Megan Fox, Mila Kunis, Emma Watson and Sandra Bullock.

Famous men have been the victims of bullying as well. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were both bullied as children. Comedians Howard Stern and Chris Rock developed a sense of humor to keep their bullies at bay and Chester Bennington and Fred Durst joined bands. Film-maker Steven Spielberg used his experience with bullying as inspiration for making films about outsiders.

What do you think is the solution to the problem of bullying? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
50+ Famous People Who Were Bullied,

Christian Bale
Christian Bale started acting at 13. His fellow classmates used this as a reason to bully and beat up the actor who went on to play Batman.

(Source)

Chris Rock
Chris Rock developed his humor and wit as a response to bullies.

(Source)

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence said that her bullying became so bad that she switched schools to get away from some mean girls.

(Source)

Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba may be a successful, beautiful actress, but the Sin City star was bullied in high school. Alba said she got picked on because she was an awkward child with buck teeth and a Texas accent.

(Source)

Megan Fox
Megan Fox said that she felt that high school would never be over as she faced constant bullying at school.

(Source)

Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was bullied in school because of her "funny face." The Black Swan star says that kids would make fun of her big eyes and lips.

(Source)

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus was bullied by a group of girls who called themselves the Anti-Miley Club.

(Source)

Rihanna
Rihanna says that she was teased in school for her skin color and her breasts.  The pop star says she is grateful for these struggles because they made her stronger.

(Source)

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift says that her junior high bullies gave her the inspiration to start writing songs.

(Source)

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise struggled with reading, which made him an easy target for bullies.

(Source)


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<![CDATA[29 Celebrities Who You Never Knew Were Partially Blind]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-one-eye/celebrity-lists
List of famous people with one eye ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous people have experienced a great deal of success while having one eye. Some celebrities choose to wear an eye patch, while others use a glass eye. Some famous people undergo surgeries throughout their lives to try to fix their eye sight, while other say that they wouldn't know what to do in 3D.

Who is the most famous person with one eye? Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke tops our list. Yorke was born with one eye fused shut, and doctors believed that the eye was permanently paralyzed. Yorke has had several surgeries to fix the eye, leaving it a bit droopy, but it has become one of his most recognizable trademarks. One of the surgeries left the musician partially blind in that eye.

Sammy Davis, Jr. is also quite famous for having only one eye, as Adam Sandler referenced in his “Thanksgiving Song.” Davis lost the eye in a car accident that left him near death. The incident shook the singer to his core, inciting him to become interested in Judaism.

What do you think of all the famous people who have one eye? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
29 Celebrities Who You Never Knew Were Partially Blind,

Alan Moore
Watchman writer Alan Moore is blind in one eye and deaf in one ear.

Alice Walker
The Color Purple author Alice Walker was blinded in her right eye at age 12 after her brother shot her with a BB pellet during a game of "Cowboys and Indians."

Dick Vitale
Sportscaster Dick Vitale lost sight in his left eye after having an accident with a pencil when he was in kindergarten.

James Joyce
Ulysses author James Joyce wore an eye patch over his left eye to try to prevent permanent blindness. He had over 10 eye surgeries during his lifetime.

Peter Falk
"Columbo" actor Peter Falk's right eye was surgically removed when he was three. He wore a fake eye most of his life.

Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison was blind in one eye due to childhood illness.

Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr. lost his left eye in an automobile accident in 1954. He wore an eye patch for six months, and then a glass eye.

Sandy Duncan
Actress Sandy Duncan lost vision in her left eye due to a tumor.

Thom Yorke
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke was born with his left eye fused shut, and doctors believed that the eye was paralyzed. He wore an eye patch as a child and has had over five surgeries on his eye.

Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap lost his left eye at age 6 to glaucoma. At 12, he had reconstructive surgery, but chooses to no longer wear the prosthetic eye.   

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Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:13:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-one-eye/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Famous People with the Same Real Name]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-the-same-name/celebrity-lists
List of Famous People with the Same Name ranked by fame and popularity. Things can get confusing when celebrities share the same name. Several famous people try to distinguish themselves by adding a middle initial to their name while others adopt a stage name. One famous actor, known as “The King of Cool,” even shares his name with an Oscar-winning director.

Who is the most famous person who has a shared name? Kate Hudson tops our list. Hudson shares her name with a famous pop singer.  “I Kissed a Girl” singer Katy Perry was actually born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She decided to use her mother's maiden name of Perry so she wouldn't be confused with the Almost Famous actress. Honeymooners actor Jackie Gleason shares a name with an up and coming TV actor.  Jack Gleeson plays the unscrupulous King Joffrey on Game of Thrones.

The Great Escape actor Steve McQueen shares his name with the man who directed the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Blue Valentine actress Michelle Williams shares her name with one of the members of Destiny's Child.

Would you change your name if it was the same as another celebrities? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Famous People with the Same Real Name,

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein shares his name with Broadcast News actor Albert Brooks, who was born Albert Lawrence Einstein.
David Bowie
The Monkees frontman Davy Jones has the same name as the superstar known as David Bowie, who was born as David Robert Jones, but changed his name to avoid confusion and sound cooler. Both singers share their name with Bill Nighy's tentacle-bearded character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
Howard Stern
Radio personality Howard Stern shares his name with the attorney Howard K. Stern. who appeared on The Anna Nicole Show with his girlfriend, Anna Nicole Smith.

Jackie Gleason
Honeymooners actor Jackie Gleason shares a name with an up-and-coming actor.  Jack Gleeson played the unscrupulous King Joffrey on "Game of Thrones."
James Stewart
Actor and American war hero Jimmy Stewart shared his name with contemporary English film actor Stewart Granger, who was born James Lablache Stewart but changed his name to avoid confusion.
Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson shares her name with a famous pop singer. Katy Perry is actually the stage name of Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, who adopted her mother's maiden name so she wouldn't be confused with the Almost Famous actress.
Mark Wahlberg
Actor Mark Wahlberg shares his name with "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg.
Michael Douglas
Wall Street actor Michael Douglas shares his name with another famous actor. Batman actor Michael Keaton was born Michael John Douglas. Keaton never legally changed his name, but he has used the stage name throughout his professional career to satisfy SAG rules.
Michelle Williams
Blue Valentine actress Michelle Williams shares her name with one of the members of Destiny's Child.

Steve McQueen
The Great Escape actor Steve McQueen shares his name with the director of the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.


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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:06:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-the-same-name/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[10 Celebrities Who Survived Plane Crashes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-survived-plane-crashes/celebrity-lists
List of celebrities who survived plane crashes, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous people frequently fly in airplanes to travel across the country. A few celebrities have even survived plane crashes. Some of these celebrities were passengers, while others were actually flying the plane when it crashed. Two musicians on this list were the only survivors of a plane crash that killed four people.

Who is the most famous person who has survived a plane crash? Sandra Bullock tops our list. In 2000, the Gravity actress was involved in a plane crash in which her aircraft skidded off the runway. No one was hurt in the accident. In 1999, Harrison Ford was forced to make an emergency landing while flying a helicopter. In 2008, Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein, who were touring together for their project TRV$DJAM, survived a horrific plane crash that left four people dead.

Do you think that surviving a plane crash changed these celebrities? Have you ever been in a plane crash? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
10 Celebrities Who Survived Plane Crashes,

Adam Goldstein
In 2008, Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, and Travis Barker survived a horrific plane crash that left four people dead. Goldstein suffered severe burns as a result of the crash, but he did make a full recovery. In 2009, Goldstein died of an apparent drug overdose.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama was involved in a plane crash when he was campaigning to be president in 2008. His plane collided with another plane on the ground at Midway airport in Chicago.

Ed Robertson
In 2008, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies crashed a plane into trees after losing airspeed. No one was injured in the crash and Robertson was not found to be at fault.

Harrison Ford
On March 5 2015, Harrison Ford was hospitalized when a vintage fighter plane he was piloting crashed into a golf course in Venice, CA (just outside of Los Angeles). He was transported to a local hospital with gashes to his head and body but survived the crash.

Witnesses say that he saved several lives by landing on the golf course and avoiding nearby suburban developed areas.

Source: NBC News  
John McCain
Senator John McCain was involved in several plane crashes during his time in the military. Most of the accidents were atributed to equiptment failure, while one was found to be caused by pilot's error.

Patrick Swayze
In 2000, Patrick Swayze was forced to make an emergency landing while flying his plane. Upon landing, Swayze crashed into a stop sign and a street lamp before the aircraft finally came to a stop.

Bono
In 2014, Bono narrowly escaped death after a mid-air accident caused the rear door of his private plane to be torn off. The U2 singer was traveling from Dublin to Berlin with four friends when the tailgate at the rear of the plane detached about an hour into the flight. The aircraft was able to make its decent into the Berlin airport before anyone was hurt.

Source: The Independent
Sandra Bullock
In 2000, Gravity actress Sandra Bullock was involved in a plane crash in which her aircraft skidded off the runway. No one was hurt in the accident.

Travis Barker
In 2008, Travis Barker and DJ AM survived a horrific plane crash that left four people dead. Barker spent 11 weeks in the hospital recovering from the severe injuries and burns that he sustained in the crash.


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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:08:58 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-survived-plane-crashes/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[33 Celebrities with Problem Children]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-problem-children/celebrity-lists
These celebrity problem children have taken misbehaving to the next level. The kids of celebrities don't have traditional childhoods. They’re surrounded by power, money, and fame from the time they’re born. Not exactly things to complain about. But the dark side of growing up famous is that there are almost no boundaries. This list of celebrities with problem children proves that money can’t buy everything. Especially good sense.

Sometimes troublemaking celebrity kids are exposed to excessive partying, drugs, and alcohol at an early age. Sometimes their famous parents aren't the best role models. Sometimes they’re just rich spoiled brats.

From law-breaking politicians’ kids to hard partying children of movie stars, the troubled young stars on this list have one thing in common: they don’t follow the rules. Who are some of the most notorious problem children? George W. Bush's twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, were charged with underage alcohol offenses in 2001 when they were 20. Luckily, they’ve grown up and come a long way. Barbara works as the President of the non-profit company Global Health Corps and Jenna is a correspondent for NBC.

Then there’s Hulk Hogan's son, Nick, who was charged with reckless driving involving serious bodily injury among other things. And the list of other famous people with problem children goes on and on. (Michael Jordan, Bruce Willis, and Jon Bon Jovi, to name a few).

Do you think that theses kids acted out because their parents are famous? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
33 Celebrities with Problem Children,

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter, Scout, born July 20, 1991, was arrested for giving cops a fake ID after she was caught with an open beer. In 2014, their youngest daughter, Tallulah, entered rehab at age 20 after years of hard partying.
Hugh Hefner
In 2012, Hefner's then 21-year-old son was arrested for beating his Playmate girlfriend, Claire Sinclair. He was sentenced to a 52-week domestic violence program and ordered to stay away from Sinclair. He was also changed with vandalism for damaging her laptop, but that charge was later dismissed.

(Source, Image: crushable.comcrushable.com#sthash.EGqhT4ba.dpuf)

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan's son, Jaycee, was sentenced to six months in prison in Beijing after being caught up in a huge drug bust in 2015. Chinese police found more than 100 grams of marijuana in the 32 year old's apartment This, despite the fact that Jackie Chan was named an anti-drugs ambassador by the Chinese government in 2009.

(Photo: Cao Ji/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie's daughter, Nicole, born Sept. 21, 1981, was charged with possession of heroin in 2003. Nicole Richie was also convicted of drunk driving in 2006.

Michael Douglas
Cameron Douglas, the son of actor Michael Douglas and his former wife Diandra Morrell Douglas has been arrested for drug offenses at least three times. In 2010, he was given a 5 year prison sentence for selling methamphetamine from a high-end Manhattan hotel.
 
After repeatedly violating prison rules by arranging for his lawyer to smuggle him drugs in jail, he was ordered to spend 2 years in solitary confinement and his prison sentence was nearly doubled.

Cameron Douglas, 34, is now scheduled for release in early 2018.  

Source 
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan's son, Marcus, born Dec. 24, 1990, was arrested for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in 2012 after engaging in a loud fight with two women. More recently, Marcus took to Twitter to share a picture of his penis.
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage's son, Weston, born Dec. 26, 1990, was arrested for domestic violence in 2011. He also went to rehab for drug abuse.

Robert Downey Jr.
RDJ's son, Indio Downey, was busted with cocaine and charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance in 2014. The 20-year-old was later sent to rehab by his father.

(Photo: Getty Images, Splash News)

Tom Hanks
Chet Hanks, the second son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, has openly struggled with drug addiction. He checked into rehab in 2015, but not before he got himself in hot water for rear-ending a driver named Terry Moogan in California. In 2016, Tom and Rita were also named as co-defendants in the driver's suit against Chet. Moogan said that he suffered physical and emotional injuries as a result of the crash, and that Hanks and Wilson were partly to blame since they knew about Chet's struggle with sobriety and technically owned the car. Moogan alleges that Chet was "under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol" when the accident happened.

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, born March 4, 1993, was caught doing what looked to be cocaine on a video that surfaced in 2012.

In 2015, she was found unresponsive in a bathtub. It was suspected that drugs were involved.


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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:03:51 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-problem-children/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Greatest Geeks in TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-geeks-in-tv-history/ranker-tv
List of the greatest geeks in TV history. The best nerd characters ever to hit the tiny screens are ranked here in order of greatness. Sure some of the characters might have annoyed us, but we never changed that dial once they appeared onscreen. These men and women are absolutely hilarious and absolutely awesome -- oh, and absolutely nerdy. It usually happens on TV when the door knocks and the dad is really disappointed to see who is on the other side. Like the way Carl Winslow looks when it's revealed to be Steve Urkel on Family Matters. TV nerds of all genders are ranked, ranging from sexy geeks like Liz Lemon to neurotic nerds like Adrian Monk. Who studies dinosaurs better than Ross Geller? Who knows more Pawnee history than Leslie Knope? These geeks made us smarter and sillier, like Lisa Simpson and Willow Rosenberg. While Willow was always the best friend and Dwight Schrute is just one of the employees, people like Larry David and iCarly (yes, both geeks) got shows to their geeky selves.
The Greatest Geeks in TV History,

Abby Sciuto

Carlton Banks

J.D.

Lisa Simpson

Liz Lemon

Ross Geller

Spock

Steve Urkel

Leonard Hofstadter

Sheldon Cooper


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Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:59:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-geeks-in-tv-history/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[55 Photos That Are Oddly Satisfying]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/oddly-satisfying-photos/joswo
There is nothing more satisfying than when you fit an entire watermelon into a Ziploc or the way snow melts off the hood of your car. Why? Who knows. What's important is that you check out this gallery of oddly satisfying pictures, curated from the always delightful subreddit r/oddlysatisfying. These things that fit together, look super cool and are conveniently symmetrical will restore your faith in the order of all things and the pleasantness of life.

Maybe you need that extra reassurance that life is worth living and find it in the perfectly stacked fruit and vegetables at your local Whole Foods, a beautiful and untouched snowy garden, or even a tube of toothpaste completely flattened after use. After all, what's more oddly satisfying and pleasant than pictures of perfectly round pancakes?

We have here, the very best photos we could gather of the most oddly satisfying photos, images, and pictures. It doesn't matter whether or not you have OCD, no one can deny the beauty and perfection of these images. Some of these satisfying photos and pictures of things fitting perfectly will restore your hope in the world around you and remind you that, yes, there are good things in life, like the crispness of a fresh stack of dollar bills.

So vote up the most oddly satisfying pictures online that make you feel all warm and fuzzy and the images that you find incredibly pleasing for no reason at all.
55 Photos That Are Oddly Satisfying,

The Way These Pencils Fit Together

The Way This Field Was Mowed

The Way This Beer Looks

The Awesomeness of This Table

The Perfection of This Handwriting

The Way This Ice Folded Itself

The Rows on This Tree Farm

The Tetris Achievement of These Tater Tots

The Way These Veggies Are Stacked

The Existence of This Snow Door


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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:04:00 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/oddly-satisfying-photos/joswo
<![CDATA[Your Favorite Marvel Characters: Where Are They Now?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/marvel-characters-where-are-they-now/ranker-comics
Marvel Comics has a celebrated 75+ year history in the comic book industry, having brought readers characters that have survived decades of stories. Over the course of those many decades, your favorite Marvel characters have gone through countless changes and survived many dramatic storylines. So where are the top Marvel Comics characters today? Take a look back on these characters' long history and how they got to where they are in the Marvel Universe today.

Every single character in comics goes through rapid changes, with each comics writer who's brought on to a title bringing with him or her a whole new vision as to where these heroes and villains are going. Especially with the big, landmark, multi-title event books, the idea of a status quo or any kind of consistency is laughable.

Since the start of their comic book origins, you probably didn't know that Spider-Man died, and then came back, or that that Wolverine just kicked the bucket himself. The goody-two-shoes Cyclops has now become full fledged mutant terrorist. Hulk has become even meaner as Kluh. Thor is now a woman. Steve Rogers even lost his Super-Solider Serum, having him age rapidly, and having him to recruit a new Captain America. 

All this and more Marvel characters updates are below. So catch up with all of your favorite comic book characters by taking a look back at where they began, what madness they went through in the middle, and a check in on where they are now. Where are your favorite Marvel characters in their current stories? Click through to find out! 

Your Favorite Marvel Characters: Where Are They Now?,

Hulk
In The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962) renowned scientist Bruce Banner, an expert in gamma radiation, was exposed to Gamma Rays and whenever he grew angry would turn into a mindless, all powerful brute, The Hulk. He became an enemy of the state for a time, but also a member of the Avengers. When the beast couldn't be controlled, the Hulk was sent off planet for a time, as a way to get rid of him.
Iron Man
Since Tales of Suspense #39 (1962), billionaire philanthropist playboy Tony Stark suffered a severe chest injury during a kidnapping. Thus, he is forced to build a weapon of mass destruction, but secretly creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape his captivit,y becoming Iron Man. He became a founding member of the Avengers and always goes to any lengths to reach what he believes is the right thing, no matter the outcome.
Spider-Man
After being mind-swiped by one of his greatest foes, Doctor Octopus, he's back to being his regular Peter Parker-minded, Peter Parker-bodied self! He's got a new lease on life, a company he needs to learn how to run, a Ph.D., a new group of friends, and a lot of catching up to do.
Cyclops
Scott Summers is a mutant, able to shoot concussive blasts of pure energy from his eyes, but unfortunately not able to control them without a visor, due to a childhood injury. He joined and became leader of the X-Men at a young age back in The X-Men #1 (1963). When he wasn't moping over his love for fellow team member Jean Grey, he believed in Xavier's dream and in all that is right and just.
Wolverine
First appearing in The Incredible Hulk #180 (1974), Wolverine was a mutant with an incredible healing factor who was experimented on, fusing unbreakable metal to his bones and claws making him nearly indestructible. He has a long and complicated history, but after living for years without a memory wandering here and there he (reluctantly) joined the X-Men, then other crime fighting teams, even becoming an Avenger and teacher at Xavier's school.
Wolverine Now
Unfortunately, Logan is no longer with us. After losing his healing factor, he fought to the end and was encased in adamantium during a fight with the man who helped make him the unstoppable force that he was at the Weapon X Program. 
Cyclops Now
Now, Cyclops is a publicly wanted mutant terrorist who will stop at nothing for the survival of his race. He's sided with Magneto (once his sworn enemy) and commits acts of violence and even kidnapping anytime a new mutant appears on the scene. His powers have gone even more haywire due to a possession by the Phoenix Force, and he inadvertently killed his mentor, Charles Xavier.
Spider-Man Then
In Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962), mild mannered science nerd Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him the proportionate strength, speed, and abilities of a spider. He became Spider-Man, but he had to keep his identity a secret to keep his friends and family safe, while fighting some of the most diverse villains in the world, because with great power comes great responsibility.
Hulk Now
Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange accidentally caused a moral inversion between the heroes and villains, and Hulk felt betrayed by Nick Fury Jr. and Maria Hill after they refused to turn over the Red Skull. So, a new, even more brutal form of Hulk, calling himself Kluh (not kidding), manifested, easily defeated all of the Avengers and began running rampant.
Iron Man Now
Tony has become a member of the Illuminati, a secret organization comprised of some of the world's most powerful heroes, helping make decisions that affect the entire universe. And, due to the personality inversion that just went down, it brought his egotism, irresponsibility, and alcoholism to the forefront. He relocated to San Francisco and built the Extremis 3.0, a phone app that allows people to have beauty and immortality. Initially giving out the techno virus for free, he then started charging the desperate, addicted masses.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:48:10 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/marvel-characters-where-are-they-now/ranker-comics
<![CDATA[The Worst Foods to Eat on a Date]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-worst-foods-to-eat-on-a-date/samantha-dillinger
Going on a first date is a tricky situation. After you've decided what to wear, what to say, and where to go, you have to figure out what to eat on a date. Now, if your perfect first date is a night at the ball game, maybe you're not going to be completely horrified if a foul ball knocks a mustard laden hot dog onto your white shirt, but there are other, more complicated date situations that require a little more thought when deciding what to eat on a date.

The best foods to eat on a date are simple food choices like chicken breast, sandwiches, salads, and other foods that aren't smelly (before, during, or after) or likely to get stuck in your teeth. Bad foods to order in a date include hot and spicy foods that might make you sweat or cause general discomfort, foods that make your breath smell (garlic, onions), messy food that could end up on your face and/or clothing, and anything that just makes you look even the least bit unappealing as you attempt to eat it (maybe you save the big food challenges for the 2nd date...). 

What foods should you avoid on a date? What are the worst foods to eat on a date? This list of bad foods for a date should give you an idea of food no-nos if you want a yes when asking for a second date (or more). If you know of bad date foods that should be on the worst first date food list and aren't, make sure to add them and know that you're contributing to the greater good of the dating world.

If you're still trying to figure out the best ways to get a date, check out the best online dating sites. And once you do go out on that magical first date, heed the advice of Facebook mistakes to avoid after the first date to better your chances of a second outing.
The Worst Foods to Eat on a Date,

Baked beans

Garlic

Garlic bread

Onion

Spaghetti

BBQ ribs

Chili Dogs

Hot Wings

Chili

Garlic Fries


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Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:20:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-worst-foods-to-eat-on-a-date/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The 63 Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s Toys]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-nostalgia-inducing-_90s-toys/brian-gilmore
The 1990's were an amazing decade for toys. We just barely missed the monsters craze from the 1980's with some really iconic toys such as a Rubik's cube, lite brites and SIMON, but the '90s is when technology really started having an impact on the way kids played with their dolls, action figures, and eventually, virtual pets.

From POGs to Barnyard Commandos, to Yak Bak, laser pointers, and TIGER games, the following is a votable list of the most nostalgia-inducing toys from the '90s. Upvote the ones you had, downvote the ones you either wanted and didn't get or just plain old hated. Add any you can think of that are missing and have fun going through what most people's attics are currently filled with. These are the best toys of the '90s. Toys have only gotten worse.
The 63 Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s Toys,

Koosh Balls

McDonald's McDino Changeables

TIGER Games

Troll Dolls

Tamagotchis/Virtual Pets

Beanie Babies

Super Soakers

Super Nintendo

Pogs

GAK


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Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:25:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-nostalgia-inducing-_90s-toys/brian-gilmore
<![CDATA[The 7 Greatest (True) Keanu Reeves Stories Ever Told]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-greatest-_true_-keanu-reeves-stories-ever-told/joanne
Keanu Reeves is an amazing human being. Despite having led a pretty hard life filled with a lot of tragedy, he's managed to not only be one of the most giving celebrities of all time, but a truly great human being that, by example, is teaching us all that we should "be excellent to each other." So, from donating millions of dollars to the crews of his films, to having breakfast with the homeless, to being seemingly immortal, here are the greatest Keanu Reeves stories ever told.
The 7 Greatest (True) Keanu Reeves Stories Ever Told,

Keanu Reeves's Generosity Has Inspired Even the Most Unexpected Fans to Give
Keanu Reeves is so great that his very existence inspired 4Chan, a web community who has had people commit suicide with their coaxing, and has cyber-bullied countless underaged girls, to give money for cancer research.

After the Sad Keanu meme rose to fame in 2010, people had a weird conception that Keanu, for some reason, was sad, and not as full of life as he used to be.



Probably because of the original image (above), or probably because of some of the tragic details of his life. Either way, 4Chan got together, and the internet followed suit since the meme was so rampant/popular, and decided that a day in July of 2010 was going to be "Cheer Up Keanu Reeves Day".

A Facebook group was created for the event and the following was decided by the admins/community:

On June 15th, we plan on sending letters, emails, gifts, and any other niceties and kind words to a real bro, Keanu Reeves…

In case you don’t know, Keanu’s sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia many years ago. If you want to make a more significant gift, consider donating to a cancer research charity in the name of Cheer Up Keanu Day. I’m sure a letter or email informing Keanu of this action would really make his day.


So Keanu Reeves not only does more good than almost any celebrity out there, but he's actually less high and mighty about it and therefore more inspiring than any celebrity has been or could ever be.
Keanu Reeves Is Incredibly Well Read
In an interview with Details Magazine, it was revealed that Keanu has read all of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. ALL of it. (Just for context, the work is 1,500,000 words long and about 7 volumes. It's most famously known to be about 3,000 pages long.)

And when he did read this, he would read other things in between, like an insane amount of books. He's been described as "one of the most voracious readers" by Scott Derrickson, director of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

And in this Details interview, they were instructed to follow him to somewhere he loved. And he chose a book store.

He also recited Shakespeare's Sonnet 30 from memory.

And while casting was still going on for a film that is known as one of the greatest action movies of all time (Michael Mann's "Heat"), he turned down the role that was ultimately played by Al Pacino in order to star as Hamlet in a stage production that he had agreed to do in Canada.
Keanu Reeves is Hard to Kill

Reeves has suffered a surprising amount of injuries and accidents for a guy who continues to look good enough to put in films. (Well, except for maybe that beard...) Here's a quick rundown of some of his not-terribly-eventful brushes with death:

An avid motorcycle fan, Reeves has wiped the hell out on numerous occasions. (See the above clip from The Graham Norton Show to hear Reeves discussing his more notable wipeouts. Or, as he puts it, "I've come off the bike a few times.")

While on a "demon ride" (that means riding at night with no headlights) in Topanga Canyon, Reeves smashed into the side of a mountain. He was hospitalized for a week with broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. And if that doesn't sound painful enough for you, allegedly, one of the paramedics also dropped the stretcher as they were loading it into the ambulance.

Another motorcycle accident in 1996 broke his ankle and left him with a wide, curved scar on his right leg.

One of the motorcycle accidents also left him with veneers on all his teeth. He thinks it's from his face colliding with the handlebars. As one does.

Then there's the incident on the set of "A Walk in the Clouds." The night before shooting a love scene, Reeves took a hockey puck to the face, requiring six stitches. And yes, he still shot the kissing scene the next day.

Why? Because come on. He's Keanu Reeves. 


Keanu Reeves Has Wrestled Alice Cooper
Reeves spent part of his childhood in the Yorkville quarter of Toronto, a funky, bohemian kind of neighborhood comparable to the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco. His mother was, at the time, working with a well-known costume designer who would frequently have celebrities come over to the house to visit.

According to Keanu's childhood friend, Evan Williams (not related to the former Twitter president of the same name... probably), rock legend Alice Cooper was among the guests who would stop by the Reeves household during that time.

"Hey kids!"





Williams also recalls a specific incident in which Cooper challenged the two young men to a little rug wrestling match, as would often happen when your cool mom is a costume designer.

Not one to go easy on young people, even in an amateur wrestling match, Alice Cooper eventually tied them into what Williams has referred to as "a human knot," not only beating them, but leaving them helpless in his wake.

Keanu Reeves Hangs Out with Homeless People
There are over 50,000 homeless people in Los Angeles county, making homelessness in general a huge problem. Most give them some change, and many ignore them, or even treat them like subhumans. But most people aren't Keanu Reeves.

In September of 1997, Keanu Reeves, who now has millions of dollars, decided to spend a West Hollywood morning with a homeless man, talking, sharing and treating him as an equal. Not recoiling in disgust at the man's belongings is one thing, but sharing, conversing and really spending some time sitting down with the less fortunate isn't something that people usually do while in the United States and not part of a program.

Most celebrities will travel the world to do this, or wait until a charity they're working for is sponsoring an event of some kind.

Keanu simply lives what he believes and doesn't need any of this in order to be giving, kind, and just generally awesome.

These photos are a prime example of why he's the perfect example of what any of us should act like should we ever happen upon hundreds of millions of dollars. 














Keanu Reeves Doesn't Want Your Money

Reeves has developed a reputation as a pretty generous guy over the years, frequently choosing the artistic integrity of his projects over a huge payday. This short summary really tells most of the story, in a very sad way. (Even though Keanu does approve of the Sad Keanu meme.)

But Keanu fights on and continues to be one of the greatest celebrity philanthropists around.

He really does subscribe to the idea of all people being "excellent to each other".

He told Hello! Magazine in 2003: "Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries." Give or take a few hundred years. (It's true that Reeves has appeared in six movies that have grossed over $100 million, which isn't really a bad haul.)

1. The Devil's Advocate: When making The Devil's Advocate, Reeves agreed to take a big pay cut of a few million dollars (a few million dollars) so the producers could also afford to bring on Al Pacino. (He perhaps somewhat selfishly did have the fate of the movie itself in mind. One shudders to think of anyone else performing that climactic monologue other than Pacino. It wouldn't have quite the same zing with, say, Christopher Lambert in the role.)

2. The Replacements: He did the same thing on The Replacements, allowing producers to bring on board Gene Hackman by demanding less cash up front for himself. He actually took a 90% paycut.

3. The Matrix: But the real generous side of Keanu (that doesn't have to do with giving millions to charity) came out when he was making his back-end deal for the two Matrix sequels.

True, Reeves was paid $10 million up front to film the The Matrix and ended up earning $35 million total after the film became a huge hit. But still, when negotiating his profit-sharing deal for the two follow-up films, Reeves opted to hand over some of his points to the franchise's special effects and costume design teams. The total amount Reeves could have earned but chose to disburse to the crew instead comes, by some accounts, to over $75 million. He donated over $75 million to people he worked with because he thought they deserved it.

And in one personal account on Reddit, he helped out a family in need.

A family friend builds movie sets, doesn't design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyway, he worked on the set for the Matrix and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out. He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know peoples names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set. I've never heard anyone say Keanu is douche, seems like the nicest person in Hollywood from a second hand experience.

Also of note? Reeves gave the entire stunt team behind the Matrix sequels Harley Davidson motorcycles.


Keanu Reeves Has Met a Ghost
As a child, living in New Jersey, Reeves once had a terrifying encounter with a ghostly suit. In an interview with British tabloid The Sun, Reeves recalled: "I remember just staring at this suit which had no body or legs in it as it came into the room before disappearing. It was a double-breasted suit in white and I looked at my nanny, who was just as shocked as me. I just couldn't get back to sleep afterwards."




Maybe it was this guy.


Upon finding out his Sun interviewer was Scottish, he added "My God, man, [The UK]'s full of ghosts! You gotta walk on the moors at a certain time." (Maybe Keanu had just rented "American Werewolf in London"?)

Reeves claims that now, even as an adult, he's still traumatized by the vision and that he still sees the figure in his dreams and nightmares.




And I'm sure this scene really didn't help.


Of course, it seems possible that he was just looking at a suit someone had hung up on the wall or something, right? Hard to imagine anything worse than being stuck on Earth in ghostly form for all eternity and still have to put on a suit every day. (Wait, what's the supernatural equivalent to Casual Friday?)

Keanu had a second supernatural experience years later, as an adult. While eating lunch with a lady friend in Austin, Texas, he suddenly spun around and noticed a ghost appearing behind him.


This is probably why he wears protection at all times


And again, no indication of how Keanu actually KNEW this was a ghost, instead of just a random person from Austin, Texas, who may or may not have looked like a supernatural entity.


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<![CDATA[100+ Easter Eggs from Every Pixar Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pixar-films-easter-eggs/ranker-film

Second only to maybe Marvel Studios and their wealth of comic references, cinema's Easter egg king is most certainly Pixar. The animators work on these films for years at a time and like to sneak in little jokes and references for fans to discover for years to come. People scour these films with a fine tooth comb looking for anything that throws back to Pixar film history, or makes references to upcoming films that just might hint at Pixar's next big hit. This list of Pixar Easter eggs has over 200 fun facts and little details you might not have noticed from all Pixar’s films.
 

Pixar Animation Studios have not only consistently plugged their own films with sneaky little nods, but they've also invented recurring companies and items spread throughout their filmography. This both ties together all the Pixar movies, and cuts down on annoying and distracting product placement for real companies. 
 

For example, either Dinoco or Buy n Large appear in nearly every Pixar film. Pizza Planet also makes an appearance in literally every single Pixar film except The Incredibles. And let’s not forget the other Pixar inside jokes including the the crazy places they hid A113 (the classroom where most of the guys met in college), the Luxo ball (which was first featured in an early Pixar short), and many Apple references (Steve Jobs co-founded Pixar, after all), which are all a part of the Pixar universe. 
 

We've decided to do a round up of ALL the Pixar Easter eggs and sort them into groups (by movie for the most part). As it stands, we’ve contained over 200 Easter eggs in 100 categories! There are even a couple references to Newt (a movie they never even finished making), Star Wars (owned by parent company Lucasfilm), and some Kubrick films as well. Enjoy the wonderful world of Pixar with these cleverly hidden Easter eggs!


100+ Easter Eggs from Every Pixar Movie,

John Ratzenberger
Pixar's "good luck charm" has appeared in every single one of their films. 

Toy Story 1, 2, and 3 - Hamm  
A Bug's Life - PT Flea
Monster's, Inc. and University - Abominable Snowman  
Finding Nemo - School of Fish 
The Incredibles - Underminer
Cars and Cars 2 - Mack 
Ratatouille - Mustafa the Waiter 
Walle-E - John 
Up - Tom the Foreman
Brave - Gordon the Guard

Several Characters from Toy Story Make Cameos in Wall-E
• Rex is seen in Wall-E's house. 
 
• Barbie's car and a Buzz Lightyear lunchbox are seen. 
 
• Hamm can be seen in Wall-E's house when EVE visits. 
 
• The orange traffic cones from Toy Story 2 can be seen in garbage piles and in Wall-E's room.

Pizza Planet Delivers to a Monsters University House Party

The Pizza Planet truck is parked outside the first house party.


The Pizza Planet Attends the Radiator Springs Grand Prix in Cars 2

The Pizza Planet truck can be seen attending to the Radiator Springs Grand Prix. He also appears in the background of a triptych poster of the movie, in front of Buckingham Palace.


A Poster for the The Lion King Musical Appears in A Bug's Life
A poster for Disney's The Lion King musical can be seen among other posters in Bug City.
Pizza Planet Delivers to the Stadium in Cars

There is a Pizza Planet truck at the stadium for the final race. In fact, in this movie the Pizza Planet truck has eyes and a mouth (to match with the other cars in the film).


Toy Story's Pizza Planet Truck Appears in Wall-E
EVE scans the engine of a Pizza Planet truck for plant life shortly after her arrival on Earth, and shuts the hood afterwards.   

You'll remember Pizza Planet as the fictional pizza place that appears in Toy Story. Some reference or to Pizza Planet or use of the Pizza Planet truck appears in every Pixar feature, except The Incredibles.

Nemo The Clownfish in Finding Nemo Appears Several Times in Monsters, Inc.
• Before Mike says "And he is... outta here!" as they're throwing Randall through the door, Nemo can be seen hanging on the wall in the form of a plaque.  

• Boo gives Sulley a Nemo toy before he leaves her room.  (Monsters, Inc. was made before Finding Nemo, so this was a sneak peek.) 

• On the wall behind the sushi chef at Harryhausen's, there is a picture of a clownfish.

Doc Hudson from Cars and Cars 2 Is Parked in The Incredibles
When the Incredibles and Frozone fight against the Omnidroid, a non-anthromorphic Doc Hudson can be seen parked in the background. It actually survived being crushed or broken from the fight.
The Pizza Planet Truck is Parked Next to a Trailer in A Bug's Life

The truck appears in the scene where one insect warns another not to touch the motor home's bug zapper. A Pizza Planet cup also appears in Bug City.



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<![CDATA[The Most Insane Keith Richards Stories on Record]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-keith-richards-stories/coy-jandreau
With a face like Keith Richards's you just know he's lived a full life. Even if you didn't know he was one of the most influential guitarists in history or a member of a little band called The Rolling Stones, theres just something about the man. Somehow, despite all his debauchery and crazy life stories, he's still alive, making headlines. But what are the craziest Keith Richards life stories?

Richards has so much swagger his name is synonymous with the classic bad boy rock star. He's done more drugs than all the inhabitants of most small countries combined and lived to tell you about them. His continued existence laughs in the face of science and common sense, and we applaud him for it. 

So lets look back at some of the crazier exploits of Keith Richards (or at least the ones that are on record). Can you even imagine the stories he hasn't told? Many of these tales are recorded for posterity in his book, an autobiography called Life, and his crazy antics could likely fill many more books as well.

What are the most insane things Keith Richards has ever done? How many times should Keith Richards have died? Read on to find out and be sure to upvote the most insane Keith Richards stories below.

The Most Insane Keith Richards Stories on Record,

That Time Someone Put Strychnine in His Pot
It's no secret that Richards has done a lot of drugs. But what was his worst drug experience? When asked in the 1970s, he shared this terrifying anecdote:

“Someone put strychnine (pesticide) in my dope. It was in Switzerland. I was totally comatose, but I was totally awake. I could listen to everyone, and they were like, he’s dead, he’s dead, waving their fingers and pushing me about. I was thinking I’m not dead. I was number one on the Who’s list of people who were likely to die for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list.” 
 
Source: Listverse

That Time He Was Interviewed by Hunter S. Thompson
Words can't do it justice. Even before the interview begins, Richards defensively greets Hunter at the door with a cattle prod and it only gets weirder from there.
That Concert at Altamont
That Altamont show was famously quite an experience. In 1969, when the band arrived for the free show, Mick Jagger was punched in the head. Violence took over and a fan was even killed after pulling a gun on a Hells Angel. The Grateful Dead said a resounding "no thank you" to taking the stage due to the violence, and three other accidental deaths occurred.

However, Richards said of the show, "on the whole, a good concert." 

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

That Time the Mayor of Boston Released Him from Prison So He Could Make a Concert
On July 18,1972, a Rolling Stones concert was scheduled in Boston, MA. But there was one tiny problem. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger had been arrested for scuffling with a photographer in Rhode Island. So Mayor Kevin White did what any good politician would, and had the bad boys released into his personal custody so the show could go on.

He told the Boston Garden crowd, "The Stones have been busted, but I have sprung them!” and probably became the most loved mayor in the history of the city.


Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

That Time He Was Nearly Electrocuted Onstage
One of Richards's earliest brushes with death, the guitarist was almost killed on stage in Sacramento in 1965. Stepping to the mic for his backup vocals on "The Last Time," he noticed it was facing the wrong way and went to knock it with the neck of his guitar. This was a dangerous move. The near fatal shock knocked Richards unconscious and burned his guitar strings.

He later referred to the incident as his “most spectacular” moment and credited his salvation to his brand new rubber soled boots.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

That Time He Was in Town During the London Bombings
Richards and his mother were evacuated during the London Bombings in 1944. Upon returning to their home, they found some of their neighbors were killed and Richards's cot had been destroyed in the violence. Richards took this personally, later saying, "Hitler dumped one of his V-1s on my bed! He was after my ass, you know that!" 
 
Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

That Time He Avoided Life in Canadian Prison for Heroin Trafficking
In February 1977 Keith Richards was in Canada, apparently doing a lot of heroin. He was detained after police found the drugs in his hotel room, and with "possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking." This is real bad news in Canada, where the charge can come with a prison sentence of seven years to life.

His passport was confiscated and he was held in the country until the following April, when he received a medical visa for treatment for heroin addiction and returned to the US. In the end, the charges were dropped to possession, he pleaded guilty, and was granted a suspended sentence. 

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

That Time He Snorted His Father

Richards made international headlines in 2007 after he was asked by NME magazine about the strangest thing he ever snorted. The answer? “My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared. It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.” 

 
The comment shocked the journalist and the story instantly took the media by storm. Richards’s manager issued a statement saying the anecdote had been a joke, but many feel the story is true. 

Source: The Guardian


That Time He Fell Out of a Palm Tree in Fiji
In 2006 (at age 62) Richards fell out of a palm tree he and Ronnie Wood were climbing (as they do, apparently) while vacationing with their families Fiji. He was then airlifted to the hospital, in order to have surgery on a blood clot in his brain. Yeah, at age 62.

He spent three weeks at the hospital in New Zealand
 and six weeks after the fall he was back on tour with the Stones because Richards apparently has more lives than a cat.

Source: Daily Mail

That Time He Reportedly Got a Full Body Blood Swap
Did Keith Richards really go to Switzerland during the Stones' 1973 European tour in order to have all his blood swapped out to kick drugs and get cleaned up? Probably not. He has even said that he was "just fooling around" by spreading the story. However, he likely did have some kind of blood treatment somewhere along the way, thanks to his need to kick heroin addiction and, you know, be able to play the guitar.

Source: Snopes


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<![CDATA[The 53 Dumbest Criminals Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dumb-criminals/jacob-shelton
This list of the dumbest criminals will make you feel like a rocket scientist. While it's nice to know that most criminals are too idiotic to follow through with their hair brained schemes, it's kind of depressing to realize how stupid a lot of people really are. The deplorable dumb dumbs on this list sound more like fictional characters than they do hardened criminals. But these crime fails are all totally real. And yes, that includes the guys who tried to rob a grocery store while riding a donkey. These are the worst criminals ever, who were just too stupid to be successful. 

This collection of the dumbest criminals of all time ranges from almost the entire state of Florida, to people who committed crimes in police stations, and a guy who tried to sell weed to a detective. How do you think that ended for him?!

Hopefully after reading about the idiots on this list of dumb criminals you'll have learned some life lessons. For instance, don't try to write yourself a $360 billion check. You can't do that. No one will cash it for you. If you steal an iPad, maybe don't take selfies with everyone in your crew the moment you get back to your house. Selfies can wait for when you have changed the iCloud account to "not the original owner's." And please, stop drinking and driving - even if you're driving with one eye closed to counteract the double vision, it's just not a good idea.

Vote up the dumbest of the dumb criminals on this list of idiotic crimes that completely failed.
The 53 Dumbest Criminals Ever,

Florida Man Answers Call from Security Company During Robbery
Amateur criminal and professional dumb dumb Christopher Kron made every mistake possible in robbery history when he tried to rob a restaurant after it closed one night. Not only did he trip the silent alarm, but when ADT called the restaurant after being notified, Kron answered the phone and gave them his REAL NAME. He returned to the restaurant the next day and was recognized by an employee who had seen the surveillance video. Kron was arrested on the spot.

Source: NBC

Two Nabbed in iPad Theft When Selfies Appear on Owner's iCloud
Two men arrested in Houston were accused of stealing an iPad and using it to take selfies that they unknowingly uploaded to the owner's iCloud account. The men appeared in the photos displaying money they were also accused of taking from the victim. At least they didn't have to listen to that new U2 album!

Source: 
NBC
Dallas Dummy Tries to Cash Check for Billions of Dollars
Charles Ray Fuller, a Texas dumb dumb, tried to cash a bogus check for $360 BILLION. To top it off, the check wasn’t even made out to him. He was arrested on forgery charges and sentenced to a million billion years in prison. 

Source: CBS

Robber Falls from Ceiling Into Police Custody
A burglar looking to make a quick score at a Dollar Store made one tiny mistake.
 
He climbed on the roof of the store and managed to weasel his way into the ceiling, where he promptly fell in front of a nearby Houston police officer. After picking up 10,000 Q-tips for under two dollars, the officer brought the burglar into custody. 

Source: KHOU

Man Applies for Job Before Robbing Golden Pantry
Demetrius Robinson, 28, wanted to rob a Golden Pantry store late one night, but he needed to pass the time as naturally as possible until he and the clerk were alone, so he decided to fill out a job application. Not a bad idea, except he left his real name on the application, along with his uncle’s phone number. After he robbed the store, it didn’t take long for police to track him down. He didn’t get the job.

Source: Sun Journal

Man Attempts Carjacking in Prison Parking Lot
Things were looking up for Frank Singleton when he was released from jail. However, when he realized that he didn’t have a ride home, he walked straight into the prison parking lot and attempted to carjack a woman. He was foiled when he realized that he couldn’t drive a car with a stick shift. As he was re-arrested - this time, for felony carjacking - Singleton told police that he simply “didn’t feel like walking.” We've all been there. 

Source: WPTV

Criminals Draw on Their Faces with Marker to Disguise Themselves
Before breaking into an apartment, Joey Miller and Matthew McNelly decided to put on disguises. And by disguises we mean they covered their faces in permanent marker. The thing about permanent marker is that... well it's permanent. 

After the burglary, the pair was pulled over by police and immediately recognized because of their hair. Just kidding, it was their faces covered in permanent marker that set them apart from the crowd. 

Source: The Telegraph
 

Florida Man Marks Occupation as Drug Dealer on Arrest Report
A West Palm Beach, FL man was arrested on a slew of charges, and was perhaps a bit too honest on his arrest report. He listed his occupation as "drug dealer" and was charged with being the most obvious criminal in the history of crime.

Source: Florida Times Union

Crooked Cop Drives Ferrari to Work
The dumbest policeman in the world, who was making some extra cash with drugs and prostitution, was brought to justice after driving a $170,000 Ferrari to work. Osman Iqbal, an officer based in Birmingham England, was jailed for seven years for running a brothel.

Source: Time

Robber Gives Cashier His Phone Number
18 year old Ruben Zarate wanted to rob a muffler shop in Chicago and demanded money. Unfortunately it was mostly in the safe. Zarate decided that he would try again later. To save himself some time, he left his cell phone number with the store employees. That way, they could call him when the manager returned.

Source: News Sentinel
 


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<![CDATA[14 Famous People Who Have PhDs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-phds/celebrity-lists
Several famous actors, politicians, athletes, and musicians have furthered their education by earning doctorates and Ph.D.s. Some of these celebrities earned Ph.D.s in the arts, while others pursued scientific degrees. One famous comedic actress has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. This list of famous people with Ph.D.s is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person with a Ph.D.? Martin Luther King, Jr. tops our list. The civil rights activist earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. His dissertation was entitled "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."

"The Big Bang Theoryactress Mayim Bialik earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. She wrote the book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way in 2012.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities have earned Ph.D.s? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
14 Famous People Who Have PhDs,

Brian May
In 2007, more than 30 years after he started his studies, Queen guitarist Brian May earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College. He also served as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013.

(Source)

Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.

(Source)

Dexter Holland
The Offspring singer Dexter Holland has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California. He has co-authored a paper called "Identification of Human MicroRNA-Like Sequences Embedded within the Protein-Encoding Genes of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus."

(Source)

Frank Ryan
Frank Beall Ryan is the only person with a Ph.D. in Mathematics to ever play in the NFL. After he was recruited by college coaches across the country, he declared a major in Physics at Rice University, becoming the first member of his family not to go to Yale. He later chose education over professional football - but was then allowed to enroll at both UCLA and UC Berkeley so he could complete his degree. Ryan played 11 seasons in the NFL - for the Los Angeles Rams, the Cleveland Browns, and the Washington Redskins. He later worked for the government, served as athletic director and math lecturer at Yale, and served on a number of business advisory boards. 

(Source 1, 2)

Greg Graffin
Bad Religion musician Greg Graffin has a Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell University. The title of his dissertation was "Evolution, Monism, Atheism, and the Naturalist World-View: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology." Graffin has since taught science and evolution classes at both Cornell and UCLA.

(Source)

Hunter S. Thompson
Author and Gonzo journalism founder Hunter S. Thompson had a Ph.D. in Journalism from Columbia University.

(Source)

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955.

(Source)

Mayim Bialik
"The Big Bang Theoryactress Mayim Bialik earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA in 2008. Her dissertation was called "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome."

(Source)

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin earned a Doctoral Degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

(Source)

Vitali Klitschko
Professional boxer Vitali Klitschko has a Ph.D. in Sports Science from Kiev University. His doctoral thesis was about talent and sponsorship in sports.

(Source)


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Hollywood Comebacks of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-comebacks/devon-ashby
Great celebrity comebacks are rare – in a world ruled by fickle fame, it's not always easy for actors and actresses to recover from career misfortune. What are some of the best examples of impressive celebrity comebacks for actors and actresses of the past 30 years? The world of Hollywood actors is riddled with disappointment and overbearing egos, but what about stars who once had it all, fell out of favor, then rose from the wreckage and transformed their prior misfortunes into renewed successes?

Below is a list of the best film actor comebacks of all time. These celebrities made major comebacks even when the world didn't think they could do it. Vote up which celebrities you think have had the greatest comeback to their career, and let's welcome everyone back into the game.
The Greatest Hollywood Comebacks of All Time,

Betty White
Known for her treacly, two-faced matronly characters, Betty White rose to iconic status starting in the '60s. Bitingly hilarious in front of the camera, White was also recognized for her influence behind it – she the first woman ever to produce a TV sitcom and was the first woman to win an Emmy as a game show host.

During the '70s, White enjoyed new levels of recognition after landing a role as a recurring character Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and her fame extended into the '80s with her now legendary role on "Golden Girls."

Though she continued to turn up in minor roles during the '90s, it appeared for a while that Betty might finally be entering a reluctant dotage. Starting in the early '00s, however, her visibility began a gradual resurgence, culminating in her legendary appearance as a host of "Saturday Night Live" in 2010. Today, Betty remains a visible and beloved comedy icon and makes frequent, celebrated appearances in both film and television.
Drew Barrymore
Definitely one of the youngest people in the industry to go nuts and make a full recovery, Drew Barrymore has been starring in movies since early childhood and published a drug memoir at the tender age of 14. As a child, Barrymore spent half a decade as Hollywood's adorable moppet du jour, appearing in Cat's Eye, Firestarter, and Stephen Spielberg's E.T. Known for precocious and rebellious behavior, Barrymore's career ground to a halt in in 1989 when she was forced into rehab twice, once for cocaine addiction, and then a second time for trying to kill herself.

Barrymore's public image turned around in 1995 when she starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Mary Louise Parker in Boys On the Side, playing a wild and impulsive young woman, much like herself, attempting to escape from an abusive relationship. The following year, her memorable appearance in Wes Craven's Scream cemented her return to prominence. Barrymore has gone on to write, direct, produce, and star in numerous Hollywood productions.
Jason Bateman
From Teen Wolf to Bluth Boy, Bateman has had quite a ride. After getting his TV start on the early 80s "Little House on the Prairie" series, Bateman really started to make his mark on "Valerie," even becoming the DGA's youngest-ever director, taking the helm for a few episodes of the series, in which he also had an acting role.

Then, Bateman fell into obscurity for the better part of the 90s, unable to make a graceful transition from teen star, including the box office flop that was Teen Wolf Too. Then came the Bluth era of the early 2000s, when Bateman came back in a big way, as the only sane member of the highly dysfunctional family on critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite series "Arrested Development." This role relaunched his career, which has since included roles in films like Juno, Up in the Air, and Horrible Bosses. Bateman won a Golden Globe for the role in 2005, and was nominated twice for an Emmy - in 2005 and 2013, after "Arrested Development" was revived on Netflix.
Joaquin Phoenix
Appropriately, Phoenix is one of few actors who has made comebacks into an art form of their own. Though he started off as a child actor, his burgeoning early career was derailed in 1993 by the notorious drug overdose death of his older brother, River Phoenix. The media frenzy surrounding the death was intense, and Joaquin (credited, at the time, as "Leaf Phoenix") withdrew for several years from the public eye.

At age 15, Joaquin changed his name from "Leaf" back to "Joaquin" and returned to acting, landing a number of small supporting roles, and finally hitting the fame jackpot in 2000 for his role as Commodus in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. He continued to tackle weird and challenging material throughout the early 2000s, appearing in films like Quills, Hotel Rwanda, M. Knight Shyamalan's The Village, and the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.

 After checking into rehab in 2005, wrecking his car while intoxicated in 2006 (and being improbably rescued by legendary German director Werner Herzog), and a period of routinely bizarre public behavior, Phoenix has now returned seriously to acting. He has recently been critically recognized for his starring roles in P.T. Anderson's The Master, and in Spike Jonze's Her.
John Travolta
Travolta was a big-haired, disco-powered heartthrob in the '70s and '80s, starring in the popular high school TV series "Welcome Back Kotter," as well as Saturday Night Fever, Stayin' Alive, Brian De Palma's Carrie, and of course, The Boy In the Plastic Bubble. He was also a huge pop star, crooning seductive smooth jams into living rooms all over the world.

By the '90s, Travolta had become a parody of himself and was reduced to odd roles in things like Look Who's Talking, where his co-star was a talking baby. Fortunately, in 1994, Quentin Tarantino decided to cast Travolta as the lead in Pulp Fiction, which would go on to become one of the most iconic American films of the century. Despite a few questionable career moves (lookin' at you, Battlefield Earth) Travolta has remained securely A-list ever since.
Kiefer Sutherland
The son of renowned Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, Keifer premiered in Rob Reiner's beloved coming-of-age classic Stand By Me in 1986 and went on to become on of Hollywood's most visible young performers. He appeared in Dark City, Young Guns, the not-terrible American remake of The Vanishing, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, but his greatest role ever, no matter what anybody else ever says, was as the evil head vampire with the sexy earring in Lost Boys.

Aside from a brief, weird, temporary retirement in the late '90s, during which he apparently bought a ranch in Montana and won a bunch of cattle-roping contests, Sutherland returned to the fold in 2001, starring as Jack Bauer in the popular Fox series "24," a role with which he is now primarily identified.
 
Matthew McConaughey
A series of prominent dramatic roles during the '90s – including A Time To Kill, The Newton Boys, and Amistad – established McConaughey as a Hollywood heavyweight. During the 2000s, however, he slipped gradually into B-list status, becoming better known for fluffy, annoying-looking romantic comedies like How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days, and The Wedding Planner.

In recent years, McConaghey has moved away from lighter fare and aligned himself once again with darker, more challenging material, regaining both critical respect and fan worship as a result. In 2013, he appeared in Dallas Buyer's Club and The Wolf of Wall-Street (both nominated for Best Picture Oscars). Perhaps his most compelling recent appearance was as Rustin Cohl in HBO's critically-acclaimed first season of "True Detective."
Neil Patrick Harris
Semi-ironically adored for decades as the titular child star of popular sitcom Doogie Howser, M.D., Harris endured several years of C-list status before an appearance with Nathan Fillion in Joss Whedon's web miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog rejuvenated his geek street cred. Soon after, Harris was cast in the popular series "How I Met Your Mother" with fellow cult TV stars Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segal.

Currently, Harris is starring as intersexed rockstar Hedwig Schmidt in the recently-Tony-winning Broadway revival of John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Robert Downey Jr.
The son of notoriously bizarre underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., Downey, Jr. became associated during the '80s with the so-called "brat pack," appearing mainly in films for disgruntled youths like Less Than Zero and Weird Science.

Downey, Jr.'s career during the '90s was characterized by flamboyant drug problems and multiple arrests. This culminated into a three-year-prison sentence toward the end of the decade, which was later reduced to one year with a hefty fine.

After a few hiccups, Downey, Jr. has managed to stay clean and has become a more beloved public figure than ever, winning the hearts and minds of filmgoers all over the nation and the world with his portrayal of Tony Stark in Marvel's Iron Man films.
Rob Lowe
A member of the Hollywood "brat pack" during the '80s, Lowe appeared in The Outsiders, Youngblood, and St. Elmo's Fire, among other notable titles.

His public life hit a major snag in 1988 when Lowe was videotaped the night before the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, GA having sex with two women in a hotel room (one of whom was only 16 – which, lucky for Rob, is Georgia's age of consent). The scandal was compounded when a second tape leaked as well, this time showing Lowe and another man having sex with a young model in Paris.

Fortunately, Lowe had a sense of humor about the scandal, and a self-deprecating appearance on "SNL" went a long way toward mitigating the damage. Lowe is currently part of the ensemble cast of NBC's beloved sitcom "Parks and Recreation." (His celebrity sex tape remains popular as well.)

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:25:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-comebacks/devon-ashby
<![CDATA[50+ Celebrities Who Look Exactly Like People From History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-look-like-old-photos/michelle-nati

Leonardo DiCaprio. John Travolta. Eminem. Ellen DeGeneres. Other than being rich and famous, what do they all have in common? They all have historical doppelgängers! That's right. all of these famous people, celebs, Hollywood stars, whatever you like to call them, look just like people in old photos. From George Washington or an old Pope, to your average random 19th century gentleman, these celebrities all have doppelgängers in historical photos, if you look closely.

 

 

Some of history’s twins were famous in their own lives, while other languished in obscurity. There’s photographic evidence of the some, and only a painting or sculpture of others (hey, those were based on real people too, right?) Some of these famous doppelgängers in old photos have a few features similar to those of the world's biggest celebrities (Bruce Willis and General Douglas MacCarthur have the same eyes, for example), but others are dead ringers for today’s stars (are Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Peter Dinklage vampires or time travelers?).

Check out this list of celebrities who look like people from history and celebrity twins from a different time and vote up the historical lookalikes you think resemble each other the most.

 


50+ Celebrities Who Look Exactly Like People From History,

Channing Tatum
Source: Yahoo

Eddie Murphy

Jay-Z

Jennifer Lawrence

See how J. Law and Zubaida compare here.


Jimmy Fallon

Matthew McConaughey

Matt Damon

Nicolas Cage

Orlando Bloom

Peter Dinklage


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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:45:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-look-like-old-photos/michelle-nati
<![CDATA[The All-Time Best Tom Cruise Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-all-time-tom-cruise-movies
The best all-time Tom Cruise movies show the iconic drama and action-movie star in his finest performances. Cruise is easily a contender as one of the greatest film actors of all time and these movies show exactly why. Tom Cruise is both an outstanding actor and one of the most controversial figures in Hollywood. He is also one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. After watching these movie clips, rank these according to how good Tom Cruise is acting.

Since his very first part in 1981 when he had a small role in "Endless Love," few Tom Cruise movies have not been notable but it was his role in 1983's "Risky Business" that made Tom Cruise a household name. His star power continued increase in the late 80s as he appeared in lead roles in films like "Top Gun" and "Legend."

Numerous other hits followed in the 80s such as "Rain Man" and "Born on the Fourth of July" leading into a powerful 90s of Tom Cruise movies like "Days of Thunder," "The Firm," "Interview with the Vampire" and "Mission: Impossible," a series that spawned several sequels. More recently, Cruise has seen success with great films like "Jerry Macguire," "War of the Worlds" and "Minority Report."

While it's pretty hard to find a bad Tom Cruise movie, he has not been immune to flops. Then again, the best movies for any actor, or the best movies of all time in general are often a matter of opinion. Share yours below by voting for the Tom Cruise movies you love best, adding any not listed or re-ranking this list your way.
The All-Time Best Tom Cruise Movies,

Collateral

Jerry Maguire

Minority Report

Mission: Impossible

Rain Man

Risky Business

The Last Samurai

Top Gun

A Few Good Men

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:01:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-all-time-tom-cruise-movies
<![CDATA[19 Celebrities Who Were Orphaned as Children]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-orphans/celebrity-lists
List of Famous Orphans, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Some very famous people were left orphaned after their parents died or abandoned their families. Famous political leaders, actors, authors and musicians have all been orphans. Some celebrities lost their parents when they were very young, while others became orphans when they were teenagers. These famous people were either raised by family or placed in orphanages and foster homes.

Who is the most famous orphan? Marilyn Monroe tops our list. There is some discrepancies about the identity of Marilyn Monroe's father, but by all accounts he was not present during her childhood. Her mother was mentally unstable and placed Monroe, then known by the name Norma Jean Baker, with a foster family. When Monroe was seven she was declared a ward of the state. She was raised by her mother's friend for a few years, but she later spent time in an orphanage, more foster homes and with other family members.

Malcolm X's father died when Malcolm X was just six years old. He died under suspicious circumstances in a streetcar accident, but the family suspected that he was murdered by a white racist group. When Malcolm X was 12, his mother suffered a nervous breakdown and spent the next 24 years in a state hospital. Malcolm X lived in foster homes for a few years and eventually he stayed with his half-sister.

Do you think that being an orphan played into the success of these famous folks. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
19 Celebrities Who Were Orphaned as Children,

Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth was sent to live at an orphanage when he was seven years old. There isn't much information regarding the reasons Ruth being sent to the orphanage, but Ruth later suggested that it was because he was running the streets and generally misbehaving. Out of eight children born to Katherine and George Ruth, Sr., only one other, Ruth's sister Marnie, survived infancy.

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe's father, actor David Poe, Jr., abandoned the family when Poe was an infant. His mother Elizabeth died from pulmonary tuberculosis when Poe was just two years old. He was raised by a foster family.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt's mother, Anna Rebecca Hall, died from diphtheria in 1892. The next year, when Roosevelt was 9 years old, her father Elliott died from the same disease. She was raised by her maternal grandmother.
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald's father William left her family when she was an infant. Her mother Tempie died from a heart attack in 1931, when Fitzgerald was 15. After she was abused by her step-father, Fitzgerald ran away to her aunt's house. She then spent time in an orphanage and a reformatory, and she was even homeless for a period of time.

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman's mother Friedel died when Bergman was just three years old. Her father Justus died when she was 13. Bergman then lived with an aunt who died of heart disease 6 months later. Another aunt and uncle subsequently raised Bergman.

J. R. R. Tolkien
When he was three years old, J.R.R. Tolkien's father, Arthur, died from a rheumatic fever. His mother Mabel died when he was 12 from diabetes mellitus type 1. Tolkien and his siblings were then raised by a friend of the family.
Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy's parents, Mariya and Count Nikolai Tolstoy, died when he was very young. He and his siblings were raised by various family members.

Malcolm X
Malcolm X's father, Earl Little, died when Malcolm was just six years old. He died under suspicious circumstances in a streetcar accident, but the family suspected that he was murdered by a white racist group. When Malcolm was 12, his mother Louise suffered a nervous breakdown and spent the next 24 years in a state hospital. Malcolm X lived in foster homes for a few years, and eventually he stayed with his half-sister.

Marilyn Monroe
There is some discrepancies about the identity of Marilyn Monroe's father, but by all accounts, he was not present during her childhood.  Her mother was mentally unstable and placed Monroe, then known by the name Norma Jean Baker, with a foster family. When Monroe was seven, she was declared a ward of the state. She was raised by her mother's friend for a few years, but she later spent time in an orphanage, more foster homes, and with other family members.
Ray Charles
When Ray Charles was 10 years old, his father, Bailey Robinson, abandoned the family. His mother Aretha died in 1947, when he was 15. Charles stayed with family friends for about a year after that before he went to Seattle to pursue his music.


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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:31:14 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-orphans/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[32 Things You Didn't Know About Wolverine]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wolverine-trivia/ranker-comics
Wolverine is one of the most recognizable Marvel Comics superheroes out there. Nowadays, he's everywhere. Movies, cartoons, video games, comic books... you name it. But he wasn't always so popular. He's been around for over 40 years, having been created by comics legends Len Wein and John Romita Sr. (though, thats up for debate). But what facts will surprise you about your favorite Marvel character? This list of trivia facts you didn't know about Wolverine will give you all kinds of interesting tidbits about Logan. 
 
The majority of people know Wolverine from the 20th Century Fox movie, starring Hugh Jackman. But did you know that Jackman is almost a foot taller than Wolverine is in the comics? And speaking of Jackman, did you know he wasn't even the first choice to play the ol' canuklehead? At one point, it was even planned to write him out of the X-Men comics for good. Fortunately for us, that didn't happen.

You've seen Wolverine in the movies and cartoons, now it's time to become a Wolverine expert with these amazing facts you probably didn't know about him. Upvote the most surprising Wolverine trivia below and use your newfound knowledge against your comic book friends. 
 

32 Things You Didn't Know About Wolverine,

Dark Claw
There was a time when Marvel and DC were friends... well maybe not friends, but they were both in enough financial trouble to know they couldn't do things on their own. In the mid-90s, fanboys around the world rejoiced when they announced a Marvel vs. DC crossover event. Marvel and DC let it be known which characters of theirs they would have go at it and allowed the fans to vote for who would win.

Even more shocking than the actual crossover battles was the merging of the two big comic book companies into one, called Amalgam. In the Amalgam universe, we got to see the merging of such characters as Captain America and Superman, Storm and Wonder Woman, and the most badass of them all, Wolverine and Batman, named Dark Claw.

Who wouldn't want to live in a universe where a hero exists that has Wolverine's claws and Batman's brains? 

Adamantium
There are 13 types of adamantium. Wolverine's is the ninth version.
Girl Power
In the comics, Wolverine has taken it upon himself to mentor some of the young girls of the X-Men like Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Jubilee, and Armor. It may seem a bit creepy with him being being over a hundred years old, but the girls he's mentored see him as a father figure. 
Bone Claws
For all he knew, Wolverine's claws were given to him when his bones were laced with adamantium during the Weapon X Project. When Magneto tears Wolverine's adamantium from his body, it was soon revealed to him (and us) that Wolverine has bone claws. 
Too Big for the Big Screen
In the comics, Wolverine is only 5'3" tall, while Hugh Jackman, who portrays Wolverine on the big screen, stands almost a foot taller, at 6'2". 

To try to hide Jackman's height, they filmed him at certain angles to make him appear shorter than he is. His castmate James Marsden, who plays Cyclops, is 5'10". Since Cyclops is supposed to be much taller than Wolverine, James wore platform boots to make Jackman appear shorter. 
Teams Galore
On top of being a prominent member of the X-Men and X-Force, Wolverine has been a member of the Avengers and even the Fantastic Four. The only other character to be on the same four teams was Storm.
Left in the Dark
Just like us, Wolverine didn't know about his past. Anything before he went under the Weapon X Program was all just a blur. It wasn't until the events of the "House of M" crossover event that Wolverine regained his memories. 
Another Round!
Much to Professor X's disapproval, Wolverine is a heavy drinker and smoker. Due to his healing factor, Wolverine isn't concerned about long term effects of alcohol and tobacco.
He Gets the Job Done
Wolverine is known for getting the job done by any means necessary. He's killed hundreds of other characters, and at one point in the comics even killed Jean Grey, who some consider to be the love of his life. 

While the two of them were propelling towards the sun on Asteroid M, thanks to the traitor Xorn, Jean asks Wolverine to kill her so she doesn't have to suffer burning up in the sun. He reluctantly stabs and kills her. But seconds before they reach the sun, the Phoenix Force manifests within Jean and saves them both. 
Unmasked
Artist John Byrne sketched a face for what he thought Wolverine would look like under his mask, not knowing artist Dave Cockrum already revealed Wolverine's face in an earlier issue. When Byrne discovered this, he used what would've been Wolverine's face as his future arch-nemesis', Sabretooth.

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:06:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/wolverine-trivia/ranker-comics
<![CDATA[The Best Spring Break Destinations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-spring-break-destinations/island-hopper-dan
List of the best Spring Break destinations for college kids, ranked as most awesome and wild. When warm weather hits, the last thing any warm-blooded American 20 year-old wants to do is hang around indoors watching Netflix. Luckily, your school gives you a week off to head to any of the best beaches in the US to let off some steam, get some sun, and do a few crazy things you hopefully won't regret.

This votable list of the best cities for Spring Break includes beaches and towns known for their beautiful weather during the day and best nightlife cities once the sun goes down. It includes some of the best US cities for vacations in coastal states like Florida, Texas, and California as well as cities in Caribbean countries for Spring Break in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. If you are asking, "Where should I go for Spring Break?" also consider all-season favorites like New Orleans, New York, and the wildest party city of them all, good ol' Las Vegas.

Vote up your favorite vacation cities on this list to help create the definitive list of the top college Spring Break spots, and be sure to add any of the best Florida beaches that are missing. If you've spent time at Senor Frog's in a few different cities, please hit "rerank" to make your own version of this list.
The Best Spring Break Destinations,

South Padre Island

Acapulco

Amsterdam

Cabo San Lucas

Cancún

Ibiza Town

Las Vegas

Miami Beach

New Orleans

Puerto Vallarta


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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 07:05:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-spring-break-destinations/island-hopper-dan
<![CDATA[The Best Movies Directed by Women]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-directed-by-women/ranker-film
It’s no longer just a man’s world out there, women have been taking over Hollywood for years in some pretty big ways! From becoming some of the world’s top actresses to screenwriting and directing, women have certainly started to make their mark in the world of movies. In fact, some of the top box office hits and award winners of recent years have been produced or directed by women! But what are the best movies directed by a woman?
 
The movies featured on this list have been ranked as the all time best films directed by women. Perhaps one of the most surprising success stories of women in film came when Kathryn Bigelow but a woman's stamp on the usually male-dominated war movie genre. Her film, The Hurt Locker was both a commercial and critical success. No matter what genre you’re craving there is sure to be a movie, directed by a woman, on this list that will do.
 
This list is made up of the best movies that were directed by a woman, including: Away From Her, Frida, Clueless, The Piano, The Kids Are All Right, Lost In Translation, and American Psycho. Vote up your favorite female-directed films below or add your favorite movies, directed by a woman, if they aren't already on the list.
The Best Movies Directed by Women,

American Psycho

A League of Their Own

Big

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Monster

Pet Sematary

Point Break

Wayne's World

The Hurt Locker

Brave


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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:13:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-directed-by-women/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-movies-roger-ebert-gave-four-stars/film-snob
List of movies Roger Ebert gave four stars, ranked best to eh. This is NOT a complete list of all of Roger Ebert's four star movies. In fact, the famous critic gave nearly 1,000 movies 4-star reviews in his 46 year career writing for The Chicago Sun Times, many of which have long since dropped from the collective consciousness. So this list doesn't include all of them, but (hopefully) all of the ones you have actually heard of, plus a few that you should consider watching. If I missed any important ones, feel free to add them!

For the record, Roger Ebert was not a fan of ranked movie lists, but he did make one, once, in 2012. In alphabetical order, Roger Ebert's favorite films were:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Apocalypse Now
Citizen Kane
La Dolce Vita
The General
Raging Bull
Tokyo Story
The Tree of Life
Vertigo
The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars,

Apollo 13

Forrest Gump

Goodfellas

Jaws

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Saving Private Ryan

Schindler's List

The Godfather

The Shawshank Redemption

Toy Story


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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:25:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-movies-roger-ebert-gave-four-stars/film-snob
<![CDATA[The 47 Greatest Pun-tastic Restaurant Names]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/47-best-funny-restaurant-puns/danielle-dauenhauer
Jokes are awesome. Food is awesome. Jokes + Food= SUPER awesome. It doesn't make any sense, but food that comes from restaurants with funny names always tastes better. Slice of pepperoni pizza from Domino's? Mediocre. Slice of pepperoni pizza from Slice of Life? Awesome (+1 if you get the Dexter reference). Pulled pork sandwich from KFC? Gross. Pulled pork sandwich from Forrest Rump? Awesome (-1 if you somehow connect that to a porno reference). Point is: restaurants with pun names are the best.

This list of restaurants with pun names is a collection of funny restaurant signs and names from around the world. Are there brunch puns? You better bellini it. Burger puns? Lettuce tell you about it. Puns about Vietnamese cuisine? You pho it. Ok, enough. There are a plethora of clever restaurant names for you to peruse, so get to it.

If you're into food and funny, don't forget to check out funny foreign food commercials and the greatest food abominations of all time. If that's not enough cool food for you, have a donut and carry on.
The 47 Greatest Pun-tastic Restaurant Names,

A Middle Eastern Stop

An Ice Cream Shop

A Wine Shop

A Coffee Shop

A Bar With An Emphasis On Spirits

A Seafood Establishment

A Chinese Restaurant

A Thai Restaurant

A French Fry Joint

A Place For Fried Foods


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Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:35:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/47-best-funny-restaurant-puns/danielle-dauenhauer
<![CDATA[21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/20-most-annoyingly-over-used-movie-trailer-songs/awesomeballa
These are the songs that make you roll your eyes in theaters, change the channel, or even put the TV on mute when you hear them come on in movie trailers.

Some are actually fantastic and beautifully written songs that have been ruined by overexposure; some are inexplicably popular songs that need to die immediately.
21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs,

Who Let the Dogs Out
We have no idea how this song even came to fruition. Who thought this was cool? The song itself even starts out kind of badass (imagine you'd never heard it before) and then goes on to get really really friendly. It was actually a huge hit on Radio Disney for YEARS.

But seriously, we have no idea who possibly thought it was a good idea to spend time and money and actually use their names, faces and voices to make such a stupid and horribly annoying song.

Songs like these usually go away... songs like these usually go away! *Rocks back and forth* Songs like these usually go away.

But not this one. It first came out in 1999, started being used in trailers then... and it STILL. IS.

The worst part is that now any kids' movie with a dog and/or men behaving like dogs, or even just fun, light-hearted family films has this in the trailer.

The ultimate one-hit wonder song, "Who Let the Dogs Out" can rape your ears in everything from "The Hangover" to "Shallow Hal" to "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie," and graces such trailers as the one embedded here, where it is arguably most distastefully used.

Here's your token dogs-are-on-the-screen-so-let's-get-the-s**tty-tropical-dog-song moment from the Snow Dogs trailer at 0:50 to the left.
All Star
Just gonna put this out there, and although we don't wanna rock any boats, we'll be the first ones to admit it. You know what? We HATE this song. By "we," I mean "the thinking people of America."

And I think it's because of how Hollywood has saturated every part of our lives with this song. It's in video games, television, and movies such as Digimon: The MovieInspector Gadget, seemingly every single Shrek movie and "Mystery Men" (where they apparently had enough people on staff who smoked crack that they decided to make this the theme of their movie).

We would donate our dozens of dollars to charity to never have to hear this song in a movie (or life) ever again.
Bad Reputation
"I don't give a damn about my bad reputation!"

Used in Shrek, 10 Things I Hate About You, Baby Mama and a few others, Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" has got a bad reputation for being used in otherwise pretty decent movie trailers. It's just not right to do this sort of thing to an awesome song!

Formerly used as the theme song for the great canceled-way-too-early NBC show "Freaks & Geeks," this song is being overused in trailers such as Kick-Ass and any other trailer that involves children fighting back or something juvenile or anthropomorphic rebelling in some way, shape, or form.

See for yourself. Here's Joan's song being used in one of its most cliche ways in the "Kick-Ass" movie trailer (1:40).
I Got You (I Feel Good)
A song that's cool enough to be in both "Full House" and "Lost" is all right in my book, no matter how over-utilized it is by Hollywood. But dear God is it overused in trailers.

The Godfather of Soul's hit single has been made an appearance on basically every soundtrack ever, including The Nutty Professor, It Takes Two, Garfield: The Movie, and Home Alone 4 (hey, I never said they were good soundtracks).

Really, this song is used masterfully by trailers in a way that isn't obvious in the least... ready for it? It's played whenever someone "feels good." BOOSH.

Remember this Richard Gere movie? GREAT example of how lame it is.
ABC
No question, you know this song. You've heard it in Clerks 2 and in the part of any movie trailer where a kooky guy (or crew of guys) has to change their ways or take on a seemingly impossibly task. Who knows what could happen? Craziness ensues! But no matter what does, you know that everything is going to be OK because it's "ABC" time, so go see their crappy movie!

Here's the trailer for Daddy Day Care (you're welcome). At 1:16 the song starts, giving us the perfect, cliche example of how Hollywood uses this song.

That's right, if you have a child running amok or a clueless man learning anything in a movie, Tito Jackson is sure to get a check.

Perhaps the saddest thing about this song though is that it was responsible for kicking "Let It Be" out of the number one Billboard spot in 1970.

Oh, and for those who just can't get enough of the first three letters of the alphabet, you can download this jam for Rock Band or play it on Band Hero.

But seriously, please don't.
Walking on Sunshine
The embedded trailer for High Fidelity uses the song for its intended purpose, super great feelings. This is what you use in a trailer when your characters are feeling a few notches above "I Feel Good." When people want to jump on tables, run while their hair bounces, drive off in a car, wear sunglasses, or dance for no reason, this is the song to play.

Cheesy/lame uses of it? Most def. Check out this trailer for Mr. Bean.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jCq13TtzRY

Honorable Mentions:

"Eye of the Tiger" (cause really, we're not sick of that one, it will last forever)
"Wake Up" by Arcade Fire (give it a few years, it'll belong here)
"Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (watch Indie trailers for it)
Kung Fu Fighting
An original B-side song, recorded in ten minutes by a Jamaican dude name Carl doesn't exactly motivate the listener to allow their minds to be transported to a dreamworld of dragons, egg rolls, and other supercool Asian stuff. Oh wait, that is exactly the kind of Asia that a song like "Kung Fu Fighting" makes the listener connect with. With appearances in everything from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie to Rush Hour 3, it seems like City of God is one of the only movies on this song's list of cultural infiltration that is actually worth being proud of.

Shockingly, the song was also used in the Dreamworks's movie Kung Fu Panda (gasp!), which is actually a cute movie if you're seven or like drugs. Fast-forward to the 0:34 mark to begin your immersion in Asian culture, the Hollywood way.

Thanks Carl! Now all martial arts comedies will be able to share one CD (who are we kidding, this is totally on a beta) for their soundtrack until the end of time.
What a Wonderful World

Bad to the Bone

Carnival of the Animals
"Carnival of the Animals, VII Aquarium," is the perfect example of one of those movie trailer songs that you have no idea what it is, but it's in all movie trailers needing a mystical and mythical musical background. Anything playfully mysterious or even slightly (but gothically) ethereal will have this song at the beginning of its trailer.

An actually lovely song, "Aquarium" is just one part of a larger collection of music, but seems to be the one part that every movie trailer maker latches on to (perhaps they all have a lucky number seven). Kind of like the intense part of "O Fortuna," which isn't included in this list because people really seem to have eased off the song in the last 5-10 years (thankfully).

Here's just one of the 637 billion trailers (we totally counted) out there that use "Aquarium."

And if you find the song just a bit too annoying, try listening to it while looking at fish (either real or on Youtube), it really does sound like what an aquarium looks like.

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Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:53:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/20-most-annoyingly-over-used-movie-trailer-songs/awesomeballa
<![CDATA[28 Celebrities with Fake Teeth]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-fake-teeth/celebrity-lists
Celebrities with Fake Teeth ranked by fame and popularity. It's no secret that Hollywood is all about appearances and there is nothing more important that a great smile. Many famous people have paid a lot of money to get caps, veneers, false teeth and dentures to perfect their pearly whites. Most celebrities don't talk about their fake teeth, but it is pretty easy to spot those smiles that are so perfect that they can only be fake.

Who is the most famous person with fake teeth? Tom Cruise tops our list. When Cruise appeared in “Outsiders” his teeth were far from perfect. He is suspected of having veneers and now has one of the best smiles in Hollywood. George Clooney reportedly grinds his teeth, so the “Gravity” star had to get veneers to lengthen them to the proper degree. Other actors suspected of having fake teeth include Ben Affleck, Chris Rock and Gary Busey.

Several famous people had to get fake teeth because they damaged their originals. “Mallrats” star Jason Mewes and Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen both needed to get new teeth after drugs and alcohol abuse caused them to lose their originals. Boxer Mike Tyson lost quite a few teeth during his time in the ring.

Do you think that fake teeth make celebrities look better or worse? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
28 Celebrities with Fake Teeth,

50 Cent
Rapper 50 Cent has admitted to spending over $50,000 on his teeth.

(Source)

Ben Affleck
Photo evidence would suggest that "Good Will Hunting" star Ben Affleck got some porcelain veneers to lengthen his teeth.

(Source)

Chris Rock
Chris Rock is rumored to have had some pretty serious dental surgery and from the looks of it, Rock has some new fake teeth.

(Source)

Courtney Love
Courtney Love has some pretty obvious veneers.

(Source)

George Clooney
George Clooney has some sparkling white veneers.  Reportedly, the "Gravity" star grinds his teeth, so that's why he needed dental work.

(Source)

Hilary Duff
Rumor has it that Hilary Duff chipped her tooth on a microphone and opted to get veneers on all her teeth rather than try to color match one tooth.

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Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey fixed his chipped tooth years ago, but he removed the cap for his role in "Dumb and Dumber."

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Tom Cruise

It looks like Tom Cruise has had some dental work done.  Most likely, the "Mission Impossible" star has some pearly white veneers.

See which celeb has had even worse dental work here.

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Victoria Beckham
Photo evidence suggests that Victoria Beckham's perfect smile is comprised of veneers.

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Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill had his dentures fitted in such a way so he could keep his signature lisp.

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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:06:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-fake-teeth/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-tv-actor-replacement-switcheroos/ranker-tv

List of the greatest TV character switches of all time, as ranked by television enthusiasts and critics. What do you do when an actor on your show is no longer available? For some show runners, the solution is to simply write off the character through death or moving out of town. Or maybe they’re replaced by a completely different character who fulfills their role on the show. However, sometimes the best option is to simply recast the character and hope the audience doesn’t mind too much. The TV characters on this list were at one time—and sometimes more than once—replaced with a different actor,with very different results.

 

Some of the shows on this list refused to acknowledge the difference in actors and just continued on pretending like the character was the same, such as Darrin Stephens from Bewitched. Other shows made constant jokes about the change in actors, like Becky on Roseanne. The reasons these actors were replaced varied from health issues to clashing egos. Allegedly Aunt Vivian from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was replaced because of tensions between her and Will Smith. In 1966’s Batman television show, three different villains were replaced.

 

What are the best actor changes in television history? This list features characters that changed actors at least once with different outcomes.


The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles,

Ann Veal
Alessandra Torresani (season 1), Mae Whitman (seasons 2-4)
Darrin Stephens
Dick York (1964–1969), Dick Sargent (1969–1972)
Naomi Bennett
Merrin Dungey (2 episodes on Grey's Anatomy), Audra McDonald (Private Practice 2007-2011)
The Doctor
Played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Richard Hurndall, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi
Marilyn Munster
Beverley Owen (1964), Pat Priest (1964–1966)
Morgan Matthews
Lily Nicksay (1993–1995), Lindsay Ridgeway (1995–2000)
Aunt Vivian
Janet Hubert-Whitten (1990–1993), Daphne Maxwell Reid (1993–1996).
Becky Conner
Lecy Goranson (seasons 1-5, 8), Sarah Chalke (seasons 6-9)
Daario Naharis
Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman

Chris Partridge
Jeremy Gelbwaks, Brian Forster

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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:51:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-tv-actor-replacement-switcheroos/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[17 Signs You Are Being Cheated On]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/signs-you-are-being-cheated-on/don-davis
Have you ever wondered: Is my wife / husband / boyfriend / girlfriend cheating on me? You've met the love of your life, everything is going great, but then out of nowhere, things change – and you suspect your love may be cheating on you. Why do you think that? You say to yourself, "No way, not me," and you think you're just being paranoid. But your gut instinct is telling you otherwise. As much as you don't want to listen to that little voice in the back of your head, you know something's wrong.

Bi-sexual, straight, gay... Cheating knows no bounds. How can you tell if someone's cheating on you? This list of 17 signs you are being cheated on should help. After reading this, hopefully you'll have your answer: either your little voice is just playing tricks on you, or your baby's been playin' in another crib.

Love is a tricky thing. It takes a very brave person to put him or herself out there, to be willing to open up and share personal thoughts and feelings with someone else. So it may feel like the ultimate betrayal that your special someone has taken your love for granted. Truth is, you are right. But, you will survive. Cheaters don't discriminate, it can happen to anyone - if it does happen to you, hold your head high, and know that you aren't alone. But most of all, pay close attention to the lessons learned and know there will be other opportunities for you to love again.

17 Signs You Are Being Cheated On,

A Friend Holds the Key
A cheater will always need to tell someone, to offload guilty feelings they may have or (ugh) brag about their conquests. It's very rare that someone can keep their shade to themselves. If you notice your love's friends seem distant or evasive around you, especially when they used to be direct and forthcoming, someone knows what's up.
Password Please
Trying to use a cheater's laptop or phone? Fuhgettaboutit. It's likely password-protected. Even if you do get in, you'll probably find a chat history that has been cleared out, and maybe even an e-mail account you don't recognize...

The Worst-Case Scenario
Signed. Sealed. Delivered. If you walk in on your love getting it on with someone else, your suspicions have officially been confirmed.

Be Right Back, Babe!
All of a sudden, your love seems way more eager to have an excuse to leave the house for 15-20 minutes. Sounds like a perfect time to return a call they don't want you to overhear.
The Eyes Have It
Your gut says there's something wrong, but when you ask your partner, you don't get a straight answer. Even worse, they can't seem to look you directly in the eye when trying to explain their questionable activities or whereabouts.
Dinner for One?
Your love seems way more interested in spending more time with their "friends" than you. In reality, it's quite possible your baby was out being someone else's baby.
Got the #2 Blues?
Everyone has priorities in life: job, family, etc. While we like to be our love's top priority, there are many times where we won't always be #1. However, if you are constantly playing runner-up to everything in your partner's life and are feeling left out, it's time to re-assess.
Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater
Here's a sign you got on day one: If they cheated on their previous partner with you, guess what? You're next. If they have a track record of cheating, you'd be a fool not to think they would do it again - even though we all like to think we're the special one that will break our lover's bad habits.
A Brand New STD
The Holy Grail of cheating signs. Hopefully this never happens to you, of course, but if your lover suddenly shows signs they have contracted an STD - when you know for a fact they never had one prior - that's a sure sign your love is playing on the side. Moreover, they weren't smart about it. First thing? Get tested. Second thing? Plot their demise.
Love Bites
If your lover has a hickey and tries to tell you it's something else, well, then that's your own fault for believing them.

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:53:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/signs-you-are-being-cheated-on/don-davis
<![CDATA[Vader to Binks: Best to Worst Star Wars Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-characters-in-the-star-wars-universe
This is a list of the people and creatures who make up the complete Star Wars universe, ranked by Star Wars fans from the best to the absolute worst. From the first movie, to the prequels, to the books, to the TV shows, to the video games - few things have inspired our imagination like these characters and the universe they inhabit. Who are the best Star Wars characters?

Vote up your favorite humans, aliens, and robots from all of Star Wars below. Are you one of the three people on earth who actually liked Jar Jar? (Just kidding, zero people liked Jar Jar.) Do you think C3PO was really just annoying? Cast your votes now. And if you really want to impact the order of this list, rerank your own version!

For more voting fun, check out this list of the Best Game of Thrones Characters.

Vader to Binks: Best to Worst Star Wars Characters,

Boba Fett

C-3PO

Chewbacca

Darth Vader

Han Solo

Luke Skywalker

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Leia Organa

R2-D2

Yoda


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Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:04:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-characters-in-the-star-wars-universe
<![CDATA[The Coolest Disney Tattoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-disney-tattoos/michelle-nati

Tattoos generally last forever. The following fanboys and fangirls have taken their love of all things Disney and Pixar and permanently displayed them in lots of fun and creative ways. Because tattoos should be for adults. Nothing but respect to these people for loudly and proudly displaying their Disney passions. This list is all about the best Disney tattoos around. If you're in the market for a cool Disney tattoo and can't decide what awesome Disney tattoo is right for you, this list might be able to help!
 

Folks, we’ve got a few Tinkerbell tattoos, Minnie Mouse tattoos, Snow White tattoos and that's just the tip of the iceberg! Check out the list below and vote up your favorites. And we guarantee, you’ll never look at Winnie the Pooh the same way again... because you'll want a Winnie the Pooh tattoo.


The Coolest Disney Tattoos,

Did Rafiki Draw That On You?

But WHAT IS Beyond?

Thingamabobs? You Mean Forearms?

Never Never

Steamboat Mickey Looks Great in Ink

Sleeping Beauty's Castle Has Never Looked So Good

Believe.

History.

Don't Let Your Wrist Forget To Dream

I Forgot that Pan's Flight Went Around That Chick's Ear


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:45:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-disney-tattoos/michelle-nati
<![CDATA[The Most Mismatched TV Couples]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-mismatched-tv-couples/ranker-tv
List of the most mismatched TV couples. These couples, whether they stayed together, are the ones that make viewers scratch their heads and say, “huh?” Included on this list of TV’s greatest odd couples are the ones that either make no sense or would probably never happen in real life.

 The reasons why a TV couple feels mismatched are numerous. Often, it’s a case of physical differences, which might be termed the ‘beauty and the beast’ couple. Other mismatched TV couples are made up of two people from different generations, financial backgrounds, or social standings. Sometimes it’s a combination, as in the case of Jay and Gloria from Modern Family. Of course, some mismatched TV romances aren’t comprised of partners different in looks or age, but in personality. For instance, he’s fiery tempered, she’s peaceful. Or, he is introspective, while she loves to socialize.

No matter the type of mismatching, in the case of TV couples, mismatched doesn’t necessarily mean incompatible. Many mismatched TV couples stay together, with the partners’ idiosyncrasies and differences providing balance. Others stay together for a while, only to find that their differences are unresolvable. Sometimes these scenarios are heartbreaking; other times, viewers are glad that the couple broke up.

Who do you think is the weirdest, most unlikely couple in TV history? This list contains the oddest couples on TV, from dramas to sitcoms to animated shows. Whether you love these pairings or hate them, you can’t deny they’re the ones that have made history as TV’s most ill-matched couples.

The Most Mismatched TV Couples,

Dale Gribble

Doug Heffernan

Midge and Bob Pinciotti

Worf

Xander Harris

Fez

Harry Goldenblatt

Leonard Hofstadter

Jay Pritchett

Michonne and Rick


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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:47:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-mismatched-tv-couples/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[The Greatest Talking Animals in TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-talking-animals-in-tv-history/ranker-tv

List of the greatest talking animals in television history, as ranked by television critics, historians, and fans. Throughout the years, television has seen its fair share of speaking animal characters, each with their own personalities as unique as they would be if they were human characters. These characters come in all sorts of species, from a household dog to moose that stands on two legs. Although a vast majority of these characters are animated, there are a few which are live action. The live action talking animals, such as Mister Ed or the storytelling dog Wishbone, are impressive because the show runners needed to use a mix of real, cooperative animals, voice actors, and special effects.

 

While many of the TV talking animal characters on this list speak and act as if they were human beings, a few talk with speech impediments and act very much like animals, such as Scooby Doo. Characters like Brian Griffin from Family Guy act completely like humans in animal suits, while characters like Winnie the Pooh act completely within their animal’s nature.

 

Who are television’s best talking animals? This list features a wide array of animals who talk from generations of television, made by live action and cartoon creators alike.


The Greatest Talking Animals in TV History,

Brian Griffin

Bugs Bunny

Daffy Duck

Donald Duck

Foghorn Leghorn

Porky Pig

Sylvester

Yogi Bear

Scooby-Doo

Garfield


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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:56:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-talking-animals-in-tv-history/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[Bucket List for Summer]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bucket-list-for-summer/dani-porter
A bucket list for summer features fun summertime activities for you to accomplish by the end of the season. This list has got it all, from the small and simple to the gutsy adventures. If you’re looking to mix it up and have some fun in the sun, look no further.
 
We associate summer with lots of sunshine, fireworks in July, lemonade, taking a beach trip, and finding a little bit of rest and relaxation. No matter what kind of things you’d like to accomplish this summer, you know they'll be fun and carefree.

Catch a major league baseball game, go camping, or hit the open road for a road trip with your friends. Some of these things can only be done in the summer, like running through the sprinklers, so make the most of this summer season while you can!
 
Vote up the activities on this list that you like the most, and feel free to add anything that we've missed. You can also make your own bucket list – just make sure to cross things off once you've done them. Time to have fun!
Bucket List for Summer,

Read a New Novel

Try a New Food

See Fireworks

Sleep Under the Stars

Connect With An Old Friend

Go On a Road Trip

Collect Seashells at the Beach

Get As Much Sunshine As Possible

Go Camping

Play in the Summer Rain


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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:03:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bucket-list-for-summer/dani-porter
<![CDATA[18 Directors Who Are Notoriously Difficult to Work With]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-difficult-directors/matthewcoleweiss
Want to be a glamorous Hollywood movie star? Well, you might think twice when you hear what working for some of these directors is like. They might punch you square in the face or threaten to kill you! Life on a film set with these film directors is no walk in the park. Though they have some of the most storied and award-winning careers in film, they got there with ruthless determination and by, well, being just plain difficult to work with.

Ever since the start of the movie business, there have been sordid tales of difficult directors who have turned making films into a nightmare for everyone involved, from cast to crew to the studio. From nailing cell phones to walls and being all kinds of tyrannical, these directors take their craft a little too seriously, and they've earned unfavorable reputations as some of the worst people to work with in the process.

Granted, some of these directors have produced the best movies to ever be made, but was it worth it? Sure, James Cameron gave the world Titanic, but did he need to be such a jerk about it? And what about Coppola, von Trier, and Michael Bay (who Megan Fox famously likened to Hitler after filming Transformers)? Does making good movies and being one of the best directors really require all this shouting and behind the scenes drama? Of course, things really get interesting when these directors butt heads with notoriously difficult actors. In those cases, the crew likely just sits back and watches the fireworks.

After hearing about some of the stunts these egomaniacs have pulled, you'll give up those dreams of being an actor or actress in no time. Read through these on-set horror stories from famous directors and let us know who you think is the most difficult in the comments section!
18 Directors Who Are Notoriously Difficult to Work With,

Alfred Hitchcock
The Birds was a huge success, but star Tippi Hedren called Hitchcock a "mean, mean man" who would sexually assault her and other actresses on set. Hedren claimed the legendary Pyscho and North by Northwest director used his power as a director to woo women into bed, and he would crush their careers if they didn't abide. Hitchcock is also famous for his quote "All actors should be treated like cattle."

David Fincher
While filming Zodiac, star Jake Gyllenhaal got into a huge fight with director David Fincher, claiming the director would delete takes after filming, then ask Gyllenhaal to do the scene over and over again, trivializing the actor's performance.

Fincher responded by saying it's a "job" and basically told Gyllenhaal to quit complaining. Fincher himself has admitted to being an a-hole because, according to him, that's the only way to get the job done right.

David O. Russell
This guy is the worst of the worst, but his movies, like American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, are SO DARN GOOD!

Russell is notorious for treating actors like absolute crap. From George Clooney in Three Kings to Lily Tomlin in I Heart Huckabees (you've seen the video), his on-set tantrums with actors are notorious. He also allegedly freaked out on Jennifer Lawrence while filming the 2015 movie Joy.

Amy Adams revealed that he made her cry almost every day of filming American Hustle. She said, “I was really just devastated on set. I mean, not every day, but most. Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon. But I also don’t like to see other people treated badly…It’s not OK with me. Life to me is more important than movies. It really taught me how to separate work and home. Because I was like, ‘I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.’”

Francis Ford Coppola
It all stems from Apocalypse Now. Coppola is known for having one of the biggest on-set tantrums of all time during the filming of the Vietnam War epic.  Not only did he force Harvey Keitel to quit, but when his star Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack on set, Coppola told the studio it was just "heat exhaustion."  

It gets worse: he forced the prop department to use real cadavers in the film (gross), and was apparently so crazed, he was near suicidal during the shoot. 

James Cameron
The Titanic director apparently earned the nickname "Iron Jim" while making films like Terminator and Titanic throughout his career. He apparently despises the interruptions of cell phones so much, he ACTUALLY nails them to the wall if they go off! Kate Winslet said he had "a temper you wouldn't believe" after filming Titanic.

Cameron's ex-wife, Terminator star Linda Hamilton told reporters that life with Cameron was "terrible on every level." It's even said that on the set of his film True Lies, he threatened to fire people who dared to take bathroom breaks!

Lars von Trier
The fact that von Trier said "I'm a Nazi" at the Cannes Film Festival should be a hint at the type of fellow this director is. Though his films such as Dancer in the Dark and Melancholia are regarded as artistic classics, his actors can't stand him.  

Paul Bettany said von Trier wouldn't even speak to him while directing him in Dogville. During Dancer in the Dark, leading lady Björk and von Trier fought so much, the actress refused to come to set for three whole days. He then went on record saying his one regret of the film was that he "wasn't meaner" to her.

Michael Bay
According to Transformers star Josh Duhamel, director Michael Bay doesn't give a crap about anything but making a good film (has he ever, though?), even if it includes hurting people's feelings. Megan Fox trashed Bay to the press, comparing his on-set nightmarish behavior to both Hitler and Napoleon. Even Bruce Willis said that while filming Armageddon, Bay screamed the whole time which did not make for a "pleasant experience."

Oliver Stone
When Richard Dreyfuss calls you a "fascist," you know you've got some issues. Dreyfuss claimed that working with Stone on the George Bush biopic W was the worst experience of his career. Jamie Foxx admitted that while filming Any Given Sunday, Stone came up to him and told Foxx point blank "you're just not good at all."

Not convinced yet? How about this: Blake Lively got the entire crew "I Survived Oliver Stone" T-shirts after finishing Savages.

Terrence Malick
Christopher Plummer seems like the nicest guy in the world (hello, he was in The Sound of Music), but he has sworn never to work with Malick again. Plummer acted for the eccentric and reclusive director in the film The New World. He said Malick was super controlling in all aspects of the film, including the writing, which Plummer says he is terrible at.  

Even George Clooney said Malick was a jerk when he cut Adrien Brody out of their film The Thin Red Line without even telling him until the film's press junket (Brody was a lead)!

Tony Kaye
This guy is nutso. He once called himself the greatest director since Hitchcock, but in reality, he's one of the most dramatic and ruthless directors ever. He battled Ed Norton over American History X, spending $100,000 dollars of his own money to trash Norton in trade magazines. He then removed his name from the film and demanded that it instead say "Directed by Humpty Dumpty." When it didn't happen, he sued for $200 million dollars, before settling on his dog getting the credit.  

You'd think Kaye had learned his lesson on that film, but Bryan Cranston, the star of Kaye's 2012 film Detachment, said Kaye was a terror and he wouldn't be working with him ever again.


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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:23:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-difficult-directors/matthewcoleweiss
<![CDATA[The Greatest Guest Appearances in The Simpsons History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/simpsons-guest-appearances/derrick-deane
With 25+ seasons completed and seemingly no end in sight, there is certainly no shortage on the number of celebrity guest stars who have visited Springfield, leaving their mark on The Simpsons. These Simpsons cameos, guest-starring roles, and guest voices are just one part of what makes The Simpsons so fun to watch, and easily one of the best TV shows of all time.

The longest running scripted prime-time television series has welcomed comedy legends like Bob Hope, Mel Brooks, and Johnny Carson onto the show as well as veteran actors like Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, and Patrick Stewart among many others. Modern superstars like Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, and Neil Patrick Harris have guest starred along with legends like George Carlin, Stan Lee, and Johnny Cash.

And then of course there are Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, voiced by the late Phil Hartman and the fan favorite mob boss Fat Tony voiced by Joe Mantegna. David Duchovny, Betty White, John Goodman, Lucy Lawless, Danny DeVito, Alec Baldwin, Mark Hamill, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael Jackson - the list of guest stars and Simpsons celebrity guests is as wide and diverse as the cast of characters that populate Springfield. 

We've gathered the top, greatest guest stars in The Simpsons history (though bands like Aerosmith, The Ramones, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. have been omitted) and we know there are more than a few favorites on this list of Simpsons guest stars. Which guest voices on The Simpsons are your favorites?
The Greatest Guest Appearances in The Simpsons History,

Barry White
He does love the slither of a sexy lady snake. Baritone R&B crooner Barry White guest starred as himself twice in Season 4. First, he appeared in an attempt to save the snakes from the annual tradition of Whacking Day. Two episodes later, White appeared again as part of the all-star line up of celebrities at the Krusty the Clown special in Krusty Gets Kancelled.
Danny DeVito
In season two, Danny DeVito lent his voice to Herbert "Herb" Powell, Homer's older half-brother. The character returned in season three as Herb went on to rebuild his fortune after inventing a device that translated infantile speech into English. Herb is the result of a short-lived affair between Abraham Simpson and an unnamed female carnival worker.
David Duchovny
Caipitalizing on the popularity of another Fox show, The X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson guest starred as Simpson-ized versions of Mulder and Scully. The episode titled "The Springfield Files," in which Leonard Nimoy also guest starred, centered on Homer witnessing something out in the woods near Springfield, but no one believed him.
Joe Mantegna
Ever wondered who voiced Fat Tony? It was none other than Joe Mantegna who has portrayed the mobster boss in 21 episodes. He currently holds the record for most guest performances by a living actor (Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace rank higher than him overall). Fat Tony first appeared in season three in an episode that also featured Neil Patrick Harris.
Johnny Cash
The Man in Black aka Johnny Cash guest starred as the Coyote in Homer's desert hallucination in season eight. The Coyote told Homer to "find your soul mate." The Coyote also appeared in a non-speaking cameo in "Blazed and Confused" when Marge is hallucinating.
Kelsey Grammer
Whenever Kelsey Grammer guest starred on The Simpsons, it felt like a special event. He has appeared as Bart's nemesis, Sideshow Bob, 12 times, beginning with his botched season one attempt at framing Krusty the Clown. Bob would appear again in seasons three, five through eight, 12, 14, 17, and 19 through 21. Grammer also recorded the part of Sideshow Bob for The Simpsons Movie, but it was eventually cut.
Leonard Nimoy
Before Lenoard Nimoy guest starred in "The Springfield Files" with The X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in season eight, he appeared as himself in the classic season four episode "Marge vs. the Monorail." After appearing at the launch of the the monorail's maiden voyage, Nimoy appears again after catastrophe has miraculously been averted. After he says his work is done, Barney says he didn't do anything, to which Nimoy replies, "Didn't I?" and vanishes in the transporter effect similar to Star Trek.
Patrick Stewart
Leader of the Springfield chapter of the secret Stonecutter society, Patrick Stewart guest starred as Number One in the season six episode "Homer the Great." He gleefully hazes new recruits and enjoys presiding over the club's many social gatherings... and who can forget the awesome Stonecutters song?
Phil Hartman
Regardless of whether you think Phil Hartman was a guest star or portrayed a supporting character, his Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz are but a handful of side characters who were a part of the early, formative years of The Simpsons.

His first appearance came in season two as Lionel Hutz in the episode "Bart Gets Hit by a Car." Three episodes later, he would debut Troy McClure in "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment(he also voiced the cable guy and Moses in that episode). Other characters Hartman voiced before his death were Lyle Lanley, Mr. Muntz, Mandy Patinkin, and Bill Clinton, among many others.
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr guest starred as himself in the season two episode Brush with Greatness in which Marge's interest in art is renewed when Homer finds old portraits of her high school crush Ringo Starr. She takes an art class at a local college (Professor Lombardo was voiced by Jon Lovitz), wins an art competition, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Mr. Burns. Meanwhile, Marge reveals that she sent a painting to Starr for "an honest opinion" but never heard back. While conceding that she can't paint a "beautiful" portrait of Mr. Burns, she gets some much needed encouragement in the form of a reply from Starr, who apologizes for the long delay.

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:42:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/simpsons-guest-appearances/derrick-deane
<![CDATA[The Best Celebrity Tombstones]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-celebrity-tombstones/wavy-gravey
Providing reasons to laugh, cry and think for years to come after their deaths, the best celebrity tombstones contain witty and clever lines, famous quotes and funny phrases. Just as they did during life, each of these celebrities used their own unique way to make fans smile with their tombstone epitaphs.

For many comedians, a tombstone is one place to tell one last joke while others used the space to remind fans of a classic catch phrase or saying. For others, the tombstone is wildly extravagant, such as that of Jimi Hendrix, or very popular to visitors, such as that of Jim Morrison. Others are even so famous that they need no tombstone announcing the crypt, such as Michael Jackson.

What are the most famous tombstones in the world? Regardless of what the tombstone or grave brings, each serve as a memorial for the actors, musicians and other celebrities we love.
The Best Celebrity Tombstones,

Billy Wilder
Working for over 50 years from the 1930s to the 1990s, Billy Wilder served as a screenwriter, director and producer of over 60 films. While he won acclaim and numerous awards for his films like The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot, Wilder was humble as well. His tombstone, placed after his 2002 death, explains just that, stating "I'm a writer, but then nobody's perfect."
Freddie Mercury
Though his ashes were scattered, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is remembered by his former city of Montreux, Switzerland, with a full body statue. Much like world leaders are memorialized in statue form, Mercury, in his full flamboyance, has been on display since 1996, five years after his 1991 death.
Jackie Gleason
Appearing in films like The Hustler and Smokey and the Bandit as well as the long-running television series "The Honeymooners," actor and comedian Jackie Gleason had many catch phrases throughout the years. In between the lines like "How sweet it is!" and others, Gleason used one fitting line in particular for his tombstone epitaph, "And away we go."
Jack Lemmon
Seeing his name on the marquee after appearing in notable titles like "Some Like It Hot" and "The Odd Couple," actor and musician Jack Lemmon continued the trend after his June 27, 2001, death. Lemmon used his tombstone as a marquee, both poking fun at his many roles and also to provide a bit of humor to describe what lies below. Skipping all the sentiment and dates, Lemmon's tombstone reads simply, "Jack Lemmon in."
Jimi Hendrix
Thought not particularly funny or witty, the tombstone of legendary musician and guitarist Jimi Hendrix is a splendor in itself. Hendrix is interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington, although in a different location from where he was initially buried. More than 20 years after his 1970 death, Hendrix's body was moved to a separate location in the park, complete with a stone pavilion and space for other family members on the same plot.
John Wayne
Following his death on June 11, 1979, the grave of American film icon John Wayne sat unmarked for nearly 20 years. The actor initially requested his tombstone to read "Feo, Fuerte y Formal," meaning "Ugly, Strong and Dignified," according to his son. Despite the request, his estate later chose to inscribe the stone with a memorable quote Wayne gave in a 1971 interview with "Playboy" magazine. The quote, and his tombstone, read, "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday."
Laurel and Hardy
Partners in comedy during their lives, the actor/comedian pair of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, known as simply Laurel and Hardy, continued that bond in death. The first of the two to pass, Oliver Hardy's tombstone notes "A genius of comedy, his talent brought joy and laughter to the world." Laurel's tombstone echoed the statements in other words, stating, "A master of comedy, his genius in the art of humor brought gladness to the world he loved."
Mel Blanc
While his name may not be a household one, his voice certainly is, leading to the nickname of "man of 1,000 voices" for voice actor Mel Blanc. Heard in homes to this day, Blanc was the man behind the character voices of the likes of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and many others. His nickname, along with his most famous line of "That's All Folks," are inscribed on his tombstone after his 1989 death.
Merv Griffin
In addition to acting, hosting and appearing on his own talk show, Merv Griffin brought us numerous game shows, including the highly popular "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" which are still on today. After losing a battle to prostate cancer in 2007, he used his tombstone to provide his final sign-off line, reading "I will not be right back after this message."
Rodney Dangerfield
Making his fans laugh as he did for decades, actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield got his last laugh on his tombstone, which reads "Rodney Dangerfield... There goes the neighborhood." The crack was similar to Dangerfield's type of comedy which made him famous, coined the phrase "I don't get no respect" and put him in 1980s films such as Caddyshack and Back to School.

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Fri, 08 Jul 2011 08:25:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-celebrity-tombstones/wavy-gravey
<![CDATA[69 Movies That Sparked Off-Screen Celebrity Romances]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-that-started-off-screen-romances/ranker-film
This list of movies that started off-screen romances might astound you, simply because it seems like everyone who co-stars in a movie together winds up hooking up. That's not necessarily true, but some of these high profile relationships did indeed begin on film sets. Some of the best actors and actresses of all time have found love at work. In some cases, they went on to star together in these movies with real family members playing fictional families, too.

Do the relationships formed between co-stars off screen last? Sometimes, but not always. Just like any relationship, some will stand the test of time and others will falter. Whenever celebrities are involved, though, the failures are usually filled with high drama. Julia Roberts and Keifer Sutherland met and fell in love on the set of the movie Flatliners, but she later left Sutherland at the altar. Matt Damon and Minnie Driver got together while filming Good Will Hunting, but they didn't last. And yeah, there's that whole Warren Beatty and Madonna Dick Tracy thing – basically a five-minute affair. Beatty, by the way, later met his future wife, Annette Bening, on the set of Bugsy, and they've been together ever since.

Now, success-wise, a lot of movies started off-screen romances that had real staying power. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor fell in love while filming one of the best epic movies of all time, Cleopatra, and their love spanned decades. The same goes for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, who fell for each other on the set of To Have And Have Not (they never married, but they had a decades-long love affair). And yes, who could forget the affair between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, who got together while filming Woman of the Year in 1941. That relationship lasted for the rest of Tracy's life.

Sometimes, movies start off-screen romances that wind up as front page tabloid headlines. No list of famous off-screen hookups would be complete without Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which united powerhouse celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (despite the fact that at the time, Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston). And in 2000, Meg Ryan, star of some of the greatest romantic comedies ever, ignited a firestorm of gossip when she had an affair with Russell Crowe on the set of their movie, Proof of Life. Ryan was married at the time to Dennis Quaid; they later divorced.
69 Movies That Sparked Off-Screen Celebrity Romances,

Brokeback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams appeared together in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain. Ledger played Ennis Del Mar, a ranch-hand who was secretly involved in a same-sex relationship with his friend, Jack Twist. Williams played Del Mar's suspicious wife, Alma.

Ledger and Williams were in a relationship from 2004-2007. They had one daughter together, Matilda Rose (born 2005). Ledger overdosed on prescription medication and died in 2008.

Cleopatra
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor appeared together in the 1963 film Cleopatra. Taylor played the title role and Burton played her lover, Mark Antony. Burton and Taylor were both married to other people when they started their affair, but divorces quickly followed.

In 1964, Burton and Taylor married for the first time. They divorced in 1974, but the following year, they were remarried. This time, the marriage lasted less than one year.

Days of Thunder
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman appeared together in the 1990 film Days of Thunder. Cruise played hot-shot race car driver Cole Trickle, and Kidman played Dr. Claire Lewicki, the doctor who took care of Trickle after he was involved in a car accident.

Cruise and Kidman were married from 1990-2001. They have two adopted children together, Isabella Jane (born 1992) and Connor Anthony (born 1995).
Edward Scissorhands
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder appeared together in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. In the film, Depp played Edward, a sensitive young man who was made by an inventor to have scissors for hands. Ryder played Kim, a young woman who grew to love Edward despite his unusual appearance.

Depp and Ryder were engaged in the early '90s. Depp was so sure that the relationship would last that he got a tattoo that said "Winona Forever" on his right arm. Depp is now engaged to his Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard. Ryder went on to date musician Dave Pirner and Good Will Hunting actor Matt Damon, but she never married.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appeared together in the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. They played a married couple, John and Jane Smith, who both secretly worked as hired assassins.

Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston throughout the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith causing many people to believe that Pitt actually cheated on Aniston as he started a relationship with Jolie. Aniston quickly filed for divorce, and Pitt and Jolie have been in a relationship since 2005. Pitt and Jolie have six children together.

Swing Shift
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell appeared together in the 1984 film Swing Shift. Hawn played Kay Walsh, a woman who fell in love with another man, Mike 'Lucky' Lockhart (Russell), while her husband was stationed over seas.

Hawn and Russell have been in a relationship together since 1983, but they have never married. They have one son together, Wyatt (born 1986). Hawn's children from a previous marriage, Oliver and Kate Hudson, both think of Kurt Russell as their father.

The Long, Hot Summer
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward appeared together in the 1958 film The Long, Hot Summer. Newman played Ben Quick, a man on the run hired by a wealthy plantation owner in a small town in Mississippi. Quick fell in love with the plantation owner's daughter, Clara Varner, who was played by Joanne Woodward.

Newman was married to Jackie Witte during the filming of The Long, Hot Summer, but once he fell for Woodward, the couple quickly divorced. Newman and Woodward were married for 50 years, from 1985 until Newman's death in 2008. They have three children together, Elinor Teresa (born 1959), Melissa "Lissy" Stewart (born 1961), and Claire "Clea" Olivia (born 1965).

To Have and Have Not
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart appeared together in the 1944 film To Have and Have Not. Bogart played Harry Morgan, a fishing boat captain who reluctantly helped smuggle people out of the country for the French Resistance. In the meantime, he started a romance with singer Marie 'Slim' Browning, played by Bacall.

Bacall and Bogart were married from 1945 until Bogart's death in 1957. The couple have two children, together Stephen Humphrey Bogart (born 1949) and Leslie Bogart (born 1952).

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem appeared in the 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Bardem played the seductive artist Juan Antonio, and Cruz played one of his many lovers, Maria Elena.

Cruz and Bardem were married in 2010, and they have two children together, Leonardo (born 2011) and Luna (born 2013).

Woman of the Year
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn appeared in the 1942 film Woman of the Year. Tracy and Hepburn played married journalists Sam Craig and Tess Harding, who dealt with issues both at home and on the job.

Spencer Tracy remained married to his wife, Louise Tracy, throughout his adult life. He started his affair with Katharine Hepburn in 1941, and he made efforts to keep the relationship private so as not to embarrass his wife. The couple continued seeing each other until Tracy died in 1967. Hepburn even took several years off of acting to care for Tracy at the end of his life.


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Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:58:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-that-started-off-screen-romances/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-that-were-panned-by-critics-_at-first_/ranker-film
Sometimes, even acclaimed film critics make hasty conclusions about new movies. Some of the best movies that were originally panned by critics turned out to be some of the most famous and beloved films of all time. Some films were released with mixed reviews, while others totally bombed. In the end, however, fan support made all the difference in these films' popularity.

When it comes down to it, critics have a subjective opinion, just like every member of the audience. Critics also tend to be more cynical and biased towards films that are breaking new ground, because they have seen so many movies in their lives. A lot of these great movies that were initially hated on by critics withstood the test of time, or were adopted by audiences as their favorites.

A lot of the films on this list were missed by critics because they were expecting something and got something else entirely. This is the case with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Predator. Critics claimed that there was no plot in either movie, and that they lacked real story-telling structure. The reasons why audience members like these movies, however, had nothing to do with a well-put together plot line. Many people enjoyed them because of their unique exploration of a subculture, or graphic action sequences.

Not all movies are instant classics. Some require the kindness of time to look more appealing, or the interest of a select group of fans to turn the movie into a cult classic. Who knows? Baz Luhrmann's 2013 version of The Great Gatsby may just have a chance after all.
The Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics,

Apocalypse Now

This one got mixed reviews. While some praised it, Frank Rich in Time said "while much of the footage is breathtaking, Apocalypse Now is emotionally obtuse and intellectually empty"

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%, 8.9/10


Bonnie and Clyde

“It is a cheap piece of bald-faced slapstick comedy that treats the hideous depredations of that sleazy, moronic pair as though they were as full of fun and frolic as the jazz-age cutups in Thoroughly Modern Millie… This blending of farce with brutal killings is as pointless as it is lacking in taste, since it makes no valid commentary upon the already travestied truth. And it leaves an astonished critic wondering just what purpose Mr. Penn and Mr. Beatty think they serve with this strangely antique, sentimental claptrap…” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%, 8.2/10


Fight Club

New York Daily News called it “hardly groundbreaking,” the Miami Herald referred to it as “a bit of a dud,” and the Boston Globe said that its “chic indictment of empty materialist values fizzles.” 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%, 7.3/10


Home Alone

"When Kevin’s parents discover they’ve forgotten him, they find it impossible to get anyone to follow through on their panicked calls – if anyone did so, the movie would be over. The plot is so implausible that it makes it hard for us to really care about the plight of the kid." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%, 5.2/10


It's a Wonderful Life

When It's a Wonderful Life was first released in 1946, it received generally negative reviews. It was the next generation of the 60s and 70s that so loved the film that it became the classic that it is today.

Bosley Crowther, writing for The New York Times, complimented some of the actors, including Stewart and Reed, but concluded that "the weakness of this picture, from this reviewer's point of view, is the sentimentality of it—its illusory concept of life. Mr. Capra's nice people are charming, his small town is a quite beguiling place and his pattern for solving problems is most optimistic and facile. But somehow they all resemble theatrical attitudes rather than average realities."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%, 8.9/10


Predator

"'Predator' is a slightly above-average actioner that tries to compensate for tissue-thin-plot with ever-more-grisly death sequences and impressive special effects." -Variety

The New York Times called it “alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises”, and the Chicago Reader said, "despite the off-rhythm styling, there's not a lot going on."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%, 7/10


Psycho

Upon its release, the reviews for this movie weren’t all terrible but rather just so-so. It's rise to Classic Film status just goes to show that if a film strikes a chord with the public, its greatness can't be denied. 

At the time though – the film was “plainly a gimmick movie”, and even a “blot on an honorable career.” In a particularly pretentiously written review, the New York Times said it had “not an abundance of subtlety” and was an “obviously low-budget job.” No one hated it – but no one thought it to be anything all that special either. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%, 9.2/10


The Exorcist

"A chunk of elegant occultist claptrap... A practically impossible film to sit through... It establishes a new low for grotesque special effects..." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times

"Friedkin's biggest weakness is his inability to provide enough visual information about his characters ... whole passages of the movie's exposition were one long buzz of small talk and name droppings... The Exorcist succeeds on one level as an effectively excruciating entertainment, but on another, deeper level it is a thoroughly evil film." - Andrew Sarris, The Village Voice

Writing in Rolling Stone, Jon Landau said the film was "nothing more than a religious porn film, the gaudiest piece of shlock this side of Cecil B. DeMille (minus that gentleman's wit and ability to tell a story)... "

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%, 8/10


The Shining

Kubrick is good at making movies that everyone dislikes, realizes that they were chumps for disliking it, and then pretends to have liked all along. For example, Roger Ebert gave the movie a bad review, only to go back on it later.

Variety regarded the film as a destruction of everything that made the Stephen King book terrifying, and said that Shelley Duvall “transforms the warm sympathetic wife of the book into a simpering, semi-retarded hysteric.” In fact – Shelley was nominated for a Razzie for worst actress for the role, along with – for reals – Kubrick for worst director! Wow.

In fairness – the movie was probably the worst adaptation when you think about, and by ‘worst’ I mean least loyal. Hell – Jack doesn’t even have an ax in the book, but rather a mallet. But hey – can you imagine if Kubrick kept that in? 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%, 8.5/10


The Wizard of Oz

“I sat cringing before MGM’s Technicolor production of The Wizard of Oz, which displays no trace of imagination, good taste, or ingenuity… I don’t like the Singer Midgets under any circumstances, but I found them especially bothersome in Technicolor… I say it’s a stinkeroo.” – Russell Maloney, The New Yorker

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%, 9.4/10



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Tue, 21 May 2013 09:20:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-that-were-panned-by-critics-_at-first_/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-real-names-of-celebrities/carlybobarly
List of real names of celebrities, including actors, singers, wrestlers, and even politicians. Many actors and actresses use stage names for privacy or to get ahead in a tough industry. Musicians also use pseudonyms or to create alter ego personas that separate their real selves from who they become when they perform.

What celebrities have embarrassing real names? What performers use pseudonyms? This list of celebs with funny real names cites the funny real names of people who you may know to be tough or exotic. In the beginning, they were just normal people, and these real celeb names will give you a little peek into the former lives of some of the world's biggest celebrities.
Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!,

Billie Holiday

Cary Grant

Freddie Mercury

Gene Wilder

Joan Crawford

John Denver

Muddy Waters
McKinley Morganfield
Olivia Wilde

Peter Lorre

Ralph Lauren


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Thu, 10 May 2012 05:26:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-real-names-of-celebrities/carlybobarly
<![CDATA[The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-artists-with-only-one-masterpiece/michael-gibson
The greatest artists with only one masterpiece include authors, actors and actresses, directors, painters and musicians. Each person included on this list managed to have incredible impact with one truly memorable piece of work, whether it's an album, a song, a painting or a novel. This list of the greatest artists with only a single, amazing and memorable piece of work, is VoteRanked, meaning the rank is determined by the community. Be sure to vote for those artists you believe contributed the most and feel free to add anyone else you think should be included.

This list of so-called "one hit wonders" includes several authors. Harper Lee certainly deserves a spot. Her novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' won the Pulitzer Price in 1960, and it remains her only published work. I've included both Sylvia Plath ('The Bell Jar') and John Kennedy Toole ('A Confederacy of Dunces') on the list, although in both cases, these writers' memorable masterpieces were published either shortly before, or just after, their deaths (both Plath and Toole committed suicide). And of course, Margaret Mitchell earns a spot on this list: 'Gone With the Wind' was her only novel.

Directors and actors are also included on this list. None, perhaps, are more infamous for only creating one truly memorable piece of work than director Charles Laughton. In 1955, Laughton directed 'The Night of the Hunter' -- a film that's considered by some to be one of the best from that decade. Sadly, Laughton never directed another movie. Actors and actresses on this list include Brandon Lee ('The Crow'), Linda Blair ('The Exorcist'), Kate Hudson ('Almost Famous') and David Naughton ('An American Werewolf in London'). Disagree with the choices? Vote them down. And definitely add any Hollywood greats I've missed along the way.

Musicians who've released only one memorable album or song also got spots on this list, though they are rare. Examples? The Sex Pistols! The band only released one studio album: 1977's 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.' Everything else is a compilation and/or a live release. Jeff Buckley, sadly, also only released one (truly amazing) complete studio album: 'Grace,' in 1994.

American painter Grant Wood also makes this list of the greatest artists with only one masterpiece. His painting 'American Gothic' is without question his greatest (and most memorable) piece, though he did paint other, much lesser known paintings during his career. If you know of other artists who should be included on this list, by all means, add them.

Enjoy this list of artists who've created some of the biggest, most memorable pieces of work in history, and again, add anyone you think was overlooked.
The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece,

Bram Stoker
One great work: the novel Dracula
Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre
Dante Alighieri
Great Work: The Divine Comedy
Emily Brontë
Great Work: Wuthering Heights
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great Work: The Great Gatsby
Harper Lee
Great Work: To Kill a Mockingbird
J. D. Salinger
Catcher in the Rye
Ken Kesey
Great Work: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Margaret Mitchell
Great Work: Gone With the Wind
Miguel de Cervantes
Great Work: Don Quixote

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:31:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-artists-with-only-one-masterpiece/michael-gibson
<![CDATA[The Funniest Kid Characters in TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-kid-characters-in-tv-history/ranker-tv
List of the funniest kid characters in TV history. This page lists the greatest child characters on the greatest TV shows ever. These kids, ranked here, kept us laughing for entire episodes and entire seasons. Some on the list had their own television series entirely devoted to them. Example? A young doctor by the name of Doogie Howser.

Or Mister Beaver Cleaver, who brought colorful comedy to the black-and-white era. So who are the best child characters on TV? Try Stewie Griffin from "Family Guy" even though he is not a live action human being -- and has a head shaped like Arnold's from "Hey Arnold!" In fact, Helga Pataki made our list -- and feel free to add any other characters from that hilarious child ensemble. Sometimes these characters annoy us to death, but, like Louis Stevens from "Even Stevens," they are most comedic when they are annoying their own TV families to death.

The Funniest Kid Characters in TV History,

Alex P. Keaton

Bart Simpson

Carlton Banks

Cory Matthews

Eric Forman

Michael Kelso

Steve Urkel

Stewie Griffin

Will Smith

Darlene Conner


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Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:43:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-kid-characters-in-tv-history/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[The Most Exciting Luxury Hotel Perks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-exciting-luxury-hotel-perks/ranker-travel
List of most exciting luxury hotel perks. What are the best luxury hotel perks? This list ranks the top luxury hotel perks, from pet services to silk robes and personal butlers. While staying at a luxury hotel is already a treat by itself, there are many perks and exciting amenities that come with those high-ticket and often exclusive hotels that range from the outrageous to the glamorous. 

Have a fluffy loved one? Most hotels don't even allow pets but many luxury hotels include pet service as perk of booking at a more expensive hotel. While you're waiting for Fido to get groomed, drop by the reading room for afternoon tea service and catch up on some reading and relaxation at designated areas with complimentary books and entertainment. If the reading room doesn't suit you, go back to your room where now many luxury hotels offer iPads, e-Readers and state-of-the-art technology for free use. Though these are basic luxury hotel perks, what are the most exciting amenities when booking at a luxury hotel?

Luxury car service is now among one of the top amenities at the world's top luxury hotels, where you can summon a driver or borrow a Rolls Royce for an afternoon appointment. At night, enjoy an evening at the hotel's fine-dining restaurant and have a celebrity chef cook your dinner. 

What are the best things about booking at a luxury hotel? Rank up the most luxurious hotel amenity. If your favorite posh hotel perks aren't on the list of luxury hotel amenities, make sure to add them.
The Most Exciting Luxury Hotel Perks,

Gourmet Foods

Late Check-Out

Free Minibar Snacks

All-Inclusive Excursions

Complimentary Treats

Poolside Service

Rain Shower

Complimentary Room Service

Customized Check-In/Check-Out Times

Private Cabanas


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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:24:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-exciting-luxury-hotel-perks/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[Popular Quotes That Everyone Gets Wrong]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-misquotes/mike-rothschild
The Internet is full of quotes that the people they're attributed to never said. Some of these famous misquotes end up as inspirational pablum on Facebook walls, others are used to push forth false versions of history. Most are taken at face value and accepted as part of the canon, despite rarely having any justification. Some of these quotes attributed to the wrong person are obviously fake, yet never questioned.

But even a tiny bit of scholarship can shed the light of truth on most famous misquotes. You might not be able to set the record straight, but at least you'll know who really said what - and if anyone even said it at all. When it comes to famous sayings, notable quotes, and popular ideas, their source might often be generally misattributed.

So did Leonardo da Vinci really extol the virtues of "doing some stuff?" Did Shakespeare warn us not to "play with the feelings of others?" Did Bill Gates really think 640K of memory was "enough for anyone?" What of Orwell and his "rough men?" Or Dr. Seuss telling us about those who matter and those who mind? Did any of these people say any of this stuff?

This list features all kinds of incredibly famous quotes everyone gets wrong from all periods of history that are all over the Internet, attributed to people who never even said them.

Popular Quotes That Everyone Gets Wrong,

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
This is another quote where the most common attribution makes sense, but is incorrect. It’s nowhere to be found in Nietzsche’s writings, and there’s no compelling evidence that he ever said it.

There are variations on the line going all the way back to the 13th century Sufi poet Rumi, and as far forward as George Carlin, no stranger to incorrectly attributed quotes. It’s not at all clear who first said it, but it wasn’t Nietzsche.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
Another canonical Dr. Seuss quote that he never wrote. It doesn’t appear in anything he ever wrote or published, and is always quoted without a source. Other sources attribute it to Woody Allen, French actress Sarah Bernhardt, Gabriel García Márquez, and someone named Luke Dawson. In reality, it’s most likely just an anonymous proverb.
“The end justifies the means.” – Machiavelli
While often thought to be an extract from the Italian theorist’s book The Prince, this exact quote doesn’t actually appear anywhere in the book – though similar concepts do.

The idea of the outcome of an action justifying the action itself goes all the way back to Ovid, and has been expressed by a number of writers in numerous ways.
“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
While this simple, inspirational quote is often given as a line from a Dr. Seuss book, it’s not one. It never appears in any of his published writings, and there’s no evidence he ever said it. It’s actually been published in various forms ever since the 1940s, and was mysteriously attributed to Seuss in the '90s, without a source or date.

It’s also sometimes attributed to American economist Bernard Baruch, but even that’s only secondhand, from a New York gossip columnist quoting him in an article. Quote Investigator finally tracked it down to an article in the distinctly un-Seussian British periodical The Journal of the Institution of Municipal & County Engineers, Volume 64, Number 16, from 1938.

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This started going around social media after the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, with a longer version of the quote reading, "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

The whole paragraph is actually a mashup of a few lines Dr. King did say, and a few lines from a Facebook user, who included quotation marks around the quote from Dr. King. Somewhere along the line, the quotation marks vanished, and the whole quote was attributed to Dr. King – falsely.
“The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.” – Joseph Stalin
Perhaps the most famous and callous quote from a man known for both his lengthy speeches and voluminous inhumanity, Stalin’s rumination on the value of life has become an accepted part of his lexicon. But whether or not he said it at all, to whom he said it, when he said it, and the number of people whose death constitutes a “statistic” are all widely debated and not at all certain.

The most common attribution holds that Stalin said it to Winston Churchill at the Tehran Conference in 1943 (where the number was actually “thousands”), but other research has Stalin saying it to President Truman at the Potsdam Conference, two years later, or even to US Ambassador Averell Harriman at an unknown date. Citations for the quote go back to 1932, when, in various instances, it’s spoken by Stalin to George Bernard Shaw, various Russian commissars, or by the man in private conversation. Some sources don’t even originate it with Stalin at all, ascribing it to a German play or “a Frenchman,” which Joseph Stalin most certainly was not.

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” – William Shakespeare
Often falsely attributed to the Bard, this is from the 1697 play The Mourning Bride, written by William Congreve decades after Shakespeare died and is almost always written incorrectly. The full quote is actually “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – George Orwell
This is a tidy summary of the themes underlying much of Orwell’s work, but Orwell didn’t write it. It was actually written ABOUT Orwell, long after his death, in a 1993 article in The Washington Times article by film critic Richard Grenier. There are variations on the quote in several different works by Orwell, but it was Grenier who first put these words together – and even then, he wasn’t quoting Orwell, only attempting to generalize his philosophy.

The quotation marks were added later by a mystery mis-attributor, turning a quote about Orwell into a quote by Orwell.
“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of good people.” – Napoleon
A pat variation on “the only thing necessary for evil men to triumph is good men to do nothing,” there’s no record of Napoleon writing or saying this to anyone at any time. Numerous well-sourced lists of Napoleon quotes are out there, and not a single one includes this quote, nor does any searchable Napoleon biography. 

One could argue that not only did Napoleon not say it, he also didn’t abide by it. The Napoleonic Wars tore Europe apart and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. The French general’s brutal repression of his enemies caused the world and the good people in it to “suffer a lot.” If there’s one thing worse than a fraud, it’s a hypocritical fraud.
“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” – Leonardo da Vinci.
The idea that the genius who painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, mastered human anatomy, and developed the first flying machine would use a phrase as colloquial and crude as “do some stuff” is laughable.

Needless to say, Da Vinci has absolutely nothing to do with this quote. Instead, it was written by Chicago Tribune business writer Tom Peters in a 1994 article about innovation. How the attribution got so wildly messed up is a mystery.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:59:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-misquotes/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-awkward-movies-to-watch-with-your-parents/danielle-dauenhauer

There are certain types of movies you don't want to watch with your parents: porn, gross-out comedies, home movies and, well, porn (you really don't want any of that). There are times, however, when a seemingly innocuous movie slips into the multiplex or Netflix queue, and you end up seeing an awkward movie with your parents. It happens and it is traumatic.

Just imagine seeing Magic Mike with your mom: there is zero good that can come out of that. She's either going to be horrified by the constant nudity and gyration (which will make you uncomfortable) or she's going to be really into it and you'll have the frightening thought that you might both be thinking about the same guy later that night. It's a lose-lose situation. Be they movies with incest, movies with gratuitous violence, or movies with homo-eroticism, or other bouts of nakedness and sex, these are the weird movies to watch with your parents that you might want to avoid.

What are the weirdest films to watch with your parents? What are some movies you don't want to see with your mom? If you can think of any other movies it would suck to watch with your parents, make sure to add them to this list of awkward choices, just so that other people don't make the mistake of watching Secretary with their folks. You're doing the public a service, friend. 


The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents,

9½ Weeks

American Pie

Basic Instinct

Boogie Nights

Brokeback Mountain

Eyes Wide Shut

Secretary

Showgirls

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Fifty Shades of Grey


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Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:27:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-awkward-movies-to-watch-with-your-parents/danielle-dauenhauer
<![CDATA[Celebrities Killed by the Internet]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-top-8-celebrities-killed-by-the-internet/ivana-wynn
The internet's a killer. Twitter and other social media sites have a way of spreading news like wildfire, especially when it comes to a celebrity's untimely "demise." Over the years, the internet has helped fake death stories go viral within a matter of hours, fooling the average person (and sometimes even close friends of the celeb in question) into believing that yet another beloved star has shuffled off this moral coil. Which celebrities have been the subject of death hoaxes, "killed" by the internet?

No one is safe from death hoaxes, not even top famous people like Oprah! Which other famous celebrities have supposedly died, despite concert performances and active Twitter lives following their dates of death? The musicians, actors, and other celebrities on this list have all woken up to find... that according to the internet, they're goners.

Did Paris Hilton really die? Read through the list below to find out the fates of these celebrities, who have been reported dead, only to turn up alive and well, the victims of completely false death rumors.
Celebrities Killed by the Internet,

Axl Rose
Announcement of death: Rumors of Rose's death spread quickly in 2014 after a fake MSNBC report announced, "Sources: Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52."

Rose still alive: The rocker took the news of his own death relatively well, tweeting, "If I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?"

Source: Billboard.com

Betty White
Fans of comedienne and actress Betty White inadvertently made her the subject of a death hoax in 2014, when they misread the title of a satirical news article posted on Empire News titled "Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home." Those who read the headline, but neglected to not the difference between "dies" and "dyes," took to social media proclaiming the "Golden Girls" star as having died. The article was actually a tongue-in-cheek fake interview with White about the color of her hair.

White's agent confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the star was alive and well.

(Source)
Britney Spears

Announcement of Death:
Britney Spears was one of the earliest celebrity "victims" of the internet and has been one of the most frequent targets of death rumors. On June 12, 2001, a radio station in Dallas (KEGL 97.1) reported that Spears had died in a car crash with a pretzel van while driving with Justin Timberlake.

Fans desperately sought confirmation of the pop star's death on internet message boards and by the next day, the news had been forwarded around the world via email. A fake BBC web page offered more details about the crash while fans called into Los Angeles fire and police departments for answers.

In 2016, she was the subject of a second death hoax after Sony Music tweeted the singer had died on Dec. 26.  

Spears Still Alive:
The Dallas radio station responsible for the rumor finally apologized several days later, stating that the two DJs had aired an erroneous report. They were subsequently fired. Spears's publicist issued a statement saying "There is no truth to the rumor circulating around the world that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were involved in a car accident on Tuesday."

Four months later, a hacker from Michigan, Tim Fries, reported the exact same story and received 120,000 hits within 12 hours. He claimed to have published the "story" in the name of "research."

In the 2016 death hoax incident, Sony reported they were a victim of a hack. 

(Source)


Lil Wayne
Announcement of Death:
The 31-year-old rapper, who suffers from epileptic seizures, has been prematurely reported dead several times, but the most serious announcement came on December 16, 2013. This “death” scare originated from a viral video that spread across social media and shocked some fans — while leaving others deeply skeptical. The bogus R.I.P. "tribute" video required fans to "share" the clip before actually viewing it. Clearly the sign of a total scam and something that could leave viruses on your computer. The video was quickly taken down, but above is a screen shot.

Lil Wayne Still Alive:  
Thankfully, Lil' Wayne is alive and well and is in the process of creating new music for fans.
Jeff Goldblum
Announcement of Death:
The day after Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died (June 25, 2009), rumors of Jeff Goldblum's passing started to appear online. A news story generated by FakeAWish.com reported (under the fake news outlet "Global Associated Press") that Goldblum had fallen from the Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand while on the set of a movie. The Australia Today Show reported on the potential truth of the story and mourned him, calling him a "good bloke."

This exact rumor has been circulated before about Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and a plethora of other actors, most of which were started by the FakeAWish.com team.

Golblum Still Alive:
Goldblum appeared on The Colbert Report several days later to deliver his own obituary and relish his own compliments of having had "Brando's muscularity" and a "verbatim" quote from a former conquest that described sex with him "like being caught in a flesh storm with a 90% chance of satisfaction."


The Colbert Report
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Miley Cyrus
Announcement of Death:
Miley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to be the victim of an online death hoax. The hoax started as a Facebook scam on July 19, 2014, designed to lure people to click through and take an online survey. The photo of Miley "overdosing" made the rounds with the alarming headline: "{SHOCKING} Miley Cyrus Found Dead In Her Los Angeles Home!" Source
 

Miley Cyrus has terrible luck with the internet and should probably just stay away from it permanently. In September 2008, another death hoax was posted on Yahoo! saying that Cyrus had died in a car accident.


 

Cyrus Still Alive:
Miley successfully survived both death hoaxes. 
After the first incident in 2008, Cyrus's appearance at her concert in New York disproved the hoax. The second time around, she posted a topless photo on her Instagram as proof that she was still alive and well. 

Norman Reedus
Announcement of Death:
Norman Reedus, who plays the popular character Darryl Dixon on AMC's "The Walking Dead," was said to have been killed in a motor vehicle accident on June 1, 2014. The news was reported via Twitter and Facebook posts linking to a story about the actor's death.

Reedus Still Alive:
The zombie killer with a heart of (mostly) gold was seen with "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) at the Variety studios around the time of his supposed death and has been consistently tweeting since the time of his "death." Shortly after the hoax was announced, Reedus even tweeted a still of himself in the trunk of a broken down car from the set of "The Walking Dead," perhaps as a tongue-in-cheek response to the hoax.

(Source)
Sylvester Stallone

Announcement of death: The Italian Stallion was declared dead by a clickbait post that went viral on Facebook in September, 2016. According to the post, which was photoshopped to look as though the news came from CNN, Sylvester Stallone died of a prescription pill overdose. Which, like, come on. Rambo. Rocky. Cobra. Stallone don't go out like that. 

Stallone still alive: Snopes calls bullsh*t: “The above-displayed Facebook message linked to a clickbait web site known for creating and sharing celebrity death hoaxes. This web site was responsible for previous death hoaxes involving Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Jaden Smith, Jim Carrey, Angelina Jolie and John Cena.”


Wayne Knight
Announcement of Death:
The actor best known for his roles as Newman on "Seinfeld" and in Jurassic Park was reported dead, along with two others, after being struck by a tractor trailer along Route 446 near the New York-Pennsylvania border. The news was reported by US Magazine on March 16th 2014.

Knight Still Alive:
In order to counteract the rumors of his demise, Knight took to Twitter to announce that he is alive and well. “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed… but I am alive and well!” tweeted the actor. Though he wasn't involved in the accident, apparently it was a real story. Tragically, a woman was found dead and the two other victims were in critical condition after crossed into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.

(Source)
Cesar Millan
Announcement of death: Rumors spread in December of 2014 that celebrity dog whisperer Cesar Millan had died of a heart attack. Reports even went so far as to claim that the reality TV star's wife held a press conference confirming the news and saying, “I hope you can understand my loss, and I would appreciate if you can give us our space for mourning.”

Millan still alive: Thankfully, fans were spared of their own heart attacks when Milan quickly called out the hoax on Twitter. Even his ever-loyal pup Junior chimed in, "posting" on Facebook: “Reports of my Pack Leader’s untimely demise are greatly exaggerated. I can happily report he is safe, happy and healthy. I can also tell you he kept me up all night snoring, my breakfast was a little late but I did get a great morning walk. As Cesar keeps telling me: Exercise. Discipline. Affection. – the key to a long, balanced, and healthy life!”

Source: Hollywood Life


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Fri, 08 Apr 2011 06:29:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-top-8-celebrities-killed-by-the-internet/ivana-wynn
<![CDATA[Fictional Political Candidates You'd Cast Your Ballot For]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-political-candidates-you_d-cast-your-ballot-for/ariel-kana
Fictional political candidates you'd cast your ballot for are those presidential, congressional, state and local officials who exist only in film and television, but if they were actually running, we might lend them a vote. From the liberal to the ruthlessly evil, for one reason or another, these fictional politicians are among our favorites.

Picking which of these fictional political candidates you'd actually vote for is very much dependent on what you find important in your government leaders. Fans of small government and bacon might vote for Ron Swanson from "Parks and Recreation" while someone more set on marijuana legalization may opt for Doug Wilson from "Weeds." If you want a completely bad ass president, look no further than James Marshall from "Air Force One."

In other cases, picking one of these fictional politicians to elect into office, might just provide the best entertainment money can't buy. Who wouldn't love to have the clueless fictional cartoon version of Adam West in Family Guy as mayor? What about the ridiculous Cam Brady from "The Campaign" or Vanellope von Schweetz from "Wreck-It Ralph?" All might not be best for the job, but watching them in politics sure is entertaining.

So whether you would back President Fitzgerald Grant III in the next election on "Scandal" or you admire the ruthless Francis Underwood in "House of Cards," it's time to pick your fictional political horse to back. Vote up those you'd vote for, add any not listed or re-rank this list of the fictional political candidates you'd cast your ballot for all below!
Fictional Political Candidates You'd Cast Your Ballot For,

Professor Albus Dumbledore

David Palmer

Josiah Bartlet

Leo McGarry

Matt Santos

Yoda

President Tom Beck

President Thomas J. Whitmore

Ron Swanson

President James Marshall


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Thu, 29 May 2014 04:29:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-political-candidates-you_d-cast-your-ballot-for/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[80 Famous Military Brats]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-military-brats/celebrity-lists
List of Famous Military Brats ranked by fame and popularity. A military brat is a nickname used to describe the children of parents who are serving in the military. These military kids frequently move around a lot within the United States and overseas. The term is considered a term of endearment amongst military members, but could be considered offensive if used in a derogatory way by civilians.

Who is the most famous military brat? Jessica Alba tops our list. The “Sin City” actress's father was active in the U.S. Air Force. Throughout her childhood, Alba lived in Biloxi, Mississippi, Del Rio, Texas and Claremont, California. Other famous actresses who are considered military brats include “Legally Blonde” star Reese Witherspoon, “Melrose Place” actress Heather Locklear and “Junebug” star Amy Adams.

Some famous men also spent their childhood as military brats. Bill Cosby's father was active in the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II. Cosby followed in his father's footsteps and enlisted in the Navy after he dropped out of high school. Senator John McCain comes from a long line of military men. As a child McCain spent a lot of time moving around because of his father's Navy career and attended almost 20 different schools. Other famous men who were military brats include Andy Dick, Elton John and Tim Curry.

Do you think being military brats helped these famous people to succeed in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
80 Famous Military Brats,

Amy Adams
"The Fighter" actress Amy Adams' father was a U.S. military man, and she spent most of her childhood moving from base to base.

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis was born in Germany where his father was stationed while working as an American soldier.

Christina Aguilera
Singer Christina Aguilera lived in New Jersey, Texas, New York, and Japan because her father was in the Army.

Heather Locklear
"Melrose Place" actress Heather Locklear grew up as a military brat.

Jessica Alba
"Sin City" actress Jessica Alba spent time in Mississippi, Texas, and California as a child because her father was in the Air Force.

Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox lived in various areas of Canada because his father had to move around a lot as a member of the Canadian forces.

Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich spend time in France and Germany as a child because his father was a career officer.

Reese Witherspoon
"Walk the Line" actress Reese Witherspoon lived in Germany while her father was stationed there.

Shawn Michaels
Wrestler Shawn Michaels spent some time living in England before settling down in Texas because his father was in the military.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods's father was a Lieutenant Colonel.


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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:04:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-military-brats/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-trustworthy-celebrities/celebrity-lists

Trust: the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. When it comes to celebrities, do any really fit that bill? Are there still any truly trustworthy famous people these days? Sure there are! Some celebrities are awesome! From Hollywood actors and popular musicians, to TV personalities and the best athletes in sports, the well-known individuals ranked on this list are the most trusted big names in town.

Who is the most trustworthy celeb? Which famous person would you tell all your secrets to? Or let babysit your kids? Of the celebrities on this poll, which do you think has the fewest skeletons in their closet? People like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and Brian Williams are pop culture fixtures that just seem downright trustworthy.

These aren't the people who'd ever end up on a celebrity scandals list, or be accused of a horrible crime. They're the celebs and famous folk that audiences and fans see as honest, good people who happen to be ridiculously famous. 

As Billy Joel once sang, "it's always been a matter of trust." So help us trust you. Vote on and rerank this list of the celebrities you trust the most. The ones you'd do trustfalls with in any corporate conference room anywhere on earth. Trust us, you won't regret it.

 

 


The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World,

Betty White

James Earl Jones

Maggie Smith

Meryl Streep

Michael J. Fox

Morgan Freeman

Patrick Stewart

Sally Field

Sandra Bullock

Tom Hanks


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<![CDATA[Celebrities with Twin Children]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-have-twin-children/celebrity-lists

List of celebrities who have twin children, along with the names of the kids, their years of birth, and their other parent. This list of famous twin parents includes notable living and dead celebrities who have or had infant, young, and adult twins as children, whether twin boys, two girls, or boy and girl twins. The actors, athletes, politicians, writers, and other celebrities on this list had twins, pregnant by 'natural' means, or through fertility treatments such as IVF, or some of these famous parents adopted twins. Still others had their twin babies via a surrogate mother, and this list includes married, unwed, divorced, straight, and gay couples, as well as famous single parents of twins.

For more celebrity twin lists, check out celebrities who are twins and these lists of twins in music and twin models.


Celebrities with Twin Children,

Angelina Jolie
Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, b. 2008, with Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, b. 2008, with Angelina Jolie
Celine Dion
Eddy and Nelson, b. 2010, with Rene Angelil
James Taylor
Rufus and Henry, b. 2001, with Kim Smedvig
Jennifer Lopez
Maximilian David and Emme Maribel, b. 2008, with Marc Anthony
Mariah Carey
Moroccan Scott and Monroe, b. 2011, with Nick Cannon
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson
Jonathan and David, b. 2005, with Sidney Hicks
Ricky Martin
Matteo and Valentino, b. 2008, via a surrogate mother
Steve Harvey
Karli and Brandi, b. 1982, with Marcia Harvey
William Shakespeare
Hamnet and Judith, b. 1585, with Anne Hathaway

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Wed, 08 May 2013 12:16:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-have-twin-children/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[9 Famous Women Who Married Much Younger Men]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-women-who-married-much-younger-men/celebrity-lists
List of Famous Women Who Married Much Younger Men, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. It has been commonplace for famous men to marry younger women for decades, but there are a few famous females who decided to wed younger men. Some of these women could be considered cougars, while others seem to be addicted to marriage.

Who is the most famous woman who married a younger man? Demi Moore tops our list. The “St. Elmo's Fire” star married Aston Kutcher in 2005 when she was 43 and he was 27. They divorced in 2013. This was Kutcher's first marriage and Moore's third. Moore's second husband was "Die Hard" actor Bruce Willis. Kutcher is now dating his “That 70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis who is five years his junior.

A couple of classic television actresses have also married younger men. Mary Tyler Moore married Robert Levine in 1983 when she was 47 and he was 29. They are still married today. This is Moore's third marriage. Carol Burnett married Brian Miller in 2001 when she was 68 years old and he was 45. They are still married and this is Burnett's third marriage.

Why do you think such few woman marry younger men? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
9 Famous Women Who Married Much Younger Men,

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett married Brian Miller in 2001 when she was 68 years old and he was 45.  They are still married today.  This is Burnett's third marriage.

Demi Moore
Demi Moore married Aston Kutcher in 2005 when she was 43 and he was 27.  They divorced in 2013.  This was Kutcher's first marriage and Moore's third.  Moore's second husband was actor Bruce Willis.

Édith Piaf
Edith Piaf married Théo Sarapo in 1962 when she was 46 years old and he was 26. The couple remained together until Piaf's death the following year. This was her second marriage.
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky in 1991 when she was 59 and he was 39. They divorced in 1996. Taylor has been married 8 times in total to 7 different men.
Ivana Trump
Ivana Trump married Rossano Rubicondi in 2008 when she was 59 years old and he was 36. The marriage ended in less than a year. Trump was married three times previously. Her second husband was the entrepreneur Donald Trump.
Joan Collins
Joan Collins married Percy Gibson in 2002 when she was 69 years old and he was 37.  They are still married today.  This is Collins' fifth marriage.  Her previous four all ended in divorce.

Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore married Robert Levine in 1983 when she was 47 and he was 29.  They are still married today.  This is Moore's third marriage.

Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer married Martin Arrougé in 1948 when she was 46 years old and he was 26. The couple remained together until her death in 1983. She was previously married to the producer Martin Arrougé from 1927 until his pneumonia related death in 1936.
Tina Turner
In 2013, Tina Turner married her longtime love Erwin Bach after dating for over 25 years. She was 74 at the time of their marriage and he was 58. They are still married today. This is Turner's second marriage. Her first was to the musician and producer Ike Turner.

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Thu, 05 Dec 2013 03:01:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-women-who-married-much-younger-men/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/great-one-hit-wonder-artists-of-the-_90s/lons
Want to listen to all these songs as a playlist? Switch to "Info View" to get all the videos on one page for easily playability!

Ranked in order of preference for their one big hit song. Clearly, there are going to be a lot of artists who had big singles in the '90s and didn't make my list. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments, but I'm not putting "How Bizarre" on the list...so don't bother asking...

NOTE: I'm considering an artist a "one-hit wonder" if they had a big breakout single, and then basically faded from mainstream public view. Many of the artists listed below went on to release other singles (even if only from the album that also featured their big breakthrough hit) and other albums, particularly if you include their respective native countries. Some of them have even built up a devoted or cult following over the years. Many of them are still together. But for the purposes of this list, these are all artists who popped up on pop culture's radar between 1990 and 2000 and haven't really been heard from since.

Who is the greatest one-hit wonder of the 1990s? It's up to you to decide.
Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s,

4 Non Blondes
Few musical moments are more "90s" than the chorus of "What's Up?," from 4 Non Blondes 1992 debut album "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!" Impressive considering it's essentially just singer Linda Perry singing the word "Hey." 2 years later, Perry left the band to pursue a solo career. That didn't exactly play out, but she wound up becoming a massively successful songwriter for other artists, writing "Beautiful" for Christina Aguilera, "What You Waiting For" for Gwen Stefani among others.
Better Than Ezra
Uh, whoah-huh. New Orleans' Better Than Ezra have released SEVEN albums! Which is a lot, especially when you consider their high-water mark in terms of the popularity that came with album #2 in 1993. The album was "Deluxe." The song, of course, "Good." If that alone doesn't jog your memory, it's the one that goes, "It was gooooood living with you, whoah-huh."

I always remember a Norm MacDonald "Weekend Update" joke from the era. "The biggest single of the summer was 'Good' by Better Than Ezra. And coming in at #2...Ezra." Maybe you had to be there. Wikipedia tells me that BTE has had other popular songs since "Good," but damned if I can recognize or recall any of them. They've definitely managed to remain active and vital right up to the present day, however, so I'll give them that.
Blind Melon
Everything about Blind Melon's 1993 single "No Rain" has remained infamous to this day, from the opening guitar riff to Shannon Hoon's distinctive whine to, of course, the video's tap-dancing bee girl. The song came off the band's self-titled debut album, and turned that album into a quadruple-platinum hit. Nevertheless, the band wouldn't release another memorable single. While touring in support of their second release, "Soup," in 1995, Hoon was found dead of a cocaine overdose. The group disbanded in 1999 after failing to find a suitable replacement singer.
Harvey Danger
A great song that completely stands the test of time intact, "Flagpole Sitta" has become ubiquitous since its initial release on Harvey Danger's 1997 debut, "Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?" The band had formed in 1992 and kept right on touring and releasing albums until 2009, when they played their final show at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle.
Marcy Playground
Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy" spent 15 weeks at the top of Billboard's Modern Rock chart. At the time, this was a record for any single song, walloping previous record-holder Oasis' 10-week run with "Wonderwall." (Really? "Wonderwall" is a much better song.) Thanks, people of 1997!

Though the vast majority of the world have not thought about Marcy Playground since "Sex and Candy," founding member and songwriter John Wozniak is actually still recording and touring, sometimes with his Marcy Playground bandmates. And they're not even wallowing in obscurity. Their 2010 release, the oddly-titled "Indaba remixes from Wonderland," was released by Capitol Records!
Montell Jordan
"This is How We Do It" was R&B singer Montell Jordan's debut single back in 1995. The song went all the way to #1 despite being egregiously ridiculous and including the phrase "to all my neighbors/you got much flava." Jordan wrote his own songs (I'm not 100% positive that's a mark in his favor), and though he never personally realized the success of "This is How We Do It" again, he ended up writing and producing popular songs for other artists, including Christina Milian and (sigh) Sisqo. He also played himself in the Eddie Murphy comedy "The Nutty Professor."

Jordan has since been born again and works as a minister at the Victory World Church.
Semisonic
There really doesn't need to be a song around the words "Closing Time" here. That's all any of us actually remember. But we all REALLY remember it. There's just something about the way the guy from Semisonic says "Closing Time" over and over and over that gets in your brain and literally never leaves again. For the rest...of your...life...

"Closing Time" hit in 1998, three years after Semisonic first formed in Minneapolis. They released their first full-length in 1996 to not a terrific amount of fanfare, and then "Feeling Strangely Fine" (the "Closing Time" album) arrived in 1998. Another song from the album, "Secret Smile," became a hit in Europe, launching their career over there, but Americans didn't seem to much care for it. Maybe they didn't repeat the phrase "secret smile" enough times... that's my guess.

The band released one more album in 2001, which again, did well overseas but not in the US. They've debated releasing more music under the Semisonic name but nothing much has come of it. So basically, they don't have to go home, but they can't stay here.
Temple of the Dog
Early '90s supergroup Temple of the Dog started out as a few songs written in tribute by Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden) to his recently-dead roommate Andrew Wood. He ended up bringing on board a band to help him record the material, a band that would soon thereafter name themselves...PEARL JAM! See what I did there?

Anyway, that means this group was basically a one-off sort of thing to keep Cornell sane (somewhat) and give Pearl Jam a chance to warm up and rehearse before dropping "Ten" on an unexpecting universe. Temple of the Dog's posthumous hit single, "Hunger Strike," thus features Chris Cornell in a duet with a young Eddie Vedder, essentially worth the price of admission alone.
The Verve
The Verve formed in 1990 in England and built a considerable fanbase in the UK on the strength of their first few releases. (Lead singer Richard Ashcroft was even friends with Noel Gallagher!) Though they toured America with Lollapalooza in 1994, it wasn't until three years later that they found fame in the States with the release of "Bittersweet Symphony." It ended up basically being the worst thing that ever happened to The Verve, and they broke up soon after.

Though Ashcroft had long swore The Verve would never get back together, they did reunite in 2007 for some shows and a new album, "Forth." Then they broke up again, for good this time. Maybe.
Toadies
Toadies' 1994 song "Possum Kingdom" is seriously messed up. What the hell is this song even about? It's just a bunch of cryptic, creepy lines about taking someone behind the boat house and showing them your "dark secret," then it ends with lead singer Todd Lewis yelling "Do you want to die!" It's like a musical Thomas Harris novel.

Nevertheless, the song made it to #4 on Billboard's "Modern Rock" list and brought no small amount of attention to the band's "Rubberneck" album. (It later made it into the video game "Guitar Hero II," where you're probably concentrating on the buttons and not the lyrics anyway.)

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<![CDATA[Real Animals with Stuffed Animals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-animals-with-stuffed-animals/ashley-reign
You know how sometimes in life, you just need a buddy? Through the ages, few pals have been able to fill this age-old gap like our stuffed animal best friends. You know, those plush, fuzzy creatures that have no choice but to let you squeeze them to your heart’s content. Unlike real animals, these guys are always up for a good long hug. And it turns out, humans aren’t the only ones who could use a little unconditional love now and then. Real animals love stuffed animals too! As proof, we’ve assembled one of the most adorable photo collections ever: real animals with stuffed animals.

That’s right, prepare yourself for a full scale cuteness overload, because these images take lovable to a whole new level. Among the following photos of real animals with stuffed animals, you’ll find everything from pets cuddling up to their stuffed doppelgangers, to wild animals basking in the glory of all things plush.

So the next time you need a friend or just a great smile, pull up this list for a celebration of fuzz, fur, and friendship. Whether you’re a kitty lover or a monkey man, we pretty much guarantee you’ll find something here to give you the shot of cuteness you’re looking for. It may even make you want to go search through your addict for those dog stuffed animals and plushy kittens you loved so much as a kid. Go ahead, we won’t tell.
Real Animals with Stuffed Animals,

This Red Panda Cub and Her Colleague

This Penguin and His Googly-Eyed Associate

This Husky Pup and His Sleepy Sidekick

These Bunny Besties

This Monkey and His Best Mate

These Beagle Best Buddies

These Playful Pals

This Colt and Her Cuddle Bug

This Meercat and His Fuzzy Friend

This Kitteh and His Cohort


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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:57:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-animals-with-stuffed-animals/ashley-reign