55 Moments From Years Past That Made the CMA Awards Worth Watching

November 7, 2017

The CMA Awards always bring out the biggest stars in country music, but what really makes the show special are all the electrifying performances and unexpected surprises. In 2015, Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton gave us the country duet we never knew we needed, and in 2016, Beyoncé shocked us all when she popped up at the show to perform with the Dixie Chicks. This year’s CMAs are going down on Nov. 8, but before we get the party started, take a look back at some of the best moments from years past.

Is It Just Us, or Does Sandra Bullock Basically Look the Same as She Did 20 Years Ago?

October 25, 2017

Sandra Bullock has been in the spotlight for as long as we can remember. The 53-year-old actress rose to fame in the ’90s with her role as Annie Porter in Speed and has gone on to star in several films including Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, and Gravity. Similarly, Sandra’s Hollywood evolution has been just as impressive as her movie career, and if we had to guess, we’d say she’s found the fountain of youth, because she hasn’t aged one bit since we first fell in love with her. But don’t just take our word for it – keep reading and see for yourself.

Ewan McGregor Splits From His Wife After 22 Years of Marriage

October 23, 2017

Ewan McGregor and his wife, production designer Eve Mavrakis, have split after 22 years of marriage. The couple parted ways in May, a family source confirmed to People. The news comes on the heels of reports that the actor is now dating his Fargo costar Mary Elizabeth Winstead after they were photographed kissing in North London on Sunday. Elizabeth also split from her husband, Riley Stearns, in May.

Ewan and Eve met on the set of the TV show Kavanagh QC and wed in France, where Eve was born, in 1995. They have four daughters, Clara, Jamyan, Esther, and Anouk.

Freddie Mercury’s Sudden Death Still Shocks Fans, Even 25 Years Later

October 14, 2017

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It was recently announced that Rami Malek will be taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (née Farrokh Bulsara) in the new biopic titled Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie was only 45 when he passed away on Nov. 24, 1991, and the upcoming film has revived interest in the details surrounding his death.

Freddie released a statement disclosing that he suffered from AIDS less than 24 hours before he died in his London home from bronchopneumonia resulting from the disease. “I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV-positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me,” he said. “However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”

The news came as a shock to Freddie’s fans, given that he was extremely private when it came to his personal life, but his longtime friend and bandmate Roger Taylor later opened up about why Freddie initially chose to keep his battle with AIDS a secret. “He didn’t want to be looked at as an object of pity and curiosity,” Roger told Entertainment Weekly. “And he didn’t want circling vultures over his head.”

While the British singer never married, Freddie carried on a relationship with a woman named Mary Austin in the early ’70s and left her his mansion, a large part of his wealth, and recording royalties after his death. Freddie was also sexually involved with his personal chef, Joe Fanelli, who was diagnosed with AIDS in the Summer of 1990 prior to dating Jim Hutton, who discovered he was HIV-positive a few weeks after Joe was diagnosed. It’s still unclear how Freddie contracted the disease.

Annie Lennox and David Bowie at the Freddie Mercury tribute. Image Source: Getty / Kevin Mazur

The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert For AIDS Awareness was later put on at England’s Wembley Stadium in April 1992 in honor of Freddie’s memory. It featured performances by Def Leppard, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Elton John, and Metallica and was broadcast in 76 countries. All of the proceeds were donated to an AIDS organization.

Even though it’s been nearly 26 years since Freddie died, his legacy is alive and strong. Not only did Freddie help influence music genres from heavy metal to pop, but he also continues to inspire musicians like Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga today. Adam, who has been fronting Queen since 2012, previously told Rolling Stone that he initially fell in love with the band because he could identify with Freddie. “Look at what Freddie pulled off! He had the balls to do so much outlandish sh*t on stage and say exactly whatever he wanted to say and wear whatever he wanted to wear.” Katy was also heavily inspired by the singer. “Freddie Mercury was – and remains – my biggest influence,” she previously told the Daily Star. “The combination of his sarcastic approach to writing lyrics and his ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ attitude really inspired my music.” Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to start production this Fall and is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

The Beautiful Reason Marilyn Monroe Had Red Roses Placed on Her Grave For 20 Years

September 29, 2017

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Marilyn Monroe was a true Hollywood icon, so it’s only fitting that her final resting place be in LA. The famous actress and model, who was born Norma Jeane Mortenson, was only 36 years old when she tragically died of barbiturate overdose on Aug. 5, 1962. Three days later, she was buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, where her foster parents, Ana Lower and Grace McKee Goddard, were also buried, during a private ceremony with friends and family. After actor Lee Strasberg performed a eulogy and Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” was played, Marilyn was placed at crypt No. 24 at the Corridor of Memories.

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While some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are also buried in the cemetery, now including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who will be laid to rest next to Marilyn, it is the flower arrangement outside of her crypt that is the most fascinating aspect of her final resting place. As a token of his love, Marilyn’s second husband, Joe DiMaggio, arranged to have red roses, her favorite, placed on her grave twice a week for the next 20 years. So beautiful.