Videos to Watch

Rambo Day: A Bachelor Party 20 Years in the Making

Did you ever have those friends when you were little who could send you into a fit of belly-aching laughs? Who made you want to break the rules and do whatever you dared? I had a few friends like that, and they made me feel invincible. I’m convinced my childhood wouldn’t have been nearly as good as it was had they not been around to help me explore the truly goofy and ridiculous sides of myself.

A friend of mine recently posted this video to Facebook, and it’s clear this vid’s star grew up with the same type of loveable idiots I did. But I’m jealous, because it looks like he had even more fun than I did, and that’s an impressive feat. Like my friends and I, these guys grew up making their own home movies, but while our videos were more a phase of middle school, these men have parlayed that passion into present day, and thank God they did.

For their best friend’s bachelor party, they decided to recreate his favorite film, Rambo, and make him the star. Now considering Rambo is a film filled with guns and explosives, you’d think this would be difficult to pull off, but by using paintball guns and slingshotting tomatoes, these friends created the most epic bachelor party in the history of bachelor parties. And they managed to figure in some heartwarming sap along the way (I love some good sap). This video’s not just a tribute to their friend, but a tribute to friendships in general. So while the video may make you laugh hysterically (it should, and if it doesn’t, please go seek some sunshine), it’s also a reminder that no matter where you go in life, friends are what keep you going. So set aside 20 minutes sometime today and watch this fitting tribute to both movies and friendships, two of life’s best gifts

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Nicole Kidman-Fallon: What Could Have Been

This work week has been especially challenging. After two weeks off, during which I returned to my internal sleep clock of 1am-10:30am, I’ve gotten into a week that has required some 5am wake-up calls. It’s like waking up at 3am if you’d naturally rise at 8am. Needless to say, I’ve been feeling like an elephant is sitting on my head each morning when my alarm goes off.

Why is this relevant? Because it was when that elephant was sitting on my head this morning that my friend sent me a link to a Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show video. Now, I love Jimmy Fallon. Like I saw Fever Pitch in the movie theater and even own it on DVD love Jimmy Fallon. So naturally I think everything he does is entertaining. But today’s Tonight Show clip was by far the best I’ve seen in sometime, enough to make me laugh hysterically, elephant or no, and actually wake up smiling for a change.

Jimmy’s guest in the clip is Nicole Kidman, an actor whose name doesn’t exactly suggest comedy. Although she’s supposed to be promoting her new film Paddington, Kidman can’t help but bring up a previous encounter she had with Fallon ten or so years ago, before she was Mrs. Urban and he was a married family man. Turns out Kidman had a crush on Fallon (this immediately makes her so much more likable in my eyes) and wanted to meet him to discuss a movie role she thought he might be good for (possibly Bewitched). All this comes as a revelation to Jimmy, who was apparently oblivious to Kidman’s interest at the time. Their recollection of the encounter is both hilarious and cringe-worthy. It involves Brie cheese, corn chips, and camo sweatpants. Thus, it’s well worth watching.

Watch the clip above to learn what might have been. Or just save it till tomorrow morning. It’ll help rid you of the elephant and start your day laughing, which is how every day should begin, wouldn’t you agree?

Colbie Caillat Tries Something New in Music Video

In the music video for her new song “Try,” Colbie Caillat does more than just sing. In a refreshing twist, Colbie begins the video in full make-up and heavy photoshop, and slowly transforms from an impossibly flawless glamour girl into her all natural, beautiful self.

What makes the video even more moving is that Colbie gets help from some regular folk along the way. It plays like a Dove ad crossed with a toned down version of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”

John Legend recently released the video for “You and I,” and it follows a very similar theme of women being beautiful no matter their age, race, or size. Both videos will give you chills and perhaps have you reaching for a box of tissues.

I already liked Colbie’s new song, but the video makes it all that more inspiring. If music and music videos can continue delivering on this trend of affirmation and self-acceptance, I am all for it.

Greek Mother Loses It Over My Big Fat Greek Wedding Sequel

We all have those movies that touch our souls and stay in our hearts long after we see them. Apparently for this mom, that film is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Nia Vardalos announced that she is going to make a sequel to the film exploring the motherhood side of Greek familydom. And this Greek mom couldn’t be more thrilled. Lucky for us, her son caught her overjoyed reaction on film.

Mom’s Best Lines:
“All the other movies can go to hell.”
“The hell what the people say! I know she gonna do good.” (when her son tells her sequels aren’t always good)
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding I saw five times with five different people.”
“The Noah movie wasn’t worth two cents.”
“My god this is the best news I ever heard in ten years.”
“This is like Christmas. This is like Easter.”
“This is where life began, with the Greeks. Life began with the Greeks, okay?”

Mindy Kaling’s Speech to Harvard Law Class of 2014

Mindy Kaling has become an entertainment industry force of nature in recent years. From being a writer, producer, and actress on NBC’s hit The Office, to creating and starring in her own show The Mindy Project, Kaling has been around longer than most people realize, and she certainly doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. (Time named her one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in 2013.) She’s so awesome, in fact, that Harvard Law School took note and invited her to be a featured speaker at this year’s “Class Day” (which must be something fancy that law schools get to do).

As Mindy addressed Harvard Law’s Class of 2014, she used her signature humble brag humor and plethora of pop culture references to draw some smiles, generate a lotta laughs, and just generally make the whole crowd’s day better. Take a break and watch it for yourself.

Notable quotes:
-“I’ll have you know I know a ton about the law, because I sue everybody.”
-“Seeing that I absolutely had to do this [speech], I rolled up my sleeves, sat down at my computer, and tried buying a commencement speech at movingcommencementspeeches.com. My credit card was declined.”
-“Now with this diploma in hand, most of you will go on to the noblest of pursuits, like helping a cable company acquire a telecom company. You will defend BP from birds. You will spend hours arguing that the well water was contaminated well before the fracking occurred. One of you will sort out the details of my prenup. A dozen of you will help me with my acrimonious divorce. And one of you will fall in love with me in the process.”
-“Harvard Law has an incredible number of illustrious alumni…Elle Woods went here, from the trenchant documentary Legally Blonde. It’s a very moving film.”
-“You are the nerds that are going to make some serious bank. Which is why I’m here today. To marry the best looking amongst you.”

Happy Birthday to my girl, Cher!

Today is Cher’s (aka Cherilyn Sarkisian’s–bet you didn’t know that) 68th birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRL!

In honor of one of my favorite leading lady’s day of birth, I’m posting a clip of one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite Cher films, Moonstruck. (I’ve got a lot of favorites.) Released in 1987, the film captures the dramatic ups and downs of love, but with an Italian-American flair that only serves to heighten the romance. Cher and co-star Nicolas Cage (in a role he was born to play) bring such life to their romantically-linked characters Loretta Castorini and Ronny Cammareri that you can practically feel the passion heating up the screen (case in point, the scene above).

Cher won the 1988 Best Actress Oscar for her role, and I’m so glad she did. Gone is the showy glitz and sequins persona she’s known for, but it still manages to seep through a little in her character’s forceful, center stage of a personality. If you don’t understand the Cher hype, then SNAP OUT OF IT and check out this classic. With a strong supporting cast featuring the likes of Vincent Gardenia and Olympia Dukakis (who won an Oscar for her role as well), Moonstruck is the type of film that touches your heart and sticks with you long after you see it.

Kevin Spacey Sings “Talk Dirty”

Jimmy Fallon put Kevin Spacey’s classic singing voice to good use on Friday’s The Tonight Show. Joining the show’s barbershop quartet, Ragtime Gals, Spacey and co. gave a rousing rendition of Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.”

This is even better than when Spacey sang at the Sentinel with the Rifleman Singers on House of Cards.

I hope this becomes an iTunes single. Cause I’m gonna need a copy of this jam.