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Watch George Clooney Handcuff Himself to David Letterman

Bravo, George

Last night, George Clooney did his part to make sure that David Letterman doesn’t leave late night any time soon. As the date of Letterman’s impending retirement approaches, the stars have come out to pay tribute to the beloved Late Show host. Adam Sandler serenaded him, Julia Roberts planted one on him and Tina Fey stripped down to her skivvies (sort of) to bid him farewell. Clooney, however, decided to take matters into his own hands to stop the beloved host from leaving the show at all.

“Let me see your wrist,” he requested after taking a seat. Letterman obliged, and Clooney promptly slapped a pair of handcuffs on the host, gleefully telling him, “You’re not going anywhere, David Letterman.” Mission accomplished.

Despite Clooney’s best efforts, Letterman is leaving The Late Show next Wednesday, May 20. His final guests will be Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder and Bill Murray. Stephen Colbert will take over as host in the fall.

Jimmy Kimmel: Watching David Letterman ‘Was More Important Than Sleep’


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Indiana Jones-Themed Bar Could Be The Best Reason to Go To Disney World

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."
Paramount Pictures/Lucasfilm Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

Rolling Boulder Meatballs are on the menu, of course

If you’re looking for a place to throw back a few shots of whiskey after raiding a Venezuelan tomb for archaeological treasures or, you know, standing in line for Space Mountain for two hours, the new Indiana Jones-themed bar might be just the place.

As Disney mulls over making another Indiana Jones film, they are making the most of the franchise by opening a themed bar at Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, FL, this fall — perfect for thirsty parents and their tiny adventurous whippersnappers.

The new watering hole is named after Indy’s trusty pilot Jock Lindsey and has an airplane hangar theme. According to the Disney blog, the bar will reflect the Indiana Jones story, complete with aviation-themed decor, vintage travel posters, propeller-based ceiling fans (don’t stand too close!) and a diving bell “booth.” Rumor has it that Jock’s pet snake Reggie will also be incorporated into the restaurant somehow. (Perhaps to discourage too much adventurousness from those whippersnappers?)

Naturally, the menu features themed cocktails like the “Hovito Mojito” and will include food like “Rolling Boulder Meatballs.” There’s no word yet on whether the entire bar is booby-trapped if you attempt to make payment with a bag of sand.

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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Here Are the Finalists

One star is sent home right before the finals

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars. The results are in and after an hour of filler, one of the semifinalists will be cut right before they earn the bragging rights of making it into the final round of the competition. Last night, Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin and Hough family scion Riker Lynch earned perfect scores, with Rumer Willis and veteran Noah Galloway fast on their heels. As we approach the finals, it’s anyone’s ballroom.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: Noah is going into the semifinal voting in last place, albeit in a very tight competition. That said, he has a trump card: his midshow proposal. Will the prenuptial boost be enough to keep him in the competition? Maybe! Throughout the season the judges have called Noah an inspiration, but it wasn’t enough to inspire voters to put them through to the final round easily. They are in jeopardy.

Requisite Patriotic Dance Routine: While the only military veteran performing this evening has just been told he is in jeopardy of being sent home, the show has no qualms about following his judgment with a USO-inspired patriotic dance number. The routine kicks off with a cover of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69,” filled with a lot of passion and tremolo (but not as good as Ryan Adams’ take on it), which quickly segues into John Mellencamp’s “R.O.C.K. in the USA.” It’s fun, fast-paced and flashy for a time killer of a number.

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: After a season spent at the top of the leaderboard and a semifinal round in which they earned perfect scores for both of their dances, there was little doubt that Riker would be in jeopardy. Plus, he’s the young, cute boy that all the girls watching this show with their parents can vote for over and over and over again. That said, you never know about the fickle heart of the American voter. Aw, who are we kidding: he’s safe.

Dance Through the Ages: In an interesting bit of primetime network television mimicking the Internet, Sasha Farber and Emma Slater performed a YouTube-ready routine with the click-worthy title of “Watch a Decade of Dance in Two Minutes.” Thanks to their dance skills and some careful costuming and even more careful editing, the two pros covered the major dance styles of the 1900s, including the Lindy Hop and the Charleston to disco and the hip-hop era. Look for it in your newsfeed tomorrow!

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Like Riker, the Olympic gold medalist has consistently been at the top of the leaderboard throughout the season. Also like Riker, last night both her dances earned a string of perfect 10s from the judges. Nastia has regularly delivered technically perfect moves and lived up to Derek’s exacting standards — even when Derek wasn’t dancing with her. However, Nastia lacks some of Riker’s elan and artistry, so it’s less of a surprise when it’s announced that she is in jeopardy.

Girl Power: To continue killing time until the results are announced, the women of the dance corps took to the floor to dance with the ghosts in the machine. Set to Jordin Sparks’ “I Am Woman,” the women danced with computerized versions of themselves until everyone got weirded out and the number ended. The future is weird.

Special Musical Guest: Flo Rida stopped by the show to perform his song “G.D.F.R.,” which stands for “going down for real.” The performance was capped off with host Tom Bergeron loudly proclaiming, “Flo Rida!” because there was really nothing else to say.

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumer came in third in last night’s semifinal round, but has uniformly been at the top of the leaderboard this season. However with only four contestants left, anything is possible, especially as voters might enjoy the schadenfreude of seeing the daughter of two very famous celebrities disheartened. (No one said voters are nice!) Sure enough, she’s in jeopardy. The producers now have three out of the four contestants in jeopardy, but theoretically someone is going to have to stick around to compete against Riker in the finale. Seems likely that Rumer will last to the final round.

Nepotism in Action: For no apparent reason, Riker’s brother Ross showed up on stage to lip sync the song “Gotta Be Me.” He gave up lip syncing after a few bars and hit the dance floor to promote Teen Beach 2, which is premiering on the Disney channel later this month. Ross is a more talented dancer, than lip syncer, but that doesn’t increase the likelihood of wanting to watch Teen Beach 2.

Who Went Home: Riker is already in the finale, and it is quickly announced that Noah and Sharna are … safe! That left one spot for either Rumer or Nastia. The spot in the finals goes to Rumer, and Nastia is going home. She is gracious as you would expect a former Olympic gymnast to be about it, thanking everyone for the opportunity.

Best Reason to Come Back Next Week: Someone is taking home a Mirror Ball!

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Did Dancing with the Stars Host Erin Andrews Roll Her Eyes During a Proposal?

She said it was her "ugly cry face"

During last night’s semi-final round of Dancing with the Stars (read the recap here), competitor Noah Galloway decided to use the spotlight to drop to one knee and ask his girlfriend, Jamie Boyd, to marry him. Very cute (and for the cynical among us, very voter savvy). Now, some fans are saying that host Erin Andrews rolled her eyes during the romantic moment—and they aren’t very happy about it.

The moment came just as Galloway finished a Viennese waltz with his pro partner Sharna Burgess and had ascended to Andrews’ aerie in the sky to await the judges’ scores. The producers had conscripted Boyd to come to the skybox and provide moral support for her veteran boyfriend, who has performed remarkably well for any contestant, let alone someone who has just one arm and one leg. Galloway’s seemingly surprise proposal left judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough crying daintily, but Andrews, who is tasked with making sure the live show runs on time, looked nonplussed.

Us Weekly claims that Andrews was eager to wrap up the proposal, saying she looked “more than annoyed” and later “was caught on camera rolling her eyes while touching her ear piece.” Some fans agree, taking to Twitter to call Andrews “rude” and “so freaking awkward” and more.

To ward off the claims that she is the enemy of love, Andrews has mounted a defense of “ugly cry face.” She replied to US Weekly’s comments with a tweet that read, “uhhhhh it’s called an oh great I’m going to bawl on camera..ugly cry face alert.” She later tweeted a picture of the moment and apologized, again, for her face.

Our take on it? Andrews looked touched by the proposal, but is also a professional woman just trying to get her job done with a clock ticking and producers yelling into her earpiece. Watch a clip of the proposal here:

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Lil Jon Gives Talk at Oxford University

Rapper Lil Jon arrives for the PANDORA GRAMMY after party featuring Lil Jon in Hollywood, on Feb 8, 2015
Rapper Lil Jon arrives for the PANDORA GRAMMY after party featuring Lil Jon in Hollywood, on Feb 8, 2015 Rapper Lil Jon arrives for the PANDORA GRAMMY after party featuring Lil Jon in Hollywood, on Feb 8, 2015

His appearance earned the hashtag #TurnDownForOx

While noted college drop-out Kanye West was making headlines for collecting an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this week — and Chance the Rapper was at Harvard the week before — rapper Lil Jon was busy lecturing at Oxford University.

Wearing an Oxford appropriate v-neck sweater, the King of Crunk discussed such wide-ranging topics as his thoughts on President Obama’s administration, media relations, what he would be doing if he wasn’t a rapper (psychologist!), his initial reaction to be asked to speak to the Oxford Guild (he thought he was being catfished), and, perhaps most importantly, where his former backing band/steady sidekicks The Eastside Boyz are at, according to The Tab Oxford and The Independent.

The “Turn Down for What” rapper had many thoughts on Obama’s presidency, comparing it to restoring old cars: “He put a new engine in it, he put some new rims, got a paint job.” Sadly, when it came to what the Eastside Boyz are up to, Lil Jon couldn’t provide any answers, saying instead, “I have no idea, dawg.”

While the Atlanta-based artist didn’t take his guest lecture position as seriously as West did when he made a similar appearance at the British institution, it seems clear that Lil Jon had a lot more fun.


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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Final Four

Judges get teary over semifinal performances

Welcome to the semifinal round of Dancing With the Stars. In the penultimate episode, the herd of ersatz “celebrities” you need to Google to know their claim to fame has been winnowed down to four real-life no-Google-necessary bona fide dancing stars all willing to do what it takes to bring home that Mirror Ball trophy.

To kick off the festivities, Tom Bergeron points out that each of the semifinalists — Hollywood scion Rumer Willis, Hough cousin Riker Lynch, Olympian Nastia Liukin and veteran Noah Galloway — has been in the lead at least once over the course of the season. That means the competition is almost as tight as the spandex worn by the contestants. Tonight’s semifinal round will be divided into two parts, the first is just a classic Dancing With the Stars performance followed by a judge’s-choice round.

Here’s what happened in the semifinals of Dancing With the Stars:

Round One:

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: When Rumer was born, she looked like a “magical elf” according to her mother Demi Moore, while her father Bruce Willis simply reported the rather ho-hum fact that she is the oldest of his five daughters. Rumer’s sisters and family friends like Glenn Close (the once and future Marquise de Merteuil) all joined in the chorus of voices exclaiming the positive effects of Dancing With the Stars on Rumer’s mental health. To eke out every last possible vote, Rumer and Val’s semifinal dance was a 50 Shades of Grey–themed Viennese waltz complete with a controlling older man (way to push your boundaries, Val!) and a doe-eyed brunette. Julianne thought Rumer was “a perfect Anastasia,” but it’s TBD whether or not that’s a compliment. Bruno Tonioli almost fainted because he forgot to inhale while stretching out the word “steammmmyyyy” to its furthest possible point. At the end of the routine, Demi came backstage to talk to Erin Andrews about how proud she is of her daughter. 38/40

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: Turns out Noah joined the military in response to the attacks on Sept. 11. He loved his time in the military, finding a home there, until, of course, he lost his arm and leg in the line of duty. But he’s a warrior, through and through, according to the friends and family and William Shatner (?) gathered together for the clip reel. For his Viennese Waltz, Noah and Sharna perform on a fog-filled stage to David Cook’s “Time of My Life” (R.I.P. American Idol.) Julianne cries while she talks about his rotation, while Carrie Ann coos over the fact that he actually looked like he was having fun while he was dancing, for once. For Len, though, he thought it was Noah’s best dance yet. Good timing, Noah! Speaking of timing, Noah thought it would be a good time to propose to his girlfriend. Nothing says vote for me like putting a ring on it. The judges liked that performance even more. But not as much as Demi who cried her eyes out in the audience or Sharna who had no idea what to do with her arms, so just stuck them straight up in the air. 36/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Riker attempts to curry favor and/or pity by explaining how he and his entire family had to leave his dad so they could move to Los Angeles and pursue their dreams, which sounds like a choice, not a tragedy. But who has time to parse it when Riker’s family friend Michael Vartan is pulled out of the cryogenic tank where he presumably stored (how else does he not age??) to talk about Riker’s ambition. In addition to the inevitable Vartan Vote Boost, Riker has an advantage in tonight’s semifinals because he is assigned a contemporary routine, which is where Allison and all her So You Think You Can Dance experience really shines. She’s probably the only one on the show who can rival Derek Hough in choreography skills. The judges pretty much die after the performance. Bruno rises to his feet to praise Riker’s range, talent and physicality, and he doesn’t even bother with any innuendo. Len thought it was a great performance, which is his highest compliment. Julianne tried not to diss Allison when she said, “I didn’t know who was the pro in that!” 40/40

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Has Nastia mentioned the fact that she won the gold medal in the Olympics yet? If not, she’ll mention it a few more times in case you missed it. That said, earning a gold medal earns you a lot of bragging rights. And letting the world see you fall flat on your face in the uneven bars, on repeat, is brave. Nastia claims that falling taught her a lot about life outside the Olympic arena, lessons she now applies inside the ballroom. For her quickstep, she teams up with Sasha Farber as Derek continues to recover and it was a perfectly executed routine. Carrie Ann called it a “show stopper.” Len revealed that the secret to quickstep is “move fast, but don’t hurry,” which they nailed. 40/40

Interlude: To announce the Perfect Ten Tour, former Dancing With the Stars champion and The Bachelor cast member Melissa Rycroft helped the pros unveil the opening number of the nationwide Dancing With the Stars tour. It was a fast-paced and fun routine made even more so by shirtless Val, Artem, Keo and Sasha shaking it to Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance.” Perfect Ten is right.

Round Two, Judge’s Choice:

Rumer and Val and Bruno: Bruno wanted to do a Swan Lake–themed contemporary fusion routine. No one but Bruno seems to have any clue what that is, but Val and Rumer give the ballet-inspired performance their best shot. The end result was Val in white tights and Rumer in a black sparkly ensemble fake-balleting through Swan Lake while ballerinas in toe shoes pirouette behind them. Julianne did her best Bruno impression to call them ugly duckling becoming swans, Carrie Ann dubbed it genius, and Len put them at the front of his personal leaderboard, all while Bruno bowed and preened from the balcony. 30/30 (The choreographing judge can’t score the routine.)

Noah and Sharna and Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann chose a paso doble as a metaphor for Noah’s life. If his life had backup dancers and a matador theme. Carrie Ann only cried a little in her excitement about having a tiny part in Noah’s story. The result was a very dramatic routine as if Wagner had choreographed a paso. Noah’s newly minted fiancée clapped proudly from the front row as Noah got a standing ovation. Julianne got “chills from head to toe.” Bruno called him “the top bull,” which in Bruno speak is a very high compliment. Even Len was almost at a loss for words. 30/30

Riker and Allison and Julianne: Julianne’s concept for the dance is to insert herself into the routine, because she’s a judge and it’s judge’s choice, so she chooses to get up on stage and dance. The routine pit Riker against both the women, but unlike the trio dances, Riker eventually kicks Julianne off the stage leaving just Allison, which is when the routine turns into a more traditional Argentine tango. It’s a beautiful routine, and the judges love it. 30/30

Nastia and Derek and Len: Derek is making his routine to the ballroom for a Viennese waltz choreographed by Len. Fun fact, Derek has known Len since he was 12 years old. Len is using the routine as a way to look back at his life with Derek standing in for him until the last minute when Len replaces Derek on the dance floor, entering the ballroom for the first time in all his time on Dancing with the Stars. It’s a beautiful Viennese waltz set to a live performance of “Fall For You” by Leela James. Obviously Carrie Ann can barely talk through her tears. Julianne called it “the most special dance she has ever seen” and then she one-upped her brother by reminding Len that’s known him since she was 9. Bruno can’t contain himself and the judges are all holding hands and bawling at each other by the end of the segment. Len stiff upper-lipped it, simply saying that he thought it was “lovely.” 30/30

Best Reason to Come Back Tomorrow: One of these semifinalists is heading home, cutting their quest for sparkles short just as the Mirror Ball is within their reach.

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This Man Is Living Life Like He’s a Character on Friends

No one told him life was gonna be this way

Du Xin is doing his best to live in an episode of Friends. His wife’s name is Rachel, his son’s English name is Joey and even as a toddler he can already ask, “How you doing?” in a passable Matt LeBlanc accent. When Du goes to work, he tells i-D, it’s to a Central Perk coffee shop knock-off that he created in Beijing. And when he goes home at night, it’s to an apartment decorated just like Joey and Chandler’s place—complete with VHS copies of Baywatch, a.k.a. the roommates’ favorite TV show.

Du, who prefers to go by the name Gunther, discovered Friends after a bad break-up. He quickly became obsessed with the show and the valuable lessons about life and love that he felt the sitcom was trying to impart upon its audience. He eventually quit his job to open the coffee shop and found a woman who didn’t mind his obsession (probably because he insists on treating her how Chandler treated Monica).

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The Rock Is Now the Reigning Champion of Mother’s Day

He paid tribute in a sweet Instagram post

While most mothers would agree that it’s not a competition, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won Mother’s Day. The San Andreas actor, lip sync champion and diet guru posted a photo of his mother on Instagram with a caption that would warm the cockles of even the coldest heart.

In the picture, The Rock’s mother, Ata Johnson, is crying, but not because she is disappointed in her son. Johnson explains in the caption that when he was 14 years old, he and his mother were evicted from their apartment in Hawaii because they couldn’t afford the $180/week rent. Now his mother, who survived a head-on collision with a drunk driver last year, is being served breakfast on a plane, all paid for by her very successful son. Not that Johnson is gloating in the photo, rather he seems truly thrilled to be able to share his success with his mother—and his big heart with the rest of the world. Now let’s just hope that his mother doesn’t kill him for posting that photo.

Cool Mother’s Day story.. early am flight and I’m sittin’ across from my mom when out of the blue she looks around the plane, then looks at me and says “Son, I can’t believe the life I have.. grandma and grandpa would be so proud.” I asked her, “Are you happy ma?”. Just then the flight attendant placed my moms breakfast down on the table and my mom said to me, “Am I happy?.. I used to worry about how I was going to buy groceries for us and now I just had my breakfast placed down in front of me”. She bursts into tears and says “Yes, son I couldn’t be happier”. This is the woman who when I was 14yrs old we were evicted out of our apartment in Hawaii ’cause we couldn’t afford the $180 per week rent. At this moment Im shaking my head and smiling quietly (as my mom blows her nose;) ’cause she just told me she’s happy. And y’all know when our parents tell us they’re happy, its so satisfying for us, ’cause it means we’ve done a good job for them as their kids. Happy Mother’s Day to all the deserving amazing mamas out there. And Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mom who will no doubt kill me for posting this crying pic. #EnjoyBreakfastMom #GratefulTears #TryNotCryInTheEggs

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Watch John Oliver Use Mother’s Day to Slam the Lack of Paid Maternity Leave

"You deserve the very best moms, you're just not going to get it."

To celebrate Mother’s Day, or as John Oliver called it on Last Week Tonight, “the only day of the year we don’t look at our phones and go ‘yeahhh not now, mom,'” Oliver called the United States to task for its failure to provide mothers with paid maternity leave.

According to Oliver, the U.S. and Papua New Guinea are the only two countries that do not give any paid maternity leave. While the federal Family Medical Leave Act guarantees women won’t lose their job if they take 12 weeks of unpaid leave, it only applies to women who are full-time employees in medium and large-sized companies. Freelancers, part-time, and contract employees and employees at smaller companies are not covered.

For Oliver, this is unacceptable treatment of mothers. “You deserve the very best moms, you’re just not going to get it.” In Oliver’s opinion, it’s especially appalling, because when California enacted a paid maternity leave law, they found the results overall to be akin to having hockey on in the back of the bar—”it’s not hurting anyone and a few people are really into it.”

This Mother’s Day Oliver encourages passing meaningful legislation instead of another Hooters gift card.

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Watch This Guy Try to Follow The Rock’s Insane Diet Plan for a Day

It didn't go very well


Recently, Muscle & Fitness published Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s daily diet, and it is a whopper. The seven-meal menu includes a 10 egg-white omelet, two pounds of cod, half a pound of steak and chicken, two cups of oatmeal, tons of vegetables and enough calories to propel the Furious 7 star through any and all smackdowns.

It’s a diet fit for a man who goes by a nickname like “The Rock,” but it might be a bit much for a mere mortal. This was proven by a staffer at Complex who was dared to try the intense plan for just one day. There were a few problems: He is not the same size as The Rock. He also hates fish and would have to stomach 36 oz of it throughout the day. He did his best, though, which in this case, means only throwing up once.

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