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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

A photo posted by therock (@therock) on May 10, 2015 at 1:17pm PDT

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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.

Read next: Why We Need More Mothers at Work

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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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Jimmy Kimmel Had a Nice Surprise for the Price Is Right Contestant in a Wheelchair

Danielle Perez continues to be a great sport

The Price is Right has had a few notable gaffes lately, like when a model accidentally helped a contestant win a car or when the announcer wiped out while running backwards. But those blunders pale in comparison to the moment earlier this week when a woman who lost both her legs in an accident won a treadmill.

The winner, Danielle Perez, is good spirited about it all. “This is literally the best day of my life,” Perez, who works as a comedian, tweeted. “I’ve been popping wheelies all day.” She also tried to start her own meme about the awkwardness of it all:

Wednesday night, Perez stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about the mismatched prize with the comedian. She continued to show off how good-natured she is about it all, laughing, “Well, at least we know it’s not rigged.” Kimmel then tested her price-guessing skills and rewarded her with a much more appropriate prize.

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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Carly Rae Jepsen and Josh Groban Help Ring in the Semifinals

Double the pleasure, double the fun, double the elimination

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars. Last night the stars donned their spandex, buffed up their spray tans, pasted down their dance pants, and strutted their stuff. The first half of the competition let America dictate the dancers’ every move, like puppet masters intent on making jazz hands. The second half saw the dancers team up for so-called not-at-all euphemistic trio dances. Tonight, the herd of stars will be winnowed to a sleek elite ready for the semifinals, and two of the contestants will be sent home. As Tom Bergeron keeps pointing out that’s one-third of the field, and we will just believe him because fractions are not what we came here for. What we want are results, but first we will have to survive another round of Dance Center and suffer through a five-minute elimination ceremony stretched further than a pair of Derek Hough’s Lycra dance pants.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: After a perfect score last night and a command repeat performance of their intense paso doble (with an assist from Artem) there was no doubt that they would make the cut. Sure enough they were quickly announced safe.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: Dance Center, as tiresome as it is, does occasionally reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes footage: for example, a clip from rehearsal when Sharna kicked out Noah’s tooth — as if the man hasn’t lost enough. Hopefully she will avoid wreaking any more havoc on the veteran as they prepare for the semifinals. They are safe and will return next week.

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: The Olympic medalist has had it rough this season what with performing on the show, being in school, traveling from New York to Los Angeles, and then having to cope with working with a new partner, since Derek so rudely got injured. Yet the champion has persevered, so it’s no surprise that she is headed straight to the semifinals.

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Despite a perfect score, it’s announced that Riker is in jeopardy. It’s clearly only meant to build the drama, but everyone bandies about Willow Shields’ early dismissal as a cautionary tale — mostly because Tom is really bummed that he forgot to make a joke about someone volunteering as tribute when The Hunger Games star was cut. Soon enough, Riker is put at ease and yet another Hough family scion (he’s a cousin of some sort of Julianne’s and Derek’s) is headed to Dancing With the Stars–fueled fame.

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: When it was announced that Robert was in jeopardy, it seemed inevitable that he would be sent home. Sure enough the Shark Tank star was sent packing. His are-they-or-aren’t-they romance with Kym just wasn’t enough to keep voters interested, especially after weeks at the bottom of the leaderboard. He went home without a Mirror Ball, but with months worth of tabloid fodder about his relationship with Kym.

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: It’s not particularly surprising that The Bachelor is in jeopardy. And it’s no real surprise when he is sent home. While he has steadily improved from week to week — and clearly had a dance breakthrough during Spring Break week — he is nowhere near the level of Rumer or Riker. He has some chops, which he can show off while tending to his crops. Or, you know, planning his ABC-sponsored wedding to his blushing Bachelor bride, Whitney.

Carly Rae Jepsen: She stopped by the show to sing her latest hit, “I Really Like You,” and it was adorable, especially because of her new Strawberry Shortcake ‘do. The only problem with the performance is that Tom Hanks wasn’t in it.

Josh Groban: For some reason Josh Groban swung by the stage to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in a sea of pumped-in fog while Maddie Ziegler (of Sia’s “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” and “Big Girls Cry” fame) and a few of her friends performed a ballet-inspired routine. The song was kind of an incongruous choice for the dance, but no one else seemed to mind. In fact, Tom used it as an opportunity to point out how much he misses the Tuesday results show. So say we all, Tom, so say we all.

Best Reason to Come Back Next Week: The top four compete in the semifinals.

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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Act Out All of His Movies in Six Minutes

From Conan the Barbarian to Jingle All the Way


Arnold Schwarzenegger took a page out of Tom Hanks’s playbook and reenacted many of the films from his impressive filmography in just six minutes for Monday’s Late Late Show.

In the clip, aided and abetted by host James Corden, the former Governor of California and once-and-future actor took a very quick stroll down movie memory lane beginning with his star turn in Conan the Barbarian. From there he went to Pumping Iron where he recited the memorable line, “Milk is for babies, when you grow up you have to drink beer.” The nostalgia-laden trip continued with stopovers at Commando (“I eat Green Berets for breakfast!”), an argument over the best scene in Twins, and, of course, he had to don the sunglasses and leather jacket of The Terminator.

It’s a fun bit and we can only hope that prolific actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Keaton and Kurt Russell will swing past the Late Late Show soon.

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Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black Did a Shot-For-Shot Remake of Extreme’s ‘More Than Words’ Video

Wigs, for the win


Jimmy Fallon has a knack for making viral videos out of celebrity game nights, but on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show he took a sharp left turn into unknown territory and the results are kind of amazing. With the help of Jack Black, Fallon orchestrated a shot-for-shot remake of the 1990 music video for Extreme’s “More Than Words.”

Normally one would say, “Well, someone had to do it,” but in this case that’s not true — no one had to do a shot-for-shot remake of the “More Than Words” video, but it’s great that they did. The recreation is intimate, heartfelt and completely, hilariously bizarre. Black and Fallon are truly committed to taking their jobs very seriously and, for once, Fallon managed not to break character.

Extreme won a Grammy for the song (really!) and hopefully The Tonight Show can get some accolades for this feat. Please, give the wig department all the Emmys.

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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Threesomes Mean Triple the Fun

Teams of three dancers hit the ballroom floor and pretend it's not at all awkward

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars, where the finals are on the horizon and a double elimination is looming. This week the stars are run through a sequined gauntlet on their way to the semifinals. Up first is America’s Choice, which does not mean shopping for low-cost store-brand groceries, but instead letting America vote for dance style, song and costume through social media, with results that sound like a Clue solution: Tango in the living room set to Culture Club. Then, it’s the always delightful, if innuendo-filled threesomes … er, “trio dances,” where three dancers hit the ballroom floor together and pretend it’s not at all awkward.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Part One: America’s Choice

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: America wanted Noah to do the tango in his military uniform, because America doesn’t understand that Noah can’t wear a uniform for fun, but just for work. Instead he wore a white suit to tango to Sheppard’s “Geronimo,” and once again proved that he can dance, regardless of the mindboggling fact that he is dancing with one leg and one arm. Len, however, is bothered by the fact that he can’t judge Noah’s tango by studying his “flexed knees,” because Noah doesn’t have a knee. Sorry, Len, but you’re going to have to suck this one up. Even Bruno was like, come on, guys, he tangoed on one leg, give him a break! 31/40

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: America, the sick puppy that it is, wants to see Chris in a candlelit room even though he is happily engaged to the other Whitney. America didn’t specify that he should be shirtless, but it was heavily implied. While Chris kept half a shirt on, the routine itself was stripped down and cheesily emotional in the way that is seemingly required for contemporary routines (and Sam Smith songs). The judges were impressed, particularly Julianne who promised to write Most Improved in his yearbook. 34/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: America wants Riker to emote all over the place in his Viennese Waltz set to a Rihanna song. Riker thinks it’s weird to be “vulnerable on purpose,” but was willing to risk public humiliation for a good score. At the end of the graceful routine, Carrie Ann rhetorically asked, “Are you ready for the semifinals? HELL YEAH.” Len, though, threw a tiny fist-shaking hissy fit because all those pesky dances are becoming contemporary and would it be too much to have more Viennese Waltz in the Viennese Waltz? 39/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: America is determined to play matchmaker between Robert and Kym, so they are stuck with a package demanding a kiss (on the lips!), followed by a sultry bare-chested, bare-footed routine set to Jessie Ware’s “Champagne Kisses.” Bruno (rightly) called it a “deodorant commercial,” while Len sentimentally gushed, “You don’t need a wind machine, you have a big fan in me!” 33/40

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Derek is still on the sidelines due to his injury, so America forces Nastia to dance a gladiator-themed paso doble with Sasha Farber while Derek played Caesar. The routine was appropriately soundtracked by Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries,” and it was drama-filled and fun to watch, if slightly reminiscent of Derek’s past paso dobles. Best part of the routine was when Nastia flipped Sasha over her head and onto his back. He wisely stayed on the floor until judging. Speaking of which, the best part of judging was when Julianne got very sisterly and just shook her head and said, “Derek looks ridiculous.” 36/40

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Val is feeling a wee bit guilty after he almost broke Rumer during last week’s rehearsal, and then she almost got eliminated, so he is ready to get back to basics. Luckily, America just so happens to want to see a classic, refined rumba, and Rumer and Val delivered it. While all the judges were enthusiastic about the performance, Len was rendered practically speechless at finally having a traditional classic dance to judge. He couldn’t reach for the 10 paddle fast enough. 40/40

Part Two: Trios

Noah and Sharna and Emma: Sharna is very excited to have Emma and all her “extra limbs” around because it extends the possibilities of what they can do in their salsa. Julianne thought it was “hot, hot, hot” and was impressed with Noah’s ability to “handle” Sharna and Emma, but it was Bruno who stole the show when he got so enthusiastic that he fell out of his chair and off the stage. 32/40

Chris and Witney and Lindsey: While most of the dancers struggle with trying to juggle multiple women, Chris has lots of experience from his time on The Bachelor. Two women? Pshaw, try 12! Still Julianne thought Chris tapped into the intensity of the paso doble, but his “butt was going the wrong direction.” Carrie Ann couldn’t believe he got overwhelmed by two women after The Bachelor. 30/40

Riker and Allison and Brittany: Their jazz routine was textbook perfect, although textbooks may not use Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” as the soundtrack. The judges couldn’t stop enthusing about the performance, particularly what Erin Andrews called “the straddle split moment,” that wowed everyone. 39/40 (Len gave a 9, causing Tom Bergeron to tell him, “Every party needs a pooper, that’s why we invited you.”)

Robert and Kym and Jenna: Robert got saddled with a supermodel-themed samba for his trio dance to “Cinema Italiano.” It was just corny enough to rise to the occasion. Carrie Ann thought he handled the women well, but forgot his own choreography. Len apologetically said it was a bit sloppy and Julianne added that it was messy, but he looked sharp. 28/40

Nastia and Derek and Sasha: For their threesome they did a split-screen jive to Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young,” which undoubtedly horrified anyone who still thought that band was cool and/or indie. Derek, who is still recuperating, did a lot of seat dancing and movements that let him stay mostly still, but overall the routine was brilliant. The judges were floored by the choreography, the execution and Derek’s bangs. 40/40

Rumer and Val and Artem: The trio delivered a fierce, if traditional, paso doble with Artem and Val playing toreador vying for the pretty señorita’s hand. While some of us miss the flash and show and wacked out costumes that can elevate a Dancing With the Stars routine to the sublimely ludicrous, the judges really like the traditional, gimmick-free routines. In fact, the dance gave Bruno a hot flash. 40/40

Best Reason to Come Back Tomorrow: Double elimination!

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Watch Jar Jar Binks Ruin the New Star Wars Trailer

Happy Star Wars Day!


To celebrate May the 4th, a.k.a. Star Wars Day, take a moment to revel in the fact that Jar Jar Binks does not have a role in The Force Awakens.

YouTuber Murdock Motion used video-editing software to add one of the most hated characters in cinematic history into the trailer of the highly anticipated new Star Wars film. It’s a great reminder to fans of the true horror that could have been. (Now if someone could just come up with a way of editing Jar Jar out of The Phantom Menace.)

Fans don’t need to worry about Jar Jar actually appearing in The Force Awakens, though, as director J.J. Abrams seems to hate him as much as most fans. He told Vanity Fair he considered killing off the character as soon as he took the helm of the franchise: “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”

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