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Ed Sheeran Just Landed a TV Role

Ed Sheeran Performs At Croke Park In Dublin
Phillip Massey—WireImage Ed Sheeran performs at Croke Park on July 24, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

He'll play "an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder"

Everybody’s favorite red-headed singer-songwriter will soon be heading to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Sheeran landed a recurring role on the FX drama The Bastard Executioner, billed as “a blood-soaked medieval epic.” So get ready for that.

Sheeran is set to play the character of Sir Cormac, who THR describes as “an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder.”

If you’re wondering how on Earth Ed Sheeran landed a role on a 14th-century period drama, note that he’s a big Sons of Anarchy fan and contributed a song to the show’s soundtrack. That means he’s already buddy-buddy with Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, who’s also responsible for The Bastard Executioner.

It’s unclear if Sheeran will have any opportunities to sing in this role, but fingers crossed that he gets to provide the soundtrack to some brutal battle scenes.

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Watch 14 Celebrities Do Their Best Impressions

From Ariana Grande's spot-on Celine Dion to Chris Pratt's pitch-perfect Essex accent

Plenty of celebrities enjoy doing impressions, but there are always a few that really, really stand out. Some celebs just make us laugh because their impressions are so over-the-top, while others genuinely astound us with their accuracy and attention to detail.

Here’s a look back at 14 of our favorite recent impressions from a variety of celebrities. Most of them imitate fellow famous people — you’ll see a lot of Bill Clinton and Christopher Walken — but there are a few other types of impressions thrown in there too.

  • Emilia Clarke as a valley girl

    The British Game of Thrones actress revealed her alter ego: Callie from the Valley.

  • Jamie Foxx as Mick Jagger, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson

    Foxx showed off an impressive range of musical impressions — complete with dance moves — on an episode of The Tonight Show.

  • Christina Aguilera as Cher, Britney Spears and Shakira

    Like Jamie Foxx, the songstress was also recruited to play Jimmy Fallon’s “Wheel of Musical Impressions.” She particularly shined when imitating Britney Spears.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Rickman

    Cumberbabes loved this: Benedict Cumberbatch reading hip hop lyrics in his best Alan Rickman voice.

  • Chris Pratt as someone from Essex, England

    Chris Pratt managed to wow actual British people with his take on an Essex accent. (He picked it up while watching the reality show The Only Way Is Essex.)

  • Bono as Bill Clinton

    When the former president was running late to the 2013 annual Clinton Global Initiative gathering, Bono stepped up the plate — to impersonate him. Turned out the Irish rock star pulled off a rather convincing Arkansas accent.

  • Matt Damon as Matthew McConaughey

    Damon has been perfecting his Matthew McConaughey bit for years.

  • Bradley Cooper as Owen Wilson, Bill Clinton and Christopher Walken

    Cooper showed off some impressive imitations of his Wedding Crashers co-stars Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken — and also offered a decent Bill Clinton impersonation.

  • Tom Hiddleston as Alan Rickman, Owen Wilson, Velociraptor, Chris Evans, Orson Welles and Samuel L. Jackson

    The British actor has perfected a wide range of impressions of fellow performers, and then also, a Velociraptor.

  • Will Ferrell as Harrison Ford

    Will Ferrell’s Harrison Ford goes from good to great with the help of a convincing crooked smile.

  • Adam Levine as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Eddie Vedder

    The Marron 5 frontman was another musician who Jimmy Fallon tapped for “Wheel of Musical Impressions.” He wowed the crowd with very convincing takes on three classic voices.

  • Ariana Grande as Celine Dion

    Jimmy Fallon really loves encouraging famous people to impersonate other famous people — and we’re so, so glad he asked Ariana Grande to do her Celine Dion.

  • Kevin Spacey as Johnny Carson, Christopher Walken and Bill Clinton

    Kevin Spacey reminded us that Christopher Walken and Bill Clinton are very popular impressions — but he totally held his own.

  • Seth MacFarlane as Liam Neeson, Bobcat Goldthwait and Ray Romano

    The Family Guy creator is known for his voice acting, and he pulled off a particularly convincing (and extremely terrifying) Liam Neeson impression.

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This News Anchor Claims to Know the Real Reason Behind Amazon’s Success

A racy conspiracy theory explaining why Amazon is bigger than Walmart

Amazon is now the most valuable retailer in the world, with a market value of about $250 billion, compared to Walmart’s $230 billion. In a recent live TV news broadcast, an anchor for Nevada’s KTVN Channel 2 News shared his racy theory about why Amazon is beating Walmart in what ended up being a wonderfully bizarre outburst.

“You know why?” he offered matter-of-factly. “Because they sell sex toys.”

He then added some further clarification: “Walmart can’t or won’t sell sex toys. Amazon does. A friend of mine works in the warehouse and he says they sell a ton of them. Nobody else will tell you this but that’s the reason.”

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Watch Cobie Smulders Swiftly Shut Down Childbirth Jokes

Yes, Cobie. Yes.

On Thursday’s episode of The Late Late Show, guests Cobie Smulders, Judd Apatow and Mark Duplass got into a discussion about childbirth with host James Corden. (We imagine this topic came up because Smulders stars in the upcoming pregnancy-themed movie Unexpected.)

“Now, we all have children here,” Corden begins. “Guys, were you present at the births of your children?”

Smulders remains pretty quiet during the ensuing conversation, which mostly revolves around whether or not the men “looked” during childbirth.

“I didn’t go down and look,” Corden says, “because my Uncle Robert said it’s like watching your favorite pub burn down.”

Soon enough, Smulders finally chimed in: “You guys know what I was doing? I was pushing a baby out of my vagina.”

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The Only Way to Make a Monday Commute Better Is a Spontaneous Singalong

Australian train riders join in to sing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

To brighten up a gloomy Monday morning commute in Perth, Australia, Peter Sharp grabbed a ukulele-playing pal and encouraged his fellow train passengers to join him in singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Sharp even passed out lyrics to his fellow commuters, many of whom were skeptical at first. Eventually, though, most people joined in for a full-blown singalong.

“I think it’s easy to forget the hard-work people put in every day,” Sharp told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I want to contribute to this society, give back to this community and I want to show how easy and simple it can be for anyone to do it.”

By the end, Sharp said he felt confident he’d lifted people’s spirits.

“It created this electricity in the air and when we got off the train there were just smiles beaming from all of the people on the train.”

Read next: This Impromptu Subway Singalong Will Brighten Your Day

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The Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj Twitter Drama, Explained With Emoji

Still confused? Jimmy Kimmel is here to help

The recent drama between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift surrounding the VMAs nominations got pretty complicated and, for many people, hard to follow. Katy Perry jumped in! Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars started a feud too, but theirs was fake! Taylor apologized! Nicki accepted!

If you’re still confused about how it all went down, Jimmy Kimmel has a fairly comprehensive explanation, told entirely with some very helpful emoji.

After explaining all the drama, Kimmel concludes: “And then my 14-year-old niece Alison exploded.” (You’re not alone, Alison. You’re not alone.)

As Entertainment Weekly points out, though, Kimmel omitted one interesting piece of this puzzle. Camilla Belle, believed to be the subject of Swift’s 2010 song “Better Than Revenge,” weighed in too, revealing some additional bad blood.

 

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14 Times Kelly Clarkson Totally Nailed a Cover Song

The American Idol alum consistently puts her spin on popular songs, from "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman to "Lose Yourself" by Eminem

American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson is the undisputed queen of covers. She consistently borrows other artists’ songs and puts her signature spin on them, often producing something even better than the original. Sure, Clarkson writes plenty of her own songs, too, but for now, let’s celebrate her ability to absolutely crush a cover.

Here’s an assortment of 13 of her best covers, beginning with a recent ’90s throwback.

1. “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC

Oh man did the crowd go nuts for this one, which was a special fan request in Buffalo, N.Y. “This is a throwback to our junior high days,” she said, “and a lot of people in our crew are very excited about this.”

2. “Stay” by Rihanna

She performed her take on Rihanna’s emotional song at a show in Pittsburgh.

3. “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna

Kel is clearly a big RiRi fan — and we’re so glad.

4. “Jealous” by Nick Jonas

“I’m so excited to sing this song because I love this guy,” she told the crowd at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

5. “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman

Proof that Clarkson really should be singing more R&B.

6. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Clarkson turned Swift’s ultra-poppy forget-the-haters anthem into a more of a gospel tune.

7. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

“I love this song, and I know you’ve probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me. I love it,” Clarkson told fans in Charlotte, N.C.

8. “We Are Young” by fun.

At various shows in 2012 and 2013, Clarkson treated fans to her spin on this popular tune.

9. “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls

The world did see you, Kel, and they did understand.

10. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Is this Kelly Clarkson sing-rapping? Yes, yes it is. It went down at a show in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit.

11. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar

Her shiny jacket was the perfect accompaniment for this cover.

12. “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye

Another special request from a fan in 2012.

13. “No Scrubs” by TLC

“This is definitely my jam, I’m just saying,” she told the crowd in Bristow, Va. “This is gonna date me, and I know a lot of you aren’t even gonna know this song.”

14. “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Clarkson treated fans in Toronto to a slowed-down, jazzy version of this Taylor Swift hit.

 

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Here’s Proof That Cute Puppies Have Always Been Newsworthy

Adorable animal videos were part of the news cycle long before the era of "clickbait"

Historical footage from the Associated Press and British Movietone, two of the world’s most prominent newsreel archives, is now available to watch on YouTube. The more than one million minutes of material, which dates back to 1895, will showcase historical moments in everything from sports to science. It will also showcase cute animals, as you’ll see in the clip above, released by British Movietone.

“In America, they claim to have found the world’s most patient cat,” says the old-timey British voice-over. “Of course cats often put up with a fair amount of rough stuff from children and even puppies, but this one evidently never loses its temper. It’s a puppy’s dream cat.”

What follows is 33 glorious seconds of adorable puppies play-attacking a cat. In other words, you know, the exact thing that is bound to go viral in today’s modern news cycle. Oh, and for more old-timey coverage of cute animals, check out these baby penguins:

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Watch This Champion Eater Destroy 12 Pints of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

We have brain freeze just thinking about it

Legendary competitive eater Matt Stonie, who won this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, is back with a new feat: inhaling 12 pints of ice cream in just 35 minutes.

In the video above, you’ll see Stonie at the grocery store selecting his desired Ben & Jerry’s flavors. After that, it’s just a race against the clock. He starts off strong, but is soon plagued by brain freeze, tummy aches and, probably, the lingering question of Why am I doing this?

After 35 minutes, Stonie manages to consume all the ice cream — which totals 13,400 calories, 780 grams of fat and 1,180 grams of sugar. We’re genuinely impressed that Stonie is still alive.

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Here’s Jimmy Kimmel and Brie Larson’s Brilliant Idea for the New Emoji Movie

Yes, Sony Pictures has an actual emoji movie in the works

On Wednesday, Sony announced its plans to make an “emoji movie.” So, yes, a full-length motion picture starring the little icons we text each other. Later that night, Jimmy Kimmel (jokingly) revealed that he got “an early look at the rough emoji movie script” — and it actually wasn’t bad.

He recruited Jimmy Kimmel Live! guest Brie Larson to help him do a dramatic reading of the script, which is really just the two of them rattling off descriptions of different emoji. The thing is, though, that it actually does form a coherent story. It ends up being some pretty emotional stuff.

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