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See How Our Celebrity Friends Celebrated Thanksgiving

How did celebrities spend Thanksgiving? Well, just like us, except maybe with snazzier dinnerware

Thanksgiving 2014 has been its usual heady mix of travel chaos, gluttony and family feuding. And naturally social media was swamped with our celebrity friends demonstrating just how down-to-earth and wholesomely they celebrated the holiday. And, of course, many failed spectacularly.

Some overachieving celebs tweeted their thanks before the big day arrived:

When the day finally came, some stars were grateful:

Others were very grateful:

Some instructed other people to be grateful:

Or encouraged other people to go shopping:

Or went shopping themselves:

Some celebs got to go home:

Where there were some kiddies:

And wives:

And plenty of cousins:

And some guests with unusual interests:

Plus some food:

(Some more appetizing than others):

Of course, there were also some pounds, real or imagined:

Some spent it with exemplary cutlery sets:

Others, without electricity:

And some couldn’t resist a little bit of sass:

TIME Music

Jennifer Lawrence Has a Hit Song in the U.K.

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Murray Close—Lionsgate

It's ironic, since J-Law apparently hates to sing

As if a blockbuster opening weekend for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 wasn’t enough, actress Jennifer Lawrence can add another accomplishment to her résumé: a hit song.

Lawrence sings on “The Hanging Tree,” the single from Mockingjay that has landed at No. 29 on the charts in the U.K., according to the U.K.’s Official Charts Company, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

MORE: Hear Jennifer Lawrence Sing in Mockingjay

It’s ironic that Lawrence now has some music cred, because the actress reportedly hates to sing. Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence told RadioTimes.com that Lawrence was “horrified to sing,” and that the day she had to do it was “her least favorite day” of shooting.


TIME Pakistan

Bollywood Actress Veena Malik Sentenced to 26 Years in Jail For Blasphemy

Veena Malik during promotional event
Veena Malik promotes her movie Zindagi 50 50 at the India Today multiplex in Noida, India. Ramesh Sharma—India Today Group/Getty Images

The actress appeared in a scene that referenced Muhammad's daughter

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced film and television star Veena Malik to 26 years in jail after she appeared in a scene that the Guardian describes as “loosely based on the marriage of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter.”

The sentence stemmed from a blasphemy charge, which was also levied at Malik’s husband, businessman Asad Bashir Khan and Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of the Jang-Geo media group which aired the TV show, for their parts in the scene which aired in May. Khan and Shakil-ur-Rahman were also sentenced to 26 years. None of the accused were present in court.

The offending scene was a reenactment of Malik and Khan’s own wedding, acted as musicians played a devotional song about the wedding of a daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. After the episode aired, the senior vice president of a chapter of the Muslim religious organisation Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat made an official complaint, saying the show had defiled the family of the Prophet Muhammad, by using the religious music.

The sentence was handed down by judge Raja Shahbaz, who said, “The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims of the country and hurt the feelings, which cannot be taken lightly and there is need to strictly curb such tendency.”



7 Things We’d Like to See From the New Star Wars Trailer

Our ultra-idealistic Star Wars trailer Top VII ultimate wish list

This is how crazily anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is: On Friday morning, an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin is screening the new teaser trailer not just before every movie, but also in a separate stand alone screening where it will play 17 times in a row. Each screening will be followed by two minutes of discussion by a panel of Star Wars experts who will go into increasingly detailed minutia analysis about what’s on the screen during those precious 88 seconds. Joked EW’s Darren Franich: “Dear God, I hope it’s just one long shot of the Millennium Falcon.”

You never know — director J.J. Abrams’ first teaser for the Star Trek reboot just showed the USS Enterprise. Darren will do a deep-dive analysis of the trailer on Friday that you won’t want to miss, but in the meantime, let’s hope the teaser trailer is more trailer than teaser; a montage of mind-blowing Star Wars childhood-reawakening jaw-drop-into-popcorn moments instead of singularly focused on one scene. Below is our ultra-idealistic Star Wars trailer Top VII ultimate wish list. This is entirely too much to ask from an 88-second teaser, yet it’s also what the eventual first full trailer, and even the film itself, will hopefully pull off.

From least to most important (and there are no spoilers here from the purported leaks):

7. A compelling story hook: Remember that sinking feeling at the start of The Phantom Menace when you realized that this is the tale of a trade dispute, like you were watching some intergalactic version of C-SPAN? This is just a teaser, so exposition isn’t necessary, but it would be great to get a sense of at least one story beat that feels urgent and suggests a tale that we will really care about.

5. Level-up space battle / The Force action: Every Star Wars film has attempted to raise the bar for ship fights. We’d love a shot that gives us a feel of the intensity and scope of outer-space action in the new film. Similarly, the film is called The Force Awakens —fans of the Star Wars animated series and the expanded universe of books know there are creative uses of The Force that the films never employed (Vadar turning background objects into weapons during his battle with Luke in Empire Strikes Back is an example of the potential of Force powers during combat that was never much expanded on). We’d love to see a cool use of the Force that takes us by surprise.

4. The perfect tone: Not too light, not too dark (well, too dark would be okay, but we suspect Episode VII won’t be that). And not too dry, yet not too funny. Ideally: That serious-yet-playful Empire Strikes Back tone.

3. No Jar Jars: Jar Jar Binks was only in The Phantom Menace trailer for a second, yet it’s almost impossible to overstate how much his character imploded the film. Beyond Jar Jar, the prequels were stuffed with paperweight cartoonish CGI aliens. Yet the original films had some creatures made with traditional practical effects that, let’s face it, would seem too dated if they showed up today. The challenge for VII is including aliens that feel convincing, very present, and even a little scary, in order to recapture the original trilogy’s sense of wonder.

2. Compelling first look at some new characters: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie — they’re the new hope. The franchise is dead unless it can engage fans with fresh characters that feel like they’re a part of theStar Wars universe and can rival, at least on some level, the original trio.

1. Han, Luke and Leia still feeling like Han, Luke and Leia. They won’t look the same, but can they feel the same? The biggest question facing the film is whether Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher can convincingly slip back into their iconic roles 30 years later without the audience feeling “Behold the ravages of age!” / Kingdom of the Crystal Skull despair. The characters need to be familiar, yet not act light years younger then they really are. It’s such a tricky balance, because what 60 year old behaves remotely like they did when they were 30? Yet if Han/Luke/Leia have matured too much, they’ll feel entirely different.

Here’s a full list of theaters where the trailer will play. Until tomorrow, enjoy this fake fan-made trailer that’s most impressive:

This article originally appeared on ew.com


Robin Williams’ Napa Valley Estate Hits The Market for $25.9 Million

The 639-acre property has been reduced

Three and a half months after the death of Robin Williams, the beloved actor’s Napa Valley estate has been listed for sale.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Good Morning, Vietnam star’s longtime home was once listed in 2012 for $35 million and has recently hit the market again at a reduced $29.5 million. According to THR, the property consists of a “20,000-square-foot, three-story main house [with] five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a screening room and climate-controlled storage for wine and art. There is also a four-bedroom caretaker’s house nearby. Outdoor amenities include infinity and lap pools, a nine-stall horse barn, tennis court, hiking trails and a spring-fed pond for bass fishing.”

Apparently the estate had been nicknamed Villa Sorriso, which means Villa of Smiles.

Williams killed himself on Aug. 11 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. He was 63.



TIME Late Night Highlight

Nick Jonas Says He’s Jealous of Jimmy Fallon’s Hit Song

The musician and the late night host talked about their most recent hit songs... and who's ahead of the game

Of all the competition out there, young actor and music sensation Nick Jonas’ greatest fear is late night host Jimmy Fallon…or so he joked, on Wednesday night, during an appearance on the Tonight Show.

That’s because Fallon’s parody song with will.i.am., Ew!, debuted the same week that Jonas’ recent hit, Jealous, did. For a period of time, Fallon’s Ew! was higher on the Billboard Top 100 than Jonas’ Jealous.

Jonas’ song has since pulled ahead, staying steady in the Top 10.

Watch the late night host and the singer quip, above.

TIME Books

Crime Novelist P.D. James Dies at 94

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Author P.D. James poses for a portrait at the Oxford Literary Festival on April 9, 2011 in Oxford, England. David Levenson—Getty Images

The British writer was known as “the Queen of Crime” for her popular mystery novels

British crime writer Phyllis Dorothy James White — who wrote under the name P.D. James — has died at her home in Oxford, England, it was announced Thursday. She was 94.

James, who wrote more than 20 books, was known as “the Queen of Crime,” for her fiction. Some of her best-known works included The Children of Men, which was adapted into a film in 2006, The Murder Room and Death Comes to Pemberley, a spin-off of Pride and Prejudice.

Born in Oxford in August 1920, James did not publish her first novel, Cover Her Face, until she was 42. She went on to become an international success, with many of works being adapted for the screen. She was also awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s Diamond Dagger award in 1987 for lifetime achievement and the Medal of Honor for Literature in 2005 by National Arts Club. In 1991, she was named a Conservative life peer under the title Baroness James of Holland Park.

James told the BBC last year that she was working on another novel, though she noted, “With old age, it becomes very difficult. It takes longer for the inspiration to come, but the thing about being a writer is that you need to write.”

The news of James’s death was announced by her UK publisher Faber & Faber. In a statement, the publisher said of James: “She was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. It is a privilege to publish her extraordinary books. Working with her was always the best of times, full of joy. We will miss her hugely.”


TIME movies

Ridley Scott Explains Why He Cast White Actors In Exodus: Gods and Kings

The famed director's upcoming film is set in Egypt, though there are no actors of color in lead roles

Those watching the trailer for the upcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings for the first time might be struck by the film’s cast, though not for its talent, but for its uniform whiteness.

The Ridley Scott film counts Christian Bale (as Moses), Joel Edgerton (as Ramses), Sigourney Weaver (as Tuya) and Aaron Paul (as Joshua) as its leading cast, despite being set in ancient Egypt. The casting caused some outrage online, to which Scott has now responded in an interview with Variety. “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” the 76-year-old director said when asked about casting so many white actors. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

The answer isn’t likely to ease the backlash against the film. On social media, critics have been urging people to #BoycottExodusMovie for the “whitewashing” of the story.


TIME celebrities

Burt Reynolds Is Auctioning His Belongings to Tackle Financial Woes

Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds accepts the alpha male award at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. Frank Micelotta — Invision / AP

The 78-year-old screen legend has been bankrupted by a string of poor business decisions

Burt Reynolds is selling his Golden Globe for best supporting actor in Boogie Nights and over 600 other items to deal with his financial problems.

The auction is being organized by Julien’s at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and takes place on Dec. 11 and 12. Apart from dozens of trophies, the collection includes cars, art, prop guns, a monogrammed carriage gifted by Dolly Parton, a multitude of signed photographs, and film memorabilia such as the red leather jacket Reynolds wore in Smokey and the Bandit II.

In a foreword to the catalog, Reynolds writes “I’ve collected so many things that I truly adore but at this stage of my life I find it very difficult to manage them all.”

The 78-year old actor was one of Hollywood’s greatest stars in the 1970s, but a string of poor business decisions have bankrupted him and already forced him to sell several of his homes, writes Sky News.

Reynolds, who underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery in 2010, has revealed that he will publish a memoir late next year.

TIME celebrities

Bill Cosby Made a Deal With the National Enquirer Over a Sex Allegation

Bill Cosby
This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaking during a Veterans Day ceremony, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Matt Rourke — AP

The comedian admitted under oath in 2005 that he gave an exclusive interview in return for the hushing of charges

Bill Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 that he gave an exclusive interview to the National Enquirer in exchange for the paper’s promise to drop an interview with onetime model Beth Ferrier, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s.

The New York Times reports that the admission was made during a Sept. 2005 deposition at the Federal District Court in Philadelphia. The court documents containing the comedian’s testimony had been sealed, but were released on Wednesday in response to media requests.

“I would give them an exclusive story, my words,” Cosby testified, according to the documents, when asked about the agreement with the Enquirer. The paper, on their part, “would not print the story of — print Beth’s story,” he said.

More than a dozen women have, over the past two weeks, publicly claimed that Cosby had sexually assaulted, harassed or raped them. Cosby has denied all allegations.

Read more at the New York Times.

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