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See How Celebrities Are Spending Christmas

Rihanna arrives at the 1st Annual Diamond Ball on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss—Invision/AP

Justin Bieber played beer pong and Britney Spears put her family in matching pajamas

It’s the time of year for big trees, a sneaky kiss with Santa, and Christmas traditions that prove celebrities are just, but also not at all, like us.

Some celebs were generous to the wee ones:

And to those in need:

And to themselves:

It’s the time of year for a bit of nostalgia:

And family bonding:

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Christmas!

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Yeeeeaaaaahh! #godaddy #gopats ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Don’t forget canine bonding:

Fa la la la la, la la la la! #MerryChristmas #Chaplin #carols

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Plus some endearing family cooky-ness:


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Some did the sexy Christmas thing

All I want for Christmas ❤️😘❤️#itsthattimeoftheyear #christmas #holiday

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Some did it cute:

Merry Christmas Eve. Oh the things I find online.

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Or silly:


Others just mystified us:

turnt up elfie

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Some had trees:

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Others had bigger trees:

Uh oh Look what I did.

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There were those who reminded us that they are celebrities for a reason: they have superior decorating abilities:

smurfette couture @mdollas11

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And that fame has a nice perk: a personal audience with Santa:

A very personal one:

Santa….I have been naughty !! Heidi….Me too !! 🙀🙀

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With more than one Santa:

🎅🎅🎅 I guess I'm getting lots of gifts this year !!! #hohoho #FelizNatal #MerryChristmas #Erechim

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Some caught up on their reading:

Christmas morning, Rossum style. Mom always gets me books. #JamesEllroy #MyDarkPlaces #RobynObrien #UnhealthyTruth

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Others were feeling the Christmas spirit:

The theme of our Christmas. #parksandrec #donna #wisdom #christmas

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Celebrities, they’re just like us — they help clear the snow:

Valiant effort Dad. #justletitsnow #christmasissues Merry Christmas peeps!🎄

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games Song Gets the Dance Remix No One Asked For

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Jennifer Lawrence attends the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France. Mike Marsland—WireImage/Getty Images

The surprise hit song takes on a new life

Jennifer Lawrence may hate “The Hanging Tree” — her song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part One, reportedly even breaking into tears the day she had to sing on camera — but the world can’t seem to get enough of it.

Not only did the single from Mockingjay land at No. 29 on the charts in the U.K., but now the song has gotten the remix treatment. The original track was a haunting, acoustic song with lyrics penned by The Lumineers and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, but the remix is a club-ready jam that might even get some radio play.

Lawrence may think she sings like “a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse”, and claimed that singing in public is one of her biggest fears, but the remixed single isn’t all that bad. Not that she should give up her day job or anything.

[H/T Vulture]

The One Celebrity We Couldn’t Stop Googling in 2014

Thanks to a pair of blockbuster movies, a Golden Globe and a photo hack

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence tops Google’s list of the top trending searches of people in the U.S. in 2014, the search giant announced Tuesday.

The 24-year-old star was in the news — and, inevitably, the Google search bar — for a lot of reasons this year. She starred in two blockbuster sequels, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, and picked up a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle. Lawrence was also at the center of the celebrity iCloud hack, in which dozens of famous women had their nude photos stolen and posted online.

Following Lawrence on the list was Kim Kardashian, who tried (and failed) to “#BreaktheInternet” by appearing nude on the cover of Paper in November and released a hit mobile game this year. In third place was 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, who was involved in a serious bus wreck over the summer, while NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended from the league after punching his fiancée-turned-wife on camera, ranked fourth. Rounding out the top 5 was Tony Stewart, the NASCAR driver involved in the on-track death of fellow driver Kevin Ward in August.

The list is not necessarily the most-searched people of the year, but rather the people that had searches for their name spike the most compared to 2013. Here’s the entire top 10:

Top 10 Trending People in the U.S.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Kim Kardashian
  3. Tracy Morgan
  4. Ray Rice
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Iggy Azalea
  7. Donald Sterling
  8. Adrian Peterson
  9. Renee Zellweger
  10. Jared Leto

Read next: The Top 10 Everything of 2014

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Box-Office Report: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Wins Again

Hunger Games: Mockingjay
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The film's box office power may also have to do with the fact that it doesn’t have much competition right now

The Hunger Games continues to win at the box office: Mockingjay placed first this weekend with an estimated $21.6 million — $10 million more than the second place film, Penguins of Madagascar. Mockingjay has now grossed $257.7 million domestically and $560.5 million worldwide.

The Hunger Games series proved its staying power with its two previous films, so it’s not surprising that Mockingjay is still at number one three weeks past its release. Mockingjay benefits from star power (Jennifer Lawrence! Julianne Moore! Woody Harrelson!), family friendliness, and established popularity. Even so, its box office power is less attributable to esteem for the franchise than to the fact that it doesn’t have much competition right now.

Penguins and Horrible Bosses 2 both came out last weekend, but neither have the same appeal as Mockingjay. Penguins is a DreamWorks animated film that is splitting its audience with Disney’s Big Hero 6, which reached theaters first and has generated overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics to audiences. Horrible Bosses 2 is an adult-oriented sequel to a so-so original. That it’s not performing as well as its predecessor may be because it’s a crude comedy that was released during the season of taking your family to the films, or just because adult moviegoers would rather spend time watching the darker, longer Interstellar and Mockingjay.

Audiences did prove they were willing to spend the three hours watching Interstellar over Thanksgiving weekend, as the Christopher Nolan film experienced a jump in ticket sales from the weekend before. It wasn’t so lucky this weekend—it saw a 50% decrease in sales, bringing its weekend total to $8 million.

Big Hero 6 finished just ahead of Interstellar with $8.1 million — meaning that when Exodus and Top Five hit theaters next weekend, Hero and Interstellar will probably be battling it out for fifth place.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1$21.6 million
2. Penguins of Madagascar - $11.1 million
3. Horrible Bosses 2 - $8.6 million
4. Big Hero 6 - $8.1 million
5. Interstellar - $8 million

While there weren’t any films with a wide release this weekend, there were a few smaller debuts: Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and based on Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name, opened in 21 theaters and grossed $630,000, and The Pyramid opened with $1.35 million in about 589 locations.

This article originally appeared at EW.com


Bad Lip Reading Retells The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as an Absurdist Musical

“I know you stole my yellow fanny pack”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I is striking box office gold this holiday week but it’s the trilogy’s second installment, Catching Fire, that has a new retelling from the ventriloquists over at Bad Lip Reading. In this version, the drama is driven not by President Snow’s sadistic murder games but by stolen fanny packs, pet iguanas and Peeta’s shocking admission that he’s a druid.

With numbers like “I Sing When I Eat Fruit” and “Smack Your Doctor,” the video reimagines the Katniss-Peeta-Gale love triangle as a batty musical. It may not make any sense, but then again neither does pitting 24 children against each other in a fight to the death.

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

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
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.


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Hear Jennifer Lawrence Sing in Mockingjay

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Jennifer Lawrence stars as ‘Katniss Everdeen’ in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Murray Close—Lionsgate

The Academy Award-winning actress is pretty good

Jennifer Lawrence reportedly had so much trouble getting past her nerves that she cried when she had to sing “The Hanging Tree” in the latest installment of The Hunger Games.

“She’d probably tell you it was her least favorite day,” said Francis Lawrence, the movie’s director. “She was horrified to sing, she cried a little bit in the morning before she had to sing.”

But, as it turns out, the Academy Award-winning actress is pretty good.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens in theaters on Nov. 21.




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The Real-Life Hunger Games: Meet the Ancient Women Who Lived Like Katniss

Hunger Games Mockingjay
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Women may have battled in the Roman arena, too, according to some evidence

Katniss Everdeen returns to the big screen Friday in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and though she left the arena behind at the end of Catching Fire, she’s still a gladiator at heart.

Or rather, a gladiatrix.

It turns out there is some historical evidence that women may indeed have fought in the Roman games—though not necessarily alongside their male peers, as Katniss does in the Hunger Games, and likely not with such high stakes.

Kathleen M. Coleman, Professor of Classics at Harvard University, says there are accounts of the emperors staging gladiatorial spectacles in which women also participated, and that a decree of the Senate from A.D. 19 forbade both male and female descendants of the upper class from participating in such spectacles. “This doesn’t prove that women were fighting as gladiators,” she says, “but it suggests that the society was afraid that they might want to.”

More famously, a marble bas relief sculpture from between the first and second century A.D. depicts two gladiatrices in battle, with an inscription saying they fought to a draw. They are named Achillia, the feminine form of Achilles, and Amazon, the name of a group of mythical female fighters. It was common for gladiators to adopt epic stage names after their favorite heroes.

Roman civilization, Relief portraying fight between female gladiators
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Since neither woman died in the fight, the sculpture is clearly not an epitaph, so Coleman says it might have been “something put up in a gladiatorial barracks,” where the fighters lived separately from civilians, “commemorating the sort of greatest hits of that barracks.”

Like Katniss, gladiatrices likely had humble beginnings. While some gladiators did choose of their own volition to take on the profession and thus enter the lowest rung of the social ladder, the majority were slaves. Those who did volunteer were likely in it either for the valor or to escape debts—after all, as Coleman says, “if you can’t own, then you can’t owe.”

Is that really so different from the Girl on Fire, the volunteer from District 12 who sacrifices herself to pay her sister’s debt?

There were many types of gladiators, and each type came with its own weapons, armor and moves. You sometimes might see two styles pitted against each other, Coleman says. “So the one style might be very heavily armed and protected, and will therefore be relatively impregnable—but slow. The opponent might be very scantily armed, and therefore very fast and unencumbered, but vulnerable. These kinds of pairings seem to have interested Romans.”

Katniss might have been at ease in the arena with her weapon of choice: the Sagittarius gladiator was known for using a bow and arrow.

Unlike the young combattants in the Hunger Games, the gladiators didn’t usually fight to the death. Though “occasionally a very poor performance might result in the gladiator losing his life,” Coleman says, losers would often be sent back for more training, and might even have the option to retire.

The odds may not have been ever in their favor, but they sure got a better deal than Rue.

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See Hunger Games: Mockingjay Stars’ Most Memorable Past Roles

From the Mighty Ducks to Game of Thrones, see the other titles from which you might recognize the cast members

The large cast of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 comes from an equally as diverse cinematic background. Take a look back at some of the other roles you may have seen them in.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 hits theaters Nov. 21, 2014.


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New Hunger Games: Mockingjay Clip Shows District 8 Under Fire

The teaser clip surfaced just days before the latest sequel hits theaters on November 21

Another teaser clip from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 has surfaced online, just days before the hotly anticipated sequel opens in theaters on November 21.

The clip offers a first glimpse of Katniss and friends trecking through the urban wasteland of District 8. Judging by what happens next, it’s no walk in the park.

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