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UPDATE: Screenwriter and Director Nora Ephron Dies at 71, The Celebrities Speak Out

Nora Ephron, best known for penning the screenplay for “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) and writing and directing “Sleepless in Seattle” (1989) and “You’ve Got Mail” (1998), has died after battling leukemia. Strangely, the word started to get around earlier today when gossip columnist Liz Smith wrote a story referring to Ephron in the past tense.

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Nora Ephron,  best known for penning the screenplay for “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) and writing and directing “Sleepless in Seattle” (1989) and “You’ve Got Mail” (1998), has died after battling leukemia. She was 71. Strangely, the word started to get around earlier today when gossip columnist Liz Smith wrote a story referring to Ephron in the past tense. She later corrected it to present tense, but it was later revealed that Smith had in fact passed away.

Ephron was the daughter of Hollywood screenwriters, and went on her own successful writing path, receiving an Academy award nomination in 1983 for her feature screenwriting debut, Silkwood.” She would later be nominated again for writing “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Sleepless in Seattle”

She was also known as the ex-wife of Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, her second husband and father of her two sons. USATODAY reports that she “also claimed to have long known – and would tell anyone who would ask – the identity of Deep Throat, the mystery source who spilled the Watergate story.”

In 2006 she wrote a popular, wildly funny book about growing older, I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts About Being a Woman. But she would again return to film, writing and directing Julie & Julia starring Streep in 2009.

She is survived by her sons and her third husband, screenwriter and novelist Nicholas Pileggi.

UPDATE: HERE ARE A NUMBER OF STATEMENT FROM DIFFERENT CELEBRITIES ON THE FILM LEGEND

Billy Crystal: “I am very sad to learn of Nora’s passing…She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.

Tom Hanks/Rita Wilson: “Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why…At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her…”

Nicole Kidman: “She was so smart, warm and funny…I am so grateful that she was my friend and we had the opportunity to work together. My thoughts and love are with her family at this time. I will never forget the dinners, games and laughter we all shared.”

Meryl Streep: “Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, ‘Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?…You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly. She was an expert in all the departments of living well.”

And, of course, we can’t forget Twitter:

Alan Cumming: “So sad to hear about the death of Nora Ephron. I worked with her recently and she was kind and funny and fascinating.”

Sarah Silverman: “I just heard about Nora Ephron. I’m so sad. A great & prolific writer, a warm & kind soul. Gone just like that.”

Kerry Washington: “@thinkprogress: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim” — Nora Ephron ‪#rip.”

Kevin Nealon: “Auditioned for Nora Ephron 20 yrs ago. Didn’t get the part but she sent me a thank you note. I’ll always remember that and you, Nora.”

Kelly Ripa: “RIP Nora Ephron. You will be missed.”

Albert Brooks: R.I.P Nora Ephron. A witty, charming, lovely person.

Elijah Wood: “terrible to hear of Nora Ephron’s passing. may she rest in peace.”

Joe Mantegna: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nora Ephron at the news of her passing. Especially to her husband and my friend Nick.” (Ephron was married to Wise Guy author Nick Pileggi.)

Juliette Lewis: “So sad to hear bout Nora Ephron. We did a movie called ‘Mixed Nuts’ when I was 20. She was funny intelligent and loving. One of a kind.”

Shonda Rhimes: “‘I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.’ —Nora Ephron”

Colin Hanks: Nora Ephron was devastatingly funny, extremely witty, and was ALWAYS one of the kindest people I have ever met.

Soleil Moon Frye: “‘I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I’ll know how it turned out.’ RIP Nora Ephron.”

Ron Howard: “RIP Nora Ephron brilliant gracious and FUNNY”

Justin Timberlake: “R.I.P. Nora Ephron… Funny, charming, witty, full of heart, and one of the greatest who put it all down in timeless, quotable classics.”

Bette Middler: “Nora Ephron. The Hostess with the Mostest on the Ball. A brilliant soul, and we will all miss her so….”

Kristen Schaal: “Nora Ephron was wonderful. She was kind to me and she will be missed.”

Andie MacDowell: “In my sex fantasy nobody ever loves me for my mind….’Nora Ephron ‘ NORA we loved everything about you and we will miss you.”

Steve Martin: “She was the one you wanted to read, to listen to, to be in the company of. Nora Ephron. Incomparable wit; delightful friend. Sadness reigns.”

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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst

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Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

Priest in Italy live streams mass, activates filters by mistake from r/funny

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Danny DeVito Passionately Urges New Yorkers To Stay Home…And Twitter Agrees!

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For the love of Danny DeVito, stay home!

The world is in a dark place right now and I am not sure how much more bad news we can handle. That’s why when I saw Danny DeVito’s name trending on Twitter I froze. Our great nation could very well crumble if anything bad was to happen to such an icon right now. With extreme trepidation I clicked on the social media link and was relieved to see that good ol’ Danny boy is just strumming up hype because he is passionately urging New Yorkers to stay home.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been driving New Yorkers to stay home and has taken every precaution short of shutting the state down completely to help prevent the virus from spreading. Because New Yorkers can be hard headed, it doesn’t hurt to have some famous friends reiterate your message. Big names like Lala Anthony, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have all made appearances on Cuomo’s social media pleading with New Yorker’s to heed the governors warning. Only one celebrity was able to make it to Twitter’s trending page however and that was none other than Danny DeVito. DeVito’s message is simple…stay home! In the two minute video, DeVito reminds fans that it’s not just up to the elderly to isolate themselves. “Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there” says the actor. We must save him!

Twitter went into a frenzy with many users agreeing that we need to stay home for Danny. One user wrote “When Danny speaks, I listen.” Another passionately wrote “If you idiots kill Danny DeVito I SWEAR TO GOD.” One promoted DeVito from the icon status I previously awarded him and said “WE GOTTA PROTECT WORLD TREASURE DANNY DeVITO.” 

Take a look at the video below and for the love of the newly minted national treasure, stay home!

 

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