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Iconic Film and Television Actor James Garner Dies at 86

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By Christopher Rosa 

Screen legend James Garner died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 86 years old. Garner’s most recent work was voicing Shazam in the 2010 short animated film  Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam; however, his extensive résumé dates back to 1956.

Garner’s most notable film roles include The Great Escape (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), the music-packed Victor Victoria (1982), and Murphy’s Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He is perhaps best known for the television series Maverick and The Rockford Files, the latter of which won him an Emmy for his performance in 1977. Garner also played wise-cracking grandpa Jim Elgan on ABC’s 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter from 2002 to 2005.

New fans of Garner may recognize him for his work in The Notebook (2004), where he played the elder Noah “Duke” Calhoun, a role he shared with Ryan Gosling. The poignant performance — Noah attempts to revive his wife Allie’s (Gena Rowlands) memory by retelling the passionate story of how they met — earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Garner was an intricate part to why The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes signed up for the project. “You cannot understand the amount of respect and how much of a fan I am of Jimmy Garner,” he told VH1 earlier this month. “I can’t say it enough. I didn’t know anything about Ryan [Gosling] at the time. I wanted to work with Jimmy Garner, which is really the reason I initially took this on.” Although Cassavetes didn’t know Garner prior to shooting The Notebook, he told us his experience with the icon was everything he imagined and more. “[Garner's] a gentleman. I could tell you Jimmy Garner stories from now until the end of time. He’s the biggest… what a movie star should be and what a man should be. [I] just love the guy. And [The Notebook] wouldn’t have been half as good without him. So, he gets all the props from me.”

Garner married his wife Lois Fleishman Clarke in 1956. They  have two daughters, Greta and Kim, the latter from Clarke’s previous marriage. Fans and friends remembered the actor on Twitter this weekend:

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Shirtless + Scandalous Selfies That Heated Up The First Half Of 2014

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Thanks to resident Instagram users (and abusers) like Nicki Minaj, James Franco and Kate Upton, we have been provided with some pretty fantastic nude and almost nude selfies over the past six months. Whether they are NSFW, borderline porn or barely there teases, these celebs a.) ditch their shirts, because let’s be honest, they’re overrated anyway and b.) never fail in getting our attention and keeping us entertained.

Rihanna just couldn’t keep those nips hidden from the public eye, as her racy Lui photo spread got her kicked off Instagram. Stars like Kim Kardashian, Naya Rivera and Selena Gomez are beach babes who show off their summer assets in teeny bikinis. You also have your Instagram users who say f*ck it completely, such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ashley Benson, and go completely topless on the worldwide web. Check out the gallery above as well as the video below to see how well you (along with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen) can guess those bare chests!

All bets are off when it comes to what celebs post on Instagram, and by the looks of this year, we’re off to a rowdy start. Yup, we’d say 2014 is going to be a good year.


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Back To A Better Time: The Greatest Stoner Movies Of The ’90s

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Before Seth Rogan and James Franco, there was Method Man, Redman and many other Mary Jane induced duos, trios and heroes who paved the way for epic weed-inspired movies that we love. Welcome back to the ‘90s.

As we sit and mindlessly enjoy these instant cult classics, we’re able to relive some of the lightest and happiest of our days. Created in a time like no other, these movies have also given us some of the most iconic pop culture references in history. For instance, we highly doubt The Hangover would’ve been nearly as wild if there wasn’t some inspiration from Johnny Depp‘s psychedelic adventures in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. How would Zac Efron and Dave Franco truly know how to party in college (and hotbox a frat house) in Neighbors without the original stoner students Method Man and Redman to show them the way in How High? Brad Pitt puts on a crazy good, high as a kite performance in True Romance, that he’s admitted to have used real life experience for. We’re almost certain Ice Cube and Chris Tucker‘s “Hey Ms. Parker” shout in Friday inspired Yonce‘s “Heeeeeey Miss Carter.” And to think about we would give to again be Dazed and Confused in our carefree high school days…

Grab some buds, check out the gallery above and remember the most epic stoner movies from the hazy era that was the 1990′s.

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First Dibs: Just How Big Did The Kardashians Go To Celebrate North’s 1st Birthday?

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Celebrities galore were spotted at Firefly over the weekend, we get a peak at James Gandolfini in his last role and Hayden Panettiere flaunts her baby bump.

  • When North West‘s family celebrates her first birthday, pin the tail on the donkey just won’t do. Ferris wheels, bouncy castles and your very own festival is more up their alley. On Saturday, the Kardashian clan documented “Kidchella” on social media, followed by a photo Kim posted this morning of her, Kanye and their baby girl amidst the celebration. Damn, it feels good to be a Kardashian-West baby. [Just Jared]
  • Firefly was this weekend and you wouldn’t believe all of the A-listers that made an appearance. Among them were Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and even Uncle Jesse. In crowds of over 80,000, fans got creative and used massive cardboard cutouts of these celebs (and more) to find their friends. If Brad Pitt does however attend a music festival in the near future, sign us up. [MTV News]
  • Over the weekend, we got a peak at the late and great James Gandolfini in his final performance. The international trailer for The Drop, a crime drama set in Brooklyn, shows Gandolfini as an ex-con in the midst of a crime gone badly.  The film will hit theaters September 12. [ET]
  • Hayden Panettiere’s unborn baby is living the life already. The actress was spotted showing off her baby bump while vacationing in Italy over the weekend with her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. Rocking a crop top, this mommy-to-be is growing and proud! [Perez Hilton]

[Photo Credit: @KimKardashian]

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