When I first saw The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix last year, I knew Anya Taylor-Joy was bound to make a splash this award season, and that’s exactly what happened at the Golden Globes. On Sunday night, the 24-year-old actress took home her first Golden Globe, for best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television. The show also won best limited series. In addition to making adorably flustered speeches, Anya stunned with not one but two incredible looks. Though she opted for a deep part and blond locks instead of her character’s fiery red bob, she was still a total queen as she posed for glamour shots on Instagram. May we all exude the confidence of Anya as she casually sits on her couch. I don’t know about you, but her big night made me want to watch the entire series all over again. See more pictures of her Golden Globes appearance ahead.
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On Friday night, Lady Gaga’s dogs were found safe after a pair of thieves stole two of her French bulldogs and shot her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, on Feb. 24. The dogs were recovered unharmed on Feb. 26, Los Angeles police said, according to the Associated Press. Two days after the attack, a woman who appeared to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the incident brought the dogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station.
Earlier today, the singer – who is currently in Italy filming the upcoming Gucci movie – released a statement on social media asking for the safe return of her “beloved dogs Koji and Gustav,” and praising Ryan for his heroic efforts.
“My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness.”
“My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “I will pay $500,000 for their safe return. Email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to contact us. Or, if you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same. I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”
Gaga’s dad, Joe Germanotta, spoke with the New York Post on Thursday and released a statement of his own, saying, “We’re just sick over it, it’s really horrible. It’s like someone took one of your kids.”
Ryan was walking the singer’s dogs in LA on Wednesday night when he was shot in the chest during the robbery. According to People, he is now in stable condition and is breathing on his own. Ryan is expected to make a full recovery.
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Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo are back together again, and it’s making us super nostalgic. On Tuesday afternoon, the former 13 Going on 30 costars shared a photo of their sweet reunion on the set of The Adam Project, which is currently filming in Vancouver. “Reconnecting with an old pal,” Ruffalo wrote alongside a selfie of the pair. “Anyone know where we can get Razzles in Canada?”
Garner and Ruffalo are set to play Ryan Reynolds‘ parents in the upcoming science fiction film, but they are well-known for playing Jenna and Matt in the popular rom-com 13 Going on 30. Of course, Garner and Ruffalo’s reunion isn’t the first time we’ve gotten nostalgic about the film. In 2018, Ariana Grande paid tribute to the movie in her “Thank U, Next” music video, and most recently, Christa B. Allen, who played young Jenna, re-created iconic scenes for Halloween. We think it’s time to rewatch the movie again!
Watch out, world, ’cause Willie Spence is en route to superstardom. The Georgia resident’s American Idol audition aired this Sunday, and we’re already placing bets on him dominating the remainder of the competition. Willie chose to sing Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” for the tryout, putting his powerhouse vocals on full display while belting out the 2012 hit and practically leaving all three judges in a trance.
As soon the 21-year-old wrapped up his cover, a stunned Luke Bryan exclaimed, “You are a special, special human being. Gosh, I didn’t want it to end.” Meanwhile, Lionel Richie called him an “undeniable star” and admitted that he had goosebumps from the very first note. Needless to say, Willie nabbed a coveted golden ticket straight to Hollywood, and we can’t wait to see what he croons next. Watch his breathtaking performance above, and prepare for full-body chills.
We’re already hooked on CBS’s Young Rock, a sitcom based on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s adolescence. Johnson’s show is a hilarious look at his eccentric upbringing, and his experiences growing up with his wrestling icon dad Rocky Johnson (plus all his famous wrestling pals). It’s clear from watching the premiere that Rocky served as a major inspiration for Dwayne, both as a father and an athlete. While Rocky sadly passed away in 2020, there’s still so much to learn about the man, the myth, and the legend who helped raise The Rock.
Rocky Johnson, otherwise known as Soul Man, was a Canadian-American WWE hall-of-famer on the scene in the 1980s. He teamed up with fellow wrestler Tony Atlas to form “The Soul Patrol,” together becoming the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history. He’s famous to this day as being “the king of the drop-kick.”
Born Wayde Douglas Bowles, Rocky’s life was marred by tragedy when his father, a coal miner, died of lung cancer when Rocky was only 12. Upon moving to Toronto, he changed his name to Rocky Johnson, inspired by his favorite boxing greats Rocky Marciano and Jack Johnson. While he worked odd jobs, he boxed at a nearby community center, becoming good enough to even fight against Muhammad Ali.
He soon found himself in Jack Wentworth’s wrestling school, where he rapidly developed into a fantastic wrestler. Drop-kicking his way into notoriety, Johnson got his big break from world heavyweight champ “Whipper” Billy Watson, who made him his protÃ©gÃ©. Although Johnson wrote in his memoir that he believes Watson chose him to further his political career, as he “may have been the only black wrestler from Canada,” either way, the wrestling newcomer soared into notoriety.
By the 1980s, Rocky Johnson was a well-known WWE wrestler, using his fights with Ali and George Foreman to build his reputation as a top-notch fighter. Soon enough, he fell in love with Samoan pro wrestler Peter Maivia’s daughter, Ata, who would one day become Dwayne Johnson’s mother. The couple took Dwayne on the road with them, giving the future wrestler and actor an inside-look at the business. Once Rocky retired from the ring in 1991, he focused on helping his son enter the wrestling arena himself, taking him from college footballer to legendary WWE smackdown superstar.
About his father, The Rock posted to Instagram in 2018, “Little boys by nature, look up to and idolize their old man. They want to be just like em, do whatever they do and are always looking for their approval.” He continued his caption speaking about how his father’s tough love made him who he is today, closing with, “grateful to the original Rock.” When Rocky passed away in 2020, The Rock once again took to social media, but this time to share his heartbreak: “You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world.” Letting followers into his grief, the star wrote, “You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son.”