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Twitter at five years old: The death of grammar? Or the rise of haiku?

Today, Twitter is celebrating what Grammar Fascists are likely lamenting: The five-year anniversary of Twitter. That’s right — back on March 21, 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey posted the very first Tweet, which simply read, “inviting coworkers.” Since then, the social networking site has become the home of celebrities’ self-promotion, political endorsements, embarrassing proclamations — but, mostly, misspellings. Now, at five years old, we ask: Has Twitter become the death of grammar? Or just the rise of the haiku? READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm's 40th birthday celebrated with 40 photos

In honor of Jon Hamm’s 40th birthday — and in celebration of my editor considering me spending time Googling Jon Hamm “work” — here are links to 40 photos of him. (This is more a gift for us than him. But whatever.)  READ FULL STORY

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss. I liked you better 30 years ago

Cat-in-the-hatIf you have school-aged children under the age of 7 or so, you probably already know that today is Theodore Geisel’s birthday. That, of course, would be Dr. Seuss, who would turn 107 today — just 105 years older than Cindy Lou Who. The National Education Association has built its Read Across America campaign around Seuss’ birthday, which explained my daughter strutting about in her classroom-made Cat in the Hat hat.

By now, everyone of every age has grown up with Seuss’ sadistic rhyming characters, from the mischievous Cat in the Hat to the incorrigible Sam-I-Am. (As a kid, I was especially fond of Fox in Socks.) Once you have children, though, your relationship with these beloved classics will be severely tested — or at least redefined. One Fish, Two Fish is not without its charms, but how does that nostalgia hold up after you’ve read it aloud 4,210 times in a single afternoon to a princess who doesn’t even seem to be paying attention except when you attempt to skip a page? I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Perhaps my shoes are simply too tight. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake turns 30, is far more successful than I predicted. When did you get it wrong?

justin-timberlakeImage Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com; Bernhard Kuhmstedt/Retna Ltd.I remember watching ‘N SYNC’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart” music video on Total Request Live back in 1998 and thinking that the skinny, blond, curly-haired kid would be the least popular member of the band. And boy, today, on Justin Timberlake’s 30th birthday, am I eating crow or what? During Timberlake’s 30 short years on Earth, he’s managed to anchor a hit boy-band, break out with two massively successful — and artistically impressive — albums, become a Saturday Night Live all-star, and appear in an Oscar-nominated film. All this made me wonder: Which pop culture predictions do you wish you could take back? READ FULL STORY

Ellen DeGeneres' birthday show: A hot kiss from Colin Farrell trumps a surprise visit from Julia Roberts -- Watch!

Ellen DeGeneres celebrated her 53rd birthday today with a show full of surprises — to her. In case you missed it, here are the highlights. Watch videos after the jump.

George, a nurse from Portland, Ore. who wanted to spend his birthday with Ellen, was flown to the show and not only gifted a pair of scrubs with Ellen’s face all over them — he got to be Julia Roberts’ mouthpiece as a blind-folded Ellen asked her first mystery guest questions to try to guess who it was. It was Roberts’ first appearance on the show, which DeGeneres joked was more exciting than John Jacobson, who’d been on moments earlier doing his Double Dream Hands routine. “Just barely,” Roberts joked. (Roberts also joked that she was happy she hadn’t worn khakis, and Ellen said that’s how she should have made her entrance  – among his backup dancers. Seriously. Yes.)  READ FULL STORY

Happy 70th birthday, Neil Diamond!

Neil-DiamondImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.comNeil Diamond turns 70 today, and even though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee seems to have deserted us on Twitter — his last tweet was on New Year’s Eve and linked to funny animal voiceovers — we’re still going to celebrate him. We can’t write “Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!” in the sky like someone did Sunday over the Bel-Air hills, but perhaps we can take a moment to each write a sentence describing our love for the man. I’ll give you a few ideas:

• My key chain is a silver guitar with the words “Neil Diamond World Tour 2008″ on it.
• My favorite mug says “Diamond Girl,” and it’s from 2001.
• I had this semi-hideous floral/lace/sequin shirt I only felt comfortable wearing once — to a Neil Diamond concert.
• After multiple karaoke attempts, I’ve had to accept that “I Am… I Said” is not in my vocal range. READ FULL STORY

Eli Wallach is 95 today. Commence celebrating now.

eli-wallach-good-bad-uglyImage Credit: Everett CollectionEli Wallach’s birthday is not a national holiday… yet. But perhaps it should be. The actor, who turns 95 today, has been an old pro for such a long time — he was 50 when he played his most famous role — that he’s practically become a walking symbol of Greatest Generation professionalism. A few years ago, he merrily stole The Holiday out from under his younger co-stars. In a nearly wordless performance in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Wallach made his frail elder banker look like the smartest (and funniest, and most menacing) guy in the room. But we shouldn’t just praise Wallach for being one of the Grand Old Men of Cinema. He’s had a long, winding career on stage and the small screen. He was Mr. Freeze on the Batman TV series. He won a Tony award 50 years ago for a Tennessee Williams play, The Rose Tattoo. Most importantly, he was Tuco in Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Homicidal, relentlessly malicious, hilariously venal and more than a little psychotic, Tuco is also the beating heart of the movie. (Clint Eastwood is just the cool-eyed straight man. You could say that Eastwood’s the pole, and Wallach is the lunatic tetherball.)

All that, and Wallach’s been married to the same woman — Anne Jackson, a fellow performer and frequent co-star — for 62 years. PopWatchers, join me in saluting one of the greats. May he continue to impress (and amuse) well into his 100s. And remember: Always take your gun into the bathtub.

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Miley Cyrus turns 18: A birthday stroll through the EW archives

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Miley Cyrus turns 18 today, and to celebrate, PopWatch looked back at the EW archives to chart her career — both the highs and the controversies (remember when they were just about the prices scalpers were charging for concert tickets?).

April 2006: EW reviewed the new Disney series Hannah Montana, giving it a C+. “Turns out Saved by the Bell was subtle! Father-daughter team Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus star as a dad and daughter, but stop those achy-breaky hearts midflutter – Hannah Montana is Miley’s show,” Gillian Flynn wrote.

November 2006: EW reviewed the first Hannah Montana album, giving it a C-: “‘I’m individual/I’m not like anyone,’ sings Disney Channel heroine Hannah Montana, as played by Miley Cyrus…. By individualism, she means the ability to mimic Avril, Ashlee, and Britney simultaneously,” wrote Chris Willman. “The TV character leads a Superman-style double life: derivative pop star by night, undercover normal kid by day. Here, that duality results in tween-entitlement anthems about how totally awesome it is to be famous, yet go unrecognized at will — a nice fantasy for Brangelina, but a weird one to push on little girls.” It didn’t matter: It held the top spot on Billboard for two weeks, beating first-week sales of one-name acts like Fergie, Janet, and Diddy.  READ FULL STORY

Happy Birthday, Martin Scorsese!

So it’s Martin Scorsese’s birthday today. Sixty-eight years old. The director of such masterpieces as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver is a filmmaking legend, but since today is his day, let’s instead focus on his work in front of the camera. He’s not exactly Hitchcock, but I always get a thrill when I catch Scorsese in one of his pictures. In Gangs of New York, he’s the wealthy uptown family man whose mansion is attacked by the rioting mob. In Taxi Driver, he’s the sketchy guy spying on his wife from Robert De Niro’s cab. In The Age of Innocence, he’s the wedding photographer.

Over the years, Scorsese has stretched his onscreen talents (parodying himself in a hilarious American Express commercial), and even stole scenes in Robert Redford’s 1994 Quiz Show, seen below: READ FULL STORY

Happy 25th birthday, Zac Hanson! My teen idol is all grown up!

zac-hansonImage Credit: Mark Mainz/Getty ImagesToday, my first true celebrity crush, Zac Hanson, turns 25. In 1997 when I first became obsessed with a fan of Hanson, I couldn’t imagine the day when Zac Hanson would turn 25, but I’m sure if I did, I figured I’d be commemorating it somehow. (An extra special unrelated 1997 nostalgia treat: Today I heard “We’ve Got It Going On” by the Backstreet Boys as I bought lunch. It’s like all the late ’90s teeny bopper cosmos are aligning today — I feel I need to dig out some butterfly hair clips to appropriately celebrate.)

In fact, the first issue of EW that I ever remember buying was back in the summer of 1997, when Hanson first graced the cover. I remember racing home, reading the article about a dozen times, taping the cover of the three awkward long blond haired boys somewhere on my bedroom wall, and making a promise to myself that one day I’d write about Hanson for Entertainment Weekly. (This is, in fact, a totally true story, and no, I am not getting misty-eyed out of nostalgia at my desk. I’m just dealing with seasonal allergies).

Just as Zac’s hairstyle has thankfully changed over the years and gotten more mature, so too has the sound of Hanson’s music. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly miss the days where I actually wore out my first copy of Middle of Nowhere from too much use, but I’m pleased that Zac and his brothers are still making music that’s better suited to my more evolved tastes. Need a refresher course in Zac over the years? Check out the little moppet playing the drums in 1997′s “MMMBop” and then watch him in this spring’s buzzed-about dance-in-the-streets worthy “Thinking ‘Bout Something.” Do you miss old-school Hanson, PopWatchers?

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