The Quick 10: 10 Lesser-Known Celebrity Couples

I don't know about you, but I'm super sick of tabloids combining the names of celeb couples to create a new word, like Brangelina (succinct, isn't it?) and TomKat. Of course, these are some of the most well-known celebrity pairings. There are some out there that might surprise you "“ past and present. And if you know of any other somewhat obscure couplings, be sure to let us know in the comments!

simon1. Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon. Perhaps this is common knowledge to some, but it quite surprised me when I learned about it. They were married for just a year from 1983 to 1984 after Simon proposed to her after a Yankees game. Even after the divorce, they continued to see each other for a while and she is referenced in several of his songs. Afterward, she got engaged to Dan Aykroyd, who proposed on the set of The Blues Brothers. They called it off when she got back together with Paul Simon.
2. John Malkovich and Glenne Headly. You may not know Headly by name, but you no doubt know her "“ she was Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy, Janet Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Iris Holland in Mr. Holland's Opus. The two of them met in college, where she introduced him to acting "“ and Gary Sinise. Sinise and Malkovich helped form the Steppenwolf Theatre Company together, which Headly also joined. They (John and Glenne, not John and Gary) were married from 1982-1988 and split up when Malkovich had an affair with Michelle Pfeiffer on the set of Dangerous Liaisons. To which I say, really?!

3. Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen. Fred Armisen you probably know from Saturday Night Live; Elizabeth Moss plays Peggy Olsen on Mad Men. This is a couple I'm both surprised and delighted by. The two actually met on SNL when Jon Hamm (Don Draper) hosted the show and Moss showed up for a skit.

4. Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston. This is another couple whose names you may not know but whose characters are probably in your frame of reference. Emerson plays Ben Linus on Lost (and, incidentally, is from Iowa) and Preston plays the delightfully redneck waitress Arlene on True Blood. They met in a stage production of Hamlet. Lost fans can catch a glimpse of her on the show in a bit of stunt casting "“ she's briefly shown as Emily Linus, Ben's mother (slightly weird).

5. Dennis Hopper and Michelle Phillips. Dennis Hopper is currently on his fifth marriage, but his union with Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas has the distinction of being the shortest "“ eight days. Phillips said they were the happiest eight days of her life. "Seven of those days were pretty good," Hopper countered. "The eighth day was the bad one."

6. Janet Jackson and James DeBarge. James DeBarge of the "˜80s family singing group DeBarge, of course. "Rhythm of the Night"? The two were childhood friends and eloped rather suddenly in 1984. The marriage was annulled in 1985.

scorsese7. Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini. Scorsese, also on marriage #5, was married to actress and model Rossellini from 1979-1982. But there were no hard feelings about the divorce, according to Rossellini: "The mentality was you married an interesting man, because an interesting man would provide you with an interesting life. Marty, for sure, is the perfect husband for that. He's an absolute genius. Fantastic mind. Great sense of humor, great sense of adventure. You could live just as Marty's wife and have a fantastic life. But, I was too naive and old-fashioned for Marty as a wife. I wasn't used to the roughness of American lifestyle. I wasn't used to street life, to rock 'n' roll. I was the naive girl from Europe, so it couldn't have lasted."

8. Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross. These movie veterans have been married since 1984. The two of them were actually in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid together but never met on the set. Instead, they met nearly 10 years later on the set of the film The Legacy. Katherine has kept a low profile in the movie industry for a while, but she starred in Butch Cassidy, The Graduate and The Stepford Wives, among other things. Elliott has been in every western made since 1969 (OK, I may be exaggerating), and most recently, The Golden Compass and Ghost Rider.

9. Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter. They're not really brother and sister, they just play them on T.V. The two met playing siblings Dexter and Debra Morgan on Dexter.

10. Rob Lowe and Melissa Gilbert. This was in the "˜80s "“ the bad boy and the girl from Little House, what could have been better? But it was bound to go awry, and it did. This relationship was a mess. The two started dating after they met at a red light. They dated until 1984, which is when Lowe filmed The Hotel New Hampshire and had an affair with Nastassja Kinski. Gilbert found out and retaliated by cheating on him with his best friend, John Cusack. The crazy kids worked things out, but then Lowe started dating Princess Stephanie of Monaco and dumped Gilbert"¦ only to propose to her the following year. Before they could get married, Gilbert announced she was pregnant and Lowe dumped her again. She miscarried two days later.

So there you have it "“ some you may have known about even though they're under the radar, and some that should have totally shocked you (Carrie Fisher and Dan Aykroyd, I just can't get over that one. I don't know why). Let us know which ones you were surprised by "“ and share any I left out "“ in the comments!

10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes

The sweet and striped shepherd’s hooks can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season. It's time you learned a thing or two (or 10) about them.


While the origins of the candy cane are a bit murky, legend has it that they first appeared in hooked form around 1670. Candy sticks themselves were pretty common, but they really took shape when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany got the bright idea of twisting them to look like shepherd’s hooks. He then handed them out to kids during church services to keep them quiet.


It’s no surprise, then, that it was a German immigrant who introduced the custom to America. The first reference we can find to the tradition stateside is 1847, when August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decked his home out with the sugary fare.


Candy canes without the red don’t seem nearly as cheery, do they? But that’s how they were once made: all white. We’re not really sure who or exactly when the scarlet stripe was added, but we do know that images on cards before the 1900s show snow white canes.


Most candy canes are around five inches long, containing only about 50 calories and no fat or cholesterol.


The world’s largest candy cane was built by Geneva, Illinois chef Alain Roby in 2012.  It was 51 feet long, required about 900 pounds of sugar, and was eventually smashed up with a hammer so people could take home a piece.


Fifty-four percent of kids suck on candy canes, compared to the 24 percent who just go right for the big crunch. As you may have been able to guess, of those surveyed, boys were nearly twice as likely to be crunchers.


According to the National Confectioners Association, about 1.2 billion candy canes are made annually, and 90 percent of those are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which honestly begs the question: Who’s buying the 10 percent in the off season?


Bobs (that’s right; no apostrophe) Candies was the first company to really hang its hat on the sweet, striped hook. Lt. Bob McCormack began making candy canes for his kids in the 1920s, and they were such a hit he decided to start mass-producing them. With the help of his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Gregory Harding Keller (and his invention, the Keller Machine), McCormack was eventually able to churn out millions of candy canes a day.


December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Go figure.


Here’s how they make candy canes at Disneyland—it’s a painstaking (and beautiful) technique.

10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

1. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:

"I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes."

2. Alec Guinness, Star Wars.

By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:

"Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young."

The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.

3. Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers. He was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hoskins is forgiven for Super Mario Bros. Hoskins, though, doesn’t seem to be able to forgive himself. Last year the Guardian spoke with the veteran actor about his career and he summed up his feelings rather succinctly:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

4. George Clooney, Batman & Robin. Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”

5. David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. When actors have a movie out, it's customary that they publicize the film by saying nice things about it. Earlier this year David Cross took a different approach. When it came to describing his new film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the veteran comedian — better known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development — went on Conan and called the film a “big commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines” and told people not to go see it.

6. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up. Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was:

"…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

7. Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games. The 2000 action film Reindeer Games starred Ben Affleck, Gary Sinese and Charlize Theron and was directed by John Frankenheimer. But it all somehow failed to come together. In the end the film lost a lot of money and compiled a wealth of negative reviews – including one from its star actress who simply said, “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.”

8. Mark Wahlberg, The Happening. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t exactly seem like a guy who lives his life afraid of trees. But that is the odd position M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 film The Happening put him in. Wahlberg, as it turns out, doesn’t look back too fondly on the film. He went on record during a press conference for The Fighter when he described a conversation with a fellow actor:

"We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."

9. John Cusack, Better Off Dead. John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was "the worst thing I have ever seen" and he would "never trust you as a director again."

10 Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film's own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, didn't always sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.



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