Happy Chinese New Year! Yesterday, the world ushered in the year of the snake, which includes people born in 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, and 2001. But the snake is just one of 12 animals that represent the Chinese zodiac. Depending on what year you were born, you fall under one of these animals and, therefore, the personality traits associated with that zodiac sign. Click through to find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is, and let us know in the comments if you think it's a good fit!
The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will resign, making him the first pope to do so in six centuries. The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, and he will step down at 8:00 p.m. Rome time on Feb. 28 due to advanced age. The pope is 85. Over the past eight years, he has led the Church's staunch stance against gay marriage, but he has also showed some modernization on the issue of condoms, especially in Africa. As the leader of the Catholic Church, he has the power to influence the actions and attitudes of millions around the world. Before we find out who will inherit the papal Twitter account, let's look back at Pope Benedict's XVI's legacy on issues of sexuality.
On Condoms and AIDs
The pope created an uproar among public health workers and many everyday Catholics during a 2009 trip to Africa when he declared HIV/AIDs "cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms." But Pope Benedict XVI changed his position in 2010, saying condoms can be used to stop the spread of the deadly disease. While obvious, the statement also marked a landmark break from the Church's blanket ban on contraception. In fact, the pope said in some cases, contraception is "a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality."
When it comes to marriage, sexuality, and gender, the pope's legacy is not one of modernization. He encouraged Catholics to oppose "unnatural" gay marriage and adoption, and after Maryland legalized gay marriage in 2012, for example, the pope condemned it in a speech to Catholic US bishops, saying, "Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature." He also addressed the issue in December of 2012, saying there is "a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union."
The pope also actively spoke out against cohabitation, telling church leaders not to ignore the "serious pastoral problem presented by the widespread practice of cohabitation."
In a 2005 address in Rome, the pope criticized contraception and abortion, saying, "How contrary it is to human love, to the profound vocation of man and woman, to systematically close their union to the gift of life, and even worse to suppress or tamper with the life that is born." On the issue of abortion, however, it also made news when the Vatican encouraged priests to forgive the sin of abortion specifically at confession held during the pope's visit to Spain for World Youth Day in 2011.
You can watch the Vatican news conference below, during which the spokesman says the pope took everyone by surprise.
We've been excited about this film for months now, and it's finally here. From the director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, American Hustle and its all-star cast, including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence, is in theaters next Friday, Dec. 20. Watch the trailer, and be sure to get your tickets before they sell out.
The Grammy Awards red carpet was as hot as ever, despite guidelines from CBS asking talent to tone down the nudity. While we didn't see anything quite as risqué as Jennifer Lopez's green Versace number she wore to the 2000 show, stars — including J Lo — showed some skin Sunday in LA. CBS specifically asked performers and guests to make sure the "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered." Also on the list of problematic items were "thong-type costumes," "sheer, see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples," the "bare flesh undercurves of the buttocks and buttock crack" and "visible 'puffy' bare skin."
Perhaps the network overreached with the modesty guidelines. Stars like Kelly Rowland and Rihanna wore sheer dresses, but you could argue that it was done in a tasteful and glamourous way. We've rounded up the women who dared to bare skin and want you to vote: too hot for TV or just the right amount of sexy?
The music industry's finest were in tune with their partners as they hit the red carpet Sunday night for the Grammy Awards. Some were paired up with fellow music makers, like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, while other musicians had nonindustry insiders along for the date night, including John Legend, who had the support of swimsuit-model fiancée Chrissy Teigen. And of course, a very sexy Jennifer Lopez had her dancer and love Casper Smart by her side. There were even double dates, like between audience neighbors Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. See the cutest couple moments at the 55th annual Grammys now!
After taking a hiatus from the music industry, Justin Timberlake is back in action with his latest single "Suit & Tie" and took to the stage Sunday night at the Grammys. JT has been a staple at the award show since his boy-band days with N*SYNC. But even if Justin is all grown-up now after an acting stint and his recent marriage to Jessica Biel, it's clear from his goofy red-carpet shots at this year's show that he's still got that sexy-silly side that made us fall for the curly-haired heartthrob back in the '90s. In honor of JT's return, we're taking a look back at his best Grammy moments over the years!
CBS's wardrobe guidelines for the Grammy Awards are music to the ears of modest-minded TV viewers. The network sent out an advisory this week, reminding talent that clothes are not optional. It read, "Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong-type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare flesh under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under-curvature of the breasts is also problematic." It continues, "Please avoid sheer, see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure."
Jennifer Lopez upped the attention-grabbing ante in 2000 with her plunging, belly-button-exposing dress, and since then, we've seen a steady stream of skin on Grammy red carpets. Superstars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga have little use for pants on stage, Pink went for a flesh-revealing bodysuit for her 2010 Grammy performance, and on the red carpet, "ample cleavage" often means practically topless. Just like with high school kids who can't help but ignore their dress code, I'm expecting to see many rule-breakers on Sunday. We've rounded up past Grammy ensembles that would offend the latest standards thanks to exposed "bare flesh under curves of the buttocks" or "under-curvature of the breasts." Take a look at what you won't — or shouldn't — see on television at this year's Grammys.
It may be all about the music tonight in the States at the Grammy Awards, but across the pond, actors are attending a whole different type of award show at the British Academy Film Awards. Stars from around the world came out with umbrellas in hand during the rainy red carpet. The wet weather didn't dampen the spirits of celebrity couples, who stayed close at the award show in London. There were longtime loves like Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton, new romances like Henry Cavill and Gina Carano, and everything in between. See the cutest couple moments at the BAFTAs now!
This Sunday is the Grammy Awards, and while you may think music is just entertainment, it may say more about who you are than you think. One glimpse at the top-25 tracks in your iTunes can tell a lot about you. Introversion and extroversion are perhaps the two characteristics that most affect what music people tune into. Though both temperaments will roll — or rock — with their moods and activities, extroverts are more likely to reach for upbeat music that's heavy on vocals. Meanwhile introverts gravitate toward slower tunes with complex movements.