Austria won the 59th Eurovision Song Contest with Conchita Wurst’s performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix.” Watch the performances here!

Bringing Austria its second ever victory, and first since 1966, is drag queen Conchita Wurst, popularly known as “the bearded lady.” It was not even close, with Conchita being declared the victor before the last three countries even voted. As she was overcome with emotion, Conchita managed to declare that “this is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom!” And despite some protests in Eastern Europe about Eurovision becoming a “hotbed of sodomy,” all but four countries (Belarus, Armenia, San Marino, and Poland) awarded Austria some points.

The runners up were the Netherlands, with The Common Linnets singing “The Calm Before the Storm.” This was their best result in four decades, since winning back in 1975. This is only the second time in the last ten years the Netherlands even qualified for the final, so they must be feeling pretty good!

Third place went to Sweden, with Sanna Nielsen singing “Undo.” Against a backdrop of very elaborate performances, I really liked this simple one – just a girl with a powerful voice singing a good song, surrounded by spotlights. Sweden has been quite successful as of late, placing in the top three in three of the last four years.

Armenia landed in fourth place with Aram Mp3’s “Not Alone.” Is there something I’m not getting, or was this not particularly good? Sounded pitchy to me, and certainly not on par with many of the other songs. This ties 2008 as Armenia’s best finish in the concert.

Rounding out the top five was Hungary, with Andras Kallay-Saunders singing “Running.” This is Hungary’s second-best finish to date, after getting fourth place in 1994.

Proving that Eurovision just can’t be entirely apolitical, no matter how hard it strives to be, boos were heard in the crowd every time Russia was awarded points. (Ironically, Ukraine landed just ahead of Russia in sixth place). This is a shame, because I thought Russia’s performance was very good, and the Crimean crisis certainly not the Termachevy sisters’ fault.

Eurovision this year was all about tolerance and acceptance. To that effect, Iceland’s entry “No Prejudice” is worth viewing – one of the most LGBT-friendly numbers out there!

There were plenty of other great performances this year, including Spain, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the underappreciated Montenegro. On the whole, this was one of the best years in recent memory, with plenty of great songs and very few terrible ones. However, some countries experienced a fall from grace. Azerbaijan finished outside the top 8 for the first time, landing in a terrible 22nd place. But that’s not as embarrassing as France’s finish in dead last with only two points (Sweden and Finland both put France in twelfth place, the other thirty-four countries ignored it completely). Host country Denmark did not do too badly, managing to land in the top ten with Basim’s “Cliché Love Song.”

Did you enjoy Eurovision 2014? If European, whom did you vote for? If not, who do you think should have won?

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.