Last November, actor, musician, and author Macaulay Culkin enlisted the help of the internet to choose a new middle name using a poll on his lifestyle website, Bunny Ears. ? Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Culkin revealed he can't watch "Home Alone" without giving too much personal context to the film. He told Degeneres, "I'm remembering that day on set, like, how I was hiding my Pepsi behind the couch. I can't watch it the same way other people can." In the same interview, he called the film "background radiation at Christmastime."
With a whopping
60,900 votes, "Macaulay Culkin" came out on top and won by quite a landslide. "TheMcRibIsBack" came in second place with 14,558 votes.
On December 25, 2018, Culkin tweeted the
winning name, writing, "My new middle name has been chosen. You voted and the winner is clear. In 2019 my new legal name will be: Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin." It is now April 2019 and Macaulay has yet to officially announce his name change - but he tweeted that 'it's happening'
On Thursday, an inquiring mind reached out to the "Home Alone" star on Twitter, asking if he actually changed his name yet.
"It's a surprisingly hard process, but yes it's happening. I have to go down to the courthouse to do it," Culkin tweeted in response.
In November 2018, voters chose one of 5 monikers to be Culkin's middle name
"My middle name is something dumb. Larry? Orange? Honestly, I can't even remember it," Culkin
wrote on his website. "So I asked you all to send in some better options so I can go down to the court house and explain to a judge why I need to change my middle name to something cool."
The four other options were "Shark Week," "Kieren" (suggested by Culkin's brother, Kieren Culkin), "TheMcRibIsBack," and "Publicity Stunt."
'I should probably spruce up my name a little bit'
"I was staring at my passport recently and stuff, and I was looking over my middle name," Culkin, whose middle name is currently Carson, ? YouTube/The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon explained on "The Tonight Show" to host Jimmy Fallon. "And I felt like, you know, I should probably spruce up my name a little bit."
The "Home Alone" star also mused that having "Macaulay Culkin" as his middle name would inject a bit of fun into his interactions with fans.
"So if somebody comes up to me at the airport and says, 'Excuse me, are you Macaulay Culkin?' I go, 'Well, Macaulay Culkin is my middle name,'" Culkin said.
Although Culkin admitted to never having watched any part of Shark Week, an annual shark-themed TV sensation and one of the name choices, he told Fallon that he found "TheMcRibIsBack" to be a decent option.
is back. I just tried one, finally. It's a McRib. I mean, it's certainly back," Culkin reasoned.?
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INSIDER reached out to McDonald's for comment on the poll but did not immediately hear back.
The poll was open until Christmas Eve 2018
Fans had until Christmas Eve 2018 to cast their vote. Culkin seemed eager for a change, writing on his website, "Sure, I might have gold plated watercraft, and chrome plated invisibility cloaks, but all I want for Christmas is a new middle name."
Related slideshow: How '90s celebs have changed over the years
Celebrities like James Van Der
Beek, the Olsen twins, and Macaulay Culkin dominated the pop
culture world in the 90s.
Some of these celebrities have
since lived a more quiet life while others are making a
In the 20 years since in the
90s, here is how these celebrities have changed.
One of the reasons 1990s
nostalgia is so big is because there are so many great things to
look back on. This decade gave us too many good TV shows and
movies to count, along with a slew of pop stars that will always
be iconic. It was truly a great time to be alive.
With so much going on in
Hollywood back in the '90s, it's no surprise that everyone had an
endless amount of celebrities to pay attention to and sometimes
become obsessed with. Many of these stars are still enjoying
thoroughly successful careers, while others have stepped back a
bit. Either way, it's always interesting to see how your favorite
'90s celebrities have changed over the last 20 years:
Jennifer Love Hewitt was the lead in many of your favorite teen movies.
Back in the '90s, you probably
knew Love Hewitt from her role as the female babe in classic teen
films like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Can't Hardly
Wait." Today, she's still acting, but she does more television
roles than anything else - you may have spotted her in series
like "Criminal Minds" and "9-1-1." A few years ago, Love Hewitt
married Brian Hallisay, her co-star from "The Client List," and
the two have since had two children together.
Ryan Phillippe was an actor and was also known for his relationship with Reese Witherspoon.
You probably remember Phillippe
from his roles in movies like "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
and the iconic "Cruel Intentions." Phillippe also married
Witherspoon, his "Cruel Intentions" co-star, in the late '90s,
and the couple had two kids together before announcing their
Since the '90s, Phillippe's
career and personal life have both been a lot more quiet,
although he has appeared in several small movies and done some
stints on shows like "Damages" and "Secrets and Lies." He's
currently the producer and lead in the show "Shooter."
Julia Stiles was best known for her starring role in "10 Things I Hate About You."
In the '90s, Stiles acted in a
slew of popular teen movies, including "Save The Last Dance,"
"Down To You," and "Hamlet." Today, Stiles is still a successful
actress with roles in movies like "Silver Linings Playbook" and
"Jason Bourne." She earned Golden Globe and Emmy awards for her
role in the TV series "Dexter" and is currently the lead in the
web series "Blue." In 2017, Stiles gave her birth to her first
child with her husband, camera assistant Preston J. Cook.
Jessica Biel played the bad girl role in "7th Heaven."
Back in the '90s, Biel was best
known for her role as Mary in "7th Heaven," although she did have
a few other small roles in TV shows and movies. It wasn't until a
little later that her career took off a bit more. Today, Biel is
married to Justin Timberlake and the two have a son together who
was born in 2015. She also stars in the series "The Sinner" and
had been in a bunch of movies.
Tyra Banks was one of the biggest supermodels of the '90s.
Many consider the '90s to be the
era of the supermodel when models became more than a just a face
in a magazine and more like celebrities. Banks was right there in
the center of everything, with an incredibly successful modeling
career where she walked for most of the top designers and was a
Victoria's Secret Angel. She also dabbled in acting.
Banks may not be a model anymore,
but she has done pretty much everything else. She's known for
being the creator, host, and judge on "America's Next Top Model,"
she had her own talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show," for a few
years, and she guest starred in countless other movies and shows.
Today, Banks is the host of "America's Got Talent" and reprised
her role in the Disney TV movie "Life-Size 2."
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were everyone's favorite celebrity twins.
It's safe to say the Olsen twins
were the darlings of the '90s, from their role as Michelle in
"Full House" to every single one of their own films and
television shows. These girls basically had their own empire in
the '90s and did a ton of acting, singing, and dancing.
Today, the Olsen twins are known
for something different: fashion. They've taken on much more
serious roles as celebrated fashion designers for the couture
brand The Row and their contemporary collection, Elizabeth &
Kenan Thompson was one of the most popular comedians in the '90s.
It's almost impossible to think
back on the '90s and not remember Nickelodeon shows like "All
That" and "Kenan and Kel." Thompson was at the center of these as
a comedian who was beloved by fans.
It's not surprising that, today,
Thompson is best known for his long-standing role on "Saturday
Night Live." He's also voiced some characters and had a few small
roles in films. Thompson is also a dad with his wife, Christine
Evangeline, and the two have two children together.
Keri Russell was famous for her role in "Felicity."
In the early '90s, Russell was in
the film "Honey, I Blew Up The Kid" and had a role on "Boy Meets
World." It wasn't until the late '90s that her career really go
going, though, when she starred in the popular television series
Since the '90s, Russell has had
roles in a handful of movies and lots of TV shows, but she has
probably best been known for her portrayal of Elizabeth in the
show "The Americans," which earned her many award nominations and
some wins as well. Russell is also married to her co-star Matthew
Rhys from "The Americans," and they have a son.
James Van Der Beek was a '90s heartthrob.
In the '90s, Van Der Beek was
most known for his lead role as the emotional Dawson on the show
"Dawson's Creek" and his role in the film "Varsity Blues." Since
then, Van Der Beek has kept up his career with a steady stream of
roles on popular shows, like "How I Met Your Mother," "One Tree
Hill," "Don't Trust The B- In The Apartment 23," and "CSI:
Cyber," just to name a few.
He's currently a lead in the Ryan
Murphy show "Pose" and voices a character in the cartoon
"Vampirina." Van Der Beek is also a father to five kids.
Selma Blair is an actress who starred in many of your favorite '90s films.
In the '90s, you probably watched
Blair in movies like "Cruel Intentions," "Can't Hardly Wait,"
"Scream 2," and "Legally Blonde." She's maintained a steady
acting career since then, with roles in TV series like "American
Crime Story," "Heathers," and "Anger Management."
In October of 2018,
Blair revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple
Macaulay Culkin will always be known as the kid from "Home Alone."
Back in the '90s, Culkin was one
of the most successful child actors out there. After his role in
the film "Uncle Buck," John Hughes wrote him the role of Kevin
for the film "Home Alone," which spurred a sequel. Culkin was
also known for his tear-jerker role in the movie "My Girl," as
well as "Richie Rich" and "The Pagemaster."
Culkin took a break from the
entertainment world for a while as a more private celebrity,
focusing on his musical career in the band Pizza Underground. At
the beginning of 2018, he launched a comedy website called Bunny
Ears that parodies other celebrity websites (like Goop). He also
appeared in a
Assistant ad during December 2018 where he reprised his role as
Kevin in "Home Alone." Christina Ricci acted in a lot of '90s classics.
Ricci is memorable for her roles
in films like "The Addams Family," "Casper," and "Now and Then,"
along with many others. Since then, Ricci has had a bunch of
roles in different movies and TV shows. She earned a Screen
Actors Guild award for her role in "The Lizzie Borden
Chronicles," and plays the lead in "Z: The Beginning of
Ricci has a son with her husband
Will Smith was the lead of one of the most popular '90s TV shows.
Smith's career began in the '90s
with his role as Will on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and has
been going strong ever since. In the '90s, he was known as an
actor in films like "Bad Boys," "Independence Day," and "Men In
Black," as well as a rapper. Today, Smith still has a really
successful acting career, although his music career seems to be
in the past.
He was most recently seen in the
films "Concussion" and "Suicide Squad." He's also known for his
relationship with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and for being the
father of his celebrity children, Willow Smith, and Jaden
Sarah Michelle Gellar's role in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" made her a '90s A-lister.
Gellar's most popular role to
date was as Buffy in the series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," but
she was also in many successful '90s movies, like "I Know What
You Did Last Summer," "Scream 2," "She's All That," and "Cruel
Gellar is still acting today,
with roles in shows like "Ringer" and "The Crazy Ones," but she's
done other things with her career too. Geller co-founded the
e-commerce startup Foodstirs and released a cookbook called
"Stirring Up Fun with Food," and is involved in a number of
charities. She's also still married to Freddie Prinze Jr.,
another '90s superstar.
Alyson Hannigan was also known for her role in "Buffy."
Hannigan starred alongside Gellar
in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," one of her most well-known roles
to date. Hannigan was also popular in the "American Pie" movies
as the "band camp geek." Today, Hannigan still appears in a few
small roles on both television and movies and was one of the
stars of the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."
She married one of her "Buffy"
co-stars, Alex Denisof, and they have two children
Rachael Leigh Cook starred in many '90s projects.
You probably remember Cook's
roles in some of your '90s favorites, like "The Baby-Sitters
Club," "She's All That," and "Josie and the Pussycats." Since
the '90s, though, Cook's career has been a little quieter.
She's starred in a number of
direct-to-DVD movies and has had a few short roles on TV shows.
She also does a bunch of voice roles in video games. Cook is
married and has two kids.
John Stamos was everyone's favorite uncle in "Full House."
Who could ever forget Stamos as
Uncle Jesse on "Full House?" It was definitely one of his most
iconic roles. Since then, Stamos has had a pretty successful
career, appearing in a bunch of TV shows, like "Fuller House" and
"Grandfathered," and some movies.
He also occasionally appears in
concert with The Beach Boys, playing drums and other percussion
instruments. Stamos is
married to model and actress Caitlin McHugh, and the two have
a son together.
Neve Campbell was a scream queen in the '90s.
Campbell is best known for two of
her roles in the '90s: she was on the show "Party of Five" and
also played Sidney in the "Scream" movies. Campbell has kept up
her successful career with roles in shows like "House of Cards"
and "Grey's Anatomy," as well as films like "Skyscraper" and
"Walter." Campbell is married and has two kids.
Jared Leto was a '90s star on the big and small screen.
In the '90s, Leto was known for
his role as bad guy Jordan Catalano in the show "My So-Called
Life." He was also in many films, like "Fight Club" and "Girl,
Interrupted." Since then, Leto has done a lot, including have a
successful music career.
Recently, he's been known for his
roles in films like "Dallas Buyers Club," "Suicide Squad," and
"The Outsider." In 2017, his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, went
on tour. Leto has a slew of projects coming up to look forward to
Alicia Silverstone will always be known as Cher from "Clueless."
It will be hard for Silverstone
to ever top her performance as Cher in the film "Clueless," but
it's certainly not the only thing she's done. Silverstone was
also in films like "Batman and Robin" and "Blast from the
Today, Silverstone is still
acting, with roles in films like "The Killing of Sacred Deer"
and "Book Club." She's also known for her passionate position as
an animal rights and environmental activist, and for being a
Joshua Jackson was another "Dawson's Creek" star.
Although Jackson had a bunch of
roles in the '90s, he was also best known for playing Pacey in
"Dawson's Creek." Today, Jackson has a successful role on the
series "The Affair," and has been seen in a few films. Jackson
made his theatrical debut on Broadway in the spring of 2018 in
the play "Children of a Lesser God."
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