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    Mirror mirror on the wall, is "Snow White and the Huntsman" really the fairest of them all?

    With a less-than-stellar 46 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like critics aren't that impressed with the fairy tale epic. Slate called the film "disjointed" and "lugubrious," but that wasn't the film's only problem. Leading lady Kristen Stewart was also criticized for her "general aura of sulky passivity."

    Can these harsh critiques all be right? Or do these writers simply need a good book, some sun and a chilled beverage?
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    Stewart's Snow White, here refashioned as a warrior, is too reminiscent of her twitchy "Twilight" character Bella Swann and would have a hard time convincing people to follow her to Forever 21, let alone storm a castle.
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    Snow White and the Huntsman, the debut feature of Rupert Sanders, does [Kristen] no favors. Stewart is laced so tightly into her character that she can hardly breathe, let alone give a performance.
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    God bless her, Kristen Stewart just doesn't have a whole lot of range going on in the emotions category. She plays most of the movie with one look; open mouthed confusion.
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    Stunningly shot and inconsistently acted and written, Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can't get out of Twilight mode.
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    Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era.
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    Snow does earn top billing, but don't be fooled: This film belongs to the Oscar-winning Theron, who sinks her talons into the killer part, making every snarl and outburst such wicked, cruel fun to behold. Stewart is fine as Snow, but her sullen demeanor doesn't exactly inspire the sense of hope the role demands.
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    ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Dwarfed By Comatose Kristen Stewart. And while the film builds up Snow White as the fantasy land’s god-like savior, Kristen Stewart plays the part like a lethargic zombie desperate to return to “Twilight” loves Edward or Jacob. Any hint of anyone she’s supposed to love or be loved by in this film lacks utter authenticity.
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    Stewart remains the glummest, grubbiest star out there, always looking like she needs two aspirin and a good shampoo in whatever film she makes. She’s fine as a put-upon captive, but as a holy virgin warrior meant to lead an army into battle? She’s more like Joan of Snark.
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    Stewart’s whole manner, her slouchy bearing and general aura of sulky passivity, make her ill-suited to play a deposed princess whose irresistible charisma enables her to lead a peasant revolt. Still, the image of her leading a castle siege in full battle armor is so incongruous it might come from one of those parody trailers that opened Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder.
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    The performances — notably from Kristen Stewart as the iconic title character — don't always live up to the film's visionary promise. Beyond Stewart's distractingly inconsistent British accent, she simply lacks the presence to serve as a convincing warrior princess.
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    Can't Kristen Stewart be a little more up? She's a good actress but in some essential way closed down. Maybe a song would have helped, something she could sing while practicing her lethal stabbing technique. Wait ... I have it! "Whistle While You Work!"
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    It’s time for the Game of Thrones season 2 finale. There is little doubt that this, in the true spirit of a finale, will be one of the most exciting episodes of the season, and leave us with a few cliffhangers at the end. While we all anxiously count down the hours until our Game of Thrones craving can be whetted, let’s take a look back at some of the best moments of season 2.




    An Unconventional Birth

    I don’t know about you guys, but when I see a woman spreading her legs on Game of Thrones, I expect to see a little bit of a different kind of action. This was quite the shocker, and a very provocative scene, nonetheless.


    Joffrey is a Sadistic Little Twerp

    We’ve known from the moment we saw that sour little turnip of a face that Joffrey Lannister was a bad seed, but it became a rather shocking reality during the scene with the whores gifted to him by his Uncle Tyrion. This took him from being a mean, spoiled little kid, to being a truly cruel excuse for a human being. He’s not your average Lannister, and that’s saying a lot – none of it good.

    Robb Stark & Talisa Do The Deed

    This is, admittedly, a relatively minor plot point. With so much going on in the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, it is a trivial matter. It’s the first time, however, that we got to see Robb Stark for what he is: a boy. It is easy to forget, as you watch him win battles and step up to do the honorable thing, that he is still a child at heart. This allowed us to get a picture of his true feelings, and to see him as a human being. He became relate-able in that moment.

    Surprise! Bran and Rickon Aren’t Dead After All

    This was one of those moments that I could just feel the collective audience breathe a sigh of relief. With the steaming pile of outrage unleashed upon cyberspace at the end of the preceding episode from those who haven’t yet made it that far in the books (or who don’t read them in the first place), I think the show’s producers were feeling a little relieved as well.


    Battle of Blackwater

    This really goes without saying. If you tuned in last week to episode 9 (“Blackwater”), you saw the stunning special effects and riveting action scenes that comprised the battle for King’s Landing. The fleet of Stannis Baratheon threw itself upon surf and shore, to its ultimate demise. Particularly impressive was the wildfire, a gorgeous display of green flame, but even more interesting than the visual impact was the advancement of the story. We got to see all of the political ploys and the war strategies come together in spectacular fashion.


    Tyrion Lannister

    “Wait,” you might say, “that’s not a moment. That’s a character.” And you’d be right. It was just too damn difficult, however, to choose one single moment of the many epic ones that were created by our favorite sharp-witted, whoring, drinking Halfman, who – ironically enough – is more of a real man than those who tower over him. It just doesn’t get better than Tyrion, and I am suspecting that we won’t get to see him in theGame of Thrones season 2 finale, so he deserves a mention. Love him or hate him, he makes the show. I can’t wait to see how they handle his story arc next season.




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    Ruh-roh.

    I think someone stole the keycard, though. I'm seriously doubting it actually belonged to either of them.


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    ABC Family isn't skimping on its Pretty Little Liars previews. The network has released the first 10 minutes of the Season 3 premiere in advance of its June 5 debut. The preview was initially part of the "Pretty Little Puzzle Hunt," a web-based game for fans to solve with the prize being the clip.

    And thankfully someone uploaded the video to YouTube so we don't have to spend time playing Highlights for Kids games!



    Season 3 begins five months after the Season 2 finale, and the girls are catching up when they get another text message from "A" about boobs. Okay, not gonna lie. I have no idea what's going on but these girls drink too much! Kids, remember to drink a glass of water in between Jaeger Bombs. And for God's sake, stay away from the hellish elixir for insane people known as Four Loko!

    Thanks to whoever solved all those puzzles! Pretty Little Liars returns for Season 3 on Tuesday, June 5 at 8pm on ABC Family.

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    Aw, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," the classic lullaby has been used for centuries, as a way to soothe us to sleep, but in these new spine-chilling " Prometheus " TV Spots, the tune is used for a terrifying effect. And, you know what, we might never go back to sleep again. "Prometheus," billed as Ridley Scott's return to the sci-fi genre, stars Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron as a crew of explorers seeking clues to the origins of mankind but instead find a highly advanced and dangerous alien species. The film opens this Friday on June 8th.



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    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds could be a few home improvements away from
    saying, “I do.”

    A source in Bedford, N.Y., where Lively purchased a $2.3M property last month,
    tells us the lovebirds have been working hard to turn her country house into a
    cozy home.


    The town insider says the couple have hired workers to remodel the kitchen and
    bathroom areas of the residence and give the exterior a fresh coat of paint, and
    that the actors are actively involved in the upgrades.

    Lively and Reynolds have frequently been spotted combing the aisles at Bedford
    Hardware together. According to the source, they’ve also been shopping to
    decorate their love nest’s interior.

    That said, Lively won’t be acquiring all her furniture at auction. The insider
    notes that Lively loves the upscale interior design company Restoration Hardware
    and has been spotted at funky-but-chic Anthropologie in Westport, Conn., with
    Reynolds in tow.

    “It’s kind of cute how he goes on all these shopping trips with her,” the
    Bedford bystander says of Lively’s abs-fabulous beau.

    Given their nesting behavior, marriage — and children — are looking more and
    more likely for Lively and her man, even though Reynolds has been divorced from
    first wife Scarlett Johansson for just a year and five months.


    A second source tells us the genetically blessed duo just spent time with the
    actress’ parents, Ernie and Elaine Lively , in Washington, D.C., and that her
    mom and pop warmly received Reynolds.

    The same source also downplayed reports that Lively clashed with her “Green
    Lantern” co-star’s mother, Tammie Reynolds , while the couple were visiting
    Ryan’s relatives in Canada.

    According to one media report, Lively got in a catfight with Reynolds’ mom
    over dinner at her home on May 6 when the discussion turned to where the couple
    would potentially raise their children.


    “Ryan’s mom really likes Blake,” insists the source, leaving the impression that
    it’s one big happy — and extremely photogenic — family after all.



    Blake Lively loves the television show that put her on the map, but she is ready
    to move on from the upper East Side.

    The 24-year-old actress, who will begin shooting the sixth and final season of
    “Gossip Girl” this summer, said she is grateful for her experience on the hit CW
    show.

    “It’ll be bittersweet when it’s over, because it gave me all of this,” she told
    Bullett Magazine. “I think the best way to describe it is like someone who
    really enjoyed high school, and is like, I’m a senior and I can’t wait for the
    next thing!”

    “ ‘Gossip Girl’ was so great, but what’s the next challenge in life? Because,
    you know, six years is a long time,” she added.

    Although the show has been a hit with teenage viewers, the blond beauty says her
    work as Manhattan socialite Serena van der Woodsen isn’t as popular with her.

    “And as an actor who plays a caricature of myself on the show, I don't think
    I’d say, watch ‘Gossip Girl’ for my best quality of work,” she said. “But I am
    very lucky to have had that experience.”


    As she continues her transition from television to film, Lively is aware that
    she won’t always win the hearts of everyone in the business.

    “I’m not in the business of trying to win the approval of my cast members, my
    director or my audience,” she told Bullett. “If I were, I’d be so beaten down by
    insecurity that I’d never be able to perform. The only person I'm trying to
    prove something to is myself.”

    Lively is next set to play the role of Ophelia in director Oliver Stone’s latest
    film, “Savages,” which will hit theaters this July.

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  • 06/03/12--20:45: Inside Mad Men
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    Ghostface is taking his reign of terror to the small screen.

    MTV is developing a weekly series based on the Scream film franchise, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.

    Former MTV execs Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who are shepherding the project under their DiGa production shingle, are on the hunt for a writer to pen the pilot.

    It’s unclear what role, if any, Scream auteurs Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven will have in the potential series.

    The four Scream flicks have brought in $500 million globally.

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    With a nickname like Big Ang and a size-J-for-ba-JUNGAS bra cup size, it's a given that Angela Raiola of VH1's hit reality series, "Mob Wives," likes her mafioso packin' more than one kind of heat. But her new friend and confidante, Snooki, rejects the notion that bigger is better. "I like normal pee-pees," the "Jersey Shore" guidette shares.

    It's really no surprise that Snooks is averse to the heftily endowed--remember in Miami when Vinny tried to get it in, and...couldn't? While her well-hung housemate earned a few slaps on the back from his bros and the nickname, Donkey Dick, our sex-starved meatball was ultimately left unsatisfied.

    But not anymore, thanks to her fiancé, Jionni, whose average size evidently says nothing about his prowess--nor the endurance of his sperm. Snooki and Ang may have different penis size preferences, but they can both agree on one thing: it's the "motion of the ocean" that counts more than anything.

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    Anti-lesbianism is a ruse to keep all women in our place



    Lesbians the way men like them? In the BBC3 drama series Lip Service, they're all skinny, achingly trendy and lashed with lipstick. Photograph: BBC/Kudos/BBC / Kudos

    The hounding of Carina Trimingham serves as a warning to anyone who chooses to reject the trappings of femininity

    Everyone knows that lesbians are ugly. Because we tend not to dress for male approval, often rejecting makeup, high heels and other trappings of femininity, lesbians can be considered aesthetically unacceptable by both men and other women.



    There are exceptions, of course, such as those who provide girl-on-girl porn excitement to men, as with the stars of the video Naughty Girls sharing their huge toy, or the entire cast of Lip Service, a BBC3 drama series in which every single lesbian is skinny, achingly trendy and lashed with lipstick. But, as a general rule, the public image of a lesbian is not attractive. After all, if we were not grotesque, some man would desire us, and we need not seek sad but necessary consolation with each other. That is perhaps why Carina Trimingham has come in for such a bashing from the tabloid press, ever since it was discovered that she was having an affair with Chris Huhne. Here is a lezzer a man actually wants!

    The fact that Huhne already had a "proper" woman who is conventionally attractive was considered an insult too far. And so Trimingham was referred to in various articles as a "crop-haired", "sturdy", "Doc Marten-wearing", "lesbian-turned-bisexual". In his Daily Mail column, Richard Littlejohn described her as a "comedy lesbian from central casting"
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    Explicit anti-lesbian sentiment is not limited to tabloids. Sports presenter Clare Balding complained to the Sunday Times in 2010 after AA Gill wrote that she looked like a "big lesbian" and called her a "dyke on a bike". There are plenty of other examples.

    I have been told: "No wonder you are a lesbian. No man would have you" (paradoxically, usually after some drunken creep has tried to pick me up) so many times I have it on a T-shirt. But anti-lesbianism is a ruse to keep all women in our place. Misogyny and homophobia go hand in hand. Those who fear lesbians do so because we do not conform to the required gender role that renders us passive to men. Trimingham does not present herself as a preened and feminine sex kitten, therefore she should be punished.

    Lesbian is synonymous with "man-hater" for the simple reason that we reject men sexually. Loads of young women could tell the story of how it tends to go if they reject the advances of a belligerent young man. The word "slag" is followed by "lesbian" because – let's face it – batting for the other side is the only feasible explanation for not wanting to shag some drunken Neanderthal.

    The judge in the Trimingham case ruled that the words "bisexual" and "lesbian" are factual and not normally to be understood as pejorative by a reasonable person. I really laughed at this. The word "lesbian" is so stigmatised that there are plenty of lesbians themselves who are terrified to use it, preferring the term "gay women". There are barely any out lesbians in the media, certainly compared with the number of gay men, and the word is used in schools and elsewhere as a serious insult.

    More than 20 years ago, Channel 4 broadcast a magazine-style programme that focused on a range of gay and lesbian issues, and was followed, in 1995, by Dyke TV, a mixed season of films, documentaries, and other lesbian-themed programming.

    Some young lesbians may be perfectly happy with the cast of Lip Service – which is just about all we have broadcast about us currently – as role models, but where are the other examples? Gay men are everywhere, from Elton John to Chris Bryant MP, Julian Clary to Simon Callow, and many more. It is much easier for men to be out than it is for women, because men have so much more power in the world just by dint of being male.

    As an out lesbian since 1978, I have encountered some shocking abuse. I remember taking part in a discussion on a national radio programme some years ago about women and the weight-loss industry, and the opening question from the presenter was: "Julie Bindel, you are a lesbian, are you not?" Indeed, research by Stonewall into discrimination in the workplace found that lesbians often consider their sexuality such a barrier to success at work that they hide it. And we know that homophobic bullying remains rife in schools.

    Such hate speech serves as a warning to all women and girls that we have to toe the line – be properly feminine and subservient to men, and if we are to dabble in lesbianism then at least have the courtesy to look like a male fantasy of one.

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    I confess to not having seen Lip Service due to being an American who shares internet with other people and can't download things. But there's a lot she's right about, particularly about most LGBT media favoring men.

    EDIT: Attempted to bold for the sake of ONTD's reading comprehension.


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    For something to be great-- truly great-- does it have to actually be good? Not always, it seems. Before it even premiered on April 15, HBO’s “Girls” was making headlines across the country. Created by 26-year-old Lena Dunham and produced by Judd Apatow, “Girls” is a comedy that was supposed to change the way that women in their early 20s are portrayed on television, from their love lives to their bank accounts. The only problem was, not everyone thought that the change was for the better.



    To say that reviews for “Girls” were mixed is like saying that Meryl Streep is an “okay” actress. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that “HBO has a real and rare gem in ‘Girls.’” Exactly one month later, Mother Jones published a review that called the show “as profoundly bland as it is unstoppably irritating.” Emily Nussbaum, writing for New York Magazine, said that “as a person who has followed, for more than twenty years, recurrent, maddening debates about the lives of young women, the series to me felt like a gift,” while Andrea Peyser of The New York Post declared that “‘Girls’ is not really about girls at all-- a species uniformly presented as neurotic sex toys or psycho man-eaters.” It all depends on how you look at it.



    If you’re a parent with a teenage daughter, you will watch “Girls” with one hand partially covering your eyes, thinking, “I hope my kid doesn’t turn out like this.” If you’re 20 years old and living in New York, struggling to both pay your rent and figure out how you’re going to make it in today’s world, you watch and undoubtedly say, “Thank you, Lena Dunham.” It may not be perfect, it may not even be good. But “Girls” is great for one reason: It depicts reality.



    “Girls” may currently be the most controversial show about x chromosomes, but it’s not the first, and it won’t be the last. The 2011-2012 television schedule seemed to be chock-full of female power; there was “2 Broke Girls,” “New Girl,” and even the upcoming “Push Girls.” Of course, let’s not forget that other HBO show about womanhood, a little indie affair that ran for six seasons called “Sex and the City.” If you take the cheesy film adaptations out of the equation, “Sex and the City” is a show that will be remembered as witty, well-written, and sharply acted, all while having touched the lives of millions of women. On both “Sex and the City” and “Girls,” the highs and lows of the work, family, and love lives of four New York women are profiled. On the pilot episode of “Girls,” a velour jumpsuit-clad character named Shoshanna even proclaims that she is “definitely a ‘Carrie’ at heart, but sometimes Samantha kind of comes out.” The premises of the two shows may be nearly identical, but -- Shoshanna’s declarations aside -- the comparisons stop there.



    For Carrie Bradshaw, and the countless 30-something women like her, the New York journey was about love, marriage, success, and attempting to redefine yourself if and when those things don’t happen. For Hannah, it’s about all of these things, too, but for the most part, it’s just about getting by. Women like Carrie knew what they wanted, even if they had to struggle to get it; girls like Hannah have no clue where to even begin.

    Film & TV >>
    Why HBO’s Controversial ‘Girls’ Strikes a Nerve
    by Loren DiBlasi
    Posted Sunday, June 03, 2012 4:44 PM
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    HBO



    For something to be great-- truly great-- does it have to actually be good? Not always, it seems. Before it even premiered on April 15, HBO’s “Girls” was making headlines across the country. Created by 26-year-old Lena Dunham and produced by Judd Apatow, “Girls” is a comedy that was supposed to change the way that women in their early 20s are portrayed on television, from their love lives to their bank accounts. The only problem was, not everyone thought that the change was for the better.



    To say that reviews for “Girls” were mixed is like saying that Meryl Streep is an “okay” actress. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that “HBO has a real and rare gem in ‘Girls.’” Exactly one month later, Mother Jones published a review that called the show “as profoundly bland as it is unstoppably irritating.” Emily Nussbaum, writing for New York Magazine, said that “as a person who has followed, for more than twenty years, recurrent, maddening debates about the lives of young women, the series to me felt like a gift,” while Andrea Peyser of The New York Post declared that “‘Girls’ is not really about girls at all-- a species uniformly presented as neurotic sex toys or psycho man-eaters.” It all depends on how you look at it.



    If you’re a parent with a teenage daughter, you will watch “Girls” with one hand partially covering your eyes, thinking, “I hope my kid doesn’t turn out like this.” If you’re 20 years old and living in New York, struggling to both pay your rent and figure out how you’re going to make it in today’s world, you watch and undoubtedly say, “Thank you, Lena Dunham.” It may not be perfect, it may not even be good. But “Girls” is great for one reason: It depicts reality.



    “Girls” may currently be the most controversial show about x chromosomes, but it’s not the first, and it won’t be the last. The 2011-2012 television schedule seemed to be chock-full of female power; there was “2 Broke Girls,” “New Girl,” and even the upcoming “Push Girls.” Of course, let’s not forget that other HBO show about womanhood, a little indie affair that ran for six seasons called “Sex and the City.” If you take the cheesy film adaptations out of the equation, “Sex and the City” is a show that will be remembered as witty, well-written, and sharply acted, all while having touched the lives of millions of women. On both “Sex and the City” and “Girls,” the highs and lows of the work, family, and love lives of four New York women are profiled. On the pilot episode of “Girls,” a velour jumpsuit-clad character named Shoshanna even proclaims that she is “definitely a ‘Carrie’ at heart, but sometimes Samantha kind of comes out.” The premises of the two shows may be nearly identical, but -- Shoshanna’s declarations aside -- the comparisons stop there.



    For Carrie Bradshaw, and the countless 30-something women like her, the New York journey was about love, marriage, success, and attempting to redefine yourself if and when those things don’t happen. For Hannah, it’s about all of these things, too, but for the most part, it’s just about getting by. Women like Carrie knew what they wanted, even if they had to struggle to get it; girls like Hannah have no clue where to even begin.





    For a 20-something young woman, watching “Sex and the City” is a total fantasy. It’s like catching an episode of “Game of Thrones,” or reading about adventures at Hogwarts in a Harry Potter novel -- entertaining, yes, but wholly unrealistic. Watching “Girls,” on the other hand, is like viewing a documentary, one so real that it perfectly captures all the joy, pain, and confusion of our shared existence.



    Just the show’s title itself acts as the first and most telling clue to its power. To the average person, a 24-year-old female would be called a woman-- a young woman, yes, but a woman all the same. However, Lena Dunham, who plays Hannah, made the bold choice to call her characters “girls” because, while they may not be children, they have not yet fully matured into adulthood either. Even 25 years ago, a woman in her mid-20s was probably married, settled into some semblance of a career, or was likely to have already become a mother. For the daughters of these women, this is no longer the case. Many of the real-life versions of Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna do not have full-time jobs. Many of them live with their parents, and it’s not, for the most part, because of a poor economy or bad choices. It’s because things like jobs, relationships, responsibility, and independence are for adults only.



    And whose fault is that? You can choose to blame the parents, the kids, or the entire society at large. Many of the show’s criticism are aimed directly at Dunham, which is perhaps fitting, as “Girls” is a monster entirely of her own creation.
    Lena, the daughter of artists Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham, was raised in New York City, undeniably privileged. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2008, and in 2010 wrote, directed, and starred in Tiny Furniture, a film which won the award for Best Narrative feature at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. In the pilot episode of “Girls,” Hannah tells her parents -- albeit while tripping on a particularly pungent form of opium-- that she believes she can be “the voice of her generation.” This has prompted many to say, well, who is Lena Dunham to speak for me?



    Of course, she can’t speak for everyone, but Dunham can certainly speak for herself, loudly and clearly. She makes no bones about the fact that she and her co-stars happen to be the spawn of accomplished, well-off parents. Allison Williams is the daughter of television’s Brian Williams, Jemima Kirke is the daughter of musician Simon Kirke, and Zosia Mamet is the daughter of legendary playwright David Mamet. Lena has portrayed herself with brutal honesty on the show, which features no-holds-barred nudity on her part and awkward sex scenes that would make any sane person cringe. These are scenes that she herself has written and directed, proving that she has no qualms about showing herself in an unflattering light. Hannah isn’t glamorous, and she doesn’t worry about how she’ll pay for her next pair of Manolos. She’s self-absorbed, insecure, and worries about how she’s going to eat if she stays at her unpaid internship, the only place that will employ her. She has 99 problems, and apparently, being a girl is the root cause of all of them.



    Let’s get back to the main question-- how can one show can be so polarizing? The answer is simple: when it strikes a nerve. Maybe the viewers and critics who hate “Girls” simply hate the generation behind it. Maybe they see too much of themselves in the characters, all the complexity and uncertainty of being young. It could be for all of these reasons, or none at all. What we do know, however, is that if something is simple, easy, and pleasing to everyone, it is rarely noteworthy or special. But “Girls” is a lot more than that. “Girls” is truly great.

    THEY PLAYED MY FAVORITE VACCINES SONG AT THE END TOO. DEAD.

    Source:http://highbrowmagazine.com/1204-why-hbos-controversial-girls-strikes-nerve

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    Songs from the Rock of Ages film have leaked-- take a listen!





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  • 06/04/12--05:52: Henry Cavill Post



  • Henry Cavill catches a departing flight out of LAX Airport on Thursday (May 31) in Los Angeles.


    The 29-year-old British actor wore a cap, which reads King Ropes. King’s Saddlery/King Ropes is a Western tack store based in Sheridan, Wyoming.


    Henry next stars in The Cold Light of Day, out September 7. The action thriller also stars Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Rafi Gavron, and Verónica Echegui.



          

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    The 2012 MTV Movie Awards was hyped as the online voting showdown between "The Hunger Games" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2," but that battle ended up with both sides seemingly satisfied. "Games" won four awards (two of which for categories Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson took themselves out of contention for) and "Breaking Dawn" won two including the "prestigious" (at least according to Jodie Foster) best movie honor. Did that help create a better show than last year's boring "Eclipse" coronation?  Not necessarily, but there were some memorable moments.



    BEST

    Best: Emma Stone tribute

    Best: Emma Stone Tribute


    Emma Stone is probably a good 10 years from receiving a legitimate Trailblazer Award, but it was kind of MTV to honor the up and comer with "The Amazing Spider-Man" less than a month away from opening. The incredibly intelligent, composed and witty actress gave a wonderful acceptance speech tying her words into encouragement for anyone who is trailblazing in their own way.  Beforehand, there was a wonderfully done tribute video featuring co-stars Steve Carell, Jason Sudekis, Octavia Spencer, Jim Carrey and Anna Faris (who stole the piece with lines like "I can't believe she's still doing it at 47. She's 23? Omigod, she looks awful!"). It was arguably the best moment of the night.

    Best: Johnny Depp performing with The Black Keys
    Best: Johnny Depp performs with The Black Keys

    In an aside from just the generally good musical performances, watching Johnny Depp just hanging back and being cool as he's honored by the organizers at MTV was nice, easy TV. He seemed grateful for the
    award, but even more comfortable with the Black Keys, with all parties involved playing confidently, competently and for a large-scale audience. The intro from the California Raisins, er, Aerosmith felt a bit stilted, but then things actually moved.


    Best: Kristen Stewart accepts the award for Best Kiss

    This is hardly Kristen Stewart's first time at the MTV Movie Awards podium. In previous visits, she and "Twilight Saga" co-star and rumored (cough) boyfriend Robert Pattinson teased their fans with increasingly more intimate kisses on stage.  This year, Pattinson wasn't in the house, but a confident Stewart tried to find someone, anyone to join her in a smooch. ""Rob's not here guys. I'm not sure what to do. Huntsman? Where's my Huntsman? Chris? Charlize, will you help me out? No, OK. Taylor, help an old friend? It's OK, I do pretty well by myself I think."  Stewart then pretends to kiss herself. It might not have totally worked, but at least she realized the show needed some excitement.


    Best: Musical performances
    Best: Musical Performances

    One of the best parts of this year's show were the musical acts who brought their A-game (something that hasn't always occurred in.  The show kicked off with an appropriately upbeat "We Are Young" by .Fun and Janelle Monae. It later segued to Johnny Depp joining The Black Keys for a rousing "Gold On The Ceiling" and then heading out to commercial on "Lonely Boy."  Wiz Khalifa also brought some much needed energy to the proceedings with "Work Hard, Play Hard."  To be honest, and if there had been time, the show could have benefited from a closing act.


    Best: Elizabeth Banks on-stage with stars of 'Magic Mike'
    Best: Elizabeth Banks on stage with the cast of Magic Mike

    With a premise of a movie where good-looking men take their clothes off, there's simultaneously very little and very much at stake when said stars are to present at a teen-dominated MTV show. Channing Tatum, though, continues to bask and charm, high-fiving the audience, playing an illiterate dummy with the teleprompter and riffing well with McConaughey and Big Dick Richie, aka "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello. Banks, who picked up a trophy for the mystifying Best Transformation category, played along with the group of goobers, dry-humping her golden popcorn, the fireman axe... basically all three dudes at once.


     Best: Shailene Woodley winning a peer-voted award
    Best: Shailene Woodley winning a peer-voted category

    Most of the MTV Movie Awards winners are either based on fan voting or MTV and the show production company choices. This year, the show updated the breakthrough award so that the winner was determined by "an academy of outstanding directors." Considering that Woodley lost both the 2011 Gotham Award and the 2012 Golden Globe for her turn in "The Descdndants," placing this on the mantle next to her 2012 Independent Spirit Award is a nice consolation.

    Best: Archery skit with Joel McHale, Jennifer Lawrence and J.J. Abrams
    Best: Archery skit with Joel Mchale, Jennifer Lawrence, and J.J. Abrams

    In one of the rare comedic moments that actually really worked, this pre-taped bit had Joel McHale playing the world's worst archery teacher, with "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence and J.J. Abrams chiming in with their horror stories of working with him. McHale obviously has great timing from his years spent on "Community" and "The Soup," but what surprised was how funny Lawrence and Abrams were at playing their respective "straight man" parts. "Klingon archery subplot" excised from the "Star Trek" sequel? Now that's cute. More like this next year, please.

    Best: 'Dark Knight Rises' presentation

    Best: Dark Knight Rises Presentation

    Overall, it was fun and informative having Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Rises" principals all in one place. Nolan even crashed the party, to outline the project from the new footage we just saw. Christian Bale choking on Heath Ledger's name was oddly moving, particularly for a show which favors tongue-in rather than tears-on cheeks.



    WORST



    Worst: Where were the stars?
    Worst: Where were the stars?

    No Rupert Grint or Daniel Radcliffe? Not a single "Bridesmaid?" Chris, but no Liam? Was Robert Pattinson at home making-out with the crook of his arm as Team Jacob repped? At least Jennifer Lawrence showed up in a scripted bit as well as taped an acceptance speech even though she didn't make it onsite. Since the stars of "Twilight" excused themselves from a few major categories, it's sort of like when the popular kids decide not to go to prom: fewer people are excited, making it extra awkward when Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson go stag. It's almost like they had to make up an award for Emma Stone to show up to claim it.

    Worst: Presenter bits
    Worst: Presenter Bits

    Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg basically said what we were thinking: "I'm sorry" and "I didn't write that, either." Many combos and lines were writers' experiments in falling on one's face, only requiring very famous people do it for you. For every "Magic Mike" moment where the presenters made up for clumsy cues, there were vacant-eyed Aerosmiths and clunky Martha MacIssac. Even sophisticates Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender couldn't successfully execute their poorly timed bits.

    Worst: Russell Brand's hosting performance
    Worst: Russell Brand's Hosting Performance

    "[Kanye's] drunken stage invasion at the last MTV awards show I hosted took a lot of pressure off me," said Brand in his opening monologue, referencing the rapper's Taylor Swift-directed microphone swiping at the 2009 VMAs. Too bad the temperamental hip-hop star wasn't here to save him this time. Less than two minutes into Brand's shrill, painfully unfunny hosting performance, it was all I could do not to plug my ears (not to mention cover my eyes to avoid having to stare at his insufferably douchey outfit one second longer) and hope that someone in the auditorium would take it upon themselves to wrestle the damn microphone away from him. If he weren't so annoying, I might have actually felt bad for the guy...but nah.

    Worst: Charlie Sheen
    Worst: Charlie Sheen

    Can we please stop shining the spotlight on this ridiculous turd? There to present the "instant cult classic" award to...erm, "Project X," Charlie Sheen played up his "Unrepentant Hollywood Party Boy" reputation to the hilt by proclaiming from the stage, "Everybody likes watching party movies like 'The Hangover,' 'Superbad' and 'Old School,' but let's face it, my life has been a party movie...When I saw this year's Instant Cult Classic 'Project X,' I said, 'Damn, finally a movie that captures what's going on in my head 24 hours a day.'" The saddest part of that quote is that by all available evidence it actually seems to be true, and yet somehow Sheen continues to be celebrated and given a platform for his pathetic grandstanding. Forgive me for dragging gender politics into a discussion about the MTV Movie Awards, but if he was a woman, you can bet this ass-hat would've been kicked to the curb long ago.

    Worst: An awards show with a lack of suspense means...
    Worst: An award show with lack of suspense means..

    The MTV Movie Awards has two big problems. The first is the fact public voting the show into a "tween" movie awards show for years.  The second is the lack of suspense in announcing the winners. Anyone can tell who the winners are by just watching who walks the red carpet. The show has become such a joke to the nominees - unlike say the VMA's - that no one wants to show up unless they win. This creates a show that has to live on its musical performances (a good 15 minutes at best), taped bits (hard when they've cut the show to 2 hours) or an incredibly funny host (um, it's been a long time…). If MTV wants this show to continue to draw big ratings after "Hunger Games" is long gone, they really need to do something about this now. Or, they'll find themselves with a worthless shell of a show that nobody wants to watch.


    Worst: Lame audience
    Worst: Lame Audience

    We get that it's not the Oscars, but this year's show sounded more like a high-school pep rally than an awards show with actual full-grown adults in the audience. Did MTV just recruit a horde of 14-year-old "Twilight" fans and call it a day or what?


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    Hugh Hefner's former girlfriend Crystal Harris has confirmed the pair are back together - a year after she initially walked out on him.

    In 2011, the blonde bombshell left the Playboy mogul heartbroken when she called off their wedding just five days before the ceremony. But the 86-year-old owner of the men’s magazine is only too happy to have taken the 26-year-old aspiring singer back, allowing her to move into his sprawling mansion again.



    And although we might be stunned to see Hefner jump back into a relationship that caused him so much drama, sources tell say that Harris was always the one.

    "He loved Crystal more than he had loved any woman in a very long time, that's why he was willing to marry her when there were so many women before her who he couldn't properly commit to. She had a hold on him that he has never been able to shake. And so it's of no surprise to me that he would get close to her again. He can't help himself. He has a deep connection to her."

    Hugh's main girlfriend Shera Berchard - who has been dating the octogenarian since shortly after he was ditched last June - has now apparently moved out to make way for Crystal: "Shera Berchard, Hef's number one girlfriend, moved out as soon as Crystal moved back in."

    It is unclear if the wedding will be rescheduled but insiders say not to rule it out: "Never say never where Hugh Hefner is concerned."


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    Lindsay Lohan is all dressed up and ready to take on the role of a lifetime -- and TMZ has obtained the first of photo of LiLo in full Liz Taylor wardrobe ... as she gets set to start filming her new movie.

    As TMZ first reported, Lindsay had her hair and cut and dyed to look just like Taylor's classic 'do. The photo is all Lindsay ... no wig, no nothing.

    Shooting on the movie starts this week with Grant Bowler from "True Blood" co-starring as Richard Burton.

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    The famous Soviet singer Eduard Khil, known to the Western audience as “Mr. Trololo” has died in St. Petersburg after being hospitalized in coma because of a stroke in late May. The singer 77-year-old has been performing down to recent times.

    Khil, a recipient of the People's Artist Award in the Soviet Union, became famous in the West after his song of 50 years ago, I Am So Happy to Finally Be Back Home, which contains no words but only a melody of a series of "tro-lo-los," hit the internet.

    The Trololo song, according to Khil, had originally featured lyrics describing a cowboy riding a horse to his farm; however, the Soviet Union rejected the lyrics because of the association with American lifestyle. As of now, the original video has well over 12 million views on YouTube.

    Eduard Khil was born in Smolensk in 1934. He started his music career in 1960 at the Leningrad Conservatory. He began performing in 1962 and very soon became extremely popular. In the late 1970s he commenced a lecturing career at the Leningrad Conservatory. He was later named an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.

    Victory at an International Youth Festival in Berlin in 1973 gave him a chance to see the world, as the singer made a global tour, visiting some 80 countries.

    In the 1980s Eduard Khil was one of the few Soviet people to travel to the US and Europe. In Paris’s Rasputin cabaret, the singer’s performances were enjoyed by Mireille Mathieu and France’s 21st President, François Mitterrand.

    International fans of the song nicknamed Eduard Khil the “Trololo Man”, asking the singer to give live shows in their countries.

    Eduard Khil recommenced concert activity at the age of 75. Between 2010 and 2012 he wrote a song for a cartoon and was decorated with a “Steppenwolf” music award.

    The singer was awarded several Soviet and Russian orders, including the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, Order of Peoples' Friendship and Order of Merit for the Motherland.

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    Last night, Olivia Culpo, 20, of Rhode Island beat out 50 other contestants(including a girl who looked JUST like Cynthia Bailey and Marlo Hampton's love child) to become Miss USA 2012. Many believe her masterful answer about allowing transsexual contestants in the Miss USA pageant system led to her crowning.

    "I do think that that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it's a free country," Culpo said.

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