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    Because the tabloids never let us forget it, tense father-child relationships abound in Hollywood, where Father's Day can be celebrated in a variety of forms. Here, we present a roundup of some of the most bizarre father-daughter and father-son relationships, from Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight to Lindsay Lohan and Michael Lohan.

    Macaulay And Kieran Culkin; Kit Culkin

    Macaulay Culkin has been estranged from his stage dad Kit Culkin since 1997, when the "Home Alone" child actor legally emancipated himself. Brother Kieran, also an actor, followed suit.

    Michael Jackson; Jospeh Jackson

    "He's still a mystery man to me and he may always be one," Michael Jackson wrote about his famously turbulent relationship with his father. "If you messed up you got hit, sometimes with a switch, sometimes with a belt. Dad would make me so mad at him that I'd try to get back at him and get beaten all the more."

    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen has been worried for years about his son Charlie's health, and talked about it openly in February 2011. In an interview with Sky News, the elder Sheen said, "If he had cancer, how would we treat him? The disease of addiction is a form of cancer?"

    Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Billy Ray Cyrus has made choice remarks about his newly engaged daughter, comparing her to Anna Nicole Smith and attacking Disney (alleging that "Hannah Montana" destroyed his family).

    Jessica Simpson, Joe Simpson

    Papa Joe, a former minister, has been accused of being overly involved in his daughter's life as her manager and saying off-color things like, "Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she's sexy in both. She's got double D's! You can't cover those suckers up!"

    Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal

    In 2009, Ryan O'Neal failed to recognize Tatum O'Neal at Farrah Fawcett's funeral and admitted to hitting on his own daughter. While Tatum tried to make amends with her dad last year, she's acknowledged that they're no longer speaking and she's OK with that. "That's what turned out to be the best thing for me," she told

    Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler

    Liv Tyler always thought musician Todd Rundgren was her real father until she attended a 1988 Aerosmith concert. There, she saw a spitting image of herself: Mia, the famous rocker's daughter with his first wife, and Liv's half-sister. "I don't think my dad was in any position to be a father. Steven, that is," she told AP in 2001. "What an amazing thing Todd did for me...luckily, it just made me feel more loved. It meant that I had two dads instead of one."

    Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight

    Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight were estranged for years, until Jolie phoned the "Deliverance" star following the death of her mother in 2007. When Voight learned of Jolie and longtime partner Brad Pitt's plans to marry, the actor told Us Weekly, "It was very nice I thought. If they are happy -- if they're going to have a wedding -- it's wonderful."

    Adele, Mark Evans

    Mark Evans walked out on Adele and her mother when the future Grammy winner was just 2 years old. "It's too painful. There's so much regret on my part -- regret that I wasn't a better father to her. I let her down badly, and I wish I could turn the clock back and do things differently," Evans told the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

    Kate Hudson, Bill Hudson

    Kate Hudson calls Kurt Russell, mom Goldie Hawn's longtime partner, "pa" and doesn't speak to her biological father, musician Bill Hudson, much. "[Bill Hudson] doesn't know me from a hole in the wall. But I don't care. I have a dad [Russell]. The bottom line is, you call your kids on their f**king birthday. I'm glad I had a dad who was there on my birthday," the actress told Vanity Fair in 2000.

    Daisy Lowe, Gavin Rossdale

    British model Daisy Lowe reportedly had no idea Bush singer Gavin Rossdale was her father until 2004, after a paternity test revealed that the rocker (and then-Godfather) was her biological parent. Though Rossdale initially refused to take the paternity test, it was later revealed that he and Daisy's mother, Pearl, had had a one-night stand.

    Drew Barrymore; John Barrymore

    The child actress, born into the legendary Barrymore family, emancipated herself from her mom at age 17; dad John had all but abandoned her by then. "He was such a flighty bird -- unattainable and off doing his own thing," Barrymore told W in 2009. "I'm sure it's affected my relationships with men. I'm sure I'm sadder about it than I admit, but I accept that a lot easier than my mother's and my relationship, which is more tumultuous."

    Lindsay Lohan; Michael Lohan

    In March 2011, Dina Lohan told RadarOnline that Lindsay was no longer speaking to her father, Michael Lohan. Lindsay told the website she wished Michael would stop talking about her. "I am sorry that my father has continually chosen to speak publicly about our relationship, my mother, my siblings, and my professional team. I am working through my recovery day-by-day and find his public media bouts unnecessary and damaging," she said.


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    RIP Shaki, Thalia and Pau :(

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    in santa monica 6/16

    i want her bag

    in santa monica 6/14

    @ denny's in santa monica 6/13

    running in santa monica 6/12

    dying at these running pics rn

    in santa monica 6/11

    shopping in LA on 6/10


    tyfyt ontd

    massive thank you to jenniferlawrencedaily for the pics

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    Just two days after extending an olive branch to her husband’s former wife, Brandi Glanville, on Twitter, LeAnn Rimes appears to be back to her old ways.

    The country singer shared a link to a story about dealing with “that nasty ex-wife” on a blog called The Evil Stepmother Speaks on Friday morning – and RadarOnline has the details.

    LeAnn, who attended her stepson’s graduation with Eddie Cibrian on Thursday night, was not shy about sharing her praise of a post that was written back in September 2011.

    “This sounds amazing,” she responded, after retweeting a post titled “The One Lesson that Can Change Your Life aka Stepmoms Listen Up!”

    “There are no rules and no limits to what you can create, unless you impose limits on yourself. Yes, you can change your relationship with that ornery stepchild or that nasty ex-wife. You just need to understand how the universe works and the communication techniques to get you there,” a passage in the blog reads.

    LeAnn, who has been at odds with Cibrian’s ex-wife, since their affair broke up his marriage, reached out to Glanville on Twitter Wednesday, sharing a photo of her stepson dressed in a Hawaiian getup.

    “Had to share his luau fabulousness!!!! Mom and he are gonna rock out today. @brandiglanville have Fun!,” she Tweeted.

    The Real Housewife finally responded on Friday morning: “@leannerimes just seeing the luau tweet, been crazed, thanks we had a blast.”

    'REAL HOUSEWIFE'S' MOTHER Sues Over Baby-Killing Witch Doctor Allegation!

    Witch doctors and the law -- leave it to the mother of Phaedra Parks ... from "Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... to bring the 2 together in a $6 MILLION defamation filed in Georgia.

    Regina Bell (above right) filed the suit against a company called Vibe Holdings for its online book, "Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil" ... in which the author accuses Bell of "witch-doctory" and concocting potions to abort children.

    In the docs, Bell says all of the accusations are BS ... claiming she has been a respected preacher in her community for 33 years, and there's no way in hell she ever created any potions, or offered to help abort unborn children.

    Now Bell is demanding a retraction and $6 million in damages from Vibe -- saying she is publicly hated and ridiculed because of the book.

    The filing comes on the heels of her daughter's $30 million suit against Vibe ... also claiming defamation due to the book.

    A judge has yet to rule.

    'Housewives' exec kisses, tells!

    Bravo's Andy Cohen has apparently not kissed his last girl.

    At the Mall of America Monday to meet fans wanting a photo and autographed copy of his memoir "Most Talkative," the Bravo exec behind "The Real Housewives" franchise informed me that he considers his osculating skills top notch. A few months ago he kissed a woman because ... oh, you'll just have to read this interview or watch my The innuendo surrounding that kissing is racy, but there was no randy reason for the minor wardrobe change between my interview with Cohen and his arrival to meet his fans. He changed into a University of Minnesota T-shirt that was a gift from someone at a meet-and-greet. "Go Gophers! Go Gophers!" Cohen said to the crowd, which didn't respond with any rah-rah. "Is that right?" Cohen asked the crowd.

    And we're apparently not going to have any "Real Minnesota Housewives" to cheer on either. Cohen told the MOA crowd that he's not planning on adding to the network's franchise.

    Q. How many girls did you kiss before you realized this probably was not for you?

    A. I talk about this in my book. I always knew that I wanted to kiss a boy. I did kiss many girls to get to the point where I kissed a boy. I was waiting for the boy, basically.

    Q. So you don't have a ballpark recollection?

    A. How many girls have I kissed? By the way, I do love kissing, girls. I love kissing, period. I'm a very good kisser. If I meet a girl who will kiss me, I'll kiss them today. I had a good make-out with a girl a few months ago.

    Q. Really? What was that about since we know that's not what's most interesting to you?

    A. You know what. It was late in the evening and I had something I wanted to give her.

    Tamra And Vicki Call It Quits On Their Friendship!!

    On last week’s episode Tamra was seen telling fiance Eddie that she was bitter about BFF Vicki blowing her off for love tank filler, Brooks.

    Apparently Vicki can’t handle the truth – as usual – because she took to her Bravo blog to rip Tamra to shreds AND accuse her of spreading rumors about Mr. Hallmark. Tamra and Vicki have been close friends for years and even recently went into business together with Wines by Wives. Unfortunately ever since Tamra became friends with Gretchen Rossi and Brooks came into the picture their relationship has been strained. And now it looks like it’s over!

    In her Bravo Blog, Vicki accuses Tamra of Slade Smiley-ing on Brooks aka spreading negative stories about him everywhere!

    “I am also happy for Tamra that she is engaged to Eddie. I wonder, though, how she would feel if she had to listen to negative comments about Eddie as I have about Brooks. It gets tiring hearing about it, and it’s getting to the point I don’t want to read anything on the internet about him,” Vicki begins.

    “Tamra started most of the negative comments, which was uncalled for and downright mean. I will always have a very hard time forgiving her or for that matter and understanding why she started all this back-stabbing. I never asked her to ‘watch out for me.’ I never asked her to ‘protect me.’ And I never asked for her ‘approval’ on who I am dating, just as she didn’t ask my approval about Eddie. I would NEVER speak about Eddie the way that she did about Brooks.” Wowzers!

    “I have a lot to say about Tamra — but I think I may hold that for my new book I am writing. . .I’ll have to think about that,” she concludes.

    Ramona and Mario Reveal the Secrets to Their Happy Marriage!

    Even though Ramona Singer has had her share of spats with the other ladies on The Real Housewives of New York, one relationship in her life has always remained consistent: her happy marriage to her handsome hubby Mario Singer.

    In an exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, Ramona told us what she considers to be the secret to her 19-year marriage.

    “Number one,” she said, holding out her thumb, “is trust. Trust is a given. If you don’t have that, you have nothing.” She continued with, “Number two, communication.” So what’s number three? “Keep the love [and] the romance going.” She winked, and said, “Mario likes to make that number one.”

    For his part, Mario told us the secret to a long and happy marriage is simple, and only two words long: “Hot sex.”

    RadarOnline, StarTribune, RealityTea, TMZ, WetPaint

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    With London 2012 just around the corner, the BBC is celebrating the Cultural Olympiad with an epic production of Shakespeare’s history plays. Simon Lewis meets the men at the heart of the action.

    From June 30, BBC2 will broadcast in sequence Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V.

    This epic ‘Henriad’, telling of England’s bloody rebellions and wars around the turn of the 15th century, was overseen by James Bond director Sam Mendes, part-funded by American networks and filmed on a huge scale. It’s the most ambitious Shakespeare project on television since the BBC’s complete works in 1978-85.

    We gathered the lead actors in the new productions – David Suchet, Tom Hiddleston, Rory Kinnear and Ben Whishaw – at a London studio to discuss what Suchet calls the ‘Henry-fest’.

    First of all, what do you know about the Cultural Olympiad, of which this is a part?

    Rory Kinnear It’s trying to bring the focus of the Olympics on to these other things we’re good at. I’m so excited that they’re coming to London. Having only got two tickets to the boxing, I won’t be seeing much of the sporting action. So I’m glad to be involved in the Cultural Olympiad.

    What’s most important, drama or athletics?

    David Suchet For me? Drama, all my life – and I was quite a successful sportsman at school. But take drama away, and we’re sitting on a two-legged stool.

    Tom Hiddleston Winston Churchill said, ‘If we cut funding to the arts, then what are we fighting for?’ We have an incredibly rich arts culture here: British actors and films are winning Oscars, Adele won all those Grammys. British theatre is the best in the world. We should be very, very proud. But I love sport too.

    RK The thing about sport is that it’s got untold drama in it. It’s why Shakespeare wrote about kings: where the stakes are highest, people live in heightened states.

    Does playing kings make you more of a monarchist?

    TH It gives you huge respect for the Royal Family and what they endure. Imagine the freedoms they don’t have. As Henry V says, ‘What infinite heart’s ease must kings neglect that private men enjoy?’ They seem to me to be decent people who do decent things and acknowledge their power and try to use it well. They do a lot more than most of us.

    DS Without our royal heritage our tourist industry would be virtually non-existent. When the monarchy goes abroad it’s so welcomed and so applauded that it’s pretty foolish not to be a monarchist. You’re shooting yourself in the foot.

    RK Along with Shakespeare and Princess Diana, the Queen’s image is what people think of when they think of Great Britain. You understand what it does for our international status, and you have to respect that.

    Do the plays make you more patriotic?

    DS Certainly. I’m three-quarters Russian, so I’ve always felt an outsider. But I don’t think you can be in a play with John Of Gaunt’s ‘This sceptred isle’ speech and not feel proud to be British.

    Ben Whishaw I’m a bit nervous of the word patriotic, but I have a speech as Richard, which we filmed in St David’s Cathedral in Wales. Being there, talking about the divine right of kings, added something very powerful. It was all there. I didn’t have to act anything.

    RK Richard II is one of Shakespeare’s most factually accurate plays. He didn’t have to elaborate on history.

    BW Television is now done on a cinematic scale, which is the great thing about the plays we’re doing. You see the clothes and locations where it all really happened.

    TH The biggest thrill was to recreate the battles. If I played Henry V on stage, there’s no way I could be on a horse, riding through 50 extras at a gallop, blood everywhere. I was in chainmail on a horse with a St George’s cross on my shield, holding the standard. And I get to say the lines, ‘I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, straining upon the start. The game’s afoot: follow your spirit and upon this charge, cry God for Harry, England and St George!’ It just does something to your gut. The words are 410 years old, the battle was 200 years before that, and we’re that same culture.

    What would this country be without Shakespeare?

    BW I can’t imagine; he defined the mythology of Britain.

    DS He’s considered not only by us but globally to be the premium writer. Without that, we wouldn’t have had the reputation since the 16th century of being the theatrical centre of the world, so we’d be much poorer.

    RK I guess we’d have had another totemic figure of that era, whether it was Marlowe or Johnson. But no one else had the three big things of his compassion, his poetry and his imagination.

    TH He was so forgiving of human nature. As a result I think we have a very sophisticated cultural identity. Shakespeare is in our language. If you’ve ever been more sinned against than sinning, you’re quoting Shakespeare. If you think it’s high time, you’re quoting Shakespeare. People aren’t aware of the breadth of his influence.

    What was the golden age of Shakespearean acting?

    DS When I tell people I was at the RSC from 1973 to 1986, they say, ‘Oh, the golden age.’ Certainly we had some great verse speakers: Ben Kingsley, Patrick Stewart, Ian Richardson. If I had to pick an era, I’d say then.

    BW People usually say Gielgud, Guinness, Schofield and Olivier were the golden age…

    TH Well, they were as big as Brad Pitt and George Clooney are today. Theatre stars were so much bigger than they are now.

    BW But we’ve got Rory here, and Mark Rylance... these great new interpreters of Shakespeare.

    RK Whenever I play a Shakespearean role I can’t help but think of how many hundreds have played it before me. Whereas, if it was the 1590s and you were in the first cast of a new play by Shakespeare – the first actor to play Hamlet or King Lear – knowing the play would sink or swim on the strength of your performance? Wow. Imagine that. That must have been the golden age.

    When was the first time you performed Shakespeare?

    RK I played Pandarus in Troilus And Cressida at school. Not an easy play for 15 year-olds. My godfather came to see it. After three and a half hours, he said that was the last play of mine he was going to see.

    BW I played Hamlet in youth theatre aged about 15. I don’t know what I would have done without it as a teenager. I was not and am not interested in sport, so theatre was an opportunity to be with people I felt understood by.

    DS When I was 16, I played Macbeth at school and my English teacher said, ‘I think you may have acting talent. Try to get into the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and see where you get.’ I wouldn’t have thought of that at all. I wanted to be a surgeon, but I wasn’t a clever man. Being good in Shakespeare immediately made me acceptable, no longer a dunce.

    TH I played Flavius, the old, faithful servant of Timon of Athens. A bit obscure, but we didn’t do much Shakespeare at school. At Cambridge I played Romeo, and not very well. It’s really hard. He’s a bit of a wet fish, delicate and feminine.

    Do you know any Shakespeare speeches off by heart?

    TH In Othello, Iago dupes Michael Cassio into getting drunk. He starts a fight and loses everything he’s worked for. ‘Reputation, reputation, reputation,’ he says. ‘I have lost my reputation. I have lost the immortal part of myself and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago. My reputation.’ I love that because it feels so contemporary.

    DS I don’t know why, but the speech from Macbeth – ‘Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time’ – has stayed with me since I was 16. I’ve never done it professionally. I think I’m too old now.
    What does it give you, to know Shakespeare off by heart?

    DS I think getting those words into you, without knowing, it changes your own language. The language enters you like an aspirin which dissolves and later takes effect.

    TH Learning the lines, you have eureka moments when you go, ‘Yes, that’s what it’s like to feel that emotion’ – pride, jealousy, courage, love... I’d say he’s the most articulate, compassionate humanist who’s ever lived.





    loki thanks you for your time


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  • 06/16/12--22:03: Thrilling guess who post
  • It's been ages since I've done a Guess Who post but now feels like an appropriate time since ONTD loves the person featured in this here post (aside from me, obviously ;)). HERE WE GO (please excuse the red eye - I am not a demon):



    I was at iHop with three of my buddies at three this morning and as we're getting ready to exit the car I noticed three guys: Bobby Lee (madTV), Justin Kirk (Weeds), and Hunter exiting the restaurant. My friends didn't believe that it was them so I lunged forward and had to talk to them for a bit. Hunter is the nicest guy! It was really cool.

    ETA: here's the other pic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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    Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time (preview)


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  • 06/17/12--00:17: New Girl post!!!!!!!!!
  • Jake Johnson revealed to The AP that he is frequently asked to give hugs to male New Girl viewers while on the street!!!

    "It confuses me a little. We'll have our arms around each other and I'll think, 'Our ears are touching'," Johnson joked. "It's not offensive. It just doesn't need to happen."

    He also said of his aversion to hugging men: "My brother is my best friend in the world and in our lives we've hugged 15 times. With fame, you can't be that guy who says no. Omg same! I've NEVER hugged my brother.

    "So, the surprising thing of fame is the amount of man arms that have been around my shoulders for photo opportunities."

    Johnson also quipped that he hasn't been very successful in getting New Girl's writers to listen to his ideas for storylines.

    "[Producer Liz Meriwhether will] go, 'What, Jake? I'm so tired'. And I'll go, 'This is how it has to be'. And she'll go, 'No, just say the lines'," he teased.

    New Girl star Zooey Deschanel recently said that she is "not sure" if a musical episode will ever be produced because it might not fit "the reality of [the show's] world".

    The sitcom returns for a second season in the fall on Fox. His film Safety Not Guaranteed WHICH BTW HAS A 92% RATING ON ROTTEN TOMATOES is now in select theaters.

    Hannah Simone is one of the stars of 1883’s brand new Go Louder issue.
    Now that we know she’s a London girl through and through, we love her just that little bit more. We caught up with her in LA to find out what’s currently making her tick.

    Who’s currently on your iPod?
    The Weeknd is a really great Canadian artist… Then The Black Keys, Adele, Florence and the Machine, that kind of stuff!

    How would you spend a free afternoon?
    What I like to do and it’s something people think is really odd here in LA (I feel this is from my London roots) but I like to go for a walk! Nobody goes for a walk here! I like to go for a walk to the shop, pick up my groceries and then walk slowly back. That to me is just a really nice way to spend an afternoon. People here think it’s absolutely mad because you drive everywhere. I always say if someone is in their car and they see a girl with long brown hair walking down the street, it’s probably me because no one else walks in Los Angeles!

    Last movie you ever saw?
    I just watched Never Let Me Go. It’s such a powerful film. It really makes you so much more aware of how we spend our time and who we spend it with and what we want to do with our lives. I know people think it’s a very sad film but I thought it was one of those wakeup call films.

    Favourite place to shop?
    That is an easy one; I am a sucker for markets! I think it’s because I grew up in Saudi where you’d find great jewellery and in India there’s lots of great markets. When I moved back to London I intentionally lived in Holland Park so I could walk to Portobello on the weekend.

    Most treasured possession?
    I honestly think my friends! My oldest friends live in North London and I’ve known them since I was 14. It’s a band of brothers, three brothers. They’ve been my family every summer I go back to England. They’ve been really grounding for me in my life.

    They must love watching you now?
    OH YEAH! (Laughs) They think it’s so wild and weird! When I was working at the UN I also had a part time job at a coffee shop so they thought they had it well then because they would come in and I’d slip them free coffees all night. Now it’s really funny because they’ll come visit me in LA and I can give them other little perks of the job. They thought they had it good with the free coffee- it’s gone right up a notch now! It’s very surreal but lovely!

    Favourite designer?
    There are certain designers that are just classic, like I love Stella McCartney. She’s amazing but really any fashion inspiration I’ve ever had has been from watching girls that I think look really cool walking down the street, what is she wearing and how did she put it together. I’m a big people watcher.

    Most memorable night out?
    I drove with the brothers to Edinburgh for Hogmanay. It was the CRAZIEST night. it’s like a huge street party and we had people that were trying to fight us, people that were trying to marry us. It was the wildest Scottish crazy party I’ve ever been to! It was great something I’ll never forget. That’s one of the best nights I’ve ever had. The Scots really know how to have a good time.

    I’ve always wanted to go up for it!
    We’ll be ready for a fight and be ready for a kiss because they’ll come at you both at the same time!! (Laughs)

    If you could live anywhere else on earth right now, where would it be?
    Nowhere I’m not leaving! (Laughs) I always move! I always leave after 2 or 3 years! It’s funny people here always aspire to have a home in LA and a home in NY I want to push it further and have my home in LA and I would love to have my second home be back home in London.
    I’m the only Brit in the cast so it’s going to be interesting to see England’s reaction when I come back over!

    What been the best advice someone’s ever given you?
    If you really love something it’s what you do and the choices that you make! I think we grow up thinking love is a feeling that we have, but love is based in actions I think that really strikes a chord in me.

    To read Hannah’s full interview, check out the Go Louder issue of 1883, in stores now.

    Buffalo dipping sauce. Maybe honey mustard??

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    Redfoo, left, and Sky Blu — together known as LMFAO — accepting their MTV Movie Award this month for “Party Rock Anthem,” featured in “21 Jump Street.”

    THE fun-loving pop-rock duo LMFAO have been a major presence on the Billboard charts since last year, when they released their sophomore album, “Sorry for Party Rocking” (Interscope). Spoiler: They weren’t sorry. Their single “Party Rock Anthem” was just that: an inescapably addictive soundtrack for clubs, parties, barbecues, street fairs, anywhere people gathered to have a good time. Hits like “Sexy and I Know It” became remixed staples for nightlife-worshiping fans, not least because LMFAO created dance moves along with them.

    The two men, who rap, sing and D.J., have high musical lineage: Redfoo, 36 (born Stefan Gordy), is the son of Berry Gordy, the Motown mogul, and Sky Blu, 25 (Skyler Gordy), is Berry Gordy’s grandson and Redfoo’s nephew. Motown, Redfoo said, influenced them from the beginning. “The same reason why we’re doing music is the same reason why Motown did: to make the world a better place and to make people happy,” he said. “The main message is, just have a good time.”
    But LMFAO also has broader interests. Redfoo, a former day trader, is behind Beat Rock, a mobile D.J. app; he appears on “Run,” a new single by the rapper Flo Rida. And Sky Blu, who read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” with his book club, is creating D.J. software. They are on their first headlining arena tour in the United States, playing Nassau Coliseum on June 26 and Prudential Center on June 29 (LMFAO are also hosting the MuchMusic Awards Sunday June 17th).
    The guys behind LMFAO talked with Melena Ryzik about some of their favorite books, music and comedians and being taken lightly as a band. Redfoo spoke from Los Angeles, where he lives, and Sky Blu joined later, from a D.J. stop abroad. These are excerpts from the conversation.

    Q. You and Sky used to live together. How was he as a roommate?
    REDFOO I had an apartment, and he used to sleep on the floor, and he was pretty good. If he used a sleeping bag, he’d tidy it up. Then we moved into the house. We call it the Wonderland house. It was the real house where the Wonderland murders took place. We didn’t know it at first. The house was $2,500 a month; we were like, “score.” I don’t really believe in the supernatural, as far as the negativity. Our parents were upset and scared. We saged the house.
    Q. But you do believe in “The Secret”?
    REDFOO Yes. I would say it’s even stronger than a belief; to me it’s hard-wired as science, as a fact. We do it every day: whatever you imagine, whatever you think about it, what you’re drawn to is what you attract in your life. If you’re thinking about making a hit song, and you think I want everybody in the world to love it, then you kind of make it up, and you do it.
    Q. El DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night” was on your list. Was that an inspiration for the band?

    REDFOO It was one of the songs that I listened to before LMFAO. The whole reason I got back into the ’80s and back into D.J.-ing, I went through my first and last heartbreak. It’ll be my last heartbreak where I go through it eating chocolate and having group therapy with girls, like, [wailing] “What does it meaaan?” El DeBarge has an amazing voice, and it’s one of those songs that makes you feel good, no matter what you were doing before. The intro, it feels like I’m on an island drinking a margarita. [Sky Blu gets on the line.]
    SKY BLU What’s up, baby?
    REDFOO Where are you?
    SKY BLU I’m in Rio. I’m watching a soccer match on the beach.
    Q. Let’s talk about Eddie Murphy. How did he influence you?
    SKY BLU Trying to imitate him. For me growing up, it was Eddie Murphy and Jim Carrey.
    REDFOO That song “Party All the Time,” when he teamed up with Rick James, who is a big influence. He could do it all. He was comedy, movies, music. The Will Smith model is really the Eddie Murphy model.
    Q. He also looked pretty fly with that red leather jacket in “Delirious.”

    REDFOO That was an obsession for me and Sky. We were stalking that jacket. We couldn’t find it. We just made them.
    Q, Does it bother you when people say you’re a joke band?
    SKY BLU I don’t think it bothers me. We’re just funny people that make music seriously.
    REDFOO A joke band is making fun of bands. When I hear that stuff, I’m like, they just don’t see what it really is. There are bands that make parodies of being in a band, like Spinal Tap. That’s a big influence. They’re making fun of a rock band, but they write lyrics that are better than real rock bands. And Tenacious D: They’re funny, and I don’t think they’re making fun of bands. Even Steel Panther, who are inspirations to us, they’re kind of like doing a whole hair-metal thing, but these dudes are really talented.
    Q. You like Skrillex’s remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema.” Do you know Skrillex?

    REDFOO A little bit. I met him at a Steve Aoki party. His first EP hit, and it was like, what is this sound? What is this growling? This is so hard, but then it’s so beautiful. That was the thing with Skrillex: It can be so beautiful, and then it can go so raw, kind of like System of a Down.
    Q. How do you come up with your dance moves?
    REDFOO We like breaking down things. Once you start trying to understand where moves came from, a lot of stuff came from the Roaring ’20s, all this shuffling. Even the moonwalk: Michael Jackson was the first to do it, but on YouTube those cats have been moonwalking since the ’50s.
    Q. So you watch, like, Fred Astaire?
    REDFOO Yeah, because it’s smooth. The way he walks up stairs, or he might just skip on a ledge. It’s like, damn, that’s some funky stuff.
    Q. Sky, you’ve been quiet awhile. Are you still watching soccer?
    SKY BLU I was playing. I scored four goals.


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    Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and former Mayor Richard Riordan were honored Saturday night at the Los Angeles Zoo during the 42nd annual Beastly Ball.

    Gellar received the second Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award from the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, which raises money for the zoo. She is a patron of the association's Safari Club.

    "One of the places that I've come to love before I even had children was the L.A. Zoo," Gellar told ABC7. "Now getting to see it through my daughter is just the most amazing experience."

    The award recognizes members of the entertainment industry who have excelled in establishing meaningful and lasting programs that contribute to the welfare of the world's natural and civic environment, association president Connie Morgan said.

    "I started because my mother taught me a long time ago that even why you have nothing, there's way to give back and what you get in return for that is tenfold," Gellar said.

    More than 900 people attended the Beastly Ball, which is expected to raise more than $1 million for the zoo. The zoo's new LAIR habitat, which houses amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles, was featured at the event which also includes a dinner, auction, animal feedings and the opportunity to observe small animals up close.

    "We have to raise money because we've got a lot of mouths to feed," actress Betty White, a co-chair of Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's Board of Trustees, told ABC7.

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  • 06/17/12--07:20: Marvel Heroes MMO Megapost
  • Marvel Heroes MMO is an upcoming free browser-game with characters of the Marvel Universe.

    First teaser trailer:

    The MMO (Massively multiplayer online game) was originally named Marvel Universe online. It is developed by Gazillion Entertainment.
    There is no official release date yet.

    The gamestory from their website:
    The Cosmic Cube is a device of untold power capable of changing the very fabric of reality at the whim of its possessor. The brilliant but malevolent Dr. Doom has the Cube, and with it he aims to reshape the world in his own image. Determined to succeed where the Cube's previous wielders have failed, Doom has lined up villainous allies to prevent the super-heroes from interfering. Can you unravel Doctor Doom's sinister plan and stop him before it's too late?

    Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play MMO Action RPG created by David Brevik, the visionary behind Diablo and a team of industry veterans assembled specifically for this project.

    Marvel Heroes combines core gameplay elements of Diablo with the expansive library of characters from the Marvel Universe.

    Engage in Action-RPG-style gameplay, but in an MMO world.
    Team up online with your friends, or play solo.
    Randomly generated environments are different every time you play.

    Collect and play as your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Wolverine, Hulk, and many others.

    Choose from a list of fan favorites from the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and every corner of the Marvel Universe.
    Build your character using a library of spectacular powers appropriate to your hero.
    Customize your character with a library of costumes from Marvel’s rich history.
    Discover an endless variety of gear to increase your hero's power.

    Explore the Marvel Universe in a story crafted by comic book super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis.

    Visit famous locations from the Marvel Universe, from Avengers Tower to Mutant Town to the Savage Land.
    Smash through hordes of iconic Marvel enemies, such as the dreaded Purifiers and the legions of HYDRA.
    Face off against dozens of super-villains (soon to be revealed).

    Short Description for the tldr people:
    You can play mutliple characters from the Marvel Universe including a lot of members of the Avengers. The villian will be Doctor Doom
    who possesses the Cosmic Cube which holds a lot of Power. You as one of the heroes need to stop him before it's too late.
    The game is similar to Marvel Super Hero Squad Online. The graphic seems to be a lot better.

    Gazillion Entertainment has chosen to use Epic Games's Unreal Engine 3, instead of the Unity 3D engine used for Marvel Super Hero Squad Online.

    Gazillion Entertainment reveals the playable characters one by one. Already known heroes are:

    Some pictures of the playable characters:

    Some Screenshots:

    Victor van Doom:

    All sources:
    Official game page
    Official Twitter
    Official Facebook
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    In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of WrathEast of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.

    (Source: Steinbeck: A Life in Letters; Image: Thom and John Steinbeck with their father in 1954, courtesy of UC Berkeley.)

    New York
    November 10, 1958

    Dear Thom:

    We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

    First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

    Second—There are several kinds of love.

    One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

    You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

    But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

    Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

    The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

    If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

    Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

    It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

    Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

    We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

    And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.



    On August 8th of 1933, author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the following letter of advice to his 11-year-old daughter, "Scottie," who was away at camp.

    (Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters ; Image: Fitzgerald with both his daughter, "Scottie," and wife, Zelda, via.)

    La Paix, Rodgers' Forge
    Towson, Maryland

    August 8, 1933

    Dear Pie:

    I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I am glad you are happy — but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed pages, they never really happen to you in life.

    All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. If there is such a volume in the camp library, will you ask Mrs. Tyson to let you look up a sonnet of Shakespeare's in which the line occurs "Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds."

    Have had no thoughts today, life seems composed of getting up aSaturday Evening Post story. I think of you, and always pleasantly; but if you call me "Pappy" again I am going to take the White Cat out and beat his bottom hard, six times for every time you are impertinent. Do you react to that?

    I will arrange the camp bill.

    Halfwit, I will conclude.

    Things to worry about:

    Worry about courage
    Worry about Cleanliness
    Worry about efficiency
    Worry about horsemanship
    Worry about. . .

    Things not to worry about:

    Don't worry about popular opinion
    Don't worry about dolls
    Don't worry about the past
    Don't worry about the future
    Don't worry about growing up
    Don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you
    Don't worry about triumph
    Don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
    Don't worry about mosquitoes
    Don't worry about flies
    Don't worry about insects in general
    Don't worry about parents
    Don't worry about boys
    Don't worry about disappointments
    Don't worry about pleasures
    Don't worry about satisfactions

    Things to think about: 

    What am I really aiming at?
    How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

    (a) Scholarship
    (b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
    (c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

    With dearest love,


    P.S. My come-back to your calling me Pappy is christening you by the word Egg, which implies that you belong to a very rudimentary state of life and that I could break you up and crack you open at my will and I think it would be a word that would hang on if I ever told it to your contemporaries. "Egg Fitzgerald." How would you like that to go through life with — "Eggie Fitzgerald" or "Bad Egg Fitzgerald" or any form that might occur to fertile minds? Try it once more and I swear to God I will hang it on you and it will be up to you to shake it off. Why borrow trouble?

    Love anyhow.

    In June of 1971, just days before his 26-year-old son, Michael, got married, future-U.S. President Ronald Reagan sent him the following letter of advice. 

    (Source: Reagan: A Life In Letters; Image: Ronald Reagan, via.)

    Michael Reagan
    Manhattan Beach, California
    June 1971

    Dear Mike:

    Enclosed is the item I mentioned (with which goes a torn up IOU). I could stop here but I won't.

    You've heard all the jokes that have been rousted around by all the "unhappy marrieds" and cynics. Now, in case no one has suggested it, there is another viewpoint. You have entered into the most meaningful relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide to make it.

    Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if they play out in their own life all the locker-room stories, smugly confident that what a wife doesn't know won't hurt her. The truth is, somehow, way down inside, without her ever finding lipstick on the collar or catching a man in the flimsy excuse of where he was till three A.M., a wife does know, and with that knowing, some of the magic of this relationship disappears. There are more men griping about marriage who kicked the whole thing away themselves than there can ever be wives deserving of blame. There is an old law of physics that you can only get out of a thing as much as you put in it. The man who puts into the marriage only half of what he owns will get that out. Sure, there will be moments when you will see someone or think back to an earlier time and you will be challenged to see if you can still make the grade, but let me tell you how really great is the challenge of proving your masculinity and charm with one woman for the rest of your life. Any man can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it doesn't take all that much manhood. It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music. If you truly love a girl, you shouldn't ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors. 

    Mike, you know better than many what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.



    P.S. You'll never get in trouble if you say "I love you" at least once a day.

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    It isn't Father's Day everywhere, but this is still nice to share. :)

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    Getting close and personal on the set of their latest film, Amy Adams and Garrett Hedlund were spotted filming scenes for “Lullaby” in New York City’s Gramercy Park this afternoon (June 16).

    The darling duo were in character as the “Enchanted” star looked cute in a denim jacket with a colorful scarf while the “Four Brothers” actor sported a scruffy beard and a casual suit.

    Both stars play alongside a powerhouse cast including Richard Jenkins, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard in the Radiant Films International production.

    The film “explores the power of life, its transformative moments and re-connections between loved ones" and it made it appeared at the recent Cannes Film Festival in France.

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    Emily Deschanel attends the Farm Sanctuary Event in LA on June 16, 2012.

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    Stana Katic attends the Beverly Hills Hotel 100th Anniversary Weekend on June 16, 2012.

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    Josh Hopkins is shirtless and sexy as he gets out of the water on Thursday (June 14) in Maui, Hawaii.

    The 41-year-old Cougar Town actor is spending time on the island for the Maui Film Festival!

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    Out and about enjoying the sights, Jennifer Aniston and her beau Justin Theroux were spotted amidst the crowds in Rome, Italy earlier today (July 15).

    Looking lovely under the sun, the former "Friends" star dressed in a gray warm weather frock and brown flat sandals, while her man donned a gray t-shirt, black denim and matching leather boots.

    The couple's latest outing follows a super-romantic, week-long Parisian getaway for the two, which included a stop at one of Aniston's favorite spots, Ristorante Le Stresa.

    Additionally, Aniston and Theroux have been spotted doing a bit of shopping, making their way to chic vintage storefronts as well as several couture destinations.

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    They've been steaming up cyberspace with their flirtatious tweets and secret Skype sessions.
    And now it appears that Niall Horan and Demi Lovato may be about to take their online romance to the next level.

    Niall has admitted to personally contacting Demi, and admits: 'I don't know what's going to happen.' He replied coyly: 'We’ve spoken. She’s a cool girl so I got in contact with her. She’s really nice. I don’t know what’s going to happen.'

    The pair's chemistry was commented on by Demi's backing vocalist Shari, who tweeted: 'NiallOfficial it was nice to meet you over Skype with @ddlovato. Are you going to come to one of our shows in the US this Summer?'

    During an interview on US channel 955 a few days ago, Niall was asked who his celebrity crush is, to which he replied immediately, 'Demi Lovato - she's a beautiful girl.'

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    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN conferred honorary degrees on Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker today.

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    Jim Sheridan, Joan Bergin and Laura Mulvey were also on the honour-roll for their contribution to the arts through film.

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    University College Dublin made some excellent choices this year - so much talent.

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    He's in Australia promoting his latest film, Snow White and the Huntsman. But Chris Hemsworth took some well-deserved time off this weekend as he enjoyed the surf Down Under. The 28-year-old action hero was all smiles as he spent the afternoon caught in a rip in Maroubra on Saturday.

    The Aussie star, from Melbourne, was spotted catching a wave and wiping out early in the day. But Chris soon gained his sea legs back as he charged through the waves in the eastern Sydney beachtown, his blond hair whipping across his face. Grinning ear-to-ear as he paddled out in a wetsuit, it was clear to onlookers it wasn't the first time out on the waters for Chris. The muscled actor, who spent much of his childhood in a little Aboriginal community in the Outback, called Bulman, had only touched down in Sydney hours before hitting the surf.

    And it was understandable why Chris could hardly contain his grin in between the rips. He certainly has a lot to be happy about. In addition to catapulting to the top of the list of Hollywood's hottest actors, Chris became a father to his first child, daughter India Rose, just last month. Sadly his absence from London means he will miss his first Father's Day with his little girl and his wife, Elsa Pataky. Chris was seen with Elsa and their newborn baby India in London just last week.

    Talking about their choice of name for the little girl, he told E! News: 'It was just a name we liked, I always kind of liked Indie or Indiana for a boy and she liked India. 'We sort of went, "Oh well, whether it's a boy or girl, that will decide." It just seemed to fit.' Fatherhood, he said, is something he's desired for quite a while. 'I've wanted to have kids for a long time, and here it is, and I couldn't be happier,' he said.

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    In The Studio


    They were writing for The Wanted's new album in Los Angeles.



    Back In The Studio!

    Behind The Scenes of An Upcoming Magazine Spread


    Acoustic Set For Elvis Durand



    THE WANTED (with special guest TAIO CRUZ) performed to a sold out crowd at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on Thursday! The show was telecast on FUSE and showcased just how energetic and talented The Wanted are.


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    On Their New Album


    Is Radio Disney Even Allowed To Play Them?


    Ice Age 4 Meetings & US Weekly/Rolling Stone Lunch


    Source: Jay & The Wanted's Twitter

    Glad you came? … The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes pulled a porn star in Las Vegas
    By GORDON SMART, Showbiz Editor

    NATHAN Sykes faces a few questions from his mum next time he gets home.

    The Wanted have shamed him by revealing another of his conquests – a PORN STAR.

    According to his bandmates, Nathan pulled her at their gig for MTV’s Spring Break in Las Vegas.

    Max George said: “The porn star was 25, he’s only 19. She said hello to him and two minutes later she took her phone out of her bikini bottoms.

    “I walked in just as this was happening, then I walked back out to leave them alone. They were hiding behind the curtains.”

    Surely they could have found somewhere comfier for a bunk-up.

    On Friday, as their US tour continued, the band played a gig in New York, where fans had camped out all night to get in.

    Afterwards, cops asked Max, Nathan, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness to leave by the side door, fearing fans would get injured trying to get autographs if they left by the front doors.

    Nathan and Jay would have loved to be mobbed by the female fans.


    Debunked By Nathan Himself

    Other Bits...
    The boys headlined 92.3FM's One Night Stand concert on Friday night and headlined again on Saturday at Chicago's B96 Pepsi Summerbash. It was pooring but everyone stayed to party!

    Who needs professional photography when you have a cellphone! Save the money, spend it on booze. It's a win/win really.

    Next Up...

    Off to Vegas to headline another radio gig tonight and then to Six Flags Over Texas for their last US headling show until August. Once they back in the UK they'll be playing some more festivals and headling a show in Ireland and opening for the amazing Westlife for one of their (if no their) last ever live concert. That's some epic boybandery, just saying. Oh and a little gig called The Olympics torch relay!

    On a final note: Who says they can't do choreo?!



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  • 06/17/12--08:45: Decoding Disney Dads
  • On Mother’s Day we brought you an article dissecting Disney’s poorly written mother roles. Now that Father’s Day is here, I’ve examined the roles of dads in Disney movies and found that many of them fit neatly into one of a few categories. Since father figures are often not the main role in these movies, they must serves as plot devices for the leading character’s development. Below I discuss some of those categories many Disney dads fit into.

    1. The Well-Meaning Fool

    These dads are good fathers because they certainly love their children. However, their foolishness either acts as a foil or a plot device for their children. In Beauty and the Beast, Belle’s father Maurice is an inventor known to the townspeople as an “old fool”. His scatterbrained ways get him lost in the forest and kidnapped by the Beast which sets the whole story in motion.

    Some of the princes’ fathers fall into this category as well. Both Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming in Cinderella have portly elder fathers who are more bark than bite. Both King Hubert and Prince Charming’s father (I guess first names don’t run in the family?) are puffed up and proud and make somewhat of a fool of themselves, becoming foils for their perfect princely sons. All three of these well-meaning yet foolish fathers make our main characters look better or give them a reason for doing what they do. Not to mention they all look remarkably alike.


    2. The Overbearing Father

    This type of father is one many are familiar with in their own lives; they want the best for their children but as a result can come off controlling. These fathers’ overbearing attitude offers a plot device for the movie. They give the main characters a change to rebel and make stupid decisions. A classic example of this is King Triton in The Little Mermaid. Without his constant insistence that she not go to the surface or mess around with humans, she may not have wanted to do so quite so badly and trade her voice for a guy she never really met. Nemo’s dad Marlin serves the same purpose. After the death of Nemo’s mother (because it would be too much to ask for anyone to have both parents), his father becomes extra strict. This pressure leads Nemo to defy him and get captured by humans.

    This plot line is a little skewed but still relevant in some other Disney movies. In Pocahontas, her father urges her to marry Kocoum even though she is reluctant to do so. In Aladdin, Jasmine’s dad is also obsessed with her getting married (seriously though, these girls are still teenagers). Mulan’s father too wishes her to become a respectful lady and make a good match, however he seems to accept her for who she is a bit more than the other fathers in this category. Regardless of the extent, each of these fathers present a reason for these characters to work harder for what they want, despite the consequences.


    3. It’s Better to Have Loved and Lost…

    Sometimes our main characters get the pleasure of a father who is top notch. He is wise and full of great life advice. Sadly, this type of father figure is just too good to be true, so they must be killed off quickly. Think of Mufasa from The Lion King. Simba is kind of a dumbass as a cub but his father is always there to steer him back into the right direction with wise words about his kingdom and his life. Sadly, the story takes a Shakespearean turn and Mufasa dies at the hands of Scar. This gives Simba an excuse for running away and forsaking his responsibility and voila: a plot develops.

    Then there’s Tiana and her father James in The Princess and the Frog. They are a family with not too much money but they enjoy good food and friends and live happily in New Orleans. Tiana’s father teaches her that if she works hard she can accomplish her dreams. He dies and she grows up to be a hard-working young woman who wants more than anything to open her own restaurant. While his advice makes her one of the most admirable Disney princesses, it also gives her a one-directional mindset which leads her character development.


    4. Missing or Pretty Much Useless

    Last but not least we have the typical dead parent syndrome that Disney likes so much to fall back on. As discussed in the last article, many lead characters in Disney movies lack mothers. Many of them also lack fathers as well. Snow White and Cinderella are both pretty much orphans. Their fathers’ remarriages conveniently provided an villain character before they also conveniently disappeared. Both these leading ladies have to survive the deadly advances of their jealous and conniving stepmothers and thus, a plot is formed.

    Sleeping Beauty has a father but since she is raised in the woods by three fairy godmothers and doesn’t meet him until she’s 16, he pretty much had no bearing on her storyline. The same goes for Rapunzel in Tangled. She was separated from her father as a baby and her plot exists entirely without him. In Lilo & Stitch, Lilo and Nani’s parents were killed leaving them effectively orphans. While Lilo has her older sister to care for her, she is also absent a father figure.


    Obviously there are more than just 4 roles for dads in Disney movies. However my evaluation reveals some very obvious themes. Most of these movies are based on character development and that development is set in motion often by the actions of secondary characters such as fathers. I hope to see some more originality in the future, and am curious as to how Brave’s character Merida will turn out and how they portray her relationship with her father. Fingers crossed.


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  • 06/17/12--09:08: Rodney Kind Dead at 47

  • Los Angeles (CNN) -- Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47.
    Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy DeAnda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and attempted to revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, DeAnda said.

    There were no preliminary signs of foul play, he said, and no obvious injuries on King's body. Police are conducting a drowning investigation, DeAnda said, and King's body would be autopsied.

    "His fiancee heard him in the rear yard," he said, and found King in the pool when she went outside.

    Kelly was a juror in King's lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles in 1994.

    King's beating after a high-speed car chase and its aftermath forever changed Los Angeles, its police department and the dialogue on race in America.

    King was 25 and on parole after a robbery conviction in April 1991. In an interview in 2011, he recalled he had been drinking and was headed home from a friend's house when he saw a police car following him and panicked, thinking he would be sent back to prison. So he attempted to flee.

    "I had a job to go to that Monday, and I knew I was on parole, and I knew I wasn't supposed to be drinking, and I'm like 'Oh, my God,'" he told CNN.

    He realized he couldn't outrun the police, but looked for a public place to stop. "I saw all those apartments over there, so I said, 'I'm gonna stop right there,'" he said. "'If it goes down, somebody will see it.'"

    An amateur cameraman caught the scene as four white police officers struck King more than 50 times with their wooden batons and used a stun gun on him.

    King said as the officers beat him, they yelled, "We are going to kill you, n***er," although the officers denied using racial slurs.

    The video shows King cowering on the ground and attempting to crawl away as he is surrounded by a crowd of police officers. Four of them used their nightsticks to strike him.

    King was beaten nearly to death. Three surgeons operated on him for five hours.
    The video of the beating appeared on national television two days later, focusing attention on the issue of racially-motivated police brutality.

    "We finally caught the Loch Ness Monster with a camcorder," King attorney Milton Grimes said.

    Four LAPD officers -- Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon -- were indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer.

    But following a three-month trial in the predominantly white Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, three of the officers were acquitted of all charges. The jury, which had no white members, deadlocked on one charge of excessive force against Powell, and a mistrial was declared on that charge.

    Powell's attorney, Michael Stone, said earlier this year the unedited video worked against King and helped prove the officers' case.

    "Most of the nation only saw a few snippets where it's the most violent," Stone said. "They didn't see (King) get up and run at Powell."

    But African-Americans in Los Angeles exploded in outrage. Rioters ran through the streets -- looting businesses, torching buildings and attacking those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The violence was responsible for more than 50 deaths and $1 billion in property damage.

    On the third day of rioting, King emerged from seclusion to make a plea: "People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?"
    The violence ceased, but the debate did not.

    Nearly a year later, the four officers stood trial in federal court on civil rights charges. Two African-Americans were picked for the jury, and King testified. He hedged, however, on whether police used racial slurs during the beating. He told CNN in 2011 that slurs were used, but said he vacillated on the stand because his mother had told him to avoid talking about race.

    Koon and Powell were found guilty and sentenced to 30 months in prison. Briseno and Wind were acquitted.

    "It was like ... I just hope we just get one," King said. "I hope we just get one on that. If we get one, we're good. So to get the two, I was really happy."
    King also sued the city of Los Angeles.

    "Half of them had no sympathy whatsoever," Kelly, his fiancee, told CNN earlier this year about her fellow jurors. "... They just didn't care. Like, 'He broke the law. He deserved what he got.' I told them they were crazy. It was about justice for what happened to him. No one deserves to get beat like that."

    The other jurors came around, and King was awarded $3.8 million in damages.
    In later years, King had several more run-ins with the law, including a 90-day jail stint in 1996 for a hit-and-run involving his wife at the time. On the 20th anniversary of the beating in 2011, he was pulled over and ticketed for a minor traffic violation.
    "The trouble that (people) see me in is a part of my life that I'm working on," he said in 2011. "I'll always have an issue when it comes to alcohol. My dad was an alcoholic. The addiction part is in my blood. What I've learned to do is arrest my addiction -- arrest it myself, so I don't get arrested."

    In 2008, King appeared on the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab." He also released a memoir, "The Riot Within," in which he describes his difficult upbringing and his reflections on the beating and its aftermath.

    The ranks of Los Angeles police are much more diverse than they were at the time of King's beating. Changes have also been made -- some compelled by the courts -- in the way certain neighborhoods are patrolled and how complaints are handled.

    King said earlier this year he has forgiven the officers who beat him.

    "Yes, I've forgiven them, because I've been forgiven many times," he said. "My country's been good to me ... This country is my house, it's the only home I know, so I have to be able to forgive -- for the future, for the younger generation coming behind me, so ... they can understand it and if a situation like that happened again, they could deal with it a lot easier."


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