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Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to star in supernatural fantasy/thriller "Horns."
Pic will be financed by Red Granite Pictures. Red Granite will co-produce the film with Mandalay Pictures.
Based on the novel by Joe Hill, "Horns" is being directed by Alexandre Aja ("The Hills Have Eyes," "Piranha 3D").
"Horns" has been adapted by Keith Bunin ("In Treatment").
Producers are Red Granite's Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, Mandalay Pictures president Cathy Schulman and Adam Stone. Joe Hill and Red Granite's Joe Gatta are executive producers.
Radcliffe will portray the number one suspect for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. He awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their impulses -- an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend's tragedy.
Shooting is slated to begin this fall. Red Granite Pictures' international sales arm will handle foreign sales.
"After reading Joe Hill's cult book, I couldn't resist temptation to dive into the devilish underworld and reinvent a universal myth," Aja said.
It was announced this week at the San Diego Comic-Con that Dan will be one of several celebrities to lend their voices to Adult Swim's program Robot Chicken for the upcoming season. This has not been formally confirmed yet, but we will update as soon as we receive more information on it.
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Years of extensions, weaves and dye jobs have finally taken their toll on Lindsay Lohan ... as her exposed scalp made an impromptu appearance through her scraggly ginger locks when she picked up dinner at -- the appropriately named -- E. Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
If this keeps up, it won't be long before the rehabbed 26-year-old wigs out again.
For Thursday, July 12, 2012:
Mila Kunis Returns to Miss Dior as A Hollywood Superstar
Mila Kunis returns for the second time as the face of the Miss Dior handbag. Kunis embodies a Jackie-O vibe donning a retro bouffant hairdo and vintage threads. The quirky and petite Kunis, who currently stars in the new comedy "Ted", becomes a sophisticated Fifties Hollywood star in the black-and-white shoot.
Photographer Mario Sorrenti captures the glamorous Kunis in Los Angeles. Carine Roitfeld styles the actress, portraying her as the starlet who just loves the camera. The beautiful Kunis is surrounded by a flood of paparazzi in one of the photos.
According to WWD, the ad campaign will make its debut on July 21st in the August issue of Elle Hong Kong, and will be featured in September issues, including Bazaar and Tatler in the U.K., Vanity Fair in the U.S. and Vogue Paris in France. Dior will release more images from the campaign, along with a behind-the-scenes video and mini film, on its Miss Dior website on Wednesday
Sage Moonblood Stallone, 36, was found dead this afternoon at an apartment, his attorney confirmed to The New York Post
Sage’s attorney George Braunstein said Sage was found a couple hours ago in his home. He told The Post: “I have just gotten a report that he was found dead at his home.”
“He was in good spirits, and working on all kinds of projects,” said Braunstein. “He was planning on getting married. I am just devastated. He was an extremely wonderful, loving guy. This is a tragedy.”
Sylvester Stallone's son was found dead today.
He added he did not know if Sylvester had yet been informed but Sage’s mother Sasha Czack had been told.
A rep for the LAPD confirmed that Sage Stallone was found dead alone in his home.
"There is no suspicion of foul play or criminal activity", the rep said, adding that police went to the home for a “welfare check,” when someone couldn’t get in touch with Stallone and asked the police to investigate.
Sage made his acting debut alongside his father in 1990s Rocky V. He then moved into directing and producing.
Sylvester had been at Comic Con in San Diego this week promoting Lionsgate’s “The Expendables 2” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren.
A rep for Sly Stallone didn’t immediately comment, Lionsgate referred all questions to Sly Stallone’s camp.
Wow, that's incredibly sad. I remember him in Rocky V.
Glee star Dianna Agron is in negotiations to play the daughter of Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in Malavita, the Luc Besson thriller being made by EuropaCorp and Relativity.
Based on the book Badfellas, the story centers on an American mob boss (De Niro) in the Witness Protection Program who is hiding with his family in the Normandy region of France. But the man can’t stop his Mafia ways and begins to impose his will on the unsuspecting small town he lives in. His actions eventually attracts the mob he squealed on.
Tommy Lee Jones is also in talks to join the cast of the dark action comedy.
Besson, who is directing as well as co-writing, is producing with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and Virginie Silla.
Relativity is distributing the film domestically.
Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on the Fox musical show, most recently appeared on the big screen in 2011’s I Am Number Four. While that film had a youth-skewing cast, the Malavita deal puts her opposite veteran and iconic actors who have multiple Oscar wins and nominations among them.
She is repped by WME, Rick Yorn and Hansen Jacobson.
The Hollywood Reporter
LORI NEEDS TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeanne Cooper Opens Up About Romance With Her On-Screen Son!
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Emmy winner Jeanne Cooper has confessed to a real-life affair with her on-screen son, Beau Kazer, who plays Brock.
The actress, who played Katherine Chancellor on the hit soap opera for nearly four decades, has revealed she sought comfort from Kazer, who is 21 years her junior, after her television producer husband Harry Bernsen, Jr. unexpectedly filed for divorce several years ago.
“Well,” she began, no hint of regret in her voice, “he brought one of the kindest, most grounded, kinds of simplicity to life. He was a great conversationalist, a poetic kind of person. And you know what? He delivers lines better than anyone I’ve ever known!
“We had dinner one night,” she said, "and then, it went further."
“He made the first move. But the age difference was not for me. He kept saying he had no problem with it and that age meant nothing to him.”
So? “So, he married someone else.” She paused for effect. “His new wife? She was 30 years older than he was!”
Kazer still plays his role as her son on “Y&R” from time to time.
Still attracted to the guy? She giggled, “I still can’t say ‘hi’ to him without, well, you know.”
Norma Monty, a former head writer at GENERAL HOSPITAL, has died at age 86. Born March 13, 1926 in North Bergen, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Tina and Joseph Montemurro, and sister of Gloria Monty, renowned TV director/producer who brought GENERAL HOSPITAL back from the brink of cancellation (Gloria Monty died in 2006).
Norma Monty died on July 3 in Reno, Nevada.
She received a BA degree from the College of St. Elizabeth and an MA degree from Columbia University with honors. She also received 75 doctoral units in communications with an emphasis on drama and TV at the Film Institute of New York University.
She began her career as an English teacher in Matawan, New Jersey, followed later on as the chairman of the English department in Middletown Township, New Jersey. She served in that capacity for 19 years, during which the English department was voted the best in the state on the secondary school level.
Norma Monty then served as the supervisor of English for Edison Township school district in which she supervised the instruction of 150 teachers in six secondary schools.
She then left the teaching profession and moved to California to become the associate producer of the television soap opera General Hospital. She advanced to the position of head writer of GENERAL HOSPITAL, earning three Emmy nominations along the way.
Upon her retirement Norma split her time between her homes in Rumson, New Jersey and Rancho Mirage, California. In New Jersey she was an active member of Deal Country Club and the Monmouth Beach Club. In California she was a member of the Thunderbird Country Club.
Norma Monty received numerous honors during her lifetime. In particular Monmouth University honored her for the design and structure of their television film studio. She received honors for the children’s cultural center in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She received the humanities achievement award from the College of St. Elizabeth.
Norma was also active in numerous charities including the children’s cultural center of Monmouth County, New Jersey, the Monmouth County Visiting Nurse Association, The Rancho Mirage Public Library and the Eisenhower Medical Center of Rancho Mirage, California.
She is survived by her aunt Dorothy DePietro of Montville, New Jersey and her cousin Joseph DePietro MD of Lincroft, NJ.
Hosting live television shows for more than 30 years on Chicago’s WBBM-TV was full of surprises. Like the day when a young man named Bill Bell, who worked at a local ad agency, called to book a guest. I had a cancellation to fill, and his client was a home economist from Pillsbury, so I said she could come on the show. I don’t remember her name — in fact, I don’t even remember meeting Bill — but he called me the next day to ask me out for coffee, and a year and a half later, we were married.
In those early days, I worked seven days a week, interviewing exciting people like Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe and Ronald Reagan on my talk show.
Bill worked even more than I did, because he’d help me, and then he’d do his own work. People often called him either “Mr. Phillip” or “Bob Bell,” who played TV’s Bozo the Clown. But Bill never got mad; he thought it was funny and he’d keep smiling. He had a marvelous smile.
Bill decided to leave advertising when he was hired by legendary television writer Irma Phillips, who created “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” He stayed with her for 10 years, learning the industry and making trips to New York. Then he decided he’d create his own soap opera, and I thought it was a great idea because he’d be making more than $50 per week. That’s when he started “The Young and the Restless.”
Bill used to create the grandest stories for the show, and he’d discuss them with me. On weekends, we’d go to Lake Geneva, where my folks owned a farm, with our three kids — our sons William and Brad and our beautiful daughter Lauralee Bell, who plays Christine “Cricket” Blair on “Y&R.”
Years later, based on the success of that show, we also started “The Bold and the Beautiful” — and that was when we picked up our family and moved from Chicago to L.A.
We had a wonderful marriage, and every day was a gift, but for the last six years of his life, Bill suffered from Alzheimer’s. He couldn’t drive anymore, and he didn’t even remember who I was, but he was loving and caring until the end.
Bill passed away in 2005. At that point, we had been married 50 years. I still think of him every day.
I’ve put all of my favorite memories in a new book called The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell. Our life together was a great romance filled with surprises and born in the great city that we will forever call home: Chicago.
SOAPnet will present a two-week block of the Live Well Network original programming weeknights 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (ET/PT), beginning Monday, July 30th through Friday, August 10th. Each night will feature a different episode from the premiere lifestyle network, including LIVE BIG WITH ALI VINCENT, MY FAMILY RECIPE ROCKS!, MIRROR/MIRROR and WE OWE WHAT?
Featuring inspiring stories and covering today's hottest topics from fashion and family finance to outdoor adventure, travel, cooking and more, the Live Well Network provides entertaining information viewers need when they need it most. Available in over 60% of the country, the Live Well Network is one of the fastest growing digital networks offering a wide range of entertainment-based programs, hosted by popular personalities.
LIVE BIG WITH ALI VINCENT – Host Ali Vincent – first female winner of the “Biggest Loser” – goes on a personal journey around the country to help others discover their true selves.
MY FAMILY RECIPE ROCKS! – Host Joey Fatone, TV personality, actor and former *NSYNC star, goes beyond the familiar celebrity chef show to highlight stories of homegrown cooks from across the country as they share their homemade specialties.
MIRROR/MIRROR – Host Rebecca Spera shows off the latest trends in beauty, health and fashion while hunting for bargains, sharing style secrets and catching up with industry experts.
WE OWE WHAT? – Award-winning financial expert Mary Caraccioli travels across the country to meet families we can all relate to – from those who just can’t seem to save to folks on the verge of financial meltdown. With practical tips and her no-nonsense approach, Mary helps them get back on track to find financial freedom.
We’ve seen television favorites yanked off shows despite contractual obligations. Katie Couric’s ABC daytimer debuts September. So when will TV hotshots determine her new effort’s hot or not? Two years? Three seasons? Six episodes? Care to hear precisely exactly how long their eyes take to decide? You won’t believe it. But believe it.
Day 1, everybody tunes in. Day 2, it’s those watching a second time plus whoever missed the first program. By Day 3, the tinkering begins, but to suits in those offices if the ratings aren’t solid gold, it’s already all over.
Three days to tell if Katie’s A-OK. And please don’t insult me by saying I don’t know what I’m talking about. I know what I’m talking about because I know what they are talking about.
Dennis Haskins -- known to twenty- and thirtysomethings everywhere as Principal Belding from the 1990s teen sitcom SAVED BY THE BELL -- will guest star on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS this Friday, July 13, playing a priest.
Visiting Genoa City won't be Haskins' first foray into the world of daytime television. In May 2010, he played exterminator Mack on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, teaming up with Pam for one of her pranks against Donna.
In other celebrity stunt casting news, comedienne Brett Butler returns as Paul's next-door neighbor, Beth, for two additional episodes on Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27.
Ratings for the debut of ABC's summer series GOOD AFTERNOON AMERICA -- an additional hour of their long-running GOOD DAY AMERICA franchise -- were reportedly about 40 percent higher than those of the show it replaced... which is why we're sounding the battle cry and urging soap fans not to tune in to the net's new series.
"If fans want to keep GENERAL HOSPITAL on the air, they need to make sure a clear message is sent to ABC," says Soaps In Depth executive editor Richard M. Simms. "Although GAA is being talked-up as a limited-run series to bridge the gap between THE REVOLUTION's demise and the premiere of Katie Couric's new program, ABC has proven that they'll happily pull the plug on a soap if they can replace it with something that's cheaper to produce."
Last year, both ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN were given the axe in favor of reality offerings which got lower ratings but were also cheaper to produce. "Fans need to realize that it's never been more important to support their soaps," says Simms. "We're down to four shows. Do we really want to lose another one?"
Back in the days when soaps were pre-empted for coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, daytime TV fans discovered that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Now, the Investigation Discovery channel is banking on that appetite for true crime-themed programming to continue. Recently, they brought in a host of veteran soap stars, amongst them Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES) to tape a series of promotional bumper segments. (A broadcasting "bumper" fills up the space between the end of a program and the start of a commercial break, or vice versa.)
"Jackie Zeman (ex-Bobbie, GH), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Kin Shriner (Scott, GH/PC), Matt Ashford (Jack, DAYS), and I were in one group playing wicked women and bad boys, and then we also got to see DAYS' Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Drake Hogestyn (John)," Herring tells Soaps In Depth. "It was so much fun because we had separate parts, but we were all on the set at the same time and in makeup and chatting away. It felt like we were all back on some soap opera somewhere!"
In actuality, it's been five years since PORT CHARLES concluded and Herring hung up her exasperating-yet-sexy alter ego, and nearly three since she played trouble-maker Audrey on AS THE WORLD TURNS. "I'd forgotten how much I missed that energy of being on a set where everybody has one purpose to make a cool product," confesses the actress who's been off raising a family on her Northern California ranch. But with her sons now gone to college, might she be enticed back to daytime again?
Do you feel that daytime soaps could benefit from some new writers?
Everyone’s got an opinion on that. My job is to act. Give me a story and I’ll make it work.
When you’ve got a show like ours that has been around for so many years, numbers start to drop and the fear factor kicks in and you start making drastic changes. We could all of a sudden lose 60% of our audience as oppose to 5% each year. I think it comes to a point of view where we just hope that we can hold on to them.
It’s like Zulu Dawn, the movie where you have thousands of Zulu warriors charging down at 200 soldiers. We know that if we can hold on a little longer, we may stand a chance, but everyone knows you’re doomed. Personally, if I was running a show that I knew was going to be terminated, I would start bringing in writers who are either young, worked in primetime, are cutting edge or have written for cable and ask how we could bring in the young crowd.
If you got to write for Y&R, where would you want your character’s story to go?
I’m not a writer, so I can’t think about it. I can’t start thinking that way because it makes me question things that I have no control over.
With Cane’s recent storyline, is his sister alive?
It seems that way. If you add up the numbers and get clues like with the toys or how the person knew the password to the bank account. Seems to be the way it’ll pan out, but who knows? I have no idea. It would be interesting if it were Samantha because she took the bullet from Caleb that saved Cane. There’s a myriad of opportunities there to create something powerful. I have a lot of faith with [head writer] Maria Arena Bell to craft something wonderful for me.
You tweeted that they’re updating the opening credits awhile back. Are we getting brand new credits, or is this just an update?
They’re just updating. I shot my portion. It’s only been…what, 10 years since the update?
Thank you for your time. Is there any special message you’d like to say to the fans?
I am the luckiest man to have the fan base that I have. I genuinely have a great appreciation and love for every single person who has written, rallied, cheered or booed for the character of Cane. I’m just grateful. I’m at Twitter, @DanielGoddard, and have my Facebook page. We have fan events that we put together. I truly believe that it’s important to let your fans know, I mean they’re just so devoted, and I’m devoted to them.
Actor and producer, Mark Consuelos, best known for his role on the long-running soap favorite, ALL MY CHILDREN will read a portion of the book "SKIPPYJON JONES" to audience members at Theatreworks USA's Free Summer Theatre, many of whom are children who have never been to a live theatrical performance.
15 episode collection will be available soon from Amazon's CreateSpace program
The world's most watched soap opera brings you an emotional collection of some of the most unforgettable episodes. From romantic reunions, to lies, betrayal and tragedy, you will be consumed with the drama. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has explored the entangled lives, passionate loves, high-stakes battles, loyalties, tragedies, and the inspiring triumphs of the Forrester, Logan, Spencer, Marone, and Spectra families. With romance, sensuality, complex characters and intricate and compelling storylines, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is, at its core, a gripping tale of high fashion glamour, honor and most importantly, family. This DVD set will take you back in time to some of the most memorable moments on the show.
A 2-disc set with "an unforgettable collection of the most gripping episodes" (15 of them!) is coming to DVD with The Bold and the Beautiful - Most Shocking Moments. With the studio labeled as "Bell-Phillip TV," the title is coming from Amazon's CreateSpace MOD (manufacture on demand) program, at a cost of $19.95 SRP. No specific date has been given yet for when this will begin to be available; the e-tailer's listing currently says, "This title has not yet been released. You may pre-order it now and we will deliver it to you when it arrives.
In the July 23rd issue of Soap Opera Digest, it features an article on Heather and her latest scheme. At the beginning of the week Anna has to cut Heather loose from jail. Since Heather is a gossip columnist, she has to be in the know. She has Johnny's office under surveillance, where she's been spying on him and Lulu. She hears Lulu say she believes Heather has something to do with Luke's disappearance, leaving her scrambling to cover her tracks. Heather gets a forger to write a letter in Luke's hand writing stating that he's left town. Heather then goes to buy LSD. At first, Luke thinks Heather is going to drug him but that's not the case. Heather heads to her intended LSD victim but things don't go as planned. Someone else is there.
In the July 23rd issue of Soap Opera Digest,there is an article about Carmine and Abby getting busy. It starts out with Abby taking Carmine to the ranch to meet Victor. Victor feels blind-sighted by Abby's shenanigans and orders Carmine to leave, which he does. Victor tells Abby to dump Carmine but she refuses. Abby leaves and find Carmine shooting hoops. They argue, Carmine calls Abby a brat, she kisses him. They have sex right on the basketball court.
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,543,000 (+272,000/+25,000)
2. B&B 3,338,000 (+198,000/+438,000)
3. DAYS 2,329,000 (-47,000)
4. GH 2,277,000 (-145,000/+78,000)
JR's blackmailer was revealed to be Colby. Babe was shaken after she heard a tape of Greg's last words. Her suspicions that JR was the one who buried Greg alive mounted and, after debating what to do, she had JR listen to the tape. He was stunned by what he heard. Worried that Greg was Spike's biological father, Kendall turned to Josh for help and a DNA test. He was shocked when the results revealed that he shared genetic markers with Spike. Unaware of his biological link to Kendall, Josh broke the news that Greg was Spike's father. Erica was heartbroken when Zach told her that Kendall discovered the secret of Greg fathering at his clinic. Di told Aidan that Erin had moved on with another man. Ryan learned Annie's secret.
Paul finally convinces Dusty to accept Jen's death. Gwen sings at Jen's memorial service and Hal shares a touching story about how Jen wanted to be and angel when she was a little girl. When Lucy shows up at the service, Dusty throws her out, blaming her for Jen's death. Always on the lookout for damsel in distress, Damian attempts to comfort Lucy later. Realizing that her marriage is about to end, Carly sets new rules for Jack. Finally supporting her son's marriage to Gwen, Barbara releases Will's trust fund. Going against his sister's dying request, Paul decides to fight for full parental custody. Just when it looks like there is no hope left for Emily, Dusty shows up in her defense. The golfer leads Mike to Katie and Simon, when they return safely home Mike gives Katie a replica of her lost wedding ring. Meanwhile at Crash, Maddie gets jealous when she sees Casey with Lia and accidentally starts a fire at the club. She tries to cover it up, but a few Oakdale residents are suspicious.
Brooke and Nick made love on their make-shift "honeymoon" island. Felicia tells Stephanie that she is upset about Bridget having taken the two men in her life. Bridget tells Dante that Brooke and Nick are mismatched while Thorne believes that Ridge and Brooke belong together. A special party was planned for Alexandria's birthday, bringing together the Forresters for a family celebration along with their very close friends. Phoebe was on the way to the birthday and experienced a flat tire, which brought a stranger to help, scaring her even more. Phoebe calls her mother for help, but it is Darla that rescues her from her situation, which brings more tragedy for everyone. While trying to help fix the flat tire, Darla is run over by Taylor.
Lucas and Carrie finally tied the knot after many interruptions and Sami and Austin thought they might now have a chance at happiness, but Kate was determined to find out Sami's secrets, even after Roman begged her to let Sami be. Max and Stephanie got closer after Chelsea pushed him away, but Max's heart was still with Chelsea. Meeting Stephanie was the inspiration Steve needed to learn of his past. The mystery glove in Salem was successful in switching Mimi and Belle's fertilized eggs. Bo and Patrick waited patiently to see who was the father of Hope's baby, while Shawn confided to Caroline that he just could not forgive Bo for his bad choices in life and his lies unaware that his whole life may come crashing down if ever learning of Mimi's indiscretion. Carrie and Lucas start off their lives in unusual fashion.
Sam apparently has plans to seduce Ric. Jason continues to insist to Sam that their relationship is over. Sam's first attempt to get a job at the hospital doesn't go well when Miss. Sneed asks her what she's been doing for the past two years. Emily returns home in time to convince Sonny to get medical help for his bipolar disorder. An unplanned boys night out at Jake's results in several men having fantasies about Carly. Patrick finds Lucky and Maxie kissing on the docks but at the last minute decides not to tell Liz. Lucky is suffering withdrawals during his award ceremony and promotion but manages to cover it up. Maxie, who was trying to score him more pills, shows up just in time to hear Lucky crediting his wife with being his inspiration. Later, while friends and family wait at Kelly's to celebrate with Lucky, Lucky ends up on the docks with Maxie. Unable to steal pills from the hospital, she holds up a baggie of pills she bought from a drug dealer. Angry and jealous over Lucky's devotion to Liz, she tries to taunt Lucky with the pills. Lucky is devastated when they fall into the water. Filled with regret, Maxie throws her arms around him and promises to get him more pills.
Olivia wanted Frank to listen to her side of the story, but Ava's interference was making her pay the price. Harley and Gus seemed to agree on everything, and quickly came to their arguing senses! Lizzie made a bold move and confided to Tammy and Jonathan that she was going to give her baby up for adoption. To avoid Alan controlling Lizzie's life, Tammy, Jonathan and Lizzie decided to live together until the baby's birth. Josh and Cassie were growing closer and progressively more confused and angry over Reva's indifference and absence unaware of her fight with cancer; while Billy made arrangements for Reva to feel "at home" while finishing her chemo therapy. Cassie warned Alan to stop threatening Tammy. Dinah and Mallet continued to move forward with their wedding plans by inviting an unusual group of Springfield residents to be part of their special day. Frank allowed Gus to return to the force, if Gus could be in Mallet's wedding and the two could learn to work together again.
Blair's plan to drug Spencer in order to uncover the truth backfires. Realizing he's been drugged, Spencer attacks Blair but passes out before any real harm comes to her. Todd happens along and manages to get a picture of Spencer passed out on the bed which he later runs on the front pages of his paper with a scandalous article that leads to the hospital reviewing his status as part of their staff. Michael and Marcie decide to have a child of their own but the loss of Tommy is too great for Marcie. Kelly confides to Hugh that she is pregnant with Duke's child. Natalie and John return to the alley where his father was shot after Natalie pays David a visit in jail. They find the gun that killed the senior McBain but John soon discovers that something is off with the evidence. Tess struggles to stay dominant after hypnosis. Nash recounts the events of Reston's death to the police but instead of saying that Claudia his him over the head with a bottle while he and Reston were struggling, Nash tells the police he's the one who hit Reston while he was attacking Claudia.
Brad became suspicious when he learned that Paul was looking into his background. Sharon had an automobile accident when she ran off the road, carrying Phyllis is a passenger. Upon arrival at the hospital, Sharon becomes aware that Phyllis is pregnant and the father could be Nicholas or Jack. Victor tells his son that he is afraid of what is happening to him, and that he doesn't want Nikki to know. Colleen and Lily enjoy each other's company before discovering a note left for Colleen in her belongings. Sharon, beginning to think that this is just another obstacle to get over, wonders if it is worth it all to continue on with her marriage. After the baby's health is found to be all right, a number of people learn of Phyllis' pregnancy, including Jack, who is surprised to hear the news. Neil is pleased when Dru remains out of town to complete another assignment. Jack approaches Nicholas to let him know how the results of his DNA test went. JT asks Lily and Daniel to watch over Colleen while he is out of town. Phyllis learned that Nicholas received the DNA test results but he was nowhere to be found. Sharon and Phyllis were both sent emails from Nicholas, saying that he would be in touch with them in a few days.
Monday July 16:
EJ takes the offensive as the police find the black gloves in his apartment that he threw away in the bin at the pier.
Lucas makes it clear he doesn't want his kids around EJ.
EJ's gloves test positive for gunshot residue.
Ian recalls details he has gone through in order to frame EJ for Stefano's murder.
Chad breaks a window at Andrew's place as Gabi hides.
The police arrive and threaten to restrain Chad for potentially compromising the police investigation.
Ian finds the envelope Kate's been hiding which holds Stefano's will and other estate papers.
Tuesday July 17:
After Carrie sees Rafe feeling Nicole's baby kick, she makes a drastic decision to go back to Switzerland with Austin.
The police assume Gabi was being held captive at Andrew's.
Family and friends of Melanie start hanging posters, looking for news related to her disappearance.
Melanie wakes up in the tunnels under Salem.
Wednesday July 18:
Will accidentally drops the envelope containing news that EJ is not Stefano's son. Lucas pockets it.
John figures he's got his ticket to the DiMera empire inside Alice's envelope.
Abe plans a tribute for Lexi, a fundraiser for Autism research.
EJ and Sami find themselves alone with an abundance of sexual tension in the air.
Sami believes EJ is not guilty.
Nicole fights her conflict over having feelings for Rafe and Daniel.
Daniel walks out on Nicole.
Thursday July 19:
EJ is surprised when Sami shows him an idea she hopes that can clear him.
EJ takes Sami's help as a sign of what is between them.
Sami's overwhelmed by desire when EJ pulls her to him.
Will is frantic after realizing he has lost Alice's letter.
John confronts Ian over Brady's relapse.
Kate is wary of Ian's interest in DiMera Enterprises.
Rafe takes the news of Carrie's return to Switzerland hard.
Friday July 20:
EJ and Sami bond as they find something on video footage that could clear EJ.
EJ is placed under arrest.
Rafe learns EJ's not Stefano's son.
Gabi almost confesses to Chad.
Bo and Hope identify the kidnapper as a patient of a mental institute.
Melanie uses Andrew's feelings for her to her advantage.
Debris falls on to Melanie as she smells gas...
7/16, Kate faces the man who raped her; Lulu confides in Johnny about her fight with Dante.
7/17, Joe Jr. works with Trey to destroy Sonny; Todd loses it after learning Blair will be present for Starr's big night.
7/18, Anna receives a visit from Patrick and Emma; Heather refuses to give up on her plan.
7/19, Steve refuses to hear Olivia's story; Starr and Michael reveal their relationship.
7/20, Carly and Johnny enjoy a night of passion; an unsettling flashback ruins Kate's plan to get close to Sonny.
Pressured by Brooke, Liam confesses to Hope that he had been with Steffy on their wedding day.
Brooke soon realizes that Liam didn't reveal the whole truth, and confronts him.
Ridge reaches out to Hope during a particularly low moment.
Admitting she'll always love Ridge, Taylor appeals to Steffy to let go of the past.
Steffy keeps reliving her intimate encounter with Liam.
A heartbroken woman is intrigued by the handsome Dr. Meade's healing ability.
Thomas agrees to be Marcus' best man.
Stephanie is elated when Eric offers to walk Dayzee down the aisle.
Friends and family gather at the Forrester mansion for a wedding, but the groom has the jitters.
Dayzee begins to worry that Marcus' fears about getting married may have gotten the better of him.
Justin and Donna share a tender moment.
Katie and Bill show their joy when they feel the baby kick.
Rick tells Caroline that even though she's dating Thomas, he's still interested in her.
Phyllis' confession stuns Nick;
Victor asks Nikki about Jack.
Nick can't forgive Phyllis;
Adam makes Kevin and Chloe and attractive offer.
Sharon tricks Victor;
Christine wants to have Phyllis arrested.
Billy faces pressure to let Phyllis go;
Sharon tries to stop Adam from getting married.
Adam and Chelsea prepare for their wedding;
Phyllis' family deals with her arrest.
Batman has faced Scarecrow, The Joker and in Christopher Nolan's third "Dark Knight" installment, the caped crusader will take on possibly his toughest foe.
When Nolan decided that Bane - an almost unstoppable juggernaut known in the comic books for breaking Batman's back - would be the movie's villain, the director looked to actor Tom Hardy, who he previously worked with on "Inception."
"When we chose Bane as the antagonist and I thought about asking a great actor to cover his face up for the whole [movie] -- you could just see his eyes and just hear his voice -- I knew immediately that Tom would be up for that," the director told Access Hollywood at the press junket for "The Dark Knight Rises."
Nolan said there is a touch of one of cinema's best villains (from a galaxy far, far away) in Hardy's Bane.
"[He's] something you've never seen before. It's a little bit of Darth Vader, a little bit of this, little bit of that... It's very unique and that's what you get with great actors like Tom Hardy, he's not just going to go through the motions, he's going to try and craft a character that really makes sense for him. He has really gone in through the roots of the character and approached the evil," the director explained.
Hardy's unique take on the fanboy bad guy favorite also required a massive physical transformation for the 34-year-old British actor.
"He had to make himself huge for the role. He learned how to do all of this fighting with Christian Bale, both of them wearing these crazy outfits where they could barely breathe. In Tom's case, with this mask over his face, very tough to breathe, very hot, working in some very challenging environments," Nolan told Access. "There was a lot of preparation that went into it, and it really shows on screen."
The new show runners of "Community" had barely taken their seats on the show's Comic-Con panel on Friday morning before trying to calm the nerves of the show's dedicated fan base.
"It’s all going to be OK," new co-show runner David Guarascio told the assembled crowd in Ballroom 20. "A couple of months ago we were a lot like you, fans of the show. Now we’re here helping to keep it going. We want to keep it the weird, wonderful gem that it is. And that’s not going to change."
The show's fourth season hasn't begun shooting yet, but it'll sure be looked at with more than a little skepticism since the show's creator and previous show runner, Dan Harmon, was abruptly fired earlier this summer. After a protracted campaign to get the beloved but low-rated "Community" to come back for a fourth season, Harmon made headlines over an ugly feud with series star Chevy Chase.
Doing their best to ingratiate themselves to the show's fan base, Guarascio and partner Moses Port did everything they could to make things better, from praising the cast to pointing out that most of the writing staff was returning.
"What I’m trying to say is that we’re not going to screw it up,” Port finally conceded.
Joining Guarascio and Port on the panel were cast members Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, executive producer Russ Krasnoff, and writers Megan Ganz and Andy Bobrow.
As for what people could expect for the 13 episodes of the show’s fourth season, the cast had just that morning learned their first tidbits about the new season. For one, McHale revealed that Jeff’s father would finally make an appearance.
As for the actor playing him? "Eddie Murphy," McHale deadpanned.
Speaking before the panel, McHale admitted that they didn’t know who would be playing Jeff’s father. “People have talked about Bill Murray because of the Winger connection... but there are so many names being tossed around. From John Cleese to John Larroquette.”
Guarascio also said the new season would take viewers into Pierce Hawthorne’s (Chevy Chase) mansion. "The waterbed he sleeps in is only the beginning of the disturbing images you will see," Guarascio teased.
They will also be going to an Inspector Spacetime convention (the Doctor Who-like character who is Abed’s favorite science fiction icon).
That last tidbit sparked huge fan cheers.
“We’re going to go twice after that reaction,” Ganz said.
Guarascio also alluded to another animated episode and some development on the relationship front between Jeff and Dean Pelton.
Though none of the cast has seen scripts from the fourth season (they don’t start again until August), they all got their first hints of the new season that morning, before the panel. And that's all the actors get, hints.
“It's less than a sentence," Jacobs said in an interview before the panel. "It's like: 'Imagine a world where Britta and Danny and a pet coexist.'"
Ganz revealed that though the writers didn’t hear from Dick Wolf after the “Law & Order”-style episode, they had his blessing to use the “Chung Chung” sound. They speculated about doing another "Law & Order" episode. "SVU?" Ganz said.
“That's what they want to see: sex crimes,” McHale said.
More than anything, the cast thanked the fans over and over again. But McHale also revealed a darker underside to that gratitude. “If we get canceled after 13 episodes, I blame you.”
Highlights from Alan Sepinwall's live-blog:
10:18 a.m.: Gillian Jacobs says Dino Stamatopoulos, who plays Starburns is "the most reluctant actor I've ever met." But they left Starburns alive, just in case he wanted to come back. Actors admit season 3 had an incredibly high body count, start comparing it to "Breaking Bad," including the meth lab explosion that allegedly killed Alex.
10:20 a.m.: Who is Jeff always texting? Joel: "I'm just composing texts. I don't send them."
10:32: Will Jeff graduate after his fourth year? Guarascio says there's a way to be true to the show to have the characters move at their own pace, where "the show can keep going even if they're not all at school at the same time." Their friendship now exists way outside the confines of Greendale.
10:34 a.m.: Yvette shows off the cover of the season 3 DVD, which comes out August 14. There will be commentaries on every episode, a featurette on the "Glee" episode, another on "Pillows and Blankets," deleted scenes and 20+ minutes of outtakes.
10:50 a.m.: Another Britta lover asks where they would see their characters ending up if this was the last season. Gillian: "Halfway house. She'd be doing pro bono psychology because no one would hire her or pay her a salary to do it. I think she would open a one-eyed cat shelter eventually." Danny: "I think Abed would probably run the AV department at Greendale." Alison: "Annie likes hospital administration, so I feel like she should graduate and jump over to Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim." Joel: "Armani Exchange." Yvette: "I think Shirley's going to work her sandwich shop, with or without Pierce."
The community casts Tweets pics from Comic-Con
Can You Survive A Horror Movie? A Television Review
By Dennis Russo
It's funny, but it seemed to me when I started watching this show that I must have seen something like this before; that with so many countless horror films out there, someone must have done a show like this before now. Try as I might though, I couldn't remember seeing any.
On the one hand "Can You Survive a Horror Movie?" is a show that teaches survival tricks, should we find ourselves in situations similar to some of our favorite Hollywood horror movie scenarios. On the other hand, it's sort of a game show similar to Fear Factor. Instead of contestants, the show's hosts, Anthony Marks ("Remains"), Annie Unnold (Celebrity Ghost Stories), and Morgan West ("Dead Souls") compete in several challenges inspired by some of our favorite horror movies to see if they would survive.
The show takes part in that most iconic of all horror film campgrounds, Camp Crystal Lake, home to the original "Friday the 13th" movie. Here the hosts with the help of "experts" such as doctors, psychologists, survivalists, "Scream Queens" and even a past editor of Fangoria magazine ask and try to answer questions such as:
"Is it possible to fight and survive a Zombie attack?"
"Can someone really live on a diet of blood like a vampire?
"Can a human being survive being buried alive?"
Out of the gate, my first thoughts were that the hosts were a little stiff and not very comfortable acting with each other yet. I found it difficult to take seriously when people who probably never acted together before try to come off as if they been a team for years. The first scenario they explore is surviving a zombie attack. The host gets several pointers on how to kill a zombie and fight one off, which leads them to their first challenge where they have to wrestle a zombie and take it off its feet before being bitten. This opening sequence was very campy with a "tale of the tape" shown for the "living person" and the zombie, giving the strength/weakness of each combatant. Of course the hosts were fighting a person pretending to be a zombie, which was just over the top fake to me, down to the grunting and moaning of the actor portraying the zombie in the contest.
After this first segment, I was asking myself what did I get myself into. However I am glad to say that it got significantly better from that point forward and remained entertaining and involving to the end. Anthony, Annie and Morgan settled down and got comfortable with each other and their roles as hosts, and really performed as a team the rest of the way.
The show explored many different scenarios, and not all of the topics had a challenge directly associated with it, such as the question of whether it is possible to live on blood alone. The exploration of that question was more from a scientific lecturing perspective, mixed with many gory blood sucking scenes from some of our favorite A-list and B-movie vampire films. I really enjoyed the use of all the movie footage they used throughout the show to good visual effect. It accented what they were doing perfectly, so hats off to the person who chose the footage to use throughout the show.
After the lame zombie wrestling challenge, the challenges got better and some really put our host in the direct path of their fears. From a rat-infested maze where Annie had to crawl though on her hands and knees to find a key to unlock the gate to free herself in a certain time, to Anthony being "buried alive" in a coffin and being surprised by having blood (red water) pump in and start filling up the coffin -- and then if that wasn't bad enough... I'm not going to tell you here, you'll have to watch it (and it really freaks him out!).
Other challenges were as I mentioned above something right out of Fear Factor because one of the segments dealt with teaching us that fear is a learned response and the best way to beat our fears is to face them. These challenges were done in a way that that they represented some of our most beloved horror movies. Sometimes it was a race against the clock, putting their faces and mouths in and on things to retrieve a certain iconic movie prop; other times it was just being able to eat certain things that you would see Andrew Zimmern eat in Bizarre Foods. Very cool, and very gross, and very funny. I can't help but laugh out loud when I see someone try to eat something they don't really want to, and then try not gag because they are on camera -- that's real life; no acting there. (Annie is a great sport!)
I thought it was funny in that, just like in the best campy horror movies, there are some suggestive camera angles as well as some off the cuff dialog. (Listen carefully to some of the things Annie says if they don't get muted or overdubbed; real funny!) There is even a segment where the guys take an ice bath and Annie is wearing a bikini because that what's done with a beautiful woman in a horror movie. While that was blatantly done as part of the script, I don't think it was so much so when Annie was going through the maze on her hands and knees in skin tight pants and fairly loose fitting top. When the camera was in front of her, it was pointed right on her face and right down her shirt; and when it was right behind her it was right on her behind!
By the end, I was really amazed by just how much I learned about surviving so many different horror movie scenarios. From "never run away at full speed but at a constant pace when being chased by a slasher, so I don't tire," to "staying away from the middle of a hallway, walk along the wall instead and shuffle my feet with no shoes on so the floor doesn't creak and give me away," and much, much more. Everyone needs to watch this show, just in case. Because you never know!
Summing up, I really enjoyed this outing from the Chiller Channel. I still can't believe this has not been done before, but even if it was I doubt it was done as well as they did this. No, it was not perfect. It started stiffly and the first segment was painful to watch, but it smoothed out quickly and I grew to enjoy the hosts once they got "into" the show. While all three of them ended up playing off of each other well, for me Annie stole the show. She was the most daring, the most "try anything" of the three, and she did it all with a smile and a laugh whether it was at the others' expense or even at herself. Well done Chiller.
"Can You Survive A Horror Movie" is a Chiller Channel Original special that airs Friday, July 13th, at 9pm ET
What are some of the most annoying horror tropes, ONTD? Also, FRIDAY THE 13TH CREEPY POST.
Joel McHale is making a pit stop in Charming before heading back to Greendale this fall.
TVLine has learned that the Community star has booked a multi-episode arc in Sons of Anarchy‘s upcoming Season 5.
McHale joins the gritty FX drama as Warren, a handsome conman who picks the wrong person to double-cross.
Additional details surrounding his role are being kept under wraps, but we can confirm that he’ll be working closely with Sons matriarch Katey Sagal. (The actress cryptically tweeted the above photo of the two together on set Thursday.)
This guest spot reunites McHale with Sagal and SOA creator/showrunner Kurt Sutter, who both dropped by the actor’s other series, E!’s The Soup, last November. (Press PLAY below for a peek at their hilarious cameo.)
CBS has announced its keys premier dates for the upcoming fall TV season. A few highlights are listed below.
On Wednesday September 26th, Criminal Minds' fans will find out how Paget Brewster has been written out of the series.
On Wednesday September 26th, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation begins its 13th season with an episode called "Karma to Burn."
The season kicks off with Survivor: Philippines on September 19. This 25th go around for the reality competition series will feature three tribes, each of which will include a previous player who was evacuated from the game due to injury. Rumors abound as to who the three will be. Contenders include Michael Skupin, a burning victim from the Australian Outback versionm and Kourtney Moon, injured on the last go around called Survivor: One World.
The regular fall debuts begin on September 24. The Monday night returnees include Hawaii Five-O that will feature Christine Lahti as Steve McGarrett's long-thought-dead mom, Doris. This tosses a huge wrench into everything that has previously been thought to be true in the show's plot.
The new series, Elementary, debuts the next night at 10 p.m. The drama takes Sherlock Holmes into the modern era and with a few twists. For example, the famous detective resides in New York, not London, and Doctor Watson is a woman, not a man. Jonny Lee Miller plays Holmes with Lucy Liu as Watson. Aidan Quinn also appears as a New York City police captain.
The entire program return and series debut schedule can be found at the source.
Porn Star, James Deen, Says Lindsay Lohan is Really Good
Porn star, James Deen, says Lindsay Lohan is really good; at acting that is. The duo is working together on the film, The Canyons.
Ken Baker of E! eagerly caught up with the gritty male star to see what it was like working with America's most publicity-plagued starlet. However, James didn't throw Lindsay to the wolves. He had only good things to say. "So far, it's been a pretty awesome experience," Deen told the E! rep. "Everything's been fun."
The x-rated hunk also explained the recent photo of him and Lindsay together. He said it was the first day they met, which was a production meeting for the movie. "...The paparazzi were hanging from the trees and saw us smoking cigarettes on break," he explained. That's how the photo came about.
Deen refers to himself as "not an actor" but says he can still somehow act, if that makes any sense at all. "I'm decent at it," he claims. However, he says Lindsay Lohan has loads of experience. "She's really professional," her co-star claims. "...She knows her s**t. She's good. She's really good."
Of course the conversation had to turn to sex eventually and James admits there is sex in the film. However, he claims there are no "random sex scenes" just for the fun of it. He says they are all "plot-driven".
While the porn star dodged the bullet without talking about how much or how graphic the sex might be, it seems unlikely the producers tapped him for the role because of his acting skills. Therefore, some interesting sex is surely involved. Fans are hoping it will be enough to quench their thirst.
One thing seems certain. Lindsay Lohan will shed anything that's left of her good girl image from the Disney days. Of course, most people think that got demolished a long time ago.
Will you still medal in the morning?
The real games in the Olympic Village will not be televised
By Sam Alipour | ESPN The Magazine
AMERICAN TARGET SHOOTER Josh Lakatos faced a conundrum. Halfway through the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he and his rifle-toting teammates were finished with their events, and the U.S. Olympic Committee and team officials had ordered them to turn in the keys to their three-story house and head back to the States. But Lakatos didn't want to leave. He knew from his experience four years earlier in Atlanta, where he'd won silver, that the Olympic Village was just about to erupt into a raucous party, and there was no way he was going to miss it. So he asked the maid at the emptied-out dwelling if she'd kindly look the other way as he jimmied the lock. "I don't care what you do," she replied.
Within hours, word of the nearly vacant property had spread. Popping up once every two years, the Olympic Village is a boisterous city within a city: chock-full of condos, midrises and houses as well as cafés, barbershops, arcades, discos and TV lounges. The only thing missing is privacy -- nearly everyone is stuck with a roommate. So while Lakatos claimed a first-floor suite for himself, the remaining rooms were there for the taking. The first to claim space that night were some Team USA track and field fellas.
"The next morning," Lakatos says, "swear to God, the entire women's 4x100 relay team of some Scandinavian-looking country walks out of the house, followed by boys from our side. And I'm just going, 'Holy crap, we'd watched these girls run the night before.'"
And on it went for eight days as scores of Olympians, male and female, trickled into the shooter's house -- and that's what everyone called it, Shooters' House -- at all hours, stopping by an Oakley duffel bag overflowing with condoms procured from the village's helpful medical clinic. After a while, it dawned on Lakatos: "I'm running a friggin' brothel in the Olympic Village! I've never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life."
TAKE YOUR MARK
Home to more than 10,000 athletes at the Summer Games and 2,700 at the Winter, the Olympic Village is one of the world's most exclusive clubs. To join, prospective members need only have spectacular talent and -- we long assumed -- a chaste devotion to the most intense competition of their lives. But the image of a celibate Games began to flicker in '92 when it was reported that the Games' organizers had ordered in prophylactics like pizza. Then, at the 2000 Sydney Games, 70,000 condoms wasn't enough, prompting a second order of 20,000 and a new standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics.
Many Olympians, past and present, abide by what Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in Barcelona, calls the second Olympic motto: "What happens in the village stays in the village." Yet if you ask enough active and retired athletes often enough to spill their secrets, the village gates will fly open. It quickly becomes clear that, summer or winter, the games go on long after the medal ceremony. "There's a lot of sex going on," says women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, a gold medalist in 2008. How much sex? "I'd say it's 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians," offers world-record-holding swimmer Ryan Lochte, who will be in London for his third Games. "Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do."
GET SET ...
The games begin as soon as teams move in a week or so before opening ceremonies. "It's like the first day of college," says water polo captain Tony Azevedo, a veteran of Beijing, Athens and Sydney who is returning to London. "You're nervous, super excited. Everyone's meeting people and trying to hook up with someone."
Which is perfectly understandable, if not to be expected. Olympians are young, supremely healthy people who've been training with the intensity of combat troops for years. Suddenly they're released into a cocoon where prying reporters and overprotective parents aren't allowed. Pre-competition testosterone is running high. Many Olympians are in tapering mode, full of excess energy because they're maintaining a training diet of up to 9,000 calories per day while not actually training as hard. The village becomes "a pretty wild scene, the biggest melting pot you've been in," says Eric Shanteau, an American who swam in Beijing and will be heading to London.
The dining hall is among everyone's first village stops. "When I walked in for the first time in Atlanta," says women's soccer player Brandi Chastain, "there were loud cheers. So we look over and see two French handballers dressed only in socks, shoes, jockstraps, neckties and hats on top of a dining table, feeding one another lunch. We're like, 'Holy cow, what is this place?'" Many liken it to a high school cafeteria, "except everyone's beautiful," says Julie Foudy, who has two golds and one silver from playing soccer in three Olympics and is now an analyst for ESPN. "We'd graze over our food for hours watching all the eye candy, wondering why I got married."
From one end of the village to the other, flags hang from windows and music blares from balconies. "Unlike at a bar, it's not awkward to strike up a conversation because you have something in common," Solo says. "It starts with, 'What sport do you play?' All of a sudden, you're fist-bumping." BMXer Jill Kintner, who won bronze in Beijing, says the Italians are particularly inviting: "They leave their doors open, so you look in and see dudes in thongs running circles around each other."
On the way to practice fields, "the girls are in skimpy panties and bras, the dudes in underwear, so you see what everybody is working with from the jump," says Breaux Greer, an American javelin thrower. "Even if their face is a 7, their body is a 20." In Beijing, even the adolescent female gymnasts got sassy with the water polo and judo boys who shared their training room. "That's where most of my socialization took place -- in a tub, up to my chest in ice water," says silver medalist Alicia Sacramone, then 20, who served as den mother to her teammates. "The younger girls would try to flirt with stuff like, 'Look at that butt on him!' I'm like, 'Excuse me, did that just come out of your mouth? Don't pay attention to his butt!'"
Quickly the reality sinks in that the village is "just a magical, fairy-tale place, like Alice in Wonderland, where everything is possible," says Carrie Sheinberg, an alpine skier at the '94 Winter Games and a reporter for subsequent Olympics. "You could win a gold medal and you can sleep with a really hot guy."
And no matter your taste, the village has got you covered. The soccer girls? "All hot, and they dress like rock stars," one male swimmer says. Male gymnasts? "They are like lovable little Ewoks," Kintner says. Sacramone has a few favorites of her own: "As far as best bodies, it's swimmers and water polo players, because that's an insane workout. And the track guys, they're sneaky-cute. Very serious, but when they lighten up, you're like, 'Oh, you're kind of adorable.'"
The challenge athletes face is what to do with their urges and when. "If you don't have discipline, the village can be a huge distraction," Solo admits. Some swear off sex until their events are done; others make it part of their pre-event routine. American shot-putter and silver and bronze medalist John Godina thought he'd seen it all in Atlanta: late-night hookups, friends disappearing for days at a time. But he hadn't seen anything like the dorm room in Sydney he shared with a javelin thrower, which had instantly become a revolving door of women without backstories. "It's like Vegas," Godina explains. "You learn not to ask a lot of questions."
That randy roommate of Godina's, Greer, picks up the story: Each day, the shaggy blond was visited by three women, sometimes just hours apart -- an accomplished pole vaulter and former flame; a mighty hurdler who "tried to dominate me," Greer says; and a "very talented" vacationer from Scandinavia. Greer says his Olympian partners were, like him, looking to "complete the Olympics training puzzle." When his event did come around, Greer nailed Athens' longest toss in prelims before a knee injury sidelined him. "I was a happy man going into competition," he says. "If you find somebody you like and who likes you, your world's complete for a second, and you compete well."
Still, some coaches try to limit late-night activities by enforcing 11 p.m. noise curfews, banning alcohol consumption or, in the case of USA Swimming, forbidding cross-gender visitation in bedrooms. Amanda Beard, with two golds, four silvers and one bronze medal to her name, was in a relationship with another swimmer during the 2000 Games but says, "People would walk around for miles to try to sneak somewhere."
Many on-the-prowl athletes maintain that they're driven by a simple human need: intimacy, if only for a moment or three. For most Olympians, the ramp-up to the Games is lonely. Not unlike movie stars on a far-flung movie shoot, the Olympics present the perfect opportunity to find a partner who understands where they're coming from. "Think about how hard it is to meet someone," Azevedo says. "Now take an Olympian who trains from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day. When the hell are you supposed to meet someone? Now the pressure is done, you're meeting like-minded people ... and boom."
Typically, the swimmers are some of the lucky ones who wrap up early. For Lochte, that typically means "hitting a local pub and drinking with the soccer hooligans," he says. But a teammate in Athens had a better idea: sex on his village balcony. "Another team saw it, which led to a big argument because they accused me. I said, 'No, I'm innocent,'" Lochte says, laughing. "I'm always innocent." After his team finished its events in Beijing, "our coach sat us down and gave us what I can only describe as the birds-and-the-bees talk," says gold medalist Cullen Jones. "We're like, 'Okay, this is extremely awkward.'"
Just outside the village are sponsors parties. But what most Olympians want, in the end, is to bring the party back to the village.
The athlete compound soon becomes the site of an uneasy dance between jocks on a post-competition bender and those who have yet to compete. Says Swiss swimmer Dominik Meichtry: "I'd get home from the clubs at 6 or 7 a.m., and I'd feel bad for the track and field guys. They're getting on a bus and we're intoxicated, wearing fedoras, looking like crap." As the curtain falls on more events, the action accelerates. Displaced roommates become commonplace, with the standard sock-on-doorknob serving as the signal for "please go away." Before long, Foudy says, "it turns into a frat party with a very nice gene pool." And heaps of stamina. "Athletes are extremists," Solo says. "When they're training, it's laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it's 20 drinks. With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it's sexual, partying or on the field. I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."
Those who desire a little privacy can borrow a hotel room from their agents or visiting friends. "You can get pretty much whatever you want if you flash your medal," says one American female. "That usually does the trick." Not quite everything. At the Lillehammer Games in 1994, two German bobsledders tried using their medals as currency. "They made it clear that they'd trade me their gold for all kinds of other favors," Sheinberg says. "I said jokingly, 'Thanks, but Tommy Moe has a medal. I'll play with his.'" The Germans were hoping for some group fun, which is not uncommon in the village. One skier tells a story from the Vancouver Games in 2010, when six athletes -- "some Germans, Canadians and Austrians" -- got together at a home outside the Whistler village. "It was a late-night whirlpool party. It turned into a whirlpool orgy."
"This is a diplomatic relations trip," says Godina, "maybe because they feel they never have to see each other again." Adds Sheinberg: "It's also about finding something new. Olympians are adventurers. They look for a challenge, like having sex with someone who doesn't speak their language."
The sense of discovery can be powerful. At the 1976 Montreal Games, three-time Olympic diver and four-time gold medalist Greg Louganis, appearing in his first Olympics at age 16, developed a kinship with the boys on the Soviet Union diving team and soon found himself partying in their rooms. "Once events were over, our entire diet was caviar, vodka and Russian champagne. It was crazy," Louganis says. He was particularly struck by the Russians' sense of sexual liberation. "Culturally, they're more openly affectionate toward each other, which I just drank up, since I was still discovering who I was. But I had my eyes on one Soviet. I'd curl up in his lap; we'd hug and cuddle. I felt so protected." It didn't progress beyond that, Louganis says. "He was hooking up with one of the other male divers on the team" -- not to mention married.
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By the eve of the closing ceremonies, all of the events have wrapped, all bets are off and the home team often hosts one hell of a party. That was certainly the case in Sydney, where Australia's baseball and women's soccer teams threw a joint bash complete with a massive bonfire. "Who knew the village furniture could burn so well," kids Alicia Ferguson, an Aussie footballer. "We did involve the fire wardens, who were very accommodating, and then we started hooking up around our very own Olympic Village bonfire."
And after the men's hockey gold medal game in Vancouver, which Canada won, a dry lounge in the village exploded into a full-blown rager. "If you were walking by, you would've thought it was a high school party," says NHLer Bobby Ryan of the silver-winning American squad. "I'm talking booze, people randomly making out, everybody else cheering them on. And that was the PG stuff. Then everything went inside."
And then there's the one party that can't be missed: the closing ceremony. Says Ferguson: "They basically throw us all in a stadium and say, 'Just go for it, party hard, get drunk and do some groping.' Which we did, with some Canadians." Here's what you don't see on TV: all of the athletes who arrive inebriated and, throughout the ceremony, sneak back and forth between the infield and the stadium with drinks. Somewhere in the middle of this party, typically, is America's women's soccer team, whose tournament runs the duration of the Games. "This is our chance to let loose," Chastain says. "Our hair is on fire, we're leaving the next morning, and we're going to enjoy our last 24 hours." After the Beijing Games, the women went, well, Hollywood. Solo recounts the story: "I probably shouldn't tell you this, but we met a bunch of celebrities. Vince Vaughn partied with us. Steve Byrne, the comedian. And at some point we decided to take the party back to the village, so we started talking to the security guards, showed off our gold medals, got their attention and snuck our group through without credentials -- which is absolutely unheard of." And, she adds, "I may have snuck a celebrity back to my room without anybody knowing, and snuck him back out. But that's my Olympic secret." The best part, according to Solo? "When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk. Needless to say, we looked like hell."
And then it's over -- for most Olympians, anyway. For a few and the most committed, the games continue -- all the way home. On a United Airlines flight from Sydney to Los Angeles in 2000, nearly 100 Olympians were among the passengers, causing the flight attendants to begin the flight with a warning: "Ladies and gentlemen, anybody who wishes to sleep, trade seats with someone in the front of the plane. Everybody else to the back with the Olympians." After that, the story gets fuzzy.
"Everybody partnered up fairly rapidly, and when they'd bring a drink cart through, we'd send it back dry," says Lakatos, who met a girl and "comfortably occupied row 50-something for roughly half an hour." Greer ended up in the bathroom with a famous Olympian he will not name. "We're going at it, and then -- boing. I accidentally turn on the assistance light." Happily for them, once Greer assured the flight attendant of their Olympic credentials, they were able to return to their business. "And we stayed in there a long time."
It's tales like these -- of connections made and just as easily ditched -- that have London-bound Olympians dreaming of the possibilities. "My last Olympics, I had a girlfriend -- big mistake," Lochte says. "Now I'm single, so London should be really good. I'm excited." So is American runner LaShawn Merritt, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 400 meters. "An Olympics to remember has to have those stories," Merritt says. "But I was too locked in in Beijing. This time, when I'm done leaving my legacy on the track," he says, laughing, "I'll make sure London remembers me."
Taylor Phinney too is looking forward to a do-over in London for two reasons. In Beijing, he was an 18-year-old wunderkind American cyclist who night after night sat on his balcony, one floor below the gymnastics team terrace, and tossed Shawn Johnson prohibited Snickers bars. "She was a superstar," Phinney says of the then-16-year-old, "and I was a lowly cyclist with a massive crush." After Johnson won gold and moved to a hotel with her parents, Phinney moved his courtship to the lobby, where they closed some blinds and had a "kissing session." But Phinney's long trip to first base may have also derailed his medaling hopes. "This is going to sound stupid, but I almost forgot I had to race."
After a Skype relationship forced by their globe-trotting careers, they are now on hiatus. But Phinney can't wait for London, where Johnson, who retired in June, will be on hand to fulfill her sponsorship obligations. "I'll try to hang out with her as much as I can," he says before he doubles back, still clearly flummoxed. "And I'm going to try very hard to stay away from females." In that case, he might want to stay away from the Olympic Village altogether.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and her daughter Charlotte were visiting Sea World San Diego today, July 13th.
Damn is that beluga whale just the most adorable thing. I mean look at the last pic with its little squinted eye looking all elated and shit. ♥♥♥ He/She's probably just as excited about meeting Smidge as the rest of us would be.
Anne Hathaway has admitted that she was extremely upset after cutting her hair short.
The Les Miserables actress chopped her long locks for her role in the film. While she previously claimed that she had no reservations about her new look, she has since revealed that she was "inconsolable" in the days following.
Appearing on Live! with Kelly, Hathaway said that she was happy to take the steps her role required but was upset when she realized the cut could not be taken back.
"I wasn't expecting it to be a big deal. It was my idea to do it, since it was something the character did... [But then] I realized I couldn't take it back," Hathaway explained. "[I was] a mental patient level of crying... I was inconsolable."
Hathaway added that she found the adjustment to short hair to be harder than "doing back flips out of windows and jumping off buildings", as she had been required to do as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Returns.
She recently said that she became "strong" while preparing to take on the iconic role of Catwoman.
BAD HURRCUT POST TBH