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    The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (

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    When recent years have seen your career become a shadow of what it used to be, there is a tendency by some artists to lash out at their younger and commercially potent rivals.

    Unfortunately, like many a Hip Hop icon of yesteryear, 37 year old Xzibit has found himself in that very situation this week, mocking chart topping vocalist Frank Ocean over his recent sexuality-baring letter.

    Quite interestingly, the MC’s dig comes hours before news of his new album ‘Napalm‘ hit the net.

    Perhaps, in realizing he has lost the pull that turned ‘Pimp My Ride‘ into a ratings smash, taking aim at Frank is his way of generating attention for a project we’re sure is just waiting to gather dust at a car boot sale near you.


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    Why is Matt Damon bald? Why is Sharlto Copley's character so insane? Why does everyone on the awesome high tech space station for rich people still use paper 150 years into the future? We rounded up the cast of Neill Blomkamp's new class warfare action movie Elysium and got answers, on camera.

    Matt Damon:

    Why are you bald in this movie?

    Matt Damon: It was all kind of a look that Neill knew that he wanted. There was a graphic novel that he gave me in the very beginning with the character of Max. And that's how Max looked, tattoos on his neck, really muscular bald dude. I don't know that was his thing.

    What is your character's motivation for getting into Elysium?

    Matt Damon: He's gonna die in five days unless he gets to Elysium. So that's his motivation. Because in Elysium they have these medbays, and if you lie in them you it kind of eradicates any disease that you have.

    What is that weapon that you're wearing?

    Matt Damon: It basically just makes him a lot stronger, it's like an exoskeleton. Because he's very weak, he's been irradiated so he's very weak. They put him in this exoskeleton but it fuses with his nervous system operates like an extra strong skeleton... you basically control it the same way you control your hands.

    Producer Simon Kinberg elaborated on the bigger themes in Blomkamp's movie, and explained how Copley's villain is a classic scifi baddie.

    How much of this movie is an action film, and how much of this movie is a commentary on class warfare?

    Simon Kinberg: I think the experience of the movie is that it's an action film. In the plot of the film, submerged hopefully, is political commentary [and] social commentary. But it's baked into the concept of the film. There's no people sitting around talking about politics, in the way that [in] District 9, people weren't ever talking about race, but it's cooked into the concept of the film. In the film it's about class, immigration, and health care. But those are all plot points to the film. It's just inherent to the film, it's not people debating it. The movie doesn't even necessarily (I hope) have like a didactic or pedantic point of view. It's just wanting people to think about these issues as they are experiencing a fun, crazy, relentless action film.

    A lot of science fiction films today try and ground their technology in reality. Did you guys spend a lot of time researching?

    Neill knows a ton about new technology so a lot of the design of the aircraft or spacecraft in the movie is based on new technology or things NASA working on. Neill actually, when he was a kid I think 20 years old, he designed concept planes for Popular Mechanics Magazine so that obsession and interest has continued, and is manifest in the film — because the spacecrafts look and feel quite real. But at the same time, we weren't too painstaking with all the reality in the movie. We wanted it to feel like it was connected to today, there are certain choices like on the space station Elysium, where the richest people of Earth go to live, they use paper still. We would all assume that they wouldn't use paper in 150 years time. But we didn't want it to feel so foreign to today that you would feel almost an arm's length from the film. So there were certain things that felt like they were technologically hopefully maybe true for 100 plus years, and there were things that we just wanted to still be grounded in today's world.

    Here's the villain District 9's Sharlto Copley who plays crazy Krueger.

    The producer told us that your character is crazy, deranged and a bit insane. How did he get that way?
    Sharlto Copley: He's a person who has the right to be living on Elysium, because he is one of them. But he's a special forces soldier, sort of a black ops guy who has to spend most of his time living on Earth. [And] Earth is a very unpleasant place for somebody who should be living in Elysium to live in. He gets to deal with the real issues, the real problems. He's not a guy who talks and plays political games, he has to go and deal with people who do bad things to each other. It's a rough place, sometimes you have to do rough things to survive in rough places. It might make you a little bit unstable from time to time.

    Does he twitch or talk to himself?

    Sharlto Copley: No, no, no not that kind of crazy just willing to do things that other people wouldn't.

    So excited

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    It seems like just about everyone’s talking about Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, Gone Girl, and naturally the property’s film rights became a major get. Per Deadline, 20th Century Fox is the winning studio, as they apparently acquired the rights for an amount in the range of seven figures. Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce alongside Leslie Dixon. The book centers a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as the woman’s killer. No word on whether Witherspoon would also star in Gone Girl, but she’s got a pretty full plate of upcoming projects at the moment.

    Flynn will be handling the screenplay herself, and the author has two other feature film adaptations in development. Amy Adams is attached to star in Dark Places, with Gilles Paquet-Brenner directing, and Paranormal Activity guru Jason Blum is producing Sharp Objects.


    I really hope she does not star as Amy, idk if she can even do gritty roles anymore

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    Craig Ferguson pretaped his Friday night show on Thursday before the Aurora, Co and in that monologue he talked about The Dark Knight Rises. So the CBS Late Late Show host came in on his day off and recorded a special message to replace the monologue. He words and the way he said gave me chills because it was so heartfelt. You can tell he was sincere as he talked to all of us through the camera. I respect him so much for being real and changing his show because of the day’s events and not just letting it air as it. It shows he is more than a man getting paid for a job, but a person who cares.
    And when it comes to his words let’s honor what he said. Thank you Craig for being more than a man who takes the money and hides.


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    Source | the trousers (yay for trouserney), the shoes, the jacket, the earrings, the make-up, everything is flawless but surprisingly, dat weave...

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    That up there is the NSFW cover of Bat for Lashes' new album The Haunted Man. The image was shot by photographer Ryan McGinley. It also now has a U.S. release date: October 23 via Capitol. (It's out October 15 in the UK via Parlophone/EMI.) Also check out the first taste of the album, the track "Laura", above. The beautiful video for "Laura" can also be viewed below.
    Natasha Khan has announced a number of UK and European tour dates throughout the late summer and fall.

    Bat for Lashes:
    09-02 Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
    09-09 Isle of Wight, England - Bestival
    10-18 Inverness, Scotland - Ironworks
    10-19 Edinburgh, Scotland - Picture House
    10-21 Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC
    10-22 Manchester, England - Cathedral
    10-25 Leeds, England - Metropolitan University
    10-26 Norwich, England - University of East Anglia
    10-28 Leicester, England - O2 Academy
    10-29 London, England - Forum
    11-01 Birmingham, England - HMV Institute
    11-02 Bristol, England - Anson Rooms
    11-03 Portsmouth, England - Pyramids
    11-04 Brighton, England - Dome Concert Hall
    11-15 Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
    11-18 Zurich, Switzerland - Rotefabrik
    11-19 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
    11-20 Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
    11-22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
    11-23 Madrid, Spain - Teatro Kapital
    11-25 Paris, France - Le Trianon
    11-26 Lille, France - Le Spendid
    11-27 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
    11-29 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique

    Album official tracklisting:

    1. Lilies
    2. All Your Gold
    3. Horses of the Sun
    4. Oh Yeah
    5. Laura
    6. Winter Fields
    7. The Haunted Man
    8. Marilyn
    9. A Wall
    10. Rest Your Head
    11. Deep Sea Diver

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    With the much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises coming out this Friday, there has been a ton of PR hype for the film, and naturally, many articles and media segments about Anne Hathaway, who plays the role of Catwoman in the film.
    Of course, she's not the first actress to play the role. There was Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, and former Miss America winner Lee Meriwether, who played the role in the 1966 film version of the ABC TV series.

    And oh yes there was Halle...whatshername in that unspeakable Catwoman film travesty, which one could argue she has yet to recover from, career-wise; the film that the originally-cast Ashley Judd bailed out on, when she saw that the project was headed off a ciliff.

    But there was, perhaps most memorably, Eartha Kitt, who played Catwoman several times during the final season of the Batman TV show, from 1967-68. She replaced the previous Catwoman, the Amazon-built, 1960s sex bomb, Julie Newmar, who played the role during the first two seasons of the show, but decided not to continue.

    Needless to say, when Kitt was cast in the role, it was a big deal. I mean a HUGE deal. It got a lot of publicity, and there was a lot of anticipation.

    First of all, there weren't many black actresses on TV back then with regular TV roles, with the exception of Diahann Carroll and her NBC show Julia, which premiered in the fall of 1968 (I have previously written about it on S & A). You would have a black actress in an occasional guest role here and there, but having a black woman playing Catwoman, and, no less than Eartha Kitt, was a major event.

    And being the great performer that she was, Kitt made the role uniquely hers, with her own special charisma. To this day, she is, to me, the definite Catwoman. I don't care what Anne Hathaway does, or what special Bat Bike she rides on in the film. All I'll be thinking is, she doesn't quite measure up to Kitt. Yes, you can say her performance was campy, but that was the point. The TV show was a campy comedy, and Kitt went into it with everything she had.

    Unfortunately for Kitt, it was a short-lived triumph. First of all, as I mentioned earlier, the Batman TV series ended its run in late spring of 1968. But, to make matters worse, Kitt's carrer was seriously set back when she got caught up in a political controversy.

    That same year, she was invited to a luncheon at the White House and used the opportuniity to openly criticize then President Lyndon Johnson's Vietman war policy, and practically overnight, became a persona non grata in the business. It took her years to recover.

    But still, to this day, when I think of Catwoman, I think of Ms. Kitt.

    (Warning for the youn 'uns, Batman used to the a fun camp TV show before it became a film. Bear that in mind while watching this - OP)


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    X-Factor contestant Ashley John-Baptiste went from a tough childhood in care and foster homes to success at Cambridge. Here he tells his story and speaks to others who have been in care.

    I was placed in care at the age of two and remained in the system until adulthood.

    I had four different homes in that time, three different foster families and spent several years in a children's home.

    I've always felt being moved around so much, often very suddenly, without any real explanation, can be really damaging to anyone growing up. But I think actually I was one of the lucky ones, especially after meeting Scott, who is roughly the same age as me.

    "I've been in care since I was six months old. I've had 35 addresses," says 22-year-old Scott.

    "Some places were pretty good but some were pretty bad. One set of foster carers used to send me and my brother away at Christmas because they said that was family time. So we never really felt like part of the family."

    "I've been in care since I was six months old. I've had 35 addresses”

    For many children in care the fear of being moved on, especially if they have challenging behaviour, is a recurring theme.

    "Often my foster parents weren't resilient enough. They were like, 'this kid's a little git, let's move him on. There's thousands of other kids in care, we'll just get another one,'" Scott says.

    It was one of many shocking things that I learned on my journey making a film for the BBC. The most horrible was finding out that two of the boys I lived with in a children's home are dead, and a third is in prison for a shooting.

    Having made this film, I've come to realise how different my life could have been and how much I owe to the foster parents, like Fresia and Ervin, who opened up their home to me, gave me stability and encouraged me to achieve a place at Cambridge.

    But even a successful foster mother like Fresia believes a rethink is required on foster parents.

    "It should be viewed as a job. If they have more emphasis on the carers, you'll encourage more people.

    "It's more than money, it's a vocation and if you're called to be a foster carer you do it wholeheartedly," she tells me.

    The outcomes for children growing up in care are really not very good. A third of the UK's homeless population is from the care system and over a quarter of all prisoners grew up in care.

    I met Jerome who grew up in care with his brother.

    After eight years in one foster home, Jerome and his brother were split up. Jerome remained in a stable home while his brother was shunted around the system. His brother is now in prison.

    "The more you move them the more you scar them, because it's like you're just letting me know people don't care about me," says 22-year-old Jerome.

    "When you ask the kids what they want - they say simple things like I want my foster carer to give me a hug, or call me when I've had an exam.

    "They're the simple things. And none of that costs money."

    Perhaps, most depressing of all is that half the people who grew up in care in the UK have children who are taken into care - which just perpetuates the cycle and confirms to me that the start you get in life is so important.

    I truly believe that being moved around as much as some children are can cause long-term damage.

    How can you be expected to move into adulthood as a productive member of society when you're so used to having the rug pulled from under you?

    How can you complete your studies and do well in your exams if you're constantly on the move?

    I met 18-year-old Sara, and helped her move from one hostel to another.

    She hadn't been given any notice so all her possessions were in bin bags. In the back of taxi, surrounded by everything she owns, she tells me: "This is as good as life gets for me."

    I went back to see her in her new place a couple of weeks later and even though it was tiny, like living in a shoe box, she's settled in well and has even managed to improve her attendance at college.

    65,520 children in local authority care in England as at 31 March 2011
    Most (62%) came to social services' attention due to abuse or neglect
    48,530 (74%) were in a foster placement
    Total of 2,450 children placed for adoption at 31 March 2010
    Average age at adoption three years 10 months

    Source: Adoption UK

    "I'll say to people you can't change your past, but you can change your future."

    "I don't want to be in the system no more. I don't want to be in the care system. I don't want to be in no benefits system," Sara says.

    She believes, like me, education offers an escape route.

    "If I have a good education, I can obviously get a good job."

    Not everyone can be as strong as her and who knows how she'll keep motivated if forced to move again?

    Sara's frequent moves are partly because of problems in the system.

    The Fostering Network has described a "crisis" in fostering because of an overall shortage of investment in the system and other issues.

    "The foster care system is bursting at the seams," Vicky Swain of the Fostering Network tells me.

    Earlier this month, the government announced the Fostering for Adoption plan designed to streamline the process of placing children in care with their eventual adopters.

    It's a positive move and I welcome anything that gives children a sense of permanence and stability.
    Ashley as a child Ashley had four different homes, three different foster families and spent time in a children's home

    But once again I can't help feeling that all the emphasis from government and media is, as always, on adoption, to the detriment of the children in care who will never be adopted. We always seem to be overlooked.

    While we were making the film, I met a family that gave me hope.

    Vicky had been fostered with her family for a couple of years. She wanted to stay with them and they wanted to keep her.

    They are not able to legally adopt her but during filming her local authority made her foster placement permanent, meaning she doesn't have to worry about ever being moved.

    "You feel really lucky after a while and now there's nothing that I worry about," Vicky confides in me.

    "I'm the same as every other child, I'm just obviously not with my real mum and dad, and that's fine with me," she says.

    The truth is many of the 80,000 kids in care today will never be adopted - they're either too old when they enter care, or social services feel that there's a chance that their birth parents could one day sort out their issues and come back for them, regardless of how likely that really is.

    It's time we put some emphasis and resources on them to make sure they're not left permanently scarred by never having a home or family they can rely on.

    bb Ashley


    Watching his documentary on bbc3 right now. This kid has done amazingly well for himself.

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    Niecy Nash Pictures, Images and Photos

    If this latest casting news is any indication, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) isn't going to have the best luck when New Girl returns this fall.

    The Hollywood Reporter has learned that an early episode in the sophomore run features Jess getting her purse swiped, with the assailant being played by Niecy Nash. And Nash won't be taking on just any run of the mill purse-snatcher, the Reno 911! star and former Dancing With the Stars competitor will also be playing a lady of the night.

    The news comes on the heels of several other casting developments for New Girl. As first reported by EW, sitcom hopper David Walton has landed a recurring role on the Fox series.

    He follows in the footsteps of Justin Long and Dermot Mulroney as the third actor to get a multi-episode spot as a love interest for Jess, first appearing in the second of the two Sept. 25 premiere episodes.

    Also joining New Girl for its fall return is Leslie Mann. The Knocked Up actress, who most recently lent her voice to Fox's Allen Gregory, is appearing during that Tuesday's 8 p.m. New Girl. Her character will be involved in the celebrations planned for the removal of Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) penis cast he had to start wearing toward the end of last season.
    Actress Rachael Harris is also set to reprise her role as Jess' hardline vice principal, Tayna Lamontagne.
    Both Deschanel and Greenfield recently nabbed Emmy nominations for their New Girl work.


    Dear Niecy, you are a better comedian than Zoe. Last I checked, you had a successful TV show on air. There are some auditions you just have to say no to. You are too good for this! "tyra voice" I was rooting for you*. 

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    The first American woman to go into space, Sally Ride, died Monday after a 17-month battle against pancreatic cancer, her company said.
    Ride made history in 1983 as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger, breaking the gender barrier for U.S. spaceflight. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963, but it took another 20 years for NASA to follow suit.
    Word of Ride's death came in an announcement from Sally Ride Science, the educational venture she founded after leaving NASA.
    President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, were "deeply saddened" by the news.
    "As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model," Obama said in a White House statement. "She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars, and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools. Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve, and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come."
    NASA's current leaders issued tributes as well.
    "Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism — and literally changed the face of America's space program," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally's family and the many she inspired. She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly."
    NASA's deputy administrator, Lori Garver, said Ride "was a personal and professional role model to me and thousands of women around the world."
    "Her spirit and determination will continue to be an inspiration for women everywhere," Garver said.
    Ride made a second space shuttle flight in 1984, also aboard Challenger, and left the space agency in 1987. She served for years as a physics professor and director of the California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded Sally Ride Science, which is aimed at promoting math and science for girls.
    She served as a member of the independent board that investigated the 2003 loss of the shuttle Columbia and its crew, as well as the board that laid out policy options for the Obama administration in 2009. That board's conclusions led the White House to cancel plans to return to the moon and instead set the nation's sights on exploring near-Earth asteroids, leading eventually to missions to Mars.
    In addition to Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years, Sally is survived by her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin, and nephew, Whitney.


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    Looks like Taylor Kitsch‘s SEAL team is nearing completion as Variety reports that indie actor Emile Hirsch is in early talks to take the last lead, joining Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster.

    “Lone Survivor” is an adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrell, chronicling Luttrell’s own experience in Afghanistan. It follows Luttrell (to be played by Kitsch) as “he and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader” and will be directed by Peter Berg.

    After several years away from film, Hirsch has recently been seen in Oliver Stone’s “Savages” and the dark thriller “Killer Joe”. He secretly filmed a new indie also starring Paul Rudd and directed by David Gordon Green earlier this year, and filming for the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s “The Long Way Down” begins in September.

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    Shahrukh Khan's good friend Farah Khan is again directing Shahrukh in her upcoming project Happy New Year. Happy New Year will be a typical Farah Khan film, which will have all the ingredients of drama, comedy, action and romance.

    The story of Happy New Year will revolve around four male friends. Situation forces these friends to participate in a dance competition, but the only problem is that none of them are good dancers. Shahrukh Khan, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham are supposed to play the role of four buddies.

    To play the role of leading actress of Happy New Year, it has been rumoured that the race is between Parineeti Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha. The leading actress will play the role of a bar dancer who will help these friends to win the world dance championship.
    Well, let's see that Shahrukh Khan and Farah Khan's Happy New Year will be able to create the same magic as Main Hoon Naa!


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  • 07/23/12--15:57: Q's about TDKR plot points
  • The Dark Knight Rises Explained: Unraveling The Unanswered Questions

    The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t toss out as many wild theories as Prometheus, which we had a lot of questions about last month, and doesn’t leave nearly as much to the imagination as Inception, which we spent months discussing back in 2010. But a lot of us still walked out of The Dark Knight Rises unclear on how a few things went down, and going over our questions together, we figured we’d bring the conversation to the group.

    So, before we get started, and it should go without saying-- SPOILERS FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES FOLLOW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

    Now let’s dig into some of the nagging questions that still get to us, whether they were answered elsewhere in the film or are left as complete mysteries. For some of them we’ve come up with what seem like pretty reasonable answers, but for others, your guess is as good as ours. And if you have questions we didn't tackle already, let us know in the comments and we may add them. Let's get this movie figured out!

    Why did Gordon still have his speech about Harvey Dent in his jacket?

    You’re preparing to give an incendiary speech, one that would indict the man the city views as a hero and try to exonerate who they believe is the villain. You’re all prepared to give it, but then you back out at the last minute, knowing what you say could rip the city apart. Are you really going to just stuff that speech back into your pocket and forget about it? Wouldn’t you do your best to make sure that speech is destroyed, and that it could never fall into the wrong hands?

    In defense of Commissioner Gordon, we’ve all put things in our jacket pockets and only rediscovered them months later. But his careless mistake is one with huge consequences-- Bane finds it when he apprehends Gordon a day later, then uses the speech to bring Gotham to its knees, aiding in his total takeover of the city. That’s a pretty huge consequence for a piece of paper that someone as savvy as Gordon should have known to burn the minute he stepped away from that podium on Harvey Dent Day.

    Why did ALL of Gotham’s cops go underground to investigate Bane’s plot?

    Commissioner Gordon knew Bane's forces were growing underground, brewing an unimaginable terrorist threat to Gotham and its residents. But so long sidelined by his injury and the blind ambition of Deputy Commissioner Foley, Gordon makes a brash decision, demanding "everyone" on the police force go into the sewer system in search of Bane's militia. When Bane's bombs cause cave-ins that trap countless officers and murder the Mayor, the people of Gotham are left essentially defenseless with no authority to turn to, which makes the city easy pickings.

    However, whoever passed down Gordon's directive clearly had enough sense not to throw every single member of the police force underground, leaving a skeleton crew to handle the day-to-day cop duties in Gotham. Some of these included top brass like Gordon and Foley, who form a resistance movement with "hot head" newly promoted Detective John "Robin" Blake. But there were more than just these few. Some presumably went into hiding as Foley attempted before Gordon risked his own neck in his quest to get him to join the charge. And we learn the fate of others through a warning the priest gives Blake about roving mobs "hunting down" cops to throw before Scarecrow's merciless kangaroo court.

    How did Batman have time to escape the nuclear blast when we saw him in the Bat’s cockpit with 5 seconds to go on the clock?

    This was the key point in the piece we wrote yesterday, wondering if when Alfred sees Bruce Wayne at a Florence cafe with Selina Kyle, he’s not just imagining the happy ending for his adopted son. Because while Lucius’s discovery about the autopilot, and the fact that Bruce had time to leave instructions for John Blake, all line up to saying he lived, there’s still no explanation of how he could have time to eject from the Bat-- when we clearly see him in the cockpit with 5 seconds to go on the bomb’s timer.

    There aren’t even any hints to how this works in the movie, so the best we can do is just guess. Maybe he ejected into the water, soared down with the Bat-suit cape and landed in safety. Maybe he had one of the Wayne Industries submarines waiting for him, and that’s how he managed to travel the many miles through water back to Gotham to pick up Selina. Or it might be that the edit is a cheat, that Batman is nowhere near the cockpit of the Bat when there are 5 seconds let on the clock, and Nolan bent the rules a bit to give us a real shock when the Bat blew up. Basically the only answer that sticks is “He’s fucking Batman. He figured it out.”

    How did both Batman and Bruce Wayne go missing for so long with nobody connecting them?

    The answer is that Bruce Wayne wasn’t gone for the full eight years. While it is fact that he doesn’t put on the cape and cowl again after the death of Harvey Dent, that wasn’t his last night as billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. In The Dark Knight Rises we learn that Bruce teamed up with Miranda Tate on a clean energy project for Wayne Enterprises that involved the building of the fusion reactor that a large chunk of the movie is set around. Because the project began to malfunction, the entire thing was shut down and both our hero and Miranda lost a great deal of money.

    While some might argue that Lucius Fox, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises, was dealing with the business end of things with Tate, it’s clear from the beginning that Miranda and Bruce are close. The people of Gotham believe that Wayne went into hiding and became a Howard Hughes-esque figure because of this failed project and don’t see any correlation between the two disappearances. If anything, people should have found it strange that Bruce Wayne returned to town in Batman Begins at the same time as Batman’s first appearance. You can’t ask one question without the other.

    How did Bruce Wayne get from the prison back to Gotham?

    The Dark Knight Rises is plenty long without adding in an extended sequence of how Bruce Wayne hitches rides on goat trucks in Albania, does some itinerant farming to earn his keep on some Czech farm, hops into the cargo section of an airplane in Frankfurt and finally sneaks his way across the last remaining bridge leading to Gotham, all in order to surprise Commissioner Gordon out on the ice. He gets from point A to point B; do you really need the details?

    But as someone else has suggested, an entire Planes, Trains and Automobiles-style movie about Bruce’s journey from Albania to Gotham would be pretty great, especially if he had to team up with a slobby John Candy-type to get there (maybe it was the Penguin!) But the only answer to this question, really, is “He’s Batman. He figured it out.” That’s kind of disappointing given the rigorous realism of Nolan’s Batman universe, but this kind of grey area is where fan fiction flourishes, so get ready for tons of theories on this very question for years to come.

    How does John Blake know Bruce Wayne is Batman?

    He just does, OK? This is a particularly clunky bit of exposition. Blake explains to Wayne that they met once, when the young cop was a simple orphan … much like Bruce was at one point. His exact quotes escape me, but basically, he just knew Wayne was Batman. No explanation. It’s the equivalent of Metropolis citizens not recognizing Clark Kent as Superman because he wears glasses! Only Blake’s smart enough to see through this ruse. That’s why he’s such a good cop.

    Commissioner Gordon must be a terrible cop, then, because he can’t figure it out. He needs to be reminded of that time he put a coat on a little boy’s shoulders to finally make the connection. (As if Gordon would remember such an insignificant action out of the countless times he has had to help citizens of Gotham in the past.) But Blake? He just knows. End of story.

    What happened to The Joker?

    We knew going into the film that The Joker would not be seen in The Dark Knight Rises (poor Christopher Nolan had to answer that particular question about 30,000 times), but the fact that the character isn’t even mentioned actually creates a hole on some level. In the movie, Bane is seen breaking all of the convicts out of Blackgate Prison and the fact that Jonathan “Scarecrow” Crane is serving as judge in the martial state court is indication that the crazies in Arkham Asylum found their way back into society. So why aren’t the people of Gotham clawing their eyes out at the thought of The Joker being back on the streets?

    The easiest answer is that The Joker is dead. Whether it happened while he was hanging in front of the heavily-armed SWAT team at the end of The Dark Knight (maybe one of the cops didn’t feel he deserved the judicial system) or while he was locked up with the other homicidal loonies in Arkham, if the clown prince is dead it would easily explain why nobody thinks to ask about him in The Dark Knight Rises.

    What does Bane’s mask actually do?

    You mean, “Besides making him sound ridiculous?” It’s a good question, and one Tommy Carcetti … um, Aidan Gillen asks Bane in the middle of the airplane heist. But Bane’s answer is vague. Much like his motivations throughout the rest of the film. From what we can tell, his mask helps him cope with pain that stems from the beatings he took in the pit. But how? Even though it looks like a mask one would wear in a hospital, there’s no tube leading from a gas tank to Bane’s mask. And at different points in the film, Tom Hardy stomps around without a shirt, so there’s nothing in Bane’s vest or stylish jacket that’s funneling painkillers to the bony mask. Late in the movie, when Batman shatters the mouthpiece, it seems to slow Bane down. It has been suggested that there could be capsules of painkillers stashed somewhere in the bulky mask, but couldn’t Nolan have included one shot of Bane changing out a depleted capsule and refreshing his supply, if that was the case?


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    It’s tough to shake a crush, and it looks like How I Met Your Mother’s Robin isn’t quite over hers yet.

    Battlestar Galactica alum Michael Trucco will reprise his role as the guy who catches Robin’s eye in a multi-episode arc on the CBS sitcom this fall, sources tell TVLine exclusively. Trucco first appeared on the show two seasons ago, as an object of her affections known only as “Crush.”

    Though the show wanted Trucco for more episodes in Season 6, his involvement with USA Network’s Fairly Legal (on which he plays Justin) made that impossible at the time. HIMYM definitely has him for a chunk of the upcoming Season 8, which is sure to raise questions about the fate of Fairly Legal.

    Last season’s HIMYM finale revealed that Barney and Robin will become man and wife in the future, but there’s lots of time for other romantic diversions in the interim. Our bet is that Trucco will be the significant romance that executive producer Craig Thomas previewed to TVLine in May. “We’re going to introduce a new love interest for Robin right away,” he said. “It’s not going to be Barney and Robin together immediately, because they’re too tangled up in other things… We’ll show you how that [new] relationship ends up leading her back to Barney.”


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    Carly Rae Jepsen has found herself at the centre of a false sex scandal rumour.

    Perez Hilton Some flop started the rumour earlier today when a video of a 'Call Me Maybe' lookalike getting up to mischief with a male companion went viral. The blogger's accusations were false however, and Jeppo has now taken to Twitter to flatten the speculation.

    She certainly wouldn't be the first chart-topper to fall victim to such a drama.

    This year an old tape of Tulisa Contostavlos performing oral sex on her then-boyfriend Justin Edwards appeared on the internet. He had leaked the footage himself in the hope of profiting, but Tulisa put a stop to his plan in court.

    Luckily it doesn't seem like Carly Rae will have to go through a similar ordeal.


    EDIT: I found a link.

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    Thought I might as well clarify my side of last week's twitter spat (twat?) over alleged socio-politically dubious tweets about cosplay. The incident seems to have been blown out of all proportion to the extent that in some parts of the world, locals believe I engaged in hand to labia combat with a giant man eating vagina and was eventually forced into hiding by an army of furious clitoratti. This is only a half truth.

    A whole truth is that people got unduly attacked, bullied even, long after I had retreated to meditate on the whole affair and lick my figurative wounds.

    Looking back it seems to me the whole thing was a mess of misunderstanding, misrepresentation and intolerance on all sides and demonstrated what a frustrating, clamourous place twitter can be.

    The original tweeter (OT), whose identity I will protect here for fear of even further reprisal, accused me of sexism, claiming I was advocating the objectification of women by expressing a penchant for cosplay girls; although I believe her argument was not simply a case of 'don't perv over Slave Leias you unreconstructed male you.''

    My initial tweet on the matter described cosplay girls as a combination of two of my favourite "things". I think perhaps the OT assumed I was referring to women as "things" which would be understandably offensive (the other"thing" in the equation being cosplay itself). The implication in this case would indeed be that these women are objects, there solely for me(n) to lust after. This is not what I meant.

    The "things" I referred to were respectively, the unilateral concept of sexiness and the fantasy genre itself, combining to create something doubly fun. It was cheeky yes but playful and I would hope non threatening, since I was only expressing the very human tendency to be sexually inspired by visual stimulus.

    I then exacerbated matters (whatever that means) by posting a picture I had taken during the Paul shoot, of a group of women all in Slave Leia garb and accompanied it with a Homer Simpson "mmmmm" noise. Okay, so this was even more cheeky but again meant in good humour and not intended as a democratising wink to my male followers but for everyone. I do not advocate gender prejudice, I try hard in my own writing to be enlightened and sensitive and as far as I know, am not renowned as a bigot. I therefore assumed, wrongly it would seem, both tweets would be received in the spirit they were intended.

    Discovering a flurry of protest on my feed, not solely but mainly from the OT, I got very defensive. My responses were flippant and back footed and it's fair to say I could have handled it better. My first response of "BORING" was a misjudged call back to Homer Simpson but when I realised the complaint was serious, I became irked that it had not been permitted to slip by with impunity. I felt pilloried and ambushed and rather than take it on the chin, I fought back in anger.

    Don't get me wrong, I believe it naive; wrong headed even, to suggest that anyone should deny their emotional responses to apparel that is specifically designed to inspire an emotional response, but I do believe we should moderate those responses and how we act upon them. It's wrong to act irresponsibly then blame someone else, or worse cry 'human nature'. That way lies the "she was asking for it" defence, a monstrous exercise in blame shifting which has terrorised and isolated victims of sexual abuse forever and certainly not one I was prepared to use to defend a wilfully childish tweet.

    It all comes down to respect and understanding. Those Slave Leias are undoubtedly dressed as an objectified women. Jabba the Hutt forced Leia to dress like that to demoralise and disempower her. It was an act of gross misogyny by His Fatness to chain Leia up in a gold bikini and one that poetically also became his undoing, since he was throttled with a literal manifestation of the chains of male oppression . As well as an ironic plot twist, it was also a very primal male domination fantasy. George wasn't trying to make a comment about patriarchal dominance through aggressive promotion of gender stereotypes, he was trying to give teenage boys a boner. He succeeded. I try to remember his success in this matter whenever I think of the prequels which effectively had the opposite effect for me.

    The women who dress as slave Leia are not forced into it, nor as far as I know, do they feel demoralised by it. They own it and just as any woman or man who enjoys provocative cosplay, they are fully aware of the response their efforts will attract, welcome it, so long as those responses are moderated to non threatening appreciation, not assumption or abuse.

    Comic Con and events like it serve much as carnival did in the middle ages, as a means of turning the world upside down. For people who live average lives to stride through a crowd demanding objectification, whether it be the Fett be Boba or Booty. We do them a disservice by not acknowledging their efforts appropriately. That doesn't mean gooses and whistles, it means maturity even when you're being childish.

    We must be open about our responses, we must have a sense of humour about about them so as not attach the wrong emotions to sex and sexuality. Suppressing a harmless if predictable reaction to someone who is actively projecting sexuality will surely only cause resentment and shame, fear even. And as we all know fear leads to anger, anger leads to aggression, aggression leads to hate and hate, well hate leads to Twitter.

    The key is to moderate your responses to be proportionate with that which you're responding to. Slave Leia reminds me of my first crush, of the youthful fizz of sexual awakening and yes, I freely admit it, it gives me the horn. It does not make me a hater or even disrespecter of women.

    What I found most disturbing about the incident was the level of scorn heaped upon the OT and on another tweeter I RT'd later, simply to allow people to see the entire exchange, knowing full well I had been a bit of a knob. I did not apologise to the OT because I felt lambasted for something that had been twisted into an offence by arguably narrow thinking but I did want to take responsibility for my own error in responding childishly. This however lead to a whole new wave of derision on someone who had in this instance correctly called me out.

    To both of those people, I am whole heartedly sorry if the incident brought any discomfort your way. We may sit on different sides of the debating hall but I wish you nothing but love and happiness. That's all I wish for any good hearted human being.

    I'm not leaving Twitter or even hiding, I just feel a little let down by it as a medium of communication. We as tweeters are united through this nexus, our numbers could populate a continent, our potential to effect change beyond territorial borders is awesome and exciting. We operate beyond the control of executive power and instead exist as a potentially pure force of democracy. It could make the world a better place and arguably has but then again, it could just be a lot of opinionated narcissists talking at the same time. At the moment for me, it feels like the latter.

    Any road up, this is not a prelude to further debate, just my take on an enlightening incident. Thanks for reading. Vegetable rights and peace.


    Good boy.


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    Ever since 2 Chainz started popping-up with G.O.O.D. Music everywhere, you knew that something monumental would happen between him and Kanye West. "Birthday Song" is their first attempt. The new single from his buzzed-about Based On A T.R.U. Story LP (out August 14 on Def Jam), the song is operatic and menacing with clattering southern drums and production by West and Sonny Digital.


    hate 2chainz but I'm feeling the hell out of this song

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    FRAME is the set of ' Les Miserables ', the big-screen version of the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublildirected by Tom Hooper . A considerable challenge, and this director: jumping off a small drama about a character who could not speak ( 'The King's speech' ) to an epic melodrama with a cast that does nothing but sing. A change of direction, given the size of the set and the stage or, first things first, the size and scope of the original novel, a romantic classic written by Victor Hugo in 1862 - is a challenge. As if not enough to adapt one of the famous musicals represented and viewed the world.Functions only 10,000 in England, a work so popular that in 2010, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of its premiere in London, agreed to sign three different productions at once. But bringing the cinema Les Miserables is a company that Hooper does not face alone, but as captain of a star cast: Hugh Jackman gets into the skin of the hero, Jean Valjean, but his side are Russell Crowe as Javert, his opponent, Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (the Thenardier) and Eddie Redmayne (Marius).


    One of the most moving music ever written, tells a gray and ragged Jackman, still dressed as Valjean. There is not a number of filling. It's a great song after another . For Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the film and one of those responsible for its premiere at the West End in 1985, the key is to not wanting to film a montage of the work but to turn that material into a film. And in that transformation Tom Hooper plays a vital role. Today, however, the director has booked a supporting role. All eyes are focused onSamantha Barks , the only main cast actress who is not a household name in the film. She is Eponine, a role she has portrayed on stage many times, and prepares to sing her big number: On My Own (Single I). And he sings really, because while most of his cast recorded music, or worse, dual voice to launch later songs in the set and shoot the playback, in ' Les Miserables 'do the actors give to chest: all the songs are with direct sound.


    Samantha has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard , tells an enthusiastic Amanda Seyfried , surprised by the decision to Hooper to sing the cast. The first scene I shot was in an old chapel. The acoustics were amazing.I thought: What good song! Both Jackman or Seyfried as we have seen Anne Hathaway sing. The first was one of the stars of the musical 'Mamma Mia!' (Phyllida Lloyd, 2008) and the latter shone together in a number that was the highlight of the Oscars in February 2009. But what about Russell Crowe? It is true that the Australian leader for some years a rock band (The Ordinary Fear of God) and recently published a couple of albums with his wife Danielle Spencer and Canadian Alan Doyle, co-star in 'Robin Hood' (Ridley Scott, 2010). But is it enough credit?thing is , we said Jackman. Seyfried joins the praise: Russell experienced as anyone. Breathes, moves, eats, sleeps and dreams as Javert. Jackman tops: It will be a revelation, something unique.

    THE PRISONER OF 24,601

    But in addition to songs, 'Les Miserables 'has history: living Jean Valjean, a man sent to jail for stealing food, years later, freed from its past as the 24,601 prisoners, return to fight for their own and avoid the constant pursuit of the arresting officer, the commissioner Javert. A drama that turns into ordeal thanks to the framework: the nineteenth-century revolutionary France. The story is exciting , says Jackman in a break from filming. It is a story that has everything: emotion, drama, violence ... And I had never read so far. He had seen the musical, sure, but I did not read the novel by Victor Hugo until I started to prepare the character. Coming to the third reading. For an actor is pure gold, is like the Bible. Although added: Boublil and Schönberg, the creators of music, has written a new song especially for the Australian. It's a great honor, Jackman admits. came to see me act on Broadway see first hand what my voice. It is a great gift. I hope not to fail.


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