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    Chloë at the Cole Haan, Jen & Oli Chelsea Collection Launch Dinner







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    Chevy Chase has had a new lease of life as Pierce Hawthorne on the set of Community, the Emmy Award-nominated comedy set in school attended by a lawyer whose education has been deemed void.

    Here, the comedic natural behind hits such as National Vacation and Fletch, expounds on the art of ad-libbing, blowing money, making telly not film, who's funny these days... and what hanging out with Dan Ackroyd means...



    Q: So here you are on set today, so Pierce must be back for season three?

    CC:
    No. I just love these guys. I'm just having such a good time, I am going to fight my way back in.

    Q: Because we are here for the season two DVD release (in the UK), and it seemed like, during season two, there was a plan to have Pierce kicked out of the group!

    CC
    : Ostracized? Out of the show? Too old? I was kind of worried about that too. I had to actually ask when I looked at the last script. But then I started acting, which took all the humour out of it!

    Q: Some of my favourite episodes of season two have to be the paintball episodes. Did you enjoy them?

    CC
    : Well, I have to say that one of the things that bothers me about our show is that it is placed in that study room all the time, with the same light, the same colour - that's not interesting to see a lot. It's just joke after joke after joke around that table. It's hard to shoot it all the time in the same way, the same thing. So we did these other episodes, which shows depth, which showed colour, which showed movement. But it's a tough show to do because by necessity, it's in a school. We have a biology classroom, we have other classrooms, but sitting and making jokes is not an easy thing to write. The more movement the better, I think, personally. I think you can then get a little more differentiation of colour, of light and dark, etc. I don't necessarily mean a paintball one. But we do have those hallways where someone can get angry and chase someone.

    Q: Why did you decide to do a TV show after doing so many movies?

    CC:
    It was a big mistake! I saw this pilot script, thought that it was funny, and I went into the room where they were casting and said, "I would love to play this guy." Then they mulled it over. Then they hired me and I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want. My wife has just been in the Antarctic, and Cuzco in Peru, and Lima, and Machu Picchu... she likes to travel. That was about a month of travelling, and that will take about a year of work.

    Q: Do you enjoy doing TV?

    CC
    : Well, what else have I done, besides a lot of movies? I prefer movies because the money is better and certainly because you really know where you stand when you are making movies, and I have made a lot of them: 50 something, I don't know. The hours in this kind of show are not commensurate with the actual product.

    The hours are hideous, and it's still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. That's my feeling about it. I think the reason I have stuck around is because I love these kids, the cast - they are very good. It's not like I am working with the great innovators of all time, but at the same time, they are my friends and I am out, and one of my daughters is out here, and wants to be in the business, so she is living with me. I will have some time off and I will be looking for a film, which I think will be my next thing, my next move.

    Q: What do you think about the writing of SNL now?

    CC
    : Now? I don't watch it all that much.

    Q: What about the writing for Community?

    CC:
    For this one? As I said, it's completely different. That kind of show that I wrote for, that style of show, which is a variety, comedy, sketch show, and the fact that it's live and late at night, allows you to do so much more than you can ever do in a sitcom. I don't know much about how I would change the situation comedy world, but it is exactly what it says: it's situation comedy, and the situation can get old, and sometimes the ones that are at the very top, which just have three people in them, The Big Bang Theory or whatever it is - it's three people, that's basically what the premise is, and we can do that day and night. None of that really interests me. What interests me is being alive and being with friends that I care about and being as creative as I can given circumstance.

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    At the Van Cleef & Arpels Dinner for L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles Saturday night, brunette beauty Natalie Portman -- clad in a white Dior Couture gown and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels -- debuted much lighter locks as she posed on the red carpet alongside Robert Pattinson. (Portman's hubby, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, was also in attendance.)

    Both stars were in high spirits during an intermission, when the Oscar winner, 31, Pattinson, 26, and an unidentified pal chatted with Millepied. "They were very friendly," an eyewitness tells Us Weekly of Portman and Pattinson's interactions. "They were laughing aloud and smiling. Rob . . . was having a great time."

    Pattinson -- who, as multiple sources have confirmed to Us, recently decided to take girlfriend Kristen Stewart back following her mid-July cheating scandal -- did his fair share of mingling, and even posed for a photo with a fan.

    "At one point he was laughing so hard, he almost spit out his beer!" the witness says of the Twilight star. "He seemed to be enjoying himself."

    As for Portman's dramatically different 'do? The mom to Aleph told fellow event-goers it's for a new role.

    How about we play a game. Lets try not to make any comments with the word zionism. I know this is going to be very hard for all of you but really try ok.

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    When the Emmy nominations were announced back in July, for the first time ever, none of the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series were from the four major broadcast networks. Cable channels have had a strong presence at the Emmys since at least the rise of The Sopranos, but the network shutout seemed to signal that the Emmys had abandoned their loyalty to traditional fare in favor of more diverse programming.


    But the very organization—which gives out its awards Sunday night—allowed its comedy categories to continue to be dominated by old-school outlets. ABC's Modern Family was nominated 14 times, down from 17 a year ago but still formidable. The show's ubiquity is best illustrated in this year's "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" contest, in which, for the second year in a row, four of the six nominees are from the series. The sitcom has essentially been playing a large-scale game of keep away with every other television comedy, hoarding scads of Emmys, multiple WGA Awards, and a Golden Globe after just three seasons. (To be fair, the show's lost all 13 Teen Choice Awards it's been up for, but watch your back, Vampire Diaries.)


    Given those achievements, one would expect Modern Family to be the pinnacle of contemporary comedy, something that unites America through the power of laughter and defines an era the way Seinfeld and Cheers and M*A*S*H did in decades past. Yet those three shows, despite having been filmed many years ago, may ultimately be more modern than Modern Family, one of the most conventional series currently running despite its edgy-in-2003 mockumentary style.


    Debuting in 2009, Modern Family presents the story of three interrelated families: one an older man, his much younger wife and their son; one a fairly standard nuclear family of five; and a gay couple and their adopted child. The underlying message that a family can be anything is certainly a positive one, but it's often expressed in a heavy-handed manner that feels like the sitcoms of yore rather than a product of today.


    Modern Family seems to exist in a parallel universe where concepts like "irony" and "subtlety" don't exist; where of course gay characters are going to attend a Lady Gaga concert because, hello!; where saying something normal in a funny voice might be worth more than saying something funny in a normal voice; and where, hey, wouldn't it be something to have one nerdy daughter and one who loves the mall? In a cynical television world—have you seen TLC lately?—the show's earnestness could be viewed as refreshing, sure, and there's clearly a demographic who finds it highly appealing. But exactly what makes it superior to say, Louie, a once-in-a-lifetime work of art, is something that only award show voters may truly understand.


    While season two of Louie contained a story about the moral dilemma inherent in a friend planning to commit suicide, season three of Modern Family took the gang to Disneyland, where they (spoiler alert) learned a lesson about the true value of family.


    Perhaps the most damning piece of evidence against Modern Family is that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (on behalf of the Obamas as a whole) claim it as among their favorite shows. It would be worrisome enough if it was just coming from one of them—the entire point of a presidential candidate answering a question like that is to choose something as pleasantly inoffensive as possible—but the fact that both of them picked it, well, that's a Venn diagram of blandness from which nothing compelling can escape.


    Modern Family is not a bad TV show. That would be a ridiculous claim in a world that has been terrorized by oppressively bad sitcoms (Work It, about two guys who dress up as women to get better jobs,was a real thing that was on TV this year, not 30 years ago). Yet the extent of its Emmy success is a curiosity, especially given the show's increasingly tepid critical reaction over the past season. Louie was nominated for three Emmys this year, but left out of the running for Outstanding Comedy Series. Community, which balances laughs and warmth in a far less treacly manner than Modern Family, got one writing nomination, the first Emmy notice in the show's three-year history. Nick Offerman's iconic portrayal of Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation? No room for him with all those Modern Family dudes getting Outstanding Supporting Actor nods.


    The Emmys have a puzzling attitude towards comedy in general. Modern Family is going for its third consecutive Outstanding Comedy award, and its fellow nominees include still-funny vets 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Girls, as legitimate of a pick as any. A third HBO series, Veep, is also on there even though it hasn't made much of an impact, perhaps coasting on its premium cable prestige. Then there's The Big Bang Theory, a populist choice like Modern Family, but without anything near the same level of critical reverence. (However, in the category of "show most constantly on in reruns," it would definitely give How I Met Your Mother some serious competition.) The acting categories tend to be a similarly mixed bag—Melissa McCarthy's talent is undeniable, but does anyone watch Mike & Molly and really think "award-worthy"?


    There have been times where the Emmys have gotten it right, comedy-wise. Arrested Development's series victory in 2004 over establishment favorites like Everybody Loves Raymond and Will & Grace was the equivalent of the Miracle on Ice to TV nerds. Yet the long history of not stepping outside the mainstream, rewarding the same things over and over and passing over legitimate contenders while nominating shows that only vaguely qualify as comedies (the uproarious Nurse Jackie!) is enough to make you think, hey, maybe award shows don't really matter very much (gasp!).


    What makes this more befuddling is that, for the last couple of years, the drama Emmys have been pretty credible, now that the bizarre streak of refusing to acknowledge The Wire is behind them. Mad Men has been richly rewarded, though, with four straight victories, it's veering into Frasier territory. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have both won for their work on Breaking Bad, with the former up for his fourth victory in a row on Sunday. And there have been a few surprisingly hip choices like Peter Dinklage's victory in 2011 for Game of Thrones, and Michael Emerson two years earlier for Lost.


    Comedy might still have a chance at the Emmys: At their smaller Creative Arts ceremony, held last week, Childrens Hospital, an Adult Swim show where Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain plays a recurring character named Rabbi McJewjew, won the award for "Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program." Hope is not lost.

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    Linsday Lohan may be a really bad driver, but she was not a really bad drunk driver this week ... so she's going to sue the guy who accused her of DWB -- Driving While Blotto.

    You'll recall.... Jose Rodriguez claims Lindsay struck him while she was driving a Porsche this week in NYC.  Rodriguez gave an interview to a reporter and claimed Lindsay was slurring and "smelled like alcohol real bad" at the time of the incident.

    The cops and others say Lindsay had not been drinking and alcohol was not a factor in the alleged incident.

    We're told Lindsay believes she could lose work if people think she's off the wagon, so she's planning on suing Rodriguez for defamation.

    Lindsay is saying, "I'm tired of people lying just to score a quick paycheck."




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    As far as sex scenes go, True Blood’s don’t leave much to the imagination. More often than not, both parties are completely naked, occasionally bloody, and making plenty of interesting noises.

    But in order to make those scenes look authentic, yet not completely awkward, cast members wear modesty patches and "socks”although Alexander Skarsgard is notorious for not wearing anything over his penis.



    To help support her anti-poaching documentary, Out for Africa, Kristin Bauer van Straten has been auctioning off various items, ranging from Lucy Griffith’s premiere sandals to a signed True Blood pilot script. But the latest item? Anna Paquin’s modesty patch. Yeah — the tiny piece of nude fabric that covers up her lady bits during sex scenes.

    We thought it was weird when Kristin auctioned off Sookie’s used bra for a shocking $1,461 earlier this month, but this one is even crazier. Since this “snatch patch” was donated by the costume department, we’re hoping that it’s a clean, unused one, because otherwise, that is all kinds of disgusting.

    The eBay listing just went up on Sept. 14, but it’s already at $500! We think this is a strange way to support Kristin’s project and True Blood, but to each his own!



    If Anna Paquin’s used bra doesn’t strike your fancy, another True Blood cast member is cleaning out her closet for charity.

    Deborah Ann Woll and her boyfriend, E.J. Scott, have started an “online garage sale” to raise money for Choroideremia research, auctioning off everything from a signed cardboard cutout of Alexander Skarsgard to photos of the cast.

    The latest item up for grabs is the shoes that Deb wore to the True Blood Season 3 premiere: pointy-toed, black Charles David pumps in size 8.5! While they are a little scuffed up, it’s an interesting piece of memorabilia that a fan can purchase for a good cause.



    E.J., his brother, and his 7-year-old nephew all suffer from Choroideremia, a rare eye disease that eventually causes blindness. All of the eBay proceeds will go directly to The Choroideremia Research Foundation. Hopefully this will both raise awareness and provide funds for a hopeful treatment and cure for the disease. Maybe it will even give you a nice new pair of kicks!

    You can read more about the shoes and E.J. on eBay, but hurry! The auction ends on Sept. 13 and there have already been 15 bids!



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    Omg I read about E.J. a year ago and it just broke my heart. Choroideremia is one of the most frightening diseases. rebeljean and snortingcoke, it's time to start your bids lol

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    Downton Abbey and Mad Men battle for Emmys


    Downton Abbey and Mad Men will go head-to-head as they battle for glory at the Emmy Awards tonight (September 23).


    The ITV period drama is the most nominated British show ever with 16 nominations and will go up against US TV smash Mad Men, who are up for 17, in all their categories, including Best Drama.


    Mad Men has won the top prize every year since its debut season, and could make history by winning it for a fifth time tonight. Homeland, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones will be hoping they snatch it away from the AMC show.

    Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter, has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor
    category, Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, is nominated in the
    Best Lead Actress Category, while Joanna Froggatt is up against co-star
    Dame Maggie Smith for supporting actress.

    Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham, told reporters at a
    pre-award party thrown by BAFTA in LA that he would "eat my own toe" if
    he were to beat Mad Men star John Hamm and Homeland's Damien Lewis in the Best Actor category.

    BBC shows Sherlock, Luther and The Hour could also take home multiple prizes tonight, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba battling it out for acting gongs.

    The Primetime Emmy awards will be hosted by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in LA tonight (September 23).

    http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/downton-abbey-and-mad-men-battle-for-emmys/287182

    So what did y'all think about this episode today. Spoilers within...

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    Warner Bros. has found a new release date for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby."

    After pushing the film from this Christmas holiday, Warner Bros. will now open its 1920s-era epic on May 10, 2013, the start of the summer moviegoing season. (International rollout will begin the following week.)

    The studio initially pushed back the release so Luhrmann could have more time to finish the special effects on the 3-D film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Also, the extra months will give Luhrmann time to put together a planned all-star soundtrack, a la his work on 2001's "Moulin Rouge," which featured high-profile tracks from artists like Christina Aguilera, Pink, Madonna and David Bowie.

    (Luhrmann's interest in pairing contemporary recording artists with his period work is clear in the trailer, which features Jay-Z and Jack White.)

    The date change should help fill in Warner Bros.' summer schedule, which also includes "The Hangover: Part III" (May 24), "Man of Steel" (June 14), "Pacific Rim" (July 12) and an untitled "300" sequel (Aug. 2).

    Less clear are Warner Bros.' Oscar prospects for the Roaring '20s story that also stars Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. Common practice has most films geared toward year-end awards bowing in the fall season.

    Yet Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" opened in June 2001 and was nominated for eight Oscars and won two.

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    Christina Aguilera chats with Access' Shaun Robinson about her new album, "Lotus." Why did she choose that name for the album? Plus, what was it like collaborating with fellow "The Voice" coach Cee Lo Green on one of the tracks?




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    Olly Murs tantalizes pedestrians by flaunting his ass, crotch & thighs in California.


    Essex boy Olly Murs has admitted that he’s been struggling to find a girlfriend, but he certainly knows how to show off what he’s got as he donned a pair of skin-tight trousers for his latest video shoot on Saturday.

    He might be hitting our screens this weekend as The X Factor boot camp gets underway, but in reality the former talent show contestant is 5000 miles away in California, filming the video for new single Troublemaker, a collaboration with Flo Rida.

    The singer and presenter, who hosts ITV2’s The Xtra Factor, is continuing to make waves across the Atlantic after his smash hit single Heart Skips a Beat became popular in the US.

    Donning a pair of tight brown trousers, Olly left little to the imagination as a pair of vintage-style braces hoisted up them up during a take for the new video.



    The talented 28-year-old paired the revealing trousers with a white long sleeved T-shirt and blue lace-up shoes, giving his whole look a retro vibe.

    Although Olly is rarely seen with a girlfriend, the star showed that he certainly has the right moves to get one as he gyrated up against a leggy brunette model for his new single.

    Wearing short denim cut off shorts and black ankle biker boots, the female dancer certainly seemed to enjoy getting up close in personal with the British star.

    In between takes Olly seemed just as friendly, laughing and joking with his co-stars and taking a few snaps with them.

    The former X Factor star who will be supporting teen pop sensations One Direction on tour, is starting to raise his profile across the pond and this new single features a collaboration with US star Flo Rida.

    The cheeky chappy took to Twitter to express his excitement about the new single and video:
    '5.51am in the morning here in LAX! Up for another video shoot today #troublemaker finally! Will I meet Flo-Rida today that’s the question?’

    He explained how he’d been bringing a spot of his native Essex vocab to the California set:
    ‘I’m Educating the ladies & gents on the set with my vocabulary today…PUCKA is going down well!!'


















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    Leven Rambin from The Hunger Games and Chasing Mavericks gives a smile on the cover of the Holiday Sparkle Issue of Miabella Magazine.


    In addition to Leven, the issue also features three Holiday Heartthrobs: Red Dawn star Edwin Hodge, “Baby Daddy’s” Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Nickelodeon alum Avan Jogia; a Breaking Dawn special with Booboo Stewart, and an exclusive sibling spotlight introducing “Teen Wolf” Tyler Posey’s (equally hot) younger brother Jesse!


    The Holiday Sparkle issue hits news-stands October 16th.





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    It looks like the boys of The Wanted are finally answering the age-old question: Boxers or briefs? In a recent photo shoot with We Love Pop magazine, The Wanted strip down to their undies, making teenage girls (and superboys) everywhere swoon.

    The 'Glad You Came' stars were dressed up in suits, shirts and ties for the new shoot in We Love Pop magazine, before dropping their trousers to reveal their boxer shorts for the new feature spread.



    Hunky Max George keeps thing classic in a pair of tight, black briefs, while funny man Jay McGuiness makes a statement in a cartoonish briefs. As for Nathan Sykes, the youngest member of the man band opts for a simple pair of blue and white briefs.

    Tom Parker stands out as the only one in The Wanted to choose baggy boxers, while Siva Kaneswaran looks like he’s posing for Calvin Klein in his skin-tight white briefs.



    The band has been working on their new album for much of 2012 and have promised fans they will make it "perfect" before its release.



    The Wanted will release new single 'I Found You' on 4th November.


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    The smiles and hugs between the Real Housewives cast members never seem to last very many episodes. The former besties finally have a showdown that has been brewing the entire year, according to a RadarOnline review of a preview clip of the show’s last episode of the season.

    Laurita reportedly called Giudice disgusting scum and formally ends their friendship. The now infamous feud began when the ladies were attending a fashion show. Aneglo Voorhees approached Melissa Gorga during the fashion outing and the angst between the RHONJ ladies escalated. Voorhees claims that Melissa used to be an erotic dancer at his Lookers Gentemen’s Club.

    Tongues began wagging about the drama, with all fingers pointing in Giudice’s direction.

    Jacqueline had this to say about the low-brow behavior:

    "Why the fuck would I set up your sister-in-law, who I happen to like? Who has the motives here? You. You don't like your sister-in-law. Now I know we're not friends because how dare you try to turn that around on me?" Jacqueline fumes.

    "How dare you? You're disgusting. You're scum. I am completely done."












    Teresa Says the Other Housewives Use Her to “Get Attention”!



    In her most recent BravoTV.com blog, Teresa details why she has been disappointed by her co-stars, and why she believes they are so quick to blame her for things.

    Referring to what happened at the Posche Fashion Show, Teresa writes, “They [the other housewives] went on Twitter to talk about how they think I set Melissa up, they went to the press, and still, a year later, they're singing the same sad song. This is actually one instance when I'm so glad the cameras were there for the whole thing, because you see what I see.”

    However, Teresa also admits that her co-stars’ opinions don’t carry nearly as much weight as her brother’s point of view.

    She explains, “But the worst part is my brother, who wasn't there, doesn't see it. He believed their crazy story right away, still believes it I guess, and we haven't spoken for a year. In the end, who got what they wanted? Not me...”

    And near the conclusion of her blog, Tre offers her take on why she thinks the other housewives are so eager to blame her for things and say bad things about her.

    She writes, “I know the other women think I'm so dumb (and yet a manipulating mastermind at the same time?), but I do get why they all have to blame me for everything. Because my name on their lips is the only way they ever get attention. ‘Can you give us a horrible quote about Teresa?’ ‘Yes, but only if you mention my ‘Happy Ending’ desserts/’advice’ book/new song/makeup/restaurant/yummy water too!’"


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    Batman may be saving more than Gotham City. For throngs of devoted male fans, the muscular superhero may bolster body image too, according to a new study.

    Men in the study who said they felt a bond with Batman or Spider-Man also reported feeling more satisfied with their own bodies after seeing a picture of the muscular superhero, while men who felt indifferent toward the superhero felt worse about themselves.

    Previous research suggested that seeing muscular male figures makes men feel bad about their own bodies. But the new results suggested that men who felt a personal connection with a svelte superhero are free from the typically damaging effects of seeing an unobtainably buff physique.

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    n fact, in some cases, looking at pictures of a superhero actually increased men's strength, the researchers found.

    "For some men, exposure to extremely muscular superheroes may actually have a positive effect. It may make them feel better about their bodies," said study researcher Ariana Young, a graduate student in psychology at the University at Buffalo in New York.

    In the study, Young and colleagues asked nearly 100 male college students how much they liked two popular heroes of the comics and movies, Batman and Spider-Man, to determine how bonded the men felt with those characters. The researchers also manipulated images of the two superheroes to look either muscular or skinny, and showed each picture to the participants. 

    Men who did not feel a bond with a superhero said they felt worse about their bodies after seeing the muscular image, but not after seeing the scrawny version, according to the study.

    Men who had just viewed the muscular-looking picture of their favorite superhero also showed greater strength on a handgrip test than those that had seen a non-muscular version of the superhero.  

    The researchers found that the participants' own physiques had nothing to do with whether they felt more or less satisfied with their bodies after seeing the muscular images, or how they performed on the grip test.

    A previous study involving women and images of ultra-thin female celebrities produced similar results: Women who felt a connection with a thin celeb felt no worse about their own bodies after looking at pictures of that celebrity. Identifying with a thin female celebrity may lead women to perceive their own bodies as thinner, according to the researchers.

    While much of the research on body image issues has focused on women, body dissatisfaction is a growing problem among men, said Jesse Steinfeldt, a sports psychologist and professor of counseling at Indiana University.

    While the pressure to conform to muscular stereotypes isn't new, "men are more inundated today than in the past with images of big, jacked-up-looking men and 'Here's what you should look like' messages," Steinfeldt said.

    Previous research of men linked body dissatisfaction to low self-esteem, depression, steroid use and an unhealthy preoccupation with their muscularity.

    But the allure of Batman may come from more than his rippling muscles.

    "The comic book superhero was invented to address male vulnerability. Men who have actually read the comic books are exposed to all sides of the superhero and not just his body type," said Sharon Lamb, a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and co-author of "Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes" (St. Martin's Press, 2009).

    "I think the study shows that boys and men need role models who are whole people, and if they get those kinds of role models, they feel better about themselves, their vulnerabilities and their bodies," Lamb said.

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    October 16, 1864. Corcoran and O’Brien are charged with solving a peculiar double murder. As the detectives weigh the evidence, affairs and deception come together in a surprising case of revenge gone wrong. Five Points gathers to watch the exhibition fight between Jasper Longfield and “Irish” Jake McGinnis. But as the boxing match continues, it becomes apparent that there is more riding on this fight than meets the eye. As racial tensions flare in the final moments, Robert Morehouse is forced to make a decision that will affect the security of Five Points and New York City at large. Rebellious Annie continues to terrorize an impatient Elizabeth. Desperate to reform the wayward child, Elizabeth feels she has only one option.

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    Liam Neeson had a months-long fling with a beautiful and much younger New York p.r. executive — who even met his family — but now he struggles to even remember her name.

    The hunky “Schindler’s List” star, 60, met stunning 28-year-old LFB Media Group executive Katy Schell at a premiere for his March movie, “Wrath of the Titans,” spies say. “He’d seen her on the red carpet and thought she was beautiful,” says a source, “and he asked to meet her.” The two began a casual romance that became one of New York’s worst-kept secrets.

    But later that month, Neeson was seen stepping out with his London-based girlfriend, Freya St. Johnston, in tony Mayfair — and then at Club 55 while on vacation in St. Tropez.

    When Neeson was in New York, he spent a lot of time with Schell. “She met his family,” a source says. “She would stay at his apartment and met V anessa Redgrave [the mother of Neeson’s late wife, Natasha Richardson] when she came over.” The source added that Neeson had introduced Schell to his son on two occasions.

    But when we contacted a Neeson rep about the relationship over the summer, we were told Neeson had “never heard of Schell.”

    The pair recently broke it off because, as Neeson explained to Schell, he was “ ‘back with an old friend from London,’ who was staying with him all summer at his house in Millbrook,” a source told Page Six. “The funny part is that he invited Katy [to his country home] numerous times over the summer, but she never made the trip.”

    Of the split, a source close to Schell said: “Liam was really sweet and respectful about the breakup. Overall, Katy has nothing but nice things to say about him.” But a source close to the actor tells us: “They never dated. Maybe they hung out once or twice, but that’s it.”

    Handsome Neeson has been reinvented in Hollywood as an action hero in films including the 2008 hit “Taken,” its upcoming sequel, “Taken 2,” and “The Grey”

    Both Schell and a rep for Neeson could not be reached for comment

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