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    New pics from the S&S mv set are on the web:

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    Also, a couple of tweets between The Queen and that Will i am:
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    It's gettin' bigguh! IDGAF BFB is mah shit.

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    Revenge's "Mommy Issues"

    Revenge Exclusive: Look Who's Playing Victoria's 'Monster'-Making Mom!

    Now we know where Revenge‘s Victoria got those cheekbones (and a few other assets) from. The ABC drama has cast ’70s sex symbol and Maude alum Adrienne Barbeau as Victoria’s mother, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.

    The voluptuous veteran actress, who portrayed Maude’s daughter Carol on the groundbreaking sitcom, will play Mama Harper –  ”somebody who knows how to use people,” Revenge executive producer Mike Kelley tells TVLine. “She taught Victoria what it takes to survive with very little, with your wit and your looks, really.”

    Barbeau’s prolific TV career includes stints on classics like The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Hotel, as well as on contemporary hits including Grey’s Anatomy, Dexter, General Hospital and CSI: NY. She also played Ruthie on the HBO series, Carnivale. When Barbeau’s character shows up, “We will learn how the monster that is Victoria Grayson was put together, and we’ll learn that there’s a lot of damage that went into this little girl that became Victoria Grayson — and that it was at the hands of her mother,” Kelley adds. “So, Emily and Victoria will share a lot more than they would have ever expected in terms of family.”
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    Her Majesty reminds you to watch the new episode of REVENGE tomorrow, otherwise...

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    Just hours after cops announced Nadya Suleman would not be charged with endangering her kids, Octo-Mom was the guest of honor at a drag queen show in New York Friday night. It wasn't pretty.

    Sitting on the stage at the XL nightclub, Octo-Mom flashed her breasts, pretended to nurse two plastic dolls, fed one of the "babies" from a bottle of vodka, and screened a clip from her porno film -- all while the drag queens cheered and laughed.

    Several of the queens participating in the Hot Mess Drag Review tried to get Nadya to expose a little more of her ample chest by pulling the dolls away. And even Nadya seemed a bit embarrassed by the clip of her porn film, an eyewitness tells us.

    The outrageous exhibition came mere hours after the La Habre, CA police department announced it would not be filing charges against Suleman.

    As reported, on Thursday, two of her former nannies went on television in Los Angeles, accusing Suleman of being such a negligent parent, one of her older boys was sexually abusing his younger sisters.

    Suleman denied the allegation at the time, and police investigators agree no crime was committed.

    XL is the same nightclub where, in August, tanning mom Patricia Krentcil appeared and became such a drunken mess, had to be carried out.

    Oh hai Milan

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    "I cried! I'm just going to be honest with you, I definitely cried," Mowry, 34, told Us Weekly Thursday of her short new 'do at the Ingenuity Event for the launch of their new product in NYC. "I really wasn't expecting the shock value. "A lot of people ask me, 'What advice would you give to women who want to chop it off?' I said, 'Don;t think about it because if you do you won't do it.' But it's very liberating and it definitely saves time."


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    Might ‘Arrested Development‘ season 4 be the true Holy Grail of comedy we’re all hoping it to be? The more of our favorite comedic stars it adds, the more likely that possibility seems. ‘Parks and Recreation‘ breakout and ‘House of Lies’ star Ben Schwartz is the latest reported to join the cast, but who will he play? Will the wall of secrecy around all of ‘Arrested Development’ season 4′s guest castings come tumbling down?

    ‘Arrested Development’ season 4 must be pretty flush with cash, to attract the charms of Jean-Ralphio. TVLine has managed to confirm that occasional ‘Parks and Recreation’ guest and current ‘House of Lies lead Ben Schwartz will join the Bluth Family for their spring 2013 Netflix reunion season. As with many of the other guest stars to be cast, Schwartz’ role is being kept well under-wraps for now.

    Schwartz is the latest to add to a star-studded reunion season that features appearances ‘Up All Night’s Chris Diamantopoulos from all three stars of Comedy Central’s ‘Workaholics,’ Mad Men’s’ John Slattery, Isla Fisher and Terry Crews, as well as returning series players Jeff Garlin, Liza Minnelli, Judy Greer, Henry Winkler and Scott Baio.

    Details and set photos continue to pour out, but for now, new additions to the cast remain relatively well-hidden. Whom do you think Ben Schwartz might play in ‘Arrested Development’ season 4?


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    Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Harry Potter star join forces in Russian classic

    A fervent passion for the work of author Mikhail Bulgakov has brought the actors together to play the same doctor in a TV series based on the writer's first book

    Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in A Young Doctor's Notebook.

    He is best known for his portrayal of Mad Men's Don Draper, a slick advertising executive obsessed with women, whisky and winning accounts. But Jon Hamm's latest role reveals the actor's true passion – a love of Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov.

    Hamm appears in a television adaptation of Bulgakov's first book, A Young Doctor's Notebook – set in 1917 Russia – which will be screened in December and is the result of a project initiated by the actor himself.

    Hamm said: "I loved the tone of it all, the mystery and sense of 'other' it engendered. The world was very foreign, yet very relatable, in a fish out of water sense. Bulgakov's writing is very emotional and evocative."

    The idea for the four-part series was sparked when Hamm came to London last February to publicise the latest series of Mad Men. His hosts at Sky Television, which had snatched the series from the BBC, found his conversation kept returning to Bulgakov, who is increasingly recognised as one of the great 20th-century Russian writers. James Hunt, the head of Sky Arts, said: "All he wanted to talk about was this book, A Young Doctor's Notebook."

    This semi-autobiographical series of encounters, set in 1917, stemmed from Bulgakov's work as a doctor during the dawn of the Russian Revolution. They recount desperate conditions in a small hospital serving a Russian village, Muryovo, a place of superstitious peasants and strange nurses.

    Seizing the opportunity, Sky called in one of Britain's top comedy producers, Big Talk Productions, the company behind BBC2's award-winning Rev, to work with producer Clelia Mountford.

    Sky drama executive Saskia Schuster said: "We have this commitment to work with the best talent in Britain. But this approach from Jon Hamm, it was his passion project. It was a no-brainer."

    Then they got lucky again. Daniel Radcliffe, now 23 and free of Harry Potter, is also a fervent Bulgakov fan: he even spent his 21st birthday in Russia on the Bulgakov trail.

    The conceit of the comedy is that Radcliffe plays the young doctor, while Hamm, 41, is his older self, who tutors him and plays to his deepest insecurities. Hamm's version "voices all the neuroses of the young doctor, he becomes the voice in his head", explained Radcliffe.

    Radcliffe's character is straight out of a top Moscow medical school and assigned to a remote hospital, where he is the only doctor for miles. He is often on the edge of panic, inexperienced in the realities of medicine.

    "He has learned his medicine in books; he is confronted with the reality," said Radcliffe. Or, as his character observes by episode two, being a doctor is a mix of "butcher and seamstress".

    Hamm dispenses sardonic advice, for example, on how hard it is to amputate a crushed leg, but also starts to display the drug addiction that undermined the real life career of Bulgakov. The writer became addicted to morphine to dull the pain of a wound sustained around 1917.

    Hamm found a 20-day gap in his schedule for filming last summer, and scripts for the four-part series were rushed out in ten weeks by British writers. It will be screened in December.

    Hamm said: "I am thrilled to get the chance to work on such rich material… bringing something original, dark, funny and moving to light. Madness and the macabre."

    Big Talk worked with Hamm's production company, Point West Pictures, created with his long-standing partner, Jennifer Westfeldt.

    Acted with a degree of slapstick and gore, the adaptation includes a tooth extraction from hell, an eruption of pus like a water cannon from an infected eye, and that horrific leg amputation, with a blunt saw.

    Radcliffe admitted: "The amputation was rough, you see me hacking away." He added: "I am an obsessive Bulgakov fan, since I read the book when I was 18. It is so compelling and exciting. This is his first book, and he can't help his own crazed imagination coming through. At the first meeting Jon and I had, I said, yes, let's do it."

    As for the gore, Radcliffe said: "That had to stay. It is pretty graphic in the book, and you can't do justice to it without that. By episode four we were running out of blood."

    He also had the challenge of sharing a bath with Hamm, as he tries to cope with the Russian winter. "You know you are the envy of every woman in the world," Radcliffe said, "but the bath soon turns cold." Hamm, he said, is "really funny, one of the best technical actors around".

    The series is a centrepiece of Sky Art's series of Playhouse Presents, which attracts high-profile actors to their passion projects, such as Chekhov's Comedy Shorts last year, headed by Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas, Julia Davis, Sheridan Smith and Mackenzie Crook.

    A Young Doctor's Notebook was Bulgakov's first book. His later masterpiece, The Master and Margarita – a violent and poetic novel indicting Stalinist Russia, which was only published after his death in 1940 – was a hit when adapted as an adult drama for the Barbican earlier this year and is returning in December.

    Behind the scenes pics from the set of Horns in Vancouver.


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    Amy Poehler attended Night of Too Many Stars tonight at The Beacon Theatre in NYC. The benefit helps a variety of autism programs across the country and provides individuals with autism with quality services.

    Mark your calendars, the event will air on Sunday, October 21 at 8/7c on Comedy Central.

    Source (pics of other people there too)

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    Quick Gifs & Caps:
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    Here is the rundown for the season so far.
    Week number, Host, +SkitsWithHader -SkitsWithoutHader

    Week 1: Seth MacFarlane +6 -6
    Week 2: Joseph Gordon Levitt +7 -6
    Week 3: Daniel Craig +4 -6

    SKIT RUNDOWN (Jason has been in a ton of skits so far so I'm keeping track)
    Opener: Vice Presidential Debate (Surprise! Usain Bolt! No Hader) J
    Monologue: Not holidays yet! (Hader) J
    Gillette Fusion Razor Commercial (No Hader) J
    The Californians (Hader) (Usain Bolt) J
    Tech Talk (Hader)
    Give Us All Our Daughters Back (Hader) J
    Music Time
    Weekend Update (No Hader)
    Odysseus VS The Sirens (No Hader, but some great 90s hits) J

    Hader Skits

    NonHader Skits

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    That sharp dip in air quality across the nation Sunday night? It was likely due to audiences across the country collectively lighting up cigarettes following what was one of the steamiest, kinkiest, dirtiest sex scenes on TV, airing during an episode of… The Good Wife?

    Yes, jaws dropped and cheeks blushed as Archie Panjabi’s Kalinda and her estranged husband, played by Marc Warren, got X-rated at an ice cream parlor early on in Sunday night’s episode. Viewers’ gasps could be as much attributed to the scene’s raciness as it could to the shock that it wasn’t being played out on HBO, Showtime, FX, or another cable network—certainly, explicit sex is de rigueur for series on those channels. This was CBS, the channel so often derided for being watched only by stodgy old folks, and in the middle of primetime. It’s a surprise it even squeaked through the network censors.

    Of course, it’s not like network TV has always been entirely prudish. Settle down and prep a cold shower while viewing this survey of some of broadcast television’s most scandalous sex scenes. (WARNING: Some videos NSFW.)

    The Good Wife Goes for Ice Cream

    Kalinda—The Good Wife’s sexually ambiguous, bed-hopping, leather-clad investigator—has always been one of TV’s more progressive characters. Still, most viewers weren’t prepared when her estranged husband began pleasuring her at a counter in an ice cream parlor during the show’s recent episode. When he fails to make Kalinda, um, melt, he sticks his fingers in her vanilla cone and tries again.

    Ally McBeal Gets Her Car Washed

    “Why are you so wet?” The first line of this Ally McBeal sex scene is dripping with innuendo, as Peter MacNicol’s John Cage encounters Calista Flockhart’s Ally after she returns from the unlikeliest of trysts: in a drive-through car wash with a complete stranger. As a flustered Ally regales the encounter, a flashback reveals the entire, surprisingly explicit soap-and-squeegee affair. It wasn’t making love, she assures John. It was “that other word…that vulgar verb.”

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Brings Down the House

    It’s David and Maddie with more martial arts. And destruction. And a vampire. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michele Gellar’s slayer Buffy and James Marsters’s vampire Spike are sworn enemies who fight through their sexual tension. During a particularly acrobatic fight in the episode “Smashed,” the two become so aroused that they begin making love—as a house literally falls down around them.

    Scandal Gets Scandalous

    “Go in your room,” Tony Goldwyn’s married President Fitz instructs Kerry Washington’s strategist Olivia Pope at a hotel when it became clear that their sexual tension became too much to deny. So cue the “OMG!” exclamations when Pope instead boldly walks herself over to his hotel room. The next instruction we hear from Fitz: “Take off your clothes”—which we then see them do, right down to the pair of lacy panties that get tossed onto the floor.

    NYPD Butts…er, Blue

    Butts on TV: Considering how commonplace it seems these days, it’s hard to imagine a time when there were hardly any tushies shown at all. Credit, then, NYPD Blue creator Steven Bochco for being a trailblazer. He reportedly required all actors who joined the program, which first began its parade of rear ends in 1993, to sign a nudity clause, allowing him to show their goods at his whim. Among the illustrious actors to show their backsides on the show: David Caruso, Charlotte Ross, Dennis Franz, and even Zack Morris himself, Mark-Paul Gosselaar. But it wasn’t just all exhibitionism. As this clip shows, NYPD Blue may be the most erotic shows about cops to ever air.

    The Good Wife Listens to NPR

    Forget 50 Shades of Grey. For The Good Wife’s Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Peter (Chris Noth), all it takes to get in the mood is some easy-listening NPR music. With some jazz playing in the background, Peter surprises Alicia in the bathroom, shocks her, really, as his kisses travel further and further down, leading to one of the most blatant broadcast oral sex scenes to make it to air.

    Read full article at The Daily Beast

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    Recently named "the sexiest woman alive,"the breathtaking Mila Kunis is, according to reports published yesterday, October 10, 2012, is the frontrunner for the highly anticipated movie adaptation of “50 Shades Of Grey.” Furthermore, as if the news that this stunning starlet’s could be joining the film wasn’t enough, the British hunk Tom Hardy is also in talks to star in the film.

    Kunis starred in the almost equally erotic and sexual film, 2010 Oscar-winning “The Black Swan,” though she will need to reign in her raunchy side to play the virginal Anastasia Steele. Despite Kunis’s sexually charged acting past, she has certainly proven herself as a talented thespian with the skills to play a somewhat different role.

    "The sexiest woman alive" may play Anastasia Steele
    "The sexiest woman alive" may play Anastasia Steele
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    Hardy, on the other hand, is used to playing dominating figures like the powerful and intimidating Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” or the famous longtime British prison resident Charles Bronson of “Bronson.” His physically imposing figure and dominant will come in handy in the fantasies of the handsome billionaire Christian Grey, while his romantic charm, which is clearly on display in the 2012 romantic comedy, “This Means War,” will help him portray the character’s softer side.

    Celebuzz reported that British writer Kelly Marcel, who also co-created the popular television series, “Terranova,” will be penning the screenplay for the film. Marcel is reportedly a huge fan of Hardy’s and even founded a company with the actor.

    Other contenders for the roles include Lucy Hale, Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart for Anastasia and Ryan Gosling, Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer have been mentioned for Christian. Although any of these choices are sure to be great, Mila Kunis, Tom Hardy, and Ryan Gosling stand out as the best casting decisions, as they are among the most attractive actors in Hollywood at the moment and they will add tremendous sex appeal to this racy film.


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    Insiders blamed the Gladiator star’s hellish workload on their nine-year union ending.

    The couple are said to have walked away on ‘friendly terms’ after becoming the latest big Hollywood couple to lose their way this year.

    Spencer is said to be looking after their two boys, Charles and Tennyson, aged eight and six, while Crowe shoots his biblical epic Noah.

    The move came after the 48-year-old struggled to be at home in Oz this year after working on six films: Man With The Iron Fists, Les Miserables,‘Broken City, Man of Steel, Noah and Winter’s Tale.

    Two years ago, Crowe hinted he would walk away from Hollywood completely in a bid to put more time in with the family. At the time the gruff star explained: ‘I want to take a step back and put a normal rhythm back into the kids’ lives. I don’t want to get on a plane again this year.’

    The pair tied the knot in a purpose-built chapel at Crowe’s farm in New South Wales in 2003.

    Russell admitted he first set eyes on the 43-year-old blonde 22 years ago on the set of The Crossing.
    He decided to pursue her after his romance in 2000 with Proof of Life co-star, Meg Ryan, flopped.
    The Oscar winner is worth an estimated £40million but it's unknown if the couple signed a pre-nup.
    The break-up puts them on this year’s scrapheap of big Hollywood couples that include Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. Crowe’s spokesman could not be reached.


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    Apparently RiRi and Breezy wanted to simulate 'real sex' noises for a track...

    Rihanna and Chris Brown apparently hooked up in an LA nightclub bathroom, behind locked and guarded door, but now a bizarre and somewhat hard to believe rumour suggests that the duo are set to let the world into the bathroom bedroom with them as they include "real sex" sounds on a brand-new track...

    There are no words. Other than, of course, a resounding EW!

    According to sources at Media Take Out, Rihanna and Chris Brown recently hooked up in the recording studio to help simulate REAL sex noises for a new song.

    Apparently the dance track required some sexy moaning and the pair just couldn't get comfortable, so they allegedly asked everyone except the sound engineer (poor guy) to leave - can you see where this one is going?

    Yup. Rihanna and Chris Brown apparently then got down 'n' dirty for real to help make their song sound more authentic - nothing like a serious dose of TMI to get a song up in the charts, we suppose.

    Hmm... really?! Would they really do THAT? What do you think?

    A source close to Rihanna told Hollywood Life that Rihanna is focusing all her energy into her new album. Only once it's hit the shelves will she be prepared to go public with her and Chris Brown's rekindled relationship:

    “…she hitting the studio real hard these days, but [talks] to Chris every step of the way.

    “As soon as she finishes up with this album, they will be out. She gotta focus and get that album together and stay paid.”

    Together or not, is there really any need for real-life sex sounds on a music track guys? Not even Kimye have stooped so low...

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  • 10/14/12--13:38: X Factor UK: Who went home?

  • Melanie


    source: my tv

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  • 10/14/12--13:38: The Duggars Adopt
  • In June my family was working on a building doing some construction and cleanup when the kids discovered kittens trapped under insulation in a wall. (We think that they must have crawled in through a hole in the wall.) So some of our boys made a hole in the wall and carefully got them out.

    The building was going to be secured before we left so we knew that the mother cat wouldn't be able to get back in, and we didn't want to leave the kittens out in the open because there are wild animals near the woods that might've eaten them. And even if they did survive we were pretty sure that they would become feral. So we decided to bring them home where we have two older kittens.

    The kittens were just a week old, so at first I stayed up through the night feeding them. At that point they were so small that we had to keep the youngest kids away. Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Justin, Joy-Anna, James, and Jason all researched what the kittens needed - like how much stimulation to give them and how often they needed to be fed. Finally after sleep deprivation started to set in after all the night-time feedings I told the kids I needed them to help with the day feedings.

    Jessa, the kids' older sister said, "I remember doing that when I was younger. Everyone needs to do this once in their life." She was passing the torch to the younger kids. And I watched as she supervised them and made sure that the kittens weren't getting any milk up their noses while they were being fed. It was sweet to witness.

    She was stepping back at times, not taking complete authority of the situation, but letting them learn. It's just really great when you see your older children encouraging their brothers and sisters in life, helping them to understand what it is to be responsible and caring.

    This is the episode. The treatment of the kittens is throughout the entire video.

    This woman can't care for anything herself and has to pass off all living things to others in the family. Please, stick to baby hoarding and lay off the innocent animals.

    Can't spend a little extra money on formula for the kittens? Just use soda!


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    Unreleased song from Lana Del rey




    Prom Story (Gone Wrong)

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  • 10/14/12--15:24: This is a Queen CoCo post

  • Comic book heroine's bodies are most often ones of fantasy.

    But glamour model Coco happens to have a voluptuous figure that perfectly fits the mold of a superhero.

    So who better than to represent at New York's Comic Con convention than the 33-year-old Ice Loves Coco star.

    Coco to the rescue: Coco slipped into a very revealing superheros costume for her appearance at New York's Comic Con on Friday

    The buxom blonde slipped into a VERY revealing costume for the event in Manhattan and posed with some of her fellow superhero pals.

    Coco stood out in her white and gold two-piece attire, featuring a bra and briefs adorned with gold and jewels.

    The TV star's fantasy outfit was rounded out with a cape and some white and gold wedges, which featured criss-cross laces and gold mesh running up her leg.

    Ice T's wife also wore a sapphire headpiece and had her blonde locks coiffed in a slight wave.

    Standing out: Coco stood out in her white and gold two-piece attire featuring a bra and briefs adorned with gold and jewels

    Coco was thrilled to be a part of the event and kept her followers up to date with all of the action.

    The fun star is set to be drawn into a new comic book as a brand new fantasy character.

    'My SuperHero Gang w/ @BeyondComics I was drawn in the new book w/them.Pretty cool,huh?I made it in a Comic Book!' she tweeted.

    Pals: Coco poses with her fellow superhero pals

    Coco keeps her 5'2 frame in check by following a high-protein, low-carb diet, and keeps in shape with cardio exercise and weight-training.

    'My cardio regimen consists of 25 minutes of sprinting on the treadmill three times a week, or I take a boxing, Zumba, kickboxing, dance or body-sculpting class,' Coco recently said. 'I even take my dogs jogging at the park. I try to confuse my body and not repeat my routine every day.'

    Coco also says that she never diets.

    So excited: The Ice Loves Coco star got to meet famous comic book illustrator Stan Lee at the event

    'I don’t diet,' she said. 'I just eat small portions of food throughout the day and don’t eat a lot of sweets. I start the day with yogurt or oatmeal and fish oil pills. I love protein! The more the better. Protein is key to losing weight and for building muscle.'

    Coco's appearance at Comic Con comes after the star posted some pretty racy photographs the day before.

    Posing in typical Coco style - from the rear, she propped lasciviously on a chair and peered seductively over a little Bo Peep style staff.

    Curvy Coco: She's got a bubbly personality, a loving relationship but most of all... Coco Austin has va va voom

    Coco is not shy about showing off curves in next to nothing.

    But maybe it's time she covered up a bit especially as she has a new fashion range to promote.

    The Ice Loves Coco star was in New York for Fashion Week where she has debuted her own clothing line.

    Spilling the beans on Twitter, she wrote: 'I had my 1st fashion show for my clothing line,"Licious" & I had to dedicate my whole week for that so that it would turnout bad a**.

    'I have to say Fashion week in NYC is hardcore to break through and I did it! I'm an official fashion Designer! Running w/ the big boys now!'

    The Californian then posted a link to Facebook of herself in a rather risqué ensemble, asking fans what they thought of the 'little number'.

    She received over 6,000 likes for the image of her in the PVC and leopard print bondage creation.

    Coco then jetted to Canada to support her husband at the Toronto Film Festival where he was promoting his documentary Portrait Of A Pimp.


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    Emma Watson was left 'screaming in fear' when a man she knew had been stalking her for some time cornered her in the woods.

    The Perks OF Being A Wallflower star, 22, was filming in the US recently when the unnamed man showed up and tried to hand her a letter.

    Watson immediately recognized him as somebody who had made attempts to follow her before and began to scream.

    A source told the Daily Mirror that the alleged stalker had managed to find his way on to the set where the actress was filming with a group of visitors, before splitting from them and hunting down his target.

    'She recognized him from hanging around outside her house and screamed. He took off into the woods and was chased by security and a couple of the tough stunt guys who also happen to be martial arts fighters,' the insider explained.

    Security officials eventually caught up with the man and called police, who turned up to remove him.

    The source noted that Watson had been left 'really shaken up' by the traumatic and shocking incident and took some time off to regain her composure.

    Meanwhile, police warned the man not to trespass on the set in Long Island, New York.


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    Is Downton a soap? There was an audible intake of breath followed by a burst of nervous laughter when an audience member dared to ask that question at Cheltenham Literature Festival this week.

    Series producer Liz Trubridge expertly batted the question away: “I just don’t categorise it. It doesn’t matter to me. As long as it’s good stories, well told, which resonate with the audience then people can call it what they like.”

    Jessica Fellowes – niece of Julian and author of The World of Downton Abbey – speculated that it was soap-like in its authenticity. "Uncle wouldn't give a fig", she finally decided, "because he adores Corrie".

    Nor did Phyllis Logan – who plays Downton’s no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs Hughes – have any objections. “I wouldn’t take umbridge at that necessarily because you can get some good soap operas,” she mused in her soft Scottish burr. “I can see why people might say that because there are a lot of stories and a lot of characters, and it can be quite dramatic or it can be quite every day.”

    “I heard someone the other day describe it as a spoof and that made me uncomfortable,” chipped in Lesley Nicol, better known as Highclere Castle’s cook Mrs Patmore. “Because that implies that we’re not doing the job. Soaps can be great so that’s not an insult. A spoof might imply that you’re just not really accurate and you’re not really doing it to a standard and that would upset me because we are trying very hard to do both of those things.”

    What do you think? Is Downton Abbey as highbrow as it appears? Or is it just Corrie with corsets?


    talk about the article if you want. BUT THIS IS MOSTLY AN EXCUSE TO HAVE A POST ABOUT TONIGHT'S EPISODE. So uh, spoilers abound in the comments, probably.

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    Bungling, middle-aged and surrounded by explosive stationery; this is the traditional description for Q. So, how has 31-year-old Ben Whishaw managed to reinvent him as a slick computer whizz packing little more than a laptop?

    Were the Bond films a big part of your childhood?

    I saw some of the Pierce Brosnan ones as a teenager, but I don’t remember watching them as a child. It’s been fun going back and watching them. I really like From Russia With Love – it’s very charming.

    Your role in the film was undisclosed for a long time. How difficult was it keeping it secret?

    Pretty difficult because I had to tell my brother [laughs].

    Is he a major Bond nut?

    No more so than everyone else. Even people who don’t go to the cinema get excited about a new Bond [film]. But I had to tell him. He didn’t believe me at first [laughs]. You have to sign a confidentiality agreement which, if you broke, your life would not be worth living.

    Did you have to audition for the role?

    No, Sam [Mendes] just offered it to me out of the blue. It was incredibly exciting.

    How did he describe the character to you?

    He said this Q was going to be a computer genius. It makes sense for the [film’s] story because the ‘enemy’ operates in cyberspace. There’s a new world order.

    Did you hang out with hackers in preparation?

    No, there was none of that. I did learn how to touch-type [laughs]. And I read stuff.

    What kind of stuff?

    I read about MI6, mainly. For my own interest more than anything. I’m fascinated by the people who work in that field and the double life they have to lead. And I was interested in the brutality and ruthlessness of [the agents] on one hand and the suave way they present themselves on the other.

    Did you study Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese’s versions of Q?

    I deliberately didn’t do that. What I did do was watch all the early [Bond films] that Q isn’t in. It felt like a chance for a fresh start so I didn’t want to be bogged down in [previous Q performances]. It was the same for Sam; Bond’s been going for 50 years so there’s a formula and template. You have to deliver certain things with a Bond film, but you want to innovate and surprise people too.

    Q is traditionally a bit of a bungler – constantly blowing things up by accident. Has that trait remained?

    He’s slicker this time. He’s still an eccentric, jovial English chap but, because of the genius he has, there’s a lethal, powerful side to him. Although he does make a mistake I can’t tell you about [laughs].

    Was there a particular gadget from the film you had your eye on?

    There’s a fingerprint gun [which only works with Bond’s fingerprints] which is cool, but because Q is a computer whizz, there’s very little gadgetry. It’s just him and his computer. His mind is the weapon.

    Are you a big gadget fan in real life?

    No, I’m a total Luddite [laughs]. I have got an i… [thinks] pad. Yes, an iPad. But I don’t use it for anything else than picking up emails. I’ve just been working with Allison Janney who was in The West Wing and she’s not a particularly political person so there were lots of things she didn’t understand – she just had to act it. I felt a bit like that with Q. Like, I’m not a technical person, but I can make you believe that I am [laughs].

    You’ve worked with Daniel Craig a few times – has he changed since becoming Bond?

    No, he’s exactly the same – a really nice bloke. He’s a perfectionist; incredibly dedicated to his work and pretty hard on himself. I think he does feel the pressure of that character and having to deliver. But he can also be very playful and quite silly.

    You had fun on set, then?

    Well, I only did five days which wasn’t really enough time to relax into f*cking around [laughs]. My first day was a night shoot in The National Gallery. I don’t know if you’ve ever worked through the night, but it’s a bizarre experience.

    How did you cope?

    I was smoking a lot. It’s weird; your brain is telling you, “I should be dreaming now, not having to function and focus”. So lord knows what that scene will be like [laughs].

    Finally, have you ever fancied playing Bond yourself?

    [Laughs] What do you think? No. I think me playing Bond would be a little disappointing for most fans.

    Ben Whishaw To Cameo In Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem"

    The last year to year and a half or so have been very good to Ben Whishaw. The rising British actor features in two of this fall's biggest films -- The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" and that latest 007 flick "Skyfall" -- and Steven Spielberg wants the actor for his next blockbuster, "Robopocalypse." Before he gets to that though, Whishaw will making a quick pit stop to the set of a film by another acclaimed director.

    Whishaw is set to take an unspecified cameo role in Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem." The movie, which is quickly heading into production, already features a great cast and pretty compelling premise that fits right into Gilliam's fantastical playhouse. The story centers on an eccentric and reclusive computer genius, plagued with existential angst, who works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence -- or the lack thereof -- once and for all. But his task is constantly diverted and interrupted thanks to the Management, who sends a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him. Christoph Waltz leads the film with Melanie Thierry co-starring, while Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton are slotted for cameo roles. It's in that capacity that Whishaw will be joining the movie as well.

    And...that's about it right now. But likely lots more to come as the movie starts shooting on October 22nd.

    Whishaw eyed for "Robopocalypse" role
    Brit thesp has topped DreamWorks' list since casting began

    Brit thesp Ben Whishaw, who stars in WB's "Cloud Atlas" and plays Q in Sony's upcoming James Bond pic "Skyfall," is being eyed for a key role in Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse," which is a co-production between DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox.
    Sci-fi tale centers on the fate of the human race after a robot uprising. Drew Goddard adapted Daniel H. Wilson's novel, and Spielberg will produce with outgoing Fox topper Tom Rothman.

    Chris Hemsworth is in negotiations to star, while Anne Hathaway has been approached for the female lead.

    Whishaw has not received an official offer yet, but sources tell Variety that he has been at the top of DreamWorks' list to play a hacker named Lurker since the casting process began.

    Disney will distribute "Robopocalypse" domestically through its Touchstone label while Fox will handle international territories. Companies will share equally in worldwide theatrical revenues. Pic opens day-and-date worldwide on April 25, 2014.

    Whishaw's bigscreen credits include lead roles in Tom Tykwer's "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and Jane Campion's "Bright Star."

    Whishaw is repped by CAA and Hamilton Hodell.

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    Exclusive: James Franco, already an Oscar nominee in the lead category for “127 Hours,” is throwing his hat in this year’s race. I’m told Annapurna Pictures will give Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” a qualifying run in December so that Franco is eligible. His character, Alien, is a runaway hit, and a surprising centerpiece of Korine’s as-usual saga of sex among teens–this time on spring break in Florida.

    Alien turns out to be some of Franco’s best work, and certainly one of the top 5 supporting performances by an actor this season. At first when you see Franco with his cornrows, tattoos, and grillwork, you think he’s playing some run of the mill cheeseball drug dealing pimp. Then you realize that it’s a real character Franco has created, and Alien becomes quite the layered persona. Annapurna (owned by Megan Ellison, who also has “The Master” with TWC this season) will have to get screeners into voters’ hands, and or get Academy members into screening rooms ASAP.

    Franco will be going up against a strong crowd that starts with Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master” and includes Alan Arkin and John Goodman in “Argo,” Robert DeNiro in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jim Broadbent in “Cloud Atlas,” and as yet to be determined players from “Les Miserables” and “Django Unchained.” And those are just the top tier names. Roberto Benigni was a standout in “To Rome with Love,” Bill Nighy was memorable in “Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln.”

    The always busy Franco has just wrapped directing and acting in “As I Lay Dying,” the Faulkner classic. He’s off to film “Homefront” in New Orleans, with Jason Statham and Winona Ryder, and written by Sylvester Stallone.


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