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Presidential candidate Roseanne Barr isn’t known for holding her peace. But the actress-activist has upset members of the transgender community with some comments she posted on Twitter.
When one of her Twitter followers mentioned that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “is also in favour of letting men into spaces where little girls get changed.”—a reference to Stein’s support for trans rights—Barr tweeted back, “if she has a penis she is not allowed in.”
When a Twitter user accused Barr of transphobia, she tweeted back, “Women do not want your penises forced in their faces or in our private bathrooms. Respect that FACT.”
Angry tweets came fast and furious, with many trans folks and their allies expressing dismay that someone like Barr was taking such a stance.
One replied: “@TheRealRoseanne, I’m extremely disgusted in your transphobic behaviour. I HAD a lot of respect for you. You are no ally.”
More recently, Barr tweeted: “I remember when the LGBT community stopped supporting NAMBLA” and claimed “I was instrumental in forcing lgbts to dis include man boy love as part of their program.”
Roseanne come on now.
Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013!
The 22-year-old musician announced the big news on tonight’s All Access Nashville with Katie Couric – A Special Edition of 20/20.
“I didn’t think I could be any more excited about my RED album, but then I start thinking about how I’m going to put the new show together for The RED Tour,” Taylor shared. “I have so many ideas about how to really bring this music to life, and I can’t wait to share the new show with all my fans!”
Taylor, along with special guest Ed Sheeran, will stop in 45 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces in the new year, kicking off in Omaha, Nebraska and continue through September.
Check out all Taylor‘s tour dates inside!
Taylor Swift – “Red” Tour
March 13 & 14 Omaha, Nebraska
March 18 & 19 St. Louis, Missouri
March 22 Charlotte, North Carolina
March 23 Columbia, South Carolina
March 27 & 28 & 29 Newark, New Jersey
April 10 Miami, Florida
April 11 & 12 Orlando, Florida
April 18 & 19 Atlanta, Georgia
April 20 Tampa, Florida
April 25 Cleveland, Ohio
April 26 Indianapolis, Indiana
April 27 Lexington, Kentucky
May 4 Detroit, Michigan
May 7 Louisville, Kentucky
May 8 Columbus, Ohio
May 11 & 12 Washington, DC
May 16 Houston, Texas
May 21 Austin, Texas
May 22 San Antonio, Texas
May 25 Dallas, Texas
May 28 & 29 Glendale, Arizona
June 1 Salt Lake City, Utah
June 2 Denver, Colorado
June 15 Toronto, Ontario
June 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 29 Vancouver, British Columbia
July 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 27 Foxborough, Massachusetts
August 1 Des Moines, Iowa
August 2 & 3 Kansas City, Missouri
August 6 Wichita, Kansas
August 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma
August 10 Chicago, Illinois
August 15 San Diego, California
August 19 & 20 Los Angeles, California
August 27 Sacramento, California
August 30 Portland, Oregon
August 31 Tacoma, Washington
September 6 Fargo, North Dakota
September 7 & 8 St. Paul, Minnesota
September 12 Greensboro, North Carolina
September 13 Raleigh, North Carolina
September 14 Charlottesville, Virginia
September 19, 20 & 21 Nashville, Tennessee
Heat Vision is reporting that Maiara Walsh has landed the lead role in Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's The Hunger Games parody The Starving Games. Friedberg and Seltzer are the duo behind Date Movie, Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck. (Such high quality spoofs~)
The parodies won't be limited to the world of Suzanne Collins' Panem but will, instead, incorporate other recent big screen hits like Marvel's The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. (Uggggh)
Walsh will play the lead, a character named Kantmiss Evershot. "Pretty Little Liars" actor Brant Daugherty will play the spoof version of Gale. (Probs be called Wind or Breeze or some dumb shit)
Shooting on The Starving Games begins this week in New Orleans.
Walsh's TV credits include "Switched at Birth," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Desperate Housewives." (DON'T FORGET MEAN GIRLS 2)
Michael Henrichsen was working as the media intern for the Everett Silvertips hockey team when he embarked on his version of the quest for the Holy Grail. Tonight, his dream becomes a reality.
Two years of hard work and determination come to fruition on Oct. 26 when 80s rocker Billy Idol comes to Seattle to play a concert in honor of Henrichsen's birthday.
And Henrichsen has dozens of people to thank for the success of his campaign at playmybirthdaybillyidol.com. Among them are Olympian Apolo Ohno, Beach Boy Mike Love, Mariner Jay Buhner, Fabio, Seahawk Marcus Trufant and comedian Kevin Nealon.
Idol announced the good news on Henrichsen's website: "The people of the world have spoken! The dream will become a reality!"
More at the source: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20121016/NEWS01/710169913
Reality television stars Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are doing what every citizen in Miami is doing right about now: stocking up! The celebrity sisters were spotted shopping at a local grocery store in Miami, Fla. on Friday afternoon during Hurricane Sandy’s gloomy rainstorm over the Sunshine State.
While the hurricane didn’t have that much of an impact on South Florida, it looks like these two celebrities didn’t want to take a chance as they shopped for some basics along with water and batteries with Kourtney’s adorable 3-year-old son, Mason Disick.
James Arthur - "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (The Eurythmics)
Cardle 2.0 - "Let Me Entertain You" (Robbie Williams)
Union Gay - "Sweet Dreams" (Beyonce)
Rylan 'Quen of Pop' Clark - "Toxic" / "Horny" / "Poison"
X Factor Winner 2012 - "Bring Me to Life" (Evanescence)
Baloney - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Cutting Edge)
The Better Twinkband - "Every Breath You Take" / "Beautiful Monster" (The Police / Ne-Yo)
Giggles the Pronoun-Changing Nazi - "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (Roberta Flack / The Fugees)
Gay single mother who doesn't have a backyard - "Freak Like Me" (Adina Howard / Sugababes)
Kate Nash In A Mask is sick so she didn't perform :\
New images of Galadriel, Radagast, Elrond.
Gollum swoops into Wellington Airport
A tired but jubilant Weta crew unveiled their new Gollum statue at a press function at Wellington Airport this morning. Working almost around the clock for three days, Gollum was hoisted up overnight to hover over diners at the airport’s main lounge. The 13m sculpture was designed and produced by Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop supervisors
Rob Gillies and Sarah Morris. Richard made a short speech to thank the team that made the incredibly realistic sculpture – a testament not only to their talent and hard work, but also to the technology and skills Weta has developed. He also thanked the “excellent” team at Wellington Airport, who have been a pleasure to work with in creating something that would bring delight to Wellington’s visitors. Airport CEO Steve Sanderson said the airport was proud to work with Weta and have such a magnificent sculpture on display. “Everyone will be amazed when they enter the terminal.”
Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown was also there. She confessed to being a true Tolkien fan. “I was given one of those paperback copies of LOTR for Christmas when I was 12. That was a very, very quiet Christmas as I read my way through those books!”
The self-proclaimed "shock group" displayed an array of "rebellious" rude gestures in New Orleans.
South African Rap/Rave group Die Antwoord perform at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The act, comprised of Ninja (real name Watkin Tudor Jones) and Yo-Landi Vi$$er (real name Anri Du Toit) and their DJ recently took aim at pop star Lady Gaga in their new music video "Fatty Boom Boom" featuring the singer, portrayed by a drag queen, giving birth to a prawn and being eaten by a lion.
Lady Mary invites you into today's Downton post.
1. You’d have to be blind not to notice Thomas Barrow’s attraction to the handsome Jimmy Kent. Forced to hide his sexuality (for the most part, at least) at a time when homosexuality was a criminal offence, Thomas has hinted at his feelings via lingering touches and compliments. But does Jimmy share his passion?
2. Driven by what he believes to be a mutual feeling, Thomas makes his way into Jimmy’s bedroom. He is completely unaware that Jimmy has expressed some discomfort at what he sees as over-familiarity.
3. O’Brien appears to have her nephew Alfred’s best interests at heart as she passes on a suggestion about the best way to deal with Thomas. But will Alfred do as she advises?
4. Carson faces a dilemma after he is informed of a deeply unpleasant incident. He determines that whatever happens, nobody upstairs must ever know. [Ok, so putting this all together, O'Brien encourages Thomas's interest in Jimmy, causing Thomas to make a move. Alfred sees and tells O'Brien and she tells him to tell Carson. Carson fires Thomas (maybe?), but instructs that the upstairs can't know what happened.]
5. Good news at last for almost everyone at Downton Abbey; Mr Bates is a free man. But what happens now?
6. Isobel Crawley is still determined to do whatever she can for Ethel, but the prejudices of many around her makes the endeavour more difficult. [I'm surprised by how much I like this storyline tbh.]
7. Lady Edith departs Downton Abbey for an interview. She receives admiration from an unexpected quarter and is then offered an opportunity too good to turn down.
8. Lady Cora continues to grieve for her daughter, but she resolves to put the best interests of her family first.
9. Branson’s plan for the christening causes consternation. Lord Grantham’s disapproval is just one hurdle he has to overcome.
10. Tom’s brother Kieran (actor Ruairi Conaghan) arrives at Downton Abbey. A brash Irishman, he instantly clashes with those around him, including his sibling. [I bet Tom is going to start questioning ~who he is~. I mean he's friends with Matthew and has been living among the Crawleys for weeks now. I foresee an identity crisis!]
11. Tom’s brother Kieran makes himself at home downstairs in Downton Abbey. This provokes mixed feelings, with some enjoying his company and others sticking their noses up at him. Kieran is reminded of his manners.
12. Matthew refuses to back down over the estate management, but will his tactics pay off?
Boooo. Not here for the lack of Mary in these teasers!
Enjoying a leisurely day out in North Hollywood, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher checked out some shops and got ice cream together on Friday (October 26). The "Black Swan" star wore workout clothes, including a black tracksuit jacket, black workout leggings, and tennis shoes, while her "That '70s Show" costar wore dark pants, a baseball cap, and a gray T-shirt emblazoned with "THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME."
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Maybe his shirt is from some trendy brand that I'm unaware of but I lmao/had second hand embarrassment at what he's wearing, does you significant other ever wear clothes that embarrass you ONTD?
They announced their separation almost a year ago, but Ashton Kutcher is said to be in ‘no hurry’ to finalise his divorce from Demi Moore – despite increasing pressure from new girlfriend Mila Kunis. The couple went their separate ways last year following claims that Ashton had cheated on Demi during their six-year marriage, but the ‘Two and a Half Men’ star is reportedly fearful that a quick divorce will mean handing his estranged wife a substantial chunk of his investments. The actor is also said to be carefully timing the divorce so that when it is finalised it will cause Demi – who recently spent a brief spell in rehab – a minimal amount of pain.
“Ashton is dragging his heels,” a source told Look magazine. “Apart from the money issue, he says it seems cruel to sign the papers and cast Demi adrift when her life is in such turmoil.” But while Ashton treads carefully, ‘Black Swan ‘ actress Mila is allegedly pressuring him to end the marriage as quickly as possible. “Mila has told Ashton to just pay up and put Demi behind him,” said a pal. “Mila pointed out that as long as they’re still married, Demi won’t be able to move on and get on with her life.”
Whyyyyyyy does this keep happening? "That's So Raven" star Orlando Brown failed to show up for court AGAIN and was issued a bench warrant for his arrest AGAIN.
Brown was supposed to appear in court earlier this month to prove he had completed the court-mandated alcohol education program -- per a plea deal he struck back in 2011 over his DUI charge from that same year.
But Brown never showed -- and on October 23, the judge issued a bench warrant against him for $26,000. This is the third time Brown has missed a court date.
As TMZ previously reported ... Brown has had TWO other bench warrants issued against him (one in May and one in July), all stemming from the same DUI charge and all for failing to show up in court and failing to prove he'd met his alcohol education requirements.
Here's a thought ... SHOW UP NEXT TIME!!!
Calls to Orlando's rep have not been returned.
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The depth and depravity of an author's imagination can be nothing short of blood-curdling. Over the years, crime writers have conjured up all manner of evil-doers (who is more terrifying than the fictional monster Hannibal Lecter?), all kinds of insoluble plots (did you solve Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None?) and psychological thrillers that confound most people's imaginations (the recent novels Gone Girl and Defending Jacob spring to mind).
But sometimes authors have to take a step back and apply the brakes. As much as we like our minds to run wild, we know that our readers won't swallow every outrageous story line we throw at them. We have to balance the plot, the characters, the twists, to keep the suspension of disbelief, well, believable.
Reality, on the other hand, doesn't have to worry about that. Over the years, some crimes have been committed, some mysteries materialized, that no self-respecting author would ever create for fear of his book being tossed across the room to the sound of the reader yelling, "Oh, come on! That's just too unbelievable." Other real-life mysteries exhibit hackneyed tropes that crime writers abandoned long ago.
But that's the beauty of a true-crime story - the cold, calculating, and murderous who live amongst us don't care a jot for what we think. Their bloody business is their own and if we want to read about it, well then, the weirder the better, and no holds barred.
The body on the beach:
This mystery has it all: an unidentified body, an unknown cause of death, and a trail of clues leading... nowhere. On December 1, 1948, a man was found dead on Somerton beach, in Australia. He was in peak physical condition (apart from being dead) but police couldn’t ID him: no papers and all the labels had been removed from his clothes. At autopsy, poison was suspected but not confirmed.
A month later police discovered a brown suitcase at Adelaide Railway station that might have belonged to the mysterious Somerton Man. Its label, and those on the clothes inside, had been removed. Dead end, until June of 1949 when investigators reexamined the body and found a secret pocket in the man’s clothing, containing a scrap of paper with words on it. Publicity helped find the rare book that the page was torn from: a man found it in the back seat of his car the night before the body was found. In the book was a strange code (unbroken to this day) and a woman’s phone number. She denied knowing the dead man, ending another line of inquiry. Even now, criminologists are working to solve this twisted mystery.
‘Mad Dog’ McCafferty - Australia’s answer to Manson:
Cult leader Charles Manson garnered headlines for the hold he had on his disciples, who killed at his command. But Archibald McCafferty was just as persuasive, and twice as crazy. A violent youth who’d moved to Australia from Scotland with his parents, the young McCafferty was in constant trouble with the law. In 1973, aged 25, he found himself a wife who bore him a son but, tragically, she fell asleep while breast-feeding the six-week old boy, killing him. This sent McCafferty over the edge. After seeing his son’s spirit above the boy’s grave, McCafferty exerted his influence over a gang of teenage misfits and set about following his dead son’s instructions: to bring him back to life by killing seven people. The first was stabbed in an alley, then two more were captured and shot by McCafferty’s followers who posed as hitch-hikers. When one disciple realized he was the next target, he squealed to police and the gang was nabbed. But even in prison (where he penned his biography, “Seven Shall Die”), McCafferty oversaw the stabbing death of a fellow inmate, leaving three to go. In prison he yo-yoed between taking drugs, causing trouble, and snitching on fellow inmates, before finally seeming to behave. Astoundingly, in 1997 McCafferty was actually paroled. But those Australians learned a thing or two: he was deported to his native Scotland, and by 2009 he’d gone from serial killer to toy maker.
A prisoner in her own castle:
Mistress of a chateau in Southwest France, in 2008 the 58 year-old Christine de Vedrines is suddenly locked away, deprived of food and basic hygiene, even beaten. Her torturers are members of her own family who believe she is The One. She believes it, too, but can’t remember the number of the bank account in Brussels that will lead them to a secret that will save the world. Unsurprisingly, as she and her family eventually discover, there’s no number or world-saving secret; there is, however, a clever man busy relieving this unhappy band of aristocrats of their fortune. Ooh la la.
Putting together the pieces of love:
From a woman scorned, to a woman... assembled. Many an author has tackled the “love is blind” theme but would a writer dare try a “love is blind and has no sense of smell” theme? It’s true, just ask Dr. Carl Tanzler. In 1930, while working at a hospital in Key West, Florida, he fell in love with a beautiful, patient called Maria Elena Milagro "Helen" de Hoyos. (As well as a convoluted name, the young Ms. Hoyos suffered from tuberculosis.) The doctor recognized her from one of his “visions” and promptly fell in love, but despite his care (and many gifts) Hoyos died on October 25, 1931. Not one to give up, Tanzler stole her body from its grave (he had the decency to wait two years) and took her home on a toy wagon.
As he came apart mentally, she came apart physically so Tanzler secured her bones with wire and coat hangers. He gave her glass eyes, replaced her rotting skin with silk soaked in wax, gave her a wig, and stuffed the corpse with rags to keep its shape. He dressed the love of his life in stockings, jewelry, and gloves, and kept her in his bed. And yes, he had the sense to use perfume, disinfectants, and preservatives to mask the odor and slow decomposition. Nine years later, Tanzler’s secret was discovered. He escaped prosecution and died in poverty in 1952 Perhaps appropriately, his body was found three weeks after he died. At least he had company: with him was a life-sized effigy of Helen de Hoyos.
Inspector Clouseau fails again:
Did you think the world’s greatest jewel thief, the Pink Panther, was a work of fiction? Well, you’re only partly right. A Serbian criminal gang known as The Pink Panthers pulled a heist as bold as any you’ll see on film. On December 4, 2008, four men, three of whom wore long blonde wigs and disguised themselves as women, charmed their way into the famous Harry Winston jewelry store in Paris, just before closing time. Using a gun and a grenade, the ransacked the store for fifteen minutes, escaping with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds worth an estimated $108 million. Neither they, nor the jewels, were ever found.
Fingers, Knees, and Toes (now a signature, not just a song):
One of the most bizarre crime families England has ever seen, a two-person horror show no fiction writer would dare dream up. Rosemary and Fred West lived like the couple next door at their home, 25 Cromwell Street, in Gloucester, England. Except that Rosemary was running a prostitution business while Fred was luring young women to the home, where he turned them into sex slaves, before killing and chopping them up in the bathtub. Even worse, they treated their own children no differently, and that included murdering three of them. In all Fred was charged with 12 counts of murder, and many of the bodies were found in the couple’s back yard, in most cases missing their fingers, toes, and kneecaps, his bizarre signature. Fred hung himself in prison in 1995, while Rose serves out the rest of her life in prison for 10 murders.
The First Lady of Death:
A crime writer looking for originality might take the traditional elements of a murder story and invert them, perhaps inflate them, too. So, instead of a killer you get a serial killer, and instead of a man it’s a woman. But how many victims... Hmmm... shall we say 650? Impossible, incredible, inconceivable. Unless you happen to be Elizabeth Bathory, with your own castle, team of murderous servants, and an unquenchable thirst for blood. In Transylvania (of course), between 1585 and 1610 this educated, intelligent widow tortured and killed local servant girls and even the daughters of (lesser) nobility who visited her castle. Finally rumbled, she was too prominent for execution, though being walled up in a tower kept her out of mischief’s way. Her accomplices weren’t so lucky: before being burned at the stake, their fingernails were plucked out with hot irons.
Two bodies, one note, no solution:
It’s like an Agatha Christie locked-door mystery, except it happened outdoors and no one has solved it. In August 1966, on a hill near Rio in Brazil, two bodies were found side-by-side. The dead men were wearing suits, lead masks, and waterproof coats. They bore no signs of violence and next to them the police found an empty bottle of water and a packet containing two towels. Police also found a small notebook stating: "16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask signal". Testing for poison was impossible because the men’s organs were mishandled. Suicide? Likely not, as the note indicates something would happen after the pills were taken, and the men had a coupon to return the empty bottle for change. Murder? Maybe. Or maybe a bizarre and unhappy accident. But we’d need a real detective like Poirot or Miss Marple to find out because this mystery remains unsolved.
Full Article by Mark Pryor at Huff Post
The world’s richest self-made teenager is sitting in his vast dressing room just hours before he goes on stage at the Tacoma Dome, 30 miles south of Seattle.
With pale features, an Elvis-style quiff and a whippet-thin body, Justin Bieber looks younger than his 18 years.
Don’t be fooled, Simon Cowell warned me during an earlier interview.
‘The genius of Justin Bieber is he used the power of social media like no other artist – and he doesn’t stop.’
As the world’s first social-media superstar, Bieber built up a fan base of millions before he’d even signed a record deal.
Now he has 47 million Facebook fans, 29 million Twitter followers and three billion YouTube hits – a world record that puts him ahead of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Eminem.
‘Only a fool would underestimate him,’ added Cowell.
‘I’ve met him a few times. He’s bright. The kid is more in charge than people think. I know this industry, I know what it takes, and he will be around for a very long time.’
With a fortune estimated at £70 million – which is set to double in the next two years on the back of a world tour, a movie and the returns from numerous investments – Bieber is part teenage heart-throb, part superstar businessman.
His latest album, Believe, topped the charts in the UK, the U.S. and throughout Europe, and his tour is sold out.
This amazing success has brought him a £4 million, 10,000sq ft house north of LA, a Disney-princess girlfriend, Selena Gomez, and a £500,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van customised with three high-definition TVs and a recording studio. About the only thing lacking in his fairy-tale world is a private jet.
Bieber fiddles momentarily with the diamond-encrusted whistle that hangs from his neck and then looks up.
‘No way,’ he says emphatically. ‘It’s a total waste of money. You buy the plane, then you have to pay for storage, and on top of that you have to think about the fuel, the cost of the fuel – that’s maybe $4,000.
'Even hiring a private plane is like 50 or 60K. Once you get into that it becomes a habit – a bad habit.
'I’ll get one when I need it – if I have to go somewhere instantly – but you don’t want to buy a plane; it’s definitely not worth it.’
What makes this exchange truly surreal isn’t the fact that Bieber barely even shaves yet – but that he’s only out by $100 on the cost of a tank of jet fuel. Cowell was right to say he shouldn’t be underestimated.
‘I never stop working,’ says Bieber.
‘In what I wanted to do in music I’ve never had any fear. But now I’m at the top there’s nowhere to go but down; for me it’s about staying standing at the top.
'I’m not a kid any more – I’m an adult, I’m making the decisions and I want to keep on growing, and I believe I can.’
With Believe marking a departure from the swooshy fringe and ‘baby, baby, baby’ lyrics of his initial incarnation, the pressure is now on for Bieber to make the transition from boy star to adult performer. It’s a challenge, however, that leaves him unfazed.
‘I look at Justin Timberlake and Usher and see how they crossed over really successfully, and I’ve seen people go off at the deep end, get full of themselves, think they’re the best and end up not being anything. I’ve worked way too hard for that.
‘I definitely don’t want to be just another teen heart-throb. But there are different ways of growing. I want to be loved like Michael Jackson was, from the four-year-olds to the 80-year-olds.
'I am going to change and grow through my music and doing films. This album was different. My next album will be even edgier.’
Edgy enough to merit an explicit-lyrics warning, I ask? He shakes his head.
‘My music is never going to have swear words in it. Never.’
Bieber pulls up his trouser leg to show me tattoos of Jesus and hands clasped in prayer. He also has the Hebrew word for Jesus on his ribcage.
He no longer attends church regularly like he did as a child, but he is open about his beliefs.
‘I believe that He put me in this position, and that I have to always give Him the glory He deserves for putting me here.’
Unlike, for example, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake, Bieber didn’t spring fully formed from a major TV show.
Instead, aged 12, he appeared from nowhere – or more precisely, from YouTube, where his mother, Pattie Mallette, posted videos of her son singing in a local competition and in their tiny basement apartment in the blue-collar town of Stratford, Canada.
His backstory is straight out of a Hollywood script. Troubled teen (Mallette) gets pregnant by her on-again, off-again boyfriend (Jeremy Bieber).
At 18, she gives birth, and – besotted by her baby – turns her back on drugs and alcohol and embraces Christianity.
Meanwhile, the father, 19, languishes in jail for assault. He and Mallette eventually separate.
At the age of two, Bieber starts playing the drums, and soon he’s astounding his mother’s friends with his natural talent.
A hyperactive child, he teaches himself to play the guitar, piano and trumpet too, and begins performing in his home town.
Then, when he’s 13, talent manager Scooter Braun spots him on YouTube. Braun flies him and his mother to Atlanta, attracts interest from
R&B star Usher and gets him a record deal with Usher’s mentor LA Reid.
At 16, Bieber’s debut album goes double platinum. His dad reforms and settles down, and his mother tours the world with him.
‘What happened was I found something I wanted to be good at,’ says Bieber now.
‘I wasn’t good at school because I had no passion for it. If I hadn’t found music my life would have been bad.
‘My family are all poor, so the cycle would have continued. My kids would have been poor, and their kids would have been too. I feel I broke the cycle, and when you get to break the cycle, you don’t go back.’
Bieber was originally painted as a pretty puppet, with Braun, now 31 and worth £15 million, pulling the strings.
‘That’s the greatest misconception of me,’ he smiles. ‘People think I’m a product, that they found this good-looking kid, cut his hair nice and put Auto-Tune on his voice, wrote him good songs, taught him how to dance and then said, “Here is a pop star for you.”
‘I am the furthest thing from that. I’m a musician; I play instruments, I write songs. I’m a businessman; I want to create an empire. I want people to know I don’t just sing songs. I’m the guy who signed the girl who just had the biggest single all round the world (Carly Rae Jepsen with Call Me Maybe; he brought her to the attention of Braun, who gave him a 50 per cent cut when he signed her).
'I’m going to do movies – I’m talking with Mark Wahlberg about my first big movie. I invest in start-ups and IT. I have a very smart manager, but I always wanted to learn from him.
'The education I’ve had you couldn’t get in any school. If I want to be good at something I will be. I’m good at this.’
With all his money and fame he can do anything, except walk down a street without being mobbed. You wonder how he gets his thrills.
‘On stage,’ he says. ‘Playing a song acoustically.’
But what about a thrill that has nothing to do with what he does, like buying a house or getting the keys to a car?
‘No, those are just things, material things…’
So what else does give Bieber a thrill? He shrugs his shoulders.
‘Honestly, I can’t think of anything.’
Perhaps, like his hero Jackson, he has forfeited his childhood for fame.
‘I’ve been working since I was 13 and there are definitely things that I missed out on, but I got to go to Australia and all these different countries. I met the President before I was 16 years old.
‘So I missed out on a few high-school parties. But I got to see the Eiffel Tower, to experience a business I want to be in for life. I don’t think I missed out on much.’
Braun’s business partner Allison Kaye offers an interesting perspective.
‘Since Justin was 14 he’s had business training as part of his curriculum. He would have a call every week with his lawyer and business manager and they would talk through contracts, royalty statements. He sees them all, and if there’s something he doesn’t understand he’s really upfront in terms of asking the question.’
The proof of Bieber’s extraordinary power is all around us. The 530ft-diameter Tacoma Dome is surrounded by thousands of hysterical girls – the so-called Beliebers. It’s impossible to get into or out of the stadium without running the gauntlet.
They scream at indescribable decibels, thrust notes into your hands and push their ‘Marry Me Justin’ placards into your face.
Many seem to know the names and birthdays of all his key staff, where he’s staying that night and the next, and the number plate of his tour
In a world where Katy Perry declares she wants to have sex with Rihanna, and One Direction’s Harry Styles bed-hops his way through hordes of women, Bieber is the good boy, the one every girl wants to take home to her mother. He’s as unthreatening as Hello Kitty.
There is no sex tape, no hint of anything untoward. He rarely talks about his girlfriend, though he has admitted their first kiss was ‘the best of my life. It was in the car. It was scary and spontaneous and it was just awesome.’
Despite all this, many think Bieber is heading for a meltdown. When he was sick on stage recently (apparently due to drinking milk beforehand), rumours abounded that he was about to ‘do a Britney’.
He dismisses the idea: ‘I’m not going to shape my life round what people might be thinking. Whatever happens, happens.’
He also has some new rivals for his fans’ affections in the form of British boy bands One Direction and The Wanted.
‘I am not threatened by anybody; no one can threaten me,’ he insists.
‘It’s actually cool to have other young people on the scene. I’ve spent years being the only one at all these awards shows – now there are other people my age.
'I hang out with One Direction, and the guys from The Wanted are fun, really funny guys. I keep my distance when they go to clubs to have their fun – I go home.
‘Drinking is definitely one way, but it’s not for me. I still want people to think I’m a good person, a good influence. I want to be around tomorrow.’
Two artists he’s met who have stood the test of time are Paul McCartney and Elton John – but disappointingly he can barely recall the encounters: ‘Yeah, we talked, but I can’t remember what either of them said.’
He has much more to say when the subject turns to his fans.
‘I love my fans; I love the mass hysteria. I mean, this was always what I wanted. And you’ve got to remember I was this kid with no marketing campaign; it was my fans that got me here.
‘They were the ones who’d show up at radio stations when I was playing on them, and that’s how I got my record deal. That’s how everybody started saying, “Who is this kid, Justin Bieber, who has 10,000 girls outside a mall in New Jersey?” My fans made me.
Like the greatest cult leader of them all, Bieber has absolute control over his followers. One of his tweets can sell out a brand of clothing (Adidas) or spot cream (Proactiv), or catapult an unknown artist to stardom (Jepsen).
But at close quarters, the greatest eye-opener is how in control this kid is. In fact, he describes himself as fearless – except, that is, when it comes to flying.
‘I just started to really not like getting on a flight,’ he says.
‘It scares me. When I get anxiety, my heart drops and starts beating really fast as if it’s going to explode. And when there’s a weird noise, it’s like, what’s that weird noise? People say you have more chance of getting into a car accident than a plane crash, but they do maybe one flight a year and I’m on planes all the time. And all the time I’m thinking I have no control. If this plane crashes I’m dead. I feel like every time
I get on a plane I’m risking my life.’
Tomorrow, he’s due to board another plane, and there’ll be dozens more on his current tour, which ends next year. But now, an hour into our conversation, his attention has started to wander.
He talks briefly about what he likes – The Simpsons, Family Guy, House, Tupac, the Beatles, Liam Neeson (‘I met him on Jonathan Ross; I really like that guy’).
He also admits he’s keen on Cheryl Cole.
‘She’s really pretty,’ he says. I suggest that at 29, she’s surely too old for him. He laughs and jumps to his feet. ‘Is that a challenge? She’s not too old. Nothing is too old for me, except maybe 50 or 60.’
He gets up to leave, but before he goes he pulls up his shirt to show me another tattoo, a crown on his skinny chest.
‘King of Pop,’ he says. So that’s the real challenge?
He nods. ‘I have no fear that anyone will beat me.’
The first photos of actress Zoe Saldana as the celebrated jazz and soul singer Nina Simone has been leaked on the Internet, answering some questions and raising others.
From the image of Saldana, 34, wearing an Afro wig and what appears to be a prosthetic nose and skin-darkening makeup, it's apparent that the film's director, Cynthia Mort, is aiming for Saldana to look as much as possible like Simone.
Criticism of the casting for the unauthorized film is directed less at Saldana than at a Hollywood that has historically cast light-skinned black actresses in leading roles. Simone not only celebrated her Afrocentric features, but she wrote songs about race and racism and was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement.
"The reason this is coming up now is there's still such a paucity of opportunity for African-American women to work in the cinema that we are quick to scrutinize each individual role," Mia Mask, the film department chair at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., said. "Here, when we have actresses who look the part and they are still overlooked, it only strengthens the argument that there's a pattern here."
Mask, the author of "Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film," also points out that shifting demographics have Latina actresses on the rise. "Increasingly, we're seeing Latina actresses and non-black women of color cast opposite black men," she said, adding that Saldana has become an A-list star, following her roles in "Avatar" and "Colombiana," and in a star-driven system, she's a safe bet for Hollywood.
Pilar and Deion’s divorce drama may be coming to a close soon. Pilar’s attempt at proving she was tricked into signing a prenuptial agreement and that the contract was forged failed completely.
"It's greed," Deion said. "You signed the contract. We had a prenuptial, and now you don't like the terms of it because of the realization that it's over, your lifestyle will no longer be the same way. It's greed."
The former model claims he's not paying the $10,500-per-month child support that the judge ordered. "I'm not going to give up for my children," she said. "I'm going to continue to fight for what they want and deserve."
Deion insists that $10,500 is too much money, and he claims he has been paying the maximum amount that the state allows.
Pilar received a $100,000 signing bonus when she signed it and will get $1 million when the divorce is final.
"I'm just tired of this," Deion said. "Move on. Go on with your life. Let's do it. You got a mil coming. Let's go. Let's do it."
"I didn't marry him for money, obviously," Pilar Sanders said. "I've been married to him for 14 years. My intent was to marry forever, but obviously, it wasn't his."
If you think you've written a bestseller, self-publishing on eBook platforms is a straightforward and cost-effective venture
You have 30 days to complete the first draft of your long-awaited literary debut. The plot, the characters, the unexpected twists and turns: it's time to finally get the book out of your head and on to your laptop.
National Write a Novel in a Month – otherwise known as NaNoWriMo –starts on 1 November. Anyone who writes a minimum of 50,000 words in 30 days – that is a daily average of 1,666 – is a winner. The website, which began in 1999 with 21 participants and six winners, has become an annual challenge for both would-be writers and established authors. Last year 256,618 people worldwide signed up and wrote a combined word count of 3,074,068,446. There were 36,843 winners.
Many would-be authors are hoping their hastily written first draft will end up leading to a lucrative publishing deal. But why wait? The massive surge in self-publishing has led to writers earning money long before any agent or publisher has even heard of them.
While some writers organise print runs of their own books and others publish each chapter as they go, on personal websites and blogs, the most popular way to self-publish is on eBook platforms such as Amazon's Kindle Direct.
Kindle Direct is fairly straightforward: you upload your novel and pick the percentage for royalties: 35%, for books with a minimum price of 77p and 70% for books at over £1.49. For a book costing £1.49, with a file size of 1MB, the royalty per sale is 97p.
Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing is perhaps the best known but there's also Createspace.com, Outskirtspress.com, Smashwords.com and Lulu.com. Whether you make big bucks depends, of course, on how many books you sell. Self-publishing successes include E L James, Amanda Hocking, and John Locke – the first self-published author to join the Kindle Millions Club.
Authors publicise their work through social media channels, online reading forums, book clubs, and literary festivals. This is partly why self-publishing has worked particularly well for genre novels like erotica, fantasy, sci-fiction and thrillers.
Karolina Sutton, a literary agent at Curtis Brown, says: "There's usually an online readership and writers in these genres can access that community. Where self-publishing doesn't work as well is with literary novels."
A tiny minority of self-published authors do rake in millions but the average is £6,000, according to a study of 1,007 self-published authors. Half of writers earn less than £300 a year.
Some authors see self-publishing as a route to a traditional publishing deal. Candida Lacey, managing director of Myriad Editions, says: "Agents and publishers love a ready-made audience. So it can work in your favour if you've built up a following by publishing samples of your work." Traditional publishing deals can be anything from £10,000 to £250,000. But for the first-time novelist, a deal of £10,000-£30,000 is more usual, says Sutton.
Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence officer. But she's also author of Into the Darkest Corner, which won Amazon Best Book of the Year 2011, and others. "It [Nanowrimo.orgwas] the website I'd been waiting for all my life," says Haynes: "I did it in 2006 and 2007 and then again in 2008, when I wrote 56,000 words of the first draft of Into the Darkest Corner."
Another example is Erin Morgenstern, author of the widely acclaimed The Night Circus. During her first NaNoWriMo in 2003, Morgenstern managed 15,000 words. The next year she reached 50,000, and she carried on completing the challenge for the following five years. She says: "I think the most I've written is 80,000 words in 27 days or something like that."
1. Know any other writers who published their nano books?
2. Fess up. WHO'S DOING IT?
Actor and tv personality Terrence J has signed on to star in David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim with Paula Patton, Derek Luke, and Lauren London. He tweeted,
"I just signed on for a new movie...." and "Super excited to join Paula Patton and the rest of the amazing cast of Baggage Claim!!! #Godisgood"
Terrence J joins a long list of Black Hollywood talent in the film which also includes Jill Scott and Djimon Hounsou. Terrence will play the fiance of Paula Patton's sister. Christina Millian, Taye Diggs and Trey Songz will also star.
sigh all it's missing is Gabby, Taraji or Meagan