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    This was the year when this one-time soap star’s hard work paid off. As he prepares to reprise his breakout role as Asgardian superhero Thor, GQ’s Man of the Year tells how success began to smile on him once he stopped trying to force it.

    When he was a boy growing up in Melbourne, Chris Hemsworth and most of the kids he knew were obsessed with Star Wars. They’d sit there, hour after hour, hypnotised by the costumes, the fantasy, the epic and timeless battle between good and evil.

    Over and over again, they’d rewind and press play. Hemsworth has lost count of the times he watched the film, before charging into his backyard to recreate scenes as Han Solo.

    Earlier this year the 29-year-old actor was given cause to remember those days. “It was definitely a dream scenario,” he says. “I was on The Avengers publicity tour and I had a real moment where it felt like I was part of something special. Kids were looking at The Avengers like I used to look atStar Wars. They were running around pretending to be us.”

    It was a high point in a glittering year of highs. But even if it seems 2012 was when Hemsworth’s star exploded over the Hollywood hills, with the release of The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman and Joss Whedon’s brilliant The Cabin in the Woods, it’s actually the end of a long, constant slog for the actor. “This year may appear like it was big,” he says, “but it’s only because all the films I’ve been working on have finally come out. The past four or five years have just been a blur.”

    For Hemsworth, the road to Los Angeles started at a cattle station on the Central Arnhem Road. Bulman, in the Northern Territory, is 400km east-south-east of Darwin.

    “It was a different world,” he says. “There were crocodiles and buffalo. We were isolated, one of two white families. We saw a lot of corroborees and tribal dancing. I have a wider understanding for the Aboriginal situation because of my time there. It’s an insight into that world that most people don’t get.”

    Hemsworth and his family moved back to Melbourne when he was still young, and he signed up for film classes and drama school. In 2004 he auditioned for Home and Away. He didn’t get that part, but was signed up to play Kim Hyde — which he did for three years.

    “Whenever you mention Home and Away, people list all the Aussie actors who’ve come over to the US from it and been successful,” he says. “You’ve got Naomi Watts and Simon Baker. Heath Ledger did a stint there. Hugh Jackman…” He stops. “No, I don’t think he did.”

    Read the full article in GQ Australia's 2012 Men of the Year issue. On sale now.

    chris daym

    damn he looks good


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    The second installation of Nicki Minaj's three-part E! special "My Truth" picks up on the set of her video shoot for "The Boys," but as the show progresses, the YMCMB rapper addresses the fallout from her "American Idol" feud with Mariah Carey, and specifically Barbara Walter's involvement in the beef.

    When Nick first finds out that footage of the blowout has leaked, she explains to Mack Maine that the cameras did not capture the moments leading up to that, "20 minutes before that happened, she egged me on and I walked off — I stormed off the stage because didn't wanna do that,"she told the Young Money president. "So I left and when I came back it was another jab."

    "She's admitted that she did not want another female doing the show, thinking somebody's coming to steal her shine," Nick added. "And nitpicking, nitpicking, nitpicking — I don't do well with that passive aggress shit. I'm not gonna allow it no more. I can't. I work and keep it moving, I don't even f--- with the people in this business."

    Later, the subject comes up again during a private flight, after an episode of "The View" which found co-host Barbara Walters reporting that Carey had increased her security after Minaj threatened her life, calling the rapper "unpredictable." Nicki was unable to contain her disappointment with Walters for quickly taking sides.

    "I really felt good when I left yesterday and then I hear that Mariah went to Barbara Walters with some more fabrication that even the producers told her was never said,"she explained."Telling Barbara I said something about a gun, which everybody knows that I'm way smarter than that. Literally my jaw was just hanging open and I was in shock. I've never in my life said anything regarding a gun."

    Nicki reveals that she didn't want to speak out about the video immediately, in hopes that the controversy would blow over quickly, but no such luck.

    "Am I not good enough for you to get my side, because I'm a little black girl that raps?" she said, addressing Walters directly. "Because if I was J. Lo, you would've called J. Lo's camp. But are we not good enough for you Barbara? 'Cause you wasn't even there when I was on the show Barbara. So I guess I'm not good enough but I'm only good enough for you to tell people I'm 'unpredictable,' when you don't fuckingg know me?"

    While the video clip seemed to suggest that there might've been some deep rooted beef between these two, Nicki maintains that she still respects Mariah tremendously. "Why would I wanna have a rift with someone I've looked up to my whole life? I've loved her and even told her that in the meeting. Actually I'm happy that Mariah's on the panel because I think that's a great thing. You've got one of the best singers than ever sang ever in the world. Ain't nothing wrong with that, but the fact that you had a problem with me being on there and that's why there's an issue."

    In spite of all the accusations, Nicki reiterates that no one will run her off the show. During the second episode Lil Wayne also makes a cameo, when Nicki flies to Miami to have him record a verse for the re-release of her Roman Reloaded album. "Recently, I've become very very busy and he felt like it was too hard for us to get together anymore because we're always doing other stuff," she told the cameras. "It was important for me to show him that it doesn't matter where I am in my career; I'm always gonna be the same Nicki that was thirsty to get in the studio with him."

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    One Direction announced that they will star in their own 3D movie during their appearance on Today on Tuesday, November 13.

    The boyband dropped by NBC's morning show to confirm that their much-rumored 3D concert film will debut in August 2013 as well as appear in what Matt Lauer billed as Today's "biggest concert event".

    Today weatherman Al Roker also claimed on air that One Direction's three-song set including 'What Makes Your Beautiful' in Rockefeller Plaza in front of thousands of fans was a historical moment for the series.

    "We have never, ever had a crowd this big. This one breaks all the records," Roker declared.

    One Direction also taped further songs to air on Today on Wednesday November 14.

    Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson's appearance on Today was dubbed "The British Invasion" by the show's hosts and the group even performed in front of UK-style red telephone boxes.

    It was reported earlier this week that One Direction have been asked to perform for US President Barack Obama and the First Family at the White House.


    OP: Now, I am not really a fan but this sounds interesting.

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    Dourdan, who played analyst Warrick Brown on the original series for 8 years, filed for Chapter 11 at the end of August according to TMZ.

    Reports claims that the 45-year-old has slightly more than $1.8 million in assets, but has debts of $1,689,704 million.

    Dourdan, who was voted sexiest CSI Actor by TV Guide in 2008, owes the majority of the money to various banks, including Union Bank, which apparently holds the mortgage on his home that may be in default. The troubled actor has been embroiled in a lawsuit against Union Bank, which he claims denied him mortgage assistance as required under California law, for a year.

    His remaining assets are listed as including $200 cash, $3,000 in a bank account, $4,000 in furniture, $200 worth of books, $1,500 in clothes, $500 in watches, and a 2006 Dodge Charger worth approximately $7,000.

    In addition, Dourdan said his disposable income is only $321 a month, with his bills (averaging $14,562 a month) claiming most of the $14,883 the actor earns monthly.

    But Dourdan says he anticipates 'major acting roles' in the future, which could be used to pay off his debt.

    Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company or an individual is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

    And this is not the first time that the unemployed actor has been in trouble.

    Gary was arrested in 2008 in Palm Springs and later pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and ecstasy.

    In 2011, Dourdan was arrested again after he crashed his vehicle into two parked cars and was also charged with possessing Oxycontin and drug paraphenalia.The charges were later dropped because the actor allegedly completed 20 hours of Narcotics Anonymous.

    Later that year he was arrested once more at his home in Venice, California, following an altercation with his former girlfriend. Nicole Vail Cannizzaro's nose was broken during the argument and Dourdan was charged with felony battery and a judge issued a three-year restraining order against him.


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    MILEY CYRUS is convinced her singer father Billy Ray purposely makes up rumors about her wedding plans to make his press interviews more interesting, because he "knows nothing" about her nuptials to Australian actor LIAM HEMSWORTH.

    Billy Ray Cyrus recently sent the singer/actress' fans into a spin when he revealed the 19 year old wants to host three lavish ceremonies to celebrate becoming Mrs. Liam Hemsworth, but the claims were promptly dismissed by the former Hannah Montana star herself.

    During a recent chat with U.S. TV host Ellen DeGeneres, Miley insisted there would be just one set of nuptials in her dream wedding.

    She said, This is the one day when it's what I choose and every detail is things that I love... There is some rumor going around that I'm having like 47 weddings. I'm not. I'm having one wedding. It has to be perfect.

    Now Miley admits she has no idea where her dad gets his information from because she hasn't shared any of her plans with the Achy Breaky Heart hitmaker.

    She tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "I don't know what my dad is doing or where my dad is on the planet. My dad knows nothing. I don't know what he is making up. I hate to put him on blast, but he doesn't know what he's talking about.

    He does what I do when he's sitting in a press thing. He's like, Let's make this fun. Let's make stuff up. Let's get the ball rolling on some good rumors because I'm bored and I can start something.

    The Hunger Games hunk Hemsworth proposed to Cyrus in May.


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    Cary's dad was brilliant! Poor Geneva, she is like Peter's welcome mat. 

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    We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston

    The biggest stars in music come together to celebrate the life of Whitney Houston in a one night only GRAMMY special airing Friday November 16th at 10/9c on CBS.


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    Selena Gomez

    Julianna Margulies

    Chelsea Clinton

    Katie Couric

    Ryan Hawke and Ethan Hawke

    Kayla Harrison

    Carli Lloyd

    Arianna Huffington

    Chelsea Handler

    Rory Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy

    Allyson Felix

    Louise Roe

    Missy Franklin

    Cynthia Nixon

    Lena Dunham


    Diane Von Furstenberg

    Annie Leibovitz and Sarah Leibovitz

    Lauren Hutton

    Jenna Lyons

    Petra Nemcova

    Solange Knowles

    Gabby Douglas

    Solange Knowles and Mary J. Blige

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    Instagram Photos:

    week 2 in new place.

    yellow rats.
    small cars.


    Frank's Manager Instagram Photo:

    been bout it. @francistenenbaum

    Rare Photo of Franklin:

    Christina Praises Frank's Music:
    Aguilera said she likes what she's heard by R&B newcomer Frank Ocean.

    "He has more of a subtle record than most out there," she said. "I love his song Bad Religion. It's beautiful. It's one of those you're jealous it's not your song."

    Am I the only one who wants Bad Religion to be a single? The video for it would be epic!

    SOURCE 1234

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    Cora tries to steal the compass from Emma and Mary Margaret; Regina and Mr. Gold must put David's life in danger in hope that he will contact Mary Margaret.


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    Chris Brown blasted his Halloween costume haters, discussed “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and talked candidly about his own sex life during a wide-ranging interview on Power 106′s “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.”

    After describing an upcoming movie project, Brown acknowledged rumors that he’s in the running to play Christian Grey in the upcoming “Fifty Shades” adaptation (leading him to bust out a “white guy” impression).

    Big Boy got into a discussion about the longest sexual “drought” Brown has had in recent years, as well as how Brown gets women to his house (and gets them to leave) when he’s hooking up as a single man.

    The host then cracked up Brown with an impersonation of Rihanna before bringing up Brown’s controversial terrorist Halloween costume.

    Brown’s message to his detractors was pretty clear.

    “It’s f**king Halloween! It’s a motherf**king pagan holiday. We dress our kids up as Satan, demons, little goblins, and all this other sh*t,” he declared. “Get over it, people!”

    He continued, “I was dressed as the people we killed, the person we killed… Bin Laden!… It’s nobody’s motherf**king business!”


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    James Franco enthusiastically denied a rumored romance between him and his "Spring Breakers" co-star Ashley Benson in a blog post for Huffington Post Entertainment in October. "I also hear that I’ve been dating Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart and Ashley Benson. Hot damn, am I a lucky guy," Franco wrote on Oct. 24, debunking rumors that linked him to the three actresses. "As for Gomez and Benson, those are Bieber’s girls and I wouldn’t dare tangle with the Biebs. I heard he wants to kick my ass. Yikes!"

    But some people are just not letting go of the idea. The New York Post reports that Franco, 34, and Benson, 22, were looking very much like more than just friends when they attended a screening of the new James Bond flick, "Skyfall," in Hollywood late last week.

    "They tried to stay incognito catching a late show together. But both James and Ashley fell asleep. They were woken up by theater staff at the end of the movie," a source for the publication said. Let's hope that the pair's Harmony Korine-directed comedy doesn't elicit a similarly snoozy reaction.

    In his most recent HuffPo entry, James writes
    Hmmmm, what else? My first chapbook came out, Strongest of the Litter, but people seem to be more interested in who I'm dating than poetry. Oh yeah, I got nominated for a National Entertainment Journalism award for these HuffPost blogs, but no other outlet is going to run that story, right? Hahaha -- why would Gawker or the New York Post want to publicize that an actor/Yale doctoral candidate is nominated for an award for something that they are doing themselves? I'm pretty proud of it, but I can see why they must hate me.

    source 1 and source 2

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    From the creators of The Hangover movies: Straight-A college student Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) has always done what's expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.


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  • 11/13/12--09:22: Ke$ha Interview! The Sun
  • My boy crush is Ryan Gosling but I fell for Florence Welch at Coachella

    Ke$ha on love, working with Iggy Pop and new album, Warrior

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    Warrior princess ... singer on album artwork

    KE$HA, best known for her song Tik Tok and her wild antics, is about to release her second studio album, Warrior.

    The US star opened up to Bizarre about working with her idol Iggy Pop, partying with the Flaming Lips and how much she loves her crazy house in the woods.

    Have you had much time off in between albums?

    I did a tour followed by another tour, and then after that I was about to lose my mind, so I needed to spend some time alone. I told everyone to get lost and kind of went on a bit of a spiritual journey.

    I lived on a boat for a little while, went swimming with whales, went to South Africa and spent time with animals.

    You love animals so what did it mean to be named Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador?

    It meant so, so much as I’ve always loved animals since I was little. I just feel super connected to them. The most enlightening thing I can do is be around animals. I just love them, my heart melts.

    Have you ever fallen out with anyone for wearing fur?

    I don’t condemn people for their choices but my own personal choice is that I prefer to wear fake fur. I’m actually working on my own fake fur line. There are so many options that are very real-feeling and looking that aren’t harming the animal, so it’s a no-brainer for me.

    Tell us about your new book, My Crazy Beautiful Life?

    It’s a memoir but it’s like a photo book. There’s pictures on almost every page. I wanted to tell the real story from me, show people the pictures that have never been seen by anybody else. They’ve been in my basement since I was little. I went through them with my mum, we spent a lot of time digging through old stuff.

    What’s the craziest picture you’ve included?

    I’ve gone all out and bared all. There’s baby photos, photos of ex-boyfriends, and me waiting tables. There’s pics of me making out with exes. There are snaps of me crying, things you would never usually get.

    This book is for my fans. Me with no make-up on, the real s***. It recounts my whole life.

    You’ve collaborated with Iggy Pop on the song Dirty Love from your new album. How was that?

    I’m a huge Iggy fan. I grew up on The Stooges. Iggy is the epitome of punk rock — he’s a god.

    I started off just loving his records and then I started watching live footage of him.

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    Pop Idol ... Ke$ha collaborates with Iggy on Dirty Love from her new album

    He’s such an animal on stage, I love it.

    Then I started reading about his life and he’s just so nuts through everything. After I reached out to him, I made it my mission to get him on a song with me before I die, and in my relentless stalking, I have succeeded.

    Was he topless when you met him?

    Yes, he was! He recorded topless. He’s got a great body. I’ve never been starstruck in my whole life, but the second I was about to meet him I realised how monumental it was for me and my career, and I broke down like a little b**** and started crying. It was so what I’m not supposed to do.

    Do you mind still being known as the party girl?

    The first record I wrote, Animal, all I was doing was running around being wild and fun and drunk. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have a car, I didn’t have any money. It was awesome.

    But since Tik Tok, I’ve been on the road most of the time. I still have a wild child inside of me. Maybe it’s not every single night I get to go and destroy s*** but I can still party with the best.

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    Mouthy ... singer's tattoo that reads ‘SUCK IT’

    What’s your ideal party?

    I love house parties. I have parties at my house sometimes. I have a house that’s in the woods so I invite people over.

    I invited the Flaming Lips over recently. I’d never met them before but they brought a van full of the band and within 20 minutes I’m giving Wayne Coyne his first tattoo on his foot with my tattoo machine.

    Ben Folds gave me a glittery grand piano so we’re all like sitting round playing this piano tattooing each other. I have a salt water pool with laser beams in it and body paint and the world’s biggest bed. It was a good party.

    How about a fire pit?

    Yes. I’ve made it like that because I like having people over to my house and you can do whatever the f*** you want to. My house is like a wild log cabin.

    What’s your biggest extravagance?

    I’d say it would have to be my bed. It’s the world’s biggest bed. We fitted in the Flaming Lips, plus a couple of my friends plus my cat and myself comfortably.
    What’s your mantra in life?

    To make the best out of every situation. It’s not about being the most drunk or the most off your head. It’s about making the most of no matter what you do or where you go.

    What do you spend most of your money on?

    I’m trying to make a guitar that shoots out electricity... so stuff like that. I’m not frivolous but I’m not wasteful either.

    Why is the record called Warrior?

    There’s a couple of reasons. Firstly I feel like I’m a warrior. I’ve spent the last couple of years travelling and met a lot of my fans.

    Something I kept hearing about was bullying and sexuality. I have a lot of gay and lesbian fans and they said how my music had helped them deal with bullying, so I wanted to write a record that’s about love and acceptance.

    Describe the album in three words?

    Magic, raw, fun.

    Are there any acts you love in the UK right now?

    I have the biggest crush on Florence Welch. I met her at Coachella and was like, “Wow”.

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    Girl crush ... Ke$ha met Florence at Coachella

    What’s your tipple of choice?

    Jack Daniel’s or tequila shots

    When was your last fight with another musician?

    The other night with my guitar player. Whenever I get drunk I punch him in the face.

    How many pets do you have?

    Just one cat, Mr Peep$. I take a lot of photos of him, he’s just so cute.

    What would you be if you weren’t in music?

    A homeless person living on a beach, naked.

    Who’s your celeb crush?

    I don’t know. Who’s cute? Ryan Gosling?

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    Pecs appeal ... Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling has a fan in Ke$ha

    Favourite film?

    Wayne’s World, The Princess Bride or The Shining.

    Where do you see yourself in ten years time?

    In a tree house in the jungle. I’m thinking about building one at home actually with a zip wire into the pool.

    Last time you cried?

    When I had to say goodbye to Mr Peep$ to hit the road.

    How would you describe your love life?

    Eventful, adventurous and always a good time.

    Warrior is out on December 4!


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  • 11/13/12--09:28: ONTD Roundup
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    A boy band is no thing to be in 2012, not when you know how it invariably ends: overblown third and fourth and fifth albums, intraband strife, the unfulfilled desire to be taken seriously, stratification of members from dreamiest to Styrofoam — iest. The template isn’t really a skeleton upon which new skin and muscle can be hung so much as a predetermined career arc that offers answers long before questions get asked.

    Might as well speed through all the steps, then. And there is the sense that One Direction is rushing through its gestation period on the way to the magic that may await on the other side. This week the band released its second album, “Take Me Home” (SYCO/Columbia), which comes only a year after its first, which has already gone platinum (eight months if you’re talking United States release dates).
    It is frenzy-inducing at a level lower than Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift but not much else, a reliable shriek inducer in girls who have not yet decided that shrieking doesn’t become them.
    One Direction will have its own pop-up shop in Herald Square in Manhattan beginning on Saturday. The band is already in the process of filming a movie — in 3-D of course — that will be directed by Morgan Spurlock. It has already booked tour dates in huge rooms, Madison Square Garden included; it only needs enough material to fill the air.

    The songs — well, they’re just the coal that keeps the big ship moving. And “Take Me Home” shows what happens when the offense is on autopilot and the defense gets to make all the calls.
    That said, it’s not impossible that One Direction’s music could be forward looking, a novel variation on the traditional teen-pop archetypes, or even a bit clever, as it was on the group’s debut, “Up All Night.”
    But this new album is far more mechanical than that one. Even at its best, “Take Me Home” is rhythmically unsophisticated and cleaner than most Disney pop. All the band members — Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne — have distinct but fundamentally interchangeable voices. Only Mr. Malik breaks free from the pack vocally with any regularity.
    The sketches of many songs are the same, metronomic rock-inherited pop. At times, like on “Live While We’re Young” and “Last First Kiss,” they achieve a fast-food sort of satisfaction, filling and familiar and not disruptive in any way. In many places, the ways the syllables sound are more important than the words being said.
    The songs produced by Julian Bunetta — which tend to start out with more breathing room, giving the guys a chance to show off vocally — are among the best here, especially the winningly chaotic “I Would,” which contains the hilarious admission, “I can’t compete with your boyfriend/He’s got 27 tattoos.”
    Given how narrow the subject matter can be, one ends up sussing out which songs sneak in the bawdiest allusions. “If you don’t wanna take it slow/And you just wanna take me home/Baby say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,” the guys sing on “Kiss You.” On the single “Live While We’re Young” they tease, or threaten, “And if we get together/Yeah get together/Don’t let the pictures leave your phone.”
    Hiding in plain sight isn’t a recipe for adult success, of course. Two albums in, and One Direction has barely shown a flicker of interest in doing something beyond riding this particular merry-go-round. There’s plenty of territory the group might want to conquer once it’s unshackled from expectations.
    One of the least likely answers to that conundrum would be Ed Sheeran’s muscular pop-folk, one of the most successful contemporary modes of British pop. And yet that’s just what One Direction aims for on this album, importing Mr. Sheeran to collaborate on a pair of songs, “Little Things” and “Over Again,” that are miles apart from the Tinkertoys songwriting on the rest of the album, and which show that the young men of One Direction aren’t quite ready for a new blueprint.
    The curious emphases in Mr. Sheeran’s rhyme schemes read as unusually lumpy in the hands of such a polished group. He also gives the boys songs that don’t in any way feel tailored to them. That’s especially the case on “Little Things,” which sounds as if it’s written for a relationship in midlife crisis:
    I know you’ve never loved the crinkles by your eyes
    When you smile, you’ve never loved your stomach or your thighs
    The dimples in your back at the bottom of your spine
    But I’ll love them endlessly
    This is one way to attempt to be taken seriously, and one way to fail, and therefore an absolutely acceptable and expected part of the boy band narrative arc. But certainly this misstep will send the group foraging in other directions — maybe thoughtful club-soul like Jessie Ware, or sensuous dance-pop like Katy B, or more traditional American-style R&B-driven boy band fare. On the bright side there are plenty of mistakes they’ve yet to make.



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    Rihanna stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres earlier this week, and was asked about her interest in starting a family.

    Rihanna was then asked if she wants to wait until she is involved with someone before having kids.

    “I would prefer to, you know, have a full family. I’m pretty sure I could handle if I had to on my own but that’s not what I’m striving for,” she answered. In addition to appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Rihanna also has a cover spread in GQ magazine’s latest issue.

    In the interview, titled, "Rihanna: Obsession of the Year," the artist discusses love, in addition to her sexuality both on stage and behind the scenes. "Love makes you go places you probably wouldn't ever go, had it not been for love. But I think everybody still has their limits," she revealed.

    She also addressed her sexuality -- Rihanna often posts promiscuous photos to her Twitter account, including one with a female stripper’s face between her thighs, and many of her songs are sexually suggestive, such as "Cockiness" and "Rude Boy."

    “That comes from my culture," Rihanna told GQ. "That's just the way it's always been, and I think that for people, especially in America, they make it like the forbidden fruit, but that only makes kids more curious." 

    Rihanna is promoting her seventh album, "Unapologetic," which will be available on Nov. 19.


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    The song matches the nine-week reign of Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe.' Plus, a reinvented '80s hit returns to the top 10 courtesy of Flo Rida.

    Maroon 5's "One More Night" spends a ninth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, tying for the year's longest reign.

    The song equals the nine-week command of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Billboard's Song of the Summer. It also passes Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, for the year's longest No. 1 run for a song sporting male vocals.

    Here's a look at 2012's longest-leading No. 1 Hot 100 hits, ranked by weeks on top:

    9, "One More Night," Maroon 5
    9, "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen
    8, "Somebody That I Used To Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra
    6, "We Are Young," fun. featuring Janelle Monae
    3, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift
    3, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson
    2, "Whistle," Flo Rida
    2, "Set Fire to the Rain," Adele
    2, "Sexy and I Know It," LMFAO
    2, "We Found Love," Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris (*spent eight weeks at No. 1 in November/December 2011
    1, "Part of Me," Katy Perry

    In besting Gotye's No. 1 run and matching Jepsen's, Maroon 5 gains a measure of revenge on both acts. The group's prior single, "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa, peaked at No. 2 for six weeks. "Somebody" blocked it from the summit for the first of those frames, while "Maybe" did the same for five more.

    "Night" remains atop the Hot 100 thanks to continued gains in radio audience and streaming. The track logs a sixth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart with a less than 1% increase to 136 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, and increases by 5% to 826,000 on-demand streams, according to BDS, despite dipping 3-4 on On-Demand Songs. On the Hot Digital Songs chart, "Night" drops 4-5 (125,000, down 7%, according to Nielsen SoundScan).

    While Maroon 5 maintains its Hot 100 dominance, the top two welcomes a change after a seven-week logjam of "Night" at No. 1 and PSY's "Gangnam Style" at No. 2. The Korean rapper's breakout smash slides to No. 5 (after peaking at No. 2 for seven weeks), although it leads Hot Digital Songs for a fifth frame (188,000, down 17%). It relinquishes its five-week lead on On-Demand Songs, dropping to No. 3 (855,000, down 1%) and tumbles 14-22 on Hot 100 Airplay (44 million, down 22%).

    Rihanna's "Diamonds" takes PSY's place in the Hot 100's runner-up spot, jumping from No. 4 with top Digital Gainer honors. It lifts 2-1 on On-Demand Songs (959,000, up 19%) to become her first leader on the list (which launched in March) and rises 5-3 on Hot Digital Songs (144,000, up 19%) and 7-4 on Hot 100 Airplay (97 million, up 12%).

    As "Night" remains essentially even in overall Hot 100 chart points and "Diamonds" gains by a hefty 16%, trailing the former title by approximately 3,000 points, Rihanna could land her 12th Hot 100 No. 1 as soon as next week.

    Ke$ha's "Die Young" bounds 6-3 on the Hot 100 as chart's top Airplay Gainer. It jumps 11-7 on Hot 100 Airplay (85 million, up 19%), becoming her sixth top 10 on the tally, and pushes 4-2 on On-Demand Songs (894,000, up 15%). "Young" descends 3-4 on Hot Digital Songs (138,000, down 1%), although it passes 1 million downloads sold to date.

    Above "Style" on the Hot 100, fun.'s "Some Nights" retreats from its No. 3 peak to No. 4, although it bullets at No. 2 on Hot 100 Airplay (104 million, up 2%) and No. 5 on On-Demand Songs (810,000, up 10%).

    Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" reaches a new peak on the Hot 100, climbing 7-6, followed by Taylor Swift's former three-week No. 1 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (5-7), Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" (10-8) and Alex Clare's "Too Close" (9-9).

    Rounding out the top tier, Flo Rida nets his ninth Hot 100 top 10, as "I Cry" advances 12-10, fueled by a 17-13 ascent on Hot 100 Airplay (60 million, up 17%) and a 46-29 vault on On-Demand Songs (416,000, up 33%). The club-ready song reinvents R&B singer Brenda Russell's sultry ballad "Piano in the Dark," which rose to No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1988. ("Cry" actually samples a sample: Dutch duo Bingo Players first retooled "Piano" as "Cry (Just a Little)," which reached No. 15 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in March.) "It's pretty cool that artists like Flo Rida and Bingo Players can be inspired to interpret a song like 'Piano in the Dark' in completely new genres," Russell recently told Billboard. "As an artist and writer, it's the highest compliment we can be paid."

    Paging the people who said Diamonds was a flop


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    Tom Hardy‘s trajectory from interesting actor to film lover’s favourite on to tentpole… er… tentpole and finally to star of videogame movie is all but complete. See also: Michael Fassbender

    Hardy has signed on to play Sam Fisher, lead of the Splinter Cell videogames in a new movie that, as of yet, hasn’t even got the backing of a studio. Variety say that Ubisoft have been developing the film with screenwriter Eric Singer who previously penned The International and David O. Russell‘s pending picture that goes, for now, by the name of American Bullshit.

    Ubisoft’s statement says:

    Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills. His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.

    Oh yes, I had forgotten this has anything to do with Tom Clancy.

    With this and Assassin’s Creed, the Fassbender picture that they’ve set up with New Regency and Fox, Ubisoft are starting to look like the new Hasbro. The Disney buyout rumours can’t be more than ten minutes away, surely?

    Seems like all sorts want in on the movie business. Can’t say I blame them. So, join me here next month for word of Joseph Gordon Levitt teaming up with Mars Inc. for Twix the movie. They’ll shoot both parts back to back then release them six months apart.


    DNW Fassbender and an Assassin's Creed movie.

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