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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

    The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out.

    Under the new policy, Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world's largest stock photo agency. One irked Twitter user quipped that "Instagram is now the new iStockPhoto, except they won't have to pay you anything to use your images."



    "It's asking people to agree to unspecified future commercial use of their photos," says Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "That makes it challenging for someone to give informed consent to that deal."

    That means that a hotel in Hawaii, for instance, could write a check to Facebook to license photos taken at its resort and use them on its Web site, in TV ads, in glossy brochures, and so on -- without paying any money to the Instagram user who took the photo. The language would include not only photos of picturesque sunsets on Waikiki, but also images of young children frolicking on the beach, a result that parents might not expect, and which could trigger state privacy laws.

    Facebook did not respond to repeated queries from CNET this afternoon. We'll update the article if we receive a response.

    Another policy pitfall: If Instagram users continue to upload photos after January 16, 2013, and subsequently delete their account after the deadline, they may have granted Facebook an irrevocable right to sell those images in perpetuity. There's no obvious language that says deleting an account terminates Facebook's rights, EFF's Opsahl said.

    Facebook's new rights to sell Instagram users' photos come from two additions to its terms of use policy. One section deletes the current phrase "limited license" and, by inserting the words "transferable" and "sub-licensable," allows Facebook to license users' photos to any other organization.

    A second section allows Facebook to charge money. It says that "a business or other entity may pay us to display your... photos... in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you." That language does not exist in the current terms of use.
    Google's policy, by contrast, is far narrower and does not permit the company to sell photographs uploaded through Picasa or Google+. Its policy generally tracks the soon-to-be-replaced Instagram policy by saying: "The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our services." Yahoo's policies service for Flickr are similar, saying the company can use the images "solely for the purpose for which such content was submitted or made available."

    Reginald Braithwaite, an author and software developer, posted a tongue-in-cheek "translation" of the new Instagram policy today: "You are not our customers, you are the cattle we drive to market and auction off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your feed and keep producing the milk."
    One Instagram user dubbed the policy change "Instagram's suicide note." The PopPhoto.com photography site summarized the situation by saying: "The service itself is still a fun one, but that's a lot of red marks that have shown up over the past couple weeks. Many shooters -- even the casual ones -- probably aren't that excited to have a giant corporation out there selling their photos without being paid or even notified about it."

    Another unusual addition to Instagram's new policy appears to immunize it from liability, such as class action lawsuits, if it makes supposedly private photos public. The language stresses, twice in the same paragraph, that "we will not be liable for any use or disclosure of content" and "Instagram will not be liable for any use or disclosure of any content you provide."
    Yet another addition says "you acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such." That appears to conflict with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines that say advertisements should be listed as advertisements.

    Such sweeping intellectual property language has been invoked before: In 1999, Yahoo claimed all rights to Geocities using language strikingly similar to Facebook's wording today, including the "non-exclusive and fully sublicensable right" to do what it wanted with its users' text and photos. But in the face of widespread protest -- and competitors advertising that their own products were free from such Draconian terms -- Yahoo backed down about a week later.
    It's true, of course, that Facebook may not intend to monetize the photos taken by Instagram users, and that lawyers often draft overly broad language to permit future business opportunities that may never arise. But on the other hand, there's no obvious language that would prohibit Facebook from taking those steps, and the company's silence in the face of questions today hasn't helped.

    EFF's Opsahl says the new policy runs afoul of his group's voluntary best practices for social networks. He added: "Hopefully at some point we'll get greater clarity from Facebook and Instagram."

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    Of they could just create a new crime drama project for Vin Diesel to star in; but, no, it has to be based on an already existing work, if only because there's an already existing fan base for it, and they hope that Diesel's popularity will also attract new, younger audiences who may have never watched a single episode of the original TV series - believed by some to be one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

    Of course I'm talking about Kojak (I think the name has even become a verb, or an adjective, hasn't it?), the gritty CBS police procedural series starring Telly Savalas as the bald, tough, usually dapper, stubborn and tenacious character - an NYC detective with a dark wit, who had no problem bending the rules if it meant getting the job done, and solving a case.

    The series ran from 1973 to 1978, on CBS.


    Universal Pictures has tapped the writing team of Neal Purvis & Robert Wade to pen the script for a movie that will star Vin Diesel as Kojak, but, as Deadline notes, re-imagined and contemporized for the big screen.

    How much re-imagining and contemporizing will happen, we don't know yet. But since the writers hired are the same team who wrote the Skyfall script (they wrote the 4 previous Bond movies), maybe we'll get a less gritty, and more glossy Kojak.

    Now let's all try imagining Diesel speaking Kojak's popular catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?"

    Savalas, who died in 1994, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series two years in a row, winning the Emmy in 1974. He was also nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Drama Series from 1975 to 1978, winning twice, in 1975 and 1976.

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  • 'X Factor' Finale: Demi Lovato, LeAnn Rimes & Little Big Town Tapped as Duet Partners

    As the "X Factor"'s remaining three competitors prepare for their final battle, they'll have a little professional help. Following suit with last year's tradition, each contestant will be joined by a celebrity musician for a star-powered duet.

    At a press conference for the finale on Monday, judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and departing judge L.A. Reid joined their mentees Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens, respectively, and answered questions from Hollywood journalists.

    Among the biggest revelations from the event were Wednesday's duet partners, which include two country stars and (surprise!) a neutral judge.

    "Kinda irritating to say, the person we've decided to duet with is Demi Lovato," said Cowell of his all-girl group Fifth Harmony. And though it may pain Cowell to say, the decision is a good one. After constant fireworks between the sparring judges all season, it will be nice to see Lovato supporting one of Cowell's acts -- especially after two of their most memorable performances came during covers of her tracks ("Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break").

    Though Stevens told reporters last week that he had requested Garth Brooks as a duet partner, only to be told that he was "not an option," the country crooner wound up with another Nashville-based superstar: Grammy nominee Little Big Town. "It's gonna be awesome," Stevens said of performing with the quartet.

    Spears' 13-year-old mentee Sonenclar also landed a country act for her collaboration: LeAnn Rimes. Surprising, considering the teen with the huge voice hasn't once performed a country hit, instead opting for big diva ballads, sweeping serenades and even put her classic spin on a Bruno Mars track. "I think she's amazing," Sonenclar said of the "Blue" singer.

    Last season, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette and R. Kelly appeared on the closer, which saw Chris Rene, Josh Krajnik and Melanie Amaro battling for the $5 million recording contract.

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    Co-creator and exec producer Carter Bays agreed to answer a few of our queries.



    So: Why did you trick us? Why did you opt to keep Barney's deception a secret from the audience as well?

    Given the fact that we've known from the start of the season that they end up getting engaged, we felt like Barney winning Robin had to be wrapped in something big and surprising. And Barney has gone to such great lengths to successfully seduce so many women, it felt like anything less than spectacular would be a disservice to Robin. Also, we liked the idea of a long con. I think the final run of episodes in season four of Breaking Bad was a big influence. We wanted a moment of, "Ohhhhh, that's what's been going on." Just without anyone getting blown up or poisoned.

    I had the same initial reaction Robin had when she realized Barney had been running a play on her: Really? He tricks her and manipulates her … and now she's supposed to fall for him? And yet, because the deception is the final one — the last play — Robin gives in. It does make sense, given who Barney is and given that Robin accepts, and even appreciates, Barney's inner player. And yet … it's a lot to expect the audience to accept, isn't it?

    We're not blind to the possible ickiness of how Barney went about getting Robin to say yes. And neither are the rest of the characters. It'll come up that there's two sides of this coin: Was this a big, whimsical romantic gesture, or was it emotional manipulation? Ultimately, I think that's really Barney in a nutshell: loveable amorality. The next chapter in this story is about Robin deciding if that's really what she wants in a husband, and Barney deciding if he's about more than just magic tricks.

    When did you for sure for sure decide that Robin and Barney would get married? Was there ever any doubt?

    It was the summer between seasons five and six, and after that there wasn't really any doubt. We built the last two seasons around the reveals of Barney getting married, and then Robin getting married. It felt right, for Barney and Robin, but also for where we hope to go with Ted's story.

    Part of Barney's scheme was making sure he had Ted's blessing, even if he had to trick him into giving it to him. Is this also a defense against the notion that Ted is a wuss for urging Robin to go after Barney? You're basically saying, "This isn't Ted being nice. This is Ted realizing Robin isn't his true love."

    I think sometimes wussiness and niceness are so confoundingly tangled up that it's hard for people to know what their own motivations really are. Ted wants Robin, but he also wants Robin to be happy. Both urges are enormously strong. It's a complex moment for Ted, and there's not really an easy answer.

    In some ways this episode was as much about Ted as it was Robin and Barney. Our hero is looking damn pathetic at the end of this hour: Now, every one of his four best friends has found happiness. We know Ted finds The One, but how quickly will things move now toward that resolution? You've got anywhere from 12 to 36 episodes left in the show; no matter the final number, can Ted stay this low for long?

    The short answer is no, he can't. This current condition will lead him down some unexpected paths, and he's not going to sit around and mope for the rest of the series. I think the honest human reaction to a situation like what Ted's in is to charge headlong into a terrible relationship that's absolutely wrong for you. And that's exactly where Ted's headed.

    Would you like to take this opportunity to announce that Ted will, in fact, meet his future wife at some point this season — regardless of whether season nine happens?

    That question has been coming up for eight years now, and our answer never changes. I don't want to seem unnecessarily opaque, but we're just never going to announce that. We're going to tell the story we set out to tell. I hope it's all right with everyone that we don't divulge huge spoilers for our own show. I get it. I get the frustration. It's a frustration that's built into the DNA of the show, and very much shared by its protagonist. You just have to wait and see.

    Speaking of which: You've got your own version of the Fiscal Cliff brewing behind the scenes, in terms of whether or not there will be another season of the show. Industry buzz is that you very much want a deal to be done with the cast within the next few weeks so you can effectively plan the show's endgame. Are you optimistic?

    Yes, advance notice is crucial, and so far everyone's been taking that very seriously. In my mind, the cliff is the TCAs in January. We'll be able to announce something by then.

    One of your crew announced on Twitter that Rachel Bilson and Ray Wise are headed back to the show. CBS also announced that Ashley Benson will be on the show, but was coy about what she'll play. Any details you can offer on those three roles?

    Ashley plays a love interest for Ted, who is wrong for him in a very funny way. Rachel and Ray will be showing up as well, though I'd rather not get into when exactly they'll be appearing. And just to be clear, that's Rachel and Ray. Not Rachel Ray. Rachel Ray will not be on the show as far as I know.

    I feel obligated to always ask about the status of the Slap Bet, as well as the possibility of a full-on new Robin Sparkles song. Will the first half of 2013 be a good year on these fronts?

    We'll have a new Robin Sparkles episode on February 4. And by the way, that episode will be a big huge giant monster, for a bunch of reasons. Definitely the most astonishing lineup of guest cast we've ever assembled for one show. There's a lot more info to come on that one.

    Final question: Can we assume that Barney Stinson's bachelor party will be legen … well, you know? I assume it will put The Hangover to shame.

    I think you could make the case that the past eight years have been Barney's bachelor party. But yeah, I'm sure there's a hotel room and some dead hookers in Barney's immediate future.





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    Tonight we watched as Ted struggled to decide whether to tell Robin about what was really going on between Barney and Patrice. But at the end of the day, Robin got the answer — or rather the question — straight from the source. As snow began to fall on a candlelit rooftop, Barney finally (finally!) proposed to Robin. Series costume designer Reiko Kurumada told EW that it was such a big moment in the show’s history, she wanted to make sure the characters looked unforgettable.

    “As as soon as I got the script, I had this vision of what I wanted Robin to be wearing. I really just wanted a classic, simple, gorgeous gown. I looked high and low, different department stores, different designers, and I couldn’t find the perfect gown,” Kurumada remembered. “We were getting down to the nitty gritty, so I decided to look on Monique Lhuillier’s website and there it was. That was the gown!”

    Kurumada — who has made major changes to Robin’s wardrobe since taking over as head costume designer — didn’t want to distract from the character’s show-stopping red dress, so she accessorized the look with a pair of simple faux diamond Nadri earrings and an Alice + Olivia coat. “We did a bunch of alterations,” Kurumada said of getting the jacket just right. “Initially, it had a tie belt, but we took it off and tailored the back. It turned out to be exactly the vision of what we wanted.”

    Of course, the ever-stylish Barney suits up for the big moment, donning Dolce & Gabbana and his classic Burberry overcoat. But this time he had a new trick up his sleeve. Kurumada revealed that actor Neil Patrick Harris actually helped find the the engagement ring his character proposed with. “The prop department showed Neil some options, and he picked the one he wanted. It’s not a real diamond, but it has a vintage look,” she told us. “Neil said he thought that Barney would have gone all out and spent $100,000 for that sucker, so they got a beautiful faux diamond ring.”

    Although we’ve already gotten a sneak peek at Robin’s wedding gown, which is also from Monique Lhuillier, Kurumada said we’ll definitely get another glimpse of it in the near future. “You’ll see it again in an upcoming episode and then obviously, in the future, we’ll see the entire wedding,” she promised.





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    But even before the episode had hit television screens, executive producer/co-creator Craig Thomas knew it was something special.

    “I was on set for [the limo scene with Ted and Robin], and it was just one of those moments where you feel really lucky to work with these actors — and everybody,” he says. “It was just one of those moments where you’re like, ‘Well, you know, the show isn’t going to last forever. So let’s just take a moment while filming this to appreciate the depth of this cast and how much we care about these characters eight years in.’”

    But even eight years in, there’s still quite a bit of story to tell. For scoop on tonight’s developments and a look ahead, read more from Entertainment Weekly’s chat with Thomas below.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start off with this limo scene.

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    : Josh [Radnor] and Cobie’s limo scene was one of those where it so much more powerful than you thought it’d be. That moment with Cobie and Josh, in a sense, was Ted was saying goodbye to Robin and saying goodbye to the possibility of getting her. He makes that sacrifice and supports her so she can go make one last Hail Mary pass for Barney. It’s almost saying goodbye to a whole future possibility that, in the back of his head, he always imagined. He knows it and she knows it. It’s like eight years of history sitting there between those two characters in that limo, and it was just really heartbreaking. It really hit them; they both started to cry. We weren’t pushing them to cry. It wasn’t written, ‘Now they cry!’ It just really hit them. So what you’re seeing there is them feeling that for their characters. It was just a real reaction that no one asked for and surprised everybody.

    But it was an important moment for Ted to finally get there.

    Then, Ted was an amazing friend to both Barney and Robin in that moment, but then seeing Ted standing alone there by that window looking out at the world and looking ahead, it’s definitely bittersweet. There’s a wistful feeling about it at the end. There are about five different moments in the episode where we all started crying. We’ve seen it 100 times now, and it keeps getting us. So hopefully everyone will like it.

    Speaking of the window moment, I love how you ended on that moment. We’ve closed this big Barney and Robin chapter, and ending on Ted after all that seems symbolic.

    Yeah. Definitely there’s a feeling at the end of the episode [that] there’s still an odd man out here. There’s still Ted Mosby, who is just the best friend in the world to Robin and to Barney, and he’s still out there searching. There’s definitely a “to be continued” feeling. If Barney and Robin have gotten to the place we’ve always promised and are heading toward a wedding potentially, what’s in store for Ted? It’s a nice moment to end on. It sort of feels like a mini season finale even though it’s just a midseason finale. It feels like, “Alright now, let’s see what the next — and possibly last — chapter is for Ted.” How does he move into his future if we are watching Barney and Robin move into theirs? In the way that Christmas is sort of great and a little bit sad and nostalgic and wistful — that’s definitely how I feel at the end of the episode. And hopefully people will feel a feeling of resolution, in terms of waiting for Barney and Robin to reunite, but also a question left unanswered. Stay tuned for what either will be the final 10 episodes ever of the show or possibly that plus one more final season. We don’t know yet.

    Now, you said “potential wedding,” but there is a wedding right? I never know what to believe.

    Right. They’re heading for a wedding that will have its own twists and surprises when we get there. But yeah, we’ve been waiting for them to get engaged, so hopefully that will feel satisyfing to people. It certainly has been a long time coming.

    Let’s talk about this proposal. Why the trick?

    To me it feels like a really appropriate way for Barney to propose to someone. We could have gone much straighter at it and had just had him propose in episode 3 of this season, but there’s something really fun, elaborate, playbook-y, and very “evil genius” about the way Barney put it together. [Laughs] He’s an evil but very sweet genius, I suppose. It’s very heartfelt and wonderful. The moment where he’s on bended knee and puts a ring on her finger is just super sweet. I hope people will be as moved by it as we were making it.

    How did the idea come up?

    We loved the idea of the secret last page of the playbook. Barney Stinson is Barney Stinson, and he wouldn’t propose in some predictable way. We also liked indicating that there’s one last great play for Barney Stnson to execute, and it sends him into this whole next chapter of his life — a new, more evolved part of his life. But I still like that the thing that catapults him into the next phase of his life is a play from the playbook — the secret final page. It’s the last play he’ll ever run, and it’s the last play he’ll ever need to run because it’s going to get him the love of his life. It felt like a good way for Barney to be Barney and still get engaged, which is a pretty high degree of difficulty. We’ve also seen these two characters come together and pull apart a few times, so the challenge we tried to set for ourselves was how to get them back together in way that felt unlike what we’ve done before.

    It was also a tall order considering Barney proposed to Quinn, too, just a few episodes ago.

    Exactly. We’ve been tell the story of how Barney is imagining this future and imagining being able to do this. It just wasn’t the right girl. Robin was the right girl for him, and we needed to connect the dots.

    Was this arc, in a way, one of your last plays? It felt very much like this great trick you’ve been waiting to play.

    It does feel that way. The series could end this year, and Barney will be engaged. You’re not going to see [another] episode where Barney Stinson is single and out there and running plays from the playbook and finding elaborate ways to have meaningless one-night stands. So we like the idea that Barney would use his superpowers and his Barney-ness for good instead of evil and see that his Barney-ness is what gets him the love of his life in the end. It felt poignant in terms of the journey we’ve seen Barney go on throughout the series.

    So what’s next for Robin and Barney?

    Barney is still Barney. So we’ll see what it’s like for Barney Stinson to really be engaged and really know that “This is the last woman I want to be with.” We’ll see Barney struggle with reconciling those two parts of himself– the playboy manipulator and the guy who’s got the girl. How does he behave and make sure it all goes well? Ultimately, it’s not going to be Barney constantly looking at other women and asking, “Did I make a mistake?” and angst and all that. It’s not that. We want these two characters to be together, and we know they’re heading toward a wedding day. So far it’s actually been fun; Barney is still fun. The challenge is that it forces you to tell new kinds of Barney stories and so far, episode 13 and 14 are really fun Barney episodes. In episode 13 we see Barney have to deal with Robin’s super scary father, who they forgot to ask permission from to get engaged. So we see them go through that process.

    With Ted, since we do end on him, tell me what’s next. We know that Rachel Bilson is coming back in the second half of the season. So…

    Yeah. There’s going to be an appearance from Rachel Bilson, who we know is a very direct, one-degree of separation from The Mother. I don’t want to say too much more about that, but she will reappear. Make of that what you will.

    Ashley Benson is coming on the show too. Care to share more?

    I literally can’t tell you much about that either because it’s a little bit of a twist. But she’s really funny, and the one thing I can tell you is that she will play a much younger woman who Ted is attracted to but he ends up asking the question, “Am I just way the hell too old to be up this late at a club with this girl?” It definitely forces Ted to ask the question, “Am I getting too old for this?” — for lack of a better term. But she’s going to be great. We’re shooting that as we speak. That’s episode 14.

    That was my next questions. So you’re on 14?

    Yeah. So if this turns out to be our last year, we’ll come back in the new year and shoot just 10 more and that will be it.

    You’re making me nervous.

    You and me both!

    One more tease about the second half.

    I can tell you this, we’re going to do the final installment of Robin Sparkles. The fourth and final installment — witnessing a chapter in the Robin Sparkles saga that we’ve never seen. It’s sort of the ending chapter in what was the Robin Sparkles career.




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    Stepping out from her New York hotel on Saturday, December 15, the singer donned a cage like headpiece that was reminiscent of the one worn by famous Hollywood cannibal Hannibal Lecter.







    It's pretty hard to top wearing a Hannibal Lecter style headpiece.

    But Lady Gaga certainly did her best when she stepped out in a sumptuous looking fur coat and diamonds in New York on Sunday.






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    Syfy has rescheduled the Haven episode that was pulled from its line-up last Friday in the immediate wake of the Newtown elementary school shooting, as well as the Season 3 finale that was to air this week.

    A statement issued by the cabler reads: “Last Friday’s episode of Haven contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school setting and in light of the recent tragedy, we have decided to reschedule it along with the series’ Season 3 finale, originally slated to air [Dec. 21].

    “The final two episodes of Season 3 will now air back-to-back on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 8 to 10pm EST, to maintain the integrity of the series’ serialized nature.”

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    Jayne Collins, the Wanted’s former manager, approached Josh Cuthbert to join The Wanted.  He met the boys and was supposed to be in Tom Parker’s place.  Problem was he was signed to a two year contract with his former band, Replay.  He still had a year left of his contract and his parents spent a lot of money trying to get him out of the contract, but it just didn't work and he missed out on the opportunity.  Click here to see the video of him talking about it since it's a tumblr video and I have no clue how to embed that. 

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    Thank god for that contract because now we have these wonderful boys

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    Pictured above: The Avengers to every other film this year.

    They had a very good year...

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    Joss Whedon

    The worst kept secret in Hollywood. The geek of geeks. And the only guy crazy enough to contemplate taking on the biggest blockbuster Marvel (and 2012, come to think of it) have to offer.

    Those Whedonites who’ve stuck with Sir Joss through his many trials on screens big and small (Buffy dumped by the WB then cancelled, Fireflyunceremoniously shafted, Alien: Resurrection butchered and Serenity all but ignored) knew he had it in him, and with Avengers Assemble he well and truly delivered.

    Crammed with action and wit, and somehow giving us everything we wanted from every one of our favourite Avengers, his Avengers was a soaring success both critically and commercially. He must have a clone beavering away somewhere, though – somehow Whedon even found time to co-write 2012’s sharpest comedy-horror Cabin In The Woods

    Whedon, you owned 2012. Next up, Avengers 2

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    Jennifer Lawrence

    This was the year that Jennifer Lawrence started growing up. Obviously, we know the biggie: not content with having one franchise under her belt (see X-Men: First Class), she risked fan ire by taking on the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

    Her nuanced performance silenced nay-sayers, too, and The Hunger Gameswas one of the year’s most successful big hitters – embraced by bookworms and movie-goers alike, it thrust Lawrence still further into the spotlight. It’s a place she seems relatively happy in, at least judging by her relaxed, jokey interviews.

    So how did she grow up? Well, she nabbed a role in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. Not just any role – it’s the one that might grab her that elusive Oscar. Playing a troubled young woman, it’s a role typical of Lawrence, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t tackle it with characteristic guts. Keep those eyes peeled come Oscar season.


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    Kathleen Kennedy

    If you’d never heard of her before 2012 (if you lived on the moon, maybe), by the tail-end of 2012, Kennedy had become one of the most talked-about women working in movieland.

    Two words: Star Wars. When George Lucas handed Lucasfilm over to Disney, Kennedy stepped up as president of the beard’s ex-company. Which put her top of the pile when it comes to move-making in La-La-Land.

    If there was any doubt that a new Star Wars film was a bad idea, Kennedy’s quickly set about gaining our confidence with smart choices. She hired Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) to write the script, and rumours abound that Matthew Vaughn will be the one behind the camera.

    Kathleen Kennedy – get used to the name. She’s already been in the industry for over 30 years, and she’s going to be around a little while longer.


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    1. Joss Whedon
    2. Jennifer Lawrence
    3. Kathleen Kennedy
    4. George Lucas
    5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    6. Tom Hardy
    7. Michael Fassbender
    8. Matthew McConaughey
    9. Tom Cruise
    10. Barbara Broccoli (involved with Bond films)
    11. Christopher Nolan
    12. Jessica Chastain
    13. Anne Hathaway
    14. Jamie Foxx
    15. Martin Freeman
    16. Lena Dunham
    17. Gareth Evans (The Raid)
    18. Tom Hiddleston
    19. Ben Affleck
    20. Kathryn Bigelow
    21. Channing Tatum
    22. Jean Dujardin
    23. Amy Adams
    24. Elizabeth Olsen
    25. Emily Blunt
    26. Andrew Garfield
    27. Rebel Wilson
    28. Uggie the Dog
    29. Elizabeth Banks
    30. Daniel Radcliffe


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    Tom Hiddleston has revealed he would like to step behind the camera as a director.

    The British actor, best known for playing villain Loki in Thor and Avengers Assemble, is helping to judge the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds short films competition, and admitted he would like to make his own movies in the future.

    "I've never actually made one myself, apart from messing about on my phone. I've written stuff that has gone on to be produced, which is definitely for the best for all of us," he said.

    "I would love to do it at some point. The trouble is, I've just been so busy with acting that I haven't had the chance to take out the time to produce my own stuff."

    Tom insisted he won't be the Simon Cowell of film, and will instead be supportive of budding filmmakers entering the competition.

    "No way, absolutely not. I know how hard it is to make films and to be in them so I will be much more compassionate," he said.

    "I'm an ambassador for the competition so I hope I can encourage people to pick up a camera and shoot and send in entries so we can get as many films as we can."

    He added: "I'll be looking for confidence and style. Every filmmaker has an individual take on the world and what I find most impressive is when somebody has the confidence to put their own stamp on something."

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    Winter is still coming, but now it’s going to have a little extra time to get here.

    Thanks to slightly longer individual episodes, the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones will feature about an added hour of footage spread over its 10 installments, EW.com reported Tuesday.


    Showrunner David Benioff tells the site that while last season’s episodes usually clocked in at about 52 minutes each, the upcoming ones are “a lot of 56, 57.” (The series needs special permission from the network to go past an hour, as it expects to when the third season bows on March 31.)

    The slight episode extension made us wonder exactly which choice morsels from the first half of author George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords (which this season will cover) will make it in every week. We’ve started a semi-serious, non-spoilery list below:


    A few more minutes of Game of Thrones might mean…

    • Two more incest-tinged interactions between Cersei and Jamie
    • Five more skewering remarks from the inimitable Tyrion
    • A scowl-and-a-half more from Arya
    • Six more moments that make you want to slap Joffrey
    • Two more oaths sworn by Brienne
    • At least one incredibly pigheaded action by Theon
    • Even more time for Daenerys to be awesome
    • An extended shot of dragons circling the sky
    • 50 more White Walkers scaring the bejesus out of everyone — and of course…
    • At least 10 topless women



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    Praying to the old gods and the new, r'hllor, the many-faced god and the drowned god it means more book scenes. 


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  • 12/18/12--09:57: Celebrity picture post
  • Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman outside Radio 1






    Dita Von Teese launches her new fragrance at Apothia by Ron Robinson in Los Angeles


    Bradley Cooper at LAX


    Tom Cruise on the late show



    Pink and Willow in Malibu



    Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and kids




    Hugh Jackman and Cameron Mackintosh at LAX



    Gwen Stefani



    Dakota Fanning at LAX


    Krysten Ritter celebrates her 31st in Vegas



    Jordana Brewster in Beverley Hills





    The Cast Of "Django Unchained" Visits BET's "106 & Park"




    Russell Brand leaves Tortilla Republic in Los Angeles


    Irina Shayk for the ASPCA



    Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish




    Kate Upton at the Knicks game



    Vanessa Hudgens and Rose McGowan attends Charity Meets Fashion Holiday Celebration at Affirmation Arts in NYC



    Fergie and Josh Dushamel



    Holly Madison at the Las Vegas Weekly 14th Anniversary celebration in Las Vegas


    Victoria Justice and Hailee Steinfeld celebrate Hailee's 16th



    Tom Daly and Amelia Lily leave Mahiki



    Portia De Rossi in Beverley Hills


    Kate Moss in St Barts




    Ewan McGregor and wife





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    Harry's One Direction's Interview for Vogue

    Could it be that the only person in the world not familiar with One Direction is Patrick Demarchelier, the photographer today charged with capturing the fab five for Vogue. Sitting on a battered leather sofa in a comfortable studio in north London, his typical Gallic indifference to the upcoming task is almost comic.

    "So, oo iz ziss zat we are shooting?" he appeals to the room. "The Beatles?"

    Pretty much, an entourage of overexcited females nod back. He shrugs, and glances at his watch. They remind me of a box of puppies at Christmas - each one more adorable than the next. Alexa Chung For the benefit of Demarchelier - or those who don't associate regularly with seven-year-olds, televisions or radios, or those of us of a slightly older vintage with dubious moral intentions - One Direction are currently the biggest pop band in the world.

    In two years, since coming third in the reality talent factory X Factor, they have achieved successes even Simon Cowell couldn't have quite dreamt of. At the time of writing, Messrs Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan are number one in 50 countries, boast about 10 million Facebook fans and lead more than 6.5 million followers on Twitter. Their debut album, Up All Night (a pop-pourri of infinitely familiar but earwormy tracks, including the ubiquitous summer anthem What Makes You Beautiful), was the first by a British act to go straight to number one in America. Ever. Its release coincided with an epic, global, sellout tour, during which their every movement was accompanied by a shrieking tsunami of tweenage desire. They've just recorded a "difficult" second album in Sweden.

    One Direction Critics may dispute their musical legitimacy - they don't write songs, nor play instruments, nor dance (unless you count swaying vigorously on the spot). Neither was their genesis remotely organic; the five were thrown together "live" on air when they failed to persuade the X Factor judges of their strength as soloists.

    In short, they are as manufactured as McDonald's. But 1D, as their apparently un-ironic moniker would now have them, are the modern pop phenomenon. As Alexa Chung puts it: "They're no Beatles, obviously, but it's nice to see a boy band dress well for a change. They remind me of a box of puppies at Christmas - each one more adorable than the next."  

    The question as to exactly who is the most adorable remains the most hotly contested debate in the playground today. Is it Liam, from Wolverhampton, star sign Virgo, with his newly shorn, post break-up crew cut, his phobia of spoons and his excellent Kermit the Frog impression? Or Zayn, a chocolate-eyed Capricorn from Bradford, who has three sisters, always wears two pairs of socks and can't swim? Maybe it's Louis, the green-eyed granddaddy of the gang, another Capricorn, this time from Doncaster, about to turn 21 and one of only two members to hold a driving licence. Is it little Niall, Virgo, a blond moppet from Mullingar in Ireland, with not-so-invisible invisible braces, "a soft spot for girls with green eyes" and a habit of curling up and dozing off at any given opportunity?

    Or is it Harry? Which, of course, it is, because if you have heard nothing whatsoever of One Direction you have probably heard of Harry Styles, the hazel-eyed, mop-topped, bedimpled lead singer and baby of the group, with whom the whole world has fallen in love. Harry, an Aquarian, who hails from the village of Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. Harry, whose delightful scowl of petulant confusion, like a teddy bear trying to do trigonometry, has skewered millions of fluttering hearts, and has wooed scores of women if the papers are to be believed (and wouldn't you, if you were he and had that kind of opportunity?).

    Harry, whose favourite food is tacos, who hates mayonnaise, adores the Beatles, likes to perform Justin Bieber at karaoke and who is the first to introduce himself to the assembled crew when the band arrive, two hours earlier than scheduled, throwing everyone into a paroxysm of panic that even the best Carry On film couldn't emulate. You're never going to get used to walking into a room and have people screaming at you. Harry Styles "You're never going to get used to walking into a room and have people screaming at you," he says of his status as World's Most Fanciable Adolescent, as a stylist fumbles around him with a black tie in as professional a manner as she can muster.

    Despite being so terribly attractive, with his lazy northern brogue and cursedly pretty face, he has managed to stay sanguine about his fame. "There's a lot of things that come with the life you could get lost in," he says, eyes flickering earnestly under the signature 'do (ebony curls, fringe swept-over, mussy at the back). "But you have to let it be what it is. I've learnt not to take everything too seriously." And how does he feel about the endless photocalls and press shoots that go with the territory? Days like today, for example. "I enjoy 'em, actually," he says. "Especially ones like this, where you don't have to just sit there and grin." He's especially comfortable in the fashion world; he was the only member of the band who sat front row at Burberry last September, for example. "I like fashion," he says. "When I look back at the kind of stuff I wore on the X Factor, I laff." In fairness, he was only 16 then, a highly forgettable period in anyone's style evolution. "No," he shudders, recalling the bow ties and long straggly scarves that accessorised his earliest television appearances. "There's no excuse."

    Despite being the most obviously charming of the group, Harry is also remarkably self-contained. In front of the camera he can appear removed, even shy at times. As to his role in the group: "I float a bit," he says vaguely, before adding, "and I can fall asleep anywhere. That's my thing." Asked to identify the "father figure" among them, the boys nominate Liam, who is wrestling with the laces on a new pair of white Converse and getting used to the aforementioned haircut. "At the start, the management said I wasn't allowed to change my hair," he says of the strict aesthetic with which the boys are expected to comply. "But then I did it anyway, so they kind of let that one go. I tend to change my hair quite a lot." The change affords him a small window of anonymity. "I can go out and about," he says. "The other day I went out dressed as a big chav - Adidas trainers, jogging bottoms - and no one recognised me." It seems almost sad that a little haircut should represent such a big opportunity for the boys to lead anything like a normal life, if only until the papers catch up with them 24 hours later, but they are, at least, beginning to enjoy more autonomy in their artistic lives. The new album allowed them "to experiment with new sounds", says Harry. "We want to gradually get more and more 'live' sounding. So this album is a lot less little synth sounds, more guitars and drums. It's important to experiment with things - we want to move with the times, but keep true to ourselves." I love the screaming.

    Niall Horan For others, the second album was a longed-for chance to flex some musical muscle. "We did a lot of writing in the studio," says Niall, the self-described "carefree" member of the team. "And I play the guitar, so I play on a lot of the tracks on the album." A "born performer", whose first party trick, aged four, was to sing Saturday Night at the Movies to any willing audience, Niall has no issue with screaming women. Adores touring. "I love it. I love the screaming. They love it, too: they've all got their tickets and they've been waiting a year or so to see you, so you've got to give it your best." That said, he - like all of them - is looking forward to the three-day holiday they've been allocated, and the quiet normalcy of "hanging out at home and going to the pub with my old mates".

    Rex Features But now it's time for work. And so they assemble, staring down the lens of Demarchelier's camera with all the intensity of Derek Zoolander, as the sphinx-like Edie Campbell trails lissom limbs along their shoulders. Approaching 22 herself, she's far too old for these young swains: "They're just children," she laughs as she quick-changes into white Dior.

    Anyway, the boys seem largely impervious to her beauty, Zayn standing stock-still as she arranges herself around him, never breaking eye-contact with the lens. Perhaps he's in awe of her - the band's groomer later mentions she's never seen the boys so "well-behaved". True enough, they are a treat to shoot: quick, uncomplaining, each doing just as they are told - there's barely even any banter between frames. It's far from the hi-energy performance they bring to the stage, but no less efficient.

    They are a treat to shoot: quick and uncomplaining. Jo Ellison Such professionalism is almost eerie - the product of a long, long education at the school of Simon Cowell - but they're ever so sweet with it, too. Afterwards they sign autographs, pose for pictures, thank everyone for their time, and are as lovely as you hope they'd be. And then they're off, all ushered, in one direction, towards the next appointment on that relentless schedule of world domination.

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    1D Perform "Kiss You" at Jingle Ball

    The band finished third in the X Factor in 2010, having all initially auditioned as solo artists, after guest judge Nicole Scherzinger suggested they form a group.

    Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn have gone on to be one of Britain's biggest boy bands, taking the US chart by storm during 2012. They also performed 'Live While We're Young' on the O2 Stage.
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    One Direction songwriters: 'We wanted to make it very vanilla' 

    Boyband One Direction's songwriters have said they deliberately tried to make their music "vanilla" instead of focusing on what was "cool" or "hip".

    Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha are the trio of songwriters behind the boyband's hits 'What Makes You Beautiful', 'One Thing' and 'Live While We're Young' who first made a name for themselves writing for Westlife. In an interview with Billboard,

    Kotecha says: " It felt like everyone tried to do boy bands by going to the cool, hip producers who were coming up… We wanted to make it very vanilla. You're aiming for teens and tweens with boy-band guilty pleasure music. We weren't trying to be urban or rhythmic, and they happened to share the same vision."

    Earlier this month (December 10) it was announced that One Direction will release a cover of Blondie's 1978 single 'One Way Or Another' for Comic Relief. The boyband, who finished third on the 2010 series of The X Factor, will record the official song for the 2013 charity campaign and will perform the song live on the BBC's Red Nose Day coverage on Friday, March 31.
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    Harry Styles is the Best Dancer in the Bunch

    Giving his professional verdict on hottie's dance moves when the boys appeared on the X Factor in 2010, The Sun reports X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman as saying: "Harry was definitely the best dancer. He was always good at the choreography. Niall was good at remembering which direction to move in."

    Whilst Harry and Niall could bust a move on the show, it appears that the same couldn't be said for Zayn Malik... "We all saw at Boot Camp that Zayn was about to walk away from the competition because of his dancing", Brian added. "But he's better than he thought."

    Meanwhile the band were spotted filming for their documentary movie by the River Thames in London. Shielding themselves from the cold, Harry and co looked all wrapped up in their scarves and coats. Speaking about their new documentary movie to Billboard magazine, Louis said: "We've been documenting stuff for a long time actually, just because it's important. We've had a crazy week and a crazy year, it's important to document everything on the way really. I'm excited about the prospect of the film, it's a great chance to all get across our personalities. The fans do know them to a degree, but they'll get a real chance to have a real insight on what our day to day is and exactly what we do."

    Harry added: "We're excited. I think we're had cameras on us for a long time, we've just been filming a lot of stuff. It's just going to be exciting to watch it back. "Just to have the ability to be able to kind of look back at that while we're older and to have your children see it will be amazing."
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  • 12/18/12--10:21: Rewind Youtube Style 2012


  • We invited some YouTubers to star in a mash-up of culturally defining moments of 2012. Can you spot all the references?

    Featuring: PSY, Walk off the Earth, AlphaCat, KassemG, DailyGrace, MysteryGuitarMan, DaveDays, DeStorm, PyroBooby, BarelyPolitical, RealAnnoyingOrange, FreddieW, CorridorDigital, RhettAndLink, Smosh, FeliciaDay, ChesterSee, iJustine, EpicMealTime, MyHarto, JennaMarbles, ShitGirlsSay, JuicyStar07, GloZell, ClevverTV, SmoshGames, HuskyStarcraft, PLUS, RyanHiga, and more...

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    The Saturdays Debut US SingleOn iTunes & Internet'


    The Saturdays have debuted their new single online.

    The girl group have teamed up with Sean Paul for 'What About Us', which will serve as their first US release.

    Various versions of the track have appeared online over the past few months, but this is the first reveal of the official single cut.

    'What About Us' has been released to iTunes in the US on December 18, ahead of the premiere of their new reality show Chasing The Saturdays.

    The program follows the five-piece as they attempt to launch in the US. It will air on E!, with the first episode to broadcast on January 20 Stateside.

    UK viewers will also be able to watch Chasing The Saturdays on E! from February 3.

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    Click the banner to buy the single on iTunes!
    So excited for them to finally be in the US, I've been sitting on the song for 3 months now and finally everyone can hear it!

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    "Twilight" actor Bronson Pelletier -- who played a member of the Wolf Pack in the saga -- was arrested yesterday in L.A. ... after allegedly getting drunk off his ass in the terminal and peeing in public.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, LAX police responded to a call about an unruly passenger on some airplane around 11:30 AM
    -- and when they arrived at the aircraft, they were told 25-year-old Pelletier had been creating a disturbance on board.

    We're told officers removed Pelletier from the plane and determined he was too intoxicated to fly -- so they had him wait in the terminal for another flight.

    According to law enforcement sources, cops then left the scene -- received a call just two hours later that Pelletier was urinating in public by the gate.


    When they arrived for the second time -- around 2PM -- officers placed Pelletier under arrest for public intoxication.

    Pelletier was taken to jail and booked for the misdemeanor. He was released shortly after.

    We've reached out to Pelletier's people. So far, no word back.

    Just a week before "Twilight" actor Bronson Pelletier was arrested for public intoxication at an L.A. airport for allegedly peeing in public -- the actor was popped for felony cocaine and meth possession ... TMZ has learned.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Pelletier was arrested in West Hollywood December 8th at Gym Bar.


    We're told the bar's staff had called the cops on Pelletier because he appeared wasted and refused to leave. People present tell us ... he was hopping from person to person, group to group and making everyone feel very uncomfortable.

    When officers arrived, law enforcement sources tell us, Pelletier was placed under arrest for public intoxication -- but when officers searched him, they found coke and meth.


    Pelletier pled not guilty to both possession charges on December 11th, and was ordered to appear in court January 17th.

    Calls to Pelletier's people were not returned.

    He had an interesting choice in Halloween costumes this year all things considering


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    Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.

    McKenna Pope, 13, of Garfield, N.J., got more than 40,000 signatures on her online petition at Change.org and the support of celebrity chefs including Bobby Flay, who backed her call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral oven and to include boys in the ads.


    She was prompted to start the petition after shopping for an Easy-Bake as a Christmas present for her 4-year-old brother, Gavyn Boscio, and finding them only in purple and pink.



    Hasbro invited McKenna and her family to its Pawtucket, R.I., headquarters to meet with its Easy-Bake team, and on Monday, they drove to Rhode Island from New Jersey. During the meeting, Hasbro executives showed off a prototype of their newest Easy-Bake: one that's black, silver and blue.

    Hasbro has been working on the new color scheme and design for about 18 months, and decided to invite McKenna to see it and offer her thoughts, said John Frascotti, Hasbro's chief marketing officer.

    McKenna said the company is doing everything she asked, including putting boys in the ads.

    "I think that they really met most or even all of what I wanted them to do, and they really amazed me," she said, adding that Gavyn thought the new design was "awesome."

    Frascotti pointed out that the classic toy has had about a dozen different color schemes, from yellow to green to teal to silver, since first being introduced in 1963. The most recent iteration, introduced in 2011, is mostly purple with pink accents.

    He said it's sold well since then, and that prompted the company to look for a way to update it and to broaden the consumer base by doing it in different colors.

    "It's actually a product that's played with by both boys and girls," he said. "We will continue to offer the existing product too because it's so popular."

    Hasbro plans to introduce the new color scheme at the industry's Toy Fair in New York in February. Frascotti said people are likely to see it on store shelves next summer.

    As for McKenna's Christmas present for her brother, she said the TV show "Inside Edition" gave the family an Easy-Bake Oven after learning of her campaign. For Christmas, she said, she'll probably buy him some mixes to bake in it.





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    From 2CELLOS' upcoming album "Intuition", available January 15th.
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    Ian Watkins, the lead singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets, has been charged with sexual offences against children, police have confirmed.

    The 35-year-old, from Pontypridd, has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13, and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.

    Two women aged 20 and 24, from Doncaster and Bedford respectively, have been charged with similar offences, South Wales police said. All three are due to appear in court.

    Police said they were naming the man as Mr Watkins ‘in order to assist their investigation’.

    Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Peter Doyle said: ‘Specially-trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up.

    ‘I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us.’

    DI Doyle added: ‘Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken.’

    Anyone with any information concerning the investigation is asked to contact the Operation Globe incident room on 0800 056 0154 or the NSPCC on 0800 389 5347.

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    Anyone who doesn't know who the band are may remember Justin Timberlake appeared on their album cover back in 2004.

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