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- 12/19/12--06:53: KIIS-FM pulls 'Pumped Up Kicks' from its rotation
- 12/19/12--06:53: LeAnn Rimes: Being unfaithful is stressful
- 12/19/12--07:09: Time Person Of The Year 2012: President Barack Obama
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- Upon taking on The Avengers, Marvel laid out certain requirements ahead of time: the heroic characters, Loki as the villain, the helicarrier attack and the epic battle scene at the end. His job was to get the picture from point to point along the way and “try to make it matter.”
- On making The Avengers, Whedon said, “We made the movie we set out to make,” and was genuinely and pleasantly surprised by this fact.
- The script of The Avengers took two years from draft to screen. (By comparison, he drafted The Cabin in the Woods in three days with Drew Goddard.)
- Whedon wrote a 15-page final battle arc that incorporated a prologue and five acts.
- On the topic of balancing the introduction of the heroes to new viewers with those who have seen all the previous Marvel movies, Whedon compares the effort to his experience incorporating reiteration throughout his writing for television series.
- Whedon talked about an early draft being too heavy in “dry wit,” and later realized the fact that Hawkeye’s character would need to be compromised and that Agent Coulson would have a man-crush on Captain America.
- Whedon addressed the darker moments of The Avengers, saying that Agent Coulson’s death was mandated early on by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and was encouraged by actor Clark Gregg as well. Bruce Banner’s confession of his suicide attempt was taken from a Hulk comic with artwork done by Richard Corben in which one issue had Banner committing suicide via a self-inflicted gun shot and the next issue’s splash page had the Hulk spitting the bullet out.
- On his most difficult scenes to write and direct in The Avengers, Whedon said that the big action scene was tough due to the smoke from the explosions as well as the various characters interjecting dialogue throughout the sequence. He also commented that any time all of the actors were together on screen (ie the scepter scene), it was like being a kindergarten teacher trying to keep control of his students.
- Whedon confessed that his favorite scene was the one between Loki and Natasha/Black Widow.
- Whedon’s early draft heavily featured The Avengers comicbook character, Wasp. He wrote what he called a “very Waspy” draft and began to get carried away by writing much too much about her, saying, “She’s adorable! I’m just going to write her!”
- He also fought hard for a second villain, but declined to say who that villain happened to be. Though the studio rejected this request, the villain may appear in a future film. Whedon commented that Tom Hiddleston was fantastic as Loki, but he had in mind a villain that his heroes could wail on.
- As for what was cut from The Avengers, Whedon said that Iron Man’s introductory sequence was unfortunately cut and “a ton” of Captain America was cut as well. The Cap scenes appear in the DVD/Blu-ray extras under the “Man Out of Time” heading.
- Whedon comments that he has “no clue how the Tesseract got to Earth.”
- Though he didn’t talk directly about The Avengers 2, Whedon did draw a comparison between the original Star Wars film and the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, saying:
- So hopefully we can expect The Avengers 2 to be every bit as satisfying as the first with just a little teaser for the next film in the franchise at the end.
- Whedon comments on the writing of dialogue for The Avengers, saying that writing for Tony Stark was easy once he’d heard Robert Downey Jr. talk, since they’re basically the same (OP: cackling!). He also wrote a bit of dialogue for Captain America and loved being able to do “1940s talk.”
- Apparently there was talk of developing an animated version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Whedon and his creative team couldn’t get anyone to buy the project, citing the need for a male character as a lead (OP: ASSHATS). Whedon called the project his “Simpsons version of Buffy,” of which the writing team wrote seven scripts.
- Whedon’s first draft of Serenity was 190 pages long. He reached 160 pages on The Avengers before admitting he needed some help on the revisions.
- Whedon confesses to being a very detailed action writer when he has the time to devote to it. He repeatedly praised the storyboard artists, Brian Andrews in particular, for The Avengers who filled in the blanks for his action scenes.
- Whedon talked about his writing process, which involves a lot of time spent in restaurants because they’re free of distractions and always has his earbuds and movie soundtrack music with him.
- On the conflict between writing and directing, Whedon talked about a recent discussion with fellow writer/director James Gunn in which they each lamented the fact that becoming a director ruins the purity of the writing experience.
- Whedon also showed his contempt for movies and TV shows that don’t give the viewers a complete arc and choose to end on unsatisfying cliffhangers, citing Jumper and Lost respectively. (OP: Praying for a Damon Lindelof twitter meltdown)
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- 12/19/12--08:17: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey promise "drunken" Golden Globe antics
- 12/19/12--08:18: Rihanna Performs “Diamonds” On The Voice US Finale
- 12/19/12--08:41: Frank Ocean's Father Reportedly Suing Him for $1 Million
- 12/19/12--08:42: Logan Lerman giving toys to kids
- 12/19/12--09:13: Journalist Attacks Megan Fox for Being Fabulous.
- 12/19/12--09:14: 'To the Wonder' trailer
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- 12/19/12--09:16: The Worst Movies of 2012 Review Themselves
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- 12/19/12--09:32: Bruno Mars SLAYS on The Voice!
bonus video- Anna Kendrick talks about Adam being the first friend she made in LA:
mods: cover photo was posted previously but this is the full set of photos
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Foster the People's hit song "Pumped Up Kicks" -- whose lyrics depict a violent school shooting -- won't be getting ANY airplay whatsoever in the wake of the Newtown massacre... at least on L.A.'s #1 hit music station.
Sources at KIIS-FM tell TMZ, the station has completely pulled "Pumped Up Kicks" from its rotation after the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last week.
Foster the People frontman Mark Foster has said the song was written about a psychotic, homicidal youth to help bring awareness to gun violence in schools -- and was partly inspired by the Columbine tragedy.
Here's the song's chorus -- All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, / You better run, better run, outrun my gun. / All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, / You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.
As we reported, Ke$ha's song "Die Young" has also plummeted from the charts due to its inopportune lyrics.
Our sources say KIIS-FM hasn't yet made a decision about yanking "Die Young" entirely -- but "Pumped Up Kicks" is definitely off the air for the foreseeable future.
Now LeAnn Rimes is singing about her affair with Eddie Cibrian... as she debuts new song about 'darkest moments' (appropriately called Borrowed)
She's talked about it to death - but now LeAnn Rimes has written a song about her very public affair with her now-husband Eddie Cibrian.
The country singer was The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday and revealed that her latest single Borrowed is about the torment of falling for a married man.
Cibrian, 39, was married to reality star Brandi Glanville at the time of the 2009 scandal while Rimes was herself still married to dancer Dean Sheremet.
As well as performing the song, the much-talked about singer assured veteran host Leno that the affair was not conducted with 'complete abandonment'.
She told him: 'The song is about...the situation.
'I did go through a very public affair...with Eddie, who is now my wonderful husband.
'The song looks into the darker moments of things.
'People think that it was done with complete abandonment. It wasn't.'
Rimes continued: 'I call myself pathetic in the song because at that moment I was pathetic.
'The chorus is "I don't want to give you back".
'A lot of people who have been in that situation can relate to that...it kills me to give that up.
'It's a very intimate look into a very rough moment of my life.'
The Northern lights star, who was elegantly attired in a simple black leather mini skirt and saucy shirt combo, also wanted to put the record straight about turning 30 and her recent stint in rehab.
She said: 'I turned 30 this year and decided to go into treatment and take care of myself'
'30 days for 30 years...I wanted to see that worked out for me.'
Rimes claimed that she was only treated for 'anxiety and stress' due to growing up in showbiz and her consequent 'very weird life'.
She added: 'The last four years have been very compressed with stress...the affair, getting married.
'I didn't know how to deal with it so I wanted to take care of myself.'
Of course it wasn't long before the subject of Cibrian's ex-wife, who he has two sons with, came up.
However Rimes was decidedly tactful on the subject though she did joke that all the negative attention she gets from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi, 40, is 'flattering' in a weird way.
She said: 'I should feel flattered that she thinks I'm so interesting that I can be a storyline in her show.'
President Barack Obama has been named Time's Person of the Year.
Managing Richard Stengel unveiled the magazine's choice on Wednesday's "Today." He said it was remarkable that the president won two terms with over 50 percent of the popular vote as a Democrat. He also noted that Obama took office in an economic crisis, and credited him with creating a new political "alignment like Ronald Reagan did forty years ago."
This is the second time that Time has chosen Obama. The magazine said it named him Person of the Year in 2008 for winning against the odds and becoming the first black president of the United States.
"For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year," Stengel explained in his note this year.
Time's Michael Scherer wrote in a profile of the president:
Beyond the Oval Office, overwhelming challenges remain: deadlocked fiscal-cliff talks; a Federal Reserve that predicts years of high unemployment; and more unrest in places like Athens, Cairo and Damascus. But the President seems unbound and gives inklings of an ambition he has kept in check ever since he arrived at the White House to find a nation in crisis.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for fighting for better girls’ education, was this year's runner-up. Other finalists included: Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Apple CEO Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and the three scientists who discovered the Higgs Boson particle.
Time's Person of the Year is an annual tradition. Last year, the magazine chose "the protestor" in recognition of demonstrations all over the world, including Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and the anarchists in Greece.
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Taylor Swift and her rumored new boyfriend Harry Styles leave the Shamrock Tattoo Parlour together on Tuesday (December 18) in Los Angeles.
The 18-year-old One Direction singer reportedly got another tattoo done on his arm – a large ship.
ALL THAT TUMBLR SEES:
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And to get the most out of this post, here's Taylor singing 3 songs acoustic (Trecherous and 22 have never been heard acoustic and she sounds fab.)
'Frozen': Jonathan Groff from 'Glee' voicing hero in Disney's 'Snow Queen' adaptation
By SOLVEJ SCHOU
Jonathan Groff, otherwise known as rival show choir singer-turned-coach Jesse St. James on Glee, is officially voicing the lead role of Kristoff in Disney’s in-production animated feature Frozen.
Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the casting news Wednesday. In Frozen, loosely based on Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen, kind and fearless Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teams with mountain man Kristoff (Groff) and his reindeer friend Sven for a journey through ice, sleet, snow, and trolls to find her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who is magically able to control wintry conditions, causing a perpetual winter.
Chris Buck (Surf’s Up, Tarzan) and Wreck-It Ralph screenwriter Jennifer Lee are directing the movie based on a script co-written by Lee. Groff, handsomely ego-driven and dapper on Glee, and as a political climber in the recently canceled Starz show Boss, was nominated for an acting Tony in 2007 for the Broadway show Spring Awakening.
Indeed a good fit for next year’s chilly, snow covered season, Frozen opens in theaters on Nov. 27, 2013.
Even though the character isn't actually a prince, but whatever lol.
Although it opened back in May, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers helped us bring our year to a close with a screening at the Hollywood DGA. Also in attendance was none other than Whedon himself, who participated in a Q&A after the screening. I’m happy to report that The Avengers still holds up after the hype has died down, but what you’re really interested in is what Whedon had to say. He talked about missed opportunities for his hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, revealed some of the characters and footage he had to leave out of The Avengers (including a tease about another villain who we may see in a future film) and comments on his overall writing process.
The screening of The Avengers and Q&A with Whedon was hosted and moderated by Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine. You can check out the full interview by selecting The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith on iTunes. Whedon’s quotes and comments follow below:
Writing for The Avengers:
Other Films in the Marvel Universe:
“I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars, Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite. That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
Miley Cyrus had a butt-naked birthday celebration -- latching on to a stripper's bare ass, and TMZ has the first pic of the awesome encounter ... inspired by none other than 2 Chainz!
Miley rang in her 20th last month with a house party in Hollywood ... and sources inside the bash tell us Miley's friends ordered a few strippers -- one of whom dropped a booty-shaking lap dance on the birthday girl.
We're told Miley couldn't resist (we understand) ... jumped up, hugged the dancer and grabbed her ample butt, which was busy swallowing a pink g-string.
Miley issued a warning tweet before her birthday ... "if I don't get atleast one big booty hoe my friends are officially not my friends anymore" -- a clear nod to "Birthday Song" by 2 Chainz.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have joked that there will be "drunken" antics at the 2013 Golden Globes.
The duo star in a new promo (watch at the source) for NBC's January awards gala, with Fey and Poehler promising a telecast that will be both "wondrous" and "slightly ghetto".
It is going to be splendid," Poehler declared in the clip, which is set in a glitzy Hollywood ballroom.
Fey and Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globes for the very first time next year. Ricky Gervais helmed the last three ceremonies.
Django and Lincoln lead this year's movie nominees, while Downton Abbey and Homeland have attracted multiple nods in television categories.
The 70th annual Golden Globes air on January 13, 2013 on NBC.
Long-lost loved ones—or not-so loved ones—always seem to turn back up once someone's made it big, don't they? In June, weeks before releasing his soon-to-be hugely celebrated channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean tweeted, "just found out my absent father's been cyberstalking me, hi dad."
Now, according to NME, things have gone a little further. "Father wanna sue me for a million. Like I owe him back child support. Weak individual bought me a swiss knife at 6yrs old then dipped on me," Ocean reportedly wrote, deleting the tweet shortly after. Another tweet still on Ocean's account reads, "I got his DNA though, maybe I inherited some of his karma too."
Talk about a drag. One second you're leading the Grammy nominees with hat-tips for Album of the Year and Best New Artist, the next you've got your estranged father somehow trying to wring money out of you. Way to take a page out of Eminem's mom's book, Papa Ocean.
We're guessing it won't dampen Frank's creative spirit, though. The guy's already talking about writing novels and building arenas. Nothing can stop him; even greedy non-parents.
Yesterday (December 18th), Logan Lerman attended the charity event of Working Dreams and Families For Children, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youths and families. Logan, accompanied by his family (siblings Lucas and Lindsey Lerman, half-sister Laura, stepmother Marilyn Silver, and cousin Ethan), handed out toys at the charity's annual toy drive.
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So Transformers star Megan Fox has been on prime American TV to inform the world that, aged 26, she cannot cope with looking after her baby who was born on September 27.
Fox and her husband, Brian Austin Green, have hired a night nurse so that they, the child’s parents, can get a night’s sleep.
Well, I think that’s pretty disgraceful on several counts and I am about to be Very Judgmental - so if you don’t like condemnatory views of other people’s behaviour then look away now.
Babies are born to women – whether some feminists like it or not and wish it otherwise – and nature provides the baby’s food in the form of breast milk. That milk, and suckling it from the mother’s breast, is the child’s entitlement. Direct access to its mother’s breast milk is, in my book, every child’s human right.
That doesn’t mean extracting it with a pump and handing it over to someone else to pour into the child either. It means proper tactile feeding from the breast and all the bonding which goes with that. Everyone knows that there is nothing better than breast milk for a baby’s health and, there are benefits for the mother too – not least, it is much easier to lose the baby weight if you breast feed than if you don’t. It is also considerable less hassle – at a time when you’re tired and maybe stressed – than fiddling about with bottles which have to be sterilised. And you have it with you, on tap as it were, wherever you and the child happen to be.
If you hire a night nurse the child may be losing out on part of this and I regard that as a form of neglect.
Second, all young babies need frequent feeds, usually every two to four hours throughout the day and night. You know that – surely – from the outset. Nights are difficult and new mothers are likely to feel tired because for a while they won’t be able to sleep for more than two or three hours at a stretch either. It goes with the territory of motherhood. It always has and it always will. It’s a phase which doesn’t last long though and, with sensible management, most babies will sleep through before they are six months old – both mine did so from three months. That is why it really isn’t sensible for mothers of babies under six months to be trying to do lots of other things – such as work, having a social life or appearing on TV - at the same time. It’s why maternity leave was invented.
If you can’t accept that this is how things are– and hirers of night nurses presumably can’t - then should you really be embarking on motherhood in the first place? Not everyone is cut out for it, after all.
Third, pregnant women get fat. Not only do they have the obvious baby bump but most female bodies lay down extra fat reserves in pregnancy too. It is nature’s insurance because you need extra reserves to draw on once the child is born. It takes a few months to shed it. Breast feeding helps because you are giving away calories all the time. So do long walks with a sleeping baby in a buggy or pram.
What isn’t natural is to regain your model figure (with tight breasts – it is not known whether Miss Fox is actually breast feeding at all) in a couple of months looking as if there had never been a baby and presenting this as if it were some kind of triumph of feminism.
When a mother is very much in the public eye and makes an appearance like this it gives the impression that this is how it should be in an ideal world. Hire a night nurse, get plenty of sleep, leave your infant with someone and then look like you've spent hours in the gym. Then court admiration for your fantastic achievement.
Far too many gullible women will try to ape this – and fail. Most can’t afford night nurses or other help, even if they want them, and very few will, for whatever reason, manage the workouts Miss Fox must presumably have fitted in to look as she does.
Actually I think that to look slim, sexy, well groomed, relaxed and not tired, when there’s a baby at home under three months old is a sign of flawed motherhood rather than anything to be proud of.
The ever-mysterious Terrence Malick returns in April with To the Wonder, and based on the first trailer, the film doubles down on everything you either loved or despised about Tree of Life. There are lovingly swooping shots of nature juxtaposed with highly formalized shots of contemporary cityscapes; there are young lovers running through various fields; there is poetical narration which sounds variously like a love poem and a eulogy.
In this case, the narration comes from Javier Bardem, who plays a priest. The film also stars Ben Affleck as a human male, and Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko as two human females who apparently fall in love with Affleck. It pointedly does not star Rachel Weisz. But it does star nature. And isn’t nature in all of us? And aren’t we all therefore united in the divine? And therefore are we not all Rachel Weisz? Anyhow, this looks awesome. Watch the trailer:
Mama June, Sugar Bear, Pumpkin, Honey Boo Boo [rocking out some green extensions], Kaitlyn, Chickadee and Chubbs got their pose on for a festive holiday photo in front of a snowflake back drop.
The Thompson's have had one heck of a 2012 and bigger things are expected in 2013. Their wildly popular show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will be airing a never-before-seen clip show on February 10th and then the new season will begin the following week on February 17th.
The worst movies of 2012, in their own words.
Rob Doherty's choice to pair Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes with a woman resulted in fall's No. 1 new series, and inclusion in THR's 2012 Rule Breakers portfolio.
"It started out as something of a joke," creator Rob Doherty confesses of his decision to make the Watson in his Sherlock Holmes tale a woman. When he began to research the story's original characters, he came across a handful of experts who had written up psychological assessments of Sherlock; one of them had noted an aversion to women.
"I thought to myself, 'What would make Holmes crazier than taking the figurative rock he has in Watson and making him a woman?' I scribbled it down and then went back to my research," the 38-year-old Elementary showrunner continues. "The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to try it."
The result: casting Asian-American film star Lucy Liu as the first female Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock and an impressive 13.9 million viewers tuning in weekly, making Elementary the No. 1 new series with total viewers this fall. (Among the key 18-to-49 set, the series ranks No. 2 behind only NBC's breakout Revolution.) And come February, the CBS drama -- one of the season's few hits with critics and audiences alike -- will get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot.
The show's stars, Liu, 44, and Miller, 40, still are making sense of the series' success, particularly rewarding because the show colors outside the lines in a way that excites both of them.
"To me, one of the best things you can do in this profession is to take a risk," says Miller, whose co-star plays sober coach to his recovering-addict Sherlock. Liu says the tweak in formula can liberate the story in other ways as well: "There's an endless supply of unpredictability that we can delve into and we can change and add. It will still be a pound cake, but it could be marble, it could be lemon, it could be poppy seed."
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The Hong Kong star confirms his “more than a minor role” in the latest installment the Sylvester Stallone franchise, as he readies another action-comedy a week after describing the genre as one he “dislikes most.”
The next installment of The Expendables franchise will now take on a more distinct Chinese flavor, with Jackie Chan joining the Sylvester Stallone project in what the Hong Kong star described as a significant role.
"Sly had invited me to be in [The] Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn't make a commitment to the film,” said Chan at a Kuala Lumpur press conference promoting Chinese Zodiac, according to Malaysian film portal Cinema Online. “But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes.”
Chan said he also suggested Stallone rework the new film into a more “buddy-buddy” movie to suit his own style – one that brought him much fortune in the Rush Hour franchise. Stallone is now refashioning the script to that effect. Production is expected to begin next year. While The Expendables 2 performed modestly this past summer at the U.S. box office, the film surpassed expectations with strong ticket sales in China during its September run, earning $53 million -- bettering The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, which were released at around the same time.
Produced by Nu-Image and Millennium Films with investment from China’s Le Vision Pictures and directed by Simon West, The Expendables 2 saw Jet Li returning to a franchise in a small role, and also the presence of Yu Nan, the actress previously more well-known for her roles in arthouse fare – her most internationally prominent role is in Tuya’s Marriage, the Wang Quan’an movie which won the Berlin Film Festival’s top prize in 2007. It is not yet confirmed whether the pair will return for The Expendables 3.
Meanwhile, Chan also revealed he might soon be reunited with Chris Tucker in a buddy comedy along the lines of the three Rush Hour films they co-starred in.
The project is tentatively titled Skip Tracer, according to Chan. "The script is currently viewed by Chris Tucker," he said. "Personally, I feel that if he were to pick it up, it would be better if we turned it into Rush Hour 4 but I do think that three movies for the franchise is a perfect ending. It would be better to start a new buddy movie with someone new.”
Chan’s affection for the Rush Hour franchise represents an abrupt about-face for the actor, who was quoted last week as describing his past Hollywood films as vacuous, money-making exercises, and that Rush Hour he “dislikes most.”