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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Yesterday Farrah shared a photo of an OK! magazine article with the headline “MACI & RYAN: REUNITED” and with it she offered up her opinion on the possible reconciliation.

    Be forewarned, Farrah has admitted in the past that “spelling is’nt my strong point when i’m passionate” because “spelling and punctuation take extra energy away from me!

    Here is the tabloid photo followed by Farrah’s thoughts:

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    Maci & Ryan why not (really not)?
    So I heard the hopefulls buzzing of the reunite.
    I do feel though it’s ODD
    I do think that twitter proposals are not legit
    I do know how to say “I DO” the right way
    and lastly switching mates around doesn’t mean everyones getting married and dating, that just seems attention seeking, insecure, and desperato!
    time will tell, tell me your onlooker thoughts??
    xo Farrah


    DECEMBER 13

    Ryan & Dalis break up.

    Dalis tweets Ohhh man I wish I could say the real reason Ryan & I broke up. Everyone, even his friends would be in shock ;) but I will continue to be the mature one in this situation while he tries to make me look like an idiot. ;) never been so happy & relieved in my life.

    DECEMBER 15

    Picture surfaces of Maci & Ryan together at a bar.

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    DECEMBER 16

    Dalis tweets the following pic saying Wonder how much shit we will get for this! hahaha don’t currrr

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    DECEMBER 18

    Dalis - Tweets... If someone would bring me white chocolate covered strawberries right now.. I would love you forever
    Kyle - maybe

    DECEMBER 19

    Ryan proposes over twitter to Maci who then responds Twitter is not the place. ima kill u.

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    DECEMBER 20

    Ryan tweets Never give up on what you believe is right… no matter what gets in the way!

    DECEMBER 21

    Dalis uploads pictures on her Facebook of her modeling Kyle's clothing line Kold Nature.

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    The first photo of Sharlto Copley as the villain Kruger in Elysium has come online, thanks to Empire. Copley re-teamed with District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp for the August 9, 2013 thriller, also starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga and Diego Luna. The film is described as follows:

    In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.



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    shaking and crying like you have no idea rn

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    Popey-Pope

    In a sign that maybe the Vatican doesn’t really understand this newfangled Twitter thing, they’ve announced that the Pope is beating Justin Bieber in the only category that counts: Retweets. If you’re wondering how that statement can be true, don’t bother, because it isn’t. Don’t worry, Pope, we’re sure you’re still beating Bieber in most giant hats. Probably.

    The claim came from the Vatican’s newspaper, which said that the Pope has bested Bieber in percentage of followers that retweeted the pontiff’s first tweet versus the percentage of Bieber’s followers who retweeted one of his most popular tweets about a six-year-old fan losing her life to cancer. The Vatican says about half of the Pope’s 2.1 million followers retweeted the pontiff’s first message, but less than one percent of Bieber 31.7 million followers retweeted his tweet.

    The retweet percentage statistic doesn’t mean anything. I just created two Twitter accounts that only follow each other, and retweeted a message by each from the other account. Those two accounts now have a 100% retweet percentage of every tweet they’ve ever posted. I’m beating the Pope and Justin Bieber combined. See how meaningless retweet percentage is?

    Besides, the Pope’s 2.1 million followers are spread across the eight different accounts he uses for different languages, and so were the retweets. That seems like cheating considering Bieber has 31.7 million followers on one account. Also, if you’re trying to pick a fight over one of Bieber’s tweets, maybe don’t pick the one where he was honoring a six-year-old girl who died of cancer. I think that counts as cyberbullying.

    While we’re talking about numbers that don’t matter, Pope, Bieber’s Klout score is 92 to your 82.

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    You're comparing apples and oranges, Palpatine...

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  • 12/24/12--09:00: Twelve Days of ONTD: Day 2



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    David Tennant attended the Midnight Fan Convention at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on Sunday 16th December.
    Billie Piper also attended that day and she and David did a photo shoot (both separately and together) and signed autographs, plus attended a guest talk together and the closing ceremony (at 6.30pm).

    Below is a detailed report of the questions asked at the panel gathered together from various fans on the internet and from someone who helps update DavidTennantOnTwitter.com who attended the panel in person.

    The panel started a few minutes late but it lasted over the hour which was allocated.

    The first question was about a Doctor Who movie. Both David Tennant and Billie Piper said that they did not know anything about a movie and both felt that if there was one, they and their characters would not be involved.

    David Tennant jokingly suggested that Billie could be cast as Rose's mum in a Doctor Who movie!

    When asked about acting both David and Billie suggested that you should only do acting if there is nothing else you can do as there are too many people going for the same few roles. They also suggest that you should enjoy yourself if you do act.

    When asked what Rose and The Doctor 10.5 are doing in the alternative universe, they jokingly suggested working, just kicking back or doing organic farming. They also joked that those two characters would be returning for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary!

    In regards to the episode Journey’s End, David said that he loved Rose’s departure and maintained that 10.5 wasn’t a fake Doctor (he joked that he just didn’t wear a tie). David said that he thought Rose went for that version as she wouldn’t have been able to keep the real Doctor.

    They were then asked about a classic Doctor Who monster they would like to battle. As Billie’s knowledge of the series was lacking, David suggested the Zygons.

    There next followed two smutty questions about shagging and ‘if Rose was a whore’ which they did not answer but David jokingly asked if John Barrowman had written those questions!

    If The Doctor and Rose had twins David joked that they would be called Gallifrey and Debenhams!

    The paint used in Much Ado About Nothing was children’s face paint.

    David Tennant said that, even though the fame can be quite overwhelming, he has never regretted agreeing to take the role in Doctor Who. He said that the pros outweigh the cons but that there are things which can be overwhelming. However it is 95% positive.

    David says that he could not discuss any stage plans but he is always looking and he hopes to return to the stage ‘soonish’.

    David was out of the country until yesterday and only found out yesterday that he will be playing the Virgin Mary in the nativity play for Absolute Radio.

    In a nativity play when he was a child, David played the inn keeper and a non-speaking Joseph. (He joked Mary wouldn't shut up)

    Billie and David have talked about working together in other roles and hope that they could work together again. This was followed by a hug and huge cheers from the audience.

    They were then asked about the final farewell scene in The End Of Time which they both said they loved although Billie found going back into the character of Rose difficult as she was filming Secret Diary Of A Call Girl too and it felt very rushed. However they were both glad to have done it and were thrilled with the costumes.

    David thought it was very important that all of the ex-companions were involved in his last episode and he was very moved that everyone was able to be a part of it.

    Billie Piper wished she had been able to work with Catherine Tate more and David said that he would love to work with both Billie Piper and Catherine Tate again.

    About the Midnight convention they said that it was odd for them to see people dress as their characters but they both find very touching.

    David said that his guilty pleasures are coffee (but not instant coffee), strong black drip coffee and Cadbury Boost, plus Costa tiffin.

    A fan thanked both David and Billie for making their Christmas special and everybody cheered!

    David Tennant said that he can not say if he would return to Doctor Who as it would depend on the circumstances. And on him being asked!

    Billie thinks she is finished with Doctor Who. Both say that they would not want to step on other people’s toes.

    David was thrilled about features in the new Doctor Who which has nods to past Doctor Who.

    One of David Tennant’s favourite moments on Doctor Who was when Rose’s face had disappeared and David had to act with the green spots with both David and Billie trying not to laugh.

    They also said that the Werewolf pre-CGI actor’s outfit exposed him quite a lot and that everyone including the Director kept looking! This included David!


    When asked about their favourite people to work with on Doctor Who, Billie said Camille Coduri and Shaun Dingwall who played her parents. David Tennant joked nobody and then mentioned Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Catherine Tate. David said that he became close to a number of people on Doctor Who who became great friends of his. (David was also referring to Georgia, his wife, although not by name but when the crowd went "aawww" he said "Moving on!")

    David Tennant also remembered fondly the special times he had working with Elisabeth Sladen "She was just heaven and she could run!" He also said that she was part of his childhood and that she was as lovely, vulnerable, vibrant and gorgeous as he had expected.

    David and Billie bonded immediately on set and got into a great grove which David thought was a huge relief as it meant that time turned out to be so much fun.

    Billie Piper says that she misses David Tennant, Wales and the crew about leaving Doctor Who. David said that there was nothing like working on Doctor Who and that he misses his friends there, plus the scripts.

    When asked about how to do accents well, David says that he thinks it is really hard. Billie said that he has a great English accent for a Scot, although David said the Rs are difficult. David Tennant also revealed that he can't pronounce the word Peugot properly as he says ‘Pergeout’.

    The worst moment on Doctor Who for Billie Piper was the freezing cold night shoot for Rise Of The Cybermen dressed in a waitress outfit. David Tennant also remembered being very cold filming Fear Her.

    The scariest stuff for David and Billie were the more sinister characters such as Davros, The Host in Tooth and Claw and the Beast in The Satan Pit (which David described as very unsettling), plus David mentioned the monster in Midnight(Yes OMG) and the Weeping Angels.

    Billie Piper and David Tennant then jokingly argued about their Top Gear laps and see-through tops, plus the car problems David experienced! David said that he refuses to admit that he was beaten by a girl but that he is not bitter!

    Talking about John Barrowman David Tennant said that John never disappoints and he has never known him to be in a bad mood but also never or to be appropriate or to have filters!

    Somebody asked David about the perfect plot for a 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who so David started by saying that it should open on William Hartnell and then said that the question was too difficult to answer! He suggested that the questioner answered it and that maybe Billie could return as a Zygon!

    Asked about which tips Billie and David would give to a young actor they replied that they should get an agent, go to drama school but mainly do it because they really want to do it and follow their dream.

    The final person to ask a question thanked wished them both a brilliant Christmas and asked David to say Allons-y which he did!

    David and Billie then thanked everyone from coming from all around the world to the convention.

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    Live Feed From David Tennant & Billie Piper's Midnight Panel

    We're currently at the Guest Chat with David Tennant and Billie Piper at the Doctor Who fan convention, "Midnight" in Birmingham.
    Below are a collection of our live tweets from David & Billie's conversation:

    David Tennant & Billie Piper deny that there is a Doctor Who movie and doubt they would be cast if there was one.
    David Tennant says that Billie could play Rose's mum now - he just about gets away with that comment!
    David Tennant & Billie Piper swerve the question of what 10.2 and Rose are getting up to although David then says organic farming!
    Billie Piper says she's never seen the Doctor Who episode Journey's End!
    David Tennant denies 10.2 is a fake. He's exactly the same as the Doctor but he doesn't wear a tie!
    David Tennant covers for Billie Piper's lack of classic Who knowledge and says that the classic monster they would like to battle is the Zygons.
    Questioning takes on a more adult tone. David asks if the panel has been scripted by John Barrowman!!
    The Doctor and Rose would have twins says David, called Gallifrey and Debenhams!
    David Tennant says, even though the fame can be quite overwhelming he has never regretted saying yes to Russell T Davies.
    Billie Piper is forced to recall the bean husk in the hot chocolate episode.
    Billie Piper wishes she had been able to work with Catherine Tate more.
    David will not be drawn on the question of a return to the stage. He eventually said he hoped to soonish.
    David Tennant only found out yesterday that he will be playing the Virgin Mary in the Ab solute Radio nativity play.
    David would love to work with both Billie Piper & Catherine Tate again.
    David Tennant & Billie Piper say they have talked about working together again and say it's only a matter of time.
    David Tennant was moved that all of the ex-companions were involved in his last episode and thrilled that Billie Piper could take part.
    Billie Piper's guilty pleasures: lager, rubbish TV and che esy music
    David Tennant's guilty pleasures - drinking strong black coffee till his heart stops and eating Cadbury's Boost. Also Costa Tiffin.
    David Tennant says a return to Doctor Who would depend on the circumstances. And being asked!
    Billie Piper's favourite moments: on the beach and falling down the lift shaft
    Recalling what made them laugh on set - Rose losing her face and the werewolf. All the serious stuff!
    Billie's favour ite people to work with we're Camille and Shaun Dingwall. David Tennant mentions RTD, Julie Gardner, Catherine Tate
    David Tennant also remembers fondly the special times working with Elisabeth Sladen "She was just heaven"
    Billie Piper says that she & David Tennant bonded instantly. David found it a huge relief that it turned out to be so much fun.
    Billie Piper says that she misses David Tennant, Wales and the crew.
    Bil lie Piper - filming some of the more 'awkward' scenes in Secret Diary she had to be detached and trust in her co-stars.
    David Tennant reveals that he can't pronounce the word Peugot properly!
    Worst moments on set: Billie Piper recalls a freezing cold night shoot for Rise Of The Cybermen dressed in a waitress outfit.
    David Tennant also remembers being very cold filming Fear Her.
    Scariest stuff for David & Billie: Davros, The Host in Tooth and Claw and the Beast in The Satan Pit.
    Billie Piper and David Tennant are now arguing about their Top Gear laps and see through tops.
    The questions turn back to the on set antics of John Barrowman David Tennant says John is good value to have around.
    David is persuaded to give a final allons-y before leaving!

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    Sourc davidtennantontwitter  Sourc tennantnews

    Talk parallel Rose and Doctor plus Rose Tyler's exit


    Talk Zygons and take a very awkward question from an attendee


    Discuss possible future collaborations and hug


    Saying goodbye + David says Allons-y
























    All videos fro pbbes Pictures shared b billiepiper.fansMany more at the source.</i>

    My first post ONTD, I hope it's ok :)

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    locus-awards

    Locus Magazine asked their readers to rank their favorite novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories of the 20th and 21st century. Below are the top five placements of the Novel category (other categories to be announced as Locus compiles the votes.) Congratulations to all the authors!

    Best 20th Century Science Fiction Novels

    1. Dune, Frank Herbert (1965)
    2. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (1985)
    3. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov (1953)
    4. Hyperion, Dan Simmons (1989)
    5. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)
    Best 0th Century Fantasy Novels
    1. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien (1955)
    2. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (1996)
    3. The Hobbit, Tolkien, J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)
    4. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin, (1968)
    5. Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (1970)

    Best 21st Century Science Fiction Novels

    1. Old Man’s War, John Scalzi,  (2005)
    2. Anathem, Neal Stephenson (2008)
    3. The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (2009)
    4. Spin, Robert Charles Wilson (2005)
    5. Blindsight Peter Watts (2006)

    Best 21st Fantasy Fiction Novels

    1. American Gods, Neil Gaiman (2001)
    2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, nbsp;Clarke, Susanna (2004)
    3. The Name of the Wind,  Patrick Rothfuss (2007)
    4. The Scar, China Mieville (2002)
    5. Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin (2005)


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    Full list.

    Favourite novel of the 20th/21st century?
    THERE ARE PROBABLY GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS IN THIS POST

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    Disney World's New Fantasyland: The Princesses Open Their Own Castles



    Poor Cinderella may not have a stocking to hang by the chimney with care, but she does have that choice bit of Florida real estate: her own castle smack in the middle of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

    This season, she isn't the only Disney princess with a stronghold to call home. Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Belle from Beauty and the Beast now boast their own splashy attractions in the recently launched New Fantasyland, which more than doubles the original 10 acres of the most popular section of the most popular park in the world's most popular resort. (Yes, expect crowds.)



    "To all those who are young, and young at heart," Once Upon a Time star Ginnifer Goodwin – joined by Jordin Sparks, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas Staggs and Mickey Mouse – said at the Dec. 6 dedication ceremony. The actress also said, "The castles here are far more beautiful than they are on Once Upon a Time" – with no trolls or giants to worry about.

    As for the New Fantasyland landscape, which includes an Enchanted Forest, Ariel oversees a sea grotto, where her Under the Sea – Adventure of the Little Mermaid and meet-and-greet photo-taking perch can be found. For the musical adventure, guests board giant clamshells to relive the 1991 feature, with the characters brought to life through both animation and Audio-Animatronics.

    Belle's tale is represented by the French-inspired Be My Guest restaurant inside the richly detailed castle of the Beast, replete with gently falling snow outside the ornate ballroom. There's also the ominous west wing (where the Beast's portrait morphs into one of the handsome prince). Less elaborate meals may be taken at the nearby Gaston's Tavern, in the village square.

    Inside Belle's cottage, there's Enchanted Tales with Belle, an immersive story-telling experience all but stolen by the highly advanced Audio-Animatronic figure of Lumière, the loquacious candlestick holder.

    Cinderella really doesn't go wanting, either. At night, her castle turns into the backdrop for a spectacular holiday lightshow that even manages to convert one of its turrets into an accelerating rocket.

    More royal action still lies ahead in the New Year, with the Princess Fairytale Hall, where Tiana from The Princess and the Frog and Rapunzel from Tangled will be able to meet and greet their subjects. Meanwhile, currently to the west of Ariel is the brand new Storybook Circus area, home to Dumbo, which also has doubled in size with two teams of flying elephants. As it is, the waiting queues have been abandoned in favor of one large, circus-tented play area for kids.

    The heart of New Fantasyland remains a construction site for the upcoming (for 2014) the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Staggs describes it as a "family friendly" roller coaster, less intense than Thunder Mountain and featuring patented Disney technology that will allow the rider to swing in the cars, as if on a real mine train. Inside its tunnels, the train will slow so guests can observe Snow White's pals in humorous action.

    Until then, those with an immediate need for speed may monorail it over to Epcot, for the newly refurbished Test Track. Here, drivers design their own Chevrolets before zooming through a Tron-like raceway at a white-knuckle speed of up to 65 m.p.h. Try getting Santa's sleigh to do that.

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    It's her movie, and she'll cry if she wants to.

    Les Miserables isn't even out yet, but Oscar buzz is already building for the film's stars -- most notably, Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine, an ill-fated prostitute dying of tuberculosis. But critics aren't the only ones moved by the actress' heartbreaking performance.

    Hathaway herself has admitted to breaking down in tears when she sees herself in the epic musical drama, which also stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried.

    "I cry, but I think it's because I'm still connected to the experience of making it, the process," she told MTV News. "For me, when I see it, I actually have to be aware when I'm doing press, because it brings me a lot closer to Fantine. She's so broken that I actually have to protect myself a little bit. So when I saw it, I did cry, but not because of what I was doing [on screen]. It was because I was back in the process of making it."

    That process involved a drastic make-under for the 29-year-old Golden Globe nominee. Hathaway famously lost 10 pounds from her already-slim frame before shooting began -- and then dropped another 15 pounds during a two-week break from filming by just not eating "for a total of 13 days." (The brunette also got a much-discussed pixie cut.)

    "I was in such a state of deprivation -- physical and emotional," she recently told Vogue of the movie-making experience. "When I got home, I couldn't react to the chaos of the world without being overwhelmed. It took me weeks till I felt like myself again."

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  • 12/24/12--12:00: Twelve Days of ONTD: Day 1

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

    Every day until Christmas, we'll be randomly giving away $25 Amazon gift cards to a lucky commenter

    How do you enter All you have to do is comment! nbsp;We'll be randomly selecting winners from the comments section.   To keep it fair, you can only win once, bu you can comment as much as you'd like, which increases your chances of winning.  

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    Only EPIX has the exclusive World Television Premiere of The Hunger Games. No one else gets you closer to the games with unprecedented access & content.

    Trailer for the tv premiere featuring Alicia Keys''Girl On Fire'

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    Spike Lee thinks Quentin Tarantino's new slavery revenge flick "Django Unchained" is the wrong thing.

    The famed "He Got Game" director says he's boycotting the new movie because he finds it insulting.

    "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them," he wrote on Twitter.

    The tweet came shortly after he told VibeTV he couldn't comment on the movie starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio because he decided not to see it.

    "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it. I'm not seeing it," he said in a video interview.

    "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That's the only thing I'm gonna say," he explained. "I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself. I can't do it."

    Lee, 55, even tangled with another Twitter user who took issue with his Holocaust comparison.

    "The goal of the holocaust was death and destruction; the goal of American slavery was tobacco, indigo, rice, and cotton," a post from a user called Rogue Academic read.

    "Like Slaves Didn't Die? What Kind Of Academic Are You? And George Washington Didn't Own Slaves Too?" Lee responded.

    Tarantino, 49, has been the subject of Lee's ire before.

    Lee criticized the "Pulp Fiction" director for his liberal use of the n-word in his third feature film, "Jackie Brown," a 1997 movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and paying homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s.

    "I'm not against the word. And some people speak that way. But Quentin is infatuated with that word," Lee said of Tarantino in an interview with Variety.

    "What does he want to be made, an honorary black man?" the "Do The Right Thing" director asked. "I want Quentin to know that all African-Americans do not think that word is trendy or slick."

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    Gurl...you're clearly forgetting your 'Oldboy' adaptation....

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    Some fans of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” may not be willing to pay a premium-cable subscription fee to watch it, but short of besieging a fleet of ships with a magical explosive chemical they’ll do just about anything else to get their hands on it. “Game of Thrones,” the HBO fantasy drama adapted from George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, was the year’s most pirated show, according to the Web site TorrentFreak. TorrentFreak said that an individual episode of “Game of Thrones” had been illegally downloaded some 4.28 million times according to data compiled from BitTorrent peer-to-peer file-sharing services and other sources (the particular episode that drew this many downloads was not specified).

    The volume of piracy, TorrentFreak said, may result from the fact that HBO does not make its shows available through commercial video sites like Hulu or Amazon Prime, but only on its own online platform, HBO Go, which is available only with an HBO subscription. (HBO has said it does not plan to offer HBO Go as a standalone service in the United States.) Or it may be that viewers in international markets cannot wait for “Game of Thrones” to be broadcast in their countries, after it has already been shown in the United States. (TorrentFreak said that more than 80 percent of television piracy happens outside of the United States.)

    Ranking second on TorrentFreak’s most-pirated list was the Showtime thriller “Dexter,” with 3.85 million downloads for a single episode, followed by the CBS comedies “The Big Bang Theory” (3.2 million) and “How I Met Your Mother” (2.96 million), and the AMC drama “Breaking Bad” (2.58 million).

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    IDGAF what anyone says. I liked the new characters moreso than the old ones (aside from Tyrion because he's an overrated turd and Talisa because she's useless)

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    "In a land of myth, and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man. His name... Merlin!"


    So we've heard those that now-iconic opening spiel for the last time, but how did we feel by the time 'The Diamond of the Day (Part 2)' had reached its climax? In short, we were moved, more than a little surprised and mostly satisfied.

    Merlin's series finale picks up exactly where Saturday's episode left off - Arthur (Bradley James) and the knights are engaged in an epic bout with Morgana's forces, while Merlin - in full-on Emrys mode - races to the battlefront...

    Looming over the scene, 'Emrys' unleashes his most powerful magic to date. Forget the much-mocked 'throwing enemies into a wall' theatrics; here, Merlin (Colin Morgan) rains down a storm of magic that devastates the enemy forces, white dragon Aithusa and even Morgana (Katie McGrath) herself.

    But the battle is far from won. Impressively dark scenes follow as Merlin trawls through the littered corpses of his fallen foes and allies, while - in a lovely moment from Bradley James - Arthur realises that Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) is stalking towards him...

    We expected some sort of 'out' for Arthur's death, so to see Mordred mercilessly run him through a mere six minutes into this episode blew our mind, just a little. It's a decent shock moment, but the unexpected speed with which this scene arrives also means that actor Vlahos - who's been fantastic this series and clearly has a bright future ahead of him - gets short shrift. Mordred's death is suitably dramatic but rather abrupt.


    Yes, a wounded Arthur finds the strength to stand, striking down his tortured foe, and the battle is won, but the King has sustained a serious, possibly fatal, wound...

    Merlin finds his friend, limp and lifeless, and carries him away from the battleground. Then, when Arthur wakes, Merlin finally, FINALLY confesses the truth about his magic.

    Now, the reveal scene itself is everything you could want. Merlin's tearful confession and Arthur's reaction - ranging from incredulity, to shock, to disbelief at his own ignorance, to anger at his friend - are perfectly judged.

    Our one niggle is this - why does Merlin confess now? He's had ample chance to do it many times throughout the course of this show's run - there have been times when revealing the truth would've saved his own life or the lives of others, and yet he picks this particular moment to tell Arthur all.

    Yes, they're in a tight spot and all seems lost, but isn't that always the case on this show? You're left with the feeling that the reveal happens simply because this is the final episode.

    But again, all that having been said, the execution of the scene itself is faultless and having it come early in this episode at least allows time to explore Arthur's reaction in a little detail.



    We do also have to question though the likelihood of Gwen (Angel Coulby) guessing the truth about Merlin at the exact moment that the young warlock chose to confess the truth to her husband. Again, why now? Gaius (Richard Wilson) may have dropped a heavy hint at the battlefront, but Gwen's been given plenty of clues about Merlin before. Her sudden revelation here feels too convenient.

    Speaking of Gaius, he's helping his ward care for Arthur - and who didn't love Arthur's frantic "He's a sorcerer!" followed by his quick realisation that Gaius knew the truth all along?

    Feeling betrayed, the wounded Arthur spurns Merlin's help, but a fragment of Mordred's sword, forged in Aithusa's breath, is still lodged in his chest, and time is running out...

    Arthur becomes increasingly embittered as his strength fades. "You've lied to me all this time," he spits at Merlin, upon witnessing another of his servant's impressive magical displays.

    But the two men discover each other anew on their final quest to an ancient isle - their reminiscence about their first encounter was a nice moment, tying the entire series together.



    There are many factors to Merlin's success, but a key part of it has always been the Merlin/Arthur dynamic - everybody loves a bromance - and this final episode devotes a pleasing amount of time to their relationship.

    Two men sat in the woods, talking about their feelings, might not sound like the stuff that edge-of-your-seat drama is made of, but after five years of set-up and outright teasing, this is exactly the kind of pay-off that fans needed, and it works brilliantly.

    Credit though to the Merlin team for not neglecting the supporting cast either - practically everyone's favourite character gets their moment in the sun. The ever-resilient Sir Leon (Rupert Young) steps up as Gwen's right hand, and Eoin Macken shines as the cocky Gwaine has his heart broken and leads his brother-in-arms Percival (Tom Hopper) on a foolhardy quest to confront Morgana, who's now a broken woman, shrieking and throttling her henchmen like a raven-haired Darth Vader.



    The sorceress captures the two knights, torturing Gwaine to death off-screen in what is undoubtedly one of the episode's darkest and most moving moments.

    Merlin and Arthur finally reach their destination, but - having forced the truth out of Gwaine - Morgana is waiting for them. She's no match for Merlin though, and the wizard strikes her down with Excalibur. It's perhaps a low-key exit for Katie McGrath's villain, but no less powerful for that.

    Morgana is dead, but her assault has delayed our heroes too long and, after finally acknowledging Merlin's worth, Arthur dies. His final words to his friend - "Thank you" - are perfect.




    Grief-stricken, Merlin summons the Great Dragon (John Hurt), who reveals that Arthur is indeed gone - there's thankfully no cheap reversal of his demise - but that he will also rise again, when Albion's need is greatest. A dark ending then, but one tinged with hope.

    You can't please all of the people all of the time and there are inevitably things about the Merlin finale - chiefly the convenience of certain plot beats - that we have issues with.

    We're also not sure about that very last scene - it's clear what the writers were trying to do, but the brief snatch of Merlin in the modern day just felt a little jarring after what had come before.

    But this remains a fantastic series finale - the cast, led by the superb Colin Morgan, deliver fantastic final performances, the script is admirably dark and doesn't shy away from what is a difficult ending, and the show as a whole climaxes on an emotional high.

    Having watched the show from the very start, we'll certainly miss Merlin - it's been a shining beacon of Saturday night TV for the past few years. To quote John Hurt's Great Dragon, it has been a privilege to know you, young warlock.

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    Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew were riding high off the release of their latest mixtape PEEP: The aPROcalypse, but today they are mourning the loss of group member Capital STEEZ. He was 19 years old and at press time his cause of death is still unknown, but his last tweet, which came at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday read: "The end," leading many to believe that he took his own life.





    The news set-off a series of tweets from numerous members of STEEZ's Pro Era crew. "SICK TO MY STOMACH...," wrote Joey. "it just haven't been the same since my homies death... part of me still doesn't believe this."

    "This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal..," Joey wrote on his Twitter on Monday (December 24). "RIP CAPITAL STEEZ!!! 7.7.93 - 12.24.12." Steez broke out alongside Joey when he guested on the teen's ear-catching single "Survival Tactics" appearing on the track's second verse in February. The Brooklyn, New York MC released his debut mixtape AmeriKKKan Korruption in April and was featured on a number of tracks off PEEP, the mixtape that the PE crew dropped on Friday.

    On Sunday night, at approximately 10 p.m. Nyck Caution sent a tweet to his friend, hours before his death. "@CapitalSTEEZ_ yerrrrrrr! Where you at," he wrote.

    "this can't be happening," he later messaged before eulogizing his partner-in-rhyme: "Long Live Steelo." MTV News reached out to the NYPD, but at press time they could not release any information surrounding the incident. 

    "This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal..," Joey wrote on his Twitter on Monday (December 24). "RIP CAPITAL STEEZ!!! 7.7.93 - 12.24.12." Steez broke out alongside Joey when he guested on the teen's ear-catching single "Survival Tactics" appearing on the track's second verse in February. The Brooklyn, New York MC released his debut mixtape AmeriKKKan Korruption in April and was featured on a number of tracks off PEEP, the mixtape that the PE crew dropped on Friday.






    I know he's not well known like most rappers posted here, but he was a talented kid who died wayyyyy too fucking young. Not sure what to say beyond that. Still processing this. I feel bad for the guy's family and friends.
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    The "Django Unchained" director says the mass incarceration of black men is "slavery, through and through"

    Iconic film director Quentin Tarantino believes that US drug policy, and the subsequent mass incarceration of African Americans, is comparable to pre-Civil War slavery. In an interview about his latest movie—Django Unchained, which documents the story of a freed slave, played by Jamie Foxx—Tarantino points out that the hierarchies of racial injustice have shifted but not wholly improved. “This whole thing of…this ‘War on Drugs,’ and the mass incarcerations that have happened pretty much for the last 40 years has just decimated the black male population,” says the filmmaker. “It’s slavery…it’s just slavery through and through, and it’s just the same fear of the black male that existed back in the 1800s.” He adds that the US prison system, which currently houses staggeringly disproportionate numbers of black men, mirrors the structure and appearance of slavery. “Especially having even directed a movie about slavery, and you know the scenes that we have in the slave town, the slave auction town, where they’re moving back and forth,” he says, “Well that looks like standing in the top tier of a prison system and watching the things go down. And between the private prisons and the public prisons, the way prisoners are traded back and forth.” African Americans throughout the US are 13 times more likely to face jail for the same drug-related offenses as white people, according to a 2011 statement by the NAACP; at 13% of the US population, they currently make up 53.5% of all imprisoned drug offenders, despite drug use being fairly evenly divided across racial lines.

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    QT is one of the most provocative and exciting filmmakers today, imo, but criticism towards his work is never not warranted. I do think what he said here is on point.

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    Well, another year of SNL s come and gone. Unlike any other show on television, the skits of SNLhave the potential to sneak into the cultural consciousness on their own terms, becoming much more relevant than the show itself — and sometimes more relevant than whatever they’re mocking. So what were the best skits of the year? From where we’re standing, the earlier half of 2012 was much stronger, bringing us a couple of our new all-time favorites, and the hilarity trailed off a little, but maybe it’s just that the new goodies haven’t had time to sink in yet. Either way, after the jump, watch our picks for the ten best skits from this year on Saturday Night Live.


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    5. Downton Abbey on Spike TV
    Air date: February 4
    Host: Channing Tatum

    We’ve never heard a more succinct and hilarious sum-up of our favorite show. “Like eavesdropping? Then this show is for you. Anytime anyone says anything, a third person hears it from a doorway… Watch what you say, because the Dowager is listening.”




    4. Bein’ Quirky with Zooey Deschanel
    Air date: February 11
    Host: Zooey Deschanel

    It’s always a mixed bag when the show tries to make fun of the host, but this time, they hit it out of the park. Sure, Zooey Deschanel is an easy mark, but still — Abby Elliott’s impression of her was only the first treat. Deschanel herself pulled off a hilarious Mary Kate Olsen and Taran Killam’s Michael Cera had us sniggering into our hot chocolates. There are pointless musical interludes, wide-eye-offs, and knitting (Björk’s octopus sweater has an extra hole for its dreams and ideas). Adorkabl and ildly scathing. What else could you ask for?




    3. Bronx Beat
    Air date: February 18
    Host: Maya Rudolph

    Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph fast-talk riffing as disgruntled Bronx housewives? It doesn’t get much better than that. Until Andy Samberg and a large foreheaded Justin Timberlake arrive for a sexual harassment-off.



    2. Lincoln
    Air date: November 3
    Host: Louie C.K.

    Not only was this clip, a parody o Louie f it was about Abraham Lincoln, hilarious and topical — it was also smart. This is wha SN should be doing all the time: playing to their hosts’ strengths rather than burying them in makeup and hoping for the best.





    1. Maya Angelou's Prank Show

    Air date: February 18
    Host: Maya Rudolph

    This is the only sketch that we’ve gone back to over and over again since its airing. Rudolph’s impression is incredible, and this is probably the bes SNL remise we saw all year. Then again, it’s the literary editor judging this.

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    ONTD, what's your favorite comedy skits from this year?


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    A steady drumbeat of praise greeted the arrival of Frank Ocean's debut album, Channel Orange. He's up for six Grammy Awards, including best new artist, album and record. Orange won a Soul Train Music Award for album of the year in November and has piled up mentions on numerous best-of-2012 lists.

    And now it's USA TODAY's album of the year.

    The R&B singer stirred debate just before he released the album in July, by acknowledging via Tumblr that his first love was a man. It was a courageous (and, he has said, liberating) move, considering the genre's perceived homophobia. Yet it was the music itself that would hold everyone's interest, pointing R&B in different direction, away from the conventional club hookups and late-night booty calls.

    Ocean certainly has a penchant for radio-friendly lyrics, having written for Beyoncé, Brandy and Justin Bieber. His own music is more nuanced, empathetic and emotionally resonant. Fusing neo-soul, hip-hop, electro-pop, jazz-funk and psychedelic, he shifts moods and tempo and speaks in metaphors in songs about love, disillusionment, decadence, social status, drugs and betrayal.

    Breaking the mold hasn't stopped him from doing fine commercially: Channel Orange ranked No. 2 in its first week on Billboard's album chart. With 405,000 copies sold to date, it compares favorably to releases this year by more established R&B stars such as Chris Brown, Usher, Trey Songz and Ne-Yo.

    Ocean is part of a new breed of artist, such as fellow Grammy nominee Miguel and Toronto's The Weeknd, who are fearlessly blazing their own paths.

    His low-key but intense performances on tour this summer enhanced the positive perception of him. He practically stole the show at MTV's Video Music Awards in September, offering a serene performance of Thinkin Bout You before a simulated campfire that stood out amid the program's usual bombast. For many, that was their true introduction to Ocean's artistry.

    Although Channel Orange is Ocean's major-label debut, the album's widespread acclaim comes not so much as a surprise as a fulfillment of promise. The New Orleans musician born Christopher Breaux got critics talking with his 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, and his vocals on No Church In the Wild (from Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne) made him someone who would bear watching.

    Now everyone will be watching to see what he'll do next.


    Which Frank album do you like better: Nostalgia, Ultra OR Channel Orange?

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  • Alone at Christmas: Troubled child star Macaulay Culkin's solitary lunch for one at Taco Bell
    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

    He was plagued by drug dependency rumours at the beginning of the year.
    And Macaulay Culkin proved that he was doing just fine as he hit the shops to get the last of his Christmas gifts on Saturday, despite starting the day by eating alone at Taco Bell.
    The former child star cut a solitary figure as he wandered around New York, before stopping off at the Mexican restaurant to tuck into a tasty lunch.
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    Eating alone: Macaulay Culkin cuts a solitary figure as he dines alone in Taco Bell before hitting the shops on Saturday
    While many people will be watching the festive Home Alone films over the holidays, in which Macaulay stars as a young boy accidentally left at home by himself, the star seemed quite happy to be spending his day alone, pounding the streets of SoHo.

    The star, who dated Mila Kunis for nearly nine years, dispelled any rumours that he was undernourished by stopping off at the fast food restaurant as soon as he got into town, buying a hefty meal and sitting on his own to eat it.


    After re-fueling, the 32-year-old set about hitting the shops, as did many other New Yorkers in the run up to Christmas Day.

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    Looking healthy: The actor looks fit and well after a year of being plagued by drug dependency rumours


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    Lonely boy: The star spends his day on his own, picking up some gifts after his lunch

    Trying to go as incognito as possible, Macaulay wore a floppy grey hat over his blonde mop of hair, leaving just tuft of the trademark mane sticking out.
    He also wore a pair of dark Ray Ban sunglasses and wrapped a stripy scarf tightly around his neck, pulling it up tight under his chin.
    The sometimes eccentric-looking star could have passed for any other shopper in a pair of loose-fitting blue jeans and a buttoned-up black jacket.
    With headphones in his ears, and puffing on a cigarette, the artist stopped by a number of high street shops, picking up some clothes in Banana Republic and a portable record player in Urban Outfitters.
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    All wrapped up: The former child star tries to go incognito in a large grey hat and sunglasses

    The former child star has recently turned his $2m New York apartment into a painting studio and recently released a video promoting new art exhibition Leisure Inferno.
    Macaulay, who is worth a reported $15 million, created Three Men and a Baby (3MB), an art collective with friends Adam Green and Toby Goodshank.
    When The National Enquirer reported that he was 'close to death,' because of an addiction to prescription drugs and heroin, his publicist Michelle Bega told MailOnline that the claims were 'fictitious' and 'categorically without merit.'

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    Child star: Macaulay was known for his role in the classic children's film Home Alone


    i spent hours debating with myself about posting this because i don't want the taco bell pic to be the new kirk cameron subway and cake pic. but it's still less depressing than that one. plus he does look less sick! which makes me cold heart glad. and i know, i know.  source of fail. but there's a video there! so happy holiday of your choosing! may you only have to spend your meals at taco bell alone in the coming year if you choose to do so.
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