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    Awesome; Danny Boyle is back with his first new film since 2010, and what it lacks in James Franco amputations, his latest, Trance more than makes up for in James McAvoy, and a reunion with writer John Hodge for the first time since 2000's The Beach.

    Trance stars James McAvoy as Simon, an art dealer who plots with, then betrays a criminal gang over the theft of a Goya masterpiece. The leader of the gang (Vincent Cassel) bashes Simon in the head over the betrayal, an injury which Simon then claims as the cause of amnesia which has the convenient side effect of erasing the memory of where he hid the pilfered art. (Note to self: practice amnesia for my spectacular bank robbery plan.) The question of whether or not Simon is lying looms large, and the mobster then hires a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to draw the damaged memories out, which apparently leads to a confusing blend of reality and dream, plus, we assume, plenty of angry Europeans and punching.


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    Ryan Gosling, who returns to the big screen in the crime drama Gangster Squad, is seen as one of Hollywood's hottest actors — but is his buzz bigger than his box office?

    According to, Gosling's movies have earned a combined $336 million in the U.S. and Canada, or an average of $24 million per film. That's low compared to other Canadian actors like Ryan Reynolds ($42 million), Rachel McAdams ($83 million) and Seth Rogen ($85 million) and a long way from the average takes of stars like Tom Cruise ($97 million), Brad Pitt ($67 million) and Will Smith ($135 million).

    Movies marketed with Gosling's face alone have generally not done well. The four in which he received top-billing — and appeared solo on the posters — have taken in less than $50 million combined.

    Drive earned $35 million and The Believer, Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl made only $14.4 million combined.

    When Gosling is portrayed as the romantic male lead, the results are slightly better. The three movies in which he appeared on posters with a female co-star have earned a total of $91 million at the box office. But this respectable figure is almost entirely thanks to The Notebook ($81 million) because All Good Things ($582,000) and Blue Valentine ($9.7 million) were duds.

    When Gosling has been marketed on posters as part of an ensemble cast, the numbers go up slightly. Crazy, Stupid, Love had him sandwiched between Steve Carell and Julianne Moore and earned $82.3 million; The Ides of March, showing half of his face combined with half of co-star George Clooney's face, earned $41 million; and Fracture, showing the actor below Anthony Hopkins, earned $39 million.

    But Stay, showing Gosling in the middle of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts made only $3.6 million and The United States of Leland, where Gosling shared the poster with co-stars like Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey, took in less than $350,000.

    When Gosling was left off the posters completely (Remember the Titans, Murder by Numbers) the total box office haul was an impressive $150 million.

    The poster promoting Gangster Squad shows Gosling alongside co-stars Sean Penn and Josh Brolin — as well as Emma Stone, whose box office average is an impressive $88 million.


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    Nicki Minaj has been carrying a long face lately while being spotted out at various events and now we know why. Her famous hairstylist has bailed out on her and is no longer a part of the Barbz team.

    Last night, Terrence Davidson, the man behind Nicki Minaj’s wig selection for the last three years announced that he has parted ways with the star after a few creative differences. This is sort of a big deal being that Nicki Minaj’s hair has become a huge part of her brand and the last thing she needs right now is to have to look for someone new in the midst of her hectic American Idol schedule. You know how us women are about folks we don’t know touching our hair.

    Her hairstylist wrote in a statement:

    “I would like to inform the media and supporters that I’ve decided to step away as hair stylist and wig creator for Nicki Minaj. It has been an amazing experience offering me a chance to express my creativity and exhibit my love for the art form of wig design. I have decided to part ways from Nicki Minaj because I would like to explore other opportunities within my own brand and re-energize my creativity through work in fashion editorial, beauty consultations, media personality, ‘how-to’ lectures and hair show development. I am very proud of the body of work built with Nicki Minaj and I appreciate the support over the years from fans who’ve expressed love for my craft. Look forward to seeing me larger than life in 2013”

    This could make AI a little more interesting. It may also mean this could be the end of Nicki’s over-the-top hair era. Only time will tell.

    necole bitchie

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    5.12/5.13 Liberty/An Enemy of Fate

    Hurray for Linc and Bolivia but I am going to be so upset next week. This show has been so amazing. I also hope Skidmark dies painfully.

    Alt-universe source

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    Filming on One Direction's concert movie will begin this weekend.

    Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will start work on the 3D project in Tokyo, Japan.

    Spurlock says the technology is not popular with everyone, but "once they can crack that nut of having a true 3D experience where you don't have to have those glasses or sit at a certain angle, it will become a conversation again."

    The documentary maker - who also admitted he was considered to direct concert films for Justin Bieber and Katy Perry - said he wanted to work with the group because he is fascinated by their meteoric rise to fame since competing on The X Factor UK in 2010.

    "These guys have gotten so huge in such a short amount of time - why?

    "What makes them more special than any other people?"

    Morgan was recently praised by the One Thing hitmakers - comprising Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik - as the perfect choice to work on their film.

    "Morgan works well because ... he did a lot of documentary movies," Niall said.

    "It's going to be a concert movie, but with a documentary side than concert side so we wanted to get our personalities across because the fans know us, but we want them to know us deeper."


    future oscar winnners tbh,also happy birthday zayn <333

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    Garrett Hedlund is the latest actor to cover Details magazine’s February 2013 issue that hits newsstands on January 14.

    Here’s what the On The Road actor had to share with the mag:

    On how he wooed girlfriend Kirsten Dunst: “I took her out on a 3am canoe ride. It was not a stable canoe. We fell out and had to swim back in mucky, shitty water, like golf-pond water.”

    On choosing roles: “I just really wanted to do things that could make me proud or be emotional.”

    On journaling his thoughts: “I spill it out as fast as I can. I don’t really edit. In Brazil, recently, I wrote 70 pages. In London, 80 pages.”

    A little trivia for you: he’s also a poet. Here’s a poem he wrote: “Everything you ever knew seems so slowly be forgotten. All the good nights are just nights, all the good mornings are just mornings, all the dots in the sky are the same dots you’ve been looking at all your life”


    mods, the cover wasn't posted tho

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    No one, not even actor and writer Carrie Fisher, could have predicted that bagel earmuffs and a metal “slave” costume would come together, all the way back in 1977, to create one of history’s most beloved heroines, StarWars’ Princess Leia. Over three decades, $4 billion in box office earnings, and countless Jedi disciples later, the empire remains as powerful as ever, with a seventh film already in the works. But Fisher is ready to move on.

    Dear Princess Leia,

    I don’t wish to be presumptuous and call you “Leia,” as it implies a familiarity I don’t wish to presume. And though some might say we resemble one another to the extent that we could be easily mistaken for one another—if we were to inexplicably agree to dress in similar, if unremarkable clothing, and you were to finally, sanely, refuse to submit to the rigors of that foolish focus-pulling hairstyle—simply (and now belatedly) put, I could pass for you with minor adjustments as you might pass for me with ever so slightly more. But would my insides match your outsides?

    I’ve spent almost two-thirds of my life walking galaxies in those fucking white leather boots. I’ve even attempted to answer for your actions, to explain your possible motives for choices one of us failed to make. But while you will forever be remembered loitering in star-infested landscapes, existing endlessly in imaginations and onscreen, I putter noisily in that infamous closet of celebrity—expanding, wrinkling, stooping, and far too often, stupid with age. Here we are enacting our very own Dorian Gray configuration. You: smooth, certain, and straight-backed, forever condemned to the vast, enviable prison of intergalactic adventure. Me: struggling more and more with post-galactic stress disorder, bearing your scars, graying your eternally dark, ridiculous hair.

    You always act the heroine; I snort the stuff in the feeble attempt to dim the glare of your intense, intergalactic antics. You take the glory; I give way to age. You: so physically well and well-meaning it makes me mentally ill—well, something does, anyway. While you fight the dark side with your light, white ways, I’m in the sarlacc pit, covered in Jabba’s vile body fluids. Will it ever end? It probably won’t, but I will. I’m pretty sure I will. My sequels will finally, blessedly stop, while yours will define and absorb an age.

    Though you are condemed to reenact the same seven hours of adventures over a span of now almost four rowdy decades, at least you look good fighting evil. I look lived in. My amused and envious eyes peer out of a face bloated and evil with age. Wasn’t I supposed to remain happily captured in the amber of our projected image, fending off water-retention, weight, and wrinkles in the same way you fight for the glory of whatever the fuck all that was about—a universe glowing with peace and fairness, Ewoks cavorting in their force-filled fields? Wasn’t I? C’mon—wasn’t I?

    Of our all-but-shared fate (if shared, it’s in an unsanitary way)—whatever Leia’s has been or will be, Carrie’s will be, at least periodically, dwarfed and disappointing, riddled with self-pity, old and over-exposed, rendered sad and irrelevant in comparison with her counterparts’ rich and uninterrupted adventures. Play it again, Han! Leia plays while I continue to pay and pay and pay. I’m Carrie Fisher from Star Wars—the south side of Star Wars, near the Vaders’ former condemned place.

    I fade as you blaze. I stoop while you shoot straight and defend right. Oh, well. There are worse things, I know. Those worse things gather at my back and haunt my fun-packed future days. But worse gives way to better—Dorian Organa gives way to Carrie Gray. We all win in the end, don’t we? If not utterly, then in a number of cozy, inevitable, and limited days. She’s Leia Organa, from the center of so many humans’ best memories. Shining with the warm glow of sci-fi nostalgia. Our Alderaan, fly us, but wherever you go—over the hill or fucking Cloud City, Jabba’s palace or the emergency room, up, down, or over—do your best to do what I do: make sure you largely enjoy the ride. Skip the hairstyle, but enjoy the ride.

    Love, Carrie


    Flawless queen continues to shine.

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    This Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present th 70th Annual Golden Globe Award on NBC, and it will probably be a ridiculous production. How can we make this assumption? Well, empirically, of course. Whether it's stars drunkenly storming the stage or getting groped by network correspondents on the red carpet, here are nine of the most outrageous, absurd and downright hilarious moments in the history of the Golden Globes. Why should this year's be any different?

    Ricky Gervais Sums It Up

    Ricky Gervais summed it up when he joked the Globes are a louder, trashier and drunker version of the Oscars. When Gervais said they're more easily bought, George Clooney seemed to like the joke until the camera cut to him.

    The Beginning of a Time-Honored Tradition

    Until 1958, it was the journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who presented the awards. That was until Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin got so bored the only thing that could keep them awake was crashing the stage and hosting the show themselves, cigarettes and whiskey in hand. Since then, the awards shows have been traditionally hosted by entertainers. They leave the cigarettes and whiskey backstage.

    Scarlett Johansson is Groped On the Red Carpet

    During the 2006 Golden Globes, E! decided to pass the mic to designer Isaac Mizrahi for the red carpet interview gig. Mizrahi used the opportunity to evaluate the dresses of the starlets, both verbally and, in the case of Scarlett Johnsson, manually. Watch the clip below to see Mizrahi wrap his mind around Johansson's dress by getting a handle on her boob. Johansson seemed to be a good sport about it: "I was thinking, 'Oh my god. This is happening on live TV.' ...I'd been prepping for two hours with hair and makeup and getting dressed. And the first interview I do, someone who I have never met before fondles me."

    A Ridiculously Touching Gesture

    When Ving Rhames, the star of "Don King: Only in America," walked onstage to accept the award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series, he tearfully told the other nominees how much he respected the art in their talents. Then he asked, "Is Mr. Jack Lemmon here? Would you please join me on stage, sir?" After Lemmon arrived he swiftly pointed to the award and joked, "Now don't give me that!" That's exactly what Rhames did, which Lemmon called "one of the nicest, sweetest moments I've ever known in my life."

    Ridiculously Thankful: Brad Pitt

    There are a few people actors are usually expected to thank when accepting their award: their agent, their family, possibly their co-stars, possibly God. All of these entities up to that point helped them get to where they are in their careers. Brad Pitt decided to first and foremost thank the entity that simply got him out of the bathroom and to the theater: Kaopectate. He wanted to know he was grateful to "the makers of Kaopectate" for doing "a great service for their fellow man," later revealing he needed the drug to help sooth his "nervous stomach." We get it. You only have so much time on the stage, so first thing's first.

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    The Oscars allegedly honor the best in the movie business - that's what they say, anyway, and we'll go with it for now. But very few people start off great out of the gate; in a business that everybody's dying to break into and the next paycheck is never a guarantee, most of the industry's finest make questionable choices at some point. And when they finally hit the pinnacle of their careers, that's when smartasses like me show up to remind them of said choices. Here are ten that we can't necessarily blame them for taking money to make, but we can warn you never, ever to subject yourself to them. Besides, Oscars are all anybody's talking about at the moment, so we might as well have some fun with it.

    5. The Ring Two, starring Naomi Watts.

    Japanese director Hideo Nakata was considered a master of modern horror when he gave us Ringu and Dark Water, so we were all hoping that his foray into Hollywood would really show them what scary is. In a way, he did: "scary" is how easily that horror franchise was killed in this lackluster sequel, which fails to understand that having a disembodied spirit possess a child with the intent of finding a new mommy makes it inherently less scary than when it's floating around out there on the airwaves and killing people in seven days.

    4. The Ladies Man, costarring Reginald Hudlin (producer of Django Unchained).

    The Ladies Man may not be the worst Saturday Night Live spinoff movie ever, but it's certainly the most egregiously awful one I've ever actually sat through. From Tim Meadows' offensive caricature of the black man as stupid sex machine to Will Ferrell's mincing closet-case and Julianne Moore's cameo as a horny clown, this is as textbook a case you can get of "wrong choices made." Except maybe for Meadows - one can't really blame him for wanting to be the lead in something, since it's not too likely he'll have the chance again. Especially if casting directors see The Ladies Man.

    3. Surviving Christmas, starring Ben Affleck (producer of Best Picture-nominated Argo).

    Choosing which Ben Affleck movie to put on this list is like deciding what to put on your plate at Hometown Buffet - you want to mix a little bit of everything, combining mediocre offerings to get that flavor just right. The obvious choice would have been Gigli, but at least the cameo scenes by Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in that one provided momentary amusement. Surviving Christmas was just awful to begin with, starting from the premise, in which Ben Affleck goes to his childhood home, finds another family living there, and pays them to not just put up with him for Christmas, but pretend to be happy about it. Maybe he should have similarly bribed the audience.

    2. Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton (nominated this year for Best Animated Feature Frankenweenie) and costarring Anne Hathaway.

    Renaming Wonderland as "Underland" is the cleverest thing this unimaginative cash-grab has going for it, which is a problem when you're trying to capture the spirit of Lewis Carroll. Did I say trying to capture? I meant "spitting on the grave of." The Mad Hatter doing a pop-and-lock dance routine at the end sums up so many of the bad choices made, but giving him an origin for his madness and an accent that leaps back and forth from Scottish to English was already an iffy sign. And are Disney adaptations of Alice always doomed to amalgamate the Duchess, Queen of Hearts and Red Queen into one being? They're different freakin' characters, or should be, just as the White Queen is meant to be elderly and borderline senile. As for the finale involving Alice and the Mad Hatter battling the bad guys with swords, I will give it that it's not the worst iteration of Joan-of-Arc fairytale revamping. That would be our next entry...

    1. Snow White and the Huntsman (nominated this year for Costume Design and Visual Effects).

    2012 featured a Snow White movie starring Phil Collins' daughter and featuring a Bollywood-style musical number, and it still was not the worst take on the tale to make it to the screen in a 12-month span. Universal's version featured an untested director of commercials who wowed 'em with a concept reel, then numbed us to sleep when he lengthened it out and cast Kristen Stewart, who seems so bored onscreen it feels like she had an affair with the director just to liven things up. It was so bad Bob Hoskins actually retired from acting afterwards, and the central dilemma of the movie - will Snow White choose the prince or the huntsman of the title? - is never, in fact, resolved.


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    Standing well over 6' tall, with an athletic frame and impeccably coiffed hair, Richard Armitage the silhouette screams matinee idol, which makes it all the more impressive that Richard Armitage the person screams "Dwarf!"

    But, then, this isn't your older brother's axe wielding, pipe smoking, occasionally tossed comic relief.

    As Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of a band of not so merry dwarves looking to reclaim their ancestral homeland from the ravages of the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Armitage takes his first bold, steely-eyed, heroic steps into the world of Middle Earth, embodying with method exactness the badass anti-hero of J.R.R. Tolkien's original.

    Before that, though… a little bit of fun. Armitage recently sat down with Movieline in New York City where he revealed the physicality of being a dwarf, his facility for speaking in tongues, his hard fought battle scars, and the number one reason you should always answer an interrupting telephone.

    Movieline: Here's what we can do. We can do the entire interview in Khuzdul [the fictional language created by J.R.R. Tolkien for the dwarves of Middle Earth].

    Do you speak dwarvish?
    I speak some dwarvish.

    Do you speak it fluently?
    There isn't really that much [in The Hobbit].

    Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!
    No. You can't fool me. That's from Lord of the Rings.*

    Do you know dwarf sign language?
    [Huge laughter from Armitage as he crosses one forearm perpendicularly over the other, giving an especially vigorous non-dwarf signal.]

    Yes, any dwarf could understand that. But, no, this is a real thing. Tolkien made dwarf sign language because, you know, it's too loud to talk in the mines.

    Actually, we did work with Terry Notary and we did work on a kind of sign language. That scene in Bag End where Dwalin head butts Balin as a dwarf greeting — it's a visceral, physical greeting. The language implies [physicality] as well. Physical sort of found its way into the vocal for me.

    Physical as in changing your body? Is there a physical choreography to being a dwarf? A way to walk?
    It's sort of informed by the skeleton of these creatures because they're not really human. Their center of gravity is much lower, their torsos longer — which was really tough for me because I'm the other way around. I've got really long legs and a short body. So all of my belts were down here on my hips, and slowly they work their way up to where your waist is. I was constantly having to pull them down.

    There were other things we worked on — chewing up the ground as you walk. You know, when a dwarf starts running it takes a long time to stop. They're very heavy, very stooped trains. They can't stop immediately. Like, they'll crash through a wall. Their bone structure is heavy and solid. And those huge boots, which I think are going to be a big fashion statement next year.

    Why not a trend following all these hot dwarves?
    [Laughs] Oh yeah, we were baking!

    Dwarves baking wasn't what I think these websites that listed 'hot dwarves' were thinking. Was there ever advice or conversation with John Rhys Davies [who played Gimli the dwarf in Lord of the Rings]?

    Was there something in his performance that you ever looked at?
    No. He came to visit and said hello. But we started from scratch.

    With this dwarf physicality, were you able to escape unscathed from all these battle scenes?
    I put my tooth through my lip when we were shooting the Battle of Azanulbizar. You see Thorin fighting six orcs. And we choreographed it on the ground and then filmed it on platforms so everything gets higher by about two feet. I actually smacked myself in the face with the shield and had this huge swollen lip that was bleeding down my neck. I was so angry at myself. You know when you hit yourself? I was so bloody angry. And then Andy [Serkis] came and showed me a mirror. I was like, 'Oh God.' He said, 'Do you want to carry on?' I said, 'Yeah, cause it looks good.' It looked really good. It looked really kind of real.

    In the original film, both Elijah [Wood] and Andy [Serkis] were able to take props home. If I go to your house will I see Orcrist above the mantle?
    You have Orcrist in the umbrella stand. Cause I want to be able to pick it up. You also have the shield in the kitchen drawer. And on the wall you have the map and key. I've got the full kit. The only thing I wanted was the key. But I was very kindly —

    [Armitage is cut off when the phone in the hotel room where we are conducting the interview rings, interrupting us.]

    Do you need to answer that?
    Maybe I should. It's Sauron. You can tell by his ring.

    Where were we? Orcrist!

    But not the Arkenstone?
    I don't think I ever even saw the Arkenstone. Yes I did! I saw it at a distance being held up to me mockingly. But because it's a special effect — it glows — there's nothing there.

    Not even a physical prop?
    Well, yes. It looks like a bath soap.

    Not very romantic.

    I almost thought at one point in the movie that Thorin was going to do the "We few, we happy few" speech from [Shakespeare's] Henry V
    Balin says that in the flashback — we few that survived! It's very Shakespearean isn't it? It's interesting because when I was doing preparation I was doing a lot of vocal work, and in order to do this workout I was picking out soliloquies to use. A little Henry V, a little Richard III, a little bit Macbeth. And then I thought, ok, why have I picked these speeches? It's like turning over tarot cards. There's a reason why I was instinctively drawn — I had like 5 pages I was working on every night — and it's almost like there's a little bit of everything in there. The Henry V is that sort of battle rallying idea, and there's a little bit of self-hatred in Richard III, and there's a good amount of taking the wrong path in Macbeth. I suddenly thought, 'All of this stuff is relevant.' I didn't deliberately weave it through the character but it was just there, like a tone.

    In regards to Richard III and Macbeth, you could also say there's a lot of greed in Thorin.
    Yes! Absolutely!

    Do you see that as his over-arching narrative throughout the film? [The renunciation of] greed? Or revenge?
    It's more about — yes, he was bequeathed a revenge upon Azog for his grandfather's beheading. He also has to take his people back to the mountain to reclaim the gold that was taken from them in this horrific Holocaust whereby the dragon came and decimated his people. It's not altruistic. It has to be personal and he wants to be King Under the Mountain. That means taking back the gold. The greed aspect is something that — as he gets closer to the mountain, it's like the greed draws him and the gold corrupts him.

    Certainly in the novel, as you speak of getting close to the mountain in physical distance, he also gets closer somehow to the character of Smaug.
    I think he is probably corrupted by the gold as Smaug was fattened by it. But that's the aspect of Thorin's character that he's ashamed of. He knows it exists. It's like a line that runs through his family of greed. And when they come in contact with gold it corrupts them. It happened to his grandfather. I always imagined that Thorin was probably closer to [his grandfather] Thror than he was to [his father] Thrain. I think that Thror hid himself away when he got the dragon sickness, and Thorin kind of kept him behind closed doors and would nurse him through his sickness. Kept the door closed so no one ever saw the king. I think he witnessed the physical effects of that. So when we get into film III, you'll see the manifestation of what that is.

    A physical sense. It's not just the desire for greed. I saw it as a physical ailment. If [director] Pete [Jackson] decides to use that.

    Are you done filming?
    No. We still have to shoot the Battle of the Five Armies.

    Oh, so nothing big then.

    Is there a scene you have shot that from movies II or III that you can't wait to show the world?
    When they enter the mountain. That was a really special scene because of what it means. It's the monumental moment.

    You've mentioned Christian themes as something that drew you to the project —
    It wasn't important to me, no, but I can feel it bubbling through Tolkien's words. I don't think he ever intended that. You can just feel his beliefs underneath his work. He hated allegory. Unlike C.S. Lewis, he did not want a kind of allegorical story. He wasn't talking about the second world war. Sauron is not Hitler. He absolutely didn't want that. But the Christianity is just something I can sense. He's not giving a religious message.

    * It means "Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!" As Mr. Armitage correctly points out, it is in fact from The Two Towers.


    Really great article! Read it if you can. But other than that...

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    Blowhard Rush Limbaugh dedicated a lengthy diatribe on his radio show yesterday to the idea that there is a movement underway to try to “normalize pedophilia” by classifying it as a sexual orientation like heterosexuality and homosexuality. Limbaugh based his claims on an article in The Guardian that addresses questions science still has about the nature of pedophilia, but then he drew his own conclusions that normalizing same-sex marriage is similarly going to lead to normalizing the sexual abuse of children:

    LIMBAUGH: There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia, and I guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same as your reaction when you first heard about gay marriage. What has happened to gay marriage? It’s become normal — and in fact, with certain people in certain demographics it’s the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. So don’t pooh-pooh. There’s a movement to normalize pedophilia. Don’t pooh-pooh it. The people behind it are serious, and you know the left as well as I do. They glom onto something and they don’t let go. [...]
    What is their objective? They want us to all think that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation. You know who’s gonna fall right in line is college kids, just like they have on gay marriage, just like they do on all other revolutionary social issues. Their own definition of the cutting edge, civil rights, freedom, understanding, tolerance. So I’m just warning you here. You think it can’t happen. “Impossible! Don’t be nutso and wacko on us, Rush.”


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    Adam Lambert is getting ready to take the next step in his "evolution" as an artist.

    Although the American Idol season eight runner-up had split with 19 Management in August 2011, he remained signed to the recording arm of 19 Entertainment (now owned by CORE Media Group) for another 18 months.

    According to sources, January marked the expiration for that contract, although he is still on the roster at RCA Records. “It’s good for both sides,” says an insider. “Adam can move forward with his plans and 19 isn’t stuck in the middle.”

    A rep for Lambert says the two parties leave “amicably and with the utmost respect for each other,” adding that the decision is but one part of the singer’s “evolution,” which began when he joined Direct Management Group, home to Katy Perry among other clients.

    Since first signing to 19 in 2009, when he advanced to the finals on Idol, the company has seen profits from his six RCA Records releases, which include two studio albums as well as collections of live recordings and remixes, along with merchandising revenue and other ancillary products.

    Although Lambert saw little radio play in the U.S. for his latest offering, Trespassing, his success overseas has cemented his status as a global artist. Aside from appearances at massive events like the MNet Asian Music Awards and The Voice China, the latter of which was watched by some 500 million people, he hosted December's VH1 Divas 2012 special and there are plans for Lambert to tour Japan, Southeast Asia and Europe in 2013.

    As for his third album, conversations with the label about direction have already begun, says DMG.

    19 Entertainment still represents a slew of Idol alums, including season 10's James Durbin, season 11's Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart and season 12's Colton Dixon, Jessica Sanchez and winner Phillip Phillips, among others.

    Freedom from the Idol overlord.


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    The World According to Ke$ha


    I never leave home without
    My passport. I almost ran off to Mexico the other day, but I stopped myself.

    At 3 AM I am
    Either playing with Mr.Peeps, my cat, or playing strip poker. It's always different.

    The celeb I'd like to make out with most is
    Will Smith. To fulfill my deep childhood longing. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air did it for me. He was just so fresh!

    The last person I kissed was
    A very friendly, happy stranger at this amazing strip club in Atlanta.

    You know you've had too much to drink when
    You read your text messages, and you're not actually texting words

    The best invention is
    The boombox. It's a portable dance party.

    The song that always makes me cry is
    "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter. It's a country song about young love and growing up. I'm from the south so it reminds me of home.

    I would come back in my next life as
    A baby lion. Ferocious and adorable at the same time.

    Source: People Magazine January 21, 2013 issue p50 by Jessica Herndon

    ONTD what song always makes you cry?
    mine is "Some Gave All" by Billy Rae Cyrus

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    Just watched 'Leap year' and only Amy could make that movie somehow cute. Crying @ this angel most likely losing the Oscar to Mrs Starvation Hathaway.

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    New Adult Contemporary is a vastly expanding genre every day. Picking through the chaos is a hard task, but with India Lee’s HDU we find a new story – a gossip website moderator who ends up becoming the fake girlfriend to a Hollywood celebrity. India Lee is no stranger to celebrity fiction – she’s also the author of the Hidden Gem series, about a pop star trying to fit in at a new school without getting found out. Today we’re super excited to have her for an interview and share her new book! Thanks so much to India for stopping by! Enjoy the interview.

    Amanda Nathan just lost everything – her first real boyfriend to her lifelong best friend, her half of their shared apartment in St. Louis and her first post-grad job as a receptionist. Forced back under her parents’ roof in Merit, Missouri, the gossipy town she’d spent her life trying to escape, Amanda has but one saving grace – being an anonymous moderator on HDU, the Internet’s largest celebrity gossip community. Unemployed and alone, Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over – Hollywood gossip. Now, her idea of fun is getting lost in the glamorous lives of others and posting nasty rumors about her former bestie’s favorite actor, Liam Brody, a playboy notorious for dumping his model girlfriends on a monthly basis.

    So who would’ve thought that Liam Brody would be Amanda’s answer to escaping Merit? When the controversial womanizer needs an image boost to land a new role, he turns to none other than HDU for some good press. As it turns out, Liam is as eager to shed his playboy image as Amanda is desperate to move out of Merit. The solution to both problems? Fake a romance in which Hollywood’s biggest playboy falls for an unknown, sweet and shockingly plain Jane.

    With the help of Ian, a fellow HDU moderator and self-developed expert on stardom, Amanda packs her bags for her new life in New York, where the overnight fame and glamour of being a celebrity girlfriend awaits. But Amanda soon discovers that their little ploy is a lot more emotionally complicated than she imagined. And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle, so does manipulation.

    Was Oh No They Didn’t (ONTD) an inspiration for your fictional How Dare You (HDU)?

    ONTD was definitely an inspiration. I think it’s interesting how gossip sites like ONTD are the types of places that can help make or break an image. The comments are bigger than the actual stories because the draw is more so the community response than the actual news.

    Did any real life celebrities inspire any of the colorful characters in HDU or the Hidden Gem series?

    There were a lot of real life celebrities and incidents that inspired the characters in HDU, though no one celebrity for any individual character. They’re all kind of a blend of things that stuck out to me in pop culture over the past few years. But as I was writing, there were definitely times when I started seeing someone’s face in my head (more often actors but sometimes friends), and then that person just becomes the character to me. There is definitely an actress I imagine as Amanda and an actor I imagine for Liam — though none of my friends who have read the book agree with me on that pick (lol). I might have weird taste.

    Why did you decide to self-publish your books instead of going the traditional route?

    I never really made a choice of self-publishing over traditional, I just kind of fell into self-publishing. I didn’t know it was a thing that existed until two years ago when one of my friends revealed that she had a book she wanted me to buy because she’d actually written it and had been dabbling for awhile in this thing called self-pub. At the time, it sounded like a really foreign and strange concept to me but I was intrigued by the immediacy of it. And I had a completed novel that I had written for fun in high school. So I figured if anyone can do this, why not give it a try with what I’ve got?

    I had friends help me handle all the logistics for Suburban Girl’s Rebellion under a pen name to avoid conflicts with my job at the time. Because I was keeping it all a secret, I didn’t have the option of asking my friends and family to buy so there were almost no sales in the first week. So I forgot about the book and figured it would die a quiet death on Amazon and I’d have a laugh every few months when it sold a random copy. But then a couple months later, I found out that it sold a few hundred and I had readers who were interested in the excerpt I had put in the back, which was from the first book of Hidden Gem. Because of that, I finished up Hidden Gem and published it, and that became a series that gave me more readers than I had ever imagined from this experience. And since I was working in entertainment at the time and my fans seemed to like the entertainment aspect, I decided to write more involving the topic. Which was how HDU came about.

    What is your marketing strategy like for your various books?

    I contacted bloggers who accept and review independently published books. I posted about the book in appropriate forums. I have a Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads page where I make announcements about new books. I occasionally blog about the things in my life that I think my readers might enjoy or find relevant to my writing. And occasionally, I’ll gift new books to old fans and randomly picked readers directly.

    Do you have any peculiar writing quirks or habits?

    I catch myself making facial expressions that I’m describing. If I’m home while writing, I’m usually standing at my kitchen counter instead of sitting down somewhere. And for background noise, I go back and forth between playing Adele radio on Pandora or streaming Archer on Netflix.

    What books are currently on your nightstand?

    I have Peace, They Say on my nightstand, which is a history of the Nobel Peace Prize. I bought it for $1 at The Strand and I haven’t read a single page yet. But it looks good on my nightstand.

    Is there any advice that you might give to writers looking at self-publishing?

    If you have something ready to go, just go for it. The experience is tons of fun and incredibly rewarding. If you’re not sure where to start, ask for help or research — there are plenty of resources online to help people with self-publishing. If you love writing but have qualms over the stigma that’s attached to self-publishing, then maybe test the waters under a pen name with a novel that isn’t The Novel in your life (but do respect your readers and do your best editing, formatting, and writing of a story that people will enjoy). There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. You don’t know where your project might go or what its readership might end up being. When I started this, I had no idea that Hidden Gem would be what allowed me to quit my job, write fulltime, and still live in Manhattan.

    And the absolute best thing about self-pub is having total creative control of what you put out and when. That schedule can allow for whatever other projects you may have going on. Choosing self-publishing now doesn’t mean you’re closing the door on everything else.

    Just throwing this one out there, but is there any chance that maybe HDU was autobiographical (*wink*)?

    I’ve never been a website moderator and I’ve never dated a womanizing movie star, so unfortunately, no!


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    WASHINGTON — Aaron Swartz, an Internet genius who helped deliver new Web content to users by co-developing Reddit and RSS before later becoming a digital activist, has committed suicide. He was 26.

    Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for New York's chief medical examiner, said Swartz hung himself and was pronounced dead late Friday in the city's Brooklyn borough. At the time of his death, Swartz, who had gone on to press for free public access to Web content, was just weeks away from being put on trial on accusations of stealing millions of scientific and literary journal articles from the subscription-only JSTOR service. He faced decades in prison and $1 million in fines if convicted. Following the activist's 2011 arrest, anti-censorship group Demand Progress said the prosecution "makes no sense."

    "It's like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library," the group's executive director David Segar said in a statement then. Swartz also had publicly discussed on his blog his battle with depression. Fellow technology activist Cory Doctorow met Swartz at 14 or 15 after he had already helped develop the RSS tool for users to get updates from blogs, news headlines and other online content. He later co-founded the social news website Reddit.

    "In so many ways, he was an adult, even then, with a kind of intense, fast intellect that really made me feel like he was part and parcel of the Internet society," Doctorow wrote on the Boing Boing blog. "But Aaron was also a person who'd had problems with depression for many years... Whatever problems Aaron was facing, killing himself didn't solve them. Whatever problems Aaron was facing, they will go unsolved forever."

    In an angry online post, Harvard Law School's Safra Center for Ethics director Lawrence Lessig denounced federal prosecutors'"bullying.""The question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a 'felon,'" Lessig wrote. In an earlier post, the scholar wrote: "there is no way to express the sadness of this day."

    "To the co-creator of RSS, of the Creative Commons architecture, of part of Reddit and of endless love and inspiration and friendships, rest. We are all incredibly sorry to have let you down," he added.


    RIP. He was younger than me. Also, his 'co-founding' of Reddit is apparently hotly debated. His company merged with Reddit about 6 months after launch but is officially called a founder.

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    Demi Moore may have a new love interest.

    The actress and restaurant owner Harry Morton have been on several dates in recent weeks, including one to the South Beverly Grill in Beverly Hills, according to a source.

    "Demi was very giddy during her date with Harry," says the source. "She was really into him and seemed to very much enjoy his company."

    Moore, 50, and Morton, 31, have also hung out together at Moore's Beverly Hills home, the source adds.

    In November of 2011, Moore and ex Ashton Kutcher announced the end of their marriage. He filed for divorce in December 2012 and has been dating his That '70s Show costar Mila Kunis.

    Harry Morton, who founded Pink Taco restaurant chain, dated Lindsay Lohan in 2006 and was linked to Jennifer Aniston in 2010.

    A source told E! Online, who first reported the news, "They are just getting to know one another ... [Moore is] in a really good place at the moment and is hopeful about the future."


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    Selena Gomez: Alberta Ferretti & Vogue Dinner

    Selena Gomez steps out for a night out at the Alberta Ferretti and Vogue Limited Edition Collection 2013 Fashion Show and dinner held at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Thursday night (January 10).

    The event, which was hosted by Alberta Ferretti and Lisa Love, benefited the “Protect a Child” Campaign by Jordan River Foundation.

    Earlier in the week, Selena was spotted at the record studio, according to EOnline.

    She’s working again with Rock Mafia, and “hoping to have another hit and break it real soon. That is her main priority right now,” a source shared.

    Can’t wait to hear more music!

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    Austin Butler walks alongside co-star Ellen Wong as they make their way to the The Carrie Diaries set in New York City on Thursday afternoon (January 10).

    The twosome were joined by leading lady AnnaSophia Robb, who picked up a cup of coffee on her way.

    Did you realize there are only a few more days until The Carrie Diaries premieres on the CW? We can’t wait to watch! source

    Carrie Diaries

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