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- 01/17/13--11:29: FX to Split Into Two Networks: FX and FXX
- 01/17/13--12:08: Michael J. Fox throws the shade of all shades at Taylor Swift
- 01/17/13--12:09: Jennifer Aniston to Be New Face of Aveeno Skin Care
- 01/17/13--12:10: Once Upon a Time 2x12 In the Name of the Brother Sneak Peeks 2-4
- 01/17/13--12:21: Tom Hiddleston on a trip for UNICEF UK
- 01/17/13--12:21: Jessie Ware + The Roots on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
- 01/17/13--12:42: Obama Inauguration Playlist: Beyonce, Wonder, Fun.
- 01/17/13--12:57: Tenacious D reveal plans for comedy-rock festival
- 01/17/13--12:57: Erika Christensen on Scientology: "We Don't Worship Rabbits!"
- 01/18/13--13:39: Leonardo DiCaprio megapost!
- 01/18/13--13:39: Glee rips off Geek King Jonathan Coulton
- 01/18/13--13:50: Brush With Fame: Lucy Liu talks about her art and life.
- 01/18/13--13:50: Selena Gomez Megapost!
- Natalie Wood drowned, age 43, after going overboard her 60-foot yacht Splendor on November 29, 1981
- Police and the coroner at the time ruled her death accidental - though authorities have since reopened the case
- Husband Robert Wagner, 82, denies being involved in her death but has repeatedly refused police requests for a new interview
- 01/18/13--14:06: Lindsay Lohan may have one more bill to pay
- 01/18/13--14:22: Degrassi promo from MuchMusic
- 01/18/13--14:22: Paris Was Paid $300k For Danish Television Appearance
Fox Networks is planning to split its successful FX channel into two networks as part of a larger effort to enlarge its cable footprint.
A new network, tentatively called FXX, would target younger viewers -- millennials -- with a skew towards comedy, according to media executives who have been briefed on the plans.
The network would program some of the original comedy series that now appear on FX, such as The League and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It would also be stocked with appropriate theatrical movies from a stockpile FX has been building in deals with nearly all of the major studios over the past few years.
The plans call for a launch in September with about 75 million subscribers. Many of those subscribers would come from the Fox Soccer channel, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
After the split, FX would continue to air the edgy dramas such as Sons of Anarchy and Justified that attract young adults and baby boomers. FX Networks, headed by John Landgraf, will also continue to produce the movie channel FXM.
A Fox spokesman declined to comment on details, saying only that the company is always examining its programming options.
By giving the entertainment networks different focuses, they might avoid cannibalizing each other's viewership and competing for programming. Splitting a network portfolio along drama/comedy lines has long been done by Turner Broadcasting, with TNT, which features drama, and its "very funny" TBS. AMC Networks is following a similar strategy by having IFC focus on quirky comedies while its develops dramas for Sundance Channel.
Cable has been a major profit driver for News Corp., which is in the process of dividing itself into two public companies controlled by Rupert Murdoch. One company, the new News Corp., will mainly own the company's publishing assets. The other, Fox Group, would be in the TV and movie business, headed by Chase Carey, a big believer in the power of both cable and sports.
Fox is also in the process of creating a national sports cable network that would compete with ESPN, which commands high ratings and higher subscriber fees thanks to its licenses to carry professional football, baseball and basketball, as well as college football.
The network, expected to be called Fox Sports 1, will be built on what is now the racing driven channel Speed. There is also talk that the company's Fuel channel, now gaining muscle from its UFC programming, could become Fox Sports 2.
Of course, all of the changes are subject to agreements with distributors, which can opt to drop channels if the deviate from the way they are defined in their carriage agreements.
Executives from cable distributors such as Time Warner Cable and Dish Network have talked about dropping channels rather than adding them as the cost of programming rises. That could make achieving carriage more difficult for new networks or mean that less lucrative deals are coming down the pike.
I wonder if this will help boost the ratings for FX's shows...
Remember at the Golden Globes, when Tina Fey told serial dater Taylor Swift to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son," Sam? That was a pretty amazing moment. So you can imagine how thrilled we were to relive it with the elder Fox himself last night at a book party for Ann Leary's The Good House. Would Fox approve of a Sam/Taylor (Saylor) love connection? we asked. "No. No ... Just back off," he told us. "I don’t keep up with it all," he said. "But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right?" Right! "What a way to build a career." So if Swift showed up to a Fox family dinner (possibly wearing her fox sweater), how would he react? "I wouldn’t even know who she was," he said. But it'd probably dawn on him after the breakup song hit the radio. "Yeah, exactly," he said. "'Sam, You Piece of Shit.' Oh … that was the girl you brought home!"
Jennifer Aniston takes great care of her skin—and now that loving relationship is paying off.
The oft-glowing actress has signed a deal to be the new face of Aveeno
"We can confirm that Jennifer Aniston will be partnering with Aveeno for
Whisperings of such a deal first sounded last summer, but Aniston's work for the brand is just getting under way.
Previous Aveeno spokesmodels have included lovelies like All My Children actress Daniella van Grass, but Aniston would by far be the brand's most famous face yet.
The former Friends star has also appeared in campaigns for SmartWater, L'Oreal hair care and her own eponymous fragrance.
Someone's off on a journey...
Tom posted this yesterday on his twitter:
More details (including Tom's destination) sure to come. People can follow his journey using the hashtag #Tom_UNICEFUK
Tom's fans have so far raised over £16,000 for UNICEF UK.
Where do you think Tom is headed to, ONTD?
It’s not too late to fall into love with Jessie Ware if you’re late to the ‘this-chick-is-dope’ party. The British soul singer left her heart on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon stage as she performed her single “Wildest Moments.” Backed by The Roots she seriously belts out the perfect pitch for each note. The melodies dances off her tongue divinely.
Back in December the soulful singer who has been compared to Sade made her first North American debut at New York City’s The Box where she nailed songs from Devotion, which hits stateside in April. If you missed the greatness of Devotion when it was on Spotify, take a listen to her EP If You’re Never Gonna Move in the meantime. Not that it should take much to convince you Jessie’s the next great act to hail from the UK, but her flawless cover of Brownstone‘s “If You Love Me” should seal the deal. It’s true–we want folks to love her as much as we do. Jessie’s the future.
Rob Guillory Talks CHEW And Showtime's Planned Adaptation
Chew artist Rob Guillory dishes on Chew, says the planned adaptation at Showtime is still in development and that the creators have two actors in mind for the lead roles.
Chew is one of the indie title that you hear a lot of good things about but for whatever reason, you keep putting off that initial purchase. Well, thanks to this latest interview with artist Rob Guillory I may finally quit procrastinating and purchase my first issue. Check out what he has to say about how he got started with writer John Layman and where things are with the Showtime adaptation.
The artist details how his involvement with the series came about.
Guillory: [After detailing his work for manga published Tokyopop] eventually, the Tokyopop thing went south and died. Then a few months later, John Layman started looking for an artist for Chew, which had been rejected numerous times by DC. Turned out that the first guy Layman asked was Brandon Jerwa [who Guillory knew from Tokyopop], who happened to be a good friend of his. And Jerwa referred him to me. And we just sorta clicked. Layman had the first 3 issues scripted when I came onboard, and most of the primary cast. My claim to fame is that I helped make them look weird. That’s changed as the series has progressed. I contribute a lot more, generally just with offbeat food powers.
On the first time he realized Chew was a success.
Guillory: Well, I kinda believed it was a good book before it ever came out, and I had been bragging to Layman for months before that we had a hit on our hands. But when it actually did hit, it was pretty nuts. That first post-Chew San Diego Comic Con was the scariest experience I’ve had in my career. Mostly because the success was real. It’s easy to read reviews online and kinda accept that we were doing okay. But when we went to the show and were mobbed by tons of fans that loved us, it scared the crap outta me and Layman. It took us a week or so after the show to work up the courage to start the next issue. The weight of success, I guess.
On the planned television adaptation by Showtime.
Guillory: We have an awesome script written by a great writer named Brian Duffield. It’s shockingly loyal to the comic. All the favorite characters are there, and the tone is dead on. Stylistically, it’s about as close as you can get to something as weird as Chew. So right now, we’re basically going back and forth with Showtime. Network stuff, which can move super-slow. But the good news is that we’re taking our time with it. If it does happen, it will be good. It won’t be something we just crap out.
On whether the show is currently planned as 30 min or a full hour.
Guillory: Well, it got changed to one-hour episodes as it evolved, but I don’t know if that was ever announced. It’s just something that happens as we experiment with getting the adaptation right.
About casting the show. Ken Leung (Lost) as Tony Chu is the creator preferred choice. But what about Leung's Lost partner Josh Holloway as John Colby?
Guillory: That’s our dream cast. I don’t know about Holloway’s availability, but we’ve been in touch with Ken Leung, and we send him books periodically. He’s a fan, and if the timing came together, he would be our Tony. But it’s Hollywood, and there are a million other factors. So we’ll see.
I haven't recovered from the ending of the last issue yet.
Last week, news broke that the CW was actively developing a Vampire Diaries spinoff with showrunner Julie Plec that would center on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) — working title The Originals — and that the April 25 episode of TVD would serve as a backdoor pilot. Though she doesn’t want to say too much about a show with a fate unknown, EW was able to get a few teases from her.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The idea of doing a spinoff has been around for a while. Why was the time right to pull the trigger?
JULIE PLEC: It’s actually something that we’ve been talking about for two years, that we contemplated trying to get off its feet last year, but there was just too much work to do in too little time. So that gave us an opportunity this year to spend a lot more time putting it together — seeing if, obviously, our actors had any interest whatsoever continuing the life of these characters [Laughs] and if there was a story to tell. It all came together in a way that we finally felt would not detract from our most important baby right now, The Vampire Diaries, and would give us a chance to expand the universe with characters that we’ve had another year to get to know.
What can you tease about the April 25 episode?
The idea is that a turn of events in Mystic Falls sends Klaus to New Orleans to solve a mystery. He gets word that some people are making a move against him that might concern him. So he heads to New Orleans to try to figure who’s plotting against him and what they’re up to. And in unfolding that mystery, it takes him back to a town that several hundred years ago, he was actually one of the original settlers of and helped build. He reacquaints himself with a vampire that he actually turned back in the day, Marcel, who has created a whole set of rules and a whole society for the supernatural community that he’s in charge of — sort of tipping his hat to Klaus and saying, “You taught me everything I know.” So Klaus’ protegé is now the big king of the supernatural community in New Orleans and Klaus is stepping back into that.
Have you cast Marcel?
No, we start casting, I think, in the next week or two.
How would you describe him?
He is the life of the party. He is diabolical, and dangerous, and he is a rock star. If anything, he’s that kind of hard-partying, hard-living vampire who knows how to enjoy the most out of life in the French Quarter.
And so if it were to go to series, New Orleans would remain the setting.
Yes. When I talked about it to the network and the studio, I said, “In its own way, the French Quarter, with its less than 3,000 inhabitants, is the ultimate small town.” So it’s still a small-town story, it’s just a town that we all know pretty well. We all have our own party fantasy that we’ve either lived or wanted to live in New Orleans.
Fans have been wondering what could keep Klaus occupied, and how Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) will get involved.
That is all part of the big mystery. I will say no one should assume anything about the way this is gonna play out, because with luck, it will be a nice surprise for everybody.
Would there be a role for Elijah (Daniel Gillies) in the spinoff, because there needs to be.
Oh, in the world of Julie Plec [Laughs] and her obsession with Daniel Gillies, there is always a role for Elijah. It’s only a matter of whether in Daniel Gillies’ world there is an interest in having a job with Julie Plec. But I can hope the answer is yes.
So you have talked to him about the possibility.
Yes. Absolutely. You’d have to ask him where he stands…. By the way, make sure it’s clear that I’m being ironic when I refer to myself in the first person. [Laughs]
What about Rebekah (Claire Holt)? She’s back in the picture this Thursday, when TVD returns with new episodes, but she and Klaus aren’t exactly happy with one other.
Right now, she’s really mad at him, and their relationship has several more mountains to climb in the next, even, five episodes, much less a future series. I think she’s another character that would be a tremendous asset to both shows. So it really all comes down to Rebekah’s future, and Claire’s future with Rebekah, and all that stuff that remains undetermined.
Would you have the title of showrunner on both shows?
I think. Truthfully, we haven’t talked about that other than that I would likely share that title with Caroline Dries on The Vampire Diaries and then be the showrunner on The Originals. The great thing about The Vampire Diaries is that Caroline has really come into her own over the three-plus years she’s been on the show and is a terrific leader, and an amazing writer, and knows the show inside and out. So I would still be there every step of the way, but she would be taking on a lot more responsibility than she already has. And Mike Narducci, who’s someone else who’s been very important on The Vampire Diaries, would come over to The Originals and take up the mantle there. So with luck, two brilliant people who’ve grown up in a Vampire Diaries universe can continue to be brilliant as we split it over two shows.
President Barack Obama is preparing for all the musicians set to perform at his inauguration festivities by releasing an official playlist.
He released the 16-track playlist, which also includes music by some of his favorite artists, through the digital music service Spotify on Thursday. The list includes jams by Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Usher and fun. They will all perform at different inaugural events, which start Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Obama's list also includes John Legend's "Ordinary People,"''Firework" by Katy Perry, James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face" and the "Glee" cast version of Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory."
Other artists include Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cannon and Mindless Behavior.
Inauguration Day is Monday.
Tenacious D have revealed plans to create their own comedy-rock festival.
Erika Christensen is the latest Hollywood star to clear the air about Scientology.
The 30-year-old actress -- a lifelong member of the controversial church -- chatted with her Parenthood costar Joy Bryant about the controversial religion in a recent interview on Bryant's Across the Board web series, poking fun at some of the public's misconceptions.
"[People assume] we're some kind of closed group and we're just the Hollywood religion and we worship rabbits," joked the actress of the faith practiced by Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Beck and other stars. "I don't actually know how many people think that."
Christensen explained that she was raised in the Church by her Scientology parents, Kathy and Steven Christensen, and would thus have no issue with introducing her future children to the religion's practices.
"I would expose to them, like, this is what I do, which is how my parents did it, because my parents are Scientologists," she said. "When I was seven, they did this demonstration. There is this thing in Scientology, it’s a study method to demonstrate things out."
"I would give them the option of, like, these are our study tools," she continued. "You can use them in school, get good grades, learn."
Though Scientology has often been characterized as a cult-like religion, the actress explained that for her, following its practices has always been more about the individual than the group.
"If I had to sum it up, the goal of Scientology is giving the person back to themselves," she told Bryant. "Like, your own power of choice."
Meet the emancipated Leonardo DiCaprio, a single-name superstar who's broken free of the shackles that constrain other A-listers: Don't accept a supporting role? (Too late.) Never mess with a beloved classic? (Whoops.) Under no circumstances play a bad guy? (Does a virulently racist slave owner count?)
"I apologize if my voice is out—I've been screaming all day," Leonardo DiCaprio says from the Long Island set of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Taking a respite in his production office, he sounds sleepy, scratchy, and, quite frankly on this late-October afternoon, a little spent.
Gone are the days of the biennial, or at best annual, Leo movie. After assiduously turning selectivity into an art form, long exercising the power of saying no, he is tasting the freewheeling joy—and pain—of saying yes: DiCaprio has three big films hitting theaters within the next year, and he's producing three to boot. He's coming off a year straight of wrangling, meetings, and a whole lot of acting. "This has been an exceptional situation," DiCaprio says. "Filming three movies back to back to back, I don't think I've ever done that."
Curiously, he gravitated toward a timely theme in all of them. "In a weird way," he says,"I realize these movies are about three different periods in American history, but all have a central character trying to hold on to the privileged life they've been given, by any means necessary." He says this either unaware or unconcerned that it could apply to a 38-year-old movie star who is taking risks like never before.
For the first time since appearing in Woody Allen's Celebrity in 1998, he's playing a supporting role—a villain, no less—in Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Western–cum–revisionist slave narrative Django Unchained; he's reinterpreting the most iconic character in modern American literature in Baz Luhrmann's high-octane 3-D adaptation of The Great Gatsby; and then he's reportedly going the full monty in a group-sex scene in The Wolf of Wall Street, the no-holds-barred look at the finance world he'd been trying to get made as a producer for years. With so much conduct unbecoming a leading man, it's a wonder Damon, Cruise, et al., haven't staged an intervention. You can almost hear them: "Leo, baby, why don't you find yourself a nice action franchise and settle down?"
That's the thing about the Tao of Leo: He's managed to cast a long shadow over Hollywood for two full decades without ever bowing to convention—no big-budget franchises, no rom-coms, not even a true action movie. "I don't know why I choose certain films," he says. "I just gravitate toward them and I don't question that."
Perhaps the boldest move in DiCaprio's 20-year career is playing antebellum plantation owner Calvin Candie in Django Unchained. DiCaprio was drawn to him from the moment he read Tarantino's script. He calls Calvin "one of, if not the most, despicable, indulgent, radical characters I've ever read in my life." Naturally, DiCaprio signed on right away, and he promptly presented Tarantino with a gift: an antiquarian book on phrenology, the racist pseudo-science used to rationalize slavery. From there, DiCaprio and Tarantino made some striking modifications. "Writer-directors tend to be very precious about their material and their words," he says, "but Quentin's whole process is getting input from the actors and adding levels to their characters." Perhaps no character evolved as much as Calvin, the master of Candyland plantation. "A lot of the talks we had specifically about phrenology really took him to a completely different level."
Adding philosophical underpinnings to Calvin's racism helped unlock the character, informing his affection for his surrogate father, a house slave played by Samuel L. Jackson, and his leering need to possess—as chattel—Django's wife, played by Kerry Washington. Tarantino drew on phrenology to fashion an epic, incendiary monologue on racial superiority. The moment DiCaprio finished delivering the speech, the entire cast gave him a spontaneous standing ovation. (Bless their taste)
"He creates shades and layers and probes and just goes deeper than anybody else ever desires to," says Stacey Sher, one of the film's producers. "The last day, when everyone was saying goodbye to him, Leo was like, 'Yeah, I'm sure happy not to be that guy anymore—it feels good.' You knew he just felt lighter."
Yet for the newly liberated Leonardo DiCaprio, there was never any hesitation about letting it all hang out—in Django, in what he calls Scorsese's "really wild, nuts movie," and in a musically charged makeover of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "sacred" American novel.
"Of course it's all risky," he says, as a production assistant calls into the office to tell him he's needed for the next scene. "I mean, that's the excitement of doing it, you know?"
Leonardo Dicaprio, 38
Credit check: Actor, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby; actor-producer, The Wolf of Wall Street
Catch Him If You Can: "My whole thing has been to develop material outside the studio system for myself, and this expanded to funding material I won't necessarily star in. I don't need to wear the producer hat while making movies, but I love to have that collaboration."
The 38-year-old actor has never been married, but has dated some of the world's most beautiful women including the supermodels Gisele Bündchen, Bar Refaeli and Erin Heatherton. He has recently been romantically linked to his latest co-star Margot Robbie, and Leonardo claims his celebrity status can make it tough to nurture a healthy relationship.
"To be honest: it used to be a lot easier when I wasn't famous. Now I can't just go into a bar and meet a woman who's really interested in me," he explained to the German edition of OK! magazine. "It has gotten much more complicated."
Leonardo has seen his career continue to soar and his latest role is a cruel plantation owner in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Despite being one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Leonardo has realised that loved ones mean more to him than work.
"That's a tough question," he replied when asked if he is happy. "What I realise more and more is that I spend so much time of life on movie sets whereas family is the most important thing in life. This thought struck me the first time when my grandma [Helene] died in 2008."
Leonardo has been acting since he was a child. This has helped him to positively channel his spirited personality.
Actor LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is set to be honoured for his contribution to cinema at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.
The Titanic star will attend a special ceremony on 1 February (13) to receive the coveted American Riviera Award, which recognises influential artists in Hollywood.
A statement from the event's Executive Director Roger Durling reads, "We are thrilled to be honoring Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award, in a year where he has shown us another layer of his immeasurable talent. His performance in Django Unchained reaffirms that he is the most relevant actor of this generation."
DiCaprio follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Sandra Bullock, Annette Bening, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Mickey Rourke.
The festival runs from 24 January (13) to 3 February (13).
Talk about your star sightings!
The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night was packed with celebs watching the Lakers take on the Miami Heat.
Not only was Leonardo DiCaprio spotted hanging out with fellow acting pals Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas, but Hilary Duff could also be seen cozying up to hubby Mike Comrie. Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman's courtside kiss
But wait, there's more!
Mark Wahlberg was on hand with his family to take in all the action while director Penny Marshall cheered on the boys in purple and gold as well. And last, but certainly not least, the Lakers' most famous fan—Jack Nicholson.
Unfortunately, all that star power didn't quite pay off for the home team, which wound up losing 99-90.
Glee made its name on enthusiastic unoriginality. The hit TV show, in which high school teens sing syrupy-sweet covers of famous pop tunes, has never really relied on new musical material. But the cover arrangements on the show are often very original—smart, interesting reharmonizations and mash-ups that often make even the tiredest pop tunes sound fresh.
However, with one of their arrangements for next week's episode, Glee appears to have flagrantly stolen an arrangement from geeky songwriter Jonathan Coulton.
Coulton, well-known for his now-classic video game anthem "Still Alive" from the game Portal (as well as for performing on our roof deck that one time), tweeted about the song this morning:
Here's Coulton's arrangement, which was first released on his 2006 album Thing a Week One:
And here's the Glee version, which will be in the eleventh episode of season four, "Sadie Hawkins," and will air next week on the 24th.
Update: It appears that the track, while currently not available on the US iTunes store, may have been available earlier and was pulled by Fox. The track is still available elsewhere, like on the Swedish iTunes store.
well, that is pretty blatant.
From steely office bitch in Ally McBeal, to the villainess with a vendetta in Kill Bill actress Lucy Liu is a force to be reckoned. There is a residual fearlessness to Lucy, even when off duty, flecked with pastel coloured finger-smudges of paint, and with her hair scraped back into a soft ponytail.
It’s an attribute that she doesn’t shy away from. She has publicly spoken out against the “invisible racism” faced by Asian actors in the film industry, and has campaigned for gay marriage. She is also open about her own fluid sexual views. In the hush-hush world of Hollywood, her candidness is refreshing.
Brought up by Chinese migrant parents in New York, Lucy was instilled with a first-generation, grafter’s work ethic. After graduating, she worked as a waitress and auditioned for TV bit parts, including a role in a new series, Ally McBeal. She didn’t get the part, but scriptwriter David E Kelley created the character Ling Woo especially for her.
In 2008, Lucy displayed a rarely seen vulnerability in Thom Fitzgerald’s 3 Needles, playing an HIV-positive Chinese blood-smuggler. Last year, she made her first Broadway appearance in the Tony Award-winning comedy, God of Carnage.
Lucy has now come to London to lift the veil on a very different career trajectory. She has always taken an interest in visual arts, and first started showing her work under the pseudonym Yu Ling in 1993. Seven years ago, the 42-year-old bought a live-in art studio, and enrolled at the New York Studio School. Using her own name for the first time, she recently exhibited in London’s Salon Vert gallery. Taking collected scraps and objects salvaged while dumpster-diving, her work gives us an insight into her private experiences, as she explores her life as an Asian-American woman. Her latest installation, Seventy Two, consists of 72 primarily inked canvasses, and a limited edition book, inspired by the ‘72 Names of God’ in the Book of Exodus.
We asked Lucy to show us how she makes her work, before sitting down with her to talk about her passion.
“I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT A MAN LOOKED LIKE NAKED UNTIL I WAS 16. I STILL CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT.”
THERE’S A STRONG PRESENCE OF THE FEMALE FORM IN YOUR BODY OF WORK. WHY IS THAT?
We didn’t grow up seeing anyone naked in our family, and I never saw what a man looked like until I was 16. I was astounded; I still can’t figure it out. I didn’t understand how it all worked and how it was attached. Obviously, I’m more familiar with it now, but it’s harder to capture. In my art, I connect with what I know. If a man could walk around naked all the time it’d be great for me, but who’s going to do that?
YOU’VE PREVIOUSLY EXHIBITED YOUR ART UNDER PSEUDONYMS. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO USE YOUR OWN NAME FOR YOUR MOST RECENT EXHIBITION?
When we had finished the book [that accompanied the show], which took more than two years, I asked myself, “Do we use my name or do we use the other name?” The publisher said, “We should use your name. This is your opportunity to really show your work and be proud of it.” It was the publisher that pushed me in that direction. It opened the door to an opportunity that has been there for a long time. I have been afraid to reveal this aspect of myself because people don’t like you to wear too many hats – they criticise you for it. I didn’t want it to be seen as disposable, because art is not disposable to me.
HAS THIS FEAR STOPPED YOU READING REVIEWS OF YOUR ART?
I don’t read reviews about myself, even in film and in television, so I wouldn’t read reviews about my art. I think it taints the experience of it. When you do a movie or you are working in television, the people that you work with become your life; it is a very intimate experience that takes you somewhere emotionally. The experience of painting something has the same effect. Whether the painting is a success or a failure, the time that I was involved in it remains the same. To read a review about yourself, whether good or bad, can extinguish your experience and make you feel regretful, and I don’t want to regret time passing.
I HEAR THAT YOUR UPBRINGING WAS QUITE STRICT. IS IT TRUE THAT YOU DIDN’T CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS?
My parents worked many jobs when we were growing up, morning, noon and night. That was their way to survive and to make it in America after moving from Taiwan. They relished the opportunity to do that; that is why they came to America. At college, people would talk about what they were doing for their birthday week, and I thought, “I can’t even remember when my own birthday is, let alone have a whole birthday week.” I love that people can celebrate that way, but in my family we were so busy trying to make ends meet.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS PAINTED?
We didn’t have any paints in the house when I was younger, but I would do collage. I would collect advertisements, rip them up, and then paste them together. That was the beginning of it. After that, I did photography, and then painting and sculpting. I began to realise how important it is to express yourself, and not be afraid of making mistakes – as mistakes often make something special and unique.
WITH THE COLLAGES, WERE YOU EXPRESSING YOUR REALITY OR A FANTASY?
I think both. There was definitely a feeling of self- expression, but I was creating a fantasy world, because the images were advertisements of things we couldn’t afford, so you created something of your own. That’s what made it special, because we didn’t have other materials. Even now that I have access to things that I couldn’t then afford, I am attracted to found objects. Sometimes I’ll go to the reject bin in the paint store and find the mixtures people decided that they didn’t want. I’ll make those into a painting instead of choosing the colours that I want. I find it fascinating that something that was once of use is not useful anymore. When you finish drinking a can of soda, you throw the bottle out. At one point, that bottle was undeniably important; the fact that it isn’t any more makes it much more attractive to me.
HOW DO YOUR ART AND FILM LINK?
I have a connecting point from one thing to another. There’s something important about the continuation of working. It’s like a string that doesn’t end. Even if I’m on set, I do something in my trailer. I can’t really sit around doing nothing; it would drive me crazy.
“WHEN YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT, THE PASSION IS LIMITLESS. IT FEELS LIKE THERE IS NO END.”
YOU’RE ASSOCIATED WITH PLAYING LESS THAN ANGELIC CHARACTERS. WHY IS THAT?
A lot of people comment on the bitchy characters that I have played, but I’ve always felt that they have had so much heart. I like to explore a character to find the humility and the humour and think even the most sinister character should be gripping; you shouldn’t want them to die. You need a strong antagonist in films; you don’t want it to be that easy. The protagonist is only as strong as the antagonist, in my view.
YOU SEEM TO BE CONSTANTLY CHALLENGING YOURSELF. DO YOU THINK YOU’LL EVER FEEL CONTENT?
It would be nirvana to get to that point. It is part of my system to want to work. Sometimes people retire and then pass away after a year or two; it might happen to me. It could be from childhood; work ethic being related to survival. But I do think there’s something magical about exploring and discovering. When you’re doing something that you really care about, the passion is limitless. It feels like there is no end.
Lucy Liu Seventy Two is published by Salma Editions.
Selena Gomez arrives at LAX to catch a flight out of town. The ‘Spring Breakers’ star could be seen rolling some baggage into the terminal before heading to her departing flight.
Leaving BOA Steakhouse
Selena Gomez keeps her head down after dining out in Los Angeles on Friday night (January 11).
The 20-year-old actress went with some friends for a meal at Boa Steakhouse before calling it a night.
Vanessa Hudgens watches her steps while holding hands with BFF co-star Selena Gomez outside her home on Sunday afternoon (January 13) in Studio City, Calif.
The two Spring Breakers stars got glammed up at Vanessa‘s home before heading out to a 2013 Golden Globe Awards viewing party.
Selena stops at Starbucks!
Selena Gomez is all smiles as she leaves Starbucks with some friends on Wednesday afternoon (January 16) in Burbank, Calif.
The 20-year-old Spring Breakers actress and her girls also enjoyed sandwiches at Subway for an early dinner.
Selena Gomez Nylon February Cover Girl!
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DID SELENA GOMEZ AND JOSH HUTCHERSON HOOK UP AFTER THE GOLDEN GLOBES!?
Gomez and Josh Hutcherson “hooked up after flirting with each other” at a Golden Globes after-party, claims HollywoodLife in its latest laughable “exclusive.”
The clueless webloid has been butchering stories about Gomez for years, so it’s no surprise that in its newest rush to sensationalize something about the singer-actress, HollywoodLife whiffed again.
According to the site, after Gomez “was caught dancing and flirting with Hunger Games hunk Josh Hutcherson at the Weinstein Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills on Jan. 13, the fun didn’t stop there!”
Oh, boy! Sounds spicy! Tell us more, HollywoodLife!!
A so-called “source” tells the serial fabricators that Gomez and Hutcherson were “spotted leaving the Beverly Hilton hotel arm-in-arm, they hooked up!”
No — they did not.
Predictably, HollywoodLife is wrong.
This never happened, like a lot of what the site writes.
A source close to Gomez tells Gossip Cop, “This is completely false.”
And while she’s no longer with Justin Bieber, we’re told Gomez and Hutcherson are “just friends and have met previously,” and that he just happened to be among the group of pals with whom Gomez was partying.
And that’s that.
“@selenagomez: Look who I met at subway…”
@selenagomez: “Not a bad day at the office :)”
@selenagomez: “My littles… Getting me ready!”
“Golden Globes weekend begins”
@juliannehough: Statt and the girls! #caaparty #goldenglobes”
Spring Breakers Trailer!
Horrible photoshop but yay it's coming back.
A year after the last Wizards of Waverly Place episode aired, we get a first look at art from the one-hour reunion special airing this March, The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex. The special will follow Selena Gomez’s Alex and the rest of the Russo family as they visit long-lost relatives in Tuscany. A spell goes wrong and splits Alex in two, resulting in an Evil Alex who wants to take over the world — and a Good Alex who must stop Evil Alex at any cost. The story leads to a climactic battle between Alex’s two selves atop the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pretty much all of that is referenced in the concept art below. And nothing screams evil like a Cruella De Vil-esque streak of white hair.
Selena Talks About Her OPI Nail Polish Collection
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Hollywood actor Robert Wagner has declined to be interviewed by detectives in a fresh inquiry into the drowning death of his film star wife Natalie Wood three decades ago.
Mr Wagner - who is best known for starring in the television shows 'It Takes a Thief' and 'Switch' - was interviewed by authorities soon after Ms Wood's drowning in 1981.
But the actor is the only person who was on the yacht the night she died who has not spoken to detectives as part of the latest inquiry, according to investigators - despite repeated requests.
Blair Berk, an attorney for Mr Wagner and his family, said the actor had cooperated with authorities since his wife died.
Detectives began re-investigating the case in November 2011. Since then investigators have interviewed more than 100 people, but Mr Wagner has refused and Sheriff's Lt. John Corina has said the actor's representatives have not given any reason for his silence.
The detective's remarks provided new insight into the case that has remained one of Hollywood's enduring mysteries. Earlier this week, coroner's officials released an updated autopsy report that had been under a security hold.
It detailed why Ms Wood's death had been reclassified from an accidental drowning to a drowning caused by 'undetermined factors.'
'Mr. Wagner has fully cooperated over the last 30 years in the investigation of the accidental drowning of his wife in 1981,' Berk said in a prepared statement.
'Mr. Wagner has been interviewed on multiple occasions by the Los Angeles sheriff's department and answered every single question asked of him by detectives during those interviews.'
After 30 years, Berk said, neither Mr Wagner nor his daughters have any new information to add. She said the latest investigation was prompted by people seeking to exploit and sensationalize the 30th anniversary of the death.
The renewed inquiry came after the yacht's captain Dennis Davern told '48 Hours' and the 'Today' show that he heard Mr Wagner and Ms Wood arguing the night of her disappearance and believed Mr Wagner was to blame for her death. The authorities have not identified any suspects in the case.
Ms Wood, 43, was on a yacht with Mr Wagner, Christopher Walken and the boat captain on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981 before she somehow ended up in the water.
Lt Corina said Mr Walken gave a prepared statement and spoke to detectives for an hour.
Detectives have also interviewed other actors who knew both Mr Wagner and Ms Wood to learn more about their relationship.
Lt Corina said detectives have tried at least ten times to interview Mr Wagner but have been refused. He said some of the refusals have come from the actor's attorney, and that detectives at one point traveled to Colorado to try to speak with Mr Wagner but were unsuccessful.
LtCorina said the latest inquiry had turned up new evidence.
'Most of the people we've talked to were never talked to 30 years ago,' he said. 'We've got a lot of new information.'
Asked if the information might lead to criminal charges, Lt Corina said that would be up to prosecutors if they are presented with a case.
'All we can do is collect the facts,' he said. 'We're still trying to collect all the facts.'
Lt Corina said new people have emerged with information each time the case is in the news. Detectives would like to interview other people who have not agreed to talk, he said.
Coroner's officials released an updated autopsy report on Monday that detailed the reasons why Ms Wood's death certificate was changed last year from a drowning death to 'drowning and other undetermined factors.'
The updated report states the change was made in part because investigators could not rule out that some of the bruises and marks on Ms Wood's body happened before she went into the water.
'Since there are unanswered questions and limited additional evidence available for evaluation, it is opined by this medical examiner that the manner of death should be left as undetermined,' Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran wrote in the report completed in June.
Officials also considered that Ms Wood was not wearing a life jacket, had no history of suicide attempts and didn't leave a note as reasons to amend the death certificate.
She was famous for roles in films such as 'West Side Story' and 'Rebel Without a Cause' and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht have contributed to the mystery of her death. Ms Wood, Mr Wagner and Mr Walken had all been drinking heavily in the hours before the actress disappeared.
Mr Wagner wrote in a 2008 memoir that he and Mr Walken argued that night. He wrote that Mr Walken went to bed and he stayed up for a while, but that when he went to bed, he noticed that his wife and a dinghy that had been attached to the yacht were missing.
'Nobody knows,' he wrote. 'There are only two possibilities; either she was trying to get away from the argument, or she was trying to tie the dinghy. But the bottom line is that nobody knows exactly what happened.'
The setup:On November 28, 1981, the 60-foot yacht Splendor set out for Santa Catalina Island, a rocky island off the coast of California, 22 miles from Los Angeles. Aboard were Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and the boat's skipper, Dennis Davern. The couple also brought Ms Wood's newest costar, Christopher Walken, to celebrate their successful completion of filming for 'Brainstorm,' a science fiction thriller.|
Ms Wood, Mr Wagner and Mr Walken departed the yacht and rode a dingy to shore, where they had dinner at Harbor Reef Resultant on the island. Waitresses reported that all three Hollywood actors drank heavily - mostly champagne - and were rude and boisterous.
Witnesses say all three were very intoxicated at about 10.15pm when they piloted the dingy back to the yacht, which was anchored offshore. Exactly what happened after the three returned to the boat remains a mystery.
The tragedy: Ms Wood's body was found floating in the water about a mile from the yacht at about 8am on November 29 and the coroner determined that she had died of a combination of drowning and hypothermia.
Her blood alcohol level at the time was 0.14percent - nearly twice the legal limit for driving. She also had motion sickness medication and painkillers in her system, which likely increased her level of intoxication. The time of death is estimated at about midnight at on November 29.
'The fact that her stomach contained 500 cc of partially digested food material supports that opinion of that time of death being around midnight, especially given the information that dinner was consumed between 8 and 9pm,' according to the new report.
However, Ms Wood was not reported missing until 1.30am - fully 90 minutes after she went overboard, according to an interview with the manager of the restaurant on shore.
OMGGGGGGG IT'S AMAZING, lets get slutty ONTD
Million Dollar Decorator bosses to make Lindsay Lohan pay $250k tax on luxury furniture after she refused to film big reveal
Lindsay Lohan while (wut?) have to pay tax on the $250,000 worth of furniture she was given as a present.
The troubled actress - who was recently given a bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $233,000 for unpaid taxes between 2009 and 2010 - received the expensive furniture from producers of Bravo reality TV show Million Dollar Decorator.
But because she refused to take part in the programme's big reveal, she is going to be taxed on it.
A source told website RadarOnline: 'Producers had planned on paying the luxury gift tax on the furniture that was given to Lindsay for her Beverly Hills rental house.
'Lindsay was given $250,000 of beautiful furniture, but when she failed to agree to appear on 'Million Dollar Decorator' for the big reveal of the work that was done on her rental house, the producers decided they weren't going to pay the taxes.
'Lindsay will probably have to pay between $25,000 and $50,000 in taxes on the furniture.'
Bravo bosses initially wanted to repossess the furniture and flooring that was given to the Mean Girls star after she refused to finish filming but couldn't get it back from her.
The source continued: 'Lindsay didn't appreciate anything that was done for her. She was given $250,000 in furniture.
'Bravo attempted to get the furniture back, but Lindsay was one step ahead of them and had everything from the house sent to an unknown storage location (lol).
'Lindsay was quite pleased with herself and bragged to friends that she can get whatever she wants because she is a celebrity.'
Interior decorator Kathyrn Ireland recently revealed that Lindsay initially became involved in the show after they met at a dinner and became friends.
'She came up to me and said what a huge fan she was and said I was her favourite on the show,' she told The Hollywood Reporter. 'She told me she was getting a house and would love for me to look at it. I told her we were shooting a season right now, and they said Lindsay would be more than happy to be on the show.'
But after the goods were delivered and decorating completed, Lindsay 'went AWOL.'
Bravo diplomatically said Lindsay 'was not available for the reveal shoot, but we were still able to capture the outcome, just like we do for many of the reveal episodes.'
However Kathryn told The Hollywood Reporter that Lindsay couldn't film the big reveal after being involved in a car accident
'Of course it's disappointing, but it wasn't like she didn't show,' said the interior decorator. 'She had an accident. You've probably seen what the car looked like. It was really cute when she did finally come see it that weekend.
lol @ this article, she refused to film but she didn't refuse to film, she was happy with the results but she wasn't happy with the results, she stores furnitures like a squirrel stores nuts, etc.
wow. so much better than the one from teennick. oh my god.
Paris Hilton earned $300,000 after appearing on 'Paradise Hotel,' a controversial Danish reality TV show. The programme began airing in 2005, and features single people competing by living in a five-star hotel to see who lasts the longest. It has come under heavy criticism in Denmark for its scenes of casual sex and excessive drinking, and Paris is to feature in several episodes of this season and banked the huge fee for her time.
A source told RadarOnline.com: ''[She] was paid $300k to appear on the show. Paris shot it several months ago in Mexico, and she will appear on several episodes during the current season which just premiered in Denmark. '' Paris was game for anything during the filming, and one contestant even dropped his shorts for her when she asked to see his tattoo, which was on his butt.
The socialite is aware the series has attracted controversy but that didn't put her off from appearing. The insider said: ''It was easy money for her. Paris never would have agreed to do it if it aired in the US because of the criticism she would have received.''