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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    We all know what 2 Chainz wants for his birthday, but recently he’s been receiving gifts of all sorts. The Hollywood Reporter says that the “Birthday Song” rapper will appear on CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls in his acting debut. The rapper will play himself in the episode, which airs on Feb. 11.

    Chainz posted a behind-the-scenes video and picture to his Twitter and Instagram last night. “2 Broke Girls, one rich black man,” he joked in the clip, next to co-stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. “God continues to do wonderful things for me and my family,” he tweeted.


    Coincidentally, the episode airs the night after the Grammys, where Chainz is up for three awards, including Best Rap Song for "Mercy" (with Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T) and Best Rap Album for Based on TRU Story,which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last year. On top of all that, 2 Chainz was honored at Sunday's Hip Hop Inaugural Ball, where he nabbed the Street Soldier Award.

    Getting it, indeed.

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    Source: cosmicbooknews@YouTube

    Yay more Virgil!

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    After 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver stuck his foot in his mouth when asked what he’d think of having a gay teammate, some words of wisdom during this Super Bowl week came from Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

    Asked if he would have a problem with a gay teammate, Suggs answered, “Absolutely not.” Suggs then added that the rest of the team would welcome a gay teammate as well.

    “We wouldn’t have a problem with it,” Suggs said. “We don’t care. Our biggest thing in the locker room is to just have fun and stay loose. We don’t really care too much about that. We’re a football team. I said it yesterday; everybody deserves a certain amount of privacy. Who cares? Whatever a person’s choice is, it’s their choice.”

    Suggs said the Ravens’ locker room is a welcoming environment.

    “On this team, with so many different personalities, we just accept people for who they are and we don’t really care too much about a player’s sexuality,” Suggs said. “To each their own. You know who you are, and we accept you for it.”

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    Huh. I should have guessed that the NRA had their own (very big) enemies list, but I never thought they'd keep it on their website:

    A couple of things become apparent while reviewing the NRA list. First, they have no concept of data record formatting. Second, at least some of the folks on the NRA list are dead – which rings familiar to the persistent rumors that many of the NRA “Life” Members are dead as well.
    The actual list is broken into multiple parts: There are political organizations the NRA hates, specific people (mostly celebrities and journalists) the NRA hates, and companies the NRA hates. Continue reading below the fold for a very, very small sampler from among the hundreds of entries.


    AARP
    American Civil Liberties Union
    American Medical Association
    American Bar Association
    American Jewish Committee
    B'nai B'rith
    College Democrats of America
    League of Women Voters
    NAACP
    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    National Education Association
    National Organization for Women
    National Spinal Cord Injury Association
    That's just the tiniest sampler—by the time you've run through the whole thing, I think you've probably covered almost everyone in America. All right, what about specific named individuals?
    Louis Anderson - Comedian
    Maya Angelou - Poet
    Richard Dreyfus - Actor
    Art Garfunkel - Singer
    Leonard Nimoy - Actor
    Mary Lou Retton - Former Olympian
    Jerry Seinfeld - Actor
    Patrick Stewart - Actor
    Dick Van Dyke - Actor
    Y'all are nuts, NRA. I mean that sincerely. Is there really someone at NRA headquarters who's been compiling this list and thinking to themselves "take that, Mary Lou Retton!" Probably so.

    As for specific companies on the NRA poop list, they include Hallmark Cards (who presumably don't have enough cards saying things like "sorry I accidentally shot you" or "roses are red, come on my property again and you're dead," the Kansas City Chiefs, Sara Lee, Stoneyfield Farms Yogurt (um, what?), CBS, the Christian Science Monitor, PBS and Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine (those bastards).

    So anyway, just a heads-up. You're probably all on the list too. Or would be, except the NRA higher-ups haven't really discovered the internet yet, and they're too preoccupied anyway, what with fighting off Hallmark and Maya Angelou

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    Miley Cyrus on Cosmo coverThere's something about Miley Cyrus that elicits a strong reaction in people. Even in the days before her radical haircut and experimentation with salvia, something about Miley made people cry "slut." So much so that an artistic Annie Leibovitz photo taken for the cover of Vanity Fair in 2008 scandalized everyone from Disney on down. While a 15-year-old Cyrus understood that the topless photo "wasn't in a skanky way," parents were crying for Hannah Montana's cancelation. Now, five years later, Cyrus appears braless on a magazine cover once again, and, while popular opinion of the star has shifted slightly, the slut-shaming continues to rival the proclamations of love. 

    At 20 years of age, Cyrus has reached a level of comfort in her own skin that far older women still strive to achieve. And, as evidenced by her 2010 album Can't Be Tamed, this is no recent development. After years of wearing revealing outfits and engaging in risqué behavior, Miley has successfully bucked her squeaky clean alter ego Hannah Montana and emerged as her own person — and a strong, opinionated, 
    beautiful person at that. Because the thing about Cyrus is, for all her innuendo, she's never felt false. Whether she is running errands braless or making out with her older boyfriend, it has always been clear that Miley is just being Miley. And, furthermore, Cyrus' indiscretions never crossed the line from teenaged rebellion to criminal or dangerous behavior. So she's smoking a bong. So what? What 17-year-old isn't becoming familiar with weed? At least she doesn't have a DUI and isn't checking into rehab — the same can hardly be said for all of Disney's protégées. 


    But despite the eyebrows that were raised in reaction to Cyrus' more questionable extracurricular activities, critiques of the young star have been focused on her sexuality. Cyrus, it has been decided, is a pouting, smoldering look-giving, cleavage-baring, ho bag — and she has been ever since she developed her womanly figure. Even though Cyrus rarely spoke about her relationships and hardly gallivanted about with a new boy every week, she somehow earned a reputation as a girl who got around. And it stuck. 

    Cyrus has now been monogamous for four years and is happily engaged to Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. In her interview with Cosmo for the magazine's March issue, Cyrus goes as far as to say, "Number one [in my life] is my relationship with Liam," and refers to him as her "hubby" (even though rumors of a secret marriage were quickly squashed). Cyrus is about as far from single and ready to mingle as you can get, and yet the cries of "slut" 
    continue

    Selena Gomez sexy perfume adOn the other end of the spectrum is another Disney darling — the virgin to Cyrus' whore —Selena Gomez. Gomez's wardrobe on the red carpet and on stage rivals Cyrus' in skin exposure and yet not an eye is blinked. When Gomez wore a 
    crop top and short skirt to the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards, fans called her "cute." But when Cyrus wore a similar style to the Hunger Games premiere, people were appalled. It seems Gomez can be as overtly sexual as she wishes — for further proof, look to the rather wet ad campaign she shot for her fragrance (right) and recall her steamy ocean make-out with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber — and maintain her wholesome image, while Miley can't wear a bikini on the beach without earning finger wags. 

    The difference between Cyrus and Gomez, I've decided, is the way in which they carry themselves. While Gomez punctuates her flirtations with a coquettish question mark, Cyrus isn't afraid to make declarative statements. Gomez is coy, while Cyrus is confident. And at the heart of it, Cyrus is a women who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to tell us. She is a woman in control of her body and life and that is terrifying to people. So the seventh grade name-calling persists. But Miley Cyrus is absolutely, definitively, not a slut — she's just being Miley. Can you handle that?

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    Well, at the 2nd Annual Who's Who Awards in West Hollywood earlier this week, that seemed to be the consensus as the 18-year-old blond bombshell was honored with the New Hollywood Starlet Award.

    Wearing a skimpy black outfit with superhigh patent leather spike platforms, the teen bride joined her 52-year-old hubby Doug Hutchison and several of their closest friends for what looked to be a pretty wild night.

    Don't believe us?

    Well, the proof is in the pictures, people. Check 'em all out!


























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    Shout out to Vicky Vox who should have had more pictures taken with her.

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    Unsigned singer Ebony Day has beaten the likes of HAIM, Angel Haze and Disclosure to be crowned ‘MTV Brand New For 2013′.



    The British musician, just 19 years of age, received 40% of votes – with Gabrielle Aplin, K Koke, Kodaline and Rascals also in the top five.

    Day had won MTV’s unsigned competition to fill the tenth spot in the list, which also feature Little Nikki and Tom Odell.

    MTV’s Anna Karatziva said:

    “We are proud that the MTV Brand New Unsigned competition has unearthed a future star in Ebony in only its second year and, like Conor Maynard and other winners before her, Day will now benefit from wide-ranging MTV support at this exciting time in her career.”

    The poll was voted for by the public, with 260,000 votes being cast in total.

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    She has a really, really gorgeous voice, but if she wants to stand up to the new artists coming out, she's going to have to stop doing covers and put out more original songs. But best of luck to her. She's definitely talented.

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    Drake was originally supposed to drop his new single "Started From The Bottom" on GRAMMY night, which is next Sunday, February 10. But in a surprise move, he lets it go tonight. Yup, Drizzy's back. Early.

    Check out the Mike Zombie-produced single below, and stay tuned for the video, which has already been shot in Toronto and the Dominican Republic, coming soon. Also, read Drake's letter to his fans, via the OVO blog.

    My good friends,
    It has truly been too long. I assume you're all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don't have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn't consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I'm excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn't feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we've been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork...I think it's safe to say we're back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

    "You don't have to ask me how I'm doing...just listen to the music" - K.Samir


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    Directed by Shynola
    From the forthcoming debut full length "Welcome Oblivion" out March 5th
    HTDA will make their live debut at Coachella April 12 and 19
    The members of How To Destroy Angels, a collective featuring Nine Inch Nails rontman Trent Reznor, his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, art director Rob Sheridan and the brilliant composer Atticus Ross, have an unambiguously grim view of where civilization is headed. In a new video for the song "How Long," from the band's upcoming album Welcome Oblivion, man hunts man in (surprise) a terrifying, dystopian future.

    The video was created and directed by the London-based visual arts collective Shynola. While there are only three characters in the short film, it speaks volumes about our reptilian instincts for survival. In a joint email, the members of Shynola say they "had a great conversation where the band articulated their ideas about modern identity, the effect of technology on culture and our inability to connect with others. We're fascinated by anthropology and coincidentally we had been toying with ideas for a feature film about a post-technology civilization, in which humans have reverted to primitive behavior. Sometimes things just fit together." (Rest of Article)


    Source1Source2've been pretty disappointed with their work thus far but I actually liked this. A lot. But the video thumbnail freaked me out when I looked at it at 6 in the morning. Sweet jesus. First post in two years!

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    Sean and Alex finally got their shit together and made with teh sex.  And it was hot.  My priorities...they are straight.

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    "The Vampire Diaries" spin-off's backdoor pilot, "The Originals," has just cast its first character that isn't already a part of Mystic Falls lore. Deadline confirms that Daniella Pineda will play Sophie, a witch who will be a series regular character if "The Originals" gets picked up to series.

    The casting breakdown for Sophie is as follows: "Strong and driven, Sophie is a warrior. A witch whose magic has been silenced but not snuffed, Sophie is quietly sowing the seeds of a revolution amongst her peers. She's a leader, a sexy social force. An enormous bleeding heart that she often disguises with a sharp tongue and a glare."

    When we meet Sophie, she's mired in grief after a devastating loss, but her sadness is overpowered by her anger. Under the rule of a maniacal vampire, New Orleans witches aren't allowed to practice true magic... but Sophie isn't interested in being helpless anymore. We can expect to see her form a tentative alliance with Elijah, who is focused on keeping his brother, Klaus, in line.

    Pineda is a relative newcomer, with a small role in "Homeland" and several College Humor shorts under her belt. She also featured in Edward Burns' "A Fitzgerald Family Christmas."

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    Well, February is here, and that means it's Black History Month. The tradition -- which, FYI, has been around since 1926! -- presents an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of African-Americans and important milestones throughout U.S. history. While there are sure to be events, museum exhibitions, and special performances all over the country, it's also the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with some popcorn to check out several amazing, awe-inspiring, historical films.



    Akeelah and the Bee
    An inspiring story of an 11-year-old African-American girl who claims her power with the help of 50,000 coaches.

    The Help
    First a wildly successful book by Kathryn Stockett, then an award-winning film, the heartbreaking, moving flick follows the story of an aspiring author during the Civil Rights movement who writes a book with the African-American maids who work in the white homes of Jacksonville, Mississippi. (When she didn't win the Academy Award for Best Actress, Viola Davis was robbed!)

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    One of the first progressive flicks to take on the subject of interracial relationships, starring Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier (who was the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, back in 1963).

    The Color Purple
    Based on Alice Walker's novel, the 1985 film stars Danny Glover, Oprah, and Whoopi Goldberg in the story of a black woman who endures incredible oppression until she finally learns to stand up for herself.

    Amistad
    A look back at the trial that followed the 1839 rebellion aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad and follows the important chapter in African-American history triggered by the event.

    Precious
    The brave, heartbreaking film adaptation of the 1996 novel Push by sapphire made waves in 2009 with its critically acclaimed cast including Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique (who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey.

    What else would you include on this list? What's your favorite must-watch black history movie?

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    I was watching The Help again today and it makes me rage that Viola didn't win that Oscar. WHY GOD WHY? Her talent is out of this world, seriously. Motherfucking QUEEN.

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    Emily VanCamp!!!

    Emily VanCamp has reportedly landed the lead female role in the highly anticipated superhero flick, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, according to Deadline!

    The 26-year-old actress is reportedly in talks to play the character of Sharon Carter, the niece of Hayley Atwell‘s character Peggy Carter from the first flick. In case you don’t remember, the first film jumped into present time at the end.

    “It’s been an AMAZING week. Thanks for all the twitter love! ;)” Emily tweeted today (February 1).

    Pictured inside: Emily, her real-life boyfriend Josh Bowman, and their Revenge co-stars Christa B. Allen, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Connor Paolo, and others filming a funeral scene earlier this week in Los Angeles.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK of Emily VanCamp playing the female lead in Captain America 2?

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    "Big chains, leather pants."

    – Kourtney Kardashian, on the "really fun stuff" sister Kim's unborn baby will wear, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

















    "If my husband's going to kiss anybody, let it be Matt Damon."

    – Catherine Zeta-Jones, giving her OK to hubby Michael Douglas's lip-lock with his Behind the Candelabra costar, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
















    "I've been telling people I'm definitely a little bit more sassy now. I'm a little bit more mouthy."

    – Selena Gomez, on her new attitude since splitting from ex Justin Bieber, to E! Online
















    "I'm gonna faint – the hottest guy of my life is in a steaming pool. This looks like a Playgirl shoot."

    – Miley Cyrus, on witnessing fiancé Liam Hemsworth strip down to his birthday suit for a swim, to Cosmopolitan

















    "It's like, leg warmers and Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical.'"

    – The newly buff Tim McGraw, on wife Faith Hill's workout gear, to PEOPLE














    "That [will] be the biggest role of my life. I hope I don’t screw that one up."

    – Channing Tatum, on impending fatherhood, to PEOPLE















    "My theory is that CNN decided [that] to be truly balanced we must have both a really important news piece happening and then a completely inane pieces of news happening simultaneously."

    – Dad-to-be Dax Shepard, on the cable news channel's decision to break his baby news the night before the presidential elections, on Conan















    "Rock, Paper, Scissors – Pie!"

    – Jimmy Fallon, challenging Elementary star Lucy Liu to the classic win, lose or draw game – with a twist, on his late-night talk show

















    "I didn't feel I could do a lot with fashion because I wear sweatpants that I find on the floor … I live for makeup and I like wine. These are my truths!"

    – Drew Barrymore, on why she created her beauty line Flower Cosmetics and Barrymore Wines rather than a fashion line, to Harper's Bazaar
















    "I can handle it."

    – Rihanna, on riding out the public backlash surrounding her reunion with ex Chris Brown, to Rolling Stone


















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    HAPPY FRIDAY, ONTD!  Made the groundhog see his shadow tomorrow for six more weeks of dirty gossip goodness!

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    Former President George W. Bush announced Friday that his dog, Barney, passed away.

    "Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away. The little fellow had been suffering from lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness," said Bush in a statement. "Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green."

    Bush went on, "Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent. He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends. He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps."

    He concluded, "Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal."

    New York Magazine wrote in October that Bush had taken up paintings of dogs and "arid Texas landscapes."

    Politico reported that Barney is survived by the Bush family's other Scottish Terrier, Miss Beazley.




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    Dick Jackson, editor-at-large at Atheneum Books for Young Readers, has acquired The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer, the long-awaited sequel to Farmer’s 2002 SF novel,The House of the Scorpion, which he also edited. Scorpion has sold nearly a million copies in North America and remains the only book to win the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor in the same year. Atheneum will publish Opium this September.

    The new book continues the story of Matt, the boy who was cloned from evil drug lord El Patrón in The House of the Scorpion. Now 14 years old, Matt rules his own country, the Land of Opium, the only thriving place in a world ravaged by ecological disaster. Though he knows that the cure for ending the suffering is hidden in Opium, Matt faces obstacles and enemies at every turn when he tries to use his power to help.

    “My pleasure has been to edit Nancy’s fiction since we met years ago,” Jackson said in a statement. “She amazes me always with her wit, sense of pace and place, her serious concern for the fate of the world, and the zest that she finds in a wide cast of characters, not just the wonderfully wicked, but the good as well.”

    According to Farmer, Opium was a project that almost didn’t happen. “I started writing The Lord of Opium in 2008 and produced about 80 pages before disaster struck,” she said in a statement. “Three eye operations nearly put an end to my career.” I couldn’t work for months and when I was finally allowed to sit at a computer, we bought a house in Arizona.” Once things settled down, she said, she tried to get back to writing. “And guess what? I couldn’t think of a thing to say. I’ve never had writer’s block and I don’t think that was my problem. I was simply bone tired. This went on for several months before I made a wonderful discovery: music. Music has a tremendous effect on me. When it’s playing I can’t think or do anything other than listen. But I can write to it.” At last, she noted, “I’m delighted to offer readers the follow-up novel they have been waiting for, and I hope they enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.”

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    Katherine Applegate has won the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan (Harper), a novel narrated by a silverback gorilla that lives in an ill-run roadside attraction with other performing animals; the book was edited by Anne Hoppe. Jon Klassen has won the 2013 Randolph Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick), in which a small fish gleefully steals a hat belonging to a larger fish and tries to get away with it; it was edited by Liz Bicknell. And Nick Lake has won the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award for In Darkness (Bloomsbury), in which a 15-year-old boy is trapped in the rubble of a hospital following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; it was edited by Sarah Odedina. The awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Seattle.



    It was a first-time award for all three recipients. Applegate is the author of many books for children, including the bestselling Animorphs series, which she co-wrote with her husband, Michael Grant. This Is Not My Hat is a companion to Klassen's 2011 picture book, I Want My Hat Back. And Nick Lake, who is an editor at HarperCollins in the U.K., is the author of the Blood Ninja series.

    Three Newbery Honor Books were named: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick); Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook/Flash Point); and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial).

    There were five Caldecott Honor Books: Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds (S&S); Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray); Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter); One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo (Dial); and Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue (Houghton Mifflin).

    Four Printz Honors were given: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (S&S); Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion); Dodger by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins) and The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press).

    The Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children went to Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook/Flash Point). There were three Sibert Honors: Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd (Dial); Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose (FSG); and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson (Scholastic Press).

    In its third prize, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook/Flash Point) won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, for anauthor or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution toliterature for children, was given to Katherine Paterson.

    The 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution in writing for young adults was given to Tamora Pierce, and Andrea Davis Pinkney was chosen to deliver the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

    The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader books went to Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long (Putnam). There were three Geisel Honor Books: Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems (Hyperion); Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean (HarperCollins); and Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell (Candlewick).

    Librarian Demetria Tucker won the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

    Andrea Davis Pinkney won the Coretta Scott King Author award for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Disney/Jump at the Sun), and Bryan Collier won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for I, Too, Am America (S&S).

    Two King Author Honor Books were selected: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen); and No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Lab).

    Three King Illustrator Honor Books were chosen: H. O. R. S. E. by Christopher Myers (Egmont USA); Ellen’s Broom, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons (Putnam); and I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Random House/Schwartz & Wade).

    The Mildred L. Batchelder Award for best work of translation went to My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated from the German by Tammi Reichel (Dial). There were two Batchelder Honor books: A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached, translated from the French by Edward Gauvin (Lerner/Graphic Universe); and Son of a Gun, written and translated from the Dutch by Anne de Graaf (Eerdmans).

    The Stonewall Book Award, which is given to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience, went to Benjamin Alire Sáenz for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Simon & Schuster).

    Four Stonewall Honor Books were chosen: Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic/Graphix); Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz (Simon Pulse); October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman (Candlewick); and Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S. J. Adams (Flux).

    The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production went to Brilliance Audio, producer of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd.

    Three Odyssey Honor audiobooks were chosen: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker (Listening Library); Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Elliot Hill (Listening Library); Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Macmillan Audio).

    The Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellent in children’s video went to Katja Torneman for Anna, Emma and the Condors (Green Planet Films).

    The Schneider Family Book Awards, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, are: Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander (Eerdmans) for best young children’s book; A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (HarperCollins/Tegen) for best middle grades book; and Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis (Simon & Schuster) for best teen book.

    David Díaz won the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s book best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience, for Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, written by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion). No illustrator honor books were chosen.

    Benjamin Alire Sáenz won the Pura Belpré Author Award for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Simon & Schuster). Sonia Manzano (of Sesame Street fame) received an author honor for her first children’s novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Scholastic Press).

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    Someone I know won an award! And omg, house of scorpion was THE book that got me in to sci-fi in middle school,

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    Matt Bomer suits up for a feature in the latest fashion issue of Da Man magazine!

    Here’s what the 35-year-old actor had to share with the mag:
    On staying sane in Hollywood:“Having a life outside of the business that grounds you. For me, it’s my family. They always come first, and always will. But it doesn’t have to be exclusive to family. There are lots of things that keep the business in perspective. We’re very blessed to be able to tell stories. It’s an essential way for humankind to understand itself: who we are, where we come from, where we could be going, what we’re capable of. But at the end of the day, if you’re not living a life outside of the business, you’re going to run out of things to bring to the table.”

    On fatherhood:“Fatherhood put everything in perspective for me. All paradigms shifted. Having a family his hands down the best thing that ever has or will ever happen to me.”

    On his future projects:“I just finished a small part in a film called Winter’s Tale. It’s a magical realism piece that centers around the love story between Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay. It also stars Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith. Earlier this fall, I worked on a film called Space Station 76, with Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson. When I put down the script, I thought ‘I’ve never read or seen anything like this before. It defies genre.’ And it also felt completely relatable and human. It’s like a humorous John Cheever short story set in a 1970’s version of outer space. It’s about a lot of people who are stuck in a life that they don’t want, and are trying their best to find a way out of it. In April, I go back to season 5 of White Collar. And then I film The Normal Heart, which is about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York, and the people who were brave enough to risk their lives and careers to bring much needed attention to it. It’s a testament to passion and unconditional love.”














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    Depeche Mode have unveiled the video for the band's new single 'Heaven'.



    The clip sees the band performing in an abandoned church, under a light show - while a masked couple and a tree slowly appear before them. Standard night out for Depeche Mode, then.

    'Heaven' was released today, and is a mournful slow-burner of a track, filled with the band's trademark buzzy synths and moody keyboards - and it's already inspiring mixed reactions among fans.

    Speaking about the upcoming album Delta Machine, Martin Gore said, "Writing this album was incredibly daunting as I wanted the sound of this collection to be very modern.

    "I want people to feel good about listening to this record, to get some kind of peace. It's just got something magical about it."

    Dave Gahan added, "With this release we've completely shifted our idea of how to create an album.

    "When we hit a wall where we realise the album is beginning to sound too normal, we'll mess it up and really give it that organic Depeche Mode Sound. Delta Machine is no different, and I can't wait for all of our fans to hear it."

    Thank you for Depeche Mode tag, mods!

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