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    Over the past few years, Archie Comics has become one of the most socially progressive comic book publishers in the market, with genuinely solid storytelling that's been pushing the boundaries of what they've done with their formula in the 70 years since the freckle-faced teenager made his debut. Today, they announced their latest move: In the upcoming Archie #633, they'll tell the story of a future where Archie marries Valerie Smith (of Josie and the Pussycats fame) and they have a daughter.

    It won't be the first time that Archie has portrayed an interracial marriage in their comics. This month's Life With Archie #16 already hit that mark by putting the marriage of a gay soldier right there on the cover of one of the few comics you can still pick up at the grocery store:

    That was a huge deal, but it's also worth noting that as big a step as it might be, it also involves two characters -- including Archie's gay classmate Kevin Keller -- that were largely created to fill that role. Valerie and Archie's romance, however, is something different. They're two established, high-profile characters, one of which has been a fixture in Archie's media efforts and another that the actual company's named after -- coming together in something that you just wouldn't have seen from those characters, even five years ago.

    When Archie and Valerie first started dating back in 2010, I wrote about what it meant in the context of a company that in the past had treated interracial dating as something so controversial that obviously black characters were colored in the stories to have lighter skin. In fact, it was standard practice for years to introduce minority characters in twos so that they could pair off without having to date Betty or Veronica -- a Nancy for every Chuck and a Frankie Valdez for every Ginger Lopez.

    Archie and Valerie change all that, and the way that it's been pulled off in the past by writer/artist Dan Parent, one of Archie's strongest creators, has made perfect sense. They build their relationship on a mutual love of music and, in Archie's case, the fact that he falls in love with beautiful girls regardless of race. As an isolated idea, it meant a lot, but in elevating it to this level, their relationship is being treated as something just as valid as Archie's relationships with Betty and Veronica. The addition of a daughter, something that hasn't been explored in the Betty or Veronica marriages and something that has traditionally been even more controversial in American history, goes even further -- in a good way.

    But the best part is that while you might be able to call it a stunt from a publishing perspective, in the comics, it's just another simple fact of life for the character that's meant to represent America's typical teen. According to Archie CEO Jon Goldwater, the man credited as a driving force behind the company's current edict to try new things, the fact that Archie and Valerie fall in love and have a kid is no big deal to the characters:

    "To us, this is just another chance to tell a great story. The fans want more Archie/Valerie – they ask about it at shows and everywhere we go. Like we did with the best-selling LIFE WITH ARCHIE, where Archie marries Veronica and Betty, we thought it'd be interesting to show a future where Archie marries Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats and the life they lead together.

    I can't really speak to whatever issues some people might have with them getting married or having a child. Like Kevin Keller's wedding – it's not an issue in Riverdale. Riverdale welcomes everyone and always will. For us, it's about telling a great story involving two wonderful characters and how they interact. The fans have asked for it and we're making it happen."

    For the stories that still get into the hands of kids that have never read another comic, the idea that "Riverdale welcomes everyone and always will" is one of the most positive messages I can imagine.


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  • 02/01/12--18:32: Joan Rivers without makeup

  • Joan waits in a plastic surgeon's office for some touchups.

    On the new season of Joan & Melissa, Joan Rivers got some more plastic surgery.

    Naturally, this required her to arrive at her surgeon's office sans makeup, and she allowed the reality cameras to capture what she really looks like. She's the first to admit it's not pretty.

    For years, Rivers has been the butt of jokes about being a plastic surgery addict, going under the knife so often that she's barely recognizable from her former self. This time around she wanted to get loose skin beneath her chin removed, citing that it was visible on camera of her E! show Fashion Police. Rivers insists throughout the episode that it's "show business" that requires physical perfection from her. But does it? Let's be real: Joan Rivers' success as a comedian has never been hinged upon her beauty or youth—her career didn't even really get going until she was in her late '30s.

    And while it's revolutionary that a 78-year-old female celebrity would allow herself to appear on a television show with no makeup (and in terrible, overhead lighting) it's also kind of weird, too, considering that the reason she did it was to achieve some kind of (unattainable) facial perfection for a different television show. Hollywood really fucks with women's heads—and faces.

    Source S2

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    Timbaland has announced his pick in the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI in the form a tribute track and video. It looks like the superstar producer will be cheering for the New England Patriots after he posted the video on YouTube which is dedicated to the team’s tight end Rob Gronkowski.

    The video for the song, which is titled ‘Rob ‘Gronk’ Gronkowski,’ pulls together a number of clips from the player’s 2011 season including some of Gronkowski’s best plays as well as still shots of the star player off the field.

    Timbaland isn’t the only hip hop star who’s hoping for a Patriots’ win. Cash Money’s Birdman tweeted last week that he was willing to put up $1 million on the Patriots because his nephew, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, plays running back on the team, and the #1 Stunna later upped his action to $5 million.


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    Man of Steel provides "Super" opportunity for Airmen at dining facility

    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Actor Henry Cavill took a break from the rigorous shooting schedule for the Warner Brothers film "Man of Steel" to meet with Edwards Airmen, pose for photographs, and sign autographs at the Joshua Tree Dining Facility here Jan. 31.

    More than 100 Airmen filled the dining facility from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where each received an autographed "Man of Steel" lithograph, and had the option of taking a photograph with Cavill.

    "It was great that he took the time out of his busy schedule to do something so wonderful for the military," said Senior Airman Lyndee Bennett, 95th Security Forces Squadron. "He was incredibly nice. It's amazing how an event like this humanizes the actors. I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet him."

    Airman Bennett, is a fan of the Showtime series, "The Tudors," and recognized Cavill from the show. When the opportunity arose for her to meet the actor, she knew she had to be a part of it.

    "I was originally interested in the autograph session because I'm a huge fan of his series 'The Tudors,' the fact that he's filming 'Man of Steel' at Edwards just made the experience that much better," said Bennett.

    Cavill, the Man of Steel himself, was more than happy to show his support for the military.

    "I have such great respect for military members and what they do," Cavill said . "It's important that they know how valuable their service is. It is a pleasure to tell them how much they're appreciated."

    Cavill, who plays Superman in the upcoming film, "Man of Steel," has a strong connection to the military, with two brothers currently serving; one as a tank commander and the other as a Royal Marine.

    The autograph session was a unique opportunity for Cavill to give back to servicemembers who stepped up to play critical roles in the "Man of Steel" movie, through their roles as extras or their impressive logistical support.

    "It was a really nice gesture on Henry's part to show how much he supports us and what we do," said Staff Sgt. Thomas Roach, 95th Security Forces Squadron. "It was a great morale boost to meet someone famous and get an autograph for my daughter."


    Ugh, I am on the phone with my dad right now, and he's telling me that they've been filming there for two weeks. TWO WEEKS AND HE DIDN'T BRING IT UP UNTIL I ASKED HIM! Father fail! A bunch of movies are filmed at Edwards all the time, and he has told me countless stories about hanging out with celebrities I don't care about (Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Terrance Howard, etc.), but the one time I actually care about something, it slips his mind. He said Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner's trailers are right next to his parking spot (which could very well be MY car since I left my car behind at my parents' house when I moved to NY, and he told me last week that his car's battery died). Don't you know you are hanging out with your future son-in-law, Father? Y u no tell me things? Gaaaaaaah...

    PS--I just dared my dad to challenge Russell Crowe to a Les Miz "The Confrontation/Soliloquy/Javert's Suicide" sing off. I am anxiously awaiting video.

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    The death of Don Cornelius, the creator of the long-running television series Soul Train, has rattled fans of R&B, soul and dance music around the world. The news of Cornelius' apparent suicide is especially troubling for musicians who either appeared on the show or were introduced to many of their favorite artists while watching it each week as kids.

    Questlove of the Roots, who declares that Cornelius was his "first non-musical non-celeb non-blood-related hero," paid tribute to the television host in an essay published on the Okay Player site this morning. "I just wanna use my position to really let people know that next to Berry Gordy, Don Cornelius was hands down the MOST crucial non-political figure to emerge from the civil rights era post '68," he wrote.

    Other artists took to Twitter to express their shock, grief and gratitude for Cornelius' achievements. Here are a few.

    Nile Rodgers of Chic @nilerodgers
    Don Cornelius R.I.P. You changed the world

    Snoop Dogg @SnoopDogg

    Talib Kweli @TalibKweli
    RIP the legend Don Cornelius. Soul Train was a huge part of my saturday mornings growing up.

    Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers @flea333
    ahhhh don cornelius, i loved that guy, so much great music i saw through him R.I.P. bless his soul

    Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins @Billy
    Sad to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius of Soul Train fame. Grateful to him that he turned me on to so much great music.

    Diddy @iamdiddy
    Love Peace and Soul- RIP Don Cornelius ....

    Young Jeezy @YoungJeezy103
    1st day of black history month. R.I.P. Don Cornelius

    Bun B @BunBTrillOG
    God bless Don Cornelius. Soul Train was often imitated but never duplicated. Staple of millions of homes on Saturday mornings. RIP. #salute

    DJ Quik @djquik
    Rest In Peace to Don Cornelius. We all grew up watching Soul Train. Respect.

    Ice Cube @icecube
    Rest in Peace, Love & Soul...Don Cornelius

    Mya @MISSMYA
    Condolences to the family, friends+ associates of Don Cornelius. So grateful4 his decades of innovative contribution to black music. R.I.P.

    Favorite performances?

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    Looks like Matthew Vaughn isn't the only one checking in for more lessons at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

    Following news that the "X-Men: First Class" director has signed on to direct the superhero film's developing sequel, Heat Vision reports that the "First Class" cast is back on board as well. Specific names haven't been dropped beyond Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, but one assumes that at least James McAvoy is part of that returning cast list, given how crucial Professor Charles Xavier is to the "First Class" universe.

    Vaughn is back on board as director for the next "X-Men" film, which still does not have a title. Longtime "X-Men" producer Bryan Singer has also signed on to continue with the Marvel Comics franchise, while "Sherlock Holmes" scribe Simon Kinberg works on the film's script, suggesting that "First Class" writer and frequent Vaughn collaborator Jane Goldman is not involved with the "X-Men" sequel — not yet, at least.

    "James and Michael brought so much to them that I think it's entirely natural to be talking about where those characters would go next," she told MTV News in an interview this month. "It was inherent in their stories and their arcs. There are so many interesting places to go."

    "In terms of what's going on with that … it's down to what Matthew [Vaughn] decides to do," she added about her possible involvement. "If he decides he wants to direct the next one and if he wants me on board, I'm 100 percent there."


    God I hope the hbic Storm appears

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    Once again revealing his proclivity for girls half his age.

    Finding out that Selena Gomez ate ice cream with horror movie director Eli Roth is like finding out that Taylor Swift screamed every word at a Die Antwoord show -- these things DO NOT MIX. Selena tweeted this photo of her chilling with Eli (literally) over some fancy glasses of dessert along with a quick dig at the dude: "Creepy @eliroth." UMM, ya think?

    For those who might not know, Eli Roth is basically the go-to horror guy in Hollywood right now. He's directed and starred in "Cabin Fever" and "Hostel" (Parts I, II, and III) to name a few, and he produced 2010's "The Last Exorcism," which genuinely almost made me urinate on myself. So when we found out that Selena's not only friends with Eli but that they've hung out before, we had a little bit of a freak out. Selena's all, "Sequined dresses! Love songs! Blue and purple hair!" while Eli's like, "Torture scenes! Blood and guts! Serial killers!" DOES NOT COMPUTE!

    But everyone knows opposites attract. And/Or everyone just likes ice cream a lot. That probably explains it.

    This is not the first time Eli has ogled her breasts.

    Are those blueberries I spy in his ice cream?


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    Taran Noah Smith
    , the youngest kid from "Home Improvement," was arrested early this morning for alleged DUI and possession of drugs -- hash, to be specific.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 27-year-old Smith was arrested in LA County around 1:00AM. Cops believe he was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his arrest -- and we're told they also found a stash of hash ... a type of marijuana.

    Smith, best known for his role as little Mark Taylor, is still in custody ... currently being booked for the DUI and the drug possession, which is a felony.


    Sources tell us ... Smith was behind the wheel of his 1998 silver Honda Accord, which was parked at an angle in front of a fire hydrant when an officer decided to investigate the situation.

    We're told the officer smelled a "strong odor" of weed and believed Smith was under the influence.

    I got my source from Ross tbh

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    The Wanted Translate Their Crazy British Slang to American English. You’re Welcome.

    Not gonna lie, we’re still trying to figure out exactly what the heck the guys of The Wanted were talking about in this exclusive interview. Those accents are pretty tricky. But lucky for you (and, uh, us), we got the dudes to translate British English to American English so that we wonder no more. And their use of British terms like “bollocks” and “prat” are pretty gosh-darn cute. Also cute? Nathan used Cody Simpson to define one of the slang words. For reals.

    Did you understand the guys a little bit better this time around? Think their accents are to die for?

    If you don't understand their accents you are dumb forreal. Tom has the thickest accent but you can make out what he's saying.

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    her twitter acct

    while performing last night in Durham, NC, Kelly debuted a cover of Sara Bareilles' song "Gravity"!

    following an ongoing stay at #1 on the iTunes singles charts, What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) has jumped from 8 to 2 on the Billboard Hot 100!

    RUMOR: dark side for single #3? --via a fan's meet and greet last night


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    It's generally accepted now that the best route to reality TV is paved in a road of porn. While the world has embraced Kim K., Dustin Zito and the litany of others who have parlayed X-rated careers into reality television, Bravo is dragging its high heels when it comes to admitting that the confirmed star of its Million Dollar Listing: New York, Fredrik Eklund, got his start behind the cameras showing off a different kind of high rise.

    It's not like Eklund, also known as Tag Eriksson, is ashamed of his porn career; in 2010 he spoke candidly about his career change in a New York Times piece unambiguously titled "From Pornography to Real Estate."

    But Bravo made no mention of "Tag Eriksson"'s existence in a press release issued today to confirm Eklund as one of its Million Dollar stars.

    Eklund in Million Dollar Listing: New York

    Fredrik Eklund is the youngest Managing Director for Prudential Douglas Elliman. With more than 1.25 billion dollars in residential sales, he is known for being a “listings machine” working with the firm’s senior management team focusing on international sales, new developments and re-sales throughout Manhattan. Eklund is constantly rated as downtown’s “Top Luxury Broker” and was nominated as “Rookie of the Year” by the Real Estate Board of New York. He set record sales in 28 buildings in Manhattan last year and is often spotted showing apartments to top name celebrities. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Eklund studied at the Stockholm School of Economics before founding an Internet company and working for the investment bank SEB in Stockholm, London, Singapore and Tokyo. In addition, he is the founder of a high end residential real estate brokerage in Scandinavia with 35 employees.

    "...and developed his camera-working skills as a popular gay porn star," it should have continued.

    Eklund as Tag Eriksson in his porn star days

    But Bravo's casting announcement didn't include the well-known fact, hinting the show will either play out Eklund's past in one of those cliched "dirty secrets" episode arcs for sweeps or will completely ignore the most entertaining aspect of an otherwise boring show all together.


    He starred in one of my favorite gay porn flicks of all time.

    It's a parody of
    The Ring. All the dudes in it watch this tape that turns them gay in 7 days and they have sex with each other. It's amazing.

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    At its heart, The Voice is a game show, and the most essential rules that guide its coaches are unspoken: Try not to wince when blind auditions trick you into picking an unsightly singer; always declare it "heartbreaking" to choose the winner of a vocal battle, no matter how easy the decision actually is; and most importantly, never, ever interrupt Christina Aguilera when she is speaking.

    One late afternoon in a quiet backroom of a Los Angeles photo studio, Aguilera is curled up, barefoot, on a white couch next to fellow coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. She's sipping an iced coffee and holding forth on the greatness of the team of singers she's assembled for The Voice's second season, which begins February 5th in a prime post-Super Bowl slot: "In one of my battles," she says, "this girl and guy are doing Nirvana's 'Heart-Shaped Box,' and I'm not sure if people would even expect that from me..."

    At that, Cee Lo Green – who's been splayed diagonally in a leather chair off to the side, in deep communion with the ceiling – snaps to attention and begins singing Kurt Cobain's melody in his high voice: "Hey, wait/I've got a new complaint..."

    Aguilera flares up like a sexy puffer fish, swiveling her bleach-blond head in his direction, red lips pursed, blue eyes blazing with imperial annoyance. "Yes, Cee Lo," she says, as if she's talking to her four-year-old son. "This is my floor here!"

    He stops singing, and Aguilera laughs, already over it: "You wake him up and now he's interrupting everybody's shit!"

    The unlikely stars of The Voice – last season's highest-rated NBC entertainment show – have a surprisingly warm off-camera rapport for four people who have no real business being in a room together. "Just look at the four of us," says Levine. "It's just so wrong and so amazing."

    As widespread gossip would have it, the other three supposedly resent Aguilera for various alleged sins, including tardiness, imperiousness and earning more money than them – but there's not much evidence of that today. "'Supposedly' is the key word," Aguilera says, with a big laugh. Levine and Shelton just attended Aguilera's 31st birthday party at a Hollywood bowling alley; Cee Lo skipped it only because he was out of town.

    They spend a lot of time teasing one another. Oklahoma native Shelton – a singer with 10 Number One country hits to his name but little recognition outside his genre before The Voice debuted last April – is a frequent target of hick jokes. Shelton, 35, has been on an Eighties kick lately, so he plays Young MC's "Bust a Move" on his iPhone's tinny speakers. Says Levine, "Blake thinks this song came out two weeks ago." But they're also jealous of his cowboy cool: "Blake can say anything or do anything," Levine adds. "If I was like, 'I'm drunk at 4:00!' I'd be attacked. He's like, 'It's cool, fuck you, I just shot a fucking moose, kiss my ass!' He can say whatever he wants."

    Cee Lo, 37, is the designated oddball, the ruler and sole inhabitant of what Shelton calls "Cee Lo Land." At the moment, he's wearing a black tank top and long black shorts, plus sandals over white socks. "He can wear white socks with sandals and still have it be fucking cool," says Levine. "If I did that, Blake would make fun of me."

    On 'The Voice,' Cee Lo Is the Straw Stirring the Drink

    If Aguilera occasionally has to go full diva, on-camera or off-, she sees it as the only way to hold her own. "You have to be a pretty strong girl to stay up in the mix with the guys," she says. "It's a lot. It's a crazy locker-room kind of situation."

    Levine, his tattooed, yoga-toned arms exposed by a sleeveless shirt, turns to Aguilera. "I honestly just recently started realizing that you're surrounded by three dudes all the time, and that has to be something of a pain in the ass," he says. But they've made some concessions: "We stopped farting in front of her!"

    Aguilera rolls her eyes: "You had a nasty burp at the Super Bowl commercial, though."


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    Gary Oldman, riding high from a best actor Oscar nomination for his work in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is in final negotiations to play the villain in Motor City, a Dark Castle revenge thriller being directed by Albert Hughes. Warner Bros. is distributing.

    Dominic Cooper, who caught the town’s eye with his performance in The Devil’s Double, and Amber Heard are starring in the pic, about a small-time hood who is framed and sent to prison, only to exact revenge years later to get back the woman he loves. Oldman, who worked with Hughes on The Book of Eli, will act as a kingpin-type who has his hooks into the woman. Chad St. John wrote the script. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona are producing. Douglas Urbanski and Ethan Erwin are exec producing. An April start in Berlin is being eyed.

    Oldman, repped by APA, Douglas Urbanski Group and Loeb and Loeb, next reprises his role as Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises. He also has the ensemble period crime movie The Wettest County in the can.

    Gary and Dominic Cooper in one movie?! Hell yeah! He was amazing in The Devil's Double. (ALSO I'M SEEING GARY NEXT WEEK AT LINCOLN CENTER AHHHHH)

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    Harry Brant is a 15-year-old fashion lover and man about town. You might know him as the son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and publisher Peter Brant. We first met him at a Miu Miu Musing last year, wherein he and his older brother Peter (II) nearly upstaged host Andre Leon Talley. We were smitten. He’s only 15 but he knows his shit. And he’s hilarious. We asked him to regale us with his tales from last week’s couture shows (when he’s there he stays with Alaïa). Enjoy.

    I launched my couture journey in the most glamour appropriate way I could think of: Dinner with Pat McGrath. We went to the uber chic Vietnamese restaurant Tong Yen (a Paris must). Firstly, I would just like to apologize to the other diners at the restaurant. Our dinner involved tears from laughter, fake engagement rings, and of course, dual personalities. It was DIVINE, like all outings with the make up goddess.

    The next day I got up and went to the Versace show. I am using the term got up very loosely because I never actually went to sleep. I got a text from Pat at 5am (she’s a 5am-9pm kind of girl) inviting me to go hang out backstage at Versace. I don’t care what time of day is–if someone invites you to hang out at Versace couture backstage, you go! So at 8am I made my way to the Ecole des Beaux Arts on the Seine. Pat came outside to get me and brought me into a huge room with a giant golden stairway to “heaven” (heaven being Versace). We went backstage and Pat continued her ever glamorous make-up work. I think of her as a sculptor, because if you give the girl some eye shadow, liner, foundation, and powder, she will literally reshape your face.

    Then I met the ultimate queen of glamour herself, Donatella Versace! In my opinion she is the ultimate Queen B. We talked and ended up laughing like schoolgirls (and by we, I mean me), until she was called over to deal with the show. At that moment I saw the clothes. Oh, the clothes! Honestly never in my fashion-immersed life have I seen dresses sparkle like that. In short, they were bad ass. I truly believe that these fantastic dresses cannot be captured on camera or film, because you can’t really see how intense they were. I left right before the presentation, hoping to avoid crowds, because, after all, I had already witnessed the Versace glory so there was no need to stay. The entire thing was just 100% Versace: glamourous, punk, and sexy. In this fragile world of fashion with the entire industry on eggshells about offending anyone, Donatella is just one of those people who you know holds all the cards.

    The next night at the Azzedine Alaïa atelier I had an extremely interesting dinner. I have a sort of compulsive social lying problem. In this case, I was just embarrassing. I introduced myself to the woman sitting across from me, who was a buyer for an extremely large Korean department store, and asked her where she was from. She swiftly responded “Seoul,” so naturally, like any CRAZY person, I felt the need to overcompensate, and went on and on about how my best friend was Korean and how we had spent a large portion of our summer there. When she asked me when I had gone on such an escapade I simply said “the whole month of June.” Then, to my delight/dismay, she looked at me with a puzzled face and declared that she had seen my picture in Venice at the pop-up Bungalow 8 for the Biennale, an event in early June. So in a hesitant voice I said “ Oh, sorry did I say June? I meant the entire month of July.” She looked even more confused and said with a quizzical expression on her face “didn’t you just say you were here for couture?” At this point I knew I was skewered. But attempting to salvage my dignity I said “Oh yes, but it’s all very complicated,” as if the idea that I was traveling to two different places was just way too complicated for anyone to grasp. After about a five-minute silence she switched the topic to New York designers and then yachts. So of course, to overcompensate for my previous lie, I felt the need to talk about how I had been on “the most wonderful yacht on the glorious seaside of Seoul.” Did you know that Seoul is inland? I didn’t. Her and her sidekick for the evening began to give me very strange looks and said “but Seoul is not on the ocean.” So, obviously, I attempted to further cover up my lie and reluctantly whispered, “Oh, sorry did I say Seoul? I meant Pyongyang.”

    Ok! I know what your thinking. Pyongyang is the North Korean capital that is 50 miles inland. But in my defense I thought that I had seen the name on a Mikimoto box so assumed it was in South Korea. Either way I became the American idiot, but I am not ashamed! For I think in the end I represented the US extremely well, with class and grace, as I did not wear one Hawaiian shirt. I’m practically a modern day Jackie O.

    Peter Brant II and Harry Brant are the next big things on the New York social set. Think Paris and Nicky Hilton or Kylie and Kendall Jenner, only male, 100 times better…and gay.
    The brothers, 18 and 15 respectively, are sons to billionaire publishing tycoon, Peter Brant, and supermodel Stephanie Seymour. In fact, you might even remember this incest hoo-ha from last year.

    Not to worry, though. The ever-fabulous, fashionable and ridiculously dapper Peter is openly gay, and his younger brother is, well, not openly gay.

    Peter II has previously described himself as a "Designer, Art Collector, Socialite and Model," but pretty well seems to spends his time flitting around the world to attend various fashion shows.

    He and Harry (who we assume spends his time at Greenwich High School, where his brother graduated) have a joint Twitter account, where they post an amazing array of first-world observations about life, lunch and luxury.

    So, why do you need to care?

    Well, we reckon it's awesome that these two are young, unashamedly flamboyant and probably a beacon of hope for hundreds of effeminate, teenage boys.

    Plus, they wear leopard-print, are adorable too boot, and they're going to be huge.

    It's official, I am completely obsessed with openly gay socialite Peter Brant II and his (potentially gay) younger brother Harry. Screw Glee's Kurt Hummell, every gay teen on earth pretty much wishes they were either of these kids. They're just spectacularly amazing.
    I want to write a young adult novel series based on these two called Gossip Gays about them being young and attractive and rich and just downright awesome as they flutter from St. Bart's to New York to Paris, attending all the best parties and sneaking champagne on the sly. (All lit agents out there, that is a serious pitch.) The pair are the progeny of billionaire Peter Brant Sr and supermodel Stephanie Seymour. They will one day potentially be worth worth billions on their own—if they don't spend all their money on clothes first.

    We met Peter Brant II (he's way too luxe to be a "Jr") last year when pictures of him getting close to his mother on the beach surfaced. We instantly fell in love with him after he told everyone in the media they were "gross" for insinuating that he had an inappropriate relationship with his mother. At the time he described himself on his Facebook page as a "Designer, Art Collector, Socialite, and Model." He's a graduate of Greenwich High School where, I assume, his brother attends now.

    Since then it seems like all he's been doing is jetting around to fashion shows with his 15-year-old brother Harry who isn't openly gay, but...well...would Stephanie Seymour have any sons who weren't gay and into fashion? If this interview in Paper magazine, which talks about Harry hosting a Fashion's Night Out party with brother Peter and fashion blogging wunderkind Tavi Gevinson, isn't enough to make you fall in love with him, check out the post he wrote for Fashionista today about his trip to the couture shows in Paris last week.

    "I met the ultimate queen of glamour herself, Donatella Versace!" he writes, a sentence that no straight man could could capably muster. He goes on to talk about being seated at a dinner across from a Korean buyer and gets caught in a lie saying he spent a month in Korea last year. "At this point I knew I was skewered," he says when the buyer called him out for saying he was both in Paris and in Korea at the same time. "But attempting to salvage my dignity I said 'Oh yes, but its all very complicated,' as if the idea that I was traveling to two different places was just way too complicated for anyone to grasp. After about a five-minute silence she switched the topic to New York designers and then yachts."

    Yes, only if you are Harry or Peter Brant II is your biggest problem lying at a Fashion Week dinner and having to talk about designers and yachts. What a charmed life they live: flitting from fashion show to interview, to party, to fashion show, taking breaks to post what would be obnoxious, horribly elitist observations on their joint Twitter account-if they weren't so damn adorable.

    The great thing is that these two are even allowed to exist. As long as there have been rich people there have been their wastrel opffspring with their vain pursuits, access to luxury, and silly pronouncements. Look at Lydia Hearst. Little gay boys all over the world wanted to be her, because there was no rich gay boy into fashion living a fabulous life that would take them away from the sometimes painful and isolating life of being a normal gay teen anywhere else in America. This is like the gay male version of her, and they're just allowed to wear leopard print tops in public, hang out backstage at a Versace show, and wear the latest Dolce and Gabanna fashions like Little Lord Fauntleroy and his gay brother. And no one cares. No one calls them names or tears them down or tries to get them to change just until they get to college. They're just allowed to be The Brants, as if it is a brand that doesn't even know it is marketing itself.

    This is progress, this is equality. Gay teens don't need Lydia Hearst anymore, because they have role models of their own. All Peter (II) and Harry have to do is keep being themselves, and keep being fabulous.

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    Episode 2:
    What's Love Got To Do With It?


    "Hook Up"

    Several platforms are suspended above water. The objective is to use giant hooks to swing across as a team from beam to beam. Most beams completed with fastest time wins.








    "X Battle"

    Guy versus guy and girl versus girl. The objective is to rip a steel "x" from your opponent's hands. Best two out of three.



    + VINNY
    Skeevy cunt ripped Mandi's shirt off at a club.

    + SARAH
    Because she had the misfortune of being Vinny's partner.


    Abram tells Cara Maria that he's not interested in having fun with the other housemates.

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    LOVED this elimination challenge. Next week's main challenge looks interesting too.
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    A new L’Oreal ad featuring beauty Rachel Weisz was banned because it abused our frenemy called Photoshop. Let’s see the details from Reuters:
    A magazine advertisement for a L’Oreal anti-wrinkle product featuring Hollywood star Rachel Weisz has been banned by Britain’s industry watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority for “misleadingly” exaggerating its performance.
    In its ruling published Wednesday, the ASA said the advertisement must not appear again in its current form.
    “We told L’Oreal Paris to ensure that they did not use post-production techniques in a way that misrepresented what was achievable using the advertised product. Although we considered that the image in the ad did not misrepresent the luminosity or wrinkling of Rachel Weisz’s face, we considered that the image had been altered in a way that substantially changed her complexion to make it appear smoother and more even. We therefore concluded that the image in the ad … misleadingly exaggerated the performance of the product in relation to the claims ‘SKIN LOOKS SMOOTHER’ and ‘COMPLEXION LOOKS MORE EVEN’.”
    What do you guys think? Is Rachel’s face in the image ‘misleadingly smooth’… or is this the amount of Photoshop that exists in most ads these days? Should measures like these be taken more often?


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    By Jessica Grose

    The backlash against actress Zooey Deschanel's particular brand of twee reached new heights when her hit sitcom, The New Girl, premiered last fall. The ads proclaimed the comely actress "adorkable," and Jada Yuan's New York Magazine profile of Deschanelexpressed the divisive feelings towards her succinctly: "[Women] either covet her bangs or they resent her for seemingly playing into the male fantasy that women are only attractive when they act like girls. Plenty of blog posts have used Deschanel as a launchpad for this very debate."

    Last night, The New Girl approached the polarizing nature of Deschanel's girlie-girlness head on in an episode called "Jess and Julia." Lizzy Caplan plays Julia, the hard-edged lawyer girlfriend of Jess's roommate, Nick. Jess sucks up to Julia because she wants Julia to help her get out of a ticket. Jess—who got the ticket because she was braking for an injured bird—plies Julia with cupcakes and cooing, and Julia does not respond kindly. They have the following exchange, with Julia acting as the greek chorus of the blogosphere:

    Julia: A judge might buy into this whole thing.

    Jess: What whole thing?

    Julia: Your whole thing. With the cupcakes, and the braking for birds, and the whole, "Bluebirds help me dress in the morning!"

    Jess: I didn’t realize I was doing a thing.

    Julia: It’s a great thing! The big beautiful eyes, like a scared baby. I’m sure that gets you out of all kinds of stuff.

    The pair continue to clash for most of the rest of the episode, and Julia continues to be the conduit for the criticisms that the blog world lobs at Deschanel. Julia accuses Jess of trying to mess up her relationship with Nick. "I know that I’m the mean lawyer girl who wears suits and works too much," she says. "And you, you’re the really fun teacher girl with all the colorful skirts, and you bake things. And eventually Nick is going to come running to you, and you’ll tuck him in under his blankie."

    Later, Jess responds by making nearly the identical argument that the real Deschanel makes in that New York Magazine piece. To Yuan, Deschanel says, "I think the fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness, that needs to be examined. I don’t think that it undermines my power at all." The character Jess makes it funnier, but the message is the same:

    "I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. It freaks me out.  I’m sorry that I don’t talk like Murphy Brown. And I hate your pants suit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something just to make it slightly cuter but that doesn’t mean I’m not smart and tough and strong."

    That argument is completely reasonable. There shouldn't be just one acceptable way of behaving for women—and whether you're a ball busting lady lawyer with an anger management problem or a beribboned glitter pusher, you shouldn't be shamed for it.

    However, that's not the message that was put forth by the end of the episode. In the last fifth of the show, Julia comes over to apologize to Jess, and it turns out that deep down, what Julia really wants is to talk about her feelings and crochet baby hats. That's what makes Julia a happier person—having girl talk about her embarrassing high school days.

    Narratively, because Jess/Deschanel is the star of the show, they had to make her be more sympathetic than the Julia character. And intellectually, I understand that. But in the real world, I want those Murphy Brown-talking, pantsuit wearers to be just as acceptable and palatable as the cupcake clan.


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    Michelle Williams: Oscar Nomination Caught Me Off Guard

    Michelle Williams stops by the Ed Sullivan Theater to tape an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday (February 1) in NYC.

    The 31-year-old actress paired her Erdem dress with Giuseppe Zanotti heels and a Balenciaga coat.

    Last week, Michelle was on the Today show where she shared how she got news of her Oscar nomination.

    She had been busy getting 6-year-old daughter Matilda ready for the day, then headed to a friend’s house for breakfast, with the pal opening the door with, “Michelle, they just called your name on TV.”

    “It was a very sweet way to hear that news … [the nomination announcement] slipped my mind, which is something that’s so great about having a kid. You get really absorbed,” Michelle said.

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    Thanks to reruns on the Hub and a new DVD box set from Shout Factory, Jem and the Holograms has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance lately -- especially here at ComicsAlliance. I've become hooked on the show, and as someone who recently finished watching every episode of the show, let me tell you: It is completely insane.

    It may even be the craziest of the toy tie-in cartoons of the '80s, and considering it's up against the saga of space robots that can turn into trucks and a show about the greatest soldiers in the world fighting against an arms dealer with a Cthulhu monster in his basement, that's saying something. It might be a bold statement, but it's one I intend to prove with a rundown of The 10 Most Truly, Outrageously Insane Episodes of Jem!


    For those of you who aren't familiar with the premise of Jem, it goes a little something like this: Record executive Jerrica Benton has a set of high-tech earrings that tap into a supercomputer named Synergy to project a hologram that turns mild-mannered Jerrica into the truly outrageous rock star, Jem, lead singer of the Holograms. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Rio is sort of in love with both versions of her, and she never gets around to telling him the truth because she's worried how he'll react to her ongoing deception. It's actually a setup that could lead itself to a lot of Superman and Lois Lane-style love triangle tension, but the show never really gets into it that much.

    Until the middle of the third season, that is, when Jerrica has a full-on schizophrenic break.

    After an argument with Rio about herself and a music video sequence where she envisions her two identities as giant gladiatrices battling it out in the ruins of the Colosseum, Jerrica creates a third secret identity, Jamie. Throw in Riot, the lead singer of a rival band called the Singers that believes it's his destiny to woo Jem, and suddenly the love triangle has become an actual love pentagram.

    Fortunately for the mental state of all concerned, Jamie is never brought up again, and neither is the actual mystic oracle who told Jerrica she needed another personality.


    The story of two rival rock groups traveling to Hawaii and competing in a big Battle of the Network Stars-style sports competition is a pretty standard setup, but when the bands in question are the Holograms and the Misfits, things venture into the truly bizarre pretty quickly. For one thing, the Misfits decide to cheat -- because of course they do -- and end up breaking the world records in the high jump and pole vault. In the world of Jem, somehow no one seems all that surprised there are Olympic athletes that have had their records shattered by a woman named "Pizzazz."

    But try as they might, they can't figure out how to cheat in the swimming competition, and when their plot to attack Kimber with a giant robot shark fails -- that's not the crazy part -- they decide to go old school on it. So in order to win a televised sports competition with no actual prize, the Misfits kidnap Kimber and leave her bound and gagged in an active volcano.

    Of all the many, many felonies committed by the Misfits over the course of the show's 65 episodes, this is the one that comes closest to outright attempted murder. It's worth noting that this is one of the few times in Jem that an arrest is made, but it's the Misfits' trainer who takes the fall, leaving the band itself to go on its merry way of hang glider laser vandalism.


    Despite the promise of the episode's title and the appearance of strangely baggy pants, this one is not about the Holograms' ill-fated attempt to play at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Instead, it's about Jem deciding that their sound is missing something, and coming to the conclusion that what they need is to find the mystical Tibetan city of Shangri-La. See, they are the keepers of all art and music, and since they've been on a magically hidden mountaintop for like a thousand years, they probably have nothing better to do than pitch in on a few glam pop songs.

    It goes without saying that there is also a yeti involved.

    But don't worry: He's a friendly yeti, and even helps out when the Misfits show up and are promptly poisoned by the snow briar, for which there is no cure but the music of the mystical realm. One would think the Holograms might take this opportunity to even up the score for the whole Kimber-in-the-Volcano thing, but Jem heads to Shangri-La anyway and learns their sacred healing melodies.

    Because really, when you're 1200 years old and living on a mountaintop with nothing to do but contemplate music and experiment with clashing fabrics, helping a pop band get their 14th gold record does a lot to break the tedium.

    #7. THE FAN

    Considering that it has no actual reason to exist, Jem's secret identity seems like a lot more trouble than it's worth. Case in point, the episode where an obsessed billionaire offers an enormous amount of money to anyone who can tell him who Jem really is. The Misfits take him up on his offer, so they build a fake mansion and fill it with actors playing Jem's bandmates, her boyfriend and the orphaned girls she takes care of and making a fake videotape of Jem's nonexistent childhood.

    And not only that, but they're so good that they fool her completely, which is no mean feat since one of her bandmates is also her sister. The only thing that tips her off is when she tries to walk through the fake wall protecting Synergy and ends up knocking herself unconscious:

    Eventually, in a scene lifted straight from The Prisoner -- yeah, I said it -- Jem is confronted with a fake Jerrica, and is almost driven completely out of her mind. Which, when you think about it, makes that story about "Jamie" make a lot more sense.


    Here's a fun fact about England: It's actually over there right now. And it's not still the Middle Ages, even in most parts of Wales.

    I mention this because while you might now it, I'm not really sure the creators of Jem did when they came up with the first of two episodes they made about a sinister plot to subvert a local line of succession. It all revolves around the Holograms heading overseas to play at a Renaissance Fair in honor of a young man taking his title as the Lord of Carfax County, presumably named after Dracula's London estate, not the people who tell you if your Honda got wrecked before you bought it. That's weird enough, but it only gets weirder when they start operating on a definition of "Renaissance Fair" that involves every single person in an entire town flat-out giving up on modern technology.

    Complicating matters for young Lord Reggie is one Robin Goodfellow, who robs the Lord's men with his bow and arrow before he's eventually cornered by guards at spear-point, manacled, and thrown into a dungeon before Jem can rescue him by going on her own Robin Hood trip. Nobody ever calls the real cops, or has a trial; they just throw him in a medieval dungeon.

    And keep in mind: this all happened in 1986. It's almost weirder than it would've been if they'd actually traveled back in time to play a glam show in Sherwood Forest, but as we'll see a little later in the countdown, the keyword there is "almost."


    Remember earlier when I said that the Misfits had a pretty long list of felonies they committed over the course of this show? Well, when Jem's label, Starlight Records, sponsors a hot pink racecar in the Indy 500, Misfits manager Eric Raymond sabotages the car so that he can cover his heavy debts to the Mafia. This, by the way, is not me inferring anything: There is actually a character designed to look like Marlon Brandon in The Godfather whisper-threatening Eric through the opening sequence. Then the Misfits steal Jem's car, crash it through a wall, and try to run the Holograms over. It was a busy week.

    Anyway, using the magic of holograms, the Holograms -- a four piece rock band who are definitely not mechanics -- rebuild a racecar in one night, and since the driver is injured, Jem drives the car in the Indy 500 herself.

    Oh but wait, it gets better: Rather than let her rival die in a fireball of her own making, Pizzazz jumps the fence, carjacks a racer while he's at a pit stop, then causes a wreck that takes out a bunch of other cars, and goes neck-and-neck with Jem while Jem uses holograms to convince Pizzazz that she's hallucinating her own scolding conscience.

    Just to put this in context, these are the lead singers of the two most popular bands in the world. Imagine if Kanye West and Lady Gaga jumped the fence at the Indy 500, stole two cars, wrecked the other drivers, and then Kanye won the race. That is basically what happened here, set to a song called "I'm Comin' From Behind."


    Most kids' cartoons of the '80s had a "Very Special Episode" of one type or another that addressed a Serious Issue, and Jem was no exception. In this case, it's illiteracy, which comes up when the Misfits are at fake MTV reading from a teleprompter and Stormer turns to her bandmate Roxy and asks "Shouldn't you tell them you can't read?" Subtlety is not exactly this show's strong point.

    Anyway, Roxy is so angry that she quits the band and -- because no coincidence is too huge for the world of Jem -- immediately finds a winning lottery ticket that makes her a millionaire. Armed with money and a huge chunk of resentment for the world, she sets out to get her revenge on all who mocked her by throwing a street fair... in Philadelphia!

    As you might expect, Jem is having her own pro-literacy street fair at the same time, which is disrupted when Roxy gets her old street gang to help:

    They're called the Red Aces, which is written out in black letters on their t-shirts despite the fact that they're just as illiterate as Roxy, having dropped out of high school along with her. Because, as ComicsAlliance Jemologist Bethany Fong put it, "that's where we all learned to read. High school."

    In the end, Jem helps out, Roxy goes broke, and she resolves to learn to read even though the other Misfits call her stupid for not being able to read in the first place. So... that's kind of like a moral, right?


    In this episode, they don't even wait for the show to actually start before things get crazy. Instead, the opening credits are interrupted by Kimber yelling "stop!," and telling viewers that there won't be a show today because Jem is dead. Folks, that is how you open a cartoon.

    Jem's not really dead, of course. She just got stressed out from her double identities and got shipwrecked after sailing down to Mexico with Riot from the Stingers, an accident he arranged to get her alone and pursue his destiny of breeding a race of genetically perfect glam-rockers. But while she's presumed dead, everything goes wrong for everybody, as revealed in a weird documentary-style setup that's never explained at all.

    Starlight Records goes bankrupt and gets bought out by Pizzazz's father, the surviving Holograms and Stingers are pressganged into some kind of feudal serfdom as part of a Misfits super-group that includes three keyboardists, four guitarists and one saxophone, and Kimber seems to be in danger of a mental breakdown from suddenly becoming aware that she's a cartoon character. The whole thing has all the earmarks of being revealed to be a dream, but it's not.

    And the craziest thing? Jem is gone for FIVE DAYS. I counted. Every single thing in this show is less than a week from going apocalyptically bad at any time.


    Here's the thing about using a phenomenally powerful super-computer that can project realistic holograms over long distances: Occasionally, you're going to need to move it, and when that move is to Washington DC, the Secret Service gets a little understandably curious about what kind of Doomsday Device you're bringing to your meeting with the President.

    That's not the big problem, though. No, that comes from the fact that this is the only episode of Jem with an actual super-villain.

    His name is "The Washington Marauder," a domino-masked villain complete with uniformed henchmen worthy of the Super-Friends who has been stealing national treasures, including the Liberty Bell and a set of moon rocks, to stock a secret museum that he keeps 200 feet underground. He's essentially the evil version of DuckTales for the NES, but for the crown jewel of his collection, he's decided to steal the President himself.

    Which is of course why mild-mannered record executive Jerrica Benton has to save the President, which she does after the Holograms put Synergy back together in a secret Government lab so that she can project the image of a fightin' mad Abraham Lincoln.

    As a result, the President becomes the only person in the world who isn't in the band to know Jem's secret identity, and he gives her a presidential pardon for her unlicensed super-computer. Government in action!

    As weird as it might be to see Jem fighting a super-villain for the first and only time, though, it's topped by one episode:


    So yeah, the Misfits have a f***ing time machine.

    You'd think that would pretty much say it all, but it's somehow less weird that they have one than what they end up doing with it. I mean, a group of fairly imaginative people with a lust for money and power should be able to htink up all kinds of interesting applications for time travel, but instead, they just opt to score a sweet headline gig at the History of Music Festival by sending the Holograms back in time to meet Mozart, hang out during the London Blitz, and meet up with fake Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.

    Then again, Aja's mesmerizing pompadour/victory roll hair mutation aside, it's actually not a bad plan as far as attempted murders go. They nearly get stoned for being witches in the 18th century, and bombed to oblivion by Nazis in the '40s. Eventually, though, they get dropped back in their regular time frame and head off to the festival with a newfound appreciation for the history of music, and the time machine gets destroyed when Techrat, the Misfits go-to gadget man, accidentally brings some dinosaurs to the present.

    One more time for those of you in the back: the Misfits are trying to get a gig at a music festival when THEY KNOW A GUY WHO CAN GIVE YOU A DINOSAUR. That is literally the only thing you would need to become the richest and most famous person in the world, and considering that Techrat built this time machine in a garage, I'm not sure why they didn't just go back in time to get the Holograms' hit songs before they could record them, or, hell, why not go for the Beatles? At the very least, they could've had Techrat build a time machine every week and drop the Holograms back in time to some deadly historical event until one finally stuck.

    I'd watch that show. But then, I watched 65 episodes of this show, and I think it's pretty clear that it lived up to its promise of being truly, truly, truly outrageous.


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