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    "Avengers" director Joss Whedon is known for treating female characters on par with his male ones, but even the posters for that movie took pains to show off Scarlett Johansson's derriere.

    But Whedon's movie isn't the only one. A Reddit user noticed a trend in promotional materials for action and comic book movies: Female characters are often shown in uncomfortable positions seemingly designed only to highlight spandex-covered bottoms.

    While there are certainly examples to the contrary (another Reddit user cited a few in a response to the post), the depiction of females is a longstanding problem in comic book history. The Hawkeye Initiative is a blog that redraws misogynistic images of women with Hawkeye (the character Jeremy Renner played in "Thor" and "The Avengers"). There are an astounding number of comic book stills with characters in highly contorted positions that don't seem to offer anything other than a salacious view of the character.


    You can also check Escher Girls; I can't with those poses

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    They are known as the greatest sister-act professional tennis players ever and now they are coming to the big screen. Venus and Serena Williams are giving fans a glimpse into their day-to-day lives as tennis stars in their new self-titled documentary, Venus and Serena.

    According to Magnolia Pictures, the project gives an “intimate documentary inside the lives of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, when injuries and illness threatened to take them out of the game.”

    “Set against the 2011 and 2012 tennis seasons directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major attain a privileged intimacy with the sisters, and their inner circle of family members, trainers and friends, as they fight to get back on top,” the film’s description reads. “Whatever opinion you hold of the Williams sisters, you’ll come away with a deeper appreciation of what drives them to greatness.”

    Along with a look back at their rise to fame, the 100-minute documentary will include exclusive interviews by Chris Rock, John McEnroe, Bill Clinton, and Anna Wintour.

    The film has already received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival. It’s scheduled to hit iTunes on April 4 and theaters on May 10.

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    I didn't see this posted. This is the fist time I've heard of either director. Anyone following the Sony Open?

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    Idol hits lowest Wednesday rating in its history.

    Newly Aired Wednesday:

    The Neighbors
    Modern Family
    Law & Order: SVU
    Chicago Fire
    The Middle
    Whitney (Finale)
    American Idol
    Survivor: Caramoan

    On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.1, down half a ratings point after last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. This is American Idol's lowest Wednesday rating ever in adults 18-49.

    On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down two tenths from last week’s 2.6.

    On ABC, The Middle earned a season low 1.8, down three tenths from its last original's 2.1. The Neighbors earned a 1.5, up a tenth after last week's series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic. Modern Family earned an season low 3.2, down seven tenths from its last original's 3.9 Suburgatory earned a 1.9, up four tenths after last week's series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville returned to a 1.5, down a single tenth from its last original's 1.6.

    On NBC, a double shot of Whitney garnered 1.0 at 8PM and a 1.1 at 8:30, with the latter up a tenth from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU scored a 1.7, up a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire scored a 1.8, up a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating .

    On the CW, Arrow earned a 0.8, down two tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural was even with last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.


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    Let’s admit it: When Clarie got into the car with Joe Carroll’s goons at the end of Monday’s The Following, you threw something at the TV. Right?

    Well, from what Natalie Zea tells us, Claire’s crazy move will actually launch us into a phase she calls “New Claire.” Now that she’s heading into enemy territory, Claire is going to have to play Joe’s game, and she knows that. But don’t expect her game plan to include biting her tongue. “She’s not afraid to tell [Joe’s followers] that they’re crazy,” says Zea.

    Also, Zea said viewers can expect the long-awaited confrontation between her and the son-stealing Emma sooner rather than later. “It gets real,” she previews. (Hopefully, “real” = Claire goes all mama bear on Emma and rips her a new one.)

    And as you might guess, yes, there will be a reunion with Joe, which is “tumultuous,” she says.


    If you love the Grace-Finch storyline on CBS’s Person of Interest, you’re going to dig what’s coming up.

    “[Finch's] relationship with Grace is central to the end of the season,” Michael Emerson reveals to EW. “The audience will see her in the course of more flashbacks to a happier time, [and] we’ll see the beginnings of their relationship and it’s evolution.”

    Also toward the end of the season, said Emerson, we can expect a return from Sarah Shahi as what Emerson refers to as the “very dangerous, unpredictable, kick-ass secret warrior” Samantha Shaw, and also expect the Machine to also be a a big part of the remaining episodes as the show explores “it’s past, its present and its future — if there is one.”

    “Although ours is a series that is comprised of standalone episodes, we do have a kind of overarching mythology and that has to do with the life of the machine — it’s origins, its development and its current utility. Or it’s current danger. And so we will go back to that, which I think is an interesting theme to most of the viewers of the show,” he says. “That will be a big story that takes us out of season 2. “


    Get excited, Teen Wolf, fans! The Derek flashback episode you’ve all been asking about sounds to be just as good as you hoped it would be. Jeff Davis explains that he decided to go back in time so that he could show a Derek that was “completely different” and so viewers could see for themselves how Derek came to be the character he is.

    “We’re going to learn about Derek’s past and we’re going to see him as a sophomore in high school and learn more about his relationship with Peter, Laura and his mother as well,” he says. “So we’re going to see the Hales at a different time in Beacon Hills. It’s a little darker. It’s going to be a fun flashback episode.”

    But it won’t be the whole episode (“about two-thirds,” to be more exact.). Nonetheless, we’ll also learn why some werewolves have blue eyes instead of yellow, AND meet a confrontational Beta named Marco. One thing we won’t see in this ep? The introduction of Derek’s father, and Davis explains that he’s not sure when he’ll pull that card. “One of the reasons [we didn't show him] is because I wanted to be able to present his mother as a very powerful, strong matriarch,” he says. “The two big families in this show are kind of matriarchal. We have the Hales where the most powerful alpha was Talia, Derek’s mother, and we have the Argents, where in their family, the women are the decision makers. They send the men out to be soldiers.”

    Still, Davis says, “this season has some of our most dramatic weight yet. So there will be a lot of gravity to these episodes.”


    Sandra, I’m so excited about the Being Human wedding! Any more scoop to share on the big day? — Natalie
    Well, I have one more photo for you (shown above) and this little nugget: Three unexpected characters return in next week’s penultimate episode, and one of them is literally going to crash Josh and Nora’s honeymoon!

    SANDRA! PLEASE give me some Elementary scoop. Pretty please, with Jonny Lee Miller on top. — Megan
    First off: Yum. Second: Guess who’s making his long-awaited return? Vinnie Jones! I hear Jones will reprise his role as brutal assassin Sebastian Moran in the Elementary episode airing May 2 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT). Bonus scoop: With Moran now imprisoned for the murders he committed for the evil Moriarty, we’ll come to see that he’s surprisingly happy to help Sherlock discern M’s true identity. Sounds pretty M-azing to me.

    I love everything I’ve heard so far about the new season of Awkward. Any good scoops? — Brandy
    In the first of two back-to-back episodes airing April 16, the entire school speculates that someone we know well might be pregnant, but we’ll come to find the initial suspect is actually not the one with the potential bun in the oven. Nothing says new year like a pregnancy scare!

    I enjoy TV spoils. It is true. — Mich
    I’m, uh, glad to hear….Want some Nashville scoop? (Hey, I have to pick out of the air when you don’t specify a show, Mich.) In Wednesday’s new episode, Deacon gets very cozy with his puppy’s new vet, and despite her distaste for country music (!), the pair hit it off in a way that could be a sign of a promising future. Elsewhere, Scarlett gets a phonecall that could change her life — and certain relationships — forever.

    Sandra! Help me out, I need some scoop on Beauty and the Beast! These last couple of episodes have been crazy good. And by good, I mean hot. — Andrea
    After you take a ice cold shower, Andrea, help yourself to this little tease: Cat and Vincent’s already complicated relationship is going to be double-dipped in turmoil during an upcoming episode later this season in which someone (read: a man!) gets close to Cat, causing Vincent to become uncharacteristically jealous and quite possessive (and also probably very hot). The big Q: How will Cat react to this jealous shade of Vincent?

    Scandal is just knocking it out of the park. Can you tell me if we’re going to see more #huckleberryquinn? — Abrianna
    Major #HuckleberryQuinn stuff coming up in two weeks. It could forever change how you see Quinn.

    I hope you check your mail early, Sandra, because I LOVEDlast night’sNew Normal and need some scoop on the rest of the season. — Chrissy
    Wasn’t it excellent? And luckily, when EW’s Tim Stack talked with Justin Bartha about the episode, he got brought back a nugget for you: “We have the two remaining episodes that will air back to back. The first episode you will find out the name of the baby so it’s the baby naming episode. Both David and Brian have different ideas for what they wanna name their child. So you’ll find out how they decide on a name and what the name will be. And then the finale, you’ll see a try for a wedding, hopefully some kind of wedding. It will not go off without a hitch obviously. And then hopefully you will see some kind of birthing process. Some kind of nuptials and some kind of birthing process. I don’t want to tell you exactly how it happens but the birthing process will be from a vagina and the wedding will include some sort of master of ceremonies.” OK, that was more than a nugget. But it was all too good for me to interrupt!

    Anything on Happy Endings, Sandra? — Louie
    In an upcoming episode, Penny’s mom (Megan Mullaly) and Dave’s dad (Michael McKeen) drop a bomb on their kids: They want to adopt a child together. Let’s just say a kidnapping plot ensues.

    Sandra! Is the Castle 100th as good as everyone promises? SCOOP PLEASE! — Catherine
    I’ll tell you this: Watching Castle hobble around on crutches is worth the price of admission alone, but there’s one moment in particular that earns the episode a 100 out of 100 in my book.

    Arrow scoop? PLEASE! — Jane
    Sure, but not from me. Colton Haynes, come on down! “I just read episode 22…Roy starts to give a little bit of information to Thea and he starts to give her a little bit more backstory into his life that makes her realize he needs a mentor,” he scoops. Lucky for Roy, I think I know just the man for the job…

    Any more scoop on this Community puppet episode? I’m SO excited. — Kyle
    When the Dean (Jim Rash) sends the gang to puppet therapy in the April 11 episode, there will be a shocker: It actually helps air some of the gang’s troubles! “They feel a little stigmatized by Greendale. They feel like they’re in a rut. Like things have gotten stale. They want to getaway from Greendale that’s part of what is discussed in puppet therapy,” says executive producer David Guarascio. “This episode is more about learning something about each character that no one has ever known before.”


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  • 03/28/13--13:57: Amazon Buys Goodreads
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    Amazon has acquired, a Web site featuring user-generated reviews of books. The purchase comes amid mounting rumors that Goodreads, which CEO Otis Chandler launched in 2007, might start selling books.

    Goodreads, which is one of the most popular among a raft of sites created as a book recommendation engine--members are directed to titles by seeing what their friends are reading, or have recommended--does not currently sell any books, but many in the industry saw it as an ideal sales outlet.

    The details of the purchase, which is set to close in the second quarter of 2013, were not disclosed by Amazon, but the retail giant confirmed that Goodreads will remain headquartered in San Francisco. The site currently has over 16 million members and over 300,000 book clubs.

    Publishers Weekly

    Given the decent amount of book stuff this community gets, I thought it would be interesting to post this here. What an interesting move for Amazon? Like, I get they have their self-publishing services etc, but they do want with a social networking site? :/

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    New Pros

    Dancing with the Stars is in its 16th season and one thing is clear: the professional dancers are bigger stars than the actual "stars." This has been an issue for quite some time, especially since some of the pros have consistently been on TV for the past eight years, but nowhere was it more evident than on the first results show of the season.

    DWTS Results: The First Couple Goes Home>>

    All you need to do is look at the results. For the first two weeks of Dancing with the Stars season 16, the three celebrities in jeopardy were Victor Ortiz, Lisa Vanderpump and Andy Dick. Not coincidentally, all three are partnered with new pro dancers this year, Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Sevchenko and Sharna Burgess.

    The Cons of Being a New Pro

    Yes, it's hard out there for a new pro. While others have had years to hone their skills and establish solid fan bases, the three newbies are untested and unknown. Sure, Gleb Sevchenko is hot, but he's no Derek Hough, who's been on the show for years.

    And this is nothing new. The last time Dancing with the Stars introduced new pros to the ballroom was in season 13 with Tristan MacManus, Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. In season 13, Peta was part of the first couple eliminated and Val was the second. Sure, they've had success since then (Peta won the following year and Val mad the finale last season), but that first time around isn't easy.

    Heck, you can even go back to season 8 when newcomer Dmitry Chaplin was the third pro eliminated his first time out before finishing second with Mya the following year.

    Of course there are exceptions, but those rely on a quality partner (Lacey Schwimmer made the finale her first time out with Lance Bass while Tristan MacManus' best performance was his first, when he reached fifth with Nancy Grace).

    Even if it's just freshman hazing where the new pros are purposefully given subpar celebrity contestants, the new pros have an uphill battle to climb. They were all spared eliminated the first time out due to Dorothy Hamill's injury, but it's safe to assume Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess and Gleb Sevchenko won't be dancing much longer in season 16. Better luck next year.

    The Pros of Being an Old Pro

    On the other end of the spectrum, Dancing with the Stars season 16 has also proven that having a beloved pro can save even the worst dancers. D.L. Hughley had the lowest score by a large margin, yet he wasn't even in jeopardy in the first results show. Why? The answer is Cheryl Burke.

    Yes, Cheryl is the longest-running professional dancer, having appeared in every season since the second (Tony Dovolani has the same impressive streak). And that constant exposure every single year has helped to make her one of the more beloved professional dancers on the show, so I'd bet D.L. owes his survival to a great partner and not his Whitney and Bobby joke.

    In fact, Cheryl Burke is almost always a good luck charm on the show. In 14 previous seasons she's reached the finale six times (tied with Derek Hough for the most finale appearances) and she had actually made it to the top 7 in 12 seasons. Her only early exits are when partner Tom DeLay withdrew in season 9 (so it doesn't really count) and when she was eliminated third on season 5 with Wayne Newton. So, unless the star is a truly terrible dancer, having Cheryl as your partner guarantees survival on DWTS for the first four or five weeks.

    But she's not even the best pro to have. No, if a star wants to be guaranteed success, getting Derek Hough is the way to go. In his 10 previous appearances on Dancing with the Stars he's made the finale an astounding 60 percent of the time (including the last five times he has been on the show). He also has three Mirror Ball Trophies (more than anyone else) and his worst performance is sixth place in season 6 with Shannon Elizabeth. Yes, Derek Hough has NEVER been eliminated earlier than sixth place.

    In other words, while Cheryl and Derek might be getting the cream of the crop when it comes to partners, they are also the two biggest stars on Dancing with the Stars and, as such, the viewers are voting for them as much, if not more, than they're voting for their celebrity partners.

    Luckily for the newbies, as I pointed out, the second time around is often a big improvement and, while Cheryl and Derek seem to be made of Teflon in the competition, the other established pros are all over the place, usually depending on the quality of their partner. So Dancing with the Stars isn't all about who your pro partner is, only if that pro is new or named Burke or Hough.

    Source: Buddytv

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    Singer, songwriter, and stage performer Adam Lambert will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, E! Online first reported today. Lambert will be presented with the award on May 11, 2013 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square.

    Upon the release of Lambert's second album Trespassing, of which he is the executive producer and principal writer, Lambert became the first out LGBT artist to reach number one on the Billboard 200. The album made numerous year-end "best of" lists, including Rolling Stone and People, and Lambert supported the album by embarking on a successful world tour. Lambert also performed with legendary rock band Queen in critically-acclaimed sold-out shows across Europe. He has also established himself as one of the few high-profile Western acts across Asia with recent TV performances on the finale of The Voice of China and the MNET Music awards, reaching more than three billion viewers.

    "Adam Lambert's continued success as one of the world's best-selling pop stars shows LGBT people that they can be themselves and make it in a mainstream industry that many feel unfairly rejects them," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. "Adam is fearless on stage and astonishes audiences in every country he performs in."

    The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.

    The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are executive produced by Marc Honaker, Director of Creative Development at GLAAD, and by Josh Wood, founder and president of Josh Wood Productions. "I am very proud that my company is producing the GLAAD Media Awards this year alongside such great collaborators. I have always been a fan of the organization and the important work GLAAD is doing to make the world a better place for the LGBT community. The fight is not over in the United States, or globally, and I admire GLAAD for inspiring and changing opinions through media," said Wood.

    For ticket information visit:

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    We know Amanda Bynes loves to tweet.

    And now she's taken to Twitter to vent her frustration at a couple of media outlets.

    "I'm suing @usweekly &@perezhilton for continuing to act like I'm doing something wrong by tweeting and walking to photoshoots. F--k you!!!!" she wrote on Thursday.

    While it's unclear exactly what specific stories she might be referring to, just yesterday, Us Weekly did post an article about the 26-year-old actress wandering the streets of Times Square with a shirt over her head while Perez Hilton hinted at the possibility of her being "mentally unstable."

    However, it seems as if Bynes' anger may have been fleeting, as she quickly moved on to other things.
    "Check my twitter for updates on my clothing and perfume line plux pix!" Bynes tweeted soon after her rant.

    Perez Hilton exclusively tells E! News in response to Amanda's threat to sue, "I used to consider Amanda Bynes a real-life friend. This saddens me. Seeing her in the state she's in now saddens me. A lot of her other former friends I've spoken to recently are also sad and feeling helpless. My heart goes out to her and also her family. Sincerely. I truly hope she gets better!"


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    The stars of the play, Ben Whishaw and Dame Judi Dench

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    Lara Stone <3 and David Walliams


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    This post is for m3ts_ftw who loves Aidan's new hair as much as I do!

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    FORBES released its annual Billionaires issue earlier this month, and the list features plenty of new faces (Tory Burch, Renzo Rosso) alongside the usual suspects (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett).

    There are plenty of entertainment moguls on the list (David Geffen, Oprah Winfrey), but there aren’t any billionaires who’ve gained their wealth by working as a musician or actor. Not Diddy or Jay-Z, not Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie—and not Madonna.

    Yet earlier this week, theblogosphereexploded with declarations that the Material Girl had ascended to billionaire status. Most of the stories erroneously cited a WWD story as the source of this revelation (representatives from the publication confirm that no such piece exists), probably because of a New York Post item that initially linked to WWD before shifting its attribution to another site.

    There’s a reason Madonna isn’t on our Billionaires list: simply put, she’s not a billionaire.

    We estimated the singer’s net worth at $325 million six years ago. Since then, our wealth team has chronicled the scads of cash she’s earned via our Celeb 100 list, and while she’s earned a ton of money, the numbers don’t add up to anything near $1 billion. She earned $72 million in 2007, $40 million in 2008, $110 million in 2009 and $58 million in 2010. With no touring or new albums in 2011, she didn’t earn enough to make our list that year, then pulled in another $30 million through the first half of 2012.

    Add it all up (plus whatever she earned in 2011–let’s call it $10 million) and you get $320 million. Lop off 35% for federal income taxes ($112 million), another 10% for state and local taxes ($32 million) and 20% for management, legal and agency fees ($64 million). That leaves $112 million before figuring in any expenses for housing, staff, travel or luxury goods.

    What about that big concert tour? Most of the recent reports have mentioned Madonna’s past 12 months as the reason for her ascent into the financial pantheon, citing sales of her MDNAalbum and a world tour that grossed just over $300 million. They mention perfume sales of $60 million, tour merchandise sales of $75 million, and other branding deals that add up to $30 million.

    But the difference between gross ticket sales, gross earnings and net earnings is ignored. Artists typically take home about one-third of gross ticket sales on the road–in Madonna’s case, that means $300 million becomes $100 million.

    To gross $75 million in merchandise sales, she would have had to average sales of $34 per head on her tour (or about $10 more than Justin Bieber). And that’s just the gross number. For most artists, we project net earnings of $5 per head for merch; Bieber’s take tops the charts at about $10, according to his touring team. Let’s give Madonna the benefit of the doubt and say that she also nets $10 per head–over the course of a tour that drew 2.2 million fans, that would have added up to $22 million in take-home pay.

    Madonna’s record deal guarantees her a base advance of $1 million per album, but MDNA hasn’t likely earned much more than that. It’s been certified gold in the U.S. for sales of over 500,000, and it seems likely the album has sold at least as many copies abroad. Still, that’s only a little more than a million copies sold, resulting in just a few million dollars in her coffers–about the same amount that most A-list entertainers net from perfume deals, regardless of heady gross sales.

    But let’s be overly generous. Let’s say Madonna earned $200 million over the past year. Take away 65% for taxes and management fees, as we did before. That leaves $70 million. Combine that with the $112 million left over from 2007 through the first half of 2012, and you get $182 million. So even if Madonna had saved every single penny she’d earned since 2007–no travel costs, no living cost, no splurges–she’d be worth about $500 million.

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    Ariana Grande, the 19-year-old co-star of the Nickelodeon sitcom "Victorious," has a new hit single to match her upcoming TV series "Sam & Cat.""The Way," featuring Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller, received an official music video on Thursday (Mar. 28) after hitting iTunes on Tuesday through Republic Records, and the bubbly, unassuming collaboration reveals the captivating pop talent that Grande is very quickly becoming.

    Grande tells Billboard that the new single came together when she met with U.K. producer Harmony Samuels (Chris Brown, Ne-Yo) earlier this year and was presented with the slinky R&B beat, which samples Big Pun's 1998 classic "Still Not a Player.""He played me 'The Way,' and I said, 'Oh, that's it. We have to do that one -- that's what we have to go with,'" says Grande. "I cut my vocal on it, and then Mac and I had been hanging out for a while at that point, and I was like, 'I really want you to feature on this record. What do you think?' And he said, 'Sounds like a hit to me!'"

    Grande served as a studio engineer as Miller, the indie MC whose 2011 debut "Blue Slide Park" hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, recorded his vocals for "The Way," and the rapper even taught the pop starlet how to manage Pro Tools while they shared studio time. "When he was recording his part, I was baking cookies in the kitchen upstairs, and every time I took a break I came into the studio to bring him a new batch of cookies and something else amazing had been written," Grande recalls. "If you want to motivate Mac Miller to do anything, just bake cookies."

    Grande is also proud of the fact that the concept for the song's music video was largely orchestrated by its two artists. Directed by Jones Crow, the clip finds Grande and Miller romping through a sea of white balloons and playfully flirting while video of the pair is projected on the white wall behind them. The Nickelodeon star admits that the single and its accompanying video showcase a more mature version of herself, but bristles at the suggestion that "The Way" is a declaration of newfound adulthood.

    "I'm just trying to grow up and live my life and entertain people as well," says Grande. "I don't think there needs to be any big landmark of 'Ariana grew up' -- although I do kiss Mac Miller in my video, so that's quite a statement!"


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    The most shocking thing about Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead was not that Merle Dixon died, but that we actually felt kinda sorry for him when he did. Not only was Merle killed by the Governor in a last heroic act of redemption, but he then came back as a zombie and had to be killed again by his on-screen brother Daryl in a truly heartbreaking scene. However, the man who plays Merle, Michael Rooker, insists that was not the most powerful scene of his final episode. I spoke with Rooker, who talks about the scene with Norman Reedus that he is most proud of, his unique (and very Rooker-esque) reaction upon learning his character was going to die, and his thoughts on playing zombie Merle.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me how you first learned the news of Merle’s demise. Did showrunner Glen Mazzara call you up and break it to you?

    MICHAEL ROOKER: Yeah, it was a phone call. But we were in the middle of switching episodes so I ended up having about two weeks notice as opposed to a week notice. I’ve heard some people get less than that, so I considered myself quite fortunate.

    EW: What was your reaction when you got the news?MICHAEL ROOKER:</b> You really want to know my real reaction?

    EW: Give it to me.

    MICHAEL ROOKER: My honest to God true reaction was THANK F—ING GOD I DON’T HAVE TO WEAR THAT STUPID F—ING ARM ANY MORE! THERE! PRINT THAT S—! Oh my God, I was so tired of wearing that thing. I was like, oh, God, not another season of wearing this thing. I’m going to go crazy!

    EW: Did you like the way Merle got his own brand of twisted redemption before his untimely demise?

    MICHAEL ROOKER: Indeed, I did. I was very happy. I had a lot to say about it and we had a big meeting with Glen and the writer of the episode [new showrunner Scott Gimple] and we sort of worked it out. And then, of course, whenever you think you’ve worked something out, you really haven’t, so there’s always these things that happen on set where you’re like, “Well, no, we talked about it being this way!” So it was fun, exciting, exhilarating, and I had a great time. It was a lot of physical action. I did my own stunt. I rolled out of the car myself. I just wanted to make sure everything was done right. Like Merle, Michael Rooker is about if it’s done right, it’s me doing it. That’s just the way it is. If you got a stuntman that can do it better than me, go do it. But if they can’t do it better than me, I’m doing it myself — plain and simple.

    EW: To be clear, Merle did not see this as a suicide mission, right? He wanted to take out the Governor and as many of his men as possible, but he wasn’t hoping to die in the process.

    MICHAEL ROOKER: My character understood quite clearly that this could all go south pretty quickly, but that did not stop him. This was a mission that was thought out and concocted in his head. He was going to use Michonne as the bait to go in and do damage to the Governor. Like the Governor was basically going to use Michonne as bait to take out whoever brought her in — very similar thinking in that regard. But everything else is completely different. The reason behind making that choice to do it was Merle’s payback and Merle’s spark of redemption, and also a way of trying to keep his brother alive and safe. The idea was to go in and take out as many of the Governor’s men, and the Governor if possible, and make an exit. Of course, I made an exit, but it was not the exit that Merle had hoped. But that’s just the way it is. Merle was willing to make that ultimate sacrifice for his brother.

    EW: You just could not cut a break on this show when it came to your hands. First you had to chop one off, and now the Governor makes a meal of your other one. Tell me about that scene and the prosthetic fingers you had to wear for that.

    MICHAEL ROOKER: The poor guy, David Morrissey, was so concerned with germs and dirt and cleaning everything and the fingers and all this kind of stuff, and within a take or two, he was like “Aw, s— just put it on. Let’s do it.” He didn’t care anymore. Although the room where we did this was really, really, really dirty and filthy and I had them clean that three or four times. But we got through it and it ended up a great sequence.

    W: How’d you enjoy getting to see how the other side lives by playing zombie Merle?

    MICHAEL ROOKER:: Dude, all I can say is, I’m glad a dead zombie now, because I wouldn’t want to do that everyday. Trust me. No, not a fun time.

    EW: I played a zombie on the show so I know a little something about that transformation process. Did the zombie contact lenses suck as much for you as they did for me?

    MICHAEL ROOKER:You know what? That didn’t bother me at all, I thought the contact lenses would really bother me, but once they got ‘em in I was okay. I really thought that would be the thing that broke the camel’s back, but it ended up being okay for me.

    EW: So then what didn’t you like about being zombie Merle?

    MICHAEL ROOKER: I just didn’t like being zombie Merle! But they did a good job. It was an interesting process, took about two-and-a-half hours or so.

    EW: Tell me about that last scene with Norman Reedus, which was one of the most emotional scenes ever on this show.

    MICHAEL ROOKER:Well, that is a scene that is quite emotional, but I’ll tell you about another scene that is even more emotional that everybody is missing because that last scene has all the candy and all the hoopla. But that first moment where Daryl is going through the prison and finds me — you go back and you watch that scene! That scene is a f—ing killer scene. That scene is better than the demise of Merle scene. Go and look at Norman’s face, look at my face, and I dare you to say that is not a better scene. It is a much better scene, much better dialogue — well, there’s no dialogue in the other one. Don’t get me wrong: The end sequence is phenomenal and it is awesome. But it does not compare to the other one where they choose not to weep. Weeping and that kind of emotional stuff is okay, you know, but I’d rather see them fight not to do that. Go back and you will see both actors — myself and Norman — are kicking f—ing ass in that scene!

    EW: What was it like saying goodbye to everyone in the cast after it was all done?

    MICHAEL ROOKER: Actors are actors. They’re all buddies. I’ve done so many movies and TV that you get to be friends with everyone. And the ones you don’t get to be friends with, you simply don’t work together with them again. But the ones on The Walking Dead where you become friends like that and the show lasts quite a long time — you get to know everybody’s little nuances: what bugs them, what doesn’t bug them. I think everyone is very respectful of everybody’s space and they get along pretty well so far. I’ll give them another season before they’re ripping each other’s heads off.


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    Beyoncé Knowles is everywhere these days — and we wouldn’t want it any other way! After posing for Vogue‘s February 2013 issue, the 31-year-old songstress is back for more. This time she’s showing off her hot bod on the cover of Vogue UK’s May 2013 issue! This marks the first time Queen Bey has ever landed on the cover of the magazine.

    Beyonce is sporting a blue-and-white striped Jonathan Saunders crop top and a high-waisted sequin skirt on the cover. We love how cool and confident the songstress looks flaunting her post-baby body! We don’t blame Queen Bey for wanting to show off her fantastic figure. In fact, the star recently admitted that she gained 57 pounds during her pregnancy.

    2013 might have just started, but the singer has already landed on GQ, Vogue and SHAPE — and now that she’s kicking off the Mrs. Carter world tour she clearly has no plans on stepping out of the spotlight. It’s only fitting that she’s continuing her cover spree with her debut on Vogue UK.

    We can’t get enough of the sizzling shoot, and we think it’s so cool that she’s sporting one of spring’s hottest trends, the crop top! While this leaked cover is an awesome sneak peek, we can’t wait to see the sizzling shoot once the mag is released.


    Not feeling the top tbh.  Hopefully the rest of the shoot is better.

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    YOUR MID-WEEK UPDATE: Justin Timberlake will hold on to the #1 spot next week as six new albums debut in the Top 10. Blake Shelton's debut, meanwhile, will mark his career-best first week. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend:

    Justin Timberlake (RCA) 300-325k
    * Lil Wayne (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) 200-210k
    * Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Nashville) 180-190k
    * OneRepublic (Interscope) 55-60k
    * Depeche Mode (Columbia) 55-60k
    * Alan Jackson (Capitol Nashville) 45-50k
    Bruno Mars (Atlantic) 40-45k
    * The Strokes (RCA) 35-40k
    P!nk (RCA) 30-35k
    Mumford & Sons (Glassnote) 30-35k
    Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 30-35k
    Imagine Dragons (Interscope) 28-32k
    * Sevendust (7Brothers) 28-32k
    * Thompson Square (Stoney Creek) 28-32k
    Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 27-30k
    Les Miserables (Republic) 24-27k
    Now 45 (Capitol) 24-27k
    * Debuts

    Timberlake's 20/20 Experience is 2013's YTD sales champ and will be the first million-seller of the year (this honor has belonged to a Sony label for three years running). Speaking of RCA, Nipper's red-hot masters currently have four songs (two by JT, one by P!nk and one by Pitbull) and three albums (Timberlake, P!nk and The Strokes) on the iTunes Top 10. What's more, the #5 iTunes single, Rihanna's smash "Stay" (Def Jam/IDJ), was co-written by and features RCA artist Mikky Ekko, whose solo debut is due to roll out later this year. (3/28p)

    hits daily double

    did you buy any albums this week, ontd?

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    Miss Andrea Lewis has something to say and she took to her blog to speak the truth~

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    This post may or may not get me in trouble but, either way “the trouble” will ultimately be a big release and the deflating of the elephant in the room.

    I was very blessed to grow up on television. My longest gig was on the the show Degrassi: TNG where I had the chance to play the character “Hazel” for 6 seasons. I had an amazing experience on Degrassi, I was a teenager on top of the world! I traveled, I met fantastic people and I started to develop a fan base, there wasn’t much more I could ask for….

    Actually I lied there was a few more things I could ask for and that was mainly to get a CHANCE. In my 6 year run of being on the show I only had ONE major story line around my character and all the other episodes I was the token dose of color or a glorified extra. This experience was incredibly frustrating for me. I was on the show when I was just starting to recognize my own potential and let my imagination run free and so the last thing I wanted was to be stifled creatively on a major platform. Whenever I would talk to the executives about ideas I had or expanding my character in any way, it would always get shut down or pushed to the side. I worked on an album with Universal Canada while doing the show, to get out some of my creative frustration and suggested to the executives at Degrassi to let me sing and instead they made my character a “bad singer” lol. It’s easy for me to laugh at the ridiculousness of that now but at the time it wasn’t funny at all! I used to think I was crazy while being on the show because as much as I would be included in episodes and advertising campaigns it always felt like there was another force trying to shut me out. I ignored it though, tried my best to continue to plead my case for why I believed my character should be developed a bit more and continued to do my best on the show and be grateful for the opportunity. So many people had pointed out to me that as black girl in Canada it was great just to see my face on the screen and so I continued on.

    Recently I had a conversation with a black filmmaker in Canada who had worked with me while I was on Degrassi and he unfortunately confirmed to me the feelings that I had always had but never wanted to admit to. Degrassi is racist. He told me how the writers and producers had no intentions of developing the story lines of a black female character unless it was to enhance the story of one of their other white characters. They had some plans for some of the other black characters on the show but their ideas were only to cover the usual stereotypes that we see of people of color on television all the time, teen pregnancy, petty theft, basketball, broken family homes etc. He told me to get them to do the one major story line that my character had was like pulling teeth and after a few more years of working on the show he had to leave because of the blatant hierarchy system that they had in place that did nothing for the characters of color.

    This conversation, hurt me but it didn’t surprise me. I knew I wasn’t crazy all those years and it sucks to think that people think like this and treat kids this way but unfortunately this is the world that we live in. I’m always offended when I read or hear someone say “Hazel was my least favorite character” or “Hazel didn’t do shit on the show” I recognize that “Hazel” is not me and I shouldn’t take it to heart but it always stings just a bit because I know that “Hazel” and myself never got a chance to shine on the show for very ugly reasons.

    TV land and the entertainment business is a tough place. Its sad to think that we still live in a world where we have to fight for equal rights whether it be for marriage or just to get a story line on a tv show. At the end of the day, I would’ve loved to see some things done differently while I was on Degrassi but I was still grateful for my opportunity because it helped me in many ways for my career. The experience on that show has strengthened me and inspired me to keep fighting and working my damnedest to change someones perspective on women of color and it inspired a lot of my ideas for my web series “Black Actress”. No one said the journey was going to be easy and that’s what keeps it interesting, if I can learn to turn a negative into a positive I think I’m going the right way.

    Didn't bold because I thought it was a pretty good read. I'm not sure that I agree with everything she said, Degrassi doesn't mean to be racist (which isn't the point, I know) but they definitely do have a problem with integrating minority raced characters. They haven't had a single hispanic/latino character in all of the TNG run (I haven't watch the entire franchise so idk about the shows in the 80s). They've had less than 5 Asian characters too and aside from Manny only one of them has had their own storyline and it was dumb as fuck. However, I think that they've gotten a little better since season 10, with the second generation, over the first. I think of Alli and Sav specifically, who each had a good share of storylines. Alli had a storyline in every episode in the last leg of season 10. Dallas is another character of color who I think they've done a great job with so far (and I hope they keep him tbh - Demo is amazing) and Jahmil/Dave.

    Sorry about the missing source, mods!

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    After three weeks of voting and hundreds of thousands of responses, we have a champion of the second annual Hot 100 March Madness -- and she looks a lot like last year's winner! & Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout" was voted the best song to reach the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart over the past year, emerging from a field of 32 and giving Spears a repeat victory after the pop princess claimed the 2012 crown with "Hold It Against Me." Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" streaked into the Finals, but was no match for the pop star duo that met it in the final round. Scream, shout, let it all out -- and Britney Spears are your Hot 100 March Madness 2013 champs!


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    Dive into the immersive world of ABC’s "Once Upon a Time" like never before as Marvel Entertainment and Disney-ABC Television Group are proud to announce ONCE UPON A TIME: SHADOW OF THE QUEEN, an all-new original graphic novel hardcover inspired by the popular series. Plotted by series writer and co-producer Dan Thomsen and co-written by Corinna Bechko, this landmark release fits into the official continuity of "Once Upon a Time" and features the lush art of Nimit Malavia, Vasilis Lolos, Mike Del Mundo, Stephanie Hans and Mike Henderson.

    Welcome to Storybrooke, a small New England town where seemingly regular people go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are – the fabled storybook characters we all grew up with! It’s real, all of it! But Fairy Tale Land is not the "happily ever after" you may have heard about – their stories continued, and the Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over their homeland.

    In ONCE UPON A TIME: SHADOW OF THE QUEEN, the Evil Queen has, quite literally, captured the Huntsman’s heart. With the Huntsman a slave, experience the never-before-told tale behind their twisted relationship—and what happens when a good man is forced to do bad. And when Regina cooks up yet another devious plan to capture Snow White the Huntsman comes face-to-face with his past, including an independent spirit in Red Riding Hood that just may match his own. Can these two break free of the forces that bind them and save Snow White?

    The release of ONCE UPON A TIME: SHADOW OF THE QUEEN marks the first official graphic fiction tie-in to the hit ABC Studios series.

    “'Once Upon a Time' fans are in for a treat with this incredible story that reveals some shocking secrets about Regina and the Huntsman,” said David Gabriel, SVP Sales, Print and Digital Media. “It’s been a pleasure to work with ABC to create a line of high quality original graphic novels that bring new fans into comic stores and also allow us to introduce great franchises like 'Once Upon a Time' to our die-hard fans.”

    “SHADOW OF THE QUEEN will bring fans a whole new thread of the intriguing backstory between Regina and the Huntsman – in a uniquely Marvel way,” said Adam Sanderson, SVP Franchise Management for the Disney-ABC Television Group. “We hope this brand extension will further deepen the engagement our viewers have with one of ABC’s signature series.”

    When put to the test, where will the Huntsman's loyalties lie? Has the Evil Queen stolen his heart in more ways than one? Find out in ONCE UPON A TIME: SHADOW OF THE QUEEN, available on September 4 in book stores, comic shops, the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.


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    Nude lips may be the makeup trend du jour — but Miley Cyrus, Solange and Bella Thorne are starting their spring with tangy tangerine pouts.

    Even though nude lips were the beauty trend to beat during this year's awards season and on the Paris runways in February, nothing makes spring feel official quite like a bright tangerine lip. And though a color-saturated pucker isn't exactly a warm weather revelation, the look happens to feel extra modern at the moment because of spring's graphic black, white and neutral clothes that make the feisty cosmetic color pop especially hard.

    Miley Cyrus paired her striped Chanel jumpsuit with blood-orange lips at a Ryan Seacrest Foundation event on March 22, while Solange performed the next day at the Diesel and Edun Studio Africa L.A. Launch Party in a softer citrus hue. Even redheaded actress Bella Thorne broke standard redhead rules by opting for orange lips, which provided a perfect accent to the white and navy Alice & Olivia dress she wore to The Host premiere on March 19.

    While most complexions can pull off the look, remember that less is more — unless you want to look like a clown.
    “Keep the rest of your makeup slightly defined, but not too done,” says celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh, who works with Ginnifer Goodwin, Chloe Grace Moretz, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain. She swiped MAC's Morange lipstick across Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s pout at the AFI Fest in November. “With such a bright color, you want the lips to be the main focus and to make sure nothing else is competing with it.”

    It may feel like an unconventional shade for black tie events, but orange works for formal occasions, too. Jessica Alba’s makeup artist used Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera on the actress to complement the melon-colored Oscar de la Renta gown she donned at the Golden Globes in January. The highly pigmented shade stood out despite sitting next to a $5 million Harry Winston diamond necklace strewn across Alba's neck.

    Hollywood Reporter

    lol omg it looks hideous on miley

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    OK, "Game of Thrones" fans, the epic, ultra-violent fantasy series is back for a third season at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 31 on HBO. (And, yes, book readers, this season will include much content from "A Storm of Swords," which, as best as I can tell, is pretty much everyone's favorite George R.R. Martin book.)

    It's not a spoiler to tell fans that characters in this series get killed off at a pretty high rate, and new characters get added almost as quickly. For instance, book one of "A Song of Ice and Fire," has 224 characters (!) with speaking parts.

    How to keep track of them all? It's a difficult task, especially on the TV show, where few characters are introduced by name; incest, betrayal and affairs have caused hopelessly complex family trees; and -- well, let's face it -- a decent portion of the cast looks like the same soiled, disheveled actor.

    So, we're here to help. Without giving too much away, here are 10 new characters that should have a relatively major impact this season. Learn about them now, so when you meet them for the first time, you won't have to spend half the episode researching on

    Tormund Giantsbane

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    Another of Mance's crew, Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) is equal parts great fighter and great braggart. Among other boasts, he claims to have once had sex with a bear. Really.

    The Queen of Thorns


    Watch out, Maggie Smith. Lady Olenna Redwyne (Diana Rigg), grandmother of queen-to-be Margaery Tyrell, is every bit as sharp-tongued as the Countess of Grantham. But where Violet Crawley is kind-hearted, deep-down, this barb-thrower is a schemer.

    Meera and Jojen Reed


    Frankly, the Reeds should have been introduced in the second season, as they were integral to the Stark children's escape from Winterfell in the books, but whatever. The children of Ned Stark's best friend, the Reeds live way off the grid in what is essentially a swamp. Derided as "frogeaters," the Reeds have green eyes and some special powers. Meera (Ellie Kendrick, above) is a skilled hunter, and Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) can see the future. Which, you know, could come in handy.

    The Blackfish


    Catelyn Stark's uncle, Brynden Tully (Clive Russell) is a respected battlefield commander and skilled fighter. His actions will be key to both the future of Riverrun and the increasingly endangered Stark family.



    In Season 3, 10-year-old Missandei (lol pretty sure she's aged up) will quickly emerge as Dany Targaryen's right-hand woman. A former slave, she will play a pivotal role in whether Khaleesi will or won't succeed in her quest to conquer Westeros. Like Arya Stark, she is wise beyond her years.

    Rest of list at source

    ONTD, which characters/scenes are you most excited to see play out in s3? For people who have read the books, who/what are you excited to see in future seasons?

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