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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Despite a dearth of creature comforts compounded by rain, the mud, hovel-like overcrowding with attendant poor sanitation, and paucity of comestibles, a sense of camaraderie and intimacy pervaded this crowd of nearly half a million souls’ in quest of some ineffable musical experience. Legends came: Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat and Tears, Ravi Shankar, the great Hendrix, the list too long to print. It was the end of a decade of anti-war revolution on college campuses from infamous riots at Berkeley to the even more disgraceful events at Kent State. And yet it ushered in an epoch of peace and love and non-violence by this “hippie” generation. It was the summer of 69’……1969 that is, and I am referring to Woodstock. Decades later many attendees wistfully recount satisfying their amorphous craving for transcendence…..but the more remarkable thing about this historic event, is despite the traffic jams, bad weather, and every other conceivable logistical nightmare, there was practically no violence.

    Some History

    It was this antediluvian gesture, shorn of all accoutrements of modernity that arguably serves as a crude model for the giant carefully choreographed music festivals of today. The progression has not been linear…..far from it. A scant four months had elapsed before the already uber-famous Rolling Stones and the great debacle at Northern California’s Altmamont Speedway. Promoted by the Stones and Mick Jagger and billed as “Woodstock West”, in addition to the Stones, it was to feature Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash and Young among others. Perhaps cultivating some image of machismo, The Hells Angels were hired by the Stones for security detail for the 300,000 concertgoers who showed up that fateful December 6. Violence, murder, and mayhem were the order of the day.

    After that, the tarnished genre lay in moribund state, though cryogenically preserved, long enough for those sixties hippies to grow up, get jobs, and even a few to become Republicans. In its reincarnation of 1991, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell thought up a farewell tour for his band and he titled it Lollapalooza. It was more akin to a traveling circus than a single venue festival. Multiple bands travelled from city to city crisscrossing America until, well, they didn’t. It was a financially troubled venture from inception and shut down in 1997. After a revival or two, new venture partners, the concept, since 2005, has been an extremely successful two day summer festival in Grant Park in Chicago.

    In those intervening years the festival concept has caught on. It has gone viral with virtually every major U.S. city housing its own unique permutation. There’s the famous Bonnaroo in Tennessee and Austin City Limits here in Texas. But the granddaddy of them all, without any challenger, is right now concluding its second weekend of a star filled lineup of scores of bands turning out just about any breed of music one might conceive. Some are pretty big names, most are not. Amidst lush green in the desert, Coachella takes place on the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, a small hamlet about a dozen miles from Palm Springs.

    The Interview

    I wanted to understand some nuance of this world unfamiliar to me. I had the good fortune to speak at some length with Mr. Doug Mark, a prominent music-industry expert, attorney and Founder of Mark Music & Media Law, P.C., based in Beverly Hills. Here are some conversation excerpts.

    Richard: What is the big deal as to why these festivals in general and Coachella in particular have become both ubiquitous and so popular?

    MARK: “There are so few music acts today that can fill a fifteen or twenty thousand seat venue. In the US, outside of Taylor Swift and a handful of others, the only bands that jam that many fans into an arena are the “Legacy Bands”; it’s Madonna and The Rolling Stones and people still pay big dollars to see them. Today there are just so many bands with so much more varieties of music……..and each with its own niche following.”

    Richard: So Coachella is that single location that brings together this giant assortment of artists most of whom don’t quite have the muscle to draw to larger locations.

    MARK: “Yes, today the music is much more diffuse than in the past. Our culture has branched into subcultures. Music has fragmented and musical tastes along with it. Most of the bands at Coachella haven’t been around long enough or don’t have a large enough repertoire to merit the larger auditoriums. Plus today, we have the internet. Kids download music from I-Tunes or their MP3’s. Whole albums don’t get downloaded. It’s one song at a time and maybe one bounces from the melodic rock of ColdPlay to a rap song. Everybody suffers from ADD (attention deficit disorder). Coachella is one place where these bands can get in front of 15,000, 20,000 even 30,000 music junkies and expand and develop their fan base. Over the two weekends Coachella may have over 500,000 attend with over 175 bands performing. ”

    What do these artists do the rest of the year?

    MARK: “Well, first there are a number of other big festivals to get your name in front of people. But the main way they earn their keep is on the club and theater circuit. Statistically, most of the clubs have occupancy between 500 to 2,000 fans. Ticket prices may range from $15 to $35 with the house taking up to half and the artist covering their own expenses including travel and paying their band members. You can do the arithmetic and figure out it can be a tough way to make a living. If a group can fill the 1,600 seat Fonda theatre in L.A. at $35 then they can make some good money…….but that’s not happening every night.”

    Richard: The way I see it then is that the festivals are like “accelerators” for these musicians. Coachella is an imprimatur of credibility. By having the cache of Coachella or Bonnaroo on a resume is a calling card of acceptance to play the club circuit. Coachella is then complementary to touring. Coachella is a destination unto itself and music buffs that attend Coachella return home and then will inevitably recognize a touring band and get to see that group in a more intimate 1,000 seat venue……well that is a privilege.

    MARK: “Yes, I think everything you say here is true. But don’t forget that is was in the smaller micro clubs performing to 200 people that these bands honed their skills. The repetition of hundreds of performances night after night earned them their spot on the bill at Coachella. So the smaller clubs are incubators as well, leading to a spot on a big festival, which then enhances the club audience, leading to a bigger spot on the next summer’s festivals and so on. They feed each other.”

    Richard: What then do you see as the future of the large arena concerts?

    MARK: “That’s a good question. Would you rather go to Coachella for $370 and hear dozens of live musicians fourteen hours a day for three days or go see the Madonna show for two hours and maybe pay close to the same dollars for one ticket. For the younger generation (under 35 or 40), the Coachella model is pretty compelling. All the social media and constant distraction means our world is daily getting less cohesive and even more splintered. With Pandora with the push of a button you can travel from folk to punk to pop nearly instantly. I said it before but the attention spans of the younger set is getting shorter not longer. It will be tougher and tougher for today’s bands to climb the ladder to the rarified air of superstardom. The club scene is massive and someday Mick Jagger will actually stop touring. So if anything, the gap at the top may grow larger. But the good news is, the ‘Coachella culture’ shows the diversity of the fans’ tastes. The same kid can buy 2 Chains, Bon Iver and Skrillex!”

    MARK: “The other thing to recognize is that the radio broadcast business militates against these wonderful smaller but less well known acts. Major radio stations are for repetition and familiarity. It is all about playing the hits so I can get that man or woman in the car driving to work to listen to my ad and not switch the station. Most of the acts at Coachella never have been and never will have any mainstream radio air time. Also there is so much free stuff today. There are great videos on YouTube. The choices are almost limitless which results in much more fragmented audiences. This lack of homogenous listeners will continue to be the glue that keeps the festival concept alive and growing. It is a business model that sustains itself on our chaotic and impersonal internet world. Because for two weekends each spring, hundreds of thousands of people with differing tastes shed that world and come together and bond.”

    Richard: Tell me a little about the festival itself and the music. I perused the lineup and maybe I recognized one in six bands and those mostly fell into the basket of “old timers” like Lou Reed.

    MARK: “Coachella is dynamic. It is a quilt work of niches and themes. It is a study of youth and their culture. There is the classic rock of Lou Reed maybe followed by the Rap music of Action Bronson or the Synthpop of New Order or alternative Rocker Phoenix. Pop, folk, punk, indie rock or electronic…..it’s all there in a giant melting pot. With the exception of the few headliners, these are bands with no recognizable solo hits.”

    “There are so many compartments of great music. What if “electronic” is your thing? There’s always Moby, the great DJ at the forefront of the movement from the early 1990’s. If you weren’t even on the planet then perhaps you would be a fan of electronic sub-genre “break-beat” producers C2C. We may dissect further and head to the YUMA stage and spend some time with the mellower “house” DJ Maya Jane Coles. Ms. Coles obviously has a giant if not idiosyncratic following, if judged on nothing else than her U-Tube video which has garnered well over a million views……..but no way could she fill the Staples Center. If we have a look on her website and review her upcoming “gigs”, she is a peripatetic scouring the globe on the club circuit. She will ply her trade at the Sub Club in Glasgow and the very next day paly the Liquid Room in Edinburgh before hopping a plane for the 700 seat capacity Goa Club in Rome.”

    Richard: Thanks for your time Doug.


    All this said, festivals of 2013 are a far cry from the chaos of upstate New York in 1969. For all the great music, much of the spontaneity is gone. Corporate sponsors have invaded the tranquility. Heineken, Play Station, Red Bull and H&M hand over millions and provide big chunks of the festival revenue. Grounds are carefully manicured, schedules are tightly adhered to on stages with the highest of high tech sound systems. When the last note is struck tonight, preparations will be underway for next year. Despite this loss of the extemporaneous, Coachella remains the big concert draw and one of the great social gatherings of Southern California.

    But are there perhaps some chinks appearing in this impregnable suit of armor? In a late January 2013 interview, Los Angeles Huff Post music editor Sasha Bronner spoke of fan disenchantment with the announced upcoming festival lineup. Apparently the swirling rumor was that it would be The Rolling Stones that would be the Friday night opening weekend headliner. It seems a great oxymoron the power and aura the “old” still commands. After all, the new is supposed to push aside the old, isn’t it? The collective yawn was loud as The Red Hot Chile Peppers captured a top billing for a third return visit. Really, again…..that’s the best they can do. Stone Roses were clearly the wrong “stones” and greeted with equal ambivalence. Despite the grumbling, Coachella was a sellout as usual. I wonder why some bigger top names didn’t make the docket call this year. Were negotiations held up over pecuniary considerations? Is Coachella starting to lose a tiny edge to other festivals? The festival concept has traveled around the world with lots of intermittent stops to be where it is today. It’s best not to let a little hubris be your downfall.



    mmm Forbes stays bringing Madonna's name/ticket prices to all of their articles #obsessed
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    Lady Gaga was spotted taking a ride in a McLaren in Malibu, California, yesterday.














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    Nostalgia for the 1990s has infected the Internet in a way only such hallowed subjects as cat memes and "Gangnam Style" could ever hope to. But, as this recent sketch from Pop Roulette pointed out, there were many aspects of the '90s that weren't so great. Even the pantheon of teen movies had some dark corners.

    If you're anything like us, your memory glosses over the problematic aspects of these films. We'd like a rosy memory of the time we made out during a showing of She's All That or journeyed to the mall for a screening of American Pie.

    But taking a look back at the most venerated 90s teen movies, and you realize that for every crazy prank, goofy dad, and prom night de-virginizing, there are troubling instances of homophobia, sexism, racism, and other nastiness.

    Leave your rose-colored glasses at the door and get ready to lose what's left of you childhood naiveté as we show you 25 Offensive Things You Forgot from Your Favorite 90s Teen Movies.




    Rampant Tokenism
    As Seen In: SMDH.
    Director: Sigh.

    You likely haven't forgotten the tokenism that ran rampant in '90s teen movies. Not Another Teen Movie called it out hard. Revisiting these films reminds you just how ridiculously similar the "token black guy" characters really were. They're always—and we mean always—either musicians or are in some way linked to hip-hop culture. The teacher in 10 Things I Hate About You raps Shakespeare; the only black guy in Cruel Intentions is a cello teacher; and the precious few black characters in Never Been Kissed are all present for the weird reggae bar scene.

    Also, these characters are, as a rule played by either Donald Faison (of Scrubs fame) or Dulé Hill (from The West Wing and Psyche). If they weren't, this is because Faison and Hill were working other movies, in which case the producers hired poor-man's versions of these actors. The quota seems to have been one cool friend and/or one hip teacher per film, with a minimum of one rap verse or head-shake at the lameness of white people during their paltry screen time. If producers were feeling adventurous, there would also be one black female, whose defining characteristic is that she is dating the "token black guy."




    Strong Women Just Need a Man To Calm Down
    As Seen In: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    Director: Gil Junger

    To be fair to 10 Things I Hate About You, the Bard made the sexist moves first. Thankfully, in adapting Shakespeare's play, the filmmakers took out the references to physical abuse, but the film is still about a strong, opinionated woman who needs to be "fixed."

    The major examples of Kat's shrewish behavior are a) disagreeing with a teacher regarding literary analysis and b) identifying the high school social landscape as shrewish and vapid. These are bad things? There's enough charm in the film to make you forget that at the root, the premise is that women wouldn't buck the status quo so much if they had men to distract them.





    Hot Guy Objectifies and Dismisses Half the Girls in School in Under 60 Seconds
    As Seen In: She's All That (1999)
    Director: Robert Iscove

    She's All That ins't exactly a victory for feminism. "This woman had no value until we realized that her glasses and ponytail were preventing her from being hot," isn't exactly a lesson anyone should have to stomach in 2013.

    One of the most sexist moments in a film that has its fair share comes early on. Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Dean (Paul Walker) agree on their bet, but what girl are they going to bet on? To figure this out, they pick out over a half-dozen women, and discuss their flaws in-depth before siding on the bespectacled klutz, Laney Boggs (Rachel Leigh Cook). This scene is appropriately punctuated with the line, "Given the right look, the right boyfriend, in six months she could be prom queen."

    Thanks, bros!




    Casual Homophobia Is Hilarious
    As Seen In: Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
    Director: Deborah Kaplan

    There are no gay characters in Can't Hardly Wait. As a result, there is no one to react to the rampant homophobia, because, you know, calling other guys "f**" is just what sweet dudes in '90s movies do to let other dudes know they aren't very sweet.

    The word is peppered throughout the film, but here is the most egregious instance. The end of the movie is the icing on the homophobic cake, as it's revealed that the nerds' big plan for getting back at uber-jock Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli) is to make it look like he's gay, because, apparently, there's nothing worse than that.



    Statutory Rape is Kind of Hot If It's On Assignment
    Film: Never Been Kissed (1999)
    Director: Raja Gosnell

    The love story of Never Been Kissed involves a burgeoning romance between a high school teacher and his student. That student might secretly be 25, but Mr. Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan) doesn't know that when he puts the moves on her while riding the Ferris wheel at the town carnival.

    If you can somehow forgive that, then don't forget Josie's (Drew Barrymore) brother Rob's (David Arquette) dalliance with an underage gymnast. Rob poses as a high school student to help out his sister who is also posing as a high school student. When a young woman approaches him and says, "I'm 16. I'm a gymnast. I don't have a boyfriend." we tread dangerously close to "movie of the week" territory.


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    We've seen a photo of Jamie Foxx on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Max Dillon, and now Dane Dehaan has followed that up with an image of himself as Harry Osborn! While it's obviously not quite as revealing, he certainly has a rather dark and intense look about him which makes him stand out from the lighter take that James Franco mostly delivered in the first Spider-Man movie way back in 2002. What do you guys think?

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    Reese Witherspoon and her husband, CAA agent James Toth, were arrested and briefly jailed early Friday morning in Atlanta, Ga., after he was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated, confirmed an official at the city’s Dept. of Corrections.

    While Toth is facing a DUI charge after driving in the wrong lane, Witherspoon was also arrested on a disorderly conduct charge according to a police report obtained by Variety. She was handcuffed after disobeying repeated instruction from the arresting officer, with whom she verbally sparred, to stay inside the vehicle.

    The couple was released on bond at approximately 3:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

    CAA, which employs Toth and represents Witherspoon, and her publicist, Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, declined comment.

    A court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 8 a.m. in Atlanta Municipal Court, but Witherspoon and Toth aren’t expected to appear, according to sources. Their attorney is expected to request that court date be postponed.

    Witherspoon, 37, was with Toth, 42, in Atlanta shooting indie drama “The Good Lie.” Production on the film was not interrupted by the arrests, according to sources.

    Witherspoon has been married to Toth since March 2011. The couple had a son, Tennessee James Toth, last September.

    Toth was pulled over after midnight Friday driving a silver 2013 Ford Focus, which the officer witnessed weaving across a double line on Atlanta’s Peachtree St. Toth appeared disheveled and his breath smelled of alcohol, according to the police report, prompting the officer to administer a sobriety test.

    As Toth walked in the Walgreens parking lot where the officer instructed him to pull over to, Witherspoon became increasingly agitated from the vehicle, which prompted the officer to warn her to stay in the car for the sake of her own safety.

    “Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer,” according to the police report. “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”

    Once Toth was placed under arrest, Witherspoon exited the vehicle and was instructed to get back in the car. According to the report, she “stated that she was a ‘US citizen’ and that she was allowed to ‘stand on American ground.’”

    The officer then detailed how she resisted as he grabbed her arms to arrest as Toth attempted to calm her down.

    As the report details, “Mrs. Witherspoon asked, “Do you know my name?” I answered, “No, I don’t need to know your name.” I then added, “right now.” Mrs. Witherspoon stated, “You’re about to find out who I am.”

    The report also specified, “Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, ‘You are going to be on national news.’ I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”

    Though he told an officer he had only a single drink hours earlier, Toth blew a .139 on a Breathalyzer test administered at the scene. He also is facing a second charge for failure to maintain a lane while driving.

    Witherspoon’s alleged violation, which is specified on the police report as “disorderly conduct (obstruction),” is a local municipal ordinance.

    The arrest illustrates the delicate position agents can be put, along with the talent they represent, when they happen to be romantically linked to each other.

    The arrest could also provide an unlikely career stumble for Witherspoon, one of an elite cadre of female actresses who has established herself for a time as a relatively reliable box-office draw going back to films in which she toplined such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Legally Blonde.” In addition, she has achieved critical respect in films like “Walk the Line,” for which she won an Academy Award playing the role of June Carter Cash in 2005.

    Her success in part can be attributed to the squeaky clean image she’s maintained in over two decades of steady work. While like many a beautiful young female celebrity, Witherspoon is a fixture of tabloids that have picked apart the details of her romantic life and child-rearing, she has not seen her reputation dragged down by any serious improprieties.

    How the arrests managed to stay out of a an increasingly aggressive tabloid press that has missed few opportunities to shine the spotlight on celebrity misdeeds is surprising and unclear. But the stakes for keeping the actress out of the public eye couldn’t be higher as she struggles to recover her career standing after a series of poorly performing films including “This Means War,” “Water for Elephants” and “Rendition.”

    Toth and Joel Lubin were named co-heads of motion picture talent at CAA in September 2010. He first joined the agency in 1995 as a trainee, working his way up to agent status in 2000.

    “The Good Lie” follows a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. They develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman, played by Witherspoon, but the young man struggles to adjust to his new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.

    Black Label Media is producing indie drama “The Good Lie” with Philippe Falardeau (“Monsieur Lazhar”) directing from Margaret Nagle’s screenplay.. Producers are Smith and Black Label Media partners Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill, along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Kehela Sherwood. Imagine’s Kim Roth and Reliance’s Deepak Nayar are exec producing.
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    Less than a week after twin explosions at the Boston Marathon left three dead and more than 180 wounded, Prince Harry made his way to Sunday's London Marathon to support the 36,000 runners heading toward the finish line.

    Missing the annual event "was never an option as far as I was concerned," he told BBC News. "Everyone that was planning on coming is still here. No one's changed any plans."

    Still, the memory of tragedy lingered in a hush as competitors observed a 30-second moment of silence in honor of those who didn't finish their race, reports CNN.

    "The way Boston has dealt with it has been absolutely remarkable," added the prince.


    Harry, 28, however, wasn't joined by Prince William or the expectant duchess, who had other volunteer obligations.

    Chatting up marathon volunteers prior to handing out medals at the finish line, Harry quipped, "She's pregnant and he's getting old. It's impossible."

    SOURCE: People Magazine

    I saw that there hadn't been any posts pertaining to the London Marathon yet, so I decided to go ahead and make one. (Sorry, mods! Here's a new post that's celebrity-appropriate.)

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    It all began with a mysterious picture:



    And that was all it took to send Once fans and Whovians (Doctor Who fans) alike into a frenzy of excitement.

    Doctor Who alum Arthur Darvill, who played the charismatic but devilish Mephistopheles in a production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus in 2011 at the Globe stage and Parry in Our Boys at the West End’s Duchess Theatre in 2012, made his Broadway debut Friday, April 19.

    The role? None other than Guy in Once, a position left open by Steve Kazee’s departure in early February. While the role has since been filled by understudy Ben Hope, it is rumoured that Darvill is signed on through December as part of an exchange program between American and UK Equity.



    What makes this whole affair almost as strange as an episode of Doctor Who is that no one knew about it.

    Before the appearance of the picture, no one had any idea that he had been cast, let alone that he was going to be taking Kazee’s place. So the question hovering in everyone’s mind is why? Why wasn’t it announced beforehand and why hasn’t it been acknowledged yet? Not even members of the Once production team have released a comment.

    Why is it that the first word of the news came from tumblr, twitter and the Broadway World message boards?

    Whatever the answer, the fact is that Arthur Darvill may be here to stay. At least for a little while.

    While some are calling the casting “interesting” or “not what they had expected,” others are running a range from extreme excitement (and certainly most of the Doctor Who fans fall into this category) to skepticism. Certainly Steve Kazee is a difficult actor to follow and with Darvill’s somewhat offbeat brand of good looks and very different vocal quality it will be interesting to see how fans, both new and old react to his portrayal.

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    I saw Once last year with the OBC and it was phenomenal, one of my favorite musicals to date. There's a recording on Tumblr of Arthur singing "Gold" (my favorite song) and I was impressed with what I heard. Apparently he will be in the role until December!

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    By Rene Lynch

    April 22, 2013, 6:06 a.m.

    Earth Day 2013 gets its own Google Doodle today, an honor that kicks off a day dedicated to reminding us to tread gently on this planet that we all share.

    The Earth Day 2013 Google Doodle unveils a scenic mountain meadow, with a babbling brook and a lake that's home to a school of fish. Click around and you'll see more: fireflies, a bear emerging out of a cave, a -- what is that? a badger? -- as well as ants, and dandelions you can "blow out." The passing of the seasons provides a backdrop, all under the watchful, alternating eyes of the sun and the moon.

    Google also posted this handy, dandy "sightseeing checklist" so you don't miss a single element of what is considered one of the most ambitious Google Doodles yet.



    But the Earth Day 2013 Google Doodle isn't exactly surprising.
    The doodle is known for celebrating unexpected benchmarks -- who would have predicted Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday? But Google has reliably marked Earth Day in recent years. Here are the Earth Day Google Doodles for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 ...

    This year's Earth Day doodle has a serious side as well.

    It underscores one of the Earth's most precious natural resources, and one that we in the United States may take for granted: fresh, clean, safe water.

    According to UNICEF, nearly 4,000 children die each day due to unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation standards. Moreover, 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water.

    The Earth Day 2013 Google Doodle captures the water cycle, documenting the ties among snow-capped mountains, icy lakes, evaporation and rain, and groundwater.

    If you're wondering what you can do this Earth Day to save the planet, here are some suggestions from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Among them: Don't waste water and other resources, use human powered modes of transportation (instead of your car), or plant a tree.

    But we here at the Daily Dish especially love this suggestion: Buy locally. That helps offset pollution caused by the transportation of products, including food, the EPA says.

    To that end, here's an L.A. Times Food map that will help you find your local farmers market. And in case you are wondering "Uh, how do I know what's in season? What do I do with it once I get it home?" Don't worry, we've got you covered.

    Here's Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons' guide to figuring out what produce is hitting its peak each month. His guide also includes quick and easy recipe suggestions.

    You might also want to check out our weekly farmers market column by David Karp, who gives you the inside scoop on what specialties are arriving fresh. He also introduces you to the farmers putting that fresh food on your plate.

    Happy Earth Day, everyone! How are you planning to celebrate?

    * Happy Earth Day ONTD *


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    BTW There is a Captain Planet marathon on Boomerang today ya'll

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    Music fans are anxious to get a listen to the full version of Beyonce's cover of Amy Winheouse's "Back to Black" off The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

    But the anticipation is much ado about nothing, according to Winehouse's dad Mitch.

    "I don't think she brings anything to it,' he tells the Daily Mail.

    Why did he allow Bey and Andre 3000 to cover it then? Well, money talks.

    "For a price, of course," he explains. "They have got to pay for the privilege, which is what they are doing. I can't tell you how much it is but it's a lot of money."

    Previously, he asked for £100,000.

    Listen to Beyonce & Andre 3000 "Back To Black" (Snippet)






    Watch Amy Winehouse "Back To Black" Video



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    ill say what i said in the last post: im trying to take my extreme love for amy out of it and have an open mind. and maybe my extreme love of andre makes me like it. i mean its not bad, if you dont think of it as ~back to black~
    i wonder how amy would feel...



    that being said, mitch, i dont want to hate you, but...

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    Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell join Close Enough

    Romantic drama about two war photographers will be directed by Song for Marion’s Paul Andrew Williams.
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    Hiddleston will play famous war photographer Robert Capa while Atwell will portray the equally famous first female war photographer Gerda Toro.

    The story is set during their years in Paris in the mid-1930s and leads to a dramatic conclusion during the Spanish Civil War.

    It will be directed by Paul Andrew Williams, the writer-director behind Song for Marion and London to Brighton.

    Principal photography is set to begin in June 2013.

    Production companies are Camera Entertainment BV (Netherlands), Kanzaman S.A. (Spain) and Steel Mill Pictures (UK).

    It will be produced by Sim van Veen and Laurens Geels with Denise O’Dell, Mark Albela and Ken Marshall as executive producers.

    Williams said: “The idea of bringing these two iconic, extraordinary characters to the big screen is one I relish.

    “Not only is it a beautiful love story, but Capa and Gerda influenced each other in such a dramatic way that it changed the idea of photo journalism for ever.

    “I am more than delighted to be working with Tom and Hayley. After I met with Tom his passion for this project and his commitment to the script and character was so exciting.

    “Hayley is someone I have wanted to work with for a long time and after a few near misses we have finally found, what I believe to be, the best project to collaborate on.

    “The chemistry between Capa and Gerda was electric and I have confidence that Tom and Hayley will repeat that chemistry on film.”


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    Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and director J.J. Abrams get together at the photocall for their latest film Star Trek Into Darkness held at Bondi Beach on Monday (April 22) in Sydney, Australia.

    That same day, the guys headed to lunch at Chiswick in Woolahra and were joined by Karl's two boys Hunter and Indiana.

    Earlier in the week, Chris took home the Male Star of the Year Award at the 2013 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards.























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    Can't wait...

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    The Extra co-host Mario Lopez is coming back for another season hosting Fox’s The X Factor, but Khloe Kardashian is not. “Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to co-host The X Factor. We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” X Factor producers said today. Both Lopez and the E! reality star were named as the new hosts of the competition series’ second season in October 2012. A seasoned hosting pro, Lopez easily fronted the show but Kardashian struggled, earning the mockery of many viewers. In today’s announcement about Lopez’s return, X Factor’s main man made no mention of Kardashian’s departure. “I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor. Hosting a live show and keeping the judges — especially Demi — in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back,” Simon Cowell said in statement.

    Lopez joins Cowell and fellow judge Demi Lovato as the only regulars coming back for the third season. Lovato’s return was announced in March. After one season, Britney Spears exited officially in January. Veteran judge LA Reid said last year that he was out too. Cowell is now the only remaining judge from the show’s first season. No replacements have been announced for either Reid or Spears.

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    On June 16th the sixth season of True Blood begins. But already, there are horrible rumors about a major plot twist that would ruin our enjoyment of this vampire hump show forever. Let's hope it's not true. Major spoilers ahead...

    According to many many online whispers Alexander Skarsgård may be departing the show in the 6th episode, via TRUE DEATH. TV Line is pushing this rumor forward pretty hard stating:

    "I can neither confirm or deny the rumors, but I can offer you two pieces of evidence that suggest such a twist is in the realm of possibility. The first one comes care of Joe Manganiello, who tells TVLine, “We’re getting to the point in the season now where people are starting to die. The table reads are starting to get smaller, and I’m sure they will continue to do that.” Exhibit B, meanwhile, arrives in the form of Episode 7′s title — “The Funeral.” Sorry I don’t have better news for you.”

    I think I speak for us all when I say, fuck this noise. No Vampire Eric? NO DEAL. There isn't a single character left on this series with the same sexual vibrato as Skarsgård. Forget about Bill, he's just a bloody merkin at this point. And the werewolf? He's nice to look at but there's not 1,000 years of sexual deviance boiling under those abs. Let's all just hope that this rumor is garbage.

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    This is why I'm only watching for everyone who's names aren't Sookie, Bill, Eric, or Alcide. Also Pam/Tara bonding, Claude, and these two hbic's

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    After making action-packed blockbusters such as The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day which depicted the possible Roland Emmerichend of civilization, director Roland Emmerich now plans to make a smaller film about the dawn of the modern LGBT equal rights movement — the Stonewall riots of 1969.

    “I may want to do a little movie about the Stonewall riots in New York,” Emmerich said to Empire magazine. “It’s about these crazy kids in New York, and a country bumpkin who gets into their gang, and at the end they start this riot and change the world.”

    Emmerich has enlisted John Robin Bates, whose queer-themed work includes Broadway’s The Paris Letter and TV’s Brothers and Sisters to write the screenplay. The director reveals that Bates’ take on the subject will follow a homeless gay teen who gravitates towards the Stonewall Inn and eventually gets caught up in the riots.

    Emmerich, who is gay and whose new film White House Down will be released in June, explains why telling the story is important to him.

    “It’s one of these civil rights moments, like Rosa Parks,” he said. “And very little is known about it. Even gay people don’t know much about it. There are only two books written about it.”

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    I can just see it now. The drag queens are going to shoot lasers from their eyes while NYC tumbles down around them yet no one gets killed until a giant wave of water comes crashing in on the city, which then turns to ice.

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    Bryan Singer reveals a behind the scenes look at Halle Berry as Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past.




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    so what do you think?

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  • 04/22/13--11:46: and the PR spin begins...
  • Source: Reese Witherspoon Did Not Pull The Don't-You-Know-Who-I-Am Card



    News of Reese Witherspoon getting arrested was shocking, but what may have surprised fans even more was what the sweet, Southern mom of three reportedly said to police officers.

    According to the police report, "Mrs. Witherspoon asked, 'Do you know my name?' I answered, 'No, I don't need to know your name.' I then added, 'Right now.' Mrs. Witherspoon stated, 'You're about to find out who I am'."

    But a source tells E! News that the star insists it didn't exactly go down like people think.

    "It wasn't like that," the source said, and explained that when the officer was handcuffing her, Witherspoon simply asked, "Do you know my name?"  as in "Don't you need to know my name?" 

    The source also added that there was no screaming or any sort of physical altercation between Witherspoon and the officer. "She was being protective of her husband and was fearful of the situation," they tell us.

    Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth were arrested and jailed early Friday morning in Atlanta for an alleged DUI and disorderly conduct, after getting pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Around 3:30 a.m. the same day, the couple were released on bond. A court date has been scheduled for Monday at 8 a.m. in Atlanta Municipal Court.

    But you wouldn't know the duo had any trouble this weekend by looking at them. The couple seemed more than fine, as witnessed by this photograph of them leaving their New York City hotel earlier today to attend Reese's premiere for Mud.

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    everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days

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  • 04/22/13--12:15: damn...that's not freddie.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr some random dude join delighted daughter Charlotte and her little pal on a fun-filled day out.



    They're proud parents to adorable three-year-old daughter Charlotte and baby son Rocky, seven months.

    And superstar couple Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr welcomed another little one into the family fold as they accompanied Charlotte on a fun-filled playdate on Sunday afternoon.

    The adorable toddler looked positively overjoyed as she enjoyed a day out with her friend, beaming from ear-to-ear as the foursome made their way down the street in Santa Monica, California, heading out for a bite to eat at Veggie Grill.





    On Saturday, the star showed off her boho style as she carried a box of cupcakes while heading out to a friend's party in Pacific Palisades, California




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    Zac Efron got the jitters while filming a sex scene with blonde bombshell Heather Graham. According to an April 20 report by the New York Post, Zac has had a crush on the “Boogie Nights” beauty for quite some time, so he was very nervous about jumping into bed with her in the movie “At Any Price.”

    Zac Efron said this about his sex scene jitters: “I’ve been a fan of Heather’s and had a crush on her since I can remember. She’s always been the epitome of that perfect girl. I wanted to get it right.” It’s funny that Zac got so nervous about shooting a normal love scene -- you would think that it would have been easy for him after he had Nicole Kidman erotically pee on him in “The Paperboy.”

    Luckily for Zac, Heather Graham is a sex scene pro. She played adult film actress Roller Girl in the movie “Boogie Nights,” and she had a few steamy scenes in the erotic thriller “Killing Me Softly.” She also shot lesbian love scenes in “Boogie Woogie” and “About Cherry,” and she even hopped in bed with Fat Bastard in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." It's safe to say that Zac is probably well-aware of “The Hangover” hottie’s body-baring body of work.

    Heather was also impressed with Zac Efron, so there was no need for him to have the jitters. According to The Huffington Post, here’s what she said about her costar: "Zac is just really together. I’m so amazed by how smart and hard working he is. And he has the craziest fans of any actor I’ve ever worked with ... like they’re screaming and waiting outside the set for hours. We ate at a restaurant and when we came out there were 30 teenage girls waiting outside screaming at the top of their lungs. It’s like the Beatles!"

    Their movie “At Any Price” is the story of a man who wants his son to expand their family’s farming empire. However, his rebellious offspring just wants to be a professional race car driver. Dennis Quaid stars as the father, and Zac plays the son who has to help his family when a crisis threatens their livelihood.

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    The moment Black Twitter, WorldStarHipHop, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta fans and Messy Ass Individuals have been waiting for has happened. After a year of continual dissing, dogging out, and poking and prodding by Breakfast Club Member Charlamagne Tha God, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Cast members Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J finally visited.

    Highlights:
    -The First 5 Minutes are Charlamagne and Joseline Hernandez Fighting over his issues with her Gender
    -Charlamagne asks Stevie J if Joseline is really a woman and he says "I Don't know, ask her"
    -Charlamagne calls Joseline "Josh" the entire 25 minute Interview and continually prods about if she's a man or a woman
    -Joseline calls out LaLa Anthony as a "Fake ass bitch" for hanging with Charlamagne
    -Joseline says when her and Stevie J fight she calls him a "Faggot" and uses gay insults to belittle him as a man and says "it's because she's from Miami"
    -Joseline & Stevie J talk about their sex life

    -Joseline makes a stupid remark about 'dropping bombs'

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    Transphobia, Homophobia, Low key Racism; ONTD, have fun!

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