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    Laura Marling performing at HMV's Hammersmith Apollo (

    Laura Marling has attacked TV talent shows such as The X Factor and The Voice, arguing that they are "an awful part of society," just days after Emeli Sande aired the same views.

    The Brit award winner claims that the singing contests teach the wrong values when it comes to teaching what it is to be a musician.

    The 23-year-old told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “They are just horrible. It's an awful part of our society.

    “It's teaching the wrong thing, I think, teaching that you want fame.”

    The 'Ghosts' singers argument comes after Emeli Sande urged aspiring musicians not to enter The X Factor.

    The Scottish singer is quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “I find it quite depressing. I find it sad that four people are judging these people and really knocking their confidence.”

    However, George Shelly from  X Factor boyband Union J spoke to EntertainmentWise yesterday saying that entering The X Factor was “one of the best decision that I've made personally in my life.”

    Bandmate Josh added: “People who make these remarks very often don't understand what these people on X Factor have done before the show, they just think that we've just turned up.”

    Laura Marling recently confirmed plans to release her fourth album 'Once I Was An Eagle' in the UK on May 27.


    Laura Marling has had an eventful past two months in anticipation of her upcoming fourth record: First came the March announcement with a promising new teaser track, then word of a Shakespeare soundtrack project on the way, another excellent single, this week’s short film, and finally an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland the other night. This wasn’t her first time on the long-running BBC series, as Marling has been making appearances on the program for the past half-decade. Now a regular on the show, it comes with no surprise she brought all of the confident, understated charm we’ve come to expect. What’s more the song of choice, “Once,” has been a favorite around here since she first unveiled it for BBC 6 Music’s 10th anniversary last August. Watch Marling take the Jools Holland stage for the latest stunning solo rendition above.


    Laura Marling has already shared two tracks off her forthcoming album Once I Was An Eagle: the melancholic “Where Can I Go?” and the fiery “Master Hunter”. Now, through a new short film titled “When Brave Bird Saved”, the UK singer-songwriter previews four more: “Take The Night Off”, “I Was An Eagle”, “You Know”, and “Breathe”.

    Directors Fred & Nick had this to say of the nearly 19-minute piece:

    “When Brave Bird Saved” is an introduction to a visual journey directly inspired, informed, and narrated by the first four tracks of Once I Was An Eagle. Having collaborated with Laura over the last four years, the ambition and scope of this film marks an exciting new direction for us — and we were given total freedom to focus strongly on the distinct journey of the four tracks.”


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    When Amanda Bynes said that she is a "retired multi-millionaire," she really wasn't kidding.

    The former actress hasn't worked at all in three years, but said it doesn't matter because she's just as loaded as the Olsen twins! "I'm in the Mary-Kate and Ashley type of wealth [category]," she declared to In Touch magazine. Considering that the Olsen twins are worth about $300 million, that's a pretty bold statement.

    It's also very likely a delusional one as well.

    Nickelodeon hardly throws its child stars multi-million dollar deals. Even though she had a successful five-year run on What I Like About You and a few decent teen movies like She's The Man, that hardly adds up to $300 million in the bank.

    A source close to Amanda said that she is actually worth "$5 to $6 million, not anywhere near Mary-Kate and Ashley's money." The source also confirmed she doesn't have an income now, yet is still blowing through cash like she has Olsen twins money. Some of Amanda's friends are fearing that she could be broke within the next few years.

    Her NYC lifestyle has included month-long stays at luxury hotels that include daily room service and massages, $11,000 on hair extensions during a recent trip to a Queens salon and massive cab fares. She's also spending big bucks on her NYC apartment, but may not be there for much longer because her strange behavior is reportedly making other residents uncomfortable.
    "[Amanda wanders] the halls of her New York City apartment building at all hours of the night," said a source to Radar Online. "She talks to herself in language that is non-sensical and has been hearing voices. She looks completely disheveled and she is scaring some of the other residents in the building with kids."

    Even if Amanda is choosing to be a recluse, there are still ways she could make money. Countless celebrities use their Twitter accounts for product endorsements, often making thousands of dollars on a single tweet. And even though Amanda isn't exactly anyone's first choice to endorse their stuff these days, there are plenty of companies who would likely to be happy take advantage of her 700,000+ Twitter followers.


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    The last time Phillip Sheppard played Survivor, he played a crazy game, running around in pink underwear and wearing feathers on his head.

    Returning for Survivor: Caramoan, Sheppard played a more strategic game, but was still called out for his eccentric behavior.

    Now on the jury after getting eliminated on Wednesday, Sheppard chatted about his upper body strength, his fear of water and why he's not crazy.

    Hi, Phillip. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me.
    Before we start, I should mention that I have a book called The Specialist that came out on the day the series premiered, and I'm working on another book right now. But that's not what we're here to talk about. I know you want to talk about what just happened on Survivor.

    Okay. Did you know that you were going to be voted off last night?
    I knew I was going, so I thought this was a time to flush out both idols. I knew that it would mean the end of my game, but that is a compliment. They gave up two idols to get me out of there, because I was a physical threat. Everyone knew I was a physical threat and I was playing a very good game. So they had to get rid of me.

    You weren't a physical threat on the last episode, though. You sat out of the immunity challenge. Do you regret it?
    I'm not a phenomenal swimmer, and I wouldn't have won my challenge. Besides, based on what happened when I was a boy where I almost drowned, there were some reasons why I opted not to participate.

    Which is it? Because of your childhood experience, or because you knew you couldn’t win?
    My experience is what came to mind. And I knew I wasn't going to win the challenge. Brenda owns a dive company and even she couldn't win that challenge. And besides, I wasn't feeling well that day.

    In the previous immunity challenge, you were submerged underwater under a cage and yet you participated in that challenge.
    But I was the first one out. And for most of the challenge, my face was over water. My challenge strength is my physical upper body. I won challenges based on my strength. Physically, before the tribal swap, I was owning challenges for my tribe. And I'm very loyal to the people who are in my core alliance.

    Who do you think is playing a good game out there?
    I'm going to refuse to answer that question, because I don't want to give out any spoilers.

    On both seasons, the show classified you as crazy and annoying. How much of that is real and how much is editing?
    First, I would disagree with your characterization on how I came off this season. I came across as a physical threat, a strategic player. Until I was voted out, I only received one vote. Tell me, if I was really that annoying, why did they not get rid of me earlier?

    Perhaps the other contestants wanted to sit next to you in the finals, because they thought they could beat you.
    Then why did they vote me off? If I was really a goat, they would have kept me to the end. But they voted me off because of my physicality.

    But your main alliance didn't vote you off. They wanted to keep you. It was the three-member counter-alliance.
    Malcolm said he was voting me out because I don't let anyone have any fun. That's ridiculous. It's a million dollar game and he's going to vote me off for that? Tell me, do you think Malcolm is strategic?

    I suppose.
    Then if he's strategic, the only reason he voted me off is because I was a physical threat.

    So you're not crazy?
    You're listening to me talk right now, and it's obvious I'm not crazy. My novel was No. 70 on the Canadian Amazon bestseller site, and it was the No. 40 gift in Canada. It was the No. 1 selling book in Japan. There's a lot of Phillip Sheppard that you just don't understand. I came up with the idea of forming an alliance and calling it Stealth R Us, and CBS made it a centerpiece of the show. ... I leveraged that to be a memorable character – one of the most well known characters in Survivor history. And I'm leveraging it outside the game. You don't understand how I played the game.

    You're right, I don't.
    I can walk into a situation while other people are singing songs or talking about TV shows that they'll never put on the air. But I can come out there, make you laugh at home and publish a book! I have thousands of fans writing to me saying, "Give me a name in Stealth R Us."My brother is a police chief in Rochester N.Y., and I have a twin sister who is a Ph.D. I come from a very successful family. Tell me, do you think that makes me crazy?

    Well, we seem to be out of time. Thanks so much for the interview!
    Thank you. And remember, you can order my book on Amazon.


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    When it was announced J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars," the news — for the most part — was met with positive reception.

    After all, the future of the franchise would be in the hands of someone known to be a big "Star Wars" fan and who was no stranger to sci-fi. However, the news was also unexpected.

    Just last year, Abrams confidently told both Entertainment Weekly and Empire magazine he wanted nothing to do with the franchise.
    "I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things,” Abrams told Empire. “I declined any involvement very early on."

    So, what changed his mind? In the upcoming May issue of Playboy, Abrams reveals what occurred to change his mind about directing one of the most beloved franchises in Hollywood—and, it wasn't solely his secret meeting with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.

    "It was a wild time. I was near the light at the end of the tunnel with my work on Star Trek. I felt I needed a bit of a breather, actually. But then Kathleen Kennedy [the new Lucasfilm head who oversees Star Wars] called again. I’ve known her for years. We had a great conversation, and the idea of working with her on this suddenly went from being theoretical and easy to deny to being a real, tangible, thrilling possibility. In the end it was my wife, Katie, who said if it was something that really interested me, I had to consider it."

    If it weren't for Abram's wife, we'd have someone different at the helm of the "Star Wars" franchise.

    And, don't worry "Trek" fans, despite his heavy workload Abrams told Playboy there's still a chance he may return to direct the next "Star Trek."

    "I would say it’s a possibility," said Abrams.""We’re trying to figure out the next step. But it’s like anything: It all begins with the story."


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  • 04/25/13--14:46: Ryan Lochte's Pool Water.
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    Simon Cowell'
    s search for a new X Factor judge may have a happy ending! A source tells Us Weekly that the Fox talent show creator, 53, hope that Jennifer Love Hewitt will join him and Demi Lovato on the panel this fall for season three. (Judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears both departed after season two.)

    "Simon is very interested," says the source of the 34-year-old Client List actress and former pop star. (Hewitt's song "BareNaked" charted back in 2002.) Also in the running: Reba McEntire and Kelly Rowland, who judged 2011's U.K. X Factor.

    While an X Factor rep says "this is pure speculation," a Rowland pal assures Us: "Kelly's nearly a done deal!"

    Mario Lopez, meanwhile, will be back for his second season as series host, although his co-host Khloe Kardashian will not be returning.

    Tell Us: Would Hewitt make a good addition to X Factor?


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    Rupert Grint is poised to cast a spell on audiences in the new poster for CBGB, which is exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter.

    The Harry Potter alum plays The Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome in the film looking at New York's punk scene and the famed club.

    CBGB was owned by Hilly Kristal, who in the late 1970s strove to create a venue for country, bluegrass and blues music. But after those acts became hard to book, he shifted the club's focus toward local groups. CBGB was frequented by The Dead Boys and also helped launched the careers of Patti Smith, Blondie, Talking Heads and the Ramones.

    This is the third of five posters THR will debut this week. Earlier this month, we unveiled CBGB posters honoring Joey Ramone, Debbie Harry, Smith and Chrome's bandmate Stiv Bators.

    Randall Miller directed CBGB and co-wrote the script with Jody Savin. The film’s cast includes Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Joel David Moore, Stana Katic and Taylor Hawkins.

    Miller and Savin’s Unclaimed Freight Productions is producing, along with former senior vp at Warner/Chappell Music Brad Rosenberger and Kristal’s daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman.


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    Watching the trailer for Thor: The Dark World that was released yesterday, I was struck by a sense of how annoyed I would be if my boyfriend went missing for an exceedingly long time, and then showed up only to port me to an alternate universe without even giving me time to let my kicky astronomy colleague Darcy know where I was going. And it got me thinking about what women are allowed to do—or at least what movie studios think audiences will be psyched to see women doing—in trailers for the action movies that will be released this year.

    Thor: The Dark World: If you’re a lady in Asgard, you apparently get to be anxious, get kidnapped, and walk around tables. On the upside, you also get to be in battle, which is a great setting for having your hair whip artfully around your face.

    Fast and Furious 6: Appear in black-and-white surveillance photos. Be counted among the crew when the gang gets back together. Hang out with The Rock in a professional capacity. Attend parties where they wear miniskirts. Hang from jeeps. Shoot guns. Specifically at Vin Diesel. Have fist-fights in subway stations.

    Man of Steel: Kal-El’s mother gets to be pessimistic about her son’s chances on earth. A neighbor lady gets to be perceptive about his abilities. Faora gets to stand near General Zod, though it’s a blind-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance considering she’s supposed to be a significant villain. And in a rare exception, Lois Lane gets to talk about her reporting.

    Pacific Rim: It takes a long time for the trailer to make clear that there’s actually a lady in one of those spacesuits, but in fact, women do get to carry umbrellas, do martial arts, and fight giant monsters.

    Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones: See secret writing. Also cute demon-hunters. Hunt shadows. Wear leather and carry excellent weapons. Wield flamethrowers. Use light embedded in their hands to fight demons.

    Star Trek Into Darkness: Lots of looking traumatized. Some giving pep talks. And because in the nautical tradition, spaceships are female, survive tremendous damage:

    Iron Man 3: Pepper Potts gets to receive necklaces, be told that Tony can’t live without her, get blown backwards at high speed in an explosion, be kidnapped, and wear a sorts bra while looking righteously pissed. Assorted other ladies get to fall out of planes and ask questions in press conferences.

    After Earth: Lecture Will Smith.

    World War Z: Be married to, or the daughter of, Brad Pitt. Turn into zombies, presumably.

    White House Down: Report the news. Yell in confusion. Get hugged by Channing Tatum.

    The Lone Ranger: Talk to Armie Hammer. Run brothels, particularly if you’re Helena Bonham Carter. Stake claims and offer grim warnings. Slap Armie Hammer.

    Red 2: If you’re Mary Louie Parker, you get to hang out with John Malkovich and eat junk food. If you’re Helen Mirren, you can be hired by MI6 to kill your friends, wear fantastic clothes, and dissolve bodies with acid. And if you’re Catherine Zeta-Jones, you get to wear a lot of very aggressively tailored menswear:

    R.I.P.D.: Again, Mary Louise Parker gets to hang out in a support role, dispatching Ryan Reynolds. Other ladies get to have their bodies commandeered by Jeff Bridges.

    The Wolverine: If you’re a lady, you can look for Hugh Jackman and apparently get on private planes with him, work for dying Japanese millionaires as a sexy scientist, fight people with a katana, and smooch a guy with some very impressive sideburns. Also, get your face torn off.

    Elysium: Apparently the future’s worked on its gender imbalance when it comes to CEOs, because Jodie Foster is running an enclave for the 1 percent. Also, women can get great medical treatment if they’re rich. But it also seems like little girls can get kidnapped by robots, so maybe the future isn’t such a great place.

    Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters: Girls get to be the children of greek gods. Also, women still have the prophecy game cornered. Girls get to rappel down ropes and go on adventures.

    Kick-Ass 2: Beat up Aaron Johnson. Report the news. Have a lot of fun with nunchucks. Wear truly excellent purple wigs.

    In other words, if you’re a teenager, Lois Lane or Helen Mirren, you’re allowed to have a lot of fun. But otherwise, you’d better hope you end up in the Fast and Furious universe, or you best be prepared to do a lot of hollering for help.


    So which universe will you choose, ONTD?

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    Michael Shannon photographed by Terry Richardson (ugh) for GQ Style's Spring/Summer 2013 issue. You can scroll on by if you don't like beauty, talent, excellence, hamburgers, etc. Bobby Cannavale is also in this issue but the photos haven't been posted yet

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    avoiding the clutches of harvey weinstein

    practicing smiling

    Have a good Thursday

    Source: Terry's Diary

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  • 04/25/13--15:08: Hilary Duff Walking Places
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    Leaving Pilates on the 23rd!

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    Leaving Luca's baby class on the 24th!

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    Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has said that Arctic Monkeys man Alex Turner is "one of the most talented songwriters and lyric writers that is out there."

    He added: "If I'd have grown up in Sheffield, I'd have hung out with Alex."

    Homme made the comments when talking to BBC 6Music ahead of the release of his band's forthcoming new album, '…Like Clockwork', which is set to come out on June 3.

    In an interview – which you can hear at the bottom of the page – Homme also explained what it was like to work with Turner, Dave Grohl and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters on the new album, saying:

    "These are people that are friends, so it's a great way to see them – and you're talking about three different workaholics right there. When everyone's busy, sometimes the best way to see them is 'hey will you come over and lay a vocal down?'".

    He added: "I've always considered myself a workaholic... The way I work, I have to turn myself upside down and hang myself by my ankles and wring myself out like a wet sweater and I have to do that with other people too because I think that's where something good comes out."

    In addition, Homme spoke about working with Elton John on the record. "He got really excited, so much so that he came back. He was like 'I want to come back and sing'."

    Former Queens Of The Stone Age member Nick Oliveri also contributes to '…Like Clockwork', despite being fired from the band almost a decade ago. "Nick and I parted ways eight years ago, but three months after we parted we were seeing each other socially, because we're friends and I think that's what people couldn't understand," revealed Homme.

    "He made his record at my studio and he wanted to drop off some vinyl and he jokingly said 'do you need any background vocals' and I said, 'actually I do…'."

    '…Like Clockwork' is made up of 10 tracks and was produced by Homme and the band at Pink Duck in Burbank, California. It was recorded by Mark Rankin with additional engineering by Justin Smith.


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    Liam Gallagher has said that the Oasis split is real, denying claims that the band separated to make more money when they eventually get back together.

    Despite having a number of public spats and both starting their own projects in Beady Eye and The High Flying Birds respectively, Liam Gallagher tells Q that he and brother Noel aren't playing games. "Listen, it’ll happen when it happens, but it ain’t a fucking game — it’s the real deal. I read a lot of people going, ‘Oh, it’s just a blag, innit? So they can get some more noughts on their big fucking comeback.’ But I’m still me and he’s gonna be him." Adding: "I ain’t changing for a million fucking pounds. I might do it for £30million."

    Liam also said that his passion for music and being in Beady Eye will be what eventually kills him. "I won’t die of a drug overdose or a fucking drinking habit. I’ll die of living and breathing and being in a band. It won’t be over snorting a line off someone’s head or drinking a daft drink. It’ll be because I’m into it too much. I’ll die of caring too much."

    Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher was reportedly seen trying to ride a dog in a West London pub over the weekend after drinking champagne and whiskey. The singer was seen by onlookers racking up a £300 bill in The Old White Bear pub in the capital.

    Beady Eye release 'BE' in June. The band recently revealed the album's NSFW cover which was shot by Harry Peccinotti, a photographer best known for his erotic work and for shooting the famous Pirelli calendars in 1968 and 1969. His Beady Eye sleeve features a semi-naked woman – the photographer's wife – lying on her back.

    'BE' follows the band's debut LP, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', which was released in February 2011. The album peaked at Number Three on the UK albums chart and spawned the Top 40 hit 'The Roller'. The band have already been lined up festival slots at V Festival and T In The Park this summer.


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    Jeffrey Bleich, the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, has sent out warning. It's a matter of foreign policy. Serious stuff! Bleich doesn't want Australians to pirate Game of Thrones.

    On his official Facebook page, the one that actually says "Ambassador Bleich", there is a post titled "Stopping the Game of Clones".

    "As the Ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world," wrote Ambassador Bleich. "While some people here used to claim that they used pirate sites only because of a delay in getting new episodes here, the show is now available from legitimate sources within hours of its broadcast in the United States."

    What prompted Bleich's late night Facebook message? Earlier this week was the 17th annual UN World Book and Copyright Day. That, and the ambassador watches Game of Thrones with his family. He's a fan, it seems.

    "I realize that fans of Game of Thrones who have used illegal file-sharing sites have reasons," continued Ambassador Bleich. "They will say it was much easier to access through these sites, or that they got frustrated by the delay in the first season, or their parents wouldn’t pay for a subscription, or they will complain about some other issue with copyright laws."

    Continuing, he added, "But none of those reasons is an excuse—stealing is stealing."

    This is swell and all, but doesn't he have more important things to worry about than Australians pirating Game of Thrones? He is a U.S. Ambassador. Like, a real one, nominated by the President of the United States. And he's talking about Game of Thrones on the internet. Your tax dollars at work!


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    Jessica Simpson's parents are officially single and free to mingle ... their divorce is final ... TMZ has learned.

    The judge's final touches end a 34-year marriage ... as for why the marriage fell apart -- the speculation continues.

    Tina cited "discord or conflict of personalities" when she hit Joe with the papers in Texas last year. As TMZ reported ... Joe became angry after some media speculated he was gay ... and Joe fired back ... calling the reports "ridiculous."

    No details yet on who got what ... we've reached out to the family rep -- so far no word back.


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    Disney Channel's Bella Thorne Inks YA Book Deal

    The "Shake It Up" actress will co-write the multi-book series "Autumn Falls" about a girl whose life is transformed by magic.

    Disney Channel star Bella Thorne (Shake it Up) has sold Autumn Falls, a YA book series, to Random House Children's Books, the publisher announced.

    The series tells the story of a 14-year-old girl whose life is transformed after an encounter with magic.

    “This book, although mysterious and magical, is inspired by different aspects of my personal life, which I hold very near and dear to my heart," said Thorne.

    "I wanted to write a book that teens could relate to, but with a little bit of magic."

    Thorne is best known for her playing dancer Cece Jones on Disney Channel's Shake It Up, which is in its third season.

    She has also appeared on Big Love and My Own Worst Enemy.

    "TTYLXOX," her 2012 debut single, sold more than 400,000 copies and appeared on the Billboard 100 chart.

    Beverly Horowitz, Vice President, Publisher of the Delacorte Press Young Readers Group praised Thorne's "authentic and passionate voice," promising that young female readers "will relate to Bella and her characters.”

    Elise Allen will join Thorne as co-author. Martin co-authored the Elixir series with Hillary Duff and soloed on Populazzi.

    Editor Wendy Loggia, who will oversee the books for RH's Delacorte imprint, negotiated the deal for the publisher.

    Thorne was repped by Matthew Elblonk (DeFiore & Company), who also handled Lauren Conrad's successful book deals.



    'Little Children' director Todd Field to helm adaptation of 'Beautiful Ruins'

    Beautiful Ruins, the epic romance novel EW counted among 2012′s best fiction, has found a director. Todd Field will helm the project and will also co-write the script with Jess Walter, author of the best-selling book.

    The news was announced today by the heads of Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan) and Smuggler Films (Greetings From Tim Buckley), which are set to produce the project.

    Beautiful Ruins, Walter’s sixth novel, tells the stories of a beautiful American starlet fresh off the set of Cleopatra who flees to an Italian village after learning that she is dying, an ambitious development assistant in modern Hollywood, and her boss, a producer who got his start on Cleopatra. The book hops between continents and decades, taking place in both 1960s Italy and contemporary Los Angeles.

    Field’s past work includes In the Bedroom and the Kate Winslet-starring 2006 film Little Children, which he also directed and co-wrote with the author of the novel on which it’s based.



    Reliance Developing ‘Graceling’ Trilogy

    India-based Reliance Entertainment is heading to “Graceling,” acquiring feature rights Kristin Cashore’s young-adult fantasy trilogy as a film franchise starter in partnership with Kintop Pictures.

    Producer Deepak Nayar (“Paranoia”) will oversee the project for Reliance and Kintop Pictures and will produce alongside Tabrez Noorani (“Life of Pi”) of Tamasha Talkies and Leigh Ann Burton for Blu-Sky Media. British screenwriter Piers Ashworth (“Nostradamus”) will write the script.

    “Graceling” was published in 2008 as the first installment of a trilogy, followed by “Fire” and “Bitterblue.” It centers on young woman who lives in a world where select people born with an extreme skill — called a Grace — are feared and exploited. She carries the burden of the Grace of killing and, as the king’s niece, is forced to execute his dirty work.

    Nayar said in a statement, “We are very excited about a potential franchise with a strong and original female lead. Graceling offers an original storyline that we haven’t seen before that combines elements of ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’”

    Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures are partnered on producing young-adult franchise “Vampire Academy” along with Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angry Films and Michael Preger. The Weinstein Co. acquired US rights to the first film in the franchise, “Blood Sisters,” at Berlin.

    Cashore is represented by Julie Kane-Ritsch of the Gotham Group and Faye Bender of the Faye Bender Literary Agency. Piers Ashworth is represented by Resolution. “Graceling” is represented by Julia Scott of Rufus-Isaacs, Acland and Grantham.

    How long until this latest Todd Field project disappears completely? It's been seven years since he's done anything. And clearly I was wrong in thinking Amanda Bynes was the next celeb YA writer. A little late on the Graceling front, aren't we?

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    April 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm by MrCere

    The creative forces behind television's "The Amazing Race" wants to put Tolkienites, including readers, in a competition based reality show with a fantasy flair. spoke with casting director Paul Gordon about the new series that is coming to a major television network this year. Expect an announcement and promotion soon.

    "There is a potential for people to live out their dreams and we want to give them a platform," Gordon said.

    The concept of the show, called "The Quest," is to put fans of genre entertainment in a competitive environment tailored to highlight participants' love of fantasy and adventure.

    “It is cool, it is “The Amazing Race” in Middle-earth.”

    Also on board is TORn friend and "Lord of the Rings," Executive Producer Mark Ordesky. Gordon credited him for championing fans after encountering them for the LOTR films. The project has been on the drawing board for a while, but now all the pieces are together – except finding the cast.

    "We don't do profile shows – this is not "Jersey Shore." This is not "Honey Boo Boo." The drama here is not, "That B!#@% stole my milk!" There is no contrived drama, we don't need it."

    Instead, the show wants to find people willing dive in fully and accept the quest to be a hero.

    "We want people who are willing to go there with us. We want people who love this stuff. We are definitely looking for personalities – competitive people – not people sitting in a house. You are competing. Where it is LARP or D&D or baseball or basketball, you are going to get revved up."

    TORn tried to find a lead on age or interest or demographic or type that would help land roles but Gordon insisted that on a big network, they were casting a wide net, looking for personality and especially one character trait: "We love people who are competitive – we want this to be important, we want to see them go for it. They might be quiet competitive, might be sneaky competitive, there are many different ways to be competitive."

    He also tried to stress that there are television shows around that poke fun at those invested in niche entertainment and that is not this show.

    "Big networks go after everybody (for their audience) and we also look at it as a teaching show. People look at things like DragonCon as unusual – we want people to understand why people do this."

    "People laugh at this and say that is not our thing and a lot of what we like to do is teach people."

    "It is so similar, it is shocking to me. It is more familiar than you realize. There are whole sections at Eagles games – people go there and pretend they are something else and think they affect this thing. If they only knew how similar they are!"

    Those wishing to enter the selection process can do so by email or by showing up in select cities at early-season conventions to meet with the Emmy winning folks behind the camera. Anybody able to show up in person at the following events, he promised, will be considered. "If you show up to an event, we will look at every single person."

    The production will be looking in the following cities:

    Seattle (coinciding with EMP Fantasy Exhibit Opening Mark Ordesky will be speaking) – April 25th
    Chicago - C2E2 – April 27th
    Texas– Dallas Comic Con – May 18th
    Phoenix– Comic Con - May 25th
    New York - No event planned yet, will hold VIP invite event for those in the area who apply
    Philadelphia– Wizard Con – May 1st

    This Thursday Gordon will be in Seattle to meet potential candidates, mail with the subject RSVP Seattle.

    They want your name, age, location, a photo, your interest and why you would be perfect for the show.

    But anybody in fandom can send in an application to, Seattle or no. Include in that email:

    Your name:
    Your age:
    Your email:
    Current location:
    Current photo:
    Your hobby/fascination: (Tolkien, Game of Thrones, LARPing, Cosplay)
    What makes you perfect for a show like this:

    If they like what they see, they can schedule an interview or, worst case, they will Skype with candidates.

    "We have 13 Emmy's, nine with Amazing Race. No one (in reality shows) can say that. We are doing award-winning stuff and we never do a show that is fake."

    Profiles Television is behind the show.

    So where will all this happen?

    "I can’t tell you," Gordon said, "But it is pretty freaking cool."


    That sounds like a show I would enjoy watching. What do you think? Anyone's keen on applying to be a contestant? Do you think they would expect contestants to dress up to make it more like a fantasy quest, I'd love to see some cosplay going in such a show.

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  • 04/25/13--15:43: Miss Korea 2013 Contestants
  • Korea's plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face. Here are the miss korea 2013 contestants.

    This isn’t Photoshopped of the Day: Miss Korea 2013 Contestants

    Are your eyes being racist? Or do these women actually look eerily similar? This surreal GIF compilation showing all of 20 contestants for this year’s Miss Korea beauty pageant has gone viral on Reddit, mostly for their remarkably similar facial features. Now, before you start blaming own your eyes for being racist, this perceived resemblance among the contestants were also echoed by several ex-pats and natives living in the country, leading to a lengthy debate over the ever-growing trend of cosmetic surgeries and the westernization of beauty as a concept in the region.


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  • 04/25/13--15:44: Jenelle Evans NOT MY HEROIN!

  • Former "Teen Mom" star Jenelle Evans DENIES she was in possession of heroin Tuesday at the time of her arrest.

    A source close to Jenelle tells TMZ, Jenelle says the drugs recovered by police inside Jenelle's North Carolina home -- including 12 bindles of heroin and Percocet -- were not hers ... and she had no idea they were in the house.

    Jenelle's lawyer, Dustin Sullivan, tells us, they're going to fight it and beat the rap.

    Jenelle was also arrested for assault after allegedly attacking her husband with a piece of furniture -- but according to sources, Jenelle says it was self-defense during a domestic brawl. Her hubby was also arrested.


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    Michelle Rodriguez steams up the Summer cover of Cosmopolitan for Latinas with sexy photos. And the Fast & Furious 6 star spices up the interview with sassy quotes.

    The big news: Rodriguez, 34, says she's taking a break from acting.

    "The truth is I'm about to say goodbye to acting for a minute and move behind the camera. I got into this business to write. I've waited 13 years to actually do it. You know how painful that is? It's very painful. But like now I'm ready, so that means I have to do the cutoff. I'll go into the mountains, and bye-bye everybody. Well, I'm a Cancer so … it's in my nature to hide."

    Some other highlights from the chat:

    On the response she gets from Latin folks about the Fast & Furious franchise:

    "Fast & Furious definitely comes up first for Latin folks I meet at the airport. They can relate because there are a lot of blue-collar individuals that feel like outsiders just by being in this country. It makes you think that living on the other side of the tracks is just a better option."

    On her casual style:

    "I can make anything sexy. I'll wear a leather jacket and nothing underneath!"

    On overcoming her troubled past:

    "I had some bad moments. I partied hard. The world knew it. I feel like my growth is a progression. It's like you're about to fly out and head to Ibiza another year in a row and your gut's telling you, 'no, stay home and write.' I go forward, and I've had times when I go back. Just last year I had a time where I had a bad stretch. I rebel against everything, including myself. I'm like, 'oh no, lemme do something f*cked up now.' But then I'm like, 'okay, what am I doing to myself' "

    On her type of guy:

    "I'm attracted to manly men. I can't do metrosexuals who get their nails done more than me. Which is why, living in L.A. for eight years, you can't blame me for not having a partner!"

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    Frank Ocean is already at work on the follow up to his critically acclaimed studio debut Channel Orange, and while he naturally won’t share any specific details about the project, he reveals that he’s taking a bit of inspiration from some very classic bands.

    When MTV News caught up with Ocean on the red carpet of the Time100 Gala, he explained the vibes he was working with during this creative period.

    “When I was making the first [album] there were a group of artists that I listened to, just for inspiration and to absorb the energies,” he said. “It was a lot of Stevie Wonder, and this time it’s a lot of Beach Boys and Beatles and whatnot, so we’ll see how it trickles into the music and the final product. I can’t say much other than that.”

    In February the Odd Future crooner hit the Grammys stage, performing his Channel Orange cut “Forrest Gump” with a full visual presentation, using a giant video screening with flashing imagery. His manager Christian Clancy told MTV News that the 25-year-old simply followed his intuition when planning the performance, just as he does while recording.

    “This is a guy who has the ability to change things, and for him to change things, he has to follow his intuition,” Clancy said. “If he doesn’t follow his intuition, then it’s not real. The goal is to trust the guy who wrote the music to present his art, his way — Frank has incredible intuition. Just f—-ing incredible. He very clearly sees things; my job is to say, no matter how far out it may be, I’m going to trust that.”

    That intuition has certainly paid off as Ocean was recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, along with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Miguel.


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