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    Matthew Gray Gubler is at it again. The Criminal Minds star directed Wednesday's episode — his second of the season and fifth overall — and if you've seen his past ones, you know what to expect.

    "It's another very peculiar case in a weird little town where someone is killing people in a very bizarre way," Gubler, who plays Reid, told TVGuide.com earlier this season. "Those are my favorite — I love being able to create these eerie worlds for the unsubs and show how they operate. It's [writer] Sharon [Lee Watson's] crazy idea and I'm just trying to bring it to life."

    In this case, the eerie world is Red Creek Lodge, a motel in South Dakota where men are being killed and maimed ritualistically. But the case won't be the only thing on Reid's mind — he's still mourning the death of his girlfriend Maeve (Beth Riesgraf).

    "He's not sleeping and he's still trying to figure out how to deal with it and move on," executive producer Erica Messer said. "It feels necessary to touch on that again and show that it's still weighing on him and affecting him."

    Check out an exclusive sneak peek at the episode below.

    Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

    Source: TV Guide

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    The album, due out on June 11 and will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow. Logan, James, Carlos, and Kendall took to Twitter last Friday to tell fans the names of four of the tracks. Take a look at photos of each title track reveal, also listed below, from today’s Vine.

    1. “24/seven”
    2. “Like Nobody’s Around”
    3. “Get Up”
    4. “Song For You feat. Karmin”
    5. “Run Wild”
    6. “Crazy For U”
    7. “Picture This”
    8. “Confetti Falling”
    9. “Amazing”
    10. “We Are”
    11. “Love Me Again”
    12. “Just Getting Started”
    13. “Untouchable”
    14. “Lost in Love featuring Jake Miller”
    15. “Na Na Na”



    The band recently announced the Summer Break Tour with Victoria Justice starting June 21 starting in LA and stopping in over 38 cities. And season 4 of Big Time Rush will premiere on Nickelodeon on May 2.

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    The Syfy series WAREHOUSE 13 likes to play with death, so much so that cheating death has become a central theme of the show. But in a surprise twist before the long hiatus, WAREHOUSE 13 changed the rules and finally delivered a death that was not reversible. Killing off fan-favorite Leena (Genelle Williams), fans were as devastated as the characters left standing on the show. In addition, discovering that Artie was responsible for her was even more shocking. Artie was the one man who we could never conceive of doing such a thing and the result was haunting. In a recent press conference call, executive producer Jack Kenny and stars Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly talked about the ripple-effects of Leena’s death, how she came to draw the short-stick, as well as previewing all the fun guest-stars upcoming over the next 10 episodes of Season 4.5.


    Can you share what originally motivated the decision to kill Leena’s character and what the loss of Genelle has meant to the behind the scenes WAREHOUSE 13 family?
    JACK: It was very difficult for all of us because Genelle was so sweet and wonderful. There’s a lot of different levels that that played on for me as a showrunner and head writer too. Essentially we needed somebody to die and stay dead because we’d brought back Artie. We brought back Steve and if death doesn’t mean anything then the stories no longer have stakes. If you can bring back anybody from dead then death is no longer a danger and so it becomes impossible to make something dangerous to raise the stakes in the story. So we had to lose someone that stayed lost so that we could deal with real mortality since mortality was such a strong element of our season this year. So that was one thing was very important. Then it became well who can we lose, who in the cast can we lose and yet it would still have a powerful impact on everybody. And Leena was the obvious choice because it was hard to get Leena into stories, into artifacts snag and bag since she’s not an agent and yet it would have meaning for the cast to lose that character for the characters to lose her because she’s such a warm and lovely presence and such a loving presence in their lives. So it was sort of the perfect opportunity to really punch everybody in the gut and have them have to deal with something monumental in their lives. Any other external character wouldn’t have meant the same thing. And also such an innocent, such a pure innocent who was literally turned around to help Artie when she thought he needed it, essentially gave her life. In the second episode one of the things we tried to show was that everybody knows what they’re getting into when they go to work for the Warehouse. It is a dangerous job. It’s like joining the military. You could lose your life and you have to be prepared for that. So that was also very important. But Genelle was so lovely and so sweet and everybody loves her. We do get to see her in a few more episodes because as its sci-fi, once you’re dead it doesn’t mean you’re off the show just because you’re dead.

    After what happened to Leena everybody’s upset, but obviously they’re going to forgive Artie. Can you talk about how kind of just the emotions from that is going to continue throughout the rest of the season?
    JACK:
    Artie’s the first person that has to deal with this and I’m sure you’ve seen the premiere episode already and so we do a really cool thing where Claudia who’s our most obvious choice to go after Artie and bring him back to us, we have a really kind of emotional moment. And Artie’s having a very hard time dealing with what he did. He was affected by an artifact but he sees it as his hand is the one that did it and so he’s responsible. So there’s that hurdle that has to be leapt over in terms of Artie making his piece with what an artifact made him do. And then there’s the tension between Claudia and Artie where we spend actually the next three episodes dealing with in terms of what she had to do him. She had to stab him and bring him back when he didn’t want to come back and a lot of other tension-riddled issues that they have to deal with. So those are some big hurdles to get over and then also the rest of the crew has to help Artie with this. I mean there’s a second episode where Myka and Steve are helping Artie and dealing with it and then ultimately there’s a beautiful moment where Pete sort of stands up and gives a speech to the regents on Artie’s behalf. I mean the family is rallying around their essentially patriarch to help him deal with this and to help the Warehouse move on with that it has to do. And then we bring in Kelly Hu who essentially comes to run the B&B and we find out that she actually has a deeper purpose and ultimately an even deeper one that I don’t want to reveal yet, but a deeper purpose in that she is there for our people to talk to because I think the regents come to the conclusion that when you die and come back to life, when you kill someone you love, when you are attacked by an artifact and almost killed that maybe there’s some issues that have to be dealt with so a little PTSD that has to be dealt with. So Kelly’s here for that.

    How did you choose the previous/current characters to be in Artie’s mind when Claudia and Steve went to pull him out?
    JACK: Well we went with our two well I guess most people’s two basic instincts: love and hate. Even with McPherson there’s a love/hate element to it. But we went to the most powerful people in Artie’s mind that our people could also immediately relate to. I mean we could have introduced entirely new characters. We talked briefly about suddenly Artie’s mother shows up and she was the terror of his youth or something. But you spend so much time explaining who the character is that by the time they get to actually talk, you don’t have time to do a story. So we felt like the most visceral things in Artie’s mind were the woman that he’s in love with, the man who he most fears and hates because of what he’s done to him and then the woman who’s also the most powerful presence in his life Mrs. Frederic. We felt like those would be instantly recognizable and easy to deal with and also the most fun because especially when you have McPherson in an episode it’s going to be some good snarling fun.

    They seem to be the characters who have shaped Artie and Artie’s character.
    JACK:
    Right absolutely. I mean someday it would be nice to meet Artie’s mom to find out what that was like. I think there’s an episode somewhere in the past where he talks about something horrifying about his mom and he said you’ve never met my mother. There’s some comment like that. So someday we’ll meet his mother and she’ll be a piece of work.

    In the midseason premier you have guest stars James Marsters and Polly Walker, can you talk about what it was like working with them and what other guest stars we can look forward to seeing the second half of the season?
    EDDIE: One of the great things about being on WAREHOUSE 13 is when you’re on a successful show, successful people want to be a part of it and so I think we’ve been really lucky in regards to our guest cast. Having James Marsters and Anthony Head in the same show in the same season it’s pretty cool. The legions of BUFFY fans are just going to go crazy. Not just the fact that they have fans but that they’re also great actors. I would do well to sit back and take notes a lot of time because the talent that we’ve been able to have come through has been really great and it’s a testament to the show and to the writing and to the network.
    JACK: I have to say they both dove in feet first into our family and really fit in nicely. I mean we had a great time. The first episode is more James than Polly [Walker]. Polly has a couple of beats in it and then Polly comes back later in the season and has a very big episode, Episode 18, with Artie and Pete and Myka. And they sort of partner up together in search of an artifact which is kind of fun. So they were just great. It’s nice you get actors and they understand the genre and then as Eddie was saying they’re also tremendous actors so they can really play into the sci-fi fantasy of it and also bring you some real good, just some real good acting. They just fit right into the group. They joined us at our level and that’s always welcome and exciting. And then we’ve got coming up this season we’ve got Joel Grey is coming to join us in Episode 14 with Steve Valentine and Nora Zehetner. In Episode 13 we do an episode where Pete and Myka fall into a world of film noir and we’re joined by Missi Pyle and Enrico Colantoni, sort of a “Galaxy Quest” reunion, two people also who had just – I mean Enrico had such a great time on the show he came back to hang out on the set on another episode just because he liked everybody so much.
    EDDIE: He goes, “Man the vibe on this set is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I just want to come and hang out with you guys.” And if I may say so it really comes from the top down. Jack sets a tone on the show.
    JACK: And Missi sings in the episode, which is also a lot of fun. Then we have Ricardo Chavira, Charlie Weber comes on to play with us in Episode 16. Cynthia Watros is in Episode 17. And of course Anthony Head is coming to join us for the last three episodes and he turns out to be quite a powerful character. As it’s been released he plays a 16th century alchemist, rogue alchemist names Paracelsus and I like to joke that our show is probably one of the only shows on TV that you can have a great time, laugh, cry and get course credit for watching because we do lots of teaching. And Emily Bergl is coming on as well in Episode 12.

    What can you share about the return of Jaime Murray to WAREHOUSE 13?
    JACK: Jaime’s coming back in Episode 15 of the next ten. It’s a really great storyline with her and Pete and Myka on a chase and we kind of find out where H. G. ended up and what’s she’s doing and is she happy doing it. It’s a great episode. It was directed by Jennifer Lynch, David Lynch’s daughter. It’s really fun.
    JOANNE: There are some really, really nice moments with Myka and H. G. during that episode. I really, really enjoyed it. It’s worth checking out.

    How will Myka and H. G.’s relationship will be explored?
    JACK: What we find on our show interestingly enough for relationships we discovered it, what was it, Season 2, we had Paula Garces playing Dr. Kelly as a love interest for Pete and we tried it with Claudia and honestly even with Artie and Dr. Vanessa, because the show is basically an action adventure comedy and our guys are always out in the field or it isn’t really much of story, there aren’t too many stories that happen in Univille at the B&B, it’s really hard to service any kind of relationship even close friends or more than friends relationships. It’s just really hard to service that because it takes them out of the story or we have to manufacturer something else happening. There are just so many artifacts that are going to show up in your boyfriend’s life or you girlfriend’s life. The show just gets weird if it gets too inside baseball? So we discovered that relationships can pop up briefly on the show but then they just have to be in the background. And as far as the way we view Myka and H. G. I just think to me it’s important to show a relationship where two women who obviously care about each other, obviously love each other, obviously have a great deal of respect for each other and what they do, there’s no threat, there’s no competition, they’re just very close and they’re great, great friends and could it be more? Yes sure, in another world where they were doing other things, sure possibly. But frankly neither of them have time for a relationship with anybody. So we become a slave to the show in that regard.
    JOANNE: Well obviously when we see H. G. kind of give her life for the Warehouse it was a huge moment. I think there’s a lot of confusion and I think that we see these women trying to connect and try to redefine themselves after the huge events that kind of have befallen them both. And I think that their relationship is kind of a constant journey. And I think H. G. will always kind of have a positive — I think there’s something really nice about having two women as Jack mentioned earlier that aren’t bitchy to each other, that two women actually do like each other and sometimes can love and I don’t think H. G. is ever a negative thing in Myka’s world.
    JACK: It’s nice to see that it seems like each character makes the other one ask themselves really good questions about where they are in their life and what’s going on. I know that in Episode 15 some issues come up between H. G. and Myka where Myka asks the way you would of a close friend that you really care about, she asks some tough questions. She raises some really tough issues with her about where she is and what she’s doing and only someone who loves you can ask you those kind of questions without getting thrown out of the room.
    JOANNE: Definitely. I think it’s any relationship between two people of the same sex, roughly the same age sometimes it’s like looking in the mirror a little bit especially with your best friends? You ask the questions maybe you can’t ask yourself of the other person? So I think it’s a really interesting dynamic and I’m excited for the fans who are fan of that relationship to see that episode because I think they’ll be very happy.

    Is there something that was particularly fun or memorable for you out of this last batch of episodes?
    EDDIE: I don’t know if it stands out as a favorite necessarily which I guess that can tell you something about how good I think the following episodes are. They’re just as Jack said we get caught in a noir novel and that was so much fun to play. Again it’s WAREHOUSE 13 so we’re traveling around the world and we’re doing crazy, fun, exciting stuff from episode to episode. I mean I couldn’t tell you that I have a particular favorite storyline in that regard because they’re all so much fun to do.
    JACK: Premieres are always so heavily involved with cleaning up the mess we made in the finale of the season before that it’s oftentimes a lot of exposition but it’s really fun. They’re always my favorites because of the amount of work that goes into just cleaning things up and starting an entirely new arc. So I have a great time with premiers. And I know that Saul and Allison both really got to sink their teeth into some major stuff in the premier episode and coming out of last season as well. So I know that they both really, really dug diving in there and we get to see James McPherson again and Lindsay Wagner and we just had a great time with these guys coming back. But like Eddie was saying in this next group of ten the noir episode, the Las Vegas episode where people get levitated up into the sky. We go in search of pirate’s treasure in Episode 18. There’s a really beautiful moment in Episode 17 where we explore Pete’s last really bad ugly drunk when he was drinking years ago and the really awful event that happened because of that and it revisits it in a very painful and emotional way that he and Myka are dealing with and we get to deal with some nice, deep stuff and stuff that you need your family to hang onto while it’s happening. It’s been a really fun ride this Season 4.5. We’re very excited about what’s coming up.

    Would you like to see the writers give Pete more of a subdued humor in episodes like that or do you think it’s Pete’s humor that saves him from falling apart at the seams?
    EDDIE: I guess I don’t do subdued. I’m not really subdued. It is not really in my wheelhouse generally. I love Pete, I love the way that writers, the way Jack has — I mean Jack and I have known each other since 1998. He was one of the writer producers on my first show ever so he knows me pretty well and I trust him. And actually I’ll even say to Jack I’ll say, “Well, what if I do this?” And he’ll say, “We don’t want Pete to look like a fool? We him to be competent and you want to be careful not to cross that line.” So I’m real happy with the direction of the character and I think that as you said Pete uses his sense of humor to protect himself. It’s a defense mechanism. And I mean I think if he were also not good at his job than you could say he’s an idiot but he’s good at his job and he’s loyal and he’s heroic and ultimately if you notice he ends up solving a lot of the things that maybe Myka didn’t think of because Myka thinks more linearly than he does. So I think you need his type of mentality around.
    JACK: The other thing about Pete’s humor is its survival technique. I mean he gets into some pretty scary, dangerous type situations and I think it’s the way he kind of relaxes and sees the way out? He makes a joke, it keeps him calm, it keeps him moving rather than focusing on the danger in the moment. That’s the way his mind works. It’s his survival technique as Eddie said.

    What can you share about the upcoming WAREHOUSE 13 noir episode?
    JACK: I think it’s one of our most fun episodes that we’ve done. Eddie and Jo, do you guys want to talk about this? You guys had so much fun working on it as you said many times.
    EDDIE: What stands out for me in regards to the show is we didn’t just put on the era costumes and then take color and turn it into black and white and rely on that. I mean Chris Fisher who directed the episode shot it with the lenses and depth of field that they used to use back in the day. The lighting was the same type of lighting that they used. So it really once you see it on the screen, I mean it really looks like we are in an old film, in an old noir film. And it was great because there were a lot of times that Joanne and I had to work in noir speak I’ll call it that stylized kind of staccato way of speaking and then somebody would leave the room and then we’d have to switch to Pete and Myka speak and then they’d come back in the room and then we’d have to go back. So it was interesting acting exercise for Joanne and I to pull off and so much fun, just so much fun. And Joanne looked stunning and the costumes were amazing and it’s fun and the writing and I’m really excited to see it.
    JOANNE: It’s so fun to go into work for us as actors and not only do we get to do Myka and Pete but also do noir versions of them. It was a really, really, really awesome eight days of work.
    JACK: And I have to also add that Franco De Cotiis and Joanne Hansen outdid themselves with set design and wardrobe — and makeup too for that matter, hair and makeup — everybody just had such a great time recreating this world of a noir movie. I made Eddie and Jo watch “Double Indemnity” so they could really hit the ground running and they did. I mean it was just – they dove into the noir speak beautifully. It’s really just a fun ride. It’s the kind of thing our show does two or three times a season and we just had a great time doing it.

    Would you like to do more of those kinds of episode where it’s just Myka and Claudia, just the girls? The dynamic between those two characters was kind of fun to watch.
    JOANNE: I love the mix and match episodes. I think Eddie and I are such old hands at being together all the time and there’s this sort of ease when we do our episodes together. But the mix and match are fun. They’re different, it’s a different stride. I like to see the way that Myka’s and Claudia’s relationship has like kind of grown as their relationship has grown. We see sort of at the beginning in Season One a big sister/little sister kind of a deal and as Allison herself and Claudia the character has gotten older we see them more on equal footing which has been really interesting to explore.

    Claudia’s essentially becoming caretaker of the Warehouse. Could you talk a little bit about that?
    JACK: Absolutely. Actually that’s a big driver to our season finale. We’ve always teased that Claudia has a destiny at the Warehouse beyond just being an agent. And one of the things we’ll learn into certainly into Season 4.5 and even in Season 5 that we’ve been talking about here in the writer’s room these days is that there are certain people destined to be connected to the Warehouse, to be in the life of the Warehouse no matter what the world does or what the world looks like, they will always be connected. And Claudia is just one of those people that was destined to be here as you’ll hear Artie talk about it in Season 4.5 that she was kind of born to this. So yes we tap on it a couple times. Last year we had Mrs. Frederic take Claudia along with her to see the birth of an artifact so that she could have a little peak behind the curtain into what Mrs. Frederic does and we’re going to keep playing that dynamic of Claudia’s starting to sense her own connection to the Warehouse, starting to sense that she actually is in a way organically connected to WAREHOUSE 13 in a way that’s beyond what anybody else is. And it’s kind of beautiful. Allison plays it very nicely, very subtlety and you’ll see it in Episode 15 as well. There’s a cool story where she and Kelly Hu are on a hunt in the Warehouse. Something’s going wrong with the Warehouse and they’re trying to figure it out. Kelly and Steve and Artie also are in this story and its kind of fun. So we definitely will tap on that.

    To see all the fun new characters popping up this season on WAREHOUSE 13, be sure to tune in on Monday, April 29th at 10PM on Syfy – and do not forget to watch to the very end for a special little surprise of the first returning episode.

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    She may be turning 57-years-old this year, but Kim Cattrall was showing off an enviably slender figure and youthful face as she arrived at the Olivier Awards in London on Sunday.
    The Sex and the City star cut a striking figure on the red carpet in a royal blue one shouldered gown which displayed her trim waist to maximum effect.
    The actress's blonde hair was styled into a wavy bob, with silver hopped earrings and subtle make-up completing the look.



    Blue beauty: Kim Cattrall looked stunning at London's Olivier Awards on Sunday night in a floor length royal blue one shouldered gown

    The star looked in good spirits as she arrived at London's Royal Opera House, waving and smiling to waiting fans.

    At one point she posed with actor Seth Numrich, who she will star alongside in forthcoming Tennessee Williams play Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic.
    Kim is set to play a faded movie star in the 1950s drama which follows a struggling actor trying to make it big in Hollywood, but who discovers his greatest talent is romancing older women with hefty bank accounts.


    Svelte: The billowing gown showed off Kim's slender figure as she waved to waiting fans



    Perfect pout: Kim posed with Seth Numrich, her co-star in forthcoming play Sweet Bird of Youth

    At the awards ceremony, Kim was on hand to present the Best Actor Award to Luke Treadaway for his acclaimed turn in play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time.
    She later posed with the 28-year-old actor backstage as he posed with his award.
    Kim recently revealed that she stays in shape with a strict eating regime which she has stuck to for 40 years.


    Walking the red carpet: Kim and Seth looked relaxed as they arrived at the Royal Opera House ceremony


    Chic and classy: Kim cut a sophisticated figure in the striking gown which she teamed with bright red nails and hooped earrings

    'I take care of myself, which includes dieting, exercising and minimising stress,' she told Woman and Home Magazine.
    'I joke that I've been on a diet since 1974, which is basically true. I like to eat, and my body type is not naturally this thin, especially at this age.'
    The actress, who has been married three times but is currently single, says she is 'easy going' when it comes to choosing a man.


    Host with the most: Kim presented the award for Best actor to Luke Treadaway for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

    'I'm not really looking for a man,' she told the magazine. 'But the qualities I value are intelligence, humour and compatibility – someone who has a temperament that works with mine.
    'I'm not volatile. My professional life has a lot of ups and downs, but in my personal life, I'm pretty easy-going.'


    Not such a good look: Kim doesn't always get it right when it comes to hr red carpet looks, as she proved at a premiere last year*

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    We can finally reveal that the cover star of our June issue (hitting stores on 8th May) is Demi Lovato!

    Yep, the Disney teen star turned chart-topping diva and X Factor judge for 3 seasons running has been hanging out with us in London, making pretty pictures for our June issue and giving us the gossip on her crazy life and those One Direction rumours...

    We hope you'll love our shoot and interview with Demi - not long to wait to check it out!

    Here's a backstage snap to get you excited - there's plenty more where these came from...


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    Farrah Abraham has indeed signed on the dotted line. About three weeks after she filmed a sex tape with adult film star James Deen -- and a couple weeks of very public negotiations -- the 21-year-old former Teen Mom star landed a deal with porn company Vivid Entertainment, the company confirmed in a Monday, April 29 press release.

    "I'm happy to confirm that we have purchased it," Vivid's founder, Steve Hirsch says in the statement. The film's raunchy title? Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom. "We went after this movie as vigorously as any sex tape we've ever pursued," Hirsch continues.

    "We felt it was definitely worth it, not only because of Farrah’s popularity, but because the footage itself is amazing. I think many fans will be shocked at how truly explicit it is," In reference to another famous reality star, he adds: "Farrah is gorgeous, sexy and absolutely uninhibited. Farrah's looks remind me of a young Kim Kardashian and we all know how her story turned out."

    According to TMZ, Abraham landed nearly a million dollars for the film. The lucrative payday is a little bit less than Abraham had publicly hoped for. Copping to the existence of the tape to Us Weekly on April 10, Abraham mused, "I will not be settling for anything less than a couple million." In the days that followed, Abraham was shot visiting Vivid's offices (in the company of daughter Sophia, 3, and her father) and lunching with Hirsch as they reportedly hammered out the details of the deal.

    Why did Abaraham do it in the first place? Sources told Us that she's desperate to revive her career after Teen Mom's September 2012 finale failed to lead to a new reality show. "She tried to recruit a boyfriend for Couples Therapy," one pal told Us. "But no one would do it."

    She mused to Us of the film: "When I'm older, I'll have my best year to look back on."

    Abraham is also expected to be arraigned shortly in her native Omaha, Nebraska for an alleged DUI.

    Source: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/farrah-abraham-signs-sex-tape-deal-for-nearly-1-million-film-gets-title-report-2013294

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    Fanfiction: you either love it, or you just don’t get it.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a piece of fanfiction is a story written by a fan of the original work, usually featuring the same characters or settings. These stories usually fit under a range of types – including missing scenes, romantic pairings (either obvious or otherwise) and stories in which the plot differs vastly from the original. Some of the entries are relatively tame and stay true to original characters, where as others stray far from the plotline, with stories that break the boundaries of normal imagination (and sometimes sanity) there are stories depicting sexual relations between Jesus and Noah.

    To those outside of the world of fanfiction the hobby seems strange; surely the original stories themselves are enough? And why would anyone want to read about the Sorting Hat having a penis? But for some, the original pieces only leave them craving more, with unanswered questions leading them to read, or even write, alternatives or supplements to the originals. To those that the world of fanfiction has captured, it can be an addicting hobby that gives you more from the stories you love.

    Fanfiction.net, the largest fanfiction website, hosted over 3.5 million fanfics in 2011. These stories are usually based upon TV shows, books, anime or games, with the most popular categories being Harry Potter followed by Naruto and Twilight. However, fanfiction stories aren’t all based upon fictional characters and places, some are written about real people – from Bear Grylls to Mitt Romney, from Tom Daley to Lance Bass from NSYNC. With such a vast community creating so many different works, it is easy to see how so many are sucked into the world of fanfiction. While many students may never admit that they have read fanfiction, and some genuinely have no idea what it is, it seems to be a more popular hobby than first expected. Following the US, the UK has the second highest number of accounts on fanfiction.net. With 80% of users being between aged 13-17, it is quite possible that your fellow students have read fanfiction, or even still do.

    Isabel Travers, 3rd year English student at the University of Nottingham, provided IMPACT with an insight into why many students become fascinated with fanfiction, giving her own personal reasons for indulging in the stories. “If a story had really bitten me and I wanted more material from it, then fanfiction was the way to find this. Fanfiction provides answers to the questions that are planted in your mind whilst reading or watching these stories. If you start asking yourself “what if that pairing were together?”, “what if that scene was written differently?”, or even “what would they have been like 20 years on?”, then inevitably you will turn to fanfiction.”

    And of course, many fanfiction readers also choose to write their own stories too. IMPACT heard from two students who had previously written fanfiction, with one averaging at around 10,000 views a month during his peak writing time, and the other receiving 30,000 views for a piece of writing based on Doctor Who. Fanfiction websites provide a platform for writers to develop their style and story telling skill, and a good writer within the community may be given the chance to develop as an author outside of it. For instance, Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot originally wrote Star Wars fanfiction, and the most popular book of 2012 was originally a Twilight fanfiction (yes, I am talking about 50 Shades of Grey).

    Isabel is ex-fanfiction writer, writing mostly when she was 15, and further expressed how her adoration for particular fandoms and her own creative instinct led her to write her own fanfiction, comparing the satisfaction of finishing a fanfiction piece to that of any writer; such as a journalist finishing an article or a novelist finishing a book. “Writing fanfiction has definitely altered my writing style – I’ve become smarter with the words I pick”, she states. “I’ve also been told that my stylisation is impressive, which is one of the most important things about fanfiction – if your character sounds different or behaves in a way that is untrue to the original then people will click off your story straight away”.

    It seems that perhaps fanfiction authors should be given more credit; after all, a novelist or a screenwriter gets to invent and sculpt their own characters, where as a fanfiction author has to mould these characters into their own without straying too far from the original – a feat that could not be achieved by most. It is this ability to completely change a story, whilst still bearing enough resemblance to the original, which makes many pieces of fanfiction something to admire.

    Fanfics that depict relationships between Draco and Harry have been particularly popular, spawning a cult of ‘Drarry’ shippers – with Facebook pages, fan art and many stories all dedicated to the pairing. Some of these stories are sweet, romantic, and believable, whilst others make references to Harry’s ‘throbbing meatstick’ and Draco getting blue balls – images that unfortunately reappear in my mind whilst revisiting the films or books. Of course, Twilight fanfiction is also particularly popular, with one of the most popular stories being centred on an orphaned six-year-old Isabella Swan, who is rescued by Edward and the Cullens – slightly creepy? Perhaps. More recent favourites, such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead also attract a large following, suggesting that fanfiction was not just a phase that our teenage selves went through, but still has appeal to today’s young teenagers. After all, fanfiction is nothing if it is not adaptable – while there are still new novels being published, new films or TV shows being aired and new manga being distributed, there will always be more fanfiction appearing on the internet, waiting to be accessed by anyone who needs a fix beyond the original.

    Although reading or writing fanfiction is something that many teenagers grow out of, for the period that a person is fully immersed in the world of fanfiction it is easy to see how they get pleasure out of it. Whether reading sex stories about Justin Bieber for comedic value, exploring an alternate universe where those characters you desperately wanted to be together finally become a couple, or just letting your imagination run wild with missing scenes from your favourite film or novel, fanfiction provides a break from reality and allows us to delve into our favourite imaginary settings. The possibilities that fanfiction exposes us to are endless, which is why fanfiction was not just a hobby for our mid-teenage selves, but will be for generations of curious teenagers to come.

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    Farrah Abraham has pleaded NOT GUILTY to her DUI -- and her May 31st trial could be awesome ... based on her list of excuses.

    TMZ broke the story ... the former MTV "Teen Mom" (turned porn star) got popped for DUI in Nebraska, back in March.

    Farrah's attorney was in court this morning to enter a not guilty plea to all 3 charges she's facing -- aggravated DUI, refusal to take a field test and disorderly conduct.

    Farrah blew a .147 -- nearly twice the legal limit, according to the police report.

    She went on TMZ Live days after the arrest and claimed she did nothing wrong -- that people had been feeding her drinks ... she was "put in a bad situation" by her sister ... was only re-parking her car ... she had a sober friend with her ... plus she had a bad cough and couldn't blow properly.

    Tell it to the judge, Farrah.

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    Jeff Mangum has teased us with solo shows for long enough. Neutral Milk Hotel are actually, no-bullshit reuniting and heading out on tour in 2013-- 15 years after their last shows together. Only a handful have been announced so far, but apparently there is "more to come," according to the NMH website. Dates below.

    We have confirmed that this touring lineup will consist of Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes, the lineup that came together following the release of On Avery Island in 1996.

    Following the release of 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and its subsequent support tour, Neutral Milk Hotel went on hiatus. Aside from a 2001 live album, a 2002 album of Bulgarian music, and a handful of live appearances, Jeff Mangum became indie rock's resident recluse for over a decade.

    After playing a couple shows in 2010, Mangum fully resurfaced in 2011 and 2012 with several solo tours, a set for Occupy Wall Street, festival appearances, and a Neutral Milk Hotel box set.

    A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the charity Children of the Blue Sky.

    Neutral Milk Hotel:
    10-22 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
    10-23 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club #
    10-25 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium #!
    11-28 Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Taipei
    12-01 Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender


    * with Elf Power
    # with Half Japanese
    ! with Daniel Johnston


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    Sometimes shooting on location allows you to experience the majestic landscapes of New Zealand or the old-world charm of a European capital. Other times, it means you're standing next to an enormous mountain of garbage, throat burning and eyes watering as a helicopter's blades spray dried fecal matter over every exposed inch of your body. Elysium was the latter case.

    The socially conscious sci-fi action yarn takes place in 2159, when the world has been divided into two classes: The rich elite live aboard the titular high-tech orbital space station, and everyone else suffers down below on a withering Earth. To depict our planet's unpromising future, writer-director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) took a trip to the outskirts of Mexico City to film at one of the world's largest garbage dumps.''The first day we drove in there, the smell came into the car and I was questioning if this was even possible,'' says Blomkamp. ''I was like, 'What have I done?'''

    While the crew wore face masks and respirators, the actors didn't have that luxury. ''From a hygienic standpoint, it was a DEFCON 1 couple of weeks,'' says Matt Damon, laughing. ''Neill did get a little bit of enjoyment pointing out it wasn't dirt we were covered in, but fecal matter. We'd say, 'Man, I'm dirty,' and he would be like, 'Well, not technically.''' Although the experience wasn't pleasant, Damon says he was happy to hold his nose for Blomkamp's vision. The actor plays Max, a resident of Earth who gets irradiated at his factory job and must break into Elysium to cure himself using the station's advanced medical technology. His plan involves abducting an Elysian resident (William Fichtner) and making a brain-to-brain transfer. ''It becomes this act of desperation for him just to get to Elysium,'' says Damon. ''And he'll basically do anything.''

    Partly filmed in the world’s second-largest garbage dump in Mexico City, the film saw Matt and his co-stars Diego Luna and Sharlto Copley contend with a particularly foul biological hazard. Matt explained they had to "literally eat sh*t".

    "It was explained to us that, like any dump anywhere in the world, the dust is actually comprised largely of faecal matter,” Matt told Australia's News Limited newspaper group. "So, at the end of every day, as we’d wipe this stuff off, we’d be basically throwing these sh*tty towels at each other.”

    Directed by Oscar-nominated District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, the film had several unglamorous sets in the garbage dump. Matt recalls one being a waterway - of sorts.

    "One of them was called Poo River," said Matt. "Literally, that was, ‘OK, can we get everybody down to Poo River for scene 36?’”


    Matt said it made for the toughest two weeks of shooting he's ever had. However, the end result was worth it.

    "Everybody on the crew recognised that it was a really good idea and it was going to be worth it. It’s really one of the best sequences in the movie and I’m really proud of it," he gushed.

    Max's efforts put him on the wrong side of the Elysium Corporate Authority (headed by Jodie Foster), which dispatches a nasty problem-fixer named Kruger, played with psychotic glee by District 9 star Sharlto Copley. ''He's definitely off his rocker,'' says Blomkamp of the character. ''Every time he comes on screen, there's a smile on my face.''Kruger carries a number of deadly gadgets, including a samurai-style sword, and he's so intense and off-putting that the actor needed to rein in his typical process of improvisation. ''I had a five-second rule for Kruger,'' says Copley. ''I couldn't be in character for more than five seconds off camera so I wouldn't mess up the vibe on set. He's not a nice guy.''

    Science fiction has always been a strong avenue for social commentary — the first great sci-fi film, 1927's silent Metropolis, was set in a future strikingly similar to Elysium's — and Blomkamp's film plucks a number of political strings: immigration, health care, wealth disparity, pollution. ''For me, my films always seem to begin with something that's more of a conceptual thought,'' says Blomkamp. ''I was like, 'It would be really interesting to make a film on the science-fiction level about the haves and the have-nots.' Then I started messing around with the idea, and it started to just write itself.'' But he also hopes Elysium will give your heartbeat a workout along with your brain. ''All that social stuff is somewhere in there,'' says Damon, ''but none of it is heavy-handed. It's ultimately an entertaining, fun, big summer movie.''

    Blomkamp, who made the F/X-driven District 9 for only $30 million, says Elysium similarly punches above its weight despite a heftier cost of nearly $100 million. ''Elysium tries to achieve the same ratio of budget to quality that District 9 did,'' he says. Another thing the films have in common: D9 was also filmed at a garbage dump. ''That's definitely a repeating theme with Neill,'' says Copley. ''I always know when I work with him that I'm going to experience some new and interesting smells.''

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    Extra’s Jerry Penacoli sat down with Leonardo DiCaprio to chat about his new role in “The Great Gatsby,” turning 40, and whether he sees marriage in his future.

    “It’s one of the most celebrated novels of all time, its classic American literature,” he said of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. “What makes ‘The Great Gatsby’ great is everyone has their own interpretation of these characters… it’s a very voyeuristic novel.”

    He added, “When you make a movie, you have to be much more specific about everything you do. You have to make choices as an actor and as a storyteller that dramatize these brilliant chapters. I think it's a risk, just in the sense that it's so beloved, and you're almost setting yourself up for criticism in a lot of ways.”

    As far as his personal life is concerned, Leo admitted his 40th birthday is “right around the corner” and he’s “feeling great" about it. He will celebrate the milestone in November 2014.

    DiCaprio says he wouldn’t mind taking a little break. “To me, right now it's about getting a little breather -- getting some time off. Not a permanent break or not an indefinite period, but you know, just a few months off to do some other things.”

    As an A-list actor, it’s hard for the star to step out of the spotlight, but he said he has “absolutely nothing to complain about.”

    “There's a certain price to everything, but every time I listen to myself talk about those prices I get sick to my stomach because I'm so fortunate to do what I do, really I'm a lucky person.”

    He’s not complaining about being single either. When Jerry asked about future marriage plans, he replied, “I take it as it comes. We'll see what happens in the future. I don’t try to determine what the future will be, I take it day by day.”

    “The Great Gatsby” opens nationwide on May 10.

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    New baby, new production company and two of the best roles of her career – Reese Witherspoon is at the top of her game. She talks ambition, inspiration and why her girlfriends keep her sane, with Rosamund Dean.

    There are some actresses who are so adored on screen, you almost don’t want to meet them, in case the reality doesn’t live up to the fantasy. Reese Witherspoon is one. This is the woman who taught us the ‘bend and snap’ in Legally Blonde, played Rachel’s little sister in Friends, and won an Oscar as resilient, conflicted June Carter in Walk The Line.

    Sitting in the bar of the Beverly Hills Hotel where we are to meet for afternoon tea, I wonder: how can the real Reese Witherspoon possibly compete? Then, she strides in, all impenetrably dark sunglasses and stylish black sweater thrown over a red Carven dress.

    For a second, she looks intimidating, but then the glasses come off, that megawatt smile comes on and I relax. She actually is the charming southern belle we know and love, her conversation peppered with ‘y’know’ and ‘y’all’.

    ‘Yeah, people definitely hug me a lot, and hand me their babies,’ she says of her girl-next-door image. ‘But it’s better than people throwing stuff at me, right? I’m always met with smiles.’

    And – brilliantly – she counts some of our other favourite actresses among her closest friends. She recently enjoyed a girlie beach weekend in Mexico with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore.

    ‘They’re just as charismatic and fun as you would imagine,’ she laughs. ‘It’s nice to hang with Drew because we both just had babies and we can support each other. And Cameron is such a funny, bright gal. She’s an incredibly sharp business-minded woman, but she disguises that side of herself. It’s her secret alter ego. It’s important to nurture your friendships and have fun because you can’t be a good mom unless you’re taking care of yourself.’

    Witherspoon is incredibly family-focused, mentioning her husband and children affectionately and often. She also has an admirably good relationship with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe – father to 13-year-old Ava and nine-year-old Deacon – from whom she separated in 2006. She married talent agent Jim Toth in 2011 and their son, Tennessee, was born in September last year.

    The tabloids made much of Barrymore and Witherspoon’s post-baby bodies on the Mexico trip. That level of scrutiny would send most of us over the edge, but she is diplomatic. ‘Well, there were lots of girls on that trip, it wasn’t all actresses. But we’re the ones who get photographed in our bathing suits,’ she rolls her eyes. ‘Great.’

    She’s used to the attention, of course. Witherspoon has been landing leading roles for over two decades and, although she remains best known for comedy, her career includes everything from psychological thrillers (American Psycho) to period drama (Vanity Fair).

    This year, she stars in two roles that are a world away from Legally Blonde. First up, she is the beautiful-but-damaged love of Matthew McConaughey’s titular fugitive in the wonderful coming-of-age story, Mud (released this month), then the mother of a murdered child in autumn’s true-life drama, Devil’s Knot, with Colin Firth and Stephen Moyer.

    Both films are set in Arkansas – part of the draw for Witherspoon, having grown up in neighbouring Tennessee. ‘Mud is a story about where I’m from,’ she nods. ‘I grew up in that environment, on the water. My brother and I would spend all day tinkering with mechanical stuff and running around. The southern parts of America have their own dialect and sensibility and [writer/director] Jeff Nichols understands that because he’s from Arkansas.’





    The film follows two boys who discover Mud hiding out and try to reunite him with estranged girlfriend Juniper. Jeff Nichols wanted Witherspoon for the role from the offset.

    ‘When I originally cast Reese, I told her I needed her because Juniper is spoken about through the entire film, and I needed the audience to recognise her importance as soon as she walked across screen,’ he tells me over email. ‘You have to believe Mud when he speaks about her character and you must believe he would go to such lengths to be with her. Reese commands this type of attention.’

    McConaughey agrees: ‘Mud completely deifies Juniper, and there is no way she can live up to that.’ Interestingly, he adds: ‘Reese was the person I pictured as Juniper before we even began.’

    It’s funny to see her sipping tea in the hotel’s very swish Polo Lounge, when her character in Mud is all Daisy Dukes and tattoos. She grins at the mention of McConaughey: ‘My husband is his agent, so I knew him already. He’s one of the world’s greatest storytellers. When he talks, you just want to listen. He’s got that wonderful syrupy Texas voice.’

    Surely somebody somewhere is writing a romantic comedy in which these two can star together? It makes perfect sense. In a genre of many bad films, McConaughey and Witherspoon both know what makes a good one. Well, most of the time.

    ‘It really depends on how much you want the main characters to get together,’ says Witherspoon. ‘I can watch Bridget Jones any day of the week. And When Harry Met Sally, or Sleepless In Seattle. Any Nora Ephron film, basically.’

    In fact, Ephron has been an enormous influence on Witherspoon’s life. Shortly before the beloved writer and director died in June last year, they had been working together on a biopic of American jazz singer Peggy Lee, which was to star Witherspoon.

    ‘Nora became a dear friend and gave me so much advice – about love, about work, everything,’ says Witherspoon, who says she feels very lucky to have received advice directly from the writer whose books inspired so many women. ‘I quote her books all the time, whether I’m talking to my daughter or my mother; I’m always thinking about Nora’s words. She really cared about helping other women.’

    The idea of women supporting each other is crucial to Witherspoon. She has been approached to be the face of countless beauty brands, but chose Avon because of their work with women’s initiatives, like breast cancer charities and domestic violence campaigns. When I ask if she’s a feminist, she doesn’t miss a beat: ‘Absolutely, of course.’

    And then reels off stats without pausing for breath. ‘Even now, in America, a woman makes 87 cents to every dollar a man makes. If you’re a black woman, you make 75 cents. You’re a Latin woman, it’s 67 cents. And this is doing the same job. There is enormous inequality in pay and inequality in the workplace to this day.’

    These days it’s hard to talk about women at work without mentioning Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her much-discussed book, Lean In. Sandberg’s mantra is one that Witherspoon firmly believes in: women should put themselves forward at work, stop putting themselves down and stop worrying about being ‘ambitious’ (a euphemism for ‘aggressive’ when talking about a woman).

    ‘As women, we shrug and smile and say, “Oh… me?” because it makes it socially acceptable for us to be successful,’ says Witherspoon. ‘But there is a balance between being an arrogant jerk and being someone who is proud of their accomplishments. We need to let successful women show off and support them. Because men don’t spend any time putting themselves down. They don’t waste their breath. You have to be the best version of yourself and, if that means you have to be a bit self-promoting, then it’s okay. It really is. Because who’s going to believe in you more than yourself? Other than, maybe, your mother.’

    She cites an example: her Academy Award for Walk The Line, which now sits proudly in her living room ‘wedged between some macaroni art from Ava when she was little and a sculpture that Deacon made’. But there was a time when she kept it in the bedroom because she didn’t want to show off. Only when a friend told her she shouldn’t hide her light under a bushel did she move it into the front room. ‘Because Lord knows every day is not a success,’ she says with a wry smile, ‘every year is not a success. You have to celebrate the good.’ And Witherspoon has a lot to celebrate.

    With such a long and varied career, at just 37, she is something of an industry veteran. With nothing to prove, she’s ready to take some risks. Having dabbled in producing over the years, she has formed a new company, Pacific Standard Films, with friend Bruna Papandrea. They have several projects in the pipeline, including an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, on which she has enlisted Nick Hornby to write the screenplay.

    ‘I’ve gained a lot of confidence as a businesswoman over the years,’ she says. ‘I feel like I know what I’m doing now, and also that other people know that I know what I’m doing. I’m very driven.’ She scrunches her face up in a look of determination that reminds me of Tracy Flick, the superkeen high-school presidential candidate she played in 1999’s political satire Election, her breakthrough role.

    ‘Yeah, I really like to have a task or a goal,’ she laughs. So work is going well and life in the Witherspoon household sounds golden, but refreshingly normal. She tells me about the rush to get everyone to school on time with all the requisite book bags and guitars (clearly, in LA, kids take a guitar to school).

    She hopes her eldest, Ava, will go to university, but admits it’s difficult to argue her case when she got into the prestigious Stanford but left after a year when her career took off. ‘She’d better get her butt to college, basically!’ she laughs. ‘But right now we just have to make it through junior high. It is not easy being 13. I’m reliving it through her and every time you don’t get invited to a birthday party, it’s the most horrible feeling.’

    With her solid family life, it’s easy to forget that Witherspoon has been through some really tough times in the past few years, including the divorce and time as a single parent. It was at those times that her female friends really stepped up.

    ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn’t had my girlfriends,’ she says. ‘They have literally gotten me up out of bed, taken my clothes off, put me in the shower, dressed me, said, “Hey, you can do this,” put my high heels on and pushed me out the door! But you do have to work at friendships as much as you would any relationship. So, even when I’m really busy, we always manage to find each other on Saturday nights for a drink.’

    Witherspoon is great company, laughing easily. But the biggest laugh of the afternoon comes when I remark that when it comes to balancing her family and career, she seems frighteningly together and on top of everything.

    ‘Hahahahaaah,’ she exclaims, with a look that says it certainly doesn’t feel that way. ‘Things have got to give all over the place. Ever since I had the baby, I can’t remember anything. Seriously, this child stole my brain. I’m sure I’m losing friendships over forgetting to get back to people. But you can’t keep up with everything. I’ve got a 13-year-old, a nine-year-old and a baby. It’s like CNN ticker tape running through my mind at all times [puts on robotic voice]: “Where is Ava? She’s okay. Good. Where is Deacon? He’s okay. Good. Where is Tennessee? Is he okay? Yes. Great. Back to Ava…” It doesn’t stop.’

    One thing that clears her head is building boards on Pinterest. Yes, really, she is completely obsessed with the pinboard-creating social networking site.

    ‘Obsessed,’ she repeats, firmly. ‘My husband says, “Are you buying those things?” And I’m like, “No, I’m just putting pictures of them on my electronic pinboard.” Then I get to organise them: so this is my dream kitchen, these are my favourite handbags, these are hotels I want to visit, jewellery I really need to buy… I have a whole board of monogrammed accessories, I like to put my name on everything.’

    She waves her Breton-striped iPhone case around as an example. It is emblazoned with ‘Reese’ on the back. ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me,’ she says with a helpless shrug. ‘It’s expensive and I don’t need it, but it’s got my name on it!’

    Our afternoon tea is winding up. She has ignored the tower of sandwiches in favour of a bowl of berries, but then so would you if you were photographed on the beach right after giving birth. It seems a love of tea is not Witherspoon’s only British a affection. She talks enthusiastically about Downton Abbey and then professes a love of Sharon Horgan’s dark BBC Three comedy, Pulling.

    ‘Sharon is so brilliant,’ she enthuses. ‘She finds comedy in the mundane, and how absurd everyday life can be. She and I are actually working together at the moment.’

    Whaaaat? A Horgan/Witherspoon co-production? ‘Yes, it’s a Sharispoon… a Reesegan… a Horgaspoon!’ she exclaims, delighted with her portmanteau. ‘It’s The Top Secret Untitled Horgaspoon Project.’ We can’t wait.

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    Here's hoping Tim Tebow has developed a taste for women's undergarments ... because TMZ has learned, the teamless QB has just been offered a new job with the "Lingerie" Football League.

    The LFL -- now known as Legends Football League -- sent Tebow's agent a letter moments ago, offering the former Jets QB a swanky new coaching position ... after the Jets fired his ass this morning.

    LFL President Mitchell Mortaza writes, "Now that it appears Mr. Tim Tebow's career in the National Football League may be coming to an end, we at Legends Football League would like to extend him an offer to become our Quarterbacks Coach nationally."

    The letter doesn't explain Tim's duties or how much he'd be getting paid ... but it's better than nothing.

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    Maybe J.J. Abrams will really be able to helm Star Trek 3 after Star Wars VII. But we kind of doubt it. And out of all of the people in Abrams' orbit, there's one guy we'd actually like to see direct the next Star Trek: Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. (Assuming Brad Bird isn't available, of course.) Here's why.

    Back when Abrams took on the Star Trek series, he'd mostly worked in television, and the one film he had under his belt was Mission Impossible III. As big as a Tom Cruise tentpole film is, Star Trek was still a much bigger undertaking, and depending on your point of view Abrams either nailed it or at least created a super-successful space action movie.

    So Goddard isn't that much less experienced than Abrams was when he took on Trek, and he'd have Abrams looking over his shoulder. Goddard is also the only one of Abrams' lieutenants, at this point, who has serious experience directing a full-scale movie at all. (Unless I'm forgetting someone.)

    More to the point, the crucial quality you need in a Star Trek director, especially at this point in the series, is a focus on character and ideas, the ability to let scenes breathe a bit. And with Cabin, Goddard proved he can do that. Cabin is a lot of things — a smart genre pastiche, a pants-around-your-head crazy monster orgy, a nihilistic middle finger — but it's also a funny character piece that manages to establish its players while keeping a super fast pace.

    Similarly, with Cloverfield, Goddard managed to make the "waiting for the monster to show up and start smashing everything" sequences not boring or annoying — we sort of cared about whether Rob was going to go to Japan, and what was going to happen with Rob and Beth. We didn't only root for these people to die horribly, which is par for the course in that sort of film. Goddard also wrote some decent episodes of Buffy, Angel, Lost and Alias, in which the characters mostly still got to breathe in the midst of the usual wacky situations. Including Angel's "Wolfram and Hart attacked by robot ninjas" episode, and the surprisingly good "brainwashed Connor comes back" episode.

    And Goddard's been making moves into working on more tentpole action films — he wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse, and rewrote the ending of World War Z.

    J.J. Abrams has succeeded in reviving Star Trek as a movie franchise for the 21st century, giving it the kind of "widescreen action movie" veneer it never quite had, even in the Nicholas Meyer glory days. But Abrams' heir ought to be someone who understands the "popcorn movie" thing but also knows how to deepen the characters and — we hope — focus more on some ideas. Someone who can explore the dynamic of the Enterprise crew, and take us beyond the "is Kirk too young and inexperienced to command a ship" question into new territory.

    Everything we've seen about Star Trek Into Darkness suggests it'll be an angsty ride, in which Benedict Cumberbatch taunts our heroes and blows shit up while they question Kirk's leadership and their own worth. That's probably the right move, for a sequel to a film where Kirk got promoted from cadet to captain in like an hour. But for the third film, we'd love to see something more along the lines of The Voyage Home, where there's a bit more humor and lightness, and maybe Kirk gets to show a bit more sparkle. Goddard would be great for making that happen.

    Third movies in series are often hit and miss — we're hopeful for Iron Man 3, but we still have vivid memories of X-Men: The Last Stand and Spider-Man 3. Abrams will probably end up having to hand off the next Star Trek to someone else, either one of his associates or a hired gun — and either way, we'd love to see Goddard take this on. Based on a lot of his TV work, plus Cabin in the Woods, Goddard might just be able to bring back more of the funny, philosophical side of Star Trek. It would probably be a fun movie, in any case.

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    Photocall - Sunday, April 28

    Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto sandwich in Zoe Saldana at the photo call for their film Star Trek Into Darkness held at the China Club on Sunday (April 28) in Berlin, Germany.

    The three co-stars were joined at the event by cast mates Alice Eve and Simon Pegg.

    “Thank you everyone for your love and support. Feel blessed to have your respect. #startrekmovie. ZS” Zoe tweeted that same day.

    FYI: Zoe is wearing a Calvin Klein Collection dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, EF Collection rings, and Dana Rebecca Designs earrings. Alice is wearing Bionda Castana shoes.




    You need to trim that beard, Pine.


    Zoe Saldana


    Simon Pegg


    Alice Eve, who stole Sigourney Weaver's Galaxy Quest wig


    Zachary Quinto, hipster







    Press Conference & Premiere - Monday, April 29

    Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto sandwich in their leading lady Zoe Saldana at the premiere of their film Star Trek Into Darkness at the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz square on Monday (April 29) in Berlin, Germany.

    The co-stars were joined at the event by fellow castmates Alice Eve and Simon Pegg, as well as director JJ Abrams.

    Earlier in the day, the group all participated in a press conference at Hotel Adlon.

    FYI: Zoe is wearing a Balmain top and skirt, Christian Louboutin pumps, and EF Collection jewelry at the premiere. Alice is wearing an Emilio Pucci gown and Rene Caovilla shoes at the premiere.






































    LUV U, ONTD.


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    Put A Sock In It! Rob Kardashian’s Designer Sock Line May Get Dumped By Luxury Department Store Neiman Marcus

    Rob Kardashian‘s foot-inspired foray into fashion could be coming to an end. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star’s high-priced ‘Arthur George by Rob Kardashian’ line of socks is poised to be dumped from Neiman Marcus stores if stagnant sales don’t improve.

    “Rob’s socks sold around the Christmas holiday, but since then no one has been really buying them,” a source at the Neiman Marcus store in Beverly Hills said.

    “We actually had to ship a bunch out to other stores because they weren’t moving at all. To be honest, a lot of customers bought them more as a gag gift. At this point it doesn’t look like we’re going order anymore.”

    The 26-year-old wannabe fashionista launched his pricey footwear at $30 per item— the busy patterned line includes the Camo, Graffiti and Swirls — and are sold exclusively at luxury specialty department store Neiman Marcus.

    In a statement, Neiman Marcus defended Arthur George by Robert Kardashian, saying it was “one of the best selling in the men’s sock category” at the store.

    “It is common practice to send inventory above projected demand to a store in advance of a personal appearance,” Ginger Reeder, Vice President of Corporate Communications, told RadarOnline.com. “We then redistribute the excess to other stores after the appearance.

    “The Arthur George by Robert Kardashian sock line has proven to be very popular with our customers.

    “Currently we are carrying the socks in all 41 Neiman Marcus stores as well as at neimanmarcus.com, have just placed a large reorder in anticipation of Father’s Day and have a personal appearance with Rob scheduled next month in our Las Vegas store. In addition, we have several personal appearances scheduled for the fall.”

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    After hinting about a departure in her blog late last month, Zanuck says she is not going to make up any excuses about why she won’t be back for season 4 of the hit Bravo series: “I wasn’t asked back,” she revealed. “It's as simple as that and I'm okay with it.”

    While rumors have run rampant that celebs like Lisa Rinna and Leann Rimes might joining, Yolanda Foster has confirmed she’ll be turning up the drama queen for a fourth season.

    “Housewives was a once in a lifetime experience and I am grateful that Bravo gave me the opportunity to step into their crazy world,” said Zanuck. “I have no regrets and nothing but love for the amazing viewers that were so kind to take time out of their day and reach out to me on Twitter and comment on my blogs. We will definitely keep in touch."

    “Let’s be honest, nobody is going to quit the show unless they have a spinoff because they either need the money or have a business to promote,” Zanuck told Celebuzz. “If a housewife doesn't fall into those two categories, then perhaps she was attracted to the show by the lure of fame and in that case won't be giving it up anytime soon."

    Zanuck stresses that if she returns to television, it will be on her own terms -- maybe even as a producer, like her movie mogul husband, Dean Zanuck. “I was approached to do another real estate show on Bravo, but I ultimately decided to pass,” Zanuck said. “I’m back to living my reality and enjoying every minute of it.”



    Adrienne Maloof Says She’s Got ‘Offers Left & Right’ To Star In Her Own Reality Show!


    She may not be returning for the fourth season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but Adrienne Maloof is getting the final word.

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who got booted off the show after she was a no-show to the reunion, is opening up about her dramatic departure from the show, dating a younger man — and her surprising new life after Housewives.

    In a new interview with Ben Harvey of The Bender, Maloof says she has no regrets about missing the reunion, but insists there are no hard feelings between her and the network.

    “I ended on a high note with Bravo,” she said. “They understand my situation. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get into too much about my marriage and my children, so I had to do what I had to do.”

    “It was a great platform and for me the second chapter of my life I think you’ll find to be quite impressive,” she tells Harvey.

    In addition to supporting gay marriage and equality by lending her voice to the NoH8 Campaign Maloof’s second chapter includes a new movie and her own reality show.

    “I’ve got offers left and right for a reality television show and I’m doing a feature film with Dreamworks,” Maloof says.

    Though she won’t reveal any details about the reality series, which is still in the works, insisting, “I can’t talk about it yet,” the 51-year-old businesswoman says, “It’s a great idea and I’m looking forward to it happening.”

    With her divorce from husband Paul Nassif and all the Real Housewives drama behind her, Maloof has also rekindled her romance with Sean Stewart.

    “It’s fun… It was refreshing to go out with him after being in a ten year marriage where obviously it got difficult,” Maloof says of her relationship with the 32-year-old son of British rocker Rod Stewart.

    When asked about the 20-plus year age gap between the couple, Maloof insists age is just a number, though she does take terms with the term “boy toy.”

    “Age should be irrelevant. Neither of us even thought about age. If you like a person you like them,” Maloof says. “There’s plenty of men who date younger women, and you don’t hear much about that, and to make it a big deal the other way around I think is very sexist.”





    Lydia can't trust Gretchen, says she has words with Slade!


    Lydia McLaughlin and Gretchen Rossi didn't get off to a great start on The Real Housewives of Orange County. The pair met at a party thrown by Tamra Barney and while they didn't bicker, they didn't seem interested in getting to know each other either. According to Lydia, Gretchen has been cold to her from the start and things don't seem to be getting any better.

    "I am not that close with Gretchen, I feel like it is hard for me to trust her," Lydia revealed during a conference call with Radar Online this afternoon, April 29. "We will have conversations and I feel like things are one way, then I’ll read her blog that week and it is the exact opposite from what we just talked about… so she confuses me sometimes."

    Things between Lydia and Gretchen's now-fiance aren't that great either. "Slade and I definitely aren’t the greatest of friends, which you will see this season. We have a few words with each other," Lydia explains.

    Despite having a few issues with cast members, Lydia says her experience overall has been a good one. "I am close to several of the ladies, I’ve made some really good friends through this experience. I called Tamra and got some advice from her, especially when some of the ladies are calling upset with me – I feel like she’s dealt with that before! I feel like she is a genuine friend,"

    Lydia explains. "I also really like Alexis and Heather. I have hung out at Heather’s home when we aren’t on camera and we’ve been to see some movies together so I feel like she is a true, genuine friend."




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    Jamie Foxx has certainly been full of surprises lately, whether it's nerding out for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" or deciding to produce, write and direct a horror series for SyFy. Once again, we'd never have predicted this next move, which will see Foxx putting his musical skills (he's a platinum selling R&B artist, in case you forgot) to good use.


    The actor is in talks to join "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis in the big screen remake of "Annie." As you probably already have guessed, he'll be playing Daddy Warbucks, only now the character has been renamed to Benjamin Stacks....GET IT? BenjaminStacks because he's stackin' the Benjamins, if you didn't get that. As far as casting goes, hard to argue with the choice: dude has got the charisma and chops to make it work.

    Going for a Great Depression era setting, the new movie will get into production this fall with "Easy A" helmer Will Gluck at the helm, with the powerhouse duo of Will Smith and Jay-Z producing. The next "The Wiz" or a worthy and distinct tale all its own? We'll find out on Christmas Day 2014. [THR]

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    Adventure Time fans hoping for some solid documentation of the ins and outs of the Land of Ooo only have to wait until August to have their needs met. That's when Abrams Books will release The Adventure Time Encyclopedia, 160 6 x 9" pages of new art, secret lore and tips for living.

    The book's got a cool gimmick, too (one the author of this post is intimately familiar with). Its credited editor is Lord of Evil Hunson Abadeer, working through voice actor and comedian Martin Olson, who actually does voice the Lord of Evil on the show. According to ICv2, series creator Pendleton Ward will also contribute new content, and artists including Renee French, Tony Millionaire, Celeste Moreno, Aisleen Roman, and Mahendra Sing will add 150 full-color illustrations.

    Abrams' product page for the book also notes that characters such as Finn, Jake and Marceline will contribute comments in the margins.

    Comic fans might recognize the Abrams name, perhaps for its cartoonier comics output like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis -- but it's also published artier graphic novels such as last year's My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, and Jose-Luis Bocquet and Catel Muller's Kiki de Montparnasse.

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    I would buy this in a heartbeat if they do add information on the mushroom war and the evolution of the Land of Ooo. But the fact Hunson Abadeer is "involved" with it makes it interesting.

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    MX Sydney pictures, appearance in the Vine, new interviews with Richard and the other Hobbit cast members




    Appearing on the Vine with host, Alice Tyan


    Interviews with the cast in Australia's Foxtel magazine


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