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RITA ORA should get used to wearing cone bras and leotards.
She’s signed a £500,000 deal to be the face of MADONNA’s clothing brand, Material Girl.
The singer has already shot campaign photos for the label, which is run by Madge and her daughter LOURDES.
And the endorsement from the veteran star could help Rita crack the US, where she still needs a big break. A source said: “Lourdes has been a fan of Rita for a while and has been to many of her gigs. She persuaded her mum to see her.
“They met at the Met Ball in New York last week and Madonna admired Rita’s attitude so signed the idea off.
“Rita jumped at the chance because she’s such a fan of the Queen Of Pop.
“She also hopes it will help her crack the States in the same way she has the UK.” Rita already has an influential mentor in JAY-Z. He signed her to his label Roc Nation when she was just a teenager.
Rita’s in good company posing in Madonna and Lourdes’s clobber.
KELLY OSBOURNE, GEORGIA MAY JAGGER and American singer, actress and model TAYLOR MOMSEN have all modelled for Material Girl.
The brand, sold in Macy’s stores in the US, is 1980s inspired and is aimed at teenagers.
It means a lot of the creative direction comes from young Lourdes.
That will please Rita when the pics are plastered all over billboards.
Bonus: cute madonna/lola moment, Lola teaching Madonna French
Entrepreneurs and music industry icons Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (Andre Young), already known as forward-thinking visionaries in music and business, are giving $70 million to USC to create a unique undergraduate experience.
The duo’s gift will establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, an environment for those rare undergraduate students whose interests span fields such as marketing, business entrepreneurship, computer science and engineering, audio and visual design, and the arts. The program will prepare them to become a new generation of inspired innovators.
The goal of the academy is to shape the future by nurturing the talents, passions, leadership and risk-taking of uniquely qualified students who challenge conventional views of art and industry. The academy will attract students who are motivated to explore and create new art forms, technologies and business models — and who will benefit from a stimulating environment that fosters exploration and discovery beyond traditional educational and disciplinary boundaries.
“The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “USC provides an extraordinarily rich academic, research and artistic environment. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world.”
Iovine and Dre’s gift is part of The Campaign for the University of Southern California, a multiyear effort to secure $6 billion or more in private philanthropy to advance USC’s academic priorities and expand its positive impact on the community and world.
To meet student interests and to meld inspiration with education, the academy’s specially designed courses will provide students with a solid background in the integration of technology with all aspects of creativity along with a thorough understanding of existing and potential business, marketing and distribution strategies.
Drawing on the expertise of top faculty from the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Thornton School of Music, the academy will also host industry icons and innovators as visiting faculty and guest speakers. It will offer a highly select group of students an integrated, four year course of study that will provide in-depth learning in engineering and computer science, fine arts and graphic design, business, and leadership models. Team-taught interdisciplinary courses will be developed and adapted specifically for the program.
The Iovine and Young Academy will focus on four core curriculum areas: arts and entrepreneurship; technology, design and marketability; concept and business platforms; and creating a prototype.
The academic program will include one-on-one faculty mentoring, opportunities to interact with luminaries from the arts and entertainment industry serving as guest speakers and lecturers, and a broad array of internship opportunities for students.
During their fourth and final year, academy students will take up residence in an experiential setting called the “Garage.” Grouped into self-directed teams, which may include nonacademy students from across the university, these students will determine a project that can be developed into a prototype over the course of the year.
Appropriate faculty members, other artists and business leaders will serve as mentors to each group, and venture capitalists and other real-world experts will be introduced to give students advice and direction. All of these elements will combine into one unique educational experience, where working together, students will challenge one another to take even greater risks in innovation.
“Flexibility is a hallmark of USC, and the academy’s curriculum is incredibly adaptive,” said USC Roski Dean Erica Muhl, who will serve as the academy’s inaugural director. “The curriculum was created to take full advantage of a newly designed, revolutionary educational space that will offer students very powerful tools. Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop, individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity.
“The academy’s core education will create a common, multilingual literacy and fluency across essential disciplines,” she continued. “This ‘big picture’ knowledge and skill will equip graduates with a leadership perspective that is unparalleled in an undergraduate degree, and that will be applicable to virtually any industry.”
USC’s strategic location in Los Angeles — widely viewed as the creative and media capital of the world — provides an opportunity for students to take advantage of a living laboratory where music, film and visual arts are deeply intertwined. In addition, the university’s proximity to the city’s burgeoning “Silicon Beach” as well as Northern California’s Silicon Valley provides access to an array of technological advances from which students can draw inspiration.
The academy will enroll its first class of 25 students in fall 2014. Applicants will be accepted based on a rigorous review process encompassing demonstrated academic excellence as well as proven ability for original thought. Students who complete a course of study in the academy will graduate with a degree that recognizes each individual’s ability to engage and succeed in an educational experience that is constantly asking the question, “Why not?”
Iovine, chairman of Universal Music Group’s Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records, is one of the music industry’s most accomplished and respected leaders. Iovine began his four-decade career as a recording engineer, working with the likes of John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. As record producer, he was instrumental in the career breakthroughs of artists such as Patti Smith, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2, Stevie Nicks, Dire Straits and The Pretenders.
Iovine co-founded Interscope Records in 1990, widely regarded as the home of music’s greatest artists, including Dr. Dre, Nine Inch Nails, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt and Lady Gaga, among others.
Born in Compton, Calif., hip-hop pioneer/producer Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Crew. In 1986, he co-founded N.W.A. and won critical and commercial acclaim with the group’s 1988 landmark rap album Straight Outta Compton. In 1992, Dre released his solo debut, the G-funk masterpiece The Chronic, which Rolling Stone hailed as one of the greatest albums ever made.
With the launch of his own record company, Aftermath Entertainment, in 1996, Dre went on to discover and nurture such next-generation hip-hop superstars as 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
In 2006, Iovine and Dre co-founded Beats Electronics, a high-performance headphone and sound transmission company intent on recapturing the fidelity of the studio. With its expansion into smartphones and car audio systems, Beats by Dr. Dre has captured 40-percent market share of the entire billion-dollar headphones industry.
Last month, NBC’s “Hannibal” attracted 4.6 million viewers in its debut before slipping to about 2.6 million viewers for the two most recent episodes. And while NBC was said to be considering an early renewal at one point, “Hannibal” now has the odd distinction of being the only scripted drama on a broadcast network that isn’t renewed or canceled.
But that doesn’t mean that Hannibal Lecter’s murderous ways are ending soon. Deadline is reporting that Amazon and at least one unnamed cable network are interesting in picking up “Hannibal” if NBC decides not to renew it.
For most broadcast programs, a jump to cable isn’t always feasible due to budget issues and license fees. However, “Hannibal’ is produced by Gaumont International Television; which has already sold the series in several countries around the world. Consequently, Gaumont’s asking price for “Hannibal’s” U.S. broadcasting rights is reportedly only “a fraction of what dramas with similar production values cost.” That alone would make it an attractive pick up by a cable network. “Hannibal” is also one of the few NBC dramas that has the attention of critics and a passionate following among TV fans.
“Hannibal” is a contemporary update of the characters created by Thomas Harris in his novel “Red Dragon,” with Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne as Special Agent-in-Charge Jack Crawford and Mads Mikkelsen as the title character, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
New episodes of “Hannibal” will air on NBC until the first season finale on Thursday, June 20.
Drake has shared the lineup for his fourth annual OVO Festival in Toronto. This year features performances from James Blake, Frank Ocean, and of course, plenty of special guests. It'll happen from August 4-5 at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.
Can we get a Drake + Frank song now?
That's gotta hurt! Kanye West's $750,000 Lamborghini, a birthday gift from girlfriend Kim Kardashian, was hit by her electric front gate in L.A. on Tuesday, May 14.
According to TMZ, the 35-year-old rapper wasn't driving the luxury vehicle at the time of the incident, which was caught on camera.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 was being delivered to the home by a driver after getting serviced, when the front gate began closing on the car. The high-end automobile was smushed on both sides before it pulled inside the driveway.
TMZ reports that a repair shop quickly sent a mechanic to the home to check out the extent of the damage.
The mishap comes several days after the "Mercy" rapper sustained an injury himself. On May 10, West was photographed accidentally walking into a street poll while house-hunting with Kardashian, 32. But his pregnant girlfriend -- demonstrating her maternal gifts -- gave him a kiss on the forehead.
what do you mean i only sent this in so that i don't have to look at farrah's unfortunate face
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ANOTHER FUCKING TOUR
UK, IRELAND AND LATIN AMERICAN 2014 TOUR DATES.
One Direction are extremely excited to announce their 2014 'Where We Are' stadium tour! The first dates have been released and can be viewed below. Don't worry if you don't see your country - more dates will be added very soon! Keep checking this site for more information!
April 25, 2014
Bogata, Colombia Estadio El Campin
on-sale 24th June 2013
April 27, 2014
Lima, Peru Estadio Nacional
on-sale 17th June 2013
April 29, 2014
Asuncion, Paraguay Jockey Club
on-sale 21st June 2013
May 1, 2014
Santiago, Chile Estadio Nacional
on-sale 17th June 2013
May 3, 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina Velez
on-sale 24th June 2013
May 6, 2014
Montevideo, Uruguay Estadio Centenario
on-sale 21st June 2013
May 8, 2014
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Apoteose
on-sale 24th June 2013
May 10, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil Palmeiras Arena
on-sale 24th June 2013
April 25, 2014
Dublin Croke Park
on-sale 25th May 2013
United Kingdom - on sale from 25th May
April 28, 2014
Sunderland Stadium Of Light
on-sale 25th May 2013
April 31, 2014
on-sale 25th May 2013
June 3, 2014
on-sale 25th May 2013
June 7, 2014
on-sale 25th May 2013
I predict a breakup halfway through 2014. Whatever we got new Zayn pics today so
I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother.I was just Zoe and I could have and be anything that I ever wanted to do…and every human being is the same as you. So to all of a sudden leave your household and have people always ask you, “What are you, what are you” is the most uncomfortable question and it’s literally the most repetitive question. I can’t wait to be in a world where people are sized by their soul and how much they can contribute as individuals and not what they look like.
I literally run away from people that use words like ethnic. It’s preposterous! To me there is no such thing as people of color cause in reality people aren’t white. Paper is white. People are pink, it’s a bit ridiculous when I have to explain to a human being, that is an adult like I am, that looks intelligent but for some reason I have to question his intelligence and explain to him as if he was a two year old, my composition in order for him to say, “Oh I guess I can chill with you, I can work with you.” I will not underestimate a human being and I will not allow another human being to underestimate me. I feel like as a race, that’s a minute problem against the problems we face just as women versus men, in a world that’s more geared and designed to cater towards the male species.
It’s again, I’m telling you, the saddest situation. I encourage every human being to spend one hour a day without categorizing and stereotyping anything, or using any titles. It is almost impossible for all of us to get through one conversation without having to go, ‘Is she Mexican? Is she gay? What kind of car does she drive?’ Our lives are going to slip and we are never going to grow and realize that it’s so much more beauty in this earth and so many more things that are important besides stereotyping ourselves and limiting ourselves just by putting ourselves in little boxes.
That said, I’m an artist and if I was to limit myself as an artist and go, “As a an artist, I can only like feminine art because I’m a woman,” I’d be the stupidest person on earth and I wouldn’t be an artist at all. If I look at beauty, I’m going to love and admire beauty no matter if it comes in the form of a masculine essence or a feminine essence. Beauty is beauty. So, up until now, I’ve known my life to be with men, I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and I want to be with a woman, I’m going to do that. And I know I am going to be supported by the creatures that have raised me and love me and know me.
for the rest of the interview, go tosource
and remember, queer women exist for you to validate your artistic skills and androgynous upbringing
What's more is that she's [zoe] pretty proud of her "androgynous" upbringing, saying one day she might "end up with a woman raising my children... that's how androgynous I am!"
If you're not watching this, you really should give it a chance. At least the past few episodes. Tonight's episode and this preview...I have no words.
How did y'all enjoy that (omelette du) fromage?
I was oddly on team Tobias during that fight. I wanted him to escape and come back later to stir shit up more.
& thank gods that A/W ship sank before even taking sail
ABC’s Scandal wrapped up its sophomore run with a flurry of frantic action, wheeling and dealing and lotsa revealing, snooping, near-deaths and tons of fast talking.
Among the big events:
* Governor Reston is working with Billy Chambers, and leveraged his newfound proof of teh Defiance scandal to get put on the re-election ticket.
* When Huck broke down during an interrogation of Bily, Quinn stepped in and drills the disgraced politico’s bits until he coughed up David Rosen’s name.
* Abby subsequently ransacked David’s place, discovering that during any alone time he had at OPA, he was trying out safe combos til he got it right.
* Just as they had figured out a plan to “handle” Mellie’s ouster, transitioning Liv in, Cyrus told Olivia about Fitz killing Verna and then played for his president the Liv/Jake sex tape. Thus, they broke up, at Olivia’s assistance.
* The episode ended with a happy Olivia montage… until she set foot outside for her morning run, met by the press asking about her affair with POTUS. She is hustled into a car, where she is met by Rowan… aka “Dad?!”
"BURN IN HELL!!!"
Screaming such murderous rage is all in a day's work for Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, aka the angriest girl in Westeros. "When I read [that line] in the script, it was like, 'Ah, I'm moving up! I've got capital letters and a few exclamation marks,'" Williams tells TVGuide.com.
Arya's fury is not unfounded. Lies and betrayal prompted the murder of her childhood playmate and the public execution of her father. Is it any wonder the youngest Stark daughter has a hitlist of people she wants dead?
On Sunday's Game of Thrones (9/8c, HBO), Arya is forced to spend some quality time with Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Rory McCann), one of the names on her hitlist. After fleeing the Brotherhood Without Banners, who were going to ransom Arya to her family, she ran straight into the arms of The Hound, a skilled warrior who killed her friend.
Arya's resolve will be put to the test when the two become reluctant traveling companions. "It's all kind of like a love-hate relationship," Williams says. "I think Arya kind of looks up to him in the way that he's got everything that she hasn't. No one's going to pick on The Hound because they respect him. I think that's what Arya lacks, that respect. People will just look at her and don't look twice. I think she wishes people would be more threatened by her. They kind of go well together."
Check out what else Williams has to say about Arya's bloodlust, The Hound and tea with a Lannister:
Last season Arya was a prisoner. This season, she's barely free before she becomes a hostage for the Brotherhood and then gets caught by The Hound. How frustrated is she?
Maisie Williams: Pretty much. I think when she first gets captured by The Brotherhood, they're always saying to her, "Oh, you can walk free." But she knows that she can't really do that without the other two and she realizes that throughout the whole thing, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) is really starting to get on with them all. She's a bit like, "What are you doing? I was supposed to help you and now you're leaving me." Amongst all of that, I think Gendry's being kind of selfish because Arya's got so much going on, maybe he doesn't know about it all. She finds it very hard to cope with all the anger that she feels. No one who she's with can really help her apart from The Hound, but she kind of hates his guts. I don't know if he's going to help her anytime soon.
Well, Arya did try to kill The Hound once already. After he won his fight with Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), why did she rush him with a knife?
Williams: The Starks are very loyal and she knows that The Hound is guilty [of killing her friend] and it's in her blood to kill him. That's what should be done and when she realizes that's not going to happen ... she realizes that she's going to have to do it herself. So she runs over and gets the knife and jumps over and then surprise, surprise, Gendry stops her. She's kind of furious actually. She's like, "What do you know? You weren't there. You weren't even part of any of this. I just picked you up along the way. What gives you the right to stop me from killing someone?"
Arya is just filled with anger. When she says, "More 'is' than 'isn't,'" she's calling out Thoros (Paul Kaye) for keeping her held hostage while pretending that he's not.
Williams: It was great. I think it's all been building up to it. She doesn't really know who these people are, so she's not going to be really rude, but she's like, "Don't try and sweet-talk around this. I know why you're keeping me here, now that you realize that I'm worth something, you're going to sell me off. And you didn't even know [who I was]. It was someone else who told you that."
When it comes down to it though, do you really think Arya could find it in herself to kill The Hound in cold blood? She's only killed in self-defense before.
Williams: Yeah, I think she knows she wouldn't be able to kill him easily. I think maybe in her head she's thinking of different ways she could do it. The whole knife thing when she runs over to him, it's not really to kill him but it's because she's really, really angry. I don't know what she thought would happen. Maybe she hoped because he was caught off guard she could be able to swordfight him. But he'd probably just slice her in two.
We know Arya hates The Hound, but how does he feel about her?
Williams: I think he kind of admires her a little bit for how determined she is. But he really is like, "Why are you making everything so hard for yourself? Why don't you just stop fighting me and let me take you home?" I think that maybe she should keep her mouth shut more because she's getting herself into more trouble when there's lots of people trying to help her. I think she cares too much about little things for that to happen.
Arya has lost two friends. First, Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) decided to stay and bake for an inn. Then Gendry wanted to stick with The Brotherhood before they gave him away. Does Arya feel abandoned?
Williams: I think so, yeah. Ever since Gendry found out about her being highborn, I think she thought they always looked up to her. Then she realizes that they're not really very in awe of her at all. It's like, "Oh, cool. Well, I would rather stay here and bake stuff," or "I'd rather stay here and fix armor." She really does feel abandoned. She felt safer with them as well, kind of a little family away from family. Now she's really on her own. For so long, she convinced herself that she doesn't really care. Now that it comes down to it, she's kind of like, "Oh, it would have been nice to stay with these guys, and they're choosing to leave me." It's a bit of rejection, I guess.
Since Arya is on the run, she can't really intercept any ravens. Just how much news of her family has trickled down to her?
Williams: I think when she was with Tywin (Charles Dance) at Harrenhal, she had heard that Robb was going to attack. I don't think she heard about [Bran and Rickon] yet. She's only ever had little droplets here and there, so she's kind of got to make up the middle bit. I think she's just trying to get home and find out for herself what's really happened. She's kind of reluctant to believe anything because so many people are not loyal.
Michelle Fairley, who plays Arya's mother, Catelyn Stark, once said that she viewed Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) as sort of a grown-up Arya. Do you think that's a fair comparison?
Williams: I do see similarities to them. Gwen Christie, who plays Brienne, I kind of get along really well with her. We have a lot in common. We both had to have our hair cut off. There's a lot of swordfighting we have to do, not very feminine clothes, a lot of mud. I think Arya can relate to Brienne in that kind of sense as well. She doesn't know Brienne, but I think that's kind of who she's going to grow up to be like. I've never seen Arya as really worrying about her appearance or anything like that. "Armor is to keep me safe and not all pretty like Cersei wears it. It's to keep arrows out of my heart."
You're always on the run on Game of Thrones, but if you could have tea with any character, who would it be?
Williams: Cersei. I think I'd be kind of offended by her, but to watch that happen would be great. She's got such a great humor, the way that Lena [Headey] plays her. I think it would be really interesting to talk to her as well. I don't know if she'd really answer many of my questions, but to watch her kind of get out of them would be interesting.
What is your favorite trait in Arya?
Williams: Her ability to just say it as it is. It makes scenes kind of funny as well when everyone else is kind of speaking with fancy words, especially with the Brotherhood when they talk about their god and stuff. I think it's kind of funny when this little girl comes out with things like that. Just her ability to say, "I don't like that guy. I don't mind him." Instead of being all mysterious about everything.
Yes, there was that time when she asked Thoros if the Lord of Light could resurrect a man without a head, "not six times, just once" -- and they didn't know what to say ...
Williams: It's just very brutal. "I'm asking you a simple question. Please give me a simple answer." And they're like, "I don't know if it really works that way." "Say no. If you mean no, say no."
If only everyone on Game of Thrones spoke as straightforwardly as Arya does!
Williams: The story would be a lot shorter.
Uma Thurman has been cast as anti-gay activist Anita Bryant in Anita, according to The Hollywood Reporter:
The film follows Bryant, a former celebrity singer and orange juice spokeswoman, who, when she allows a gay screenwriter into her home, is forced to confront her past as an anti-gay Christian crusader who successfully campaigned to overturn a gay rights law in Florida and destroyed her show biz career in the process.
The film will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman from a screenplay by Chad Hodge and produced by Darren Star, Howard Rosenman, Jeffrey Schwarz and Dennis Erdman.
Watch the famous news clip of the moment Bryant was hit in the face with a pie by gay activists, AFTER THE JUMP...
"The children and I are so proud of David, it's been an incredible journey for us all as we have watched him play at clubs all over the world throughout the last 15 years.
This was not an easy decision to make, and to me and the children he will always be an amazing sportsman and a devoted husband and father.
He is, and will always remain, a true ambassador for sport and is not just an inspiration to myself and our children but for millions of people worldwide.
We are all excited about the next chapter in our lives and the adventures we will explore as a family."
– Victoria Beckham
And an excerpt from David's statement that wasn't included in the CNN article:
"I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family. I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realise my dreams. I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support."
David in London on May 14th:
Victoria in New York on May 11th:
During the tweet session, Taj claimed he's in a unique position to judge Robson's sexual abuse allegations because he knows what it's like to have gone through such a traumatic experience.
"That is how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor," Taj tweeted. Followed by: "I was sexually abuse (sic). By [a family member] on my mom's side of the family when I was a kid."
As for Michael, Taj says MJ "was a support system for me and my mom" during his abuse ordeal ... he even tweeted a picture of a note he says MJ wrote to his mother. The scrawl reads:
"Dee Dee please read this article about child molestation and please read it to Taj (and his siblings) ... it brings out how even your own relatives can be molesters of children, even uncles or aunts molesting nephews or nieces. Please Read. Love MJ."
And Taj makes it clear -- he thinks Robson is LYING for CASH.
"What people will $ay and do for money and to $tay relevant is $ickening. De$perate times call for De$perate mea$ures. #Money."
Jermaine Jackson couldn't BELIEVE it when he heard his nephew Taj's claims that a family member had molested him as a child -- telling TMZ, "I've never heard that. I've never ever heard that."
As we reported, Taj Jackson -- one of Tito's sons -- made the announcement on Twitter today, claiming an uncle on his mother's side of the family sexually abused him as a child ... and Michael Jackson counseled him through the trauma.
Taj says he made the announcement in an attempt to discredit Wade Robson's abuse allegations against MJ, claiming, "That is how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor."
Debbie Rowe doesn't believe for one minute that her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, molested Wade Robson, telling TMZ the latest accuser will not blemish the memory of MJ.
Rowe -- reacting to Robson's appearance on "Today" and the 2 legal claims he's filed in court, tells TMZ:
"I was angered that Wade Robson reversed his sworn testimony from court in 2005, and now claims to be a victim of sexual abuse."
Rowe goes on ... "His publicity-seeking attempt is opportunistic and just oozes falseness."
Robson claims Jackson molested him for 7 years -- between the ages of 7 and 14, although he squarely denied it when he took the stand as Jackson's star witness in the 2005 molestation trial.
Rowe tells us, "It will be quickly forgotten, and will do nothing, nothing to tarnish Michael's extraordinary legacy."
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Elementary heads to London when season two kicks off this fall, and executive producer Rob Doherty is already eyeing stories for the premiere.
"Obviously we have some big thoughts and plans for London," Doherty told reporters.
Though specifics for the first episode have yet to be locked down (Doherty noted that the writers reconvene in the next week or so), the new season will kick off another story. According to a description released by CBS, in the premiere, "Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is called to London to revisit an old case and is forced to face his past. Meanwhile, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) learns more about Holmes' mysterious life and the company he kept prior to leaving for New York."
Because of the direction Elementary's freshman run took with heavier subject matter for Sherlock (see: Moriarty and Irene), it was important to give the protagonist some relief after going to some dark places.
"We tried to write a proper ending to this first season and we will look to launch new things coming into season two," he said.
When Elementary crosses the pond to film the premiere, will other members of the NYPD be joining them?
"The story's still being developed," Doherty said. "My guess is it would only be Sherlock and Joan. Story-wise, it might be hard to justify a trip for all of our players. I'd love to have Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn) there." He also said that right now, it is unclear if and how Irene (Natalie Dormer) will factor into the London episode.
As Doherty explained it, the format for season two will be in a similar vein to that of the first, which became more serialized as it went on.
"The reason these last few were so serialized is because we wanted to build to Irene and then ultimately to Moriarty, so it's not the kind of story you can spring in just one episode," Doherty said. "I predict next season will feel in many respects like this one. We will absolutely have standalone stories and cases but there will be certain stories that you can arc over a run of shows."
What those multi-episode arcs will be has yet to be determined, with the start of the new season consisting mostly of "cases of the week." "We still have to identify what kind of story we want to build and tell over four, five or six episodes," he said. "We'll see how it shakes out. When we think we have an opportunity to serialize something, we will absolutely take it. Getting into our first run next year, we'll probably have a big batch of relatively standalone mysteries."
It was crucial that London, Sherlock's old stomping grounds, be on the back burner for the first season of the CBS drama -- to firmly establish its ground in New York City before venturing overseas.
"The reasons we wanted to set the show in New York in the beginning, they were twofold. First and foremost we absolutely wanted to be able to draw an American audience to the show -- and setting it in a city like New York, which in many respects echoes London, helped a lot," Doherty said.
"The other reason was it seemed interesting [to have Sherlock back in London]," he added. "I started from a broken Sherlock, that was always what intrigued me. I loved the idea of doing a Sherlock who had bottomed out and was in repair. So the idea that he had left London, it fit quite nicely into what we wanted to do. There was a good strong reason for him to have gone to New York City."
Elementary returns for season two this fall.
Shakira isn’t going anywhere.NBC has locked down judges for the next two cycles of The Voice.
Speculation have run rampant as to who will sit in the red swivel chairs this fall and spring, with major media outlets declaring Shakira will exit the series for good after the singer said told reporters she wasn’t planning to return. There have also been rumors that Usher was finished with the show, too.And it was all partly true. Shakira and Usher won’t be back … in the fall.According to sources close to the negotiations, this fall’s edition will reunite the original lineup: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and, yes, Cee Lo Green. In addition, Carson Daly will return as host for both cycles.For next spring, cycle 6, The Voice will then switch back to its current lineup, which has made for a surprisingly successful shakeup this season. NBC is finalizing deals with Shakira and Usher, who will take the stage along with Levine and Shelton.The addition of Shakira and Usher were so popular with fans that some even urged NBC to add the duo full time. But this strategy will help maintain both variety and continuity next season — the judges are all familiar faces, yet not the same faces all season.Meanwhile Fox’s singing competition panels are still partly in limbo, with American Idol and The X Factor having multiple gaps in their judges panels. US Weekly reported that Nicki Minaj will depart Idol next season, which would whittle down the current panel from four to two (Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, the latter today saying he wants to stay on the show), with two more exits potentially to come. Factor has executive producer Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato set to return as judges, but also has two other seats to fill. Factor has to find its panel soon since production on season three needs to start before the end of the month.