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    The way Joss Whedon snuck the word 'quim' into Avengers Assemble - apparently without anyone minding that Loki called Black Widow a... well, you know - was nothing short of masterful. During our recent podcast interview with the geek god, we had to ask if he was planning something similar for Avengers 2, and his response revealed an interesting detail: Loki isn't in the Avengers sequel, not even as a brotherly buddy for Thor.

    "Everyone is going to be looking for the Loki-Hulk smash moment and you'll be looking for [a quim moment]. First of all, imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, Loki's not there to say those terrible things. Although I do think we should bring the word back, not as an insult, it's just a nice word."

    The whole interview (which starts 19 minutes into the podcast) sees Mr. Whedon on very good form, discussing everything from newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and how they'll fit into proceedings to the current state of the first draft, but you'll have to listen to it in full yourself - see the SoundCloud embed below, as well as these iTunes and RSS feed links for details - to get the whole skinny. Trust us, you won't be disappointed. Unless, of course, you were hoping for an extra helping of 'Reindeer Games', in which case we hope that some time spent perusing the endless Loki gifs on Tumblr will assuage your pain.

    Podcast at the source:

    Well, I guess we know how Thor 2 ends...

    i hate everything

    I just found a a new picture from Only Lovers Left Alive to make us happy again

    only lovers

    Source: Tumblr

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    More photos of Rob's Dior ad surfaced on instagram/twitter today. The ad will be officially released in September.


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    Kerry Rhodes is awfully tired of people thinking he's gay. So tired, evidently, that he has claimed paternity of Kim Kardashian's just-born daughter.

    Although we haven't attended to it in two months or so, "Hollywood" Simpson, the former boyfriend of free-agent NFL safety Kerry Rhodes, has been releasing photos of their gay life together, apparently in hopes that Rhodes will acknowledge him. Some photos came out, Rhodes said he was straight, and then more photos came out. The latest batch, released last week, included the two on horseback (Hollywood calls them "the black Brokeback Mountain") and in bed together. Rhodes has no choice but to up the ante.

    Here's Bossip:

    Kerry Rhodes refuses to sashay out the closet. The alleged gay baller has recently been forwarding a text message to his NFL buddies claiming to have fathered Kim Kardashian’s baby girl. The message reads:

    Man this could be my baby!! I was fu**ing her the same time as K.West was lol!!!
    The text message itself is fairly self-explanatory—the bawdy talk coupled with the self-defeating overcompensation of "lol!!!"—and so we're more interested in the list of "Rhodes's NFL buddies." Who's on this list? Everyone he's played with before? Did John Skelton get this text? And what did John Skelton do upon receiving this text? We'll stay tuned.

    Down-Low Baller Kerry Rhodes Says He Knocked Up Kimmy Cakes Because He And Yeezy Were Smashing At The Same Dayum Time!


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    Britney's Ooh La La& Madonna's Superstar = same song!


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    Look, Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell, gave a pretty unimpressive answer to a question about income inequality at the Miss USA pageant. Let's all agree on that.

    But what, exactly, did the circumstances call for?

    She was asked — by NeNe Leakes, who first became famous on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta before warring with Star Jones on The Celebrity Apprentice and is therefore exactly the person to whom we would entrust interrogations on major policy issues — the following question: "A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?"

    Not to put too fine a point on it, what kind of a simultaneously (1) dumb and (2) impossible to answer question is that? First of all, it's three questions rolled into one — what does it say that in 40 percent of homes, women are the primary earners, or what does it say that women earn less than men, or what does it say that we allow these two facts to coexist?

    Second of all, "What does this say about society?" Really? Not "What kinds of help do families need to make ends meet?" or something with at least some policy meat on the bones, but "What does this say about society?" Asked by NeNe Leakes? While you're standing next to Giuliana Rancic, whose other job involves making people walk their fingernails down a tiny, hand-sized red carpet? What would have been a good answer to this question that could have been delivered in the time frame she had?

    I think about this kind of stuff a lot. I've studied it. I've had about 20 years longer than Miss Utah USA to think about it. I have no idea what I would have said if someone had asked me such a moronic question on live television.

    This isn't the kind of question that actually tests what you know; it's basically a test of your ability to generate cow patties on command. Have you ever seen the part of Miss Congeniality where they all say "world peace" and receive polite applause? The entire reason it's funny when Sandra Bullock says, "That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan," is that she's not supposed to say anything substantive based on her experience. She's supposed to say "world peace."

    These dumb questions aren't intended to actually see whether you're smart or not. Miss Utah USA might be smart and she might not be, but the last thing I'd use to guess at whether she's smart is whether she can answer this kind of question "correctly." Because "correctly" here just means smoothly, expertly, without hesitation or stammering. Had she said, "What it says is that we live in the greatest country in the world, and every day I get up and thank my lucky stars that I live in the United States of America," she would not be in the news, despite having given just as irrelevant a non-answer. Had she said, "What it says is that family is the most important thing in the world, and we need to figure out how to help all families be happy families because it's the most important thing in the world," she would not be in the news.

    And none of this has to do with whether beautiful women or pageant contestants can be smart or are smart. Some are! Some are not! Welcome to the broad sweep of humanity.

    She's not in the news for being dumb; she's in the news for being bad at spontaneous but convincing balderdash manufacturing, and because it's fun to watch a carefully orchestrated spectacle crash on the rocks. She's not a dumb person; she's bad at public speaking. And if she were good at it, nobody would have ever heard of her.


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    Walt Disney Pictures has debuted new images from the animated adventure Frozen, via USA Today, and you can view them below.

    In the November 27 release, when a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

    The film is directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, Wreck-It Ralph), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh, The Princess and the Frog).


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    By now, the whole world knows that reality star Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl prematurely at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday. Even that scanty information, first reported by E! Online, comes from anonymous sources.

    While members of the family have tweeted about the birth, Kim, Kanye West, and their reps have all remained mum. The deafening silence around the baby Kimye seems bizarre for a family who gets rich off of airing the most intimate details of their private lives in full public view.

    It's possible all the secrecy is a calculated move to jack up the media and fan frenzy in order to have the most dramatic—and possibly, lucrative—big reveal of baby details at some later date.

    On the other hand, there are some things you can't control, like an ailing mom or an at-risk birth, for instance—a lesson that Kardashian, her family, and entourage might be learning the hard way.

    The most intriguing bits of news we've learned about the birth so far:

    The baby was born at least a month prematurely. An unnamed hospital source told Us Weekly, "She's five weeks early. Kim got sick last night and had the baby early." In a strange coincidence, Sunday's episode of her reality show showed Kardashian suffering from stomach pains and visiting a doctor who determined she might have appendicitis. Early labor can be brought on by something as simple as dehydration, but its possible that she suffered from more serious complications.

    The Kardashian family tweets. The new mom's twitter account has gone silent. An otherwise prolific tweeter, her last was on June 14. Meanwhile, on Sunday, "I can not even begin 2describe the miracle that is now apart of our family," tweeted sister Khloe. "Mommy/baby are healthy &resting. We appreciate all of the love" which mom, Kris Jenner, re-tweeted and added somewhat cryptically, "God is so amazing!"

    The lack of baby details. It's reported baby Kimye is a girl, "weighs under five pounds," and has dark hair and "looks just like Kim." However, new parents are usually bursting with specific details such as the exact weight and length of the baby. They have hinted that her name will start with a "K"—no big surprise there, but that's it. Howard Bragman, vice president of, estimates the price tag for the first pictures will be "7 or 8 figures." Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly earned $11 Million for their twins Knox and Vivienne's baby snaps and Kardashian reportedly wangled about $19 million for her "fairy tale wedding," which may be the reason they are guarding any physical details from the public. Given the baby's early birth and low weight, she also may be in an incubator or special unit for preemies and need quiet and care, not a bunch of flashbulbs.

    Kanye West's new album leaked. Maybe it's a coincidence, but it's curious that dad Kanye's new album, "Yeezus," was leaked the same day Kardashian began having contractions. Also, on Sunday, Jay-Z announced that he would be releasing his latest album on July 4. Are the rappers piggybacking on the media blitz about baby Kimye?

    Although there has been some speculation that the Kim's due date wasn't really July 11 and this early birth was part of a grand publicity scheme, the more likely scenario is that baby Kimye took a family known for their highly micro-managed and semi-scripted lives by surprise. Now, they are regrouping and consulting with their media team on how to manage the new chain of events. As Kris Jenner said pointing to her publicist at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday when she was prodded for more details by reporters, "She's in charge."


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    Long before its impressive opening weekend put its predecessors to shame, Richard Linklater's long-awaited third part of the "Before" franchise screened on March 9 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. After the film, the director took the stage to answer audience questions and eventually got around to discussing the trilogy’s evolution.

    “No one wanted a sequel. No one ever asked about it,” Linklater said, referencing the response he got when he first floated the idea of making “Before Sunset.” “We always joked this is the lowest grossing film to spawn a sequel, and I can confidently say these are the lowest grossing films to ever be a trilogy, or whatever we are now. It makes no sense, but three people wanted a sequel and we did it.”

    Though his last comment could be seen as an inspirational statement perfectly encapsulating the independent filmmaker’s spirit, most people focused on the joke. The quote made the rounds online and gained the film some notoriety. A few months later at a screening of “Before Midnight” in Los Angeles, event host Elvis Mitchell went so far as to introduce the film as "the lowest-grossing trilogy in the history of motion pictures." In later interviews, Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy all joked about the label their director had “confidently” (if also jokingly) saddled them with months earlier.

    Linklater shouldn’t have been so confident. Thankfully, and somewhat shockingly, “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight” do not constitute the lowest-grossing trilogy of all time, and not only that, they won’t even be No. 2 for very long.

    First of all, Linklater’s romantic trilogy wasn’t even the lowest-grossing English-language franchise prior to the release of “Before Midnight.” That undesirable distinction goes to “The Work and the Glory,” a three-part series that ran in limited release from 2004 to 2006 with a new entry every year. The films were based on a nine-part book series that traced the birth of Mormonism through the lives of a fictional family. The first film was the most successful, grossing just over $3 million in its 25-week run that reached 112 theaters. “Part II: American Zion” barely broke $2 million despite a wider initial release, and its predecessor -- “Part III: A House Divided” — only managed to break the $1 million mark.

    If Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy were surprised to be back for more after their initial film, imagine the surprise of “The Work and Glory” star Sam Hennings when he kept getting called back to reprise his role as Benjamin Steed. After all, the first film reportedly cost $7.5 million against its $3 million gross, and the following two films only cut their budgets down to $6.5 million each despite decreased earnings at the box office. The original boasts at an extremely rotten 17 percent on, while the sequels did improve to 40 percent and then 80 percent, respectively (though only a handful of critics bothered seeing them).

    There are still other franchises worse off than the “Before” trilogy — just in case you think “The Work and the Glory” should be disqualified because it’s targeting a very small demographic (Mormons and anyone curious about a fictionalized take on the founding of the Mormon faith).

    The Thai imported “Ong Bak” trilogy managed a meager $4.6 million in America, making it the lowest-grossing trilogy to make a theatrical run in the States. “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” also outgrossed “Shiloh,” and its poorly-titled sequel, “Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season.” With or without inflation-adjusted ticket prices, the “Before” series is ahead of these unfortunate few.

    More importantly for fans of Jesse and Celine is how well the couple’s latest venture, “Before Midnight,” does at the box office. Despite early assumptions this would be the couple’s last series of long walks and heated discussions, the three collaborators have gone on record saying they’re open to picking up the story nine years from now for a fourth film. Financially speaking, “After Midnight” is looking like a very solid investment. “Before Midnight” broke the bank with a whopping $246,000 opening weekend in just five theaters, followed by $404,000 in 31 theaters the next weekend. My calculations put it on track for around $13 million domestically. While that rough estimate will become more concrete once “Midnight” starts its national run June 14th, the third film is on pace to become the most successful entry in the series.

    Each of the films took a very different path to theaters despite keeping the same core talent for each new venture. “Before Sunrise” kicked off the franchise as a joint production between Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, and a few smaller companies. It was released in January 1995 by Columbia Pictures to 363 theaters and grossed $1.4 million on its opening weekend before being pulled from theaters after only four weeks in theaters. After opening the Sundance film festival earlier in the year, it seems reasonable the film would have benefited from the independent distribution models of the aughts. Still, we’ll never know whether the series would even have existed without a major studio backing the original and pushing it into wide release.

    Castle Rock Entertainment also produced “Before Sunset,” released the now requisite nine years later, but the now defunct distributor Warner Independent Pictures joined them this time. WIP wisely gave the sequel a limited summer release date to take advantage of the film’s romantic setting, but they may have mistimed their push by releasing it in 20 theaters on a crowded — and family-friendly — July 4th weekend. While it put up a solid per theater average of $10,971 its opening weekend, that figure was cut by more than half by week three and only 102 theaters had been added. Whether this was a result of less than primo positioning, rolling out the film in too many theaters too quickly, or it was simply the best the film could have done, “Before Sunset” ended its run with $5.8 million; almost $300,000 more than the original, but almost $3 million less when adjusted for inflation.

    The sole financial bright spot for “Sunset” was its performance overseas. Though there’s no data readily available for the original’s foreign performance, Linklater has said it did very well. Foreign markets made more of an emergence, though, by the time “Sunset” hit screens in 2004, and Warner Independent took full advantage. “Before Sunset” racked up $10.1 million overseas, almost twice as much as it managed stateside. Linklater has cited these solid returns as one of the reasons he was able to get funding for the next feature.

    “Before Midnight” was financed independently and then sold the distribution rights to Sony Pictures Classics after its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. For now, everyone involved with the production has got to be pretty pleased with “Midnight’s” first two weekends. If the film continues to play well, it should be looking at a long, successful summer both here and overseas. It’s even generated some Oscar buzz thanks to overwhelmingly positive reviews and a solid history with the Academy (“Before Sunset” was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay). If it can sneak out a Best Picture nomination, “Before Midnight” could make some serious money (“Midnight in Paris” kind-of money) — or if it makes some serious money, it might snag a Best Picture nomination.

    Either way, everyone should be feeling particularly up about Jesse and Celine’s future. Though Linklater and Co. will have to wait another nine or so years before starting a new production, don’t be surprised if a fourth entry helps the “Before” series climb even further out of the “Lowest-Grossing Trilogy” cellar.


    I hope they just keep making these forever.

    What are your favourite movie trilogies/series, ONTD?

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    The husband of Nigella Lawson, Charles Saatchi, has admitted that he DID assault the TV Chef.

    The art collector accepted a caution for assault after spending five hours at Charing Cross police station.

    A Met spokesman said: “Officers from the Community Safety Unit at Westminster were aware of the Sunday People article which was published on 16 June and carried out an investigation.

    “This afternoon a 70-year-old man voluntarily attended a Central London police station and accepted a caution for assault.”

    Earlier today he insisted he had not meant to hurt Nigella and said the throat-grabbing was a “playful tiff”

    Saatchi said: “About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to ­emphasise my point.

    “There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.

    “We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled.”

    Nigella, who married Charles in September 2013, left the family home with son Bruno on Sunday.



    UK Police Caution ... A basic slap on the wrist.

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    There are plenty of things that make Lucy Liu different from all of us — namely, her epic Hollywood fame and the fact that she's been immortalized in a Destiny's Child song. But, much to our delight, the list of things that make her like us is even greater. Liu's worked hard to get to where she is now, and firmly believes in the power of female mentorship— and in organizations that provide opportunities for growth, like the Girl Scouts. As a partner in the Girl Scouts' Treasure Trade project, Liu is joining forces with Nestlé to promote the organization that gave us so many childhood memories (and badges!), and helped shape us into the women we are today. And like you, too, Liu is a huge fan of the cronut. (Obviously.)

    Tell us about why you're involved with Girl Scouts. We know your goddaughter is a Girl Scout, but what else about the organization makes it personal?
    "Today is her birthday! She’s turning nine. She’s doing her bridging ceremony on Friday, so she’s becoming a Girl Scout from a Brownie and changing her vest for her sash, so it’s a really big deal."

    So, this is great timing for all of this, as well.
    "Yes! I wasn’t a Girl Scout myself. I was super envious and thought it was something incredibly expensive, but it’s not. It’s something you can join, and I can kind of live vicariously through [my goddaughter] now, which is fun."

    "I love their work with the community and that they give back, because when you’re that young you’re really learning what it means to share and what it means to give back. I didn’t really learn that until much later, you know after I started working and people started inviting me to go to charity events and dinners for different organizations. I started learning about that then and I decided, 'Hey, you know what, I think I want to focus on one thing myself,' and I chose to focus on children. So, I work with UNICEF. To me, as long as it involves children, it is a really positive thing."

    What kind of role do you think mentorship plays in Girl Scouts? Do you think it’s hard for women to find role models who are too old to be a Girl Scout?
    "I think it’s harder because you are more developed at that point and have less of a connection with people. You’ve already kind of established your groups of people that you’re going to spend time with. As a child, you learn confidence and you build character that way. It kind of gives you the courage to go up to people and say, 'Hey, I’m interested in doing this, can I come and intern for you?' and I think that just seeing how she’s evolved in this short time, by the time she’s sixteen or seventeen and she’s interested in working for some law firm or wherever it is, she’ll feel like it’s ok to say yes, to ask somebody something and if they say no, that’s ok, too — just ask someone else. Giving yourself more opportunity is never a bad thing. I always love if a corporation as big as Nestlé (it's their 75th anniversary this year) teams up with the Girl Scouts. It means something to know that they have something to give back, and they can — because they have been, not just in America but globally, everywhere — so, it’s nice to know that they can connect that way, as opposed to just making money."

    Part of that partnership is the Treasure Trade, which asks consumers what personal treasure they would give in exchange for one of the famous Girl Scout bars. What are you trading?
    "I’m kickstarting it with the Charlie’s Angels' action figure. Kids love Charlie’s Angels, and at this point in their lives they’re probably watching it now and getting into it sort of like girl power. It’s fun, you know?"

    It was an important movie, and I’d love to talk about your career. What kind of jobs did you have before you were an actress?
    "Oh my gosh, I mean, I did so many things. I worked at a catering company, I did extra work for commercials, I was a secretary, I worked as a hostess, I worked in retail. I’ve done so many things. I worked at an ice-cream shop. To me it was always about being involved and being active in my own life, and making sure that I had enough money to at least pay the rent."

    Some say that just one day working in the service industry prepares you for life.
    "Yes, and it also teaches you how hard people work, and how being polite to someone is really important because people have hard days. It’s nice when someone is nice and thanks you for something you do, and yes, you’re getting paid for it, but it’s sort of like 'this is symbiotic.'"

    Speaking of being nice, historically, you’ve played some characters that are not the most popular person on the show. Take your role on Ally McBeal, for example. What do you think it means for a woman to play the “bitch” of the show?
    "To me, it wasn’t playing that role stereotype. I think that, unfortunately, and you’ve probably heard this from many interviews with other people, women who are strong and have something to say get labeled, but for a man it’s sort of a positive thing: He’s super confident, and he’s so forward thinking and so smart and gets labeled as ambitious. To me, it’s a strange gender situation where women are constantly struggling to compete. When they have what it takes, it’s just not a given for them and they just have to struggle to get there, and even if they don’t have to struggle to get there because they’re smart and they’re intelligent and they’re able to do it, they get labeled. I think that’s an unfortunate thing, because the social foundation of women staying home – they don’t have that option now."

    "There was an article in the New York Times not that long ago saying that women who are working are now 30% of people who are employed, and you know they’re bringing home the bacon. And I think that whole idea of women empowerment that started in the '70s or the '60s when they were burning their bras is carrying on to a whole different level now. Not only are they mothers and they are bringing home the bacon and they are working full time, it’s a full-scale corporation at home. You’re running your own house, too. You have help at home, but you’re also working a full-time job and you’re the president of the corporation or vice-president of the corporation and it’s not easy. And also you’re trying to be feminine and you have to be masculine at work, so it’s sort of a strange balance, you know?"

    The expectations are the same, but the demands are so much higher right now. Take your role as Watson on Elementary. You’re the female version of a character that’s been male for over 200 years. What are the challenges of trying to land a role that’s inherently male? And to that point, what's hard about being an actress today, especially if you don't meet the white, blonde stereotype of America?
    "I think the stereotype of what's 'American' is changing vastly. I mean, it’s still a gradual change, but I think even having President Obama in the White House is a big shift. I think in the first election it was like, 'Oh, an African American president is such a big deal,' and now it’s not about that. It’s like, 'What can he do, and what changes is he promising to make?' I think that shift happened over the course of four to five years."

    "For me [as Watson], it was also sort of that this was inherently supposed to be a man’s role and they turned it on its head, and what does that mean? It doesn’t mean you have to walk around with a pantsuit, it means you can be feminine and you can be who you are, but you can be strong and you can be intelligent, so it’s about matching that. And you also want to make sure that it’s mano-a-mano with the character of Sherlock, otherwise it becomes quite mundane. He’s an intelligent character — he’s very colorful, and he’s going to need somebody who he’s going to respect highly to want to be his partner. So, you can’t really have one without the other. You need someone who is going to be intelligent and bring something that he can’t bring to the stage. So, her pointing out things or her helping him solve cases, as he says in the series, 'You make me better.' That’s what you hope for in any partner or any relationship."

    That's a really great way of explaining it. One last question, I heard you have a serious sweet tooth. Have you ever had a cronut? This is something new we’ve learned about.
    "I just talked about that today! Literally, we talked about that this morning. It’s a big thing now. I’ve had a pretscent, which is a pretzel-crescent, they have them at City Bakery and oh my God, so delicious."

    Is City Bakery your favorite?
    "City Bakery has this thing there that’s one of my favorite things. I’m kind of old-school, so one of my favorite things is a black-and-white cookie. It’s so my favorite thing. Or a cupcake, something basic. But you say 'black and white cookie' and my eyes get really big."


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    The ‘Mrs. Carter Show World Tour’ star was charged by ‘Starpower: Beyoncé’ dance-game developer Gate Five with putting 70 people out of work when she pulled out of a deal. No terms of the settlement were disclosed.

    Beyonce settled a lawsuit with game developer Gate Five.

    Beyoncé has made peace with a Manhattan video game developer that sued her for $100 million after she backed out of a deal to make an interactive game with them.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed and lawyers for both sides did not return calls seeking comment, but that the case had settled was disclosed on the website for Manhattan Supreme Court website on Friday.

    Gate Five had sued Beyoncé for abruptly withdrawing from their deal in December 2010, putting 70 people out of work two weeks before Christmas and costing the company millions in money it had spent developing the game.

    Lawyers for Beyoncé said her contract gave her to the right to bail after Gate Five lost its financial backing and new financiers wanted to eliminate her 40% ownership stake in the franchise.

    Gate Five's lawyers said that the real problem was that Beyoncé made “extortionate” last minute demands that would have given her more profit.

    Neither side was talking Friday.

    The settlement came after Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos ruled in February that Beyoncé could not block Gate Five's lawyers from speaking to all 27 people on her team who knew why she acted as she did in 2010.

    Among those expected to sing under oath about the scuttled “Starpower: Beyoncé” dance game were the “Single Ladies” singer herself and her father, who was her manager at the time.

    The case focused on the particulars of a multi-million dollar deal that Beyoncé negotiated for an interactive game where viewers imitating her in front of a television screen would get praise on their moves, or advice on how to improve, from the singer in her voice.
    Also I want to announce that this will be my last Beyonce post. I just got a new boyfriend and life is going great overall so I feel no desire to be negative towards anyone. I never really hated Beyonce but it was interesting to mess with her fans. Plus Madonna/beyonce like each other. I wish her well & a long successful career. I am no longer a troll and I will only comment/post about Madonna from now on. Peace.

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    Freddie on his inspiration to play a young Norman Bates and working with co-star Vera Farmiga. "Anthony Perkins' role was an inspiration, it was never an attempt to mimic him or his Norman," says Freddie.

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    New Leaf Takes debuts high on the UK Gaming Chart

    The cute as a button Animal Crossing: New Leaf has taken the number 2 spot in the all formats UK chart this week, but it was pipped to the post by that pesky game The Last Of Us. It was going to be a tough one to beat, but Animal Crossing held its own and debuted at the highest position for a Nintendo title this year. We wonder if the mayor had something to do with that? Let us know if you picked this title up over the weekend, and if you didn’t you should definitely check out our UK review.

    In other 3DS news, the console has taken a little bit of a beating by software within the all formats chart, but with the staying power of Luigi’s Mansion 2, we’re keeping the Nintendo title just inside the top 10, where it sits at number 9 this week. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D slips down to number 15 this week though, but all in all the 3DS retains its solid ground within the UK Charts

    New Leaf SpotPass items to be distributed at Best Buy Nintendo Zones

    These are items that will available:

    6/16-6/29 RACCOON WALL-CLOCK
    6/30-7/13 CAT TOWER
    7/14-7/27 SUITCASE
    7/28-8/10 DOUBLE NECK GUITAR


    just an excuse for an animal crossing post tbh since the last one turned out so gr8!!

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    Sure, Henry Cavill is Superman now, but once upon a time he was 'that handsome British dude' (Warner Bros.)

    Superman walked my dog. Twice. How many people can say that?

    Back in 2005 I became friends with an extremely handsome restaurant host named Henry. Little did I know it was Henry Cavill, on the cusp of fame.

    I used to walk my rescued malamute, Buddy, by the new neighborhood tapas restaurant in West Hollywood, California, each night.

    Buddy immediately took to Henry.
    And I must admit, so did I, almost immediately giving him the moniker "Hot Henry." He was, without a doubt, the most handsome person I'd ever seen in real life and also, quite possibly, the nicest. The British accent didn't hurt either.

    I knew Henry was an actor, but when you live in the Los Angeles area — especially in West Hollywood — about 90 percent of the people you meet are "actors." One day I naively offered to help him get an agent. He graciously declined, saying he was in good hands with CAA (Creative Artist Agency — essentially the Rolls-Royce of acting agencies). This was the first time I wondered to myself, who is this guy?

    Henry and Buddy adored each other. I was simply the lucky bystander of their friendship. Buddy had a huge personality, and when he really liked someone he would howl and give the warmest of bear hugs. Henry got this type of greeting nightly. It was incredible to see how kind he was with this big 100-plus pound, wolf-like dog that intimidated most people. After Henry offered a few times to walk Buddy if I ever needed help, I finally took him up on it. Henry just wanted to do this as a favor, but I insisted on paying him. After all, he was a struggling actor, right?

    The next time I called Henry to see if he could walk Buddy, I didn't hear back, which seemed a little strange. A couple weeks later, I got a voicemail from him apologizing for not being able to help and explaining he had been overseas auditioning for Bond. Wait, what? Bond? James Bond? Who was this guy? And how embarrassed should I be that I had asked him to walk my dog??? Suddenly my "Hot Henry" was up-and-coming actor Henry Cavill. After coming in second to Daniel Craig for the role of Bond, he immediately booked a leading role on the Showtime series "The Tudors." It was a whirlwind. One second I saw him nightly and considered him my friend-slash-backup dog walker, and the next he was becoming a movie star. It still doesn’t seem real.

    Buddy (Photo: Giana Mucci)

    Henry and me (Photo: Courtesy of Dan MacMedan)

    I got to see Henry about a year and a half ago at a press event for the fantasy drama "Immortals," in which he starred. I was among the last of the journalists to interview him. He now had much darker hair and had put on an insane amount of muscle and, truthfully, looked exhausted. I did not know how this would go. He immediately recognized me, hugged me and asked me about Buddy. Despite all that had changed in his life, he was still the same Henry — as humble and thoughtful as ever. It was very surreal to see him that day. Part of me just wanted to chat with him about old times, and the other side of me was keenly aware of the team of press relations and studio execs waiting to usher him to the next interview. Before Henry left to do more press, he looked down, and said quietly, "I miss Buddy." My heart melted. He was a movie star now, yet he genuinely missed my loving dog.

    I realize that I only shared a brief moment of time with Henry, but he will always be the sweet, kindhearted, ridiculously handsome guy who was so genuinely compassionate toward my best friend and me. I can say firsthand that Henry Cavill, aka the Man of Steel, is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside. He has always been super — and now finally the world gets to see it.

    Congratulations, Henry, on all of your success. No one deserves it more.

    Buddy was rescued from Much Love Animal Rescue in June of 2004. Sadly, Buddy passed away on November 6, 2012. He was such a special dog, loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Now Giana has a new dog, and every time they take a walk, they pass a "Man of Steel" billboard.


    thanks to lionessrawr for linking me to this article! My humble, down to earth king is just too precious for words.

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    Just what we need?

    The HBO documentary “Love, Marilyn” is yet another take on the tragic life of the star who has been assigned more symbolic import than a butterfly, or a dove, or a phoenix, or, well, a star. Since her death a half-century ago, in 1962, Marilyn Monroe has been used to represent everything from the predatory nature of Hollywood and the double-edged sword of open sexuality to the vulnerability of women in power and the lonely spiral of public self-destruction. Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem, they’re only a few among the hundreds of artists and thinkers who’ve negotiated the tragedy and mystery of the woman who embodied the overused words “icon,” “bombshell,” and “myth.” In death, Marilyn Monroe has been an all-purpose intellectual curio.

    But yes, more Marilyn is just what we need, when the project is as exquisitely done as “Love, Marilyn.” The new HBO documentary, which premieres Monday at 9 p.m., is an elegant pastiche based on the boxes of Monroe’s own writings that were discovered a few years ago. It’s not a traditional biographical film of the “American Masters” variety, because director Liz Garbus doesn’t attempt to be all-inclusive or to impose chronology onto the material. There are only hints about Monroe’s childhood as foster child Norma Jeane Baker, and no mention of her first husband. Instead, Garbus adeptly patches together fragments of a life narrated, in a way, by Monroe herself. She inventively pieces together an impressionistic, revealing, and ultimately moving version of the story that so many of us know already.

    Garbus has brought together a long list of actresses — including Uma Thurman, Jennifer Ehle, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood — to read pieces from Monroe’s notes and journals. The actresses face the screen and perform Monroe’s words, many of them syntactically twisted, while images float behind them of the actual pages featuring Monroe’s handwriting. The camera seems to sweep toward the actresses, then swerve away, so the film is never in danger of becoming a static line of talking heads. Garbus also features a number of actors performing writings about Monroe by people such as Mailer (Ben Foster), director Elia Kazan (Jeremy Piven), and Truman Capote (Adrien Brody).

    Surrounding all of these little performance gems are countless photos, film clips, and snippets of footage of Monroe at various stages in her life, as well as interviews with her friend Amy Greene. If this description of “Love, Marilyn” makes it sound chaotic or disjointed, by the way, it’s not; all the elements hang together beautifully, cohering naturally into a whole.

    Most of the performers bring life to the written passages with just the right amount of affect. None of them are hammy, unless it’s appropriate — Foster, for instance, who appears to have a good time with Mailer’s strong opinions. Thurman nails some of the grammatically unsound, tense Monroe lines such as, “must must must make more more more effort.” In one compelling passage, Tomei delivers the pain and humor of Monroe contemplating jumping off a bridge, but then not wanting to mar a beautiful bridge, but then realizing, “I’ve never seen an ugly bridge.” In one scene, Lili Taylor reads a recipe that Monroe wrote down, and through Taylor’s interpretation you can see Monroe straining to be the domestic woman her second husband, Joe DiMaggio, wanted her to be.

    But of course, none of the voices of the interpreters can match that of Monroe, whom we hear throughout the movie, in her little-girlish Jackie Kennedy-like tones. And the clips of Monroe are stunning, as always; you feel as though you can see right through her façade, as if she’s transparent like a child. In one press conference after her separation from DiMaggio, she is crying and looks like she’s about to pass out. But even when she’s feeling more together, her famous fragility remains in play on her face. Watch her try to be smooth in public after third husband Arthur Miller announced their engagement to the press before he’d asked her to marry him. She was a bad liar.

    There is some sensationalism here and there, involving Monroe’s contract issues with Fox, her poor treatment by Miller, and her bad behavior on a few movie sets. There is an angry letter from director Billy Wilder — brought to life by Oliver Platt — that he sent to Miller regarding the filming of “Some Like It Hot.” “Had you, dear Arthur, been not her husband but her writer and director and been subjected to all the indignities I was, you’d have thrown her out on her can, thermos bottle and all, to avoid a nervous breakdown. I did the braver thing — I had a nervous breakdown. Respectfully, Billy Wilder.” It’s priceless.

    “Love, Marilyn” doesn’t significantly alter what we already know about Monroe. But it certainly deepens the well, as we listen to Monroe’s scattered, dreamy, and often astute thoughts and follow her private struggle to find and hold onto self-love.


    looking forward to this.

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    As many of you know, the joyous birth of baby Alice delivered tremendous heartache as well...

    After a long labor and emergency C-section, baby and mom were in trouble. While Alice, struggling to breathe, was rushed to the NICU, Kathryn fought for her life. A uterine hemorrhage necessitated replacing over 2 liters of blood. Intubation was required to restore her own breathing. Kathryn then went into septic shock and complete organ failure: her heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver stopped functioning while clotting threatened her limbs. The odds were stacked heavily against her.

    But while Kathryn remained unconscious, the ICU doctors worked desperately to save her. Why all of this happened remains a mystery. Some factors suspected are a rare blood disease called HUS that can be triggered by pregnancy and surgery. Another possibility: amniotic fluid embolism, which is almost always fatal to the mother. Most doctors go their whole careers without encountering one.

    While there was tremendous fear, there was also incredible strength. Friends and family provided physical, emotional and financial support. The sleepless new dad, Gabriel, ran back and forth between the NICU and ICU, making crucial decisions and providing boundless love.

    Kathryn required emergency dialysis, and teams of specialists consulted and prescribed targeted drugs and other life-saving procedures. 12 tense days later, she stabilized -- her heart and lungs made a comeback and she regained consciousness. The doctors call this a miracle. Without a doubt, it is a testament to Kathryn's strength, spirit and to all of our love and prayers.

    Alice remained in the NICU for ten days and thankfully now she is at home. Kathryn continues to amaze and show improvement across the board. But it will be a long road to recovery -- physical therapy and more dialysis before she can join her husband and precious baby who is happy, healthy and not surprisingly, the most beautiful child ever born. Beyond that, there will be many months of extended medical care and treatment hopefully leading to Kathryn's full recovery.

    Peonies and plush toys would have been appreciated under normal circumstances, but what the family needs now is financial aid from those who are in the position to contribute. We are unsure how much their insurance will cover for care-to-date and the treatment, rehab and surgeries looming ahead. Kathryn will not be able to work for a very long time, and Gabe will be restricted while caring his two best girls. Beyond that, Kathryn will likely need some professional nursing care before she's on her feet (literally) again.

    Please share this link with those whom you think would be empathetic and generous. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Source with updates

    Not that new any more, but they are not making that much progress and can certainly do with more promotion. Met Gabe (Andy, one of the YED special children on SPN) a few years ago at a Con and he was so funny and bubbly, sad to think of the worry he has been going through. Hope they can soon concentrate on being a happy, healthy new family.

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  • 06/18/13--13:38: This Mess.
  • The Voice Judges Finale Performance - With A Little Help From My Friends.


    shakira, why are you team blake?

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    The dreamlike clip - directed by Parisian video team AB/CD/CD (Lily Allen, Factory Floor) - finds one of two previously unreleased songs from the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition transformed into a surreal tale of longing and laundry.

    The Postal Service has also confirmed that it will finally perform on TV for the first time ever Wednesday, June 19, on The Colbert Report. Tune in to Comedy Central tomorrow night at 11:30/10:30c. For more information, visit


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