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Last week, the two were spotted backstage at the afterparty for Iggy Azalea’s concert. They arrived together, chilled in VIP together, and left the spot… together. Ok, so let me explain how this works. Iggy is now signed to Island Def Jam and Nas is under that umbrella also, so we see how this works.
First a J. Cole remix and now this? Nas slummin' it this month.
Octavia Spencer keeps it lacy black while arriving for a screening of her latest film Fruitvale Station held at the Grand Lake Theater on Thursday (June 20) in San Francisco, Calif.
The 41-year-old actress was joined on the red carpet by her co-stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, and producer Forest Whitaker.
Recent court testimony has revealed Michael Saintson as an amazing, kind and attentive parent.
Pictured above is St. Michael healing the sick.
Courtrooms have supplied the epilogue to Michael Jackson's life. They've provided the forum where his debts have been settled, his final days dissected and his life depicted as a cautionary tale.
In nearly four years of court proceedings, two juries have watched Jackson come to life on video screens. They've watched him spin, dance, and then disappear. They've heard his voice, seen his handwriting and viewed photos of his lifeless body.
His role as a father has been described in little more than platitudes. Until now.
The jury hearing a civil case filed by the superstar's mother — against AEG Live LLC, the promoter of Jackson's ill-fated concerts — are experiencing details of a world previously held under lock and key. They've heard of extravagant birthday parties, secret family outings and the leg-clinging devotion of his children.
Jackson shielded the youngsters from the public eye, home-schooling them and often hiding their faces in public.
Away from the cameras, Jackson tried to create an environment of love, attention and special moments for his children, Michael Joseph "Prince" Jackson Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson.
The following are some of some of the stories they've told. They present a portrait of Jackson as a father that outsiders never saw.
The final month of Jackson's life was a busy time. There were rehearsals for "This Is It," planning meetings and film shoots for a series of mini-movies that would precede some of his greatest hits at the London shows.
Jackson brought his children to the shoot for a "Smooth Criminal" video that culminated with Jackson leaping through a window while being shot at by Humphrey Bogart.
Alif Sankey, a backup dancer on the original video who was working on the comeback concerts, sat next to Paris during the shoot. The 11-year-old wanted to share a secret and opened up her purse.
It was filled with candy, Sankey recalled. Jackson didn't want his children to eat sweets, and Paris asked Sankey to keep it quiet.
The dancer noticed something else inside the purse — tiny picture frames with images of her father. "Her purse was full of candy and pictures of Daddy."
Despite being home-schooled, there was no shortage of companions for Jackson's children. Chef Kai Chase recalled numerous pets in the mansion that Jackson was renting while he prepared for his "This Is It" shows. There was the talking bird, Siberia, who whistled at pretty women. The children also had a chocolate Labrador named Kenya, whom Chase bought a cookbook for so she could bake him treats and a birthday cake. Two cats, named Katie and Thriller, also roamed the house.
During opening statements of the civil trial, some of the jury's first exposure to life in the Jackson home came from footage shot on a Christmas morning several years ago. Jackson's ode to his children, "You Are My Life" played as jurors watched a video of a Christmas morning from years ago of Prince, Paris and Blanket gleefully receiving their gifts, which included the puppy, Kenya.
Chase had been working at Jackson's home for only a few days when it came time to prepare for Paris' 11th birthday. She wanted a Michael Jackson-themed party. All around the dining room, posters of the King of Pop were hung alongside album covers and other pictures. Jackson's hit songs played as the family ate cheese pizza, hot wings and banana splits, Chase recalled.
Paris' birthday cake was decorated with Lilo & Stitch, her favorite Disney characters. But the festivities weren't over. Jackson escorted the children into the backyard, where they watched a private Cirque du Soleil-style circus, complete with men on stilts and a woman performing in a giant balloon. Chase watched from the kitchen window and later described the scene as "the most beautiful expression of love I've ever seen."
Jackson spent the final months of his life in a rented mansion in the upscale Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles. The mansion had all the amenities fit for a pop superstar — a palatial entryway, staircase and parlor and in the basement, a home theater and dance studio. The house was a hub of activity, with security guards posted outside, a pair of housekeepers, a nanny for the children and on many days, a personal chef stationed in the kitchen.
Dinners at the home occasionally featured special guests, including Jackson's personal physician Conrad Murray and choreographer Travis Payne. But staffers and guests other than Murray weren't allowed upstairs, where the bedrooms were. When Chase wanted to prepare a soul food menu for Jackson and his children, she wrote him a note in Magic Marker and left it at the foot of the stairs.
AEG Live's lead defense attorney has pointed to the secrecy of Jackson's upstairs lifestyle — where the superstar was receiving nightly doses of the anesthetic propofol in his locked bedroom — to support the company's contention it couldn't have known about Jackson's drug treatments.
Having a stable home for his children was a major motivation for Jackson returning to the concert stage, AEG executives say. After his acquittal of child molestation charges in 2005, Jackson had become a nomad, spending time in various cities, including Las Vegas, often staying with friends.
"He wanted his kids to have a permanent place to live and a sense of community," AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips recalled Jackson telling him during one meeting held while the family was living in the guesthouse of a rich benefactor. It was Halloween and the children darted in and out of the rooms, wearing masks. Later that night, they'd go with their father to a party at Elizabeth Taylor's home. "I felt incredibly bad that this incredible star was at this point where he couldn't buy a house," Phillips said.
Jackson was always a magnet for photographers and fans, but he managed to sneak his children into a movie just weeks before his death. The family and a few others went to see the animated film "Up" at the El Capitan Theatre on a touristy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. They came in a back door and remained in a private room while moviegoers filed into the theater. When everyone else was seated, the entourage, including his longtime makeup artist Karen Faye, director Kenny Ortega and others, hit up the concession stand. The group watched the movie without distraction. "No one knew Michael was there," Faye recalled.
Jackson and choreographer Travis Payne were scheduled to rehearse one-on-one several days a week in the dance studio that was in the basement of Jackson's mansion. It's unclear how often the pair worked out, but when they did they often had a companion, 7-year-old Blanket. He liked to watch his father dance, Payne later recalled, and tried to always stay close to his dad. During their workouts, Payne said Jackson talked to his son, mentoring him.
Preparations for the shows meant that Jackson was frequently out of the house at meetings, film shoots or rehearsals. When he returned home, Prince, Paris and Blanket would rush their father. "They would take off like lightning," Chase recalls, "... and grab him around the ankles and around the waist." They'd be hanging off of him, not unlike a picture shown to jurors during opening statements. In the photo, Jackson was handing Blanket, then a newborn, to President Bill Clinton. Clinging to Jackson's right leg was Paris.
When it came time for a science project, Paris settled on studying snails. She enlisted Chase to help her find snails in the mansion's backyard. The pair carried large flashlights and found several of the slimy creatures and prepared to bring them inside. Jackson was waiting for them.
"At this point, I knew I was going to get fired," Chase recalled. The singer looked at the snails and had a different reaction — he helped make them a home.
The snails ended up in jars made cozier by moss in the bottom and tiny cocktail umbrellas. They lived on the kitchen counter, not far from other reminders of the children. Blanket's colorings hung on the refrigerator.
On a chalkboard where Chase would write out menus, Paris scrawled a message that remained on the board the day her father died. "I love daddy," the 11-year-old wrote. "Smile, it's free."
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Demi Lovato's father has reportedly passed away.
The 20-year-old star's parent is thought to have died after a battle with cancer.
While she didn't immediately address the loss of her relative, older sister Dallas shared the news on Twitter.
'Rest in peace daddy I love you,' she cryptically posted on the micro-blogging website.
Demi has been busy with The X Factor USA auditions this week but it is not known whether the sad event will affect her schedule.
Demi spent much of her life without her country singer dad Patrick Lovato.
She wrote For the Love of a Daughter from her album Unbroken about her time growing up without her father.
Demi has a younger half-sister on her mother's side named Madison De La Garza. As well as that sibling she only discovered an older half-sister earlier this year.
"I just got to know . I have an older sister that I''ve never known my whole life. She''s in her 30s. She''s my half-sister. I talked to her for the very first time in my life around when I turned 20,' she told the Dana & Jeffrey in the Morning show.
"I asked her, ''Why haven''t you ever contacted me?'' She just said, ''Well, because I never wanted you to think that I wanted anything from you.
'So I''ve just kind of been waiting to see if you wanted a relationship. I thought that was so incredible. So I actually have three sisters!"
Justin Bieber has pissed off a private jet company ... because his plane has been grounded in Miami for 8 hours, while Justin searches for his pet monkey ....
Justin apparently rented a private jet to take him from Miami to Burbank. The plane was supposed to take off at 11 AM ET, but Biebs called to say he was running late.
Hours passed ... and he showed up at around 3 PM. But we're told he wasn't ready to leave Miami because he needed to pick up his monkey from West Palm Beach.
Four more hours passed, and the monkey hasn't surfaced at the airport. We're told Bieber actually chartered a helicopter to bypass street traffic and retrieve the primate.
The plane just took off with Bieber inside. We don't know if the monkey made it in time.
Granted, this is TMZ but man, where does he keep getting these monkeys from? He's an incredibly bad pet owner.
Maybe the monkey's making a bid for freedom after reading about the lucky escape Bieber's last primate made (also) at an airport? When have your faves?
Ten years ago, Beyoncé decided to make a move that would ultimately help her become one the most accomplished artists in music. The singer, while the R&B group Destiny's Child was on a hiatus, ventured out as a solo artist.
Beyoncé launched her solo career with her studio debut album, "Dangerously in Love," which turns 10 years old today (June 22).
The album features a very in-love Beyoncé embracing her womanhood and assured of her vocal prowess. Naturally, being the lead of Destiny's Child, Beyoncé flourished.
Co-executive produced by herself, "Dangerously in Love" explores the singer's range both in musical influences and vocally. Fused with hip-hop (Jay-Z, Big Boi, Sean Paul), soul (later Luther Vandross feature, Shuggie Otis, DeBarge samples), funk, pop and with relatable lyrical content -- all while centered around a thriving romance -- the album was embraced across a spectrum of fans.
"Dangerously in Love" propelled Beyoncé into superstardom, and foreshadowed the vibrancy of her 10-years-and-counting solo career.
The singer proved to her own label record, Columbia Records, that she could hold her own as a solo artist with "Dangerously In Love.""They told me I didn't have one single on my album. Yep," she shared during her 4-day concert series NYC in 2011. "I guess they were kind of right. I had five."
Her solo effort not only debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 317,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan, but it spawned multiple classic hits, including "Crazy in Love,""Baby Boy,""Naughty Girl" and "Me, Myself & I."
Which of "Dangerously In Love's" 16 tracks resonates the loudest 10 years later? Read on for our classic track-by-track review.
1. "Crazy in Love" (feat. Jay-Z)
Beyoncé comes blazing straight out the gate with her first "Dangerously In Love" single, also the first song on the track list. "Crazy In Love" features her now-husband, Jay-Z, and a wildly addictive hook (which samples instrumentation from The Chi-Lite's "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)"). The song quickly became her first No. 1 off the album, staying at its peak position for eight weeks, and set a precedent of success.
2. "Naughty Girl"
Bey' hypnotizes on the Scott Storch co-produced song with her near-whisper cooing, sly moans disguised as adlibs and lustful lyrics of a one inhibition-free night. The disco-flavored fourth "Dangerously in Love single, which samples Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" and is also influenced by Middle Eastern Arabian music hit the top five bracket on the Hot 100.
3. "Baby Boy" (feat. Sean Paul)
Bey' topped her first "Dangerously In Love" No. 1 by following it up with a longer-lasting one. The mid-tempo cut, in which Bey' continues to stride in self-assurance, bridges the gap between several genres such as R&B, dancehall, reggae (with the help of rapper Sean Paul) and as "Naughty Girl," Arabian music. "Baby Boy" is the singer's second longest running No. 1 as a lead artist, staying at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for nine weeks.
4. "Hip-Hop Star" (feat. Big Boi, Sleepy Brown)
Bey', unabashedly, makes sure you want her and only her in the Big Boi and Sleepy Brown-assisted "Hip-Hop Star.""I sit and wait for nobody/ People say that my style is so crazy/ I think you like it baby/ Do you want to get nasty?/ I dare you to undress me," she sings on her first verse, staying sexually confident on the majority of "Dangerously In Love."
5. "Be With You"
Bey' slows it down for the boudoir ballad. From the jump, she's upfront as to what she wants: "I love the way you make me feel/ It slows down time/ Come in my bedroom and turn off the lights/ You whisper softly in my ear/ Makes me unwind/ The way you touch me." She really flexes her vocal range at the end of the song, emphasizing the desire. The song also includes an interpolation of Bootsy Rubber Band's "I'd Rather Be With You" and chunks of The Brothers Johnson's "Strawberry Letter 23."
6. "Me, Myself and I"
The album's third single was a change from her preceding uptempo hits. This earnest, personal song features Bey' as a scorned woman still possessing the power to win on her own after heartbreak. The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became her fourth consecutive top 5 single.
The singer has no patience for an impatient man. Bey' confronts an "ungrateful" counterpart turned ex on crawling synths co-produced by Bernard Edwards, Jr: "You are too damn old to be so immature/ I hope you learn."
8. "Signs" (feat. Missy Elliott)
The singer maps her romantic history on the astrological ode, majorily shouting out a Sagittarius love which coincidentally is Jay-Z's sign. If the album collaborations with her beau wasn't enough of a hint of their relationship...
The sequence of slow jams continues. This come-hither "Speechless" finds Bey' in a daze over slinky funk soundscapes.
10. "That's How You Like It" (feat. Jay-Z)
The album's second Jay-Z collaboration, which lyrically samples DeBarge's "I Like It," finds you in the middle of a back and forth between the couple; telling each other what they love of one another. Hov closes his verse with confirmation: "Young Hov and the letter B, how you like that, huh?"
11. "The Closer I Get To You" (feat. Luther Vandross)
Bey' recruits the late Luther Vandross for the remake of the 1978 classic. While the singer holds her on alongside the legend, the quiet storm duet feels out of place considering the electrifying feel of majority of the album.
12. "Dangerously In Love 2"
The title track, which is a modified rendition of the version on Destiny's Child's "Surivor" album, is written and co-produced by Bey' herself. The singer's impassioned vocals amplifies love's obsession.
13. "Beyoncé Interlude"
The 16-second interlude feels unnecessary and features Beyoncé at a loss for words: "Your love goes beyond what I can say."
14. "Gifts from Virgo"
Years before bringing baby Blue Ivy Carter into the world, Bey' pens an ode to her unborn child and the father. The song is inspired by the soulful, Shuggie Otis'"Rainy Day."
Bey' closes the album with a song dedicated to the man that instilled perseverance, her father, Matthew Knowles. Not originally planned for the final track list, the singer took advantage of album delays and created the ode. "That loyalty and that strength that he has, those certain qualities I just want in all the people around me," Bey told MTV News of her dad, who co-executive produced the album alongside her.
Fav Beyonce album, ONTD?
Before that whole Red Wedding massacre came along to shock “Game of Thrones” viewers, the most gripping moment in Season 3 of HBO’s epic series may well have been one of the quietest.
It was the moment when a naked, battered, nearly defeated Jaime Lannister, soaking in a bathtub after nearly dying when his right hand was chopped off, told an equally naked Brienne of Tarth that the murder that gave him the nickname “Kingslayer” was actually done out of kindness – that he killed Aerys Targaryen to prevent the so-called “Mad King” from burning his city to the ground and killing every man, woman and child within its walls.
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau delivered the wrenching monologue in a voice that barely rose above a whisper.
The moment softly, quietly and brilliantly upended what we thought we knew about Jaime Lannister, who was introduced in the first episode of the series sleeping with his sister Cersei and then shoving seven-year-old Bran Stark out a tower window when the boy catches him in the act.
It made Coster-Waldau one of a number of “Game of Thrones” actors who deserve supporting actor and actress consideration this season – not just past winner Peter Dinklage, but also Diana Rigg as the devious Olenna Tyrell, Rose Leslie as the feisty Ygritte, Gwendoline Christine as the amazon warrior Brienne and Charles Dance as the thoroughly villainous Tywin Lannister.
Jaime Lannister is usually a man of action, but in your big scene this season you barely moved.
Yeah. I waited a long time to get to that scene. I knew from when we started the pilot that that scene would come eventually, if we were lucky enough to get picked up and get as far as Season 3.
So you knew the scene was coming from the time you first took the role?
I remember the producers telling me about the whole world when I first talked to them about the part. I didn’t know anything about George R.R. Martin, I’m not proud to say. They told me about the story, and about how in Episode 1 Jaime’s having sex with his sister, he pushes the kid out the window… It was so dark, I just got really excited about it, because it’s such a great thing to have a character that’s so clear cut. That’s the baddie, and he has these big action things at the beginning of the show.
And then they told me his secret about why he’s called the Kingslayer, and the guy he really is. Which is a very different man from the perception of him, and very exciting.
But the audience won’t hear his side of the story for two and a half seasons.
Exactly. The beauty of it is that you have a character who’s not a whiner. He would never go out and say, “You don’t understand, I was wronged!” He’s not going to give people the satisfaction, because he’s smart enough to know that that’s not going to work anyway.
It’s that weird thing: If you hear a foul rumor about someone, even though two weeks later you hear it wasn’t true, it still sticks. Horrible rumors have a tendency to leave a smell, in a weird way.
Well, one of the foul rumors about Jaime -- that he’s in an incestuous relationship with his sister -- sticks because it’s true.
There were so many times I thought, “Why the hell?” I get that you can fall in love with your sister when you’re young, but years have passed. He has to let go. It’s not doing him any favors. It’s such a terrible relationship, and it’s defined him in so many ways. But then you go into the family dynamic, and it does make sense if you’re that isolated from the rest of the world, and you’ve been living under this tyrant and you only really have your brother and your sister.
What parts of Jamie were hardest to get a handle on?
The difficult thing was always the balance. Even in episodes where he had a lot of scenes, you’re still looking at a maximum of maybe 15 minutes. Last season I was only in four episodes. The hope is that if you went back and looked at all those scenes, you’d be able to spot those little clues that I put out early on about who he is. Those little things so that once you get to the bathtub, it’s not a case of, “Where the hell did that come from?”
So you’d been thinking about the bath scene for two and a half seasons before you got to do it. No pressure there.
Yeah, it’s such a big moment for that character. There were so many thoughts that went into that day, but you want to in the moment just be able to let go and not think of anything. It was quite some day.
Just on a personal level, it’s a very interesting journey that Jamie takes. And I’ve obviously thought a lot about what it would mean if you lost something that so identifies you. That hand is the super-hand, the thing that defines him. It’s his pride and it’s who he is, but it also gave him the name Kingslayer and kind of condemned him in that world.
How long did it take to shoot the scene?
We had one day. It was a long day. One of the toughest days I think I’ve ever had, because it was so important for me that we got it right. We did the speeches in long takes, and the camera operator said they were the longest takes we did in the series. It was exhausting for everyone, not just the actors. I was so grateful for Gwendoline Christie, who jumped into the water with me every time. We were clean when we left, that’s for sure. [laughs]
And the end of the day, did you feel that you had the scene?
Yeah, it was a very special day. It felt really good. I mean, all of us felt that we accomplished what we hoped for. I know that that character, and it is a big moment for him to open up. He’s never told that story before, and it’s such a big, big secret to carry around.
In the first couple of seasons, we thought Jaime was the ultimate villain, and Joffrey was a monster, and Cersei was evil. But this season, the family pales next to your father.
Oh, Tywin is such a tough, tough dad. I love those scenes in this season with Cersei and Tyrion [Peter Dinklage’s character]. We’ve seen them where they’re very powerful, they’re very strong, but when it comes to dealing with daddy, they’re just little kids. They can’t say no to daddy.
And I love what Lena has done with Cersei. She’s this horrible woman, of course, but she’s opened up these little glimpses into a woman who’s still just a mother. She understands how ruthless that world is, and she’s trying to take care of her own. And yes, she’s very brutal, but so is that world.
And even Joffrey. I mean, he is a monster, don’t get me wrong. But you can still see that he’s just a boy. Growing up with no boundaries, no rules, he’s so messed up. And I think what is so great with Jack [Gleeson]’s performance is that he still shows us the boy, even though the boy has so much power. Then again, you look at some of the young celebrities today, and you see what power does to young people. It’s just not a healthy thing. Look at Justin Bieber.
Has “Game of Thrones” changed your life and career?
It hasn’t changed my life. But I was just talking to my wife about this – this June is my 20th year as an actor, since I left the National Theater school. I’ve always been working, but what’s so amazing is that there are very few moments where your own enthusiasm for a show is actually shared with an audience. That’s quite rare. It certainly doesn’t hurt to be on a show that people see and watch, and there’s no question that some of the opportunities I get now work-wise are related to “Game of Thrones,” for which I’m very grateful.
Do people call you “Kingslayer” on the street?
It happened in Season 1 here in New York. But I haven’t had any bad experiences. People say with a smile, “You’re a horrible person.” There were a couple of times in a bar where people go, “Kingslayer!” But usually they follow it up with beer, so that’s absolutely cool. Call me Kingslayer and buy me a beer? I love it.
I'll fully admit to going through some serious GOT withdrawals. When do you guys think we'll get some casting news? Dying to know who will be cast for Oberyn.
After spending a few days roasting over an open fire, Paula Deen is cooked. She lost her job with the Food Network on Friday meaning that she is, for all intents and purposes, gone from our lives now. But an unusual voice spoke up in her defense last night: professional opinioner Bill Maher. Eater pointed us towards this video of Maher defending the former Food Network star on last night's Real Time with Bill Maher. This week, Deen was informed her contract wouldn't be renewed after she apologized for occasionally using "the N-word" and wanting a "Southern plantation style wedding" for her brother. "This may have been a shakedown," the host told his roundtable of guests. "People may have been trying to shake her down, that happens all the time, so I'm not sure what the original charge is. But she did admit to using the n-word, so the Food Network cut her off..."
After a quick rehash of events, the discussion quickly focuses on Maher and guest Bob Hebbert. Maher thinks that the Food Network overreacted by getting out of the Paula Deen business. "If you're 66 years old, and you were raised in Georgia, and you were a child before the civil rights movement, do you get a bit of a pass?" he asked. Hebbert, who is black and was sitting right next to Maher, immediately said no.
But Maher stood his ground, and argued that the move to fire Deen was another instance of the outrage economy that dominates modern discourse claiming a new victim. "I also think that people shouldn't have to lose their shows and go away when they do something bad," he said. Deen clearly did something reprehensible, that isn't up for debate, Maher says. But he also thinks firing her maybe wasn't the right thing to do. "It's just a word, it's a wrong word, she's wrong to use it. But do we always have to make people go away?" Hebbert argued that, yeah, you do have to go away if you're going to throw "the N-word" around. "It's a free country, she has the right to say that word. It's not illegal to say that word. But her boss said, 'you've gotta go if you're gonna use that word.'"
Matt Edmondson reviews BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Derry-Londonderry and shares his own special highlights with us.
I know it was like a month ago, but this highlights video just came out and they're usually hilarious.
It was the final of The Voice UK tonight and just like last year the BBC voting public chose a winner destined to slide straight into obscurity. But enough of that. We'll focus on
runner up Leah McFall, performing Bang Bang with Will.I.Am below, and champion her as our winner anyway.
Leah's take on I Will Survive actually charted in the UK Top 10 a couple of weeks back. I warn thee all. If you do not like vocal gymnastics you are not going to enjoy the rest of these.
Performing Killing Me Softly last week, which is currently at number 30 in the UK midweek charts. Well you can't have a top 10 with every performance.
And finally, a few weeks back, our girl Leah did some notes that pulled a satellite out of orbit. Cover your dog's ears.
The winner was visually impaired Andrea.I suppose she deserves a mention.
Source:Youtube and my own fevered search box skills.
Apologies if I messed up the cut etc. I was a wee nipper when I last posted to LJ. Mods: Sorry, didn't think YouTube required a hotlink.
Fads are a dime a dozen among red-carpet regulars, but there's one Tinseltown trend that won't be fading away any time soon: going vegetarian or vegan! Whether it's to improve their health, preserve the environment, or help stop cruelty to animals, Hollywood hotties are proving that meatless meals have never looked (or tasted!) so good. And now we need you to help us decide who will reign as the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2013!
Cast your vote now for PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities!
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Chelsea Clinton Abandons Vegetarian Diet
After 18 years of vegetarian living – a lifestyle that helped in part to inspire her dad President Bill Clinton to drop meat – Chelsea Clinton has revealed that she’s given it up. Actually, she surprisingly hasn’t been one for years.
In an article for NBC’s Rock Center, the33-year-old details what inspired her at an early age to make ethical choices – and adopt a diet that was friendly towards animals.
“One spring day in my sixth grade Life Sciences class at Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas, we read two articles,” she writes. “The first concerned the cruelty toward cattle in slaughterhouses and the second was about the detrimental effects of red meat on your body. By the time I got home later that day, I had resolved to give up red meat, to take a stand against animal cruelty and a stand for my health (it seemed rather simple to my 11-year-old self).”
Sharing that she now eats meat (which is interesting considering the setup above), Clinton goes on to say that she has “tremendous respect for people who make consistent ethical choices in their lives – people who not only don’t eat meat, but who also don’t wear fur or leather and don’t use products made from animal derivatives.” In particular, she singles out Stella McCartney and her ethical fashion label as one example deserving of praise.
Digging back a bit, I found an April interview Chelsea did with Free Republic Parade Magazine that revealed she’s been mixing in the meat since age 29.
Free Republic: Rumor has it you’re a vegan. True?
Chelsea: I was never a vegan. I gave up red meat when I was 11 because in my seventh-grade life science class, we read two articles about red meat, and I think probably I needed to be a little zealous about something. I gave up all meat when I was 13. Then when I was 29, I woke up one day and craved red meat. My husband, who is an inveterate carnivore, was thrilled. My father is quite famously a vegan, and I am thrilled by that.
So – now you know. Cross one Clinton off the veg list.
James Cameron is still a vegan — and he picked a massive celebration to remind the world.
The 58-year-old filmmaker and ocean explorer was honored on June 13 during the National Geographic Society's 125th anniversary gala with “Explorer of the Year” for his successful solo dive last year to the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean. During his speech, Cameron urged the packed house of scientists and explorers to consider dropping animal products and reap the benefits.
“I’ve had an epiphany recently,” Cameron said. “I want to challenge all of you as people of deep conscience, people who are environment stewards of the earth and oceans … By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world."
Cameron, who announced he'd gone vegan in October of last year, told the crowd that the switch had a huge impact on him. “I felt like I was waking up from a long sleepwalk. I believe we are all sleepwalking off a cliff if we don’t do this.”
The "Avatar" director's decision to go vegan isn't much of a surprise. Back in July of last year, he revealed that his wife, Suzy Amis, was gradually shifting the family toward a more plant-based diet, something that impacted their decision to transform their new farm in New Zealand from dairy to crop-based. “I don’t want to be a hypocrite," Cameron told the NY Times, adding that they were moving to organically improve the soil on their 2,500-acre spread.
Up next for June's National Geographic cover boy? The "Avatar" sequels — potentially followed by some more deep sea ocean dives.
“You already own the most important thing to do anything you want do in life," he told Variety earlier this month. "It’s the most sophisticated computer ever created. And there are a couple of apps that run on that computer that you all have. One’s called curiosity, and the other’s called imagination. You put those two powerful apps running on this little three-pound computer, you can do just about anything you put your mind to.”
What are your dietary habits like, ONTD?
Amy Poehler wants you to be a part of the Operation Nice Squad!
SINGER and L'Oréal Paris spokesmodel Cheryl Cole offers her make–up and style advice.
Which beauty products do you swear by?
I swear by L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Express Pro Self–tanning Dry Mist Dark Tan. It dries instantly for a natural, even finish. I also swear by the new L'Oréal Elnett Heat Protect Sprays. I spray Volume onto the roots and Straight on the ends. The combination of the two gives me glossy, voluminous hair.
What's your best beauty tip?
Pluck your eyebrows when you come out of the shower because your pores are open. It doesn't hurt as much!
Which other women do you consider beautiful?
I consider almost every woman beautiful. Even unassuming women that might be in the corner of the room not saying much can be beautiful.
What's your signature fragrance?
I don't have a signature as such. I love anything that smells like my Elvive shampoo!
How do you pamper yourself on your days off?
I recently started to have massages and enjoy them, though I used to hate them.
You're in great shape right now. Do you diet?
I don't diet but I do watch what I eat and I exercise. I wouldn't choose to eat anything heavy such as rice or pasta a few days before I walk a red carpet. Everything in moderation.
How do you stay fit?
I follow the Tracy Anderson Method of exercise.
How would you describe your style?
I think it varies. I like girly stuff and I'm naturally drawn to pink things, but on a day off I love to wear harem pants and Marc Jacobs trainers with a slouchy top. I love leather trousers with a blouse, too.
Who is your favourite designer?
Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Zuhair Murad, Stéphane Rolland... the list goes on!
Do you have a favourite shop?
I love shopping online at Net–A–Porter.
What's your all–time favourite outfit?
Probably the big black massive dress that I wore when Joe McElderry won The X Factor in 2009. It was crazy big. I loved it. I love drama when I'm going all out for an event. I also love the Stéphane Rolland dress that I wore at Cannes last year with the red feathers at the bottom. I'm a very lucky woman. I get to wear gorgeous clothes.
Have you ever had any fashion disasters?
Many – too many to talk about!
This is my first post. Hope it's ok.
The tracklist for Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, has been revealed via an elaborate scavenger hunt held in Brooklyn. The rapper’s publicist, Jana Fleishman, tweeted hints to a location where she was waiting with books containing the titles of 15 tracks. Up above is a photo of music critic Touré with one of the books.
One track appears to take its name from fashion designer Tom Ford, another from the British Broadcasting Corporation, and then there’s my personal favorite, “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”.
Another track, “Open Letter”, is presumably the same “Open Letter” released by Jay-Z in April.
Check out a YouTube video of the pages being flipped to reveal each song title (via Miss Info):
Magna Carta Holy Grail arrives July 4th. No word yet on features, production credits, and on which track will feature lyrics from “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
Magna Carta Holy Grail Tracklist:
01. Picasso Baby
04. Tom Ford
05. Beach Is Better
09. Part II (On The Run)
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
14. Holy Grail
15. Open Letter
Those books will be worth $$$. I assume Jay-Z Blue is the song he created for her after her birth.
Today is the day that Carson Daly turns 40. We’ll let that sink in. 40! It seems like only yesterday he was just a goofy kid interviewing pretty much every famous person in existence on MTV’s Total Request Live.
Sure, he’s still on the airwaves, acting as the host of The Voice and Last Call. But it’s just not quite the same.
Although he left his TRL post in 2002, we’ll still always remember him as the dude who gave us access to our favorite famous faces back in a time when the internet wasn’t completely ubiquitous.
Carson racked up a pretty amazing roster of talented friends and guests, which included current day legends like Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Destiny’s Child, and also some more throwback-y names too (*cough* Mandy Moore *cough*).
To celebrate his milestone day, we’d like to take a look back at the days when Carson lorded over Times Square in his galaxy of stars, while teens with hand-drawn signs shrieked below.
Carson Daly interviews 'NSYNC before MTV's 'Total Request Live' photo shoot with photographer David LaChapelle on February 21, 2001.
Carson Daly and 'Destiny's Child' pose for a photo during Hip Hop Week on MTV's TRL on May 1, 2001.
Carson Daly, Mandy Moore, and Shane West during MTV's TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on January 17, 2002.
Carson Daly interviewing Ben Affleck on MTV 'Spankin New Music Week' in MTV Times Square Studios on November 13, 2000.
Carson Daly and Marilyn Manson at the MTV studios in New York during an episode of TRL during 'Spankin New Music Week' on November 15, 2000.
Carson Daly and 'Stone Temple Pilots' pose for a photo during TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on June 20, 2001.
Carson Daly and Shakira during MTV's Spankin' New Music Week on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on November 9, 2001.
Carson Daly with Tom Cruise on MTV's TRL to promote his new movie 'Vanilla Sky' at the MTV studios in New York City on December 3, 2001.
Carson Daly with Madonna on MTV 'Total Request Live' at MTV's Time Square studios on March 1, 2000.
Carson Daly and Enrique Iglesias perform during MTV's Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico on March 16, 2000.
Carson Daly performs with two bikini contestants during MTV's Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico on March 16, 2000.
Carson Daly, Busta Rhymes, and Quddus on stage during MTV Spring Break 2002 at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico on March 13, 2002.
Kylie Minogue and Carson Daly during MTV Spring Break 2002 on the beach at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico on March 13, 2002.
Carson Daly and Jennifer Lopez on stage during MTV's TRL on Superbowl Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on January 28, 2001.
Ludacris and Carson Daly on stage during MTV Spring Break 2002 at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico on March 13, 2002.
Carson Daly and Wyclef Jean on stage during a special week of hip hop on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on May 2, 2001.
Carson Daly and LL Cool J on stage during TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City on April 13, 2001.
Carson Daly poses for a photo with Eminem on set of TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City on May 10, 2000.
Carson Daly with Lil Kim, who promoted her album 'Notorious K.l.M.' at MTV's TRL studio in New York City on June 27, 2000.
Carson Daly with Steven Tyler of 'Aerosmith' during a press conference at the Tampa Convention Center to announce plans for the Superbowl Halftime show on January 15, 2001.
Carson Daly with Jewel on MTV for 'Spankin' New Music Week' on November 17, 1998.
Carson Daly and Billy Idol onstage at the MTV 20th Anniversary party in New York City on August 1, 2001.
Carson Daly with Freddie Prinze Jr. on MTV's TRL in the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City on August 20, 2001.
Carson Daly with POD (Payable on Death) on MTV's TRL in the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City on August 20, 2001.
Carson Daly and Lenny Kravitz during MTV's Spankin' New Music Week on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on November 5, 2001.
Carson Daly and Gwyneth Paltrow during MTV's Spankin' New Music Week on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on November 6, 2001.
Carson Daly and Jaime Pressly backstage during MTV's New Years Eve 2002 party at the MTV Studios in Times Square in New York City on December 31, 2001.
Carson Daly and Brandy during TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on January 16, 2002.
Michelle Branch gives Carson Daly a guitar lesson during MTV's TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on January 17, 2002.
Carson Daly with 'No Doubt' on the MTV Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 6, 2002.
Carson Daly with Ozzy Osbourne on TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City on March 19, 2002.
Carson Daly with Beyonce Knowles and Mike Myers on MTV TRL to promote the film 'Austin Powers in Goldmember' at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City on July 26, 2002.
Jimmy Fallon jokes with and dresses identical to host Carson Daly on TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City on August 14, 2002.
Carson Daly and Snoop Dogg during an appearance on TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City on August 19, 2002.
Carson Daly talks with T-Boz and Chili of TLC on MTV Spankin New Music Week of TRL at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City, November 6, 2002.
Carson Daly and Christina Aguilera during 'Spankin' New Music Week' on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on November 4, 2002.
Carson Daly toasts Erica Jago and Jared Thear after their wedding on MTV's TRL Valentine's Day Wedding at the MTV Times Square Studios February 14, 2003.
Carson Daly and Ali G appear on MTV's TRL at the MTV studios in New York City on February 27, 2003.
Andre 3000 and Big Boi of rap group Outkast present Carson Daly with an award during the 2nd Annual TRL Awards at MTV Times Square Studios April 13, 2004.
Carson Daly and 2004 NFL first round draft pick and new quarterback for the New York Giants, Eli Manning, attend the 130th Running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2004.
Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani, and dancers appear on MTV TRL on November 12, 2004.
and the final TRL episode.
Natalie was invited to take part of the jury and also premiered her film "A Long Way From Home" at the Festival.
I know there'll be those inevitable 'mouth' comments, but this girl is gorgeous and flawfree.... oh and I hope this time around the thread works.
9. Jack Gleeson – Joffrey Baratheon
Narrowly beating out Iwan Rheon’ Ramsay Snow as the most contemptible character on the show, King Joffrey is just an awful human being. The internet isn’t exactly shy about expressing their hate for this guy, and even George R. R. Martin has declared himself impressed with just how much loathing Jack Gleeson has managed to drum up for the part.
Make no mistake, you don’t hate him because he’s a bad character or badly performed. You hate him because Gleeson’s awesome performance makes you hate him. His Joffrey isn’t quite pure pantomime villainy, but it’s a close-run thing and that makes the role all the harder. It can be very easy to dial it up to 11 when you’re faced with such a straightforward character, but Gleeson plays it masterfully well. Despite the presence of the similarly unhinged Ramsay he remains one of the most uproariously evil individuals in Westeros, but he never comes across as unbelievable.
You’re appalled by his hints that he’ll rape Sansa Stark, you’re horrified when he wants to present Robb’s head to her at his wedding and you’re furious when he crossbows Ros to death, but he’s never anything less than a believable study of a spoilt brat given all the keys to the kingdom.
7. Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen (lol idts)
It’s safe to say that Daenerys didn’t have the best second season. While her first season had a clear dramatic arc, she spent the majority of her time in Qarth looking vaguely confused before locking a conman in a safe. It’s not the most dramatic thing to ever happen, is what I’m saying. But damn, did season three ever make that up to us.
We’ve all been aware that Emilia Clarke is good actress – you don’t pick up a gig as huge as this as a first-timer without being astoundingly talented – but when her character is in a position where she lacks any real power, her earnest, forceful line delivery makes her hard to sympathise with. Yet season three gave her the power, and in spade-load
Yes, this was the season we got to see Daenerys actually achieve real power. Gone are the days where she had to live vicariously through her husband, or when she was the head of a travelling Dothraki freak show. The mother of dragons now has an actual army, and Clarke carried off her new-found confidence brilliantly, with authority now coursing through her honeyed words. Even when she has to speak in a completely different language, you can always buy that this is a woman you do not cross.
More than any other character, Danaerys has to be viewed in the context of all three seasons. Clarke’s done extremely well in making her transformation from quivering waif to battle-hardened Queen-Messiah look believable, and for that she deserves the highest praise.
6. Maisie Williams – Arya Stark
Seriously, how awesome is Maisie Williams as Arya Stark? Sorry to lose my poise there, but the girl’s just excellent. She pretty much sets the bar for young actors these days, and watching her work is a real game-changing moment – you can’t possibly go back to how it was before, when kids used to phone it in. Her performance in the last two series was astonishing, and continues to be so here.
What’s so impressive about Williams’ portrayal of Arya is that really, the whole character is one gigantic balancing act. Deep down, she’s just a girl who wants her family back, and everyone can sympathise with that. However, what sets Arya apart is that if anyone threatens her dream, she’ll respond with a huge helping of righteous fury. Keeping these two opposing natures together without making your character look insane is where the challenge comes, but Williams doesn’t appear fazed at all.
It’s so easy to be on her side throughout the whole season because her ambitions are inherently simple, and it’s awesome to be on her side because of how she acts to achieve her goals.
From threatening to kill the Hound – who narrowly missed out on this list – to calling Beric and Thoros out on their hypocrisy, watching the younger Stark girl get chucked around the various factions in Westeros is always enthralling, and that’s all thanks to the actress playing her. And when it comes time to be nakedly emotional, such as when Gendry leaves or when she sees her brother’s frankenwolf body – grim, by the way – she excels there too. She’s consistently fantastic, and long may that continue.
2. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jaime Lannister
On paper, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had the hardest job this season. Simply put, he had to make us feel for a smug dick. Scratch that – the smuggest dick. The Jaime Lannister of season one and two were supposed to be utterly contemptible, and a real contradiction in terms. After all, here we have a man who looks like a knight and fights like a knight, but acts like anything but. It was made very clear from the start that this was a man who deserved your contempt when he threw a ten-year-old boy out a window – there’s no coming back from that.
Yet Coster-Waldau has managed the impossible. While before we could find Jaime entertaining when fired out sardonic quips, we could never truly be on his side. Yet this season, he went through a narrative arc no-one else has gone through yet in Game of Thrones – he found redemption. Understandably, he’s still got a long way to go to make up for his past crimes, but he’s well on his way, and the fact we’re actually happy for him marks Coster-Waldau out as an excellent actor.
What makes the performance even better is that Coster-Waldau was imbuing Jaime with the correct sense of honour even before he got his hand chopped off. He managed to find the correct balance between actually caring for Brienne and wanting to be seen as cocky, absolutely nailing every character beat along the way. Yet what put him head and shoulders above most of the cast was the bathtub scene – it was a monologue so powerful, so sincere and so emotionally charged that if you weren’t even slightly moved by it, I think you need to check where your heart is. Frankly, if Coster-Waldau isn’t on the Emmy nominations list for this episode alone, I’ll be astounded.
1. Charles Dance – Tywin Lannister
Nobody owned season three like Charles Dance. He bestrode the whole production like a perma-furious colossus and took down all comers, whether they were mortal enemies, political vipers or even his own family. It’s obvious that Charles Dance is an excellent actor – we’ve known that through all of Thrones’ seasons, but it was only this year that he got a chance to really show us how ferocious Tywin is. Granted, his scenes with Arya last year were air-punchingly awesome, but they were too brief for my liking and in season one he was more a boogeyman than anything else. Now Tywin was in the capital, we could really see how formidable he was.
When given these opportunities, Dance didn’t disappoint. We’d gone through two seasons with the script establishing how many of the King’s Landing characters were kings of their own world. But while Littlefinger (who sparred with Tywin in season two), Varys, Cersei and Tyrion are all great game-players, even they were swept off the board by the sheer intensity of Tywin Lannister. He’s the closest thing Game of Thrones has to a primary antagonist, and Dance handled that burden with aplomb.
But it can’t all be shouting in council chambers – where there’s shade, there must also be light or the character comes across as a one-note caricature. This was the case with Tywin – yes, we saw he could be a callously cruel monster, but he’s nuanced too. Dance put this across excellently – witness the scene when he admits he came very close to drowning Tyrion. His voice actually cracks, and you feel for this awful human being. That’s a sign of how good an actor Dance is, and he’s dominated Thrones this year.
who are favorite got actors ONTD? my top 5 are charles dance, lena headey, nikolaj coster waldau, sophie turner, and maisie williams
Sean Paul just dropped a new track called "Entertainment" today. The upbeat club song has guest appearances from both Juicy J and 2 Chainz, who fit perfectly as expected. The song is produced by Maejor Ali, SixOne, Young Yonny, and Chief Tone.
"Entertainment" is the new single off Paul's upcoming sixth studio album, which as of now does not have a title. It should be coming out in the fall.
SOURCE. Girly bad girly bad girly bad girly needs a spankin'
For any fans of epic fantasy, especially the gritty "Game of Thrones" television show, Jason Momoa has been cropping up all over the place. From the barbarian war chief Khal Drogo, to the main bad guy in the Sylvester Stallone film Bullet to The Head, Momoa is cropping up all over the place. However, there's a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that a lot of fans might not know about. Things like:
Got His Start as a Pretty Boy
It isn't unusual for a lot of actors to start off their careers as models, or on television. But when someone takes a look at Momoa's nearly six-and-a-half-foot frame, their first thought likely isn't about selling jeans. He won awards in Hawaii, his place of birth, for being a top model though. When he decided to get into acting he decided to put his beach body to good use, and got a role on the Baywatch television show. A natural place to go since Momoa was one of the youngest lifeguards in Gulf Coast history, and if worse came to worse could really jump into action camera or no camera.
Is Quite an Athlete in His Spare Time
While it comes as no surprise to anyone that has seen Momoa with his shirt off that he's a big fan of active past times, it might surprise some people just how seriously he takes his regimens of fun. Whether it's rock climbing, surfing, biking or any of a half dozen other activities, Jason is more than keen to throw himself right into it. What does come as a surprise to a lot of people is that it wasn't until he was cast in the role of Conan, perhaps the most famous barbarian in the history of fantasy literature, that he learned how to lift weights. Until that point the actor had never once been inside a weight room.
Crafted One of The Most Accurate Conan Performances
A self-proclaimed weirdo who loves a good book just as much as he does being active in the great outdoors, Momoa grew up reading both the books about Conan the Barbarian as well as the comic books that illustrated the infamous Cimmerian's adventures. This puts him in select company alongside actors like Christopher Lee, who has been a long time fan of The Lord of the Rings and who got the chance to play the evil wizard Sarumon in the films. It was sheer luck that he landed the role in Conan though, since Momoa was actually auditioning for the part of his better-received barbarian, Khal Drogo. When Momoa performed a haka, a war dance traditional to the Maori people, one of the casting directors put word over to the team that was assembling Conan and informed them that he had just found their lead.
Momoa threw himself into becoming the infamous Cimmerian, starting with sword practice at five in the morning coupled with a weight lifting and cardio regimen that left him reeling by the end of the day. However, he also brought his knowledge of the character to his performance, presenting a faster, leaner Conan than the one audience's had seen in the famous performance delivered by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1980s. The film was meant to be a truer-to-the-books interpretation of Hyborea, and Momoa brought a Conan whose movements he'd honed by studying Japanese sword tactics and combining them with the animalistic movements of big cats, wolves and other terrifying predators.
Is Descended From Surfing Royalty
While those outside of the surf scene might not know the name, Momoa's uncle is the famed surfer Brian L. Keaulana. An impressive family member, especially for someone who is no stranger to surfing himself, athleticism may run in Momoa's family.
Source: Neal Litherland, who has shit-tons of bite-size articles about our favorite celebs...
I don't know about you, but I just love it when actors commit themselves so completely to a role. Makes them seem more serious, versus just hot-bodies, plus the fact that acting is actually damn hard work.