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The no-nonsense, rough and tumble dimension-kicker may be the most low-key breakout character ever.
Young Avengers is full of flash. It boasts beautifully bright artwork from Jamie McKelvie, complete with his occasionally elaborate layouts, and it has a lot of shenanigans from Kieron Gillen's writing, including the fun he has playing around with Kid Loki's reputation and Noh-Varr's hipster music love. But amidst all the snark and circumstance, one of the more low-key members of the team is becoming the book's breakout character – at least to me. That would be the mysterious Miss America Chavez, the young woman of few words who takes no bullshit and can kick open portals to other dimensions. Plus, she can fly and kick everyone's ass. Let everyone else bandy about the barbs – she's there to get shit done and make sure Loki doesn't pull anything.
In Young Avengers #8, her dimension-kicker abilities come to the fore, as the team is trying to find Wiccan's brother Speed, who has been abducted to another plane by a mysterious being disguised as their former member Patriot. They've been going through multiversal hell trying to track that trail, but they've also been having a lot of fun in the bonding process as well. It's a matter of experiencing a lot of gross places – "Oh, great, another apocalyptic world," as Kate Bishop says upon landing in a place full of creepy black-hole-faced ladies – until they find the surreal blank-white home dimension of Mother, the creepy parasite who has been posing as Hulkling's long-lost mom and who has turned all these kids' parents against them, and they lose two of their number trying to escape – Hulkling and Prodigy. That results in some da-raaamaaaaaaa that plays on Hulkling's sudden worry that his boyfriend Wiccan is subconsciously using his reality-warping powers to make him love him.
This has been a very fun and good-looking book so far, never losing its sense of youthful exuberance even in the face of the kind of bleakness that would take over most other stories. It's solid entertainment, and Miss America is that amorphous sense of cool that occasionally cuts through the angst and snappy patter to make sure the team stays proactive. We don't know much about her history, how she got her powers or anything like that, and it's stuff she doesn't feel inclined to offer, since it's nobody's business. Instead, she pulls fat out of the fire when she has to, and she cracks skulls when it's skull-crackin' time, all with a barely-concealed sneer and a sense that she knows a lot more than she's telling. She may use the word 'chico' o'ermuch, but that may only be noticeable because she doesn't talk enough to say much else, so every word counts. She just radiates badass, and that makes for an appealing character.
Seriously, if you can pull off a line like "the laws of physics can kiss my ass" and make us believe it, we don't need much more out of our comic book heroines. Young Avengers isn't mind-blowing or anything, but it's always right on that cusp of being a total blast.
Young Avengers/comics post? How about that ending to YA #8? What comics are everybody reading right now?
Dianna Agron is featured in the newest issue of Nylon Magazine for Guys.
As if this story couldn’t get any more bizarre, just one day after DJ Khaled embarrassed himself by broadcasting a wedding proposal to Nicki Minaj, the Young Money super star has responded by reportedly filing a restraining order in the state of New York, where she resides. According to Reports, this isn’t the first time Khaled has professed his infatuation with Nicki, the DJ has allegedly sent Nicki flowers in the past, as well as random packages, and constantly shows up to her concerts all across the country, according to the report.
But with all the random stuff that comes from YMCMB, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was some sort of publicity stunt from both sides.
Nicki has yet to come out to respond to the awkward video or restraining order publicly.
Lady Goku (Dragonball Z)
Akuma and Ryu (Street Fighter)
Booker DeWitt, Handyman, Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite)
Clementine (Telltale's The Walking Dead game)
Cyborg (Teen Titans/Justice League)
Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit)
Deadpool vs. Protesters
Cersei and Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones)
Characters from the game Journey
Genderbent Wolverine, Scarlet Witch, Emma Frost (X-Men)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2013 Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour - NBC Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
DebuTina is that you?
NBC Wants Jay Leno To Stay On Past February In Some Capacity
Jay Leno may be leaving "The Tonight Show" in February 2014, but NBC isn't done with him yet.
At the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 press tour, the chairman of NBC Entertainment Bob Greenblatt said, "We'd love him to stay on NBC in some capacity. Nothing would make us happier than to have him, a la Bob Hope, still be a presence on the network."Greenblatt did note, however, that there's nothing specific is in the works. "He has done an incredible job for more than two decades," the NBC exec added of Leno. "I take my hat off to him."
New dad Jimmy Fallon will take over Leno's post on February 24, 2014, leaving "Late Night" behind for the 11:35 timeslot on NBC. The point of transitioning the late-night talk show posts before the upcoming Olympics was to give Fallon the best chance of success. "By the time he gets the 'Tonight Show,' he will have done his own show for a thousand or more episodes. He's seasoned, he's a Grammy winner, he's an Emmy winner. It just seemed like the right time to do it," Greenblatt noted.
Current "Saturday Night Live" head writer Seth Meyers will then take over Fallon's 12:35 timeslot, making him one of many stars of the NBC sketch comedy show to leave his/her spot open. Bill Hader announced he was leaving shortly before the end of the show's most recent 38th season and since, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis have both confirmed they're leaving "SNL" as well.
The show also lost its leading lady Kristen Wiig at the end of its 37th season, along with power player Andy Samberg. But Greenblatt isn't worried about "SNL," noting executive producer Lorne Michaels is really good at "re-seasoning" the show. "Would we have preferred to keep Jason and Bill and Fred and Kristen for more time? Absolutely. Seth Meyers is going to leave to his own new show for us. But some of these people have been on the show [a long time]. In Seth's case, 12 years. Bill Hader's been there I think 12 or more years. They have families, they have lives. Bill wanted to move his family to the West Coast. Movies come a-calling," Greenblatt explained. "You hold on to them as long as you can, but there's nobody better at combing the country to find the next generation of these actors than Lorne. You just go through the list [of people he's found]: He was the one who said Conan O'Brien should have his own show; he's the one who said Jimmy Fallon should have his own show; Tina Fey -- the list goes on and on. We're confident he's going to do that again for us. But it is what it is. I think he's hunkered down and he's doing the job, looking for the next generation."
OH LAWD HERE WE GO
This video is super awkward ... Anthony Weiner was put on BLAST Friday by an ex-school teacher for his raunchy, sexting ways ... and it all happened while cameras rolled. Weiner was visiting homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy, when he walked into a s**t storm himself ... in the form of Peg Brunda a retired teacher, who went off on him.
You gotta watch the heated exchange -- but to give you an idea just how PISSED Brunda is that Weiner refuses to drop out of the NYC mayoral race, she says, "Had I conducted myself in the manner in which you conducted yourself, my job would have been gone."
Then adds, "I don’t quite understand how you would feel you would have the moral authority as the head administrator in this city to oversee employees when your standard of conduct is so much lower than the standard of conduct that’s expected of us."
Weiner tries to fire back ... but Peg doesn't back down. Check it out.
Let's face it: It's easy to gorge ourselves on the glut of momentarily satisfying but ultimately nutrition-free singles by the mostly forgettable pop stars that are currently clogging the airwaves.
But it's rare to discover an artist who actually makes us think or -- dare we say it -- feel. And it's even rarer when she's only 16 years old.
Then again, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who is better known as Lorde, isn't exactly your typical teenager -- or your typical musician.
The New Zealander inked a development deal with Universal Records when she was just 12 and spent the last four years
writing and releasing her first EP, The Love Club, shooting a stunning video for her single "Royals" (watch above), which sat atop New Zealand's music chart for months, and, basically, preparing to take over the world.
And we're totally convinced she's about to do just that.
We recently caught up with the musical wunderkind to chat about why she's conspicuously (and strategically) absent from the "Royals" video, feminism, why you'll never see her tweeting about drinking her own urine and more.
The Huffington Post: When did music transform from something you loved into something that you also did?
I've always written -- predominantly short fiction -- and as a writer, conveying an idea was always important to me. Then I was super into music and I enjoyed singing as well but I didn't really have an idea of how to cross the two. It must have been when I was 14 or 15 that I started tentatively writing songs and was able to convey an emotion and a lyric with what I wanted to say. I started writing with my co-writer Joel [Little], who I'm working with now, and it was a clicking point when I realized that I didn't want to do anything else with my life. It was that fever point -- you catch it and you're different.
I was surprised to see your official bio so openly list your influences, from T.S. Eliot to The Smiths to Bon Iver. So often artists, especially new artists who are worried about carving out their own territory, can be hesitant to name drop others. It's like they want us to think they sprung up from the ground fully formed and entirely unique.
I come from a short fiction background and my mom is a poet, so I've always read poetry, I've always had a lot of different influences both linguistically and musically. A genre like mine is born out of influences because it's pop music but lyrically it's not as -- I don't want to say shallow, but I think you have to think a little bit harder about it than you do some pop music. So I feel like it's born out a bunch of different influences. Musically I've always listened to rap music -- I think Drake is listed on my bio [as an influence] and Kanye West and a lot of pop music, too. Then a few years ago I discovered electronic music and guys like James Blake started revolutionizing how I thought about things. But I've also always read -- that's my first love. I like short fiction because you have to tell a story in a condensed format. You can't screw around with what you're saying. Everything has to count. Everything has to matter. And that's what I like about songwriting: You don't have time for filler. Potency is important in that setting.
I've seen a lot of critics compare you to other artists but I haven't been able to pick out a neat tidy place where I'd say you easily fit into the current musical landscape. Where do you think you fit? Or do you feel you don't?
That's a good point. I've seen people compare me to just about every female slightly alt[ernative] female musician because people feel the need to put females with other females, which I guess I understand, but I think I'm different because my music is accessible, but it's also smart and those are two things that don't often go together musically. I think it's probably because I'm an Internet kid. I'm watching "Adventure Time" but I'm also reading Allen Ginsberg. I'm a mesh of references -- fun and smart? I don't know where I'd put myself. I'd like to think I'm doing something different.
The video for "Royals" is haunting. Every frame could be hung as a piece of art on a wall. But the most intriguing thing to me about the non-U.S. version of the video is that you're barely in it. With image being such an important part of an artist's career these days, that had to have been a deliberate decision.
With pop music and pop musicians, you know everything about everyone all the time, particularly their physical appearance. With female musicians that's made a big thing of and I think people, certainly with me, have appreciated a bit of mystery. When I first released the EP I didn't have any imagery of myself, just this one illustration that was the cover of the EP. So that was a bit of a talking point. People were like, "Who is this? Show your face already." Since then I've been very selective about the visual content that comes out of me. It's something I feel strongly about. With the music video [for "Royals"], I wanted to continue that approach. The music video for me was about creating a piece of art and I wanted it to feel cinematic and like it's something you can immerse yourself in. Having me in it didn't feel like something that was necessary to create that world. So I'm just in it for just a little bit. I think it works well. There are three shots of me -- I start the video and I close the video and there's a 30-second performance shot, which people have said, "You aren't in the video at all and when you are it's for ages and it's almost uncomfortable," [laughs]. If I can get that kind of response from people, then I think I'm doing something right.
The text that accompanies the video on Youtube is almost as moving as the video itself. You write, in part, "...a lot of people think teenagers live in this world like "Skins" every weekend or whatever, but truth is, half the time we aren't doing anything cooler than playing with lighters, or waiting at some shitty stop..." Talk to me about being a teenager who does really ordinary things but at the same time being thrust into this world where the kind of stuff you're singing about in "Royals" really does matter.
I wrote "Royals" in the middle of last year and I played it to my friends and their reaction was like, "This is cool but it's not anything new to us." It's something we've always been very aware of… that our lives are super mundane and we're basically in this transition period waiting for something to happen to us. And then the song came out and people were like, "We never thought about it like this," but I think a lot of young people were just happy that someone was acknowledging that mundanity. I come from a pretty straight forward town, we spend most of our time riding around on bikes and taking photos -- we live pretty straight forward lives. As one of the few teenage voices in music that isn't like... Justin Bieber, I didn't want to glorify that perspective -- this is just what it is and if this is you, too, then cool… Then, we're in it together, I guess.
You're finding meaning in life. I think that's what artists -- real artists -- do. Much of life is pretty mundane. We get up and go to our jobs and come home and maybe watch some TV and maybe make out with our boyfriend or girlfriend a bit -- but it's pretty ho hum on a daily basis. I would argue that an artist's job is to find meaning in every day life. Do you agree?
Definitely. As a teenager in music it's just always been in my interest -- I don't want to say be a spokesperson, but I want there to be someone betting on our team or saying "You know what? This is bullshit… This isn't how a young person thinks." Or just saying what everyone else is thinking because in the entertainment industry where a lot of roles or perceptions are skewed, that's really important.
I recently read an interview of yours where you said that boys aren't everything when it comes to subject matter for songs. So much of what is on the radio when you look at younger artists is love songs or break up songs.
It is. And I feel like that isn't maybe the best thing for young girls to be hearing or molding their lives around. Maybe they aren't the best values for young people and that's another thing I hold with importance: come on, it doesn't all have to be about a boy.
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I'd refer to myself as a feminist. I don't think my music is overtly rooted in feminism. I'm a teenager and 95 percent of my friends are boys and that's just the way I've always been. There's a degree of transparency with that stuff in my music -- I talk about exactly what's happening to me and my friends and in my more recent material there are songs about a boy but it's not an overt love song. Everyone's said that a million times. I just want to do something different and that people will like.
I appreciate you saying that. One of my biggest disappointments is when an artist says, "I'm not a feminist! I love guys!"
That's such a worrisome portrayal of feminism. A lot of girls think it's not shaving under their arms and burning bras and hating boys, which just seems stone age to me. Websites like Rookie, Tavi Gevinson's website, are good for that kind of thing and educating girls on what it means to be a feminist. I really appreciate her work.
When you were speaking earlier about your image it got me thinking about pop stars who are so forthcoming about their lives and their careers. Ke$ha, for example, even drank her own urine on TV! It just seems like now there's no intrigue and mystery with many artists. Going forward, do you intend on keeping personal things personal? As more and more people want to know more and more about you, how will you handle that?
I think I have this weird juxtaposition of how I interact with fans. I'm not on the scale of people like Ke$ha who are kind of into the aggressive oversharing, which comes from this being the Internet age and everyone knowing everything and artists then taking it a step further and going completely too far, but then I'm talking about the contents of my bank account -- which is completely dismal -- online, because I feel like not enough artists talk about the stupid lame shit that happens to them. I like to keep it real. My card got declined the other day when I was buying [food from] Subway. And I thought, I totally have to Instagram this, because I think people I have lots of money now or have this super cool life, but no, this is so embarrassing and this has to be shared. And people identified with me and said things like, "Don't worry, it happens to the best of us." With how I interact on social media, I try and maintain a little bit of mystery and my tweets are usually like a line I read in a book rather than "Oh my God -- my urine tastes great today!" [Laughs]
You were signed to Universal really early -- you're only 16 now -- how "normal" has your teenage life been?
[Laughs] Actually, super normal. I've been working with my record company for a few years and pursuing music but it's always been very casual. I might spend a week of my school holidays recording songs, which is what happened with my first EP -- I spent three of my school holidays in the studio recording that. So, it's something I could do on the side and something that not that many of my friends really knew about. So I've actually had a really normal time of it and I like to think that lots of artists should experiences like mine. I think about all those Disney stars who have had breakdowns -- look at Amanda Bynes at the moment, it's a very sad situation. And I feel like it happens because from when they're very young kids they have all these restrictions in place which means they can't go to parties, they can't drink, they can't do any of the things normal teenagers can do and therefore they feel stifled so when they get to an age when they do have control, they take it too far. I have had really normal teenage experiences I don't think I'm liable to… leave my monkey at the airport in Germany or do any of that kind of crazy shit [laughs].
Warning: This might come across as totally offensive and Americentric, but seeing as you're about to touch down in the U.S. to do some shows, does the idea of trying to break into the American market mean more to you or seem scarier than other markets?
It's never really been my intention to "break a market" or whatever. My focus has been to make art -- to make things that I'm happy with. And I think I did that with the video to "Royals" -- I subverted what a lot of people were expecting. I just want to do my thing and be in control and stay true to my vision as an artist and if that works and I get "broken" [laughs] then maybe it's right. It's not a big thing for me. It would be nice -- I'd like it if a lot of people were hearing my music.
Let's end with a typical cliche interview hypothetical. There are a lot of famous people who are buzzing about you right now. If you could hang out with any famous person, who would it be and what would you do?
[Moaning] That is so hard! I'm a big fan of Jimmy Fallon and he has The Roots is his in-house band and I totally love The Roots. So I think I'd just go bug Jimmy Fallon at his studio for a few days and stand behind ?uestlove while he's playing drums and just be a general nuisance [laughs].
The Dirty's Nik Richie, who broke the newest Anthony Weiner sexting story on Monday, told HuffPost Live that he believed the mayoral candidate was a "sexual predator" and said that Weiner should drop out of the race. It was Richie's first live interview since the scandal broke.
Richie said that the woman believed she and Weiner were in love -- saying "I love you" to each other -- and that she believed his marriage to Huma Abedin was a "facade for political reasons." He said that Weiner spoke about Abedin to the woman "very briefly." But the most licentious detail Richie provided was Weiner's alleged premature ejaculation during phone sex with the anonymous woman.
According to Richie, the woman said Weiner would orgasm in under a minute and she therefore did not enjoy their sexual phone conversations. "She told me in discussions, that the phone sex was not good with Anthony Weiner because he would have an orgasm...within a 30-second period," Richie told HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill. "She would never get the opportunity to get off."
Richie added that the woman was left thinking "what about me?" and often feeling used after their phone sex sessions abruptly came to an end.
You can watch the interview at the:source
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen are selling their New York lovenest, less than a year after buying it.
The 19th century brownstone in Manhattan's East Village was purchased by Mr Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, for $6.25million in August 2012.
Now it is on the market once again - at a mark-up - for $6,995,000. The new price is thought to reflect renovations made by the couple before moving in.
It is not known where Mr Sarkozy, 44, and Miss Olsen, 27, have moved on to - though it would seem that they have done so already, given that new photographs of the property show it unfurnished.
The listing looks set to generate some interest at the top end of the market, as it boasts impressive architectural credentials.
The 4,200sq ft house is part of a series designed by James Renwick, who was also the architect behind New York's St Patrick's Cathedral.
The property boasts five bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as 'multiple parlors', eight fireplaces and original parquet floors.
The listing, on the Douglas Elliman website, describes the property as 'one of the most exquisite Row Houses built.'
'An old world layout with a double parlor greets one with a lovely grand entrance and can accommodate multiple sitting rooms,' it reads.
'A Garden Level which could be most appropriately used for a kitchen and casual dining area that leads out to a lovely garden with either an open plan for a casual entertaining room or a small room suitable for guest or staff.'
But Mr Sarkozy may have some trouble selling the house, given that it was on the market for four years before he snapped it up at full asking price in 2012.
And the $745,000 mark-up may not go down well with prospective buyers - unless they are prepared to pay a premium for its new celebrity caché.
Former child star Mary-Kate, who runs fashion label The Row with her twin sister Ashley, started dating Mr Sarkozy in around April or May last year.
Mr Sarkozy sold his Upper East Side townhouse for $8.4million just several months later, in order that he and his girlfriend could set up home together in the East Village.
They apparently chose their East Village townhouse because they 'like that it is old,' a real estate insider told theNew York Post.
The couple's age gap sparked some controversy when their relationship became public news. though. Mr Sarkozy's ex-wife Charlotte - who he divorced in 2011 - branded his new relationship as 'grotesque'.
Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me if I want to have another kid. Although I’m 33, and have a beautiful 7-year-old son, folks never quite cease to ask if I’d like to add to my brood.
At the moment, the answer is solidly no. And while I used rule it out all together, citing my age as the main reason, I’m not so sure anymore.
Recently Kim Fields (of Living Single and Facts of Life fame) announced she was pregnant her second child. The 44-year-old actress said she and her husband tried to conceive for a couple of years (they have a six-year-old son), before finding out that she was pregnant.
Fields’ story is not quite unique, but it further highlights a growing trend of women waiting longer to have children.
But should we?
In this month’s Atlantic magazine, Jean M. Twenge argues that everything women have been told about our ability to have children after 35 is wrong. While women have been told that our fertility decreases drastically after age 35, Twenge poured through the data and found that is not quite true.
As a psychology researcher who’d published articles in scientific journals, some covered in the popular press, I knew that many scientific findings differ significantly from what the public hears about them. Soon after my second wedding, I decided to go to the source: I scoured medical-research databases, and quickly learned that the statistics on women’s age and fertility—used by many to make decisions about relationships, careers, and when to have children—were one of the more spectacular examples of the mainstream media’s failure to correctly report on and interpret scientific research.
The widely cited statistic that one in three women ages 35 to 39 will not be pregnant after a year of trying, for instance, is based on an article published in 2004 in the journal Human Reproduction. Rarely mentioned is the source of the data: French birth records from 1670 to 1830. The chance of remaining childless—30 percent—was also calculated based on historical populations.
In other words, millions of women are being told when to get pregnant based on statistics from a time before electricity, antibiotics, or fertility treatment. Most people assume these numbers are based on large, well-conducted studies of modern women, but they are not. When I mention this to friends and associates, by far the most common reaction is: “No … No way. Really?”
Twenge, who had three children after 35 (and one after 40), found that “baby panic”—the collective freak out about the difficulty of having a baby in our 30s—was spurred on by statistics based on women undergoing fertility treatments despite only a small number of women needing such procedures to conceive.
One possibility is the “availability heuristic”: when making judgments, people rely on what’s right in front of them. Fertility doctors see the effects of age on the success rate of fertility treatment every day. That’s particularly true for in vitro fertilization, which relies on the extraction of a large number of eggs from the ovaries, because some eggs are lost at every stage of the difficult process. Younger women’s ovaries respond better to the drugs used to extract the eggs, and younger women’s eggs are more likely to be chromosomally normal. As a result, younger women’s IVF success rates are indeed much higher—about 42 percent of those younger than 35 will give birth to a live baby after one IVF cycle, versus 27 percent for those ages 35 to 40, and just 12 percent for those ages 41 to 42. Many studies have examined how IVF success declines with age, and these statistics are cited in many research articles and online forums.
Yet only about 1 percent of babies born each year in the U.S. are a result of IVF, and most of their mothers used the technique not because of their age, but to overcome blocked fallopian tubes, male infertility, or other issues: about 80 percent of IVF patients are 40 or younger. And the IVF statistics tell us very little about natural conception, which requires just one egg rather than a dozen or more, among other differences.
The data, imperfect as they are, suggest two conclusions. No. 1: fertility declines with age. No. 2, and much more relevant: the vast majority of women in their late 30s will be able to get pregnant on their own. The bottom line for women, in my view, is: plan to have your last child by the time you turn 40. Beyond that, you’re rolling the dice, though they may still come up in your favor. “Fertility is relatively stable until the late 30s, with the inflection point somewhere around 38 or 39,” Steiner told me. “Women in their early 30s can think about years, but in their late 30s, they need to be thinking about months.” That’s also why many experts advise that women older than 35 should see a fertility specialist if they haven’t conceived after six months—particularly if it’s been six months of sex during fertile times.
Choosing to have a baby—at any age—is an extremely personal choice. I posed this question on my Facebook page, and the responses were quite interesting.
While many say they’d consider (or even welcome) having a baby in their 40s, others ruled it out completely. One woman said she just wouldn’t have the energy for an infant after 40, although she conceded that increased financial stability makes being a more mature parent seem like a reasonable choice.
Though he plays a Republican president on “Scandal,” actor Tony Goldwyn actually studied two Democrats for the part.
“The two people that I spent the most time studying were [Barack] Obama and [Bill] Clinton,” Goldwyn told POLITICO. “They have qualities in their personalities that Fitz would have: mainly a kind of accessibility, a down-to-earth quality and a higher mission to connect with people.”
Of course, there’s another obvious link: On “Scandal,” Goldwyn’s character, President Fitzgerald Grant, cheats on the first lady with a White House staffer. (Monica Lewinsky ring a bell?) Still, oddly enough, Clinton reportedly watches the show.
“I’ve heard this,” Goldwyn said. “I don’t know for a fact … but I did hear it through the grapevine.”
No word on whether Obama tunes in. But if he does, the president might want to look away. “Scandal” makes the White House — and D.C. in general — look like a dark, dysfunctional place. Actress Kerry Washington, Goldwyn’s on-screen mistress, stars as Olivia Pope, a “fixer” for clients with political problems: rigged elections, murdered interns, prostitution rings — you know, that kind of thing.
Asked if the show has changed his view on Washington, D.C., Goldwyn said it has.
“I’m much more cognizant of the intensity, the pressure, relentless pressure, that our higher public officials are under,” he said.
Goldwyn also shared his theory on why political dramas — like “Scandal” and “House of Cards” — have struck a chord with audiences lately.
The political world has “become so polarized and so dark, that everything has kind of become very dramatic in Washington. It’s all about conflict,” he said. “And that, combined with the fact that in the newspaper and on the television, politics has become — I think it always has been — but has become more than ever a kind of theater, people in Congress and in the White House are really like actors on a stage. Everything is rehearsed.”
“I wonder if it’s out of frustration that we kind of want to watch it and study it,” he said.
Needless to say, Goldwyn has zero interest in running for office. But he pipes up when there’s a political cause that concerns him. He’s an advocate for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit seeking justice for the wrongly convicted, and frequently talks politics on Twitter. Last week, he urged fans to view Obama’s address on Trayvon Martin’s death. “Really worth watching,” he commented. A few days earlier, he linked to a New York Times primer on health care reform. “Confused about Obamacare?” he wrote. “Who isn’t? Ch[ec]k out this helpful piece.”
On a more scandalous note, the star gave us his take on the attempted comebacks of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer.
“Initially, it’s kind of shocking. But you know, one of the great things about American life in any area is you can reinvent yourself,” he said. “In a way, that’s part of the American character. … You can watch someone create a second act for themselves, and, in so many cases, people come back. Way before Spitzer and Weiner, we watched public officials brought down in disgrace come back. Americans love a great redemption story.”
“That said,” Goldwyn added, “Carlos Danger may be a game changer.”
I mainly posted this because I cannot unsee the Weiner comparison.
I'm new to scandal (marathoned it in May), but the whole "Liberal Republican that I am supposed to root for" is annoying. Plus, Rob Lowe did it better on "Brothers and Sisters."
Thank you invisible_cunt , catch22jump, moustacherider , and ch33rylips for the help!
Honoree Tyler Posey and others attend Variety's Power of Youth at Universal Studios Backlot on July 27, 2013 in Universal City, California.
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Rico and Raini Rodriguez
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For Goo Goo Dolls front man John Rzeznik planning his wedding day was a piece of cake. The rocker married longtime girlfriend, Melina Gallo, Friday night at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.
"We've been together a while and I'm not going anywhere and we'd like to start a family. I'd prefer to be married when I have kids," Rzeznik, 48, told PEOPLE.
Episcopal priest and longtime friend Rev. Michael Ralph married the couple under an old oak tree in front of about 120 guests, which included Rzeznik's bandmates. "The whole thing was just about family and friends. It was really beautiful and romantic," said Rzeznik.
Guests noshed on appetizers during cocktail hour and ate roasted chicken, garlic mash potatoes and wild mushroom ravioli for the main course. Gallo looked stunning in an Enzoani gown and Rzeznik opted for a dark green Gucci suit instead of a tuxedo.
Rzeznik, who is currently on tour promoting the Dolls' tenth album, Magnetic, did not sing at the wedding. "We made it perfectly clear that I would not be singing at all at our wedding. Our song was Adele's 'Make You Feel My Love.' I love her version of that song," he said.
The couple are planning a honeymoon in Italy and France after Rzeznik is done touring in the fall. As for how many kids the couple plans to have, Rzeznik said, "We'll start with one and deal with it from there."
This is the second marriage for Rzeznik, who divorced his first wife in 1997 after four years. He started dating Gallo in 2005.
I didn't even know he was dating someone O_o Congrats to them!
Here are our top 10 scariest serial killer movies of all time. We suggest you snuggle up in the comforts of your home, make some popcorn and get ready to be scared!
5. American Psycho (2000)
Trade publication, CFA Magazine, recently claimed that one in ten people working on Wall Street is a clinical psychopath, compared to one in a hundred in the general population. This explains why Bret Easton Ellis-creation, Patrick Bateman, is such a fascinating and terrifying creation: the slick, successful, handsome guy… who also happens to murder prostitutes, homeless men and dogs in his spare time. Bateman is scary precisely because he’s realistic.
4. Zodiac (2007)
David Fincher’s exploration of San Francisco’s real-life Zodiac Killer—who attacked seven people in the Bay Area in the 1960s and ‘70s, killing five of them—was a subtle and brooding movie, for the most part. The terror here comes from the scenes where Zodiac is mercilessly picking off his unsuspecting and helpless victims. The fact that these events actually happened remains truly spine-chilling.
3. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)
The low-budget grit in Henry brings it a realism that is truly haunting—especially since the film is based loosely on real life murderer, Henry Lee Lucas. The scariest thing here is the cavalier nature of the killer—Henry is a classic sociopath: unfeeling, unremorseful, unpanicked and unphased by his own disgusting actions. And that’s just too real to be anything but terrifying.
2. Se7en (1995)
Even better than Zodiac, David Fincher’s Se7en remains uncommonly shocking, horrifyingly graphic and conceptually very intense. The murderer in the movie is particularly unnerving because of his very ordinariness. John Doe is an everyman of sorts, from his name to his lack of fingerprints. He is calculated and—scariest of all—he is smarter than everyone else. The end of this movie, as John Doe’s plan plays out exactly as he had wanted, is unusually bleak and frankly, unforgettable.
1. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Few movies leave the kind of permanent imprint on popular culture that this one did. Thanks to a wide-eyed, spine-tingling performance from Jodie Foster as FBI agent, Clarice Starling; an incredibly disturbing one from Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill; and a deeply unnerving portrayal of Hannibal Lecter by Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs remains the scariest serial killer movie of all time. Let’s not also forget the articulate, intelligent and intuitive nature of Lecter, the abject terror of Buffalo Bill’s calculated psychosis and, oh yes, the cannibalism and human skin suit. Impossible to forget.
Forget cold feet!
Jennifer Aniston's fiancé Justin Theroux is giving her a broken toe instead. The We're the Millers actress admitted to E! News she's suffering from a broken toe caused by none other than her soon-to-be husband.
"I have a broken toe," Jen admitted. "Not to out my sweet, sweet fiancé but he has big feet and wears these boots. He stepped on my toe. Broke it. I felt it."
The couple got engaged back in August on Justin's birthday and have yet to set a wedding date.
NEWS: Jennifer talks wedding plans
In April, the bride-to-be told E! News that she still didn't have a wedding dress picked out and that all the planning that needs to go into the upcoming nuptials "might make me crazy."
Here's to hoping her foot heals by the time walking down the aisle comes!
My sister broke my clavicle when I was 7. Any broken bones, ONTD?
Who got evicted? Who won HOH? PLUS! POV, MVP and Have/Have Not results
Who was Evicted on Thursday?
All eligible voters voted Kaitlin out of the house on Thursday night. None of the houseguests voted for Aaryn or GinaMarie to go.
Who Won HOH?
THE HOUSE RACIST... I mean Aaryn
Who did the Racist nominate for eviction?
Howard and equally offensive Spencer
(I'm kind of shocked, I thought she would nominate 2 minority figures in the house... but others within the house did impact her decision-making process.
Who did America Nominate as the 3rd Nominee?
Mean Girl/Aaryn's Pal: AMANDA and her (Homemade?) One Piece Bathing Suits
Who won the Power of Veto?
- Amanda has become buddy-buddy with Aaryn and is basically the most offensive individual this week.
- Elissa and Helen aren't as close as they used to be, and Helen keeps throwing Elissa under the bus.
- This week's Have Nots are Amanda, Judd, Candice, GinaMarie
- POV players are Aaryn, Amanda, Spencer, Howard, Jessie and Candice (Helen is also the POV host).
Source: Me still watching live feeds.
Also sorry for the lateness, I was at the Bieber concert on Friday night. Go on, judge me, but I was helping out a friend.
Among some of the more direct news to come out of Starz’ TCA press tour panel, including an exceptionally early renewal for Michael Bay pirate drama ‘Black Sails,’ the premium cable network offered up a few updates on some of its more skeptical properties. ‘Spartacus‘ creator Steven S. DeKnight’s ‘Halo‘ meets ‘Band of Brothers’ project ‘Incursion‘ remains very much in play, though ‘Boss‘ and ‘Magic City‘ fans have a bitter pill to swallow.
On the subject of ‘Incursion,’ Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht assured interested fans that the series remains in development, with a number of scripts for the first season completed and a great deal more pre-production work, though the budget for such a sci-fi epic has been a point of concern in moving forward.
"There’s been a lot of pre-production that’s been done. We’ve realized just how challenging this is just from a production standpoint. The description of ‘Band of Brothers meets Halo’ is really apt and comes with all the necessary command of resources that would need to be applied against it…It is in a slow pause just because we can’t go forward on a pilot that would not be affordable. We need to do a lot more work in the pilot phase."
As for Kelsey Grammer‘s ‘Boss,’ which had been canceled in its second season, Albrecht dashed fan hopes that the network would greenlight a feature wrap-up. “We tried to make that happen but Farhad [Sarfina, creator] didn’t see it in his head. So he wasn’t going to be able to come up with a way to do that and there was no way we were going to proceed without him.”
Slightly more optimistic was the fate of period crime drama ‘Magic City’ — which is also in its second season with muted ratings and lacking the prestige of a name like Kelsey Grammer. ”There are lots of surprises left in the last three episodes of Magic City and I think all will be revealed as those air,” said Albrecht. “We’re now evaluating all the options but as I said, we have a couple of little surprises in our pocket in store. I can’t reveal too much other than you’ll have the answer to your question soon.”
Well, what say you? Which of Starz’s endangered properties, past and present would you like to see the network put the most development toward?
You never forget your first time, they say. And even if you were to try very hard to expunge the memory, Hollywood will do its best to keep on reminding you anyway. With seemingly another R-rated comedy released every week, (this week's being "The To Do List" starring Aubrey Plaza, opening this Friday, read our review here), The First Time has become increasingly well-trafficked territory, and it's not hard to see why. Really it's a screenwriter's dream—an (almost) universally relatable life-stage conundrum (in the Western world, anyway) that is ripe with potential for misunderstandings, social embarrassment and awkwardness, and that's just within the more comedic end of the spectrum.
In fact, it's telling that so many of the American films that deal with the subject do so from the vantage point of a "smutty" comedy (leaving stuff like "Kids" aside for a moment). Hollywood's double standard in regards to sex and violence is well documented, but it does seem kind of odd that you can go to the theater and see someone's viscera explode in 3-D pretty much as soon as your age is in double figures, but a naked breast or, God forbid, a penis...? But these films, in which there's often a lot of talking, planning, but not necessarily a great deal of skin bared, like their protagonists, get to walk the line between innocence and experience—they get to play in raunchy territory without necessarily falling foul of the censors. (Side question: is there any more prudish word in the world than "raunchy"?) On the flip side, though, the sex comedy will always try to test those boundaries and so, more than many genres, directly reflects the morals and mores of the times it's made in, which is why cherry-poppin' films made two decades ago can feel hopelessly dated. But again, that can be part of their charm.
Here are a few examples, ranging from the classic to the obscure, of the many, many times Hollywood has resigned its membership to the Big-V club, landed its first Martian probe on Venus, attended the Bush Inaugural Ball, or whatever other terrible euphemism you prefer, for the glorious rite of passage/horrible fumbling catastrophe that is having sexual intercourse for the very first time.
"American Pie" (1999)
One of the more unlikely franchises in recent memory (complete with a sub-franchise of seemingly endless direct-to-video sequels) began with 1999's "American Pie," a cheesy, warmhearted throwback to the sex comedies of the '80s (this time with 100% more Internet stripteases). It doesn't get more classic than this in terms of set-up: a group of four friends make a pact to lose their virginity by the time they graduate high school—by any means necessary. It's not as wacky or raunchy as its premise sounds, although this is a movie that earns its title thanks to an infamous scene involving Jason Biggs making sweet love to a freshly baked dessert. There's a sweetness to "American Pie" that sets it apart from some of the more soulless sex comedies of the past few decades, with characters you actually care about succeeding (scoring). The franchise has remained surprisingly chaste, right up until last year's "American Reunion," which still featured less sex than an average episode of "The Vampire Diaries." Times they are a-changin'.
"The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005)
Cementing the frat pack reign of Judd Apatow and raising Steve Carell to leading funnyman stature, "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" struck comedy gold. Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a middle-aged sales associate at a tech store who collects action figures and has yet to have sex (as you could guess from the title). It isn't a lifestyle choice, he's just stuck in arrested development: "You know what? I respect women! I love women! I respect them so much that I completely stay away from them!" Whereas other films on this list stray to either the more sentimental or crude side of losing your virginity, "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" manages a hilarious yet heartwarming balance (thanks to the co-writing efforts of Apatow and Carell along with some golden supporting cast improv), or as the trailer says, it's "A comedy that will touch you, like you've never been touched before." Rather than being creeped out by or blindly championing Andy, the audience actually feels for him and roots for him to be happy, which includes popping that cherry so he can have a "normal" adult relationship with Trish (Catherine Keener), the spacey young grandmother who would be his perfect other half. When Andy gets there and finally discovers, after all these years, what all the fuss has been about, well, who wouldn't break into a chorus or two of "The Age of Aquarius"?
Another movie to analyze teen sexuality from the female perspective is director Will Gluck's "Easy A," a modernization of the high school curriculum must-read "The Scarlet Letter" about gender discrimination, and those good ol' double standards when it comes to men and women and their attitudes to sexual reputation. High schooler Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) helps out a friend by saying the two had sex, which blossoms into Olive lying about being "a slut" in order to gain popularity and gifts. As she succinctly sums up: "That's the beauty of being a girl in high school; people heard you had sex once and BAM—you're a bimbo." "Easy A" shows the unfair and downright disturbing treatment of young girls in high school—albeit with a cheeky script and a hilarious performance by Stone. The mere mention of sexuality causes Olive to be adored and sought out by countless guys, ones who know her secret, mind you, and when she ends up needing help to prove she isn't promiscuous, the guys want to protect their invisible credibility. The plot doesn't go as dark as it could—Olive goes out with a supposedly good guy who really does want her to put out, only to have her get away from him safely—but it casts an eye on a topic that's still reinforced in movies today; that women cannot be sexual for fear of being cast out and scorned. Thankfully there's a lot of funny to wash down the medicine with.
"Cruel Intentions" (1999)
Based on the 18th-century French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, "Cruel Intentions" uproots the story of social machinations and hypocrisy amongst the Ancien Regime and updates it to a high school set on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. At the center of the intrigue, grande dame Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) calculates the love lives and demises of her classmates with an icy, sadistic quality that would make Buffy bring out the trusty wooden stake. Kathryn herself is no virgin, but she manipulates her stepbrother and love interest Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) into deflowering two women, the sheltered Cecile (Selma Blair) for revenge, and the upstanding Annette (Reese Witherspoon) for a sexual wager. Not that Sebastian is some wholly innocent pawn; he uses sexual and romantic blackmail to get his way. It is only when he falls for one of his victims that he gains some semblance of a conscience, although it's a bit too late in the game. Of course they each get their comeuppance, with Sebastian paying the ultimate price while Kathryn's dastardly ways are revealed by the virtuous (now virtue-less, in misogynist terms) Annette at his funeral by way of distributing photocopies of his very detailed and lurid diary amongst the student body. Suffering a ruination more damning than a calculated deflowering, Kathryn eats public humiliation while Annette drives away from it all with fond memories of Sebastian, ultimately not regretting her first time. The moral of the story is that sex isn't evil; it's the people who abuse and misuse it.
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Sex post, y'all!
Do you remember when you lost your virginity, ONTD? What was it like? Please do tell all the juicy deets... This gif of Chris Evans cumming his brains out demands it!