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Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green and Carson Daly are on hand at TCA to discuss the new season of "The Voice."
New strategies, since Blake's won three times?
Christina: I understand that I'm coming back to the Blake Shelton Show ... We laugh all day. It's always fun to press our buttons, see the person, get 'em on our team ... We want them to win, but we can all agree it's the contestants that do win at the end of the day. Blake keeps it funny with his trophies.
How has teaching affected you as artists?
Christina: I went in holding hands with these guys and didn't know what to expect. Mark Burnett reached out to all of us and I don't think a show like this was even on our radar. We all as artists know what it's like to be up there, the make it or break it hotseat... I caught an episode of last season and I thought 'I can see why people like this!' We get very caught up, sitting in the chair, but seeing it from the outside and hearing some of the stories, it's nice to see the part of the show that's stayed true to the talent and made sure that their stories are heard ... It's just an amazing school. I had great training on "Mickey Mouse Club." I think it's affected me more on a personal level than on a professional level ... I've been able to remember the journey of where I started out.
How did it feel to have someone else sitting in your chair?
Christina: I was happy that someone filled the spot for a second, I had to step away ... Thank god for Shakira, she did a beautiful job, she has sweet, lovely energy. And Usher came and stepped up with a lot of creative stuff.
Why they have yet to launch a huge star
Christina: It doesn't happen that way -- it didn't happen that way for me either. Right after the "Mickey Mouse Club" we didn't rocket to fame straight after.
The appeal of the show
Christina: What's great about the show ... it is like a family, I don't want to be cliche, but I was looking forward to having a laugh with these guys... The four of us, it's so much fun, to have a laugh with these guys, we just have a good time. And to get to meet fresh talent, it's a new experience... For now it's a good fit for me.
What Christina did in her time off
Christina: I cannot live in front of the camera 24 hours a day. I have to take breaks and stay connected with myself, I think that's important so that you can be your best on camera. I'm a mom, when the cameras go off I put on sweats and a t-shirt and I'm mom. He starts kindergarten in the fall so I'm excited about that ... I wanted, for myself, have a moment ... I've been on a really incredible journey the past six months, I feel revived and renewed.
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Christina wants to thank you for your time.
Lindsay Lohan brings a raw conviction to Paul Schrader's ultra-low-budget but handsomely made study of hungry young things clawing at the good life. - Scott Foundas, Chief Film Critic @foundasonfilm
The signature psychosexual perversity of director Paul Schrader finds its nearly perfect match in novelist Bret Easton Ellis, whose screenplay for Schrader’s “The Canyons” might just as soon have been called “Psycho American Gigolo” or “The Hardcore Rules of Attraction.” The first in the new wave of Kickstarter-funded features instigated by established old-media types, Schrader’s ultra-low-budget (reportedly $250,000) but handsomely made study of low-level Hollywood hangers-on has earned much prerelease attention for the casting of real-life porn star James Deen and the troubled Lindsay Lohan (also one of the pic’s co-producers). But the end result is hardly a joke, not least for Lohan’s fascinating presence, far closer to self-revelation than self-parody. Between VOD curiosity seekers and adventurous arthouse-goers, “The Canyons” is sure to see solid returns on its modest investment, while pushing Schrader back into the zeitgeist after a long fallow period.
The latest but surely not the last 2013 release devoted to the amoral (s)exploits of hungry young things clawing at the good life (e.g. “The Bling Ring,” “Pain & Gain,” “Spring Breakers”), “The Canyons” is also the most overt in its evocation of such caustic industry cautionary tales as “The Day of the Locust” and “The Bad and the Beautiful.” To wit, Schrader makes a recurring motif out of boarded-up old movie theaters (seen as a montage under the opening credits and as chapter headings throughout), suggesting that Tinseltown ain’t what it used to be and, yes, the pictures — like “The Canyons” itself — really have gotten smaller. There is something of David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” and “Inland Empire,” too, in the pic’s sense of a place where everyone is always playing some alternate version of him- or herself, whether onscreen or off.
Like the director’s 1990 “The Comfort of Strangers,” “The Canyons” charts the increasingly treacherous aftershocks that stem from the initial encounter of two couples: smug rich kid Christian (Deen), who’s invested in a low-budget slasher movie about to shoot in New Mexico; his girlfriend, Tara (Lohan); his assistant, Gina (Amanda Brooks); and her boyfriend, Ryan (Nolan Funk), an aspiring actor who’s landed the lead in Christian’s movie. They meet over dinner and drinks, during which Christian stuns the fresh-faced, Joe Buck-ish Ryan with tales of his and Tara’s open relationship, including frequent additional partners of both sexes. (He is, when the movie begins, going though “a dude phase.”)
We soon learn that, three years earlier, when they were both nobodies, Ryan and Tara were themselves an item. Now, ever since reconnecting at Ryan’s audition, they’ve been meeting for illicit afternoon hookups, but while Ryan is still smitten, Tara is more pragmatic. She’s not interested in going back to their old, hardscrabble life together, she tells him in an early scene set at the Century City shopping mall — a scene Lohan plays with such raw conviction that you can’t be sure who’s more afraid of slipping back into working-stiff anonymity, her or her character.
It doesn’t take long for the jealous Christian to figure out what’s going on under his blow-dusted nose, and to plot his revenge. It’s the least interesting aspect of the movie, though Deen is a minor revelation in the role. Having garnered a lot of ink in recent years as the nice-Jewish-boy porn star with the high IQ and rocket-scientist parents, the actor is used here for maximum smiling-psycho value — another in Ellis’ expansive gallery of spoiled brats who’ve never stopped wanting to get their way, even if they have to kill for it. And Deen is more than up for the challenge; he holds the camera captive with his chilly, privately amused stare.
What Christian really wants to do is direct, as evidenced by the amateur sex videos he makes starring himself, Tara and a variety of special guest stars. But if the sex in “The Canyons” is duly kinky and explicit — and surely one of the pic’s selling points, thanks to Lohan’s ample bosom and Deen’s celebrated schlong — it seems almost parochial compared with what the characters do to each other when they have their clothes on. Certainly, it’s no more outre than anything in “Basic Instinct” (which may be a measure of just how chaste movies have gotten again in the last 20 years). Schrader and Ellis’ intended showstopper — a four-way mini-orgy between Christian, Tara and an anonymous couple recruited online — unfolds mostly as closeups on faces, and could almost be accused of being tasteful were it not for the blanket of swirling multi-colored lights that turn the scene into an X-rated version of the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Gratuitous lighting effects aside, the guerrilla shoot seems to have reinvigorated Schrader, and the result is his most stylish picture in years, probably since “Auto Focus.” Shot in sleek widescreen HD by John DeFazio, with a pulsing, Giorgio Moroder-esque electronic score (credited to Brendan Canning and the Canadian duo Me and John), the movie’s surfaces gleam as attractively as its toned and tanned bodies, the latter constantly framed small against vast canvases of Oceanside bluffs, Sunset Boulevard traffic and hazy nighttime skies. This, Schrader seems to be saying, is the flame to which the moths are drawn, even if it is ultimately no more than a flickering illusion. The phrase Pauline Kael once used to describe Schrader’s aesthetic springs readily to mind: “apocalyptic swank.”
“The Canyons” doesn’t engender much sympathy for its characters— even nice-guy Ryan (convincingly played by Funk as just another pretty, none-too-bright face in the crowd) ultimately comes across as a cipher, to say nothing of Gina, who seems less concerned about her boyfriend’s infidelities than about the possibility of losing her credit on Christian’s movie. The major exception is Lohan, who gives one of those performances, like Marlon Brando’s in “Last Tango in Paris,” that comes across as some uncanny conflagration of drama and autobiography.Lohan may not go as deep or as far as Brando, but with her puffy skin, gaudy hoop earrings and thick eye makeup, there’s a little-girl-lost quality to the onetime Disney teen princess that’s very affecting. Whenever she’s onscreen, she projects a sense of just barely holding on to that precarious slide area in the shadow of the Hollywood sign.
Film Review: 'The Canyons'
Reviewed at Soho House, New York, July 22, 2013. (In Venice Film Festival — noncompeting.) Running time: 95 MIN.
An IFC Films release of a Post Empire Films/Sodium Fox/FilmworksFX production in association with Prettybird Pictures. Produced by Braxton Pope. Co-producers, Lindsay Lohan, Ross Levine, Kurt Kittleson, Beau Laughlin, Ricky Horne Jr., Ken Locsmandi.
Directed by Paul Schrader. Screenplay, Bret Easton Ellis. Camera (color, HD, widescreen), John DeFazio; editor, Tim Silano; music, Brendan Canning; additional music, Me and John; music supervisor, Amine Ramer; production designer, Stephanie J. Gordon; art director, Blake Piertolungo; costume designer, Keely Crum; sound, Michael Miramontes; supervising sound editor/designer, Glenn T. Morgan; re-recording mixer, Ben Wilkins; visual effects supervisor, Ken Locsmandi; visual effects, FilmworksFX; associate producers, Kyle Curry, Caleb King, Siavash Behmard, Jordan Aveline Blair, Dax Phelan, Paul Stewart, Jennifer Van Gessel, Glenn T. Morgan, Maure Silverman, Kerstin Emhoff, Brian Gilman, Paul Hunter, Andreas Sune, Hansen Ali Brown, Alexander Stojanovic, Blake Greenbaum, Shaun de Saint-Erne, Tim Silano, Morgan K. Goss, Pablo D’Stair, Simon Scriver, Andres De La Fuente; stunt coordinator, Julius Le Flore; assistant director, Christian Clarke; casting, Mary Vernieu, Venus Kanani.
Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston, Gus Van Sant, Jarod Einsohn, Chris Zeischegg, Victor Fischbarg, Jim Boeven, Phil Pavel, Lily Labeau, Thomas Trussel, Alex Ashbaugh, Chris Schellenger, Lauren Schacher, Diana Gitelman, Andres De La Fuente.
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has claimed that the band have had to offer bribes in order to stage their extravagant live shows.
According to the Sun, Bellamy said that representatives for the band had had to offer backhanders to people at various gigs so they could use their pyrotechnics and explosive effects. "Everywhere you go there are problems," he said. "We have accountants and lawyers arguing with all sorts of local councils and police and promoters."
He added: "In Rome, we had to bribe people with thousands of euros just to be allowed to blast our fire effects. We had to phone the British Embassy in Rome and argue with some official. If you want to do things like this on the move, it's quite a big deal. It's pretty bloody expensive, though. It's mind-boggling how much, actually."
In May of this year, Muse caused residents inCoventry to believe their local stadium had set fire due to the band rehearsing with their special effects. Flames rose above the top of the city'sRicoh Arena and led fans to fear that the stadium had been set ablaze. They flagged their concerns viaTwitter and Facebook, until the venue was forced to clarify the situation ontheir official Twitter account.
Muse, who released their latest studio album 'The 2nd Law' last year, gave a free concert to 15,000 people in London last month (June 2) at the premiere of the film World War Z. The band contributed music to the soundtrack of the zombie flick, which stars Brad Pitt, and treated fans at Horse Guards Parade Ground in St. James's Park to a set which included 'Supermassive Black Hole', 'Time Is Running Out' and 'Knights Of Cydonia'.
Taylor and Ed share a tender moment paddleboarding on Sunday, July 28 in Rhode Island. Taylor forgot to remover her lipstick and Ed forgot to remove his face.
Producer Princess Superstar who worked with Lana Del Rey in 2009, shared the final version of 'Maha Maha' and the official remix of 'Golden Grill' today.
Maha Maha (Final Version)
New version of Maha Maha, kindly shared by Princess Superstar
LanaDelReyNow interviewed Pricess Superstar about her sessions with Lana.
Princess Superstar is Concetta Kirschner, a rapper DJ and producer based in New York. She worked with Lana back in 2009, one of the tracks they worked on together (Moi Je Joue) leaked online last year. We contacted Princess Superstar to ask her a few questions about her experiences with Lana Del Rey AKA Lizzy Grant. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: Some may already know that you were the person who introduced Lana to one of her current managers, Ben Mawson, who has had a big effect on her career. Can you explain how the meeting came about?
A: [Lana and I] were working together and I really believed in her, so I introduced her to my then lawyer, Ben Mawson, who I knew was a hustler in the music biz. We all met at the Bowery Hotel in New York, I played him the music and then he became her manager.
Q: Could you tell us more about any other tracks we haven’t heard?
A: There are a few others, not really sure - it was the past, I am on to other things now. But they were definitely more creative, interesting and happy songs. In my opinion, cooler than the vibe she has now, which is pretty dark.
Q: Which track from your sessions together are you most fond of?
A: This incredible song called “Maha".
Q: Do you recall Lana’s personal favourite?
A: That was her favorite too, I think.
Read the full interview here
Princess Superstar’s upcoming album “The New Evolution” is out April 15th. Check her out HERE!
Golden Grill (Nyceboy Remix) (Official)
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The Gods of July ave been good to us. Leaks falling from the sky y'all.
After killing it in a Hervé Léger bandage dress and Yves Saint Laurent heels at the premiere of The Smurfs 2 in Westwood, Princess of Pop Britney Spears posted some tweets about her boys and working on her next album.
She is so cute. I'm too excited for this next era tbh
After selling out 10 arena shows, Beyonce has added extra shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth and announced that Australian-born MC Iggy Azalea will be the support act at all 14 shows.
Beyonce returned to the live circuit following her performance at the SuperBowl XLVII Halftime Show in New Orleans, in which she reunited with her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the first time since 2007. “There was pyrotechnics, 150 back-up dancers and epic hair-flicks aplenty throughout the highly anticipated performance,” we wrote, “but it was the arrival of B’s ex-bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams that had the 75,000 strong crowd (and estimated 100 million at-home viewers) jumping out their seats.”
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour promises “explosive special effects” and an “intricate, strobe-laden light show”, with costumes from several designers including Kenzo and Emilio Pucci. She typically closes out her two-hour sets with a rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston.
Queen Bey will now play four shows in both Melbourne and Sydney, and two nights in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Tickets for new shows on sale 9am this Friday – August 2.
Beyonce/Iggy Azalea tour dates:
Tuesday, October 22 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Sold out
Wednesday, October 23 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Sold out
Friday, October 25 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Sold out
Saturday, October 26 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Monday, October 28 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Sold out
Tuesday, October 29 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Sold out
Thursday, October 31 – Allphones Arena, Sydney Sold out
Friday, November 1 – Allphones Arena, Sydney Sold out
Saturday, November 2 – Allphones Arena, Sydney Sold out
Sunday, November 3 – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Tuesday, November 5 – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Sold out
Wednesday, November 6 – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Friday, November 8 – Perth Arena, Perth Sold out
Saturday, November 9 – Perth Arena, Perth
Iggy also shared the news on Twitter earlier by posting the following Instagram video: http://instagram.com/p/cVDKRxrqGW/
Beyoncé had already invited Iggy Azalea to perform at her big event Chime for Change's The Sound of Change Live at London's Twickenham Stadium back in June 1st.
Iggy's first Australian shows ever!! STAY MAD.
Make sure you're also voting for Iggy to win her first Moonman at this year's VMAs here!
The fall/winter 2013 Alexander McQueen collection featured ten looks inspired by, reported fashion critic Tim Blanks, “the excesses of Catholicism.” That, or the wardrobe of one fierce Elizabethan (drag) queen. Regal, but risqué.
And the collection’s accompanying campaign images, recently debuted, suggest it’s the perfect outfit for the royal baby’s christening.
After all, just because it’s a big day for baby Cambridge doesn’t mean he has to get all the attention, right?
Besides, all these ostrich feathers will give the little royal something to play with during any downtime.
So, basically, this has to happen. If the Duchess of Cambridge won’t dare to wear, then fingers crossed Princess Beatrice will.
And to remind you what these clothes look like in motion, here’s the entire collection’s ornate finery in fierce moving color. It’s AMAZING, all of it.
Article ( SOURCE ) + Video ( SOURCE )
Queen Elizabeth I definitely would approve with these choices...
What do you think of the ad campaign, ONTD? And lbr, Duchess Kate would just wear something simple yet classy for the christening. Still, a fashion whore can dream...
Wildfang’s ‘Icons Lookbook’ focuses on six of our favorite tomboy heroes: Marlene Dietrich, Tilda Swinton, Patti Smith, Francoise Hardy, Gwen Stefani, and Diane Keaton.
“I absolutely loved getting into character. Tilda is an incredible actor and an androgynous style icon. She’s known and loved for being a modern tomboy – I had a blast taking on her persona,” said Hannah Blilie.
Wildfang is based in Portland, Oregon and comprised of 10+ part-timers, full-timers and double-timers, who eat, sleep and breathe tomboy fashion and culture.
The Voice Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope sang the National Anthem today at the IMF Brickyard 400 NASCAR race today. This marks the second time Pope has performed the National Anthem at an event: in 2012, she performed at a Dodgers baseball game. After finishing her stint as the opening act on tour for Rascal Flatts, today's performance was a stop on a second radio promo tour to promote her new single "Wasting All These Tears" and upcoming solo album set to be released this fall.
Keep trying to get them country fans by now proclaiming your love for NASCAR. Even with all this promo and her music video, her single is still nonexistent on the charts (while season 4 winner Danielle's new song is actually doing pretty well). Bland and screechy National Anthem rendition, bland and screechy Opry performance surprises no one.
Also, her twitter got hacked today with spam ads for a weight loss pill/supplement thing. I'd provide pictures but by the time I made this post, she'd deleted all the tweets. It was still hilarious because it went on for long enough in between her actual tweets that I thought she was actually shilling this crap herself. LBR, she should be shilling Hot Topic extensions instead. At least she's got a new career path set when her country career dies.
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NASCAR Museum Source
Live Performance Source
Weekend chart from Box Office Mojo
International box office numbers (they're a weekend behind fyi)
Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes
Polls are still messed up, so they're under the spoiler cut
How was your weekend, ONTD? Are you looking forward to any movies coming out soon?
Jennifer Garner is gaga for the Prince George. Aussie Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne is also crazy about the royal baby.
Just ask Byrne's boyfriend, Bobby Cannavale.
"My girlfriend's really into it and I'm working with Jen Garner right now in a movie so between the two of them I know everything I need to know," Cannavale said at Thursday's L.A. premiere of his new movie, the Woody Allen-directed Blue Jasmine. "I know what kind of dress she wore. I knew he wore black jeans and drove his own car."
But then Canavale said, "I don't really give a s--t. I don't care."
How Kris Jenner Responded to
the Birth of the Royal Baby,
and Other Imagined Celebrity Connections
A videofeaturing Jennifer Lawrence freaking out upon meeting Jeff Bridges spreads like wildfire across the Internet Wednesday.
Later that night, Jeff’s wife greets him at the front door. “Why hello, my viral-video star!”
In an event that received scant media attention this week, Kate Middleton gives birth to the Royal Baby—named George Alexander Louis.
Khloe Kardashian walks into Kris Jenner’s office. Kris is nowhere to be found. Khloe notices that the word “Norge” is carved in jagged capital letters into the granite of Kris’s desk. There’s a knife on the ground. Khloe pushes aside an assortment of orange rinds, ketchup packets, and scented notepaper on the desk and finds the word “Georth”—with an “X” through it—etched underneath.
Beyoncé gets her weave caught in a fan (as in, a machine that generates airflow) during a concert in Montreal.
Beyoncé arrives backstage after the concert. Seven handlers flood the room immediately and apologize effusively on behalf of the venue manager. “Out,” Bey orders. After they leave, traces of smoke begin to emerge from her ears, and her temples turn a strange purple color. Her eyes glaze over in a glossy white as she twists her head off at the neck and snaps it off. She moves to the back of the room and opens a suitcase containing seven alternate heads. She chooses a replacement and hastily screws it into her neck.
Marvel announces that the sequel to Man of Steel will feature a yet-to-be-cast Batman opposite Superman, Henry Cavill.
Ten studio execs huddle around a laptop with IMDB pulled up. They chatter nervously as they sip green juices, clicking through the message boards on the Teen Wolf page.
Jason Sudeikis confirms he has left the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Jason’s playing Candy Crush in bed while Olivia Wilde reads The Interestings on her iPad. Jason puts his phone down.
“So you’ve got an out-of-work boyfriend. How does it feel? Now we can do date nights every Saturday! How crazy is that?”
Olivia looks up from the iPad. “Very crazy!”
Read more celebrity fanfiction, Vanity Fair style, involving Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, Selena Gomez, Demi Moore, and Bruce Willis at the ( SOURCE )
OMFG LOL what kind of Dan Humphrey Gossip Girl realness are you doing, Vanity Fair?
What's the best/worst celebrity fanfiction you've ever read/heard, ONTD?
The best moment of "The Canyons" arrives before any of its actors show up. While opening credits zap on to the screen, images of decayed movie theaters flit by, establishing a sense of dread for cinema's future. The plot of "The Canyons," in which dead-eyed young people hover around Hollywood with zero interest in the quality of the work, takes this gloomy prophesy to heart. But instead of commenting on the vapidity of the film industry, Paul Schrader's miscast, poorly executed and utterly soulless drama is an example of the failing art form it seeks to indict. Though it has real ideas, Schrader and his team never manage to put them into action.
Aptly described and damned with faint praise by Variety critic Scott Foundas as "a cross between Easton Ellis' 'American Psycho' and Schrader's 'American Gigolo'" in a press release announcing the movie's distribution, "The Canyons" echoes those works but lacks their nuances. The movie reveals its heavy-handedness from the very first scene, set at a posh restaurant, where the stone-faced Christian sits with his pouty-eyed arm candy Tara (Lohan) during a double-date with her friend Gina (Amanda Brooks) and her man Ryan (Nolan Funk), as he gears up for the lead role in a movie that Christian plans to make. Rolling his eyes when not glancing at his smartphone, Christian shamelessly talks about his swinger lifestyle while Tara sinks into her seat. There's no subtext here; it's all plain and simple: Trust-fund baby Christian is the devil, and the cheapness of the industry sustains his evil.
Unfortunately, it can't sustain "The Canyons," which awkwardly shifts into a thriller as Christian slowly becomes aware of Tara's liaison with Ryan, who got the role in Christian's movie only after Tara put in a good word for him. As his suspicions rise, Christian mounts a plan for vengeance against the struggling actor, leading to relatively tame scenes of sexual humiliation and eventually a rather predictable murder. Schrader's direction, while sullied by a confusing shift of formats and other glaring technical issues, mostly stays out of the way; the mounting scenes of drama don't make the mediocrities especially pronounced so much as they coalesce into a dry, insipid whole. Brendan Canning's eerie score and the occasionally nifty camerawork can't bypass the gratingly lo-fi production values and a lifeless atmosphere.
Of course, apologists could easily make the point that the prevalent emptiness is a canny reflection of the filmmakers' intentions: This is the future of the film industry and the people inhabiting it -- and it ain't pretty. "Do you like movies?" Lohan asks at one point in a conversation with her friend. Her tired delivery provides the answer. While "The Canyons" is populated by horribly vapid people, the promise of that fatalistic portrait never amounts to anything particularly insightful.
Schrader creates a more hypnotically unsettling vision when focused on the movie's erotic thriller aspects. But even with a topless Lohan and a group sex scene lit by swirling neon lights, the story fails to surprise. "I like the idea of somebody looking at something they can't have," Christian says when explaining his penchant for inviting strangers to watch him have sex. "The Canyons" embodies that perspective as it continually reaches for the possibilities of a more astutely crafted tale.
So "The Canyons" is a bad movie about the world of bad movies, which might make it sound like the victim of its own vitriol. But it's nearly impossible to appreciate it even on those terms. Lohan's performance is certainly terrible, but her steady slide started long ago; "The Canyons" has nothing on the awesomely horrendous 2007 "I Know Who Killed Me," a ultra-campy fusion of art house and crime movie tropes that fell apart in several directions at once.
Here, Lohan is as bland and unfocused as the material. During the one scene that allows her degrade her oppressive boyfriend, her robotic delivery freezes the possibilities of bonafide tension (as well as titillation, for whatever that's worth). "I don't like to feel like I'm not in control," Christian moans to his shrink, and while those may be Ellis' words, Schrader probably can relate. "The Canyons" has no discernible identity, resulting in the rare case where the story of the production outdoes the final product: As an indictment of the modern filmmaking practice, it's only effective because it fails.
Criticwire grade: D+
“Catching Fire” is right around the corner and what more of a perfect time for this to come out?Just consider it part of a good promo lineup.
A year ago or so, 20-year old Josh Hutcherson was caught on a online dating site.. under the name, “Connor”.
‘Connor’ was not only sending photos to girl(s) but actual videos of him pleasuring himself to someone who we gladly got a hold of.
The photos, which clearly depict his tattoo, were taken sometime around 2010-2011.
After reaching out to his team for a comment, all we got was legal threats.
We could say the odds were not in his favor, but in yours.
Happy Hunger Games everyone.
The gaming is ramping up for the week in the "Big Brother 15" house. Read on to find out what went down Saturday night (July 27), including some sexy time and some more racism! Or just sign up for the live feeds so you can take it all in for yourself.
In game news, Spencer is obviously going to take himself off the block with the Veto. Aaryn is most likely going to nominate Candice in his place, leaving Howard, Candice and Amanda on the block.
The How/Spe/Can alliance has started working on trying to get the house to flip on Amanda and vote her out, but so far they aren't having much luck. Helen and Elissa are acting like they might be interested, but they know they would still need two more votes (because they have Spencer) and they don't think they can get two more votes (and they're probably right).
Jessie might be convinced to flip, but Judd and Andy are pretty firm in their Goof Troop alliance with McCranda, so they won't flip. And GinaMarie will do whatever Aaryn tells her to do, so unless somehow they convince Aaryn that it's in her best interest if Amanda goes, they are probably out of luck.
For their part, Hel-El realize that Amanda is getting too tight with Aaryn, but they don't think this is the week to split them up.
So, Howard tried another tactic. He sat down with McCrae, Amanda and Judd and told them he keeps getting blamed for things because he's close to Candice and he doesn't want to keep cleaning up her messes. He is clearly trying to distance himself from her and if Candice is on the block, it may be easier for Howard/Spencer to get the house to vote out Candice -- everybody seems to hate her, especially the women, so if Howard can make a compelling argument that "horrible" Candice doesn't "deserve" to make it to jury, then he might have a shot at staying.
In other news, Amanda and GinaMarie played pool and decided to be gross and imitate Asian women with lines like, "I really, really want the ball in the pocket" and "I so happy, I so happy." Flashback to around midnight PT in the backyard if you'd like to listen to them be disgusting for yourselves.
UPDATE: Several commenters have said Amanda and GM were imitating the character of Ms. Swan from "Mad TV." That may be true -- we never heard them say that, specifically, and we didn't recognize the imitation because we never really watched "Mad TV."
Still, it seemed to come out of nowhere on the feeds and, frankly, it kind of surprises us that they would do that, considering what the houseguests have been warned about in the house. And also, after talking about Helen "straightening out her eyes" and making them rice and how when she evicts someone, she'll say (in an Asian accent) "No happy ending for you!", they don't really get the benefit of the doubt anymore.
And then later, Amanda and McCrae got down 'n dirty in the cockpit room. It's all happening around 4:40 am PT. Are they straight-up having sex yet? It would seem not, but there is definitely something happening under those covers.
Stay tuned here later today for the Power of Veto ceremony results, though we would be shocked if anybody other than Candice goes up in Spencer's place.
Here's some news that will delight Whovians and viewers afraid of spoilers: The "Doctor Who" 50th Anniversary special will air at the same time around the world.
According to a Radio Times report, which the official "Doctor Who" Tumblr shared, global broadcasters agreed to air the 3D special at the same time to avoid spoilers.
If the 50th anniversary special airs at 7 p.m. in the UK, it will air at 2 p.m. on the East Coast and 11 a.m. on the West Coast.
“It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international 'Doctor Who' fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November," BBC Worldwide said in a statement.
The "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special will unite current stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman with previous series stars David Tennant and Billie Piper. Smith will depart the series following the annual "Doctor Who" Christmas special. There's been no word on his replacement.
The "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special will air on Saturday, November 23.
Excited, ONTD? Only 4 months left to buy your 3D TV.
You gotta hand it to Jessica Chastain. Even when she's posing for weird photo shoots in some creepy abandoned woods, she still knows how to pull off a dress.
Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen.
Naya Rivera in Michael Kors.
Rachel Bilson in Oscar de la Renta. (Um...)
Armie Hammer in Gucci.
Duets featuring Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are finally set to be officially released, three decades after they were recorded.
Mercury’s former bandmates, Brian May and Roger Taylor, are working on tracks featuring the two dead superstars and have promised ‘something for folks to hear’ in two months.
Guitarist May described working on the sessions this month as: ‘Exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.’
The prospect of pop’s two greatest showmen combining in a musical reprise is a mouth-watering prospect for fans around the world.
Yet ironically the pair fell out after a collaboration in the early 1980s.
In what is thought to have been their only session together, they recorded three songs during six hours spent at Jackson’s home studio in Encino, California.
In 2011, May confirmed the Jackson estate had given permission for him to revamp the trio of recordings with Taylor and the pair have brought in US-based music producer William Orbit, who has worked with Madonna and Blur. The tracks are likely to include new guitar solos from May along with Queen-style vocal harmonies.
Writing on his blog in reply to a fan, May, 66, said: ‘There are a few items in progress. We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months’ time, hopefully.’ Jackson died in 2009, aged 50, after suffering cardiac arrest linked to his drug dependency. Mercury died from an Aids-related illness, aged 45, in 1991. A Jackson family source said he believed the post-Encino row stemmed from the pair’s inability to arrange a second recording session.
I hope it's true this time.