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    Sophie Ellis-Bextor will probably be hoping for… wait for it… anything but Murder On The Dancefloor after reportedly signing up for Strictly Come Dancing.

    The 34-year-old singer is said to have signed a Strictly deal worth £25,000, according to The Sun.

    The daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, Sophie hit number one in the charts in 2000 with Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), keeping Victoria Beckham’s first solo single, Out Of Your Mind, off the top spot.

    It is has been rumoured that she will release a new album this autumn, coinciding with her appearance on the dancer show.

    One celeb who looks certain to be unveiled as part of the BBC1 show’s line up is Abbey Clancy. The Liverpudlian model, married to Stoke footballer Peter Crouch, is believed to be looking to move south to cut down on her commute.

    The Daily Mirror was told:“Abbey is really excited to be appearing on Strictly. All her family and friends watch it and Peter is being very supportive – he can’t wait to see Abbey in her slinky, sparkly costumes.

    “Obviously living in Cheshire is not ideal when contestants have to train at least five times a week. She and Peter are, therefore, looking to rent a place in London and have their eye on a gorgeous £3million pad on a very desirable road.

    “Abbey’s already in fantastic shape but is looking forward to learning new moves and getting even fitter.

    “She’ll be a fantastic contestant.”

    Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher, Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington have also been linked with slipping on their dancing shoes for the show, as has Hairy Bikers cook Dave Myers.

    Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood was due to take part in the eleventh series but recently pulled out due to a clash of schedules.

    Claims he demanded too much money were dismissed by BBC sources.


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    cant wait for the movie! he looks so much like chris with the beard


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    Actor Shemar Moore's IndieGoGo campaign to fund his new film The Bounce Back ended this week with a final tally of $638,483 raised. Recall that Moore plans to executive produce and star in the romantic comedy about an author and relationship expert on a path to find love. Nadine Velazquez (Flight) is set to co-star.

    After initially setting up a campaign on Kickstarter to raise $1.5 million for the project, Moore switched to IndieGoGo in June with a new goal of $500,000, which was reached well before the deadline. He made time to talk to S&A about his new movie and fundraising campaign.

    SHADOW & ACT: Congratulations on making your fundraising goal.

    SHEMAR MOORE: Yeah, it's pretty cool. This whole process has been new to me, so I didn't really know if we had a shot or how it worked. I'm not one to ask for money so that was a little foreign to me. But then I started to understand the concept, that this is the way Hollywood is now progressing, and I could control of my own content and create stories that I want to tell. It's kind of fun not to be a puppet anymore, where you take the strings off and you're not saying someone else's words. I can come up with the projects that Hollywood might not necessarily be making.

    S&A:  Tell me about the story. It sounds pretty similar to some of the romantic comedies that we've seen lately.

    SM: Sex sells, drama sells, love stories sell. We never get enough of falling in love and believing in love. I did a movie called Diary of a Mad BlackWoman which was about finding true love. So yeah it's going to be similar, but not exactly the same. It's more of a dramedy. This guy writes a book because he lost the love of his life in a car accident, so there's going to be an element of drama and heartache. But then it's about trying to find love and giving women the rules and tips to outthink a man and keep a man.

    S&A: The idea sounds a lot like Think Like A Man and the wave of advice being given to women on how to get and stay in a relationship. Will your movie poke fun at that concept?

    SM: Yeah, you've got to poke fun at it because this is what's jumping off the shelves. This is what women and men are talking about, especially women. But there's also a dramatic element to it that I think is really going to get people's attention. We're selling a very original story that everybody can relate to.

    S&A: We hear a lot about the audience's desire to see more black couples onscreen. Were you conflicted at all about your choice to cast a Latina actress as your love interest?

    SM: Nadine Velazquez is just very talented and she showed support. She was a friend of a friend who said, "I like this story, I'd love to be a part of it." She did me a favor and we were able to shoot a little teaser. It's not to say that my love interest couldn't be black. We haven't shot the movie yet. I just know that Nadine is very passionate about it and I would love to have her in the movie. But I think love is blind. I'm half black, half white. So are we going to be mad at my mother and father for being together? I wouldn't have life without it.

    I don't see myself as a "black actor," I'm just Shemar Moore the actor.  I'm very proud to be black but I'm just as much black as I am white. But I want tell stories that everybody can relate to, so I don't care who's opposite me. If Halle Berry or Jada Pinkett Smith called and said, "I want to do a movie with you," I'd be right there because I believe in their talent.

    S&A: Was marketing a consideration when it came to casting? It's been said that interracial couples in films attract a wider audience than black couples, especially overseas.

    SM: If every character in the movie is black, it's going to be looked at as a black movie and that might alienate other people from going to see it. But we're very sensitive to representing all demographics and it's going to be a very mixed cast. Whoever fits the bill and can bring the noise.

    S&A: What initially attracted you to crowdfunding? Have you tried traditional means to get this project made?

    SM: You know how hard it is to get a script sold, and then once you get it to the studio and they pay for it there's a lot of hands on it and it doesn't always become the movie that you want it to be. So my team came to me and educated me on this whole new process to get projects funded. This just takes it out of the hands of the studio, and if they're interested in the finished product we'll get distribution and go from there.

    S&A: Have you gotten any of the same pushback that Spike Lee is getting, saying that as a celebrity you have the money and influence to get your project made the traditional way?

    SM: I'm in the upper tax bracket, but even if I went and funded this movie myself it doesn't tell Hollywood that there's a demand for it. The $500,000 that we asked for, none of that goes in my pocket at all. But it's a statement to Hollywood that there's a fan base, there's a demand for content that they may not be thinking of. I'm proving that I'm marketable and people want to see me make this type of movie. I told the fans, a dollar goes a long way. If I have one million people following me on Facebook and everybody gives a dollar, that's $1 million. And then all along the way, there were always incentives - set tours, I have a whole Baby Girl clothing line, photo shoots, all these things that keep it exciting for the fans. No matter what we raise, I'm going to dig in my own pockets and go to my own investors and get this thing made.

    S&A: What about the idea that crowdfunding was intended as a tool for people who don't have the ability to self-finance or seek money elsewhere? Do you see your campaign as having any effect on those filmmakers?

    SM: Celebrities have more influence to be able to reach out to people, but people are becoming famous on Facebook and social media every day. Kim Kardashian is a major player coming off of a reality show and nobody can turn a blind eye to what she's accomplished, no matter how you see her. But this is a new way to broaden the playing field, so if you can use social media, make enough noise, show that you're authentic and show that it's not a hustle, you can raise money. You can make a movie for $50,000 and be done. (is it just me or does is not really answer the question- op)

    S&A: Tell me about your choice to switch from Kickstarter to IndieGoGo. We know that with IndieGoGo you get to keep all the funds raised regardless of whether you make your goal.

    SM: Exactly that. We had a longer period of time to raise a lower amount of money, and we'd be able to keep the funds.

    S&A: Why not go with IndieGoGo from the beginning?

    SM: For me, it was because I wasn't aware. This was my first time doing it, and so my team had heard about Kristen Bell and other celebrities using Kickstarter and we just assumed that was the route (did not do any type of research, smh - op) But once we got into it and had some sources come and educate us about IndieGoGo, we decided that was better for what we wanted. I'm brand new. I've only been on social media for nine months so once I started learning about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, hashtag this and hashtag that, and when we saw the amount of access to the fan base, that we could use social media to make noise behind projects that I want to do, I said let's go for it.

    S&A: You lowered your fundraising goal when you moved to IndieGoGo. Does that mean that less of the budget will be covered by IndieGoGo, or that the budget of the film has grown smaller?

    SM: $500,000 was the goal because we knew if we got it within five or six weeks, it would show there's a demand and excitement behind me and my vision. But we want to make the movie for somewhere between $1.5 and $3 million. So if I have to use some of my own money I will, because I'm passionate about this. I will go out and I'll get a line of credit, I'll get private investors, I'll do whatever I need to do.

    S&A: Have you taken any lessons from this crash course in both social media and crowdfunding?

    SM: It's just a machine that we have to fuel. I do a lot of it myself and I think the success is from the accessibility that I've allowed with the fans, because it's fun for me. I'm flirting, I'm interacting and doing live chats. They know I'm real and sense that I'm genuine. There's such a big fan base from Criminal Minds and I'm broadening awareness of who I am, how I'm fighting for my mother with MS, that people are seeing the human quality behind my celebrity. And then my talent speaks for itself in that they've followed my career and believe in me, and they want to see me do more than just be Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds or Malcolm Winters on The Young & The Restless.

    S&A: What kind of audience are you hoping the movie will connect with?

    SM: My fan base is from 10-year-old youngsters to 85-year-old grandmas, so I'm hoping they will all come out and support.  Obviously 10-year-olds don't know about love, but certainly high schoolers with their first loves, getting their hearts broken, and the crazy ride of trying to find "the one." I think a really broad group of people will relate to it. If you're in high school or anything above that, you'll have a good time.


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    One Direction did impressions of Simon Cowell as he looked on during a concert over the weekend.

    The music mogul is reported to be expecting a child with Lauren Silverman, who is the wife of one of his friends. She is said to be around ten weeks along and is getting divorced from Andrew Silverman.
    Over the weekend Simon jetted to Las Vegas to watch British group One Direction perform. He helped discover them on the UK version of The X Factor and watched on proudly as they took to the stage, following claims they are to become the first boyband to make $1 billion.
    "Simon had a good laugh with the boys. They were pleased to be among the first to congratulate him on his baby news and were very happy to see him," an insider told British newspaper The Sun.
    Singers Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson paid tribute to Simon during their show, although in a rather cheeky way.
    "They were doing Simon impersonations. He looked very proud of the band during the show," a source laughed.
    Simon is now travelling to the south of France, where he will enjoy a yachting holiday around St. Tropez. Lauren isn't joining him, with claims the star doesn't plan to see her until her messy divorce is finalised. Andrew has filed papers to end the marriage, naming Simon in them and citing adultery as the reason for the split.
    It's claimed Simon and Lauren haven't seen each other for around four weeks and he will also not be joined by any of his usual friends while on holiday. He is known for vacationing with his ex-girlfriends including Jackie St Clair, but on this occasion will take some time to consider what is going on in his life.
    "Simon was much quieter than usual [at the concert]; he clearly has a lot on his mind. He went and surprised the One Direction boys though and chatted to them later," a source told British newspaper The Mirror.
    “They were giving him a little ¬light-hearted banter and Simon made some quip about them not following suit and getting girls pregnant.
    “He put on a brave face but Simon is in a very dark place. This has all hit him hard. At the moment he just wants to get away from everyone and have some down time, on his own.”
    While some of his ex-girlfriends won't be joining him on his £45 million yacht, there are some close pals going along. They are said to be hoping to get him through the on-going scandal.
    "They’ve seen the signs before when he locks himself away and they are fearful he may enter in to one of his dark moods again. They are trying to keep his spirits up and avoid him cutting himself off from others and spiralling into depression," a source explained.


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    Kelly Osbourne has made a name for herself as an outspoken co-host of the fashion critique show “Fashion Police,” and she’s engaged to be married – but things weren’t always so wonderful for her.

    The daughter of Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne and “The Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne has had her share of personal problems, including a struggle with drugs.

    In a new interview with Cosmopolitan U.K., Osbourne, 28, discussed how supportive her mother was during her various stints in rehab and revealed the lengths Sharon Osborne went to in order to get her off drugs.

    “My mum even had me put in a padded cell once to scare me but, like a brat, I just sat it out until she said, ‘Well, that’s not going to work’, but what I’ve learnt is that no amount of therapy or medication is going to work unless you want it to,” Osbourne said.

    Osbourne spoke to ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga two months about what finally made her come clean and turn her life around.

    “I was sick and tired of not liking myself for no reason and believing what everyone said about me,” she told Golodryga. “I thought, ‘Well, if they say that I’m a drug addict…why don’t I just be that then?”

    Osbourne told the magazine that when her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, she had to choose between a coveted movie role or helping her mother – whom she has called her best friend – through her illness.

    “I was faced with the choice of a career or spending what could have been the last days of my mother’s life with her. … I became my mum’s nurse 24/7,” she said.

    Sharon Osbourne also underwent a double mastectomy after her cancer scare, an action her daughter described as “brave.”

    “It’s a huge, huge decision and you have to be brave to go through that,” Osbourne told ABC News’ Golodryga.

    “She’s bloody annoying,” Osbourne said, laughing, of her mom. “But she is my best friend.”

    Osbourne recently got engaged to longtime boyfriend Matthew Mosshart, and she told Cosmopolitan that she wanted to start a family one day.

    She said she wants a boy and a girl, adding: “When I do … I will not have a baby call me mom.”

    She also talked in the interview about her struggles with her weight.

    “I can’t lie; it’s been hard having people say, ‘You’re fat,’ and, ‘You’re a beached whale,’ but I’ve been judged since I popped out, and I’ve never known anything else,” she said. “What’s been great is overcoming that and understanding that these people are just idiots who hurt your feelings because they want a reaction. I’m proud of proving them wrong.”

    Kelly Osbourne’s Workout Secret: Hula Hooping

    Jacqui Meddings, the magazine’s entertainment editor, called Osbourne “a total inspiration to young women.”

    “It’s so raw and honest for her to speak in that way and you really feel for her and Sharon’s battle as well…for a mother to see her daughter so desperate,” Meddings said.


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    Not a single associate at the firm could avoid a "Conflict of Interest" on this week's episode of Suits.

    From Edward's still dubious interest in Hessington Oil to Donna's new "arrangement" with Stephen, it's clear that as the stakes get higher, the emotional attachments and associations continue to become more complicated.

    Like every other week, most of the details of what exactly took place with the case were fast moving and went a little over my head. That said, the points that directly affected the character progression were, of course, the most memorable.

    First, I loved the opening sequence with Louis and Harvey both running in different parts of town, catching the same bit of news and arriving at Pearson/Darby just in time to greet each other outside their respective cabs. Apparently Louis gaining an associate of his own has made him much more like Harvey than he might care to realize and/or given him an ego boost beyond what he can even imagine.

    In regards to the case, anything beyond this initial encounter about whether or not Ava should be talking to the media or not and the associated haggling and favor-trading to decapitate Gianopolis' ability to take Hessington Oil away from its namesake is a bit beyond my pay grade. What I did understand about the process was that it required sworn enemies Mike and Katrina to join the same team and work together for once.

    The results were staggering in their impact on the case, but their interactions and homage to The Wire should earn their way into the Suits vault of classic moments. I was interested in Katrina's insistence that Mike go with Louis to see Gianopolis and his people, I'm not sure what she was trying to do besides potentially create buzz around the firm about Louis' legal prowess. I suppose in that way it was meant to be a sign of good faith to both Louis and Mike. Problem is, you never really can tell with Katrina. For now, though, she's seemingly found a place within the firm wherein she's not constantly a source of tension and trouble and could actually contribute something.

    That could be important later on, given that it appears battle lines of some kind are beginning to be drawn between Edward and Jessica. We all knew from the beginning that the 51-49 split and the arrangement of the names on the door that kept Jessica first was more a courtesy than a recognition on Darby's part that Jessica was still the driving force behind the firm, only merging with Darby to secure a strategic relationship. If Jessica finds herself in a vulnerable position once again, she will need everyone she can on her side, including Katrina, to perhaps regain control.

    Speaking of strategic relationships, it seems Donna has formed one of her own with the dapper and charming Mr. Huntley. I can't say I'm surprised, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to see Donna take the reins in her love life and enjoy it to the fullest. They certainly do make a great couple. Then again, wouldn't she and Harvey also make a great couple? It makes me wonder how he would take the news of Donna being in a relationship. But if Huntley is the British version of Harvey, doesn't that suggest that Donna and American Harvey would also have a chance?

    One wonders why Donna thought it necessary to disclose to Harvey her relationship with Huntley in the first place. Of course, she never got to tell him, but it's clear she felt some obligation to in the first place which is interesting.

    Another great part of this episode was the confrontation between Jessica and Harvey in which he squarely told Jessica that she hated being number-two. Given her blowup with Darby at the end, this is no doubt the truth, and it's starting to become a major plot point that will no doubt end in an epic showdown. All I can say is I hope it happens sooner rather than later.

    So, Suitors, do you believe our favorite firm is headed towards another civil war?



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    From the scant news that's trickled out since Kim Kardashian brought forth daughter North West on June 15, she's seemingly been focused on breast-feeding, changing poopy diapers, promoting mom Kris' talk show and working off the pregnancy pounds. But the New York Daily News says she's also spent time plotting to take over the kiddie clothing market, with a little help from the fruit of Kanye West's loins.

    Kim's fashion designer friend Lloyd Klein says Kim wants to launch a children's collection, adding that he believes the yet-to-debut North would make a "great poster child" for the tot togs.

    "I am sure [Kim] is going to come up with a line for babies," he tells the paper. "It is very cute to design for babies. [It would be] soft colors, pastels, something very dreamy and still trendy."

    At least it would be if it actually was happening. A rep for Kardashian assures E! News that a baby line will definitely not be part of the reality star's various sartorial ventures, which ranges from her Kardashian Kollection for Sears to K-DASH for QVC.

    Then again, if she changes her mind about creating ankle-biter attire, she could pick Yeezy's brain for ideas. In a report best taken with a Khloe-sized grain of salt, the London Sun claims that Kanye, who recently debuted a $120 plain white T-shirt, sent a gift package to Prince William and Duchess Kate's baby son, Prince George, featuring "mini-versions" of his clothing line, including such infant wardrobe staples as skinny jeans and hoodies.


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    Pretty Little Liars 4x10 "The Mirror Has Three Faces" - Still living at a motel, Emily is taken aback when Mrs. Dilaurentis offers to let her move into Ali's old room and is even more distraught when the other Liars insist she take Mrs. D up on her offer. Hanna explodes when it appears her mother's recent good fortune has taken a turn for the worse. And Ezra continues to reel from Maggie's big news when he's dealt an even more crushing blow regarding his son. Meanwhile, Aria makes an effort to get involved in Jake's (Ryan Guzman) interests and finds herself with an opportunity to follow up on a lead. And 'A' continues to toy with Toby's emotions regarding his mother's death, and Spencer is along for the ride.

    Sources 1, 2, 3, 4

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    Actress Sarah Jessica Parker covers the September 2013 issue of Harper's Bazaar. She's wearing a dress by Marc Jacobs on the cover. In the interview, SJP talks about her husband, Matthew Broderick, collaborating with Halston and her new HBO show, Into the Fire.

    On Her Husband, Matthew Broderick: "I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We're very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he's the father of my children, and it's because of him that there's this whole other world that I love."

    On Working With Halston: "We've all worked with complicated people, and I always think that I can disarm them. I love collaborating. I'm a great listener and learner, and I don't think I know more than they do. I'm transparent."

    On Her New HBO show, Into the Fire: "It's about a woman, a beloved talk-show host out of Minneapolis, whose husband is a cook. He sort of put his career on hold while she had this big success, and ultimately they move to New York to give his career a chance. But they're floundering. He's a hothead and he can't really keep a job. Deeply lovable."

    Sources 1 | 2 | 3

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    According to a new post on Twitter, it appears as though the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's celebrated fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS has found its Little Red Riding Hood - none other than internet sensation Sophia Grace.

    Lucas Brownlee, Sophia Grace (Brownlee)'s uncle, writes, "Its official, @PrincessSGB (Sophia Grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood,"

    He also writes, "Alongside jonny depp, james corden, chris pine and meryl streep amongst others, out on boxing day 2014,"

    Check out Lucas Brownlee's original Tweet here.

    Grace shot to superstardom as a guest on popular daytime chat show ELLEN, where she famously reprised performances of hits like Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass", Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and others she found success with on YouTube alongside her cousin, Rosie.

    Grace now joins an impossibly impressive array of talent in the film from CHICAGO director Rob Marshall, all officially confirmed in this very column on BroadwayWorld last month - among them, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp and many more.

    Of note, no official confirmation has yet been given as to what actor will essay the role of Jack, though young LES MISERABLES lead Daniel Huttlestone is rumored as the front-runner.

    Leading INTO THE WOODS will be acclaimed stage and screen superstar Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella's Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother.

    INTO THE WOODS is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by original bookwriter James Lapine and is set to premiere in December 2014.

    The original 1987 production of INTO THE WOODS starred Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien, winning multiple Tony Awards including Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress In A Musical. More recently, a Tony Award-winning 2002 Best Revival starred Vanessa Williams, Kerry O'Malley and Stephen DeRosa.

    Sondheim's score for INTO THE WOODS features such cherished gems as "Children Will Listen", "No One Is Alone" and many more. Sondheim and I discussed the previous attempts at a feature film adaptation of INTO THE WOODS in both of our InDepth InterViews, as well as the themes and specific songs of the musical itself.


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    Apparently Mike Will is not just featuring Miley Cyrus on his first single, but on his next single as well. It is titled "Stand By Me" and features Future and Miley. He is also seen in this interview explaining how Miley asked him to be a part of "23" and not the other way around, and how he became a self-proclaimed Miley Cyrus fan.

    Diddy took to his twitter to announce his excitement for Mike Will, Miley, and Future.


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    Kendall and Kylie Jenner say they feel inspired by Kanye West's fashion advice.

    Following in the footsteps of their famous Kardashian half-siblings, sisters Kendall and Kylie have ventured into clothing creation and designed a collection for Californian lifestyle brand PacSun.

    Kylie, 15, admits it's great to have Kim Kardashian's boyfriend, Kanye West - who has label DW Kanye West - around because of his experience in the high-fashion world.

    "He's such a creative person and he's really cool and it's, like, very cool to have him in the family now. He's such a nice guy. A couple of days ago, I was in the kitchen and so was he and I were just talking about my clothing line and how excited I was and he was like, 'Your clothing line - I can help you and design. We can do this!'" she said in an interview with

    "Like, whatever, because he's just kind of about taking over the world with fashion pretty much and that's really inspiring."

    Kendall, 17, and Kylie have also recently launched a jewellery line in the US. They are proud of their achievements, and don't like to rely on their elder half-siblings for help.

    "Not much," Kendall revealed when asked how much she's learned from the Kardashians. (lol)

    "I mean, with our clothing line and our jewellery line, we didn't want much input from them, just because we wanted this to be all us. We're trying to not be so involved. This isn't their clothing line. This isn't their jewellery line. It's ours. We don't want their input on it."

    Kendall and Kylie regularly show off their style credentials at a whole host of events.

    The pair ignore criticism from people who think they should dress more "age appropriate".

    "I get a lot of 'we're trying to grow up too fast,' but the fact of the matter is we're trying to be kids as long as we can and the way I dress - I wear heels and a skirt - doesn't make me any older," Kylie said, before Kendall added: "It's jealousy mostly, too - from young girls who are our age who are saying we look too old. But I mean, I think that we understandably - in my eyes - dress a little older because of our sisters.

    "We have older sisters who we've been around our entire lives. I remember being like five, six or seven years old and going into Kourtney's closet - because she has a really small foot and walking around in her heels."


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    Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney are “ready for marriage,” reports Star.

    The tabloid claims the couple is planning to “tie the knot in Taylor’s hometown of Lancaster, [Pennsylvania] within the next few months.”

    A purported resident of the town tells the mag, “Taylor always said he wanted to marry here,” noting, “He’s brought Lady Gaga to visit many times and she loves it because of the small-town pace and the fact that people leave her alone.”

    Another so-called “source” says, “She likes the idea of a low-key wedding around Lancaster.”

    The alleged resident goes on to claim that “the whole town is on pins and needles,” adding, “It would be wonderful to have a celebrity couple of their magnitude marry in our small town.”

    Yes, because that’s really the only thing that gets small town folk through their day-to-day: the possibility that maybe, just maybe, Lady Gaga will decide to get married in their community.


    A rep for Gaga tells Gossip Cop the magazine’s wedding report is totally “false.”


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    Lady Gaga's new single off the forthcoming album ARTPOP leaked online yesterday, and depending on whom you talk to, it's either called "Aura" or "Burqa." Quality of the track aside (music bloggers have mixed opinions), it pretty blatantly sexualizes Muslim women. But that hardly makes it "controversial," which is pretty much as far as our discourse has gotten on the issue.

    Look, Taylor Swift's choice of dating partners is controversial. When Miley Cyrus cut all her hair off? That was pretty damn controversial. When a white American pop star fetishizes the women of another culture in order to sell records, that's not controversial. It's unequivocally insensitive, if not worse.

    Lady Gaga has worn burqa-like outfits before as a fashion statement. No one is quite sure what to make of them — the Daily Mail wrote that the veiled outfit she wore to a 2012 fashion show courted "controversy," and that she was "treading on dangerous ground." Well, she keeps treading the same ground, without much damage.

    The lyrics of Gaga's new single complement the "sexy" burqa-like outfits she has been known to wear (at the same fashion show 2012, she wore a sheer, hot pink burqa with jeweled panties underneath, pictured above). Gaga hasn't confirmed that this leaked single is hers, but it sounds authentic and music blogs are treating it as such. Here are some the lyrics to the new song:

    My veil is protection for the gorgeousness of my face
    You want to fancy me cause . . . woman to love
    But in the bedroom, the size of them’s more than enough
    Do you wanna see me naked, lover?
    Do you wanna peak underneath the cover?

    Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura, behind the aura?
    Do you wanna touch me, let’s make love
    Do you wanna peak underneath the cover?
    Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura
    Behind the aura, behind the aura, behind the aura

    It’s not a statement as much as just a move of passion . . .
    Behind the aura, behind the aura,
    Behind the curtain, behind the burqa, ARTPOP.

    Gaga's doing a few things here, all of them in questionable taste. She takes on the persona of a woman who wears a burqa, which is a fraught move at best, crass appropriation at worst. She then alludes to the fact that wearing a burqa is a choice for many women and that wearing one can be empowering ("I am a woman of choice"), which betrays a shocking knowledge of, well, pretty much the basic facts about women in Islam.

    But then she fetishizes the women who wear the garment ("Do you want to see me naked, lover? Do you want to peek under the cover?"), turning them into sexual objects — which is precisely the opposite of what the burqa is supposed to do. Finally, she tosses off any criticisms that she, as a pop star, might get for donning a burqa ("Enigma popstar is fun/She wear burqa for fashion/It's not a statement as much as just a move of passion").

    Basically, Gaga absolves herself from any responsibility by saying she's an "enigma" and is not making a "statement." Famous Americans don't have to worry about cultural complexities. Leave that to women in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. You know, the ones who wear burqas non-ironically.

    This obviously isn't the first time a female pop star has used cultural appropriation as a sexy hook for a new single or music video. Earlier this summer, Madonna posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing a chain-link veil resembling a niqab. Apparently the "look" was for a Harper's Bazaar shoot. She captioned the photo, "The Revolution of Love is on . . . Inshallah." Inshallah means "God willing" in Arabic. Earlier, Madonna had practiced the Jewish mystic rites of kabbalah, so perhaps this is all a little confusing.

    Some have speculated that the pop star was trying to make a statement about the oppression of women in predominantly Muslim countries. If she was, it'd be easier to, you know, actually make a statement. Instead of posting some vague, sexy selfie that's destined to get headlines that don't further any cause other than Madonna's own popularity.

    Younger pop stars are learning from Madonna's and Gaga's example. Selena Gomez has been sporting a sexy Hindu look, complete with a bindi and a revealing Arabian Nights-inspired outfit, to promote her single "Come and Get It" this summer. Lady Gaga and Madonna have also worn bindis in the past.

    And Miley Cyrus has taken to appropriating a segment of black culture in her new video for her single "We Can't Stop." The star twerks (as she's done before) while black women dance around her. Dodai Stewart of Jezebel wrote of the video:"Along with the gold grill and some hand gestures, Miley straight-up appropriates the accoutrements associated with certain black people on the fringes of society."

    All four pop stars have been, by all accounts, insanely successful in the music industry. They've sold albums and singles before without having to shamelessly steal from other cultures. It just seems they've figured out that throwing on a bindi, burqa, or grill is a great way to get attention. Maybe we should stop giving it to them.


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  • 08/07/13--21:41: Elysium Premiere

  • Producer Simon Kinberg, actors William Fichtner, Faran Tahir, Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, director Neill Blomkamp, actors Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Diego Luna attend the premiere of TriStar Pictures' "Elysium" at Regency Village Theatre on August 7, 2013 in Westwood, California.

    Matt Damon

    Jodie Foster

    Sharlto Copley

    Diego Luna

    Wagner Moura

    Alice Braga

    William Fitchner

    Faran Tahir

    Maxwell Perry Cotton

    Emma Tremblay

    Eugenia Kuzmina

    Emily Osment

    Derek Theler

    Adrian Holmes

    Josh Blacker

    Neill Blomkamp

    Stana Katic

    Simon Kinberg

    Sharlto Copley & Tanit Phoenix

    Matt Damon & Luciana Damon

    Alice Braga

    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, & Sharlto Copley

    Matt Damon & Diego Luna

    Alice Braga & Diego Luna

    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Neill Blomkamp, and Sharlto Copley

    Simon Kinberg, actors William Fichtner, Faran Tahir, Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, director Neill Blomkamp, actors Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Diego Luna

    This is my first premiere post so hopefully I did not botch this up, I may add some more photos as they start coming in

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    she looks cute imo
    bey's insta

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    Mariah Carey dressed up her cast Monday night -- this time with a black leather studded covering -- at the New York premiere of her new film The Butler and she also opened up to ET's Nancy O'Dell about the shoulder injury she suffered while shooting a music video directed by her husband Nick Cannon.

    When asked about the incident last month in which she fell while filming a remix version of her single Beautiful, Mariah joked that it happened during "the moment that [Nick] looked away" during the shoot. "I wasn't looking away, if you looked in the footage, I'm leaping..." Nick says, before playfully being shushed by Mariah, who plays the mother of The Butler (Forest Whitaker) in the movie.

    "It wasn't Nick's fault, it was my fault," Mariah confessed. "Honestly, I had been working for a really long time, and you know how when you're posing... I was posing, and my arm was like this -- and it was shaking at that point -- so it was very fatigued. And about the ninth take, the tenth take... I was on a roll darling, a roll... and the next thing I knew, I was on the floor baby, on cement."


    im watching you nick...

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    Hollywood has a dirty secret... Alright, Hollywood has thousands and thousands of dirty secrets, but it has one that's extra-dirty, and extra-secret. It's this: it's not the only movie business in America, or California, or even L.A. Just up the road, there's a whole other system of studios and stars and sound-stages, and Hollywood really, really doesn't like to talk about it.

    It's not like the world in general doesn't talk about porn—it's practically impossible to read a serious newspaper or a media-savvy website right now without encountering someone pontificating about porn: porn's role in our society, porn and men, porn and women, porn and children, porn and culture. But the same is not true of the movie industry—an industry that likes talking about itself, but really doesn't like talking about its pervy little brother up in San Fernando. (A little brother, by the way, that has absolutely no problem at all with talking about its older sibling: no major Hollywood film comes out now without a meticulously produced porn parody in which the actual sex often seems secondary to straight-up fan service, as fascinatingly chronicled by Buzzfeed a little while ago.)

    Adult movies” have been accessible without going down to Times Square in a big raincoat for decades now, and since the millennium, you haven't even had to leave your room (hence all the moral panic), but in all that time, Hollywood has treated them mostly as a punchline, sometimes as a cautionary tale, occasionally as a bit of razzle-dazzle, and very, very rarely as something complicated and interesting and worthy of intelligent commentary. Mostly, it hasn't treated them as anything at all.

    But maybe that’s changing? This cinematic year has been, by Hollywood's low standards, peculiarly interested in porn. Earlier this year, James Francoproduced a documentaryKink,” about the BDSM site, and prolific British director Michael Winterbottom (director of 2004's “9 Songs,” a “mainstream” film featuring unsimulated sex and little else) released “The Look of Love,” a biopic of porn baron Paul Raymond. This week, “Lovelace”, theAmanda Seyfried-starring biopic of the “Deep Throat” star, arrives in theaters, joining themuch-discussed “The Canyons,” which is not a porn movie per se (though it features graphic sex), but stars adult film celeb James Deen. And to top it all off, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's September directorial debutDon Jon” is also about porn and porn addiction.

    So now seems as good a time as any to ask how exactly Hollywood does deal with the other movie industry, when it deigns to do so. Briefly, the answer is “not very well.” And while the quality may range between the movies discussed below, the key factor for many is that their approach gets them off on the wrong foot to start. How? Let us count the ways:

    1. By Making Porn Comic

    This is Hollywood's go-to response to porn, and to sex in general, really: naked people (especially naked fat people, or naked old people, or naked people of the same gender) are funny. So people whose job it is to be naked must be, like, really funny, or at least, laughing at them must be really fun.

    It isn't. Two years ago, Tom Brady and a cabal of deeply evil people headed up by Adam Sandler released “Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star,” which turned out to be not just the worst film about porn in quite some time, but also probably the worst cultural product that humankind has ever produced. The arrival of ‘Bucky Larson,’ a story of painful idiocy about a Midwestern hick determined to make it in porn despite having a tiny penis (hilarious!), was redeemed only (and even then only partially) by the opportunity that it gave critics to exercise their bile glands.

    But though ‘Bucky Larson’ is the worst such film, others in the same vein have also failed to raise a smile: 2005's “The Amateurs” (starring Jeff Bridges) was largely just embarrassing for its way-too-good cast, while 2010's “Elektra Luxx” proved that moving away from brash, fratty sex comedy to arty, ensemble sex comedy doesn't help at all. A dishonourable mention here must also go to Luke Greenfield's teen rom-com “The Girl Next Door,” which is very confused and confusing in its approach to the porn industry (as embodied by Elisha Cuthbert) depicting it by turns as glamorous, hilarious and tragic, frequently in the same scene, depending on what’s convenient for the story.

    It may be encouraging that this year's crop of films about porn doesn't, for once, include anything in the gross-out comedy vein. On the other hand, quite a lot of it swings to the other end of the spectrum, which can prove just as bad.

    2. By Making Porn Tragic

    The flipside of the "porn is hilarious" approach comes almost as instinctively to filmmakers who want to make serious, adult movies about "adult movies": porn is heart-breakingly sad. For whom? For everyone, of course!

    On the one hand, producing porn is a tragic business, a cruel starlet-crushing machine ideally suited to lazy Lifetime biopics about shy young girls from nice small towns who get seduced into a seemingly glamorous world of sex, drugs and easy money, until they etc. etc. etc.: fill in the blanks.

    This is clearly the route that "Lovelace" has chosen to go down (see our review) and while its true that Linda Lovelace did have a rough and complicated life, it's also true that there's a huge amount of interesting discussion to be had about the cultural atmosphere that created her career, and the subsequent cultural impact that that career had. For everyone who wails about how porn is so much more present in the mainstream today than it was in the past, you would do well to remember that for many months in 1972 you could just go into your friendly neighbourhood cinema and watch "Deep Throat" as though it were a mainstream release. "Lovelace," unsurprisingly, doesn't really bother getting into any of that, though the 2005 documentary “Inside Deep Throat” does and is more worth your time.

    On the other hand, however, consuming porn is also apparently a tragic business which transforms you into a gnarled, emotionally stunted beast (if you're a man; if you're a woman, you obviously don't consume porn). This was the attitude on display in, for instance, Steve McQueen's much-praised "Shame" (although in fairness, that film is really about how sex obsession transforms you into a gnarled, emotionally stunted etc., and porn is just a subset of that). It's also a problem that "Don Jon" deals in (our Sundance review is here), with a lighter touch, but still. Is it too much to hope for a film about someone watching porn and living a normal life?

    Such a film would be especially welcome in an era in which people who make porn are visibly living a normal life, as documented on social media, where stars with some level of mainstream profile, like Stoya and James Deen, document lives just as quasi-normal as those of any celebrity. In fact, is there any difference left?

    3. By Flirting With Porn Stars, But Not Going All The Way

    Once in a while (more so recently, but still not much), a cinematic director actually hires a porn performer and inevitably, a ripple of discussion is set off about whether it's possible for someone to make the professional leap from porn to mainstream movies. The answer so far seems to be "no," but not through any fault on the actor's part. Because when pornstars get offered a mainstream role, they usually end up getting screwed.

    Sasha Grey, then the industry's biggest star, had a good try in 2009 with Steven Soderbergh's “The Girlfriend Experience," and though mainstream stardom didn't follow, neither did disaster. Previous attempts at this kind of breakout (notably Nina Hartley's) had tended to involve B-movies, not indie flicks by major, respected and interesting directors. But still, Grey was hired to play an escort in a movie directed by a man who got famous for a film called “sex lies and videotape." Reviews were sniffy and she hasn't made much headway in the mainstream since. (Her most notable role afterward was an arc playing herself on "Entourage").

    Perhaps the biggest name in the industry since Grey is James Deen, who is now attempting to pull off the same trick in “The Canyons.” Although Deen has a higher profile than most in the XXX industry, it is looking like his participation in Paul Schrader's movie will be a one-off lark. His day job is still whipping it out on camera, and it doesn't seem like the doors are being blown open by offers for Deen to join any other notable mainstream productions anytime soon.

    Still, Grey and Deen did better than some. Also, here's a weird fact about Nicholas Winding Refn's beloved “Drive”: two porn stars had parts in the filmthat were cut before it ever hit cinemas. Apparently, stamping on a man's head 17 times was something audiences were expected to love, but sympathetic characters played by porn actresses weren't, and on that assumption, they never made it into the final film. Which is symptomatic of maybe the biggest problem of all...

    The last two reasons can be read at the ( SOURCE )

    Sex/porn party post?!

    Which top male/female celebrities do you think would make a great crossover into a straight/gay/lesbian porn career, ONTD? Also, feel free to share your porn star name, general horniness, and random sex stories up in this bitch!

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