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    When Jessica Chastain wore this LBD, we called it the sexiest thing we'd ever seen her in, which means Dita Von Teese is facing an uphill fashion battle...

    The web-inspired inserts on both of these Gucci get-ups are borderline scary, which just adds to their sexy feel. The question is, which way does the look work best? As a jumpsuit with much more skin showing on top for the burlesque star or as a cocktail frock with a more demure décolletage on the Zero Dark Thirty actress?

    Our issue is that we love the skirt on Jessica and the top on Dita. That wide open neckline would sit perfectly against the sophisticated skirt giving the look just a little more edge. There's also something about the roomy nature of the pantsuit that doesn't fit the tight fit of the top.

    So if we can't combine the two, we'll have to go with The Help actress and her cocktail dress choice. What's your say?

    Who wore their Gucci get-up best?


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    America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks keeps photos of the contenders on her CW hit (Fridays, 9 P.M.) handy for, ahem, reference. "We have guys on now, so I show the pictures to my friends," she says. "They're like, 'Ooh, girl, hook it up!'"

    What else is inside her Michael Kors purse?

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    Eye Love You

    "I use Sephora's black liners because I'm all about smoky 'smize.' I also throw my false lashes in my bag when I take them off. Once, I put them on a restaurant table. My friend thought they were a spider and spilled her water."

    What a Pill

    "I'm an allergy-medicine whore! I'm trying Claritin, Zyrtec, Zicam and Allegra to stop sneezing."

    Culture Vulture

    "I enjoy theater, so I have Playbills on me. Later, I tear off the covers to hang up."

    Chic on the Cheap

    "My wallet is by Poketo, a small L.A. company. It's plastic and I get more compliments on it than any designer thing I've ever had."

    Sweet Spots

    "I carry a list of local ice cream and frozen yogurt shops. I'm down to going only four times a week!"


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    Upon speaking to blue-eyed Briton Natalie Dormer, one instantly understands the constant chatter surrounding her. “It’s all great fun,” says the Game of Thrones actress of the skill that has landed her not only on the fantasy television series but also opposite the likes of Hollywood heartthrobs Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. “It was a dream couple of days work…just a joy,” she says of her time filming Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, penned by Cormac McCarthy and out in October. Dormer is being coy. The trained stage actress is an intellectual—she sees her preparation of a Jacobean text for a possible performance with the Royal Shakespeare Company as a fun mind game. “Good for the ol’ brain cells,” she says. “I suppose I’m a bit of a geek that way. It’s lucky that I enjoy reading, because as an actor you have to do a fuck load of it, whether it be scripts or research.” To prepare for her audition for Ron Howard’s upcoming action biopic, Rush—about the Formula One driver and playboy James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth—she researched Hunt’s wife, Suzy Miller, quite heavily. Though the role eventually went to Olivia Wilde, Howard issued a personal plea for Dormer to play a part in the film. “I approach each job as a challenge, and I’m always happy to be there, and sometimes you have these great experiences with people and you never know what is going to happen further down the line.” She recalls when she first came to America, to audition for director Alan Taylor. She didn’t get the part, but two months later she found herself in a casting room with Taylor and writer/creator David Benioff, reading for a new HBO show called Game of Thrones. “How fate twists and turns,” she says. KATE BRANCH

    As you can all see, no puckered lips. Lol.
    ETA: SHE HAS A TAG! I am honored to be the first post to break it in. :)

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    Los Angeles
    Olympic Diver

    Greg Louganis is an actor, dancer, dog trainer, and AIDS, equality, and diversity activist, and he’s also considered the greatest diver in history. Currently a coach on ABC’s celebrity diving competition Splash, he’s also a judge for this summer’s International Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Louganis won his first Olympic medal at the age of 16. At 24, in the 1984 games, he became the first man in 56 years to win two Gold Medals in diving. Four years later he became the first to win double Gold Medals for diving in two consecutive Olympics.

    He’s a five-time world champion and holds 47 national championship titles.

    In the mid 1990s Louganis revealed to the world that he was gay and HIV-positive, which resulted in the loss of most of his corporate sponsorships. Louganis has certainly rebounded and achieved much since then. He’s building up his acting career, having appeared onstage (in Jeffrey) and in film (D2: The Mighty Ducks), and he recently guest-starred in the Web series Old Dogs & New Tricks. —Clea Kim

    New York City
    Choreographer, Dancer, Writer, & Multimedia Artist

    Bill T. Jones has received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Tony and Obie awards, and the Kennedy Center Honors for his innovative choreography, along with many other accolades. He’s also a long-term survivor of HIV, having been diagnosed with the virus in 1985, and he’s still creating dance works that excite audiences around the world.

    This spring the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is touring with a show called Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music, which includes Story, one of Jones’s first new repertory works in over a decade, and his 1989 modern-dance classic D-Man in the Waters. In January another new work, A Rite, had its world premiere at the University of North Carolina. Jones and SITI Company artistic director Anne Bogart collaborated on this piece, dealing with the impact of Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary musical composition The Rite of Spring, which marks its 100th anniversary this year. Further performances of A Rite are scheduled at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., in July.

    While the audience for modern dance may be rather specialized, Jones has proved his art has broader appeal with his work in Broadway musicals. He received the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2007 for Spring Awakening and in 2010 for Fela! He also conceived and directed the latter show, based on the life of Nigerian Afrobeat musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who died of AIDS complications in 1997. Fela! continues to tour this year, with Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child in the cast; upcoming stops include Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, and Oakland, Calif.

    Jones, who lost his partner in life and work, Arnie Zane, to AIDS in 1988, has often dealt with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses in his dance and multimedia pieces. Still/Here, which premiered in 1994, mixes dance, song, and video to tell the stories of people dealing with serious illnesses; The New York Times called the result “a true work of art, both sensitive and original.” Jones confronted his own mortality in his solo dance Last Night on Earth, also the title of his autobiography.

    But that last night hasn’t come, and Jones is most emphatically still here and still creating. His work is “a spiritual activity” and “a worldview,” he told North Carolina’s Indy Week in an interview in connection with A Rite’s premiere. “It is a privilege,” he added, “to go into a studio every day and make something.” —Trudy Ring

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    Champion Figure Skater

    Val Joe “Rudy” Galindo, three-time national champion figure skater, was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in January. Galindo competed in pairs skating with Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi, earning the pair National Champion titles in 1989 and 1990. And in 1996, Galindo earned top honors as U.S. National Champion in men’s figure skating.

    Born to Mexican-American parents in San Jose, Calif., in 1969, Galindo grew up to become the first Latino national champion in U.S. figure skating. In 1996 he became the first male champion in any sport to come out as gay while still competing.

    In 2000, after a prolonged bout with pneumonia, Galindo was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Galindo courageously shared his status with the world in an interview with USA Today just months after his diagnosis, and he continues to be an active advocate for HIV awareness.

    “I didn’t want to hide this illness,” Galindo told USA Today sports reporter Christine Brennan in 2000. “I didn’t want to live a lie. I’ve always wanted to be truthful... I know this: I’m enjoying life so much, I’ll do anything to survive.” —Sunnivie Brydum

    Los Angeles
    Consultant to California State Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg

    Fredy Ceja became an HIV activist almost immediately after receiving his positive diagnosis in 2006, going to work for Bienestar, an organization that assists Latinos affected by HIV and AIDS. In 2009, Ceja was featured in the Soy/I Am video campaign, a partnership between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Univision aimed at reducing HIV stigma among Latinos and putting a face on the disease. The very busy Ceja has served on the California HIV/AIDS Planning Group, the Latino Advisory Board to the California Office of AIDS, the Los Angeles County HIV Commission, and the board of the Latino Equality Alliance, advocating for Latino LGBT rights. He developed a passion for politics on a visit to Washington, D.C., while he was in high school, and he became the first person in his family to attend college. In addition to his HIV and LGBT rights work, he is an activist for education and many other causes. He was a senior field deputy for California Assembly member Gilbert Cedillo until Cedillo was term-limited out of office at the end of 2012. Today, Ceja is working as a consultant to California state Senate pro tempore Darrell Steinberg, and in April he was honored for his HIV work at the Latin LGBT Awards in Los Angeles. —T.R.

    New York City & Provincetown, Mass.
    Journalist & Author

    Andrew Sullivan seems to specialize in confounding expectations. The U.K. native first became famous in the United States in the 1990s as editor of The New Republic, and his mix of identifiers — conservative, Catholic, and gay — forced some observers to rethink long-held assumptions. He’s continued to surprise people; while he still calls himself a conservative, he also describes himself as “an enthusiastic supporter (and occasional critic)” of President Obama. He was one of the first political writers to support Obama’s presidential aspirations, back in 2007. Among other milestones, in 1989 he wrote the first national magazine cover story endorsing marriage equality (he’s written books on this and other topics as well), and this year he formed an independent company, Dish Publishing, to publish his Web log The Dish, making it one of the few blogs to rely only on reader support. And he’s a long-term survivor of HIV; he was diagnosed positive in 1993 but remains healthy, active, and ever provocative. —T.R.


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    by Adam Chitwood

    Sharni Vinson may not be a name that you’re familiar with just yet, but it will be soon.  The Australian actress leads the excellent new horror film You’re Next in a true breakout role, and now sources confirm to us that Vinson has joined the cast of producer Adi Shankar’s all-female Expendables project.  The untitled film already has Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff onboard to star, and if you’ve seen Vinson’s work in You’re Next you’ll no doubt agree that she makes an excellent addition to the untitled actioner.  The pic is still being put together with Dutch Southern writing the screenplay, but Vinson’s casting confirms that development is indeed progressing towards an eventual production start-date.
    Most recently, Shankar produced a pair of comic book-friendly short films, Dirty Laundry with Thomas Jane and Truth in Journalism with Ryan Kwanten.  He was also an executive producer on last year’s Dredd.


    Saw 'You're Next' last night and it was amazing! One of the best slasher/horror films I've ever seen.

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    Is something missing in your life? Do you feel like there's a void that needs to be filled? Is that void a lack of a bedazzled, 65-year-old exercise expert dancing in drag to a techno song about how to style your hair? Well, then today is your lucky day.

    The constant tinkering, styling and trying to keep up with the latest trends -- it's a royal pain in the backside. But, it doesn't have to be, thanks to fitness phenom Richard Simmons. According to him, it doesn't matter whether it's short, long, straight or curly, just get something cute and something girly. And, then he says it over and over and over again.

    Simmons, at the ripe old age of 65, has decided to take a break from "Sweatin' to the Oldies" to put out this music video for his new single "Hair Do". And, man-o-man, it is jam packed with all sorts of madness, including roller skates, rapping, church (God knows why), mild-mannered choreographed dance moves, a wedding, and an excessive amount of Richard Simmons in drag!


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    PLAYING Skyler White on the television show “Breaking Bad” for the past five seasons has been one of the most rewarding creative journeys I’ve embarked on as an actor. But the role has also taken me on another kind of journey — one I never would have imagined.

    My character, to judge from the popularity of Web sites and Facebook pages devoted to hating her, has become a flash point for many people’s feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women. As the hatred of Skyler blurred into loathing for me as a person, I saw glimpses of an anger that, at first, simply bewildered me.

    For those unfamiliar with the show: Skyler is the wife of Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who, after learning he has lung cancer, begins cooking and selling methamphetamine to leave a nest egg for Skyler, their teenage son and their unborn daughter. After his prognosis improves, however, Walter continues in the drug trade — with considerable success — descending deeper and deeper into a life of crime.

    When Skyler discovers what Walter has been up to, she tries to stop him, to no avail. She is outraged by the violence and destruction of the drug world, fearful for her children’s safety, disgusted by the money Walter brings in and undone by the lies and manipulation to which he subjects her.

    Because Walter is the show’s protagonist, there is a natural tendency to empathize with and root for him, despite his moral failings. (That viewers can identify with this antihero is also a testament to how deftly his character is written and acted.) As the one character who consistently opposes Walter and calls him on his lies, Skyler is, in a sense, his antagonist. So from the beginning, I was aware that she might not be the show’s most popular character.

    But I was unprepared for the vitriolic response she inspired. Thousands of people have “liked” the Facebook page “I Hate Skyler White.” Tens of thousands have “liked” a similar Facebook page with a name that cannot be printed here.
    When people started telling me about the “hate boards” for Skyler on the Web site for AMC, the network that broadcasts the show, I knew it was probably best not to look, but I wanted to understand what was happening.

    A typical online post complained that Skyler was a “shrieking, hypocritical harpy” and didn’t “deserve the great life she has.”

    “I have never hated a TV-show character as much as I hate her,” one poster wrote. The consensus among the haters was clear: Skyler was a ball-and-chain, a drag, a shrew, an “annoying bitch wife.”

    I enjoy taking on complex, difficult characters and have always striven to capture the truth of those people, whether or not it’s popular. Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad,” wanted Skyler to be a woman with a backbone of steel who would stand up to whatever came her way, who wouldn’t just collapse in the corner or wring her hands in despair. He and the show’s writers made Skyler multilayered and, in her own way, morally compromised. But at the end of the day, she hasn’t been judged by the same set of standards as Walter.

    As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch. But as a human being, I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom. Could it be that they can’t stand a woman who won’t suffer silently or “stand by her man”? That they despise her because she won’t back down or give up? Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal?

    It’s notable that viewers have expressed similar feelings about other complex TV wives — Carmela Soprano of “The Sopranos,” Betty Draper of “Mad Men.” Male characters don’t seem to inspire this kind of public venting and vitriol.

    At some point on the message boards, the character of Skyler seemed to drop out of the conversation, and people transferred their negative feelings directly to me. The already harsh online comments became outright personal attacks. One such post read: “Could somebody tell me where I can find Anna Gunn so I can kill her?” Besides being frightened (and taking steps to ensure my safety), I was also astonished: how had disliking a character spiraled into homicidal rage at the actress playing her?

    But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.

    I can’t say that I have enjoyed being the center of the storm of Skyler hate. But in the end, I’m glad that this discussion has happened, that it has taken place in public and that it has illuminated some of the dark and murky corners that we often ignore or pretend aren’t still there in our everyday lives.


    Skyler is a fabulous character played by a fantastic actress! What do you think of Anna Gunn's perception of the Skyler Hate that is so prevalent amongst fans of the show?

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    The actress Brie Larson, perhaps best known for her roles in 21 Jump Street and United States of Tara, is having quite a summer. Last weekend, she received the best actress award at the Locarno Film Festival for her work in Short Term 12, starring as a foster-care-facility worker with troubles of her own. (The film, which also won the grand jury award at South By Southwest, opens in theaters on Aug. 23.) She can also be seen playing a popular teen in The Spectacular Now (which came out Aug. 2) and, this fall, in Don Jon (Sept. 27). Here, she talks to TIME.

    TIME: Your characters in The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12 are almost opposite, a teenager who’s supposed to be sort of perfect and then a young woman who’s so troubled.

    Brie Larson: I feel like that’s kind of the only way for me to do it. I finish some sort of deep drama, which I really enjoy doing, and by the end of it I’m like, God, I don’t want to go to work and anticipate crying. Then you go to the other side of it and do some broad comedy and by the end of that I’m like, ugh, I don’t want the pressure to make people laugh.

    So by that logic the next thing we can expect to hear you’re doing is a big action franchise.

    I just did a musical in India.

    And you’ve had a music career of your own. Are you planning to continue with that?

    I’ve always been writing music, the whole time. I don’t know if that’s something that I need to do professionally. Maybe it is. I have no idea.

    How did you first get involved with Short Term 12?

    It was a script that was sent to me while I was in Georgia filming The Spectacular Now. I was told beforehand ‘you’ll want to read this as soon as you receive it because you’re going to really relate to it and love it,’ and that’s absolutely true.

    What jumped out at you when you read it?

    The interesting thing about it, and it’s something that I think is transferred into being something really interesting about the film, is that there were specific spots in the script that had holes in them because [my character] Grace has a very internal life. For an actor that’s kind of the most beautiful gift to be given, a script that has the structure to support you but then also gives you this whole other side of creative freedom, to create something that is unique and mine.

    It’s pretty heavy stuff. How did you prepare?

    I shadowed at a foster-care facility and got to hear about the struggles of it and the reason why you do it and the feeling behind it. It’s pretty informative, to say the least, if you spend even just an hour there. I discovered that each kid is so unique that you use a different side of yourself or a different tone of voice in order to get into their world. So before we started shooting I sat down with each one of the kids and spoke with them about the backstory that they had created and then I was able to figure out what the rules and regulations are for each kid.

    What was it like working with the kids?

    There’s a lot of wisdom in kids. They’re not putting on some façade and it seems very easy for them to get into these dark characters and then get out of it. That’s something that as an adult becomes harder to do, or at least it was for me. If I was playing a dark character I would feel dark even off camera.

    Did you develop any tricks to unwind at the end of the day?

    That was the other lesson I learned shadowing at the facilities. It’s so important to put in the good fight for those kids and to be there, but then when you go home you let it go. For me it was cooking. I would take the food from lunch and box it up and take it home—I didn’t have time to grocery shop and I was pretty broke at the time—so I would take the food from lunch and play Iron Chef with my boyfriend, reconfiguring the ingredients and turning it into something else. And watch South Park, and really just try to not talk about it as much as possible. I didn’t need to keep getting into it, reliving it. During that drive [home] you brush your hair—I wear my hair on a side part but Grace wears it in the middle—and you just kind of differentiate yourself.

    What was your best Iron Chef creation?

    Oh gosh. Most of the time it just ended up being tacos. A lot of tacos.

    I noticed on your Reddit “Ask Me Anything” that you like to make fonts. Where did you learn how to do that?

    I didn’t. It’s just something that I’ve always been really interested in. I get kind of stressed out about fonts as well. If they’re ugly I have a really hard time with it. There are certain movies that I’ve just shut off after the beginning credits; if they’re bad I just think ‘this isn’t for me.’ But it’s a really easy, structured way for me to decompress. You’re just writing the alphabet over and over again and perfecting a letter.

    Final question: serif or sans?


    really only posting b/c i want to know if anyone has seen 'short term 12.' this is a USOT post now tbh.

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    When we think of Ibiza we think of sunshine and a good old party but for Naomi Campbell it seems to mean an entirely different thing.

    The model of the super variety is on the island which is sung about by legendary pop act Vengaboys but rather than relaxing on the beach, well a yacht in Naomi's case, she took some time out to do a little work out on the boat.

    And luckily for us the star has been caught doing some rather amazing poses while working through her fitness regime with her blonde instructor.

    In one picture Naomi can be seen reaching up to the sky with her hands together and in another she can be seen standing on one leg and balancing with her flat stomach on show.

    Meanwhile, in another shot she has her arms and legs stretched out and appears and is almost parallel with the railings on her flotation device.

    We're not sure how this helps as we're not fitness experts but it must be doing wonders for fashion lover Naomi because she's looking pretty great.

    And, as a treat for the eyes, she even whipped chose to wear very little which left her slender legs and impressively toned stomach on show.

    In fact, we might just have a go at a bit of this yoga now right in the middle of the room at 3am Towers.

    It's a shame we can't to it on a luxury boat in the sun just like Naomi.


    giving the new FITNESS TAG a whirl \o/

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    Let's Go Glamping!

    The designers have a chance to wind down and go on an overnight "glamping" trip, with the surroundings from the campsite serving as inspiration for the designer's next challenge. But could one designer's lack of love for the outdoors derail him? Actress Allison Williams of Girls serves as guest judge.






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    What did ya think of the situation, ONTD? Did Justin deserve the save? Discuss yours faves and hates.

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    In the wake of Ben Affleck's Batman casting breaking the Internet across its knee, we thought it would be best to revisit at least seven other times fans were sure a casting spelled doom and ruination.

    7. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
    Before Jennifer Lawrence went on to win fans’ hearts at the U.S. box office with $408 million (a feat Iron Man 3 only just NOW barely matched) and everyone else’ with her Oscar Winning turn in last fall’s Silver Linings Playbook, she was The Girl Who Couldn’t Catch Fire. At least that is what a very vocal backlash in the fan community, as well as some decidedly harsh critics, had to say.

    When she was cast over a slew of other fan favorites, including actual teenagers like Hailee Steinfeld, the then-21-year-old Lawrence was ridiculed for being too old, too tall and, most egregiously stupid, too “fat.” The actress who at 19 earned an Oscar nomination for playing a dirt-poor orphan of Appalachia in Winter’s Bone was considered too well fed to star in a film called The Hunger Games (which was also shot in a different part of Appalachia). Even after the film was released, critics for The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter suggested that she was too womanly and suffered from “lingering baby fat.” Funny how less than a month later, after The Hunger Games became one of the biggest films of 2012, some of the same critics were running glowing pieces about why Lawrence’s Katniss is a “new type of woman warrior” for young girls to admire. Riiiight.

    5. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
    Before the Internet Age, fan skepticism and outrage was kept to the quiet dignity of their own homes or ignored Letters to the Editor. However, sometimes these fans could find a famous champion to carry on their disdain at Hollywood developments. For example, it doesn’t hurt when the author who created a character leads the charge. Look no further than when Truman Capote reacted in disbelief to the casting of Audrey Hepburn in her now most iconic role.

    When Capote sold the rights to his short novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Paramount Pictures, he did so with the express wish that Marilyn Monroe play the part of Holly Golightly, New York’s ultimate Goodtime Girl. After all, Holly is supposed to be seductive, charismatic and able to ensnare any man on her hook, if only ever fleetingly. But when Monroe passed on the part because Lee Strasberg advised Norma Jeane that playing a prostitute would be bad for her image, the part went to the decidedly less bombshell Hepburn. When Capote saw that this thin, gamine waif was going to be his ultimate creation of superficial and jaded femininity, he remarked, “Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey.” Thank. God.

    4. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises)
    Everyone should recall this: Anne Hathaway cast as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman? What? How? A DISNEY PRINCESS?!

    Mind you many of those loudest critics likely never saw her riveting work in Brokeback Mountain or Rachel Getting Married (the latter of which got her a well-earned Oscar nomination). And if they wanted seductive, they had to look no further than Havoc. Yet for many, Hathaway was little more than the chick from The Princess Diaries with a very, very bubbly public persona. Hardly the stuff of femme fatale. That’s why all the way up until the film’s release, there were still blogs like this filled with unflattering photoshopped pictures and snap judgments based on movies she did 10 years prior. But lo and behold when the movie came out in July 2012, she was the single best-reviewed facet of the movie. Whether you were Michael Caine or a message board poster, the only thing you could talk about was how good she was in the skintight leather and a mean pout. Even President Obama gave Ms. Hathaway a shout out when he said, “I got a chance to see Batman, and she was the best thing in it.”

    2. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)
    Casting a Brit in an iconic American role always earns a whisper of chagrin from U.S. audiences and press prior to release. However, none was more thunderous than when Vivien Leigh, an obscure English actress born in British India, was cast as Southern belle and revisionist history heroine Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s adaptation of Gone with the Wind. Often cited as one of the most beloved novels of the Depression, particularly in states south of Missouri and east of Oklahoma, Gone with the Wind was practically American heritage in its few short years of existence. As the ultimate soap opera epic, it captured idyllic daydreams with a mythic, fairy tale quality. And at the center of all that passion was Scarlett O’Hara, everyone’s favorite wicked creature.

    The casting process, lovingly followed in the press as The Search for Scarlett, lasted two full years. Unsurprisingly, when Selznick finally settled on his admittedly dark horse candidate, Vivien Leigh, there took a lot of coaxing. Angry letters poured in, Gossip columnists were pressured to boost Leigh’s heritage, and a tightrope was long walked all the way until the movie’s Atlanta premiere. Today, whatever inclinations people may have towards its politics 70 years on, there is no denying that Leigh is magnificent. She not only won an Oscar for the picture, she won a place in permanent cinematic immortality as one of the most fiercely realized leading female performances ever committed to celluloid. Fiddle-dee-dee.

    1. Michael Keaton as Batman (Batman)
    Yes the most obvious comparison is still the most fitting. Michael Keaton, America’s official Mr. Mom, was cast by Tim Burton to play the Dark Knight.

    Keaton is not an assuming man. As a comedian with thin, receding hair and a height of five-feet and nine-inches, a muscular uberman he is not. Also, when he was cast in 1988, many could not get past that this was the guy from Nightshift and Beetlejuice. Were they remaking the campy Adam West TV show? The Wall Street Journal reported on the hundreds (some say tens of thousands) of protest letters they received over the casting. There was literally protesting in the streets. And then this image appeared:

    The whining stopped. To this day there is still a school of thought that prefers Keaton to all actors who have donned the cowl, even Christian Bale. Not bad for an actor who The Times once described as a prankster.

    There you have seven actors who fans were once oh-so-sure would suck. But the list is actually much longer. I can recall the skepticism that surrounded Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander. One can also note a slew of others in history from Hepburn again as Eliza Dolittle to Ian Fleming’s own misgivings toward Sean Connery. Ultimately, gut-reactions tend to be filled with hyperbole and slight embarrassment from hindsight. Hence, it may be best to take a step back before pulling out the message boards.

    The Others at Den of Geek

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    It's getting serious!

    Nick Jonas spent some time with his leading lady, Miss Universe aka Olivia Culpo, over the weekend in her home state of Rhode Island. It looks like the fairly new couple is even taking things to the next level by meeting each other's family!

    The two stopped into local eatery Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House with Olivia's family on Sunday evening.

    Chris Cifelli, the General Manager exclusively tells E! News, "They ordered cheeseburgers, hamburgers, chowder, doughboys, and calamari."

    Cifelli also said that Nick loved the food and told staffers that dinner "was awesome."

    A few of the restaurant's patrons couldn't shield their excitement for spotting the Jonas brother and even asked to take photos with the singer and beauty queen outside.

    When Cifelli asked Nick if he was often approached, the heartthrob said, "When I have my sunglasses on, no one knows it's me. It's when I take them off, then people recognize me."

    Nick cohosted the 2013 Miss USA pageant alongside Giuliana Rancic, where he met Culpo—the former Miss USA who was subsequently crowned Miss Universe 2012.

    Since receiving the title, Culpo has had potential suitors lined up, including Olympic-medal winner Ryan Lochte, who called her "a good girl to hang out with."

    But apparently her eyes are on Mr. Jonas! And considering how he's been looking lately, we can't say we're the least bit shocked.

    source 1source2

    There were like a ton of pics I didn't have time left in my life to post them all. I guess her family/friends all unlocked their social media at the same time to post 8 million pics of Nick every second of the day. I don't know if it was a case of excessive thirst or what.

    ETA: Sorry about the cut tag, I was rewatching NSYNC's VMA performance while posting and my contacts were getting misty! LOL

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  • 08/26/13--19:05: WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!

  • Weekend chart from Box Office Mojo

    **The full chart is at the source**

    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?

    spoiler code:

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  • 08/26/13--19:15: THIS WEEK'S SOAP PROMOS!!!!

  • There's no time to play games when the drama ensues in both business and in relationships on The Bold and The Beautiful.

    Monday (Earth-Shattering Secret)
    Rick learns a devastating secret; Eric chooses which son will lead Forrester Creations.

    Tuesday (Maya Pays the Price)
    Maya's terrible mistakes comes at a great cost; Hope and Liam are swept away by their new-found passion.

    Wednesday (Startling Announcement)
    Brooke and Bill make a startling announcement; Caroline brags about her relationship with Rick.

    Thursday (Wyatt Gets an Earful)
    Wyatt gets an earful about Bill from Katie.

    Friday (Things get Physical)
    Things get physical between Bill and Wyatt; Brooke hopes to repair her relationship with Katie.

    8/26, Jill discovers an important gift from Katherine, while Nikki reaches out to Paul for help.

    8/27, Lily confronts Cane about the blogger's latest post, while Michael pressures Alex to find Carmine.

    8/28, Paul and Kevin scramble to help Lauren and Michael, while Faith's rebellion encourages Sharon and troubles Avery.

    8/29, Victoria helps Avery prepare for the wedding, while the mystery of Adam's secret investor piques Victor's curiosity.

    8/30, Billy comforts Jill as they mourn the loss of Katherine, while shocking news troubles Chelsea.

    Monday ("JJ Eviscerates His Mother")
    JJ lashes out at Jennifer after discovering her in an intimate moment with Daniel.

    Tuesday ("Daniel Questions Kristen")
    Kristen slips up about her secret, earning her an interrogation from Daniel; Sonny and Will receive Gabi's condemnation.

    Sami comes to a decision about the plea bargain; Eric tries to interpret an unsettling dream.

    Thursday ("EJ Fears He May Have Ruined Sami's Case")
    EJ worries how he may have affected the outcome in Sami's case; Brady proposes marriage to Kristen.

    Friday ("EJ Tries to Warn Sami")
    EJ pleads with Sami to change her mind about the plea; Sonny and Gabi make peace, only to find themselves at war once again.

    Monday (Derek start to Remember)
    Derek recovers his memory, shedding light on his past; Sonny finds Connie with a gunshot wound and clinging on to dear life.

    Tuesday (Franco is up on the Roof)
    Ellie finds Franco on the roof, appearing as though he may jump

    Wednesday (AJ is Interrogated)
    Dante and Anna question A.J. in relation to Connie's murder, but he redirects their investigation to Tracy

    Thursday (Derek wants to tell Sam)
    Derek can't shake his desire to confess everything to Sam; nightmares of losing her baby plague Maxie.

    Friday (Dianne tells AJ not to Confess)
    Diane offers counsel to A.J., who's considering making a confession in Connie's murder case; Maxie begins breastfeeding the baby

    YouTube, SoapTownUSA

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    Channing Tatum has teased 22 Jump Street by posting a picture of the film's script.

    The actor - who appeared alongside Jonah Hill in 2012's 21 Jump Street - posted the picture from the sequel's read-through earlier today (August 26).

    He uploaded the photo to his Instagram account, with the caption: "You ready for round 2? #22JumpStreet."

    The sequel will be released in 2014 and will see Hill and Tatum reprise their starring roles as underachieving cops Schmidt and Jenko, while Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to direct


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    Following his surprise album announcement on Sunday night, Eminem returns with his brand new single “Berzerk.” The hip-hop icon disturbs the peace on the raucous track, produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.

    “We gonna rock this house until we knock it down/ So turn the volume loud/ I said it’s mayhem till the A.M.,” raps Em.

    His album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, will be released on November 5.

    Crank up the volume ’cause Shady’s back.


    ouch that Khloe Kardashian shade :/

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    Lady Gaga makes a fashion statement with a unitard and bra while exiting her apartment on Monday (August 26) in New York City.

    “Off to the UK! I’ve missed my UK monsters so much! I cannot WAIT to hit the stage at Roundhouse and play you new music! #5daysTillARTPOP,” the 27-year-old entertainer tweeted later in the day.

    The night before, Lady Gaga performed her latest hit “Applause” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn.

    “Lady Gaga is a force. In our workshop together I witnessed her tenacity, her passion, her discipline and her impulse to take risks. I saw all of those same qualities in her performance last night. She challenged herself technically and pushed her limits physically. Her performance was so unexpected! This is what I like,” performance art legend Marina Abramović shared to MTV after the performance.


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