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    A feminist parody of Robin Thicke’s controversial ‘Blurred Lines’ film clip has been pulled from YouTube after being flagged for inappropriate content, while Thicke’s video remains on the site. The video, called Defined Lines, was created by three University of Auckland law students and received over 300,000 views before being removed, TVNZ reports. YouTube claimed the video violated its terms and conditions by displaying sexually explicit content.

    The parody shows students Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Xoe Ellwood performing their own version of the song with young men dressed only in white underwear. The lyrics include: “You if you want to get nasty, just don’t harass me. You can’t just grab me. It’s a sex crime. We don’t want it, it’s chauvinistic.”
    They go on: “What you see on TV, doesn’t speak equality; it’s straight up misogyny.”

    Ms Lubbock, a fifth year law student, said the clip was intended to be tongue in cheek by showing men being objectified by women. "We had a lot of fun making it and like I said it was part of a comedy sketch so it was always intended to be taken as a bit of a joke," she said.

    The filmmakers, who are reportedly “mystified” that their video has been removed, believe part of the negative reaction stems from the fact men are being portrayed as sex objects. The video was created as part of the Law Revue, a collection of skits performed to 1500 people over three shows in Auckland last week. It was made in response to the furore generated when Thicke’s song was released, with some saying ‘Blurred Lines’ promoted non-consensual sex and objectified women.

    I think it's such bull that this video was taken down, such double standards...

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    Sometimes it’s easy to lose faith in humanity. Sometimes, more upsettingly, it’s even possible to lose faith in pop.

    So it is somewhat cheering that 4099 visitors to Britney Spears’ Facebook page have clicked ‘like’ on a black rectangle.


    The hope of these 4099 people – it’s actually gone up to 4121 since we did that screengrab three minutes ago – and of all right-minded pop citizens is that the black image on Britney’s Facebook, and the black header and background on Britney’s Twitter…
    …and a similar black image on her Google+ page (but we’re not going to screengrab that because frankly who cares) all amount to a sort of social media blackout. And what these 4121 people (it’s 4123 now) really hope is that the blackout is a reference to the fact that something is about to happen. Specifically, the 4123 people (it’s 4127 now) hope that the thing about to happen is Britney’s new album being Blackout 2.0 in name, or in spirit, or in every way possible.

    Imagine that.

    Britney’s best album except for the second one and maybe the third one, but not in 2007, and not when she’s having a bit of a wobble that adds to the ‘narrative’ but makes you feel a bit guilty about liking it as much as you do. Britney’s best(ish) album in 2013.

    It could happen.


    it's 4831 people now and she just posted

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    fire starter:

    something we're not:

    nightingale (she dedicates it to her dad, sobs):

    neon lights ♥ (i am not sure she actually knows the lyrics lol):

    stay (slay):

    plus a selfie because she's cute:
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    Cillian Murphy gets tough for Peaky Blinders
    - Danny Boyle: Cillian was a big risk for 28 Days Later
    - It was Cillian's idea to do the one-man play Misterman
    - According to Boyle, Cillian was one of the last two choices to play Nolan's Batman
    - Batsuit was "hot" and "roomy"
    - Has blocked out memories of Batman role audition
    - Initially moved to London because his wife was pursuing her MA
    - Murphy Jrs not impressed by their dad's intensity
    - Might return to Ireland permanently one day
    - Loves pretending he's a rock star by playing the ukulele in hotel rooms

    Full The Times article:
    (thanks to Tumblr user herdivineshadow)

    The batsuit was too roomy, the Irish actor tells Amy Raphael, but he’s got in shape for a mad, bad Birmingham gangster

    A six-part BBC drama set in the lawless slums of Birmingham in 1919 doesn’t sound like the obvious formula for a television hit. And yet Peaky Blinders is one of the most eagerly anticipated series of the autumn, already being breathlessly compared to The Sopranos and Gangs of New York. The drama, which follows the mob boss Tommy Shelby as he battles to perform his illegal trade in betting protection and guns, is no predictable period drama. Instead it’s a bold gangster western with music by Nick Cave and the White Stripes. Best of all, it stars the 37-year-old Irish actor Cillian Murphy as Shelby.

    Murphy made his name in Danny Boyle’s 2002 zombie flick 28 Days Later. He is equally at home in Hollywood blockbusters as in British indie films, equally comfortable on stage as on screen. In 2011 his one-man performance in Enda Walsh’s Misterman at the National Theatre won several awards. He scared us all as Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and used his slightly feminine looks to play a transvestite in Neil Jordan’s Breakfast on Pluto. He returned to Boyle to play a space scientist in Sunshine and to Nolan to take the part of a billionaire industrialist in Inception.

    One of Murphy’s best film roles was also thoroughly indie, playing a medical student who becomes a volunteer for the IRA in Ken Loach’s 2006 Palme d’Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

    Murphy has what Boyle calls “a wonderful otherness” about him. It’s too easy to label him ethereal because of his celestial blue eyes, but he often has a stillness on stage and screen that belies the fire in his belly. “He was a big risk on 28 Days Later,” says Boyle. “We knew he’d be fantastic for the start of the film, where he comes round in an abandoned hospital and he’s bewildered and lost. What we didn’t know was if he could do the terrible violence at the end of the film. F*** me, could he! Cillian is very soft in many ways, but there’s a huge power to him too. It makes sense when you know he’s from Cork, where so many fighting men came from.”

    As Murphy tells it, he was watching TV at home in northwest London last summer and wondering idly why he hadn’t been offered more small-screen roles. “I called my agent and the next day he sent me a script. I was like, ‘Peaky what?’ But the the writing and storytelling were really something. It was so ambitious and clever.”

    Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst describes it as “like Blade Runner set in Birmingham in 1919” - in both stories society is divided into warring subcultures. Soldiers, proto-revolutionaries and gangs fight for power. Birmingham was so on the edge at the time, in fact, that Churchill (as Secretary of State for War) was convinced there would be a Bolshevik uprising.

    The opening scene of Peaky Blinders - named after Shelby’s gang, who sew razor blades into the peaks of their caps to slash rivals in fights - is shot as though for the big screen. It helps that Murphy looks ridiculously handsome as he rides on a big black horse into the slums in an immaculate three-piece suit, his bright blue eyes hidden in the shadow of a peaked cap, his arrival soundtracked by the menace of Nick Cave’s song Red Right Hand.

    "Steve Knight, the creator of the show, took me to Birmingham, where he’s from, to meet his buddies so I could record their accents," Murphy explains. "I spent time with Romany gypsies as it emerges that the Shelby family is part Romany. I learnt about extreme poverty… A revolution was taking place in the city. At the same time, these young men were returning from the war, damaged. They were spat back into society and expected to somehow get on with their lives."

    In real life Murphy, a wiry 5ft 9in, talks with a lilting Cork accent.“My characteris so conflicted, contradictory and f***ed up. The Shelby family is feared and respected, and meanwhile Tommy is drinking and smoking opium to cope with what he’s seen in the war.” His gang is dominated by men back to reclaim their city and capable of recreating the violence they experienced in the trenches at the drop of a cap. “Violence to those men was as a form of expression. If I see violence I start shaking, but they were inured to it.”

    He also, he says, went to the gym. “I’m never going to be a tough guy but I wanted Tommy to have some physical presence.”

    Boyle believes that the actor “can do anything”. Take Misterman, which began in Galway, went to New York and ended up at the National. Was it scary, appearing on stage alone? Murphy smiles. “It was my idea, so I only had myself to blame. I was working with Enda, one of my closest friends, and I loved every minute. It was immersive in every way. I love coming back from work feeling destroyed. I really feel like I’ve done something.”

    Boyle tells me he heard Murphy was down to the last two when Christopher Nolan was casting the role of Batman; although Murphy ended up as Scarecrow, he very nearly became the Dark Knight himself.

    Murphy is, in turn, coy. “I don’t think I was that close. I couldn’t believe they were actually considering me, though, and that they let me try on the Batsuit.

    How was it? “Hot and …” he bursts out laughing, “roomy. I knew I was never Batman material. Weirdly, I can’t even remember doing that screen test. Maybe it was too overwhelming.”

    Not being Batman has done Murphy no harm. He has carefully avoided becoming a celebrity and values his family enormously.

    I had always assumed he moved to London to work, but it turns out he was following his wife, the artist Yvonne McGuinness. “We came over 11 years ago because my wife was doing her MA. I got the gig with Danny [Boyle] on 28 Days Later and we just stuck around.

    Fiercely private, Murphy will say only that he is grateful his two young boys stop him from being too self-absorbed - “They’re not impressed, not in the slightest, by my intensity” - and that he might one day return permanently to Ireland.“My folks, who are teachers, have a place in the country. I like to go there with my family to disappear.” Is he shocked by the dire economic situation when he visits? “Most of my pals are doing OK … but I know of people who are moving back in with their parents. Irish people are pretty resilient - we’ve had to be - but I’m disappointed modern Irish people don’t protest more.

    Before acting, Murphy had hoped to be a musician. His instrument? The ukulele, which is ideal for winding down after work. “You can’t do acting alone. It might be a bit weird if I sat around my hotel room acting on my own.” He laughs at himself. “I love playing the ukulele in a hotel room. It’s the only time I can pretend I’m a rock star.” Peaky Blinders starts on BBC Two on Sept 12 (9pm)

    Cillian Murphy on Peaky Blinders and his next move
    - His character on Peaky Blinders is an anti-hero
    - Prepared for the role by hanging around with horses and going to the gym for the first time in a long time
    - Jack White, The Black Keys and Nick Cave provide the music to Peaky Blinders
    - Will be doing another play with Enda Walsh in Ireland next year
    - Might like to perform in classical theatre one day

    Harper's Bazaar article:
    We caught up with Cillian Murphy and talked about his most recent role as Birmingham bad boy, Tommy in Peaky Blinders, and to see what’s in store for the Irish actor.

    Cillian Murphy is softly spoken and every bit as intense as his iconic pale blue eyes. Perfectly balanced, he gives away just enough with a few cheeky smiles whilst reigning in his answers with press-perfect control. After a slew of well-considered roles in films, from the villainous Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy to a critically-acclaimed role in Enda Walsh's epic one-man play Misterman, Murphy tries his hand at television in brand new BBC drama series, Peaky Blinders, which has been dubbed by critics as the new Sopranos.

    Murphy plays Thomas Shelby, gang-leader of the Peaky Blinders, whose presence is both commanding and terrifying to the citizens of Birmingham. A vulnerable character, Cillian instils a sense of violent authority in Tommy, whilst also humanising him with a softer side seen only by the audience and a handful of female characters in the show. As the ultimate antihero, you are both endeared by his complexity as well as frightened of what he may be capable of.

    What first attracted you to the role of Tommy?

    It was principally the writing. I read the first two episodes and I thought they were amazing, compelling and confident. The character was so layered and complex – the idea of spending six hours playing that character was very appealing to me.

    Tommy is certainly a complex character – at first we think of him as a villain of sorts, but as the episodes go on we can see a more humanised, vulnerable side to him. What do you think his role is?

    I think he needs to be contextualised by highlighting what he’s just been through, which is the First World War. He has come back and is psychologically damaged and wounded by what he has witnessed. He has lost all faith in the establishment and lost all respect for authority; he is totally godless at this point. He is a natural leader and for some reason he commands respect which is apparent by the loyalty he inspires. Some people are natural leaders and he seems to have that quality.

    Would you say that Tommy is either an inherently good or bad character?

    I never see his character in such reductive terms. Everyone has different facets – he is the show’s antihero. We see his weaknesses, faults and strengths and we can all relate to that. What’s happening in television at the moment is that all of the protagonists are flawed – you may not necessarily like them at the beginning but you want to understand them and invest in them, and then hopefully grow to like them. I think Tommy has that energy about him.

    The violent aspects to his personality are quite harrowing. Do you think the violence is a product of his environment and how he has been brought up?

    It’s a means of expression for his family and for Tommy especially it’s a way of blocking out his memories of the war by taking control of violence in his own way. In his mind, it’s a way of achieving something for the family and going beyond Birmingham.

    How did you prepare for the role?

    There were two sides to the preparation; the academic and the practical. I did a lot of research and got sent a lot of materials, whilst the practical side was the accent and hanging around with horses. I went to the gym for the first time in a long time and I spent a lot of time with people in Birmingham, from going to the original Garrison pub and drinking Guiness with a load of Brummies to hanging out with the show’s creator and writer Steve Knight. I love going deep into a character like that – you really have to absorb it and then hopefully it percolates deep into your veins.

    Was there anyone in particular you were excited to work with?

    We were very lucky with the cast and crew; everyone got on really well. That’s the key to casting these shows, because you have to spend four months with everyone. I had obviously seen so much of both Sam Neill’s and Helen McCrory’s work and when you’re working with actors of that calibre you have to raise your game, and they just elevate any role that they’re in. I didn’t know many of the younger guys before but I got on so well with them. We’re all good pals now.

    The music featured in Peaky Blinders is really interesting – the combination of factual, historic content and contemporary artists really emphasises the show’s darkness and lyricism. As a musician what do you think of the music side to the show?

    The fact that they all had to watch it before they agreed was a great endorsement– that Nick Cave watched it and said “take more if you want it” is incredible. There’s a lawlessness to all of the artists that we used; Jack White, The Black Keys and Nick Cave – they have that kind of outlaw quality. It’s not highly produced, it’s quite raw, and that really propels the show on – I don’t think it would have benefitted from a score.

    You recently appeared in the National Theatre’s Misterman – have you got any plans to do more stage acting?

    I’m going to be doing another play by Enda Walsh next year which we’re going to start performing in Ireland. He gave me my first ever job [in Disco Pigs] so I owe him.

    Do you have an ultimate role you’d like to play?

    I don’t really get hung up on classical theatre because I didn’t train but maybe one day, if I find the right director. As an actor you just wait for the script to arrive, and until then you can’t prescribe what it’s going to be; it just turns up.

    Peaky Blinders will arrive on BBC Two in September.


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    In an exclusive interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Beijing News is revealing some cool Transformers 4 news.

    First of all, now we have the official confirmation of the existence of Dinobots on Transformers 4. The secret was leaked not too long ago and the officials may have thought to finally reveal it since the cats are out of the bag.

    "I can not disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the joining of the Dinobots will give the audience new excitement. In addition to Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, the appearance of these classic roles changed, today the world's coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including China's vehicles, whether you are a car enthusiast, you will feast your eyes and be shocked by them."

    With this news, we now also have a confirmation on the possibility of Chinese Concept Car E-jet being a Cybertronian in disguise as well.

    And the producer also mentioned that there will be no Special TF4 Chinese Edition like Iron Man 3 was. (IM3 Chinese Edition Incident was a fiasco which production studios may not try to repeat).

    Filming in China will be in Beijing and Hong Kong and two additional cities: "In China we have chosen Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as two more cities we are looking at."

    source. here's the dinobots in all their g1 glory!

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    As I mentioned last week, the curse of knowing that a big explosion is coming is in the waiting for it. And as I watched “Rabid Dog” the feeling came over me that some people were going to complain that “nothing happened” on Breaking Bad, simply because nothing blew up (and nobody was killed).

    Episodes such as “Rabid Dog” have been littered throughout the great run of this series, so defending new character developments, essential storytelling structure to create a final resolution and numerous instances of excellent writing and acting against the notion that “nothing happened” is something too tedious and reductive to engage in.
    Since Walt (and by extension Saul and the other working parts of Walt’s former “empire”) have themselves “an Old Yeller situation,” which, if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie is akin to a trip to Belize, then an episode where We Need To Talk About Jesse as the main focus was predictable. In many ways, the how-far-will-Walt-go theory has been out there forever – part of that is the backbone of the series – and the writers of Breaking Bad handled the answer deftly. Walt wouldn’t have gone there – and we’re assuming he won’t go there with Hank or Marie – unless pushed. And by protecting himself from what he rightly feared was a trap, Jesse gave Walt the shove he needed. The episode ends with Walt calling on Todd to get his creepy relatives involved in more dirty deeds. Like killing Jesse.

    The two essential shifts in this episode were Jesse waking up and taking control and, to a lesser extent, Skyler’s continued collapsing morals. (Though it was also nice to see Marie voice her desire to kill Walt and even more thrilling to have her stay home and help propel Jesse in the right direction if it will hurt Walt.)

    But I’m not sure she made an “endorsement” of killing Jesse this week so much as she was shrugging her shoulders and saying “We’ve come this far, for us, what’s one more?” as an illustration to Walt that it’s all moral-less madness. She’s drinking – not nearly enough, in her estimation – to dull the senses of what’s happening. But if you only look at what’s happened on the screen – what Skyler has indicated with her actions (not what anyone else has said or written) – she’s going along with “the plan” only because she hasn’t seen an alternative and she can’t get out of the spiral. If the plan, on paper, was to have Skyler be “all in” as an accomplice, I’m not convinced that Gunn’s performance indicates that. I see doubt in all of her actions, even when she’s going along. I didn’t read that scene as “we need to kill Jesse right now.” The “what’s one more?” defeatism is telling. I still think she’s vulnerable to turning on Walt and that may eventually come with something happening to her kids (and this episode, with Walter Jr.’s concern for Walt fainting at the gas pump – even though the didn’t -- and hugging his father at the hotel pool, only makes me more certain he’s going to die, as I've stressed for ages now).

    For Jesse, that’s the waking up moment. But it really crystallizes when he calls Walt and says, “This is just a head’s up to let you know I’m coming for you. See, I decided burning down your house is nothing. Next time I’m gonna get you where you really live.”
    So yeah, something did happen. A lot of things happened. Hank stashing Jesse at his house. Hank involving Gomey. Hank getting Jesse to put it all on videotape. Walt’s call to Todd. Listen, it’s all going to blow up spectacularly in due time. Just don’t ever say “nothing happened” on Breaking Bad, OK? This isn't a two-hour movie with anvils and short cuts. Great television has a story to tell. The end will come. Relax.

    Read the whole piece here at the source.

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    Australian ICON of weight loss and pop music finally released the risque mv for her newly released single, "Come & Get In Trouble With Me." The disco inspired mv features Ricki-Lee's bare breasts painted gold, and a casual nude horse ride in the middle of a club.


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    As if anyone else could win!

    Kate Upton has won the coveted title of 2013 Model of the Year. The buxom blond will formally accept the award at Wednesday night's 10th Annual Style Awards in New York City.

    The event, which kicks off New York Fashion Week, will celebrate the two-time Sports Illustrated model in all her bikini glory. Nicole Richie will be on hand to host the evening's festivities.

    And there's no doubt that she's had one heck of a busy year.

    Between joining the likes of Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen as the face of jewelry retailer David Yurman, to filming future Hollywood blockbusters with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann over the summer, 2013 has been good to Upton.

    It doesn't come easily either...the blond has been working nonstop on her career since her first big break with her debut SI Swimsuit cover in 2011.

    She's even made the difficult transition from bikini model to high fashion starlet by gracing the covers of both American and Brazilian Vogue this year. Impressive.

    But given the shots we've seen from her one of her many upcoming projects—a role in The Other Woman where she rocks itty-bitty bikinis—we're not so sure she's ready to completely retire her two-piece just yet.

    Congratulations, girl.


    Do you agree?; who would you pick?

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    Tracklisting - preorder the album!

    Tour Dates:

    buy tickets at the SOURCE

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    A Samsung Galaxy Note 3 concept image brings Galaxy Note 3 leaks to life ahead of the device’s September 4th launch date in Berlin, Germany.

    With the Galaxy Note 3 just a few weeks away from arriving at a Samsung Unpacked event, leaks are plentiful as consumers gear up for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 successor. The device, while unofficial, has emerged from the shadows many times offering consumers an idea about what to expect when it comes to hardware, software and more.

    Rumors suggest that the device will boast a 5.68-inch 1080p display, a 13MP camera, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, new S Pen features, massive battery and a new design. However, due to Samsung’s security, we haven’t managed to get a clear shot of the Galaxy Note 3 design meaning it’s a bit of a mystery ahead of the device’s September 4th launch.

    That said, Stellist Design took it upon itself to create a Galaxy Note 3 concept that makes all the Galaxy Note 3 leaks a reality. We see a design that is a bit taller than the Galaxy Note 2 to help fit the larger display. We see the thinner bezels which make the front of the device almost all screen. We see the Galaxy Note 3 background and lock screen that leaked out just a few short days ago. On the back, we see the camera mounted in the middle with LED flash, speaker grill and headphone jack.

    We also get a look at how the device might match up with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung’s current Galaxy Note model that is shown side-by-side with the Galaxy Note 3 concept.

    This concept might not be identical to the Galaxy Note 3 but it could be close given that it’s based on the many leaks that we’ve seen emerge over the past few months ahead of the device’s arrival on shelves.

    Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Note 3 for arrival on September 4th alongside the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch expected to be a companion for a device like the Galaxy Note 3.

    Galaxy Note 3 release date rumors indicate that the device could be out in mid-to-late September with rumors suggesting that we could see it as early as September 16th.

    The United States was one of the first countries to get the Samsung Galaxy S4 but it’s unclear if the U.S. will be a part of the initial regions that offer the Galaxy Note 2.

    Samsung’s launch event is thought to be coming about a week ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5S launch which looks set for September 10th. Invites have not been sent out yet so it’s possible that Apple will try to steal some thunder from Samsung by announcing the iPhone 5S launch date around the Galaxy Note 3 launch.

    OP NOTE: im only making a post because i really need help choosing a phone lol... Iphone 5, Galaxy Note II or should i just wait for the damn Note 3 to finally be released by Tmobile?? my impatient ass is probably just gonna walk my black ass to Tmobile on Saturday and get the Note II.. smdh


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    The new music video for the title track off Sleigh Bells' third LP, "Bitter Rivals", out October 8th on Mom+Pop. Pre-Order: here

    The album is a 10-song LP produced by Derek Miller and mixed by Andrew Dawson (whose recent credits include Yeezus, Wolf, Watch the Throne, 4, and Teflon Don). Check out the tracklist below.

    The band has also announced a North American tour with Doldrums, which includes a stop at Tresure Island Music Festival and one date with Danny Brown. Check out the full itinerary below.

    Revolt points out that Sleigh Bells used a piece of music from the third album in a teaser for Reign of Terror. "The music for that is going to be on the third record," Miller told 107.7 The End last summer. It was one of the last things we recorded and it just didn’t have a spot on the record and I love that piece of music. So I’m going to develop it, flesh it out and arrange it and turn it into a fully fledged song."

    Bitter Rivals:
    01 Bitter Rivals
    02 Sugarcanejavascript:void(0);
    03 Minnie
    04 Sing Like a Wire
    05 Young Legends
    06 Tiger Kit
    07 You Don't Get Me Twice
    08 To Hell With You
    09 24
    10 Love Sick

    Tour Dates:
    10-04 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
    10-10 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore *
    10-11 Portland, OR - Roseland *
    10-12 Seattle, WA - Showbox at Market *
    10-15 Santa Ana, CA - Observatory *
    10-18 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
    10-20 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
    10-22 Salt Lake City, UT - The Grand *
    10-23 Denver, CO - Bluebird *
    10-25 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom *
    10-26 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *
    10-27 Austin, TX - Stubb's *
    10-29 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage *
    10-30 Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live *
    11-01 St. Petesburg, FL - State Theatre *
    11-02 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room *
    11-04 Orlando, FL - Firestone *
    11-05 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
    11-06 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre *
    11-08 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works *
    11-09 Columbus, OH - Newport *
    11-10 Chicago, IL - Metro *
    11-12 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews *
    11-13 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix *
    11-14 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
    11-16 Boston, MA - Royale *
    11-17 Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall *
    11-19 Washington, DC - Upstate Concert Hall *
    11-20 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
    11-22 New York, NY - Terminal 5 +
    * with Doldrums
    + with Danny Brown


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    Research reveals many Billboard chart-toppers have alcohol ads embedded within them.

    Drinking songs date back to the Middle Ages. So it’s not particularly surprising that a study of recent hit recordings finds nearly a quarter of them mention alcohol—and almost always in a positive light.

    What is striking is that a substantial percentage of those chart-topping numbers reference specific brands of alcohol—and only four brands account for more than half of all such mentions.

    A lot of hit songs, in effect, have alcohol ads embedded within them.

    “Many of the artists of these songs—particularly within the urban genre—have agreements with alcohol companies to promote their brand,” a research team led by Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health writes in the journal Substance Use and Misuse. “Thus, alcohol companies may be indirectly promoting brand-specific alcohol use among underage youth through sponsorship of popular artists.

    Utilizing Billboard magazine’s year-end charts from 2009 to 2011, Siegel and his colleagues selected the most popular songs released each year in four genres (pop, rock, country, and “urban,” which combined R&B/hip-hop with rap).

    That gave them a total of 720 songs, 167 of which referenced alcohol. Of those, 46 (or 6.4 percent of the total) mentioned a specific brand of booze.

    Those references “are concentrated among a small number of brands,” the researchers report. “Four brands alone—Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel’s whiskey—accounted for more than half of all alcohol brand mentions.”

    More than two-thirds of these references occurred in urban songs; surprisingly, “there were no alcohol brand mentions in any of the rock songs,” the researchers write. “Within urban songs, alcohol brand mentions were concentrated among a small number of artists.

    “Nearly all of the brand mentions for Patron, Hennessy, Remy Martin, Grey Goose, Ciroc, Cristal and Moetoccurred in urban songs, whereas 4 of the 5 brand mentions for Jack Daniel’s occurred in pop and country songs, and 9 of the 12 references to brands of beer were in country songs.”

    OK, that last point is hardly a shocker. Nor is the finding that “popular music is largely portraying alcohol use as a fun part of the youth lifestyle that is free of consequences.”

    Nevertheless, Siegel and his colleagues call these results “alarming, because they suggest that popular music may be serving as a major source of promotion of alcohol use in general—and of the consumption of several specific brands in particular—to underage youth.

    Studies such as these inevitably bring up the chicken-and-egg question of whether the art in question is simply mirroring the culture, or actually influencing behavior. Underage kids, after all, were experimenting with liquor long before the rap era.

    Either way, however, marketing specific brands to kids by contracting with popular artists is highly questionable, ethically as well as aesthetically. One shudders to think that, if it were written today, the classic drinking song would likely be called “99 Bottles of Heineken on the Wall.”

    ( SOURCE )

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. So pray tell, ONTD, what is your poison of choice?

    Oh, and happy Labor Day, ONTD!

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    Buy the single here!!!


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    Fresh off her VMAs performance, the star is set to take the stage on the eve of fashion week at the star-studded show. Find out who else is attending and being honored at the very fashionable affair right here!
    The 10th annual Style Awards will officially kick off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in NYC on Sept. 4 — and although you might not be at the show you can catch all the action when it airs on Sept. 14 at 7PM on CNN. Aside from Ariana Grande‘s glam performance, stylish star Nicole Richie is set to host the show — and that’s not all!

    2013 Style Awards Honorees:
    The show will honor a select few from the fashionable set and will include designers, models, athletes, stylists, makeup artists, and hair stylists that were selected by the Style Awards’ Nominating Committee and Style Committee. 10 awards will be handed out to honorees, including, Zac Posen, Kate Upton, Victor Cruz, Patrick DeMarchelier, Rachel Zoe, Frederic Fekkai, Trish Summerville, Janie Bryant, John Varvatos, and Victoria’s Secret.

    Each honoree will take home a Tiffany & Co. designed award for their contribution to the fashion community.

    From the most talented designers in the industry to a slew of stylish stars and major influencers in the industry, the Style Awards combines talent and glamour — and it’s one of the most exclusive shows around. It all takes place on The Stage at Lincoln Center, the epicenter of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This year’s show is brought to you in part of a partnership between Penske Media Corporation, IMG Fashion, and SWW Creative.

    Yours Truly is #1 on iTunes!

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    Miley Cyrus‘ “Bangerz” album is set to arrive in stores and online on October 8, 2013.

    1. Adore You
    2. We Can’t Stop
    3. SMS (Bangerz) ft. Britney Spears
    4. 4×4 ft. Nelly
    5. Stand By Me ft. Future
    6. Wrecking Ball
    7. Love, Money, Party ft. Big Sean
    8. Get It Right
    9. Drive
    10. FU ft. French Montana
    11. Do My Thang
    12. Maybe You’re Right
    13. Someone Else
    14. On My Own
    15. Rooting For My Baby
    16. Hands In the Air ft. Ludacris

    not wikipedia =) OMG @ SMS BANGERZ ft Britney Spears!!!!

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    Out in Berlin 9/02

    Leaving to film Sils Maria 8/29

    Out in Berlin 8/28

    Source + more pics here: 12& 3

    ty for your time

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    The most-tweeted about TV episode ever had nothing to do with a Red Wedding, but red coats were involved because it was an episode of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars."

    According to ABC Family by way of SocialGuide, the "Pretty Little Liars" summer finale was the No. 1 "most tweeted" series episode in TV history. The telecast -- which made some shocking revelations about A -- had nearly 1.9 million tweets by 637,000 contributors, ABC Family said in a press release. The finale episode generated 70,000 tweets per minute during the show's final seconds.

    The "Pretty Little Liars" summer finale featured a big reveal (SPOILER WARNING): Ezra (Ian Harding) is "A."

    “ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars' is a 'pretty' big social media juggernaut. During the summer finale last night, we saw 38 unique topics trend in the US and worldwide, with 'Ezra Is A' still trending nearly 12 hours later. 'Pretty Little Liars' kept the conversation going, and fans engaged throughout the hour-long episode. We also saw immediate traction for ‘Ravenswood’, the ‘PLL’ spin-off series that was promoted during the episode, setting it up as a future social media powerhouse of its own," Jenn Deering Davis, co-founder of Union Metrics, said in a statement.

    Harding said his Twitter replies were mainly positive. "Most people were like, ‘Oh my God, you broke my heart, but I need to keep watching!’ I was like, ‘Sorry?’ There’s only so much I can do with me not writing the series. … The reactions were intense; I saw a few videos that I thought were hysterical," he told HollywoodLife.

    For fans holding out hope that it was all a fake-out, well, don't hold your breath. "I assure you that there is something going on here with Ezra,""Pretty Little Liars" executive producer Oliver Goldstick told TVLine. "There is something very real going on here. I can’t give you too much information, but I can tell you it plays out quite beautifully in Season 4B. And Aria’s in danger -- well, they all are, but Aria in particular."

    "Pretty Little Liars" returns with a Halloween episode, "Grave New World," in October. Read the official description below and check out some Twitter stats from the "Pretty Little Liars" summer finale in the infographic below.

    In the special Halloween episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” entitled “Grave New World,” airing Tuesday, October 22nd (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer crash the Ravenswood Founders Day Celebration after finding a clue in “A’s” new lair that Ali may indeed be alive. Dressed in their finest Edwardian wear, the ladies hit the creepy cemetery party to find Ali before “A” can. But if Ali is truly alive, could the PLLs be leading “A” straight to their friend without knowing it? With Ezra lurking in the shadows, “A” may be closer than the girls realize.


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    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, his wife Ri Sol-Ju and former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman talk in Pyongyang during his visit earlier this year.Former NBA player Dennis Rodman will arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday for another visit, but he said that he will not negotiate the release of a jailed American missionary during his five-day trip.

    “I’m not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae,” Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview.“I’m just going there on another basketball diplomacy tour.”

    There had been talk that Rodman, who visited Pyongyang for the first time in February, would try to secure the release of Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary and tour guide, was arrested last year by North Korean authorities and has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the government.

    During an interview with an interview with HuffPost Live last week, Rodman said he was “definitely” going to ask Kim Jong-Un for Bae’s release.

    “I will definitely ask for Kenneth Bae’s release,” he told HuffPost Live. “I will say, ‘Marshal, why is this guy held hostage?’ I could try and soften it up in that way.”

    Rodman said he would be “the most powerful guy in the world” if he successfully negotiated Bae’s release.

    But on Monday, Rodman told Reuters his latest trip was to see my friend (Kim) - and I want to talk about basketball.”

    Rodman was criticized for his earlier trip to North Korea. At the time, he called Kim, 30, “an awesome kid.”



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    Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have landed the coveted lead roles in the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation and now the movie’s producer has spoken out on why they were cast!

    “Auditions were stunning, incredible chemistry!” producer Michael De Luca tweeted to a fan who sent him a message of excitement about the casting.

    Charlie will be playing the role of Christian Grey while Dakota will be taking on Anastasia Steele. The characters start a relationship that revolves around S&M sex.

    According to The Wrap, the audition process required the couple to do a “chemistry read” where they did a scene on video to convince the executives that they had the right amount of heat. Guess that audition went well.

    The internet has been abuzz all day since it was revealed that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson landed the lead roles in the upcoming movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Producer Dana Brunetti has now sent his Twitter followers some explanation into the process for choosing the actors to play the roles.

    “There is a lot that goes into casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc,” Dana tweeted. “So if your favorite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective.”

    E.L. James, the author of the bestselling book series has also sent her fans a message following the casting news she revealed.

    “To all the supporters, lovers and haters – thank you so much for the passion that you have for this project. You all rock. All of you. ♡” she tweeted.


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