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    Until now, Robert Pattinson has never endorsed a brand in his life. The Twilight star could have boosted his earnings with lucrative contracts but chose not to. It’s Wednesday 12 June 2013 and that’s set to change. We’re at Soho House in West Hollywood for the world premiere of the new Dior Homme campaign and Pattinson is the face. Set to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and directed by Romain Gavras, 1000 Lives is a moody one-minute film following a love-struck couple across New York – and a long way from Edward and Bella.

    Dressed in a blue two-button Dior Homme suit and black T-shirt, Pattinson opens up about his first signing.“I was reticent about doing commercials,” he confesses. “I’m always very hesitant to work with big companies.” To convince him, Dior gave Pattinson free rein on the project from the concept to execution.“Romain was my first choice from the beginning,” he says. “I had no idea what to expect going into it; we were just making stuff up. I’d never worked like that before.”

    Gavras’ idea was to turn the perfume ad archetype - “a guy with lots of chicks driving expensive cars” - on its head. So there’s a beaten up BMW – which Pattinson crashed on the first day – and a single love interest: model-turned-actor Camille Rowe. According to Pattinson the story line sees two people in a “self-destructive” relationship, like “magnets that repel each other but for a brief second manage to touch – something that shouldn’t have happened”, leaving us to ponder, post Kristen Stewart, whether he drew inspiration from his own experience.

    At 27, Pattinson is clearly breaking free of his teen-vampire beginnings: “It was a strange period to be shooting; it was one of the first times I felt like an adult.” Reflecting on the campaign Pattinson reveals,“I’m quite attached to it now. It seems honest, maybe because it was fun making it. It didn’t feel like we were doing a commercial. Even watching it I don’t feel like I’m trying to sell anything.” Which bring us back to why Dior hired him: to sell fragance. So what was his first? “My aunt gave me L’Eau D’Issey when I was 12 – the same summer I discovered hair gel. I thought I was super classy,”


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    Actor Michael B. Jordan attends the 2013 Budweiser Made In America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    Actor Michael B. Jordan (R) attends the Microsoft Fantasy Football Draft Party at the Microsoft Experience on September 3, 2013 in Venice, California.


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    Bernardo Bertolucci's jury makes some bold decisions

    Bernardo Bertolucci proved one thing this evening: he still has the power to surprise us. Tonight's Venice Film Festival awards ceremony was the most surprise-laden (at this festival, or any other) in recent memory. In the press room, where I was watching it, the swiftly announced winners induced one gasp after another from the crowd -- along with a smattering of boos -- until the crowning stunner: the Golden Lion for "Sacro GRA," an Italian documentary about a famous Roman highway from Gianfranco Rosi that was surely one of the most little-seen films in Competition. (I missed it too, and will be catching up with it tonight.) Hot Best Actress favorite Judi Dench missed out, though her "Philomena" co-star Steve Coogan was rewarded for his screenplay. I'll have more analysis later; for now, the full list of winners is after the jump.

    Golden Lion:"Sacro GRA," Gianfranco Rosi

    Grand Jury Prize:"Stray Dogs," Tsai Ming-liang

    Silver Lion (Best Director):"Miss Violence," Alexandros Avranas

    Best Actor: Themis Panou, "Miss Violence"

    Best Actress: Elena Cotta, "A Street in Palermo"

    Marcello Mastroianni Award (Best Young Actor): Tye Sheridan, "Joe"

    Best Screenplay: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, "Philomena"

    Special Jury Prize:"The Police Officer's Wife," Phillip Groning

    Luigi de Laurentiis Award (Best Debut Feature):"White Shadow," Noaz Deshe


    Best Film:"Eastern Boys," Robin Campillo

    Best Director: Uberto Pasolini, "Still Life"

    Special Jury Prize:"Ruin"

    Award for Innovative Content:"Fish and Cat"

    Best Short Film:"Kush"

    FIPRESCI Awards
    Best Film in Competition:
    "Tom at the Farm," Xavier Dolan
    Best Film in Orizzonti and International Critics’ Week:"The Reunion," Anna Odell

    Fedeora Awards - Venice Days
    Best Film:"Bethlehem," Yuval Adler
    Best Debut Director: Milko Lazarov, "Alienation"
    Special Mention:"La belle vie," Jean Denizot

    Venice International Film Critics Week
    Best Film: "Class Enemy," Rok Bicek
    Best Cinematography: Inti Briones, "Las Niñas Quispe,"
    Special Mention: Giuseppe Battiston, actor, "Zoran, il mio nipote scemo"
    Special Mention: Anna Odell, writer-director, "The Reunion"

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    this is the first time a documentary has been given top prize iirc

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    Simon Cowell embraced impending fatherhood at The X Factor's third-season premiere party Thursday.

    "I'd like to reveal something: I'm going to be a Dad," he announced to those gathered at Cecconi's in West Hollywood, Calif.

    "Nobody knows," the X Factor creator and judge joked about news that has been circulating for more than a month.

    Cowell, 53, is expecting a child with Lauren Silverman, 36, who was not at the party. The baby is a boy, according to unnamed sources in reports this week in New York's Daily News and Us Weekly.

    Cowell's fellow judges joined in on the baby humor during remarks delivered before a screening of the premiere of Fox's singing competition (Wed., 8 p.m. ET/PT).

    "He's making me the godmother," Demi Lovato told the crowd.

    New judge Paulina Rubio chimed in: "I just heard Simon is going to breastfeed."

    It was a far cry from early August, when Cowell was tight-lipped about what was then breaking news during an appearance promoting the show at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.


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    It seems that the owner of the notorious anti-Lady Gaga/pro-Madonna website Paws Down Little Monsters finally got some attention after viciously attacking camp Gaga and her fans over the past 2 years.
    The websites tagline is "The worst and best of pop in one place" and it focuses on making fun of Lady Gaga's weight, appearance, lack of talent, etc.

    Gaga's main ARTPOP producer, DJ Whiteshadow decided to take the high road and instead invited to buy lunch for the poor, disgruntled Madonna fan.

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    On September 1, popular Star Trek fansite published an editorial titled “Star Trek is broken—Here are ideas on how to fix it.” The article focuses on this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, which was a moderate box office success but failed to impress most old-school fans. In fact, while the 2009 reboot is still very popular, Into Darkness was recently voted the fandom’s least favorite movie at a Star Trek convention, with Wrath of Khan topping the poll.

    Screenwriter Bob Orci first responded with this comment: “I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents. Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided.

    Having said that, two biggest Star Treks in a row with best reviews is hardly a description of “broken.” And frankly, your tone and attidude make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.”
    (Well, at least he's not condescending as all hell, right?)

    When his 'children' were insufficiently humbled, things took a turn for the worse.

    In response to someone who (politely) compared Into Darkness with Raiders of the Lost Arc, Orci wrote: STID has infinetly more social commentary than Raiders in every Universe, and I say that with Harrison Ford being a friend. You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the FUCKING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of shitty fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: FUCK OFF!” (Social commentary, looooool.)

    After going through more comments and calling out more fans who dared criticize the movie, Bob seemed to take a step back for some self-reflection. "don’ take me too seriously. if you’ve been on this board for the lar 5 years (as I have beeb) you know that twice a year I explode at the morons. today, there seemed to be a congregation, so it seemed like a good time.

    you are the most listened to fans ever. That doesn’t mean you will get is to do what you want. just means what I said: I listened. Then we decided, having heard as many opinions as possible. To paraphrase of one of my great and beloved heroes, George W. Bush, “we’re the deciders….
    (Aaaaaand there it is. Also, reading criticism after the movie is out doesn't mean you listened to fans and decided from there. Instead you kept the details of your movie a secret to avoid hearing fan criticism before it came out. Ass.)

    Source (original trekmovie article and comment section)

    Well, on one side we have overly-entitled fans, like the 50 Shades petition to get actors fired from the movie and have unwilling actors forced in instead. On the other side we have media creators who insist that their fans are 'children' who, if overly critical, turn into 'morons'. Which side are you on? Are fans entitled to being heard? Is criticism shitty and ungrateful? Or are you Team Please Restore The Fourth Wall and Everyone Just Shut Up? I will say that media creators lose in my book the minute they lash out publicly at negative feedback, especially feedback by fans.


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    Ben Affleck has gotten all the press, but there’s another new Batman: Roger Craig Smith, the veteran voice actor who will play the Caped Crusader in the forthcoming video game Batman: Arkham Origins. Smith has major game voice acting chops: He’s played Sonic the Hedgehog, Chris Redfield from the Resident Evil games, and the beloved Ezio Auditore, libertine hero of Assassin’s Creed 2. We chatted with Smith about the pressure of playing the Dark Knight, the history of the character, and, oh, Batman underpants.

    Who is the best Batman ever and why?

    Roger Craig Smith: Oh boy. Not that my opinion matters, but I really enjoyed Christian Bale’s performance. I always thought it was really cool. You know, even the voice, it made sense to me. I think it’s funny that people thought it was a bad choice in terms of the growl and the hiss. Coming from the perspective of someone like Bruce Wayne, who is trying to mask his identity using this cowl; if he really wanted to affect his voice in a way that might throw people off – it makes good sense to me. I don’t see what the hubbub was all about.

    Oh, and obviously the Adam West version.

    And you think Bale was the best Bruce Wayne, too?

    RCS: I like that sort of like unhinged arrogant playboy kind of thing that he was able to do. He can pull off that cocky element exceptionally well. Even when he played around with it when he wanted to conveniently make Bruce Wayne a dislikable character, those little subtleties made sense to me in terms of what that character involved.

    You know the “Batman” voice? How do you make the Batman voice? Like, what do you actually do with your throat and mouth?

    RCS: It’s a weird thing. It comes from a place of attitude and character. It’s where I lean very heavily on a director and the writers and everyone that is involved in this process. It’s inherently collaborative. I work in my lower register a lot and we try to get a more controlled way of delivering things so it feels like someone who is in control and confident and capable. Beyond that I don’t think there’s one thing I do to sort of modify my mouth. Or I might not be aware of it. You’re trying to emulate a bunch of physicality but the only thing you can work with is your voice. That’s why we’re always pointing and moving our arms. I wonder if I maybe stick my chest out a little bit more, maybe look down a little bit more.

    Be honest, is playing Batman really fun?

    RCS: It’s fun, and I’m hoping its going to be a blast on October 25, but it’s also work and it’s pressure. We have a really good time when we work but at the end of the day you’re keeping it fun to create an energy that you want so that it’s not grinding. But it’s a tremendous amount of pressure to know you’re going to try to deliver a performance of a character that is so beloved by so many people. I try not to think about that. Everybody from the background artist to the writers to the motion capture guys gets to have their say on what this character will look feel and sound like. Of course, when I sit down and play the game I’m going to be as giddy as anyone else. I’ll be super, hyper critical as well.

    Still, I get to add my name to a list of actors and I can’t believe my name is up there with theirs. What a huge honor and at the end of the day, what a blast.

    What was your reaction when you heard Ben Affleck was going to play Batman in the new Zack Snyder movie?

    RCS: I’m excited. I’m amazed at the blowback. Let’s not forget when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker, people were outraged. And he delivered maybe the greatest performance ever from that character.

    That being said, you have to wait and just see it out. I don’t think he’s an incapable actor under any circumstances. He’s a good actor and I think he’s more than capable of portraying both Bruce Wayne and Batman. I don’t see why people are so up in arms. I would hope we all have bigger fish to fry in life.

    Read the other parts of the interview at the ( SOURCE )

    NGL, not only does he sound good but he definitely looks good too. He could totally bend me over and have his way with me, provided he does the dirty talk in his sexiest Batman or Ezio Auditore voice.

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    The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee announced on Saturday. Tokyo was selected over finalist Istanbul and Madrid to host the 2020 summer games.

    This will mark the second time Tokyo has hosted the Olympic games with the last time coming in 1964.
    Madrid was eliminated earlier in the day in Saturday after the first round of voting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Madrid was initially tied with Istanbul but a tiebreak was determined by the IOC. Istanbul won the vote over Madrid 49-45. Istanbul has never hosted an Olympic Games despite five bids to the IOC.

    Tokyo’s presentation made its case as the “safe pair of hands” while Istanbul campaigned as being the first predominately Muslim country to host the Olympics.

    Tokyo's Bid Video:

    Olympic Stadium rendering:

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    The exploits of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele once gripped the nation, and with 5.3 million copies flying off the shelves it became best-selling book in British history.

    But now the country has amassed a “paper mountain” of unwanted copies of EL James’s erotic novel, suggesting that readers are bored with the “mummy porn” trilogy.

    The books cannot be recycled because of the glue which was used to bind them.

    Cancer Research UK have revealed that as soon as they sell one of the novels, they get two donations in its place.

    Ben Wadsworth, Marketing Manager, said: "We have thousands of copies of all the Fifty Shades books, but we've stopped selling them because no one was buying them.

    "People are offloading them now in droves as all the hype has died down, its becoming a paper mountain."

    They plan to put the books back on sale when the film is released as they are hoping demand will increase again.

    Rhona Coulter, Books Manager at Cancer Research UK, added: "Our shop managers have reported that hundreds of donations of Fifty Shades over the recent months.

    "We always welcome donations, but the secondary sales potential of the novels is a big problem. Nobody wants it anymore."

    A Facebook page, 50 ways of killing 50 Shades of Grey, has also been set up to share creative ways of throwing away copies of the novel.

    The Fifty Shades of Grey film is due for release in August 2014.

    EL James, believed to be the richest writer in the world, has announced that Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam will play the main characters


    Weeping for this world rn

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    Lady Gaga felt embarrassed after One Direction were booed loudly at the Video Music Awards last month, insisting it was a bad representation of her country and MTV.

    The British-Irish boy band was jeered by members of the audience when they stepped onstage at the New York City ceremony to accept a trophy, but they were later offered some words of support from Gaga, who urged them to ignore their critics.

    Now the singer admits she was "really upset" by the incident, as the crowd's behavior made her feel ashamed.

    "It really upset me. It made me feel embarrassed for my country and for MTV. If we were at the Grammys or the Oscars that would have never happened, so I found it really disturbing," she said. "I don't think I'd ever be booed at the Brits. Even if everyone hated me, you would be more polite. It's rude and nasty -- keep your opinions to yourself."

    Gaga's pep talk was filmed by an onlooker and the footage later surfaced online, but she is adamant she had no idea she was being recorded.

    "I had walked out at that point, and I just happened to run into them. I didn't even know that anyone could hear me or anything," she told Capital FM. "I just genuinely wanted them to know that at least one person in the room thought that they deserved to be there because I know how I would have felt. They're really nice guys, very down to earth, sweet and handsome."


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    Season 3 of Project Runway All Stars has just been announced and it starts on October 24. Check out the list of deigners behind the cut!!

    Ari South, Christopher Palu, Daniel Esquivel, Irina Shabayeva, Elena Slivnyak, Jeffrey Sebelia, Korto Momolu, Melissa Fleis, Mychael Knight, Seth Aaron Henderson and Viktor Luna.

    (click to see bigger picture)

    Ari South (Season 8), Christopher Palu (Season 10), Daniel Esquivel (Season 11)

    Elena Slivnyak (Season 10), Irina Shabayeva (Season 6, Winner), Jeffrey Sebelia (Season 3, Winner)

    Korto Momolu (Season 5), Melissa Fleis (Season 10), Mychael Knight (Season 4)

    Seth Aaron Henderson (Season 7, Winner), Viktor Luna (Season 9)

    I can't believe Jeffrey is back again (he was also on the first 'special' all stars episode), I can't stand him!
    I'm happy to see Korto, Daniel Esquivel, Mychael Knight and Seth Aaron back!


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    Angelina Jolie and five of her adorable children visit the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium located in Darling Harbour on Sunday (September 8) in Sydney, Australia.

    The 38-year-old actress was joined by her kids Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 7, and her five-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox for the family outing. Her son Maddox was noticeably missing from the group.

    Vivienne and Zahara each were seen holding Finding Nemo fish dolls while Knox got a cool looking green toy.

    Angie and the kids are down under while she works on her next directorial feature Unbroken. Papa Brad Pitt was in Canada this weekend attending the premiere of his film 12 Years a Slave during the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.


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    Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg step out on the red carpet as a couple for the first time at the premiere of their new movie The Double held during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday evening (September 7) at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

    The 23-year-old actress and the 29-year-old actor were spotted out together earlier in the summer and reports surfaced that the pair were dating after they were seen locking lips on a date.

    Mia is wearing a Roland Mouret dress and Rupert Sanderson pumps.


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    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    Those photos I posted of Leonardo DiCaprio yesterday at the US Open, it turns out there’s a story behind them. A few people who were there have emailed me with the same account. I’ve attached Erin’s description below.
    In short…
    Leo didn’t want to be on camera.
    Leo will do anything to not be on camera.
    Leo wouldn’t be on camera for the fans. So the fans kept their cameras on Leo.
    It’s the best.

    My family and I went to the US Open yesterday afternoon and while we were watching Djoko defeat poor Marcel Granollers in Arthur Ashe, we saw the strangest thing. During a changeover, the stadium sound system burst out into “My Heart Will Go On.” At first the jumbotron was showing couples but then they found this man sitting with his grey newsboy cap pulled down, talking to a friend next to him. When the subtitles revealed Leo’s identity, the crowd started cheering and screaming. Leo, however, had no time for it. He ignored the camera and the crowd, continuing his very pointed conversation with his bro next to him in his box. The camera stayed on him for at least a full minute, waiting for him to at least look up or give a slight wave – something. But nope. Leo instead ended his conversation, pulled his hat down further, and slouched down in his seat with his head hung, waiting us out. By this point the crowd was practically booing him while also searching the stadium for his box. It was ridiculous – almost everyone in the place was scanning the boxes for any sight of his douchy newsboy cap. Nearly the entirety of Arthur Ashe was ignoring the world’s #1 men’s singles player to find Leo. As people began to find him they pointed, even stood up, and showed the others around them. He endured it for a moment before standing up and storming back into his box. A wave of laugher and SMH-ing rolled through the stadium and attention went back to the match.

    Maybe 20 minutes later, during another changeover, the camera was panning around the stadium again. In a moment of pure ballsyness, the camera once again settled on Leo. Homeboy had moved to another box, a level down and all the way across the stadium, and he was hanging by the windows, smoking his e-cig and laughing it up with a few blondes. (The pictures on your site are from his second spot!) This time it took him a few moments to realize what was happening, but as the stadium began to laugh and cheer wildly – perhaps a tad obnoxiously – Leo looked up, his face fell, and he dropped to the floor, hiding under a table, à la Carrie Underwood. Unfortunately Djoko ended the match before we could find Leo’s next hiding place. Ridiculous!!

    You know who looks like an asshole? The one who ducks. You know who doesn’t look like an asshole? The one who waves. No drama. No extra.


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    Gwyneth Paltrow "wouldn't mind" having bigger boobs. The 'Iron Man 3' actress is happy with her figure and looks, but if she had to change anything about her body she'd boost her boobs from a 34B size bra.

    Speaking to Tatler magazine, she said: "If I could change one thing? Nothing. Not because I think I'm beautiful, but I think I look the way I do for a reason. I wouldn't mind bigger boobs though."

    While she's happy with her physical features, the Hollywood star - who is married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin - is convinced her nose is getting bigger.

    When asked about her defining feature, she said: "I tend to see only things I don't like. My eyes are quite small. And I'm paranoid my nose is growing."

    Gwyneth, 40, has now started doing aerial yoga - where practitioners are suspended from the ceiling and then carry out the Indian exercises - and she loves the fact she gets to hang upside down "like a bat" when she's doing it.

    She explained: "My teacher comes over with what looks like a portable hammock, attaches it to the ceiling and I just hang upside down like a bat for a bit."


    Are you happy with your breasts size or would you have surgery to reduce/augment them?

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    We don't know what the weather will be like for the Super Bowl at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. We certainly don't know the teams. We do know the halftime act.
    The NFL announced Sunday that Bruno Mars will play the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. The 14-time Grammy nominee scored his first five No. 1 singles faster than any male since Elvis Presley, according to Billboard.
    This is a selection sure to be popular with my wife and 2-year-old daughter, who somehow knows most of the lyrics to Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven." The Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 110.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's show.
    The Super Bowl halftime show has gone a long way since bands from the universities of Arizona and Michigan played at the first Super Bowl. Grambling University handled halftime at Super Bowl II.


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    A few weeks ago, singer JoJo, 22, filed a lawsuit against her record label, Blackground Records, in an effort to be released from her recording contract after being signed at the age of 12.

    In her case, JoJo argues that under New York State law, minors cannot sign contracts that last longer than seven years. Therefore, going by her argument, the agreement between Blackground and JoJo should have ended in 2011.

    Fast-forward to Friday, September 6, Blackground has responded to JoJo’s lawsuit, expressing the predictable: they would like the case to be dismissed.

    As a disclaimer, I am not, by any means, a lawyer and this is not legal advice.

    The label, by its attorneys, Stewart Occhipinti, LLP, writes, ”The Complaint fails to comply with the requirements of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (“CPLR”), and therefore Blackground objects to the nonconforming pleading in its entirety.”

    So, Blackground insists that, due to the improper formatting, the Complaint is too difficult to read or comprehend.

    They continue, ”Indeed, Plaintiff’s Complaint consists of a rambling narrative which does not permit Blackground to frame a reasonable response and should be dismissed in its entirety pursuant to CPLR §3024(a).”

    The label also writes that JoJo “reaffirmed her agreement and willingness to be bound by the Recording Agreement by accepting payments and other consideration.”

    “Blackground has and continues to be ready, willing , and able to fulfill all of its obligations under its agreement with Plaintiff.

    In yet another blow to JoJo’s argument, the label further explains that “after she obtained the age of majority, while represented by legal counsel, she discontinued her 2009 action and agreed to continue to record for Blackground.”

    Lastly, Blackground demands judgment “for costs, disbursements and reasonable attorney’s fees in defending the action, as allowed at law and/or under contract.”

    This is simply tiring. At this point, wouldn’t it be best for Blackground and JoJo to sever their ties and move on from this situation?

    With Blackground, JoJo’s career is at an obvious stand-still. She’s not releasing anything new, many have forgotten about her, and this will only have a negative affect on her career in the long-run.

    JoJo is incredibly talented and would be a valuable asset to another label, specifically one that can help revive what’s been lost, nurture her and give her a platform to share her gift.

    To read Blackground’s full response, click here.


    JoJo joins forces with Casey Veggies and guitarist/singer Francesco on the remix to “Anything.” The original song, which samples Toto’s “Africa,” appeared on her 2006 album The High Road. The trio debuted the new version at The FADER and vitaminwater’s #uncapped series in New York last week. Grab the free download below.


    Swimming Pools

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    'Girls' set in New York City

    Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet at the Prabal Gurung fashion show

    at the Rachel Comey fashion show

    at the Honor fashion show

    at Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 fashion show

    at the Rebecca Taylor fashion show

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    Katy Perry scores her fourth UK Number 1, and the fastest selling single of her career with Roar!

    Katy Perry has done it again! The original California Gurl has Roar-ed her way right to the top of the Official Singles Chart to notch up her fourth UK Number 1. And, not only that, in doing so, Katy has also scored the biggest first week sale of her career in the UK!

    According to Official Charts Company sales data, her new single, Roar, has sold a massive 179,500 copies in the last seven days, beating the opening tally of her previous career best, 2010’s California Gurls FT Snoop Dogg, which sold 123,600 week one. Roar is now the UK’s third fastest selling single of 2013 so far, sitting just behind Avicii’s Wake Me Up and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines FT TI and Pharrell Williams.

    Radio 1’s Official Chart host Jameela Jamil broke the news to Katy about her latest UK success:

    “I love the UK!” says an excited Katy in the interview broadcast on the station’s Official Singles Chart countdown this evening. “The UK is one of the most important groups of people in the world for me because I feel like the UK is so ahead of the zeitgeist… They are the zeitgeist! I love going over there, and I’m going to be going over several times this year.

    “The UK is where a lot of music trends start,” adds Katy. “It’s where some of the coolest music comes out of, music that’s influenced me; I’m listening to AlunaGeorge at the moment, and all that great stuff that you guys have been listening to for the last eight months, by the way!”

    It’s been an incredible week for Katy, which has seen her end Robin Thicke’s 12 week stand at Number 1 on the US’ Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (her eighth Number 1 there), and the Tarzan-themed video for the track clock up over 26 million views on YouTube.

    Roar is taken from Katy’s upcoming album, Prism, which will be released on October 22. Her last album, 2010’s Teenage Dream saw Katy notch up seven Top 10 hits, and set a new Official Chart record for the most amount of Top 10 singles from one studio album by a female solo artist.

    Katy will close this year’s iTunes Festival with a special show at London’s Roundhouse on September 30.

    After three weeks at Number 1 and some 311,000 sales later, Ellie Goulding slides one place to Number 2 today with Burn. Avicii’s Wake Me Up (3), Klangkarussell’s Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) FT Will Heard (4) and the Cedric Gervais remix of Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness (5) complete this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 5.


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