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    A full 33 years after the groundbreaking slasher series got its start, THR revisits the best -- and the worst -- kills at the hands of the hockey-masked one who shall not be named.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the horror flick Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and a full 33 years since the groundbreaking slasher franchise got its start. Two months ago, Warner Bros. handed half of the franchise back to Paramount as part of a deal that gave them a stake in Christopher Nolan's next project -- and a new Jason film is indeed in the works. With this week ending on a Friday the 13th, now is a good time to look back at the five best and five worst kills from the long-lived slasher series.

    The Best

    Andy is sliced in two with a machete while walking on his hands in Friday the 13th Part III (1982).

    Jack (a young Kevin Bacon) is stabbed in the throat with an arrow from under the bed in Friday the 13th (1980).

    Russell’s face is cut in half with an axe in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988). (Scene begins at 2:15)

    The Worst

    Julius is decapitated by having his head punched completely off his body in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989).

    Burt is thrown against a tree, crushing his head and stabbing him with a branch as his blood colors a smiley-face on the tree, in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986).

    Jason himself is “killed” by being stabbed in the heart and then actually dragged down into hell in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993). (Scene begins at 0:53)

    more @ the source

    Happy Friday the 13th, ONTD. Favorite kill?

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    You can always count on models for some cute Instagram action, and at Fashion Week, the selfies flow into our feeds like champagne. Here, I rounded up eight of the cutest ones I've spotted, from the adorably goofy to the totally fierce.

    Say goodbye to Karlie Kloss' famous short haircut! Well, for the duration of the Diane von Furstenberg show, anyway.

    Jac Jagaciak sports some bunny ears courtesy of Frida Gustavsson.

    Cora Emmanuel snaps herself post-Jason Wu (still wearing that gorgeous sparkly eye makeup!).

    Fei Fei Sun cuddles up to her green juice backstage at Tommy Hilfiger.

    Coco Rocha gets photobombed by makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath backstage at Victoria Beckham.

    Joan Smalls steals a moment to hide from backstage craziness.

    Recognize that pout? It belongs to none other than Lindsey Wixson, chilling backstage at Michael Kors.


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    "Wadjda," which hits theaters stateside today, has been selected as Saudi Arabia's official entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar. Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the film is both the first to be made inside the Kindgom of Saudi Arabia, and the first to be made by a woman filmmaker.

    The film centers on a young girl, Wadjda (played by Waad Mohammed), who dreams of owning a bicycle. Even though riding bikes is frowned upon for women in Wadjda's culture, she hatches various schemes to raise the money, including entering a Koran recital competition with a cash prize. Meanwhile, Wadjda's mother deals the with the pressure of her husband considering a second wife.

    The film debuted in Venice last year and has been a hit on the festival circuit since. Sony Pictures Classics is its stateside distributor.

    Check out our TOH! interview with director Haifaa Al Mansour here.

    The five nominations will be announced January 16; the Oscars will take place on March 2, 2014.


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    He's currently answering fan questions on Reddit. Link.

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    Last week, Russell Brand was in hot water again after cracking a Nazi joke at the expense of GQ award sponsors, Hugo Boss. Here, he gives his side of the story.

    I have had the privilege of scuba diving. I did it once on holiday and I'm aware that it's one of those subjects that people can get pretty boring and sincere about, and sincerity, for we British, is no state in which to dwell, so I'll be brief. The scuba dive itself was numenistic enough, a drenched heaven; coastal shelves and their staggering, sub-aquatic architecture, like spilt cathedrals, gormless, ghostly fish gliding by like Jackson Pollock's pets. Silent miracles. What got me though was when I came up for air, at the end. As my head came above water after even a paltry 15 minutes in Davy Jones's Locker, there was something absurd about the surface. How we, the creatures of the land, live our lives, obliviously trundling, flat feet slapping against the dust.

    It must have been a while since I've attended a fancy, glitzy event because as soon as I got to the GQ awards I felt like something was up. The usual visual grammar was in place – a carpet in the street, people in paddocks awaiting a brush with something glamorous, blokes with earpieces, birds in frocks of colliding colours that if sighted in nature would indicate the presence of poison. I'm not trying to pass myself off as some kind of Francis of Assisi, Yusuf Islam, man of the people, but I just wasn't feeling it. I ambled into the Opera House across yet more outdoor carpets, boards bearing branding, in this case Hugo Boss, past paparazzi, and began to queue up at the line of journalists and presenters, in a slightly nicer paddock who offer up mics and say stuff like:

    "Who are you wearing?"

    "I'm not wearing anyone, I went with clobber, I'm not Buffalo Bill."

    Noel Gallagher was immediately ahead of me in the press line and he's actually a mate. I mean I love him, sometimes I forget he wrote Supersonic and played to 400,000 people at Knebworth because he's such a laugh. He laid right into me, the usual gear: "What the fook you wearing? Does Rod Stewart know you're going through his jumble?" I try to remain composed and give as good as I get, even though the paddock-side banter is accompanied by looming foam tipped eavesdroppers, hanging like insidious mistletoe.

    In case you don't know these parties aren't like real parties. It's fabricated fun, imposed from the outside. A vision of what squares imagine cool people might do set on a spaceship. Or in Moloko. As we come out of the lift there's a bloody great long corridor flanked by gorgeous birds in black dresses, paid to be there, motionless, left hand on hip, teeth tacked to lips with scarlet glue. The intention I suppose is to contrive some Ian Fleming super-uterus of well fit mannequins to midwife you into the shindig, but me and my mate Matt just felt self-conscious, jigging through Robert Palmer's oestrogen passage like aspirational Morris dancers. Matt stared at their necks and I made small talk as I hot stepped towards the preshow drinks. Now I'm not typically immune to the allure of objectified women but I am presently beleaguered by a nerdish, whirling dervish and am eschewing all others. Perhaps the clarity of this elation has awakened me. A friend of mine said, "Being in love is like discovering a concealed ballroom in a house you've long inhabited." I also don't drink so these affairs where most people rinse away their Britishness and twitishness with booze are for me a face-first log flume of backslaps, chitchat, eyewash and gak.

    After a load of photos and what-not, we descend the world's longest escalator, which are called that even as they de-escalate, and in we go to the main forum, a high ceilinged hall, full of circular cloth-draped, numbered tables, a stage at the front, the letters GQ, 12-foot high in neon at the back; this aside though, neon forever the moniker of trash, this is a posh do, in an opera house full of folk in tuxes.

    Everywhere you look there's someone off the telly; Stephen Fry, Pharrell, Sir Bobby Charlton, Samuel L Jackson, Rio Ferdinand, Justin Timberlake, foreign secretary William Hague and mayor of London Boris Johnson. My table is sanctuary of sorts; Noel and his missus Sara, John Bishop and his wife Mel, my mates Matt Morgan, Mick and Gee. Noel and I are both there to get awards and decide to use our speeches to dig each other out. This makes me feel a little grounded in the unreal glare, normal.

    Noel's award is for being an "icon" and mine for being an "oracle". My knowledge of the classics is limited but includes awareness that an oracle is a spiritual medium through whom prophecies from the gods were sought in ancient Greece. Thankfully, I have a sense of humour that prevents me from taking accolades of that nature on face value or I'd've been in the tricky position of receiving the GQ award for being "best portal to a mystical dimension", which is a lot of pressure. Me, Matt and Noel conclude it's probably best to treat the whole event as a bit of a laugh and, as if to confirm this as the correct attitude, Boris Johnson – a man perpetually in pajamas regardless of what he's wearing – bounds to the stage to accept the award for "best politician". Yes, we agree, this is definitely a joke.

    Boris, it seems, is taking it in this spirit, joshing beneath his ever-redeeming barnet that Labour's opposition to military action in Syria is a fey stance that he, as GQ politician of the year, would never be guilty of.

    Matt is momentarily focused. "He's making light of gassed Syrian children," he says. We watch, slightly aghast, then return to goading Noel.

    Before long John Bishop is on stage giving me a lovely introduction so I get up as Noel hurls down a few gauntlets, daring me to "do my worst".

    I thanked John, said "the oracle award" sounds like a made-up prize you'd give a fat kid on sports day – I should know, I used to get them – then that it's barmy that Hugo Boss can trade under the same name they flogged uniforms to the Nazis under and the ludicrous necessity for an event such as this one to banish such a lurid piece of information from our collective consciousness.

    I could see the room dividing as I spoke. I could hear the laughter of some and louder still silence of others. I realised that for some people this was regarded as an event with import. The magazine, the sponsors and some of those in attendance saw it as a kind of ceremony that warranted respect. In effect it is a corporate ritual, an alliance between a media organisation, GQ and a commercial entity, Hugo Boss. What dawned on me as the night went on is that even in apparently frivolous conditions the establishment asserts control and won't tolerate having that assertion challenged, even flippantly, by that most beautifully adept tool, comedy.

    The jokes about Hugo Boss were not intended to herald a campaign to destroy them, they're not Monsanto or Halliburton, the contemporary corporate allies of modern-day fascism; they are, I thought, an irrelevant menswear supplier with a double-dodgy history. The evening though provided an interesting opportunity to see how power structures preserve their agenda, even in a chintzy microcosm.

    Subsequent to my jokes, the evening took a peculiar turn. Like the illusion of sophistication had been inadvertently disrupted by the exposure. It had the vibe of a wedding dinner where the best man's speech had revealed the groom's infidelity. With Hitler.

    Foreign secretary William Hague gave an award to former Telegraph editor Charles Moore, for writing a hagiography of Margaret Thatcher, who used his acceptance speech to build a precarious connection between my comments about the sponsors, my foolish answerphone scandal at the BBC and the Sachs family's flight, 70 years earlier from Nazi-occupied Europe. It was a confusing tapestry that Moore spun but he seemed to be saying that a) the calls were as bad as the Holocaust and b) the Sachs family may not've sought refuge in Britain had they known what awaited them. Even for a man whose former job was editing the Telegraph this is an extraordinary way to manipulate information.

    Noel, who is not one to sit quietly on his feelings, literally booed while Charles Moore was talking and others joined in. Booing! When do you hear booing in this day and age other than pantomimes and parliament? Hague and Johnson are equally at home in either (Widow Twanky and Buttons, obviously) so were not unduly ruffled, but I thought it was nuts. The room by now had a distinct feel of "us and them" and if there is a line drawn in the sand I don't ever want to find myself on the same side as Hague and Johnson. Up went Noel to garner his gong and he did not disappoint: "Always nice to be invited to the Tory party conference," he began, "Good to see the foreign secretary present when there's shit kicking off in Syria."

    Noel once expressed his disgust at seeing a politician at Glastonbury. "What are you doing here? This ain't for you," he'd said. He explained to me: "You used to know where you were with politicians in the 70s and 80s cos they all looked like nutters; Thatcher, Heseltine, Cyril Smith. Now they look normal, they're more dangerous." Then with dreadful foreboding, "They move among us." I agree with Noel. What are politicians doing at Glastonbury and the GQ awards? I feel guilty going and I'm a comedian. Why are public officials, paid by us, turning up at events for fashion magazines? Well the reason I was there was because I have a tour on and I was advised it would be good publicity. What are the politicians selling? How are they managing our perception of them with their attendance of these sequin-encrusted corporate balls?

    We witness that there is a relationship between government, media and industry that is evident even at this most spurious and superficial level. These three institutions support one another. We know that however cool a media outlet may purport to be, their primary loyalty is to their corporate backers. We know also that you cannot criticise the corporate backers openly without censorship and subsequent manipulation of this information.

    Now I'm aware that this was really no big deal; I'm not saying I'm an estuary Che Guevara, it was a daft joke, by a daft comic at a daft event. It makes me wonder though how the relationships and power dynamics I witnessed on this relatively inconsequential context are replicated on a more significant scale.

    For example, if you can't criticise Hugo Boss at the GQ awards because they own the event do you think it is significant that energy companies donate to the Tory party? Will that affect government policy? Will the relationships that "politician of the year" Boris Johnson has with City bankers – he took many more meetings with them than public servants in his first term as mayor – influence the way he runs our capital?

    Is it any wonder that Amazon, Vodafone and Starbucks avoid paying tax when they enjoy such cosy relationships with members of our government?

    Ought we be concerned that our rights to protest are being continually eroded under the guise of enhancing our safety? Is there a relationship between proposed fracking in the UK, new laws that prohibit protest and the relationships between energy companies and our government?

    I don't know. I do have some good principles picked up that night that are generally applicable; the glamour and the glitz isn't real, the party isn't real, you have a much better time mucking around trying to make your mates laugh. I suppose that's obvious, we all know it, we already know all the important stuff like: don't trust politicians, don't trust big business and don't trust the media. Trust your own heart and each another. When you take a breath and look away from the spectacle it's amazing how absurd it seems when you look back.


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    When Justin Bieber heads to New Zealand in November, a few lucky Kiwis will get the chance of a lifetime: to leave the country. 90.2 the Rock FM, apparently not big Beliebers, aren't giving listeners tickets to the show. Instead, they're giving them free tickets out of town.


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    You can add Cher to the ever-growing list of celebrities who have denounced Russia's "gay propaganda" laws. In a new interview, the legendary singer-actress reveals that she turned down the chance to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi because of the country's anti-gay legislation.

    "I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show," Cher told Maclean's writer Elio Iannacci. "I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there." Still, Cher says her friend offered a slightly more optimistic take on the overall situation in Russia: "He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does."

    She also sounded off on two other iconic pop divas who have courted controversy in recent months after speaking out against Russia's stance on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community: Lady Gaga and Madonna. "Who knows how she will evolve, but Gaga has an idea for herself and she follows it," Cher noted. "Madonna was the same way. Madonna said and did what she wanted, whenever she wanted and she was ahead of the curve. Always. She had her ear to the ground more than anyone."

    2013 is turning out to be a banner year for Cher, who's gearing up to release "Closer to the Truth," her first album of all-new material in over a decade, on Sept. 24. She kicked off the promotional blitz for the new album with a headlining performance at New York City's Pride Dance on the Pier. She'll soon join the fifth season of "The Voice," as an adviser to Blake Shelton's team, and is gearing up to embark on a forthcoming concert tour.

    You can read the full Maclean's interview with Cher here. Source

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    From the FBI agent tripping on acid to the action film star marrying a transsexual, the Sunday night Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" has served up its share of bizarre twists.

    In the tale of a ruthless yet morally conflicted Hollywood "fixer" played by Liev Schreiber, "you never know where it is going to go," executive producer Mark Gordon says.

    What the premium cable network does know is that "Ray Donovan" - now heading into the final three episodes - will be its biggest show in its first season. Ratings are outpacing the current record holder, domestic terror thriller "Homeland," by almost 40 percent.

    The show already has been renewed for a second season, and CBS Corp-owned Showtime Networks Inc has bet on "Ray Donovan" as its next big showcase.

    Popular serial killer drama "Dexter" concludes next month after eight seasons, and "Homeland" embarks on a crucial third season after a more lukewarm reception to season two.

    "We are trying to have one anchor show each of the four seasons of the year," said David Nevins, Showtime's entertainment president. "I think 'Ray Donovan' has already established itself as one of the anchors. It will probably be our anchor in the summer for years to come."

    Building a stable of strong shows is key to Showtime's strategy of developing original programming to compete with HBO and Netflix, which have come to be known as much for their own productions as for running Hollywood films.

    Early reviews for "Ray Donovan" were mixed, though most critics praised Schreiber and Oscar winner Jon Voight, who plays Ray's menacing father, Mickey, a Boston mobster jailed 20 years for a crime he did not commit.

    It's the relationship at the heart of the drama, and it's still a mystery. Mickey wants to reconnect with his family in Los Angeles, but the baseball-bat wielding Ray, who can fix the worst problems for his Hollywood clientele, can't fix Mickey. He wants him dead and viewers don't know why.

    Nevins said the show draws around 5.7 million viewers each week, either on Sunday nights or through digital recording, a number he calls "remarkably solid."

    It would be higher if not for the Time Warner Cable Inc blackout in some major markets due to a weeks-long fee dispute with CBS, he added.


    Women, it turns out, are showing keen interest in the show, which was created and is written by a woman, Ann Biderman.

    "You've got very interesting moments of male psychology written interestingly by a woman, and I think that true look at the way men think and approach the world is fascinating to women," Nevins said.

    Gordon, a TV and film producer behind hit network shows like ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," paired up with Biderman for his first premium cable production.

    After Showtime accepted the pitch, they spent months developing the "Ray Donovan" script, finding the director and casting the show.

    It took a "very long time" to convince Schreiber to play Ray, he said.

    "We had the time to do it right," said Gordon, a benefit of working for a network that does not need to heed the accelerated schedules of broadcast and commercial TV networks because of advertiser commitments.

    For Gordon and Nevins, the unpredictability of the "Ray Donovan" storyline and the character of Ray is key not only to the show, but also to Showtime's profile.

    "There's a place on television for comfort TV. I don't think they come to Showtime for comfort," Nevins said. "Our shows are challenging, subversive and unpredictable."

    Eric Deggans, TV critic at the Tampa Bay Times, said he likes Voight's and Schreiber's performances, but believes the show's meandering storylines can be problematic for retaining viewers.

    "I don't know if that is because they are moving so slowly or if it's because the storylines are not compelling," he said.

    Final episodes will answer questions like why Ray hates his father, and Nevins says he believes the show will end up being different from anything people have seen on TV.

    "'Ray Donovan' I think comes in with a group with 'Homeland,' with 'Masters of Sex,' with 'Shameless' that I think are taking us to a new level," Nevins said. "Only history will tell if it has the long-term impact that the 'The Sopranos' has on HBO."


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    Lindsay Lohan just arrived at her mom's house on Long Island ...this after Dina Lohan's arrest for an off-the-charts DWI.

    Lindsay showed up in a black Porsche with her sister, Ali and an unidentified guy.  Lindsay was driving -- and no one was harmed!

    Shortly after Linds showed up ... her old attorney Mark Heller walked out of Dina's pad, and announced he's representing her in the DWI.

    Heller pointed out his client is a first time DWI offender with no prior record (criminally, anyway) -- and as a result he felt she would be treated with "fairness." Translation: he's hoping for no jail time.

    As we previously reported ... Dina was arrested Thursday night ... and cops say she had a BAC of 0.2 -- nearly 3 times the legal limit.


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    Australian rapper Iggy Azalea attends a private dinner hosted by Lehmann Maupin & Roberto Cavalli in Honor of painter Angel Otero at The Standard in New York City on September 12, 2013, during New York Fashion Week. Her new single "Change Your Life", featuring T.I., is now available on US iTunes.


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    With expected monster streaming numbers for its video, the song looks likely to swing its way to the top, marking Cyrus' first Hot 100 leader

    It looks like Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" is about to smash its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

    Thanks to expected enormous streaming totals for the song's video, early indications are that it should dethrone Katy Perry's "Roar," which leads the list for a second week this week.

    If "Ball" blasts to the summit, Cyrus would collect her first Hot 100 No. 1. She's reached No. 2 with 2009's "Party in the U.S.A." and her previous single, "We Can't Stop."


    According to data provided by YouTube, "Ball" boasts 15.5 million U.S. YouTube views over its first two days since the clip premiered on Monday (Sept. 9). Projected over seven days, the streams for the song and video could total a whopping 30 to 45 million in the U.S., a figure that would count toward next week's Hot 100.

    If numbers develop as projected, "Roar" would register about half or less of that streaming sum.

    This week, "Roar" claimed the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer award, rising 3-1 on the Streaming Songs chart with a 122% increase to 12 million U.S. streams, up 33%, according to Nielsen BDS. The song's video premiered on Sept. 5.

    "Ball" rose 27-21 on Streaming Songs this week with 2.2 million U.S. streams, a total tallied from user-generated videos featuring the song's audio (prior to the release of the song's official clip) and activity on certain audio services that contribute to the chart.


    According to industry sources, "Ball" could sell more than 400,000 downloads for the tracking week ending Sunday (Sept. 15). It sold 116,000 in the Nielsen SoundScan week ending Sept. 8.

    "Roar" is in line to sell 340,000-360,000. This week, it leads Digital Songs (for a fourth consecutive week) with 373,000, according to SoundScan.


    While "Ball" looks to sport comfortable leads in streaming and sales, "Roar" will register significantly more radio action in the Sept. 11-17 BDS tracking week, data which forms the airplay component for the Hot 100; sales and streaming are the chart's other two metrics.

    Through two days of BDS building data, "Roar" shows 42 million in all-format audience, second only to Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), which stands at 54 million.

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    "Ball" ranks just outside the 100 most-played songs in that span, with 4.5 million. Notably, RCA Records just began promoting it to radio this week; Capitol has been working "Roar" to radio since mid-August.


    What do all these numbers mean for next week's Hot 100? Presently, it seems that Cyrus will score her first No. 1 on the ranking.

    Combining the sales projections above and taking building BDS data for airplay and streaming and projecting chart points over a full week, "Ball" looks ready to swing its way to a fairly sizable lead over "Roar" and take over atop next week's chart.

    Check on Wednesday (Sept. 18) for all the songs' official figures and to find out who claims the Hot 100's coveted crown. The refreshed Hot 100 will appear in full on next Thursday (Sept. 19) and in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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    He may play a sexy vampire on TV who enjoys warm blood, but Alexander Skarsgård is willing to suffer through a cold spell for a good cause. Make that a long cold spell.

    E! News caught up with the True Blood hottie at the Calvin Klein Fashion Week party in New York Thursday night and asked him about his just-announced race with Prince Harry across Antarctica as part of the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.

    Needless to say, Skarsgård was thrilled by the prospect of going up against the royal.

    "I'm part of the U.S. team and I was just honored when they asked me. It's called Walking With the Wounded, the charity," the 37-year-old actor told E! News. "We're gonna ski to the South Pole with three teams with four wounded soldiers on each team—a British team with Prince Harry and Dominic West from The Wire is with The Commonwealth [Canadian-Australian] Team and I'm with the Americans."

    The competition will see the three groups embark on a 208-mile trek across the frozen continent that will take place over a month during Antarctica's summer—winter here in the U.S. But it's no picnic as they'll face along with below-zero temperatures, blizzards and dangerous ravines as they make their way across a harsh, icy landscape.

    But given that he's from Sweden, not to mention a former marine in that country (as well as having played a convincing soldier in HBO's Generation Kill), it shouldn't go too badly for Skarsgård who added that he was just happy to be able to help raise money for military charities.

    "I had an opportunity to meet [his teammates] for the first time last week in California. Two guys and two girls. Amazing, amazing people. I'm really honored," he said.


    While the HBO star is already hard at work training for the journey, it was announced today that Prince Harry will attend a reception at the Royal Society in London on Sept. 26 for MapAction.

    Prince William's younger brother is a patron of the NGO, which specializes in providing mapping for humanitarian emergencies, and the event will help attract new donors to aid MapAction's long-term mission.

    "Prince Harry's patronage of MapAction is a highly valuable contribution for an organisation of our size. We are grateful to Prince Harry for the generosity displayed through his ongoing commitment to MapAction's work," said MapAction chief executive Liz Hughes.

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    A spokesperson for MADONNA has shut down a tabloid report suggesting the pop icon is engaged.

    Editors at In Touch magazine claimed the Material Girl is ready to take her romance with 25-year-old Brahim Zaibat to the next level by getting married.

    Madonna was even said to have introduced the back-up dancer as her "fiance" during a visit to the Kabbalah Centre in New York last week (04Sep13), with a purported source insisting, "She looked so happy and didn't try to keep it a secret. It was like she wanted everyone to know she was going to marry this man."

    However, a representative for the star has now set the record straight, telling the engagement report is "not true at all".

    Madonna's first marriage to actor Sean Penn ended in 1989 after four years, and she divorced filmmaker Guy Ritchie in 2008 after eight years as man and wife.

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    He’s only a little over a month old, but Prince George may have already learned his greatest lesson from his benevolent parents.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton usually shirk gifts for special occasions, but they recently made an exception for an artist with Down syndrome, TODAY reported. Tazia Fawley, 43, spent six months crafting a bright painting of children’s classic Rupert the Bear flying over a bridge in the Bristol Balloon Festival in England in hopes that the royal couple would accept it and hang it in their home.

    After the artist completed her piece, Suzie Moffat, director of Heart & Sold, an organization that promotes artists with Down syndrome, took a photo of it and sent it on to the palace to see if the new parents would be interested in it. Soon after, she received an enthusiastic note from the couple saying they would gladly welcome the work of art.

    It was a move that Fawley’s mother says will encourage other people with Down syndrome to pursue their dreams, and will also help to chip away at the stigma that still surrounds Down syndrome in the UK, according to Moffat.

    “In England, there always has been a stigma attached to (Down syndrome), and now that is washed away by the fact that the Duke and Duchess have accepted that painting,’’ Moffat told TODAY. “For this to happen, it’s kind of turned that negativity around.”


    The fact that Will and Kate made an exception at all is pretty astounding in and of itself.

    When the two got married in 2011, they asked well wishers to, instead of buying gifts, donate money to charity in their honor. Altogether, Will and Kate donated $1.6 million to 26 charities that have “particular resonance" with the pair and "reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date," the palace said in a statement in 2011, according to the Associated Press.

    The news of Will and Kate’s latest inspiring act comes on the day the prince announced his retirement from the military, a transition that will allow him to spend more time with his growing family and to focus on his charitable work.

    We can’t wait to see what he has next in store.


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  • 09/13/13--16:00: FFAF: September 13

  • Happy Friday!

    And Happy 20th Anniversary to Conan and everyone at the show. My life would be much worse without you.

    You know the rules, no porn, spam, nudes, advertising, fighting, dickishness, etc etc.

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  • 09/13/13--16:52: #ghettogoth

  • We All Know Who Invented #GhettoGoth (Hint: It Wasn’t Rihanna)

    by Lil Government

    “Underground” style don’t exist anymore, thanks to the die-hard self-exposure of today’s internet culture coupled with an industry of celebrity style experts whose existence thrives off combing the instagrams and twitters of more innovative but relatively unknown niche influencers. This sucks, obviously, for those at the proverbial bottom who contribute significantly to the trend economy but are still entrenched in the struggle to claim their own identity as they see it reproduced by stars who are sometimes even one or two degrees away from them personally. I’m not referring to fluke indicators of the blurring between ideological pop and punk, like the fact that Miley Cyrus dresses like Pictureplane now, but seemingly more nefarious instances in which organic movements are surreptitiously lifted from those who created them, dragged off to the capital farm for slaughter. Don’t expect a check, because it ain’t coming.

    Rihanna’s recent adoption of #GhettoGoth is a garish illustrator of this creative shadow economy; it seems strange that anyone who spends time in NYC, wears Hood By Air and tours with A$AP would have no knowledge of GHE20G0TH1K, a party and concept pioneered in large part by its founder (and DJ) Venus X. Venus, along with quite a few other industry pals like MikeQ and Teams, have been unapologetically vocal about what they perceive as a relative form of shade on Riri’s part.

    Of course, on the flipside, people are saying Riri can do whatever she wants–which she obviously can–but that seems ignorant of the fact that Venus, who depends at least in part financially on the brand that she conceptualized and built, has to go online and see this (“it’s apparent that she isn’t trying to do anything close to what the other girls are doing”), this (“opted for a ghetto-gothic look”), this (“in case you didn’t hear, Rihanna just pioneered a new fashion genre: ghetto goth”), and also the type of shit illustrated below. It’s enough to make a grown woman cry:

    No one–including Venus–is threatening to sue Rihanna here, but this incident speaks to the greater culture of behemoth corporate entities (including celebs) thieving creative capital from those who rely on their ingenuity to make money on a much smaller scale. It seems like at the very least, a shout-out to Venus or GHE20G0THIK would be appropriate even by the seemingly-unlikely-but-I’m-being-charitable-here chance that Rihanna was previously unaware of its well-established context. In the case that #GhettoGoth is foreshadowing more prominent integration into Riri’s brand via upcoming material like a new album, Venus should get paid for creative direction by proxy, rather than the far-more-likely cold shoulder of of feigned ignorance from Ri’s team.

    What do you think? Do mainstream celebrities have any obligation to give a nod to the lesser known but no-less-legitimate artists who directly inspire them?Is it actually possible that Rihanna is just a (Hood By) Airhead, utterly unaware of the original #GhettoGoth in spite of its proximity to her team? If you care, which IMO you should, then grab some friends and go dance at GHE20G0TH1K tomorrow on the roof at Output, rather than copping the new Rihanna on iTunes. Hopefully someday, that main$tream money will find its way back into the hands of those who give life to the same machine that runs on systematically marginalizing and/or discrediting them.

    Source: BulletMedia

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    David and Cielo
    Following a messy split from his ex-husband, event planner David Tutera — famous for producing Cinderella-worthy parties for celebrity clients like Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey — is raising his biological daughter Cielo.

    Meanwhile, his ex, Ryan Jurica, will raise his own biological son and Cielo’s fraternal twin, Cedric.

    Tutera, whose breakup occurred while a surrogate was carrying the twins, says the situation was far from ideal.

    “It was a very confusing time,” Tutera, 47, tells PEOPLE exclusively, adding that he and Jurica never discussed keeping the twins together. “The divorce happened so quickly after the [embryo] transfer was successful that there wasn’t time to mourn the loss of raising a second child — I was mourning the loss of my relationship.”

    Ryan and Cedric
    Nonetheless, Tutera, who is based in Los Angeles, says his priority is for his daughter to have a relationship with her brother, who is currently living across the country with Jurica, 35, in Connecticut.

    “We can’t pretend like this doesn’t exist for them — that’s completely selfish. It is our responsibility to do the right thing for our children,” Tutera says.

    “We’ve exchanged photos. The mudslinging has ended. And I hope that one day, Ryan and I will be friends.”

    When it comes to Cielo, who was born June 19, Tutera is walking on air.

    “I think we all envision ourselves married and in a relationship. But I’m an older dad and there is something very enlightening about being a single father,” he says.

    “I’ll make mistakes, but my job for the rest of her life is to protect her and support her. We’re a team.”

    The twins are going to meet when they're older and want to fuck tbh, standard genetic sexual attraction

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    Azealia Banks dreams up a pink and purple fantasy in the video for her Pharrell-assisted single “ATM Jam.” Following the dark visuals for “Yung Rapunxel,” the Harlem rap diva steps into a whimsical world in the Clarence Fuller-directed clip (“Luxury”).

    The 22-year-old channels Japanese manga character Sailor Moon, or “Sailor Goon” as she calls her, while wearing a sailor’s outfit. She relaxes by her pink pool and overlooks the Hollywood Hills, which have been turned purple.

    Earlier this week, Azealia revealed the tracklisting for her upcoming debut Broke With Expensive Taste, which is due next year.

    Check out the first pics from the trippy shoot below.





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    Fair warning to all New Yorkers who live uptown—you won't be seeing Rooney Mara if she can help it.
    Appearing at the Calvin Klein Fashion Week party in New York Thursday night where she was being celebrated as the new face of the fashion icon's latest fragrance, Downtown, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star dished to E! News on being the brand's spokesmodel and what the scent's moniker means to her personally.

    When asked how she'd describe her aesthetic, Mara talked about channeling the spirit of downtown NYC, which to her apparently refers to wherever creative types such as herself reside.
    "I always prefer to live downtown. I feel like downtown more just stands for where the artists are. When I'm living in New York, I try never to go uptown…above 24th street," the 28-year-old actress said.

    Guess Mara won't be seeing a Broadway show anytime soon (though a trip to Barneys isn't out of the question).
    Rooney added she doesn't care what people think about what she wears when she hits the red carpet either.
    "You come out here to be judged," she said. "That's sort of what it is. But you just have to try not to think about it. I always want to feel like myself. I always want to feel comfortable. You know, if people don't like it then that's OK."

    Mara next costars with Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze's forthcoming sci-fi romance, Her, hitting theaters on Dec. 18, 2013.



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    It was no ordinary week on the CBS Radford lot in Studio City, where the ladies of "The Talk" kicked off their fourth season with a bang. Or, rather, a pssst!

    Every day this past week, each of the hosts took a turn sharing an intimate secret that they've never revealed publicly before.

    Friday was Sheryl Underwood's turn, and hers may have been the most powerful of them all.

    Her revelation: that she was born premature with a twin and the twin did not survive. Moreover, she says that when she later saw her mom stab her dad, she realized that her dad was in fact a good man (she did not elaborate further on this part of the story). To this date, she feels her sister is her guardian angel.

    "I try to make everyone laugh and everyone happy, so that they never have to experience what I experienced during parts of my childhood, she said. "My mother did not want me to be close to my father, so she would tell me that my father killed my sister." In truth, she says, she later learned from her father that her parents never left the hospital while she and her sister were in the incubator.

    On Thursday, Sara Gilbert confessed that she realized that she was a lesbian while she was datingJohnny Galecki (her "Roseanne" co-star), and that he played a large role in helping her come out.

    "I thought he was super cute and I had a total crush on him," she explained. "And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out, and then I would start to get depressed."

    On Wednesday, Julie Chen admitted that she had plastic surgery on her eyelids back when she was a young reporter starting out in Dayton, Ohio. However, she also shared her experience with racism from her news director, which lead to her decision to go under the knife.

    Aisha Tyler broke down in tears on Tuesday when she described her struggle with infertility. After learning she had less than a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant over the age of 40 (due to a tortuous fallopian tube, which makes it difficult for sperm to get to an egg), she and her husband decided to stop trying.

    "It was better to not go through that torture," she said through her tears.

    And on Monday, Sharon Osbourne kicked off the week with a shocker from her youth. Shortly after she moved to Los Angeles — and well before she met Ozzy — she had a little romance with a young Jay Leno!

    "One thing led to another … He came to my house and met me, and then we had a little fling," she dished. "And the 'fling' was more 'fling' for me, and not 'fling' enough for him. Because a couple of months into it, he brought around his real love of his life for me to meet. She was lovely. He took me to Fatburger and they showed me around town … Seriously, I had never been to Fatburger and I loved it! They were so kind to me and continued a friendship over the years. And that man that I had a 'flingy wingy' with was Jay Leno!"


    Who do you think had the best secret? Sheryl's secret was rough.

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