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    He’s lusted after by millions around the world so these news pictures of James Franco are sure to cause a stir.

    The multi-talented supermodel handsome star was filming a Ford commercial in Los Angeles on Tuesday wearing a dapper dark suit and holding a white rose as he swooped around on a harness.

    Franco, 35, looked every inch the gorgeous movie star as he floated on the wires, although what that has to do with Ford motors is anyone’s guess.









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    Benedict Cumberbatch on why he’s not on Twitter


    OP: He looks like Earthworm Jim here.


    Over the course of three hours GQ spent with Benedict Cumberbatch for this month's cover story everyone's favourite consulting detective divulged a great deal that didn't make the final cut. Topics included his thoughts on filming the third series on location in London, auditioning for Madonna, working with JJ Abrams and his deeply peculiar interactions with Julian Assange. To mark his first GQ cover, here we publish for the first time Bendict Cumberbatch's thoughts on 24 key topics that you won't find in the edition out now on newsstands.



    Making the cover of Time Mag:“I completely f***ing forget it was a cover, I just thought it was going to be a story inside. And I was honored by being one of the very few actors who get a profile inside of the magazine. When it came out literally thought it was a mock up that a fan had done: I thought, ‘That’s not my hand!’ So when I found out it was a reality I was genuinely floored. Floored in the same way I just sat on the sofa with one of my boyhood heroes [Harrison Ford], and he said to me, ‘I love what you do’. I just thought ‘Wow!’ I mean, two speechless moments, incredible moments.”

    Working with his hero, Gary Oldman:“I really treat every job as if it’s the first time I’ve worked, otherwise I would be paralysed with fear. Like, otherwise, going onto a set with Gary Oldman, I couldn’t do it. You have to normalize that by becoming a co-worker. I mean, I remember Tom [Hardy] being really, really intimidated by Gary when he first met him, and I think I probably was too – I think he was in a corridor, and he was quite silent. He’s actually quite shy Gary. He just looked me up and down in silence, and I just didn’t quite know what to say. Little did I know the man was harbouring huge fears about the shoes he was going to step into. And I just thought he was sizing me up! But he wasn’t!”

    Why he’s not on Twitter: “I DO sleep, unlike James Franco, and I know lots of other people who are busier than me, and they’re just better at being concise. And while that would be a good exercise, I would much rather put my energies into other things to be honest. And that’s no disrespect for the people who are on Twitter, I’ve just said from the beginning that social media is not where I’m at, with my job, it just isn’t. There’s a certain amount of me that likes to respect the idea that my work is public but my life isn’t. You’re really asking for an awkward bleed if you’re talking about who you’ve just seen, and where you’ve just met them. But who knows, maybe I’ll decide it’s a game I’d like to play? At the moment I’m just really enjoying the space I’ve got in the public, which is through my work, and this is an extraordinary year.”

    His thoughts on 12 Years a Slave:“I saw a screening before Toronto [film festival], because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make the screening at the festival, but also I wanted to see it away from an audience, and let the impact of the film play out on me. Because I’m only playing a small role in it, I knew I could do that at a first viewing, and when you’re a lead or a role bigger than the one I’ve got in it, you just get in the way of being immersed in the film. But the way this evolves it wasn’t too distracting. I watched it, and I couldn’t look anywhere afterwards. When I was walking through Soho, everything was on mute, and I looked at every bit of Georgian or Victorian architecture, it just grabbed me, every brick looked complicit. The phone in my hand that I was trying to type some congratulations to Chiwetel [Ejiofor] and Steven [McQueen], I could only think that the elements in these chips, the logos everywhere, the stark multinational logos. [Slavery] still exists, it’s worse than ever. There are different forms of slavery, there’s debt slavery, where people are born into a situation that even though they work and earn money they’ll never get out of debt; there’s child labour, there’s child soldiers, there’s … just the f***ing thing goes on and on, you know. I mean, sex trafficking! All of that. And [in Soho] it was this gauche-rash-Friday-night-blargh-end-of-the-week-piss-up atmosphere, and I couldn’t hear any of that, it was all on mute. It was f***ing extraordinary film. I really do think it’s a modern classic. It’s a masterpiece.

    On landing the role of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness:“I remember with Khan I only found out about it three weeks before I was on set. I remember I was in a Cineworld in Cardiff, and Mark Gatiss [Sherlock co-creator] was like ‘OH MY GOD!’ I’m not a trekkie, I didn’t know … and not for a second did he go, ‘You’re not the right ethnicity!’”

    On Downton Abbey:“Well, not that I was ever offered [a role], but I mean, I think in certain circumstances I think I certainly would have done it. It hasn’t hurt Dan Stevens. And Dan had done great work before that. Downton is a populist vehicle, which is great.”

    Wine:“That’s something I do like to spend a bit of money on. I do like to go a bit above the good £15 bottle in a newsagent, there’s nothing better. I don’t like more than really a glass, but if I’ve got friends over I will spend more on a bottle, like £40 or £50 for something really special, possibly, more, but not like, hey, look at my really expensive bottle of wine. It’s just such a pleasure but it’s something I have to share with other people. I’m not a solitary drinker, I never have been, and if I do that with a good bottle of wine I end up throwing half of it away. And I’ve done that once, and I don’t want to do it again. I’m not one of those people who thinks, oh, it’s there, I’ll just drink it! I just can’t. I don’t enjoy that sensation, I like being fit enough to read a book or do my work or see a film or just … and it’s not to say I don’t let loose, but not on my own.”

    Tom Hardy: “Tom is like an incredible factory, he’s like a hungry puppy, he sort of sucks the oxygen into his flame, and sometimes it doesn’t leave you much room to manoeuvre but we became such good friends on that shoot [for Stuart: A Life Backwards], because it suited the dynamic, because I was very much in thrall to the spectacle of this human being, that was the dynamic.”

    On women wanting to sleep with him:“You know. George [Clooney] was talking to me and he said, ‘Oh God, all these stories coming up! You know, it’s so much about projection.’ And that’s why I am happy about it, because to me it’s not just about the way I look, it’s about some appropriation of the work and what I carry with me.”




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    All hail the King!



    It's official: Beyonce's new self-titled album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums.

    It follows the chart-topping"Dangerously In Love" (2003), "B'Day" (2006), "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (2008) and"4" (2011). All five of her albums also debuted at No. 1.

    The two other acts that have taken their first five studio sets to No. 1: rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio. (DMX also happens to be the only other act, aside from Beyonce, to debut at No. 1 with his first five studio efforts.)



    "Beyonce" was released on the morning of Friday, Dec. 13-- exclusively via the iTunes Store without any pre-release announcement -- and it sold 617,000 copies through the week ending Sunday, Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a record high sales week for Beyonce, as the diva's previous best week came when "B'Day" bowed with 541,000.

    iTunes is the exclusive seller of the album, released on Columbia Records,through at least Dec. 18. The physical version of the album should start to reach U.S. retailers sometime between Dec. 18 and 20. (The arrival day varies, depending on how far -- and fast -- the CDs travel from Sony's distribution center to retailers.)

    "Beyonce" also notches the largest sales week for a woman in 2013, and the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall. It follows the No. 1 debuts of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (968,000), Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (792,000) and Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000). (The last larger week for a woman was when Taylor Swift's "Red" debuted with 1.2 million at No. 1 upon its release in October 2012.)

    As previously reported, iTunes announced that "Beyonce" tallied the largest sales week for an album in its U.S. iTunes Store, and was its fastest-selling title ever globally (828,773 sold worldwide through Dec. 15).

    (To note: The music industry tracks weekly sales on a Monday through Sunday basis, hence why Beyonce's feat is being measured after only three days on sale.)

    "Beyonce's" launch is also the second-largest digital sales week overall -- counting all digital retailers. It's second behind the debut frame of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," which sold 662,000 downloads in its first week. (That number was enhanced by Amazon MP3's decision to sell the set for 99-cents for two days during its first week. Billboard has estimated that Amazon MP3's 99-cent version resulted in 440,000 copies sold.)

    "Beyonce" is only the second digital-only album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following the 2010 all-star live charity album "Hope For Haiti Now." It debuted at No. 1 with 171,000 downloads sold, after no more than two full days on sale. (It was released on an off-cycle Saturday, Jan. 23, while the tracking week ended on Sunday, Jan. 25.) It spent a second week at No. 1, shifting 143,000 downloads in its first full week on sale.

    The rest of the new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Expected top 10 arrivals include R. Kelly's new "Black Panties" and Childish Gambino's "Because the Internet."

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    ‘300: Rise of An Empire’ New Character Poster Features Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo


    The release is drawing near for the upcoming epic 300: Rise of An Empire. As such, the promotional machine is starting to kick into high gear. Today, Warner Bros. unveiled a new character poster for the film. It features Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo.

    As many of you know, Queen Gorgo is the wife of the mighty King Leonidas who led the brave 300 into battle.

    This film has a battlefield much different than that of 300. In Rise of the Empire, the war will wage on the sea.
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    Which fresh scores and soundtracks caught our ear during the 12 months just past? It may not have been a vintage period for soundtracks, but any year that boasted efforts from John Williams and Hans Zimmer, had Jay-Z overseeing the soundtrack to an F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation, Tom Tykwer and Shane Carruth adding the role of composer to already arduous directorial gigs and Danny Boyle reuniting with one half of Underworld can’t be bad.

    Inside Lewyn Davis



    To some, folk music is a life force, filled with tales of despair and humanity. To others it’s just a lot of songs about how your gal’s 1000 miles away and you haven’t packed enough cheese sandwiches for the journey. The Coens’ folk fable has a foot in both camps – sometimes the music is the joke and sometimes it’s the emotional punchline – and T Bone Burnett-supervised soundtrack is at once a trove of genuine delights and occasionally a bit of a giggle (see: “Outer… space!”). Highlights include Hedy West’s elegiac ‘Five Hundred Miles’, previously sung by everyone from Nick Cave to ‘60s folksters Peter, Paul And Mary, but here with Justin, Stark And Carey doing the honours, while Oscar Isaac’s musical talent shines through in a cover of Dave Van Ronk’s ‘Hang Me, Oh Hang Me’.

    The Great Gatsby



    With its party anthems and moments of lovelorn melancholy provided by The xx and Lana Del Rey, the Gatsby soundtrack was every bit the curveball we expected from Baz. The Aussie auteur drew a thread between the urban music of the ‘20s, jazz, and hip hop, its modern-day counterpart, to supercharge his hyperreal romance with thumping cues. It was all presided over by exec producer Jay-Z and music coordinator Anton Monsted, with contributions from Romeo + Juliet scorer Craig Armstrong and English singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel. As Gatsby’s blinged-up guests partied like it was 1929, Luhrmann’s anachronistic playlist provided the fireworks.

    Gravity



    The British composer tackled the unique challenge of giving voice to the noiseless expanse of space with a score that edged delicately from melody to ambient soundscape and back again over its 16 cues. Alfonso Cuarón’s brief called for a sense of perpetual motion, eshewing the percussion so beloved of action scores and recording instruments in isolation to lend intimacy to the mini-apocalypse unfolding above an oblivious Earth. Highlights include ‘Shenzou’, a gradually swelling concerto of spacy scares, the haunting beauty of main theme ‘Gravity’, and an 11-minute epic, ‘Don’t Let Go’, that toggles through just about every emotional state available to a imperilled astronaut, and a few more besides.

    Warm Bodies



    The funnest and frothiest undead flick since Zombieland lurched into cinemas came with an equally fabulous jukebox of tunes. The film’s undercurrent of nostalgia for less, well, dead times is conveyed through a trio of legends including Bruce Springsteen with ‘Hungry Heart’, Roy Orbison's ‘Pretty Woman’, and Bob Dylan’s ‘Shelter From The Storm’. A fourth, Jimmy Cliff’s opener ‘Sitting In Limbo’, sold the tedium of life stuck in a permanent transit lounge between life and death with only a zombie Rob Corddry for company. Fans of ‘80s power ballads also thrilled to the heartrending sounds of John Waite’s ‘Missing You’. Our verdict? The perfect music to shuffle around saying “BRRRAAAINS!” to.

    Iron Man 3



    For Brian Tyler, 2013 was one of those annus mirabilises clever folk like to talk about. It was the year when he was unofficially anointed Marvel’s composer of choice and found time to score a surprise hit in Now You See Me, presumably earning a gig on the sequel too. Most notably, he created a ditty for Marvel’s new logo, scored Thor: The Dark World and followed Ramin Djawadi and John Debney into the Iron Man franchise with a brassy score for part three. This one was lighter on the AC/DC, but still full of heavyweight cues, including a barnstorming main theme belted out with gusto by orchestral superheroes The London Philharmonic. Like the film, Tyler’s soundtrack plays out with the joyfully Austin Powers-y ‘Can You Dig It’, although sadly for Eiffel 65 fans, ‘Blue’ doesn’t make the cut.

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    Connor Sayer, a 20-year-old from Yorkshire, weighed over 14 stone after a regular lifestyle of heavy drinking and plenty of takeaways.



    The Doncaster barman decided to get into shape to find romance and after dropping to 10 st has developed an uncanny resemblance to the 1D star.

    Mr Sayer is now swamped with attention from girls on nights out and is even juggling two girlfriends at the same time thanks to his famous looks.

    He said: "I was always the funny guy, the guy who made you laugh but who was always single. I was the token fat lad of the group.

    "All my mates were skinny and had girlfriends, and so I overcompensated by being arrogant and thinking I was cool.

    "In reality, I was just self-conscious and insecure. I didn't realise I looked anything like Zayn Malik until my friends told me I should start modelling.

    "I put some pictures up on Facebook and I was inundated with messages from girls telling me how much I looked like him.

    "Now, when I go to the pub or go out on a night out, girls just flock to me asking me for my number."

    Mr Sayer, who is from the same county as Zayn Malik, slimmed down after trying the 5-2 diet - which saw him fasting for two days of the week.

    The barman, who said he piled on the pounds during his teens, said he noticed a change in his weight immediately.

    He said: "I was always the fat one, but when I started drinking, that's when it got worse. I hated being around my mates who were skinny and had girlfriends.

    "I used to just laugh off my problems and I would drink five days of the week, and never do any exercise.

    "I tried to lose weight in the past, but with no girlfriend to notice, I gave up pretty quickly."

    Mr Sayer is now modelling part-time and is looking for work as a Zayn Malik lookalike.

    He said the best thing about sharing the same looks as the One Direction hunk is the attention he gets from women.

    He said: "It's a massive compliment that girls even find me attractive at all, as I still see the same lad, just a bit skinnier.

    "My confidence has increased enormously, and I can't go to a pub without getting propositioned. And if they think I'm really him, who am I to tell them otherwise?

    "I'm not a huge fan of One Direction, but after people told me I looked like one of them, I started listening to them. Now, I'm a total One Directioner."

    I just wanted an excuse for a 1D post, I'll be honest here.

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    Bill used a segment of his show to defend fellow network personality Megyn Kelly for her remarks regarding the ethnicity of Santa Claus, expressing his belief that Kelly was correct in her assessment while condemning the liberal media for their crusade against Rupert Murdoch’s organization.

    Responding to a Slate piece that discussed an African American Santa, Kelly created a social media firestorm when she opined that “Santa just is white…Santa is what he is,” as well as explaining that Jesus Christ was, himself, a white man.

    Kelly later claimed that the remarks were “tongue in cheek,” and that the backlash was a result of “race-baiting.” O’Reilly, though, didn’t see a problem with Kelly’s opinion.

    “Miss Kelly is correct. Santa was a white person,” O’Reilly said on The O’Reilly Factor. “Does it matter? No, it doesn’t matter.”

    O’Reilly offered his viewers a history lesson on the beginnings of Santa, showing an illustration from the Renaissance time as proof of his race. “The spirit of Santa transcends all racial boundaries,” he said, blaming a calculated targeting of Fox News for the controversy.

    “Because they cannot defeat us on the media battlefield, the far left seeks to demonize Fox News as a right-wing propaganda machine and a racist enterprise,” O’Reilly said. “That’s why Miss Megyn got headlines about a Santa Claus remark that was totally harmless.”



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    Pharrell Williams celebrates yet another win in his already banner year. The Grammy-nominated singer/ producer/ songwriter has signed on to Columbia Records and is already gearing up for his label debut, slated for a 2014 release.

    The partnership follows his massive success from contributing to the year's most viral hits, including Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Daft Punk "Get Lucky" and his own "Lucky."

    “When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again,” says Columbia Records Chairman/CEO Rob Stringer. “Since then, ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Get Lucky’ have defined pop music in 2013, and now we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. ‘Happy’ is just the beginning.”

    His happy-go-lucky single, featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, also boasts the world's first 24-hour music video and will be featured on his Columbia Records' LP.

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    Tessane!!!!!!!!!!!





    Adam won again!

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    She posted this on her official facebook page. Single cover?

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    R.I.P.



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    Dj Chuckie dedicated the end of his set at Tomorrowland to Paul after he was diagnosed :(


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    I'm so upset. I teared up at work today on 3 different occasions.

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    Philip N. Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland at College Park, writes frequently at Sociological Images about the way that physical differences between the sexes are exaggerated to uphold the narrative that men and women are "opposite." His latest post chronicles the way that Disney films magnify gender differences between male and female characters, particularly if they are portrayed on screen as eligible for romantic attention. The apparent need to make the male characters seem so much larger and sturdier than the female characters manifests to a comical level in how male and female wrists are drawn: Female wrists in Disney films are a fraction of the size of male wrists. But you know what else Cohen discovered while studying the wrists? In the latest Disney movie Frozen, the heroine Anna's eyes are bigger than her wrists.

    In Disney movies, men's wrists are often three or four times larger than women's wrists. Cohen looks at real-life statistics, gathered from soldiers in the Army, and shows that the average size difference between male and female wrists is closer to a 1.15-to-1 ratio, and that even the largest wristed man in the sample had a wrist that was only 60 percent larger than the smallest wristed woman. Nothing came even close to Disney's animation. Even in the relatively feminist movie Brave, the heroine's father has hands that appear to be three times as large as his wife's shoulder.

    Obviously, proportions in cartoons are quite different than real life because the exaggeration adds visual interest, personality cues, and a sense of playfulness. Characters that are supposed to be "cute" become rounder and bigger-eyed than they likely would be in life. Sinister characters are often more angular than real people are. That doesn't excuse signaling to the audience that an inherent part of being female is to be as small and diminutive as possible, and impossibly so. Especially since these gender size differences are even more amplified if the heroine is supposed to be a romantic lead, sending the troubling message that to be loveable, it's best to take up almost no space at all. Shrink your bones down, if you can. Preferably until they're smaller than your eyeballs.

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  • 12/18/13--19:24: Paul Rudd is Ant-Man


  • After months of speculation, Paul Rudd has landed the lead in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and is now in negotiations to play Hank Pym, multiple sources have told TheWrap.

    Representatives for Marvel and Rudd had no comment.

    Edgar Wright is directing the movie from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish, and Disney will release the film on July 31, 2015. Kevin Feige will produce for Marvel.

    In recent interviews to promote “Anchorman 2″ as well as his recent stint hosting “Saturday Night Live,” Rudd has appeared noticeably slimmer, and sources tell TheWrap that’s because he’s training for the physical role of Ant-Man.

    Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been considered the frontrunners for the coveted role since October, though Gordon-Levitt has appeared in several comic book adaptations and is gearing up for another one in WB’s “Sandman.” Rudd is more of a natural fit for the comedic character, and his “SNL” episode represented a season high in terms of viewers.

    Rudd will play a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to change his size and communicate with insects. The actor, who next stars in David Wain’s Sundance-bound comedy “They Came Together,” is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.



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    I know everyone prematurely hates this project, but I have lots of faith in Wright and before you ask, "Who the hell cares about Ant Man" go bombard Wright's twitter or something because this is a dream project he's pushed for years. Now I wonder if that rumor about Rashida Jones is true


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    The BBC have released a new promotional image of all the mentors together on the upcoming third series of The Voice UK.

    Ricky Wilson and Kylie Minogue were announced earlier in the year as the replacements for Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue, and will join veteran coaches Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am on the panel.

    So far, the show has spawned two winners - Leanne Mitchell and Andrea Begley - who have failed to light up the charts with any musical offerings - and so the shakeup is hoped to breathe some fresh air into proceedings and give the format new wings.

    'The Voice UK' returns to screen - with new hosts Emma Willis and Marvin Humes - in the second week of January.

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    Pop band Karmin has a new single out, and they've ditched the rap in favor of something a little more disco flavored.



    I admit that I'm biased in favor of Karmin - I haven't actually really liked most of their music, but I know Amy.  I grew up in the same small town, which was full of little assholes who made my life hell.  Amy was one of the most genuinely sweet people there, and she went out of her way to be nice to me.  I would totally believe cartoon birds braided her hair this morning.  So I root for their general success even if I'm meh on the direction their record label took them in.  But this song I genuinely like.  I don't think the lack of rap is a coincidence.

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