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- 01/10/14--12:44: Watch Jay Z Hang Out With Two Women Having Oral Sex (NSFW)
- 01/12/14--09:21: Celebrity Social Media Picture Post
- 01/12/14--09:55: Pamela Anderson Remarries Rick Salomon
- 01/12/14--09:55: Team USA named: Ashley Wagner in, Mirai Nagasu out
- 01/12/14--09:57: Ginny Weasley and others to do Bake-Off for Sport Relief
- 01/12/14--09:58: Rihanna @ JFK on Jan 11; New pics of her ugly hand tat
- 01/12/14--10:13: The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013
- 01/12/14--10:25: Charlize Theron Convinces Sean Penn To Get Rid of His Guns
- 01/12/14--10:53: former animator at Disney, Floyd Norman, talks about Walt Disney
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"Distract your subject with hardcore lesbian sex happening right next to him" doesn't seem like a viable interview strategy, but then 2 Live Crew mastermind Luther Campbell is no ordinary interviewer. The, uh, chat above happened in 1997, around the time of the release of Jay's second album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The rapper/mogul pair attempt to discuss Jay Z's music, but that proves impossible, which is the point, I guess? If everyone had two women hooking up next to them, no one would get any work done.
This is a completely bizarre relic of the past. As Consequence of Sound points out:
It also says a lot about how far we've come in just 15 years: many argue that hip-hop is still hypersexualized, but if a rapper like Kendrick Lamar or ASAP Rocky appeared in something like this today, the blowback would be intense and their career probably derailed.
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Regardless of whether they're dating or not, Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles are close enough that the E! star is comfortable with the One Direction singer driving her car.
The are-they or aren't-they pair was spotted making a late-night run to Rite Aid in Beverly Hills at around midnight Tuesday night, and eyewitness tells E! News, who saw the two celebs walking out of the store and toward Jenner's black Range Rover.
"They were smiling. They seemed happy together," the source tells E! News, but couldn't say for sure if the duo seemed like a couple. "They looked like they were together, but they could just be friends."
Neither Kendall or Harry walked out with a grocery bag, so it's unclear what the purpose of their visit was, but Styles did take some time out of his quick stop to snap a photo with fans inside. "how do you spot harry styles without dropping your ice cream," a Twitter user wrote with the photo.
The source also explained, "They were waiting to go out [of the parking lot] because they had to give the parking ticket to the attendant," and added, "Harry waved when they drove off."
The two young celebs have been the center of relationship rumors for quite some time now, especially after being spotted hitting the snow together in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., over the weekend. But a source told E! News that Kendall and Harry are "just enjoying getting to know each other. They've been having fun."
In addition to taking to the slopes on Saturday, Jan. 4, Jenner and Styles have also partied together in London and New York City over the course of the last two months. Oh, and a casual drugstore visit.
Gritty tale of Afghan war heroism mobilizes the mainstream to blast past projections. “August Osage County” bests “Her”
“Lone Survivor,” a gritty tale of courage and honor among America fighting men, broke out with a stunning $38.5 million triumph at the U.S. box office this weekend.
The Afghan war drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Emile Hirsch more than doubled distributor Universal Pictures’ pre-release projections. The studio and most analysts had expected the searing and violent tale of a Navy SEAL mission gone awry to land in the high-teen millions over the three days. Instead, it posted the best opening ever on this weekend, and the second-highest January debut ever, behind only the $40 million opening of 2008’s “Cloverfield.”
It was a hit with critics coming in, but the patriotic themes of “Lone Survivor” clearly struck an unexpectedly powerful chord with moviegoers, who turned out in large numbers and gave the film a rare “A+” CinemaScore.
“Lone Survivor” dominated the weekend. The reigning No. 1 movie, Disney’s animated family film “Frozen,” was a distant second with just over $15 million. The weekend’s only wide opener, the sword-and-sandals adventure “The Legend of Hercules,” was third and bunched with holdovers “Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” all between $8 million and $9 million.
The Meryl Streep-Julia Roberts dysfunctional family comedy “August: Osage County” out-performed another expanding Oscar hopeful, Spike Jonze’s computer love comedy “Her,” to finish seventh with $7 milliion.
“Lone Survivor” was adapted and directed by Peter Berg and is based on the book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana and Ben Foster co-star in the battle saga, which averaged an impressive $13,395 on its 2,875 theaters – more than three times better than any other movie.
In addition to the major markets, Universal’s marketing targeted the Heartland and military-friendly locales including San Diego, and it connected in a major way. With author Luttrell front and center, “Lone Survivor” and its theme of heroic service to the country also drew major attention on the news circuit in the run-up to its nationwide expansion, and that plainly helped.
“It played extremely well in Middle America,” Universal’s distribution chief Nikki Rocco told The Wrap. “It’s a sad and very tough story, but it also can make you very proud that we have these people representing our country, and I think the movie tapped into that. “
She the movie’s strength with women – who represented 43 percent of the audience and gave it an “A+” CinemaScore — was surprising.
“It’s a graphic, there’s no doubt about that,’ she said. “That it would score so well with them is amazing.”
“Lone Survivor,” which has been playing Oscar-qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles for the past two weekends, easily bested the mid-January expansions of two other war movies. Last year’s “Zero Dark Thirty” came in at $24.4 million and 2001’s “Black Hawk Down” opened wide with $28.6 million. And the big opening is a far cry from Berg and Kitsch’s last outing military-themed outing for Universal, 2012’s pricey domestic bomb “Battleship.”
“Lone Survivor” was financed by to the tune of $40 million by Emmett Furla, which produced the film along with Berg, Wahlberg and Sarah Aubrey.
“August: Osage County” took in $7.3 million to finish seventh, after the Weinstein Company aggressively expanded it from five to 905 theaters. That’s an impressive $8,083 per-screen average for Tracy Letts’ adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
“Her,” which features Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls for his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson, expanded from 47 theaters to 1.729 and brought in $5.4 million. That’s a so-so $3,129 per-screen average for the Warner Bros. comedy.
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Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband Rick Salomon have tied the knot once again! The 46-year-old former Baywatch star told us Saturday she and the film producer are officially remarried to each other, breaking the news at Sean Penn's Help Haiti Gala in Los Angeles Saturday evening (and showing off a big rock on her ring finger while she was at it).
When E! News asked if she and Salomon were married again, Anderson said, "yes."
"We're very happy," Pamela said. "Our families are very happy and that's all that matters."
The animal lover previously admitted a few months ago that she had reconciled with her beau, but she never hinted that wedding bells could be in their future again.
After Anderson was spotted frolicking topless on a beach in France with Salomon last fall, Ellen DeGeneres asked about the status of their relationship when the actress and activist appeared on her daytime talk show in October 2013.
"I say we're best friends…with benefits," the thrice-divorced star said, adding that she was confident in their courtship and didn't "want to meet anyone else."
Anderson and Salomon were previously married in October 2007, but quickly split after she filed for divorce two months later.
"You keep going back to the same guys," DeGeneres quipped. "You're married, then you go back."
"It's recycling!," Anderson said with a big smile. "No, I'm very happy. We're happy. He's a great guy."
Would/did you ever get back together with an ex?
Ashley Wagner has been selected for the Sochi Olympic team despite finishing fourth at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Wagner was named to the team Sunday with national champion Gracie Gold and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds, who finished second. Mirai Nagasu was left off the team despite finishing third.
After a four-minute meltdown in her free skate Saturday night, Wagner's Olympic dreams were on thin ice. The results of nationals factored into the selection process, but clearly Wagner's body of work mattered more.
U.S. Figure Skating president Pat St. Peter paused before announcing Wagner's name when revealing the team. The list was alphabetical so the last choice was either going to be Nagasu or Wagner.
"This competition is not the only event that USFS considers in selecting the team," St. Peter said. "It's the results and participation in events over the course of the past year-plus. So if you look at Ashley Wagner's record and performance, she's got the top credentials of any of our female athletes."
When Wagner's name was announced and she came out to where the news media was gathered, she had tears in her eyes. She was smiling but it seemed she was in an awkward spot.
"I'm at a loss for words right now," Wagner said. "It's been a really long four years. It wasn't my night last night but ... I'm happy the federation was able to see beyond one bad skate. I cannot believe I'm going to be able to represent the U.S. in Sochi. I think we have an incredible team. I'm so proud of what we've been able to accomplish so far.
"I'm on cloud nine. Everyone has been so supportive over last couple of days."
In pairs, hometown favorites Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, the national champs, and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay and DeeDee Leng, the second place finishers, are headed to Sochi. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 champs who returned after missing much of last season due to Coughlin's hip surgery, were third and left off the team.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who won a record sixth U.S. title, Madison Chock and Evan Bates and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani are the three dance teams.
Of the top four contenders in women's skating, Wagner, 22, has been the most consistent, winning back-to-back medals at the Grand Prix final and finishing in the top five at the last two world championships. Four years ago, Wagner missed out on a trip to the Vancouver Olympics by 4.08 points. So she certainly can relate to the devastation Nagasu must feel.
After finishing fourth in the Vancouver Olympics, Nagasu's career went south. At 20, she entered nationals as an afterthought, years removed from all that promise and that little girl from ages ago who won gold at the 2008 U.S. championships when just 14. After the Vancouver Olympics, she missed making the worlds teams the past three years.
"The only thing I can brag about now is that I 'm the only person with Olympic experience. So I know how hard it can get," Nagasu said after her free skate. "I don't know what my federation will do. All I can say is I did what I had to today. … I'll have to respect any choice that they make."
I'm happy for Ashley, but sad for Mirai :(
eta: And the men's final airs on NBC @ 2 pm central time
Rochelle Humes, Jamelia and Victoria Pendleton are among the celebrities confirmed to be taking part in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.
A total of 16 famous faces will be entering the infamous tent in the hope of impressing judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.
Impressionist Alistair McGowan, singer Michael Ball and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner will also take part in the four-part BBC Two series, which will air every night from Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16.
Samantha Bond, Bonnie Wright, Emma Freud, Jane Horrocks, Greg Rutherford, Helen Skelton, Johnny Vaughan, Doon Mackichan, Michael Vaughan and Kirsty Young complete the lineup.
For the first time, a number of guest presenters will also step into the tent to host the series, which is in aid of Sport Relief. As well as regular presenter Sue Perkins, comedians Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand are to each host one episode.
All the celebrity bakers will be put through their paces on signature, technical and showstopper bakes, and at the end of each episode the celebrity baker who rises above the rest will be crowned Sport Relief Star Baker.
Of taking part in the series, Ball said:"I would say that my baking ability is best described as a keen amateur, messy, somewhat over ambitious but getting there.
"My favourite part of the day was looking into Mary Berry's eyes as she removed a metal skewer from my hand as I was sticking into a working mixer, telling me, 'We don't want to have an accident now do we'!"
Meanwhile, former Blue Peter presenter Skelton added:"I decided to take part in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off because I'm absolutely rubbish at baking.
"All my friends and family laugh at anything I do in the kitchen, so I thought this might be a chance to redeem myself.
"I wished I'd practiced more beforehand. When they said to me, 'You've got to make a pizza', I thought they meant just put the toppings on a pizza, I didn't realise they meant make the dough and everything!"
Watching Jamelia nad Michael Ball make meringues is a thing I never knew I wanted but I AM EXCITED
Better pics of her new cross tattoo on her wrist:
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I love you Riri, but STAWP THIS RIGHT NOW. And that jacket looks like she got it at the Meadowlands flee market for $20 at the Ed Hardy knockoff stand. Love you boo.
If you’ve ever devoured the book — especially as a guilty but enthralled teenager — you know that what happens next is even more ridiculous: The kids learn that their father was also their mother’s half-uncle. (Raise your hand if you didn’t know half-uncles were a thing before Flowers in the Attic). Their wicked, Bible-thumping grandmother beats them, starves them, covers eldest sister Cathy’s hair with tar, and won’t stop insinuating that Cathy and her older brother Chris totally want to bone. Cathy and Chris do, in fact, totally bone. (Actually, he rapes her, but Andrews is so twisted that she implies Cathy was asking for it.) And that’s before their youngest brother Cory dies because — drum roll — their mother’s been poisoning them with arsenic-laced doughnuts for months.
Death by doughnut! Truly, Flowers in the Attic is without equal — or so you’ll think until you read its sequel, Petals on the Wind.
On Thursday, Lifetime announced that it’s already planning to bring Petals to the small screen for the first time — even though the network’s new adaptation of Flowers won’t premiere until Jan. 18. This is, in short, an insane, baffling, possibly genius idea — and here’s why.
1. Petals dials the incest up to 11
As is the way of sequels, everything’s bigger in Petals. The story is more sweeping, covering the 12 years that elapse after Chris, Cathy, and their sister Carrie escape from their upstairs prison. The prose, somehow, is even purpler. And Chris and Cathy’s taboo love, which blossomed during their long confinement, gets even more intense and Lannisterian. You thought their torrid tryst on that smelly attic mattress was squicky? You ain’t seen nothing yet:
“Cathy — look at me! Don’t turn your head and pretend you don’t know what I’m doing, what I’m saying! Look and see the torment you’ve put me in! How can I find anyone else, when you’ve been bred into my bones — and are part of my flesh? Your blood runs fast when mine does! Your eyes burn when mine do — don’t deny it!” His trembling hands began to fumble with the tiny, lace-covered buttons that opened my nightgown to the waist. I closed my eyes and was again in the attic, when he’d accidentally stabbed me in the side with the scissors, so now I was hurting, bleeding, and I needed his lips to kiss and take away the pain.
“How beautiful your breasts are,” he said with a low sigh, leaning to nuzzle them. “I remember when you were flat, and then when you began to grow. You were so shy about them, always wanting to wear loose sweaters so I couldn’t see. Why were you ashamed?”
I think the only fair response to that passage is ASDLFKJAD;LFJASDF. (Side note: There are more sexy nightgowns per capita in Petals than in any other book known to man. It’s a scientific fact.)
2. That’s not even Petals‘ most disturbing relationship.
Shortly after the kids say “sayonara” to the attic, they’re fortunate enough to stumble upon a new home — that of Dr. Paul Sheffield, a kindly widower who takes the children in and nurses them back to health. Except later in the book, you find out that 40-something Paul actually welcomed the Dollenganger kids because he’s got a jones for 15-year-old Cathy. And in V.C. Andrews’ mind, that is a totally regular and fine thing; Cathy, of course, reciprocates his affection.
3. Paul’s got a real doozy of a dark past
So why is Paul a widower? Oh, just because his frigid wife Julia learned that he had been having an affair — because she wouldn’t have sex with him; yup, the infidelity is painted as being her fault – then drowned herself and his only son on the kid’s third birthday. As you do.
4. Also, his wife’s not dead
Yeah, much-older lovers aren’t exactly the most trustworthy demographic. Paul’s bitchy sister Amanda informs Cathy that Julia didn’t really kill herself — she’s just been institutionalized. How very Edward Rochester of him! (Jane Eyre is the original Flowers in the Attic — discuss.) Anyway, after hearing this, Cathy’s so distraught that she decides to elope with an unstable ballet dancer named Julian, even though she’s still only like, 18. Where’s the fire, girl?
5. At this point, the book is only halfway done.
There are a lot of petals on the wind, guys.
This is going to be MESSY. AS. FUQ. I CANNOT WAIT
Joel McHale and Rob Riggle recommend teams for you to bandwagon if your team is out of the playoffs. AKA, FOOTBALL POST!
There a better version at the source, but I couldn't get the embed code to work.
Also you can check out a super cute video of Joel interviewing Richard Sherman and yelling at his kids. I can't get that one to freaking embed, either.
Seahawks fan Nathan Adrian welcomes you in.
For 25 years, The Independent Critics have published a List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of each year. The lists have been published, in various formats, every year since 1990... and in recent years have been seen by over to 40 million unique visitors from around the world.
Now, for the first time, after tens of thousands of requests, The Independent Critics are listing the 100 Most Handsome Faces of the Year.
Unlike many other annual publications, The Independent Critics List is not a popularity contest. It is not about the sexiest or the most famous. Rather, it aims to be a very international list and one that is inclusive of many cultures, lifestyles, professions and degrees of fame. The Independent Critics List intends to inform public opinion rather than reflect it. This list searches far and wide, listening to the millions of suggestions submitted every year, and tries to put together a list representative of the modern ideal of aesthetic beauty.
25 countries are represented on this 2013 list. That number should go up every year as the list grows and expands. Feel free to comment below with your suggestions or opinions. Originality is most welcome! There is no need to suggest a meg-star or someone that is on the list already. New names are very welcome indeed. We want to add to our extensive database. Of course, lists are very subjective... you will disagree with some of the choices, but perhaps you will find a new favorite. Every year, this list will be populated by some legendary entries who never seem to fade, but it is also replenished with the freshest faces from around the world.
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Charlize Theron has convinced new boyfriend Sean Penn that it's time to give up his gun collection.
The Milk actor revealed this last night at his J/P HRO Haiti benefit, where a live auction item included a sculpture that Jeff Koons will make from his nearly 65 guns.
While Penn didn't refer to Theron by her name, he said that "a strong woman who happens to be from South Africa" changed his mind about owning the deadly weapons. (Theron was just 17 when her mother shot and killed her father after he apparently fired his own gun into the future Oscar-winner's bedroom after a night of drinking and threatening to kill her.)
"Being provoked by this aforementioned strong woman and considering how liberating of bulls--t and ugliness it would be not only get rid of the guns I have in the continental United States but also to destroy them, Jeff Koons and I had a chat the other day," Penn said.
He said, "The highest bidder gets every single one of my guns put in the hands of this iconic artist and sculptor…Koons will decommission [and] render inactive all of my cowardly killing machines."
And guess who won the still-to-be-made artwork for $1.4 million? Anderson Cooper!
He outbid his CNN colleague Piers Morgan who stopped bidding at $1.3 million.
Cooper wasn't the only boldface name spending big money last night. Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, with wife Gwyneth Paltrow by his side, won a 39"x48" painting on a wooden board by British street artist Banksy for $650,000.
The night raised a total of $6 million.
The evening, which took place at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills, ended with a performance by U2.
Among the star-studded crowd were also Penn's children, Dylan and Hopper, as well as his mom.
"Two things are required of an actor, and indeed it’s not all that much to ask. They should know their lines and be able to hit their mark. To be sure, the life of an actor is seldom an easy one. The few that are blessed with fame and success should at least be grateful. And, they might be wise to guard unscripted remarks lest they appear foolish.
Floyd Norman has worked at Walt Disney Pictures during the 50s and the 60s.
He is the most formidable and menacing enemy Sherlock Holmes has yet encountered: a manipulative media mogul who knows the secret weakness of every eminent politician in Britain.
The introduction of evil press baron Charles Augustus Magnussen in tonight’s blockbuster BBC1 drama is likely to raise parallels with real life, following years of revelations and debate over the links between newspaper owners and the Government.
But while the legendary detective battles with a blackmailer and extortionist with a mental prowess to match his own, he also faces betrayal from someone he considers an ally.
We will reveal no further details of the plot to avoid spoiling the twists and turns for the ten million viewers expected to tune in at 9pm tonight.
But amateur sleuths are already considering the clues from the two other episodes in this short series, to try to deduce which key character could turn out to be not what they appear.
It may be more than a three-pipe problem...
Possibilities include Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, a senior official in the British Secret Service, played by series co-writer Mark Gatiss, who has referred to himself as the detective’s ‘arch enemy’.
He often plays down his own influence but Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, has been heard to say his brother ‘is’ the British Government.
They share a high intelligence and an arrogant streak, but Mycroft has been seen to show a caring side and demonstrates concern for his brother.
Dr John Watson is Sherlock’s sidekick and best friend, with the detective acting as best man at his wedding to Mary Morstan in last weekend’s episode.
Holmes and Watson share an incredibly close bond, but Watson, played by Martin Freeman, was furious when he discovered Sherlock had faked his own death and left him to grieve for two years.
Other members of Sherlock’s close circle include Detective Inspector Lastrade, the officer played by Rupert Graves, who relies on him for help with many of his cases despite often being infuriated by his behaviour, and Philip Anderson, a forensics expert played by Jonathan Aris, who accused Sherlock of being a conman before becoming an almost obsessive fan of the detective.
Or what of Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs), Sherlock’s landlady at 221B Baker Street, who offers the detective a reduced rent after he ensured the conviction and execution of her ex-husband in Florida? Or Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), a pathologist with an infatuation for Sherlock which he regularly exploits in order to be able to examine the dead bodies of victims? She was one of the few people who knew that Sherlock had faked his own death.
Fans have already begun speculating on the meaning of the episode’s title His Last Vow, with previous episodes’ titles providing key clues to the forthcoming events.
One thing that can be confirmed is the producers’ plans to continue the drama for a fourth and fifth series.
Co-writer Steven Moffatt has confirmed he and Gatiss had already mapped out their plans for subsequent storylines.
He said: ‘We’ll be back. We have got plans, exciting twists and turns, and I think we’ve got some crackers.’
Filming could begin on the upcoming series as early as this summer, with producers currently trying to arrange schedules to accommodate Cumberbatch and Freeman.
But first Sherlock must defeat the fiendish Magnussen, played by The Killing star Lars Mikkelsen. As the detective says: ‘I’ve dealt with murderers, psychopaths. None of them can turn my stomach like Charles Augustus Magnussen.’
an excuse for a viewing post! are you excited? who do you think gonna die? is anyone gonna die? more importantly how hilariously long is the next hiatus gonna be?
Mimi Imfurst releases her new video, "Who Will I Blow?" and single today. The song is a parody to Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know?" It is NSFW and there are puppets. The video also features a cameo appearance from America's Next Top Model Cycle 20 runner-up Cory Hindorff.
You've come a long way girl.
Kylie Minogue has helped The Voice to bounce back by pulling in more than two million viewers more than last year's launch show.
Her debut on the programme - along with Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs - helped the first show of the series to an average audience of 8.4 million viewers, well above the 6.2 million who tuned in last year.
It also thrashed ITV's celebrity diving show Splash! - which went head-to-head with the BBC1 show - with an audience of 3.7 million, according to overnight ratings.
This year the BBC has brought forward The Voice for its third series, after previous runs kicked off around Easter, putting it up against shows such as Britain's Got Talent.
Saturday night's launch was level with the audience for the first series in 2012 which had a strong start, but saw figures drop sharply after the early rounds featuring the spinning chairs.
Kylie and Ricky were drafted in after Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue stepped down from the show. Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am continue on the panel of coaches.
The audience for Splash was one of the smallest it has brought in since the programme launched early last year.
As if there were any doubt...
NBC ‘Hannibal‘ creator Bryan Fuller laid out long ago that his dark and delicious take on the iconic character would essentially follow the path traced out by Thomas Harris’ novels over the course of seven seasons, a few rights issues not withstanding. Still, as our second course prepares to premiere in late February, we’ve learned of one majorly exciting new pair to potentially appear late in the season…
You’re warned of spoilers for the literary Hannibal Lecter series, and potentially NBC’s take as well, but it seems the second season will at least set up a major character presence from the collection of author Thomas Harris, one which we’ve previously seen brought to life (grotesquely) by Gary Oldman in Ridley Scott‘s 2001 adaptation: Mason Verger!
As reported by TVLine (without the spoilerly implications), the second season will at least introduce Mason’s sister Margot as a patient of Hannibal’s, with one important twist for NBC’s take:
"Toward the end of Season 2, we will meet the recurring character of Margot, a patient of Dr. Lecter’s who has issues stemming from her serial killer twin brother’s abuse of her. (In fact, she once tried to kill her kin in retaliation!) So who, of course, will this broken women strike up a romance with? Yep — Will." [Bryan Fuller already confirmed that Margot will be a member of the LGBT community here.]
Those familiar with the canon will remember that Mason’s sister Margot first appeared in the ‘Hannibal’ novel, taking place some time after the events of Lecter’s incarceration and escape, by which time Margot had undergone stark changes from her initial role as Hannibal’s patient. Hannibal himself had plenty of story with Mason as well, though it remains to be seen if the character will actually appear in season 2, or if the history will unfold any differently.
Elsewhere, series creator Bryan Fuller tweeted out a photo confirming Raul Esparza’s return to ‘Hannibal’ season 2 as Dr. Frederick Chilton, while ‘X-Files‘ vet Gillian Anderson will reprise her role as Hannibal’s own therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, as will Eddie Izzard as Dr. Abel Gideon. Along with confirmed season 2 roles for ‘Sex and the City’ vet Cynthia Nixon and ‘Homeland‘ player Martin Donovan, Fuller previously expressed a desire to cast ‘Pushing Daisies’ alumni Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel and Chi McBride, along with music icon David Bowie as Hannibal’s uncle, though nothing has been confirmed.
We’re salivating more than ever for ‘Hannibal”s second season premiere on February 28, but what say you? Are you happy to see Bryan Fuller keeping to a bit of canon, or would you prefer the Vergers wait until a third season? How will poor Will get out of incarceration, in the first place? Stay tuned for the latest on NBC’s ‘Hannibal,’ and give us your predictions in the comments!
Who do you want to play them, ONTD? And remember, only a month and a half left until season two!
If your big resolution this new year is to kick your bad habit of lighting up, we've got some inspiration for you in the form of 10 surprising celebs — think Jennifer Aniston! — who managed to nip their smoking habit in the bud.
Do you Smoke? Have you managed to quit smoking? Do you have any bad habit addictions?
Not only was Paul Rudd able to quit smoking with the help of hypnotherapist Kerry Gaynor, but he has also helped others — like Parks & Rec's Rashida Jones and John Carter's Lynn Collins — by passing along Gaynor's info.
Charlize Theron is stunning, smart and talented and, like so many others, she struggled for years to boot her bad habit of smoking. Luckily, the actress nixed her three-pack-a-day fix through The Kerry Gaynor Method.
She certainly has a wholesome image these days, but it wasn't too long ago that Jennifer Aniston couldn't seem to say goodbye to cigarettes. She's nicotine-free now, though, which she credits largely to her devotion to yoga.
Once a chain smoker, Olympus Has Fallen actor Aaron Eckhart kicked the habit for good through The Kerry Gaynor Method, a unique program by renowned hypnotherapist Kerry Gaynor.
We think she's always looked great, but in her early modeling days Gisele Bundchen says she relied on cigarettes to help her stay thin before quitting in 2003. Although she gained 15 pounds in the process, she says it was worth it.
Samantha Barks and her Les Miserables co-star Russell Crowe pose for pictures outside of the opening night of their show The Indoor Garden Party held at the Jetty Memorial Theater on Friday (January 10) in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
“They are very informal parties and always full of laughs and when you have voices like my friends have … spine-tingling is the phrase that comes to mind,” the 49-year-old actor said of the cabaret style show.
The show, which will run through January 13 at the Aussie theater, has been performed in both London and America. Looks like fun!
Sasha Pieterse has pomegranate, blackberry, pineapple, and spinach salad:
Maddie Hasson has cookies and ice cream.
Has meal with friends:
Avan Jogia eats meal at In-N-Out with girlfriend.
Shay Mitchell has Moroccan mint tea.
Eats poutine and other stuff in Montreal:
Nathan Sykes makes shrimp stir fry.
Jessica Alba and hubby have desserts for his birthday:
Sofia Vergara breaks new year resolution by having cake.
JoJo has meal and drink at True Food Kitchen.
Has a bunch of other vegan meals:
Bhakti chai with vanilla almond milk:
Kourtney Kardashian has dumplings.
Laura Pepron gets some pickles from picklebar in Brooklyn
Lena Dunham has some kind of hot drink.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube make cheesesteaks for fans in Philly.
Give out doughnuts in Atlanta.
Nina Dobrev and friends toast (with eggnog maybe?) on her birthday.
From almost two weeks ago, Danielle Brooks eating Japanese food in Japan.
Tamera Mowry has milk and cookies at Disneyland hotel.