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    Amanda Abbington received death threats by 'fanatical' Sherlock fans after it was announced she was to play Dr Watson's wife.

    The threats came about after fans feared that she would come between the two main characters, played by Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.

    The 39-year-old is in fact the real-life partner of Martin Freeman, who plays Dr Watson in the BBC1 series.

    In the Saturday Review in The Times, she said: 'When I told everybody I was playing Mary, there was a small group who wanted me dead.

    'I got, "She should die. How dare she play Mary Mortsan? How dare she!"'

    However, unphased by the backlash, she said: 'They take the John and Sherlock storyline so seriously that they wouldn't want anyone coming between them.'

    Amanda added that there is a 'subconscious desire' from fans to see a romance develop between Sherlock and Dr Watson, however nothing of the sort is likely to happen as 'it's like a brotherly love.'

    Abbington, who has been married to Freeman since 2007, admitted that her acting career took a step back shortly after meeting him - when he was flourishing in his role as Tim in The Office.

    The actress, who has since starred in the successful Mr Selfridge, also looked after their two children Joe and Grace while Freeman was in New Zealand filming The Hobbit.

    The pair were spotted on the red carpet at the premiere of Freeman's new film The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug at TCL Chinese Theatre in December in Hollywood, California.

    Appearing happy and in love, Amanda looked over to her partner of 11 years, in pure admiration at the premiere as they cuddled up to each other in front of the cameras.

    Despite former The Office star Martin earning his fortune over The Hobbit films, Amanda and Martin who have a six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter together, was forced to declare herself bankrupt over a £120,000 tax bill, last March.


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    While Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé may not be the best of friends, her mom Kris Jenner is apparently close enough to Beyoncé's mom to have scored an invite to Tina Knowles' lavish birthday bash on Saturday.

    Jenner, 58, appeared to be the only Kardashian in attendance at Knowles' 60th birthday soiree at Muriel's Jackson Square in New Orleans, according to the Huffington Post.

    Beyoncé's stylish mother celebrated her milestone birthday with friends and family, including her two daughters and son-in-law Jay Z, by throwing a lavish masquerade ball.

    Jenner appeared to be having a blast at the party. The Kardashian matriarch posted photos to Instagram, posing with singers Jennifer Hudson and Monica. In another snapshot Jenner squeezes into a group pic with Hudson, Beyoncé, 32, and the birthday mama herself.


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    ONE Direction hunk Zayn Malik was presented with an Incredible Hulk birthday cake designed and baked in Weymouth for his milestone 21st birthday today.

    The cake was ordered by a family member of his fiancee Perrie Edwards, who has relatives in Weymouth.

    Ian Gill of Brewers Quay-based Arty Party Cakes was asked to design the cake, which features a green fist bursting through the icing.

    He said: "A member of Perrie's family ordered it.

    "I was told that Zayn is a fan of the Marvel Comics, especially the Incredible Hulk and Wolverine of The X- Men."

    The cake, featuring the words 'Happy 21st Birthday Zayn', is a Madeira sponge.

    Also designed especially for the Bradford-born singer was a 'cupcake mosaic' - a batch of delicious cupcakes that when put together make up images of the Incredible Hulk and Wolverine.

    Mr Gill said: "I think it's fantastic that Perrie's family chose to support a local business and order the cake from us.

    "We're really keen to see a picture of Zayn enjoying the 'hulk' cake on Twitter."

    Last summer, Arty Party Cakes made a 20th birthday cake for former Weymouth schoolgirl Perrie.

    The Little Mix band member made the hippie-themed cake an internet sensation after tweeting a picture of herself with it to her 3.5 million followers.

    As part of the One Directioner's 21st birthday celebrations, Zayn and Perrie travelled to Disneyland Paris to meet Mickey Mouse and friends.

    Last night the star was understood to have celebrated his birthday with some showbiz pals at his home in London, including bandmate Liam Payne.

    Zayn was in Weymouth recently with Perrie for New Year celebrations and marked the arrival of 2014 with a new tattoo from King Street shop Tattoo Magic.


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    After taking 65 weeks to reach the top spot of the Official Albums Chart last week, Ellie Goulding certainly wasn’t going to give it up without a fight. Despite fierce competition from Beyoncé’s self-titled album, Ellie’s Halcyon held on to Number 1 for a second week. Thanks to the continued success of tracks How Long Will I Love You and Burn – her first ever UK Number 1 single, and currently enjoying its 22nd week in the Top 40 – the album’s reissue Halcyon Days has sold over 690,000 copies in the UK so far. It’s been a pretty good week for Ellie – this week it was announced she was up for three BRIT Awards, including Best British Female and two nods for Best British Single.

    Beyoncé, then, settles for second place, climbing one place with her self-titled album, spending her fifth week in the Top 5. Gary Barlow slips one place to Number 3 with Since I Saw You Last. Completing the top 5 are John Newman’s Tribute, climbing one place to Number 4, while Bastille’s Bad Blood also advances one spot, rising to Number 5 this week.

    Last week saw Pharrell knocked off the top of the Official Singles Chart by the partying juggernauts Pitbull and Ke$ha, but revenge is sweet and Pharrell didn’t have to wait too long to dish his out. Happy takes the Number 1 spot for a second non-consecutive week after toppling the Miami rapper’s Timber. In 2013, he scored the two biggest-selling singles of the year and it looks like he means business in 2014, too. Happy takes pole position this week with over 107,000 copies sold.

    Meanwhile, Swedish DJ and producer Avicii spends another week at Number 3 with Hey Brother, his sixth Top 10 hit. Jason Derulo also holds firm at Number 4 with Trumpets. Fuse ODG jumps nine places to Number 5 with Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad) scoring his highest UK chart position to date, after debut single Antenna peaked at Number 7 last year. British DJ duo Matrix & Futurebound climb 11 places to Number 7, securing their highest ever chart position with Control FT Marshall.

    New Entries and High Climbers

    Dutch DJ Hardwell gets his first ever UK Top 40 hit this week. Dare You, featuring American vocalist Matthew Koma, is new at Number 18.

    Beyoncé rockets 17 places with Drunk In Love to achieve her 17th Top 10 hit. The collaboration with hubby Jay Z is at Number 10.

    Sub Focus’ Turn Back Time zooms 30 places to re-enter the Top 40 at Number 15. American rockers Awolnation go back up 14 places to give Sail a new peak position of Number 17, and Kid Ink is on his way back up 28 places to re-enter the Top 40 and give Show Me FT Chris Brown its highest chart position at Number 32. Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy leaps 50 places to Number 35, making Riptide his first ever UK Top 40 hit.

    Stage actress and former Glee star Idina Menzel gets her first Top 40 hit with Let It Go, from the film Frozen, at Number 36. Rapper Busta Rhymes climbs 61 places to Number 37, taking Thank You into the Top 40 for the first time.


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    By ANTOINETTE BUENO January 08, 2014

    Sex and the City fans were abuzz Tuesday when Sarah Jessica Parker hinted at another SATC film in a new interview with InStyle magazine, and now Kim Cattrall is also weighing in on her thoughts on revisiting the beloved HBO show!
    But for Cattrall, who played the feisty Samantha, it's all about the "content."

    "I feel the most important thing is always, do we have something left to say," Cattrall, 57, tells ET Canada. " ... I think it's about the story, if there's something more to say ... [but] I'm not a writer and I don't work in a studio."
    Her comments are in reaction to Parker's recent InStyle interview, in which she teases one more SATC movie.

    "A part of me thinks there is one last chapter to tell," Parker, 48, said. "But timing is a peculiar thing. It isn’t a decision that can wait forever. I don’t want to have to wear muumuus!"

    And of course, the money from another film couldn't hurt, Cattrall admits.
    "Yes, financially it would be fantastic -- for all of us," she says. "But I'm really about content, and where's it going to take me."

    Last June, Kristin Davis (Charlotte) also told ET she was open to a third film.
    "I would want to do it," Davis, 48, said. "I'm on record -- I'll be on record again -- I feel like it's the gift that keeps on giving. Our fans are beautiful and loyal and talk to me wherever I go, and in whatever country I'm in, and that means a lot to all of us. So if the situation arose where we had a script and everyone loved it, and the studio wanted to make it, I think that it would be fantastic and I hope it happens but I have no idea if it will happen."

    Though the ladies may have a holdout when it comes to Cynthia Nixon, 47, who played the level-headed Miranda.
    "I think we had a wonderful ride. I think it's fine to let it go," she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 about any more possible SATC films.


    True Star of this Franchise

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    Who cares about flop Kris the Devil Jenner. More important people, like Beyonce and Solange, attended Miss Tina's 60th birthday party at some fancy place in New Orleans.



    Beyonce is putting on her thinking cap and writing essays. In a spinoff of what she said in a recent interview about the need for gender equality, the pop/R&B queen now has an essay that appears in Maria Shriver's The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. The e-book is a collection of studies and essays that speak on the economic disparities between men and women. It's available now on Amazon for free.

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    Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears are too racy for daytime French TV.

    France's broadcast watchdog says TV channels should only show Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball" and Spears' video for "Work Bitch" after 10pm, when French broadcasters show a range of programming more suited to adults.

    The watchdog, CSA, said in a statement Thursday that some channels were showing them in the daytime and without any parental guidance warnings.

    Cyrus writhing naked around a wrecking ball is too sexually explicit, it says. And Spears, with her bondage gear, shows "a sadomachistic universe representing women in a way that risks shocking many viewers.


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  • 01/13/14--10:05: Video Game Post 2014.1
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    1. EA Adds Offline Mode to SimCity

    SimCity will soon be playable in offline mode, developer EA Maxis announced this week, 10 months after saying it couldn't be done "without a significant amount of engineering work."

    The studio will add offline mode for all players with Update 10, a free upcoming patch. Once the single-player mode is added to the game, all previously downloaded content will be accessible without an internet connection, and SimCity will store single-player save games locally instead of in the cloud.


    2. History of Tomb Raider Part 1

    3. Speed Runners Raise 1 Million Dollars for Charity

    The livestreamers at Awesome Games Done Quick crossed the $1 million mark raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, according to the organization's official site.

    The milestone more than doubled AGDQ's goal of $500,000. As of this writing, the group's donation tracking page lists $1,014,209.32 in donations received. Of the 27,403 donations from 18,053 donors, the maximum donation was $10,000, while the average donation was $37.01.


    4. Battlefield 4 Patch on PC to fix Stability Issues

    A new update for the Windows PC version of Battlefield 4 is out today, aiming to address server stability issues that have plagued the game since launch.

    According to the Battlefield blog, the patch will hit sometime later today with fixes for a memory leak issue that occured after level shutdowns, a fix addressing player rank icons on the scoreboard that were failing to update, as well as a fix for users in Asia unable to start Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 on Windows 8.1.


    5. Wii U Fit Review

    Wii Fit U does a fair job easing players into exercise with its accessible beginner activities, but too much of the game lacks any real physical benefit. Even if I could get past the inaccuracies in how it reads movement, this game promotes poor exercise habits at its worst and merely fools people into thinking they're getting healthier at its best. Wii Fit U isn't a meaningful solution to getting active and in shape; it's a half-assed stepping stone at best.

    4.5 out of 10


    6. Last of Us Single Player DLC Trailer

    7. Titanfall Has no Single Player

    Titanfall has been "really tough" to market due to its lack of a traditional single-player, according to developer Respawn.

    That's according to producer Drew McCoy, who took to NeoGAF to reveal how the team has been forced to take a different approach in terms of trailers and the like to get the game noticed.


    8. Games worth Playing

    9. A Day in the Life of DarkSydePhil

    10. Gone Home and Gaming Adolescence

    Adolescence is videogame culture's greatest fear. That we will forever be stuck with juvenile power fantasies: fast cars, Big Fucking Guns, and boob physics. That videogames will be lost to adulthood like comic books once were. Just as Katie Greenbriar comes home to a home that isn't a home for anyone, so Gone Home reveals a secret that turns out to be an obvious one, and one much bigger than videogames: today, narrative writ large is mired in a permanent adolescence that videogames can now easily equal, the modest, subtle pleasures of the literary arts melting under Iron Man's turbines, impaled by Katniss Everdeen's arrow.


    11. Pink Starburst Cocktail

    1 ounce Pinnacle whipped vodka (133)

    1 ounce half and half (20 cal)

    1 ounce fruit punch (or crystal light fruit punch)

    fill with Orange Juice (26 cal)

    top with splash of diet lemon-lime soda (diet sierra mist)


    Mix Pinnacle whipped vodka, half & half, and fruit punch (or Crystal Light version) in a 12 ounce glass. Fill almost all the way with an Orange Juice of your juice and top with a splash of diet lemon lime soda (Sprite, 7up, or Sierra Mist).


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    Breakout 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o, the face of Miu Miu’s SS14 campaign, fronts our “Girls Rule the World” issue in a shoot by Sharif Hamza, styled by Robbie Spencer. We meet the striking Kenyan actress in New York to discuss the making of Steve McQueen’s uncompromising film and how she aims to shatter stereotypes of women in Hollywood.



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    Album of the Year Grammy Winners: The 10 Best

    By Alicia Diaz Dennis on January 8, 2014

    (Maverick | Columbia | Epic)The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award at the music industry's most prestigious awards show, and often its most divisive. Many have complained that the Grammys are perpetually out of touch (only two hip-hop albums have ever received top honors, for example), but even noted Grammy detractor Kanye West would agree that the Recording Academy gets it right once in a while.

    Here are our picks for the most deserving winners of the past 30 years — the new classics, if you will. If you're only in it for the disses, check out the worst here.

    7. Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, 1996
    Alanis' breakthrough album was not just one of the top selling releases of the 90s, but a defining moment in alternative rock, opening up the airwaves for feminist confessionalists like Fiona Apple and Liz Phair. For those of us who came of age in the '90s suburbia, it was also completely badass.

    Other nominees: Mariah Carey's Daydream, Michael Jackson's HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I, Joan Osborne's Relish, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy

    6. Adele's 21, 2012
    The word "powerhouse" now belongs to British songstress Adele thanks to this album, which will be lauded as one of the greatest breakup albums of all time for decades to come. There's nothing more universal than heartbreak — chances are your mom owns a copy.

    Other nominees: Foo Fighters' Wasting Light, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Bruno Mars' Doo Wops and Hooligans, Rihanna's Loud

    5. Outkast's Speakerboxx/The Love Below, 2004
    There would have been a mutiny from music lovers (and Kanye, probably) had Outkast's wildly ambitious double album not taken top honors at the 2004 Grammys, as many felt the duo's brilliant previous album Stankonia had been unfairly passed over for the honor a few years before.

    Other nominees: Dixie Chicks' Home, Eminem's The Eminem Show, Nelly's Nellyville, Bruce Springsteen's The Rising

    4. Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    Oh Lauryn, how we miss thee. Perhaps the ex-Fugees singer's debut solo effort was a little too perfect, as it propelled Hill into an uncomfortable level superstardom... and then reclusion. But even if we'll never get a proper follow up, the fact remains that this album was a complete triumph on all fronts.

    Other nominees: Madonna's Ray of Light, Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions, Garbage's Version 2.0, Shania Twain's Come on Over

    1. Michael Jackson's Thriller, 1984
    This is the album that brought us "The Girl Is Mine,""Billie Jean,""Beat It,""P.Y.T.," and launched Michael Jackson, King of Pop and ultimate video star. It was the defining album of the 80s, and one of precious few Album of the Year winners that critics universally regard as one of the greatest of all time. The Grammys would have practically ceased to exist had the Flashdance soundtrack won that year.

    Other nominees: David Bowie's Let's Dance, Billy Joel's An Innocent Man, The Police's Synchronicity, Flashdance Soundtrack

    Any favourite Grammy moments/wins/snubs etc?

    The full list:

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    Chiwetel with his girlfriend, Sari

    Lupita with Amy Adams

    Michael getting ready

    With his older sister, Catherine

    With Jonah Hill

    I like the bottom half of the dress, not fussed on the top

    On stage, receiving Best Drama award



    With Reese Witherspoon

    Fassy, Benny and Chewie at the FOX Golden Globes After Party

    Aww, his wife looks so happy for him

    Alfre, Steve & Lupita ♥

    I can't breathe! Too much beauty in a photo

    Hans and Lupita

    YAAAS! My new wallpaper :DD
    Why does he insist on wearing those stupid sunglasses!? O_O


    Sources: 12345678910

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    shia's twitter

    edit, he had deleted a tweet:

    He then posted a YouTube video of Jim's daughter's band, The Jane Carrey Band, and called the Dumb and Dumber actor out for his parenting skills.

    "At least I don't get arrested for indecency on major LA highways! Or abandon love child's," he added.

    source, thank you klutzy_girl

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    Acceptance speeches at any awards show are viewed as a necessary evil, often referred to as “that stuff that happens when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aren’t onstage.” But at this years’ Golden Globes, the speeches were a main attraction, with some being thoughtful, some being funny others being funny and then a few that were plain indecipherable.

    Just in case you missed the speeches, here are a few highlights.

    1. “And I actually did watch all of the movies… well, not all of them, but you know what I mean.” -Jennifer Lawrence, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, American Hustle

    5. “I also went to med school and then decided to do this and this is way better, way better than saving a human life.” -Dan Goor, Best Television Series Comedy or Musical, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    7. “The bravest, most talented actor I have ever worked with. And the only reason you are not here is I had more sequins.” -Michael Douglas, Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Movie, Behind the Candelabra

    8. “I am always supposed to cry when I am not supposed to, and when a director asked me to, I can’t. It really sucks.” – Amy Adams, Best Performance by and Actress in a Musical or Comedy, American Hustle

    9. “Such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to me.” – Bryan Cranston, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Drama, Breaking Bad

    11. Everything Jacqueline Bisset Said – Jacqueline Bisset, Best Performance in an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Dancing on the Edge

    These include such gems as:

    “Scottish background, to the front!”

    “My mother used to say, ‘Go to hell and don’t come back.’ ”

    “You have to forgive everybody. It’s the best beauty treatment.”


    More at the Source

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    Lena Dunham (wearing a bright yellow Zac Posen gown )

    Jemima Kirke (in vintage)

    Allison Williams (wearing an Alexander McQueen dress)

    Zosia Mamet (wearing a Reem Acra gown)

    HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party

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    Good news for Justin Timberlake:

    The singer’s comeback album The 20/20 Experience was the best-selling record of 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    Bad news for the music industry: it was the worst-selling chart-topping album since Nielsen began reporting sales figures in 1991, with only 2.43 million copies sold. In even bleaker news, The 20/20 Experience was the only album to sell more than 2 million copies in 2013 and only the second album since 1991 to top the end-of-the-year chart with fewer than 3 million copies sold.

    Overall, album sales dropped eight percent last year, the New York Times reports. As a point of comparison, Adele’s 21 — which topped the charts for the last two years — sold 5.82 million copies in 2011 and 4.41 million in 2012. Even digital download sales dropped this year from 117.68 million to 117.58 million — the first drop since Nielsen began tracking digital sales in 2003. The music industry can thank streaming services like Spotify for the diminishing sales.

    But it’s not all bad news. Artists seeking a way to boost their sales in 2014 might look to Beyoncé for inspiration: her eponymous December album sold 1.3 million copies in just 17 days, according to Billboard.

    Well damn.


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    The 2014 Golden Globe Awards show was about confident, bold dressing, with women looking like the most grown-up, self-assured versions of themselves, be it Emma Watson in Dior Haute Couture trousers, Lupita Nyong’o in a fire engine red Ralph Lauren Collection column, or Allison Williams in a feathered Alexander McQueen frock. It was also a standout night for standout baby bumps, as pregnant stars like Kerry Washington, Drew Barrymore, and Olivia Wilde dressed with style for two.

    Lupita Nyong'o in a Ralph Lauren Collection dress and Fred Leighton jewelry

    Kerry Washington in a Balenciaga dress and bag, Fred Leighton jewelry, and Casadei shoes

    Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

    Jennifer Lawrence in a Christian Dior Haute Couture dress and Roger Vivier bag

    Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera


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    In 2013, the actors Jared Leto and Michael Douglas, two men who date women, played, respectively, a transgender woman in the film “Dallas Buyers Club” and a gay man in the TV movie “Behind the Candelabra.” And tonight they were honored for their efforts at the Golden Globes — where both men managed to, purposely or not, insult the very communities they were representing on film.

    Leto’s speech managed to pat Leto on his own back while trivializing actual transgender people — he played a trans woman with AIDS, at the height of America’s AIDS crisis. He began by mocking expectations about his anatomy. “I did not ever use any prosthetics in this film. That tiny little Brazilian bubble butt was all mine.” This was all in good fun, but Leto’s playing for laughs the process by which he prepared for the role of a person who felt uncomfortable in her body was not, really: “It was a very transformative role. I had to do a lot of things to prepare. One of the things I did was wax my entire body, including my eyebrows,” Leto said to the audience’s laughter.

    It’s an actor’s job to prepare for a role in whatever way the script demands; it may have been difficult for Leto to wax his entire body, but it’s sort of a weird punch line for a person whose entire role was about body discomfort and the painful modifications one must make to feel OK with oneself. Leto got money and at least one award for playing his part in “Dallas Buyers Club”; it’s strange that he didn’t take into account the notion that his struggle was not, in fact, the most important one involved in his role.

    For those who think I’m reading too much into his speech at the Globes and his “Fresh Air” interview in which he called his character “transgendered” and said the film had no political valence, I’d point to the fact that neither Leto nor his fellow winner Matthew McConaughey mentioned AIDS once in their respective speeches. These two men devoted months of their lives to a project specifically about the AIDS crisis, and then went off on tangents when accepting awards for their work about how goofy and weird it is to make your body like a transgender person’s (Leto’s speech) or about how your wife calls you “king” (McConaughey’s).

    Predictably enough given past precedent, though, Douglas’ speech, for his best actor in a TV movie prize, was worse. Douglas, at the Emmys last year, made a string of crude and offensive jokes about anal sex; it was as though he was frantically trying to distance himself from the character he played on-screen. And at the Golden Globes, he unburdened himself to the audience, telling a laughing gaggle that he had been worried when first offered the role of Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra,” because it implied he had previously been “mincing.”

    While Leto’s speech was just weird and tone-deaf, Douglas’ calls the quality of his work into question. Can a person who uses language like “mincing” to describe effeminate gay men find humanity in such people? Or was his performance an elaborate work of caricature whose biographical accuracy fooled us all into thinking Michael Douglas cared about the character he was playing?

    All shall, perhaps, be revealed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, at which Douglas will almost certainly win the final of his three major awards for “Candelabra.” What he chooses to say is his own decision. But if the audience wants to seem any different from the benighted Hollywoods of past generations that gave us so many entertainments that look retrograde now, they could choose not to laugh.


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    The New York Film Critics Circle took the rare step Monday of expelling Armond White, the film critic for CityArts, and of suspending the New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick for a year, according to a person with knowledge of the circle’s meeting on Monday.

    Mr. White was accused of yelling abuses at Steve McQueen, the director of “12 Years a Slave,” as he took the stage to accept the best director prize at the circle’s awards ceremony last week. Mr. Lumenick was punished for revealing the tallies of votes, which the circle said went against its bylaws.

    Mr. Lumenick defended himself at the meeting, the insider said, but to little avail. Mr. White was not present.

    “They were repeat offenders,” the person said, “Action had to be taken.”


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    Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best player in the world for the second time after 2008 by carrying off the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, while German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has claimed her first women’s prize. Jupp Heynckes, the former coach of Bayern Munich, and Germany’s women’s national team coach Silvia Neid have taken home the FIFA World Coach of the Year awards for men’s and women’s football respectively. The award winners, who were voted for by national team coaches and captains as well as by the international media representatives selected by FIFA and French football magazine France Football, were announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich today (13 January 2014). The entire voting process was supervised and monitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland (PwC).

    The 90-minute show marked an emphatic start to 2014 when the focus – as it was during today’s event – will be on Brazil, with the FIFA World Cup™ kicking off there in six months’ time. Brazilian TV star Fernanda Lima and former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit guided the 1,100 guests and TV spectators in more than 180 countries through the show, which featured, amongst others, icons of Brazil’s record five World Cup-winning teams, namely Pelé (1958, 1962 and 1970), Amarildo (1962), Carlos Alberto (1970), Bebeto (1994), Cafu (1994 and 2002) and Ronaldo (1994 and 2002) as well as current superstar Neymar, who in July will be hoping to help secure the Seleçao’s sixth but more importantly first FIFA World Cup title on home soil. Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima and Swiss-Brazilian rhythm & soul singer Marc Sway provided an additional glimpse of what fans can expect in Brazil 150 days from now.

    The evening paid tribute to the best football in 2013. FIFPro, the world players’ union, invited 52,000 professional players from all over the world to select their team of the year – the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The honours went to the following all-star team: Manuel Neuer (Germany) in goal; Dani Alves (Brazil), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Sergio Ramos (Spain) and Thiago Silva (Brazil) in defence; Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Franck Ribéry (France) and Xavi (Spain) in midfield; and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) up front.

    The FIFA Puskás Award for the “most beautiful goal” of the year as voted for on, FIFA on YouTube and by football fans from all over the world was also presented. This prize, created in 2009 in honour and in memory of Ferenc Puskás, the captain and star of the Hungarian national team during the 1950s, went to Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who scored an audacious, acrobatic long-range bicycle kick for Sweden in a friendly match against England on 13 November 2012. Ibrahimović received 48.7 %of the votes, ahead of Nemanja Matić (30.8 %) and Neymar (20.5%).

    During the show, recognition was also given to those who have contributed to the game on or off the pitch. Former IOC President Jacques Rogge received the FIFA Presidential Award from President Joseph S. Blatter in recognition of his tireless work to defend the integrity of international sport. Rogge excelled with his refreshing, intelligent and humble approach to leadership and he put the Olympic movement back on to a safe and steady path for the future. Furthermore, Brazil’s king of football, Pelé, was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur for his lifetime achievements.

    The FIFA Fair Play Award was given to the Afghanistan Football Federation for upholding the spirit of courage and solidarity against all odds through the after-effects of war, disorder and conflict. Although the country has been ravaged by violence and war in recent times, the Afghanistan Football Federation has continued to build a footballing infrastructure, and has also developed grassroots football and opened up the game to a larger audience, including women and families.


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    Audiences didn’t have to wait long for things to get odd at the Golden Globes; the second award of the night was presented to Jacqueline Bisset, who won for best supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries for “Dancing on the Edge.” After taking a long time to get to the stage—stopping to kiss Jon Voight on the way—she gave a rambling speech including saying “sh-t” and “Like my my mother used to say, ‘Go to hell and don’t come back.’” She also said that forgiveness is the best beauty regimen.

    Once backstage, the stunned behavior continued. “What do I do now?” she asked as she got onstage. Then she asked for her glasses so she could see—but once they were handed to her, they complained they were too dirty and she passed them off to someone to clean for her.

    Part of the reason for her offbeat behavior might have been that she didn’t know her category was coming up so soon. “I was told my category was coming up second from last, so I was absolutely stunned,” she explained. “I wondered why the guy was there with a camera on me.” She added,“I was completely out of it, I was thinking about my dinner. And I still haven’t gotten my dinner yet.”

    Asked about her speech, she admitted,“I can’t really remember what I said, actually.”


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