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    Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow has signed on for An American Education.

    The American Dreams alum has nabbed the female lead in ABC’s single-camera comedy, which is an adaptation of the British Bad Education.

    Per our sister site Deadline, Snow will play chemistry teacher Sarah McIntyre, a smart and earnest woman who piques the interest of fellow teacher Alfie (played by comedian Jack Whitehall, who originated the role in Bad Education).

    Snow’s recent TV credits include Ben and Kate and Harry’s Law.

    f'd up that last post rofl thanks for nothin self's eyes and

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    At Disneyland in California (5/1/14)
    Leaving the gym in Los Angeles (14/1/14)

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    Lorde is 17, lives with her parents and loves Sylvia Plath. She also has a worldwide smash with "Royals," four Grammy nominations and acclaim for her smart, unique debut album, Pure Heroine. How'd she become the unlikeliest superstar in pop? Contributing editor Rob Tannenbaum travels to Ella Yelich-O'Connor's New Zealand home to answer that question in our new issue (on stands Friday).

    "I get paralyzingly nervous a lot of times, so I tried bravado," Lorde explains, quoting Kanye West's "Dark Fantasy" ("Me found bravery in my bravado"). "The way I dress and carry myself, a lot of people find it intimidating. I think my whole career can be boiled down to the one word I always say in meetings: strength."

    RS explores Lorde's childhood (when she ignored an adult trying to influence her artwork at the ripe age of two), tracks the crooked path "Royals" took to Number One and examines how Yelich-O'Connor has become an icon for teen girls of all stripes.

    "Everyone talks about Ella as the anti-Miley because she dresses like a witch and she doesn't twerk," explains Tavi Gevinson, the editor of Rookie, the definitive website for self-aware teen girls. "But it's more nuanced than that. She sings about partying, she curses like a sailor and her songs aren't completely asexual. She reflects an intelligence in girls our age, and normalizes it."

    Tannenbaum tags along as Ella texts with Taylor Swift, jokingly messes with one of many fans asking for photos on the street (and then apologizes — twice), opens up about the racially-charged controversy that erupted when a photo of her embracing her boyfriend on the beach hit the blogs and chats about how she's taken control of her career and spun seemingly unpopular decisions into genius.

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    Drake addressed his Degrassi past in his new Saturday Night Live promos and we're having a moment. The actor-turned-rapper will host and be the musical guest for the Saturday, Jan. 18 episode of SNL.

    In the video below, Drake sits with Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah and listens to Pharoah's thoughts on duck belly buttons—do they have them!?—and Moynihan's cool cat tracks. The three of them also discuss dropping beats, and then there's the Degrassi talk and Drake's monologue. We'll never forget you, Jimmy Brooks.

    YASSSS! Champagne Papi slaying the competition with his Jimmy Brook impression. This might be the first time I ever watch SNL; that and for Shasheer Zamata, who is debuting on Drake's episode


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  • 01/15/14--11:57: ONTD Roundup
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    Ashlee Simpson, 29, was in Maui when her boyfriend of seven months, Evan Ross, 25, surprised her with a romantic proposal.

    Now MailOnline has obtained the exclusive photos of the affection that took place just moments after the son of Diana Ross popped the question on Sunday.

    The blonde passionately gave her fiancé a kiss, showing off her new diamond ring as she lovingly placed her hands on him. He looked caught up in the moment too as he held her close.

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    The couple were on the patio of their Hawaiian rental, which looked to be large and impressive.

    Dressed in a flowing white cover up over a green leaf patterned bathing suit, and wearing a flowered head piece, the L.O.V.E. singer looked like a bohemian babe.

    Evan was dressed smartly in a maroon button-down shirt with casual slacks and a diamond earring.

    After their show of affection, the couple together looked at her new diamond ring.

    Ashlee had a content smile on her face as she glanced at the rock while Evan, who stood over her shoulder as she sat, held her hand in place.

    The beauty is also seen smoking an e cigarette with a purple glass of something in front of her as she put a hand up, apparently waving to a friend.


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    Katy Perry will kick off the North American leg of her highly anticipated PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR on June 22nd in Raleigh, North Carolina. Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will open for Katy in different markets during the 4-month North American tour.

    “THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is coming to light up some of my favorite North American cities this summer, as well as some new cities that you introduced me to through your video requests” said Katy. “This colorful show will bring you all the songs you know as well as ones from my new album, PRISM. I’m so excited that I got to hand-select some of my favorite artists to join me on this journey – I know you’ll love Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara as much as I do.”

    The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena. Ticket offerings include a limited number of general admission tickets in the intimate “Reflection Section”.

    6/22/14 Raleigh, NC: PNC Arena*
    6/24/14 Washington, DC: Verizon Center*
    6/27/14 Nashville, TN: Bridgestone Arena*
    6/28/14 Atlanta, GA: Philips Arena*
    6/30/14 Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay Times Forum*
    7/2/14 Sunrise, FL: BB&T Center*
    7/3/14 Miami, FL: AmericanAirlines Arena*
    7/9/14 New York, NY: Madison Square Garden*
    7/11/14 Newark, NJ: Prudential Center*
    7/15/14 Montreal, QC: Bell Centre*
    7/16/14 Ottawa, ON: Canadian Tire Centre*
    7/18/14 Toronto, ON: Air Canada Centre*
    7/22/14 Pittsburgh, PA: CONSOL Energy Center*
    7/24/14 Brooklyn, NY: Barclays Center*
    8/1/14 Boston, MA: TD Garden*
    8/4/14 Philadelphia, PA: Wells Fargo Center*
    8/7/14 Chicago, IL: United Center*
    8/10/14 Grand Rapids, MI: Van Andel Arena^
    8/11/14 Auburn Hills, MI: The Palace of Auburn Hills^
    8/13/14 Columbus, OH: Nationwide Arena^
    8/14/14 Cleveland, OH: Quicken Loans Arena^
    8/16/14 Louisville, KY: KFC Yum! Center^
    8/17/14 St. Louis, MO: Scottrade Center^
    8/19/14 Kansas City, MO: Sprint Center^
    8/20/14 Lincoln, NE: Pinnacle Bank Arena^
    8/22/14 Minneapolis, MN: Target Center^
    8/23/14 Fargo, ND: FARGODOME^
    8/26/14 Winnipeg, MB: MTS Centre^
    8/28/14 Saskatoon, SK: Credit Union Centre^
    8/29/14 Calgary, AB: Scotiabank Saddledome^
    8/31/14 Edmonton, AB: Rexall Place^
    9/9/14 Vancouver, BC: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
    9/12/14 Portland, OR: Moda Center #
    9/13/14 Tacoma, WA: Tacoma Dome #
    9/16/14 Anaheim, CA: Honda Center #
    9/19/14 Los Angeles, CA: STAPLES Center #
    9/22/14 San Jose, CA: SAP Center #
    9/25/14 Glendale, AZ: Arena #
    9/26/14 Las Vegas, NV: MGM Grand Garden Arena #
    9/29/14 Salt Lake City, UT: EnergySolutions Arena #
    9/30/14 Denver, CO: Pepsi Center #
    10/2/14 Dallas, TX: American Airlines Center #
    10/5/14 Memphis, TN: FedExForum #
    10/6/14 Tulsa, OK: BOK Center #
    10/8/14 New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Arena #
    10/10/14 Houston, TX: Toyota Center ~

    * With Capital Cities
    ^ With Kasey Musgraves
    # With Tegan and Sara
    ~ TBD

    Citi Pre-Sale begins 1/21/14 at 10:00a local time -
    Facebook Pre-Sale begins 1/23/14.
    Details for Facebook pre-sale and the general on sale will be announced soon.
    More tour info available at


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    Olympic ice dancing is widely appealing to audiences, but it has been frequently mocked as a dubious competition, fraught with predetermined outcomes, almost impossible to judge objectively. An existential question lurks: Is rumba really a sport?

    Yet as the United States figure skating championships begin Thursday in Boston, and the Winter Games follow next month in Sochi, Russia, skating’s flamboyant hybrid will move from the fringes to center stage and seek to sustain its brittle legitimacy.

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White of suburban Detroit, the reigning Olympic silver medalists in ice dancing, are the lone Americans favored to win gold in Sochi in the four traditional skating events. They are also expected to buttress medal hopes for the United States in a new team event. No Americans have won Olympic gold in ice dancing.

    The chief rivals of Davis and White also happen to be their training partners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 Olympic gold medalists. The couples share a rink, an esteemed coach in Marina Zoueva of Russia, lofty credentials as two-time world champions and even reserved parking at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena west of Detroit.

    In an event where everything is judged, where every hint of bias is parsed, does it mean anything that Zoueva’s parking spot is closer to Virtue and Moir than to White and Davis?

    “I hope not,” White said, laughing, after a recent practice.

    The ascendancy of Davis and White comes at a desperate time for figure skating in the United States. Although skating has long been the centerpiece of the Winter Games — and American television coverage — it is a much diminished sport in this country two decades after the knee-whacking of Nancy Kerrigan by associates of Tonya Harding brought soaring ratings and felonious appeal.

    No American man or pairs team is expected to challenge for an Olympic medal. Ashley Wagner, the reigning American women’s champion, said she would have to be nearly flawless to reach the podium in Sochi. (even that wouldn't help her unless the skaters ahead of her flopped)A shutout in men’s and women’s singles skating would be the first for the United States since 1936.

    Thus ice dancing moves to the forefront of expectation. It last made big headlines in the United States for all the wrong reasons — a scandal involving vote trading by judges that discredited the dance and pairs competitions at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

    The familiar 6.0 scoring system was later scrapped. Its replacement, designed to curtail collusion and reward performance over reputation, seemed to gain some validity at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics despite lingering flaws. Virtue and Moir and Davis and White prevailed over the Russian favorites, Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who were hobbled by injury and roundly criticized for a kind of minstrel-show tribute to Australian aboriginals.

    “The system we have in place does reward performance the day of,” Moir said at Skate Canada in October. “That’s what makes our sport so much more credible.”

    Olympic ice dancing also now carries the reality-television, celebrity-culture appeal of shows like “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” programs that have turned the salsa, tango and fox trot into somewhat quantifiable competitions.

    So popular are Davis and White in the rearranged world of figure skating that they have endorsements with Ralph Lauren, Procter & Gamble, Visa, Kellogg’s, AT&T and Airweave, a Japanese mattress company — a list perhaps unprecedented for American ice dancers.

    It is no secret that figure skating is infused with competitive ego, ostentation and intrigue that has sometimes turned sport into soap opera.

    Weeks before the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the eventual gold and silver medalists in ice dancing from Russia were involved in blade-slashing incidents. A slice was left in the forearm of the champion Pasha Grishuk and a rip in the costume of her partner, Yevgeny Platov.

    So outsiders are naturally curious about the working relationship — and potential tension — between Virtue and Moir and Davis and White.

    They have split victories in the last four world championships and share not only a coach but identical and conflicting Olympic aspirations. Still, similar training arrangements exist in relative harmony in other Olympic sports like track and field and swimming. Both dance couples say that Zoueva, their coach, has used her choreographic brilliance to showcase their distinct but equally compelling dance styles without displaying favoritism.

    “She’s very professional,” Moir said. “It seems like a situation that is a little odd from the outside, but we know Marina pushes us both evenly. Sometimes, the doubts creep up in your mind, but we’re very honest with each other. We’re very open.”

    Zoueva said she relied on the maturity and intelligence of her skaters to make the training situation workable. Olympic ice dancing, unlike the 100-meter sprint, does not involve eight competitors simultaneously dashing for the finish. Instead, one couple takes the ice at a time, left to perform its singular interpretations of music, artistry and sport.

    “I focus each team not to compete against each other, to do the best they can,” said Zoueva, 57, who also choreographed gold medal performances in 1988 and 1994 for the great Russian pairs team of Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergey Grinkov.“I create the program, and it’s like a child for me. I do as much as I can for both of them.”

    The American and Canadian couples have presented a narrow but clear choice for judges who favor a particular style of dance. Virtue, 24, and Moir, 26, are classic ballroom types whose unison and lyricism and emotional connection project a convincing illusion of romance. Davis, 27, and White, 26, have had a more athletic appeal with their speed and lifts and smiling ebullience.

    Both couples say they are pushed by the daily presence of the other.

    And for Sochi, each couple has borrowed something from its chief rivals, if indirectly. Virtue and Moir have sought more speed and power, and Davis and White have enhanced the theatricality of their skating — storytelling and believability in portraying a drama or a love story.

    Before Vancouver, Davis worked with a mime. For Sochi, she and White consulted Derek Hough (ugh), a dancer and choreographer from “Dancing With the Stars,” to hone their light and elegant short dance, a fox trot and quickstep to music from “My Fair Lady.”

    In the free dance, Davis hired a Persian dancer to help her assume the role of Scheherazade, the sultan’s wife whose enchanting and unending stories quell her husband’s peculiar habit of marrying a new wife each day and having the previous one executed.

    At the Vancouver Games, the Canadians defeated the Americans as Virtue skated with excruciating pain in her shins from a lingering overuse injury. (After Virtue had surgery for the injury in 2008, Moir sometimes skated with a hockey stick fitted with a sandbag to simulate his absent partner.) But a newfound completeness brought victories by Davis and White over Virtue and Moir at the 2013 world championships and again last month at the Grand Prix Final, an important Olympic tuneup in Japan.

    “In Vancouver, Charlie and I were happy to look up at Tessa and Scott and say, ‘You very much deserved that top podium,’ ” Davis said.

    “Now I think the biggest difference between the teams is our artistic eyes and artistic inclinations. It’s what we desire to accomplish on the ice compared with four years ago, which was a difference in the style of actual skating.”

    If music and costumes are an integral part of a skating performance, so is physical appearance. There is no mistaking White, with his mop of blond hair, or Davis, with wide-set eyes that give her a distinct and transfixing beauty. Her ethereal look has provided an indeterminate ethnicity, allowing Davis to seamlessly inhabit various roles from a Bollywood dancer to Scheherazade.

    “Quite often,” White said jokingly, “people will comment on that, and I’m like: ‘Well, what about me? Are you saying I’m not a unique beauty?’ ” More seriously, White added: “What makes us stand out is not just our skating ability but our physical features. It’s definitely played a part in the uniqueness of our programs. We do a lot of exotic themes, and part of that has to be based on the girl. She’s such a component of whether that’s going to be believable when you hear the music.

    “Ethnically ambiguous. That’s a big thing nowadays. You want that.”

    Davis laughed.

    “I have no labels,” she said. (you're white, sis)

    As a young girl, Davis said, she was self-conscious about being named Meryl— “I wanted to be a Cathy or an Amy; you just want to fit in” — and about her unique features before learning to appreciate her individuality as she grew into adulthood.

    “People oftentimes can’t figure out where I’m from,” said Davis, who is of English, Irish, Scottish and German ancestry. “They ask what my ethnic background is. I take it as a compliment. I don’t know if it’s always intended as a compliment, but I always take it as one.”

    The couple began skating together 18 years ago, when Davis was 9 and White was 8. Looking into a boy’s eyes and holding her gaze was a challenge for a shy girl, Davis said. White had some ice dancing experience and joked that he was annoyed to instruct a newcomer with rudimentary routines.

    “I was like, I’m so far ahead of that; that is so two months ago,” White said.

    Success came with an immediacy and a normalcy that is uncommon in figure skating, where athletes often move great distances to train and change partners as if they were costumes.

    Davis and White lived at home through high school and were fortunate to have mothers who encouraged but did not overly stage-manage them. White also played travel hockey and the violin, while Davis concentrated on her studies to overcome her struggles with dyslexia. Both are taking a year off from the University of Michigan, where Davis studies cultural anthropology and White majors in political science.

    Jacqui White, Charlie’s mother, said that she read sports biographies to her son when he was younger, including one about Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic skating champion. It was revealing, she said, how much Boitano appreciated that his mother let his sport be his own passion.

    “She dropped him at the rink and picked him up,” Jacqui White said. “Other than that, she didn’t say, ‘What jumps did you practice?’ She left him alone. That struck a chord; I didn’t do that, but it was something to aim for. I’m not like Honey Boo Boo’s mom, but I’m not saintlike like Brian Boitano’s mom.”

    Jacqui White still lives 10 minutes from Cheryl Davis, Meryl’s mother, outside Detroit. They travel to competitions together and are known simply as the Moms. They plan to be in Sochi, where their children will elevate a daily training rivalry into a high-stakes Olympic competition.

    “We complement each other, like Charlie and Meryl do,” Jacqui White said of Cheryl Davis. “I can see up close, but not far away. She can see far but not up close. I read the maps, she reads the road signs.

    “Between the two of us, we have perfect vision. I have 20 and she has 20.”


    this post is dedicated to fromyourashes

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    Did Johnny Depp put a ring on it?

    That is to be determined, but one thing's for sure: his girlfriend Amber Heard, 27, was spotted wearing some bling on her engagement finger Monday night.

    Blink and you would have missed it.

    Leaving West Hollywood's Ago restaurant, she was doing everything to hide her hand, a source tells E! News, adding that the actress also waited for the valet driver to open her car door for her, seemingly so that she wouldn't have to expose her hand.But for a moment the ring appeared. (So far, no word from her rep).

    Depp, 50, and Heard, the Rum Diaries stars who were first linked at the beginning of 2012, stepped out together as recently as Saturday, where they took their super private romance public, showing PDA at a star-studded gala.

    Heard was previously in a four-year relationship with ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree, while Depp had a relationship with Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his two children, for 14 years


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    Bundchen is NOT just like us, no matter how hard she tries to be.


    The 33-year-old supermodel wife of NFL star Tom Brady is known for her gorgeous hair and fabulous body and now, she’s bragging about the secrets behind her million-dollar look – confessing that she doesn’t own a hair brush and hasn’t had soda in 10 years!


    “In my job you have to remember people are brushing my hair every day,” the Pantene hair product brand ambassador — who recently shared a picture where she was breastfeeding while getting ready for a photo shoot — told the Associated Press.

    “You have to remember the last thing I want (on a day off) is a brush in my hair!”


    The catwalk queen also dished on how she maintains that killer body.

    “Products are amazing but if you are putting things that are unhealthy inside your body it’s just masking stuff… I haven’t drank soda in 10 years.”


    While Brady has enjoyed eleven seasons as a starter at the New England Patriots, earning five trips to the Super Bowl and winning three, Bundchen admitted that she isn’t a true football fan!

    She joked, “At night, if my husband is watching television and watching football, I have my little book and I put something in my ears so I don’t hear it and I put my light (on) and have my book and I’m like, `Ohhh.’ He’s feeding his soul and that’s important to him to watch football. I only want to watch if I’m watching him.”

    Healthy Parenting

    As mother to baby Vivian and son Benjamin and step-mom to Tom’s son Jack with ex-wife Bridget Moynihan, Gisele also dished about her children’s sophisticated palates.

    “My kids eat what I eat. The first (solid) food my son had was papaya and then avocado. … He loves garlic because we eat a lot of garlic in our house. Even my little daughter. She will not eat anything unless there’s garlic. Garlic and ginger… They really eat what I eat.”

    But Gisele said family always comes first, even with Tom!

    “He’s very loving and it’s a wonderful thing. In our house we are very affectionate,” she revealed. ”I think it’s very important for the boys to know that it’s OK to hug and to kiss and you’re not less than a man.”


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    There must be something in the water in Sherwood, Arkansas -- TMZ has learned, another star from TLC's "Cheer Perfection" reality show has just been arrested ... this time for drug possession.

    As we reported, one of the show's moms Andrea Clevenger was just arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly raping a 13-year-old boy.

    Now, less than a day later, Cheer Time Revolution co-owner Ronald Dunlap has been arrested for marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the Sherwood police report, Dunlap and CTR coach Ryan Dahl (who doesn't appear on the show) were popped around 1AM this morning after an officer claims he found them inside Dahl's car, which reeked of pot.

    When confronted, the officer claims Dunlap and Dahl 'fessed up to smoking weed and were placed under arrest. The officer claims he also found a glass pipe in the vehicle. Dunlap has since been released. Dahl is still in custody.

    Ronald's wife and CTR co-owner Alisha Dunlap is NOT happy either -- she tells us, Ronald and Ryan are both currently suspended from the gym, which has a zero tolerance drug policy.

    Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.


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  • 01/15/14--13:07: Tabloid Cover Wednesday
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    The world premiere of "Looking" at the Castro Theatre on Tuesday night felt less like a Hollywood event exported to the Bay Area, and more like a homecoming.

    The upcoming HBO television series embedded its production in San Francisco, with much of it taking place on location throughout the city. When filming of the first eight episodes ended in the fall, actors who had never lived in San Francisco before were reluctant to go.

    "It's the hardest city I've ever had to leave when we finished shooting here," series star Jonathan Groff said. "San Francisco is a very difficult city to leave. I think about it every day."

    Locations in the first two episodes include Esta Noche bar near 16th and Mission Streets, Philz Coffee, Zuni Cafe and Doc's Clock cocktails.


    The premiere itself and Q&A that followed was 95 percent lovefest, 5 percent awkward.

    "All I've done is watch it with my mom, which is a little cringe-y, because I start with a sex scene," cast member O.T. Fagbenle said. "I'm really excited to see how people respond."

    The crowd laughed and applauded frequently, soaking up insider references about tensions surrounding the tech boom, and housing challenges.

    The only boos of the night - and then only a smattering - were directed at a questioner who wanted to know who in the cast was gay and straight. That led to one of the bigger laughs (followed by a long period of stunned silence) when Groff quipped,"We'll tell you if you tell us what you think we are."

    If ratings are strong, "Looking" will probably resume shooting in the city later this year.

    Groff said,"I think all the people behind the scenes are feeling very vulnerable right now, because we put so much in this project. We're just really hoping people like these characters as much as we do."








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    Two bundles of joy are on the way for Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky!

    A rep for the Thor star confirms to E! News that the couple is expecting twins.

    HOLA! magazine first reported the happy news. The 37-year-old Spanish actress is in her third trimester and the babies are due in the spring, the magazine added.

    The handsome pair was most recently spotted at the 71st Annual Golden Globes as they posed for photographers on the red carpet.

    The smiling blond beauty dressed her growing bump in a black floor-length Paule Ka frock, while the Aussie actor sported a Dolce & Gabbana tux for the star-studded awards show. The 30-year-old star also sweetly cradled his wife's belly.

    Hemsworth's rep confirmed in November to E! News that the Fast & Furious 6 actress is pregnant for the second time. They are already parents to 1-year-old daughter India Rose, who will turn 2 before her siblings arrive.

    Hemsworth and Pataky started dating in early 2010 and married that December.

    "I think [parenthood] brings out the child in all of us," Hemsworth recently told Parade magazine. "That's what's so beautiful. It reminds you of the fascination you had with things and how you can spend hours just being with someone. It's amazing."

    Hemsworth also told E! News in June that fatherhood has changed him "for the better."

    "It puts things into perspective," he said.

    Congrats to the growing family!


    mods, this wasn't posted yet! but i am excited for this!

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    Teen Wolf Stars Max Carver and Daniel Sharman go for a walk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Max Carver and Daniel Sharman, protagonists of the series "Teen Wolf", strolled the streets of Leblon, in the South Zone of Rio on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 14. The actors stopped to pose with a fan for photos.

    Source: Fan-Girl.Org

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    As is typical with J.J. Abrams’ projects, there’s been very little heard from the STAR WARS: EPISODE VII camp since its announcement in October 2012. So far we’ve got a concrete release date (Friday 18th December, 2015), R2-D2, and… not much else. Every working actor under the sun seems to have been linked to the sequel in one form or another, and yet so far we haven’t had a single casting confirmation.

    Aside from the cast, the other aspect of the sequel that’s been hit by the rumour-mill time and time again is undoubtedly the plot: first, Michael Arndt (TOY STORY 3) was set to pen the script, and did; then, Abrams and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK writer Lawrence Kasdan took over, apparently due to creative differences. Indeed, it now turns out that Abrams has seemingly abandoned most of Arndt’s script, which was based on George Lucas’ original drafts way back in the 1970s, and taken it upon himself (with Kasdan’s help) to rewrite it altogether.

    And that’s no understatement: where Arndt’s script focused on the offspring of our trio of heroes, Abrams has decided to leave all that business until episodes eight and nine, instead focusing EPISODE VII on Han, Luke and Leia. Supposedly, this is to give our heroes a ‘proper send-off’ and introduce their kin naturally, but it’s actually a really bad idea.

    Think about it for a moment: how much did you enjoy seeing an ancient John McClane or Indiana Jones running around the screen in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD/KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL respectively? Sure, the latter was a good romp, but that wasn’t really thanks to Harrison Ford, and the less said about Bruce Willis the better. I’m not arguing that they’re past their prime in terms of acting ability, simply in terms of being able to convince in action roles.

    Which, if Han, Luke and Leia are lead characters, you can be sure we’ll see Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher trying to cope with in EPISODE VII. The expanded universe of STAR WARS is huge, and the books are filled with stories of Jedi Leia kicking bad guys’ arses with a pink lightsaber, but how well that will translate onto the silver screen with aged actors is another matter entirely.

    All of this is secondary, however, to the real reason Abrams shouldn’t waste a core sequel film on Han, Luke and Leia. They’ve had their time to shine; they’ve had a proper send-off at the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI (I mean, an Ewok treehouse party? What more do you want?), and to do any more would surely burden EPISODE VII with far too much nostalgia and not enough STAR WARS action.

    It’s easy to see why he’s doing it, of course. The prequels are so (wrongly) lambasted among STAR WARS fans that Abrams will surely do whatever he can to sever ties with them and reconnect with the original trilogy. But that shouldn’t mean making another film around its protagonists. We need new characters; new stories – we don’t want RETURN OF THE JEDI 2, we want EPISODE VII: A NEW DAWN (or whatever).

    A trilogy of films should be just that – a trilogy. It shouldn’t be the kind of nonsense we saw with the likes of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, where the second and third films carry on directly, while the first stands alone. They need to be a cohesive three parts, which both STAR WARS trilogies so far have been. If EPISODE VII focuses on Han, Luke and Leia, and then EPISODES VIII and IX on their offspring, it’s very unlikely that the trilogy will feel cohesive.

    There’s one more STAR WARS rumour doing the rounds at the moment, buried away in the plot details circulating the web – a certain character has been written into EPISODE VII, one whose very existence is perplexing: that of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s daughter or granddaughter. Yes, it seems that STAR WARS and continuity issues will still go hand in hand under Disney’s supervision, much as they did under the not-so-watchful eyes of old George Lucas (see: flying R2-D2, Vader building and then forgetting Threepio, the very existence of Ahsoka Tano, et al).

    Anyway, if this nugget of information rings true, then Abrams must surely be screwing around with classic characters for the hell of it. Obi-Wan spent most of ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH chastising Anakin for how close he was to Padme, and yet, unless he’s been bonking Sandpeople while in exile on Tatooine, he must have also fathered a child during that period too. And I’m not sure which of those two options sounds more out of character.

    Of course, it could be that Abrams will write this all together in one brilliant, cohesive trilogy (thus presuming he’ll even write the other two sequels). But based on this single, unfounded rumour that will probably turn out to be bullshit anyway, you can colour me extremely worried that EPISODE VII is about to get bogged down in nostalgia and references at the expense of anything fresh. And the STAR WARS franchise could really do without another fan backlash.

    So help us, J.J. Abrams. You’re our only hope.


    expand the universe JJ, no need to be scared.  Star Wars has already reached it's lowest point.  Idt you can get much lower (and I like the prequels(well, I like young Obi-Wan and the non-movie universe))

    I swear to god if there is time travel in this movie....

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    rmr when i was like "rip one direction/acoustics" and then god was like "she's suffered long enough" csb
    oh there's also wmyb and lwwy at the source if you missed it

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    I didn’t wear my Veronica Mars T-shirt to interview Jason Dohring, but the thought did briefly cross my mind. After all, I was one of the few (well, 2.5 million) viewers who obsessively watched the teen sleuth drama from 2004 to 2007, first on UPN and then The CW.

    I integrated Veronica’s vernacular into my vocabulary, purchased Mars memorabilia, asked my parents to buy me a T-Mobile Sidekick (Veronica’s cellular weapon of choice), and when series creator Rob Thomas asked for my money in 2013 to help fund a feature film, I happily donated.
    And I was not alone.

    By now, the story of how Veronica Mars became 2013’s most talked-about social media event is the stuff of legend. Heck, my father even asked if I donated to “that Pluto movie” (he’s trying, guys) when I was home for Thanksgiving. But for those of you who just emerged from underneath a rock, here’s the quick version:
    On March 12, 2013, Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn his beloved neo-noir series about a teenage private eye into a movie. He gave himself two days to raise $2 million. That goal was met in 10 hours. But the Kickstarter clock kept counting and the donations continued to pour in, eventually topping out at $5,702,153 (a new Kickstarter record). So, the film was funded, the movie was made, the T-shirts were silkscreened, and that brings us to the present day, when I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor of a Los Angeles office with Jason Dohring — who played Logan Echolls, the show’s bad boy with a heart of 24-karat gold — talking about the March 14 release of Veronica Mars’ feature film.

    “This was the dream role,” says Dohring of Logan. Clad in black high-tops, dark denim, and a simple gray T-shirt that barely contains the biceps that were so often throwing haymakers on the show, the 31-year-old still enthuses about his most iconic role like it was day one of filming. “And the fact I got to play him for three years — and now plus the movie — is amazing.”

    Since Mars ended in 2007, Dohring played a 400-year-old vampire on CBS’ short-lived drama Moonlight and guest-starred on a smattering of procedurals. And while he never felt typecast as Logan, Dohring recalls, with a laugh, “I’ve walked into so many auditions and the casting director couldn’t look me in the eye because of Logan. But that’s all good.”

    Looking back, there was a decent chance that none of this would have happened, particularly Dohring’s casting as Logan, initially the type of character that television viewers love to hate, until they — like Kristen Bell’s Veronica — actually started falling for the darkly rebellious Hollywood heir. Back in 2003, Dohring actually auditioned for the role of Duncan Kane, Veronica’s sweetly guileless all-American ex-boyfriend. (The part ended up going to Teddy Dunn, and the character was written off the show midway through Season 2.)
    “I stupidly went in and played their leading man as this dark, brooding, James Dean kind of guy,” Dohring recalls, with a wry laugh. “The [casting agents] were like, ‘Uh, that’s a little dark,’ and suggested I read for the character who was bashing out headlights in the pilot.”

    One quick parking-lot prep session later and Mars had locked in its Logan. That’s when the fear set in.
    “I always seem to get the roles that scare the shit out of me,” he says, laughing. “But ultimately, when you have to be absolutely free and totally let go, it’s so much more fun. That’s truly the thrill of acting.”

    Dohring would soon to come discover another thrill of acting, one that’s unique to working in episodic television: the evolution of a character. Initially, Logan Echolls was tasked with kicking ass and taking names…when he was sober enough to remember them. But his palpable chemistry with Bell was obvious to everyone, particularly the show’s creator, and Thomas decided to place these two adversaries on the road to love.
    “Around Episode 6, Rob pulled Kristen and [me] off to the side and said, ‘OK, so, you’re going to end up together,’” says Dohring. “It was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?!? No way!’” But he stresses that pairing off Veronica and Logan — or “LOVE” as their fans have adoringly come to call them — was just one more example of the creator’s brilliance manifesting itself in an unexpected storyline. “I always love Rob’s ideas. He has this very quiet way of speaking, but when he talks to you, you can’t help but get excited by what he’s saying.”
    Still, turning the bad boy into a leading man posed several problems for Dohring, one of which brought him back to that ill-fated Duncan audition. “I didn’t know how to play ‘the leading man,”
    he admits. And after countless hours of developing Logan’s dark side — both on-screen and off, where Dohring says he would retreat to the cul-de-sac by his house to scream and throw rocks in order to “really get what it’s like to be hateful” — he was also worried the audience wouldn’t buy it. “How could anybody like that character? He’s was so bad.”
    But then Thomas dropped a bombshell on the viewers. “When they added in the backstory with his dad,” says Dohring, “that’s when I noticed a change in people’s reactions to me.”

    “We did this mall tour when the show started and everybody would kinda rush by me to get to the next guy. They were all like, ‘Fuck you, you’re the dirty guy.’” But after revealing the emotional and physical abuse Logan suffered at the hands of his father (Harry Hamlin), Dohring remembers sensing a noticeable shift in the fans. “It became him against the world. He could do all this horrible shit and people would still love him.”
    No one more so than Veronica herself.

    Their volatile relationship has as many supporters as it does detractors within the fandom; half adoring their star-crossed love story and half feeling like Veronica would never truly consider Logan her soulmate.
    Dohring falls firmly into the first camp — although he can’t quite pinpoint exactly why Logan and Veronica’s dynamic worked.“I really don’t know why it worked,” he says, stroking his temple. “The dialogue was some of the best on TV at the time, but as far as I am concerned, it all boiled down to each believing they were better and smarter than the other. We had that back-and-forth that people really responded to.”

    For all three seasons, Veronica Mars filmed in San Diego, far from the lights of Hollywood, and, perhaps more significantly, the actors’ friends and families. “We were by ourselves in these tiny apartments just trying to make the best show we could, and…that made us a family.” That cast closeness manifested in a deeply meaningful way when it came to bringing Veronica and Logan’s relationship to life.

    “A lot of that emotion was very real for me. I think I was in love with [Kristen] for the three years we made that show,” he says. “Like, I truly felt like I would die without her, and I think that’s what underlined everything people loved about them as a couple.”

    Which is why many fans were taken aback by the revelation that the film — which picks up 10 years after the series finale — would revolve around the characters’ first meeting in a decade. “When Rob explained the movie to me, I thought it made sense they would have gone their separate ways,” says Dohring. “When I read [Rob’s] writing, it made sense. He just knows the voice. I kept thinking, Yep, that’s what Logan would say. Yep, that’s what Logan would do. Yep that’s how I would feel about Veronica. Reading [the script] and seeing those names on the page again really got to me.”

    Veronica Mars: The Movie reunites the former flames when Logan is accused of murdering his pop star girlfriend and calls Veronica to help clear his name. And while the film is designed to appeal to both diehards and new audience members, Thomas very intentionally included characters, catchphrases, and scenes that would resonate much more deeply with the impassioned fans.

    “There were these two scenes in particular where Rob kept saying, ‘This is what the fans paid for, man, this is what the fans paid for.’” True to Logan’s propensity for keeping secrets, Dohring kept these specific scenes firmly under wraps.

    The fact so many had donated their hard-earned cash to make the film possible stayed front-and-center in everyone’s minds throughout the production — quite literally at times, considering one of the Kickstarter rewards offered backers the chance to be an extra in the Neptune High class reunion scenes.

    “We really tried to make the experience special for them because they came for these 16-hour days, some standing in the back, wearing high heels, but all of them kept saying, ‘This is the best day of my life!’ One guy bought it as an engagement present for his wife. It’s truly unbelievable, man.”

    For Dohring, the sacrifices made by these fans reinforces his belief that they truly had, and were once again, making something special. “You always want your creations to mean something; no one wants to just sleepwalk through a role,” he says. “People are deeply connected to this show and it’s all the more touching because that’s exactly what we intended.”

    By all accounts, viewers will find the finished product wholly worth the wait. The recently released trailer was met with universal praise, and Dohring feels they have, as Thomas intended, truly made a movie for the fans.

    “I think they’ll be very pleased, but also at the same time, Rob doesn’t tie the story up with a bow. Nothing comes easy in Veronica’s world, so there’s a very melancholy/noir touch at the end that adds these cool layers.”

    The question on the minds of all Marshmallows (as Bell lovingly calls the show’s fans) revolves around whether or not the Veronica Mars movie serves as a swan song or the start of a brand-new journey.

    “Rob has mentioned [more movies] as a possibility,” Dohring says. “But it all depends on how the film does. The cool thing about Rob is that he writes interesting stuff, so it’s not like, ‘Oh, Logan got this girl pregnant. Oh, Logan’s in rehab.’ Despite everything that happened with this show, it was always so real. So I trust Rob would only tell the stories he wanted to tell.”

    Marshmallow Source JD Interview

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    American Horror Story: Coven is beginning to wrap up its phenomenal season (tonight’s episode is a doozy) but co-creator Ryan Murphy has already begun plotting and planning his fourth installment of the FX franchise…as well as peppering the final episodes with tiny hints as to next year’s plot.

    “It’s set in 1950,” Murphy reveals exclusively to EW. “If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we’ve done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I’m very excited!”

    Hmmm. 1950. German accent. Start guessing, AHS fans!!!

    Check back to after tonight’s West Coast airing of AHS: Coven for more from our weekly chat with Ryan Murphy.


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