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    Bruno Mars: Super Bowl 2014 Press Conference!

    Bruno Mars chats with reporters while attending the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII National Anthem and Halftime Show Press Conference on Thursday afternoon (January 30) at the Rose Theater in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

    The 28-year-old singer, who will be performing this year’s halftime show, was joined at the event by opera singer Renee Fleming, who will perform the national anthem.

    “I ain’t scared if that’s what you think,” Bruno said during the press conference. “Spectacle-wise? I don’t do trapeze and all that stuff. I hope to get people dancing and smiling. If you ever come to one of my shows, it’s just us up there. We’ve got these songs and our instruments and I’m hoping that’s enough.”

    FYI: Bruno is wearing head-to-toe Saint Laurent.


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    If you’ve given up on "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Clark Gregg has pretty much given up on you. Even if you’re a self-identified geek.

    "Those aren’t geeks. Those are losers," the man who plays Agent Coulson said on the set of his show, somewhere in Los Angeles. (The producers want to keep exactly where kind of quiet, perhaps to keep the fanboys and fangirls away.)

    Gregg is himself a self-identified geek. And he’s passionate about the party line at "S.H.I.E.L.D." — be patient.

    There has been lots of grumbling from fans about the show, a spinoff of sorts from movies like "Iron Man," "Captain America," "Thor" and "The Avengers."

    "We’re turning that into a TV show and we’re doing that with characters that people don’t know," said executive producer Jeffrey Bell. "And so there were expectations."

    Not just from the fans, but from critics, who generally supported the show.

    ABC’s initial tagline was, "Not all heroes are super."

    "But there are still people online who go, ‘We don’t understand why Iron Man isn’t on the show!’ " said executive producer Jeph Loeb. "You know what? He’s not. I love Robert [Downey Jr.] — not coming by anytime soon."

    The producers, writers and cast all insist that the slow build "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." went through in its first dozen episodes was necessary to build toward what Loeb described as "the incredible momentum and urgency of what’s going to happen."

    Gregg compared it to eating "the healthy stuff first" and saving "the dessert" for later. "We’re deep in dessert right now."

    Network TV is not the most patient of mediums. Series get yanked after two or three episodes. And yet the people behind "S.H.I.E.L.D." seem surprised that viewers haven’t been altogether patient with a show that took 12 episodes working toward the good stuff.

    Ming-Na Wen, who stars as Agent Melinda May, admitted she’s frustrated with some of the fan reaction.

    "I love our fans so much, but they want the end of it already," she said. "We have 22 episodes and, hopefully, years to come of stories and developing characters, and all we want is our fans to just be patient and not come down hard. Go with us. It’s a slower ride."

    "Hopefully, a five-year-plus ride," interjected Brett Dalton, who stars as Agent Grant Ward. "And I think all of the stuff that they want, we have in store."

    The normally super-secret Marvel — where you need a Level 7 clearance just to get onto the set — is opening up about some of what’s in store in the next few episodes:

    • Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) will be revealed as the cyborg Deathlok in the Feb. 4 episode. The character has existed for 40 years in comic books; this is his first appearance on film.

    • Also on Feb. 4, comics legend Stan Lee — co-creator of "S.H.I.E.L.D." in print — will make a cameo appearance.

    • In an upcoming episode, Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) will cross over from the Thor movies to "S.H.I.E.L.D." She’ll come to Earth in pursuit of Lorelei (Elena Satine), another Asgardian who is a minor villain in the Marvel comics.

    • Also upcoming — Bill Paxton will appear in several episodes as Agent John Garrett, a tough S.H.I.E.L.D. operative introduced in the comic books in 1986.

    "You start to have people like Deathlok showing up," Gregg said. "You start to understand that a bunch of these different episodes were connected. A lot of the geeks that I respect most … are very excited about where we’re going. So I’m going to choose to work for them."

    All this will please some, but not all fans. Some will never be happy because they want the show they imagine in their heads, not the one they see on TV. Which, in the age of the Internet, is true of pretty much every show.


    Anyone still watch this show?

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    According to Wall Street Journal, Saks is about to embark on a pretty  risky sales strategy.  The new management is reporting that $250 million has been earmarked for upgrades to the Fifth Avenue flagship, including revamping a 30,000-square foot lower-level hair salon and storage space into another retail floor that would be stocked with (even more) expensive products—like the $48,000 Louis Vuitton crocodile handbags they recently received.

    Meanwhile, parent company Hudson's Bay Co. is going to make the Saks Off Fifth outlet stores "look a little more unkempt." Wait, what?

    Apparently, they're following the tactic of other department-store based discount chains. "Our outlet stores look too much like department stores," according to Baker. "Nordstrom Rack is a mess, and customers love it."

    While Saks Off Fifth has yet to establish a location in the five boroughs, its competitors have been stepping up their NYC game—Nordstrom Rack has two planned locations in Brooklyn's Fulton Mall and Flushing's Shops at Skyview Center, in addition to their Union Square spot, and Neiman Marcus Last Call is headed to Downtown Brooklyn.

    However, we may not have to wait long. In addition to the messification of existing Off Fifth stores, Baker plans to at least double the number of off-price locations around the United States (there's currently 71).

    It sounds like a mess already. I don't like to shopping in a messy environments. How about you guys?


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    Tomorrow Tonight, Lifetime will air The Gabby Douglas Story, a heart-tugging film about the 16-year-old gymnast who moved far away from her family and trained her whole life to become the 2012 All-Around Olympic champion. This is wonderful for Gabby Douglas, who was endearing and triumphed and certainly deserves her own very cheesy biopic. But you know who else deserves a cheesy biopic? The many Olympians listed below. Make them all, Hollywood! We deserve inspiring human-interest stories every year — not just during the Olympics.

    America's First Family of Curling deserves ... a Duck Dynasty–style family reality show.
    Siblings Erika and Craig Brown were born into a curling family: their parents have won two national titles together, and their father is one of America's most decorated curlers. Sochi will be Erika's third Olympics and Craig's first, and Erika is married to a world-champion curler, too. The show could be calledCurling Up With the Browns, and it could educate us all about the wonderful world of curling.

    Oscar Pistorius, a.k.a. the Blade Runner (sprinter, 2012 Olympics), should get a … procedural.
    There is surely already a Law & Order episode in the works about Pistorius, who was the first double-leg amputee to ever participate in the Olympics and who was then arrested for the murder of his girlfriend in 2013. (He shot her through the bathroom door; he claims it was self-defense.) A season-long procedural might have to get flexible with the details — some sort of conspiracy should probably be involved (if it isn’t already!) — but this seems like a ready-made cable drama, right down the unusual accents.
    Usain Bolt (sprinter, 2004, 2008, 2012) should get a … reality show.
    A by-no-means-comprehensive summary of the activities chronicled on the very charismatic Bolt’s Instagram: motorbike racing in Jamaica; cooking with Jamie Oliver; playing the piano; crashing a wedding in Paris; reviewing the Drake album; meeting Jay Z; purchasing Call of Duty; winning a bunch of medals. Don’t you want to watch this show?

    Surya Bonaly (figure skating, 1992, 1994, 1998) should get … a biopic
    During figure skating's nineties heyday, Bonaly stood out not just for her talent, but also because she wore unusual bodysuits and frequently skated to avant-garde music (or nature sounds). She also has a pretty fascinating backstory: She was already a decorated tumbler when a figure-skating coach discovered her at 10, and that coach created a fake story about Surya's origins to garner media attention. (This 1995 profile of Bonaly is riveting.) Whatever demure princess-y image we might associate with female figure skaters never seemed like it applied to Surya, and in her final program at the Nagano Olympics, she performed an illegal backflip — as a fuck-you to judges.

    The 1996 Atlanta Bombing should be … an action film.
    ESPN just released a "30 for 30" short on Richard Jewell, the security guard who was falsely accused of the 1996 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. It is excellent, but it’s only part of the story; Jewell was later exonerated and Eric Rudolph, the real bomber, was arrested after living in the woods for several years. The bombing, the false accusations, the dramatic hunt for the radical anti-abortion fugitive: Your action film is already written.

    Rest of the list at the Source

    OMG @ Actor! Chow. Will The Gabby Douglas Story be as cheesy as Flowers as the Attic ONTD?

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    (A note from Nicholas Kristof: In 1993, accusations that Woody Allen had abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, filled the headlines, part of a sensational story about the celebrity split between Allen and his girlfriend, Mia Farrow. This is a case that has been written about endlessly, but this is the first time that Dylan Farrow herself has written about it in public. It’s important to note that Woody Allen was never prosecuted in this case and has consistently denied wrongdoing; he deserves the presumption of innocence. So why publish an account of an old case on my blog? Partly because the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award to Allen ignited a debate about the propriety of the award. Partly because the root issue here isn’t celebrity but sex abuse. And partly because countless people on all sides have written passionately about these events, but we haven’t fully heard from the young woman who was at the heart of them. I’ve written a column about this, but it’s time for the world to hear Dylan’s story in her own words.)

    What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.

    For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like. I didn’t like how often he would take me away from my mom, siblings and friends to be alone with him. I didn’t like it when he would stick his thumb in my mouth. I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal. I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. But what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn’t keep the secret anymore.

    When I asked my mother if her dad did to her what Woody Allen did to me, I honestly did not know the answer. I also didn’t know the firestorm it would trigger. I didn’t know that my father would use his sexual relationship with my sister to cover up the abuse he inflicted on me. I didn’t know that he would accuse my mother of planting the abuse in my head and call her a liar for defending me. I didn’t know that I would be made to recount my story over and over again, to doctor after doctor, pushed to see if I’d admit I was lying as part of a legal battle I couldn’t possibly understand. At one point, my mother sat me down and told me that I wouldn’t be in trouble if I was lying – that I could take it all back. I couldn’t. It was all true. But sexual abuse claims against the powerful stall more easily. There were experts willing attack my credibility. There were doctors willing to gaslight an abused child.

    After a custody hearing denied my father visitation rights, my mother declined to pursue criminal charges, despite findings of probable cause by the State of Connecticut – due to, in the words of the prosecutor, the fragility of the “child victim.” Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime. That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself. That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to accept the ambiguity, to say, “who can say what happened,” to pretend that nothing was wrong. Actors praised him at awards shows. Networks put him on TV. Critics put him in magazines. Each time I saw my abuser’s face – on a poster, on a t-shirt, on television – I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and fall apart.

    Last week, Woody Allen was nominated for his latest Oscar. But this time, I refuse to fall apart. For so long, Woody Allen’s acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away. But the survivors of sexual abuse who have reached out to me – to support me and to share their fears of coming forward, of being called a liar, of being told their memories aren’t their memories – have given me a reason to not be silent, if only so others know that they don’t have to be silent either.

    Today, I consider myself lucky. I am happily married. I have the support of my amazing brothers and sisters. I have a mother who found within herself a well of fortitude that saved us from the chaos a predator brought into our home.

    But others are still scared, vulnerable, and struggling for the courage to tell the truth. The message that Hollywood sends matters for them.

    What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?

    Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

    So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.

    Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?


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    Bitten Season 1: Preview 104: In the next all-new Bitten, The Pack is taking no prisoners on their hunt for revenge. Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 8|7c on Syfy. Airs tonight (Saturday 9e/6p) on Space in Canada.

    Promo stills for this ep are up @ SpoilerTV.

    Bitten Episode 4 Sneak Peek. All new episode of Bitten this Saturday at 9e 6p on Space.

    Bitten Season 1: Sneak Peek 104: Hold on tight, Claylena shippers. This sneak peek from the next all-new Bitten is just for you! Bitten is all-new on Syfy, Mondays at 8|7c!

    Lost Girl Season 4: Sneak Peek 404: Bo confronts a dangerous foe and makes a shocking discovery, while a confession from Kenzi could change her relationship with Bo forever. Don't miss Lost Girl Mondays on Syfy at 10|9c.

    Promo stills for this episode were posted HERE (one mild spoiler of a cast nature). After the ep airs on Monday, you can look at this spoilery Q&A.

    For those that were curious last week (numbers for eps 1-2), here are the first viewer ratings results from the Bitten/Lost Girl schedule switch in the US, via TVBytheNumbers (I'd wait until week 2 of the switch to get a better idea). I took a half-assed stab at Canadian ratings in the comments last week, with an assist from freckles929.  Last week's Canadian ratings for Bitten *might* be released later tonight.

    BITTEN-01/27/2014 SYFY        936,000 viewers | 0.3 adults 18-49 rating
    Being Human                          1.115m viewers  |  0.4 adults 18-49 rating
    LOST GIRL-01/27/2014 SYFY  810,000 viewers | 0.3 adults 18-49 rating

    If you want to understand the "all mighty" 18-49 Nielsen ratings a bit better, TVBytheNumbers has a write-up HERE.

    SOURCES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

    NSFW is a bit of a stretch (you don't really *see* much, just far off backsides, plus Youtube is letting this fly), but I'd hate for someone to get fired over a crappy Bitten promo.

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    Stephen King has another new novel heading our way later this year, in addition to the previously announced Mr. Mercedes, so settle in for the first details on Revival, set for release in November by Scribner.


    From master storyteller Stephen King comes a spectacularly dark and riveting novel about addiction, religion, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

    In a small New England town more than half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie's sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God and is banished from the shocked town.

    Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed.

    King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.


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    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was the last straw. Matthew McConaughey had built up a solid back catalogue of rom-com duds throughout the noughties, becoming best known for his vaguely off-putting permatan and inability to stand up straight in posters.

    But the grisly Ghosts, which starred McConaughey as a bachelor literally haunted by his failed relationships, was the tipping point. "I was getting a lot of the same sort of submissions," he told Digital Spy recently, "some comedies, some action adventure, and I remember thinking 'I like that, but I could do that next week'.

    "I want to read something that spooks me and scares me and challenges me and makes me feel like 'I don't know what I'm gonna do with that, but I can't wait to find out'. So what I had to do was say no to some things."

    He did, and it worked out pretty well for him. After a six-month dry spell, he started getting calls from the likes of William Friedkin and Steven Soderbergh, and so began the critical hot streak that has now brought McConaughey to the front of the pack for this year's Best Actor Oscar.

    In case you've missed the McConaissance in real time, here are the essential films to get you caught up.

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    It all began here. McConaughey's turn in the title role of this slick, sleazy Michael Connelly adaptation was the first that made critics sit up and take notice. After coasting on that Southern drawl and "just keep livin'" persona for so many years, McConaughey spun his established image into something a few shades darker – as low-rent lawyer Mickey Haller, he's got all the old charm and the swagger, but with an intriguingly grimy, morally compromised edge that hinted at things to come.

    Killer Joe

    Talk about morally compromised. McConaughey himself has identified his career turning point as the moment when he got the call from director William Friedkin, asking him to play the deeply twisted romantic lead in Tracy Letts' black-hearted Southern Gothic drama. The film treads a very fine line between outlandish and exploitative, and succeeds in large part thanks to McConaughey's perfect pitched performance as Joe, a contract killer who takes a client's teenage sister (Juno Temple) as sexual collateral.

    Magic Mike

    Steven Soderbergh's male stripping movie might feel like a spot of light relief compared to much of the McConaissance fare, but club owner Dallas is a fascinatingly tragic and seedy character in his own right. While many of the oiled-up Adonises that work the XQuisite Strip Club – including Channing Tatum's old pro Mike – gradually come to reconsider their career paths, Dallas is always pushing forward, driven by a combination of greed and nostalgia for his own stripping glory days.


    Possibly the most understated performance to date from McConaughey 2.0 came in Jeff Nichols' third feature Mud. Something between fairy tale and coming-of-age drama, the film follows a pair of young boys who come across a mysterious drifter named Mud (McConaughey) and make a pact to help him reunite with his lost love. Mud is also the role that took McConaughey furthest away from his established screen persona – he conveys a less flashy, more shadowy kind of charisma, in-keeping with the tone of Nichols' semi-enchanted world.

    True Detective

    The combination of Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective means that McConaughey is in with a very, very strong shot of winning both an Oscar and an Emmy in 2014. Written entirely by novelist Nic Pizzolatto, this mesmerising HBO mini-series follows two detectives (McConaughey and real-life buddy Woody Harrelson) over a 17-year period as they investigate a particularly disturbing murder. It's McConaughey's Rustin Cohle that defines the show's tone – a haunted, edgy nihilist, prone to wax lyrical about the hopelessness of existence and being able to "smell the psychosphere". In the wrong hands, he could be a bore, but in McConaughey's he's the best new TV character of the year by some distance.


    We are truly blessed to be walking the same earth as this talented god! PS THIS IS ALSO A RUST COHLE APPRECIATION/LUST POST

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  • 02/01/14--14:15: Playboy Super Bowl Party
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    For transgender communities, discrimination in employment, housing, criminal justice and health are widespread. Janet Mock speaks to Melissa Harris-Perry about her new memoir, “Redefining Realness,” where she shares her experience as a trans woman, explains why she chose to write a memoir, why she chose to mention other black female authors in her memoir, her relationships with her best friend and boyfriend, and other topics.

    If the youtube link doesn't work, go here

    Janet's book Redefining Realness is available February 4th. Buy it here!


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    “I met Jeff through Ryan Seacrest. He designed Ryan’s house and it is so gorgeous, it took my breath away! Jeff is a mastermind of design and committed to keeping a complete flow to the entire project. He is so creative and talented and has such an amazing way of putting the clients at ease. I really felt he had it all under control and was so excited to see the completed project! And what a great guy! A wonderful and dear friend!” - Kris Jenner

    “Working with Jeff has taught me so much about design. I have always been afraid of color and Jeff has helped me get over that. When I have a crazy vision, Jeff tweaks it, adds his ideas and helps make it perfection! Working with him is so much fun and he totally gets my sense of style!” - Kourtney Kardashian

    “Jeff Andrews has a way of meeting the client and being able to form their words into a piece of art. I want glitz and glamour but still masculine and substantial, and whatever I say, he somehow understands and executes it. He takes a few words and turns it into an entire house. He knows what I like, he knows his clients individually and knows how to work with them. Jeff has a gift with interior design and with dealing with so many different personalities.” - Khloe Kardashian


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  • 02/02/14--10:01: SNL - 28 Reasons

  • In honor of Black History Month, here are 28 reasons to hug a Black guy today.


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    UPDATE 1:

    Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said. The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film, "Capote."


    UPDATE 2:

    Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose inside a Greenwich Village home on Sunday, cops said. Hoffman’s body was found in an apartment at 35 Bethune St., sources said.
    Cops are at the scene and are investigating, sources said. Hoffman has admittedly struggled with drug addiction in the past, and reportedly checked himself into rehab last year for heroin abuse.


    UPDATE 3:


    UPDATE 4:

    Source [wsj reporter]

    will add more news as it comes in...

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    The Windy City is on the brink of all-out war.

    New intel has surfaced about The CW’s Chicago-based plantedSupernatural spin-off,Supernatural: Tribes, and it points to an epic battle involving five rival monster families and a vengeance-seeking hunter.

    Read on for exclusive details on the key players populating the offshoot (all of whom will be introduced in this season’s 20th episode of Supernatural).

    ENNIS ROTH | The de-facto star of the potential series, Ennis is “likeable, strong-willed, resolute, with a strong sense of justice.” He’s the son of a cop who grew up in poverty. He’s en route to the police academy himself when someone he is close to is murdered — presumably by some kind of monster. He meets up with Sam and Dean and “learns the staggering truth” that Chicago is run by five families of monsters (including, but perhaps not limited to, werewolves and shape shifters). And with that, a new monster-hunter is born. Fun fact: Producers are looking to fill this role with an African-American actor in his early 20s.

    DAVID HAYDEN | A shape-shifter from one of Chicago’s ruling monster families. He’s been living as a human for some time, but a tragedy propels him back into the life. David is in his early 20s.

    MARGO HAYDEN | David’s “professional, strong-willed, determined, ambitious” shape-shifter sister. She’s an “ex-punk rocker gone corporate” who sets out to be the new head of the family in the wake of a tragedy. Margo is in her early 20s.

    VIOLET DURANT | A werewolf and part of the wealthy, powerful Durant family. In a twist right out of West Side Story, the early-twentysomething is hot for family rival David (see above), but their love is forbidden.

    JULIAN DURANT | Violet’s “savagely handsome, strong, arrogant” twentysomething brother and Ennis’ arch nemesis.

    FREDDIE COSTA | A world-weary copy in his 30s, Freddie has a soft spot in his heart for Ennis (he knew his dad back in the day). Fun fact: Eddie’s got a secret.

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    Bryan Singer may be hard at working finishing up the latest X-Men film, Days of Future Past, and getting ready to begin work on X-Men: Apocalypse, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing a bit of reminiscing. in the latest issue of Empire (which seems to beSinger, Fox, and the X-Men‘s new best friend), the director was asked about his other big comic book movie- Superman Returns. That film isn’t as well regarded as his X-films. Singer still loves what he got to do with Superman, but he admits he would do it differently if he could go back.

    The main criticism leveled at Singer is that he made a two and a half hourSuperman movie that had minimal action and was designed to be a direct follow-up to Richard Donner‘s film. Fans had a lot of problems with the execution, and Singer admits that he probably should have gone with an origin story to reboot things (via ComicBook.Com):

    Half of that I understand and half of it I never will. It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn’t what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don’y know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it.

    Before Superman Returns got the lukewarm reception that it did, there was a sequel being planned. Singer says that the title of that one would have probably been Man of Steel. While the title would be used for Zack Snyder‘s film, Singer says that Darkseid would have been the villain in his similarly titled film. I guess that was to combat the lack of action in the first one. A punch-y villain forBrandon Routh‘s Superman to fight could have picked things up. Said the director “We did explore it a little. Just hammering out ideas. I think Darkseid was going to be the villain. It was pretty world-destroying, actually.

    In another section of the same interview that popped up on the web a little later,Singer weighs in on Henry Cavill and his iteration of Man of Steel. Cavill was actually in the running for Superman Returns, but ultimately lost the part to Routh.Singer explains why Cavill didn’t get the part:

    Yeah. I saw it when it came out. Um…I think Henry Cavill is great. I knew Henry. He and I were friends years ago. Oddly enough, the reason I didn’t cast him was because I was making a sequel to Christopher Reeve and I wanted somebody who embodied Reeve more.

    That he says Cavill didn’t embody and look as much like Reeve compared to Routh is pretty funny considering there’s one scene in Man of Steel which some fans swear features Reeve‘s face digitally laid over top of Cavill‘s. It isn’t, the two just looking similar in some of their Superman poses.Casting aside, the director gives his review of the film even though he says it isn’t a review (via WatchTowerOfBabel.Com):

    I am in awe of the world building and the scope of that picture. It’s tough for me. I’m not a critic and it starts to get into a weird thing where one director is talking about another director. I know how hard it is to make a movie, especially one of these movies and especially a Superman movie, and there was so much I was impressed with in that movie. There were things I might have done a little differently just because of the way I view the character. Don’t misinterpret that as me not liking something. It’s not ‘Bryan Singer’s review of Man Of Steel’!

    So Singer would have done Super Returns differently, he would have used Darkseid in the sequel, and he’s a little catty about Man of Steel and Cavill. Singer is now back with the X-Men, so I’m sure he’s happy. While he left the X-Men to do Superman, and then left Superman (in part because of the reception of the film) to do Valkyrie, it seems he’s back where he wants to be. What do you think about the director’s comments? Can you imagine ‘what might have been‘ if Singer‘s Superman plans played out different?


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    Hilary Duff attends the How You Glow launch presented by skinnytees on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

    Bonus Instagram


    ONTD What makes you glow ?

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    The man who stole Kim Kardashian's identity and tried to transfer thousands of dollars from her bank accounts has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison ... TMZ has learned.

    Luis Flores, Jr. gained access to Kim's personal information, including credit card and social security numbers and then changed some of her accounts to his personal accounts. 

    Flores also victimized Kris JennerFlores was able to get a total of $71K transferred from Jenner's account to his, but it's unclear how much he got from Kim.

    Flores ordered replacement cards to his address, and that's how he was nabbed.

    Flores didn't just stop at Kim and Kris.  He also stole the IDs of Robert Mueller, former Director of the FBI, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, Bill Gates and others.


    finances post?

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  • 02/02/14--12:02: Introducing....Bruscilla?

  • After stepping out with longer hair, longer nails, and feminized features, Bruce Jenner‘s transformation has continued with its most shocking step yet: The Olympian turned reality star underwent a “laryngeal shave” procedure earlier this month to soften the appearance of his Adam’s apple, and has obtained tell-tale new photos of Jenner leaving a clinic in Beverly Hills with his throat bandaged.

    The photographs show a weary Jenner with his long hair down, in a top zipped up over his neck, and bandages clearly poking out.

    According to a report in the National ENQUIRER, “The car took him back to his Malibu home” after the procedure, “and he was told no talking for a few days.”

    “He was also told to stay off his feet for the rest of the day — to just take it easy and rest,” the ENQUIRER claims.

    What’s more, the bombshell report alleges that Bruce – who married Kris Jenner in 1991 and has two daughters with her, Kylie and Kendall – could be looking for a new name to match his new look, with one source claiming he’s leaning toward “Brigitte” after legendary screen siren Brigitte Bardot.

    “At first Bruce was intrigued with Bruscilla, but after he thought about it some more, he decided it didn’t work for him,” the source explained. “He said, ‘It doesn’t roll off the tongue very well. Bruscilla sounds like some kind of disease.”

    “He loves ‘Brigitte’ not only because it’s such a beautiful name, but it makes him think of Brigitte Bardot, who was a total bombshell,” the insider added.

    Jenner has denied that the laryngeal shave had anything to do with a sex change, insisting he simply did not like its appearance.

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