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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Anne Hathaway is continuing to open up about all her haters.

    The 31-year-old actress, who disappeared from the spotlight for a while after her Oscar win in Feb. 2013, said she knows there are people out there who don't like her.

    Speaking to MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival, Hathaway was asked why she decided to return with her new film Song One.
    "We had been working on the script for two years before we actually started shooting," she dished."All of the elements came together in that moment. I don't want to bring up a sore subject or anything—I think my publicist is probably like, 'No, no no'—but I had just taken a little bit of a beating from the Internet."

    She continued, "And it was the greatest thing in the world to get to work with my friends and get to go to work every day and bring Kate's vision to life, which is a vision that I believe in. I felt like it was really cool. I felt like I had a secret."

    Last week, Hathaway opened up about the same topic of why she stayed out of the public eye after last awards season. "My impression is that people needed a break from me," she said.
    Hathaway also opened up about her Song One role.

    "And it's a very different film than [Les Misèrables], but I don't play a singer or a musician—I play an anthropologist," she clarified to HuffPost. "So, I don't think it would have felt organic at all if all of a sudden [her character] Franny had this secretly honed talent. So, it was fun to get to sing and to find a place in my voice that it sounded like it was untrained and tentative and shy. But, I thought, you know, she comes from a musical family so she probably has a nice voice, but just isn't a singer."



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    I know people refer to 2014 as the year when stanning dies and faves' ugly true faces are revealed but I feel oddly safe about my girl. I believe her controversial Oscar Race 'jinxed' the curse. She cannot be hated more than she was, can she?

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    Ryan Gosling



    Aspiring actor Nicholas Ryan, 32, spent over $5,000 in an attempt to look like Ryan Gosling. Effing LOL, am I right? Looking on the bright side, he's only spent 5 Gs, but still, that's a lot of money to spend to look absolutely nothing like Ryan Gosling. Nicholas says he is happy with the results and goes on to add this little nugget of delusion, "Ryan Gosling does well with the ladies, hopefully so can I." Oh Nicholas, I just can't with you. I wish you well. Especially when you wake up to reality. I'm guessing those are going to be some rough days.


    Brad Pitt



    Remember that show on MTV 'I Want a Famous Face" ? MTV has the best worst shows, am I right? One of my absolute favortie episodes was the one with twins Mike and Matt who wanted to look like Brad Pitt in order to make it big. Both underwent multiple painful procedures in order to look absolutely nothing like Brad Pitt. They seem happy with looking like they went to Keith Urban's hairstylist though. "It will change your personality," Mike said, "The way you act and carry yourself forever. I never knew that I could be as happy as I am right now."I guess I'm happy for them. And I will say that their skin does look much better. So there's that...

    Superman



    Since 1998, 35-year-old Hebert Chavez has had around 17 plastic-surgery procedures to make him look like his childhood idol, Superman. And suddenly all those internet babies lamenting the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor don't look nearly so fanatical. Chavez is happy with the results and has even become sort of a celebrtiy in his country, "I don't have any regrets at all. People come up to me in the street all the time and want their picture taken with me. They are all really excited to see a real-life Superman in the Philippines." I guess he's no more disturbing than the creepy superheroes I see at the Hollywood Boulevard tourist traps. Well, maybe just a little bit more.

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    Lorde heads into ABC Studios with her entourage on Monday afternoon (February 3) in Sydney, Australia.

    The 17-year-old singer was joined for the outing by her photographer boyfriend James Lowe, 24. The night before she performed at a show in Rozelle as part of the Laneway Festival.

    “i thought the superbowl and the world series were the same thing,” Lorde tweeted the day before.


    “dead at people thinking i posted my music on 4chan last year… the caption i supposedly wrote “in b4 tits and the kitchen” o i am laffin,” she added.







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    A common indicator of what film will take home the Academy Award for Best Picture is the frequently foreshadowing category of Best Director. In the past 20 years of the Academy's history, there have only been five instances where a movie didn't take home both honors: 1998 (Saving Private Ryan for Best Director; Shakespeare in Love for Best Picture), 2000 (Traffic for Best Director; Gladiator for Best Picture), 2002 (The Pianist for Best Director; Chicago for Best Picture), 2005 (Brokeback Mountain for Best Director; Crash for Best Picture), and 2013 (Life of Pi for Best Director; Argo for Best Picture).

    Aside from being a huge honor of itself, this year's showdown for Best Director could well determine Oscar night's top award. And we've got some serious heavyweights fighting for the gold. One is an eight-time nominated director and Hollywood icon. Two are unconventional storytellers up for their third Oscar nomination for Best Director. And the final two are foreign-born helmers celebrating their first Academy Award nomination for this particular accolade. But who will win? We break it down below:




    DARK HORSES: Alexander Payne And Martin Scorsese
    This marks Alexander Payne's third nomination for Best Director at the Academy Awards. His first came in 2005 with his deliciously dark comedy Sideways. The second came in 2012, when he offered up the bittersweet family dramedy The Descendants. But third time won't be a charm for Payne. Nebraska is a tender and poignant comedy that has received heaps of critical praise, but with only 6 nominations its not an especially strong contender on Oscar night in general. Besides that, Payne has earned far less directing honors as his competitors this year, boasting only six while others have over 20 from various critics circles, award shows and film festivals.

    Though he is arguably one of America's most legendary living filmmakers, Scorsese hasn't had a great track record with the Academy. Sure, this is his eighth nomination for Best Director, but he has only won once, and that was for The Departed, 26 years after his first nod for Raging Bull. Between the polarizing response Wolf of Wall Street has had among critics and its low count of four Academy Award nominations, this will not be Scorsese's night.



    CONTENDERS: David O. Russell And Steve McQueen
    This is also David O. Russell's third time being nominated for Best Director, following The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. With 10 Oscar nominations, American Hustle is poised to be a big winner come show time, thanks to a cast that includes nominees like Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. However, it's less certain that Russell will take to the stage. While he's earned a string of nominations for his helming here, he hasn't taken home many of those awards. Plus, some in the Academy might have a distaste for the director's reputed mercurial nature on sets. Don't doubt the Oscar's are in part a popularity contest.

    Steve McQueen has earned his first-ever Academy Award nomination with 12 Years A Slave. With 9 nominations his unforgettable biopic about the life of Solomon Northup has a great pole position, bolstered by representation in such major categories as Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and both Supporting performer categories. For his work here, McQueen has earned a long list of directing honors all over the world, including Golden Globe and DGA Award nominations. However, he has already lost these two major awards to our frontrunner



    FRONTRUNNER: Alfonso Cuarón
    Gravity wasn't just a heart-wrenching drama; it was a cinematic event that had people rushing to 3D and IMAX to take in the enormity and terrible grandeur of space from the safety of a theater. At their core, The Academy Awards are about promoting movies, moreover promoting people to go to the movies. And Gravity gave audiences around the world a reason to go to the theater. Aside from that, Cuarón managed to make a film that felt infinite and yet intimate in the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey or Lawrence of Arabia, the latter of which won the Best Director Oscar for David Lean.

    Like American Hustle, Gravity has 10 Oscar nods. But Cuarón has also got some serious momentum on his side. Already he's beat Payne, McQueen and Russell at the Golden Globes (Scorsese was not nominated). Then, he beat McQueen, Russell and Scorsese for the DGA award (Payne was not nominated). Between the incredible innovation of practical and visual effects, the awe-inspiring use of 3D and IMAX, and the captivating story of an astronaut lost in space, I'd say Cuarón has this race all sewn up.

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    Yes to Cuaron. And none for DOR, bye.

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  • BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA posed nude for a Don Bachardy's portrait ,got frisky while doing so .

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    Armistead Maupin tells me in his delicious, rich Southern drawl that he’s just had a discussion event with Don Bachardy, the artist and surviving partner of the novelist Christopher Isherwood.
    “We talked about the time Angelina Jolie sat for Don during one of her pregnancies,” Maupin says by phone from Los Angeles. “They flew Don to Paris. He drew her, naked, for every one of her trimesters. One day she said, ‘Why don’t we get Brad (Pitt, Jolie’s partner) to sit with me?’ ‘That’s a wonderful idea,’ said Don. And so they both posed nude, and, he said, neither of them could sit still, so frisky did they get with each other.”


    would you pose naked? naked and pregnant ? frisky in public?sex tape?
    CAN WE HAVE A SEX POST?
    and it is not early,ONTD is worldwide y´all!!it is already 10 pm here.
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    20th Century Fox is gearing up to remake the 1967 cult classic Valley of the Dolls, with the studio eyeing actresses such as Madonna, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Emmy Rossum for starring roles.

    The original movie, based on Jacqueline Susann's novel, starred Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate as starlets Anne Welles, Neely O'Hara and Jennifer North, with the story charting their rise and fall in the movie and theater industry. The remake, which is being written by Paul Rudnick (The First Wive's Club, In & Out), is centered on the modern-day music business in Hollywood, particularly centering on Neely O'Hara's fall from grace. The remake is being conceived as a dark comedy.

    Madonna is being courted to play Broadway star Helen Lawson, a role originally portrayed by Susan Hayward which was initially intended for Judy Garland. Jennifer Lawrence is being eyed to play Jennifer North, Anne Hathaway is in contention to play Anne Welles and Emmy Rossum is up for the Neely O'Hara role.

    The project doesn't have a director attached at this time, and it isn't known if formal offers have been issued to these actresses yet or not.
    Valley of the Dolls was released December 15th, 1967 and stars Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Tony Scotti, Martin Milner, Charles Drake, Alexander Davion. The film is directed by Mark Robson.

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    An ONTD Must See, tbh.

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    The thing about Dylan Farrow's open letter accusing her father, Woody Allen, of sexual abuse is: There was not much really new about it. It was new that Dylan Farrow herself was signing her name to the accusations, but Vanity Fair had covered the case, in grim detail, more than two decades ago.

    So the current crisis over how people are supposed to feel about Woody Allen is on some level odd. Woody Allen's status as an accused child molester has been a matter of public record since before Manhattan Murder Mystery came out. Anyone who didn't think about it before now had chosen not to think about it.

    Not thinking about it is a popular and powerful choice. Which brings up another beloved American funnyman, Bill Cosby. Who doesn't love Bill Cosby? I grew up watching Fat Albert and eating Jell-O Pudding Pops, which is a cliché, but Bill Cosby is the creator of some of our most warming and affirming clichés. He is charming and iconic, one of the most culturally important and successful comedians ever, an elder statesman of the entertainment industry.

    He's also someone who has been accused by multiple women of drugging them and sexually assaulting them. Here is one of his accusers, describing an incident:

    Well, there were a number of people at the table, friends of his, and he said to me, yes, you do seem ill, you're slightly feverish, would you like to have some Contact? You know, the cold medicine. And I thought, why not, can't hurt. So he went into some sort of office area at the back of the restaurant and he produced two capsules in his hand. I thought nothing of it and I took the capsules. In about, I don't know, 20 to 30 minutes I felt great and then about 10 minutes after that I was almost literally face down on the table of this restaurant...

    He said, "Oh my, you must be more ill then we believed. I totally lost motor control; I was almost unable to hold my head up. I was very, very, very stoned. He took me into my apartment and then very helpfully and nicely was prepared to take off my clothes and help me into bed and pet me, and that's how the actual assault began.


    She recounted this in an on-camera interview, under her own name, with Matt Lauer of the Today show, on February 10, 2005. The assault had allegedly happened back in the 1970s, but she said she had decided to come forward because another woman had accused Cosby of committing a similar assault in January of 2004.

    That woman, in a lawsuit, said that Cosby offered her three pills of what he claimed was "herbal medication, which would help her relax," and insisted she take all three:

    When Plaintiff advised Defendant she did not feel well, Defendant led Plaintiff to a sofa, because she could not walk on her own, where he laid her down, under the guise of "helping" her.

    Subsequently, Defendant positioned himself behind Plaintiff on the sofa, touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her.

    Plaintiff remained in a semi-conscious state throughout the time of this ordeal.

    At no time was Plaintiff capable of consent after the pills affected her, and at no time did she consent to Defendant's acts.

    Lawyers for the woman filed a motion stating that they intended to call as witnesses the woman who'd given the Today show interview and nine separate Jane Does, from seven different states. Eventually the list grew to a reported 13 accusers. Two more of them put their names on the record, giving interviews to Philadelphia Magazine and later to People. Philadelphia summarized one of their stories:

    They started an affair that lasted about six months. Cosby ended it without explanation. Then he called her one night in Denver, where she lived; they met backstage at a nightclub there, where he was performing. He said, "Here's your favorite coffee, something I made, to relax you." She drank it and soon began to feel woozy. Several hours later, she woke up in the backseat of her car, alone. She didn't know what had happened. Her clothes were a mess, her bra undone. Security guards came and said Cosby told them to get her home. She confronted him at his hotel. "You just had too much to drink," he told her.

    The other accuser initially withheld the details of her story because of the pending lawsuit. Cosby ended up settling the suit, with the plaintiff agreeing not to discuss it further, after which the prospective witness went ahead and told her story to the magazines. Here's People's account, using her name, Barbara Bowman:

    It was in a hotel in Reno, claims Bowman, that Cosby assaulted her one night in 1986. "He took my hand and his hand over it, and he masturbated with his hand over my hand," says Bowman, who, although terrified, kept quiet about the incident and continued as Cosby's protégé because, she says, "Who's gonna believe this? He was a powerful man. He was like the president." Before long she was alone with Cosby again in his Manhattan townhouse; she was given a glass of red wine, and "the next thing I know, I'm sick and I'm nauseous and I'm delusional and I'm limp and ... I can't think straight.... And I just came to, and I'm wearing a [men's] T-shirt that wasn't mine, and he was in a white robe."

    A month or two later, she was in Atlantic City and says she was given another glass of red wine and felt "completely doped up again." Confused, Bowman somehow made it back to her room, but the next day Cosby summoned her to his suite. After she arrived, Bowman says, Cosby "threw me on the bed and braced his arm under my neck so I couldn't move my head, and he started trying to take his clothes off. I remember all the clinking of his belt buckle. And he was trying to take my pants down, and I was trying to keep them on." Bowman says that not long after she resisted the assault, Cosby cut off contact with her and had her escorted to the airport for a flight back to Denver.

    To reiterate: This was in People magazine, published nationwide in December 2006. Four women said publicly, in major media outlets, that Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them. This coverage was more recent and possibly more prominent that the coverage of the abuse allegations against Woody Allen.

    And? Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle. The original Philadelphia Magazine story set off his accusers' testimony in italicized interludes, between long sections about the more digestible controversies around Cosby's lecture tour denouncing black cultural pathology. The usually unflinching Ta-Nehisi Coates, in an otherwise comprehensive 2008 Atlantic essay on the context and politics of Cosby's performance as a public moral scold, dropped a sentence about the lawsuit settlement and its accompanying accusations into parentheses near the end.

    Conceptually, it was the sensible way to deal with it. No one was talking about it anymore. The whole thing had been, and it remained, something walled off from our collective understanding of Bill Cosby.

    With shocking speed, it was effectively forgotten. When the subject came up today, more than half the Gawker staff had no memory of any sexual allegations against Bill Cosby. In 2009, Cosby was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for his distinguished achievements in humor. In 2010, he was honored with the Marian Anderson Award, for "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work or their support for an important cause." In 2011, the Marian Anderson Award went to Mia Farrow.

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    Lavon loves Lemon yaas


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    SEATTLE- Seahawks season ticket holders should check their email as soon as possible for a link to print a free ticket for Wednesday’s 2 p.m. rally at CenturyLink Field following the parade from Seattle Center to the stadium.

    About 50,000 fans will be allowed into CenturyLink and approximately 25,000 others into Safeco Field where they will be able to watch the rally from a big screen, according to Seafair President Beth Knox who is organizing the parade.

    This letter was released to season ticket holders Tuesday morning:

    As a 2013 Seahawks Season Ticket Holder, you have an exclusive window to reserve your spot. You will be offered the same number of tickets for this celebration as you have Season Tickets. In order to attend the event, you MUST log on to Account Manager and PRINT YOUR TICKETS RIGHT NOW. After noon today, or when space is full, you will no longer be able to print tickets to the event. Seating is limited, so print your tickets now!

    Seating will be General Admission throughout the stadium. No assigned seats.

    Super Bowl Championship Celebration
    Wednesday at approximately 1:00pm
    CenturyLink Field gates open at 10:30am

    The parade beginning at 11 a.m. is the public and open event. HOWEVER, AT SOME POINT TODAY, the Seahawks will release more information about the event at CenturyLink Field following the parade. Information to that event will be available to the general public later today at Seahawks.com.

    Also on hand will be more than 1,500 police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers to try to secure a safe event.

    We’ll have more information on Wednesday’s festivities on Q13 FOX News at 4 and 5 p.m.

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    what's up with everyone cutting their hair lately

    this interview is so boring ngl

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    Here’s the story about Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha, and their alleged arrangement marriage. Here’s what our source tells us, “Everyone in the NFL knew he was gay, and he’s slept around a lot, even once with a former Philly player who is now out of the closet, and who I am friends with, thus I haveDIRECT information on it. Now that he has “switched” careers to acting, he’s been seen for example, at Thursday’s John Wooten Awards event in NYC chatting up an unknown young man for the whole night… and leaving with him. So because it’s not just confined to sports anymore, as those pre SB events had many people witnessing various things, including this one, he is not as protected as he was before. People TALK” said our source. Maybe that’s why heretired?-TO

    http://www.terezowens.com/kerry-washington-is-nnamdi-aomughas-beard/

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    Nick Cannon got fired up about Google's Black History Month tribute featuring Harriet Tubman -- and sparked some outrage on the Internet -- but the
    company doesn't think it did anything wrong ... TMZ has learned.

    If you missed it, Google's homepage on February 1st featured a doodle of the Civil War era abolitionist carrying a lantern. If you slept through your education -- Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

    The image of HT, wearing a do-rag, rubbed Nick the wrong way -- he Instagrammed...

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    Our Google sources tell us they did NOT take down the doodle early due to the moderate backlash generated in part by Cannon's IG. We're told Harriet was up for a full 24-hours ... just like all the other Google doodle tributes.

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    For reference, here's an IRL pic of Queen Harriet:

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    She is a big fan of taking pictures of herself, so it was only a matter of time before Ireland Baldwin decided to take a ‘belfie’.

    Giving Kim Kardashian a run for her money, the 18-year-old shared a picture of her derriere while in the gym, which she simply captioned ‘#2014’ on Monday.


    Not shy: Ireland Baldwin shared a picture of her derriere with her Instagram followers on Monday


    Family time! Ireland also uploaded a shot of herself, her father Alec and her half-sister Carmen


    Put her down! Alec Baldwin grabs Spanish born wife Hilaria for a kiss as they stroll with baby Carmen through wintry Madrid


    Taking a break: The young family are enjoying time out from Manhattan, where they have a home



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    Jennifer Lawrence is flourishing—both personally and professionally, it seems—but sometimes this 23-year-old Oscar winner just wants to unplug and unwind!

    So much so, in fact, that she joked to Empire magazine, "…on the last day of Hunger Games [filming the final installment, Mockingjay Part 2], I'm going to turn my phone off for a year!"

    "It's okay, it's my fault," she explained, adding, "I get little breaks here and there." It is nice to disconnect every now and then—although 12 months phone-free might be hard to do. Plus, if Jen didn't have a phone, how could she keep in touch with her X-Men: Days Of Future Past costar Halle Berry?

    The two seem to have struck up a friendship during filming, and like the rest of us, Jen is blown away by Halle's good looks, joking that the 47-year-old actress is "so beautiful I could punch her in the face."

    Oh, come on, Jen, you're pretty easy on the eyes, too--don't worry, no punches will be thrown on our account. Let's just all cross our fingers that our collective BFF doesn't go off the grid after Mockingjay: Part 2!

    A world without J.Law's hyperbolic quips seems like a pretty dark, no-reception kinda place

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    ONTD, have you ever wanted to punch someone you found beautiful in the face?


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    "‘Vanderpump Rules’: Stassi Talks Quitting SUR & Moving To NYC"
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    What would Vanderpump Rules look like without puppet-master Stassi Schroeder pulling the strings, making the wait staff of SUR dance like sexy little monkeys at her every whim? We might soon find out, as the show’s HBIC tells HollywoodLife.com that she’s done with the drama — and the west coast, in general.

    Stassi Quitting ‘Vanderpump Rules’?

    During a recent visit to our Times Square office, Ms. Schroeder revealed that she now calls the Big Apple “home,” as she’s moved on — and moved in — with boyfriend Patrick Meagher.

    “I just realized that my life was just so toxic,” Stassi told us. “Like, everything was so toxic. No one was a good friend, besides Katie, obviously. I just needed to take myself out of that environment. I can’t be a waitress forever. Come on, eventually we were all going to start moving on.”


    Honestly, there’s a lot of important information in the interview, including why Stassi probably won’t be attending Scheana Marie‘s wedding, so give it a look. (video at the source)

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    there is no show without Stassi

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    what are you listening to ONTD?

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    I've loved this band for a decade, and it has changed a lot from the first album, but I'm still a fan. Brent has turned into an amazing singer since he got clean and dropped all the weight.



    According to The Pulse Of Radio, SHINEDOWN isn't just making a new album this year — a movie about the band is also in the works. But frontman Brent Smith hesitates to call it a documentary in the usual sense. "It's a little bit of a difficult thing to describe, because it's such a unique concept, the way that we're shooting it and the way that we're putting together the life of the band over the past 15 years," he says. "But we're doing it in a very impactful way, especially with how we're gonna edit it and how we're gonna release it."

    Smith and SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers released a new digital EP called "(Acoustic Sessions)" on January 28 under the name SMITH & MYERS. The disc consists of six cover songs and Smith explained how they settled on the tracks. "We wanted to give the fans the opportunity to — any song that they could think of, that they wanted to hear me and Zach cover, just let us have it," he said. "So we put it up on Facebook that it was called '10 songs in 10 days,' and so we said, 'Submit any song.' So after we did that, we had the 10 songs, and then we went in and we recorded all 10 of them and filmed it as well. We did it over the course of two days."

    Although the duo recorded and filmed six performances, four — of songs by BON JOVI, PEARL JAM, PHIL COLLINS and ADELE — did not make the final collection as the artists did not give permission to release the videos online.

    The songs themselves will likely be re-recorded and released later this year.

    The final selection was chosen from thousands of submissions by fans and narrowed down through daily voting on Facebook.

    The EP was released through iTunes and all leading digital retailers. It includes covers of THE CLASH's "London Calling", METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters", OTIS REDDING's "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay", THE BLACK CROWES' "She Talks to Angels", SOUL ASYLUM's "Runaway Train" and KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD's "Blue on Black" featuring Shepherd himself.

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    Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye on Tuesday at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, with CNN's Tom Foreman moderating. The debate will be live-streamed at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.com, and CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" will host both Ham and Nye at 9 p.m. Tuesday after the debate.

    (Opinion by Bill Nye, Special to CNN) – A lot of people have been asking why I accepted Ken Ham’s invitation to debate the origins of life Tuesday night at the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

    In short, I decided to participate in the debate because I felt it would draw attention to the importance of science education here in the United States.

    What keeps this country in the game economically is our ability to innovate. New ideas lead to new technologies, which drive new businesses and new opportunities.

    Technological innovations absolutely cannot be created without fundamental understanding of science, the means by which we know nature.

    How many young adults and taxpayers use mobile phones? How many of us rely on global navigation systems that use satellites high above the Earth’s surface to find our way around?

    Even if you eschew smartphones, you rely on the system to keep airplanes in the sky and ships at sea on their routes. Modern farmers plant seeds in fields with extraordinary precision using information beamed from satellites in space.

    For the United States to maintain its leadership in technology, we need well-educated science students. To allow our students to come of age without the knowledge gained through the extraordinary scientific insights and diligence of our ancestors would deprive them of understanding of nature and our place in the cosmos.

    It would also rob our students of their future. Without scientists and engineers to create new technologies and ways of doing society’s business, other economies in other countries will out-compete the United States and leave our citizens behind.

    Tuesday's debate will be about whether Ham’s creation model is viable or useful for describing nature. We cannot use his model to predict the outcome of any experiment, design a tool, cure a disease or describe natural phenomena with mathematics.

    These are all things that parents in the United States very much want their children to be able to do; everyone wants his or her kids to have common sense, to be able to reason clearly and to be able to succeed in the world.

    The facts and process of science have enabled the United States to lead the world in technology and provide good health for an unprecedented number of our citizens. Science fuels our economy. Without it, our economic engine will slow and eventually stop.

    It seems to me that Ham is a fundamentalist. Around the world there are billions of people, who embrace the facts and process of modern science, and they enjoy their faith. By all accounts, their faith enriches their lives. These people have no conflict with their faith and science. Ham is unique in this regard.

    Fundamentally, Ham’s creation model is not part of modern science. His idea has no predictive quality or ability. It provides no means to learn more about the world around us. It does not enable students to make consistent sense of nature.

    So, we’ll see. We’ll see if his model stands up to traditional scientific inquiry: If a certain claim is true, then we would expect a certain outcome.

    I’m excited and very much looking forward to the encounter.

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