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  • 02/05/14--14:36: Tabloid Cover Wednesday

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    The Danish television series Borgen about a female party leader who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister was a hit in its home country and in the U.K. It won numerous international prizes, and a cult following in the U.S. after its sporadic TV broadcasts — Stephen King named it his favorite piece of pop culture of 2012. The third and final season has just been released on DVD by MHz Networks, which also brought out seasons one and two.

    I've spent most of my life being fascinated by politics, but Washington has grown so stridently dysfunctional, I can barely stand to watch the news. And though I enjoy shows like Veep and House of Cards, they're so devoutly cynical they almost feel like part of the problem.

    As an antidote to this, I highly recommend Borgen, the crest of the current wave of Danish TV that's given us The Killing and The Bridge. Taking its name from the Copenhagen castle that's the seat of government, Borgen plays like a more astringent version of The West Wing, a show it clearly borrows from and improves on. Its third and final season is just out on DVD, but you'll want to start at the very beginning, which instantly sucks you into the world of Danish politics, with its idealists and ideologues, sleazy tabloids and state-run TV networks, bullying billionaires and fussy bureaucrats with minds of their own.

    Borgen's heroine is Birgitte Nyborg, superbly played by Sidse Babett Knudsen, the principled, low-key leader of the Moderate party. As the series begins, this happily married mother of two rides a freakish turn of events to become Denmark's first female prime minister. But taking office is one thing, knowing how to govern is another. Starting each episode with an aphorism from the likes of Machiavelli, Churchill, or Chairman Mao, Borgen shows us Birgitte learning to run the machinery of power — how to slap down a foe and fire an ally, when to go on TV and when to rise above the fray, when to compromise and when to be steely.

    Of course, Birgitte doesn't live in the world alone. Part of what makes Borgen so enjoyable is that it surrounds her with maybe 20 vividly drawn regulars, from the smug opposition leader Hesselboe to the alcoholic old reporter Hannah Holm. Chief among them are Birgitte's spin doctor Kasper Juul, a Don Draper-ish sort who learned how to spin as a way of camouflaging his dark past, and the woman he loves, Katrine Fonsmark. She's a sexy but idealistic reporter who has a poster of All the President's Men on the door of her apartment. Like Birgitte, both are trying to figure out how to be honest in a world where press secretaries must weasel and reporters must answer to corrupt editors or TV execs who curry the government's favor.

    I'm not sure I've ever seen a show that's better at capturing the personal cost of political life. For Birgitte, power doesn't so much corrupt as isolate. The more successful she becomes as PM, the more her private world dwindles. Her circle of friends shrinks, her children feel neglected, and her marriage to the funny, liberal-minded Philip — a onetime CEO who's put his career on hold — starts to founder. Losing her knack for intimacy, she begins talking to him like a prime minister making points in a cabinet meeting.

    Now, I realize that the thought of a Danish cabinet meeting may not exactly make your mouth water. But believe me, the show has plenty to grip an American viewer. For starters, it gives a keen glimpse at how the Danes view us. They're pro-American, yet as a small country they are often resentful at the way the U.S. can act like the 800-pound gorilla — as when the CIA secretly uses a Danish base for illegal rendition. Beyond this, the issues Birgitte confronts each week are the same ones we face — how to manage immigration, how to assure both security and privacy, how to keep a social safety net in a world where one's rising economic competitors cut costs by not having one.

    In tackling such issues, Birgitte is clearly an idealized figure, yet Borgen makes it clear that even a virtuous politician can't be as decent as she'd like. Birgitte backs proposals she doesn't quite believe in to enact bigger policies that she does. She works with ministers she'd like to fire but keeps on because it would cost her too much to can them. And, she's loyal to her old friends ... until she has to sacrifice them when they've become a liability. The show doesn't fault her for this. Quite the contrary. Borgen reminds us what it's easy to forget in these polarized times — that no political decision is ever pure or simple, and that it's childish to think otherwise.


    a recommendation for ontd and maybe a discussion post if anyone has already seen it.

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    Tyler Perry drama was cable's most-watched show Tuesday

    The hottest show on television these days just might be OWN soap “The Haves and the Have-Nots,” which surged to record highs on Tuesday and was the night’s most popular cable program.

    The fifth episode of the Tyler Perry drama’s sophomore season averaged 3.35 million viewers in the 9 o’clock hour, according to Nielsen, up a big 21% week to week and double the audience of the show’s series opener last May (1.77 million). It also grew vs. last week by 15% in adults 18-49 rating (1.13 from 0.98), and by 16% in women 25-54 (1.87 from 1.61), its strongest demo.

    “Haves and the Have-Nots, ” a sudsy drama about the powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their Savannah, Ga., mansion, beat out all cable programs on Tuesday in total viewers — besting the likes of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (3.08 million) and Discovery reality show “Moonshiners” (3.03 million).

    In adults 18-49, its 1.13 rating put it just slightly behind “Moonshiners” (1.15) as the No. 1 cable original in its time period. It also finished ahead of ABC’s 9:30 p.m. comedy “Trophy Wife” (0.9 rating).

    Among all OWN programming since its January 2011 debut, only a March 2012 “Oprah’s Next Chapter” interview with Bobbi Kristina has drawn more viewers (3.5 million) than Tuesday’s episode of “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

    YouTube + Variety

    OWN has risen from the ashes!!!

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    Pokemon Bank, Nintendo's 3DS cloud storage vault, is now available to download in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North America.

    Users can download and try the application for free until March 14, Pokemon supersite Serebii reports. The app will then turn into a subscription service, which costs £4.49/$4.99 a year. Pokemon Bank allows Pokemon X and Y players to store up to 3000 pokemon across 100 boxes on Nintendo's servers. The application will be useful for players looking to fill out their Pokedex, as it's easy to hit the storage limit on both games.

    Pokemon Bank also contains Pokemon Transporter, which allows a one-way transmission of Generation V Pokemon--or Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2--into Pokemon X and Y.

    Anyone who tries Pokemon Bank before the end of September will also get their hands on a free Celebi.


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    Now That I Found You could be the next single off Britney Jean. Check out the advert on Facebook popping up on fans’ timelines Monday night. Plus, nearly 60 radio stations added the song to their database this week!

    Britney rocks her natural hair in Vegas!

    Britney Spears needed no introduction as she stunned fans at a performance at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
    The pop queen dazzled in her iconic sparkly Piece of Me outfit which left little to the imagination.
    Throwing some serious dance moves, the Toxic hit maker also strutted her stuff on the stage in a fierce leather leotard and was definitely enjoying being back in the limelight



    New Interview backstage at Piece of Me


    Brit also did an interview with Fanstang, which is a marketing firm that manages Hollywood stars’ Chinese social media presence. Could Britney be taking her Piece of Me Show to Asia anytime soon?

    Finally some new Meet and Greet pictures


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    Yasss she looks SO good with shorter hair! And I'm here for NTIFY as a single

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    During their ongoing presentation to their investors, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger has just promised that the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will feed into Avengers: Age of Ultron and “some facets” of Agents of SHIELD. Which facets? That’s not really the point. I think he was letting us know that the crossover will be partial, and to not expect Agents of SHIELD to suddenly turn into Captain America 2.5. It’s become more and more obvious that the Avengers film will have to build on the events of Iron Man 3 and The Winter Soldier, perhaps less so the more self-contained The Dark World.

    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will “set critical events in motion” that will lead directly into next year’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” The Walt Disney Company CEO and Chairman Robert Iger told investors and analysts Wednesday.

    At the same time, it’s also obvious that the audience wants Agents of SHIELD to tie in with the movies more closely. It was recently promised that Sif will appear in the show, and that got a lot of folk excited. Iger was trying to engender the same kind of enthusiasm with his comments today, I’m sure.

    Iger also praised the Captain America: The Winter Soldier film, mentioning that he had seen it a couple times. “I’ve really been impressed with the early buzz that we’re seeing for the Marvel films,” said Iger. “Captain America is just huge. Now, we’re already in the marketplace with some marketing, but it’s been relatively limited. We had a pre-game for instance in the Super Bowl. And yet the interest in the Captain America film, which comes out April 4 here in the states, seems much louder than it would be for what I would call a non-branded film.”


    In a ground-breaking movie tie-in, users will be able to help choose which of ten classic British and Irish TV shows appear in the forthcoming movie sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    Following on from the events of Avengers Assemble, the movie sees Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, emerge from a 65-year ice coma to a changed world.

    A scene in the film will focus on pages from Cap’s notebook detailing what he’s missed during his enforced absence – which includes some great TV. And that’s where you come in. Choose up to three of the ten shows listed in the box below to help decide which one will appear actually on screen in the pages of Captain America’s diary.

    So, for example, if you think Benedict Cumberbatch’s detective should get a mention in the blockbuster movie, vote Sherlock, or if you think everyone’s favourite Time Lord deserves recognition, make Doctor Who your choice.

    Meanwhile, fans of The X Factor, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Coronation Street, Father Ted, Big Brother, The Only Way Is Essex, Downton Abbey and Fawlty Towers can also have their say.

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    and vote here for a British TV show

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    The actress, whose new film "Monuments Men" hits theaters Friday, had been scheduled to appear on "Good Morning America" and "Live! With Kelly and Michael" as she vies for her second Oscar.

    Cate Blanchett is one of the stars of the new film The Monuments Men, and the actress is also up for an Academy Award, but following the tragic death of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman, she has been trying to stay out of the spotlight.

    Blanchett was set to appear on two morning shows on Wednesday: Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael. The actress' reps said that the interviews were canceled "to allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman."

    Hoffman and Blanchett co-starred in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

    Blanchett also didn't do any red-carpet interviews at Tuesday's Monuments Men premiere in New York, arriving shortly before the screening began and posing for photographs before quickly walking into Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theater.

    The actress will appear with the rest of the film's cast on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, but that interview was taped before Hoffman's death, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Blanchett is up for a best actress Oscar for her work in Blue Jasmine. The film's director, Woody Allen, recently found himself the subject of renewed allegations that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old.

    Blanchett was asked about Farrow's claims, made in an open letter published on The New York Times website, at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where she said, "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace."


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    Tyler will be appearing on E!’s The Soup, hosted by Community’s Joel McHale. He will be a guest along with Dr Oz. You can watch the ep live tonight, Wednesday Feb 5th at 10pm EST on E!


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    In 2010, British rockers Klaxons released Surfing the Void and the Landmarks of Lunacy EP. Now they're back with a new single called "There Is No Other Time". It's produced by Gorgon City, and it's out March 23 via Akashic Records.

    According to a press release, Klaxons' next album is due in the spring. It features the Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands, Erol Alkan, and James Murphy. (Murphy told Pitchfork in 2012 that he had been working with Klaxons.)

    sounds great imo. much better than anything off surfing the void tbh

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  • 02/05/14--16:13: Rihanna covers US Vogue
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    This is Rihanna third American Vogue cover, following 2011 and 2012. Rihanna has also previously covered British Vogue in 2011 and Italian Vogue in 2009. She’ll be Vogue Brazil’s May 2014 cover girl as well.


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  • 02/05/14--16:13: Final Divergent Trailer

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    needed more Jai

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    News that Iggy Azalea‘s much anticipated/delayed debut LP The New Classic now has a concrete release date (April 14) was a relief for long-suffering fans and now the Aussie femcee has given Azaleans another reason to celebrate. Her new single “Fancy” — a collaboration with English singer/songwriter Charli XCX— is due later this week.

    The 23-year-old posted the hand drawn cover on Instagram account over the weekend with the caption: “so this is happening sometime late next week.” It’s great to see that Iggy’s album campaign is back on track. The involvement of Charli XCX is also promising. Having penned Icona Pop‘s “I Love It”, she certainly knows her way around a catchy chorus and the rap diva really needs a radio hit to reach the next level.


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    An "Arrow" Q&A on the show's official Facebook page sounded like a good idea. But there can be too much of a good thing, which became clear when star Stephen Amell responded to too many questions and was blocked from commenting.
    Amell was supposed to answer questions about "Arrow" for a full hour starting at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday (Feb. 5). Unfortunately, he only got about halfway through when Facebook's algorithms stepped in. It seems that the man behind Oliver Queen was posting so many comments that the social-networking site flagged him as a spambot.
    Still, the actor was quite cheerful about the situation and explained it quickly on his own Facebook page.
    " K... Facebook has fully blocked me from making comments on any and all posts because I'm so prolific at replying their algorithm's determined I must be a spam bot. I AM AMELL THE SPAM BOT.
    "Sorry everybody... Wanted to go for another 30 minutes. My apologies if your question didn't get answered.
    "We will do this again and it won't mess up.
    "In the meantime... I'm sort of glad I broke Facebook."
    Before the Facebook shutdown of the Q&A, Amell did manage to answer a few questions:
    The Arrow costume is comfortable but a bit warm in the summer.
    Arrow's hood magically stays on during fight scenes all on its own!
    There will definitely be more on the Suicide Squad.
    It's possible that Oliver will learn something about Thea's father being Malcolm Merlyn in "Heir to the Demon."
    Season 3 might be more intimate that the current, universe-expanding season.
    That's about it. Facebook, you have failed this Q&A!
    "Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.


    He posted this on fb:

    For everyone asking, we're taking a mini hiatus so people can grit their teeth and suffer through an Olympic games marred by homophobia and mediocre levels of public interest. Back February 26th.

    Follow up point -- Good luck to all the athletes who have worked so hard for so many years and essentially geared their entire life around this opportunity. Hopefully, a lot of them will use their success and a public platform to remind everybody this isn't the stone age.

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    Justin Kurzel’s version of the Shakespeare classic to shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.

    Principal photography has commenced on See-Saw Films’ production of Macbeth.

    As revealed by Screen, Michael Fassbender plays the titular Scottish lord for Justin Kurzel’s take on the Shakespeare classic. Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth, with the cast also including Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki.

    fassy and marion and sean and paddy all in the same shakespeare thign i can't fUCKING BREATHE BABY JESUS HELP ME [brendanfrasersobbingatasunset.gif]

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    The third season of Girls has been on a musical winning streak this year, as it has premiered new music by Beck, Miguel and Jenny Lewis. The latest is "L8 CMMR," a giddy, unreleased track by Lily Allen that also appears on the show's soundtrack, Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do. The way Allen tells it, placing the song in the show made perfect sense to her.

    "I think the show is brilliant, so it was more or less a no brainer for me," she tells Rolling Stone."Greg Kurstin, who produced and co-wrote this track with me, played a few of the new tracks for a friend of his who works on the show. Apparently [music supervisor Manish Raval] loved the songs, and later came back to Greg asking if he could include one of the tracks in an episode."

    The three-and-a-half-minute tune opens with a trumpet fanfare and is a statement of intent: "Look at my ring," she sings about her lover, telling other women, "You can't have him." It's a song of devotion and obsession, a gleeful exclamation point underscoring her love and lust. "Don't know why I love him so much," she sings at one point. But judging from another lyric, and the catchy melodies her male muse inspired in her, she's not pondering it too hard. "Under the covers, my mind is a bad motherfucker," she sings.

    Allen is currently working on her untitled, third album – she's already previewed two tracks, "Hard Out Here" and "Air Balloon."


    I love it. She's back and she's back hardddd. Let's celebrate ONTD!!!

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    In Magic Mike he had washboard six-pack abs.

    But since becoming a father, former Sexiest Man Alive cover boy Channing Tatum has admitted to taking time off to spend time with his new baby, resulting in a softer, 'fappier' version of his former self.

    While on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday the 33-year-old explained, 'Right now, what me and my wife like to call it, I am very fappy. I’m very fat and happy right now.'

    Tatum appeared on Ellen to discuss Team Oscar Project, a contest that invites college students above the age of 18 to submit short films for the chance to win a seat at an Academy Award rehearsal.

    The 21 Jump Street star glowed when talking about daughter Everly, aged eight months, who he had with spouse Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

    '[Everly] actually has better taste in music than I think I do, because she only will fall asleep to really good music,' the Step Up actor remarked to DeGeneres.

    After Ellen what is on her song list, Tatum rattled off artists such as Drake, and Prince’s song Most Beautiful Girl in the World.

    While the actor still looks handsome, he did have a noticeably bigger waist line as he wore a large grey button down shirt to hide his tummy.

    His face also seemed less chiseled.

    'I like to be lean. If I get too bulky I can’t move well and I like to move. When I’m not training, I get really round and soft,' the former Sexiest Man Alive told People Magazine in 2012.

    Tatum has reprised his role as an undercover cop for 22 Jump Street, the sequel to 2012's 21 Jump Street.

    The film is expected to hit UK theaters on June 6, 2014.


    are you fappy, ontd?

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    Wednesday night’s episode of Arrow introduced not only a new character, but a new relationship: Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, Nyssa, who was revealed to be Sara’s (aka the Black Canary’s) girlfriend. Show writers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim said that they’ve been planning this move since the beginning of the season. The writers were careful not to label her bisexual, though, to focus more on the relationship rather than on her sexuality. “We really wanted to approach it like not be salacious and be sensitive and be realistic,” said Guggenheim.

    With the popularity of superhero movies and shows, it’s surprising that this is the first time an LGBTQ relationship has happened on screen. After all, there’s already a number of great, iconic LGBTQ superheroes who have been portrayed in comics by Marvel and DC alike. Here’s just a few that we’d love to see on television...


    Batwoman’s history is somewhat ironic, as she was introduced to allay accusations of Batman and Robin’s relationship promoting homosexuality in the ’50s. But the modern incarnation of Batwoman is out and proud and engaged to girlfriend Maggie Sawyer… although DC Comics won’t let them tie the knot. Still, Batwoman is a kickass superhero, and a wealthy ex-military Jewish crimefighter with killer style.


    Northstar is one of the first openly gay superheroes to appear in comics. A Canadian member of the X-Men team, Northstar has the ability to fly at superhuman speeds. Unlike DC, Marvel lets their superheroes get married, so Northstar married his partner, civilian Kyle Jinadu, in 2012.

    Karolina Dean and Xavin

    Karolina Dean and Xavin are two young superheroes from Marvel’s Runaways series. Karolina Dean is a lesbian vegan who belongs to an alien race and Xavin is the shape-shifting alien to whom she is betrothed. Xavin is introduced in the comics in the form of a young African-American male, but when he realizes Xavin’s orientation, he shape shifts into the form of a woman. Because really, who cares about gender when you can shape shift?


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    Justin Bieber leaving his midtown music studio in NYC at 830 am , he stopped for his fans during a crazy snow storm.


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    If AMC wants a new show to replicate the success of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, it might have just the thing in Preacher. Months ago a report came up that AMC was the latest to develop Preacher, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg working as exec producers and pilot writers, based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Now AMC has confirmed that development, and added that Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin will be the showrunner.

    A few more details are below, along with gushing statements from the participants.

    First, a Preacher primer in the form of AMC’s official description of the show:

    Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.

    Sounds pretty much like Preacher, though there is the important omission of any mention of Genesis and/or the Word, that God-like power that passes to Jesse via a a strange celestial offspring. That’s got to be in there, however, and this description reads like an audience-friendly summation more than anything else.

    Rogen and Goldberg said in their statement,

    This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on ‘Preacher’ and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!

    Finally, here’s what Preacher creator Garth Ennis had to say:

    Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a 2-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs. Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.


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    Natalie Dormer attended InStyle's The Best Of The British Talent pre-Bafta party on February 4th. She wore Roksanda Ilincic.




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