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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    At what point does being fashionably late become unfashionable? Katy Perry found out the hard way on Thursday, Feb. 20, when she showed up just before 9 p.m. to the Moschino runway presentation at Milan Fashion Week -- and was met with a chorus of boos from some annoyed photographers who had been waiting for her to arrive for almost an hour.



    The show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. on Corso Venezia, but the "Dark Horse" singer didn't arrive until 8:55. (Fellow pop star Rita Ora made an entrance just 15 minutes earlier, at 8:40.) A source tells Us Weekly that the photographers at the event got "impatient" while waiting and started booing Perry when she came in to pose on the runway for pictures.

    The delay may not have been her fault, though. One insider at the Moschino show told Us "that was the time she was told to come." And another source chalked up the incident to "just getting around the hustle and bustle of fashion week."

    In any case, Perry was clearly rattled by the not-so-warm welcome. An onlooker told Us she seemed "upset" throughout the show, and was "pretty shaken up" as she posed for photos with fans afterward.

    At least one person was grateful for Perry's presence, though, late or otherwise: designer Jeremy Scott, who was showcasing his debut collection for Moschino.

    "THANK YOU katyperry & @ritaora FOR BEING THE BEST GAL PALS A BOY COULD DREAM OF," he tweeted after the show, alongside a photo of the ladies decked out in his clothes. (Perry wore a black and gold ensemble, while Ora donned a bright blue and yellow frock.) "I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!!!" he added.



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    Two legends of acting, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, sat on a small stage under lights in front of a crowd - mostly populated by bloggers and journalists more than half their age - in the New York offices of BuzzFeed in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.

    It was about halfway through their interview as part of the BuzzFeed Brews series (beer was readily available, although both actors opted for water given that they had a Broadway performance in just a few hours), that the two men were asked what they’d like to be remembered for beyond their incredible work on the stage, on film and on television.

    McKellen was the first to speak. “Well I’ve often thought my gravestone would say, ‘Here lies Gandalf, he came out,’” McKellen answered. The crowd roared and clapped. McKellen added, “Those are two of the proudest achievements that I’ve got. And I think that I’ve been a part of the rapid sensible movement towards an understanding that gay people are the same as the rest of you and should be treated equally by the law, by society.”

    Stewart was more succinct. “Very simple. I would like - and I don’t think it’s going to happen - but I would like it to say, ‘He was funny.’ Because increasingly, as I get older, I do find that hearing laughter is far more satisfying and pleasurable than people sobbing in the audience when you’re working.”

    McKellen, who is openly gay, also talked what it was like to be an out actor well before that was a norm. He admitted that he felt like he may have lost a few roles along the way, but for anyone who comes out life “immediately improves.” McKellen also said that taking the role of Magneto in the X-Men series was highly relatable to him because, in the world of Marvel comics, mutants often feel like outcasts just like LGBT youth often do. But his advice to anyone who was unsure about coming out of the closet is, “Come out, join the human race.”

    Watching the two men, it is apparent that you are simultaneously in the presence of two actors at the peak of their craft and in the presence of two very dear friends. Men who have worked together for decades, who have shared a dressing room, and who have a shared love of acting that is contagious. They also seem to share an idea of what acting is all about.

    Stewart explained with McKellen nodding in agreement, “It’s not an academic exercise, and I want you to believe this. The words are only an expression of characters we have tried to make - and this includes Waiting for Godot - as human and as recognizable as possible.”

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    Space Jam is one of the more bizarre films made in the 90′s. It seems like one of those films that was proposed in a board room and due to corporate politics no one had the balls to shoot down what is obviously the most balls ass crazy movies ever made.

    I can just see it now.

    ‘Hey, you know what everybody loves?’

    ‘No, what?’ ‘Michael Jordan. He’s got like six championships.”

    “You’re right. Everybody does love him.”

    ” You know what else people love?”

    “No, what?”


    “The Looney Toons. What if we made a movie where Michael Jordan played basketball with the Looney Toons?”

    Que the defining silence… and the eventual green light.

    Well, the old adage is true. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Space Jam 2 is officially in development. And Lebron James is going to be the protagonist.

    Little else is known about the film at this time. Once we have more info, we’ll let you know.

    The only question that keeps popping into my head is this:

    How pissed do you think Kobe is?

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    A female camera operator’s assistant was killed Thursday and seven other people were injured when a train unexpectedly bore down on a crew doing camera tests for “Midnight Rider,” the Greg Allman biopic shooting in Georgia, a law enforcement source confirmed to TheWrap.
    Identities of the victims were not immediately released. About 20 people were on the set in Wayne County, Ga., many of them local hires out of Savannah; with shooting not scheduled to officially begin until Monday, it was unlikely that any cast members were present.


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    Local officials said the crew – which included director Randall Miller (“Bottle Shock”) – had placed a mattress on a railroad bridge while filming a dream sequence when a train arrived unexpectedly. Though the crew was expecting two local trains, a third freighter’s warning whistle gave them less than a minute to act, an eyewitness told Variety.

    Miller and a still photographer scrambled to remove the bed while the rest of the crew rushed off the tracks. A second-camera assistant was struck and killed by the train, while debris from the exploding bed injured others, who were rushed to local hospitals, Variety reported.

    The witness also said Miller had fallen on the tracks before the train arrived and that the still photographer pulled him off, saving his life.

    A spokeswoman for the production company, Unclaimed Freight Productions, did not respond to multiple phone calls and emails.

    Train operator CSX issued a statement: “CSX is deeply saddened by a tragedy that occurred late today on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, Ga., and is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate. Initial reports indicate that at least three people were injured, one fatally. CSX personnel are working with first responders to meet the needs of those injured. A train was en route from Memphis to Savannah when the incident occurred.”

    “Midnight Rider” stars William Hurt, Tyson Ritter, Wyatt Russell and Eliza Dushku. The film is being distributed by Open Road Films in the U.S.




    Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/crewmember-on-greg-allman-biopic-killed-during-train-accident-2014-2

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    Official: Hulk Hogan returning to WWE


    The best-known name in pro-wrestling history is returning to WWE: Hulk Hogan is coming back to serve as a host for the company’s various programs.

    “Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” Hogan said in a statement. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?”

    Added WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon: “It’s fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network.”

    Hogan will make his first WWE in seven years this Monday on USA Network’s Raw at 8 p.m., and will also appear on WWE Raw Backstage Pass, which airs live on WWE Network on Monday nights at 11:05 p.m.

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    Hogan not expected to be in the ring, though we hear he will “have an impact” on the action.

    Hogan became the WWE Champion in 1984 when he defeated The Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden. He went on to win six WWE Championships, and appeared in-character in movies and TV shows. His last WWE appearance was in 2007, where he appeared at the 15th anniversary of Raw.

    Heat’s LeBron James suffers broken nose



    The Heat announced Friday that forward LeBron James suffered a broken nose during Miami’s 103-81 road win over Oklahoma City on Thursday. The four-time MVP will be listed as a game-time decision when Miami hosts Chicago on Friday night.

    The injury occurred midway through the fourth quarter with Miami leading 88-74. James took a shot to the face from Thunder forward Serge Ibaka as he completed a dunk in traffic.

    On the play, James attacked the paint from the left angle, driving hard to his right to gain a step on Ibaka. Rising in the paint, he climbed the ladder over the top of Ibaka to finish a “throw dunk” before he appeared to absorb a hand to the face from Ibaka during his follow-through.
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    LeBron James suffered a broken nose against the Thunder. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

    James immediately fell to the court on the baseline and looked face down at the hardwood as the blood poured. Play stopped shortly thereafter and he was attended to by his teammates and medical staffers.

    “He’s got a swollen nose right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game, adding that James passed a concussion test. “It’s sore. We’ll reevaluate him when we get back to Miami.”

    Although James did not address reporters after the game, he joked on Twitter that he might have to wear a mask like Bane, the villain in Batman.


    James has played in 52 of the Heat’s 53 games this season. He sat out a December game against the Blazers in Portland with a minor groin strain.

    Miami improved to 39-14 with the victory over Oklahoma City.

    Team USA Picks Julie Chu as Flag-Bearer for 2014 Olympic Closing Ceremony




    One of the greatest honors an athlete can receive is getting the opportunity to carry their nation's flag at the Olympics. It's a recognition of athletic excellence, as well as a unique chance to represent an entire country on a world stage.

    At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Julie Chu has officially been tasked with carrying the American flag at the closing ceremony in Sochi.

    This news comes less than a day after Chu and the U.S. women's hockey team suffered arguably the most heartbreaking loss in recent Olympic history, as Canada fought back from a 2-0 deficit with under four minutes remaining and captured the gold in overtime.

    Despite the loss, Chu remained positive after receiving her silver medal, which is the fourth Olympic medal of her decorated international career.

    At 31, this is probably Chu's last Olympics. As a player who has been one of the faces of women's hockey for more than a decade, she's a fitting choice to carry the flag for the United States.

    With a lone assist in five games, Chu clearly isn't the offensive presence on the back end that she was even four years ago, when she posted six points in Vancouver, but the former Harvard University star brings much more to the table.

    Despite her decline in production, both her teammates and head coach told ESPN's Wayne Drehs about how much Chu meant to this squad.

    "She just brings experience," said U.S. coach Katey Stone, who was also Chu's coach at Harvard. "She's in the right place at the right time, ready to make plays. She overcommunicates with her teammates. She helps them stay calmer on so many levels. She's a caring soul. We wouldn't be here without her."

    Says 22-year-old forward Amanda Kessel, noting Chu's work ethic: "You know what you're going to get out of her every day. I think that's something us younger players really admire in her."

    Chu's legacy as one of the greatest female hockey players in American history has been cemented for quite some time, especially given that she was the first Asian-American ever to play for the women's team.

    It would have been nice for Chu to end her Olympic career by finally capturing a gold medal, but a silver and an invitation to carry her country's flag with the world watching isn't a bad consolation prize for the legendary rearguard.


    Nelson Frazier Jr. dies: WWE's Big Daddy V, Viscera was 43



    Nelson Frazier Jr., a professional wrestler known for three stints in WWE, has passed away at 43 years old. He died Tuesday (Feb. 18) from a heart attack, just days after his birthday.

    During his time in WWE, Nelson wrestled under a few different names. Originally known as Mabel, Frazier won the 1995 "King of the Ring" tournament. He left in 1996, only to return in 1998 as Viscera, joining The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness. Eventually, he left the company again in 2000.

    Frazier's last run in WWE began in 2004. He returned as Viscera before his name was changed again, this time to Big Daddy V, in 2007. He stayed with the company until 2008. In a statement, WWE says, "Our deepest condolences go out to Frazier's family, friends and fans."

    Below, take a look at one of Frazier's matches as Viscera, against WWE superstar John Cena.

    Finally: U.S. Speedskaters Break Drought, Win Silver




    It took far longer than many people expected. But the American Speedskating team that came to Sochi with high expectations has finally won an Olympic medal. The men's short track relay team finished second to Russia Friday, two days before the Winter Games come to an end.

    The four-man team of J.R. Celski, Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone lost the lead in the 5,000-meter relay well before the race's end, as the Russian squad powered by former South Korean athlete Viktor Ahn skated to victory and set a new Olympic record at 6:42.100. The U.S. was just behind, at 6:42.371. China placed third, finishing nearly 6 seconds behind the American men.

    Ahn, who became a Russian citizen in 2011, won his record-tying eighth career Olympic medal, according to the AP.

    The U.S. had a chance to double its medal haul Friday in the women's 1,000-meter finals. But Jessica Smith was kept off the podium, finishing fourth in a tight race.

    For the Americans, the team relay silver medal comes after days of complaints and finger-pointing. Before today, they had failed to reach the podium in 19 speedskating events (taking the long and short track races together).

    Some of the U.S. skaters became convinced that their new and innovative skin suits, unveiled by Under Armour especially for these games, were in fact slowing the athletes down on the ice.

    The American team eventually they'd worn during last year's successful World Cup season. Earlier Friday, U.S. Speedskating announced that despite what some have called "suitgate," the team is renewing its ties with Under Armour, extending their contract through 2022.

    "We're Americans, and although we got knocked down, we're going to write a new storyline in four years," Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank . "Because who loves a comeback more than our country?"

    Despite "suitgate," many observers feel that there are problems with U.S. Speedskating that are more complex. Earlier this week, announced it would take a close look at the troubled national governing body, with an eye to giving more support to the athletes.

    Mikaela Shiffrin of U.S. Wins Slalom



    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin, the 18-year-old wunderkind of ski racing, is a product of a countercultural movement in American youth sports, an initiative of parents who encourage their children to focus on the process of athletic achievement instead of its results. In theory, both the journey and the destination are enhanced.

    Shiffrin, the most precocious ski racer the United States has seen, believed and preached the doctrine, even as she became the youngest slalom world champion a year ago.

    Then, on Friday night, Shiffrin skied to a commanding lead at the halfway point of the women’s Olympic slalom competition. The gold medal was hers to lose. Riding the chair lift for the second run that would complete her coronation as ski racing’s newest queen, Shiffrin started to cry.

    “I might actually be an Olympic champion,” she gasped.

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    Minutes later, roaring down the racecourse she could not get the gold medal out of her mind. Shiffrin was on the verge of crashing, one ski airborne, her arms flailing.
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    Her coach was sure the race was lost. Her mother wondered if she would have a heart attack. The racer relied on the process.

    “I’ve made that recovery in practice a hundred times, if not more,” Shiffrin said later. “So I said, ‘You know what to do – charge back into the course.’ ”

    About 25 rapid and nearly flawless turns later, Shiffrin sped past the finish line to become the youngest Olympic slalom champion in history. She is also the first American to win the event in 42 years.

    “You can create your own miracle,” Shiffrin said when the gold medal was on a sash draped around her neck. “But you do it by never looking past all the little steps along the way.”

    Shiffrin’s winning time of 1 minute 44.54 seconds was 53-hundredths of a second better her childhood idol, Marlies Schild of Austria, who won the silver medal. Schild’s teammate Kathrin Zettel won the bronze medal.
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    ● USA Mikaela Shiffrin 1:44.54
    ● AUT Marlies Schild 1:45.07
    ● AUT Kathrin Zettel 1:45.35
    4th GER Maria Hoefl-Riesch 1:45.73
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    In skiing circles, Shiffrin has been considered a prodigy — and called “the Mozart of ski racing” –— since she was 12. Lately, she has been called the “next Lindsey Vonn,” a reference to the American Olympic champion of four years ago who is sitting out the Sochi Games with a knee injury. If Friday was a passing of the torch, it will be no surprise to most of the worldwide ski community.

    “Mikaela is going to win many, many races, I’m sure this is only the beginning,” said Maria Höfl-Riesch, the defending Olympic slalom champion who finished a whopping 1.19 seconds behind Shiffrin on Friday. “She is a tremendous skier for someone so very young and very mentally tough.”

    Shiffrin hails from a ski racing family that twice moved back and forth from Colorado to New England to help foster the ambitions of Mikaela and her older brother, Taylor. Friday’s performance was a validation of a distinctive homegrown approach.

    Her parents were her first coaches and remained involved in her tutoring on snow until she was 11. They then sought a guru at a ski academy who was in accord with their developmental theories. Finally, when Mikaela went off on the World Cup tour at the age of 15, her mother, Eileen, went with her — against the wishes of the country’s top ski authorities. Mother and daughter continue to travel together.

    Along the way, Shiffrin has racked up the victories and become almost as famous for her ability to win with a demeanor and poise uncommon for a teenager.
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    Mikaela Shiffrin, the reigning world slalom champion, led Maria Höfl-Riesch of Germany by 49-hundredths of a second after the first run. Shiffrin skied only the sixth best second run, but it was enough to win by 53-hundredths of a second. Doug Mills/The New York Times

    It was all on display again on her sport’s biggest stage in the mountains north of Sochi. Even in the usually antsy hours before her race, Shiffrin was at ease.

    She may have been waiting all her young life for Friday’s race, but her day began typically. She ate breakfast with her parents, then briefly wandered the United States ski team’s hotel, where there are multiple common areas for the athletes to gather and connect.

    Shiffrin came across members of the Nordic Combined team, who stenciled a red, white and blue USA in temporary paint on her neck. She had lunch in a noisy cafeteria with glass walls that looked out on the snowy slopes, and then, with the international ski racing community agog in anticipation of the showcase event for the sport’s newest star, Shiffrin took a nap.

    Shiffrin is renowned for being able to snooze at midday anywhere. At her first major junior championship, she had to be awakened minutes before what became a record-setting run.

    Friday it was the Winter Olympics. Shiffrin slept.

    Perhaps that is why she looked so at peace several hours later as she pushed out of the gate for the first run, which she dominated, taking nearly a half second lead in an event often decided by hundredths of a second.

    Shiffrin led the field at every timed interval down the racecourse, which drops about 600 feet top to bottom.

    David Wright valiantly defends own haircut



    Justin Klugh, Sports Producer
    Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 11:57 AM

    David Wright is impatient with the Mets; he wants another post season appearance. It's been seven long years, but Wright has stuck with his team, defending them at every turn.

    This year, his stunning defense is now between the media and his haircut.
    "A good deal of pomade" might be the shot in the arm this team needs to make a run!







    LeBron James posts letter thanking dad for not being in his life





    Throughout his career, LeBron James has made it well known the importance of his mother, Gloria, in his upbringing, says USA Today.

    His father, however, is a different story. Gloria was just 16 when she gave birth to LeBron, and his father, Anthony McClelland, out of the picture, she raised him as a single mother.

    The four-time NBA MVP has not forgotten, and posted a powerful open letter to his father on Instagram on Wednesday.




    Kevin Love Laughs Offs Trade Rumors



    Much like team owner Glen Taylor and GM Flip Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love tactfully batted away media-driven rumors that he wants out. Love says he just wants to focus on his job with the Wolves, and not worry about the future. Per the Pioneer Press:

    “It’s a media-driven story,” Love said. “I just, for the past couple of years, can’t believe some of the stuff that’s come out.”

    Love, a three-time all-star, is set to earn $15.7 million next season and has the option to void the $16.7 million on the table in the final year of his contract in 2015-16. After the Wolves’ victory over Indiana on Wednesday, (Hall of Famer writer Peter Vecsey), without citing a source, tweeted that Love has already told Saunders he will opt out.

    Asked directly if he told Saunders that, Love said, “No.”

    “I got a slew of those questions at (the All-Star Game) and basically said I’m done talking about it,” Love said. “Then Peter Vecsey, who I don’t think I’ve ever talked to, comes out with a story.”

    “It comes with the territory, but I just don’t want to talk about it because it takes away from the team,” Love said.


    Olympics ice-dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White: 'Dancing with the Stars' next?

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White are ready to keep dancing after their gold medal-winning ice dancing routines at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Could they be heading to "Dancing with the Stars" next?

    Davis and White already have a "DWTS" connection: Pro dancer Derek Hough helped choreograph their Olympic short routine. When Us Weekly asks about the connection and if the athletes would like to continue to work with Hough on "Dancing with the Stars," White responds, "Why not?" Davis continues that theme, saying, "I mean, if we were invited ... we would love to do it!"

    When it comes to partners, both ice dancers want to stick with Hough. That would be Derek Hough for Davis. As for White, "Is it too late to get his sister back on the show?"

    Olympians have competed and excelled on "Dancing with the Stars" before -- Kristi Yamaguchi, Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson have all won Mirror Ball trophies -- so this isn't impossible. There is one possible issue, however.

    Ice dancing is essentially ballroom dancing on skates, meaning that Davis and White would be -- yet again -- nearly impossible to beat. But since they can't partner with each other, maybe that would be a fun competition to watch.

    Mao Asada criticized after tough short program – and before stellar free skate


    One night after finishing 16th in the ladies’ short program following a fall on her triple Axel, Vancouver silver medalist Mao Asada has delivered a brilliant response in the free skate – scoring a career-high 142.71 (WATCH THE EVENT LIVE).

    And one wonders what Yoshiro Mori, the former Japanese Prime Minister and new chairman for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ organizing committee, must be thinking at this moment.

    Mori criticized Asada after her ill-fated short program yesterday, saying that she had a habit of “always falling at the most critical time” according to the Associated Press.

    MORE: Canada wins gold in women’s curling

    He also said that Asada’s fall in the inaugural team figure skating competition, in which Japan finished fifth, was at cause for her short program problems: “The psychological damage (Asada) incurred must have remained,” Mori said.

    Asada certainly didn’t look like a skater with “psychological damage” today inside the Iceberg Skating Palace. She’s smashed her previous career best free skate score of 136.33, which was set at the 2013 Grand Prix Japan.

    Additionally, Mori had some words about Japan’s American-born ice dancing pair, Chris and Cathy Reed: “Although they are not good enough for the U.S. team in the Olympics, we included these naturalized citizens on the team,” he said.

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    Oksana Grigorieva, a Russian singer who once turned down $15 million settlement offer from Gibson, filed for bankruptcy; a 2013 interview with Howard Stern may have cost her a large chunk of $750,000 deal that included confidentiality clause.

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    A two minute radio interview has cost Mel Gibson's baby mama hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Oksana Grigorieva didn't directly reveal too much in her October sit down with Howard Stern, but a judge ruled that she violated the confidentiality agreement that she signed as part of a 2011 custody agreement over their daughter Lucia, TMZ reported.

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    The 43-year-old Russian beauty tried to tap dance around questions about Gibson — who previously was caught on tape admitting to punching her in the face — but did slip and call their time together a "painful and dark" experience.

    The slip of the tongue will cost Grigovrieva at least one third of the $750,000 settlement that Gibson still owed. That payment had been scheduled to be doled out in January 2016.

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    The legal blow comes on the heels of news that Grigorieva filed for bankruptcy, with just $10 cash to her name, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. The numbers are more stunning when considering that Grigorieva famously turned down a $15 million settlement from Gibson to roll the dice on a bigger payday in court.

    Gibson's short-lived relationship with the pianist has been bitter for both sides. The "Ransom" actor's wife of 31 years, Robyn, filed for divorce in 2009 when news broke that her husband had fathered a love child with Grigorieva.

    Gibson pled no contest in 2011 to a charge that he punched the mother of his child in the mouth during a fight a year earlier.


    Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/mel-gibson-baby-mama-loses-settlement-money-radio-interview-article-1.1622964#ixzz2u0Qd25mH

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    Here comes the groom! Gabrielle Union doesn't have to lift a finger when it comes to picking out favors and flowers for her upcoming nuptials. The reason? Fiance Dwyane Wade has taken the reins when it comes to their wedding plans!

    "No, no. I'm doing wine tastings," Union said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday. "He's -- secretly this is his princess moment. He has waited for this for a long time. He's been hoarding bridal magazines. He's very ready."

    Indeed, the Miami Heat basketball player has been taking control of every detail, which has even surprised his bride-to-be. "Every aspect -- aspects I didn't even know went into wedding planning -- he is on," Union, 40, said. "To have a centerpiece or not have a centerpiece? He has very strong opinions. No centerpieces. Who cares? He does!"

    The Think Like a Man Too actress and Wade, 31, first began dating in 2009 and announced their engagement via Instagram last December. The pair's nine-year age gap hasn't been an issue for them -- that is, until Union realized what kind of songs Wade was adding to their ceremony playlist.

    "The biggest is for music," the actress told DeGeneres on what they disagree on most. "I want the OG's to play at our wedding. He wants Young Jeezy. I'm like, 'Ooh Patti LaBelle!' And he's like, 'Ariana Grande.' It's night and day."

    "He's very particular about the music and the guest list," she added. "I think people are thinking it's a lot bigger than it is. They'll find out when…"

    "They aren't invited?" DeGeneres jumped in. "Exactly," Union said, laughing.

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    It's been nearly five years since actress Natasha Richardson died suddenly after a skiing accident in Canada in 2009, and her husband, actor Liam Neeson, said it's still hard to believe she's gone.

    In a new "60 Minutes" interview, the 61-year-old star tells host Anderson Cooper that sometimes, he still thinks it's going to be his wife when he hears a door opening in their New York home. "(Her death) was never real. It still kind of isn't," he said.

    Neeson, who stars in the upcoming action film "Non-Stop," also shared the heartbreaking moments when he saw his wife after her accident. When he finally made it to her bedside after being denied access because nobody recognized him at the Montreal hospital, Neeson said he knew what had to be done.

    "I was told she was brain dead, I'm seeing this X-ray, it was like, 'Wow,'" he recounted during the interview. "I just told her I loved her, said, 'Sweetie, you're not coming back from this. You banged your head. It's ... I don't know if you can hear me, but it's ... this is what's gone down. We're bringing you back to New York, and your family and friends will come.' "

    She died March 18 at a Manhattan hospital, two days after her accident. Richardson was 45.

    The autopsy noted her official cause of death as an epidural hematoma. According to the Mayo Clinic, an epidural hematoma occurs when a blood vessel ruptures, causing the blood to form a mass that compresses the brain tissue.

    The actor explained that there was no hesitation to remove his wife from life support. "She and I had made a pact: If any of us go into a vegetative state, we'd pull the plug," he said. "So when I saw her and saw all these tubes and stuff, that was my immediate thought, was, 'OK, these tubes have to go. She's gone.' "

    Neeson also revealed that his wife "is keeping three people alive." The actress' heart, liver and kidneys were donated.

    "It's terrific," the actor said of donating her organs. "I think she would be very thrilled and pleased with that too."
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    Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves is a master of still life photography. His Band Rider series is one of my favorites. Using a Flemish painting style, these photos portrait the food and drink that many famous artists demand in their shows, from Beyoncé Knowles and Frank Sinatra to Britney Spears and Busta Rhymes.—J.

    The catering riders themselves can be pretty comprehensive. We initially thought I would try and shoot the whole list of items but quickly realized that this would become an exercise in spending money and waste. So we decided to edit down and focus on the quirky and unique requests and how some of these things may be juxtaposed.

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    The rider is a series of requests a band or musician makes when playing a show. It typically outlines how they want their equipment to be set up and arranged through to how they want their dressing room organized and what food and drink they require. These requests range from the low maintenance to the outrageous. What attracted us to do this series was the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to and how we can identify with them through food and drink.

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    Working closely with regular collaborator Caitlin levin we wanted to show these riders in a beautiful, noble and timeless way. The idea to show them in a Flemish Still Life manner was because we felt that there was a direct connection between the themes in the paining of time passing and mortality with the musician's time in the fading limelight and the short span they would have to be able to make these demands and have them fulfilled.

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    'Band Riders' is a collaboration between Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin. Typography by Lorenzo Fanton.


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    Henry Hargreaves was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. After some adventures, he became a full time still life and fashion photographer in New York, creating awesome images for major clients, like Ralph Lauren, GQ, V, New York Times, Vice, or in personal projects like his bestselling books 3DD – a 3D Celebration of Breasts, and photo series like No Seconds, Band Riders, Deep Fried Gadgets.


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    Noam Murro's 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE has just dropped the axe on us with a ton of kickass new stills and we've got each and every one of them right here for you guys to dig through. The sequel will cover a lot of ground this time around as it takes place before, during, and after the events of Zack Snyder's 2006 film 300. The story follows the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green) and the latter’s control over Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).

    Even though 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE has no doubt a very large hill of dead bodies to climb, so far it looks like Murro was up to the task because he absolutely nailed the atmosphere and stylish look of the first film. But did he deliver a kickass story with even better action? Time will tell! The stills are absolutely gorgeous, giving us a brief look at the world of 300 and the battles that will litter the land. I'm really looking forward to seeing how these naval battles pan out because so far they look like they're going to be pretty sick. See for yourselves below!

    Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. “300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

    The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton ("Gangster Squad") as Themistokles and Eva Green ("Dark Shadows," "Casino Royale") as Artemesia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from "300" as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson ("Clash of the Titans") stars as Aeskylos; and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes. 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE opens in theaters on March 7th.








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    VH1 is stripping down for romance.

    The music-themed cable network has picked up to series Naked Dating, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    The 10-episode dating series hails from Lighthearted Entertainment, the independently owned production company behind unscripted series including Extreme Makeover, The Moment of Truth, Next, 72 Hours and Are You the One?

    Each episode will feature a man and a woman as they each date two different -- and naked -- suitors. The series will explore the art of romance -- free of preconceived notions, stereotypes and, yes, clothing. At the end of every hourlong episode, the two romance-seekers analyze what they've learned from their dates -- and themselves -- before deciding whether to move forward with their potential love matches.

    A yet-to-be-named host will oversee the series, which will be filmed in a remote exotic locale. The focus will be on examining the honest self and the surprising results that come with that. VH1 says the series will be edited "according to network standards."

    "At first, this seems like a show that’s all about a noisy, provocative hook -- and we embrace that,” said Susan Levison, executive vp original programming and production at VH1. “But when you go deeper, it’s really about something that we can all relate to -- the search for true love. It’s also a series with heart and masterful storytelling -- both earmarks of an engaging, must-watch show.”

    "We created this show based on marrying a provocative idea with a back to basics philosophy. With all the dating options in the world, what happens if you take one man and woman and strip them of all their pretenses?" Schultz said. "VH1 immediately understood our vision and is a fantastic partner on a show that uses a social experiment to provide a fun and entertaining look into how men and women interact when they bare all."

    A premiere date for Naked Dating has not yet been announced.
    The series marks the latest push into the naked unscripted space. Discovery last year greenlighted two survival series, Naked Castaway and Naked and Afraid; Syfy explores the business and art of body painting with Naked Vegas; and TLC has Buying Naked, a real estate series featuring nudist couples in search of a clothing-optional home, among other series in the works.

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    Can't wait until April 6 for Season 4 of "Game of Thrones" to premiere? Well, if you're willing to go on a trip, you won't have.

    "A Song of Ice and Fire" author George R.R. Martin revealed on his website that he will be hosting several free screenings of the Season 4 premiere at his Santa Fe, N.M., theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema. The screening events will be held on Saturday, March 29, eight days before the season premiere airs on HBO.

    There will be three screenings in total. The first will be held the morning of the 29th, and it will be Spanish language for the members of the Hispanic community in New Mexico. The second, held in the afternoon, will be English language.

    Both of these screenings are available to the general public. Tickets to the 125-seat theater will be available during giveaways at Martin's free marathon screenings and normal movie showings, and by waiting in line at the theater day-of. Each ticket admits two.

    The third screening will be held the night of the 29th, and it's invitation-only. For that event, there will be a red carpet and a "huge party" at the Sanbusco Center after.

    Meanwhile, HBO will again be hosting a big "Game of Thrones" premiere event in mid-March. As Martin makes sure to clarify, that is not the same as the events he is throwing in Santa Fe.

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    While the news of Ravenswood's cancellation is still fresh, actor Tyler Blackburn took to Instagram to show that not only was that off his mind - but so were his clothes.
    A spin-off of ABC Family's hit Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood originally premiered with strong ratings that dwindled by the show's season finale.
    The actor tweeted on February 16 in response to the cancellation,'Thanks for all of your supportive tweets! Onward and upwards. You never know when you'll see me on screen again.'

    Two days later Blackburn was Fiji-bound and took to Instagram to document his tropical getaway.
    The actor obviously obviously felt very much at home while in the South Pacific waters, showing off the beautiful tropical paradise and his well-toned behind.
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    'Mowgli,' the 27-year-old singer titled the snapshot, referencing the main protagonist from The Jungle Book.

    In another snapshot, the Pretty Little Liars actor showed off his muscular strength as he did a handstand amidst the idyllic South Pacific setting.
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    'Yoga twins with @emma_daarling,' he captioned the photo.
    Neverminding his pending unemployment, the Burbank-born actor appeared to be completely content while on vacation, sharing photos of him lounging on the beach and of his exotic cuisine.
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    'Fijian feast with the wonderful people from @fly_fijiairways,' Blackburn captioned a photo of his tasty grub.
    The actor may soon have reason to rejoice, as Zap2It recently reported that while nothing is confirmed, ABC Family is hopeful the actor will return to the original Pretty Little Liars.
    Ravenswood was the first show to be cancelled under ABC Family's newest president, Tom Ascheim, Deadline reported.
    The series premiered with a strong 2.1 million viewers, but dropped to 1.1 million for its finale, the website added.
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    According to TMZ, Justin Bieber is looking to buy a massive mansion in Atlanta's tony Buckhead neighborhood because he wants to be close to the city's rap scenelick stripper nipples. The rich people of Buckhead are less than enthused about his move.

    In fact, a group of them called the "Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition" is staging a protest on Monday at 421 Blackland Road, which happens to be the exact address of the $11 million dollar home Bugatti Biebs has his eye on. On the Facebook page for the event, the be-ascotted lay out their case:

    As a community here in Buckhead, we have worked hard to achieve our goals and get to where we are. Justin Bieber's relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community. Some can't even let their children play in the driveway without fear; he has raced vehicles under the influence, before. What's to say he won't do it again? As a home owner down the street from this residence, one can assume many people will be contacting real estate agents soon enough.

    I'll give them this: Justin Bieber will probably drive drunk and/or stoned down Blackland Road at some point, if he hasn't already. That's going to happen.

    But, naturally, this protest isn't really about Bieber. It's about anyone who might puncture the bubble that Buckhead's finest have created for themselves by just working so damn harder than everyone else:

    Please do not allow a child to ruin what we have worked so hard to obtain.

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    Actress Jessica Chastain posted a cryptic message to her Facebook feed today - she had joined Instagram, but only offered a hint as to what her username is.



    Her fans cracked the riddle in seconds - you can follow Jessica at @Chastainiac. Her sole photo so far is at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, where she's filming Crimson Peak with director Guillermo del Toro.



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    Jimmy Kimmel is quite the chef. Just ask Oprah Winfrey.
    The late-night host whipped up a delicious homemade pizza dinner for the OWN founder on Friday evening.
    "Guess who made dinner last nite? @jimmykimmel. #greatchef," the 60-year-old captioned one snapshot of the duo on her Instagram account.
    Winfrey is clearly excited for the meal, while Kimmel proudly holds up the flattened dough on a wooden pizza peel. The funnyman looks like a professional in the kitchen, thanks to his crisp chef coat.

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    "Honestly one of the top 3 pizzas I've ever tasted. @jimmykimmel #delicious #greatchef," the Oscar-nominated actress added along with a photograph of the pals with their special meal.
    Winfrey is photographed as she takes a bite of her slice, while Kimmel can't help but grin with his own creation. As for dinner, it looks like a Margherita pie with some prosciutto on top.
    Bon appetit, you two!
    Winfrey clearly loved Kimmel's culinary skills because she tweeted on Saturday, "still thinking about that mozzarella."
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    This will make you either beam with pride or bow your head in shame. Either way, it’s bound to spark discussion.

    A Redditor with the screen name "Ooosh-E" put together a map labeling each U.S. state with the name of the top-selling music artist born there. Check it out:




    There are a few surprises, foremost of which is smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G outselling Seattle’s hometown grunge heroes Nirvana, out of Washington. And who knew Bette Midler was Hawaiian?

    Otherwise, the genre breakdown heavily favors country artists like Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, and Sheryl Crow, while R&B is represented by just three acts nationwide: R. Kelly of Illinois, Toni Braxton of Maryland, and Boyz II Men out of Pennsylvania. Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna are no-brainers in their respective home states of Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan. But hip-hop acts are bestsellers for just one state: New Kids on the Block, from Massachusetts.

    This data is a good start, but it’s incomplete. Ooosh-E determined these names by referencing the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) top 250 bestselling artists, then figuring out their origins. This is presumably why some of the states, like Oregon, Maine, Nevada, and Alaska, remain blank– because none of their native artists cracked the top 250. This obviously doesn’t mean these states lack high-selling artists, it just means there’s more work to be done.

    But, if nothing else, this map finally settles the long-running debate of where John Denver is actually from. It’s not Colorado, folks – he was born in Roswell, New Mexico.

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