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    Who Is True Detective’s Yellow King? Here Are Our 6 Favorite Theories
    By LAURA HUDSON


    Packed with symbolism, psychology, and serial murder, the HBO show True Detective has inspired countless theories about the true identity of the Yellow King—the ringleader behind the mysterious cult responsible for the murder and sexual abuse of multiple women and children across Louisiana. So who could be behind it all? A politician? A police cover-up? A one-off character? Even one of our two protagonists? Theories abound about the true identity of the King and his conspirators; as the final episodes of the the story unfold, here are our favorites.

    Remember, these are just theories, not spoilers, but if you really want the show—and the identity of the Yellow King—to be a complete surprise, then listen to Rust’s captain: Leave your gun and badge on the desk and stop digging for answers, you loose cannon!

    Rust Cohle Is Actually the Yellow King

    The two detectives interviewing Rust and Marty in the present have a theory: Rust was behind it all the time. What if they’re actually right? Rust has exceptional insight into the mind of the killer; we also know from his deep undercover years that he’s capable of profound deception. Not to mention that he’s sitting there constructing a circle of men out of beer cans that sure seems to represent the men of the cult the entire time they’re talking.

    Of course Rust might not actually know he’s the killer. We know he spent time in a mental institution, not to mention the semi-regular hallucinations that are a byproduct of the miles of drugs he took while undercover. If he is the Yellow King, perhaps he’s unknowingly hunting himself just as earnestly as the two modern-day detectives are. Remember when the pharmacy shooter—the one who could name the Yellow King—mysteriously committed suicide? It’s worth noting that we’ve seen Rust tell an incarcerated suspect to kill themselves before. What if he was the one who convinced the man to commit suicide in order to cover his own tracks? When Ledoux tells Rust, “I’ve seen you in my dreams,” could he be referring to shared participation in the ritualistic abuse?

    Rust is frequently able to produce confessions by tapping into people’s desire for forgiveness, something he seems to be looking for himself. Rust also talks about “the sin of being a father” and seems to constantly feel a need for atonement and the punishment of those who hurt children. Could he be referring to his own sin, his own abuse of children—even his own daughter? Several times, we see Rust gazing at a billboard offering a reward for the murderer of a young girl who died several years after he says his own daughter was killed. Could that have been his first victim? Or was he simply symbolically reenacting the death when he killed Dora Lange on the same day his daughter died?

    Above Rust’s bed hangs a cross. He says it’s not a religious symbol, but rather a meditative one: “I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion.” He’s referring to the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus foresaw his own crucifixion but did nothing to stop it because his death was necessary to provide salvation. Can Rust foresee his own death and downfall coming on some level? Does he fear it … but also welcome it?

    Marty Hart Is Actually the Yellow King

    This might be the most shocking reveal of all, not only because it would take the audience by surprise after a season of seeing him as a promiscuous bumbler, but because it would mean that Marty managed to fool even the obsessive, hyper-observant Cohle. (Who’s smart now, true detective?) We’ve heard Marty say that the detective’s curse is not being able to able to see what’s right under their nose. Could he be talking about himself? Is Marty actually a false detective? (dun dun dun)

    As noted on reddit, Hart is actually an Old English word meaning “stag,” potentially linking him to the antlers that crowned the murdered Dory—and perhaps signifying his own crown. After all, if we’re looking for a yellow king, Martin’s the blondest guy around. When Cohle made his way towards the Tuttle school the first time, it was Martin who drew him away by honking the horn, delaying his discovery of the twig sculpture and the possible darker truth behind it all. When you consider the possibility of Marty as the Yellow King, suddenly it seems awfully convenient that Marty killed Ledoux in a fit of rage, ensuring that no one would live to give him up.

    In general, Marty doesn’t treat women and children that well: He cheats repeatedly on his wife—once with a former child prostitute—and gets violent with Maggie after he learns of her infidelity (not to mention slapping his daughter Audrey and calling her a slut). We’ve also seen Audrey making sexual drawings and arranging her dolls in a sexual way at a young age, as well as her later alienation and promiscuity in adolescence. What if she’s been sexually abused by her father, or by someone else with the approval of her father? We’ve been looking for monsters in the shadows, or perhaps buried in the complicated psychological labyrinth that is Rust Cohle, but what if it the real monster was in front of us the whole time wearing the simplest mask of all?

    Governor Tuttle Is Actually the Yellow King

    It’s easy to see why Governor Tuttle, a high-ranking government official, might be in charge of the cult. If there really is a police cover-up of the murders and child abuse, that would require a lot of power, which Tuttle certainly has. His family connections offer more links to the cult: His cousin, the late Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle, seems to have been behind the funding of the Wellspring funding of religious schools, which have been linked to the ritual abuse. We haven’t seen the shadowy Governor Tuttle yet, so it’d be a bit surprising to uncover the identity of the King only to learn it was some guy who’s never been onscreen. But who can say?

    Maggie's Dad Is Actually the Yellow King

    A variant on the Marty theory, this suggests that his father-in-law was the familial abuser who molested Audrey instead. This trauma produced not only her sexual drawings as a young child but also the sexual configurations of her dolls that mirrored the abuse of the cult. There’s also that moment when Audrey takes a princess crown—linked to the crown symbolism around the King—and throws it up in the tree where her sister can’t reach. Is that a symbolic way of protecting her from the abuse?

    Creepy dad-in-law also isn’t shy when it comes to expressing his opinions about children and intercourse, noting that for kids these days, “everything is sex.” Or maybe that’s just how it seems when he looks at them. Later, when Marty looks asks his daughter what’s wrong with her after dragging her home from a threesome with two teenage boys, there’s a distinct expression of horror on her face. What if the answer is “grandpa”? After all, if Marty was involved in the abuse, would he really be so surprised at her promiscuity? And if Maggie’s father is abusing her daughter, does that mean that she was potentially abused as a child as well? Could she too be involved, another “nun”—as the dead Dory called herself in a journal—who was even willing to offer her own daughter to the King?

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    Post your theories, ONTD! I know ya'll have some intense ones.

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    Since coming to international attention as George Clooney's worldly teenage daughter in 2011's The Descendants, Shailene Woodley has forged an admirably autonomous path. Largely eschewing celebrity, the 23-year-old instead took roles in acclaimed indies like The Spectacular Now and Gregg Araki's upcoming White Bird in a Blizzard. Even now, with her first blockbuster lead role in Divergent (based on Veronica Roth's bestselling dystopian YA novel series), the native Californian maintains a healthy outlook on her career and how it fits in with her life's fierce passion: the study of herbalism.



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    Atlanta rapper Da Brat was ordered to pay $6.4 million to the woman she attacked with a rum bottle, a Cobb County jury ruled Thursday afternoon.

    Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, served nearly three years in prison for the 2007 attack against Shayla Stevens, a former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and waitress. Stevens later filed a civil suit against Harris, and that trial concluded Thursday with the verdict. Harris was ordered to pay $3.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $2.7 million in punitive damages.

    Harris’ attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the amount her client was ordered to pay was excessive considering the prior punishment.

    “I’m baffled,” Attorney B.J. Bernstein said. “She owned up to what happened when it happened and was punished.” But Stevens’ attorney said his client sustained lifelong injuries in the assault, which happened at Halloween party at Studio 72, a club owned by Atlanta hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri.

    “She has a brain injury and is a brain injury survivor,” Mark Link, an attorney for Stevens, told The AJC. “It’s not something that will ever go away. She has a scar on her face. She had so much going for her and for it come to an abrupt stop because of this attack.”

    After serving time at Arrendale State Prison, Harris, 39, is still on probation for the attack. Bernstein said she is unsure if she will appeal the decision.

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    Rain is such a rare occurrence in Los Angeles that many simply don't know how to deal with it.
    While she may have been born in Houston, Texas, Hilary Duff has spent so many years living in the entertainment capital of the world it appears that she's among a large number of stars who have grown soft when it comes to a little downpour.
    On Friday, the actress and singer slipped on a pair of rather over-the-top black Hunter rain boots to run errands in Beverly Hills despite there not actually being any drops falling from the sky at the time.

    If the 26-year-old had really been worried about getting wet, she would have surely carried a raincoat or, at the very least, an umbrella to protect her clearly styled long blonde locks.
    Instead, she opted for just shiny black jeans, a thin black jumper that was pushed up at the sleeves and a long grey scarf, while she held a thin blue denim jacket in her hands.
    The mom-of-one also held on tight to a small notepad, perhaps to jot down any inspiring lyrics that popped into her head during her outing.
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    She completed her outfit with a pale pink handbag featuring silver studded design, which had a racoon's tail adornment.
    The newly separated star looked happy and carefree as she trudged through the streets, wide smile on her face.
    She was dolled up with plenty of pretty, complementary make-up, featuring bronzed skin and soft pink lips and cheeks.

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    As well as working on her fifth studio album, the former Gossip Girl actress is also filming the pilot for a new sitcom, titled Younger, alongside Debi Mazar and Sutton Foster.
    Based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, the show will be executive produced by Sex And The City's Darren Star and shot on location in New York.
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    Kylie Minogue played some of the biggest venues of her 26-year career in music on 2011's Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, including a five-night stint at London's O2 arena and her first proper North American run with stops at the Hollywood Bowl and Las Vegas' Colosseum at Caesars Palace. So London's tiny Old Blue Last, with a capacity of 120, was a peculiar place for Minogue to kick off the album cycle for "Kiss Me Once," her 12th studio album and first for Warner Bros. in the United States. (Her longtime label home Parlophone was acquired by Warner Music Group in 2013.)

    "It's like every Thursday down at the pub, isn't it?" Minogue joked of the Shoreditch bar, which was re-dubbed "Into The Old Blue Last" in honor of her new single, "Into The Blue"– replete with Kylie karaoke, Kylie bingo and a "Kiss Me Once" photo booth.


    But the change of scenery was fitting for Minogue, 45, who's undergone a bit of a transformation since 2010's "Aphrodite." In early 2013, she parted ways with longtime manager Terry Blamey after 25 years and joined Roc Nation, signed by president Jay Brown. That new relationship inspired her to team up with a bevy of first-time collaborators on "Kiss Me Once," including Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias, Ariel Rechtshaid, MNEK, Greg Kurstin and executive producer Sia. She's also newly single, having split with long-term boyfriend Andres Velencoso last October, which could account for the album's playfully promiscuous vibe. There are no less than three songs with the word "sex" in the title, with the Sia-penned "Sexercise" the most primed for a GIF-worthy music video.

    Minogue says all the change is the result of an "epiphany" she had during her "Kylie 25" campaign in 2012, celebrating her first quarter-century as an entertainer since making a fluke dance-pop hit out of "The Locomotion" in 1987."I felt like I needed a new landscape, and once you've got your feet on the ground you're raring to go," she says. "So far the support has been great, and it's just another part of this amalgamation of 'new' that I had wished for and was struck by."

    One constant, however, is Parlophone chairman Miles Leonard, who's worked with Minogue ever since 2000's "Light Years."Though Minogue had initially announced a break from recording in early 2013, that quickly changed in a matter of months, which coincided with the finalization of Parlophone's acquisition by Warner. As a result, "Kiss Me Once" is the label's first priority release under the new ownership."The thing is with Kylie, whenever she says, 'I'm gonna take a couple months off,' two weeks later it's, 'I'm bored.' She always wants to go straight back onto the the treadmill," Leonard says. "She understands the work ethic and attitude you need to make things happen, and we're immensely proud to have been with her for the more successful period of her career."

    Finding new ground for such a veteran performer was at times a challenge. "When we sat down to come up with ideas, I'd say, 'What if we do this?' And she'd say, 'I did that in '92,'" says Nadja Rangel, Minogue's manager at Roc Nation. But that helped shape the album's touchstone moment, the Pharrell-produced "I Was Gonna Cancel," a slinky futuristic funk jam inspired by a recording session Minogue nearly skipped out upon. "I was just having one of those days where you can't face anyone and you're ready to burst into tears at any point," Minogue says of her time with the uber-producer last May."But luckily this wasn't the first time Pharrell had someone emotional at the studio, and it gave him so much subject matter to write this positive, inspiring song."

    Though Minogue has yet to reach the same heights in the U.S. as she achieved in 2002 with "Fever," which sold 1.3 million copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and spawned the Top 10 hit "Can't Get You Out Of My Head,"she plans on making North America a priority in May once she wraps commitments as a coach on the U.K. and Australia editions of "The Voice.""The fans I have over there are smaller in number, but pretty mighty in their devotion to the cause.And I'm always asked, 'Is this the album that's gonna work over there?' I don't know. I can only make the album that feels right for me."

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    I'm sad the single and album are going to flop :(

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    With the Academy Awards right around the corner and films like American Hustle, Her, and Gravity getting all the love, Jordan Rubin's horror comedy Zombeavers is here to remind you that it's pretty friggin' deserving of an Oscar, too!

    “To me it’s all about doing it straight,” Rubin tells THR about the film, assuring fans it’s not the next Sharknado. “It’s a serious situation. It’s pure horror. Playing to the reality is so funny.”

    Starring Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Rachel Melvin, Hutch Dano and Jake Weary, Zombeavers is an action-packed horror/comedy.




    Synopsis:

    A group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy, and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.








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    This isn't even good enough for SyFy :-X Lets talk bad horror movies, ONTD!

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    But were Cast as the Villain

    A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.

    Tom Hiddleston Thor (2011)

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    With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for……Thor. Chris Hemsworth would ultimately land the role of the God of Thunder, beating out a long list of actors that also included his brother Liam Hemsworth. In the video below, producer Craig Kyle explains how Hiddleston’s auditions went.
    “At first Tom came in for Thor. He trained. He came in. He was ripped. He did a tremendous job, but he wasn’t Thor.”
    The video also features footage from Hiddleston’s screen-tests and includes interviews with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Natalie Portman talking about the importance of Hiddleston’s performance as Loki. Just for fun, I’ve also included a video with Hiddleston doing an impression of Hemsworth had he been cast as Loki — mind-bending, I know.

    Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Kick-Ass (2010)
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    After his breakout but potentially pigeonholing role as McLovin in Superbad, Christopher Mintz-Plasse was happy to receive the script for the adaptation of the comic Kick-Ass.
    “I’ve never done anything action,” he explained to the Examiner. “I don’t look like I shouldn’t do anything action-oriented. So it was a great honor that they sent me the script, and then I realized that I’m playing a kid who should not be doing action in a movie, and he has no superpowers or anything.”
    But before landing the role of the villain Red Mist, Mintz-Plasse auditioned for the role of…
    …Dave Lizewski, a.k.a Kick-Ass. Mintz-Plasse wasn’t just better suited for the villainous character that would evolve into the main antagonist in the 2013 sequel, apparently the actor’s audition as Kick-Ass didn't go very well. He explained,
    “Yeah, I read for the role of Kick-Ass, and [director Matthew Vaughn] hated it. He hated everything I did in the audition, but he gave me the role of Red Mist.”
    After an exhaustive search that nearly delayed the movie 6 months, Aaron Taylor-Johnson won the role of Kick-Ass. The British actor did such a convincing American accent in his audition that when he began speaking in his normal voice the director didn't believe he was from England. In the video below, Vaughn talks about mistaking Taylor-Johnson for an American, and then spends the rest of the video heckling Mintz-Plasse.
    Sam Rockwell - Iron Man 2 (2010)
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    One of the two villains in Iron Man 2 was played by Sam Rockwell. His character Justin Hammer, a billionaire weapons dealer, draws many parallels to the character he was originally considered for in the first movie…
    …Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. It’s well known that director Jon Favreau had to fight to cast Robert Downey Jr. in the title role of his 2008 film Iron Man. But Favreau also had a shortlist of actors he was also considering, and Rockwell — whom Favreau worked with on Made — was on that list. The director explained to the LA Times,
    "He was one of the actors I was looking at for Tony Stark. There was some things he would bring to the role that would have been great. Sam is very charismatic and when I was looking at the character there was a list and he had a spot on it, which might have surprised some people. Robert surprised some people, too, though, and now he is Tony Stark, he owns that role. Sam would have come up with interesting and different things."
    Depending on when you read this, this could be a SPOILER, but Rockwell recently reprised his role as Justin Hammer for the Marvel One Shot All Hail the King, which is attached to the Thor: The Dark World blu-ray.
    Cillian Murphy - Batman Begins (2005)
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    Jonathan Crane is the only villain to appear in every installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, and one of only five characters to appear in all three films — alongside Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, and Lucius Fox. But before Cillian Murphy was cast as Crane, a.k.a. the Scarecrow, in Batman Begins, the Irish actor screen-tested for the role of…
    ...Bruce Wayne/Batman himself. Christian Bale was the first actor Nolan met with about the project, and he would eventually go on to play the Caped Crusader. But the director apparently met with “every young actor in town” while Bale went off and did another movie. All of the actors who screen-tested shot scenes as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. The video below features footage of Bale, Eion Bailey, and Murphy testing for the character wearing Val Kilmer’s Batsuit from Batman Forever. Strictly as a favor to the casting director, Amy Adams (who would of course go one to play Lois Lane in Man of Steel) did the tests opposite the actors.
    Here’s what Nolan had to say about Murphy’s screen-test:
    “We also had Cillian Murphy screen-test for Batman. He wasn’t right for that part in the way that Christian was. But the performance was incredible and everybody took huge notice of it while we were shooting it and while we watched the tests. I then was able to go to the studio and ask to put him in as Crane, as Scarecrow.”
    Apparently the director was particularly entranced by the actor’s piercing blue eyes. Nolan told Spin,
    "He has the most extraordinary eyes, and I kept trying to invent excuses for him to take his glasses off in close-ups."
    Lee Pace - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
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    The only glimpse we’ve gotten so far of Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser is the split-second shot in the trailer of him choking Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Before Pace was cast as the primary antagonist in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he and a long list of actors all auditioned for…
    Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord. Along with Pace, other notable actors like Joel Edgerton, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Paul, Michael Rosenbaum, Zachary Levi, and John Krasinski were all up for the part of Quill. Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt would emerge as the studio’s choice to play the Han Solo-esque outlaw who will serve as the Tony Stark-type anchor of Marvel’s cosmic universe.
    Pace’s diverse list of credits likely led to him being chosen for Ronan the Accuser, whom the actor has described as “f***ing psycho!"  and "a real monster.”
    wouldn't mind living in these AUs tbh
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    Another week and another set of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ movie stills to get us excited for it’s May 23rd release. Two of the three here don’t feature Hugh Jackman’s (‘The Wolverine‘,’Pan‘) Wolverine and none of them feature Jennifer Lawrence’s (‘The Hunger Games‘,’X-Men: First Class‘) Mystique so it’s a somewhat refreshing change of what we usually have been seeing this week.



    First up we have James McAvoy’s (‘Frankenstein’,'Wanted’) take on Charles Xavier as he is staring down at Cerebro. This is about the time that he and Michael Fassbender’s (‘Prometheus‘,’Blood Creek’) Magneto supposidly first built the machine. I’m curious as to if this is where he starts to lose his way or when he’s going to have his mental connection to his much cooler future self?



    Next up is one of the few shots released so far that has a focus on Halle Berry’s (‘Cloud Atlas‘,’Catwoman’) take on Storm in this film. That looks like a future version of the outfit so I wonder if that means we’ll end up seeing her battling a Sentinel?



    The final shot is a split of Wolverine and the old and young Magneto and Professor X’s. Clearly the pivotal characters in the film. I really wonder how this changing the timeline is going to retcon what we’ve seen in the films so far and how that will change things moving forward. I really hope Singer pulls this film off successfully because as much as I’d love to see a horrible flop and the rights start to go back to Marvel – I did really enjoy his first two films in the franchise.

    What do you folks think of where the movie will be going? Is there too much going on or just enough over the top action to make up for ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’?

    Synopsis:

    The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

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    Halle's hairdo looks SO. FUCKING. HORRIBLE. I feel bad for hating her Storm... lol, joke, I don't! The new poster is just a rotten cherry on top of marketing's messy efforts.

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    YouTube comment: What a bunch of crap. The fact is women arent innovative enough to pull the great stunt that Jordan Belfort did. All they can do is make a shitty imitation trailer that fails at comedy.

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    While customers have a bunch of options when building their burritos or bowls at Chipotle, the core of those components has remained reasonably unchanged for two decades. So it’s news that not only has the eatery chain made its first major menu addition in 20 years, but that this addition is tofu.

    Chipotle has been testing the Sofritas (shredded tofu braised with roasted poblanos, chipotle chiles, and spices) at certain stores for about a year, but tells Fast Company that it will now be on the menu nationwide.

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    So far, the tofu isn’t overtaking its meat counterparts, only accounting for about 3% of sales, but Chipotle believes that it could gain an audience both among those who don’t want to eat meat and those who just happen to like the taste of Sofritos.
    The ingredient was originally conceived as a vegetarian-friendly substitute for chorizo sausage. Before being released in test markets, it included honey. However, since that would make it a no-no for potential vegan customers, the company nixed the honey.






    Go Vegan ONTD

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    The Independent Spirit Awards is one of those gigs where no one is really going to bring their A-game, but here are the highlights (and the low-lights).


    Lupita Nyong'o in Stella McCartney




    Rosario Dawson in Narciso Rodriguez




    Melonie Diaz in W. Britt




    Anna Kendrick in Dior




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    Cate Blanchett in Roksanda Ilincic




    Greta Gerwig in Narciso Rodriguez




    Brie Larson in Maison Martin Margiela




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    El Rey, the cable network filmmaker Robert Rodriguez launched in December, feels a bit like the channel he's always wanted to watch. It debuted with a schedule packed with old grindhouse movies, including a lot of Quentin Tarantino favorites, and "Starsky & Hutch," which Rodriguez used to watch growing up -- curated programming, as the director described it, reflecting a particular sensibility.

    But there's more to the idea behind the network than just film and pop culture geekery -- El Rey is a network aimed at English-speaking Hispanic audiences, and specifically aims to bring diversity to who's on screen and behind the camera."It felt like a network like this has been needed for so long," Rodriguez said when addressing journalists today at a breakfast to promote the channel as it approaches the premiere of its first original drama, a series adaptation of the director's 1996 "From Dusk Till Dawn" with D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz in the roles played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino in the film.

    The series, which debuts on March 11th, represents Rodriguez's first project for television -- he directed multiple episodes. He spoke to the press today about the idea behind the network. Here's an excerpt from what he said.

    The movies I made, I wasn't even trying to make them diverse. It's just when you're a filmmaker of any ethnicity, you're going to write from your own experience. So all my scripts started with "Hispanic character..." then I'd be like, "Oh, gosh, now I have to find an actor to play this," and then I'd find there were no actors in Hollywood. It was puzzling.

    When I was doing "Spy Kids," the Weinsteins asked me -- not that they were being jerks at all, they were just wondering -- "Why are you making the characters Hispanic? It doesn't make any sense, isn't this supposed to be for everybody?""Well, it's based on my family."


    They'd just never seen it. Hollywood is very much... no one wants to do it first, because what if they screw up? If someone else does it first and it's successful, then that's something we can imitate. It just makes business sense for people not to constantly be putting themselves out there.

    [Weinstein] said that, and it really put me on the spot to come up with a reason. "Why not just give them American names? It's America, it will confuse people." I said "They are American -- they're based on my family, so they're Hispanic, but they're going to be speaking in English. It's going to be for everybody." But no one had done it before, so there was nothing to point to.

    "But why?" They couldn't understand why I was doing it that way, and I couldn't come up with a good answer. And I realized, wow, if I wasn't Hispanic, I would have folded, I would have changed the name. That's why there weren't more scripts like that. Somebody would have asked them at some point "Why are you doing it that way?"

    Finally, I came up with the right answer. I said "You don't have to be British to watch James Bond. Making him British actually makes him more universal because it makes him very specific." And they were like, okay, that makes sense. And we did it, and "Spy Kids" was a big hit. And those who were Hispanic, it really meant a lot to them. People have come up to me for a lot of years since and said "You changed my kids' whole life. They see little kids who are Hispanic that are spies and they saw your name as the writer and director and you changed their idea of what their future could be." The ripple effects of that one movie were enormous.


    [FactoryMade Ventures CEO and former William Morris agent] John Fogelman came to me and said "I just started a network called The Hub, and I think we can do it again. There's an opportunity at Comcast where they're giving away networks." They have to give them away! In order to merge with Universal, they have to give away 10 networks to independent owner and operators. The first four have to be minority. "You should come with us to put in an idea for a U.S. English-language Hispanic network." And my hand went up, right away.

    It really spoke to me personally. I have five kids, and even though they grew up bilingual, they live and converse in English like most second and third generation Hispanics. I realized there wasn't anything on television that represented who they were in this country. And I thought it was important -- there was not a network like that, and we were growing as a population.

    It's something that I've kind of been doing over 20 years -- "Spy Kids,""Desperado,""Machete" or "Dusk Till Dawn" or "Sin City," you don't think of them as Hispanic films, because everybody can enjoy them. But for those who are Hispanic -- they are. I wanted to do something like that -- a network that was for everybody, yet had an eye toward more diversity.

    And be able to reach in a bring more filmmakers and give them a voice, give them a chance. I had made "Rebel Without a Crew," this book I'd written about how to make "El Mariachi," and it showed people how to make a movie for no money, 20 years ago. And "Blair Witch Project,""Paranormal Activity" -- people followed that, and it was revolutionary as to how people could just make their own movie. I was always surprised, though, that there weren't more Hispanic filmmakers like myself. It's puzzled me, why?

    As I started thinking about this network, it started to make sense. Anybody else who saw what I did, said "I'm going to try that, I'm going to get two of three of my friends together, make a $50,000, $100,000 movie!" They probably went to start writing and were like, oh, shit, this is a Hispanic character -- because it's based on themselves -- it's going to be labeled a Latin film. What three or four distributors can I take this to that are going to have a bidding war and want to buy my movie? Nobody -- nobody's putting out that stuff! It would be labeled as something. They would have folded like I almost folded on that "Spy Kids" thing.

    So they need a place to go. That's why "From Dusk Till Dawn" is our first show -- it ends up in Mexico at one point, and half the cast being Hispanic, naturally, because of the story. But people get drawn in because it's like a "Walking Dead" show -- it's cool, it's got a lot of action, a lot of fun, there's Quentin Tarantino dialogue and characters. That's what I wanted to do, is make something that's mainstream, reaching a total audience and giving people who feel like they haven't been represented in the media, opening up the doors of the network so we can find new voices, find new filmmakers. We have a lot of feature directors, a lot of Hispanic directors, writers, but also they're just top talent in Hollywood -- I wrangled the best of the best together. Some of our directors are guys I'm giving a chance to that are really fantastic and doing a great job and that will be our future filmmakers.

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    The Oscars aren’t just about who wins on the big night, they are about a concentrated publicity push for a group of actors and movies. In the weeks leading up to the awards things like cover stories, buzz and fashion can have just as much of an impact on an actor’s career as whether he or she wins a gold statue.Through that lense, the winner of Oscar season is definitely Lupita Nyong’o.
    There’s a good chance Nyong’o will also win an actual Oscar. She’s the front-runner in the Best Supporting Actress category for her harrowing work in 12 Years a Slave. Jennifer Lawrence also has a lot of buzz in this category but since she won an Oscar last year for Silver Linings Playbook, expect the Academy to give the award to a newcomer.
    The timing of the awards couldn’t be better for Nyong’o. She has a prominent (lies) role in the new Liam Neeson movie Non-Stop which hits theaters this weekend. If the film follows in the footsteps of Neeson’s other action movies, like Taken and The Grey, it should be a big hit. Audiences (and casting directors) will see Nyong’o in a very different kind of movie from 12 Years a Slave.

    You can be sure that around Hollywood, everyone is talking about casting Nyong’o in any upcoming movie that has a prominent young African American female role. Whether or not she actually wins this weekend, her career is about to take off.
    Nyongo’o is the kind of star publicists dream about. She has an exotic background. Born in Mexico while her Kenyan father was teaching there, she grew up in Kenya and went to college in America. 12 Years a Slave was her first job after earning her MFA  from Yale School of Drama. She speaks several languages and is confident and well-spoken during interview.

    It doesn’t hurt that the 30-year-old has also become an instant fashion star. Her looks during award season have been consistently praised by fashion pundits who are on pins and needles waiting to see what she’ll wear to the Oscars. Here she is in a video on Vogue.com talking about her background and 12 Years a Slave while wearing a gorgeous yellow green dress.
    Nyong’o hasn’t yet committed to her next project and it’s likely her team will be very careful with the choice.Although it’s not real, there is the perception of the Best Supporting Actress curse where women who win the award pretty much peak with the Oscar. And there aren’t many good roles written for African American women. One would like to hope that casting directors and studios will cast her not based on her skin color but because she is the best actress for the role in future films. But that might be too optimistic.
    One thing for sure, Hollywood is currently in love with Nyong’o. Expect them to show it with an Oscar on Sunday night.
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    Praying that Hollywood knows what to do with Lupita. I don't want the same thing that happened with Whoopi Goldberg to happen to Lupita (if she wins, which she SHOULD win!)

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    If Twitter buzz was the sole indicator of Oscar night winners, then “12 Years of Slave” will be taking home Best Picture on Sunday, according to a new survey conducted exclusively for TheWrap.

    Ahead of this weekend’s ceremony, global communications agency Way To Blue examined tweets referencing the nominees in the biggest Oscar categories from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27. They counted not only how many Twitter users were discussing each nominee, but who the public wants to win in each category — referred to below as “Desire To Win.”

    Also gracing the stage with acceptance speech in hand would be Alfonso Cuaron as Best Director; “Dallas Buyers Club” would win both the Lead and Supporting Actor Academy Awards, and Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence would take the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress Academy Awards for “Blue Jasmine” and “American Hustle,” respectively.

    For example, not only did “12 Years” score the highest volume of overall buzz (5,173 Twitter mentions), it also topped the Desire to Win ranking, scoring 1,932 mentions. Not all of them worked out so perfectly.








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    Sony Pictures has reportedly bought a script based on the death of Elisa Lam, the former UBC student who was found dead in Los Angeles last year.

    The script, written by Phillip and Brandon Murphy, focuses on a man investigating Lam's death who then gets drawn in to further mysteries, according to Deadline.com.

    The project, currently titled “The Bringing,” is described as a horror movie.

    A former friend of Lam’s, who asked to remain anonymous, said he’s disappointed to see Lam’s death trivialized.

    “Hollywood looks like they're trying it capitalize on it while it's fresh,” he said.


    Lam was found dead in a water tank on top of the Cecil Hotel in February of last year after going missing in January. The county coroner's office later ruled the 21 year-old’s death as an accidental drowning.

    Surveillance video showed her acting strangely in a hotel elevator, pushing several buttons, hiding in a corner and then peering into the hallway.

    Authorities listed Lam’s bipolar disorder as a significant condition in her death. Toxicology tests turned up no signs of foul play or drug use, and the coroner declared the file closed.

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    VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 450-member executives branch.

    ➻ BEST PICTURE
    I know the Midwest and Nebraska nailed it.

    MY PICKS: (1) Nebraska, (2) American Hustle, (3) 12 Years a Slave

    ➻ BEST DIRECTOR
    I don't understand how the best picture could ever not be directed by the best director.

    MY PICK: Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

    ➻ BEST ACTOR
    Matthew McConaughey -- wow, what an incredible year. In addition to Dallas Buyers Club, I was really won over by True Detective.

    MY PICK: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

    ➻ BEST ACTRESS

    How could anyone be any better than Cate [Blanchett]?

    MY PICK: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

    ➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Jared [Leto] was amazing, but you know what was the year's great overlooked performance? [Michael] Fassbender.

    MY PICK: Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

    ➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    In a fair world Sally Hawkins would win this thing. She went toe to toe with Cate [Blanchett] and held her own.

    MY PICK: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

    ➻ BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Rick Linklater's trilogy is a singular achievement and its scripts have a lot to do with that.

    MY PICK: Before Midnight

    ➻ BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Woody [Allen] deserves this. He's been so great for so long that we just take him for granted.

    MY PICK: Blue Jasmine

    rest at the SOURCE - I mean, I guess their answers were really short??

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