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    Are all of those selfies making us narcissists?

    I was recently chatting with an acquaintance who teaches high school English. I asked her what her biggest pet peeve was when it comes to her students and technology and she was quick to answer.
    “Selfies,” she said. “I don’t mind if they use the phone to check the time or send a quick text to their friend, but it drives me crazy when they take pictures of themselves during class.”
    And they do it all the time.
    Her students will spend class time on Snapchat, sharing pictures of themselves with doodles and captions scrawled over them complaining about how bored they are.
    What happened to the good old days when you just passed elaborately folded notes in class?
    Some days it seems the age of self-absorption is following on the heels of the digital age.
    Hop on Facebook, Twitter and especially Instagram and your feeds will inevitably feature photos of users (mostly girls and women) have taken of themselves. They’re making faces from silly to sultry to sad and showing off everything from a new outfit to their exposed posteriors (seriously, just look up #butts if you dare).
    The third most popular hashtag on Instagram is #me and #selfie has generated more than 35 million posts on the photo-sharing site. The Oxford English Dictionary named “selfie” the word of the year for 2013.
    Teens in Asia are so obsessed with self-portraits some are using a so-called “selfie stick” – an extendable metal wand that clips to a smartphone and allows them to snap pictures of themselves and their friends at a distance using the phone’s self-timer.
    Everyone from Pope Francis to Colin Powell have posted pictures of themselves (the former secretary of state posted a self-portrait he had taken of himself 60 years ago).
    And Ellen DeGeneres broke the Twitter record for most retweets (currently at 3.4 million) for the star-studded pic she took with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Kevin Spacey at the Oscars.
    For the most part the selfie phenomena seems to be harmless fun. Yet there are plenty of times when it just seems … well … wrong. The classroom selfies, for instance, seem incredibly disrespectful to teachers. There are a disturbing number of photos of women in underwear or bathing suits taking sexy pictures while small children play in the background.
    And then there are the people who snap goofy pictures of themselves at the most inappropriate of places – the Anne Frank House, the 9/11 Memorial or even funerals.
    You read that right.
    There’s a whole Tumblr page devoted to pictures people have snapped of themselves while saying goodbye to loved ones.
    “Love my hair today. Hate why I’m dressed up. #funeral” reads the caption under one.
    And if you think the pictures are appropriately somber, think again. Sure, there are some pics of people with exaggerated frowns, but for the most part it’s standard selfie fare –fashion shots showing off funeral attire and goofy faces.
    Even President Obama has participated snapping a shot of himself alongside the British and Danish prime ministers during Nelson Mandela’s funeral last December.
    The #me explosion got me thinking – is all this selfie absorption making our children and us more narcissistic?
    In an article in Psychology Today, Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, says we shouldn’t be all that worried. Western civilization has a long history of self-portraiture. It was once only reserved for the elite, but now modern technology has enabled everyone to try a little self-exploration.
    “One of the most effective ways to know yourself is to see yourself as others see you,” she writes. “Selfies offer the opportunities to show facets of yourself, such as the arty side, the silly side, or the glamorous side.  We learn about people by accumulating information over time.”
    She lists several other reasons that selfies shouldn’t be synonymous with narcissism, but one in particular caught my eye (especially since I’m the mother of two girls): Selfies help normalize how people look. When pop culture and mass media deliver a message that all women should look like super models, selfies show us “real people.” And with the popularity of social media, this means we’re all being exposed to more “real people” of all shapes, sizes and colors than ever before – and that’s a good thing.
    Beyond that experts suggest that selfies and social media sites are a way we can claim our identity and showcase different facets of yourself to the world.
    This also excites me.
    Remember all that labeling that occurs in middle school and high school? The jocks, the geeks, the drama kids, the cheerleaders, the stoners, etc. Well, if kids can now claim their online identity via selfies on social media, maybe that will help them address all the pigeonholing head on and force others to see how multifaceted they actually are.
    Or maybe I’m just #dreaming.

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  • 03/31/14--13:13: Halt and Catch Fire trailer
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    She's got flaws and isn't afraid to show them.
    Two-time Grammy winner Lorde took to Twitter on Sunday to encourage her over 1.3 million followers to embrace their imperfections.
    The 17-year-old star shared two contrasting photos of herself, one which shows her acne-ridden skin and another taken the same day that has been altered to hide it.

    Clearly shocked to see images of herself performing, as opposed to those from a professional photo shoot, had been edited she wrote: 'I find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. Remember flaws are OK,' followed by a smiley emoticon.

    The photos were of the Royals crooner on stage at the Lollapalooza festival, which she attended in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday.
    She delighted fans by performing an energy-filled hour-long set showcasing hits from her album Pure Heroine.



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    One more week until the series finale :( Predictions?

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    Nick Cannon is once again defending the white alter ego he created to promote his upcoming album.

    The "America's Got Talent" host -- who created a controversy when he posted Instagram photos and videos in which he's sporting whiteface, red hair, a beanie hat and plaid shirt -- told "Good Morning America" that his character isn't the same as blackface.

    "They're using this term 'whiteface,' like I don't even know what that is," Cannon said. "I know 'blackface' was a term that was created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. 'Whiteface,' if you look it up and Google it, it's a ski slope in upstate New York. I was doing a character impression. Blackface is about oppression."

    He went on to repeat one of the many social media defenses he made after posting the photos and videos, saying "There's a big difference between humor and hatred."

    He also said that one of the reasons he created what he knew would be a controversial character is because of people's sensitivity about race.

    "The mission was to have fun, and yes, put it out there that we have issues with race in this country and in this world, but it doesn't have to be with hatred," Cannon added.

    The AGT host, whose album White People Party Music drops Tuesday, also talked about wife Mariah Carey's recent birthday celebration and his own health after being diagnosed with lupus in 2012.


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    Once Upon a Time‘s Michael Raymond-James decided to “break radio silence” with a series of Twitter messages on Monday, the day after his character, Neal Cassidy/Baelfire,
    was killed off the ABC series.

    The alum of such series as True Blood and Terriers made clear that he neither quit nor was he fired, but instead was the subject of a “bold storytelling choice,” by Once creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.

    Raymond-James also begrudgingly addressed/dismissed a rumor that he had trashed a trailer, as well as shot down a rumor that he recently filmed a pilot in Vancouver. Instead, he said, “When I decide what comes next I will let everyone know here. So stay tuned….”

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    I'm glad he is setting the record straight but it doesn't make me any less upset about what happened.

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    Apparently, the redoubtable Audra McDonald needs to break that Tony-winning record. With five wins under her belt (the last was for her shattering take on the drug-snorting, tortured female lead of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), she could net a sixth for the Broadway premiere of longtime regional staple Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, in which she will embody none other than “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child” songstress Billie Holiday.

    She currently ties Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by an actress — a sixth would become a Tony milestone. (Additionally, if the production is considered a play versus a musical — à la the recent Broadway production of the Judy Garland-flavored End of the Rainbow — McDonald would be the first actor to win all four possible female acting categories at the Tonys.)

    Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill began previews at Circle in the Square Theatre on March 25, with an opening night of April 13. For tickets, visit the show’s website.

    And click below to watch the behind-the scenes featurette:


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    The Voice 2014: A meeting has reportedly been set up between Kylie Minogue and show bosses to persuade the singer to come back next year.

    Producers are said to be keen on signing Kylie up for a second series before the final next weekend.

    The Into The Blue singer has agreed to the meeting, which insiders think is an indication that she is interested in returning.

    A source told The Daily Star Sunday: ‘This is their big chance to persuade her to come back next year. It’s make or break.

    ‘They’re so pleased Kylie has agreed to meet with them. It means there’s a chance she’ll go for it.’

    The BBC’s actions come after Minogue dropped the bombshell that she will be to focusing on her music next year.

    Her Kiss Me Once tour kicks off later this year, which the singer said will clash with filming the audition stages of The Voice.

    She told The Mirror last week about the possibility of The Voice 2015, she said: ‘I’m touring this year and the timings wouldn’t work.

    ‘We started filming in November last year for the show and this year I’m on tour in September, October and November.’

    A spokesperson for The Voice said: ‘We are aware of Kylie’s touring commitments and are looking to accommodate them, so that if the series is re commissioned she could return to her coaching role.’

    The Voice has been renewed for 2015 and 2016.

    I hope she comes back, she shouldn't have had her team sing Into The Blue on Saturday tho, what a mess

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    Given her hectic schedule as of late, it’s impressive that Shailene Woodley was in such good spirits as she exited BBC Radio One studios in London, England on Monday (March 31).

    Wrapped in an orange sweater with black skinny trousers, the “Descendants” darling smiled for the shutterbugs as she hoofed it to her next promotional appearance.

    Ms. Woodley has been incessantly plugging her new flick “Divergent,” which earned another $26.5 million over the weekend for a $95 million total since its March 21st release.

    Of her costar Ansel Elgort (they also star together in “The Fault in Our Stars”), Shailene told press, "Naturally, we get along so well…so to go from a movie where we were so comfortable with each other to a movie where vulnerable action was necessary, it was nice to have somebody that we could just really rest in each other's arms and not feel like we had to get to know each other."


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    talks about:
    >her award
    >Leonardo DiCaprio
    >moving to London
    >and more

    x / x / x

    Sorry, mod(s). :-(

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    March 31 in 1994, Madonna's appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman" caused headaches for CBS censors. The network deleted 13 offending words from the audio track before the show aired. An obviously annoyed Letterman told the singer "people don't want language like that coming into their living room." Madonna also handed Letterman a pair of her panties and told him to sniff them. He stuffed them in a desk drawer. The two later reconciled and Madonna reappeared on the show.

    To cap it off, here's every F-bomb uttered during the appearance:

    From the first part:

    1:54"Incidentally, you are a sick f--k."


    8:52"You are always f--king with me on the show."

    8:58"You are always f--king with me on the show."

    9:02"You are always f--king with me on the show."

    11:09"Don't f--k with me, Dave."

    11:22"Somebody f--ked up."

    11:58"Is it because I've been saying f--k too much?"

    12:32"Wait a minute. People don't want to hear the word f--k?"

    From the second part:

    1:41"F--k it, now we're going to have to deal with each other."

    1:48"Why can't we just talk to each other? Why do we have to have all this contrived bulls--t? You know, f--k the tape. F--k the list, everything. You know what I'm saying?"

    5:50"Don't f--k with me, Dave."

    7:36"When you come back, I'll still be here. F--k it!"


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    In Game of Thrones season 4, Jaime Lannister is reunited with his long lost love — who just happens to be the Queen Regent and his twin sister. But don’t expect Jaime and Cersei (Lena Headey) to make a quick return to the sneaky, incestuous ways we last saw in season 1.

    “For him, it’s been a very traumatic trip,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who has ditched his scraggly beard and returned to Jaime’s clean-cut look now that his character is back in King’s Landing. “But he’s been wanting to get back to this woman for the duration of his trip. You want to just go back to the way it was. But it’s not that easy. A lot has happened in her life as well.”

    Definitely traumatic. Jaime was imprisoned and had his right hand chopped off last season, leaving him far less able to protect himself (or the king, for that matter, as he’s a member of the royal Kingsguard). While he’s perhaps gained more inner strength, expect Jaime’s physical weakening to be a turn off for Cersei, who has always relied on her brother’s alpha male status.

    “In her mind, he was the strongest soldier, the strongest man and he could always protect her,” he notes.

    Having said that, Coster-Waldau adds that you don’t need to see any new episodes to know there have been hints that this relationship was already uneven. “I think he loves her more. It’s always been unbalanced, and that’s never good,” he says. “Most of us have been in that situation where you’ve been falling in love with somebody who didn’t feel the same way. It’s not a nice situation.
    We did this panel and Lena said something interesting. She said at a deep level, she wants to be him. She likes the game of thrones, but her life is about doing what her dad wants her to do.”

    And then there’s the other woman in Jaime’s life, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), his former captor turned ally. Expect Brienne to try and hold Jaime to his pledge to ensure the safety of Catelyn Stark’s daughters, which is a tad tricky now that one of them is married to Jaime’s brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage).

    “There’s a moment where they come back and he’s like: ‘What happened didn’t really happen. Can’t I just become what I was before?’” he says. “And she’s like, ‘What about that promise?’ A year ago he would have said ‘shut up and go away,’ but now it’s like, ‘I guess I have to deal with this.”

    But those holding hopes for actual romance between Brienne and Jaime shouldn’t expect to see any physical connection anytime soon. “I don’t think he’s aware of any romance,” he says. “On a fundamental level he respects and cares for this woman. I don’t think he’s thought of it.”
    Coster-Waldau grins. “He’s a monogamous man.”


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    My hope was that I’d never have to address the legitimacy or even the existence of “Angela Cheng.” But I got a call today from a BuzzFeed editor who led me to believe that they were moving ahead with a story about “Cheng” that included me, with or without my participation. I always refrained from engaging with this issue because I didn’t want to bring it more attention. But since it appears that will be happening now anyway, I’ll reluctantly post what I know. My hope is that, to the extent people will talk about this bizarre little tempest in a music industry teapot, this post will provide some facts to color the discussion.

    I’m not sure when I first became aware of “Cheng.” It was sometime last year, when I was still working as the Editorial Director of Billboard. I’m reasonably certain “Cheng” first crossed my radar because of a small handful of folks on Twitter, asking me if I’d seen articles she was publishing on the user-generated “news” site,

    At that time, it seemed to me, almost all of the articles under the Cheng byline, as well as those by another “reporter,” “Sabrina O’Connor,” had two things in common: they seemed to me to be laser-focused on disparaging Lady Gaga, and they seemed to me to regularly misrepresent facts and details. Occasionally they would pull in Billboard or even me, personally, with ungrounded and wholly untrue accusations that somehow Billboard or I was receiving favor from Gaga’s camp to better represent her or her chart positions. From my perspective, the notion was so ridiculous and the source so not credible that I ignored it. Eventually, however, as Twitter questions persisted, and as other media outlets started repeating certain details from the stories—more on that in a bit—I reached out to some friends at’s parent company, AEG (the giant tour promoter). I explained that many of these stories appeared to contain libel and/or defamation, and gave them a handful of offending examples. AEG said they’d have someone look into the matter, and very shortly thereafter—and very much to AEG’s and the Examiner’s credit—the stories disappeared from the site. At some time after that, “Cheng” appeared to stop contributing to

    All of this would be fine and well and water under the bridge, except for two nagging problems.

    One was that the “work” of “Cheng” and “O’Connor” appeared to me to create a lasting, negative smear on the campaign for Lady Gaga’s current album, Artpop.

    On November 17, 2013, “Sabrina O’Connor” posted a story on that claimed Lady Gaga’s Interscope label had spent $25 million to promote her album Artpop which had been released 11 days earlier.

    Within days that number had been repeated in seemingly any outlet that could credibly cover such a matter: Business Week. New York magazine. Business Insider. A couple of weeks later, the New York Post published a razor-sharp hatchet job on Gaga, once again, floating the $25 million figure.

    (Credit where it’s due: the only outlet I could find that called bullshit, and did it the very next day, was Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411.)

    This appears to be echo chamber reporting at its worst. I have to wonder if any of the aforementioned outlets could provide independent reporting or confirmation of this $25 million figure. Most of them appeared to simply use the sensational $25 million as click bait, while disclaiming in the fine print that it was “according to”, and linking to the source. It’s an ugly gut check for a content farming industry that was once known as journalism. But the truth is, for many outlets and at some times, it doesn’t seem to matter what’s verifiable. If it’s sexy and you can blame it on a different media outlet if it turns out not to be true, fire up the CMS! New York mag, seemingly warned about the tenuous original sourcing after its story was live, went so far as to append an update to their initial post, noting that “This news was originally reported by a source that is not verifiable, so file this news under ‘quite possibly fictional gossip.’ In fact, disregard it entirely”—but left the $25 million figure in their headline. It seemed to me that the number became an albatross of Gaga’s Artpop campaign. As Artpop sales and singles did not perform up to the standards of Gaga’s previous releases, the $25 million was held up again and again to show just how high the expectations were that had been missed—to, ultimately unfairly, define a failure.

    It was this realization that led me to make a few phone calls. After all, maybe I was wrong: maybe “Cheng” and “O’Connor” were just hard-working journalists in modern times, using new, user-generated platforms that were availed to them to create impactful work.

    Now, I must say, I have no idea if there really is an Angela Cheng or a Sabrina O’Connor. This is what I know: In Cheng’s bio on, which I can no longer find on site, she listed herself as “a recent Communication Media Studies graduate of the University of Oklahoma,” and “the school newspaper’s pop music writer.”

    But a University of Oklahoma representative told me on the phone in January that there had been no “Angela Cheng” to enroll or graduate within any timeframe that could reasonably be construed as “recent.” Similarly, no one at the school paper, the Oklahoma Daily could find any record of an Angela Cheng contributing. “Sabrina O’Connor,” meanwhile, represented herself in her bio as “a recent journalism graduate of Cal State Long Beach” and “a pop music writer for the university and local city newspapers.

    Again, a school official told me there was no record to support the notion of enrollment or matriculation of a student by that name. And again, no one at the Daily 49er—Cal State’s student paper—was able to find evidence of a contributor by that name. As well, the photographer who had taken the picture that Cheng was using to identify herself publically shared that the image was being used without his permission.

    So who is Angela Cheng? I have no idea, nor do I have the time or the inclination to report it out. There is no shortage of internet rumors regarding high-profile bloggers with an axe to grind against Lady Gaga. But I’d be no better than what I’m decrying if I named names on such flimsy support.

    All of this leads back to the second dynamic in this whole scenario that remains eating at me: the ease at which the lie accomplishes the truth. No one I’ve spoken with in or around Gaga’s camp or in the music business as a whole—and I have a decent source or two, trust—believes there was a $25 million dollar marketing budget on Gaga’s Artpop campaign. And yet suddenly, there it is, like wildfire, spreading in too many pop-culture outlets to be ignored. What can Gaga do? Ignore it and let people believe? Deny it and legitimize the claims of a person who may or may not exist? It’s a shit choice.

    And to a much lesser extent, it’s the choice I’m now faced with. You see, in the BuzzFeed editor’s first communication to me, he proposed, “I’m working on a story about a few online music critics including one in particular named Angela Cheng…There were some rumors flying around at the time you left Billboard that you were being fired over trying to help Lady Gaga’s chart positions, was there any truth to those rumors?”

    So here I am, having to answer a reporter with a powerful platform behind him, because a person that I don’t believe to exist (“Angela Cheng”) posited what I know to be unfounded nonsense about my moving on from Billboard.

    The only real lesson I can take away from this is that it’s better to be the platform than the person trusting the platform. This is why I decided to post all of this, after all this time. No, I wasn’t fired from Billboard for any sort of shenanigans—I wasn’t fired at all. To be clear, during the time I worked for Billboard, the amazing team of people I worked with and for built a consumer music brand where one hadn’t existed, grew a social following from zero to the millions, brought the Billboard Music Awards back to TV with ABC, grew traffic to by about 6X and won prestigious awards for our site relaunch and redesigned magazine. In early January, the company that owns Billboard re-structured some of its media holdings and formed a new company out of Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter. Janice Min, who had been having an incredible run of success as the editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, was promoted to oversee both properties, and I was moved into an entrepreneurial role with the company, working on some new projects. This is not scandalous, but just an old-fashioned thing called the truth. As the above can attest, sometimes it’s stranger than fiction. You just need to be very, very careful about where you choose to read it.

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    Arriving at a gym in West Hollywood March 31st

    Arriving at a Recording Studio in Los Angeles, March 31st

    Confirmed song titles
    1. Better Days
    2. Outlaw
    3. Tearing Down Walls
    4. Hurts
    5. Take It For What It Is
    6. Breathing Room
    7. Northern Star
    8. Night Like This
    9. Snow Globe



    she looks soo pretty, I need to know who she signed with

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    It’s always a little intimidating to speak with Kevin Feige. In person, the Marvel Studios president is certainly a nice guy, but it’s just a little bit off to know that this is the man who knows every secret about one of the most popular film franchises that has ever been created. Feige, as opposed to other people in his position, is known for not lying. He’s certainly coy! But maybe—just maybe—if I ask a question in a particularly nice way, Feige will explain how the Marvel cinematic universe will unfold with every detail. (Or, more likely, he’ll just laugh with a look on his face that says, “nice try.”)

    Feige is promoting the sure-to-be blockbuster, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, we find Captain America, aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) trying to adapt to the modern world—which involves some pretty nifty popular-culture milestones that ol’ Cap must catch up on, which he keeps on a handy list—after (a), spending nearly 70 years on ice and (b), fighting aliens in 2012’s The Avengers. That aside, Captain America is confronted with a mysterious new foe called the Winter Soldier and a slew of other new enemies from some of the people he trusted the most.

    What’s not a sure bet is Marvel’s movie after Captain America, which is the sci-fi, outer-space-themed Guardians of the Galaxy. Starring Chris Pratt, Guardians represents a true risk for Marvel, but the recent positive reaction to its trailer positive reaction to its trailer put Feige’s mind at least a little more at ease. Well, sort of.

    VF Hollywood: You know at this point that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is going to be a hit, right?
    Kevin Feige: I take nothing for granted. But, the time when you start to go, “All right, do we have something or do we not have something?,” is when fine folks like yourself start to see it when we do those initial screenings. And the response has been very nice.

    Captain America seems like a tough character because he’s so earnest. But you stick to that with him and it still works.
    You’re right.

    Because last summer, after Man of Steel, people complained that Superman didn’t stay true to his character in the last act. There’s a scene in this movie that’s almost the antithesis of that.
    Well, yeah, I mean it’s just sort of the way we believe in the character and the way we believe he can be done. If you look at the best of the comics, he’s not just a stodgy boy scout, necessarily. You know, I don’t know if it’s even something as formal as a code—he’s a good guy who really believes in what he believes in. And how do you do that in an entertaining way without betraying sort of who Steve is? You know, we’re mental, we believe all [of] these are real characters and real people—so it’s not our job to change who they are; it’s our job to allow them to showcase their best selves on a big screen.

    I have an idea for a Marvel one-shot film.
    I’m ready.

    Steve Rogers spends the day watching Star Wars and WarGames, which are both referenced in the movie.
    That’s not a one-shot, that’s a movie! I would want Mystery Science Theater style. I’m totally down for that.

    Those were both great references, by the way. I would have been disappointed if he had not seen Star Wars.
    It’s funny you say that—before we shot that insert, we had a number of notebooks with a number of different things, and you wouldn’t believe the conversation between [directors] Joe and Anthony [Russo], our co-producer Nate Moore, and myself. “O.K., now that’s got to be on there, too.” “No, he would have seen it!” “If he’s seen WarGames, he’s seen that!”

    What reference did you fight the hardest for on that list?
    Well, Star Wars. “Star Wars/Trek” was a very big one. And I Love Lucy, actually.

    Only Steve Rogers would write it down as “Star Wars/Trek” with that dividing line.
    Yeah! Who does that? Like, I would never consider doing that.

    He thinks it’s the same thing.
    And then “Rocky II?,” with a question mark. I will tell you a funny story about that notebook: if you go to Germany and see the movie, if you go to France to see the movie, if you go to London to see the movie—which I highly recommend!—what is written in that notebook is different in each of those territories. It was an Internet contest for people to be saying, “What did Steve Rogers miss while he was in the ice for almost 70 years?”

    The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer went over well.
    Yes, I was very, very pleased with that because we sort of put it all out there for that teaser—to take all of the elements about what we love about this movie, what is unique about this movie, and that are probably scary to everyone else in town and the reason why nobody else has made a movie like this—and just put it out there. And that people responded to it and sort of got what we were hoping to do was wonderful—really wonderful. Even surprising. I was expecting more debate.

    And there may be more debate as we continue down the marketing road. But, the overwhelming positivity was wonderful.

    It was pretty much the same footage I saw at Comic Con, which was surprising because I had heard from you guys that that footage wouldn’t be released.
    Well, you’re right. And that piece was built very specifically for the fan audience. Sometimes, you know, you think, O.K., well, this will work for the 7,000 people in Hall H, but for the masses, we’ll have to be more delicate. And there were other versions that we put together, but [we] ultimately said, “Well, you know what, let’s just go with the great version.”

    Guardians of the Galaxy is considered a risk, but wouldn’t you be more nervous about it if it were a stand-alone movie as opposed to part of the larger story? In other words, people who might not see this movie will see it because it’s a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
    Well, look, I think that’s true. And what I hope and have hoped for a long time, and maybe we’re almost there—never mind the connectivity between the movies, which Guardians is absolutely, if not a distant relative, certainly connected through various ways within the story line—is that they see the Marvel Studios logo and that it’s a Marvel Studios movie. And that, like Pixar, “Oh, it’s about a rat in a kitchen? I never heard of it. Oh, it’s Pixar? I have to go see it.” I would love to be in that position some day. And Guardians will be a big step towards that.

    That’s funny. The Dissolve published a look back at some movie news from 20 years ago.
    That’s awesome.

    And there’s a Wizard magazine excerpt about Todd McFarlane and Spawn, where the writer references “Marvel’s movie bombs.” Things have changed.
    Amazing. When we started over 20 years ago now—no, what am I saying? Not quite 20 years ago . . .

    I think he was referencing the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie.
    Oh, sure. Or Roger Corman [1994’s The Fantastic Four] or the 1990 Captain America. When we started doing X-Men, my first foray into the Marvel world, every story online was, “Well, you know it’s going to be bad because of the Marvel curse. You know it’s going to be terrible because of the Marvel curse.” And, you know, I’ve worked hard to try to change that. [laughs]


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    Lyndie Greenwood, is the kind of girl we adore. She’s a major bookworm, loves to study (currently reading up on wine!), and is already coming up with some movie ideas. If she ever hosts a book club, we’re signing up.

    So we were shooting at the coolest bookstore in Los Angeles. Were you in awe as much as we were? Are you a total bookworm?

    I absolutely loved shooting at The Last Bookstore. The building itself is gorgeous, and the sheer volume of books was almost overwhelming. I love to read, and I could’ve spent many more hours exploring their collection.

    Tell us about your favorite reads! What’s currently on your nightstand?

    Right now I’m reading Steven King’s The Dark Tower series. I’m almost finished the second book (The Drawing of the Three), and can’t wait to start the third. While reading this series, I’ve been reading various comics. My favourite comic lately has been Saga. I’ve also been reading a non-fiction book called A History of the World in 6 Glasses.

    Do you live in Toronto, Canada? If so, how does Toronto compare to Los Angeles?

    Canada’s a pretty big country, and the culture varies from city to city just as it does in the states. I am from Toronto, and I’d say it’s sort of like a little New York. We’ve got a sort of east-coast sensibility here – a cynicism and directness that probably comes from dealing with such crap weather.

    Which do you prefer? How have your trips to Los Angeles been? Any fun discoveries?

    I’ve been to LA twice now. I stayed for a couple months each time, so I felt I really got to know the city pretty well – although, I know there is much more to discover. I love LA for many reasons, but especially the weather and the hiking. I spent a lot of time running and reflecting in Griffith park. But I love Toronto, too. They are very different cities.

    “Sleepy Hollow” films in NC and NY, right? During your downtime (if you have any!), what do you enjoy doing? Sightseeing? Any explorations lately?

    We actually only shoot in NC. Screen Gems studios is in Wilmington, so that’s our home base, but we’ll shoot on location in surrounding cities, too. I really like Wilmington! It’s got a fantastic food and wine culture, and tons of history. I’ve enjoyed many a nerdy tour: horse-and-buggy through the historic downtown area, walking the USS North Carolina Battleship, ghost tours. I’ve met lovely friends, and had a lot of fun going to see independent theatre, film, and live music.

    Now, you’re back in Toronto! What are your current plans in the next few months? When does filming kick back in?

    Unfortunately, my plans for the time I have in Toronto before shooting starts again in May (one month!) are pretty boring: mostly just moving and taxes. But I get to see my family and friends in between, and my dog, so I’m happy.

    Tell us how you think your character on “Sleepy Hollow” will progress in the current and next season! What has it been like to be a regular on the show now?

    I don’t know much about how Jenny will progress in the show. I’m really excited to get back to work, and find out! She’s been so much fun to play, and I know the writers have some cool stuff up their sleeves for her. Being a series regular feels fantastic; I basically felt like a regular last season, but having it become official gives me a lot of gratification.

    How are your cast mates? We worked with a few last year and adored them!

    My cast mates are the best! I feel so lucky to be a part of a crew that gets along so well. It makes the long hours (and downtime, for that matter) much easier to bear.

    Did you ever think you’d be in a show like “Sleepy Hollow?” Although “Nikita” is equally dramatic!

    I really love sci-fi, fantasy, and anything of the “speculative fiction” genre. When I saw the preview for the “Sleepy Hollow” pilot, I was really excited to watch it. It was only afterwards that I auditioned and got the role of Jennifer Mills, so I was extremely excited. I guess you could say I’ve always hoped to be on a show like Sleepy Hollow, so I feel very lucky and grateful.

    You studied acting for quite a bit and at numerous schools in Toronto! Not many people really pursue professional training. What made you want to start?

    I didn’t pursue professional acting training until after I did an undergraduate degree in life sciences at the University of Toronto. After I graduated, I decided to try acting professionally, and quickly realized I needed some lessons! Now I love to train; I go to classes at Lewis Baumander’s acting studio whenever I have the time. I also really enjoyed studying Meisner Technique with Jason Fraser, and at Pro Actor’s Lab with John Gordon.

    Looks like you’re both a dancer and martial artist! What else do you do in your spare time that we just don’t know about? Are you an avid baker? Cook? Etc?

    I used to study martial arts, but I don’t do as much of that anymore. In my spare time, I love to read, run, watch tv/movies, and go out for dinner with friends. I like to study things, and for the past couple years I’ve been studying wine.

    Lastly, if you’re like us and love to keep up with the news, what’s caught your attention lately whether about entertainment or worldly news that you have been following?

    Last night, I learned that the Vatican has been funding extensive astrobiology research for many years. They are very interested in finding our “brothers out there.” Apparently, they feel that these “others” may never have fallen from original sin, and that we may have much to learn from them. I was very surprised by the whole thing, as it seems counterintuitive for creationists to believe in extraterrestrials. The whole thing is bizarre and awesome. I think someone needs to make a movie about it soon.

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    Aisha Tyler's book Self-Inflicted Wounds is getting the TV treatment.

    CBS Television Studios has optioned the actress-comedian's New York Times best-selling book, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is a series of comic essays about times in Tyler's life that she found herself in the middle of humiliating incidents and the lessons that she's learned about embracing failure on the road to success.

    A search is underway for writers to adapt the book as a potential half-hour comedy series. No network is currently attached. Tyler and her management company, ROAR, are attached to executive produce.

    The book, which debuted in July on the NYT list, is based partially on an element of Tyler's award-winning Podcast Girl on Guy, during which she interviews actors, directors, comedians, chefs, musicians, authors and more and asks each guest to reveal a self-inflicted wound. The podcast was selected by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011 and has more than nine million downloads.

    For Tyler, the project comes as she continues her voice work on FX's animated comedy Archer, currently in its fifth season and renewed through season seven. She also hosts The CW's Whose Line Is It Anyway and is a co-host on CBS' The Talk. On the acting side, she has a role in HBO's Ryan Murphy drama pilot Open. Tyler is repped by UTA, ROAR and Hansen Jacobson.


    I've gone off her lately, but congrats to her I guess.

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  • 04/01/14--13:24: "Sex Tape" trailer

  • Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel

    Have you ever filmed your self having sex ONTD?


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    Taco Bell recently started serving breakfast and McDonald’s is doing everything it can to make sure that you forget about it. They started a free coffee campaign last week and now the chain is holding impromptu concerts.

    This morning, Karmin rode a giant McDonald’s bus around New York City to give fans, and potential Taco Bell customers, a free concert.

    Of course, Taco Bell isn’t taking all of this lying down. The restaurant has started it’s own social media blitz to draw people into the restaurant for breakfast tacos. They took photos of a few “babes” eating tacos…



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    Singer Rita Ora has revealed she had never experienced love before meeting her current boyfriend Calvin Harris.

    The 23-year-old made the revelations as she stripped off to reveal her tattooed ribcage on the cover of Elle magazine.

    Discussing falling in love, she said: ‘There are so many things. The fact that he got something out of me that I never thought I had. Yes, like falling in love. I just didn’t think I had it. I’d never experienced it before. And I was just like in the wilderness, thinking, “Will it ever happen?’

    The pair, who have been dating since May of last year, have just collaborated on her latest song I Will Never Let You Down.

    Discussing why this album is different to her debut one, she said: ‘I didn’t know what the f*ck I was doing on my first album, let’s be honest. I was a kid having the time of my life. And I made a party album – party and bullsh*t.

    ‘This time, I’m still having a great time, but I’m in a great, loving place. Now I want people to see you can have fun and be in love at the same time.’

    Leaving little to the imagination on the cover, the singer reveals a touch of breast as well as of course her stunning tattoo inspired by an Alberto Vargs images of a pin-up girl.

    Speaking about the etching which sits on the right hand of her ribcage, she told the magazine: ‘This is Rosetta. It’s based on an original piece by Alberto Vargas, who was an incredible illustrator in the 1930s. He was one of the creators of the pin-up image. That’s our build, our power.

    ‘That’s why I was obsessed with it; learning what men don’t understand about women and what women don’t understand about men. I was obsessed with the painting a long time ago, and then I got it done six months ago. I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes.’



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