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    It’s obvious that RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 fan favorite Bianca Del Rio will end up in the final two this season, even though anyone who watches will tell you the show’s historically fixed outcomes are completely orchestrated by RuPaul herself.

    In the video below, we provide proof that even if she doesn’t win the crown, Del Rio may be the wittiest and quickest queen to ever compete.

    In what we presume was a recent performance, an agitated fan casually gets on stage to accuse the fast-talking Southern charmer of being racist, and she promptly hands his ass right back to him.

    Don’t mess with the Queen if you can’t handle the wrath:


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    Farrah Abraham has collected her thoughts, composed complete sentences and authored a brand new book.

    Amazingly, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

    The infamous Teen Mom star is set to publish the first ebook in her erotic romance novel trilogy. Titled Celebrity Sex Tape: In The Making, the future bargain bin book is loosely based on Farrah’s own life. Here’s the description from the publisher, Ellora’s Cave…

    The journey: Hot sex. A few thrills. A lot of tips and tricks. There has to be more to life than this, and I’m going to find it.
    The woman: I’m like every other person out there. I want to be loved and I want to be happy. But in the words of my best friend, I have to kiss a few frogs along the way. That’s okay, I know what I want and I’m not afraid to go after it, to hell with what other people think. My name is Fallon Opal, and I’m not who everyone thinks I am.
    The star: To the world I’m another starlet gone crazy. Always traveling, clubbing non-stop, and juggling drug problems and alcohol issues. The truth couldn’t be further from that. I’m on a journey to find myself and I’m going to do it without shame — my way. Sometimes it feels like the world is against me but that won’t stop me from getting mine.

    Nonetheless, Ellora’s Cave apparently has enough confidence in Farrah’s torrid tale to sign her on for two sequels.

    “Her reaction to public scrutiny reveals the person she truly is, rather than what the media have made her out to be,” Ellora’s Cave CEO Patty Marks said in a press release, apparently not realizing that isn’t a compliment. “She’s tough and she’s determined but she has vulnerabilities like the rest of us, whether or not she lets them show. I think readers will be surprised to find out who Farrah really is and what a great character she has developed with Fallon Opal… It’s great to have another independent woman like Farrah in our publishing house celebrating her sexuality.”

    Farrah further blurred the line between her and Fallon Opalham by saying the writing process was therapeutic.

    “Fallon’s story follows what I’ve gone through recently, much of it witnessed and misunderstood by the public,” Farrah said. “Book One is an entertaining and sexually charged novel, but it’s also an inside look at the underside of being a reality TV star that everyone else can relate to.”


    Well, it seems this will be worse than 50 Shades
    Worst book you've read?

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    Earlier today it was posted via facebook that they were reuniting, their website says,

    "It's been almost six years since Copeland has released new music. Though each member has been pursuing new ventures, inside and outside of the music industry both collectively as well as individually, Aaron Marsh, Bryan Laurenson, Stephen Laurenson, and Jonathan Bucklew have reunited to record and self-release their 5th full-length album, Ixora. The record will be recorded and produced by Aaron Marsh at his studio in Lakeland, FL, The Vanguard Room."

    their facebook
    their website

    The release date is set for Oct. 31, 2014 and preorders are going to crowd fund the release. Crossing my fingers that this isn't an extremely well thought out April Fool's joke.

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    ... courtesy of Peter Jackson

    photo taken from when they appeared together on 'Watch What Happens Live' ... Bravotv [last year]

    Actor Orlando Bloom lived with Sir Ian McKellen in New York while they were both working on Broadway.

    Director Peter Jackson let him stay in his apartment, and the actor shared it with his Lord of the Rings co-star McKellen, who was also working on Broadway at the time.

    Bloom says, "There were two parts (to the apartment). Ian was in the big one and I was in the small one, and we were doing Broadway, so we'd get home at the end of the night and have a drink and a debrief, catch-up. It was amazing."


    ngl ... this gives me the warm fuzzies

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    "Game of Thrones" fans were introduced to the darker side of the Bolton family tree in Season 3. From Roose Bolton's betrayal of Robb Stark at the Red Wedding to his bastard son Ramsay Bolton torturing Theon Greyjoy, it didn't take long to realize that neither are very good men.

    But what does Roose think of Ramsay? That's a dynamic viewers didn't get to see play out in Season 3. During a conversation with Zap2it, Michael McElhatton says his character Roose Bolton has a soft spot for Ramsay.

    "He's very wary of Ramsay, but he is his son," McElhatton says. "He does say that he should have thrown him down a well or something, but that the babe had his eyes, so there's something there; the survival of the species of Bolton. He is his only child. His other child is dead, he suspects Ramsay of killing him, but I think there is something very primal of that even though he's very, very wary and he's aware that he is a psychotic."

    The relationship between men and their bastard children has been an interesting one to watch on "Game of Thrones." Ned raised Jon, but never quite as a full son. Robert Baratheon completely ignored his bastards, like Gendry. Jaime never acted quite like any sort of father figure to Joffrey. By contrast, Roose takes a certain amount of ownership of Ramsay.

    "He doesn't dismiss him totally," McElhatton says. "He's very, very wary of him, he knows he's psychotic, but he is his son. I think that will probably play out as the seasons go on."

    McElhatton admits that he, like Roose, has a bit of a soft spot for Ramsay. Yes, this character is evil, but McElhatton believes he also has some redeeming qualities.

    "I think he's got ambition and he's got drive, and they're the things that really are the engine of Roose Bolton," McElhatton explains of why Roose gives Ramsay the time of day. "He's a political animal, and it's just survival of the fittest and moving on. He's not a lay about. He's not a guy who runs and hides behind -- if he had a mother -- her apron strings. He's out there in the thick of it."

    In fact, McElhatton finds the relationship between Ramsay and Roose to be fascinating.

    "The one thing Ramsay craves more than torturing people and maiming them is the love and respect of his dad, and I think that's played out. I think that's really interesting," he says. "Later on, it's very moving actually. There's a scene and you go, 'Oh my god,' even though it's totally weird and quite epic. There is something about a child craving and needing the love of a parent, and the parent not giving it to them. It's a brilliant dynamic."


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  • 04/01/14--14:49: Emma Stone Post

  • Earth Hour Event in Singapore March 29th

    New Video of Emma and Andrew Cycling/Forbidden City Touring in Beijing

    New Video Interview of Emma in Singapore

    Emma Arriving in Tokyo, March 30th

    Press Conference in Japan March 31st

    Emma on the cover of Cosmopolitan Argentina April 2014

    New Interview of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Cast on Japanese TV


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    Chris Evans is pumped and ready to go. The 32-year-old returns as Marvel’s most honourable superhero, Captain America, in the franchise’s latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film sees Captain America and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) teaming up to fight friend-turned-enemy Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), although Cap questions the motives of S.H.I.E.L.D. senior commanders, including head honcho Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).

    The affable Evans was in L.A. when we spoke with him by phone. Here the actor talks about what we can expect from the film, how he’s learned to deal with “brain noise,” and his future behind the camera.

    So, what’s going on with Cap in this film?
    “Well, it’s a continuation of where we left him in The Avengers. He’s still trying to acclimate to modern times, but it’s not so much about ‘tech shock’ — he’s not blown away by the internet or cellphones — it’s more about the way things are done, and how his company has chosen to operate compared to how things were run back in the 1940s.”

    Would you say he’s experiencing a mental or emotional hangover from what went down in New York in The Avengers?
    “I don’t know if I would say that, it’s more about how he’s acclimating to what he has to face on a daily basis. I mean he’s been in war, he’s a guy who’s fought plenty of battles in World War II, so fighting for his life is nothing new to him. It’s more about morality and the current set of values in our society.”

    Captain America is the most morally upright of Marvel’s heroes. Is that difficult to play as an actor? Do you feel limited?
    “I think the trouble with Cap is that he’s motivated by selflessness and as a result he doesn’t really allow for his own struggles and conflicts to rise to the surface, to effect anyone else beside himself. He’s a boy scout in that sense, and that’s what makes it a challenge, to try and make him interesting and dynamic if his one motivation is not to bleed on people.”

    This is your fourth film with Scarlett Johansson after The Perfect Score, The Nanny Diaries and The Avengers. What’s it like working with her?
    “She’s fantastic, she’s like my sister. I’ve known her since before she was the Scarlett Johansson. When I did my first movie with her she was just some actress, so she’s really come a long way.”

    And you’ve come a long way as well. How do you think you’ve improved most as an actor?
    “I’ve gotten good at understanding what matters and what doesn’t. I suppose that doesn’t necessarily address the actor evolution, but I’ve gotten a lot better at being able to tell when certain things just don’t need your time. Certain things you shouldn’t waste your energy dwelling on or concerning yourself with. It’s very easy in this business to let your brain noise get the best of you.”

    And you’ve just finished directing your first film, the romantic drama 1:30 Train with Alice Eve. Was directing everything you’d imagined?
    “I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to do it again. It’s sorta become my number one focus and goal. And it was similar to what I anticipated. There’s always going to be unforeseen challenges and hurdles whenever you try a new endeavour, but it was a fantastic experience overall and I really responded to it.”

    Did you talk to co-star Robert Redford about directing? After all, he’s one of the best examples of an actor who’s succeeded as a filmmaker.
    “No, I am so out of his league, I wouldn’t have felt right bothering him with my little movie.”

    Speaking of Redford, it seems like Winter Soldier harkens back to 1970s political movies such as the Redford pic Three Days of the Condor.
    “That’s exactly right, this is a political thriller and it does pay homage to those ’70s movies that were so great, and I think that we reference Three Days of the Condor all the time. So that is very accurate.”

    You recently said you’d like to take a break from acting once your Marvel contract has ended. What do you plan to do?
    “Oh, just directing. I just want a break from acting. Acting is great, it’s wonderful, but I’ve really responded to directing and I just want to take as much time as I can with the opportunities I’m given right now to do exactly what I love — and at this point in my life it’s directing.”

    Any directors whose films you study? Are you watching the films of anyone in particular?
    “I suppose right now I am into David Fincher. I guess that’s no surprise because his movies are so fantastic, but he’s one director in particular that I’ve really begun to appreciate even more than I already did. I really respect how his movies all come together, between the music and the edits. It’s a really beautiful process that he manages to accomplish in every movie he makes.”

    When do you start shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron?
    “I start in early April.”

    So you must be back in the gym, getting your Captain America body back in shape. How’s that going?
    “Yeah, back in the gym. You know, it’s peaks and valleys. You work as hard as you can prior to filming and you maintain throughout the shoot and the second you wrap you kind of let it go completely. So I am in the middle of that right now, trying to put the weight back on.”

    Does that become more difficult as you get older?
    “It’s definitely a challenge. I’m sure it’s a bit harder this time around than the first time around four or five years ago, but it’s still worth it. It’s exciting knowing you are making a good product. If I wasn’t as happy as I am with the films that Marvel is producing I think it would be harder to find the motivation to get myself back into fighting shape. But because you know you’re making a good product, it’s worth the struggle.”

    I agree, the Marvel movies are getting better — they’re more thoughtful, smarter, darker.
    “Yeah, Marvel has the formula.”

    But what’s going to happen when Marvel runs out of all these superheroes?
    “I think the way Marvel is looking at it, it’s almost the way James Bond is — they continually reinvent him. Outside of Iron Man — who I can’t honestly imagine anyone beside Robert Downey Jr. playing — you can do what you did with the Spider-Man franchise, or the Batman franchise or what they are doing with the Fantastic Four franchise. They’ll continue to reinvent these things and use new talented actors and new talented directors and there will be new stories.”


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    Australian Kanye West fans will have to excuse the rapper's absence this autumn, as he has an album to finish. He was due to visit the land Down Under for a quick run of Yeezus tour dates, but he has rescheduled them for September – Australia's springtime – so he can keep with a production schedule that will allow him to record his seventh full-length album. It's scheduled to come out this calendar year, according to a press release on RocNation.

    "Due to unexpected timing requirements to finish his highly anticipated new studio album, scheduled for a 2014 release, Kanye West regretfully announces the postponement of his upcoming tour dates in Australia," the statement reads. "The tour dates originally scheduled from May 2 to May 11, 2014 will now be played from September 5 to September 15, 2014. All tickets for the initially scheduled shows will be honored for the new dates."

    The press release came via Jay Z's Roc Nation, which began managing West's Donda Music – a branch of his Donda creative house – in March. The partnership covers West's "recording brand" and touring ventures.

    West has been talking about his plans for a follow-up to Yeezus since late last year. In a talk with architect Jacques Herzog during Miami's Art Basel festival last December, he said he hoped the new album would contain eight songs. Then he compared making an album to designing a building. "It's just reducing down the amount of information that you need," he said. "People say a design is the point where you can't take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn't made Yeezus, I wouldn't be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here."

    In other Kanye West release news, the rapper will put out a Yeezus movie, though he has not said when. He released a trailer, filled with horses, lasers and religious rituals, in February. American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has said he is working on its screenplay.

    Here are Kanye West's rescheduled Australian tour dates:

    9/5 Perth - Perth Arena
    9/7 Adelaide - Entertainment Centre
    9/9 Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
    9/10 Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
    9/12 Sydney - Qantas Credit Card Arena
    9/13 Sydney - Qantas Credit Card Arena
    9/15 Brisbane - Entertainment Centre

    release this album NOW

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    Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe had fun on the blue carpet as they premiered their new film Noah in France (1 April). The A Beautiful Mind co-stars looked very relaxed together at the event, which came just a day after the film had a large premiere at Leicester Square in London. Connelly and Crowe were the sole ambassadors for the film at the event, which marks one of the final stops on the extended Noah press tour.

    I've loved most of Jennifer's looks on the Noah press tour but this one is way out there - it reminds me of a cross between something from Buck Rogers and late-period Elvis costumes.

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    Video: LeBron James records rap verse, covers Jay Z song

    LeBron James (left) on stage with Jay-Z in 2008. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Entertainment)

    It’s safe to say LeBron James is better at rapping than Michael Jordan was at baseball.

    But that’s as far as I’m willing to go when evaluating the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player’s ability on the mic. Thanks to the fine folks at TMZ, you can do that yourself.

    TMZ has posted the audio (below) of LeBron dropping his own original rap verse to the Jay-Z song “F**kwithmeyouknowigotit” off the album Magna Carta Holy Grail. In the song, the two-time champion alters the hook to a more PG-13-friendly “Roll with us ’cause you know we got it” and adds some pretty good lines along the way, including this one (transcribed by TMZ):

    Say what you want about the king,
    Got money, got cribs, got whips, and oh yeaaa (bleeped) got 2 rings (2 rings, 2 rings)

    LeBron recorded the remix last summer in Ohio with childhood friend Sian Cotton, an aspiring rapper who released a mixtape earlier this month. The two titled the song “Kingdom.”

    “We were working out together and LeBron said ‘let’s get in the booth,” Cotton told TMZ. “I said ‘I’m going tonight’, so he came to the studio.”

    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen LeBron live out his musical dreams. Back in January, we saw James and his Heat teammates perform at Battioke 2014, a charity kareoke show put on by teammate Shane Battier, singing songs like “Get Low” and “Blurred Lines.”

    LeBron isn’t the only NBA player to dabble in music recently. On Monday, DeMarcus Cousins teased the release of his R&B album, “Boogie Smooth.” OK, that was an April Fool’s Day joke, but it’s still worth checking out the fake promo video.

    For Opening Day, a Campaign to Love Baseball

    MAJOR League Baseball is entering the new season with a new lead creative agency, BBDO New York, and invoking the L-word — love — to describe how fans feel about the sport, and how everyone else should, too.

    A campaign raising the curtain on 2014 carries the theme “For the love of baseball” and begins, appropriately enough, with a salute to opening day, then will proceed with commercials that celebrate how attending a game can provide “memories that last forever” and salute young star players like Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

    The campaign will be accompanied by initiatives in social media like Facebook and Twitter as well as a wave of efforts by marketing and media partners of Major League Baseball, among them Budweiser, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, New Era, PepsiCo and Sony. And there are new partners for 2014 like Church & Dwight, Kellogg, Target and Viacom.
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    For many years, baseball played in the shadow of the new favorite sport of Madison Avenue, football. But the growing ardor among viewers for watching sports live rather than recorded, making it more likely they will see commercials, has helped bolster baseball’s appeal as an advertising delivery vehicle.
    An ad recalls Babe Ruth’s purchase by the Yankees in 1919.

    “Sports is such a passion point between our consumers and our brands,” said Jennifer Storms, senior vice president for global sports marketing at PepsiCo, which is to announce on Monday that “we have renewed our partnership with M.L.B. in a multiyear agreement, extending a partnership we’ve had for 15 years.”

    One draw is the fact that PepsiCo products like Cracker Jack, Frito-Lay sunflower seeds and Gatorade are “highly endemic to baseball,” Ms. Storms said, “in the stands, at home, in dugouts” — not to mention the shout-out to Cracker Jack in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

    To deepen those ties, PepsiCo has initiatives like the designation of Aquafina water as “the official sponsor of the seventh-inning stretch,” Ms. Storms said, and a deal with Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals to endorse Gatorade.

    BBDO New York was awarded the lead creative duties last month, assuming them from Hill Holliday in Boston, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which remains the creative agency for the M.L.B. Fan Cave. The assignment “galvanized people here,” said John Osborn, president and chief executive at BBDO New York, part of the BBDO Worldwide division of the Omnicom Group.

    “A lot of this is about immersing yourself in the game, which has so many dimensions,” he added. “A lot of people follow their own particular team, so one thing we’re doing is casting a spotlight on the greater joy of the game: stories of achievement, the ballpark experience, key events like opening day.”
    Another ad cites opening day feats by Bryce Harper and other star players.

    Last year, a commercial promoting opening day featured young stars like Mr. Harper, Mr. Price and Mr. Trout as it sought to build interest in the quest for the pots of gold at the end of the season: the playoffs and World Series. This year, Mr. Osborn said, the goal is “to celebrate the journey, the season, as much as the destination.”
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    Hollywood's antipiracy efforts add new voice
    For opening day, a campaign to love baseball

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    Tim Brosnan, executive vice president for business at Major League Baseball, praised what he called “the great passion the people at BBDO have for the game,” which “shows itself in the work,” adding that “their understanding of baseball’s heritage enables the creative to go that much deeper.” For instance, in the opening day commercial, cap-tips to recent opening day exploits by Mr. Kershaw and Mr. Harper are accompanied by scenes of Hank Aaron on opening day in 1974, when he tied Babe Ruth’s home-run record, and Jackie Robinson on opening day in 1947, when he broke the color barrier in professional baseball.

    A commercial called “Always There” for Budweiser also takes a then-and-now tack, recreating milestones like Ruth’s purchase by the New York Yankees in 1919 and “The Catch” by Willie Mays in 1954 before concluding with a glimpse of a contemporary Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

    The Budweiser commercial, by Anomaly in New York, part of MDC Partners, “authentically captures memorable moments in baseball,” said Tom Kraus, director for Budweiser at Anheuser-Busch, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, and “recognizes the powerful role baseball plays in our lives and celebrates Budweiser — the official beer of M.L.B. — always being part of America’s pastime.”

    As Major League Baseball embraces paeans to its history, it also acknowledges a need to reach what Mr. Brosnan described as “that ever-elusive younger demo” of consumers ages 12 to 24 and ages 18 to 34. That is the rationale behind a new, multiyear partnership with the MTV2 cable channel owned by Viacom, which on Tuesday will introduce “Off the Bat From the M.L.B. Fan Cave,” a half-hour series, scheduled for 30 weeks, featuring players like Mr. Harper and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. “We’re focusing on the intersection of pop culture and sports and showing the athletes as they’ve never been shown before,” said Chris McCarthy, general manager of MTV2, mtvU, Logo and executive vice president of MTV. “What we’ll be doing on air and in social media will enable the athletes and our audience to connect as never before.”

    MTV2 is “excited about the volume and intensity of interest from” advertisers in the new series, he added, and hopes to announce sponsors soon.

    Major League Baseball spent $25.9 million to advertise in major media last year, according to the Kantar Media unit of WPP, compared with $18.7 million in 2012 and $11.9 million in 2011.

    Brewers fans give Ryan Braun 'special' reception

    "It was special,'' Braun said, who went 1-for-4, and scored in the Brewers' 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. "It was an emotional moment for me.

    "I kind of allowed the adrenaline and the emotion of the moment to take over.''

    BOX SCORE: Brewers 2, Braves 0

    Yes, if you listened close enough, there were a few scattered boos among the sellout crowd of 45,691, which included Commissioner Bud Selig, but he was welcomed back as if he were coach Bo Ryan, leading the University of Wisconsin to the Final Four.

    Or, at least Hank The Dog, the Brewers' new marketing sensation.

    "It was good for him, he needed that,'' Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "It was important for him to know that he's still loved here, and wanted. This isn't New York. The fans here are pretty forgiving. He screwed up, acknowledged it, and that's all you can do.

    "The only thing we were kind of upset about is that Hank got a better ovation than everybody else did. The dog is more loved than we are. People here love their sports, and support them, even if you're a dog.''

    Just like that, on an opening day of games featuring the absurd, the Brewers fans' forgiveness and acceptance of Braun - after being betrayed just nine months ago - may have been the most bizarre event of the day.

    BONDS: Gets mixed reactions in return to Pittsburgh

    Welcome to the 2014 baseball season.

    It was a day in which we witnessed historical instant replay, with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates making the first challenges of the season, only for Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves to go down in history as the first manager to successfully win his challenge.

    It involved Braun, of course, who was ruled safe on an infield grounder by first-base umpire Greg Gibson, only to have it turned into an out just 58 seconds later.

    "I had a pretty good idea I was out,'' Braun said, who then watched the replay on the center-field scoreboard with everyone else, knowing he should start his retreat to the bench.

    "I didn't know they were going to show that stuff on the scoreboard, too,'' Lucroy said, still trying to come to grips with baseball's new technology.

    There was Nelson Cruz, one of 14 players suspended along with Braun in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug case, who won the affection of his new fan base. He homered and was the hero in the Baltimore Orioles' 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

    There was Barry Bonds, booed in his return to Pittsburgh as part of Andrew McCutchen's MVP ceremony, but perhaps more jeered for bolting Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1992 than his link to performance-enhancing drugs with the San Francisco Giants.

    For fans of the truly ridiculous, Philadelphia Phillies ace Cliff Lee left the day with a 14.40 ERA, surrendering 11 hits and eight runs in just five innings against the Texas Rangers.

    And he was the winning pitcher: Philadelphia 14, Texas 10.

    Still, even with all of the wild finishes, extra-inning games, and instant replay, Milwaukee had exclusive rights to the drama.

    "I think everyone was curious,'' Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said. "I know I was.''

    Two years ago, the Brewers and their fan base believed in him when he won his appeal over his positive drug test. Everything changed last summer with the admission that he lied. Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers abandoned him. Several of his peers ripped him.

    Everyone, it seems, felt betrayed.

    Funny what a difference a few apologies, public appearances, charitable events, and array of apologetic calls to ticket holders, can make.

    "Why wouldn't I stick by him? He's a Brewer,'' says Chris Groves, 42, who wore his Braun jersey to the game. "We all make mistakes. I think a majority of the people are probably doing something.

    "He just got caught.''

    Omar Shaikh, Braun's former partner in his restaurant group, had to cut ties last summer with Braun after the public outcry. Yet, there was Shaikh attending his first opening-day game at Miller Park Monday, wanting to make sure that he showed his support for Braun.

    "People were pretty upset when it happened,'' said Shaikh, "but people make mistakes. It's a very forgiving town. Ryan understood that we couldn't be in business together any longer, but that doesn't take away from our friendship.

    The Brewers are down 6% in season-ticket sales from a year ago, Brewers president Rick Schlesinger says, but Braun's suspension played only a small factor in the decline. The team stunk, going 74-88, and with renewed optimism this season, they believe they can recover the decline with individual and group sales. Braun, of course, could play a vital role in the resurgence.

    "Our fans are willing to not necessarily forget, but there's a level of forgiveness,'' Schlesinger said. "I think a lot of the anger has dissipated. We had our focus groups, and I haven't found anyone that says because of what happened to Ryan, I'm not supporting the Brewers.

    "They separated it from not being an institutional flaw, but an individual series of mistakes.

    "To be candid, a strong season on the field will make a big difference.''

    Still, even if Braun hits 50 homers and the Brewers win the pennant, fan Jim Best says, the healing process will take time. Best, who plans to wear Braun's $135 jersey with a big red X drawn through his name, has yet to forgive.

    Not just yet.

    "I'm a recovering alcoholic,'' Best says, "and until I came honest with my life and the conviction I had, is when my healing process started. I want to see some humbling amends out of him first. I really hope he sees the light.

    "I can forgive you once. You do it again, it's a different story. I hope he sees the light.''​

    Ricky Rubio gets 15 stitches in his upper lip, takes out a chair"

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Rubio came away from the Minnesota Timberwolves' 24-point defeat of Atlanta on Wednesday with the battle wound to show for it.

    Rubio required 15 stitches above his upper lip after colliding with Atlanta's Mike Scott on a play that was called a blocking foul on the Wolves' point guard, much to the dismay of an irate Rubio and coach Rick Adelman.

    The hit and the resulting call left Rubio fuming. As he walked to the locker room with his lip already swollen and bloody, Rubio let out his frustrations on an unsuspecting folding chair.

    "I was upset about the call, but I was in so much pain I had to kick something before I punched somebody," Rubio said afterward, wincing every time he smiled or laughed.

    GIF: Ricky was called for a block, kicked a chair on his way ... on Twitpic

    When he finally returned, freshly stitched up, in the latter half of the second quarter, Rubio seemed to have a bit extra fire in his game. He went on to finish with 10 assists and six steals, as the Wolves eventually put the Hawks away in convincing fashion.

    The gash in his lip might put a slight damper on the mustache-growing contest he and Kevin Love discussed starting before the game. Even with the stitches, Rubio's confidence in his facial hair prowess was still intact.

    "I think I'm going to win," he said, again cringing as he tried to hold back a grin.

    On the other hand, Love is now feeling pretty good about his chances against Rubio.

    "He's going to be follically challenged here for a while," Love joked. "Hopefully that will heal up quick for him. He won't have to wear a mask or anything, but he's just not going to be as pretty as usually is, I guess."

    At any level, Bo Ryan's method is well-suited for March Madness

    Ryan has downplayed the accomplishment. But to those who knew him back when he built an NCAA Division III program into a four-time national champion, it's huge.

    "All of us from Platteville are proud of him," Phillips said. "It's as big of a deal to us as to his immediate family, because we've all known he was this good."

    They're also proud to see Ryan has built Wisconsin's program in the same way as he did at Wisconsin-Platteville, where the Pioneers won four national championships in 15 years: tough, overlooked kids, precisely executing fundamentals as simple as the proper way to throw and catch the basketball. The Badgers begin each practice by practicing just that, and it could be a bunch of middle-schoolers learning the game.

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    Or those kids back at Wisconsin-Platteville.

    "It's the worst thing in the world," said Travis Schreiber, who played on two undefeated national championship teams for the Pioneers. "We would do 'partner-passing' to the point where our backs were sore. But you knew the value of the ball. You knew those little things meant a great deal. When you get to the Final Four level, the margin is very slim."

    That truth apparently translates at any level. The Badgers are headed to Arlington, Texas, where they'll play Kentucky in a semifinal on Saturday with a roster that is not studded with future NBA stars (though 7-foot junior Frank Kaminsky might be developing into something very special). Ryan's teams at Wisconsin-Platteville played in five Final Fours.

    Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan watches his team during an NCAA tournament practice.(Photo: Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports)

    "He had some darn good teams at Platteville," Ryan's wife Kelly said Saturday night, recalling fondly the buses filled with fans that would follow the Pioneers. "People would say, 'It's (only) Division III,' and I'd say, 'You know what? The trophy is the same. Division I or Division III, it looks exactly the same.' "

    Schreiber is now in the insurance business in Madison, Wis., where he has season tickets for Wisconsin basketball games and an up-close look at how much Ryan's Badgers teams resemble the ones he played on in Platteville, about 70 miles southwest. In 1994-95 and 1997-98, the Pioneers went undefeated.

    "We didn't get that way by not paying attention to detail," Schreiber said. "From partner-passing, to just simple defensive rotation drills, to breaking the game down to its component parts. … A lot of the same things we did at Platteville, he did at (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and he's doing at Madison.

    "I'm not saying it could have been us, but it kind of feels like us back at Platteville. The execution, the businesslike approach … even though it's a different uniform, it's very familiar

    Phillips noted that in a comparison of Arizona sophomore Kaleb Tarczewski and Kaminsky, who faced off, "One guy looks like an NBA draft pick, and the other guy looks like he just woke up from a nap." Kaminsky, a late bloomer, scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, clearly getting the best of the matchup.

    "That sums up what Bo has done his whole life," Phillips said. "I don't think you'll ever see any coach who can claim they get more out of their guys than Bo does. There's no four- or five-star guys. He gets guys who fit his system."

    They also see the same system. There's no one-to-one comparison to Kaminsky, of course. But in the head-fakes, the ball-fakes, the spins and especially the pivots, Schreiber and others see the four post moves taught with great precision by Ryan: the Moses (a drop-step), the Dominique (a step-through) the Sikma (a reverse pivot) and the McHale (a jump hook).

    And that's not the only thing. In the Badgers, they see the same close-knit chemistry they had in Platteville.

    "The way the guys love each other and the way 'Coach' loves his players, that's always been the case," Schreiber said. "There's really good camaraderie. You've got the right people in the locker room who are tough, and the right people who are funny."

    That apparently includes Ryan. Current players praise his consistency, and say he sometimes says things they don't get, "but at the end of the day," Dekker said, "it works."

    "What he said was never wrong," said Phillips, who worked for Ryan at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and says Ryan has "a gift" for teaching. "In terms of teaching basketball, everything that comes out of his mouth, if you let your ego go, he was right."

    Phillips said Ryan always seemed to have the right thing to say, too. And sometimes it wasn't instruction. Like the time when one of Ryan's three daughters — Phillips wouldn't disclose which — went through a brief phase when she was 3, or maybe 4, when she wanted to be a dog. She spent one game crawling, growling and barking on the other side of the gymnasium, in full view of, well, everyone.

    After committing a turnover, Phillips was yanked from the game, just as he expected. But as he stewed on the bench, Ryan crouched, looked him in the eye, and then delivered the perfect message for, in Phillips' self-description, "a high-strung kid who wanted to be better than I was."

    "You think you've got problems?" Ryan told Phillips. "My daughter thinks she's a dog."

    She grew out of that phase, of course. Phillips never became a great player — "I played Division III because there wasn't a Division IV," he said — but he developed into a good coach and has built a winning program at North Dakota State. And although Ryan long ago moved on from Platteville — where the court bears his name and Pioneers basketball became "a real big family," according to Wayne Simmons, a former neighbor of the Ryans — the same principles have been applied to building Wisconsin's current success at a much higher level.

    To those who say the formula looks exactly as it did back then?

    "I've heard that from more people," Ryan said, "that this team … reminds them of those teams more than any team we've had here. I'll let people have their opinion. That's fine with me."

    'WWE Raw' March 31 recap: Daniel Bryan reigns going into 'Wrestlemania 30'

    Previously on: No Daniel Bryan, and Undertaker continued to make Brock Lesnar look weak. At least the Bray Wyatt and John Cena match still looks like a standout.

    The big news: It's the final "WWE Raw" before "Wrestlemania 30" and, fittingly, it begins with The Undertaker. He walks to the ring to call out Brock Lesnar, who makes his way out with Paul Heyman. Heyman does the talking but eventually Lesnar slowly makes his way to the ring. Finally, Brock gets in some much-needed offense on Undertaker.

    The dead man is left laying in the ring, hurt. This is the aggression Lesnar has needed to show to get fans thinking he has a shot.

    Meanwhile, Bray Wyatt drove his feud with John Cena forward even more with another wonderful promo. You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone in WWE as engaging on the microphone as the leader of the Wyatt Family. However, after last week's brutality, Cena was able to get a little revenge. He made an appearance in a sheep mask during Wyatt's match and tossed out a couple Attitude Adjustments to get the upper hand going into "Wrestlemania."

    Cena sealed the deal with a promo that showed he still has some fire after letting Wyatt get into his head. This match has the possibility of stealing the show at "Wrestlemania."

    Finally, Daniel Bryan was back. After not appearing on "Raw" last week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon told the crowd he wouldn't be on the show once again. In fact, they were there to kill the Yes movement. Triple H keeps mentioning himself as the "most powerful man in WWE," so it's entirely possible it's all a setup to have Vince McMahon return as "Wrestlemania" to set him straight. If that's the case, Bryan still needs the clear win over Triple H. He deserves it. Naturally, Triple H and Stephanie couldn't kill the Yes Movement, because the audience won't let them.

    Later in the show, when Batista and Randy Orton fought with Triple H at ringside, Bryan made his miraculous return and put the boots to Hunter, even doling out some kendo stick shots. Batista took a running knee and Orton got a kick, leaving Bryan in the ring celebrating to end the show.

    After a week with no Bryan, this was desperately needed. It's a foregone conclusion that Bryan is going to the main event to win the titles and while he has the fan support, he needs to be portrayed as someone who can represent WWE.

    Odds and ends:

    WWE had one of their best tag divisions in years just a couple months ago. Now it's in shambles and relegated to the "Wrestlemania" pre-show.
    Piper's Pit was back!
    Unfortunately, it was wasted on competitors in the Andre the Giant battle royal.
    Triple H and Stephanie take up way too much air time.
    It was good of Hunter to show a video of all the former employees he beat over a decade ago when he was an active wrestler.
    It's also great how Triple H blamed the audience for WWE's totally fumbling Fandango.
    Jack Swagger's haircut is silly.
    "Raw" has somehow made "Total Divas" way less realistic.
    Really though, how awesome is it to see Roddy Piper back on WWE TV?
    The WWE Universe votes Roman Reigns to fight Kane by a large margin. He continues to be the deserving breakout star of The Shield.


    Alberto Del Rio beat Big E.
    Summer Rae beat Natalya
    The Usos and Los Matadores beat The Real Americans and Rybaxel
    Goldust and Cody Rhodes beat Fandango and Damien Sandow
    Bray Wyatt beat R-Truth
    Nomi beat A.J. Lee
    Kane beat Roman Reigns
    Randy Orton and Batista fought to a no-contest

    WWE Exclusive Interview: Lita Talks Hall Of Fame And Life After Wrestling

    She was not your typical Diva.

    Lita was gorgeous and athletic, for sure, but she was also a tattooed bad girl whose punk-rock aesthetic perfectly captured the Attitude Era’s edgy allure.

    Success did not come overnight for Amy Dumas. Before she became Lita, she travelled solo to Mexico City to learn the craft of wrestling from luchadors.

    When fame (and infamy) came in WWE — thanks partly to risque storylines culled from messy real-life romances, and partly due to some outstanding matches — she was a show-stealer whose eventual Hall of Fame induction seemed assured.

    With that induction now just around the corner, WhatCulture caught up with Lita for an exclusive chat about wrestling, her post-WWE life and, of all things, vegan cheese.

    WhatCulture: Do you have a favorite match against Trish Stratus, looking back on your long rivalry?

    Lita: A lot of fans like to talk about the time we main evented Raw, but for me personally, some of my favorite matches were ones where we were just having a lot of fun and enjoying ourselves. One in particular I remember was not too long before Trish retired. At the time, I knew that I too would be retiring, so we were just having a blast on the road because we knew these were going to be our last matches. We were like, “Okay, we’ve already done the work, we know how to go out there and do this, so let’s just go have fun.”

    And we would just be laughing and telling stories, literally talking to each other throughout the match, and we’d be saying, “Get it together — we are in an arena right now, we are working.” (laughs) So in the middle of the match we’d try to say things to crack each other up and it was a really fun day at work.

    WC: So some of your fondest battles with Trish were at house shows?

    L: There’s quite a few of them that stick out in my mind. I can’t always remember the towns, but special things can happen at house shows. I think there’s fans out there, or people who consider house shows unimportant as opposed to big fanfare events like a live RAW or a pay-per-view, but amazing things happen at house shows when the cameras aren’t on, and because the cameras aren’t on. For the wrestlers, you don’t have as much pressure on you, so you can just go out and really be you and feel it, and that’s what Trish and I did and that’s something we really enjoyed about those smaller shows, whenever we’d do the media tours. Most of the wrestlers will tell you, there are definitely some special moments out there from house shows in the smaller arenas and towns.

    So yes, Trish and I would have experienced some really fun and emotional moments in those matches that only a few thousand people would have seen.

    WC: Fans are anticipating an emotional night at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.

    L: Oh yeah, especially given the personalities who are either inducting or being inducted. I’m really looking forward to hearing those speeches and there will be some very touching ones, for sure.

    WC: Let’s talk a bit about your fellow 2014 WWE Hall of Fame inductees, starting with The Ultimate Warrior.

    L: I’ve never met him but I’m really excited about having my own “Ultimate Warrior experience.” I’m very excited about that.

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    2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo is out now, event still not taking place until June

    EA has released a demo for its upcoming football/soccer World Cup tie-in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

    The demo allows you to play as Mexico, Brazil, USA, England, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, or Ivory Coast in the game's Kick Off mode. It weighs in at 1.7GB on PS3 and a slightly slimmer 1.66GB on Xbox 360, where you'll be to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber in order to get it.

    The full game comes out for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 17, far in advance of the actual tournament which kicks off on June 12.

    "With gameplay and game mode alterations that only the most hardened of subscribers ever recognise," said GameSpot freelancer John Robertson in his recent preview of the title, "is EA justified in releasing tweaked editions of what is essentially the same game every annum?"

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    James Franco will play a gay activist in a biopic on Michael Glatze.

    The 35-year-old actor - who is currently starring in Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men' - will help tell the story of the co-founder of Young Gay America magazine, who made headlines after he renounced his homosexuality and turned to religion following a health scare, reports the New York Post newspaper.

    Glatze turned toward Christianity after he began having heart palpitations which made him concerned he'd suffer from the same condition which affected his father, but it turned out to be due to anemia, caused by Coeliac disease.

    The $3.5 million film is being produced by Gus Van Sant and set to start shooting in New York in July.

    Franco has played several gay men previously including his role in 2008's 'Milk' where he starred as Scott Smith, alongside Sean Penn who played titular character Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and politician.

    The hunk was also in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman-directed 'Howl', released in 2010, as Allen Ginsberg, a central figure of the Beat Generation.


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    The U.S. men’s national team will be wearing all-white during any home games during the 2014 World Cup. During away matches, the U.S. will be wearing the Dutch flag upside down.


    The U.S. has never looked like this on a soccer pitch before. Take that for whatever it’s worth.

    “The USA has a profound and passionate pride in their nation,” said Martin Lotti, Creative Director for Nike Soccer. “We wanted to create a design that reflected this in a daring and colorful fashion to give them an even more imposing appearance on the pitch.”

    Daring, colorful — basically, the uniform is a handful of shiny stars away from being a Katy Perry outfit.
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    Make no mistake, this would be a great kit if it were a third uniform for a professional team. Something to generate a little buzz around the fanbase, coerce an extra $90 out of your pocket, and give you something whimsical to wear. As a look you get every once in a while when you’re feeling sassy, this is a great design. However, the U.S. will be wearing this in a World Cup.

    When designing a uniform for a country competing in the most prestigious tournament it can enter – as a rule — you have to be careful to not make the country look like a Bomb Pop.
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    Nike made the U.S. look like a Bomb Pop.


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  • 04/01/14--15:48: New Godzilla TV spot

  • You can see a quick shot of the MUTO in this one.

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    Allen Toussaint, Bob Mould, Bettye Lavette and more honor the legendary songwriter

    It's some surprise that it took ten years for producer Michael Dorf's annual tribute concerts to honor the music of Paul Simon. With its wealth of sounds and styles, Simon's songbook provided an ideal backdrop for the diverse, genre-spanning line-up at Monday night’s Carnegie Hall concert in Manhattan, which also served as a benefit for music education.

    The two-hour, twenty-three song set was a career-spanning overview of Simon’s fifty-plus year tenure as a songwriter and performer. Bob Forrest and Gibby Haynes reached far back for "Motorcycle," an obscure, minor hit from 1962 that Simon recorded with his short-lived group Tico and the Triumphs, while cellist Ben Sollee performed a chilling solo version of 2006's "Wartime Prayer."

    Brooklyn-based 12-piece Antibalas was the house band for the evening, and they glided through an impressive range of musical approaches with grace and ease. The sympathetic group even found time to show off during a swampy, Allen Toussaint-led take on "Take Me Down To Mardi Gras." Artists stuck to one song, generally without commentary, with a few exceptions. Josh Ritter remembered his dad handing him a Paul Simon cassette and telling him Simon was the "greatest artist of [his] generation" during the Idaho singer’s childhood, and Heart’s Ann Wilson fondly recalled taking acid and listening to Bookends in college.

    Likewise, the majority of the set focused on Simon's late-Sixties Simon & Garfunkel work and his most celebrated solo records from the Seventies and Eighties. The first part of the evening featured an array of Simon & Garfunkel standards, with Judy Collins, Joe Henry and Joy Williams all performing reserved, reverent renditions of the duo’s most iconic material.

    That said, the expansive, varied riches of Simon's catalog didn’t truly flourish until the second half of the set, which drew mostly from albums like There Goes Rhymin’ Simon and Still Crazy After All These Years. Ritter ("Duncan") and Brett Dennen ("Something So Right") proved perfect fits for the wandering, pensive early solo gems. R&B veterans Bettye Lavette ("50 Ways To Leave Your Lover") and Sam Moore ("Loves Me Like A Rock") thrilled, showing how easy it is to turn a Simon tune into a showstopper. Finally, punk firebands Bob Mould ("Fakin’ It") and the evening’s opener, John Doe ("Mrs. Robinson"), readily transformed Simon & Garfunkel mainstays into barnburners.

    The true star of the evening, however, showed up last. Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo closed the main set with a stunning version of "You Can Call Me Al," closing the Graceland hit with an extended call-and-response that brought the crowd out of their seats for the first time all evening.

    For the encore, all of the evening's performers gathered on stage for a sloppy, joyful take on "The 59th Street Bridge Song." With most of the singers hesitant to take over lead vocals, Kidjo grabbed the microphone once again and began letting loose with seemingly improvised lyrics as the band carried on with the original folksy melody. During that brief moment, the many facetes of Paul Simon presented throughout the evening – pop balladeer, world music diplomat, empathetic songwriter – merged together in a fitting ending. As the performers took their final bows, Ann Wilson shouted out a final summary of the concerts proceedings: "We love Paul Simon, he’s a renaissance man."

    Set list:
    John Doe, "Mrs. Robinson"*
    Judy Collins, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"*
    Megan Doyle & Snow Guilfoyle, "Scarborough Fair"
    Joe Henry, "The Boxer"
    Joy Williams, "Sounds of Silence"
    Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, "American Tune"
    L.P., "Slip Slidin’ Away"
    Josh Ritter, "Duncan"*
    Allen Toussaint, "Take Me to the Mardi Gras"*
    Bob Mould, "Fakin’ It"*
    Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes, "Motorcycle"
    Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, "Born at the Right Time"*
    Brett Dennen, "Something So Right"*
    Ben Sollee, "Wartime Prayers"
    Dan Wilson, "The Only Living Boy in New York"*
    Tunde Adebimpe, "Think Too Much"*
    Sam Moore, "Loves Me Like a Rock"*
    Bettye LaVette, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"*
    Richard Marx, "Still Crazy After All These Years"*
    Ann & Nancy Wilson, "Old Friends"
    Mike Gordon, "Late in the Evening"*
    Angélique Kidjo, "You Can Call Me Al"*

    Everyone, "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’

    *with Antibalas


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    FOX's "Gotham" has added a new member of the Rogues' Gallery to its cast: Meet the man playing the future Riddler.

    His name is Cory Michael Smith, and he'll play Edward Nygma in the show, which has a series commitment for 2014-15. Smith has signed on as a guest star but could have a recurring or regular role as the series goes on. When viewers meet him, Edward is a forensic scientist with the Gotham PD. He's very smart but socially maladroit and already has a penchant for speaking in brain-teasers.

    Just what turns him into the criminal Batman fans know will presumably be explored in "Gotham's" future.

    The part will be Smith's first weekly series role. He appeared in the Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 2013 and co-starred in the feature film "Camp X-Ray," which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He'll also be seen in HBO's miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" later in 2014.

    "Gotham" stars Ben McKenzie as a young Detective James Gordon and Donal Logue as his partner, Harvey Bullock. The cast also includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne.


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    Her mother is one of the most famously flawless actresses of all time.

    But when it comes to make-up, Ireland Baldwin doesn't always get it right - as she proved when she stepped out running errands in Beverly Hills on Monday.

    The 18-year-old actress appeared to have mistakenly chosen the wrong shade of foundation for her ivory skintone.

    Opting for a darker shade than she needed, Ireland ended up with a large foundation line down the side of her face.

    However, Ireland appeared entirely unaware of her cosmetic mishap as she headed out in the 90210 area.
    The model looked otherwise stylish for the outing, wearing a pair of grey skinny jeans, loose grey top and black waterfall-style jacket.

    She completed her look with a Chanel quilted handbag and black patent lace-up boots, wearing her peroxide blonde hair in a high top knot.

    The 6 ft 2 in natural brunette revealed in July to People it was her mother Kim Basinger who encouraged her to transform her look from brunette to blonde.

    'When I was little I was pretty blonde, and then it gradually just faded out to brunette as I aged, but she’s always loved me as a blonde,' Ireland told the publication, referring to her mother.

    'Everybody would tell me, "go back to blonde, go back to blonde," so I just did it,' the young beauty elaborated to the website.

    However, since then, Ireland has experimented with various colours for her locks, including bright blue hair and a rainbow shade.

    And in a recent picture posted on her Instagram site, Ireland hinted that she was planning to return to blonde by writing: 'Style is eternal. Hair color, ehhhhh not so much.'

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    That actually looks like natural redness to me...

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    As part of Channel 4's We Are So Gay week to celebrate the arrival of gay marriage in the UK, Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, who are having a musical gay wedding on Saturday, join the journalist Milo Yiannopoulos and Eleanor Margolis, who writes for the New Statesman to debate the matter.


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    Shailene Woodley wows in a stunning white dress at the premiere of Divergent held at the Cinestar am Potsdamer Platz Theater in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday night (April 1).

    The 22-year-old actress was joined by her leading man, Theo James, plus director Neil Burger on the black carpet.

    In a recent interview, Shailene cleared up her social network status.

    Shailene shared that she’s not on Instagram or Facebook — so if you’re “following” any, it’s fake! And even though her Twitter is verified, she hasn’t been on it in a long time. Be aware of the fakes!

    FYI: Shailene wore a Zuhair Murad dress.

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    with makeup artist and mom


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  • 04/02/14--13:06: NBA Mini Round Up !

  • Chandler Parsons has quite the knack for teaming up with attractive women to promote a brand.

    You may recall that several months ago, the Rockets forward joined model Ashley Sky for a Buffalo Jeans campaign.

    Last night, Parsons, who is an "ambassador" beach label OP, appeared at an event in New York City with swimsuit model Nina Agdal.

    Based on the pictures below, it seemed like a fun job for Parsons.

    Dwight Howard trolls LeBron James and his receding hairline

    LeBron James thought he pulled of an epic April Fools' Day prank when he tweeted he was releasing a rap mix tape that featured many top current hip-hop artists.

    It definitely wasn't the funniest prank we've ever seen.

    But Rockets center Dwight Howard thought he'd give everybody an April Fools' laugh, too. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of James. And Howard definitely hit him where it hurt.

    Howard posted a photo on Instagram of James with a full set of Photoshopped hair.
    LeBron James thought he pulled of an epic April Fools' Day prank when he tweeted he was releasing a rap mix tape that featured many top current hip-hop artists.

    It definitely wasn't the funniest prank we've ever seen.

    But Rockets center Dwight Howard thought he'd give everybody an April Fools' laugh, too. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of James. And Howard definitely hit him where it hurt.

    Howard posted a photo on Instagram of James with a full set of Photoshopped hair.

    Now, James' hairline has long been a running joke in the sports world, and Howard just couldn't resist. At least Howard acknowledged his own receding hairline.
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    LeBron's forehead is rapidly expanding.

    Though we do have to ask. Is this really an April Fools'? April 1st is reserved for pranks and deception. Howard is just being mean, no?

    Oh well. Anything for a laugh.

    Now, James' hairline has long been a running joke in the sports world, and Howard just couldn't resist. At least Howard acknowledged his own receding hairline.

    LeBron's forehead is rapidly expanding.

    Though we do have to ask. Is this really an April Fools'? April 1st is reserved for pranks and deception. Howard is just being mean, no?

    Oh well. Anything for a laugh.

    Thunder's Kevin Durant to DeSean Jackson: You belong with Redskins


    Thunder's Kevin Durant to DeSean Jackson: You belong with Redskins

    Kevin Durant wants to see DeSean Jackson in Washington. (Instagram/@Easymoneysniper) Kevin Durant wants to see DeSean Jackson in Washington. (Instagram/@Easymoneysniper)

    You can officially add NBA star Kevin Durant to the list of Redskins fans who want to see DeSean Jackson sign with Washington. Durant joined the cause on Tuesday when he sent a tweet to Jackson telling the free agent wide receiver he belongs in Washington.

    Durant is a big Redskins fan who has his heart broken in Week 6 when he attended Washington's Sunday night loss to the Cowboys in Dallas. After watching that game, Durant probably figured the Redskins could use some more offensive firepower.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder forward is helping the Redskins put the full-court press on Jackson. Durant's tweet comes on the heels of Monday night's outing when DeAngelo Hall and Pierre Garcon took Jackson out to a club in Washington DC.

    Kevin Love on Brooklyn Nets Turnaround: ‘They’re in the East’

    Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love was in a sour mood and feeling exhausted on Sunday, as he struggled in a 114-99 loss the surging Brooklyn Nets. Love thinks the Nets — winners of 13 straight at home, tying a franchise record — aren’t a total disaster only because of the weak conference they play in. Per the NY Post:

    Ricky Rubio meets students at Anwatin Middle School


    Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio visited Anwatin Middle School in Minneapolis on Tuesday, where he spoke about the importance of healthy eating and active lifestyles.

    28 schools served healthier lunches on Tuesday through Life Time Foundation's Healthy Kids, Healthy Planet program, which covers the cost difference between the school's existing budget and the cost of the healthier menu.

    Fox 9's Dawn Mitchell caught up with Ricky and the kids. Check out these photos from the visit:


    Watch Paul George explode out of a bottle of Gatorade for a dunk

    Paul George has had a career year in his fourth NBA season. He’s led the Indiana Pacers to the best record in the Eastern Conference, started in his first All-Star game and emerged as a legitimate superstar. Now, he’s fully arrived: he’s making his Gatorade commercial debut.

    The spot is brief but powerful: George explodes out of a bottle of Gatorade and beats the wave of blue liquid to dunk. It captures his essence and establishes him as a superstar in another way: This guy is marketable.

    It’s a commercial that will be shown a lot this spring, particularly if the Pacers make the Finals.


    Chris Paul befriends Iowa University basketball coach's son who was diagnosed with cancer

    On March 19, Iowa University basketball coach Fran McCaffery’s 14-year-old son, Patrick, had surgery to remove a malignant tumor on his thyroid. Word spread throughout the basketball community, and Patrick got a surprise phone call: Los Angeles Clippers superstar point guard Chris Paul.

    From the Des Moines Register:

    “He said he would call him back after the surgery and he did, which is pretty amazing,” Fran said. “He talked to him (before the first surgery) and told him it was OK to be scared. Because Patrick admitted he was scared. He said, ‘It’s OK to be scared, but you’re going to be fine.’ He was encouraging and warm, and it really meant a lot to Patrick.”

    Paul and McCaffery go way back. When Paul played college basketball at Wake Forest, McCaffery was coaching at nearby North Carolina-Greensboro.

    In recent weeks, Patrick and his family have attended a Clippers shootaround and game as guests of Paul, who keeps in touch with him and has tweeted his encouragement.

    Patrick will undergo a second procedure on April 17 to determine whether or not he needs additional treatment for the tumor.

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