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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Spoiler alert! Lady Gaga may be a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race alongside drag queen diva RuPaul.

    Enstarz is of the media outlets reporting that Lady Gaga could make an appearance on the show.

    On Friday, the show’s official Twitter page posted a photo of RuPaul posing with the “Do What U Want” singer. The singer asked to appear on the show, with the account captionining the image, “Can I PLEASE be a judge on Drag Race! RuPaul… these women taught me how to serve!”

    The pair was featured in a makeup room presumably backstage.

    It hasn’t been confirmed whether or not the singer will be providing feedback to the drag queens, but she does show support based on her Twitter page. In a photo posted to the feed, Gaga poses next to Bianca Del Rio and holds a rose in front of her face.

    “GAGGING. @ladygaga can’t get enough of our girls, including @TheBiancaDelRio," the tweet was captioned.







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    Season five already has its well known guest star tapped. Charisma Carpenter is playing the Fae Freyja, the Norse goddess.

    Interested to see how they incorporate her into the show.. Also included in the press release is the fact that Ksenia Solo STILL has not been confirmed as returning as Kenzi.

    Also they are shooting for a fall release.

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    The Cabin in the Woods helmer Drew Goddard is nearing a deal to direct Sinister Six, the Spider-Man spinoff that he's also writing.

    In December, Sony hired Goddard to pen the script for the film, which will focus on the villains in Spider-Man's world.

    In an effort to expand the Spider-Man universe, Sony in December also hired Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon to work on another spinoff, titled Venom, centered on the black-costumed villain that already made his big-screen debut in the third Spider-Man movie of the Sam Raimi trilogy. Kurtzman will direct that project.

    The writers will work with Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb to form what Sony is calling a “franchise brain to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.”

    When Goddard was tapped to write the script for Sinister Six, there was the possibility that he also could direct. Those plans seem to be falling into place.

    The Sinister Six has had several permutations in the comics but originally featured Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture and Kraven the Hunter. Octopus already appeared in Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, while Sandman was the villain (along with Venom) in Spider-Man 3. Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) are the villains in Amazing Spider-Man 2.

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, is directed by Webb and will hit theaters May 2. Kurtzman and Orci, who did rewrites for Spider-Man 2, are already working on a third installment of Amazing Spider-Man with Jeff Pinkner, who also worked on Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony has announced a release date for a fourth Amazing Spider-Man movie: May 4, 2018.

    Goddard, who worked with Kurtzman, Orci and Jeff Pinkner on TV’s Alias, was one of the saviors of World War Z after that movie ran into third act trouble. He wrote and made his directorial debut with the 2012 horror film The Cabin in the Woods, and will write and executive produce Netflix's Daredevil. Goddard is repped UTA.

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  • 04/09/14--14:53: Has BB King finally lost it?
  • No one lasts forever. But if you read the review by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it's pretty clear the 88-year-old blues legend is losing it.

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    King’s shows in recent years have featured as much talk as playing, and the 88-year-old musician is obviously slowing down, just as anyone would. But the balance slipped way out of proportion at this show. King sat center stage and spoke, sometimes in non sequiturs, sometimes inaudibly. He flirted with women in the first few rows and made a few ribald comments, without apology. “I like to have fun,” he said. “I love who I am and what I do.”

    For a while, the audience was with him, laughing at his jokes and asides. But it was 45 minutes into the show before King performed anything resembling a song. Even then, his playing was shaky. He explained that he and the band had been off for two months, causing him to lose confidence.

    After a capable run-through of “Rock Me Baby,” he played “You Are My Sunshine” and asked the crowd to sing along. The house lights came up and King began noticing individuals and waving to them. As the song went around again and again, nattering on for — and this is not a misprint — 15 minutes, audience members began to heckle, yelling out requests or simply calling for King to “play some music!” Some walked out.

    King sensed trouble, but he couldn’t understand the things being yelled at him. Eventually, the music stopped and the show ground to an intensely uncomfortable halt.

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    The review has gone on to further explain his review HERE.

    Nothing would kill me more than to see my aging favorites become a mere shell of themselves. It's why I hope Lemmy knows when it's time to hang it up.

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    Diane Kruger made the most of her limited time with boyfriend Joshua Jackson on Tuesday, heading out for breakfast together before she headed to the airport solo to catch a flight.

    With their careers often taking them to opposite parts of the country, or even the world, the couple
    of eight years enjoyed a low-key date at The Oaks Gourmet Market in Los Feliz, California, before once again going their separate ways.


    With not a lick of make-up on and her signature blonde tresses pulled back from her face in a no-fuss low ponytail, the German-born beauty, who is the face of Chanel skincare, looked simply stunning as always.

    She was dressed comfortably so there was no need for an outfit change to board her flight, simply grabbing a warm black jacket as she headed to colder climes.

    The petite star displayed her slim pins in skinny blue jeans, tucked into black biker boots, completing her ensemble with her favourite loose-fitting black I heart Neuva York T-shirt.

    The 37-year-old shielded her eyes from the glare of the sun with large dark sunglasses and carried a matching black leather handbag, with her iPhone and a juice balance in her hand as she emerged from the eatery.

    Following close behind was her leading man, who was dressed equally casually in a black V-neck T-shirt, blue shorts and black and white checked slip-on canvas shoes.




    His dark mane was shaggy and unstyled, while he was sporting a fair amount of scruffy facial hair.

    The in-demand actress and model is juggling a busy schedule of late, slotting a role in the film Fathers And Daughters into her brief downtime from FX series The Bridge, which is set to head into production on the second season imminently.

    Co-stars Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried have been getting friendly with the locals as they shoot the drama in downtown Pittsburgh, tweeting out the location of bars they're frequenting with an open invitation for fans to join them.

    Also joining in on the fun was Amanda's boyfriend, Justin Long, who happily participated as he paid his lady love a visit at the end of March.

    Russell Crowe also stars in the drama, set for release in 2015, though neither he nor Diane have been spotted on set yet, with the actor busy promoting new flick Noah in Europe at present.



    Meanwhile, following the end of his hit sci-fi series Fringe last year, which wrapped after five seasons, Joshua is set to return to TV once more, with new Showtime series The Affair announced during the Television Critics Association press tour in January.

    Co-starring Dominic West, Maura Tierney and Ruth Wilson, the 35-year-old actor will play Cole, dubbed a 'hard-edged cowboy who manages a ranch on the eastern tip of Long Island that has been in his family for generations', according to the Huffington Post.

    The show delves into the psychological effects of the affair on all involved.

    Former Luther star Ruth takes on the role of Cole's wife, Allison, a waitress who leaves her husband for teacher Noah (West), who spends his summers at his in-laws' estate and is also married, to Helen (played by Tierney).

    Currently in post-production, it's likely to premiere in the second half of the year.

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    Last day at Wizard World St.Louis Comic Con was the opportunity for Summer Glau to meet her fans once again and also to join her Firefly co-stars Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk for a Firefly/Serenity group photo. The moderator of the Firefly panel mentioned Summer Glau could not attend the panel because she had to catch an early flight (watch the video below), probably to film an episode of Arrow.

















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    Do you know what today is yesterday was? It just happens to bewas the 15th anniversary of Miami 7, a little TV show about a cheery pop band that premiered in Britain in the spring of ‘99.

    When S Club 7 in Miami came to the States on Fox Family (yes, Fox Family) a few months later, I had no idea who these people were or whether they were famous in Britain. Back then, children couldn’t look up transcontinental artists on Wikipedia, and there was certainly no Encarta entry for S Club 7. But for whatever reason, I accidentally grew to love this utterly random show about seven British band members who go live in Miami for some reason. By they time the group got the hokey second series S Club 7 in L.A. a year later, in which they rented a Venice beach house from the demon girl in The Exorcist, I was completely hooked on this absurdly optimistic and painfully happy band.

    Haters be damned, allow me to look back on a truly under-appreciated band which I have refused to forget. To celebrate the anniversary of my first encounter with the Club, indulge in my list of the group’s best tunes:

    5. “Love Train”
    Remember Paul jamming by the swimming pool/art patio/dungeon kitchen? Because I do. Paul was arguably my first real crush, which is a shame since a quick Google Image search will show how things turned out for Paul in the modern era.


    4. “S Club Party”
    “Hoochie mamas, show your na-nas.”


    3. “Reach”
    Remember when I said S Club songs were about being happy and positive and having a lovely outlook on life? Reach for the stars, bitch. This is the cheer-up to end all cheer-ups.


    2. “Never Had A Dream Come True”
    Oh, what’s that in the last chorus? A key change? Yes, please.


    1. “Bring It All Back”
    The Citizen Kane of S Club 7 songs.


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    Taylor Kitsch fell in love on the set of HBO's The Normal Heart —with a pair of 1980 Calvin Klein jeans.

    The jeans' key attribute? They accentuated his — ahem — crotch quite nicely.

    "I'm not flattering myself, but they had to get the crotch elongated," Kitsch said, moving his hands farther and farther apart to demonstrate.

    "You just flattered yourself, there's no two ways about it," protested Normal Heart co-star Jim Parsons. "The first time you walked off the set in those jeans, I went, 'What brand are those?' And he goes, 'Don't worry about it.'"

    Added Mark Ruffalo with a laugh: "Those are amazing!"

    Kitsch said he wore the jeans "as many times as they let me," adding that he and director Ryan Murphy had "mini-battles" over how often the pants could appear in the film.

    Kitsch and his co-stars, including Matt Bomer, grace the cover of the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, which chronicles the 30-year struggle to get the AIDS drama made. (Read the cover story here.) The stars were photographed by Austin Hargrave on March 5 at Hotel Silverlake in Los Angeles.




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    Madrid survive mighty Dortmund scare




    Real Madrid CF reached the last four of the UEFA Champions League for the fourth season running despite a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat by Borussia Dortmund.

    With the injured Cristiano Ronaldo watching helplessly from the bench, Carlo Ancelotti's men looked in serious danger of relinquishing their three-goal first-leg advantage as Marco Reus struck twice in a frantic opening period. However, Madrid – beaten twice in Dortmund last term – withstood the German side's second-half pressure to eliminate the 2012/13 finalists 3-2 on aggregate.

    Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp had clearly instructed his charges to enjoy themselves in potentially their last game in the competition this season, and they did just that. Roared on by the famous Yellow Wall, the hosts worked the ball out well from defence but lacked the necessary incisiveness further up the pitch.

    Their failure to score early on was very nearly punished on 17 minutes as Łukasz Piszczek was penalised for a hand ball in the box. Roman Weidenfeller dived to his left to block Ángel Di María's spot kick, though, and the thunderous cheer which reverberated around the stadium reinvigorated the Bundesliga team.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the first to go close for Borussia when he side-footed just wide following good work from Robert Lewandowski and Reus. It was the latter who broke the deadlock on 24 minutes, pouncing on Pepe's backward header before skipping past Iker Casillas and threading beyond the scrambling Sergio Ramos.

    Sensing an opportunity, Dortmund soon created another opening as Mats Hummels powered a header goalwards from Reus's free-kick. Casillas got two firm hands behind it, but he was helpless again five minutes later as Reus capitalised on another loose ball in midfield, rolling left for Lewandowski whose finish came back off the far post before Reus followed up to smash high into the net.

    As Madrid attempted to match Dortmund's tempo after the restart, Gareth Bale brought a rare save from Weidenfeller, but from there BVB peppered their visitors' goal with chances. Mkhitaryan spurned a fantastic opportunity to level the tie on aggregate, rounding Casillas only to plant his finish against the post with the goal beckoning.

    It was Casillas who proved the Liga side's hero as he showed quick reactions to repel another Mkhitaryan effort and again moments later to deny Kevin Grosskreutz as the Blancos kept their Décima dream alive.


    Paris sunk by Chelsea subs as Blues reach semis




    Demba Ba came up with the golden touch with three minutes remaining to blast Chelsea FC into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and break the hearts of a Paris Saint-Germain side who were so close to pulling off a famous triumph.

    The strike, ensuring Chelsea's success on away goals, sent José Mourinho hurtling down the touchline to celebrate with his players. Considering the woodwork twice intervened to prevent them adding to substitute André Schürrle's first-half goal sooner, no one would question Chelsea's right to a seventh semi-final.

    It had the makings of one of the great European nights at Stamford Bridge with both sets of supporters in good voice and the tie promising heady drama. It was no surprise to see Samuel Eto'o recalled to the Chelsea colours while Frank Lampard's return could only enhance their goalscoring potential.

    First the home team had to free themselves from the Paris shackles. Quick into the tackle, the visitors restricted Chelsea's room to work. A source of Chelsea progress was likely to be via the quick feet of Eden Hazard but the Belgian international was struggling from early on and replaced by Schürrle after 17 minutes.

    The change would not have dimmed Paris's confidence and only their loose passes back to Salvatore Sirigu were a cause for alarm at this stage. Until the 28th minute, that is, when Lampard's free-kick deflected off a Paris head and forced a rapid reaction from the goalkeeper. It heralded an increase in the Chelsea tempo with Schürrle seeing plenty of the ball. He chose an opportune time to open his European goal account for the club, side-footing in after David Luiz had helped on a long throw.

    Thiago Silva recovered from a heavy collision with Eto'o to continue at the heart of the Paris resistance. His experience would be needed as Chelsea renewed their pursuit of a second goal with vigour. Oscar carried the fight to the edge of the area and when Willian pulled the ball back, Schürrle was so unlucky to see his first-time effort crash against the crossbar. Two minutes later and Oscar's free-kick met the same fate while at the other end Ezequiel Lavezzi's set-piece delivery was palmed out by Petr Čech, the keeper's first serious involvement.

    As the game became stretched so Edinson Cavani came more into the picture. He was found with a couple of exquisite passes, firstly from Blaise Matuidi then from Yohan Cabaye. He took the shot on but each time cleared the bar.

    Ba and Fernando Torres came on to beef up the attack. It paid off when César Azpilicueta's strike was diverted to Ba who managed to scoop the ball high into the net with his outstretched leg. Cue pandemonium.


    Koke takes Atlético through at Barcelona's expense




    Club Atlético de Madrid reached their first European Cup semi-final for 40 years after an early goal from midfielder Koke took the Rojiblancos through at the expense of FC Barcelona.

    After an absorbing first leg had finished 1-1, Atlético seized the initiative during a first period in which they hit the woodwork three times; from the first of those attempts, in the fifth minute, Koke volleyed in from close range after the ball had been retrieved. That proved enough for Diego Simeone's team to make the semi-finals for the first time since 1973/74, ending Barcelona's run of six successive last-four appearances in the process.

    As if playing to predictions, Atlético began by allowing their opponents to patiently probe. The game's outlook soon changed dramatically as, with the hosts suddenly bursting forward, the four-time European champions back-tracked. Groans rang out among the home crowd when Adrián López – in for the injured Diego Costa – thumped a shot against the crossbar. The ball eventually reached David Villa on the left, and when his centre was headed back across the goal by Adrián, those moans turned to roars of delight as Koke volleyed in at the far post.

    "Win, win and win again," read the mosaic that greeted the players as they took to the field and the message seemed to have reached its target as Atlético went in search of a second. The alert Koke fed Villa for an effort that beat José Manuel Pinto only to strike the post. The visitors stirred and Lionel Messi found himself free in the area but could only nod Daniel Alves's header wide.

    Barça's respite was brief, Villa bursting clear of Marc Bartra before smashing against the woodwork once again. Having not missed out on the last four since 2006/07, the Blaugrana responded to Atlético's energetic display through Neymar's left-wing trickery, yet the Brazilian's good work came to nothing when Messi drove his pass wide. Having already scored twice against Atlético this term, Neymar continued to menace, although he was denied after the restart by Thibaut Courtois's scooped clearance. The Atleti keeper looked on in relief when Xavi Hernández diverted over shortly afterwards.

    The drama and tension that filled the air was unrelenting, substitute Diego – Atlético's marksman at Camp Nou – squirming away from Sergio Busquets to draw a near-post save from Pinto. The visiting custodian then deflected Gabi's low attempt wide after the Liga leaders had once more broken away. Although Neymar flashed a header wide for Gerardo Martino's men, it was Atlético who appeared the likelier team, Pinto repelling Cristián Rodríguez in the final seconds – but his side would not be denied.


    Bayern's swift recovery sees off brave United




    FC Bayern München reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the fourth time in five seasons with a 3-1 second-leg victory against Manchester United FC.

    With the sides poised at one apiece from last week's match, the title holders controlled possession throughout the first period but were stunned when Patrice Evra crashed in a superb opener towards the hour. Josep Guardiola's charges swiftly levelled through Mario Mandžukić, however, before Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben completed the turnaround to end Bayern's winless run at home to English clubs and send them through 4-2 on aggregate.

    It was no surprise to see Bayern set the tone early, and with Mandžukić leading the line, they were keen to get the ball wide into crossing positions. Robben looked particularly motivated and flashed three shots off target, but Wayne Rooney spurned arguably the best initial chance when he sneaked in behind at the other end, going for goal himself when he might have found the supporting Shinji Kagawa.

    Antonio Valencia did have the ball in the net for David Moyes's men though his finish was ruled offside, and otherwise Bayern had little to deal with defensively. The trouble was in attack. Their forward traffic came almost exclusively via the flanks and, with Müller and Mario Götze uncharacteristically uninventive with their movements in the centre, the hosts were limited to long-range strikes.

    While Franck Ribéry hit the side netting with one effort and Toni Kroos curled narrowly over, it was all very uncharacteristic of a Bayern team whose many goals this term have come almost entirely from within the box. The German champions were almost lulling themselves into a daze with all their possession, and United pounced.

    Evra's rocket of a strike had the visiting fans in raptures, yet the Frenchman's spectacular goal served only to awaken the home side. Just as in the first leg, Bayern equalised within minutes of falling behind as Mandžukić dived to head in Ribéry's cross.

    Things might have panned out differently had Rooney converted a glorious opportunity from close range shortly afterwards. Instead it was Bayern who seized their moment, going in front when Müller converted Robben's low centre. Robben himself then made absolutely sure of Bayern's place in the semi-final draw with a trademark run and deflected finish with 14 minutes remaining.


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    Who knew seedy was such a hard look to pull off? Alan Cumming, who is reviving his role as the Emcee in Cabaret in New York, takes an hour every night to apply make-up, scars, bruises, tattoos and track marks—and slip into his kinky costumes.

    In both the 1966 Broadway musical and 1972 Bob Fosse film of Cabaret, Joel Grey played the Emcee as impish and asexual, in a top hat and tails. In contrast, Mr. Cumming gives us a sexually omnivorous Emcee in suspenders and a bow tie over his bare chest, and a cod piece under his pants.

    Mr. Cumming says that when he first took the role, he was unprepared for the blitzkrieg of attention: "I had just come to New York, this was the first show I'd ever done here, and the whole explosion was a little daunting." The 1998 show got a Tony for Best Musical Revival, and Mr. Cumming and co-star Natasha Richardson, who played cabaret singer Sally Bowles, won awards as well.

    In this production, Michelle Williams is playing Bowles. Mr. Cumming, who has performed opposite a bevy of Sallys, says she is the "most mysterious" of them: "She plays it like this eccentric little waif."

    Behind the scenes, staff are reviving their roles as well: Mr. Cumming's dresser from 16 years ago, Kimberly Mark, is back to help him in and out of his trousers each night. "It's like an assembly line," she says of their carefully choreographed routine. "I help him untie a boot, he'll do the other one, then I'll pull his feet up and pull the pants over them, and then while he's standing I get behind him and pull up the suspenders."

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    And when he's done MC'ing the Kit Kat Club, Ms. Mark MC's his dressing room: waiting for him each night with a vodka soda and a protein shake (not in the same glass) and chatting with his friends and fans as Mr. Cumming transforms back into himself.


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    Developer Telltale Games’ series based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comics has been a bit emotional so far. We had the super impressive first episode, and then we had the slightly less-good — but still really good – second part.

    Well, the third installment, A Crooked Mile, is out now for PC, Mac, and PlayStation 3 (and later this week for Xbox 360 and iOS), and I didn’t know what to expect when I started it up on my 360. It’s probably better that I went in that way, though, because I hate to think of the kind of day I’d have to have before I came to expect the emotional and physical brutality that runs throughout this two-hour game.

    It’s all good, mind you. Just … damn.

    What you’ll like
    You know the drill by now
    I could just copy and paste the “What you’ll like” section from the first two reviews, but my bosses don’t like that. Something about not wanting to pay me twice for the same work. Misers.

    So I’ll just briefly recap that the writing, characters, art direction and music are all still among the best you’ll find anywhere. The decisions feel weighty and significant, and the world is full of character and personality. Sure, the personality is often unpleasant. It’s a bit jaded and mean, and occasionally it has to punch people in the neck to get its point across. But that’s what makes it interesting.

    It juggles dialogue and action well
    I loved the fight and chase sequences in the first episode of The Wolf Among Us so much that I missed them when Episode 2 focused more on dialogue and investigation. Episode 3 has found a reasonable middle ground.

    And it’s funny that I say that because A Crooked Mile doesn’t have any more fighting than Smoke and Mirrors did. Other than having Bigby punch a few bothersome Fables in the snout, I can only recall one brief quick-time event and one (incredibly one-sided) fight.

    But why it works here is that the dialogue is incredibly loaded in this episode. Even if you play Bigby as the most good of all good cops, everyone else is either talking about, implying, or committing some violence. The longest (and best) conversations unspool in a fog of tension and ill will, culminating in often shocking bursts of brutality. Like Hitchcock’s films or the writing of Ambrose Bierce, the best scenes play out deliberately and hypnotically, the tension insidiously creeping in and building up to the final horror.

    And speaking of which ….

    The feeling of escalation
    It’s reasonable to expect that a series like this would raise the stakes as it goes, but every episode must also be relatively self-contained with its own story arc so that players feel like they’ve actually experienced and accomplished something.

    A Crooked Mile brings up the intensity and complexity of the entire series with new revelations, a sinister and unseen criminal mastermind, and an ever-deepening pit of conspiracy. But more immediately, it offers that same sense of increasing tension and peril within itself. Quiet moments end with startling revelations or sudden outbursts, and every scene builds on the horribleness of the last until the final bloody showdown.

    And this even extended to how I played Bigby. At the beginning of the chapter, I was doing everything I could to make him act as reasonably un-big and not-bad as possible. “My” Bigby is trying to put his evil past behind him and move on. But the increasingly dire events wore on him (meaning me), and when I had a chance to do something truly horrible at the end, I took it because I had reached my “screw everything” point.

    This happened over the course of two hours. It’s pretty great storytelling, is what I’m saying.

    What you won’t like
    You still can’t lose those prompts
    I mentioned this in the last review, but it bears repeating: The Wolf Among Us won’t let you turn off the immersion-breaking little cues that appear when characters mark your actions (e.g. “Snow will remember this.”). They’re distracting, and they make me feel like the game is reducing my hard-weighed decisions to ticks on a scale. And even worse, their appearance makes some decisions more meaningful than others.

    In one scene, however, Telltale uses the pop-ups to make a cute joke, and it was funny. But I would find a way to live without it if it meant that I didn’t have constant indicators of which of my choices actually mean anything.

    Conclusion
    After the ever-so-slightly lackluster Smoke and Mirrors, A Crooked Mile brings the series back up to its promising beginnings. The plot is increasingly dire and bleak, but it’s also one of the most sharply written games in recent memory. Here, just past the halfway point, I’m completely on board, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Score: 90/100
    The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: A Crooked Mile is out now for PC, Mac, and PlayStation 3; tomorrow for Xbox 360; and an iOS version is coming soon. The developer provided GamesBeat with a free Xbox 360 download code for this review.

    Decision Time!
    I did not interrupt Snow's eulogy

    I investigated the Trip Trap Bar first

    I offered a job to Flycatcher

    I did not burn Greenleaf's tree

    I killed Tweedle Dum


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    "Captain America: Winter Soldier, " the latest exercise in character kitchen-sinkdom that is the Marvel Studios universe, did a few things in theaters this week‎end. It was, most prominently, a major box office hit, destroying the April record by more than $10 million and, at $96.2 million, falling just short of the magic $100-million mark.

    The Chris Evans film was also a critical success, garnering largely plaudits, if occasionally some reservations, on its way to an impressive 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    But it also did something else that is nearly unique in the studio's collection of films from comic books of yore: It was better than the original.

    Like Tony Stark in a giant garage, Marvel has been building sequels as fast as it can gather the parts‎. "Iron Man" quickly spawned "Iron Man 2" and then "Iron Man 3"; "Thor" gave rise to "Thor: The Dark World"; and " Captain America" has now yielded "Captain America: Winter Soldier," offering a nod to the comics and Thomas Paine and also offering the prospect of other seasonally themed spinoffs ("Captain America: Autumnal Mercenary"?).

    What it hasn't done with all these sequels is build something better than the original. "Iron Man 2" was a redundant collection of Stark witticisms and weaponry, and functioned in part as a setup for "Iron Man 3," which, though better than "2," itself was a further reminder of how removed we were from the novelty and freshness of "Iron Man." "Thor: The Dark World" took the fish-out-of-water pleasures of the original and clubbed us with a lot of head-throbbing action using the subtlety of its trademark hammer.

    This wouldn't be surprising -- many sequels lose the creative momentum of the original -- if not for the fact that most of the superhero movies made by other studios actually improved on what came before.

    "Spider-Man 2" was a leaps and bounds jump over "Spider-Man"; "X2" gave us much of what "X-Men" didn't; and "The Dark Knight" was a modern classic compared to the merely solid entertainment of "Batman Begins." By all accounts we're looking at a similar evolution on "Amazing Spider-Man 2" when that sequel comes out next month. [Update, 6:51 pm Monday: An earlier version of this post noted these were Marvel characters instead of superhero properties generally.]

    The difference, as you may have already surmised, is that each of these sequels was directed by the same filmmaker as the first movie, which allowed not only for a continuation of style and themes but made for the building of an epic in the first place, a fulfillment of a single vision a director needed more‎ than two hours to execute.‎ (Why the third film tends to run out of gas is another question.)

    "Captain America: Winter Soldier" was different than those Sony, Fox and Warner Bros. sequels. In keeping with the Marvel Studios sequel tradition of switching in directors -- in this case the TV-veteran Russo brothers -- "Captain America: Winter Solder" nonetheless managed to build on the original excitement and layer in some topical and not insubstantial conspiracy and privacy questions above it.

    It wasn't the fulfillment of a vision but the result of new blood that made the sequel so satisfying -- an entirely different proposition.

    Swapping out directors is a risky move, but‎ the nice thing is that if you don't have a Christopher Nolan or a Sam Raimi, you can take a mulligan of sorts. There was no guarantee that directors whose only film credit was "You, Me & Dupree" were going to be able to pull off this “Captain America,” but there was also the refreshing possibility that they would do more with the character than Joe Johnston, who directed the first film, was able to do.

    Marvel is making an (understandable‎) exception to its own rule with "The Avengers."‎ On its face, that’s more in line with Marvel movies made by other studios, and offers hope that Joss Whedon can pull a Nolan or Raimi and make the follow-up better than original. But after this weekend, the sequel lesson may be that you don't need the same director to make it good, just a good director not to make it the same.

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    Carice van Houten seems like a normal actress, if you meet her in person, but on HBO’s Game of Thrones she’s the wickedly powerful Melisandre, servant to the Lord of Light, and one of the characters who seems most likely to inspire fear among all other mortals.

    Last year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Houten answered a few questions about filming the fourth season of the epic series, and it’s almost easy to forget while you’re chatting with her that her counterpart on screen is downright frightening. Beautiful, but darkly foreboding in almost every way.

    During a recent interview about season 4 of Game of Thrones, Houten talked about Melisandre first appearance this season, her character’s goals, and the fact that this deadly woman also calls upon magic from time to time–unlike most of the other heroes and villains. But, some of the best moments in the interview are when Houten opens up about playing this part, the fan reactions to her character, and the fact that she’s actually allergic to horses so a stunt person fills in for her when they need to show Melisandre on horseback.

    Question: Set the scene for your character as we begin season 4.

    Carice van Houten: “We start by seeing her doing a certain ritual–I can’t be more specific than that–and then we get a little peek behind the scenes of Stannis’ [Baratheon, Stephen Dillane] household. So you see Stannis and his two wives–basically, me and his own wife Selyse [Tara Fitzgerald]–and you get to enjoy the dynamics between the three of us.”

    Q: What are those dynamics? A little tense?

    CVH: “Of course it’s very tense, but the funny thing is Selyse’s on my side more than anyone else. She is a believer, a true believer in the Lord of Light, so she’s in awe of the fact that I represent this religion. But also I think there must be some sort of jealousy. So we see a little bit more of that, and we see my relationship to their child who is not, per se, on my team–which of course is a nuisance for me. Be assured that Melisandre will convince this child that the Lord of Light is not all bad. She’ll make sure of that.

    Q: What kind of character progression will we see?

    CVH: “Well, we will get to see the slightest chink of humour in Melisandre. It’s very, very little, again in a scene with Stannis’ wife, but I very much enjoyed doing that because I’m actually used to playing lighter characters. For some reason in Hollywood I always get cast as angry ex-wives or mean witches– do I have such a stern look? But in my own country I play light-hearted, romantic comedy stuff, so I really enjoyed that tiny hint of humour.”

    Q: What is Melisandre’s overall goal?

    CVH: “She still wants Stannis to be on the Iron Throne. But the interesting thing is that in this season they have to travel because as we know, we left her and Stannis and Davos [Liam Cunningham] in season 3 with that scene where she saves Davos’ life and says the true war is in the north. So they probably need to head in that direction. And then, of course, the worlds collide and that’s when it’s going to get interesting.”

    Q: Is Melisandre driven by missionary zeal, plain evil, or power-lust?

    CVH: “I still believe she has the right intentions: that she really thinks she’s going to save the world with Stannis on the throne. But since we cannot look into the future and she’s a very mysterious character, and I’ve had several hints of people talking to me about her true intentions, I’m not sure anymore. That’s why it’s so difficult to talk about it, because I know certain things that I really cannot say–there may be a big twist!”

    Q: You spend much of this season travelling on horseback. How’s your riding?

    CVH: “Actually a lot of the scenes on horseback were done with doubles. It has something to do with the fact that I’m very allergic to horses! So for the insurance they were afraid to put me on a horse. I filled in a form initially that said, ‘Yes, I’m allergic to animals, certain hairs, but if I take something, it’s fine’. I think they took it very seriously and said, ‘No, you cannot even look at a horse anymore’. But actually I quite like the feel of riding. I mean I’m afraid, but it’s also a challenge to do stuff that you’re afraid of.”

    Q: Yours is one of the characters who actually gets to do magic. Are those scenes enjoyable to film?

    CVH: “I love those scenes because they’re so unusual–you don’t really see magic that often in a series that otherwise is so modern in a way, about regular life but in a war situation. Even scenes like drinking the poisonous wine without blinking–I love that stuff! I would love to do more magic. I’m sure the writers have more up their sleeve. In the fourth season you do see a little more of Melisandre’s room and the stuff she uses–she has a little cabinet of powders. This one puts people to sleep, that one makes men wildly lustful, this one will kill you instantly–I loved that.”

    Q: What it’s like to work with Stephen Dillane, who plays Stannis?

    CVH: “I really like working with him because he’s so unpredictable and there’s something so stern about him. Liam [Cunningham] explained it really well, actually. He said, ‘He doesn’t give a damn about being liked by anyone.’ And that’s what makes him so cool and so very authentic in a way. He’s a sweetheart, but there’s something about him, you cannot really ‘get’ him. And especially to be in that triangle with Liam and him, that trio is so interesting because those men couldn’t be more different, and yet, they get along so well and they make me laugh. It’s like Laurel and Hardy. We joke, the three of us, we joke about doing a fun spinoff called ‘Melissa, Dave, and Stanley.’ A light-hearted supernatural rom-com.”

    Q: Over three seasons what has been your toughest scene to film?

    CVH: “The very, very first scene I shot ever on this show was the burning of the idols on a beach.”

    “You can’t see when you’re watching it, but it was freezing cold and the wind was coming inland from the sea. We were in Northern Ireland in November or something, and it was freezing cold. It was my first day and I had to speak to all these men, as a completely secure woman who has no doubts whatsoever; she’s completely committed. It was so different from all the nervy wrecks that I’ve played before! I couldn’t put any thermal underwear on because the dress was really thin and I just hardly remember any of it, because I was trying to basically stay alive and then say these lines.”

    Q: I assume it’s got easier since then?

    CVH: “Yes! And being around Liam is just a joy, always. He makes me laugh so much. We’re enemies on screen but in real life we’re really good friends and we’ve known each other for five years. We’d actually done another film together where we were lovers. We played the complete opposite to our roles in Game of Thrones in this film called Black Butterflies.”

    Q: What’s it like when new characters come on board?

    CVH: “Well, I met the guy who plays Oberyn [Pedro Pascal]. And so I imagined coming in on the fourth season, after three seasons and with people talking about his character, and who’s going to have to play it – I felt for him. It’s like, when you’re in high school, the first grade and you feel a little responsible for the little kids. I could feel his nerves, I could understand why it would be scary.”

    Q: Is part of the nerves coming into it that you’ve got a character that is already known and loved by all the readers of the books?

    CVH: “Yeah, it was for me in the beginning, definitely. People were speculating, who was going to play Melisandre? Is she right for it? She’s not pretty enough or she’s not fat enough, or she’s not tall enough, or she doesn’t have green eyes, whatever. But then I noticed on Twitter all these followers all of a sudden, so many people. So even though they may hate me, at least they like to hate me, I guess. And of course I cannot please all of them.”

    Q: And what sort of fan reaction do you get?

    CVH: “There are people that love that character–for some Melisandre is their favorite character, which I can hardly believe! I guess it’s the fact that she’s a woman and so strong, and she has that magical power. I think that’s attractive in a way.”

    Q: How do you approach the more explicit scenes Melisandre is given?

    CVH: “It’s definitely not my favourite thing in the world. But if the scene is great, I don’t see the problem. I accept it, because I’ve worked with Paul Verhoeven, who I always describe as an intellectual with a dirty mind. And also it’s to show that that’s how the world works. It shows how weak the male flesh is, and how manipulative women can be.

    Q: Watching Game of Thrones it feels like everything is on a vast scale. Is that how it feels to be in it?

    CVH: “Yes. I mean, the world becomes smaller because you get to know people more and more, but at first, you don’t even know where the camera is–it’s so big, which is a little overwhelming. Look, even now I cannot even believe that I’m part of this. It’s so cool; I really don’t want to die!”

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    Elder abuse, estranged stepsons at war, his eighth wife caught in the middle: Hollywood's original child star died with an estate and legal affairs in disarray.



    When Mickey Rooney died April 6 at 93, his wife of 35 years, former nightclub singer Jan Chamberlin Rooney, learned about it from the media. "I haven't seen him since April [2013]," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Someone from TMZ called me." Rooney's death marked the end of not only the longest and most prolific career of a movie star in Hollywood history -- one spanning the silent era through MGM's golden age to the upcoming Night at the Museum 3 -- but also a bizarre family dispute that engulfed him, his wife and her two sons from a previous marriage, Chris Aber and Mark Aber (who goes by Mark Rooney), throughout his final years.



    In February 2011, after a complaint was filed by Rooney's attorneys on his behalf, a Superior Court judge granted L.A.-based lawyer Michael Augustine temporary conservatorship over the actor and his estate and ordered Chris Aber, Rooney's personal assistant of 30 years, and his wife, Christina Aber, to stay at least 100 yards from the actor. Rooney's attorneys alleged that Chris Aber "threatens, intimidates, bullies and harasses Mickey" and refused to reveal Rooney's finances to him, "other than to tell him that [he] is broke." He and his wife were also alleged to have withheld medications and food from Rooney, leaving him "extremely fearful that Chris will become physically threatening against Mickey and may even attempt to kidnap Mickey from his home." The paperwork and subsequent filings suggested that Aber gained access to Rooney's finances through his work as a "producer" at Densmore Productions Inc., a production company Rooney formed in 1998, whereupon Aber issued himself majority stock, named himself treasurer and began pilfering substantial amounts of money.

    Just a month after Augustine's appointment, Rooney, whom the conservator deemed "completely competent," appeared on Capitol Hill before the Senate Special Committee on Aging and gave emotional testimony about his experience as a victim of elder abuse. He stated that the Abers had made his daily life "unbearable," adding, "I felt trapped, scared, used and frustrated." And he emphasized to other victims of elder abuse, "Because of your love for other family members, you might feel hesitant to come forward, but I want to tell you this: You are not alone and you have nothing to be ashamed of." He continued, "If elder abuse happened to me, it can happen to anyone. I want you to know you deserve better."

    Chris Aber insists Rooney's legal filings and congressional testimony were brought about at the urging of Chris' estranged brother, Mark, who, with wife Charlene Aber, moved from Florida to California and lived with the Rooneys shortly before the initial court proceedings. Chris Aber claims he discovered that his brother and sister-in-law were stealing from his stepfather, selling his possessions on eBay. "I caught him," Chris tells THR. "And then, in order to defuse [the situation], he got a restraining order on me and told Mickey that I did it." Despite Chris Aber's claims, Augustine, the conservator, approved Mark and Charlene Aber as Rooney's "caregivers," and it was in their Studio City rental property that Rooney lived for the last months of his life.

    The feud between Chamberlin Rooney's sons runs deep. Chris refers to his younger brother, who was part of the group that interviewed and hired Augustine, as an "ex-heroin addict" (Mark once appeared on Geraldo to discuss his problems, footage of which Chris uploaded to YouTube) who "has never worked a day in his life." Augustine tells THR that Mark, who could not be reached for comment, cared more for Rooney in the last years of his stepfather's life than Chris ever did. "[Mark and Charlene] have done every conceivable thing for Mickey -- and mostly without compensation, because Mickey didn't have enough money. When Mickey had the money to pay them, he gave them a modest stipend." Most of the time, these last few years, Rooney was close to broke.

    In October 2013, Augustine agreed to a largely symbolic settlement with Chris and Christina Aber whereby the abuse allegations against them were dropped in return for a "judgment" of $2.9 million -- acknowledged by the Abers as the amount Rooney was owed and by the conservator as being "unenforceable and uncollectible" from Chris Aber, who had declared bankruptcy a year earlier. (Augustine is still pursuing Chris Aber's homeowner's insurance company, suggesting that the policy Aber held covers this sort of behavior.) Augustine says, "We had evidence that he had stolen $8 million [over the years], but we knew that we were not going to collect it," adding, "Aber didn't sock money away, he put it up his nose." Chris and Christina Aber, however, admitted no wrongdoing in the court documents. "They couldn't prove one thing I did wrong," insists Chris, who said he would be happy to take a lie detector test. "They had to save face."

    But Augustine says Chris Aber should consider himself lucky that he got off as easily as he did. "There are a few facts that Chris is conveniently omitting," he chuckles. "Like in 2004, Mickey had a tax return that showed $804,000 of income, and the next year something like $690,000 -- yet Mickey and Jan had to refinance their house to pay taxes. [Chris] Aber, however, had two Mercedes, a Porsche and two houses. I wonder how that happened?" He continues, "When we terminated his services, he short-sold one house and it went under, another was foreclosed and he moved into a rental property. Why did that all of a sudden collapse if he was the one earning all this money?"

    While there is clearly no love lost between Augustine and Chris Aber, the latter's disgust is primarily reserved for Mark Aber. "My brother, whom [Rooney] died in front of, didn't even have the decency to call my mom [upon Rooney’s death]," he says, adding that Chamberlin Rooney, who has lived with him and his wife since July 2012, hasn't been allowed to see Mickey's body in the funeral home and has not been permitted to weigh in on burial plans, even though she and Rooney never divorced. "That's how evil these attorneys and my brother are."

    Augustine counters that Chamberlin Rooney hasn't seen her husband in months because of a written agreement that he orchestrated -- and she signed -- to keep her away from Rooney following a series of incidents that led him to believe that she was being physically abusive toward her diminutive husband. While living with Chamberlin, he asserts, "Mickey had a tooth knocked out, he had a black eye, he ostensibly fell down the stairs. So Mickey, I felt, was physically in peril." He continues, "In July 2012, I moved Mickey away. All of a sudden, Mickey's appearance and everything about Mickey improved. He started working again and he was doing much better." Litigation ensued and ultimately, court documents show, Chamberlin Rooney agreed to live elsewhere in return for $3,000 a month in support from Rooney.

    Nevertheless, Augustine says he will not fight to keep Chamberlin Rooney away from her husband's funeral. "There will probably be a family-only ceremony, to which she will be invited, along with his [biological] children [and Mark and Charlene Aber]." And what about Chris and Christina Aber, if they wish to attend? "I would say no. Jan, yes, but Chris and Christina are thieves. You want to quote me on that, be my guest. They can sue me. F--- 'em." He continues, "They're not in the same category as a wife of 30-some years. She made a bad choice but, in her defense, it's pretty difficult when you're between your son and your husband."

    Chris Aber, meanwhile, volunteers that he, his wife and his mother are in emotional and financial ruin as a result of the fighting. "I can't even afford to go out to dinner. I'm working at a grocery store," he says. "I tell my wife: 'I'm sorry; you can't go to Taco Bell today. I don't have enough money.'" Adds Chamberlin Rooney, between sobs, "I was going to try and meet with [Mickey] this week and see if I could talk to him about coming to some kind of conclusion. [But] he's gone now." On Tuesday, it was revealed that Rooney, in a will updated less than a month ago, left his entire estate to Mark and Charlene Aber, with no appropriation for Chamberlin Rooney or Chris and Christina Aber. Its value: a mere $18,000.



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    Angel Haze is Noisey's new columnist. This week: matters of the heart.


    I just can’t get on board with internet dating. It’s so gross. You meet people in seconds, you don’t get that feeling when you have the time to get to know someone, to take them on dates. You have Grindr and Tinder; where you’re clicking on someone and deciding if you want to fuck them in five seconds, going to their hotel, and having disgusting, nasty sex. It all happens so fast. It’s so instantaneous.

    I have been in love properly, not internet love. It’s so exhilarating. It’s cute. If you want love, you don’t look. That’s when the best things happen; when you close your eyes, close your mind, when you’re just having fun and doing the things you love. Then, you meet someone who wants to do them with you.

    To date, I have been in love with two and a half people. Not that the half a person was a midget—I was just halfway in love, and halfway not. I’m a finicky person, but I pick those certain qualities about someone and that’s what I love about that person. Then I don’t love them fully and realize I’m only half way in love, and that makes me sort of a bitch.

    The first person I fell for, I met was when I was 16. I was doing a song with some group from New Jersey and he was their DJ. It was like “love at first sight.” I saw him and I immediately wanted every little part of him for the rest of my life, and we ended up being engaged. But whatever, we broke up. It turned out we had zero in common. He was my first love, but you grow.

    The second person, I did kind of meet through the internet, but not on a dating site. I was on Tumblr and I saw this person and said to my fans, “Can someone find out who this is?” Someone got me their Twitter username. I tweeted them saying, “I’m in love with you.” We met up like a week later, and then spent three years together.

    Maybe it will happen again? I just met someone else in a very weird way at New York Fashion Week. Basically, my life is crazy right now.

    The struggle is that it’s hard to fit someone in when you’re an artist.The last two months we were on the tour bus, and I was having random phone calls with this person every night. I keep saying to them, “I really like you, and I know it’s hard for you to understand cause I’m not a real person that’s tangible now, cause I’m always on the road, coming and going.” I think that especially as an artist, if you have someone that understands, it can be the easiest thing—but if they don’t, it can be really tough and strenuous. I’ve experienced both. I realized that it must suck for people to be interested in someone that can’t be there; someone who is gone like the wind, and you have to take it when you can get it.

    Actually though, there are times when it’s great, because my label fly a person I just can’t be without to wherever I need them to be. That’s a perk. So if you like me enough, and you’re cool with it, you could come anywhere in the world and we could hang out. But most people don’t do that cause then they feel like a prostitute: “You make me feel like a cheap whore, you’ve flown me in just for sex.”

    All I want is to wine and dine someone. To make them feel special. I was dating someone and it was their birthday, and I rented out this entire private space overlooking the ocean. I had a famous chef cook for them, and music too. But I think that I’m overly romantic in my nature. It’s like old school parent-trap shit, where I’m play old soul songs to make people fall in love.

    If it all goes wrong, and you break up, then turn your ex into literature. Make them fictional, and then they don’t exist anymore. When I broke up with my ex-boyfriend I wrote a blog about him for a year, over-romanticising him wildly beyond my imagination. And it worked. I started to think of him as something I imagined, and I got over him. I keep like three journals with me at all times. I write in all of them.

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    Austin Mahone has confirmed details of his forthcoming debut album.

    The US singer will release The Secret on May 27, with the What About Love singer stating: "This is for my Mahomies.

    "Thank you for supporting me and sticking with me all this time."

    Mahone - who celebrated his 18th birthday on April 4 - added: "I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to be able to announce new music and a huge tour for all you guys!"

    The star is also due to tour North America with The Vamps and Fifth Harmony this summer in support of his upcoming LP.

    He also hit the headlines this week after a fake snap of him kissing pal Justin Bieber hit the web. lol

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