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  • 04/17/14--09:42: Penn Badgley News Roundup


    "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany and "Gossip Girl" actor Penn Badgley are teaming for the indie revenge feature "The Paper Store".

    The story follows a former college student who forges essays for cash, the client who becomes her lover, and their professor.

    Katharine Clark Gray penned the script with husband Nicholas Gray, who will direct. Richard Kind also stars in the film which begins shooting next month in New York.

    Penn Badgley hits the red carpet the the Museum of Moving Image’s Salute to Kevin Spacey held at 583 Park Ave on Wednesday evening (April 9) in New York City.

    When news broke that Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley would portray Jeff Buckley in the biopic Greetings From Tim Buckley, there were some objections from James Franco stans who thought Franco was born to play the role. But Badgley held his own as Buckley thanks in part to a set of formidable pipes. And if the movie wasn’t enough to prove that Badgley’s got a voice on him, here’s a song from his band Mother — also featuring Simon Oscroft (No), Jimmy Giannopoulos (Lolawolf, Reputante) and Darren Will (Rathborne) — that will make you a believer. “Victim” is a brooding synth-pop track heavy on sax and ominously moody tones that plays like a stuttering M83 remix of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.” Badgley’s vocals here are mostly understated and calm, but he carries himself with an understated (ahem) grace on the mic while his bandmates conjure a woozy metropolitan clatter. Listen below.

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    Anthony Mackie is one of those underrated and substantially gifted actors who livens up just about any movie he shows up in, and his unique fusion of genuine warmth and unflappable cool is particularly welcome in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But his most important contribution to the comic-book movie universe may well have occurred off-screen, at a recent promotional roundtable, when he said this about playing a black superhero: “When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, ‘Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.’ That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.” Or, to put a more cynical spin on his comment: why are all the comic book superhero movies about white guys?

    They’re not just about white guys, of course. You’ve got Gwyneth Paltrow in the Iron Man movies, Amy Adams in Man of Steel, Katie Holmes/Maggie Gylenhaal in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and Hayley Atwell in Cap 1 — but they’re basically romantic interests, albeit ones capable of handling themselves (for a change). You’ve got Mackie in Cap 2, Idris Elba in the Thor movies, Morgan Freeman in the Dark Knight films, Laurence Fishburne in Man of Steel, and Terrence Howard/Don Cheadle in the Iron Man movies — but they’re second-stringers, supporting players. And you’ve got Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow reverberating throughout the Marvel universe — appearing in six and three films, respectively, though in cameos or supporting roles behind the white men at the top of the marquee.

    Yet both Nick Fury and Black Widow have successfully fronted their own Marvel comic books, and Jackson and Johansson have proven more than capable of carrying movies on their own. So why are they always playing second fiddle? Johansson has told anyone who will listen that she wants to do a standalone Black Widow movie. (She even went off and made Lucy for Luc Besson, playing an ass-kicker with super powers. Morgan Freeman appears in a supporting role.) Yet producer/Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind Kevin Feige insists that there are no plans to give her a vehicle of her own.

    “I think [Black Widow] has a central leading role in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier],” he said last month. “What people are really saying is ‘When are you doing a standalone female superhero movie?’ The answer is: I don’t know. We only do two a year, we know more or less what’s coming up through ‘16/’17. With Widow what’s great is the interaction with all the team members, and the question is whether we want to pluck her out of that.” Ah, you see, it’s because she’s such a good supporting player that they don’t want to give her a movie of her own anytime in the next three years.

    Mr. Mackie, a good company man, doesn’t call out Marvel — the company writing his checks — for lack of female representation. Instead, he shifts the focus to rival DC, which is now working on its second reboot of the Batman character while continuing to disappoint fans w/r/t a Wonder Woman movie. It’s been languishing in development hell since 2001; even Joss Whedon took a crack at it, back in 2005, and couldn’t get it done. Finally, late last year, we heard that we’re finally getting Wonder Woman on the big screen — as a supporting player in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up, where she’ll hang out in the shadow of both Superman and Batman. (If that goes well, maybe she’ll get her own movie. They’re gonna wait and see.)

    So what the hell’s going on here? The most common excuse — though seldom given on the record — is, unsurprisingly, money. The fear is that a superhero movie fronted by a woman or person of color will tank, and the same examples get dusted off every time: Catwoman, Supergirl, Elektra, the Blade sequels, and, I dunno, Blankman? But the newest of those movies was made nearly a decade ago. (I won’t accept the failure of Snyder’s Sucker Punch as part of this argument, because Sucker Punch is an unendurable piece of shit, which hurt its box office far more than the women on its poster.) Last year’s highest-grossing movie was about a tough young woman kicking ass and shooting people with arrows; the third-highest-grossing movie of 2013 was about a young woman with superpowers. They’re making female superhero movies; it’s just that the studios that make superhero movies aren’t smart enough to make them themselves.

    But there’s more than money at stake here anyway, and that’s what Mackie gets absolutely right. “I feel like everybody deserves that.” Our kids — of all sexes and all colors — deserve heroes that aren’t homogeneous, and by continuing to fall down on that job, Marvel and DC are making the entire genre look downright conservative. Frankly, at this point the novelty alone would probably make a Wonder Woman or Black Widow movie a hit, aforementioned precursors aside. And if even that wasn’t a sure thing, well, as Mackie says, “I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman.” The point is valid: Haven’t these movies made enough money yet for the studios that make them to start taking some real chances?

    Thank you Anthony, this is actually perfect for me since I am writing my research paper about Marvel movies and diversity, its as if I can't love this man any more than I do now.

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    Demand is going through the roof for gymnastics-strength shower rods -- all thanks to "Love & Hip Hop" star Mimi Faust's sex tape acrobatics -- and Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, and Walmart are struggling to keep up.
    We called employees at each of the major retailers (from Georgia to Cali) and we're getting the same story -- ever since the trailer for Mimi's sex tape came out, people have been racing to purchase their own super-strong shower rods to recreate the Mimi experience.
    And supplies are running out -- a customer at one Home Depot in Georgia tells us, they were totally sold out of Mimi-strength shower rods.
    This is a real thing -- a Twitter search for "Mimi shower rod" shows an endless list of people trying to get their hands on one. There's even a Twitter account dedicated to it (@MimiShowerRod). And don't even get us started on the Vine videos.
    We reached out to officials at Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, and Target -- no word back so far.


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    + One Direction have been posting daily “You & I” video teasers on Instagram in anticipation of its Friday release. Watch the black-and-white preview clips, including this latest one posted this morning where Harry Styles talks about love and being inseparable. #Swoon (MTV News)

    Clip won't embed so WATCH HERE.


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    Amber Heard had a girls’ night out with friends — sparking speculation it could be a bachelorette bash— on Saturday night before her impending marriage to Johnny Depp.

    Spies saw Heard and four pals at Simon Hammerstein’s Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel.
    They took in the show “Queen of the Night” while dining on lobster and had “the best view in the house of a sexy Chinese pole act.”

    Depp recently shot down rumors on “Today” that Heard is pregnant.

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  • 04/18/14--07:02: HOMELAND UPDATE

  • 'Homeland' heads to South Africa

    When we last left Carrie Mathison (Clare Danes), she was pregnant and had accepted a new assignment overseas.

    Showtime announced today that Homeland will begin production of Season 4 in Cape Town, South Africa, in mid-June. Shooting will continue through November.

    The storyline is that "Mathison is assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East, back on the front lines in the war on terror," read a statement.

    For three seasons, Homeland has been filmed primarily in Charlotte, N.C., but showrunner Alex Gansa notes that to tell a story set in the Middle East, the production needed to move overseas. "We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground," he wrote in the announcement.

    Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend return, and Nazanin Boniadi is now a series regular.

    One big question revolves around how the show's storyline will handle Carrie's baby. In the Season 3 finale, Carrie's father, Frank Matheson (James Rebhorn), offered to keep and raise the child for her. But Rebhorn died in March at age 65 after battling skin cancer.

    Homeland's fourth season premieres in the fall.

    Naomie Harris And Damien Lewis Join Our Kind Of Traitor

    Last we heard, a year or so ago, Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen were in talks for the John Le Carre adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor. But while Susanna White's spy thriller may have lost an M and a Le Chiffre along the way, it's now gained a Moneypenny. In a flurry of casting news, Naomie Harris has signed up, along with Damien Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard, to join the already-attached Ewan McGregor.

    Le Carre's 2010 novel involves an Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend holidaying on a Caribbean island. There they encounter a money launderer fleeing the Russian mafia with juicy intelligence on the banking sector and a plan to claim asylum in the UK. The ensuing globetrotting shenanigans take in Paris, Switzerland, London, Russia and Antigua.

    McGregor and Harris are set to play the couple – Perry and Gail – with Skarsgard the ex-mobster Dima. Lewis will show up as a member of the British Intelligence Service.

    Hossein Amini (47 Ronin, Snow White & The Hunstman) wrote the screenplay, and Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) was originally signed to direct, but was replaced by Susanna White (Generation Kill, Parade's End) last autumn. That was presumably down to a scheduling clash with Kurzel's Michael Fassbender-starring Macbeth, which is shooting now. White's cameras will roll next month.

    Homeland's Rupert Friend: Starred Up has a very different budget but its originality makes it special

    His character of assassin turned CIA man Peter Quinn is central to the gripping hit US TV import Homeland.

    But Rupert Friend has returned home to appear in the low-budget prison drama Starred Up, playing a volunteer prison psychologist who tries to help a young inmate.

    “I knew it was something very original,” says the Oxfordshire-born 32-year-old. “That’s rare to find.

    "The whole thing is very much drawn from life. I didn’t know that when I read it, but I still felt it very keenly.

    "That kind of authenticity leaps out at you and is very appealing.”

    The actor, who dated Keira Knightley for five years, received an Emmy nomination for his role in Homeland. But it was a homemade video that got him the part on the show.

    “I was busy doing Dennis Potter’s Brimstone And Treacle on stage in London,” says Rupert, “so for my audition I just made a tape in my kitchen and sent it to the makers of Homeland.

    “I was a fan of the show and watched it religiously because I thought the writing was so good. I was thrilled to get the part.

    “Strictly speaking, my character Peter isn’t an intelligence officer, he’s Black Ops and the burdens of his job are to commit acts which any normal civilian would find stomach turning.”

    CLAIRE DANES UPDATE(she's on a break so obviously not many articles on her)
    Make-up free Claire Danes works up a sweat with morning jog as she shows off her lean legs in tights

    She begins filming season four of Showtime series Homeland in May.

    And Claire Danes is making sure to stay in tip top shape for her role as CIA operative Carrie Mathison on the hit drama as she was spotted on a vigorous jog on Thursday.

    The actress, who turns 35 on April 12, let her skin breathe as she worked up quite the sweat for the pavement pounding run in New York.

    Wearing her blonde locks in a loose knot, she showed off her lean legs in a pair of pedal pusher tights.

    Donning spongy trainers for the jaunt, the Brokedown Palace star covered up in a large grey hooded sweater emblazoned with the logo for her show Homeland.

    Tuning out the noisy bustle of the Meatpacking District, Claire wore headphones as she carried a handheld device in her left hand.

    Homeland, meanwhile, is scheduled to start filming the fourth season.

    Claire plays a brilliant bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison who can solve cases normally impenetrable to other investigators.

    The series usually shoots in Atlanta and on location in such international locals as Morocco and Egypt, which cuts into family life.

    In December Claire told the Daily Mirror she and Hugh Dancy, who she shares son Cyrus with, are 'figuring it out as we go. I tend to work and then Hugh works.'

    The couple have been spotted out frequently in Toronto over the past few weeks.

    Hugh was recently spotted pushing Cyrus in his pram, while Claire lagged behind by several paces.

    Zoe Kazan, Homeland's Morgan Saylor & More to Join Cherry Jones in MTC's When We Were Young and Unafraid

    The Manhattan Theatre Club has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid. Joining the previously announced Cherry Jones will be Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor, Cherise Boothe and Patch Darragh. The new play will have a limited engagement at the off-Broadway New York City Center – Stage 1, with performances beginning on May 21 prior to a June 17 opening.

    When We Were Young and Unafraid is set inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s—before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress. Agnes (Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway Mary Anne (Kazan) is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter Penny (Saylor), forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she's been trying to help.

    When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Pam McKinnon, will feature scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Russell H. Champa, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and fight direction by Thomas Schall.

    Her film Mcfarland, starring Kevin Costner, is still in post-production.
    BONUS from her IG:


    Sources: 1, 2, 3, 5

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    We really have so much in common with Emma Stone.

    Up there with her love for The Spice Girls, The Amazing Spider-Man actress admires fellow thesp and funnygal Jennifer Lawrence (and it goes without saying that we're obsessed with J.Law. It's almost unhealthy).

    "I just think she's so great isn't she? She is so inspiring to me and I am so grateful that she exists in the world, as someone who is authentic and who has not bent to fit any idea of what a woman should be in that kind of position. And she is so talented," the 25-year-old said of The Hunger Games star during an interview with The Stylist.

    "I am just so happy she is around for women everywhere. It's just fantastic."

    Emma also gushed about another strong female in her life—her mom, Krista.

    "She has just been wonderful. When it comes to advice for me, or being there for me, she has been my rock through my life, so that kind of unwavering love, always knowing that somebody loves you unconditionally, that has been the biggest influence on me in my life, that absolute solidity."

    Hey, as Emma Stone knows all too well, it's all about girl power.


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    The final game in Bioware’s science fiction role playing video game trilogy Mass Effect may have come out two years ago, but the dedication and popularity of the game hasn’t waivered since that last installment. This was abundantly clear at Saturday’s PAX East panel “Mass Effect Cast Cosplay Initiative: The Event.”

    The event featured two actors who voiced characters in the series (Keythe Farley who voiced Thane Krios and Kimberly Brooks who voiced Ashley Williams) as well as two models characters were based on (Luciano Costa who Kaidan Alenko was modeled after and Rana McAnear who Samara and Morinth were modeled after.) All four cosplayed as their respective characters from Mass Effect.

    The event has been over a year in the making and was itself powered by fans. The goal of the Mass Effect Cast Cosplay Initiative is to have as many voice actors and models as possible cosplay as their respective characters to give back to fans as they ask fans to give to charity. The project was created by Karissa Barrows, moderator of the PAX panel, who had the idea after seeing McAnear cosplay as Samara with the voice actor behind the male Commander Shepard, Mark Meer, cosplaying as his character at Dragon*Con.

    Thanks to fan support and donations, Barrows was able to put together this PAX event. The costumes worn by the panel participants were created by the Initiative. The event almost filled the Main Theatre at PAX as fans lined up well before the start time and 10,000 people watched the panel live stream on Twitch, showing how the passion of the Mass Effect fandom is still at full strength.

    “I think that what Bioware has done in general and what they really did specifically with Mass Effect was they really paid attention to character and story and that’s why the people are lining up out there two years later because they feel like they have an investment not just in the game but in the characters as part of that game and bioware and the whole team just did an amazing job just creating a world that’s populated with characters that people really care about,” Farley told the Daily Dot.

    This was the first time Farley dressed up as his game counterpart, and the same goes for Brooks, who told the Daily Dot cosplaying as Williams felt amazing and empowering. She was also very excited to see the line of fans waiting for their panel.

    “It’s unbelievable. The fan loyalty is amazing. It’s such a huge, amazing community of really dedicated fans,” she said.

    The cosplay event was mainly a Q&A, giving fans an hour to ask questions. Questions ranged from asking the panelists about their favorite lines to their thoughts on character development, showing the fans’ dedication to the franchise after all these years and making it seem like they could go on even longer than the panel allowed. Costa called the passion shown by fans humbling and his first time dressing up as Alenko exhilarating.

    “I didn’t realize how big an impact this game had on the gaming community, so it’s exciting to see so many people out there that really want to see us and talk to us so that’s good,” he told the Daily Dot.

    The charity component of the event took place right after the panel. A photo opp was offered with the talent, from which all the proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And it certainly inspired fans to take part: The line for photos wrapped around the Queue Hall.

    The lines for both the photo opp and panel at PAX show that even though for now at least fans don’t know much about the future of the series beyond a rumored Mass Effect 4, their passion until then won’t wan.

    Learn more about the Mass Effect Cosplay Initiative and how you can help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on their website. Watch the entire panel on Twitch.

    Photos by Lisa Granshaw; Lead art via Jackie/Kriss/Twitter

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    Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington could start as soon as Friday. Brown's trial is scheduled to begin as soon as a judge finishes the trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy.

    Both men are facing an assault charge after a Maryland man says they punched him outside a Washington hotel in October. Hollosy's trial began Thursday and is expected to finish Friday.

    Hollosy told police he punched the man after the man tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police a different story: He said Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.

    Court papers say the man's nose was fractured. Brown has denied hitting the man.


    Chris Brown's Bodyguard Goes On Trial

    Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that will be a preview for the musician's own trial.

    Christopher Hollosy's trial began Thursday in Superior Court.

    Both men were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.

    Court papers say the man's nose was fractured.

    Hollosy's trial is expected to last one to two days. Brown's trial will follow. Brown has denied punching the man.


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    Colombian pop star Shakira believes she will one day be the first lady of Barcelona when her boyfriend and centre back Gerard Pique becomes the president.
    The Spain defender commented a few months ago about his desire to become president of the club in years to come, saying: ‘Who knows, maybe I'll become the president of FC Barcelona one day.’
    And Shakira has added to the speculation by saying in an interview with Bocas magazine: ‘I think that Gerard will someday be president of Barcelona and I will be the first lady…. of Barca.'
    Pique will have no immediate desires to move from the pitch to the boardroom as at 26 he still has plenty to achieve in the game – starting with Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey final with Real Madrid, before which he faces a late fitness test.
    Internationally, Spain are world and European champions and will be hoping to defend their crown in Brazil this summer.
    Off the pitch, Pique and Shakira became parents to a son, Milan, and the Barcelona centre back enjoys being a dad.
    He said: ‘I love being a father. I've matured a little and now I'm much better at changing nappies and I sleep less regularly.'

    Shaki-Barfa are gonna through so much shit already girl, they don't need Pique running the show

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    In between rounds of golf, the singer gets busy on his 'Some Nights' follow-up

    Nate Ruess definitely earned his vacation days – and he was determined to use 'em all. So much so that it basically took the combined powers of Bruce Springsteen, the NCAA and his bandmates in fun. to lure him down to Dallas for a performance at the Final Four.

    And even after agreeing to do the show, he still managed to miss his flight. Seems like this was one vacation he didn't want to end.

    "After doing this for three-straight years, I've been thrilled about getting some time off. So my feeling for the Final Four show was kind of like, 'Gosh, I can't believe we gotta do this,'" he told Rolling Stone. "It's always weird going back … the same thing used to happen when I'd go away on tour. When I'd come home, my girlfriend and I would have to spend a week getting used to each other again."

    It didn't take quite as long for Ruess to reconnect with guitarist Jack Antonoff and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost; after all, they'd spent almost three years on the road together, touring in support of fun.'s breakout Some Nights album. And at several points during that Final Four show, it was apparent that the reunion had succeeded in lifting Ruess' spirits ("We need to fucking come out of retirement," he joked to the crowd), noteworthy because singer is the first to admit that he's definitely been enjoying his time out of the spotlight.

    "I've been golfing a lot," he laughed. "But once I saw everybody, I just felt good. That's about as sincere as it gets. But it also showed me that less is more. Between me, Andrew and Jack, we're the kind of people who think anything worth doing is also worth overdoing, so I want to find a balance."

    Striking that balance begins with the follow-up to Some Nights, which Ruess is currently writing – tentatively. Because now, whether he likes it or not, he's aware that these new songs will have stand the test of time and stand up to repeated plays on the road.

    "It's moving. There's an apprehension at first, because I don't want this thing to move too fast, because I want to be able to enjoy being at home," Ruess explained. "And with this album – and after being on the road for a few years – you can't help but think of how each song is gonna fit. You start thinking about what you're gonna want to play, and what you're gonna want to say."

    And to that end, while he's aware that the success of Some Nights has raised his band's profile exponentially, Ruess said he's less interested re-creating that record and more taken by the idea of documenting this very unique point in his life, which, needless to say, is quite different from the last time he sat down to write a fun. album.

    "It's weird to talk about this, but it is interesting when you look at a song like 'Some Nights.' I remember when writing it, the thought was, 'No one’s gonna understand this. This isn't gonna happen. And this is the last chance, and then I gotta go get a real job,'" he said. "The first song on this new album is like the opposite of that, lyrically. You know, 'You got what you wished for. What the fuck are you wishing for now?'"

    Still, he's taking any and all pressure in stride. Like he said, over the past three years, Ruess has had plenty of life experiences, and he's survived them all. His break may be coming to an end, and the business of following-up Some Nights just beginning, but Ruess is rested and ready to get back to work. Vacations can't last forever, after all.

    "I look at Some Nights and some of the things that I feel like I did wrong on that, and I look at other albums that I’ve done in the past as a lyricist and not only do I want to maintain a certain level, I want to exceed it," he said. "The pain for me in songwriting is always putting lyrics to things. And so hopefully I’ve got enough firepower. I’ve definitely had enough shit go down in the last few years."


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    The Quiet Radicalism of All That

    The ’90s were golden years for Nickelodeon. The children’s cable television network was home to now cult-classic shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-2000), Clarissa Explains It All (1991-’94), The Secret Life of Alex Mack (1994-’98), and Salute Your Shorts (1991-’92)—arguably heretofore unmatched in their clever, un-condescending approach to entertaining young people. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee launched in 1992, and remains to this day one of the only shows on-air devoted to frank, engaging discussions of teen issues and opinions.

    But perhaps the program that best embodied the values of Nick in those years was All That, a sketch-comedy show that premiered 20 years ago today. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That ran for an impressive 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The prolific franchise spawned a number of spin-offs (Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show) and launched the careers of several comedy mainstays: Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and Taran Killam.

    Like Saturday Night Live (which would later hire Thompson and Killam), All That was a communal pop-cultural touchstone. The parents of ’90s kids had the Church Lady, “more cowbell,” and Roseanne Roseannadanna; the kids themselves, though, had Pierre Escargot, “Vital Information,” and Repairman Man Man Man, and we recited their catch-phrases to one another in the cafeteria and on the playground. Although All That was clearly designed as a SNL, Jr., of sorts, it wasn’t merely starter sketch comedy—it was an admittedly daring venture for a children’s network to embark on.

    In its own right, All That was a weirdly subversive little show. It never explicitly crossed the line into “mature” territory, but it constantly flirted with the limits of FCC-approved family-friendliness. Take, for instance, the “Ask Ashley” sketch. A barely tween-aged Amanda Bynes (Seasons Three to Six), played an adorably wide-eyed video advice-columnist. Ashley (“That’s me!”) would read painfully dimwitted letters from fans with clearly solvable problems. (Example: “Dear Ashley, I live in a two-story house and my room is upstairs. Every morning, when it’s time to go to school, I jump out the window. So far I’ve broken my leg 17 times. Do you have any helpful suggestions for me?”) She would wait a beat, smile sweetly into the camera, then fly into a manic rage; emitting a stream of G-rated curses, always tantalizingly on the verge of spitting a true obscenity into the mix.

    All That had its moments of being downright radical, too. Consider the “Loud Librarian” sketch: Lori Beth Denberg (Seasons One through Four) played a school librarian who, in her efforts to maintain absolute silence among the stacks, ends up being far more disruptive than her students. “QUIET, THIS IS A LIBRARY,” she screeched into a bullhorn on one occasion. Was it the most sophisticated humor? No—but viewers loved “Loud Librarian” all the same. After all, what kid hasn’t experienced the maddening realization that authority figures are often, in fact, totally prone to hypocrisy?

    What’s more, at a time when TV programming remained largely segregated by race (think Seinfeld and Friends; Martin and Living Single), All That featured an effortlessly diverse cast both in terms of ethnicity and gender. “I thought it was awesome because none of us look like each other,” cast member Alisa Reyes (Seasons One to Three) told Complex. “We were like a total melting pot of diversity.”

    The original cast included four girls (Denberg and Reyes, with Angelique Bates and Katrina Johnson) and three boys (Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Josh Server); three white performers, and four performers of color. Compare that to the concurrently running Season 20 of Saturday Night Live (1994-95), which featured a cast of 17. Only four were women, and only two were of color.

    Was “Loud Librarian” sophisticated humor? No—but what kid hasn’t experienced the maddening realization that authority figures are often, in fact, totally prone to hypocrisy?

    All That’s producers knew its audience would be diverse, too, and embraced that fact wholeheartedly. The opening credits were scored with an original song by TLC, and weekly musical guests ran the gamut of late ’90s and early 2000s pop, alternative, R&B, and hip-hop acts: Aaliyah, Coolio, Sugar Ray, Nas, Erykah Badu, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Barenaked Ladies, and *NSYNC, to name a few.

    Furthermore, the kids of All That were refreshingly normal-looking. Some were traditionally attractive, sure. Others were still growing into their features. Absent were the hyperactive, over-costumed Disney Channel tweens (Lizzie Maguire, et al), or the pouty, brooding 26-year-olds playing 16 on The WB (like the weirdly grown-up high schoolers of Dawson’s Creek or Popular). The cast of All That reflected the nature of its audience: They were growing up—lanky limbs, zits, and all.

    This highlighted a distinct understanding among the adult writers and producers of All That (though it should be noted that its young performers were frequently encouraged to write their own material and improvise). The show was unique because it avoided the two predominant perils of programming for young people. It managed to be precocious and unruly without slipping into purposeful obnoxiousness—an unfortunate trend peddled and perpetuated by contemporary Nickelodeon cash cows (i.e. SpongeBob SquarePants)—or becoming a sexy marketing tool for clothing and gadgets, like the CW’s bevy of glossy teen dramas. At the same time, All That consciously rejected family-friendly standards. It was messy and irreverent—a show unapologetically written for kids, not their parents. And in that regard, it remains truly one-of-a-kind.


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    The lead single from Harris' forthcoming album posts video-aided gains. Plus, chart moves for Disclosure, David Guetta, Dada Life, SOHN and Scotty Boy

    The momentum of Calvin Harris'"Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and climbs 7-6 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

    The first single from Harris' forthcoming studio album concurrently vaults into the top 10 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (12-7) following the April 6 premiere of its official video. Of the track's 1.8 million U.S. streams (up 93 percent) in the April 7-13 tracking week, 52% are owed to Vevo on YouTube views, according to Nielsen BDS.

    On Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (6-5), "Summer" spikes by 33 percent to 34,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song also soars into the top five on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (14-4). The cut, on which Harris sings lead vocals, is his eighth Dance/Mix Show Airplay top five, second among male solo artists to David Guetta (12).

    "Summer" is additionally the top debut on Dance Club Songs (No. 46). It cruises up the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (72-47), also with Streaming Gainer honors.

    'LATCH' LEAPS: Disclosure, featuring vocalist Sam Smith, scores its first top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, as "Latch" pushes 11-9. At 33 weeks, it completes the longest climb to the top 10 in the chart's 15-month history; it eclipses the 29 weeks taken by Calvin Harris'"Thinking About You." ("Latch" also lifts 90-79 on the Hot 100.)

    'BAD' IS GOOD: David Guetta's "Bad" is the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 36. Guetta, in collaboration with Showtek, debuted the song to fans at Ultra Music Festival last month; in its first week of iTunes availability, it sold 3,000. "Bad" features distinctive vocals from Vassy, who charted earlier this year with "Mad," which reached No. 27 the week of Feb. 1.

    "Bad" is the follow-up to Guetta's "Shot Me Down" (featuring Skylar Grey), which returns to its Hot Dance/Electronic Songs peak (18-15). Both tracks are part of a series of songs aimed squarely at Guetta's core EDM fanbase.

    'BORN' AGAIN: Dada Life debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with a track originally released last fall as an instrumental, "Born to Rage" (No. 47). The newly-released version features vocals from an unlikely source: former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach. The hard rock band is most famous for its 1989-90 Hot 100 top 10s "18 and Life" (No. 4) and "I Remember You" (No. 6).

    Bach's upcoming solo album, "Give 'Em Hell" (April 22), does not contain "Born to Rage." In addition to his foray into EDM, he'll also head to TV on May 31 when "Sing Your Face Off" premieres on ABC. Bach will appear as one of five celebrities transformed and trained to perform as legendary musical icons. The surely quirky competition also includes comic Jon Lovitz, NBA player Landry Fields, Disney Channel's China Ann McClain and "Days of Our Lives" star Lisa Rinna. Dance/pop vet Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond (like Lovitz, formerly of "Saturday Night Live") will serve as judges.

    SHAKING UP THE CHART: "Tremors," the debut album from songwriter/producer SOHN, enters Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 4 (3,000 units). The set from SOHN (whose given name is Christopher Taylor) also enters Heatseekers Albums at No. 1.

    'DISCO' INFERNO: Scotty Boy, aided by vocals from Sue Cho, achieves his first Dance Club Songs No. 1, as his remake of "Shiny Disco Balls" bounces 3-1. The original "Balls," by Who Da Funk featuring Jessica Eve, peaked at No. 28 in 2002.

    "'Shiny Disco Balls' is one of my all-time favorite songs," the DJ tells Billboard exclusively. "I have a list of favorite classics I want to remake and this was first on my list. When I was thinking about who to ask to sing it, Sue Cho, a Los Angeles-based EDM vocalist, was the first that came to mind … and she nailed it!"

    Remixes, varying stylistically from east coast tribal to funky nu-disco, from Made Monster, Sted-E & Hybrid Heights, Highjack'd, DJLW, Danny Diggz and Cuzzins, among others, helped the remake reach No. 1.


    What's going to be your summer album, ONTD?

    What were some of your summer songs from years past?

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    French prosecutors have dropped the charges leveled at Bob Dylan last year after the singer made comments about Croatians that were alleged to violate the country's anti-discrimination laws, the Wall Street Journal reports. Instead, law officials are looking to looking to indict Rolling Stone's French edition for printing the remarks in the first place.

    In December, Dylan was quoted as telling Rolling Stone in an interview:"Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery -- that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke . . ., and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."

    After the statement was published, a Croatian organization in France deemed it an example of speech used to incite hatred and strife between racial and ethnic groups and filed preliminary charges, which magistrate Marion Potier dismissed on Monday, April 14. She explained her decision on the basis that Dylan conducted the interview with Rolling Stone's U.S. publication without giving the go-ahead that it be published in France, where "hate speech" allegations (which are considered a crime in the country) almost always go to trial.

    Now that the five-month investigation into Dylan's case has been closed, the same charges he faced have been brought against Rolling Stone France publisher Michael Birnbaum, who faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of €45,000 ($62,000) for publishing the remarks. Neither his lawyer nor representatives from the U.S. edition of Rolling Stone gave comments to the Wall Street Journal.


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    The songs are "more boisterous" than this year's mellow "Morning Phase" album, Beck says at a concert in Santa Monica

    Although nearly six years passed between Beck's "Modern Guilt" and "Morning Phase," the singer believes he may well have another album out by the end of 2014.

    "I've been working on and off on a different set of songs – they're more boisterous (than "Morning Phase")," he said April 16 during a mid-concert interview in Santa Monica for KCRW. ""You're screwed with any kind of adjective," he cautioned, "but hopefully we'll get it out this year."

    Beck performed six songs from "Morning Phase," some of which he had only played live once or twice, in a 16-song set at Apogee Studios, adding Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" to his own 2006 composition "Think I'm in Love" and offering a drawn-out reading of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" that fed into imitations of the late qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The concert will be broadcast April 23 on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show and at; "MBE" host Jason Bentley conducted the interview.

    Beck's first set wholly captured the moody dreamscape milieu of "Morning Phase," sliding gently from new songs into "Lost Cause" from the album's sonic predecessor "Sea Change." His five-piece band did a dramatic personality change for the final eight songs, instantly emphasizing spiky guitars and percussive elements while Beck sprang into his more animated self best typified by "Devils Haircut."

    As Bentley pointed out in his interview, Beck's 50-minute sets at Coachella offer dips into more genres than any other performer on the bill. "It's not our show," Beck said, "so we try to come up with something that makes sense."

    Beck plays Coachella again April 20 and wraps the first leg of his "Morning Phase" tour April 24 in El Paso, Texas and resumes in June with six dates in the Northeast and Canada before wrapping July 1 in New York's Central Park.

    Beck's Set:

    Golden Age
    Blackbird Chains
    Say Goodbye
    Don't Let It Go
    Waking Light
    Country Down
    Lost Cause
    Blue Moon
    Soldier Jane
    Think Im' in Love --> I Feel Love
    Devils Haircut
    Soul of a Man
    Black Tambourine
    Billie Jean


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    Andi Dorfman has officially taken over rose-giving duty on The Bachelorette, and her Season 10 filming is almost over! In fact, they've concluded the international portion of the show travels, and Andi is getting ready to head off for Season 10 Hometown Dates this week! While the May 19 premiere is still a little ways off, we've been staring at the guys who will seek out the Atlanta girl's love!

    26-year-old Andi has some major hotties in this group, including a Stanford MBA who now runs his own clothing line, an adventure traveler who's planning on taking over the world, and a guy whose sports lineage will definitely win over tough dad Hy Dorfman. We just want to give the casting department a standing ovation, because this may very well be the most attractive cast we've ever seen on a show. In the words of Gaga: applause, 'plause, applause, 'plause.

    Reality Steve released the names of eight of the guys the day after Andi was confirmed as Bachelorette (though he totally called her getting the job way back in 2013) and has since revealed several more of the eager hopefuls. Let's just say that we hope some of these guys are less appealing IRL, or Andi is going to have a really hard time choosing just one!

    We look forward to getting tons more information on the men we'll love, hate, and mock on The Bachelorette Season 10, but until then we'll just have to be content with taking a peek at what's in store. Oh, and in case you want to know who the final four guys are... we've got you covered.

    Click through our gallery to get a sneak peek look at the hotties vying for Andi's heart, and make sure to check back daily for more additions to this growing gallery!


    More pics at source. Excited for the all the deep conversations on this show...

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  • 04/18/14--08:22: You & I

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  • 04/18/14--08:22: The Cambridges Down Under

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William make their way to the Royal Easter Show on Friday (April 18) at Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia.

    The royals helped officially open a pavilion and then attended a sheep shearing display while celebrating Good Friday.

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William show off their mega-watt smiles at Echo Point with ‘The Three Sisters’ behind them on Thursday (April 17) in Katoomba, Australia.

    During the visit, the royal couple were seen planting a tree at the Winmalee Guide Hall, touring the Blue Mountains suburb, observing abseiling and team building exercises at Narrow Neck Lookout, and meeting with emergency services personnel.

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge changes into a bright yellow dress while making her way off the airplane after arriving at Sydney Airport on RAAF B737 on Tuesday (April 16) in Sydney, Australia.
    The 32-year-old royal was joined by her husband Prince William and their eight-month-old baby boy Prince George, who also was wearing a new outfit!

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge rocks an aquamarine outfit while arriving at Dunedin International Airport on Sunday (April 13) in Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Catherine, Duchesss of Cambridge and Prince William wear their life jackets while disembarking the Shotover Jet speed boat on Sunday (April 13) in Queenstown, New Zealand.

    Earlier in the day, Will and Kate watched the Rippa Rugby game in the Forstyth Barr Stadium, where they did some sporting activities with adorable children.

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries her absolutely adorable 8-month-old son Prince George while attending Plunkett’s Parent’s Group at Government House on Wednesday (April 9) in Wellington, New Zealand.

    The mother-son duo were accompanied by husband/dad Prince William.

    “It’s madness, there are babies everywhere!” William shared during the new parents’ party.

    During the visit, Prince George was seen having a blast while playing with toys and interacting with other adorable babies.


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    "Macbeth" is now in production, with Michael Fassbender in the lead role, and the actor is careful in judging his character too quickly or harshly. "I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged," he told the Daily Mail. "When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers."

    The first images from Justin Kurzel's ("Snowtown Murders") film are here, highlighting not just Fassbender, but Marion Cotillard, who has the juicy role of Lady Macbeth, one she will be playing with her native French accent intact. Fassbender details the headspace that Macbeth finds himself in with his wife. "He’d been away fighting and when he returns, we see it’s a relationship that’s broken down. They lost a child, and there wasn’t time for them to grieve because he’s been away campaigning," he explained. "Lady M is desperate for that reconnection, and briefly they do. And, of course, the doorway has been opened to darkness and to violence."

    With the promo starting early on this film, one wonders if The Weinstein Company will be presenting the first footage next month in their now annual sizzle reel presentation for Cannes press. One to definitely look out for regardless.


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