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    Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 topped the Friday box office with $35.5 million from 4,324 theaters for a projected North American debut in the $92 million to $97 million range, according to studio insiders.

    The superhero sequel -- kicking off the summer season at the box office -- earned an OK B+ CinemaScore from audiences, including an A- among moviegoers under the age of 25. Amazing-Spider Man 2, banking on a strong turnout from families on Saturday, hopes to best the recent $95 million opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.Director Marc Webb reteamed with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone to make the $200 million-plus sequel, which features an array of new castmembers, including Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Spider-Man's friend turned nemesis. Paul Giamatti plays Rhino, a third bad guy.

    Comparisons to The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) are complicated since that film opened Tuesday of Fourth of July week, taking in $137 million in its first six days, including $62 million for the weekend. Amazing Spider-Man topped out at $752.2 million globally, successfully relaunching the marquee franchise post Tobey Maguire. Amazing Spider-Man 2 has already earned more $150 million overseas, where it began rolling out two weeks ago. It opens in another raft of markets this weekend, including in China on Sunday.

    Summer almost always begins with a Marvel Comics superhero tentpole. In 2012, Marvel and Disney's The Avengers netted an astounding $207.4 million on its first weekend in May, the highest opening of all time for any time of the year. Last year, Iron Man 3 took in $174.1 million; Thor grossed $65.7 million in 2011; and X-Men Origins: Wolverine made $85.1 million in 2009. Spider-Man 3, debuting to $151.1 million in 2007, is the No. 3 May opener of all time after Avengers and Iron Man 3.

    No other movie dared premiere nationwide opposite Amazing Spider-Man 2, but launching at the specialty box office is Fox Searchlight's British period drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode and Emily Watson.


    Just saw it. It was alright.

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  • 05/03/14--17:32: Adam Levine Is A Blonde!

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    With the season winding down, and perhaps with the homage being paid to Tito Vilanova, wives and girlfriends, and kinds, were invited down to the pitch before Barcelona’s game against Getafe today.

    Messi had son Thiago and girlfriend Antonella down pitchside, and gave them each a big kiss before the game. The score ended 2-2, a result that as good as puts an end to FC Barcelona’s title bid.

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    We wonder if they served "sketti" at the reception?

    Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and her family kicked up their heels on Saturday when "Mama June" Shannon's oldest child, Anna "Chickadee" Shannon, married her fiancé, Michael Cardwell.

    "I'm so excited to be marrying Michael," Anna, 19, told PEOPLE before the ceremony. "[My daughter] Kaitlyn and I are very lucky to have him, and we can't wait to grow our family. I can't wait to be his wife."

    As fans of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo saw in March, Cardwell, 21, proposed to the single mom in true redneck style – with a pizza that had the words "Marry Me" spelled out in pepperoni.

    The truck mechanic popped the question to his girlfriend of one year on New Year's Eve at the annual Tallapoosa Possum Drop after first asking Mama June and her husband, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, for their blessing.

    Michael said he was ready to be a good husband and father to Anna's daughter from a previous relationship.

    "Her and Kaitlyn … I love them with all my heart, I wouldn't trade them for nothing," he said.

    The wedding will be seen in all its glory when the new season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premieres on TLC on June 19.


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    Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon recently shared some new details about his upcoming Marvel sequel which looks like it will live up to fans' expectations.

    Whedon spoke to Empire about the main villain in the new film – Ultron: "I'm having a blast with Ultron. He's not a creature of logic - he's a robot who's genuinely disturbed. We're finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is."

    He also went on to address concerns that the multiple number of villains set to face the Avengers in the upcoming sequel are just there as fan bait.

    "I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that..." he stressed.

    The reason behind adding so many antagonists is indirectly because of Tom Hiddleston as per Moviepilot, he said.

    "But Last time I had all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict."

    In addition to Ultron, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are all on hand to ramp up the menace levels.

    As for the movie's UK locations, Whedon explained how he plans to use them to give his sequel a fresh look.

    "The number of different looks and textures and moods we're getting from the British locations is stupid awesome...because this, palette-wise, is very different. I'm trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird."

    Avengers: Age Of Ultron will release on April 24, 2015.


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    Liam Payne is simply crushed by his breakup with girlfriend Sophia Smith. The One Direction hunk may be back on the market but that thought doesn’t seem to be easing the pain of his separation from Sophia.

    Liam Payne, 20, and now ex-girlfriend Sophia Smith, 20, have split. The couple had been dating for eight months and first met while attending St. Peter’s Collegiate School in Wolverhampton, England. A report says that Liam is simply “devastated” by the separation.

    Although Liam is hurting, apparently he, realizes that things are better off this way because he and Sophia spent so much time apart. Currently, Liam is on tour (Where We Are) with One Direction, which kicked off last month.

    “He’s devastated that it’s over but it was for the best,” a source told UsWeekly. “They were spending too much time apart and it’s only going to get worse this year — the band going on a super long tour, her getting busier with university,” the source explained.

    “Too much long distance,” the source claims. “It was draining for the both of them and led to a lot of arguments. Liam was the one who chose to end it.”

    Liam & Sophia Breakup: One Direction Star Hurting Over Separation
    After his split with Sophia Liam posted a string of strange tweets on May 2 during One Direction’s concert stop in Santiago, Chile. Here are three of the tweets that felt like the most painful to read:

    What do you think, do you think that these two will ever get back together, or do you think that they are broken up for good? Let us know.


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    Press, Celebrities Gather for White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    Celebrities, dignitaries and journalists gathered in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. NBC comedian Joel McHale will be cracking jokes at the President's expense — though Obama will likely squeeze in a few of his own.

    Senior government officials, celebrities and the nation’s press corps congregated in Washington D.C. Saturday for the annual dinner hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association. Joel McHale, the star of NBC’s Community, is the featured comedian at the dinner, where he and President Barack Obama will crack jokes for senior government officials and members of the press corps.

    A smattering of other stars will reportedly be attending the event, according to the Hollywood Reporter, including Robert De Niro, who is promoting a documentary on his artist father, 12 years a Slave director Steve McQueen and actress Lupita Nyong’o, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, and Her director Spike Jonze.

    McHale isn’t known for political comedy, but he’s used to mocking celebrities as the host of E!’s The Soup.The White House Correspondents’ dinner has often served as a springboard for aspiring comedians, providing a national spotlight for funnymen like Stephen Colbert in 2006 or Seth Meyers in 2011.

    The president, meanwhile, can be expected to dig into a healthy repertoire of self-deprecating jokes, and take some jabs at the right, too. At last year’s dinner, for example, he fired off against billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson. “Did you know that Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million of his own money last year on negative ads? You’ve got to really dislike me to spend that kind of money…You could buy an island and call it “Nobama” for that kind of money,” Obama said.

    Tune in tonight at 10p.m. for President Obama and McHale’s remarks.

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    It seems like Brandi’s recent move was caused by not being able to afford the rent. Just this week, the star took to Twitter, as usual, to update on her life adventures and struggles.

    “Moving out! Not sure where were going but we are in good hands with @MeatheadMovers,” she tweeted. “371 the estimated times I said fuck or fucker today while packing-moving.”

    After a friend of hers got hold of the news, Brandi replied, “Interesting what friends give me a hard time when we are stressed out and homeless.”

    Now the real reason behind her move is discovered: “Brandi moved out because of an issue with her landlord,” a source told Radar. “He wanted more money.”

    On Friday, Brandi, herself, confirmed that it was because of her landlord. She tweeted, “Came home from NYC to a year long home lease that was up and a shady land lord double charging me for 2 wks rent soooo I said #gofuckurself.”

    The 41-year-old star is currently in a new Beverly Hills home – “our summertime digs”– that she’s renting until she finds a permanent place. Brandi revealed her monetary struggles in the past and had a very public dispute with ex-husband Eddie Cibrian over paying for child support.

    Lea Black Still Believes The Real Housewives of Miami Is Coming Back!

    Is the Real Housewives of Miami really cancelled? It sure seems that way, since it was not on the list when Bravo announced the shows that were being renewed for another season.

    Even though RHOM has everything that the other franchises have (i.e. catfights, dramas, and backstabbing) it was never as popular as the others, not even after three seasons. So what does Lea Black have to say about it?

    "Anybody that tells you they know for sure is sort of rumor mongering. Bravo hasn’t made any official announcements, so I’ll leave that to them. But Miami would only be so proud to showcase the city again.” While Bravo has made no official announcement that RHOM has been cancelled, there is also no evidence that it will return to the network, which leads us to ask another question. If the show is cancelled, will we ever see the glamorous Lea Black again?

    The answer is probably so, not only does Lea have connections all throughout Miami, she is also friends with other housewives in the series, like Brandi Glanville and former Beverly Hills housewife, Adrianne Maloof. Lea says, "Most of the girls [from other franchises] that I have relationships with were unrelated to the show.” We may also see her kicking it with RHONJ's Kathy Wakile and RHONY's Ramona Singer since they all share mutual friends.

    Lea says, “I want the show to come back, whether I did or not. It would depend on if I’m invited and when the filming would be. But I for sure love the brand, love the show, and love the franchise.”

    Teresa Giudice Gets Glam for Special Photo Shoot!

    Teresa Giudice may be facing a stressful legal situation, but you'd never be able to tell by looking at her. The hot Jersey mom is looking as sexy as ever in a new photo shoot.

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is keeping very busy these days. She was part of the filming for RHONJ Season 6, has her Fabellini wine business, and (of course) there's the most important thing of all: mom duty. Yet between all of that, she somehow found time to get super glam for a mysterious, "special" photo shoot.

    Teresa posted this pic yesterday, May 1, 2014, writing, "Getting Glammified by my glam squad @davidantuneshair & @mspriscillanyc for a special shoot! Stay tuned! Xxx"

    Well, there's no question that Tre's "glam squad" did their job well. The star looks super hot with gorgeous curls and dramatic eyes makeup. And what about that top? We can barely see it, but the color looks great. We're loving this entire look.

    So, what's the shoot? As Teresa says, we'll have to wait to find out, but based on this pic it looks like there is a guy involved, too. Whatever it is, we can't wait to see the result!

    Heather Reveals Why Tamra and Vicki Excluded Her This Season!

    If it seems like Heather Dubrow is defending herself a lot on The Real Housewives of Orange County this season, it’s probably because she is.

    When we caught up with the actress, mom and RHOC cast member, she explained why she felt “excluded” from the other ladies this season and why she constantly feels the need to defend herself.

    Heather also reveals that she thought she would be friends with Shannon, but that they “hit a bumpy road this season.” However, discovering she had a mutual friend with Lizzie made them fast friends!

    Plus, Heather filled us in on recent texts and run-ins she’s had with the former OC Housewives she keeps in touch with and why “the truth always comes out” with new cast members.

    Lisa Insults Brandi With Scheana Marie Party!

    In what can only be seen as either a show or solidarity or an "F You" to Brandi Glanville or both, California girls Lisa Vanderpump and Scheana Marie of Vanderpump Rules fame posed side-by-side at a White Party over the weekend:

    Lisa told E! that sometimes the drama and backbiting on the show can begin to bring her down--the trick was to rise above the catty news and pretty provocations:

    "I still have to work and run my businesses. And I really could do without the emotional BS that this...this show has kind of put me through. Sometimes when things are being really emotionally challenging, he has been there to just say, 'stay true to who you are.' You know, 'Just don't let the others take you down.'"

    sources: Classicalite, WetPaint, RealityTea, InTouchWeekly

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  • 05/03/14--20:22: SNL Post: Andrew Garfield
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    Netflix's Orange Is the New Black was crowned the best comedy series by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Saturday during the second half of its 25th annual Media Awards in New York.

    CBS' Elementary was named outstanding individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) for its "Snow Angels" episode, which featured transgender actress Candis Cayne, who guest starred as Ms. Hudson in the hour.

    OWN's Oprah's Next Chapter took home the outstanding talk show episode for its installment with Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, and his family.

    During Saturday's awards, which fund the organization's efforts to bring stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and issues to Americans, the group also handed out an honorary award to George Takei as well as prizes for outstanding feature and episodic television, among others.

    Taking home the outstanding feature film (wide release) was The Weinstein Co.'s Philomena, with the company's Concussion, accepted by Robin Weigert and Stacie Passion, earning the prize for limited release film.

    The win for Orange Is the New Black came after co-star Laverne Cox accepted an honorary award from the LGBT watchdog group last month during the Los Angeles portion of the annual kudofest. Cox was joined onstage and accepted the award for outstanding comedy series by her Orange co-stars: Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Samira Wiley, Dascha Polanco, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Taryn Manning and Alysia Reiner.

    Saturday's ceremony in New York comes two weeks after GLAAD handed out the first half of its annual awards in Los Angeles. That ceremony featured ABC Family's The Fosters being named best drama.

    A complete list of winners from the New York ceremony follows:
    • Outstanding film limited release: Concussion (RADiUS/The Weinstein Co.)
    • Outstanding comedy series: Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
    • Outstanding individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): "Snow Angels" Elementary (CBS)
    • Outstanding film wide release: Philomena (The Weinstein Co.)
    • Outstanding talk show episode: "First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins and His Family" Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN)

    Kylie Minogue

    George Takei

    Boy George

    Emmy Rossum

    Being part of the #glaadawards made me happy today #100happydays #4happychicks #LiveTheLifeYouLove

    Kacey Musgraves

    The cast of OITNB

    Laverne Cox & Candis Cayne

    lavernecox With @candiscayne the woman who made it possible for me to live the dreams I am currently enjoying. Thanks again leading the way by living your dreams out loud. #girlslikeus #PossibilityModel #glaadawards @glaad

    More winners at the Source, GLAAD

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    Girl . . . we ain't got no words for you.


    Stay messy MediaTakeout. Clearly she is having some major health issues right now. Also there really isn't any more to this post/information available so just got to go with all that is online!

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    There have been hundreds of monster movies over the years, but only a handful of enduringly great movie monsters. Of those, only two were created for the screen: King Kong, the giant ape atop the Empire State Building, and his Japanese heir, Godzilla, the city-flattening sea monster who's a genuinely terrific pop icon. He not only stars in movies — Hollywood is bringing out a new Godzilla on May 16 — but he's even played basketball with Charles Barkley in a commercial for Nike.

    It's been six decades since Godzilla first hit the screen, and to celebrate the big guy's birthday, Rialto Pictures is releasing Ishiro Honda's 1954 original — in a restored, 60th-anniversary edition — in theaters.

    I've seen Godzilla many times since I was a kid, but watching it again, I was struck that it might be the best single film about the terrors of the nuclear age.

    I suspect you know the plot. It begins when American H-bomb tests in the Pacific disturb the watery environment that's the home of Gojira, as the monster is called in Japanese. After sinking assorted ships, this enormous beast winds up in Tokyo, where he stomps on buildings, flosses with power lines and blasts citizens with his radioactive bad breath. When the army is unable to stop him, the only hope is a new invention called the Oxygen Destroyer. But its idealistic creator is reluctant to reveal it for fear it will become a weapon — just look at the destruction that followed from splitting the atom.

    Yet even as the inventor says this, the movie itself is offering us the seductive spectacle of violent ruin. And make no mistake: Destruction is great to look at. There's an amoral pleasure to be had in watching Godzilla reduce Tokyo to fiery rubble, rather like the beauty of seeing those napalmed palm trees flare like matches in Apocalypse Now or the illicit thrill of seeing the White House get obliterated in Independence Day — before Sept. 11, of course. Quite clearly, it's this joy in destruction that helped make Godzilla influential, especially in Hollywood, which over the past half-century has fed the worldwide audience's appetite for images of spectacular violence.

    That said, Godzilla's real strength lies not in its effects — impressive for the time — but in its underlying emotional and cultural seriousness. It's not simply that the music is often doleful rather than exciting or that we see doomed children set off Geiger counters. The movie has a gravity that comes from being created in a Japan that knew what it was to have children die from radiation poisoning and to see its capital city in flames. Both drawn to and terrified of the monster's power, the movie is steeped in Japan's traumatic historical experience. It has weight. It means something.

    Godzilla's resonance is also inseparable from something else that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster. Boris Karloff's Frankenstein may have been scary, but we also felt his frailty and fear at being hunted. King Kong was dangerous, sure, but his eyes were charged with almost human feeling when he gazed at Fay Wray. The same is true of Godzilla, who starts out wreaking havoc but, by the film's end, takes on a melancholy, sad-faced grandeur.

    These days, our pop culture doesn't encourage such identification. Ever since Jaws and Alien and Predator, whose creatures are ruthless murder machines, our monsters have increasingly become soulless things to be destroyed. Consider today's favorite monster, the zombie. Although zombies could hardly seem more human — heck, they just were human — the walking dead have no individuality and run in packs. They basically exist to have their heads shot off in movies and TV shows that resemble video games.

    Godzilla is not remotely like this. In Jim Shepard's wonderful short story "Gojira, King of the Monsters" — part of his collection titled You Think That's Bad — Shepard offers a fictionalized account of the making of the movie. At one point, Shepard has director Ishiro Honda explain why the vanquishing of Godzilla feels so sad, and his words sum up brilliantly what gives Godzilla its strange power. "By the time the movie ends," Honda says, "[Godzilla] is like a hero whose departure we regret. It's like part of us leaving. That's what makes it so hard. The monster the child knows best is the monster he feels himself to be."

    By John Powers

    If y'all don't want to read the article...
    please go the source and you can listen to it! (is 5 minutes long)

    YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME RRROOOOOOOAR.......     on may 16!


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    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., a staple of 1960s and ’70s TV as the star of ABC dramas “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” has died. He was 95.

    Zimbalist died Friday at his home in Solvang, Calif., according to a statement issued by his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, and son Efrem Zimbalist III.

    “We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang, Calif. ranch. A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends.”

    Tall, handsome and always well dressed, Zimbalist starred as the smooth former OSS officer-turned private eye Stuart Bailey who ran a Los Angeles detective agency in “77 Sunset Strip.” The show, one of the first TV series hits from the Warner Bros. studio, ran on ABC from 1958-64.

    He returned to the Alphabet the following year as Inspector Lewis Erskine, the methodical leader of “The F.B.I.,” which ran through 1974. His real-life counterpart, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, was a fan and supporter of the show, and a friend of Zimbalist’s. In 2009, the FBI saluted Zimbalist by making him an honorary agent, the highest honor the bureau can give to a civilian.

    Zimbalist was born to a show business family in New York City in 1918. His father was concert violinist and compositor Efrem Zimbalist Sr., while his mother, Alma Gluck, was a popular singer of the day. He studied at Yale as a teenager, then worked as a page at NBC before enlisting in the Army in WWII. After the war, he studied at Yale Drama School. According to his Turner Classic Movies bio, family friend Garson Kanin gave Zimbalist his first big acting role in the Broadway production of “The Rugged Path,” starring Spencer Tracy.

    Zimbalist had small roles in TV shows, worked on stage and as a producer of operas in the early 1950s before he hit big in television (he had been a tennis partner of WB chief Jack L. Warner, according to TCM). During his run on “Sunset Strip,” he made appearances on other Warner Bros. TV shows, including James Garner’s “Maverick” and “Hawaiian Eye.” He continued to log film roles, notably 1967′s “Wait Until Dark” and 1974′s “Airport 1975.”

    In the 1980s, he had a recurring role on the NBC dramedy “Remington Steele,” opposite his daughter, Stephanie, and he logged guest shots on ABC’s “Hotel” and CBS’ “Murder, She Wrote.” He also co-starred in CBS’ 1980 miniseries “Scruples” and was featured in the 1991 action-movie spoof “Hot Shots.”

    In the 1990s, Zimbalist became a frequent guest on shows airing on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and host his own program for TBN, “Word From the Holyland.” He also did voiceover work for numerous cartoon series, including “Spider-Man,” “The New Batman Adventures” and more recently, Cartoon Network’s “Justice League.”

    Zimbalist published a memoir in 2004, “My Dinner of Herbs,” and logged his last major film role in 2008′s “The Delivery.”


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  • 05/03/14--21:29: Weekend Sports Round-up
  • INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana salvaged its season Saturday by reverting to form: its first-half form.

    Paul George scored a career playoff-high 30 points, Lance Stephenson added 19 and Roy Hibbert finally came up big against the more nimble Atlanta Hawks as the Pacers survived a first-round scare with a 92-80 victory in the decisive seventh game.

    Two days after staving off elimination in Atlanta, the top-seeded Pacers did it again and advanced to a second-round series against Washington that starts Monday in Indiana.

    "We know what we want to get to and we know what our journey is," George said.

    Though they have a quick turnaround, at least the Pacers get a brief respite from the problems and distractions that lingered during the series.

    Indiana, the NBA's best home team during the regular season, twice gave away home-court advantage by losing Games 1 and 5. Those losses sparked public debate about what needed to change in the offseason and whether coach Frank Vogel would even return if the Pacers became the sixth No. 1 seed to lose in the first round since the league went to its current 16-team playoff format.

    Atlanta's spread offense and 3-point shooters had Indiana's normally stout defense scrambling for answers after the Hawks took a 3-2 lead Monday night.

    Hibbert, an All-Star center, was a non-factor with just 20 points in the first six games combined.

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

    Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.

    The gritty Grizzlies, playing without leading scorer Zach Randolph because of a suspension, led by 11 points in the first half before the Thunder overwhelmed them and shot 66 percent after the break.

    Marc Gasol led Memphis with 24 points. Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had 20 points and nine assists while playing with a strained right hamstring.

    It was Westbrook's second triple-double in the past three games. He made 10 of 16 shots from the field, both of his 3-pointers and five of his six free throws.

    Durant, slowed for much of the series, looked like his normal self. The regular-season scoring champion made 12 of 18 field goals and all five of his 3-pointers after struggling from long range throughout the series.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Doc Rivers couldn't begin the Los Angeles Clippers' only day of preparation for Game 7 in the film room or on the practice court.

    The coach was downtown at the Clippers' team offices Friday, meeting with an angry roomful of ticket-sellers and marketers still outraged by owner Donald Sterling's racist comments.

    "I'll say this much: Our players thought about not working. So did our employees, and they still felt that way," Rivers said. "They needed somebody to ask them to continue to work and support us. We're still trying to put this thing together."

    For both the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, basketball has been secondary for much of this extraordinary series. But after the most tumultuous week in Clippers history, the first round is finally down to its grand finale.

    The Clippers will host a seventh game for the first time in franchise history on Saturday night, hoping to draw energy from their Staples Center crowd for a cathartic victory. The winner gets a second-round date with Oklahoma City.

    LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr., already the highest-paid athlete in the world for 2013, is off to a great start for 2014.

    (how can you not want this douchebag to lose?

    Mayweather will earn a minimum guaranteed purse of $32 million for his welterweight unification fight with Marcos Maidana of Argentina on Saturday night (Showtime PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, according to contract figures released on Wednesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

    "It's just a testament to what he brings to sports, not just boxing," said Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's close friend and chief executive of Mayweather Promotions. "He's a terrific entertainer and he is the reason why this arena will be packed and why there will be a million-plus (buys on pay-per-view) -- because it's all about the Mayweather experience."

    In 2013, Mayweather fought twice -- both dominant decision wins -- earning $73.5 million in minimum purses, $32 million against Robert Guerrero in May and $41.5 million against Canelo Alvarez in September.

    This Mayweather fight is going to be a fucking mess. Tyrese just sang the pledge "on behalf of a racist free America." And I'm pretty sure an announcer just quoted 8 Mile. And now Lil Wayne is rapping.

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    Amanda Seyfried: In Givenchy
    Olivia Munn: In Diane von Furstenberg
    Zooey Deschanel: In Tommy Hilfiger
    Zoe Saldana: In Prabal Gurung and with hair by Aviva Perea
    Lupita Nyong'o: In Prada
    Michelle Dockery: In Prada
    Anne Hathaway: styled by Penny Lovell, with hair by Adir Abergel and Kate Lee for makeup.
    Elizabeth Olsen: styled by Cher Coulter, with hair by Mark Townsend
    Ashley Olsen: hair by Mark Townsend
    Mary-Kate Olsen: hair by Mark Townsend
    Kate Bosworth: styled by Kris Zero
    Kate Upton: styled by Cher Coulter
    Nicole Richie: styled by Cher Coulter
    Rita Ora: styled by Jason Rembert
    Rosie Huntington Whitely: styled by Cher Coulter and makeup by Kate Lee
    Amy Adams: hair by Laini Reeves; makeup by Stephen Sollitto
    Chloe Grace Moretz: makeup by Mai Quyhn
    Dakota Johnson: hair by Marcus Francis
    Dree Hemingway: makeup by Nico Guilis
    Emma Stone: hair by Mara Roszak
    Emmy Rossum: hair by Ryan Trystad
    Jessica Paré: hair by Marcus Francis and makeup by Mai Quyhn
    Kristen Stewart: hair by Adir Abergel
    Maggie Gyllenhaal: makeup by Molly R. Stern
    Maggie Q: hair by Adir Abergel
    Margot Robbie: In Diane von Furstenberg and hair by John D
    Ruth Wilson: hair by Sascha Breuer
    Taylor Swift: In J. Mendel and styled by Joseph Cassell
    Zoe Kravitz: makeup by Kara Yoshimoto Bua
    Rachel McAdams: hair by Ben Skervin
    Diane Kruger: hair by Miki

    Other confirmed attendees:
    Jessica Chastain
    Emilia Clarke
    Naomi Watts
    Allison Williams
    Kim Kardashian
    And lastly, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Frank Ocean is the musical guest this year.


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    Bling Ring inspiration Alexis Neiers wants you to know that she wasn’t wearing Louboutins at her court hearing in 2010. Seriously. She wasn’t. How do I know that she’s still talking about which shoes she was wearing to court? Because I’m currently reading her mommy blog. Yes, Alexis Neiers (also known by her married name, Alexis Haines) has a mommy blog. And it’s just one of the signs that this girl has certainly changed.

    Despite her continued insistence on her shoes being “little brown Bebe shoes,” (and not Louboutins as Nancy Jo Sales claimed) I’m finding it hard to hate on Neiers. In fact, the only response I have from my research on this young woman is that she really does seem to be bettering herself. The former Pretty Wild reality star may have been a symbol of millennial narcissism (just check out Emma Watson’s portrayal of her in The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola’s take on the Hollywood burglaries) but today, she seems much more centered. Her current focus is on raising her daughter, Harper (whom is featured heavily on her new blog in adorable outfits) and volunteering in drug rehabilitation facilities. It’s a far cry from the pole-dancing, phone-screaming young woman we saw going wild on E!

    Neiers transformation is actually a pretty amazing one. After serving one-month of her six-month jail sentence in 2010 for the robbery of Orlando Blooms’ home, and, later, getting arrested for the possession of heroin, Neiers went to rehab at the SOBA center in Malibu, Calif. After her completion, she became a drug and alcohol counselor and currently spends time volunteering at rehabilitation centers. She blogs for Vice (I was particularly impressed with her take on the reality show Lindsay) where she is extremely open about her past struggles. Frankly, I was surprised to see that the girl from Pretty Wild (who seemed as spoiled and self-involved as ever on the reality show) recognize her behavior in such a clear way, noting the ways in which she hurt people and showing support for those suffering from the disease of addiction.

    I hope that Neiers transformation is as genuine as it seems. She’s hardly recognizable from her Pretty Wild days, and I, for one, think that’s an incredible thing.


    Found this article courtesy of Self-Reinvention Life Coach, Seminar Leader, Speaker, Writer, Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, Ordained Minister and Spokemodel Andrea Arlington Twitter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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