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- 05/18/14--10:12: _Stephen King's Gera...
- 05/18/14--10:13: _Pamela Anderson Rev...
- 05/18/14--10:13: _Michael Jackson Hol...
- 05/18/14--10:39: _Cannes: Saint Laure...
- 05/18/14--11:09: _Steebie arrested fo...
- 05/18/14--11:09: _Box Office: ‘Godzil...
- 05/18/14--11:10: _Brad Pitt and Matth...
- 05/18/14--11:11: _Celebrity Social Me...
- 05/18/14--11:53: _The Vamps feat. Dem...
- 05/18/14--11:54: _CRIMSON PEAK 71st a...
- 05/18/14--12:03: _French Eurovision c...
- 05/18/14--12:16: _Kylie performs on A...
- 05/18/14--12:17: _TV Baftas 2014: Red...
- 05/19/14--10:19: _Celebrity Picture Post
- 05/19/14--10:26: _X-Men on the cover ...
- 05/19/14--10:27: _Football's Premier ...
- 05/19/14--10:27: _Sia Performs and Re...
- 05/19/14--10:27: _Kim Kardashian Flau...
- 05/19/14--10:29: _ONTD Roundup
- 05/19/14--10:34: _Foxcatcher premiere...
- 05/18/14--10:12: Stephen King's Gerald's Game to be Adapted by Oculus' Mike Flanagan
- 05/18/14--10:13: Pamela Anderson Reveals She was Raped - Love of Animals Saved Her
- 05/18/14--10:13: Michael Jackson Hologram to Perform at Billboard Music Awards.
- 05/18/14--11:09: Steebie arrested for drug trafficking
- 05/18/14--11:11: Celebrity Social Media Picture Post
- 05/18/14--11:53: The Vamps feat. Demi Lovato "Somebody To You"
- 05/18/14--11:54: CRIMSON PEAK 71st and last day of filming
- 05/18/14--12:03: French Eurovision contestants Twin Twin go naked on TV
- 05/18/14--12:16: Kylie performs on Alan Carr: Chatty Man
- 05/18/14--12:17: TV Baftas 2014: Red carpet arrivals
- 05/19/14--10:19: Celebrity Picture Post
- 05/19/14--10:27: Sia Performs and Recreates the Video 'Chandelier' live on Ellen
- 05/19/14--10:27: Kim Kardashian Flaunt Her Assets in Form-Fitting Outfit in Paris
- 05/19/14--10:29: ONTD Roundup
- Blake Shelton: I'm Not a Cat Person
- Jay Z & Beyoncé: RUN
- America Ferrera on Cannes Red Carpet Prank: 'I'm Over It'
- Pamela Anderson Reveals She was Raped - Love of Animals Saved Her
- Zooey Deschanel Shares a Makeup-Free Selfie
- Warner Brothers Reveal Discussions for Godzilla 2
- Cara Delevingne Among 17 Bridesmaids as Her Sister Marries in Chanel Couture
- Billboard Music Awards 2014 Red Carpet & Viewing Post
- Kendall Jenner Can't Read
- 50 Cent No Show At Son's High School Graduation
- Macklemore Causes Controversy With Costume That Resembles Jewish Stereotypes
- Game of Thrones 4x08 Promo "The Mountain and the Viper"
- Michael Jackson Hologram Sings, Moonwalks at Billboard Music Awards
- Jessica Chastain: "My Dress Could Have Fit Five Pranksters"
- 05/19/14--10:34: Foxcatcher premieres at Cannes
Many of Stephen King's novels and short stories have been turned into movies both for television and the big screen but one of the novels that seems to have evaded adaptation since it was released in 1992 is Gerald's Game, a terrifying thriller about a woman who becomes trapped, handcuffed to a bed in a remote area after her husband dies in the middle of a bondage game.
Deadline is reporting that Oculus director Mike Flanagan has come on board to adapt the book, co-writing with his partner Jeff Howard, with plans to direct it as his next movie. Originally, Flanagan was going to start production on his next movie Diver over the summer but has decided to push that back to 2015 to focus on the King adaptation.
Flanagan's regular producing partner Trevor Macy and Intrepid Pictures will produce the film and Flanagan had this to say about the project:
“In the tradition of Misery and Dolores Claiborne, Gerald’s Game is one of the most intense and compelling novels I’ve ever read, and this has been a dream project for many years. Trevor and I are very excited to help translate that experience for an audience."
Pamela Anderson made a shocking – and heartbreaking – revelation on Friday: She is a victim of sexual abuse.
Addressing the audience at the launch of The Pamela Anderson Foundation, an advocacy for animal rights, the actress surprised the crowd of 200 guests when she took the mic and opened up about her painful past, beginning with being molested as a little girl.
"I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter," Anderson, 46, said at the Cannes Film Festival event, which she attended with husband Rick Salomon, according to The Daily Mail and other reports.
Six years later, the former Baywatch star had her first "heterosexual experience" when a board game with an acquaintance went too far.
"I went to a friend's boyfriend's house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape," she said. "He was 25 years old and I was 12."
After a boyfriend "decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends," Anderson admitted she "wanted off this earth," reports Radar Online– until her love of animals helped her heal.
"My affinity with animals saved me, they came to me naturally. The trees spoke to me. I wasn't sure why I was alive – a burning question, a quest," she said. "My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them. I prayed to the whales with my feet in the ocean, my only real friends until I had children."
Michael Jackson may not be around to tour in support of his new posthumous album, Xscape, but the annual Billboard Music Awards will still feature a performance from the late King of Pop. A Michael Jackson hologram will take the stage at Sunday night's event.
According to the Los Angeles Times, plans for the awards ceremony include the hologram image of Jackson performing the new Xscape track "Slave to the Rhythm." Sources affiliated with the show said the event will be a "history-making performance" and that the "technology is so spectacular and groundbreaking."
Although the show's producers had tried to keep a lid on their plans, news of the Jackson hologram emerged as the result of a lawsuit filed by two tech companies in an attempt to block the performance. Hologram USA Inc. (which acquired the rights to the patents from Digital Domain, creator of the Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella 2012) and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. filed the suit on Thursday, claiming that their product was being used without permission by a competitor to create the image of Michael Jackson. The lawsuit was rejected by the judge, who said that there wasn't enough evidence to show that the Billboard Awards' plan would violate patents, nor was there sufficient evidence that their patent had been used to create the hologram.
Xscape, which was released on May 13th, contains eight previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs that have been "contemporized" by producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jenkins and Stargate. Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who executive produced the album, searched through four decades of music in the Jackson estate's vaults to find songs that had Jackson's completed vocals. "Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with," Reid said in a statement regarding the album. "We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."
praying for the hologram to be black mj
Léa Seydoux attends the "Saint Laurent" premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France.
Thomas Mars and Sofia Coppola
Women of the jury: Leila Hata, Carole Bouquet, Do-yeon Jeon, Sofia Coppola and jury president Jane Campion
Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortensen
Toke Lars Bjarke, Mads Mikkelsen and Nanna Oland Fabricius
A lot of drama has come for the cast of VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” more than usual actually. Before the season even started, Mimi starred in a sextape with her so-called boyfriend, Nikko. The sextape has been the main story line of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” over the course of three episodes.
So far, Stevie J has had tough words for both Mimi and Nikko, threatening Nikko on screen on last weeks episode. But, he has repeatedly said he is a better parent than Mimi and that he deserves custody of their daughter. If these rumors prove to be true, Stevie J may have no moral leg to stand on.
Now rumors circulating online says Stevie J was caught by law enforcement in Crawford County, Georgia. It was said that Stevie J was caught trafficking marijuana and is currently in police custody.Which was according to Bossip, was told by law enforcement official who spoke to them under the condition of anonymity.
As with most anyone who gets arrested on a Friday, it seems as though he will not be appearing in front of a judge for a bail hearing so he’s likely to spend his entire weekend locked up.
What a week this guy is having! First he is accused of being fake married on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, then it is reported that he allegedly stole furniture to put in the house that he claims to live in on the show…now it’s being reported that he may be locked up for drug trafficking! Hope nothing else go wrong for Stebbie but we’d rather not tempt fate for the guy!
Now to be fair… Steven Jordan got to be a a fairly common name so it may not be him. Dont worry folk we will as new information is available to us.
Leaving a giant-sized footprint at the global box office this weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla” estimated $93.2 million domestically through Sunday, marking the largest-ever May opening for Warner.
The Warner-Legendary Japanese remake also scored a whopping estimated $103 million from 64 international territories. The U.K. led the charge with $10.4 million, followed by Russia ($9.1 million) and Mexico ($8.9 million).
Historically, the run-up to Memorial Day weekend has been more modest given that it falls between the first weekend in May — a huge moviegoing frame — and the long holiday fray, during which a good number of schools have just commenced for the summer break.
“Anytime I beat tracking by $20 million, I’m happy,” said Warner domestic distribution prexy Dan Fellman. “That’s like a whole other movie.”
“Godzilla” benefited from massive fanboy support in the Imax and premium large-formats. The former company alone contributed 15% of the gross at $14.1 million from just 352 screens, averaging $40,057 per-screen and marking the exhib’s largest Stateside opening this year.
“When you look at what Imax did, it was clear that if you wanted to see a big monster movie, you saw it on a big screen in Imax,” Fellman added.
Other premium large-format screens contributed $8.4 million (or 9%) of the film’s opening gross, of which Cinemark (including its XD brand) led the charge with $2.2 million.
Not only does “Godzilla’s” overperformance skew the Memorial Day lead-in slump, it also blows away the “Godzilla” B.O. curse set nearly 16 years ago with Sony’s same-titled monster remake. Warner and Legendary’s version, meanwhile, which cost $160 million to produce, entered its theatrical blowout with postive critical reviews and strong audience interest. Pic scored a solid (though not glowing) ‘B+’ CinemaScore.
“Godzilla” led the domestic B.O. to a 17% increase over the same frame last year, when Paramount’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” scored a boffo $70 million opening.
Holdovers including Universal’s “Neighbors” and Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which estimated $26 million and $16.8 million, respectively, also helped move the needle this weekend.“Neighbors” reached $91.5 million through Sunday; “Spider-Man” surpassed $172 million Stateside.
Also, Disney’s inspirational sports drama “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, fell in line with expectations, grossing a projected $11 million in three days. The film cost just $25 million to produce and should leg out nicely given its strong ‘A-’ rating with domestic auds.
Warner’s Fellman said “Godzilla” over-indexed with Hispanics and urban audiences. He credits Legendary topper Thomas Tull and his team for spearheading the project.
“Looks like we’re going to have a nice healthy run, and a great franchise,” Fellman said. “You’ve got to give Thomas Tull credit. He hired (director) Gareth Edwards, who only made one movie before which made just $2.6 million.”
Fellman added of Edwards: “He’s a talent that we’ll see around for quite a while.”
Beating monster doubt
As a principle challenge in re-making “Godzilla,” Jon Jashni, president and chief creative officer for Legendary, said the filmmakers were faced with pre-existing skepticism toward the property.
“It’s very validating,” Jashni said of the opening. “You can’t ask for a better situation when you have a group of people, who were perhaps expecting to be let down were impressesed. It all lines up when that eco-system aligns and starts feeding off itself.”
Concerning the property’s franchise potential, Jashni said that was a part of the converstation from the beginning.
“Our initial goal was to re-brand and re-establish the property in a Tiffany way,” Jashni said. “Now, we’re trying to take in all of the results of the weekend.”
— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
'Frozen' will likely move ahead of 'Iron Man 3' on all-time worldwide chart by next weekend: http://t.co/Q6s2Su9Ti5
— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
'Frozen' took first place in Japan for the 10th weekend in a row. It now ranks 6th all-time with $179.6 million: http://t.co/OUHaNhyEr5— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
'Neighbors' fell 47 percent in its second weekend. New total: $91.5 million. http://t.co/23g3eei4ju— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
Top markets for 'Godzilla': U.K. - $10.4M, Russia - $9.1M, Mexico - $8.9M, Australia - $6.1M, France - $6.5M, Germany - $5.6M, Korea - $4.5M— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
What happens when Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey are neighbors in New Orleans? Brad tosses a can to his buddy, while Matthew plays with a football, of course. The cute interactions ensued on Saturday after the A-list guys spotted each other outside the places they're staying while in Louisiana for charity events. Brad and Matthew couldn't help but laugh about the coincidence and flash their handsome grins.
It all went down mere hours before Brad's Make It Right gala, where the actor will celebrate his foundation's efforts to rebuild the city's Ninth Ward after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Meanwhile, Matthew's in town with his family to support The Brees Dream Foundation, which has teamed up with the Oscar winner's Just Keep Livin Foundation to provide after-school fitness programs to local kids.
Brad's visit in Louisiana comes after his and Angelina Jolie's sweet stop at the star-studded premiere of HBO's The Normal Heart in NYC on Monday. Although Matthew's kept a low profile since his exciting award season, we caught a glimpse of his good looks when the trailer for Interstellar debuted this week. Keep reading to see Brad and Matthew's smiley snaps!
What, no fake feud?! I'm shocked, tbh.
btw, you can visit the Make It Right website here and The Brees Dream Foundation and Just Keep Livin Foundation here.
a jam tbh!
CRIMSON PEAK, Friday, May 16, Day 22: Today is the 71st day of overall filming, and it is the last. Everyone is ready for it to be over and no one quite wants it to be, I think. I've been in around 40 feature films and yet this is, I believe, the first time I've worked on the last day. I love working and I love not working. I have a good time either way. But coming to the end of a project is very different from having a few days off. A film or television company is often a very close-knit group. One establishes friendships and acquaintanceships that not only make the days pass enjoyably but also feed one in one's work. Knowing that a person I like and respect is going to make sure I look my best, is going to make certain I am heard, is going to sew back on the button that fell off in the last take, frees me to give my eased concentration to the text and to the myriad technical matters such as posture, balance, timing, and the manipulation of props without having to be concerned with those other tasks. Acting for the camera is such a technical thing, one wants to have trusted associates removing the detritus from one's thoughts. A sudden worry in the midst of a take about whether my vest is buttoned up correctly can take away from my more important task of saying a word in the next line at precisely the moment I step into the key light. Knowing your back is protected by experts whom you like and trust is invaluable. That more often than not they are wonderful, good-spirited people makes the end of a shoot a melancholy thing. We started filming around the first week of February, and now it's mid-May, nearly 3 1/2 months of living and working in close connection for more hours per day than most people in our culture work. One gets close with a good many of one's colleagues, and when a film is over, there's the very real possibility that you many never see any of them again. Oh, the film industry isn't that large, and there's almost as good a chance you'll work together again, maybe many times. But the fact that it's anyone's guess as to whether you'll ever reencounter one another makes wrapping a picture hard, no matter how exhausting the job has been. The hours are such that almost everyone is happy to have a break. But when a picture ends, relief is tempered mightily by a bit of sorrow.
Yesterday was supposed to be Mia's last day, but we didn't get all her stuff shot, so she's been held over. We continued the same conference room scene, much of the initial work focusing on Mia watching events. In television, these two days of work would have been concluded in half a day, so sometimes I'm taken aback at how many variations can be rung on filming someone watch other characters. They told us to expect an 18-hour day today, and I'm sure a quarter of that was taken up with filming Mia watch me and Tom. But then she was done, and we all applauded her. She's the lead in the picture, of course, though applause is generally given on a set whenever any actor finishes their role. The applause for Mia was sustained, though, because she's the lead, but more importantly because she is a delight, a lively and charming and funny young woman, far less reserved and shy than I first took her to be a few months ago. She seems an uncommonly gracious girl, and I told her that I would be very happy if my daughter turned out at all like her. She was presented with a cake and with a huge bouquet of flowers -- Guillermo likes the theatrical tradition of flowers. We have these moments when an actor leaves and is shown respect and appreciation, and then... we go back to work.
Much of the rest of the scene involved tidying of bits and pieces, getting reaction shots from Bruce, and point-of-view shots from where Mia's character had watched. Instead of the repetition of nice dramatic speeches we had yesterday, today was piecemeal, picking up bits of a speech, catching a glimpse of a physical action from a different angle, but without any of the sustained dramatic beats. Finally, the big scene was done.
That didn't let us out of the conference room, though. There's another scene that takes place there, though it's a much shorter scene. I had a wardrobe change, as the scene takes place on a different day. I only had one line in the scene, but it had to be timed well with a bit of prop business, and Guillermo rewrote the dialog before we started shooting it. His changes simplified matters a lot, removing a bit of the obviousness from my line and making it more of an offhand moment of authenticity rather than a pronouncement. So often in films, large chunks of beautiful-sounding dialog can be dispensed with and replaced by a glance or the inflection of a brief word or two, to much greater effect than the lustrous prose poem would have given. As a writer who started on the stage, where the point of the play usually IS the dialog, it's long been difficult for me to adapt my own writing style well to screen work, because I like expansive dialog. But as an actor, I'm acutely aware how much needn't be said, how much a simple look or a simple silence will convey. Guillermo writes great dialog, but he also recognizes when he doesn't need it. Sometimes you have to hear the actors saying it before that realization comes.
Eleven hours into our projected 18-hour day, Guillermo stopped and looked around, and said, "That's it. We don't have anything else to shoot." The off-stage crew began to filter into the room, and Guillermo made a lovely speech about what he felt we'd accomplished, and how happy he was, and he thanked everyone for their often very hard work. A cake arrived for Tom and another for me, and two big bouquets of flowers, one for each of us (Guillermo likes the theatrical tradition of flowers, I know, but I don't remember a stage production where the guys got flowers. Maybe it's a Mexican thing.) Everyone embraced, and I told Guillermo I loved him and he said we'd be working together again soon, and it was a lovely time. I told our producer Callum Greene the truth, that I'd been on 40-something feature films and had never, ever been treated so well. He and Guillermo make a great team, not just for their individual skills at making movies, but because they are both fine, decent, giving, and loyal men.
Lots of goodbyes, and one very welcome goodbye gift: I've been wanting to get rid of my long beard and hair, but I'd been told I should keep it for 24 hours after wrap, just to make sure there's no problem with any of the film we've shot. But Jordan, the wonderful key makeup artist, knowing how much I hated all that hair, went to Guillermo and Callum and asked if they would bend the rule and let me chop it all off tonight. They decided that it was not a problem, and I jumped for happiness when Jordan told me. I hear a lot about how great the beard looks for the part, and how awesome or majestic or whatever people think it looks. But I feel distinctly unattractive in it, despite the protestations of others. So I got changed, went to the makeup trailer, and Jordan, myself, and Paula, my hairdresser, all went to work on returning me to my normal look. It took a lot of chopping, but eventually I was free. It didn't help my belief in those protestations that I looked great with the long beard to hear everyone oo-ing and ah-ing about how much younger I looked without it.
One of the unpleasant things about film work is that even the best friendships that form on a set often end, for all practical purposes, when the movie's over. I formed a number of friendships on this one that I would hate to think are over. It's not that they aren't REAL friendships, it's that our business spreads us all over the globe, and while I've worked with some actors and crew repeatedly, there's no guarantee that we'll ever cross paths again, and it's hard to sustain the emotional pitch of a set friendship when you're no longer on set together, no longer even living in the same city. I always hate to lose that intensity, and because I take these friendships seriously, I feel their diminishment with great sorrow.
No friendship I made on this film has resonated with me more than the friendship that grew from the very beginning with Tom. It's always hard to know what to make of a working relationship with someone who is, or is on the verge of being, a huge star. It's hard to press for that relationship to become more, because such folk are under constant onslaught from people who want something from them, often with who the star really is as a human being an irrelevance to those who want from him. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed working with, and becoming friends with Tom to a truly extraordinary level. He was endlessly encouraging to me, in the sense that he actively encouraged me to "imitate the action of the tiger" and make specific hopes and dreams come true, and by being very convincing in his expressions of faith in me. He said the most wonderful thing to me the first day we acted together. He told me he'd read my book and that as a result he felt that he truly knew who I was, and that he wished there were some way for me to know him just as well. We had enough conversation over the next few weeks that I felt well on my way toward achieving that. I barely knew who Tom was when we started this movie. I'd been living in a cave, I suppose, because I knew nothing of his career or the fact that he has a gargantuan world-wide following. He was just this handsome bloke I'd met at Guillermo's dinner, who seemed stunningly authentic and generous, and who made me think working with him was going to be a blast. Well, it was. I've been lucky in this business. I can count on one hand and still have fingers left to hold an ice cream cone the number of actors who have given me cause to dislike them. Of star actors, the number is two, and one of them redeemed himself later. So I go into these things expecting, based on experience and choice, that I'm going to enjoy the people I work with. Sometimes that works out far better even than I imagined. Such was the case this time.
So a heartfelt goodbye with Tom, some hugs for the indefatigable production assistants, assistant directors, and cast assistants, and I headed back to Toronto, with CRIMSON PEAK already fading, for now, in the taillights' glow. Thanks for coming along for the ride. I'll keep you updated as things progress.
Twin Twin, the French formation that finished last in this year’s Eurovision Final, appeared on French television on monday night. They were guests in the show Grand Journal and talked about the disappointing result for France. They showed not to be too sad about it all by appearing practically naked in the talkshow.
Twin Twin performed their track Moustache during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, representing France, but the result show was quite a disappointment for them as they finished in 26th position. Out of 37 voting countries, they only managed to gain two points. The Twin Twin boys appeared on a French TV show to talk about their experiences in Copenhagen and immediately showed they did not lose their sense of humour. Completely nude, with only a sock around their private parts, they entered the studio and sat down for a chat. They joked that angry and disappointed French people robbed them from all of their clothes when they came back at the airport.
They quoted former winner Céline Dion by saying that ‘the last shall be the first’. The boys immediately started singing her song Les derniers seront les premiers. The Twin Twin guys also told the show host that their song was one of the most popular entries with the technicians and volunteers in Copenhagen, but they admit it is a pity that those were not the people who voted. They do not regret participating in Eurovision as they had a great time there and are proud to have represented France with a song in French.
Video can be found here: (2:33) http://www.canalplus.fr/c-infos-documentaires/pid1831-c-le-meilleur-du-hier.html?vid=1069257
aaron and smb
Jim Broadbent ?
idk who this is but what a cutie
Jade Farmiloe and Sally Farmiloe
Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner
a step up in dresses from the brits
Miranda Kerr promoting her teaware range at the Royal Albert Pop-Up Storeand the Swarovski Gala Dinner in Sydney
Diana Agron in West Hollywood
Osbournes at 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia in LA
Rita Ora in London
Candice Swanepoel and Doutzen Kroes having lunch at Bar Pitti restaurant in NYC
Eva Longoria in Paris
Victoria Beckham debuting her new collection at On Pedder at Scotts Square in Singapore
Karl Urban at LAX
Naomi Watts, Krysten Ritter and Winona Ryder at LAX
Summer Glau and Tricia Helfer at LAX
James Marsden in New Orleans
Lily Allen in NYC
Emma Roberts in LA
Rosie Huntington Whiteley in LA
Dakota Fanning in NYC
Lily Collins in LA
Jessica Alba and Arnie Hammer at the Hammer Museum's K.A.M.P children's event
Bella Thorne in Miami and at Seventeen Magazine Signing in Oak Brook
Nikki Reed at Compton Jr. Posse 7th annual fundraiser gala in Burbank
Katharine McPhee in NYC
Kate Beckinsale and Michelle Tratchenberg at Chateau Marmont
Sofia Vergara visits the Sugarmill in New Orleans
Sophia Bush in LA
Miranda Cosgrove at Nautica Oceana Beach House Party
Richard Scudamore escaped any disciplinary action from the Premier League over his sexist emails on Monday after its 17 current clubs unanimously decided it was not “required or justified”.
Scudamore,fighting to keep his job since a former personal assistant leaked correspondence from him containing crude jokes about women and a reference to “female irrationality”, was given the full backing of those with the power to reprimand him.
The 54-year-old convinced the clubs that he would undertake steps to avoid a repeat of the conduct that has threatened to bring an end to his 15-year reign at the top of the English game.
Acting Premier League chairman Peter McCormick said in a statement: “The chairman of the Premier League conducted an investigation into the allegations in a newspaper last week with regard to inappropriate email correspondence involving the chief executive and seen by a temporary PA. This investigation was carried out in conjunction with external specialist legal advisers specifically appointed for the role.
“The clubs, as the chief executive’s employer, considered the findings of the investigation and reached the following conclusions:
“These emails were private communications between friends of long-standing and the temporary PA was not exposed to them in the course of her duties but had to search for them in a private email account which she was not authorised to access.
“Examination of a very large quantity of emails and other documents, including those copied without authorisation by the former employee, indicate that there is no evidence of wider discriminatory attitudes or inappropriate language or a general attitude of disrespect to women.
“The female senior executive at the Premier League referred to in the emails was party to the exchanges and has confirmed that she was not then and is not now offended by the references.
"Responses from many women in employment at the Premier League, and extensive consultations with others, establish that there is no climate of disrespect of women in the workplace. This is an important consideration, one that is vital to forming a view as to whether the emails in question reflect a wider problem.
“The weight of comments made by female staff, unprompted or through direct consultation, indicate that they find the Premier League an excellent place to work, they share a high level of pride in their jobs and find the working environment positive and supportive.
“This view is particularly strongly held by female staff with direct experience of working with or close to the chief executive, who have made it very clear that his conduct and behaviour have been beyond reproach.
“With these findings in mind, the clubs accepted the chief executive’s genuine and sincere apology. They also accepted his undertaking to take active steps to prevent a recurrence.
“The clubs reaffirmed their commitment to the Premier League policy and practice of treating all staff fairly and on merit, regardless of gender.
“They placed on record their support for the work led by the chief executive in the areas of anti-discrimination and community engagement, including the high priority given to girls and women’s football.
“In these circumstances and in the light of a previously unblemished record over 15 years of service to the Premier League, the clubs resolved unanimously that no further disciplinary action is required or justified.”
Scudamore added in a separate statement: “Entering into email exchanges of this nature was wrong and the apology I have made is sincere, as is the contrition I feel.
“These exchanges do not reflect my views towards women in football, the workplace or in general. It is something that will never be repeated. “The Premier League shareholders have considered and deliberated this matter and I fully accept and respect their recommendations and conclusions.
“I appreciate that I have a tremendous amount of hard work to do to convince those in the game who do not know me that my leadership and work in the areas of equality and discrimination to date reflect who I am and what I believe. So, I will now undertake meetings and discussions with a wide range of stakeholders in the game to hear their views and to reassure them that I will continue to do my utmost personally, and through all the Premier League’s means to help promote diversity and inclusion, develop the women’s game and support women who want be involved in football at any level.
“I am grateful for the support I have received throughout this from family, friends and colleagues, but especially the women who work with me at the Premier League.”
Excerpts of the emails can be seen here
Not even surprised, SMFH. What a disgrace.
Her music video has captivated audiences worldwide. Sia was here to recreate her stunning video, complete with the astounding performance by 11-year-old Maddie!
Kim Kardashian shows off her assets in a form-fitting top and a grey skirt while out and about with fiance Kanye West on Monday afternoon (May 19) in Paris, France.
The power couple stopped by the Balenciaga and Colette stores before heading to lunch at L’Avenue.
Kim and Kanye, who are currently in Europe as they prepare for their wedding this weekend, were seen the day before getting ice cream together looking super chic as usual.
For Sunday, May 18, 2014:
Gael Garcia Bernal
Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, director Bennett Miller and Steve Carell