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    “When critics decide its time to pull up the gates and seal us all inside our castle of grown-up things, they cease to be people who deserve being listened to.”

    So writes author John Warner, in his commentary during website The Morning News’s annual Tournament of Books literary bracket, after judge Natasha Vargas-Cooper classified John Green’s breakaway young-adult novel The Fault in Our Stars and Chris Ware’s graphic novel Building Stories (which is not young adult) as “juvenile.”

    “So much of our culture has already been ceded to the grubby hands and blunted tastes of teenagers, I refuse to surrender my reading choices to them as well,” Vargas-Cooper wrote.

    When something takes off the way young adult fiction has in recent years, you’re bound to get backlash. The latest naysayer was Ruth Graham, in her controversial Slate piece “Against YA,” published last week, which argued that adults should be embarrassed to read young adult books.

    Vargas-Cooper and Graham express one of the two arguments I most commonly hear used to dismiss YA as unserious and unworthy. It boils down to, “It’s for children, and I’m not a child.” (The other argument is just “It’s bad,” which is the reductive dismissal of someone who doesn’t read YA but has heard of Twilight.)

    According to this line of thinking, books from the perspective of teenagers are distasteful to mature, grown-up palates. Having entered adulthood, we should now exclusively read books aimed at and written by adults. Which is kind of like moving to France and then deciding you’ll only read French novels.

    As this is far from the first time this argument has come up (and it won’t be the last), there are a couple stock defenses of YA at this point. One is, “Don’t make people feel bad for reading. People should read whatever they want.” And that’s correct. The other is that YA is varied and multifaceted, and if only skeptics did more research, they’d find many great books. This is true, too, although listing examples of great YA books feels a little to me like listing examples of funny women—of course they exist. I shouldn’t have to prove it to you.

    In an article in New York on reading YA as an adult, Jen Doll cites an “undeniable nostalgic lure.” I won’t deny that some of the appeal may lie in reading and remembering what it’s like to be that age, but I don’t think that’s the whole story. I don’t read these books to recapture a lost youth. I read them because the stories are good and meaningful to me now.

    And what, exactly, makes them good and meaningful? One of the great values of literature is its ability to convey experiences different from our own, to let us see inside the heads of characters from different time periods, different countries, different races, classes, and, yes, ages. Every time a grownup reads a YA book, they widen their perspective in important ways.

    I don’t mean to delegitimize young adult books’ primary audience by suggesting their only value is to provide adults with a window into teens’ lives, or that the stories are only good if grownups can like them. What I do mean to say is that things made for teenagers are not inherently less worthy of our time, attention, and critical consideration, simply because they’re for and about teens.

    The best part of a story, to me, has always been watching characters change. And what unites works of YA fiction, whether set on suburban streets or on a spaceship in the future, is how quickly and how dramatically its characters experience change. It makes sense—teenage years are the time of greatest turmoil, of most radical growth. And narratives of change always resonate, even if, as adults, our own changes often happen more subtly. It seems naïve to separate our growth as humans into periods arbitrarily bounded by age. The process of personhood might slow with age, but it doesn’t stop.

    And if the conclusions of YA books are “simple,” as Graham says (debatable), well, are we really so grown up as to be beyond simple lessons? When John Green writes, “What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person,” should we roll our eyes because that straightforward, true sentiment doesn’t totally blow our minds the way it might have when we were younger? In the course of my “adult” reading this year, I came across a quote from Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face, tucked into the afterward of Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams:

    "I used to think truth was eternal, that once I knew, once I saw, it would be with me forever. … I know now that this isn’t so, that most truths are inherently unretainable, that we have to work all our lives to remember the most basic things."

    Just because you learn something once at 16, doesn’t mean you won’t have to re-learn it over and over again throughout your life. The big, important things are often crowded out of our heads by small daily concerns.

    Everyone still has gaps between who they are and who they could be. To help close those gaps, we could stand be reminded now and again of the elemental truths that we first encountered as teenagers. If reading YA as adults makes us feel older and wiser than the characters, if we remember but don’t relate to the people we used to be, it is only an illustration of our capacity for change.


    What are you reading ONTD? I am surprised there's no YA tag since we get a lot of these.

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    They took down the Hawks, won a gold medal at the Junior Goodwill Games, and humbled the powerful Eden Hall Academy varsity. Honestly, what mountains are left for the Mighty Ducks to climb?

    We’re not sure, but we may be about to find out. In an absolutely riveting oral history of the trilogy, star Joshua Jackson had this to say about a potential sequel:

    “I feel like a fourth film should happen, and if there was space for any of the original kids that come back and have a role, I would be surprised that anybody didn't want to do it, The next generation should have its own version. Not that we need to come back as adults, but I hope my kids grow up and play pickup hockey and I hope that they have their own movies like my generation had those movies. In that way, yeah, of course, I'd be a part of something like that.”

    Please please please let this happen. The same article offers up a suggested movie from producer Jordan Kerner:

    I wanted to license this dark adult play, That Championship Season. It was going to be the death of Gordon Bombay as an older man, and Marty was going to play him. And Goldberg would be played by like Jim Belushi. You know, we were literally going to pair up everybody with a present-day actor, but it was going to be not unlike Chariots of Fire, the sort of look back at a moment in time when their coach came back to them and did something that changed their lives forever.

    So you cut from the present of the kids and they would have been all of 18 or 19, so they would have become the high school seniors. And we probably would have played the third movie that I wanted to make, which would have been that return to the Goodwill Games and losing to Iceland. But it would be set against this thing going on in a bar or restaurant where all the present-day guys grown up talking about what this coach meant to them.

    And we’d see that played out against them as 18-year-olds on the ice and Emilio playing in that and his father playing in a series of scenes where he was dying and they had to say their goodbyes. So I was looking for a really literate and emotional way for all of them to come back together again as men and to say goodbye to the man who meant so much to them. But it wasn’t meant to be.

    There have been a number of times that we have discussed with the studio the idea of either bringing it back and bringing it back possibly with one or two of the guys who are now in their thirties as the coaches, and having a few more of them be their friends in their lives and having the kids come back.

    I’m not going to fuel the rumor mill that it’s going to happen, but I’m saying to you that the studio said to us, “We’d be interested if you come to us with the right story.” And that’s something that we’ve been all thinking about independently and I think that we may be coming closer to having the right idea for that.

    Source, tl;dr: An Oral History of the Mighty Ducks Trilogy

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    As Michael Jackson's estate grows in value, the yearly allowance his children Prince, 17, Paris, 16, and Blanket, 12, share has increased from $5 million to $8 million-and it sounds like they take full advantage of it.

    Page Six talks to sources including former Jackson friend Marc Schaffel, who's now engaged to Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe, for details on how the kids spend their money:

    -Prince has spent more than $50,000 on custom-made jewelry for three of his girlfriends, plus $40,000 on a new Ford pick-up truck. He wants to save enough money to buy back his father's Neverland Ranch, currently in control of creditors with an asking price of $35 million.

    -Paris also likes to buy gifts for friends, including shoes and athletic gear. The annual cost for her to stay at a therapeutic boarding school, following last year's suicide attempt, is also in the six figures.

    -Blanket likes to take his cousins to dinners at expensive restaurants; their nights out, which also include trips to the movies, typically come to about $500 plus tips. He also spends $200 an hour for karate lessons and a personal trainer.

    The kids also take three vacations a year, totaling $350,000 including first-class airfare and security-in Hawaii, they stay in a $5,500-per-night suite; in Vegas, they sometimes rent the Bellagio's penthouse suite, which can cost as much as $5,000 per night.

    Even so, "they're not [as bad] as their father" when it comes to spending wildly, one source says. Sources recall crazy stories about MJ, including the time Elizabeth Taylor pointed out jewels she liked in a catalog and Jackson sent two members of his security team on a private jet to Switzerland to buy them. He also spent $90,000 to impress Macaulay Culkin, sources say. Once, he took Culkin "on this expensive gondola-like ride along the ocean and buys Mac's caretaker an expensive necklace and sends her shopping just so he could spend time with him," a source says.


    ONTD, what is your yearly allowa--- ahaha just messin' with you broke hoes. <3

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    Having enjoyed a career as one of the world's highest-paid supermodels, covered countless mags and topped nearly every hot list since the mid-'80s, Cindy Crawford certainly needs no introduction. This past Sunday, the mother of two provided serious fitness inspo at SoulCycle in Malibu, where she and her genetically-blessed clan pedaled alongside a very lucky group of riders to toast her partnership with Cali-based healthy lifestyle brand Urban Remedy. (We can attest that the supe's definitely still got it.)

    After discovering Cali-based acupuncturist, herbalist and nutritionist Neka Pasquale in 2012, the iconic face has since turned to the Urban Remedy founder for her "food is medicine" philosophy and holistic approach to wellness. "It is confusing to decipher between diet fads, ingredient trends and true expertise, and—like everyone—I was overwhelmed until I met Neka," Crawford revealed to us.

    "In [Neka], I have found a credible and trustworthy healthy living expert who is creating innovative products that are the very best for me and my family," Crawford says. "I feel it important to share her wisdom with others to help demystify healthy nutrition and trigger change."




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    Spoilers through Hannibal: Season 2 follow...

    I freely admit to being one of those people who thought that making a TV show based on Hannibal Lecter was a bad idea. Even more so given that it was to air on NBC. I mean, what good would it be to do a Hannibal series if you didn't couldn't coat it in the TV-MA content that a cable channel, or a premium cable channel, could allow?

    Two seasons later and here I am eating my words. With fava beans and a [edit: sentence deleted under "Hack Movie Reference Law #26].

    No, you can't hear cuss words on Hannibal. Nor can you see butts, nips, peeps, shlurps, or jib jabs. But the show still somehow manages to stand tall as a stunning testimony to what you can do on network TV (given the timeslot and a certain level of haggling). See, the trick is to hide all your gore and carnage within a pristine baroque palate of gorgeousness. And then make people want to vomit.

    I'm serious about the puke part. Even the twisted task of writing this feature caused certain feelings to, um, bubble back up. Because some of this is wicked rancid. Blech. And the kicker here is that all this potent disturbia is mixed in with amazing, poetic imagery and delectable looking gourmet meals. Sure, most of the meals are made out of human parts, but - dammit! - they still look heavenly.

    Want to know how disgusting this show can be? One episode featured a murdered judge hanging from the ceiling with his brain cut out. And it's not on the list. Another moment featured a guy being forced to eat his own leg. Not here. This show is so nasty it'll make you want to slap your butcher. Which isn't really a saying. Or a euphemism. Just a expression of shock and and anger toward someone whose job it is to slice up dead, processed animals.

    Here are eight and a half extremely disturbing Hannibal moments...

    Cello Goodbye

    One standout moment from Season 1 happened when a fellow serial killer, Tobias - who shared Hannibal's disdain for inept musicians - wandered into to Dr. Lecter's orbit and got taken out. It was a furious battle between two killers with a passion for elaborate tableaus. Though Tobias' staged sets were a bit "on the nose" given that he ran a stringed instrument shop. Hence...Cello Man!!!

    And Will, being Will, naturally imagine-i-fied that he was the guy playing the human cello. Graciously providing us with Reason #200 for not going to the symphony. Because not only would we spend the whole time intermittently jerking our head up while fighting sleepy lids, there's a good chance we'd offend some snobbish murderer in the crowd and then get turned into a some sort of half-man/half-bassoon monstrosity.

    To this day though, I still torn about which was creepier: Charlie McCello or the image of Hobbs in the seats giving Will a slow clap.

    That's a Wrap

    Right at the beginning of Season 2 came one of the most vile, revolting things that anyone's ever seen with their eyeballs. So foul. Another one of those "It would have been waaaay better to have just died" moments. Because unlike everyone else in the savage silo filled with intertwining, sewn-together human bodies, this poor dude didn't peacefully drift off into death from a heroin overdose. He actually woke up. And then immediately regretted his body's stubborn decision to live.

    From there, he tore himself free. Yes, tore. As in, ripped himself off of the people he was stitched too. To this day, I still can't look at my cat, Patches.

    To Spite the Face

    It's pretty spectacular that Hannibal, as a show, can provide us with a punishment so ugly and repugnant that we can be all like "I know Mason Verger's a soulless, masochistic pedophile, but maybe - just maybe - this is going too far."

    As it turns out, Michael Pitt would have actually made a hell of a Joker if he'd been given the chance - as his enjoyable lavish and over-the-top performance as Mason allowed us to see him in a psychopathic supervillain light for the first time. In the end though, he wound up as Two-Face. What with Hannibal wiring him up with a powerful psychotropic drug and then coercing him to slice off his own face one prized piece at a time. Pieces that were then fed to Will's hungry hounds.

    Oh, and for second breakfast, Hannibal convinced Mason to chop off his own nose and eat it. Blerg. So grody. It's enough to almost put me off noses. Almost.

    Who's Shroomin' Who?

    There were these people...who were alive...and in the ground...and

    F*** it! They have f***ing mushrooms growing out of them! IT'S TERRIBLE! DAMMIT! MOVING ON!

    House of a Thousand Corpses

    At the end of Season 2, this series was all like "you want to see what kind of finale a show that's perpetually on the cancellation bubble can do?" And so we wound up with manor full of mutilation. With all of our heroes in various crucial states of bleeding to death all over the place.

    And mirroring the pilot episode, Will did his best to try and stop Abigail's carotid hemorrhaging. But there was too much blood. And he himself was leaking crimson from his own gut. Which thusly turned Hannibal's kitchen floor into a sort of a sopping Will-bigail stew. It was pretty much the worst.

    And we won't get to see the fallout from this splatter show for another nine months or so. Another reason why this show is going to psychological grind me down into a fine powder.


    Smh @ the author for not including the bees...

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    I've gone on record at least a few times to say that I can be kind of snoopy. I mean—who doesn't like knowing what other women do to stay healthy during their very busy lives?

    So when Haute Living Los Angeles asked Alessandra Ambrosio for an hour-by-hour look into her day, well...yeah, I was naturally curious to know how a Victoria's Secret model eats, exercises, know, lives. It turns out that Alessandra is fan of big breakfasts, plenty of coffee, Pilates, and Japanese food. Take a look:

    7:30 A.M. "I wake up, brush my teeth and then kiss my fiance and two kids good morning before heading down to my kitchen for some time to myself before everyone wakes up. I like to check my emails and go over what’s new for Ale by Alessandra while the house is still quiet."

    8:00 A.M. "I wake up my kids and we have a healthy breakfast of eggs, English muffins, fruit, and coffee (for me) before getting my daughter ready for school."

    9:00 A.M. "I drop my daughter, Anja, off at school and my son, Noah, off at his playgroup. I hate being away from them, but it gives me a few hours to get some work done."

    9:30 A.M. "Off to Pilates class, where I meet a friend and get in some girl time. It’s important to break a sweat every day, and I love the way Pilates makes me feel long and lean."

    10:45 A.M. "I stop into a cafe after class and pick up a cup of coffee, then head home to shower and get dressed for the day. While at home, I check back into my emails and make a few phone calls to my agent and publicist to go over upcoming jobs and events."

    12:30 P.M. "I pick Noah up at his playgroup, and then we take a trip to Planet Blue to check on Ale by Alessandra (and maybe sneak in a little shopping for myself). We then grab a quick lunch before continuing on with our day."

    1:45 P.M. "Noah and I go to his music class. I love watching him explore and interact with the other kids. It’s crazy how fast kids grow!"

    3:00 P.M. "I pick Anja up from school and then take her and Noah for an after-school treat at Pinkberry followed by some playtime at the park. I try to encourage my kids to be outside as much as possible and to just enjoy being young and carefree."

    5:00 P.M. "I get the kids showered and cleaned up before preparing dinner for them. Tonight I’m making a chicken and veggie stir-fry with brown rice. I always pick at the kids’ meals even though I’ll be going for my own dinner in a bit."

    7:00 P.M. "I pop in a movie for the kids (they’re obsessed with Frozen, so it’s usually that lately) while I get myself cleaned up and ready for my own dinner out."

    8:30 P.M. "I tuck the kids into bed, kiss them goodnight, and then make sure the sitter is all set before heading out with my fiance to meet some friends."

    9:00 P.M. "We have dinner at Katsuya in L.A. I have a serious weakness for Japanese food, and Katsuya is one of my favorites!"

    11:00 P.M. "I head home for the night. I have to head to bed early because I have an early call time in the morning!"


    fitness post~!

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    Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams head into Madison Square Garden together to watch the Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez fight on Saturday (June 7) in New York City.

    The pair arrived in the same car and attended the match to prepare for their upcoming movie Southpaw, which takes place in the boxing world.

    Jake and Rachel were spotted together last week having dinner in Pittsburgh, where their movie will go into production shortly.



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    This is a week you'll never forget on The Bold and The Beautiful as a decision will be made, and on Friday the 13th, prepare for the shock of the summer!

    Monday, June 9
    Hope (Kim Matula) announces she has finally made a decision between the Spencer brothers, and it's Liam (Scott Clifton); word about events in Dubai spreads quickly at Forrester Creations.

    Tuesday, June 10
    Wyatt (Darin Brooks) learns Quinn (Rena Sofer) is responsible for his recent loss; Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) warns Maya (Karla Mosley) to stop meddling in Oliver (Zack Conroy) and Aly's (Ashlyn Pearce) relationship.

    Wednesday, June 11
    A marriage proposal is made in an effort to save a relationship; Maya confronts Oliver.

    Thursday, June 12
    Oliver works to cover his tracks; betrayal leads to a devastating loss for one woman.

    Friday, June 13
    Quinn makes a heartfelt plea to Hope about Wyatt; a mysterious man shows up in town.

    Monday, June 9
    Things get worse for Avery (Jessica Collins); Kevin (Greg Rikaart), Dylan (Steve Burton) and Paul (Doug Davidson) try to save the day.

    Tuesday, June 10
    Billy (David Tom) gets Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) to help him get information on Stitch (Sean Carrigan); things heat up between Jack (Peter Bergman) and Kelly (Cady McClain); the race to save Avery takes a disastrous turn.

    Wednesday, June 11
    Jack (Peter Bergman) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) work together to help Summer (Hunter King); friends and family rush to the hospital.

    Thursday, June 12
    A Father's Day celebration causes tension; Stitch gives Victoria (Amelia Heinle) upsetting news.

    Friday, June 13
    Billy and Chelsea look for Stitch's ex-wife; Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) learns shocking news.

    Monday, June 9
    Nicole (Arianne Zucker) confronts Daniel (Shawn Christian) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) about the demise of her relationship with Eric (Greg Vaughan); Abigail (Kate Mansi) learns a stunning secret; Bev tries to set Paige (True O'Brien) up; Kate (Lauren Koslow) surprises Gabi (Camila Banus) by reaching out to her.

    Tuesday, June 10
    Daniel and Jennifer butt heads over the Nicole and Eric situation; Eric asks Nicole to stop wearing the engagement ring; Marlena (Deidre Hall) lays into Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Kate (Lauren Koslow) about Nick; Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) confronts Nick's killer.

    Wednesday, June 11
    Jennifer's admission wounds Daniel; E.J. (James Scott) learns troubling news about Kate and Stefano (Joseph Mascolo); Sami and Marlena learn Eric and Nicole's engagement is off; Rafe (Galen Gering) pushes Jordan (Chrishell Stause) away.

    Thursday, June 12
    After a tearful farewell, Gabi leaves to start a new life; Jordan fears Kate ratted her out; Victor (John Aniston) and Theresa (Jen Lilley) butt heads; Hope (Kristian Alfonso) tries to keep Julie from making a bad situation worse.

    Friday, June 13
    E.J. and Sami warn Kate against pressuring Stefano to derail their wedding; Will (Guy Wilson) realizes Sonny (Freddie Smith) has been keeping a secret; Daniel and Rafe's relationship takes a hit; Ben (Robert Scott Wilson) comforts Abigail.

    Monday, June 9
    Julian (William deVry) feels conflicted; Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) wants to own up to her truth; Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Ava (Maura West) trade taunts; Morgan (Bryan Craig) makes an assumption.

    Tuesday, June 10
    Julian has orders; Anna (Finola Hughes) finds herself at am impasse; Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) pines for Nikolas (Tyler Christopher).

    Wednesday, June 11
    Someone is shot; Silas (Michael Easton) wavers about the truth; Rafe (Jimmy Deshler) has an upsetting memory.

    Thursday, June 12
    Anna reacts to the shooting; Levi (Zachary Garred) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) butt heads; Sam (Kelly Monaco) investigates the accident.

    Friday, June 13
    Anna comes up with a plan; Britt schemes to get Nikolas back; Brad (Parry Shen) sees Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) embrace.

    sources: YouTube, CBS, WeLoveSoaps

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  • 06/09/14--20:22: Uncharted 4 Trailer

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    he's still wearing his ring thou! yes omg omg!

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    Jessica Simpson was looking hot, VERY tipsy, and most of all ... HUNGRY when we caught her and fiancé Eric Johnson hitting a Hollywood nightclub.

    Sure, she had a dozen few drinkie poos, but it's no big deal -- not when you have a devoted driver ready and willing to make late night Jack in the Box runs!

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    Favorite drunk food ontd?

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    Danity Kane performed during this year's LA Pride (June 8). Check out their performance of "Lemonade" below plus more under the cut.

    "Rhythm of Love" (New Song)

    "Rage" (New Song)

    If you've been out of the loop, Danity Kane recently returned to the music scene with their new single, "Lemonade". (OFFICIAL AUDIO HERE) The girl group is now a trio (Shannon Bex, Dawn Richards & Aubrey O'Day) and recently embarked on a U.S. tour w/ former group mate Aundrea Fimbres. Fimbres decided to leave the group to focus on her family, but still committed to the tour. She is not featured on the group's new single.

    Check out her final "goodbye" speech in the video below.

    Playlist featuring old songs (with Aundrea):


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    Source: FOX@YouTube

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    The shootings in Isla Vista, Calif., sent chills down the backs of countless Americans over Memorial Day weekend.

    Although this isn't the first mass shooting that has semblances of misogyny (in fact, a great many do), the 140-page manifesto of pure hatred against women and the YouTube video detailing Elliot Rodger's plans to slaughter "blond sluts" was a gruesome wake-up call for all of us.

    How could an educated and privileged 22-year-old still believe that women should be in "concentration camps," stop having control over procreation and deserve to be killed because they have sexual agency?

    But while Rodger's ideology may have been extreme, it was also frighteningly familiar. The way that we talk about women and the entitlement others have over their bodies is nothing new.

    Whether it's in the way that women are blamed for their sexual harassment (grow a thicker skin, don't walk around wearing that), their rape (don't drink, keep your carry keys in your hands, don't stay out late) or their family planning outcomes (control your libido), there is nothing like the female body to bring out misogynistic entitlement at its worst.

    Indeed, the shooting is not an isolated act of violence. The beliefs that motivated the gunman are rampant — and much more widely accepted then many would believe. In our culture, misogyny isn’t the exception, it’s still the rule.

    In the wake of the tragedy, the hashtag #YesAllWomen quickly became a safe space of support and solidarity, a platform to share stories and fight back against the types of comments that too many women have encountered in their life. It also became a space for women to explain that entitlement of men over women has got to stop — sexism has got to stop — because it is literally killing us.

    Ultimately, the #YesAllWomen rallying cry reached more than 1 million tweets in the days since the tragedy, outlasting even Kim Kardashian's wedding on Sunday. But women are not the only ones frustrated by our society's institutionalized misogyny. So many men, too, reported feeling disgusted by the attitudes of the shooter and his alleged peers, the "men's rights activists" that not only influenced Rodger, but publicly predicted more violence if men aren't given what they want.

    Men deserve their own space to talk back to these "activists." Here is just a small part of that response, but you can find more responses or post your own on the hashtag #AllMenCan, because all men can have respect for women without ever becoming less of a man.

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    Sir Mix-a-Lot's debut with the Seattle Symphony turned into a giant onstage party as dozens of women from the audience took the rapper up on his invitation to join him for a new orchestral arrangement of "Baby's Got Back."

    "Something you really should not do, but since tonight is orchestral movements from the hood night, I'm going to leave some of this open if a couple of ladies would like to get up on the stage," Sir Mix told the crowd.

    The rapper's appearance at Benaroya hall came about as part of the Seattle Symphony's Sonic Evolution series, which commissions new orchestral work inspired by Seattle's music icons. Gabriel Prokofiev, a London-based composer, DJ and producer (and grandson of the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev), orchestrated "Baby Got Back" as well as the 1988 track "Posse on Broadway."

    "My aim with this new Sir-Mix-A-Lot inspired Orchestral work was to really get inside the musical mind of Sir Mix-A-Lot; to understand how his rhythms, textures, sounds and harmonies worked, and to create a contemporary orchestral composition that was true to the music of Sir-Mix-A-Lot," Prokofiev explained on his blog.

    Prokofiev went on to describe how he tried to faithfully recreate Sir Mix-a-Lot's electronic arrangements using an orchestra, which required some unusual techniques as well as customized instruments. These included "an acoustic 'Scratcher' (made by scratching a credit card against a metal guiro), a 'jackdaw' (a friction drum that creates a frog like noise), bunches of bamboo cracking against the sides of drums, and various drums laden with chains and cymbals to create distorted drum and clap effects."

    Source, Youtube

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  • 06/09/14--21:12: Ryan Phillippe Reads ONTD?

  • Link to the original comment if anyone's interested. Hayyyy_xxtom


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    “Lost” actor Daniel Dae Kim is set to board Summit’s “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” the sequel to “Divergent” starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

    Octavia Spencer, Jonny Weston and Suki Waterhouse recently joined the cast, with Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort also onboard to reprise their roles. Kim will play Jack Kang in the pic.

    The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman.

    Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman.

    “Insurgent” will be released on March 20. The third book, “Allegiant,” will be split into two films that are slated for release on March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively. “Divergent” opened this past March and has grossed $267 million worldwide.

    Kim most recently wrapped his fourth season on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O” and his other past credits include “Spider-Man 2″ and “The Hulk.” He is repped by APA, Anonymous Content and Klevan Longarzo.


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    Mario Balotelli proposes to girlfriend Fanny Neguesha ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.



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    The Miss USA contestants were grilled on Sunday night about various pressing societal issues ranging from sexual assault to the controversy surrounding Bowe Bergdahl, because that's what beauty pageants are all about.

    Here are five of the most challenging questions during the Q&A segment of the competition.

    1. Melissa Peterman questioned Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich, about narcissism in today's youth.

    2. Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari, was asked by Allie LaForce about the importance of higher education.

    3. Rumer Willis asked Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, why sexual assaults on college campuses have been swept under the rug for so long.

    4. Sharknado star Ian Ziering asked Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry, about the recent Bowe Bergdahl controversy.

    5. Karl Malone asked Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs, if she had 30 seconds to say anything to our political leaders, what would she say.

    Watch the contestants answers!

    1. Melissa Peterman questioned Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich, about narcissism in today's youth.

    “A recent story in the New York Times said that narcissism is an epidemic, suggesting that America's youth is turning into a hyper-entitled, self-absorbed generation,” she said sweetly. “Do you agree? Why or why not?”

    “I actually do agree with that,” Miss Iowa replied. “I think social media and technology has allowed the youth to post pictures of themselves and videos of themselves. That kinda, to me, seems narcissistic.”

    2. Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari, was asked by Allie LaForce about the importance of higher education.

    “It's so challenging these days to get a job whether you have a college degree or not, so in light of this and the soaring costs of higher education, do you think going to college is relevant?” asked LaForce.

    “I do think that going to college is relevant at this point,” Mari replied. “I know my parents’ generation — there's a lot of people who are extremely successful who never did get a college degree, but in this day and age I know it's extremely hard to get a job even after four years of college, so I do think it is extremely to go an get your education and I guess further your education after high school.”

    3. Rumer Willis asked Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, why sexual assaults on college campuses have been swept under the rug for so long.

    “I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don't want that to come out into the public,” Sanchez said. “But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that's something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”

    4. Sharknado star Ian Ziering asked Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry, about the recent Bowe Bergdahl controversy.

    “In recent weeks the U.S. has released five detainees from Guantanamo in exchange for one U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan,” Ziering helpfully informed the nation. “The U.S. policy is to leave no soldier behind. Do you think its fair to sacrifice or swap lives in order to uphold this policy?”

    “I am glad that we got our guy back,” she said. “However, I do not feel it is right that we subject ourself to these acts of terrorism. I do agree with our guy being back but, however, I do not think that we should subject ourselves.”

    5. Karl Malone asked Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs, if she had 30 seconds to say anything to our political leaders, what would she say.

    “I say that we should lead our country by faith,” Griggs replied. “For me, I know that when I go to bed at night I pray for my family as well as the leaders of the country. I think if we pull together and work together, we are able to make more of a difference than setting ourselves apart. That's what I would say.”


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    From Days of Future Past to Iron Man 3’s Extremis arc, we examine the positives and pitfalls of plundering comics directly for film...

    There was a period during the last few years, beginning with the original X-Men trilogy dwindling out in 2006 and arguably ending with Avengers Assemble in 2012, where Marvel heroes at the movies seemed to exclusively deal in reboots, recasting and origin stories. Despite a few exceptions, including the unloved Iron Man 2, discovering your power and embracing your destiny as a hero (or member of a team of heroes) seemed to be the order of the day for Marvel characters during this six year period.

    Meanwhile, DC were doing something pretty interesting around this time period. Namely Christopher Nolan’s oft-praised The Dark Knight trilogy which took elements the auteur loved from the comics (the rooftop meetings and other inspirations from The Long Halloween, the breaking-the-Bat arc from Knightfall, elements of The Man Who Falls and Batman: Year One) and pulled them together to make a coherent, thoroughly entertaining trilogy.

    With the Avengers assembled, Spider-Man rebooted and the X-Men revitalised through First Class, 2012 marked the beginning of a new era for Marvel at the movies, albeit with the properties still separated between different studios. Since then, filmmakers have been given the chance to delve a little deeper than simply relaying a well-known origin story and have been lifting popular comic book arcs from the decades of source material and adapting them directly for screen. Since then, with the only real exception being Thor: The Dark World which lifted characters but not the main plot, we have seen the history of comic books directly plundered for screen potential far more than ever before.

    Iron Man 3 borrowed heavily from Warren Ellis’ Extremis arc; Captain America: The Winter Solider was a fairly faithful adaptation of Ed Brubaker’s comic of the same name; The Wolverine took a lot from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine limited series; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reproduced the infamous The Night Gwen Stacey Died story from 1973, and now X-Men: Days Of Future Past has arrived as a comparatively loose reworking of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s brief but much-loved 1981 arc of the same name.

    Now that we live in age where most major superheroes are established on screen, we had a look at these recent adaptations to find out what works, and what doesn’t about directly adapting comics.

    Knowing What's About To Happen

    This is one of the biggest problems with directly adapting comic books to the screen, the foresight it gives fans. Simply due to the centralising of Gwen Stacey in the post-Raimi reboot, hardcore fans began speculating years ago as to how many movies it would take before she took an unfortunate tumble off a high building of some kind, leading to one of Peter’s toughest moments in life – when, in trying to save Gwen, he actually killed her. In the comics, this horrifying moment continues to haunt Peter for years and was genuinely shocking when first read back in the seventies. Did the film version have the same shock factor?

    To a certain degree, yes. Seeing as the film wasn’t billed as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Plummet of Gwen, this one retained a certain ability to offer an emotional gut punch, greatly helped along by the stellar chemistry between the pair and Garfield’s on-screen reaction. Generally this Spidey sequel was advertised as a multi-villain bust-up with some family history revelations thrown in. Some of the advertising (namely the two-part Superbowl Trailer) actually deceptively featured snippets of Gwen falling within the clock tower, but only showed the initial skirmish, including the shot where Peter caught and saved her, not the second more fatal fall, which actually served to throw a few viewers off the scent. Smart move.

    The same cannot be said for Captain America: The Winter Soldier though which, if you know the comics, would have one big twist nullified for you. The identity of the eponymous Winter Soldier is common knowledge to comic book fans as the Bucky’s-still-alive-but-has-become-a-soviet-assassin plot-point originally played out in panel format back in 2005. Was knowing this kind of information before the film even started a bit disappointing? Maybe, but did the film make up for it in other ways? Definitely.

    As much as it’s easy to envy people who saw Bucky’s return with fresh eyes, there were plenty of other twists and turns in that narrative to assure that anyone looking for a conspiracy thriller with big revelations wouldn’t leave unhappy just because of their foreknowledge. Marvel Studios made a clever decision by tying in some plot elements more inspired by the Nick Fury Versus S.H.I.E.L.D. arc from 1988, namely the HYDRA infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which doesn’t feature in the Winter Soldier comic at all). Despite what we may have expected entering the cinema to see a film called Captain America: The Winter Soldier, what we actually got was more akin to The Dark Knight trilogy in terms of handling inspiration – it tied together elements that Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers enjoyed from Cap’s canon and tied them together into something new.

    Again, much like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the advertising of Captain America: The Winter Soldier actually threw us off the scent for the real major moments in the film. HYDRA’s take-over of S.H.I.E.L.D. was all anyone was talking about afterwards, despite being on nobody’s mind beforehand. Both these films have shown that lifting big plot points from the comic book world can work well and garner big reactions if handled correctly. By keeping schtum about the real revelations/losses in both films, despite the fact both movies had huge advertising pushes, meant that both could still have a big effect on people and offer plenty of surprises.

    Fox is now pulling a similar trick with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which we won’t spoil here. It’s worth noting though, that the main similarity to the original comic is the central time travel conceit and the necessity to stop an assassination. The bulk of the film features astounding action, some emotionally-charged interplay between the core cast and, perhaps most importantly, a few surprises along the way. This seems to be the smartest away to adapt comics, with a unique new spin and some newly added elements.

    Adding In Too Much

    Of course we know that mixing up the formula and throwing in some additional elements doesn’t always work quite that well. Fan backlash after the Iron Man 3 reveal that uber-terrorist the Mandarin was actually out-of-work thespian and former toast of Croydon Trevor Slattery was some of the bitterest post-film feedback we’ve seen in recent years, despite being a move defended by some corners of the internet.

    Perhaps the majority reaction was so negative because we had been told to expect a big screen adaptation of Warren Ellis’ highly-lauded Extremis series, which while still featuring Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce’s AIM evil genius) and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall’s duplicitous scientist), had a notably distinct lack of any sort of Mandarin, let alone a comic relief version of the character.

    Adverts in print comics around the time of the release urged you to pick up Ellis’ Extremis series, now a major motion picture, despite the big changes made before it got to screen. During the trailers and TV-spots the addition of the Mandarin seemed like a good one – he was fierce, resourceful and enigmatic. But the realisation of his true identity disappointed a lot of viewers and distracted away from what could have been a fan favourite franchise installment.

    This is symptomatic of the aforementioned benefit to adding in new story elements – significant moments in the film can be masked in the advertising, allowing surprises and revelations on top of the comic book story which fans may know already. When this backfires though, as it did for a lot of people with Iron Man 3, these extra revelations can affect the whole film and give it a bad reputation. This is a case of adding in too much then, or simply adding in the wrong stuff. The Mandarin reveal was a risk for Marvel, which turned some people off, but equally entertained others. The MCU survived this one, but you can put good money on them not trying anything similar any time soon.

    Failing To Capture 'The Essence'

    Arguably a worse fate than splitting opinions with new additions, is a film which doesn’t quite capture the essence of a beloved source material. Such was the case with The Wolverine which, despite being a fun entertaining action movie, somewhat lacked the brooding reflective tone of Claremont and Miller’s original Wolverine comic series.

    Things started promisingly as Logan wandered the woods, did some soul searching and dished out a little vengeance, but things soon went off track when Hollywood-isation nullified any attempt at the nuance and character development that Claremont valued. The biggest problem is the unnecessary addition of the Silver Samurai, who only appeared in the epilogue to the original comic series, but is thrown into the film to force a generic superhero-movie-by-numbers big smash-up conclusion. A kendo duel between Logan and Shingen (Mariko’s father, who has most of his story given to the grandfather in the film), is also stripped – one of the Claremont’s biggest grievances with the film.

    “That kendo match is the seminal moment of the story,” the writer told Vulture. “Because it reveals Wolverine as vulnerable, even with his claws and his healing power.” Removing moments like that and preferring big silver CGI-enhanced fights is symptomatic of why direct adaptations don’t always work at the movies.

    Problems like this have haunted the X-Men franchise before of course, with Brett Ratner’s heartless retelling of Claremont’s beloved Dark Phoenix saga in X-Men: The Last Stand (which also failed to do justice to the cure-based storyline originating from a Joss Whedon-penned comic) being the direct adaptation sequel which plunged us into an age of reboots and recasting in the first place.

    As discussed on this site before, X-Men: The Last Stand had plenty of epic action and attempts to carry a message, but fell down by turning Charles Xavier into an arsehole, killing off Cyclops at rapid pace and relegating Jean Grey, the presumed central character, to mainly standing around frowning at people.

    To wrap up then, films like X-Men: The Last Stand, which fail to capture the essence of their inspiration by playing fast and loose with canon and characters, are those which come off worst when trying to adapt much-loved comic arcs to the screen. A similar fate, though not as bad a case of it, affected The Wolverine, which removed some interesting character development material and chucked in a clichéd closing smack-down instead. X-Men: Days of Future Past has shown a better way to adapt X-Men stories by staying true to the central premise but treating characters far better.

    Superior to the pre-Future Past X-flicks are films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which lift whole stories from the comics fairly faithfully but find ways to surprise you with them, be it by misleading you from a big plot point in advertising (Gwen’s death) or throwing in a whole extra narrative strand which no-one saw coming (the HYDRA plot). Even this method is far from flawless though, as the mixed fan reception to Iron Man 3’s comic twist proved by overshadowing the rest of the film. Let’s hope that the various studios working on comic adaptations have taken note by now of what works and doesn’t, as we have no shortage of new superhero flicks coming soon.


    Do you prefer direct adaptations or original stories in comic book movies?

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