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The people of Secret announced a new feature of their mobile app today. In a blog post on Secret’s Medium.com blog, the addition of secret groups known as “Secret Dens” was explained. These groups allow for individuals of business organizations, universities, and other communities to post their secrets to their own private groups. Members will still remain anonymous, but the pool of individuals involved will clearly be smaller, and thus truth-tellers more likely to be found out by counterparts.
The infamous secret and gossip-sharing app has been catching on over the last few months, offering a drama-filled hub for catty and cut-throat tech sector employees, a sex-starved LGBT community, and your average lonely and depressed PostSecret types (Note: This is an author’s opinion from general personal use the last few months in Washington DC).
Secret Dens will roll out slowly as a pilot (beta) test to several businesses, schools, and organizations at first. To apply for your own Den, Secret recommends emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can catch a glimpse of some of Secret’s own Den exploits above. As for the privacy and security of Secret Dens, Secret claims outsiders will not be given access. Organization-only emails (i.e. @techvoid.com) will have to be verified to join a particular community’s Den.
So what’s the point? Personally, I feel Secret.ly is simply attempting to tear the world apart with lewd gossip, all in an effort to distract us while it mines all of the Bitcoins. Sarcasm aside, the implications of this growing secret-telling application are slightly disturbing. While I do see Secret’s seed of the open and honest whistle-blowing mentality of Edward Snowden, the way people choose to use this platform is more like that of a high school slambook. It’s being used to tear down colleagues, exes, and fellow students or post overtly graphic sexual escapades on the internet. And if we want to continue down a hypothetically darker path, what happens when Secretly becomes used by men and women to sexual harass their cohorts? Will Secret.ly censor their users? Let us know what you think.
For the full rundown of how to use Secret Dens, see below:
How do I post to just my Den?
When you write your secret, simply add “@yourdomain” to your post.
How do I know when a Secret has come from my Den?
You will see your Den name in the bottom left-hand corner of the Secret.
Are secrets in my Den visible to anyone else?
Nope. Not even via share. These secrets are visible exclusively to people that are part of your den, and nobody else.
I’m invited to the Secret Dens pilot. How do I join my Den?
Create a new account with your work or university email address and verify it.
Add another email address to your existing account. First, make sure you’ve verified your primary email address. Then, go to your account page at http://secret.ly/me and select “Add another email.” Add your work email address to your Secret account.
Either way, you’ll receive a confirmation email when you’re in.
How will I know who else in my organization is part of the Den?
That’s a secret. However you will be notified as others join.
Can I remove someone?
Yes. Simply go to your account page and type in their email address. They will receive a notification that you removed them. Anyone in the domain can remove anyone else.
How do I create a Den for my company, university or organization?
Right now, Secret Dens is invite-only. If you’re interested in getting a Den set up for your company, send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll be in touch.
Vampire Diaries stud Kendrick Sampson just elected himself to play hottie thug Jeremy Meeks in his next feature film.
“My next role. #JeremyMeeks”, the actor tweeted, also posting a picture of Jeremy‘s mug shot.
Obviously, Kendrick was joking but if a movie (or at least a parody) is made, we think Kendrick is the perfect guy to do it. The physical similarities are uncanny.
Jeremy‘s mug shot became a viral sensation because of his criminally-good looks. He was picked up in a gun sweep in Stockton, California, for felony weapon charges on Wednesday.
Let the thirst begin
Synopsis: "When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero."
Planes: Fire and Rescue swoops into theaters on July 18.
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Excited or no? Also: what's your least favorite animated Disney film, ONTD?
Kiesza announces her unapologetically dance-ready debut EP Hideaway (Island Records/4th and B’way/Lokal Legend), hitting July 8. Her hit single “Hideaway” rocketed to the #1 spot in the UK charts earlier this year as the fastest-selling debut of year, while her serious vocal range has critics fawning.
Kiesza’s one-take video for the first single, “Hideaway,” celebrates the timelessness of early house music and Kiesza‘s particular flavor of throwback dancing, and over 34 million viewers seem to agree. She brings that energy to a performance on The Late Show With David Letterman on July 9.
“Hideaway” continues to spread vivaciously around the world. It has reached #1 on iTunes charts in 14 countries and #3 on the global Shazam chart. While Kiesza‘s “decidedly hands-in-the-air optimistic dance vibe” (FADER) is fresh to most, Kiesza has been at it since she was 17: dancing, song-writing, playing various instruments and attending Berklee School of Music on full scholarship. Kiesza always had music in her soul, training in ballet for more than a decade. Her mom also assembled a Jackson Five tribute band with Kiesza and her brothers, as Michael Jackson is one of her biggest influences.
Her path is not the norm, as she’s gone from a code breaker in Royal Canadian Navy (who attempted to recruit the sharp-shot as a sniper) to the face of FENDI’s Color Block sunglasses.
Kiesza also recently performed at Canada’s Much Music Video Awards, along with Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, and Lorde.
Globetrotting like never before, Kiesza has also been busy on the festival circuit. From UK’s The Great Escape and Glastonbury Festival to Toronto’s North By Northeast, she’s been on the road with her deep house cuts and shimmering soulful melodies. The Evening Standard said of her recent performance at XOYO, “Kiesza vogued like Madonna…The Canadian stepped back into another musical era that felt fresh and vital.”
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True Blood returns for its seventh and final season Sunday (9/8c, HBO) and picks up just moments after most of the townspeople of Bon Temps gathered in support of the "One Vampire-One Human" movement that paired people up in exchange for clean blood and protection. But a horde of Hep-V-infected vamps were about to close in and surely cause chaos in the little backwoods parish. Sadly, you shouldn't expect everyone to survive the inevitable clash. It is the final season, after all!
So, what's in store for Sookie & Co. before the HBO fantasy drama meets its true death? TVGuide.com offers up this quick refresher on where we left off and a juicy tease about what to expect in the final season:
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)
Where Were We? After Sookie is saved from fae-vampire hybrid Warlow (RobKazinsky), a six-month time jump reveals that she's now dating Alcide.
What's Next? The couple is still going strong, but trust issues start to develop... perhaps for good reason! When Sookie begins to hide part of her life from Alcide, another man is definitely involved. Could it be one of her old flames?
Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)
Where Were We? Billith's magical vampire powers disappeared and he's now a bestselling author thanks to his book about the Governor's invention of Hep-V.
What's Next? The conflict with the Hep-V vamps forces Bill to allign with yet another distrustful human. Also expect to get another look into his pre-vamp past.
Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard)
Where Were We? Eric released his powers over his progeny Pam, but also sired a new vamp, Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire). Also, when Warlow died, the power to walk in the sun stopped working at the most inopportune time for Eric, who was sunbathing nude atop a Swedish mountain.
What's Next? Eric is MIA when friends seek him out, but he has a huge secret he's hiding. Also, expect to see him and a familiar face get hot and heavy for a mind-blowing romp in the sack.
Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell)
Where Were We? After knocking up his activist girlfriend Nicole (JurneeSmollett-Bell), Sam gives the bar to Arlene and is elected mayor of Bon Temps.
What's Next? The townsfolk look to their mayor for answers when the going gets tough, but the shifter will be torn between his responsibilities to his constituents and girlfriend. Also, has someone discovered Sam's supernatural secret?
Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten)
Where Were We? Jason helped to kill Warlow and also has a new vamp girlfriend Violet (Karolina Wydra), whom he met in the internment camp. Problem is, she's incredibly jealous ... and doesn't exactly reciprocate in the sack.
What's Next? Poor Jason's sexual frustrations will reach a boiling point, but he'll get a little distraction from his duties as a cop. Also expect to see him exhibit a deliciously surprising skill that will aid a vital investigation.
Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley)
Where Were We? Free of the vampire internment camp — which she entered with Eric to save her maker Pam — Tara reconciled with her mother Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) in a bid to protect her.
What's Next? "For Tara, we're going to see whether or not she can really forgive her mother and if they can work out their issues that they have," Wesley says.
Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten)
Where Were We? After being set free from the vampire internment camp, Pam went in search of her maker Eric, who quickly disappeared after gaining the ability to walk in the sun.
What's Next? Pam's quest for Eric will take her far and wide, and woe to those who get in her way! But without a dedicated source of clean blood, her explorations could be derailed before she even gets close.
Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello)
Where Were We? After severing ties with his pack, the werewolf is now happily dating Sookie.
What's Next? Since Sookie never paired up with a vamp for protection, Alcide takes it upon himself to keep her safe... but only if he can keep an eye on her!
Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis)
Where Were We? He was entrusted to basically fill Arlene in on the truth that Terry (Todd Lowe) had himself killed and left her a big insurance payout. He's now working at Bellefleur's (formerly known as Merlotte's).
What's Next? Lafayette will be tested emotionally, but fortunately he'll make an attractive new friend who will give him perspective. With all the chaos going on with the Hep-V vamps, his skills as a medium could be called into play.
Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll)
Where Were We? Repenting for killing Andy's three other faerie daughters, Jessica pledged to protect the surviving daughter Adilyn from the Hep-V vampires. She also snagged herself a cute vamp boyfriend, James (Nathan Parsons).
What's Next? Jessica is unwavering in her resolve to atone. Woll tells TVGuide.com, "There's a lot of guilt she's got to get over, and I think she's going to try whatever she can to make it up to Andy and Adilyn."
Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer)
Where Were We? The sheriff was saddled with four fast-growing faerie children, three of whom were killed by Jessica. (Those fae are just irresistibly yummy!) On the plus side, he struck up a relationship with Holly (Lauren Bowles).
What's Next? "Going into this season, Andy's scared," Bauer says. "He's stretched beyond his limits, and he is not going to go about solving his problems the same way. He's willing to work with others." As for his love life, Bowles adds, "There's almost no time for personal dynamics when you're really literally running for your life when there's sort of Armageddon around you. It really helped to solidify anything that may have been a complication."
Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston)
Where Were We? She learned that her husband Terry had himself killed, but at least he left behind a hefty insurance policy, allowing her to buy Merlotte's and turn it into Bellefleur's.
What's Next? "It's pretty terrifying, and Arlene gets thrown into quite a perilous circumstance that is scary," Preston says. "But Arlene is the strongest one in the room, no matter where she is or what's going on, so she definitely draws on that strength."
What do you want to see in the final season? Who should live? Who will probably die?
True Blood returns Sunday at 9/8c on HBO. Still fuzzy on what already happened? Watch last season's finale here.
Sherlock Holmes has reportedly solved the mystery of how to find true love. According to PBS head Rebecca Eaton, "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch has a girlfriend now.
Eaton dropped the bomb earlier this week, The New York Post reported. "She wouldn’t say whom the 'Sherlock' actor has met, but she said it’s time for all those 'Cumberb---hes' — the name used by his huge base of female followers — to move on," it read.
Cumberbatch, 37, has been single since 2012, when he broke up with British fashion designer Anna James. He did, however, reveal what he finds sexy in the September 2013 of ELLE Japan.
"A woman who knows that she doesn’t have to get all decked out to look good is sexy. A woman who can make you feel smart with her conversation skills is also sexy. I believe the sense of humour is important," he said."I also think someone who is good at working with others is sexy. It’s like playing a tennis doubles match. You need to be able to work well together if you are to stay as partners for a long time."
So, who is Cumberbatch's secret love? We have a few theories:
The likeliest candidate is this "50 Shades of Grey" star, who was spotted having lunch with Cumberbatch in New York in May. Both actors had attended the 2014 Met Ball the day before, and Cumberbatch seemed to be having a whale of a time, covering his face with napkins to make Johnson and her friend laugh.
The actress played Janine, Sherlock's girlfriend, on the most recent season of his show, and their on-screen kiss earlier this year clearly left a lasting impression on Yasmine Akram. “It was lovely and very soft,” she told RadioTimes.com. “It was absolutely lovely." She also said another kiss with the actor would be tops on her list of things to do on an afternoon.
Rumours swirled last summer that Cumberbatch was dating this Russan model after he was spotted kissing her at a wedding in Ibiza. But, according to him, they are just "old friends." Still, things change!
Cumberbatch may have broken up with the British actress in 2010 but he admitted last year that, after 12 years together, she will always have a place in his heart. "It happened very gradually, very mutually. We’re still very good friends. There was no acrimony," he told Vogue last year of their split. "I love her, adore her, always will.”
Who do you think Cumberbatch is dating?
Which lucky girl don't love haself, ONTD?
When it comes to fitness, Kristen Bell keeps it in the family.
“My go-to workout is usually hiking,” Bell, 33, told PEOPLE at the American Express Epic EveryDay Getaway with Soul Cycle in New York on Friday.
And while the actress does a lot of hiking with friends, her cutest exercise companion is 15-month-old daughter Lincoln.
“I often will strap the baby to my chest for the hike,” Bell says. (Maybe Lincoln’s the secret behind the first-time mom’s amazing body after baby?)
With her busy work schedule, Bell notes combining fitness and family time with Lincoln and husband Dax Shepard, 39, has become an effective (and enjoyable!) solution.
“[Hiking] is easy because sometimes it doesn’t actually take me away from anything because my whole family’s coming on the hike,” Bell says.
As for her growing little girl, Bell’s still smitten. “She’s delicious. It’s such a fun age,” she says. “I feel like having a toddler is exhausting and extremely rewarding — and far more rewarding than exhausting.”
Fitness post! What's your go-to workout?
The United States was burned by a last-minute Portugal goal during Sunday’s World Cup face-off, leading to a 2-2 draw and denying the Americans an automatic berth in the next round.
After a tense, back-and-forth match the U.S. team seemed to have in hand, the tie stunned the millions of Americans following the action on TV — including plenty of celebrities.
Their reactions spanned from disappointment in what felt like a defeat to pride that the squad played a tough Portuguese team to a draw.
The United States can still advance with a victory or tie against Germany on Thursday.
Whew!!!! My first breath for the last 95 minutes— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 22, 2014
Speechless over the end of that game. Go USA.— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) June 22, 2014
Can't believe that just happened. Still proud. Time to get it done next game. #USASoccer— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) June 22, 2014
Well it was a good try USA :(— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) June 22, 2014
How does that happen? Unreal..... #USAvsPortugal— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) June 22, 2014
So... this is why I don't like sports. 😥— Jennette McCurdy (@jennettemccurdy) June 23, 2014
In Season 2 of “Teen Wolf,” we learned that women were the rightful leaders of the Argent family, and werewolf hunter Chris Argent used to be surrounded by them. His wife Victoria was fierce and determined (and, let’s be honest, CRAZY); his daughter, Allison, was bold yet compassionate. But now, both are gone, and excluding his sociopathic sister, Kate, who’s poised to make her Beacon Hills return, Chris’ family is no longer.
When we first met the man with a penchant for silver, Chris was brash, uncompromising and stern, and got his kicks taunting the werewolves around town whenever he could. What’s more, after discovering that his little girl was dating a werewolf, he freaked out and nearly killed young Scott McCall to stop the relationship.
Slowly, though, as Allison assumed a more prominent position among her family’s militia, Chris began to trust her more. As if by osmosis, he became gentler (at one point, it was he who talked Allison down from violent, vengeful behavior!). When he deliberately set beta werewolves Boyd and Erica free from his father Gerard’s grip at the end of Season 2 — even though their leader Derek had given his wife “the bite” — Chris proved he was a changed man.
By Season 3, Chris vowed to stay out of all supernatural battles, saying he’d been through too much to keep the fight alive. Allison tried to offer some perspective, and said that if he couldn’t fight for his wife, at least he could fight for Allison’s friends. He was reluctant, but when his daughter needed him most, he sacrificed himself to Jennifer, The Darach, to protect the teens. Luckily, Jennifer was taken out before she had the chance to kill her new prisoner.
By the time the Nogitsune had reared its ugly head (seriously, that thing was unsightly) in Beacon Hills, Chris’ tie to Allison was stronger than ever. And when the mythical being captured Lydia, the father and daughter seemed readier than ever for war.
While creating molds for her own brand of silver arrowheads in preparation, Allison took the opportunity to say to her father what she’d never had the chance to say to her mother: “I love you. I’m proud of you. I’m proud of us.”
As you undoubtedly remember, Allison managed to take out an otherwise-unstoppable Oni with her bow. And though she fought bravely, the fight for Lydia was her last, and her death understandably shook Chris to his core. So, considering his long and depressing path, will he change now that Allison’s gone, and revert back to his harsher ways? Or will the impression Allison left on her father be a lasting one, helping Chris to remain a more virtuous man?
JR Bourne, the actor behind the character, told Huffington Post Canada yesterday that when Chris returns to Beacon Hills, he’ll definitely be out of sorts.
“He comes back extremely messed up, confused about where to direct his anger, his vengeance and what to do with it,” he told the site. “Season Three, he started to be passive, not get involved. He attempted that, but that didn’t go over well. Now he’s back, it’s ‘What the f**k? What do I do? Where do I go?’”
“…He is no longer a father and he is no longer a husband, but there still is a human nature in him, which I think he’s learned because of his daughter being in love with a werewolf,” Bourne added.
(wtf @ the watch AND sword??? doesn't make sense man)
(who shaves ur face posey?)
ontd: is there hope for chris argent, our resident tv dilf?
Talk about a fairy-tale ending.
Over the weekend, Maleficent raced past the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office to become Angelina Jolie's highest-grossing live-action film of all time, not accounting for inflation. Her previous best was Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which took in $478.2 million in 2005.
Maleficent, a passion project for Jolie, has enjoyed impressive staying power. In North America, the Disney title stayed in the top five in its fourth weekend, grossing $13 million for a domestic total of $186 million.
Also over the weekend, Maleficent passed up Disney's live-action fairy tale Oz the Great and Powerful, which grossed $493.3 million worldwide.
Overseas, the female-fueled movie took in another $44.7 million from 54 markets, including a $20.3 million debut in China. Maleficent has earned $335.6 million internationally and $521.6 million worldwide.
Maleficent's top international markets are Mexico ($40.4 million), Russia ($34.8 million), the U.K. ($25.7 million) and Brazil $24.2 million. The movie has yet to open in Japan (July 4).
There were reasons why I was feverishly anticipating the June 22 premiere of ABC’s Rising Star. Summer TV has been relatively weak so far, and it’s nice to think that a brand new reality competition might be worth investing in. We as a people may have grown tired of rote reality, but we haven’t yet gotten past that little inkling of hope that something will be the next big thing.
So is Rising Star that next big thing? The short answer is no. The long answer? Nooooooo.
The big gimmick of ABC’s newest entry into the singing competition genre revolves entirely around the “cutting-edge app technology” that allows viewers to vote for contestants in real time via a God-complex app similar to the dating gem Tinder. Swipe right for YES or left for NO (and if you’re on the West Coast, just don’t even bother because your votes only matter for redeeming the sloppy seconds of contestants not popular enough to make it through the first run on the East Coast). To raise a giant wall separating the audience from the performer, each singer must earn 70 percent positive votes (though the show never explains this, it appears that the grand number is based on those who have physically “checked in” for each individual performance).
A 7 percent share of the vote belongs to each member on the the panel of experts—Kesha, Brad Paisley, and Ludacris—who each could have been a compelling reason to elevate the show beyond the voting gimmick, but exercise little to no real enthusiasm for the program. Now, I’ll admit: I’ve been hyping Rising Star solely because of Kesha, the auto-tuned glittercorn voice of a generation of drunk sorority girls, but unfortunately, Kesha seems to have reformed her neon tribal war-paint ways (see: her abandonment of the dollar sign in her name) and isn’t the soundbite-spewing jackpot I thought she might be, even though host Josh Groban warned, “She’s beautiful, talented, and we have no idea what she’s gonna do or say tonight. Sorry censors, it’s Kesha!” How delightfully zany!
Groban, hosting his first major live event admirably like the most popular kid in your high school drama club, is awkward in his delivery, but he seems to be the only person genuinely excited to be on the show—and he’s the only expert actually mentoring the contestants and working with them on their songs and performances. Fellow experts Ludacris and Paisley seem a little more comfortable with the live element, but neither demonstrates enough enthusiasm or even speaks long enough to convince you that they’re here for more than just a paycheck.
That leaves the hope of Rising Star in the hands of the show’s actual singing talent—and truthfully that’s the most important part, right? Sadly, nobody from the two-hour opener showed much promise for giving Rising Star a coveted slot on your Sunday night DVR. Is it worth mentioning the forgettable Lisa Punch or Maneepat Molloy, who made it past their audition despite performances that never would have turned a chair on The Voice? Or is it worth acknowledging the acts that didn’t raise the wall, like the perhaps deserving Colin Huntley, or the manic, less-deserving Alex & Sierra knock-off Daniel & Olivia, or the boy band Beyond 5, whose smooth ’90s dance moves reeked of Dream Street cliché and One Direction ambition? Don’t even get me started on Macy Kate, the camera-ready Kesha lookalike who was supposedly plucked from the audience by total surprise after her Instagram audition video landed her a seat in the audience in the first place.
No, it doesn’t feel necessary to harp on any of the performers from the premiere of Rising Star, nor is it worth complaining about the panel of experts who add nothing more than a flimsy amount of credibility to an otherwise gimmick-laden cheesefest, NOR is it worth revealing that I started voting yes on every contestant just to see my Twitter profile picture show up on TV. (Spoiler: It never did.)
Just like the voting, the fate of Rising Star rests solely in the hands of average Americans like you. Sadly, it’s a joyless experiment in reality innovation that, despite best efforts from about 20 percent of the talent involved, never manages to make you want to swipe right.
Did anybody watch this tonight? I found the whole thing to be laughable tbh, especially the 'randomly picked' girl from Instagram.
The 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards online broadcast went off without a hitch, but the red carpet was another story.
The gist is that Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette, the "social media experts" hired to do the red carpet interviews, had seemingly very little training, preparation or even professionalism during the interviews, making a rape joke about "General Hospital" actor Ryan Paevey (above, left) and asking "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Lawrence Saint-Victor (above, right) what it's like to be a black man on a soap opera these days -- not for any kind of social commentary, but simply because that was the only question they had for him.
When it was announced that this year’s Daytime Emmys would be streamed online (and not broadcast), surely no one imagined that the accompanying red carpet pre-show would set the bar so unacceptably low, with an interview team that would lob rape “jokes,” talk about “go[ing] lesbian” for one actress and quite possibly not recognize more than five of the people they spoke to.
Rather than recruit any number of proper reporters who cover the daytime-TV genre, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences issued a casting call for “millennials between the ages of 18-35… who have a strong entertainment news background and/or very strong social media following (300,000 followers minimum),” Soap Opera Network reported.
What NATAS in turn hired was a quartet of “social media experts”: Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette.
Among the red carpet team’s more egregious affronts — and this is barely scratching the surface:
* Furlan said to nominated The Young and the Restless alum Daniel Polo— whom she didn’t know was no longer on the show playing Jamie, but that should be the worst of her shortcomings — “I don’t want to go to jail for this one.” Upon learning the young actor is in fact (barely) of age, she then remarked: “Oh, so he’s legal!”
* Furlan literally came onto, and hard, every male in attendance, to a degree that makes E!’s Giuliana Rancic look positively demure. Even Days of Our Lives‘ Galen Gering couldn’t help but throw shade at the brassy brunette as she squealed, “Oh my gawd!” at his castmate Greg Vaughan (Eric); see photo.
* Harlow asked Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, The Bold and the Beautiful) — “a beautiful chocolate man,” as she introduced him — “What’s it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?” Not coming from any place of social insight, but simply for lack of anything else to ask him.
* Elizabeth asked veteran actor Joseph Mascolo (Stefano, Days), who had been introduced to them as a daytime legend: “What is so legendary about you, sir?”
* When presented with Monty Hall, Furlan and Elizabeth befuddled the iconic game show host by trying to explain to him what “shipping” is — in the context of Furlan ‘shipping Elizabeth and the 92-year-old Hall.
* After she and Elizabeth came onto Ryan Paevey (Nathan, General Hospital) six ways to Sunday, running the full gamut of clumsy doctor and policeman/handcuff innuendos, Furlan said as the actor left, “We’re going to get you away from us before we rape you.”
Imagine for a moment — but don’t, because it is sickening — if a male reporter had directed that comment to an actress.
Again, the above is but a small sampling of what the four “social media experts” (though mostly Furlan and Elizabeth) got away with over the course of the two-hour pre-show. (And all while asking barely a single storyline-related question, because being familiar with soaps of course was not part of the aforementioned job description.)
Many on Twitter have asked for NATAS to apologize for the red carpet car wreck, which many proper daytime-TV journalists repeatedly and vocally derided in social media. The soap opera acting community has enough problems claiming deserved respect for their work; associating them with such an inane production does no one any favors. Were you among those who “tuned in” to this mess?
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Some Beliebers are not happy with Justin Bieber due to his renewed romance with Selena Gomez.
A contingent of fans started an “#ignorejustinproject” trend on Twitter on Sunday night, vowing to boycott the singer online.
One person, apparently feeling neglected, tweeted, “if justin can ignore us bc of Selena we can ignore him.”
Another called the performer “rude” for seemingly being less interactive lately and allegedly ignoring those who helped him rise to fame.
Of course, many more Beliebers also pointed out the ridiculousness of such a project, correctly noting that Bieber often goes above and beyond for his fans — and that they should want him to be happy.
Some pointed out that such anti-Bieber behavior is “immature,” “ignorant,” and “hurtful,” with one fan questioning how other can suddenly ignores “their idol,” “someone they [are] suppsosed[d] to love.”
“Leave this fanbase if you actually want to do this. What the hell is this. This is so mean,” wrote another loyal follower.
The “#ignorejustinproject” is now being countered by the “#supportjustinproject” and “ilovejustinproject.”
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Known as 'The Passion of Kim Kardashian,' the exhibit opened in Bushwicklast week. Artist Hannah Kunkle, who created the artwork, said she's 'strangely fascinated' with Kardashian. But local clergy are not impressed.
A Brooklyn art gallery held an exhibit portraying Kim Kardashian as Jesus - and the Virgin Mary.
The show, "The Passion of Kim Kardashian," opened in Bushwick last week, flummoxing local clergy.They called the portraits of Kanye West's better half decked out in religious iconography distasteful.
Father Michael Perry of Our Lady of Refuge Church in Flatbush called the show "dumb and stupid."
"Everyone knows who Kim Kardashian is and I don't care who she is. She has no impact on my life at all," Perry said.
But the pastor also had some kind words for artist Hannah Kunkle's artwork.
"They are gorgeous photos. They are well thought out," he said.
Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx was less forgiving, and was particularly offended after seeing one of the portraits of the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star wearing a crown of thorns with a cross behind her.
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I discovered Hannah Kunkle's strange series of religious-themed graphic collages of Kim Kardashian on Instagram. They perplexed and excited me, so I asked her to create a slew of exclusive new ones in time for this season's cluttered religious celebrations. This month, Jews stuff their faces at Passover dinners, Christians stuff their faces at Easter brunches, and Bahá'ís do... I don't know, but they have, like, two holidays in April according to the University of Washington. Anyway, I'm not so into religion, but a faith based on the cutie with the booty is something I could definitely get behind. Here is what Hannah had to say about these awesome graphic lamentations on the power of celebrity, the cult of personality, and the fervor of fandom:
“Kim Kardashian is God. She’s crazy bodacious and has the nose job of an angel. I don’t know if she’s omniscient, but no one can deny she’s not omnipresent. Kim floats above us all, even the deniers and the haters. We have accepted her into our lives via television screens, memes, and Instagram feeds. If Jay Z is the father and Yeezus is the son, then she is the ever-present holy ghost of pop culture.”
Hannah Kunkle is a graphic designer, artist, and Pratt grad living in Brooklyn.
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Bindi Irwin has unleashed her inner nanna ahead of her 16th birthday, telling girls her age to stop flashing so much flesh.
The wildlife warrior, who is increasingly ditching the khaki for the fresh fashions she shares with her almost 100,000 Instagram followers, told News Corp Australia she’s started “experimenting” with her style but remains a barefoot girl from the bush at heart.
“I guess for me, because I wear khaki so much — waking up every day at the zoo, you just kind of grab your khaki uniform and you’re pretty much good to go — that when I get out of khaki I like to experiment and see how things go,” she said.
“I suppose the last year or so really I’ve been starting to have some fun and see what I can do with make-up and wardrobe and be a little bit of a girlie girl.
“Finding that great line between comfort and looking semi-good is fantastic.”
The daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has always tackled the big issues — from animal protection to human overpopulation — but now she’s set her sights on a more conservative cause.
“I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age,” she said.
“I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them.
“It kind of has the opposite effect in some ways ... it kind of does the opposite where it makes you look younger and like you’re trying too hard.”
The entertainer, who says she wants to influence others with her fashion choices, has some wise words.
“I almost wish I could tell young girls, ‘look, in 10 years when you look back at yourself, you’ll cringe honey, honestly’,” she said.
“A lot of times I want to grab these girls and say ‘look ... in 10 years you’ll regret this. Just dress like who you are. Don’t try so hard. A pair of jeans and a T-shirt is just as gorgeous and even makes you look classier’.
“I look at adults and they say ‘when I was young I was wearing blue eye shadow’ and I’m cringing. So to be able to have that outlook on life is such a blessing and I’ve gotten that from my mum especially.
“The way I choose to dress, I want to influence other people around me I suppose.”
The mature teenager says she strives to share her outlook on life because, at just 15, she feels wise beyond her years.
“My mum and I, we were playing this game, how old would you be if you didn’t know how old you really are? Like how old is your soul? And I said ‘I’d be 86’,” she said.
“I suppose it’s just who I am. I find that what I’m passionate about and what I talk about ... I actually have a better connection with older people than I do with younger people.
“I like cups of tea and reading books and poetry and old people things.”
And far from the wild ways of other teen stars, Bindi — who turns 16 next month — said she steers clear of cigarettes and alcohol.
“I love a cup of tea and a good book and none of that really interests me,” she said.
“I guess growing up at Australia Zoo and getting to travel all over the world I have this great outlook on life and that’s what I hope I inspire other kids to have.”
Bindi will be celebrating her 16th birthday at Australia Zoo on July 24.