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Rufus Wainwright, who has long been one of the most open and out artists, surely benefiting from the groundwork laid by queer forebears such as Elton John, George Michael and Neil Tennant. His talented family tree, including his late mother Kate McGarrigle and his father Loudon Wainwright III, as well as aunts Anna McGarrigle and Sloan Wainwright, and sisters Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, also contributed considerably.
The handsomely packaged deluxe edition of Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright (Interscope/Geffen/Decca/UMe) consists of 34 tracks covering the period beginning with Wainwright's 1998 eponymous debut through 2012's Out of the Game (although it excludes 2010's All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu). There are also two new songs, including the marvelous "Me and Liza," as well as a healthy portion of live recordings. Of course, Wainwright's legendary recording of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is present, although his own "Gay Messiah" is absent. More of Rufus in a live setting can also be found on the new Live From the Artists Den (UMe/Artists Den) album (and separate DVD). In the spring of 2014, I spoke with Rufus about his new releases and upcoming projects.
GS: (Gregg Shapiro) In the liner notes for the deluxe edition of Vibrate you express your gratitude to those who actually purchase the CD, which you describe as "an act that in this day and age has become wholly altruistic," describing yourself as an "avowed ‘album guy'." With the revival of vinyl, do you think "album guys" and girls will be making a comeback?
RW: (Rufus Wainwright) I've definitely heard the news that vinyl is on the rise again. I don't think it will ever regain the prominence that it once held. But it's promising, I guess. I like vinyl for the sound, but also my face looks bigger [laughs] on the cover. From a visual standpoint, it should come back in any case.
GS: You are literally flooding the market, with the release of the different editions of Vibrate as well as both the Live from the Artists Den CD and Blu-ray. What was the thought behind that?
RW: I don't know how much thought there was behind that. What's going on right now is that I'm at the end of my record contract with Universal. I'm about to embark on a new opera about Hadrian and I'm also in the process of raising money to make my next album which is a classical recording of Prima Donna, my first opera. I felt like in this interlude period it was good to clean house and be retrospective about my career so I could figure out how to move forward. I'm 40 and I have another 40 years to go [laughs].
GS: I hope you have more than that, but that's a good start. So, was it a daunting task to compile songs for Vibrate or was it easier than you expected it to be?
RW: I enlisted the help of my friend Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys. I asked him to do the first round. I really feel like he has the perfect balance between pop culture and highbrow entertainment. He did the first list and then I tinkered with it and we came up with what we have today. I thought it was really important that the release be something that can be given to a complete unknown, a fan who had no sense of what I do at all, and can then become acquainted quickly with my vast repertoire [laughs].
GS: You have been a familiar voice on movie soundtracks since the late 1990s, with your version of "Hallelujah" from Shrek, included on Vibrate, becoming an instant classic. What does the reception that that song received mean to you?
RW: That song has always been a golden thorn in my side. Because on one hand, even (the song's writer) Leonard (Cohen) says it's overplayed and over-covered, although I was one of the early people to present it. I'm proud of that fact. That being said, people love it all over the world. There's always a reaction and there's a kind of lift in the room when I sing it. You can't really shoot that down [laughs] when you're a struggling musician. I think at the end of the day, I'm really thankful for the song. It definitely took a period of frustration to get to the peaceful acceptance that I'm at right now [laughs].
GS: There are two studio versions of "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," from Poses, one of which features a beat box. Why did you choose to include the version you did on Vibrate?
RW: The one on Vibrate and at the beginning of Poses is really the ultimate version, the classic long version. The second one was more something to present to radio, a little more palatable for the everyday listener. I went with the tough material as usual.
GS: There are studio recordings of new compositions "Me and Liza," as well as "Chic and Pointless" (on the deluxe edition), on Vibrate.
RW: "Me and Liza" is a playful ode to an American legend, Miss Liza Minnelli, who I sort of know, in a sense. We know of each other. We have yet to really bond properly. But we have been whizzing around the same universe for a while. The second one, "Chic and Pointless" is about a bad review I got from the The New York Times.
GS: "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" seems to be custom-made for Liza. Wouldn't it be great if she covered it?
RW: That would be great. But I wouldn't hold my breath.
GS: You have a history of live recordings, beginning with the Live at The Fillmore DVD on Want Two, Rufus Does Judy, followed by Milwaukee At Last. Vibrate also contains several live tracks and as the title suggests, Live from the Artists Den is also a live recording.
RW: I'm actually particularly proud of the live recordings on the deluxe edition of Vibrate. Whether it's the Artists Den set or the Kenwood House performance, I feel like they capture the answer to an equation that has been a long time in the making. I've always had an interesting voice, but it has taken years to refine it into the instrument it is today. I feel like those live recordings are very much a testament to that; to a lot of hard work [laughs]. I think live recordings matter the most, in a lot of ways, for a singer. There's something palpable about it that you can't get in the studio. The studio is a whole other thing, too. But live is where it's at.
GS: Before launching into "Out of the Game," you don a mask of Helena Bonham Carter, who appeared in the video for the song. As you say yourself in the liner notes, you "like costumes." Is this something that started in childhood or later and do you think you'll ever lose your love for dressing up?
RW: [Laughs] It's something that started in childhood. As we all know, I was pretty obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, and that included either dressing up like Dorothy when it was a good day or the Wicked Witch when I was in a bad mood. It started with that. It seems to have progressed. I think that vanity has its perks. It's good for show business. You like looking at yourself in the mirror, therefore you can change clothes a lot [laughs]. You might as well let the public in to that wonderful experience.
GS: Will the tour dates that you are doing be structured like a live Vibrate set, a best of/hits kind of show, or will it be a little looser?
RW: It's quite loose. It's just me alone at the piano and with a guitar. I think my sister Lucy Wainwright Roche will be with me. I even sing some new material to whet people's appetites. On the one hand, it's to go over the material and have a fun, intimate evening. But it's also, I have to be honest, to make some good money [laughs]. When I'm alone, I do significantly better. I have to write this next opera, which is basically a financial nightmare.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) called on FIFA, the governing body behind the World Cup, to move the 2022 competition from Qatar to the United States amid growing concerns over Qatar’s labor practices.
In a letter addressed to FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Monday, Casey laid out concerns over corruption and labor abuses, particularly of migrant workers.
“Employers often do not complete legal procedures to secure work permits, leaving workers at risk of arrest and deportation at any time,” Casey said in the letter, citing statistics that said the Qatari workforce was 94 percent migrant labor. “Illegal fees and withheld wages have been widely reported.”
Casey reminded Blatter that the U.S. had 50 cities capable of hosting the World Cup, which was the runner-up in the November 2010 bidding process.
“Qatar’s host bid was classified as ‘high risk’ by FIFA’s own inspectors in the run-up to the selection process. You even recently said that selecting Qatar was ‘a mistake,’” he wrote, a reference to a May interview Blatter gave to Swiss channel RTS.
FIFA declined to comment on the letter Monday.
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The ladies (and men) of Litchfield ditched drab uniforms and cinderblock walls for colorful dresses and a swanky Manhattan hotel this past weekend, when Netflix held a press day for the dramedy’s second season in New York City. Nearly all of the series’ regulars were on hand for paired two-on-one interviews with journalists, including (deep breath) Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Samira Wiley (Poussey), Jason Biggs (Larry) and Laura Prepon (Alex), Kate Mulgrew (Red) and Lorraine Toussaint (Vee), Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky) and Michael Harney (Healy), Dascha Polanco (Daya) and Matt McGorry (Bennett), Laverne Cox (Sophia) and Selenis Leyva (Gloria), Yael Stone (Morello) and Natasha Lyinne (Nicky), and Uzo Aduba (Suzanne). Conspicuously absent: series star Taylor Schilling, who was to be teamed with Aduba; according to Netlix reps, she fell ill a few days before the junket.
Naturally, a day spent among this much talent yielded tons of fascinating tidbits about OITNB, the people who make it, and what’s in store for season 3—which is already being shot in New York. Read on to find out what really goes into prison hooch, which actresses initially fought to play each other’s characters, Red and Vee’s strange pre-lockup connection, and what really went on during Daya and Bennett’s closet encounter. (Hint: The words “mons pubis” will be uttered…as will many, many spoilers.)
“Amanda” and “Mackenzie” almost didn’t show up for season 2
Why were viewers nearly deprived of a return visit from Poussey and Taystee’s delightful white alter-egos? Simple: The show feared driving one of its most popular gags into the ground. “We were kind of like, ‘Is this forcing it?’” Danielle Brooks explained. “Obviously not; people enjoyed it. So the writers knew what they were doing!”
Samira Wiley had no idea that Poussey was in love with Taystee
Not until shooting for season 1 was nearly over, at least. “It’s so funny—so many people picked that up. I saw that everywhere on the internet after season 1, but like, I didn’t see it!” she exclaimed. It all changed around the end of season 1, when a director told Wiley to change the way she looked at Taystee in a crucial scene: “And only then was I like, ‘Oh.’"
Kate Mulgrew wins the Most In Character award
Brooks and Wiley, who are close in real life, didn’t echo Taystee and Poussey’s schism by spending less time together as they shot season 2. As Brooks explained, “With certain characters, you do need to find a deeper space. But when your characters are so connected to who you are, you don’t have to go so much outside of yourself.” But other OITNB cast members do stay in character even when they’re not shooting; Wiley cites Kate Mulgrew as an example. (I’d get a taste of that later in the day during my interview with Mulgrew, when she slipped seamlessly into Red’s voice to answer a question posed to Toussaint.)
Samira Wiley’s parents are on board with her scissoring scene
“I just talked to my parents this morning,” she said. “My parents, they’re the freaking greatest, I swear. They knew that I had trepidation about them watching it, and they were like, ‘You don’t have anything to be ashamed about, Samira. We watched that episode, and it’s so clear to us that this is what you’re supposed to be doing.’ I almost cried this morning.” For the record, Brooks is a fan of the Wileys as well: “I talk to her parents to get advice,” she told EW.
There’s one new skill Wiley didn’t have to learn for her flashback scenes
The actress had to work her tail off to fake fluency in German—but when asked if she needed joint-rolling lessons as well, Wiley gave a wry smile and an answer that made Brooks cackle in glee: “Naaah.” Brooks, in turn, prepared for her character’s role in Vee’s underground cigarette racket by turning back to an old favorite: “I watched Set It Off, and I was kind of obsessed with Queen Latifah’s character. So I kinda just channeled her—but I don’t know how to roll no blunt.”
Brooks thought Taystee’s nickname had a less savory origin
Before learning her character’s true backstory, Brooks “kind of thought she’s going to be a stripper. I thought it was a stripper name… in those beginning episodes in season 1, that’s where my mind was going.”
This is what’s really in prison hooch
According to Wiley: “I’m actually diabetic, so it’s just like, water with food coloring and chunks of, like, fruit cocktail, I think. They put something in it to make it taste sweet, and I was like, ‘You have to take that out! I can’t drink this!’”
Episode 3′s game of Celebrity has a real-life inspiration
The episode’s writers got the idea from a contentious game of Taboo that the cast played during a gathering at co-executive producer Lisa Vinnecour’s house. “It was so funny, because when we got the episode, we were like, ‘Hold up! Was she [the writer] at the house?’” Wiley recalled. She and Brooks played on different teams; they don’t remember who won, though each actress is pretty certain it was her team.
Jason Biggs is a serious wordsmith
He called the ire that his character provokes in Orange watchers “fanimosity”; Prepon noted that he had also coined the phrase “masturbacting” earlier in the day.
He also knows that you don’t like Larry
Said Biggs: “I get it. It’s set up that way to an extent.” He understands that most viewers want Piper to choose Alex over Larry; he gets that his scenes distract from the world of Litchfield and sometimes seem beamed in from an entirely different show. (“The Larry spinoff, which four people would watch.”) Still, Biggs will defend his character’s decisions, including sleeping with Piper’s best friend Polly: “Listen, is that going to make things better? Of course not. But I do believe Larry, all the things he’s doing…it is him acting out, it’s him trying to take care of himself, being selfish. But I think you’re allowed to be kind of selfish, given these extreme circumstances.”
Don’t expect another isolating season opener
Season 2′s first episode followed Piper as she was briefly taken from Litchfield to Chicago to testify against Alex’s old drug-dealing boss. According to Prepon, season 3′s premiere won’t have a similar conceit; “everybody” is in it, the actress says. And that includes Prepon herself, who’s back full time on OITNB next year, after appearing in only a handful of season 2 episodes. “All the girls are so close, I feel like I never left,” she said. “Or like I was there all of season 2. We all wanted me to be there for more of season 2.”
Larry’s future on the show is hazy
“It’s very unclear at this point, even for me” if Larry will be a part of season 3, said Biggs. “I have not shot anything yet, no.” That said, filming on the new season began just a few weeks ago; Larry haters shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet.
Kate Mulgrew didn’t get the junket’s format
After declaring that her interview room was too cold—”It makes me have to pee”—she came to sit on a bench in the hallway. There, she wondered aloud who had been paired with Prepon for interviews then scoffed when she heard the answer. “Who comes up with these pairings?” she asked. “Why is Laura Prepon with Jason Biggs? They have nothing to do with each other!”
Michael Harney is a consummate gentleman
Sam Healy may be a misogynist who fears a future in which women run the world and men have been rendered obsolete—but the man who plays him is kind enough to pull a chair out for a journalist before she sits down for an interview. What a mensch!
He’s also worked in a prison before
Albeit not professionally: “I did volunteer work at a prison, at Ossining State Penitentiary. I used to go up and visit a guy and work on his case with the Fortune Society and United Church of Christ many years ago, when I was in college,” he said. Both Harney and Taryn Manning also said the show has made them think seriously about the importance of prison reform; specifically, he name-checked the real Piper’s work with the Women’s Prison Association, and especially its 2nd Chance Campaign.
It wasn’t hard for Yael Stone to keep her mouth shut about Lorna Morello’s crazy backstory
How’d she keep from spilling the beans for months and months? “Pretty easily,” she said matter-of-factly. “I would have been in a lot of f—ing trouble. But yes, I think it’s a beautiful storyline, and I’d like to protect it as much as I can. I still feel weird now talking about it, because I”m like, ‘Aww, what if people haven’t seen it?’”
Natasha Lyonne and Stone wanted each other’s parts
Stone initially auditioned to play Nicky; Lyonne “wanted to audition for Lorna, but they wouldn’t let me, because they already liked me for Nicky.” Now, though, the two can’t imagine what would have happened if they’d switched roles. “I would be sh– at that [playing Nicky]. My audition was terrible,” Stone said.
Glamour is exhausting
Clearly, the show’s cast relishes the chance to get out of their beige prison garb; interview outfits tended toward bright, colorful dresses paired with sky-high heels. As morning turned into afternoon, though, the show’s female cast members started getting a bit more lax about their ensembles; Laverne Cox paired her short, tight dress with a nondescript hoodie, while Danielle Brooks was spotted in a hotel bathrobe and cozy slippers.
This is what happened when Dascha Polanco and Matt McGorry filmed their last sex scene
In the actors’ own words:
Polanco: “I have no rhythm when I’m giving a fake—”
McGorry: “An air job.”
Polanco: “The point was that I was not on rhythm, so they’re like, can you do it this way, can you do it that way? And I’m just like, I can’t…So they give me a banana. I get the banana, and I’m like, ‘great.’ We stick it in his pants—” [turning to McGorry] “—remember I was like, poking you with the banana?”
McGorry: “Right. It was chaffing my upper pubis.”
Polanco: “Your mons pubis.”
McGorry: “My mons pubis, because of the hard part of the banana. You know how bananas work, the anatomy of a banana.”
Polanco: “So then they’re like, ‘It’s not smooth enough.’ There’s like, skids, you know?”
Polanco: “So they had to give me lotion, and I put lotion on the banana, and was able to, like…”
McGorry: “It worked out great.”
Polanco: “It did.” [jokingly now:] “Once the banana was peeled, everything was exposed…”
McGorry: “Exactly. That’s a deleted scene. We put some ice cream on it—”
Polanco: “And hot caramel. And we ate it.”
Bennett’s not going anywhere season 3
Yes, McGorry has a role in ABC’s upcoming Shonda Rhimes drama How to Get Away With Murder—but that doesn’t mean he’s off OITNB, at least for now. “I’m in season 3 as well,” he confirmed.
Like Red and Vee, Kate Mulgrew and Lorraine Toussaint have history
And this exchange, too, is too good not to reproduce in full:
Toussaint: “I knew Kate from the ’90s. We did theater—we didn’t actually do anything together—”
Mulgrew: “We were in rep together, weren’t we?”
Toussaint: “We were in rep together, at the [Mark] Taper [Forum]. And one of her husbands—” [She and Mulgrew both start laughing]
Mulgrew: “Print that.”
Toussaint: “One of the previous [husbands], he was the director, and the assistant artistic [director] at the time.”
Mulgrew: “That’s right, he was the associate artistic. He directed these plays. Big fan of yours, he was.”
Toussaint: “Yes, he was.”
Mulgrew: “Did you like him?”
Toussaint: “I did, very much. But I didn’t know him the way you did.”
Mulgrew: “Handsome, right?”
Toussaint: “He was a cutie-pie.”
The slocking scene was season 2′s most dangerous shoot
While filming Vee’s sock-lock attack on Red, Mulgrew was harnessed to a 50-pound camera. “I had to fall, and she had to come right within like, an inch of my face,” she explained. “And Lorraine is a stickler for the physical, because she’s right—you can easily be hurt if you don’t know what you’re doing, and this was perilously close.” It was also emotionally grueling—though not for Toussaint. “That scene, that slocking, was the only scene I think I did where I completely disassociated. Completely,” recalled the actress. “I might as well have been writing a check.”
Vee’s dead. Definitely. Maybe
When asked to clarify once and for all, Toussaint just laughed. “They want me to say yes, so I’m going to say yes,” she continued. “But…” And with that, she wagged her eyebrows suggestively. Maybe there’s a ghost in Litchfield in season 3?
Uzo Aduba isn’t sure whether “Crazy Eyes” was born or made
Her character’s flashback episode clarified that Suzanne’s brand of mental instability isn’t just “the action of acting out—it’s the volatility, and more importantly, it’s the calm that she can return to after she’s done something like beat up Poussey in the shower.” And while she still doesn’t have a medical diagnosis for Suzanne, Aduba says season 2′s second episode didn’t make Suzanne seem like a child with mental illness; “I almost feel like, are we talking about a time where we were in the pre-ADHD phase, you know? And is this someone who was not given the attention that they needed?”
Here’s why Sophia is immune to Litchfield’s tribalism
During their joint interview, Laverne Cox and Selenis Leyva mused that their characters are both allergic to drama; “they just want to do their business,” Leyva said. That’s especially true of Sophia, whose stature—figurative and literal—keeps her above the fray that absorbs the black inmates when Vee comes to Litchfield. “Everybody has to get their hair done. She doesn’t have to play the politics everybody else has to play,” Cox said. “Because of her firefighter background, because she’s taller than most of the women there, I don’t think they’re going to bother her. Nobody’s going to take Sophia. She doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone, really.” That’s all well and good for the character, though Cox sometimes wishes Sophia weren’t quite so stoic: “In real life, Laverne actually likes to stay out of drama too—but as an actor, I love to be in the thick of the drama.”
Laverne Cox gets the irony in Sophia’s anatomy lesson
“What I thought was hilarious was, Laverne refuses to talk about anything surgical or below the waist—publicly, anyway; privately I’m very open,” the actress and activist explained. “But I thought it was very interesting and ironic that Sophia is like, ‘this is what it is.’ But there’s a lot of transwomen I know who are like that, who are very sort of proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish in their transitions. They’re very proud of their new bodies. And Sophia is that person. So it felt very true to who she is.”
Finally: Mary Steenburgen will play Pornstache’s mother in season 3. Or not.
While waiting in the hallway before his next interview, a reporter mentioned news of the Oscar winner’s casting on OITNB — as well as a report about her character’s identity. Unfortunately, the streaming site would neither confirm nor deny details about the role: “That’s what TVLine is inferring,” a Netflix rep shot back.
Plastic surgery does not guarantee perfect results and on Botched, viewers will see the various victims of bad cosmetic procedures going to Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif in order to get them corrected.
Last week we conducted an online poll that allowed you to select from a list of celebrities and their body parts in order to create the "perfect female celeb" and now here are your picks! Take a look at the amazing results!
After going through all of the results from your voting, here's the "perfect" female celebrity: she has Carrie Underwood's hair, Mila Kunis's eyes, Jessica Alba's smile, Sofía Vergara's boobs, Rihanna's abs, Gabrielle Union's arms, and Blake Lively's legs!
When the quest for perfection goes wrong, Drs. Terry Dubrow & Paul Nassif step in to save the day on "Botched" premiering this Tues. at 9|8c on E!
Jenny from the block is, in fact, Jenny the bitch! It turns out that Jennifer Lopez is fully responsible for a scandal that recently surfaced suggesting her now ex-beau, Casper Smart, was cheating on her with transgendered prostitutes.
Sources close to Jennifer have told me that she not only paid the women to flirt with Smart on social media, but she even leaked the story to various media outlets herself!
“Jennifer had been plotting to dump Casper for quite a few months,” one source revealed. Adding, “He’s still so enamoured with her, even promoting her latest album on Twitter. Meanwhile, Jen’s laughing at him behind her back. He’s very naive.”
In other words, it was one big giant set-up and was leaked by J.Lo and her camp to trash Casper’s credibility.
Looks like it worked.
fixed everything, mods
A high volume of no-shows among top winners and bumpy moments underscored the unusual nature of this year’s ceremony, which was unable to land a TV deal. At times, presenters struggled with their stage instructions and the camera work was jumpy. Without the timetable and content constraints of airing live on advertiser-supported TV, winners and presenters let the salty language fly, and some winners took their sweet time with acceptance remarks on the Beverly Hilton stage.
Host Kathy Griffin and others made light of the situation. Griffin ended the nearly two-hour ceremony by walking on stage yelling “say goodnight!” while Young and the Restless exec producer Jill Farren Phelps ran through a long list of thank-yous.
Undoubtedly the lack of TV coverage put a dent in the turnout among nominees. And the perceived lack of a timetable imposed by a broadcast led to some drawn-out speeches and blue moments.
“I feel like I’ve been here for five fucking hours and I only just got here,”presenter Sharon Osbourne said after one winner — Linda Bell Blue of Entertainment Tonight — hogged the microphone for several minutes while accepting her award. “It’s not being televised — just fucking get pissed and have a good time.”
Osbourne proceeded with more R-rated remarks that would have prompted a string of bleeps on ad-supported TV.
Once a major television event that drew as many as 20 million people to witness the ritual sacrifice of Susan Lucci, the Daytime Emmy Awards have fallen on hard times.
Lawrence St. Victor
Robert Scott Wilson
Melody Thomas Scott
Chrishell Strause & Justin Hartley
Katherine Kelly Lang
41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners List
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
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U.S. soccer fans went wild on Monday as team captain Clint Dempsey scored a goal during the first minute of the club’s opening World Cup game against Ghana.
The goal is among the quickest in World Cup history and the fastest scored by an American during the World Cup games, adding to numerous records held by the acclaimed player, who is also the first American to score in three different World Cups.
Perhaps less well-known is the role that Dempsey’s Christian faith plays in his life.
“My faith in Christ is what gives me confidence for the future. I know that through both good times and bad, He is faithful and will watch over me,” he told Sports Spectrum in an article published May 16.
Dempsey started playing soccer at the age of 10 and quickly joined the Dallas Longhorns, a club team located three hours away from his home.
His parents worked hard to afford the expenses of club soccer, but he later gave up his sport so that his parents could support his sister Jennifer in her promising endeavors as a tennis player.
However, everything changed when Jennifer died at age 16 from a brain aneurism. Before she died, she told Dempsey, “(I)f I ever die I will help you get the ball in the net.”
Now, Dempsey plays in honor of his sister. “That’s why I look up to the sky now when I score – to remember her,” he told the Guardian in a 2010.
“I pray for strength to walk the road before me,” Dempsey told Sports Spectrum. “I play to the best of my abilities and am thankful for the many opportunities and amazing successes He has given me. Through it all, I want to do right, not make mistakes, and live a life that is pleasing to Him.”
for ppl that are watching the game... where are you watching the usa vs. germany game!?
Ewwwww @ her favorite movie, love her Japanese tho
Xabi Alonso has denied that he is set to retire from international football and says he is still deciding on his future with Spain.
The Real Madrid midfielder grabbed the headlines after Spain's 2-0 defeat to Chile by declaring that the world champions lacked 'hunger' and 'ambition'.
Reports later emerged that the 32-year-old was to call time on an illustrious 11-year international career with Spain, in which he has won two European Championships and one World Cup, but Alonso insisted he had not made any decision.
He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: 'I'm still not at that moment, I want all this to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time. Right now is not the time.'
The former Liverpool midfielder refused to be drawn on suggestions that his team-mates were irked by his comments that the team lacked hunger, and insisted the atmosphere among the squad in Brazil was similar to during the glorious Euro 2012 campaign.
'I'm not going to say what's happening in the dressing room, for me that should stay there,' he said.
'The atmosphere and feeling in the dressing room is the same as it was two years ago. It's all very natural, there isn't the tension that you (the media) imagine there is.'
And Alonso appeared to backtrack on his earlier scathing comments about the team's attitude during the World Cup.
'We know that we lacked intensity, but our enthusiasm has been the same as always. The hardest thing was (to repeat) what we have already done, which is to win three competitions in four years.'
After the Chile defeat Alonso had said that Spain were not mentally ready for the tournament and hinted that the old 'era' - which was thought to include himself - was 'over'.
'Things are going to change. Eras end with defeats... and this was a painful defeat,' he said.
'Mentally we weren't ready. Physically we were maybe the same but putting that all together we weren't in the best shape.
'Then we have played against teams that were well-prepared and at their peak. We didn't know how to control situations well.
'We've not been able to keep the same levels of ambition and hunger, perhaps the real conviction to go for the championship.'
Jhené Aiko is on a roll. After shutting down Coachella with her sultry performance back in April, the burgeoning songstress is back with a taste of things to come with her first single, “To Love and Die,” from her upcoming full-length debut, Souled Out.
Hours after the L.A. songbird released a snippet of the song, which features Cocaine 80s, the full track has surfaced online. DJ Pup Dawg leaked the rest of the song, which features James Fauntleroy’s vocals, Monday evening with the opening tagline, “How does he get ‘em?”
Aiko’s command of her emotions and her rhythmic swag is apparent on the No I.D.-produced track, as she raps the lyrics, “which side, this side, you should switch sides, I’m not acting like a bitch side/ By the way, you need to switch sides right away.”
Hopefully, fans will get the chance to hear the new song live when she performs at the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
I LOVE her music.
My favorite is "The Worst"
Kaley Cuoco loves her pit bull dogs, so she wasn’t too happy to read an article in Time magazine that called the breed inherently “violent.”
“Many of u asked if I read the #time article about "killer pit bulls". I just did. have to take a twitter break. Can't stomach this anymore,” Kaley tweeted on June 21.
The online Time article spawned from an incident in Jackson, Miss. involving a three-year-old girl attacked by a pit bull. The scars left from the attacks and the eye patch the little girl Victoria had to wear over her left eye caused a KFC restaurant employee to ask her grandmother to leave the establishment.
Kaley owns three rescue pit bulls and defended their bad rap on Ellen last year.
“I love them. I think they’re the greatest dogs in the world,” she told Ellen Degeneres. “They’re the friendliest, sweetest. I think it’s all in how you raise them.”
According to the Time article, pit bull attacks account for 68 percent of all dog attacks and 52 percent of all dog-related deaths.
The Big Bang Theory actress supports several pit bull advocacy groups and had her husband Ryan Sweeting’s groom cake designed as a giant tennis ball (he’s a professional tennis player) with the three dogs on it.
Kim Kardashian got something special in her mail box over the weekend ... clumps of paint from her $300,000 Rolls Royce.
Seems Kim's assistant isn't proficient at navigating the ostentatious whip ... she tried backing out of the driveway and tore into the mailbox. What's amazing ... she didn't stop when she heard metal-on-metal.
Kim is all too forgiving ... her assistant's job is secure and the repair costs -- which could approach $20K -- will not be deducted from her salary.
During a date night with hubby Kanye West Sunday, Kim Kardashian stepped out in a super-sexy outfit that showed off lots of cleavage and hot side boob!
The 33-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star showed off her curves in the very low-cut black dress while hitting up Craig's restaurant with her man yesterday. Kim paired her boob-baring ensemble with strappy tan heels and a gold clutch. Kim kept her hair and makeup simple and let her steamy, plunging dress do all the talking.
As for their date night, Kim and Kanye arrived to Craig's around 8 p.m., just the two of them. The lovebirds only spent about half an hour eating before they were escorted through the back by restaurant staff, a source tells E! News. The manager held the door for Kim and led her to their car in the private alley. Kim looked happy and glowing and Kanye seemed more calm than usual.
In addition to her latest sexy look, Kim also stepped out in Beverly Hills on Monday flashing her bra in a chic backless white top paired with a skin-tight white skirt that hugged her signature bum. She accessorized with the same strappy heels.
Ella Henderson showed off her incredible vocal range as she took to the stage at the Capital Summertime Ball with Vodafone.
The former X Factor star captivated fans with in impressive rendition of recent Vodafone Big Top 40 chart-topper 'Ghost'.
It's not the first time Ella's bagged herself a spot at the Ball following her surprise appearance on stage with Labrinth last year, however this year it was all about her as she basked in the glory as a Capital Summertime Breaker!
video @ source
this superior vocalist tho <3
For a while, it seemed the size zero phenomenon was over. ‘Strong is the new skinny’ said magazine headlines – a celebration, if you like, of a more balanced and healthy attitude to body shapes.
Social media is littered with phrases such as ‘strongandlean’ ‘fit fam’ and ‘fitnotthin’. A little smug, yes, but at least encouraging a healthier philosophy towards body shape.
But, according to Grazia, this attitude is being challenged by a new - and dangerous - obsession with extreme slimness. The magazine reports that, according to LA sources: ‘Right now it’s in to be thin in Hollywood.
'It’s not about size zero anymore. These days, double-zero sizes don’t cut it either. Size triple zero is the number-one goal here.'
So why the return? ‘Although there are thankfully curvier role models out there, from Kim Kardashian to Beyoncé, it’s a cut-throat industry and it’s no secret that stars can make headlines out of being scarily skinny,’ said the same unnamed source.
The latest badge of honour for the A-list sees them starving themselves to fit into a size that is FIVE sizes smaller than a UK 10, with a miniscule 23-inch-waist.
Models, It girls and actresses are all jumping on board this new bandwagon, with Nicole Ritchie, who first sparked concern over size zero in 2006, looking thinner than ever.
Alexa Chung and Mary Charteris and actresses Kate Bosworth and Modern Family's Julie Bowen are also among those sporting pencil-thin legs and sharp collarbones.
The 23-inch waist that size triple zero demands is a healthy waist measurement for a six-to-eight year old girl, and though most UK brands don’t carry adult clothes in such a tiny size, it is available from many American brands sold on our high streets.
'While stars might be following this potentially dangerous trend hoping to grab attention in the press, young women are in turn copying them, spurred on by the ultra-thin photos these celebrities share on social media.
A-list trainer James Duigan says: 'The selfie craze in particular has intensified this, and celebrities know that if they post a picture of themselves looking skinny, with ribs on show, they’ll get attention.
'but it isn’t always real – sometimes they’re breathing in and sometimes the angle makes them look thinner than they really are.
Their weight struggles become their story. When you lose weight too quickly or too severely, it just doesn’t work. The public may look at these and see thinness, but they don’t see the injury, pain and hunger.’
Grazia Editor-in-Chief Jane Bruton says: 'For a while it seemed the size zero phenomenon was over after the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna and Daisy Lowe became body role models.
'But while these women are still celebrated, there appears to be a disturbing return in Hollywood to the worryingly thin frames we saw eight years ago when Grazia first reported on Size 00. In fact, it's gone even further with the introduction of American Size 000.'
Three weeks after NBC released fall premiere dates, CBS has followed suit with a staggered 2014 roll-out plan that begins in early September with Thursday night football and ends in late October.
CBS' fall season begins Thursday, Sept. 11, when the network will begin its NFL Thursday Night Football broadcasts with the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens game, pushing its usual Thursday scripted lineup — The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, Two and a Half Men, freshman comedy The McCarthys and Elementary — to an Oct. 30 debut.
CBS is propping up The Big Bang Theory with a monthlong Monday run with back-to-back episodes on Sept. 22 in hopes of revamping Mondays following the departure of steady 8 p.m. performer How I Met Your Mother. Big Bang Theory will serve as a rich lead-in for the new Katharine McPhee series Scorpion, CBS hopes, and the season finale of summer entry Under the Dome at 10 p.m. Mom returns at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, while NCIS: Los Angeles takes over at 10 p.m.
On Sunday, Sept. 21, 60 Minutes, freshman drama Madam Secretary and The Good Wife will kick off their seasons, with CSI launching one week later at 10 p.m. Sept. 28.
PHOTOS Saying Goodbye: TV Shows Signing Off in 2014-15
NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans and Person of Interest kick off Tuesday, Sept. 23, followed one day later on Wednesday, Sept. 24 by Survivor and the two-hour Extant finale. Criminal Minds and Kevin Williamson's freshman offering Stalker begin their runs one week later on Oct. 1.
Then on Friday, Sept. 26, The Amazing Race debuts in its new day and time, along with Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. 48 Hours starts new episodes Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 p.m.
“The addition of Thursday Night Football provides the flexibility to strategically roll out our fall season in multiple waves, maximizing promotional platforms and scheduling opportunities to give our new and returning series the best possible launch,” said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment.
The fall schedule below.
Thursday, Sept. 11
7:30-8:25 PM/ET THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRE-GAME SHOW
8:25 PM/ET NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Pittsburgh @ Baltimore)
Sunday, Sept. 21
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES (47th Season Premiere)
8:00-9:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY (Series Debut)
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE (6th Season Premiere)
Monday, Sept. 22
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (8th Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM UNDER THE DOME (Season Finale)
Tuesday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (12th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST (4th Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR (29th Edition Premiere)
9:00-11:00 PM EXTANT (Two-Hour Season Finale)
Friday, Sept. 26
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (25th Edition Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 (5th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS (5th Season Premiere)
Saturday, Sept. 27
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS (27th Season Premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 28
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (15th Season Premiere)
Monday, Sept. 29
8:30-9:00 PM MOM (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (6th Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Oct. 1
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (10th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM STALKER (Series Debut)
Monday, Oct. 27
8:00-8:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (4th Season Premiere)
Thursday, Oct. 30
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (Regular Time Period Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM THE MILLERS (2nd Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (12th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE McCARTHYS (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY (3rd Season Premiere)
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Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are in negotiations to join George Clooney and Josh Brolin in Hail, Caesar!, the Hollywood-set period comedy being made by Joel and Ethan Coen.
The Coens are producing under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films' Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan. Universal is distributing the movie.
Caesar tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s.
As befitting a Coen brothers movie, many colorful characters populate the script, with the roles hearkening back to Hollywood’s golden age.
Tatum’s role is described as a Gene Kelly-type star while Fiennes would play Laurence Lorenz, a studio director, and Swinton will portray a powerful Hollywood gossip columnist.
Tatum most recently starred in the hit comedy sequel 22 Jump Street. His upcoming films include the Wachowski’s sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending and wrestling drama Foxcatcher. He’s repped by UTA and Management 360.
Swinton’s recent credits include Snowpiercer and The Grand Budapest Hotel. She’s repped by UTA, Hamilton Hodell in the U.K. and Peikoff Mahan.
Fiennes also starred in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel along with Swinton. His other recent credits include The Invisible Woman, which he also directed, and Skyfall. He's repped by CAA and Dalzell & Beresford.
idrc about channing but get them roles. excited for queen tilda and ralph ofc
Earlier today, the first episode of CW's The Flash leaked online and remained there for an hour, months ahead of the pilot's planned Fall 2014 release. While several fans are already covering the overall episode, let's focus on the bombshell within the very last scene.
At the very end of the episode, Harrison Wells -- previously mentioned in Arrow, a now-wheelchair bound physicist who helps Barry access his powers and is at the helm of The Flash project -- slinks into a hidden room within STAR labs, where a small podium-style projector sits in front of him. He then rises out of his wheelchair, steps forward, and turns on the projector to display the front page of a newspaper from 2024. The headline details: The Flash going missing during a crisis. Oh, also, creepy physicist, are you suddenly a bad guy?
For fans of the DCU, this points directly at the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, more famously known by the name of it's 2005-2006 incarnate, Infinite Crisis. With that in mind, could this mean something huge for the DC Cinematic Universe -- or will the Crisis storyline be regulated to TV?
What this could spell out is a wild ride for the cinematic universe, with The Flash already lined up for a team-up movie alongside Green Lantern, and the Justice League already on schedule for 2016. But with such an expansive storyline, this writer doesn't think DC will go the Crisis route right off the bat.
Still, it's incredible to imagine that plans are already this big for the DCCU. If they're preparing for Crisis, they're pulling out the big guns against Marvel, which -- almost ironically -- is currently unable to pull all of it's entities together between production studios for a movie adaptation of one of their most incredible multi-universe crossovers, Civil War.
Will We See Gorilla Grodd On THE FLASH?
The pilot for the CW's The Flash leaked today, but was quickly taken down. However, many were given the chance to view the episode, and noticed some great easter eggs hidden within that point toward future character appearances.
One such easter egg points to Gorilla Grodd, one of the Flash's primary foes. In the comics, Grodd is a hyper-intelligent telepathic gorilla with the power to control the minds of others. Check out the easter egg here:
Did any of you get a chance to see the pilot? Thoughts?
Fox's "Gotham" already has a huge cast of characters, focusing on the villains who will one day antagonize Batman, but according to the director of the show's pilot, there's at least one more bad guy in store.
Director Danny Cannon spoke with HitFix about "Gotham"'s sprawling ensemble, noting that while a young Bruce Wayne will feature prominently in the series, the show isn't really about Batman, but the corruption plaguing his hometown. Iconic Batman characters like the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy are already set to get their spotlight on the small screen, but according to Cannon, there's one villain in particular he'd like to explore further.
"I have a big pitch with [series creator] Bruno [Heller] about the Mr. Freeze character, whose origins are uncertain," Cannon told HitFix. "If I can win [DC comics exec] Geoff Johns over and if I can win Bruno over, then I look forward to the moment where that character can be realized."
That's good news for fans of the Mr. Freeze depicted in the comics, who almost literally became a cartoon on the big screen in 1997's "Batman and Robin" thanks to horrible, campy one-liners delivered by Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Gotham" seems like a much more serious affair, so we're eager to see what Cannon and co. have up their sleeves for the character this time around.
"Gotham" is set to debut sometime this fall on Fox.
Actress Kimberly McCullough will be returning to General Hospital later this summer. McCullough hinted at her own return via Twitter Monday, posting a picture of script pages with the caption, "A day in the life of a soap actor. Say 'soap-y' I dare you."
GH boss Frank Valentini confirmed that Robin will return to Port Charles, but declined to say whether she'll be reconciling with her husband Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson).
Soaps in Depth followed up McCullough’s annoucnement with a tweet of their own, confirming Robin will be returning: Yes, Robin is coming back. Do I think she's coming back to stay? No way. It'll be short-term. End marriage? Bring back Jason? Possibly.
Soaps in Depth's tweet also managed to fuel the rumor mill, as speculation over the return of character Jason Morgan escalates. It’s been rumored for weeks now, that the Young and the Restless’ Billy Miller has signed with the daytime drama as a possible Jason recast.
Soap Opera Digest shared the Kimberly McCullough return news on their Facebook page, and fans were definitely opinionated on this one.