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    Took a sneaky pic of one of the Polaroids yesterday on set. Shhh! @harpersmithphoto was so fun to spend the day with @marcusrfrancis & @adambreuchaud rocked out h&m

    Yesterday Hilary was on set of her album photo shoot with Harper Smith Photography!



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    WWE Diva Emma has got to be kicking herself ... she just lost her prized job over a stupid iPad case she wanted so badly ... she stole it.

    Emma was busted Monday by Hartford, CT cops after Walmart security claimed she had just left the store without paying $21.14 for the case.

    The WWE acted fast, but didn't prejudge her. Emma already copped a plea and was sentenced to 1 day of community service.

    Sometimes when you save money, you don't always live better.


    So what have you shoplifted ontd?

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    More Guru Tweets were published today, answering Sims fans questions about the abomination that is Sims 4

    Here's a summary of the answers from today:


    -With the auto-aging feature (that players can turn off and on as pleased), NPC Sims can age and die on their own. When the family dies, newly generated Sims will move in and take over there household.

    -You can jump to separate households and manage the Sims there.

    -The story progression will not be similar to that in the Sims 3. NPC will not continue on generations by themselves. If you want a family that isn't your own to have multiple generations, you must switch to that family and try for a baby or play as them. (Meaning, new Sims will only "move in and die" when they come into town)

    -There is a chance NPC Sims families will not have children or babies.

    -There are NO work, school, or grocery store lots. Adults and children leaving for these lots will do the same thing as they did in Sims 2, which is leave the current lot and return when they're done.

    Also, there is a new post explaining and clarifying the world/lots/loading screens of the new game.

    Worlds in the Sims 4

    Willow Creek, the first confirmed world for The Sims 4, is a New Orleans inspired world divided into six individual neighborhoods. Only one neighborhood and lot in the world can be active at one time.

    World– The world is split into 6 playable neighborhoods, but is not an “open world” like The Sims 3. Only one individual neighborhood can be active and played at one time.

    Neighborhoods– There are 6 confirmed neighborhoods in Willow Creek. Five neighborhoods have up to five lots within them (both residential and community), and the sixth neighborhood is a large park called Magnolia Blossom.

    Lots– There can only be up to 5 lots in each neighborhood, and only one active lot loaded at a time.

    Public Spaces– Public spaces are the open areas of a neighborhood that are not part of a lot. In The Sims 4, public spaces in each active neighborhood will be fully loaded at all times, and Sims will be able to roam these areas of the world freely.


    Loading Screens

    Loading screens in The Sims 4 have a stylized Plumbob in the center, with text strings passing through at the bottom. According to the gurus, loading screens will take less than 30 seconds of your time, and only appear when traveling between worlds, neighborhoods, and lots. (surejan.gif)

    Here are the answers to where the loading screens will appear:

    • World to World: Yes

    • Neighborhood to Neighborhood: Yes

    • Lot to Lot: Yes

    • Switching between Sims on two different lots: Yes

    • Public Space to non-active lot: Yes

    • Public Space to active lot (and vice versa): No

    An unofficial image of a possible loading screen:


    Traveling With Sims & Aging

    Active Sims can travel to any neighborhood/lot in the world, and you as the player can follow right along with them. If you have more than one Sim in your household, you can send them all to other parts of the world without you. When switching between two Sims on different lots, you will incur a loading screen.

    Sims outside the active neighborhood can still be controlled to a minimum using a new system called “away actions”. To quote SimGuruGraham, you can “choose other specific Sims for them to socialize with, you can build specific skills, can sleep, can have them maintain their needs…things like careers have their own set of away actions that are more relevant to their work.”

    From Sims Guru Graham: You can send Sims off to different neighborhoods, different lots, they’ll continue simulating in the background, so wherever they are, if they’re not active on your lot at that time, time is still passing. If you go somewhere and then come back after a few hours, that time will have passed, so they’re still thinking, they’re doing their life simulation and actually, there’s some small little ‘away actions’ is what we’re calling them, that you can start to have actions for your Sim while they’re away, so you can give them little tasks to do while they’re gone doing their own thing.

    Aging: We have two different options in game, if you want to enable automatic aging for your own Sims, for played households, or if you want to enable it for all the NPCs in the world. So you can have your own Sims automatically aging and let everyone else just not age, that’s totally an option.

    The entire world can age, that’s an option and that’ll all happen no matter if you’re loaded there or not, they’re going to continue to age. The difference there between played households and NPC households? Played households are families that you have played so I can jump between my household and another household and they can both be aging if I want them to, or I can turn that back off, that’s kind of where the distinction is.

    It just sounds like their putting an alpha Sims 2 in a new candy wrapper and calling it Sims 4. I'll probably just torrent it to play with CAS (which is the only thing I've liked that they've shown us so far). What say you ONTD? Will any of this info deter you from purchasing??? (Or, heaven forbid, encourage you to buy?!)


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    Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed that he is no longer a vegetarian following his separation from Gwyneth Paltrow, saying that he will eat the meat of any animal he could kill himself.

    Martin revealed his dietary change in an interview with BBC Radio 2 host Steve Wright, saying: "I'd only eat something that I think I could kill," he said. "I'd kill a fish. Not a giraffe."

    The newly single Martin also spoke about how music saved him following his "conscious uncoupling" from Paltrow earlier this year (2014).

    "You can choose your paths in life, I find, when you get to a point where you're like, 'I could either jump off a bridge or I could try and turn this around'," he said. "I'm sure lots of people have that in much harder instances. You just find the right tools."

    "I feel so grateful," he added. "Especially over the last couple of years, music has been alchemising. Going through something difficult in your life, music for me is always a friend and something that helps you to figure things out. That's always what I'm doing in the middle of the night. I'm very grateful to be here. Every day is a blessing. That's how I feel."


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    Author, artist, and director Clive Barker seems to have few qualms about inflicting injury on characters, as those familiar with his Books of Blood short stories or the 1987 film Hellraiser know. But Barker himself had a painful experience with his 1990 fantasy-horror film Nightbreed. The tale of a suspected serial killer (Craig Sheffer) who joins a group of freakish-looking outcasts the film was, to Barker’s enduring dissatisfaction, re-cut before its release, and some of the movie’s original elements were subsequently lost forever…

    … or were they? This week, the horror-oriented imprint Scream Factory confirmed the release details of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut, which the company will put out on DVD and Blu-Ray, October 28. This new version of the film will be available in two formats, a special-edition DVD and Blu-ray collection with as-yet-unannounced bonus features and a limited-edition, three-disc Blu-ray release which will also include a booklet with essay and rare photos, a slipcase with Barker-approved artwork, and an exclusive-to-the-set disc of extras.
    “This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization,” Barker said in a statement. He continued:

    When Scream Factory told me that they found the Nightbreed film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, “Maybe one day they’ll find it.” It’s my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn’t allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I’d wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we’d be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There’s never been a reconstruction that’s had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It’s unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary.

    Watch a vintage trailer for Nightbreed below.


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    Marvel is the money-making machine that helped land the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Joss Whedon on the FORBES Celebrity 100 list this year. One superhero who just missed making the cut was Chris Hemsworth, otherwise known as Thor. In the past 12 months, we estimate that Hemsworth earned $37 million. That’s a ton of money, but it wasn’t quite enough for Hemsworth to make the list. We only include 10 actors and Hemsworth was outranked by stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck.

    But Hemsworth has a good chance of making the cut next year. The Aussie star earns most of his money playing Thor. The most recent Thor movie, The Dark World, earned $645 million at the global box office. And in this year’s timeframe Hemsworth got a healthy upfront payment to play Thor in the upcoming Avengers sequel Age of Ultron.

    Hemsworth could transcend his superhero niche though with some upcoming films. In January, he’ll star in director Michael Mann’s latest, Cyber. The film tells the story of a group of American and Chinese specialists working together to crack a case of high-level computer hacking. Then in March he’ll have the period adventure flick In the Heart of the Sea, which tells the true story of a 19th century whaling ship that was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale, stranding its crew in lifeboats for 90 days. Heart of the Sea is from director Ron Howard, who also worked with Hemsworth on Rush. Their last collaboration stalled at the box office, bringing in only $90 million at the global box office. But working with top-notch directors like Howard and Mann is a great way for Hemsworth to show Hollywood that he’s more than just a pretty face, and it could even earn him an Oscar nomination in the process.

    To compile the Celebrity 100 list, we talked to dozens of producers, lawyers, agents and other in-the-know folks to come up with earnings estimates between June 2013 and June 2014. We do not deduct for things like taxes, agent fees or the other costs associated with being a celebrity. We then combine earnings numbers with press and social networking power and an internally generated impact rating to come up with our final list.

    The hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also just missed making the list. We estimate the group earned $32 million in the past 12 months. Musicians earn most of their money from touring. With hit songs like “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love” and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, their next tour should sell out bigger arenas and bring in more money for the increasingly popular group.

    With the recent late-night shuffle, Stephen Colbert is well-positioned to make our list next year. The comedian takes over David Letterman’s spot in 2015. If the show is a hit, he should be on the road to sizable pay bumps to go along with his big fame numbers. We estimate Colbert earned $10 million in the last 12 months.

    Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel could also be on his way to a spot on a future Celebrity 100 list. While the other hosts played a game of musical chairs this year, he stayed put and continued to slowly grow his audience. As Kimmel becomes one of the longest-serving hosts on late-night TV, expect his earnings to increase from their current estimated level of $10 million.

    Another celebrity to watch is Zack Snyder. With the upcoming Batman v. Superman, the director is poised to become the Joss Whedon of D.C. Comics movies. If the film is a hit, he’ll be in good position to demand much higher paychecks for future D.C. adaptations.

    Below are the rest of the Celebrity 100: Up and Comers

    Gillian Flynn
    $9 million
    The former Entertainment Weekly writer is the hit of Hollywood. David Fincher is adapting her best-selling book, "Gone Girl" and a version of her book "Dark Places" is in the works. Expect to see more big things from Flynn in the coming years.

    Mindy Kaling
    $6 million
    For the second year in a row Kaling just misses making the Celebrity 100 but we're keeping her on our up-and-comer list. Her Fox show is holding on and as Kaling's profile grows, maybe her audience will too.

    $34 million
    Neymar’s earnings are set to soar even further as the face of the World Cup in his native Brazil and his move to soccer powerhouse Barcelona last year.

    Jim Parsons
    $12 million
    The Big Bang Theory is one of the most successful shows on television and the cast is due for a pay raise. Parsons also manages to find time to appear in movies like the recent HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart.

    Cara Delevingne


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    Miles Kane and Alex Turner are writing an 'X-Men style film' together.

    Speaking about potential future Last Shadow Puppets material Kane told Digital Spy that the pair "always talk" about the group but are prioritising a film.

    "It's something we always talk about y'know? But I think we're gonna write this film first anyway before we hit back into that," Kane revealed."It's gonna have a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the '60s, but I can't give anymore away than that."

    The 'Rearrange' singer added that neither of the pair would have major acting roles in the film, although they could feature in production in some form.

    "We're not planning to be [in the film] but we may have a little cameo."

    Kane and Turner released The Age of the Understatement under the alias of The Last Shadow Puppets back in 2008, as a side project to Turner's Arctic Monkey's and Kane's now-separated band The Rascals. Turner has often been joined on stage by Kane during live shows.

    The Arctic Monkeys' frontman wrote and performed the soundtrack to 2008 Richard Ayoade-directed film Submarine.



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    Reeling in foul “Catfish” is nothing new for Internet detectives Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, but on the show’s third season, they’re not letting Internet liars off the hook so easily.

    Fans who have been keeping up with Nev and Max’s most recent travels have noticed that the sleuths aren’t mincing many words (look no further than Nev’s now-infamous argument with Kidd Cole for evidence), and in the interview below, Nev explains that while filming the newest batch of episodes, he gave himself license to express his sincere anger when the online liars he met weren’t playing nice.

    “For me this season, I definitely made a decision that I was going to be a little more open and forthcoming with my feelings,” Nev says in the clip. He adds that some of Season 3′s offenders have been “acting out of anger or intent to hurt other people,” and that when he felt like banging his head against the wall, he resolved to respond the way he believed a viewer might.

    Still, he admits he’s not always proud of his more aggressive confrontations.

    “I don’t always feel good about it, but I think it’s important that if someone makes you feel a certain way, you should let them know that, so they hopefully understand that what they’re doing is having a negative effect on someone,” he explains.

    Do you like the Gangsta Nev? Or do you prefer the kinder, gentler version? Sound off, and keep watching “Catfish” Wednesday nights at 10/9c!

    There's an update special airing immediately after this episode. I hope we get to see Fat Kelly Price.

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    Today (July 2), Jewel announced her separation from World-Champion rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, citing the need for “growth” that became “undeniably stifled as a couple.”

    The divorce announcement comes in the form of Jewel’s website, where she released a statement. “I have learned in these 20 years of living my life honestly in front of you,” the singer said, addressing her fans. [I] trust that you will all honor and have reverence for how difficult this journey and allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes.”

    The two had been married since 2008 and have a son together, Kase. Jewel says that the couple will stay close and have “chosen the difficult task ofundoing [themselves] stich by stich, and releasing each other with love” for the sake of their “beloved son.”

    The note finishes with a joint statement from the couple reiterating their commitment to being parents and staying friends.

    Who will save her soul now? Favorite Jewel song/music video, ONTD? I still have her book of poetry on my bookshelf...

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    Terry Pratchett, who announced his diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer's seven years ago, has pulled out of a Discworld convention later this summer, saying "the Embuggerance is finally catching up with me".

    Pratchett made the announcement with what he described as "great reluctance" on the website of the International Discworld Convention, where he had been set to appear as guest of honour in Manchester in August. "I have been putting off writing this announcement for quite some time and on good days thought I wouldn't have to write it at all," wrote the author. "I am very sorry about this, but I have been dodging the effects of PCA and have been able to write for much longer than any of us ever thought possible, but now The Embuggerance is finally catching up with me, along with other age-related ailments."

    Pratchett was referring, in the "embuggerance", to the memorable description he initially gave to his posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's he announced he had been diagnosed with in late 2007.

    He told fans on the Discworld convention website on Wednesday that "this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry".

    "They say time marches on, and it does, even though I have been running very fast to keep one step ahead of it. I really was looking forward to seeing your smiley, happy faces. Have fun everyone. Yes, on this occasion, have lots of fun," said the author, who has sold over 75m copies of his comic fantasy novels, the majority of which are set in Discworld, a a realm held up by four elephants balanced on the back of a giant turtle.

    The convention's chair, John Hicks, said that Pratchett would still be answering some questions from fans on video, that his business manager Rob Wilkins would be "bringing The Black Hat"– Pratchett's trademark – "to the Convention to represent Terry in absentia and we will, of course, welcome it with all due honours".

    Pratchett has been as prolific as ever since he announced his Alzheimer's, publishing well-received titles including the Discworld novels Snuff and Raising Steam, the Victorian London-set Dodger, and a collaboration with sceince fiction author Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth. As recently as Tuesday, he tweeted: "Just to let you all know, the book that's on the screen in front of us – and is well underway – will be the 5th Tiffany Aching novel". Tiffany Aching is the young witch star of a series of young adult books. He added: "After the exciting news regarding Tiffany V – a little announcement that doesn't make me quite so happy", and pointing to his withdrawal from the Discworld convention.

    The novelist – knighted for his services to literature – has been a fierce campaigner for Alzheimer's research since his diagnosis. He donated £500,000 of his own money for research, and is a patron of the Alzheimer's Research UK. Pratchett has also spoken out in favour of a euthanasia tribunal.

    "If you did not know there was anything wrong with me, you would not know there is anything wrong with me. The disease moves slowly, but you know it's there," he said in his Richard Dimbleby lecture in 2010.

    The lecture saw Pratchett go on to admit his vow that "rather than let Alzheimer's take me, I would take it. I would live my life as ever to the full and die, before the disease mounted its last attack, in my own home, in a chair on the lawn, with a brandy in my hand to wash down whatever modern version of the 'Brompton cocktail' some helpful medic could supply. And with Thomas Tallis on my iPod, I would shake hands with Death."


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    At the year's halfway point, with summer just about to flip the calendar over to Side B, it's a challenge to get a satisfying picture of the year in music, even if you're just looking at a single genre. Consider the voices of the couple dozen obsessive listeners from NPR Music and our public radio partners who made this list, and the only thing that remains undeniably true is that great albums come out of every genre, from every corner of the world.

    A still from the video for EMA's "So Blonde," one of NPR Music's 50 favorite songs from the first half of 2014.
    Music Lists

    What links them together? 2014 has, in its first six months, been a wonderful year for musicians who go deep. The 25 albums on this list (presented alphabetically) all start with a sound, a vibe, a concept or crucial idea. After that, they flower in different ways. One might display the range of sounds a band leader can pull out of a few fellow musicians or the depth of emotion a singer can plumb while mapping the course of desire and heartbreak. Others offer history lessons, looking back over 20 years in the life of an American city or 200 years in the life of an instrument.

    All pull you in with both hands. All of them connect us as listeners to the work done by musicians who ask for more than three minutes of our time. These ones deserve it. These are our favorite albums of the year so far.






    Rest of the list: Source

    What are your favorite albums of the year so far?

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    Exciting news JJJ Book Club members — one of our fave authors, Melissa de la Cruz was just announced as the writer behind the new Descendants book!

    The book, which serves as a prequel to the upcoming DCOM, is called “Isle of the Lost” and will hit shelves on May 5th, 2015.

    “Isle of the Lost” summary: Legend has it that long ago, the most infamous villains were imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, cut off from the rest of the world as a punishment for their misdeeds. In this dark and dreary place, the likes of Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella de Vil and the Evil Queen reside and evil reigns supreme. Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos are their descendants, the teenaged sons and daughters of the Isle’s most villainous characters, and they are coming of age on the Isle of the Lost.


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    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray Batman: The Complete Television Series this November. Attached with this announcement is a brand new trailer which the studio has uploaded to promote the upcoming release.

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will officially unveil the details of its highly-anticipated November 2014 release of "Batman: The Complete Television Series" at a Comic-Con International panel -- featuring special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar -- on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00-7:00pm in Hall H.

    The actors behind Batman, Robin and Catwoman will give fans their first inside sneak peak at the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history. All the details will be revealed, including an initial look at exclusive content, limited edition packaging, and dazzling HD re-mastered footage from the landmark series.


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    The Austrian diva, who headlined Pride in London last week, told The Outmost she is frustrated that “thousands of thousands” of people are having to wait for their right to marry.

    She said: “This topic annoys me that much because for me I don’t need discussions… I don’t know what it takes to make this clear."

    “I think it’s such an unimportant thing, it’s not necessary to talk about, because you’re allowed to love whoever you want to love and I don’t need a government that is like, ‘Well, you’re not allowed to and you’ve not got the same rights’. I’ll tell you what, of course I do!"

    “I’m a human being and I have the same rights as everyone else, so I don’t need to discuss about that because it should be a common thing. So stop discussing, just make it equal."

    “I don’t need a campaign, I just need decisions. I don’t need more time wasted. I’m not a politician, I don’t know how long it takes to make rights, but I’m one of thousands of thousands of people who are waiting.”

    Same-sex marriage is not legal in Austria, but registered partnerships have been recognised since 2010. An opposition bill which would introduce same-sex marriage in the country – submitted in December – is set to be debated in the Autumn.


    this reminds me. i need to continue my german duolingo lessons.

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    In a brief video reportedly shot earlier this week in New York, 81-year-old Joan Rivers calls First Lady Michelle Obama "a transgender," joking that this makes Barack Obama the first gay president.

    After being asked about the U.S.'s likelihood of having either a woman or a gay president in the near future , Rivers replied, "We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny."

    The unidentified journalist tries to clarify, asking, "I'm sorry. She's a what?"

    "A transgender," Rivers replies. "We all know."

    Conservatives have long made jokes insinuating that the First Lady is actually a transgender woman, but it's not often that a liberal-minded comedian — let alone one who credits much of her success to her devoted LGBT fan base — make this type of uninspired joke.

    Similarly, liberal individuals have often joked that Ann Coulter is transgender. These types of "jokes" are designed to suggest that being trans is something to be ashamed of.

    Referring to cisgender (nontrans) women as trans "only furthers the marginalization of women and transgender people," wrote Vincent Paolo Villano of the National Center for Transgender Equality in a 2012 op-ed for The Advocate.

    "Judgments against Ann Coulter because of how she looks are also an attack on transgender people," Villano wrote later in that op-ed. "The difference is transgender people often can’t shrug their shoulders and move on the way Ann Coulter can. Indeed, this kind of prejudice has a role in the staggering rate of suicide attempts among transgender people: 41% (compared to 1.6% of the general population). While Ann Coulter gets to stir controversy like it’s a game, everyday transgender Americans have to deal with the bias and violence at the core of these messages."

    It should be noted that even if Mrs. Obama was a transgender woman, that would not make the President gay.


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    Amber Rose was put in the hot seat during the Wendy Williams show Wednesday. The 30-year-old beauty is in New York promoting her next film, "School Dance," directed by Nick Cannon.

    The host who is known for bringing up juicy gossip could not help but ask Rose about her ex-beau, Kanye West. She and West dated from 2008 to 2010, and shortly after, he started dating Kim Kardashian. She said later that West cheated on her with the curvy reality star.

    "She was sending pictures, and I was like, 'Kim, just stop. Don't be that person. I thought at least she'd be woman enough to respond to me. She never responded. It's very important that us women stick together and we don't f--k each other over like that," Rose said in an interview with Star magazine.

    Williams asked Rose what she thought about Kardashian and West’s relationship, and Rose laughed, saying nervously, “That’s none of my business, Wendy.” But when Williams asked her if she was glad she escaped, Rose quickly smiled while saying, “yes,” and proceeding to laugh again. The audience clapped and cheered until Williams moved on to a less personal subject.


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    Among the few details we know about WB's planned Harry Potter offshoot Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, is that the story will begin in New York, seventy years before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts. But they won't be filmed there. Today brings word that the film(s) will shoot in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the U.K.

    Variety posted the update today, stating that Warner Bros. has confirmed that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will shoot at their studios in the U.K. The screenplay is to be written by penned by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who wrote the book on which these movies are based. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is actually a reference guide in the form of a Hogwarts school textbook, written by the fictitious Newt Scamander, an adventurous wizard who traveled the word studying magical beasts well before Harry Potter's time.

    At this point, the studio update is the latest piece to the puzzle as we await news on casting and a director for the first film. We know that WB is planning three mega-movies based on the book, the first of which is expected to arrive in theaters November 18, 2016.

    The story will begin in New York seven decades before Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts. Neither a sequel nor a direct prequel to the Harry Potter story, the films will center on Fantastic Beasts writer Newt Scamander, and will incorporate the familiar laws and customs of the hidden wizarding world that exists in Rowling's Harry Potter series.

    As mentioned, this story isn't directly connected to Harry Potter in that it takes place so long before he and his friends were around. But we're still hopeful that we might see appearances -- if not direct involvement -- from any Harry Potter characters (or distant relatives of characters) who may have been around during Newt's day. Albus Dumbledore would have been in his late thirties during the time that Newt was just starting to write Fantastic Beasts (presumably on or around 1918, according to Fantastic Beasts). Whether or not Dumbledore plays a role in these films is unknown, but fingers are most definitely crossed, as it would be pretty fantastic to get to know the wizard during his early (relatively) adult years. And Dumbledore did write the forward to Fantastic Beasts, so we know he's a fan of Newt's work.

    As for which magical beasts might be featured in the films, there's no shortage of material to work with there. While we've seen dragons, hippogriffs, thestrals, merpeople and other beasts featured in the Harry Potter movies, there are even more referenced in Fantastic Beasts that have yet to be brought to life in the cinematic version of Rowling's world.

    We'll be sure to share any further updates on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as soon as we have any. In the meantime, take it from Dumbledore: Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.


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    Plenty of fans are listening to Robin Thicke's new album, Paula, and thinking, "This marriage may not be salvageable." And by that, they mean the sacred contract between performer and audience, not the one between Thicke and his estranged wife, Paula Patton — although that's obviously not going so well, either.

    In devoting an entire concept album to his hopes of winning back Patton, Thicke has come up with some of the most laughably quotable lyrics of the 21st century, proving that the lines between pathos and comedy really are blurred.

    He's actually indulging in a fine pop tradition, actually — The Divorce Album — although most other stars who've recorded one did it to exorcise their bitterness and not try to "Get Her Back." None of the other practitioners of the form ever wrote lyrics quite as imploring as "Ooh, turn the porch light on/At least open the doggy door" or "I should have brought you roses… and rubbed your toesies."

    Are you nursing your own romantic wounds, and looking for an album about how you can do better than your ex? You can do better than Paula. Here's a sampling of some other stars' (far superior) autobiographical breakup albums:

    Adele, 21

    Adele was "miserable and lonely" — duh — when she and Dan Wilson wrote "Someone Like You" about the love of her life, a decent guy who, as it indicates in the song, had not just moved on but already gotten married. This muse was the subject of nearly every other song on her mega-selling collection of laments, too. Saturday Night Live had it right with that hilariously weepy sketch: 21 is what you put on if you need a good, self-pitying cry that'll last 45 minutes longer than the one you'd get out of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me."

    Nas, Life is Good

    "I guess this is my Here, My Dear album, [like] Marvin Gaye made," Nas told The Guardian upon this record's 2012 release. On the front cover, he has the green wedding dress worn by his ex-wife, Kelis, strategically draped over his knee. "I found it in my house and thought, it's going somewhere! Either on the cover of my album, or burning in a garbage can."

    Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

    Hey, we told her Blake Fielder-Civil was no good. But she sure got a heck of an album out of that relationship, before diving back into it with him a few months after the album's release helped fuel a pattern of self-destructiveness that led to her never making an album again. It's harder to find anything funny in the album since her death, but there was a good deal of wit as well as woe in her breakup laments.

    Taylor Swift, Speak Now

    "Dear John," Swift's epic farewell ballad to John Mayer, had such sizzle, you can still get second-degree burns just from listening to it today. "Back to December" is rumored to be about Taylor Lautner. But not all her best breakup songs are so specifically tied to one celebrity ex. "Last Kiss" masterfully evokes the memory of the final clinch you didn't know would be the final clinch, and you're really better off not knowing whether such a beautiful song was inspired by Joe Jonas or not.

    Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak

    It's a bit of a death album, too, with West's mother just having passed away, but mostly it's the mother of all severely Auto-Tuned ex-fiancée bashings. Rolling Stone called it "Kanye's would-be Here, My Dear or Blood on the Tracks, a mournful song-suite that swings violently between self-pity and self-loathing." He seems to have rebounded a little since.


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