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It is almost time for Season 7 of “The Voice,” and the all-star coaches are locking in some serious talent to join them as guest mentors.
Stevie Nicks will be joining Adam Levine’s team as his mentor, and “Extra’s” Terri Seymour was with Levine and Nicks to talk about the exciting news.
Season 7 of “The Voice” premieres September 22 on NBC.
For her workout, the 55-year-old donned a pair of loose fit three-quarter Nike sweats with a tight Lycra Nike T-shirt and sweatshirt round her waist. Going without make up, the star threw on a pair of big black sunglasses and a baseball cap with the word 'Reine' on it.Perhaps making sure people knew who they were dealing with, roughly translated from French it means queen.
On Monday, the star announced she was making a long term commitment to the city including providing funding for free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to dozens of children, buying art and music supplies and boosting funding to a nonprofit that employs homeless women who create clothes for the homeless. In a statement, the star said she was inspired by a recent visit to the city:'A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit, and I'm humbled to be able to give back to my community.'
Her crown: the 55-year-old wore a baseball cap which said 'Reine' on it which roughly translated from French means queen
Keeping up: The star's boyfriend Timor Steffens, who is just 26, is probably another reason Madonna is so keen on staying fit
Part of the family: The dancer has become very close with the Holiday singer's son Rocco Ritchie
Even a trip to the yoga studio is just another reason for Lady Gaga to make a fashion statement.
The Do What U Want singer was spotted heading off to a yoga studio in a luxurious satin kimono complete with a floral detail upon the sleeve and hem.
The 28-year-old looked blissful as she prepared to hit the yoga mat during a day off from her ArtPop tour in Toronto on Tuesday.
Cox will play a Pulitzer Prize-winning war journalist and LGBT activist in "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce."
Laverne Cox has landed a guest spot.
The Orange Is the New Black actress will be featured in Bravo’s first original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, the network announced Tuesday.
She’ll play Adele Northrop, a war journalist and LGBT activist who appears to present an award at a marriage equality gala.
The upcoming series, based on the books by Vicki Iovine, centers on Abby (House alum Lisa Edelstein), a self-help author hiding her failed marriage with her husband, Jake (Private Practice’s Paul Adelstein).
Cox is best known for her current role in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black as an incarcerated African-American, transgender woman. Her past television credits include TRANSForm Me, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Bored to Death and I Wanna Work for Diddy. She recently was featured on the cover on Time magazine.
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce will premiere on Bravo later this year.
The man and the goat. http://t.co/j3afTOACMF— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) July 7, 2014
Road trip http://t.co/w6qtncbV6M— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) July 7, 2014
Just ran a 5k in Nantucket with some actual heroes... http://t.co/s6qDXBmcSr— Clark Gregg (@clarkgregg) July 4, 2014
Celebrating the 4th of July
Iain De Caestecker attends the launch party to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s new Vivienne Westwood uniform collection
You want me to do what now? http://t.co/errjmbRGnA— Brett Dalton (@IMBrettDalton) July 3, 2014
Learning from the masters. http://t.co/vbakXCHwCh— Brett Dalton (@IMBrettDalton) July 7, 2014
HOW do you sell a cereal known for decades as “The breakfast of champions” to younger consumers who may believe “champions” is a quaint word and may perceive breakfast as something from a food truck, washed down with an energy drink?
The Honey Nut Cheerios commercial with Grumpy Cat follows a spot for the brand with the rapper Nelly that has garnered more than 5.7 million views on YouTube since its introduction last August. “We’re looking for things relevant to consumers today in pop culture” to become “more socially connected,” said Gail Peterson, associate director of marketing for Honey Nut Cheerios and Multi Grain Cheerios at General Mills, so Honey Nut Cheerios will seem “like a new and relevant brand, not your grandmother’s cereal.”
If you happen to walk by the department store at New Koreatown Plaza on 159-10 Northern Blvd. in Flushing, N.Y., you might be surprised to see this ad in the shop window:
Yes, that is a real advertisement, from Korean cosmetics brand ElishaCoy, casually asking shoppers a loaded question:
Do you wanna be white?
ElishaCoy is a "European styled organic skincare" brand that is part of the Korean cosmetics wave that has recently become a billion-dollar export business.
The product is ElishaCoy's "Always Nuddy CC Cream," with the "CC" standing for Complete Correction. CC creams are a type of skin-perfecting moisturizer that one makeup artist calls "the new and improved BB [cream]."
The question posed by the ad headline, however, leaves little ambiguity about what ElishaCoy is really trying to sell: a step closer to the hallowed European standard of beauty. In fairness, we all know that Koreans have long prized pale skin, but seeing that fixation exploited by ad copy feels not only manipulative, but actually insidious. In some ways, then, ElishaCoy has in fact created a perfect advertisement—it sells an impossible dream while also making its potential consumers feel worse about themselves.
We'll go ahead and chalk all of this up to a "lost in translation" moment—but if ElishaCoy truly wants to cross over to the U.S. market, it should probably hire a native English speaker to its ad team.
The video for her single "Chandelier" has over 50 million views on YouTube. Her live performances of the song have gone viral. She's got a new album called 1,000 Forms of Fear out this week. (go preorder it on iTunes!!!) Between "Chandelier," and songwriting credits for the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Ne-Yo, Sia — who claims that becoming "tabloid fodder" is her worst nightmare — is becoming a celebrity.
This latest dance with fame (she's been recording professionally for 17 years) can be traced to one song, really. It's called "Titanium" — a collaboration with DJ David Guetta that was released in late 2011. If you didn't hear it on the radio dozens of times a few years ago, you heard it in the movie Pitch Perfect. It's the song Anna Kendrick's character sings in the shower, the one that gets her a spot in the a cappella group.
Sia actually didn't write "Titanium" for herself. She thought someone else was going to sing it, but Guetta had other plans.
"I wrote it for Alicia Keys. And then she passed," Sia says, standing next to a black upright piano. "And then Mary J. Blige sang it. And then he took her vocal off it, and put my vocal back on, my demo vocal, without asking and released it. And I never even knew it was gonna happen, and I was really upset. Because I had just retired, I was trying to be a pop songwriter, not an artist."
...Around the time "Titanium" hit, she was 35 and wanted to step out of the spotlight and into songwriting alone. Instead, "Titanium," and other Sia songs (often sung by other people), have made her the kind of celebrity she didn't want to be.
So, she has stopped showing her face.
"I thought it would be a funny joke that I'm getting away with," she says, laughing at herself. "And it was, partly, I don't wanna go out and sell my soul, my body, my peace of mind."
Sia now refuses to be photographed. She was on the cover of Billboard magazine, recently, with a paper bag over her head. She says she isn't going to tour anymore, and when she does perform, it's with her back to the audience.
What Sia will show is a blonde bob wig; it's become her trademark.
"I guess a year and a half ago, maybe I was meditating and I thought, oh, I'll just be the blonde bob!" she says, smiling, in classic black Reebok high tops, black tights and a Flashdance-y hot-pink top. "If Amy Winehouse is the bouffant, then I'll be the blonde bob." Sia's real hair is actually longer than the bob, but just as blonde.
The chorus of "Chandelier," like those in a lot of Sia's songs, is colossal. But "Chandelier" is actually a dark song about alcoholism — partly Sia's, who has been sober now for over three years. The song is also a kind of retort to every other pop song you hear on the radio celebrating the nonstop party.
"That's why 'Chandelier' was interesting to me. ... I wrote the song because there's so many party-girl anthems in pop. And I thought it'd be interesting to do a different take on that," Sia said. "For some reason ... I didn't wanna give it away."
"We don't have to worry so much about what anyone else is gonna think about," Kurstin says. "We're not worried about what the label thinks, what's the single. With Sia, I feel like we get back to how we first wrote songs. And that's just cool. Someone will like it, hopefully, and if not, we'll put it out ourselves."
The two work very quickly. The hit she wrote for Rihanna, "Diamonds," was reportedly written in 14 minutes. Sia says "Chandelier" took a little longer.
"I mean, 'Chandelier' took like four minutes to write the chords, then like 12-15 minutes to write the lyrics," Sia says. "Probably 10 or 15 minutes to cut the vocals."
"So, an hour for a hit?" I ask her. "Prob, yeah," she replies nonchalantly, not showing off, just stating facts.
Sia doesn't actually read music, and says she barely can crank out a chord or two on the piano. So, a lot of times, Kurstin will start playing, and Sia will just scat until words take shape. She did that, during the interview, to show how she writes songs. She ended up with the start of a song she says she'll name "Invincible."
"I wrote an 'Invincible' song with someone else," she says after spitting out a new chorus. "But nobody's cutting it, so I'm going to lift that."
When Sia writes for other people, she says, it's less about making a hit and more like a therapy session. Before she starts writing, she'll have the singer come in and talk about whatever they're going through. When she wrote with Christina Aguilera, they talked about divorce. When Sia wrote with Lea Michele, they talked about each of them having a boyfriend who died. In 1997, Sia's boyfriend was fatally hit by a taxi. Back then, her therapy was drugs and alcohol, but over time, Alcoholics Anonymous helped her cope. It has also helped her songwriting.
"I can sit while people cry," she says. "I can stand when someone's angry. Like, I don't know. I'm fine around other people's feelings. It doesn't make me nervous or anxious. Probably because of the program. If you're in an AA meeting, people are sharing. Sometimes there's crying. Sometimes there's feeling. And we're just witnessing it."
That is perhaps the best way to think of Sia's music. Some of them may be pop hits, but they've got layers. Her songs are bearing witness to a lot. And they are supporting, for now at least, a career that doesn't require the singer to be traditionally famous. She doesn't have to show her face. She doesn't have to go on tour. She doesn't have to be as big a deal as the pop icons she now writes for.
"I don't need to promote this album at all," she says, "because I make enough money to live nicely from all my pop songwriting."bowing
As the interview comes to an end, Sia shows me her blonde bob wigs. She pours at least a half-dozen out of a plastic bag onto the floor, while she thinks out loud about what exactly she wants out of her career.
"I'm trying to have a good life," she says as we look at the wigs, which symbolize her fame and what she's doing to escape that fame, all at once. "Basically, my plan is to enjoy what I have."
Source: NPR Article
What's your favorite Sia song?
(It's not just a square in a photo anymore)
Once you’ve become Secret Pals with someone, you can continue to have Pokémon battles against them, and also have your Pal use “special skills” to support you on your adventure.
Britney and a bodyguard stopped by Bed Bath and Beyond then popped by Coffee Bean for a coffee.
Is she wearing a Fitbit? Do you have one?
Having tackled the future with Prometheus and the present via The Counsellor, Ridley Scott is doing an inverse Scrooge for his next film and dipping into the past. The Biblical past, in fact, with Moses tale Exodus: Gods And Kings.
Scott's latest charts the relationship between Moses (Christian Bale) and Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), one that is quickly sent packing with demands, plagues, suffering and a very long walk. Yes, it’s the old story of Moses demanding that Pharaoh set his people free so he can lead them to the Promised Land. Pharaoh, of course, has no intention of releasing his largely slave workforce, and the stage is set for an epic showdown.
Scott has opted for old-school scale on this one, constructing massive sets for his Egyptian story, which pumps up the story to match the ambition of the designs, with it all on display in this initial promo.
Marvel Studios has made no secret that they have a huge plan for continuing their cinematic and televised universe, stating that their plan reaches as far as 2028. With The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Guardians Of The Galaxy being prepped for box office glory, we know that both of those properties are in play, and have been before they were officially trademarked by Marvel Studios last December. What we didn't know is that those two titles were only the beginning of what Marvel seems to be planning, and roots are being planted with these two titles to that will bloom throughout Phase 3 and beyond.
Movie Pilot broke the news that Marvel Studios had trademarked nine titles for their film production arm. Out of those nine, seven are brand new names that we've either only heard mentioned in passing or not at all. Each of these projects has connections to the existing and upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, some more surprising than others. How the pieces fit together is ultimately something that only those at Marvel Studios would know for sure, but there's no harm in looking for clues in plain sight. Load up your Level 10 issued description software, as it's time to decode the future of Marvel Studios.
One of those names that's been consistently mentioned in passing is Black Panther, aka T'Challa – an influential chief of the Panther tribe in the nation of Wakanda. This African nation has come up more than a couple of times, particularly when the news of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron's production schedule took the film to South Africa for the first bit of filming. Also, Black Panther does take part in the Age Of Ultron story in the comics, so the inclusion of these two titles is quite the palpable link.
My guess is we're going to see or hear an initial reference to Wakanda and/or its national super hero, leaving the door wide open for a Phase 3 feature focusing solely on Black Panther's exploits. Age Of Ultron is suggesting its scope and timing will widen the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond our country and beyond our universe, and the inclusion of the character would only further bolster their diversity when casting heroes.
Irredeemable Ant Man
I can hear the groans through the monitor already. " Ant-Man? Seriously? That was new in 2006!" Yes, it was indeed. However, we've never really gotten any ideas as to what was going to happen in the film, and only knew that Michael Douglas would probably be playing Hank Pym to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. Other than that, we never knew about the story or how this film was going to connect into the fabric of the cinematic universe. After some digging on my part, as well as Movie Pilot's part, the connecting point is clear. Remember the huge assault on HYDRA launched in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Remember how those three gigantic helicarriers crashed into each other? Those play into the Irredeemable Ant-Man's story as well.
In fact, the hellicarier crash is where Irredeemable Ant Man's Eric O'Grady gets his suit. In fact, a lot of details of O'Grady's character seem to fit with the notes we've heard about Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's take on the character, particularly his moral compass being more than a little askew. Not only does this fit with the pieces that are in play already, but it does give us some hints to who Patrick Wilson and Evangeline Lilly might by playing in the film: Chris McCarthy (the man he steals the suit from before the helicarrier crashes) and Veronica King (McCarthy's girlfriend O'Grady swoops in on and ultimately gets pregnant/abandons.) While Scott Lang is the version of the character everyone says Rudd will be playing, this doesn't stop Marvel or Edgar Wright from changing things around to make for a better story. (At least, it was a better story. Let's see if it still gets made.)
Crossing the aisle to DC Comics for a moment, the Teen Titans franchise has produced two really fun cartoon series that are more kid centric than most of their other fair. Marvel, while having a lot of animated series on The Disney Channel, doesn't connect their canon to that of the films. What better opportunity to create a property focused solely on teen heroes than the New Warriors! The group originated in Thor's 1989 run, and became sort of its own thing in the grand scheme of things. So what's to say the same can't be true for the MCU's version of these characters?
With the Netflix series that Marvel Studios seems to be planning with Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, it looks like these series are going to pull an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. and hitch their fates to the film canon. What else is Netflix known for when it comes to their original programming? Kids shows like Turbo Fast that entertain the kids. With the constantly rotating line-up, and the easy tie into Thor's storyline; it's not hard for these scrappy youngsters to appear in Thor 3 and then jump over to their own show for future adventures. Not to mention, the New Warriors did kinda help bring two incarnations of this little known hero called Nova into being. I'm sure there's a place for him in this universe, isn't there?
I'm closing on the character that's the least surprising in this bunch, as Rocket Raccoon is part of this summer's Guardians Of The Galaxy, and looks to be the breakout character of the bunch. Already, the character has inspired massive fan reaction, and seems like the front runner for his own adventures with his sidekick, Groot. The pair have had many solo adventures together in the comic world, and were even part of this year's Free Comic Book Day lineup of titles promoting Guardians Of The Galaxy
With Rocket and Groot venturing into the further reaches of the universe, and all of Cosmic Marvel at their fingertips to explore, things could get a lot weirder and a lot stranger than anticipated. Which, obviously, leads to new characters and new plotlines to exploit from those characters. The Avengers is only going to sustain the Marvel Cinematic Universe for so long, and new gateway characters are going to be needed to get things going. Rocket Raccoon and Groot are just the team to usher in the Cosmic Marvel world into the world.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the next golden goose for Marvel Studios, and if successful it's a launching pad into a completely new world of storytelling. If the studio sticks with a "three and done" mentality, we could see The Avengers take a backseat and The Guardians taking the place as the new hub franchise. If true, this means Cosmic Marvel will be the centerpiece of the Universe, leading to a whole bunch of these characters taking their places in the spotlight. Marvel has their eyes on the future, and from the looks of it, it's a bright future indeed.
What else do you want to see, ONTD?
mostly photos from the paris trip. a photo or two from the set 2wk ago. added ian bohen since i made frankenshane watch it with me last night and he seems to like it.
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Two sisters are on a mission to help plus-size women find the wedding dress of their dreams.
Yukia and Yuneisia Harris opened Curvaceous Couture, a bridal salon in Columbia, Maryland, to provide women with designer gowns sizes 12 to 32 - and their experience is being documented on Curvy Brides, a new TLC special that will air August 1.
The program will show voluptuous brides-to-be trying on a fuchsia wedding gown, a mermaid-inspired dress and other unexpected styles.
The siblings started the business in their father's basement in 2009, after Yukia, 36, struggled to find a gown to fit her curvy frame before her own wedding.
'I had the worst time shopping for my wedding gown. When I got married, they didn't have shops like this,' Yukia says in a preview for the show, adding that her store offers hundreds of gowns.
'I ended up having to buy a dress of the rack that I absolutely hated. I was spilling over the entire wedding. That's why the minister's hands were shaking - my boobs were sitting there right in his face,' she added.
In 2011, Yukia told Business Week that as a size 20, she was unable to find an upscale dress with a $3,000 budget four years before. The frustrating ordeal led her to start Curvaceous Couture, where dresses range from $1,000 to $25,000.
'I was ready to fly to several locations. I ended up with this gown that I couldn’t stand,' she said.
'My sister ended up having to try my wedding gowns on for me. It was very humiliating,' she wrote in a first-person essay for the Washington Post that same year, adding that she hated looking at her wedding pictures.
TLC previously featured curvy brides on Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss, a spinoff of Say Yes to the Dress that focused on plus-size clients.
The network also announced that another upcoming wedding special, Bride by Design, will premiere July 25. The show will follow an Alabama-based designer who creates custom gowns based on personality-driven themes.
What's your dress size ontd?
The Sims 4 CAS demo was sent out to random Origin accounts today. Little warning was given beforehand and there was no sign-up or marketing before yesterday.
The demo shows off the capabilities of the new CAS and general character creation. There's no word from EA as to whether there will be more options in the base game or if this is the full extent of CAS for the base game.
Source: My origin ACCT
Did anyone get a demo?! The hairstyles and faces are so cute.
It’s over again for dear Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon. Six months after saying I do to Rick for the second time, Pamela has filed for divorce.
Anderson cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for ending her marriage to Salomon, according to papers filed by her lawyer July 3.
"We ask the media to please respect Pamela and her family's privacy during this time," Anderson's rep says in a statement to PEOPLE.
The former Baywatch star, 47, first revealed she was seeing her ex-husband, 45, in October, and the two were wed by January. "We're very happy," Anderson told E! at the time. "Our families are very happy and that's all that matters."
Anderson and Salomon first married in 2007 and were together only a couple of months before having the union annulled. Anderson has two sons with ex-husband Tommy Lee, and Salomon has two daughters from a previous marriage.
2:00 PM PDT -- Pam's not publicly known for being religious (more like the total opposite) ... but she just posted this message on Facebook.
It appears to be a prayer from Rev. Maryum Morse from the Agape Center.
Keira Knightley has travelled to South Sudan with Oxfam.
The visit coincided with the third anniversary of the country's independence, and the actress said she saw trauma that was "unbearable to comprehend".
She said: "I had no idea what to expect when I arrived in South Sudan, but what I saw and heard was worse than I could have ever imagined.
"All of those I met were suffering a terrible trauma unbearable to comprehend. I spoke to women who have lost their husbands and children within months of one another.
"They are now alone trying desperately to get through each day struggling to provide enough food and water to keep them and their remaining children alive."
Knightley travelled to Bor camp, Jonglei State, which is one of the most affected areas of South Sudan. Poor sanitation means that many lives are taken through the spread of disease, which gets worse with seasonal heavy rain.
The 29-year-old added: "The people I met are facing a relentless crisis of war, hunger and disease.
"I saw the amazing work Oxfam are doing day in and day out to ensure that people have safe water to drink, and food to eat, but the situation is getting worse and resources are running out.
"I met just a few of the thousands of families who are desperately trying to survive each day but they can't do it alone, they need our help."
Monaco have put an €80m price-tag on their Colombian star James Rodriguez, according to reports in Spain.
Real Madrid are said to be very keen to add the 22-year-old to their squad this summer, and with that in mind, Spanish newspaper AS report that Monaco have upped the price of one of their most prized assests.
Rodriguez is thought to be keen to sign for Madrid, which could see his club have to lower their valuation, but perhaps only to around €70m.
Monaco are also understood to be interested in several Real Madrid players, including Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Morata, which could also help drive the price for Rodriguez down.
The Colombian only signed for Monaco last season, in a €45m move from Porto, and has four years remaining on his contract, but his performances at the World Cup have thrust him firmly into the public eye and he now has several suitors.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez even said last Wednesday that he would love to see the player don white for the 2014-15 campaign.
Colombia return to heroes' welcome as thousands pack streets of Bogota to greet World Cup stars including fan favourite James Rodriguez
Colombia returned to a heroes’ welcome as thousands of fans packed the streets of Bogota.
Los Cafeteros were beaten 2-1 by Brazil during Friday night’s quarter-final but their progression to the last eight represented a World Cup best for the country.
Midfielder James Rodriguez has been one of the stars of the tournament and he still tops the scoring charts with six goals.
Unlike the group team challenges, squaring off in teams of two requires a much more intimate working relationship—one where patience and good communication will make or break you. It’s not so easy when the most disliked competitor of the crew is selecting your partner for you—especially a competitor who knows just how much she is hated.
Even a strong and experienced twosome can crumble under the right amount of pressure. I saw it often during the filming of my new show Restaurant Startup (premiering on CNBC tonight!). Guys who have been working alongside each other for years, who have dreamed of going into business together, can suddenly fall apart under the weight of competition (not to mention the cameras in their face). But then again, that’s what everybody here signed up for.
Courtney’s strategy was decent even if it didn’t quite pan out as she’d hoped, but even she could not help but feel good about Ahran and Leslie’s budding civility. Their successful coupling in the kitchen actually makes sense. Ahran really can’t handle authority of any kind, and Leslie truly excels when given clear and direct orders.
Though I think he could have handled the situation a bit more intelligently, Cutter had his work cut out for him with Dan as a partner. A talented cook Dan may be, but what a poor communicator! Shutting down at the slightest opposition to your idea is childish and clearly unproductive. I don’t agree with Dan’s comments about Cutter’s performance being a debacle. The real shame in their twosome was Dan’s blatantly checking out of the task at hand when things didn’t go his way.
Letting Francis go this early was a letdown for me personally; initially, he looked much better than he turned out to be. Nevertheless, making it to the top 15 is not exactly a breeze, and I think he is truly grateful for all he gained during his time with us.
Don’t miss next week as our remaining 14 try their hand at running a diner. Just because it’s not a Michelin-starred establishment doesn’t mean it will be easy! Thanks for reading. MasterChef airs Monday, July 14 at 8/7c on FOX. Also follow me on Twitter @JBastianich.
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