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    With a personality as flavourful as his career, Jon Favreau has been a firm favourite for as long as I can remember. The 47 year old actor-turned-director was the saving grace of Couples Retreat; added light relief whilst leveling the overall tone in the Iron Man series (which he both acted in and produced); and has harked back to his indie roots in his latest release, Chef.

    So, when Shadow locked was offered time with the iconic actor/director/producer, you’d of been hard pushed to find someone with more of a genuine passion for an interview. Unfortunately though, the PR in question didn’t agree.

    Perhaps there were hungrier, more delicious invites for Mr. Favreau, or maybe it was decided that our entree sized application wasn’t worthy of the films mighty appetite. Whatever the case we missed out...and to this day I’m upset.

    However, ever the professional I refused to let our rejection bitter my passion, instead deciding to view the film as an independent with strong foodie undertones rather than as a work-focused film journalist; and now, having had time to let its performance digest and my thoughts to settle, I’m glad I did.

    From the outside Chef would appear to be a directors passion project, one that incorporated both an intrinsic love of food and an impressive back catalogue of celebrity friendships. And yet, when all has settled and one thinks back to the 115 minutes of culinary bliss, a number of deeper - and far more meaningful messages - begin to surface.

    Don’t believe me? Well, go grab yourself a Monte Cristo (or other kingly sandwich), kick back and allow me to blow your mind with five simple points...and a handful of food-puns:

    Find what makes you truly happy and go for it

    Without revealing too much Chef’s lead protagonist, Chef Carl Casper (ala Jon Favreau) is unhappy. His position is castrating his creativity; he’s lost sight of what’s really important to him and, worse still, his passion is taking a backseat to salary. Ultimately, his work/life balance is off, and no amount of bravado can hide this fact.

    And so, following an unsavory review, a social media call-out and his boss’ persistent demands to remain consistent and respectful of their current menu, Chef Casper snaps, venting rage that has been building for some time.

    Following some persuasion, Carl heads back to his roots, his love, and buys a food truck in which to reignite his passion, with little to no capital at his disposal. However, when Carl’s sous chef come El Jefe partner Martin asks him how he feels, his reply is priceless: “I’m broke, but for the first time in as long as I can remember I’m happy” - a line that speaks volumes.

    So…the choice is yours. You can accept that bland admin role, taking your basic 18k salary and settling into a life of ambiguity and fruitless reward; forever fighting off the ‘what ifs’ with alcoholic weekend binges and pedantic excursions. Or, you can take a can discover what it is that truly makes you happy and go for it, no matter what. Remember:

    “Give a man a job he loves, and he will never work a day in his life” (Confucius)

    Harness social media

    Thanks to the innate technological know-how of Carl’s 10 year old son Percy (Emjay Anthony), El Jefe becomes a social media phenomenon. RT’s and geo-location tags became synonymous with the food wagons success, much to the bemusement of Carl; and it’s something that all graduates should take heed of.

    Sure, social media can be an outlet - well, outlets - for one to waste hours on pointless drivel, but ignore it at your peril.

    Used correctly, however, and the likes of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn (especially) can provide outlets of advertisement for you, or any business venture you may be undertaking.

    Conversely, ask yourself - what would a potential employer like to see? How can you catch - and hold - someone's attention long enough for them to gain a vested interest in you ( off the top of my head perhaps throw a vine collage together, or produce likeable - yet targeted - articles via a blog and share across LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter?). Most importantly though, make your web-based presence felt. Tweet in the right directions, keep a polished LinkedIn profile, and make sure what you’re presenting is what you want them to see.

    Eric Qualman, public speaker and author of Socialnomics, once said: "We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it”.

    So… it’s time to assess your digital profile.

    Remember your place, but don’t let people walk all over you

    The core of Chef’s plot revolves around Chef Carl Casper’s colourful outburst towards food critic Ramsey that is recorded on numerous phones before subsequently going viral on social media sites such as Youtube.

    However, Carl’s outburst provides a great lesson for recent graduates, or just those new to the job market. While you will be expected to take a lot of crap because of your position, age and inexperience, never allow your tenuous position to become one of slavery.

    Too often do I see young, fragile office temps, account executives - or any other junior based role - walked all over. Heck, I was once asked to iron an editors shirt on an intern-ship. But fear should not allow mistreatment - when push comes to shove you’re still the same, vertical based homosapien. Hard work should be recognised, and if the balance starts to shift to one of a ‘senior’ position exploiting either you or your hard work...speak up. Make yourself known - firmly, politely, and of course, confidently.

    More often than not it’ll show strength of character, and will be respected. However, worse case scenario, you lose your job because of it. But then ask great of a job was it really? Mistreatment and a lack of!

    'Chef' Dated for Blu-ray

    Jon Favreau's comedy will be served up on Blu-ray this August.

    As previously reported, Universal and Open Road Films will be releasing 'Chef' on Blu-ray, and now the date has been set for August 19.

    When Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what comes next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen and zest for life and love.

    Supplements have yet to be revealed, but the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack will feature lossless audio and will have a suggested list price of $34.98.

    uno, due

    Finally saw this movie today and I loved it. I highly recommend it.

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    Todd Chrisley is certainly not the first celebrity to be surrounded by gay rumors. But very few actually address them, as he did with People Magazine in March.

    Chrisley said that he never thought that he had to address his sexuality, but answers when faced with the question. “I don't feel there's a need for me to not address it,” Chrisley told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “The reporter asked the question and it's rude of me not to respond.”

    Chrisley Knows Best is a comedic reality series following wealthy, larger-than-life Todd and his family in Atlanta. The Chrisleys recently participated in the No H8 campaign. And the family patriarch said that he holds no negative feelings about gay people.

    “I don't believe that being gay is something you should be ashamed of,” he said. “I don't believe it's something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I would call you and I would ask you go to dinner with me. But right now, I'm very content in my life with where I am. Today, I'm not gay.

    sources: Zimbio, TheWrap

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    Oh, what fools we all have been, thinking all this time that Farrah Abraham couldn't get any worse than she already is. When she was the most annoying "Teen Mom" ever, when she released those ridiculous sex tapes, when she released that erotic novel about sex tapes, every single time we thought "wow, this is the worst." But it wasn't, friends. It wasn't that at all. Because this thing she said in a recent interview is absolutely, without a doubt, the most horrible thing that she has ever done. So far.

    See, the interviewer was asking Farrah about her book, and that was fine, but then she asked Farrah what she would do if her daughter came up to her in the future and told her that she was interested in making a sex tape. Here's how Farrah responded:

    "She probably won't be saying that, she'll be like 'I HAD to try it,' and then I'll be like 'oh, you already did it, so I'm just going to say make sure you know what you're doing with it,' because, you know, I'll be like 'this is what happened to me as your mom.' It's like mommy talk. It's the birds and the bees, and so you just share 'look, I learned this from it, I hope you don't do that, read 'Celebrity Sex Tape,' learn some lessons from Fallon Opal,' but that's really all I can say."

    OK, so there are a few very strange things about this response. The first, most important thing is that Farrah assumes that her daughter will make a sex tape. Like it's not even a question, it's going to happen. And then there's the part where Farrah used her daughter's hypothetical sex tape as a way to promote her book, which is just a brand new kind of gross. Then, if you'll notice, Farrah called this future conversation "mommy talk," because of course all moms have this conversation with their daughters. And lastly, how sad is it that Farrah thinks that this mess is all she can say? About as sad as all the rest of this, that's for sure.


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    Sean Bean let a big cat out of the proverbial "Game of Thrones" bag in a new interview.The actor who formerly played Eddard Stark (RIP) seemingly confirmed a huge fan theory about Jon Snow's parentage -- which is a pretty big spoiler for those who aren't tipped off to it.

    While "Game of Thrones" makes it clear that there's a mystery about who Jon Snow's mother is, there is some speculation that Kit Harington's character isn't actually Ned Stark's bastard son at all. In fact, it's all but confirmed that it's Jon Snow's parents people should be trying to puzzle out, and Bean says exactly that in the new interview where he talks about potentially returning in Season 5 flashbacks.

    "'I've definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there. I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you?" Bean asks -- a quote which should cause book fans to simultaneously combust in excitement. (R + L = J forever!)

    Potential spoilers for Season 5 ahead: In "A Dance With Dragons," the book that Season 5 will be partially based on, Ned's son Bran is able to have visions into the past. In one such vision, Bran sees Ned praying at a weirwood tree and hears his father seemingly talking about the fact that Jon isn't actually his son. Bean says he would be interested in returning to film those scenes.

    "So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things? You never know what those guys are going to do with that. It's got to be something special. But I'm into that. I certainly would be into that," he says. "Hopefully I'll get a call soon."

    "Game of Thrones" Season 5 is expected to premiere in spring 2015.

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    John Ryan, the businessman who was set to take over Doncaster Rovers with One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, has said the deal is off.A statement released on Thursday, purporting to be sent on behalf of the Tomlinson Ryan Trust, said the deal was "in serious doubt" because of issues with the crowd-funding initiative.He said the deal has collapsed over a lack of Football League approval. "The statement is a fabrication," Ryan told BBC Radio Sheffield.
    "It is an unauthorised version of the truth. "The situation is that the crowd-funder didn't succeed and we are very sorry about that but the real problem is with the Football League.

    "They have made it so difficult now that unless you have a bag full of cash you are going to get turned down."The Football League have been contacted but have not yet made a comment on the situation at the League One club. It had previously been expected that Ryan and Tomlinson would complete their takeover on Friday, having exchanged contracts on the deal last month. They had hoped to raise additional money to support the team through the crowd-funding initiative. The 64-year-old, who guided the club from the Conference to the Championship before ending his 15-year involvement with Rovers in November, claims he will now end his association with football.

    "As far as I am concerned this is a dark day for football," Ryan added.
    "Louis and I were just looking to do the right thing but this is the end of my involvement in football now."It has been a long love affair between myself and Doncaster Rovers but it has hit the buffers today.
    "The way I feel right now I doubt I will ever go to another football match in my life." The club's current owners Terry Bramall and Dick Watson have confirmed to BBC Radio Sheffield that they are in a position to continue running the League One club. Paul Dickov's side, relegated from the Championship in May, have not made a single signing this summer.


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    Harry Potter stars Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch have cast a spell to open a new wizarding attraction in Japan.

    The actors - who played Draco Malfoy and Luna Lovegood in the movie adaptations of JK Rowling's wizarding tales - chanted a special spell to officially open the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Japan, said the Hollywood Reporter.

    After their spell, smoke filled the archway entrance.

    When it cleared, the hundreds of fans who had queued to be there got their first glimpse of the new Hogsmeade village, which is full of themed restaurants and shops such as wand maker Ollivanders.

    Actress Evanna told the crowd: "Thank you for sharing your passion and your enthusiasm for the films and books with us as all, because it means so much after all these years to still have that love."

    The attraction in Osaka features many elements of the boy wizard's world, including a huge Hogwarts Castle, where fans can explore the classrooms, and a Hogwarts Express train.

    Visitors can also enjoy the Harry Potter And the Forbidden Journey ride and the family-friendly Flight Of The Hippogriff roller-coaster.

    Hello Japan:

    Japanese fans have always been fantastic! I have received many fan letters and met with fans since my first visit to Japan in 2009. Such continuous support from Japan made me very happy and I decided to return to Japan in November in 2010 to meet fans again. Since my first visit, I have been thinking about how I can be closer to the japanese fans and what I can do to show my appreciation for their support. Everyone made me feel at home while I was here and that touched me.

    In March of 2011, sudden tragic news came to me about Japan. I felt devastated by the fact that many lives were lost and and many children were orphaned. Immediately after hearing of the tragidy, I asked my friend in Japan at Styles On Video (SOV), who supported my activities in Japan for the previous fan meetings, if I can do anything for the victims of the tsunami and earthquake.

    We came up with the idea to raise money by selling original t-shirts to fans. This was a success.
    SOV then suggested I could contribute to create a donation of Onsen-tamago (Hotspring eggs). We purchased 2,000 eggs and had them delivered to Rikuzen-Takata city, which was one of the most damaged cities. The people who were living in shelters were in need of protein. I now had an opportunity to return to Japan and I would appreciate if my Japanese friends would come together to bring continued awareness of the tsunami victims.


    Tom Felton

    In one of the most harrowing true stories of WWII, three US Navy fliers crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific. With only a 4×8 foot life raft to carry them, and no food, water or supplies, the trio must rely on each other to survive starvation, storms, and shark attacks – and somehow steer their little raft to safety.

    Starring: Tom Felton, Jake Abel, Garrett Dillahunt

    x, x, x, x

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    Microsoft is getting out of developing original series for its Xbox gaming platform and will close Xbox Entertainment Studios in the coming months.

    The tech giant made headlines Thursday with plans to layoff as many as 18,000 employees following its recent $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phones business.

    Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced Xbox Entertainment Studios will shutter and that some projects in development and production, including a live action “Halo” series, will still be produced. Variety reported early Thursday that a shift in strategy was coming at XES, given the overall corporate restructuring at Microsoft.

    Move comes as newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella is taking a hard look at all of the company’s operations and is questioning the plan to produce a broad slate of original series for Xbox platforms.

    Microsoft recruited former CBS exec Nancy Tellem (pictured) in the fall of 2012 to lead the Santa Monica-based Xbox Studios division, which was tasked with developing programming based in part on Microsoft videogame franchises such as “Halo.” Nadella is looking to focus the company’s resources and energies into its core software, Internet and videogame businesses.

    Tellem, Jordan Levin and some of the Xbox Entertainment Studios team will remain with the company to see the completion of its original programming already in production, Microsoft said. That includes a live action “Halo” series, the first major project spearheaded by the division, that’s in advanced negotiations for a pickup at Showtime in a shared window with Xbox. Project is a co-production with Amblin TV.

    Others are the live action digital series “Halo: Nightfall,” a prequel story exec produced by Ridley Scott that will introduce a key character in the next “Halo” game, and the docu “Signal to Noise,” about the notorious Atari “E.T” game flop in the early 1980s.

    Xbox Studios also produces elaborate companion material for NFL games and other “entertainment experience” apps for Xbox, and that work is expected to continue.

    Levin, the former CEO of The WB network and Generate, a production studio and talent management company, joined Tellem’s team in February as executive VP to oversee the company’s original projects.

    In April, Tellem and Levin promoted six greenlit shows and at least 11 more in development at the NewFronts, a gathering of online networks and digital programmers seeking advertising dollars from Madison Avenue. The series were the first of a slate Tellem developed over the past two years to show how the exec planned to help the Xbox One become more of an all encompassing entertainment platform.

    But that slate is now being considerably trimmed as part of the new mandate from Nadella, a 24-year company vet who was appointed CEO succeeding Steve Ballmer in February.

    In a blog post on Thursday, Spencer added: “Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, and games are the single biggest digital life category in a mobile-first world.  Success in this category, by growing a robust Xbox business, brings additional value to Microsoft. I have stated this before, but for Xbox to be successful, we must remain committed to being a consumer-driven organization with the mission of meeting the high expectations of a passionate fan base, to create the best games and to drive technical innovation.”

    Microsoft made a big push to promote its games lineup at this year’s E3 videogame confab in Los Angeles, in May, touting a commitment to focus on games as a way to sell more Xbox One consoles.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments from the entire team in XES,” Spencer said. “They have built an impressive slate of original programming and pioneered interactive entertainment on Xbox … Change is never easy, but I believe the changes announced today help us better align with our long-term goals.”


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    A. The arch of her nose is shaved down.
    B. Her boobs are perkier.
    C. The back of her arm is slightly trimmed.
    D. The zipper on the dress is erased and the fabric is smoothed.
    E. Her tummy is slimmer.
    F. The back of her leg is smoothed and a small blemish is gone.
    Bonus: Her earring is even smaller. You think she would do the opposite…

    Considering Kim has a history of lifting pictures straight from Google, it’s possible the image was Photoshopped by someone else and Kim didn’t notice. But, also considering she and Kanye spent much of their honeymoon editing a single Instagram photo, it’s hard to imagine she didn’t spend a good amount of time analyzing the picture.

    Either way, the good news for Kim is that she looks just about as trim now (one year post-baby) as she did in 2010.


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    It seems like all of the most awesome things on this planet are celebrating big anniversaries this year, from A Nightmare on Elm Street to Gremlins, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Ghostbusters.

    You can add Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction to that list, which turns the ripe old age of 45 this year. And the birthday is being celebrated in style so read on for full details!

    THR reports that Disney Television Animation is developing a Disney Channel and Disney XD animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction.

    The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children's book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct.

    Scott Peterson ("Phineas and Ferb") will serve as writer, EP, and story editor. Joshua Pruett ("Phineas and Ferb") is on board as a consulting producer and writer.

    More as we learn it!

    This could be decent but I wish there'd actually be some solid progress on the del Toro movie which is supposedly still eventually going to happen.

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    The DashCon organizers have released an official statement about the events that led to the fandom convention being described as a "complete disaster". The statement cites "mismanaged communication", contract misinformation and clerical errors for the convention's troubles. The official statement comments on all of the major concerns raised about the convention, ranging from the emergency fundraising drive to pay for outstanding costs, the cancellation of the Welcome To Night Vale podcast appearance, missing hotel rooms for guests of the convention, and allegations that minors were being allowed into 18+ panels. The organizers take responsibility for some of the problems, provide explanations for others, and also offer apologies to their attendees, guests, and the hotel that hosted the event. Two unnamed members of DashCon's staff have been removed from the company in the wake of the convention's missteps.

    The convention, which aspired to be "the largest gathering of Tumblr users to date", was held at the Renaissance Schaumburg hotel in Illinois from July 11 through 13. On Friday, July 11, the event organizers scrambled to raise $17,000 to cover outstanding costs for the hotel. "Only about $7,000 was money still due on the venue itself, as $10,000+ was for 'at event services,' such as electricity, which wasn't even quoted to us until a day or two prior to Thursday night's early registration," says Megan Eli, DashCon owner, in the official statement. According to Eli, the terms governing when payment was expected in the contract with the hotel were not correct, and the staff member who handled the contract has been removed. The official statement includes DashCon's accounting records for payments made to the hotel, showing $21,000 paid before the convention and $22,237.45 paid between July 11 and July 14. Cash donations from attendees amounted to just over $11,770, while donations raised on PayPal were disbursed to the hotel in two payments of $3,000 each, due to daily spending limits on the PayPal Debit Card used to access the funds. Attendees who wish to have their cash or PayPal donations refunded have been instructed to contact the convention by 11:59 pm Eastern on Saturday, July 19. DashCon has provided details about how to request a refund.

    DashCon also explains in detail what happened to result in the Welcome to Night Vale podcast event, including posting excerpts of emails. The Welcome to Night Vale team held a Meet & Greet with fans on July 11, and after the event Eli contacted the staff member who possessed their payment check. Unable to reach the staff member by phone, Eli states that Welcome to Night Vale team agreed to accept their payment the following day. In light of the fundraising drive, Jeffrey Cranor of the Welcome to Night Vale cast contacted the administrators with his concerns about their payment, and requested payment by cash or cashier's check before their performance. An unidentified staff member agreed to this request, which Eli and other organizers state they were not aware of until July 15. Lack of communication between staff resulted in the request not being fulfilled, and the Welcome to Night Vale event being cancelled. The staff member who replied to the request has since been let go. Refunds for reserved seating for the Welcome to Night Vale event will not be offered. Eli gives the following explanation for this decision:

    After speaking to our legal counsel, we have been advised that we are unable to provide refunds on these seats. This decision was based on several of DashCon's Rules and Policies, which can be found here. The pertinent rules are quoted below:

    #21: DashCon will not refund badges or reserved WTNV seats for any reason.

    It has been confirmed that this rule was changed to reflect WTNV seats mid-event, but other rules render any change to #21 moot regardless.
    #25: The Schedule is subject to change at any time, even during the convention.
    Last line on the Rules and Policies page: "DashCon reserves the right to change these rules at any time, and attendees are responsible for their own individual knowledge of the convention rules."
    DashCon has been instructed that refunding the reserved seats in direct opposition with our rules would call into question all of our rules and policies. We are both saddened by and understanding of this stance. Potentially losing the enforcement of all of our rules and policies is not something we can risk now or at any time in the future. For anyone who has questions regarding this decision, we will [upon request] direct you to our legal counsel.

    The statement also offers an explanation of the now-infamous tiny ball pit. "Photos on the website were not representative of products received, and the company has been contacted with photographic evidence of the quality and size of products provided to us," says Eli. When the Welcome to Night Vale event was cancelled, attendees were offered entry into a raffle and "an extra hour with the ball pit" as compensation. According to Eli, when that offer was posted, "[T]he Con Head who posted it had never actually seen the product we received, and those of us who had were unavailable to provide input at the time."

    Issues with rooms for guests of the convention are explained as a clerical error, and reports that minors got into 18+ panels is dismissed, with Eli stating that all attendees had their identification checked before entering those panels, due to problems with the 'Over 18' bracelets supplied by the convention. The bracelets were not attached tightly enough, or were attached to badges, completely defeating their purpose. Eli dismisses rumors that the Renaissance Schaumburg was unhappy with the convention attendees and that they "didn't like the 'type of clientele'" brought in by the event, and apologizes for passing on the rumors. "When two of the Con Heads were told by the third that such a thing had been said or otherwise insinuated, it wasn't wholly unbelievable - as it's happened to so many other events in the past - and, in our state of panic, we believed what we were told, therein passing it along to our attendees."

    While DashCon has owned up to some of its mistakes, the convention clearly suffered from mismanagement, miscommunication, and poor planning. The next DashCon is already being planned, to be held June 19-20, 2015 at the Indianapolis Convention Centre.

    You can read the full statement here.

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    "Fancy" is no longer #1, but thanks to Hot 100 gains for their new songs, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX can stay happy.

    While their blockbuster “Fancy” is no longer number one on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, both Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX enjoy gains for their follow-up efforts.

    “Boom Clap,” Charli XCX’s breakthrough solo offering, rises to a new peak of #16 on this week’s edition of the chart. A consistent digital seller and a strong gainer at radio, the song should continue to rise in the coming weeks.

    Iggy Azalea’s follow-up track “Black Widow,” which features Rita Ora, also hits a new peak this week. Fueled by a 118% increase to 41,000 weekly sales, “Black Widow” surges to #65 on the Hot 100. It was #97 last week.

    The chart leader for seven consecutive weeks, “Fancy” this week slips to #2 on Billboard’s all-encompassing single track chart. MAGIC!’s breakthrough “Rude” takes over #1.


    this is their summer/year<3

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    COULD Nicole Scherzinger be too old for Radio 1? Well, it seems she’s “not right” for their youthful target audience.

    For the second time in just over a year, the BBC have left 36-year-old Nicole off their playlist. And as happened with her March hit Boomerang, her single Your Love is riding high in the charts regardless.

    Capital FM, who also ignored Boomerang on their playlist, relented and put it on Tuesday when it shot up the iTunes chart.

    This week, Your Love is battling with Rixton for the top spot in Sunday’s Official Charts. But while the boyband, who are in their mid-20s, are getting maximum support on the station’s A-list, Nicole hasn’t even scraped on to the C-list. The boys are 12,000 copies ahead in the race for No1.(except she is down to #7 on UK iTunes now)

    In a statement, Radio 1 said: “Each track is considered for the playlist based on its musical merit and whether it is right for our target audience, with decisions made on a case-by-case basis.” Our sources said: “Nicole’s single was discussed at the playlist meeting but it wasn’t considered a priority track.

    “It’s not personal against her – she has been a guest on Radio 1 and the track has been played – just not playlisted. Radio 1 play a much wider range of artists than commercial radio, who largely concentrate on playing hits.”

    The station have been criticised for branding artists, such as Robbie Williams, “not relevant” because they are older than the station’s usual listeners.

    Radio 1 target the 15-24 age group, and Robbie’s 2012 single Candy failed to achieve playlist status when he released it at the age of 38. The current A-list includes Ariana Grande, 21, George Ezra, 21, Ella Eyre, 20, and teen boyband The Vamps.


    So Radio 1 won't play you, Capital FM only playlisted you 2 days ago and KISS has you in the 30's on theirs, what are you gonna do sis?UK ONTD'ers: Buy Your Love on iTunes!

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    The CW show Supernatural left fans angry when an attempt at a promotional hashtag went awry.

    Producers of the CW's primetime drama Supernatural found themselves backtracking Wednesday after a hashtag that was meant to create buzz around the show backfired, with frustrated fans voicing their allegations of "queer baiting" a yet-to-materialize romantic relationship between main character Dean Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles, and angel Castiel, portrayed by Misha Collins.

    The phrase queer baiting generally refers to when TV shows or movies hint at possible same-sex relationships, generally to appease their LGBT fans, without ever actually developing that relationship on-screen. It's not a new allegation for Supernatural, as the Urban Dictionary definition of the term "queer baiting," published last year, specifically references the show.

    Apparently unaware of the potential for hashtags to be "highjacked" by those with less than promotional intentions, the show promoted the hashtag #AskSupernatural through the show's Twitter account on Wednesday, looking to drum up conversation about the show in the week leading up to San Diego Comic-Con. After fans primarily used the hashtag to critique the show's unconfirmed subtext, the Supernatural Twitter account deleted its post promoting #AskSupernatural.

    The show's viewers and followers on Twitter kept the questions coming, though:

    For a few seasons, the sexual tension between Dean and Castiel has been building, prompting fans to speculate about a possible romantic relationship between the two, even creating a couple name for the two: Destiel. Some fans have argued that the character of Dean is sexually fluid, with some even labeling him bisexual. Creators and actors involved with the show have hinted at a romantic relationship on social media and in interviews, adding fuel to the firey rumors.

    In an interview with the Huffington Post in 2012, Collins, who plays Castiel, said the relationship between Dean and Cas was going to grow.

    “The scripts that I've seen so far have been dealing very much with that relationship between Dean and Castiel," Collins said. "Whether that's going to be the most significant or a very significant thread throughout the season, I'm not sure, but my speculation is that yes, it will be fairly [important]."

    Then in two different interviews in 2013, one with the Huffington Post and another with TV Fantatic, Collins offered more overt hints to the relationship, saying he recieved a note from showrunner Jeremy Carver to play his character as a "jilted lover" when Castiel and Dean are reuinted.

    Groups of fans have encouraged, and even demanded, that the producers make good on the same-sex subtext, with some announcing they have quit watching the show, frustrated and feeling they'd been led on.

    Indeed, it's tough to label the relationship between the two characters, but there have been several scenes that would seem out of place to occur between two heterosexual men who were "just friends." Last season, Dean tells Castiel that he "needs" him — though Daily Dot later revealed that the script originally called for Dean to tell Castiel "I love you."


    Which TV show queer baits the most in your opinion, ontd?

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    Bong Joon-Ho‘s big screen adaptation of Snowpiercer imagines a massive luxury cruise train powered by a perpetual-motion engine that travels around the world. The film is a science fiction story that uses this construct to tell a story of haves and have-nots stuck on a train that has saved them from an ice age that has surely killed most, if not all, of humanity on the planet.

    While I was watching the movie, I wondered to myself why hasn’t anyone tried to make a luxury cruise-style train. Sure, I understand a global-connected track is not possible, almost as impossible as a perpetual-motion engine that runs the fictional train. But the idea of a luxury cruise ship-like train seemed interesting. I can definitely imagine rich people spending loads of money to live in luxury as they watch the countryside pass by them at high speeds. Why have we not seen anything like it created? Is it that comically unpractical?

    Well, Japan has announced the development of a new luxury train, called “The Cruise Train” which could be the predecessor of a real life Snowpiercer train. Details and photos after the jump.

    The new luxury cruise-style train has been commissioned by Japan’s JR East Railway Company and will be able to run on both electric and non-electric tracks. The 10-carriage train will cost about $50 million to develop, seat 34 passengers, and hopes to begin running in Spring 2017. The train was designed by Ken Okuyama, who worked as a chief designer for General Motors, a senior designer for Porsche AG and design director for Pininfarina, the company behind the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte.

    The train will consist of five suites, one deluxe suite, two glass-walled observation cars, a dining car, and lounge. The five normal suites will each have a private bathroom with a shower with a toilet. The deluxe suite will feature a top sleeping space on the split level with a traditional Japanese dining area, and two double beds on the bottom. The observation carriage at the front of the train will allow passengers to see onto the tracks ahead. Bad news: no pool or aquarium cars on this version of the Snowpiercer.

    Here are some concept images courtesy of the East Japan Railway Company:


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    So ONTD... do you want to ride a real-life Snowpiercer train?

    Also... Tail Section or Front Section? ;)

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    source: me + my tv

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    You’d expect a magazine spread splashed with naked bodies to get a great deal of attention, but no-one could have anticipated the standout star of ESPN The Magazine’s 2014 Body issue. Enter Major League Baseball player Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers.

    The five-time All Star baseball player takes center stage in one of the issue’s skin barring shots which almost instantly prompted ridicule and criticism online. While many condemned Fielder for not having a typical athletic body, others used the nude shot to make him the butt of their jokes.

    Here’s a sampling of the many insults Fielder faced:

    i was tempted to have another donut this morning. Then i saw the photo of naked Prince Fielder. Thanks, ESPN.
    Last year, ESPN Body had a pregnant Kerri Walsh, looks like they wanted something similar this year #PrinceFielder @jaymohr37 #JayMohrSports
    @ESPNMag @RealPFielder28 why do you think we want to see this? Just why?
    Wtf were you thinkin ESPN?? That cover *ugh* was not attractive #PrinceFielder
    Sorry #PrinceFielder, but if i lived to be 99, i didn’t need to see this. Thanks #ESPN. Reason 568 i dumped the mag
    #PrinceFielder naked in #ESPNBodyissue. Excuse me while i claw my eyes out.#cantunseethat #bodybyPapaJohns
    brb putting bleach in my eyes. RT @TerezOwens: The interweb has already started on #PrinceFielder
    in the issue’s interview, Fielder comments on his body saying the following:

    A lot of people probably think i’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but i do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack. i work out to make sure i can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, i’m not going up there trying to be a fitness model.

    Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you should be the target of such harsh judgement and body shaming, either. Luckily, there were also several messages of support to counter the negative comments, like:

    #PrinceFielder in the #ESPNBodyissue is nothing short of awesome. We have athletes of every size, let’s showcase it. #power
    You know what? Good for #PrinceFielder . Athletic bodies don’t have to look the way shallow people think they should.
    @RealPFielder28 looks powerful n the body issue, love it! #PrinceFielder #realmenhavecurves
    showing some love to Prince Fielder and @ESPNMag for athletic thick men, six who? #skoreboards #PrinceFielder
    The hashtag #HuskyTwitter even emerged starting a much needed appreciation for body acceptance and love with tweets like:

    #HuskyTwitter salutes #PrinceFielder for going nude in ESPN Magazine’s Body issue
    Prince Fielder is large and in charge of his own body image #HuskyTwitter
    i’m really glad #huskytwitter became a thing. All bodies deserve love, praise, appreciation, and everything else.
    To #HuskyTwitter, With Love. it’s about time we show our love for men (and women) of all body types
    Prince Fielder got me feeling like i can accomplish it all today. #HuskyTwitter
    Finally…. a hashtag for me. i feel at home. #HuskyTwitter
    if there is anything to be learned from this whole situation, it’s that body shaming and body image concerns aren’t exclusively a woman’s issue. if what happened to Fielder doesn’t convince you then how about this recent Today/AOL body image survey which found that men worry about their appearance more than they worry about their health, family, relationships or professional success.

    That’s not all. The survey also found that nearly half of all men think about their personal appearance several times each day and 53% said they felt unsure about their appearance at least once a week. Dieting was also a major concern among men with 63% of participants saying they “always feel like (they) could lose weight.” Women also aren’t the only ones who worry when it comes to beach season. The survey found that 44% of men feel uncomfortable wearing bathing suits and another 41% said they worry that people will judge their appearance.

    While we’ve long filed body image concerns as a concern for women, the issue now often hits home for men as well. Another study from the JAMA Pediatrics looked at body image in younger boys. The study found that 18% of boys are highly concerned about their weight and body. Of these nearly half were predominately worried about gaining more muscle. Such concerns resulted in boys being more likely to be depressed and engage in high-risk behaviors such as binge drinking and drug use.

    One of the factors for this growing concern among boys can be attributed to the toys they play with, says the study. Action figures today feature bulging muscle with sleek six packs and even Halloween costumes for youngsters come padded with fake muscles and drawn on definition. The message that muscles make a man sexy and powerful could not be more clear. Just like Barbie warps girls’ views of what is beautiful, action figures and costumes warp boys’ views of what they should look like if they want to be attractive.

    That’s why Fielder’s inclusion in ESPN’s Body issue is so special. His nude shots are a great contrast to the everyday examples that engulf young boys’ and men’s lives. Showing a male figure like Fielder who is not only strong, but also proud of his huskier body, is proof positive that beautiful bodies come in all shapes and sizes.

    Now, i’d say that’s a home run.


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    Bill Maher, the host of HBO's political talk show "Real Time With Bill Maher," sent a tweet Thursday about the Palestinian militant group Hamas that compared them to a "crazy woman" that "you have to slap."

    "Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who's trying to kill u - u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her," Maher wrote.

    Maher's tweet seemed to be a defense of an Israeli military operation launched Thursday in response to repeated Hamas rocket attacks. The tweet immediately provoked a backlash online, but as of this writing, Maher has not posted any clarification.

    Business Insider reached out to HBO asking if Maher had any statement responding to critics and whether the network believed his comment was appropriate. HBO referred us to Maher's personal representatives, who did not immediately respond.


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    Earlier this year, sitting down with David Letterman, Courteney Cox was subjected—as all Friends cast members invariably are, when they visit any sort of talk show—to a grilling about a potential Friends reunion. “It’s not gonna happen,” Cox said, not even obliging Letterman (and the scores of Friends fans clutching their stuffed-monkey Marcels at home) with the typical vague, “We’ll see . . . I’d always be down!” answer often employed in such situations. Adding insult to injury (so Monica of her), Cox revealed she hasn’t even been able to get the group together for dinner for 10 years. “It doesn't happen,” she said. “I mean, I can get the girls to come, maybe Matthew Perry. Matt LeBlanc cancelled last time, right at the last minute. Schwimmer lives here [in New York] . . . so it’s just not going to happen.”

    Pics From last night:

    As hard as this still is for us to process (if we were part of a club as widely celebrated as the Friends Six, we would be sending ‘em group texts all day long, delivering grainy pictures of reruns playing in waiting rooms, sending out links to ridiculous tabloid stories about Jennifer Aniston with quippy commentary, riffing on the “Ross Is Not Cool” graffiti . . .), we can’t help but feel buoyed by the fact that last night, in Hollywood, the women of Friends re-united, as Aniston, Cox, and Lisa Kudrow convened for dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood. The trio was not photographed together, frustratingly, which will prove a challenge for the tabloids, who no doubt would have used the picture to create some sort of “Jen Turns to Friends Friends for Support After Accidentally Watching an Airplane Movie Featuring Brad Pitt in It” cover story.

    Seriously, though, this dinner, unsurprisingly, has immediately sparked headlines of a potential Friends reunion. C’mon, guys, you can’t reconvene even just for, like, a Thanksgiving special? And think, once you do it, no one will ever ask you about it again! Wouldn’t that be a relief?! (Look at all those Arrested Development people—we harassed them for years, they went and made that Netflix season, and now . . . well, when’s the last time you heard an actor being asked about making more Arrested Development?) It’s also possible these three were meeting so that Jen (or Courteney, also engaged!) could ask the other two to be her co-maids of honor, which would be equally as amazing. Or Lisa may have wanted to see if Jen and Courteney would have been game to appear as themselves on an episode of The Comeback revival this fall (see, guys, reunions are fun and easy!). Or maybe they’re just getting a head start on a joint Kardashian Halloween costume (Jen as Kim, Courteney as Kourtney, Lisa as Khloe, obviously). In any event, celebrate by taking the day off work to stay at home and watch your Friends DVD; just send your boss this article by way of explanation and we’re sure he’ll understand.


    Oblig Friends nostalgia post. What were your fave Friends moments~

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    It’s been a big week for Marvel fans. First, the company unveiled the new Thor, a woman who takes over the title and responsibilities of the God of Thunder after the current Thor is deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, and then the first look at the villains of The Avengers: Age of Ultron was revealed along with their new, Iron Man-centric backstories. But Marvel wasn’t quite done yet, and on Wednesday night, they turned to The Colbert Show to reveal that Sam Wilson, better known as Falcon, would be carrying the shield as the new Captain America.

    Of course, all of these changes lead to one big question: how will this affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thus far, the two have operated as separate continuities, but both the solo and Avengers films take their cues from the comics. But while it’s likely that Tony’s new attitude might bleed over into his movie counterpart, the real thing that fans are wondering is whether or not Anthony Mackie will get to inherit the shield from Chris Evans. And it’s a possibility we’ve been thinking a lot about as well.

    Why We Might See Mackie as Captain America:

    Though it’s the first time that Falcon has inherited the title of Captain America, he has a long history of carrying the shield whenever Steve is hurt or otherwise incapacitated, and has temporarily filled in for Cap multiple times over his fifty year run in the comics. Although Bucky Barnes’ stint as Cap is better known, Sam actually has a bigger history in the stars and stripes to draw from. Picking Sam as the new Cap would open up a lot more possibilities for the writers in terms of the stories they could tell and the comic books they could draw from.

    Depending on how many movies Evans has left in his contract, it could also allow them to switch to a new Cap sooner than they could with Bucky, who at the end of The Winter Soldier still doesn’t remember anything about his life before becoming a HYDRA super-assassin. Passing the mantle to Falcon would allow them more time with Bucky’s story, and they wouldn’t need to rush through his discovery and recovery process in order to get him into Cap’s uniform quickly. Bucky’s story is a complex, compelling one, and it would be a shame to see the films bypass a lot of what makes it so interesting simply to rush him into a new uniform. The recent films’ focus on the psychological consequences of being a superhero has been one of the most engaging and entertaining parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Bucky is a prime candidate to explore more of those issues, and to add new layers to the story.

    At this point in the films, Sam is in a better position to take over for Cap. His dedication to helping Steve, no questions asked, and to supporting him on his quest to repair the damage that HYDRA has done to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the American people is very reminiscent of Steve’s willingness to do anything to protect America, its ideals, and its people. Like Steve, he is a good guy through and through, the kind of person who would protect, inspire and encourage the American people, which is exactly what Captain America is supposed to do. Sam already embodies much of what makes Captain America the hero he is, just a little flashier and a little louder. Mackie is also in a slightly better position to inherit the franchise than Sebastian Stan is. Though both are talented actors who have been working for a long time, and are just starting to break through to the mainstream, Mackie is a bit more well-known and dynamic than Stan, which will no doubt come in handy with all of the press and fan attention that the actor who plays Captain America will have to deal with. And like both Evans and Stan, Mackie is a fan favorite, having won over everyone with his enthusiasm for his character. Nobody loves Falcon more than Mackie, and nobody would love being Cap more than Mackie would.

    Why We Probably Won’t See Mackie As Captain America:

    Unfortunately, it seems seriously unlikely that we will ever see Sam inherit the title of Captain America on the big screen. Since Marvel plans out every part of their Cinematic Universe well in advance of the films’ release, they have been laying the seeds for Bucky to take over for Cap for some time now, dropping hints in both Captain America films that foreshadow his eventual ascent to the title. It seems unlikely that they would abandon the foundations that they have been laying for years now in order to give Sam the shield, even if it would be a smart decision.

    Making Falcon the new Captain America would also risk angering the very vocal subset of fans who are reluctant to see any drastic changes made to the characters that they have become so comfortable with. Any time a character’s race gets changed – like when Miles Morales became Spider Man or Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four or Samuel L. Jackson was picked to play Nick Fury – some fans get upset about it, and because their negative outlook gets attention from both press and other fans, the studios become convinced that their position is the one that the entire fandom holds. Studios aren’t going to want to risk alienating a major part of their audience, and so they continue to make the safest choices imaginable. Why else do you think it’s taken so long for us to get a female-fronted superhero film?

    Despite the quality of their films and the diversity of the heroes and comic books they have to offer, Marvel is still focused on pleasing their fans in order to make money. That means that if they think that audiences will be happier watching the white dudes they’re comfortable with save the world, that’s what they’re going to give them. It doesn’t matter how many issues Sam’s tenure as Captain America sells, or how much praise the books get, transitioning from Evans to Stan is the safer choice, and therefore the one most likely to make the most moviegoers happy. By catering to the fans who make the most noise, even if they’re the smallest subset of the fandom, Marvel will feel like it’s catering to the entire fanbase, which is why it’s so difficult to get Hollywood studios to break away from their standard formula.

    On top of that, there’s no telling exactly how long Sam’s run as Cap will last. Comic books are constantly revamping and rebooting themselves, which means that plots are constantly being retconned and changed. If Sam is only going to have a short run as Cap, then the filmmakers might be hesitant to restructure the films around this new development, especially if they’re worried about how fans will react. Yes, Bucky’s time as Cap wasn’t particularly long, but the shift in power has been around long enough that they not only know how fans feel about it, but they’ve also been able to work out how best to incorporate it into the films.

    We might only get to see Sam as Captain America in the comic books, but at least we have the knowledge that even that is enough to make Anthony Mackie the happiest person on earth right now. And when Mackie's happy, everyone is.


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    There are always those actors who rise above early on. Even when a movie implodes around them, like "Another Happy Day" did around Ezra Miller, there is something in the performance that makes them stand out, that lingers long after. The way Miller handled the nervous energy of a teen on a precipitous emotional edge, or the sadness in Garrett Hedlund's angsty singer in "Country Strong." They not only make an imprint in the role but they also tantalize about what they might do next.

    Others, like Dev Patel, are discovered in an unexpected whirlwind when a film like "Slumdog Millionaire" hits like a hurricane. Director Danny Boyle's tale of a Mumbai teen caught in a game-show controversy charmed audiences and won eight Oscars, including best picture. Though Patel, just 18 at the time, didn't get an Oscar nod, his performance as a romantic teen refusing to be broken by brutal interrogations put him on the map — and certainly my radar.

    Such actors have that sense of promise — one of the first things I look for when I see a new face on-screen — and it became a key factor in compiling my list of 30 under 30 who matter, members of a generation more interested in the art than the artifice. The ones I've singled out represent a diverse array of talent. But there is a tonal quality as well that resonates through the list, an earnestness and directness in the actors' approach to the work, more of what we think of as an indie style even when the project is in blockbuster territory or playing with extremes of sci-fi fantasy.

    It's a generational gene pool that is particularly rich in talent, so rich that limiting the list to 30 has required painful cuts. My list is also whiter than I would like, a reflection of Hollywood's continued bad casting habits. It's not that actors of color don't break through but that the journey is often longer and more circuitous.

    Though TV is far from a colorblind medium either, with so many dramas and comedies to populate, it remains a better place to find emerging Latino, Asian and African American talent.

    There is a lot of heavy traffic among screens of all sizes these days. For actors, the creative distance between Imax and iPhone, three-hour blockbusters and three-minute webisodes, is disappearing. But because film is the primary concentration for these actors, as it is mine, it's the first criteria for making my cut.

    Whatever perks of fame and fortune might come their way as a result — and several tied to mega franchises in "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" have had explosive head starts — this crew seems to truly care about the craft.

    Yet at some point, a career in the movie industry becomes a question of staying power. I was especially curious about the "Harry Potter" kids. Would they fade to black along with "The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" in 2011? Not hardly. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in particular have not only survived but they have also thrived on smaller fare, smartly going more indie and eclectic, making interesting choices, though a great deal of Radcliffe's time at the moment is being spent onstage.

    For "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, you had to wonder whether there was something more beyond the steamy vampire romance. It was clearer sooner with Stewart, who quickly embraced edgy projects and infused them with an unaffected reality that earned her critical acclaim. Pattinson is finally gaining traction with a string of demanding roles in the offing and an impressive turn in the just-released "The Rover," a case of a gritty turn rising above the project.

    The final measure for me in weighing whom to include is that sense of trajectory. It's the sense that the roles right around the corner are likely to push the actors to creative and artistic higher ground — that these 30 under 30 won't accede only to what Hollywood, that great lover of youth, desires but that they will also take on a wide range of roles and find ways within each to make them their own — essentially, the Meryl Streep model.

    Most of the names you know well. Several have careers that stretch back to their grade-school years. Elle Fanning began following in big sister Dakota's footsteps when she was only 3, first playing younger versions of Dakota's characters. At 6, her emotionally nuanced performance as the young daughter in a damaged family, with Jeff Bridges playing her writer-father in "The Door in the Floor," set a course for the kind of affecting acting that continues to define her work.

    Mia Wasikowska started at 15 with a TV series but soon moved her haunting presence to film and has been giving indelible performances in movies large and small since. In contrast, Carey Mulligan seemed to burst on the scene fully formed at 24 in "An Education." But in truth, the actress had been in the BBC TV trenches, where greatness is honed.

    Nearly all on my list have awards to their credit. A remarkable number have already been Oscar-nominated: Saoirse Ronan for "Atonement," Ellen Page for "Juno," Anna Kendrick for "Up in the Air," Rooney Mara for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit," Mulligan for "An Education."

    At 23, Jennifer Lawrence stands alone — with a lead actress Oscar on her shelf for "Silver Linings Playbook" and nominations for "American Hustle" and "Winter's Bone." She just topped Forbes' most powerful actress list. And I'll just throw in how well Lawrence plays on Fallon. That would be "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," which has quickly become its own influential proving ground, requiring even superstars to play games and play them well.

    The climb has not been so fast or so starry for others. After only a handful of roles, Alden Ehrenreich's breakthrough came last year in the bewitching "Beautiful Creatures" and as Cate Blanchett's recalcitrant stepson in "Blue Jasmine." He remains an intriguing question mark for now. Hedlund, who turns 30 in September, had his first good year in 2010, managing to make a mark in the marginal "Tron" continuation, "Tron: Legacy." But joining Stewart and Sam Riley in the 2012 film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," despite mixed reviews, opened doors for the brooding, gravel-voiced actor.

    For others, the challenge has been to be taken seriously. Brie Larson has had to fight her way out of the pretty-girl corner. It's not that the actress hasn't been busy, it's rather that the meatier parts have been harder to come by.

    Larson's affectingly earthy performance as a troubled young woman in last year's "Short Term 12" changed that. Among other projects, she's set to star in the film adaptation of Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel "Room." As Ma, Larson will be mothering a son born of rape in the single room where they are still held captive by her kidnapper. I can't wait.

    On-screen talent is an ever-shifting landscape, years come and go, names change. Last year's hunk — Channing Tatum— is this year's old guy at 34, as "22 Jump Street" has had so much fun pointing out this summer.

    By the way, for the 30 under 30 who've made my list, there are no statuettes, no red carpet. Just a "well done" from a critic who appreciates those who respect the craft, to those whose artistry is making the movies a better place to spend $14 on a Saturday night.

    Full list at Source.

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