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    Sammie, a shy 13-year-old girl from New Jersey, stepped out of the shower and pulled on a plain gray T-shirt. She left her hair wet and decided not to apply makeup. Careful not to wake her family, she looked into the camera and spoke in a near-whisper.

    “People at my school and camp say I’m the most ugliest person they’ve ever seen,” she said, “and I could be the ugliest person that could ever be living.”

    “Be honest and tell me if I am ugly or not,” she continued. “I can take it, but please don’t say really mean stuff.”

    She titled the video, “Am I Ugly or Pretty” and — like thousands of other young girls who have made similar videos — uploaded it to YouTube. Several months, 72,000 views and more than 2,000 comments later, she was no less insecure about her appearance, she said in a telephone interview in December. But she had learned a lot about the cruelty of people.

    “I don’t like to look at that video anymore,” she said. “It makes me upset. There are people telling me to kill myself, and it’s kind of heartbreaking to know there are people like that out there.”

    Louise Orwin, a London performance artist who has written and staged a performance, “Pretty Ugly,” based on her own experiences making videos.

    All she wanted, she said, was some clarity. “I had a lot of people telling me that I’m pretty, and then had a lot of other people telling me different,” she said. “So I figured, you know what? I’ll just find out what other people have to say.”

    As long as there have been 13-year-old girls, parents and friends have had to field the question, “Do you think I’m pretty?” But as a generation raised on YouTube and iPhones enters middle school, these questions are increasingly being posed to, well, anyone on the Internet. Today, one could spend hours clicking through short clips of insecure young girls, and the occasional boy, imploring the Internet to judge their appearance.

    Unlike the walled-off environments of Facebook or Instagram, or the one-on-one intimacy of messaging services like Snapchat, YouTube — stodgy as it may seem to someone who has never known a world without it — is where these girls find opinions from what they believe to be the larger world.

    “Be honest,” they often say. “I can take it.”

    Not surprisingly, results can be devastating, particularly to fragile young egos.

    “Yes, you are really ugly. Now go cry to someone that actually cares,” wrote one male commenter on a girl’s video. “Ugly at first I thought you were a boy,” a woman wrote to a girl who appeared no older than 12.

    Still, the videos keep coming. A YouTube search for “Am I Pretty?” turns up more than 23,000 results. Some of the videos date back to 2009, though most have apparently been made in the last year or two. And more are being uploaded (and taken down) every day. Lately, the phenomenon has spawned satires, spoofs, digital vigilantism and at least one piece of performance art.

    The videos follow a template: Talk into the camera, show your face, maybe share some pictures, explain your conundrum (“My friends tell me I’m pretty; it doesn’t seem like I’m pretty, though,” says one), then ask viewers to share their honest opinions in the comments. Some plead with viewers not to be mean.

    “If I’m ugly, comment, ‘You’re ugly,’ but in a nice way, please. If you’re mean, I’m going to be mad, and I’m going to be sad, like this,” says a girl named Brianna while demonstrating a frowny face. (“I think you’re pretty but a bit weird,” came one response.)

    Though “Hot or Not” sites have been around nearly as long as the Internet itself, seeing the format appropriated by pleading preteen girls has moved something deeper in a number of observers. To some, the videos are the shameful outcome of America’s creeping narcissism crisis. “It’s systemic of a young culture obsessed with the superficial,” said an opinion piece in The New York Post.
    Others are inclined to see the girls as victims. Such videos are “a new form of self-mutilation in line with cutting and eating disorders,” said one psychiatrist talking to The Associated Press. In 2012, Jezebel asked, “How do we get YouTube to make this illegal?”

    “We’re essentially forcing girls to participate in their own self-abuse and then blaming them for it,” the Huffington Post wrote.

    That nearly all the people in these videos seem to fall from 13 to 15 years old is not a coincidence, psychologists say. As young teenagers enter middle school, they start to leave behind the cocoon of family and childhood friends and reassess themselves by society’s standards. It’s what the psychologist Erik Erikson called the Identity Versus Confusion phase, when children struggle to understand how their emerging selves might fit into the larger picture. YouTube provides a modern resource for teenagers grappling with a timeless problem.

    “It’s very developmentally normal to want validation, and start thinking about image and about how do I define myself at that age,” said Yalda T. Uhls, a psychiatrist and researcher with the Children’s Digital Media Center in Los Angeles. “Normally they would ask their friends, but now they have this tool.”

    As any parent of a preteen already knows, there is a huge difference between knowing how to upload a video to YouTube and understanding the consequences of doing so. “Just because they know how to press the right buttons or turn off their geo location doesn’t mean they understand social learning or how the opposite sex thinks,” Dr. Uhls said.

    “They don’t understand when they put themselves out there that they are opening themselves up to this wide community,” she said. “It’s not the safe family environment they’re used to.”

    If some girls are making these videos as a pre-emptive strike against bullying, a way to say hurtful things about themselves before others can, they are at least finding protectors. Like so many big sisters, a handful of video bloggers have responded with their own clips, explaining to girls why they should stop seeking validation from strangers — or shaming the commenters who insult them.

    Others have found the humor in the videos, mockingly posing the “Am I pretty?” question to Siri, a smartphone assistant. (“You can’t handle the truth,” she responds.) Louise Orwin, a London performance artist, has written and staged a performance, “Pretty Ugly,” based on her own experiences making “Am I pretty?” videos under assumed characters.

    “What I found was that it wasn’t the ‘you should die’ comments that affected me,” Ms. Orwin, 27, said in a telephone interview, “but ones like ‘Your eyes are too close together.’ It was really hard to take, so I can’t imagine if I had been 10 years younger and receiving those messages.”

    For Sammie, the experience was similarly affecting. “It left me pretty depressed,” she said. Still, until recently, she had remained defiant about taking down the video, equating its removal with admitting she is ugly. This spring (coincidentally or not) the video disappeared just weeks after her father, who did not return calls for comment, learned it existed.

    Before the video was taken down, Sammie said that she was thinking about making a sequel, this time with makeup. “So people can see how I look during the day,” she said, “and a little bit older than how I was.”

    Jessica's Tweet x New York Times

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    Nicki Minaj owned this past weekend.

    Before releasing her second single "Anaconda" on Sunday, August 3, Nicki Minaj surprised the Barbz when appearing on the remix to Beyoncé's "Flawless."

    Late Saturday, August 2, Beyoncé dropped a remix to the Beyoncé song without notice. While some outlets (HipHopWired, Miss Info) sensed a collaboration between the two superstars was coming, it was mostly kept under wraps until the week of.

    Nicki Minaj called into Hot 97 on Monday morning to share how the remix came to be: "A month or two ago, Gee [Roberson] called me when I was on my way to Vegas and said, 'Beyoncé wants you to remix to 'Flawless.'' After I got proper medical help and started breathing again, I was like, 'What?'"

    "She sent me a version that she wanted. She told me, 'I want you to be you. I don't want you to hold back." I said, 'You sure?' She said, 'Yeah. I want you to be you and do you." I was actually in New York writing the verse. I recorded the verse in New York and she stopped by the studio. She was such a sweetheart. She was hyping me up, 'Do your thing. Don't hold back. Go in.' I was like, 'Okay. Alright,'" she continued.

    Since they met up at the NYC studio, Nicki Minaj has been sending Bey' photos of herself for the single artwork. The single cover features a collage of selfies of both, individually. "We've just been waiting for her to drop it. She said she was going to drop it in the middle of the ['On the Run'] tour. I wrote the verse before she even went on tour. We've been going back and forth. I've been sending her photos of myself. We've been going back and forth about the mixes and the single art."

    "And now, here you have it."

    Nicki Minaj revealed that while she's remixed Beyoncé's stuff in the past, such as her remix of "Sweet Dreams," featuring Lil Wayne, she almost thought a collaboration between the two wouldn't happen. "When I was putting out mixtapes and stuff, I would always remix her stuff. I have a dope remix that my fans have always been in love with, to one of her songs, "Sweet Dreams," [that] me and Wayne did. I figured that eventually we would do something together. I mean, I'm not gonna lie. Recently I thought it would never happen 'cause I felt like if she was going to ask me, she would have asked."

    "I think the stars aligned the right way. We are just in the right places in our careers that it makes sense now. With the release to her last album, her records are geared to what I do now."


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    Heading to her concert in New York


    Leaving New York City

    Leaving her hotel in New York City

    Leaving her hotel in NYC again

    @mileycyrus: cuz that's what friendz are for @angeloevans #gottagogottagorightnow


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    Source: Whoo Kid@youtube

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    There really isn't much to the Matt Murdock costume. At night the character hits the streets looking like an action hero version a demon, but during the day his employment as a lawyer keeps him wearing nice suits and dark sunglasses to protect his permanently-damaged eyes. It will be a very exciting day when we get to see the vigilante in his new costume for the upcoming live-action Marvel Studios series for Netflix - but today we're just going to have to settle for what the character looks like out of his superhero garb.

    The Instagram embed you see above comes from user craigengler (via SuperheroHype), who spent part of today on the set of Daredevil while it is in production in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The image came with the caption "And here's a sneak peek of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in Daredevil." Simple, and to the point.

    While a red tie would have perhaps been a nice touch, it's hard to complain about the accuracy of the Matt Murdock adaptation:

    The shot was actually one of two that craigengler posted, though the second was decidedly less revealing. He uploaded the following image with the caption, "So Netflix's Daredevil is filming in Greenpoint today under the code-name "Bluff". I got a sneak peek for you"

    In addition to Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, the new Marvel Studios series also stars Vincent D'onofrio as The Kingpin, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Rosario Dawson in a mystery role. Unlike the films we've seen so far from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the series is expected to be much smaller in scope and focus on street level crime. Daredevil is actually one of four Marvel shows in the works at Netflix, the others being Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, and the plan is to eventually have all of the shows link up for a Defenders minseries.

    While filming is happening now, Daredevil isn't expected to air until sometime next year - which is definitely sad news (though it will be available to binge-watch on its premiere date). Hopefully it won't be too long before we get our first look at the new costume for the lead, and when we do you can be sure that you'll find it here first.

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    As if Nickelodeon wasn't already a school of rock with its many teen stars turned pop stars, the network announced it has given a straight-to-series order to a small-screen adaptation of the 2003 film "School of Rock."

    The network is teaming up with Paramount Television, the small-screen arm of Paramount Pictures (the studio that produced the film), to produce the series. It marks Paramount Television's first dip into children's programming.

    As with the film, the show will follow the madcap adventures of a rocker-turned-substitute teacher Dewey Finn at a prestigious prep school. The film starred Jack Black in the lead role and featured Miranda Cosgrove as one of his pipsqueak pupils before she went on to star on Nickelodeon in "iCarly."

    “'School of Rock' is one of those great movies that always felt quintessentially Nickelodeon in its tone and humor, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Paramount Television and bring it to life as a TV series,” Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nickelodeon said in a statement. “Once again, kids will be able to laugh and rock!”

    The network has ordered 13 episodes of the series. Production is scheduled to begin this fall, with a rollout slated for next spring. Casting for the series, according to the network, will be announced soon.

    In addition to writing the series, Jim and Steve Armogida ("Crash & Berstein," "My Family") will serve as executive producers and show runners. And the film's kingpins will have a hand in the small-screen version: the movie's director Richard Linklater (currently earning buzz with his film opus "Boyhood") and producer Scott Rudin will be executive producers of the series.


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    In what is the biggest mystery to take place inside of an elevator since Solange went berserk on Jay Z, Taylor Swift shared a "clue" (to what, we're not sure) in the form of an Instagram video. In the video, she repeatedly presses an elevator button labeled 18. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?! We don't know. But having watched True Detective and also some old Law & Order: SVUs, we feel equipped to get to the bottom of things using only our minds (and a healthy dose of rampant, unfounded speculation). Here are 18 possible solutions to the "18" mystery that has haunted our nation for nearly five hours:

    1. 18 is a date. As in August 18. Expect new music on August 18.

    5. 18 is the number of times Ed Sheeran called and left a voicemail asking for a feature on her new album.

    11. 18 is the number of times Taylor's ended and then rekindled her friendship with Selena Gomez.

    13. 18 is, on a scale of 10, how good Taylor looks after hitting the gym. (2, on the same scale, is how good the rest of us look after the gym.)

    16.18 is the number of takes it took Taylor to get her one line right in The Giver.


    ontd what do u think the 18 means?? and what do you think the next clues will be?

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    Theresa Roemer, a 52-year-old entrepreneur and former beauty queen, said the thief broke in through a bathroom window on Friday night and stole designer bags and jewelry. The 3,000-square-foot space in Roemer’s Houston-area home has been called the ‘largest closet in America.’


    A Three-story fantasy "she-cave" closet that has gained worldwide attention has caught the eye of burglars, too.

    Friday night, a thief broke into the Woodlands home of Theresa Roemer and cleaned out much of her massive, much-talked-about closet. Roemer tells CultureMap via email that she estimates that the burglar took between $800,000 and $1 million worth of handbags, jewelry and watches.

    CultureMap was the first to tell readers about the 3,000 square foot triple-decker space that resembles a high-end fashion emporium after noting a post on the Neiman Marcus blog. Since then Roemer and her closet have been highlighted on dozens of major national and international outlets, including Good Morning America , the London Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan magazine.


    The top floor of the closet houses furs and hats. The second floor is as much activity center as storage space. In addition to her shoes, clothes and vanity (professional salon style for hair styling and makeup application), there is a champagne bar for high style partying amid the cache of designer labels. Roemer has hosted several charity fundraisers in the space.

    It appears that the burglar set his sights on the first floor of the closet, which is home to her jewelry and handbags, including over 60 classic Hermés styles, among them a number of iconic Birkin bags.

    Roemer explained that she and her husband decided to run over to the Woodlands Country Club only two blocks away for a quick dinner, so she did not think to set the alarm. The thief entered through a window in the master bathroom. Police are investigating the burglary.

    KHOU Ch. 11 News reports that surveillance video shows a suspect who was able to conceal his face with a ball cap and a hoodie. He left with three Birkin travel bags worth $60,000 a piece filled with jewelry and other expensive items.


    What a dummy...



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    Ariana Grande and Jai Brooks have broken up again.

    A source exclusively tells me that Grande, 21, ended things with the 19-year-old Aussie last month.

    "When her grandfather was dying, everyone was there for her. People flew to Florida to be with her, but Jai didn't," the source said. "Ariana just felt he wasn't there like he should have been."

    It wasn't even a month ago that the "Problem" singer posted pics of herself kissing the Janoskians prankster on Instagram.

    But earlier today, Grande tweeted a cryptic message that I'm told was inspired by Brooks. "July was painful for many reasons but of all the personal loss I suffered last month, the loss of my grandfather, a true gentleman, was the only one that truly mattered," she wrote, in part. "I thank my loves for being so in tune to what is good and right for me and my heart."

    "I hope you will surround yourselves with people who will be there for you thru the bad times, not just the good," she continued. "I thank everybody who was here for me when I needed them as the ones who weren't really broke my heart."

    Despite the split, things didn't get messy and Grande and Brooks have actually "remained friends," according to the source.

    Grande's rep declined to comment.

    The two first dated from August 2012 to July 2013 but reconciled earlier this year.

    e! online

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    Back in June, singer Jessie Ware gave a wonderful preview of her new album Tough Love in the form of the outstanding title track. And since then, some small details have been steadily creeping out, from the album cover to some select tour dates. But today, Ware has finally unveiled the big one: The actual release date. In the UK, Tough Love will be released on Oct. 6 via PMR / Island. But in the states, we’ll have to wait a little bit longer — it’s coming out stateside on Oct. 21. But we’ll wait patiently, because we know it’s going to be good.

    As it turns out, Ware also released the tracklist today, which includes the stellar “Tough Love,” among 10 other tracks. The album was produced by BenZel along with top-40 knob-twiddler Benny Blanco, with contributions from The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, Julio Bashmore and Kid Harpoon.

    Additional tour dates have also been announced:

    Sources: 01+02++03 & its official newsletter

    ONTD, what are your favorite Jessie Ware songs?

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    Same author, different dragons.

    The Telegraph reports that George R.R. Martin, author of the popular Song of Ice and Fire books which have been adapted into the Game of Thrones series, has announced plans to republish his children’s book The Ice Dragon. The story was initially published as part of the 1980 anthology, Dragons of Light, edited by Orson Scott Card, and then republished as a stand-alone book in 2007. The new edition, by Tor books, will feature artwork by Spanish artist Luis Royo. It will arrive on shelves October 21 this year.

    The book has been out of print in the U.S. for several years, but its mythology will be recognizable to fans of Martin’s other work. The author’s website notes that The Ice Dragon is set in the same world as the Song of Ice and Fire series, and the Telegraph points to an instance in Martin’s A Dance with Dragons where a character remembers a childhood tale about an ice dragon, which could be the same story.

    But while The Ice Dragon might tie in to the bloody world of Westeros, the book’s themes more resemble those of a children’s fable than HBO-ready sex-and-gore fare. The story follows Adara, a young girl who befriends a a mysterious ice dragon in the midst of a long winter. When fiery dragons descend on her town years later, it’s up to Adara and the ice dragon to save it.

    Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice novels have solve 25 million copies worldwide since their first publication in 1991. Martin is currently working on The Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in his saga—which is why, as he explains in the video below from the EW Hideout at San Diego Comic-Con, he won’t be writing a new episode for the coming season of Game of Thrones.

    Video at source.


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    Listen, fun is fun. Even fun that feels an awful lot like other fun—even fun that was specifically designed by a fleet of fun engineers to remind you at the microscopic level of fun you had two years and three months ago.

    Thus: Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that is undeniably fun, is also undeniably The Avengers. And Thor, and Iron Man, and Captain America: For all the chatter over the last couple years that Guardians would mark a wild departure from the Marvel Studios superhero safe zone, James Gunn’s space (rock) opera looks an awful lot like the nine other Marvel films, if you scrape away the mixtape-soundtrack and all the pastel-skinned aliens.


    1. The entire plot revolves around a bad guy trying to get his hands on a Ridiculously Powerful Color-Emanating Thing, because the bad guy wants to conquer and/or destroy the world. (Captain America: The First Avengers, Avengers, Thor: The Dark World)

    2. Once the bad guy gets his hands on said Ridiculously Powerful Color-Emanating Thing, he plugs it into the end of his ornamental weapon, thus creating the Ultima version of that weapon. (see also Loki’s scepter in Avengers)

    3. The bad guy is a minion of Thanos. Thanos appears briefly in a scene that promises we’ll definitely see a lot more of him in a few years. (Ronan the Accuser = Loki in Avengers)

    4. The lead characters are a ragtag gang that start out hating each other, then they briefly get along, then around the geographic middle of the movie it seems like they’ll never get along, then there’s an action scene, and then they all decide to get along so they can save the world. (Avengers)

    5. The lead protagonist has to learn to be a hero while still remaining a lovable cad, as if Han Solo transformed into Luke Skywalker for the second hour of Star Wars before transforming back into Han Solo for the denouement. (Iron Man, Thor, weirdly Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 also)

    There’s more, if you’re looking for it. After Winter Soldier, this is the second straight Marvel movie to end with a TV-style closing montage that checks in on all of the supporting characters. (Maria Hill goes to work for Stark Industries = John C. Reilly has pink children.) And you could easily swap Ronan the Accuser with either of the Thor sub-franchise’s Big Bads: He’s another Frost Giant/Dark Elf, spending half the movie declaiming in a shadowy throne room. (Lee Pace joins Christopher Eccleston and Colm Feore in the grand tradition of good actors made unrecognizable in a Marvel film.)

    But the question remains: Does all this matter? Marvel is a brutally effective blockbuster assembly line, producing megabudgeted entertainments at a twice-annual rate. The good thing about an assembly line is that it runs efficiently. Look at the worst Marvel Studios movie—I pick Thor 2, some people despise Iron Man 3, a few freaks don’t like Cap 1—and you’ll still see an effectively created product, with a clockwork three-act narrative and solid digital effects and fine actors doing paycheck roles. Marvel Studios has never made an X-Men Origins: Wolverine or a Green Lantern.

    The flip side, though, is that an assembly line doesn’t necessarily produce original work. Guardians has the most distinctive look of any of the Marvel movies: If there is any justice, Gunn’s neon-dream glitter will replace Nolanist grit as the blockbuster style du jour. But for a movie that comes on strong like The Dirty Dozen in Space, it’s a bit toothless. There’s no real danger; Michael Rooker’s Yondu is the Bloodthirsty-Space-Pirate-as-Lovable-Crazy-Uncle. Again, not necessarily a problem: Any major motion picture that features blue-skinned red-hawked Michael Rooker is a worthwhile endeavor.

    It could be that the best way to understand the Marvel movies is the way we understand video game franchises. Every Grand Theft Auto of the last decade-plus is basically the same game reskinned with different locations and a different soundtrack. (Guardians of the Galaxy = Vice City.) Guardians adds some new flavors to the formula—the clothes, the music, Dave Batista’s incredible deadpan turn as Drax—but it’s still the formula.

    Where it really hurts, though, is right up there at #1. Guardians is the first movie to dive deep into the mythology of the Infinity Stones, the color-coded MacGuffins that have occupied the center of almost half the Marvel movies. The Red Skull and Loki both held an Infinity Stone; so did Malekith, who might be the least memorable villain in a movie that grossed over $600 million. The Infinity Stones aren’t interesting, really; you can parse out how the Blue one and the Red one and the Purple one have vaguely differentiated powers, but it all comes down to a bad guy holding up a glowing rock and screaming, “I have the power! The power of Forcing The Protagonists To Set Aside Their Differences To Fight Me!”

    Really, this is why Marvel so rarely produces interesting villains. In great action movies, there’s a sense that the hero(es) and the villain(s) are locked in a duel with genuine emotional stakes—that there’s some reason they’re fighting beyond “He’s the Bad Guy with the Evil Power, and I’m the Good Guy with the Good Power.” So the most consistently interesting arc in Guardians is Drax seeking vengeance on Ronan, and one of the least interesting ways to end that arc is with the good guys firing Purple Goodness at Ronan using the power of love.

    Of course, Ronan isn’t the real villain of Guardians, just as Loki wasn’t the real villain of Avengers. Like its earthbound progenitor, Guardians is an elaborate game of narrative kick-the-can. At the end of the movie, Drax wants to kill Thanos and Gamora probably wants vengeance on Thanos and there’s a general sense that everyone will fight Thanos eventually. This is part of the genius of Marvel: They’ve turned their mega-franchise into the blockbuster version of One Thousand and One Nights, telling an almost-complete story before ending on a promise that the real story hasn’t been told yet. It’s a formula, and it’s a successful formula, and Guardians of the Galaxy proves that the formula can be pushed in some exciting, crazy-within-reason directions. But how long can one franchise remake itself? Do moviegoers care? And is it weird that the most successful movie franchise of the modern age has a narrative structure as rigid as a &rsq
    uo;90s network procedural?

    The rest of the list at the source

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    Kate Upton and her baseballer boyfriend Justin Verlander stepped out for date night in NYC Sunday evening looking red hot together.

    Dressed in black heels and a black top paired with a super-sexy red dress that showed off lots of leg, the 22-year-old Sports Illustrated model looked smokin' hot while strolling the Big Apple streets. Upton completed her high-slit look with a black bag, bright red lipstick and her blond hair up.

    As for their dinner date, Upton and Verlander grabbed a meal at American Whiskey in Chelsea, a source tells E! News. While at the eatery, the twosome was spotted dancing, cuddling, kissing and chatting with pals, including Miguel Cabrebra and more of Verlander's Detroit Tigers teammates.

    Upton and Verlander stayed out late into the night before heading back to her place for the night.

    At tonights Yankees/Tigers game
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    I still recall the hundreds of thousands loyal fans that gathered at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Fla. on this day in 2003 to pay their final respects to the “Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz. Wednesday marks the 11th anniversary of her death, yet her legacy keeps living.

    Cruz gained international success and was highly respected worldwide for standing strong against the Castro government and doing what she felt in her heart –singing.

    Though her music is banned in Cuba, the GRAMMY-winning artist continued her journey into people’s heart with songs such as “Rie y Llora,” “La Vida es un Carnaval” and “La Negra Tiene Tumbao.”

    Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba’s Santos Suárez, neighborhood on October 21, 1925 to a poor family. She died on July 16th, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey from complications after surgery to remove a brain tumor.

    This is how we pay homage to the legendary Cuban artist, by noting 11 unique things that we miss about having her around.

    1. We miss Celia Cruz’s energy on stage.

    2. We also miss her colorful wardrobe and matching wigs.

    3. The adorable way she referred to her husband as “mi cabecita de algodón” (my little cotton head) because of his halo of white hair.

    Pedro Knight and Celia Cruz had unconditional love and support for each other. Their relationship was a 41-year romance.

    4. We also miss Celia Cruz being unstoppable when producing albums, which included hits-after-hits.

    Celia and Johnny Pacheco’s music is preserved by the US Library of Congress

    5. We miss how humble she was and her music with a positive message.


    I think it's safe to say that all of us Latinos, regardless of what country we come from, grew up with some Celia. What's your favorite Queen Celia Cruz song?

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    Neil Patrick Harris is in the final weeks of his triumphant run in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch and seems in the mood to savor every moment.

    Harris, who won a Tony Award in June for his performance in the musical, recently posted pre-show and post-show selfies of himself on Twitter.

    The first selfie has him in full make-up as the transgender rock singer Hedwig but without the glittery character's big, blond wig.

    The post-show selfie is what is getting the most attention because the star appears to be wearing nothing but fingernail polish and what is left of his make-up.

    Harris ends his run as Hedwig on 17 August. Andrew Rannels will take over the role three days later for at least a two month run.


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    The O.C. star Mischa Barton could lose her massive Beverly Hills mansion in foreclosure ... if she doesn't cough up $100K in back mortgage payments QUICK.

    Barton just got slapped with a default notice -- obtained by TMZ -- informing her she's skipped more than 100 grand in payments ... triggering the foreclosure process.

    The crib is awesome -- 8 bedrooms, 11 baths, 3 guesthouses all on 1.2 acres. She bought it for $6.4M in 2005 -- when "The O.C." was a big deal, and took out a loan for $4.2 million.

    The show went off the air in 2007 and Mischa's been trying to unload the house since 2010 when she listed it for 8.695M, but no one bought it. She re-listed in 2011, and again no takers.

    Her last ditch effort was attempting to lease it for $35K/month last year ... but that move appears to be way too little too late.

    Mischa's been acting in some small stuff lately, playing Ms. Monica in the TV movie, "Gutsy Frog." She also did an appearance at an Atlantic City club.

    We reached out to a rep for Mischa ... so far, no word back.

    come back Coop!

    source: TMZ

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    Delta Goodrem’s “UNRHYTHMIC WHITE WOMAN” dancing has become a viral sensation after American comedian Marlon Wayans inadvertently snapped a picture of her awkward gyrations at a Beyonce and Jay Z concert.

    His Instagram post has attracted over 24 thousand likes and flooded Facebook this morning – although not everyone was laughing.

    Following criticism from angry Delta fans, the star of the 2004 comedy White Chicks issued a non-apology on Twitter. “Let me start by saying suck it long, hard and til y’all mouths hurt to all these sensitive ass people,” Wayans wrote. “Secondly, I ain’t apologizing for a joke. Third… She still can’t dance. Now go correct someone who is correctable and actually gives a fuck. Peace.

    Delta responded by posting a video of “The Elaine Dance” from Seinfeld:

    (For non-Australian ontders, Delta Goodrem used to be on the Australian soap Neighbours, had a big album in 2003, dated Brian McFadden for a bit, was a coach on the Australian version of the Voice etc etc. First post, so apologies if I mess it up.)


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