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Television today is reflective of society's ever-growing acceptance of sexuality in all its many beautiful forms. But no series depicts sexuality better and with more honesty than AMC's summer sleeper Halt and Catch Fire and its lead character, Joe MacMillan.
Lee Pace plays Joe, an ex-IBM sales executive in 1983, during the personal computer revolution, who brings his talents to Cardiff Electric, a smaller software company trying to compete with IBM. Joe is a brilliant salesman who delivers Don Draper-worthy monologues about technology, but it his sexuality which makes him one of the most intriguing components of this freshman series.
Sexual fluidity is usually a tired TV trope that rears its head in a show's later seasons, when all other plot lines have been exhausted. Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marissa from The O.C. or Ally and Ling's kiss on Ally McBeal all spring to mind. Usually when a character acts on bisexual tendencies or same-sex attraction later in a series' run, the reveal is treated with shock and, to a point, a sense of betrayal from the other characters. This makes Halt and Catch Fire even more groundbreaking: We know Joe is bisexual within the first few episodes of the series, and his sexploits directly affect the plot of the show.
In the pilot episode of Halt and Catch Fire, we meet Cameron, a young, brilliant computer programmer played by Mackenzie Davis. She and Joe begin a heterosexual relationship. Two episodes later, Joe hooks up with a man to avoid a potentially disastrous investor deal. His bisexual affairs deepen as the season progresses, and while the characters on the show are mature and open about sexual desires, the show's time period makes things even more complicated.
Earlier this year, HBO's adaptation of The Normal Heart depicted the early days of the AIDS epidemic as it hit the gay community in the 1980s. Halt and Catch Fire also deals with sex during that time period, but it handles AIDS in a much more understated way. Simon, a former lover of Joe's, resurfaces when Joe calls on him to help design Cardiff's new computer. Unlike The Normal Heart, which shows the agony of AIDS through screaming and tears, Halt and Catch Fire portrays it simply and sadly when, towards the end of the episode, Simon quietly tells Joe, "I'm sick."
Joe knows what that's code for, and as they embrace for a final goodbye, Cameron, spying them from afar, believes the two are reigniting their affair. She tries to storm off before Joe chases her down to explain. This imaginary love triangle between two men and a woman feels the effects of the disease that shut down much of the sexual freedom that broke out in previous decades.
When it comes to AIDS, Halt and Catch Fire's portrayal of Joe defies what was happening in the television landscape of the period. Onscreen sexual attraction beyond the heterosexual wasn't common in the 1970s and '80s, and bisexuality was even less widely discussed than homosexuality. AIDS activism mostly operated on a smaller scale, largely within affected communities. One notable exception came in the early '80s, when the writers of Dynasty transitioned the character Steven Carrington from gay to bisexual, since gay men were directly associated with the disease at the time. The creators of Halt and Catch Fire show history from a different viewpoint, not only with regards to technology and computers, but in a frightening time for men who had sex with other men.
If Joe is not straight, his attraction to Cameron makes more sense with further analysis of the character. Cameron's short blond hair, unisex name, runaway teen wardrobe and rebellious attitude could easily have been given to a young man in the script. Aside from some references to being a woman a male-dominated field like computer programming, her gender almost doesn't matter, to the writers or to Joe. Gender is an afterthought for Joe all around, whether it's in creating a personality for a computer or going to bed with someone. Character interests him more.
Sexual fluidity is alive and well in television today, but it still often shocks audiences when characters venture out of their assigned sexual preference. Think Frank Underwood's surprise threesome with his wife and male Secret Service agent on House of Cards, or many of the women on Orange Is the New Black. One of the few examples of a bisexual character on television, who is depicted as bisexual from the beginning of the series is Kalinda on The Good Wife; but that characters present-day setting puts her sexuality into a different context than Joe on Halt and Catch Fire.
The depiction of Joe's bisexuality on Halt and Catch Fire is groundbreaking in its realism, but since a second season has yet to be ordered, it may be a short-lived victory. Still AMC has proved that the ability to bed-hop from gender to gender is no longer a television taboo. Portraying a fully formed, complex bisexual, and not just as an unbelievable last resort, makes for good TV and important TV. Hopefully other series will catch on and follow suit.
Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues. Since Rene's surgery last December to remove a cancerous tumor, it's been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of fighting this disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children.
Celine has also been fighting an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles, and has not been able to perform any of her scheduled shows in Las Vegas since her last show on July 29th. She has still not recovered from this condition.
"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support." said Celine.
During this hiatus, Celine will cancel her shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace until further notice. She will also cancel her tour of Asia, previously scheduled for the fall of this year.
Celine and family have requested that their privacy be respected at this time.
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I hope they'll both get better soon. Show your love and support for 2 times Oscar winner, 3 times Golden Globes winner, 7 times Grammy winner CELEGEND Dion!
Didn't Bruce flip the fuck out when Kris Jenner brought Marijuana into his house because he didn't want the girls to be around it. Guess he didn't have a say in this cameo.
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There was no big blowout, no dramatic discussion or even an exchange of words.
When Rob Kardashian decided to skip out on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding, he broke the news to his sister via email, she told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen on Tuesday.
"He sent me a long email the morning of, that he was going to leave," she told Cohen. "There was no fight. ... We didn't even have a conversation about it."
Kardashian – who insisted things between the two are fine now, calling her brother "one of my best friends"– said she put the incident on the back burner to focus on enjoying her over-the-top Italian nuptials.
"I said, 'You know what? This is my day. I'm not going to worry about it. I totally hope he's okay,'" Kardashian said of her reaction to his departure. "I totally understand that he wouldn't want to go and want to see a lot of people if he's feeling uncomfortable."
Although she expressed regret that Rob wasn't on hand to witness the important moment in her life, she's not willing to dwell on the past. "You can only pray and wish that someone would not miss out on more memories in life, because life is about memories, so fix the problem," she said bluntly.
Kardashian, who with West celebrated their daughter North's first birthday in June, has been busy working on losing what she believes are lingering pregnancy pounds.
And while she can empathize with Rob's weight issues, Kardashian said she refuses to sit back and let life pass her by.
"I'm definitely a tough-love kind of person. If I don't like something that is going on in my life, I change it," she said. "I don't sit and complain about it for a year. I'm just a different personality."
She added: "I try to encourage him, and once you just don't make that change for so long and it's not happening, I get frustrated. My patience runs out."
Those of you who were Laguna Beach fans may have realized that it’s officially been 10 years since my friends and I graduated high school and went off into the ‘real world.’ So crazy! In light of my 10-year reunion, I’ve been doing a little reflecting. I recently received the below question to my LaurenConrad.com email inbox, and decided to share the answer with everyone:
What are three things you wish you could tell your 18-year-old self?
Well, 18-year-old Lauren, here’s my advice…
1. Wear sunscreen!
This is an obvious one. When I was a teenager, tanning was the mode du jour and I was all about getting that sun-kissed (or tanning bed orange…) glow. I felt invincible, and never thought twice about the skin damage caused by UV rays. Nowadays, I’ve learned to embrace my natural skin tone in the hopes that it will mean less wrinkles and a lower risk of skin cancer as I get older. I never leave home without my SPF.
2. Enjoy being young.
They say that youth is wasted on the young, and I couldn’t agree more. When I was 18, I was in a hurry to grow up. Instead, I wish I would have taken a beat to just enjoy being young. So many things are new when you’re that age and the level of responsibility is still low. It’s important to enjoy that phase just like any other.
3. Be an individual.
Being 18 years old means you’re at an age of many exciting changes. For so long you’ve gone to school with the same people, and everything you’ve done is with the same group of friends in more or less the same environment. Then, for the first time you get to go off on your own and make real, conscious decisions about where you want life to take you. You get to choose your school, your major, and what kind of person you’ll become. So when you’re making these decisions, be an individual. It’s the best way to discover who you really are.
There you have it!
What advice would you give to your high school-self ontd?
Director Adrián García Bogliano has yet to release his most recently completed film, the werewolf tale Late Phases. But the prolific filmmaker has commenced principal photography on his next movie in Mexico City. The film is called Scherzo Diabolico and, according to the official release, it “brings Bogliano back from the supernatural realm to a wild black comedy about a bored and frustrated accountant who decides to kidnap a girl who will become his worst nightmare.”
The movie stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are), Daniela Soto Vell, and Cuban actor-director Jorge Molina (Juan of the Dead).
Bogliano’s previous credits include the occult horror films Penumbra and last year’s Here Comes the Devil.
You can see the first still from Scherzo Diabolico above.
'Cold Sweat'&'Penumbra' were great. 'Here Comes the Devil' was just OK. I really want to see 'Late Phases.' This one sounds cool too!!
By 1986, the noted King of Pop, Michael Jackson was fresh off of the release of two commercial and critically acclaimed albums and enjoying his life as a global icon minus the rumors that were spreading about his personal life. Jackson set the goal for his next album, Bad, to sell 100 million, far surpassing the mark Thriller set with just over 38 million sold. Although Bad achieved great reviews and sold exceptionally well, so much so that it was next to Thriller in most successful album sold by the end of the eighties, Bad, on the bottom line, paled in comparison to its predecessor.
According to the dictionary’s definition, a classic is “Of the first or highest quality, class or rank.” Second definition is “Serving as a standard, model or guide.” Certainly, the artists mentioned have released seminal works that can be considered a standard for their field/genre; Thriller, changed R&B-pop and the idea of crossover; A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory put jazz musicality, minimalism into the alternative rap scene. Finally, Nas, piggybacked off the Jazz influence of ATCQ and released lyrical and diverse gold standard of rap music, Illmatic. But, why is it that producing a follow-up to a classic is considered one of the hardest jobs in entertainment? Do we as music consumers add onto the pressure for the artist to force the issue with producing an even better product?
Being an artist is tricky, and their next moves must be calculating to the point where they not only excel in their field but keep their old fans happy and new fans entertained. With so many avenues to explore, artists following the classic have to literally be at the drawing board and ponder the following questions; should I follow the Nas model in which I purposely dumb my talents down to make an album that would be considered a “classic” for the times? (Illmatic to It Was Written) Or take both Kanye routes in which I express my creativity for the good and extreme? (The College Dropout to Late Registration, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to Yeezus) Or, take extended time off because the pressures of creating that new material consumes them mentally (Andre 3000, Lauryn Hill) or perfectionism with a combination of pressure stunts their growth (D’Angelo.)
Hopefully, Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar trust their artist instincts and craft the album that they can personally be satisfied with. Just as Michael Jackson witnessed with his Bad album, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean could land in that same boat of crafting an actually exceptional album, except that it falls short of the previous album according to the listening public. But in the end, when they complete their new projects, comparisons to their classic albums will forever hunt their careers. Unless, they make something even better. And that takes using every inch of the small margin for error that they have.
ONTD, what albums do you consider to be classics?
"Wilfred" came to a close Wednesday (Aug. 13) with more of its patented crazy plot twists and ideas that leaves some room for interpretation. But before we dig into that, the first episode dealt with Wilfred's death.
It was surprisingly sad to watch Jenna and Ryan grieve for Wilfred dying of cancer and ultimately have to put him to sleep, which is a testament to the actors for sure. But that shot above really hit us in the ol' feels and we'd be lying if we said some tears were not shed.
Of course, Wilfred's death sends Jenna running back into Drew's arms and they head back to Sheboygan together with their new puppy.
Ryan, meanwhile, is left back where the series started -- ready to kill himself. But his mom shows up and they finally have it out about the Flock of the Grey Shepherd, which is a cult where Ryan was born and raised for the first few years of his life.
In the discussion, Ryan's mom interestingly parrots back to him what Wilfred said to him earlier about animals finding you at just the right time and helping you find happiness until it's time to move on to the next sad person.
Cue Wilfred, whose essence returns to Ryan and leads him out to the Grey Shepherd farm where Ryan meets Charles Smith, his father and the cult leader. Smith admits to making all of the cult and god stuff up and that he is crazy. But is he really crazy?
The show leaves it up in the air whether Wilfred is actually a manifestation of this Mataman god, who can only be seen by the person he's there to help find happiness, or if Wilfred is simply the product of some mental illness passed down from Smith (and maybe Ryan's mom too, since we also know she talks to animals). Wilfred was talking to Ryan about scouting around in his brain, like perhaps he's just a figment of Ryan's imagination -- because wouldn't Mataman be going off to someone new who needs help, rather than living in Ryan's hippocampus?
But either way, it kind of doesn't matter. Wilfred is Ryan's best bud and has been trying to help him become his best self -- and also provide lots of foul-mouthed hijinks along the way. So maybe whatever he is is incidental to the messages and help that he brings.
What do you think Wilfred is? Do you have a third theory?
For the few other Wilfred viewers here, what did you guys think?
Washington Post and HuffPo Reporters Arrested in Ferguson, Missouri
Two reporters working out of a McDonalds in Ferguson, Mo. say they were arrested and assaulted for no apparent reason while covering the increasingly violent clash between police and protestors on Wednesday night. Both were eventually released without being charged.
According to reports, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly were both arrested, handcuffed and booked. Once word of their arrests began circulating on social media, they were immediately released.
The already-tense situation in Ferguson escalated earlier today, when SWAT teams descended on the largely peaceful protests that have been taking place since an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday.
Lowery and Reilly were both apparently working from a Ferguson McDonalds when a SWAT team entered the restaurant. After posting initial tweets about the encounter, both reporters went offline just before 5 pm.
Around the same time, other reporters in the area began to tweet that two reporters were being arrested and handcuffed.
At that point, LA Times reporter Matt Pearce began investigating the arrests.
Pearce wrote on Twitter that the Ferguson police chief told him the arresting officers were "probably somebody who didn't know better." According to Pearce, the chief then instructed riot command to release them.
About 45 minutes after Lowry and Reilly's last tweets, they came back online.
Lowery, who says he was slammed into a fountain soda machine during his arrest, wrote on Twitter that he was "Detained, booked, given answers to no questions. Then just let out... Got no explaination at any point why in custody other than "trespassing" - at a mcdonalds where we were customers."
Tweet from one of the arrest reporters, with a statement from the Washington Post:
HERE is a detailed article about what the Huffington Post reporter went through when arrested.
Starz’ Outlander star Sam Heughan told Vulture that he auditioned for that other premium cable fantasy drama — HBO’s Game of Thrones – a whopping seven times.
“I auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times!” the actor said. “Loads of times. I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch. And I’d always get so close! I’d be like, ‘Guys, just give me a sword!’ [Laughs.] Everyone was going in for those parts. But you know, it’s funny about those things. You’re up for so many things, and coming from those auditions, and testing on other shows, I had more experience, more experience with the process. And maybe I was more confident. And I don’t know, something about this one just felt right. This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him.”
The Scottland-set romantic drama based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon series premiered last weekend to solid ratings and continues with its second episode Saturday night.
Today, Kanye West's tour DJ Million Dollar Mano announced that he no longer works for the Chicago rapper. It's not yet known why the two split, but this hilarious video of Mano pissing West off by fucking up on his Yeezus Tour suggests that it miiiiiight not have been a mutual decision.
The video, put together by a user of the incredible and cultish Kanye To The message board, shows Mano queueing up the wrong songs or dropping songs out to get the crowd engaged but never bringing the beat back in, leaving West standing in front of thousands of people in awkward silence. In the most painful clip, West raps his remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" when Mano switches off the song for nearly 30 seconds, leaving West to passive-aggressively implore him to stop fucking up: "Like... like... Mano... like... like..."
West has not commented on his split with Mano, and reps for the rapper did not return a request for comment on the exact nature of the situation. For his part, Mano is sort of losing his mind on Twitter.
gonna have a fun day blocking these kanye stans that are happy i don't dj 4 him anymore hahahahaha!— ZERO COOL MANO™ 20/3 (@CallMeMano) August 13, 2014
a lot of u fans are low key gay and want more than a fan/relationship with the men they look up 2.— ZERO COOL MANO™ 20/3 (@CallMeMano) August 13, 2014
guys with man crushes need 2 just accept their homosexuality— ZERO COOL MANO™ 20/3 (@CallMeMano) August 13, 2014
lol a lot of niggas that wanna b ye boyfriend on here -__-— ZERO COOL MANO™ 20/3 (@CallMeMano) August 13, 2014
he has a wife and he's not gay so get over it. hahahahaha— ZERO COOL MANO™ 20/3 (@CallMeMano) August 13, 2014
Tyson Beckford has finally revealed that much more skin or more underwear photo shoots will come your way. In Chocolate City movie, one can expect a booty naked Tyson which is bigger and better than “Magic Mike.”
Bradley Cooper makes a dash down the street on the set of his latest movie Adam Jones on Thursday (August 7) in London, England.
The 39-year-old actor has been hard at work for the movie – he even got a training job at a Burger King flipping burgers to prep for his role!
The evening before, Bradley met up with his girlfriend, model Suki Waterhouse, and her good pal Cara Delevingne for a night on the town.
Nicky Hilton has a wedding in the works!
The Hilton Hotels heiress is engaged to James Rothschild, heir to the famous European banking family. Nicky's sister Paris Hilton confirmed the news via Instagram Wednesday, writing, "Congratulations @NickyHilton on your engagement! I'm so happy for you! You will be the most beautiful bride!"
"Such a lovely couple!" the singer/DJ added. "Love you both so much!"
The couple began dating in 2011 after meeting at Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt's wedding in Italy. As such, James decided to propose in the same country. "They went on a romantic anniversary trip over the weekend. He took her out on a boat into the middle of Lake Como and he proposed, got down on one knee and everything," a source told Us Weekly Tuesday. "It was incredibly romantic and beautiful."
Neither Nicky nor James has commented on their upcoming nuptials.
Since the engagement, Nicky and James have been touring Lake Como, Milan and Rome. In addition to wedding planning, Nicky has also been busy preparing for the Sept. 2 release of her book, 365 Style.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
If this summer’s TMNT reboot wasn’t enough to whet your 90’s nostalgia appetite, a second course is just 344 days away: Lionsgate has announced that it will release the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie on July 22, 2016.
Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (Thor) wrote the script based on a story by Robert Orci (Star Trek) that reinvents the tale of ordinary high school kids who possess the power to save the world. The color-coordinated crime fighters first jump-kicked into the national consciousness with a 1993 Fox Kids TV series, and just two years later Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie hit screens.
Though speculation abounds, no director or casting has been announced. The film’s release date will put the Rangers up against royalty, in a sense—Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur is slated to hit theaters the same day.
Back to school just got better for several Philadelphia students thanks to a pop superstar. Singer and actress Beyonce Knowles teamed up with her charity organization as well as a Brooklyn-based benefit corporation to donate back to school supplies and backpacks to over 2,000 students in six cities, including Philadelphia.
Beyonce’s charity #BeyGOOD as well as STATE Bags will hold a pep rally to support local organizations in Philly. A special custom #BeyGOOD State Bag backpack will also be available for purchase with all proceeds going towards the back to school program initiative.
"STATE Bags addresses an immediate, growing need here in the US," says Scot Tatelman, STATE Bags co-Founder. "Our #BeyGOODxSTATE GIVEBACKPACK Program and inspirational bag drop events go beyond a simple material donation by providing children in underfunded communities the role models and motivation to beat the odds. Partnering with Beyonce's #BeyGOOD movement not only creates a platform for children to receive backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year, but also drives them to reach their full potential."
The pep rally and bag drop off will take place at the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia on August 27, In addition to Philly, Beyonce is also providing backpacks for underprivileged students in Newark, NJ, New York, NY, Charlotte, NC, Baltimore, MD, and Washington DC.
The Pitch Perfect actress just proved her loyalty to House Stark.
When news broke that internet darling Anna Kendrick might be shacking up with that slimy, scheming traitor Theon Grejoy (or at least the guy who plays him, Alfie Allen) from Game of Thrones, it was like the Red Wedding all over again. Ok, maybe not that bad, but we were all pretty upset. After all, Kendrick proclaimed her allegiance to the direwolf clan a long time ago. She’d never b*tch out on the Starks, especially not for an Ironborn.
Thankfully the gossips were wrong and America’s national treasure has taken to Twitter to once and for all prove that when it comes to House Stark, she’s ride or die.