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    Marc Anthony held out hope for a reconciliation with Jennifer Lopez, but decided to file for divorce when she told him ... she's madly in love with BF Casper Smart ... TMZ has learned.

    TMZ broke the story ... Marc filed for divorce Monday -- nine months after the couple announced they were splitting.

    But sources extremely close to Marc tell us, he didn't make the decision on his own -- he had a heart-to-heart with J.Lo a few weeks back to see if she really, truly wanted to end the marriage.

    We're told he said he wanted to give the marriage another try, but Jennifer confessed ... she was deeply in love with Casper ... and wanted to pursue that relationship.

    We're told Marc was blindsided ... he had not idea things were so serious -- and he was hurt.

    So that's why Marc filed divorce papers this week.


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    A gay rights group in California fully supports Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's decision to tie the knot ... even though Brangelia always swore they wouldn't get hitched until everyone had the right to marry.

    As recently as last September, Brad told Ellen DeGeneres, "I’ve said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married."

    But Rebekah Orr, Communications Director for Equality California, says the group is totally behind the Brangelina marriage, even if the right to marry is still not enjoyed by everyone.

    She tells us, "Marriage is something that says ‘we're a family’ in a way that nothing else can ... No one has to deny that for themselves or their family to prove they are an ally and supporter of equality."

    Brad and Angelina finally announced yesterday they were getting married, even though they've been together for seven years and have six kids.


    Engaged =/= married

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    One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles will search for a former Kiwi girlfriend when the hit band arrives for a trio of sold-out gigs this week.

    The 18-year-old star confided to band mates Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne that he intends to visit the New Zealand family of his mystery ex.

    "He still carries a flame for her. It's a secret trip and the lads in the band have agreed to go too," a source told British showbiz magazine Now.

    The news will come as a shock to Styles' recent girlfriend, UK television presenter Caroline Flack, 32. She has been in contact with the singer since their three-month romance ended in January and was thought to be trying to rekindle their relationship.

    "Caroline and Harry have been texting a lot while the boys have been away on tour," the source added.

    "They are just friendly messages, along the lines of her asking how the show went and what he has been up to."

    One Direction became the first UK group to top the US charts with their debut album Up All Night last month.

    They are so popular, a 100-strong security team was hired to protect them from fans at concerts in America.

    The band's New Zealand shows - two at Auckland's Trusts Stadium Arena on Saturday and one at Wellington's St James Theatre the next night - sold out in 10 minutes.

    Do you know Harry's mystery girl?


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  • 04/14/12--16:03: Overtime with Bill Maher
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  • 04/14/12--16:03: Top 10 Banned Books

  • The American Library Association just released its list of the top 10 “most frequently challenged books of 2011.” From The Hunger Games trilogy to Brave New World, see the bestsellers that parents and teachers have been trying to ban from the book shelves.

    ‘TTYL; TTFN; L8R,G8R’ (Series) by Lauren Myracle

    The “Internet Girls” series, which started in 2005 with TTYL, is written entirely as instant messages among a group of friends. The series follows the girls from middle school to high school and deals with issues such as casual experimentation with sex, drugs, and alcohol—all while the girls use dirty words as they discuss their encounters. The first book in the series, TTYL, was banned from a town in Texas in 2008, after parents complained about the sex and profanity in the book. But author Lauren Myracle seems unfazed by the controversy. “My favorite comments come from girls who say, ‘I feel like you’ve given me a self-help book because my parents won’t talk about this.’ When I was a kid, I read Judy Blume to figure out what a hard-on was and what to do when you got your period, so when people say to me, ‘You’re this generation's Judy Blume,’ I am wildly honored by that,” she says.

    ‘The Color of Earth’ (Series) by Kim Dong Hwa

    Kim Dong Hwa’s trilogy about a young girl coming into her womanhood in a small Korean village made it to the top 10 list for the first time this year. “The Color Trilogy” is a series of graphic novels about a girl growing up, and many people were troubled by the highly visual depictions of nudity and sex education.

    ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

    Even though the movie has made a fortune, it seems not everyone is quite so hungry for The Hunger Games. The trilogy was No. 5 on the list last year, but moved up to No. 3 this year. This year complaints about the book were harsh, including that it is anti-ethnic, anti-family, satanic, and violent. The trilogy’s author, Suzanne Collins, has said she is aware that “people were concerned about the level of violence in the books. That’s not unreasonable. They are violent. It’s a war trilogy."

    ‘My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy’ by Dori Hillestad Butler

    Though it was first published in 2005, this educational children’s book made the list for the first time this year. It’s designed for children whose mothers become pregnant again. But it seems some parents thought it was a bit too graphic. According to the ALA, concerns included, “nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.”

    ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie

    Sherman Alexie’s semi-autobiographical book about a young boy growing up on an Indian reservation who yearns for a better life, has previously been included on the list and made it again this year largely because of racism and offensive language. Alexie thinks the criticism of his book is overblown. “Almost every day, my mailbox is filled with handwritten letters from students—teens and pre-teens—who have read my YA book and loved it. I have yet to receive a letter from a child somehow debilitated by the domestic violence, drug abuse, racism, poverty, sexuality, and murder contained in my book,” he wrote last year.

    ‘Alice’ (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    The Alice series follows Alice McKinley from her childhood until she reaches the age of 18. Author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor plans to write 28 books altogether and since they deal with Alice’s teenage years, the books cover a variety of topics that some parents find objectionable and have often made the list in the past for nudity and profanity.

    ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley

    Aldous Huxley’s legendary novel about a dystopian future is a longtime recipient of complaints and banning. It has been banned from a number of areas since it was first published. At one point it was outlawed for making promiscuous sex “look like fun.” Sex played a role this year as well, but complaints also included insensitivity, nudity, and racism.

    ‘What My Mother Doesn’t Know’ by Sonya Sones

    What My Mother Doesn’t Know, a novel written in verse about a high-school girl’s coming of age, won praise when it debuted in 2001, even winning the ALA’s award for “best book for young adults.” But one poem in the book, “Ice Capades,” seemed to draw ire and criticism from all around. It describes a young girl who holds her bare chest against a cold windowpane to see an “amazing trick.” One angry parent complained to Sones, “Our young people should not have to be exposed to your erotic thoughts and feelings.”

    ‘Gossip Girl’ (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar

    The Young Adult books that spawned the hit television series follow an elite group of teenagers and their lives at a private school in Manhattan. This year it made the ALA list for its depiction of sex, drugs, and strong language. Von Ziegesar once said of the novels, “I always resented books that tried to teach a lesson, where the characters are too good: They don’t swear, they tell their mothers everything. I mean, of course I want to be the responsible mother who says, ‘Oh, there are terrible repercussions if you have sex, do drugs, and have an eating disorder!’ But the truth is, my friends and I dabbled in all of those things. And we all went to good colleges and grew up fine. And that’s the honest thing to say.”

    ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

    Harper Lee’s 1960 classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a frequent target for censors because of its strong language and racism. One ALA official once said of the book’s banning, “To say to young people, even to older people, that you can’t read these materials [is] a travesty because they’re missing out on some of the finest literature written in the U.S.”

    Yet, Twilight is not on this list... And idgaf I loved the GG books with my entire being in HS.


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  • 04/14/12--16:20: Scottish Heat post

  • Calvin Harris may never sing lead again.

    "It's a shame, in a way," the Scottish-born producer/singer/songwriter says, calling in after DJ'ing to a jam-packed crowd at Chile's Lollapalooza as his biggest solo hit to date, "Feel So Close," climbs the Billboard Hot 100. (The single rises 14-13 this week, its ninth on the chart, and has sold more than 500,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.) "Now America seems to like the song, and I'm getting offered things like 'Letterman' or whatever. Two years ago I would've been there in a shot, but now I don't want to do that. I don't want to be the man in the front with a microphone."

    Even in today's explosive electronic dance music (EDM) scene, with cult favorites becoming superstars ( David Guetta, Skrillex, Deadmau5) and emerging producers becoming arena headliners ( Avicii, Swedish House Mafia), Harris' ascent is unique.

    A vocalist-cum-producer, Harris first made noise with his 2007 Columbia U.K. debut, "I Created Disco," on which he sang lead on self-produced electro-dance cuts like "The Girls" and "Acceptable in the 80s." The cover of the album was featured as part of a multicolored 2008 iPod nano campaign on TV and in print in the United States. The project shifted 250,000 copies in the United Kingdom, according to the Official Charts Co. That success secured him touring slots with fellow electronic acts Faithless and Groove Armada, led to studio time with artists like Kylie Minogue ("In My Arms") and Dizzee Rascal ("Dance Wiv Me") and, eventually, a U.S. deal with Ultra Records.

    His first Ultra release, 2009's "Ready for the Weekend," yielded the Dance Airplay chart hits "I'm Not Alone" and the title track (Nos. 23 and 15, respectively), but didn't quite match the same commercial success stateside as his debut -- "Ready for the Weekend" has sold 16,000 copies domestically, according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared with 18,000 for "I Created Disco." He spent the coming year handling a handful of remixes for the likes of the Ting Tings ("Great DJ"), Shakira ("She Wolf") and Katy Perry ("Waking Up in Vegas"), touring as a solo artist and building a reputation in the EDM scene as an electro-pop production whiz.

    But shortly after his "Ready for the Weekend" tour wrapped in mid-2010, Harris found himself at a crossroads-should he pursue his still-burgeoning career as a vocalist, or take his talents to other artists as a producer? "I want each track to be as good as it can possibly be, and that usually means me not singing on it," Harris says. "I thought I'd exhausted every avenue [on the two albums] and it takes a long time to make me sound good, which is why I stopped singing live as well. I'd like to think of someone who's better-looking, a better singer, better dancer to be the frontperson for the song."

    Mark Gillespie, a founding partner of dance-artist management company Three Six Zero Group and Harris' manager since 2006, says, "Everything he's ever done has always been a minute ahead of its time."

    That all changed in late 2010 when Harris accepted an offer to tour Australia with Rihanna, a deal struck between Gillespie and Roc Nation co-founder/president Jay Brown that eventually led to a formal partnership between the two companies in January 2011. Before heading out on the road, Brown pushed Harris to bring his "best beats," as Harris remembers it, to his client Rihanna.

    "It took me about eight months to get it together and give her something that was good enough," Harris says, but when he did present it to her, while Rihanna was on the road wrapping her 2011 Loud tour, Harris was suddenly at the right place at the right time. The song was Rihanna's smash "We Found Love," which Harris wrote and produced. (He receives sole credit.) It appeared on Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 on its way to selling 4.2 million downloads so far (according to SoundScan) and becoming Rihanna's biggest chart hit to date. Another Harris collaboration, "Where Have You Been," will be "Talk That Talk's" fifth single.

    Much like "We Found Love," "Feel So Close" showcases Harris' skills as a topline writer and producer-making him a one-stop shop. Ultra Records founder Patrick Moxey likens Harris' talents to those of Pharrell Williams, whose band N*E*R*D he signed to Virgin Records in 2001.

    "There are a lot of guys we work with in dance and electronic music where if you try to make their stuff pop or cross to the mainstream it just sounds wrong and contrived," Moxey says. "But Calvin effortlessly makes records with credibility that are embraced by all kinds of people. He's just got a natural feel of the organic sense of making feel-good, successful records."

    Riding the momentum from "We Found Love," Ultra launched its campaign for "Feel So Close," which had been available digitally since August 2011, on Jan. 1. The strategy was helmed by Moxey and Richard Palmese, a veteran marketing executive at RCA and Arista (now a consultant for Front Line, whose parent company Live Nation also owns Roc Nation), and centered on a major artist-integration program with Clear Channel that featured Harris talking about the song in custom spots. The spots aired on 104 mainstream and rhythmic top 40 stations from March 4-18.

    "Calvin wasn't here to do television to do 'GMA' or make an appearance on 'Glee' or something, so one of our concerns was we needed to identify the song to Calvin," Palmese says. The campaign delivered close to 15,000 spots and 51 million on-air impressions, according to Clear Channel national programming platforms president Tom Poleman, which helped yield a major sales spike from No. 54 to No. 13 on Hot Digital Songs during the course of its two-week run.

    "What's interesting was that people started to respond not to just the song but to Calvin Harris," Poleman says. "It was really instrumental in putting that face to the music."

    Still, after singing lead on every track of his first two albums, Harris is happy to leave the vocal duties to a growing roster of superstar guests for his upcoming third album, tentatively slated for a late summer release on Ultra. But his newfound credibility as a solo artist could also turn him into a superstar producer/DJ on par with Guetta.

    "Calvin can make hits either way," Moxey says. "It was very exciting to have a record with his voice on it, but it's also equally exciting to hear him working with Ne-Yo or the other records he's making for this album."

    Though Poleman thinks "Feel So Close" could climb well into the summer, videos for Harris' upcoming single "Let's Go," featuring Ne-Yo (out April 30), are already logging hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Harris says he's "two-thirds" complete with the new album, and hints that there are at least three more single-worthy tracks featuring "some of my ultimate pop star idols," none of whom he would confirm.

    Harris also recently collaborated with Cheryl Cole and Scissor Sisters on tracks for their respective next albums. In addition, rumored ex-flame Ke$ha reportedly has several Harris-helmed tracks on her upcoming third LP, and Coldplay's Chris Martin and Guy Berryman reportedly tapped him for a new single.

    How Harris' next album is distributed remains a question mark-Sony is prepping a global push through Columbia U.K. (where Harris also has an A&R role through his Fly Eye imprint), but Ultra is expected to play a key role in the U.S. rollout.

    "They get what we do," Gillespie says of Ultra. "As far as electronic independent labels go they're probably the best in the world."

    But one thing isn't up for debate. Singing or not, Harris will tour the festival circuit well into the summer beginning with a high-profile slot at Coachella on April 15 and 22, and continuing with gigs at Apache Pass in Austin (April 27), Elements Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta (April 28) and Landstreffet in Norway (May 5). He'll also make a few stateside appearances at the VIP grand opening of Atlantic City, N.J.'s new Revel Casino (May 19), Electric Daisy New York (May 20) and WIOQ Philadelphia's Springle Ball on May 22, and he was just announced as a featured DJ at Lollapalooza in August.

    Perhaps most notably, he's the top-billed DJ at iHeartRadio's first Ultimate Pool Party at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau Hotel (June 29-30), which should further boost his name recognition among pop audiences on a bill that includes Enrique Iglesias, Maroon 5 and Flo Rida. He'll also make frequent trips in between gigs to Las Vegas, where he's scheduled to play 30 dates throughout 2012 as part of his ongoing residencies at nightclubs XS and Surrender. Beyond that, plans for a proper headlining tour are on hold until at least the fall as Harris' recording schedule shows no signs of letting up.

    But even as Harris finds himself at the forefront of today's pop-meets-EDM moment-with Nicki Minaj packing her new release Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded with several Ibiza-worthy singles from producers like RedOne, and Poleman pointing to Usher's upcoming work with Swedish House Mafia as potentially massive-he aspires to be less David Guetta and more Norman Cook. Best-known as Fatboy Slim, Cook can still jump from projects with collaborators like David Byrne to spinning for massive crowds at electronic music festivals nearly 15 years after his "Rockefeller Skank" heyday.

    "Nobody knew what he looked like, but every song kind of sounded different," Harris says of Cook. "He made this kind of catchy dance music where there was vocals in it, it wasn't all instrumental and still had an identity. There just wasn't necessarily a human face that you attached to it."

    so happy to see him find global success after all these years :')

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    It is just two weeks since Lindsay Lohan's probation was revoked with the judge advising her to ‘stop clubbing.’ But the Herbie Fully Loaded actress can not stay away from Southern California's party scene. LiLo was spotted with a mystery man last night at the Coachella Festival 2012 in Indio, California, about a 90 minuted outside of Los Angeles.

    The starlet wore a blue see-through top paired with sagging black leather trousers, platform boots and a trendy black hat. She smiled and appeared to be having a good time while sharing a few laughs with her male companion. While Coachella attendees are known for their hard partying ways, Lindsay shunned the alcoholic beverages that are frequently spotted around the concerts. Her drink of choice was a bottle of Evian water that she carried around the venue.

    The troubled actress was finally taken off of formal probation by Judge Stephanie Sautner on 29 March. It followed the star finally succeeding in completing her community service at a morgue. But she remains on informal probation for the next two and a half years after entering a no contest plea to stealing a necklace. During the court proceedings, Judge Sautner told the actress: 'You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop clubbing and focus on work.' But it seems even her freedom can’t deter Lindsay Lohan from enjoying the Los Angeles night life. A week after the court hearing, she was spotted out on the town at Pour Vous with a group of friends. Days later, a woman came forward claiming she was pushed by Lohan at The Standard Hotel in LA. Lindsay denied being at the nightspot, claiming she was at home watching television. Her spokesman said: 'Whomever is responsible for this lie will be held accountable for their misguided actions.' But there has now been a change in tone from her camp. The spokesman now says: 'We're going to wait for the Sheriff's Department to release their findings before we comment any further.'

    The accuser named Marisa Dugas filed a police report with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, two nights after she says the assault happened. 'My client Marisa Dugas, has given the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department pictures of injuries that were inflicted by Lindsay Lohan,' Dugas' Mark Haushalter told Radaronline. He added: 'We are anxious to see the surveillance video which we feel will prove that Lindsay Lohan was at the nightclub and the evidence will speak for itself.'

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    Britney Spears' infamously ugly bridesmaid dress at her assistant's wedding last year did NOT help keep the marriage intact -- because TMZ has learned, the assistant's husband has filed for divorce.

    Britney famously appeared at her assistant Brett Miller's wedding in January 2011 -- sporting a notoriously hideous blue bridesmaid dress (above) -- and now, Brett's husband, reality TV producer Frank Lionetti, has filed a petition to end the marriage ... citing "irreconcilable differences."

    According to the docs, Brett and Frank were married on January 28, 2011 -- and separated on February 14, 2012. They have no children.

    And there's this -- Frank wants spousal support and attorney's fees from his estranged wife (reminder: she's an assistant).

    It's unclear if Britney's dress was directly involved in the split.

    smh not even godneys presence @ the wedding could bless this wedding

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    The 'Cabin in the Woods' actor says that newly tapped director Alan Taylor is going to make Thor's homeland more special by bringing more Viking-inspired aspects to the sequel.

    After wrapping "The Avengers", Chris Hemsworth is gearing up to film "Thor 2" in August. While plot details of the sequel are still kept secret, the Australian actor recently opened up that in the follow-up film, Thor's homeland Asgard will likely have more Viking-inspired touch with newly tapped director Alan Taylor serving behind the lens.

    Speaking to Slash Film, the older brother of Liam Hemsworth said that Asgard will have "big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from." He added, "Having that in Asgard is going to make it all the more special and that's what Alan wants to bring to it. I think that would be the new aspect to this one."

    The "Cabin in the Woods" actor added that he has already read the script and admitted he is excited about shooting the "Thor" sequel. He said, "I have read a script and we start shooting in August. I met with Alan Taylor a couple of months ago and Natalie Portman and I and Alan and a couple of Marvel guys and it was hugely exciting."

    With Taylor replacing Kenneth Branagh as the helmer, Hemsworth believed that the next God of Thunder movie is going to be more exciting. He said, "Ken did such a wonderful job and, with scheduling or what have you, he didn't end up doing this one, but I'm a big fan of the 'Game of Thrones' series, which is Alan's latest work, and I think that is what's exciting about the second one."

    The 28-year-old then said that Taylor would make the sequel "sort of more tangible" and have "a more organic feel to Asgard and that world." He added, "I think the science fiction element to 'Thor'... the danger is it falls a little bit into the world of its 'tough to throw a light to'."

    "Thor 2" is written by Rodat, who penned the original script from Don Payne. The anticipated Marvel superhero movie has been scheduled to make its way out to the U.S. theaters on November 15, 2013.




    but they better not change the Bifrost

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    JOHN CHO!!!!

    He came to my school to give a talk for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The discussion was mostly geared towards his experience as an Asian-American actor. I asked him if he finds network TV or movies to be more progressive when it comes to giving people of color roles, and he said TV since there are actually groups dedicated to giving POC roles in television, though movies are getting there because they want to market to international viewers. He also had to run out in the middle of our Q&A session because he had to use the bathroom. It was adorbs. Overall, he was a smart, funny, charming sweetheart. He was nice enough to take individual pictures for a dining hall full of people.

    I would post my face, but I know people who use ONTD and I want to keep some anonymity + I looked like I was high as fuck (fitting).

    Source: my creys

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    Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis was recently elected chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. Best known for her roles in “Thelma and Louise,” “A League of Their Own,” and “The Accidental Tourist, for which she won an Academy Award, Davis also was honored with a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the first woman president in the television series “Commander in Chief.”

    A long time advocate for women and girls, six years ago she founded The Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, which works with the entertainment industry to increase the presence and reduce the stereotyping of female characters in media aimed at children. She was appointed to the commission two years ago by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and elected chair last month. Governor Jerry Brown in his budget proposal has recommended eliminating the commission, (douchebag) so we asked Calbuzzer Susan Rose to interview Davis about the controversy and her work on behalf of women.

    Q: What difference has the state Commission on the Status of Women made in the lives of women?

    A: The Commission has served as an important link between many communities and the government throughout its 47 year history, focusing on those who most need a voice—the working poor, those with limited English language ability, incarcerated women, and those with least access to state government and services. The Commission has partnered with numerous groups throughout California and held public hearings around the state, thus making state government both more accessible to these groups and benefiting state government by bringing these voices to Sacramento.

    Q: What arguments can you make to try to convince Governor Brown to retain the Commission?

    A: I realize the difficulties and challenges of the California state budget and financial crisis. However, Governor Brown has been a long time supporter of women and girls, so I’m looking forward to working with him and collaboratively developing a plan to save the commission.

    The Commission gives a voice to the voiceless…It’s the only women’s organization that is an official branch of state government, sponsored by the state as a symbol of its commitment to women and girls. We have an obligation to continue our commitment to the 18.5 million women and girls in California.

    Q: You’re in a position to work on any number of issues. Why women’s concerns over others?

    A: I’ve been a lifelong advocate for women and girls, in part because I’ve been fortunate enough to play some roles that have resonated with women and girls. I became a Trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation as a result of “A League of Their Own,” and joined the Board of the White House Project after playing the first female President on “Commander In Chief.” But when I first started watching children’s entertainments with my young daughter, as a mother, I became concerned at the lack of female characters in what our youngest children are seeing. By having female characters take up less than 50% of the space in fiction, we’re in effect, saying to kids that women and girls are less important than men and boys.

    Q: What has The Geena Davis Institute done to improve the image of girls and women in the media?

    A: I decided to use research to demonstrate the facts and use it as a tool to work directly with the leading content creators of children’s media to dramatically increase the number of female characters and reduce gender stereotyping in what children 11 and under are seeing. We have now sponsored the largest body of research on gender in media spanning over 20 years.


    I give her my support tbh. I think she'll succeed. What do you think?

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    Guess, a global clothing brand, tweeted this photo of Josh Hutcherson at the Guess Hotel. We're assuming that this is where Josh is staying right now to attend Coachella, an annual 3-day music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Nice photo! :)

    1 | Tumblr | Guess' twitter | Josh's twitter

    This post is dedicated to icyblugurl, tbh <3

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  • 04/14/12--18:04: FRIDAY BOX OFFICE

  • Daily chart from The Numbers

    Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes

    How was your Friday night, ONTD?

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    Is Rachel Dratch Too Ugly for Hollywood?

    It's been a rough few years for Rachel Dratch.

    After a steady climb up the comedy ladder-a stint with the famed troupe Second City, several seasons on SNL, landing a lead role in 30 Rock-she tumbled. In 2006, NBC replaced her on 30 Rock with Jane Krakowski. After languishing on the studio shelves,Spring Breakdown, a rowdy girl-power chick comedy, was released straight to DVD. When Vanity Fairlisted the top dozen women in comedy in 2008, she didn't make the cut. ("Dude, that was a dark day," she told New York. "I was like, Oh, there's everyone I worked with.") And her opportunities dried up.

    She booked gigs-a guest spot on Wizards of Waverly Place, a voice-over gig on Adult Swim's cartoon Assy McGhee-but they weren't the prime roles she had been working toward. What happened? The petite brunette with the slightly froggy eyes is too unattractive to be a star, apparently. In her new memoir, Girl Walks Into a Bar …, she explains:

    I am offered solely the parts that I like to refer to as The Unfuckables. In reality, if you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn't point at me and recoil and throw up and hide behind a shrub. But by Hollywood standards, I'm a troll, ogre, woodland creature, or manly lesbian. … Trolls, ogres, and woodland creatures can be done with CGI, so that leaves yours truly to play the bull dykes.

    Other roles offered to her: "[l]esbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."

    Dratch is careful to make it clear that this isn't a case of debilitating low self-esteem. On CBS This Morning, she noted, "don't think that about myself, but this is like what I was seen as in the whole Hollywood scene. ... In real life, I'm gorgeous, beautiful." (The last two words came with a distinct whiff of self-deprecation, though.)

    Delightful as Dratch is in interviews and in her book, there is something uncomfortable about this framing. If we accept the premise, that Dratch hasn't cracked Hollywood because she isn't good-looking enough, then there would seem to be a feminist obligation to support her, to buy all her DVDs, go to her movies on opening night, protest the studio heads who reject her. Indeed, on Jezebel last week, Dodai Stewart was outraged on Dratch's behalf: In a post titled "Hollywood Thinks Rachel Dratch Is a Troll (But if She Were a Dude, She'd Have Her Own Show)," Stewart demanded, "where is Rachel Dratch's Garry Shandling/Larry David-esque TV show?"

    But was Dratch really a victim of Hollywood's insane beauty standards? What if her particular brand of acting-and she has admitted that she is more a character actor-just isn't right for leading-lady-dom? Am I betraying feminism if I say that I'm just not a huge Rachel Dratch fan? She seems like a lovely person. Girl Walks Into a Bar's discussion of her unexpected, late-in-life pregnancy is funny and honest and poignant. I'd love to get drinks with her. But as much as I strive to support smart, funny women on TV and in the movies, Dratch's work doesn’t appeal to me.

    In brief spurts, she can be hilarious. Exhibit A: her attempt to name 20 white people, while wearing a Snuggie, during an appearance on Billy on the Street.*

    But those two bits are an exception. Her frequent appearances on the first season of 30 Rock-after she was replaced, Dratch appeared in different little roles, like an Eastern European hooker and a figment of Tracy Jordan’s imagination-were somewhat discordant with the rest of the show. 30 Rock can veer into the ridiculous, but it doesn't include much sketch comedy-and her Barbara Walters impersonation, for instance, was straight-up sketch. The 2009 movie Spring Breakdown should have been her breakthrough vehicle: She co-wrote it and starred alongside Parker Posey and Amy Poehler. It was initially hyped as a hilarious celebration of women's friendship; when it was announced that the film would bypass theatrical release, an anonymous source gave Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood the same dose of feminist outrage: "This is pure and unadulterated hatred of female driven projects, especially comedies, at that studio." Except the movie just wasn’t very good-and though there were some bright spots, Dratch's character wasn’t one of them.

    Dratch's post-SNL struggle isn't unusual. Though many who get their start in improv end up big-name stars (Fey, Steve Carrell, Will Ferrell), there is not a straight line between bringing down the house with Second City or the Groundlings and headlining mainstream comedies. The acting required is different, more subtle, even when a film is infused with slapstick. Dratch is best when she's cranked up to 11-and that energy is neither sustainable for the actress nor enjoyable for the audience or the actress over a 90-minute film (or 22-minute show). What is funny in a four-minute dose grows stale quickly, hence tiresome SNL films like It’s Pat, The Ladies Man, and A Night at the Roxbury.

    What makes Dratch different from the others who faded after SNL is that she is candid about the dearth of work coming her way-and, perhaps more importantly, that she has so many champions among the leading ladies of comedy: Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph. Fey cast Dratch as the lead in 30 Rock, and when NBC replaced her came up with the crazy scheme to keep her in the show. Poehler has helped promote Girl Walked Into a Bar … with a madcap interview on the Daily Beast. That comedy sisterhood is part of what so makes me want to like her: She is considered hilarious by women whom I consider hilarious. In the Daily Beast piece, Poehler says, "I thought Dratch was the funniest person in the room" when the two first met. But maybe Dratch's brand of humor is one that most appeals to other comedy insiders-not a general audience.

    If Dratch were more comely, would I enjoy her comedy? I suppose it's possible (and if, subconsciously, that's the case, it would worry me). Despite her self-deprecation, Tina Fey is gorgeous. But Rudolph and Poehler, though both beautiful, are a little unconventional-looking for Hollywood. Poehler says she and Dratch have in common "short stature [and] big-eyed mugs. Conversely, Chelsea Handler is very conventionally hot, and I don't find her funny in the least. But maybe the best rebuke to Dratch's argument at the moment is Lena Dunham, whose HBO comedy Girls is about to debut to already rave reviews, despite that fact that she spends significant time in the show examining her rolls of fat.

    Perhaps Dratch’s career is looking up now. She recently filmed an NBC pilot called Lady Friends with Minnie Driver. Should NBC pick it up, I hope Dratch wins me over. I want to like her acting, want to find her hilarious and prove Hollywood wrong. But right now, I’d rather read another Dratch memoir than watch her in a sitcom.

    sorry guys missed the bottom of the article when I was copying it in my fault!

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  • 04/14/12--18:58: Flawless Couple at Coachella
  • Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger at the Lacoste party.


    This is Coachella style I can get behind.  Both the clothes and the man.

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    One thing Azealia Banks needed to prove when she walked onstage for her Saturday afternoon set at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival -– her first official gig in the U.S. -- was how deserving she is of the massive hype that’s been thrown her way.

    Since her introduction into the post-Nicki Minaj world of female rap through the deliciously profane firecracker of an anthem, “212,” the Harlem spitfire has become a major darling on rap and indie blogs that have grown disenchanted with Minaj’s syrupy pop hits. This without a barrage of tracks, as evidenced by a set that ended 20 minutes earlier than expected.

    With a black-and-white-striped two-piece jumper and long purple-black tresses, Banks immediately proved why thousands of Coachella-goers had lined up for choice vantage points well over 30 minutes before her scheduled set time.

    She was four bars into her single "... up the Fun” when she flexed just how skillful her rhymes were: precise, full of grit and wholly original in a way that can't be learned or rehearsed, despite what a few of the new ladies (er, Kreayshawn) on the scene might think.

    Her set conjured up a sweet era of mid-'90s rap when under-appreciated fem-cees like Foxy Brown, Da Brat, Charli Baltimore and Rah Digga along with singular forces like Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah and, yes, even Lil Kim, represented the girl who got down, dirty and raunchy but never dived too deeply into the waters of pop in search of hits.(!!!)

    And it seemed that Banks herself has grown tired of the fixation on pop rap. Her brand is unapologetically street -- even when she ventures into the dance world, it's less Euro discotheque and more gentlemen’s club bounce. And when she experiments with singing, like she did on a brief a capella take on the Zutons classic "Valerie," her voice proved a bit more elastic than her peers', making you briefly wonder what she might have learned from Ms. Hill.

    Listen to the rawness of “Barbie …” and you can't help but think she's issuing a few shots at the new crop of girls arriving in today’s more image-conscious female terrain where natural hair colors and designer duds aren't enough. “Long weave, lipstick, I be on that barbie …, pretty in the face but a … look plastic,” went one barbed lyric.

    With a smile and makeup running down her face after she effortlessly delivered bar after bar, Banks knew she had earned the ultimate co-sign: thousands of cheers.

    If that wasn’t enough, she sent the crowd into chaos when her DJ spun “212,” signaling one of the most profane choruses likely to be sung in unison since Cee-Lo Green’s hit “ … You.” Judging by the amount of fans who had the most biting (and unprintable) of her lyrics printed on T-shirts and hats, Nicki should be on the lookout.

    OMG I am definitely a new fan after watching her Coachella set. She is going to be huge!

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    In "The Warren Files," actors and actresses play such characters as demonologists and psychic investigators who encounter the most horrific case of their career – the haunting of a family in their Rhode Island home.

    In real life, cast members' experiences shooting the film in Wilmington was way less terrifying.

    For Patrick Wilson, who plays a leading role in the production, returning to North Carolina was a homecoming of sorts.

    "It's been great. I love it. I really do," Wilson said in March. "I've never been to Wilmington, but I lived in Charlotte as a kid, and I've got family outside of Rock Hill, so North Carolina's always been pretty special to me. I used to camp every summer in Asheville out by Black Mountain for years."

    The actor ("The Switch," "Watchmen") and dad enlisted his family and participated in local events, such as Wrightsville Beach's Quintiles marathon, to make the area feel more like home.

    "It's been nice down here," he said. "I've got a place out at the beach. My family's down here."

    Wilson wasn't the only one to hunker down in the area.

    Feature film "The Warren Files," New Line's supernatural thriller formerly known as "The Conjuring," kicked off production at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in early January and is not expected to wrap until April 26. The film is set for a 2013 release, according to

    The movie, directed by James Wan and written by Chad and Carey Hayes ("House of Wax"), is based on the real-life experiences of couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, who worked as psychic investigators during the 1970s.

    Wilson, who played Ed Warren, was joined by Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air") who played Lorraine.
    The couple claimed to have investigated more than 10,000 hauntings during their careers. They also founded the New England Society for Psychic Research and the Occult Museum, both in Connecticut.

    In the film, the investigators come to the aid of the Perron couple, played by Ron Livingston ("Office Space") and Lili Taylor ("High Fidelity"), and their children.

    The movie, which had an estimated budget of $13 million, shot at various locations in the area including the Carolina Apartments, the Carolinian Inn and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to City of Wilmington filming permits.

    At the campus shoot, about 300 extras in ‘70s garb gathered around muscle cars in a parking lot while the production filmed exterior scenes.

    Lorraine Warren also was on set, and sat with a crowd as the crew shot scenes inside Cameron Hall not far from where Taylor filmed scenes of a lecture with extras.

    But it hasn't been all work.

    Cast members Shannon Kook-Chun ("Degrassi"), who plays the Warrens' assistant, Shanley Caswell ("Detention"), Hayley McFarland, Joey King and Mackenzie Foy arrived in the area in February and visited such sites as Fort Caswell, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Battleship North Carolina Memorial, according to cast members' Twitter pages.

    As filming began to wind down, Caswell and others flocked to the web to share their thoughts on the production.

    "That's a wrap for Andrea on the Conjuring!" Caswell posted on Twitter. "Great cast and crew. Felt more like a vacation then work! Can't wait until next movie here."

    The only actor who i care about in this article is.........HIM

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    Howard Stern is trying to figure out what Kim Kardashian's game is. It is no secret Kim is famous for exposing her entire life to the public eye. She has suddenly decided to stay quiet when asked questions about her personal life. Howard is bold enough to put his thoughts into words and then blurt them on television.

    Stern criticized Kardashian for now refusing to speak about her private life after previously filming her lavish wedding to estranged husband Kris Humphries.

    In an interview with Extra, Howard was asked about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Howard is completely baffled. He slams Kim and says, "She thinks she is Jennifer Aniston." The talent show judge refers to the recent interview when Kim refused to talk about her relationship with Kanye.

    He is predicting Kim will be more than willing to dish the details about the romance. "The second her show gets a dip in the ratings, she'll have Kanye out there in his underwear dancing around on her show," he proclaims.

    Kim talk starts around 2:18


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    Eminem has been the Great White Rapper for quite some time now. That was a title that was up for grabs since “Rapper’s Delight” dropped. It has changed hands many times; from the Beastie Boys Alright, so maybe there haven’t been that many great white rappers. So Eminem’s current status as the greatest white rapper ever (and perhaps the greatest rapper ever) has some serious significance.

    However, Eminem has slowly been declining in terms of his music. He is no longer releasing the quality of material that we are accustomed to receive from Slim Shady. I fully expect to maintain his hold of the Great White Rapper title for a couple more years, but there are some current white rappers that are coming for the crown. I have ranked twelve rappers by their likelihood of becoming the next Great White Rapper. This title not only means putting out quality music, but also achieving great mainstream success. Some rappers weren’t included in this list because I tried to choose rappers with more potential; so unfortunately Slug and El-P will not be found here. Now let’s journey through the future of the hip-hop anomaly:

    The “Dude, Who the Hell Are You Talking About?” Division

    12.) Despot

    Strengths: Has great flow, great lyrics and a great voice to overcome the main obstacle of the white rapper. Also has some connects in the underground hip-hop scene, working with artists such as Das Racist, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire and El-P.

    Weaknesses: His music doesn’t have mainstream appeal and the crew he rolls with isn’t going to get him there. When Despot is on point he can rhyme with the best of them, but he can also be mediocre at times. He doesn’t have much music out.

    Comparisons: He is definitely the diminutive version of El-P with his hard underground sound.

    Must-hear Song: His verse on Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire’s “Huzzah (Remix)”

    Analysis: Personally, I am a huge fan of Despot. However, this isn’t a list of my favorite white rappers but instead a list of the rappers that have the potential to be the next Great White Hope. That being said, Despot does not have the mainstream appeal needed to blow up in hip-hop. He doesn’t have a huge fan-base and even the most hardcore of hip-hop heads mostly only know him from his features on other rappers’ songs. He needs to release something huge to even be considered a serious contender for the crown.

    Chances of Becoming the Next Great White Rapper: Slightly worse than the chances that DMX starts breeding kittens.

    11.) Brother Ali

    Strengths: His lyrics are not only amazing, but they are also very socially-conscious. His voice and flow are easily identifiable and his beats tend to demand attention.

    Weaknesses: He can stray away from the traditional hip-hop sound at times. His socially-conscious lyrics can grow old at times. His beats also tend to be hit-or-miss; they are either bangers or duds.

    Comparisons: Ali’s voice is hard to compare to anyone, but if I had to compare him to anyone it would have to be west-coast MC Murs. Murs shares a similar flow and subject matter.

    Must-hear Song: “Tightrope”

    Analysis: The reason Brother Ali is so low on this list is simple; if he was gonna blow up then he would have by now. Brother Ali has a decent amount of exposure, but this Rhymesayers signee has yet to grow a mainstream audience. Ali doesn’t seem to care about becoming a mainstream success as much as he focuses on putting out quality music for his core fan-base. He definitely delivers in this sense by continually releasing critically-acclaimed releases, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.

    Chances of Becoming the Next Great White Rapper: Similar to the chances that Yung Berg makes a comeback.

    The Frat Pack Division

    10.) Chris Webby

    Strengths: The man can rap his ass off. He possesses an impressive flow and intricate rhyme patterns. He also has a huge, dedicated fan-base.

    Weaknesses: Webby only raps about the typical subject matter you expect from frat-rappers; weed, partying and girls. I know most rappers only rap about these things, but it is just more aggravating when it is a white college kid. Also his beats are very weak. His fans tend to be somewhere in the 15-19 age range.

    Comparisons: Webby sounds like every other white frat-rapper, but he doesn’t really have a mainstream comparison.

    Must-hear Song: “50 Barz”

    Analysis: Chris Webby is very good at rapping in terms of actually rhyming and keeping a flow, but his voice is annoying and the substance of his lyrics is uninspiring. He is far inferior than the other two rappers below him on this list, but this list is about the next heir to the white rapper throne not purely skill. Webby gets a spot on this list because of the fan-base he has. Any of his Youtube videos has a chance to get 10 million views, and he is always a hit at college campuses. Despite this high number of fans, he is hurt by his fans low number when it comes to age. His niche fan-base can’t legally drink or rent a car. This might be a key to success for the likes of Justin Bieber, but it hurts a rapper like Webby who is all about partying.

    Chances of Becoming the Next Great White Rapper: Close to the chances of an Eminem/Mariah Carey collaboration

    9.) Sam Adams

    Strengths: Adams has a basic understanding of rap and how to do it. He songs are guaranteed to be pop hits amongst the college crowd. Girls love this man.

    Weaknesses: I don’t know what is worse; his lyrics or his flow. He makes music that will never gain the respect of classic hip-hop fans, artists, or critics.

    Comparisons: See Webby, Chris.

    Must-hear Song: Not necessarily a “must-hear,” but definitely his most popular. “Driving Me Crazy”

    Analysis: This is a rough stretch in the list for me. Listening the music of these last two artists has been a chore to say the least, but I guess I don’t have the same musical taste as your average female college freshman. This man has more fans than most rappers could dream of despite not possessing the skill that most rappers actually have. I can’t hate on him though; he knows what he is doing and is cashing in. I can definitely see Sam Adams being one of the most popular white rappers, but his lack of legitimacy will make him more of a Vanilla Ice than an Eminem.

    Chances of Being the Next Great White Rapper: Slightly higher than the chances that Rick Ross has actually dealt drugs.

    8.) OnCue

    Strengths: His flow is outstanding and he doesn’t rely on the partying lyrics of his frat-rap brethren. Cuey also does a great job of meshing many different genres together on his song.

    Weaknesses: His genre-bending can come off as a little cheesy at times. There are still questions about whether or not he can be taken seriously in the upper-echelon of hip-hop.

    Comparisons: OnCue has a musical style that can be compared to Atmosphere.

    Must-hear Song: "Breathe Me"

    Analysis: I hate putting OnCue in the frat-rap division of this list, but that is only spot that seemed right for this musically enigmatic artist. He is genuinely a good artist, not just a rapper. He puts a lot of thought into the craft of songwriting and it shines through in his music. This is one rapper that I could see being caught in the Atmosphere level of rap fame; he will be acknowledged as one of the best but his style will keep him from mainstream success.

    Chances of Being the Next Great Rapper: Equal to or less than the chances that Lil Wayne has stopped sipping sizzurp.

    The Bad Boy Protege Division

    7.) Machine Gun Kelly

    Strengths: MGK has one of the craziest flows in hip-hop right now; his high-speed lyrical delivery is mesmerizing. He can also have some clever lines at time. MGK is also signed to Bad Boy Records and Diddy is sure to push this artist to the forefront.

    Weaknesses: MGK doesn't have enough quality lyrics to match his uncomparable flow. His beats also leave a lot to be desired as he doesn't explore any beats outside the realm of Lex-Luger-style of production.

    Comparisons: His most comparable peer is fellow list-mate Yelawolf. Both men share a rapid fire flow.

    Must-hear Song: "Wild Boy"

    Analysis: MGK can rap with the best of him in terms of delivery and flow, but I don't know if that is enough to carry him to the cream of the crop of white rappers (pun intended). He needs to mature his beats and his lyrics, but I don't know if Diddy is going to push MGK to artistic heights. However, I think MGK will ride his substantial audience to even more mainstream success than he has already achieved.

    Chances of Becoming the Next Great White Rapper: Slighty greater than the chances of a Tyler the Creator-produced Chris Brown track being released.

    The Feme Fatale Division

    6.) Iggy Azalea

    Strengths: Azalea has an impeccable flow and has had some amazing beats at her disposal. She is also gaining significant buzz and even signed a deal with Interscope Records. She also has the appeal of being an attractive female who can rap.

    Weaknesses: Her lyrics aren’t particularly great. One also has to wonder if Azalea’s star will fizzle out quick once the gimmick of her being a white female rapper wears off.

    Comparison: Azalea’s delivery is similar to Lil Kim’s with a slight white-girl-inflection.

    Must-hear Song: “My World”

    Comparisons: Azalea is a duel-threat in the sense that she is an exceptional rapper and an attractive woman. There is no doubt in my mind that she will blow up, but I don’t know if she will be capable of putting out quality music to maintain respect amongst critics and fans. I am also concerned with Azalea potentially falling into the same trap that Nicki Minaj did; the allure of creating pop music over hip-hop. This career path has ruined many great rappers and hopefully Azalea avoids this pitfall.

    Chances of Being the Next Great Rapper: The same as the chances of Mystikal still being able to get the ladies to “shake that ass.”

    5.) Kreayshawn

    Strengths: Similar to Azalea, Kreayshawn has the appeal of being a female but whether or not she is attractive is up for debate. Her beats tend to be great and can be appreciated by critics and fans alike. She also has a strong fan-base and is gaining mainstream buzz. She also has an enigmatic personality.

    Weaknesses: She can't really rap and that will probably hurt her down the road. Her voice can become annoying and she has a very weak flow. She has also started beef with the likes of the Game and Rick Ross, which could hurt her in the industry. She is also beginning to lose some of the popularity she had just months ago.

    Comparisons: V-Nasty

    Must-hear Song: "Gucci Gucci"

    Analysis: I don't fully understand Kreayshawn's inclusion in the public sphere. She seems like a west coast hipster chick that decided to ironically make hip-hop music, but for some reason she is taken seriously. I can't deny that the beat on "Gucci Gucci" is amazing, but unfortunately she had to rap over it. Despite her apparent lack of skill, she still has solid buzz and signed a huge deal with Columbia Records. She definitely has all the makings of a rapper to blow up.

    Chances of Becoming the Next Great White Rapper: About the same chances of Dr. Dre's Detox being released.

    The Underground Kings Divison

    4.) Action Bronson

    Without a doubt, Bronson has the best flow of anyone on this list and he is definitely up there when it comes to his lyrics. He tends to use some of the best beats out and even ones that seem weird fit his voice perfectly. He has some serious connects in the NYC hip-hop scene by working with Cormega, Saigon, Roc Marciano and Das Racist. He is also a larger-than-life personality.

    Weaknesses: Bronson’s lyrics often stray to the raunchy side and his songs are not for everyone. His larger-than-life personality could also be a turn-off to some hip-hop purists.

    Comparison: Without a doubt, Ghostface Killah. Sometimes one can listen to Bronson and think that they might be listening to a lost track off Supreme Clientele.

    Must-hear Song: “Tapas”

    Analysis: Action Bronson has been killing it over the last two years by putting out quality releases in the form of Blue Chips, Well Done and Dr. Lecter. Bronson is a gifted rapper that is bound to gain the respect of most critics and artists. His fan-base is also continually growing. However, I can’t see Bronson becoming a mainstream success due to wild lyrics and antics. At the end of the day, he will be seen as one of the greatest Caucasian spitters to do it but he doesn’t have the appeal to the best one out.

    Chances of Being the Next Great White Rapper: About 30% higher than that chances of Max B getting out of jail.

    3.) Asher Roth

    A gifted lyricists that has a stronger conception of rhymes patterns than anyone in the game. He is beginning to use jazzy beats that better suit his delivery. He already has a solid fan-base from his “I Love College” days.

    Weaknesses: “I Love College” is Asher’s main weakness. It gave him bad connotations amongst hip-hop heads and he is still trying to regain their respect. It also gave him a large audience that he is currently alienating with his new music.

    Comparison: His voice is very much like Eminem’s, but his flow is much more similar to the rappers of the Pharcyde in the way that he is so silky smooth with his delivery.

    Must-hear Song: “Pabst and Jazz”

    Analysis: “I Love College” made me hate Asher Roth with all my being. I thought he was what was wrong with rap music; he cheapened to nothing more than just party music. I kept hearing he was a great rapper, but I never gave him a chance. Then I heard his mixtape Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry and my mind was blown. He was rapping with a smooth skill that was unlike any rapper out. He followed up that performance with the superb mixtape Rawth and Pabst and Jazz. He is a great rapper, but his new career trajectory has turned him into more of underground favorite than mainstream success.

    Chances of Being the Next Great Rapper: About the same as the chances that Kanye West pep talks himself in the mirror every morning.

    The On Deck Divison

    2.) Yelawolf

    He has an amazing flow and delivery that make him easy to recognize. He is working with the greatest white rapper of all time, Eminem, and he is surrounded by label-mates Slaughterhouse, which is the most lyrical group in hip-hop.

    Weaknesses: He needs to use better beats. Some of his beats are catchy, but they tend to be very weak. He also has some stereotypical partying lyrics that can grow tiresome.

    Comparison: I’m going to be honest, I’ve never heard a flow like Yelawolf’s. Part of his success is that he has no rappers to be compared to.

    Must-hear Song: “Hard White (Remix)”

    Analysis: Yelawolf is the type of rapper that grows on you. I don’t think I’ve ever been more confused than when my friend showed me his “dope” freestyle over Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade.” It was the worst thing I had ever heard; I thought it was made to be a joke. Now I am in love with that flow. It is so different but that is what makes it so great. Yelawolf has great potential to a hip-hop giant along the lines of T.I. and Young Jeezy. He isn’t as skilled as Asher or Bronson, but he is in a much better of a position to launch his ascension in the hip-hop hierarchy.

    Chances of Being the Next Great White Rapper: Slightly better than the chances of Waka Flocka Flame having the vernacular of a 3rd grader.

    1.) Mac Miller

    Strengths: Miller is a very good lyricist and his flow is fairly solid. He has a good ear for beats. He has also befriended some of the greats in hip-hop and received co-signs from them. He is huge, and his popularity is only growing.

    Weaknesses: Their isn’t an aspect about him that stands out; he is good at many things but not great at anything. The inflection in his voice can get annoying at times. He has to avoid the comparisons to his frat-rapping peers.

    Comparisons: Asher Roth is the main comparison he receives, but I would say his delivery is more reminiscent of the Chris Webb/Sam Adams group. His beat selection is similar to the jazzy groups of the 90s, such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and the Pharcyde.

    Must-hear Song: “That’s Love”

    Analysis: Mac Miller is the personification of the personal struggle I had making this list; I hate Mac Miller’s music but I can’t deny his success. He is bound to fly to the top level of hip-hop artists just based on the amount of support he has garnered at such a young age. Not only has he built an amazing fan-base without a record label, but he has also built some impressive connections in hip-hop. He has collaborations with Posdnous of De La Soul, Raekwon, Cam’ron, 9th Wonder, and Talib Kweli. He has found the perfect balance between mainstream success and support among artists in the genre. Eminem is ready to hand down his crown, and Mac Miller is the heir to the throne. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing, but I do know it is a sure thing.

    Chances of Being the Next Great White Rapper: The same as the chances of Drake crying at the strip-club after a long night of drinking, so around 95%.


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    Courtney Love is reaching out to her daughter Frances Bean Cobain – on Twitter.

    Love previously angered her daughter by claiming on the social media site that Kurt Cobain's former bandmate Dave Grohl "hit on" Frances Bean, but now Love says she regrets spreading the rumor, which was denied by both Grohl and Frances.

    "Bean, sorry I believed the gossip," Love tweeted early Saturday. "Mommy loves you."

    Frances angrily answered her mom's earlier accusations on Thursday saying, "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy."

    Grohl also said the claims were "offensive and absolutely untrue."

    Frances is engaged to Isaiah Silva, frontman of the rock band the Rambles.


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