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    The Young and the Restless has finally found its Adam Newman! TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that, after an extensive casting search, the part of the presumed-dead Genoa City troublemaker has gone to former Smallville and Revenge star Justin Hartley. The actor will report for work at the CBS soap in late September and is scheduled to hit the air during November sweeps.

    "I'm so pumped about joining Y&R — I watch it all the time and can't wait to get in there and get my hands dirty!" says Hartley, who kicked off his career in 2002 with the daytime serial Passions. "I have great respect for daytime drama. I love the branding. I love the style. What can I say? I love good soap!"
    And he doesn't see this Y&R gig as a step back. After a string of terrific performances in primetime — he was Green Arrow on Smallville, Victoria Craig's illegit gay son Patrick on Revenge, and Scott, the kinky plastic surgeon on Mistresses — Hartley says, "It's all about story and character with me and I don't care if the job is on daytime or primetime or the web. Hey, give me a good character and someone to listen and I'll do my acting on a street corner."
    Hartley says he met with Y&R exec producer Jill Farren Phelps and CBS Daytime czarina Angelica McDaniel to talk about the Adam role and "came away feeling very excited. The powers that be are smart, lovely people with kind hearts. It'll be wonderful going to work knowing I'm really wanted." Bonus perk: The L.A.-based job keeps Hartley near 10-year-old Isabella, his daughter from his former marriage to actress Lindsay Hartley.
    Truth be told, he is a little nervous. "Y&R is the No. 1 show and the acting company is exceptional," Hartley says. "There's no period of adjustment with these people and that's daunting. I don't just have to be fantastic, I have to be fantastic right now!"
    Hartley replaces Michael Muhney, who was fired from the soap last December.

    This makes me sad. I really like him.I was hoping ABC would bring him on to another show after his pilot wasn't picked up.
    Also, sorry Dave!


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    "Life's shitty, and we're all gonna die. You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That’s what we're surrounded by all the time. We don't understand why we're here, no one's giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can't help because they're just people, and it's all terrible, and there's no meaning to anything. What a terrible thing to process! Every. Day. And then you go to sleep. But then sometimes, things can suspend themselves for like a minute, and then every once in a while there’s something where you find a connection."

    "Shiiiit!" Driver says, as the machine shudders and dips, then jokingly throws out his arms as though bracing himself against potential disaster. The gust lasts approximately two seconds. The pilot glances back quizzically at this strange tall man with the slightly familiar face. Driver pushes back his longish hair—the indie-rock styling of which may not be so much his as that of the character he plays on HBO's Girls—and nods. "I'm glad they gave us these fanny packs," he deadpans, patting the life preserver on his waist.

    There's not much Adam Driver is afraid of, certainly not a touristy helicopter trip. "We rode in helicopters in the Marines," he told me on the tarmac. "Also, we've been using them a lot in this movie I'm in." He sounded a little embarrassed, like being in a movie is so much less cool than being a Marine. But it was, after all, his second choice of career.

    These days it's rare to encounter an emerging Hollywood talent who is also a veteran—of a Who Wore It Best battle, maybe, but not the actual military. But before Driver became the breakout star of a show about entitled slackers in Brooklyn, he served in the armed forces. More specifically, he was "a fucking Marine who went to Juilliard," as one director put it, in that tone of curiosity and awe Driver tends to inspire.

    The helicopter arcs over the Brooklyn Bridge. "There's my apartment," Driver says, pointing. He sounds a bit wistful, probably because lately he hasn't seen the inside of it much. Over the past couple of years, Driver has been in the midst of a transformation, from the most unexpected star of a cult TV show to being "probably one of the most sought-after actors around," says director Shawn Levy, who moved heaven and earth—in the form of the schedules of Jason Bateman and Tina Fey—to cast Driver in the role of the perpetually adolescent younger brother in this month's This Is Where I Leave You. The movie is the first in a veritable avalanche of prominent films Driver will soon appear in, among them Jeff Nichols's Midnight Special, Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, and Martin Scorsese's Silence. Like a cool band, he's been plucked from hipster Brooklyn and is in the process of being fully mainstreamed, though he still retains his cred: Last night, he was up late shooting scenes for the fourth season of Girls, even though today he's leaving for the London set of the latest installment in that blockbuster of blockbusters, Star Wars. I'm looking at him craning his neck toward the chopper window, this quiet, slightly goofy guy whose Adam's apple, in profile, sticks out roughly as much as his nose, and Driver doesn't seem like the world's most likely movie star. But "this kid," Levy says, with mark-my-words import, "is going to be one of the most formidable actors of his generation."

    "That's nice of Shawn," Driver says when I tell him what Levy said. "He's, like, the kind of person who believes things will turn out good. Unlike me, who believes things are going to go to shit at any minute."

    A week or so before our helicopter trip, we met for lunch in Manhattan. From the moment we walked in, it was clear that the place, with its white tablecloths and overly attentive waiters, was all wrong for Driver, his sensibility as well as his size—not that Driver, a polite midwesterner, would ever complain. Wearing jeans and a T-shirt, he folded his six-foot-three body into one of the froofy chairs, ordered a steak, medium-rare, and didn't even blink when it arrived covered in edible flowers. "My plan was to be able to make a living as an actor," he says. "And then everything else just..." He motions with one of his hands and nearly smacks a water pitcher out of the grasp of a lurking waiter. "Oh no!" he says, hunching his wide shoulders forward in shame, like he's the Incredible Hulk and has just burst out of his clothes in public.

    Which is kind of a fitting image to show what happened to Driver. As the lovable sexual deviant Adam Sackler, he burst, partially and sometimes fully naked, onto the screen in Girls, playing the boyfriend of Lena Dunham's character, immediately commanding attention. It's hard to say what was most compelling about him: perhaps his face, with all of its different planes, like a carving from Easter Island. Or maybe his incongruously muscular body, which seemed to contain equal amounts of twitchy intensity and feral grace. Or it could be the way he spoke, forcefully but always with a tremulous undercurrent of feeling that somehow made him endearing, even as he barked out fantasies to Dunham's character while having sex: "You're a junkie and you're only 11 and you had your fucking Cabbage Patch lunchbox. You're a dirty little whore, and I'm going to send you home to your parents covered in cum."

    "To me, Girls announced this wholly new and surprising kind of actor," says Levy, who came away from his initial coffee date with Driver with what sounds like a full-blown man crush. "The way he moves, talks, eats, navigates the world," he gushes. "It's really authentic. Adam is a fucking man."

    At a time when nearly every industry is trying to commodify authenticity—McDonald's artisan burger, anyone?—Hollywood has lagged. To Levy and others, Driver is a welcome course correction from the parade of blue-eyed Brad Pitt types (your Chris Hemsworths, your Chris Pines). His ripped physique is comparable to today's action heroes', but beneath his pecs there is the suggestion of a brain, a heart, a soul. Driver's electric intensity and his intriguing backstory suggest that this is a man who has Seen Things. "He's a real person," says Baumbach.

    Adam Driver, real person, grew up in the Leave It to Beaver-ish town of Mishawaka, Indiana. His family were devout Baptists—his stepfather was a preacher—though Driver was a bit of a rebel. He sang in the choir, but he also ran a fight club, where he and his friends would beat one another in a field behind a banquet hall that hosted weddings and baby showers. "Can we just...," he interjects apologetically when I start to ask about how his parents feel about the path he's chosen, "if I can, I'll skip the parents stuff?" He doesn't want to reopen any family wounds. "We have different views on the world," he explains. "They have their life; I have mine." He didn't tell them about Girls until after the second season. "What was I going to tell them?" he says, laughing. "I just masturbated on some girl's chest"?

    Driver's parents didn't know much about his acting in high school, either—not that it was all that important then. Appearing in a production of Oklahoma! just seemed like a good way to meet girls. But it's indicative of his tendency toward extremes that once he began considering it as a career, he saw only two paths available. "It was like the South Bend Civic Theatre," he says with distaste, "or Juilliard." He applied to the latter and didn't get in. And that, for a while, was that.

    On September 11, 2001, Driver was almost 18 years old, living in an apartment in the back of his parents' home and "not doing fucking anything," he says. In the swell of patriotism that followed the terrorist attacks, he decided to enlist in the armed forces. "It just seemed like a badass thing to do," he says, "to go and shoot machine guns and serve your country. Coupled with: 'There's nothing for me here, there's nothing that's keeping me here, there's nothing that's stopping me from going.'" He was shipped off to Camp Pendleton in California.

    Rarely do you hear praise for the brutal initiation of basic training, but Driver loved it: "You see what your body can do and how discipline is effective." He fell comfortably into the structure of the military and into friendships with the people he met there. "It's hard to describe," he says. "You're put in these very heightened circumstances, and you learn a lot about who people are at the core, I think. You end up having this very intimate relationship where you would, like, die for these people."

    Driver never made it to war. Two years in, he broke his sternum on a cheapo mountain bike and soon after was medically discharged, an outcome that still "fuckin' kills me," he says. "To not get to go with that group of people I had been training with was...painful."

    He moved back to Indiana, but he was restless and depressed. "I wanted a challenge," he says. Driver's thoughts wandered again to Juilliard. "The Marine Corps is supposed to be the toughest and most rigorous of its class," he says. And in a similar way, Juilliard was the toughest in its class. "Obviously the stakes are different," he says. "You have the risk of getting shot or killed in one and just embarrassed in the other. I thought, 'This will be easy.'" He was working as a security guard at a warehouse in Mishawaka when he heard he'd been accepted.

    To make going to school in New York City even more of a challenge, Driver devised a militaristic routine for personal and intellectual growth. "I wanted to make it extreme," he says. To stay fit, he'd run from his apartment in Queens to the school's Manhattan campus. He'd often start his day with six eggs and later prepare and consume an entire chicken. Nights he spent binge-watching classic movies or at the library reading plays. Since he'd been a lousy student and grew up sheltered from a lot of secular art and music, "I felt like I was behind," he says.

    To most of Driver's classmates, he was an oddity. He didn't have much patience for them, either. "I think he thought other people weren't as committed," says Richard Feldman, a professor at Juilliard. "I made a lot of people cry," says Driver regretfully. At the same time, he was drifting apart from his friends in the Marines. "We all got together in Texas; a friend of ours had passed away," Driver says. "And I was trying to explain to them what I was doing at Juilliard. And I'm like, 'Yeah, we wear pajamas, and we talk about our inner colors, and there was this exercise where we all gave birth to ourselves...' And they're like, 'What the fuck are you doing?'"

    "There's Governors Island," Driver says, pointing from the helicopter, launching into an anecdote about a friend from Juilliard who spent a sweaty afternoon in period dress churning butter for a historical-reenactment gig.

    Though Driver's first big reenactment gig, on the other hand, would come opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, success wasn't exactly immediate for Driver in the years after college. He did a few Off-Broadway plays, the obligatory Law & Order episode, a couple of easily missed movies. After Lincoln came a small but charming part in the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, and of course Girls, and before he knew it, he was getting calls from Martin Scorsese and posing shirtless with a live sheep draped over his shoulders for Vogue.

    "It's very nice," he says, cringing like he did before, like he's embarrassed both by his success and for complaining about it."But in a way, I don't feel like I've really put in my dues. Like it doesn't feel earned." Driver puts a premium on things that take a lot of work. It's one reason he hates the Internet. "Not to get on, like, a stomping pedestal about the culture or anything," he tells me at one point. "But everyone is so used to having everything immediately, and that doesn't seem to lend itself to things being good. You know? The things on there, they're just mediocre. There's not really a lot of work or weight involved."

    Driver applies the discipline acquired in the military to everything he does, from the quotidian details of existence to his work. "I think it's good to live an artful life," he says, sipping a pink smoothie in the Brooklyn café we've safely landed in after our helicopter ride. "I like everything I do to have some kind of meaning." To attain something worthwhile, one must experience a certain amount of suffering: "The more masochistic the part, the more appealing." When it comes to his work, he can get a little obsessive—which is why he never actually watches himself on-screen. He decided to stop after Lena Dunham invited him over to her parents' apartment in Tribeca to watch the pilot of Girls. "I just saw all the things I wanted to change or make better," he says. "And I worried from then on I would just be thinking about how it looks as opposed to what's happening, and that's, like, not a good way to work, because after a while it's a little bit masturbatory."

    Driver knows that talking about Acting is a good way to sound like "a pretentious fucking asshole," he says. But he does have lofty ideas about The Craft. "He's one of those actors," says Baumbach, who watched him on the set of While We're Young. "Like they became the part, you couldn't get them out of it, nobody could look him in the eye..." He doesn't mean this in a look-out-gaffers-here-comes-the-next-Christian-Bale way. "He's not a brooder," Baumbach says. "But it's important to him."

    Back when he was at Juilliard, in one of his learning jags, Driver came across Ajax, the fifth-century Greek tragedy about a soldier who, slighted by his superiors, erupts in a blind fury and decides to kill them all. "It's a play about someone who suffers from PTSD," he says. At the time, Driver was suffering from his own far milder version of PTSD, in the form of the guilt he felt about leaving the military. "Like, I dropped the ball and got out and then became a fuckin' actor," he says. The play gave him an idea about how to reconcile those feelings and give what he was doing at Juilliard some meaning.

    With the help of the school and Joanne Tucker, his classmate turned girlfriend, Driver founded Arts in the Armed Forces, an organization he still runs, which deploys actors to perform at military bases. When he was in the service, "they were always trying to bring in, like, the Dallas cheerleaders," he says. "And I love cheerleaders. I could watch cheerleaders all day long. But I felt like the military could handle something a little more thought-provoking." They decided on simple, relatable monologues about the human experience. "When I think of my military experience, I don't think of the drills and discipline and pain," says Driver. "I think of these, like, really intimate, human moments of people wanting to go AWOL because they missed their wives, or someone's dead and they can't deal with it. And that's what I wanted to show."

    After the group's first performance, at his old training camp, Driver received more than a few slaps on the back from the troops. "They were like, 'Fuckin' loved it, bro,'" he says, affecting a macho voice.

    Someone once described acting to Driver as a service, and it stuck with him. "That made sense to me," he says. Even now, "in the midst of all this fuckin' know, take pictures with a sheep on my shoulder," he still feels this way. "Here's the thing," he says, and pauses to take a bite of a hamburger. "Life's shitty, and we're all gonna die. You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That's what we're surrounded by all the time. We don't understand why we're here, no one's giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can't help because they're just people, and it's all terrible, and there's no meaning to anything. What a terrible thing to process! Every. Day. And then you go to sleep. But then sometimes," he says, leaning forward, "things can suspend themselves for like a minute, and then every once in a while there's something where you find a connection."

    It may not be the same as wasting terrorists, but it's something. "It's a good, hard responsibility," he says, crinkling up his napkin. "Maybe that's self-indulgent, that I think I can really do something. But the potential is there."

    Adam Driver is nothing if not up for a challenge. Now he stands. He has to go meet Joanne, who's joining him as he heads back to the Star Wars set in London. Last summer they got married. Driver's parents were at the wedding, circulating among the Juilliard people. He still doesn't talk to them about what he does, but he knows they're proud. The feedback from his friends in the Marines has been a little more direct. "They were like, 'So, I saw your fuckin' show,'" Driver says in his bro-y voice. "'And you're fuckin' naked a lot. So, okay. Tell me when the next thing comes out.'"


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    This "True Blood" actor is bloodthirsty. Literally.

    Jim Parrack, who plays human Hoyt Fortenberry on the HBO show, told Vulture that he enjoys a little real-life blood-sucking every once in a while.

    "I was being literal. I like the real deal," Parrack told Vulture. Why? "Um, I guess for the same reason some people want alcohol? Or for the same reason some people want, I don't know...milk? Or Kool-Aid?"

    Parrack said he doesn't drink blood regularly like the vampires on "True Blood," but indulges in his strange habit just "a couple times a year."

    "It's more like on an impulse," the actor explained. "When you make me spell it out like this, it sounds strange...I guess the best way to put it is sometimes I just like the way it tastes."

    The 33-year-old doesn't like just anyone's blood and seeing blood at the butcher doesn't interest him either. Instead, he prefers the blood of his beloved, which currently his fiancée "Hunger Games" actress Leven Rambin.

    "I'm absolutely particular," he said. "It does something to you emotionally. It's hard to describe."

    ONTD, do you ever like the taste of blood?


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    Today Disney Interactive has announced that Disney Infinity 2.0 will arrive November 4 and will have several starter editions. The new Toy Box combo pack will be available as well as the Avengers starter pack. Both of these packs contain the Disney Infinity 2.0 game and base for interacting with the figures.

    Figures in the new Toy Box pack include Merida from Brave and Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.

    Fans who prefer the Avengers starter pack will be able to pick up that pack, which includes Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow. The Avengers pack will be arriving September 23 for North America, while the Toy Box starter pack will arrive on November 4.

    Amazon has relisted their $99 Super Smash Bros. bundle after delisting it shortly after the E3 announcement thanks to a massive influx of pre-orders. While Amazon isn’t the only retailer offering this bundle, Amazon is one of the only merchants that requires no money down for pre-orders and offers day of delivery for Prime members.

    The $99 Super Smash Bros. bundle includes the Super Smash Bros. game, the GameCube controller adapter for Wii U that allows up to four controllers to be used on the Wii U, and the official Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller designed to be used with the Wii U. If you already have a handful of GameCube controllers that you’re wanting to use with Smash when it releases this fall, this bundle is an excellent way to get that adapter and an extra controller cheaply.

    Amazon still has the bundle listed as releasing on December 31st, but that’s because no official release date for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. has been announced just yet. Once the date has been announced, Amazon will update the page accordingly. If you’d rather not pre-order through Amazon, both Best Buy and GameStop are offering the same promotion, which you can pre-order in stores or online.

    This is classified as a rumor because it’s information taken directly from a Twitter account. However, it should be noted that the person who released this information was also spot on with the Devil’s Third Wii U reveal, so that does lend some credibility to their history. First spotted by NeoGAF, the tweets are originally released in French, but the translation is very, very interesting.

    So what does it say for those who don’t speak French?

    You’re gonna love it, but it’s a Remaster. It’s perfect to fill gaps inthe line-up. Really, Big N [Nintendo] will have one game per month in 2015.

    We’ve long since speculated that Nintendo is planning to give Majora’s Mask the same remastered attention that Wind Waker HD received, which is why they’re dragging their feet on adding GameCube games to the virtual console.

    Nintendo loves its system updates for the Wii U, with regular notifications telling us that our shiny systems are ready to go to the next level. The next level of stability.

    That's right, firmware fans! Nintendo has released another system update promising more stability and mysterious improvements to our user experience. All the hot information from Nintendo's official changelog is below.

    Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

    As we've alluded to in the past, we loosely translate this as "fixing a few minor bugs and locking off potential hacking exploits", but that's nothing to complain about.

    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is a huge release for Nintendo's portable in October, and it also looks like it'll be a sizeable title in another key respect. If images of Japanese packaging are to be believed this will demand a fair bit of space on many SD cards.

    According to the images posted on NeoGaf, the title will weigh in at around 2.1 GB (17,300 blocks) in Japan, which is over half of the standard 4GB SD card that comes with a 3DS XL (LL in Japan). It's not the only 3DS game to have this sort of file size, with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D also coming in at over 2GB, marginally larger than this release. You can see the key area of the image below.

    We've no reason to doubt that this is some leaked imagery of promotional or download code packaging in Japan, especially as it contains no reveals or inconsistencies with official information. Based on the format it strikes us as pre-order material to inform potential customers, and file size is certainly relevant when it's a hefty download; that size seems realistic, too, considering the amount of media — such as music tracks — that's likely to be included among the various in-game collectibles and libraries.

    We'll see whether this size varies for the West in good time, but let us know whether a potential 2GB file size influences your potential download purchase.

    Confirmed during Pokémon World Championship

    It has been confirmed that The Pokémon Trading Card Game is making the leap to the iPad this year.

    The news broke at the ongoing Pokémon World Championship when Josh Wittenkeller tweeted an image of the game in action on Apple's tablet device.

    Kotaku has since received confirmation from The Pokémon Company that the game will launch later in 2014.

    It marks the first time that The Pokémon Company has released a full game on iOS, and could give the popular card game Hearthstone some serious competition.


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    Paul Rudd is going on a superhero's journey in the new Marvel Studios movie Ant-Man, although these days he's looking decidedly unheroic.

    Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man (in theaters July 17, 2015) began production in San Francisco Monday, but by the looks of the first image from the movie, with Rudd's hoodie-clad, unshaven Scott Lang skulking around the Golden Gate Bridge next to a decrepit van, he has a ways to go before he's on the level of the Avengers.

    In Ant-Man, Lang is an ex-con and thief who finds a mentor figure in Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a genius scientist and inventor of a technology that allows a man to shrink down to the size of an insect but also increase his strength.

    When powerful forces — including Pym's star employee Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), aka Yellowjacket — want the secret to the breakthroughs for their own nefarious uses, Pym passes the mantle — and helmeted supersuit — of Ant-Man to Lang and the two men plan an ambitious heist that if successful will save the world.

    "The way technology has advanced just in the last few years, picturing this world, what they can do with this kind of story line and character, I thought this could be something that could be very strange and hasn't been seen before," Rudd told USA TODAY in July. "I was really excited about being a part of something like that."

    Evangeline Lilly co-stars as Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne, and John Slattery signed on to reprise his Iron Man 2 role of Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) whose appearance hints that Ant-Man will tie into the bigger history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Ant-Man, which will also film in Atlanta, features a cast that includes Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington and rapper/actor T.I.


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    A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today's world.

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    ABC's Agents of SHIELD is bringing in another character from the comics.

    Friday Night Lights favorite and comic book fan Adrianne Palicki has been tapped to guest-star as Marvel super spy Bobbi Morse, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Best known to comics fans as Mockingbird, Palicki will appear in the fifth episode of the Marvel procedural with the potential to return; the episode will find her popping in perhaps not as an ally to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team.


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    The children, family and friends of broadcast legend Casey Kasem have not backed down in their ongoing struggle with his wife, Jean Kasem. In a letter signed by 20 of his closest friends and family members, the country of Norway was formally asked to deny Jean's request to have her husband buried there.

    “As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends,” they wrote in the letter. “In fact, it was the opposite. Casey wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, his home of over 53 years.”

    The letter goes on to allege that Jean Kasem fabricated her own Norwegian heritage, with her nephew Herbert “Tommy” Thompson saying, “As far as we know, we are English, German and Native American. We have never ever heard anyone speak of Norway or Norwegian for that matter in our house. We don't have an ounce of Norwegian blood to our knowledge.”

    The letter further alleges the family's belief that Jean is attempting to have Casey Kasem buried in Norway “because of the ongoing investigation from local authorities of criminal elder abuse.”

    In a separate letter, Mike Curb, former Lt. Gov. of California and one of Casey Kasem's closest friends, stated that Casey Kasem wanted to be buried in California. According to a representative for Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem, her father “asked Mike Curb in 2010 to be buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burbank because he foresaw something like this happening with Jean.”

    Curb wrote that he has offered to pay for Casey Kasem's burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California, or any other place the family feels is appropriate. Curb's letter, along with the family's letter, was sent to Norwegian officials in response to Jean Kasem's request to have him buried there.

    Wow this is getting to be a real clusterfuck.  There is something wrong with Jean Kasem and I wonder what is taking so long for the DA to charge her with elder abuse.  She's basically hiding evidence and obstructing justice.  Why isn't she thrown in jail?  Poor Casey!

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    Demanding that every black celebrity with a hit single or Twitter following say something about Ferguson implies that Michael Brown's murder is a minority issue—not a human rights one.

    There are many people who have yet to be held adequately responsible in Ferguson, Missouri. America is starving for information from the higher-ups that allowed and condoned police brutality in Ferguson, and simultaneously calling for Michael Brown’s killer to be tried and punished accordingly. But amid this cry for justice and accountability is a stranger, less logical expectation of vocal activism and admonishment from the most visible members of the hip-hop community.

    This misguided notion that hip-hop heavyweights aren’t doing enough was particularly apparent in the mass disappointment leveled at St. Louis rapper Nelly in the wake of the incident. Now, Nelly is not famous for his political activism or preoccupation with African-American issues. Nelly is “famous” for songs like “Hot in Herre” and “Air Force Ones.” While Nelly has made his name promoting Apple Bottom Jeans, not social justice, the fact of his blackness combined with his former zip code was apparently enough to make Nelly’s absence from Ferguson social media activism both apparent and abhorrent.

    Nelly's initial silence was condemned and it was also packaged as part of a larger trend of accusations, as websites criticized“most of hip-hop” for responding “more to the Robin Williams death than Mike Brown’s.”

    Of course, this call for hip-hop artists to speak out comes from a completely sincere and rational place. Hip-hop isn’t just a historically black genre; it’s a historically political one. Famous hip-hop activists from Tupac to Common have long stood up against systemic racism, cycles of poverty and violence, and police brutality. The hip-hop community’s allegedly inadequate response to the injustices taking place in Ferguson feels like a reverberation of accusations that the genre is wandering further and further away from its deeply political and radicalized roots.

    It doesn’t take a hip-hop historian to realize that the message isn’t what it used to be. In 1989, Public Enemy told us to “fight the power” in an incendiary track that combined rap and black church service vocal stylings, peppered with civil rights allusions and revolutionary rhetoric. Today, the hottest hip-hop hook in America is from Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” and even overtly political tracks like Kanye West’s “New Slaves” inevitably descend into name-dropping, sexual objectification, and amped-up bravado.

    Combine hip-hop’s apparent descent into apolitical commercialism with the inexplicable tragedy of Michael Brown’s death, and it’s not difficult to fathom why some fans are so disappointed in their favorite artists. After all, celebrities have hurried to take part in recent viral memes like the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, and have shared their remembrances of Robin Williams across various social media platforms.

    It’s easy to see why, for example, Kanye West’s tweet regarding Robin Williams’ death served to highlight a perceived silence surrounding Michael Brown’s demise. After all, West famously spoke out against the government’s treatment of predominately African-American Hurricane Katrina victims back in 2005, declaring that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on national television. This history of articulation, much like Nelly’s personal ties to the St. Louis area, could be interpreted as a reason why West ought to be weighing in as the assumed value of an African-American life in America is once again being examined and interrogated across the nation.

    Expecting every black celebrity with a hit single or an extensive Twitter following to address Ferguson implies that Michael Brown’s murder is a minority issue instead of a human rights one. Furthermore, demanding that any one person who is not directly implicated in the atrocity weigh in on it anyway distracts from the brave protesters, articulate journalists, and passionate public figures who are voluntarily taking on the responsibility of ensuring that Michael Brown’s prematurely silenced voice is heard.

    When a celebrity speaks out about an important issue, it increases visibility—this is a good thing. Nevertheless, the expectation that every African-American star or hip-hop hero must weigh in on Ferguson is a problematic one. Demanding that every beloved black celebrity respond to this issue would be like asking every white celebrity to take to social media whenever a white person, be they a criminal or a victim, makes the nightly news. The next time a mentally unstable white man opens fire on the public, you can be sure that the judgment of the world will fall firmly on that individual, not on Lena Dunham for failing to release a cogent and heartfelt press release.

    We all ought to play our parts in holding cops and officials accountable while furthering the national debate; whether or not Rihanna chooses to publicly take a stand is entirely irrelevant. The notion of checking off a laundry list of visible black celebrities for social media responses and condemning those who have yet to speak out is not only counter-productive—it’s part of the problem.

    On top of the inherent weirdness of demanding that every rapper take a stand on Ferguson, there’s the added fact that this backlash is almost entirely baseless. Members of the hip-hop community have actually been incredibly vocal on the topic of Michael Brown. The notorious Nelly himself led a “Hands up, don't shoot” chant at a charity event in Los Angeles over the weekend; he’s also spoken with Mike Brown’s family and is working with them to create a Mike Brown Scholarship Fund to help send kids to college—a dream that Brown himself was tragically close to realizing.

    Meanwhile, Frank Ocean took to Tumblr to voice his reaction to the ongoing atrocities, commenting on a screenshot of a Missouri press conference: “You see that black woman standing up there?… I wonder if I’m supposed to think Missouri’s gov’t is pro-black because of her being stood up there with those other black men…I wonder if she was off the clock while she stood up there. If she was off the clock...then I wonder if she was getting paid for her time off like the guy who shot Michael 8 times. What’s that guy’s name by the way?”

    In a similar vein, Rapper Killer Mike posted a photo of Michael Brown’s grieving parents on his Instagram, accompanied by a powerful essay in which he explained, “These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street.” On Friday J. Cole released “Be Free,” an ode to Brown that ends with the harrowing voice of eyewitness Dorian Johnson insisting “He turned around, put his hands in the air...He started to get down but the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and he fired several more shots, and my friend died.”

    Talib Kweli, Juicy J, Erykah Badu, Common, and Young Jeezy have all taken to Twitter to voice their disgust with the crime and stand in solidarity; Jeezy and J. Cole are among the handful of celebrities who have visited Ferguson amid protests and riots.

    Meanwhile, John Legend has taken up the mantle of most visible R&B activist, retweeting and authoring various opinions and insights. In a series of tweets last Thursday, Legend said, “I believe these cops are intentionally trying to inflame the situation. They want an excuse. Recall the local cop telling those ‘animals’ to ‘bring it’ on CNN…He wants a fight. Calling us ‘animals’ has been the language to justify slavery, Jim Crow and all manner of injustice. Dehumanization and racism go together.”

    While the hip-hop community clearly has not been silent, it’s interesting to note that arguably the most vocal celebrity to emerge in the Ferguson debate isn’t a political rapper or activist artist but a Grey’s Anatomy heartthrob. Jesse Williams has been holding court on Tumblr and Twitter this past week, covering every aspect of Ferguson, from the initial incident to ongoing riots. Williams tweeted at CNN to “stop replaying completely irrelevant video: You are providing false context & running a marketing campaign for a murderer,” and he didn’t stop at that—he appeared on CNN to condemn the role that false media narratives play in the oppression of African Americans.

    When we stop pointing fingers and assigning responsibility, it quickly becomes apparent that celebrity activism, with all its advantages and pitfalls, is alive and well in Ferguson, Missouri. Now it’s time to question the efficacy of this social media surge, and investigate whether this viral visibility can effect real life reform.


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    Lionel Messi and David Beckham have become the latest superstars to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    The Barcelona forward was nominated for it by his team-mate Dani Alves, and he then went on to put forward his international colleagues Sergio Aguero and Ezequiel Lavezzi to step forward next.

    Beckham, meanwhile, was nominated by US presenter Ryan Seacrest. And he went on to name former NBA stars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and actor Leonardo DiCaprio to have a go.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral over the last couple of days, with footballers and celebrities around the world taking it on.

    The rules state that when challenged by a fellow competitor, you have 24 hours to complete it yourself, or make a donation to charity.

    The likes of Neymar, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry among many others have already taken part.

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    After a whirlwind courtship, engagement and wedding, Jill Duggar (now Jill Dillard) has even more new happy news to deliver.

    "We're having a baby!" Jill tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We are so excited."

    Jill, 23, and husband Derick, 25, who tied the knot on June 21 in Springdale, Arkansas, shared their first kiss in front of more than 1,000 family and friends and then celebrated with them at a reception.

    The couple's wedding will be featured on TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, during its new season that begins Sept. 2 (9 p.m. ET).

    After taking several pregnancy tests that came back negative, Jill was persuaded by her sisters to take one of her mom Michelle's tests while she and Derick were visiting her parents' home. This test gave her a very different result – it was positive!

    "It was surreal," says Derick. "We were shocked. Both of us are so excited."

    The happy couple, who are due in March, have been having fun sharing their news with their family.

    "About 30 days after Jill and Derick got married they gathered everyone in the living room and shared the news," Jim Bob, 49, tells PEOPLE. "Everyone was clapping and cheering, and we were in shock, too."

    For much more on the couple's pregnancy and plans for a supersize family of their own – and exclusive details on her sister Jessa's romantic engagement to Ben Seewald – pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

    steal jessa's thunder, jill. yassssssss. but did they even wait for the peestick to dry tho?

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    George RR Martin - who wrote the original books - confessed that he not only used the Internet for inspiration, but turned to baby books too.

    Speaking at a reader's event this week, he said: "Names are hard. There's no easy answer to that. I have a library of What To Name Your Baby books, even though I've never had a baby.

    "And i'm always picking up new What To Name Your Baby books."

    He added that he had tried online fantasy name generators that spit out 50 names at a a time but said "they all turn out to be 'Grisnopple.'

    "A lot of fantasy names are too much to me," he added.

    "They're too difficult to pronounce.

    The novelist went on to reveal that he also looks at English history for some of the characters.

    “I wanted the flavour of medieval England… English history is all Henrys and Edwards. Occasionally a Richard sneaks in," he said.

    "Whenever you have a Prince of Wales with an odd name like Arthur or Eustace, you know they’re not gonna make it."

    The 65-year-old also revealed that the best piece of writing advice he was ever given was to never give up on an idea, which in turn, led to the arrival of the Game Of Thrones franchise.

    “[I was told] you must finish what you write. I made myself start finishing these stories no matter how much I loathed and despised them." he said.

    "And by the time I’d finished them, I usually liked them a little better."

    The A Song of Ice and Fire story on which Game of Thrones was based, was originally conceived as a trilogy, and Martin said he had no idea of how big the series would become.

    “The tale grew in the telling” he said, referring to the process of discovering new sub-plots and characters he wanted to explore, while writing.

    Martin continued: “Writing is weird. I know I don’t solve problems with my rational brain, the way people solve problems in life. It’s absolutely no good with writing. When I’ve written myself into a dead end… I abandon that character for a little while.

    "Fortunately I have a lot of characters, so if I run in to problems with Tyrion, I can switch to Arya.” Although when it came to killing off his characters, Martin admitted he was enjoying “more flexibility” as the main characters begin to reconvene across Westeros.


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    Check out Jamie Dornan getting drenched in ice and water while completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

    The 32-year-old Northern Irish actor was nominated by Eddie Redmayne, who poured a second bucket onto him.

    “Eddie Redmayne & I do the #IceBucketChallenge for @mndassoc. Visit In the face!” Jamie tweeted with the video to raise for MND care, research and campaigning.


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    Our little (okay tall) angel Z and the cast of her upcoming dc show 'kc undercover' do the als ice buket challenge




    New Zendaya in the Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat at Teen Choice 2014 + Z on MTV Style with Rita Ora (Unaired)


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    As we gear up for the Problem singer’s 2014 MTV VMA performance this Sunday, we’re giving fans a sneak peek of Miss Ariana Grande’s highly anticipated album, ‘My Everything’!

    That’s right, Arianators! You can now listen to FOUR exclusive preview tracks off the pop stars upcoming album, set for release this Monday!

    Preview Be My Baby, A Little Bit Of Your Heart, Why Try, Love Me Harder ft. The Weekend, and get the full album when it’s released Monday, August 25. And if you can’t wait that long to get your Grande fix, be sure to tune in to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Sunday, August 24 at 9e/6p to catch her live performance!

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