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    Features: Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, Slash, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, and more.


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    If you were to ask me what Miley Cyrus is really like I wouldn't know where to start.

    Don't get me wrong. That's not some carefully considered analysis of an extraordinarily complex character. I'm not saying she's unusually complicated or impenetrable or anything like that. You're not asking me to psychoanalyse Steve Jobs.

    The truth with Miley is, I just don't know.

    I had 15 minutes to interview her. Ohhh. 18, maybe. You'd spend more time chatting to a cabby on a dash to the airport than I did yarning with the world's biggest pop star.

    And yet actually, by superstar standards, 18 minutes is an age. Usually you get four. Four measly minutes with whatever chiseled-and-cheek-boned Hollywood hunk or honey is plugging their new film or record.

    They don't want to be there. They don't want to do seventy consecutive interviews, shaking seventy sweaty hands, struggling throughout to transition from questions in thick Eastern European accents. If it weren't for contractual fineries, the faux-smiles and semi-coherent answers would be switched out in a sec.

    Just imagine for a moment what on Earth it'd be like to be asked to describe the annals of your job seventy consecutive times. By twenty you'd be bored. By thirty you'd be irritable. By sixty you'd have an eye twitch and by the last couple you'd go zongo.

    The mere fact Tom Hanks hasn't ended one of his publicity days with a maniacal scream, smearing himself in his own excretions and running in circles and being tasered by security, is the reason he wins Oscars and you and I don't.

    But Miley.

    We had somewhere between 15 and 18 minutes all up in the locker room of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

    She didn't have to do seventy interviews. But she did have to do a show: the umpteenth of her US 'Bangerz' tour. She'd be on stage in just over an hour.

    Miley was friendly, polite, and funny. Her language was more befitting a lad on the nightshift at a Southland meatworks than a Disney princess: Most Americans don't swear like Kiwis. But I've heard a whole lot worse.

    I was struck she didn't have a posse. Usually with these things, a team of panicking aids and assistants follow the star's every step.

    I did an interview once with a name-who-shall-remain-nameless, whose assistant brought him three separate coffees, least one or two happened to be the wrong temperature. It was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

    But not for this one. Nope. It was just Miley and her manager. She did her own make up. She asked to see what her shot looked like before we hit record. She initiated the small talk and claimed that any decisions about tongue stuff and twerking is all her doing, too.

    After 15 or 18 minutes I sensed time was up and turned to her manager.

    "Am I allowed to ask for a photo?" I said.

    "I'm the one you ask." Said Miley.

    I snapped back.

    "Let's get a selfie." She smiled.


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    Taylor Swift fans were bowled over this week when the singer debuted the music video for her new, previously unannounced single "Shake It Off," but fans of the format were doubly surprised by who directed it: Mark Romanek, the helmer of some of the most iconic music videos ever made, including Johnny Cash's "Hurt," Fiona Apple's "Criminal," and the Nine Inch Nails clip "Closer." These days, Romanek is more focused on feature films (his big-screen work includes One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, and he's currently circling The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining set up at Warner Bros.), but "Shake It Off" is the latest in a music-video resurgence for the director: After eight years away the medium, he directed last year's Jay Z clip "Picasso Baby" and the music video for U2's big Super Bowl single "Invisible." Clearly, Romanek's busier than ever right now, but he still made time via email to answer some of Vulture's questions about the genesis of "Shake It Off," his collaboration with Swift, and what he makes of the reaction to the video.

    When Taylor is in her B-girl outfit, with all the girls twerking around her, it seems like you’re playing around with the notion of how pervasive this imagery has become in pop music over the past few years. But what do you make of it when people like Earl Sweatshirt dispute your intent and claim that you’re simply perpetuating black stereotypes?
    I'm a fan of his and I think he's a really interesting artist. (I posted a Vine to one of his tracks once.) But he stated clearly that he hadn't seen the video and didn't even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it's this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole "controversy." We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece. It's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And — let's remember — it's a satirical piece. It's playing with a whole range of music-video tropes and clichés and stereotypes.
    You shot "Shake It Off" over three days in June, yet no one knew a thing about it until its official release this week. How does something like that happen, and is that harder and harder to do these days when even a random extra in one scene might snap something on his iPhone?
    Yes. Two months was a long time with no leaks. You know, I've made over two dozen spots for Apple. They take their secrecy very, very seriously, too, so my producer and I have become pretty practiced at keeping things secure. A series of measures are put into place. Badges and wristbands. Aggressive nondisclosure agreements must be signed. Scary legal announcements regularly made to cast and crew. Cell phones confiscated at the door. We selected a pretty remote sound stage and even placed boom boxes all around the perimeter blasting heavy-metal music, in case you could faintly hear the song during shooting. And then, after all those measures are taken, you kneel and pray.
    What was the kernel of a concept that this video sprung from? Was there some sort of idea or visual image or intent that everything else grew out of?
    Yes. In all the videos I've done over the years, I'd say pretty much all of them were my own concept. But this basic idea was all Taylor's. We met and she told me that she wanted to make a sort of paean to the awkward ones, the "uncool" kids that are actually cooler than the "cool" kids. She said she wanted to shoot all these styles of dance and then be the individualist dork in the midst of these established genres. And that she somehow wanted her fans involved. I loved that idea, so over the following week or so, we narrowed down our choices for styles of dance. I think she imagined it in more natural settings and I suggested giving it a starker, more minimalist look. And I suggested the idea of incorporating her fans as a climax, for the ending as a kind of surprise.
    You’ve directed clips for some of the biggest acts in pop music, but how does “Shake It Off” feel different than other videos in your oeuvre?
    Well, I'm not sure I've ever done such a purely pop video as this. I guess "Scream" was pop, but I think of Michael [Jackson] as sort of his own genre. No Doubt's "Hella Good" is pretty pop. I kind of pride myself on being able to tailor a bespoke style for just about any artist or genre — whatever's called for, really. In this case, the assignment was to create a purely fun, upbeat pop video. I'd never really done that, so it was a new challenge. You know, I used to be the "Prince of Darkness" and now I have two adorable daughters, so I guess I've softened up a lot. I want to make things that they might like, too. It didn't hurt that they're huge fans of Taylor's, so now I'm Super Dad.
    Tell me about casting the dancers. You’re working with some pretty stunning talents … and then at the end, normal people who dance with abandon. What is it like to direct both of those sorts of dancers, and where did you find them?
    I worked with choreographer Tyce Diorio, who Taylor recommended. He was tasked with finding all the professionals. It was really important to me that the professional dancing be astonishingly good, for a couple of reasons. One, they were going to be the "straight man," so to speak, to Taylor's Lucille Ball style of physical comedy. I knew it wouldn't be as amusing if those dancers weren't seriously good as a counterpoint. And two, it's just way more entertaining and beautiful to watch truly great dancing. As for the fan kids, it was just a matter of making them feel safe and comfortable, to make the set fun, so they could be uninhibited, so they could really express their inner dork.
    Taylor said she’s wanted to work with you for years. Had she approached you for other videos that didn’t work out? What was it about this one?
    No. This was the first time she'd contacted me. I was surprised she even knew any of my videos. As for this one, as soon as I heard the song, I knew it would be very popular. I was in.
    Tell me what your collaboration was like. What did she want to do with this video? Where did you push her?
    It was a fun and easy collaboration. She's very clear about what she likes and doesn't like, and isn't afraid to communicate it. She wanted to make sure that the message of the video came through clearly. This notion that not fitting in is more than okay. I wouldn't say I had to push her much. We tried to make the set a sort of playground to try all sorts of goofy ideas. Casting and choreographing that many dancers in a short amount of time was very challenging, but the shoot itself was super fun. Taylor is a very, very hard worker.
    Walk me through each of her personas in this video. How did you settle on these characters, and were there other ones included in the beginning phases of brainstorming?
    We narrowed down the genres and I pulled tons of reference photos (as I always do) for each genre. We talked about all the looks and styles and moves and details. I wouldn't say these are "characters" per se. These are all facets of Taylor. Or, I should say, they're all Taylor, just in different clothes. At one point we did consider a punk mosh pit thing and some swing dancing, but it didn't really work out.

    You’re really living with a music video when it’s being cut together in postproduction, but what’s the moment that still gets the biggest reaction from you, no matter how many times you see it?
    I find the structure of it quite moving actually. Because after all this goofy, stylized clowning around, the appearance of these real kids just being themselves is tremendously affecting to me. In a way, the whole video is just a setup for that moment. And this is why, I think, if Earl Sweatshirt was open-minded enough to take the four minutes to watch it, he might see what the larger, humanistic, and utterly color-blind message was intended to be.
    You’ve become suddenly prolific again when it comes to directing music videos — or, at least, prolific compared to the rest of your music-video output over the last decade. Is there a renewed interest you have in the form?
    Nope. I've always been intrigued by the form. It's just luck and happenstance. I never make any rules for myself. I never said, "I don't want to make any more music videos." I make my decisions intuitively, in the moment. If U2 and Jay Z and Taylor Swift come calling, it requires real effort to contrive of a reason to say no.
    Is there anything you can tell us about The Overlook Hotel? We’d heard that you had been in talks … have things progressed further, and what intrigues you about that project?
    Well, all I can say is that it is, indeed, an intriguing project. And, if it works out the way I hope it will, it probably won't be much like what people expect it to be.


    ok earl go back to making songs called "wake up f*ggot." the only people whose criticism matters is black women!

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    VH1 looked more like the Playboy Channel when they accidentally aired an uncensored crotch shot during an episode of the reality show “Dating Naked,” a star of the show claims in a new lawsuit.
    Jessie Nizewitz, 28, says she was repeatedly promised by the producers that her private parts would be “blurred out” during the show’s third episode in May.

    So she stripped down to her birthday suit with wet beach sand covering parts of her body and performed a WWE-style wrestling move on her date while the producers egged her on, according to the $10 million suit filed in Manhattan by her high- powered lawyer, Matthew Blit.
    “I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified,” Nizewitz told The Post, explaining that she was brought to tears.

    When the episode aired on July 31, Nizewitz became the butt of jokes on YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr, the papers state.

    Nizewitz shows the video that led to her lawsuit.

    “I immediately started getting text messages. Everyone saw it,” the mortified Nizewitz recalled.
    “One of the messages read, ‘So your money shot is on cable TV.’”

    Even the runway model’s family caught an eyeful.

    “My grandma saw it. I saw her this week and she didn’t have much to say to me. She’s probably mad. My parents are just annoyed,” Nizewitz lamented.

    The Long Island beauty has worked with famed fashion designer and convicted pedophile Anand Jon, who counted a who’s who of Hollywood stars as his friends, including Paris Hilton and Jessica Alba.
    Nizewitz’s suit names Viacom, which operates VH1, and two production companies, Firelight Entertainment and Lighthearted Entertainment.

    “I think they owe me a huge apology,” Nizewitz said.She added that the show cost her a “budding relationship” with a man she had been seeing for a month.

    “He never called me again after the show aired. I would have hoped we could have had a long-term relationship. He was employed, Jewish, in his 30s and that’s pretty much ideal,” Nizewitz said.
    Viacom, Firelight and Lighthearted did not immediately return calls for comment.


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    Talib Kweli appeared on CNN today to speak with anchor Don Lemon about the ongoing riots in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. Talib was very critical of Lemon and CNN during the interview for their coverage of the events, and said that their accounts of the situation didn't match up with what was really going on and what he saw first-hand during the protests.

    "I feel like it was important for me to be here and control the narrative, because the media has been doing a horrible job of making sure the stories get out," Talib said of the media coverage on Ferguson.

    The rest of the interview consists of Kweli and Lemon going back and forth about Talib being upset at Lemon for not letting him speak during the conversation. Above is the official video of the interview via CNN, while additional footage below shows a little bit more of the heated exchange than the network released.


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    "She said yes!!!... I think. I can't really be sure," the 26-year-old captioned a sweet snapshot of the two kissing. "I'm going marry my best friend. @italiaricci."

    Amell and the ABC Family Chasing Life star, 27, celebrated their six-year anniversary last month. "Happy 6 year anniversary to my favorite person in the entire world. I love you so much," Ricci wrote via Instagram on July 19. "Also, you're pretty good-looking. @robbieamell."


    source: usmagazine

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    After working with Lady Gaga on Machete Kills, director Robert Rodriguez knew she would have to be his new Sin City sequel.

    "I told her she had to be in it," Rodriguez told me earlier this week at the movie's Hollywood premiere. "But we needed to find a role small enough that she could do while she was on tour. And then this one popped up."

    He's referring to Gaga's role as a waitress in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (in theaters tomorrow). We won't give it all away, but she shares some screen time with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    "We were shooting and it was just a couple of days away," Rodriguez said. "She happened to be on tour in Houston, just a couple of cities away from us in Austin. She was ready. She brought her own wigs! I said, 'We're not going to have time to make a wig for you.' She showed up, we did the scene, she knocked it out of the park and then she was back on tour."

    Rodriguez is certain Gaga could have a long acting career if she wants it. "She would be fantastic," he said. "The camera loves her. She's a great performer. She's performed twice for me now and I was blown away by her discipline. She studied acting before she became a singer and you could really tell."

    Frank Miller, creator of the Sin City comics, added, "She totally transforms into the part she's playing to the point that it doesn't even feel like acting."


    She could have at least changed the wig shape, it's pretty much the same as the Machete Kills look, just different color.

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    At this year's Comic-Con International, "Arrow" star Stephen Amell was flying high. After two seasons of saving Starling City on The CW's superhero drama, the actor went about the work of launching DC Entertainment's massive slate of 2014 TV debuts. Throughout the weekend and into DC TV's big Hall H presentation, the actor was the face of the company's television division, and he felt quite comfortable in the part.

    "It's really rewarding," Amell told CBR. "The WB Party that we had last night is at the same place it is every year, at the Hard Rock. And to be there last night, with five DC properties premiering in the fall and remembering being there in 2011 when I'd go up to people going 'Nice bag' when I was on the bag... it's extremely rewarding. I think that we, as a show -- as a cast and a crew and a creative team -- we can take a lot of credit for the fact that there are five DC television properties now. I'm willing to take ownership of that. We worked hard for it, and I think if we hadn't had the success that we've had so far, that wouldn't be the case."

    Of course, the show that started it all has plenty of new ideas in its quiver as "Arrow" enters its third season. Amell joined fellow actors John Barrowman ("Malcolm Merlyn"), David Ramsey ("John Diggle") and Colton Haynes ("Roy Harper") as well as writer and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg for a series of round table discussions with the press to talk about how the introduction of DC mainstays like Ray "The Atom" Palmer (played by Brandon Routh) and serious villain Ra's Al Ghul will shape a season that sees the entire "Arrow" cast asking who they really are.

    "We always look at these things as movies," Kreisberg said of the new season. "We had the first movie, and the sequel in Season 2 was a little darker and deeper. With Season 3 -- the third movie in a trilogy tends to go bigger with a few more characters added and a lot more humor. Those are the big things we're focusing on this year. Obviously, there will be the overarching emotional arc and the big bad and the villains of the week, but the changes we've made to the show, like changing the flashbacks and adding Brandon [Routh], make the show feel like a continuation of what's come before. But it's hopefully also going to feel like something new."

    With League of Assassins leader Ra's Al Ghul playing this year's big bad, the classic Batman villain (teased in "Arrow" when his daughter Nyssa appeared last season) will help shape where Oliver Queen goes as a character. "We wanted to do something that we hadn't done before," Kreisberg said. "With Malcolm, it was a very specific villain who had a very specific agenda. That was designed where they didn't even necessarily know they were up against each other until the very end. In Season 2, Slade's plan was all about revenge. It was personal. It was something he blamed Oliver for.

    "For Season 3, we wanted a new challenge for Oliver. [Ra's] really speaks to the emotional theme of the season, which is, 'Can I be both the Arrow and Oliver Queen at the same time?' The villain says to Oliver, 'The reason you're not able to fully be the Arrow and do the things you should be doing is because you're still holding on to Oliver Queen. I've left my identity behind to full commit to my cause. If you did that, you could rise as high as I am.' Knowing that was emotionally what we wanted to do, that was how we landed on [Ra's]."

    "The big heavy is someone who will bring a lot of darkness -- even more so than Barrowman's Merlyn or Manu's Slade," Ramsey added. "I think darkness is part of the overall tone of the show. We've talked about some more humor coming in, in terms of what Oliver does. He'll start matching that more into the Green Arrow of the comics who's more humorous and quirky. But I don't think it changes the way the show is dark and brooding -- which is a great contrast to 'Flash' which has a completely different feel."

    Speaking of "The Flash," The CW's spinoff drama will not merely run alongside "Arrow" but will continue to work with its sister show to expand the DCU on TV -- especially with the two-hour event that comprises the eighth episode of each show. "That's always fun," Ramsey said of the impending crossover. "I always loved the idea of crossing over shows from back when I was young. It's exciting. I'm curious though -- and I'm not even sure the writers have this all worked out yet -- because our show is so rooted in reality and theirs is so supernatural, how it'll all mesh if we do it too much. [The fear is] that all Arrow will have to do is call the Flash. 'What problems are you having this week with whoever? Just call up Barry.' I don't know if we'll do it too much, but it'll happen a couple of times this season."

    While fans wait for that specific event, they'll have plenty of other DC guest stars to fulfill their needs -- primarily Ray Palmer as played by former Superman Brandon Routh. The super scientist character may not jump directly into the shoes of his size-shrinking alter ego, but he will bring some new sci-fi elements to "Arrow" according to Kreisberg."Last season, with the Mirakuru and obviously with 'The Flash,' it's given us a little bit more license to have some less grounded stuff on 'Arrow.' That being said, Ray is actually coming in with a very grounded story," the producer explained. "Like a lot of the characters we see on the show, him actually putting on a costume and doing whatever it is that they do in the comics might be a long time coming. Right now, we're a lot more focused on Ray Palmer -- who he is and whether he's good or bad. The backstory will actually tie into things you've already seen that you might not have realized, and it does feel very real and very grounded. The best thing that Brandon is bringing on is humor. He has this old-style movie star quality about him, like Jimmy Stewart or Carey Grant, and it reminds us of an old 1930s movie where if Stephen is Clark Gable, Brandon is Jimmy Stewart, and Felicity is right in the middle between them. He adds so much to the show, it's amazing.

    "We also have Devon Aoki playing Katana, a fun comic book character who originally appeared with 'Batman & The Outsiders,'" Kreisberg added. "We're very proud of our ass-kicking female characters, so to have another one is great. And we're really excited to add some swordplay this year. Her husband Maseo, as played by Karl Yune, becomes Oliver's companion in the flashback story."

    The flashback sequences that take up a part of every "Arrow" episode will be vastly different this year, as last season's finale twist showed the Oliver of the past escaping his island prison to be recruited by Amanda Waller for a mission in Hong Kong."The thing about the flashbacks is that we're not necessarily flashing back to the island, but we're flashing back to the five years between the crash of the Queen's Gambit and Oliver's return from the island," Kreisberg said. "There were hints all along the way that he hadn't been on the island the whole time. When we made the pilot, there were two ideas that Marc [Guggenheim], Greg [Berlanti] and I had from the very beginning. One was that Sarah was still alive and that she would be the Canary when we saw her next. And the other one was that at the end of Season 2, Oliver would wake up not on the island. It's amazing to now be here in Season 3 and have gotten to those changes. But as always, the flashback story will be the continuing evolution of Oliver becoming the person we saw in the pilot. For the first two years, even though he gained some of the skills we saw when he returned to Starling, he was very much still the young Oliver. This season, we're going to see him take a big step into darkness and change as the things he's up against in the flashbacks really challenge his morality and humanity. You'll understand a lot more of what we saw in the pilot."

    Meanwhile, in the present, the early episodes of the season will see some conflict arise between Oliver and Diggle -- a development teased by a fight scene between the two in the show's Comic-Con sizzle reel. "You find us in a very good spot. It's all systems go," Amell said of where we pick up with Team Arrow after last year's finale. "But as you know, when things are good on the show it, means they're going to get really bad, really fast. It's an interesting thing for Oliver, because the dynamic has changed because Diggle has a kid -- or is about to have a kid. In the first episode, Oliver sees a version of himself that he doesn't like -- literally -- and that forces him to change his opinion on what he's willing to risk."

    "You can expect Diggle with a Bjorn and a glock. It's Daddy Diggle," Ramsey joked, noting more seriously that, "He will have a child, and that will cause some tension on the team -- not so much with Diggle himself. He knows his purpose, and he doesn't see why a personal life should hinder that. But Oliver may have some issues with it as early as the first episode."

    Expect Dig to have his own story this season, as he continues to have tensions with his baby mama Lyla Michaels. "The relationship with Lyla is a very adult relationship," Ramsey said. "They have a long history, back in the military. You'll see some of that at the beginning, but then we'll move forward as she's now the leader of A.R.G.U.S. We'll see how Diggle gets more involved with A.R.G.U.S. and the return of the Suicide Squad. You're going to see a lot more of Diggle's personal time this season. You'll see his story develop.

    "It was almost like the first season was going to be the Arrow/Diggle story," the actor added of his own character's developing role in the show. "That was a very clear relationship, and then they started to peel back and look at other characters. In the second season, the Arrow cave got even more crowded. So it's different in terms of the tentacles -- there are more tentacles in terms of the storytelling. But in terms of Diggle, he's probably one of the most solid characters on the show. He's very clear about what he wants and who he is. He's the older stalwart. He's very centered, and I don't think he's going to go away from that. I think where he evolves is where he goes with his story -- his relationship with his family and the Suicide Squad and Deadshot. H.I.V.E.! There's his investigation of that group that put out the order to kill his brother. I think those layers will get peeled back in terms of challenging his very clear ideas of who he is as a person."

    Speaking of the Suicide Squad, asked whether Season 3 would allow for a full appearance of team member Harley Quinn -- who was only teased in brief last year, Kreisberg was non-committal. "I don't know about that," the producer admitted. "There are very few things we've asked DC Comics for that we haven't gotten. That was something you asked for, and what you saw is a compromise that Geoff Johns and I came up with. To even get that much was a thrill for us. I know that they may have other plans for her, but it was certainly an Easter egg that thrilled us. But the Suicide Squad will definitely be back. Whether we see the 'deranged female killer' we saw before, we'll have to wait and see."

    One villain that is returning for sure is Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn, who has drawn his biological daughter Thea (played by Willa Holland) over to the dark side for the time being. The fan favorite actor said he'd been waiting for this opening up of his role since early in the show's run, and is hoping to play the villain with a sympathetic edge. "It's difficult, because when you're a nemesis -- as the show sees it, 'Good and Bad,' or as I see it, 'Good and Misunderstood' -- that's hard. I think the fans like Malcolm so much because I play him as someone who has a mission, but it's all going wrong for him. What happens in the future is going to be one of the most dysfunctional yet amazing relationships that you're going to come across. I think the fans are going to be shocked and thrilled at the same time with what's going to happen," Barrowman promised. "After Tommy died, it was then alluded to for a while until we found that Thea was Malcolm's daughter. Malcolm had two people at that time still in his life -- Moira and Thea. Although she's now gone, Malcolm loved Moira. He loved her because she would wind him up... Now, she's gone, and Thea is all that Malcolm has left. He lost Tommy because he could not control his emotions. He lost Moira because she gave herself up in an emotional sacrifice. Malcolm can control people with money, with violence and with destruction, but he can't control people emotionally. This is what he's got to learn how to do, and it all starts with Thea.

    "But I do want to get together with Stephen," Barrowman admitted. "They're not going to put them together right away, because it's like a love relationship. Once Ross and Rachel in 'Friends' got together, people were like, 'They've done it, now. What's next?' We're going to be careful about that. Maybe it'll happen this season, or maybe later, but we do want to face off. There will be small stuff, I'm sure, we'll do together, and there will be some fights, I'm sure. But it'll be interesting to see how Oliver reacts to the Thea situation. Because I'm just going to stir it up."

    Amell also expressed excitement at the possibility of mixing it up with Barrowman on screen. "I can't wait," he said. "I'm so excited, and without spoiling too much, John Barrowman and I have only done like two scenes together [in the show so far]. I was chained up for one, and one was us fighting, which doesn't really count. I'm a huge John Barrowman fan, and I want the real 'mano y mano' action showdown with John. I'm so fired up for that!

    "In general, I think that Willa is incredibly talented, and it really excites me because for all intents and purposes, she's kind of been a bench player for the first couple of years," the star continued, shifting the topic back to Willa Holland's character, Thea. "This year, it's us saying, 'We know how much you're capable of. So here you go. Here's your episode.' I know that Diggle's had a couple episodes like that, but this year Willa is going to have an episode like that. And Emily [Bett Rickards as Felicity] is going to have an episode like that. That's the most exciting part for me -- aside from getting a couple of days off. I'm happy that everyone is getting their moment."

    Amidst the Thea/Malcolm drama, Haynes' Roy Harper will also get his time to shine. "There is a scene coming up between [Thea and me] where Roy realizes he messed up," the actor said. "If there was one person who shouldn't have been lying to Thea, it's Roy, because they love each other. He's trying to busy himself right now by going on patrols with Team Arrow, but I think there's also an understanding between him and Thea that he really did want to go away with her. So we're going to see an interesting relationship between Roy and Malcolm because of that."

    But it won't be all relationship drama for the "don't call me a sidekick" hero as Roy takes on the costumed role of Arsenal for the first time this year. "I tried a prototype of the costume which we were going to premier in the last episode of the second season, and it looked nothing like it looks now. It was still awesome, but this one is a whole new level of badass-ness," Haynes said. "We decided with the departure of a few of the characters that the storyline [last season] needed some breathing room and saved the costume for this year. But it's the coolest costume in the world. I lost a bunch of weight, but you can put a bunch of fake stuff in the costume and still look super buff!"

    With a costume to match Oliver's, the relationship between the characters will start to resemble the "Green Arrow and Speedy" team of the comics more. "It's different but different in a good way," Haynes said. "Everyone was telling me last year that episode 20 -- 'Seeing Red' -- was going to be my big episode. I was hoping to get the script early so I could remember all my lines, and then I didn't have one line the whole episode! I was in every scene, but I didn't say anything. I ended up pulling a muscle from constantly making that angry face. I couldn't move my jaw. But now I don't have to do all that scowling because Roy has lightened up a bit. He has this real funny thing with Felicity. They've turned into this thing where it's like that scene in 'Bridesmaids' where they're all trying to one up each other. That's basically Emily and I this season. It's nice to see the lighter side, because if you go back to the cartoons and comics, Roy is a little quippy."

    But is a dark turn ahead for Roy like in the comics, where he's been known to have an arm blown off? "I've asked about that myself, and I've asked about the drug addiction and the possibility of things like Cheshire," the actor teased. "They haven't ruled any of it out, but they have reminded me that it's very expensive to CGI someone's arm out, and I really don't want to cut mine off. So I don't think we'll see any of that very soon, but we will see a lot of people from Roy's past that are prominent and give the other characters a run for their money. We're going to see and hear about some of Roy's family this year."

    Overall, the crew of "Arrow" expressed confidence that they've gotten their corner of the DCU lined up for another big year. "What's worked really well for us is asking early on, 'What does the villain want? What does the hero need to learn this season emotionally?'" Kreisberg said. "When you're in the weeds and trying to break an episode and can't figure it out, it helps so much to have that hook to latch back onto. Last season, any time we had trouble with an episode, we leaned back on the question of, 'Am I a hero or am I a villain?' That's how we realized Sarah could be going through the same things as Oliver. This year, it's identity. Every character is asking, 'Who am I?' or, 'Am I Thea Queen or Thea Merlyn?' Knowing that helps us along."

    As for Amell, he's ready to take leadership not just of DC's TV slate but also of Oliver Queen -- wherever he may go. "Green Arrow's been around since 1941, and a lot of other people have had a much longer relationship with the character than I have. But for me, any representation there is of Green Arrow, I want to be involved with it," he said. "The whole Green Arrow universe is something we've taken ownership of, and that's important to me."

    "Arrow" Season 3 debuts October 8 on The CW.


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    Tinashe announces that her debut album "Aquarius" arrives in October.

    After a few strong mixtapes and a buzzing single "2 On" (remixed by Drakeand OB OBrien), rising singer Tinashe is finally prepared to announce a release date for her debut album Aquarius.

    The West Coast native dropped off a new trailer for her album today which also happens to reveal the release date. In the somewhat creepy trailer, Tinashe has body paint on her face and back and gets into a bathtub with fish. What does it all mean? Hopefully we'll understand more as we lead up to the album, which drops October 17th.

    Directed/edited by Tinashe
    Music by Tinashe


    With her single “2 On” rising up the charts, Tinashe celebrated with a trip to Las Vegas on Thursday. The L.A. singer took over the grand cabana at TAO Beach for a daytimepoolparty with her pals. Later in the evening, she changed into a yellow dress and camouflage jacket before dining on wasabi-crusted filet mignon at TAO Asian Bistro.

    While on the red carpet, she revealed that her debut album Aquarius will be dropping in October featuring A$AP Rocky and Future.

    Following dinner, she made her way upstairs to TAO Nightclub where she hosted “Worship Thursdays” and hit the stage to perform “2 On,” which is currently No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. After dancing the night away in VIP, she joined DJ Five in the booth at 2 a.m. for an impromptu encore performance.

    “Vegas!! Celebrating my 4th consecutive week #1 at rhythmradio,” tweeted Tinashe.


    It's a rare occasion that an album interlude gets enough traction that the artist decides to release an extended version of the track as a standalone. It happened with Rihanna's "Cake" (given the single treatment with Chris Brown), and now it's happened with DJ Mustard's "Tinashe Checks In."

    The original two-minute version of "Tinashe" can be found on Mustard's new LP 10 Summers, which was released for free download yesterday via Google Play before its official release on iTunes this morning.

    Is this extended mix better than the original or does the extra minute actually hurt the track? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

    A day after Tinashe made a special appearance on DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers, the 21-year-old singer has released a track of her own, called “In the Meantime,” which is probably a little treat to hold us off until her album drops sometime in September.

    A follow-up to her successful single “2 On,” which was remixed by Drake, “In the Meantime” was produced by T-Minus, who injected a haunting, bass-heavy beat. The thumping bass accompanies Tinashe’s sexy and mesmerizing call for a guy who can keep her occupied until she finds a new man.

    “Late night, late night, ay/ Late night on a weekday/ Ridin’ ’round town smokin’ now with my windows down, ho,” she sings on the hook, and you can almost imagine smoke coming from her mouth as she delivers those lyrics.

    Whether “In the Meantime” makes it to her upcoming solo debut Aquarius or not, the captivating songtress told MTV back in May that she had recorded more than 100 tracks for the project.

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    THE passage of time is perhaps not so acute to the centuries-old alien at the heart of the BBC’s “Doctor Who,” the shape-shifting hero known simply as the Doctor, who has had more than 50 years of adventures across dimensions known and otherwise.

    But time and its measurement have become especially crucial to Peter Capaldi, who will make his proper, full-length debut as the latest actor to play the Doctor when the new season of “Doctor Who” has its premiere Saturday on BBC America.

    It has been just over a year since the BBC announced that Mr. Capaldi would succeed Matt Smith, who was a 26-year-old relative novice when he was chosen to play the Doctor, and, after three seasons of putting his frantic, whirling-dervish stamp on the character, disclosed his departure in June 2013.

    Since then, Mr. Capaldi, 56, has spent several months filming “Doctor Who” in Cardiff, Wales, trying to bring to the role his own personal take, which he says is more sardonic and elusive.

    Still, as a lifelong “Doctor Who” fan, he could not quite contain his giddiness, all this time later, that he had actually landed the part.

    “I just didn’t think that they would be going in this direction,” Mr. Capaldi said in a gentle, stately voice with only traces of a Scottish accent, on a visit to New York last week. Asked what he meant, he answered with a laugh: “Well, I guess, older. And more like me.”

    Mr. Capaldi’s penetrating eyes and expressively lined face will be familiar to viewers of Armando Iannucci’s 2009 film satire “In the Loop,” and the BBC comedy that spawned it, “The Thick of It,” in which he played Malcolm Tucker, a short-tempered political aide who fired off obscene insults as fluidly and creatively as Shakespeare composed sonnets.

    But he is still untested as the Doctor, particularly with American audiences who responded strongly to Mr. Smith: BBC America said the series grew from an average total viewership of 910,000 in his first season to nearly 1.9 million in his last, a trend the channel would surely like to see continue under his successor.

    Though Mr. Capaldi is among the more accomplished actors to take on this storied science-fiction franchise, he is hardly a relic. But his age nonetheless represents a departure from the recent history of the series.

    It is one more unknown factor for producers and audiences alike to consider as “Doctor Who” begins a crucial transition that elicited passionate criticisms and defenses before Mr. Capaldi set foot in front of the cameras.

    “When launching a new Doctor, I don’t want to make it sound as though he’s just one of a set of options,” said Steven Moffat, the executive producer and lead writer of “Doctor Who.” “He’s the one and only right now.”

    Mr. Capaldi is playing the 12th canonical version of the Doctor, though the show cheekily acknowledges its counting system has run off track a bit.

    Born and raised in Glasgow, Mr. Capaldi grew up admiring character actors like Peter Cushing and John Hurt, and was a follower of “Doctor Who” more or less from the start.

    Between the 1960s and 1980s, he watched the series transfer its lead role from elder statesmen like William Hartnell to expressive wits like Tom Baker, and, in its 21st-century revival, heartthrobs like Mr. Smith and David Tennant. (Mr. Capaldi also appeared in a 2008 “Doctor Who” episode playing a Roman in ancient Pompeii.)

    As a steadily employed actor, Mr. Capaldi said, he’d fallen into a routine of “increasingly bland parts, turning up in episodic television as the slightly untrustworthy doctor or shrink, or the M.P. with a gay secret.”

    “That was fine,” he said, “but quite dull.”

    That changed in 2005 when Mr. Capaldi met Mr. Iannucci, creator of “The Thick of It,” on a day when Mr. Capaldi had come from another demeaning BBC audition and was not in a particularly good mood. “I was like, ‘O.K., show me what you’ve got,’ ” Mr. Capaldi recalled. “It was lucky I had just the right attitude at that moment.”

    Mr. Iannucci, the creator and show runner of HBO’s “Veep,” said he recalled Mr. Capaldi as initially “very amiable and softly spoken.”

    “When the switch came,” Mr. Iannucci said, “from this personable charmer to this rather ruthless and cold, frighteningly still person, I thought, ‘My God, that’s quite a trick you can pull off there.’ ”

    Mr. Moffat said that the casting of Mr. Smith and Mr. Tennant on “Doctor Who” had not been a deliberate search for youthful demographics. “When people are trying to be cynical about modern ‘Doctor Who,’ they say, ‘Oh, they always cast these young fellows,’ ” he said. “We didn’t. It was always a young bloke who turns out to be right for it.”

    Mr. Moffat said he and his colleagues quickly thought of Mr. Capaldi, for reasons he could not entirely quantify.

    “He just felt incredibly right,” Mr. Moffat said. “He would just take the part in such an unexpected, different direction and overturn everybody’s preconceptions.”

    At an audition at which the “Doctor Who” producers say Mr. Capaldi was the only candidate, he said he performed a test scene in which he had to ask another character to describe his new incarnation.

    “The Doctor doesn’t have a mirror, so he has no idea he’s gotten older,” Mr. Capaldi said. “So he keeps asking her about his face. ‘Does it look good?’ ”

    The answer he received was, “Well, it’s O.K.”

    Mr. Capaldi was quickly offered the role and introduced in a live special last summer. But just as rapidly, some die-hard “Doctor Who” fans and casual viewers alike pushed back against the decision, disappointed that a role with seemingly so few boundaries had once again been given to a white male actor.

    “I do think it’s well overtime to have a female Doctor Who,” Helen Mirren told the British morning show “Daybreak,” before the announcement. “I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be best of all.”

    Asked about an audience’s desire for more diversity in the lead role, Mr. Moffat said:“I just cast on instinct, really. There’s nothing against that, and we have auditioned every shape and size and type of human being for this part the last time around.”

    He added that Mr. Capaldi “looks like a Doctor Who,” and could have played the character at previous ages. “He’d have been a great 20-something Doctor and a great 30-something Doctor,” he said.

    Yet Mr. Capaldi’s age does not go unnoticed in his premiere.

    Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s adventuring companion, Clara Oswald, said that some of their very first scenes together required her to comment on how different he looked from his predecessors.

    “My lines were like: ‘But he’s so old! Why is he gray? Why has he got lines on his face?’ ” Ms. Coleman said. “I didn’t know him at all at this point. In between takes, I was like: ‘Oh, Peter, I’m so sorry. Terribly sorry. You look great.’ ”

    Mr. Capaldi approached all the kidding about his age as if it were a form of hazing.

    “Sometimes, I get a bit annoyed with it,” he said. “I don’t think I’m old. I’m 56. Maybe people think that’s ancient. I’m not an old man.”

    Mr. Iannucci said that the humor was probably intended more for younger viewers “now getting a Doctor who’s a little bit older than they’re used to.”

    On “The Thick of It,” Mr. Iannucci said, “every member of the cast had to get used to some insult made about them, usually from Peter Capaldi. It’s about time he had jokes about his own physical appearance.”

    Mr. Capaldi said he had consulted “Doctor Who” forerunners like Mr. Smith. Now, he spoke about his continuing work on the series with a mixture of trepidation and the kind of certainty that only comes with seasoned experience.

    “I took Matt to lunch and he came in on crutches,” he recalled, “and I said, ‘What happened to you?’ And he said, ‘This show.’ I thought: ‘My God, you’re 30 years younger than me and you’re on crutches. What’s going to happen to me?”

    With his first season nearly under his belt, Mr. Capaldi did not have to look into the future to believe that he would fare just fine.

    “I survived without any injuries,” he said. “It keeps you fit. It’s great to wake up in the morning and think, I’m Doctor Who.”so


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    I personally don't see this as NSFW tbh. Anaconda video was much more explicit but anyway just in case.

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    To promote their movie Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliette Binoche and the human equivalent of a crumpled up paper bag full of spray paint fumes had a conversation for the German edition of Interview Magazine. As Celebitchy points out, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart’s talk was translated by a Kristen Stewart fan from the Russian edition of Interview. So the interview was done in English, then translated into German, then translated into Russian, then translated back into English. Or it was translated from KStew’s mumble speak into English, then into Russian and back into English. Whatever the case may be, there was a lot of translating going on and so shit could’ve gotten twisted in translation. But then again this wouldn’t be the first time that KStew has dribbled out a shit nugget of humbleness.

    During most of the interview, Juliette and KStew have their lips attached to each other’s asses. KStew only pried her lips off of Juliette’s nalgas to press them against her own ass. Juliette and KStew got into talking about doing big-budget Hollywood movies and indies. KStew hates it when people say you should do one role for yourself and one role for the audience. KStew only does roles for herself (Side note: It shows, bitch, it shows). KStew then redefined the meaning of “humble” by saying that she’s a magical genie and all she has to do is snap her fingers to get a role.

    K:Everything I do, I do for myself. Blockbuster, art-house or Chanel commercial – it doesn’t matter. It could seem that after a successful movie I can allow myself anything. And you know what? I can! It’s incredible: I can do anything I fucking want. Yes, I’m in this unconscionably privileged position. And I’m not ashamed.

    J: Good

    K:I never have to beg for a role, I can get any role with a snap of my fingers, and I don’t have to fight and struggle on my way up, like some other actors. I imagine a huge map with lots of streets and roads, and the only thing I have to do – is choose, where do I want to stay. Every door is open for me. I had a conscienceless amount of luck in my life. And it’s enough to understand: I love to play in blockbusters because I know, everyone’d watch them, they attracts people, they’re easy to take and they’re enjoyable. I bet your son was delighted when he learned, that you’d be in Godzilla.

    J: He was. Though I’ll never understand what do all these people do at the sets of high-budget movies. After all everything is the same: camera, director, a couple of words or sentences said by someone. But you’re right: I enjoy all the anxiety, that only blockbusters can cause. The expectations are completely different.

    K: Expectation is a whole other topic. The readers will definitely want to hear some of your advices. Tell me wise things. Do you have something ready?

    J: Don’t let your kids play with an Oscar, the gold comes off.

    Maybe Kristen Stewart said, “I am extremely lucky, because the piece of shit franchise I was in was a worldwide hit and made me a star and now directors will put me in their movies even though I have the acting skills of a dried drool stain,” and it got mixed up in translation. But Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and every other actress in Hollywood is still nervous as hell and Kristen Stewart’s fingers have become their #1 enemy. Because as long as KStew can snap her fingers, their careers are in danger. KStew’s fingers hold more power in them than the fingers of Evie from Out of This World. Beware actresses of Hollywood: Kristen Stewart can take your man by snapping her twat lips and she can take your roles by snapping her fingers.


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    You're the Worst on FX is doing markedly worse than its companion show, Married, in the ratings. But it shouldn't be. Even though Married has gotten more press and boasts a more familiar, pedigreed cast — Oscar winner Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, and even Paul Reiser — You're the Worst is the better series. Starring Aya Cash as romance-averse music publicist Gretchen and Chris Geere as her bitter Brit-novelist love interest, it's really the only show of its kind on the air right now. Here are six reasons you need to start watching (besides the fact that I just really want it to get picked up for a second season):

    6. It's from the same guy behind Weeds and Orange Is the New Black.

    Stephen Falk, who is co-executive-producer on OITNB and previously held down the same job on Weeds, is also at the helm of this FX series. So if you expect the same acerbic wit, outlandish situations, and flawed-but-somehow-appealing characters he's had such success in dreaming up and writing for in the past, You're the Worst won't let you down.

    5. Brandon Smith is a total breakout star.

    The two leads of You're the Worst are so well written that the show gets away with focusing most of its action on them; but its supporting cast more than holds its own. My favorite character on the series, by far, is Gretchen's problem client, rapper Sam Dresden (played by former Disney child star Brandon Smith). His weird antics land somewhere between Tyler the Creator and Justin Bieber, and his unhinged one-liners have become the thing I most look forward to each week. In fact, I was really sad that he didn't pop up in the latest episode. Bring back Sam!

    1. It's hilariously cynical . . . but secretly optimistic.

    Married is kind of depressing. There's no way around it. Though it's clear there's real love and affection between its lead characters, Lina (Judy Greer) and Russ (Nat Faxon), their essentially sexless marriage, their endless financial problems, and the various misguided assholes who populate their world are downright repellant to watch at times. On the surface, You're the Worst seems like it would be the more jaded show, but that's just a trick. As the season goes on, Jimmy and Gretchen reveal more of themselves underneath their standoffish, self-centered personas. So while some critics dismissed the show out of hand as "the story of two awful sh*tb*gs who kind of fall in love," I'd respectfully disagree. As a viewer, I find myself rooting for Gretchen and Jimmy just as often as I find myself wishing that Lina and Russ on Married would call it quits and put us all out of our misery.

    You're the Worst airs Thursday nights at 10:30 on FX.

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    Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage has indeed hit a bump in the road.
    Amid multiple reports that divorce is imminent for the couple who has been married for six years, Cannon, 33, has confirmed that he and Carey, 44, are living apart.

    “There is trouble in paradise," the America's Got Talent host exclusively revealed to The Insider With Yahoo on Thursday. "We have been living in separate houses for a few months.”

    Cannon also dispelled rumors that the problems in his relationship are due to infidelity.

    “My main focus is my kids," he said of their 3-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, aka "Dem Babies."

    The couple is said to have separated around May; however, at the time, Cannon told Parade there was no truth to divorce reports.

    "You kind of have to ignore it because every week it's something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you," he explained. "There's no merit or truth to it. It's kind of humorous, really. It couldn't be further off from the truth, and it really affects the credibility of the so-called newspapers."

    Nick and Mariah continued to put on a united front over Father's Day weekend. The singer shared the below family photo — the last picture posted of the couple together on social media — on Instagram.

    The pair secretly wed in the Bahamas in April 2008 after just six weeks of dating.

    "We really do feel we are soulmates," Carey told People after their impromptu nuptials. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me."

    Cannon added: "She is beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside."

    The duo lavishly renewed their vows in the years that followed except for their most recent anniversary (the couple claimed the had a low-key celebration).

    While Nick admits they have been separated for months, he did not elaborate on what the future holds. According to some reports, the divorce is "a done deal" once the two parties negotiate a property settlement and custody agreement.

    Tune into The Insider tonight on CBS for more details on Mariah and Nick.


    what do we name this scandal? I say either The Elusive Divorce or, if there's cheating involved, It's a Wrap (feat. Nick Cannon)

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    Robin Williams is inspiring people even in death ...his young co-star from "Jumanji" has decided it's time for people like him suffering from depression to shed the shame.

    Somehow our photog spotted Bradley Pierce -- who played Peter Shepard in the classic 1995 comedy -- Wednesday night in L.A.

    Pierce said he's been motivated to talk openly about his battle with depression, which he's dealt with since he was 16.

    Pierce also shared a great story about Williams from the set of "Jumanji" about filming the monsoon scene -- the only time he ever got aggressive.

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    It's an "old sketch" of a song she's been performing live for a few years.

    The emotional song is a reworking of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, taking the originally upbeat and flowery song and transforming it into something much deeper and darker. “Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person,” Hill sings. “Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens / Black human packages tied up in strings / Black rage can come from all these kings of things.”


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    Abs. Abs. Smile. Abs. Abs. Dimples. That’s what normally goes through my brain when Ryan Kwanten is mentioned. Don’t get me wrong – his comedic timing and lovable naiveté as Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s TRUE BLOOD is one of a kind, but I just turn into 7th grade girl goo when he appears on screen…or in my dreams.

    You’d think Kwanten would take advantage of his abdominal super powers on a regular basis, but oh no, he’s one hell of a gentleman. When asked how he feels about TRUE BLOOD’s final season, he has a very down to earth vibe.

    “The whole thing feels fantastic. From growing up in a coastal town to being on a HBO show, and for that show to last seven years, for me that’s still hard for me to comprehend,” he says. “There’s an amount of gratitude that comes with that… to have this success, I don’t take lightly.”

    So how much of Kwanten do we see in his onscreen character? “I think in a weird way [Jason Stackhouse] has made me a better person, a better man, and I don’t think that I would have said that in the beginning,” Kwanten says. “He looks at everything with these wide, naïve eyes. To take that cynical hat off and approach things with innocence…it’s always more interesting to play characters like that, I think, who have faults rather than positive traits.”

    Very rarely do you get a slice of humble pie served with this much handsome. Kwanten should have projects lined up from now until the end of 2037. What exactly is on the horizon for this cheeky Australian?

    “It’s been crazy,” he says. “I finished three films over the last hiatus. After TRUE BLOOD ends, it’ll be the first time I’ll be free in eight or nine years. In a weird way, this show has taught me some patience. Every actor fights to see the door, to get a crack in the door, get inside the door and I feel like I’m almost in the room now and it’s nice to sit back and admire the landscape before really diving in again.”

    So now that he has the time, how does Kwanten picture the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon? “I need to be near the water, the beach in some way or form. A beer, or bottle of wine, and some friends,” he says. “I’m a beach bum at heart.”

    This sounds like dream date material. Even if this wasn’t the LOVE issue, we all would be clipping out Snoopy Valentines and writing Ryan’s name all over our Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers. Has he always been this laid back? Was there an emo-goth phase that nobody knows about? What keeps him grounded? To answer these questions, we offered him a magical DeLorean from “Back to the Future” so he could enlighten us, while giving young Ryan some sage advice.

    “There’s an Emerson quote that is, ‘Everything that lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us,’” Kwanten says. “Teenagers are meant to be confused, bemused, and kind of annoyed by the world, and I wish I tapped into who I was. But also I think that’s the beauty in life: you make those stupid idiotic mistakes and try to learn from them as you can, and you move on. I’m happy that I made those mistakes.”

    Now is the part where I have to tell you that Kwanten is not single. You can love him, but you aren’t allowed to LOVE Ryan Kwanten. Yes, this is a bummer, but in the spirit of all things romantic, he shared his first date details. “The first date that we had was a hike. We packed little knapsacks and I had some margarita thing that I had made. We hiked up to a picnic spot and we chatted.”

    It wasn’t even Trader Joe’s ‘Two Buck Chuck’ or a sixer of beer- the man made his own margaritas! This guy thinks outside the box and then takes you up a hill for a chat.

    Plus, he has even more words of wisdom. When asked if he prefers Jay-Z or Bob Marley, he responds with a mind deafening philosophy: “I would love to hear Jay-Z do like a gray album with Bob Marley.” The world just shouted ‘YES!’ at once. Done. Let’s do that. Everyone agrees.

    Tacos or Sushi? “SUSH! NO….PIZZA! Hands down. I bought a pizza maker… I experiment with Nutella, coconut flakes, strawberries… I’ve got a whole set of sweets.” Strawberries and chocolate. Damn. This is starting to sound romantic again. What’s your one sentence take on love, Ryan?

    “Give me a minute, I’m going to try to be inspiring.” He laughs. “Don’t seek it, but let it come to you. Find that middle ground. You can’t go looking for it but you can’t run away from it either. Only then can you love someone else.”

    From talking to Kwanten, one would assume that everyone, even his mail carrier, falls in love with him. My wild guess is that Cupid pierced him with an arrow and sent him directly to Alan Ball’s TRUE BLOOD casting couch. So make a batch of margaritas and an oven full of Nutella pizza, because your butt is watching Ryan on the last season of TRUE BLOOD every Sunday on HBO.

    After that, you’ll just have to Facebook stalk him like the rest of his ex-girlfriends.


    Let's talk about pizza.

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    Being married to image-obsessed Kim Kardashian has obvs rubbed off on Kanye West.

    The rapper, 37, has undertaken a strict new smoothie Reset diet and goes everywhere with pedometer to track his steps. Cripes.

    Kanye has ditched his fave soul food, such as fried chicken and mac’n’cheese for a protein-heavy regime under trainer-to-the-stars Harley Pasternak, whose A-list clients include Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus and Halle Berry.

    The LA-based fitness whizz, 39, reveals: “I’ve known Kanye for many years and we’ve developed a very close friendship. We go on holidays together with our wives and daughters and I was there when he fell in love with Kim.

    “My programme for him covers exercise in the gym, his steps outside, and his lifestyle habits and diet.
    “He eats five times a day, with three meals and two snacks.

    “For the first five days of the Reset diet he has three smoothies a day and two crunchy snacks.

    “A white smoothie for breakfast, red smoothie for lunch, and green smoothie for dinner, made with protein, fibre and healthy fat in every meal, and with crunchy snacks in between.

    "Snacks are either high fibre crackers with turkey, roasted chickpeas or air-popped popcorn or an apple with low fat cheese.”

    That’s not very rock and roll.

    It comes shortly after Kim announced she was going on a carb-free diet with “crazy workouts”, complaining that she has a “huge butt”. She posted on Twitter that she wants to lose 20lbs.

    Kanye also takes his £70 Fitbit device with him everywhere, so Harley can keep an eye on his activity and ensure he’s not slacking too much.

    Harley says: “Kanye works out with us at least five times a week – and I also have to influence him when he’s not training. He wears a Fitbit in his pocket every day. It’s a device which monitors his activity so I can chart his steps on my laptop.

    “I tell my clients they have me in their pockets and I have them in mine. All my clients have to do a minimum 12,000 steps per day.

    “They carry the Fitbit in their pocket or on their wrist like a watch.

    “It’s linked with their phone so the information gets zapped straight to my computer.

    ”They must email me daily saying what they’ve eaten, how many steps they’ve taken and the hours they’ve slept.” That sounds pedantic, but then so is ranty Kanye, so probs suits him down to the ground...
    what food can't you give up?

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    Days after Robin Williams died, I kept seeing his face on the Internet. His death seemed to have a momentum of its own. It went from a sad death of a famous person to “a nation mourns” pitch, which I didn’t quite understand. Sites such as Huffington Post swim in their own brand of hyperbole. They call it news and culture, but often, it’s just content.

    I understand why people feel Williams’ loss so intensely. His talent as an actor is not in dispute. His performance in Good Will Hunting is unimpeachable. I wonder if he was tapping into his own deep trench of personal pain to deliver some of those scenes. It was brave and excellent work. The more you think about it, the more you remember one great performance after another. Good Morning Vietnam is a favorite of mine.

    When someone with this level of exposure dies in this way, it is confusing. An Oscar-winning actor, well-paid, with a career that most performers could only dream of — how could anyone so well regarded and seemingly fortunate have as much as even a single bad day, much less a life so unendurable that it has to be voluntarily voided?

    On more than one of my USO tours, Robin Williams had been on the same stage a few days before me. That’s all I needed to know about him. As far as I was concerned, he was a good man.

    But it’s here where I step off the train. I am sure some will strongly disagree with what I’m about to say. And I also understand that his personal struggles were quite real. I can’t argue with that.

    But I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves.

    How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? I don’t care how well adjusted your kid might be — choosing to kill yourself, rather than to be there for that child, is every shade of awful, traumatic and confusing. I think as soon as you have children, you waive your right to take your own life. No matter what mistakes you make in life, it should be your utmost goal not to traumatize your kids. So, you don’t kill yourself.

    I know some people will disagree. And I get that you can’t understand anyone else’s torment. All that “I feel your pain” stuff is bullshit and disrespectful. You can appreciate it, listen and support someone as best you can, but you can’t understand it. Depression is so personal and so unique to each of us that when you’re in its teeth, you think you invented it. You can understand your own, but that’s it. When you are severely depressed, it can be more isolating than anything else you have ever experienced. In trying to make someone understand, you can only speak in approximation. You are truly on your own.

    Everyone handles their emotional vicissitudes in their own ways. I am no doctor, but I think the brain is always looking for a sense of balance and normal function so the body can operate efficiently. Some people medicate accordingly, in an attempt to stay somewhat even. That pursuit can lead one down some dark paths. Someone who is an addict might not be an “addict” in the pejorative sense but merely trying to medicate and balance themselves.

    Many years ago, I lived in Silver Lake with a housemate who suffered from severe bouts of depression. When she wasn’t in her small bedroom with the lights off, crying for hours, she was bright and hilarious. Anywhere we went, we laughed our asses off. She fought her depression with everything from bike rides to drugs, prescribed and otherwise. Years after the last time I saw her, I guess she could no longer keep up the battle and killed herself. No one who knew her was surprised. When she was in her deepest misery, she was unrecognizable.

    The hardest part about being around her was you knew there was nothing you could do to help.

    I get it, but then again, maybe I don’t.

    When someone negates their existence, they cancel themselves out in my mind. I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of distain. When someone commits this act, he or she is out of my analog world. I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life. They were real but now they are not.

    I no longer take this person seriously. I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it’s impossible to feel bad for them. Their life wasn’t cut short — it was purposely abandoned. It’s hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to. It sucks they are gone, of course, but it’s the decision they made. I have to respect it and move on.

    A few years ago, a guy I’d known for many years hanged himself in a basement. Weeks later, I went to the spot and picked up bits of plastic coating from the cord he used, which were on the floor after he was cut down. I liked the guy, but all I could think of then is all I can think of now — the drawings his kids had made that were pasted up on the walls of his kitchen.

    Almost 40,000 people a year kill themselves in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it.

    Fuck suicide. Life isn’t anything but what you make it. For all the people who walked from the grocery store back to their house, only to be met by a robber who shot them in the head for nothing — you gotta hang in there.

    I have life by the neck and drag it along. Rarely does it move fast enough. Raw Power forever.


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    Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson is usually the serious one on Parks and Recreation. But in the season 6 gag reel, we get to see the king of bacon and eggs let loose: Offerman wiggles across the floor with a huge grin on his face as the crew breaks into laughter.Other highlights include everything Amy Poehler does (as always) and Jim O’Heir accidentally talking while the cameras are rolling. Typical Jerry.


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