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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Brandy is working on her sixth studio effort and has recruited hotter-than-hot artist Frank Ocean. Brandy said the pair has "great chemistry." She said, "We both understand music in the same ways," according to BET.

    She further stated, "To work with him on this album was great as well, and I hope I can get in [the studio] with him some more because his music is just so moving; I'm inspired by him. I think he's a great artist and he hasn't even touched on what he will touch on in the future."

    Brandy's latest will drop in March 2012.

    Are you looking forward to Brandy's latest?

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    Mel Gibson is now legally single after his divorce was finalized Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom, but bachelorhood came at a heavy price.

    Robyn, his ex-wife of nearly 30 years and the mother of their seven children, is walking away with half his fortune, once estimated to be as high as $850 million (according to the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006) in what is considered the biggest divorce payout in Hollywood history.

    Because the couple didn't have a prenuptial agreement
    , Robyn, 55, was legally entitled to half of everything he earned during their marriage.

    Among Gibson's estimated assets: more than $600 million grossed by The Passion of the Christ alone; $100-plus million in real estate investments worldwide (he bought an island in Fiji for $15 million in 2005); and $75 million for film and TV projects for which Gibson, 55, executive produced.

    It appears some of his wealth has already been transferred to Robyn, in particular two Malibu homes worth a combined $22.5 million. As for film residuals, Robyn is entitled to half of every future check Gibson receives for the rest of his life.

    "I left my wife because we had no spiritual common ground," Gibson told his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in secretly recorded tapes she made of the actor in February 2010.

    During his custody battle with Grigorieva, in which the Russian musician accused Gibson of domestic violence, Robyn filed a sworn statement in July 2010 stating that "Mel was a wonderful and loving father" and never abused Robyn or their kids.

    Gibson met Robyn, at the time a dental nurse, in the late 1970s after the American-born actor, who moved to Australia when he was 12, had filmed his breakout role in Mad Max.

    He must be a punk, cause he sure as fuck didn't holla

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    he actually called out drake, i laughed

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    Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower De Niro, have welcomed a daughter, his rep tells PEOPLE. Helen Grace, born via surrogate, weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz. 

    She is the second child for the couple, who first met back in 1987 in London and are already parents to son Elliot, 13. 
 

    The Academy Award winning actor, 68, also has four other children: daughter Drena, 40, and son Raphael, 35, with former wife Diahnne Abbott, as well as 16-year-old twin sons Julian and Aaron, born via surrogate with ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith.

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  • 12/23/11--20:29: Oy vey!
  • Matisyahu loses his beard, hair, and mind





    Formerly bearded Jewish rapper Matisyahu allegedly booted a female photojournalist in the face at a concert in Brooklyn this week ... all because he felt the flash was "distracting."

    It all went down Wednesday night -- when a photog named Rebecca Smyne tweeted, "I was just attacked by mAtisyahu calling cops pressing charges. Wtf! He kicked me in face and broke my camera!!!!!"

    A short time later, Smyne went back to Twitter and explained ... "I'm ok; after cops showed, matisyahu's manager, who witnessed the incident, gave me a fat stack of cash to cover damages. Happy hanukkah!" OP comment: Props to Matisyahu for breaking that "Jews are cheap" stereotype!!

    After the show Matisyahu, posted a tweet to Rebecca ... saying, "sorry about last night.I totally snapped.I wouldn't call it a kick, more like stepping into the crowd."

    He continued, "being that you've shot so many shows you should know how distracting a huge flash in your face is."

    Rebecca claims she barely used a flash that night -- and calls BS on Matisyahu's "it wasn't a kick" defense ... saying, "He stepped on my face on purpose ... it hurt."

    Matisyahu released a statement shortly after the incident -- saying, “I regret what transpired when I tried to remove the camera from the photographer’s hands last night ... I reacted impulsively out of frustration and for that I apologize.”

    What a schmuck!

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    Bassist Alex James confirms the band will play after receiving outstanding contribution to music award

    Blur have confirmed they will perform at the 2012 Brit awards. The group will celebrate their outstanding contribution to music trophy by playing their first gig since 2009, bassist Alex James has revealed. "We're going to play, which is brilliant," he said. "It's like putting the Blues Brothers back together."

    It has been two weeks since plans were announced to honour Blur at the Brit awards in February. But the band remained evasive about whether they would perform; although James, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree have often met up, and even recorded together, they haven't played live since closing 2009's T in the Park.

    James has now put speculation to rest. Thanks to the Brits announcement, he said, "we all remembered how much we loved being a band.

    "I saw the guys this week, we had a Christmas cuppa … I had always said in interviews I didn't miss being in a band, but that reminded me I did."

    James also fanned the flames of a future Blur tour. "Well, let's hope," he said. "Heritage year next year." Albarn has previously hinted at a possible visit to the US, pointing out the reunited Blur never crossed the Atlantic. "Who knows what will happen," James said, "but there is a lot to look forward to."

    Previous winners of the outstanding contribution to music prize include Paul McCartney, U2, Queen and the Who.

    I am beside myself with this news. Literally.


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    Even Los Angeles is prone to be chilly during the cold winter months.

    So that would explain why super cool actor Christopher Walken decided to don a pair of black Uggs as he arrived for a flight out of the city.

    The warm weather footwear is certainly not an outfit choice associated with the legendary Deer Hunter star, who is far more at home in suave suits and leather shows.

    The actor had been filming Seven Psychopaths in the Venice area of Los Angeles earlier this week, but was heading off for a well earned Christmas break.

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    He had been spotted singing into a carrot as her larked around at a cast and crew party earlier this week.


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    Thoughts ONTD?


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  • 12/23/11--23:32: Kanyesus in London



  • Kanye West chats on his cell phone as he leaves the Embassy night club in Mayfair, London on Thursday (December 22).

    The 34-year-old rapper also threw a Christmas party at Le Baron club earlier in the night where he gave club-goers a special treat.

    According to several reports, Kanye debuted a few songs and beats from his next much anticipated solo album “G.O.O.D. Music compilation”.

    The new album, which also features his first deejay set, is expected to hit stores in the spring.

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    Great Expectations: Miss Havisham given 'youthful' air: 

    Gillian Anderson portrays Miss Havisham as both tragic and consumed by the need for revenge.Great Expectations begins on Tuesday 27 December at 21:00 GMT on BBC One and continues on 28 and 29 December.

    Tortured, ghostly, eternal bride-to-be Miss Havisham is returning in a fresh screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' literary classic Great Expectations. The wealthy heiress, who was jilted on her wedding day and lived as a recluse for decades afterwards, haunts her tumbledown mansion clad in a dusty matrimonial gown.

    Miss Havisham - with her white matted hair and wedding feast table preserved in cobwebs - has been played by older actresses in previous major incarnations. Joan Hickson played her at the age of 75 in 1981, while Anne Bancroft was cast in a 1998 modern reworking of Dickens's story at the age of 67.

    But for the new take on Great Expectations she is portrayed by Gillian Anderson, who at 43 is the youngest screen star to play the woman who casts a huge shadow over the life of Pip, hero of the tale.






    "Dickens doesn't qualify Miss Havisham's age specifically. If you add up the numbers at the time, it makes sense she would have been about 37," explains Anderson.The US-born star has no concerns that she is too young for the role.

    "This is me, at this age, this actress being hired for a particular reason and honouring that. I'm not going to say: 'I'm not doing this because you should have hired an older actress.'"

    Her unnerving interpretation of the tragic yet cruel Havisham is ghostly, ashen-faced and becomes craggier as the story progresses - but did not rely on any ageing prosthetics.

    Anderson's transformation took less than two hours when Havisham was shown at her most decayed.

    "I had an idea for a grey which I didn't think existed," says Anderson of her contribution to the character's look.

    "There was a specific grey I felt her hair should be, which they were able to find. It's kind of opaque and translucent but at the same time holds light. It's not white, it's not too grey, it's just this middle non-colour."

    Anderson's Havisham floats disconcertingly around her mothballed home, where the clocks are stopped at the moment when she was jilted and her wedding cake is being feasted on by mice.

    Her lips are desiccated and she claws her skin at moments of stress, while dark circles frame her eyes.

    'Heartbroken mess'

    The actress, known for her long-running role in The X-Files, maintains that she did not go back to previous portrayals of Miss Havisham for guidance.

    "My fear is always I've been taking on something else that already exists. So I deliberately haven't gone through other versions or even old line drawings.

    "I'm fascinated by the previous incarnations but will try not to compare. My intention is to be as close to my first impression of her," Anderson explains, adding that she will end her moratorium after seeing her own performance.

    The actress has not seen images of a Miss Havisham to follow her own, played by Helena Bonham Carter in a film version of Great Expectations to be released next year.When told that Bonham Carter is festooned by cobwebs and will be something of a Hannibal Lecteresque monster, Anderson says: "I'm not a purist - there's room for all of it!"

    She adds: "I'm sure there'll be positives and negatives about both adaptations from all perspectives."

    While Miss Havisham's physical appearance seems at the heart of on-screen portrayals, her character and story are important.

    She declares that "love is death" and seems hell bent on revenge - but is a figure to be pitied, says Anderson.

    "Her personal pain is played out and at times she is an absolutely heartbroken mess," says the actress.

    In equal measure she brands Miss Havisham "psychotically manipulative", a woman who has the power to damage both Pip and her adopted daughter Estella.

    Anderson adds that this character's tragic side needs to be explored alongside her scheming nature "to avoid losing the television audience really quickly".

    Period roles

    Returning to the theme of being a young Havisham, the actress explains that it makes her relatively close in age to the grown-up Pip.

    "There is still hope for her, which makes it interesting not having her portrayed as an old hag."

    After years as sceptical FBI agent Dana Scully, Anderson, who spent some of her childhood in the UK, has recently made a name for herself in period pieces.She garnered a Bafta nomination for playing Lady Dedlock in Dickens' Bleak House, and was almost unrecognisable as brothel owner Mrs Castaway in The Crimson Petal and The White.

    "You can write that down! It's good to know it's working," laughs Anderson when told of her ability to transform.

    She says there may be more costume roles, should they make her "feel I can contribute something".

    As for a return of The X-Files, Anderson says it is all down to US network Fox.

    "If Fox are the gods, then it's in the lap of the gods," says the actress who brings a touch of youthful bloom to one of literature's most enduring characters.


    Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16047263http://youtu.be/I1xcsKZYlAYhttp://youtu.be/MmZ4alB-pok

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    With only a few days to go before Christmas [this was a few days ago], TODAY assembled a distinctive panel of two to find out which books each would recommend for the bibliophiles on your gift list. Actress, comedian, writer and producer Mindy Kaling, best known as Kelly Kapoor on "The Office" and former President of the United States Bill Clinton sat with Ann Curry to list their truly diverse picks.

    "I'd love to read for sure the first four," Clinton said of Kaling's picks, and admitted he's a Tina Fey fan. The former president's list, which includes some smartypants choices, made Kaling joke that she was reconsidering hers. "I didn't know his list when I made my list," she said. "I would have made it more Ph.D-friendly."

    Check out their picks and let us know in the comments below which books you'd choose!


    Mindy Kaling's list

    1. “11/22/63”
    By Stephen King
    (Scribner)

    2. “Bossypants”
    By Tina Fey
    (Reagan Arthur Books)

    3. “Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson”
    By Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson
    (Grand Central Publishing)

    4. “My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness”
    By Gwyneth Paltrow
    (Grand Central Life & Style)

    5. “Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty”
    By Andrew Bolton
    (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    6. “The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel”
    By Laura Lippman
    (William Morrow)

    7. “The Marriage Plot: A Novel”
    By Jeffrey Eugenides
    (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

    8. “Look I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany”
    By Stephen Sondheim
    (Knopf)

    9. “The Art of Fielding”
    By Chad Harbach
    (Little, Brown and Company)

    10. “What to Wear, Where: The How-to Handbook for Any Style Situation”
    By Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power
    (Abrams Image)

    Bill Clinton's list

    1. “Jerusalem”
    By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    (Knopf)

    2. “Lincoln”
    By David Herbert Donald
    (Simon & Schuster)

    3. “Meditations”
    By Marcus Aurelius
    (Simon & Brown)

    4. “The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century”
    By David Fromkin
    (Knopf)

    5. “The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes”
    By Seamus Heaney
    (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

    6. “One Hundred Years of Solitude”
    By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    (Harper Perennial)

    7. “King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa”
    By Adam Hochschild
    (Mariner Books)

    8. “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny”
    By Robert Wright
    (Vintage)


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    Has anyone read Mindy Kaling's new book? It's a massive disappointment. Made me like her less.

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    Featuring Arthur , Digimon, Christmas Toys ,TMNT + MORE

    Blast from the Past: Digimon World



    During the wake of Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise, Digimon reared its head as what many saw as a shameless rip off. While it didn’t necessarily slam Nintendo into the ground. Digimon had and continues to remain fairly popular.

    The original Digimon World released on the PlayStation 1 was the first game to spawn from the tamagotchi-like devices released in 1997 as Digimon’s premiering toy. Digimon World centred around the original keychain devices acting a portal to the Digimon world. The protagonist was sucked into one of the toys and tasked with returning peace to the Digimon World after the inhabitants of the city lose their memories and run away.

    Digimon World enticed players in just the same Pokemon Stadium would two months later. Seeing your raised creatures turn from flat black & white sprites into fully 3D monsters was a sight to behold and cherish but BanDai’s attempt brought the adventuring aspect with it unlike Nintendo’s efforts with Pokémon Stadium. Something Digimon wasn’t capable of showing in the keychain devices.

    Even the CD case of Digimon World was exciting. On the reverse side of the cover was a map more akin to a diagram naming the areas players would eventually reach. Without the proper detail it was hard to imagine just how big the in-game world was.

    Taking the monsters to the big screen was a big deal. During the start of the game players would be asked a series of questions and given a “rookie” stage digimon based on their answers. Taking their new friend with them, players had to raise them with food, training and a discipline system which would all add up to play a role in the eventual evolution of their creature. Raising them in specific stats would result in a wide variety of different resulting creatures all bigger and badder than the last with bad raising being punished by evolving into the weak poop shaped creatures of Numemon and Sukemon – Classy Bandai and their animal cruelty lessons!

    The battle system in place for Digimon World wasn’t revolutionary, but it was different. Rather than randomly running into another monster, bearing a transition screen and taking turns to smack each other in the face, Digimon World rendered all the enemies on screen within the environment. Running into one would begin a fight right there and then with you commanding your “mon” to attack specifically or just do whatever the hell it pleased. Often times it seemed broken with your monster and the opponent just running around and pausing before finally deciding to attack after what could be between 2-12 seconds. The fights were a little confusing but were admittedly a lot of fun with a lot of close calls and frantic, probably pointless button mashing – attack! attack! attack!.

    Digimon World was as close to world as we could hope for on a console back then. Coming from an environment-less keychain game to a 3D utopia, players had a lot to look forward to. Wondering around the branch-pathed forest, you’d soon find yourself wandering through mines, climbing mountains, exploring a vampire filled mansion and even crossing the sea, each time being treated to more 3D representations of monsters previously unseen. There was no clear way to distinguish whether a certain enemy would wipe the floor with you or offer an easy victory, and while that may sound like a downfall, it probably resulted in the better caring of your creature through the sheer will to not get smashed into the floor.

    It was disappointing to see the Digimon World series transform from such a promising game into a simple turn based dungeon crawler in the second release. It seemed like Bandai had abused the “digital” setting of the franchise to pump out an incredibly basic and boring design for its sequel. Bandai’s original 3D outing for their franchise was a gem ignored by most and defiantly something retro games should go back and play.



    The TMNT's 'We Wish You a Turtle Christmas' Musical Raises So Many Questions


    Should you ever need a reminder that the 1990s were a strange, strange time, look no further than We Wish You a Turtle Christmas. Released in 1994 at the height of that hazy, pre-Pokemon era when when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise reigned as the most popular thing in the entire world, Turtle Christmas was a 25-minute video in which the Turtles sang Christmas songs about themselves.

    If that sounds weird, believe me that it's actually even weirder. So today, deck the sewer walls and wash that pizza down with eggnog as we take a look back at this holiday classic, and the great many questions it raises just by its very existence.

    This is unquestionably my favorite song of the lot, and it also raises my first question: The accents. Why?



    I mean, I get the insanely over-the-top Brooklyn accents. The turtles are, after all, cartoon characters from New York, so that's at least semi-understandable. But once they start singing "Deck the Halls" and go into their equally over-the-top Jamaican accents, I am lost.

    Next question: Why can't Leonardo figure out how to string up Christmas lights? He's the leader of a ninja team, but he gets tangled up in those things like he's being trussed up for a human(oid) sacrifice, and when you combine that with his unmoving smile and dead, unblinking eyes, the whole effect is pretty creepy, even with Raphael doing an inexplicable Walk Like an Egyptian dance in the foreground. I guess you can just chalk it up to the fact that Donatello's the one who does machines, even when those machines are just tiny light bulbs.

    Also, why are the Turtles' shells clearly held together by what looks like a black velcro strap? This one, at least, I have an answer for: Because this thing was shot in about three hours on a budget of $26.


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    The question I've got about this one: How exactly did hip hop survive the '90s with stuff like this going around? Though to be fair, despite the title, this is less rap and more New Jack Swing, so if you were wondering why you don't really see Bel, Biv or Devoe around anymore, you now know where to place the blame.

    "Gotta Get a Gift For Splinter"





    This one actually asks its own question, namely "What Do You Get The Ninja Master Who Has Everything?" To be honest, that might be the single best line in a Christmas song, ever. It's like the opposite of every sentence in "Do They Know It's Christmas." On the other hand, does Splinter really have everything? He's a four foot tall rat who lives in the sewer, guys. He doesn't even have shoes.

    Also, their reason for rejecting golf clubs: "Splinter's not athletic." What? HE'S A F***ING NINJA MASTER! That might be the most athletic thing that it is actually possible to be! We Wish You a Turtle Christmas, I am starting to think you don't make any damn sense at all.

    And finally, the title track:


    We Wish You a Turtle Christmas:



    This one... man, I don't even know where to begin. Why are there children hanging out in the sewer on Christmas eve? Related: Could the makers of this video not find children with any rhythm at all? Also, Where do you get a framed pizza? And Who exactly is that pair of Adidas for?

    Wait... did they actually take my advice and get Splinter shoes, even though those kicks definitely could not fit on his misshapen mutant rat feet?

    Why, It's a Christmas Miracle!!



    The 15 Geekiest Episodes of PBS’s Arthur


    Our household has always had a kind of special connection with PBS’ Arthur, because it’s one of the first kids’ shows I remember specifically sitting down to watch with my daughter. The show debuted in September 1996, so it’s almost the same age as my daughter herself – although she’s in high school now, while Arthur’s still in Mr. Ratburn’s class at Lakewood Elementary.

    I’ve written before about what makes Arthur a great show for geeklets, so when Mike Wood at WGBH in Boston sent me a note about the show kicking off its 15th season today (there was a full year break from April 2005 to May 2006), I thought it would be fun to round up a list of the 15 geekiest episodes so far. Mike sent his list of suggestions, and then my daughter and I tweaked it with our own favorites and settled on the following:

    15: Team Trouble – Arthur, his best friend Buster, and their classmate Francine decide to do their group project on Ancient Rome in comic book form.

    14: The World of Tomorrow – During the school sleepover at the science museum (I know: Awesome, right?), Classmate Binky Barnes stars in a classic “dream trip to the future” storyline.

    13: Muffy and the Big Bad Blog – Muffy and Francine deal with severe cases of “Someone is wrong on the Internet”-itis.

    12: Castles In the Sky – After the gang’s treehouse collapses, the kids design a new one. With help from Frank Gehry.

    11: Arthur and the Big Riddle – “RiddleQuest” stands in for a kids’ version of “Jeopardy!”, with Alex Trebek lending his voice as the TV show’s host.

    10: Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked – The Lakewood kids deal with pwnage issues as Sue Ellen takes competing at Virtualgoose.com to the next level.

    9: Arthur the Wrecker – Our favorite aardvark becomes addicted to a video game called “Deep Dark Sea.” (Includes the ever-popular “I wasn’t playing, I was just showing the game to my friend” gambit.)

    8: Prove it! – Arthur’s younger sister, D.W., latches onto his interest in science and demands to join him on a trip to the Exploratorium. Her views on snake evolution are illuminating.

    7: Tales of the Grotesquely Grim Bunny – Changes on the shelves at the comic shop have the kids debating the merits of different expressions of sequential art.

    6: The Return of the King – Arthur and his friends go to a Medieval Fair and knowledge-joust against a superior team of students. Bonus points for the episode title itself, naturally.

    5: Prunella’s Special Edition – Elwood City’s fandom for the latest book in the saga of Henry Skreever, the boy wizard, reaches a fever pitch. (Yeah, kind of far-fetched, I know.)

    4: The Boy Who Cried Comet – Buster spots a celestial visitor that’s not in his usual UFO style, and even points out that kids have discovered Stuff Out There, too.

    Buster meets astronaut Mike Fincke. Image copyright WBGH / Cookie Jar Entertainment, Inc.

    3: Buster Spaces Out – Buster gets inspired by moon landing footage. NASA astronaut Mike Fincke guest stars.

    2: The Secret Origin of Supernova – Arthur designs his own superhero backstory and costume for a visit to a comic convention. Includes a Jack Kirby reference, too!

    Neil Gaiman, in animated form. Image copyright WGBH / Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc.

    1: Falafelosophy – Geekiest Arthur ever, no contest: Neil Gaiman stars as himself and inspires Sue Ellen to write and illustrate a graphic novel.




    Classic Christmas TV During the Reruns

    Well, the holidays are almost upon us which means family, carol singing, good food, and no new TV until after the new year. Wait what? No new TV? Screw this season! If there's nothing new on, what's the point? At least the summer is warm. Oh well. Seeing as we can't change anything here, we don't control TV (yet), is there anything old we can watch? Yes! Namely, old Christmas specials.

    1. The 90210 Christmas episode "A Walsh Family Christmas," first airing in 1991, is a good one. Who really knows what happens in the bulk of the episode, the important thing is that Brandon or Brenda, one of the twins, brings home a hobo for the holidays, which is a grand tradition of television Christmas episodes. 

    2. There's a great Saved by the Bell episode called "Home for Christmas" about a hobo family living in the shopping mall (get the title now? It's a double entendre) that Zach, of course, rescues. But he really only rescues them because he has the hots for the hobo's teen hobo daughter. Oh, Zach. Well whatever, the ends justify the means, and everyone sings Christmas songs by the piano at the end of the episode. It's one of those weird episodes where you see a lot of one of the kids' parents, which is always a little unsettling. Wasn't Mr. Belding supposed to be everyone's dad? Is this show not about an orphanage for teenagers? It's confusing. 

    3. Perhaps the greatest Christmas Hobo episode is My So-Called Life's "So-Called Angels," in which '90s guitar girl darling Julianna Hatfield plays a pretty, mystical hobo girl who's also basically an angel and who teaches all the Christmas kids a Christmas lesson. It's tonally a little weird for this otherwise realist show, but it's still well done. This is arty Christmas Hobo television.

    4. Back to 90210, but continuing on the angel theme, there is a rather insane Christmas episode of the show that is narrated by angels. Mmhm! 90210, otherwise a fairly straightforward soap, has an episode narrated by two angels and at the end god saves everybody from a bus crash. Oh, bus crashes. Is there anything more Christmasy? Seriously though it's a good episode, a good Dylan-and-Brenda-and-Kelly fight episode that just happens to be narrated by angels. It's from the third season, in case you need to consult your DVD collection. 

    5. The Simpsons has many good Christmas episodes, perhaps the best of which is "Marge Be Not Proud," in which Bart gets caught stealing a videogame at the local Try-N-Save, thus breaking his mother's heart. The rest of the episode is him trying to make it up to her and it's very sweet and there are some funny videogame jokes. And it features a terrific guest starring voice performance from the late Lawrence Tierney. It's great! "You have selected: No." Classic. 

    So those are the specials that you should immediately program your DVR to record. Of course just about every show has some sort of holiday episode, more than one perhaps, but really if they don't have a hobo, an angel, or Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge, they fall short. .




    Dragon Ball Z x New Era limited edition caps


    Cap legends New Era have hooked up with the Japanese animation to pay homage to the main character, Goku, via a series of limited edition caps.

    The collection is available in Japan from On Spotz, which makes sense given its immense popularity and core fanbase there, however don’t be surprised to also find New Era stockists with a few of these a bit closer to home. Check out more pictures of the collection downstairs.



    Dear Santa: Remembering the toys that topped our holiday wish lists

    Since the dawn of time, children have had the attention span of a walnut and the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. But a brilliant soul (probably a fed-up parent) came up with the idea to occupy their spawn with toys -- rocks shaped into the original wheel for cave children, voodoo dolls made by the infamous Tituba for Puritan kids, and copious amounts of experimental drugs and the sexual revolution for children of the '70s -- so inventors and creators are constantly adapting to changing tastes and interests.

    Never is our society more focused on toys than during this most wonderful time of the year, when you can no longer walk down a Boston street without hearing a blend of Christmas music and the comforting jingle of a Salvation Army bell. Stores are advertising their “you better buy this awesome [insert thing here] now, or your loved ones will look at you on Christmas morning with unmatched scorn and irreversible disappointment” sales, and before you know it, you find yourself buying your roommate a cashmere beer koozie and the Magic Bullet College Edition, which whips up Ramen and Rubinoff smoothies in less than eight seconds!

    Our tastes may have grown up -- we're no longer wishing for a trip to Space Camp and a piece of the Aggro Crag -- but that desire for the latest and greatest goes way back to childhood. While most of us probably have no clue what a FIJIT friend is, we still remember that must-have toy that was at the top of our wish lists so many years ago (me, I’m still waiting for my Easy Bake Oven).

    Babies of the '80s listened to NKOTB, watched The Smurfs and Fraggle Rock, and wanted toys that had "the right stuff" -- a unique equilibrium between technology and imagination. Toys were cool enough to be interesting and fun, but playtime wasn't entirely pre-scripted.

    “Back then, most toys you had to make yourself,” said Michael Conte, 28, who remembers putting together his first G.I. Joe accessory, the Rolling Thunder missile launcher, with his dad. “The pieces came in a bag, which was part of the fun actually,” although today's kids, who even have virtual Legos, may not think so.
    G.I. Joes first appeared in the '60s as 12-inch dolls, but they were too big and too expensive, said Conte, a vintage toy collector; when high oil prices drove up the price of plastic in the '70s, toy makers experimented with other options. But G.I. Joes experienced a resurgence in the '80s, following in the footsteps of the decade's popular Star Wars figures, which were small enough and cheap enough for buyers to purchase whole play sets.

    “Parents who had G. I. Joes in the '60s could now buy the smaller versions for their kids,” Conte said, adding that the toy's popularity grew tremendously with its cartoon series and 1987 movie.
    cabbage patch kid.jpgLittle girls, meanwhile, coveted Cabbage Patch Kids -- adorable collectible dolls, each with their own birth certificate and name to make them unique. “Every girl had to have their Cabbage Patch doll,” said Conte. “They were definitely the Tickle Me Elmo of the '80s.” But the love began to fade when "generations of girls that grew up with [Cabbage Patch dolls], grew up,” he said. “There was no timeless aspect to it.”

    By that time, the '90s -- a decade of overalls, overfed Tamagotchis, and the height of Nickelodeon -- were in full swing, and wish lists were full of awesome toys, including Socker Boppers, Pokemon cards, Power Rangers action figures, and Beanie Babies. The most-wanted and most unique toy, however, had to be the Furby (I Double Dare you to prove me wrong). These odd little mutants were unimaginably irritating, yet incredibly addicting (sort of like most shows on TLC). A new Furby would blink and make strange noises, which I’m certain were cries of love, but once it got to know you, a Furby began to actually speak your language! Although this was exciting, I lost interest after a few sleepless nights (thankfully, I'm still far away from motherhood).

    I loved it as a kid, but looking back it was super weird,” said Sarah Sullivan, 19, who remembers wanting a Furby for Christmas. “I brought it to school for a while, and our Furbies were all friends with each other, and we created Furby drama between them.”

    Another '90s toy that became a matter of life or death was almost as weird as the Furby: Crazy Bones, head-shaped figurines about the size of a quarter that came in various colors and expressions. Although I had (and still have) a respectable collection, I’m not sure if I ever actually used them the right way: I kept them tightly sealed in a Tupperware container and growled at anyone that came near me, except my best friend Mike, who sported a fashionable rattail (before I found out he had an incurable case of cooties).
    “I was captivated by the magic that was Crazy Bones,” said Michael Finch, 21, who remembers thinking his brother's collection was some sort of candy. “But the magic faded pretty quickly, so I moved on to things like Pogs and Fistful of Aliens.”

    As we ushered in the new millennium with an appropriately named Backstreet Boys CD and Y2K paranoia, technology boomed, but toy creativity dwindled. Now, kids are asking for the latest Leapfrog learning system or game console. Don’t get me wrong: I loved my N64, and the XBox Kinect is so cool, it’s almost scary -- but as someone who's older than the Internet, I think it's crazy that all the top toys are electronic. Some kids will even find their new friend Siri under the tree on Christmas morning -- and they don’t even have to walk 15 miles uphill in the snow each way to get to the app store.


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    It's Christmas Eve ONTD :D :D Merry Chrismahanakwanza to all <3 <3
    What toys did you want as a child? What are your favorite holiday tv episodes?

    BTW thanks guys for making these posts alot of fun this year :3

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    Just like Kim last year, the youngest Kardashian sister has opened up the family album to reveal the famous family's cards from across the years.
    Sharing them with fans via her blog, she wrote: Hi dolls!!!! Who’s getting excited for Christmas?! ME ME MEEEEE!!!!! LOL. In the spirit of the holiday, I thought it would be fun to share all of our family’s old Christmas cards. This Harley Davidson themed one will forever be my favorite haha.


    'Kris Jenner has always been one to go ALL OUT. My sisters and brothers and I used to get annoyed by her holiday enthusiasm when we were younger, but now I’m so glad we have these silly cards and memories to look back on!'



    As the years roll on and the family become more famous the images clearly become more and more glamorous.
    The earliest snap in Khloe's card collection show the family saying cheese with a giant ninja turtle.
    The girls are dressed in matching outfits to their mother, consisting of black long-sleeve dresses and knotted pearl necklace, and Kourtney has a very Eighties bowl haircut.
    The family is joined by Bruce Jenner's children from his first marriages including Casey, Burt, Brandon and Brody.



    Matching outfits are once again the theme the following year, with the clan all wearing white shirts and tartan ties, pulling cheesy faces as they pose with Santa Claus.
    Kim's signature long brunette locks are in a short bob and Khloe's lighter locks are gradually darkening.
    As the years roll on, Kris and Bruce's two daughters Kendall and Kylie join the group for the snaps, which begin to become more posed.
    A black and white shot show the girls all dressed in monochrome with Khloe this time showing off her derriere rather than Kim, who is wedged between her mother Kris and sister Kendall showing off her curves in a racy strapless dress
    Jenner's other daughter Casey stands out in the snap with her statuesque height and blonde locks, as Rob wraps his arm around her.


    Kris is slipped into a sparkling sequined dress as a young Kendall wears a matching mini skirt to her mother.
    The greeting inside the card is a poignant one, written in script underneath another image of the family blowing kisses.
    'Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. May you be blessed with many breath-taking moment,' it reads.


    Dressed in daring red and set against a white backdrop, they strike seductive poses in full length designer gowns, while Bruce and brother Rob wear dapper suits.



    The family's 2009 card featured new additions, with pregnant Kourteney and Khloe's husband Lamar, and even Ryan Seacrest making a surprise appearance.
    The picture is taken in a more organic and special setting, Khloe's September wedding to Lamar.
    Last year's card was also a very glamorous affair indeed.
    Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kyle, Kendall, Bruce, Rob, Kris, Scott, little Mason and Lamar are all featured in the card, which has a very vintage Hollywood air to it.
    Kim said of the snap last year: 'Every year the whole family gets together to take pics for our family Christmas card. This year was extra special because we had a new addition to the family… little Mason!



    'We went super glam this year and each went for our own look. Kourt chose a tailored suit to match Mason and Scott, Khloe went for gorgeous peach ruffles and I chose a floor-length white gown. How stunning do Kendall and Kylie look!? This might be my favorite of all our family Christmas cards!'



    It was clearly a black tie affair, with her siblings also skipping cheesy festive sweaters for an altogether more sophisticated look.
    Khloe, 27, opted for a variation of the same androgynous look with a sparkly jacket, white shirt and trousers.
    Kourtney, 32, who is pregnant with her second child, vamped it up in a leather pencil skirt, white shirt and fur stole and kinky metallic-trimmed heels which she slipped on over stocking socks.
    The Jenner girls, who are both still teenagers, both dressed well beyond their years for the photograph.
    Aspiring model Kendall, 16, put her catwalk worthy legs on show in a tiered skirt which she wore with a sheer black top over a white shirt.



    Kylie, 14, slipped into a killer pair of heels and a black suit, which she wore with a pussy bow blouse.
    The men - Rob, 24, Bruce, 62, Lamar, 32, and Kourtney's partner Scott Disick, 28 - all wore sharp tuxedos for the occasion.
    The family's matriarch Kris, 56, provided the only splash of colour with a slinky and sparkly teal dress.
    But it was little Mason, 1, who stole the show in his too cute trousers, bow-tie and braces.
    In an effort to ensure the card is truly eye-popping, the family also provided a 3D edition.

    Kim wrote on her blog upon it's release: 'Here it is! Our 2011 Kardashian/Jenner family Christmas card!!!
    'It was shot by the amazing Nick Saglimbeni and there’s a special 3D version that you can view with 3D glasses. What do you guys think?
    'I love our family Christmas cards shoots and I think this one looks amazing!'



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    There was only so much magic in the wizard.

    While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 became the world's third-biggest grossing movie of all-time, Hollywood suffered one of its worst box-office years in years.

    And it's easy to see why: People just didn't go to the movies.

    Specifically, they didn't go to animated movies—at least not in the kind of numbers they have in the past.

    In 2010, five toons, led by Toy Story 3, topped $200 million domestically. This year, none did.

    Only five animated films broke $100 million. And one, Mars Needs Moms, was a budget-buster for the ages, or at least the near future, grossing less than $40 million worldwide, per BoxOffice.com numbers, off a $190 million price tag.

    Overall, movie attendance fell to its lowest levels since the early 1990s, according to BoxOfficeMojo stats, as of Christmas week.


    Sky-high prices didn't keep revenues from falling, either. Exhibitor Relations had Hollywood off 3 percent from last year; BoxOfficeMojo had it down about 8 percent, for the lowest collective gross since 2008.

    Drilling down into the numbers, such as they were:

    • Take away Deathly Hallows—Part 2's $381 million chart-topping domestic gross, and the industry would've had its worst year in five years.

    • Worldwide, HP8 grossed $1.3 billion. Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides each joined the billion-dollar club, too.

    • It wasn't just animation that audiences avoided. Folks weren't too fond of spring or fall, either.

    • Animation still sold overseas. Kung Fu Panda 2 was Hollywood's fourth-biggest worldwide hit of the year.

    • Bridesmaids won the prize for being the highest-grossing non-sequel, not-based-on-anything movie of the year. It placed 12th on the list of 2011's domestic champs, with a $169 million take.

    • Until Tom Cruise's Ghost Protocol comeback began to take, Breaking Dawn Part 1 was doing all the heavy lifting this holiday season, but even it came up short when compared to the previous Twilight sequels. Domestically, it's running about $10 million behind New Moon, and about $20 million behind Eclipse. The Harry Potter series experienced a similar blip with its next-to-last installment.

    • 2011's unlucky number was 21, as in $21 million. Four of the year's biggest money-losers each grossed that amount domestically: Your Highness ($50 million budget); Dream House ($50 million budget); Conan the Barbarian ($90 million budget); and, the aforementioned Mars Needs Moms.

    • To date, 26 movies have grossed $100 million-plus, including Cowboys & Aliens and Green Lantern, which should remind us that grossing $100 million-plus doesn't necessarily mean much today.

    Here's a complete look at the year's top movies, through Wednesday, per domestic grosses as reported by BoxOfficeMojo.com:

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2, $381 million
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $352.4 million
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, $268.2 million
    The Hangover Part II, $254.5 million
    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $241.1 million
    Fast Five, $209.8 million
    Cars 2, $191.5 million
    Thor, $181 million
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $176.7 million
    Captain America: The First Avenger, $176.65 million

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    Musicians have always loved the Jesus look, mainly because it obviates the need to cut your hair and shave — which, if you’re more interested in sex, drugs, and/or rock ‘n’ roll than practicalities, is just the ticket. But while plenty of musicians over the years have gone for the messianic style, only a few have pulled it off with panache, and this got us thinking — who’s the most convincing Jesus-alike in music? In celebration of Christ’s birthday, we’ve attempted to determine just that. We started out with field of ten contenders, and we’re ranking them from bottom to top in terms of their Jesus Quotient. Read on to find out who’s the messiah and who’s just a very naughty boy. (Disclaimer: this is all a bit of fun, so please don’t take it all too seriously/take offense/condemn us to eternal damnation.)


    Matisyahu
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    Up until last week, this “Hasidic rapper” would have been a contender. But he’s an early scratching now that the beard’s gone. Sorry, Matthew Miller, no JQ for you.
    Jesus Quotient (JQ): Disqualified

    Warren Ellis
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    If Jesus had lived to have a mid-life crisis, he might have looked something like Ellis, whose gradual metamorphosis from cleanish-cut-although-admittedly-somewhat-odd Dirty Three violinist to bearded Grinderman/Bad Seeds wildman was one of the more curious ongoing spectacles of the 2000s. Ellis’s beard needs its own ZIP code these days, and is probably a bit too wild for messianic purposes — we’re not sure we could ever see Jesus gobbing up in the air and letting it land on his face, either.
    JQ: 5/10

    Chris Cornell
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    Part of Cornell’s post-Scream rehabilitation has involved the singer regrowing his hair and rejoining Soundgarden. It’s like the last 20 years never happened! Cornell certainly struck a pretty convincing Jesus Christ pose back in the day, although even then his moustache was more Kirk Hammett than Son of God, and in any case, we can’t imagine that anyone receiving divine guidance would have thought it was a good idea to make a record with Timbaland.
    JQ: 6/10

    Kyp Malone
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    We’re big fans of religious kitsch, and so it was that we jumped on the opportunity to buy a wind-up Jesus doll a few years back. Impressively, the doll came as black or white Jesus, depending on personal taste, and the black version that we decided on was a dead ringer for TV on the Radio’s multi-instrumentalist and resident sonic visionary Kyp Malone. We’re looking forward to winding it up again this Christmas.
    JQ: 7/10

    Jim Morrison
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    He definitely had a messiah complex, what with his flowing locks and the famous crucifix pose he struck for photographer Joel Brodsky’s photo “Young Lion” in 1967. The problem is that by the time he’d affected a suitable beard, he’d also devolved from a charismatic youthful superstar into a slobbering alcoholic. You definitely lose points for such things.
    JQ: 7/10

    Ted Nugent
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    The Nuge has been doing his best Jesus impression since the 1970s, and neither age nor an ongoing descent into self-parodic lunacy have diminished his determination to look as much like the Messiah as possible. His pro-hunting, anti-everything-else politics are a big hit with the Christian right, too. However, his recent penchant for tying up his hair under a cowboy hat — along with his ongoing love for toting AK-47s on stage — mean his JQ isn’t as high as it might once have been.
    JQ: 7/10

    Dave Grohl
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    Hair: check. Beard: check. Charisma: check. Ability to turn the other cheek repeatedly when attacked by Courtney Love: check. Grohl certainly ticks all the boxes. He’s the great all-rounder of rock ‘n’ roll Jesusdom — he does everything well, but there are others who do other things better. Like, for instance…
    JQ: 8/10

    Sam Beam
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    As quiet an achiever in the Jesus stakes as he is a quiet achiever in the music world, Sam Beam — better known as Iron & Wine — has unassumingly staked his claim for top place with consistent and diligent beard and hair growth since 2004. These days, they’re in exceptional shape, and they place Beam on the podium for our rankings. In a less Jesus-heavy profession, he’d walk into top spot. But there are the true messiah-alikes still to come.
    JQ: 9/10

    John Lennon
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    Liverpool’s most famous peacenik was a pioneer in the looking-like-Jesus stakes. His band might have been bigger than Jesus, but Lennon wasn’t above aping JC’s style, either with his beard/flowing mane combination or his well-intentioned but somewhat wooly political rhetoric.
    JQ: 10/10

    John Frusciante
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    But wait, even though Lennon scores 10/10, we’ve got someone who can trump him in the Jesus stakes. Step forward, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar genius John Frusciante. Those photos speak for themselves, really, don’t they?
    JQ: 11/10

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    Zooey Deschanel cracks a cute smile as she arrives at Fox’s The X Factor season finale held at CBS Television City on Thursday (December 22) in Los Angeles.

    The 31-year-old Elf actress, wearing Erin Fetherston, attended the show representing her site hellogiggles.

    If you’re in the holiday spirit and can’t get enough of Zooey, also check out her Christmas album “A Very She & Him Christmas.” She joins Matt Ward for a third time in the new indie-folk album which features 12 holiday classics including Zooey’s famous rendition of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’.













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    After hiring Monster director Patty Jenkins and then letting her go, Marvel has finally settled on a director for Thor 2, and hopefully for good this time. According to Deadline, Alan Taylor has gotten the job, charged with directing the sequel set for a November 15 release date next year, with the entire original cast slated to return.

    Taylor was one of two names on a rumored shortlist to replace Jenkins, thanks to his work directing episodes of Game of Thrones most recently but also a career that includes TV work on Sex and the City and Deadwood, and features like Palookaville and Kill the Poor. This is by far the director's biggest gig, which fits with the strategy Marvel has employed for years of hiring low-profile or otherwise cheap directors to kick off their superhero franchises. Jon Favreau was the actor-turned-director behind Elf when Marvel hired him to make Iron Man 2, and though Thor's Kenneth Branagh and The Avengers's Joss Whedon are fairly well known, neither are marquee directing names like, say, Christopher Nolan. Marvel seems to be saying consistently that the characters, not the directors, are the stars here, and hiring Taylor fits right into that strategy.

    It's unclear how Taylor's hiring might fit in with Natalie Portman's reported unhappiness about Patty Jenkins being fired, but since Portman is contractually required to be in the sequel, we may never find out. Any Game of Thrones fans out there who want to fill us in on Taylor's skills and predict how well he'll do with Thor 2

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    TMZ has obtained a police report that reveals new details about Amber Portwood's arrest last week -- turns out the controlled substances she was busted for were a variety of prescription pills ... most of which she couldn't produce prescriptions for.

    As TMZ first reported, the "Teen Mom" star was popped back on December 19 on the possession charge as well as failing to provide a urine sample (which is part of her probation).

    According to an affidavit given by Sgt. John Branson of the Anderson Police Department, the probation department visited Amber's home on December 16 because she had missed her probation appointment that day. Sgt. Branson says the probation officers found Portwood to be "very groggy."

    Sgt. Branson goes on to explain the probation officers found a number of prescription pills (all mixed together in one bottle) and Portwood could not provide a script for majority of them ... at one point saying "her housekeeper throws all that kind of stuff away."

    The officers later determined Portwood had 32 Hydrocodone pills, 6 Soma pills, 2 of another muscle relaxer, 3 of a different kind of Hyrdocodone, and then 1 pill they were unable to identify.

    Portwood has been in jail since December 19 and is due to face a judge on January 13.

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