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    Even when not starring in a major network drama, the "X-Files" star stays busy.



    Gillian Anderson is no stranger to Reddit -- the prolific actress most recently seen on NBC's "Crisis" and "Hannibal" has conducted several Ask Me Anything interviews over the past few years. But apparently she sometimes checks in on threads related to the show that first introduced her talents.

    A recent Reddit post, featuring a photoshopped depiction of what user thepizzapeople deemed to be "My favorite X-Files episode formula," has attracted over 1,400 comments -- one of which appears to be from the actress herself:



    If, in proud Agent Scully tradition, you're skeptical about the verity of this post, note that it comes from her official account (which she used for past Reddit postings). She's also previously mentioned that "Bad Blood" is one of her favorite episodes.

    Unrelated to Reddit, but still exciting for Anderson fans: On September 16, Fathom Events will be screening in theaters the London stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," in which she stars as Blanche Dubois.
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  • 09/10/14--19:58: Hell's Kitchen SEASON 13!!
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    CHEF GORDON RAMSAY OPENS THE DOORS OF “HELL’S KITCHEN” ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON 13 PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, ON FOX

    Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of HELL’S KITCHEN with a special, two-hour Season 13 premiere airing Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Once again, 18 new chefs from all walks of life will be tested like never before as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove they possess the passion, culinary ability and determination to win a life-changing grand prize: a Head Chef position at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a total prize value of $250,000. Season 13 also will feature the milestone 200th episode of HELL’S KITCHEN.

    In the first hour of the premiere episode (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Chef Ramsay extends star treatment to the newest batch of contestants when they arrive in Hollywood for a silver screen experience. But the Hollywood ending is cut short when Ramsay splits the chefs into two teams – men (Blue) vs. women (Red) – and asks them to present their signature dishes in front of a live audience. Later, the chefs struggle to work together during their first dinner service, and one team’s performance is so disappointing that Chef Ramsay forces them to leave the kitchen.

    In the second hour (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Red and Blue teams will go head-to-head and dig as many Geoduck clams out of intricate sand sculptures and then recreate Ramsay’s Geoduck sashimi. The team that creates 15 perfect dishes will soak up the sun on a luxury yacht with Chef Ramsay, while the losing team will clean up the sand and prepare the Geoduck nigiri and chowder for dinner service. At the end of another fiery dinner service, one more chef will be sent home.

    Throughout the season, the contestants will face grueling challenges, including serving a speed brunch for a culinary graduation, impressing an ultra-exclusive club with special guest judges and preparing delicious dishes for “glampers” at a nearby campsite. Also, the dinner services will be more star-studded than ever with celebrities dining at HELL’S KITCHEN, including legendary rock musician Steven Tyler of Aerosmith; talk show host Wendy Williams; NBA Champion Chris Bosh; Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix; comedian Penn Jillette, actor Lou Diamond-Phillips and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be narrowed down until only two chefs are left to compete for the HELL’S KITCHEN title.  

    Who's watching this? Episode 1 HERE!

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    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Talk About Their New Album and Close Friendship: "He Saved My Life," She Says



    On Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga, you sing a poignant jazz classic, “Lush Life.”
    TB: Lady said, “That’s one song I have to do.” She nailed it. You can hear her whole life in it.
    LG: When I was 13, I’d sing [that song] with the Regis High School boys’ choir. I didn’t understand what the lyrics were about, but I understood the melody in a very intense way. Now I know everything that song is about. When I sang it [on this album] for the first time in 15 years, I started crying. I came into the control room, had my whiskey, and Tony held me and I cried in his arms. I kept saying, “Am I a mess, Tony? I don’t want to be a mess. I want to make you proud.” He said, “No, you’re not a mess. You’re a sophisticated lady.”

    At first (or even second) glance, it’s an unlikely pairing. He’s the elegant, gentlemanly jazz icon who left his heart in San Francisco, singing classics from the Great American Songbook. She’s the dance-pop sensation known for flamboyant costumes (a meat dress, a Kermit the Frog jacket), fame-themed hits (“Paparazzi,” “Applause”), and fans dubbed Little Monsters. Yet Tony Bennett, 88, and Lady Gaga, 28, actually have a lot in common. They’re both proud Italian-American New Yorkers who cherish family; they’ve sold millions of albums, won multiple Grammys, and weathered career ups and downs; they even live near each other on Manhattan’s Central Park South. And they share a love of the music written by American masters like Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin that has resulted in a close friendship and a tuneful collaboration.

    Their first musical partnership was a sassy take on “The Lady Is a Tramp” in 2011. Now Tony and Lady (as they call each other) have recorded an album, Cheek to Cheek, due Sept. 23; highlights include buoyant duets on “Anything Goes” and the title track, as well as powerful solo renditions of “Sophisticated Lady” (his) and “Lush Life” (hers). “These songs never go out of style,” Bennett says. “Like a good black dress!” adds Lady Gaga (née Stefani Germanotta). The duo sat down in his art studio (Bennett is an accomplished painter and watercolorist; the home he shares with his wife of seven years, Susan Crow, is nearby) to talk about music and how he helped her through a troubling time when, she says, “I didn’t even want to sing anymore.”



    PARADE: How did you two meet?
    TONY BENNETT: At a benefit concert. It was the first time I heard Lady perform, and I could not believe the audience’s reaction. I went backstage, and she was there with her parents.
    LADY GAGA: I walked offstage sweating, and they said, “Mr. Tony Bennett wants to meet you.” My father got all choked up, and my mother said, “Oh, I need to fix my hair!” We all had champagne. I was so happy to meet him.
    TB: The first thing I said was, “Let’s do an album together.” And she said, “Okay.” That quick. I just love what she did on this album. She’s up there with Ella Fitzgerald, who was the greatest singer in the world.
    LG: Working with Tony has reaffirmed everything I knew but that you start to forget when your life changes and it gets really noisy. For ­Tony, it’s all about great music.

    How did you each start out in music?
    TB: I attended the American Theatre Wing School in New York [after serving in combat in World War II]. The first thing they taught me is to only sing quality—intelligent songs. Never treat the audience disrespectfully. It was a wonderful lesson. I had a teacher on 52nd Street, Mimi Spear; she said to me, “Don’t imitate another singer, because you’ll just be one of the chorus if you do. To learn how to phrase, study musicians—a piano player, a saxophone player—and see how they’re phrasing.” I took her advice. It sounds so simple, but if you just be yourself, you’re different than anyone else.
    LG: I studied art history and music at NYU. After one year, I said, “I already know about music. I need to go out and play it.” My parents were very mad at me. I said, “Just give me a year to make something happen.” And I got jobs—a coatroom girl, a waitress. Were you a singing waiter, Tony?
    TB: [laughs] Oh, yeah. We did the same thing!
    LG: I tried to get gigs downtown, and after a few years I had a little following. Then some people tried to control me. On my earlier records they wanted to make my voice more electronic and auto-tuned for radio. That’s why this album with Tony is so amazing, because he’s hearing me sing raw, without any of that. And he’s protecting me from people trying to control what I sound like.

    Tony, you sang in jazz clubs. But Lady Gaga, when you started making it, you had to fill stadiums, right?
    LG: I didn’t have to, but I feel fortunate that my first album [2008’s The Fame] sold 17 million. Who knows why? [laughs] Yes, we filled stadiums, but that doesn’t mean it will last a lifetime.

    You don’t believe it will?
    LG: I want it to. I have to make music; I love it.



    You both became famous early on. Why was fame important to you?
    TB: My ambition was to help my mother after my father died [when Bennett was 10]. She was raising three children, working [as a seamstress] for a penny a dress. Fortunately, my first hit record became so big I was able to transplant my mother into nature in Englewood, New Jersey.
    LG: Tony, you’re such a good man. So sweet! You sound like my boyfriend, Taylor [actor Taylor Kinney]. He always says, “I just want to make it for my mom.” I feel the same way.

    On Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga, you sing a poignant jazz classic, “Lush Life.”
    TB: Lady said, “That’s one song I have to do.” She nailed it. You can hear her whole life in it.
    LG: When I was 13, I’d sing [that song] with the Regis High School boys’ choir. I didn’t understand what the lyrics were about, but I understood the melody in a very intense way. Now I know everything that song is about. When I sang it [on this album] for the first time in 15 years, I started crying. I came into the control room, had my whiskey, and Tony held me and I cried in his arms. I kept saying, “Am I a mess, Tony? I don’t want to be a mess. I want to make you proud.” He said, “No, you’re not a mess. You’re a sophisticated lady.”

    “Lush Life” is about loss, failure, and heartache. Did the song hit you as hard as it did because you’ve had some problems recently? [Lady Gaga had hip surgery last year and in November ­parted ways with her manager.]
    LG: It’s heartbreaking. Six months ago I didn’t even want to sing anymore.
    TB: Do you know what Duke Ellington said? He said, “Number one, don’t quit. Number two, listen to number one.”
    LG: Right! The other day, Tony said, “I’ve ­never once in my career not wanted to do this.” It stung. Six months ago I didn’t feel that way. I tell Tony every day that he saved my life.

    You felt like giving up? Why?
    LG: I’m not going to say any names, but people get irrational when it comes to ­money—with how they treat you, with what they expect from you. … But if you help an artist, it doesn’t give you the right, once the artist is big, to take advantage of them. … I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead. And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice. [She begins to cry.]
    TB: [quietly] I understand. [He holds her hand.]
    LG: It meant a lot to me, Tony. I don’t have many people I can relate to.

    People you can relate to, or people you can trust?
    LG: Both.

    How do famous people know if someone truly loves them and isn’t just using them?
    TB: Well, you stay close to your family. Lady does. That’s what I did. [In 1979, Bennett’s career and finances were in turmoil, and his sons helped him turn things around.] I made a very good move when I said, “I’m going to have my son [Danny] manage me.” My other son [Dae] is my engineer on my ­recordings—he’s fantastic.
    LG: What Tony’s trying to say in a nice way is that you can’t trust anybody.

    No one?
    LG: You can trust your family. You know, there were people I was sure were my friends. … I’m still learning. Now I’m a lot more careful.
    TB: I have a great friend from when I was a singing waiter in Astoria [in Queens]. He has a little group that plays on Thursdays in a restaurant there. He’s still the same guy; I’m still the same. It has nothing to do with fame or success. He’s just happy to see me. And that’s the real thing.

    What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from each other?
    TB: Nobody has communicated with the public more than Lady Gaga. Ever. I trust the audience, and I’m very impressed. As far as they’re concerned, she’s part of their family. The only guy who ever did that was Bing Crosby, years ago.

    What have you learned from Tony?
    LG: That it’s important to stay true to yourself. When I came into this with Tony, he didn’t say, “You’ve got to take off all the crazy outfits and just sing.” He said, “Be yourself.”… You know, people wrote a lot of things about my last album, Artpop, which was very controversial. If it didn’t grab the whole world the way The Fame Monster did, that’s okay, because I know it’s good. That’s what Tony has taught me, that my intuition is right. When he talks about the 66 albums he’s put out, the peaks and valleys, and how it’s not about having a hit record—it’s the most inspiring thing.



    ON LADY GAGA’S TRUMPET TATTOO
    Lady Gaga displayed her trumpet tattoo on the Today Show July 29.
    LG: I went with my buddy [jazz trumpeter] Brian Newman to get this tattoo. See? [she lifts her sleeve to reveal a trumpet inked in blue on her inner right forearm]

    TB: [grinning] I drew it.

    LG: His name is right underneath. [Like Bennett’s artwork, the tattoo is signed with his given surname, Benedetto.]

    TB: It means “the blessed one.”

    LG: How true.

    TB: [touching her tattoo] That’s Miles Davis’s trumpet.

    LG: Brian Newman goes, “You’re getting a trumpet tattoo? I’m the trumpet player!” I said, “Well, you should get it too.” So we got matching tattoos and then we walked to the Lower East Side to watch these metal bands play. I was laughing because everybody was saying, “Oh, Lady Gaga’s hanging out with her old friends. She still goes to the places she once played.” I thought, if they only knew. Those are the only places I hang out. I don’t go to modern nightclubs or celebrity parties. That’s not me at all.



    ON HOW CELEBRITY CULTURE HAS CHANGED SINCE TONY BENNETT BECAME A STAR
    LG: It’s changed a lot. Celebrity culture now is a culture of humiliation. For young people it’s cool to not care and to be rude and crass. That’s not the way to act…. We’re all being poisoned by what we watch, listen to, read. Everyone’s using the headline that’s going to get them the most clicks. They don’t care about doing the right thing. It’s all about scandal, and selling, and celebrity. When young people finally realize this is happening, there is going to be a revolution. I really hope that this album can be part of that. We say, “You can listen to timeless, beautiful music that’s honest and authentic.”



    LADY GAGA ON WHETHER SHE WANTS TO START A FAMILY
    LG: I thought I did, because I was feeling kind of finished with all of the chaos of my life. But then I started to spend a lot more time with Tony, and everything just became simpler, more pure, and more perfect. Now I think I’m going to take a lot more time before I have kids and settle down. I just want to sing.



    ON PERFORMING TOGETHER FOR THE OBAMAS AT AN INAUGURATION EVENT IN JANUARY 2013
    LG: It’s an honor to have a hit record like “Bad Romance.” But a more wonderful moment was having Tony ask me to sing “Lady Is a Tramp” with him for the president of the United States.

    TB: I ran into the president recently and he said, “Are you still working with Lady Gaga?” [laughs]

    Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! will air on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Oct. 24 on PBS (check local listings).

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    The Clinton Global Initiative will mark its 10th anniversary with a star-studded Manhattan gala and internationalized awards ceremony Sept. 21, honoring, among others, Leonardo DiCaprio for his environmental activism and the president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, for peacemaking.

    While the initiative’s annual meetings always have attracted an A-list of the world's activists, along with movers and shakers from commerce and government, this year’s celebratory anniversary includes an expanded entertainment component. Seth Meyers will host the gathering’s kick-off event, the 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards, featuring performances by Aloe Blacc, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz and Raining Jane and The Roots. The awards themselves will be presented by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria and Randy Jackson, the event’s music producer.

    “Collaboration and turning ideas into action are core to the ethos of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation, where partnerships in global health, education and fighting climate change are improving the lives of millions of people around the world,” Chelsea Clinton told The Hollywood Reporter. “Hollywood likewise relies on collaboration to bring creative visions to life and has been an excellent partner to the Foundation across a number of our efforts. My family is grateful that some of the most talented, caring and engaged artists in entertainment will help us shine a light on this year’s Clinton Global Citizen Award honorees and their extraordinary commitments and work to strengthen communities around the world."

    Former President Bill Clinton, who will attend along with former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and their daughter Chelsea, launched the awards to honor outstanding individuals in civil society (including the entertainment industry, philanthropy, public service and the private sector), who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership and impact in addressing global challenges.

    Apart from DiCaprio, who recently donated $7 million to protect the world's oceans, and Jahjaga, who not only promoted reconciliation with Serbia but also EU membership for her nation, this year’s honorees include Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez, for their work on behalf of farm workers throughout the United States, and Hayat Sindi, for her efforts to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young people in the Middle East.

    Jackson, who is in his second year as the event's music producer, said it's important that the performances at the awards ceremony reflect the "collaborative effort so that speaks to the core of what the Clinton Global Initiative is all about."

    "There will be all types of music from all walks of life," he said. "The impact of the Clintons' work around the world is just astounding. I've met Bill and Hillary over the years. What they've done is just amazing to me. It's about trying to change the world and I wanted to be a part of that."

    Just as the annual Davos meeting in Switzerland has become the premier international form for those hoping to profit from the globalized economy, the Clinton Initiative has become the year’s top international forum for those interested in social and environmental change. This year’s gathering will bring more than 1,000 global leaders from business, government, and civil society to create and implement “commitments” — programs designed to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

    Along with the Clintons, this year’s attendees will include President Barack Obama; Jordanian King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein; Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Company; Matt Damon, co-founder or Water.org; Melinda French Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jim Yong Kim, president of World Bank Group; Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group; former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr., chairman of the Paulson Institute; Ginni Rometty, chairman, president & CEO of IBM; Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation; and Muhammad Yunus, chairman of Yunus Social Business — Global Initiatives.




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    In the new trailer, the newest addition to the franchise is a very familiar sequence of events: love triangles, drama and a little music. “Hollywood, the city where fame is the game,” the voiceover asserts. “In this town, perception is everything… but nothing is ever what it seems.”

    Teairra Mari and former fling Ray J exchange words as she is upset about him moving on after their breakup. “I don’t wanna hear about you in yo new spot with yo new bitch,” she yells from the back of her SUV. “I might sock that bitch in the face when I see her.”

    Staying true to her word, Teairra is seen in a fighting with Ray J’s new love. She also blows up on him when he brings her belongings to a hair salon and dumps them on the floor in front of everyone.

    Omarion is preparing to start a family with his backup vocalist Apryl Jones, but finds himself caught in the middle of his girlfriend and mom’s fiery feud. His former B2K bandmate Lil Fizz is considering settling down with new flame Amanda Secor, much to the dismay of his baby-mama, Moneice Slaughter.

    Before the trailer ends, we see plenty of feuds and fights as the voiceover is sure to let us know, “It ain’t all fair in love and hip hop.”














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    American singer Hilary Duff poses during a photo shoot at the Intercontinental Hotel on September 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Duff is in Sydney to promote her new single 'All About You'.












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    The sound is just ok... I saw her live at Coachella (wk 2) and I was absolutely mesmerized. I'm starting to think she sounds better in person vs. being recorded but who knows. Her amazing debut album SOULED OUT is available online and in stores now!!

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  • 09/10/14--23:44: I met Mr Brainwash today
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    Mr. Brainwash is either a terrible artist or a great work of art. Whatever he is, he was apparently in lower Manhattan today, putting up an enormous, garish 9/11 mural on a department store across from the World Trade Center site.


    Mr. Brainwash, for those who don't follow the arcane world of street art, gained fame after appearing in Exit Through the Gift Shop, a 2010 film by the shadowy, astonishingly popular stencil artist Banksy. The film, ostensibly a documentary, follows Thierry Guetta, a talentless hanger-on who finds success and acclaim after christening himself Mr. Brainwash and leveraging his connections with big names like Banksy himself. The moral—that art, like any other industry, is largely about who you know and how much money you have—rings true. Almost too true, given Banksy's well-documented art-market pranksterism.

    "Riddle? Yes. Enigma? Sure. Documentary?" asked a 2010 New York Times headline. "Is Banksy's Mr. Brainwash an Art-World Borat?" wondered New York mag. (Their assessment, after viewing an exhibition: "The show was so wretchedly derivative, repetitive, and insultingly insipid that we felt it could only have been an intentional prank.")

    So either Banksy is pulling the strings, and Brainwash is the most interesting artwork he's ever produced, or he simply lucked into an illuminating subject for a documentary. Maybe it's some mixture of the two: Banksy set up a situation that made for good filmmaking, and Guetta recognized a good opportunity and ran with it.

    In any case, Mr. Brainwash is still making and selling work. He's responsible for the "remixed" version of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe that adorned Celebration,Madonna's latest greatest hits collection, and now, this 9/11 mural. If it's a joke, Century 21, which commissioned the piece, doesn't appear to be in on it. Company co-owner and so-called art aficionado Isaac Gindi said in a statement today:



    "When Mr. Brainwash came to us with this idea we were honored. We are such big fans of his work and loved the idea of showing our support and dedication for the Downtown community and NYC's bravest and finest right on our building. His piece exemplifies a tribute to the resiliency of New York City and all Americans after 9/11."


    The piece itself, which reads "WE LOVE NEW YORK" and depicts a heart and an American flag, isn't particularly offensive or anything, but it's not particularly good, either. That it exists at all is very weird. According to Time Out,it will stay up for the next three weeks.

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  • 09/10/14--23:46: ONTD is educational, ya'll
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    PRETORIA, South Africa — After months of hearings, the judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said on Thursday that there were “not enough facts” for him to be found guilty of premeditated murder, the most serious charge facing the double amputee track star.

    The judge, Thokozile Matilda Masipa, also found that Mr. Pistorius could not be found guilty of a lesser form of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, when he shot and killed her in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. Sitting in a woooden dock, Mr. Pistorius sobbed as the judge spoke.

    In a lengthy recitation of the facts, Judge Masipa said that Mr. Pistorius had acted “unlawfully,” but did not immediately disclose her ruling on the lesser charge of culpable homicide which would bring a lower sentence than murder charges she dismissed.

    The judge said that Mr. Pistorius had been a “very poor witness” who had delivered evasive and inconsistent testimony under harsh cross-examination.



    Mr. Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering Ms. Steenkamp at his villa in a gated complex in Pretoria, the South African capital. He has said he awoke from his bed and heard what sounded like a window opening in the bathroom, convincing him that an intruder had entered his home.

    Then, walking on the stumps of his legs in a darkened passageway, with a handgun thrust out before him, he opened fire on a locked toilet door. Only later, he testified, did he suspect that Ms. Steenkamp was inside and did he break down the door with a cricket bat to discover her bloodstained body.

    “Before I knew it, I had fired four shots at the door,” Judge Masipa quoted Mr. Pistorius as saying, as she recited the various ways he described the shooting during the trial. At times, he said he shot “in the belief that the intruders were coming out” to attack him. At other moments, he said “he never intended to shoot anyone” and had not fired purposefully at the door, the judge said. Part of Mr. Pistorius’s evidence, she said, was “inconsistent with someone who shot without thinking.”

    Ms. Steenkamp, Judge Masipa added, “was killed under very peculiar circumstances.” While questions remained, “what is not conjecture is that the accused armed himself with a loaded firearm.” But the evidence that he committed premeditated murder was “purely circumstantial.”

    “The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” she said. “There are not enough facts.”

    But, she continued, “there is no doubt that when the accused fired shots through the toilet door he acted unlawfully.”

    After 41 days of testimony, spread over months since the trial opened in March, it was not clear when the judge would finally pronounce a verdict. Some South African legal specialists said the hearing could run into Friday. While she accepted that Mr. Pistorius “would feel vulnerable” because of his disability,” the judge said, he had been “a very poor witness” and had been evasive and “lost his composure” under cross-examination.

    Until the killing, Mr. Pistorius, who had challenged able-bodied runners only months earlier at the London Olympics in 2012, seemed to be reveling in a glittery career of sporting success and celebrity acclaim.

    Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and black tie, Mr. Pistorius sat in the wooden dock as the judge read to a courtroom packed with lawyers, journalists and relatives of both Ms. Steenkamp and Mr. Pistorius. At times, the athlete, who has wept, wailed and retched during earlier hearings, seemed to be struggling to contain his emotions. Apart from the murder charge, Mr. Pistorius also faces three counts relating to firearms offenses.

    The athlete, Judge Masipa said, had denied the state’s accusation that he killed Ms. Steenkamp after an argument, and had denied that he acted with premeditation. She said it was “common cause” that, after the shooting, Mr. Pistorius broke down the locked toilet cubicle door, cried out for help and was in an emotional state.

    Judge Masipa said the issues were limited to whether Mr. Pistorius “had the requisite intention” to commit murder and “whether there was any premeditation.”

    “There were no eyewitnesses,” Judge Masipa said, and the only people at the scene when the shooting happened were Mr. Pistorius and Ms. Steenkamp.

    The fascination with the trial, which was initially set to last three weeks, has been compared in South Africa and elsewhere to the attention paid to the O.J. Simpson case in the United States.

    Mr. Pistorius has not disputed that he fired four rounds through the toilet cubicle door, killing Ms. Steenkamp, a law graduate, model and budding television personality. But while the prosecution has said he committed premeditated murder, the athlete, nicknamed the Blade Runner for the scythe-like prosthetic limbs he uses to compete, insists he killed her by mistake, believing an intruder had entered his home.

    As the trial unfolded, the defense and the prosecution offered Jekyll-and-Hyde depictions of Mr. Pistorius’s character.

    The prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, described him as trigger-happy, mendacious, narcissistic and prone to rage. By contrast, the lead defense lawyer, Barry Roux, sought to present him as anxious, vulnerable and fearful of South Africa’s violent crime, laboring under the psychological burden of growing up since the age of 11 months with both legs amputated below the knee.

    In part, the trial has been held up as evidence of a dramatic reversal of South Africa’s white-dominated apartheid-era legal system. In 1998, four years after South Africa’s first democratic election, Judge Masipa, who is 66 today, became only the second black female judge to be appointed to the High Court. Born in a poor township, she had been a social worker and newspaper journalist before studying law at the height of the apartheid era. Now, under South African judicial protocols, lawyers and witnesses are obliged to address her with the honorific “My Lady.”

    But the trial has also highlighted the country’s continued racial preoccupations and its high levels of crime against women. In other cases, Ms. Masipa has handed down tough sentences in cases of rape and violence against women.

    Ms. Masipa said on Thursday that it would be “fruitless” to rehash every single item of evidence in the trial, but she had considered them all and would summarize them. She said witnesses had been confused about the sounds they heard coming from Mr. Pistorius’s upscale villa, including screams, gunshots and the strikes of the cricket bat the athlete used to break down the toilet door after the shooting.


    “The witnesses failed to describe the events in the same way,” she said.

    Judge Masipa said the second-by-second timeline of events would help her determine whether Mr. Pistorius had “direct intention” to kill Ms. Steenkamp. She also alluded to the question of whether the prosecution had proved its case “beyond reasonable doubt.” After almost two hours of reading her judgment in a calm and dispassionate voice, the judge had given no indication of the likely verdict.

    Judge Masipa dismissed two elements in the prosecution case relating to the state of Mr. Pistorius’s relationship with Ms. Steenkamp as revealed in text messages and to suggestions that she had eaten far later in the evening than the runner had maintained. “None of this evidence proves anything,” she said of the text messages which, the prosecution said, revealed that the runner’s relationship with Ms. Steenkamp was broken.

    “Normal relationships are dynamic,” Ms. Masipa said. “Human beings are fickle.”

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    Fucking scumbag. To completely get off is bullshit.

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    Mike Tyson went on CP24 yesterday to promote his show "The Undisputed Truth." They started talking about Mayor Ford and how Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist and that might hurt Ford's campaign and Tyson just says it like it is.

    NSFW? Has some foul language.


    Honestly I think the host deserved it. Someone is gettnig fired on CP24 lol
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    British GQ releases six new covers for its October 2014 issue. Photographed in tuxedos, Colin Firth, Pharrell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ringo Starr and Jonah Hill are joined by GQ’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Kim Kardashian.



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    WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Wednesday's Graceland finale. Read at your own risk.]

    Did yet another beloved TV character just bite the dust? After a TV season filled with heartbreaking casualties courtesy of The Good Wife and Game of Thrones, few were likely expecting USA's sun-soaked sophomore drama Graceland to add to the body count. However, in the final moments of the Season 2 finale, FBI Agent Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) appeared to die after dirty cop Sid (Carmine Giovinazzo) came to his hospital room and cut off his air supply, knowing full well that Mike's lungs had collapsed in surgery. Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) rushed into Mike's room right after only to find Mike without a pulse and flat-lining as the doctors rushed into try to save him. So is Mike really dead? And if so, what does that mean for the show? TVGuide.com spoke to creator and executive producer Jeff Eastin to get all our burning questions answered.

    Is Mike dead? Because he looks pretty dead.
    Jeff Eastin:
    Let's put it this way: He looks pretty dead to me. I'm not supposed to say officially yes or no, but I'll just say he looks pretty dead to me.

    Although his heart stops in this finale, I think most fans will assume that because he is one of the two lead characters, he can't die. Is that true? Should fans still be worried about Mike?
    Eastin:
    This wasn't a last-minute decision to try and do something exciting. This is something we've been thinking about for a long time, which is Briggs, Mike and everybody else in the house, the decisions they make ultimately have costs. Whether it's Johnny's story, which going into Season 3 is one I'm really excited about, where Carlito's putting him in a position to betray the house to save the woman he loves and puts Johnny in a really tough spot. Going into it, it was the decision Johnny made. He chose to fall in love with Lucia. He could have backed off at any time and Jakes kept warning him. ... the same with Mike. Mike at any point could have said, "Look, maybe I take the loss on this one and shut down the house." But instead he tried so hard to keep Lena alive and everything else and ended up in this spot.

    As Sid is closing off Mike's air supply, he talks about killing off the rest of the Graceland team. Will Sid be back next season? Why does he seem so determined to kill not just Mike but everybody in the house?

    Eastin: Those last lines to Mike really are what our intentions are for Season 3. He says to Mike, "I know all of your roommates." He knows all of them. He knows who Paige is. He knows Briggs. He knows Mike. And ultimately, he's working with Carlito, who knows Johnny and Jakes. The whole story comes wrapped up and the only person who knows he's been in that house for sure is Mike and with Mike gone, then he's free and clear to do it. Carmine Giovinazzo, who plays Sid, we got to know each other on Shasta McNasty, which is the first show I ever did on UPN. I just knew what a really good actor he was and so I had been looking for something to bring him on that was a little more long-term than just playing the villain of the week. ... The network really liked him and I think he did a really great job with the character. For us, it was a no brainer to say this is the guy going into Season 3 that we're going to pit against the house.

    Paige helped Sid find Mike. Why did she give him up?
    Eastin:
    I love the moment where Mike says, "It's good that the family believes." "Believes what?" "Believes that she's doing OK." There's that moment where Paige processes it and realizes that it's all been bullsh--. Maybe Mike's intent was never to betray her, but, like the Tin Man trying to have a heart, ultimately he sent the letter to convince this family their daughter was OK and knowing full well that he did incinerate her body. In that moment, it all comes full circle for Paige. The emotions he's dragged her through: falling in love, then feeling betrayed and that he had done these horrible things to this woman she cares about, then feeling that she had been wrong about it and then to have it all ripped back and realize she was right — for us, it really left her no choice. For her, the scales have to be balanced. To balance that scale, Mike needs to die. Obviously her dealing with that decision will figure very heavily into the next season.

    Another big complication is that Charlie was able to keep the baby despite being kidnapped. How did you decide to let her keep the baby?

    Eastin: The decision there was two parts. One was ultimately for her to lose the baby. Vanessa, who really is a mother, she said to us, and I agreed with her, "This is a big thing to have Charlie gone through the emotional wringer like that." What we didn't want to do was have her lose the baby and not be able to give it sort of the time it deserved. Let her go through the pain that I think Charlie needs to go through. She does lose the baby. ... Charlie's going to be dealing with that quite a bit next year so let's put it this way: She hasn't lost the baby yet.

    In light of everything that happens in this finale, how do you envision changing the show next year? What do you see as the theme if the show comes back next season?
    Eastin:
    We started looking at what worked and what didn't. One thing that we realized was Briggs' character had taken a bit of a backseat early on in the season and we want to bring Briggs really back to the forefront. ... A lot of things are also based around the idea of these friendships. The idea is that Graceland is a sanctuary. Behind these walls, they can relax and drop their guard and we've done our best in the first two seasons to fracture that. So a lot of what Season 3 will become is really trying to restore order out of the chaos that we've created and, of course, that will not run smooth at all.


    What did you think of the Graceland season finale? Did you think Mike is really gone? Will you miss him?

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    Steven Bauer and his much younger teenage girlfriend stepped out for lunch on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    The 57-year-old actor and 18-year-old self-described activist Lyda Loudon enjoyed healthy food at a vegan eatery in the Studio City area.

    The duo made their debut as a couple in July when they walked the red carpet together at the premiere of the comedy Magic In The Moonlight in Hollywood.

    They appeared to be going strong on Wednesday despite the 39-year age difference.

    Lyda is an aspiring journalist who already has founded the non-profit L3 Foundation devoted to empowering the Millenial generation, according to her website.

    She also serves as the host of the radio show Sarcasm overdose, a program that fuses political commentary with pop culture.

    Lyda is the daughter of former Missouri State Senator John Loudon and his wife, conservative radio show host Dr. Gina.(come get your fucking daughter)

    Steven is perhaps best known for portraying Manny Ribera in the 1983 crime drama Scarface starring Al Pacino.

    The actor was previously married to Melanie Griffith and they have a 28-year-old son Alexander together.

    Steven's second and third marriages also ended in divorce.





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    Que hombre tan asqueroso. She looks like a child.

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    The Season 2 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" got busted for assault ... but he tells TMZ he's the one who got beat down by a security guard during an autograph session.

    James Ross, who goes by Tyra Sanchez, tells TMZ he was signing autographs at the Rainbow-Cactus Company in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago ... when a guy in the crowd started heckling him.

    Tyra claims he approached the man to try to calm the situation, but a security guard for the venue suddenly grabbed him, slammed him to the ground, and cuffed him ... though he eventually let him go. He claims he suffered a cut to his head, a sprained shoulder, and bruises.

    On Monday, Tyra went to police to file charges against the venue ... only to discover there was a warrant out for HIS arrest. He says he turned himself in, posted bond, and was released.


    Tyra says he still plans to take legal action against the guard and the Rainbow-Cactus Company. We haven't heard back from the venue.

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    We followed Taylor Swift for days, getting all the details on her pop coming-out party, 1989 — and learned a little about living under the constant eye of the paparazzi to boot. Here's 22 facts from the co-author of "22" that couldn't fit into this issue's cover story, from why Lena Dunham thinks she's a little bit like a 90-year-old to why it's impossible to keep a steady romantic relationship.


    She used to get drunk and cry about Joni Mitchell.
    "When I first started drinking — when I was like 21 — I used to cry about Joni Mitchell all the time after a few glasses of wine," Swift says. "All my friends would know, once I started crying about Joni Mitchell, it was time for me to go to bed."

    She's surprisingly proud of being able to do splits.
    Hanging on the wall in Swift's new apartment — near dozens of Polaroids of Swift's family and friends — is a photo of her doing splits. "I was the kid in elementary school who could never do them," she explains. "So it was a big goal of mine." In order to pull it off, she spent four months stretching every single day. "It was really hard and painful," she says. "No one could understand why it was so important to me." But in the end, it was all worth it. As she says: "Take that, elementary school insecurities."

    Despite the rumors, Swift says she and Selena Gomez never had beef.
    Last August, the gossip press reported that Swift and her pal Gomez weren't on speaking terms because of the latter's involvement with Justin Bieber. Not true, says Swift. "People think they have my relationships all mapped out. There were all these blogs, like, 'Are they feuding? Are they fighting?' Meanwhile Selena and I would be on the phone that night, laughing about it. We let them have that one."

    She's grown a little disillusioned with love.
    There's a song on the new album in which Swift takes a fatalist view of romance. "I think the way I used to approach relationships was very idealistic," she says. "I used to go into them thinking, 'Maybe this is the one — we'll get married and have a family, this could be forever.' Whereas now I go in thinking, 'How long do we have on the clock — before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn't a good idea?'"(haylor, anyone?)

    When it comes to breaking up, Swift is a rip-off-the-Band-Aid type.
    "Once you've established that someone doesn't belong in your life, I don't understand what more there is to talk about," she says. "I walk away from things when they're bad. I don't stick around to watch them burn to the ground." She says when she decides a relationship has "become toxic,""I'll just check out. Stop communication. I don't want to scream and yell at someone and give them the opportunity to say I'm crazy, or that I went psycho," she says. "No one will ever be able to say I went psycho on them."


    pretend 2morrowww posted this!

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    Delta Goodrem, who was famously lambasted last month by Marlon Wayans for her awkward dance moves at a Beyonce and Jay Z concert (Read the ONTD entry HERE), released a cover of Martika's 1991 classic hit song "Love...Thy Will Be Done" ahead of her Australia/New Zealand tour with Andrea Bocelli. The Prince-penned song hit #1 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and was a Top 10 hit in the U.S., UK, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Ireland.

    https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/love-thy-will-be-done-single/id916097239

    Original video for Love...Thy Will Be Done



    Martika's live performance on The Tonight Show



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    Barbra Streisand is heading back to late-night TV after a very long time away.

    Jimmy Fallon announced on Wednesday's Tonight Show that the legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress will appear on the show as both a guest and performer on Monday, Sept. 15.

    The appearance coincides with the upcoming release of Streisand's new album Partners, which will be available Sept. 16. The album features Streisand's duets with numerous high-profile vocalists, including Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Blake Shelton.

    This will be Streisand's first appearance as a late-night guest n over 50 years, according to NBC. She made a cameo appearance on a 1994 episode of CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman.

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