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    An "America's Next Top Model" contestant says producers snatched her crown AFTER she won it fair and square, because they found out ... she used to be an escort.

    Angelea Preston says things started to go South right before she taped the finale of the All-Star season in 2011. According to a lawsuit she's filing ... Preston told producers, confidentially, prior to filming the season she had been an escort for about a year -- and that spread like wildfire to the rest of the cast and crew.

    After the finale was taped -- and Preston had won the grand prize -- she says a casting director called and grilled her about the whole escort business. In the suit, Preston says she admitted it, but insists she was a legal escort and not a prostitute. Despite this, Preston was told she had violated her contract and could not be the winner.

    Preston says her pay-for-play days were well behind her when she shot the All-Star season, so therefore she did NOT break the contract. She says losing the title cost her a bunch of Vogue spreads, and a $100,000 CoverGirl deal.

    She's suing producers, networks, and studios for breach of contract and says she suffered at least $3 million in damages.

    BONUS FACT: In the suit, Preston says the models worked in torturous conditions -- like being denied food and water for 10 hours. Yes, a model is complaining about NOT eating.


    and here i thought she worked at a bank

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    BBC Two's acclaimed drama Peaky Blinders returns in October with Tom Hardy alongside Cillian Murphy

    The second series of Peaky Blinders, written and created by Steven Knight, airs this October and the big buzz surrounds the Batman connection; The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy joins Batman Begins star Cillian Murphy to play dangerous and unpredictable gang leader Alfie Solomons. The character is apparently based on a real gang leader of the 1920s.

    The acclaimed BBC Two drama takes its name from the Shelby gang's habit of wearing flat caps with razor blades hidden in the peaks. Set in post-First World War Birmingham, it drew audiences of around 2.4 million.

    The production values in the first series were phenomenal: Peaky Blinders looked as if it belonged on the silver screen thanks to beautifully crafted and shot set-pieces, stunning cinematography and a rock star swagger enhanced by the very modern music of Nick Cave, The Black Keys and The White Stripes.

    Peaky Blinders II is coming to BBC Two this October. Series one catch-up will be available from this Monday 15 September on BBC iPlayer.

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    Still no actual air date though smh.

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    In a strident display of bad taste, Urban Outfitters was selling a $130 "vintage" Kent State sweatshirt with fake blood splatter this weekend as an apparent homage to the 1970 shooting that left four dead. The sweatshirt is now listed as "sold out" in Urban Outfitter's online store. The shirt appears to have been a one-off sale, the site imploring customers, "We only have one, so get it or regret it!"

    As People discovered, the shirt appears to have gone up for sale on eBay for $550—the auction ended earlier this morning with zero bids.



    Response from Kent State University
    "May 4, 1970, was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State family. We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever.

    We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit. This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.

    We invite the leaders of this company as well as anyone who invested in this item to tour our May 4 Visitors Center, which opened two year ago, to gain perspective on what happened 44 years ago and apply its meaning to the future."

    "Apology" from UO
    "Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such. The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray. Again, we deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively and we have removed it immediately from our website to avoid further upset."

    Too soon or too soon? If you are unaware of the tragedy that happened at Kent State, educate yourself here.
    WTH at that apology? They know they did this for the attention.

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    James McAvoy has warned Scots there is “no way back” if people vote Yes for Scottish independence.

    The Scottish actor has refused to back either the pro-independence or pro-union camps in the forthcoming referendum.

    Speaking on HuffPost Live on Wednesday, the X-Men star expressed grief at what he called the “political bickering between both camps” and adding he didn’t want to “back either” even though he knew which way he was going to vote.

    “I won’t divulge partly for career preservation,” he said, adding: “I don’t want to get behind politicians.

    “Just because they’re talking about something really important, doesn’t mean they are trustworthy… and this is a humongous thing.”

    McAvoy, who is currently promoting the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, did warn that the outcome of the referendum would likely be permanent.

    “This is the first time in years a developed country has talked about splitting up and it’s a massive thing,” he said.

    “If you vote for a president or a prime minister based on political or economic issues and they don’t deliver, that’s not so bad – you can protest four years down the line and vote them out.

    “If you vote for continued unification or independence there is no protest vote – that’s it. And that could be it for decades, for centuries.”

    The 35-year-old, who was born in Port Glasgow, suggested that some Scots might vote just because politicians tell them they’re going to be “better off”, but for him it was a “matter of the heart and a matter of personal identity and national identity”.

    “Am I going to look back and think ‘I voted because I thought I’d be a bit better off or I was going to get some oil, or did I vote because I believe in Scottish identity and Scottish independence’?” he said. “That’s way more important than the political or economic arguments. Independence or unification is here to stay forever.”

    The referendum on Scottish independence takes place on 18 September.

    video of the interview at the source

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    Gay British actor Andrew Scott has insisted Pride is 'not a gay film'

    The Sherlock actor stars in the 2014 British drama film, based on the true story of how gay activists helped during the 1980s miners strike. It has already become one of the most loved releases of the year.

    But Scott insists there is more to the film than just having gay characters and a gay storyline.

    'It’s not a gay film, it’s about humanity,' he told the Huffington Post.

    'Everybody within the cast and crew responded to that feeling at the read through very passionately. They felt a huge ownership over that, whether they were men, women, gay or straight.'

    Referring to himself, he added: 'Our personal stories haven’t got anything to do with what we want for society in general.

    'I think it doesn’t matter if you’re gay playing a straight part or a straight man playing gay, as long as you’re good at it. That’s the only thing. Nobody objects if you do your job well.'

    Pride is out now in UK cinemas.


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    Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has taken advantage of a rare weekend off to watch his beloved Arsenal host champions Manchester City at the Emirates. The 29-year-old, who is a big fan of the north London side, was pictured on the side of the pitch before Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

    Hamilton found time to chat with Gunners winger Theo Walcott, who is just a few weeks away from returning from a long-term knee injury.

    The Mercedes driver is fresh from winning last weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza, a result which closed the gap on his rival Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers' world championship.

    Hamilton would had hoped for a better performance than the reverse fixture last season, where the Gunners were thumped 6-3, and he got it after a hard-fought draw. Arsene Wenger's side are unbeaten in their four games so far, having beaten Crystal Palace and drawn with Everton and Leicester City.



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    The "Django Unchained" actress who claimed she was harassed and hurt by cops after making out with her boyfriend was actually having sex in her car according to witnesses ... then went on a rant with cops accusing them of racism and not knowing who she was ... according to police audio obtained by TMZ.

    Daniele Watts had just left CBS studios in the San Fernando Valley around 2 PM Thursday. She says she was making out with her BF, but we've learned witnesses from the nearby Directors Guild office building told cops they were watching her and her BF have full-on sex in the passenger seat WITH THE DOOR OPEN!

    While Watts was gone, Sgt. Parker had a very cordial conversation with her BF Brian.

    She was apprehended by another cop a short distance away and brought back -- and things got NUCLEAR!

    Some of her choice comments:

    - "I think I'd like to identify you ... to my publicist."

    - "I serve freedom and love. You guys serve detainment. That's cool."

    - "I hope when you're f***ing your spouses you really feel alive."

    We're told she plans to file a complaint with the LAPD and has hired a lawyer.

    Listen to the audios at source.

    Check out the poll

    What you think about this ONTD? Attention whoring or racism?

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    A politician in Mexico has been roundly criticised after he called Ronaldinho an ape.

    Ronaldinho moved to Mexico to join Queretaro after leading Atletico to their first Copa Libertadores title triumph last year.

    His move had widely been greeted with excitement across the country but, sadly, not in all quarters.

    A member of the conservative National Action Party, Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez, has launched a racial tirade at the former world player of the year on Facebook.

    The offending message has now been deleted but a screenshot of which can be seen below:

    "I try to be tolerant but I hate football and the dumbing down phenomenon it causes," he wrote.

    "I hate it even more because people obstruct and flood the street, and it took me two hours to get home, and this was all for an ape; Brazilian but an ape nonetheless.

    "This has become a ridiculous circus." the post concluded.

    In response, Ronaldinho's club issued a statement calling for the politician to be punished.

    "After the shameful publication on social media by Mr Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez insulting our player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira 'Ronaldinho,' we call on the authorities to look into the matter," it said.

    When Ronaldinho was unveiled as a Queretaro player he made clear that his intentions were right in line with his reputation when it came to women and success.

    The decorated party machine was very blunt about his aims at his first press conference.

    "I've always lived in the same way and with every team I've been a champion. I hope to keep doing the same and continue winning titles and girls," he told Mundo Deportivo.

    At 34-years-old, it seems Ronaldinho has decided to be upfront about the lifestyle that has prompted many clubs and critics to question his commitment to the game.


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    Young comedian Pete Davidson will join "Saturday Night Live” as a featured player, a spokeswoman for the program confirmed Monday, bringing into sharper focus the venerable late-night program’s lineup as it prepares to enter its landmark 40th season on the air.

    Davidson, just 20, may well be one of “SNL’s” youngest Not Ready For Prime Time Players. He joins the program at an age even younger than that of Jimmy Fallon when he came on board the comedy at showcase at about 22, and just slightly older than that of Eddie Murphy, who was 19 when he debuted in 1980.

    Davidson hails from New York’s Staten Island and has made appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

    He is one of just two new players show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels is adding to the ranks this season.

    “SNL” has also added Michael Che, a former writer who had left to join the ranks of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” as a co-anchor on its “Weekend Update.” As a result, Cecily Strong will cede her spot on the segment and continue on as part of the cast. Meantime, featured players Noel Wells, John Milhiser and Brooks Whelan have left the program while cast member Nasim Pedrad has departed to join the new Fox comedy “Mulaney,” also produced by Lorne Michaels.

    The “SNL” lineup for the 40th season will be: Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, Kyle Mooney, Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Sasheer Zamata.

    News of Davidson’s hire was reported previously by Deadline and other outlets.


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    LOS ANGELES -- It didn't take the Ray Rice elevator video to get Kerry Washington talking about domestic violence.

    In fact, it was the day before news outlets were looping security-camera images of the NFL running back punching out his then-fiancé Janay Palmer, that the "Scandal" actress was filming a public service announcement about a rarely discussed component of domestic violence known as financial abuse.

    "For many, many of those cases -- 98 percent of those cases -- the financial abuse is what keeps a woman trapped," Washington said. "Not being able to control your finances, destroying a woman's credit, jeopardizing her job."

    In her PSA, Washington says "one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence. Finances are almost always a weapon of choice."

    Washington rarely talks to reporters about anything outside of her work. She keeps her private life so private that many in Hollywood were surprised by the news in June 2013 that she had married former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, with whom Washington welcomed their first child, daughter Isabelle Amarachi, in April.

    Washington said she's taken guidance in her new role as working mother from her own mom, as well as another working mother: "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes.

    "I have really amazing role models and she-roes who have found ways to balance work and home life, and so I am just looking to them and trying to live in the amazing abundance of blessings that I have in my life right now," Washington said.

    "Scandal," for which Washington has earned two Emmy nominations, returns for a fourth season Sept. 25, and Washington promised season-three cliffhangers would be quickly addressed. When last we saw her character, Capitol Hill fixer Olivia Pope, she was leaving on a jet plane for points unknown.

    "I can tell you (that) you will find out where that plane is going," Washington teased at last month's Emmy Awards. " And I can tell you there's going to be a lot of (actress Darby Stanchfield's character) Abby this season. I've heard it's been called, 'The Year of Abby.'"

    One of Olivia's so-called "gladiators," Abby is a victim of domestic violence.

    "Darby Stanchfield and I, as actors, talk a lot about, 'What was that like when Olivia stepped in and took a tire iron to some guy's knee to save her girlfriend?'" Washington noted. "'What were the stakes that would make her do something like that?'"

    That "Scandal" storyline has resonated with many viewers, Washington said. "Women watch that (Abby's story) and say to Darby when they see her in public, 'I'm so glad to know that you guys aren't shying away from that issue.'"

    Washington was asked to do the domestic abuse PSA by The Allstate Foundation, which had already put into motion an initiative called "Purple Purse," to raise awareness of domestic abuse involving money. Washington said the facts and figures presented were such eye openers that she immediately agreed to serve as the campaign's spokeswoman.

    Washington also designed a symbolic purse to raise funds for the initiative. Just 500 will be produced, with some given to celebrities to chat up the cause while speaking to reporters at red carpet events. Other purses will be given to charities, some of which are expected to use them as fundraisers, with the purses ultimately going to abuse survivors.

    As Washington held one of the purses in her lap, she explained, "For me, one of the things I wanted to combine was this idea of elegance and classic traditional design, with something kind of funky and fashion forward," acknowledging she was going to have to find a few new wardrobe items that work with purple.

    Not that this will be a problem.

    Washington has been among top designers' favorites since at least 2004, when she dazzled in the big-screen "Ray." Rungs in her climb to the A-list included roles in the acclaimed films "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) and "Django Unchained" (2012).

    But it was TV's "Scandal," which debuted on ABC in 2012, that made Washington a household name and now has given her the star power to both promote causes, and produce, as well as act, in film and television projects.

    "I feel like I need to work on a whole new list of goals," Washington said. "So many of my desires and visions and dreams have already come true."


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    Miss wild child, Miley Cyrus spotted arriving at Nobu in a black beaded halter top which revealed her flat stomach in Malibu, CA. The singer and actress was seen wearing different outfit in one day. She really does make the public go woah!




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    "Blurred Lines," the pop hit that has quickly become one of the most fascinating and controversial songs of the young century, has now spawned even more to discuss thanks to the appearance of absolutely bizarre depositions given by the song's singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams. The sworn testimony, revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday, covers such subjects as authorship, song credit, drug abuse and media promotion, and with almost certainty, will change perceptions of a hit recording that was dubbed last year's Song of the Summer.

    When "Blurred Lines" was released in March 2013, the catchy harmony became a cultural phenomenon, but since then, there's been substantial reassessment of what this song is all about. In some corners of the public, "Blurred Lines," with lyrics that include "Good girl, I know you want it," has been attacked as "kind of rapey." And in the past few months, Thicke has had to endure accusations of misogyny.

    Then, there's the lawsuit filed by Thicke, Williams and song co-writer Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. intended to protect "Blurred Lines" from claims of being a rip-off. They are facing off against the children of Marvin Gaye, who in a cross-complaint accuse the plaintiffs of making an unauthorized derivative of their father's 1977 classic "Got to Give It Up."
    Last week, Gaye's family filed summary motion papers and also lodged an audio mash-up of the two songs in an effort to win the case. A good portion of the court documents were designated as confidential, but after some back-and-forth between the parties, a judge has ordered that transcripts of the celebrities' depositions shouldn't be sealed. The Hollywood Reporter has obtained copies of the sensational testimony.

    Thicke and Williams gave their depositions this past April, and they were both incredibly hostile.

    For example, when Richard Busch, attorney for the Gayes, attempted to play the mash-up for Thicke's ears, the singer begged him to stop. "It's so hard to listen to it," said Thicke, referencing a clash between major and minor chords. "It's like nails on a f—ing chalkboard... This is [like] Stanley Kubrick's movie Clockwork Orange. Where he has to sit there and watch... Mozart would be rolling in his grave right now."
    The deposition turns even more strange once Thicke is forced to explain his many statements to the media about how Gaye has inspired him. For example, he once told GQ Magazine, "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.' I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.' Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it."

    But that's not actually what happened, Thicke now admits. The singer says under oath that after writing and producing six albums himself, "I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit... I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that." In his deposition (read in full here), Thicke soon gets more specific:
    "Q: Were you present during the creation of 'Blurred Lines'?
    Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.
    Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?
    Thicke: To be honest, that's the only part where — I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn't want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

    Thicke says he was just "lucky enough to be in the room" when Williams wrote the song. Afterwards, he gave interviews to outlets like Billboard where he repeated the false origin story surrounding "Blurred Lines" because he says he "thought it would help sell records." But he also states he hardly remembers his specific media comments because he "had a drug and alcohol problem for the year" and "didn't do a sober interview." In fact, when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show with his young son and talked about how weird it was to be in the midst of a legal battle with the family of a legendary soul singer who "inspires almost half of my music," Thicke admits he was drunk and taking Norco — "which is like two Vicodin in one pill," he says.

    The singer addresses his honesty ("I told my wife the truth. That's why she left me.") and after saying he's been sober for many months, clarifies towards the end of the deposition, that he's given up Vicodin but not alcohol.

    Despite having limited input in the creation of "Blurred Lines," Thicke was given a co-writer credit, which he says entitles him to about 18-22 percent of publishing royalties. Why would Williams be so generous?

    "This is what happens every day in our industry," said Williams during his own deposition (read in full here). "You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in."

    Williams' own testimony also got off to a belligerent start. At one point during the examination, Williams says he can read music, but then is shown a transcription of a song, and asked to identify notes and durations. "I'm not comfortable," Williams responds eight times as Busch presses to figure out whether he really can read music.
    The producer is evasive in other ways. Asked whether Marvin Gaye has influenced him, Williams says , "He's an Aries. I respect him."

    Williams says he didn't go into the studio with the intention of making anything sound like Gaye. He takes the attorneys through his creative process and why the session on "Blurred Lines" was a bit different.

    "When I work with a person, I think about three things," he says. "I think about the energy that they're coming with, but this wasn't the case because (Thicke) wasn't there yet. But usually, I think about the energy and what they come in with, like what's on their mind, you know, argument with a girlfriend, e-mail with the husband, politics, state of the world. People walk in with vibes. They walk in with feelings. This was not one of those days."

    The producer says he was in the "driver's seat" on this particular song, but does give Thicke some credit in a rather interesting section that seems to imply that white people are victims and beneficiaries of racial discrimination in the music business:

    "Q: In your view, what holds 'Blurred Lines' together throughout the different sections?
    Williams: What holds it together?
    Q: Yeah.
    Williams: Robin Thicke's voice.
    Q: Does the bass line and the keyboard hold the songs together through the different sections?
    A: No
    Q: Why not?
    A: Because it's the white man singing soulfully and we, unfortunately, in this country don't get enough — we don't get to hear that as often, so we get excited by it when the mainstream gives that a shot. But there's a lot of incredibly talented white folk with really soulful vocals, so when we're able to give them a shot — and when I say 'we,' I mean like as in the public gives them a shot to be heard, then you hear the Justin Timberlakes and you hear the Christina Aguileras and you hear, you know, all of these masterful voices that have just been given, you know, an opportunity to be heard because they're doing something different."
    Williams then adds that if he had sang the song, "It wouldn't be what it was — what it is today." He admits, though, it's his song. Asked whose creation were the "Blurred Lines" words, he answers, "Mine."b>

    How this all fits into the ongoing lawsuit is an intriguing question in and of itself.
    In attempting to keep the depositions private, Howard King and Seth Miller — attorneys for Thicke and Williams — argued that they were hardly relevant and merely intended to "distract attention from the real issues and to embarrass, harass, and annoy Plaintiffs." They begged the judge to take note of the fact that celebrity depositions can be subject of "untoward media exploitation and public scrutiny," and instructed the judge, "Google 'Justin Bieber deposition.'" (The attorneys were at least successful in getting the judge to keep private the videotaped version of the depositions.)

    The transcripts of the depositions don't necessarily refute the plaintiffs' contention in their own summary judgment motion that "Blurred Lines" and "Got to Give It Up" are not substantially similar for purposes of a copyright analysis, but on the road to a trial that is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, the Gayes believe they have ammunition to destroy the plaintiffs' credibility and honor.

    "Thicke, for his part, now claims he made all of his statements while drunk or on drugs, none of them true, and he mentioned Marvin Gaye only to sell records," states the counter-claimants' court papers. "He also actually testified that he is not an honest person. This complete contempt for the judicial system, and their obligations to tell the truth, can best be summed up by Thicke’s ultimate admission, while under oath, that he '[does not] give a f--k' about this litigation."


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    Rapper Snoop Dogg was caught in a homophobic snare early this morning after tweeting a gay slur about an Instagram user. The tweet used the language of "f.A.G." and told the Instagram user, whose picture Snoop Dogg had reposted on his own Instagram account (see below), "bitch boy go suck ya man n get off my line." Buzzfeed reports that the post, comment, and tweet were deleted soon after they were posted, around 1am.


    Comments from Snoop Dogg's Instagram followers were telling as well. One user threatened "I got screenshots on my page" while another threw in support, writing "Keep It Gangsta Snoop dez Fags talk tooo much." At the time the screenshot above was taken, nearly 9000 Instagram users had liked the post.

    Snoop Dogg previously theorized that it may never be acceptable to be gay in the rap industry, but claimed, "I got some gay homies."

    No comment has been made by Snoop Dogg or his representation.


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    Sometimes you hit a few bumps on the road to romance—just ask Ariana Grande!

    The 21-year-old "Bang Bang" singer actually got in her first car accident en route to see Big Sean!

    So what happened? "I was driving to Big Sean's house on those windy hills in L.A," she tells Marie Claire's October issue. "It was my first time going up those hills so I was going like 12 miles per hour. This lady was whipping around the corner, and I came to a complete stop so she bumped me really hard—the whole front of my Range Rover was wrecked."

    "She jumped out and was like, 'Sweetie, it's okay, it's totally fine. What do you do?' I was like, 'I'm a singer,'" she recalls, "And she was like, 'Oh, I think I broke my leg.' And I was like, 'I mean, I make jewelry.'"

    And while Ariana admits she "used to pretend to be a little more like her [Sam & Cat character] than I actually was," she's really been quite mature from a young age.

    In fact, she says when she "was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album," she "wrote this song called 'Higher,' and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, 'This is a great song, but damn, you're too young for this.'"

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    Lindsay Lohan might have claimed that she handled Whitney Houston‘s body bag when she worked at the morgue, but the coroner is saying that is not true.
    The 28-year-old actress says she was singled out during her time doing community service. “It’s different for me than it would be for other people – like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in LA and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston,” she said in a new interview.
    A coroner’s official has told TMZ that no one from any court-ordered probation program came into contact with Whitney‘s body. The singer died on February 11, 2012 and the autopsy was performed the next day with her body being gone by morning. In fact, she was never placed in a body bag after she died.


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    This year’s Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors. Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast — the north star to much of Hollywood’s fall season and the continent’s largest film fest — there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theater’s worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year’s Toronto festival like the performances. That’s unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like “12 Years a Slave” or a stunning cinematic event like “Gravity,” both of which left last year’s festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and awed moviegoers.

    While likely best-picture nominees certainly played at Toronto, no movie quite stood out like those heavyweights or previous TIFF sensations like the Academy Award-winners “Slumdog Millionaire” or “The King’s Speech.” Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, many of whom turned in memorable feats of transformation, reinvention and, yes, some pretty interesting hairdos. Many of these performances will surely be drafted into the autumn awards hunt, joining a field of such previous festival standouts as Michael Keaton (”Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Innocence”), Steve Carell (”Foxcatcher”), Timothy Spall (”Mr. Turner”) and Kristen Stewart (”Clouds of Sils Maria”).

    EDDIE REDMAYNE— The only question after the debut of James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking film “The Theory of Everything” was whether Redmayne had already won the Oscar for best actor or not. Nothing wowed Toronto like the 32-year-old British actor’s depiction of Hawking’s gradual physical deterioration and his undeterred spirit.

    JAKE GYLLENHAAL— For “Nightcrawler,” Gyllenhaal lost 30 lbs. and slicked back his hair in a bun, but it’s the overall creepiness of his character that most impresses. He plays a poor but ambitious Los Angeles man whose nighttime prowling exposes him to a potential new career: shooting video of murder and car crashes for the “if-it-bleeds-it-leads” local news.

    REESE WITHERSPOON— Last year, Toronto was abuzz from the premiere of Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Dallas Buyers Club” and Matthew McConaughey’s lead performance. This year, Vallee debuted another film with another comeback: Witherspoon in “Wild.” She plays a woman looking for catharsis on the Pacific Coast Trail after a divorce and her mother’s death.

    BILL MURRAY— For at least a day, Toronto belonged to Bill Murray. The festival hosted a “Bill Murray Day” of screenings, culminating with the debut of “St. Vincent,” a comic but touching tale of a curmudgeonly neighbor (Murray) who reluctantly befriends a young boy next door. It’s the biggest, most dynamic role Murray’s taken on in years. After the premiere, even he looked moved, whipping tears from his eyes. He quickly recovered, though, noting Jack Nicholson had been director Theodore Melfi’s first choice. When the crowd laughed, he deadpanned: “It’s well documented.”

    FELICITY JONES— While the headlines for “The Theory of Everything” went to Redmayne, the film wouldn’t work without Jones as his wife, Jane Hawking. It’s not just your typically supporting wife role. “The Theory of Everything” is less a biopic of Hawking than a portrait of a marriage, one enabled by the uncommon strength of Jones’ Jane.

    BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH— The precision and complexity of the “Sherlock” star is already well known. But in “The Imitation Game,” in which he plays World War II British code-breaker Alan Turing, Cumberbatch tackles an even bigger brain. The role is not only complicated by depicting the mathematical brilliance of Turing, but of the pressure he was under as a closeted gay man at a time when homosexuality was criminalized.

    JULIANNE MOORE— Just as she was at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Moore was again one of the most acclaimed actresses of a major international festival. While it was her aging actress of “Maps to the Stars” (also a Toronto entry) that earned her kudos (and the award for best actress) in Cannes, she took Toronto with “Still Alice,” in which she plays a Columbia University professor in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    JENNIFER ANISTON— Aniston’s film, “Cake,” likely won’t hit theaters until sometime next year (the film is looking for distribution), but the actress earned the best reviews of her career with what Aniston called her “dream role.” In surely her most unglamorous role ever, Aniston plays a woman left scarred and in constant pain from a car crash.


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