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"I'll shave it calm down"
He gets it. Justin Bieber shared a selfie of his sparse mustache after getting the new iPhone 6 on Friday, Sept. 19, letting followers know he gets that no one is a fan of the 'stache.
"I’ll shave it calm down," the 20-year-old singer captioned the shot of himself.
Just last month, Selena Gomez's on-again off-again flame took the plunge and ditched his facial hair entirely. "Should I do it?" Bieber questioned in an Instagram video while standing in a bathroom with a razor. After applying shaving cream to his face and whispering into the camera "R.I.P 'stache," the Biebs then proceeded to shave off his wispy hairs.
One person who didn't mind the 'stache though was Gomez. On Thursday, Sept. 18, Bieber shared a video of himself cooking up dinner with the "Come & Get It" singer.
There’s a Drake lyric to go along with any situation you could be facing. From falling in love, to falling out of love, to making enormous sums of money, a Drake lyric is there for you. But what if Drake isn’t the only person who’s behind those lyrics? Drake is a rapper who we can empathize with because we can picture him and his struggles so vividly in one complete package. This package is sold so well that we forget that he, just like many other artists, often have a team of people constructing these words for them. For Drake, one of those people is Toronto singer and songwriter Shi Wisdom. You can find Shi on social media promoting her music and other things that she is passionate about, but she is also known for her self-described confrontational in-your-face personality. Recently, it was suggested that Shi was the Toronto woman who was allegedly suing Drake for not getting paid for the work she did as a ghostwriter. The claims were spread on Twitter, with most of the focus being laid on the fact that a woman could possibly be behind the rapper’s lyrics, instead of the way he handles his business.
A quick trip to the provincial courts of Canada, as well as an email to Gloria Allred, confirms that these rumors hold no factual merit, but because Shi and Drake have worked together in the past (Shi wrote "R.I.P.", a song that was later given to Rita Ora) these allegations were not outright dismissed by those with knowledge of the situation. Much of the reaction she received once this news hit the web suggested that she is angry for not getting the fame she wants as a ghostwriter or a singer, but Shi has told us that her dream doesn’t involve being a singer in the spotlight—a result of her belief that she is what the industry would find problematic: too dark, too loud, and too fat. We sat down with Shi to discuss the rumors of her suing Drake and the backlash she has received as a result of her being a female songwriter in this industry.
Noisey: Why haven’t you posted even just a simple tweet confirming or denying that this woman being spoken of is you?
Shi Wisdom: Why would it be my responsibility to abort a mission that I didn’t start? This doesn’t have anything to with me, so why am I in that way going to feed into it? In the comments and in the conversations that have been happening underneath these posts I have pretty much said this isn’t me. I like conversation, I’m a person who encourages conversation. People don’t speak enough these days. I’m a texter as well—I like to be behind my computer too—but I’m also a very confrontational in-your-face person, and so, like I said, I encourage conversations. If you ever look at any of my social media pages I am always encouraging conversation. I could have just made a simple statement, but I know a conversation will ensure more, and that is the whole point.
You didn't think that by posting the articles and reacting to the backlash people would think that you were behind this?
I like to see where people's heads are at. When I posted the original article speaking about this Toronto woman, it didn’t say it was me, and I didn’t say it wasn't me. I just wanted to see what people were thinking about it. Not even an hour later, there’s another post that comes up with my face on it saying that it’s me. I didn’t feel the need to even address the issue in terms of validating whether or not it's true with just anybody. You’re the first publication I’ve actually openly said that this is not me, because I’m already a credible writer. I wrote a song with this person. My name is in the pamphlet alongside his. I am not a ghostwriter. I have never been a ghostwriter.
When the rumor hit the blogs, people reacted more in shock that a female could be writing his lyrics than being shocked at the possibility of Drake not handling his business. How did this make you feel?
It goes beyond even being surprised that it’s a female. This Toronto woman that they’re speaking of doesn’t have anything to do with me. I have my own isolated incidents with him from years ago that we already settled. I think that it started out with some people wanting to say something about Drake because people will hold onto anything. To be honest with you, who cares if he doesn’t write his own stuff? It’s very evident that he’s an intelligent business person. Who in this industry writes their stuff all the time? I don’t know anybody who writes their stuff all the time that is a big artist, not one person. When you go into these meetings with these labels they tell you who is looking for songs, and it’s a bunch of people who you thought wrote their own songs. Females do have a hard time in the industry, but I am not going to use the fact that I am a female as a crutch. Songwriters period have a hard time in this industry, especially when you’re a ghostwriter. When you realize how small you are in this industry it’s crazy. And when you’re this small in the industry and you’re a woman then you’re kind of a little bit smaller.
There was an incident between Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj where Nicki basically tried to put Iggy down by accusing her of not writing her own music, but you’re saying that everyone has a team behind them?
There’s a lot of ghostwriters out there, and there’s a lot of people who are not ghostwriters. You don’t see them, you don’t hear them, they don’t exist to the audience because, like I said, there’s this illusion that all these artists write their own stuff. There is a whole machine behind everybody. All these artists have several people keeping them there. Everybody has writers, everybody has a team of people to put it together. Some of these people do write some of their songs, but do you really believe that Nicki Minaj writes all of her songs, with no help? To be a songwriter on a song all you have to do is contribute one word. By the time the “R.I.P.” record I did with Drake was finished, six writers including myself and him touched that song. That wasn’t the plan, but that's what happens: Somebody comes in and says, "instead of saying 'boy' say 'you.’" Now they’re a writer on the song, but that's access. For the longest time Beyoncé didn’t write any of her records. I personally still don’t believe she's written any of her records.
Being at the center of this rumor, what else has this shown you that females in this industry are facing?
As a female, there are a lot of things that the industry would consider a problem with me if I were an artist in the spotlight—like people are now accusing me of trying to become out of this whole scandal. But that's not my dream. People in the industry acknowledge my talent, and they say "we love what you’re doing, but business is business." This industry doesn’t want somebody like me, and I know that, and I’m very well aware of that. I’m too opinionated, I’m too dark, and I’m too fat. That’s just what it is and I’m okay with that. I’m okay with being too opinionated, I’m okay with being too dark, and I’m okay with being too fat. This is something women definitely have to deal with in this industry. I can’t be fat but Rick Ross can be three times my size and wear no shirt and everybody loves that? That's crazy.
Demi tweeted: "San Antonio... Why did you have to go and make me fall so hard for you?!! #demiworldtour"
Reports hit Twitter that Demi fans were not allowed to hug her at the San Antonio meet and greet because of the arm brace. Others reported that she told fans at the meet and greet that she slipped and sprained her arm.
On Instagram, she gave a few more details, writing: "Welp. Looks like I won't be playing guitar, piano OR drums tonight. San Antonio... Why did you have to go and make me fall so hard for you?!! #demiworldtour"
Demi Tweeted: San Antonio... Why did you have to go and make me fall so hard for you?!! 😝😝😝 #demiworldtour 💖💖💖
Fall's new season reveals how TV is following the movies with sometimes obscure comic book adaptations that will strain to satisfy both nerds and a broad audience all at once: "It's the Goldilocks problem: It has to be juuuust right"
For years, superheroes have reigned supreme over movies. Now they've set their sights on dominating TV, too.
This fall, the broadcast networks will feature five first-year shows based on DC and Marvel comics characters: Fox's Batman prequel Gotham; NBC's Constantine, based on the Hellblazer comic about a demon hunter from DC's Vertigo label; The CW's Arrow spinoff, The Flash, and iZombie, based on another Vertigo comic; and ABC's Marvel adaptation Agent Carter. They join a roster that includes AMC's hit The Walking Dead, ABC's Agents of SHIELD and Arrow.
In the pipeline, Netflix has four shows and a miniseries based on Marvel characters starting with Daredevil; Sony's PlayStation recently greenlighted Powers, based on a graphic novel, straight to series; and AMC has a Walking Dead companion series for 2015. Also joining the party are AMC (Preacher), WGN America (Scalped), Cinemax (Outcast), Syfy (Ronin, Clone) and TNT (Titans).
Ask producers behind the shows why the small screen has seen such an influx of new heroes, and they cite the built-in brand equity of DC and Marvel properties and the fact that visual effects work now enables fantastical storylines on a TV-sized budget.
"It's a perfect confluence of zeitgeist and the actual ability to do it and do it well," says Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who also is writing Marvel's all-female X-Men comic. "A big part of it is the technology is finally here that allows these characters to be realized in TV and film."
That much is clear with CW's VFX-heavy Flash, which bows Oct. 7. Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth — who has made it a priority to mine the studio's DC division — says comics heroes provide "good, positive messages." But SHIELD executive producer Jeff Bell also acknowledges that familiar characters and storylines are a big part of the allure, especially because viewers are used to seeing Marvel and DC comics heroes on the big screen. "People like hearing the same story in new ways," he says.
Brand recognition helps series stand out in an increasingly crowded TV landscape. More than 20 broadcast shows will debut in September and October alone; most will fail to persuade viewers to even sample them. A proven concept or format can help hedge a bet even a little. "Networks are buying formats from Australia. If you feel like it works, if there's a proof of concept in an existing show or a comic book, that's very attractive because it feels like people are taking less risk," says Michele Fazekas, co-showrunner on ABC's Captain America period drama Agent Carter, starring Hayley Atwell. Adds Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller: "If you are going to address the largest possible audience, then it helps to use easily understandable, visually powerful material. That's what graphic novels are. They were designed to appeal to that largest possible audience."
Adding to the trend is a new generation of showrunners with geek interests, including The Strain's Carlton Cuse, who adapted Oni Press' The Sixth Gun as a pilot for NBC. "For a lot of people, including myself, who are comic book fans, that's what we read," says Cuse. Adds Strain co-creator Guillermo del Toro, "Every generation brings with them the media in which they were raised as part of the narrative leap in what is acceptable or not in mainstream entertainment."
Oversaturation is a concern, of course. But producers say the diversity of formats means not all superhero shows are alike. Gotham, for instance, plays like a crime procedural set in Batman's hometown, while iZombie is a teen dramedy in the vein of creator Rob Thomas' Veronica Mars. Still, because network audiences are generally older, producers warn of the need to balance fanboy rewards with a broader appeal. For instance, SHIELD, while ABC's top new show last season, failed to live up to expectations given the film success of Marvel's The Avengers. "For network TV, you can't assume that the audience knows anything about it — but you also have to reward the fans who know everything about it," says Fazekas. Adds Guggenheim: "Yet at the same time, if you're so far away from what the original comic was, why are you doing it at all? It's the Goldilocks problem: It has to be juuuust right."
Everyone seems to be chasing the magic formula of TV's top drama in the 18-49 demographic, The Walking Dead. "Walking Dead is shedding a light on the wealth of non-superhero concepts that exist in comics," says creator Robert Kirkman, who is adapting his exorcism comic Outcast for Cinemax. "There's no end of fantastic comics out there that would make great TV shows."
TV's Top Comics Heroes*
The Walking Dead (AMC)
18.4 million total viewers, 12.2 million adults 18-49
Agents of SHIELD (ABC)|
8.5 million total viewers, 3.1 million adults 18-49
Arrow (The CW)
3.8 million total viewers, 1.4 million adults 18-49
* Nielsen live plus 7 data
mods, i hotlinked the pictures now. thanks! an excuse to talk about tv, obviously.
The man who brought to life the magical world of Oz is getting his own big-screen treatment.
New Line Cinema has preemptively scooped up spec script Road to Oz, written by hot rising talent Josh Golden. Beau Flynn will produce via his New Line-based FlynnPictureCo.
This is how hot Golden and Road to Oz are: The screenwriter and his script, which chronicles the early days of whimsical author L. Frank Baum, are finalists for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships, which were announced earlier this week.
Baum was a prolific writer, known for the best-selling children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote 13 sequels to the hit book, which was famously adapted into the 1939 film starring Judy Garland (New Line's parent, Warner Bros. Pictures, owns the rights to that film). Other than the Oz series, Baum also wrote more than two dozen other books including Dot and Tot of Merryland, The Sea Fairies and Sky Island.
Baum's Oz tales have stood the test of time, with the 1939 film now a classic, perennially playing on screens and remaining a solid merchandising performer. Wicked, based on the story, is one of the Broadway's biggest hits. And Disney proved that the Oz world still works on the big screen with the 2013 film Oz the Great and Powerful. Starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, the prequel was a box office smash, earning $493.3 million worldwide and having the 10th highest domestic box office gross of the year.
Movies about authors and the stories behind their most famous works tend to attract high-class talent. Finding Neverland saw Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, and scored six Oscar nominations. Last year's Saving Mr. Banks was also awards bait with a cast that included Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti.
Golden worked with Nellie Bellflower, who produced Finding Neverland, and Michael Mislove on developing the script. Bellflower and Mislove will now also produce Road to Oz with Flynn.
Scott Sheldon will oversee the project for FlynnPicture Co. Michael Disco and Sam Brown are shepherding it for New Line. The plan is to attach a director as soon as possible.
fixed the hotlinking of pics + i forgot the title the 2nd time, mods. book post!
Hey, Chris Martin was there too! What a coincidence!
More pictures at source.
The duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso have signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music. Their music will be released by Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK.
Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings, is excited to be working with the group. "We are proud at Def Jam to have Axwell /\ Ingrosso choose us to be their label home," he said. "Their music is forward, innovative, invigorating and boundless. Def Jam has the artistry and energy of DJ culture within its pedigree, right there in our logo. This is a significant moment for all of us as at Def Jam."
Swedish House Mafia, Axwell and Ingrosso's previous project, began in 2007. Although they never released a studio album, they sold over 10 million records worldwide. "Don't You Worry" featuring John Martin was a No. 6 hit on the Hot 100. After Swedish House Mafia broke up in March of 2013, two of the three members formed the new group. They debuted songs on BBC in March and again his summer at Governor's Ball.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso plans to release their debut album in early 2015.
I'm interested to see how this turns out. I LOVE Steve Angello, but I love Swedish House Mafia more. But from Leave this World Behind (the documentary) you could tell Steve didn't jive as well with the two despite him being probably the best producer of the three. Still excited. Hope we get some more bops
This is adorable!
Cat Stevens has announced his first tour dates in nearly 40 years – O2 Priority Tickets are available for the London date now.
The singer – also known as Yusuf Islam – announced yesterday (September 16) that he will tour Europe and North America in November and December.
"I've been a bit slow in coming around to the United States, but there were so many people asking me to do that, that I just felt an obligation," Stevens said in an interview with The Guardian, in which he admitted that requests from fans on Facebook convinced him to change his mind about performing in the US.
The Peace Train... Late Again tour coincides with the release of 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone, a blues album produced by Rick Rubin.
Yusuf will play:
London Hammersmith Apollo (November 4)
Brussels Forest National (9)
Milan Mediolanum Forum (11)
Vienna Stadthalle (13)
Paris Zenith (16)
Berlin Tempodrom (20)
Hamburg CCH1 (23)
Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Hall (25)
Toronto Massey Hall (December 1)
Boston Wang Theatre (4)
New York Beacon Theatre (7)
Chicago Chicago Theatre (9)
San Francisco Masonic Auditorium (12)
Los Angeles Nokia Theatre (14)
"Well, now we know what Leighton Meesters daily view is like.
Upon emerging from the surf on Friday, Adam Brody was seen stripping down out of his wetsuit and into land attire, showing off his glistening toned torso in the process. The 34-year-old former OC favourite gave a prime viewing of his changing process in a beachside suburb of Los Angeles."- Dailymail
The Strokes' Julian Casablancas' appears to have ruled out any further live shows from The Strokes, saying that touring is "a great way to destroy a band".
The frontman, who will release his second solo record 'Tyranny' with backing band The Voidz on October 13, also gave a cryptic insight into relations between band members.
In an interview with GQ, he said the band "wasn't so equal, but it was the illusion of equal, so I think it fucked with everything." He added: "A band is a great way to destroy a friendship, and a tour's a great way to destroy a band."
Earlier this week, Casablancas said The Strokes could start work on the follow-up to their 2013 album 'Comedown Machine' early next year. "In January we might meet up and work on some ideas. Everyone is psyched. Everything is in a really cool place."
In the same interview, he also opened up about this summer's live shows with The Strokes – the band's first since 2011. "[It] was cool and we played some shows and the vibe is finally… I don't know if we ever had that good a working friendship foundation [in our] work relationship, but now we finally have that. We'll always have the creative vibe."
Earlier this year, Casablancas also spoke about his intentions for the band, saying that they were, "trying to carry on as friends, taking it easy, recording a couple of songs, and do[ing] a couple of shows."
So far, we have heard rumors that two of the three planned ‘Star Wars‘ spinoffs were to follow Boba Fett and Han Solo. Then there was the mysterious third spinoff, which we haven’t much concrete information on. Until now. A recent report suggests that despite earlier reports that the spinoffs wouldn’t follow any Jedi or Sith characters, Lucasfilm is currently working with artists and a writer to develop an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.
The news comes from Making Star Wars, who have this to say:
Obi-Wan Kenobi – I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works….I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan…that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.
The problem here is that Obi-Wan is dead so the films couldn’t take place during the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ universe, nor really during the original trilogy. We saw a young Obi-Wan (played by Ewan McGregor) in Episodes I-III, so the only time period left to mine would be between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’ (and that would mean the return of Ewan McGregor). That’s all well and good, but that would essentially make an Obi-Wan movie a sequel to ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and, as far as we’ve heard, that’s when ‘Star Wars Rebels’ takes place. We don’t think it would make much sense to develop both an animated TV series and a live-action movie in the same short window of time, but what do we know.
We do know that both Josh Trank (‘Fantastic Four‘)’ and Gareth Edwards (‘Godzilla’) have signed on to direct two of the ‘Star Wars’ spinoffs, we just don’t know which ones yet.
She may be the face of sportswear brand Adidas, but it appears as if Rita Ora has taken some inspiration from fellow pop star
The 23-year old singer showcased a rather eye-catching bubble gum blue mane when she stepped out to continue with her promotional venture in Tokyo on Saturday.
The Hot Right Now singer – who is currently launching her own line of Adidas Originals oversees - matched the new cobalt locks with a pair of sky blue trainers and retro-inspired glasses.
She took to her social media sites to post a picture of the quirky look and captioned it as: ‘My very own Kimono #kawai #unstoppable @adidasoriginals wearing my pastel capsule’
While on Friday, the pop star was seen modelling pieces from her first clothing range with the sporty brand at the launch.
Dressed in a floral two-piece, Rita certainly oozed heaps of sex appeal in a bold printed cropped top and matching pants combo.
We can't keep up with Rita. One minute she's cavorting on stage with Iggy, the next she's in Tokyo promoting her own range with Adidas. We have to say though, she's definitely one of the hardest working people in the industry. And she always looks amazing. Like here, in her baby blue cut-out shoulder top. And yes, you guessed it, it's from her Adidas collection!
If you thought it was all tracksuits and serious gym gear, think again. Rita has made sure to cater to everyone's fashion needs. This blue sweater, as she perfectly demonstrates, looks great with jeans for a during-the-day jaunt.
Granted, not a lot of us will have matching hair, she has a hair stylist on board 24/7, but that doesn't mean this top won't look amazing on you too. Team it with jeans like Rita for a relaxed, uber cool look.
She has even colour coded it with her trainers, also part of her line with Adidas. It looks like the collection is set to grow and grow, and we love it all!
The Shine Ya Light singer teamed the sporty look with a pair of eye-catching block wedges, gold bangles and various midi rings.
Rita had a full face of make-up on, including her trademark red lipstick by Rimmel, and heavily lined eyes, while she wore her luscious blonde locks swept away from her face.
Clearly excited by about her international venture, the star uploaded a few snaps of the proceedings to her social media sites.
Rita wrote: ‘@adidasoriginals TOKYO! We made it out here!! Let's celebrate! #AsiaTakeover #unstoppable_night’
She later added: ‘#unstoppable_night Japanese girlzzzzz!! TOKYO livin it up...HOT S€XY boooooooom!!'
Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening the hitmaker made a surprise appearance at Iggy Azalea’s gig in London.
The singer was seen to make not one, but three, different outfit changes as she descended upon the 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire before making her way to The Box nightclub for a private performance.
Along with a picture, she tweeted: ‘Reflect dat... Outfit for my surprise performance last night!’
Rita – who is currently dating Tommy Hilfiger's son Ricky Hil - is also busy promoting her hit single, I Will Never Let You Down, while drumming up interest for her delayed second album.
There can be only one Supreme
Via WWE.com, Roman Reigns has been taken to a Tennessee hospital for emergency surgery, putting his appearance at tomorrow’s Night Of Champions pay-per-view in jeopardy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — WWE.com has learned Roman Reigns has been rushed to a Nashville, Tenn., hospital to undergo emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. Reigns had been in Nashville to promote tomorrow’s Night of Champions event. His recovery time will be evaluated by the local surgeon and WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann following today’s operation. Check back with WWE.com for updates on Reigns’ condition.
"Incarceration and Strangulation: Sometimes, a loop of intestine becomes stuck in the hernia, a condition called incarceration. An incarcerated hernia can block (obstruct) the intestine. Rarely, the hernia traps the intestine so tightly that it cuts off the blood supply, a condition called strangulation. With strangulation, the trapped piece of intestine can develop gangrene in as few as 6 hours. With gangrene, the intestinal wall dies, usually causing rupture, which leads to peritonitis (inflammation and usually infection of the abdominal cavity), shock, and, if untreated, death."
Fox International Channels, which distributes "The Walking Dead" worldwide, has released a full plot synopsis for the upcoming season. The synopsis offers a few things we already know, as well as a few elements that are intriguing.
The description opens with a brief recap of Season 4, before telling us that Season 5 will focus on the fate of "lost comrades" and the suggestion that the story will examine the "hopeful prospect" of a cure in Washington D.C.
We already know from trailers that Season 5 won't stay in Terminus for long. In fact, it wouldn't be shocking to see the conflict between Rick's group and the people at Terminus wrap up during the first eight episodes.
That would pave the way for the introduction of Negan, the most substantial (and awesome) villain from "The Walking Dead" comic book. Perhaps that's just wishful thinking on my part.
Season 5 premieres on Oct. 12 in the U.S. on AMC. You can read the full synopsis below and check out a teaser for Season 5 at the bottom of the page:
"Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.
Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group's lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.
Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them...
After all they've seen, all they've done, all they've sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost...
Who do they become?"
Florida State has suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the entire game Saturday night against No. 22 Clemson, the school announced late Friday.
Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner for the top-ranked Seminoles, originally had been suspended for just the first half against the visiting Tigers after a profane and sexually explicit outburst in the student union on campus earlier this week.
But Florida State decided to extend his suspension to the entire game because Winston was not entirely truthful or forthcoming regarding Tuesday's incident, a source told ESPN.
"Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night," interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement Friday night.
Winston was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday, the latest incident in which his off-field behavior has caused headaches for the team and university.
Florida State students began flooding Twitter as several witnessed the star quarterback allegedly stand on a table in or in the immediate vicinity of the student union and yell obscenities, mimicking a popular Internet video.
When announcing the original ban Wednesday, Stokes and Wilcox denounced Winston's behavior, calling it "offensive and vulgar" in a joint statement.
In a Wednesday news conference, Winston apologized for his "selfish" act.
"First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates," he said. "I'm not a 'me' person, but in that situation, it was a selfish act, and that's not how you do things around here.
"I want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them. That's all."
On Thursday, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed any criticism that Winston's original half-game suspension was too light.
"We're in charge. It's our team. That's our thought," he said. "We went with the consequences and we're ready to move on."
Tuesday's incident was just the latest involving Winston.
He was investigated in 2013 for sexual assault, but Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, chose not to charge Winston in December. Florida State is still following through with its Title IX investigation into the matter.
Winston also was suspended from the baseball team for three games and ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after being cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a local grocery store in April. There have been other minor run-ins with authorities, but no arrests.
Backup quarterback Sean Maguire, a sophomore who has completed 16 of his 26 attempts in mop-up duty during his FSU career, will start in Winston's place against the Tigers.
"[Fisher] told me to be ready and said the game plan is not changing, this team is not changing, we're going to go out in the first half and do everything we usually would," Maguire said Thursday. "He had all the confidence in the world in me. He expects nothing to change just as so do I. ... It's a cliché answer but it's true: Nothing really has changed this week."
The winner of the Clemson-Florida State matchup has played in the ACC title game the past five years. Saturday will be the first game the Seminoles have played without Winston since the start of 2013, and they are 16-0 during that stretch.
Followup to this post.
Starting today, the film This Is Where I Leave You takes a look at a family reunited during the aftermath of its patriarch's death. Heavy stuff, right? But from the preview (above) and the 2009 book that serves as source material, it clearly applies a lighter touch. The cast is, without a doubt, grade A, with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, that gangly guy from Girls, and Jane Fucking Fonda, but the premise is, well ... haven't you seen this movie before? Of course you have! This is Hollywood we're talking about, where they stick to formulas. However this happens to be one of my favorite formulas: the tale of the charming yet dysfunctional family unit. Distilled to its core, The Godfather typifies the genre, but I like any film that finds a second life on TBS on Sunday afternoons. Inspired by this new movie, I've found eight more families that remind you that your crazy Aunt Ida's jello mold isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things.
The Family Stone
What is sold as a feel-good holiday family movie has some surprisingly dark edges, including the usually bubbly Sarah Jessica Parker starring as a brittle anti-heroine and (SPOILER ALERT) the death of the family matriarch (played by the always warm Diane Keaton). Still, all the odd birds and eccentricities give the Stone family some surprising depth and texture, which isn't so easy to do in this genre.
Margot at the Wedding
Considering her A-list pedigree, Nicole Kidman has never been one to shy away from difficult, unappealing characters (see: To Die For, The Paperboy). Here, in Noah Baumbach's tense, terse dark comedy, she plays a haughty writer visiting her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her fiance (Jack Black). Luckily for us she brings along her slightly warped son, a bad attitude, and plenty of baggage—emotional and otherwise.
Home for the Holidays
Jodie Foster directs and Holly Hunter stars in this film about a woman who, after she loses her job and finds out her daughter is ditching her on Thanksgiving, heads home to her family of slightly deranged but lovable oddballs. Bonus points for Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of a boozy black sheep.
Running With Scissors
Details contributor Augusten Burroughs' 2002 memoir Running with Scissors is a classic dysfunctional family for the modern era, filled with a deft blend of pathos and slapstick. The movie, while not as effective as its source, features an all-star cast (Annette Bening, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow) and brings to life the true tale of Burroughs, whose mentally unfit mother left him with her psychiatrist's home. Hilarity—and insanity—ensue.
Fox's young adult thriller starring Dylan O'Brien heads for franchise-launching $30 million weekend after date night-driven $11 million first day
The young adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” dominated in its first day at the box office Friday, taking in $11.2 million and easily outstripping two other wide openers, Liam Neeson‘s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the comedy “This Is Where I Leave You.”
That puts Fox's sci-fi thriller based on James Dashner's novels and starring TV's “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O'Brien on course for a first weekend in the $30 million range, in line with analysts’ expectations and a little better than the studio had projected.
Unlike most YA movies, “Maze Runner” has a male star. That gives it more potential to play well with both genders, and the Friday numbers suggest it was a big date night choice. The fact that it was in a healthy 3,604 theaters — including a full run of IMAX and Premium Large Format locations — had to help, too. Opening night audiences gave it an “A-” CinemaScore; it's at 62 percent positive on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
The first day for “Maze Runner” is better than $9.8 million that “Ender's Game,” another YA adaptation with a male protagonist, managed on its way to a $27 million opening in November. But it's not close to the first days of the biggest young adult hits, which are based on franchises that sold far more books and launched in March, typically a more favorable release corridor. It's roughly half of what “Divergent” brought in on its first day as it headed to a $54 million first weekend earlier this year, and nowhere near the $67 million first day that the original “The Hunger Games” had on its way to a $152 million debut in 2012.
However, if the weekend continues on this course it will be a big win for Fox, which is hoping to launch a franchise with “Maze Runner,” which was produced for $34 million. A $30 million first weekend and a solid showing overseas would almost certainly enable the studio to be the first to kick off YA franchise in September, traditionally one of the slowest months of the year.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter co-star in “The Maze Runner,” which is directed by Wes Ball and produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (“The Fault in Our Stars”), along with Ellen Goldsmith Vein and her Gotham Group, which developed the project.