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    There were a few hints at The Americans season 3 and what fans may expect after a series of clips to catch up the novice fan and a little more than 30 minutes more from the panel.

    Season three was confirmed to be set in 1983 with the Afghanistan War a key to the backdrop. “The war in Afghanistan will loom large this season,” Weisberg said.

    Fields and Russell gave the biggest insight in the “parenting” theme on the show.

    “For us the show is working best when Phillip, Elizabeth and the other characters are all struggling with things that everybody struggles with in their family and relationships,” Fields said. “But because of their situation, it’s on a much more heightened, life and death level.”

    The Russian leadership has instructed training for Elizabeth and Phillip’s daughter Paige, played by Holly Taylor, but this be a challenge.

    “I think there are so many layers for this moment as a mother for Elizabeth watching this daughter be of the age that she was when she began [working for the K.G.B.],” Russell said.

    It’s given that Stan, played by Emmerich, will see his life continue to spiral downward. When a fan asked if Nina (Mahendru) could possibly be pregnant, there were no answers.

    “[Weisberg and Fields] both just scribbled notes under the table,” Rhys joked.

    The only thing Mahendru was “allowed” to tell the audience was that her character would be alive at the beginning of Season 3 – so, yes, it sounds likely that she is pregnant (or will be). (#SaveNina)

    “We keep saying ‘Stan’s got to catch a break! He’s got to catch a break!’ and then he just doesn’t catch a break,” Weisberg said.

    Rhys addressed a question about play acting as Phillip goes into a disguise. “I don’t have to be a great actor, I just have to convince the person in front of me.”

    “I wish I could call it ‘research’ instead of ‘memory,’” Weisberg joked about researching the 1980’s tech after a fan question. “The fact that we have to use this old technology and our guys don’t have cell phones and can’t solve so many problems by calling each other makes a lot of our stories work and makes a lot of our stories more interesting.”

    When prompted about the music on the show.

    “Everything has hidden meanings on this show,” Fields laughed. “We come up with a lot in advance, but we don’t think about musical montages in advance. We think about story and character.”

    Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Annet Mahendru and Keri Russel with The Americans showrunners

    This show is perfect and everyone should watch it.
    sources : 123 4

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    Sony’s PlayStation Network has provided the trailer for its first original series, “Powers,” based on the comicbook by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

    The show stars Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Michelle Forbes, Max Fowler, Adam Godley, Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor and Olesya Rulin. David Slade directed the first two hour-long episodes about detectives who investigate supernatural crimes committed by God-like beings. Charlie Huston penned the pilot.

    Read more here

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    The most recent season of Big Brother on CBS ended last month but the high-profile bromance between gay contestant Frankie Grande and straight contestant Zach Rance continues.

    He knows people find it hard to believe their love for each other can be just a gay-straight bromance.

    'I’m obviously straight, I’ve made that clear millions of times,' Rance tells

    'The fact that I was cuddling with a gay guy, giving him a massage, let’s be real - guys give other guys massages. It’s not a big deal. I don’t care that he was gay. If he tried to kiss me, I would have said, “no, it’s not like that,” and I would have continued to be friends with him.'

    Rance thinks their affection for each other might inspire more such bromances.

    'I feel like I was kind of a role model for people who might look at me and say, “Wow, Zach’s a really cool guy and he’s best friends with a gay guy.” We don’t know the impact it’s going to have on the world, but it’ll be a positive one.'

    Read The Full Story At: GayStarNews

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    The horror anthology is a perfect format for those who want a little variety when they're looking for scares. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to wade through the bad to get to the good. Here are some favorites from fifteen anthologies.

    After Midnight (1989)
    Directed by Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat

    Plot: The professor of a course on fear holds an after hours gathering at his home. There, the students share scary stories: a couple seeks refuge inside a murder house; teenage girls are stalked by a pack of wild dogs; and an answering service operator is threatened by a madman.

    This Canadian sleeper from 1989 is perfect for a stormy night alone. It has the right balance of eighties scares and cheese. None of the stories are outright bad, but many viewers consider the one with Tracy Wells (the daughter from Mr. Belvedere) the weakest.

    A favorite story: "The Old Dark House"
    It is difficult to say which is better: this segment or the final one, "All Night Operator." "The Old Dark House" really captures the mood with the setting, though.

    Amusement (2008)
    Directed by John Simpson

    Plot: Three childhood friends are stalked by someone from their shared past.

    Here is an unconventional anthology: the vignettes share continuity. The killer goes after each protagonist in separate, self-contained situations. It isn't until the end do you understand what's really going on. Although Amusement suffers from a weak script with some glaring problems, the production values are rather good for this indie slasher.

    A favorite story: "Tabitha"
    If you fear clowns, this tale will not alleviate that. Tabitha shows up at her relative's house to find her young cousins unchaperoned. Seems that the babysitter just left without notice. When Tabitha later goes to sleep in the guest room, she finds herself surrounded by a truly bizarre collection of clown toys. Including a very big one. Katheryn Winnick's performance left much to be desired, but this short manages to survive.

    Black Sabbath (1963)
    Directed by Mario Bava

    Plot: A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires; and a 1900-era nurse who makes a fateful decision while preparing the corpse of one of her patients - an elderly medium who died during a seance.

    Some older Italian horror is an acquired taste. A common complaint is that they focus on style than substance. That's not entirely the case here as the scripts are quite coherent. Boris Karloff plays the host in this anthology from Mario Bava.

    A favorite story: "The Telephone"
    The strongest stories in Black Sabbath are "The Telephone" and "The Drop of Water." The latter is best kept as a delightful surprise while the aforementioned is a tasty introduction. The telephone is a commonly used device in horror. No matter the era, the phone has been part of some iconic titles. Here, a former call girl is terrorized by a familiar voice over the phone. If you do check Black Sabbath out, be sure it's the uncut European version. American International Pictures altered the film stateside, removing references of lesbianism and prostitution. As a result, the plot was changed.

    Body Bags (1993)
    Directed by John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Larry Sulkis

    Plot: A coroner shares the stories of three corpses: a student at a gas station is left alone with a serial killer; a balding man finds the strangest remedy to his hair loss; and a baseball player's eye transplant makes him homicidal.

    Horror legends John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper directed two of the offerings in this early '90s collection. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it's a solid compilation.

    A favorite story: "The Gas Station"
    Carpenter pulled double duty as he directed this story and then starred as the coroner host. There really isn't anything too original here as it's a bit of a hodgepodge of other movies. The outcome is a well-paced cat-and-mouse segment. Pay attention or you might miss Sam Raimi and Wes Craven's cameos.

    Campfire Tales (1997)
    Directed by Matt Cooper, Martin Kunert, David Semel

    Plot: After having a car accident, four teenagers share stories around a campfire: newlyweds are stalked by something sinister on their honeymoon; an Internet predator targets a young girl left home alone; and a traveling motorcyclist meets a mute woman caught in a ghostly time loop.

    ABC Family aired an edited version of the movie several years ago. So it's not exactly the scariest of the bunch. That being said, this is still a fun anthology as the cast is full of both familiar faces and stories.

    A favorite story: "People Can Lick, Too"
    If you think you've seen this before, you may have just heard the urban legend it is based on. For those fortunate enough to have no idea as to what's about to happen, prepare yourself for one freaky twist.

    Cat's Eye (1985)
    Directed by Lewis Teague

    Plot: A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror: a man resorts to extreme measures to quit smoking; a tennis pro is challenged to walk around the narrow ledge of a high rise penthouse; and finally, the cat finds a family where the daughter is being targeted by a troll.

    This was Drew Barrymore's second time as a lead in a Stephen King adaptation (the first being Firestarter). Unlike that movie, Cat's Eye is far more lighthearted. That might be an odd way to describe a horror movie, but just watch.

    A favorite story: "General"
    The feline protagonist finds the girl that's been beckoning him from afar throughout the first two shorts. It isn't long before the kid is attacked by a tiny troll living in her wall. In addition to the monster, the child's mother is a major foil, and she will do whatever it takes to get rid of this cat. From an adult's perspective, the troll is both goofy and scary in its appearance. His mannerisms are weirdly endearing. So don't expect to be quivering in your shoes when you watch "General." Just sit back and have some fun.

    Creepshow (1982)
    Directed by George A. Romero

    Plot: Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A.Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.

    This list wouldn't be complete without the two staples of horror anthology: Creepshow and Creepshow 2. You can tell this was a movie born out of love for the genre. While some of the vignettes pale in comparison to the stronger entries, the overall experience is a good one.

    A favorite story: "The Crate"
    This is a darkly comedic yarn about an unhappy husband that discovers a mysterious crate. Once he realizes what's inside, he learns how to get rid of the wife (played by the underrated Adrienne Barbeau) that he hates.

    Creepshow 2 (1987)
    Directed by Michael Gornick

    Plot: The Creep shares three new scary stories: a Native American statue exacts revenge on its owners’ murderers; four people are attacked by a carnivorous blob in a lake; and a cheating wife faces the deadly consequences after committing a hit-and-run.

    Don't write Creepshow 2 off because it's a sequel. It's in the same vein as its predecessor, and all the stories are based on Stephen King shorts. One pro this movie has is that it's a lot tighter than the original. For one thing, there are only three segments so everything doesn't seem as rushed.

    A favorite story: "The Raft"
    This grim serial follows four young people that encounter an inexplicable and very hungry mass of black goo. You never learn the origin of the monster, which makes it more unsettling.

    Dead of Night (1977)
    Directed by Dan Curtis

    Plot: This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life and gets more than she bargained for.

    This TV movie was directed by Dan Curtis, the guy behind Trilogy of Terror (and its sequel) and Dark Shadows. All three entries here are based on Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone, I Am Legend, The Box, Stir of Echoes) shorts.

    A favorite story: "Bobby"
    The last piece in this compilation was remade almost twenty years later in Curtis'Trilogy of Terror II. However, the original is slightly better. The acting is a little more refined, and the cinematography is more subdued, less amateur-looking than the remake.

    Nightmares (1983)
    Directed by Joseph Sargent

    Plot: Four frightening tales of terror and suspense: a woman goes out to buy cigarettes despite hearing news of a killer in the area; a teenager is sucked into the world inside of an arcade game; a disillusioned priest has his faith challenged when he encounters a mysterious black pickup truck; and finally, a family is tormented by a giant rat.

    The segments here were unaired episodes of the anthology TV series Darkroom. Along with some new footage, they were culled into Nightmares.

    A favorite story: "Terror in Topanga"
    This is one of those urban myths that everyone knows so don't let that hinder your viewing pleasure. The final story "Night of the Rat" is, despite the dated special effects, enjoyable, too. 

    Terror Tract (2000)
    Directed by Lance W. Dreesen, Clint Hutchison

    Plot: As a real estate agent shows a couple several houses for sale, he recounts the macabre stories that accompany each home: an unfaithful housewife and her lover commit murder; a father battles a homicidal monkey; and a teenage boy experiences visions of a serial killer’s future victims.

    John Ritter appeared in many random movies and television shows before he died. In Terror Tract, he played the wraparound host in this assortment of scares.

    A favorite story: "Bobo"
    Breaking Bad fans should check this out just to see Bryan Cranston fight a killer monkey. Yes, that's really what happens. Be sure to stick around for the next installment "Come to Granny."

    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
    Directed by John Harrison

    Plot: To avoid being a witch's dinner, a child tells her some scary stories.

    The teams behind the first two Creepshow movies never got around to completing the trilogy. Yes, there is a Creepshow 3, but it is abomination to film making. Considering the fact that Stephen King's "Cat from Hell" was meant to be in Creepshow 2, many fans regard the Darkside movie to be the real Creepshow 3. Every vignette (presented by a young Matthew Lawrence to Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry) here is enticing so it's hard to choose just one.

    A favorite story: "Lover's Vow"
    The Japanese folktale concerning the yuki-onna (Snow Woman) yokai inspired this ghoulish saga. After a man witnesses a horrible incident, he meets the woman of his dreams. Everything in his life changes for the better... until he breaks a promise. Talk about a bad romance.

    Tales from the Hood (1995)
    Directed by Rusty Cundieff

    Plot: An eccentric funeral director shares four stories to three criminals: the ghost of a man killed by crooked cops returns to take revenge; a teacher confronts the abusive father of one of his students; a racist politician running for office is attacked by dolls possessed by the spirits of tortured slaves; and finally, a violent gang member is subjected to an unusual punishment for his crimes.

    This is probably the heaviest anthology to date as each story touches upon some serious issues in society. That doesn't mean it's a complete chore to get through. There is a dark sense of humor to most of the narratives.

    A favorite story: "Boys Do Get Bruised"
    In Living Color alum David Alan Grier poses as the fearsome patriarch in this twisted take on domestic violence.

    Trick 'r Treat (2007)
    Directed by Michael Dougherty

    Plot: Halloween serves as the backdrop to several spooky, interwoven stories: a woman suffers the consequences of taking her Halloween decorations down too early; a principal leads a secret life; some young women look for a few good men; a group of teenagers play a terrible prank; and an old man is visited by the spirit of All Hallow's Eve itself.

    If you know someone who hates this movie, remove them from your life immediately. This is perfect for the Halloween season, and it has rightfully become a modern day classic in the genre.

    A favorite story: "The School Bus Massacre Revisited"
    The entirety of Trick 'r Treat is great so don't think this is the only good part. This just happens to be a nice example of "just desserts" storytelling.

    Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
    Directed by Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg

    Plot: Three episodes of the original Twilight Zone series are remade and then accompanied by an original segment.

    It goes without saying that The Twilight Zone is one of the best, most creative shows in television history. How does the movie stand up? Not too bad. If you can get past the infamous tragedy that happened during the making of the movie, you'll probably find something here that suits your taste.


    A favorite story: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
    John Lithgow played the role of the nervous passenger in this update of the same story that first starred William Shatner. The advancements in filming and special effects really took this flight to a higher altitude.


    So, what anthology movies/stories do you like? Which do you hate? Or you can just make this a general creepy post, discuss your Halloween plans, etc. Don't be rude or Sam will getcha.

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    This October, we’re unveiling a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in our first permanent addition since opening.

    The current Malfoy Manor fireplace will be expanded to showcase the full set which became the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. A model of Voldemort’s snake Nagini will become the centrepiece of the original Malfoy Manor table.

    Officially launching on Tuesday 14th October, the new section will also include a variety of never-before-seen artefacts and props from Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley shop.

    A section of Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic office, including her garish kitten plates, perfectly putrid pink costumes and desk, will be on show as well.

    Sources: @madeleine, Telegraph, WB, Youtube

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  • 10/11/14--20:23: SNL Post: Bill Hader

  • Bill Hader RETURNS

    Or go to and look for NBC
    I'll add more as the season goes on.

    Quick Gifs & Caps:
    Or just search the #snl tag on tumblr.


    Hader Skits

    Skits without Hader

    Special Guests!
    Kristen Wiig
    Harvey Fierstein

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    To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Miss Saigon, a sell-out Gala performance took place at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Featuring the cast of the new production, and the original company, including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman. Since Miss Saigon's sensational record-breaking run at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago it has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world.

    This epic musical love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

    Hopefully the full 25th Anniversary Gala will air on TV and/or be put on DVD at some point, much in the way the Les Miserables did with their own Anniversary Concert a few years back. In the meantime, if you want to hear the full production, BBC Radio 2 currently has the full three-hour event available to listen to on their site for the next six days. It's pretty fantastic, to say the least.

    sources: YouTube,CinemaBlend

    The full 3-hour even is up for streaming on BBC Radio 2.

    favorite musicals, ONTD?

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    Spoilers ahead!

    The footage begins with Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) coming to her apartment on a rainy night. The door's ajar and all the lights are out. She enters gingerly, noticing blood stain on the floor. Understandably panicked, she reaches up into a vent to retrieve a cell phone stashed inside. As she turns to hightail it out of there, a man steps out from the shadows. It's Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore), who proceeds to throw her into the wall a couple of times, knocking her for a loop. He retrieves the phone she dropped in the struggle, whips out a switch blade and approaches her for the kill.

    That's when we see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) -- dressed in his black pro to-Daredevil suit straight out of Man Without Fear -- enter and immediately start brawling with Wesley. The fight is incredibly brutal and vicious, very much like the hand-to-hand combat scene in the Bourne films or the recent Bond movies. The sounds of punches, knife slashes, grunts, and damage act as the soundtrack. Matt and Wesley's brawl leads to them crashing out of the window together and down to the alley below. Matt tries to get up but he passes out face down on the road as the rain drenches him.


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    AKA "Why Hozier is relevant to ONTD's interests."

    3. His Music Video Take Me To Church Kicked Off His Success

    Rolling Stone reports on how Hozier’s popularity kicked off:
    It all started in September of 2013, when he released the video for “Take Me to Church,” a dark, bluesy EP track that would also lead his album. The clip, which debuted during the furor over Russia’s anti-gay legislation last fall, depicts a gay couple who are pursued and eventually brutalized by an angry mob. After getting posted to Reddit, he watched as the video’s view count ticked up.

    Have a look at the music video above. When talking about the message behind the video, Hozier told New York Magazine:
    Coming from Ireland, obviously, there’s a bit of a cultural hangover from the influence of the church. You’ve got a lot of people walking around with a heavy weight in their hearts and a disappointment, and that shit carries from generation to generation … So the song is just about that — it’s an assertion of self, reclaiming humanity back for something that is the most natural and worthwhile … To me, it’s not even a gay issue or a civil rights issue, it’s a human rights isse, and it should offend us all. It’s just simple. Either somebody has equal rights, or they don’t. And certainly in the Irish constitution, marriage is genderless.

    4. Hozier Posted His Cell Phone Number on Twitter

    To celebrate his album, Hozier surprised fans a few days ago by posting his cell phone number on Twitter and telling them “give me a bell.” Many of them did just that and actually got to talk to the music artist. Hozier told Rolling Stone:
    The idea came about because I was going to change my mobile number anyway. So I thought, for the last day before I do that, why don’t I just put my number out online and people can call me and tell me what they thought about the album or just to chat … It was the text messages that killed it. The phone was an old flip phone, and it just started seizing up. I turned it on [a few nights later] at 2 a.m. though, and people were still calling through.

    5. The Best Singers Are Females, According to Hozier
    Growing up, Hozier was a big fan of Nina Simone, telling The Guardian:
    I think it all started with Nina Simone. When I was maybe 7 or 8 I used to listen to one of her albums every night before I went to sleep. For me her voice was everything … The best vocalists I can think of are female. There is no singer I can think of who can touch Ella Fitzgerald. And when Billie Holiday sings she’s merciless about it. Her voice has just this immaculate sadness – even in happy songs there was something that was so broken about it.

    Also, he's really, really tall, and he looks like he looks.
    Oh yeah, and his voice and album are fantastic.

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    Melissa McBride's Carol becomes an ass-kicker, and Andrew Lincoln's Rick becomes more confident and dangerous.

    BY Nicole Lyn Pesce

    Melissa McBride's character, Carol Peletier, is getting tougher on "The Walking Dead."

    “The Walking Dead” has a new badass.

    The explosive season five premiere on Sunday at 9 p.m. hammers home the mantra that the hit AMC series has embraced since day one: Who do you have to become to survive the zombie apocalypse?

    Look no further than Carol (played by Melissa McBride), one of only five survivors from the original Atlanta group, who’s risen from meek, abused wife to the ass-kicking heroine making impossible decisions.

    “Who’s changed the most over the course of the show? Everyone would say Carol,” says showrunner Scott Gimple. “It’s remarkable that all of this tragedy has unlocked her inner strength.”

    This new confidence comes at a cost. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) banished Carol from the group’s prison haven last season after she tried stemming a plague by killing two disease carriers in cold blood.

    And she anchored one of the show’s most controversial scenes yet: shooting Lizzie, a troubled little girl, point blank after the child killed her own sister and threatened an innocent baby’s life.

    “Carol is a very careful person, methodical, observant, and she knows what needs to be done,” says McBride. “So much of what she was preapocalypse has found its purpose. There is a usefulness in the adversity that she went through — looking constantly over her shoulder, knowing how to fix a dislocated shoulder.”

    The darker “The Walking Dead” gets, the dirtier Carol’s hands get, as viewers will see in the season opener.

    “Her role is whatever is demanded of her that day,” says McBride. “On the one hand, innately she is a very protective, nurturing person, but on the other hand, she’s learned to fight. There’s nothing to look forward to, really. We don’t know anything except what is right in front of us. And we definitely are more desperate now because resources are lower and lower, and threats are greater and greater.”

    Yet viewers can’t get enough. “The Walking Dead” has been the most-watched show on cable for the past two years despite — or perhaps because of — its bleak subject matter.

    Read more @ the source

    Viewing Post!

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    It’s been more than three decades since Lynda Carter hung up her satin tights and stopped fighting for our rights with the cancellation of the 1970s Wonder Woman series, but the battle continues in a new digital comic announced by DC Entertainment at ,New York Comic Con Sunday.

    Wonder Woman ‘77 not only spins out of the television series that ran from 1975 to 1979, but also the current Batman ‘66 digital series that launched in 2013 to critical and fan acclaim. As with the latter series, Wonder Woman ‘77 will debut with weekly digital chapters that will later be collected in print (the digital series launches in December, with print versions “to be released early in 2015,” according to DC).

    Written by Marc Andreyko, covers for the series will be provided by Nicola Scott. Artists for the stories themselves will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Wonder Woman ‘77 was just one of three new digital series announced during DC’s Sunday “Download This!” panel, with the others being based on videogame properties. Mortal Kombat X, debuting in January 2015, will be based on the reboot for the popular game franchise that takes place 25 years after the previous installment, while Fables: The Wolf Among Us adapts the Telltale Games adaptation of Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series from Vertigo. That title, like Wonder Woman ‘77, launches in December.


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  • 10/12/14--19:10: OUAT 4x04 promo
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    Kristen Stewart stays casual while hanging out with a group of pals on Sunday afternoon (October 12) in Silver Lake, Calif.

    The 24-year-old actress recently opened up about her new film Clouds Of Sils Maria and how she relates to it, being in the public eye.

    “I think that my position – just the life that I’m living and my experience – sort of gave [the film] this irony,” Kristen said during a press conference (via HuffPo). “[It] just made it a bit more relevant and interesting.”

    high hopes for gaystew


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    Music mogul Clive Davis has a 1-2 punch of year-end releases up his sleeve. Oct. 21 brings a new studio album “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,” followed Nov. 10 with “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances” on CD and DVD.

    Davis will preview both projects in a question-answer session on Sunday afternoon at — where else? — the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum.

    Davis gave Pop & Hiss an early listen to Franklin’s album, which has the markings of a fourth-quarter blockbuster.

    The Queen of Soul’s voice is in exceptional shape as she takes on indelible songs by Etta James (“At Last”), Barbra Streisand (“People”), Gladys Knight (“Midnight Train to Georgia”), Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive”) and others. It also has her take on Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” which has racked up 3.6 million hits on Vevo, YouTube and other outlets in less than two weeks.

    As the mentor of numerous pop, rock and soul artists over the last half-century, Davis said he’d long been entertaining the idea of getting Franklin back in the studio again to reimagine classic songs with her unparalleled voice. (He also wasted no time noting her No. 1 placement on Rolling Stone’s recent rankings of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”)

    Most of the new album's songs have dramatically different arrangements than the well-known versions, perhaps the most dramatic reinvention being her swinging rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” as conceived by Outkast’s Andre Benjamin.

    It also was evident how close to Davis’ heart the Houston live CD-DVD project is as he hopscotched through several of the performances, which range from just after she signed to Arista in 1983 (a televised performance on “The Merv Griffin Show” when she was just 19) through a 2009 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

    “I know there’s a TV movie coming next year, but before the biopics start coming out, this really tells her story,” Davis said.

    The most difficult moment for Davis?

    Watching Houston perform “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” five years ago on Winfrey’s show.
    In it Houston sings “I tumbled, but I did not crumble” and “I was not built to break,” three years before she died of what the Los Angeles County coroner ruled an accidental drowning while she was “acutely intoxicated from cocaine.”

    So excited for both albums! Fave Whitney/Aretha moments?


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    We love these actors, but it's time for a little tough love about their current career paths.


    Kate Walsh on 'Bad Judge'

    NBC's Bad Judge is certainly a critical dud, which is a crime, as Kate Walsh is more than capable of carrying a comedy or drama. She has been sorely missed since leaving our TVs with the disappearance of Private Practice, and while it's possible for Judge to improve, viewers seem to have plenty of objections with it.


    Kat Dennings on '2 Broke Girls'

    Viewers — even if they're afraid to admit it — seem to be still watching the CBS sitcom. However, its ratings are clearly on the decline, as the show averaged 11.29 million viewers in its first season but just 8.98 million in its third.Kat Dennings still maintains her winning persona throughout the proceedings, despite having to deliver some groaner-quality punchlines. She needs to escape the dreary diner show and find a series that can consistently give viewers what they loved about her in the Thor movies and The House Bunny.

    Jenny Slate on 'Married'

    After the surprising success of this summer's hit indie film Obvious Child, the former Saturday Night Live featured player has well-deserved career heat. She would be a perfect fit as the lead on an edgy HBO comedy, rather than as a supporting member of FX's tepid Married.

    See the 4 other actors at the source

    Which other actors and actresses deserve better careers and shows, ONTD?

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    “Shiny Objects” – When Alicia and Dean represent a fired female CEO in a sex discrimination suit against her company, they face a tough defense team in familiar foes Elsbeth Tascioni and Rayna Hecht. Meanwhile, a hacker seizes control and threatens to delete all of Florrick/Agos/Lockhart’s files, sending the firm into panic mode when he demands a ransom, on THE GOOD WIFE.

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    Serena 2014 ½
    Have you ever wanted to punch a film right in the face if it, you know, actually had a face to punch?
    Well, that's Serena for you. A film so brilliant on paper and so dizzyingly poor in execution. The relentless close-ups, wavy dialogue and constant cut sequences to tranquil forests; seriously there is more ethereal woodland scenes here than in the entire fucking Twilight's all just so bland and vapid.
    Considering the chemistry Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have - both as friends and frequent co-workers - they fail to fizzle here, and that's down to the wafer-thin prose they have to spit.
    Toby Jones is a uptight sheriff and Sean Harris/Rhys Ifans are slurring Texans too. Yup...

    To put it bluntly, Serena is a mess.
    The movie is set in 1929 North Carolina, just as the effects of the Wall Street crash are beginning to adversely affect the US economy. Cooper is George Pemberton, a timber magnate who has had to resort to illegal methods in order to keep his business thriving. There's some mumbling about bribes, but it's all very vague, as is much of this film. While on vacation, he catches the eye of Serena (Lawrence), a young orphaned woman whose family died in a fire while she was a child. Pemberton introduces himself with the line, "We should be married," and following a quick montage of the pair rolling around, he arrives back in North Carolina with his new bride.
    Unwilling to merely serve as Pemberton's arm ornament, Serena quickly establishes herself as a business partner, and an effective one at that. This draws the ire of Pemberton's number two, Buchanan (David Dencik, a Swedish character actor who struggles with a US accent here). It's implied that Buchanan wants to be Pemberton's partner in more than just a business sense, but this is but one of several subplots that feel under-developed in this cut.
    For most of Serena's running time, we find ourselves trying to get a grasp on just what story Bier is telling here. With so many subplots at play, we can't fully invest in any of them. Is the movie about Serena's struggle to cope with the knowledge that she can't bear children? Is the focus instead on Pemberton's attempts to keep his business afloat? Or Pemberton's secret funding of the son he bore with a young local girl? And what's with Rhys Ifan's creepy tracker, who seems to share a psychic bond with Serena, who herself appears to have a supernatural way with beasts. Watching Serena is like waiting for your wife to settle on an outfit to wear, but in this case, none of them fit.
    All of the aforementioned plot strands come together unconvincingly in the film's final act, when the movie becomes a postmodern riff on the 'Wicked Woman' pictures so beloved by Hollywood in the 30s and 40s. None of the characters' actions are remotely believable, however, and the movie seems to know it's outstayed its welcome, stumbling loudly to its conclusion like a scream queen chased through a field in high heels by an axe-wielding maniac.
    It's impossible not to assume there's a far longer and much more comprehensive cut of Serena out there. Maybe it will be released later down the line and we'll then reassess Bier's film, which is visually one of the most striking of the year, but in its current form, Serena is simply a disaster.

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    Ellen’s guest DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss stripped down to his underwear Wednesday to get a full body wax on camera, thus continuing the great new weekly tradition of objectifying Ellen’s male friends.

    The 32-year-old dancer/actor and So You Think You Can Dance alum revealed he’s been cast in the upcoming Magic Mike XXL sequel. He says he enjoys showing off his body but isn’t excited to get “waxed from neck to toe,” a requirement for the job.
    “I’m really nervous about that,” he said. “I didn’t know that’s what I was signing up for.”
    Check it out below, and prepare yourself to see him in even tinier underwear when Magic Mike XXL comes out next August.

    RIP to my body hair. Thanks Ellen for the support. This wax game is real. MAGIC MIKE XXL LETS GO!!!

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    ONTD, have you ever gotten a full body wax?

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