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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Etta James has been hospitalised after experiencing breathing difficulties. The 'At Last' singer's live-in doctor revealed recently that the legendary vocalist is "terminally ill".



    The 73-year-old has now been admitted to a Southern California hospital and placed on a breathing machine, reports Reuters.

    James's long-time manager Lupe De Leon said: "They took her to the hospital. She was having trouble breathing, so they intubated her. She is on a breathing machine and is resting."

    De Leon admitted that the singer is "in pretty bad shape", adding: "It is really sad. She is like my sister."

    James's family are at the hospital alongside her.

    Etta, who suffers from dementia, was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.

    In May, the Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member developed a blood and urinary tract infection.

    Source | So sad :(

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    Christmas Carols are meant to get us in the holiday spirit, but have you ever really listened to the words of these yuletide classics? Most of these songs are about accidents, sex or secret murder. Lyrics about poverty, death, suspected adultery, giant snow creations springing to life, it's horrifying. These songs are ones we hear piped throughout giant shopping centers, in lobbies, on the radio, the background music of our celebrations and holiday parties but what are they really saying? Here are the most horrifying Christmas song lyrics of all time.


    13. Grandma Got Run Over by a Raindeer

    Okay, sure, this is meant to be somewhat whimsical, but think of the visual: a kind, wonderful, loving old woman is walking home on Christmas Eve, and then gets run over by a reindeer. That's tragic!

    And this is when the story gets horrible.

    "Grandma got run over by a reindeer.
    Walking home from our house Christmas eve.
    You can say there's no such thing as Santa,
    But as for me and grandpa we believe."

    So Grandma died and reindeer killed her? But reindeer fly, so how did they run her over? This song brings up a whole bunch of logistical questions. 
    This song, by the way, after studying this last phrase, fits perfectly into Christmas because of the Christian value of if you don't believe in Jesus, you can go and rot in hell. Grandma didn't believe in Santa Claus, so if she dies, nobody cares. 

    I mean, check this out:

    "When we found her Christmas morning,
    At the scene of the attack,
    She had hoof-prints on her forehead,
    And incriminating Claus marks on her back."

    So, it was a murder. This song is about a murder. This song is about the most kind, benevolent fictional character of all time that spends his entire life making and delivering toys to children taking time out of his schedule to murder an old woman (who isn't even part of his target audience). 

    "Now were all so proud of Grandpa
    He's been takin' this so well
    See him in there watchin' football
    Drinkin' root beer and playin' cards with cousin Belle"

    So grandpa's just fine with this, apparently. He's taking the death of the woman he just spent his entire life building a family with so well that he just goes back to watching football and playing cards? 

    Did grandpa pay off Santa Claus and the reindeer? 

    The concept of Santa Claus moonlighting as an assassin for hire is not only terrifying because of his supernatural powers of light speed and work ethic, but because he can see us when we're sleeping, and we're awake. 
    All of us. He's like a fat, bearded, murderous God, ready to kill us all if we stop believing in him. 
    This is terrifying.

    12. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 


    Speaking of which...

    "He sees you when you're sleeping 
    He knows when you're awake 
    He knows if you've been bad or good 
    So be good for goodness sake! 
    O! You better watch out! 
    You better not cry 
    Better not pout 
    I'm telling you why 
    Santa Claus is coming to town"

    This sounds like a threat. This entire song is a threat. 

    and Santa does sound a little too focused on watching little kids and this all sounds very threatening, what exactly is going to happen to kids when Santa comes to town?

    But what really makes this song disturbing lies in the fact that there's an everpresent being watching children 24/7, and that if they screw up once, even once then they don't get to enjoy what is easily the most joyous season of the year in the West with the rest of the world. 

    If you don't live by this weird, fat, bearded guy's rules, you have nothing but coal, trauma, alienation and social exclusion to look forward to during the holidays. 

    Why do we even need God if we have Santa Claus? If you piss Santa off you don't get Skyrim for Christmas.
    Of course, it's easier to come to more obvious conclusions like this one...

    11. Santa Baby


    Eartha Kitt sang the original version of this song in 1953. It's the sexiest Christmas song, but operates under the guise of what is basically a proposition for prostitution. 

    We've already seen Santa take money for murder on this list, and in this song, we assume he can be bought with sex.

    A good piece of advice for guys would be to ask a girl they like what her favorite Christmas song is. If it's Santa Baby, then find a new girl. 

    This song is about a gold digger. Literally. She asks for a platinum mine in this song, and that's before she asks for something from Tiffany's. A WHOLE MINE. And then she wants more. This is the greediest person alive and she's willing to bang the sh*t out of Santa Claus to get whatever she wants.

    Yachts, a deed to the house, a duplex and checks as stocking stuffers

    Jesus. If this song doesn't scare the mothers of little girls, it should scare the absolute living hell out of all and any guys.

    10. 12 Days of Christmas 


    First of all, there are only two days of Christmas, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there are not 12.

    If your true love is sending you a total of 23 birds, 49 people, and 5 golden rings you may want to consider finding a new true love because this one is involved in black market dealings or is one of those brash, irresponsible billionaires who'll most likely get you killed by the end of the year.

    9. Christmas Shoes

    This may be the worst song ever written in the history of holiday songs (which is actually kind of a long history). This is just torture. This song is about a guy buying last minute gifts and he's waiting in line behind some kid who says:

    "Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
    It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
    Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there's not much time
    You see she's been sick for quite a while
    And I know these shoes would make her smile
    And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight"

    Are you kidding? This kid is out on Christmas Eve buying shoes for his mother who's going to die on Christmas. Where the hell is the father and why isn't he buying the shoes?

    Then it gets even better:

    "He counted pennies for what seemed like years
    Then the cashier said, "Son, there's not enough here"
    He searched his pockets frantically
    Then he turned and he looked at me
    He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
    Though most years she just did without
    Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
    Somehow I've got to buy her these Christmas shoes"

    He doesn't have enough?! Are they serious?!

    If you're not crying by this point just wait because a choir of small children then begin to sing the chorus. If that's not enough, it then goes into a single child singing with just a piano.

    The real tragedy in the song, though, lies in the fact that this is a song you can hear at Macy's, and it's one that chronicles a child with a dying mother who's out committing a gesture well beyond his means in order to see his mother smile just one more time before she passes.

    This is what people are singing.

    8. Baby, It's Cold Outside


    This song was written by Frank Loesser in 1944, it was written as duet for Loesser and his wife, Lynn Garland, to sing at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party. It was considered by Garland to be "their song", then Losesser sold it to MGM and became a Christmas song. However, this song has very little to do with Christmas and more to do with holding someone against their will. The girl wants to leave and the man keeps telling her it's too cold to leave:

    "I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
    I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
    This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in
    So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice
    My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry
    My father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
    So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
    Well Maybe just a half a drink more - Put some music on while I pour"

    First of all, this girl clearly needs to dress better for the weather. Secondly, the song goes on like that, with the girl making up more reasons to go, and the guy shooting her down with "baby, it's cold outside" and she always gives in. By the end of the song she just gives in completely:

    "Brr its cold...
    It's cold out there
    Cant you stay awhile longer baby
    Well... I really shouldn't... alright

    Make it worth your while baby
    Ahh, do that again..."

    Is anyone else getting a date rapey vibe? The moral of this Christmas song is: lay off the sauce, and make sure you bring a coat, hat, gloves, and pepper spray whenever you go on an apparently inescapable winter date.

    7. Away In A Manger


    This is a very well known Christmas song that is sung by young carolers as they go door to door, in churches, around pianos etc. It tells the story of the baby Jesus and then says a little prayer to him:

    "Be near me, Lord Jesus,
    I ask Thee to stay,
    Close by me forever,
    and love me, I pray!
    Bless all the dear children
    in Thy tender care
    And take us to heaven,
    to Live with Thee there."

    So there's this God-baby that's going to kill all these children and then bring them up to heaven to live with him? That's not very tender and caring, it's Jonestown.

    The concept of a killer baby with unlimited powers coming to Earth to claim our children is one of the scariest things I can think of. Especially when they're all so willing to do it and everyone celebrating the baby's birth. I can seriously think of very few things scarier than that. Children of the Corn, The Village of the Damned and Away in a Manger.

    6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus


    The Roman Catholic Church in Boston actually condemned this song when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas. They must've forgotten about mistletoe (and all that child rape).

    "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
    Underneath the mistletoe last night.
    She didn't see me creep
    Down the stairs to have a peek;
    She thought I was tucked
    Up in my bedroom fast asleep
    Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
    Underneath his beard so snowy white.
    Oh, what a laugh it would have been,
    If Daddy had only seen
    Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night!"

    Merry Christmas kid, Mommy is an adulterer.

    What people don't bring up often is that Santa comes very late at night and that Mommy is downstairs kissing him...where is Daddy? I assume Daddy is not home because I don't think Mommy would risk it, and I'm sure the kid would run to Daddy and say, "Dad, you need to go see what Mom is doing to Santa."

    That'd be kind of cool, if that kid innocently tore apart his family, right? Well apparently, this is what the kid thinks:

    "Then I saw mommy tickle Santa Claus
    Underneath his beard so snowy white
    What a laugh it would have been
    If daddy had only seen
    Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night."

    What a creepy, sadistic, Damien-esque little weirdo. This song is about a kid, and a marriage, desperately in need of counseling

    5. Do They Know It's Christmas?


    Look at their hair.

    This was a song written by Bob Geldof to raise funds for Ethiopia and released by Band Aid in 1984.

    "But say a prayer - pray for the other ones
    At christmas time
    It's hard, but when you're having fun
    There's a world outside your window
    And it's a world of dreaded fear
    Where the only water flowing is a bitter sting of tears"

    Wait...what? Why? Why are people crying at Christmas and why are people singing about it in such a cheery manner??

    "And the christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
    Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you"

    That is just rude! Thank God it's them instead of you? Really? That's not charitable at all. And this is really a disgusting thing to see coming from Sting and Bono -- and that's not even counting their hair.

    "And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time"

    Well, there's never going to be. The climate in Africa is not one that allows for snow because it's below the equator.

    "The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
    Where nothing ever grows
    No rain or rivers flow"

    It rains in Africa, and there are a lot of rivers that flow, so, yeah, at least they do have that. This song really is trying to take everything away from Africa.

    "Do they know it's Christmas time at all?"

    No, they don't and now neither does anyone else. Because no one has calendars. Anywhere.

    Way to go Bob Geldof, you ruined Christmas.

    4. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch!


    The movie "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" has the moral that Christmas is about being with the people you care about, not just presents. The Grinch learns this when he steals Christmas from the Who's in Whoville and they still stand around the tree singing.

    That's a nice sentiment.

    The song, on the other hand, is just a bunch of insults. Really creative, well-thought-out, true and hurtful insults:

    "Your soul is an apalling dump-heap,
    Overflowing with the most disgraceful
    assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable,
    Mangled-up in tangled-up knots!
    You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch!
    With a nauseous super naus!
    You're a crooked jerky jockey,
    And you drive a crooked hoss,
    Mr. Grinch!
    You're a three-decker sauerkraut
    and toadstool sandwich,
    With arsenic sauce!"

    Wow, that's harsh. I mean geez, tell us how you really feel.

    The movie itself has a great message, but this song is truly just a series of people lashing out at someone who we eventually learn doesn't really deserve it.

    So this is what we've kept from this awesome moral lesson from Dr. Seuss? What we've kept in department stores, kids shows and entire theme parks is that one time we really let this social outcast who eventually learned the errors of his ways just f*ckin have it? What the hell.

    3. Winter Wonderland


    "Later on, we'll conspire,
    As we dream by the fire
    To face unafraid,
    The plans that we've made,
    Walking in a winter wonderland."

    Are we dumping a body in a winter wonderland? What exactly were we conspiring by the fire that we must face unafraid?

    And then we get this gem:

    "In the meadow we can build a snowman,
    Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

    He'll say: Are you married?
    We'll say: No man,
    But you can do the job
    When you're in town."

    So, part of this really popular, classic Christmas song is two kids building a snowman and pretending he's someone who can marry them? Little kids getting married is the subject of one of the most overplayed songs in American history, apparently, as well as threatening sounding lyrics.

    The whole song is about snow covering up any random, creepy secrets these kids may be keeping from the world. And it's weird.

    2. Jingle Bells


    "A day or two ago
    I thought I'd take a ride
    And soon Miss Fanny Bright
    Was seated by my side
    The horse was lean and lank
    Misfortune seemed his lot
    We got into a drifted bank
    And then we got upshot"

    Reckless driving and accidents is that what we call fun around Christmas now. Learn it.

    1. Please, Daddy


    Here's a song by John Denver, the full title is Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas).

    "Please Daddy, don’t get drunk this Christmas
    I don’t wanna see my Mumma cry
    Please Daddy, don’t get drunk this Christmas
    I don’t wanna see my Mumma cry
    Mumma smiled and looked outside the window
    She told me son, you better go upstairs
    Then you laughed and hollered Merry Christmas
    I turned around and saw my Mumma’s tears"

    This one pretty much speaks for itself. Nothing like alcoholism, child abuse, tears and then drunken sex and/or spousal abuse to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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    Lol at this article. 


    I'm literally eating pop-corn rn, and damn one got stuck on my tooth. &%&#$*#"!=)$#"!!!



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  • 12/24/11--15:05: 15 movie to Watch in 2012

  • As 2011 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to the movies set to open in 2012. While many are busy compiling their Top 10 lists from 2011, we thought it’d be a good time to run down the list of our 15 most anticipated blockbusters of the coming year.



    Director: Andrew Stanton

    Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, and Thomas Hayden Church

    Release Date: March 9th, 2012 (3D)

    Why We’re Excited About It: A feature film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi collection John Carter of Mars has been in development for a very, very long time. Wall-E director Andrew Stanton is finally the one to bring the story to life, and while the initial teaser trailer did little to impress, the subsequent marketing materials (including the full-length trailer) have inspired much more faith in the project. The setting is vast, the effects are notable, and the sci-fi is on full display. Stanton’s work at Pixar is extraordinary, so here’s hoping he delivers on his live-action debut.



    Director: Gary Ross

    Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland

    Release Date: March 23rd, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: If you’ve read the books, you know that Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games universe is ripe for a feature film adaptation. It’s epic in scope, has multiple thrilling and unique action set-pieces, and centers on teenagers fighting each other to death with a hodgepodge of weapons/modes of murdering at their disposal. Judging from the full-length trailer, it looks like director Gary Ross has the tone down pat, but Lionsgate is keeping the second and third act close to the vest (ie. the killing, running, and fighting). Hopefully the film takes what made the books so damn addictive—intriguing characters and a twisty plot—and expands upon them, giving us an all-out dystopian adventure.



    Director: Joss Whedon

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo

    Release Date: May 4th, 2012 (3D- WHY ?)

    Why We’re Excited About It: The road that began with 2008’s Iron Man comes to a turning point here with the superhero movie to end all superhero movies. As if bringing together Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk wasn’t enough, Marvel nabbed “God of Nerds” Joss Whedon to write and direct the pic. While everyone’s definitely looking forward to seeing Tony Stark trade jabs with Steve Rogers, The Avengers also provides a look into the future as it sets up “Phase 2” of Marvel’s development slate (which will presumably culminate with The Avengers 2).


    Director: Rupert Sanders

    Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Noah Huntley, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Steven Graham

    Release Date: June 1st, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: While the idea of two Snow White movies wasn’t exactly the most appetizing thought, the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman was kind of badass. In his feature film debut, the first look at Rupert Sanders’ iteration of the classic story definitely took a lot of people by surprise; it’s much more Lord of the Rings than Alice in Wonderland. Charlize Theron is a delight any time she gets a meaty character to chew on, and she appears to be in fine form here as the Evil Queen. We haven’t seen much from Kristen Stewart yet, but turning Snow White into a sort of reluctant warrior is definitely an interesting direction. Sanders’ visuals are epic in scope, and I’m enticed to find out if this ambitious fairy tale delivers.


    PROMETHEUS
    Director: Ridley Scott

    Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce

    Release Date: June 8th, 2012 (3D)

    Why We’re Excited About It: This maybe-probably prequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien marks a much-welcomed return to the sci-fi genre for the director. Judging by the footage seen so far, it appears that he’s returning to the horror tone that he so expertly pulled off with the 1979 pic. The cast is pretty great, with Michael Fassbender—a damn fine actor and everyone’s current obsession—playing an android and Noomi Rapace set as the lead. We still know very little plotwise, but given its connection to Alien and the fact that Scott is tackling sci-fi once more, I’m incredibly eager to check this one out.



    Director: Mark Andrews

    Cast: The voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters

    Release Date: June 22nd, 2012 (3D)

    Why We’re Excited About It: It’s safe to say many have been eagerly awaiting Brave ever since the project was first announced (our anticipation grew more intense as we realized we first had to sit through Cars 2). Besides the fact that the film comes from the nearly always on fire hit factory that is Pixar, Brave is a picturesque fairy tale set in the Scottish highlands. The visuals look stunning, and the movie marks the studio’s first film with a female protagonist. Fantasy is a new avenue for Pixar, and I couldn’t think of a genre better suited for the expert storytellers to take on.


    Director: Marc Webb

    Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field

    Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 (3D)

    Why We’re Excited About It: All eyes are on Marc Webb’s reboot to see how it sets itself apart from Sam Raimi’s previous three films in the Spider-Man franchise. It looks as though we’re getting the origin story again, but Webb has a keen eye for visuals and he’s assembled an intriguing and fresh cast. Garfield has dramatic chops, and Stone is endlessly charming, so hopes are high on this one. We still haven’t seen too much in the way of footage, but I’m interested to see what direction Webb takes the Spider-Man story.


    Director: Christopher Nolan

    Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Marion Cotillard

    Release Date: July 20th, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: This one’s pretty much a no-brainer. With Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan ushered in the era of “gritty” superhero movies. No such imitators have come close to the earnestness that the director displayed with The Dark Knight, and Rises brings the epic saga to an end. Will Bane beat the living hell out of Batman? Can Catwoman really fit into Nolan’s reality-grounded universe? All will (hopefully) be answered come next July, and I’m already anxiously counting down the days.


    Director: Tony Gilroy

    Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, and Stacy Keach

    Release Date: August 3rd, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: While I’d have loved to see Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return for another installment in one of the most consistently great franchises in recent memory, this “reboot” has become increasingly interesting. Set within the same universe as the previous Bourne films but lacking the character of Jason Bourne, screenwriter Tony Gilroy takes over the helm with Jeremy Renner in the starring role. Gilroy is the credited writer on the first three Bourne’s, and his directorial resume (Michael Clayton) gives faith that he’s crafted another enthralling pic. Renner’s a great choice in Damon’s wake, and Edward Norton makes for a fascinating choice as the villain, so I’m hopeful Gilroy can take this franchise in a different yet equally engaging direction.


    GANGSTER SQUAD
    Director: Ruben Fleischer

    Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Michael Pena, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, and Giovanni Ribisi

    Release Date: October 19th, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: This 1940s crime thriller marks the first big-budget project for Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, and boy is he going all out. Besides a super cool premise—back from WWII, a cop assembles a task force to take down Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen—the film boasts an outstanding ensemble that sees Josh Brolin squaring off against Sean Penn (who plays Cohen). Fleischer has a knack for interesting action, so I’m antsy to see how he takes on this large-scale period piece.


    Director: Sam Mendes

    Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw

    Release Date: November 9th, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: While Quantum of Solace took a bit of the wind out the “Bond rejuvenation” sails that kicked off with Casino Royale, Skyfall has all the right ingredients to get the series back on track. Generally known for his weighty dramatic material, Mendes should bring some fresh perspective to Bond, and he’s rounded up one of the more impressive supporting casts: Javier Bardem steps into another villainous role, and Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney are set to appear. Bardem is particularly exciting, as it’s hard to think of many I’d rather see as a Bond villain than the No Country for Old Men star.


    GRAVITY
    Director: Alfonso Cuaron

    Cast: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

    Release Date: November 21st, 2012 (3D)

    Why We’re Excited About It: The rumors about this project have become almost mythic. There are whispers of a 20-minute opening shot, never-before-seen visual effects, and groundbreaking 3D. What we know for sure is that Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut stranded in space, and she occupies most of the screentime completely alone. If Alfonso Cuaron wasn’t directing, this would still be an intriguing project, but this is his first film since Children of Men and I utterly cannot wait to see what he has in store. My mind is fully prepared to be blown.


    Director: Peter Jackson

    Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Andy Serkis

    Release Date: December 14th, 2012 (3D)

    Why We’re Excited About It: Years in the making, this adaptation has definitely had its ups and downs. While I was sad to see Guillermo del Toro leave the director’s chair, the only reasonable replacement had to be Peter Jackson. The Lord of the Rings films are beloved by many, and The Hobbit offers us an opportunity to return to Middle Earth and visit our old friends once again (as well as a healthy amount of new ones). The recent trailer suggests the movie is everything we’d hoped it’d be, and Jackson is filming the two-part adaptation in 3D at 48 frames per second, which ensures that The Hobbit will be an intense visual treat.


    DJANGO UNCHAINED
    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    Cast:Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Don Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Release Date:December 25th, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: I’m always thrilled for a new Quentin Tarantino film, but the writer-director has assembled himself one hell of a cast for his Spaghetti Western. How exactly Tarantino plans on approaching the prickly issue of slavery is a big question mark, but I’m intrigued to see how QT transports his signature touch to the 1800s. Even more enticing is the thought of the immensely talented Leonardo DiCaprio disappearing into his role as an evil plantation owner (is it too much to hope for a Colonel Sanders-esque goatee?).


    LES MISERABLES
    Director: Tom Hooper

    Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Eddie Redmayne

    Release Date: December 25th, 2012

    Why We’re Excited About It: Director Tom Hooper made waves with last year’s The King’s Speech, for which he won the Best Director Oscar. So how does one follow up a small period piece about the King of England? With a large-scale movie musical of course. Les Miserables certainly fits into Hooper’s wheelhouse (he also directed the HBO miniseries John Adams), and he’s assembled an incredible cast for the adaptation. Hugh Jackman is a Broadway veteran and can charm the pants off of just about anyone, so he seems a swell choice for protagonist Jean Valjean. Then we’ve got Russell Crowe as the nefarious Javert, set to go toe-to-toe with Jackman. There are still a few roles yet to be cast, but Hooper’s visual taste for period work paired with the actors cast thus far should prove for an adaptation that’s equal parts gorgeous and entertaining.

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    Ding dong merrily on high. I hope Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is singing this right now on what is her first real test of joining the Queen at an important family occasion. Christmas brings joy and happiness to all. Or most of us. But at Sandringham, where the sovereign plays host to all the senior royals, it can be fraught with worry. There are a number of "No-Nos" that I would like to pass on to the Girl who will be Queen. I do so in the knowledge that Kate has been wonderfully well guided by Prince William since their April wedding.





    1 DON'T, for goodness, sake, buy any gift that is worth much (considered vulgar) for anybody except, of course, your dear husband or immediate family members. These will naturally be exchanged well away from the royal residence in Norfolk.

    2 DON'T expect any ring-a-ding jollity during the Christmas lunch. It is a fairly unrelaxed occasion which passes swiftly.

    One of the domestic staff who was on duty for this event for many years says: "From start to finish the record is 50 minutes.

    "Usually it's around 70 minutes from starters to pudding and most can't wait to get outside. You know it's over because the Range Rovers and Land Rovers have all pulled up to take everyone off to their favourite place to walk."

    3 NO, they don't go for a walk together as most normal families do - which is well worth remembering.

    4 DON'T wonder aloud about how Fergie is doing. Her name must definitely not be mentioned anywhere near Prince Philip. He can't stand her and can't think of any reason for her existence. Except, of course, as the mother of his grandchildren.

    5 DO be very careful, too, how you reminisce about that other royal wedding this year. Mike Tindall's behaviour - off field let alone on it - during the rugby World Cup was beyond the pale.

    6 DO thank the staff for all their efforts during your stay at Sandringham. And do remind Wills to leave a tip for the maid and footman who will be assigned to you during their stay. £50?

    7 BUT don't refer to any of the above as "servants". They are "staff".

    8 DO be on time for church where you will run into an almost out-of-control posse of photographers. The Queen takes her religion very seriously and every moment is set to a strict timetable.




    So with those tips out of the way, what can the new Duchess expect during her stay at Sandringham? Plenty that is exciting and fairytale-ish. It was the late Duke of Windsor who best described the royal Christmases. The man who, if nothing else, had oodles of style said: "It is like Dickens in a Cartier setting." The Big Occasion is, ironically, not Christmas Day itself (that is set aside more for religion and visiting much loved retainers at Sandringham) but Christmas Eve. Today the presents are distributed in the Drawing Room beneath a 20ft tree, cut from the estate a few days earlier. Christmas trees were not introduced by Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria. But it is he who popularised them. In 1841 he introduced an illuminated tree to Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen's first son, Bertie, who later became Edward VII. To him, the tree was a symbol of unified and contented family life, something uppermost in his mind. His thinking forms the basis of the Queen's own feelings today. Staff will start off decorating the Sandringham tree but the Queen herself and the younger royals staying with her like to finish it off with a star on the top. With the tree ready, trestle tables are set up beneath it. Tapes mark out sections for each family member and any of the Queen's household who is on duty for the weekend. This includes a lady-in-waiting and an equerry.

    The gifts may be inexpensive but the wrapping of each one is exquisite and that's where the prizes are given. With this done, it is time for tea in the "Saloon" - sandwiches, without crusts, scones, chocolate and fruit cake. Exactly one hour later (are you keeping up with all this, Duchess?) at 6pm it's back to the Drawing Room for the opening of the presents. Don't try to help too much. HM herself likes to distribute everybody's munificence. With this over, all retire to their rooms or suites to dress for dinner, preceded by drinks served by the equerry.

    At midnight it is traditional for the Queen to attend communion at the estate church, St Mary Magdalene. As I say, Her Majesty is a practising Christian and takes her religion very seriously. Just as well as she is also Supreme Governor of the Church of England. This does not make her Head of the Church (that's God), but the most senior lay person in the land. So on to Christmas Day itself. The breakfast, the gathering of the clan to walk to church, the service itself and then the walk back for lunch in the grandly named King's Dining Room. And this is when things (Kate, are you still reading?) can start to fray at the edges. Too many egos in one room...

    Much depends on whether the Duke of Edinburgh is in a crusty mood or not. With Mike Tindall in his bad books at the moment he would be sensible to disappear early and miss the lunch altogether. He always has the excuse that he can train with his team-mates. However bruising that might be, he could receive less abuse from them than he would from his wife Zara's grandfather. After the swift yuletide meal it's time for a walk - or, Kate, maybe a chance to scarper back to your rather more cosy parents' house in the Home Counties? Whatever your decision, I wish you good luck. You will need it.

    *Third times the charm. Thanks mods.

    **The unbolded material reminds me of the Dear America series that I loved reading back in the day. Anyone else?


    Happy holidays everyone!


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    Dutch-born entertainer Johannes Heesters, who made his name performing in Adolf Hitler’s Germany and was dogged later in his long career by controversy over his Nazi-era past, died Saturday, his agent said. He was 108.

    The tenor Heesters made his debut on the big stage at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria in 1934. His career took off in Berlin where, starting in 1935 — two years after the Nazis took power — he became a crowd favorite at the Komische Oper and Admiralspalast.



    He gained fame by appearing in films such as “Die Leuchter des Kaisers” (”The Emperor’s Candlesticks”) and “Das Hofkonzert” (”The Court Concert”).

    Despite his popularity in the Third Reich, Heesters was never accused of being a propagandist or anything other than an artist willing to perform for the Nazis, and the Allies allowed him to continue his career after the war, when he took Austrian citizenship.

    Heesters died early Saturday at the hospital in the southern city of Starnberg, where he had been cared for while being in critical condition for several days, his agent Juergen Ross said.

    In Heesters’ native Netherlands — which was occupied by Germany for most of the war — some viewed him as irredeemable given his appearances under the Nazi regime.

    In February 2008, he braved protests to perform in the Netherlands for the first time in 44 years at a theater in his native Amersfoort.

    In his previous attempt, in 1964, he was booed off the stage in Amsterdam when he tried to appear as the Nazi-hating Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”

    Heesters said it gave him a “heavy heart” to know he was “not wanted in my homeland.”

    “What did I do wrong? Sure, I acted in films in the Third Reich, entertainment films, which distracted countless people inside and outside Germany from daily life during war,” he wrote later about the reception he received.

    “Sure, I wanted to make my career and I remember well at the time how many people in the Netherlands were proud that I made a career in the huge neighboring country,” he added. “But apart from my career — and the fact that, through no fault of my own, Adolf Hitler was one of the fans of my art — what have I done?”

    Critics focused on a visit Heesters made to the Dachau concentration camp in 1941.

    In December 2008, Heesters lost a court attempt to force a German author to retract allegations that he sang for SS troops there.

    Heesters maintained he had been ordered to go to Dachau by the Nazis in an attempt to deceive the public about what was really going on there, but said the alleged performance “never happened.”

    But Berlin author Volker Kuehn cited an interview with former Dachau inmate Viktor Matejka where the prisoner recalled “I pulled the curtain for him, I was there, I saw him singing.”

    Around the time of the court case, Heesters was shown on a Dutch television show saying that Hitler was “a good guy.” His wife, Simone Rethel, immediately intervened, saying that Hitler was the worst criminal in the world.

    “I know, doll,” Heesters responded. “But he was nice to me.”

    Rethel protested after the clip was aired, telling Dutch papers that he had been tricked into making the remarks, and that the program had cut out other parts of the interview where Heesters condemned the Nazi regime.


    Heesters continued to be a popular performer in Germany well into his old age, making regular appearances on television and on stage. He made 1,600 appearances in his best-known role, as Count Danilo in Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” and 750 as Honore in the musical “Gigi.”

    At age 98, he put health problems such as knee and appendix operations behind him to perform in Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” As he turned 105 in 2008, Heesters was performing in a musical comedy in Hamburg.

    “To have nothing to do, to sit there waiting for little aches and pains, is fundamentally wrong,” he once wrote. “Life has to be lived.”

    Heesters was born Dec. 5, 1903 in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, the youngest of four sons of a businessman. His first wife, Dutch actress Louisa Ghijs, died in 1983. The couple had two daughters, Wiesje and Nicole.

    Heesters married his second wife, German actress Rethel, in 1992.


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    It appears as if the first wave of ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars may have found their way to GENERAL HOSPITAL under the new reign of executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati.

    Soaps In Depth has learned that Ted King (Alcazar, GH; Tomas, OLTL) will possibly be returning to Port Charles in the new year, and he may be bringing Michael Easton (John) with him!

    A spokesperson for the soap reminds that GH does not comment on rumors, but word is that both actors have a tentative start date set for late January.

    It's unclear whether King will return as an Alcazar brother, or his OLTL role. And while this would also be a return trip to Port Charles for Easton, who played vampire Caleb on the GH spinoff PORT CHARLES opposite Kelly Monaco's Livvie, one source reports that he'll likely be appearing as his Llanview Police detective alter ego.

    But might there be other Llanviewers besides Easton and King to find new homes in Port Charles? A few months back, the rumor mill had Kristen Alderson (Starr) taking over as a more mature Kristina.

    The fan favorite did not want to commit to Prospect Park's reboot of OLTL, which would have been taping in New York, in order to try her hand at the opportunities in Los Angeles, but perhaps her old bosses have convinced her to put down roots on GH as Sonny's little girl?

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    What would a year in music industry be if there weren't any new acts adding sprinkle to the competition? Sure, the battle among the already-established artists would be interesting enough for music fans and critics alike to sit and watch since it gets tougher every year, but the addition of the newbies would undoubtedly make the game even more dynamics than it has already had. In honor of those budding artists, AceShowbiz compile 10 out of the many based on their achievements in the past twelve months.

    2011 has its fair share of new music acts. The likes of J. Cole, Foster the People, Scotty McCreery, Jessie J and The band Perry are picked because they have proved themselves in their own unique ways. Those rising stars stole attention and stood out among the rest either by busting the charts, making history with their record-breaking music, or going viral with their genre-bending sound. If they keep up the good work, they won't be just one hit wonder and will continue to shine in the years to come.


    Scotty McCreery

    Scotty McCreery is the new American sweetheart. He becomes a quick favorite due to his boyish look and deep voice combined with his passionate delivery which he showcased throughout the tenth season of the "American Idol". The North Carolina native overshadowed the others and won a record-breaking 122.4 million votes from household across the country. At the age of 17, he became the youngest male contestant to ever win the first place in the nine-year history of the FOX show.

    The real competition, though, was out there, and Scotty didn't fail. He busted the chart with his debut single "I Love you This Big", soaring into the Top 25 after only three weeks of the release and having the highest chart debut for a new artist on Billboard Country Songs chart in the SoundScan era. He nicely sealed his record-breaking achievement by bowing at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200 with his first album "Clear as Day", making him the first country act to top the chart at first try.

    Hot Chelle Rae

    With Jonas Brothers taking their hiatus to focus on their individual projects, it's perfect time for Hot Chelle Rae to swoop in and fill the void left by the former Disney band. Comprising of four young boys from Nashville, Tennessee, Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Ian Keaggy and Jamie Follese, the group found success with their easy-listening single "Tonight Tonight". Shamelessly carrying breezy vibes without trying to break new ground, the song hooked everyone in and became one of the summer anthems of 2011.

    The four-piece band peaked at No. 7 on Billboard hot 100, ruled Adult Pop Songs, and rounded up the top 5 on Pop Songs. In term of sales number, the quartet exceeded 2 million downloads, and so received double-platinum certification from RIAA. Beside busting the charts and crashing summer parties, they have also opened for big artists like Lil Jon and Taylor Swift. Their star continued to shine when they were called up to the stage of 2011 American Music Awards as the winner for Sprint Pop/Rock New Artist of the Year.

    Diggy Simmons

    Reaching mainstream success in the competitive music industry at a young age is not unheard of, but it's something that only a few could accomplish. Born in a family with a musical talent, 16-year-old Diggy Simmons joins the likes of Justin Bieber, Willow Smith, Cody Simpson and Greyson Chance who could make a decent start and maintain a steady pace. While those fellow young stars lean into pop and R&B sound, the son of rapper Run DMC's Rev Run chose to explore the genre his father specialized.

    Simmons actually has been around in the game since 2009 self-producing and self- releasing his own music. In 2010, he got a boost from Kanye West for delivering a killer freestyle over Nas' song "Made You Look". Dubbed as Artist to Watch by Billboard, the teen got busier in 2011 by releasing his first major-label single "Copy Paste". He marched his way to No. 24 and 21 on Billboard R&B and Rap Songs respectively. He was also nominated for YoungStar Award and Rookie of the Year at BET and BET Hip-Hop Awards respectively.

    Foster the People

    Music industry always has a soft spot for creative and innovative people like Foster the People who managed to create infectious beat without being cheesy and pushy. Founded by three struggling musicians, Mark Foster, Mark Pontius and Cubbie Fink, in 2009, the indie pop band took the music industry by storm when their single "Pumped Up Kicks" became a viral success. These former commercial jingle writers climbed up various single charts after the catchy, yet seductively-dark song got heavy airplay in the United States and across the pond.

    Being released in fall this year, the song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three on Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U.S. single chart's top 5 since Kings of Leon did so with their 2009 single "Use Somebody". The track also helped the West Coast trio earn their first Grammy nomination by scoring a nod for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. The debut album "Torches", where the single appears, is additionally up for Best Alternative Music Album.

    Mindless Behavior

    U.S. music industry was once seriously lack of young boyband, but that's not the case anymore after Mindless Behavior launched their career. These four teen boys from Los Angeles, California possess the quality of a triple threat with polished vocal skills, incredible dance moves, and unique fashion sense. Under the guidance of Walter Millsap (Beyonce Knowles) and Vincent Herbert (Lady GaGa), they stayed true to their roots and created addictive songs with age appropriate.

    Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton charmed their way up the charts with their easy-breezy light-pop single "#1 Girl". These passionate boys brought up a theme which their tween fans could easily relate to, i.e. love, but they kept it PG rated. The result was quite impressive. They racked up 14 million views on YouTube and got a Viewer's Choice nomination at 2011 BET Awards. They additionally scored opening spots at Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber and Janet Jackson's tours.

    Tyler, the Creator

    Rebellious, that's Tyler, the Creator in Hip-Hop community. Since launching his career as a ringleader of Hip-Hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them around four years ago, he was never one to follow the rules. The rapper charged into the game with his mercilessly raw and aggressive sound, and steadily worked his way up in the following years leading to 2011. He, along with his OFWGKT crew, received a lot of more attention through his single "Yonkers".

    The self-produced and self-written song sparked controversy for taking a jab at mainstream rapper B.o.B, his "Airplanes" partner Hayley Williams, and "Nothin' on You" collaborator Bruno Mars. Peaking at No. 9 on Billboard Hotseeker songs, it earned Tyler a viral hit and Best New Artist title at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. On top of that, his album "Goblin", where the song is included, peaked at No. 5 on Hot 200 and ruled both R&B/Hip-Hop and Independent Albums.

    The Band Perry

    For those who are tired of the same ol' country sound, The Band Perry would be like a breath of fresh air. Consisting of three siblings Neil, Reid and Kimberly, the band got their big break through a single called "If I Die Young". While many artists put on repetitive and sometime-pointless babbles in their songs and focus more on making fat, heavy banger sound, this trio refused to follow the trend. Instead of eying the party crowd, they were setting their eyes on making people's hearts welling up with their poetic heart-wrenching lyrics.

    Releasing the song in summer 2011, the high season when upbeat music dominated the streets and clubs, they defied the odds by ruling Billboard Adult Contemporary and additionally peaking at No. 4 on Adult Pop Songs. Throughout the rest of the year, they continued to become the talk of the town by scoring a number of coveted nominations, double win at CMT Music Awards, and triple victory at Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. On top of that, they are one of the contenders for Best New Artist at the upcoming 54th annual Grammy Awards.

    Mac Miller

    Since Asher Roth caused a buzz two years ago, people have eagerly been awaiting for college frat-styled rapper(s) to follow his lead. The wait was finally over when Mac Miller generated buzz in Hip-Hop community with his fresh sound via street albums and freestyles. The rapper got more attention than he already had after releasing a song called "Donald Trump". The song raked in more than 20 million views on YouTube, and got approval from Donald Trump himself.

    The 19-year-old rapper, who fresh off high school when signing a deal with indie label Rostrum Records, continued his rise to stardom after dropping his debut album "Blue Slide Park". He peaked at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200, becoming an artist with the first independently-distributed debut album to hit the top spot since Tha Dogg Pound did so with their 1995's "Dogg Food". He reigned four other Billboard charts including Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

    Jessie J

    For a songwriter who has spent years of penning hit singles for other artist, parlaying his/her success behind the scenes into a strongly-based career as an performing artist is a big challenge. Among the many who picked up the gauntlet, Jessie J is one of the few who got through it with triumphant. Having a wicked musical talent and "a mix of Rihanna with Gwen Stefani plus the charisma of Pink," the Brit who is famous for her perfectly-styled bob hair easily won over music fans and critics.

    With her signature hybrid pop sound, Jessie made a strong start in her native country with her debut single "Do It Like a Due" by peaking at No. 2 on the single chart. The singer, who has penned hit singles for Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera, got bigger and broke music scene Stateside with her second offering "Price Tag". She ruled the U.K. single chart and peaked at No. 9 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. On her trophy collection, she has four MOBO statuettes, one Q Award, and a Critics' Choice prize from BRIT Awards.

    J. Cole

    It's never easy to produce hip hop music with quality that could break into today's evolving music scene, but J. Cole was able to do that. Gifted with raw talent, the protege of Jay-Z breached the barrier and made the transition from underground mixtape rapper to mainstream artist at record time. The "Mr. Nice Watch" hitmaker has been on his grind since Day One, and it paid off when his debut album "Cole World: The Sideline Story" finally came out in September this year.

    The album soared to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200 with 218,000 copies sold, giving him the biggest bow for any act's debut chart effort since Nicki Minaj opened at No. 2 with "Pink Friday" (375,000) a year ago. Before Scotty McCreery's No. 1 debut, he also became the first solo act to top the list at first try since B.o.B did so with his 2010's "B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray". To cap his big year in 2011, he gets a Best New Artist nomination at the 54th annual Grammy Awards.

    welp @ most of these new artists. post your fav new acts of 2011, ONTD!!

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  • 12/24/11--19:28: Mega X Factor US post.






  • What is she going to spend her money on?

    A foot massage, a house for her mom – and a lifetime supply of chicken.

    With an hour to think about it, Melanie Amaro has already tallied up her dream purchases with the $5 million she earned Thursday night after being named the The X Factor's first winner.

    "Life will change a lot," she tells PEOPLE. "The most I have ever had before was $200, if I was lucky."

    The college freshman and piano teacher from Sunrise, Fla., plans to buy her mother a new house because, as she deadpans, "The one we live in now sucks."

    But the chicken is for her. "I can't live without it," she says. "It's my favorite food.

    Backstage, Amaro laughed as she recalled the moment she won and how she forgot the lyrics to her final song, "Listen."

    "I couldn't remember any of the words," she says. "I was so overwhelmed; it was such a surprise to me."

    On Thursday, after 40 million votes were tabulated, Amaro, 19, defeated burrito slinger and second place finisher Josh Krajcik, 30, and third place finisher Chris Rene, 28, a former garbage man and recovering addict.

    "It was a relief when it was over," says Krajcik, who will return home to Ohio Saturday to "decompress" for a week with his family before returning to Los Angeles next week to get back to work.

    "I felt pride for Melanie and pride for myself," he tells PEOPLE. "She deserved to win; America decided, and she's got an amazing voice."

    Rene, meanwhile, hopes to sign a deal with his mentor L.A. Reid, but for the near term, Rene says he will celebrate the night "with a Red Bull. Everyone who knows my music and my story, a lot more people have accepted me than I thought, and that's really beautiful."

    Amaro is celebrating her win with family and friends – but she's already thinking about that next step: her debut record.

    "I can do ballads," she says, "but I want to show people there is more. I can do anything if I put my mind to it."

    After the show, her mentor, Simon Cowell, was beaming with pride.

    "She was a good contestant because she thought long and hard about how she would interpret songs," says Cowell. "Every week we were discovering something new in her."

    Cowell adds that four labels are interested in signing Amaro – and they plan to make their decision on Friday.

    "America got it right," adds Reid. "My advice to Melanie is save some of that money and don't turn down a song."

    Steve wants to bang Nicole



    The Welsh swordsman was warned to be on his best behaviour and not to date any contestants or co-stars after landing the presenting job.

    But this will all change if he is sacked from the show next year.

    Jones said: "If I ever leave X Factor, Scherzinger's phone will be smoking hot from me ringing it constantly — if we are not colleagues then she's fair game."

    Steve — who has dated a string of famous beauties including Baywatch's Pamela Anderson, Oscar-winner Halle Berry and Hayden Panettiere, of Heroes — was originally hired to co-host the show with the former Pussycat Doll.

    The pair were said to have "amazing chemistry".

    But Steve was left to front the series alone after Nicole was promoted to the judging panel to replace Cheryl Cole. Despite being separated on screen, rumours of their closeness continued throughout the series.

    They reached a peak when Nicole announced she had split from long-term love, Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.

    But Steve's chances of returning to US X Factor next year have nosedived after a lukewarm reception from American critics. And his fate appeared to be sealed after his embarrassing handling of 13-year-old Rachel Crow's eviction.

    Steve failed to console the sobbing teenager when she was voted off, looking on awkwardly as Simon Cowell and the girl's mum tried to calm her.

    He has admitted he finds it hard to say goodbye to contestants saying: "I'm there to ask certain questions and to move the show along.

    "If I can't do that, then the programme makers and Simon will find somebody else who can.

    "So it can be harsh for people to call me rude because I'm not rude... I am nice."

    Simon is planning a shake-up for the second series after admitting being "too cocky" in expecting ratings of 20million. The show — which ended last night — averaged around nine million.

    On his chances of returning to the show, Steve said: "There's been no contract conversations and there won't be until the New Year. If I'm back, great, if not, I'll do something else. Simple as that."

    Final duet with Melanie and Josh!




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    I was going to do top moments of X Factor USA on ONTD but I got lazy and just did a news round up post. I included the final duet with Melanie and Josh because it wasn't posted and I really enjoyed it. Happy Holidays everyone!


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       Many fathers might be horrified to see their  daughter posing naked in a men’s magazine.

    But Michael Lohan isn't most dads and he says he’s happy 25-year-old daughter Lindsay stripped off for the January issue of Playboy magazine because he “heard it’s classy.”

    In an episode of Dr. Drew Pinsky’s Lifechangers TV show, airing December 28, the troubled elder Lohan said he thinks Lindsay made the right choice posing nude.

    “If she’s happy with it, I’m happy with it,” he said.

    “I haven’t seen it and I never look at it, any of it,” he claimed before a large naked image of his daughter was flashed up on the screen in front of him. “There she is. Do I have to close my eyes?”

    “It’s a move in a direction where she’s working… so as far as I’m concerned it’s a good move.”


    Lindsay’s Marilyn Monroe style shoot brought in some good sales figures for Hugh Hefner’s publication.

    Michael added that his often uneasy relationship with Lindsay was “getting a lot better. She’s on a great path,” he insisted. “I’ve been in touch with her.”


    Michael’s own path however isn’t so great as he’s currently undertaking a domestic violence program as part of his probation terms for assaulting ex-girlfriend Kate Major during a fight in Florida last October.

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    Model Stephanie Seymour shows off her bikini body while hitting the beach with art collector husband Peter Brant and daughter Lily, 7, on Wednesday (December 21) in St. Bart’s.

    The proud parents are also on holiday with their fashion-addicted sons Peter Brant II and Harry Brant.

    Pictured here is Harry soaking in the sun with his mom on December 23 and Peter shopping with his mom at a Louis Vuitton boutique on December 21.



































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    She tatted his name on her forehead, and, as promised, Drake has confirmed that he knows she is for real. He's not 100% pleased, though.

    The rapper on Friday spoke out about the California woman who got his name tattooed in huge block letters across her forehead, calling her "incredible," but the artist who did it "a f*cking asshole."

    "I want to meet her and understand what happened," he told LA radio host Mando Fresko. "That's cool though, I feel you 100%, that to me is absolutely incredible."

    As for the artist, Kevin Campbell, Drake put out a warning.

    "The guy who tatted is a f*cking as*hole though, I will tell you that," he said. "I don't f*ck with that guy. F*ck you to that tat artist by the way. And you should lose your job and should never do tattoos again and I don't f*ck with you. And if I ever see you, I'm a f*ck you up."

    For his part, the artist told Vice Magazine that he wasn't exactly keen on doing the ink in the first place.

    "She was really psyched about it. She had the sh*tty font all picked out on her iPhone ready to go and was pretty adamant about putting it on her forehead," he said. "She acted as if she had planned it out for a while, but I'm not really sure how much extended coherent thought could actually go into getting such a stupid tattoo on your forehead."

    However, that mea culpa will probably get drowned out by this: "The funny thing is, I didn't know who Drake was," Campbell admitted. "I figured it was her hood or some shit, not some goofnugget R&B dude."


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  • 12/28/11--11:36: 2012 Oscars Poster



  • It was a bumpy roadgetting there, but the 84th Academy Awards are on the schedule for February 12, 2012 with Billy Crystal at the helm. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the official poster for the awards with the tagline “Celebrate the movies in all of us.” The movies the poster celebrates are Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000). Curiously, Giant stands out as the movie that did not win Best Picture, though George Stevens won Best Director. Hit the jump for the poster.


    The nominations will be announced on January 24.

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    The Gang: The gang are back and about to go on one helluva journey. Buckle up!






    Franky:  She's altogether pretty different to the start of series 5, eh?



    Mini: Less of a bitch, more of the group - she's had to do some growing up of her own.



    Rich:  Still looking rather smart sans metal mullet: is this a sign of his new found maturity?



    Grace: Awwww, Gracie... still with Rich, still lovely.



    Alo: Is series 6 time for Mr. Creevey to grow up?



    Nick: Nick's had a heavy summer. Rugby's out - partying's in; how long can it last?



    Alex: Heads up - mysterious flirty new guy Alex heading this way.



    Matty: Mr Elusive himself. It's time for Matty to stop lurking in the corners and join the gang. (It's time for Matty to gtfo imo)



    Liv: Still Liv, still partying, still into Matty? We'll see...



    Nick is flawless as usual, Alex looks cool, Matty needs to leave

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    Ashton Kutcher Spends Christmas in Europe With New Gal

    Ashton Kutcher Spends Christmas in Europe With New Gal

    Ashton Kutcher is flaunting a new woman and sources say he hooked up with her prior to splitting from wife Demi Moore last month. The actor, 33, spent Christmas in Italy with screenwriter Lorene Scafaria who, until recently, was dating The OC actor Adam Brody. In exclusive Us Weekly photos, the duo were snapped checking out the sights in Italy, including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa over the Christmas holiday. During their private sojourn, the couple tooled around in a Porsche Carrera Sports 2011 and holed up at a private pad. During a romantic lunch at Pizzeria Trattoria Toscana in Pisa on Christmas Eve, they "held hands," witness Alex Thorpe tells Us. "They shared spaghetti, and he paid." Meanwhile Moore, 49, kept a low-profile, spending her holidays with family including daughter Rumer Willis in Parrot Cay. "She's doing really well," a source tells Us. "[She's] waiting for all of her stuff to come out in the new year [including] her Lifetime show that she's executive producing." Despite 33-year-old Scafaria's romance with Brody and Kutcher's marriage to Moore, a source says they have been stoking a romance since meeting in February, when Kutcher tried out for a film she wrote."Ashton started seeing her while each was in a relationship," says a source. Reps for both Kutcher and Scafaria deny this and tell Us. "They're just friends." And it wasn't the first field trip for the duo --- on Dec. 9 and 10, they cozied up at Yellowstone Club ski resort (snowboarding and playing shuffleboard) in Montana. Kutcher's ex Moore, of course, announced their plans to divorce in late November following his revealed affair with a different woman, 22-year-old Sara Leal in September.

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