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    Why do they always delete the scenes that give the antagonists character development/layers?

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    Priyanka Chopra


    Deepika Padukone


    Queen Sridevi


    My bb Ayushmann Khurrana with his wife


    Madhuri


    Vidya Balan


    Yami Gautam (perfection)


    Chitrangada Singh


    Ranbir Kapoor


    Anushka Sharma


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    Lindsay Lohan's ego might be her downfall -- because TMZ has learned, she just shut down a lucrative offer to do "Dancing with the Stars" ... because she doesn't want to do reality TV.

    Sources close to Lindsay tell us, the actress was made several offers to join the DWTS cast this upcoming season -- offers that maxed out at $550,000.

    But Lindsay -- who still owes hundreds of thousands in back taxes -- shut them down, telling friends she'd never consider doing reality TV ... she wants to stick to films.


    But there's one problem -- after "The Canyons" fiasco, she's basically made herself unhireable. And as the saying goes, beggars can't be choosers.

    A rep for DWTS tells us, "We don't comment on casting."

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    Dumb move on her part. I can't see someone offering her a legitimate film role any time soon. Reality TV would probably be a good move for her at this point financially. Plus, if she could keep it together for an hour or so a day during filming she might even be able to come across as likable and win back some public opinion which would also help. No I'm not just rambling this because I'm bitter she wasn't on Celeb Big Brother.

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    Let's start with the letters. Last night on Downton Abbey, poor, wrongfully imprisoned Bates was upset because he didn't have any. Then his only jail friend warned him about a planted shiv, Bates managed to rehide the single shiv in his cell mate's bed, and all the letters were delivered to their rightful owner. The audience was rewarded with a close-up on Bates's pale, haggard face as he smiled at the letters. What beautiful letters, his face said. I'm so happy we devoted a whole story line to these letters.



    If only we at home could channel Bates's saintly patience. Downton has long overestimated Bates's appeal — that was so not the sex scene we wanted last season — but last night's episode was the breaking point: He is now the dullest character on a show that spends hours arguing about dinner jackets and real estate. Are there any crimes left that Bates has not been accused of? Is Julian Fellowes just angling for an SVU-style spinoff where Bates gets framed for something new every week?

    It's not just the repetition that is frustrating; time spent on Bates is time stolen from Downton Abbey proper, with its intrigue and glittering parties and snotty one-liners. This is physically true in season three, when Bates is stuck in jail, but it has always been the problem with the character; Bates never belonged to the world of Downton, even before he was shipped to the big house. Apart from his wine skirmish with Thomas and his brace-bonding with Mrs. Hughes, Bates's story has been contained to Anna — his love for her, his inability to marry her (because of his crazy ex-wife), his missing letters from her. The show always had to interrupt its upstairs-downstairs flow for Bates and his latest misfortune, which inevitably involved getting blamed for something. The prison sentence just makes his separation literal.

    It also highlights his shortcomings — his weird bursts of anger, his lack of charisma. Shirley MacLaine may be feeling it, but the Bates charm has been missing since season one, when he was just another valet with a limp and a good attitude. We rooted for Bates and Anna because everyone deserves love, and because Matthew and Mary wouldn't deliver. But all the major couples are married now (Sorry, Edith), and Bates's endless string of "not guilty" pleas is wearing thin, especially when there are babies and hot footman and maids turned prostitutes to deal with. We've already answered the will-they-won't-they (they will); we can already guess the outcome of his appeal ("Not guilty!"). Leave Bates to read his letters in peace offscreen, and give us more time with the characters who do things. Just don't let them frame Bates.

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    N.B: This article was published after 3x03 aired in the States last Sunday, so this article will seem a little outdated to those who have already watched S3. But it did point out many things that many of us were complaining about re: Bates.


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    Like Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde and countless other A-Lister ladies before her, Taylor Swift is now starring in Disney Parks ad where she brings to life one of the Mouse House's most memorable characters for their ongoing Disney Dream Portrait campaign.

    Slipping into Rapunzel's shoes (errrr, hair extensions) for this "Where A World of Adventure Awaits" spot was a dream come true for the Grammy winner. "When Disney came to me and said we want you to play Rapunzel, I was just so honored," Swift said. "It's such a wonderful character to get to play, a childhood fantasy come into reality for me."

    Turns out, the gig couldn't have been a better fit because Swift got her start singing Disney songs! "My parents realized I was really obsessed with [singing] when I'd go up to strangers and sing Lion King songs," Swift laughs. "I think about all the times me and my little brother went to Disney World and we were able to escape to that place anytime we had a hard time. Any time you're going through something rough, you can go back into your imagination and you're at Disney World."

    To see more from Taylor Swift's Disney photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz, click here for behind-the-scenes photos and watch the video!



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    ONTD, who is your favorite Disney princess?

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    This morning's Nintendo Direct confirmed two new Zelda games for Wii U, namely an HD remake of GameCube game Wind Waker with improvements to gameplay and graphics, and a brand new entry that will address series conventions like "completing the dungeons in a certain order", and to "play by yourself." The Wind Waker HD remake is expected "by this fall."

    In the Nintendo Direct broadcast, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said the new Wii U entry's mission statement is to "rethink the conventions of Zelda," including things like linear progression through dungeons. Aonuma went on to say the new Zelda game will take some time before it is released.

    We won't have to wait as long for Wind Waker on Wii U, though. In addition to visual and gameplay tune-ups, the remake features off-TV GamePad play and is Miiverse-compatible.









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    I guess it's safe to say they are dating. Ellie uploaded this adorable picture on her Instagram.










    (more @ second source)



    Jeremy along with Lucas Till and Alex Pettyfer is up for the role of Tobias (or Four? Idk) in the Divergent movie. Let us pray he gets it tbh.


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    But Bobby was awesome, as always

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    Starz CEO Chris Albrecht revealed at press tour earlier this month that creative differences over the Noir live-action adaptation has the series at a standstill.

    "We just can't get [Noir] creatively to a place where everybody feels good about it," Albrecht said. "I would never say that there is no chance, but it's a little more frustrating as time goes on." (Well yeah, no shit, since you decided to butcher it by removing the lesbian overtones by giving Mireille a husband you dipshit)

    The Noir live-action television adaptation was green-lit for the Starz television network in June 2011. Two months later, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht had said that the show would air in summer 2012. The project was put on hold after writer Sean Jablonski replaced Steven Lightfoot, but the entertainment news website Deadline noted that the project had already incurred some production costs, including building sets.

    Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Xena, Priest, Legend of the Seeker), Bob Tapert (The Evil Dead, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Xena, Legend of the Seeker), Joshua Donen, and Bill Hamm were executive producers with the project. Sleeper Cell creators Cyris Voris and Ethan Reiff were rewriting the script by Jablonski.

    Deadline reported last month that Voris and Reiff are currently working on another project, cable station TNT's series Legends.

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    Thank god, now this feeble minded adaption can finally burn. Still can't believe they would butcher my favorite anime of all time like that.

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    Parenthood has been so good this season, I hope you’ll forgive me if I express some disappointment with its season — and what sometimes looked like its series — finale. For a show that at its best likes to keep things unkempt and frowsy, this hour was a mite too neatly tied up with a pretty bow.

    To be sure, this hour also contained many great pleasures.

    Foremost among these pleasures had to be Kristina in her pink wig, going a little Gwen Stefani circa 2000 on us and inspiring the Adam Wide-Eyed Look, which is the Parenthood-approved signal that Adam is officially turned-on. This fashion move also occasioned a double-barreled Crosby joke in which he accused his brother of enjoying an “afternoon delight with Strawberry Shortcake.”

    Granted, Crosby was feeling pretty dang good, having finally passed his mother-in-law off on his brother-in-law. This was one of the first indications that this finale hour, written with authority by Parenthood guru Jason Katims, was going to resolve numerous plot-lines with something close to finality. Amber and Ryan got back together, and since he got his job back at Joel’s work site, he’s practically family. Drew got into Berkeley; Amy got into Tufts — so much for that terminated-pregnancy awkwardness.

    As for the season’s most important theme, the cancer subplot seemed to have only two ways to fall: survival or death. But because this series knows things are not so easily resolved, the “You’re cancer-free” news from the doctor was tempered by his adding, “We don’t use the word ‘cured’ for five years.” This struck me as highly satisfactory as drama, and allowed for the happy final scene that Kristina and Adam had earned.

    Sarah, continuing with the bad luck/bad choices that define her character, seemed to be making the right move in deciding to commit to making it “work” with Hank, but found the romantic rug pulled out from under her when recurring-guest-star Ray Romano’s Hank told her he was moving to Minnesota. Now, Sarah having informed Mark of her decision, and since she damn sure isn’t going to leave the warmth of California for chilly Minnesota, she’s back to lonely singleton status, and Jason Ritter is free to move on to his new NBC pilot… created by Jason Katims.

    I would also add that Romano/Hank had the single best scene of the night: His final one, bringing a lovely old camera as a gift for Sarah to give to Max, the Braverman with whom he most identified. Hank was a terrific character, and Romano played the hell out of every single scene, so matter how brief, he got.

    I’ve left Victor’s adoption ceremony for last. This was where my misgivings were felt most strongly. All of a sudden, Victor comprehends what a legally binding adoption means, and he never even asks if he’ll be able to see his blood relatives or old friends again? Sydney suddenly has a change of heart toward him? Everybody in the extended Braverman family shows up in the judge’s chambers for a big whoop-dee-do? How nice.

    But then I began to look at it all this way: If I was looking for a sign that Parenthood is reasonably confident that it’s being renewed for another season, it was to be found in the very Victor-centric nature of the episode. I mean, we stick with the Bravermans for four seasons, and the show goes out on an episode built around the adoption of a new and (sorry, kid) mostly unlikable character in whom we have barely been invited to invest? I think not. I’m told NBC is still high on this series…

    There are many more aspects of Parenthood to be explored in another season. Sometimes I’m not sure I can go through having Sarah meet yet another doomed-to-disappoint guy, but I can probably live with that, I’m sure.
    Ultimately what makes Parenthood worth fussing over and picking at and whining about and taking apart and exulting in is its often uncanny knack for capturing the ways in which no family situation is ever a pure triumph, a total botch, or an easily-arrived-at decision. By granting the Bravermans their often loopy eccentricities while managing to make them as all-American as the Waltons, Parenthood earns its continued place in our hearts, and on NBC’s schedule.
    Very curious to hear what you thought about the finale.

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    High points:
    - Drew and his girlfriend.
    - Joy Bryant's entire existence.
    - Julia - MVP of the show two seasons running.
    Low point:
    - Amber and Ryan, when did they become OTP?
    - Lorelai 2.0 (actually that was hilarious)

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    Pilot Scoop: The CW Orders Revamped Selection and Military Drama From Ex-Supernatural Boss

    If at first you don’t succeed, retool it and try again!

    The CW has issued a pilot order for a revamped version of last year’s ill-fated Hunger Games-esque drama The Selection, TVLine has learned.

    The network developed the show last pilot season with Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden in the lead role, but it didn’t end up securing a spot on the fall schedule. Earlier this month at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz confirmed that The Selection remained in contention for next fall. “The script just came in,” he reported. “It’s very well done.”

    Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is billed as an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other ladies for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen.
    Exec producers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Dollhouse, Vampire Diaries) remain at the helm.

    The CW has also ordered Company Town, a military drama from former Supernatural showrunner Sera Gamble.

    Here’s the logline for the prospective series: A scandal at a Naval base in Virginia touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area, launching us into a multigenerational, multi-class, family and relationship series centered around two early twentysomething women who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide.

    The CW is expected to announce additional pilot orders later today.

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    VIA Watch With Kristin from E!Online:


    Parks and Rec, please...Tell me Ben and Leslie will have a wedding this season!
    A source tells us on the D.L.: "Don't worry." Hooray! Should we all pitch in for a gift? Maybe a waffle maker?


    Can you offer up any more spoilers on American Horror Story's finale? What happens with Kit?
    Tragedy hits Kit hard and fast in the Asylum finale, and the woman he ends up with will definitely surprise you. And yes, the aliens do return to make one final appearance... alma should have been the only choice smh murphy


    Any scoop on what's coming up for Derek on Teen Wolf?
    When the MTV hit series returns for its third season Derek will be getting…a love interest! And no Sterek fans, it's not Stiles. And it's also not Erica, whom Teen Wolf fans will not be seeing at all in season three, but a new lady in Beacon Hills. sterek fans meltdown over this was both hilarious & disgusting


    Are Nick and Jess just kissing or going all the way on New Girl? You know I live for Nick-Jess scoop!
    We did not know that, but we appreciate the update. We asked Jake Johnson if he had any specifics on the big hookup, but of course, he kept mum. "There's going to be a major development," Johnson coyly reveals. "There writing a lot more for us together for the Nick-Jess story to progress, and it's been really fun to do." Since they didn't give us a straight answer, we're just going to assume that Nick and Jess will get married, have babies and live happily ever after starting in the next episode. Cool? Cool.


    You guys were right…The Following is badass! I need scoop, please!
    Next week's episode will focus mainly on the three folks who made off with Joe and Claire's son, and their backstory is about as messed up as you can get. Prepare for one flashback that will show you just how unglued one of the members of the trio really is. Plus, you think you've seen odd love triangles before? Just you wait…


    Dying for some Nikita scoop!
    Fans will be meeting a new Division Agent in episode 16 named Rachel, who is the ringleader of a group of agents that plan to help all the other agents go rogue. When the tough and independent Rachel is confronted by Ryan and Alex, they'll soon learn there's more to her and her plan than they originally thought.


    So happy Daniel Gillies joined The Originals! Any more scoop you can give us on The Vampire Diaries spinoff?
    In addition to Klaus' former protégé Marcel, two other newbies who will be introduced in the backdoor pilot are witches named Sophie and Davina. Sophie is a strong leader whose magic has been silenced but is planning a revolution of sorts, while the young Davina has been sheltered by overprotective caregivers but has some demons.

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    Neil Patrick Harris has been kind of out-there with Neil’s Puppet Radio, his Web series for Nerdist, but this might take the cake: In this week’s episode he declares his literal love for a Holy Cow in a full-dlown Bollywood number. We can just see the trolls at NOM have a field day with this.

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    Much has been said, written, speculated and fantasized about in regards to James Franco’s sexuality. And while queer fare like Interior. Leather Bar and kink only stoke the flame, so to speak, it’s nothing that the actor-director-[insert other title here] isn’t accustomed to.

    “In high school these girls got mad at me and so they spread this rumor that I was having a gay relationship with one of my closest friends,” he told MTV News . “And they even made up a little dance they would do in the girl’s locker room about me being gay. I still don’t know what the dance was.”

    Nowadays, however, Franco doesn’t let the rumors get to him, since he’s got bigger, gayer fish to fry.

    “It wasn’t like it was anything new,” he said. “And in fact, it wasn’t something that frightened me, like if people think that, it’s fine. I really don’t care.”

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    Kevin Bacon and Shawn Ashmore provide some narrative as scenes from the second episode of The Following, titled “Chapter Two”. Clips reveal some of what we can expect to see in this episode, and the narrative provided by Bacon and Ashmore will leave you already waiting to see the rest of the episodes as well!



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    In case you missed it, Fox will be showing an encore presentation of the pilot for 'The Following' this Friday. The episode is also up for free viewing on Fox's website. I'm looking forward to the next episode and seeing where this goes. I still think that's Ryan's son and not Joe's. This post has been brought to you by actual fanboy Shawn Ashmore Mike Weston.

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    After five seasons, 75 episodes, and what reviewers describe as a riveting finale, "Flashpoint" has come to an end. As a result, the police drama's Canadian and American followings (it aired on both CTV and on CBS) must say goodbye, making "Degrassi" the only other scripted Canadian series turning heads south of the border.

    So, what made "Flashpoint" so special? Produced for CTV in 2007, CBS signed on as production partner in 2008 during the writer's strike. From there, the show premiered to American and Canadian audiences, and filled the void left by TV shows on hiatus. Unfortunately, "Flashpoint" was dropped by CBS in 2011, but the police drama was then picked back up by ION Television, where it stayed until its conclusion. A cause for celebration, certainly, especially considering "Flashpoint's" Canadian roots.

    Despite a distinct lack of buzz (arguably, it's no "Breaking Bad" or "Boardwalk Empire"), "Flashpoint" managed to maintain a fan base large enough to justify a prime time slot, with an early 18-episode order for its fifth and final season. However, unlike "Degrassi,""Flashpoint" didn't deal with controversial social issues, nor did it embrace the type of gut-wrenching subplots you might see on "C.S.I." or "Law and Order."

    But perhaps that's what made it stand out. It's easy to look at a show like "Flashpoint" -- a subtly praised, Canadian series that was dropped from a major American network -- and dismiss it as just another venture in national broadcasting. However, the fact that Canada produced a cop show that chose to end (as opposed to being cancelled) and didn't outright channel or copy American shows is a victory. Canada is often pegged as "America junior," but instead of making another version of "C.S.I.," CTV chose to make "Flashpoint," a series revolving around a tight-knit group of police officers that combined action with real, human stories.

    "Flashpoint" also differed from typical crime shows in another way. While "C.S.I." and "Law and Order" tend to depict -- at times -- brutal, graphic violence, "Flashpoint" did not. Yes, there was action, and violence moved the narrative forward, but the show didn't dwell on trauma or sensationalism. It was about the characters as people, less about the violence the were faced with. In that way, one could say it was a very Canadian series.

    Maybe that's the key to Canadian success. The BBC prides itself on "British" shows like "Sherlock,""Dr. Who," and even "The Hour," and America follows its own path with television dramas. However, Canada has struggled to develop and define its unique television landscape, and our successes are sadly few and far between.

    However, with the success of "Flashpoint" -- its action, its adventure, and, yes, its ability to stay on air -- maybe Canadian networks will finally realize that Canadian content is bankable, provided you stop trying to be anybody else.

    Source is a month old, but the finale just aired in the US last night.

    So, for those 5 ONTDers who watch Flashpoint - what'd you think of the finale??

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    Lindsay Lohan might've wanted us to keep on guessing about her and Max George's relationship status, but The Wanted boy-bander cleared things up on Twitter Tuesday.

    When a fan asked George if he'd gone "From Michelle [Keegan, his ex] to Lindsay Lohan," he tweeted back a defiant "nooooooo."

    "If you date with Lindsay, I will die okay," another fan tweeted.

    "I'm not," the 24-year-old British hunk responded. "so you're fine!"

    "Rumours...That's all...," he clarified. "Like I said...1million %."


    And while Lindsay, 26, certainly appears to get along well with Max and his boys, he's the first to admit The Wanted boys are "probably not the best influence" on The Canyons star.

    "She was good to party with, but there's definitely not going to be any babies on the horizon," Max told E! News earlier this month.

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    Peter Robbins, who provided the voice of Charlie Brown on animated specials inspired by the "Peanuts" comic strip, was arrested Sunday on charges of stalking.

    California authorities told TheWrap that the voice actor was detained at a border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico on Sunday at about 8 p.m.

    He was taken into custody after a border patrol officer discovered Robbins was wanted by the San Diego County Sheriff's on a felony warrant, Ralph DeSio, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office, told TheWrap.

    DeSio did not say what crimes Robbins allegedly committed, but the website for the San Diego County Jail, where he was transported and booked, says he faces five felony counts, including stalking and making a threat to cause death or bodily injury. Bail is set at $550,000.

    Robbins is due in court on Wednesday morning.

    The 56-year-old actor was the doleful voice behind Charlie Brown on several of iconic TV specials that aired in the 1960s. His "Peanuts" work includes "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," and he also appeared on such shows as "My Three Sons" and "F Troop," according to IMDB.

    Robbins remains active on Facebook, where he goes by Peter "Charlie Brown" Robbins and recently posted about Lance Armstrong's doping confession to Oprah Winfrey and solicited recipe ideas from fans.

    U-T San Diego first reported Robbins' arrest.

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    It has been nearly a year since Whitney Houston passed away, the singer discovered unresponsive in a bath at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the night before the Grammys.

    She was 48 when she died - a coroner ruling due to accidental drowning, with heart disease and chronic cocaine abuse listed as contributory factors.

    Now, in a new memoir, the singer's mother, Cissy Houston, is opening up about her daughter's tragic death, her struggle with substance abuse and her concerns her 19-year-old granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina, might follow in her footsteps.

    Mrs Houston, 79, spoke to People magazine's Elizabeth McNeil ahead of the publication's release of exclusive excerpts from the matriarch's new memoir, Remembering Whitney.

    Questions about what she could have done differently, she reveals, plague her.

    'Was I a good mother?' she asks. 'I still wonder if I could have saved her somehow. But there's no book written on how to be a parent. You do the best you can.'

    In excerpt from the book, Mrs Houston recalls how she answered her phone at 6pm on February 11, 2012 and heard screams.



    It was her son, Gary, hysterically crying about his sister. He told her she was dead.

    'And that was the moment my whole world shattered,' Mrs Houston writes.

    The Houston family matriarch recalls how she began tutoring her daughter with singing lessons as early as age 12 at their East Orange, New Jersey home.

    'I taught her everything she knew... Nobody could have seen how big she'd be,' she told McNeil.

    Not long after Whitney began singing, she was discovered by a fashion photographer and featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine.

    Mrs Houston tells of how her little girl earned the nickname Nippy, after a mischievous comicbook character. But she would not learn until years later Whitney began partying around that time.

    She writes: 'I had no idea about Nippy's "partying". And the truth is, back then I didn't really want to know about it.'

    While trying to make a name for herself as a recording artist, Whitney met Robyn Crawford.

    The women became close friends in the late 1970s, and after Whitney scored her second number one album with 1987's Whitney, Robyn moved into the singer's Menham, New Jersey home.

    Rumours swirled about something romantic between the pair, but it's not a subject Mrs Houston cares to address - although she states clearly she wasn't a fan of her daughter's good friend.

    'I know nothing about that. I didn't want her with my daughter,' Mrs Houston told McNeil.



    She expands in an excerpt from her book: 'There was something about the way Robyn carried herself, a kind of arrogance, that I didn't like.'

    Robyn, she admits, was one of the first to alert her to Whitney's drug use.

    She writes candidly of a meeting between them in the late 1980s: 'She told me that Nippy was using drugs, that they both were on occasion, but that "Nippy likes it a little too much"'.

    Mrs Houston confronted her daughter, who told her Robyn was overreacting, McNeil reports.

    Her daughter met Bobby Brown in 1989, at the Soul Train Awards.

    The couple married three years later and had their only child, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993. She admits even know she is worried about the 19-year-old, who she doesn't often get to see, but is 'trying to make sure she doesn't (follow the same path)'.

    At the start of her daughter's relationship with the R&B badboy, Mrs Houston expressed her concerns to Whitney - she didn't think Bobby was good for her but 'they seemed smitten'. Looking back, she has few kind words for the former New Edition star.

    'He didn't help her, that's for damn sure,' she told McNeil.

    The relationship, she recalls, turned abusive and Whitney's drug abuse spiraled.

    In 2000, Mrs Houston flew to Los Angeles for an intervention, intent on sending her to rehab, McNeil reports. Whitney convinced her mother to move in to her Los Angeles home, where she could keep an eye on her instead.

    'But that house was so big that Nippy would just lock herself up somewhere and not come out. And because I couldn't force her to stop, I eventually just moved on back home,' she recalls.

    In 2005, Mrs Houston flew to Atlanta, where Whitney and Bobby had moved - told by her son the singer was in trouble.

    She recalls with horror the scene when she walked in the couple's home: 'The things I saw sent a chill right through me. Somebody had been spraypainting the walls, painting big glaring eyes and strange faces. They were evil eyes, staring you like a threat. And there was a big framed photo of Nippy, Bobby and Krissi - but someone had cut Nippy's head right out of it.

    'I saw her briefly, up at the top of the stairs, and she looked like someone I didn't know.'

    Mrs Houston was granted a court order and forced her daughter into rehab. Whitney would divorce Bobby in 2006.

    'She finally got rid of him, but it was too late,' she told McNeil, making it clear: 'I don't blame Bobby for introducing Nippy to drugs.'

    Mrs Houston last saw her daughter on December 26, 2011 - six-and-a-half weeks before her death.

    Whitney was discovered face down in a scalding bath by her assistant, who had left her for just 45 minutes while she went out to run errands. When paramedics arrived, the singer was unresponsive.

    An 'acute dose' of cocaine was found in her system as well as a cocktail of other drugs, including marijuana and prescription sedatives.

    Mrs Houston still questions what she could have done for her daughter to have had a different ending.

    'She's put on her chirpy little-girl voice, and to my ears she sounded all right. If there's any one thing I regret about our relationship, that's it: for whatever reason, she never could talk to me about anything that upset her, unless she was really in trouble. And that's something I'll never get over,' she writes.

    'Since my daughter died, I've struggled with so many things,' she continues. I'm still so angry - at Nippy, at the world, at myself. Should I have done things differently? She was a person whose life and voice touched millions of people. I'm as proud as any mother could be about her daughter, but I would trade every last bit of it to have my baby back.'

    Mrs Houston also recalls how her daughter dreamed at turning her back on fame, and her larger-than-life career.

    'I later learned that Nippy seriously considered walking away from it all after Krissi was born. One time, she was looking out a window and she said, "You know, I never asked for this madness. I couldn't have imagined it."'

    She told McNeil: 'All she wanted to be was a normal person'.



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    Sitcom star Lisa Whelchel and former baseball MVP Jeff Kent may not be appearing, but The Amazing Race will trot out a few semi-celebrities of its own when the 22nd season of the reality hit premieres Feb. 17 on CBS. And the teams will have a new twist to contend with at the very start.
    Headlining the cast are Jennifer Kuhle and Caroline Cutbirth of the country band Stealing Angels. Kuhle is the granddaughter of John Wayne while Cutbirth is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. They will be competing against former NHL player Bates Battaglia and his brother Anthony, as well as YouTube channel hosts Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena. Also among the 11 new teams of two competing is a pair of twin doctors, two roller derby moms, and a father and son who both have survived cancer. (The full cast list is below.)

    Teams this season will travel over 30,000 miles through nine countries on five different continents. Along the way they will, according to CBS, “skydive from 10,000 feet in Bora Bora, participate in a Shemozzle race in New Zealand, hunt for scorpions with the Bushmen of Botswana and scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland.”

    They also will have a new twist thrown at them. While in the past the first team to arrive at the initial Pit Stop has earned an Express Pass that allows them to skip any task of their choosing, the team that arrives before all others at this season’s first Pit Stop will receive two Express Passes — one to keep for themselves and another one that must be given to another team of their choosing before the end of the fourth leg. It has the power of making one other team very happy, and several others unhappy over not receiving it.





    Name: Max Bichler
    Age: 30
    Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
    Current occupation: Cigar Sales

    Name: Katie Bichler
    Age: 24
    Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
    Current occupation: Pharmacist

    Connection: Newlyweds



    Name: Pamela Chien
    Age: 29
    Hometown: Los Angeles
    Current occupation: Art Director and Fitness Instructor

    Name: Winnie Sung
    Age: 29
    Hometown: Los Angeles
    Current occupation: Senior Project Manager

    Connection: Best Friends



    Name: Mona Egender
    Age: 33
    Hometown: Castle Pines, Colo.
    Current occupation: Captioner/Roller Derby Player

    Name: Beth Bandimere
    Age: 36
    Hometown: Arvada, Colo.
    Current occupation: Tech Support/Roller Derby Player

    Connection: Roller Derby Moms



    Name: Matthew Davis
    Age: 25
    Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
    Current occupation: Firefighter

    Name: Daniel Moss
    Age: 24
    Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
    Current occupation: Firefighter

    Connection: Best Friends/Firefighters



    Name: Caroline Cutbirth
    Age: 29
    Hometown: Austin, Texas
    Current occupation: Singer/Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)
    *Caroline is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone

    Name: Jennifer Kuhle
    Age: 30
    Hometown: Nashville
    Current occupation: Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)
    *Jennifer is the granddaughter of John Wayne

    Connection: Friends/Country Singers



    Name: David O’Leary
    Age: 58
    Hometown: Salt Lake City
    Current occupation: Investment Properties

    Name: Connor O’Leary
    Age: 21
    Hometown: Salt Lake City
    Current occupation: Professional Cyclist

    Connection: Father/Son (Both Cancer Survivors)



    Name: Chuck McCall
    Age: 46
    Hometown: Daphne, Ala.
    Current occupation: Retail Manager/Taxidermist

    Name: Wynona McCall
    Age: 49
    Hometown: Daphne, Ala.
    Current occupation: Cosmetologist/Hairstylist gurl....

    Connection: Married



    Name: Bates Battaglia
    Age: 36
    Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
    Current occupation: Former Professional Hockey Player
    (Played for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs)

    Name: Anthony Battaglia
    Age: 33
    Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
    Current occupation: Professional Hockey Player
    (Currently plays for the Huntsville Havoc)

    Connection: Hockey Brothers



    Name: Jessica Hoel
    Age: 26
    Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
    Current occupation: Account Manager

    Name: John Erck
    Age: 27
    Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
    Current Occupation: Entrepreneur/Computer Programmer

    Connection: Dating



    Name: Idries Abdur-Rahman
    Age: 35
    Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
    Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

    Name: Jamil Abdur-Rahman
    Age: 35
    Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
    Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

    Connection: Twin Doctors



    Name: Joey Graceffa
    Age: 21
    Hometown: Los Angeles
    Current occupation: YouTube Host
    Internet Personality Joey’s YouTube Channel

    Name: Meghan Camarena
    Age: 25
    Hometown: Los Angeles
    Current occupation: YouTube Host
    Internet Personality Meghan’s YouTube Channel

    Connection: Friends/YouTube Hosts



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