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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Left to right: MSNBC Contributor and Politic365.com Executive Editor Jeff Johnson; actress Nicole Ari Parker; BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe; Grammy Award-Winning Artist Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas; Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum; and Box Tops for Education Brand Manager Tommy Hillman

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Hundreds of parents, educators, community organizers and local celebrities rallied together inside the Cosby Auditorium of Spelman College as a call-to-action to improve parental involvement in their child’s education. The Box Tops for Education Town Hall, sponsored by Walmart and Honey Nut Cheerios®, and presented by BET Networks, took place January 24, 2013 and will premiere via webcast on BET.com Monday, February 4.

    Viewers can visit btfe.com/townhall to access the webcast and watch as MSNBC contributor and executive editor of Politic365.com Jeff Johnson moderate a rousing discussion among panelists, including Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, and Box Tops for Education brand manager Tommy Hillman shared a broad perspective on how a child’s academic success benefits our society. BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe and his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker, and Grammy Award-Winning artist and mom Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, also shared anecdotes about innovative ways of educating their children.

    “When my son gets good grades, I get animated. I get excited,” said Chilli. “And when I’m excited, he gets excited. I’ll take him somewhere during the weekend to hang out. We have to make them work for it.”

    Johnson added, “What young people need to see is us not talking about education, but us walking education,” for which garnered a round of applause. “We show up for sports events at school, but not for science events.”

    Audience members were eager to jump into the conversation sparking passionate dialogues about their personal challenges while CNN’s “Raising America with Kyra Phillips” correspondents and Box Tops bloggers Black and Married with Kids posed questions to the panel from their twitter feed after the panel discussion.

    Box Tops for Education and the National Urban League have joined forces to drive parental engagement in their child’s educational journey with the Educational Success Toolkit, which contains resources such as back to school preparation tips, parent-teacher conference guidelines and a college preparation checklist. Parents can access the toolkit via the following link: btfe.com/townhall.

    Box Tops for Education was designed to help combat some of the budget challenges many of our nation’s schools are facing by creating an easy way for community members to support schools without having to spend extra money. Since 1996, schools nationwide have earned more than $525 million through the Box Tops for Education program, including $47 million just since March 2012. Schools can earn up to $20,000 a year from the program.

    For more information about Box Tops for Education and the Town Hall event, please visit: btfe.com/townhall. This site will provide access to the Town Hall webcast airing on February 4, 2013, and the Educational Success Toolkit, a resource developed by the National Urban League and Box Tops to support parents in being active in their children’s educational journey.

    Photos: Kenisha Ellis, Liquid Soul Media

    About Box Tops for Education
    America’s schools have earned more than $525 million through the Box Tops for Education® program since the program started in 1996, including $47 million just since March 2012. More than 90,000 schools use that cash to purchase items such as computers, library books, art supplies and playground equipment. Schools can earn up to $20,000 by clipping Box Tops coupons from 240 products and can earn eBoxTops by shopping online through the Box Tops Marketplace. To learn more and for a list of participating products, visit www.btfe.com.


    Gorgeous people tbh <3 <3 <3

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    During filming of The Hobbit, Richard Armitage felt the same way as the character he was playing – paranoid and inadequate, writes Neala Johnson.

    World, meet Richard Armitage.

    If this handsome gent isn’t already familiar from UK TV shows such as Spooks and Robin Hood, he will be come Boxing Day when he marches, a fully formed hero, into cinemas as part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

    It is fair to say, however, that 41-year-old Armitage was, if not a reluctant hero, a doubtful one.

    At first, he didn’t even think he should be playing Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf prince thrust into leading the dwarves of Middle-earth after the battlefield death of his father King Thrain.

    “Sorry, I’ve got glue all over my face,” says Armitage, having come straight from the make-up trailer to the dining tent at Jackson’s Wellington studios, where The Hobbit was shot.

    As he pulls up a chair, he recalls it was July 2010 when he first auditioned for Jackson and Co.

    “I was about to go off and do something else when I got a call saying they wanted to offer me the part, at which point we all laughed and said, ‘Don’t be ridiculous, I can’t pay a dwarf!’

    “I still didn’t quite believe I was doing it until about three weeks into filming.

    “And I still have flashes of, ‘What are they doing? Why on earth am I here? What is going on?’”

    As he spoke, Armitage was three months into shooting what would become a trilogy of Hobbit films.

    In part one, An Unexpected Journey, Thorin leads a company of 12 dwarves, along with the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), towards their home, long ago stolen by the dragon Smaug.

    Yet, even one-third through the shoot, Armitage remained unsure as to whether he could fully embody Thorin – especially in the story’s latter stages, when, as in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, he succumbs to insanity.

    “I feel exactly the same way that the character feels, which is … paranoid and inadequate. You’re given the responsibility and you think ‘Why have you given me this responsibility?’

    “And the character thinks the same thing, ‘Why has this come to me? Why am I expected to carry this burden? All the men don’t think I’m up to it and they may be right … they may be wrong’.

    “So yeah,” he concludes with a wry grin, “paranoia.”

    Fast-forward to last month’s world premiere of The Hobbit in Wellington and there was no doubt Armitage had pulled off the heroic feat.

    His Thorin has been likened to Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn, the break-out heartthrob hero of The Lord of the Rings.

    And the Englishman certainly looks every inch the rugged idol plastered across the side of an Air New Zealand jumbo.

    Even Armitage, who couldn’t bring himself to watch the early playback footage on set – “I listened to it!” – finally saw the film at the premiere. His verdict: Thorin is one pretty cool dwarf.

    “Because the character was such a transformation – which I absolutely adored, I couldn’t work without the prosthetics – because I couldn’t recognize myself, it was much easier to watch.”

    While Armitage’s transformation into a dwarf wasn’t as extreme, or hairy, as some of the other actors had to endure (each dwarf carried about 30kg of extra weight), the prosthetics did take time to get used to.

    “When you first put it on, you want to take it off. But by the end of the day it just feels like your own face. I grew my own beard because the stick-on beard was driving me mad.”

    That The Hobbit is much lighter in tone than The Lord of the Rings films largely comes down to the all-singing, all-jolly Company of Dwarves. Well, except Thorin.

    “I’m not the comic relief,” Armitage admits glumly. “I’m trying to give Thorin a sense of humour, looking for opportunities to let him laugh, but there aren’t that many.

    “There’s been a lot of wrong-doing to the dwarves and he takes it on his shoulders.”

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens Boxing Day.

    Source 1, 2, and typed up by me :)

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    When was the last time you saw Uncle Tom’s Cabin in a theater? The answer is probably never. As far as I can tell, a theatrical version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s controversial novel hasn’t been performed in the Philadelphia area for many decades, and that also appears to be true for the rest of the country, with the exception of a couple of attempts in New York City over the years. But one Philadelphia theater company says that it’s time to bring the story back to the stage, but with a twist.

    EgoPo Classic Theater, a company that describes itself as “edgy, innovative, and inspiring,” is set to debut Uncle Tom in May at Delancey Place’s Plays & Players Theater. Auditions begin this weekend. The show will mark the end of EgoPo’s vaudeville-themed season, which started with their excellent all-female Assassination of Jesse James and continues in March with The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini.

    Uncle Tom was quickly transformed into a theatrical work after the novel’s 1852 publication. And although the book was immensely popular (its sales in the 1800s were only surpassed by those of the Bible), the various theatrical versions were even more so.

    Because copyright laws were not what they are today, the scripts strayed freely from the original text, and the show eventually became a centerpiece of minstrel performances, complete with blackface and the most exaggerated racial stereotypes possible. Plus, the book itself wound up on some “banned book” lists, and the NAACP objected to its language and characterizations. No wonder the progressive theater world sought to distance itself in later years.

    For the May production, EgoPo artistic director Lane Savadove and Glenn Odom, a literary studies professor at Rowan University, are creating a new script. “We’re doing a realistic, naturalistic version that will be incredibly respectful of the novel,” promises Savadove. “We’re not writing anything. We’re using the book word-for-word, cutting it just so that it works in a theatrical format. I really want the novel to speak for itself on the stage. This is not going to be some post-modern version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

    I asked him why it was important to do Uncle Tom now, why he wants to pick it up after all these years.

    “The play got tagged as racist not because of the book but because of the minstrel shows,” he explains. “The book was written as an anti-racist piece, and in the last 10 years, the top African American scholars like Henry Louis Gates and Cornel West have gone back to reclaim it as an important part of racial history. And so, we wanted to go back now that it’s seen in this new light and create a new theater version.”

    One person who is not convinced that this is necessarily a good idea is Philadelphia actor James Ijames, who teaches the most prominent version of the Uncle Tom scripts in his “Race on the Stage” course at Temple University.

    “The citing of Henry Louis Gates and Cornel West to somehow say, ‘See, the black guy said it’s OK!’ is problematic,” says Ijames. “Citing the elder statesmen is akin to the ‘some of my best friends are black’ argument. That notion and rebuttal and defense doesn’t have anything to do with anything.”

    Further complicating the matter is Savadove’s decision to swap races in the casting process. In other words, white actors will play slaves while black actors will play their owners.

    I talked to one white actor who plans to audition for the show, even though his concerns are “numerous.” The actor, who asked to remain anonymous, points out that many of the stereotypes commonly associated with black culture can be traced back to Uncle Tom, from the “Aunt Jemima” figure to the hyper-educated, very proper black man.

    “Those stereotypes were built off of white characterizations of blacks,” he says. “I don’t know how having white actors playing black characters introduces anything new to this story. I sincerely hope that there is an artistic objective beyond being edgy for the sake of being edgy.”

    But his biggest and “admittedly selfish” concern is the dialect and language that he’ll be expected to use.

    “I have a hard time listening to myself delivering the language,” he notes. “It sounds like a blatantly racist caricature.” He says that he can’t even read his lines in public.

    Savadove tries to explain his unusual casting decision: “Even though, by all accounts, the dialogue is incredibly historically accurate, it’s a loaded subject to have a black man speak in a Southern slave dialect. And so we’re switching the races. And we’re painting a picture of an America where it happens to be that the whites became enslaved and the blacks became the slave owners. We’re pointing out the randomness with which the blacks became enslaved and the whites became empowered.”

    When I asked Savadove if staging the play was the subject of much debate within EgoPo, he told me it wasn’t. “We are clear in what we are doing,” he says. “And we articulated it clearly to our board.”

    In light of Savadove’s justification for the racial switch and his comments regarding “randomness,” Ijames wondered about the racial makeup of that board, as did Ardmore-based playwright Quinn Eli, whose newest play will debut at Plays & Players in April alongside works by Suzan-Lori Parks and other African American playwrights.

    And so I asked Savadove point blank if there were any black people on his board. He refused to answer directly. Then he pointed to EgoPo’s 2012 production of A Dybbuk, perhaps the most important play in Jewish history and one with its own controversies surrounding mysticism and Kabbalah. “You didn’t call me then and ask me if any of my board members were Jewish,” he said. No, I didn’t. But, then, A Dybbuk is no Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

    In any event, both Eli and Ijames say that they intend to go see EgoPo’s Uncle Tom. And so do I.

    “I’ll find it difficult to absorb the image of whites in place of blacks as slaves,” says Eli. ”And I question how effective it will be for white members of the audience who won’t have to take the horror of what happened to those who it actually happened to. It presupposes that a lot of our notions about race have changed more dramatically than I think they have. But that doesn’t mean it won’t make for interesting theater.”

    EgoPo website

    I bolded as best I could, worth reading the whole thing though...

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    Jason London's face was a broken, swollen mess following the crazy brawl at the Martini Ranch bar in Scottsdale, AZ on Sunday ... and it's clear Jason was on the losing end of the fight.

    A rep for London tells TMZ ... the actor doesn't exactly remember how the violence began -- but says he DOES remember that someone had approached him in the bar and accused him of "looking at his friend's girl." Jason says the man then got physical with him.

    Jason says the next thing he remembers is getting arrested ... but before he wound up in cuffs, the actor claims he was brutally assaulted by the bar's security staff ... and he doesn't know why.

    "Jason's injuries are consistent with a brutal attack with deliberately and expertly aimed landed shots to the head which, according to eyewitnesses, continued even after he was unconscious," the rep tells TMZ.

    We're told Jason suffered a right orbital fracture in the attack ... as well as a sinus fracture, multiple contusions, hematomas, abrasions and a concussion.

    Jason claims he didn't throw one punch -- and his fists can back up his claim, because there are no bumps, bruises or cuts on either of his hands.

    We're told Jason is currently exploring his legal options.

    Jason's story is a stark contrast to the police report, first obtained by TMZ ... in which cops say London was a drunken, obnoxious mess who instigated the fight and even attacked police.

    London was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct/fighting and assault.

    The owner of the Martini Ranch tell TMZ ... "We stand behind our security staff."

    He adds, "We feel confident that when the time comes between witnesses, police reports and our surveillance footage, that the truth will come out and show that the comments by Mr. London and his people are clearly inaccurate."

    To play devil's advocate the fact that he doesn't have bruises/bumps on his hands doesn't necessarily mean that he didn't throw any punches, it could just mean that he's really shitty at doing it (which would kind of go along with being blackout drunk). I think the fact that his wife apologized to the police on his behalf and said that he's a real asshole when he's drunk speaks volumes. These brothers are a mess. Get your shit together Bobby Ray.

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    Just when you thought the most offensive thing about Star Wars was Jar Jar, along comes a claim that a LEGO set from Return of the Jedi is racist. Really.

    The LEGO set in question (pictured above) is the "Jabba's Palace" playset, released last June. It depicts, as you can see, the familiar palace exterior and throne room from Return of the Jedi, and it comes with figures of Jabba, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Salacious Crumb and even a Gamorrean Guard to keep watch in the tower (but no Boba Fett, because the world is full of disappointment). Jedi was released in 1983, which means it turns 30 years old this year, but all that time hasn't stopped the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria (TCCA) from deciding that now's the time to complain about Jabba's Palace.

    So what's the beef? Well, according to the TCCA, the palace bears an uncomfortable resemblance to both the Hagia Sophia (a 1,600-year-old former basilica and mosque that's now a museum in Istanbul) and the seventh-century Jami' al-Kabir mosque in Beirut. But so what? After all, George Lucas had a variety of influences for his creations, and the point was to make the palace look exotic. What's wrong with that? Well, the TCCA concern isn't what the building looks like, necessarily. It's who lives there.

    "It is clear that the figure of the ugly villain Jabba and the whole scene [exemplifies] racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against … Orientals and Asians as sneaky and criminal personalities (slaveholders, leaders of criminal organizations, terrorists, criminals, murderers, human sacrifice)…," the group wrote on its website.

    In other words, if you design a building that looks similar to one of our buildings, then make it the home of a bad person, you're saying that anyone associated with our buildings is a bad person. The group also took issue with the Gamorrean Guard in the tower, and with the various blasters and turrets mounted on the palace, because that seems to suggest that anyone who would live near the Hagia Sophia is violent ... or something. The group also calls Jabba a "terrorist" who "likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed," apparently to claim further stereotyping.

    And yes, someone could point out to the TCCA that Jabba's a gangster, not a terrorist, and that he was being so mean (in part) because Han owed him money, but it's probably more important to note that they're about three decades late in crying foul at the palace architecture. Still, maybe J.J. Abrams can call them in to consult on Episode VII?


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    Our America hits closer to home than ever before. For the first time, Lisa Ling turns the cameras on her own life and as she struggles to cope with the challenges of her aging father.

    Tune in for an all-new episode of Our America with "Secret Lives of Seniors" on Tuesday, February 5th at 10/9c, only on OWN.

    As Lisa Ling tries to help her own father navigate the challenges of aging, she comes across a variety of seniors who are still dating, embracing adventure, and learning to deal with old age gracefully: seniors who aren't letting age stop them from living.


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    Courtney Stodden is no stranger to a tiny bikini, and for that, we're grateful.

    The blond beauty slipped into a black two-piece to spend some time soaking in the sun's rays in her and hubby Doug Hutchinson's Hollywood Hills home alongside her sidekick—and dog—Dourtney.

    Lucky for you, E! News snagged a bunch of exclusive photos from her sunbathing session. Enjoy!


    Yeah, I know she pads her bra and bikini tops, but she still looks super gorgeous. Also bonus tweet from the Goddess herself:

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    Paparazzi photos from the Revenge set give us a pretty good idea who's going to die...
    [Cheesetastic and misguided DailyFail headline omitted]

    Its first season was certainly not without its fair share of drama, with protagonist Emily Thorne desperate to exact revenge on those who had contributed to the imprisonment and untimely death of her father

    But it would seem the cast of Revenge will soon be waving goodbye to one of the leading characters if new on-set pictures are anything to go by. 
    Dressed all in black, Emily VanCamp - who plays Emily in the ABC drama - could be seen looking downcast as she wandered through a ceremony flanked by dramatic floral displays.

    Although wearing funeral attire, there was no denying the character looked her typically effortlessly chic self as she got to work on set.
    One hint as to the identity of the deceased could be Charlotte Grayson's apparent upset at the funeral.
    With her mother Victoria's arm wrapped around her, the troubled teen - played by Christa B. Allen - looked utterly distraught as she held a simple white lily in her hand.

    Joshua Bowman's character, Daniel Grayson, was also present at the ceremony, while Jack Porter - played by Nick Wechsler - and his brother Declan (Connor Paolo) were also on set for the funeral.[son of a bitch]

    However, Amanda Clarke, the best friend of Emily and the person who Charlotte believes to be her half-sister, was nowhere to be seen, suggesting it could be she who had met her maker

    Also not present was British actress Ashley Madekwe, who portrays Ashley Davenport in the drama, while Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) was apparently not on set.

    Earlier in the day, the actor was seen shooting scenes alongside his on-screen wife Victoria (Madeleine Stowe).

    Looking stony-faced and silent, the couple quietly sat alongside each other in what appeared to be a pew, perhaps ahead of the fictional funeral

    Revenge details the story of emotionally disturbed Emily, who returns to the exclusive Hamptons posing as a wealthy socialite to avenge the death of her father after he was wrongly imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit at the hands of the scheming Grayson family.

    As she set her plan in motion, the butt-kicking blonde attempted to destroy the upper society and exact her ultimate revenge

    Discussing why the show has proved so popular, Emily recently told GQ: 'I think revenge is a universal theme. It's fun to delve into the lives of the rich and beautiful people of the Hamptons.
    ‘I always feel like I'm playing a character when I'm in a beautiful dress, with my hair coiffed. I like getting down and dirty.
    'It's really fun. There's nothing better than setting an a**hole's house on fire. It's those moments when I think "I love my job!"'

    'At first I thought the show was going to be so female-oriented. I think it's one of those shows that the girlfriend turns on and the guy ends up liking more though

    'I've had so many lovely encounters with guy fans. Then you have the crazy ones, too—the ones that come up to you on the street and don't realise you aren't your character.'


    Revenge Boss Previews a 'Powerful' Tragedy, Emily/Aiden At Odds and Amanda's 'Darker' Path

    After just one week back on the air, ABC’s Revenge is preparing to hit fans with a few tragic departures, some romantic kerfuffles and a return to ruthlessness for one individual.
    Here, Revenge creator Mike Kelley details all of that and more — including what to expect on the rocky road to a midseason spectacle that finds The Amanda six feet under and why Emily and Aiden’s future will soon be called into question.

    TRAGIC TAKEDOWN | Revenge‘s now-signature midseason climax is slated to take place in Episode 14 (the season’s 11th installment airs this Sunday), and Kelley assures us it will not disappoint. Leading up to the big event — which finds the Porters’ beloved boat sinking with one or more Hamptonites on board — “there are more weddings and more deaths,” he shares. And then, “There is a shake-up in the Hamptons and Emily’s world [will] be pretty rocked — as are the people who watch the show.” When asked how Season 2′s game-changer compares to last year’s “killer” Fire & Ice Ball, Kelley promises, “The emotional resonance of this particular tragedy is going to be a lot more powerful. This is as powerful emotionally as last year was shock-wise.”

    ‘AIDILY’: IT’S COMPLICATED | Emily and Aiden may have “broken up” last week, but their love story is far from over. “I am enjoying them as a couple and I’m enjoying learning more about him and what they share,” Kelley relays. “As we move through the next few episodes, especially Episode 13, we’re exploring how the presence of Aiden — the mere existence of him — gives Emily the sense that she’s not entirely alone.” That said, their road to romance will not be without its bumps. “There’s gong to be a huge loyalty challenge between them,” he reveals, “because Aiden’s very complicated; he’s got his own drama and agenda…. Just as their passion and commitment to each other is growing stronger, they’ll find themselves at odds mission-wise.”

    FRENEMY REDUX | Once a bit kooky, Amanda Clarke has, of late, become Revenge‘s voice of reason. Has the murderous imposter hung up her crazytown banana pants for good? Not quite, says Kelley. “The thing about Amanda is that she’s a survivor,” he shares. “She’s going to have a challenge coming up…. In order to save what she has going on with Jack, there’s going to be a choice she has to make that will involve a betrayal of Emily.” Said double-cross “is quite deep,” he adds, “and will set [these former friends] on a darker path as foils once again.” But don’t let Margarita Levieva‘s non-series regular status fool you: Kelley assures that Amanda is “a character that we love who has endless opportunity to give us story.”

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    So Conrad doesn't seem to be dying anytime soon, Charlotte's at the funeral and very upset, seems like it has to be Fauxmanda? Nolan isn't there either but I don't think Charlotte would be crying for him. I can't believe both of the damn Porters will survive the boat accident smfh.

    There are also a zillion stills from upcoming episodes on Wetpaint if you want to click through lots of wedding pictures: http://www.wetpaint.com/revenge

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    Fittingly, CBS’ mystery series Elementary is full of questions: When will we meet the dastardly Moriarty? Is Irene Adler really dead? And after the last couple of episodes, TVLine couldn’t help but notice a theory growing in popularity in our comments section. So we took this burning question to executive producer Rob Doherty: Did Sherlock actually hire Watson as his sober companion?

    After all, she’s never met the elder Mr. Holmes, and that cryptic message denying her request to stay on the job longer seemed awfully strange for a father supposedly concerned about his son’s well-being.

    “I have heard some of these rumors,” says Doherty. “It’s so hard for me to tell you which rumors I adore and which ones are too close to the truth.”

    Well, this is one theory we can almost rule out. For one, “I will say that dad is real,” he says. “Personally, I would like to put a face to that name. I’d like to see who sired Sherlock Holmes. What’s he like? What’s that relationship like? I predict the relationship is just too interesting to not delve into and explore.”

    Doherty is even more forthcoming when asked if the text message is actually a test from Sherlock.

    “I’ll be less coy: If that’s something we ended up doing, I would genuinely be very surprised for all the reasons I just mentioned,” reveals the EP. “When I watch the show [like a fan], I have great curiosity about dad. I want to see that dynamic alive and in person. I value that more than the potential surprise that Sherlock has been leading her on this whole time.”

    Still, Doherty admits that “it’s a really interesting notion. It’s funny. It made me laugh when I first heard it. But I just don’t see us going down that road.”

    Although the private eye may not be the one pulling the strings, his relationship with Joan still will be affected by her decision to lie to him about M. Holmes’ rejection and to continue in her role as his sober companion.

    “We recognize that it was a pretty monumental thing,” says Doherty. “It’s a big deal for any professional person to say, ‘I’m going to put in some time here on my own dime,’ especially with somebody as complicated as Sherlock Holmes. We recognize that it was not an insignificant gesture. There’s going to be some fallout. Sherlock will have his take on it when he becomes aware. Joan has a strong rational for doing what she does.”

    Elementary returns with a new episode this Thursday (at 10/9c) and this Sunday following the Super Bowl.


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    Black & Blue

    Paloma Faith has confirmed the title of her next single.

    The singer will release 'Black & Blue' on March 11 as the fourth single from her latest album Fall to Grace.
    Daith's second collection has been certified platinum in the UK with sales of over 500,000 since its release last May.

    Fall to Grace has been nominated for the coveted 'MasterCard Album of the Year' award at next month's Brits, while Faith has also been recognized in the 'British Female' category.

    The star will embark on her new headline tour of the UK tonight (January 28), when she begins the jaunt at Glasgow's O2 Academy.

    'Black & Blue' follows Faith's previous singles 'Picking Up the Pieces', '30 Minute Love Affair' and 'Just Be', as well as her cover of INXS's 'Never Tear Us Apart'.



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    Britney was spotted doing some shopping at Target today
    there was this earlier today but you know what let's just focus on the positive.


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    Eddie‘s devotion to maintaining his luscious locks left him lacking in other crucial areas, ex-wife Brandi charges in her bombshell, no holds barred tell-all!

    “Eddie had started taking Propecia, like many men, because he was concerned about hair loss,” Glanville writes of The Playboy Club hunk, who famously cheated on the stunning reality star with now wife, LeAnn Rimes. “He had fantastic hair, but who was I to sideline his vanity?”

    However, while Brandi admits she appreciated Eddie’s proactive self-care, she shares, “This particular drug had nasty side effects – including ones that happened in the bedroom.”

    Yes, according to the outspoken Real Housewife, the Propecia made Eddie impotent! “I knew he was concerned about his hairline, but momma needed something hard. I was not down for a limp dick and gave him an ultimatum: It was the Propecia or me!” Glanville writes.

    So how did Eddie receive the news? Take a wild guess. “Eddie never took well to being cornered or criticized,” Glanville writes. “So it was no surprise when he immediately shot back that my lady business wasn’t what it used to be.

    He was actually quite vulgar and said something I don’t care to repeat, so pardon my momentary filter. Please enjoy this moment it doesn’t happen often.”

    Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders, hits stores on February 13.

    Adrienne Says Brandi and Her Ex-Husband Getting Close Is "The Ultimate Betrayal"!

    Adrienne is opening up in the new issue of Life & Style about her feud with Brandi — sharing the biggest betrayal yet: Brandi’s newfound closeness to her ex-husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Paul.

    “It’s the ultimate betrayal,” Adrienne tells Life & Style, sharing her devastation when she found out this past December that Brandi had been getting close to Paul. “It’s extremely hurtful.”

    Viewers may be surprised that the two have been exchanging private text messages and public tweets after Brandi and Paul famously fought on the Dec. 10 episode — even Adrienne had to drag him away from the drama after Paul called Brandi a “bitch” and “piece of shit” under his breath.

    “We’re friendly,” Brandi admits to Life & Style. “Every once in a while, he’ll text me. He’s very nice.”

    Adrienne, 51, and Paul, 50, were married for 10 years before their separation in July, when things quickly turned bitter with allegations of abuse being thrown around. The couple finally reached a settlement in November — and by December, Paul and Adrienne’s season-three sparring partner, Brandi, 40, were exchanging sweet tweets.

    Of the bond Paul and Brandi have formed, Adrienne doesn’t believe it's authentic. “I believe getting close to Paul is a ploy on Brandi’s part to make herself more relevant,” his former wife warns. “I feel the sudden friendship with him was thought out and vindictive.”

    But Brandi defends herself, telling Life & Style: “She [Adrienne] is not a very nice person; she pretends to be. I called her to talk to her about the situation. But it’s hard for me to apologize to someone when I feel like they owe me an apology prior to that.”

    Radar, Life&Style

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    Viewers of Teen Mom 2 are finally getting to see the budding romance between star Kailyn Lowry and her beau of more than a year, Javi Marroquin. The two (who we affectionately refer to as “Kavi” now) have gotten very close since we first saw photos of the two of them together back in early December of 2011, but apparently their relationship has had its fair share of bumps in the road.

    In one incident, which will more than likely be featured in Season 4, things got pretty heated between Kailyn and Javi, and although she can’t reveal specifics about what went down, Kailyn wants to apologize now for what happened. “I just want to publicly apologize in advance to my fans,” Kailyn tells Starcasm exclusively, “and even though Javi and I have moved on from it, I want to say I’m sorry again to him and his family for letting my emotions get the best of me. I know how humiliating that is for them and I’m humiliated myself.”

    Kailyn goes on to say Javi has forgiven her for the incident, but it motivated her to seek counseling. It was in her counseling sessions that Kailyn was diagnosed as bipolar, which is something she will soon begin taking medication for.“My mom is bipolar and it turns out I am too,” Kailyn reveals.

    Kailyn is currently still raising her now-three-year-old son Isaac and working hard at her new job in a dentist office. (Did you hear that Dr. Randy Houska? Kailyn is coming for your job! Oh wait, that would mean she’d have to move to South Dalota. OK Randy, you can relax – your practice is secure. For now.) She continues to plan for her and Javi’s wedding, though it has been reported they are technically already married.

    Meanwhile, Javi continues his Air Force training and will be reuniting with Kailyn in Texas there in a couple weeks for his graduation and what is sure to be one hell of a Valentine’s Day for both! (Kailyn tweeted that she only gets “2 five minute phone calls in a month!” Ugh!)

    While we all anxiously await the explosive scene between Kailyn and Javi in Season 4, we can continue to tune in every Monday night at 10/9c on MTV for the third season of Teen Mom 2! And be sure to follow us on Twitter because we are there live tweeting pretty much every episode, as are most of the cast members (including Kailyn) as well as charismatic grandparents “Momma” Dawn Spears, Dr. Randy Houska, Jeff Simms, and Babs Evans (via parody account @BabsEvansMTV). It really is a blast, perhaps the most fun you can have interacting during a show!
    So what do you think Kailyn did?


    Kailyn Lowry RT'ed this on her Twitter as well

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    Duncan Jones is making the jump to big-budget tentpole movies, signing on to direct Warcraft, Legendary Pictures’ live-action adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s video game universe. Jones made his feature debut writing and directing 2009's Moon, the well-regarded low-key indie sci-fi drama that starred Sam Rockwell and cost around $1 million to make. He followed that up with Source Code, Summit’s 2011 time travel thriller that starred Jake Gyllenhaal and cost around $35 million to make. Warcraft is expected to have a budget north of $100 million.

    Legendary is keeping its script, written by Charles Leavitt, under wraps. The Warner Bros.-based production and finance outfit is eyeing a fall 2013 start and a 2015 release.

    Not sure if want.. Honestly, not sure if I want a movie at all, but this is a strange choice for director. Could be amazing. Oblig, I played MoP, hit 90, got bored of dailies and quit.

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    Lindsay Lohan has been forced to move into mom Dina‘s home in Long Island, New York, as she is “flat-out broke” and unable to afford to rent an apartment on her own in Los Angeles, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.


    “Lindsay is being forced to live at home with Dina because she can’t afford any other options at the moment,” a source tells Radar. “Lindsay is flat-out broke and can’t even afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment in North Hollywood.

    “There’s simply no way she would pass a credit check right now, and even if she could she wouldn’t be able to muster up a security deposit, let alone meet the rent every month.

    “Lindsay’s been telling everyone that she moved to New York because she was sick of Los Angeles. But that’s just not true, she would love to move back west, but she can’t afford to! In the past, Lindsay has managed to rope in another person to co-sign on leases because her bad credit means she can’t get approved in her name alone. However, she couldn’t find anyone willing to do that now as she has burned so many of her friends and associates.”

    Meanwhile, although it might well be economically attractive to be living at home rent free with mom, the situation does have its, very obvious, drawbacks!

    “Dina seriously cramps Lindsay’s style because she always wants to go out partying with her,” the source says. “It’s embarrassing for Lindsay and she often dodges her mom’s calls when she’s out. Lindsay is constantly on the prowl these days to snag a new wealthy pal who has an apartment or vacation home she can move into…. rent free of course!”"


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    Catfish Lite: Don’t Pretend You’ve Never Lied Online

    Lately, the concept of "catfishing"— luring someone into an online relationship by pretending to be someone that you're not — has been surrounded by its fair share of controversy, but how controversial is it in actuality? Believe it or not, a little controlled catfishing is something that plenty of the Instant Message generation has experimented with, even if we're unwilling to admit it. Really, who hasn't tried to escape their reality by pretending to be a 17-year-old varsity baseball player in an N*SYNC chat room every now and then?

    This morning's Today Show featured a segment from Dr. Phil McGraw's upcoming interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Tuiasosopo, for those of you at home, is the 22-year-old man who became a household name after being exposed by Deadspin as the man behind Lennay Kekua, the fake dead girlfriend of Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o. Tuiasosopo, who used photos of a stranger to woo Te'o online, confessed to Dr. Phil that, while Lennay Kekua was a lie, all of "her" (his) feelings were very real.

    McGraw tells Today:

    Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love. I asked him straight up, "Was this a romantic relationship with you?" And he says yes. I said, "Are you then therefore gay?" And he said, "When you put it that way, yes." And then he caught himself and said, "I am confused."

    The scandal caused by Tuiasosopo, coupled with the MTV series Catfish, has placed the phenomenon of "catfishing" front and center, but it's hardly a new concept. In fact, it's a practice that a lot of millennials have very personal experiences with.

    For those of us who were teenagers and preteens during the birth of AOL Instant Messenger, the question "A/S/L?" needs no decoding. Shorthand for "age/sex/location," A/S/L was the first question you'd generally get asked upon entering a chat room and, more often than not, your response would be a lie. "16/M/Florida," you'd respond even if you happened to be a 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin. "15/F/Ontario" you'd say the next time you logged in (this is why so many people have made-up girlfriends in Canada).

    Generally, the ruse would last as long as you were in the chat room, but occasionally the identity would be carried elsewhere. You might even have long lasting online relationships with a person, all as a character that you had full control over. There was something about it that made you feel powerful, like you were able to control how people perceived you in a way that you were never able to control your image or reputation in real life. Looking back, I feel fairly safe in assuming that most of my online "friends" were not who they said they were.

    Many friends of mine, friends who didn't have a high enough social status to date boys in real life, had their first romantic relationships online. They'd exchanged photos (who's to say if the ones they received were real), talk online everyday after school and make plans to meet in real life (these plans would always fall through). I even knew one girl at summer camp who believed that she was having a full-blown relationship with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys ("He hasn't been online for awhile because AJ got mad and broke his keyboard.")

    I recently asked a different friend about the online boyfriend that she had in middle school. "Did any part of you know think that it was bullshit?" I asked. She said maybe, but that it really didn't matter. Having this online boyfriend in Detroit or wherever both raised her 14-year-old self esteem and gave her a safe place to experiment with flirting and interacting with the opposite sex without fear of being embarrassed in front of her peers. The same can be said about teenage forays into sex chat rooms. After clicking "Yes, I'm 18" (you weren't), you could experiment with language and concepts that, more than likely, you were much too young and uncomfortable to experiment with in real life, all under the protection of anonymity.

    Thinking back on the reasons that my peers created false online identities, Tuiasosopo's actions start to make a lot more sense especially when you consider the fact that he's a homosexual who remains somewhat in the closet. We used fake ages, sexes and locations partially, I think, to experiment with identity — something which, as a young teenager, is in a constant state of uncomfortable flux. While we can't say for sure why Ronaiah Tuiasosopo targeted Manti Te'o and created Lennay Kekua, it stands to reason that it wasn't so much a senseless act of cruelty as much as it was Tuiasosopo's seemingly safe albeit thoughtless way of acting out his feelings for another man without fear of labels and judgement.


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    San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver has released a statement regarding anti-gay remarks he made in a radio interview on Tuesday:

    "The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," he said in the statement."It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience."

    Culliver planned to formally address his remarks at a news conference during the 49ers' media availability Thursday morning, according to his personal public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.

    "Chris is very apologetic for any harm caused to anyone," Palmer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "His intent was not that at all. He is one who celebrates the differences of others. All of this was just a big mistake. It was interpreted wrong.


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  • 01/30/13--21:16: The Americans 1X02 Promo

  • SRC

    Thoughts on the pilot?

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    He's gonna probably win a Grammy," Mr. Raff says of Franco.

    Riff Raff recently dropped by Fuse to chat about Franco and Spring Breakers: "He's gonna probably win a Grammy," Riff Raff says. "His style is based on me, I don't have to tell you that. Look at the pictures. If people see the pictures, they think it's me [not Franco]."

    Riff Raff compared the scenario to having an identical twin brother go to school in your place to take the SATs. "You're getting straight As and you didn't even have to go to school. I'm just chillin' and millions is coming off this."

    But what would make Franco's character more convincing? Ice, naturally. "He had some ice on hands and wrists, but if he's trying to go polar bear arctic deep sea 11...?" Riff Raff then flaunted his diamond encrusted watch and other bling. "Now you deep space 9. You icy." Exactly.

    Then a moment of clarity: "He's James Franco. He just did all that for the movie, so he won't have to change nothin'. But me, I'm me always."

    However, Riff Raff is waiting on a check: "I'm sitting back watching, I wait and I wait. There's a deadline for this check, though. Check come in, everyone's cool and happy. If it don't come in, then I call in the hounds. But everything's cool right now."


    Riff Raff party post?

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