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  • 02/05/13--21:29: Tame Impala Extend Tour

  • Tame Impala will expand their tour in support of last year's Lonerism into the spring, playing dates across the U.S. through June. They'll also perform on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on February 18. The "Mind Mischief" single will be released on March 5 in the U.S., March 4 in the UK and Europe, and March 1 in Australia. It features remixes from the Field and Ducktails.

    Tame Impala 2013 Tour Dates:

    02-19 New York, NY - Terminal 5
    02-20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
    02-21 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
    02-22 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
    02-23 Athens, GA - The Georgia Theater
    02-25 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
    02-26 Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
    02-27 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
    02-28 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
    03-02 Louisville, KY - Headliner’s Music Hall
    03-03 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
    03-04 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
    03-06 Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
    03-07 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
    03-08 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
    03-09 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
    03-11 Montreal, Quebec - Corona Theater
    03-12 Boston, MA - House Of Blues
    03-15 Guadalajara, Mexico - Estudia Caveret
    03-15 Guadalajara, Mexico - Estudia Caveret
    03-16 Mexico City, Mexico - Vive Latino Festival
    04-14 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
    04-21 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
    04-27 Maitland, Australia - Groovin’ the Moo
    04-28 Canberra, Australia - Groovin’ the Moo
    05-04 Bendigo, Australia - Groovin’ the Moo
    05-05 Townsville, Australia - Groovin’ the Moo
    05-11 Bunbury, Australia - Groovin’ the Moo
    05-23 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
    05-25 The Gorge, WA - Sasquatch Festival
    05-26 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
    05-27 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
    05-29 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
    06-17 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
    06-18 Richmond, VA - The National
    06-19 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    06-25 London, England - Hammersmith Apollo
    06-26 Paris, France - Olympia Hall
    07-03 Berlin, Germany - Astra
    07-04 Gdynia, Poland - Open’er
    07-11 Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
    07-13 Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
    07-14 Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive


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    Jennifer Lawrence is just like you: She’s open about a crush on John Stamos from his Full House days, and thinks the Puppy Bowl is “genius.”

    Lawrence continued her quest for total talk show domination last night on Conan, with an appearance that started off on a gushing note. “I’ve been watching the show for 15 years and I’m 22 years old,” she said. “The producer said to me, ‘Andy Richter’s going to hug you,’ and I started tearing up.” She explained that prior to this interview, O’Brien had swung by her dressing room and she had forced him to do many of his signature bits for her, including the String Dance.

    The love was clearly mutual. While O’Brien praised her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, he also had fun teasing the star, who could more than keep up with him. While talking about a Super Bowl party she threw for her friends at her house, she explained that her plans were more about a little event that happened prior to the big game. “It was just a lot of drinking, I guess,” Lawrence said of the party. “We watched the Puppy Bowl….It’s just puppies! And then they have a little camera in the water bowl — it’s genius!”

    After telling O’Brien she was “five beers in” during the actual football game, she explained why parties have to be at her house. “I kind of have to throw parties at my house because I never leave my house…I sound crazy,” she said laughing. She explained the appeal: “I don’t have to put a bra on and I don’t have to change my pants!”

    Lawrence was fun and goofy the entire appearance, but she was at her most likable when she dramatically shared that the coolest celebrity she had met thus far was… John Stamos. “He was at a party, and I turned into a perverted guy,” she said. “I was like following him into rooms and staring at his ass. I lost my mind. And I got so upset—I didn’t want to meet him because when I meet people it’s never good, and I was avoiding him, but then my friends brought him over because my friends are jerks, and I started really freaking out and he asked me if I was on mushrooms and I said, ‘No. I’m dead sober. This is just me.’”

    The woman who would grow up to creep on Stamos had to get her start somewhere, and in the second segment Lawrence shared that prior to acting she was an Abercrombie & Fitch model. Her pictures were never published, however, (Note to the Internet: Find them!) because apparently she was too intense during a beach football photo shoot. After re-creating the intense faces and gestures for the audience, she explained, “I thought that overnight I had just gotten really good at football. Then I realized they were model football-ing, and I was really playing football.”

    As O’Brien pointed out, modeling contract or not, Lawrence is probably going to be okay.


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    Read from top to bottom!

    Cassandra and AJ I can see it, but AJ was kind of a jerk

    Ugh I would've loved to see how tyra and molly would have been developed. SMH.

    OMG JOYCE!!! <///3


    Welp dr aquino was awful and pricipal wood was awful too dr bandari deserves better so I'm happy with this.

    OMG :((((((((((

    Just a little fyi you know to kill any hope we had. I was half hoping that she was going to say something like "you guys wanna find out what happens next? Well don't worry (insert cable network's name) picked us up so you can just watch and see what will happen to emily, will, micah and the rest of the characters!!!!" :(

    Let's end with Michael Rady being adorable okay!

    OMG OMG OMG TELL ME!!!!!!!

    Okay I need a video of mouse playing the piano and emily and him can make music together and ride off into the sunset and be together forever!!!!!

    This is basically a discussion post for that awful series finale. I love how they pretty much had everything planned out, how the stories were going to go, who would end up with who. I'm convinced that had this show been given 22 episodes at least, we would have the satisfying end we wanted. Damn you cw damn you. Okay I just needed some kind of closure with this show, I want a dvd box set that I can treasure for the rest of my life but knowing the cw yeah I doubt I'm going to get that.


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  • 02/06/13--05:27: Muse - Supremacy video!
  • The world exclusive premiere of the video for 'Supremacy', the next track single to be taken from Muse’s current album 'The 2nd Law', which has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. The single will be released on February 25. Running time: 04:51

    See video at the source.

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    It's like a teenage dream come true! Adam Brody and Leighton Meester, both veterans of the teen drama genre, have been secretly dating for weeks, sources confirm to Us Weekly.

    The actors, who costarred in 2011 dramedy The Oranges alongside Catherine Keener and Hugh Laurie, have been "hanging out," the source tells Us.

    "They were always close and friendly," the insider added, noting that the pair would hang out on occasion during shooting for the film.

    Brody, 33, first landed in the spotlight as lovable comic book geek Seth Cohen on the WB's hit The O.C. back in the early 2000s. He was most recently linked to director Lorene Scafaria, who wrote Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, back in 2010.

    Gossip Girl actress Meester, meanwhile, previously dated actor Aaron Himelstein, though the 26-year-old parted ways with him over the holidays.

    And even though she and Brody have been keeping their relationship out of the public eye, the new couple has already been making their rounds, traveling together to Bangkok earlier this year and taking in art exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Friday, Feb. 1.

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    Kris and his candy corn demon granted him the win.

    Alex was eliminated for her weak candy pageant girl.

    The rest of the looks

    Alam (Top 3)


    Autumn (Bottom 3)

    Eric F

    Eric Z

    House (Top 3)

    Jenna (Bottom 3)



    This season is so weak compared to the previous ones... Anthony is the only one who continues to impress me each week although I don't mind Eric F, Eric Z or Wayne that much either.

    Autumn and Jenna need to GTFO.


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    "outdoor adventures"

    album and snl


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    The results are in! Over the past month, hundreds of thousands of Monopoly fans worldwide voted for which new token should replace one of the iconic ones being retired after countless journeys past Go. After a hard-fought campaign, representatives revealed the newest game piece Wednesday morning on TODAY.

    Monopoly’s newest token is…

    The cat!

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    To rally players to show their support for their favorite tokens, Hasbro launched a Facebook app. While the results among the 250,000 votes on’s live poll were close, the feline edged out its competition: the robot, diamond ring, helicopter and guitar.

    It’s sad news for some, as the sly cat will replace one of the game’s venerable pieces, which has also been chosen by voters. The boot, iron and wheelbarrow were tied for last place until Tuesday night when the wheelbarrow and shoe hung on and the iron got the boot.


    I had no idea what to tag this as. I'm sure I overlooked something

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    BECKHAM, RITCHIE TEAM FOR H&M: David Beckham is back in action for H&M, this time in a 90-second commercial directed by Guy Ritchie to promote the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear for H&M.

    Beckham is shown wearing a bathrobe in his driveway, seeing his sons off to school. The robe gets caught in the wheel of the Range Rover, leaving him — surprise — in his underwear and slippers, and he’s forced to chase it down through his Beverly Hills neighborhood. Combining Ritchie’s flair for action with tongue-in-cheek humor, the spot allows Beckham’s non-self-serious personality to shine through. “Working with Guy has been a fantastic experience. I hope everyone has as much fun watching the film as I had making it,” said Beckham.

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    What did you think of last night's episode? I'm loving all the Ali flashbacks lately

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    Kate Winslet is the latest celebrity to reveal her engagement ring! She debuted the gold jewelry yesterday during a shopping trip after tying the knot with Ned Rocknroll in December 2012.

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    Christina Ricci confirmed her engagement to James Heerdegen in January 2013.

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    Jamie-Lynn Sigler shared her huge ring when she announced her engagement to Cutter Dykstra over Instagram.

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    Brandy showed off her rock from Ryan Press during a December 2012 vacation to Hawaii.

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    Camila Alves debuted her engagement ring on a red carpet in February following her holiday engagement to Matthew McConaughey. The piece features a large rose-cut diamond.

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    Following a holiday 2011 proposal, Jessica Biel showed off her Justin Timberlake-designed ring for the first time in March.

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    Angelina Jolie's custom-designed Robert Procop engagement ring was a gift from Brad Pitt in April. The enormous middle diamond is set in a diamond-covered art deco band, with Brad helping Robert achieve the final design.

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    Drew Barrymore started the year by announcing her engagement to Will Kopelman and showed off the nearly four-carat diamond ring she received, designed by Graff.

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    Halle Berry started wearing an emerald engagement ring from fiancé Olivier Martinez in January. Olivier had friend Robert Mazlo create the ring made of a perfect emerald on a yellow-gold setting featuring symbols important to the couple.

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    Keira Knightley debuted her band from James Righton in May. She wears a platinum band featuring an almost two-carat solitaire diamond.

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    As of February, Sienna Miller began wearing a unique ring from fiancé Tom Sturridge.

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    Elisha Cuthbert debuted her diamond from Dion Phaneuf in September. The pear-shaped diamond has since been seen on many a red carpet.

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    Jennifer Aniston debuted her engagement ring from Justin Theroux during an October weekend in Santa Fe, after the couple confirmed their engagement in August.

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    Blake Lively showed off her oval diamond and matching rose gold wedding band, designed by Lorraine Schwartz, the day after her surprise wedding to Ryan Reynolds in South Carolina in September.

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    Chad Kroeger proposed to Avril Lavigne in August with a 14-carat diamond.

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    Kate Bosworth debuted her diamond from fiancé Michael Polish in September.

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    Curtis Stone proposed to Lindsay Price during a vacation in Positano over the Summer.

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    Miley Cyrus received a custom Neil Lane creation from fiancé Liam Hemsworth in June. Liam and Neil created a special band featuring a 3.5-carat diamond ring in an 18-karat gold setting.

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    Sofia Vergara received a massive diamond from her boyfriend Nick Loeb just before her 40th birthday in July.

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    Shenae Grimes debuted her engagement ring from her male model fiancé Josh Beech in December 2012.

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  • 02/06/13--06:44: New Girl Spoilers!
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    In a ne interview ithNew Girl reator, Liz Meriwethe from TV Equals, Liz talks a little bit more about this new dynamic coming up between Jake Johnson’s Nick and Zooey Deschanel’ Jess:

    “I think Nick and Jess, in particular, are trying to figure out how they feel about each other. There are a lot of obstacles for them. They don’t have the kind of relationship where anything is easy,” she said. “I mean, they’re always at odds. They’re very different people and they are attracted to each other, but that doesn’t solve a lot of theproblems hat they have of just like Nick neve showering nd Jess is like effervescence and optimism in the face of Nick’s like hatred of the world and people. A lot of that stuff hasn’t been resolved and I think the rest of the season is really like them fighting their feelings and fighting their attraction and trying to figure out what they really want out of each other. It’s been really funto write or and really fu to watch n set. The actors have been really great in sort of embracing this new dynamic.”

    Do you think Nick and Jess’ differences will become a bigger obstacle than either of them thinks?

    I New Girl reator Liz Meriwether’s interview with TV Guide, Liz mentioned that there will be a lot of “running away” and “coming back” for Nick and Jess in upcoming episodes.

    No E! Online’s lso relaying that Liz has confirmed that Nick and Jess aren’t quite ready to be together just yet.

    “They’re definitely not ready to be a couple,” executive producer Liz Meriwether says. “What this is is acknowledging that they have this strong pull for each other. [But] I don’t think, a lot of times, one kiss leads to a relationship.”

    Aw man, and we went and made those animated GIFs for nothing…. Don’t give up hope for Nick and Jess yet though! Check out these other spoilers for more Nick-and-Jess moments coming up i season 2:

    With Nick all of a sudden doing well at work Jess tarts to see him a little differentl in light of heir kiss in “Cooler”. But will Nick blow it trying to hid his interactions with his boss’ daughter?

    You can read our exclusive spoilers below for season 2 episode 19 o New Girl, “Guy’s Night”:

    • Nick decides to do a “guy’s night” at the bar, when guys can “drink for free”. Nick thinks it’s an awesome idea, but then again, Nick also thought his zombie novel was an awesome idea. Jess tells him it’s a “terrible idea” and says she won’t go…so imagine Nick’s surprise when sh shows p anyway looking to “bang” for some nachos (hey hey, don’t get excited. I the words f Jessit’s, “just a saying”).
    • In an effort to take Schmidt’s mind off Cece, Winston takes him to his own favorite place to waste away his troubles – the aquarium. Only problem is, Schmidt’s seeing Cece everywhere – including in the fish – and he just might reach a breaking point trying to convince an aquarium worker to let hi buy he exotic, endangered Cece-fish. (How this leads Schmidt to cry to Winston for help after jellyfish ttaches to his face, I have no idea.)
    • After seeing his boss’ daughter, Shane flirting it up with Nick at the bar, Jess assumes it’s all show o win her over. So of course she’s incredibly hurt when she finds out that Nick and Shane are doing more than just some innocent flirting (check ou these spoilers here or a clue). By the way, expect a panicked Nick to run out after a shocked Jess.

    Are you excited for “Guy’s Night”?


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  • 02/06/13--07:25: Honest Trailers - Skyfall

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    Popular gay porn star Arpad Miklos has been found dead in his New York apartment.

    On the latest installment of"Gwissues," Howard Bragman interviewed New York writer Randal Lynch, who confirmed that Miklos (whose real name is Peter Kozma) died Feb. 3 after having apparently committed suicide. He was 45 years old. Though Lynch said that a suicide note had been found, he offered few additional details. "He was a great guy on top of [being a porn star]. There was a lot more to him than just that surface persona," he said. "He was a very active person in the gay community."

    "He wasn't happy, I would say, but he wasn't going into crying fits," Lynch added. "He was a hard nut to crack." In 2012, the Hungarian-born Miklos gained more mainstream exposure when he starred in Seattle singer-songwriter Perfume Genius's music video for "Hood," which was eventually banned from YouTube.

    Among those to offer their condolences was co-star Colby Keller, who described Miklos as "an incredible performer" who "kept cast and crew continually entertained" with his sense of humor off-screen, in a poignant blog post (link NSFW). "Like any physically-demanding, socially-vexed form of labor, sex work isn't easy work -- not least because of the stigma and meager income," Keller noted. "We should remember to celebrate Arpad, the sexy man behind the scenes and in front of the camera who gave so much of himself for our desire, and not condemn a choice privately considered and personally significant enough to result in such extreme measures."


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    Yesterday I had one of the oddest experiences. I was conducting an incredibly inoffensive phone interview with Ella Henderson, the 17-year-old starlet of last year’s X Factor, trying to understand why she was fronting up Disney’s Safer Internet Day.

    None the wiser, after around 20 minutes of carefully managed and unilluminating conversation, I decided to broaden out my questions – to get a sense of the Ella, the young popstar from Grimsby recently thrust into the bright limelight. However, this was when things became tricky, for Ella, having recently signed a record deal with Sony – was surrounded by an army of PRs and publicists from both Disney and her label.

    Every time I asked her a question, the line sounded like it went dead, as if someone seemed to silence the phone. There would be a pause and then a carefully constructed answer would be delivered by a very polite and inoffensive Ella.

    Ella Henderson pictured with her X Factor mentor Tulisa and other X Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger at the National Television Awards in January 2013

    Having just found out that her music idol was Beyoncé – on account of her “clean cut image” and the fact you never see “bad stuff written about her”, I followed up by asking whether she, a girl of 17 now in the public eye, considered herself a feminist.

    Big mistake. Suddenly a gruff man’s voice out of nowhere growled: “She’s not answering that.” Said aggressive man when asked who the hell he was simply replied: “Her PR”. I then pushed for Rude Bloke’s name and was told “Russell.”

    I then asked why she couldn’t answer this question, and he replied “She’s just not. It’s not to do with Safer Internet Day

    Well neither was my question about role models or when her first album was out. I ended the ‘interview’/managed PR chat there and then – not before telling ‘Russell’ aka, the tool minding Ella, that he was giving someone very sweet, a bad rep indeed.

    Now I just hope the irony of having a man, or anyone for that matter, stop her from answering the f-word question, will occur to Ella asap. And that she realises, while she does need guidance through the manufactured pop world at the tender age of 17, what she does not need is an aggressive bloke telling her not to say whether she is a feminist or not.

    So here’s my message to you Ella Henderson – sack Russell today.

    However, Rude Bloke’s (that’s what he is now known as from here on in) intervention left me wondering about whether feminism remains a dirty word for popstars – especially those coming off the X Factor conveyorbelt. It’s not like asking someoneif they are a racist. What is the perceived negative connotation for a wannabe big-time popstar like Ella Henderson of the f-word?
    Is the f-word too dirty for pop?

    Happy to say she wants to be a positive role model for girls everywhere, Ella’s not allowed to say whether she believe in equal rights for men and women? Something’s up.

    Why is it even considered controversial in the modern day? Lucy Jones, deputy editor of, thinks for most artists it won’t be. However, for some they will be advised against it out of a fear of pigeon-holing the pop star and putting fans off.

    “I guess calling yourself a feminist is a political stance. I personally don’t think it would alienate an artist from fans. If anything, saying you were a feminist would stand the artist out as someone with a viewpoint and get them more support. There is no evidence which suggests calling yourself a feminist is a dirty word for pop fans.

    “However if you are a pop star coming from the X Factor – it is very manufactured and her people will be more sensitive about everything she says. Everything from Ella’s clothes to her lyrics will be controlled,” she explains.

    Jones also quotes Alice Glass, lead vocalist of the band Crystal Castles, who in a recent interview with NME, went as far to call herself a vigilante feminist because “we [women] need an army because the mainstream hates women”.

    Glass also thinks a lot of female popstars don’t sell a good image of themselves to children as women. She cites Katy Perry (who recently refused to say she was a feminist) as an example of a pop star claiming to be all liberated – and yet dresses up in cup cake bras - and accuses her and others of sexualising children with their provocative clothes and actions on stage.

    Pop versus the rest of the music industry

    Ruth Drake, who founded Toast Press PR, which provides PR for a wide range of musicians – including Crystal Castles and many other strong female voices such as Florence & The Machine, Jessie Ware and AlunaGeorge, says its very different working with fiercely independent and intelligent artists – rather than a manufactured popstar.

    “I would never advise any of my clients not to say they were a feminist. I just don’t think it’s a dirty word in anymore. Most young women like Jessie [Ware] and Florence [Welch] wouldn’t think anything of saying they are feminists.

    “Writers like Caitlin Moran [author of bestseller How to Be a Woman] have made feminism less of a dirty word than it has ever been. It’s totally acceptable now in my opinion.”

    However, Drake knows she is working with very different artists than typical very mainstream popstars.

    “The female singers I work with are very strong-minded and honest. Fans want artists who are doing something credible and real. It's possible that people in the music industry who work with more manufactured commercial pop acts could be concerned that feminism has negative connotations, but I think you should never under estimate your artist or your audience.”

    James Penycate, founder of Ooh Brilliant, a music PR and digital agency, representing the likes of Syron and Tom Odell, said this type of question is something Ella Henderson’s team should always be prepared to answer.

    “Whether she is a feminist or not feeds into the same area as to whether she is a role model to young women. For us it is important that artists can speak calmly and articulately. Yes, it is our job to protect the artist – but they also need to know their views on key issues which could crop up in interviews and be of interest to their fans.

    He says he would never warn a female singer client off saying whether she was a feminist or not, but he does recognise the need of the big labels to market their pop acts through mainstream media –which can sometimes mean them needing to have mainstream and inoffensive views.

    “I do feel young women coming up through the X Factor have it tough. There is instantly a lot of pressure to be a role model to millions of young girls. They do need taking care of.”

    More than a decade on from the Spice Girls’ crass ‘Girl Power’ slogan, there couldn’t be more strong women dominating the charts – from Emeli Sande to Adele to Lady Gaga.

    Music industry boss, Miles Leonard, who scouts talent for Parlophone and Virgin, told Telegraph Wonder Women last year: “The term girl power is dead. But there is a new version of expressing yourself which isn’t having to stand up and shout about girl power and being an independent woman. The notion of women being empowered is not dead, maybe it's become more reflective.”

    Leonard, who revived Kylie Minogue's career and discovered Coldplay, pointed to Adele - the biggest selling artist in the world right now - who has found fame and fortune through being honest, reflective, upfront, he said. “Adele's Someone Like You is immensely empowering. There is truth and honesty in that which reflects an inner strength.”

    However, despite this move away from shouting about girl power, artists such as Paloma Faith, enjoy being upfront about their feminism. She said in a Telegraph interview last month: “I would call myself a feminist, but I believe in equality: I love men (contrary to the beliefs of a lot of my ex-boyfriends); I don’t want to put them down. Some men think that if you’re empowered and sure of yourself then you’re a man-hater, but it’s like, 'No, I’m just the same as you are, but maybe just a tiny bit more confident.’”

    And Macy Gray took it one step further when I interviewed her a few weeks ago, saying she wasn’t a feminist – because that term denotes women are equal to men.“Women are better. We are so much bigger, so much more capable, and can do a lot more than men,” she explained in a straightforward manner.

    While I never expected Ella Henderson to go that far, I did expect her to at least be allowed to answer for herself whether she classed herself as a feminist. Rude Bloke or not, Ella Henderson is a sweet young woman with a bright talent living in Britain in the 21st century. She needs to be allowed to answer this question, and many others moving forward, in the very same voice that those around her are cashing in on.


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    by Joyce Eng

    Criminal Minds star makes his series directorial debut with Wednesday's episode and had a way easier first day than he expected.

    "I was hoping for some of [the actors] to give me a hard time, but no one did!" he tells "But [joking aside], everyone was great and extremely supportive of me, which certainly made the whole experience even better."

    It's an experience that's been years in the making. Gibson, who's the show's second cast member to direct after Matthew Gray Gubler ("he's very good," Gibson says), had always wanted to helm an episode, but could never work out the scheduling. The actor lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his family and commutes to Los Angeles for the week to shoot Minds. "[Directing] is basically a month," he says. "The prep is a week-and-a-half, then a week-and-a-half of shooting, then a week of editing, so it was hard to be away from home for that long. It turned out that this particular slot this year prepped before Christmas and shot after Christmas, so it worked out really well for me. ... It was great because I managed to do all our prep beforehand, then second-guess myself for the two-and-a-half weeks of our vacation!"

    But even before then, Gibson, who plays Hotch, was already in the planning stages. Executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer, who wrote the episode, first told him about the plot in October and gave him a script around Thanksgiving. In the episode, writer Bruce Morrison (guest star Ken Olin) is suspect Numero Uno when his two daughters, Sera (guest star Sophi Bairley) and Katie (guest star Delilah Napier, daughter of one of the show's former writers Ed Napier), vanish on the one-year anniversary of their mother's disappearance, and Bruce doesn't call it in until two days later. "[Olin] and Erica had worked together on Alias, and so when we were talking about [casting] him, it just seemed like a slam-dunk," Gibson says. "He is absolutely incredible in it. There's a whole lot more to the story." Gibson also called on pals Paul Dooley and Keith Szarabajka, also a friend of co-star Joe Mantegna, to appear as the Morrisons' nosy neighbor and detective of the week, respectively.

    "That was really cool getting all of them. We got all of our pieces that told the story well," Gibson says. "This episode is such a piece unto itself. ... There are certainly images that you get when you're reading it. They tend to jell even more once you find your locations. What fell into place very nicely for us was the house that we found. It had everything that we kind of wanted and was very evocative for that particular family and that particular story. Once I saw our sets and found the actors, I was getting pictures in my head for everything."

    Though it was his maiden directing effort on the show, Gibson says he wasn't nervous. That's partially because he's directed before (plays, two episodes of Dharma & Greg) and because, well, there's no time to be. "Single-camera is more relentless because it's eight 14-hour days no matter how you slice it," he says. "It's something that our crew does week in and week out in an incredibly efficient and professional way. The little show ponies, meaning the actors, are the ones who get days off and scenes off. When you direct, you're there all the time and you really appreciate just how much everybody busts their ass to make this work, and they're amazing. I always respected our crew and all the hard work they do, but this deepened it.

    "In a way, as an actor, you do all the preparation and then you want to forget it and just play the scene," he continues. "As a director, you can't forget it because somebody will remind you that you forgot something. But you can know your plan well enough that you still have a certain amount of freedom. If actor says, 'Why don't we move it over here?' we can do that. Glenn Kershaw, who's a producer on the show and has directed and done cinematography, was my training wheels. I was a little panicked when he wasn't on set for a few days. I did somehow manage to get through those."

    Unlike some, Gibson also wasn't worried about directing himself either. Hotch is in the episode a "normal amount," and Gibson even took himself out of a scene at the advice of his first A.D. Stacey Beneville. "The whole rain scene, I was in that and ... Stacey said, 'It's your one action sequence [to direct]. I think you'd be a lot happier if you're not wet and if you don't have to run back and forth. You can concentrate on just watching it and this is an experience that you want to have as a director.' And I said, 'OK.' And she was right. I didn't have to act until Day 3 of shooting."

    There is one person who does get more screen time: JJ (A.J. Cook). The episode was originally conceived in the summer as part of an undercover arc for JJ, but was scrapped to focus on the season-long Replicator story line. Instead, JJ plays an integral part during an interrogation of Bruce and is in the aforementioned rain scene. "It was a lot more poignant for A.J. to be in it than me," Gibson says. "A.J. did a fantastic job. I gave her a cut that I had last week. She's great in it."

    Now that his "baby's gone off to college," Gibson is already thinking about stepping behind the camera again next season — if the calendar breaks his way. "I'm hoping I can grab that slot again next year," he says. "I know that they don't like to break up [the prep and filming], but I'd love to do it again. ... I waited a long time for this! It's just really exciting to learn visual storytelling. It was so much fun and I'm so proud of it. I managed to stay out of the way — in a good way!"

    Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS. Check out a couple of sneak peeks below.


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