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- 02/16/13--17:27: _The Selection Dumps...
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- 02/16/13--18:16: _3 Photos of an Ange...
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- 02/16/13--18:30: _Eurovision 2013 - I...
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- 02/16/13--19:30: _Remodeled Mouths: C...
- 02/16/13--19:35: _Black Keys’ Patrick...
- 02/16/13--19:42: _Chris Brown Celebra...
- 02/15/13--21:04: Why Nicki Minaj Is a Better Judge Than Mariah Carey
- 02/15/13--21:05: Reeva Steenkamp: our media invites you to ogle a dead woman
- 02/15/13--21:06: Days of Our Lives' 1ST Gay Shower Scene!
- 02/15/13--21:27: Gay sci-fi author asks DC for ‘balance,’ offers to write Superman
- 02/15/13--21:27: The passions of Chinese Actor Godfrey Gao
- 02/15/13--21:31: Phillip Phillips - Gone, Gone, Gone
- 02/15/13--21:31: Midnight Red's vocals shine bright like a Diamond
- 02/16/13--15:53: Will Arnett: It's Not Over Till It's Over.
- 02/16/13--15:53: Promos for Ripper Street on BBC America & BBC One
- 02/16/13--17:27: The Selection Dumps its Entire Cast (except the black guy)
- 02/16/13--18:16: 3 Photos of an Angel to make your night better :o)
- 02/16/13--18:17: Of Course This Idiot Would. SMH
- 02/16/13--18:17: Batman: Arkham ______ Possibly coming in the next few months?
- 02/16/13--18:30: Eurovision 2013 - Italy's choice
- 02/16/13--19:30: Remodeled Mouths: Celebrity Dental Work
- 02/16/13--19:35: Black Keys’ Patrick Carney fully assimilated, is now Justin Bieber
- 02/16/13--19:42: Chris Brown Celebrates Chris Brown In New Music Video
Why is Nicki Minaj the best judge American Idol has ever had? It's deceptively simple: She is the only judge in Idol history who ever had the chance to see the show before she got famous. So she knows what it's like to watch Idol as a fan. Minaj comes off as sincere and devoid of bullshit, zeroing in on the right contestants. She seems like the smartest person in the room, even though she's a nonstop cartoon montage of candy-colored wigs, space-hooker costumes and ridiculous accents.
Minaj is the main reason Idol is kicking off its freshest season in years. She brings a whole new level of gung-ho dementia to the latest makeover. Mariah Carey looks like a stiff sitting near Minaj, which can only add to Mimi's misery, since the job requires her to talk to normal people, not exactly her specialty – she has no idea what it's like to see people yawn and walk away while she's droning on. Keith Urban tries hard, but he realizes nobody notices he's even there. (And that goes triple for poor Randy Jackson.) It's Minaj who deserves all the credit for firing up the singers and revitalizing the format. She combines the best judging attributes of both Simon (sensible, hard to con, immune to sob stories) and Paula (unpredictable, silly voices). If she can keep it up for the next few months, this might turn out to be Idol's finest hour.
I have to say that Nicki is my favorite part about this season of Idol. I think she's bubbly and fun, yet still serious enough to give good feedback that helps a contestant to improve.
There's been a lot of chatter on Twitter (isn't there always?) about the media's use of photos of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead yesterday at the home of her boyfriend, the athlete Oscar Pistorius.
Some newspapers and websites have been "paying tribute" and "celebrating her career" by running multiple photos of her in swimwear, or posing sexily.
Here is The Sun inviting you to admire the hotness of the recently deceased:
And here is the Mail inviting you to reflect on the tragedy of a young woman who died younger than she needed to:
So I made what I thought was a fairly uncontroversial statement:
Cue four billion (that is my go-to made-up number today) people telling me one of a couple of things. Let's deal with them in turn.
She was a swimwear model.
So she was. She also modelled cosmetics for Avon. She had a law degree. She campaigned against violence against women. And yet - I'm not hearing a lot about that. And it is not just reported that she is a lingerie model, but visually demonstrated.
What do two pictures of her in a bikini tell you that one doesn't?
That Sun front page is particularly jarring - they've given Steenkamp the same treatment they'd give any sexy bikini-posing model. These pictures are intended to titillate, to arouse . . . and they're alongside a thumping great headline about her violent death.
Those were the only pictures available of her.
Bzzt! Wrong. I looked on the Getty newswire - which all British newspapers have access to. (The NS only has a basic subscription, so every picture desk on a national will have access to far more of its pictures, plus those from specialist agencies.) Here's what they had:
You will have seen those pictures a lot yesterday, I imagine. But if your interest is in illustrating a news story, there are a couple of shapes and crops available where she has clothes on.
They'd print just the same of a male model or swimmer who was killed!
In response to me saying "try to imagine a man dying and the media running four billion pictures of them in swimwear", many people came back with "Tom Daley" or "David Beckham". It's an argument that looks superficially attractive, but lacks sophistication. Yes, there might well be photos of Daley in trunks . . . winning medals. (Maybe even presenting Splash). Being portrayed as the successful athlete he is.
Similarly, there might be a single shot of Becks in his tighty whiteys among a retrospective of his life and career, but if you think that any British newspaper would run that on their front page, rather than a photo of him, say, at the World Cup, you are deluded. The backlash would be incredible.
If either of these men were portrayed in a way that was solely about their looks, we would seeing the oddness of it instantly.
It's not that I have a problem with how Reeva Steenkamp made her living. And I don't disapprove of the mere concept of women in underwear, or bikinis. If you're at the beach, swimwear is a totally reasonable thing to wear, although obviously I prefer a Victorian-style pair of bloomers, because I'm a feminist.
What's problematic here is the knee-jerk response to the death of a woman being to print exactly the kind of pictures you'd invite readers to perv over if she were alive. The subtext is so icky I don't even want to type it out.
Roll up to ogle the recently deceased!
Look at the tits on this dead woman!
Buy our newspaper - we have 50 per cent more sexy pictures of a potential murder victim!
By Helen Lewis for NewStatesman
Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith (Will and Sonny) steamed it up in the shower (and in Will's head) this week on Days of Our Lives.
Pretty hot, especially for a daytime soap, but the acting is...stiff.
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In an open letter, award-winning science fiction author David Gerrold has asked DC Comics for balance — and a job.
In response to the publisher hiring Ender’s Game author and gay-marriage opponent Orson Scott Card to contribute to its Adventures of Superman anthology, Gerrold suggests DC hire an “openly gay writer,” which he happens to be.
“I see that you have hired a writer for Superman who has written strongly of his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people. And I see that there is an online petition protesting that move,” he wrote on Facebook. “Perhaps you could balance that decision by hiring an openly gay writer to draft a Superman story for a future issue.”
Gerrold brings an impressive resume to the table, having written numerous science fiction TV shows, novels, nonfiction and even some comics. His credits include episodes of Star Trek (including the famous “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode), Babylon 5, Land of the Lost, The Twilight Zone and even The Adventures of Superboy — so has some experience with the Last Son of Krypton. And he wrote two issues of the Babylon 5 comic, published by DC Comics, as well as Star Trek manga. His novelette The Martian Child won Hugo and Nebula awards.
I see that you have hired a writer for Superman who has written strongly of his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people. And I see that there is an online petition protesting that move.
Perhaps you could balance that decision by hiring an openly gay writer to draft a Superman story for a future issue.
I hereby volunteer.
I have been a fan of Superman since Bud Collyer played him on the radio. (Before TV was invented.) I can remember Brainiac’s first appearance, and Bizarro too. And I cried when George Reeves died.
I do have some small credential as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. I have published a few books and written a few teleplays. (You can look me up on the internet.) I have also written some mangas, and I wrote two issues of the Babylon 5 comic you published ten years ago.
I have some very good ideas that I think would work well for the series. I’d like the opportunity to write for you the very best Superman story ever.
“The Trouble With Tribbles”
Land Of The Lost
The Martian Child
(and a whole bunch of other stuff)
DC responded to the backlash to Card’s hiring earlier this week, saying, “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”
Godfrey Gao stepped of the basketball court and into the entertainment business, making a name for himself in Chinese Cinema. Swide talk style with the star at the SS13 Dolce&Gabbana fashion show.
RedOne's up and coming boyband cover Rihanna's Diamonds as a Valentine's Day present.
Things are shaping up for an official debut album dropping really soon. I'm stoked. I <3 these boys!
Though they separated in September of last year after 9 years of marriage, neither Amy Poehler or Will Arnett have filed for divorce. Sources say Will is hoping for a reconciliation.
“Will is so desperate for a second chance that he’s practically begging Amy to take him back,” a source said.
“He still loves Amy deeply, and he’s doing everything in his power to get back in her good graces – including praising her great Golden Globe performance.
“Will told a pal, ‘It’s not over till it’s over! We’re still crazy about one another. At least, I’m still crazy about her’.
Sean Patrick Thomas to return for new ‘The Selection’ pilot
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance, Ringer) will not only reprise his role for The Selection – but that he is the only original cast member returning!
Thomas will play Sylvan Santos, “a close adviser to the current queen and an expert in royal etiquette who advises the participants in the competition”.
Earlier this week we reported that Aimee Teegarden had been offered the lead in another CW pilot, Oxygen, it’s now been confirmed that she will not take part in The Selection.
Are you sad to see Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You), William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia) and the others go?
can we turn this into a YA/Book/Writing Post?
The world's most talked about star -- Justin Bieber -- provides the soundtrack for the 3rd video in the Victoria's Secret Angels & Artists series with 'All Around the World'. Featuring Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Gracie Carvalho, Elyse Taylor, Erin Heatherton and Toni Garrn in some of the hottest suits from 2013 Beach Sexy swim collection, including the new Fabulous bikini top.
The world's hottest 5-piece meet the world's sexiest 2-pieces (our Very Sexy bikinis) and the Supermodels that wear them in this video from the Victoria's Secret Angels & Artists series. Featuring Candice Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson, Barbara Palvin, Lais Ribeiro, Sara Sampaio, Karlie Kloss, Erin Heatherton and Behati Prinsloo.
Jessica Chastain does a New York Times interview.
In the interview Jessica admits :'It's more fun to play a bombshell!' Jessica Chastain admits people are nicer to her on set when she's all glammed up. She's an actress known for taking on serious roles. But Jessica Chastain says it's more fun when she plays the vixen. The Academy Award nominee looked like a real-life bombshell in a magenta dress when she made the admission during a New York Times interview on Friday in Los Angeles. The Zero Dark Thirty star said during the Times Talks interview that although she relished playing women 'we don't normally see on film,' she did enjoy playing the role of the temptress. 'It's more fun to play a bombshell because people treat you better,' she said, laughing. 'The crew is very interested in everything you have to do.'
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to speak at a megachurch in Dallas whose pastor has spoken out against Muslims, Jews, Mormons and members of the LGBT community.
Tebow is listed as a special guest at one of the First Baptist Church's morning services on April 28, according to its website.
The church is led by Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress, who has previously denounced non-Christian religions such as Islam, Judaism and Mormonism. Leading up to the most recent presidential election, Jeffress warned parishioners that re-electing President Barack Obama would "lead to the rise of the Antichrist," according to The Christian Post. While denouncing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Jeffress also declared that 70 percent of the gay population has AIDS, and referred to it as "a gay disease," according to ThinkProgress.org.
Tebow has made no secret of the fact that he's a devout Christian, but has shied away from taking a stance on controversial social issues.
What do you think of Tebow speaking at the church?
The Batman: Arkham series is one of the best selling and arguably one of the most critically acclaimed franchises in the entirety of the DC Universe. It makes sense that Warner Bros. Interactive would want to keep The Dark Knight in the spotlight and many wonder how a continuation of the series would be possible due to the very controversial ending of Batman: Arkham City.
Warner Bros. hinted at a new title back in January after registering Batman-themed domain names, and there have been rumors circulating that Rocksteady, the original Arkham series developers, won’t have a hand in the latest installment. After all, it was Warner Bros. Studios in Montreal and Burbank who were responsible for porting Arkham City to the Wii U (read our review)last year and if the latest job postings are of any indication, the Montreal developer may be behind the Batman: Arkham threequel.
Rocksteady will be busy working on the Silver Age/Justice League prequel set to release in 2014 and WB stated that the new Arkham title will release in 2013. “And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise” says Time Warner CFO John K. Martin in their Q4 Conference Call.
Time Warner’s site posted new job postings for Warner Bros. Montreal, hinting at a coming release. Listings for a Producer and Creative Director indicated that prospective employees will “work with its game development team responsible for expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.” Though with the hiring times and a potential fall 2013 release date, the job positions could very well be for future projects as well.
The studio’s senior producer Ben Mattes tweeted last week the following before removing it, hinting at a pre-E3 reveal:
“In just 2-3 months, our project will be announced (in grand fashion) and it’s going to be big!”
Though we don’t know what the game will be called or if it’s tied to Arkham Asylum and its successor, given all the information accumulated in the past weeks, we would bet that Warner Interactive’s new game is the third and perhaps final installment in the Batman: Arkham storyline. What setting will the game explore, and could the next installment take on the oft-speculated Batman: Gotham City title and offer the most open-world Batman/Bruce Wayne experience yet?
Do you feel that Warner Bros. Interactive will take the Arkham franchise in a new direction? What do you hope to see from a new Arkham game when it comes to its villains? Let us know in the comments below!
Tonight Marco Mengoni won the Sanremo Festival with his song "L'essenziale" and was chosen as Italy's competitor for Malmo 2013.
Soucer: me, my tv &YouTube
this post is dedicated to my future wifesirimono
Were u born with perfect teeth, ONTD?
Approximately 1 billion young girls currently use a photo of Justin Bieber for their Twitter avatar, and now Patrick Carney, drummer of the Grammy award winning duo The Black Keys, is doing the same. For good measure, he’s also changed his user name to “Justin Bieber drums.” Why? He’s trolling the Bieliebers, plain and simple.
Here’s a shot of Carney’s new look, just in case he decides to rethink this career move and change it back.
After Carney suggested that the Bieber-less Grammy ceremony was “for music, not money,” Bieber tweeted that Carney should be “slapped around.” Bieber’s fans descended on Carney, who fought back bravely … until he was assimilated. Now he is Justin Bieber.
Drake Bell’s offhand tweet that he’d “randomly bash” Bieber led to weeks of death threats. Will Carney fare any better?
For good measure, Patrick’s brother Michael has changed his name to Miley.
It seems Carney’s still working about the bugs at the moment. Now he’s Justin Bieber 2.0.
Chris Brown has released a music video for his latest song, "Home" -- take a look above.
The video shows Brown traveling the world for his "Carpe Diem" tour. The rapper hits cities such as Cape Town, Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam, with footage highlighting crying fans, signature CB dance moves, and an opulent lifestyle complete with yachts and private jets.
The song is expected to be featured as a single on his upcoming album, "Carpe Diem," due out this year.
Brown tweeted the video to his fans on Friday.
Ever the controversial figure, Brown's latest legal battle involves a dispute with fellow rapper, Drake. Reports surfaced this week that Brown and Drake have sued one another over an altercation that took place in New York City last June. He is also rumored to be back together with former girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown's 2012 album, "Fortune," was up for a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but was beat out by Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange."