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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Sharon Stone is set to face a trial from her former nanny. Erlinda Elemen claims that she was the target of "numerous derogatory comments and slurs" from the Basic Instinct actress. It was reported by The Daily Telegraph that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that Elemen can proceed with her allegations of harassment, failure to prevent harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.

    The allegations were officially filed last year and were dismissed as "absurd" and a way to "cash in" by Stone.

    Elemen was originally hired in 2006 as head nanny to Stone's three children. She claims that from August 2010 until she was fired in 2011, she was the subject of taunts related to her Filipino ethnicity and heritage. The court papers state: "These statements included, without limitation, comments about Plaintiff's Filipino accent (ie Plaintiff was instructed to refrain from speaking to the children because Defendant did not want them to 'talk like you') comments about Filipino food, and comments which equated being Filipino with being stupid." The papers also say that Stone "was repeatedly verbally dismissive of Plaintiff's deeply held religious beliefs".

    Stone tried to have the case thrown out of court, arguing that her various comments did not amount to harassment and that the case had been filed too late. Her lawyer Daniel Gutenplan said: "All we have is that Ms Stone made comments about Filipino food, Filipino accents."

    Stone's former housekeeper Angelica Castillo also filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination last week. She claims the actress verbally abused her, and made her perform chores even after a doctor had signed her off work due to a back injury. The court papers state that Castillo was fired for what she believes was "retaliation for seeking medical leave".

    Stone is denying the claims, and her lawyers have dismissed them as "bizarre and ridiculous" and "malicious".

    They issued a statement saying: "We are confident that Ms Stone will prevail in this meritless case, and once that occurs, she intends to pursue affirmative claims for malicious prosecution against those responsible for filing and prosecuting this specious lawsuit."


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  • 03/16/13--20:44: Poster for 'The East'

  • In THE EAST, Sarah Moss (Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group’s charismatic leader, finding her life and her priorities irrevocably changed.


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    Taylor Swift jumps high in the air on a trampoline while on set on Saturday afternoon (March 16) in Los Angeles.

    The 23-year-old musician also sported at least three different outfits during the shoot!

    Taylor just recently kicked off her Red Tour at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

    More Vanity Fair pics

    Taylor & Paul rockin' the guitar solo on "Red" in Omaha

    Taylor Swift kicks off new tour

    "Holy Ground" clip live on the #REDtour - with sweet drum solo

    "Sparks Fly" acoustic on the #REDtour.

    Full All Too Well Performance

    Sources: 1 - 2 -3

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    Anderson Cooper

    Bernadette Peters

    Brett Ratner

    Carmen Carrera

    Countess LuAnn De Lesseps

    John Leguizamo

    I can see your gum, Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez...

    Milla Jovovich

    Mo Rocca

    Renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker

    Russell Simmons

    Snooki and JWoww


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    Tonight marked the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, and the event featured appearances and speeches from a veritable who's-who of the LGBT and allied world of media and entertainment.

    Among tonight's award winners was The Advocate and its sibling publication, Out, both owned by Here Media, which took home the prize for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague earned an award for Outstanding Documentary, and NBC's Smash was awarded Outstanding Drama. (Smash tho?...lol)

    Presenting the Vito Russo Award to out CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Madonna took the stage dressed as a Boy Scout.

    "Listen, I want to do good for the community," said Madonna. "But most importantly, I know how to scout for boys."

    "I used to be a Girl Scout,"
    said Madonna. "But I got kicked out. Do you want to know why? Because my skirt was too short, and I never sold enough cookies — I ate the cookies."

    The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives, according to the organization's website. GLAAD Media Award nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.


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    Everyone has their favorite singer, their favorite band, and their favorite type of music, and they are ALL DIFFERENT – such is the nature of the beast. We can argue day and night about who is right and who is wrong, but the truth is simply this: we all are. Choosing favorites in the music world is as subjective an activity as there ever was… generally speaking.

    However, the following list of the 5 best voices of all time is absolutely indisputable. Nothing you can say can alter the fact that these five men and women have voices that defy logic, that contradict the basic principles of human physiology, and that are somehow able to lift us out of our bodies and up to enormous heights that are sometimes dark and sorrowful and other times brilliant and joyous.

    They are the best at what they do, not by virtue of training or money, but because they were given the divine gift of a direct connection between their raw souls and their mouths.

    5. Freddie Mercury

    The Queen front-man with the enormous mouth (Gotye would be jealous) and the bushy stache had the voice of an angel–and that’s not like how you describe your precious-but-really-quite-terrible niece’s singing voice, but rather that of an ACTUAL ANGEL. Mercury can transport you to dizzying heights with the sometimes graceful, sometimes jarring rise and fall of his vocals, taking you beyond the limits of your expectation and into a brand new world of sound that you never knew existed.

    References: “Under Pressure” (Hot Space), “Bohemian Rhapsody” (A Night at the Opera), “I Want to Break Free” (The Works)

    4. Janis Joplin

    A member of Club 27, Janis Joplin never had the opportunity to take us through enough years of vocal change, musical growth, and personal evolution. She, like Jeff Buckley and way too many more, met her end far too soon. But she left behind a legacy startling in both its brevity and massive scope. Like some others on this list, Joplin had a voice that was nothing if not purely honest. She would tell you truths with the timbre, volume, pitch, and growl of her vocals.

    Oftentimes, those truths would be difficult to hear, because they spoke of broken promises, deep-seeded dreams that were destined for doom, or love that could never be grasped with both hands. But there was joy, too. Oh, was there joy. Joy and love and the attainment–if ever so briefly–of the top rung of life’s ladder.

    References: “Piece of My Heart”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Down on Me (Live)” (Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits).

    3. Thom Yorke

    I am not convinced now, nor ever will be–no matter how many bios or certificates of identification may be thrust in front of my nose–that Thom Yorke is actually a member of the human race. The Radiohead vocalist is, I’m fairly certain, an extra-terrestrial.

    How else could he have such a strange, unnerving, beautiful, honest, contemptuous, heavenly, alien voice? How else could he help craft musical tracks from an odd assortment of memories and sound that catapult the listener through a darkling warp tunnel of one-part exploration and two-parts ecstasy? How else could he think that that’s really how you spell Tom and really how you spell York?

    How else? He’s an alien. He’s an alien with a voice to kill and die for.

    References: “Karma Police” (OK Computer), “Fake Plastic Trees” (The Bends), “Creep” (Pablo Honey)

    2. Jeff Tweedy

    It’s no secret that the Wilco front-man has had a long history of illness and addiction. It’s no secret that the band has gone through more personnel changes than the Starbucks down the street. It’s no secret that Jeff Tweedy is a seemingly restless musician obsessed with experimentation in his music, taking his band from alternative country to atonal rock to folksy balladry to suicidal pop. In fact, nothing about Jeff Tweedy is a secret.

    And do you know why? Because he confesses every sin, every wish, every hope, every thought, and every idea with the lyrics that pass though his oft-stubbly face. You could call his voice whiskey-soaked or cigarette-stained, but the more honest description is probably life-worn. He’s willing to share his very soul with you if you’re willing to listen. Are you?

    References: “Sunken Treasure” (Being There), “Hate it Here” (Sky Blue Sky), “Ashes of American Flags” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)

    1. Jeff Buckley

    Perhaps the only man who might have outranked Freddie Mercury in the status of “Actual Angel” is Mr. Jeff Buckley, and not much of Buckley’s music is available because he didn’t live long enough to make more than one studio album.

    Sadly drowning in the Wolf River of Memphis during the recording of his second album, all we are left with is his one masterpiece (Grace) and a series of incredible live, demo, and experimental tracks that were taped/filmed during the span of his all too brief career. But together, they tell a tale of a singer who had a voice unlike any that has ever existed.

    With a range of several octaves, a gravity that shifts instantly between weightless and inescapable, and an urgency to his ferocious talent that always seemed to be fighting against an unknowable end that would arrive only too soon, Jeff Buckley was and is a legend for the ages with his angel’s (or perhaps it’s a god’s) voice.

    References: “Hallelujah”, “Last Goodbye”, “Lover, You Should Have Come Over” (Grace)

    this list is missing chris cornell tbh

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    Taylor Swift got cut from the documentary about boy band One Direction because of her break-up with Harry Styles. The singer and the heartthrob had an affair that lasted a few months in 2012. According to The Sun, director Morgan Spurlock recorded images of the couple during the romance but Harry forbid him to include those scenes in the documentary, which follows the backstage of his band's world tour.

    "During their two months together, the producers filmed Taylor and Harry in Los Angeles and New York, but Harry demanded they include nothing in the final cut," revealed a source. "Harry doesn't want anything to do with Taylor anymore. It was just a romance and it's over."

    Titled '1D3D' the movie hits theaters in the UK and the US on August 30.


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    Britney Spears hugs her son Jayden James after watching his soccer game on Sunday (March 17) in Los Angeles.
    The 31-year-old entertainer was accompanied by a group of pals and some young children to watch the game – at one point, Britney gave one of her friend’s little daughter a kiss on the cheek!

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  • 03/17/13--18:08: GoT s3 promo "No Mercy"
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    Starts at 9PM EST

    For the last few months, we've been sold on the season's tagline, "Almost getting it kind of together," supplemented by that New Year's resolution ad campaign. More or less predictably, we now find ourselves one episode away from the end of the season with a cast that hasn't gotten it together at all.

    Let's begin with Hannah. Her first scene in this episode shows us that her book is not going well. "Did your hymen grow back?" her publisher asks, not having finished reading it of his own volition. "Where's the sexual failure? Where's the pudgy face flecked with semen and sadness? What I'm getting here is a lot of friendship. It's very Jane Austen." In what he calls an "epiphany," he suggests that she make it a novel if she's not currently having sex. Hannah looks dumbfounded

    Ray is feeling sick, and Shoshanna is acting like a "geisha" (Ray's words, obviously), making sure he has white sugar, brown sugar, and artificial sweetener for his tea. Her guilt after cheating on him is taking its toll on their relationship, and he notices. Marnie, meanwhile, is pursuing her singing dreams and desperately needs GarageBand help.

    Hannah is making no progress with her book, and we see her fidgeting on the floor of her apartment with her laptop until she gets a splinter in her ass. And because Girls is Girls, the next beautifully composed shot is one of Lena Dunham's ass with a very large chunk of wood in it. After pulling it out in the bathroom, she creates another problem for herself while trying to clean her ears with a cotton swab (something at least dozens of Web sites peddling medical knowledge tell you not to do). She scratches the inside of her ear. She cries. She calls her parents. We would pity her if we didn't think she was such an idiot. To Becky Ann Baker's credit, Hannaha's mom sounds just like mine when she yells into the phone: "Nothing smaller than an elbow in there, ever!" Hannah winds up having to go to the hospital, where a doctor with no bedside manner whatsoever asks if she was digging for gold, and suggests she frame the cotton swab.

    Marnie, having been stood up at lunch by her ex-boyfriend Charlie, gets invited to his start-up's party celebrating 20,000 MAUs (monthly average users), which sounds like something to crack open beers over on a Friday night, not something to blow out with a live DJ, catered pizza, and "shitty beer" (according to the ever-quotable Ray, who attends with Shosh). While Ray goes to get himself a shitty beer, Shosh puts her foot in her mouth as she tries to pay Charlie a compliment: "You could have sex with any girl at this party, including me."

    Meanwhile, Adam seems to be doing better. He and Natalia are now officially a couple. She's having sex with him and taking him to her friends' engagement parties and everything. At the party, her friend pulls Natalia aside and warns her that Adam "has the face of an old-timey criminal." Natalia, more astute than she realizes, replies: "What are you talking about? He looks like Peter Pan."

    Adam, needing fresh air from a party at a bar where he's the only one not drinking, encounters Hannah outside, walking back home from the hospital. When she explains to him what happened, he calls her "kid" and tells her to be careful. The sentiment isn't lost on Hannah, who looks surprised and maybe just a little hurt when Adam tells her that he's at this bar with his girlfriend. There's no way for the conversation to not be awkward, and Adam cuts it short, heading back into the bar while Hannah tries to tell him about her book. Once inside, Adam promptly orders a Jack and ginger for himself. Natalia looks worried at first, but they drink and dance for the rest of their time there.

    Back at the start-up party, Marnie, still nervous about her singing abilities, nonetheless resolves to perform a surprise version of Kanye West's "Stronger." Of course Marnie can't really sing. Not really. No one applauds but Ray (who probably does so more out of contempt for the party's crowd). After an intense conversation wherein he tells her she needs to get her shit together and she tells him she doesn't want his pity, Marnie and Charlie have sex on his desk.

    Ray finally confronts Shoshanna about how strangely she's been acting around him. She quickly admits that she held a doorman's hand, and — because Ray is a blind fool — he laughs it off and gives her a hug, and Shoshanna makes a terrified face.

    Back at Adam's apartment, Natalia tells him that she thinks his apartment's a mess, but when asked, says it doesn't change the way she feels about him. And then he tells Natalia to get on all fours. More perplexed than anything, she complies, and when he tells her to crawl toward his bedroom on a dirty nail-ridden floor, she does that, too. When she asks where it's leading, Adam lifts her off the ground, deposits her on his bed, and informs her "I want to fuck you from behind, hit the walls with you," pulling her panties down before she says anything more than an uncertain "Okay…" Natalia never tells him no, but it's clear that she doesn't want it to be happening, and after what cannot be more than thirty seconds, Adam attempts to finish on her dress-covered breasts, which Natalia has to bare for him if she doesn't want to look like she just got ejaculated on. Adam takes his shirt off (ironic, no?) and uses it to wipe the semen off of her breasts. On a show that portrays bad sex in almost every episode, the whole sequence stands out as scarier than anything we've seen thus far.

    "I don't think I liked that," Natalia says simply as she ties her dress back up behind her neck.

    "I'm so sorry, I don't know what came over me," Adam says, unable to look at her.

    "I, like, really didn't like that."

    "Jesus, I feel dizzy," he says. And finally meeting her eyes: "Is this it? Are you done with me?" We'll presumably find out next week, but it doesn't look hopeful.

    This was an episode and a season of regression. As soon as we see the characters take a few inching steps forward, they seem to about-face and dash in the other direction. Marnie's trying to find herself but is again in the arms of a guy who doesn't actually care about her. Shoshanna is in a relationship with a great boyfriend but her own insecurities caused her to cheat and lie to him. Many of Hannah's problems could be solved if she would just take some responsibility and be more careful cleaning her ears. And Adam just started drinking again.

    The episode ends with Hannah, again sitting in her bathroom, again with her OCD tics. She stares at the used cotton swab that she used earlier to pierce her ear, and, as the camera zooms slowly closer to her, proceeds to stick it in her other, undamaged ear.

    These kids just don't ever learn.


    If that rapist Adam continues to be portrayed as a poor, tortured soul who's kinda sweet and awkward, I'm fucking done with this show professionally. They need to either write him off or give him the treatment a shitty character like him deserves. But I get the feeling he's still going to be Hannah's main love interest, ugh.

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    Think Britney Spears is jealous?

    Madonna and Anderson Cooper embraced in a a big smooch as she presented the CNN newsman and talk show host with an honor at the New York edition of the GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis. Cooper was the recipient of this year's Vito Russo Award, which goes to an openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

    Cooper spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time last year with an email to journalist Andrew Sullivan. "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," he wrote.

    The Material Girl, who memorably kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a performance at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, also left people buzzing about her outfit. She was decked out in a full Boy Scout's uniform — her version of it anyway, featuring special touches like fingerless gloves and a cowboy hat — to protest the organization's ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

    "I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn't let me join," she told the crowd. "I think that's [messed] up. I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees. Listen, I wanna do for the community."

    During his acceptance speech, Cooper thanked his boyfriend since 2009, Benjamin Maisani.

    "[Being gay] has allowed me to love and be loved, to open my head and open my heart in ways I would have never predicted," he noted. "The ability to love one another, the ability to love another person is in my opinion one of God's greatest gifts and I thank God every day for the ability to give and share love with the people in my life. My family, my friends, my partner Benjamin, thank you very much."


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    The Amazing Race Season 22, Episode 5 - "Your tan is totally cool!"
    Bali, Indonesia -> Hanoi, Vietnam

    Dave & Connor chose to withdraw from the race due to medical reasons. I'm sure they'll be back for another season in the future.

    This week's rankings (and previous check-in rankings)

    1. Pam & Winnie (Best friends) (up 1)
    2. Max & Katie (Newlyweds) (up 1)
    3. Mona & Beth (Roller Derby Moms) (up 3)
    4. Bates & Anthony (Hockey Bros) (up 3)
    5. Caroline & Jennifer (Country singers) (down 1)
    6. Joey & Meghan (Youtubers) (down 1)
    7. Chuck & Wynona (Alabama) (up 1)
    8. Dave & Connor (Father/son)down 7

    Next week: Scorpions in Botswana

    And still not a fan of the Youtubers. Loving Pam/Winnie and Bates/Anthony.

    Source: TV/CBS

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    Miley Cyrus isn't letting any Liam Hemsworth split rumors break her down.

    A source tells E! News that while things "have been rocky" between the engaged couple, they're definitely "not giving up." But while Liam was vacationing in Australia with brother Chris Hemsworth and family—sans Miley—he left his car parked in his fiancée's driveway at her Los Angeles house.

    E! News has also learned that Chris Hemsworth is back in L.A., but Liam's still overseas. The Hunger Games star made his first official appearance post–breakup rumors on Friday in Manila, Philippines. Bench, a local clothing line Liam signed on as brand ambassador for last summer, Instagrammed a pic of Miley's man looking relaxed and happy during an interview.


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    One of the most fascinating TV marriages right now is between Philip and Elizabeth on FX’s The Americans. Sure, they’re KGB spies in the 1980s trying to bring down the Americans while posing as an American couple, but there’s a real love story there.

    If you’re all caught up with the latest episode, you might want to check out some interesting tidbits from Matthew Rhys, who plays Philip, after a recent conference call with reporters. He discusses the marriage, Philip’s frame of mind and more.

    The highlights are below. The Americans airs on Wednesday at 10 pm ET on FX.

    On how his character has changed since the KGB captured him and his wife in a previous episode and tortured them to find out if they were moles. “So many things changed, in many ways irreparably, to a degree in that you wonder a) how he’ll be able to recover with Elizabeth and indeed the people he worked for. It sort of solidifies and consolidates everything he was beginning to believe, not about her, but certainly about the KGB anyway. It makes for that great pressure as something now must happen from that. Certainly in the episodes we’re shooting now, I think Philip is in this great transition. It’s like stalemate because he knows he wants to make a move and he wants to do something about it, it’s just he isn’t quite sure how to get out, really.”

    On who his character might choose first: his children or the Soviet Union. “I think where you find him in the first episode is exactly that. I think he’s come to a point in his life where he is no longer defined by his job. His job no longer defines him and as you said the priority now in his life is his children. I think he’s realized that their job has a shelf life and that the vice is slowly tightening and it’s something they can’t sustain. I think his real ambition in life is to secure the future for his children and for him and Elizabeth, really. I think that’s his super-objective is to make sure that they’re all safe. The only real way to do that is to get out.”

    On his character’s friendship with his neighbor, Stan from the FBI. “I think he’s a little torn about Stan, to be perfectly honest. Philip does come from a decent moral place in many ways and he has a love for the lifestyle they’ve created. I think part of that is this sort of white picket idyllic idea of having a best friend in a neighbor. I think he genuinely does like Stan, although he tells Elizabeth it’s good to keep your enemies closer, I think with Stan there is a genuine fondness there. It’s unfortunate that in a way he is manipulating him for information … I’m hoping they go on a fishing trip and fall in love, to be honest.”

    On who Philip, his character, would shoot, if he had one bullet and could choose between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. “I’m not sure. I think it would probably— Oh, God, that’s an incredible question for a number of reasons. I think where we meet Philip, he has this great capacity for violence and murder, but I think in his heart he is a good guy. I think seeing as Mikhail did more, a little to a degree for that movement with Perestroika and Glasnost, he’d probably shoot Reagan, I think.”

    On what he can tease about the season finale. “If I had to choose, I think for the finale would possibly be that— Oh, tease, oh, God no. I don’t know anything about the finale. We’re the last people they tell … I don’t know anything about the finale as of yet.”

    And finally, on whether or not he’s fluent in Russian in real life. “I was fluent before I took the part, funnily enough. No, I wasn’t at all. I’m being scoffed at by my publicist because she is actually fluent, born and raised in Russia, funnily enough. No, I wasn’t. You will, in fact, unfortunately hear me butcher the beautiful language of Russian in an upcoming episode. It’s been a little bit of a linguistic struggle for me.”


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    "I’m totally intoTaylor Swift. I think she has super-clever lyrics, and I love that she writes her own music. Some of the themes she writes about are stuff I wish was there for me when I was in high school, and I’m so happy she really cares about her female fans. She’s not catering to a male audience and is writing music for other girls. I don’t care if she calls herself a feminist or not. There is something that she’s doing that feels feminist to me in that she really seems to have a lot of control over what her career is doing. She’s 23. People say she’s dating all these guys. Well, yeah, she’s a young person and is dating all these people ’cause that’s what you do when you’re young. John Mayer can fuck 84 people in one day and nobody calls him a slut. I think that's the subtext of some of the things she's said recently."
    -Kathleen Hanna


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  • 03/17/13--19:05: Veep Trailer #2
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    Source - thanks anna_bea2
    Also, mods, if this ok, I'm hoping to make this a thing so people would not spoil things for others.

    spoiler code:

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