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Tribal switch up week!
New Bikul (Purple) Tribe: Phillip, Corrine, Dawn, Cochran, Julia, Matt, and Michael
New Gota (Orange) Tribe: Brenda, Andrea, Malcolm, Erik, Eddie, Reynold, and Sherri
The new Gota tribe dominated the challenge, handily winning immunity.
Matt was voted out with 4 votes, Julia received 2 votes, Dawn received 1 vote.
I loved Corrine's commentary this week. I forgot how much I enjoy her sass.
Next week: Phillip sucks. Malcolm is awesome.
spoiler: if she used those dance moves, she's probably lying or they let her win
If you’re unfamiliar with Kill Bill, it’s a two part Quentin Tarantino series featuring Uma Thurman as the Bride, neé Beatrix Kiddo, an assassin newly awakened from a coma who sets out to kill all the people who put her in it and took her unborn child, including the child’s father, Bill. In some of the most famous fight scenes in the series, she wears a yellow tracksuit with black stripes,while Flight of the Bumblebee plays in the background.
If you’re unfamiliar with parasite wasps, they’re the xenomorphs of the wasp world, in the genus Braconidae. Every insect in Braconidae has one thing in common: they lay their eggs in the sometimes still living bodies of their prey, so that when the babies hatch they’re already inside their first meal. New species Cystomastacoides kiddo has indeed been named after Beatrix, and yes, it is indeed bright yellow.
Thailand native Cystomastacoides kiddo is one of only four species in the genus Cystomastacoides, which was previously thought to only include a single species. The others are native to China and Papua New Guinea. There are lots and lots of species of parasitic wasp, each with its own favorite prey/egg incubator, most of which are other insects.
Many of them have really impressive (and a “damn, evolution, you scary” way) adaptations that aid their particular form of larval development. In order to keep their hosts from rotting after they’re killed, some of the secrete “antimicrobial substances,” in a way embalming the corpse. Others, however, implant their eggs without killing the host, and have adaptations like being infected with symbiotic viruses that compromise the host’s immune system so that it doesn’t harm the forming larvae. Some wasps even mess with the neural functions of their prey, zombifiying them into staying in one safe (for the larvae, at least) place even if they are starving, or otherwise into taking steps to protect the wasp babies that are eating them from the inside out.
In conclusion: Parasite wasps are terrifying and awesome. Beatrix Kiddo is also terrifying and awesome.
This is so fascinating to me for some reason. They also named a protein after Sonic the Hedgehog.
Christina Aguilera attending the Season 4 premiere screening of The Voice
at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California
She looks great!! :)
TrekMovie first broke the news that a new longer Star Trek Into Darkness trailer was coming with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which opens next week. We have now been informed that this new international trailer will be released early – specifically midnight tonight. Paramount has also provided us with a couple of new Into Darkness images. Check it all out below.
International Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer Coming Midnight Tonight
Paramount’s international arm has decided to release their new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness a week before it will be seen with screenings of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The new trailer will debut online at iTunes tonight at midnight (or 12:01 AM Thursday March 21st – Pacific Daylight Time). Like with the ‘announcement trailer‘ which was released in early December, there will be many localized versions of this new trailer (UK, Germany, Japan, etc).
The new trailer is expected to be around 2 minutes and 20 seconds long and you will be able to see at TrekMovie.com as soon as it goes live. Shortly after the release TrekMovie will also have our usual shot-by-shot analysis. Until then, Paramount has provided a couple of preview images (below). These images will also be made available via the new Star Trek app.
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison in "Star Trek Into Darkness"
The new trailer coming at midnight is being described as the "international trailer" and will be attached to international screenings of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which opens worldwide next week. However, being that there doesn’t appear to be a new domestic version of this trailer, screenings of the G.I. Joe movie in the US and Canada will likely include the recently released ‘alternative teaser’ which premiered with Oz The Great and Powerful (see that below). This means that a "theatrical trailer" is still to come for domestic theaters (likely sometime in April). It isn’t known how closely that domestic trailer will resemble the international trailer which will be released tonight.
If you are a female who is into sports, then you have probably drooled just a bit over handsome 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. [Guilty!] This weekend, he brought all the girls to the yard as he made a club appearance in Atlanta at Mansion Elan, along with the likes of Mike Vick and T.I., but allegedly while he was partying, some naive young lady who had flown out to see him was left stranded at the airport.
The Story told by a friend Via Necole Bitchie VIA Robert Littal of Black Sports Online
Shame on you Colin Kaepernick!!
Why am I mentioning this guy? Well, a friend of mine contacted me a few days ago and asked if I could help out a young lady that was stranded at the airport and didn’t know anyone in Atlanta. Any friend of his is a friend of mine, so I agreed to help the young lady out. I spoke to her briefly and luckily she had found a hotel close to the airport. I wasn’t able to pick her up, but I was able to be a sympathetic ear to her and give her some advice.
What I found out was that allegedly this young lady flew here to see Colin.
They had never met in person only on Skype and talked on the phone, for five months. I also fell victim to this recently, but that is a whole other story. Now that the season is over he had free time for them to finally meet.
When she asked if he could pay for half her ticket, he gave her an excuse of being on a budget cause he helps out his family. She decided to come anyways.
That morning before she boarded the plane she text him to let him know she was on her way. He didn’t respond. They spoke the night before and he said he had workouts in the morning so she didn’t think anything of it. She checked her phone on her layover and he had responded with “I’m doing too much, but I will be there to get you”
Once she arrived in Atlanta she called him to let him know where she was so he could pick her up. He didn’t answer. She text him. He didn’t answer. Delta called him. He didn’t answer. She sat at the airport for over 6 hours waiting to hear from him. He never called or answered her text.
Now why would you do that to someone? He knew that she couldn’t afford the ticket because she had tuition to pay and yet he let her buy her own ticket.
Not only was she out the ticket money, but she was also out money for a hotel. Now I know most of you are thinking she should have known better and so on, but when you are being seduced by someone with popularity and money it’s flattering. You feel special that this person has chose you.
My advice to her, before I knew who it was that stood her up, was to never talk to him again. There is no excuse you can give me that would make up for leaving me at the airport. The only acceptable excuse is if you were involved in an accident and can’t physically call. Clearly if that was the case than the news would have been all over that story. I told her to remember to love herself. Treat herself how she would treat others. If one of her best friends were in this situation do you think she would have advised her to go? Probably not. There was a valuable lesson to be learned from this situation. The Universe gives us these situations to teach us. I am not sure what her lesson was because I am not her, but I reminded her to look for this lesson and learn from it. After she figures out the lesson than she should also give “thanks” to God for allowing her to learn from her mistakes.
Athletes are not the kind of men that women should be trying to marry. Women should be more selective when it comes to choosing a mate. Women pass along bloodlines not men. We are the creators of life. In order for a bloodline to continue you need a strong woman to bare your children and a strong man willing to work and provide for his family. This is a topic I will be discussing more as my journey in life continues.
Photo of the girl
SOURCE: Necole Bitchie.com: Colin Kaepernick Leaves Woman Stranded In Atlanta Airport? http://necolebitchie.com/2013/03/19/colin-kaepernick-leaves-woman-stranded-in-atlanta-airport/#ixzz2O9a5uXVD
John Mayer is mounting his first major concert tour in three years following an extended vocal hiatus brought on by throat issues, Billboard has learned. The artist's tour in support of 2012's "Born and Raised," which topped the Billboard 200, kicks off July 6 at Milwaukee's SummerFest and continues into October.
Mayer will visit over 40 cities in four countries during the trek, including dates at Colorado's famed Red Rocks (July 16) and the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 5), as well as festival stops at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sept. 17), and Rock in Rio in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Sept. 21).
Opening for Mayer on nearly all the dates will be "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips. A dollar from each ticket will be donated to the NCIRE to support returning Veterans.
To warm up for the tour, Mayer will perform at the sold-out Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on April 25 and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26. They will mark his first full-length concerts since a throat granuloma forced him to cancel initial tour plans around "Born and Raised," his fifth studio album. In January he played a brief set at a benefit concert in Montana.
In this week's Billboard, Mayer tells his harrowing journey in the past year to repair his vocal cords after unsuccessful surgery. He's calling his recovery a dream come true, especially since it means he can sing for his fans again.
"The greatest gift I have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again," he says. "My dreams were in escrow, but when I found out this thing in my throat had receded, the most exciting thing for me was having a second chance at a new life. My dreams have come true twice. That's really cool."
April 25 -- Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - SOLD-OUT)
April 26 -- New Orleans, LA (JazzFest)
July 6 -- Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest- Marcus Amphitheater
July 7 -- Maryland Heights/St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 9 -- Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 10 -- Bonner Springs, KS (Cricket Wireless Amphitheater)
July 12 -- Woodlands, TX (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
July 13 -- Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 16 -- Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
July 19 -- Ridgefield, WA (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
July 20 -- George, WA (The Gorge)
July 22 -- Paso Robles, CA (California Mid State Fair)
July 24 -- Wheatland, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Sacramento)
July 26 -- Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 27 -- Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine)
Aug. 6 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
Aug. 7 -- Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 9 -- Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Aug. 10 -- Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
Aug. 11 -- Springfield, IL (Illinois State Fair)
Aug. 13 -- Darien, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 14 -- Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
Aug. 16 -- Hartford, CT (Comcast Theatre)
Aug. 17 -- Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center)
Aug. 20 -- Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
Aug. 21 -- Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 23 -- Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 24 -- Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach)
Aug. 25 -- Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
Aug. 27 -- Allentown, PA (The Great Allentown Fair)
Aug. 28 -- Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
Aug. 30 -- Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 31 -- Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
Sept. 1 -- Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Resort Spa and Casino Event Center)
Sept. 4 -- Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte)
Sept. 5 -- Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
Sept. 7 -- Tampa, FL (Live Nation Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds)
Sept. 8 -- West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
Sept. 17 -- Buenos Aires, Argentina (Luna Park)
Sept. 21 -- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Rock in Rio)
Sept. 27 -- Atlanta, GA (Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
Oct. 1 -- Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Oct. 2 -- Phoenix, AZ (Desert Sky Pavilion)
Oct. 4 -- San Diego, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Oct. 5 -- Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl)
42-year-old Elizabeth Garner -- who cheered for the Tennessee Titans until 2009 -- was also charged with solicitation of a minor for rape of a child.
According to law enforcement, Garner -- who is married -- is accused of following the 12-year-old to the bathroom during a party last month hosted by the boy's mother, grabbing his penis over his shorts ... and attempting to remove them in order to perform oral sex on him.
The boy escaped, told his mother what happened ... and the mother then informed authorities. According to police, the boy said Garner asked if he'd ever been with a woman.
During a police interview, cops claim Garner willingly admitted she approached the boy ... but said she was drunk and had confused him with an (adult) man at the party. (We'll see how that defense pans out.)
Garner -- who was booked on $30,000 bond -- faces more than 8 years in prison if convicted.
What the fuck is wrong with some people?
Raf Simons has done almost nothing wrong since taking up the reins at Dior. His designs have been met with critical acclaim across the board. He goes out of his way to be nice to journalists.
But there’s one area where Simons falls short, and that’s when it comes to the diversity in model casting for his runway shows. Obviously Simons himself doesn’t cast the shows–but he’s still the name behind the brand. And there’s a stark difference between a Galliano-helmed Dior runway and a Simons-helmed Dior runway in that regard. At a Simons Dior show you’d be hard pressed to find any non-white model, whereas Galliano’s shows for Dior regularly featured models of color. (We hear Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes cast Simons’s shows for Dior which may explain things a bit–they cast Jil Sander and Calvin Klein too, two other shows that are notoriously white.)
And Dior’s not the only whitewashed show. Noting that close to 90% of the models cast to walk in the fall 2013 runway shows were white, BuzzFeed reached out to five top casting agents to ask: Why?
James Scully, casting director for Tom Ford and Jason Wu, took Dior head on:
I feel the Dior cast is just so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can’t even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast. And recently they’re changing from a very diverse, worldwide, multicultural cast to just a very Germanic-looking white girl. Natalie Portman could complain that John Galliano was a racist, but I feel [Dior designer] Raf Simons sends the same message. I don’t know what the difference is.
And just in case you were wondering, the shade does not stop there: Other designers called out include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein.
But the casting directors all caution against casting for “tokenism” purposes as well. Scully also made the point that it’s just as offensive to put an Asian girl in a show to appeal to Chinese customers, arguing, “That’s equally bad because a Chinese or Korean or Japanese person–they’re not stupid and can tell the difference.”
So what is the solution? All five of the casting directors seemed torn, recognizing that it’s of course a complicated and layered issue. But Jennifer Starr, who works for Ralph Lauren and Ohne Titel, said it simplest:
“I think we need to stop blaming and start trying to figure out how to change things.”
so many disgusting comments at the source :(
He'll guest star in a May episode of the CBS freshman drama as a devious hitman.
CBS' Elementary has nabbed an Oscar winner.
F. Murray Abraham has been tapped to guest star on the CBS freshman drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The actor -- who won an Academy Award for his work in 1984's Amadeus -- will appear in a May episode of the Jonny Lee Miller drama as The Actuary, a devious hitman whose targets appear to have been killed by natural causes or unfortunate accidents.
When Sherlock (Miller) investigates one such death, he soon finds himself facing off against The Actuary in a battle of wits that will bring him one step closer to finding Moriarty.
Abraham recently guest starred on Showtime's Emmy winner Homeland and had arcs on The Good Wife, FX's Louie and CBS'Blue Bloods. On the feature side, his credits include Dead Man Down and the upcoming I Looked in Obituaries.
Elementary airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. (but no new episodes until 4/4!)
Bonus! JLM putting his new twitter account to adorable use:
The image of non-creative types mucking about with (and screwing up) movies and television shows is nothing new — we’ve seen it in everything from Barton Fink to The Player to The Larry Sanders Show — but we got a rare opportunity to observe a real-life example of it recently, when a memorandum of notes from the suits at Tandem Productions to the makers of Blade Runner started popping up online. Those hilarious criticisms and suggestions got us wondering about other classic movies that came close to ruin thanks to studio interference. We’ll take a look at Blade Runner and several other examples after the jump.
Tandem Productions was one of several entities that made Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cop picture, now regarded as a classic but mostly dismissed by audiences and critics upon its initial release. Come to find out, they weren’t the only ones that didn’t care for it; recently unearthed notes from Tandem execs (including Bud Yorkin, the auteur behind the Peter Sellers-less Inspector Clouseau and the immortal Arthur 2: On the Rocks), after an early 1981 screening of Scott’s third cut, reveal some pretty intense hostility from the suits. “This picture gets duller every time we see it,” writes one. “The synagogue music is awful on the street, we must use Vengelis,” insists another. And then there’s this: “They have put back more tits in the Zhora dressing room scene.” (Complaint or observation? You decide!) In general, the execs write that “Up to Zhora’s death the picture is deadly dull,” and that the “voice over is an insult” — doubly funny, since Scott and star Harrison Ford added the narration under duress, reportedly at Yorkin’s insistence. “He sounds drugged,” writes one of the suits. “[W]ere they all on drugs when they did this?” The voice-over was dropped, and several other modifications made, when Scott had (multiple) opportunities to recut the picture in subsequent years.
Harold Ramis’s Bill Murray vehicle has become one of the most beloved of modern comedies, and one of its most welcome touches is that the gimmick at its center goes utterly unexplained. At no point in the film are we told why Murray’s Phil Connors is being forced to relive the same day, over and over — it’s just what’s happened to him, and that’s that. Unsurprisingly, the powers that be weren’t wild about that kind of ambiguity. Ramis has since revealed that the studio insisted screenwriter Danny Rubin add in a scene in which an ex-lover had a gypsy put a curse on snarky weatherman Phil. Ramis, to his credit, refused to even shoot the scene.
Quentin Tarantino’s original, nearly one-million-dollar deal for writing and directing Pulp Fiction was brokered, via Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films, with TriStar Pictures. But when they got a look at Tarantino’s screenplay, the folks at TriStar got nervous. It wasn’t the fractured structure or free-wheeling violence that got their dander up; it was the set piece in which protagonist Vincent Vega shoots up heroin before his big date with Marsellus Wallace’s wife. They told the director it had to go. Tarantino insisted that the scene would work (would be funny, even), but studio head Mike Medavoy wouldn’t hear it. Ultimately, Medavoy determined that Tarantino’s script was “too demented,” and they put the project in turnaround — freeing it up for acquisition by Miramax, which saw the film gross over $200 million worldwide, rack up seven Oscar nominations (and one win), and put Tarantino on the map.
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind had been a big hit for Columbia Pictures in 1978, so when he told them he wanted to make another alien movie, the news was well received. However, when the director and his screenwriter Melissa Mathison delivered their script (then titled E.T. and Me), the studio was lukewarm. According to Joseph McBride’s Steven Spielberg: A Biography, the studio’s marketing and research department “concluded that it had limited commercial potential.” Marketing head Marvin Antonowsky figured it would only appeal to family audiences, and the studio reportedly dubbed Spielberg’s project “a wimpy Walt Disney movie.” Columbia put the film into turnaround, and Spielberg took it to Universal, where it grossed $359 million domestically (and that’s just in its initial release). “Limited commercial potential,” indeed.
Back to the Future
Robert Zemeckis’s 1985 time travel comedy is one of our favorite ‘80s movies, but the director and his co-writer Bob Gale had a hell of a time getting a studio to believe in it. They started shopping it around clear back in 1981; at that time, it was a change of pace for Zemeckis, best known for the ribald R-rated comedy Used Cars. Columbia Pictures (again!) was initially interested, but thought it was (get this) too wholesome. “They thought it was a really nice, cute, warm film, but not sexual enough,” Gale would later say, recalling that when the studio put it into turnaround, they suggested shopping it to Disney. The Mouse House, unsurprisingly, had the opposite reaction: “They told us that a mother falling in love with her son was not appropriate for a family film under the Disney banner.” So one studio wants it sexier; the other wants it squeakier. Ultimately, the pair just had to wait it out. After Zemeckis’s Romancing the Stone was a monster hit in 1984, he was able to make whatever he wanted, and Back to the Future was set up at Universal, which presumably found their sex porridge “just right” in this particular Goldilocks scenario.
This is partly for job preservation. The 29-year-old Canadian-American actor has spent a fair part of the last decade playing TV and movie characters which are apparently allergic to shirts.
Casey quickly gets bored with exercise programs, and their initial appeal was only to help him study better in school. Today, he places himself among those fitness enthusiasts who exercise because they must work to the point of exhaustion before they can quiet their minds and get anything else done.
Whatever the system, it appears to be working, because this former competitive squash player's star has been on a steady rise for a number of years. Currently, aside from a steady role as the spy Sean Pierce in the CW drama Nikita, he is poised to make his highest-profile film role to date, as an underground mixed martial artist in the upcoming drama Only I. Along the way, he also churned out a steady series of acclaimed comic web videos and short films in collaboration with his brothers Connor and Lyndon.
Shortly after the launch of Nikita's third season, Casey chatted with Bodybuilding.com about how his training regimen has changed and evolved with his acting career, and how being an up-and-coming actor is like being like an aspiring MMA fighter. He's worked like a bodybuilder, a competitive athlete, and a fighter, and his diverse and challenging workout program shows influences from all three. Along the way, he's both appeared on a billboard in Times Square, and done cardio classes in a 75-pound weight vest. Who else can say that?
On your Twitter page it says you are a nerd in a jock's body. Break that down for me? Well, I always studied science growing up, and I was always good at sports, but I never had the mental game for it. But the way that I go to the gym and the way that I work out, I look like a jock. I look like I would be an ex-football player or something, but I'm actually more into school and science.
So what the two sides think of each other? That's the thing. Whenever I played sports, especially tennis back in the day, I was so in my head, overthinking and analyzing every single thing, that I would beat the sh*t out of myself. It was sort of like the jocks always beating on nerds. I had all the tools to be a great athlete, but my head was never there.
A lot of my training is just to calm me down. I'm not the most relaxed person, and I have an anxiety about me, so I have to get to the gym and work out until I'm so tired I can't think anymore. I always felt like I couldn't focus and study until I got the physical stuff out of the way. I would go to the gym and work out until I was like a zombie, and then I could go to the library.
Early in your career, you appeared on a giant billboard in your underwear in Times Square. As an anxious person, that must have been an interesting experience for you. What did you learn from that? Yeah, that was for an old Canadian television show called MVP, where I played a hockey player. Part of the plot of the show was that the character does an underwear ad, and it ends up on a billboard in the city, so it was like life imitating art. When I did it, I had this fearful look in my eyes in the picture like, What the hell am I getting myself into here? I was just doing what I was told, no questions asked. I wanted to make everybody happy.
So I guess I learned to ask more questions. But at the same time, I thought it was cool that they wanted to put that up there. You only get to have that body once in your life, what the hell, why not show it off?
I see you still have it as your Twitter avatar. Does that mean that was the best shape of your life? Actually no, but I guess as I have gotten older I have embraced it more, like Yeah, I f*cking did that!
Four or five years later, what do you know about training that you didn't know then? Well, when I did that I was into lifting weights just for the sake of it, and I look like a bodybuilder. I've been even bigger than I was in that MVP picture. I've gone up to like 210 pounds and even more, and the thing is when you are working as an actor, that really limits what you can do. You get known for that.
Even in Nikita there are a lot of shirtless shots, but it is really worked into the plot, whereas in MVP and a lot of stuff I did after it was just gratuitous. I became the guy who gets hired to take his shirt off. As a guy who likes to do comedy, there is no way I'll get to do comedy when I look like a bodybuilder—unless I'm playing the "dumb jock."
So I've learned that if I'm going to be addicted to this fitness lifestyle, I need to also try to look like more of an everyman, like I have these muscles for a reason. Like in Nikita I'm a Navy SEAL, and there is a certain look to those guys. Bodybuilders almost never make it through the training, because they're too big. It's almost like being a fat guy, but muscle instead of fat.
How is the type of fitness or training you needed in athletics different than as "the shirtless actor" or what you are doing now? I really liked the feeling I got when I played squash. Squash is the perfect sport to combine that anaerobic and the aerobic because it is all about intervals. The pros are some of the fittest athletes on the planet, and when I was playing at University of Toronto, that really changed my way of training. We would just have to do 400-meter sprints with no break in between.
Then, when I would play, I loved that feeling of being able to do these sprints and recover. I really got addicted to that feeling. So now when I train, I like to have a really intense cardio session, or when I do weights, I guess my weights have sort of become a hybrid between weightlifting and cardio. I don't like sitting on a bench and just pushing weight. Now it's more like, "What can I do to make my heart rate go 180?"
Now that you're splitting your time between Toronto and Los Angeles, how is it different for you trying to be a fit person in those two places? Obviously in Canada we've got winter for eight months out of the year, so that is why squash is such a great sport. You're inside, just running around in a little box. When I went to L.A., I tried to find some squash out there, but there is really only one guy who plays, and he's so much better than me that he never wanted to play with me.
So instead, I started to take advantage of Los Angeles and the outdoors. I would go to Santa Monica and run the stairs. Those were pretty killer. I always wanted to do martial arts, but for whatever reason I never did it while I was in Canada, so I found an awesome studio called White Tiger Kung Fu in Westwood.
There is this guy there named Dennis Wood who's an Iraq war vet, a Marine, black belt in kung fu. The minute that you meet him you become his bitch, which is actually kind of a nice feeling, to meet a guy who you have to listen to and you take his word for everything. He started getting me into martial arts and kung fu. I had no money at the time, so I would teach his kung fu cardio class in exchange.
Dennis is one of these guys who knows what you are capable of, and if you aren't pushing yourself, you have to answer to him. He would wake me up at seven in the morning and we would go run the Santa Monica stairs and then come back and I'd teach a cardio class or do a kung fu class or go paintballing. It was cool because all of our training was functional.
Had you ever thrown yourself into someone's tutelage like that before? Never. I always just went to the gym and looked at what other people were doing and kind of imitated them. I remember when I first started there was this guy who was the biggest guy at the gym, and I just looked at him and imitated what he was doing.
I think a lot of people do that. So what did you get from the experience of having someone lay it all out for you for an extended period of time?
It was a pain in the ass! I'm sure you know how when you go to the gym you get into routines and you hate anyone breaking your routine. So I would have to just be open to it and I forced myself to listen to him. I thought that I was working hard, but it turned out that I was just going through the motions.
After a while this guy had me doing a cardio class—the hardest cardio class I have ever done in my life—wearing a 75-pound weight vest. But I kind of liked the feeling of everybody looking at me like I was a freak, and him still thinking that I was being a pussy. After a while I couldn't take the class without wearing the vest, or I'd feel like a pussy. I love that feeling of just setting the limit for yourself just a little bit higher every time.
Did that training prepare you to play an MMA fighter in Only I? That's a whole different type of fitness than anything we've talked about so far. Honestly, it at least made me look like I knew how to fight technically. When we had to do those fight scenes, it was as close as you could get to having to go through a fight without getting hit. We rehearsed it before and it wasn't that tiring, but when Brendan [Fehr] and I went full out after the first take we were both wheezing—and we both thought we were fit guys! But that was just the wide shot. Then we had to do the wide shot like five more times and then come in close. That was just half a round. We looked at the clock and we had like eight or nine more hours of this.
It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. It trained us both to look like we knew what we were doing, but fitness-wise, I have never touched anything like that. I knew that I could get there, but it was just a matter of going moment to moment rather than thinking about all the shit we still had left to do.
Did you have to train outside the set to keep up, or could you just spend your time recovering? I tried to just act like I wasn't as tired as I was. That's all I could do. Any athlete will say you have to be ready to fight or play a match or whatever a few weeks in advance. If your training isn't up to par the day the tournament starts, you can't do anything to get it.
By that point, you're screwed. I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in for Only I cardio-wise, but at least I still looked like I was in shape.
How was being an up-and-coming fighter, as you were in this film, similar to your experience as an up-and-coming actor? There's a great moment in the film when a character loses a huge fight he's been working toward for ages. The character is found in the showers afterward, in full fight gear, covered in blood, processing his loss. He's devastated, and everything is telling him to quit and get out—that he's a failure. He worked so hard to get here, and now has nothing to show for it. Then out of nowhere, something clicks, and he gets up—loss processed, lessons learned—and he's off to fight another day.
That's the same feeling as doing a screen test or a big audition. You can get so close to having your entire life changed from this one tiny role. You literally sign a contract that tells you, "Next year you could make a million dollars." Then you do the test, and you get a phone call that says, "Nope. Not gonna be him." That's all. And your manager says, "Sorry," and hangs up.
It's not necessarily personal. Maybe somebody didn't like the color of your hair. But you're back to your same old life. You're still broke, and tomorrow you've got an audition for a two-line role in a bad sitcom. I've been through that a few times and it's devastating. You can't help but take a moment or two to let that loss process. You cry, you punch the wall, you blame yourself, and you hate everybody.
You consider going online to buy a plane ticket home to apply to law school. But then something clicks. You realize you're in it for the long haul, and you get in there and land that two-line role and fight another day. This is where my "Living in LA" series came from.
But also like a fight, you probably feel beat up even when you win. Oh man. The problem is you put so much into every audition you do. That's the lesson: You have to learn to not do that. In Only I, this is like the underground of the underground of fighting. The contract that they are fighting for is not to get into the UFC; it's like two steps down from where someone from the UFC might eventually see them.
So it would be the equivalent of me trying to get the role I had on Vampire Diaries. It's just a guest star, but the problem is when you are sitting there in Los Angeles, alone, you have put all your cards into being an actor. Every minute that goes by is another minute lost that you could be devoting to learning another skill that could help you in the future. That means that every audition you go into means way too much. You go to the gym and workout another eight hours, and those are eight hours that you could be spending learning to be an electrician or a plumber.
And then all of a sudden you wake up and you are 31- or 32-years-old, and it's not going to happen for you. You have this window where it is either going to happen or it's not. And every time you get rejected that adds to the pile that tells you it's not going to happen. You get a million rejections and then one huge acceptance. And then you work for four days, and you feel great, and then you are back for another million rejections and one acceptance.
Every time you get accepted and somebody says you are good at something you are moving forward in some way. Every time you get a part, it's like winning a fight.
His detailed workout info at the Source
Yeah...sooo [tears eyes away from images]...fitness post? I need some new music for my runs, guys...please?
Also, squash is such a workout. I kid you not.
What'd you think of tonight's episode, ONTD? As always, my thoughts can be summed up with the following:
I remember a couple of posts back where some people were wondering if Geppetto/Marco would confess about the Wardrobe...looks like we got an answer.
And we see the book again. I wonder if we'll find out who gave it to MM in this episode since we're getting multiple reveals in this one episode?
Source: Television Promo's @ Youtube
Little Mix are either going up in the world or Missy Elliott is going down after the stars collaborated in an unlikely duet.
The former X Factor champs said they were in shock after the Work It rapper agreed to team up with them for their new single ‘How Ya Doin?’
‘We honestly can’t believe Missy is on our song! She’s been one of our biggest idols forever – it’s incredible,’ said 21-year-old Jesy Nelson.
‘As soon as we thought there might be a chance she’d appear on the track we did literally everything we could to make sure it happened.’
The rap support from the 41-year-old superstar gives the British girlband a welcome boost as they attempt to crack America and the rest of the world this year.
The stars are set to release their album DNA globally before performing on both sides of the world in Australia and America.
‘How Ya Doin?’ featuring Missy Elliott is out on April 14.
Anyone who’s listened to much of Rush Limbaugh’s conservative radio show knows he isn’t exactly an ally of women.
He’s said that feminism is a ploy to get “unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society,” called a female law student campaigning to get birth control covered by health insurance a “prostitute,” and most recently poo-pooed the Violence Against Women Act. So it was no surprise that, this week, he picked a new female target, one known the world over. Not Hillary Clinton. Not Nancy Pelosi.
He took on Beyoncé.
Seems that while many of Bey’s previous songs like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and “Run the World (Girls),” extoll the virtues of girl power, Limbaugh claims that the pop star’s latest single, “Bow Down/I Been On” is all about bowing down to men.
The 62-year-old got on the topic thanks to a recent opinion piece that ran in Britain’s The Telegraph, in which author Felicity Capon writes that Beyoncé’s global sisterhood message has changed recently, thanks to the tune “Bow Down” and the fact she’s named her upcoming tour “The Mrs. Carter Show” (in a nod to hubby Jay-Z’s last name).
Here’s an excerpt from the transcript of Limbaugh’s Wednesday show: “She's got a new song. Can I say it? It's on the popular charts. ‘Bow Down, Bitches’ is the new tune. A total 180. Beyoncé's now saying, ‘Go ahead and put up with it,’ and you know why? I'll tell you why. Because she got married. She's married to [a] rich guy. She's even calling herself Mrs. Carter on the tour. She has shelved Beyoncé. She's no longer being called that. She's gonna call herself Mrs. Carter on the Bow Down, Bitches Tour. That's the title of the single that's fronting the tour. The advice to these women is, ‘Go ahead and put up with it. Put up with it now. Bow down, bitches," because why? She got married. She married the rich guy and she now understands. She now understands it's worth it to bow down, and so now she's passing on this advice.”
On Thursday,the radio host addressed the media coverage of his rant, blamed “the left” for attacking him, and stood by what he said. “I made up nothing. I didn't create a phrase. I didn’t create the title of a song,” he said on the show. “I just read what was in this U.K. story. So in essence what I did, I held up a mirror to the left, and they saw themselves, and now they're attacking me for doing this.”
and I've saved the best for last
On racism, class warfare, rap’s 21st century realities and Iggy Azalea’s rise to superstardom
Fraught with the strife of chafing against the idea that in hip-hop culture’s 49th year that “real” anything in rap music is more marketing ploy than absolute reality, the culture’s purists are missing out on an emcee who is quietly developing into one of the genre’s potential best of all time. 22 years ago, a future rap superstar was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly and raised in the most unlikely of places – a mud brick home on a 12-acre farm in New South Wales, Australia. However, it wasn’t until she reached the age of 16, with “no money, no family…in the middle of Miami” that Iggy Azalea began her incredibly slow and arguably what will be an incredibly successful climb to global super-stardom. In an era where rap music has literally become everything to everyone, it’s in being the queen of the fringes of hip-hop where Azalea succeeds. Moreso than Nicki, moreso than Angel Haze, moreso than Princess Superstar or anyone else you’d care to mention, Iggy Azalea is best poised to excel as the heroine that can possibly unify rap’s oddball and often disrespected extremes with it’s incredibly pop present, presenting an unparalleled and incredible future.
If central casting were to find pop music a rap superstar for the next generation, they wouldn’t come close to finding Iggy Azalea, and that’s why she works. Pop trendsetters will tell us that Iggy Azalea should be Nicki Minaj or Angel Haze. Nicki and Angel are both brown, American, sensual and outspoken. Their styles trend into electro and trap, and both are comfortable with being uniquely wild and artistically progressive, both clear necessities in this ultra-creative age. However, in having everything on paper, it’s what Azalea has in reality that separates her from the rest. She’s a physically attractive and starkly pale Australian from the Earth’s edge. There’s something unique about Australia in that being technologically very plugged in while being physically very removed allows for an interpretation of American culture that seems like it exists in a truly idealized reality; rap in a snow globe. When you study Azalea’s career-to-date, it’s in simultaneously living in two atmospheres – still seeing rap’s history in an idealized manner and also learning and excelling in America – then combining them into a potent rap reality, where she has set her standard for excellence.
Blond-haired Azalea rapping next to T.I. in the in-studio video for the female emcee’s 2012 single “Murda Bizness” with the most put-upon of stereotypical Southern cadences would be offensive as hell if she were born in America. However, she’s not, so it’s stands as possibly one of southern rap’s greatest victories that when presented with a plethora of templates from which to choose, the admitted teenage rap fanatic chose to spend a career mimicking Tip Harris. Azalea’s father was a painter and comic artist, and this upbringing shines through in her work-at-present. The same reason we as a critical hip-hop culture wag a finger at Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” should be the reason we accept Azalea with open arms. Baauer attempted to mirror hip-hop culture and got it wrong, but with one helluva right track. Azalea mirrors hip-hop culture and so far, has always gotten it right, with amazing rap-tinged tracks, to boot.
Rap needs Iggy Azalea to save itself from five (or more) years of shaking its head and wringing its hands at a world of post-racial youth now believing that devaluing race and class in the creation of ghetto fabulous and hood rich “real trap shit,” plus other rap traditions to follow is absolutely okay. It ultimately is, but given America’s (and rap music’s too) perilous traditions in racism and class warfare, we absolutely need someone so alien to who we are and what we’ve become to reflect our realities back to us. Ultimately, Iggy Azalea is important because she makes sense of hip-hop culture’s past and present, and gives us a clear window to an amazing future.