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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    If the FuckNoSexistHalloweenCostumes Tumblr has taught us anything, it’s that there’s a plethora of naughty Sesame Street apparel available from costumer Yandy.com.

    Those sexed-up versions of beloved childhood characters won’t be around for long, however, if Sesame Street has anything to say about it. Sesame Street Workshop’s Sarah Beth Erb told Buzzfeed the company has already taken action against the costumes.

    “Our legal team has sent a cease and desist letter to the website selling them, will monitor the site, and follow up accordingly to make sure the items in question are removed,” she said.

    Ever since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shared his threat to defund PBS during the Oct. 4 debate, Sesame Street and especially Big Bird, whom Romney mentioned by name, have held particular political gravity.

    With Halloween coming up, more than one news outlet has guessed Big Bird will be an especially popular costume this year, a prediction which explains Sesame Street’s swift action toward Yandy’s sexy costumes.

    Ever since the cease and desist took effect, however, it’s Yandy that appears to be having the last laugh. The costume merchandiser is now selling Sesame Street’s sanctioned alternative—a less revealing Big Bird costume for the ladies—under the same “Sexy Big Bird” title.

    “Learning the ABC's has never been this sexy,” claims the costume description.

    Some other character costumes, like Elmo, have also been replaced with officially-licensed versions. However, Yandy’s Sexy Cookie Monster is still as scandalous as ever.


    bad halloween costume post y/y?

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    Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery by Bill Clegg
    A raw, honest and very well-written tale of alcoholism and drug abuse by a big-name literary agent.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers
    At its best, it's a lyrical, unpretentious book about the Iraq War.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays by Davy Rothbart
    Big hearted, honest and self-deprecating tales by the co-creator of Found magazine.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
    Fascinating examination of the gap between truth and literary truth.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    Immobility by Brian Evenson
    A dark and compelling dystopian vision.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    Page 1: Great Expectations by GraphicDesign
    A reminder that the best book design is as much content as the text.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    Suddenly, A Knock At The Door by Etgar Keret
    Amusing takes on the surreality of reality.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story
    Short stories by the masters of the genre, introduced by some of the biggest names in contemporary literature.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    The Elephant Keepers' Children by Peter Hoeg
    A lovely escapist farce with a serious core.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer
    Dyer's part memoir, part commentary is incredibly artful and engaging.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    No One is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel
    An achingly lyrical tale of a Jewish village that chooses to reinvent its entire world to protect themselves against the impending Nazi arrival.

    -Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor

    Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
    Short, simple and haunting.

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life by Sheila Heti
    Heti's smart, hilarious book is perfect for fans of HBO's "Girls."

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    Farther Away: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
    If you haven't read Franzen's nonfiction, it's worth a look - I'd even say it's his strength.

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman
    These short stories paint our complicated relationship with nature, from the hypocrisy of Greenpeacers to the sometimes animal-like capriciousness of our emotions.

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
    A young boy falls in love while studying the Quran, and battles with the complicated, contradicting emotions that arise.

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
    These gorgeous fragments illustrate the weird world of competitive swimming in a way that is both funny and poetic.

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    As If by Michael Saler
    Saler explores the motives behind members of societies devoted to imaginary worlds, such as those created by Tolkien and Doyle, and in doing so uncovers some fascinating truths about society.

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
    Robinson's nonfiction is as beautiful and engaging as her fiction.

    -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    I hadn't read a thriller since high school, but this book came so highly recommended that I had to read it. It certainly didn't disappoint. This tale of the aftermath of a woman gone missing will keep you up reading all night just so you can get to the very satisfying, very chilling ending.

    -Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor

    This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
    I read this book BEFORE I read "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and it was so amazing that I immediately started reading his earlier work. -Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor

    Penelope by Rebecca Harrington
    Rebecca's debut novel is a witty, hilarious take on a girl's freshman year at Harvard (and Rebecca actually went to Harvard, so it's pretty accurate). It'll make you simultaneously miss college and be glad that you've already graduated. Full disclosure: She's the totally amazing College Editor at the Huffington Post.

    -Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    John Green's funny, touching portrait of a teenage cancer patient's first experience with romance will have you laughing and crying. It might sound corny, but I assure you that it's not.

    -Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor


    there are legit good books on this list. color me surprised.

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    Shailene Woodley To Play Tris In 'Divergent'?

    We've been riding the "Divergent" train ever since Veronica Roth's electrifying debut hit bookstore shelves last year, and now we're finally making our first stop in Casting Junction for the big-screen adaptation!

    Deadline reports that "Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Shailene Woodley is in talks to play teen heroine Tris Prior.

    For the uninitiated, "Divergent" takes place in a near-future Chicago in which society is divided into five factions, representing different virtues (eg. selflessness, courage, etc.). All 16-year-olds must take a test to determine whether they will join Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity or Candor. The second novel in Veronica's series, "Insurgent," debuted May 2012.

    Though Shailene was not among our casting picks for Tris, we can definitely envision her jumping from a speeding locomotive (even if she's not a petite blonde). And after a star-making turn in "The Descendants," we more than happy to vouch for her acting chops.

    Miss Woodley has been at the center of a number of casting rumors since it was announced that "Secret Life" was in its final season. Among those roles is the plum part of Mary Jane Watson in "Spider-Man 2."

    "Divergent" is slated to hit theaters March 21, 2014.


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    Christina Aguilera is letting it all hang out.

    The Voice star admitted to Chelsea Handler during an interview airing tonight on Chelsea Lately that she's a fan of going commando.

    "I don't like to wear underwear," Xtina said. "I like to be as free as possible at all times. It's just who I am."

    So why the talk about undergarments? Because the singer only agreed to do the show if Handler stripped down to a barely there ensemble as payback for the funnylady busting on her risqué fashion choices.

    "You look hot," Aguilera gushed to Handler. "I think it's a good look for you."

    Aguilera went on to explain, "It's empowering. It's p--sy power!"

    You go, girl!

    Watch the complete Aguilera interview on Chelsea Lately tonight on E! at 11 p.m.


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    Rihanna‘s father would like his daughter to marry Chris Brown – despite the R&B star beating her up three years ago.

    Ronald Fenty has more than forgiven the bad boy for his assault and is now hoping he asks for her hand in marriage.

    “Whatever makes her happy. I hope one day she will get married,” he told Life & Style. “Everyone adores Chris; he’s a super guy.”

    Why does he have so much love for the star?

    “The family loved Chris Brown before they even met him,” Fenty continued. “I always thought he was extremely talented. He always gave me great respect.”

    Rihanna, 24, and Brown, 23, began dating in 2008, but their relationship ended when he brutally assaulted her one year later.

    However, the two have seemingly rekindled their romance after Brown broke up with girlfriend Karrueche Tran at the beginning of October 2012.


    Apparently she's estranged from her father and he's always going to the media to make a quick buck off of his famous daughter

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    my boo tyfyt <3

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    The pop trio will be showcasing their talents in a 2-night concert. They will be at the Mall of Asia Arena tomorrow night, October 19; and travel down south the next day to Cebu at the Waterfront Hotel. Fil-Am Broadway singer and fellow Disney star Anna Maria Perez de Tagle will be performing with them.

    When asked about what the fans can expect from the concert Joe Jonas said that it will definitely be a fun show. "We love to just bring a good show hopefully to the crowd," added Joe.

    "We've made music the focus of this show in particular. In years past we had more gags and sort of production elements. Where in this one is really about the music and connecting with the fans in the audience, and giving them kind of a new take of some of the older songs and then introducing some new songs," revealed Nick Jonas.


    Source 1, Source2, Source3

    I'm not sure about Nick adopting Joe's old Fastlife haircut...it's not my favorite.

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    There's a casting call with no acting experience required:
    Redhead Randy Casting Call: Sunday October 21st 2012
    115 West 45th Street 7th Floor
    New York, N.Y. 10036
    Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm

    Short version of what the movie is about

    Casting information on who they are looking for:

    Teens:13-17 the following roles:
    Homosexual Student (Randy's Love Interest)
    Popular Boys * (priority)
    Popular Girls
    Adults ages 45-70 for the following roles
    Angry Homophobic Grandfather
    Abusive Father
    Controlling Mother
    Football Coach
    Angry Homophobic Grandfather

    Here's a pic of the people behind the creation of the movie!

    Owner of Raymond Deane Films, Raymond Deane is on an upcoming director in the film industry. He studied Film & Production at St. John’s University in New York and shortly after started writing & directing commercials for businesses including ads syndicated on Fox 5. He recently completed production on his first feature film “Travail” which he wrote, directed, edited, & produced. Travail is soon to be distributed and has received over 100,000 online submissions from fans requesting to watch the film. Raymond Deane is the creator of the Red Head Randy character, story and script.

    Jamie Lamm is the two time EMMY nominee and the Executive Producer & mastermind behind the Fox 5 internationally syndicated Television Show Fearless Music. Jamie Lamm is the host of the show which is known for performances by some of the biggest names in music including the Jonas Brothers, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore, Shiny Toy Guns, KT Tunstall, Cobra Starship & many more. Jamie Lamm has produced thousands of recordings for Film, Television & Radio including NBC's Today Show Theme "Later Today", ABC's "20/20", ABC's "Prime Time,"MTV's "Can't Get a Date". He has won awards from the Sundance Film Festival, Mobius, Clio, Addy & more.

    Phillip Hammond i
    s the owner of PH Consulting, & Media, a full-service media company and studio that specializes in consulting on brand marketing, web design, graphic design, photography, audio, and video production services. Over the past few years his company has consulted and provided services for non-profit organizations such as the NAACP, Breast Cancer Support Groups, and companies and individuals that support the American Cancer Society. Phill Hammond has casted actor’s and model’s on various productions including director Raymond Deane’s Film “Travail”. His relationship with developers, architects, real estate brokers, venue and building owners has helped book some great production locations that are not normally available to the general public.

    You can also support the movie by donating and there are perks for doing so!

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    He called her a 'wonderful, wonderful girl, who's far too good for me' - but now the spell has worn off for Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe and his long-time love Rosie Coker.

    The star, 23 has split with Miss Coker, also 23, amid rumours that he had a fling with pretty American actress Erin Darke on the set of his new film, Kill Your Darlings.

    Today, Miss Coker's father Malcolm Coker confirmed the couple had split and told MailOnline: 'Rosie's not in this country at the moment. She's trying to move on. She won't want to talk about it.'

    The couple had been sharing Radcliffe's $4.3 million apartment in Manhattan

    Mr Coker would not say how long ago the couple split up.

    The painter and decorator from Woking, Surrey, had previously called Radcliffe a 'lovely guy' and told how happy his daughter was.

    Radcliffe, who found fame aged just 11 as the schoolboy wizard, is now believed to have had had a fling with Erin Darke, an up-and-coming actress whom he met on set and wooed her with trips to London.

    However, the pair are no longer thought to be together - and Miss Darke, 28, was said to be 'devastated' when the star ended the affair recently.

    Radcliffe plays Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, set for release next year, while Miss Darke plays a character called Gwendolyn.

    When contacted, Miss Darke's father Ian told MailOnline: 'I'm now allowed to comment'.

    Life & Style reported last week: 'Erin thought it was a real relationship, going as far as introducing Daniel as her boyfriend.

    'He’s flown her out to London and taken her on dates and spent plenty of time with her in NYC, but Daniel just up and left New York without a second thought. Erin was devastated!'

    In August, Radcliffe was seen on a night out on London's King's Road with a brunette.

    But the actor, who has an estimated £50 million fortune, had talked non-stop of his love for Miss Coker.

    The couple met on the set of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince in 2007 and speaking earlier this year, Radcliffe praised Miss Coker for helping him escape the dating game.

    He revealed that marriage may be on the cards, and told Parade magazine: ‘When growing up, I thought of marriage as being very official, drawing up a contract. It seemed slightly clinical to me.

    ‘But then you meet somebody that you really love and you think 'actually, I wouldn’t mind standing up in front of my friends and family and telling them how much I love you and that I want to be with you forever’.’

    The actor then told Heat: 'Rosie's lovely. She’s a wonderful, wonderful girl, who’s far too good for me.

    'I find myself constantly going, "S**t, you don’t know what you’re in for yet'.'

    Radcliffe previously dated Irish actress Laura O’Toole, his co-star in stage hit Equus.

    He is currently filming his new movie, Horns, based on the best-selling novel by Joe Hill, in which he plays a young man who wakes up one morning with a hangover and a set of horns growing out of his head.

    His character also has to deal with the fact that he is the prime suspect in the brutal killing of his girlfriend.

    A spokewoman for Radcliffe told Mail Online: ‘We don’t comment on Dan’s personal life.’


    They seemed so happy.... But this has been speculated for quite some time, so I'm not surprised at all that it's true, tbh.

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    If you thought last week’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES premiere was intense, just wait until you see tonight’s excellent episode. In fact, you may find yourself a little emotional at times.

    But while you wait patiently for “Memorial,” I spoke with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES showrunner Julie Plec about the passionate fandom, what’s to come, how long she sees the show running, and more…

    You’re four seasons in, but does it ever throw you how much interest there is in the show?
    Julie Plec: One thing that I felt has happened over the [first] three years is people’s interest and attention to the show has continued to grow, grow, grow, as opposed to it feeling like a flash in the pan.

    I will tell you this: Peter Roth — my [Warner Bros.] boss — said to [THE VAMPIRE DIARIES co-creator] Kevin [Williamson] and me at season 1, that season 1, you gotta kick ass, because you got to make your statement. Season 2, you have to kick ass, because you have to prove that it wasn’t just a one-hit wonder and a fluke. Season 3 is the most important season, because that is either when you cement your goodwill for life, or you lose it all.

    No pressure there, clearly.
    JP: And so I went into season 3 and I told all the actors, “This is the year we really need to prove to everybody that we’re good at what we do and this show is never going to falter. And the quality of storytelling, quality of production, quality of performance is our priority, and we’re going to do it, we’re going to work our asses off so nobody thinks this was just a fluke.” And we did so well in season 3 that I think in the back of our heads, we thought we could step back a little in season 4 and sleep a little. And then we get to season 4 and we realized, no, it’s been going so well, we haven’t faltered yet, let’s just drive this train all the way to the end of the series and never let anyone say, “You really blew it.” So that’s the goal.

    And there’s no doubt you guys have some passionately vocal fans. For something as momentous as last season’s finale, were you glued to social media to see the reactions?
    JP: As anybody who knows me knows, as much as I say it would be wise for me to go hide in a bunker, I can’t help myself. Even though I don’t want to, even though it’s bad for me, I check that Twitter.

    I will tell you this, when that season finale aired, I had never in my young life on Twitter, experienced anything like the response. And, by the way, it was not all good. It was equal parts, “how dare you, you horrible bitch” as there were adoration and accolades. It was the most intense, endless responses on Twitter. Hours of people reacting emotionally. Crying, sobbing, pleading, loving, everything. It was wild. It was cool. And I’m glad I let myself experience even if some of it was hard to read.

    We had decided [to make Elena a vampire] in season 2 and quickly decided that was too soon. So when we got to the end of season 2 and talking about season 3, we knew that’s where we were going to land. Everything we did was to get us there. It was great to be confident about that choice when we started the season, because then we made a lot of strategic plans and delicate, quiet little character points and story points that allowed us to take it to the end of the year.

    That’s fair. As a human, Elena chose Stefan, and it certainly seems like newly vamped Elena is sticking with that choice this season. But does her transition renew the triangle in many ways?
    JP: Yeah, it for sure renews the triangle. [With the finale] a lot of the outrage and heartbreak came attached from that. But for me, anyone who roots for Damon and Elena and saw that as the end of their story was watching the wrong episode, because if anything, that episode was the beginning of their story. We have six years of a show. We’re halfway through. Anything could happen. And now that Elena is going through this very complicated transition, everything is going to change. Whether it makes Stefan and Elena stronger than ever or tears them apart, I won’t say that. Same for Damon and Elena. But everything’s going to change.

    You mentioned six seasons…have you talked with the network and studio to say, “Hey, I really feel this is a six year show?” Or, because it’s a hit, have there not been those conversations?
    JP: Well, I think when I say six years, I mean that in the context of that’s when all the actors’ contracts expire, that’s when I plan to be on a beach in Hawaii. Could it go longer? It’s certainly something out of my control and it’s possible. But I like to think of it as a six year journey. I see year five really clearly. I see year six with semi-confident security. [Jokes] If I think of year seven, I break out in hives and have a nervous breakdown.

    It’s like LOST executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse used to say — season 7 is the zombie year.
    JP: Exactly. That’s actually really funny.

    So what can you tease about what’s to come?
    JP: What we’re doing this year, which I’m really excited about, we’re trying to start from a place of character. It’s the same show, but new circumstance. And so it’s letting us tell a lot of the same stories we started the series with: a girl keeping a secret. Her first day of high school as a vampire. There’s a lot of things we get to do now. And it’s nice and it’s rich and it’s deep. And it’s letting our actors really chew on their characters. And it’s fun and it’s fresh. And then we start laying the seeds for the big mythology and the big hook of the season, which we’ll hook into several episodes deep. Then the roller coaster is off the tracks and it’s spinning.

    What role does Klaus play in that madness?
    JP: The consequences of [Klaus] having spent time in Tyler’s body promises that Caroline will hate his guts for another day. Klaus, I think, will get a strange and almost amused thrill of finding different ways to break up Tyler and Caroline. It almost becomes a sport for him, because he’s not really a piner. He’s not going to sit around and cry in his tea…he’s just going to take action. And when the most evil man in the world decides he doesn’t want the girl to be with the boy, then he’s not just going to sit back and wait for them to have conflict; he’s going to create conflict. He’s kind of a naughty little vixen. A male version of a naughty little vixen.

    It’s interesting you mention pining, because Ian Somerhalder (Damon) has been vocal about this not being a season where Damon pines for Elena.
    JP: It’s funny, Ian keeps saying he’s not going to be pining for Elena, which is true. It’s not that he’s still not going to be in love with Elena, he’s just not going to be mopey about it. If anything, Damon has come to a place where he did everything he could to get the girl, and he still didn’t get the girl. So why try so hard? Why not just be who you are? So this season, we get Damon back to “I am who I am, if you don’t like it, screw you.” And the beauty of it is that’s the Damon we all love.

    And what can you say about Bonnie’s path?
    JP: Bonnie is going to have a very difficult road ahead that launched in the first episode. The consequences of that will send her on a path that could go one way or the other.


    "What we’re doing this year, which I’m really excited about, we’re trying to start from a place of character." - Julie Plec, Comedian

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    Susan Sarandon just revealed a ‘disgusting’ encounter with a producer when she was a young actress. See other tales of Hollywood harassment from Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Marilyn Monroe, Helen Mirren, and others.

    In the November issue of Elle, Susan Sarandon revealed she had a “disgusting” casting-couch encounter when she was just starting out as an actress. “It was not successful—for either of us,” the 66-year-old Oscar winner told the magazine. “I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk. It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn’t like I gave it a second thought. It was so badly done.”

    At 19, shortly after moving to Hollywood from South Africa, Charlize Theron was introduced to a producer’s casting couch. “I thought it was a little odd that the audition was on a Saturday night at his house in Los Angeles, but I thought maybe that was normal,” Theron told OK! magazine in 2009. He was in his Hugh Hefner pajamas—I go inside and he’s offering me a drink, and I’m thinking, My God this acting stuff is very relaxed. But it soon becomes very clear what the situation was. I was like, ‘Not going to happen! Got the wrong girl, buddy!’

    Most casting-couch tales involve anonymous producers, but in 1998, Jenny McCarthy named names. In an interview with Movieline, the actress claimed she was harassed by Steven Seagal. “I went to the audition for Under Siege 2 with, like, 15 other Jenny McCarthys. These girls came in and out of his office and I was last. Steven comes out and goes, ‘Hmm, so you’re last.’ I’m thinking, ‘Shouldn’t a casting person be doing this?'” McCarthy continued, “When I said, ‘Well, I’m ready to read,’ he said, ‘Stand up, you have to be kind of sexy in the movie and in that dress, I can’t tell.’ I stand up and he goes, ‘Take off your dress.’ I said, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘There’s nudity.’ I said, ‘No, there’s not, or I wouldn’t be here right now.’ He said again, ‘There’s nudity,’ and I said, ‘The pages are right in front of me. There’s no nudity.’ He goes, ‘Take off your dress.’ I just started crying and said, ‘Rent my [Playboy] video, you a—hole!’ and ran out to the car.” A spokesman for Seagal denied McCarthy’s allegations: “Warner Brothers casting for the film Under Siege 2 has confirmed that Jenny McCarthy never auditioned for a role on Under Siege 2. Her claim is completely false.”

    uring a 2010 interview with Elle, Gwyneth Paltrow was asked if she had ever had a casting-couch experience. “Yup,” she told the magazine. “When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left. I was pretty shocked. I could see how someone who didn’t know better might worry, ‘My career will be ruined if I don’t give this guy a blow job!’”

    While researching Get Happy, his biography of Judy Garland, author Gerald Clarke was shocked to learn that The Wizard of Oz star had been sexually molested while she was a teenage actress at MGM. “The worst of the lot,” Clarke told ABC News, “was Louis B. Mayer, the head of the studio. Mayer would tell her what a wonderful singer she was, and he would say ‘you sing from the heart” and then he would place his hand on her left breast and say “this is where you sing from.” This went on for about four years until finally Judy got up enough courage to say to him: ‘Mr. Mayer, don’t you ever do that again. If you want to tell me where I sing from, just point.” Instead of firing her or getting into a fury, Mayer sat down and cried and he said ‘How can you say that to me, to me who has treated you like a father.’”

    Having achieved success does not protect some actresses from casting-couch advances. In 2009, Transformers star Megan Fox told British GQ: “Any casting-couch shit I’ve experienced has been since I’ve become famous. It’s really so heartbreaking. Some of these people! Like Hollywood legends. You think you’re going to meet them and you’re so excited, like, ‘I can’t believe this person wants to have a conversation with me,’ and you get there and you realize that’s not what they want, at all. It’s happened a lot this year actually.”

    When it comes to casting-couch experiences, actresses have long memories. In 2007 Helen Mirren lashed out at director Michael Winner for an encounter that occurred in 1964. During a TV interview with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan, Mirren recalled how Winner made her flaunt her body and turn around for him. “I was mortified and incredibly angry,” the Academy Award-winning actress said. “I thought it was insulting and sexist, and I don’t think any actress should be treated like that—like a piece of meat—at all.” Asked about the incident, Winner told The Guardian: “I don’t remember asking her to turn around but if I did I wasn’t being serious. I was only doing what the [casting] agent asked me—and for this I get reviled! Helen’s a lovely person, she’s a great actress and I’m a huge fan, but her memory of that moment is a little flawed.”

    Men are not exempt from the casting couch, of course. Nor are children. During an interview with Nightline last year, actor Corey Feldman said, “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry … It’s the big secret.” Feldman, now in his early 40s, continued: “I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere.”

    "I lost a role on a big TV series because I wouldn't bend over a chair in a producer's office for 'just a quickie,'" Lisa Rinna told Pop Eater’s Rob Shuter about an encounter she had at 24. "'Just pull your panties down and bend over and the role is yours,' he said to me." Years later, Rinna said, she saw the man on a red carpet and confronted him about the incident. "I know everyone in this town,” she told him, “and if you ever do what you did to me again to anyone else I will tell everyone your dirty secret."

    Throughout her career Marilyn Monroe traded sexual favors with producers, actors, and perhaps even JFK to get ahead. But not everyone was interested at first. According to Barbara Leaming’s 1998 biography of the actress, “When Marilyn approached Howard Hawks one weekend in Palm Springs, the director made it clear that he saw nothing special about her. He thought she was stupid and told her so. He wasn’t even interested in a sexual encounter.” Years later, however, Monroe described Hollywood as “an overcrowded brothel.”

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    Nick Offerman: Better Than Other Mammals

    Nick Offerman is the un-official poster guy for being a “real man” across the internet. He’s also the incredibly talented comedic actor who plays Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, with a side career as a skilled woodworker and craftsman. He stopped by the SiriusXM studios recently to talk with Ron Bennington about his new film, “Smashed”, and all things wood. Excerpts of the interview appear below.

    Ron Bennington: The single cringiest moment in the movies this year, belongs to you my friend. It’s in the new film “Smashed” which I think is just unbelievable.
    Nick Offerman: Thank you.

    Ron Bennington: We had Mary (Elizabeth Winstead) in here last week and I honestly think – I honestly think she’s going to get an Oscar nomination for this.
    Nick Offerman: God, she sure should you know. I don’t know what else you’ve got to do to get one.

    Ron Bennington: How did you get involved with a project like this?
    Nick Offerman: The filmmaker, James Ponsoldt – writer and director, got a hold of me. He had Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul in the 2 leads. And then he had these few other supporting roles. And he really did a beautiful job with his co-writer Susan (Burke), of writing their supporting roles so that everybody really had something to do. They didn’t just write in a waitress. They gave everybody a little story. And so, my part as the vice-principal – my wife Megan Mullally plays the principal of Mary’s school. And Octavia Spencer and Mary Kay Place, we all have a really nice little arc. And James got a hold of me and came over to my furniture shop. I have woodshop in L.A. and we had a really nice 3 hour meeting. And he said – I really want you to do this. And I said – I really want to do it. All the days you want me are “Parks and Recreation” production days, so unfortunately, I can’t do it. And then my superhero producer, a guy named Morgan Sackett who produces “Parks and Rec”, he said – oh, let me look at the calendar. And the next day, he said – we can make this work for you.

    Ron Bennington: That just doesn’t happen. People don’t think – how can I adjust a show to help out somebody else. It just doesn’t happen.
    Nick Offerman: And he’s doing it with 8 of us leads on the show. Somebody should buy this guy an island.

    Ron Bennington: Well, the show – you bring up “Parks and Rec” and it’s just one of those shows that just works and everybody loves it. And whoever comes into the show, does great working with everybody. But it seems like you’ve got so many things going on, all the time, don’t you?
    Nick Offerman: I do, yeah. I’m really lucky. I worked really hard for many years as a theater professional. And I guess even then I was multitasking. I would build the set for the play and then I would be in the play. I would choreograph the sword fights in the play and what have you. And my wife and both just love getting the opportunity to get this nice work.

    Ron Bennington: And she plays a whole different side of her.
    Nick Offerman: She does. She plays a monster. (laughs)

    Ron Bennington: But your wife is so amazing because I missed her big NBC show. It was one of those shows I just never caught. And then when she was doing “Party Down” and “Childrens Hospital”, I was saying to people like – you’ve got to see her. She’s amazing. And they’re like – dude, she’s a big star. You haven’t discovered anybody. Why don’t you tell us about Lucille Ball next? She could go in so many different directions, man.
    Nick Offerman: I’ve never met anybody more talented than her. I think she has an amazing dramatic turn in “Smashed”. And I think she’s starting to lean into a sort of Meryl Streep chapter where she’s going to get to start doing some great film roles.

    Ron Bennington: Now the fact that you could build stuff, did that help you in theater? Is that one of the things that made you useful early on?
    Nick Offerman: It did, yeah. It was key because I got into this theater school in Illinois and I was terrible for the first 4 – 5 years. I just had a long way to go before I became a naturalistic actor. And during those years, I couldn’t get cast for shit. But I was one of the only actors that could build stuff. I mean all these other kids from the suburbs had never hammered a nail. And so I was valued. They would give me small parts in shows so that I would show up and build everything. And through that, I was able to become better and better until I was finally able to get a decent role.

    Ron Bennington: And you make canoes which to me is mind blowing because I cannot understand how wood can bend. It’s amazing. But you have this up on your website, this thing that you could sit down and watch you build this canoe. And it’s mind blowing.
    Nick Offerman: Well, thank you. It’s something that I encourage people to do. I’m fascinated with woodworking because it’s a really healthy salve in my life. It’s great in general to be able to make a table because they’re useful. They keep your beer off the floor. But in a more philosophical way, it allows me to spend my time doing something productive. And it’s funny, it is unfathomable – when I first looked at a canoe, I said – I don’t think I can do this. And my teacher, a guy named Ted Moores up in Canada, he has a great company called Bear Mountain Boats. He said – you know what? Read this book. If you just do it one step at a time, you can accomplish it and I read the book and I said – alright, I’m going to trust you. And if you look at it, all of a piece, I mean it’s very much like life. If you look at a whole career, you say – I could never do that. But if you take one step at a time and you just accomplish a little bit each day…

    Ron Bennington: Is there satisfaction in each step though? Or are you thinking ahead?
    Nick Offerman: No. There really is satisfaction in achieving each step. I mean building a boat is magical. It’s using wood to create a form of locomotion that allows us to cross a lake where a bear can’t chase us. And there’s something – when you first go out on the water in a boat that you’ve built yourself – I felt like a superhero.

    Ron Bennington: Sure.
    Nick Offerman: I can think better than all you goddamn mammals around me.

    Ron Bennington: And the other thing I guess is, just like a good chef, you’ve got to have the right ingredients. How are you finding the right wood?
    Nick Offerman: Well, the great thing about boat building and wood working in general is that we as a society have been perfecting it for centuries. The lines – the design of this canoe comes to me through this great teacher, this guy in Canada, Ted, who is sort of the Obi Wan Kenobi of canoe building. But he learned everything from his sort of grandfather and it’s been passed down. And so I call him and say – in this modern age I can get wood from anywhere in the world. Boat building utilizes woods like cedar. Actually it’s interesting. The same woods that make a great top of a guitar are great boat building woods. Because they’re lightweight with a high tensile strength. So they’re really strong, but light. And that makes them vibrate and transmit sound well, but will also hold a shape. And travel through water well. It’s an interesting parallel.

    Ron Bennington: So soon you’ll be out on the water – your own canoe, playing your guitar and then you can die.
    Nick Offerman: I’ll be the king of all that I survey.

    Ron Bennington: Now the weird thing is that people see this in Ron Swanson and you’re like the king of the internet memes where they’ll just come up with these macho things and throw them out there. And it’s because I think people realize – hey, I’ve got a college degree and I’ve done all this studying and yet I don’t know how to change a light bulb. I don’t know what to do. And then they see Ron Swanson and they go – that’s masculinity.
    Nick Offerman: It’s funny. I come this great big farm family in Illinois. And I always say to people when they bring up masculinity with me, I say – please bear in mind, my family are farmers, firemen, teachers, paramedics, librarians – I’m the sissy in our family that ran away to theater school that prances about on the stage. I literally mince about for a living. And there’s a lot of the country where the 8 year old daughter in the family can hammer a nail and can build a fence. Just in the urban areas – it’s where we’ve lost the ability to fix our own door knob. And that’s why I encourage people. It’s so gratifying to just do something like go to the hardware store – if you have that wonky door knob in your house, you can replace it. It’s so easy these days. All you need is a screwdriver.

    Ron Bennington: There’s just this strange thing I think people have about failure. And when you’re doing that kind of work, you fail all the time and you have to restart, right? I think that you view failure differently – that where most people just give up.

    Nick Offerman: Absolutely. I mean it was in my dad’s basement woodshop – growing up as a kid, I distinctly remember him saying to me – now, you just completely fucked that up. My dad wouldn’t say that, but I would. And he said that’s how we learn. For the rest of your life, you have to have to evaluate your mistakes because that’s how you learn to do it the right way. And in woodworking – the joy of woodworking, the reason I’m so obsessed with it is because it’s a tangible version of doing something like a crossword puzzle – except when you’re done with the puzzle, you have a chair. You have something beautiful that’s serves a purpose. But they say about woodworking masters and it applies to any part of life – mastery just means that you’re better at hiding your mistakes.

    Ron Bennington: Right. And you are right that at the end of it, there does – you want there to be something beautiful. There are places in the city that I’ll go into and look because they’re Art Deco old school – and you’ll look at these desks which are now a fortune. And just think – these men sat behind these desks and built the country. They were running things. But the desk lives on. That desk is still there and it’s more gorgeous than anything you could buy today.
    Nick Offerman: Well, that’s a big part of what drives me. I was putting together a table for my wife when I was really getting obsessed with woodworking. And it was from a catalogue. Furniture has become so disposable, like cars, shoes and everything else. And I was putting together this table and being a carpenter and knowing how to build things, I said – this is garbage. This is going to start to wobble and in 2 or 3 years, we’re going to set it out on the curb, hoping somebody will take it away. And I said – I can make things that will last for 300 years. I can make heirloom pieces and that really drove me to learn about fine woodworking. Because you don’t use any screws or nails. There’s a lot of Japanese joinery involved where with age the joinery actually grows in strength because of gravity and the way the wood behaves. And that just feels so much more charismatic to make a table that you hope these people will give to their grandchildren and so on.

    Ron Bennington: And you will have that memory connected too where you’ll be like – this is where my grandfather sat and this is where this happened in our family. It really becomes this piece that has it’s own life – has it’s own sense of history. For people who want to check this out online – your shop, you kind of videotape and leave everything open.
    Nick Offerman: Yeah. We have a site called Offermanwoodshop.com. And I have 4 or 5 young woodworkers there now and it’s this really great sort of theckened place where both artists and sculptors and woodworkers can come and make stuff. And we make some things to sell online, but most of what we do is interesting, like commission work. And for some reason, maybe because I have a visibility as an actor, we get really weird great requests from all over the country – where people are like – can you make my dad a fish-shaped coffin for his dog. And we love sort of tackling new challenges. I’m really excited. We’re building our first commissioned canoe right now. And a couple of the youngsters are learning to do it. And if that’s something we can begin to offer, I think it will be so exciting to produce boats for people.

    Ron Bennington: And also the videos of you working on it are up there and it’s fascinating just to watch. It’s fascinating to go through piece by piece. Of course, another big season for “Parks and Rec” which is about as good of a show that you can get on TV. Congratulations for that.
    Nick Offerman: Appreciate it. Thank you.

    Ron Bennington: Every Thursday night. And this small film “Smashed” is one of the truest things out there and people that have lived that life, look at that already and are like – good, I’m glad that the story is being told. Thank you so much for stopping by Nick. We’ll see you next time through.


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    NEW BRUNSWICK — Academy Award winner Geena Davis has joined forces with the newly-created Institute for Women’s Leadership Women & Media initiative at Rutgers. The actor, best known for her role in the feminist classic Thelma and Louise, delivered the 2012 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture last night at Kirkpatrick Chapel in New Brunswick. Davis spent the day on campus attending classes and meeting with faculty, administrators and scholars in women’s studies and leadership. She spoke to NJ.com about her own Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media and her investment of energy in the Women & Media advisory board.

    Davis is a tall and commanding woman, funny, elegant and an entertaining speaker. In the office of Alison R. Burstein, the IWL Director, Davis discussed the genesis of her interest in gender studies. “I was watching television with my daughter, who was 2 at the time, kids’ shows, and I noticed that there was a real dearth of female characters represented in them.” Davis, the mother of three, experienced an epiphany. “I started asking our friends if they had noticed and no one had. But it seemed so obvious to me that a female presence was missing.”

    Thelma and Louise was the film that most changed Davis' career . . . and inspired her feminist activism to this day.

    Mensa member that she is, Davis realized that having some data about the occurrence of female characters in films, specifically for the under-11 set, would go a long way to helping her get the word out. “Data was the way in. We did our first study for G-rated films and it had a great impact.”

    These studies also make her a natural fit for Rutgers' new program. Years ago, she reached out to Alison Bernstein when she was a vice president at the Ford Foundation, who believes that this is the right time to "bring together disparate units at Rutgers to focus on an issue that has great bearing on the media landscape of the future." The School of Communication and Information will be part of this new venture as well. The combined forces of these schools and Davis' star power will bring to fruition important decisive studies.

    Davis took her findings to the WGA, the DGA, to studio executives and agents alike. “The studios were shocked to find out that what I had assumed really was true.” The study showed that, for every three male characters in a family film, there is one female represented. “Even in the crowd scenes!” she said, jokingly, a notion she would return to later when she mentioned in her lecture that she thought perhaps the studios felt women characters didn’t like to “gather” in their stories.

    As a mother, Davis said she is part of her children’s experience with any medium. “I sit and watch television with them. I keep a running commentary throughout the entire show, asking them “Did you notice there weren’t any girls in that scene? Do you think that what that boy just did a girl could do, too? They are media savvy because I am always pointing out “That’s not really how that happens.””

    The Geena Davis Institute of Gender and Media (seejane.org) is an advocacy group that helps promote depictions of and leadership by women in media.

    Davis feels that parental input and a limit on media exposure can help ensure a good and healthy balance in the way children get information about the world. “My son is never going to say a movie is too gender-biased because children don’t analyze entertainment like that but they will take in what they see.” The Institute’s website quotes Davis’ favorite positive saying liberally, “If she can see it, she can be it.”

    Davis’ attention to detail led her to take on what might be considered quirky roles in Hollywood. “I was looking for some depth to convey, something that would be fun to do. That led me to films like “The Fly.”” Davis has steered her illustrious career to strange and sometimes dark places. “It was amazing to see the mass reaction to “Thelma and Louise”, the way people made a connection to the characters.” When asked if it was a burden becoming an iconic face of feminism after that film hit, Davis replied, “No! It was exciting to be part of that.” She mentioned that fans to this day respond to Thelma, "grabbing my clothing and telling me about how much it changed their lives."

    She is clearly not averse to risk-taking and those risky roles have led her to make an impact on the industry as both an actress and, most recently, as a policy maker. SeeJane.org is the official name of her advocacy program on images of women in media. The non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is a the only research-based organization of its kind working to educate and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotypes in media and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under. “

    When she approaches industry professionals with her message, she says she doesn’t make the discussion confrontational. “I tell them, hey! Make whatever you’re going to make but add some female characters. In ‘Transformers’, I thought it was smart that Frances McDormand played the Secretary of State. That role could easily go to someone of either gender.”

    Davis used an example from the shooting of “Stuart Little,” a mere mention to the assistant director that girls could manage remote-controlled boats as well as boys brought more girls into the forefront of a crowd sequence. “It was easy to do and didn’t cause any big waves but it put some girls front and center.”

    The journey from being a tall gawky girl who “tried to take up less space in the world” to a foremost feminist advocate for children and healthy role models (who has also made the finals for the Olympic archery team) has been quite a ride for Geena Davis. When she mentioned her Golden-Globe-winning performance as the President of the United States in Commander-in-Chief,” her short-lived but critically-acclaimed television series, NJ.com asked Davis if she would ever consider running for a real political office. “Write me in, I tell them!” she laughed, adding that “my life and work now keep me terribly busy so I don’t know if I would want to do that. I’m happy doing what I’m doing.”

    SeeJane.org states that “The Institute has commissioned over 12 groundbreaking research studies, and has amassed the largest body of research on gender prevalence in family entertainment, spanning more than 20 years. Our research findings are in high demand by companies and organizations interested in the empowerment of women and girls, and the creation of leadership and entrepreneurship roles. These studies, conducted by Dr. Stacy Smith, Ph.D. and her team at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, reveal decisive and startling evidence of gender inequality and rampant stereotyping in film and television.”

    The Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium sponsored the lecture. Alison Burstein introduced Davis and announced that she would be joining such accomplished media figures like Geraldine Laybourne, the creator of Nickelodeon and Oxygen, on the IWL’s Women and Media advisory team. The crowd cheered as Davis took the stage. “I am thrilled with the reception I’ve received [here],” she exclaimed. “I share a serious passion with the Institute which is to support and advocate for women and girls.”

    Her lecture contained examples of studies that Davis’ Institute has completed on topics such as the lack of female characters with science and engineering or political positions in G-rated films in the last twenty years (0.7%). Women in professional roles are not portrayed with any regularity, she said, quipping that “by my calculations, it will take about 700 years to create equity.”

    Highly-sexualized images of young girls create increased sexism by boys and limited options for girls. “We are creating yet another generation that will not notice this gender disparity,” she said, “and it’s been the same way since 1946 so you can’t say things are improving. We are not aware of the full extent of this yet,” but Davis made it clear that improving the rates of women in leadership across all sectors of society will improve media representations of women.

    “What we need at all levels of society are women. The time for change is now! We are all powerful agents of change.” Davis said she hoped for the day when she would tell her daughter that there was a time when women were not seen as being as valued as men. “And my daughter would look at me and say, “Mom, you are kidding!” Her hope resonated with the enthusiastic crowd, which stayed for another forty-five minutes, asking questions and sharing stories with her about their own experiences with gender-biased media.

    At this time, the Women & Media Advisory Board is in its initial phases of organizing. Davis promised that she would be back at Rutgers to make an even greater impact through the work the Board would do. The goal is to examine the overall representation of women in media, their leadership experiences in the industry and the use of technology along gender lines.

    She also took pictures after the show and she signed stuff.


    I really wish there was more support for her cause. I gotta dedicate this post to andthenwevomit, who taught me that it's totally okay to ship Thor Odinson and Thelma Dickinson together.

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    'Scandal' Case Study: Joshua Malina, Darby Stanchfield Talk Unlikely Alliances

    [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the "Hunting Season" episode of ABC's Scandal.]

    Scandal has gone Sleeping With the Enemy.

    During the Thursday's episode, David (Joshua Malina) decided to take on Olivia Pope & Associates. Still reeling from his epic loss in the Quinn Perkins case and his second defeat when an autopsy he ordered that would have thrown a wrench in Olivia's case was overturned, the attorney uses his forced leave of absence from the D.A.'s Office to get to the bottom of things, realizing that there's a cover-up going on that's bigger than Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Olivia (Kerry Washington).

    With his assistant Alissa (Brenda Song) eager to help (provided he put on pants!), David begins to piece the case back together again, going all Beautiful Mind and creating his own very OPA-esque wall of evidence to track the case. Looking at who wanted Quinn's boyfriend and six others dead, he realizes that the motive for the explosion far outweighed the outcome.

    Meanwhile, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) continues to have harsh words for her boss, calling bringing Quinn into the fold her second mistake and growing ever more wrestles with Olivia as she continues to hold her cards close to the vest when it comes to revealing how she was able to pull off a miraculous victory in Quinn's case.

    Their worlds collide at the episode's end when what starts out as an innocent drink at the bar ends with the unlikely allies in bed.

    The Hollywood Reporter hit the Hollywood set of Scandal to get the scoop on "Dabby" and what their romp means for David's investigation, if the fling is more than just two people drowning their sorrows and if the scorned "Dudley Do-Right" could ever wind up working for the other side of the law.

    What was your reaction to hearing of Abby and David's pairing?

    Joshua Malina: I call it the Shock and Awe Project (laughs). I was surprised. [Showrunner] Shonda [Rhimes]had intimidated long ago that this was possible but not who it would be. I doubted she'd really follow through. I feel like there are many other, younger, better-looking people to put in bed before me. I think she decided to jump right to the first of it.

    Darby Stanchfield: We didn't see it coming at all. I had several people say when I got the script to read the last page. I was completely blindsided. What's brilliant about the episode ending that way, I sweated for the next five days not knowing if it was a mistake, if it was a one-night stand, is she sleeping with the enemy, if David was dropping his whole thing, who is using who, was this just a drunk hook-up. There's so many different ways it could go.

    Where does Episode 4 pick up with David and Abby?

    Malina: It's a continuation. That last moment seems to be an awkward, "Hah! So that happened." Then there's more of a decompression and them figuring out what comes next. It becomes a question of what's happening personally -- is this real, are they really attracted to each other because they're on the same page of what they want to know information-wise. It is a fluid thing, where it's, "Is this a real relationship, is one using the other, are they both into each other." That's the question.

    What David is doing in researching the Quinn case is very similar to what OPA does. Could he wind up teaming with Olivia at some point?

    Malina: That's a good point, he's the flip side, doing what they do, slapping pictures on the wall. Last year I always felt that it bubbled under the surface, and I thought that might be where Shonda was going with it. You could see Olivia and David, while they have serious differences, Olivia will do anything in the name of right. She's still a do-gooder, but she's very much the ends justify the means. David is the other side of the coin, which is as dedicated to getting to the truth but wants to do it in the right, legal way. There's been such a line drawn, Olivia has really done him wrong in a lot of ways. It'd be a big buy-back for David to go to the other side.

    Stanchfield: There's going to be a lot of theories right away where people are going to predict what's happening. The writers have created something beyond what we could wrap our heads around. But you don't get it all at once; it gets scandalous and complicated.

    Is Abby and David's night together more than a hookup?

    Stanchfield: If you are a Josh Malina fan, you are not going to be disappointed. He's excellent in what's coming up.

    What will Abby think of his Beautiful Mind wall of crazy?

    Malina: That's a very good question. We do know that's there. That will be dealt with eventually.

    How will he explain that or might she be jealous he's gotten this far in the investigation?

    Malina: Clearly what he's interested in is also of interest to her. We've seen her in the first three episodes not satisfied with Quinn, in terms of what she knows. She doesn't know a lot about what happened and they do find they're the classic strange bedfellows and you might not expect them to be together but beyond the personal, they have the professional stuff in common.

    What might it look like when Olivia finds out about David and Abby?

    Malina: That's a secret that they're both anxious to keep. That's certainly an issue.

    Alissa's back! Will she continue to help him rebuild the Quinn case?

    Malina: She's in at least one more episode and I suspect more than that. If I have any pretention to being a superhero, I have my sidekick already. She is definitely his pipeline to what's happening at work. Somebody is temporarily replacing him and she's able to give him some sense of if it's temporary or permanent. She's an important mole and she's willing to pick up his house, which is above and beyond.

    What do you think of David and Abby's pairing? Hit the comments with your thoughts. Scandal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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    I cannot wait!

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  • 10/18/12--20:21: Elementary 1x04 Promo

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    David Bowie seen hailing a cab in New York City with a friend.

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    Two interesting things have just popped up on the net within 24 hours:

    Firstly, the Les Miserables script has popped up (on UniversalStudios own website). Which means, if you're looking to see how Tom Hooper and Co. have adapted this amazing musical, read on! Chock full of new sequences and lyrics, this musical follows the book more closely than it's stage counterpart. Overall, if the trailer moved you to tears, brace yourself because you have no idea how much more you're gonna cry.


    Secondly, those of you who enjoyed Sierra Boggess in the 25th Anniversary of Phantom in London will be pleased or displeased to know that she is playing the role again. This was just posted on Broadway's Phantom of the Opera site and facebook:

    You heard it here first!
    SIERRA BOGGESS is confirmed to join the Broadway cast starting this coming January in honor of the 25th Anniversary! Her limited engagement will start the week of January 21, 2013 (Christine playing schedule TBD). Additional principal casting to come early next week...

    So excited about the Les Miserables script, since it's all around perfect. (And it's legit!) As for Sierra, god, she has certainly overstayed her welcome. Was expecting someone who has actually played the role on Broadway to step in.



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