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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Crowdfunding has helped countless creative projects get off the ground, but if we continue to allow it to be hijacked by the rich and famous there will be no chance left for the little guy.

    How does a globally syndicated TV star with a multi-million dollar fortune (have a gander at his flat) fund his next movie project? If you're Zach Braff you ask the public to stump up. Less than three days after uploading a Kickstarter request for $2m towards Wish I Was Here, co-written with his brother Adam, he's nearly greenlit already, with around 25,000 backers so far pledging amounts between $10 and $5,000.



    He certainly sells it well to his fans; his comedic Kickstarter video clip includes appearances from his Scrubs co-star Donald Faison, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and Nerdist presenter Chris Hardwick.

    And the actor isn't the first big name to fund a movie this way; last year Charlie Kaufman used Kickstarter to fund his stop-mo project Anomalisa (raking in double the required amount), and more recently David Fincher, who raised $400,000 (plus a further $41,000) to make The Goon, based on Eric Powell's comic-book creation. Significantly, the producers of the Veronica Mars movie asked for $2m and raised a whopping $5m (as the all-time highest-funded project in the film category, backers will now receive a bonus Veronica Mars sticker).

    Kickstarter is proving incredibly effective in its guise as the internet's cocky little panhandler. Around 44% of projects on the site have reached their funding goals since it was launched in April 2009. More than $500m has been pledged, funding more than 35,000 creative projects.

    But a dollar for Braff is a dollar away from an unknown, and so reaction to this particular fundraiser has been mixed. What irks is that the man on the street will not be an investor in the project, merely a donor. So if the movie becomes a sleeper hit like The Blair Witch Project, which was made for $60,000 but grossed $250m worldwide, no donor will see any kind of return. The producers get to build another kidney-shaped swimming pool, but you'll be left with your pdf of the screenplay ($10), frameable art prints ($60) or a fleeting moment as an extra ($2,500). There's a lot of talk about the spirit of crowdfunding, and how it's one of the few ways that a truly independent artist can fund their project. But if the likes of Zach Braff can hijack the process, then surely the system is compromised? And what's to stop the producers of the next Iron Man movie asking for a couple of million?

    Braff says in his video clip that he was about to sign a "typical financing deal" before realising that Kickstarter could help him hold on to all creative control. Lucky for him he had a "typical financing deal" on the table to begin with. That's not the case for most indie film-makers who are using the site to fund their passion project.

    You could argue that anything that keeps a creative dream alive is a good thing. Braff's enthusiastic online backers will be integral to the marketing of the movie, which may help it to win big at the box office, or on the festival circuit. And if you don't like him, and thought Garden State was good only for its soundtrack, no one is forcing you to donate a single penny.

    But in a climate where young artists are struggling to make their voices heard, where funds for unknowns are rare, and where every penny in the tiniest budget is hard won, it seems somewhat askew that an actor/director who has the means to either fund his movie himself, or sign a typical financing deal, is asking you for cash.

    Surely if you're the guy who has already found considerable success in a competitive industry, you should also be the guy putting something back in.


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    In 20 years time, we’re probably not going to remember 84% of the film stars polluting Hollywood at the moment, let’s be honest. The Adam Sandlers and the Robert Downey Juniors are safe, they have a backing with many established films under their belts.

    But there are numerous stars out there who are simply place holders, with nothing special marking them out. If you think about it, there are so many people out there with a pretty face or a good body, but only a small handful will be remembered. Most of them will die off in a couple of years.

    It’s not that I’m bitter though. Sure, I’d like to look like Channing Tatum, or earn thousands of pennies for starring in a massive franchise like Twilight. It’s the truth. So many film stars in the movies nowadays are just your flavour of the month. Very few have that longevity that will keep them chugging along for another 20 years. But who will be forgotten? Well…

    20. Taylor Kitsch

    Forget 20 years, nobody knows who Taylor Kitsch is now. He’s bad news, and don’t we all know it. Kitsch helmed recent box office bombs John Carter and Battleship, and as a result, he’s pretty much been branded tainted meat.

    If you do a quick Google search of his latest films, the gross doesn’t look that bad. Sure, they flopped hard in America, but they did some business overseas. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t enough to save those films, and I doubt they’ll save Kitsch’s ailing career. He shouldn’t shoulder all of the blame for his recent box office failures, but things are looking pretty bleak for him.

    To be honest, there’s little he can do to be remembered. With some luck, he might be able to attach himself to some half decent projects, but I highly doubt it’ll be as a lead actor. After his recent flops, nobody will be knocking down his door anytime soon.

    19. Brendan Fraser

    Oh how the future looked bright for Brendan Fraser when he starred in The Mummy. But then he started doing terrible family films and now no one wants to touch him with a barge pole.

    Looney Tunes: Back In Action was a horrible film, and that had the help of an established brand (and Space Jam. SPACE JAM). Fraser has had very few hits outside of anything not related to pyramids and Egypt, and I can’t imagine The Mummy being brought back over and over again so he can indulge in a bit of nostalgia.

    Speaking of his terrible family films, he actually hasn’t done one (acting wise, not voice roles) for a while. But he hasn’t done anything for a while. He’s fading into obscurity already, so he doesn’t stand a chance at being remembered in 20 years time.

    18. Ron Perlman

    I’m not sure to what extent you can call Ron Perlman a “film star” as such, but he’s been around the block. However, when your biggest role sees you plastered in more makeup and prosthetics than a Christmas special of The Only Way Is Essex, you’ve got yourself a problem.

    I said Perlman’s status as a “film star” was open to debate, and to be frank, it is. A large majority of his roles are either voice acted or direct to video releases. So yeah, he straddles some blurry line between “film star” and “that guy who voices all those people”, but his issue is that he’s just unrecognisable in his roles. Voice roles are never remembered for the actor, and Hellboy was all about the massive red monster. No one probably even knew it was Perlman underneath all that makeup.

    So while Hellboy will live on (maybe, probably not to be honest) Perlman won’t.

    17. Hayden Christensen

    What has Hayden Christensen done exactly other than play Anakin Skywalker? Very little. The final (or third) Star Wars was released eight years ago. But since then, Christensen has vanished off the radar completely.

    Christensen’s performance in Star Wars Episode III was slated; with him being awarded with the Golden Raspberry Award (ok, Razzies are largely a joke award) for Worst Supporting Actor (he also won the award a few years earlier for his performance in Star Wars Episode II), so he was pretty much doomed from the start.

    I would say he could salvage his career, but let’s face it, he probably can’t. Having not really featured in a hit since Star Wars, for which he didn’t receive the greatest of receptions, Christensen will be instantly forgotten.

    16. Jason Statham

    I can’t imagine Jason Statham having a very long shelf life. He’s your generic action film actor, except he doesn’t play it nearly as well as someone like Bruce Willis.

    His most recent hits have been The Expendables films, and despite being billed as one of the top stars, I doubt people are turning up to see him. It’s all about Stallone, Willis, Schwarzengger. Household action names. Statham churns out a couple action films a year that all flop and no one really cares about. In fact, in his near fifteen year career, Statham has never starred in a film (other than The Expendables) that has opened to more than $20,000,000 (Box Office Mojo doesn’t count Gnomeo And Juliet or Collateral apparently).

    He’s far too generic to be taken seriously. Anyone can star in an action film. John Cena did it, and he is one of the most wooden actors ever to grace the screen. I can’t help but think that if Statham tried his hand at wrestling, he’d experience more success.

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    The debate over marriage equality in France has sparked violent protests across the country this week, one of which led to the arrest of four individuals caught ransacking a gay bar in Lille.

    Though Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and President Francois Hollande have condemned the violence and urged the public to remain calm, French filmmaker Mike Fédée took to YouTube to share the message in a more personable way.

    Check out his powerful plea for equality below:



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    I know this is a week old, but the video is really touching + the protests are still an issue (according to the internet)

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    In a new promo video for the Steve Buscemi directed Vampire Weekend concert at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on April 28, Grimes turns down the Hollywood actor's offer of brunch with the band.

    Click above to watch the short clip, which trails the fourth part of the American Express Unstaged gig series, which will be streamed via VEVO and YouTube. Previous episodes of the concert programme have featured the likes of Usher, Jack White and The Killers, whose show was directed by filmmaker Werner Herzog.

    The clip follows other videos including one in which Buscemi awkwardly meets Vampire Weekend and accidentally calls them Vampire Holiday.

    In a statement, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig described Buscemi as "a wonderful actor, a NYC legend and a great director". Buscemi has previously directed several episodes of the US drama The Sopranos as well as four feature films, including 1996's Trees Lounge.

    Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio recently revealed that Buscemi was a distant cousin.

    Buscemi was spotted with the band at the New York Easter Bonnet festival where he sung the group's latest single 'Diane Young' through a loudhailer.

    Vampire Weekend will release their third album 'Modern Vampires Of The City' on May 14.

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    Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno has said that he wants to "put rock 'n' roll to the sword" on the band's new album.

    He and his bandmates are currently working on the follow-up to their last album 'Velociraptor!' and, in an interview with MTV, he said of his plans for the new material: "I want to put rock 'n' roll to the sword - I'm looking for the future sound of rock. I love guitars but I wanna destroy guitars as well."

    He went on to add: "Don't worry, I'm not talking about going on the dubstep wagon. I just want to harness the power of when you go to see The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers or Rage Against The Machine and you leave reborn. When the album turns on you won't ever want to stop it - that's what I want."

    Earlier this month, lead singer Tom Meighan also spoke about progress on the LP and said: "It's like The Prodigy's dirty remix thing. It's cool and it's got really heavy drums - it sounds electrocuted."

    Kasabian released their fourth studio album 'Velociraptor!' in September last year. They are set to headline Hard Rock Calling on June 29, with support from The Cribs, Paul Weller, Miles Kane, Klaxons, Tribes and Kodaline.

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    During a recent interview with Rob Marciano of Entertainment Tonight, Jennifer Lopez revealed that her upcoming ABC Family television show highlighting lesbian moms, "The Fosters," which she executive produces, is an homage to her late lesbian aunt.

    The Bronx born actress, singer and producer explained to Marciano that the series is about complex contemporary families. "Although [the script] was about a non-traditional family and had some newer themes, it had some really basic themes as well about family and love and what's really important in life," said Lopez. "And life can be complicated and messy sometimes and not simple. It was really a true depiction of family in this day and age."

    Lopez attempted to hold back tears when she began speaking about her aunt who recently passed from cancer. The "If You Had My Love" singer said she thought of the plight her aunt faced while deciding to take on the executive producer role.

    "I had an aunt who was gay. I lived with her and I loved her. She just passed away from cancer. I thought of her often when I was thinking about taking on this project and the prejudices that she faced."

    Lopez, who has played a lesbian character in the past, has frequently spoken out about her love for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the past. In a 2010 interview with The Advocate she stated, "When it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love. I believe that when two people find each other and love each other, they should be able to spend their lives together."

    "The Fosters" debuts on ABC Family on June 6.

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    Back in 2005, JLO paid $50,000 for her aunt to have cancer treatments overseas at the same facility Farrah Fawcett was treated. Her aunt lived another 3 years.

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    The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood with additional films screened at locations throughout Miami-Dade County. The 15th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place from Friday April 26 until Sunday May 5, 2013. The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is committed to its mission: To inspire, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

    The festival has grown from a 3-day event in which 25 films were presented to the current format of 10 days with over 65 films. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World Premiers, North American Premiers and East Coast Premiers.

    The some of the movies will be shown at the festival include:

    TRANSGENDER TUESDAYS: A CLINIC IN THE TENDERLOIN


    They came for the hormones and stayed for the health-care. Eighteen years ago a team of HIV providers at a clinic in San Francisco and trans activists from every ethnicity broke the mold. The warm narratives of these 12 pioneering patients provide the film's beating heart, revealing some harrowing places they have been. Their stories provide a sense of victory and hope.

    HOT GUYS WITH GUNS

    Danny Lohman is an actor who takes his work a little too seriously. Pip Armstrong is Danny's ex with a trust fund and a knack of finding trouble. Together they enlist the help of a jaded P.I., Jimmy Peppicelli, to break up a crime spree targeting Hollywood's Gay Mafia. It's definitely a queer way to solve a crime!


    BORN THIS WAY

    The film follows Cedric and Gertrude through the most intimate parts of their lives as they grapple with homophobia, religion and the complexities of traditional Cameroonian culture—and as they prepare to come out to their mothers. At the same time, their activism becomes bolder and stronger as they work to help defend two young women on trial for charges of homosexuality.

    OUT IN THE DARK

    Nimer, a Palestinian student, is dreaming of a better life abroad. One fateful night he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When his close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank, where he is brutally murdered, Nimer must choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy.

    KINGS AND QUEENS

    With dressing room hilarity, the documentary reveals what is a drag mom and kid. You are immersed into local families and those who operate outside of them. LaWanda Jackson opens her heart and joins the soulful stories of drag, evolution, and love. You think it is about drag but find out about you.

    For more trailers, click here




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    Union J's George Shelley has promised to pose naked in a bath of beans if the band's debut single reaches number one after its release in June.

    The boyband, who came fourth in The X Factor in 2012, release Carry You on June 2 and George made the promise in an interview with him and his bandmates - Josh Cuthbert, Jaymi Hensley and JJ Hamblett - in a tabloid newspaper.

    When asked by The Sun what they plan to do should they top the charts, the 19-year-old replied: "We'll have a massive party - and I've said I'll sit in a bath of beans."

    When pressed as to whether he was serious, Shelley responded: "Yes definitely, be pictured and everything, you have my word."

    George is the youngest in the band and auditioned for The X Factor as a solo artist before the judges persuaded the other three – who were in a band called Triple J – to add him to their line-up so as to proceed in the competition.

    But the singer, who is often compared to One Direction's Harry Styles, has definitely fitted in with the others and recently moved into a new flat in London with Cuthbert.

    He told the paper: “Me and Josh are living together and so are JJ and Jaymi, who have turned into husband and wife."

    “They’re like my nan and grandad. When we get in the car in the morning, they’re like, “Have you got this, have you got that?”




    Union J's Josh Cuthbert is a cougar-fan: "Holly Willoughby is really sexy, Kelly Brook is incredible"



    The singer admits he's got a thing for both Celebrity Juice team captains. If that isn't a reason to get him on the show pronto, we don't know what is...

    Listen up you cougars – Union J heart-throb Josh Cuthbert has an eye for older ladies.

    The 20-year-old singer has told 3am he fancies Holly Willoughby, 32, and Kelly Brook, 33 – both more than a decade his senior.

    Josh reveals: “I know Holly likes the band. My mum found an interview where she said some nice stuff about us. Mum said, ‘I think Holly Willoughby’s got a thing for you’.

    “We’ve been on her show This Morning a few times. She’s VERY pretty and really sexy. But she’s married with kids.

    But Holly's not the only on Josh's radar.

    “I also think Kelly Brook is really fine, she’s incredible.”

    So that's both of the Celebrity Juice team captains, then.

    Maybe Keith Lemon should get Union J on soon and devise some sort of game or Josh and both ladies. Perhaps involving them removing clothes in front of him until he boils over with excitement.



    Union J's "Carry You" Video Teaser




    AHH! The Carry You video comes out on Monday, JCats! The boys will also have a livestream to celebrate the video release. Now who can we write to get Union J on Celebrity Juice?

    Sources: STV / Mirror / Entertainmentwise / Vevo

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    It's hard to believe that it's been a year since The Avengers (2012) hit theaters worldwide, forever changing the superhero landscape, and cementing Joss Whedon as Marvel's shepherd for the near future.

    What better way to celebrate the anniversary - and prepare yourself for Marvel Phase 2 - than to watch the movie over again. We'd be willing to bet that much of the behind-the-scenes planning and Avengers trivia still goes unnoticed by even the most devoted of fans. But fear not: we're here to help.

    Easter Eggs, trivia, or useless facts to enrich your viewing experience: here are 25 (5 included, rest at source)Things You Didn't Know About The Avengers.

    Embodying Whedon's Women



    After Loki arrives on the scene and the task of introducing 'the good guys' begins, it is Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who kicks things off. The scene was actually a particular treat for Whedon, who had studied the Russian language and literature in college, finally getting to put them to use.

    Whilst filming the scene (which despite its order in the film, took place quite late in the shoot) executive producer Jeremy Latcham noted to Whedon that the scene was the only one which appears in the film exactly as it was written in the director's first draft of the script.

    Perhaps that's not entirely surprising, given Whedon's flare for heroines (most notably in Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Whedon himself confessed that the Widow introduction is essentially "my career in microcosm," featuring a 'helpless female' tied to a chair, who turns out to be much stronger than the men around her.

    Banner's Bassinet

    In one of the first scenes filmed during production, the introduction of Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) has the mad scientist explaining to Natasha Romanoff that despite his wishes to keep from unleashing his alter-ego, he warns: "I don't every time get what I want."

    The line had been written long before the time came to shoot, but when Joss Whedon noticed that the set decorators had included a crib (splattered with green paint) among the objects found in the improvised Calcutta setting, he realized the words would carry far more weight if Banner touched it as he uttered the line.

    Ruffalo agreed, and the shot made it into the final cut of the film. It's an easy moment to miss, but for those paying close attention, the shot offers one of the only glimpses into the life Bruce Banner might have led.

    A Dash of Pepper

    It may come as somewhat of a surprise - given how memorable the scene turned out to be - but Joss Whedon's original script didn't feature Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) at all. It was only Robert Downey, Jr.'s insistence that had Pepper included to give Tony some depth (he would later go on to insist on Pepper sharing a larger part of Iron Man 3 as well).

    Whedon didn't object, claiming that the addition of Potts gave him the chance to "write three minutes of The Thin Man," referring to the quick-and-witty 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. The film was infamous for the banter between its leading couple, and is even set to be remade with Johnny Depp in the main role.

    The remake has since run into delays, but don't expect Depp to discuss it with Whedon any time soon; it was The Avengers' mammoth box office that limited Depp's last remake, Dark Shadows, to a disappointing domestic gross.

    Thought and Memory

    Another 'blink and you miss it' Easter-egg can be found when Thor retrieves his brother and begins his mountaintop interrogation. The two ravens startled from their perch by the approaching Asgardians (and later seen circling back) may seem like everyday birds, but fans of Norse mythology know Huginn and Muninn when they see them..

    To the Norse, the ravens serve Odin, traveling throughout the world to gather information and reporting it back. The Norse were more than fond of this particular bird, with some scholars arguing that the release of the ravens could also mean Odin himself embodied them on their journey, seeing what they saw and hearing through their ears.

    In Marvel comics, the brothers Hugin and Munin act as messengers and assistants, and even show up perched on the throne of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) in the coronation scene of Thor. Even if the 'all-father' couldn't be present to witness this argument between his sons, he was at least represented.

    Trading Card Callback

    When Fury tosses the still-unsigned collector cards pulled from Coulson's jacket (locker), the image of Steve Rogers' WWII-era USO costume is given top billing. Not hard to understand, since the blood-tinged photo of a young, innocent, and naive Rogers helps set the tone for the scene of disillusionment and the death of a fan-favorite character.

    But a closer look at the other cards in the deck shows just a small glimpse of Captain America mid-punch. The card is actually a recreation of the cover to "Captain America" #1, featuring Cap delivering a knockout blow to Adolf Hitler.

    It's a quick Easter egg that even die-hard fans might miss, but a nice hint that the rich history of Captain America's legend isn't forgotten in the live-action universe.

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    Warning: this video contains graphic content.

    A short film entitled "Love is All You Need?" uses real life events in an alternate universe to explore if "heterophobia" were real.

    "Love" creator and director K.Rocco Shields uses intolerance, bullying and suicide to depict what the world would be if being gay was the norm and straight people were in the minority. The film has already won a total of 19 film festival awards.

    At present, WingSpan Pictures is currently seeking financing of the feature-length version of the movie, which is reportedly set to star "Twilight" hunk Kellan Lutz.

    Check out the powerful short film in full above.

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    Taylor Swift is a certified BALLER -- TMZ has learned that not only did she just buy a Rhode Island mansion for $17 million ... but she did it with straight cash, homey!

    As TMZ first reported, Swift was eyeing the 11k-plus-square-foot mansion for a few weeks now, having toured the place back on April 15.

    According to our real estate sources, the asking price on the house (which sits on 5.23 acres) was around $20 mil, but Swift got it for $17.75 mil.

    We're told Swift wired the money over and movers were spotted at the house early this morning.

    Maybe Taylor is better at closing the deal than we thought.











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    Attempting to repeat the success of their 2011 hit Drive,Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling will once again be hitting Cannes Film Festival with Only God Forgives. Following two new trailers for the film, we’ve now got three clips from the Thailand-set project, showing off a trio of very different scenes and amounting to over six minutes.

    As hinted at in the trailer, Kristin Scott Thomas owns the role of Gosling’s mother, who comes to Thailand following the death of her other son. In the first clip below, she gets verbally abusive with our lead character’s girlfriend in an awkward dinner. In another, we can see Gosling begin his violent revenge as Julian. And lastly, Vithaya Pansringarm hunts down a mass murderer following a shoot-out. Check them all out below for the film that is aiming to pack the same shock as Drive, but taking a very different approach, and return for our take next month from Cannes.

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    i'm excited for this. and yeah, last two clips are p violent

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    This is so intense!!! urghhh Deb! :( . This season is going to kill me!

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    Miley-n-Hemsworth

    Billy Ray Cyrus dropped by "The Tonight Show" to talk about his new autobiography, "Hillbilly Heart," but the topic quickly made its way to his famous daughter, Miley. Specifically, Jay Leno wanted to know whether she and her fiance, Liam Hemsworth, are actually going to get married.
    "Probably should ask her that," Cyrus said. "Her and Liam seem to be having a lot of fun right now. I told them, ‘Value your friendship. Take care of your friendship. That piece of paper can change things real quick.’”
    Cyrus knows a lot of things about marital difficulties. He contemplated divorce a few years back, only to change his mind and refocus his energy on his wife and his family.
    It was a legitimate question about Miley and Hemsworth. Recent reports are that their wedding has been postponed and tat the couple is once again on the rocks. At least, they're reportedly taking the time to get their relationship right before rushing into a marriage they may not be ready for.

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    It's that time of year, everybody. Summer's just around the corner, and you know what that means: time to start preparing for the one song that'll become so damn near inescapable between the months May and September, you'll wish it never existed in the first place.

    The criteria for what makes a Summer Song is varied, but the most common are as such: extremely high sales figures, and at least one full month of being #1 on the Hot 100 chart - usually between June and July, sometimes carrying over into August. The title of The Summer Song has been so sought-after that last year, Billboard even devised its own chart to gauge such a distinction; unsurprisingly, Carly Rae Jepsen ultimately earned the title with her monster hit "Call Me Maybe."

    Here's a shortlist of the most widely accepted Summer Songs of years past:
    2002: Nelly, "Hot in Herre"
    2003: Beyonce, "Crazy in Love"
    2004: Usher's ass in general, with "Yeah!", "Burn" and "Confessions Pt. 2"
    2005: Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together"
    2006: Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland, "Promiscuous"
    2007: Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, "Umbrella"
    2008: Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl"
    2009: The Black Eyed Peas and their one-two punch of "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling"
    2010: Katy Perry featuring The Artist Formerly Known as Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls"
    2011: LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem"
    2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"

    Below, I've compiled a list of likely contenders for this year's Summer Song. Based on their prevalence, sales and chart positions on the Hot 100, any of them have a feasible chance of taking the title - whether or not any of them take it is another question.



    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
    Currently at #2 on the Hot 100, the follow up to the duo's smash hit "Thrift Shop" is already proving to be a worthy sophomore single release, with a reign at the chart's top spot likely. This could very well be our Song of Summer this year, but is it peaking too early for it to get there?


    Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
    Emeli's already a major sensation in her native UK - her debut Our Version of Events was the nation's highest seller of 2012 - and despite the album receiving a stateside release last June, she hasn't quite broken through into the mainstream just yet. Will "Next to Me" be the one to get here there? Currently peaking at #46 on the Hot 100, it's very possible that the Scottish singer can achieve a "Rolling in The Deep" Style success with the track - funny, given the fact that her birth name is actually Adele, too.


    Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX - I Love It
    Perhaps the most infectious track on here, this adrenaline shot of electronic-dance-pop has been steadily growing on the Hot 100, following its appearance on the much-beloved and wank-free HBO series Girls in February. Sitting at its current peak of #13 just outside the top 10, this has a pretty good chance at being this year's inescapable Summer anthem.


    Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
    With his comeback single "Suit & Tie" on its way out, "Mirrors" has already begun to take its place on the chart, so far reaching a peak of #7. If it does reach the top spot for the majority of this summer, "Mirrors" would be the first real R&B-flavored track to do so since being Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" in 2005, and given how bitches love their Justin Timberlake, it's entirely possible.


    Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera - Feel This Moment
    Because honestly, people just have low standards. So this has just as much of a chance as any of the others here.


    Selena Gomez - Come & Get It
    Her first effort since ditching The Scene, "Come & Get It" is rising on the Hot 100, moving 23 spaces from its debut position for a thus-far peak of #22. Selena has come close to really clinching a top 10 hit for herself in the past - her previous single "Love You Like a Love Song" climbed to the same number her latest is sitting at - so it won't come as a total surprise if she manages to pull of a major hit with this one.


    Taylor Swift - 22
    Coming off of her smash hit album Red, "22" is likely to reach the same heights as previous singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble," steadily rising on the Hot 100 at a current peak of #24. A top 10 placing is inevitable, but will she earn her second #1 at just the right time this Summer?


    Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida - Troublemaker
    Olly Murs emerged as a star in the UK after placing second on The X Factor, and while his last effort at breaking America with "Heart Skips a Beat" wasn't much of a success, "Troublermaker" has already more than made up for it. The single can currently be found at #31 on Hot 100, and has been on the incline ever since debuting on the chart. The bonus appearance of feature whore Flo Rida can't hurt its success, either.


    Little Mix - Wings
    Another X Factor success story in the UK, Little Mix was the first group to ever win the show - a feat that even One Direction couldn't accomplish. "Wings" became their second #1 in their home territory upon its August 2012 release, but the girls now have their sights set on the US. Currently in the midst of a grassroots radio campaign in America, "Wings" may prove to be a real sleeper hit here, having already sold an excess of 100,000 singles since hitting on the US iTunes store last February. Its current Hot 100 peak is a bit low at the moment (#91), but will Little Mix be able to lead a new wave of girl group success in the United States? It could happen.


    Zedd featuring Foxes - Clarity
    Zedd is a rising star in the world of EDM - having booked a producing gig on Lady Gaga's forthcoming ARTPOP - and with his latest single, he could most definitely reach the likes of heavyweights David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia. The track is rising on the Hot 100 at #70, and as the nicer weather starts to roll in, "Clarity" could be this summer's big dance anthem.


    Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love
    Speaking of Calvin Harris, the Scottish producer (and sometimes singer) is throwing his hat into the Summer Song of 2013 race himself. With he and collaborator Ellie Goulding both coming off of hit singles in the US (his and Florence Welch's "Sweet Nothing" made it to #10 a few months ago, while Ellie's "Lights" reached a peak of #2 last summer), we could be looking at a smash success with this one, having just debuted on the chart at #76.


    source: individual youtube links &this weeks Hot 100 chart
    thoughts opinions complaints etc? if you're too high and mighty for anything here, what do you think you'll be jamming to this summer?

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    Leonardo DiCaprio has spoken out about claims he was a bit of a bad boy when he was filming The Great Gatsby in Sydney.

    In an interview with 60 Minutes broadcast tonight on the Nine Network, DiCaprio denies his place was a 'revolving door' for every hip young thing in town.

    "You can't believe everything you read," he says.

    But the one-time Titanic leading man doesn't seem to mind the bad boy reputation.

    "Am I a 'nice boy'? I suppose that's a subject for interpretation."

    In an interview with 60 Minutes, DiCaprio, 38, said that taking on such a well-known role was bound to result in disappointment for some fans.

    "This is one of the most celebrated novels in the world - it's arguably the greatest American novel," he said of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic.

    "Everyone has their own connection with this book, so you're almost setting yourself up for disaster in a lot of ways."

    His work on the film marks his second collaboration with director Baz Luhrmann, after 1996's Romeo + Juliet.

    Luhrmann recreated the film's New York sets in opulent locations all over his hometown of Sydney, and he says that as a cautionary tale about the dangers of excess, the story is particularly relevant today.

    "The 1920s was a golden orgy of money," Luhrmann said.

    "Women's skirts went up, skyscrapers went up, the stockmarket was going up, and it looked like it would never fall.

    "But Fitzgerald, in his book...predicts that it's all going to crash."

    DiCaprio denied suggestions that his stint in Australia was as notable for his romantic exploits as his acting.

    "I'm quite used to that kind of stuff; I don't find it hard at all," he said of the paparazzi attention.

    "We were shooting a major production in Australia and there wasn't anything that horrible said."

    The Great Gatsby opens in Australian cinemas on May 30.


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    Kim Kardashian along with her family enjoyed Greek island vacation while filming their reality show while on Saturday (April 27).

    The mom-to-be wore a flowing brown resort dress with flats while making her way on an enormous yacht. She took care of 2-year-old Mason while sister Kourtney rode the surrounding waves in a skidoo with Khloe.

    Kris, Bruce, Kendall, Kylie, and Brody Jenner were also spotted soaking up the Mykonos rays and taking pictures. Kim’s boyfriend Kanye West was not present.

    “Since we are on a family vacay…we need a new song to do a video to!” Kim tweeted early Saturday morning. “Any ideas tweeps?”

    The reality star later shared a few snapshots of the view from what looked to be the family’s villa and ship.




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