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    Revolutionary icon of modern celebrity, Paris Hilton, made an appearance on the Wendy Williams show to promote the newest fragrance, Dazzle, from her billion dollar fragrance line. Paris revealed she has signed a new 5 year contract, and is currently working on her 16th fragrance. Wendy asked about her relationship w/ River Viiperi, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, her current friendship statuses w/ Lindsay Lohan ("I've seen her around~"), Kim Kardashian, and Nicole Richie. Paris also spoke of her incredibly successful business empire, her stores that are opening up all over the world, and her upcoming beach club.

    Awh. She's still v guarded and gives closed answers. but she had a few moments! 21 forever~

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    When you're the second person to portray one of science fiction's iconic characters, Chris Pine notes, it's easy to second-guess yourself about nearly everything. The American actor should know, having inherited the role of the USS Enterprise's Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek universe from William Shatner. Millions of dedicated Trekkies have kept the internet afloat with their views on him as Shatner's successor.

    Pine went a long way to making the part his own with a swaggering, committed take on the 23rd-century hero in director J.J. Abrams' highly successful 2009 Star Trek reboot, but four years, and one highly anticipated sequel in Star Trek: Into Darkness later, he says his response to donning Kirk's trademark Starfleet uniform is still essentially the same.

    ''The first thought is always don't screw it up,'' says Pine, who was in Sydney last week along with his director and several of his co-stars for the world premiere of the new movie.

    ''There's plenty to look forward to, but you always start with don't screw it up.''

    The un-Hollywood-like gap between the two films – ''we didn't just churn another one out because people wanted it,'' Zachary Quinto, who took over the equally famous role of Spock, says – has paid off. At a time where too many sequels are almost mechanical in repeating their initially successful elements, Star Trek: Into Darkness clearly furthers what has already been achieved.

    ''It has really big Greek themes about life and about your own mortality,'' Pine says. ''The brash, young punk upstart of a kid in the first one really gets to explore deeper, darker and more vulnerable parts of himself. We were ambitious with what we wanted to achieve not just visually, but also thematically.''

    By retaining not only Abrams, but also the same writers, the new film is able to take established elements and twist them about.

    In a plot that focuses on the pursuit across the galaxy of a terrorist, John Harrison (Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, oozing malevolence), Kirk's cockiness becomes his downfall while Spock has to address the emotions that reside beneath his coldly logical outlook.

    That belated growing up for Kirk brings the character somewhat closer to Pine. The 32-year-old, who wasn't a Star Trek devotee before securing the role, is more insular than his alter-ego. Kirk favours bar fights and girls who are literally off the planet, while Pine is more likely to be reading Viktor Frankl's psychiatric memoir Man's Search for Meaning or an examination of drone warfare.

    A Los Angeles native with an English degree from Berkeley who periodically dips into edgier theatre work, Pine has experienced successes (2010's Unstoppable, alongside Denzel Washington) and failures (2012's interminable This Means War) in the wake of his ascendancy with Star Trek, but he remains the most low-profile leading man in Hollywood. Pine is the rare member of the young Hollywood set who doesn't feel the need to exhibit himself in the VIP section at the Coachella music festival.

    ''I hope it stays that way,'' Pine says. ''More than anything, what we do as actors is to sit and watch and I would never want to get so lost in the celebrity bubble that I couldn't do that because my feet no longer touch the ground.''

    He attributes a good proportion of his grounding to his family background. Pine is third-generation Hollywood actor. His maternal grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was under contract at Universal Pictures in the 1940s, while his father, Robert Pine, has been a working actor for almost 50 years. The movie business holds few illusions for Chris.

    ''I grew up in a house where my father went on auditions and he got some and he lost some and there were good years and lean years,'' he says. ''I didn't expect anything from the business and that's often a danger in Hollywood, the notion that if you're pretty and have white teeth and just show up for the game then you'll win. That could not be further from the truth.''

    While both Pine and Quinto separately invoke the defining spirit of Gene Roddenberry, who created the original Star Trek television series in 1966, the distinct bond between the new cast is noticeable.

    The two actors use joint interviews as an excuse to swap jokes, while one of the funniest lines from the film was an improvised dig English comic Simon Pegg, as chief engineer Scotty, threw at Pine, who promptly cracked up.

    The camaraderie between the ensemble cast will be affected by the departure of Abrams, who is trading Star Trek for Star Wars to direct the 2015 sequel to Return of the Jedi, but Pine believes the cast's commitment to each other and the movie's human qualities will prevail.

    ''This is not some guy in a superhero's mask – there's no Batman, no Superman,'' Pine notes, talking as much about the real world as the fictional one.

    ''Star Trek is about a bunch of disparate people and what they're capable of when they work together.''

    Salute to a highly logical friendship

    The relationship between Captain Kirk and his half-Vulcan science officer, Mr Spock, has long been at the centre of Star Trek's complex dynamic, and in expanding that for the rebooted movies, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have added a degree of humour and a friendship that has grown on and off the screen.

    ''During filming I looked around at friends and co-stars and realised that these are people who, whether we make four more or no more Star Trek movies, will always be in each other's lives,'' Quinto says. ''There's something profound about that and it's something I plugged into for crucial moments between Spock and Kirk.''

    Quinto has seamlessly made Spock's pointy ears and striking intellect his own, complete with the blessing of his predecessor, Leonard Nimoy, but he's still surprised at the level of cultural recognition Spock carries. When Quinto campaigned for Barack Obama last year he was among a group of volunteers who met the US President, who sighted Quinto and promptly gave him Spock's Vulcan salute.

    ''You couldn't make that up,'' Quinto says. ''I've always been ambitious but I never imagined that I would be doing this level of work and be so fulfilled.''

    And did he respond to Obama? ''I was right back at him,'' Quinto laughs.

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    Upon finding a positive pregnancy test at Ron’s cabin following a work retreat, Andy’s crime-fighting alter ego once again dons that coveted blue windbreaker. Of the five prime suspects — Leslie, Ann, April, Donna and Mona Lisa — the first four are initially ruled out, leaving a potentially with-child Ralphio as the most likely mother-to-be.

    Confronted by her boy toy Tom, Mona Lisa confesses to the pregnancy, and then follows it with a big, obnoxious “Psyyyyych!” — making April the new likely suspect. Andy excitedly congratulates his wife, but then April confirms that she is not with child. Instead, she has a different life-altering announcement: She’s been accepted into an out-of-town veterinary school and really wants to pursue her dream of working with animals. (Andy gives his blessing and vows to make the distance work.)

    Andy, meanwhile, brings Ron up to speed on the mystery and, in the midst of filling him in on the whereabouts of the positive test, a flustered Diane busts in and says that she and Ron need to talk… in private. Andy’s expression says it all — case closed!

    In other Parks finale goings-on, Leslie holds a town forum to find out if Pawneeans deem themselves better off today than a year ago when she first took office. Turns out, they seem to think they are not better off (well, at least the candy-loving, sex-opposing, burger-inhaling, pot-smoking ones feel that way). So disgruntled are the citizens that they’re aiming to recall their newlyish-elected city councilwoman — a threat that Leslie decides to face head on.

    And then there’s poor Tom, who, after refusing to sell his successful Rent-a-Swag empire to an anonymous buyer, learns that said mystery person plans to open their own youth-based rental store — and directly across the street from his establishment!


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    After five years of adulterous bliss, Naomi Campbell and hot Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin "have broken up," reports "Page Six." Believed to have separated from his wife in the late nineties, Doronin has been "out partying in New York" and "flirting." Supermodels everywhere, it's time to get your seduction on. Sure, he's married, but he was a great billionaire boyfriend to Naomi.
    Let's review.

    Naomi and Vladimir (sometimes known as Vladislav) were very happy together.


    How could Naomi resist? He often wooed her on his yacht.
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    “Naomi and Vlad have a complex relationship, and sometimes break up and make up," a "source" told "Page Six.""In many ways their relationship is like a business arrangement. Naomi brings glamor to his hotels and properties, and he treats her extremely well." What woman would not appreciate a smart business proposition?

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    "Despite his long relationship with Campbell, Doronin has not divorced his wife, Ekaterina," "Page Six" continues. "Prior to their split, Ekaterina was married to the property mogul for 24 years, and they have a teenage daughter, Katia." What woman would not enjoy a surly teenage stepdaughter?

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    "Despite their separation, the supermodel is expected to invite Vladimir, 50, to her 43rd birthday party on May 22 in Ibiza," reports The Daily Mail. What woman would not enjoy competition from violent, gorgeous supermodel Naomi Campbell?

    hoped they would last forever tbh, they make a cute couple

    more at the source


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    There are two versions of Iron Man 3: One is the international version, and the other is the Chinese version, with added scenes. This version was made especially for the People's Republic. But that certainly doesn't mean everybody there likes it.

    This article might contain spoilers.

    Keep in mind that I'm not saying that China hates Iron Man 3, as the reaction to the film itself seems just fine. Instead, I'm pointing out that many in China do not like the China-specific content added to the flick.

    Beijing-based Kotaku writer Eric Jou saw the film when it opened in China. The film has about four minutes of added content for the country. Before we get to the hatorade, let's review what was added for Chinese audiences and what was apparently not shot by director Shane Black.

    About a third of the way into the movie, Tony Stark says he will defeat the Mandarin. A doctor in China named Dr. Wu (played by Chinese movie star Wang Xueqi) sees Stark challenge the Mandarin on television.

    (Keep in mind that the U.S. press is apparently being told that Dr. Wu, who's barely in international version, is a complex character in the Chinese version. According to Jou, he's not. What's more, he ushers in a couple truly odd sequences in the film.)

    In Dr. Wu's office, you can see Tony's Iron Man on a TV screen, surrounded by Chinese children and what looks like...Dr. Wu. The good doctor then calls Tony, but J.A.R.V.I.S., the A.I. butler, answers. It's worth noting that in even in the subtitled version, there are no subtitles in this sequence; J.A.R.V.I.S. speaks in Mandarin Chinese. While speaking with J.A.R.V.I.S., Dr. Wu actually says in Chinese, "Tony doesn't have to do this alone—China can help."

    There's also this extra long shot of Dr. Wu awkwardly pouring a glass of Yili brand Chinese milk. But it's pure product placement. Before the movie starts, there are two China specific ads: One of them is a Chinese milk commercial that, as The Hollywood Reporter points out, asks, "What does Iron Man rely on to revitalize his energy?" (The answer is a Yili milk drink.) The second commercial is for a Chinese manufacturer of tractors and cranes.


    Chinese bloggers like Buddha Kicking Rabbit are already calling the pre-movie ads the most unintentionally funny parts of the film and even recommend going early so you don't miss them.

    After that, there's fighting and a bunch of Iron Man kind of stuff. And then! Tony Stark decides he doesn't want to be Iron Man anymore and to have the shrapnel in his chest removed, which, I think, would actually kill him, no? But whatever, the important thing is that he decides to go to China for an operation.

    "No one comes to China for medical care," Jou points out. "That's just stupid."

    The set-up is that Dr. Wu is the only doctor able to remove the shrapnel. Then, actress Fan Bingbing, who is not in the international version, walks down a hospital hallway for about fifteen seconds and says, "He's [Tony, that is] here." Apparently, she doesn't even have a name in the movie!

    Dr. Wu and Fan Bingbing scrub up for the surgery, and Fan Bingbing says something like, "What if we accidentally kill him? Everyone will know it was our fault." And Dr. Wu replies that they won't fail.

    Then, after the successful surgery, there's a scene in which Tony Stark is hugging Rhodey (Don Cheadle) and Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow). Fan Bingbing is nowhere to be seen, but there's this strange twenty-second (or so!) flashback to when Dr. Wu is talking on the phone. It's not really a flashback, Jou explains, because it didn't happen to Tony per se. Dr. Wu was talking to J.A.R.V.I.S. It's just odd and out of place—like most of the China specific content.

    People's Daily, which is owned by the Chinese Communist Party, ran an article titled:"Iron Man 3 Draws the Audience Ire: This Type of Special Chinese Version Is Pointless" (钢铁侠3引观众吐槽:这种中国特供版不要也罢). The article, which was originally published by Yangtze River Post, reads: "All the problems of the movie can be forgiven. That is, all except the parts with Fan Bingbing and Wang Xueqi. This China centric portion is just terrible. It's a pointless commercial with lots of plot holes." Likewise, People's Daily's own review is also quite critical of the added Chinese content.

    A Chinese friend of Jou's describes the added content like this: "When the Chinese show up in the movie, it's like suddenly changing the channel. It doesn't match the rest of the movie."

    But the criticism doesn't stop there. On news site CNHubei, the reviewer writes, "This is the first time that I feel an edited version is better than the complete version." Here, "complete version" refers to the full Chinese version. This is particularly a damning criticism, because films are often edited in China and theatergoers cannot see the full versions in cinemas.

    On television, too, people don't seem happy with the Chinese version. For example, on Shuo Tian Xia, a talk show on Liaoning TV, one anchor said, "It's a shame. Some audience members have said that the addition of the Chinese scenes are pointless and don't add to the movie." Her co-anchor replied, "It'd be better if they added more to the movie. A good way to get Chinese on board is just make a good movie."

    From the sound of it, the Chinese version of Iron Man 3 brings four minutes of film nobody really wants or needs, save the film's producers so they could presumably secure whatever funding was necessary. Shame that they weren't smarter about the deal.

    "It literally offends me as an American in China and as an ethnically Chinese person that Hollywood would attempt to sell this to the Chinese audience," says Jou."It undermines Chinese people's intelligence and movie savvy." But it makes money, no?


    tl;dr the Chinese version is basically pointless and adds nothing to the actual plot

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    Filming is well underway on the next series of Girls, and yesterday Allison Williams was seen being put through her paces in New York. The actress, who plays Marnie, was spotted having a vigorous workout with the help of two rather dashing members of the production crew. If only our gym sessions were that fun.


    I'm surprised at how much weight she lost, compared to when she did that video singing Nature Boy. It's like Jennifer Aniston on Friends, I never thought she needed to lose any weight on season 1 and by the end of the show she looks like she dropped at least 20 pounds.

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    Tonight was so anxiety inducing. Next week looksnpretty gr9

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    Sheryl Crow may have 9 Grammy Awards, but she's just like us. Find out why Sheryl turned down a job as a judge on "The Voice" and what celebrity makes her starstruck.


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    One Tree Hill star, Stephen Colletti, had a traumatizing afternoon when shots rang out inside Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston— which happened to be where the actor was traveling.

    Reports are emerging that a man shot himself at a ticket counter after firing into the air with an assault rifle. The shooter, who is reportedly dead, was then taken to an area hospital— but not before scaring fellow travelers.

    Hayden Panettiere's ex-boyfriend tweeted about hearing the shots.

    He continued to explain that everyone froze after the initial gunshots, and when more were heard, travelers panicked and ran in every direction with chaos ensuing. Stephen, who played Chase Adams on the hit CW show, then ended up hiding inside the kitchen of an airport McDonald's.

    He adds:

    At this time, the airport remains on lockdown with flights grounded.


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    Jennifer Aniston reckons that hasn’t always been so slim and experienced her fair share of ‘chubbier days’ while filming Friends. Now, excuse us while we struggle to remember said days. Nonetheless, the actress reckons that her body hasn’t always been as tones as it is now. Speaking to promote her new book, ‘Yogalosophy: 28 Days To the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover’ the actress admitted that she reckons she was larger back in the day.

    “We were a lot rounder,” she told People magazine. “We ate terribly. We did that, and then we sort of grew up a little bit more and we got jobs.”

    Got jobs and started doing feck loads of yoga. 44-year-old Jennifer added that she now feels more comfortable in her own skin than ever before.

    “It's hard to say is that yoga or is it as we get older we grow into ourselves, but I've seen her become so empowered, so grounded in herself, so comfortable in her own skin,' she said. And we can certainly see what JenAn has to feel so confident about, she looks blimmin’ brilliant!

    Almost makes us want to do a bit of yoga at our desks right now.


    I think her body always looked great, chubbier or not.

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    Watching "The Americans" evolve over the course of the show's first season has been a gratifying process. It not only provided Keri Russell, who gave a brilliantly calibrated performance as Soviet spy Elizabeth Jennings, with an opportunity to blow away any preconceptions that might have lingered in the minds of fans of "Felicity," it also elicited a terrifically subtle performance from Matthew Rhys, who played her husband, Philip, with quiet intensity and a broodingly romantic air. And far from being an intellectual exercise in Soviet-U.S. gamesmanship, the show also provided an array of fight scenes, car chases and undercover identities that proved, once and for all, that Soviet wig technology of the '80s was far more advanced than anyone knew.

    As if that wasn't enough, Noah Emmerich, Margo Martindale, Richard Thomas and Annet Mahendru turned in sterling work as the spies rotating around the Jennings, and the show did a fine job of evoking both the hedonism of the early '80s (the discos! the hideous clothes!) but also the the tense, ideologically driven flavor of the international politics of the era.

    Joe Weisberg, the show's executive producer and creator, and Joel Fields, "The Americans'" executive producer, recently sat down for an extensive discussion of Season 1, where the show's second season might go and which characters will likely return. This is an edited version of that chat. (By the way, I have more thoughts on the first season and "The Colonel" that I've shared in "The Americans" podcast at the end of this post, and don't miss these recent interviews with cast members Rhys, Martindale, and Emmerich)

    As you prepare for Season 2, what are your thoughts about where Season 1 went and what you want to do next?

    Joe Weisberg: First of all, [it was] my first time running a show and, you know, with Joel being in charge of this giant story enterprise, I will say that I feel shocked and overwhelmed by how improvisatory it is. We did have so much planned out at the beginning and so many places we wanted to go. And a bunch of those places stayed, a bunch of them got modified and a bunch went away completely. And yet even the things that we set out to do that we did exactly, there's still so much improvisation to get there. There's no straight line, in any event. You're zigging and you're zagging and you're moving the pieces and you're doing it all out of breath, on the fly. It's like you're sprinting a marathon. It's just crazy. And then the thing that I most can't believe is that we started putting the blocks together for the last couple episodes and they fit. It's like a miracle. I can’t believe it.

    The other thing I'd say that we knew when we started but we learned as we went, too, is that ultimately, when the characters were true and when the emotional drama was interesting to us and rich to us, that the story worked. When we think about the coming season, I think that's the biggest thing we'll think about: What's happening with these characters? What's going on with their lives? What are the dynamics going to be? What's at stake and what's the next challenge and transformation for them personally? And the spy stories are the spy stories, and they can be little or small and episodic or play out over the season. That's really less important.

    So it's more about the consequences those spy stories may have for them personally.

    Joel Fields: Yeah, or [it's about] what they reflect without being too precious about it, what they provoke.

    So to go from the general to the specific, what was the thinking on having Paige go in the laundry room at the end of the finale? Was there ever a version of the finale where she finds something she shouldn't? Was that a big debate, or what were the various possibilities you thought about?

    Weisberg: With anything like that, we consider 10 possibilities.

    Fields: And with that, it was everything from, "There’s no such scene," to, "She finds their guns and wigs." And eight things in between were discussed. And we hope we found just the right thing. We found, for us, what we felt was the right thing.

    Weisberg: It came down to even editing that scene different ways, to where she's looking at the panel [behind the washing machine], or she was just looking vaguely in that direction or...

    Learning about how to fold properly, because mom's obviously a good folder.

    Fields: Ultimately, we feel laundry's gonna be a big part of the series.

    The folding and the wigs. You're definitely onto something with that.

    Fields: Well, I don't want to give away a spoiler, but the premiere of next season is called "Starch or No Starch."

    "The Lint Trap."

    Weisberg: "The Lint Trap." It's Ludlum meets "The Americans." I like that.

    That's the season finale. It's an idea.

    Fields: Now we have the whole arc. All we have to do is fill out the middle.

    Weisberg: That'll be easy. That writes itself.

    Fields: Well, we can get several episodes out of a missing sock.

    Moving away from laundry for a moment, how much do you want to go to the well of Philip and Elizabeth's relationship being in jeopardy next year? That's been such a huge driver for this season and obviously the cast plays that so well, but is there a danger of having it always be about their relationship possibly disintegrating, and then maybe the audience potentially loses interest in that happening over and over?

    Fields: Yeah, I think you can't keep doing that.

    Weisberg: Yeah.

    Fields: I would say that one thing I feel about marriage is that there's so many places to go with marriage that can be interesting. After all, people are sometimes married for 50 years without it getting boring. But, yeah, we don't want to repeat that same series of exact conflicts.

    But the relationship will always be the core of the show, you think?

    Weisberg: I do think that. It's hard to imagine "The Americans" without the marriage being the center of it.

    Fields: Right, but when it comes to jeopardy, I don't think we'd want to try to sustain "are they or aren’t they" [going to break up]. But as Joe said, marriage and family -- you could write that forever and there's always conflict and challenges there to explore.

    In terms of discoveries, is there a ticking clock on how long their neighbor Stan Beeman can be in the dark, and how long the kids are in the dark as well? Do you feel like they're both things that you have to address sooner rather than later?

    Fields: I think we'll find out as we go forward. And I think we'll let the characters tell us as we go forward, to a certain extent. For Stan, this hasn't been a season about him pursuing the people next door in any overt way, so there may be some room to explore that. We've never done him suspecting his neighbors in any real way, not since the pilot.

    In terms of the kids, certainly Paige is headed into a world of adolescence, and that look at the end of the finale could suggest anything, any sort of suspicion about her parents. But I think the most important thing is that she suspects, as most adolescents do at some point, that her parents aren't what she thought they were. And that's something universal. Part of what's cool about what Joe created is all of these relationships wind up being allegories for universal experiences, just in this super-dramatized, charged prism of the Cold War.

    Weisberg: I noticed this last week that one of our regular reviewers wrote that there's only so [long that Stan can't notice what the Jennings are up to]. Stan becomes stupid after a while if he's not onto them. And I sort of half agree with that but half disagree. We have control over doling out what we dole out to Stan before he becomes stupid, and we can dole it out at whatever pace we want.

    And the thing that's, to me, really intriguing about Stan and Philip is their relationship. That's what's great to explore and that can go in so many different directions, all of them emotionally rich and interesting. It's a sort of a counterpoint to Stan's suspicion, and that gives it a lot of jeopardy and interest. [Stan and Philip's relationship is], I think, the other heart of the series, after the marriage. Now, we've got to not f*** it up by getting Stan super-suspicious of them too early, you know.

    Or too late.

    Weisberg: Or too late.

    How much are these characters motivated by ideology and love of country and how much their own agendas, whether professional or personal? How much of it is "I love America" and "I love Russia"?

    Weisberg: We talk about this all the time, because how much of politics and ideology is really psychology? And how much passion is really pathology? What are the lies we tell ourselves about what we want to get in life? And I think these are all things that these characters can explore. I don't think there are any simple answers to those questions for any real people.

    Yeah, that's true, but these people have to fight and kill and possibly die.

    Weisberg: That's right. Which means the stories they tell themselves have to be all the more passionate and convincing.

    Fields: They're not self-aware people. So they're certainly examples of people who perceive of themselves as almost fully motivated by ideology. They are not aware of how motivated they are by the personal. But we can look at them and say these people are profoundly motivated by the personal as well.

    Obviously we see that in the finale with Claudia taking out the CIA guy who killed Zhukov.

    Weisberg: She certainly is aware of the personal there, right.

    As I know you know, people love Claudia, and they really love the scenes of Margo and Keri this season. Please tell me that if Margo is available for Season 2, there'll be more of that.

    Weisberg: Yes.

    Fields: Yes.

    Weisberg: We can promise that.

    Excellent. I know she's signed on with another pilot, but -- well, honestly, I hope that one doesn't go forward.

    Weisberg: We're secretly working to destroy that show.

    Fields: In conjunction with the KGB.

    I'm all for it. So the hope is to have her back if the other show doesn’t work out? Excellent.

    [At this point, "The Americans" executive producer Graham Yost, who was also in the room, chimed in.]

    Yost: We can take her back any time. You saw the finale. We've got it nicely set up.

    I certainly would love to know more about Claudia's past and meet her friends and enemies.

    Weisberg: It would be interesting to do her flashbacks, too. It's just the way she's told those stories [about her past] in the Reagan episode and in the finale. It's another thing we talk about with each other and in the writers' room: Here you are in 1981 in the United States of America -- life is good and it's easy for everybody. And these people, Philip and Elizabeth and Claudia, they did not grow up in an easy world. They grew up in a war with violence where daily survival was an issue.

    Fields: And poor, so poor. Even after the war.

    To survive in that world you had to be very, very, very strong.

    Weisberg: Right, and it's easy through today's prism to think of the Western world as just a great place that's filled with riches. [Some] see it differently -- they see it as built on the backs of people who are exploited. And Philip and Elizabeth come much more out of that world. They lived it, it's not just ideology, it's not the ideology of somebody who grew up comfortable and read some books -- the struggle was theirs.

    One of the ideas, at least at the start of the season, is that Philip has been more seduced by America or is more attuned to life here, whereas Elizabeth is not. But if you think about her actions, especially toward the end of the season, she sets her own agenda, she disobeys orders, she does her own thing. She's very proactive and independent. Isn't she almost as much of an American at this point as Philip? Is that an arc that you want to explore with her?

    Weisberg: It's an interesting question. You could look at those actions as a type of Americanization or you could look at them as just a person who's committed to her cause and feels that she's being led astray by Claudia, by somebody who isn't as true as she is. It's the same with Philip.

    There's an interpretation that he's been seduced by America, which I think is part of the story, but I think there's another interpretation that he's just doing his job differently. He's approaching it differently, because he's more comfortable here and that's a plus for him in doing his job. [The idea is that] he's a more flexible person and isn't as stuck in that poverty-ridden past. He's been able to move on, in a way, and she's still living in it. But I don't mean that as derogatory. In a way, [Elizabeth's outlook] makes her a better agent, because she's more faithful and true to the motherland.

    Looking ahead, in terms of historic events, in late 1982 [Soviet leader Leonid] Brezhnev dies.

    Weisberg: I'm dying to get to Brezhnev dying.

    Would you start off the next season with that or not?

    Fields: It would be really good to ask us these questions at the end of next season [laughs].

    But that's something that you hope to get to?

    Fields: Oh, we talked a lot about that, and we've talked a lot about trying to use current events of [the early '80s] to provoke stories for them, the way the Reagan assassination attempt did.

    Weisberg: Brezhnev is going to die, and the next two Soviet leaders are going to die both pretty quickly after that. So it is going to be a very tumultuous time for them.

    So you're not going to jump in with that in Season 2?

    Weisberg: I'm not sure. The way our timeframe is working, 1981 has gone slowly for us. We're not going to start [Season 2] with a big time jump. But then how the second season unfolds, we don't know.

    Speaking of some of the other characters, is Richard Thomas going to be back for Season 2 as Agent Gaad?

    Fields: We hope so. Richard's a longtime friend of mine and [I had emailed him to say I was going to come out to New York to work on this show. Then I emailed him as pre-production and production got underway] to say, "I'm not going to be able to see anybody until we're done." And then I emailed him and said, "Is there any chance you could do this?" And he's been just so wonderful, such a delight to work with, and he's also created that great character.

    And you made Susan Misner (who plays Stan's wife, Sandra) a regular for Season 2, right? It seems like Stan is going to have some complications.

    Weisberg: Stan's in tough times. Stan has gone down the rabbit hole.

    Just going back to the learning process of this season, what would you do differently?

    Fields: We worked very hard to get ahead and have some scripts ready before we started shooting, and we were able to go back and refine stuff but the deeper you get in [production], particularly in a first season, the more you're working on spinning plates and working on all sorts of different things. I think there were certain character stories I wish we had spent more time with. I wish we had spent more time with Elizabeth and Zhukov over the course of the season before he died.

    Maybe Gregory…

    Fields: And Gregory, for sure.

    Weisberg: It's sort of a first-season problem, that if you want to have the impact of killing these people, it would have been nice to know them better first. But on the other hand, you get a lot of story impact out of the drama that happened there. It's a tough choice to make.

    There were some comparisons to "Homeland" when "The Americans" came out. Your show's examined similar territory in terms of loyalty and betrayal. But to me the shows are doing pretty different things.

    Fields: We're both fans of that show. We really like what they do. But the comparison -- yes, they both are in the world of spying, but beyond that, they seem to us like such different shows in terms of pace, in terms of plotting -- really, in terms of everything.


    Excited for season 2!

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    Beyoncé’s collection for H&M is slowly becoming available in many countries, but it will also be available online [OP: not in the U.S. cause H&M is lazy] this month. And while we are seeing her huge ads in the biggest cities already, you can now take a proper look at the entire collection below!


    lol lawd at that collection title. Why not go for the full "Beyonce as Mrs. Carter Feat. Sasha Fierce and King Bey" at this point. I want the black dress and the blue corset crop top.

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  • 05/02/13--20:59: Who Won Big Brother Canada?

  • Final HOH run down:
    All three do endurance leg, Jillian is first out then Gary. Emmett wins.
    Jillian and Gary in physical leg, Gary wins.
    Gary and Emmett in final trivia leg, Gary wins.


    WINNER (vote of 4 to 3)


    With two votes to Gary and two votes to Jillian, Arisa pulled out Topaz's vote which went to Jillian. Topaz protested/freaked out, clearly having meant to vote for Gary. When she blamed it on the producers "switching" the names, they went to footage of her picking up Jillian's name card and placing it in the slot. Thus, the vote went to Jillian. Had she done it correctly, Gary would have won.


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    • I have to renounce myself, I'm no longer into homosexuality I want a wife and family, I want to multiply and raise and love my family that I create. I could care less about the fame and fortune, I've giving all that up to know the true history of the bible. For I am the True Chosen Hebrew Israelite descendant of Judah. And as True Israel I know that there are certain things we just can't do. And I totally understand that now. I don't need a Mercedes Benz, I don't need a big house in Beverly Hills all I need is the Most High and my family (Israel). I have been awaken by the great and so should you. Let's be delivered from the wickedness of the world and live the way we should. The Most High bless all and have a beautiful evening. Israel wake up and take full power of who you are. I'm ready are you?

    • I'm Antoine wait, I am KEVIN ANTOINE DODSON, and I just want what's best for all and this is the way for me, hate me if you must, bash me if you must, I won't break, do what you will, for this is my calling.

      In the beautiful words of Shemiyah, I am so in love with the truth, I will expose a lie even if I have to expose you. Family friends celebrities whoever. If anything you say or do and can't back it up with scripture, you are a liar and the truth is not in you. Rise of the true chosen.

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    Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel told FOX Sports Radio that he doesn't understand why gays have to flaunt their sexuality when asked about NBA center Jason Collins.

    Said Samuel:

    "Straight people are not announcing they're straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer...So that's just how I see it. That's my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don't have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I'm saying, we have kids out here, too."

    Samuel was asked about the remarks today on ESPN:

    He added: "I don't think it's something we have to express and let be known of what my sexuality preference is - just stick to sports....I don't want to teach my kids those things. I teach my kids God. You know, how God lives his life."

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