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    When you think of Russia, you usually picture Vladmir Putin topless riding a bear. Who woulda thought that you should also be picturing glittering night clubs with some great dance music. And to be more specific, dance music coming from Tesla Boy.
    Creating catchy electronic beats that get you doing a combination of fist pumping and grooving, the trio has proven that dance pop music in Russia exists. To further prove that, listen to their new single "M.C.H.T.E" The keyboard synths, percussion, and bass hit you in all of the right spots. And vocalist Anton Sevidov really has you believing that you're in a club not in the remote snow-ridden landscapes of Russia.
    Their latest single will be featured on their upcoming album The Universe Made Of Darkness coming out on May 21, 2013.
    Dance along to "M.C.H.T.E" below

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    Zayn Malik won't want to go to sleep around his girlfriend Perrie Edwards any more after she played a devious trick on him.

    The 19-year old Little Mix star gave her One Direction boyfriend a colourful manicure while he was in dreamland.

    No doubt when he saw the pretty design, Zayn, 20, thought he was stuck in a nail nightmare.

    Perrie was clearly pleased with her prank, tweeting a picture of her efforts through Little Mix's social networking account.

    'The perks of your boyfriend not waking up through anything. Pretty LM nails Zayn (; Perrie <3' she tweeted.

    Zayn was wearing a straw Trilby hat and had more than a 5 o'clock shadow covering his oblivious face.


    lol we know you he's a deep sleeper remember when the girl that had sex with your bf took pics of him when he was sleeping?

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    How I Met Your Mother has finally resolved its biggest mystery. At the end of the CBS series' eighth season finale on Monday night, it revealed its titular character. Spoilers ahead...

    Identified only as "woman with umbrella," the actress playing the mother and set to figure prominently in the series final seas in Cristin Milioti.

    More to come...


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    Just in time for Mother’s Day, Monica has confirmed that she is expecting her first child with husband and Phoenix Suns point guard Shannon Brown. The Still Standing singer announced the news via Instagram, posting a revealing photo of herself in a blue dress.

    “5months & counting,” she later tweeted.
    This isn’t the 32-year-old’s first baby. She has two sons from a previous relationship with rapper Rocko. Monica and Brown met in 2010. They wed two years later.

    The singer is currently prepping her eighth LP and follow-up to 2012′s New Life.

    awww congrats !!!

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    Star Trek's leading man—and the Men's Health June cover guy—is no flash in the pan

    He's a 32-year-old action movie star headlining two of Hollywood's biggest franchises, Star Trek into Darkness and Jack Ryan, but Chris Pine knows rejection. And dismissal. And paying his dues.

    As a kid, he was a talented baseball player, till one year "you're smaller than everyone else and striking out." While waiting for his Hollywood break, he worked a cash register at an L.A. bakery. He flubbed his initial Star Trek audition "as badly as you can imagine," and lost out to Sam Worthington for the role of Jake Sully in Avatar.

    And through all of that, he learned how to deal with the negative voices: "You either listen to the naysayers and fall into the pit of self-loathing, or you stay on the path and move forward," he says.

    So the 6'1'', 170-pound Pine moves forward into Darkness, the follow-up to J.J. Abrams' 2009 blockbuster that opens this week. This time, Pine says, there's "much more action, much, much more intensity; and a lot more fighting."

    Despite those action-star credentials, there's something completely disarming about the guy, whether he's evoking his memories of being a pimply faced loner in high school ("Even now, I'm better around people who are uncomfortable with themselves, the misfits") or answering a question about the last time he cried."I cry all the time—at work, at the shrink's, with my lady. The Notebook killed me. Up destroyed me. Up was like the animated Amour."

    And he's not afraid to ask for help, even turning to the original Capt. James T. Kirk, William Shatner.

    "Bill's head space is, 'Enjoy every interaction, suck the juice out of each experience, and grab life by the balls.' We can all learn from that."

    The deck's yours, Captain. Warp speed.

    Alternate cover:

    Sources: 12 (actual scans at second source)

    Honestly just an excuse to post this gif:

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    Leighton spent Mother's Day with friends and her TV mom Margaret Colin


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    We’ve been waiting for The Congress, the new film from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman, for what feels like a very long time. (In reality, only since 2009.) The film is loosely based upon a story by science fiction grandmaster Stanislaw Lem, but has been adapted to very specifically suit cinema.

    The live-action/animated hybrid features Robin Wright as an actress — actually as Robin Wright — whose career is being pronounced dead. And so she sells her likeness to a firm that uses her as a sample source. Wright playing a version of herself is already fairly strange, but then there are the ways that filmmakers use her likeness, which are really out there.

    We’ve seen glimpses of the film’s animation before, but what we see here is far beyond what we’ve had a look at in the past. The animation is beautiful, but it’s the combination of everything that makes this look like one of the most visually commanding movies of the year. Will the script be as compelling? Get a taste in the trailer below.

    There’s an interesting irony here, as in real life Wright’s career is in a great place right now, thanks to her commanding performance in the show House of Cards. Her career is anything but over; if anything, Wright is helping redefine what an actress can do as she gets out of what Hollywood would consider a woman’s prime years. It’s great to watch.

    The Congress premieres soon at Cannes. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti also have roles.

    A loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s “The Futurological Congress,” a 1971 black humour science fiction detailing the exploits of the hero of a number of his books, Ijon Tichy, as he visits the Eighth World Futurological Congress at the Costa Rica Hilton. The book is Lem’s take on the common sci-fi trope of an apparently Utopian future that turns out to be an illusion.


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    It’s been full steam ahead on Continuum season two so far, but this fourth episode, ‘Second Skin’ took some time to reflect on Keira’s current state of mind when she finds a fellow traveler from her own time. Elena was also transported back in the blast, but to 1975 instead of 2012, and Keira saw how happy her life could be if she decided to accept the present instead of wishing for a family who may never exist at all. Liber8 were also making a nuisance of themselves, but their parallel search for Elena’s misplaced suit took a back seat to Kiera’s more personal mission.

    To be honest, with everything else going on, I often find myself forgetting the important drive within her character – a desperate need to get home to her husband and son – so I was glad that the show hasn’t discarded this rather unique character trait. Young women in science-fiction don’t often get to have husbands, let alone children, so it’s refreshing to see the writers maintaining this despite the obvious temptation to get her romantically involved with the countless eligible bachelors on the show.

    Alec spend the hour trying desperately to establish a semblance of normality despite his 24-hour sidekick gig and the dark future as an evil genius that’s been hanging over him– not your average 18-year-olds worries – and he even manages to get coffee with a real-life girl at the end of the episode. Do we think that Emily is just what she seems? I hope so for the sake of Alec’s darkening soul, but am always suspicious of random love interests – there has to be something more to her if the show is spending precious time developing their relationship. This isn’t a soap opera, after all.

    We’re also introduced to Rex, a random sci-fi geek (I loved the wedding!) who comes into possession of Elena’s unused suit and, once he notices it’s unexplainable powers, starts to believe that he can become a hero himself. I thought there was just enough of his story to justify its presence amidst the main action and, while a lot of shows have tried this trick of putting an ordinary person in their already established world, I thought it was an interesting choice for Continuum to make the episode half-and-half, with Keira’s story only colliding with Rex’s at the last second.

    And I have to say that Rachel Nichols is still blowing me away every single week. The episode’s final moment, with Keira quietly grieving in Carlos’ arms, was really lovely and served to underline the distinctively platonic bond the two of them have. If the writers ever decide to have the partners develop romantic feelings for each other then I’m going to have to write an angry letter. My only wish for dear, loyal Carlos is that he’s clued in on the big secret this season. I’m almost certain that he’ll be an asset to Keira’s team once he knows everything, and I can’t see the show dragging this thread out for much longer without it becoming silly.

    What did you think of the episode? How long will Keira be able to dodge Gardiner’s questions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

    This season has been greatly lacking in Kellog so far.


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    Selena taking #selfies with her mom behind the scenes of her Dream Out Loud photo shoot.

    A source exclusively reveals to E! News that the star's pregnant mom, Mandy (37 years old), is expecting a baby girl.


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    Knowles, a music mogul whose wealth came primarily from years of managing his famous exotic dancer daughter's career, failed to properly pay Uncle Sam in 2010 and 2011.

    Matthew Knowles owes the IRS $1.2 million, according to a report.

    Apparently, Matthew Knowles had a bit of trouble paying his bills, bills, bills.

    The father and former manager of superstar Beyoncé owes the IRS over $1.2 million, TMZ reports.

    According to TMZ, the former Destiny's Child manager has to pay over $485,000 from 2010 and over $728,000 from 2011.

    Knowles, 62, faces a lien claiming he owes the government thousands from the past few years. According to the gossip site, the former Destiny's Child manager has to pay over $485,000 from 2010 and over $728,000 from 2011.

    Beyonce fired her father from his position as her manager in 2011.

    Knowles, a music mogul, managed Beyoncé's career up until 2011, when she decided to sever ties from her father shortly after his affair with "Scrubs" actress Alexsandra Wright.

    Though Beyoncé has said she is not estranged from her dad, the affair ended Knowles's 31-year marriage to Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles.
    Matthew was responsible for Beyonce's success, he did everything he could to carefully craft his daughter's career even going as far as adopting Beyonce's first daughter Solange whom Beyonce gave birth as a teenager.


    Family of thieves & plagiarists smh

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    Richard Armitage's Thorin make-over for The Hobbit

    Three hours in the make-up chair, ten test faces, a wig, a beard, some body padding, eight weeks of dwarf-walk training and $1.6 million worth of prosthetics.

    Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the JRR Tolkien/Peter Jackson-adapted The Hobbit, revealed to news.com.au the lengths it took to transform him into the King Under The Mountain.

    "Well it's my beard, which I'm growing back in time for the next lot of filming, the hair is a wig which strangely a lot of people don't realise, but the forehead the eyebrows and the nose are all prosthetics.

    "It takes about three hours to get ready - about an hour and a half for the face and 45 minutes for the hair. If we started shooting at eight o'clock we would have to be in the chair at 4.30am. That's over 270 film days.

    "Each piece had a price tag on it that would make you baulk. They cost about $2000 each, you only stick them on once because they’re so delicate, and once the day is over you throw them in the bin. I had a collection of Thorin's eyebrows stuck to the wall, each eyebrow hair had to be punched in by hand, and if you think that every single time it has to be identical, it's just a work of art. Our prosthetic artist would spend each night punching eyebrow hairs into the mould, being so meticulous about it. It's a whole new world of skill.”

    But the real question for Armitage, who won legions of fans thanks to his roles as Lucas North on Spooks and John Thornton in North & South, is: Why cover up such a delightful nose in the first place? It has, after all, inspired countless tumblr pages, websites and blog posts.

    "Do people really think that about my nose? I spent my whole life hating it so it's amusing that people like it!" Armitage said

    "When they started putting a big nose on me I was like, ‘Are you sure I really need this?’ I could have gotten away with not having it! But funnily enough at the end of the day, I'd pull the nose off and hold it there just to see what it looked like and my own nose looked so tiny, it was great."

    Noses and eyebrow hair aside, the role of Thorin is somewhat of a dream come true for Armitage, who had his eye on the film since inception.

    "It took them so long to get it off the ground, I remember watching the process and thinking, 'Oh I really want to be in The Hobbit', but it just didn't look like it was going to pull off. But then by 2010 I was on the radar, so I was so lucky that I managed to get a role."

    He likens getting into the character of Thorin to "marinating something - it slowly takes on flavour.

    "I started by reading the book again, obviously I'd read it as a kid but I read it again, and I searched for everything I could find about dwarves. When I got to New Zealand I shared my ideas with the crew, and once we put the costumes together to figure out how Thorin was going to look, I started to think about how he might sound, how he would walk, to start building on him.

    "We actually had an eight week training period where we learnt to walk like dwarves. It was a long process that I probably took for granted thinking it was easy, but now I've got to go back and start filming again, I'm sure I'll be walking around going, 'It didn’t seem this difficult last time!'"

    "I had a stunt double, I had a scale double, I had a riding double…My stunt double is a much better fighter than I am, but by the end of the shooting he'd kind of coached me so we could both do the same kinds of things.

    "Some of the big stunts, like where Bilbo falls off the mountain and Thorin has to jump down and nearly falls over, I did that one myself because my double was doing it and asked if I wanted to have a go and I was like, 'Yeah yeah, let me try!' And it's interesting because of the whole hero thing of actors doing their own stunts - I like to do it because it makes me get into the character even more and it means you've been through everything the character's been through and you feel closer to him. It's not about saying 'Oh I do my own stunts', it's about saying 'I am this character and I fight like this character and I feel like this character'.

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray, and production on the upcoming two films is still pretty hush-hush, with a suspected ten weeks of filming still to be done. But Armitage did let us in on what he's looking forward to.

    "The characters that I love from the book like Bard, I'm excited for them to come into play," he said.

    "I really want to see the elf kingdom - I've seen glimpses of it in terms of what they've built on the set, it looks amazing. And Mirkwood, I can't wait to see what Mirkwood looks like, I think it's going to be psychedelic - there's definitely going to be something interesting Peter's going to do with that. But I'm not supposed to tell you that - we'll all have to wait in anticipation."


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    In a recent interview with Billboard, 20-year-old phenom Demi Lovato talked X Factor and her album Demi (released May 10). She also revealed her distaste for songs about drinking and partying: “Maybe a couple years ago I would have loved it, but I’m not the same person I was a few years ago. Now when I listen to the radio, I can’t relate to a lot of it.” We’re glad to hear the rehab veteran is firmly on the up-and-up.

    When asked who she thought the next big star would be, Demi was unequivocal in her prediction:

    “Ariana Grande. She has vocals that are just unbelievable, and I have so much respect for her because she is a true singer. She’s someone that I feel like is going to have a long career because of her voice, and I think she’s going to be a huge name. She’s gonna be great.”

    Grande’s star was already firmly on the rise with a couple of hits under her belt, but this endorsement just might shoot her to the moon. Demi is, after all, a professional judge.


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    Gabourey Sidibe is officially the dirty 30 (as of May 6) and Wendy Williams invited the actress to plenty of dirty talk during her appearance on her talk show today. Wendy put the upcoming co-star of “American Horror Story” in her hot seat and didn’t waste any time getting turning up the heat with four degrees of questions. By the time Wendy got to the 40 degree mark, she hit Gabourey with this interesting quest into her thoughts on her former male co-stars: “Out of all of your former co-stars — Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Lenny Kravitz — who would you marry, who would you sleep with, and who would you run over with your car?” Here’s what Gabby said:

    “I would marry Lenny Kravitz because I feel like he’s a good strong Christian man – with his own island. I’d probably sleep with Eddie Murphy, but I’d wrap it up because he’s fertile. And I guess I’d hit Colin Ferrell with my car—nothing personal but I don’t know him like that.”

    Poor Colin Ferrell, he wasn’t even supposed to be in the discussion. But more importantly, Eddie Murphy?? To be fair, it’s not like Gabby had the best choices to begin with, but I think I would’ve had to choose Lenny Kravitz twice, or switch my answers around. I’m pretty sure Eddie could buy his own island if he wanted to too. But, shout out to Gabby for the safe sex plug. Always gotta wrap it up.

    Something you ladies might be able to relate with more is the answer Gabourey gave for her 100 degree question of who she would have a one-night stand with. The answer? Ryan Gosling. Good luck with that, she might have to fight off a few hundred thousand people to get to that one, including Eva Mendes.

    link: http://youtu.be/3bD2dlyD-TM


    Adorable <3 haters, keep projecting

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    Mark Ballas and Aly Raisman perform Afro-Jazz on Dancing with the Stars. If that sounds like a trainwreck...

    Fast forward to 3:37 to skip the intro and go straight to the dance.

    (When the nicest thing you can say about the following routine is, "Well, at least they weren't in blackface," you know there's a problem.)

    And remember, here's Mark's own description of Afro-Jazz: "[It's] a lot of shaking and jumping and acting like a monkey. Jumping around."


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    There's an unspoken agreement between moviegoers and filmmakers who make safe, mainstream fare: If the former gives the latter's work a look, the latter won't do anything to disrupt the viewers' emotions beyond the norm. There may be some laughs, some jolts, and possibly a tear or two, but nothing that will leave any permanent scars.

    Then there are those directors who don't care about that agreement. They want to leave marks.

    It's those moments in a movie where people either cover their eyes, peek through open fingers to catch a cautious glimpse, or stare at the screen in disbelief, as if a freight train is pushing toward them and they're frozen in fear. It can be a scene marked by such intense violence that it's nauseating, a conversation so uncomfortable you can't handle the second-hand embarrassment, or some other heinous exhibitions of mankind's darkest impulses.

    Whatever the case, they don't get much more aggressive than what's seen in the 50 most hard-to-watch scenes in movie history. Consider this the all-encompassing cousin of last month's collection of traumatic dog death scenes.

    BEWARE OF SPOILERS. (Also possibly NSFW/L)

    5. Snip-Snip

    Movie: Antichrist (2009)
    Director: Lars von Trier
    Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Lars von Trier has publicly stated that he made 2009's Antichrist in a state of deep personal depression—hence why he goes out of his way to convey extreme discomfort and a downbeat mood throughout a film about a husband and wife mourning the accidental death of their infant son. Willingly viewing Antichrist—which we highly recommend you do—is an artsy way of bashing your nerves into mush, without the physical exertion.

    During Antichrist's darkest section, "He" (Willem Dafoe) and "She" (Charlotte Gainsbourg) hurt themselves and each other, but She takes the prize for the film's most unwatchable act of self-abuse. With a pair of rusty scissors in hand, She removes her clitoris during an intense round of masturbation.

    4. The Most Terrible Shooting

    Movie:Benny's Video (1992)
    Director: Michael Haneke
    Stars: Arno Frisch, Angela Winkler, Ulrich Mühe

    Part of Michael Haneke's project is to make cinematic violence grueling. Benny's Video accomplishes this through duration.

    In the film's violent centerpiece, a young boy shoots his friend with a bolt pistol. She falls to the ground. She is not dead, and begins to crawl. Haneke shoots with the camera in a fixed position, with no music. The girl crawls out of the frame, but the camera doesn't pan to follow. Her last moments, then, are conveyed totally through the terrible sounds she makes while dying.

    As is the case in many of the most traumatic film experiences, what you don't see is most powerful.

    3. Baby Removal

    Movie:Inside (2007)
    Director: Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
    Stars:Béatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nathalie Roussel

    It's a moment so gruesome, so get-the-fuck-out-of-here, that there's not a single still image available online. Our guess: No one wanted to stomach the scene again to freeze-frame a snapshot. We can't blame them-proving that writers/directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are fearless and crazy bastards, the deservedly cult-beloved French knockout Inside's climax is the culmination of 70 minutes' worth of "They're not going to go there" speculation. And then they do.

    The film's premise is rather straightforward: An enigmatic and psychotic woman, dressed in all black, breaks into a grieving pregnant lady's home on Christmas Eve night to steal the unborn baby from her stomach. And she's armed with scissors for the majority of the movie's running time. And she hacks her way through the homeowner's mother, boss, three police officers, and one arrestee. But then, she's just left with poor Sarah (Alysson Paradis), though she's not going to actually cut Sarah's belly open, right?

    Viewers' jaws, already smacking the floor from Inside's previous oh-shit moments of gore, uncontrollably slink even lower once the intruder starts a-snipping; cutting Sarah's stomach open like a pumpkin, the psycho chick pulls the fetus out of the now-dead Sarah, and Maury and Bustillo show the whole thing, steady cam and all. Just one of the many reasons why Inside is arguably the best horror movie of the last 10 years.

    2. The Final Montage of Murder

    Movie:Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, (1975)
    Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Stars:Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

    You've read about Salo's nauseating "shit eating" scene already—now it's time for Pier Paolo Pasolini's main event of unapologetic sadism.

    As if the captive teenagers haven't endured enough by the end of Pasolini's film (e.g., fecal dinner, sodomy, and other forms of extreme humiliation), the older Italian fascists decide to finally and unmercifully end the remaining kids' lives in a grand finale montage that will test the endurance of even the most thick-skinned viewers. Don't think just because you lasted through both The Human Centipede movies that you're too tough for Salo's climax—you really aren't prepared.

    As the monstrous libertines watch with the at-ease pleasure of golf fans watching an 18-hole competition, the teenagers are offed slowly, painfully, and altogether horrifically. One gets his tongue cut out; another, her eyes. Others get scalped. All suffer tremendously. Anyone who's brave enough to keep watching loses his or her appetite for days.

    1. Le Tenia

    Movie:Irréversible (2002)
    Director: Gaspar Noé
    Stars: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel

    Told backwards, extreme French auteur Gaspar Noé's Irréversible depicts the aftermath of the most brutal rape scene in all of cinema. Clocking in at nearly 11 minutes long, the unbearably savage sequence is the film's cruel centerpiece. Shot in one unbroken take, the crime is committed in an underground walkway lit red, like everything is occurring behind a wall of blood. Monica Bellucci, who plays the victim, is something like a performance artist for her work here.

    Is it worth it? That's up the viewer.

    Full 50 at the Source

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  • 05/13/13--20:42: A Star Reborn: Sky Ferreira
  • “Pop comes in waves. The past five have been about Rihanna, Lady Gaga… [but] the new wave will take over, and I’d like to think [I’m part of it].”

    Clash spoke to Californian singer Sky Ferreira for its current issue – available here– about her delayed emergence as a pop force, and how her star is likely to ascend to new heights with the overdue release of her debut album, ‘I’m Not Alright’.

    Candid about her previous (relative) missteps on the road to musical recognition, including an aborted contract with Parlophone, Ferreira has seen her career take rewarding but distracting tangents.

    She’s dabbled in modeling and acting – with no little success – but now it’s clear that music is her focus, as this excerpt from our exclusive interview outlines.

    - - -

    As the in-house chemistry at Parlophone disintegrated the teenage dream stalled, and by the time she was 17, Sky had two shelved records, “pretty much no self esteem whatsoever”, and an otherwise atypical teenage identity crisis magnified by the pressures of fame, failure and a pointed sense of isolation.

    She describes drifting aimlessly until she made a break from her hometown of Los Angeles to New York City, where she slept on friends’ sofas and in “roach-infested” rooms she found on Craigslist.

    This is where she re-figured herself and got down to writing the ‘As If!’ and ‘Ghost’ EPs with friends-turned-collaborators Devonte Hynes, Ariel Rechtshaid and Jon Brion: up all night in conversation rather than under instruction.

    Looking back, she insists that it renewed a steely sense of conviction that she’s always had.

    “I always knew I wanted to write pop music, but I’ve come to realise that the process of getting there is as much a part of the dream as having my own album in my hands, y’know? I fell hard but when people say things like ‘You only get one chance’, that’s not true.”

    Her hopes are pinned on that second chance as, now at 20, she’s recorded the debut she feels she could only have written after such a prolonged, determined effort.

    The mention of it however still turns her skin to rice paper: “I feel like I'm transitioning into an adult with so many eyes on me. It makes me uncomfortable, but I do my best to write about that discomfort, so I can simplify it in a way.


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    Songwriters, producers and artists were honored for their contributions to music over the past year at the SESAC Pop Awards ceremony at the New York Public Library tonight, including Miguel, Melanie Fiona…and Danja.

    I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the event, and so, attend I did.

    Of course, being the loyal and devoted Britney stan that I am, there was only one mission on my mind upon learning that the unstoppable Danja was in the building: Blackout 2.0. (Well, aside from freaking out to Michelle Williams about her follow-up to Unexpected and telling her how much I love “Hello Heartbreak,” but more on that for another time).

    At some point, Danja began making his way down the red carpet, so I immediately sprung into action (read: calmly drifted over to ask for to interview and then patiently awaited my turn.) As it turns out, Mr. Danja is both very tall and very pleasant. He exuded confidence, and seemed like like the kind of person who could, say, encourage someone to step into a recording booth and sensually whisper the words: “It’s Britney, bitch.”

    After discussing the night’s events briefly and SHAKING THE VERY HAND THAT CRAFTED “GIMME MORE,” I finally launched into stan mode and popped the nagging question.

    “Blackout was a masterpiece. What’s going on with Blackout 2.0?”

    He laughed, nodded and said:

    “I’m with everybody else. I want to make it happen. I’ve been in the studio creating for her. We haven’t got in yet, we’re just collecting songs and creating an energy. There’s been a lot of conversation and a lot of talk. I don’t know when the next [Blackout] is going to be, but I believe there’s going to be another one.”

    And there you have it: Nothing too new, but a gentle reassurance that B’s still on his brain.

    Wut are your waiting, you flop, you should be sweet talking will.i.am already into letting you be part of the album!!!

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    MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.

    We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

    My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

    Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average.

    Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.

    On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.

    But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.

    My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a “nipple delay,” which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple.

    Two weeks later I had the major surgery, where the breast tissue is removed and temporary fillers are put in place. The operation can take eight hours. You wake up with drain tubes and expanders in your breasts. It does feel like a scene out of a science-fiction film. But days after surgery you can be back to a normal life.

    Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant. There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful.

    I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.

    It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

    I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.

    For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.

    I acknowledge that there are many wonderful holistic doctors working on alternatives to surgery. My own regimen will be posted in due course on the Web site of the Pink Lotus Breast Center. I hope that this will be helpful to other women.

    Breast cancer alone kills some 458,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. It has got to be a priority to ensure that more women can access gene testing and lifesaving preventive treatment, whatever their means and background, wherever they live. The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women.

    I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be will able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.

    Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of


    I tried my best with the bolding, but I'm terrible at picking out important parts.

    EDIT: decided to take out the bolding. it's a really great and important (and not very long) read :)

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