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- 06/02/13--07:27: Hypocritical Hallyu: International Fans And K-Pop Fandom
- 06/02/13--07:51: Jim Carrey Accused of Being a Douche
- 06/02/13--07:52: Trina Braxton ---- DIVORCING
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“American Horror Story” is still casting its web for new characters. The FX miniseries is currently working on its third season, “Coven,” and we’ve got the latest scoop on a new addition to the cast.
With a mix of series newcomers and season one and two vets set to star in season three, fans have been curious as to the lack of confirmed male actors. The only official male signed on for “Coven” is currently “American Horror Story” veteran Evan Peters, but, according to TV Line, that won’t be for too much longer.
“The show is currently casting the role of Hank, the handsome, blue-collar husband of one of the witchy women (given his thirtysomething age, I’m guessing either Lily Rabe or Sarah Paulson),” TV Line teased.
While nothing more is known about Hank, the Twitter account of Sarah Paulson may hint at a possible actor for the role. On May 22, Paulson tweeted, “Hey @JAugustRichards I can’t wait to work with YOU again!!”
Paulson’s tweet was actually a response to “Angel” alum J. August Richard’s tweet on May 21. Richards tweeted, “I can’t wait to work with @MsSarahPaulson again ...!!!” He appeared to be trying to cover up his tracks by replying, “@MsSarahPaulson Sorry, so random. But so REAL!” Paulson replied, “I feel the same way!”
We can’t be sure that Richards is joining the cast of “American Horror Story,” but we do know that the pair previously worked together in a 2010 episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The episode, “The Time Warp,” featured Paulson as young Ellis Grey and Richards as young Richard Webber.
Richards is currently tied to the new Joss Whedon TV show, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” If he does join the cast, he will be playing alongside other “American Horror Story” newcomersEmma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe and Kathy Bates. Returning cast members include Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Paulson and Rabe.
“American Horror Story: Coven” is set to premiere in October on FX. Do you think Richards is joining the third season? Read the full tweets between Richards and Paulson below:
Add Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum to the list of hot Hollywood parents! The couple welcomed their first child together in London on Thursday, May 30, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm. The bundle of joy's gender is not yet known.
Tatum, 33, and Dewan-Tatum, 32, announced they were expecting their first child in December. The couple met on the set of Step Up in 2006, and tied the knot in July 2009.
Throughout the pregnancy, the parents-to-be maintained their busy work schedules. "We're going to actually have the baby in London while I'm shooting, and then there will be no downtime whatsoever after that," Tatum told Ryan Seacrest in an interview about filming Jupiter Ascending in the UK.
Production of Tatum's new film is set to move to Chicago in July, and his wife will begin work on her fall Lifetime series, Witches of East End, in Vancouver around the same time.
"The baby will get top billing as far as priorities go," a source tells Us. "Channing is going to be the most adorable hands-on daddy ever and do whatever is necessary to make sure Jenna can balance it all."
The K-popiverse was hit with some disturbing rumors this afternoon: an international fan of male megaband EXO, who have finally made a much-anticipated and long-awaited comeback with their single “Wolf,” reported via Twitter that she and a number of other international fans — many of whom had made a lengthy journey and waited for upwards of 12 hours outdoors — were denied entrance to EXO’s comeback stage taping for M! Countdown. According to the fan, who traveled to South Korea from Europe, international fans were singled out by M! Countdown staff and made to stand in a separate line behind Korean fans, regardless of who had been waiting the longest. Her final tweet stated that international fans were “kicked out” out of the EXO comeback stage on the grounds that they were “not Korean.”
It’s important to note that these events are (at least at the time of this writing) difficult to confirm. Competing accounts suggest that not all international fans were made to leave or singled out, and it’s hard to say with absolute certainty that what this fan (and other international fans) experienced was, in fact, an act of discrimination. This writer was certainly not there, and therefore I present to you the story without comment on its veracity. However, to be completely honest, it wouldn’t surprise me the least if it turned out to be true. The reason? There does indeed seem to be a very large disconnect between the purported global aims of Hallyu, the Korean Wave, and the way that international K-pop fans are treated within K-pop fandoms. Specifically, despite the fact that K-pop companies are (and for the past few years, have been) essentially falling all over themselves to attract more interest from the farthest corners of the globe, when it comes to official K-pop fandom, international fans are, for the most part, just plain unwelcome and need not apply.
“But no, Dana!” You say, twisting the knot on the end of your specially colored fan balloon (which has long since deflated, much as has the optimism of international K-pop fans), “[insert celebrity's name here] is TOTALLY grateful for his/her international fans!! He/she said so at [insert name of concert held in non-Korean city]!!!!”
Well, sure, and I don’t doubt that he/she did say that — and for once, he/she probably meant it, too. International fans have become absolutely critical to both sustaining the monstrously huge K-pop machine and allowing it grow even further. The Korean domestic market is comparatively tiny, and by expanding their artists’ and groups’ fan bases to encompass increasingly lucrative markets across Asia and beyond, Korean entertainment companies have lined their pockets — and to a lesser extent, their idols’ pockets — with foreign capital. Make no mistake, idols and the companies that own them are totally grateful for their international fans because they have made them all the more wealthy. The problem, as it turns out, is that they seem to be rather uninterested in anything except the money that these fans can provide — and when you’re hawking something like Hallyu, this is going to snowball pretty quickly. The reason? If international K-pop fans cannot equitably participate in K-pop fandom as can their domestic Korean counterparts, then all of that warm, culturally inclusive language associated with the expansion of K-pop (and other K-entertainment products) more broadly winds up being utterly meaningless and grossly contradictory.
First, let’s talk fandoms. What does it mean to be in a K-pop fandom? Is it buying your favorite group’s albums, watching all of their performances, and occasionally spazzing about them on the internet with other like-minded people? Is it simply self-identifying as a S♥NE, a VIP, a Panda, a Baby? While these things all constitute fan practice, fans are doubtless aware of the importance that official K-pop fan clubs have in allowing fans to take full advantage of their dedication to a particular group.
Fan club membership is something of a golden ticket to cardholders that allows holders the best access to the fandom and the idols themselves; without it, the likelihood that one can participate in any public events related to the idol group in question is slim. Depending on which fan club one is a member of, membership benefits vary; occasionally membership will involve the annual distribution of free gifts, books, or magazines. However, fan club membership almost universally allows members priority access to a number of different events and concerts affiliated with the idol group in question. In regards to non-concert events, oftentimes only fan club members will be invited to fan meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and special concerts; without the card, these events are off-limits. Possessing a fan club card, then, essentially gives fans the greatest opportunity to see and interact with their favorite idol stars. Fans without these cards are left to take what they can get, though often it is not much.
Clearly, fan club membership is hugely important in allowing fans to have the optimal fan experience, to cultivate a richer and more intimate relationship with the fandom and to participate fully in activities intended to support the idols themselves — which, given the fact that fan dedication is essentially coterminous with how many trophies a group can win during a promotional period, is ostensibly what any truly devoted fan would want. However, there is one teensy, tiny problem with official fan clubs as they pertain to international fans — in most cases, they either aren’t allowed to join or have to jump through an inordinate number of hoops that their Korean counterparts do not in order to realize the full benefits of membership.
The following chart outlines the way various fan clubs deal with international fans (note that all prices are listed in KRW).
As we can see, very few fan clubs permit international fans to join. For example, fan club applicants to any fan club for SM Entertainment artists generally must have a Korean Social Security number (chumin tŭngnok pŏnho, 주민 등록 번호) in order to apply. This makes it effectively impossible for international K-pop fans to join official fan clubs for some of K-pop’s most famous idol groups, including SNSD, DBSK, Super Junior, and SHINee. International fans may be able to skirt around this requirement by joining a fan club with an Alien Registration Card (waegukin tŭngnok pŏnho, 왜국인 등록 번호), but these are only obtainable if one holds a visa and resides in South Korea for a significant amount of time – and upon return to one’s country of origin, it is taken away and invalidated as one passes through airport security, making it difficult for fans who have joined fan clubs to renew once a year. Though SM Entertainment has created a few official Japanese counterparts to Korean fan clubs (DBSK, for example, maintains a fairly large Japanese fan club called BigEast), fans in other parts of the world are essentially out of luck.
What of fan clubs that do not require Korean Social Security numbers? Theoretically speaking, international fans should be able to join these clubs; however, most of these charge international fans a much higher membership fee than is charged to Korean citizens (four-member female idol group 2NE1’s fan club Blackjack charges Korean fans 15,000 KRW, but international fans must pay 40,000 KRW). The fee is exacerbated by the fact that wire transfers to Korean banks also cost a significant sum of money. The financial burden becomes particularly onerous when one considers that the majority of fans that might like to join a fan club are children or adolescents that might have little pocket money to spare.
Another interesting thing to note is that many clubs generally also require membership in fan cafes before applying for fan club membership. In order to join any Internet café, one generally must first have an account with one of South Korea’s large search portals; most Internet cafes are hosted by either Daum or Naver, which are two of South Korea’s most popular news websites and search engines. Registering with Daum or Naver is theoretically open to everyone, regardless of whether or not one is a Korean citizen, but the registration process for those who are not in possession of a Korean Social Security number or Alien Registration Card is written entirely in Korean and thus may be difficult for non-Korean language speakers or those who do not have access to proper translation services.
However, even if an international fan manages to register with Daum or Naver and join a fan cafe (thanks to the plethora of tutorials available in a number of languages), they will likely to find it difficult to rise in the ranks within the fan cafe to the point where they will be permitted to join a fan club (new members in any fan cafe often have to pass a test of their knowledge of the idol group in question in order to achieve the “level” at which they could be considered for fan club membership, and even after all of that, they must demonstrate consistent participation and the contribution of original content to the fan cafe — a nearly impossible feat for anyone who doesn’t speak Korean or isn’t located in South Korea). The decks, quite frankly, are plainly stacked against international fans no matter how one rolls the dice.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s a very obvious contradiction between the purportedly globally inclusive pro-Hallyu rhetoric so often associated with K-pop and the discriminatory reality that most international fans encounter when attempting to participate meaningfully in K-pop fandom. Korean entertainment companies really could not be more blatant at this point in their obvious pandering to international audiences; it seems one can’t open any K-pop-related news outlet without hearing of some idol or group making plans to advance into a foreign market or getting a love call from a foreign producer. Similarly, the number of international showcases held has grown exponentially in the past few years, and K-pop groups are increasingly targeting more untapped sites in Europe and the Americas for concerts. Even SM Entertainment’s eyebrow-raising decision to hold auditions in Kazakhstan is indicative of how “inclusive” Korean entertainment companies are prepared to be in their pursuit of ever more global interest and attention. However, the reward that international fans receive for providing their beloved idols with interest and attention is their unceremonious expulsion from participating in any sort of official fan activity — without which, it bears repeating, an international fan’s hopes of getting the greatest access to his or her favorite stars is severely diminished.
The current structure of fan culture in South Korea is completely inconsistent with the purported aims of the Korean Wave, which ostensibly seems geared towards encouraging foreign participation in Korean culture. International fans of Korean cultural products seem to be involved in a fickle, one-sided relationship with K-pop: while K-pop wants to earn their affections, it has stopped quite short of returning them. Whether or not this will change in the future remains to be seen, but this writer does wonder how much longer international fans’ collective patience will hold out. As incidents like the rumored wholesale removal of foreign fans from EXO’s M! Countdown stage become more commonplace and showcase growing global dissatisfaction with the way the Korean Wave seems to hold international fans at arm’s length, the Hallyu landscape will doubtless be affected — and it falls to Korean entertainment companies (and really, even the artists themselves) to deeply reflect on what, exactly, a more multicultural Hallyu will mean for the future of K-pop.
Singer, X Factor judge and teenage botox advocate Charice finally broke her silence amid speculations about her sexual preference. In an exclusive interview with Boy Abunda on "The Buzz" that aired on Sunday, the former Glee star admitted that she is lesbian. "Opo, tomboy po ako," she said. ("Yes, I'm a lesbian").
Charice also broke down as she apologized to her family and fans who are disappointed by her coming out, while thanking those who continue to support her.
Charice in 2010
Charice in 2013
First post! Whoops - fixed the cut fail. Also forgot to write that I'm proud of her! The Philippines is still a very conservative country.
Jim Carrey is being painted as a bad boss who doesn't take care of the people who work at his famous NYC art studio ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.
Carrey -- who launched his Church of FFC art studio back in 2011 -- was fined by the Workers' Compensation Board of the State of NY for failing to carry workers' comp insurance for all of 2012.
According to documents filed in NY state court ... the WCB hit Carrey with a bill for $72,000 ... but Carrey never forked over the dough ... so the WCB has gone to court to try to collect the cash.
A rep for Carrey tells TMZ, "This is a clerical error on their part and will be cleared up immediately."
FYI -- this ain't Carrey's first legal issue involving the art studio ... back in '11, he got into a war with city officials, who kept trying to paint over his "street art" on the front wall of his studio.
I don't really follow Jim Carrey's career or personal life, but isn't he already pretty well-known as a douche?
"Braxton Family Values" star Trina Braxton can't un-break her marriage ... the reality star finally pulled the trigger on her divorce from philandering husband Grabriel Adrian-Solis, TMZ has learned.
Toni Braxton's sister filed divorce docs in Georgia court claiming her marriage was irretrievably broken. Trina and Gabriel tied the knot in August 2003, separated in March 2013, and are currently living in separate pads.
It's not exactly a shock -- the duo suffered from a slew of marital problems, including infidelity. Gabriel has admitted to cheating on Trina with numerous women in the past and Trina admitted to cheating on Gabriel -- all of which played out on their reality TV show.
As for the nuts and bolts of it all ... Trina says she'll try to work out a financial agreement with her estranged husband to divvy up their assets (and debts) as calmly as possible. She's asking for a total divorce, claiming there's no hope for reconciliation.
Alison Mosshart can't believe she's created something you can "actually" wear on your body.
The Kills frontwoman has teamed up with streetwear label Surface to Air to create her dream item of clothing. Putting pen to paper has left Alison wondering whether she will try her hand at more fashion ventures in the future. "Let's just see how this goes," she said to Style.com.
"I'm really happy it's coming out, and I really hope people like it. It's pretty cool to see something you drew on hotel stationery turn into an actual thing you can wear on your body."
The star is famed for her cool style and often steps out in a biker jacket. Alison, 34, took inspiration from her ideal fashion piece while designing. "I live in a leather jacket and a T-shirt," she explained. "But I wanted the leather jacket I didn't have. I've been looking for a biker fringe '70s jacket with an '80s cut and skinny arms, and I can never find it." Now, the star has seen her perfect coat come to life.
The $1,200 jacket also has a star-studded collar and a colorful lining. "I knew exactly what I wanted, and I just drew it," she smiled. "I love when you can open up a sleeve and push it away from your wrist, so I was aware that the inside would be showing quite a bit."
Along with the leather jacket, Alice has also designed a black and white T-shirt for the label
What's ur favorite item, ontd?
Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, and Lala Anthony pose for a photo after a long filming day (May 31, 2013) on set of "Think Like A Man Too" in Las Vegas.
Screen Gems has started production on Think Like a Man Too. In the sequel to the hit comedyThink Like a Man, which was inspired by Steve Harvey's best-selling book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man," all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.
The film stars La La Anthony, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Gary Owen and Gabrielle Union, who all return and reprise their original roles. Adam Brody, Wendi McLendon-Covey and David Walton join the cast. Tim Story (Think Like a Man, Fantastic Four, Barbershop) returns to direct the sequel.
Will Packer (Think Like a Man, Obsessed, Takers) returns to produce via his Rainforest Films banner. "We're excited to follow these beloved characters into the next chapter. The first movie was about our couples coming together. This one is a fun romp which explores whether these relationships can survive against the backdrop of Vegas," says Packer.
Keith Merryman & David A. Newman (Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits) return to write the screenplay. Steve Harvey, Rob Hardy and Rushion McDonald return as executive producers. Think Like a Man Too is scheduled for release on June 20, 2014.
Sources: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=104831; http://statigr.am/lala
I really hope that the sequel is as good or better than the original. Who's your favorite couple? I liked all of them, but Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) and Dominic (Michael Ealy) had the best chemistry.
TULISA is today sensationally exposed as a drug fixer who set up an £800 cocaine deal.
The former X Factor judge, 24, was caught by The Sun as she arranged for a pal to supply half an ounce of the Class A drug. Cocky Tulisa said of the friend: “Whatever you want, he’s got it."
Tulisa has previously claimed she is a role model for young fans and that she turned her back on drugs at 14.
But during our investigation the glamorous star showed off the seedy side she hides from teenage fans — by bragging about her drug links.
“Half the guys I know are drug dealers. One’s a massive cocaine dealer. He’s my best friend. He’s a gangster — he’s my gangster.”
The N-Dubz star’s shock admission came before she set up an £800 cocaine deal and contrasts vividly with her carefully-crafted public image. She has claimed she is now not only a role model for young fans but “an inspiration for Broken Britain”.
Yet she asked our reporters: “Do you want weed? I’m going to speak to this guy. Whatever you want he’s got it.” When we double checked if drugs other than cannabis were available, she replied: “Anything — cocaine.”
She said she did not take cocaine herself but confirmed she did arrange supplies for pals.
Wearing a figure-hugging black dress, the multi-millionaire casually scrolled through numbers on her mobile phone and explained how she uses a secret code to order drugs from a dealer. She said: “We talk in lingo. Like we know what. I can’t call him and go, ‘Have you got any?’ I’ll say, ‘Hi, have you got any sweets? And he’ll be like, ‘Um, how many sweets do you want?’
“And I’ll say, ‘Oh just a nice bag of sweets.’ And he goes, ‘How big a bag?’ I’ll say maybe like ‘Four sweets’ — and I’m referring to what he knows is what. Like we have a whole lingo.”
Tulisa then showed us the text she had sent. It read: “Hi at the mo bruv, I need some sweets.” She said “white sweets” meant cocaine and “green sweets” meant cannabis. She said: “He’ll go, ‘What kind of sweets do you want?’ And I’ll go, ‘I want the green sweets,’ or I’ll go — not for me because I don’t do it, but for my mates — I’ll go, ‘I want the white sweets,’ and then he gets it. And it’s all codes.”
Tulisa called the dealer. She asked: “Have you got anyone that can get me sweets? White sweets?”
She then told us he had abruptly ended the call and added: “He just said to me, ‘My phone’s being tapped. End of conversation’.”
Days later in a phone call we mentioned plans for a night out and asked: “You know you mentioned you might be able to get some white sweets?”
She replied: “Oh right, yeah. Definitely on the day. What I’ll do, I can definitely sort it — just got to make some more calls.” We promised to keep the deal under wraps and she laughed: “I don’t think it would sound too good if Tulisa was off finding white sweets!”
She went on: “I have a number for a very good friend of mine to call when you would like your white sweets. He will sort you out immediately.
“You just say, ‘Hi, it’s Tulisa’s friend and I’m calling about white sweets for me.’ That’s all you have to say.” She also texted us saying: “I have the number for u to call of my good friend that will sort u out.” She sent us the phone number for part-time rapper Mike GLC.
He and Tulisa have been close for years and were recently spotted hugging tenderly after a night out. Last week he accompanied Tulisa to Marbella after she split from Newcastle footballer Danny Simpson.
When our reporter rang GLC, he said: “She said you were looking for something ain’t ya? What was the amount you wanted exactly?”
We ordered four or five “white sweets” — four or five grams of cocaine — but he said he supplied only wholesale quantities.
He said he could sell half an ounce for £800 and insisted: “It’s top of the line.” Within hours he was at our suite at Mayfair’s Dorchester hotel, pulling out a large plastic bag from a sock and sliding it across the table. He demanded £820, including a delivery charge (lol - op).
He then boasted: “I’m going to Marbella with Tulisa on Friday.
“We’ve been close friends for many years. She’s like a little sister. But we go Friday.
“But what I can do for you is I’ve got my guys down here so while I’m away and you need something just contact me, yeah, so I can arrange it.”
GLC showed off photos of himself with Tulisa at a surprise birthday party she organised for him at the plush Whisky Mist club.
We sent the drugs to a lab, which found the bag weighed 13.95 grams and consisted of cocaine mixed with benzocaine and tetramisole.
Tulisa has hit it rich despite a troubled upbringing on a tough North London estate. Her mother Anne was diagnosed with psychiatric problems including bipolar disorder which led to her being sectioned when Tulisa was five.
Anne returned to the family home only for Tulisa’s father to walk out on them when she was 14. Tulisa suffered bullying and depression.
She left school without qualifications and admitted falling in with a bad crowd, taking drugs and stealing. She said: “I smoked weed when I was a kid and got into fights.” But she has since stressed her clean-cut credentials in a series of interviews orchestrated by highly-paid advisers.
Promoting her biography, Tulisa Honest, she insisted: “I stopped and I’ve never touched anything else since and never will.”
She also accepted she was a role model for young fans, saying: “Why am I a role model? Because I have been myself. I’m an inspiration for Broken Britain.”
In the book she wrote: “I didn’t want to be seen as a negative role model for young kids. I felt like I had a responsibility to behave in a certain way.”
In a book about N-Dubz she warned: “You never know how drugs will affect you. In my opinion, stay away.”
Tulisa — who pocketed £1million from her X Factor stint — has cashed in on her youth appeal. She has her own brand of perfume, called The Female Boss after her nickname, and her own clothing range aimed at teenagers.
Last year she bought a £6million five-bedroom home in Hertfordshire.
Our dossier on Tulisa and her drug contacts has been handed to the Metropolitan Police. A spokesman said: “We have received information concerning the alleged supply of illegal drugs at a central London location. We are considering the information.”
video at the source
I can't believe how she put the GLC person's business out there, chances are he is going to jail. While she will get a slap on the wrist and go on to reinvent herself on some reality show.
Could it be? Did a random fan at Beyonce's Norway concert this week manage to collect more details about the singer's mysterious next album than what the rest of us know?
Olivia Krantz, a concertgoer who participated in a meet-and-greet with Beyonce, posted a blog entry in which she relayed her encounter with the diva and asked her when the the album would be out.
"Everything went so fast that I could only say that I love 'Grown Woman' and ask her when her album is coming," the fan wrote. "'In November' was her answer before her gaze drifted to the next fan. Got a faint feeling that she disliked the question."
Whether these claims are legitimate is yet to be seen, but if so, it would be the closest we've gotten to any concrete details regarding Beyonce's fifth album. The singer has debuted a few songs -- "Bow Down,""Standing on the Sun" and "Grown Woman" -- but remained elusive in pinpointing an official release date for the entire effort. In the meantime, she's left to battle with H&M over questionable Photoshop maneuvers and squash the ongoing pregnancy rumors that have sent the Internet into a tizzy.
Well, that's awkward. On Saturday night, judges crowned Ontario's Denise Garrido, 26, the new Miss Universe Canada out of 57 contestants. The next morning, they admitted that they had made a mistake in tabulating the scores and stripped her of her crown. The real winner was Riza Santos, 26, of Calgary.
"It was quite a surprise," Santos told Yahoo! Shine of her delayed victory in a phone interview. "It's only starting to sink in now." Santos says that she and Garrido haven't communicated yet, but that the two have know each other since 2008 and Garrido crowned her Miss Canada World in 2011. "I think it's unfortunate and hard to handle but she's been very gracious and handling it very well."
The first winner, Denise Garrido:
Speaking with Breakfast Television on Tuesday, queen-for-a-day Garrido said she suspected something was amiss when she was called into an unscheduled meeting Sunday. "My heart was starting to sink and when the error was announced, I was in a daze." She added, her voice shaking, "It was absolutely surreal. This fairy-tale-slash-nightmare happened within 24 hours."
Garrido says she's trying to see the positive in a difficult situation. "I've grown a lot from this experience," she told Yahoo! Shine in a phone interview. "It was a challenge at the time and was shocking to me...but it could be a great story for women everywhere. I had that moment of being Miss Universe, but not for a whole year. It's not going to change by me feeling like a victim."
As of Tuesday, the contest's website, Beauties of Canada, still referenced Garrido as the winner of the pageant in a blog post. A follow-up post corrected the mistake, listing the "final results" with Santos as the queen.
The new winner, Riza Santos:
A statement on the site explains how the error occurred: "During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurs the following day), a typo was discovered in the top 5 entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition. This is the first instance of this type of error in the 11 years that Beauties of Canada (BOC) has produced the Miss Universe Canada pageant."
Beauties of Canada also issued an apology to Garrido: "We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results. Miss Garrido's example and grace represents all we look for at Miss Universe Canada. We have no doubt she will continue to succeed in her endeavors and we wish her well."
Garrido, who said it has been her dream to win Miss Universe since she was a little girl, has been managing her disappointment with poise, and even praised pageant director Denis Devila. "From the director's perspective, I felt that he was crushed, too, and he was really upset by the situation. He handled it really well."
Last year's Miss Universe Canada pageant was also the center of controversy when transgendered contestant Jenna Talackova was barred from entering the final event because she wasn't "born a woman." The decision was reversed a few days later after public outcry.
This year's controversy also faced some public backlash. Some fans, especially those from Garrido's hometown of Bradford, Ontario, weren't ready to accept the turnaround. "It should be hers because it was their mistake," one resident told City News Toronto on Tuesday. "Unless there was some legal [issue] or something like that that she shouldn't have done, she should remain in first place," complained another. Garrido responded to the support by saying, "I'm really, really touched. All things, aside I'm grateful that there are so many wonderful people."
Although her final title for the 2013 pageant was third runner-up (fourth place), Garrido said, "Technically, I won Miss Universe Canada and finished the journey on a high." Garrido says her immediate plan is to "make the best out of the situation."
Laughing about those cheap looking sashes with each girl's name in the first picture, TBH
Chime For Change's Sound Of Change concert was meant to be the event that put women's rights firmly in the spotlight.
But the overall message of Saturday night's star-studded concert at Twickenham Stadium in London seemed to be lost on some of the performers, according to many critics.
Twitter brimmed with harsh but fair questions, including why modern day feminism requires wearing a pair of 'spiked heels' and underwear, and if the sexy performances were entirely appropriate.
Headliner Beyonce, 31, drew plenty of negative feedback for her skimpy outfit, a tiny leather bodice which covered her arms but left her legs on full show.
'I am all about female empowerment in every form. I am. But why does it have to be celebrated in spike heels and knickers every time? #Beyonce,' tweeted on bemused fan.
'Beyonce is singing At Last in leather knickers while quotes from Rosa Parks and Princess Diana blare on the screen behind her #empowerment,' sneered another.
'Huge concert promoting female empowerment... and Beyonce's backing dancers are all wearing thongs,' noted one.
However, the Houston born singer did seem to have the show's ethos at the forefront of her mind.
She told the crowd: 'This is such an incredible night for all of us. Because of you all, we have raised more than $4 million.'
'Women's rights, it's something that has always been something close to my heart. I know now being a mother it is really important that I can do what I can and use my voice.
'There are women around the world that don't have a voice so we have to use our voices and raise awareness and be part of something where we can leave a legacy and help improve this world.'
But it wasn't only the Single Ladies singer who was mocked for dressing revealingly.
Jennifer Lopez, 43, already found herself caught up in furore over what many deemed inappropriate attire for an appearance on Britain's Got Talent, and she reignited the storm when she took to the stage in Twickenham.
Flanked by male backing dancers half her age, the sultry singer thrusted her body vigorously, leaving little to the imagination in her fishnet tights, leotard and leather boots.
She was joined on stage by Mary J Blige to perform a cover of The Beatles' song Come Together, which fans also found fault with.
'J-Lo and Mary J Blige are dressed like a couple of WWE wrestlers!! Never mind Chime for Change its time they got changed!!' said one concert goer.
Behind The Candelabra star Michael Douglas has said in a surprisingly frank interview that oral sex was the cause of his terrifying fight with throat cancer.
The actor, currently starring alongside Matt Damon in the Liberace biopic, was diagnosed nearly three years ago, and made the admission when asked by The Guardian if he feared his years of smoking and drinking were behind the battle.
"No," he said. "Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.
"I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."
Douglas, who is married to fellow actor Catherine Zeta-Jones, said that several doctors missed the tumour following many months of discomfort.
Sexually transmitted virus HPV is known to be a cuase of cervical and anal cancer, but changes in sexual behaviour are thought to be responsible for it causing a rising number of oral cancers as well.
Behind The Candelabra, in which Douglas stars as Liberace, pulled in fantastic ratings for HBO when it debuted last month - earning the US network its highest ratings for a film premiere since the mid-naughties.
Douglas told a British paper over the weekend ... his 2010 throat cancer was "caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus."
Diandra Douglas -- whose epic divorce from Michael in 2000 was one of the richest marital settlements in history -- tells TMZ she does NOT have HPV ... period.
Guess the ball is in your court now, CZJ.
I guess I see the benefit of raising awareness of HPV-related cancers, but it kind of sucks that now everyone's going to speculate about who caused his health problems.
One Direction has teamed up with Coles to give you the chance to win tickets to see them live during their Australian tour.
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Remember Montana Fishburne? She's the daughter of famed actor Laurence Fishburne who did a stint in the porn world under the name "Chippy D". Her 2010 video Montana Fishburne: An A-List Daughter Makes her XXX Debut was released to national fanfare and went on to become a bestseller.
Montana Fishburne, the daughter of actor Laurence Fishburne has surfaced for the first time since her famed-descent into the world of porn. See her flaunt her bikini body inside...
Though we haven't seen or heard from Montana since then, she was "spotted" walking her dogs on the beach in Santa Monica , CA yesterday.
Once Montana noticed that she'd caught the eye of a photographer, she starting "playing it up for the camera" and removed her shirt and pants.
She stripped down to her bikini (and by bikini we mean bra and panties) and we have to admit...she looks good.
We don't know if this "impromptu" strip down was planned or not, but Montana sure does love the attention! Maybe she's ready to return to the business? But we just hope this chile saves her daddy some heartache and doesn't do porn again.
COUPLED UP: MONTANA FISHBURNE & HER BOYFRIEND STOP BY VICKY SECRETS
She is quite pretty, shame she is such a mess.
The government shutdown is on and furloughs are in full effect on Veep's seventh Season 2 episode, titled -- appropriately enough -- "Shutdown."
Even the Veep's office isn't immune to the Beltway lockdown, as Selina has to send several members of her "trusted" staff on unpaid leave. Sue and Dan are the first to go, with Gary and Mike assuming their duties and screwing up royally. Gary, for example, hires a private contractor to haul away the growing pile of garbage at his boss's home, not realizing how bad that bit of government privilege might make her look to the common man. So he's forced to dumpster dive to retrieve her discarded items, including one very important bag, the contents of which are on a need-to-know basis. Meanwhile, Dan uses his temporary "vacation" to see what other opportunities are out there, be they with the oil lobby or rising political star Danny Chung. And through it all, Selina works to rehab her battered image, now that she's being subtextually blamed for the entire shutdown. We're sure that's not going to backfire in spectacular fashion. As always, here's a roundup of the episode's finest, sharpest insults.
Sue: "Gary, the Secret Service is calling you 'Girly Shirley Temple,' so you need to just..."
Gary and Sue have been playing a catty game of "I'm more valuable to the Veep than you" for much of the season now, and the looming prospect of unpaid furloughs has made their bickering than much more cutting. Gary wants Sue to take a dive, but as she's in the middle of pointing out that his high vocal stylings are a distraction, Selina hands select members of her staff their temporary walking papers, including Dan... and Sue. Suddenly, the unflappable secretary is really and truly flapped. At least she has plans to keep herself "busy," booking a full day spa package. You just know that spineless Gary would settle for a half-day package.
Gary: "Okay, look if the V.P. did have a window, it would be a high one and she'd push you out of it."
With Sue gone, Gary tries to carry on her tradition of biting rejections to anyone who dares call her up to book an appointment with Selina. "I'm doing my impression of Sue," he says proudly, only to take it all back when he learns the woman on the other end of the line is pregnant. Not even that piece of information would break his predecessor's stride.
Selina: "You know, Jim. You're a lot older than me. If you die within the next six years, I will be attending your funeral and giving a eulogy when POTUS sends me there in his stead. And it is gonna be full of subtext. Chock full of subtext.
Sitting down in a pair of uncomfortably hard chairs with Speaker of the House Jim Marwood, Selina learns that she's effectively been frozen out of budget talks due to the "subtext" of an interview that POTUS recently had with Politico. So she fires back with this subtext-filled rejoinder, which, honestly, is pretty much all text.
Selina: "Let me tell you something, this ass is closed for business. This ass is in clenchdown. I don't want to be a decoy. Let the President take it in the ass -- he might like it."
Rejecting Ben's assertion that one of the jobs of the V.P. is to "take it in the ass" on occasion to keep the alpha dog protected, Selina makes it clear that she's in control of her own posterior. Though she might make an exception for her ex-husband-turned-occasional fuck buddy, Andrew.
Sidney: "Boy, I just wish I ordered a plate of useless assholes, but you go to war with the army you have."
Interested in getting the skinny on what's going on in the Veep's office from job prospect-hunting Dan, oil lobbyist Sidney Purcell invents a code that his lunchmate can use to feel safe. Hence, Selina becomes lobster, Amy greens, Mike carrots and Dan shrimp. Those nicknames are certainly easier to keep track of than "Useless Asshole #1" and "Useless Asshole #2."
Roger: "Really? I would have guessed Old Maid."
Slimy Furlong got the last word in a card game-themed back-and-forth with this dagger to Selina's gut. (Though we gotta say that Julia Louis-Dreyfus looked pretty smokin' throughout the episode. All this schoolyard taunting must be keeping her young.)
Mr. Walker: "Are you threatening me Pez Head? Because we've got a compactor that takes shit and turns it into cubes.
Sue: "Well, it's bigger than your mother's womb and you were in there until you were 15."
Selina: "Go, period. Fuck, period. Yourself, exclamation point!"
Let's close out this week's bag o' insults with three terrific bits of Jonah bashing, the show's most reliable source of evil laughter. As far as we're concerned, "Pez Head" is the guy's new name.
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