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All charges against Rob Kardashian stemming from an alleged paparazzo scuffle this past March were dropped on Thursday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton granted a defense motion to dismiss the case after the E! star's attorney presented a signed declaration from Kassandra Perez (the photographer) that she did not want Kardashian prosecuted.
Sources told E! News last month Kardashian had pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Kardashian reached a civil settlement with Perez prior to the judge's dismissal of the misdemeanor battery and petty theft charges against him.
The female paparazzo had filed a civil suit against Kardashian accusing him of assault, battery, theft and inflicting emotional distress for allegedly striking her and removing her camera card when she snapped pictures of him outside the gym.
Fortunately, now that all charges have been dropped, both parties can move forward.
First NIN and now Hot Chip. Best Week Ever.
Adam Scott on Why His Greatest Event in Television History Puts All Other TV Greats to Shame
At midnight, Adult Swim premieres Adam Scott’s second The Greatest Event in Television History special, in which he and Amy Poehler faithfully re-enact the opening credits from the gooey 1979-84 Aaron Spelling series Hart to Hart. Of course, you already knew that and have been counting down the days until the Parks and Recreation couple drop through his-and-hers trap doors. But it bears asking: How, logically, can there be two specials named The Greatest Event in Television History, a title also given to last fall's edition, in which Scott and Jon Hamm re-enacted the opening credits of the 1980s series Simon & Simon? And for that matter, can either of them truly trump other hugely impactful TV moments, such as the Beatles’ first-ever appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show or The Sopranos finale (which by now we all agree was 100 percent brilliant, right?)?
To place Scott's latest superlative Adult Swim special in its proper context, Vulture sought out the man himself and challenged him to explain why his new show is bigger than some of the biggest moments in television history. He eagerly obliged, despite being in the throes of filming another high-value sequel project— Hot Tub Time Machine 2 ("I'm so glad I'm able to get in a word with you now before we go to Cannes and do the sort of worldwide Oscar tour with this movie," he said).
This year'sGreatest Event in Television Historyvs. last year's Greatest Event in Television History
"What can I say? We were wrong. It wasn't the greatest event in television history. But I'd rather be wrong for eight months than correct for ten seconds if it means we end up being correct again at some point. Which is why I have that phrase tattooed on my neck."
The Greatest Event in Television History vs. the Apollo 11 moon landing
“Since the ‘moon landing’ was clearly fake, and what we're doing is almost too real, I'm not even going to dignify this with an answer.”
... vs. OJ's bronco chase
“We have cooler cars. I think.”
... vs. The Sopranos finale
"Funny you should mention this. We are considering making a shot for shot recreation of the last scene from The Sopranos from the perspective of the onion rings, because that's what everyone had questions about. Hopefully we'll be able to provide some answers for people."
... vs. the Ellen-comes-out episode of Ellen
“I'm not sure what this is, but it sounds very self-referential. I like it.”
... vs. the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show
“OK, yes, the Beatles were introduced to America on The Ed Sullivan Show, so it was significant. But, correct me if I'm wrong, save for a couple of hit songs, they were never heard from again. So you tell me what's more important: the Beatles, or a shot-for-shot re-creation of the opening credits from Hart to Hart? That's what I thought.”
... vs. the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of Dallas
“For a whole summer we were supposed to try and guess which fictional character pretended to shoot the other fictional character while totally failing to pretend kill them? Which, by the way, was all a fake dream inside the mind of a fictional character? Enough said.”
... vs.Oprah's interview with Tom Cruise
“I'm not sure what you're accusing me of, but no couches were harmed during the filming of our show.”
... vs. The Star Wars Holiday Special
“There are parallels because I have a strong hunch Amy Poehler and I may one day be deeply embarrassed about what we've done here.”
... vs. Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding scene
Okay, Scott was happy to play along and make with the jokes for a while, but this was no laughing matter to him.“Nothing can or ever will approach the significance of the Red Wedding. Don't even fuck around about this.”
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Tony nominee Laura Osnes plays the most iconic fairytale princess ever eight times a week in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. On stage at the Broadway Theatre, she frolics around in William Ivey Long’s gorgeous Tony-nominated gowns, but what will Osnes wear when she hits the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall on June 9?
The lovely star enlisted celebrity fashion designers Randi Rahm, Moschino and Christian Siriano (Project Runway winner) to help her choose the perfect dress for Tony night. Broadway.com photographer Jenny Anderson tagged along for Osnes’ backstage fitting and captured several stunning looks in the exclusive photo feature below. See the beautiful Laura Osnes in an array of enchanting dresses, and check back on June 9 to see whether she chooses one of them for Tony night—or surprises us with something completely different!
Tony Awards this Sunday-- who are you rooting for ONTD? Most excited to see perform?
Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year's pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups, organizers said Thursday.
All of the more than 130 contestants will be required to wear Bali's traditional long sarongs instead of the sexy bikinis that are historically part of the competition, said Adjie S. Soeratmadjie of the RCTI, the official broadcaster and local organizer.
The pageant will be held Sept. 28 on the resort island of Bali and in Sentul, an area near the capital, Jakarta. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country.
"There will no bikini in this year's Miss World pageant to respect our traditional customs and values," Soeratmadjie said, adding that the London-based Miss World Organization is on board with the decision.
"This is a sensitive issue in Indonesia. We have discussed it since last year and they have agreed," he said.
3 Things You Need To Know About The NBA Finals
We won't dwell on the obvious. If you care about basketball at all, you know by now that is set for Thursday night in Miami, where the hometown Heat will play the San Antonio Spurs.
Time: 9 p.m. ET.
Led by LeBron James, Miami is defending its 2012 championship. Led by Tim Duncan, San Antonio is looking to win its fifth title.
It's a best-of-seven series.
With those basics out of the way, let's zero in on three things you might want to know if some hoops nut corners you in conversation:
— Tony Parker's "Cat Quickness." , NPR's Tom Goldman waxed eloquently about how basketball purists swoon over the Spurs' style. The players share the ball, move quickly and shoot well. They play "team basketball," something that's not seen a lot these days in the star-dominated NBA. But along with Duncan, the big man who anchors the team, there is a Spur to watch. Tom says that guard Tony Parker's "great shot and cat quickness" make him a "defense-shredding machine."
— LeBron James' Quest For Revenge. In his first trip to the finals, as a Cleveland Cavalier in 2007, James watched the Spurs celebrate "on our home floor" after San Antonio won the championship. "I have something in me that they took in '07," . "I won't forget that. You shouldn't as a competitor. You should never forget that." With the Heat, James lost again in his second trip to the finals — in 2011. "I've lost enough," he also said Wednesday. "I don't need any more fuel from losing. I've lost two finals, so I don't need any more fuel from losing the finals."
— "Old Guys Rule." Perhaps this aging blogger is biased, but this entry in Vibe's "" story struck a chord: "Tim Duncan and Ray Allen [of the Heat] will both play huge roles in this series, both at the age of 37. Allen was huge in Game 7 against Indiana, and Duncan has been huge all season. The two veterans will be big."
The Spur who gets the daunting assignment of guarding James is 21-year-old , a second-year player from Los Angeles. You may hear his name a lot — either because he has some success stopping the league's best player or because he gets steamrolled by James. Listen closely to whether ABC's broadcasting team gets Leonard's first name right. , it's pronounced "Kuh-why."
Gatlin Beats Bolt In 100 Meters For The First Time
American sprinter Justin Gatlin has beaten Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in the 100 meters, edging Bolt by one hundredth of a second at a meet in Rome. It's Gatlin's first win over Bolt in the four times the two have raced each other.
The news was excitedly announced by USA Track and Field Thursday, tweeting "He did it!! beat 9.94 ."
Gatlin ran in the sixth lane at the Rome Golden Gala, part of the Diamond League series, while Bolt ran in the fourth lane. The two men led the field as they neared the finish line, with Gatlin perfectly timing a lunge of his head and upper body across the white line.
Bolt, 26, who on his identifies himself as "the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen," holds the world record in the 100 meters at 9.58 seconds, a time he set in 2009. He has won gold in the event at the past two Summer Games.
Bolt has been bothered by hamstring problems this year, but he told reporters before today's race that he was feeling good and that his training was on schedule.
For Gatlin, 31, who won Olympic gold in the 100 meters in 2004 before being suspended for using anabolic steroids, Thursday's win is a decisive step in the comeback that saw him win the bronze medal in the event at last summer's London Olympics.
Kevin Love likes Wolves' direction
Love Ready For Next Season
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love discusses his recovery from injury, his relationship with new GM Flip Saunders, his future in Minnesota, and his commercial with Kyrie Irving.Tags: NBA, Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, Flip Saunders, Kyrie Irving
Kevin Love said Thursday in an interview with ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he's "absolutely" past any negativity he felt toward the Minnesota Timberwolves and is confident in the team's future under new president of basketball
Earlier Thursday, Saunders called into ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning," where Love also was an on-set guest and was asked one of the biggest questions of the offseason concerning the Timberwolves by the All-Star forward himself.
"So, I have to get this out of the way. There has been a lot of speculation out there and just so we're clear, I am not getting traded," Love said after Saunders was introduced.
"You are not being traded. Does that make you feel better?" Saunders replied. "Maybe now people will stop calling me."
Love recounted the conversation on "SportsCenter" when asked his feelings about Saunders coming back to the Timberwolves, saying with a chuckle, "I'm in Minnesota … I'm here to stay."
"It's really great to have him aboard and between him and Coach [Rick] Adelman there's just so many years of basketball experience. So to have that and to have a guy who's been to the Western Conference finals and the Eastern Conference finals and just been around so many great players and great talent, it's really going to be big for us and the fans love him," he said.
Saunders coached the Wolves for 10 seasons (1995-96 to 2004-05) and led Minnesota to the 2004 West finals and Detroit Pistons to three consecutive East finals (2006 to 2008).
Most importantly, Love said he and the Timberwolves are "definitely past" any animosity between them. He said he and star point guard Ricky Rubio are organizing a workout with their teammates in Los Angeles.
"We're going to keep working toward our common goal," he said.
Love, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on April 10, said he feels "great."
"If I'm not 100 percent, I'm really close to it, so I'm looking forward to having a very productive offseason," he said.
Love also addressed his prediction last offseason that the Wolves would qualify for the playoffs. Minnesota, beset with several injuries, ended up finishing 20 games under .500 at 31-51. He said the Wolves have what it takes to make good on that prediction this season.
"I think if we're not an injury-riddled team next year, then we're going to be looking very good," he said.
Love can opt out of his contract in 2015. When asked about that decision, he said the Wolves have to "continue to keep building the right path."
"I think we're doing that right now. I think Flip is going to be a big part of our team heading forward," he said.
He said the Timberwolves need to add a "big-time shooter" and mentioned re-signing Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko as moves he'd like to see the team make.
"If our health is at all-time high, then I think we're going to be playing at an all-time high, too. We're really going to have a lot of success," he said.
OMG MY BABIES ARE NOT BEING SEPERATED OMG :')
Anthony Bosch asked A-Rod for money before turning to MLB
According to Teri Thomson, Bill Madden, Christian Red and Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News, Anthony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis Clinic in South Florida, asked Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees for money before agreeing to assist MLB's ongoing investigation into the "PED pipeline" that traces back to Biogenesis. Bosch needed funds to mount a defense against MLB's once-pending lawsuit against him, but Rodriguez turned him down.
At that point, the Daily News reports, Bosch and MLB agreed to collaborate.
"They (MLB) were afraid someone else would pay him,” a source told the Daily News. “Bosch is the only guy that can provide them with what they need."
Why I Don't Care About Biogenesis
In exchange for his cooperation, MLB will reportedly be "dropping the lawsuit MLB filed against him earlier this year and paying his legal bills, indemnifying him for any civil liability that arises from his cooperation and providing him with personal security."
Additionally, MLB has reportedly assured Bosch that it will "intervene" on his behalf should criminal prosecution come his way.
Needless to say, any disciplinary action that comes out of this dubious collaboration would be quite vulnerable to appeal, as Bosch will be an easily discredited source of information.
As far as that information goes, a source tells the Daily News that Bosch has information on Rodriguez and Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. Curiously, though, the report claims that Bosch treated Braun during the latter's playing days at the University of Miami. If that's the extent of it, then the question is raised: How could MLB possibly pursue any kind of action against Braun based on what happened during his days as an amateur?
All of this continues to look like an overreach of bizarre proportions on the part of MLB.
Dwayne Johnson talks 'The Hero,' reveals Father's Day plans (Video)
The "Fast & Furious 6" actor also appeared in three other movies this year including "Pain & Gain," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "Empire State." On top of that, Johnson also has a new reality television competition series called "The Hero," which is set to debut on Thursday, June 6, on TNT.
The actor and wrestling star is the host of the competition and talked to OTRC.com correspondent Tony Cabrera on Wednesday, June 5, about the new show, his "Fast & Furious 6" castmates and his plans for Father's Day.
"The idea of the show was to create a show that not only was entertaining to audiences out there, but also where individuals who are participating, and in this case we have nine great contestants, they got better by the end of the show," Johnson said about 'The Hero.' "I gotta be honest with you, the casting process was amazing. And it brought out a lot of good high quality individuals."
The competition series tests contestants from all walks of life on strength, courage and integrity each week. The contestants are vying for the title of "The Hero" and the big grand prize, which is described as "life-changing."
"We wanted to create epic moments, big epic moments, and when that's the goal, the challenges are insane," Johnson said.
"What was amazing was to see these individuals achieve something and overcome, in such big epic ways, but what was more amazing was to see them fail at it and to see how they responded through that failure and those moments," he added. "Those moments are gonna be heartbreaking for America when they see them. They were heartbreaking for me cause I was right there. Not that I cried by the way - cause I cry on the inside."
Johnson also talked about his love of his "Fast & Furious 6" castmates.
"I love my 'Fast 6' castmates. They refer to me as a superhero. Their check is in the mail. That's all you have to do Tony, you just gotta pay 'em," Johnson joked. "Then they call you anything you want."
The action star is also the father of an 11-year-old girl named Simone Alexandra with his ex-wife Dany Garcia. Johnson will be busy filming "Hercules" in Budapest when Father's Day rolls around on June 16 but he hopes to be able to video chat with his daughter.
"My father's day plans are to be here in Budapest. I'm shooting 'Hercules' and I'm going to be just facetiming with my little girl all day," he said. "That's what I wanna do. That's my Father's Day plan. At least now, unless someone wants to fly in and surprise me."
"The Hero" debuts on Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT. Check out a preview of the show below.
Draya Michele’s critics use #AskDraya to attack her parenting
Basketball Wives: LA” fans might remember how Draya Michele was ostracized and put down by her co-stars on season 1, but that was nothing compared to the Twitter toughs who attacked her yesterday.
The alleged arrest that happened years ago when Draya’s young son was reportedly left home alone, came back to haunt the reality star again when BET’s “106 & Park” asked viewers to tweet questions to Draya with the hashtag #AskDraya.
For more than 12 hours (and counting), the partygoer was subjected to harsh criticism from Twitter users who questioned whether she’s even a part of her son’s life today.
Draya’s critics compared her son to starving children in Africa and speculated that he sees Santa Claus more than he does his mother.
Though Draya had little to say during “BBW:LA” season 1 when her cast members continued to question her about the incident, she didn’t just sit back and shed tears as her timeline filled with hateful comments about her parenting or lack thereof. She had some strong words of her own.
“Immature haters. I have the same 24 hours in a day as u. You use your time to hate tweet me instead of getting money,” wrote Draya who said she is caring for her son.
“Ahhhh 6 days until I move my mom and son to California !!!! #whathaveyoudoneforyourfamilylately?” read one of Draya’s posts.
Draya’s co-stars warmed to her after she denied the allegations and season 2 viewers may remember Draya weighing the possibility of relocating her family, but that didn’t seem to halt the onslaught of hateful messages.
Viewers will have to tune into “106 & Park” Thursday to see whether there were any questions posed to Draya that did not deal with the alleged abandonment of her son.
“Ratings gonna be thru the roof,” she wrote.
tyfyt ONTD ! Game 1 starts at 9 p.m. SO GET YOUR CHIPS AND DIP READY A.K.A DIS BE THE DISCUSSION POAST !!
Lana Del Rey took some time out during her stay in Brussels as part of her European tour to call a Dallas, TX radio station for a brief interview Monday, June 3.
- Baz Luhrmann approached Lana to score memory cues for Daisy Buchanan, which became "Young and Beautiful"
- Early film score inspirations: Scarface, The Godfather, American Beauty
- Planning a US tour and hopes it will be "sooner rather than later"
- Loves "Puppy Love/Marilyn Monroe," jokes that she should release an album called The Leaked Sessions
- 120+ leaks were meant for other artists or future releases
Won't embed, listen at the source
What are your faves from "the leaked sessions," ONTD?
Actor accused of offences against four victims aged 11 to 16 - a month after he was charged with raping a 15-year-old
There are shows on the air with higher body counts, from the constant string of corpses being shuffled through "C.S.I." to the frequent offings in "The Following" and the hack-and-slashery of "Game of Thrones," but for my dollars, there's no small screen violence more disturbing than that of "Hannibal," the excellent "Silence of the Lambs" prequel series created by Bryan Fuller. It's not the amount of gore in the show so much as the imagination that goes into it -- that Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) frequently cooks up human offal into fussy, exquisite-looking dishes he serves to his unknowing guests is really the least of it.
People have had the skin on their back flayed and suspended on hooks like wings, have been buried alive to serve as mushroom beds, have had their throats cut open and their vocal chords treated so that they could be played like a cello. One particularly haunting scene had the child of a killer realizing her father had been using all of the parts of his victims like an efficient outdoorsman, and cutting open a throw pillow to find it filled with human hair. In last night's episode, "Buffet Froid," the victim had her face slashed in a fashion known as a Chelsea smile, her jaw gaping unnaturally wide in death.
The intensity of these scenes has caused some mild fuss about the show -- the fourth episode, about brainwashed, killer children, was pulled at Fuller's request, with the character development sequences snipped out and released online. Salt Lake City's NBC affiliate station KSL-TV pulled the show after four episodes due to viewer complaints.
But for the most part, even the unsettlingly gruesome disfigurings "Hannibal" has come to specialize in have gone uncommented on, so inured are we to onscreen violence these days. But "Hannibal" is unusual, and commendable, really, in that part of the point of the show is the fallout of watching such things, is whether the main character, the increasingly distraught FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), will someone be changed into a killer himself by all the things he's seen and absorbed.
The link between observing violence and causing it is brought up every time a new tragedy becomes news -- what video games did this shooter play, what movies did he like? There's no real evidence of causality, but the topic gets brought up again and again. It's a convenient way to turn the conversation away from issues like gun control, certainly, but it's also an idea that haunts us in a way that has nothing to do with reason -- that people somehow become numb to the realities of violence after seeing too much of it, real or faked, that it can contaminate them. "Hannibal" is a kind of dramatization of that fear by way of a protagonist who's particularly porous, who has very little grounding and no shield between himself and the things he sees.
We watch the same violence Will does, though he exists in the world of the show in which it's real instead of comfortably on the other side of the screen. He's still fundamentally an observer, one who arrives to commune with the crime scene when it's as fresh and undisturbed as possible. His dilemma is an interesting one -- he's the theoretical problem viewer in the otherwise fine mass audience, the one who can't separate himself from what he's seeing.
That's also his superpower, what makes him such a brilliant profiler -- he has an "empathy disorder" that allows him to put himself in the place of the killers, to understand where they're coming from and why they did what they did, an ability the show displays by having Will there, committing the murders himself. He's able to lose himself in the story implied by the evidence, and as the show's progressed, he's become more and more worried he can't get back out.
"There's a grandiosity to the violence I imagined that feels more real than what I know is true," he said in "Buffet Froid" -- he's making it more cinematic, more grand, more screen-worthy. More enjoyable, or so he worries. And while the episode also made us aware of how Will's splintering sanity isn't just due to psychological stress, it also set up the external forces that are pulling him in two. Hannibal wants him to go from observer to doer, to give in to the killer he believes is within as his sense of reality continues to blur, while Special Agent-in-Charge Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) needs him to be able to keep looking and then shaking it off, to use the fact that he's saving lives as an anchor ("Is it me, or is it becoming easier for you to look?").
And Will keeps slipping between reality and the world in his head, such that he's terrified he'll kill someone and not even know it. It's a fascinating treatment of very familiar subject matter -- serial killers, who deserve their own TV genre -- that manages to give it a new kind of weight and impact beyond being just lurid, something that's helped by how secondary the episode-by-episode cases are compared to the slowly developing relationships between the main characters. It's not a procedural about finding killers -- it's a drama about the battle for Will's soul.
This post is an excuse to have a viewing party tbh. Also, mods, can we get a hannibal tag now that the show has been renewed? Please? The show's pretty popular here.
If you're going to livetweet the show tonight, add #EatTheEmmys to your tweets.
Madonna's French breakdancing boyfriend Brahim Zaibat stepped up on Saturday while the singer was away at a London concert.
Brahim took Madonna's children to Kabbalah services in New York City while the 54-year-old Material Girl went onstage at the 2013 Sound of Change concert at Twickenham Stadium to campaign for female empowerment.
The 25-year-old escorted her sons Rocco Ritchie, 12, and seven-year-old David Banda, to Kabbalah services along with her 16-year-old daughter Lourdes.
Family affair: Lourdes walked with brother David Banda to Kabbalah services
Madonna and Brahim started dating in September 2010 after Brahim performed a hip-hop routine at the launch of her clothing range at Macy's in New York.
Brahim's mother is only eight years younger than Madonna.
Before meeting Brahim, the twice-divorced Madonna dated another boy toy, Brazilian model Jesus Luz.
Omg Lola grew up so much! She was just a baby!
Game Of Thrones Q&A: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talks The Red Wedding, Jaime Lannister’s Big Season 3
The Danish actor took a break from filming “The Other Woman” (with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann) to chat with Access about some of the big moments his character went through this season, and hint at this Sunday’s Season 3 finale. But first, even though he wasn’t there, we addressed The Red Wedding.
AccessHollywood.com: Were you around when they filmed The Red Wedding?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: No, but I spoke to the guys when they shot it, and apparently it was quite an emotional thing because, you know, two of our original cast members kind of left the series in a very, very brutal way. David Nutter, who’s the director of [it], he’s absolutely brilliant, but they did say it was very, a very strange feeling on set.
Access: Were you and Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne, filming afterwards and had to deal with a sad crew?
Nikolaj: We were shooting after and before. It’s been a weird season for us ‘cause we have kind of been on our own little journey. … On a personal level, you bond, you become friends with crew members and the other cast, so that’s always sad to [see people] leave, but that’s kind of what this business is.
Access: Poor Robb!
Nikolaj: I know. ‘The Lannisters send their regards.’ … It’s unfair, right? He’s such a young man and he’s been thrown into this as being the King In the North and all that. It’s interesting to see these young kings. Joffrey is very different individual. There’s no question he’s a little monster, he’s a little psychopath, but, you look at them and if you look [at them] like young pop stars, or if you become very powerful … a lot of people look up to you for guidance. When you’re just a teenager, it’s not easy. It’s kind of a recipe for disaster. Now what was the horrible thing Robb did? He didn’t do anything really horrible. He fell in love with a woman.
Access: So Jaime is on his way back to King’s Landing with another kingslayer, or presumed kingslayer. There’s a man at King’s Landing who thinks Brienne is a kingslayer. Can we expect more heroics from Jaime should she need them?
Nikolaj: (Laughs) You’re gonna have to wait and see. There’s only episode left and it’s one of those episodes that are — it’s always a tricky one because you want some kind of ending of this year, and at the same time you want to set up next year. You want people, hopefully, to leave the year like, ‘Oh what a great season!’ And at the same time, ‘Oh I can’t wait for the next year.’ So who knows if we make it back, but if we did, I’m sure it would leave more questions than answers.
Access: Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] have said that they sold this part to you, telling you that you had to stick with Jaime for a few season and the character would start revealing himself. As an actor then, how do you feel about the season?
Nikolaj: It’s been a great season to shoot. It’s been so much fun. I’ve enjoyed it from the beginning, but of course, I was hoping that we would make it to this season because there would be a payoff for some of the stuff we set up early.
Access: For you!
Nikolaj: Exactly. With Jaime you have this extreme beginning, and I know at the same time that the reason he pushed Bran out the window is not because he’s an evil psychopath, but because he’s actually trying to protect the woman he loves and her children. [The audience doesn’t] know that for a long time, but that is slowly revealed. And also, I just love him as a character. There’s nothing better for an actor than to have secrets and he has so many secrets — big ones, small ones, like existential secrets. And then of course on top of that, you have the whole Lannister dynamic and you have Tywin who is ‘dad from hell,’ but at the same time, he’s your dad and there’s no question that Jaime loves and respects him and he looks up to his dad, but it’s a very dysfunctional family. … And then, of course, the big reveal [about why he killed the Mad King] and meeting Brienne. Yeah, this season has — to answer your question — has been a lot of fun.
Access: This season has been so good.
Nikolaj: I think it’s very well written and I think what makes it good is most people, at some level, are able to identify with Jaime because we all know the feeling of being misunderstood to a certain degree, or the feeling that everybody thinks they know who you are and inside you feel [like], ‘Hang on a second! That’s not me! Why do you keep putting me in that box! That’s not me!’
Access: Brienne really stripped Jaime down this season. He got to reveal who he was in front of her. Do you think he is a different person now?
Nikolaj: I don’t think he is going to start telling the story of The Mad King to like [anyone], like a bit of small talk in a conversation. I’m pretty sure that this was a huge thing for him, and it’s definitely gonna change him that he was able to reveal this. But, I also think that it tells the story of the relationship he’s formed with Brienne ‘cause I don’t think he’s ever told Cersei this story. I don’t think he could, for various reasons, but I think Brienne is — it means more to him than he even begins to understand. … He’s forced, basically, to deal with things that he might not have had to deal with before. Suddenly he can’t be the guy he was. There’s simply no way he can go back to being the best swordsman in Westeros. He no longer has that. In a way he’s closer to his brother now in many ways.
Access: So Brienne and Jaime… It’s something different. Jaime has always been so family oriented. He joined the Kingsguard at a really young age and the only female he’s ever had a romantic relationship with is his sister. Is this situation Jaime sort of having his first ever real relationship with a non-Lannister?
Nikolaj: Yeah! I think that’s a very good observation and I thought a lot about that myself. I’m sure this is the first time he’s spent that much time with anyone as an adult outside the family where it’s just been two human beings, where it’s not been about, ‘I’m the Lannister.’ Yeah, absolutely. And then the fact that she’s a woman, that’s also unique, and the fact that she is who she is, that she couldn’t care less about whether or not he was rich, poor, noble or whatever. There’s a reason why she’s with him, and that is she needs to get him there [to King’s Landing] because she promised that. … For him… that’s such a big deal to actually be an adult with someone.
Access: You and Gwendoline have fun on set, but she told us that when you shot the hot tub scene, you were really great to her, because she’d never done that type of thing on film before. Did you know that was her first time doing a nude scene on television?
Nikolaj: Yeah. We talked about it and also, I have to say, Alex Graves, the director, did a great job. … They allowed us to go out on the set before they finished the set and … we had a long talk in the empty bathtub, just me and Gwen and Alex and just talking about the whole thing. I raised all the practical stuff, the nudity — how much are you gonna show and with Gwen, what are you comfortable with, because it’s such a powerful moment in the scene where she stands up and she’s naked, but I think it’s also such a great choice that you don’t get to see Jaime’s [bits]… because it’s not about that. They can keep that for the brothel scenes.
[This scene is] about a powerful woman who [is] standing up for herself. But, of course, we had to talk about these things because even though they’re not gonna shoot it, she’s gonna be naked in front of me … It’s always a little embarrassing to be naked in front of someone whose not your boyfriend or girlfriend or wife or lover. … So we talked about that and it was very important for me… because emotionally, it’s a difficult scene and he has to kind of reveal himself in a way that he’s never done before. So I also wanted to feel really safe, if you will. And Gwen, she’s the best, she’s just the best to work with and I think one of the main reasons that the scene works is because [of] her acting. Even though she doesn’t say that much, the reaction shot and her reactions to what he says, kind of gives the show the emotional depth. She’s like helping the audience understand how big this reveal is that Jaime gives.
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What will it take for there to be laws put in place to prevent this behavior?— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2013
The-Dream, and later Jay-Z, told you they don’t need no hook on their shit. Murphy Lee and Jermaine Dupri asked each other what the hook gon’ be until that very question became a hook.
As much as some rappers hate to admit it, the search for the perfect chorus to go between every 16 bars is as much a delicate craft as penning the verses. Now and then you can get away without a chorus and make a hit (it helps if you’re Wu-Tang). But generally, you better be ready to sing or shout or sample something catchy as hell, or hire someone who can, to get your joint into heavy rotation.
19. 50 Cent "In Da Club" (2003)
17. Eminem "Real Slim Shady" (2000)
6. Flo Rida f/ T-Pain "Low" (2007)
2. OutKast "Ms. Jackson" (2001)
1. Nelly "Country Grammar" (2000)
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Ronald McDonald is concocting a new way to lure folks in during the middle of the night: serve dinnerand breakfast.
While the world's biggest fast-food company declines to discuss any formal plans, this month, an unspecified number of its 24-hour restaurants in the U.S. will begin serving a limited combination of breakfast and dinner items between midnight and 4 a.m., the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Our customers want convenience around the clock," the statement says.
After many months of testing its so-called "After Midnight" menu, the move appears to indicate the company is serious about its push into late-night snacking.
Customers will not only be able to get Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets, but also Egg McMuffins and hot cakes. Folks also will be able to mix and match from the two menus, say, hash browns with a Quarter Pounder or french fries with a Sausage McMuffin. All McCafe beverages and dessert items will also be on the late menu.
For McDonald's, whose U.S. sales have been a bit wobbly in the past year, it's all about boosting business in tough times. While the national economy might be on the rebound, lower-income consumers – who are critical to McDonald's bottom line – are not quickly returning to fast food eateries. Unable to raise menu prices, McDonald's is now trying to attract new customers by offering something most major fast food chains don't: late-night breakfast munchies.
"It's indicative of how competitive things are," says Scott Hume, founder of BurgerBusiness.com, which reported some details of the After Midnight menu plans on Wednesday. "All the chains are struggling to get their numbers up. "
The late-night menu isn't about McDonald's making a move into all-day breakfast anytime soon, says Hume. That would require major equipment upgrades and massive retraining, because grills at McDonald's simply don't have enough space to handle full breakfasts and dinners at the same time.
By limiting the After Midnight menu to a few "best of" products, Hume says, "McDonald's may have found a way to keep everyone happy -- at least from midnight to 4 a.m."
Most Jack in the Box and Sonic restaurants serve breakfast all day; Burger King does not nationally, and Wendy's has been unable to successfully nail breakfast.
The After Midnight menu also is expected to appeal more to Millennials, who typically like to eat what they want, when they want. McDonald's says it's already in North Delaware and College Station, Texas. It's also been tested in parts of Ohio and Southern California. Hume says it's also in Rockford, Ill., northwest of Chicago.
I don't really like McDonald's for dinner and I only eat a limited number of their items but I love their breakfast, their sausage, egg, and cheese bagels slay.
In September, Janelle Monáe will release The Electric Lady, her sophomore follow-up to 2010's The ArchAndroid. Billboard reports that the record (final details of which have not yet been announced) will feature a couple of very special guests: Miguel and... Prince.
"He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted," Monáe said of Prince, but did not name the song on which he is featured. Miguel will appear on a song called "Primetime", which samples the Pixies'"Where Is My Mind?"
The album was co-produced by Monáe with Deep Cotton and Roman GianArthur, fellow members of the Wondaland Arts Society. Other tracks on the album include "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes", "Dance Apocalyptic", and "Victory".
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You might not recognize Brian Reitzell's name, but if you've seen any of Sofia Coppola's films, there's a good chance that you're familiar with his work. As the director's longtime music supervisor, Reitzell has been responsible for curating and scoring the soundtracks to movies including The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation and Marie Antoinette. For Coppola's latest, The Bling Ring– based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of Los Angeles celebrities in 2008 and 2009 – he put together an eclectic soundtrack of artists including Kanye West, Rick Ross, Sleigh Bells, M.I.A., Phoenix and Deadmau5. Reitzell spoke to Rolling Stone over the phone from a Hollywood studio about Kanye's crucial advice for this soundtrack, why Paris Hilton is like Hannibal Lecter and more.
This has to be the first soundtrack that features a Can song in between 2 Chainz and Kanye West. How did that happen?
I had to use the music that the kids would be listening to. Sofia had the Rick Ross song ["9 Piece"] in the script, and a few others. I spent a few months listening to everything that is out now, and then going back a bit to when the story actually happened. So the Kanye stuff ["All of the Lights" and "Power"] was fair game, as well as the newer stuff. The Can stuff is interesting, because the other side is the score, the sound of L.A. at night when they're driving around. I thought that it would be really cool to use Klaus Schulze and some of the German stuff that I really, really love, and it's amazing how well those tracks fit next to each other. The rhymes of the Can track – Kanye could sample that and make a song out of it. Same goes with the synthesizers. You listen to the synthesizers in the Frank Ocean song ["Super Rich Kids"] and a lot of it sounds like Tangerine Dream.
What's it like working with Sofia?
My first movie was her first movie, which was The Virgin Suicides. At the time I was still touring in a band, and I didn't know what the hell I was doing. We spent a lot of time working on the sound as the movie was being made, rather than make a movie and throw a bunch of things at it and see what works. For Lost In Translation, I gave her two mix CDs and 80 percent, 90 percent is what appears in the final movie. The music is happening as she's writing and casting and location scouting – she's listening to the stuff as she's working on the movie. I send her just a basket of stuff, very little really, maybe two mix CDs, and that's always what makes it into the final cut.
Does she ever introduce you to new music?
She and I have very similar tastes. Sometimes I'll give her something and then she'll pick a different song from that band and then use that. That's what happened with New Order in Marie Antoinette– I had picked the song "Age Of Consent," but it wasn't quite right for the movie lyrically, so she picked "Ceremony." Normally I work in a lot of different ways, but with Sofia it's particular and specific and its different than most of the projects where I'm not looking at the picture until later. We're kind of friends – it's like how you'd make a mix tape for a friend.
What do you make of how movies like Spring Breakers and now The Bling Ring are using EDM?
I always do the things that sound the best. I'm not really familiar with a lot of Deadmau5 stuff, but there was something about that track that we used in the movie ["FML"] – it's a killer track. I'm a drummer, too, and that track has some pretty wicked drums in it, as does the Can track. I will say that licensing the tracks like that are so difficult. If it weren't for the fact that Kanye was helping me, I don't think I would have any of that stuff.
Wait, what? How did Kanye help you?
Early on, we had got in touch with Kanye, and his response was, "You've got to get this song 'Super Rich Kids' by Frank Ocean." This was just before it had been released. I guess Kanye had heard it, and I kept trying to get it sent to me. Frank was just starting to blow up. He wanted to be involved in the movie, and then he had Coachella, and then it was Saturday Night Live and his record, and bam, bam, bam. I couldn't get him over here, but eventually we heard the song and Kanye was right. It was absolutely perfect. You've got to see it in theatres. My favorite line is about the shower head - "the showerhead's so amazing".
Sofia is married to Thomas Mars from Phoenix. Does this mean you got a discount on using "Bankrupt!"?
The thing about Phoenix is that they've been involved in all of her movies, even going back to the very first movie, so we're sort of family, and family helps each other out. I'm not sure what the deals were; let's just say I wasn't involved with that one.
What do you think of The Great Gatsby soundtrack ― overhyped or worth every cent?
I haven't heard it all. Baz [Luhrmann] is lucky – he gets a lot of money to do these things, and he gets the support of a soundtrack label, where he got to make his Saturday Night Fever if you will, or The Bodyguard. I just think it could have been done with a little more love, I guess.
You're currently the music supervisor for NBC's Hannibal. What's scarier – being trapped in a room with Hannibal Lecter or being trapped in a room with Paris Hilton?
They both sound really entertaining to me [laughs]. To be honest, working on both these projects, I feel like I have been trapped in the room with both of them, and for me it's not that scary. But for sure, they're similar.
I have to ask about the final scene of Lost In Translation, where you used the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey." How did that come together?
I did that movie without a computer, so I used a turntable, with the VHS playing. I think I was probably in my underwear early in the morning or late at night, and I dropped the needle on that scene. I knew that was magic – I got chills standing there next to my turntable. Nowadays you throw in a file, line them up and hit the space bar, but I brought Sofia over the next day and I did the same thing – had the video running and I dropped the needle and it worked.
So do you know what Scarlett Johansson's character whispered to Bill Murray in that scene?
No [laughs]. I don't think it was ever anything that was specifically told outside of Bill and Scarlett. My opinion was that it wasn't anything more than, I don't know, "brush your teeth". I think we'll have to keep that between them, and you'll have to ask them because they're the only ones who know.
Teen Wolf season 3 enjoyed a great premiere, though there were some faces missing from the first episode. However, one actor that fans didn’t expect to return has been on set!
Teen Wolf season 3 enjoyed a great premiere, though there were some faces missing from the first episode. However, one actor that fans didn’t expect to return has been on set!
That person is none other than..
Gage Golightly, who plays Erica. Back in January, we reported that Golightly would not be returning to season 3. In February, we learned the actress had landed a lead role in the pilot of Company Town.
Many fans assumed that Golightly would not be returning to the show at all. This was confirmed by the reports in January from her team, who stated she wouldn’t appear in season 3. However, the official MTV Teen Wolf Twitter account Tweeted a photo of the actress on set.
There has been little news about the status of Company Town, though IMDb states that it is still being filmed.
This does not necessarily mean that Company Town has been pulled or is doing poorly. In fact, we’re not even sure at which point this picture was taken. However, considering the crew is not filming at the moment, and the first 12 episodes of season 3 are already wrapped, it’s safe to say that we may see Erica popping up in the next episode, “Chaos Rising.”
We last saw Erica and Boyd being ambushed by the Alpha Pack in the season 2 finale, “Master Plan.” When season 3 premiered with “Tattoo,” both Erica and Boyd were missing. Derek, Peter, and Isaac had been trying to find them all summer, with no luck. They believed the Alpha Pack was holding them hostage.
At the end of “Tattoo,” we saw Boyd sitting in a room with a strange symbol painted on the floor. A woman’s hand reached for his, and they took comfort in each other while being held prisoner. However, we never saw the woman’s face, and fans were unsure if she was supposed to be Erica. Some speculated that perhaps, since Golightly was not supposed to be featured this season, the mysterious Cora would be the one with Boyd, and that this would be her introduction
While that’s definitely a possible theory, now that we know Golightly has been on set, it’s infinitely more plausible that Erica is indeed being held captive with Boyd. Unfortunately, this doesn’t promise anything in terms of the fate of Erica. Boyd’s character in season 3 is being pitched as a man scorned, so could this perhaps give us a clue as to what will happen to Golightly’s character?
Recognize this gang? If you had any sort of childhood, you know it's the cast of Boy Meets World. If you didn't recognize them, what were you doing in the '90s? Playing outside? Building a fort?!
Betsy Randle, Ben Savage, Matthew Lawrence, Rider Strong, Trina McGee-Davis and Maitland Ward Baxter (in order) reunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Tex.
only missing Topanga, Eric and Mr. Feeny