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Aaron Hernandez Has Been Arrested
Just minutes ago, Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was arrested at his North Attleboro home, and taken away in handcuffs.
He's expected to be charged with, at the very least, obstruction of justice, for destroying possible evidence and refusing to cooperate with police investigating the June 17 murder of Hernandez associate Odin Lloyd.
Just yesterday, Hernandez's lawyer denied that an arrest warrant had been issued.
The "Being Mary Jane" star spills all! Get the scoop on her NBA beau and how the couple celebrated the Miami Heat's 2013 championship.
Sources: http://youtu.be/sopSOtTqEEQ; http://youtu.be/QG7ltEbgrF0
Is British Vogue the latest addition to Prada’s shit list?
In its defamation countersuit against Rina Bovrisse, the former Prada employee who sued the brand for sexual harassment, Prada cites as evidence an article from British Vogue’s website about the UN’s response to Bovrisse’s case. This Vogue story was a summation of an originally reported story published previously on BuzzFeed Fashion. Both stories describe how the UN, in response to Bovrisse’s story, recommended Japan introduce legislation that would make sexual harassment a punishable offense.
In 2009, Bovrisse sued Prada for discrimination and sexual harassment— and has been locked in a legal tussle with the brand ever since. Prada counter-sued Bovrisse for $780,000, accusing her of damaging its image through statements made to the media about the lawsuit. A Change.org petition urging Prada to drop the suit has accrued more than 211,000 signatures at the time of this writing. After the Change.org petition launched, Bovrisse presented her case to the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, which expressed support for her position.
An English translation of the court document citing the British Vogue story as evidence was provided to BuzzFeed Fashion by a representative for Change.org. It reads:
While Prada refuses to drop its case against Bovrisse, pressure only mounts on social media. Prada’s Facebook page is being flooded with statements of support for Bovrisse from around the world. Here are just two of the dozens you’ll find there.
The longer Prada lets this case drag on, the longer they give Bovrisse and her supporters to tell the media about how cruel the brand is. Besides, if they want to fully control their image, which they claim Bovrisse has damaged so very much, they’ll have to get off social media — and convince everyone with something against the company to do the same.
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What the hell is going on in Italy nowadays?! First, Dolce and Gabbana are guilty of tax evasion. Then, that dirty old bastard Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty of paying for underage sex. And let's not forget the dishy drama going down at the Vatican when Pope Francis I practically snubbed a posh concert event attended by the now furious cardinals and bishops. Now, Prada gets in on the dishy drama headlines with their unfinished sexual harassment saga. Miranda Priestly would NOT approve!
Fashion criticism discussion post: would you boycott a fashion brand/label you wear and stan for if you heard that fashion brand/label was found guilty of a nasty scandal, ONTD?
Posing for an ad campaign surely goes beyond the job description for most personal assistants. But ruggedly handsome Sébastien Jondeau— who has worked for Karl Lagerfeld for 14 years, and also acts as his bodyguard— was happy to oblige and appear in the Lagerfeld fall campaign.
To be unveiled on July 1 at the Bread & Butter trade fair in Berlin, the ads showcase a men’s wear range produced under license since 1990 by Miltenberg, Germany-based F.D. Fashion Herrenmode GmbH. The campaign is to break in the September issue of GQ Style in France, with the media buy focused on that country and Germany, where the first new-look Lagerfeld store just opened in Berlin. (A Munich unit is to follow in August.)
The aforementioned ad campaign fronted by Sebastien Jondeau for Karl Lagerfeld's eponymous label.
Jondeau, a boxing enthusiast from the suburbs of Paris, also talked about his working life in a poignant, two-and-a-half-minute video clip made during the fashion shoot at Lagerfeld’s studio.
Jondeau in Chanel-branded sportswear and accessories photographed by his flamingly queer master, Kaiser Karl.
“I spend all my time with him,” (
does that include sexy times in the shower?) says Jondeau, 38, the devotion plain in his eyes. “He’s my boss and I respect him.” ( and by that, do you mean letting him ride your thick French disco stick?) Asked if he would go to any length protecting the designer in the event of danger, Jondeau looks right in the camera and says, “Of course, to the end. I have no limits, to protect him at least.” ( does that mean you don't use safewords during kinky BDSM shizz?!)
A teaser of the clip is to go live today on Karl.com and the fashion house’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
Karl Lagerfeld and bodyguard/fashion bitch du jour Sebastien Jondeau at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
Jondeau and Karl Lagerfeld posing with the Kaiser's former Chanel boy toys Baptiste Giabiconi (brown jacket) and Brad Kroenig (black blazer).
And here is the smexy Sebastien riding in a first-class private jet babysitting and fooling around with the Kaiser's one true love, Choupette Lagerfeld. Karl Lagerfeld has publicly expressed his desire to marry his pet cat, but as human-to-animal marriages are not yet legal in France (or the world, for that matter), Karl is content to remain in a committed relationship with Choupette, who is currently the fashion world's most wanted cat, and has even appeared in the pages of Vogue Italia.
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Say what you will about the krazy old kween that is Kaiser Karl, but he has legit fuck-worthy taste with the men he "associates" with. And if anyone cares, I happen to be friends with Sebastien on Facebook before he even exploded onto the fashion scene, so if you're have the hots for him, here's his legit official FB profile.
Hot male model discussion post! Which male model in the fashion industry makes your ovaries/prostates explode, ONTD? Stan away your crotch-moistening man candies, so don't fail me now!
Peter Doherty has revealed that he is planning to sell rock 'n' roll memorabilia from a stall in Camden, including cigarette butts smoked by Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss.
The Babyshambles frontman revealed the plan to NME as part of an interview you can read in full in the new issue of the magazine, on newsstands now. Discussing his money making scheme, Doherty says: "I've got fag butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that (former Coventry City goalkeeper) Steve Ogrizovic sent to the guy from Black Sabbath. All kinds of shit basically."
Elsewhere in the interview, Doherty opens up about the next Babyshambles album, pencilled in for release this September. Chatting about the Stephen Street-produced album, he says: "It's a strong record. Stephen Street has pulled it out of the bag, I think. And there's a special guest on one of the songs. We're not saying who it is yet but you'll like it."
Can we talk about last night's episode? All those masks were freaking me out -- I was sure Hanna was going to walk by a real person at some point and think it was just a mask.
Justice Anthony Kennedy announced the court's 5-4 decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case and Prop 8 Case. Justice Kennedy was joined by the four members of the court's liberal wing—Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan—while Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
WASHINGTON—A divided Supreme Court handed a victory to supporters of gay marriage, striking down a 1996 federal law that denied federal benefits to lawfully wedded same-sex couples.
The court avoided a ruling on the merits in a second gay-marriage case involving California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage, saying that both the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. That means a federal district court's ruling striking down Proposition 8 stands, which could clear the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California.
Collectively, the rulings represent a history-making advance for the cause of gay marriage. The Supreme Court for the first time said the federal government couldn't discriminate against same-sex couples if their marriage is recognized by a state, and in the California case it declined to reverse the district court ruling recognizing a right to gay marriage.
Justice Anthony Kennedy announced the court's 5-4 decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case. Justice Kennedy was joined by the four members of the court's liberal wing—Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan—while Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
The court's majority said the Defense of Marriage Act "violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the Federal Government."
Justice Kennedy wrote: "The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the state, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity."
Justice Scalia read parts of his dissent from the bench. He said the court shouldn't have ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act at all, and he also said the court was wrong on the merits.
"By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition," he wrote.
The court's four dissenters offered three different written dissents, by Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia and Justice Alito.
The ruling on Proposition 8 was 5-4, with Chief Justice Roberts writing the majority opinion. Chief Justice Roberts said Proposition 8's backers didn't have legal standing to challenge the law.
"We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here," Chief Justice Roberts said, alluding to the state of California's decision not to defend Proposition 8 in court.
Justice Kennedy led the dissenters in the Proposition 8 case. He didn't debate the merits of the state initiative but said he believed the Supreme Court did have jurisdiction to hear the case. He said proponents of a ballot initiative ought to be able to defend it in court when the state doesn't.
The rulings were coming amid quickly shifting public opinion on gay rights and gay marriage. A poll this year by the nonpartisan Pew Forum on Religion and Public life found that 50% of Americans support gay marriage, up from 39% in 2008. When Proposition 8 passed in 2008 with 52% of the vote, only two other states permitted gay marriage. Today, 12 states plus the District of Columbia do so.
If the Supreme Court disbands parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, what would it mean for same-sex married couples in the U.S.? WSJ's Jason Bellini has "The Short Answer."
Moreover, many elected officials and public figures who had previously been noncommittal have thrown their support behind gay marriage. In May 2012, President Barack Obama, who had previously supported civil unions but not full marriage, said he now supported marriage as well. Former President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act, now says the measure is a mistake.
In both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, the underlying issue is gay marriage, but the specific legal questions differ.
Both cases came to the court in an unusual posture: The federal and state governments that normally would defend their challenged laws agreed with plaintiffs and lower courts that the measures violated the U.S. Constitution.
With the Obama administration declining to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives stepped in. And when California's governor and attorney general offered no defense of Proposition 8, the private citizens who sponsored the initiative came to defend the measure.
But the Supreme Court has long held that particular conditions must be met before a party can appear in federal court, among them that it possesses a definite interest in the outcome beyond a general interest in public policy. And the justices weren't certain that either the House or the Proposition 8 backers possessed the legal standing to appear. The court specifically asked the parties to address that question in the briefs and oral argument.
Casey Oakes, 26, of Monroe, N.J., left, Dan Choyce, 21, of Sicklerville, N.J., center left, Zach Wulderk, 19, of Hammonton, N.J., and his brother Dylan Wulderk, 22, right, wait for a ruling on same sex marriage at the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday.
When it came to the merits of the cases, the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was the narrower gambit. While the challengers argued that the law violated constitutional principles of equal protection and due process, they also left room for the justices to decide the case without opining so broadly.
Family law traditionally falls under state jurisdiction, and it has been virtually unknown for the federal government to deny recognition to couples married in accordance with state law.
Standard methods of legal interpretation require the government to provide justification for discriminating against similarly situated parties, and gay-rights activists argued that no legitimate reason underlay the Defense of Marriage Act. To the contrary, as Justice Elena Kagan observed during oral arguments in March, the legislative record demonstrated that disapproval of homosexuality was a significant basis for enacting a statute designed to penalize same-sex couples.
When the Defense of Marriage Act was adopted 17 years ago, no state permitted same-sex marriage, so the law's impact was largely theoretical. But today, with a dozen states authorizing such marriages, the harm the measure inflicts on same-sex spouses has become clear. In the case before the court, New York resident Edith Windsor would have been exempt from a federal estate tax of $363,000 had her late spouse been male.
Federal district and appeals courts in New York ruled for Ms. Windsor. In parallel cases, lower federal courts in Boston reached the same result.
Paul Clement, the former George W. Bush administration solicitor general the House hired to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, argued that the federal government had good reasons for denying benefits to same-sex spouses, including maintaining a uniform federal policy regarding marriage across the country, endorsing the values of states that reject same-sex marriage, and, potentially, saving money by excluding married gay couples from tax and other benefits provided to heterosexual spouses.
Although Proposition 8 affected only California, the lawsuit challenging the voter initiative carried the potential of changing marriage laws across the country.
In May 2008, the California Supreme Court held that the state constitution's equal-protection provisions required recognition of same-sex marriages. By enacting Proposition 8 the following November, California voters eliminated that right by adding a sentence to the state constitution stating that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
In 2010, a federal district judge in San Francisco struck down Proposition 8 on broad grounds, concluding that such discrimination against gays and lesbians served no rational purpose.
The measure's proponents appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where last year a Pasadena, Calif.-based panel agreed that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, but for narrower reasons. Citing a 1996 Supreme Court opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Ninth Circuit found it impermissible to withdraw rights from a minority group while leaving them intact for others.
The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. That outcome probably will allow state officials to order the resumption of same-sex weddings in the nation's most populous state in about a month.
omg. it is GONE! bye bitch! Mods, this is a historic event in the lives of many gay ppl, if the TX abortion law post can be approved... this can be too.
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How excited are you for Thor 2?!
USWeekly has just reported that Paula Deen has hired the real Olivia Pope "Judy Smith" who inspired the hit ABC show "Scandal" to help her solve her crisis!
"Paula Deen is in full-on crisis mode -- and she's brought out a big gun in the hopes of reviving her ruined reputation following last week's N-word disaster. (The fired Food Network star broke down in tears Wednesday morning on the Today Show speaking to Matt Lauer about the ongoing fracas.) And, a source tells Us Weekly the celebrity chef, 66, has hired none other than Scandal's Olivia Pope! Well, sort of.
A source tells Us Weekly the Lady and Sons proprietor has been "making desperate calls to top crisis PR firms" after Food Network and Smithfield both dropped her in the wake of the scandal, with other partnerships and business ventures on thin ice as well. "She ended up with Judy Smith," the source reveals. Smith, 54, is a Washington, D.C.-based crisis management expert who has worked with the likes of Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick -- and famously inspired Olivia Pope, the fictional DC "fixer" on ABC's Scandal played by Kerry Washington.
Quips the source: "It's good, because only Olivia Pope could help her now!" The New York Post's Page Six first reported the possibility of Deen hiring Smith. Said Star Jones of the DC insider: "I've got her number on speed dial . . . If I listened to her advice more often, I wouldn't have gotten into half the trouble I'm in."
PHOTOS: Celeb meltdowns
Choking back sobs, Deen addressed the camera on the Today Show Wednesday morning, pleading "If there's anyone out there that have never said something that they wish they could take back. If you're out there please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you. I is what I is, and I'm not changing."
Angel Haze just debuted her new track “Initiation” to placate fans as they wait for her first album to drop. According to her tweet, the song didn’t make the cut for her debut LP Dirty Gold, but we have to say, if something this solid is a leftover, that bodes well for the album’s overall quality.
Whereas “No Bueno” (which, it turns out, isn’t the LP’s lead single) was confrontational and aggressive, this one is emotional, delving into the murk of relationships. The MC raps and delivers a beautifully sung chorus over a gloomy, throbbing beat — in fact, it’s more of an R&B song with (her own) guest rap verse.
Hear “Initiation” below.
I don't know if I like it or not. I'm glad it didn't make the album, though. She should stick to just rapping. Sorry, Angel. :(
Prada F/W 13 by Steven Meisel
Full cast: Amanda Murphy, Caroline de Maigret, Catherine McNeil, Christy Turlington, Fei Fei Sun, Freja Beha Erichsen and Malaika Firth.
Michael Jackson allegedly made his move on Wade Robson when he was just seven years of age — as his sister slept in another bed just feet away at Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Robson, now 30, has told how the King of Pop made his first sexual advances on the young child prodigy in his bedroom in 1990, as the Australia-born dancer’s older sister Chantal slept in the same room and with his mother often under the same room.
The abuse allegedly continued unabated for another two weeks and from then on, for a period of seven years.
“We can never tell anyone what WE are doing,” Jackson told Robson, according to new court documents filed in the father-of-one’s creditor’s claim against the Estate of the late singer and obtained by RadarOnline.com.
In the declaration, Robson revealed the 13-time Grammy Award-winner suggested to him: “People are ignorant and they would never understand that we love each other and this is how we show it. If anyone were to ever find out, OUR lives and career would be over.”
Robson recounted how he first met Jackson at a meet-and-greet with the pop star during the Australian leg of his ‘Bad’ tour. Two years later, at age seven, he traveled with the Johnny Young Talent School located in Brisbane, Australia , to perform at Disneyland.
“Several family members traveled with me to America,” Robson said.
“During our stay in Los Angeles, I met Doe 1 [Jackson] at a recording studio in Van Nuys, California. During our meeting, Doe 1 invited me and my whole family to spend the weekend at his Santa Barbara County ranch, Neverland Valley Ranch. My family stayed the weekend at the ranch, but then left me alone with Doe for another week.”
On the first night at Neverland, Robson and sister Chantal both slept in Jackson’s bedroom — in the same bed as the singer — it’s claimed.
But the following night, “Chantal expressed concern about sleeping in Doe 1′s bed and elected instead to sleep in a separate bed on a different floor of Doe’s two-floor bedroom.”
Robson, though, decided to sleep in Jackson’s bed again and that’s when his lifelong night was said to have begun.
“Doe 1 began sexually abusing me on or about that night,” Robson told court. “The sexual abuse continued every night through the nearly two weeks that I spent at the ranch during that early 1990 visit as well as at Doe 1′s apartment in the Westwood section of Los Angeles before my family and I returned to Australia.”
Specific allegations of abuse were heavily redacted from Robson’s filing. In one section alone, seven lines of alleged abuse were blacked out by the Los Angeles probate court in order to protect Robson’s privacy.
However, according to sections of what has been released, even while Robson’s family was at Neverland, he continued to sleep with Jackson in his bed and “the sexual abuse continued.”
When Robson returned to Australia following his two-week visit, their relationship continued via faxes and frequent telephone conversations for “hours each week.”
He pledged to the “Thriller” hit-maker that he would never tell about what happened.
“I swore I would never tell about what we did and did not until May 2012,” Robson wrote in the seven page hand-signed declaration.
That wasn’t the end of the abuse, he said. Between the ages of seven and nine, Robson and his mother Joy traveled to the United States from their hometown of Brisbane on two occasions.
“One trip was for one week and the other was for six weeks,” Robson said. “During these trips, my mother would stay in a hotel or guest room while I stayed with Doe 1 in his bedroom and in his bed. The sexual abuse continued every night we were together.
“It was during these years that my ‘God’ became my ‘friend’ and told me that he loved me and wanted to be with me.”
Shedding light on their apparent bond, Robson said Jackson — who died at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of surgical anesthetic proposal — “encouraged” him to call him ‘Dad’ and he would, in turn, call him ‘Son’.
The pair, Robson claimed, would also watch explicit adult pornography in the form of magazines, books and videos — until it all stopped at age 14.
That was when Robson began to show signs of puberty — and “the sexual abuse by Decedent [Jackson] became less frequent,” charged the court documents.
Complicating Robson’s bid for damages, he infamously denied in testimony at Jackson’s child molestation trial in 2005 that he’d been molested by the singer — charges Jackson was ultimately acquitted of partly based on the testimony of Robson, his sister and his mother.
According to Robson, Jackson had “coached” him every day to provide certain statements against claims of any sexual abuse, beginning with the Jordy Chandler case in September 1993.
“He would tell me that our phones were tapped and ‘they’ were listening to everything we said,” Robson said of conversations with Jackson.
“He would role play with me and say to me, ‘They are saying we did all of this disgusting sexual stuff. We never did any of that, right?’ I would play along and answer, ‘No way!’ He would say, ‘If they believed that we did any of this sexual stuff, YOU AND I would go to jail for the rest of our lives. Our lives and careers would be over. We’ve got to fight this. We’ve got to beat them together.”
Jackson selected, hired and paid for the lawyer who represented Robson in relation to his testimony to the grand jury, it was also revealed.
Then, when Jackson was criminally charged in 2005, he again, allegedly, began to coach Robson.
“Doe 1 [Jackson] called me constantly and coached me by acting out similar role play as he did with me in 1993 when I was 11, telling me such things as ‘They are making up all these lies about you and I. They are trying tying to take US down, take away my power and money, take away our careers. We can’t let them do this. We have to fight them together.’”
Robson recalled he would play along, just as he did when he was eleven.
“I still did not believe that I was sexually abused,” he said.
“I did not believe that I was forced. I believed that I was a consenting participant in the sexual acts that Doe and I engaged in. I also believed that I was absolutely fine with what went on between us.
“My state of mind was essentially the same as when I was eleven and I denied any abuse.”
According to Robson, it wasn’t until May 8, 2012 that he realized he’d been systematically abused – after he had the first of a series of nervous breakdowns which included feelings of extreme stress, anxiety, fear, depression and insomnia.
His lawyer told court, “It was only within the past year, as the result of a complete psychological collapse arising from the fulfilling of a ‘prophecy’ made by the Decedent [Jackson] to Claimant [Robson] that Claimant would one day direct films and a fear that was happened to him as a child could also happen to his own young son, that Claimant, with the assistance of insight-orientented therapy, has relayed that his relationship with his god, his idol and his father figure, Michael Jackson, which began when Claimant was only five years old, was built on sexual abuse and that Claimant was the victim of extensive psychological trauma.
“The decision to pursue a claim against the Estate for the actions of Decedent was not one that Claimant arrived at without a careful and measured evaluation of its implications, as filing this Petition would necessarily mean that he would have to disclose to others the shameful and loathsome nature of his childhood sexual relationship with Decedent, the effects of which he has buried for decades.”
Jackson’s estate have labelled Robson’s claims as “outrageous and pathetic.”
“This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him,” lawyer Howard Weitzman said previously.
“Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is.”
Actors Kata Mara and Aaron Paul have been tapped to announce the nominations for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards.
Mara ("House of Cards"), and Paul ("Breaking Bad"), will join Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman-CEO, Bruce Rosenblum to read the nominees' names live on July 18 at 5:40 a.m. PT/8:40 a.m. ET from the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif.
The announcement will be streamed live on emmys.com.
Paul is no stranger to the Emmys -- he's been nominated three times in the supporting actor category for his role as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad" and has won the prize twice (2010 and 2012).
Mara may also see her own name on the nominees' list -- she stars on Netflix's acclaimed drama "House of Cards" as reporter Zoe Barens.
The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sept. 22, in a ceremony airing live on CBS from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Neil Patrick Harris will serve as host.
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I hope they will both be announcing their names.
There are a lot of shows on television. A lot. It’s hard to keep up with them, unless some pop culture website is banging a drum on a weekly basis about how you should be watching this show or that show. Chances are, there are many series that you’ve never even given a shot, that you’ve dismissed out of hand because of the network it’s on, the lame premise, a cast member that you don’t care for, or because you judge a television show based on bad promotional materials. Many of those shows are also not covered regularly on pop-culture blogs like this, so they fly under the radar within a particular demographic that might never have even considered checking out these shows.
Below, I’ve put together a list of 10 of those series, which are currently running (or recently ended their runs). They’re not necessarily the best shows on television (although, the third on the list is definitely one of the top five shows TV right now), but they’re good, solid shows that, for whatever reason, a lot of people dismissed out of hand.
It’s on A&E, so it probably isn’t on the radar of many of our readers, and the fact that it’s a procedural is a strike against it for others. But as someone who typically loathes procedurals, I’m a big fan of Longmire, which I’d describe as a kind of heavier, Western version of a USA Network show. The reason it’s so good, however, is because of Robert Taylor, who manages to be a soft-spoken bad ass, a tough, old leathery Lee Majors for this generation. “Longmire” is basically the show I envision Timothy Olyphant taking when he’s in his 50s or 60s. Katee Sackhoff is pretty great, too, even if she is sorely underused.
Wait, wait! Don’t stop reading. I hated the first two seasons, too, and never would’ve bothered with the third season if it had not been for the fact that my job demands that I keep up with such things. But listen: In the third season, at least so far, The Killing actually seems to be making good on the promise of the first season: The mystery is solid (there’s a serial killer), we’ve been promised it will be solved by the end of the first season, and Peter Sarsgaard has been fantastic as a death row inmate likely mistaken for the real killer. Like everyone else, I don’t trust it; I’ve been snakebitten too many times by The Killing, but I am really digging what we’ve seen so far. I think, in part, that the success of the season has to do with the fact that they’re investigating an active serial killer, who is currently piling up bodies, rather than investigating an old case. It’s a legitimately good show now.
The Good Wife
Considered by many to be a CBS show for old women, trust me when I say it’s so much more than that: Look at the image above. Keep looking. You think that’s a show for your grandmother? It is a legal drama, and there is an episodic component to it, as the firm has to deal with weekly cases. But more than that, it’s about the politics of working in a big law firm, the way that everyone in Chicago knows each other, ethical and moral dilemmas, and some of the best acting on television. Also, no show on television gets better guest stars than The Good Wife, including a recurring role from Michael J. Fox that is lights out fantastic. It doesn’t hurt, either, that The Good Wife — thanks to Archie Panjabi — is one of the more sexually provocative shows on network television. Again, see GIF set above.
Suits only qualifies as a show that’s much beter than you probably think only if you are one of those people that immediately dismiss USA Network shows. Like The Good Wife, there’s far more to Suits than you’d think, and plenty of my colleagues who haven’t seen the show heap sh*t on me for watching. Suits is unusual for a legal drama, however, in that there’s rarely any courtroom scenes: It’s about settling, and negotiation settlements allows the characters in Suits to put on weekly dick measuring contests full of bravado and ego. It has the requisitely attractive cast you’d expect from USA Network shows (including Donna (above), who is going for a Christina Hendricks vibe, and on occasion, matches it), but it’s also well acted, especially by scene-stealing Rick Hoffman, who plays Louis Litt. It’s not so much a legal procedural as a kind of lower stakes, USA Network version of Game of Thrones set in a law firm: Everyone wants their name on the door, and there’s a lot of maneuvering and politicking to try and get there.
The NBC drama, which enters its fourth season this fall, is not exactly the kind of show that might immediately appeal to the UPROXX demographic. There are no deaths. No sex scenes. No shocking twists. But if you loved Friday Night Lights, which comes from the same guy (Jason Katims), you’ll love Parenthood, which applies the same humanistic approach and centers on the same kind of good people trying to make good decisions. Also, if you only know Dax Shepard from his past work, you’ll never believe how captivating he can be. Overall, however, it is definitely a show that aims to jerk a tear or two out of your face, and more often than not, it succeeds. It doesn’t hurt that it has one of the best ensembles on television.
Where Tom and Will make plans for a road trip
Special Ops: Part 1
The team tracks the kidnappers of a wealthy teen; Anne-Marie finds a link between the kidnapping and another case; Dorn and Louis discover a connection to their enemy Alexander Dimitrov.
that is an amazing shirt he is wearing. and pants. because I can't hear a thing they are saying, I'm going to focus on the shallow aspects of this show
i can't find a video for other countries :(
Snowden, who has been charged with committing espionage against America, is currently holed up at an airport in Moscow, Russia, as he tries to seek asylum in Ecuador, and now Noyce has revealed he is interested in turning the scandal into a big screen film.
Rachel Jeantel, the Florida teen who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin in the moments before he was shot and killed, testified for a second day in the George Zimmerman trial.
Zimmerman is facing charges of second degree murder after the fatal confrontation with the 17-year-old in February of 2012.
Jeantel's testimony has come under great scrutiny as the trial has progressed, not just because of the integral role it could play in deciding the case, but also because of the commentary it has spurred from television talking heads, and across the internet. Writing for Russell Simmons' Global Grind, Rachel Samara described Jeantel as "raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile," and made the assumption that the predominantly white jury would not "understand" the teen's demeanor:
They won't understand her, especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn't.
The Smoking Gun combed the teenager's Twitter account for a section of their site called "BUSTER" and highlighted the number of tweets that have been deleted, or in their words, 'sanitized' while also uncovering a few they deemed "embarrassing" or "incriminating".
The scrutiny and attention paid to Jeantel has not gone unnoticed on Twitter. Struggling Olympian Lolo Jones, known mostly for her off-the-field controversies and athletic inconsistency, brought the wrath of many twitter users when she compared Jeantel to the Tyler Perry character "Madea" tweeting:
Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I'm going to sell it as Madea goes to court.— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) June 27, 2013
Twitter users empathizing with the difficulty of Jeantel's situation quickly set Jones' mentions ablaze with tweets voicing their displeasure with her untimely, and unsympathetic tweet.
op note - some of my favorites:
Dragging @LoloJones ain't difficult. It's not like there are Olympic medals around her neck weighing her down so... (-_____-)— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) June 27, 2013
Rachel Jeantel and Lolo Jones have the same number of gold medals— Desus (@desusnice) June 27, 2013
@lolojones maybe if u EVER win a race...we can burn it on DVD n call it "Miracle"— HiiiPoWeR (@Huey_P_Hampton) June 27, 2013
How classless of you to mock a young girl who's experienced trauma your privileged ass will never know @lolojones— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) June 27, 2013
Scholastic has unveiled the new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban cover ahead of its August re-release in paperback.
Prisoner of Azkaban’s new cover features a more simplistic design than the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets covers we’ve seen released so far. The illustration depicts Harry casting a Patronus on the Black Lake.
Hypable spoke to illustrator Kazu Kibuishi in late May when the Chamber of Secrets cover was unveiled. He told us that Prisoner of Azkaban’s cover was the easiest for him to design because he knew right away that the Black Lake moment was the one to illustrate.
His idea for Prisoner of Azkaban paved the way for the remaining covers. “I had just done the Prisoner of Azkaban one – it was nothing like the rest,” he told us when explaining how he designed the series on a whole. “And then I got the notes back from Scholastic, and they said, ‘We love THAT one. That’s the one. Can you make the rest like that?’ And I was like, ‘Yes I can.’ So everything that you see now is derived from what happened on the third cover.”
We have four more cover unveilings to go, and Scholastic has promised that each one will debut before they all hit book store shelves at the end of August. We also are looking forward to brand new artwork on the complete box set’s case.
Speaking of new covers, this morning Bloomsbury U.K. revealed new Harry Potter covers for the adult editions. The new designs are bold and vibrant.
What do you guys think? Mary GrandPre's covers will always be my favorite but these new ones are nice so far.