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YORK -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has been carted off the field after getting spiked near his right Achilles while covering first base against the New York Mets.
Hudson was working on a four-hit shutout in the eighth inning Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. hit a grounder that was knocked down by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman's toss at the bag just before Young arrived, and the speedy outfielder stepped on the back of Hudson's lower leg, driving the pitcher's right ankle awkwardly into the ground.
Hudson immediately went down in obvious pain, and Young rushed over to check on him. The crowd at Citi Field groaned when the replay was shown on the big video board.
EMS workers strapped Hudson to a backboard and drove him off the field on a cart as fans applauded.
Aubrey Plaza stars as Daria in this mock live action trailer of Daria from CollegeHumor.
Click here to view, the embed code isn't working -- if anyone can help out, feel free! Sorry about that, mods!
I need this in my life tbh!
With a net worth of around $120 million, it's no surprise that Miley Cyrus has developed rather expensive tastes.
The 20-year-old singer and actress hit the upmarket Bond Street Chanel store in London on Sunday where she blew a substantial amount of cash.
Miley emerged with an armload of designer black bags, requiring two shop assistants to carry her haul to her car.
She later tweeted a photograph of herself lying amidst several black and white Chanel bags with the caption: The damage is done.'
And far from enjoying the cultural highlights of what London has to offer, Miley said her shopping expedition was her favourite part of visiting England.
'Dolls in Londawwwn,' she wrote next to another picture of herself in the store. '@CHANEL thank you for taking such good care of us :) best part of my trip by far.'
If you had the cash, what luxury item(s) would you buy?
It’s been rumored for weeks that Love & Hip Hop Atlanta co-stars Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez are married, and earlier today The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss added fuel to the rumor fire by posting numerous photos of the couple looking to be wearing matching wedding rings!
Kandi posted the photo above on her Facebook fan page along with this lengthy description:
This morning at V103 Joseline was dancing in the studio. Joseline and Stevie J. have matching rings. Hmmm. I had a blast with all of them co-hosting the morning show!
Kandi’s “Hmmm.” gets a big HMMMMMMM from me!
That photo was preceded by these next two, the first of which Kandi captioned with “Are they married???? Look at @thebaddestputa1′s rock.”
She then shared this close-up photo of Joseline and Stevie J’s ring bling with the words, “They’re both rocking rings on the wedding finger!”
It appears that the sometimes unreliable MediaTakeout.com may have been accurate with its story back on June 13 reporting that Joseline and Stevie J got married in Puerto Rico in the first week of June. A “friend of the family” told the site that Stevie J flew Joseline and her entire family to Puerto Rico for the ceremony, which was captured by VH1 cameras for L&HHA. Actually, the site reports that producers of the show were a bit heavy-handed in their filming, going so far as to have “the minister STOP THE VOWS, so that they could shoot a better angle of Joseline.”
The timeline seems to jibe with this photo Stevie J posted on June 12th clearly showing his wedding ring (some commenters have wondered if its actually a guy’s engagement ring) along with the caption, “Just another day at the office #blessed”
I should also point out that the photo with Kandi Burruss added fuel to another rumor circulating online that Joseline and Stevie J are joining The Real Housewives of Atlanta! Though we have no definitive answers on either of the rumors, we do know one thing: Stevie J and Joseline are absolute professionals at the media game! (Speaking of that, be sure to check out Joseline’s brand new music video for “Mi Colta,” just released today.)
Fans of Million Dollar Listing New York will finally get an inside look at Fredrik Eklund's nuptials Wednesday night.
The Swedish real estate agent married Brit Derek Kaplan on Feb. 9 on Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys. Bravo TV cameras captured the ceremony -- along with "uncomfortable" discussions about a prenuptial agreement and monogamy.
Ahead of the second season's penultimate episode, which airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Eklund talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his wedding, previewed a fight with nemesis Ryan Serhant and revealed why Supreme Court's recent rulings on same-sex marriage were especially important to preserving his relationship with Derek.
The Hollywood Reporter: Can you give viewers a preview of what they'll see in Wednesday's episode?
Fredrik Eklund: I just watched it for the first time with my husband. We cried like babies watching it. It is so beautiful. I think filming a reality show is like jumping off a plane or cliff and hoping a parachute can save you. Bringing the cameras and the production team to a private island and talking about uncomfortable things like prenups and monogamy and actually leading into this beautiful wedding where we got married out in the actual water with the sunset behind us and everyone we love -- I cried a lot. And it's really scary and beautiful and I'm very thankful to Derek for opening up to the camera like that. Obviously, it's something you do once, and there's no turning back after that.
THR: How did you select this particular location for your wedding?
Eklund: We were there for a long weekend in August or September of last year, and as soon as I got on the island, I looked at Derek and I said, "This is the place." I just knew in my heart -- I'm very crazy and opinionated -- and he said, "Babe, we haven't even seen the room or had lunch. We don't know what the food tastes like." But there were palm trees and a pier and white sand and the size of it was 30 bungalows and could accommodate around 60 people, and it was private. Well, it wasn't private only because it's hard to be private when the production team and all the cameras are there. But it was private in that it felt like we were separated from the land; there was water all around us. And having everyone you love there for four days instead of just one or two nights -- I'd go to bed, wake up, see my mom at breakfast, family and friends at lunch.
THR: In June, four months after your wedding, the Supreme Court made its historic ruling declaring that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, which restricts federal benefits for gay couples, is unconstitutional. What was your reaction upon hearing the news?
Eklund: It was insane because I got married legally here in New York, and we had been trying to live together for a long time. With Derek being from the U.K., it's been very difficult for us to be honest with you. Although we are recognized in the state of New York, we weren't recognized as a married couple at the federal level. Because of immigration laws, Derek really wasn't for a while able to stay and live with me. We had to look into other avenues, visas. We were obviously hoping and praying it was going to happen, but there was no guarantee. I remember refreshing my browser every three seconds for an hour when they were going to announce it. [When the ruling was announced], I kicked so high my suit exploded. It was a tight suit, and I think it just cracked open. I called Derek, who was visiting my parents, saying, "You should come home." I was crying and screaming up and down. It was unbelievable. It was just the most amazing feeling. I called my parents, everyone.
THR: Had the two of you talked about what might happen if the Supreme Court had ruled another way?
Eklund: It could have been over for us. It was one of those moments where you didn't want to think about the alternative. I thought in my heart it might happen [the way he wanted it to], but of course I wasn't sure. No one could be sure. I felt very proud to be in America and proud to be part of everything. It was one of the happiest days of my life.
THR: What else will viewers see in the season's final two episodes?
Eklund: We had some drama, like every wedding has. It was stressful and really beautiful. I'm happy because a show like this is so high pressure and a big deal and there are big negotiations and attorneys and buyers and sellers, and it doesn't show enough of our softer sides. I have that side in me as you will see Wednesday when the episode comes out, and I'm happy about that. Derek always says to me, "There are two Fredriks." The season finale is very dramatic. We filmed with Donald Trump and Ivanka, and they gave me a project -- I'm not going to say what happened, but they are obviously the biggest names in real estate. I was honored by that. There also is a big fight -- there is no other right word for it -- between me and Ryan that was a long time coming.
ngl, i got misty-eyed at the wedding
Ten black former "American Idol" contestants from various seasons have filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming they were unjustly booted because of their race ... and they EACH want $25 million ... minimum.
We broke the story ... the contestants have accused producers of conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit them for ratings by illegally digging up their arrest histories and using the records to humiliate them on national TV.
The contestants -- Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Jacob John Smalley (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9).
The contestants' lawyer claims the show used the arrest info to make his clients appear to be "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants" ... when they weren't. In fact, none had ever even been convicted of the charges stemming from their arrests.
Worse, the lawyer claims ONLY black people were ever probed about their alleged criminal pasts ... never white people.
Not only do the contestants feel they got the shaft, they claim their lives have been ruined by the show's racist portrayals.
The 10 are suing for discrimination and other alleged misdeeds. They also want Idol to adopt new anti-racism regulations.
Reps for FOX and FremantleMedia had no comment.
I don't watch this enough to know how legit their accusations are. ONTD lawyers assemble.
Last week, the website VICE partnered up with James Wan's box office hit The Conjuring for a fun little experiment, titled The 3:07 AM Project. Four budding masters were given the chance to make short films for the project, with the only rule being that they must take place at the time of 3:07am. Why? Because that's the time in The Conjuring where all the shit goes down, and the clocks in the family in peril's home all stop ticking. The Devil's hour, if you will.
The four filmmakers tasked with creating early morning spookshows were Nacho Vigalondo, mostly known for writing/directing Timecrimes, Max Landis, son of John and the writer of the highly impressive Chronicle, House of the Devil's Ti West and last but not least Jason Eisener, who brought into our lives the unforgettably entertaining Hobo With a Shotgun. Four guys that know what they're doing behind the camera, that's for damn sure.
The four films are as short as they are creepy, running a combined length of 6 minutes long. So if you can manage to find any excuse to not watch them all, then I think we're going to have to revoke your membership in the horror fan club.
Do you have a favorite horror anthology or short? What scares you?
UPDATE: TMZ has learned ... the judge just GRANTED the request to extend Amanda's psychiatric hold for another 2 weeks. So even if the judge denies the temporary conservatorship Friday ... Amanda will stay in the psych ward for 2 more weeks.
Amanda Bynes is in a court hearing right now to determine if the 5150 psychiatric hold will be extended for 2 weeks, and if the judge denies the extension Amanda could walk free tonight ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the matter tell TMZ the hearing is being held in the psychiatric hospital where Amanda has been confined. A judge is presiding over the hearing at the hospital.
We're told Amanda has her own lawyer who is arguing that the extension should be denied.
Our sources say the doctors are arguing that they need the 2 weeks to properly diagnose Amanda ... and that releasing her could pose a danger to herself and others.
If the judge denies the extension the 72-hour hold expires in a matter of hours and Amanda could go free.
People connected with the case tell TMZ, however ... they feel confident doctors will win an extension.
We're also told the reason Amanda's parents are going to court Friday morning is because they are worried the judge will reject the 2 week extension and they want the ability to control her actions in the event that happens.
We'll let you know what happens in the hearing.
They are in the running to join likely judge Keith Urban, after newly hired MTV producers have soured on the "all-alumni" panel idea.
The behind-the-scenes reboot of American Idol is starting to pick up steam. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Fox show is closing in on its season 13 judges lineup. At the top of producers' wish list: singer, actress and mini-mogul Jennifer Lopez, who was a judge on Idol for two seasons, in 2011 and 2012.
But talks between producers and Lopez's representatives seem to have reached an impasse over -- what else -- money.
While on Idol, Lopez earned an estimated $15 million per season. It was reported that her successor, Mariah Carey, got $3 million more than that. No doubt Lopez's manager Benny Medina, who, another insider says is “pushing hard to do a deal,” is asking for a hefty pay raise for Lopez. (Also worth noting: Midway through Idol's lackluster season 12, producers approached Lopez's team with a plan to replace Carey with Lopez.)
Meanwhile, Idol is also talking with season three alum-turned-Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who has long been believed to be close to finalizing a deal. Keith Urban, the well-liked country star and season 12 judge, looks set to return, and the show might add Will.I.Am, who spent the last two seasons as a coach on the U.K. version of The Voice (though a source says the Black Eyed Peas frontman still hasn't decided if he's returning to The Voice). Dr. Luke, pop hitmaker (Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream") and newly minted label head (his Kemosabe Records is a joint-venture with Sony Music), was also in the running, but a source says Idol has cooled on him.
Even at this late stage -- auditions for season 13 of Idol are taking place now, with some 8,000 turning out for try-outs in Detroit; the next stop is set for July 26 in Atlanta -- the new powers-that-be seem to be wavering. J Lo makes sense in light of the fact that new executive producer Per Blankens, who came over from Swedish Idol to take over for longtime EPs Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, is “looking for big names” to fill out the panel. The Swede’s thinking: this is “American” Idol -- the biggest of the franchise. The judges should be the same.
On the other hand, a salary north of $20 million for four months' work would set a bad precedent in a TV sector that's seen ratings nosedive of late. Idol's season 12 finale, for instance, only saw 14.3 million people tune in, down from 21.5 million the year before. That drop of more than 40 percent contributed to the show's lowest rated finale ever and the first time since the series launched in 2002 that it didn't hit 20 million viewers.
Among the other ideas floated is an all-alumni panel. Sources say Blankens and newly arrived producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager -- whose past experience producing live television events like VH1’s Divas special and the MTV Video Music Awards is seen as a major asset the a reboot -- have somewhat soured on the all-alumni idea. Still, as recently as two weeks ago, another sources said talks with Adam Lambert were still ongoing. The season eight fan favorite has said on multiple occasions that he would be "thrilled" to join if asked.
Veteran judge Randy Jackson said before the season's end that he won't return in 2014, as have Carey and hip-hop star Nicki Minaj.
For many, it was a decidedly un-gleeful morning in LA.
Less than two weeks after the shocking death of Cory Monteith, friends and costars of the actor, including his girlfriend Lea Michele, reunited for a memorial on the Paramount studio lot, where Glee's auditorium scenes are filmed.
Michele joined producer Ryan Murphy and costars including Kevin McHale and Darren Criss at the indoor/outdoor event where guests mingled, dined on buffet food and listened to Glee-appropriate tunes like "Good Vibrations" in Monteith's honor.
Each of the over 150 attendees (including Chord Overstreet, who was seen carrying a guitar) sported black ribbons as a tribute to the late actor.
"They were somber," says an eyewitness of the mourners, who were seen leaving the memorial with puffy, red eyes. "There were a lot of production staff and crew too and most everyone was dressed in black."
In a statement, Fox said: "Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith. We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time."
Meanwhile, the entire Glee cast (Michele included) will resume production in early August. The series will honor Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, in a special tribute episode this fall.
Gemma's voice is like honey, she's so perfect.
Graceland 1.07 "Goodbye High" clips
Sorry for the shitty quality/embedded text in this video. There was a nicer one, but then FOX took it down due to copyright issues. WTF FOX? You don't even go here! Graceland and Morning Joe are 100% NBC, you dickwads.
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WARNING: NSFW nude photos of this glorious man under the cut, so y'all are duly warned!
Doris Anna is a part-time model living in New York. One day she got called to shoot the video below with David Gandy — male supermodel and ravishing hunk extraordinaire— for the Bionda Castana shoe line. This is her story.
For almost every job I book into as a model, I have no idea what to expect or what I’ll be doing. I’ve shown up to shoots and ended up wearing a see-through gown in the middle of Times Square in January, and I’ve had my hair colored with blue chalk. If I asked too many questions, I might not want to do a lot of jobs, so it’s best to just not. This was the case when one afternoon not long ago my agent told me to go to a fitting because I’d be shooting a video the next day. At the fitting were the usual suspects — models, hair and makeup artists, stylists, and producers. All seemed more or less normal.
“You get to meet David Gandy tomorrow,” a woman there tells me. “Did you read the script?”
“Oh, cool,” I responded. I hadn’t read the script, but I knew from the audition that it involved a bedroom scene. I figured this was nothing to get excited over. In the three years I’ve been part-time modeling, I’ve had my fair share of intimate moments with male models, and it feels as sexy as kissing a mannequin at Macy’s. (Sorry, boys, but you know you feel the same way.)
“He’s a Dolce & Gabbana model,” she added excitedly, sensing my lack of enthusiasm.
I smiled politely. “I can’t wait!” I said, trying to mirror her excitement.
At home later, my curiosity piqued, and I google imaged this Gandy fellow. A more accurate description would have been “THE Dolce & Gabbana model.” If you’ve looked at a magazine or billboards over the past decade, you’ve probably seen him: He’s the man who sits on the boat, legs open, wearing tighty-whities in front of the perfume bottle.
This is Gandy.
Google him and you’ll learn other fun facts about him, like that Dolce & Gabbana dedicated a book exclusively to him. It consists of nothing but glorious shots of David Gandy and his spectacular physique, which is sort of like a rock sculpture that looks like it would be soft and warm to the touch. (Disclaimer: Google image “David Gandy Dolce & Gabbana” and things can get NSFW pretty fast.) Now I was a little nervous. How will I get enough sleep tonight for my 5:45 a.m. call time?
The prestigious prize is open to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth who write full-length novels in the English language. The longlist of nominees this year includes seven women, three debut novels, and a multimedia e-book series.
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
In 10 words: Five characters bring their dreams for the future to Shanghai.
Quote:“Time — how it expands to fill the spaces you create; how it makes meagre experiences seem never-ending. Whenever he heard people talk about the ravages of time, about how it robbed and deprived, Justin always smiled; because for him, time was an accomplice, plugging the gaps and fleshing out morsels of memory so he would have something substantial to hang on to. That way, however little he had seen or felt, he would always feel as if he had more: a life far richer than the truth.”
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
In 10 words: Darling, age 10, moves from Zimbabwe to America… Detroit, Michigan.
Quote:“Look at them leaving in droves, the children of the land, just look at them leaving in droves. Those with nothing are crossing borders. Those with strength are crossing borders. Those with ambitions are crossing borders. Those with hopes are crossing borders. Those in pain are crossing borders. Moving, running, emigrating, going, deserting, walking, quitting, flying, fleeing – to all over, to countries near and far, to countries unheard of, to countries whose names they cannot pronounce. They are leaving in droves.”
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
In 10 words: The story of brothers with opposite futures spans three generations.
Quote:“Amid the gray, an incongruous band of daytime blue asserts itself. To the west, a pink sun already begins its descent. The effect is of three isolated aspects, distinct phases of the day. All of it, strewn across the horizon, is contained in his vision.”
A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
In 10 words: A suicidal Japanese teenager’s diary discovered by an American novelist.
Quote:“Sometimes when grown-ups are talking to you, and you stare back at them, they start to like they’re inside one of those old-fashioned TV sets, the kind with the thick dark glass, and you can see their mouths moving, only the exact words get drowned out into a lot of staticky white noise so you can barely understand them, which didn’t matter because I wasn’t listening anyway. Mom was talking on and on like a breakfast TV show host, and Muji was burping and trilling like a drunken sparrow, and Jiko was pretending to sleep, Dad was exhaling clouds of cigarette smoke into my clean underpants that were still hanging on the laundry line because in all the excitement Id forgotten to take them down,but none of this mattered because I was deep inside my mind, which is where I go when things get too intense.”
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
In 10 words: An intimate biography of Mary, years after her son’s crucifixion.
Quote: I like it that they feed me and pay for my clothes and protect me. And in return I will do for them what I can, but no more than that. Just as I cannot breathe the breath of another or help the heart of someone else to beat or their bones not to weaken or their flesh not to shrivel, I cannot say more than I can say. And I know how deeply this disturbs them, and it would make me smile, this earnest need for foolish anecdote or sharp simple patterns in the story of what happened to us all, except that I have forgotten how to smile.”
The rest of the 2013 Man Booker Prize longlist nominees can be found at the ( SOURCE ).
Book recommendations post!
Has anyone read Robert Gailbraith's J.K. Rowling's "The Cuckoo's Calling" yet? Is it really as good as the critics said it was? If it is, I may have to buy a copy at the end of the month when I get my next paycheck.
Wes Bentley is in negotiations to join the all-star cast of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi movie Interstellar.
Bentley's casting fills the final vacant slot in the Interstellar lineup, which already includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck and Topher Grace.
The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, involves time travel and alternate dimensions and sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, as is Bentley's character description, though insiders describe it as a meaty supporting role.
Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. are teaming on the big-budget tentpole that will be produced by Nolan, Emma Thomas and Lynda Obst. Jordan Goldberg is exec producing.
Bentley, who played Seneca in The Hunger Games, has quietly become one of the busiest actors in film. He appeared in eight films in 2012, including the mystery thriller Gone. He also co-stars in the upcoming Lovelace, which premiered at Sundance.
Last month, he was cast as the lead role Ryan Murphy's new HBO pilot Open.
Bentley is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes.
he's so hot. i wanna have his bbs.
IT'S A TOUGH WORLD OUT THERE, AND THE COMPETITION IS FIERCE. HERE'S HOW SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST LEADERS HAVE EMBRACED THE CHALLENGE, AND ONE-UPPED THE OTHER GUY.
At a fourth of July barbecue, New York Times reporter, William J. Broad marveled at his hosts’ ability to keep mosquitoes at bay with an unlikely weapon--an electric fan.
Curious as to how his hosts had come up with the idea, in a story for the New York Times, the reporter traces the dissemination of the information all the way back to its originator, a Philadelphia businessman, who told him, “The solution came from trying to think like a bug, and realizing ‘I don’t like flying into a 15 mph wind.’” Since mosquitoes are weak flyers that clock in at a pokey 1 to 1.5 mph, the blow-‘em-away theory works.
How Enemies Power Innovation
This think-like-a-bug philosophy reminded us of the adage, “Know your enemy.” We’ve all heard the maxim, “Know your customer,” but that will only get you so far if part of your mission is to dominate or defeat a condition, say, Barbecue Host vs. Mosquitos or Big Pharma vs. the Big C. Or if your mission, in large part, involves dominating or defeating a rival as in Coke vs. Pepsi or Instagram vs. Vine. Sometimes for you to win your rival has to lose. So in a world of fierce competition, why do recent studies suggest that business managers who think-like-their-enemies are in the minority?
There are a few obvious ways to gather intel on those you are trying to best: Become a customer by buying your competitor’s products, talk to their customers about their likes and dislikes, check out their social media sites, set up Google alerts, even buy some stock from your rival so you can get financial information. But here are some more creative tips you can take from successful people who understand that a large measure of success depends on beating out the competition.
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
A once-cutting edge business that has been around for years could learn a lesson from Madonna, whose first single was released over three decades ago. While most aging artists (and businesses) become uncool nostalgia acts or go quietly into the night, Madonna still commands the public’s attention. Her secret to staying relevant? Instead of viewing younger artists as competition she associates herself with them and appropriates their art. When Madonna headlined the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show (that she reportedly beat out Lady Gaga for), it was no accident that a posse of up-and-coming artists--LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee Lo Green--surrounded the 53-year-old superstar like planets orbiting the sun. This keeping-up-with-the-kids protocol has been a Madonna staple since she first began to recycle personae: She incorporated vogue-ing from the Harlem ballroom scene for her song “Vogue,” (1990) suggestively kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (2003), copped krumping for her video of “Hung Up,” (2005) and purloined cheerleader chic from Nicola Robert’s “Beat of My Drum” for “Give Me All Your Luvin’” (2012). The list goes on. And how did that Super Bowl gig work out? Two days after the show, Madonna announced the MDNA Tour, (allegedly to beat out Gaga’s announcement of her competing tour). MDNA was the highest grossing tour of 2012--taking in over $305 million. And Gaga’s tour? Eighteen dates into her Born This Way Tour, the 25-year-old injured herself and had to call off the rest of her shows.
Steal like Jobs.
In 1979 the 24-year-old Steve Jobs famously snookered Xerox. Jobs struck a deal: He’d let Xerox buy shares in Apple if Xerox would “open its kimono.” When Jobs was given a tour of the Xerox PARC research labs, he saw their “mouse,” “icons,” and "windows.” Jobs stole them all for Apple as well as the Xerox engineer Larry Tesler, who had given him the tour. The rest is history.
Compete with yourself.
For an alt view: Arianna Huffington believes that the red meat competition model of us vs. them is “a kind of macho thing.” In a recent speech the founder of the Huffington Post said, “I think women are beginning to change the way we approach how we run our businesses.” Does Huffington spend her nights worrying about the latest competitor who might blow HuffPo out of the water? No. She suggests another approach to competing with your rivals: “Each unique media operation has its own DNA. We need to identify what it is, and stay true to that.” And who can argue with the results? Because Huffington stayed true to her vision of an online platform with a strong political view written by an international cast of thousands of celebrities, experts, and just plain folks, HuffPo is now the most popular political blog with 39 million unique viewers a month. “The bottom line,” said Huffington, “is that we are competing with ourselves.”
Know when your competitor is about to launch a similar product.
Twenty-seven years after Charles Darwin set sail on the 1831 Beagle voyage, he was still tinkering with his book on the theory of natural selection. In 1858 Darwin was shocked to receive a parcel from a colleague Alfred Russel Wallace with an unpublished paper outlining an evolutionary theory very similar to Darwin’s. In a letter to a mentor who had warned him that if he didn’t publish his theory quickly he might not be credited with its discovery, Darwin wrote: “Your words have come true with a vengeance," and as a result "all my originality, whatever it may amount to, will be smashed.” Fueled by competition, Darwin raced to finish his book. One year later, in 1859, Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published and Darwin, not Wallace, got the credit. Added value: Lit critics say that since the book was written so hastily, it is much more lyrical and approachable than the scientific, heavily footnoted tome that Darwin had originally imagined. The moral is, if you know the competition is about to launch--go live first.
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Keke Palmer, Eve and Amaury Nolasco are among the actors starring in the horror film.
Produced by Flower Films, Keke Palmer (Joyful Noise) will topline the original feature, currently in production in Manchester, Conn., The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Animal follows a group of close-knit friends who find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a blood-thirsty predator. Holed up in isolated cabin, tensions mount as secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group puts their differences aside and fights for survival.
Eve (Barbershop), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), Parker Young (Enlisted), Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious), Paul Iacono (The Hard Times of R.J. Berger), Thorsten Kaye (Smash) and Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) have also joined the cast.
Animal will receive a limited release in theaters and will be available on-demand in 2014 before debuting on Chiller.
Barrymore is an executive producer alongside Nancy Juvonen, and producers Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell, Kelly Smith and Thommy Hutson. Hutson and Catherine Trillo penned the script and is directed by Brett Simmons. Gary J. Tunnicliffe created the creature effects.
Sleigh Bells, “Crown On The Ground”
Pretty much everything on Sleigh Bells’ debut album Treats, really. Even if you don’t know who this band is, you’ve almost certainly heard their energetic, ultra-bombastic combo of rock riffs and crunk bass in all sorts of ads, movie trailers, and TV shows. This music is going to have utility for a loooong time, and in the future, people will be surprised that songs like “Crown On The Ground,” “Kids,” and “Infinity Guitars” were not actually major chart hits at the time of their release.
Florence + The Machine, “Dog Days Are Over”
Florence + The Machine have a lot of hits for a band with only two albums— and that’s not even counting Florence Welch’s work outside of the group — but their breakthrough single is the one that is a guaranteed classic. It’s the first truly great gospel song of the 21st century.
Skrillex, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”
This is pretty much the same deal as with Sleigh Bells — even if you don’t really listen to Skrillex, you almost definitely know this song. This has the added bonus of basically being the first hugely famous dubstep song, and as such will always be used in movies and documentaries as musical shorthand for the early 2010s EDM boom. Also, this is a brilliantly composed track, and far more musical than a lot of people realize.
Lady GaGa, “Bad Romance”
Lady GaGa could totally mess up the rest of her career, and no matter what, “Bad Romance” will always be a song that gets people very excited. It’s her anthem, and she can basically dine out on it for the rest of her life.
Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”
Adele’s 21sold over 10 million copies in the United States alone in a time when it’s a miracle to sell even 500,000. “Rolling in the Deep,” the album’s biggest hit, is a sure shot for longevity if just because of that, but the fierce post-breakup sentiment means it will always have utility. This is basically the new “I Will Survive.”
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YASSSS to my ginger goddess kween Florence and Slaydele! And whats this I see? No Godney? No Legendtina? No Messiah Carey? No King Bey? HAHA! All the stans must be so pressed right now. Good.
What will you still listen to twenty years from now, ONTD?
VIBE Vixen: What was your initial reaction to joining a girl group?
Leigh Anne: At first, it was a little bit scary because I thought being a girl group meant not doing the music that I wanted to do, but then I got to know the girls and we were all on the same page. We knew exactly what we wanted to do. I think anyone would be worried. You get put in a group with people you’ve never known before.
What is the biggest misconception people have about Little Mix?
I’ll probably say the only thing is that people think we get on the stage and lip sync our songs which we don’t. We write our music, we produce it and we always sing live.
What sets you a part from other groups?We kind of take inspiration from all the girl groups. We’ve got a rapper. We’ve got a beatboxer. There’s four of us and we’re all equal. But we’re all quite individual as well. We’ve got different styles. We sing. We dance. We act. We do everything we possibly can (laughs).
Yes! That’s one of our goals. We want to act in it as well as have a documentary type of thing. I remember when I was younger, I loved the Spice Girls movie.
What about a Little Mix Barbie doll? Are you ready for all of the marketing that comes with being in a successful group?
When we got together, we didn’t just envision ourselves as a singing girl group, but a brand as well. I think you have to think like that. You have to think big. It’s important to establish yourself as a brand and a singing group because we have so many young fans who are into that kind of thing. We’re getting there (laughs).
How do you balance a personal life and such a busy schedule?
Well, three of us have boyfriends. It works because we’re so busy and they’re so busy as well. I like it that way because when you do see each other, it’s more special and you can’t get bored of each other.
You’ve already performed at so many incredible places? What’s your dream stage?
The dream is Madison Square Garden, definitely. And hopefully it’s going to happen.
What beauty products do you need for every performance?
We love Mac makeup, Bobby Brown makeup. I love argan oil. It keeps my hair in great condition, so I need that all the time. (people here always wonder what she uses so I bolded it for y'all ^__^)
Jade: Well, there’s definitely more advantages. I would say one is always having a friend around you. The disadvantage? Hair and makeup always takes forever (laughs)
Who are some of your favorite girl groups from the past?
I absolutely love TLC. I used to love groups like SWV, Total and Destiny’s Child. All of the great harmony groups I’m inspired by.
You just snagged your first major magazine cover. What was that like?
We just couldn’t believe it to be honest. Seventeen is such a massive magazine. We got to the photoshoot; we put together all our own clothes. It was just a really fun day. We’re always having a laugh together and no matter what we do—it doesn’t really feel like work to be honest.
Has it been harder to break out in America?
I think it’s two completely different markets, so I would definitely say that America’s harder because in the UK, we came off the X Factor and people knew everything about us because of the show. We were already accepted. But at the same time, in the UK, you had to convince people why you did win and why you’re important. But you come to America and you have to start from scratch again.
If you could collaborate with one American artist, who would it be?
I love Demi Lovato. She’s so amazing and talented. Oh, and Nicki Minaj.
What’s your relationship like with other groups from the UK?
It’s important for us to support each other, especially since we’re all trying to make it in America. We’re really cool with One Direction.