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- 08/13/13--06:43: _Paramore perform "S...
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- 08/12/13--23:35: GOOD TIME TEASE! ☺♡♫
- 08/13/13--06:38: ShamWow Ex-Scientologist -- Leah Remini's Life Is in Danger
- 08/13/13--06:39: VMA 2013: Katy Is Coming For You!
- 08/13/13--06:39: America's boyband, Midnight Red, talk new single & choreography.
- 08/13/13--06:40: Microsoft dumps Kinect link requirement for Xbox One
- 08/13/13--06:41: Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes dies age 44
- 08/13/13--06:41: Ray Donovan 1x08: Bridget
- 08/13/13--06:43: Badger in negotiations to pen the next Trek film script
- 08/13/13--06:43: Paramore perform "Still Into You" on Conan
- 08/13/13--07:30: Will 'Pitch Perfect 2' be an international incident?
- 08/13/13--07:31: Kristen Stewart enrolls at UCLA to study English literature
- 08/13/13--07:31: Let's Totally Overanalyze 'Breaking GOD'
- 08/13/13--07:33: Jennifer Garner on the cover of Allure September 2013
- On her husband, Ben Affleck: “Well, he’s taller than you’d expect and more handsome than you’d think he could be.”
- On not going to every Hollywood event with Ben: "It’s a very conscious decision. Sometimes it’s a pain because my heels are so high and it would be nice to have his arm. And he’s such a great date! But it can be too much. I think especially for women, they can really lose their identity and just become 'wife of.'"
- On why she prefers not working on screen with Ben: “Really, you don’t want to see a couple onscreen . . . People see paparazzi shots of us together all the time. There’s no mystery . . . People are sick of us.”
- On tattoos: "Garner girls don’t have tattoos."
- 08/13/13--07:33: Poehler and her boys (and legs) shop for flowers
- 08/13/13--07:34: #stopthedrama #startthemusic #lolwhatever
A video of pulchritudinous popstar Paris Hilton sensually grooving to the sound of her eagerly anticipate summer anthem Good Time has appeared! The clip gives us the first tease of the updated Good Time and Lil Wayne's verse on the Afrojack production.
Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Roar" should each make big starts on the Billboard Digital Songs chart next week -- perhaps marking the first week with two 400,000+ download debuts.
This week could be a historic one for digital song sales.
New singles from both Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are heading for big debuts on Billboard's Digital Songs chart next week -- and both should rack up major sales.
Perry's new single "Roar" hit digital retail at 12 AM today (Aug. 12), while Lady Gaga's "Applause" is scheduled to make a retail bow on Tuesday (13). The latter's arrival is six days before its original release date (Aug. 19).
While it's a bit early in the week to exactly forecast just how big either will be, industry sources are suggesting each should sell well over 400,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Aug. 18. A start of over 500,000 for each wouldn't be out of the question either.
The final sales tally for both will be released on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21.
If both tunes sell over 400,000, it would be the first time two songs have debuted in the same week with more than 400,000.
Further, it would mark the first non-holiday week in over a year where two songs sold over 400,000. It last happened on the May 5, 2012-dated Digital Songs chart, when Maroon 5's "Payphone" debuted at No. 1 (493,000), pushing Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" down one slot to No. 2 (463,000).
Perry's "Roar" has a slight head start in the sales race, as her song had a 24-hour jump on "Applause." So, the former will get a full seven days worth of sales in its first week, versus "Applause's" six days.
Both songs preview new studio albums for each superstar. Perry's "Roar" leads her "Prism" set, due out Oct. 22. "Applause" is the first single from Gaga's "ArtPop," which arrives on Nov. 11.
Gaga's last studio album, 2011's "Born This Way," was led by its title track, which debuted with 448,000 downloads after only three days on sale, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (It hit retail on an off-cycle Friday, instead of the usual Tuesday.) In its second chart week (and first full sales week), it moved 509,000 downloads.
Perry's last new album, 2010's "Teenage Dream," was ushered in by "California Gurls." It bowed at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 294,000. Perry has sold more than 400,000 in two previous weeks: when "Firework" shifted 509,000 over the busy post-Christmas week of 2010, and when "Part of Me" debuted in 2012 (411,000).
As previously reported, "Roar" is likely headed for a debut in the bottom half of the Hot 100 on the chart to be released on Billboard.com this week, highlights of which will post on Wednesday (14). The start will stem only from its airplay through Tuesday (13); its expected lofty sales (and streaming) figure will not factor into its chart rank until the chart released the following week, when a hefty sales sum could translate to a vault into the top five.
"Applause," meanwhile, is likely not to reach this week's Hot 100, unless its airplay today and tomorrow is enough to spur a debut in the chart's lower rungs. Like "Roar," its sales and first full week of airplay and streaming will make it a force on next week's Hot 100, with gigantic sales also potentially leading to a top five entrance.
Thus, as Perry and Gaga battle in the iTunes Store this week, we'll know who ranks higher on next week's Hot 100 after each song has had a full week of music buyers, streams and radio programmers weighing in.
You don't attack the Church of Scientology and get away with it ... not by a long shot -- so says one famous ex-Scientologist Vince Offer (the ShamWow Guy), who tells TMZ, Leah Reminiis lucky she's still alive.
Offer was out in L.A last night -- and it's clear he's still concerned about L. Ron Hubbard's followers after his highly-publicized split from the Church ten years ago ... because he was VERY hesitant to talk about Remini's situation.
You'll recall, the "King of Queens" actress recently left the Church, then filed a missing persons report regarding Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. The Church was PISSED.
Offer called Remini's move "brave," but said he couldn't say much more because he values his life ... and he wasn't kidding. You have to see how scared this guy is.
As for Scientology -- reps for the Church have repeatedly stated that Miscavige is fine ... and rumors of mistreatment are nothing more than defamatory lies.
The guys of Midnight Red talk their new single Take Me Home and serving up late 1990's boyband realness with their choreography.
"Take Me Home" is available on iTunes y'all and they are performing a free set this Saturday 08/17 at CityWalk in Los Angeles.
What are some of y'all fave boyband performances? :D
The game console was designed to shut down if it wasn't connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.
The Xbox One will still ship with the new version of the Kinect camera, but connecting it will no longer be mandatory, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten told IGN.
"Like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in, although you won't be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor," Whitten said.
When it launched the Xbox One, Microsoft made much of the console being a full package, shipping with both Kinect and a controller. Microsoft highlighted that the controller and Kinect sensor worked together, telling people back in May that "Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases."
The latest policy reversal follows Microsoft removing its infamous "Internet check-in" requirement, which would shut down key features of the Xbox One, such as offline single-player gaming, if it couldn't connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.
Whitten did note that the Kinect could also simply be turned off if people had fears about the device collecting information on them.
"You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information," he said.
Potentially dumb question, given it was set up with all these features, can they still activate them later with 'updates' etc?
Jon Brookes, the drummer with indie band The Charlatans has died age 44.
He had suffered a seizure on tour with the band in 2010 and had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour.
Brookes had undergone several operations, but had still been working on new material with the band over the summer. He died in hospital on Tuesday morning with his family at his bedside.
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was "torn apart" at the news and sent love to Brookes's family.
"Jon Brookes, my friend, our drummer and inspiration to so many, passed away this morning. We are torn apart. Love & thoughts to Jon's family," he said.
A further statement from the band read: "Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band.
"Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with Debbie and all of Jon's family."Stopped breathing
Brookes was diagnosed with a brain tumour after collapsing during a Charlatans gig in Philadelphia, in the United States in 2010.
He briefly stopped breathing and was helped by a doctor attending the show, before being taken to hospital for emergency treatment.
The rest of their US tour was cancelled as Brookes was flown to the UK for treatment.
Speaking afterwards he described how he "saw lights" in the corner of his eyes before collapsing at the concert and said he was at the "start of the long road of treatment for cancer" but was "feeling fit and positive".
In July this year the band revealed that he had undergone further surgery for the brain tumour.
They said he had recovered well from the operation but would remain in hospital for additional treatment.
Brookes, of Burntwood, Staffordshire, was a founding member of the band that formed in the West Midlands in 1989.
The band have had 22 UK top 40 hits, including The Only One I Know, Can't Get Out Of Bed and One To Another.
This show manages to get progressively more depressing each week.
Shia LeBeouf is really taking this whole method acting malarkey a bit far.
Not only is he diligently dressing as a soldier in preparation to film his new movie, Fury, but he's taking it to the extreme by wearing the EXACT same outfit day in, day out.
It's a surprise girlfriend Mia Goth isn't getting fed up, as the ungroomed actor is really starting to look quite grubby.
Dressed in his 'uniform' of green camouflage pants, tucked into his trusty sand-coloured lace-up boots, and dirty not-so-white Bud Light T-shirt, the star was spied running errands with his lady love on Sunday.
Stopping by the shops for mundane grocery items including milk, the Transformers actor happily took the lead wheeling the couple's shopping trolley.
He then got an impromptu workout as he hauled a bag of ice to the car over his shoulder.
The picture of domesticity, the couple, who have been together since November, then took a trip to West Valley Nursery in Tarzana, California, where they picked out an array of leafy greens for a possible vegie patch.
While the cute couple are not believed to be living together just yet, it's clear they have an easy relationship and that things are getting serious.
On July 23, the pair were pictured picking up DIY supplies at Home Depot, with the 20-year-old model and actress happily pitching in, helping her beau carry long poles of wood to the car.
After meeting on the set of controversial movie Nymphomaniac last year, the lovebirds have been practically inseparable ever since.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old is clearly eager to get to work on his new flick, which is slated to begin filming this fall.
At the end of June, he and co-stars Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman spent several days at the Fort Irwin National Training Center in the Mojave Desert, immersing themselves in army life and learning to assemble machine guns.
Fury focuses on five crew members of an American Sherman tank - dubbed Fury - during the final days of World War II.
The team embark on one brave last mission as the Nazi regime begins to collapse.
Directed by Training Day's David Ayer, the action drama is set for release on November 14 next year.
I Spent $7 Mil ... BUT
I'm Still a Bargain Shopper
Britney Spears made a fortune last year -- way more than $10 million -- but she's still a hardcore bargain shopper ... this according to new legal docs obtained by TMZ.
According to documents, Britney's conservatorship raked in nearly $14 mil in 2012. But here's the thing ... she spent $6.8 mil, which sounds like a lot, but a closer look makes Brit look like a bargain hunter.
-- $63.74 at a 99 Cents Plus
-- $11.92 at Pay 99 Cents Or Less
-- A tab from Subway, Wetzel's Pretzels, Domino's, IHOP, 7-11, El Pollo Loco, McDonalds, In-N-Out, Coffee Bean, Starbucks, and Romano's Macaroni Grill.
-- $33,959 on grooming and wardrobe -- bargain basement for a big star.
But there are extravagances as well ... like a $500 manicure. And get this -- $3,400 on XMAS lights.
Our favorite -- Britney paid $1,500 to her Kentwood, Louisiana yard boy -- aka, Jamie Lynn's baby daddy Casey Aldridge.
As For Britney's total worth ... it's a lot. The conservatorship alone now has $36.4 million. And that doesn't include a huge chunk of her net worth ... including the $68 mil she made on her last concert tour and the $15 mil she snagged from "X Factor."
credit for the video goes to Matt Czap from vulture.com
Vince Gilligan had been telling the story of a pie-eating contest gone wrong aboard the Enterprise to the writers of Breaking Bad for as long as writer Peter Gould can remember. “Since probably the first season,” laughed Gould, the author of last night’s season-5.5 opener, “Blood Money.” When it came time to give Badger another stoned (and yet amazingly coherent!) speech, Gould says he asked to borrow Gilligan’s Star Trek fan fiction, which involved an ill-fated Chekov and the gross misuse of the transporter. “We talk about Greek tragedy in the writers' room, but there are a lot of geeks, so there’s a lot of geek tragedy, too,” Gould said.
Badger’s Star Trek pitch (fact-checked by a Trek expert here) was dreamed up early in the writing of this last half of the season, when Gould and fellow Breaking Bad writer Gennifer Hutchison got into it over the true operational nature of the Trek transporter. The debate between Badger and Skinny Pete over how it works was lifted straight from their conversation. Gould, who said he was “a real Trekkie” as a kid, said he was the Skinny Pete in the argument: “I don’t want to go on a transporter because it’s essentially taking you apart and putting you back together. But Genni made a pretty good argument that that would mean there were literally 100 Captain Kirks.” He decided their debate (which no one won) was a natural way to get Gilligan’s gory lesson in transporter abuse on the show. “It would be the ultimate diet, really. Eat anything you want, and then Scotty beams it out of your stomach,” Gould said. “But like with great technology, there are terrible things that can go wrong.”
Matt Jones and Charles Baker, who play Badger and Skinny Pete, described themselves as “moderate” Star Trek fans, but admitted some of the story went over their heads. “I didn’t know what the fuck a tulaberry was,” Jones said. Gould confessed he had to research the berries as well. “I will admit that did not come too quickly,” he said. “I don’t believe there were any berries on the original Star Trek that didn’t have some sort of psychoactive, psychedelic effect. I had to reach to Voyager, and of course Skinny Pete calls Badger out on that.” (But was it Voyager, as Pete corrects? Vulture’s descent into Trek wikis find the tulaberry actually debuted on an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but we would argue Skinny Pete was super-duper high and therefore can’t be held accountable for the error.) Baker lovingly referred to Gould as Breaking Bad’s “go-to geek guy.” “I think Peter loves writing those scenes because it doesn’t take much work for him,” Baker said. “It’s interesting. It’s such a great scene, but you watch it and you realize, ‘Wow, that scene wasn’t anything about us. It was all about Jesse. It was just to show Aaron Paul’s greatness at work without saying a word. We’re Muzak.’”
Hey, at least it would be original and not a whitewashed, sexist, Quinto-extremely-stupidly-shouting-about-the-death-of-a-guy-he-had-no-chance-to-get-to-know remake of a classic. And maybe this guy can help too!
"Pitch Perfect" was clearly in tune with the Teen Choice Awards, as the a cappella comedy took home four surfboards — including Choice Movie - Comedy — during Sunday's ceremony. But there's no need to pitchslap yourself if you missed the festivities, as an encore performance is already in the works.
"There's been talks of a sequel. I have read them just like everyone else has read them," Skylar Astin, who played Anna Kendrick's love interest Jesse, said. "All I know is that it's supposed to come out in, like, two years, so I better hear something else soon. I don't know. I think they're writing the script now, so they don't want to tell us. Hopefully, I made the cut."
As for his sequel wishes, Astin is eyeing an international shoot.
"I want everyone to go abroad. I want the whole thing to be international just so we can film in a really cool location, but also, I think it would be really cool to see different countries' perspective on a cappella," he said. " I think that would be really awesome. Because what do you do after you win nationals? You go international. That's my pitch."
Co-star Adam DeVine, who played Treblemaker leader Bumper, disappeared at the end of "Pitch Perfect," defecting from the group to sing back up for John Mayer, but he has an idea for his character's return.
"I pitched to Kay Cannon, who wrote the movie and is writing the second one as well, that I want to come back as a K-pop star," he enthused. "Like, maybe it didn't work in America, so I went over to Korea and just blew up. So we'll see if she took that to heart and wrote it in the next script."
Coincidentally, it's a very similar storyline to the one imagined by Hana Mae Lee, who played quiet, quirky Barden Bella Lilly.
"You can go so many places," she said of the sequel. "I can go over to K-pop or J-Pop, and Rebel can go to Australia, and all just battle each other worldwide. But we'll see what happens. They're working on it."
KRISTEN STEWART is heading back to school, if reports this morning are to be believed. The actress is said to have enrolled at the University of California (UCLA) and signed up to complete a course in English literature.
Nothing has yet been confirmed, by either the school or Stewart's representatives, but it's believed that she will take a distance-learning course - meaning that she can complete it remotely so as not to disrupt her filming schedule.
"She is already considering a life after film. She never got to complete college and she wants to get a proper education," said a source, according to tabloid reports. "She is a voracious reader and cannot wait to get going on her correspondence course. It won't be easy and it will mean putting in some fairly strenuous hours. But once she's graduated, Kristen will be able to do almost anything she wants, in or out of Hollywood."
If confirmed, it would mean that the 23-year-old follows the likes of Emma Watson, Lily Cole and Tyra Banks in returning to higher education after already having successful careers. Stewart started acting at the age of eight and landed her first major film role, opposite Jodie Foster in Panic Room, aged 11. She began filming the role of Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise in 2008, shortly before her 18th birthday.
After what felt like forever, Breaking Bad finally, finally came back. What a treat! And based on its teasing reveals, it gives viewers an opportunity to bust out some theories about where the show's final episodes are heading. Who will live? Who will die? And how much ricin does one guy need? In the wake of last night's season premiere, a few new theories have presented themselves.
So where will this season of Breaking Bad take us? There have been many wild theories circulating the Internet. Here are the best of the bunch.
Theory 1: Walt faked his own death
In the flash-forward opening segment, we see Walt return to his destroyed home. (Destroyed by whom? Someone not savvy enough to strip outlet covers. Surely the DEA would know to do that, no?) Someone has spray-painted Heisenberg on the wall, indicating that Walt's secret identity is not so secret in the future; this makes it hard to picture him as a free man, wandering the nation eating at Denny's and buying machine guns that come with instruction manuals. Walt's tried to escape before, with the help of the vacuum repair man, and maybe this time he really went for it, convincingly faking his own death so he doesn't have to look over his shoulder the rest of his life. When neighbor Carol drops her bag of oranges, it's not just from fear of her neighbor the murderer — maybe she's seeing someone she thought was dead. No one will believe her, so Walt has nothing to fear.
Theory 2: Walt kills Skyler
This theory first circulated on Reddit, and was reposted on a Straight Dope message board:
“In Breaking Bad, Walt has a habit of taking on some little traits of the people he has killed. When Walt killed Crazy 8, he started cutting off the crusts of his sandwiches—just as Crazy 8 had done. Gus drives a Volvo. After Walt kills Gus, at the beginning of Season 5 (at the Denny's), Walt is driving a Volvo (w/ NH plates). When Mike and Walt meet at a bar in an earlier season, Walt orders his drink neat while Mike has his on the rocks. After Mike is killed, and Hank offers Walt a drink in his office - he asks for it on the rocks. At that same scene at Denny's, Walt arranges his bacon into his new age. Someone else used to do that. On top of that, he's using Skyler's maiden name on his fake ID. Based on his history of picking up traits from his victims—I believe Walt is going to murder Skyler before the series is over, and it probably had already happened before he showed up at the Denny's in the Season 5 cold open.
Theory 3: Holly will die
Vince Gilligan has gone on record on numerous occasions about the importance of color in Breaking Bad, and how it’s used to foreshadow certain events. The color pink is important on the show because it tends to be associated with death. There’s the charred pink teddy bear, which served as a motif during much of the show—you know, the one that fell out of the 737 plane and landed in Walt’s swimming pool, losing an eye. Then, when Walt witnesses the plane crash, he’s wearing a hot pink V-neck sweater. And, after Jesse’s squeeze Jane dies, he finds a cigarette she left in his car covered in her pick lipstick. The most memorable image of Walt’s daughter Holly, meanwhile, is of her sitting in her stroller in what looks like a pink bear costume. Let’s hope she doesn’t experience the same fate as that poor stuffed animal.
Theory 4: Jesse is going to kill himself
Jesse's been on and off suicide watch since pretty early in the series, and we've seen him sit on the floor and sob many times, just as he was catatonic this week. Let's pair that with another recurring symbol that popped up last night: bugs. Last night a totally demoralized, puffy-eyed Jesse watched a massive cockroach skitter across his coffee table. (Thereby rejecting Hank's life theory that everyone kills roaches. "I mean, you don’t think about it, you stomp them down," he said in season two's "Breakage.") It's a call-back to season two's "Peekaboo," where Jesse spots a beetle on the sidewalk and gingerly picks it up and gazes at. By "Blood Money," he's totally disengaged. In "Peekaboo," Jesse spent time at a squalid junkie den, where he tried to rescue a neglected kid from its filthy circumstances. This week, he's completely haunted by the boy's death he couldn't and didn't prevent. He's not present; he's not observant; he's barely alive as it is. His life is meaningless to him, and in between "Peekaboo" and now, he's had some practice killing some actual bugs. There was the fly in the meth lab, and lest we forget, Jesse and Walt hid among exterminators so they could set up mobile cook-houses. The next time Jesse sees a bug, he is gonna smash it.
P.S. He's the bug.
Theory 5: The ricin cures Walt's cancer
Okay, not really, but it has been used in experimental cancer treatments— and used effectively. Walt has cancer and he has ricin; all that's left is a way to put them together, right?
The Color Xerox Theory (and the “147 Kirks” Theory of Star Trek)
When the scene begins, Badger and Skinny Pete are having an argument about the nature of the transporter technology used throughout the Trek universe. Badger prefers the conventional wisdom that the transporter is, well, a transporter, beaming human beings (and other species) from one place to another. Skinny Pete, however, has a more insidious theory. “The transporters are breakin’ you apart, man! Down to your molecules and bones! They’re makin’a copy! The dude comin’ out on the other side? That dude isn’t you. It’s a color Xerox.” Badger responds, stupefied: “So you’re tellin’ me that every time Kirk went into the transporter, he was killing himself? So over the whole series, there was 147 Kirks?” Essentially, Skinny Pete is putting forward the idea that every episode of Star Trek featured Kirk’s death and rebirth — and that, with each rebirth, Kirk became a xerox copy of yet another xerox copy, moving further and further away from the original Ur-Kirk.
Now, Breaking Bad as a series is built on the central foundation of one character transforming into a different one — “Mr Chips” to “Scarface,” the protagonist becoming the antagonist. But this Color Xerox theory foregrounds another perspective on the show — that Walter White, in attempting to live two concurrent lives (Mr. White the suburban dad chemistry teacher and Heisenberg the meth-cooking drug lord) has actually lived dozens of lives over the course of the show, each of them a pale imitation of the man he used to be. And every time Walt “transported” — which, in this metaphor, means “became Heisenberg” — he lost a little bit more of himself.
Earlier in the episode, we saw flash-forward Walt, a ruin of a man who appears to be living out of his car; his house is an empty wreck. In a sense, this explains why Walt has become simultaneously more monstrous and less complicated during the show: His actual personality has become shorn away. It’s telling that this analogy popped up in the episode where Hank took out the Heisenberg drawing and finally recognized his brother-in-law: Morally, Walt has become a two-dimensional xerox of his former self. This also underlines the show’s obsession with baldness: The loss of hair is a visual representation of each character’s loss of their own personality.
The Pie Eating Contest, Part One: Walt is Spock
Badger’s pie-eating contest is a metaphor for the show’s characters. Although we probably won’t understand exactly which character is which until the series finale. The contest ultimately comes down to three characters: Spock, Kirk, and Chekov. Skinny Pete expresses surprise that Spock could ever beat Kirk; after all, Kirk’s got “room to spare,” and is also the more conventional hero. But Spock always beats Kirk — and sure enough, Kirk winds up vomiting. You could argue that Kirk is supposed to be Gus Fring, who by all rights should have defeated Walt in the extended Three-Dimensional Chess Match of Death that was Breaking Bad Season 4. (Gus vomited out the poison tequila back in “Salud.”) You could also argue that Kirk is supposed to be Hank Schrader, who is a more conventional protagonist for a TV show — he’s a detective, basically — but who doesn’t have the stomach for the dirty work Walt engages in regularly.
Chekov thinks he can beat Spock, though. He has a special system: Scotty is transporting all the pie Chekov eats out into space. Essentially, Chekov is attempting to imitate Spock. It works out terribly for him: Scotty makes a mistake, Chekov’s guts explode, and he winds up coughing up blood.
Theory #1: Chekov is Jesse, and this story implies that this season will culminate in a showdown between Walt and his former protégé, wherein Jesse will attempt to beat Walt at his own game. It won’t go well for him.
Theory #2: Chekov is Todd, Walt’s new protégé and the replacement-Jesse. We can assume that Walt left Todd in charge of the meth business after he retired — and from what Lydia said on last night’s episode, the new meth isn’t holding up to the high standard of Walt’s product. (Todd is attempting to pass his own meth off as Walt’s meth, like the imitation-Blue Sky that used to pop up on the street.) Chekov’s death implies that, without Walt, the meth business is going to collapse.
Theory #3: This whole pie-eating contest is actually a retelling of the Walt-Jesse-Jane triangle from season 2. Jesse and Jane thought they could defeat Walt, blackmailing him into giving them cash so they could run away together. But Jesse/Kirk collapsed, and Jane/Chekov, the lead architect in the anti-Walt gambit, wound up vomiting/spraying blood out of her/his mouth.) (This reading is helped along by the brief aside about Uhura and Scotty, who are really just other versions of Jesse and Jane: From Walt’s perspective, Jesse was distracted by Jane, much like how Scotty is distracted by Uhura.) This implies that the truth about Jane will emerge at some point in Breaking Bad‘s final season.
The Pie Eating Contest, Part Two: Walt is Chekov
Badger’s whole pitch revolves around an intriguing use of the transporter: Using it to beam something out of a person, rather than beaming a person somewhere. Later in last night’s episode, we saw Walter White doing something similar: He’s back in chemotherapy, attempting to purge the bad cells out of his body. In a sense, Walt is also attempting to purge his past as a drug dealer — to eradicate the part of his life that was Heisenberg and the blue meth. (What is Chekov removing from his body? Blueberry pie.) We already know this isn’t going to go well — Flash-forward Walt is on the run, and his old life appears pretty much destroyed. Theories abound about what led Walt to that place; the most likely culprit at this point is the Phoenix Guys who made a deal with Walt last season. But this implies that something Walt does to keep his identity a secret will directly lead to his downfall.
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Kendall Jenner and sister Kylie have been doing a lot of press lately for their new PacSun clothing line, but they've also been talking about how they are now being home-schooled and what it's like growing up surrounded by paparazzi.
"They're the most reckless drivers! They run red lights -- they're ridiculous. I don't understand why these people aren't illegal. Ask me a question about paparazzi and I get so heated. And I feel so bad for young kids of celebrities. My nieces and nephews get yelled at, and I'm like, 'You are yelling at a 2-year-old,'" Kendall tells Huff Post Teen, of the constant attention from photographers.
In fact, paparazzi problems are one of the reasons the girls no longer attend a regular Los Angeles-area high school.
"We were cheerleaders, so we miss that. I still go to football games sometimes, but we used to go all the time. ... We would go to cheer at football games and there would be paparazzi on the other side of the fence taking pictures. It got to a point where it was just ridiculous. Thank God no one stalked us at school!," says Kendall. "They can stand outside of the property and take pictures in! It's not hard. I never got to that point, thank God; I would have had a fit if it did. I hate paparazzi."
Turning to their new clothing line, in the above video, Kendall tells the Zach Sang radio show about the beachy vibe of their new pieces.
"It's kind of a California vibe collection, it's very casual. ... It's kind of a version of our casual style. So, I mean, it's fun shorts to crop tops to t-shirts. ... It's affordable, it's super cute, super comfortable, casual. I think it's perfect for back-to-school. ... It's colorful yet it has a lot of edginess to it. I think it's for everybody, I think people will be able to find something they really like," says Kendall.
And turning to the rumors that "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" is possibly ending soon, the girls say they can't even imagine it.
Kylie: "I can't even fathom us not doing the show. When it ends it's going to be so sad. It is going to end eventually, but that's just all I know."
Kendall: "I don't think it's going to end any time soon though. We have a few more years in us."
Will you be sad when "KUWTK" is off the air? It airs Sunday nights on E!.
Lionsgate will unveil The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with world premiere in London on November 11, 2013! Here’s the official press release:
Santa Monica, CA and London, UK August 13, 2013 – With 100 days and counting until the November 22 worldwide launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of Lionsgate’s global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Company announced today that it will host a Catching Fire world premiere in London on November 11.
Catching Fire will open day-and-date with its domestic release in nearly every major international territory. The first Hunger Games film was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.
Jennifer Garner looks gorgeous on the cover of Allure's September issue. The mom of three covers the publication during a busy Summer, as she's been juggling family time with movie filming. Jen is currently shooting Imagine in LA with Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale. In the magazine, Jen talks about her hair growing up ("No layers, no perms, no colors") and explains why she's afraid of Botox, saying, "Because I have a big forehead, and I don’t want it to be like this slab, a big glacier." She also opens up about wanting to be considered more than just the "wife of" husband Ben Affleck, and shuts down any rumors of the couple working together on the big screen. Here's more from Jennifer Garner in Allure magazine:On action roles and body transformations: “There were times I had to watch every calorie that went into my body. Doing something like that again . . . it’s not exactly on the top of my list."
Pick up Jen's cover when it hits newsstands on Aug. 20.
Amy Poehler and her little guys Archie, 4, and Abel, 3, carry some pretty flowers to their car after stopping by a local nursery on Saturday (August 10) in West Hollywood, Calif.
After Pop Critic, Matthew Rettenmund gave Applause a solid B-, little monsters unleash their trademarked "Aids" [sic] attacks.
Rettenmund, "I'm not feeding stan wars. I love Madonna and like Gaga. I wrote rave reviews of Gaga's last albums and the concerts I've seen. I just don't like this song much, and I find it worthwhile asking why this "Madonna = AIDS" meme has caught fire among some Gaga fanatics. It's not about Gaga and Madonna at that point, it's about generations, how AIDS used to be attached to gay and apparently no longer is, what AIDS means to kids today, etc."
Anyone have any theories why Gaga—a pro-gay artist—is the only artist ever to have so many diehards use AIDS in their stan wars? I just find it bizarre. Maybe it's that now, "gay" and "AIDS" are considered to be mutually exclusive by younger people that it's now okay, in their minds, to be pro-gay while tossing around AIDS slurs? And the fact that so many of her stupidest Little Monsters (no offense to the Little Monsters who are not stupid! I still recognize these cretins are in the LOUD minority) are so young and so are still at the "sex is icky!" phase?
Baffles me. Clearly, as much as Gaga lives for applause, she'd be more okay with a critic than with a fan speaking like this. What an embarrassment.
Would be fun to track one down and put them on video, on the spot, but I've never been patient enough for the whole IP-tracing thing.
UPDATE: Wendi has apologized profusely. I accept, but I am leaving up the comment to continue the discussion, because it has nothing to do with Gaga vs. Madonna and everything to do with changing attitudes on "gay," AIDS and aging.