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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were all about reactions. In the most GIFable award show ever, our digital souvenirs include Drake solemnly staring at the ground, Rihanna giving the stink eye, and endless cutaways of Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift. Most are in response to Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's medley of her "We Can't Stop" and his "Blurred Lines," two of the year's most controversial music videos brought together as the night's must-see moment.

    Last night wasn't all about shock value—there was commentary, too.

    Bringing the "fucked-up selfie" concept of her video to life, Cyrus straddled giant teddy bears, spanked butts, touched herself, thrusted across Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and gave Gene Simmons a rival for most notorious tongue in music--and that was before Thicke even sauntered onstage to start their duet. The performance, as multiple headlines point out, "stunned" audiences and, atypically, generated more chatter than the show's opening and closing acts of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, respectively. Reactions ranged from the expected (The Parents Television Council was not pleased) to the more surprising: MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski called Cyrus "deeply disturbed" and accused her of having an eating disorder during a Morning Joe rant.

    So here's a fun theory: Was Cyrus's and Thicke's performance actually a thought-out response to "Blurred Lines" criticism? Even before the song hit No. 1, "Blurred Lines" and its oft-parodied video have been accused of treating women like objects and promoting rape culture with its "I know you want it" hook, physical aggression, and subtle messages about alcohol and consent. Cyrus's performance with Thicke played with several of these themes in a way that could be read as commentary--though, at best, failed commentary.

    It would be easy to write off her performance as just looking to deliver shock value: Cyrus has openly professed her admiration for the Britney-Madonna-Christina smooching trinity of scandal that opened the awards show a decade ago, so it's possible that Miley was just being Miley to carry the torch of sexually provocative pop stars. That idea is also consistent with the message of "We Can't Stop," which kicks off her hip-hop makeover by warning it's Cyrus's party, and she can do what she wants. But from the way she introduced her performance--by reviving Saturday Night Live's's caricature of her with a doppelganger stand-in--it's clear that Cyrus is more self-aware than she perhaps gets credit for. And if there's anything we learned from Lady Gaga's "Applause" video, it's that pop stars responding to or parodying their own critiques is not out of the question.

    At first glance, the performance doesn't appear all that different from the "Blurred Lines" video: Thicke is fully clothed in a Beetlejuice suit and barely moves; Cyrus is clad in a flesh-colored two-piece and struts around him. But from the moment she eagerly ripped off her furry-fantasy get-up, Cyrus not only embraced and amped-up her own sexualization, she threw it back in Thicke's face (and lap). She got right up in Thicke's mug to shout some of the most scrutinized lyrics in "Blurred Lines" ("tried to domesticate ya / but you're an animal"), and she didn't back down after he took over vocals. With a giant foam finger, the night's most famous prop, Cyrus ran her hand over his crotch before grinding and nuzzling against him, trying to objectify Thicke in the way the original video didn't.

    The performance doesn't totally reverse the original "Blurred Lines" set up, but it did attempt the message of its most famous parody, a scene-for-scene, gender-swapped recreation by Seattle-based "boylesque" group Mod Carousel. The video went viral because it's an accurate and impressive mimicry, and because it has the same levity of the original minus the vague rapeyness. The parody, however, wasn't designed to foster hate for the Thicke video. According to Mod Carousel's YouTube description, the half-naked romps dreamed up in "Blurred Lines" could be great fun as long as all parties involved felt equally empowered. Accordingly, the video tries show the dolled-up men as equal participants in a way the original didn't achieve (despite the director's stated intentions). Mod Carousel argues that flipping the genders of a music video to demonstrate sexism usually does "everyone a disservice" by ridiculing the male form rather than actually trying to empower the women excluded--it's more punitive than restorative. The solution, they say, is to create a space "where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions."

    That sounds exactly like the type of space Cyrus and Thicke tried to create last night--but that's obviously not how it came across to a lot of viewers. There were, in fact, plenty of negative repercussions for Cyrus, who was quickly labeled a slut by many anonymous Internet-goers and accused by the New York Times of "molesting" Thicke (note: nooo my precious Grey Lady!). If Cyrus was trying to send a message about her sexual autonomy, why wasn't she successful? One reason is what Salon's Daniel D'Daddario calls the "fake sex positivity" of her performance. For comparison: Christina Aguilera, whose own sexual and artistic expression ignited similar conversation a decade ago, challenged criticism and championed empowerment through her music. Cyrus, on the other hand, just appears to be the over-eager participant in Thicke-worshiping, not the subverter of his messages.

    There are other reasons why the performance makes audiences cringe: For some, the age difference--she's 20 and getting called a slut, while he's 36, has a family, and is mostly getting off the hook--makes their interplay feel exploitative, even if she's initiating. To others, the aggressive degree to which she did initiate contact seemed like less-than-consensual activity instead of a playful move to level the playing field. And then there's Cyrus's troubling appropriation of black culture that pervades her album's promotional campaign despite mounting criticism of it.

    All of these problems turn what could have been a clever take on the song of the summer into not much more than a televised coming-out party, her official rebranding as an edgy pop star with a sex life. As Cyrus's performance shows, she's intent on skipping the "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" phase of pop-star predecessors. But as she executes her transformation, it seems the line between where she's in on the joke and where she becomes the joke is, well, blurred.

    Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/08/was-miley-cyruss-vma-performance-a-failed-blurred-lines-criticism/279062/

    Well, the Atlantic has weighed in, which means it's time to put this mess to bed. I like to imagine what the stodgy old Senior Editors must think when they have to approve this kind of article.

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    Now that we know Peter Capaldi is going to be the new Doctor, we're wondering what his signature wardrobe will be. These photos take us back to the days when Matt Smith's Doctor was still in development—as was his outfit.

    Smith's Doctor went through a couple of rumpled looks before settling into the tweed jacket and bow tie—and at least one dark businessman outfit. Steven Moffat has said that the bow tie was Smith's idea, that he was a great admirer of Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor and liked the idea of a Doctor in a bow tie. Moffat says he was skeptical at first, but later admitted that the bow tie was the perfect fit for Smith. In a couple of these shots, Smith looks confused as to how he ended up in those particular clothes.

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    Arthur Darvill Pleased with Capaldi Casting


    Former Doctor Who heartthrob Arthur Darvill says that Peter Capaldi is the perfect appointment as the new Timelord – and reckons Whovians can expect a shake-up in the show’s style. Darvill and Karen Gillan bowed out from their long-standing roles as husband and wife Rory Williams and Amy Pond last year, and will be joined in the show's history books by out-going lead Matt Smith later this year when he leaves the Tardis behind for the final time.

    Smith will regenerate into Scots actor Capaldi after this year’s Christmas special and Darvill thinks this can only add to the continued longevity of the cult BBC sci-fi series.

    “I think it’s brilliant,” the 31-year-old told The Big Issue of Capaldi’s appointment. “It will be really hard for him to follow Matt, of course, who has made it his own. But I think it is the right time for him to leave and who better to take over than one of the best actors in the country.

    “I think Peter Capaldi is amazing and I think it will be very interesting to see what he does with it. If you look at what he’s done in the past, he’s so different and I think he’ll bring a lot to the character.


    “Obviously I’m sad to see Matt go but judging by the reaction everyone seems really excited. I think they are giving the fans what they want. To be honest I can’t think of anyone else who could have done it.

    If they got another young Doctor then maybe the show wouldn’t have lasted. They’ll have to write different stories for him and it will really open up the show in a different direction. If they got another young Doctor then maybe the show wouldn’t have lasted but now I can only see it going on and on and on.”

    Around this time last year, fans of the classic series were preparing for Darvill’s final appearance as the endearing Rory after three seasons in a central role alongside dynamic duo Smith and Gillan.

    Having worked closely with Smith over the past number of years, not only on Doctor Who but also in theatre and in ITV hit drama Broadchurch, he knows better than most what it takes to thrive as one of television’s most iconic names.

    “It’s about having confidence,” Darvill explained. “When Matt started there was a lot of fear involved but once he got going he was fearless. He’s a very close friend of mine and I learned a lot from working with him.

    “It’s truly about confidence. And that doesn’t come from arrogance – it’s about not fearing getting it wrong. Not fearing failure and knowing you can fuck it up if you need to. You just go for it.

    “That’s something you need to play this part. It’s about strength in your convictions, which very few people have in the way Matt does.”

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    What outfit do you want to see the 12th Doctor wearing?

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    Ever since the Netflix-original series Orange is the New Black premiered on July 11, 2013, the buzz has been increasing about the show's varied portrayals on-screen, ranging from racial and sexual diversity to trans* characters and beyond. One of the biggest issues in relation to the LGBT+ community that the show has brought up is the lack of use of the term "bisexual" -- despite the apparent bisexuality of the central protagonist and other characters as well.

    In the first episode, protagonist Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is shown to have had relationships with both men and women in her life; instead of being called "bisexual," however, she's referred to as an "ex-lesbian." This term is used several more times over the course of the first season; in other instances Piper is referred to as "straight" and "lesbian."


    For the bisexual community, many of us are on the look-out for portrayals in television and film that we can relate to; historically, such portrayals tend to be stereotyped and negative (i.e., sex-crazed, non-monogamous cheaters or something to that effect). When we see a potentially promising character like Piper, oftentimes we become hopeful that there is finally a positive bisexual role for us to watch. When that role eschews the term "bisexual" in every single instance for another term, however, that hope diminishes.

    When asked about her thoughts regarding Orange is the New Black, Bisexual Resource Center President Ellyn Ruthstrom said,"I enjoyed the show a lot and thought it was a shame that for a show that is trying to push the boundaries on several levels, that it still resorts to the old binary of gay/straight." Ruthstrom felt like the show "missed an opportunity" and is awaiting Season II."Piper is clearly bisexual so perhaps it will be explored better in the future."

    Bisexual activist Aud Traher furthered Ruthstrom's sentiments, saying, "I still think the idea of calling anyone 'ex-lesbian' is incredibly dangerous. It gives credence to not only bisexual invisibility but ... putting this into popular media only cements it further into the dominant discourse that queer people can be 'cured,' that queer women only need to find the right man or have sex with one to 'cure' them."

    To be sure, using a term like "ex-lesbian" may come off to a majority of the LGBT+ community as the ultimate goal of reparative therapy and "pray the gay away" camps. One might counter, however, that current discourse makes the way bisexuals are portrayed on Orange is the New Black more realistic than if the most politically correct terms were, in fact, utilized.

    To this point, bisexual activist Angel added, "It's obviously not the portrayal of An Ideal Bisexual™, but I think there's a difference between negative and [an] unideal but honest portrayal."

    Fellow bisexual activist John Clark agreed, saying, "I'm fine with the way Piper is finding herself in the show... Piper clearly is still figuring out herself."

    In fact, while other characters call Piper "ex-lesbian," "lesbian" and "straight" throughout Season I, she never refers to herself as any of these labels. There are actually multiple instances in which she refutes them. In one episode she explains to her friend and fiancé, "You don't just turn gay, you fall somewhere on a spectrum, like a Kinsey scale." In scenes like this, the viewer becomes aware that regardless of how other people see and label Piper, she does not necessarily see herself the way others do -- and doesn't that ring true for the lives of bisexuals of today and yesterday?

    Clark summed it up well, saying, "When I watch Piper, even though male, I get the place she's at. She's me decades ago just trying to figure out how she ticks. Our stories of self-discovery are the hardest to tell and very dramatic. They take time to tell."

    Viewers will have to wait to see if Piper comes out as bisexual in Season II, or if her journey of self-discovery still has longer to go before she's comfortable identifying with a specific label.

    Season I of Orange is the New Black is currently streaming on Netflix. Season II is set for a 2014 debut.

    A version of this blog post originally appeared in Bi Magazine.


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    Who would have thought that a TV show about a guy named “Jim Bob” with 19 kids would make Arkansas look good? But that’s been the case with “19 Kids and Counting,” the TLC show about the daily lives of the Duggars of Springdale: Jim Bob, Michelle, Josh, Jana, and 17 other “J’s,” plus Josh’s wife Anna and their three children.

    This is not the modern day version of “The Beverly Hillbillies.” The family was prosperous before it got its own show and, while it might be poked, it’s never mocked by the show’s producers. The family’s Christianity and other life choices – they homeschool; they do not date or dance; they don’t watch TV or spend much time on the internet – are presented in a positive light.

    The Duggars have made different choices than many Americans, and their lifestyle makes some people uncomfortable. But they are nice people, and the contrast between them and other so-called reality TV stars is striking. Viewers never see anyone throw a fit or conspire to undermine another “character.” Maybe they are on their best behavior because the cameras are rolling, but as my wife put it, you can’t get 19 children to pose for a photo, much less put on airs for TV. You never get the sense that their lives are much different when the cameras are off.


    This is a reality show that’s actually about reality. Many episodes focus simply on how the family navigates its way through life. (“The Duggars go bowling!”) At other times, the cameras have followed the family during highly personal moments, such as the death of Jim Bob’s father and the miscarriage of their baby, Jubilee. In good times and in bad, no one in that household ever has to wonder if they are loved.

    The Duggars have opened their lives to viewers across America because – well, because they are paid is part of the reason. But they also have a mission to express their faith and to show the world that children are a blessing from God, not a burden.

    That’s an important message these days. Various studies comparing the happiness of parents to non-parents have come to different conclusions. Some researchers say having children makes us less happy, and that would not be surprising. Children are a massive inconvenience, a huge expense, and often messy. Moreover, today’s “good” parent is expected to race from activity to activity and spare no expense to meet a child’s every need. Who has time to have dinner as a family when the kids must go to soccer practice to help them develop character?

    On the other hand, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2006 that 94 percent of Americans ages 15-44 agreed that being a parent is worth it. Studies recently published in the journal Psychological Science found parents, especially fathers, report greater levels of happiness and more meaning in life than nonparents. A study published in Social Psychological & Personality Science said that, not surprisingly, child-centered parents who put their children’s needs above their own enjoy greater satisfaction from parenting than those parents who still try to live for themselves.

    Finally, there’s this, scientists from Ohio State recently reported that children from big families are less likely to get divorced, perhaps because, as a rule, they learn to deal with complex interpersonal situations.


    Each additional sibling, up to seven, reduced the chances of divorce by 2 percent.

    Lots of only children grow up to have healthy families, of course, but maybe the Duggars and other big families are on to something. The Duggars’ lives involve one adjustment after another. Unless they are the world’s greatest actors, they take joy in those adjustments. In fact, they consider them surprises, not inconveniences.

    For parents, that distinction can be the difference between happiness and unhappiness. And so maybe we all can learn a lot from this family’s priorities and expectations, even if we don’t have 19 kids.

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    Link to stream.

    i'm liking it in full.

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    IT’S HERE. It’s here it’s here it’s here.


    I can’t believe it. I’m going BANANAS IN PAJAMAS about how excited I am for all you babes out there to watch this.


    I spent two years thinking about making this video and why it was important and necessary. Your resounding support for “Same Love”and “She Keeps Me Warm” is the reason I feel empowered to release this video today. I never expected to hear men AND women singing the lyrics, “she keeps me warm” right along with me. I thought girls would feel weird about the pronoun of “she” and I certainly didn’t want to alienate an audience. But you didn’t care. Nobody cared about a fucking pronoun. You let me sing about my girl across the country and supported me and cried with me and laughed with me. You cared about love. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT.


    This music video is about love and it’s about visibility. I could be wrong, but I’ve never seen a relationship like mine accurately portrayed in a music video. I’ve seen women rolling around in lingerie, bisexual love triangles, women cheating on their boyfriends with a girl- definitely.


    So this is where I need to say one thing explicitly: gay relationships are not, nor have ever, been a novelty. My love is valid, equal, and beautiful.


    With this video, my hope is that you think of the first time you fell in love with that one person. The person you were so terrified to hold hands with. You daydreamed about them, wrote letters you might never give to them, had to know anything and everything about them, and couldn’t believe that they actually liked you back. Maybe it was a time when you were less jaded, or maybe you had your defenses up and they slipped the rug underneath you when you weren’t expecting it. Whatever it was in those moments, it was incredible. It was easy. It was nervous glances and sweaty palms.


    My intention is not a political one, although gay relationships are inherently political whether we want them to be or not; My intention was to make a love story. I hope you fall in love with this and share it with all of your loves. Thank you so much for your overwhelming support. My heart is filled with massive amounts of gratitude.
    xoxo
    M

    It's really cute, I cried tbh.
    Aslo, here is the Same Love video for reference:



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    (This is my first post ONTD. Please go easy on me if I'm doing it wrong!)

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    If you think the days of worshipping gods and carrying sacred talismans is over you need only look to eBay to see it is alive and well. Except our gods are a little more earthbound, and probably twice as stinky. Celebrity auctions are for those who want to be near something famous so badly they will literally give all they have for the privilege. Here are some of the more bizarre lots in recent memory.

    Jennifer Lawrence’s Sports Bra, $3,175


    Several items from the film Silver Linings Playbook were put up for auction recently, including the sweaty sport’s bra Jennifer Lawrence wore in the film. No word yet on how much the Raisin Bran she ate in the film went for but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

    Britney Spears’ Chewed Bubblegum, $14,000



    Back in the bubblegum pop star’s heyday, Britney Spear’s actual discarded bubblegum won big in several different auctions. Today her gum is only used to make sure she has something to concentrate on so she doesn’t try to escape her custodians.

    Niall Horan’s Half Eaten Vegemite Toast, (Almost Sold) $100,000



    One of the One Direction kids that aren’t Harry Styles apparently tossed up some vegemite laden toast on an Australian talk show. An enterprising individual took said toast and put it up for sale. Like you do. The bids hit $100,000 before being taken down. I’m going to guess it tested positive for cooties. Type 1.

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Breath, $523



    How do you even verify this sort of item? Somebody feed beans to Taylor Swift, I’m going to get a mason jar. Somebody in Japan is already on the line for a million dollar opening bid.

    Justin Timberlake’s Half-Eaten French Toast, $3,154



    What’s with the partially eaten toasts? Kanye isn’t leaving behind any paninis? Anyways, Timberlake’s breakfast went up for bid and someone bought it, probably for cloning hit makers. It’s a good investment. As is hair relaxer.

    The rest @ SMOSH

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    AMSTERDAM - Matt Selman, writer and producer of The Simpsons, sees a guest role for Carice van Houten in The Simpsons.

    "Carice is cool!" he says of the Dutch actress who is best known in America for her role as Melisandre in Game of Thrones.

    Selman has already figured out who Carice will be playing: a "vague cousin of Milhouse," the friend of Bart Simpson.

    Carice is not the only Dutch inspiration for Selman, who was with his family on holiday in Amsterdam. He sees the Simpson family also eventually visiting there. "Amsterdam lends itself well for inspiration. There is much to do. "

    translated from the Dutch

    The Simpsons is kinda crap now but I would totally watch if she made an appearance. She's a huge fan of the show and she visited them earlier this year. Also she evidently has an Apu shirt. Maybe they'll allude to some of her lines on Game of Thrones?

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    Real Husbands of Hollywood star Nick Cannon relayed details of his upcoming album on Sunday and also revealed what his wife, Mariah Carey, thinks of his music as she prepares to release her own record. Both singers have new albums coming out later in 2013. Carey is set to release The Art of Letting Go, the follow-up to 2009's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. The new record as supposed to drop on July 23, but the singer tweeted in June "I got so immersed in the creative process that I just don't feel I would be doing it justice to release it on 7/23." A new release date has not been revealed.

    Cannon has yet to announce a release date for his new album, titled White People Party Music. He releases its lead single, Me Sexy, in July. He told Enstars at the InTouch Weekly Icons & Idols after-party for the VMAs that Carey is in the studio "getting her album finished" and he called it an "incredible" record. Cannon added that he and his wife do not give each other advice about their albums, but that Carey has strong feelings against his music.

    "She thinks my music is a big joke," he said, before adding with laughs, "but so do I so it doesn't matter." He then explained the difference between their different sounds and in the process praised his wife's talents. "My music is silly, you know what I mean, she makes anthems that changes people's lives," he continued. "I make songs about shaking ya ass. My album is called White People Party Music so that's how I would describe it. Fist-pumping-good-time-have-a-blast-type of music."

    Real Husbands of Hollywood season 2 airs in October. The reality show stars Cannon, Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, Robin Thicke and J.B. Smoove.

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    IT'S FLEET WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY, MAKING THE HUNT FOR ONE U.S. NAVAL OFFICER AMONG A SEA OF SAILORS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, ON THE THIRD SEASON PREMIERE OF "PERSON OF INTEREST," ON A NEW NIGHT, TUESDAY, SEPT. 24


    “Liberty” – The Machine, now completely self-governed with its whereabouts unknown, resumes giving Finch its “irrelevant” numbers for people in danger, which include a U.S. naval officer in town for Fleet Week. However, with so many sailors flooding the streets of New York City, finding the officer in time presents an even bigger challenge for Reese and Shaw. Meanwhile, Carter has been demoted to a patrol officer as a result of her being set up by the corrupt police crime organization HR, and sets a plan in motion to eradicate them for good. Also, Root tests the boundaries of her new asylum surroundings, on the third season premiere of PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Sept. 24 (10:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    CHEAT TWEET: Can NYC fleet week mean too many sailors in the city to find a POI in time? #Personofinterest s3 premiere 10pm 9/24

    SERIES REGULARS:
    Jim Caviezel (Reese)
    Michael Emerson (Finch)
    Taraji P. Henson (Carter)
    Kevin Chapman (Detective Fusco)
    Sarah Shahi (Shaw)
    Amy Acker (Root)

    RECURRING CAST:
    Enrico Colantoni (Carl Elias)
    David Valcin (Scarface)

    GUEST CAST:
    Rey Valentin (Jack Salazar)
    Max Martini (RIP)
    Alano Miller (RJ Phillips)
    Diane Guerrero (Ashley)
    Dan Amboyer (Don Juan)
    Steven Ogg (Chuck)
    Paulina Singer (Amber)
    Alberto Bonilla (Angel)
    Roman Roytberg (Maksim)
    Ben Horner (Jarhead #1)
    Sekou Laidlow (Swabbie #1)
    Tony Naumovski (Russian Thug #1)
    Cosmo Pfeil (Devil Dog #1)
    Bruce Altman (Dr. Carmichael)

    WRITTEN BY: Greg Plageman and Denise Thé
    DIRECTED BY: Chris Fisher

    Source: CBS; http://www.spoilertv.com/2013/08/person-of-interest-episode-301-liberty_27.html


    Why are they messing with my bb Carter? She's going to have to take them down.

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    Diaper duty doesn't exactly sound romantic — but to Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, it sure does!

    Life & Style chatted with the America's Got Talent host at the results show in NYC last night, and when we asked him what the last romantic thing the pair did together was, he revealed, "Waking up in the middle of last night to change a diaper!"

    Naturally, we wanted more details — like, for instance, how the 32-year-old can even describe it in that way.

    "It actually was romantic. The moonlight was coming through the room. It doesn't smell too great, though," said Nick, who married the songstress in 2008. "Our kids [2-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe] sleep in our bed and that's the only time they wear diapers now…is at night. Otherwise, that could be huge problems, but that's really the only time I get to spend with them on AGT nights. So that's a special family moment."

    Okay, so that is pretty darn cute!

    Something else the adorable dad revealed? That he barely has any room to store his clothes!

    "[Mariah] has all the closet space, so all my stuff is in the corner pushed together!" he shared. "I wish I had the most closet space because I probably have more clothes than she does because that's someone who doesn't wear anything twice. It rotates through her closet. Then it goes into an archive or she'll give it to a charity, museum, or something like that. Me? I got to wear my stuff again, so I need the closet space."

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    Lady Gaga speaks with Larry Flick about fame and art:
    "What I find makes people the most uncomfortable about me is that I find that I'm artistic at all. Or that I think I'm creative. Somehow we've arrived upon a space where as a popstar you're not supposed to have an opinion. You're supposed to be quiet and inconsequential—a hit song and a beautiful photo, but it is not at all what I've ever wanted to be and I would never allow anyone to push me in a box for fame and success."
    She also uses the occasion to chastise the audience for not being more appreciative of artists. Her comments are made calmly, but it's clear they're rooted in a resentment toward the backlash she's been experiencing.
    Some of her words ring true for me, but some of the comments do come off as rather unfortunately (and probably unintentionally) snobbish:
    "They're not grateful anymore...It used to be a very unique and blessed experience to be able to experience theater and to go to see it and only the most highest-class people in Shakespearean times would be let into the theater and everyone else would have to watch it in the square. Nobody feels that way anymore. It's so easily accessible on the Internet it's treated like McDonald's, it's treated like trash...I'm not a French fry, I'm foie gras."
    The idea that art should be reserved for elites rankles me, even though I appreciate the idea that a lot of people out there with access to art care nothing for it. How many times have people said to me, "I could do that!" when looking at a simple (but complex) work of art in a museum that they did not, in fact, do? But art is for everyone, and it seems to be in contrast with Gaga's oft-stated (including here) absorption with her fans.
    It's an odd and intriguing and contradictory interview, at times articulate, at others awkward ("most highest-class?"), both elite (uh, foie gras is pretty disgusting an example to use as something elevated considering the cruel way in which it's made) and egalitarian, warm and chilly. And as for another famous popstar who cheekily said she wanted to rule the world back in 1985, Gaga says she just wants to be a part of it.



    Does this interview make you respect her more or less? Does she come off as unaffected or a pretentious prat? I suspect the answers could be given before you even watch the video...


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    Twerking is such a complex, technical subject, only a Ph.D. researcher can explain how the body does what it does to make it happen.

    Twerking is a combination movement involving a deep squat and a pelvic tilt, Michelle Olson, a professor of exercise science and a certified strength and conditioning coach at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., explained.
    “You take a wide stance with your legs turned out at 10 and 2 so your hips are externally rotated,” she said. “Then you pulse up and down as you thrust the pelvis bone forward and back.”


    Olson said the booty dancing move is a good “twerkout” for your butt and thighs. It also works the deep muscles of the hips and the core muscles of the lower back and abdominals. She said it will definitely shape and strengthen all those muscles as well as give them the stamina to do activities important to most people heavily involved in twerking like say, picking up a screaming child off the floor.

    However, over-twerking might throw out the lower back or make the knees creak, Olson cautioned.
    Translation? If you’re over 25, twerking may not be for you.

    from hiphopwired:
    Perhaps it's just us, but this twerking phenomenon has definitely run its course. Just days after Miley Cyrus' laughable showing at the 2013 VMAs, ABC News reported on a Ph.D researcher's scientific report on, well, dancing.

    Michelle Olson, a professor of exercise science and a certified strength and conditioning coach at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., described twerking as a combination of movement involving a deep squat and a pelvic tilt. But this wasn't it; she also broke down the process of how to "accurately" do so.

    "You take a wide stance with your legs turned out at 10 and 2 so your hips are externally rotated," explained Olson. "Then you pulse up and down as you thrust the pelvis bone forward and back."

    For one, we've never heard such an eloquent description for something that happens at just about any festive gathering you'll attend in 2013. Secondly, you know what follows ridiculous reports like this — Black Twitter attacks.

    Not long after ABC's article went public, folks all over the Internets congregated under the #ABCReports trending topic. Each tweet puts a spin on a top relating to urban communities. It's also utterly hilarious.







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    Broadway/Hollywood notable Geoffrey Rush is poised to take his Australian stage role in the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone to the silver screen in a film he will star in and produce next year.

    Screenwriter and The Drowsy Chaperone bookwriter Don McKellar himself confirmed the long-rumored news earlier this week, while out promoting his new feature film THE GRAND SEDUCTION at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    I wonder how this will be adapted to a movie since it's a play within a play? I'm hopeful but Hollywood has failed me more times then not with Broadway adaptations. Any dream casting? Think they'll go older or younger with the Chaperone?

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    Rylan Clark wants Mariah Carey to enter the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house and ''have a breakdown''. The 'Big Brother's Bit on the Side' host thinks it would be great to see how stars including the 43-year-old singer, supermodel Naomi Campbell and Hollywood actress Grace Jones get on in the house without their cosmetics and expensive clothing.

    He joked: ''Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Grace Jones ... all the divas! Take away their make-up and clothes and watch them have a breakdown.
    ''Or have people who have f**ked each other's husbands, that kind of thing. Can you imagine?!'' The 24-year-old star won 'Celebrity Big Brother' earlier this year and has since kept in touch with Steps singer Claire Richards and former footballer Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, who has asked Rylan to be a ring bearer at his wedding.

    When asked who he still talks to from the series, he replied: ''Claire Richards, I just saw her for her birthday. And I'm going to Razor Ruddock's wedding next month. I'm a ring bearer!'' While he got on well with the majority of his fellow housemates, Rylan clashed with 'The Hills' stars Heidi and Spencer Pratt but insists he has made up with the couple and is even welcome at Spencer's parents' house. Speaking exclusively to Star magazine, he added: ''I met Stephanie Pratt [Spencer's sister] the other day and she said, 'My mom loves you!' I was like, 'Oh my God, I'm welcome at the Pratt household!' We get on fine now, we've been in touch.''

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    Superstar singer Beyonce was embroiled in an ugly brawl at Monday night's post VMAs party, a report claims.

    Sean 'Diddy' Combs', 43,allegedly got into a row with rapper J. Cole after it was alleged he 'said inappropriate things' to the music mogul's beautiful singer girlfriend [REDACTED], reported the New York Post.

    Beyonce, 31, who attended the party thrown at the Dream Downtown Hotel by Diddy and husband Jay Z reportedly got involved 'yelling' at Diddy and J Cole in a bid to stop the ruckus.

    A guest told the New York Daily News: 'It was mayhem. Beyoncé was yelling to stop and Jay Z was separating people and getting people away from Bey.'

    'We were all dancing and the fight breaks out, and it happened so quickly and bottles were crashing everywhere, and everyone was screaming. People got pushed into bottles', said another partygoer.

    While another partygoer told the New York Post: 'J. Cole was saying inappropriate things to Sean Combs and his girlfriend, C*****.

    'Sean immediately pounced. Some pushing and shoving happened. No punches were thrown, but it was a visible disturbance.

    'A few bottles splashed to the floor and some partygoers were knocked over.'

    The party was sponsored by Diddy's drinks brand Ciroc, and the 3am brawl started after multiple bottles of the drink had been consumed.

    Diddy recovered quickly from the drama to get back on the decks to welcome everyone to the VMA bash, and wish [Cease and Desist] a happy birthday.

    He got up on the club mic and told people: ‘It’s all cool! Ya’ll keep having fun! It’s no big deal, it’s over.'

    Representatives for Diddy and J.Cole have yet to respond to requests for comment. However, the rapper attempted to address the issue on twitter. He tweeted on Tuesday: 'I usually don't address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro @JColeNC.

    'We are friends The rumors are not true. We had a great party.'

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    Scratch that face and the Beyhive will end you.

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    Back in June, we told you that Mariah will be partnering with OPI for a holiday collection later this year. More details and promotional images are now available, thanks to NailedBlog and ChicProfile.

    The collection features a total of 18 shades (12 polishes and 6 liquid sand) plus a top coat.

    Nail Lacquer
    My Favorite Ornament
    I Snow You Love Me
    All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
    Ski Slopes Sweetie
    Cute Little Vixen
    Sleigh Ride for Two
    Underneath The Mistletoe
    All Sparkly And Gold
    In My Santa Suit
    Wonderous Star
    Vision Of Love
    Warm Me Up

    Liquid Sand
    Silent Stars Goes By
    Baby Please Come Home
    Make Him Mine
    It’s Frosty Outside
    Emotions
    Kiss Me At Midnight

    Top Coat
    Mariah Carey Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat

    OPI will put out three mini polish sets featuring a variety of colors and a free tote:

    OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey Mini 3 Pack Liquid Sand – Trio 1

    Contains 3 mini liquid sand nail polishes 3.75 ml / 1/8 fl oz:

    Emotions
    It’s Frosty Outside
    Kiss Me At Midnight

    OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey Mini 3 Pack Liquid Sand – Trio 2

    Includes 3 mini liquid sand nail polishes 3.75 ml / 1/8 fl oz:

    Silent Stars Goes By
    Baby Please Come Home
    Make Him Mine

    OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey The Look

    Contains 3 nail polishes of 15 ml/ 0.5 fl oz in the following shades:

    My Favorite Ornament
    Vision of Love
    I Snow You Love Me



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    Just a few years before shooting to fame on shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," actress Charisma Carpenter was nearly killed by a rogue former cop.

    Carpenter, who is hosting Investigation Discovery's "Surviving Evil," reveals to Showbiz Tonight her terrifying ordeal.

    Back in 1991, years before she traded barbs with Buffy, Carpenter and two friends were swimming at Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego when they were violently attacked by Henry Hubbard Jr., then a 29-year-old police officer.

    During the encounter, Hubbard, brandishing a gun, ordered Carpenter to tie up her male friends. But Carpenter refused, affording her companions opportunity to jump and overpower Hubbard, ultimately leading to his capture and arrest — even as the young men suffered non-fatal bullet wounds along the way.

    Carpenter meanwhile held onto the police-issue flashlight Hubbard used, to help seal his conviction for that assault which, when combined with a string of others, earned him a 56-year prison sentence.

    "Surviving Evil" presents stories of victims telling their personal stories of fighting back against their attackers. The series premieres Wednesday, August 28 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.



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