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    THE TEAM THAT GAVE THE WORLD classic Capcom game Mega Man has reunited and is appearing on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website proposing to create the nascent game Mighty No.9.
    Mighty No.9 is a side scrolling action game with a very strong Japanese flavour. It is the work of the developers behind some of the 50 or so Mega Man games. The title has an "all star" development team, according to the information on Kickstarter, and counts Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune among its personnel.

    Also working on the title are Naoya Tomita, a long term Mega Man level designer, and Shinsuke Komaki, who takes the role of art director. It has a Mega Man look and feel to it.

    The project has a $900,000 funding goal. It started two days ago and is already only a little more than $100,000 short of its target. The funding exercise runs until the start of October. Investors are offered a range of lures, including digital copies of the game, hard copies, plushies and artwork.
    The highest priced $10,000 or more investment will get you dinner with Inafune in Tokyo. Nine of these are offered and one has been bought already. The cheapest option is $5 and gives investors forum access, backer-only events access and contributors' acknowledgements.

    Should you take up one of the options that gives you access to the game you will find yourself playing as Beck, who is ninth in a line of powerful robots. Your eight peers are infected by a virus and you must mash your way through at least six stages and challenge evil wherever it appears.
    Over the course of the game you can run, blast, jump and transform into a range of attack positions including a claw and a massive hammer. This could change though, as the game is still in development and the developers say that they will listen to investor and fan feedback.
    The initial plan is to release the game for the PC but stretch goals could see it launch on Mac and Linux systems. Release is projected for April 2015.

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    After months of anticipation and speculation over casting for the film adaptation, fans of "Fifty Shades of Grey" have entered the next phase: the backlash.

    On Monday (Sept. 2), it was revealed that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson had earned the lead roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively, in the adaptation of the EL James novel -- news that wasn't universally celebrated.

    A petition surfaced on Change.org demanding a reconsideration of the principal cast. Entitled "We want Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on 50 Shades," the petition has earned an impressive 11,520 signatures as of press time.


    Bomer and Bledel had been fan favorites for the lead roles for some time, though it's unclear whether either were ever really in consideration for the film.

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    While there might be some overlap with Venice and a little stolen thunder (at least for hardcore cinephiles) thanks to Telluride, that doesn’t make the TIFF lineup this year any less spectacular. In fact this year's slate — that runs as deep as it does long — works more than ever to make those other festivals, impressive though they may individually be, feel a little like the throat-clearings before the main event. Boasting a staggering array of splashy premieres, the latest from a barrage of auteurs and a host of indie efforts that have hitherto flown below the radar but that could surprise in a big way, it feels like the TIFF 2013 program may be their most packed ever (though we seem to say that every year). So whilst our attendees face the unenviable (but actually extremely enviable) task of working out their schedules, we've dug through the near and far corners of this embarrassment of riches to highlight the 15 films we're most anticipating from this year's Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't an easy choice.

    To make it slightly more manageable, however, we’ve excluded several films because we've already seen them very recently in either Venice or Telluride. And there is also a clutch of Cannes or Sundance titles that we caught earlier in the year and so won't feature here. But despite all these exclusions, TIFF 2013 still gave us a run for our money in narrowing the field of our most anticipated down to 15, but we did it, and here they are.



    THE FIFTH ESTATE

    Synopsis: Chronicles the early days and rise of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, as he navigates the line between moral responsibility and journalistic ethics with co-founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

    What You Need To Know: No drama arriving this fall is as plugged into the current newscycle and zeitgeist as “The Fifth Estate.” With Bradley Chelsea Manning recently sentenced, Edward Snowden on the run and Assange still holed up in an Ecuadorian embassy, all as more continues to leak about the reach and extent of the NSA's nefarious activities, this movie couldn’t be arriving at a better time. But will it vilify Assange or make him the hero? That’s the crucial question here and there are significant perils in going too far in either direction. But while the cast is rock-solid, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl as the Wiki founders and friends who later fracture, and a knockout supporting lineup in Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney. The question here is director Bill Condon, who is coming off two “Twilight” movies and whose previous effort was the flashy “Dreamgirls.” Could this been the meaty movie he’s been aching to bite into? If so, it could have considerable punch.



    THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY : HER
    THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY : HIS


    Synopsis: Two companion-piece films that examine the dissolution of a marriage after the wife decides to go back to college, shown from the different perspectives of each half of the couple, as they struggle to regain their old connection.

    What You Need To Know: Brimful of ambition, the intriguing concept of making two interlocking but distinct films out of a single relationship drama is certainly novel and the fact that it has overcome potential distribution difficulties, and tricky marketing conundrums to get made at all is a clear signal that someone up there has great faith in the scripts, and in first-time writer/director Ned Benson. Another clear signal is the mouthwatering cast; quite aside from perennial Playlist favorites Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in the lead roles, there's Viola Davis, Ciaran Hinds, Nina Arianda, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Jess Weixler and Bill Hader in support. We're not sure how this is going to make its way to theaters and while it has a lot of potential, as we mentioned in our Awards Dark Horses feature, the two-part structure could end up working against it in terms of categorisation for awards purposes. But we've been following this one pretty closely since we first heard about it and are anxious to see if neophyte Benson makes good on a vertiginously high concept. And we can't help but root for a project that bets so high. (Side note: this will be screening in Toronto as a "work-in-progress" rather than a completed film).



    DALLAS BUYER'S CLUB

    Synopsis: Based on a true story, the film is set in the ‘80s and centers on Ron Woodruff, newly diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. Fighting for his life and against the system, Ron begins to take and distribute non-FDA approved drugs extending his life, as well as others infected with the disease.

    What You Need To Know: Could Matthew McConaughey’s streak of acclaimed films end with an Oscar nomination? Well, he’s certainly giving the Academy the kind of stuff they love, dropping down to a skeletal weight, and playing an everyman struck down with a life-ending illness. But beyond that, this years-in-the-making picture has attracted headlines for a while now. Previous incarnations that didn’t get off the ground included a version with Marc Forster directing Brad Pitt (they would ultimately collaborate on this summer’s “World War Z”) and a take with Ryan Gosling starring for his “Lars And The Real Girl” helmer Craig Gillespie. But this time around it’s rising filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee who has gotten behind camera, proving himself with two very well-received but perhaps underrated efforts in “C.R.A.Z.Y.” and “The Young Victoria.” Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn and a rather surprising turn by Jared Leto round things out in support, and it could all be a prescription for a success.



    AUGUST : OSAGE COUNTY

    Synopsis: Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tracy Letts, the story follows the women of the Weston family who are brought back to the family home in the wake of a crisis and forced to confront each other and their past.

    What You Need To Know: The Weinstein Company certainly weren’t messing around when casting up this project, with heavyweights Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts leading an all-star cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and much more. On paper this sounds like a no-brainer home run: celebrated play + dream team cast = awards glory, right? Well, that will be up to director John Wells, whose last time out was the respectable economic crisis drama “The Company Men.” But so much of the heavy lifting is done already with this one that if the sparks fly like they should — and given this talent, there’s no reason they shouldn’t — this could be irresistible both to audiences and critics at large.



    CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?

    Synopsis: An aspiring singer-songwriter new to New York forms a bond with a record producer and his young daughter.

    What You Need To Know: Whether "Once" director John Carney can bottle lightning a second time out is the question that hangs over his next musically-leaning tale (Carney's two other movies in the intervening years were "Zonad" and "The Rafters," neither of which went anywhere at all really). Because it really does feel like "Once...Again!," albeit on a bigger scale; instead of Dublin, it's Manhattan, instead of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, it's Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley (in a role originally earmarked for Scarlett Johannson). We're hoping Carney can bring the same heartfelt quality and true understanding of the genre to this bigger, higher-profile canvas that will come with a weight of expectation he hasn't really had to contend with before. Helping him step up is producer Judd Apatow, in a rare excursion away from full-on comedy, and a solid supporting cast includes Hailee Steinfeld (as Ruffalo's daughter), Catherine Keener and James Corden. Adam Levine also makes a bid for acting cred, while the film will have cameos from musical figures like Mos Def and Cee Lo Green.



    The other anticipated films The Playlist looks forward to seeing at TIFF 2013 can be found at the ( SOURCE )


    Well, it's officially Oscar season now that the fall/winter movie period has begun. What are you excited to see in the coming months that will hopefully pop up at Ellen's hosting gig next year, ONTD?

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    Charlie Hunnam has landed one of the most talked-about roles in Hollywood.

    He'll play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, set to hit theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

    To play the character, he's got to be hot, sexy, dominant — and tortured.

    Can he pull it off?



    "I've been swaggering since I was 14 years old!" Hunnam told USA TODAY's Brian Truitt when touting the film Pacific Rim in July. In that movie, his character had to take a giant robot into war against futuristic monsters. He's also know for playing tough biker-club president Jackson "Jax" Teller on FX's Sons of Anarchy. He told GQ UK in July that Season 6 was being filmed and he's signed for Season 7.

    Both were a good fit for Hunnam, 33, who learned to be tough in real life early on.

    The actor is originally from Newcastle, England, a working-class town. As a kid, he moved to the Lake District, where fighting was common. He is one of two sons of what he has described as a "tough-guy" father and a "bohemian" mother. They split up when he was 2 years old.

    Hunnam went on to get his degree in the performing arts from Cumbria College of Art and Design in Cumbria, England. His first big role came at age 18, when he was cast in the British TV series Queer As Folk. He appeared in 10 episodes, playing a gay teen, before moving to Los Angeles. He went on to land roles including the lead in 2002's Nicholas Nickleby, a part in Cold Mountain in 2003 and Sons of Anarchy in 2008.

    So will he be ready to bare his bod for the film, which will have plenty of sexy scenes?

    He has a chiseled physique that he maintains by boxing, swimming and weightlifting among other things, according to Australian Men's Fitness. In a 2011 feature for the magazine, he revealed that he owns 82 pairs of sneakers.

    "I'm happier, more confident, and more positive when I work out. And I feel like I'm a better actor because of the clarity it gives me," he told the mag.

    As for his personal life? He's not single.

    He met Katherine Towne at an audition for Dawson's Creek in 1999 and the two got married a few weeks later in Las Vegas. They divorced in 2002.

    For the past six years, according to E!, Hunnam has been dating jewelry designer Morgana McNelis. In an interview with Britain's 7 Nights magazine in July he said they had bought a ranch so they could escape the Hollywood scene. "We've got 30 chickens and a couple of donkeys, a couple of ducks and we've got a big, organic garden. We are going to try to live a bit more sustainably."



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    All my conflicted FEELS for my harem husband right now, like I can't even... </3



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    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."—Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina"

    Many of the most famous and successful businesses in the U.S. are family-owned. Wal-Mart, Ford Motor and News Corp. are about as big as they come, and despite recessions, fluctuating consumer tastes and bursting bubbles, these companies have always kept it in the family.

    When things go well, working with family can be extremely rewarding. Selena S. Cuffe is president and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, a company she co-founded with her husband that transforms African products into global brands. She conceded that toiling alongside family brings challenges but had mostly positive things to say.

    "You trust the people you're working with," Cuffe said in an email. "Everyone is more invested than if they were at just 'a job.' The staff's mindset is much more entrepreneurial, authentic and strategic … [and] you are surrounded by people you actually enjoy!"

    Don Arden And Sharon Osbourne

    Don Arden was a British music impresario who managed Black Sabbath and Electric Light Orchestra, two of the most popular rock bands of the 1970s. Singer Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979, but Arden continued to run the band while also signing the newly solo vocalist to his label, Jet Records. Arden's daughter, Sharon, had been working for her father, but by 1982 she was both wife and manager to the ascendant singer.

    Things went sour when Sharon Osbourne tried to break Ozzy's contract with Jet and sign him to a different label. Arden sued her in a case eventually settled out of court. He walked away with $1 million, but the legal action damaged his relationship with his daughter so severely that the two didn't speak for almost 20 years. Arden died in 2007.

    Noel Gallagher And Liam Gallagher

    Oasis was a British rock group best known for the 1995 song "Wonderwall," which peaked at No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard chart. The group featured lead singer Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel on guitar, and according to the U.K.'s The Guardian, they had a history of public feuding and physical brawling—onstage and offstage—that plagued their entire career.
    The final straw came on Aug. 28, 2009, before a festival appearance in Paris, when Liam allegedly broke his brother's guitar. The band never performed, and Noel took to its website to announce his permanent departure.

    "I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer," he said. He went on to form Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, while Liam put together the group Beady Eye.

    Kit Culkin And Macaulay Culkin

    Kid actor Macaulay Culkin starred in the 1990 hit film "Home Alone." Kit Culkin, a former child actor himself, was his son's manager. According to New York magazine, he secured a rate of $8 million per film for his megastar child, who characterized his dad as "a screamer" and "an intimidator." When the parents began divorce proceedings, the question of which one would control Macaulay's fortune became a point of contention.
    'According to The Chicago Tribune, the issue was resolved by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge David Saxe, who severed the professional relationship between father and son, and put the family accountant in charge of the actor's money until he turned 18.

    Sadly, the legal problems drove a persistent wedge between father and son, and a 2012 article in the U.K.'s Daily Mail said that they have not spoken in the decade and a half since the dispute.

    Chris Hutcheson And Gordon Ramsay

    Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey is renowned for yelling at hapless restaurateurs on the television show "Hell's Kitchen." His father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, was his business partner, but according to the U.K. publication The Telegraph, that arrangement ended in October 2010 when the chef fired him for allegedly taking money from the business for "personal use"—suspected to be the financing of multiple extramarital affairs.

    Hutcheson sued his son-in-law for unfair dismissal and unpaid wages. The whole story came ended last year, when the two parties reached a settlement out of court.

    Beyoncé Knowles And Mathew Knowles

    Since she was one-third of the singing group Destiny's Child, Beyoncé Knowles has been one of the biggest recording stars in the world. Her father, Mathew Knowles, managed that group and continued to manage Beyoncé when she went solo, but she fired him in 2011. Documents filed in District Court in Harris County, Tex., indicate that she believed he had taken money to which he was not entitled.

    Mathew filed his own petition, alleging that the concert promoter Live Nation had contrived this story to force him out.

    "Upon information and belief, after failing to secure the rights to Beyoncé's world tour, Live Nation agents or representatives made statements to Beyoncé, alleging that [Knowles] had stolen money from Beyoncé on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds," it said. A representative from Live Nation had no comment.

    Still, Mathew Knowles seems to have taken his ouster in stride, if his statement to The Associated Press is any indication. "Business is business and family is family," he said. "I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved."

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    Transformers 4 Poster Reveals Official Title Is Age of Extinction


    Transformers 4 has an official title, and it is Transformers: Age of Extinction, as revealed on the first teaser poster, which includes the Decepticon insignia merged with a four, set against a desert landscape.

    The Transformers: Age of Extinction title hints at many story possibilities. It could be a direct reference to the Dinobots, or humanity could be on the brink of disaster, with the Autobots and Decepticons ready for an all-out war. It is known that this globetrotting adventure will feature Grimlock (Tyrannosaurus rex), Slag (Triceratops), Sludge (Apatosaurus), Snarl (Stegosaurus), Swoop (Pteranodon) and Paddles (Elasmosaurus) appearing alongside franchise newcomers Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller and Sophia Myles.

    Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently spoke about the inclusion of the Dinobots, which were confirmed last week.

    Transformers: Age of Extinction comes to theaters June 27th, 2014 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller. The film is directed by Michael Bay.

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  • 09/03/13--19:35: Xtina: Maxim Sex Goddess









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    Mod Note: Um it is Maxim.... ET gave the preview to the Maxim shoot aka these pictures and the cover out for the October Issue, it's all in the video

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    Filming White Collar on the UES w/ Tim DeKay, 9/3
















    Filming White Collar in Central Park w/ Mark Sheppard (Crowley from Supernatural), 8/28










    At the 13th Annual USTA Serves Opening Night Gala w/ Molly Simms & Rosario Dawson, 8/26














    Filming WC in NYC, 8/20












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  • 09/03/13--19:38: Arrow Season 2 Promo
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    Lady Gaga has continued her pathological victimization in Tuesday's Guardian publication. The interview is mostly about how people think she is finished and how she is being misjudged. However, the most interesting part of the interview is where Mother Monster blatantly lies about selling out all her concerts.

    "I know people said I wasn't selling out in America but that was entirely untrue, we sold out all over the world and every night I looked out into the fans and those front rows that you're talking about, the tears, the honesty, the inability to not be completely overjoyed because they felt accepted. That's sometimes more powerful than making a pop song and it just was at that time," said the fading pop superstar.





    But facts are facts. Pollstar reported that Gaga played 18 shows with 179,646 tickets sold. That makes average 9,980 people per show. This isn't bad, but creates a huge problem when the venues Gaga played at seated 15,000 or more per night. In Los Angeles, they were giving away tickets on the streets before the show. Had she not cancelled in Chicago, she would have played to several thousand empty seats. Several sections of her North American venues were described as looking like war zones while her tour in South America was a complete disaster.

    As many people have previously pointed out, Lady Gaga never had hip surgery. She went to rehab (it didn't work, unfortunately) and had major plastic surgery. There have been many recent pictures of Gaga lately without any surgery scars. Does Lady Gaga live in an alternate universe where she doesn't think her lies will be questioned? Let's hope someone helps her soon.

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    New outtakes from V Magazine were also released today









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    When Tilda Swinton first came to the Toronto International Film Festival to promote the movie "Teknolust" in 2002, we had no idea that the actress would begin a love affair with the city which would watch her debut her signature quirky and beautiful outfits.

    The 52-year-old Brit posed for portraits with minimum makeup, her Miranda Hobbes red hair cut short and wearing a loose men's suit and tuxedo jacket, unlike most other actresses at TIFF.

    From there, the "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star evolved from sporting a simple cardigan (2005) to a draped cowel neck dress (2007) and finally, a green silk bathrobe (2011).

    Back in the city on Sept. 5 for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival (the "Orlando" star skipped the festival in 2012) to promote "Only Lovers Left Alive", the otherworldly beauty will most likely confound and astound us with her sartorial choices.

    We can't wait!








    More photos of this stylish independent at the ( SOURCE )


    When will your stylistically basic Hollywood heaux faves ever, ONTD?

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  • 09/03/13--19:56: Caste 6x01 'Valkyrie' Promo

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    literally i need it to be september 23rd like TOMORROW.

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  • 09/03/13--19:56: The Perfect Nude

  • MARKETING one single lipstick shade as "nude" is tricky - a perfect match for one person could be a shade too dark or too light for another - which is why L'Oréal Paris has called upon its celebrity spokesmodels to choose their own ideal hues.

    Cheryl Cole, Doutzen Kroes, Freida Pinto, Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede each worked with L'Oréal Paris colour designer Orrea Light to develop the lipstick shade that best complemented their individual skin tones, and the results make up the Color Riche Collection Privée. The aim is to provide a perfect nude shade for everyone and thanks to the spokesmodels' different ethnicities, the range accomodates women of various skin tones.

    "When I put it on I do feel very elegant - it's a very good everyday colour so I can wear it all the time, whenever I want," Kroes said of her colour, Hint Of Pink.

    Additional shades chosen by Jane Fonda, Inès de la Fressange and Fan Bingbing will be available in other markets. The L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Collection Privée range is available at Boots stores nationwide.






    Doutzen Kroes - Hint of Pink.


    Freida Pinto - Mauve Tint.


    Eva Longoria - Peach Skin.


    Chery Cole - Greige Glow.


    Julianne Moore - Rosewood Beige.


    Liya Kebede - Ebony Elegance.
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    How do you feel about nude lipstick ONTD? What do you think of the shades?

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    LAMORNE MORRIS FROM "NEW GIRL" !!

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    We were out at the movie theater at the Grove here in L.A. He was wearing a hoodie and shades trying to be low-key. I saw him though..., cause I rep ONTD! He was really nice and as soon as I took the pic a bunch of other people crowded around asking for pictures. I felt really bad, but he told me not to worry about it and to have a good night.


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    ..... on Britney's lip injections



    Britney Spears found herself overheated while shopping in Malibu on Tuesday.
    But fortunately the singer had another – and far cooler – outfit on hand.
    The 31-year-old stripped from a pair of black tracksuit bottoms with the word ‘love’ scrawled on them to a pair of tiny grey shorts.

    Britney also swapped her cream Ugg boots for some simple black sandals.
    But the star kept her yellow tank top on for the day out, which she spent shopping at the Malibu Country Mart.
    Britney had arrived with her blonde locks in her favourite casual updo, but later wore them half up and half down.









    Britney went make-up free and had an aide on hand to carry her shopping bags for her.
    She had purchased something from the James Perse store; perhaps a new addition to her wardrobe or a gift for her boyfriend David Lucado.
    Two days earlier, the Circus hit-maker had enjoyed lunch with her everyday Dave and her mother Lynne.
    The trio were certainly comfortable as they headed to the Old Place restaurant in Agoura Hills, California for some traditional home fare.





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    August Wilson's celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. Join us for an historic series in The Greene Space as an extraordinary cast of actors and directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to make the first-ever recording of all ten plays in August Wilson's American Century Cycle.

    This show is sold out, but you can watch a live video webcast right here on the date of performance.

    Joe Turner's Come and Gone is set in Pittsburgh in the 1910's. The play chronicles the lives of a few freed former enslaved African Americans and deals with themes of identity, migration and the conflicts of racism and discrimination.

    Directed by Phylicia Rashad and featuring Keith David, Taraji P. Henson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Roger Robinson, Raynor Scheine, Jason Dirden, John Douglas Thompson, January LaVoy, Nile Bullock and Alexis Holt.

    Date and Time: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7 PM ET



    Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/GreeneSpaceNY?v=dw-fi4pAc_k

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    Charlie Hunnam is hardly an unknown: The 33-year-old British actor stars in one of the biggest shows on cable, Sons of Anarchy, and he played the lead in this summer's $100 million-grossing sci-fi vehicle Pacific Rim. Still, yesterday's announcement that he'll play the dominant, damaged Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey means that Hunnam is about to become a lot more famous very quickly, since everyone and their mother had an opinion on who should be cast as Grey, a wealthy mogul who embarks on a sexy, sadomasochistic relationship with wide-eyed Anastasia Steele (to be played by Ben and Kate's Dakota Johnson). It also marks things coming full circle for the actor who, in his first big TV credit — the original U.K. version of Queer As Folk— played a tentative young student in the thrall of a highly sexual older man; essentially, that means that long before Hunnam will play Christian Grey, he's already embodied Anastasia Steele.


    Hunnam was only 18 when he was cast on the notorious British drama, which ran for just ten episodes starting in April of 1999. Unlike any other TV show that had come before it, Queer As Folk was utterly frank in its depiction of modern gay life, strip-mining that subculture for all the sex, drugs, and drama it could possibly provide (and generating a less-acclaimed U.S. remake that debuted the next year on Showtime). Hunnam's character, 15-year-old Nathan, begins the series a newcomer to all things gay, but on his very first night out on Manchester's Canal Street, he meets the sexually rapacious Stuart (Aidan Gillen, who'd go on to play Carcetti on The Wire and Littlefinger on Game of Thrones), who gives Nathan quite the education in the bedroom. Should you have any doubt about Hunnam and his willingness to go there in an onscreen sex scene, do press play on this super-NSFW clip from the first episode of Queer As Folk, where he is convincingly, enthusiastically rimmed by Aidan Gillen.





    Of course, young Nathan has no idea what a rimjob even is, recalling 50 Shades heroine Anastasia Steele and her own lack of carnal knowledge. ("Nobody told you about that, did they?" leers Stuart to Nathan after the deed is done.) But both characters immediately fall for their dominant, experienced lovers; Nathan even indulges in a starstruck tic of constantly referring to Gillen's character by his full name — "Stuart Alan Jones … he's looking down at me like the face of God" — that brings to mind Ana's oppressively similar habit in 50 Shades. And though both Nathan and Ana at first consider themselves unworthy of these accomplished men who live in vast, spacious apartments designed to impress and intimidate, they soon realize the power they can wield over their paramours, who grow more and more besotted with each encounter. "Six months later, he was begging me to stay," Nathan brags in a flash-forward confessional at the end of the first episode of Queer As Folk, and for all of Christian Grey's apparent steeliness in 50 Shades, it isn't long before he's sending wounded, emo e-mails to Ana in an attempt to keep her as his own.


    So how did Hunnam do at this early bit of role reversal? If all you know him for is his brawny, bearded work on Sons of Anarchy, it may initially be disconcerting to see Hunnam at the height of his teenage twinkiness, but the role is a natural fit for the actor, who makes Nathan's path from sexual naïveté to well-earned physical confidence feel totally convincing. Hunnam followed up Queer As Folk with a love-'em-and-leave-'em turn as a Casanova college student in the Fox sitcom Undeclared, and as he grew into adulthood, it was hard to see him as anything but an onscreen stud; his looks are so absurd that he frequently picks roles that play against them, and Hunnam normally retains his shaggy Sons beard even between seasons, a decision he claims as a sign of devotion to his series even as it recalls Brad Pitt, who often blunts his blond beauty with scraggly, "serious actor" facial hair.


    But if you think that the key ingredient in sexual chemistry is a degree of empathy — that is, the ability to put yourself in your partner's head, anticipating their thoughts and feelings — then Hunnam comes to Christian Grey with some valuable experiences on his résumé. Some directors like to rehearse a two-hander by switching the actors' roles for a spell; that way, when the leads return to the roles they were cast in, they better understand the character opposite them and can tweak their own performance accordingly. As someone who's played both the confident cock of the walk and the neophyte that type seduces, Hunnam's already done his homework.



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    QAF-era Charlie fuck yasssssssss...



    Bring on dem Christian Grey sex gifs!

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    Emilia Clarke was on Futurama: Here's a clip



    BTS of Princess Sophie Turner and Hannah Murray's ASOS shoot

    Some adorable pics of your faves in Dubrovnik




    UPDATE: Angolan actor Hoji Fortuna NOT officially cast

    According to HBO, Hoji Fortuna has NOT been cast. At least, not as anything other than an extra. A featured extra with one or two lines, at most. So definitely not Brown Ben Plumm and probably nothing at all.

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    Pedro Pascal seems like such an awesome guy, and if you guys aren't following him on instagram you def should. He posts a lot of pics of the cast just hanging out (and he's also friends with Sarah Paulson so like, perf).

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