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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    New Zealand teen Lorde is a Grammy frontrunner for Record of the Year with "Royals," an anti-bling anthem eschewing the trappings of fame and fortune. But ironically, now that Lorde has become such a breakout star, she's getting a chance to enjoy the finer things in life.

    Speaking to Yahoo Music at Delta Airlines' private pre-Grammy party at West Hollywood's Soho House, the 17-year-old wunderkind admitted that her life has changed — but not as much as you'd think. When asked what rock-royalty luxuries she's enjoying most lately, she didn't espouse the joys of jet planes, islands, or tigers on gold leashes, but something much simpler.

    "I feel like I catch public transportation slightly less than I did," she said, "just because I'm on a strict time limit, which is nice. But I still do it quite a lot!" So Lorde may still count her dollars on the train to a Grammy party or two this week.

    Interestingly, along with "Royals," one of the other top hits of the past year was another song celebrating a penny-pinching lifestyle: "Thrift Shop," by fellow multiple Grammy nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. "I think maybe people gravitated towards those songs because maybe that's what people wanted to hear and found refreshing," Lorde mused. "It was a crazy thing; it did feel like those two songs were kind of kin to each other."

    Lorde declined to dish about what she plans to wear to the Grammys Sunday night (or how she plans to style her hair, arguably the best head of hair in music today), but she performed Thursday at the Soho House in a dramatic Acne column dress and Stella McCartney platform boots — an outfit fit for a queen bee, indeed — for a crowd that included Hilary Duff, Julianne Hough, Anna Kendrick, Lance Bass, and "X Factor" winners Alex & Sierra.


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    Emma Roberts has joined the cast of Sam Worthington‘s upcoming film For The Dogs, JustJared.com can exclusively confirm.

    The 22-year-old actress would take on the role of a college girl named Ella Hatto, replacing Hailee Steinfeld in the Jonathan Mostow directed thriller, which starts shooting in March/April in Germany. For The Dogs centers on “an assassin who agrees to help a college girl (Roberts) exact revenge on the murderers of her parents and younger brother.”


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    GRAMMYS—BREAKING NEWS: About that “Mr. and Mrs. Carter” moment we’ve been talking about for the last month, sources inside the Recording Academyconfide that Beyoncé and Jay Z will open the show with a performance of “Drunk in Love,” the consensus pick to click from her self-titled album. While the Academy has not copped to this coup, the org did issue another release this morning announcing the additions of Madonna (see next item) and Billie Joe Armstrong with Miranda Lambert (rather than Norah Jones, interestingly) in a tribute to Phil Everly,Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Juicy J. The newly named presenters are Steve Coogan,Jeremy Renner, Julia Roberts and current nominee Charlie Wilson.(1/24a)


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    How do you transform yourself from a meth kingpin into the leader of the free world? For recent Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Bryan Cranston, it's all in a day's work.

    Cranston is poised to make his Broadway debut shortly in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkan's All The Way, which casts him as Lyndon Baines Johnson, focusing on the former president's fight to pass what would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    The actor observes that his late Breaking Bad character, Walter White, and the 36th president of the USA actually had "a lot of similarities."

    Speaking at a recent gathering of the Way cast, Cranston says that Johnson and White "both were strong-willed men, who had very specific ideas of what they wanted to accomplish. And both were bright, of course, though they had character flaws."

    What flaws, specifically? "Ego issues," Cranston says, smiling, noting both "got warped and damaged to a degree -- for what they were after."

    All The Way begins performances Feb. 10 and is set to open March 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre.


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    Hanh Nguyen for TV Guide writes:
    Tailgating! A viewing party! Illegal gambling! Puppy Bowl!

    On Sunday's episode of Bob's Burgers (8:30/7:30c, Fox), the Belchers could do any number of things in honor of the Super Bowl, beyond just naming a burger a football-themed pun. (The Longest Chard Burger, anyone?)

    Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) has something special in mind this year though. It has to do with competing against his nemesis, that annoying Jimmy Pesto (Jay Johnston), who holds a blowout Super bowl event every year. Check out this clip to see the Belchers' game plan:

    Do you have any special Super Bowl plans?
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    Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;

    Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!

    Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,

    Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee!

    Who shall say that Fortune grieves him

    While the star of hope she leaves him?

    Me, nae cheerfu' twinkle lights me,

    Dark despair around benights me.

    Scottish Independence Referendum Celebrity Watch:
                                                                                       Team AYE- Irvine Welsh, Liz Lochhead, Elaine C Smith,  Annie Lennox, the Proclaimers, Alasdair Gray
                                                                                        Team NAW- John Barrowman (and pretty much everyone else who's kept their mouth shut thus far, let's be honest)


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    Good Luck Charlie‘s four-season, 100-episode run will come to a close on Sunday, Feb. 16, with the hour-long send-off “Good-Bye, Charlie,” Disney Channel has announced.

    In that final episode, Teddy finds it hard to shoot a final video diary for her little sister Charlie, while Amy and Bob plan a special going away party for their college-bound daughter. Will Teddy’s ex-boyfriend Spencer be a surprise RSVP? (Spoiler: Oh yes, he will.)

    Prior to its swan song, GLC will air an episode (this Sunday, I have confirmed) that features same-sex parents in a subplot “developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness,” the cabler previously explained.


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    Natalie Dormer is ecstatic about being a part of the Hunger Games family!
    The 31-year-old actress, who plays Cressida in the upcoming two Mockingjay films, is gushing about the highly anticipated flicks and her awesome costar Jennifer Lawrence.
    "It's the best family to be a part of," Dormer recently told us. "I'm so happy to be a part of the Hunger Games family, really."

    As for her character in the film, Dormer explained, "Cressida, she's a documentary filmmaker turned rebel. She's left the Capitol to join the rebellion against Snow. She's got that Capitol funk style going on, but now she's like practical, rebel and believes in the cause."

    And Dormer definitely gets to get in on the action scenes alongside Lawrence's Katniss. "Well, anyone who knows the book knows that Cressida follows Katniss into the field," she dished. "I'm pretty much Katniss' guide for the majority."
    As for working with J.Law, Dormer says "yes" she's as cool as you'd think. "She's a total chick," she said. "She's gorgeous."
    Dormer also had to shave half of her head for the Mockingjay role. "The hair department of Mockingjay did it and I love it," she told us. "A little trepidation, but I was excited."


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    In the second episode of HBO’s zeitgeist-y hit Looking [lol - "zeitgeist-y"? apparently I'm not the only deluded stan online], Jonathan Groff goes on a date with Raul Castillo, the hot hairdresser/San Francisco Giants fan he met on the bus. The two toy with each other over drinks in a bar, but will they eventually go home together? [yes.] See how it plays out Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. EST on HBO, 7:30 on the west coast.

    Okay how obvious does this clip make it that racial divisions among gay men -- in particular racial cluelessness among white gay men -- are among the topics directly addressed by the show?




    And a couple of interview questions for him:

    How much do you connect with Dom?

    I think because I’m pretty much the same age as my character, I have gone through very similar things in terms of the questions that you ask about yourself and your life when you’re that age. Do I have all the right markers for hitting this age? Can I see all the things that make me feel like I’ve lived a worthwhile life?

    I’ve loved my life. And I feel like there’s been some great things in my life. So for me, perhaps it was a little easier, although it was still a challenging time turning 40 and being confronted with all that stuff. But Dom’s kind of imploding.

    Where is the Scott Bakula relationship going as the season progresses? [Bakula plays an older man who may help Dom transition into this new life phase]

    It develops further, I can say, towards the end of the show and there’s some sort of ambiguous resolution at the end, but it’s definitely not definitive. That story continues, but it’s a bit of a roller coaster.



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  • 01/25/14--14:01: A Mini ONTD Boyfriend Post

  • Is Idris Elba making a play for a cameo on Girls? The British hunk has implied not-so-subtly that he would love to guest star on the raunchy HBO comedy.

    Elba, who recently shared the couch on U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show with Girls creator Lena Dunham, tweeted the wunderkind with a tempting offer:

    Dunham wasted no time taking the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom actor up on his offer. "You are a pure pleasure. Honored to share the couch with you. #selfiesforever," she tweeted.

    Charlie Hunnam is all smiles while carries a little shopping bag on Friday (January 24) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Our favorite soldier-turned-model, Alex Minsky, did another photoshoot with photographer Eric Schwabel recently and judging by the behind the scenes photos Alex posted to his facebook getting his makeup done, it's bound to be a sexy success.

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  • 01/25/14--14:02: Rachel Zoe Was Dumped

  • When Anne Hathaway showed up at Sundance last week looking perfectly chic and understated, we started to wonder if she was taking her usually girly style in a new and more sophisticated direction, flavored with structured menswear influences. An oversize cream Max Mara coat with an ASOS scarf was her outerwear of choice for arrival at the Salt Lake City airport. For a Harvey Weinstein football watching party at the film fest, she wore tattered jeans and an oversize funky graphic print Givenchy sweatshirt. Then there was a slouchy hunter green pantsuit paired with a black J Brand camisole.

    ll of those looks were for her promotional appearances on behalf of the new indie Song One. Another ensemble, which she wore to do interviews in the THR Sundance suite with Facebook and American Airlines, was a Nonoo quilted oversize sweater over a cotton pima tunic from pre-fall, all over skinny black leather pants. During the day, she accessorized with a two-tone Marni Trunk bag and Carrera by Jimmy Choo leopard-print shades.

    From whence came the funkier side of Ms. Hathaway, we had to ask. Sources in the know tell THR that veteran stylist Penny Lovell, who also works with Rose Byrne, Taylor Schilling, Bella Heathcote and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has been quietly pulling pieces from showrooms for Hathaway. Sundance reportedly was the duo's first time out the gate together -- meaning that the Oscar-winning actress has called off her long-term relationship with celebrity stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe (whose current clients include Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Garner and Isla Fisher).

    Lovell is best known for having a knack for taking smart risks, like Byrne's groundbreaking white Elie Saab jumpsuit on the SAG Awards red carpet, leading the way for jumpsuits as eveningwear. We hope this means something new and exciting for Oscars, where Hathaway will present on the heels of her win last year for Les Miserables. If you recall, the normally impeccably dressed Hathaway showed up at the last minute in a pale pink satin Prada dress with unfortunately placed darts that became the most tweeted moment on the Oscar 2013 red carpet.

    Hathaway worked with Zoe for roughly a decade.


    Now let's hope J-Law will do the same.

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    David Gordon Green, Amber Heard and a co-founder of South by Southwest are among the honorees lined up to receive trophies at the Austin Film Society’s 2014 Texas Film Awards.

    The kudos single out Texans whose work have helped earned the state notice in the film world. Filmmaker Green (“George Washington,” “Prince Avalanche”), whose next pic “Joe” stars Nicolas Cage, was raised in Texas while actress Heard (“Machete Kills,” the upcoming “Three Days to Kill”) is from Austin. Country singer Mac Davis scores the soundtrack award.

    Lifetime achievement honor will go to Louis Black, the Austin Chronicle co-founder who also was one of the founders of SXSW and the Texas Film Awards.

    Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 pic “From Dusk Till Dawn” scores the Star of Texas Award, which goes every year to an iconic Texas movie. Rodriguez will be on hand to receive the laurel.

    Luke Wilson, also a Texan, emcees the ceremony, in which presenters will include Danny McBride and Priscilla Presley.

    The Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards are set for March 6 in Austin.

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    Jared Leto was a movie heartthrob who decided he’d rather be a rock star – and went on to sell 10 million albums. Now, after a six-year break from Hollywood, he’s back on the big screen in the role of a lifetime, discovers Claire Black

    He grew up in poverty in Louisiana, the youngest son of a “vagabond, hippie mother”. Wayward at school, he was smart and easily bored, which meant there was a bit of petty crime, minor arson, some stealing. He pitched up in Los Angeles with $500 and a backpack and proceeded to become a mid-1990s heartthrob. Then there were movies. And then, quite simply, there weren’t. Not for six years. It’s not that Hollywood dropped Jared Leto. Hardly. It was that Leto decided he’d rather be a rock star than a movie star. Not like Keanu Reeves, or Russell Crowe, a proper one with 10 million album sales and gigs in packed stadiums around the world. So how come he is back again, Golden Globe already bagged, Academy Award nomination safely landed, with the chances of that little gold statuette ending up in his hands a pretty good bet?

    Movie star? Rock star? Would the real Jared Leto please stand up?

    I can tell you that on first meeting he’s more the latter than the former. In part it’s the penthouse suite rather than the standard double. (I’m not being a snob, trust me, these things matter.) It’s also the long hair, framing those still razor sharp cheek bones and the dreamy blue eyes [ lol girrrrl ]– Leto was always pretty rather than hunky. At 42 he’s not so much young-looking as ageless. Then there are the clothes – all black with zips and poppers, subtle not showy but they don’t look like anything that came off a peg or from a safe bet designer. Slight and quietly spoken, the only thing about Leto that doesn’t fit with the rock star schtick is that he looks remarkably healthy. This is especially surprising given that he was rocking a kilt on stage at The Hydro in front of thousands less than 24 hours before we meet, catching a red-eye flight from Glasgow to London. And yet Leto looks clear-eyed. More than this he looks like a man who relishes an egg-white omelette and regards wheatgrass as a treat. You may judge that as a little catty, but having read that Leto planned to celebrate his recent Oscar nomination by whipping up a batch of vegan pancakes, I feel no remorse.

    Jared Leto first became famous as Claire Danes’ bad-boy love interest on cult TV series My So-Called Life. After that there were around 20 or so movies – American Psycho, Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream. And then the hiatus. To put it into perspective, in Hollywood terms a break of six years is basically like dying, being buried, forgotten, having a multi-storey car park built on top of your place of rest before being excavated, reanimated, dressed in a tux and marched down a red carpet. Leto is under no illusions. “It’s the end of your career, that’s what it is,” says Leto. “Most people who are on their sixth year, it’s not by choice.” So how exactly does one pull off a resurrection as remarkable as he has?

    “Lucky motherf***er,” he says quietly, with a smile and an almost imperceptible shrug. “I wasn’t looking for it. I wasn’t looking for anything. I didn’t want to go to work. I wasn’t pining to make a film. Dallas Buyers Club was sent my way and I was encouraged to read it. I hadn’t read a script in years. I gave it a read and I fell in love. I knew it was an opportunity to do something really special.”

    He’s not wrong.

    Dallas Buyers Club is based on the true story of Ron Woodruff, a macho, womanising Texas electrician who was diagnosed with HIV, a virus he viewed as “that gay disease” back in the dark days of 1985. Woodruff was given 30 days to live. He was 35 years old. Instead, he transformed himself into a one-man HIV/Aids drug therapy guru, smuggling non-approved medicines into the US from Mexico and shipping them from elsewhere, selling them to a community desperate for something, anything, that would stop people from dying as major pharmaceutical companies – and American government agencies – dragged their heels with both research and funding. The film is not sentimental and it’s not simplistic either. Woodruff, played magnificently by Matthew McConaughey, who’s also been nominated for an Oscar, was motivated by self-preservation and money before any kind of civic duty. But that’s why his gradual shift as he slowly but surely comes to terms with the new community of which he finds himself a part is so moving and so believable. And that’s in no small way due to the relationship between Woodruff and Rayon, played by Leto, the transgender woman and drug user who first of all buys drugs from Woodruff and then becomes his unconventional and unreliable business partner.

    Rayon is a confection in halter tops and headscarves. She wears candyfloss-coloured lipstick and has a penchant for injecting class A drugs into whichever of her veins will still accept them. She is fragile and fun, sweet and damaged. She is, Leto says, “the role of a lifetime”.

    “Rayon is one of a kind – fun, funny, full of grace, with a big heart, very open, very compassionate. It’s funny, I never think about her gender first. To me, that’s just so imprinted on who she is. I wasn’t playing this part as a drag queen or a glam rocker or any of that. This was a man who wanted to live as a woman. She is who she is. If she was alive today she would identify as a transgender person.” Leto met transgender people at the beginning of making the film, which was, he says, really informative. It was an experience that made him committed to “bringing a real person to the screen not a cliché or a stereotype. I felt that had been done before so why bother?”

    Leto landed the role at least in part by ‘being’ Rayon when he first spoke to director Jean-Marc Valle. Speaking on Skype, he wore lipstick and a pink, fluffy jumper pulled off one shoulder. He wanted to see if he could pull it off. Having been cast, he then lost 30lb (McConaughey’s weight-loss garnered more press attention because he’s known as a beefcake so to see him gaunt and drawn-looking was truly shocking) but Leto is slight so the change in his physique was no less dramatic. He also stayed in character for the duration of the shoot.

    “I find it a really productive way to work,” he says. “It means you can use the entire day to experiment not just the time when you’re in front of the camera. There was no rehearsal on this film at all. None. So that was my time to experiment.”

    There’s only one scene in the film when Rayon wears men’s clothing. It’s one of the most poignant because she looks so hideously uncomfortable.

    “It was a really intense scene to shoot, very special,” Leto says. “I had thought that it was going to be really difficult, number one because it was the first time I didn’t have heels and lipstick and a wig – all of the armour – but I was surprised because when I put the suit on I still walked across the room like her. I was glad that she didn’t leave me just because I didn’t have all of the physical trappings or accoutrements.”

    Dallas Buyers Club has taken 20 years to make. It was back in August 1992, just a month before Woodruff finally succumbed to complications related to Aids, that screenwriter Craig Borten drove from Los Angeles to Dallas to meet him and start work on the story. The project was then kicked around for nearly two decades before it finally reached the screen. For Leto, the people involved, not least McConaughey, were part of what tempted him back to stepping in front of the camera.

    “I just couldn’t say no,” says Leto. “This doesn’t happen very often, it’s a rare thing to find something like this.”

    I launch into a paean about the perils of commercialisation in Hollywood and plainly it doesn’t exactly scintillate because halfway through it he abruptly interrupts me.

    “Where are you from?”

    Edinburgh I tell him.

    “How far from Glasgow is that?”

    Fifty-odd miles I say, but a whole lot further in terms of just how different the two cities are.

    “Really?” he says, sounding vaguely disbelieving. I feel the need to reassure him that I love Glasgow (I do) by telling him that I lived in the city for 10 years.

    “Really?” he says sounding even less interested. “The accent sounds a little different. Maybe I don’t know any better but Glasgow is really,” he pauses for the longest time, “unique. The accent of the people I talked to was very strong.”

    I offer a sort of apology for mine being a bit watered down and then, self-conscious, I run out of things to say.

    “Anyway,” he says, blinking his big blue eyes, “once in a lifetime. I haven’t made a movie in six years.” Not exactly subtle but at least we’re back on topic. So how, apart from the lure of being lead singer in a band with your older brother, Shannon, on drums, does he explain that six-year break?

    “I was busy,” he says. “Making movies is a very time-consuming thing and it demands everything from you when you do it, at least the way I work. It’s not flexible – you have this huge chunk of time and you have to do that. I do a lot of different things in my life – direct, edit, write, make art, sing – I bounce around a lot and making movies steals time.

    The other reason, though, was that 30 Seconds to Mars enjoyed more success than Leto had imagined possible. Critics have never exactly fallen over themselves to shower the band with praise, but the fans gathered loyally. They bought the albums and the gig tickets. That’s what gave Leto the chance to “tour and tour and tour”. The band are in the Guinness Book of Records for being on the world’s longest tour. It was two-and-a-half years, if you’re interested. Surely that’s like living a kind of parallel existence?

    “It is. It can be lonely. It can be exhausting. I’ve had people come out on tour for a week, two weeks and they can’t take it any more.” He smiles. “I’ve been in 10 different countries in two weeks. Sometimes you’re in beautiful places for barely enough time to look out of the window of the car to see it. But it’s also really special – you get to know countries and cultures through the people you meet and the audiences. You go back again and again so you start to feel at home, you have your favourite restaurants and places to walk, your favourite people to see.”

    It’s clear that it’s a life that Leto loves. And I’m starting to understand how sitting in a trailer on a movie set day after day, probably isn’t for him.

    “It’s a circus,” he says of being on the road with his band. “There are 40 or 50 people on the road. You build a show every night, you take it down every day, pack up five trucks and a few tour buses and go to the next place. You try to get on stage and give people the night of a lifetime.

    “Films are like that too. I want to make films and see films that change me. Films that show me a part of life I’ve never experienced before, that take me some place new and different and unexpected.”

    The way Leto describes his life – a mix of creativity, spending his time editing, producing, making music – sounds simultaneously very LA 2014 and, in a strange way, reminiscent of Leto’s itinerant childhood spent living in or around a variety of hippie communes where people were artists by dint of their lifestyle.

    “Yeah, I think that’s safe to say,” he says. “I grew up around a lot of artists in a very bohemian culture, a lot of hippies, creative people – potters, painters, sculptors, performance artists. The big difference is that it was very communal at that time and very few people made a living doing it. It’s different because I’m very fortunate in that people are listening to what I have to say as an artist. I don’t take that for granted.”

    And now they’re listening and they’re watching, not least on 2 March when the Oscars are announced. If Leto wins the Best Supporting Actor gong I don’t imagine it’ll change very much for him, but it will be richly deserved recognition for Dallas Buyers Club.

    “It’s hard to make these little movies,” Leto admits, “they break your heart. “Most of the time they don’t get made, then if they do get made they don’t get made right, then if they do get made right, they can’t find distribution, then if they do get distribution they can’t find an audience because you don’t have enough money to market them. So when they do get made, they do get distribution, they do find an audience it’s wonderful to celebrate it. I think we’re all happy that this film is getting such a great response.”

    He’s glad he took the six years off. And no, he hasn’t read another script since Dallas Buyers Club found its way into his hands. “But the door is open,” he says, “so we’ll see.” And what if it takes another six years for the next film to turn up?

    “It’s OK with me,” he says smiling, stretching himself out. “Six years,” he says thoughtfully, “that means I’ve got a few films left in me – maybe four? Maybe five?” I believe that would suit him just fine.


    I never thought I would be making a Jared Leto post on ONTD but I watched Dallas Buyers Club this weekend, and it was soooo good. I might have even cried a little. Anyway I thought Jared was excellent and deserves all the praise he's getting tbh

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    Let’s travel back in time as we learn that Neill Blomkamp may be in line to direct the pilot for the Steven Spielberg produced Halo series on Xbox Live. The director’s name should, at this point in time, be familiar to sc-fi movie fans. Back in 2007 when Peter Jackson was on board as the Halo movie producer, Blomkamp was tapped to be the feature film director of the then entertainment juggernaut. The deal fell through when Jackson insisted on the unknown Blomkamp as director, studios eventually backed out of the movie, and Blomkamp went on to make waves with the incredible District 9.

    According to rumored sources at Latino Review, Blomkamp may once again be given the reigns. Fans of the Halo series were clamoring for Blomkamp to direct a movie from early on. His live action short films of a group of ODST’s (an elite Marine group in the Halo mythos) making a last stand against Covenant forces are incredible at showcasing Blomkamp’s vision for a movie. It only makes sense to go back to the guy who’s already well versed in translating the Halo universe for the Xbox Live series. The three shorts were made by Microsoft as part of the promotional campaign for the release of Halo 3.

    It was surprising a year ago when we learned Spielberg was resurrecting the idea of a live action Halo project. Now with Bungie, the game’s creators, having moved on from Microsoft the universe of Halo is under the guidance of 343 Industries. They hold the canon in their hands, and are responsible for Halo 4 along with all future endeavors in the universe, including this announced series being produced with Spielberg.

    Microsoft is intent on making the Xbox One more than just a game console, which has been evident for a long time with their push for content access on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The move to original content on Xbox Live is not original, as we’ve seen Netflix succeed with the model in 2013 and Amazon following suit. Even with the shine of Halo’s popularity waning, especially by comparison to its height back when the feature film was in production, the IP is Microsoft’s greatest chance at creating a hit.

    Of course, if Microsoft wants the Xbox experience to be universal they’ll have to come up with a franchise that’s not so exclusionary. Halo is popular, no doubt, but if you’re not familiar with the lore you’ll lose focus within the first 10 minutes. Blomkamp’s rumored involvement may make it interesting enough for casual folks to stick around for an episode, but when you start introducing junk like Forerunner technology, Covenant political in-fighting, or even just the Mjolnir armor, you’ll lose people quick.

    Blomkamp is currently directing Chappie, starring Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, and Sharlto Copley.

    As long as they don't screw him over like last time I am definitely here for this.

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    CHELSEA have landed one of the biggest signings of the season — One Direction’s Niall Horan.

    The Irish heart-throb has been taken in by the Premier League giants to help him recover from a knee op.

    He was smuggled into the club’s training ground in Cobham, Surrey, this week to be treated by their world class medical team.

    It is believed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho — known as the Special One — agreed to give 20-year-old Niall the VIP treatment as his daughter is a massive fan of One Direction.

    A source said last night: “Niall has been welcomed into the club as if he’s a Chelsea star himself.

    It’s the best possible place for him to get the rehab he needs on his knee because he needs to be fighting fit for the band’s stadium tour later this year.

    Mourinho, 50, became friendly with Niall after 1D were invited to the Real Madrid training ground when he was manager there last year. Niall said: “Mourinho’s daughter is a fan and he wanted to get tickets to the show so he invited us to train with the lads.”

    The singer, who had surgery in the US to stop his knee dislocating, is a Chelsea fan and has watched them with Frank Lampard’s fiancée Christine Bleakley.

    But Niall is not the only bandmate turning to football while the boys take some time off.

    It emerged this week that Louis Tomlinson will make his debut for his local side Doncaster Rovers’ reserves in the next month after joining on a non-contract last year.


    Niall is a die hard Derby fan tho

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    Rapper Azealia Banks captured us with her catchy rhymes and sassy attitude. She has kept us hooked with her "212" hit and the mixtape songs that followed. Her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, has been pushed back over and over again. Azealia has now revealed her album will be released in March 2014.

    Azealia... stop teasing us! Broke With Expensive Taste was originally going to debut in 2012 when it was then pushed back to January 2014. Azealia has now signaled that the album will not be here until March of this year. It is known that Banks has had some misunderstandings with her record label, so maybe this is the reason for the several delays.

    When asked on Twitter if the March delay was actually true, Azealia answered, "The label changed their mind," with a smiley face. She also mentioned that the single out of the awaited album was originally titled "Soda" but will now be named "Chasing Time." Fans are a bit worried about the album postponements and changes, tweeting Banks and asking her if at the end it will be worth it, she tweeted back, "It is! I promise I've been WORKING the ENTIRE time. I have like 30 new songs!!!!!"

    Azealia is planning to tour the United Kingdom and Europe starting late March, performing songs from "Fantasea II: The Second Wave" mixtape. The outspoken star, who has had beef with several other artists in the industry, says that she is at peace with at least her record label for now. She tweeted, "Obeying my label is the best decision I've ever made. My relationship with them is so good right now!"

    We hope that everyone remains in agreement, as we would hate for March to come around and for her album to have yet another delay. But Azealia's sound remains free, cool and hip so we are excited to hear what Broke With Expensive Taste has in store for us.

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    Hilary Duff at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Lucian Grainge, January 25th

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    She looked so gorgeous last night, my favourite look by far! Hoping she goes to the grammy's tonight this is her third pre grammy event.

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