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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    The “Treasure Island” prequel takes itself serously as it spices things up with violence, sex and nudity.

    Anyone expecting a rip-roaring, swashbuckling good time from Starz’s new pirate series “Black Sails,” will have to be patient. Like a slow-winding journey on an actual 18th century sea vessel, this series methodically explores pirate life, one long conversation after another.

    That’s not to say there isn’t some action, sex and nudity. “Black Sails,” which touts “Human Target’s” Robert Levine and Jonathan E. Steinberg as creators and movie-go-boom superstar Michael Bay as an executive producer, has its fair share of gun, fist and sword fights. And this being a Starz series, there is of course a hefty amount of gym-sculpted nudity, one orgy and a little girl-on-girl action — and that’s just in the pilot.

    But where its network predecessor “Spartacus” playfully reveled in bloody battles and sexy hookups, “Black Sails,” which debuts Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, takes itself far too seriously when strategically delving into matters of rage and raunchiness. On this show, sex isn’t just sex and murders have meaning; such things are acts of power and politics.

    While sex and violence are used much the same way on other premium dramas such as “Game of Thrones” — a program “Black Sails” resembles in tone, costuming and breathtakingly exotic locales — there is a level of prescient character development on those offerings that is painfully lacking on this one.

    Although “Black Sails” is an 18th century prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic “Treasure Island,” Captain Flint (Dame Maggie Smith’s handsome son Toby Stephens) is too mysterious to get to know, much less like. It’s not revealed until the fourth episode what even drives Flint and up until then, all viewers can surmise is that this is a man deathly determined to find a highly sought-after treasure. His crew doesn’t fully trust or understand him and unfortunately, neither will viewers if they don’t stick around until week four.

    Although Stephens’ name is first on the marquee, his is about the least interesting of all the characters. Mark Ryan, who plays Flint’s quatermaster Gates, commands every scene he’s in with his earnest face and demeanor. The same goes for the towering Tom Hopper, who like Ryan, is strangely moralistic as boatswain Billy Bones. Meanwhile, Luke Arnold delivers what little humor and twinkly-eyed mischief “Black Sails” has as John Silver before he becomes the infamous and Long version of himself.

    The most intriguing players on “Black Sails” aren’t the men but the women. The fire that burns behind the eyes of assassin Anne Bonny (Clara Paget), Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy) the professional whore, Bahamian business woman Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) and an aristocratic Miranda Barlow (Louise Barnes) lends spark to the series but alas, they aren’t in that many scenes.


    What did you think of the first ep, ONTD? Will you continue watching? UNF @ Captain Vane

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    Hiccup and Toothless might be the heroes of Berk, but they're not the only characters we'll see return to the skies in 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'.

    Astrid, voiced by America Ferrera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Fishlegs have been given their chance to shine in two all-new posters for the film.

    The sequel picks up five years later at the beginning of another battle following the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider.


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    Justin Bieber's been well-stocked on weed for a year -- and there's picture proof.

    TMZ has obtained multiple photos of Justin's kitchen taken at the beginning of 2013 ... when Bieber was 18.

    The photos show an elaborate weed set-up -- including a bong, a substantial amount of weed, and other paraphernalia.

    TMZ published photos of Bieber holding a bluntin January 2013 ... the first pics ever of the singer toking what appeared to be weed.

    The kitchen seems to be drug central ... Bieber's pal Khalil recently posted the pic of himself in the singer's kitchen, holding a styrofoam cup -- a marker of lean ... the drug we know Bieber's been seriously abusing for at least a year.

    And of course, there's the infamous smoke room in the mansion.
    Usher in Panama for Save Justin Summit

    Usher has high-tailed it down to Panama to talk some sense into Justin Bieber ... TMZ has learned.

    Justin and his mentor posed for pics with a woman who appears to be a Panamanian Belieber (they really are everywhere).

    Sources tell us Usher flew to Panama for a serious come-to-jesus with JB on the heels of his arrest in Miami.

    We're told Justin's manager Scooter Braun, and Justin's childhood friend Ryan Butler, are also there for the sit-down. Scooter got roped in for a pic with a Belieber at the resort where they're all staying.

    We haven't heard this word used, but this meeting has all the earmarks of an intervention.

    Worth noting ... even the fan who posted the Usher pic acknowledges the kid's hit rough times, describing him as the youth idol who some love and many others hate.

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    Puerto Rican princess, Jennifer Lopez - who the world affectionately calls J. Lo – is covering the March issue of Glamour and honestly, she couldn’t be more fabulous.

    In a gold, knee-length gown that flaunts all of her infamous curves, the 44-year-old mom of two and girlfriend to Casper Smart doesn’t appear to have aged a day since she was rocking cornrows and dating Diddy.

    Luckily for us, “Jenny from the block” talked all about how she’s been able to stay in shape. It all comes down to her “incredible discipline” and not being able to eat a lot of ice cream.

    The superstar also talked about her love life briefly. Catch a couple of quotes below:

    On Not Being Able To Eat A Pint Of Ice Cream:

    “I’m not one to over-indulge. It doesn’t make me feel good. Some find it comforting to sit down and eat a whole pint of Häagen-Dazs, but that would make me throw up.”

    On Her Love Life:

    “I want a bit of chaos, but I also want safety and order. It’s taken me a long time, but if something doesn’t feel right, I won’t go along with it any more.”

    We can provide that J. Lo. If things don’t work out with Casper, just holla back at us.

    Wisin confirms his new solo single will feature Puerto Rican Royalty: Ricky Martin & Jennifer López.

    Jennifer López has been using her instagram to show the world she's still the #SAMEGIRL.

    Meanwhile, her new single (RIP #SAMEGIRL) will be on iTunes tomorrow so buy it y'all!


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    Tatyana Ali

    Kyle Richards

    Karrueche Tran and Christina Milian

    Ryan Cabrera

    Lance Bass

    NeNe Leaks

    Jordin Sparks

    Jesse Heiman

    Joanna Krupa

    Apparently this is someone named Stephen Kramer Glickman idek. Only included for the who the fuck are you and what the fuck are you wearing factor.

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    Farrah Abraham and her current face


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    There's no doubt that Britney Spears's Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood is off to a fast start, but claims that it has topped Celine Dion, Elton John, Shania Twain, and Rod Stewart, as reported by BuzzFeed, are a bit misleading.

    That information is based entirely on data from ticket-reseller StubHub and doesn't take into account tickets purchased by other outlets. StubHub is also saying that "Britney: Piece of Me" is the third highest-selling Las Vegas residency ever, behind only Celine Dion's run that began in 2011, and Elton John's residency, which started in 2009. Again, that's based purely on StubHub data and doesn't take into account other ticket outlets, and the fact that Spears has only played four shows so far, compared to the multiple-show, multiple-leg runs by Dion and John.

    StubHub hasn't revealed its exact sales figures for Britney, but the company did say that 14 percent of all its tickets sold this year were for Spears's Feb. 14 show. Again, those figures are based only on StubHub's sales and account for just a fraction of the actual market place.

    For a more accurate view of Spears's sales, we contacted Billboard's BoxScore, which confirms her first four shows — on Dec. 27, 28, 30 and 31 — all sold-out with total attendance of 17,803 and gross of $2,470,021, or an average of 4,450 tickets and $617,505 gross per show.

    By comparison, Elton John's "Million Dollar Piano" at Caesars Palace sold out all 14 of its shows in its recently wrapped seventh leg that ran from Sept. 18-Oct. 12, selling 57,889 tickets and pulling in $8,930,160 for an average of 4,134 tickets and $637,868 gross per show.

    Celine Dion's four shows at Caesars Palace from Dec. 30-Jan. 5 all sold out, selling 17,004 tickets and grossing $2,869,070 — an average of 4,251 tickets and $717,267 in sales per show.

    Rod Stewart completed a nine-show run at Caesars Palace in November, with three sell-outs, selling a total of 33,213 tickets and totaling $4,091,540 —an average of 3,690 tickets and $454,615 gross per show.

    Shania Twain, who also played Caesars Palace, wrapped a 10-show run in late November and early December, selling 30,966 tickets and grossing $3,504,748 for an average of 3,096 tickets and $350,474 gross per show.

    But keep in mind, some of these shows have been running for years, so it remains to be seen if Spears will have the staying power of veterans like John and Dion. The bottom line: Spears is off to an impressive start, but it's far too soon to write her name in the record book of Las Vegas residencies.


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    Has anyone watched "Mitt"?

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    Into the Blue
    Million Miles
    I Was Gonna Cancel
    Sexy Love
    Feels So Good
    If Only
    Les Sex
    Kiss Me Once
    Beautiful (feat. Enrique Iglesias)
     12. Mr. President (Bonus Track)
     13. Sleeping With the Enemy (Bonus Track)
     14. Into the Blue (Video)
     15. Into the Blue (Making the Video)
     16. Into the Blue (Trailer)
     17. Behind the scenes of the Kiss Me Once photoshoot (Video)
     18. Kylie on Kiss Me Once (Video)

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    There's still no successor to the much-loved (and hated) lesbian TV show. Why not?


    Today, there is still nothing on mainstream TV that portrays a group of lesbian friends any better than The L Word. It’s completely ridiculous, full of absurd subplots, horrendous clothes and music, but still, it’s the best that girls who like girls have to watch, rewatch and then show to straight people to make them gasp.

    (Other recent lesbitelevisual options have included BBC Three’s Lip Service, which tried to pick up where its Hollywood counterpart left off, but was cancelled only two seasons in.)

    Orange Is the New Black was an important moment, sure: the show wasn’t exactly about lesbians, just featured them heavily, in a largely female cast. But this prison drama isn’t intended to represent real life, removed as it is from normality, varying between looking like a hot all-girl sleepover and a terrifying moment down a dark alley with a Bible-bashing homophobe. If you’re a frustrated baby homo trying to work out where to meet girls, wishing you could one day go to prison to meet them is definitely unhealthy. Whereas hotfooting it over to The Planet or She Bar in West Hollywood is so much more chic (even if you do have to visualise it in the early 2000s when flicky layered haircuts and weird sunglasses were mandatory).

    Even now, HBO is making inroads into a similar territory for the male gay community with its new offering Looking, whose thoughtful dialogue and considered depictions of contemporary gay life fit in with the current cultural landscape, even if it’s billed as a dramedy. Yet there’s nothing that has managed to replace The L Word for ladylovers on mainstream TV.

    Is it because The L Word is too much of a behemoth to compete with? As the year begins, there are calls within the lesbian community for Netflix to recommission another series. Over six seasons, creator Ilene Chaiken tackled so many of the issues and questions that had never been dealt with on TV before. Lines like “what makes you think lesbians don’t fuck?” aren’t possible in hetero-dominated scenes. When the majority of the characters are gay, the dialogue can be weighted differently. These exchanges ring true in a society where representations of lesbian sex are mostly seen in porn, and where real life lesbians are assumed to be kind of like best friends who sleep over all the time.


    There’s a knowingness about the way that The L Word dealt with sex that made it powerful. That, and the fact the sex scenes, which appear without fail in every episode, are hot. That is important – it’s not sex between two women to titillate men, it’s just women doing what comes naturally to them, and it’s hot. After all the controversy about Blue Is the Warmest Colour’s sex scenes, it seems clear this is an area that is still not demystified today. For queer women, this was a huge deal.

    The characterisations of The L Word affects any TV writer writing a lesbian character now. Power lesbians are indebted to Better Porter, give-a-fuck ladykillers to Shane McCutcheon, but the series, most importantly, provides a ton of other representations of the vagaries of vag: normal, varied, human characters who just want to sleep with women. The problems they face (falling in love with a straight girl, overconnected love triangles, co-parenting) have, partly due to The L Word, become typical lesbo tropes – now can get on with becoming encrusted into clichés like all the straight people things are.

    But it’s not just lesbians who got more nuanced presentations on screen – series four saw the introduction of a deaf main character, Jodi, who was fiery and independent as well as (obv) gay. Trans character Max, who transitioned over the course of the series, was also a big step for the small screen. The derision he faces from the main characters, who constantly belittle him and demonstrate some serious prejudice, is actually great. We are shown all these open-minded, liberal lesbians and bi women, who can barely get their heads around the concept of Max’s changing his gender. Four seasons after Max was first introduced (as Moira), he still gets incorrect pronouns from some of his close friends, portraying with unflinching honesty the LGB community’s continued dismissal of trans* issues (GLAAD only expanded their mission to include bi and trans* people last year, don’t forget).


    By the sixth season, the show could only spiral into new levels of craziness and peter out, driven into an uncontrollable tornado of its own absurdity. The meta-film-within-a-TV-show, Lez Girls, is shot over the final two series, directed by original spaghetti girl (Google it) Jenny. As the film gets made, The L Word becomes incredibly self-aware, demonstrating its consciousness of its own iconic status within the lesbian community. Jenny’s first-season storyline of falling for a woman while engaged to a man is blown up large, playing out again across the final seasons of the show. Of course, it all ends in typical L Word fashion (in the bedroom) when self-obsessed Jenny falls for the actress playing herself.

    The main strength of The L Word was breaking the boundaries of writing all this stuff down, becoming iconic for lesbian and bi women everywhere. It’s never said enough times that there is a dearth of culture that is mainstream and convention-forming for lesbians. Another, new lesbian show wouldn’t be breaking down those same walls, but building on the remains they’ve left – creating something new for the sapphically inclined to recognise themselves in.


    ngl, I miss the hot mess that was this show. did you watch "L Word", ONTD? which were your fave characters / couples?
    my fave was Jenny (yeah I know, I know); she was batshit crazy but then had moments of brilliance like this speech. fave couple was Shane/Carmen </3

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    You may recall a few weeks back Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was scheduled to undergo a relatively minor surgery.

    Prior to the operation, he and former flame Kate Upton were spotted enjoying the company of each other at a Philadelphia Flyers game. But Upton’s representatives were quick to dismiss any potential shenanigans, suggesting that the two were just friends and Verlander had requested to see her before the surgery.

    Why he was requesting to see his former girlfriend before a surgery? Your guess is as good as mine. Could it be – they were dating? Of course not.

    Then again, I’m not sure why Verlander was in Tampa at Gasparilla recently, dressed like a pirate holding the hand of Upton. Probably because they’re dating.

    Somebody needs to get onto their Facebook accounts and update the their status ASAP.

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    I'm tired of the snow, I miss baseball! 18 days until pitchers and catchers!

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    As always, the nobodies arrive first. Meanwhile, enjoy these crappy outfits
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    When AlloCiné asked if the events of this summer's Captain America: The Winter Soldier have an effect on The Avengers sequel, Joss Whedon explained: "The events of Captain America [The Winter Soldier] will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can't assume that everybody went to see Thor [The Dark World], Captain America, and Iron Man 3 in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what's happened [in the previous movies], but not be slavish to it. [...] The model I'm always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II where a ton has happened in-between and it's a very different movie [from Part I], but you don't need any information. It's there in the film about what's happened since, what's different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker. It's all there, you're in the vernacular of the first movie and you're just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that's what will happen with my movie. Obviously I'm talking about one of the greatest films ever made (The Godfather: Part II)... I hope mine will be good, but that is my guiding star."


    While we doubt that Joss Whedon will go full Dark Knight, Mark Ruffalo has revealed that the Avengers sequel will have a darker tone. In an interview with MTV, Ruffalo said, “I would say that it’s better, it’s cooler, it’s more awesomer. It’s a little bit darker, but also really has Joss Whedon’s incredibly, witty and sly sense of humor.”

    Another tidbit that Ruffalo revealed is that there will be plenty of Hulk in that Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ruffalo said, “He gets to do such great stuff.”

    he organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. is at the center of Captain America 2 and the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which could mean some changes for Samuel L. Jackson (Director Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill).

    Both Jackson and Smulders addressed The Avengers 2 and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in separate interviews. Firstly, Jackson spoke to Fandango and "insists he has no idea about the road ahead for Nick Fury beyond the Captain America and Avengers sequels.

    'Nope, none whatsoever,' he says proudly. 'I just know that the Marvel Universe is there, that there are things going on, and that I have three pictures left on my nine-picture deal. That's all I know. I've done six of them, and I'm about to do seven, so I'm running out of Marvel pictures - unless they extend my contract.'"

    It's hard to imagine an Avengers movie (or even a Marvel movie, really) without Nick Fury, so an extension seems likely; however, if S.H.I.E.L.D.'s importance to the narrative starts to wane, then perhaps Jackson would not be involved in future sequels.

    Smulders, meanwhile, told IGN with a laugh that she's "not talking about Avengers...anymore" when asked if she has seen the Age of Ultron script. She added that she is excited and knows everything there is to know, but she won't talk about it "until literally the movie's out on DVD." She also called Joss Whedon "the best man on the planet."

    As for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in which she guest starred in the pilot episode, Smulders said the following when asked if she would be available to appear on the show again:

    "No, I don't know anything about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I've been watching, and I think it's such a great show. They're doing such a wonderful job, but I don't know about my personal involvement."


    There’s been a good deal of uncertainty as to how this second chapter of Captain America’s story might unfold, with the repackaging of the presumed dead Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) as the assassin known as the Winter Soldier. We’ve also heard Robert Redford make comments about being a villain for the film, and we have Frank Grillo in the mix as Crossbones, too… so who is Chris Evans looking at as a main adversary this time around with so many options on the table to step into the limelight?

    The answer is all of them, but at the same time none of them. Obviously all three of them will play a part in Captain America’s battle against evil, but, for the purposes of THE WINTER SOLDIER, it’ll be in the name of a greater enemy, which is set to be HYDRA as an expanding organization. With HYDRA seemingly decimated, following the capture of Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) and the removal of Red Skull from this realm, HYDRA will be secretly brought into the modern era, using sleeper agents to infiltrate the United States government and other federal agencies, including S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to rise to power and take over our way of life. That leaves Captain America and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, who we’ve been told time and time again is a major player in THE WINTER SOLDIER, to root out these hidden agents before it’s too late.

    Remember how CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER was being painted as a 70s-style political thriller…? Well, here you go… This is how they’re going to do it.

    Robert Redford as a villain…? Guess how. Yep… HYDRA. Bucky becoming the Winter Soldier…? Recruited by HYDRA. Maximiliano Hernández reprising his role as Jasper Sitwell… HYDRA. Even Garry Shandling returning as Senator Stern, who desperately wanted Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor turned over to the government… Guess where his loyalty lies. I think you know.

    For those of you who have been checking out of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., we’re hearing there are some HYDRA overtones that very well may come into play for THE WINTER SOLDIER, but the one thing we’re absolutely sure of from our sources is that HYDRA is the main focus Captain America and Black Widow will have to focus on this time around. Now don’t take that to mean the Winter Soldier story arc is going to be minimized in any way. It still is a major chunk of the film, but, as mentioned earlier, it all winds up pointing back to HYDRA.

    In addition, that should explain how Baron von Strucker will be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as an introduction during THE WINTER SOLDIER looks like a distinct possibility before he winds up kicking off AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Gotta establish him somewhere.


    Academy Award-winning actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist Robert Redford sat down recently with Entertainment Weekly at the Sundance Film Festival, which he founded 30 years ago, and discussed his many upcoming projects. With his role as the Head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Alexander Pierce, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier the first venture on his plate, Redford addressed once again why he joined the upcoming Marvel sequel. “One of the reasons that I did it was I wanted to experience this new form of filmmaking that’s taken over where you have kind of cartoon characters brought to life through high technology,” he says. “The Avengers series is a product of high technology playing a major role in the new order of filmmaking so I wanted to experience that—I just wanted to know what that was like and I had that opportunity, so for me it was like stepping into new terrain just to experience what it was like.”


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    Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice, is one of the most powerful forces in television. And she doesn’t mince words when something is bothering her.
    Related Her latest beef? The Diversity Award that she and Scandal Executive Producer Betsy Beers were given at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles.

    “When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored. I began to get calls from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, etc., and I was asked to comment on the award. Asked how good I felt about the award. Asked if it made me feel like I was doing the right thing. Asked if it had been a struggle making diversity happen on my cast and crews. While I’m still really and truly profoundly honored to receive this award, but I was also a little pissed off,” Rhimes said. “So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”

    “We’re a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award. Like, there’s such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award.”

    Coming on the heels of the bleak 2013 report on women in film, Rhimes’ comments couldn’t be more timely.
    “It’s not because of a lack of talent. It’s because of a lack of access. People hire who they know. If it’s been a white boys club for 70 years, that’s a lot of white boys hiring one another. And I don’t believe that that happens out of any specific racism or sexism or prejudice. People hire their friends. They hire who they know. It’s comfortable. You want to be successful, you don’t want to take any chances, you don’t want to rock the boat by hiring people of color because, well, look at us,” she said. “Both Betsy and I like the world that we work in to look like the world that we live in. Different voices make for different visions. Different visions make for something original. Original is what the public is starving for.”

    Rhimes clearly didn’t want to sound ungrateful for the award, but also didn’t want to lose the message. “Betsy and I are truly honored and humbled that the DGA would thank our efforts. And yes, we’re a tiny bit pissed off that there needs to be an award,” she said. “We’re also proud that the DGA recognizes a problem and are trying to fix it. The DGA, by the way, is the only Guild giving out this type of award in an attempt to draw attention to the problem, which I think is kind of badass.”
    Rhimes and Beers left the stage Saturday to a standing ovation from their peers.


    FYI, this is the first time the Diversity award has gone to a woman and NO ONE is covering their speech, it was super hard to find anything about it last night and this is the only source that had it today.
    Also, say what you will about the subject matter of her shows, this woman is dragging everyone with the diversity on her shows, esp Grey's Anatomy.

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    He’s on the verge of Oscar glory thanks to his starring role in American Hustle.

    But as Christian Bale prepares for one of the biggest nights of an already distinguished acting career, his mother admits she hasn’t spoken to her son since they fell out on the eve of another memorable moment for the actor – more than six-years ago.

    Bale was at the heart of an unexplained rift with Jenny and his sister Sharon while preparing for the London premiere of The Dark Knight in 2008 – with the star arrested on suspicion of assault.

    Jenny, now 66, says she still has ‘no idea’ what caused the fracas, but hopes she can heal the rift with her son ahead of his landmark 40th birthday on January 30.

    She told Deborah Sherwood of the Sunday Mirror: ‘Six years is long enough. I want him back. It’s so sad we have not spoken in all this time. It’s sad for me. It’s sad for him too.

    ‘His grandmother Edna is now 90 and she wants contact with him – and it’s his 40th coming up. Now would be a wonderful time to get back together so we could be a family again.’

    Following their fall-out at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Jenny says she’s only been able to see her son in the same capacity as his fans – on screen.

    She added: ‘I’ll be flicking through the channels and suddenly there he is, looking at me from the TV. I think, ‘Oh, God’ and carry on watching.’

    Jenny has even set up Google Alerts for any snippet of news related to Bale, his wife Sandra ‘Sibi’ Blazic and their eight-year old daughter Emmeline.

    Recalling the night her son was arrested, Jenny – who works as a receptionist at a doctor’s surgery – says she has no idea what caused the argument, but admits he may have misinterpreted a suggestion from sister.

    She said: ‘It was just something he didn’t take up. That was all fine. It wasn’t for Sharon, it was for the people she worked with. But I think he thought it was asking for money. That’s all I can put it down to.’

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    Lily Allen has admitted that she was disappointed her declaration that she has "a baggy p***y" was lost amongst all the controversy surrounding her last music video.

    The singer was criticized for including women twerking in her 'Hard Out Here' music video, while not participating with the dance move herself.

    Allen confessed that she was upset about the misplaced criticism, as she felt her moment of feminism was completely looked over.

    "I understand people will have their point of view and will interpret things in the way they want to - that's the beauty of creating something," Allen told ELLE magazine.

    "You put it out there and people make of it what they want. But it was upsetting to get some of that feedback.

    "I felt like I was being brave doing the baggy p***y thing, and that got lost. That was meant to be the feminist moment. It was a brave thing to do - say that you have an enormous vagina!"

    Allen will release her new single 'Air Balloon' on March 2, while her third studio album will follow later in the year.


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    Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi's new outfit was unveiled last night, to a largely positive reaction. Among the many comparisons made were Jon Pertwee's third Doctor and a magician, but fashion-conscious Whovians spotted a mod-influenced style.

    Here, Stylist's Anna Fielding unpicks Capaldi's look, comparing it with his recent predecessors Matt Smith and David Tennant, and explaining why age does matter – and why it's ok that the new Doctor is a skinhead...

    "The 12th Doctor’s new look is really interesting. It’s a classic early skinhead look, which started to appear in the late 1960s (in Earth’s timeline, that is). These days people think of the skinhead movement as being associated with racial violence and far-right politics, but in the beginning it wasn’t like that.

    "The style grew out of the harder end of mod, but also took in fashion and musical influences from Jamaican culture. These were kids wearing classic British bands, like Crombie and Dr Martens, but also listening to ska and rocksteady and wearing elements of Jamaican rudeboy style, such as sharp tonic suits (made with shiny two-tone fabric) and porkpie hats.

    "It was a very working-class movement and the absolute opposite to the hippy culture going on at the same time. This was about fighting and football, about looking sharp and taking your girl dancing on a Saturday night. There was no room for the hippies’ peace and love. That’s something to consider when we start guessing at what this incarnation of the Doctor will be like.

    "The last few Doctors have, fashion-wise, drawn quite heavily on style from UK subcultures. David Tennant's tenth Doctor was an indie boy through and through. With his Damon-Albarn-style hair, his long coat, his second-hand-looking suit and his Converse plimsolls, he’d have fitted in happily at any night playing post-punk or Britpop. It works with his personality too: he’s a doomy romantic and also a touch vain (he wouldn’t regenerate fully because he liked the way he looked). The clothes also work with the actor’s age, they’re things men in their 30s and 40s have and do wear.

    "Similarly, Matt Smith’s Doctor was dressed in a style you see on certain twentysomething men today. He looks like a bit of a hipster. His bowtie and tweed jacket would be well at home in various east London bars. He’s very much the Generation Y Doctor, starting out playful and full of whimsy and, as his story progresses, coming to accept the weight of his responsibilities.

    "Peter Capaldi is 55, so this is a look that works with his timeline and doesn’t look like he’s trying to be too young. It’s also a break from the eccentric professor look, popular with many Doctors including Matt Smith, but one that Tennant and Eccleston rejected. My guess is that this Doctor will be angry, sharp-thinking and mostly very controlled – except on the few occasions he turns into a bit of a berserker."

    1. Hair - Not quite shaved (that came later), but more closely cropped than we’ve seen on any Doctor with the exception of Christopher Eccleston.

    2. Coat - Crombie is actually a Scottish firm – which matches nicely with Capaldi's roots – and is over 200 years old. They’ve supplied coats to royalty and statesmen, but the skinheads made them their own. Clean lines and good quality.

    3. Shirt - Clean, pressed and no tie. You can’t get into a fight wearing a tie, can you?

    4. Cardigan - A smart cardigan was a popular alternative to a jacket for skinheads.

    5. Dr Martens - A footwear staple for any Brit who fancies themselves to be a bit alternative. These DMs are shiny, though, unlike the bashed about ones worn by most of the subcultures that followed – again it’s about being clean and well-turned out, but also quite hard.


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    This ~summery remix is even better than the original song tbh.


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