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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Dylan Farrow stepped out of the shadows Saturday to detail the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of adopted father Woody Allen two decades earlier.

    A day later, the New York Times columnist who broke the story tells PEOPLE the young woman is now feeling encouraged by the supportive feedback that has been pouring in.

    "She's really heartened by the response and support she's getting," Nicholas Kristof tells PEOPLE. (Kristof, a friend of Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, and her brother, Ronan Farrow, first published excerpts of her open letter to Allen on Saturday.) "She sends a big thank you to all those speaking up about sexual abuse and trying to break the silence."

    Now 28, married and living in Florida under a different name, Dylan took a huge step coming forward, says Kristof. "She was nervous about what the reaction would be to an essay so personal, but she put herself out there."

    Dylan told Kristof she "has been traumatized for more than two decades by what took place" and was belatedly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder just last year. Then, when she heard of the Golden Globe award being given to Allen, he writes: "She curled up in a ball on her bed, crying hysterically."

    She first spoke in October about the abuse, but this new letter (published in full on Kristof's blog) provides harrowing details about what she claims secretly took place in the family's attic.

    "[The assault was] far worse than people know," she wrote. "That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself."

    Connecticut state's attorney Frank S. Maco announced in 1993 that while he found "probable cause" to prosecute Allen, he was dropping the case because Dylan was too "fragile" to deal with a trial.

    Maco recently told PEOPLE that despite Dylan's recent openness, he stands by that decision. "I had to first and foremost consider the child."

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    In a scene from SodaStream's Super Bowl commercial, actress Scarlett Johansson turns to the camera and wonders: 'If only I could make this message go viral' before slipping into a satin dress.
    The answer is simple: you need to get your advert censored ahead of a huge sporting event and your global brand ambassador slammed by a humanitarian group.


    SodaStream, an Israeli maker of fizzy drink machines, has managed to pull off the ultimate PR coup by making its television advert go viral before the Super Bowl XLVIII football game airs tonight.

    First, Scarlett Johansson, SodaStream's global ambassador and star of the controversial ad, came under fire for supporting the company, which operates in the occupied West Bank, from Oxfam International, which opposes all trade from Israeli settlements, arguing that it is illegal and denies Palestinian rights.

    But it seems the actress prefers the bubbles.

    On Thursday, Johansson, 29, announced she was ending her relationship with the charity after eight years, citing "fundamental differences of opinion, with the humanitarian group.

    But for chief executive Daniel Birnbaum all publicity is good publicity, although he describes the location of the factory in a West Bank industrial zone near Jerusalem as a "pain".

    He told The Independent: "We have to deal with the media and activist who too often demonise us just because of the location of the factory."


    Birnbaum says there are no financial incentives in keeping production in Mishor Adumim. He insists that his company has no political agenda and it provides equal opportunities for all employees.

    "We purchase special health insurance for our 500 Palestinian employees so that we can be sure they have coverage for things like emergency surgery and organ transplants," he added.

    Last year, there were 399 settler attacks on Palestinians, up from 369 in 2012, resulting in 146 injuries, and 306 attacks on private Palestinian property, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, signalling settlement violence is on the rise.

    With just hours to go until the game, Birnbaum went on to accuse Oxfam of providing funding to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, citing documents from the Women's Coalition for Peace, which describes itself as "a feminist organisation against the occupation of Palestine".

    Speaking at a conference today, he said: "We found out that some of the Oxfam branches have been donating funds to the BDS, and this money is used to demonize and attack Israel."

    Oxfam denied the allegations saying it does not provide funding for promotion of the BDS movement or activities that call for the boycott of Israel. However, it reiterated that it opposes trade with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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    He was an actor who never repeated himself and, unlike many of his contemporaries, Philip Seymour Hoffman morphed, chameleon-like into an ever-changing slate of roles that proved him to be one of the most eclectic and versatile actors in Hollywood.

    Here, we take a look back at 10 of his most memorable parts.


    Father Brendan Flynn, Doubt (2008)

    When you’re starring alongside Meryl Streep, you have to bring your A-game. Hoffman did that and more in his Oscar-nominated role as a priest who is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with one of his church’s alter boys.




    Truman Capote, Capote (2005)

    This is the film that really put Hoffman on the map for conventional moviegoers. It was the best performance of that year - Hoffman won an Oscar - and his approach to the role bordered on something out of this world. He breathed life into a person who until then had been but words on a page.




    Paul Zara, The Ides of March (2011)

    It’s a small part, but Hoffman was riveting in this tale of political deception and double dealing. He more than held his own opposite George Clooney and Ryan Gosling.




    Owen Davian, Mission: Impossible III (2006)

    In a rare move, Hoffman went Hollywood playing the baddie opposite Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in the third M:I film. He is the series’ best villain.




    Andy Hanson, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

    Co-starring in Sidney Lumet’s last feature film before his death in 2011, Hoffman shone as the brother who lures his sibling into a deadly jewelry heist.




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    Lana Del Rey and her dad Rob Grant step out to do some shopping at a chic antique store on Thursday (January 30) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Rumors recently began swirling that the 27-year-old entertainer and her boyfriend, Barrie-James O’Neill, are engaged after pictures of a ring surfaced. Sources tell JustJared.com that the duo are not engaged, and Lana has had that ring for years. There you have it!

    This past weekend at the 2014 Grammys, Lana‘s song “Summertime Sadness” picked up the award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, though the prize technically goes to the song’s remixer Cedric Gervais.

    Also that evening, Lana‘s new cover version of the classic song “Once Upon a Dream” was released as the music for the trailer of Maleficent, which debuted during a commercial break on the awards show.


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    Gethin Anthony interviewed for Park City Television









    Lol this goober.








    Gethin will star in "The Hotel Plays" by Tennessee Williams


    Gethin will star in "Green Eyes," one of three plays that encompasses the cycle.

    Written in 1970 but unpublished for almost 40 years, this lost thriller graphically reveals the impact of war through the sexual fantasies of a newly-wed couple in New Orleans. "Green Eyes" transforms a honeymoon suite into a battleground where desire and violence become blurred and indistinguishable.


    Gethin gives a charming fireside apology to Pensacon attendees


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    I'm so happy Gethin is finally going to be in more things. Bless this flawless king. <3

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    What would The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills be without yet another claws-out rivalry?

    But according to Kyle Richards, she had no idea newbie Carlton Gebbia had any beef with her – that is, until Richards finally watched the show on TV.

    PEOPLE caught up with Richards Friday at the Big Game Big Give Super Bowl Party hosted by Alec Baldwin in New York City, where the reality star said she's been keeping up with the show's current season – and admitted to being frustrated with Gebbia.

    She's "looking for t--- on an ant," Richards, 45, said about her rival, claiming that Gebbia, 40, takes things out of context and often isn't given the chance to explain herself.

    Case in point: a verbal spat that erupted on the show's Jan. 27 episode when Richards noted that Gebbia's new tattoo resembled a Jewish star, prompting a shocked reaction from Gebbia.

    (Richards tells PEOPLE that Gebbia's mic was blocking a part of the tattoo, preventing Richards from fully making it out.)

    But the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills isn't the only reality show stirring up some controversy in the Richards household.

    Richards reveals that her daughter Farrah was asked to star in the new E! reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills but declined, and Farrah remains close friends with the cast.

    Richards believes that the spoiled, entitled persona the kids project on the show is far from the truth, saying, "I feel bad – they are not as horrible and stupid as they seem."

    The backlash, however, has been harsh: Richards says that Farrah posted an Instagram photo of her with some of the cast and it generated such vicious comments, she had to take it down.

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    I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is. Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. It's not cute, "cool" or admire able. It's very rare when people can actually predict their addiction and even then, you never know when too much is going to take their life or take a bad batch of whatever it is their using. It's time people start really taking action on changing what we're actually singing/rapping about these days because you never know if you could be glamorizing a certain drug to a first time user or alcoholic who could possibly end up dead because they end up suffering from the same deadly disease so many have already died from. This stuff is not something to mess with. Why risk it? Addiction IS a disease. Please spread the word so we can take the taboo out of discussing this illness and raising awareness to people of all ages. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.. An INCREDIBLE artist who lost his life to this horrible disease.. May you rest peacefully and in complete serenity now that your pain is gone. God Bless... 🙏

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    A few days after the announcement of a Back to the Future musical Iwan Rheon, the Carmarthenshire-born and Cardiff-schooled actor, has emerged as one of the favourites for the lead role.

    On Friday it was announced the musical will be co-written by the film's original writers, Robert Zemeckis (who also directed the 1985 film) and Bob Gale.

    Gale said that the musical would be made in the "true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake".

    Producer Colin Ingram told the press, "Now all we have to find is a young man to play Marty. He needs to be a guitarist, a singer, an actor – and good-looking."



    And Rheon, who will soon be back on our screens as Ramsey Snow in Game of Thrones, ticks all those boxes. The 28-year-old has released three EPs and is expected to release a full album later this year. The young actor told WalesOnline's David Owens in April last year: “I started off from a very early age listening to music, all the usual cheesy stuff that little kids like.

    “Then I started to get into Blur and Oasis, they were the bands that made me think, ‘Yes this is what I want’.

    “They were the bands that made me pick up a guitar when I was 12."

    According to the Independent, Ray Quinn, who was second in X Factor 2006, is the favourite at 10/1 and Nathan Sykes, from The Wanted, is 21/1. Rheon is at 16/1 alongside former Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill.

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    The masterful satirist Richard Pryor, during a skit on his television variety show, in 1977, played a black president holding a press conference. Subdued in tone, clad in a gray suit, Pryor as chief executive tries to field all the questions without losing his composure. He answers the journalists’ queries about tensions in the Middle East, the neutron bomb, and the unemployment rate. Then, about four minutes along, a reporter wearing the beret and fatigue jacket of the Black Panthers and identifying himself as Brother Bell, of Ebony magazine, stands up to say, “I want to know what you gonna do about having more black brothers as quarterbacks in the National Football Honky League. Right on!”

    Pryor responds, his voice gradually rising: “I plan not only to have lots of black quarterbacks, but we gonna have black coaches and black owners of teams. As long as there gonna be football, gonna be some black in it somewhere!” By now, he is jabbing the air with his hand and widening his eyes. “I’m tired of this mess that’s been goin’ down,” he shouts. “Ever since the Rams got rid of James Harris, that’s what my job been about.”

    The raucous applause that ensues from the studio audience attests to Pryor’s laser aim. As an astute commentator on the American dilemma of race, he understood thirty-six years ago something that the nation as a whole is still grasping: the plight of black quarterbacks, so often denied the starting positions they deserved, has always been about much more than football.

    James Harris was the first African-American to regularly start as quarterback in professional football, breaking through, in 1969, with the Buffalo Bills as a rookie out of Grambling State University. He had his finest years with the then-Los Angeles Rams in the mid-seventies. Yet after compiling a 21-6 record as a starter, taking the Rams twice to the N.F.C. championship, leading the conference twice in passing efficiency, being voted Pro Bowl M.V.P., and being selected team captain—after all of that, Harris watched as the Rams’ management brought in four white quarterbacks to try to unseat him, before finally trading him away to be a backup in San Diego.

    As bitterly as Harris’s N.F.L experience ended, it nonetheless blasted open the door for every African-American quarterback that would follow. He began the lineage that leads to Russell Wilson, of the Seattle Seahawks, who will be starting in the Super Bowl, on Sunday. Wilson is not the first black quarterback to start in the biggest game. That honor belongs to Doug Williams, who also won the game’s M.V.P. award while playing for Washington, in 1988. Steve McNair, of the Titans, Donovan McNabb, of the Eagles, and Colin Kaepernick, of the 49ers, each made Super Bowl starts in 2000, 2005, and 2013, respectively.

    The difference this year is that Wilson will represent the largest cohort of African-American quarterbacks to have played in one season. Williams, McNair, and McNabb stuck out as rarities in their time. During some weeks of the 2013 regular season, as many as nine black quarterbacks started for the N.F.L.’s thirty-two teams, setting a league record. Three of the four quarterbacks who started in the N.F.C. divisional playoffs are black—Wilson, Kaepernick, and Carolina’s Cam Newton.

    Often, mistakenly, this generational ascent of black quarterbacks is linked to a redefinition of how the position is played. Black quarterbacks, the line of reasoning goes, have found their niche by bringing the double-threat, read-option offense into prominence. In this narrow explanation, Peyton Manning, Wilson’s opponent in the Super Bowl, embodies the traditional—meaning “white”—drop-back quarterback.

    If only the long resistance of pro football to black quarterbacks had such a benign, technical explanation. For decades, the most talented black quarterbacks to emerge from college were invariably forced to change their positions to wide receiver (Marlin Briscoe, Gene Washington, and Eldridge Dickey) or to defensive back (Mike Howell, Emmitt Thomas, Ken Riley). Or they were unceremoniously benched despite a winning record, like Joe Gilliam of the Steelers. Or they went entirely undrafted, as in the case of Warren Moon, who had to play in the Canadian Football League despite leading the University of Washington to the Rose Bowl during his senior year.

    The ability of these athletes to run the ball was, in effect, held against them by pro coaches. Yet for white quarterbacks like Fran Tarkenton, of the Vikings, Roger Staubach, of the Cowboys, and Greg Landry, of the Lions, that same talent was seen as adding value. Landry was named an All-Pro in 1971 while running for an average of more yards per game than Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick ever have. Bobby Douglass, by every statistical measure a lousy passer, ran for nearly a thousand yards during a fourteen-game season while starting for the Bears, in 1972.

    So it wasn’t a preferred offensive strategy that kept blacks from being N.F.L. quarterbacks; the double standard concerning running merely formed one part of a larger pattern of bigotry. Indeed, more than any position in any sport, the position of quarterback was inextricably tied to the vilest presumptions of American racism. There are reasons why James Harris didn’t break pro football’s barrier until twenty-two years after Jackie Robinson broke pro baseball’s. There are reasons why the last four positions to be desegregated in pro football were the four with the most decision-making responsibility: free safety, middle linebacker, center, and quarterback.

    First, quarterback is surely the most cerebral position in sports. So, for a mid-century America still largely convinced of black intellectual inferiority, no black athlete could possibly play the position. Second, the quarterback is, to use the cliché, the “field general,” leading troops and giving orders. In an America that saw the role of blacks as following commands, and certainly never delivering them to whites, no black player could possibly lead a team. Finally, to be a quarterback is to possess those ineffable traits of character—work ethic, poise under pressure, resilience after even a devastating mistake. But black quarterbacks were invariably described as “natural athletes.” While that term may sound like a compliment, it evokes the venerable racist iconography of blacks as animals: monkeys, apes, jungle predators, all of them operating on mindless reflex alone.

    Over the thirty-seven seasons since James Harris excelled with the Rams, these stereotypes have largely abated, though they have not vanished altogether. During Donovan McNabb’s stellar career with the Eagles, Rush Limbaugh declared that the quarterback was overrated because he was black. In football chatter, it is almost always white quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, of the Patriots, who are extolled for their study habits and on-the-field analysis. Meanwhile, discussions of Kaepernick focus on the direction of his baseball cap and the number of his tattoos.

    Russell Wilson, standing well shy of six-feet and playing in only his second season, could not compile his excellent win-loss record just by being a “natural” athlete. He obviously spends a lot of time breaking down game film during the week. He established himself as a team leader during training camp of his rookie season, surpassing the high-priced free agent Matt Flynn.

    As Richard Pryor prophesied, in 1977, though, the integration of pro football has included not only black quarterbacks but black head coaches (including Super Bowl winners Tony Dungy, of the Colts, and Mike Tomlin, of the Steelers) and black general managers (including two-time Super Bowl winners Ozzie Newsome, of the Ravens, and Jerry Reese, of the Giants). A black owner cannot be far behind.

    Such progress came to the N.F.L. through the strange ideological bedfellows of capitalism and social engineering. Teams must win to fill seats, sell luxury boxes, move merchandise—and so the imperative to hire the best coaches and executives has trumped old prejudices. At the same time, the N.F.L. has operated with a successful diversity program, known as the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for major coaching and management vacancies.

    The impact of that forward movement extends beyond the realm of sports. We can argue over whether football exerts too large a cultural influence in America, but if it does, then that influence can be used for good as well as ill. The canards that quarterbacks from James Harris to Russell Wilson have faced—that blacks aren’t smart enough, can’t lead, don’t work hard, and fold under pressure—had to be confronted and surmounted before this nation could elect a black man as its signal-caller-in-chief.



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    Zac Efron has confirmed that he has met with Disney for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.

    During a promotional tour for raunchy romcom That Awkward Moment, Efron and co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller were asked by MTV’s Josh Horowitz about who’d be most likely to appear in Star Wars (given their current statuses, it’s easy to imagine them all being in with a shot).

    Efron admitted, “Yeah, I just went and met with them. So I don't know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but… who knows?"

    According to previous auditionee Saoirse Ronan, Star Wars is “something that everyone’s gone up for,” so as of now, it’s hard to predict the likelihood of Efron actually signing on the dotted line.

    While his High School Musical background would no doubt be the centre of uproar from certain quarters, he has been tackling more diverse, adult material of late, including That Awkward Moment, and the upcoming Bad Neighbours (in which he plays Seth Rogen’s douchey neighbour).

    With director J.J. Abrams known for keeping his cards close to his chest, we could be waiting for an official Star Wars casting announcement for some time. Until then, check out our epic video series, in which we ask some of the biggest stars in movieland if they’d be up for getting involved.

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  • 02/02/14--15:31: SUPER BOWL


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    That was fast! Though Jennifer Aniston proclaimed to love her new bob back in November, she’s already stepping out with a longer look, debuting an extensions-assisted shoulder-length do at a birthday party for Portia de Rossi on Friday night.

    Though Aniston told Vogue at the time of the chop “I feel great. I feel lighter,” she simultaneously expressed some hair anxiety to Elle UK. ‘The minute I cut my hair I want it back. Always. It’s a guarantee,” she said. “I’m trying really hard to love this one.”

    She has been lying low since the big chop, but as of Jan. 20, she still was sporting her chin-length look. Which is why we have to give major props to her hair extension guru (we’re assuming it’s longtime stylist Chris McMillan) for making her newly longer, thick curls looks so natural.

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    Pop star Bruno Mars knows he'll have a massive audience when he takes the stage for the halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl, but the two-time Grammy Award winner told reporters beforehand he has no worries about the 80,000-strong crowd.
    "I ain't scared," said the Hawaiian-born singer, who will be joined on stage at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey by the longtime alternative rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
    Mars, an R&B singer who follows performers including Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Prince in performing at what is typically the most-watched U.S. sporting event, has offered few hints on what fans will see or hear on Sunday night.
    "Spectacle-wise, I don't do trapeze and all that stuff," Mars told reporters this week, an apparent reference to the 2012 halftime performance, which featured Madonna and acrobats from Cirque du Soleil. "I hope to get people dancing and get people smiling. If you ever come to one of my shows, it's just us up there with our music and our instruments and I'm hoping that's enough."
    Mars, whose album "Unorthodox Jukebox" was named best pop vocal album at the 2014 Grammys, said he is ready for the rigors of performing at the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl, joking that his trademark pompadour hairstyle will be held firmly in place by "three gallons of hair spray."
    He said he was excited to be joined by the Chili Peppers, who have sold 60 million albums since their 1984 self-titled debut and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
    "I've been a fan of theirs for such a long time," said Mars.
    Fans will also hear soprano Renee Fleming who is scheduled to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" before the game, backed by a symphony orchestra and singers from all four branches of the U.S. armed forces.
    Fleming, with four Grammy Awards to her name, will be the first opera star to sing the national anthem before the NFL championship, a duty that normally falls to a pop singer. While she called the performance a heavy responsibility, she said she was confident about her ability to perform the anthem, which is technically challenging to sing.
    "We belong to a tradition that's 400 years old that has range at the heart of it among other things and certainly it will be something quite different," Fleming said of her performance.


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    Facebook evil overlord creator Mark Zuckerberg has always been a really big fan of permanent, IRL identities. Anyone who's tried to use a fake/minimally-lettered name or ambiguous gender can tell you that the social network is not big on letting its users stay anonymous. Apparently, that's a Zuckerberg vision that's currently undergoing massive change. Soon, you'll be able to use Facebook without actually having a face. The company recently tried to buy anonymous-ish and impermanent-inclined app SnapChat for a cool $3 million — an offer which had SnapChat shaking its damn head and saying "hell no, you don't." Now that apps like Whisper and Rumr are also doing the private user thing, Facebook's all eager to get on the app train to anon town.



    Enter Whisper's CEO Michael Heyward, who's been busy telling Business Insider about how Mark Zuckerberg's got Whisper on his radar. Bloomberg Businessweek meanwhile, is saying "One thing about some of the new apps that will come as a shock to anyone familiar with Facebook: Users will be able to log in anonymously. That's a big change for Zuckerberg, who once told David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, that 'having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.' Former Facebook employees say identity and anonymity have always been topics of heated debate in the company." During an interview with the newspaper, Zuckerberg also said "I don't know if the balance has swung too far, but I definitely think we're at the point where we don’t need to keep on only doing real identity things. If you're always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden."

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    Shawn Pyfrom gets emotional with the surprising death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and opens up about his own struggle with addiction.



    "i just read the news about mr. philip seymour hoffman, and against the advise of others; i had to write this open letter. i can’t stay quiet anymore about this…

    i am an alcoholic and a drug addict.

    and yesterday i celebrated five months of sobriety. i’m relatively new to being sober, considering the scope of time that i’ve been an addict. but within that scope, this is also the longest i’ve been sober; since i began using. i’m not sure what to approach first, with regard to this letter — my head is still spinning from the news. i even question whether or not i should publish this, as i type out these words. but if these words can encourage someone to hold on to their life… to keep from ever using, or to find the strength to stop; then it’s more important that these words are shared. i’ve considered what’s at stake, for myself, by sharing this - but i find myself without regard for that. i won’t allow my selfish needs to get in the way of potentially reaching another human being’s life.


    when news reaches us of a public figure, like mr. hoffman, passing away from such a terrible affliction; we tend to get the feeling of great loss. it is a great loss. i feel grief when i hear of such a talented human being leaving this earth… but every life is important. there are just some that hold the public forum. the loss of their life is no more, or no less, of a loss than anyone else’s. and anytime a person uses drugs, they are taking the chance that their life will be taken from them. whether they steal your breath, or rob one last beat from your heart - that is left to fate. but they will steal your life from you. whether you are the occasional user, or someone that uses every day. every moment spent using drugs (alcohol included) is a moment stolen from your life. a memory you will only recall with vague reflection - through fogged glass. leaving an imprint in your memory, like a stamp without it’s ink. that is, of course, my own realization.

    some people could argue that drugs have provided some of the most memorable, creative artists this planet has ever experienced. jimi hendrix, kurt cobain…the list goes on. but drugs also took their lives away. it’s tough to say if their creativity would have flowered, in the same way, if it weren’t for the seed of their struggles. we could debate and extrapolate all day on the topic of drugs and their effect on creativity. but i don’t write this to debate. only to share. even i could say, for myself, that if it weren’t for the struggles and experience of my addictions; i would not have created the things that i have. i can argue that with all certainty, in fact. but i would have much rather lived the moments that i lost; and seen what would have come, creatively, as a result of that. that is one thing that is undebatable. but i digress. i am writing this for anyone who reads it…

    i want to express that i chose to share this about myself because i could not hear of another person being robbed of their life, due to addiction; knowing that i stayed quiet about mine. knowing that if, by sharing my story, i could potentially save a life - and didn’t; that i would no longer be able to look myself in the mirror with the same pride i’ve allowed myself to have, for overcoming the thing that almost took my life.

    for several years, i lived for drugs. i lived for other things as well. but drugs dictated the other things i lived for. i thought more about using, than i thought about any other “pleasures”. i put myself in places i never would have ended up, otherwise, for the sake of getting high. there are countless nights of blacking out, and making poor decisions as a result of my overusing. i wasted the time of valuable people, who worked so hard to pull my career to a higher place, by allowing my addictions to tug me out of their grip. i worried the people that care about me. my friends. my parents. my siblings. all for the sake of something that i believed i had control over. i didn’t even realize how low drugs and alcohol had pulled me. but i stand now from a higher place. not higher than anyone else, or anyone that is using. just a higher place, than i was before. my thoughts are clear. my body is energized. and the creativity now flows out of me, easier than it ever had when i was using. i wake up looking forward to my days, rather than looking for a way to get through them. i feel the life inside of me now. the life that i deprived myself of for so long.

    i made a promise to myself that i would never stand as a preacher of sobriety - speaking from a podium that could be interpreted as arrogant or judgmental. and i wish to clarify that this letter is not my way of trying to indoctrinate. this is not my dogma. this is my truth. only mine. i have no judgements for the way anyone chooses to live their life. and i only have compassion for those who currently struggle with their addictions. i am fortunate enough to no longer struggle with mine. i can say with all honesty, that i have no desire to ever use again. but it took a long time, and a lot of struggle, to finally reach that place. we sometimes have to learn through our own experiences - as i had to with mine. i was too strong-minded and wrapped up in my own addictions to listen to anyone. it was even obnoxious to hear someone speak about addiction, to me. i wasn’t “a part of that club”, i thought. i shut myself off to good advise. i thought an addict was someone that i wasn’t. i thought i had control. ithought… but now i know.

    i am an addict. and i’ve never been more proud, saying it. because when i think about where i’ve been, and where i am now… i am proud of the man who has addressed and admitted to himself, what was once a clouded denial. self-pride and love are two things i’ve never had for myself, until recently. i hold them closely, now, by my own humbled awareness. and i wouldn’t trade that in for any pill, line, or drink - on any day. i could go on, but i’ll leave it here, for now…

    if you’re reading this letter, i hope it comes to you with only encouragement. i hope it provides you strength, in the way that i’ve intended it. whether you are currently battling an addiction, or have never even sipped a drink. i hope it gives you strength to consider the potential it has to take everything, that is dear, from you. you may be one of the lucky ones that leaves unscathed from it all. with all sincerity; good for you. but i leave it to you to decide if it’s worth risking; finding yourself on the unfortunate end of things. just know that either way, i’m pulling for you. with only love…

    i hope you can save your life.

    love.

    shawn

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    Christian Bale says people who lie are "dead" to him.

    The actor stars alongside Bradley Cooper in American Hustle, in which he plays con man Irving Rosenfeld.

    Although he loved the role, Christian has no time for people who screw others over in real life.

    "I am not a good salesman and I'm also very naive. I always believe everything people tell me," he admitted to German TV Movie magazine.

    "But as soon as I find out they're lying, they're dead to me."

    Bradley takes on the role of FBI agent Richie DiMaso in the film.

    The 39-year-old star says he also is too trusting for his own good at times.

    "Every time, I swear I'm going to listen to my inner voice more," he sighed.

    "I have my mother's intuition, but unfortunately I ignore it too often."

    To go with his sleazy image, 40-year-old Christian had to make some drastic changes to his appearance.

    As well as putting on weight, he sported a dodgy comb-over style, but his wife Sandra Blazic and daughter Emmeline, eight, had differing opinions on his makeover.

    "I just ate all day long and sat around lazily. My fat pot belly made me look like Father Christmas!" he laughed.

    "The gentle breeze on my head was very pleasant. My wife wasn't thrilled, but my daughter loved it, because she could play the drums on it."

    With many great films behind him, Christian now plans on slowing down a little bit.

    He revealed his New Year's resolution to the publication.

    "I'm hoping for a break," he sighed.

    "I filmed many films, one after the other, and it's high time I disappear from the spotlight."

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