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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Australian aerial skier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor. (Al Bello/Getty)

    Jo Alexander Koppang from Norway during a luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Centre on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (Julian Finney/Getty)

    Canadian Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes gains speed to jump during the Men's Normal Hill Individual training ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Centre in Sochi, Russia. (Al Bello/Getty)

    Switzerland's Simon Ammann soars through the air during the men's ski jumping individual normal hill training event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

    Athletes from South Korea and an athlete from China (top) warm up during a training session at the Adler Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

    Alex Bilodeau practices during the Moguls official training session ahead of the the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (Cameron Spencer/Getty)

    A rider practices during training for Ski Slopestyle at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (Al Bello/Getty)

    Day 1

    Switzerland's Gregory Carigiet stares down the track at the start of a run in the men's singles luge competition on Saturday at the Sochi Olympics. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

    Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada competes in the Ladies' Moguls Final 3 on day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    Canada's Chloe Dufour-Lapointe performs a jump during the women's freestyle skiing moguls final competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

    Russia's Fedor Klimov and Russia's Ksenia Stolbova perform in the Figure Skating Pairs Team Free Program during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on February 8, 2014. (Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands competes during the Men's 5000m Speed Skating event during Day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Antonin Thuillier/Pool/Getty Images)

    Marie-Michelle Gagnon takes part in a Women's Alpine Skiing Downhill training session in Sochi (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Image)

    Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy compete in the team pairs free skate figure skating competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Vadim Ghirda/AP)

    Aiko Uemura of Japan competes during Ladies' Moguls Final during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Getty Images/Ryan Pierse)

    Germany's Patrick Beckert pushes the limit during the men's 5,000-metre speed skating race Saturday at the Sochi Winter Olympics. (Antonin Thuillier/Pool/Getty Images)

    Canada's Melodie Daoust (right) vies with Switzerland's Laura Benz during the Women's Ice Hockey Group A Match during the Sochi Winter Olympics. (Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images)

    Mark McMorris soars during the men's slopestyle final Saturday at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

    Japan's Reruhi Shimizu soars through the air during his trial jump in the men's ski jumping individual normal hill qualification round event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

    Natalia Popova of Ukraine bends over backwards to compete during the figure skating team ladies' short program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

    Russia's Albert Demchenko posted a track record time in the first run at the Sanki Sliding Center on Saturday. (Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images)

    Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria soars through the air during his trial jump in the men's ski jumping individual normal hill qualification round event on Saturday at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

    Day 2

    Anais Bescond collapses on the snow after crossing the finish line in the Women's 7.5 km Sprint during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

    Silver medalist Peter Prevc of Slovenia competes in the Men's Ski Jumping Normal Hill Individual 1st Round during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014 in Rosa Khutor. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP/Getty)

    Yuki Nakajima of Japan competes in the Women's 7.5 km Sprint during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty)

    Felix Loch of Germany takes a turn on his final run during the men's singles luge final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Loch won the gold medal. (Photo by Dita Alangkara/AP)

    Jessica Hammerl #4 of Germany and Olga Sosina #18 of Russia collide during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B Game on day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Yuliya Skokova of Russia competes in the women's 3000 meters speed skating race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014. (Photo by Marko Djurica/Reuters)

    Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Russia's Nikita Katsalapov perform in the Figure Skating Team Ice Dance Free Dance during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

    An athlete trains during Aerials practice during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty)

    Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic (L) and Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus of Poland compete in the women's 3000 meters speed skating race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

    Russia's Albert Demchenko races in the Men's Luge final at the Sanki Sliding Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kevin Reynolds of Canada gestures after competing in the men's team free skate figure skating competition during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Vadim Ghirda/AP)

    Canada's Jill Officer takes part in a practice session at the Ice Cube curling centre during the 2014 Sochi winter olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Norway's Tora Berger competes in the Women's Biathlon 7,5 km Sprint at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty)

    Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic competes during the Women's 3000m Speed Skating event during day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    Japan's Tatsuki Machida performs in the Men's Figure Skating Team Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Winner Jamie Anderson of the U.S. jumps during the women's snowboard slopestyle finals event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

    Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina reacts as she wins gold in the Women's Biathlon 7,5 km Sprint during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

    Irene Wust of the Netherlands skates to first place during the women's 3,000 metres speed skating race at the Adler Arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 9, 2014. (Phtoo by Marko Djurica/Reuters)

    Jason Brown of the U.S. performs in the Men's Figure Skating Team Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

    Enni Rukajarvi of Finland performs a jump during the women's snowboard slopestyle finals event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

    Italy's Paul Bonifacio Parkinson performs in the Men's Figure Skating Team Free Program during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty)

    David Poisson of France in action during the Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


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    Reports continue to surface that Bruce Jenner is going to undergo a sex change, and after recently having his Adam’s apple removed his sons Brandon and Brody concede their reality star dad is going through an identity crisis, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

    Bruce, who has been sporting longer hair and fingernails, is“definitely having a moment….an identity crisis, according to Brandon and Brody. They attribute it to Bruce finally being out estranged wife Kris‘ house….she never would have allowed him to do this living under her roof,” a source close to the family told Radar.

    “While the boys haven’t come out and asked their dad if he is transitioning to becoming a woman, it has definitely crossed their minds. However, as long as Bruce is happy, that is all they really care about. Brody has been spending a lot of time with his dad, and the two have never been closer. If Bruce did decide to become a woman, Brody and Brandon would absolutely support him. All they know is that their dad is in a really good place right now, and that is all that matters."

    Jenner has denied that the laryngeal shave had anything to do with a sex change, insisting he simply did not like its appearance.
    Bruce’s sons with ex-wife, Linda Thompson, fully supported their father’s decision to the recent surgery, and blamed Kris for introducing plastic surgery to the family.

    “They do believe that Bruce became more conscience of his physical appearance and how he looked after Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered,” the insider explained.

    “They blame their step-mother (Kris) for all of the plastic surgery he has had over the years"

    “Kris always encouraged Bruce to have his face nipped and tucked. He has had plastic surgery to remove excess fat above his eyelids. The Adam’s apple surgery is just following in that pattern.”

    Both Brandon and Brody are “extremely supportive of the LGBT, and if their dad become part of that community, nothing will change,” the source added.

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    After a fight ended her recent slumber party NeNe Leakes has taken to her blog to clear things up about what really happened that night.

    Viewers were left shocked when Leakes’s “grown-up slumber party” transformed from a fun get-together into a messy brawl!

    A game called Pillow Talk appeared to be at fault, with Apollo Nida and Kenya Moore’s assistant both taking umbrage to some of the questions they were asked.

    Tempers reached a boiling point and the disagreement escalated into physical violence.

    While viewers blame Leakes for the madness, she insists it wasn’t her fault, going as far as to update her blog with a full account of events.

    “My intentions were to build couple unity within the group,” Leakes began, before going into detail about Moore being “three hours late to the party” and “the spark that lite the fire.”

    According to Leakes, the fight was heavily edited, the producers deliberately seeking to portray Moore as an innocent victim while the rest of the housemates appeared violent, unstable and unruly.

    “Here’s a few questions I would like to ask you: why do you think they let Kenya narrate the whole fight scene?” Leakes asked. “Why do you think they took the part out when Kenya was charging across the room? All the housewives would say we were having a good time! What do you think they showed it as if we were not?”

    Leakes disavowed the fight as well, but in a way that made it clear she didn’t consider herself responsible for anything that happened that night.

    “I don’t condone violence!” she said. “I can’t control adults, and it’s not my fault if adults decide to fight on their own!”

    Kandi's father reacts to Mama Joyce's Claims!

    She's a fiery Atlanta native who wants "nothing but the best" for her Grammy Award winning daughter. Her name is Joyce Jones but she's known as Mama Joyce on Bravo's flagship franchise, Real Housewives of Atlanta.

    Jones, mother of singer and songwriter Kandi Burruss, has come to be known for her uncanny advice and her on-going feud with Burruss' fiancee, Tood.

    On Tuesday morning, Jones stopped by Good Day Atlanta to talk about the show, her daughter and to set the record straight concerning her opinion of Kandi's love life.

    UPDATE: Tuesday morning on Good Day Atlanta, we talked with Joyce Jones, the mother of Kandi Burruss, one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

    During our interview, Joyce told us that Kandi's father still owes her child support.

    FOX 5 spoke to Kandi's father late yesterday. He says that the claim that he owes child support is NOT TRUE. He tells us he has IN FACT paid his child support.

    Mica: I was told I’m too beautiful to be black!

    Mica and Daisy sat down with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon to talk about the success of their hit reality series and so much more.

    Throughout the season Mica has been accused of having a drinking problem by her fellow cast members.

    Micah denies the claims that she has an alcohol problem, saying, “If I had an alcohol problem I doubt that Bravo would put me on the show. They don’t cast alcoholics.”

    Daisy defended her co-star staying, “I think it’s so offensive to call someone and alcoholic…the people that did label Mica that, I think they owe her an apology because I think it’s mean and really heartless.”

    Mica later set the record straight on her ethnicity, which has been debated amongst several media outlets. “Both of my parents are black,” she said. “I am an African-American woman.”

    She also recalled a story where a white woman told her she was “much too beautiful to be black.”

    More Tears & Sneers on Blood, Sweat & Heels

    Get ready for more tears and more sneers from the ladies of Blood Sweat & Heels.

    The girls are all on vacation at Brie Bythewood‘s Hampton’s home and Mica Hughes is not on her best behavior. When she shows up hours late and a little more than tipsy, Geneva S. Thomas decided to give her a piece of her mind.

    For some reason, the other ladies want to stop the accusations, but they had no problem talking smack behind Mica’s back before she arrived.

    Will this group get past their drama to salvage their vacation?


    CocoaFab, MyFoxAtlanta, Inquisitr, TheGrio

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    Fresh off a legal setback that again finds her responsible for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox has been offered a new job - as a porn actress.

    An adult entertainment company - with a knack for gimmicky publicity stunts - has offered 'Foxy Knoxy' $20,000 to star in a porn film.

    Adult film distributor Monarchy Distribution says it's offering Knox the 'unique opportunity' to pay her mounting legal bills and fund her education by getting naked on film.

    'As you may have read, and were most likely well aware of, the general consensus is you are absolutely smoking hot,' company founder Michael Kulich writes in an e-mail to Knox forwarded to the Daily Dot.

    'Since you came back into the headlines, our loyal fan base has been e-mailing us non-stop asking about you.'

    Kulich's email gives Knox the assurance that she would have final say 'over all terms of production' - Kulich says Knox will get to choose which sex acts she performs on film, and which 'talent' she wants to work with.

    'This is a great opportunity for you to make some money to put towards finishing your education and also future legal costs to help with this unfortunate retrial,' Kulich continues.

    This is far from the first time Kulich's company has tried to cash in on attractive women who make headlines.

    This isn't the first time Knox has been offered a job in the porn industry; in 2011, after winning the appeal of her initial guilty verdict in the Kercher murder case, Vivid Entertainment - which, like Monarch Distribution - has a long history of headline-inspired publicity stunts - offered Knox a job.

    'We would like to offer her the opportunity to be our vivid.com spokesperson and represent the studio at trade and retail events.This would involve no nudity or sex. Of course we would welcome talking to her if she wants to pursue this direction, but the decision is totally hers to express," the company said in its publicized offer to Knox.

    Knox, however, did not respond to the gimmick.


    ONTD, would you star in a porn movie if offered?

    and wtf there's no porn tag?

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    She'll have to decide whether to thank Woody Allen -- and that decision matters
    The ongoing controversy over the allegations of molestation against Woody Allen was kicked off by his receipt (in absentia) of a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globe Awards. And Allen’s spectral presence may well dominate the Oscars as well.

    Allen’s most recent film, “Blue Jasmine,” is thrice-nominated for Oscars; two of its nominations, for Allen himself in a screenwriting category and for Sally Hawkins in the best supporting actress race, are widely perceived as long shots. But Cate Blanchett, who has already won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for the title role, has long been widely perceived as miles ahead of the competition in the marquee best actress race — so much so that, making no reference to the Allen scandal, New York magazine’s David Edelstein recently exhorted Oscar voters that Blanchett’s “lock [...] could stand loosening,” in favor of perpetual also-ran Amy Adams.

    It’s Adams, too, who surfaced as the prime alternative to Blanchett in a New York Post article speculating about the possibility that Oscar voters might throw their votes in another direction given the allegations against Allen. And suddenly, what had looked in her first two major acceptance speeches like gracious acknowledgement of a Hollywood legend seems like the biggest strike against Blanchett.

    Blanchett may very well win the Oscar. In last year’s best actress race, pieces kept cropping up after the Golden Globes and SAG Awards speculating that the season’s perennial winner, Jennifer Lawrence, might be unseated at the Oscars by Emmanuelle Riva (for, it must be noted, far less serious reasons), and yet Lawrence’s early momentum carried her all the way to the Oscar stage with only a brief stumble. But how can Blanchett, speaking to all of Hollywood and a wide swath of America, thread the needle of good taste?

    At the Golden Globes, before the bizarre Diane Keaton tribute to Allen had made its impact felt, Blanchett paid tribute to past Allen actresses including Mariel Hemingway (who played Allen’s teenage girlfriend in “Manhattan”) and Dianne Wiest, playing into the evening’s general theme that Allen’s existence was a good thing for actresses, and for women. She sent warm wishes “to Woody Allen, who writes these things and directs these things with such alarming regularity that we sort of almost take him for granted. [...] So thank you, Woody, for calling me, and for calling [some] of the other incredible women who are in the room this evening.”

    It was, depending on the angle of approach, either a factual and lovely tribute to the director with whom Blanchett had worked and who had, indeed, given Hemingway and Wiest their best roles ever, or missing the point in exactly the same manner as had Keaton. For all the roles Allen had given women, wasn’t his greatest muse sitting at home in Connecticut remembering alleged family traumas — to say nothing of another woman, Dylan?

    This conundrum wasn’t resolved at the SAG Awards, during which Blanchett thanked “Woody, for writing role after role after role for women, and then giving them the space to create them. Thank you so much, Woody.”

    Blanchett, as the unusually long 2014 awards season — one in which the Oscars moved into March to accommodate the Olympics — has worn on, gave a little clarity this past week. At the Santa Barbara Film Festival, one of those pre-Oscars events that exist to fete stars, Blanchett was approached by a reporter. This was just after she’d been mentioned by name in Dylan Farrow’s open letter, and Blanchett was brief: "It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace.”

    Her more powerful statement came earlier in the evening, when she gave an acceptance speech that mentioned various personages involved in the making of “Blue Jasmine” — but not Allen, once. One gossip site spun this as “shade” and a “dismissal.”

    It’s hard to believe that Blanchett was attempting a “shade” takedown of Allen — with the rancor that implies — in not mentioning him at a random, tiny media event, when she’d taken opportunity of bigger spotlights to thank him profusely. It’s more likely that she was trying to shore up her chances of winning an Oscar by alienating as few potential voters as possible in light of new turns in the Allen saga. (At least one awards pundit alleged before the film festival that Dylan Farrow’s open letter would hurt Blanchett’s chances.) Who knows what her Oscar speech, once she no longer has to appeal to voters, might contain.

    And yet no matter how much Blanchett feels that Allen — a notoriously uninvolved director when it comes to actors’ performances, for whatever that’s worth — deserves credit or a tribute in her potential Oscar speech, it’d be better to hold off.

    The Santa Barbara acceptance speech ought not to be simply a gambit to win an Oscar, but the template Blanchett follows if she does end up winning. In winning her first Oscar, Blanchett paid tribute to Martin Scorsese briefly at the end of her speech. It was a lovely moment that felt earned, because Scorsese is a beloved figure, and rightly so. Perhaps Blanchett’s refusal to thank Allen could be the first step toward artists reevaluating why it is they want to work with someone against whom allegations have existed for decades, an acknowledgment that to accept a role because it helps one’s career, even as further career success for Allen obfuscates whatever may be the truth, is problematic.

    It’s often brought up that those who object to Allen’s continued success can vote with their dollars. And that’s true to a degree. But how much does one person’s principled stand against spending $13 on a ticket to “Blue Jasmine” or giving a film studio pennies by streaming “Play It Again, Sam” on Netflix really matter? The people with the influence to stop Woody Allen’s career, if that is what we want, are the people of Hollywood. Cate Blanchett doesn’t need to apologize simply for working with Allen. But she can signal, as she already has, that new information has made her question her decisions, and that others can learn from her going forward. It would be a moment of truth breaking through awards-season cant, worthy of an ovation.


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    A burger joint in Pittsburgh’s South Side with a Burger King sign, employees in Burger King uniforms, and a drive through with a Burger King menu, turned out to not be a Burger King.

    As reported by WPXI Channel 11 News, customers received fast food from the restaurant in generic packaging. Diner Montanya Crosby told the station her meal didn’t taste the same and, “The food was in a brown paper bag, the fries were in a Dixie cup. I’m like, ‘What the heck is this?’” When asked if the appearance of the restaurant was deceptive, another customer told the station, “Yeah I didn’t know. Actually, I ordered a double Whopper.” He added, “I mean, the cup doesn’t say Burger King on it.”

    A post by eXceLon on an Ars Technica forum recounts another experience with unbranded packaging, dating the problem back to at least January 2nd of this year. Recently other customers have taken to Reddit, posting about the faux BK. Redddit user dehehn shared a picture of his friend’s meal, confirming the claims, and saying it was bought at the questionable establishment. Another user, jayrod422 shared links to the restaurant’s reviews, which are less than stellar. Interestingly, as Redditor H_Badger pointed out, the East Carson Street location in question is still listed on the BK.com website.

    When WPXI approached the restaurant to speak to the management, they were asked to leave the premises by a security guard. Eventually an assistant manager told the reporter that the business is in a transition from a Burger King to a restaurant called South Side Burgers, which is the name currently printed on their receipts.

    Patrons still felt like they were misled. “I didn’t even know that anything had changed,” said Crosby. “They need to make it, make it known I guess, that it’s not a Burger King.”

    WPXI reports that employees removed the exterior Burger King sign but they were still wearing Burger King uniforms. When reporters called the Health Department, they were told that the restaurant said they would be closing their doors tomorrow until they can reopen under their new name. The fast food chain’s corporate office told the station that they are launching their own investigation into the matter.


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    According to Reuters Media, the United States Figure Skating Association is denying reports that the United States and Russia have developed an agreement that would help the United States win gold in the ice dance and that Russia would win gold in the pairs competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

    The initial reports were made by L'Equipe Magazine in France.

    The allegations are interesting. At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, France was at the center of one of the biggest conspiracies in Olympic history. French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne was suspended for misconduct after there were allegations of collusion that would help the French ice dancing pair Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat win gold and the Russian duo of Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze win gold in the pairs competition. The Canadian silver medalists in the pairs, Jamie Sale of Red Deer, Alberta and David Pelletier of Sayabec, Quebec were later upgraded to gold after it was clear they had the cleaner performance.

    If the French allegations were true, it would help the American ice dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the expense of reigning Canadian Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario. However at this time, the Canadians are not favoured in the ice dance. Davis and White clearly outskated Virtue and Moir in the short program of the new team figure skating competition after Virtue made an error on her twizzle.


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    Dalton Ross for Entertainment Weekly writes:
    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So judging from that preview that AMC released, I guess we’re going to be Glenn back in some riot gear.
    STEVEN YEUN: Well, actually, we don’t know that. [Ed Note: Nice try, Steven! This picture pretty much ends that debate.] I think what we do know at this point is he was last seen on the bus with the group and I think it’s a matter of what he’s done to contribute. Glenn’s not one to really sit back and let stuff unfold in front of him, but he was in a pretty sick position. So we’ll see what happens on that front.

    EW: We’re going to start the back eight episodes with everyone being splintered off into smaller groups, and we’re going to be finding out how everyone makes it out of the prison – who they’re with, how they make it out. Just expanding on what you just said, what can you tell us about Glenn, how his story is going to unfold?
    YEUN: I think we can’t count him out. He’s a man of action, and he’s a man of heart, and I think you should expect what you normally expect from Glenn. He definitely has a lot of things up against him, but Glenn is tough and I think the word that I could always use for Glenn is resilient.

    EW: What is the aftermath for everyone in terms of seeing Hershel executed? Obviously there’s been a lot of death on the show but this one wass so brutal — this kindly creature to be killed off in a savage way. Plus he’s the moral compass, plus he’s your fiancées father, and everyone had sort of a front row seat to watch it happen. What is that loss going to do to Maggie and Glenn?
    YEUN: Glenn doesn’t actually know that Hershel is dead. He’s probably the only one who doesn’t know. And for him, where he last left off with Hershel is…a lot of people have helped shaped Glenn into the person he is at this point and he’s taken bits and pieces from all of them, but none more than Hershel. And the last episode, where Glenn almost dies, the action that happens between Hershel and Glenn kind of solidifies that relationship and solidifies Hershel’s legacy as being passed on to Glenn. Just as easily as the symbolism of the watch was, just passing it onto him saying, “You are now part of this family. I accept you,” it’s that same thing. Glenn really felt like things were over. He was in dire straights and kind of subjecting himself to the negative portions of that. He was saying, “Hey, what’s the point of living? We’re going to get taken out by a glorified cold,” and Hershel is the one that keeps hope alive for him. Hershel is the one that instills in him to sacrifice himself for others, for the sake of life and love and for the sake of doing all that you could to help your fellow person. And I think that episode definitely drilled home all of that for Glenn. I think that now, even though Glenn doesn’t know, he’s taking it upon himself to keep that part of Hershel alive.

    EW: Let’s talk about the back eight episodes. I’m hearing they will feel tonally different than the first eight. Would you say they feel different to you?
    YEUN: I think what’s beautiful about this whole season in general…[showrunner] Scott Gimple really plays a really great complete opus. He plays a whole kind of sonata. It’s not this mashing of action and craziness all the time — it’s moments of silence, it’s moments of quiet and calm, it’s moments of hope juxtaposed with moments of incredible action. So he’s playing every single note just to make sure this whole thing is very beautiful and put together, and I think this second half — its going to feel how it is, which is, they’re all separated. And it’s definitely going to feel like that. It’s definitely going to have these moments I couldn’t see before because we had a large amount of people on screen at the same time and I think now we’re going to be able to focus on individuals and see where they’re coming from. We’re testing every character at this point.

    EW: How do you as an actor on the show feel about moving on from the prison? This was your base of operations for a season and a half. What’s it like moving on into unchartered territory again?
    YEUN: It’s exciting as an actor. The beauty of this show is the setting. It changes itself all the time. If we were locked into one place, it would be very easy to settle in and lose sight of how intense and horrifying their lives are as characters. But as we continue to move to different places, or be exposed to the outdoors, you can only kind of keep that action alive and I think that’s vital for the show. As an actor, I welcome it, I really do. It’s really fantastic that way.



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    Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

    As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

    “I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,” Mr. Sam said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, the first time he spoke publicly about his sexual orientation.

    Mr. Sam, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior, went on to a stellar season for Missouri, which finished 12-2 and won the Cotton Bowl. He was named a first-team all-American. He was the defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, widely considered the top league in college football. Teammates voted him Missouri’s most valuable player.

    Now Mr. Sam enters an uncharted area of the sports landscape. He is making his public declaration before he is drafted, to the potential detriment to his professional career. And he is doing so as he prepares to enter a league with an overtly macho culture, where controversies over homophobia have attracted recent attention.

    As the pace of the gay rights movement has accelerated drastically in recent years, the sports industry has seen relatively little change, with no publicly gay male athletes in the N.F.L., the N.B.A., the N.H.L. or Major League Baseball. Against this backdrop, Mr. Sam could become a symbol for the country’s gay rights movement or a flashpoint in a football culture war — or both.

    Mr. Sam, 24, is projected to be chosen in the early rounds of the N.F.L. draft in May, ordinarily an invitation to a prosperous professional career. He said he decided to come out publicly now because he sensed that rumors were circulating.

    “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” said Mr. Sam, who also spoke with ESPN on Sunday. “I just want to own my truth.”

    But the N.F.L. presents the potential for unusual challenges. In the past year or so, the league has been embroiled in controversies ranging from antigay statements from players to reports that scouts asked at least one prospective player if he liked girls. Recently, Chris Kluwe, a punter, said that he was subject to homophobic language from coaches and pushed out of a job with the Minnesota Vikings because he vocally supported same-sex marriage laws. And last week, Jonathan Vilma, a New Orleans Saints linebacker, said in an interview with the NFL Network that he did not want a gay teammate.

    “I think he would not be accepted as much as we think he would be accepted,” said Mr. Vilma, who has played 10 seasons in the league.

    At a showcase game for college seniors last month, several scouts asked Mr. Sam’s agent, Joe Barkett, questions about whether Mr. Sam had a girlfriend or whether Mr. Barkett had seen him with women.

    The league, which has a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation (among other things), is the largest of the major sports leagues in the United States, with about 1,600 players on rosters at any time during the season. But it has never had a publicly gay player.

    Over the decades, some players in the major sports leagues did little to conceal their sexual orientation, but they were not out to the public during their careers. A few players have come out upon retirement, like the N.F.L. player Dave Kopay in the 1970s and the N.B.A. player John Amaechi in 2007, both considered pioneers by many gay people.

    Last spring, Jason Collins, a 12-year veteran of the N.B.A., mostly as a little-used reserve, came out after the season. A free agent, he has not been signed by another team.

    Also last year, the soccer player Robbie Rogers, a former member of the United States national team who later played professionally in England, revealed that he was gay after he announced his retirement. Encouraged by the supportive response, he resumed his career, playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

    While Mr. Sam’s professional prospects are far from certain, several N.F.L. draft forecasters have predicted that he will be chosen in the third round. (Thirty-two players are selected in each round.) Rarely are players who are drafted that high cut by teams, and often they become starters, sometimes in their rookie year.

    Between now and the draft, Mr. Sam plans to attend the scouting combine, where players are put through a gantlet of physical and mental tests to judge their readiness for the N.F.L. Mr. Sam might be considered too small for a professional defensive end, meaning he would have to learn to play as an outside linebacker.

    But it is reasonable for Mr. Sam to wonder what sort of impact — positive or negative — his declaration will have on his professional prospects.

    “I’m not naïve,” Mr. Sam said. “I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the N.F.L.”

    Mr. Sam said he graduated from Missouri in December, the only member of his family to attend college. He grew up in Hitchcock, Tex., near the Gulf Coast about 40 miles southeast of Houston, the seventh of eight children of JoAnn and Michael Sam. It was a difficult childhood; three of his siblings have died, and two brothers are in prison, Mr. Sam said. He was raised mostly by his mother, and he spent some years with another family who took him in. All have been supportive of his coming out, Mr. Sam said.

    Mr. Sam said he began to wonder if he was gay in his early teens, though he had a girlfriend in high school. It was after he arrived at Missouri in 2009 that he realized for certain that he was gay. Teammates increasingly suspected as much, and some knew that he dated a man on the university’s swim team, but it never prevented Mr. Sam from being one of the most popular players on the team. He was known for his intensity on the field and his booming voice off it.

    “When I first met him, you could be downstairs and you could hear Mike all the way on the second floor of the dorms,” said Missouri wide receiver L’Damian Washington, who met Mr. Sam on a recruiting trip and quickly became a close friend. “He’s just a loud guy. Everybody knows when Michael Sam is in the building.”

    Mr. Sam came out to two of his friends on the team, Mr. Washington and Marvin Foster, about a year ago. It was not a huge surprise. Mr. Washington was with Mr. Sam when Mr. Sam said he needed to go pick up a friend. He told Mr. Washington that the friend was gay and asked Mr. Washington if that would bother him. Mr. Washington said no, and Mr. Sam came out to him.

    Last April, the Missouri athletic administration held diversity seminars for all athletes, part of the You Can Play project, focused largely on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Mr. Sam was one of several athletes to approach Pat Ivey, Missouri’s associate athletic director for athletic performance, to compliment him for the lesson. But Mr. Sam was the most effusive, Mr. Ivey said, as if trying to tell Mr. Ivey something.

    “When Mike finished the conversation, he said, ‘Coach, I know I can play,’ ” Mr. Ivey recalled. “And we kind of had an understanding of each other, that this wasn’t just him saying, ‘Good job.’ This was him saying: ‘Coach, I’m involved in it. I’m a part of what we just discussed.’ ”

    During practices in August, Missouri mixed players from different position groups on the team and put them into small meetings of 8 or 10. Mr. Washington, a wide receiver, happened to be in the same group as Mr. Sam.

    “I knew that something was about to come because of the way he was balling up the paper in his hands,” Mr. Washington recalled. “He kept rolling it up. So I kind of knew something was coming, but I didn’t think it was that.”

    Mr. Sam was a senior and longtime friend to other team leaders. Younger players looked up to him. But on a team with about 100 players, of different ages, backgrounds and beliefs, there were varying levels of discomfort.

    “I think there were, just like in society, there are people who don’t understand, and don’t want to understand, and aren’t accepting,” Mr. Ivey said. “And we worked through those issues.”

    Mr. Sam played down any repercussions, saying he had the full support of teammates, coaches and administrators. One teammate, he said, accompanied him to a gay pride event in St. Louis last summer, and others went with him to gay bars.

    “Some people actually just couldn’t believe I was actually gay,” Mr. Sam said. “But I never had a problem with my teammates. Some of my coaches were worried, but there was never an issue.”

    One lingering issue, Mr. Washington said, was trying to get players to change their casual language in the locker room. Loosely lobbed homophobic remarks suddenly had a specific sting.

    Mr. Sam played down that, too. For him, coming out to his football team was a positive step, on a path that seems as if it will lead to the N.F.L.

    “Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was,” Mr. Sam said. “I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who’s a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself and I just didn’t care who knew. If someone on the street would have asked me, ‘Hey, Mike, I heard you were gay; is that true?’ I would have said yes.”

    No one asked.

    “I guess they don’t want to ask a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman if he was gay or not,” Mr. Sam said. And he laughed.


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    At only 21 years old, Jennette McCurdy has already been in the public eye for seven years, though she’s been acting for even longer. The petite blonde started her career at the ripe age of eight before landing her first major role in 2007: Sam Puckett on Nickelodeon’s iCarly. The rest is history.

    I met with Jennette at a friend’s house in Los Angeles during her hiatus from filming her new Nickelodeon show, Sam & Cat– a spinoff of both iCarly and Victorious co-starring Ariana Grande. It’s chilly for California, but Jennette seems comfortable in her faded skinny jeans, a white, short-sleeved t-shirt and Converse sneakers that she has doodled all over.

    Jennette may not be necessarily be dressed like a stereotypical television star, but she has had quite a bit of success. In June, Sam & Cat premiered to 4.2 million viewers and was ordered for 20 additional episodes (bringing the first seasons total to 40) just one month later. But Jennette also faced tragedy this past year. In September, her mother passed away after a 17-year battle with cancer. But despite the drastic highs and lows last year, Jennette remains positive, grounded and mostly just busy.

    Jennette was born in Long Beach, Cali, and grew up in a small house with her parents, three older brothers, two grandparents and three dogs. “It was never short of conversation or company,” she says. Growing up, she did everything her older brothers did and began watching shows like Saturday Night Live and movies like Saving Private Ryan at a young age. Because of that, she feels like she was exposed to a lot of good entertainment very early on, and that sparked her initial interest in acting. After watching a Star Wars film at the age of six, she turned to her mom and told her she wanted to act. Being a persistent little girl, Jennette harassed her mom for two years before her mother eventually gave in and got Jennette an agent when she was eight. “I literally harassed her,” Jennette laughs.

    The early years of her career consisted mostly of indie films and guest appearances on various television shows like Law & Order, but once she got involved with Nickelodeon, her life completely changed. “Most of my roles were sad, now that I think about it,” Jennette recalls. She made a few comedic guest appearances on shows like Malcolm In The Middle, but never worked on a kids show before booking a one-episode guest role on Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101. “Even from that one episode I started to get recognized in public,” she says, “Adults won’t come up you and ask if you were on Law & Order, but kids have no problem running up to you.” Two years after Zoey 101, a producer at Nickelodeon remembered Jennette and wanted to cast her in their new project, iCarly. “Within six months of the show airing, I couldn’t leave my house without being recognized,” she says.

    When she filmed the pilot for iCarly, she suspected it would get picked up and have a decent run, but she never expected it would go for 110 episodes. When the show came to an end in 2012 after five years, Jennette says she “felt an emptiness” walking away from the cast and crew. “I was very scared, to be honest,” she recalls, “We really were like a family.” Though she still sees her co-star Miranda Cosgrove three times a week, she admits it’s not the same as spending 12-hour days together everyday. She relates the experience to ending high school, but was luckily able to find some comfort with Sam & Cat, which has the same crew as iCarly.

    When iCarly wrapped productions, Jennette had no idea Sam & Cat would soon be in the works. She had heard that Nickelodeon wanted to develop a show for her a year before iCarly ended, but tried not to take the rumor too seriously. “Until you actually go and shoot something, nothing is for sure. That’s my mentality,” she says. When she was first approached with the idea of Sam & Cat, she didn’t like the idea of playing Sam Puckett again. “I did not want to play Sam anymore – I was over it. I’m sarcastic and blunt enough in real life that I wanted to do something different,” she admits. She starts to say executive producer, Dan Schneider, convinced her her that the project would be great, but cuts herself off. “I think really I just knew he was the boss,” she laughs. Jennette was critical of the first few scripts, but eventually realized Sam & Cat had its own voice. “I’ve come to terms with it,” she jokes. It’s a good thing, too, considering a 40 episode season is a huge commitment.

    But as much as she is enjoying her time playing Sam, she’s ready to try something different.“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have that itch,” she says. Even just the process of auditioning for new projects excites her because she always wants to challenge herself. At the same time, she likes the comfort that comes with knowing she still has a job if she isn’t cast elsewhere. “Having your own show is a crazy thing in itself, and I’m extremely happy about that and that it’s been successful,” she says. Though there’s no word on a second season yet, Jennette feels that she and Ariana won’t be able to convincingly play teenagers for much longer. “I’m open to more episodes, but I’m planning as if they’re not happening,” she says.

    While filming Sam & Cat consumes most of Jennette’s time, she does make an effort to make time for her other passions – Jennette also loves music. “In a professional way, music is on the back burner for me,” she explains. During the iCarly days, Jennette had a career as a country singer with the help of Capitol Records. She released a few EPs and a full-length record, and had some success on country radio, but ultimately the path wasn’t for her. “It sort of fell into my lap – Capitol Records heard a twang in my voice in some covers I posted,” she explains. During that time she had to move to Nashville and spend a lot of time on the road and neither of those things were for her. She missed her friends and family in California and wasn’t able to focus on acting at all.

    After ending her professional relationship with Capitol Records, she also stopped posting covers because she felt that there was too much pressure for her to do music in general. Though Jennette isn’t opposed to pursuing music again in the future, she won’t unless the timing feels right. “I was really burnt out on music for a while,” Jennette admits. She continued working on songs in the comfort of her own home, and just recently began posting cover videos on YouTube again – which have been extremely well-received by fans. “I don’t want to take it too seriously though, because I feel like it’s really easy to cross the line of doing something fun in your bedroom to being stressed out about a career,” she explains.

    Jennette is interested in writing. Lately, she’s been working on stand-up but hasn’t gotten the nerve to perform it anywhere – though that is one of her goals for 2014. In addition, she’s been writing essays, a screenplay, and comedy sketches. “For me, writing is therapeutic. I can’t even compare it to anything else,” she explains. Jennette will sit at her computer and write for three hours, though sometimes she needs to force herself to. But after 40 minutes or so, she reaches a point she describes as “the wall a runner goes through and can’t stop after.” As long as she can remember she’s been a writer – even completed a 115 page screenplay at the age of ten. She admits that it was terrible, but just finished it was an accomplishment on its own. For Jennette, it doesn’t matter if her words are “good” or not – writing has been her go-to way to express herself – there are no limits or restrictions. Through her writing, she’s been able to become more in-touch with her emotions, which helps her to portray more emotion in her acting.

    When Sam & Cat eventually comes to a close, Jennette has a few goals: get a staff writing job, perform stand-up and act on a network comedy. Though she has incredible connection with the Nickelodeon team, she definitely wants to expand in the future. But it’s not that easy for Jennette – she’s the face of the channel and out of all of Nickelodeon’s current stars, she’s been with them for the longest. “It puts a lot of pressure on me,” she explains. Her face is associated with the channel and the brand, and completely breaking away from that into more mature territory is not going to be an easy task. “I feel more pressure from the network than the kids watching it,” she expands. She recognizes that with the help of the Internet and social media, kids are more advanced than they were a few years ago. “There’s nothing they haven’t seen, and the things that they’ll do or say are far beyond that I would myself,” she says. Though regardless of her ties with Nickelodeon, Jennette doesn’t think she’s be doing anything all that scandalous even if her fanbase was a little older. Jennette was brought up in a religious household and because of that, she has certain standard for herself. She believes the way she was raised is a key component of the art she creates, whether it’d be writing, acting, or music. “My brothers and I have all grown up in various ways, but our family has stuck together and that’s all you can hope for, really,” she says. While some of the things she posts online (such as a crude but funny tweet or a semi-provocative photo on Instagram) may not directly reflect her fostering, her family has never stopped supporting her.

    Social media is a huge part of both Jennette’s career and personal life. At first, she was completely overwhelmed by it and only used Twitter. “I didn’t understand why I couldn’t just post a picture to Twitter and be done with it. I didn’t see the point of having Facebook and Instagram in addition to Twitter,” she says. She has since realized that there is a place for each and now utilizes all three, in addition to Vine, and keeps them all separate. Her Vine account is strictly for comedic posts, and she never posts about any of her endorsements on that network. Twitter is also for comedy, but is also her #1 source for sharing important information or spreading links. Instagram is her least used site and mostly just consists of photos of her and her friends, whereas Facebook is what she uses most. It is filled with generic posts, photos, and videos that she shares for her 8.3 million followers. “If you have a certain type of career, you have to use social media,” Jennette explains. She notes that actresses like Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence don’t need Twitter accounts simply because of the level of their careers and the projects they are associated with. But for Jennette, it’s vital. “I feel like it’s a way for people to connect with you and also make you stand out,” she explains. In a world where actors may not get cast in a role because someone else who auditioned has more Twitter followers, social media can be that extra push for a casting director.

    My time with Jennette is running out, as she has to get to an audition across town – something a little more adult than her past projects, though she can’t share many details. She’ll be filming Sam & Cat through April, but after that she’s really not sure. “In this career, you have so little say in what happens,” she explains. If Sam & Cat ends after one season, she’s going to spend some time focusing on herself instead of her career. “I’m luckily in a position where if something new doesn’t come right away, I don’t need to worry about a paycheck for a little while, so I can do something I really want to do, like taking weird classes or going strange places,” she says. For seven years, she’s felt comfort in playing Sam Puckett, and for the first time in a long time she knows she may not have that security for much longer, and that’s ok for her. “Whatever happens, I’m going to embrace it,” she says as she gathers her things, ready to move onto the next big thing.


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    The third and final installment of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy was released in 2012, but according to a recent comment from author E.L. James, we may not have seen the last of the erotic saga.

    While James, 50, has yet to comment on her official plans, the British author, and producer of the film adaptation of her best-selling adult novel, teased fans with a possible “Fifty Shades” sequel on social media this week. When prompted by a fan Thursday if she would ever reprise her characters Christian Grey (a BDSM-practicing billionaire) and Anastasia “Ana” Steele (his inexperienced lover) in print, James responded with a coy response on her official Twitter account.

    “@E_L_James Mrs James, do you plan to write #fiftyshadesofgrey trilogy from #christiangrey face ir it’s rumors? [sic],” asked one Twitter fan. James' response: “Never say never.”

    Following her hint of a possible “Fifty Shades” spinoff from Grey’s point of view (the three previous books were told from Steele's perspective), fans shared their excitement. “That would be a dream come true for a lot of us! We love you!” said one reader. “That would be most excellent!” agreed another fan, adding, “Would love to hear Christian’s point of view!” “In the words of Ana, "Oh......please!!" yet another follower posted Thursday.

    James last spoke out about the possibility of a fourth "Fifty Shades" book in November 2012, telling the Hollywood Reporter that the idea is always in the back of her mind. "I have to think about it," James said, adding, "I have to really think about Christian's point of view. So it's about what to do next."

    Earlier, James shared her professional advice on writing romance novels to future authors via Twitter Thursday. “How do you go about writing your sex scenes? Like how were you able to portray the feelings in that moment? #imstuck,” one user questioned James and fellow romance writer, "Crossfire" series author, Sylvia Day. “Get the choreography right first… feelings should follow,” James posted, later adding, “If you want to capture your characters feeling is to think why are they having sex with each other?”

    The first “Fifty Shades of Grey” book was released in 2011, followed by “Fifty Shades Darker" the same year and “Fifty Shades Freed“ in 2012. In November, the film adaptation of the first book began shooting in Vancouver, Canada. The film’s leads, actors Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Ana Steele), were last spotted filming jogging scenes on location in Vancouver on Jan. 29. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is currently scheduled for a February 2015 U.S. theater debut.


    I just can't imagine the insufferable dialogue/scenes

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    Gwendoline Christie attends David Bailey: Bailey's Stardust at National Portrait Gallery with Giles Deacon

    Goddess Gwen remains the funnest person ever.

    Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams at Christian Siriano's NYFW after party

    I have been instructed to add the full vid to this post instead of making a new post, so for now, this is the discussion post:

    Mods: the Sophie and Maisie pics were not posted. These are from the after party.
    Ok, the preview ended. And it was awesome, tbh.

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    A new series, “Transparent”, by award winning filmmaker, Jill Soloway, was released this Wednesday, streaming for free on Amazon, who have joined the ranks of streaming moguls like Hulu and Netflix in providing original series. "Transparent" has been released alongside several other pilots, who will compete to be picked up by the network, if highly rated.

    If you're interested in seeing this trans narrative be told, watch the pilot and be sure to rate it. The series is described as,

    “An LA family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out.”

    As you may have guessed, the series’ title is a double entendre in reference to both the ‘unraveling secrets’ of the family and the the ‘dramatic admission’ by that family’s (supposed) patriarch, Mort, played by Emmy nominated actor Jeffrey Tambor who is, you guessed it, coming out as transgender woman, Maura.

    Coming on the heels of Jared Leto’s highly criticized role in “Dallas Buyers Club”, this new series enters at a time when the standards of trans representation are rising, and as Hollywood is beginning to be held accountable for the stories they tell of trans lives.

    Jill Soloway, writer, director, and producer of “Transparent” employed a team of transgender consultants who’ve worked closely in the series’ production, offering a trans perspective for filmmaker, Soloway, who, in relaying a trans narrative, apparently wants to get it right.
    In 2012 she was introduced to transgender filmmaker, Rhys Ernst, at the Sundance Film Festival, where they both were featuring short films.

    When Soloway started work on “Transparent”, she knew who to call. Ernst joined her throughout the production of the show’s pilot episode. He has been working in the film industry since he graduated from Hampshire College in 2004, and told me that he is very happy with the way that “Transparent” has come together.

    I asked Ernst how he felt, as a filmmaker, to be working on a project that centers around a transgender narrative, knowing that the transgender character is being portrayed by a cisgender actor. He responded,

    “As a trans director, I ask myself, how would I cast a non-medically transitioning trans person, or someone pre-transition? I look at all options, and that may include some cisgender actors. I also see filmmaking as a holistic practice and don't see casting as the only area to focus on regarding the politics of trans representation. Filmmaking is a team effort and when it comes to trans related subject matter, trans sensitivity needs to be integrated throughout the entire production chain.”

    What Rhys Ernst says here intrigued me. His idea of filmmaking as an “holistic practice”, as it relates to the politics of trans representation through the chain of production, reminds us that the stories we are telling, and how they are told, are an important part of who those stories represent.

    Trans actors in trans roles makes sense, but how else can we assure that transgender people aren’t being crudely caricaturized? Ernst explains that, though he feels a cis actor in a trans role can be warranted, this issue of miscasting is endemic to Hollywood,

    “As a filmmaker I have gone to great lengths to cast transgender actors. It sometimes takes more work to locate trans actors but because of my commitment to trans representation, I feel it's a step well worth taking...there are certain instances in which casting a cisgender actor in a trans role can be appropriate. I don't think it's as nearly as often as Hollywood's track record might suggest, and 9 out of 10 trans characters in Hollywood productions are typically a disappointment, both in their writing and in their casting."

    Ernst isn’t the only consultant Soloway has added to her team. Transgender woman, and highly praised and respected author Jennifer Finney Boylan joined the team alongside fellow trans woman and artist, Zackary Drucker as consultants on “Transparent”. Drucker, whose collaborative work with Rhys Ernst, “She Gone Rogue”, is being featured at the Whitney Biennial this March, provides a necessary trans-feminine perspective.

    In the pilot episode of “Transparent”, there is a scene set within a transgender support group Maura attends regularly. Drucker is present, as the group’s facilitator, among an entire cast of trans characters, the group’s attendees, who are portrayed by transgender actors.
    “Transparent” sets a precedent, a new project from a filmmaker who evidently prioritizes accurate trans representation in her work, getting trans people involved behind the scenes in production, and on screen in an honest and intimate narrative.
    With the rise of the transgender movement, community discourse on an assembly of pertinent concerns to trans people arises daily, with a new degree of visibility, and so a broader audience. Thus a week scarcely passes without the hot topic drama of trans women in film burning its way through the blogosphere.

    Transgender women’s representation in film has, historically, been mishandled by an industry prone to disregard the population of women whose lives persist behind the, typically, grotesque caricatures erected in their place.
    Trans women have been socially stigmatized and sensationalized as a countercultural phenomenon of lascivious taboo. Their visibility has increased, and so we’re now confronted by the output of an epistemic, cultural transphobia. We confront this transphobia in the media on all fronts, every day, as seen in sensationalized journalism and casual transphobia on TV.

    The future of trans media is coming, it’s shape is being cast today with the intent of a movement that has taken misrepresentation to task. And thus, in this era of new form, “Transparent” is a narrative to watch, as a witness to our modern balance between creative license, and social responsibility.


    I watched it because Alison Sudol from A Fine Frenzy (who plays one of the adult children's lovers in a singing group or whatever) posted about it on tumblr and I was bored/it was free, so I had no idea what it was about. It wasn't really funny, but it was pretty interesting imo. Plus it's by the same person who did Six Feet Under so.. hope it gets picked up!

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    From close friends to co-stars – it’s the natural progression, apparently.

    In what may be the most unsubstantiated rumour since the announcement of Miranda Kerr’s supposed segue into a singing career, The Sun has reported Delevingne and Rodriguez (best known for her role in the Fast and Furious film series) are in talks about co-starring as the duo in a modern adaptation of the 1991 cult classic film.

    Despite the fact that the friendship is still a relatively new one (they first bonded at a Knicks basketball game in January), The Sun reported Rodriguez is requesting Delevingne as her co-star.

    While Delevingne’s acting experience to date is limited, she’s made her ambitions concerning the big screen known, and has even been credited with having “natural acting talent” by director Michael Winterbottom, who cast her for his 2014 release, The Face of an Angel, which was inspired by the 2009 murder trial involving Amanda Knox.

    If the rumours come to fruition, the role will be a major coup for Delevingne, who only landed her first major film role in August last year in Kids in Love and supposedly has some tough competition, with Kristen Stewart, Annalynne McCord and Leighton Meester said to be the other contenders for the role.


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    Turn on your Twitter machine sometime after midnight Monday through Thursday, and you might notice a particular brand of dark comedy taking over your feed. The hashtag-based gags riff on topics like “#sadtoys,” where Twitter users worldwide weigh in with their own jokes, such as “Guess Who . . . Is the Father of Your Child,” “Strangers With Candy Land” or “Mr. Potato Famine.”

    The cause of the sudden burst of crowdsourced humor is Comedy Central’s new late-night talk/game show “@midnight,” hosted by Chris Hardwick. As its name implies — being both an indicator of time slot and its own Twitter handle — it’s a show custom-made for the current state of interactive, social-media enabled TV viewers who aren’t content to be just a passive consumer of comedy.

    The show is a half-hour slice of Internet life, which is thrown in front of a panel of comedians who feast on it with witty comments and humorous quizzes. A typical show might feature a video with the latest YouTube star of the day, or a dissection of something that went viral the night before (Pharrell’s hat during the Grammys, for example).

    But the most popular part of the show — online, at least — is the segment called #Hashtagwars, where Hardwick throws out a topic for the three-comedian panel to riff on in sort of a joke lightning round. Hardwick, and the show’s Twitter account, also asks the audience to keep the game going. The gags on Twitter come from a mix of established stand-ups (Judah Friedlander, formerly of “30 Rock,” sometimes chimes in), up-and-comers and just regular funny folks at home.

    Then @midnight retweets some of the good ones and shows the best tweet on the next night’s show. It’s a formalized riff on what is already a popular Twitter game, basically an online, pun-heavy version of Scattergories.

    It shows off a model that could become more common in TV in the digital era, one that feels native to the inclusive crowd of the Internet instead of some cultural voice on the mount booming at you from the television.

    And, @midnight deserves credit for pulling off a real feat of comedic achievement: Getting nine out of the 11 members of the brilliant 1990s MTV sketch comedy show “The State” reunited on screen on the Jan. 27 episode.


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    GLEE bosses are trying to convince One Direction and Simon Cowell to make a cameo in the show.

    The hit musical series has already featured two of the British boyband’s songs.

    But now they want the lads – Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik – to become Glee stars.

    And producers are trying to find a way of convincing their boss, Simon Cowell, 54, to appear with them when the show returns for its final series.

    Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester in the series, said: “We have been so fortunate to have some great cameos, and to have One Direction on would be great for the show.

    Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester in the series, said: “We have been so fortunate to have some great cameos, and to have One Direction on would be great for the show.

    “They are not much older than High School age so we could have them as students. And I am sure the younger female cast members wouldn’t object to their presence either. Both my and Jane Lynch’s dream cameo is Simon Cowell. So maybe the boys could bring their manager.

    “It would make great TV seeing Sue Sylvester and Simon Cowell go head to head.”


    Everytime I try to leave, something keeps pulling me back, me back...

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    We've been wondering all weekend who was behind Dumb Starbucks: there was speculation it was Banksy, a rogue employee at Starbucks or comedian Nathan Fielder.

    If you guessed it was Fielder of Comedy Central's "Nathan For You," turns out you were right. Fielder showed up at a press conference being held this afternoon at the Los Feliz location to out himself. Reporters asked him why he was doing this and the comedian answered: "the American dream." He also clarified that he does not believe Starbucks is dumb, "I like Starbucks. I appreciate everything they do."
    Fielder has a reputation for doing stunts kind of like this. (Once he had a gas station offer a massive rebate for gas, except that customers had to go to the top of a mountain to get it.)

    Fielder announced that he planned to open up a second location in Brooklyn and keep expanding indefinitely: "This one really caught on so I'm just going to ride it out."

    He might run into some problems: if not from lawyers then from the health department. Just before the press conference, the Dumb Starbucks announced that county workers had paid them a visit and they would not be serving coffee for now.


    I am not at all surprised - he is so deadpan and ridiculous. I love it. 

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    Little Mix's Perrie Edwards talks to MTV News about the best parts of being engaged to the 1D singer.

    One Direction's Zayn Malik put a ring on it, and his fiancée is certainly happy he did.

    On Friday (February 7) Perrie Edwards, along with her Little Mix bandmates, stopped by MTV News and talked about her upcoming nuptials.
    So now that Perrie has been an engaged woman for five months, what's been the best part so far?

    "The rock...isn't that the best part? When everyone is like 'Wow'," Perrie said. "No I was joking...just knowing that I'm going to be with someone that I love forever." The couple confirmed their engagement last August after Edwards was seen sporting her sparkler at the London premiere of her fiancée's 3-D flick,"One Direction: This is Us."

    Although Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock promises it will be "the best wedding ever," Perrie admits that they haven't made too many plans for their big day. But make no mistake, when it does come time to do some serious preparations, Zayn will be involved, whether he likes it or not.

    "Well, he tried to get out of it. He said, 'You know what? The wedding, it's all about the lady.' He went, 'Honestly, it's your day. You're the princess. You go all out and then just let me know what you want,'" Perrie revealed. "I went 'You're not getting out of it that easy, love.' I went, 'You're planning it with us, thank you very much.' He thought he was clever, but no, I'm one step ahead."

    Video at the source. It won't embed.


    Also, Zayn tweeted this today:

    ??? What.

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