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    Talk of "bloodcurdling screams" and shots in the night took center stage Monday in the first day of testimony in the murder trial of South African amputee track star Oscar Pistorius, who killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last year.
    "Something terrible was happening at that house," Michelle Burger testified."Her shots, her screams were petrifying," she said later. Burger was the only witness Monday in a trial that is expected to last a few weeks. Testimony was scheduled to resume Tuesday morning.
    Under questioning by prosecutors, Burger told the court that she heard a woman's screams and a man yelling for help.
    "Just after 3, I woke up from a woman's terrible screams," she said."Then I also heard a man screaming for help. Three times he yelled for help." Burger said her husband called authorities. She later told her husband that she feared the woman had witnessed her husband being shot "because after he screamed, we didn't hear him."
    Language issues caused problems after the lunch break, as defense attorney Barry Roux pressed Burger on her account during cross-examination. She frequently had to help her Afrikaans interpreter translate her words into English, and eventually dropped speaking in her native tongue altogether. Roux questioned Burger's timeline of events and what she heard, asking if the "bang" sounds she heard might not have been gunshots, but rather a cricket bat bashing at the bathroom door. She answered that she had clearly heard gunshots, testily answering Roux's questions about timing, saying she "didn't sit there with a stopwatch and take down the timing of each shot."
    Roux also suggested that the screams she had interpreted as being a woman's might have been the high-pitched screams of a terrified Pistorius. "I'm 100% certain I heard two different people that evening," she responded.

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    This witness house is opposite Oscar's house about 177m away, just under 600 feet. It seems as though his defence lawyer was try to cast doubt in her mind whether the woman's screams she heard may have been Oscars at a higher pitch but the witness was dead set that she heard a woman scream that night.

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    What better way to celebrate Alfonso Cuarón's big win than with a sneak peek at his new project?! The Gravity director, who took home the statue for Best Director at the Oscars on Sunday night, has teamed up with J.J. Abrams for one of the most highly anticipated new series of the year, Believe, which premieres Monday, March 10 and we've got your first look at the ambitious new drama that's sure to be your new obsession.

    "The thing that got me the most excited about Believe is that Alfonso Cuarón created it and directed the show" Abrams gushes in our exclusive first look above, star Jake McLaughlin adds "Nobody does it like Alfonso does it!".But Cuarón was quick to repay the compliment, saying that when you work with Abrams and a cast like Believe's, "the rest is just a Sunday drive. It's really beautiful."

    Believe centers on the odd pairing of Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a young girl with incredible powers that is being targeted by various groups, and Tate (Jake McLaughlin), the death row inmate "who has lost belief in himself" that's been tasked with protecting her.

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    While the stereotypical face of eating disorders in our cultural consciousness is almost uniformly female, that certainly doesn’t mean that these diseases don’t also affect men. Of the estimated 30 million people in the United States who have eating disorders, about 10 million of them are men. Yet, men’s experiences with eating disorders are often under-diagnosed, overlooked, or purposely kept hush-hush.

    Here are seven famous men who have bravely spoken out about their struggles with anorexia, bulimia and other disorders. Read about their stories and maybe you’ll think twice next time you’re tempted to use the word manorexic.


    Billy Bob has said he struggled with anorexia, at one point losing 59 pounds and living off of Twizzlers and tuna.


    Musician Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon struggled with anorexia and compulsive exercise as a teen, he revealed in 2008.


    In 2006, Dennis Quaid revealed to People magazine that he had anorexia in the mid-1990s after losing a lot of weight for a film role.


    Ashley Hamilton, an actor most recently known for Iron Man 3, opened up about his eating disorder and addiction last spring. He says he had both anorexia and bulimia and used drugs and alcohol to cope with them.


    In recent years, Elton John has talked about his experience with bulimia. He says being able to talk about it with fellow bulimic Princess Diana helped in his recovery.


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    Michelle Dockery cried when she met Taylor Swift.

    The 'Non Stop' actress took her godchildren to see the 'Love Story' singer and couldn't help but to get emotional at how excited they were when they got to meet singer afterward.

    She said: ''The last time I cried? My Godchildren went to see Taylor Swift in concert and got to meet her. They literally ran toward her and hugged her, and it was amazing. I got big bonus points for it. I'll remind them when they're teenagers.''

    Besides weeping with joy, the 32-year-old actress - best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in 'Downton Abbey' - was left with tears of pain when she recently dropped a knife on her foot.

    She added in an interview with People magazine: ''I'm not accident prone really, but I was cutting something and sort of lost control, and it went through my big toe. There was a lot of blood and I nearly fainted, but its totally fine now.''


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    Challenge Winner

    Bianca Del Rio

    Bottom Two

    Darienne Lake

    Magnolia Crawford

    Eliminated Contestant

    Magnolia Crawford

    bye girl. no filler queens this season

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    Shit is going down! The next episode is in 2 weeks.

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    /PR Newswire/ - Hilary Duff, new mother to 22-month-old son Luca, is volunteering her time to help the March of Dimes raise funds to help give more babies a healthy start in life.

    ”As a mom, I'm proud to support the March of Dimes helping more women have full term pregnancies and healthy babies. That’s why I walk in March for Babies,” she says in a new public service advertisement. “The money we raise funds research and local programs that help babies overcome the challenges of premature birth and birth defects. Together we can help make healthier babies possible for thousands of families.”

    Ms. Duff plans to participate in the Los Angeles March for Babies Saturday, April 26. March for Babies will take place in nearly 700 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the last weekend in April. In the PSAs, Ms. Duff invites people to join her in supporting March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org and signing up to march for babies.

    Ms. Duff is best known for her role in Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire and its motion picture The Lizzie McGuire Movie. She also appeared in feature films including Agent Cody Banks,Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story and Cheaper by the Dozen 2and she has three platinum-selling albums.

    ONTD, do you do any charity work?

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    Before the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2 --when Mexican 'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuarón's made history as the first Latino to win an Oscar for Best Director-- there was reportedly some criticism coming from Mexico, saying that fellow Mexicans aren't too pleased that Mexican talent leaves their homeland to thrive in the U.S.
    Yet, Cuarón and others have gone about their talents in creative and non-stereotypical ways in the U.S. by showing other sides of themselves and not solely depicting story lines of violence or drug trafficking. But you you can't win 'em all!
    With or without representation, you can't please everyone, despite the fact that there were three Mexicans nominated for directing, cinematography and acting,

    According to Fox News Latino, many Mexicans see "Gravity as a non-Mexican movie made by a man swallowed by Hollywood long ago - not as a product of Mexico's own proud but struggling film industry."
    "To say that 'Gravity' is a Mexican achievement is like saying that 'Rosemary's Baby' was a Polish one,"
    said Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, referring to director Roman Polanski's masterpiece.
    In Cuarón's defense, shortly after his victory, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted: "Extraordinary work. Congratulations!" according to Reuters.
    After Cuarón received the Oscar and headed backstage, he said "he hoped his win would help shine a light on the work of other Mexican film makers, and Mexican culture."
    "I don't think there is enough attention paid to Mexican culture and what is happening in Mexico," he acknowledged.

    Earlier this week, Ripstein publicly urged "moviegoers to defend Mexican films that portray the country's culture and realities, rather than feeling proud of those who succeed by leaving the country and working in another language."

    Other talents who are in the creatively critical line of fire include: cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who was nominated for six Academy Awards, and won for Best Cinematography for Gravity, and has been criticized for his non-Mexican-themed movies. And 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actress, Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico City, but lived there less than a year and grew up in her native Kenya.
    "But the Mexican soul-searching centers mainly on Cuarón, who made the lost-in-space odyssey that has been applauded as a sci-fi breakthrough because of its extraordinary special effects. Before that, he had directed many international films, including The Little Princess, Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
    The criticism doesn't stop at the border, but also for crossing language barriers. The last Spanish-language film Cuarón directed was Y Tu Mama, Tambien, in 2001, which launched the Hollywood careers of Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, Fox News Latino adds.

    Reportedly, several Mexican newspapers have claimed that Cuarón "alienated a professor at the prestigious National Autonomous University of Mexico for making an English-language film in college, and left shortly after without finishing."
    "We have to be very proud that this is a man who came out of the Mexican education system with Mexican film professors. He is the son of Mexican cinema. But he has become universal," said Leon Krauze, a cultural commentator and news anchor for the Univision network.

    Krauze also commented on what the powerful turn of events it would be if Cuarón was the first Mexican, but also the first Latin American director to win an Oscar for best director -- well and he did, and he changed the history of the Academy Awards.

    Lame attempt to be relevant through Alfonso's success, how petty

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    Today we are particularly thrilled to present a wide-ranging conversation with one of the most attention-grabbing and notable Broadway/Hollywood crossover stars of the new millennium talking all about her theatre past, Glee present and potentially quite spectacular future - the charismatic and committed Lea Michele. Sparing some precious moments while promoting her new solo album release, LOUDER, Michele comments on not only her studio work and the current season of her FOX hit musical dramedy series Glee but also sheds some light on much more, including sharing first news of the new stage revival of FUNNY GIRL currently in planning stages following the rights being purchased by Glee creator and mastermind Ryan Murphy, set to mirror the Season Five storyline of Glee itself as it presents the thrilling theatrics, unforgettable songs and backstage backstabbing involved with the FUNNY GIRL revival starring Rachel Berry (aka Michele).

    Additionally, Michele analyzes some of her favorite tracks on LOUDER and offers a glimpse into the creative process in creating some of the album's standout tracks such as "Cue The Rain" and "The Bells". Plus, Michele opens up about her role alongside fellow Broadway heavyweights Megan Hilty and Bernadette Peters in the hotly anticipated new animated movie musical LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN and clues us in on what we can expect from the 3D multimedia extravaganza. Furthermore, Michele previews some upcoming Glee showstoppers-to-be including two songs penned by Stephen Sondheim - "No One Is Alone" from INTO THE WOODS and "Not While I'm Around" from SWEENEY TODD - as well as teases the appearance of her former SPRING AWAKENING co-star and subsequent PITCH PERFECT breakout performer Skylar Astin, while also offering the 411 on the show's big new move to a primary NYC focus. All of that, thoughts on Glee co-star Idina Menzel's FROZEN performance on this week's Academy Awards telecast, opinions on a new LES MISERABLES revival, a look ahead to her upcoming autobiography BRUNETTE AMBITION and much, much more!

    PC: Do you find it to be thrilling or somewhat daunting to represent the modern Broadway superstar to an international audience as you do? Glee is a cultural lynch pin, after all.
    LM: [Laughs.] Aww, well... I owe so much to my Broadway background and the Broadway community really structured me and gave me such an incredible education and support system growing up, you know?

    PC: It helped make you the star - and actor - you are.
    LM: Yeah - I don't think I could do what I am doing now without coming from where I come from. I mean, especially working on a television show like GLEE, it can be quite demanding!

    PC: You can say that again!
    LM: And, just the stresses in this business in general! So, I think coming from the background that I come from is just the best preparation... I think if anything could have prepared me for this, I think that my Broadway background was the best way.

    PC: Are you going to be checking out the new LES MISERABLES revival, having been a star of the show yourself on Broadway once or twice upon a time?
    LM: Well, I mean, isn't this like the 9th revival?! [Laughs.]

    PC: You famously performed "I Dreamed A Dream" with Idina Menzel on the series before even the movie became a hit, of course.
    LM: Well, I think that Glee has done such a great job in general of opening up people to Broadway music. You know, it's funny you mention this, because something so hilarious happened on the set the other day when we were singing "No One Is Alone"...

    LM: Of course. And, yeah: so, me, Chris [Colfer] and Darren [Criss] obviously knew every word, and, Chord [Overstreet], who was with us, was just like, "What is this song?!" [Laughs.]

    PC: It may seem a bit strange to the non-indoctrinated.
    LM: Yeah, I mean - "Witches can be good?" "Giants can be right?" What the f*ck is going on?! [Laughs.] But, to answer your question, I think that Gleehas done such a great job of opening up Broadway music to people who may not have ever heard these songs before. So, that's one of the reasons why I am so proud to be on GLEE.

    PC: Introducing Stephen Sondheim to a new generation in doing so, no less.
    LM: Absolutely! Absolutely. Speaking of Sondheim, besides "No One Is Alone" from INTO THE WOODS coming up, we also have "Not While I'm Around" [from SWEENEY TODD]. Chris is going to be singing some great Broadway stuff, too. [Sighs.] There is such great music coming up on Glee - especially the Broadway stuff.

    PC: You will be reprising "Defying Gravity" from WICKED for the 100th episode, as well, will you not?
    LM: Yes, I am doing "Defying Gravity" again. And, we also will be doing another Barbra classic coming up, as well! I can't tell you what, though. I'm sorry!

    PC: You just paid tribute to Ms. Streisand this week with the incredibly glamorous wink to her iconic Oscar acceptance outfit - you looked so gorgeous.
    LM: Aww, thank you, Pat! That was actually my idea...

    PC: No way! How did it come about?
    LM: Well, they had a lot of really great dress options - as they usually do - and I was like, "We need to create that Barbra look!" And, after that, everyone was a little hesitant, but I really thought we needed to do it in that scene. And, I have to say, I thought it looked really cute - I thought it came out so great!

    PC: Is starring in FUNNY GIRL onstage something you actually want to do now that Ryan Murphy has obtained the stage rights?
    LM: Yeah, it is. We are definitely talking about it now. We have the rights. And, right now, we are talking to some potential directors - we have someone really amazing in mind. We probably won't have the opportunity to do it for a while, though, because we still have a long time left on GLEE. But, yes, you are right - Ryan does have the rights. And, when the time is right and I have had the chance to get some good rest for a while after Glee
    and I feel ready to do it then definitely we will do it.

    PC: Do you have a specific Nicky Arnstein in mind yet?
    LM: [Laughs.] Well, I have a couple of guys...

    PC: Hugh Jackman, perhaps?
    LM: [Laughs.] Ryan and I have been talking about a couple of people that we think would be good, but, of course, we can't say yet.

    PC: Another career goal just achieved was your new solo album finally coming to fruition - and currently #1 on iTunes! Are you overjoyed?!
    LM: I know! I know. I can't believe it.

    PC: The deluxe edition is even better - both additional songs are so strong, so if you don't mind I was curious if we could talk about those since everyone else will be asking about the others.
    LM: [Big Laugh.] Of course! Of course.

    PC: Can you tell me about the impetus behind "The Bells"?
    LM: Well, "The Bells" was actually the very first song I recorded for the album - back in 2012. It's really funny because we had really been wanting to make this album for a very long time - since like 2009; but I have been so busy with Gleeand everything else - and my record label heard "The Bells" years ago and they just held it for me all this time.

    PC: No way! That is highly unusual.
    LM: I know! But, they did - Sony/Columbia held it for me; "The Bells". They held it for me for three or four years until I was ready to make the album and actually record it. So, once we decided to make LOUDER, it was the first song that I went to the studio and sang.

    PC: An album track I particularly loved was "Cue The Rain".So theatrical, right?
    LM: Oh, thank you. Yes, it is.

    PC: Is that being eyed as a single?
    LM: Well, right now we are debating what the next single should be, actually. I love "Cue The Rain", too, though - I actually co-wrote that song, so it's very special to me.

    PC: Was there a particular moment that inspired it for you?
    LM: Yeah, there was. The song is a story of something that happened to me in my life and while I was driving home one night this certain thing happened and it started raining right then and that is how I got the inspiration to write "Cue The Rain".

    PC: Would you like to continue songwriting in the future, perhaps even for other artists?
    LM: Definitely! As you probably know, I have a book coming out in May [BRUNETTE AMBITION], so writing has definitely been something that I have been feeling very strong and passionate about. And, I just hope that for my next record I can contribute to writing even more of the songs.

    PC: And a Broadway album would be adored by your fans, too!
    LM: [Big Laugh.]

    PC: LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN looks so visually stunning - plus, it's a musical with not only you, but Megan Hilty and Bernadette Peters! Did you record your material a while ago given the demands of such a hi-tech film like it is?
    LM: Yeah, I did. The animation process is so crazy! You know, you go and record your voice work and then the movie doesn't come out until years later because it takes such a long time to basically draw and create all the animation and everything. So, we did it such a long time ago but it is finally coming out now, in May.

    PC: Have you seen the film yet, in any form?
    LM: Yes, I did. I actually saw it for the first time the other night - I had seen it along the way, but not in its completed form. You know, all the colors and effects and everything are finally done now, so that's what I got to see.

    PC: Were you pleased with it?
    LM: Oh, my God! It's so great! Megan is so, so good - her voice is incredible! And, of course, Bernadette Peters... [Sighs.]... as always, is amazing! Just amazing. But, I got to sing with Megan in it and that was so awesome - she is so incredibly talented.

    PC: SMASH meets Glee at last!
    LM: [Laughs.] Hugh Dancy and Oliver Platt and Martin Short are in it, too - the cast is so, so great. I am really, really proud of it and how it all turned out. I think that it is such a good movie, especially for the younger audience who it was sort of designed for. I think that bringing a new WIZARD OF OZ to kids is so nice and it makes me so happy to be doing it.

    PC: Another two worlds will be merging when your SPRING AWAKENING co-star Skylar Astin - of PITCH PERFECT fame - shows up on Glee later this year.
    LM: Yeah, you're right! He's coming on the show this season. Unfortunately, I don't have any scenes with him, though - which made me so sad! But, I mean, he was really made for Glee - literally. And, he's been so busy working on so many different projects, but we finally got lucky and got him to come on for a couple of episodes later this season. It's something to watch out for.

    PC: Is a Jesse St. James reunion ever going to occur - particularly given he is played by your real-life BFF, Jonathan Groff?
    LM: Well, as you know, he is quite busy right now...

    PC: Of course - to say the very least!
    LM: His movie just won the Oscar last night [FROZEN] and his TV show [LOOKING] just got renewed for a second season, so...

    PC: He's spread a little thin already!
    LM: [Laughs.] He is! So, I think that maybe I will go make an appearance on LOOKING before he comes back onGlee at this rate.

    PC: Ryan Murphy also has a new HBO series, OPEN, so it seems you will be ending up on HBO sometime soon one way or another, doesn't it?
    LM: [Big Laugh.] And that's great! Definitely.

    PC: Speaking of FROZEN and your many noted co-stars, did you cheer on Idina Menzel last night on the Academy Awards?
    LM: Umm, yes! Oh, my gosh, I was so proud of her! And, I am so happy that the song won. She is so talented and I just think that she deserves all of this success.

    PC: You two workshopped a Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater musical long before even GLEE, did you not?
    LM: Yes, that's right! You really know your stuff. But, yeah - I've known Idina for a really, really long time and she is such a good friend of mine. It's just been so nice to be there for each other over all these years. Kristin [Chenoweth] is also the same way - as you know, she is going to be on our 100th episode of GLEE, as well, and she is just one of my dearest, dearest friends, too. I am so lucky to have such generous support from the ladies of the Broadway community.

    PC: And someday you perhaps will play Elphaba in WICKED onscreen. Is that a dream of yours?
    LM: I will gladly - gladly - paint my body green, Pat! [Laughs.]

    PC: Were your hilarious reaction shots during Santana's FUNNY GIRL audition on Glee at all inspired by VALLEY OF THE DOLLS? You were conjuring Neely O'Hara before our very eyes!
    LM: [Laughs.] Well, I am ashamed to admit that I have never actually seen the movie, so I can't say that I specifically was, but I can say that that scene was so fun to shoot. And, what I can also tell you is that there will be some more great stuff coming up on Glee that I think everyone will really love.

    PC: Lastly, let's hope we hear you say "BroadwayWorld" on Glee a few more times coming up, too!
    LM: I know! I know! Isn't that hilarious?!

    PC: Thank you so much for this today, Lea - you are divine.
    LM: Of course! Thank you so much, Pat! This was so much fun. Bye bye.


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    Idina Menzel sits down in the music room with Jimmy Fallon to sing her hit Frozen song “Let It Go” during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (March 3) in New York City.

    The 42-year-old actress visited the show directly after arriving home from her trip to Los Angeles for the Oscars, where she performed the song live for the first time on television.

    Idina became a viral sensation after John Travolta totally messed up the pronunciation of her name and said something along the lines of “Adele Dazeem.”

    Currently, Idina is in the midst of rehearsals for her brand new Broadway show If/Then, which begins performances this week. Make sure to get your tickets right now!


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    Catherine Martin has become Australia's most prolific Academy Award winner with two Oscars for her dazzling designs for The Great Gatsby.
    The acclaimed designer, wife of director Baz Luhrmann, won both best costumes and best production design with set decorator Beverley Dunn.

    Having won two Oscars for Moulin Rouge in 2002 - as well as nominations for Romeo + Juliet and Australia - Martin has overtaken the three Oscars won by Orry-Kelly for An American in Paris, Les Girls and Some Like It Hot in the 1950s.

    Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel won both Oscars it was nominated for at the 86th Academy Awards. Accepting best production design, Dunn paid tribute to the many technicians who were part of the art department on the movie.
    "Believe you me, on Gatsby there were many, many talented technicians who worked on the film," she said.
    Martin thanked Karen Murphy, her associate production designer, who missed being included in the nomination despite a campaign by Martin.
    "Unfortunately there are very strict rules in the Academy and they're difficult to bend," she said after the nominations were announced.

    Accepting best costumes after joking about having her speech tucked in her bra, Martin thanked her "golden girls" who have been working with her for 25 years - and are currently sewing for Strictly Ballroom The Musical - and Luhrmann. "He makes it all possible. He dreams the dream," she said.

    Her designs demonstrated the hedonistic glamour of 1920s New York in The Great Gatsby.
    For best costumes, Martin was up against the designers for American Hustle (fellow Australian Michael Wilkinson), The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman and 12 Years A Slave.


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    NSBA partners with filmmakers to distribute “12 Years a Slave” to public high schools

    The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is partnering with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave to America’s public high schools.

    The initiative, coordinated by Montel Williams,  will start to distribute 12 Years a Slave nationwide in September 2014 in concert with the new school year. It is modeled against an initiative Williams launched to distribute the Civil War film Glory to public high schools that ultimately led to The Montel Williams Show.

    12 Years a Slave is one of the most impactful films in recent memory, and I am honored to have been able to bring together Fox Searchlight and National School Boards Association to maximize its educational potential. When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool. This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire to not repeat the evils of the past while inspiring them to dream big of a better and brighter future, and I’m proud to be a part of that,” said Williams.

    “Since first reading ’12 Years a Slave,’ it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a reality and for sharing Solomon Northup’s story with today’s generation,” said Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave.

    12 Years a Slave is an award-winning film that depicts the harrowing tale of a New York State-born free black man kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. This groundbreaking film won this year’s Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture, the PGA Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film and is nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.

    “The National School Boards Association is honored to partner with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Penguin Books to ensure that every public high school student in America has the opportunity to stare the stark realities of slavery in the eye through books and film,” said NSBA President David A. Pickler. “We believe that providing America’s public high school students the opportunity to bear witness to such an unrelenting view of the evils of slavery is essential toward ensuring that this history is never forgotten and must never be repeated.”

    Williams also has joined NSBA as a celebrity spokesperson in its Stand Up 4 Public Schools campaign that showcases the great things happening in America’s public schools.

    “We appreciate the strong initiative by the producers of ‘12 Years a Slave’ and Montel Williams to bring this vividly accurate, award-winning documentary to America’s public high schools,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “Allowing students to see the tragic circumstances and messages conveyed through these works are vital to learning and reflection on our nation’s era of slavery.”

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    Favorite VB clothes/look?

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    This is a surprise, especially since it's been a successful series for them, over what has now become 3 seasons. But maybe it's run its course, and, as the saying goes, it's better to go out "on top."

    VH1 has announced that, after this, it's 3rd season, the network will end its hit drama series Single Ladies - the Queen Latifah/Flavor Unit Entertainment produced original scripted program (which was also VH1’s first hour-long scripted series), which stars LisaRaye McCoy, Denise Vasi, Charity Shea, D.B. Woodside, Travis Winfrey, Terrell Tilford, with new additions this season in LeToya Luckett, Damien Dante Wayans and Lesley-Ann Brandt.debuted last night, and did so stronger than ever! Did you watch? If so, feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

    "We've been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies," VH1 said in a statement. "Although we've decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show's fans for their support since the premiere in 2011."

    This season's premiere episode drew 2.6 million viewers, and a 1.74 rating, which was up an astounding +51% from the series' season 2 debut.

    In its ongoing 3rd (and now final) season, Single Ladies has been averaging 2.2 million total viewers, which matching its season 2 numbers.


    They really lost the plot this season. The best thing to come out of this show was Stacey Dash getting fired. And WTF is that Jarule cameo?

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    Marina and The Diamonds

    Kylie Minogue

    Vanessa Hudgens

    Mindy Kaling


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    Dancing With the Stars has rounded up another eclectic cast of celebrity characters for Season 18.

    Competing on the show, which kicks off March 17 (ABC, 8 p.m.): Two Olympic ice dancing darlings (Charlie White and Meryl Davis), three singers (including Billy Dee Williams), former child TV stars from The Wonder Years and Full House, a double amputee snowboarding champ, a former pro hockey player, distance swimmer Diana Nyad, reality star NeNe Leakes and comedian Drew Carey.

    Also spicing up the mix: Bad boy pro Maks Chmerkovskiy returns to the ballroom.

    The stars and their pro partners will compete amid several changes to the show: Tom Bergeron's co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was fired, and replaced by Fox Sports' Erin Andrews. New bandleader Ray Chew joins the team, as Harold Wheeler and his gang exits.

    Pro Demonseed Derek Hough announced another twist on Good Morning America Tuesday saying that at some point the cast will all switch partners.

    "You have to change things every so often to keep them fresh," says executive producer Conrad Green.

    The show's audience was slightly smaller (averaging 15 million viewers) and older last fall. And while it is roughly tied with The Voice in total viewers, Dancing has only about half that show's young-adult audience. The median age of a Dancing viewer is 61.6, the second-oldest of any major-network primetime series.

    "We have to be mindful of keeping hold of younger audiences," says Green, who admits, "Ours does skew a little older."

    But he defends the show that has had so many years of success. "I think we've held our own remarkably well."

    Look for the return of the skybox interviews, abandoned last season when the show shrunk to one night a week, eliminating its Tuesday results show. Bringing it back will give Andrews "a place to be," says Green, adding that she's a great fit because she has competed on the show and she does sideline interviews for a living. "That line of questioning, her ability to capture the moment - her skills will be a new voice to the show."

    What about the buzz that Bruce Jenner would be joining the cast?"There's been so many rumors this season. I'll never discuss people we haven't got," Green says.

    Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis seem to have an obvious advantage. Green expects they will bring beautiful dance moves to the ballroom, but points out that they will not be dancing with each other, a big change for them.

    But they'd better watch out for Danica McKellar, 39, Wonder Years star and math whiz, who is more than rarin' to go.

    "Oh my gosh. I love dancing," she tells USA TODAY. "I love challenges ... I love sparkly outfits. Saying I'm excited is an understatement. I'm thilled."

    She says she took ballet when she was little and has recently started Pilates to help get her body "in alignment" before the tough rehearsals really kick in. She adds that she's "terrified," but says again, "If somebody told me this is impossible, I'm like, really? Let me try it."

    She won't use her math skills to try to calculate the odds, she says. Instead, she needs to try not to over-analyze the competition. "I tend to be a thinker, a planner, I like writing things down. … One of the challenges will be for me to stay out of my head."

    For Leakes, 46, the challenge will be her health. After suffering a pulmonary embolism last November, she says she has put on some pounds. "Being sick made me gain some weight. So I'm hoping this will help me lose 20 pounds."

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta star says, "There will be doctors on set for me," but "I feel pretty good."

    She doesn't count her stripper stint when she was in her '20s as dancing experience. "Not a whole lot of dancing there," she says, laughing, but adds, "I think I have a little rhythm."

    Drew Carey's hoping for staying power. "I just don't want to get voted off first, likeJeffrey Ross," another comedian who was the first to go in 2008.

    Carey, 55, doesn't have any formal dancing background, either, but says that he loved to dance in college, during the disco era. He and his friends liked to go out and show off their moves. "We took it really seriously," he says. His Drew Carey Showfeatured some musical numbers in the late 1990s, "but I wouldn't call that dancing.'

    He's hoping that his The Price is Right game show audience will vote for him. (lol dream big bb)"Dancing With the Stars and the Price is Right audience are the same age group and wheelhouse. That's my ace in the hole."

    But he says he really hopes to inspire people. "I'm on this quest now to it's really all for me, but I hope I can show people it's possible to have a do-over, to start your life over. I'm middle aged, I was overweight. I've dropped the weight. I've run a marathon. I've learned how to ski. I'm doing all these physical things that you can do, too. Anybody can take up dancing, if you want to. You don't have to be on Dancing With the Stars. Anybody can do it."

    The complete list of stars and the dancing pros they'll be paired with:

    Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

    Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar& Valentin Chmerkovskiy

    Swimmer Diana Nyad& Henry Byalikov

    Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes& Tony Dovolani

    Pop star Cody Simpson & Witney Carson

    The Price is Right host Drew Carey& Cheryl Burke

    Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis& Maksim Chmerkovskiy

    Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Charlie White& Sharna Burgess

    Para-snowboarder Amy Purdy (who lost both her legs after contracting menigitis) & Derek Hough

    Former NHL player Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff

    Singer Billy Dee Williams& Emma Slater

    Big Time Rush bandmember/actor James Maslow& Peta Murgatroyd


    lbr derek is probably going to end up with meryl when they end up switching partners

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    How did Finch operate before the Man in the Suit?

    “RAM” – The secrets of Finch’s operation before he enlisted Reese are revealed, including shocking ties to present-day events, on Person of Interest, Tuesday, March 4 (10:01 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest starring are Annie Parisse(my love!), Camryn Manheim, Jay O. Sanders, John Nolan(i.e. a lot of verrrry interesting familiar faces) and also Joseph Mazzello(aka the little boy from Jurassic Park aka that guy from The Social Network aka that guy from The Pacific) and Julian Ovenden(though it’s unlikely he’ll sing).

    Queen Stanton is back from the dead!

    Promo Pics:

    ngl Finch seriously upgraded. Also, lol at Reese’s Flashback Scarf. Way to mix it up. btw I'm loving all these Lost-style glimpses of the past we're getting, all this stuff that happened way before the pilot and Hobo Jesus. Plus, it's all very comic book/origin story and I love it.

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