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    A Man Among Girls: Adam Driver
    by Edith Zimmerman

    “Did you know that he used to be a Marine?” I whispered to Mike, the editor of this magazine, near the snack table at Adam Driver’s photo shoot. “Yes,” he whispered back.

    “Do you know that he used to be…” I would start saying to every person I ran into while working on this story. “Yes,” they usually said.
    I hadn’t until I started researching, though it made sense considering what I did know of him: that he’s the most interesting character on a show, Girls, that has gone in some questionable directions, and that he’s evolved more believably than almost anyone else on it. He’s also having something of a moment, with a recent New York Times Styles story (“Adam Driver, an Unlikely Face on TV or in Fashion,” in which he was called “ugly-handsome”); a featured slot in Gap’s “Back to Blue” campaign; parts in the critically acclaimed movies Lincoln, Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha; and roles in the upcoming While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach), Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols), and Silence (Martin Scorsese). I have a theory that would explain his success, beyond his being handsome and a good actor, but I’ll get to that later. (I think he looks like a manlier Josh Hartnett or like a cousin of Eric Balfour from Six Feet Under and 24.)

    I first met Driver, 30, at the photo shoot, by the snack table, where we small-talked for a couple minutes. He’d requested only a turkey sandwich. At 6’3” he towered over the dozen or so other people in the room, but in a polite, bashful way. He asked me where I was from and where in Brooklyn I lived, so I told him, and because I’d already known where he was from and where he lived (born in San Diego, raised in Indiana, and has lived for three years in Brooklyn Heights), I asked him about an upcoming movie-related trip to Italy I’d just read that he’d be taking. He told me, but as soon as he finished, he laughed apologetically and said, “I just bored myself with that story.” Then he asked me if I’d gone home for the holidays. I told him I had. “Was it good?” he asked. Before I could answer, he got pulled away to have his hair and makeup done for the next part of the shoot. But as he walked away, he turned around, began to walk backward and repeated, “Was it good?” He was smiling, again apologetically. “Yes, it was.” I laughed.

    (Wait, no, the first time we met was actually a half-hour before that, when he’d taken a break from the photo shoot to come over and say hello and was carrying this metal… staff or something that he’d been posing with, and while saying hello, a piece of metal came off into his finger, but when he noticed, he just pulled it out—NBD!—and kind of laughed and playfully responded to some tetanus jokes. That’s so Adam [Sackler] of him, I thought. He also held doors open, held elevators, and was otherwise unfailingly polite.)

    So, I’m just gonna go stream-of-consciousness on what it is I think is so appealing about him, in this particular cultural moment. It’s something to do with masculinity. Rawness. Unfussiness. And, this is maybe a little too out there, but I think there’s something to it: there’s something about the way his back curves. Yeah, his back. Primal, masculine, huge. Something about it seems to say, “I’m sorry I’m so huge!” which is both tender and really hot? It’s this back curl. You see it in Girls when he’s bending down, to kiss people or to fuck them, or to pick up wood for his carpentry or whatever it is—this guileless hunching in his back, like he’s an ogre bending down to cradle something. As if to say I don’t care about the shape my own huge strong body makes as long as I can take care of this tiny thing I’m picking up or leaning down to access, be it woman or building material. It’s almost an apologetic back curl. I think it’s because at a time when a lot of other guys on TV and in movies are too pretty, people who look like and seem like men, not boys, are appealing. Someone big and strong who might be able to protect you or hunt you food.

    Which is why the real-life stint in the Marines fits so satisfyingly with this concept of his fictional TV character. (He served for two years and eight months before being medically discharged after a biking accident.) It’s a little ridiculous, but it’s a welcome difference from all the actors who play tough guys on TV or in movies but are then reported in gossip columns as staying out all night or being photographed in ridiculous fedoras or otherwise dandyish duds. I dunno. It’s funny when people say he’s unconventionally attractive, because he seems pretty regularly attractive to me. Although I also wonder what he’d look like with different hair.

    During our official interview, which took place a few days later in a small, windowless room in HBO’s midtown headquarters, I tried to ask him what he thought about this. I sort of rambled on in a marginally coherent monologue about masculinity and how he embodies something of a shift. Then I realized that it was kind of antithetical to the idea of masculinity to comment on one’s own masculinity, so I was like, well, I guess you can’t really answer this, but I just think there’s something about this hunger for a certain kind of masculinity that your character represents. And he said, “Well, it’s very nice, but I’m not sure I have an answer for you.” Which was fair, obviously. But I think it’s true anyway.

    (Also, he was wearing a nondescript gray sweater/knit longsleeve top. No collar. Jeans. Black Ked-like sneakers that were not Keds. After our interview, he was going to have a Q&A session with people about his nonprofit military organization, Arts in the Armed Forces. He was minorly fidgety and uncomfortable, although that could have been my fault. He brought a coffee with him, but didn’t drink it. He has a nice face, great skin. He ran his hands through his hair a bunch, sweeping it back unself-consciously, shifting in his chair from time to time, crossing and uncrossing his legs.)

    Earlier that week I’d read a profile of him in Rolling Stone which mentioned that when he was training to go to Iraq—he enlisted with the Marines after 9/11—a cloud of deadly white phosphorous accidentally approached the spot where he and other troops were training, and whether they survived was only a matter of which direction the wind blew. In the profile, he was quoted as saying that at that moment, he’d had two thoughts: that when he got out, he wanted to be an actor, and that he wanted to smoke cigarettes. Neither made much sense to me, so I asked him about it. I ended up getting us stupidly derailed on the cigarette thing—he no longer smokes, mostly because he runs, and “running and smoking aren’t really things that go hand in hand, and I’m more a fan of running than smoking”—before turning to acting.

    “Why do you like acting?” I asked.

    “Why do I like acting,” he said back to me. “I don’t know. Why… there’s lots of reasons why I like acting,” he said, and paused.

    I then explained, probably unnecessarily, that sometimes I’d thought acting was silly (playing pretend, etc.), except that clearly it isn’t, because it’s part of something that brings people so much joy and brings so many people together. “I definitely have lots of days where I think acting is totally pointless,” he said. “But I’m mostly referring to the business aspect of being an actor, which seems completely—I mean, there’s no way to say this without sounding like a pretentious prick—but that it sounds so antithetical to acting. But it is a necessary part of it. It’s many things. But I guess the communal aspect of [acting] is the biggest thing for me. Starting conversations in a community that doesn’t normally have that kind of conversation.

    “I remember one time I went to Qatar for a project. A friend of mine does readings of Greek plays, and he was reading in a medical facility in Qatar, and afterwards all of these Qatari students came up, and all they wanted to talk about was Girls. That idea of creating a conversation in a different country that couldn’t be more opposite than the United States, or Brooklyn specifically. Qatar? You know?”

    I did, and I asked him what the Qatari kids had to say about Girls. “We didn’t get into specifics,” he said, “but they were just really excited about the show. It resonated with them.”

    From there, he got deeper into what it is that drew him to the craft. The core of which is, unsurprisingly, his experience in the theater, where he’s had roles both on and off Broadway. “You know, in theater, there’s, like, a collective intelligence that happens in the room, where everyone kind of falls into sync and is experiencing everything at the same time. When people get in a room [to watch TV] and experience something that is so familiar, that is so, you know… that finds a way to acknowledge the shitty parts about being alive. I mean, to be a part of that? Or to become a spearhead in that conversation? Like, what could be more gratifying? Well, probably delivering a baby or saving someone on the battlefield. That’s pretty gratifying. But to get to be able to use that service, that’s really gratifying to me. And then sometimes in theater—I’m just gonna monologue here—theater can get a little ridiculous because it’s like, oh, it’s the same people that always come to the theater, it’s gonna be a certain audience, who’s going to be able to pay fucking $300 to see some play? That’s the great thing about television, then. It kind of finds its audience. I don’t know if that’s true or not.”

    I told him I thought it was.

    Driver shares his Brooklyn Heights home with his wife, Joanne Tucker, who is also an actor (they met at Juilliard and both had parts in 2012’s Gayby). The two married last year, and although I briefly asked him about it—“So you got married last year”—and he replied—“Mmm”—I also figured that he probably didn’t talk about his personal life, which was true.

    I’d also wanted to ask him more about the show, but he doesn’t watch it and never has.

    You don’t watch the show.
    I don’t watch the show, no.

    Which is crazy to me, though.
    Why?

    I mean, I kind of get it. But you’ve never been tempted?
    No. No, no. I mean, I’m there when it’s happening—

    But don’t you feel like you’re missing out on the whole?
    I do feel that. I don’t think it’s necessarily a good thing. But it instinctually doesn’t feel right to watch something while we’re in the middle of doing it. Like, even things that I just have a smaller part in, or when the focus on the movie doesn’t rest on my shoulders, I still can’t.

    But like if it were a movie and it was done, you still wouldn’t watch it?
    No.

    Because I can see that with a TV show where you’re going to continue shooting, if you saw it, it might inform your view. You feel good about how it’s going, but then if you watch it, it might derailthings entirely?
    Well, I mean, I drive myself crazy with it afterward, thinking of all the things that I wanted to do differently. But the things that I’m naturally attracted to are things that are really ugly and messy and not perfect. But since I’m more prone to trying to make it better, I feel like I have to stop myself from getting involved with it.

    I asked him if he keeps in touch with his friends from the military, and although he does, he says they all have very different lives. “One’s like a bounty hunter in Montana, and one went into finance. One just disappeared from the face of the Earth, and I haven’t heard from him in a while. But yeah, as much as we can keep in contact, we do.” He’s not sure if they watch the show. “I don’t know—I don’t know that they do. I think that they do?”

    I also asked him about the controversy that was unfolding that week, involving Lena Dunham, Vogue and the website Jezebel. The women’s site had offered $10,000 to anyone who would anonymously send them unretouched pictures from Dunham’s photo shoot for Vogue’s February cover, ostensibly to expose how much retouching goes into the covers of glossy magazines and how false and unattainable an ideal they perpetuate. But it fell a little short and felt a little off, since Jezebel had done this a few years earlier, with Faith Hill for Redbook, when the extent of cover-retouching was relatively unknown or at least underexposed, at which point the whole thing felt kind of triumphant and fascinating and cool, and definitely more like sticking it to Redbook (and the magazine industry) than to Faith Hill, who looked beautiful in both versions—albeit ridiculously airbrushed, etc., in the retouched one. Whereas with the Lena thing, everyone already knows what she looks like without makeup or airbrushing if they watch the show, so it felt a little less like feminism than a mean-girl-type faux-best intentions/faux-feminist jab at Lena, i.e., “Let’s show the world how you really looked in a fancy magazine,” even though it turned out they hadn’t airbrushed much at all.

    “I heard about it but didn’t see it,” he said. “Did they ever find the pictures?”

    I told him they had. “Jesus fucking Christ,” he said. “What is wrong with people?”
    I tried to make a joke about how we could sell unretouched photos of him from this shoot, not that they would be retouched, I didn’t think (?), but it was less a joke than a stupid observation or proposed non-humorous hypothetical situation, and it fell flat. He kind of laughed, politely, and a few minutes later his publicist showed up to take him to his next stop at HBO.


    To end on a more-fun note, though: my favorite interaction with him came at the end of the photo shoot when he was sitting in a makeup chair by a vanity mirror as a man did something with his hair. From across the room I couldn’t tell if it was a really slow and subtle haircut, or an elaborate and intense hair-combing and styling. When I went over to say goodbye, Driver made a sort of sheepish face in the mirror, and we orchestrated a handshake, also in the mirror at first, him trying to place the reflection of his huge hand somewhere in the vicinity of mine while maintaining mirror-eye-contact—essentially shaking hands with someone behind you—but then he broke a little, disregarding whatever was happening with his hair, and turned his broad shoulders fully around, taking my hand, and smiling in a way that communicated something along the lines of, “I’m sorry. I know this is ridiculous.” And it was. But it was sweet.
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    i know this will turn into a hate post but i just really like him, he's a great actor and i think this article is amazing



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    Archer, Ray, and Cyril raft down a crocodile-filled river while Lana and Pam plan a spa day for Malory.

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    Scarlett Johansson is very good at keeping her private life private.

    While it's been reported that the actress has a baby on the way, she hasn't said a word about it -- and was very careful today when fielding questions at a "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" press conference.

    Though most reporters were respectful of her personal life, two questions alluding to her pregnancy still made it through from a pair of foreign journalists.

    "Back in September, you were on TV saying that your grandma called you because she read that you were pregnant and it wasn't true," one reporter started ... before handlers told him to keep the focus on the film.

    "But I want to ask about the movie, do you picture both of you guys [Captain America and Black Widow] as a family, raising a little Captain America?" he continued.

    "What a strange question," Scarlett responded, generating laughs from the rest of the press. "I like your ability to think on your feet. No!"

    "That was a contingency question," added Chris Evans, assuming the film's publicists successfully stopped him from asking what he really wanted to ask. "I don't think that's the dynamic of Cap and Black Widow."

    Towards the end of the press conference, a reporter from Argentina also asked about motherhood.

    "Many actresses say that the industry changed when they became moms, perhaps not so much action roles, not so femme fatale," he asked -- saying some female stars take less sexy roles after giving birth.


    He finished the question by asking, "Do you think it's something that can happen with you?"

    "I've been in the industry for 20 years, so the way the roles that have become available to me change as I grow older [laughs]" she said, clearly picking the most vague words possible.

    "I'm sure that will continue as I grow older and transition through life. You hope to have a career that has longevity and reflects the experiences that you had I guess," she added. "It's what we all hope for, men and women alike."

    The Huffington Post also asked Scarlett about filming of "The Avegners: Age of Ultron" and if her "announcement" will affect her role.

    "Everything for 'Avengers 2' -- we're full steam ahead. We start shooting in three weeks and I'm stunt training and we're good to go," she said.

    "You know, I think it's something that is [laughing] hard to talk about, exactly. You know, trying to skirt around your question exactly [laughs] -- and, you know, doing a poor job of it. But, you know, like I said, everything is exactly on schedule."

    While she was wearing a loose-fitting top and white blazer today, perhaps she'll finally confirm the news for real at the red carpet premiere Thursday evening.

























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    FUNimation Entertainment announced the third round of cast members for its English dub of Attack on Titan on Wednesday:


    Levi - Matthew Mercer
    Petra - Caitlin Glass
    Hange - Jessica Calvello
    Daz - Brad Venable
    Bertholdt - David Matranga
    Franz - James Chandler
    Rico - Morgan Garrett
    Pyxis - R Bruce Elliott
    Nack - Will Short

    The first and second round included:

    Jean – Mike McFarland
    Sasha – Ashly Burch
    Conny – Clifford Chapin
    Anka – Jamie Marchi
    Hanna – Tia Ballard
    Gustav – Keith Kubal
    Christa – Bryn Apprill
    Ymir – Elizabeth Maxwell
    Keith - Patrick Seitz
    Moses - Jeff Johnson
    Erwin - J. Michael Tatum
    Marco - Austin Tindle
    Carla - Jessica Cavanagh
    Grisha - Chris Hury
    Hannes - David Wald

    The first 13 episodes of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, and a Funimation.com-exclusive Collector's Edition.

    The Collector's Edition will retail for US$128.98 and include 104 minutes of on-disc extras, a 3D lenticular art card, 24-page "Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1" booklet, four military emblem pins (Military Police Regiment, Scout Regiment, Garrison Regiment, and Cadet Corps), a replica of Eren's key necklace, and a sword necklace "featuring the Titan flesh paring blades." The Limited Edition will retail for US$89.98 and contain the on-disc extras, the 3D lenticular art card, and the booklet. All versions will ship on June 3.

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    The dub will premiere at Anime Boston on March 21-23.

    Both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.


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    Hello darlings, I am back once again following a heavy personal spiral brought upon by the Oscar win of one Cate Blanchett, who as I am sure you are well aware previously lost Best Actress to our dearest Gwyneth and whom only won this year because Ms. Paltrow's tour de force performance in the direct-to-DVD Thanks for Sharing was criminally underrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nonetheless, the darkness has subsided and I am here to present the 5 most amazing items currently for sale on goop.com. So get your white fingers and your black Amex's ready!

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    Have the current 90s trends got you nostalgic for the fashion of yesteryear? Of course it has! But the early 90s are so overdone at this point. Like, we get it, Jordan Catalano won an Oscar, calm down Forever 21, you don't need to shit plaid, okay? Personally, I prefer the subtly of the late 90s - butterfly clips, chokers, spaghetti strap tank tops and of course - fit and flares. In the grand tradition of LEI, Mudd and the Delia's catalog, these MiH Sugarblue Marrakesh will have you feeling like a teenager all over again, minus the cystic acne and habitual masturbation.

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    Speaking of your disgusting acne-ridden mug, why not try out this exclusive Restorsea goop travel kit? Sure, you won't be able to afford to go on an actual vacation after dropping $300 on a travel kit you could have easily put together yourself for $7.49 (+ taxes) but as I always say, why explore the world if you can't have practically pore-free skin whilst shitting your brains out from Montezuma's Revenge? #YOLO

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    With all of the rumors surrounding Gwynnie's relationship with billionaire Jeff Soffer, you may have once or twice wondered just how much it costs to get inside Gwyneth's box? Well, we now know the answer - $1,200. It cost $1,200 to do whatever you want with Gwyneth's box. Goop suggests keeping her box on a dressing table, or the coffee table, but personally I suggest keeping it in a more discrete place, after all, you never know what magazine is conspiring against your box at any given moment and it would be shame if you had to ruin their post-Oscar party because they just couldn't respect your box's privacy. Interestingly, while one would have expected her box to be a more of an alabaster color, goopy has instead made the inspired choice to make her box green, the color of money, envy and pus.

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    In the '90s, HBO truly revolutionized the way women wore shoes with their seminal series Sex & The City, a highly-rated, critically-lauded show about a group of sexually charged fashionistas. Now in the '10s, HBO are doing it once again with their series nobody has even heard of, Getting On, a show about a group of schlubby, insecure nurses. So trade in those Jimmy Choos and a night on the town with your gays for a nice pair of orthepedics for the night shift at the geriatric ward. These slip-on KedsDiemme magenta and beige garda cost just $495 so don't worry about getting dirt on the white soles or beige leather because nobody is going to be admiring these Paymore for Payless clunkers anyway!

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    There is truly nothing I hate more in this world than children. So getting them to shut the fuck up is pretty important to me, and when a toy offers the added bonus that they might also kill each other, well I say it is worth the investment. Luckily, these pointy wooden stick swords cost just $25! So go ahead and stock up; buy a bunch for all of the neighborhood kids. Maybe when their lifeless bodies are strewn about the cul-de-sac you can finally watch House of Cards without their incessant prattling.

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    Literally do not tell me who to root for on a TV series. I don't care if you are a superfan just doing your thing or a showrunner whose JOB it is to make me feel certain ways; when it comes to the character I will become most invested in, that is MY decision and my decision only. Personally I always like the funny, strong-willed female character and that's just how it's always been. Rayanne on My So-Called Life; Pam on True Blood; Faith on Buffy; Faye on The Secret Circle; Katherine on The Vampire Diaries; Rebekah on The Originals. (Please note that I am not trying to start a debate about the merits of these characters, I am just BARING MY SOUL to you.) But everybody is different! Maybe you tend to root for the sarcastic, witty males or, I don't know, muscular transgender shark people. But I think we ALL have a specific type we're most likely to become invested in, and from the writers' standpoint there's really no way to tell which member of an ensemble will click with individual viewers except maybe ALL OF THEM in some way to somebody. That's why the best TV shows provide a spectrum of heroes. Because options! But seriously, don't tell me who to root for, that is just too personal.


    So, uh, I kind of don't know if this is worth mentioning or not, but here goes: I've been aware that this was coming for a while now. I'm by no means an "insider," but living in Los Angeles and surrounding myself with people who work in and around and about the entertainment industry means you hear things about productions all the time. (Oh, the Teen Wolf conversations I've been having lately!) So when that sucker-punch of a BuzzFeed article went live following the East Coast broadcast of this week's episode, my only reaction was "Oh, so this is the episode where that happens." Make no mistake, it was not a sudden or surprising decision for anybody behind the scenes; from what I know, Claire Holt simply did not want to live in Atlanta anymore. If you recall when The Originals was first announced, she was the last series regular to sign on; when she did eventually agree to be a part of the series it was never for a full season. She wasn't the only one who made that deal, though; Daniel Gillies can't film full seasons due to his other, more Canadian commitments, which explains why Elijah chilled in a casket for so many episodes earlier this season. I only bring up this inside-baseball stuff to make sure we honor the distinction between what are some very normal industry logistics and the creative decisions of The Originals' producers. Rebekah's departure is not The Originals' fault. It is not Claire Holt's fault. It is not Julie Plec's fault. It's just that sometimes our favorite shows can only be perfect for a brief while and then we have to adjust to new situations. That's life! And it seems like both George Clooney and ER did okay after he left, right?


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    Tina Fey and Lindsay Lohan recently saw each other while appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s first “Tonight Show,” but don’t expect a “Mean Girls” sequel, despite rumors to the contrary.

    “Yeah, I saw her at the first episode of the ‘Tonight Show.’ We did that bit with Jimmy, and I said to her, ‘Oh, I think someone may call us about doing some kind of reunion because next month is the tenth anniversary of the movie.’ And so really… if everyone’s around we might try to do some kind of like panel discussion,” Tina told Access Hollywood at the junket for her new film, “Muppets Most Wanted.”

    “But it’s not like — it’s not another movie. At most it would be like a panel discussion with a plate of hot wings.

    “No, it’s definitely not a movie,” Tina added. “It’s just the anniversary is coming up, so everybody get your pink shirts. It’s been 10 years. You can tell when you look at me. It’s been 10 years.”

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    Juanes Rocks 'The Tonight Show' in Spanish: Will His Performance Kickstart a Wave of Spanish-Speaking Artists on Late Night TV?


    On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon welcomed Juanes to The Tonight Show, where he rocked the stage with his performance of La Luz off of his latest album, Loco de Amor. He also set a precedent as the first-ever Spanish language performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, since Fallon took over for former host, Jay Leno. (In 2012, Juanes also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.)

    During his Tonight Show performance, Juanes was beaming with joy and his energy was contagious, it was as if he was picking up where he left off, resonating an effortless cool and a humble nature that he's always possessed throughout his career.

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    I freaking LOVE this song and i'm glad he's getting more exposure. VIVA EL REY COLOMBIANO!!!!!

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    From GRRM's livejournal:

    The Rogues Are Coming...

    . . . and much sooner than expected.
    Our good friends at Bantam Spectra have just informed me and my partner-in-crime Gardner Dozois that they have moved up the publication date of our next mammoth crossgenre anthology ROGUES. . . to June 17. Yes, this year. Three months from now, in other words.

    If you enjoyed WARRIORS and DANGEROUS WOMEN, we think you'll love ROGUES. It may be our strongest anthology yet. We have some amazing writers and some incredible stories in this one. The table of contents, as previously announced:

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    Twenty stories not enough for you?

    Okay, okay, we've decided to add a twenty-first, for all you fans of fake history.

    "The Princess and the Queen," Archmaester Gyldayn's somewhat abbreviated account of the Dance of the Dragons, got a great response from all the folks who read it in DANGEROUS WOMEN, so we've dipped back into the archmaester's somewhat disorganized piles of scrolls and crumbling manuscripts, and brought forth another piece of his unpublished history. "The Rogue Prince, or, the King's Brother," will tell the story of the years leading up to the calamitous events of "The Princess and the Queen" during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, with particular attention to the role played by the king's brother, Prince Daemon, a rogue if there ever was one. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as you did "The Princess and the Queen."

    (And yes, sadly, "The Rogue Prince" is an abridged account as well. For the full version, you will all need to wait some years, until we publish the complete history of House Targaryen in the GRRMarillion... which, by the way, I've decided I am going to call FIRE AND BLOOD, since the GRRMarillion joke has grown somewhat stale by now).

    We're got something for everyone in ROGUES -- SF, mystery, historical fiction, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, comedy, tragedy, crime stories, mainstream. And rogues, cads, scalawags, con men, thieves, and scoundrels of all descriptions. If you love Harry Flashman and Cugel the Clever, as I do, this is the book for you.

    Oh, and speaking of DANGEROUS WOMEN... it's now HUGO NOMINATION time, and we have lots of great stories in both DW and OLD MARS that are eligible, so I hope you'll remember some of them when filling out your ballots.

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    In what appeared to be an editing error, a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma managed to remove the only mention of evolution from Sunday night’s Cosmos science documentary by cutting only 15 seconds from the broadcast.

    The much-anticipated reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary Cosmos premiered on Sunday with an overview of the history of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the advent of humans.

    It wasn’t until the last 10 minutes of the show that host Neil deGrasse Tyson hinted at human evolution.

    “We are newcomers to the Cosmos,” he explained. “Our own story only begins on the last night of the cosmic year.”

    “Three and a half million years ago, our ancestors — your and mine left these traces,” Tyson said, pointing to footprints. “We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder.”

    But for viewers of KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City, that 15 second paragraph was replaced by an awkwardly-inserted commercial for the evening news. The edit was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube by Adam Bates.

    At least one of the segments advertised in the news promo — a story about a 12-year-old bow hunter— did air on that evening’s newscast.

    Watch the edited and original versions of Cosmos below, broadcast March 9, 2013.




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    Kylie Jenner plays it cool in sunglasses as she heads out of Sugarfish Sushi after grabbing lunch on Sunday afternoon (March 9) in Calabasas, Calif.

    The 16-year-old reality star was joined by her pals Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Moises Arias, and Mateo Arias.

    PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kylie Jenner

    “Hey East Coasters #KUWTK starts in 10 minutes!! Hope you are all tuning in!” Kylie later tweeted.

    Earlier in the month, Willow was spotted carrying a handful of yummy cookies as she exited a local Whole Foods in Encino.

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    Sarah Jessica Parker answers all of our questions (well, 73 of them at least) revealing everything from her distaste for parsley, love of Greece, and bias of globes that glow. And what is kokoreç?

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    Taylor Momsen is going to Hell., and judging by the cover photo of The Pretty Reckless’ sophomore full length effort, she plans on being damn sexy when she arrives on the Devil’s doorstep. Whether or not Going to Hell is a legitimate confessional or a full fledged attempt at Momsen shedding her adolescent television days, her cigarette-laden growl and open arms acceptance of an eternity in flames is pretty convincing. “Follow Me Down,” the opening bit, sets the tone for the record right away. Opening with the sound of rain and the sexual innuendo of erotic moans and heavy breathing, transcended into a hard hitting track with a southern blues-like hook that will challenge the listener to not tap their foot along to the melody, it just may be the best track on the record but there is plenty more where that came from. The title track, “Going to Hell” is a percussion driven jam that’s anchored by an exceptional metal guitar riff and an angry, yet arousing, growl that conveys the message that: “We’re not going to heaven and we really don’t give a shit!” “Heaven Knows,” the third song in, demonstrates the abilities of the entire band. No, it doesn’t quite get the head bangers out in full force, but it does resurrect that old time music feel with a tambourine beat and a 70′s esq guitar cue along with a chorus of hand clapping and choir voices.

    A seeming homage to a timeless period in rock music, Momsen’s effort on this particular tune rings like a splash of Stevie Nicks with a dash of attitude prescribed by Joan Jett herself (Yes, a high praise but for a very unique piece of song writing). Leave room for “Burn,” a short acoustic ballad that strays away from the hard rock roots of the album, yet is balanced in a manner that showcases Momsen’s vocal abilities to a much cleaner degree while not abandoning her trademark gravelly pitch. A breath of fresh air before transitioning back into the basics with cuts such as “Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party?” and “Fucked Up World.” Oozing with attitude, rebellion and spunk, “Going to Hell” is a juggernaut of well balanced metal, alternative and classical style rock. Throw in an attack of well written lyrics and story telling that compliments the music itself, along with the ability to manipulate any shortcomings for a young band of twenty somethings(hold on... has the writer actually seen the dudes in this band?!) with an impressive ceiling still looming above them, you don’t want to skip this one without a cover to cover listen. With this follow up to the 2010 debut of “Light Me Up,” The Pretty Reckless have made great strides in just about every aspect of honing their skills and their attitude. Taking the next leap into “Like us or not, we’re gonna be here awhile.” And why not? They know they’re going to Hell anyway.


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    "Absolution" is my jam rn... and bitch why is Burn so short?!

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    Kylie Jenner has slammed claims that she has had plastic surgery.The Australian edition of OK! Magazine alleged the 16-year-old reality star has had a nose job, lip fillers and Botox. And a representative for Miss Jenner told Mail Online: ‘That’s so ridiculous and not true.’



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    "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams got hosed in her divorce settlement with Kordell Stewart.

    According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ --  Porsha gets NO alimony, NO house, NO NFL retirement money, NO cash-out, NO health insurance.  She even has to pay her own credit card balances. It's almost like a western movie.  She gets the Mercedes she drove in on, and that's about it.  She does get to keep the engagement ring and all of her personal crap ... jewelry, clothes and other personal items.

    As for Kordell ... he gets two houses, 2 plots of land, a 2013 Mercedes and a 2010 Porsche, and his full retirement benefits.  He also gets to keep a 100% interest in his companies.

    Pretty crazy -- considering there was a lot of talk on "Real Housewives" that Porsha and Kordell did NOT sign a prenup.

    Porsha was fighting like crazy to stay in the house, but Kordell changed the locks on her.

    And it gets even worse.  She's on the chopping block for the show.

    On the bright side ... a pawn shop would probably pay a pretty penny for that ring.

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    Short and sweet is not Lauren Conrad‘s mane mantra.

    The fashionista, 28, laughed when asked about a photo posted by longtime hairstylist Kristen Ess that had many fans speculating that Conrad had made a huge crop. In fact, Conrad says she’ll save you the speculation in the future: You’re not going to see her with a short haircut again.

    “No, I’ll never go bob again,” Conrad recently insisted to PEOPLE — having most recently (and very briefly) sported the do back in 2007.

    “[Ess] actually texted it to me right when she posted it and she was like, ‘Some people have asked me if this is you,’” the Malibu Island Spiced Rum spokesperson said at an L.A. event for the brand. I was looking at the picture and I was like, ‘My head is bigger than that. I have a large head.’ “


    Holding up her hair to show off the current length, Conrad noted that she isn’t one to put her hair on the chopping block without some serious thought.

    “I haven’t let [Ess] cut my hair in, like, years,” she said. “Last time she cut my hair, I had dyed it pink with permanent dye and I dipped it and I gotten some too far up, so she had to cut it out. She held it up and was like, ‘Here?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ And she just chopped it.”

    In the end, though, the newly-engaged Paper Crown designer has a quick fix to solve (almost) any hair snafu. “I think you can always throw extensions in and have long hair,” she said. “There are options.”

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    Luzon, The "Brains" tribe, lost both reward and immunity challenge this week.


    J'Tia was voted out 3-1 over Spencer.


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    The One Direction star recently visited Marvel Studios Headquarters in California to ask illustrators for advice on drawing his own characters and they have kept in touch with him to give him tips.


    A source told The Sun newspaper:''If Zayn's not in the studio he's doodling on his notepad."

    ''He doesn't think his drawings are much to rave about, he says he's the worst artist in his family. But he still dreams of releasing a novel and is over the moon that Marvel artists are keeping in touch via email.''

    The 'Midnight Memories' hitmaker has a cartoon-inspired tattoo of his fiance, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, among a number of inkings, and Perrie also bought him an Incredible Hulk themed cake in celebration of his 21st birthday in January.

    Meanwhile, Zayn's ''boyish expression'' has inspired a new look for crime-fighter Ghost Rider, and the illustrations of the supernatural stunt-motorcyclist are a spitting image of the comic book fan.

    Ghost Rider - also known as Robbie Reyes - displays chiselled cheekbones, an angry scowl and Zayn's signature blonde-streaked hairstyle.

    Editor Mark Paniccia told Illustrator and creator, Felipe Smith: ''The guy from One Direction's name is Zayn Malik. I was picturing Robbie as a beefier version of him. Physically strong with a quiet, troubled, expression ... kind of boyish.''



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