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    Things are way closer than they used to be on Wednesday nights. CBS'"Survivor: Cagayan" spent a rare week ahead of "American Idol" in all measures and helped CBS claim overall victory for the night. "Survivor: Cagayan" started primetime in first for CBS with 9.86 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "American Idol" was second with 9.57 million viewers and with a 2.3 key demo rating.

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

    Mikasa - Trina Nishimura
    Hugo - Tyson Rinehart
    Ian - Scott Freeman
    Milieus - Joel McDonald
    Mina - Alexis Tipton
    Mitabi - Kyle Hebert
    Mobb - Matthew Ham

    The first three rounds of cast announcements 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
    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 13 episodes of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, and a 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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    Louie is back!

    FX has set a May 5 premiere date for the return of Louis C.K.'s acclaimed comedy, and will air back-to-back episodes each Monday at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT for seven weeks, the network announced Thursday.

    Louie's fourth season follows an extended break for the comedian, who has continued to tour and do other acting work, appearing last year in Oscar nominees American Hustle and Blue Jasmine. The series last aired in September 2012, so its return will mark the end of a 20-month hiatus.

    "Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better," said FX chief John Landgraf in a statement. "Based on the first three episodes we've seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal."


    I'm so excited for this show to finally be back and for him to hosting SNL again on the 29th.

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    Matilda star Mara Wilson has taken a serious Twitter-swipe at sleazy photographer Terry Richardson.

    This comes only days after 24-year-old model Charlotte Waters, took to Reddit to detail her unwanted sexual encounter with the controversial snapper.

    Although initially an anonymous post, Charlotte has now taken her story public to Vocativ magazine, claiming "she was always hesitant about reporting Richardson because he always seems to get off the hook."


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    Vanessa Hudgens dancing to "Yonce" by Beyoncé with some of her friends.


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    Ethiopian-American singer Kelela lands her first ever magazine cover.

    Kelela in Interview Magazine.

    The Ethiopian-American singer channels a late-80s and early-90s classic tomboy femme look in a crisp white Maison Martin Margiela shirt, baggy Celine pants and patent vintage Comme des Garcon buckle shoes.

    Listen: Kelela 'The High'

    "My lips are creeping up your neck / You shiver and try to pull back." So begins LA-based R&B singer and internet game changer Kelela, on her new track 'The High' — and 'high' is exactly how you feel upon listening to the five-minute, 808-heavy slow burn.

    Last year, the London producer Bok Bok worked on “Guns & Synths,” the opening track from the L.A. future-soul singer Kelela’s wonderful Cut 4 Me mixtape. Last week, Kelela returned the favor, singing on Bok Bok’s new glitch&B single “Melba’s Call.” Kelela is also in the song’s brand-new video, beaming her image into a futuristic recording studio that’s otherwise cold and deserted. Watch the video below.


    SZA Announces ‘Z’ EP: Watch Her “Babylon” Video

    Somehow SZA‘s new song/video “Babylon” has been around for almost a week and we haven’t talked about it yet, so we’re going to rectify that right quick. The track is off her just-announced Z EP (out April 8), her first release as a part of TDE. Her ethereal coos are paired with a brain-melting beat care of DJ Dahi, and right now, it’s this one vs. Bok Bok‘s “Melba’s Call” for trippiest R&B beat of 2014, as far as I’m concerned.


    Jhené Aiko Covers Complex, Talks Debut, Drake & More

    R&B singer Jhené Aiko recently took fans a bit deeper into her personal life by dishing out her marital status and addressing connections to ex-boyfriend Donald Glover and music soulmate Drake.

    When asked about where she stands with Drizzy, Aiko said they connect on a level deeper than music.

    "I look up to Drake," Jhené says. "Everything in his whole career is commendable. He can act, he can rap, he can sing. I can relate to him. He's mixed; I'm mixed. Everything he does, I take note because I feel like he's doing a really good job of being, like, well-rounded. And not only that, he's really talented. I'm always asking him for advice with stuff and trying to figure out how he deals with being such a big celebrity." (Complex)

    Aiko also ended speculation on whether or not she has a man by her side.

    "I'm about to give you...not a bulls**t answer. There is, but I'm single. Not by choice. Only because I found now that when I talk to guys, they're wary because they know about Donald, they know I've worked with Drake. They're always side-eyed, suspicious. But I'm loyal in relationships. If I'm your girlfriend, that's it. I'm practicing to be your wife at that point because I treat it seriously. I feel like I was born to be a mom and a wife and totally domesticated. I'm not going to spend my time trying to prove that I am really who I say I am." (Complex)


    Dawn Richard Doesn't Mind Being R&B's Coolest Outcast

    The singer discusses why she returned to Danity Kane, her 'medieval' album trilogy and making music that Joan Of Arc would listen to.

    Dawn Richard understands why people were confused when she announced that she was returning to Danity Kane. After the R&B-leaning girl group -- which enjoyed considerable success with singles like "Show Stopper" and "Damaged," but never achieved the renown of the Spice Girls or Destiny's Child -- disbanded in 2009, the New Orleans native set forth on a career renaissance, first as one of Diddy's female counterparts in the electro-R&B project Diddy-Dirty Money and then as an unsigned solo artist. A pair of promising EPs, "Armor On" and "Whiteout," were released in 2012, and in January 2013, Richard released a wildly imaginative full-length, "Goldenheart." The album has sold only 9,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but was roundly acclaimed by critics -- and, as the first installment of an announced trilogy of full-lengths, signaled the strong step forward for a pop-group survivor.

    In the following months, Richard confirmed that a new Danity Kane comeback would arrive before "Blackheart," her completed next solo effort. For many, Richard's decision to pause her solo career and return to her long-defunct girl group was dubious. For Richard, however, it was ultimately easy to agree to the homecoming when the rest of the group approached her about reuniting last year.

    "This was a decision that wasn't a music decision -- this was a personal decision," Richard tells Billboard."It came out of left field, and it was hard at first, because the momentum was really great and it would have been perfect to drop 'Blackheart,' but I wasn't looking at it for selfish reasons. My girls asked me to come back, and I had to pay homage to the fact that there wouldn't be 'Goldenheart' if there wasn't Danity Kane."

    Richard describes her choice to return to Danity Kane as part of a "noble cause," a theme that's popped up in "Goldenheart" and her preceding EPs. She laughs when asked about the tag "GOT&B" -- or a "Game of Thrones"-influenced style of R&B -- as it relates to her music, which includes lyrics that reference swords and armor, and song titles like "Warfaire," "Wynter" and "Gleaux." Richard tells Billboard that she hopes her music helps listeners "slay every dragon" that they encounter in their lives, that her album becomes "the shield that they carry with them every day, that helps them feel like they could conquer all things." Admittedly, most R&B artists do not use this sort of language in casual conversation -- in the 21st century, at least.

    Dawn Richard Drops A Spooky Electro-R&B ‘Unicorn Remix’ Of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”: Listen


    Azealia Banks talks with MTV


    Childish Gambino – "What Kind Of Love" [LISTEN]

    Today, Childish Gambino returned to deliver a track and a message. Titled "What Kind Of Love," the song sounds like a throwaway from his Because The Internet sessions.The guitar Gambino sings over sounds very similar to the one heard on "Flight of the Navigator." Like cuts heard on his LP, the actor/rapper is emotionally candid about love and lost.


    Solange asked about her next projects

    Do you have any future projects coming up aside from this collection?

    I’m finishing my next album as we speak, as well as running my record label, Saint Records, and our new project Saint Heron; playing Coachella and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival soon, and continuing to being mom to my 9-year-old.

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    Starting at 6 p.m Pacific/9 p.m Eastern, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be having a live stream of the Red Carpet premiere. Along with interviews from the stars, you will also be able to see a brand new clip from the film at the end of the live broadcast.

    In addition to the cast, special guest stars expected to attend include James Gunn, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, and Edgar Wright.

    Chris Evans is back as Captain America, the first Avenger who is still adjusting to life in the modern world. Working with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D., he must once again don the patriotic suit to neutralize a global threat. Luckily, he has Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) for support when he faces the Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan). Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and also stars Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Georges St-Pierre, and Robert Redford.


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    We’re learning new details each day about the upcoming season of Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi‘s first as the Doctor. The show’s guest-star roster is beginning to take shape, and today (March 13), the series announced that they’ve cast Keeley Hawes in a guest role in Season Eight. Hawes will play Ms. Delphox, described as a “powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret.” The Twelfth Doctor (Capaldi) and companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) will run into the enigmatic Ms. Delphox when they land on a “strange and puzzling planet.”

    Here’s the first snap of Hawes as Ms. Delphox. Sinister-looking, huh? And get your microscopes out for her bejeweled manicure, which is sure to be a hit with cosplayers.

    Hawes has been one of the most in-demand actresses in British television in the 21st century: she was an immediate sensation back in 2002, starring in the lusty miniseries Tipping the Velvet and booking the female lead in the spy series MI-5. (It was on MI-5 that she would meet her husband of 10 years, co-star Matthew Macfadyen.) She left MI-5 in 2004, and in 2007, she landed the part of Alex Drake on the ’80s-set detective drama Ashes To Ashes, the follow-up to the ’70s-set Life On Mars starring John Simm. Hawes later starred in the 2010 Upstairs Downstairs revival and the recent second season of BBC2′s popular Line of Duty.

    As for her Who role, Hawes says, “I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.”

    Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat adds: “Anyone watching Jed Mercurio‘s amazing Line of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it’s about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.”

    Her episode has been written by Steve Thompson, who previously contributed “The Curse of the Black Spot” and “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” for new Who and the Sherlock episodes “The Blind Banker,” “The Reichenbach Fall,” and “The Sign of Three” (alongside Moffat and Mark Gatiss). Douglas Mackinnon will direct.


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    Tilda Swinton recently graced Austin, Texas with her ethereal presence to attend the annual SXSW Festival and promote her latest film, "Only Lovers Left Alive" (co-starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, and John Hurt), as well as participating in a keynote address to the festival attendees. A bunch of media people caught up with the sensational Swinton and shared plenty of soundbites from a wide variety of topics: from Vladimir Putin to David Bowie to Lorde and that Twitter parody homage account, @NotTildaSwinton.


    Tilda Swinton at Paris Fashion Week

    The Daily Beast: There is a certain timelessness to the way you look that really pops onscreen and is fascinating to watch as a filmgoer.

    Tilda Swinton: It’s called “no-mascara.” That’s it! But I’m actually only semi-joking about no-mascara. I look like people in old paintings. I look more like people in old paintings than I do people in films. I suppose that’s always been my way onto screens—through people looking for images from old paintings.

    TDB: I work in the Chelsea area of New York City and see a lot of gay couples dining out and walking around, and they seem so much more engaged in one another than the straight couples, who are just fiddling their phones.

    TS: Well, I think there’s something that gay people have. It is true that to pass through the transitions that gay people have to in order to come out to themselves, to their families when they’re quite young, it’s a grow-bag, isn’t it? And I think that very often, heterosexual people miss out on that. There’s a feeling of development and sometimes, heterosexual people have never had to go through that self-examination and just knowing themselves, and that sense of coming out, coming to your own defense, and being your own best advocate, and going, “No! I’m going to stand by myself and say this is who I am and you can all fuck off.” That is a wonderful transition to go through, and I suppose a lot of straight people miss out on that, and then maybe their relationship choices are potentially less examined. They could be lazier or less thoroughly thought-through.

    Tilda Swinton holding a rainbow flag in Moscow, Russia

    TDB: I loved seeing that picture of you holding the rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin. The most interesting part of the Sochi games is that the Winter Olympics is, hands down, the gayest sporting event ever, so to hold it in one of the more anti-gay countries of the world was a nice middle finger to the host country.

    TS: Well, Russia has the gayest president ever. No, that’s an offensive thing to say—not to him, but to the gay community.

    TDB: As an American, one of the first times I saw you was in "The Beach" with a very young Leonardo DiCaprio. There was this huge uproar after the Oscars that DiCaprio lost again and still hasn’t won an Oscar. Do you think Leo’s been given a hard time by the Academy?

    TS: I wouldn’t know! I don’t know who’s won what. I have no idea. I didn’t watch the Oscars.I don’t even have a television. I’m not even sure the Oscars is shown in the U.K. Is it?

    Tilda Swinton, Lorde, and David Bowie at Swinton's 53rd birthday party at the Museum of Modern Art

    TDB: How cool was it to be in David Bowie’s music video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)?” I’m such a huge Bowie fan.

    TS: The moment happens when the phone rings and it’s someone who calls themself David Bowie, and you never stop pinching yourself. It was the easiest thing in the world. I was talking recently with a friend of mine who’s determined to never meet her heroes, and I have another friend who’s been horribly disillusioned a couple of times. But I’ve had a wonderful ride with meeting people who have been my North Stars, and Bowie’s definitely one of them. He feels like my cousin; like the cousin I never had.

    TDB:You two actually do look a bit similar.

    TS: My whole relationship with Bowie started when I was 13, and I bought a copy of "Aladdin Sane" when I didn’t have a record player. I had this record for a year before I could play it, and it was the image—not the sound—that I was attracted to. I just saw this image and thought he was my cousin. He just looked like me, and looked like someone from the same planet as I did, and that was a great comfort to me at the time when I was 13 and 14 looking like that that someone not only looked like that, but felt proud enough to stick themselves on the front of an album with a zig-zag across their face and a dewy collarbone. He’s always felt like a cousin.

    TDB: I saw pictures of you two hanging out at your birthday party in New York, and Lorde performed, too. Are you a Lorde fan? And what’s on Tilda Swinton’s iPod?

    TS: I was really honored that she came and played at my birthday party. This almost doesn’t count but we were listening to this wonderful German satirist called Helge Schneider and he has this very, very funny song called “Texas” which we put on this morning just to get us into the mood at 7 a.m. But what am I listening to at the moment? Alt-J, most recently.


    Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Hiddleston at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival red carpet premiere for "Only Lovers Left Alive"

    BuzzFeed: Is it usually the filmmaker that draws you in to a project?

    Tilda Swinton: Pretty much without any exception, yeah.

    BF: What is it about specific filmmakers that you are so attracted to? What is it about Jim Jarmusch ("Only Lovers Left Alive") or Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") or Bong Joon-Ho ("Snowpiercer")?

    TS: I think off the top of my head, the lowest common denominator would be that they are master filmmakers who create their own worlds. That’s the thing that I feel, as a film fan, what draws me forward. It’s a really delicious thing to know someone’s work as well as I knew Jim’s, for example, before I met him. And then to be invited into that world? It’s like in "Mary Poppins", when they step into the chalk drawings. If you are a film nut and you’re invited into those worlds, if you love those worlds, it’s kind of a trip. I think that’s really the thing. Jim, particularly, because I feel I’d grown up with Jim. I first saw "Stranger Than Paradise" when I was a student, and for all of us European film nerds, he was really significant because he was the first American independent filmmaker who framed an America from a kind of alien’s point of view. You know, he felt like a Bulgarian filmmaker. And yet he was American! It was something we could really chew on. It felt like he built a bridge for us. And then, you know, I was hooked.

    The ageless becomes the aged: Swinton transforms onscreen as (from L-R) a ruthless middle-aged prime minister in "Snowpiercer", a filthy rich geriatric socialite in "The Grand Budapest Hotel", and a 3,000-year-old hipster vampire in "Only Lovers Left Alive".

    BF: It’s safe to say that without exception — even with "Michael Clayton" — your characters are quite visually striking, even within the context of the world in which they’re living. Do you bring your insight into your appearances? How does that collaboration work?

    TS: That’s the bulk of my work, I would say. That’s what I do. What I can contribute, really, more than much else, is to disguise myself, and try to blend in to the landscape of the frame. And I love that. That’s just fun, building up the disguise, whatever it is, whatever the caliber is. With "Michael Clayton", for example, you know, [it was] really a quite fine toothcomb, realistic stroke, naturalistic disguise. Just looking like a real American corporate lawyer, that’s, you know, a big leap (gestures to her face) with no prosthetics. (laughs)

    BF: In "Only Lovers Left Alive" you have that magnificent mane of hair. How did that come together?

    TS: We talked a lot about what life would be like to be so refracted from society, to be such cats who walk by themselves — what that would make you. And quite quickly we realized that would make you animal, really. You’re not really a person anymore. You’re a beast. And so we thought a lot about wolves. Jim is very big into dogs, you know. He’s like a white dog. And it so happened that we were developing the wigs, we needed this incredible volume, and we couldn’t get it with human hair. This point came when I said, “Let’s try wolves’ hair.” And that’s what works. There’s a heartbeat in the film, which is a wolf’s heartbeat. When we greet each other to begin with, we smell each other before we kiss. All that feeling of finding a different way of moving that was just exotic. It didn’t have to be specific. It didn’t have to be copying anything that really exists. It just had to be weird.

    BF: Speaking of a kind of fame, when, if at all, did you recognize that, through the work you’d done in the ’80s and ’90s and on stage and in museum pieces, you had cultivated a fan base, people who were keen to see you?

    TS: It’s funny, I was just talking to some people here who were a little bit horrified that I am as willfully ignorant of a kind of world that they operate in. So I feel apologetic that life is too short, man. I just can’t be involved. I just don’t have the hours in the day. I have children, and a garden, and a sweetheart, and dogs, and a school, and I just can’t be that aware. There’s a sort of peripheral hum here somewhere (slowly waves fingers far away from her face) which makes me aware that some people, of interests that they might have. But it doesn’t actively involve me. It’s about their interest and it’s about their stuff. So if I’m inspiring that interest, that’s totally fine. But I can’t really be involved in it.

    BF: Do you have people approaching you, wanting a photograph, wanting a kind of standard celebrity experience?

    TS: I wouldn’t know what’s standard, and I wouldn’t know what’s unique to my life. But yeah!

    BF: How is that interaction for you, given how you feel about fame?

    TS: It’s really lovely. No, the authentic presence, I’m all for. I think it’s a really lovely thing, when people are delighted to see you and they want a photograph. It’s a huge part of making the work, because the work is made by the audience, and so to actually meet the audience is as much a thrill to me as it may be to them. It’s a meeting. It’s an actual meeting. It’s great!

    A selection of eccentric tweets from the Twitter parody account, @NotTildaSwinton

    BF: Part of what fame today is about is being present on the internet through social media. It doesn’t seem to be active lately, but how aware are you of the @notTildaSwinton Twitter account?

    TS: (A huge grin) Yes, I do know about that.

    BF: What was your reaction when you first learned of it?

    TS: (Almost whispering) I think it’s hilarious. I’ve been in touch with those guys. It doesn’t happen anymore?

    BF: When I checked this morning, it hadn’t been updated in a while.

    TS: OK. Anyway. I mean, that’s what’s I’m saying. That’s here in the periphery. It’s all, you know, more flowers in the garden. It’s other people’s work, which is really great. And, yeah, on it goes.

    BF: You’d been alluding to a conversation you had where people were horrified you weren’t aware of a certain kind of thing — what was it specifically?

    TS: Oh, there’s this assumption that you alluded to that everybody’s on Twitter, and that it’s relatively un-mainstream — whatever we’re going to call un-mainstream — to not do Twitter. It’s sort of shock-horror, apparently. Or to not have Facebook, or whatever. Not to interface at all with social media. That’s what I was meaning.

    BF: It almost feels like people who have a certain celebrity are afforded more privacy not being on social media than they would’ve had in the ’90s without that existing.

    TS: Interesting, yeah. Well, I mean, one does wonder how it’s all going to come out, really. As I say, I’m so out of the loop, I don’t even follow the debate about it, but I imagine sooner or later, what cool kid of 14 is going to want to go on Facebook now when their parents are on it? I mean, very quickly, it’s going to be the most arcane development. And, personally, I think very soon people are going to realize that writing letters with ink is popular! (Laughs) Or, I don’t know, sitting down in person with somebody could actually be the happening thing.


    Tilda Swinton at Paris Fashion Week

    Variety: You said you see film as art. What’s the difference between films and movies?

    Tilda Swinton: It’s style and beauty. We all split the hairs of film and movies, and sometimes, for pejorative reasons, we go and see a movie or when we are sick of movies and we want to go and see a film. Maybe we think of movies as being story-led or drama-led?

    V: What do you mean?

    TS: I’m thinking of this moment when I was privileged to know Michael Powell at the end of his life. I had just come in on a plane to New York and he said, “What was the movie you saw on the plane and was it good?” and I said, “No it wasn’t, it was ‘Batman.’” And he said, and this was one of the only times anyone said this: “You’re wrong, it’s a good film. It’s a good film; any film that sets out to create its own world is a good film.” And I remember swallowing that and letting it digest for years. I think it doesn’t mean to say I want to be in that world or that it’s well realized, but that gesture of making a world unique to that film or filmmaker gets you to the next level. Maybe movies don’t do that.

    V: In your conversation you also spoke about making your own culture. Walk me through that.

    TS: This might have something to do with where I come from because I think I am following my own nose much more closely than that. I’m not strategizing. Films take such a long time to make, so if I’m saying now that I must play a brain surgeon and I start the project now, if it happens in five years and then shoot it, I’m going to have to talk about it another two years. I’m way too lazy for that. I just look at my curiosities at the moment.

    V: What roles do you seek out? Do you have anyone you haven’t played that you’d like to?

    TS: It’s funny because my presiding principle is twofold. I want to be making work with my friends so when Wes Anderson sends me an email and says come and do this, I never say no to him. I just so happened to play this 83-year-old, who’s probably actually 95. She’s a countess, and it was strange because I was with my mother, who was dying at the time. But it just felt really serendipitous to have this opportunity to do that. So my life is a weird combination of my friends throwing me opportunities, and me dreaming opportunities up. Then when something dovetails like this movie, when I was already thinking about mortality, a particular predilection of mine, it was very intimately sewn up with my own life. So the short answer is I don’t have a career, I have a life. I follow my life and the way I’m living it so no, I don’t have an exterior judgment on what would be good or bad for me.


    Tilda Swinton talks about creativity, fame, and immortality at the screening for "Only Lovers Left Alive" in SXSW 2014


    Tilda Swinton chats about her life, career, slamming "Twilight" and preferring her version of cinematic vampires, and what turns her on when making the kinds of movies she does at SXSW 2014.

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    Fierce, fabulous, and flawless... Like when will your faves ever, ONTD?

    Even the Oscar-winning Queen of Derp herself bows at Tilda's altar of fabulousness...

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    The Fosters 1×20 “Metropolis” Summary: There is a school dance, and drama enrolls throughout the event. Someone will be crowned as the Winter Queen. An unexpected visitor returns. Someone will protect a friend and will get arrested as a consequence. Expect major drama at the school’s Winter Ball involving Callie, Talya, Brandon, Wyatt, and Vico! More importantly, who will be arrested? Who will Mariana and Jesus take to the Winter Ball as their dates? Zac’s mom comes to school to talk to Lena. A girl asks Jude out on a date. One problem: Connor likes her. Mariana’s and Jesus’ biological mom Ana returns; she has surprising news for Stef.

    Sneak Peaks:

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    In yet another casting announcement, we have an additional character to add to Teen Wolf season 4.

    The spoiler comes via E! Online, who tells us we’ll be meeting another student who attends Beacon Hills High School.

    The new character is named Violet. “She’s a pretty 16-year-old high schooler who is very unassuming…but she’s a lot tougher than you’d think,” E! writes.

    It seems as though Teen Wolf will be adding quite a few younger students to season 4, and Violet seems to be no different. Given that she’s 16, we can probably assume she’ll be a sophomore.

    What’s more interesting, however, is the fact that E! is highlighting how unassuming she is, and yet tells us she’s a lot tougher than we would think. This falls in line with many of the other female characters on Teen Wolf, including both Kira and Allison, who are fairly typical teenage girls until you put a weapon in their hands.

    There’s no further word on what kind of role Violet will play in Teen Wolf season 4, but we’re hoping she’ll be sticking around for a while. Adding additional strong females to the show is always welcome, and Violet sounds like she could be an interesting person to learn about.

    Teen Wolf season 4 will be returning to 12 episodes per season, instead of the 24 we had in season 3.

    In addition to Violet, we also learned about a new character named Liam, who will be played by Dylan Sprayberry. Mason will be portrayed by Khylin Rhambo, while Garrett will be played by Mason Dye.

    Other new characters include a mean cop and a new teacher.

    We’ve also gotten word that Meagan Tandy will be back to reprise her role as Braeden.

    Teen Wolf season 3, episode 23 will air on Monday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV. This is the penultimate episode of Teen Wolf season 3, so take plenty of preparations to keep your sanity intact!


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    Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video, Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and contemporary of Aaliyah, didn’t reach his creative peak until nearly three years later, with the release of sophomore album “100% Ginuwine” on March 16, 1999.

    While it never produced a single with the lasting legacy of “Pony” -- from Lumpkin's 1996 debut album “The Bachelor” -- “100%” was the more visionary and expansive collection. Dripping with state-of-the-art productions that, 15 years later, still sound out of this world, it established Ginuwine as one of his genre’s most progressive artists and formed the prototype for Timbaland’s later, Billboard chart-conquering collaborations with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado.

    Recorded over two months in New York in 1998, “100%” was the product of a fertile moment in R&B history, yielded from the same team of collaborators that produced Jodeci’s “Diary of a Mad Band” (1993), Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” (1996), and Playa’s “Cheers 2 U” (1998). The collective, led by DeVante Swing of Jodeci, included Timbaland, Missy Elliott and her group Sista, Static Major (of Playa, who went on to co-write “Pony” and Aaliyah’s “Try Again”), Ginuwine, Magoo, Tweet and others.

    “Working with each other back then was truly amazing because we got to see each other’s talent grow on a daily basis,” says Ginuwine, calling Billboard during tour rehearsal for his new group TGT, with Tank and Tyrese. “We were coming into our own as producers, as writers and as entertainers. So it was amazing for me to see everyone’s progression as people and as artists to the point where they are now. I remember when we were all sharing a house, sleeping on the floor in Manhattan with no mattress.”

    Commemorating the 15th anniversary of “100% Ginuwine,” we got Ginuwine to share the stories behind the album’s highlights. He spills on the project’s many characters, collaborating with Aaliyah, how many girls he was dating in 1998 and even his upcoming cameo on the series finale of the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”

    Billboard: This was your sophomore album, not your first, not your last. Looking back, what does it mean to you now?
    Ginuwine: Well the first record is something that you just put so much into. And the second record, people always talk about the sophomore jinx and everything, but I was still able to get through it and still focus on what I needed to do and make timeless music. Also, to be connected with one of the best producers in the world in Timbaland. For him to take on that whole project and finish it and really do songs like “So Anxious” and “What So Different?” and all the other songs that came from that body of work, it was just remarkable for me to be a part of that.

    That was truly my best body of work. It doesn’t mean I didn’t try my hardest on all my CDs, but that’s just the best body of work. It’s one of those CDs that you can just put in from the beginning and listen to all the way through and these days you don’t really get that too often.

    After “The Bachelor” and “Pony,” did you feel like you had something to prove?
    “Pony” was one of the biggest songs of my career. It was really hard to follow that up. But those are songs you just can’t call. It’s either gonna be a smash or it’s not. Going into the second CD, I just truly wanted to be myself and not alienate the base that got me there. I definitely wanted to take care of the audience that put me in that spot, but if you try and do something like come up with another “Pony,” you can really mess yourself up. So we just wanted to go in there and make new, beautiful music and explore other avenues and be creative and try to be leaders, not followers. That’s what it was really about. We never said “Oh, we gotta beat ‘Pony.’” It was just about making good music.

    What was it like doing a whole album with Timbaland back then?
    With me and Timbaland, we would always be at the studio, but working separately. He would be doing his thing with the beats and I would be doing my thing writing and then we would both come together and say “OK, you add this to it and I’ll add that to it.” When we did that CD, we had actually known each other for eight years already, so we knew pretty much how the other one operated. It was quick and easy because we were ready to do it. I was always excited to work with him because we were on the same page.

    OK, I have to ask: Who was Little Man from “Little Man’s Bangin’ Lude”?
    Ah, man, we can’t tell the secret! But all y’all know who Little Man is. We had a lot of fun, man. Us being in the position we were in at that time, we were able to experiment. We just started messing with all the knobs and used autotune way back then. We were just trying to do something different. I remember we found that voice and ran with it.

    The first single was “What’s So Different?” which is one of the most far out productions on the album and wasn’t really like anything else on the radio at that time. How did you write that?
    That song, Timbaland told me to go in there and write to that song and I honestly didn’t feel like I could do it. But I realized years later that he was pushing me to be a better writer and not to quit just because you don’t think something will happen. If you think about it, that’s a hard song to write to. He’s got Godzilla roarin’ in the background. So he was testing me. After I did it, he was like “Yo, you really made a good song, man. That was amazing.”

    What did you think when you first heard the Godzilla sounds?
    I was like “What the hell is this? What the hell is he doing?” But then I understood it. He was trying to be a leader by experimenting and doing things that put him on a different level than other producers. It’s the same thing he was doing on [Aaliyah’s 1998 single] “Are You That Somebody?” with the baby crying or the frog sounding thing back on “Pony.” For him to be able to do that and be successful speaks volumes. He’s definitely one of the best to ever do it.

    Tell me about “So Anxious.”
    That’s one that Static Major wrote. I was really scared of it because it was so slow and I was singing really hard and really high. I was nervous about how it would be received by the public. I wanted another song, “All Nite All Day,” to be the second single and then to go with “So Anxious” third. But my management at the time, Jomo Hankerson, he actually picked that one and said “This is the one to go with.” We went with it and thank God he was right.

    What was it like working with Static?
    Static lived in Devonte’s house with us in Manhattan and we just started collaborating. He wasn’t always a writer, so to see him start to write and the songs that he created was truly amazing. I was really grateful to work with him. If it wasn’t for him and Timbaland, I don’t even know where I would be. The three of us wrote “Pony” together, but the hook was all him. He came up with that by himself. God rest his soul.

    A lot of the album deals with the various dramas that can challenge a relationship: friends getting involved, parents, cheating, etc. Were you dating someone at that time? What was going on in your personal life?
    I was dating a lot of different girls [laughs]! You know, when you have a platform like we have you express those life situations and put them into song form for other people to appreciate. You become an open book when you’re a writer and a singer because where else are you going to grab from? So everything on 100% is pretty much what I was going through at the time or wanted to go through.

    “Two Sides to a Story,” for example, was a song I wrote because there were some girls saying this and that and the other thing about a girl I was seeing. [Starts singing] I don’t give a damn about what others sayy / they just can’t see you getting close to mayy / I don’t really care about what happened before me / there’s always two sides tooo a story.

    About how many girls do you think you were dating back in ’98?
    Oh my God, man. It’s really hard to say. I wasn’t really “dating” them [laughs]. I was just out there doing my thing, messing with a bunch of chicks. A lot. Just experimenting and having fun with life, you know? Of course, as you get older you get a little wiser and you cut that down.

    One of my favorite songs on the album is “Do You Remember”…
    [Sings] Do you remembaah / Do you remembaah. That was a crazy song [laughs]. That was just us being stupid, honestly. Tim came up with that line “We boned on your mama couch, and we knocked the springs right out” [laughs]. We was really just joking in the studio. But that’s how songs come along, though.

    I do miss those kinds of times because we would all just sit in a room and joke and talk and eat and have fun. And then somebody might say something and we’d grab it like “Yo, that sounds like a song. Let’s try to write something!”

    In the middle of that song, the mom of the girl you’re dating comes in and starts telling her she shouldn’t see you anymore because you’re “an entertainer.” Who played the mom?
    Hmm… [pauses] Oh, wait! It was my lawyer at the time! Her name was Louise West. She used to always come and check up on us at the studio, and whenever people would come up we’d get them on the record like “Come on! Let’s do something!”

    It was the same thing with “I’m Crying Out.” The song had a Spanish vibe and there was this girl at the studio that had been speaking Spanish. I thought she was cute and it sounded sexy, so I was like “You! Go in the booth, let’s record.” And that’s how it would go. Those were fun times, man.

    Aaliyah is the only featured guest on the album on “Final Warning.” You guys recorded that song together, right?
    Yeah. I was never really into doing features, but if I was going to do one it was going to be with her. We had the same management team; were under the same umbrella. I remember that day we were just having fun and playing around like we usually would do. We did the song in like an hour, but we kept going all day because we were just talking and joking. I’ll never forget that day. I’m really lucky that I got to have her on my CD and that that will live on forever. I’ll always be grateful for that.

    I actually wrote “Miss You” for her back then. It didn’t get put on her next album, but after she passed it got released on the compilation album [“I Care 4 U”]. I was really happy about that.

    I didn’t know that. “Miss You” is a really beautiful song.

    On “Toe 2 Toe” you’re rapping. Stuntin’ and puffing your chest out.
    Yeah, you know, you gotta brag and boast a little bit [laughs]. At the time, there were a lot of people starting to follow Tim and a lot of artists starting to follow me. Since Bobby Brown, I was the first one to be in my video taking my shirt off and showing the 6-pack and 8-pack. Other people weren’t cut like that. And the dancing, too. There was nobody dancing like me at that time. So I was in the studio and the juices were flowing and I was like “Ayy, man. I wanna talk some shit.” That’s just what I was feeling at the time.

    You filmed an episode of “Parks and Recreation” recently, right? What’d you think when you found out they were fans of yours?
    Yeah, they used my records in an episode last season [the character Donna Meagle is said to be Ginuwine’s cousin] and I always told my manager that if there’s an opportunity for me to come on the show, I’d love to do it. So they were doing the finale where they have a big concert in the town and they brought me in along with a few other artists. I got to do a little acting as well as perform. That was something that was definitely unexpected, but it was a lot of fun.
    what's your fave 100% Ginuwine memory/song?

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  • 03/14/14--14:39: King of Pop articles
  • Ryan Tedder's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the Undercover King of Pop

    Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic seems to be pondering something on the cover of the March 22 issue of Billboard (buy it). Is he thinking about his next big hit for a major star, or perhaps his own band? One thing's for certain: the pop tunesmith behind hits for artists like Adele, Beyonce and Leona Lewis has emerged as music's most prolific writer-producer, and shows no sign of slowing down.

    Check back Monday (March 17) to read the full cover story. Until then, here are five things we learned about the tireless artist.

    TEDDER HAS BEEN ON A CREATIVE TEAR. He recently finished two singles for Ariana Grande's sophomore album, a new OneRepublic single, two songs for the forthcoming debut from Mikky Ekko -- and, oh yeah, a song for Taylor Swift's next album. As previously reported, he's worked with U2 and in the full cover story he reveals he's finished a dance anthem with a legendary performer.

    HE NEVER CHECKS HIS MONEY. The Tulsa native swears he hasn't looked at a royalty check since his very first - $7,500 in mechanical royalties for co-writing and singing on Bubba Sparxxx's "She Tried" single.

    HE WRITES (ALL) THE SONGS. In the past six months alone, he has charted Hot 100 hits for Maroon 5 ("Love Somebody," peaking at No. 10), Ellie Goulding ("Burn," No. 13), Demi Lovato ("Neon Lights," No. 36), Beyonce ("XO," No. 45) and The Fray ("Love Don't Die," No. 60), in addition to the impressive run of "Counting Stars" - currently in its 20th straight week in the top 10.

    UNDER THE RADAR AND HAPPY ABOUT IT. Tedder says that his current level of notoriety is ideal. "The day that I can't go out and walk around Paris, I'm done. I'm not joking. If I can't do what I've done the last five days, I'm done."

    HE WANTS TO FLOOR THE HIPSTERS. He admits to having flirted with the idea of doing a more experimental, hipster-baiting side project someday, one that would make his love for bands like James Blake, M83 and LCD Soundsystem more apparent. "If I ever decided to do that, I could create something that would surprise the hell out of even Pitchfork."


    The new King Of Pop Pharrell Williams talks about missing out on working with Michael Jackson

    THERE is one name which keeps coming up in the reviews for Pharrell Williams’ solo record.
    The cat in that hat won’t countenance the affirmation offered by critics who are drawing the natural line between Michael Jackson and his record GIRL.

    Yet Williams has made exactly the record that Jackson may have finally attempted if he was still alive.

    After all, Williams gave him the chance to make it that album back in 2002. But Jackson’s minders rejected the songs he had written for the King Of Pop.

    Instead they would feature on Justified, the debut solo album by Justin Timberlake, who returns the favour with a duet on GIRL called “Brand New”.

    While Williams and Jackson would often talk — and the King Of Pop even interviewed his heir apparent for a magazine feature — they never did get to work together.

    “Well, there’s no comparison between me and Michael Jackson. He is the King of Pop, an incredible dancer, an incredible writer, incredible visionary, he changed the world in so many ways,” he says.

    “I am just a fan who has been given the opportunity to make music.

    “I did eight songs for him that never made it to him, that ended up on Justin’s record.

    “Later he sang me all those songs and told me they should have been his and I told him they were for him.

    “When we did that interview for Interview magazine in 2003, I always said it was the king interviewing the peasant.

    “He knew who he was supposed to be and I am still pinching myself.”

    Williams has a lot to pinch about. GIRL went straight to the top of the iTunes charts in 60 countries and “Happy” has sold a gazillion copies.

    And then there is his fingerprint on the two other biggest hits of the past two years, “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky”.

    It was when Columbia Records heard the Daft Punk collaboration that they decided to lure Williams from behind the producer desk to do a solo artist album himself.

    He was skiddish about the prospect as his 2005 debut solo record In My Mind flopped.

    Hence his genuine gratitude and humility about his purple patch.

    “I am doing things the same. It’s the fans, they are doing it and I cannot take authorship of the success because I didn’t do it,” he says.

    Even when it is pointed out that he created the music which has generated the success, Williams won’t gloat.

    “How lucky are you to be chosen by people to be lifted this high?” he says.

    Before anyone else heard “Happy” or “Brand New” or “Lost Queen” or “Gust of Wind” or “It Girl”, Williams knew he wanted the album to be about women and his feelings about them.

    So he tested the tracks with his wife Helen, riding around Miami in their “truck”, the American equivalent of a ute.

    “You got to play them in the car, you have to, because that’s where people hear it, that’s where you get to see if you feel it,” he says.

    “You just wanna hear it again. Oooh, that’s my part, that’s when you know there’s something in there.

    Williams is playing his future plans close to his chest about touring about confirmed he is working on plans to take GIRL on the road.

    As for the future of hat trends, Williams is “I am not like this guy who is going to show up with all these weird hats.”


    Do you think the "behind the scenes" producers like Pharrell, Dr. Luke, Ryan Tedder are the real ones who own the throne? Are all our favs just a logo to put on their product that people will recognize & buy?

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    "I stopped touring indefinitely, and I didn't know if I ever would again"

    Beck's 2005 video for "E-Pro" features the singer floating like a marionette over a series of computer-generated landscapes. What you didn't know about the clip, directed by London art collective Shynola, is that Beck sustained a debilitating spinal injury during the 10-hour shoot that threatened to halt his career.

    "I thought, 'This is it,'" he tells Rolling Stone. "There was this crazy choreography, where he was in a harness inside this moving wheel, being hit with sticks," explains Joey Waronker, Beck's longtime drummer. "In the footage, it looked like he was floating around. Somehow, he got seriously hurt."

    Beck doesn't like to discuss the intricacies of his injury, "like the guy who won't stop talking about his war wounds at the picnic." But the health scare had a clear impact on his career, even though he continued to release two albums over the next three years. During the tour for 2008's Modern Guilt, his movement was noticeably limited, and eventually, he says, "I stopped touring indefinitely, and I didn't know if I ever would again. I wasn't able to use my guitar and voice in the same way. It altered my life for a long time."

    Beck's output became scattershot — he produced albums for Stephen Malkmus and Charlotte Gainsbourg, bashed out covers of classic LPs with his buddies for his Record Club project and put out the sheet-music album Song Reader. He wondered if he'd ever regain the form that made him one of the most exciting artists of the Nineties. "An executive said he thought I was better as a producer than as an artist," he says. "I kind of took that to heart. I considered doing other things, like putting out books, or I don't know, making T-shirts?"

    By 2012, Beck seemed more like his old self, but his real comeback happened at the end of last month, when he released Morning Phase, his first album in six years. Read our review of the album here.


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    He was really friendly and kept crackin' jokes about how he's always wanted to be in a silent film (he has like four lines in the movie... but certainly kicks ass).

    COBIE SMULDERS!!  She was incredibly nice.  I told her how I can't wait to see the finale of HIMYM, and she said it'll be very exciting.

    Somehow managed to snap this.  My god, she is actually divine.

    Next to Cap's motorcycle signed by the cast that's going to Chris Evan's favorite charity.

    Before the movie started, everyone was crammed in the lobby getting popcorn.  Chris Evans had to squeeze past me, and I had to keep my composure when we touched.  My god, he is one hunk of a man.  He was never my favorite of the Marvel men, but now I'm sold.

    The movie was the most visceral and violent of the Marvel films.  I was on the edge of my seat.  Overall, another quality installment.
    I feel incredibly lucky to have attended, so thanks for letting me share!

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    The DJ replaces himself at the summit with "Hey Brother" after leading for 26 weeks with "Wake Me Up!" Plus, Beyonce adds another No. 1 on Dance Club Songs and the Chainsmokers keep soaring with "#SELFIE"

    Avicii replaces himself at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Hey Brother" lifts 2-1. The track displaces his "Wake Me Up!," the list's leader for the past 26 weeks (1-2).

    "Brother," which enters the Billboard Hot 100's top 20 (25-20), gains by 3% to 74,000 downloads sold (and has sold 907,000 units to date), according to Nielsen SoundScan, and ranks at No. 3 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs.

    On Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, "Brother" bullets at No. 2 (2.3 million U.S. streams, up 5%, with 45% of its activity from Spotify, according to Nielsen BDS). The cut topped Dance Club Songs three weeks ago after reaching No. 4 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in December. (Its uncredited bluegrass-tinged vocal is from Union Station's Dan Tyminski, whose "W*H*E*E*L*S" topped Bluegrass Albums in 2008.)

    Dating to the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart's Jan. 26, 2013, inception, Avicii is the first act to notch two No. 1s, while his 27 total weeks at No. 1 are the most of any act.

    BEYONCE 'BLOW'S UP: Beyonce scores her 19th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, as "Blow" bounds 2-1.

    With the ascent, Beyonce ties Janet Jackson for the third-most No. 1s in the chart's 37-year history as a national survey.

    Here's an updated look at the act's with the most Dance Club Songs toppers:

    43, Madonna
    21, Rihanna
    19, Beyonce
    19, Janet Jackson
    16, Mariah Carey
    16, Kristine W
    15, Donna Summer
    14, Jennifer Lopez
    13, Lady Gaga
    13, Whitney Houston
    13, Katy Perry
    12, Enrique Iglesias

    Promotional remixes from Dirty Pop, CJay Swayne and Romeo Blanco, among others, helped "Blow" reach the summit. With remixes from Tom Stephan and Dave Aude of Beyonce's next single, "Partition," just serviced to club DJs, she and Jackson might not be tied for long.

    SMOKIN': The Chainsmokers sweep the trifecta of honors on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, as “#SELFIE” is the chart’s top Airplay, Digital, and Streaming Gainer as it enters the top five (6-5). The campy club anthem takes over atop Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (3-1; 88,000, up 64%), surges 7-4 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay and debuts on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs at No. 16 (697,000 U.S. streams, with 73% from Spotify) and Dance Club Songs (No. 33).

    On the Hot 100, “#SELFIE” shoots into the top 40 in just its second week, soaring 55-28.


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    Rihanna dons a trendy pair of jeans with bow ties while arriving for a departing flight at Manchester Airport on Friday (March 14) in the United Kingdom.

    On her way to the terminal, the 26-year-old singer dropped by the WH Smith Store to pick up a Lucozade Energy Drink and took a look at the cover of Nuts!, which had her on the cover.

    The night before, Ri and her rumored boyfriend Drake were spotted grabbing a bite to eat at Zouk restaurant.

    Earlier that day, Rihanna was seen wrapping her arms around a close pal before stepping out for dinner.

    35+ pictures inside of Rihanna flying out of Manchester after spending some time with Drake.


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    It would be a crime for 42-year-old Latin entertainer Ricky Martin to step out onto his balcony whilst wearing a shirt. Thankfully, he usually doesn’t.

    Martin is in Rio de Janeiro this week shooting a new music video for his World Cup song “Vida”, and took a moment to contemplate life in his boxers on his glorious Brazilian balcony.

    Good thing the paps were there to snap some shots of him in his underwear — goodness knows we can’t ever have enough of those.

    The newly-single dad was spotted earlier this week filming the new video, sporting a fantastically skimpy tank top and some of those diaper pants Justin Bieber loves so much. We can’t decide where he’s cuter.


    those tattoos...yikes.

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