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- 04/22/14--08:49: Nikolaj Coster Waldau continues to be a flop rape apologist
- 04/22/14--09:02: Olivia Munn: "I would never let my man see me shave"
- 04/22/14--09:09: Tom Hiddleston Talks About Living Below the Line for UNICEF UK
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- 04/23/14--08:50: Queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus for GQ
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The “Nicki Minaj is returning to her hip-hop roots” narrative is already in high gear, even though Minaj has yet to officially release a track from her forthcoming album The Pink Print. But the storyline is undeniable, from the Jay Z-referencing album title to the furious rhymes she has unleashed so far this year on tracks like “Lookin’ Ass” and “Chi-Raq,” and even factoring in her uncharacteristically toned-down new looks. But now Nicki herself has confirmed she’s focusing on rap and isn’t worrying so much about pop sheen this time around.
When asked whether the new LP will have a song like “Starships” or “Super Bass,” Minaj responded with a simple “Hell no.” “The tracks on Pink Print are back to my hip-hop roots,” she told MTV in a recent interview. “And I don’t think it’s something that I’m necessarily trying to do. As soon as I started working on my new album, that’s just the songs that I’ve been writing.”
“I went so far to the other side that there’s only one place to go from there,” she added. “You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, ‘Hey guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more.’”
She’s back at it.
Since springing a surprise album on the masses last December, Beyonce has developed quite the knack for shock and awe.
Indeed, in the months that followed the release of the mega-selling set, King B has made it routine to pop up at award shows unannounced, release unanticipated commercials, and be an all-round enigma.
It’s a trend that looks set to continue, if the shot above is anything to by.
Posted on Twitter by Beyonce Legion– one of the superstar’s most popular (and reliable) fan accounts, the collage shows the singer on set of an “unknown” project.
Could it be a new commercial? Music video? Or perhaps a visual for her all-but-confirmed tour with Jay-Z?
Yoncé I need more dance music this time.
Many fans are upset over not only the shocking nature of the scene -- Jaime forces himself on his sister beside the corpse of their dead son -- but also how it differs from the original scene in the book, which played out as more consensual sex between the incestuous Lannister twins.
Here's what Coster-Waldau had to tell us about That Scene:
"That's certainly George R.R. Martin at his best, at his finest hour. [chuckles] I think it's, well, we talked a lot about it, of course, 'Is it rape?' Their whole relationship has been over all those years has been a physical one and it's been about catching those moments and their love affair over those years has been condensed to those moments of passion. Everything else has been being in the same rooms and pretending. It's a weird one. And now … you'll have to watch the show.They have history, a long history. Nothing is simple. When he says, 'Why the hell did the gods make me love a hateful woman?,' I think that is at the core. A lot of dysfunctional relationships or you've seen them where you go, 'Why the hell did they stay together for so long?' 'Well, we love each other.' 'But it's fucked up! It's just fuckd up.' Everything here is extreme. That scene is extreme. The emotions, everything is just messed up, and then he just wants to reconnect and becomes that weird thing. If you look closer there are those moments where she -- well, I haven't seen the finished edit, of course -- but we tried to have it where she goes into it then she pulls away, she goes in then she pulls away, but of course he is forcing himself."
what a fucking mess. everyone really showed their asses when it comes to this scene. yaaaass at the media ripping these white men apart though.
She has been dating Joel Kinnaman for over two years, but Olivia Munn still wants to keep some mystery in her relationship.
The actress has revealed that there is one particular beauty regime she refuses to let her boyfriend witness.
‘I would never let my man see me shave,’ she tells the new issue of Allure magazine. ‘I just don’t think that you ever look like you’re in a nice position.’
Olivia is also the latest Allure cover girl, and posed for a steamy photo in which she sports a sheer black bra with three straps across her abs, matching trousers and high heels while lounging on a sofa.
On the cover, the Magic Mike star shows off her flawless complexion and cute freckles with minimal make-up and her dark locks blowing behind her.
Olivia added that when it comes to talking about her relationship on Twitter, she does her best to find balance.
‘I try to be personal without being private,’ the 33-year-old explained. ‘You can’t post pictures of you and your boyfriend cuddling up and then get pissed when somebody asks you about it on the red carpet. That’s ridiculous.’
As evidenced by her sultry appearance in the magazine, Olivia is in amazing shape.
But she admitted that one of her pet peeves is when Hollywood stars lie about being able to eat whatever they want.
‘I remember reading these articles when I was younger, and I just felt like, Well, in order to look like that, you have to have some secret, magical unicorn blood that makes carbs disappear as they go into your body. I prefer the truth,’ Olivia said.
The Newsroom actress was at WonderCon over the weekend promoting her latest movie Deliver Us From Evil.
And as usual she was more than happy to chat to her many admirers, and finds it hard to understand celebrities who aren’t like that.
‘I think it’s strange when people don’t sign autographs for people,’ Olivia told Allure. ‘Fans are just people who are helping you make your dreams come true.’
Olivia’s photo shoot for the publication is stunning and no doubt the actress will be thrilled with it.
But she made it clear that she will always take control if she feels uncomfortable while taking part in one.
‘People will take the picture and go out with it because they’ll get the press,’ Olivia said. ‘But if it’s not the image that I want out there, then we shut it down.’
Deliver Us From Evil, a crime horror which also stars Eric Bana and Édgar Ramírez, is due for release in the US on July 2 and the UK on August 22.
it's almost summer so let's talk about shaving
Graffiti artist and Vice freelancer David Choe told a story about allegedly raping a woman on his podcast in March, but later said it was a fictional “extension of his art.”
Vice is reviewing its relationship with the artist David Choe after he recounted a detailed story about sexually assaulting a woman — a story he later said was a fictional “extension of his art.”
Choe, an accomplished graffiti artist perhaps best-known for making a $200 million windfall on stock he earned for work in Facebook’s office, has written for Vice, hosted videos for the website, designed the January 2012 cover of the magazine, and is a correspondent on the media company’s HBO show.
In the story told on a March 10 episode of his podcast, Choe said that during a massage he physically forced the masseuse to perform oral sex on him even though she had repeatedly said no. “She said yes with her eyes,” he said during the segment.
(a/n: This is the story he told on his podcast as reported by xoJane *it's pretty graphic*)
On this podcast, he talked about getting an upscale massage from a very attractive masseuse he calls "Rose." He says he got an erection during the massage and started masturbating without asking or saying anything to the masseuse. He says:
It's dangerous and it's super self destructive. I'm at a place and there's potential for a lawsuit...and she has given me no signs that she's into me or that this is appropriate behavior. In my head I go "Do you care if I jerk off right now?" and it sounds so creepy in my head that I go I can't say that out loud ... So I go back to the chill method of you never ask first, you just do it, get in trouble and then pay the price later.
...So I just start jerking off. So then her hands gets off my leg and she just stops ... I go "Look I'm sorry I can't help myself -- can you just pretend like I'm not doing this and you continue with the massage?" And she's like "All right" and she does ... I'm like "Can I touch your butt?" and I reach out and touch her butt and she pulls away. She doesn't want me to touch her butt.
After a few minutes of her continuing the massage, he asks for oil and she grabs the bottle and pours it on him. He says it’s kinda cold and asks her to rub it and she doesn’t. He grabs her hand and puts it on his penis. He asks her to spit on it and she says no, then he asks her to kiss it and she says no. "She's definitely not into it, but she's not stopping it either," he says.
... I say "Kiss it a little," she says "No, all the massage oil is on it" and I take the back of her head and I push it down on my d**k and she doesn't do it. And I say "Open your mouth, open your mouth," and she does it and I start facef**king her.
This is the part of the podcast where his co-host Asa, seemingly jokingly says, “You raped her.”
Choe says he kept going until he ejaculated in her mouth, then asked Rose if she would have sex with him, to which she says no. She asks him to lay back down and continues the massage as if nothing had happened. Asa continues to kid him about being a rapist, to which he responds:
With the rape stuff...I mean, I would have been in a lot of trouble right now if I put her hand on my dick and she's like "F**king stop I'm gonna go call security." That would have been a much different story. But the thrill of possibly going to jail, that's what achieved the erection quest.
Later, he insists he really didn't rape the masseuse. "She said yes with her eyes," he says.
I never thought I’d wake up one late afternoon and hear myself called a rapist. It sucks. Especially because I am not one. I am not a rapist. I hate rapists, I think rapists should be raped and murdered.
I am an artist and a storyteller and I view my show DVDASA as a complete extension of my art.
If I am guilty of anything, it’s bad storytelling in the style of douche. Just like many of my paintings are often misinterpreted, the same goes with my show. The main objective of all of my podcasts is to challenge and provoke my friends and the co-stars on the show. We fuck with each other, entertain ourselves and laugh at each other, It’s a dark, tasteless, completely irreverent show where we fuck with everyone listening, but mostly ourselves. We create stories and tell tales. It’s not a news show. It’s not a representation of my reality. It’s not the place to come for reliable information about me or my life. It’s my version of reality, it’s art that sometimes offends people. I’m sorry if anyone believed that the stories were fact. They were not!
In a world full of horrible people, thank god for us.
When questioned as to whether or not Vice would air the episodes of the HBO show that feature Choe and continue to work with the artist, Vice spokeswoman Cappi Williamson told BuzzFeed it is reviewing Choe’s story and still considering whether or not to work with him in the future.
“Vice staffers are aware of it [David Choe’s story] and reviewing the situation internally,” said Williamson, who didn’t offer a date for the completion of the review.
Tom took the challenge last year and lived on just £1 of food and drink a day for 5 days to raise money for the 1.2 billion people worldwide who live below the poverty line.
More information on Live Below the Line 2014 @ UNICEF UK's website. This year's 5 day challenge runs from April 28th to May 2nd.
The 20-year-old was spotted partying at London superclub Funky Buddha on Sunday night, but used the taxi journey home in the small hours of the morning to tweet his fans.
“Nobody really knows me,” the boyband member wrote online.
He followed the cryptic late-night message with another tweet, which read; “God bless’.
He then added a ‘winky face’ symbol to his messages.
His final tweet was a ‘selfie’ photo of him by himself in the taxi home, hiding most of his face with a baseball cap.
Not unusually, the messages were ‘retweeted’ and ‘favorited’ on the social media network hundreds of thousands of times.
It’s not the first time the singer has posted a sombre message on his page.
When asked by about a gazillion Directioners what the frick it was all about yesterday, Captain Payngerous explained that he didn't actually know, but was 'a bit wasted' at the time. AH.
So a bit of a strange Easter all round then, eh Payno? YUP - he told another fan: "tbh it was the weirdest Easter ever I didn't eat any chocolate till like night time then I randomly ended up going out, fun." [sic]. We didn't eat any chocolate either, babes. Ahem.
@twinkledlou well I guess I was just thinking like nobody knows me I dunno I was a bit wasted aha— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) April 21, 2014
@iIyzjm I did but I'm sooooo tired don't think I've ever been out this much in my life— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) April 21, 2014
@sIeepyboystyles tbh it was the weirdest Easter ever I didn't eat any chocolate till like night time then I randomly ended up going out, fun— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) April 21, 2014
Chromeo performs "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" and "Come Alive."
They were so amazing last night. UGH
Girls is her creation.
And Lena Dunham will go to any lengths in order to accurately portray her alter ego Hannah Horvath.
And so she didn't hesitate when the script called for her to wear an unflattering outfit of short shorts and patterned shirt.
And why would she? For as the creator, writer, director and star, Lena has complete say over her brainchild.
The star certainly looked happy in her awkward outfit as she filmed her hit HBO series at Spring Street Natural in New York's Soho neighbourhood on Monday.
The 27-year-old actress teamed her navy bottoms with a retro-looking floral print shirt over a clashing tie-neck blouse.
And the wardrobe department certainly wasn't trying to make a style statement with her footwear - she wore a clumpy pair of black Dansko clogs.
While she certainly doesn't play the most daintiest of girls, the Girls creator wasn't complete without a red manicure, beaded green bracelet, and black eyeliner.
Iggy is #1 on the iTunes Album Charts!!!
Make sure to get your copy of The New Classic NOW!
Actress Blake Lively suffered an injury during filming of The Age Of Adaline in Vancouver, Canada on Monday. The 26-year-old was seen gasping as she discovered the bloody wound, after reportedly slipping and falling down a hill. But after inspecting her wound the actress began laughing and ever the professional, it wasn’t long until she was back to work.
Blake, who plays the lead in the film, was wearing a blue woolly cardigan and a pale blue headband in a fifties style. She was joined on set by her co-star who didn’t look too concerned by Blake’s injury but he did come over to inspect her wound. The Gossip Girl actress plays Adaline, who is born at the turn of the 20th century but stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident.
Over the century, she embarks on an epic but isolated journey, until she meets a man for whom 'it might be worth losing her immortality'. Blake recently told UK Vogue that she was looking forward to wearing the character’s period wardrobe. She told the magazine: ‘…One of the most enticing parts of it is that it spans from the 1900s until now. The fashion is amazing, and my character gets to experience all of the different time periods and tell the story through fashion.
'It's not a movie about fashion, but it's an integral part of who she is and the whole story.’ Blake stars opposite Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman, while the cast also includes Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, and Amanda Crew. The film is directed by Lee Toland Krieger, whose previous credits include The Vicous Kind and Celeste And Jesse Forever.
Filming began in March and Blake’s husband Ryan has been seen spending time with her in the city since it got underway. The actor was even seen visiting his beautiful partner on set for a bite to eat, showing they are tighter than ever. The film is set to be released in 2015. A spokesperson for Blake has been contacted for comment.
Have you ever injured yourself on the job, ONTD?
And were you horrified or did you work through the pain like Blake's ex Leo?
Kaskade's fans are used to breaking a sweat to his music, but not quite like this.
The American dance music star tells Billboard that he will be producing a series of 5K nighttime running and walking events in at least five cities this summer. Called “The Spark Run,” each race will feature a mixed soundtrack and headline performance by Kaskade, who will be joined by other select artists at each date.
“Music evokes a lot of different emotions and triggers different senses,” says Kaskade. “That’s what got me interested in the Spark Run. I’m stoked to take various elements from my live shows, create new ones, and marry them into something as unique as this.”
The inaugural Spark Run is set for May 9th in Denver, with subsequent runs scheduled in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago and Charlotte, NC. Featuring illuminated race courses, interactive light shows, and powerful sound systems, the events promise to offer full sensory experiences that take their stylistic cues from Kaskade’s own high-octane live sets.
“We wanted to create a full-blown experience for all of our participants unlike any other 5K out there,” says event co-founder Steve Estes. “The Spark Run marks the first time that a global superstar like Kaskade will produce such an event.”
Each Spark Run event will be conducted in partnership with a local charity organization, providing exposure and a portion of event proceeds. Aimed at encouraging a fun and health-conscious atmosphere, the event marks a logical new venture for an artist who has long served as an advocate of healthy lifestyles in the dance music community.
“It’s not often that two totally different aspects of my life have the chance to melt into one great event,” Kaskade tells Billboard. “I’m a person who has always been clear about my love of music, and vocal about trying to live in a way that lends itself to health. Mixing these two aspects of who I am up in a nighttime run, complete with the atmosphere of a huge party, but one where everyone who wants to participate is on the list, so to speak - has been hugely gratifying.”
Those looking to participate in The Spark Run can register and obtain more information by visiting http://www.thesparkrun.com.
What's on your fitness playlist, ONTD?
She talks about filming the Purple Wedding, Margaery being different in the show than in the books, and filming Mockingjay.
I want to play Scrabble with the ladies of GoT, tbh.
What do you get when you take Elaine Benes and make her ruthless, even more self-absorbed, and frequently enraged? You get veep Selina Meyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus's most unforgettable character yet.
“When you lose your moral center, it’s easy to get pissed off,” says Louis-Dreyfus, sipping tea at an L.A. hotel before a script meeting for season three, which premiered on April 6. “Selina has been eaten by the machine, but also, she is the machine. She’s a mangled, bloodied, pulpy working mess.”
Here she is in season one, scolding an aide for using a White House lackey to gather intelligence:“That’s like trying to use a croissant as a fuckin’ dildo!” Delivered more softly, the line could be funny in a Tina Fey-on-30 Rock way. But here it’s just nasty, and it’s followed by a louder, crueler expulsion of wrath: “Let me be more clear. It doesn’t do the job, and it makes a FUCKING MESS!”
Louis-Dreyfus swears that Selina’s anger isn’t fueled by her own inner demons. “I don’t have a shit-ton of baggage,” she says. “There’s not some grotesque, dark thing.”
Today was the first day of shooting "Age Of Ultron" when all of the Avengers we reassembled! Awesome sight! @Marvel— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 23, 2014
@Marvel The people of the world would like me to post pictures. Well?— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 23, 2014
robertdowneyjr Bros. http://t.co/tdtzb6q1Cn— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 23, 2014
I'm sorry @marvel. I will be better. I'm like your black sheep Avenger.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 23, 2014
@Marvel I adore you.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 23, 2014
Ferrigno, who you may remember as the actor who played the Hulk in the 70s television show, will once again be doing some of the voice-work for the MCU Hulk in Age of Ultron.
Ferrigno performed the grunts and roars for Hulk during the first Avengers, but a mix of Ruffalo's voice was used to utter the Hulk's only clear line, "Puny God."
This was confirmed by Ferrigno himself at WonderCon, via Nuke the Fridge. Unfortunately, we still don't know whether or not Hulk will be getting anymore speaking parts when he's not just mild-mannered Banner, but it's probably safe to assume that it will continue to be a joint effort between Ferrigno and Ruffalo.
Source is Mark Ruffalo's twitter /2
Inside 'Game of Thrones': Kit Harington, George R.R. Martin Speak Out
With its many beheadings, battles and betrayals, Game of Thrones has fast become the most anticipated hour of television for millions of Americans each week. The new issue of Rolling Stone – covered by actor Kit Harington, who plays the show's long-haired, steely-eyed hero Jon Snow – goes behind the scenes with features on Harington and an in-depth interview with novelist George R.R. Martin, who conceived the world of Westeros and the Song of Ice and Fire series of books that serve as the basis for Game of Thrones.
In the Haringon feature, "The Winter Soldier," written by contributing editor Stephen Rodrick, the frequently tight-lipped 27-year-old actor explained what he has in common with Snow, as well as their differences. "Snow's a black sheep," Harington says. "The thing that drives both of us is more similar than you might think – he's driven by ambition. I've always been ambitious too." Snow, he said, is a good person who believes in what he's doing and he admires the way the character balances duty with ambition. "I'm very ambitious," Harington said, "but how do I balance that with not fucking other people up around me?"
Harington also revealed that once the show has its final colorful wedding – which could still be five or more years away – he hopes to enjoy different sorts of roles. "I told my agent, 'No more swords, no more horses,'" he said. "You [don't want to] get stuck in things. And maybe I can cut my fucking hair."
But until then, he said he is enjoying perpetuating myths both onscreen and off. "I don't do Twitter because I don't want to talk about myself more than I already have to," he said, though he shared stories with Rolling Stone about skinny dipping in the pool at a Hollywood hotspot and crashing a Ford Mustang while sober. But he also acknowledges that he is lucky to have such a fruitful career playing a beloved character, and that he understands the appeal of Jon Snow. "The show started when the economy was very bad," Harington said. "People were looking for a hero trying to make his way through a dark world that they didn't understand. That's Jon Snow."
Another person who does not underestimate the appeal of Game of Thrones is its creator, George R.R. Martin, a.k.a. "The Man Behind the Thrones." In our Q&A conducted by contributing editor Mikal Gilmore, the author explains how everyday life, right down to stories his mother told him about his own family while growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, inspired the bloodthirsty families within the Song of Ice and Fire cycle of novels. "To get to my school, I had to walk past the house where my mother had been born, this house that had been our house once," he says. "In some of my stories, there's this sense of a lost golden age, where there were wonders and marvels undreamed of. Somehow what my mother told me set all that stuff into my imagination."
Martin also picks apart many facets relating to his books – from the morality of brutality to the necessity of having dragons in stories like these. ("Now that I'm deep into it, I can't imagine the book without the dragons," he says of the first in the cycle.) He also expresses an admiration for the HBO series. As he discusses its myriad characters and plot twists, he marvels, "I never thought, from the moment I started this, that it could be filmed. I said it was impossible."
But even as he teases fans about the slowness with which he writes – "I better get these books done," he tells Rolling Stone while driving around his adopted town of Santa Fe – he promises that his future books would have unpredictable plots. "The moment the reader begins to believe that a character is protected by the magical cloak of authorial immunity, tension goes out the window," he says, turning his attention toward one of the series' most gripping scenes. "The Red Wedding was tremendously hard to write. . . I loved those characters too much. But I knew what had to be done."
And, as a whole, he explains his philosophy about the sorts of books he writes. "There are some people who read and want to believe in a world where the good guys win and the bad guys lose, and at the end they live happily ever after," he says. "That's not the kind of fiction that I write."
Also in this issue: Alex Morris profiles the porn star and Duke freshman known as Belle Knox, Janet Reitman investigates how Russia is turning into a nation of fear, paranoia and repression and Jeff Goodell explores Obama's climate-change initiatives.
Flop prince, tbh.
Actor Johnny Depp meets his fiance Amber Heard at the Bauman Rare Book shop on her 28th birthday in New York City, New York on April 22, 2014. Johnny presented Amber with a rose as they returned to their hotel.
The "Harry Potter" alum will executive produce the three-hour entry written by "EastEnders" alum Sarah Phelps.
J.K. Rowling is bringing her magic to HBO.
The Harry Potter author is teaming with the premium cable network and the BBC to adapt her best-seller The Casual Vacancy into a three-hour miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Casual Vacancy, Rowling's follow-up to the Harry Potter series, centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind its pretty facade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with the poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands and teachers at war with their students.
Rowling will executive produce the mini via her Bronte Film and Television production company that she runs with Neil Blair, her longtime literary agent and producing partner. Blair is also on board to exec produce alongside Paul Trijbits (Saving Mr. Banks, Dancing on the Edge) and Rick Senat. Sarah Phelps (EastEnders, BBC's Great Expectations) will pen the mini, which will be produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Hour). Jonny Campbell (Eric & Ernie) will direct.
Production will begin in the summer in South West England.
The series is a co-production with the BBC, who announced in 2012 that the novel for adults would be produced for television on BBC One.
The Casual Vacancy has sold more than six million copies worldwide since its debut in 2012, despite mixed reviews.
The move marks Rowling's latest teaming with a division of Time Warner. Studio counterpart Warner Bros. produced all eight Harry Potter feature films, which collectively have grossed more than $7.7 billion.
For HBO, Casual Vacancy joins a growing roster of originals that includes seven-hour mini Criminal Justice, starring John Turturro; the expected second season of anthology True Detective; as well as drama series Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and the upcoming Damon Lindelof series The Leftovers.