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    1 - Song of the Year

    Selena Gomez was the big winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (April 26) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, walking away with Song of the Year ("Come & Get It”), Best Song To Dance To ("Birthday”) and Most Talked About Artist.
    2 - Most Talked About Artist
    3 - Best Song to Dance To

    Other top winners at the show were One Direction (Best Music Group), Justin Timberlake (Best Male Artist), Demi Lovato (Best Female Artist), Fifth Harmony (Breakout Artist of the Year) and Becky G (Best New Artist). Fan voting began in late February through Radio Disney's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles.
    Performers during the show Ariana Grande, R5, Becky G, Fifth Harmony, Austin Mahone and Zendaya.
    The 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards will be broadcast April 27 at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel.
    Check out the full list of winners below:
    They're The One – Best Music Group
    One Direction
    He's The One – Best Male Artist
    Justin Timberlake
    She's The One – Best Female Artist
    Demi Lovato
    The Bestest – Song Of The Year
    "Come & Get It" – Selena Gomez
    XOXO – Best Crush Song
    "Still Into You" – Paramore
    So FANtastic – Fiercest Fans
    Swifties – Taylor Swift
    The Buzz – Breakout Artist of the Year
    Fifth Harmony
    The Freshest – Best New Artist
    Becky G
    Musical Mashup – Best Musical Collaboration
    "Everything Has Changed" – Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran
    So Happy – Best Song That Makes You Smile (Sponsored by ARM & HAMMER Tooth Tunes)
    "Ooh La La" – Britney Spears
    #Cool – Radio Disney's Most Talked About Artist
    Selena Gomez
    Stuck In Our Heads – Catchiest New Song
    "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" – Ylvis
    That's My Jam – Best Song To Rock Out To With Your BFF
    "Me & My Girls" – Fifth Harmony
    Soundtraxx – Favorite Song From a Movie Or TV Show
    "Let It Go" – Idina Menzel ("Frozen")
    Move! – Best Song To Dance To
    "Birthday" – Selena Gomez
    Hit The Road – Favorite Roadtrip Song (Sponsored by GEICO)
    "Made In The USA" – Demi Lovato
    You've Got Swag! – Artist With The Best Style (Sponsored by Justice)


    Here's a nice throwback to Selena killing it at last year's RDMAs
    with her triple platinum smash "Come & Get It"!!!

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    Captain America is only interesting if he’s a prick,” declared a recent article on Vulture.com, inspiring so many angry Marvel fan rebuttals that it probably qualified as outright click bait.

    Of course, the idea of Captain America as “boring” has already been debunked by the $645 million his new movie just made at the box office. What we’re really talking about here isn’t Captain America as a character, but the way we react to blockbuster movie protagonists who aren’t morally ambiguous antiheroes.

    In the 21st century, this kind of pure-hearted, optimistic hero is too often seen as childish and shallow, hence why so many people perceive Cap to be a stodgy do-gooder. The assumption is that in order to modernize an old-fashioned hero into a “serious” character, he needs to get darker. In other words, the infamous gritty reboot.

    No matter how much time the Captain America films spend on real-world topics like PTSD and surveillance culture, in many people’s eyes they will never be truly respectable until the lead character starts acting like an asshole.

    Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is the ultimate example of the gritty superhero reboot. By hiring a respected director of psychological thrillers, Warner Brothers made it very clear that they were steering clear of the cartoonishness that drove the Batman franchise into the ground with the widely derided Batman & Robin. But despite Nolan’s lack of affection for the cheesier aspects of the superhero genre, the Dark Knight trilogy is really no less comic book-ish than its more brightly colored counterparts.

    Nolan’s Batmobile might be a military all-terrain vehicle instead of a sports car with fins, but that doesn’t make the Joker or the Scarecrow any more plausible as real-world villains. All three Dark Knight movies still require the same suspension of disbelief as any other movie about a guy who fights crime in an ankle-length cape and bat mask. However, with their storylines focusing on police corruption and urban terrorism, they were seen as being far more “serious” than other superhero movies, and therefore, they must be better. Critics agreed that finally, here were some superhero movies that non-geeky, non-frivolous adults could enjoy.

    This false connection between gritty realism and literary quality is a common theme in the way we interpret popular fiction, but it’s particularly noticeable in the superhero genre, where “realism” is always going to be a matter of opinion.

    Even Superman, a character who is literally powered by sunlight, is now far darker than before -- with rather dubious results. In Man of Steel this is immediately established with his costume, which was toned down to duller shades of red and blue (presumably because serious superheroes don’t wear bright colors). This kind of visual cue goes hand in hand with storylines where heroes have to get closer to their more metaphorical dark side, which in Superman’s case manifested itself with him snapping his opponent’s neck during the film’s final showdown.


    At the moment, this divide between gritty darkness and optimistic heroism coincides pretty neatly with the divide between the big-name DC and Marvel superhero adaptations.

    To quote Craig Ferguson’s comments on another sci-fi megafranchise, Marvel Studios movies are all about “The triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.” Right now, DC adaptations are more about the triumph of brute force and cynicism over brute force and cynicism. Which is fine for Batman (he’s nicknamed the Dark Knight for a reason, after all) but less so for Superman.

    Warner Brothers’ decision to go the Christopher Nolan route with Man of Steel made sense on a business level, since the Dark Knight trilogy was a huge box office success and managed to earn the respect of the most grudging of film critics. However, from a characterization standpoint, Nolanizing Superman couldn’t have been a worse idea.

    The reason why Batman and Superman have remained popular for decades is because they don’t overlap. As complete opposites in theme and tone, they aren’t really competing. But Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan wanted to make Superman a more mature and respectable hero, and they did it in the only way they knew how: by making him into a darker and more serious character, and therefore edging him dangerously close to territory that was already covered by the consistently violent and angst-ridden Batman.

    Of course, the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier has just proven that this strategy wasn’t really necessary. While Superman is often described as being an old-fashioned hero, Captain America was literally born during the Great Depression. Instead of rebooting him to be a more morally ambiguous character, Marvel kept him as wholesome, loyal, and old-school heroic as ever, and dropped him into a situation where he could lead a cast of 21st century characters who had spent too long in the shadows.

    At the most basic level, a “dark” or “gritty” narrative is about putting the hero in a place where they have to make a difficult choice. In the recent Batman and Superman movies, that “hard choice” has generally been to do something bad, which is then interpreted as being more mature and realistic because real life is about compromise. Meanwhile in Marvel Studios movies, the opposite is almost always the case.

    Tony Stark realizes the impact of being a weapons manufacturer, and faces up to the consequences. Thor only regains his powers after performing an act of pure self-sacrifice. Captain America spurs on a Snowden-esque leak that trusts the public to pass judgement on corruption within his own intelligence agency -- the polar opposite of Bruce Wayne’s attitude toward civilians in The Dark Knight Rises, in which the citizens of Gotham are infantilized to the point of being completely helpless until Batman shows up to save the day. In fact, the surveillance system Bruce Wayne uses to search for criminals in Gotham City is not so very different from the one Captain America just destroyed in The Winter Soldier.

    This Marvel/DC division is even more evident when you compare the final battle scenes in Avengers and Man of Steel. Both involve an alien attack on a U.S. city, but Superman and the Avengers react in very different ways. Superman spends 20 minutes beating Zod to a pulp and razing various skyscrapers in the process, culminating in the infamous scene where he snaps Zod’s neck. The Avengers, on the other hand, prioritize civilian survival above the ultimate goal of defeating Loki, with half the battle focusing on getting pedestrians to safety and restricting the battle to a few city blocks. Both scenes involve making a difficult moral and tactical choice in the heat of battle, but Superman goes for the “dark” option while the Avengers focus on minimizing civilian casualties.


    Somewhere along the line, someone decided that superheroes would only be popular with modern audiences if they were “cool.” Batman and Iron Man aren’t really an issue because they’re both basically James Bond: automatically cool. The problem is, Superman and Captain America are never going to be like that. They’re both total dorks.

    Sure, the concept of Superman is awesome, but Clark Kent is the kind of person who makes dad jokes, helps little old ladies across the road, and unironically states that his favorite food is apple pie. The same goes for Steve Rogers. Their purpose isn’t to be John McClane or Jason Bourne, it’s to be inspirational heroes, in the original and most mythic sense of the word. And decades of bestselling comics suggest that there’s no need to mess with this winning formula.

    In many ways, it’s possible to interpret Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Marvel’s F.U. to Man of Steel. There’s even a scene where Steve Rogers goes undercover in what looks suspiciously like Clark Kent’s glasses.

    The movie actually begins with a scene that seems very much like Captain America by way of Christopher Nolan or Zack Snyder. Dressed in a somber, navy blue version of his usual costume, Cap leads a special ops unit on a mission to infiltrate a ship in the Indian Ocean, only to discover that one of his teammates has received another, secret set of orders. Moral ambiguity and “realistic” action thriller themes all round. But as the movie progresses, we see Cap purposefully transition away from this clandestine, shades-of-grey method of fighting the bad guys.

    In a story where the biggest question is “Who can we trust?” this movie gives us the same answer time and time again: You can trust Captain America.

    Winter Soldier’s final battle scene begins with Cap donning his old red, white, and blue costume so he can tell who his enemies really are (“The bad guys will be the ones shooting at us.”) and asking an army of government agents to abandon their posts because their commanding officers can’t be trusted. He puts his trust in everyday citizens to make the right choices for themselves and their country, and help him fight back against the evil that has grown in their midst.

    In an indirect mirror image of Superman’s decision to kill Zod in Man of Steel, Captain America’s final battle ends with him refusing to kill the Winter Soldier, and resigning himself to death. Both are written as traumatizing events with great emotional and moral impact, but from a heroic character development perspective, they put Superman and Captain America in very different camps.

    Steve Rogers and Clark Kent aren’t direct analogues for one another, but they do have one fundamental thing in common: they are good. They are both incredibly wholesome and moral, above all other things. Even Spider-Man is “darker” than Superman, because his origin story centers around Peter Parker’s guilt over failing to save his uncle’s life. Interestingly, Man of Steel inserted a similar backstory scene for Jonathan Kent, a classic manpain moment that seemed oddly unnecessary considering the fact that Clark had already been orphaned once already.

    The first rule of storytelling is that you always need to include some kind of conflict to keep things interesting. The rationale behind a gritty reboot of Superman is that there’s just not enough conflict in a story about someone who spends the whole time being a good person. However, this mistakes “good person” for “flawless character.”

    Yes, a flawless character who wins all the time is an incredibly dull story, but neither Steve Rogers nor Clark Kent can be possibly be described as flawless. Not just that, but like any other superhero who has stood the test of time, both of their backstories are riddled with grief, violence, and trauma. There’s really no need to insert additional “darkness” into the characters themselves, when it already permeates the rest of their universe.

    The purpose of characters like Superman and Captain America is not to succumb to that darkness and join the ever-growing horde of rage-fuelled Hollywood antiheroes, but to shine a light of hope in that darkness, and inspire others to do the same.

    In an appearance on Kevin Smith’s Fat Man on Batman podcast, Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada weighed in with his thoughts on the competition’s Man Of Steel, which rebooted the Superman franchise.

    When talking about how Captain America dealt with his adversary in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in comparison to Superman dealing with Zod in Man of Steel, Quesada joked, “He could have broken Bucky’s neck. I’m sorry. I had to get it in there.”


    Quesada also added that comparison was something that someone had pointed out to him in an online article.

    “As a comic book fan, I wanted to love that movie so much,” said Quesada. “I wanted to love it so much, and I didn’t love it so much. Again, there are little things here and there that you could pick at and things like that, but I just think at the end of the day, Zod was the hero of the movie to me.”

    “He wanted to save his race, and Superman didn’t let him,” explained Quesada.

    Quesada added, “Zod, in this particular incarnation, struck me as not necessarily an evil man, but a man of…he had a particular…he had his orders, he had a mission. He was a zealot of sorts, but he was a zealot…again, correct me if I’m wrong… but he didn’t say, ‘I want to rebuild Krypton, and then come back and destroy this little planet. All I want is to rebuild this planet. And the only reason I’m blowing everything to bits here is because you’ve got what I want, and you’re not giving it to me. So please, give me my people, and I’ll leave.”

    When Kevin Smith interjected that Zod forced Superman to make a choice that it was either going to be Krypton or Earth, Quesada replied, “When Superman said Krypton had its chance, I was like, ‘Will you just f***ing kill him Zod?’”

    Quesada felt that Superman was abandoning his own race in the film, and there could have been a solution where Superman could have given Zod what he wanted, so Zod could have rebuilt Krypton elsewhere. However, Smith countered that even if Superman had given Zod some of his blood that Zod would have eventually come back and wiped out Earth.

    Quesada replied, “You probably could have written a way around it. You could have had a better solution if you had written a better problem. So I see things like that, and I’m like, ‘Aww, man.’ It was one of some things in the movie, that I just ended up feeling disappointed in it.”

    Quesada pointed out that he didn’t get that feeling with the Batman movies and that he loved the Batman movies.

    “I was in the mood to watch that Superman movie, and afterwards I was just angry,” said Quesada.


    The movie Falcon is the newest playable hero in Super Hero Squad Online, using his EXO-7 suit to rain airborne justice down on evildoers. Use S.H.I.E.L.D. Upgrades, Wingstrike and Cyclone Strike to help get the job done, and if you have trouble distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys, remember that the bad guys are probably the ones shooting at you (#MovieReference).

    The current World Event can also help pump up your personal squad with a triple helping of heroes: White Phoenix, Arctic Iron Man and Armored Spider-Man. Turn in those fractals to Uatu (still alive, for now!), and don’t despair if you can’t top the leaderboard right away, as the event resets every four hours through Monday, April 28 at 1 pm PDT.

    While you’re heroing up, you can also use the code “1THSNDXP” for a free XP boost. That should be all the reason you need to fit some Super Hero Squad Online into your Sunday schedule, so have fun!

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    Mila Kunis bares her small baby bump while attending the day 1 of 2014 Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Club on Friday (April 25) in Indio, Calif.

    The 30-year-old pregnant actress was accompanied by her fiance Ashton Kutcher, who held her close and tight.

    During the festival, Mila and Ashton were spotted having a ball while dancing to some country music.


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    Rochelle Sterling is mad as hell and she’s not going to take it any more.

    Married to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for 50 years, Rochelle has watched him lavish millions of dollars on his new girlfriend, Vanessa Stiviano, the past few years. She wants the spending stopped and the money back.

    Sterling, 81, now embroiled in a controversy over racist comment, has been openly dating Stiviano, 38, for almost four years, and his wife, according to a lawsuit she's filed against the mistress girlfriend, is simply “a married woman seeking to protect and recover community property in her individual capacity.”

    According to the lawsuit, Donald Sterling has used their community funds to lavish a multiple of gifts on Stiviano, who has five aliases.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, those gifts include $1.8 million for the purchase of an apartment in downtown L.A., $240,000 in living expenses, a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Range Rover!

    Stiviano has enjoyed showing off her lover’s generosity and has frequently posted photos of herself with his gifts on her Instagram account.

    The March 7 lawsuit also alleges that Donald Sterling himself had asked Stiviano to return the money.

    It’s unclear if that’s accurate but attorney, Mac Nehoray, told the Times that a gift cannot be revoked by the giver and that there is not “a peppercorn of a fact” that any fraud or undue influence was involved.


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    World renowned dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, says that the humans are committing genocide against the pit bull breed of dogs. “Our ignorance level is growing way too out of proportion, to the point that we believe that getting rid of a breed is a solution,” said Milan. “Genocide. It’s a genocide,” he added.

    On April 18, National Geographic’s “Nat Geo Wild” will be presenting the television special “Love My Pit Bull,” where Millan examines the ways that the human species has failed pit bulls and dogs who resemble pit bulls. Some of the areas that will be addressed in the show will be dog fighting, widespread neglect and abuse, laws restricting ownership, media sensationalism, and euthanasia.

    Too many people claim to say that they love animals, yet they eat, and wear the skins of some animals, and have others euthanized because they are inconvenient, or are no longer useful to them. Unfortunately, pit bulls fall into the inconvenient category as many have become aggressive as a result of unscrupulous breeders and irresponsible owners. Pit bulls often attract the kind of dog owners who are only interested in these dogs for fighting or protection. “We say we love dogs. We can’t just say we love certain kinds of dogs. Otherwise, let’s just say we love some dogs. Let’s not say we are a nation of dog lovers,” said Millan.

    Pit bulls by nature are not aggressive dogs, and can make ideal family companions if raised in a loving home. Any dog that is treated with cruelty, and trained to be aggressive can become a danger to society. Millan says that “[i]t is not just pit bulls who behave aggressive. It’s Chihuahuas who behave aggressive. It’s Dalmatians who behave aggressive. So what I’m saying is aggression is a state of mind not a breed.”

    Even if the breed is eliminated, people who train these dogs to become aggressive will just move on to another breed of dog.“We take responsibility. We no longer blame the elephant and the shark and the tiger, and in this case, the dog. We humans have to take responsibility for how we influence instability, how we create instability,” said Millan. “The most dangerous thing on the planet is an ignorant humankind,” said Millan.


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    Katy just posted the first outfit for her world tour. It's a Valentino~

    Source: http://instagram.com/p/nTbTKZP-VT/

    Looks awesome tbh. Take note, Britney & Co.

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    Greg Pak is finally getting to write the Storm solo comic book he's always wanted to do. So, the choice of hairstyle was a foregone conclusion. "Mohawk, natch," Pak says of the popular X-Men heroine with crazy-cool weather powers at the center of Storm, launching in July from Marvel Comics. A solo book for Pak means having space and time to play a long game in terms of character and themes. And with Storm, he's exploring her combination of fury and empathy while going huge and small at once in storytelling for emotional impact. "We're going to see Storm cutting loose with all the brass and fierceness that comes from having the power to control every aspect of the Earth's weather and atmosphere," Pak says. "And we're going to delve deep into the experiences and perspective that lead her to make decisions no other X-Man would — to tear through walls that no one else may have even realized are there."

    Illustrated by Victor Ibanez, the first issue takes Storm to an idyllic Caribbean community harboring a terrible secret threat, another challenge altogether arises on the homefront at the Jean Grey School, and an old enemy returns in an entirely different way, according to Pak. Storm has been a regular member of the mutant superhero squad since Giant-Size X-Men No. 1 in 1975 — and has been played on screen by Halle Berry in movies, including X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23).

    Pak feels that in terms of power, Storm might be the X-Men's greatest asset, and also offers a moral center as a leader since she works for the betterment of mankind as well as her fellow mutant population. At the same time, though, she's also been a street thief, a goddess, a leader of the Morlocks and a queen. "She's a mutant icon — but also a hero to oppressed people everywhere," says Pak, promising to explore her morality from all angles, "especially in the ways it might clash with the objectives of her fellow X-Men."The writer has found Storm exciting and inspiring ever since he was a kid seeing a first black female superhero for the first time.

    "I was a middle-class half-Korean boy growing up in Texas, not the orphaned daughter of an African-American photographer and an African princess growing up in the streets of Cairo," Pak explains. "But Storm's difference resonated with me — just by existing, she represented the idea that anyone could be a superhero, even me." She wasn't a boring role model either, he adds. "She was a little wild, a little dangerous, and yet a hero through and through." Pak was writing her in Astonishing X-Men and mentioned to folks that Storm was always a character he writes in a solo setting — three years ago, he even retweeted a petition a fan posted asking Marvel to create a Storm ongoing series just for him. The winds of fate blew in a few months ago.

    "Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum called up," Pak recalls, "whispered 'Storm,' and my head fell off." Storm is a strong personality who will go where she's told not to and stand with those she's not supposed to, and that will be a major aspect of Pak's new series. "Storm fights for those who most need her, no matter what the cost," he says. "There's a ton of drama and story in exploring how she makes those decisions and what kind of trouble that will create for herself and everyone she loves."


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    It's a gorgeous new picture from the set of Macbeth, courtesy of issue 300 of Empire and photographer Mary McCartney, showing Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as the titular warrior and his lady wife.

    The film comes from Snowtown director Justin Kurzel, adapting Shakespeare's play for the big screen in - as you can see - a homespun, rough-around-the-edges take on the story.

    For the three of you who missed it in English lit class in school, Macbeth encounters three witches after a succesful battle and hears a prophecy that he will become King. When other of their predictions come true, he begins to wonder if they were on to something, and at the behest of his wife, decides to double down on the toil and trouble and engage in a spot of conspiracy and murder to take the throne. Predictably, life ain't quite so easy for someone who proves so lacking in the milk of human kindness.

    This new version of Macbeth also stars David Thewlis, Jack Reynor, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and Elizabeth Debicki, and is something wicked that will this way come in 2015.


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    We've got a an awesome photo spread by director Gia Coppola featuring the hot young cast of hers and James Franco's new movie Palo Alto debuting on Papermag.com next week (stay tuned!), but, in the meantime, we're pretty pumped for the release of the film's soundtrack, featuring dreamy new music from Devonte Hynes as well as tracks by Coppola's cousins Robert Schwartzman and Jason Schwartzman (as Coconut records) among others. Hyne's woozy title track reminds us a little of "I'm Not In Love," or smoking pot in an empty strip mall parking lot on a Saturday night, like all good teenagers do. Listen to the full soundtrack, which also includes Hynes' "April's Daydream" and a previously released Blood Orange track, below.

    Listen to the entire soundtrack here.


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    The 37-year-old singer was presented the Hero Award for her charitable work with organizations such as UNICEF, The ONE Campaign, Habitat For Humanity, and more.
    Shakira also created her own charity called the Barefoot Foundation, which works to ensure that every child can exercise his or her right to a quality education.
    The singer will also help present RDMAs' Heroes for Change Award, which recognizes three exemplary kids for making a difference in their communities

    just a few videos of Shakira over the years explaining why she is big supporter of Education for children

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    That definitely looks like a date! Katy Perry and 'new boyfriend' Diplo enjoy dinner and dancing before 'heading to same hotel'

    They were spotted looking more than friendly at Coachella earlier this month.

    And Katy Perry and Diplo certainly looked like they were on a date when they were spotted together on Thursday night.

    The rumoured new couple enjoyed a wild night which allegedly ended up with them heading to the same hotel.

    The pop star and the DJ were spotted having dinner inside the Marlton Hotel in New York before they arrived at the after-party for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere. The bash was held at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, and according to reports they spent an hour there before going clubbing at Up And Down, where Leonardo DiCaprio was apparently also partying.

    Katy looked like she was dressed to impress Diplo, real name Thomas Wesley Pentz, adding further fuel to the rumours they are dating. The 29-year-old was clad in a bright floral paisley printed satin skirt that was high-waisted and ankle-length and ensured she stood out. Katy paired the colourful garment with a black sleeveless crop top and matching platform sandals, wearing her bright green hair slightly curled.

    Meanwhile Diplo, 35, was dressed down in a white Kenzo jumper with a tiger's face on it, jeans with white panels, battered brown boots and spectacles.

    They staggered their entrances and exits in a bid to avoid being photographed together, but the duo were seen travelling around in the same car.

    According to Radar the two, who have been friends for years, were 'hanging out pretty much the whole night' at the Jeremy Scott and Adidas party in Palm Springs during Coachella. 'It definitely looked like more than than [friendship],' a second source told the website. 'At one point he even had his arms around her.'

    And, they add, Katy reacted angrily when a party crashing girl tried to flirt with the DJ - having the girl thrown out.

    Katy hasn't been known for picking the best men after failed relationships with Russell Brand and John Mayer, and Diplo also has a checkered past.

    The DJ has admitted to be having been arrested multiple times, and was even ordered into anger management classes after one bar fight.

    It took place at the The Standard hotel in New York City back in 2011 after the DJ was invited to work with Beyonce on her album.

    X+vids @ source

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    Is redemption still in Jaime Lannister’s future?
    That’s a question that many fans are wondering given his actions in last week’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” titled “Breaker of Chains.” As the fourth hour of season four looms, so does the question about Jaime’s future salvation. His sister and lover, Cersei, meanwhile, only has one thing on her mind: Revenge — and it’s a prize she’ll snatch up no matter the price.

    Read on for seven of our predictions about tonight’s episode, from the fallout of Jaime and Cersei to beyond the great Wall of Westeros.

    1. Cersei and Jaime won’t be getting along.
    And are you surprised, based on how last week played out? In the preview for tonight’s episode, Cersei and Jaime share a scene, but it’s all business. “If I asked you to leave the capital right now and find Sansa, and bring me her head, would you do it,” she barks at him. Next, we see Jaime pick up his new Valyrian sword. Is he feeling any remorse for what happened in the sept?

    2. Brienne will find something new.
    The title of the episode is “Oathkeeper,” which fans of the books know as the name of Jaime’s Valyrian sword. If that tells us anything, it tells us that Jaime and Brienne will have an important, touching scene at some point in the hour — a scene that might be one of the last between these two characters.

    3. Littlefinger will pull back the curtain.
    With Sansa in his clutches, and Ser Dontos murdered right before her eyes, Littlefinger must be feeling mighty good about himself. Is it too much to hope that he’ll reveal the full extent of what happened to Joffrey during the Purple Wedding? Perhaps, but now that he’s fully returned to the story, it can’t be long before Littlefinger tells Sansa how he did what he did.

    4. Tyrion will wait and wait some more.
    The Imp remains in captivity, charged with the murder of the king. As he awaits trial, Tyrion’s story will feel reminiscent of his days in the Eyrie back in season one — only this time, the scenery won’t be as breathtaking and vertigo-inducing.

    5. Jon will train.
    In the preview for “Oathkeeper,” we see Jon sword fighting with fellow members of the Night’s Watch. Is he preparing them for Mance Rayder’s upcoming assault on the Wall, or is he training them to make a move against their fellow brothers shacked up at Craster’s Keep? Either way, acting Lord Commander Alliser Thorne isn’t about to start taking orders from a low-level bastard, highborn or otherwise.

    sorry it's early, timezones suck

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    Stop what you're doing, because Harry Styles has a new tattoo.

    The One Direction heartthrob added to his ever-growing body art collection with two (what look to be) ferns or leaves across his hips.

    Lifting his arms up at his first Where We Are stadium show in Colombia last night, the singer exposed the black designs much to the amazement of his loyal fans.

    But it has sent the world of Twitter into a state of utter confusion - no one seems to know what it means.

    One fan wrote: "Close up if Harry's new tattoo I wonder what it means."

    Another added (rather amusingly): "'Harry has a bird and a butterfly tattoo'... 'and now he has a leaf tattoo'... And here ladies and gentlemen is Harry Styles, The human garden."

    Maybe that's what he's aiming for?

    One user added: "Hip tattoo @Harry_Styles ? You boy....."


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    Before Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers chose to take off their shooting shirts and wear their warm up shirts inside out to protest owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist remarks.

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    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers players staged a silent protest against owner Donald Sterling before Sunday's game, while coach Doc Rivers said he isn't sure what he would have to hear from Sterling to make him want to return next season.

    "Don't know yet," Rivers said when asked if there were things he needed to hear from Sterling after an audio tape surfaced of Sterling purportedly making racist remarks to his girlfriend V. Stiviano. "I'm just going to leave it at that."

    The Clippers gathered at center court before Game 4 of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors and took off their Clippers' warm-up shirts and left them there. They then warmed up wearing inside-out red shooting shirts that did not display the Clippers' name or logo. During the game, players wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks.

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    During a 45-minute team meeting on Saturday, Clippers player voiced their anger about the tape and discussed various options of protest, including boycotting the game.

    "[We] talked as a team about everything," Chris Paul told ESPN. "Tried to keep internal, everything we decided to do has been together as a team."

    In the Clippers' locker room before the game, "We are one" was written on the dry-erase board, which was the message players and coaches talked about before taking the court.

    "We're going to be one, everything we do, we do it together," Paul said. "Stay together, play ball, we worked hard to be where we are, can't imagine going through this with anyone leading us other than Doc."

    Sterling was at Game 3 on Thursday night in Oakland and was planning to be at Game 4 Sunday before speaking with the league and agreeing not to attend as they investigated his comments. Sterling's wife, Rochelle, however, was at the game and sat courtside across from the Clippers' bench.

    Stiviano's lawyer released a statement Sunday afternoon that stated the tapes carrying the purported voices of Stiviano and Sterling were "legitimate." The quotes came from approximately an hour's worth of recorded conversation, that Stiviano says she did not leak to the media.

    Rivers said before the game he had not spoken to Sterling and had no current plans to.

    "I've not talked to Donald yet," Rivers said. "Really no need right now, at least for me."

    Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who, like Rivers, played for the Clippers, said he could not coach or work for the Clippers knowing what he knows now about Sterling.

    "I cannot right now," Jackson said. "Knowing the mentality, I cannot. With that being said, let me double back. There are people, successful people, who would answer that question and say no, that's working for folks today."

    Rivers said he understood Magic Johnson and many fans saying they would not be attending Clippers' games as long as Sterling is the owner and would understand if the Clippers' 137-game sellout streak was snapped for Tuesday's Game 5 because of the backlash.

    "I would understand," Rivers said. "I hope not. We need them. I can tell you that. We need everybody. We play for them. We always have. So we do need them. We're going to need them bad on Tuesday. We're going to need them there. We're going to need them in our corner. But, listen, I get all of it. Like I said to the gentlemen, someone wants to do it another way, I get that, too, and I have no problem with that either."

    so happy they took a stance but god damn i want jj reddick to ruin me like sterling ruined his credibility in the nba

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    According to reports, Mariah Carey likes to travel in style -- and she's willing to pay for it.

    When the singer travels to Cannes Film Festival next month, she will reportedly have an entire cabin on a British Airways flight to herself. Carey is rumored to have paid $118,000 to book her own first-class cabin on the flight from New York to France.

    ''Over the years Mariah has grown accustomed to traveling in ultimate style so she doesn't think twice about paying such a crazy amount to ensure her privacy," The Sun newspaper reported. ''At least she'll be able to stock up on the missing passengers' complimentary eye masks and hot towels (lol uh no she's Mariah)."

    The 44-year-old star could possibly be traveling with husband Nick Cannon or her two-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

    ''Let's hope she doesn't demand that British Airways lays out fluffy carpets for her, kits out the upper deck with puppies and paints the interiors cream. To be honest, it would be cheaper for Mariah to just hire her own private jet.''

    The flight could take up to eight hours, which breaks down to about $15,000 per hour to rent the cabin.


    Lbr, we all know Mariah isn't gonna stay cooped up in a flight filled with other passengers. Question is, she has a G5 why didnt she just fly that?

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    Winning three straight weekends of domestic box office has become a rare achievement in the industry. As such, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, like The Lego Movie before it, is an unqualified success story. A fourth weekend as box office ruler would have given the Marvel release bragging rights over its toy story opponent as the two battle for supremacy as the biggest film of 2014 to date. That victory proved elusive as The Winter Soldier fell 37% to $16 million this weekend, sliding to second place in the process. After only 24 days in theaters, the latest Disney comic book movie has already grossed $224.9 million domestically. With $645 million in the bank worldwide, it has surpassed Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 2 to become the second most popular standalone title featuring an Avengers character.

    Domestically, it has also topped Thor: The Dark World ($206m), will top X2 today ($214m), and will soon surpass the $235m gross of X-Men: The Last Stand. It has earned a somewhat surprising $645 million worldwide, within spitting distance of Man Of Steel ($668m).


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  • 04/27/14--15:19: Poe Returning to Boston
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    This statue of Edgar Allan Poe titled 'Poe Returning to Boston' will be installed in Boston in October.

    Literary tourists will have another reason to head to Boston starting in October. The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston will unveil a large statue of the beloved writer this fall, to be installed at the intersection of Boylston and Charles Street South, fittingly named Poe Square.

    The sculpture shows Poe, coat billowing, walking with an open briefcase. Out of the case spill a pile of papers and a human heart. The sculpture also features an enormous raven, a nod to Poe’s famous poem “The Raven.”

    The statue was sculpted by Stefanie Rocknak, a philosophy professor at Hartwick College, who beat out 265 other proposals for the design, according to Boston Magazine. Her clay sculpture will be cast in bronze.

    Poe was born in Boston and published his first book of poems in the Massachusetts city. His statue will be unveiled on October 5, just a few days before the 165th anniversary of his death on October 7.

    Who's your favorite Classical author?


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  • 04/27/14--15:20: Which State Is The Nerdiest?

  • There’s a lot to consider when choosing which state to live in. Will the locals trade Pokemon cards with you? Will you be mocked for LARPing in the park? Will you meet others who enjoy dressing up like Star Wars characters? For those who harbor interests considered nerdy or geekish, not all states are created equal. Estately crunched the numbers to determine which U.S. states have the most nerds per capita.

    To do this, we analyzed Facebook data for every U.S. state and the District of Columbia to determine the percentage of users who listed these 12 criteria as interests:

    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Harry Potter
    Star Wars
    Anime Movies
    Dungeons & Dragons
    LARPing (Live Action Role-Playing)
    Doctor Who
    Fantasy Lit
    Lord of the Rings
    Magic: The Gathering
    Comic Books
    The numbers in the chart below represent a state’s overall rank for per capita interest in each of the 12 subjects. States are ranked from most nerdy to least nerdy.

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    In looking at the map and chart, a few things stand out…

    The South is a virtual nerd desert, and a damn hard place to get a game of D&D going.
    Rural western states are prime habitat for nerds.
    States with large populations don’t tend to have high percentages of nerds.
    Rhode Island is an island of nerdom along the coast of the Atlantic.
    California is the only place in the West where you can go to a Harry Potter movie and not sit behind a grown woman in a wizard hat.
    Utah is just so unbelievably nerdy it could be a Harry Potter theme park.
    If you want to get stuffed in a locker bring your Pokemon cards to school in Mississippi, New Jersey, or Washington, DC.
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    Here are profiles of America’s ten most nerd-filled states

    1. UTAH

    In Utah, nerdishness is so common it’s practically the norm. Even if you factor in its high percentage of young people, Utah’s enthusiasm for nerdy interests is unparalleled in America. Utah beats out all other states for interest in cosplay, Harry Potter, Star Wars, LARPing, fantasy literature, and Lord of the Rings. Basically, if you like to get into costume to see a sci-fi or fantasy movie then Utah is the state for you.

    Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) was at Salt Lake City Comic Con FanXperience this year. You missed it.
    SLC Nerd is a community festival event celebrating all that is geeky and nerdy in Utah.
    The Nerd Store offers comics, gaming cards, and more.
    Enjoy the annual event Nerdtacular, which is nerdtastic, as well as Fantasy Con, which is fantastic.

    2. ALASKA

    In Alaska, if you’re standing on a street corner and the person to your left isn’t a Dungeon Master, and the person to your right isn’t, then you must be the Dungeon Master. Perhaps it stems from being trapped indoors all winter, or maybe some wizard cast a spell on the whole state, but Alaska’s citizenry is passionate about fantasy role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons (1st) and Magic: The Gathering (1st). The state ranks no lower than 12th in any of the categories. It’s truly America’s Great Nerdy North.

    Alaska lacks many conventions, but does have Senshi-Con and Pop Con.

    3. WYOMING

    On cold winter nights, as the wind howls outside, the locals gather together with the cows and coyotes to watch the British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who. When it’s not on, the play fantasy role-playing games (2nd most for D&D and Magic) and lament the day Miss Wyoming left the bookish Jonathan Frink during an episode of The Simpsons.

    4. IDAHO

    Idaho is home to large numbers of live action role-players and Harry Potter enthusiasts, but it’s also one of the premier states for those into fantasy literature. The state is home to its own chapter of the Tolkien Society, and local universities actually hold classes focusing on fantasy and science fiction.

    The state has added a number of anime conventions and events catering to the state’s nerdier/awesome interests: Anime Oasis, Tomodachi Fest, and more.


    Colorado is so consumed with geek interests it’s inevitable quidditch will become an official high school sport, Tauntauns will roam the state’s ski slopes, and Klingon will be a course offered at Colorado Mountain College. Colorado boasts a sizable nerd population with a wide variety of interests, earning high marks in all included categories, as well as being home to numerous geek-friendly conventions.

    Denver Comic Con, The Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con, Rocky Mountain Comic Con, ROMOCOCO, Rocky Mountain Collector Con…

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    CRIMSON PEAK, Wednesday, April 23, Day 12: The first of three days shooting a ballroom sequence at Casa Loma, a substantial little castle in the middle of Toronto. The men are in white tie and tails, the women in ball gowns. It's crowded. There are over 130 extras, all in formal wear, with the most well-groomed selection of facial hair since the court of Kaiser Wilhelm. It's chilly outside and quickly rather stifling inside the ballroom (really the library of the castle, complete with floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled largely with fake books). Mountains of mouth-watering cakes and delicacies are carried in, but they're just for show. For all I know, they're wooden. The order of this first day is for all of us to watch Jessica Chastain play the piano. Jessica doesn't play the piano, but she has learned to play two pieces for this sequence -- months of work, and it shows. I complimented her on her playing and asked how long she'd played, and she thought I was kidding her, as she'd had no experience before this winter. I can tell that she's not a flawless pianist, yet I am dumbstruck that she has learned to play so well in such a short time. I studied piano for years and can play almost nothing beyond the barest rudiments. I would be proud to play half as well after those years as Jessica plays in the length of time I've been growing out my beard.

    My new pal Leslie Hope and I have a lot of fun on the set. She's playing Charlie Hunnam's character's mother, and she is a great asset to the company, funny, acerbic, lovely, charming. We discussed the differences between shooting movies and TV, particularly the speed at which things are done. This is a 2 or 3-page scene which would be shot in perhaps less than a full day if done for television. But on a big movie like this, the scene will take every bit of three very long days. Movie-making allows time to finesse a scene, to get myriad colors from it, to shoot it in a wide variety of ways. But the scenes have to be played over and over again, maybe a hundred times, and it grows wearisome, especially if you're corseted up in a fin de siécle ball gown or high starched-collar penguin suit in a fetid ballroom crammed with people. In TV, you can't do as much or as well, usually, but at least there's variety, as the scenes move on, from one to the next, in relatively rapid succession.

    Guillermo is the most painstaking director I've ever worked for. We do many takes, and he makes tiny adjustments. He is always energetic and high-spirited, and the atmosphere is never tense, not so far. Between shots is a great deal of time for conversation, and I've really enjoyed chatting without agenda or pressure with Mia, Tom, and Charlie. Jessica isn't around as much when she's not on camera, but she's a good egg, with a sweet disposition. This is a good company of players. I've no doubt the next three days will be physically exhausting but just as enjoyable otherwise. Whether there will be anything of new interest to say about those days is another question. They will likely be almost interchangeable.


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