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    In his first interview since his "conscious uncoupling" with Gwyneth Paltrow last month, Chris Martin shed new insight into the demise of their marriage. The Coldplay frontman addressed their surprising separation—and touched on his own personal issues—while speaking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe.

    Did his relationship breakdown with Paltrow inspire the band's new album, Ghost Stories?:
    "I wouldn't use the word breakdown," Martin said. "This was more a realization about trying to grow up basically. Like I said, if you can't open yourself up, you can't appreciate the wonder inside. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way. What changed for me was—I don't want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure. Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarizing group because we do a certain thing very well...About two years ago I was a mess really because I can't enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can't enjoy the great things around me because I'm burdened by this—I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes."

    "Up to a certain point in my life I wasn't completely vulnerable and it caused some problems. If you don't let love really in then you can't really give it back. So what Ghost Story means to me is like you've got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point," Martin said. "I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way...I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it's love or money, kids, or illness...You have to really not run away from that stuff. Life throws these colorful challenges at you...what we decided to do on Ghost Stories was to really be honest about it and say, this is what's been happening."


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    The fallout from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks started to hit the team’s bottom line on Monday, as at least seven sponsors said they were jumping ship.

    Both used car retailer CarMax and airline Virgin America said they were ending their sponsorships of the Clippers. “CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable,” the company said in a statement Monday. “These views directly conflict with CarMax’s culture of respect for all individuals. While we have been a proud Clippers sponsor for 9 years and support the team, fans and community, these statements necessitate that CarMax end its sponsorship.”

    Other companies distanced themselves from the racial controversy now engulfing the Clippers without indicating they were making a permanent break. Automaker Kia is suspending its advertising and sponsorship related to the Clippers indefinitely. “The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values,” the company said in a statement.

    Red Bull said in a statement that it is suspending all team-related marketing activities for the time being. The company says it will continue to support the team’s power forward Blake Griffin, with whom it has a sponsorship deal. Aquahydrate, a fitness water company, and LoanMart, an auto title loan business, are also suspending their Clippers marketing.

    Insurance company State Farm, meanwhile, is “pausing” its Clippers sponsorship. “The remarks attributed to the Clippers’ owner are offensive,” State Farm said in an emailed statement. “While those involved sort out the facts, we will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organization. We are monitoring the situation and we’ll continually assess our options.”

    State Farm’s decision will not affect the “Born to Assist” advertising campaign, which features Clippers point guard Chris Paul portraying a nerdier twin brother, Cliff Paul.

    Amtrak said its sponsorship of the Clippers ended with the conclusion of the regular season, but the company will now remove any advertisements that remain in public. “Moving forward, we will continue to monitor the situation as we look to make decisions about 2014-15 sports marketing sponsorships,” Amtrak said in a statement.

    Anheuser-Busch, a sponsor for the entire NBA, also condemned Sterling’s alleged remarks. “We are disappointed to hear the alleged recent comments attributed to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling,” the company said in a statement. “We fully support the NBA’s efforts to investigate quickly and trust that they will take appropriate action.”

    Notably, Corona has not chosen to cut its ties with the Clippers yet. “Like everyone else, Corona is appalled by the comments allegedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,” a spokeswoman for the brand said an emailed statement. “These comments run counter to the type of brand Corona aspires to be. Because of this, we are currently reviewing our sponsorship agreement with the Clippers to determine appropriate next steps.”

    Sterling has been under fire since a recording published over the weekend by TMZ purportedly depicted him criticizing his girlfriend for associating with black people in public, including Magic Johnson. President Barack Obama, Miami Heat star LeBron James and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan have all spoken out publicly against the comments, and Clippers players staged their own mild protest against Sterling before their playoff game versus the Golden State Warriors on Sunday by wearing their warmup shirts inside out.

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    Andrew Garfield shows off his friendly smile as he makes an appearance on Good Morning America on Monday morning (April 28) in New York City.

    The 30-year-old The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor, who met up with the band American Authors and Newsday kid journalist Drew Hecht, chatted on the show about his girlfriend Emma Stone.

    “I will write a book one day about how I feel about every aspect of Emily Stone,” Andrew joked. “She’s a full genius, or she has found her genius and she’s doing it so beautifully. I think everyone who works with her, everyone who brushes shoulders with her or even makes eye contact with her gets a shot of sunshine.”

    How cute, everyone should feel this way about their s/o!

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    While a number of her contemporaries suffer slow but sure declines with every passing album, Beyonce continues to break new ground in her career this year, almost twenty years into it.
    Why the icon now stands as the highest paid musician of African descent in Pop history?

    By the time it wrapped in the March of this year, Carter’s ‘Mrs.Carter Show’ took her to 23 countries on four continents around the world, grossing $41.1 million from 25 sold out shows performed in its final European leg.
    With these figures, the show ended its audience-wowing run with $212 million made for and by the performer, making the highest paid Black musician of all time, surpassing efforts made by ‘Rhythm Nation’ icon Janet Jackson, ‘Stranger in Moscow’ legend Michael Jackson and ‘Purple Reign’ game-changer Prince.

    “The pop diva was on the road for the bulk of 2013, performing in 23 countries on four continents through the end of the year. The final 2014 leg of the tour kicked off in Scotland on Feb. 20, marking her third jaunt through Europe since last year’s mid-April launch. This last string of shows began in the U.K., but dates followed in Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Spain before wrapping in Portugal on March 27. Multiple performances at arenas in London and Dublin were reported during a previous week, so after adding revenue from those markets to the $24.1 million included in this tally, her final European leg grossed more than $41.1 million from 25 sold out shows. The Mrs. Carter Show ended its yearlong run with overall revenue totaling $212 million from more than 1.8 million sold tickets at 126 concerts.”


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    (the cover in question, posted in tumblr in 2011)

    Earlier this afternoon, Justin Biebertweeted the link to a new song, "We Were Born For This," hosted on what appears to be his personal Soundcloud page.

    Many Paramore fans were quick to point out that the track's artwork (which Bieber is also currently using for his Twitter profile photo) bears a striking resemblance to the cover of the group's 2007 album Riot! Not only that, but the pop singer appears to have lifted the artwork from a Paramore fan's Tumblr account.

    While the similarities could be pegged a strong coincidence (Riot itself resembles the cover of No Doubt's Rock Steady, after all), its source seems to indicate otherwise. Under The Gun Review's Jacob Tender has uncovered a Tumblr post dating back to 2011, identical to Justin's "We Were Born For This" artwork, apparently designed by a Brazilian Paramore fan and inspired by Riot! track "Born For This."
    Whether Bieber or his team knowingly lifted the artwork, commissioned its use, or were unaware of its source is unclear, but one fact remains important to keep in mind. Though stealing someone else's art is bad form, and should never be condoned, "We Were Born For This" does not appear to be an official Justin Bieber single, and, as of now, is not generating any sort of profit for the singer, since it's only being hosted for free. The track's function seems to be more like that of a mixtape: a mid-cycle, free, and unofficial promotional tool.
    It is also unclear (and unlikely) whether Bieber or his team were even aware of the Paramore connection when they came across the artwork. Aside from similar titles and this cover art snafu, the two songs have nothing in common.
    In an interesting and unrelated coincidence, Paramore's "Born For This" itself borrows from another source, albeit as an intentional homage. The song's pre-chorus, where Hayley Williams sings "we want the airwaves back," is taken from Refused's "Liberation Frequency."
    Bieber´s twitter using the pic:
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    JK Rowling has spoken of her sadness that her mother, who died from complications related to multiple sclerosis at the age of 45, never knew about the success of her Harry Potter novels.

    As guest editor of Monday morning's edition of Woman's Hour– the first time in nearly 60 years that the BBCRadio 4 show has had a guest editor – the bestselling author chose MS as one of her topics. Her mother died after suffering an aggressive form of the disease nearly 15 years ago; her death was an "enormous shock", said Rowling, as her mother "always seemed very young".

    "She was very fit, she was a non-smoker, non-drinker, and I say all of this because of course then for her to be diagnosed at 35 with an illness that would kill her was just the most enormous shock to us and everyone who knew her," said Rowling, who has helped to fund the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, part of the University of Edinburgh, in her mother's memory.

    The author was a teenager at the time of her mother's diagnosis, and said the news "had the most enormous impact on our family life".

    "My mother, by the time she was diagnosed, she was quite ill. She had been showing symptoms for a few years and didn't know what they were, so by the time she was diagnosed, her health was deteriorating, so it wasn't just the spectre of the unknown, it was dealing with the daily reality of somebody who's starting not to be able to walk as well as they had, and for such an active person that was a real privation," she said.

    Rowling said she wished her mother had known about the success of her Harry Potter books. "My mother was a passionate reader, and she would have been excited whatever I did, if I succeeded at anything, but particularly to be a writer, she would have considered to be a very valuable thing," she said. But "she never knew about Harry Potter – I started writing it six months before she died, so that is painful. I wish she'd known."

    The author also spoke of her charity work, saying she wanted to "use my power for good not evil", choosing as another topic the millions of children around the world who live in institutions, and the work her charityLumos does to help them.

    "I remember being introduced to a group of three-year-olds who swarmed all over me. They just gravitated to anyone who would show them affection. I had one little girl sitting on my lap and just clinging to me and she'd just been introduced to me," said Rowling of her own experience of institutionalised children, getting "quite emotional" as she spoke.

    "What's particularly upsetting about that is we know that children are often trafficked out of institutions and I was being given this terrible glaring example of how easy this was to do. Any affection and these children would just eat out of your hands," she said.

    The novelist's guest-edited edition of Woman's Hour also featured slots on the power and myth of the shoe – "how often shoes turn up in stories and fairy tales and why is that" – and on rugby, with Rowling explaining that when she married a Scot she was taken to the rugby and "accidentally" ended up enjoying it. "I was staggered the first time I went to the rugby … by the difference in the rugby and football crowds, and as a woman being at the rugby is quite a welcoming place, whereas I can remember going to football matches in London and feeling quite intimidated," she said. Even though in rugby, "what's on the pitch is horrible and violent and dreadful", the crowd is much less intimidating, she said.

    Rowling also discussed criticism of her appearance. "I found it very difficult when I first became well-known to read criticism of how I looked: how messy my hair was … you can go one of two ways: you can be the person I probably admire more, and say 'well I don't care, I will continue not to bother to brush my hair,' or you can be a weak-willed person like me and think 'Oh, I'd better get my act together', maybe I do need to tie my hair back and tidy myself up a bit."

    "It must be so nice to be a man and think 'which of my three suits will I wear today?'"


    You can listen to the full episode HERE

    Clip 1 - Children living in institutions
    Clip 2 - JK loves rugby!
    Clip 3 - Shoes
    Clip 4 - the Benefits of failure
    Clip 5 - Multiple Sclerosis

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    MTV News compiled 7 ~burning questions from the last episode of Game of Thrones

    Did Daenerys Go Too Far?
    Sacking Meereen was one thing. Crucifying each and every single slave master? Maybe a little over the line. Is that infamous “Crazy Targaryen” gene rearing its head here? Or was Dany justified in punishing the slavers in such brutal fashion?

    Should Littlefinger Stop Talking?
    “A man with no motives is a man no one suspects. Always keep your foes confused. If they don’t know who you are or what you want, they can’t know what you plan to do next.” Solid “Survivor” strategy, Littlefinger. Except one problem: You keep spilling all of the beans right in front of Sansa. Underestimating her could be the last mistake Littlefinger ever makes.

    What Do We Make of Jaime?
    He was the nicest guy in King’s Landing this week — until you remember his sexual encounter with Cersei last week. Except, the show didn’t seem at all interested in exploring the ramifications of what’s easily one of “Game of Thrones’” most divisive scenes ever. How are we supposed to feel about Jaime now, when the writers aren’t even acknowledging his brutal actions whatsoever?

    Are You Surprised About Olenna?
    There’s your answer, sports fans. The Queen of Thorns was the one who partnered up with Littlefinger to take out Joffrey. It all happens onscreen, if you care to go back and take a look. The real shocker, though, is how naughty Olenna was once upon a time. Flashbacks, please!

    Was That the Best Night of Tommen’s Life?
    Uh, duh.

    Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/1816728/game-of-thrones-oathkeeper-burning-questions/

    Were you bothered by the Tommen scene?

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    Rihanna posted a photo depicting Clippers Star Blake Griffin with the caption, “Chill out Blake, he (Donald Sterling) only hates half of you..”

    The 26-year-old entertainer took to Instagram with the harsh meme in direct response to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling‘s alleged racist remarks.


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    Duran Duran have confirmed that they are working on new music with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

    A blog post on the band's official website published yesterday (April 24) was posted to clarify rumours circulating online about Frusciante's involvement in the band's upcoming studio effort. In the statement, which you can read below, the group state that they had wanted to keep news of the collaboration under wraps but were forced to confirm it by circumstance.

    Despite working together, Frusciante is not in the studio with the members of Duran Duran, nor are there plans for him to tour with the group in the future. Duran Duran are working on their 14th studio album with producer Mark Ronson. It will be their first album since 'All You Need Is Now' in 2010.

    The statement reads as follows: "We were holding this exciting news because we were hoping to give you full details when we announced, but as word has leaked out, catching us rather off guard, we wanted to confirm… yes it’s true, the extraordinarily talented John Frusciante has indeed been doing some work from his home base in California on our new album. The tracks have been going back and forth via the internet, and we are thrilled with the results. We are all such big fans of John’s work and are honoured to have him adding his magic to the record! There are no current plans for John to tour with us, but his guitars sound incredible on the tracks."

    Frusciante has remained active since his departure from Red Hot Chili Peppers and recently started a new band with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta/ At The Drive-In. Earlier this year he also streamed his latest solo album 'Enclosure' via a satellite in space.


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    Hmm, are Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner collaborating on something?

    Well, such speculation has surfaced after the two were seen arriving, albeit separately, at SilverCup Studios in Queens, New York, on Monday.

    "Justin came to the studio, then Kendall arrived a little bit later to the same studio," a source tells E! News. "They stayed for a few hours."

    The eyewitness added that that the 20-year-old pop singer arrived to the studios through the garage, while the 18-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star walked in through the front door, completely alone, soon after him.

    Our source believes they left separately as well.

    The sighting comes just one day after there were reports the two were going to star in the next Calvin Klein campaign.

    However, a source informed E! News that there's no truth to the rumor that that they are teaming up for the fashion brand.

    Also, Calvin Klein's spokesperson told us that "as a policy we don't comment on rumors."

    Guess time will tell what brought them together yesterday.

    I hope Kendall is doing this to troll Selener tbh

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    This spring Josh Hartnett returns to our collective consciousness in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," and it has been a long time since we've seen him anything. The past four of five years has seen the actor drift with indies nobody saw ("Stuck Between Stations," "August," "Girl Walks Into A Bar"), genre fare that no one saw ("Bunraku," "I Come With The Rain") and troubled international blockbusters ("Singularity"). But perhaps his career might've been different, if he had made some different choices.

    In an interview with Details, the actor is up front about turning down some major roles, including Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns," early in his career. "Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn't want that. I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger," he explained.

    And to be fair, there is a kernel of truth to that. Christopher Reeve forever carried the Supes tag, Brandon Routh is still referred to as "that-guy-who-played-Superman," and right now, the only thing Henry Cavill can stake his name to is wearing the blue and red tights. But as you might guess, those around Hartnett in Hollywood didn't take kindly to his attitude.

    "I didn't have those agents for much longer after that. There was a lot of infighting between my manager and agents, trying to figure out who to put the blame on. It got to the point where none of us were able to work together," Harnett said.

    However, at age 35, Harnett has mellowed a bit, and if Warner Bros. came to him again (theoretically) to play Superman, he'd take a different approach. "I'd say, 'Let's talk about how it would be done, see if we can get on the same page.' Compromise doesn't scare me anymore."

    Sometimes, life lessons are learned the hard way, but Hartnett seems pretty level-headed about it all. "Penny Dreadful" kicks off on May 11th.


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    Find out how the band keeps things loose and what goes into making a massive arena feel like an intimate club

    "One of our defining aesthetics is our amateur edge," Arcade Fire's William Butler says in a new installment of Vevo's Tour Exposed series, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the band's ongoing arena tour in support of their latest album Reflektor. "So trying things out on the road adds a vibe that is not quite professional in a way that is really powerful. It's not just smooth operating all the time. I think people can sense that; it's like watching a tightrope walker whose maybe had a couple scotches."

    That desire to keep things exciting and intimate influences every aspect of Arcade Fire's tour. Though they've been doing the festival and arena circuit for some time, the band remains set on creating an inviting, comfortable space for not just their hordes of fans, but for themselves as well. With the help of a slew of familiar crew members, their longtime production designer Richard Stembridge and ace sound guy Jim Warren, you can find out how Arcade Fire goes about making arenas feel like a rock club night after night.

    The arena setting is also new for opening act Dan Deacon, who lauds the band's commitment to creating such a warm atmosphere, noting in particular how the costumes Arcade Fire and their fans have been wearing allow the crowd to loosen up and give the massive venue the feeling of a giant house. "We both realize that the audience is an aspect of the performance, if not the largest aspect," Deacon says. "The more trust you give to your audience, the more they're gonna put back into it."

    Keeping with the Reflektor tour's seat-of-your-pants ethos, Arcade Fire has made a habit of covering location-specific songs throughout the trek: On Sunday they covered Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" in St. Louis, while previously they treated fans in Minneapolis to a rendition of Prince's "Controversy," played Boyz II Men's "Motownphilly" in Philadelphia, and, somewhat cheekily, busted out Kansas'"Dust in the Wind" during a stop in Kansas City, Missouri ("That’s gonna kill when we play Lawrence, though," frontman Win Butler cracked afterwards).


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    Real Madrid sailed into their first Champions League final since 2002 with an astonishingly one-sided away victory over holders Bayern Munich.
    Sergio Ramos scored two headers from set-pieces before Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a counter-attack to all but end the game as a contest.
    Ronaldo added a late free-kick for his record 16th goal of the European campaign to seal a 5-0 aggregate win.
    Real will face either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid in the final in Lisbon.

    The defeat was a humiliation for Bayern, who last year thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals before overcoming fellow Germans Borussia Dortmund to lift the trophy for the fifth time.
    And the result will increase the pressure on manager Pep Guardiola amid the growing feeling that, despite winning the Bundesliga in record time, he has not delivered the progress his employers were expecting.
    The future of the former Barca coach will be of little concern to Real, who now have the chance to add to their record haul of nine European Cups, 12 years after Zinedine Zidane's volley delivered their last triumph at Hampden Park.
    With Zidane now watching from the Real bench as a member of Carlo Ancelotti's coaching staff, the Spaniards started the game with verve and purpose and were swiftly on the way to their first ever victory over Bayern in Munich at the 10th attempt.
    Gareth Bale had already gone close with a long-range effort after Manuel Neuer's weak punch when a Luka Modric corner from the right located the unmarked Ramos, who powered a header past the Germany goalkeeper.
    Shortly afterwards, Real doubled their lead via a near-identical goal as Angel Di Maria's free-kick was flicked on by Pepe, and Ramos was once again on hand to head in.
    With Bayern's usually fervent fans stunned into silence, Real added a third on the break. Benzema's hooked pass sent Bale racing clear and the Welshman squared for Ronaldo to slot in his 48th goal of the season.
    The only low for Real in an otherwise perfect first period was Xabi Alonso's yellow card for a foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger, which will rule him out of the final on 24 May.


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    Star of MTV’s hit supernatural drama Teen Wolf , Dylan O’Brien, is known for playing the breakout role of “Stiles” Stilinski, who seems to be just about the only human in a cast full of mythical and fantasy characters. In part B of the third season which ended in March, his character was possessed by a nogitsune, a dark fox spirit, which had O’Brien showing off his acting chops as he got to play the antagonist for a change. Connecting with the actor, O’Brien shares what it’s like being on one of television’s most talked about shows, preparation for his upcoming lead role in the film The Maze Runner and what the future looks like.

    If you have not heard of Teen Wolf , it is one of the most talked about shows on the internet with a devoted fan base who is not afraid to make its opinions known. Earlier this year, the site TvbytheNumbers named the werewolf thriller one of the top five most talked about shows on social media and the top social show for MTV–ever. As for all the attention, O’Brien gives a big credit to the show’s fans, saying, “Our fan base is incredible. It’s the whole reason why our show is still going.”

    When asked about some of the most memorable stories from his fan interactions, he reveals that they happen frequently. “There are always these stories, really endearing stories [of meeting fans].” He then goes on to share an encounter that happened when the first season of the show aired. A teenage boy was out with his friends at a pizza parlor and “freaked out” about seeing O’Brien despite being around a group of all guys. “I thought that was one of the coolest things ever because I don’t know if I would have had the balls to do that in front of my fifteen year old [guy] friends,” he comments about the experience.

    O’Brien’s portrayal on the show as the outgoing Stiles may seem to come naturally, but the actor reveals that he is more of an introspective person in actuality. In regards to the difference between him and the character he says, “I am actually innately shy and I am not as quick as he is to be confident in what he has to face.” But then he admits there are a lot of similarities too. “The way he feels about his friends and how he is loyal to them…and [how he] would do anything for them.” As one of the few humans on the show, Stiles plays a crucial backbone to the series. The actor admits that it is “fun to do stuff that involves supernatural things,” like the last season where he was able to play the villain for a change.

    In the fall, O’Brien will start a new chapter of his career as he stars in The Maze Runner–a film adaptation of a popular young adult book series written by James Dashner. The movie tells the story of a group of teenage boys trapped in a maze with no recollection of their previous lives, and their struggle to find a way out. The story is in the vein of dystopian fiction that has become popular lately with films like The Hunger Games and Divergent. The Teen Wolf star plays the lead role of Thomas, who he describes as courageous. Considering it’s based off of a major book series, one would think there would be high pressure by the book lovers to play the character right. But O’Brien reveals that fans have been quite supportive. “I haven’t really felt any real pressure from the fan base because so far they have just been so positive with everything we’re doing. It just feels like they have been excited and unconditionally supportive rather than hostile and judgmental.” As for the reaction to his portrayal of the role, he states, “I’m not really worried at all. I’m excited for them to finally get a live action version of a book they all love. It’s really cool to be a part of it. Like the coolest thing ever.”

    With standout roles on both television and film—the future looks bright for O’Brien. In June, the fourth season of Teen Wolf premieres on MTV. And The Maze Runner is set to hit theaters on September 19th.


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    Johnny Marr, Billy Bragg and others seeking to overturn new law reducing prisoners' privileges

    A number of artists including Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway have signed an open letter, published by The Guardian, to keep musical instruments available to U.K. prisoners.

    Spearheaded by Billy Bragg, the singer-songwriter founded an "independent initiative" called Jail Guitar Doors in 2007 to provide instruments for the rehabilitation of inmates. The letter protests the U.K. Minister of Justice Chris Gayling's blanket ban on guitars in prison, part of the government's changes to the privileges policy that went into effect last fall for prisoners, The Guardian reports.

    "As musicians, we are concerned to hear that the use of steel-strung guitars is being prohibited in prisons," the open letter reads. "We believe music has an important role to play in engaging prisoners in the process of rehabilitation. However, this ability will be seriously undermined if inmates are unable to practice between group sessions."

    The 12 musicians who signed the letter claim that the government's push to keep nylon-string guitars available was impractical as musicians use different techniques on steel-string guitars. They felt the need to write the letter because the use of instruments had previously been up to the discretion of the staff.

    "There has been a worrying rise in the number of self-inflicted deaths in the period since this ruling was introduced," they wrote. "Since October 2013, when only one death was reported, there have been a total of 50 self-inflicted deaths, over double the figure for the same period last year.

    "We would like to know whether the recent changes to the treatment of prisoners – which includes restrictions on books and steel-strung guitars – could be at the root of this steep increase in fatalities," they continued.

    The letter ends by calling on Grayling to investigate the causes of prison suicides since the new policies went into effect. The musicians also want an explanation as to why steel-string guitars were "singled out for exclusion."

    In addition to the musicians mentioned above, the letter was signed by Speech Debelle, Richard Hawley, Scroobius Pip, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, Seasick Steve, The Farm and Sam Duckworth.

    Labour Member of Parliament Kevin Brennan has said he would raise these questions in parliament this week. "When some prisoners wrote to me about how they saved from their prison wages to buy guitars which were now being banned, I thought the government would have some genuine reason for this change," he told The Guardian. "The prisons minister has admitted that learning the guitar is good for rehabilitation, so why he would want to undermine rehabilitation by this arbitrary policy on guitar strings is baffling."


    What's wrong with the current US prison system, ONTD?

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    You can like both characters — think they’re both cute, admire their overlapping taste in flannels — but no one likes them both equally. And the one you choose says everything about you.

    There’s a rather famous deleted scene from the film Pulp Fiction in which Mia Wallace quizzes hit-man Vincent Vega on whether he’s a Beatles man or an Elvis man, whether he prefers The Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family, and other character-defining questions. “My theory is that, when it comes to important subjects, there’s only two ways a person can answer. Which way they choose tells you who that person is,” she states.

    I’ve always found this to be a profoundly wise observation. My own cultural litmus test revolves around the love triangle at the heart of the late ’90s college drama Felicity. Or, more specifically, Ben or Noel?

    The show, which first aired on the now-defunct WB network in 1998, starred Keri Russell (currently kicking ass on The Americans) as a good girl who thwarts her parents’ expectations by following her high school crush to college in New York City. (Also worth noting, Felicity was the first foray into television for a then-unfamous J.J. Abrams.) The show became a watershed cultural moment for me — partly because I was, at the time, at home in Illinois plotting my own escape to an East Coast university, but mainly because Felicity cemented my attitude toward romance for my entire adult life.

    As heroines go, Felicity wasn’t particularly cool. She studied a lot, clothed herself in an unending parade of giant fuzzy sweaters, and recorded long, embarrassingly earnest messages to her absent friend Sally on a voice recorder. For a smart girl, she made the dubious choice to follow an 18-year-old boy across the country. But viewers who saw themselves in Felicity understood that the move to New York was about much more than a guy — it was about making a brash stab at independence, about carving out a place in the world where her uncoolness and her romanticism and penchant for oversized wool could flourish. In her insane, ill-considered moment of bravery, Felicity became the patron saint of nice girls who got good grades, followed the rules and more or less listened to their parents, and sometimes wondered what the hell it was all for.

    And in the halls of the fictional University of New York, she found love in the form of two appealingly floppy-haired choices: Ben Covington (Scott Speedman), the mumbly, emotionally inscrutable crush she followed to college; and Noel Crane (Scott Foley), the charmingly geeky, nice-guy resident advisor. Although the Felicity love triangle came along before fans identifying themselves as “Team X” or “Team Y” had entered the vernacular, the Ben vs. Noel question became the basis of a four-season love triangle, the outcome of which can still spark heated debate among those who came of age at the turn of the millennium.

    As Felicity Porter felt like my fictional spirit sister back in 1998, so her love life has provided the framework of a theory that has guided my beliefs about romance for the past 16 years: that every straight woman in the world is either a Ben-girl or Noel-girl.

    Noel established his good-guy cred early in the show when he became Felicity’s confidante and Boggle partner. In the pilot, when Felicity is close to throwing in the towel on her New York adventure, he makes an endearing plea for her to stay:

    "You’ll be the fancy doctor, with the fancy practice. You’ll be married and you’ll have like four phone lines in your home. And then, boom, it’ll grip you like a blast of freezing cold air. You know, ‘what the hell is my life?’ And you’ll be able to trace it back to this instant…when that geek RA gave you [these] words of advice: stay in New York or perish."

    From that moment we knew that Noel understood her particular brand of romantic idealism, and that he would have her back. And throughout their first season courtship and over the course of the show (with the exception of an out-of-character quickie marriage and divorce to the Doritos Girl in season 3), he remained a steadfast presence in her life.

    The Noel/Ben choice reached its most dramatic climax fairly early in the show’s run, at the end of the first season when Felicity has to choose between spending her summer break in Germany with Noel, or on a cross-country road trip with Ben. The season ends on a cliffhanger with Felicity — in slow motion of course— getting into a cab en route to an undisclosed destination.

    "I didn’t have to make a decision between Ben and Noel,” she tells Sally in voiceover. “But I did."

    A decade and a half later, it’s not a spoiler to report that she chose Ben, and that in season 2, just a couple of episodes into their nascent romance, he broke her heart. This event launched the infamous hair chop, and a series of forgettable romances with randoms until Ben eventually wins her back by tracking down a copy of the movie that had been playing when he stood her up (Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush). In his most swoon-worthy moment, he describes the film canister as a time machine that would allow them to rewrite their history.

    And that was the trick with Ben. He wasn’t a bad guy. He wasn’t cruel or dismissive, although he could often be thoughtless. He was a little too good looking; a person for whom things had always come a little too easily. He was someone we have all known, and probably dated at some point. Even in the midst of their on-and-off coupledom, he remained, on some level, tantalizingly unavailable.

    The rest at the source!

    So which is it, ONTD? Ben or Noel?

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    Barely a day has gone by when Rihanna hasn’t had her best friend Melissa Forde by her side.

    And on Monday it was no different when the girls headed out in New York, turning heads as they strolled hand-in-hand.

    It seems hanging out together has rubbed off on the duo as they both opted to show some skin, with Melissa even giving the pop princess a run for her money.

    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2615319/Rihanna-shows-toned-midriff-scallop-edged-wool-crop-matching-miniskirt.html

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    Kate Upton has landed herself a new Vogue cover!

    The 21-year-old supermodel is set to appear on the June 2014 cover of British Vogue. At least, that's what one of the mag's Instagram pics seems to insinuate.

    British Vogue shared a sneak peek photo of the cover earlier today featuring a sexy and curvaceous body that resembles Upton's. "Guess who's on the cover of @britishvogue's June 2014 issue? @alexandravogue has an early copy on her desk now..." they captioned the pic.

    While you can't see the model's head, there's one dead giveaway: visible in the cover shot is the horseshoe tattoo that Upton has on her left wrist! The ink all but confirms Upton's appearance on the cover.


    As for the high-fashion photo, Upton shows of her voluptuous cleavage and long legs in a retro-style bikini top and high-waisted bikini bottoms.

    This would be Upton's second British Vogue cover. She's also covered American Vogue once before.


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