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    Following months of speculation, Foo Fighters have finally confirmed details of their highly-anticipated eighth studio album. The as-yet-untitled record, serving as the follow-up to 2011′s excellent Wasting Light, will arrive in the fall through Roswell/RCA Records.

    The album’s release will coincide with the airing of Dave Grohl’s new HBO TV series, which was first reported yesterday. According to a press release, the series will document Foo Fighters’ sessions in eight different cities — Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York — as they record the album in various legendary studios.

    The press release explains: “One song was recorded in each city, every song featuring local legends sitting in, and every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

    “Each episode delves into the singular regional identity of each city-how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns-ultimately celebrating their common bond: Every artist that appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with the universal dreams of making music and making it big.”

    The first episode of the series will premiere on the eve of the band’s 20th anniversary. Grohl himself served as director.

    Additional details will be revealed in the coming weeks.


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    Barbara Walters, we're going to miss seeing you on The View!
    Friday will mark the 84-year-old co-host's final day as a regular on the ABC series, and to honor her 16-year stint on the daytime talk show, The View reunited all 11 co-hosts today for the first time in history!
    In a special "Déjà View" segment, co-hosts past and present caught up and shared some of their favorite memories from their time on the show with Babs. Rosie O'Donnell even made light of her and Elisabeth Hasselbeck's contentious on-air relationship, joking that what she missed most about The View was "Fighting with the skinny one."

    Really, though, Rosie said she missed the "camaraderie" of the show, adding, "I love the audience."
    Meredith Vieira, who served as moderator on The View from its debut in 1997 until she joined Today as co-anchor in 2006, admitted to being nervous in the beginning.
    "You went on to have an even bigger career," Barbara told her, "and I take full credit!"
    Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar came back to their old stomping ground to honor Babs, and of course current co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were present, too.

    Clearly, the lack of Barbara's daily presence is going to hit hard! The legendary journalist will, however, continue to serve as an executive producer on the show.
    ONTD, who is your favorite co-host of The View?

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    Taylor Swift and her cat Meredith both seem to have a soft spot for ball gowns — which Swift found out with near-disastrous consequences the night of the Met Gala, when Meredith went after her gown.

    “I’ve never seen more fashionable people lose their composure quicker than when a cat walks up to a satin, custom Oscar de la Renta gown and then decides to make a home inside of it,” the singer told PEOPLE of the cat’s Met Gala antics while at the Keds Style Icons Event at Nordstrom at The Americana at Brand.

    “She just passed, dug her claws in and started to roll … like when you see a crocodile attack an antelope on National Geographic,” explained the star, 24. “That’s what she tried to do to the dress.”

    Luckily, Swift’s little ball of fur — who “fancies herself as quite a hunter” — didn’t cause any real damage to the “Red” singer’s frock. Said Swift, laughing, “She’s a chubby housecat. She’s not very strong!”

    “I got ready with Karlie [Kloss],” 👭OTP👭 Swift said. “We were both wearing Oscar de la Renta, and we kind of shared a hair girl and got ready in a hotel room. It was so much fun getting ready with one of your best friends.”

    CAT POST! have your cat ever tried to ruin your oscar de la renta dress, ontd?

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    Actors America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel and Djimon Hounsou attend the 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' stunt during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2014 in Cannes, France.

    I mean can you even tell who's who? Astrid and I are twinsies. #httyd2 #cannes

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    If Leland Palmer were still around, he’d be dancing like a crazy person right now. There’s a new Twin Peaks box set coming out July 29, and it includes nearly 90 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes from the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

    This is the footage that fans created a Facebook petition for back in 2011, and now they’ll get their wish, thanks to a box set that was personally supervised by Twin Peaks mastermind David Lynch.

    “During the last days in the life of Laura Palmer many things happened, which have never been seen before,” Lynch said in a statement. “They’re here now alongside the new transfer of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Twin Peaks, the television series.”
    Watch an exclusive teaser for the lost footage below:


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    Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn hasn’t gone remotely mainstream yet, though there have been overtures and he’s certainly flirted with Hollywood. “Drive” may have starred Ryan Gosling, but it was either loved or hated by audiences and did poorly at the box-office (it’s a terrific movie that puzzled mainstream theatergoers). He followed that up with an even more enigmatic and arty film, “Only God Forgives,” and it’s possibly the strangest movie Ryan Gosling will ever star in.

    And studios have come calling ever since "Bronson" landed him on the map. Refn almost made an adaptation of “Logan’s Run” for WB, but eventually bailed, he was attached to “The Equalizer” for a minute, but that was clearly not his bag, and even before that he almost directed Harrison Ford and Channing Tatum in the Paul Schrader-written “The Dying of The Light” (which Schrader eventually made this year with Nicolas Cage; it’s coming out next year).

    But studios keep trying to harness his wild, mad man talents. Sony is next, they’ve convinced him to go into early talks to direct a buzzed-about horror called ‘”The Bringing.” Based on a spec script by Brandon and Phillip Murphy gaining traction in Hollywood, the movie's catalyst, according to Deadline “a widely circulated video of a young woman who displayed erratic behavior in an elevator at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, the place where such killers as Richard Ramirez called home at one time or other, and where numerous suicides have occurred. The woman, Elisa Lam, was found dead in the water tanks at the roof of the hotel. The script has nothing really to do with that that tragedy but it created a germ of an idea focusing on a man investigating a death at the hotel, and the nightmare he stumbles into.”

    It could be a modern-day “The Shining” if it works out and that type of film by Refn would be amazing. Though will a studio actually go for it? We’ll see. He's parted with them several times already over clashing visions. No word on some of the other projects that Refn is developing including his potentially Tokyo-bound horror/possibly sex-thriller with Carey Mulligan.


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    New documentary goes behind the scenes at crazy cartoon convention

    My Little Ponies were the magical equine toys introduced in 1983 to the delight of small girls around the world.

    Now the childhood classic is back - and it's found a surprisingly masculine (and much older) fan base second time around.

    Meet the 'bronies', an 80 per cent male group of My Little Pony fans, who love the toy and the TV spin-off so much, they spend their lives dressing up as their equine heroes.

    The bronies, most of whom are aged between 18 and 35, also express their love for My Little Pony by writing poetry and fan fiction, creating pony-themed avatars and by attending conventions, one of the largest of which is held in Manchester.

    Now a new documentary has gone behind the scenes at BUCK, the British brony convention that attracts hundreds of My Little Pony fans living in the UK and Europe.

    One regular attendee is 'Cheesey Burger', the 23-year-old head of the 'Manechester' bronies, who hails from Salford and says he loves everything about My Little Pony.

    '16 to 25 year old males watching a show about ponies from a little girl’s show in 1985...' he muses. 'You’d normally think that that would be weird.

    'But then I am weird myself, so I mean I watched it and I loved it and I can understand totally why anyone would get behind it.'

    'It’s innocence, it’s fun, it’s colourful, it’s, you know, it’s a nice escape from the grey world as it were for the time being and it brings me joy,' says 48-year-old brony, Neil.

    'It’s something I like to share and if I can share something good and, you know, make people happy, then great.'

    Others say the sympathetic story lines covering issues such as friendship and fitting in is what most appeals to them.

    'It’s not just about world problems, just about simple problems,' says one. 'It's things like having no friends, trying to find friends, finding out about friendship is magic.'

    'Friendship is Magic', the strapline for the My Little Pony cartoon relaunched in 2010, is something you hear about a lot during a visit to BUCK and for many bronies, neatly encapsulates why they love the show so much.

    'For me it was ironic at first,' says 'Spitfire', a teenage brony. 'But then I kind of got into it, you know, I appreciated the message within it.

    'It’s got decent values to go by and you don’t find that on TV much anymore.'

    While it's easy to see why sympathetic tales of friendship featuring strong female characters might appeal, what's harder to understand is the 'cosplay' element of bronydom.

    Although not every brony feels the need to dress up, others choose to express themselves via colourful costumes, many accessorised with horns, that reference their favourite pony character.

    'Bronies usually only dress up during meet ups or conventions to celebrate their mutual fandom, so it's not unlike a comicon event,' explains Ariel White, who produced the upcoming episode of Outsiders with Darren McMullen that features the bronies.

    'This is not Peter Pan syndrome but a passion for a show that symbolises friendship amongst those who often find it hard to make friends.

    'Often these young men spend much of their social interaction online and following the rerelease of the cartoon in 2010, the unlikely and often lonely fans found each other thus creating this subculture.

    'We’re very accepting of everything, because you know, people come from all walks of life here,' adds Cheesey. 'At the end of the day we do watch a little girl’s show.'

    And in an echo of White's comments, more say becoming a brony has given them a sense of security as well as a place where they feel accepted and fit in.

    'A lot of people [at BUCK], I kind of feel would have very low self-esteem on a normal day,' explains one.

    'They find it hard to make friends, and this is where they feel comfortable.. . They can interact with people, they can talk with people and it gives them a confidence boost. They feel as if they’re a part of something.'

    'The fandom simply wants to find like-minded people whom they can become friends with,' adds White.

    'At the end of the day, it's all about their key message: Friendship is Magic.'

    The bronies appear on Outsiders with Darren McMullen, Friday at 10pm on the National Geographic Channel.

    If you wanna watch the episode where this appears, you can watch it here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1lsuob_darren-mcmullen-s-outsiders-episode-1_lifestyle

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    Given the crowd at the Television Academy last night for History's "Vikings," you'd be hard pressed to guess that the season 2 finale didn't score the numbers of the first (3.4 million, representing a drop of 6 percent from last year). Still, the network is making a solid play for Emmy nods. Given the dark twists of this season, from an unexpected final betrayal to a demanding and brutal character arc for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a little recognition doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility for this cast, many of whom were in attendance. I'll be posting my one-on-one interviews with them soon, but here's the download on a panel that went from jovial to emotional and, in one case, very personal.

    Winnick, Clive Standen (Rollo), George Blagden (Athelstan), Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy), Donal Logue (King Horik), Gustaf Skarsgard (Floki) and Alyssa Sutherland (Princess Aslaugh) joined creator Michael Hirst on the stage. Though Travis Fimmel (Ragnar) couldn't make it, that didn't mean his castmates couldn't talk about him.

    "I stole Floki from Travis Fimmel," Skarsgard joked, noting that everything about the actor while out of character informed his quirky boat builder. "He's so far out in his pranks... he put a live chicken in a car. By the time it was found, there was shit everywhere."

    "One time he got a production phone and changed all our call times," Gilsig added.

    While everyone agreed it's impossible to prank the prankster, there are ways to get under his skin. "You treat him super normally. That freaks him out," Skarsgard said.

    The making of the show was the primary topic, with major props given to both costume design and the make-up department. "The make-up is more dirt and sun spots," Gilsig said, noting she tried to convince the make-up artists to put her sun spots along her jawline and cheekbones. "You try to maneuver the make-up to be more flattering."

    Still, Winnick finds the process of getting into a "chain mail dress that takes 25 minutes to get me into it" a "transformation process... It's more of a ritual to get into character."

    Logue noted he didn't have to do much to transform into a Viking. "I was super hairy, so it didn't matter. I was watching footage and I thought someone in the scene was one of those biker dudes we had for background, and then I realize, oh, that's me."

    Surprisingly, everyone in the cast was eager to give props to the on-screen talent most of us don't think much about -- the background players. "Watching other shows, you can sense the royalty of the cast, and there's a disconnect between the main cast members and the background. You need that sense of connection, and we had it."

    "Female cast members were contacting me, wanting to find out what other training they needed to be shield maiden," Winnick said. "It was amazing how passionate they were."

    "When I'm whining, I remember there's always one guy who didn't get in the heat tent and didn't get passed coffee," Skarsgard said. "I know I have to get over it."

    "There's no complaining in 'Vikings'," Gilsig joked.

    "We were a family," Logue added. "These people are in there with us rowing the boat all day. There's a real camaraderie between the cast and the background. I remember one day in a fight scene I'm running toward this guy and I say, how's it going? He's this big Polish guy, and it's 4:30 in the afternoon, and he looks at me and says, 'I haven't eaten today, but it's okay.' And he's just smiling and happy to be there."

    The conversation took a serious note when, in discussing Rollo's decision to fight then submit to brother Ragnar, Standen talked about where his motivation came from. "When it becomes apparent he can't kill his brother, he's been ripped open. I've been married for ten years, and at the time we were [separated], so it mirrored it for me. He [realizes] his brother is his one rock, the one he can trust and depend on. Thankfully, we're back together now."

    Gilsig also talked about the scene in which King Horik demands a show of loyalty from Siggy by making her have sex with his son. "Reading it, everyone in the cast was giggling, but in the room we felt the humiliation and the power struggle and what he was doing to his son... I'm prone to kinky, but I didn't get to go there."

    Logue also discussed the death of his character. "The last episodes were intense. I knew I was leaving this show and this group of people, so it's emotional."

    Winnick leaned forward and smiled. "It was hard to kill you."

    Logue then had a question for the audience of mostly Emmy voters. "Do you guys watch [the footage sent out]? Or is it just, hey, Robin Williams did a 'Homicide,' that must be pretty good!" The only response he got was, of course, uncomfortable laughter.

    The final twist of season two (spoiler alert) was also a topic of conversation. Skarsgard talked about the challenge of convincing the audience Floki had turned on Ragnar. "When people go back and watch those episodes again, there will be clues... Floki Method acted his way through this. This is vast mafia shit. He couldn't tell his wife, because if she knew, she could be tortured."

    Sutherland also hopes fans go back and watch for her storyline leading up to the birth of Ivar the Boneless. "I think people may have projected stuff onto this character, and some of that is because of how much people love Lagertha, but I think they'll see I give a shit about my kids."
    On a similar note, she said she's petitioned the costume department to consider making a Viking maternity line. "I think there's a real need for it. Everything was so detailed and flattering."

    As far as a favorite episode, Hirst decided to answer for Fimmel. "I think I know Travis' favorite scene. As much as he loves scenes that don't have any dialogue at all, it was the scene when he talks to his dead daughter." Mentioning how he fought to keep the use of music to a minimum in the scene and how it made him think of his own daughters, he added, "I really wept the first time I saw it." If Fimmel can make a reserved Brit show creator cry, he probably has a better shot with Emmy voters than he knows.

    Additional photos source
    Some short clips from the panel here, here, and here

    I really missed our Friday Vikings posts.

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    Eddie Huang, who wrote the memoir on which the sitcom is based, is crusading to reclaim the term. If the pilot is any indication, he may just succeed.

    The phrase “fresh off the boat” has been a permanent fixture of American slang for several decades, living alternatingly as a slur and a derogatory statement of fact, depending on who’s tossing it and where. The one thing it has never, ever been, however, is a braggadocious badge of honor, acceptable to don in the mainstream. Until now.

    For the last year, Taiwanese-Chinese-American writer and restaurateur Eddie Huang has been crusading to reclaim it.

    In 2013, Huang published a memoir about being the child of Taiwanese parents while growing up in the United States during the ’90s. It was called Fresh Off the Boat. Shortly after that, he began hosting an online travelogue series on VICE.com, under the same audacious title. Now, a year later, a period comedy based on Huang’s memoir — specifically his life as a 12-year-old who moved from Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown to a lily-white Orlando suburb — has been picked up by ABC for the network’s 2014–2015 lineup. Huang will serve as a producer on the show, also of the same name. In a ballsy cultural subversion, the words “fresh off the boat” are voluntarily entering the most mainstream space in the United States.

    Huang, who was born in D.C. and has lived in the United States for his entire life, has never actually been “fresh off the boat,” as per its conventional definition. But Huang has neither time for, nor interest in, conventional definitions.

    “I would never call myself an American,” he told BuzzFeed via phone just a day after the Fresh Off the Boat trailer hit YouTube.“I’m a Taiwanese-Chinese-American. My parents came here in the late ’70s and had me about three years after they’d lived in this country. So I consider myself fresh. You can’t tell me to not consider myself something.”

    A source close to the upcoming comedy series said the title of show was Huang’s choosing (and was one he fought hard for) as a nod to both the way his family was perceived when they arrived in America in the ’90s, and how they saw themselves.

    Fresh Off the Boat’s creator and executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, herself a child of immigrant parents from Iran, was happy to support that fight. “The title certainly isn’t meant to be offensive, but Eddie is who he is and he’s not going to apologize for it,” she told BuzzFeed. “We just took his lead.”

    When ABC unveiled the official trailer for Fresh Off the Boat on Tuesday, the comedy immediately sparked some heated conversations on Twitter. Comments around the forthcoming series have been a mix of hopeful and critical. The most compelling criticism was that titling a mainstream sitcom Fresh Off the Boat might normalize the term, making white Americans more comfortable with using it, not considering its origins of oppression.(this WILL happen lbr)

    Huang, however, disagreed with those targeting him on Twitter. “These people are bigots,” he said. “There are people in every race who try to speak for everybody and try to legislate what you can think and what you can’t think, with no understanding of what it means to interpret an experience. It’s ‘fresh off the boat.’ That’s a term that Asians call each other and we claim it and it’s worn with pride.”

    Huang was also clear that the experiences depicted in the show (and the ones he shared in his autobiography) are unique to him. While Huang has been trying to “help people bridge the gap” between the East and West, he strongly believes it’s important for other Asian Americans to share their own stories. “It’s not enough for one person to represent us,” he said. “We need many people. People are going to disagree, but, you know what? They gotta make another show.”

    Huang’s memoir centered on dealing with the clash and counterpoints between the life his parents had created for him and the American culture he was surrounded by as a child. He told BuzzFeed that the premise of the sitcom follows the autobiography closely, aside from being “a little adjusted to fit [the studio]’s limitations.”

    Having his memoir adapted into a television show was the culmination of something Huang had been planning for a while. “I just want to bring my story — and my take on the Asian-American experience — to pretty much anyone who’ll listen.”

    ABC will serve as a megaphone for that story.

    The president of the network’s entertainment group Paul Lee discussed the show with members of the press on Tuesday shortly after ABC’s 2014–2015 schedule was unveiled and said Fresh Off the Boat — which stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen — will “reflect the changing face of America.”

    “I do think it’s the right thing to do,” Lee said of ABC’s efforts to diversify its new programming slate, which includes fellow race-centric comedies Black-ish, about a black family whose patriarch (Anthony Anderson) fears his children have become too assimilated, and Cristela, about a Mexican-American would-be lawyer who lives with her sister and brother-in-law.“It’s really sizzling. It’s a very, very, very distinctive voice,” said Lee of Fresh Off the Boat. “We really do think ABC reflects the new face of America.”

    This will be the first time in two decades that an Asian-American family will take center stage on a major television network. The 1994 sitcom All-American Girl, which also aired on ABC, starred Margaret Cho and was similar to Fresh Off the Boat in terms of its intentions: to depict the everyday life of an Asian-American family. Yet the show generated harsh criticism from Asian-American communities for conflating different Asian identities while offering a lazy and inaccurate portrayal of Korean Americans.

    Naturally, some potential viewers were concerned that Fresh Off the Boat would do the same, surrendering to an all too common pitfall, using the experiences of a minority group for humor but failing to productively capture any essential truths about their experiences.

    Khan was quick to dismiss those fears, arguing that this story, unlike All-American Girl, is protected by its basis in reality. “We’re trying to tell one kid’s story and the story of the Huang family. We’re just accessing his story. It happened, it’s real. That Margaret Cho show was not quite her experience; it was a little more created for the actress. This will be a little more authentic, because, again, it’s one kid’s experience.”

    Huang himself remains involved with the project and will have a producer credit on the show. “The system and process [of creating sitcoms] is fucking bullshit … I was really worried about the project for a long time,” Huang said, “but I have absolutely no regrets. [20th Century Fox] listened to me. All the way … This show has a very specific mission that it gets a handful of people. I told [20th Century Fox], ‘If you gotta change or adjust certain things for the actors to fit our limitations, that’s fine. But don’t change the message.’ The message is what I care about.”

    The author’s involvement is evident in Fresh Off the Boat’s pilot episode, which was made available to press on Wednesday. The show’s tone and tenor carefully walk the line between irreverent comedy and self-aware commentary. The episode follows Eddie, a 12-year-old hip-hop-head, as he moves with his family from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Fla. His adult self provides a snarky first-person voiceover to the experience, embellished with markers of race-awareness and Notorious B.I.G. lyric shout-outs. (“Me and him are two dudes with big dreams,” Eddie tells his parents later in the episode. “Just tryna get some respect in the game.”)

    The episode is decorated in equal parts by nuanced indicators of authenticity— like Chinese-patterned plates and bowls on the dining table and a traditional jade necklace hanging around Eddie’s father’s neck — and surprising subversions of Asian-American stereotypes.“I was expecting something a little more exotic,” a white neighbor says when Eddie’s mom introduces herself. “But I love the name Jessica.”

    Later, when the same woman tells Eddie his English is “very good,” he responds with the lethal side-eye of a kid born and raised in Washington, D.C.

    That juxtaposition is intentionally specific: Huang, as Khan also stressed, wants to be clear that this is not the story of the “American” family, but of his own family.

    “[A lot of people] have been saying, ‘This is an American family,’ and I said, ‘No, this is not an American family,’” Huang explained.“America wanted nothing to do with us. This is about Taiwanese- and Chinese-American families — and you can’t remove any part of that. That is what my family is … America definitely gave us the best opportunity, and that’s why we’re here, but we fought. We had to fight for these things.”

    Huang’s comment appears to be in direct contradiction with an early scene in Fresh Off the Boat’s ’90s–set pilot, in which Eddie introduces his family as “an American family.” He goes on to say that his father has completely bought in to the American dream, and that his mom was always hard on him, “way before all that tiger mom stuff.”

    The discrepancy in self-identification speaks to the differences between Eddie Huang, the 12-year-old character, and Eddie Huang, the 32-year-old author and chef on which he’s based.

    The central conflict of the pilot episode is a painfully relatable one for any child of immigration: He is tasked with figuring out which lunch table to sit at a new school. The white kids call his Chinese lunch “stinky” and a black kid calls him a “chink.” It is a mission difficult enough to age Eddie 20 years in just one school day. At the end of the day, he concludes that “when you live in a Lunchables world, it’s not easy being homemade Chinese food.”

    By the end of the episode, 12-year-old Eddie on TV sounds nearly exactly like 32-year-old Eddie who’s remembering him, concluding that maybe his isn’t an American family, after all. “My family is going to create a place in Orlando and we’re going to do it our way,” he says. “Because you don’t have to pretend to be someone else in order to belong.”

    And that’s in line with the goals Huang expressed to BuzzFeed: “I want to represent the Asian-American story, but even more than that, this is a coming-of-age story. I hate when people say ‘finding your place in America’ or ‘fitting in’ — those are assimilation words. This is about creating your place in America. It’s not about fitting into one reference group, because fuck it, I’m going to make you adjust to my life.”


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    Do, do you have a first aid kit handy? Because the ladies of Danity Kane are officially back and we don't know if we can handle it! With their first two albums debuting at #1 in the United States and a popular MTV reality show several seasons in under their designer belts, Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard, D Woods and Aundrea Fimbres shocked the world when they disbanded in 2009 after a big tour when Diddy (his stage name changes more than these ladies change their shoes) fired two thirds of the group and the other three members exited the group shortly after. We didn't know if we'd ever see these ladies together on stage again.

    Fast forward through the years of rumored feuding, sort of reunions and attempts at solo careers and the ladies are finally back! This time as a quartet (minus D Woods and the help Diddy) to give the music scene another go round. But, don't think that DK is wasting any time with this new shot at their comeback. With a brand new single "Lemonade," a new album on the way and their 13 city #NoFilterTour kicking off tomorrow in San Francisco, Aubrey, Shannon, Dawn and Aundrea are ready to pick up where they left off. On our playlists and in our hearts, which have since been repaired since the group announced their reunion!

    The interviewer confirmed to DK fans that Aundrea was not there for the interview.


    First of all, how are you girls! It's been WAY too long and the fans are THIRSTY for some new Danity Kane!

    Aubrey: (Laughs) Well, they can have a glass of lemonade, if they're that thirsty!

    Oh, they are definitely drinking that lemonade dry because your new single has over 160,000 plays over night on Sound Cloud.

    Shannon: Nice! We love it!

    What can you tell us about the new album? Everyone's dying to know what direction you're going in.

    Shannon: We definitely don't have just one direction about us. As our fans know, every album has had something special about it from urban to pop sounds. We're exploring that even more this time. We just want to dive deeper into what Danity Kane has always been to us. And that's just exploring every kind of genre. We have "Lemonade," which is urban. We have a song called "Rhythm Of Love" that's extremely pop international. Another song that's a Green Day, Fun. record. We never want to be put in a box. We always want people to be guessing what we're going to be coming up with next!

    Your fans went crazy for "Lemonade." How did it come together? It's such a fun track!

    Aubrey: You know, we've recorded almost our entire album at this point and we've had so many songs that we knew were going to be the single. We actually just got "Lemonade" about a week ago and recorded it. It's just so current. It sounds like the radio. It has got such a great summer feel. It's the right amount of sass. The right amount of swagger. It's a great representation of all of us combined and it's something that we felt strongly about with that direction for us coming off of the way that we first launched with "Showstopper." This song really is the 2.0 new version of that same type of approach.

    Will we get some of those legendary DK interludes on the new album?

    Shannon: Yes, of course! We're working on that. That's something that's a trademark that we do and that's just something that we do and we miss those on albums nowadays.

    You guys definitely brought interludes back.

    Shannon: I think we were! It died out for a long time, but you're right. We brought it back! Claim that! (Laughs)

    We're excited to hear your new music, but we also really to see more of you on TV. Would you do reality show again?

    Aubrey: You know, we're always playing with different ideas about how to reintroduce new fan bases to Danity Kane as well as keep our old fan base interested and excited in this new era of Danity Kane. So, there's always a possibility. We definitely stay recording our journey. You guys will have to stay tuned. (Laughs)

    Will there be any collaborations on the new album?

    Dawn: We've had a lot of ideas, but I think that people forget that we are four girls. Collaborations are never the highest on our list because we are already a group in itself and to put more and more people on an album, it becomes a lot. Our main concern is also that is our first time back. We want you guys to hear nothing, but all of us. Seeing as how we've been away for so long, this is a good look for us to tie our relationship and keep it organic. I think for the album we'll be very careful on who we collaborate with. What's most important is that the music that comes from us is incredible. The collaborations are very secondary to our sound.

    What can fans expect on the tour which kicks off tomorrow night in San Francisco?

    Aubrey: You know, for us the opportunity for us to escape the normal form that everyone's relying on right now with the big costumes and the lighting. We really want to get back to a vulnerable place where we can connect with our fans through talent and raw emotion. We'll be performing our first album, our second album and we'll be performing cuts from the third album. There's going to be some big announcements and some big surprises that everyone's going to want to stay tuned for. But, mostly we just want to go back to being real triple threats that can rely on their talent and don't need to rely on all the smoke and mirrors.

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    Selena Gomez still looked somber as she stepped out wearing an all black outfit to grab lunch alone in Los Angeles on Thursday.

    Despite the unseasonably hot temperatures, the 21-year-old singer and actress wore the dark ensemble while picking up her take-out order for one as a new report surfaced claiming the beauty has blocked all communication with her on/off boyfriend Justin Bieber.

    'Selena has blocked Justin’s number,' a source revealed to the website. 'She’s not talking to him or looking at his social media — she is really trying to forget him, since he’s not willing to be committed.'

    'She’s not going to be his shoulder to cry on, or support him in his latest crisis. Unless he really proves he can step up to the plate — like an engagement ring might do it— but otherwise she’s done and she just wants to let it go,' the source explained.



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    OMG it's beautiful!
    Last footage I'll be seeing. 175 days!! ^o^

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    From Grammy winner to production whizz, Kimbra is breaking new ground.

    On March 27 this year Kimbra Lee Johnson turned 24, and while she didn't have a party she still had a good time. Kimbra - when you're part of a song as successful as Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know you can pull off a pop star's truncated name - spent the day in a Los Angeles rehearsal room with the diminutive but nonetheless imposing American R&B operator Janelle Monae.

    The two plotted the form of their Golden Electric Tour, a joint effort that will see Kimbra's eclectic electropop and Monae's futuristic funk showcased before the pair finish the evening with a joint set that will touch on their shared influences.

    ''We don't look at anything as a gig. Janelle is on a mission and I feel the same in how I see music. We both believe in engaging our fans,'' explains Kimbra. ''A lot of female artists in the music industry now are just seen as sex symbols, and we both feel strongly about showing beauty in a different way and showing creativity in a different way.''

    Kimbra was speaking last week from Melbourne, where she was rehearsing with her band after more than a year in Los Angeles recording her forthcoming second album. It's the same city she moved to seven years ago, as a determined teenager from Hamilton in New Zealand looking to pursue a career in music.

    Thanks to the Gotye collaboration, and her 2011 debut album, Vows, Kimbra achieved some of what she wanted, but it wasn't enough for her to slow down. On February 10, 2013, Somebody That I Used to Know won Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. On February 11, 2013, Kimbra moved into a house in the LA suburb of Echo Park being run as a small sustainable farm and started writing the follow-up.

    ''I put innovation on a pedestal for this record. I wanted to break ground sonically, take a lot of the ideas I'd been inspired by and eat them up and spit them out in my own way while still writing pop songs,'' she says enthusiastically. ''I wanted to combine - and sometimes juxtapose - ideas into one. I like the idea of putting out an ambitious song and hoping that as people listen to it they'll discover new relics of sound.''

    The first taste of the record is the track 90s Music, both a literal and figurative circuit-breaker. With its grinding frequencies and skip-rope chants, the song is an initially abrasive palate cleanser that puts a neat line between the tidy grooves of Vows and the new material. Kimbra calls it a ''futurist'' song, and it's fascinatingly bonkers.

    The song began as a raucous garage-punk jam with her band, until they added 808 drum machines to the verses, piquing Kimbra's attention. She worked on the revised song with her studio collaborator, producer Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand), who called on Muse's Matt Bellamy to add a guitar part before Kimbra enlisted Foster the People vocalist Mark Foster to contribute.

    ''It continued to evolve in a natural way and not be overthought. It happened,'' says Kimbra, who had a supergroup's worth of collaborators on the album. ''It's either going to work or not, but it's certainly going to be something.''

    The album's list of contributors includes Silverchair's Daniel Johns, Dirty Projectors songwriter Dave Longstreth, and prog-rock maven Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from the Mars Volta, with Kimbra also the chief technician for the sessions. Her prized compliment was from Costey, who said she had ''the fastest fingers'' of all the studio's engineers.

    ''I'm fascinated by production and by creating sound, so when Rich gave me a room with the most incredible gear I grew in leaps and bounds,'' she says. ''I wouldn't just do takes - I put every part of the tape together: the sampling, the cueing, the compressing of every element. It was a whole new language to speak.''

    Kimbra talks about her new music in excitable tones, and the only problem she's had has been letting go. She was making minute fixes to the snare sound at the start of 90s Music (too loud apparently) even after it was available to hear online.

    ''What made me stop was the realisation that if I didn't stop I couldn't share these things with people. If you hold on and tamper with it, it becomes self-indulgent and loses the spontaneity,'' she says. ''The way an artist stays sane is to constantly move forward.''


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    The Strokes star Albert Hammond, Jr. has reached out to British rockers Arctic Monkeys in a bid to land a supporting slot on the band's ongoing tour.

    The guitarist reveals he personally contacted frontman Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders to propose the idea of them hitting the road together, but his suggestion has so far been snubbed.

    He tells NME.com, "I'm trying to get an Arctic Monkeys support... I mean, I wrote Alex an email... I'm friendly with Matt and we get along, we've hung out, I've said it (suggested it) to him but I know he's kind of like, 'I can't do anything'.

    "I have a feeling, maybe he (Turner) doesn't like me, I don't know! (bitch he stans your band what are you on????) I ran into him in L.A., he was quiet, he wrote me a nice email back but he was like, 'Yeah, you'll definitely be in the running, (but) we have someone already...'

    "I just feel like it would be a good bill, that's all. I just tried to be honest about how much I think it would be a cool thing, you know, it would be interesting for fans..."

    Arctic Monkeys are currently in the midst of their AM Tour, which will resume in London later this month (May14).

    i'd die tbh

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    Considering that Michelle Williams, Beyoncé and Solange were all down in Costa Rica together for Kelly Rowland’s wedding the weekend following the Met Gala, there’s a good chance that the ladies spoke about that infamous elevator attack way before the public caught wind of it. But Michelle says she’ll never tell what was discussed because that’s family business.

    “Man, I wish I could give you an answer,” she said at NBC’s 2014 Upfronts, according to the New York Daily News. “I don’t wish to talk about something that’s personal, and that’s what family does. We protect each other and keep it locked.”

    What she was open to speaking about, however, was her new Oxygen reality show “Fix My Choir.” At this point, it’s pretty clear that no one from the Knowles-Carter camp will be revealing any details about the much-talked about altercation. As we reported yesterday, the family released a joint statement addressing the leaked elevator video and they’re pretty much maintaining a united front in hopes that they public will just drop it.

    “As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident,” the statement reads. “But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.

    The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”

    Didnt give no kind of info. Good for Ms. Tenitra for getting a reality show tho.


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    ROME (AP) — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said Friday.

    The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000) and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony, spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

    Belvedere Fort was built in 1590, believed using plans by Don Giovanni de' Medici. Located near the Arno River, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills.

    The 36-year-old rapper proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday in October 2013, renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for the occasion.

    This is the first marriage for West, who was previously engaged to designer Alexis Phifer. It's the third trip down the aisle for Kardashian. She was wed to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2003, and spent 72 days married to professional basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 after tying the knot in in a lavish ceremony broadcast as a two-part TV special.

    The couple was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine's April issue, with Kardashian wearing a wedding-style dress.

    There has been no explicit confirmation from either Kardashian or West about the wedding. In an email Thursday to AP, Kardashian representative Ina Treciokas said she wasn't able to comment on reports about the nuptials.

    But in an interview with Florence's La Nazione newspaper published Friday, West extolled the beauty of Florence and spoke of the event. Asked if he was excited about May 24, he said, "Very excited. But very happy."

    West said he and Kardashian had come to Florence incognito and believed that their daughter, North, born in June 2013, was conceived "among the Renaissance masterpieces."

    "It was our first honeymoon," he said of that visit. "It's one of the most beautiful cities of the world, for me the most beautiful in Europe."

    He spoke to the newspaper while in Florence to visit friend and designer Ermanno Scervino.

    The fort is owned by the Italian government but operated by Florence authorities. It has been closed to the public for the past five years for security upgrades after two young Italians fell to their deaths from its ramparts and was to reopen this summer with an art exhibit.

    Di Lupo said she believed the contract to rent the fort had been signed very recently. She said the proceeds from the rental would go to fund restorations for Florence's artistic treasures.

    Until the Italian report, the couple had reportedly been planning a wedding ceremony May 24 in France. Kardashian's sister, Kendall Jenner, is currently in Cannes attending the film festival.

    Kinda disappointed at the venue tbh. can't wait for this wedding tho

    u can check out me &lestat's registry here

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    Walt Disney Animation Studios has taken to the Big Hero 6 Facebook page to announce that the teaser trailer for their upcoming Marvel adaptation will debut online next Thursday, and in their teasing of the teaser they've debuted a look at the official logo for the film which you can check out below!

    Big Hero 6 features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

    Starring TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, and Maya Rudolph, and inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, the CG-animated film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.


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    Naomi Watts is also in negotiations

    Matthew McConaughey and director Gus van Sant stopped by the Croisette on Thursday afternoon to pitch international buyers on their new drama “Sea of Trees,” which is scheduled to begin production on July 15.

    The story follows a suicidal American (McConaughey) who befriends a man (Ken Watanabe) lost in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. The picture will have a budget of about $25 million, and negotiations are underway with Naomi Watts to play the female lead–the character of McConaughey’s wife. The project originated from Gil Netter (“Life of Pi”), who is producing with Ken Kao, above left with Van Sant, McConaughey and Alex Walton.

    McConaughey said he was drawn to the poetic nature of the screenplay by Chris Sparling (“Buried”). “It was the best script I remember reading in the last five years,” said the actor who recently won the Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club,” noting that it “felt like a bunch of beautiful haikus, back to back. It was incredibly surprising. I got chills a few times just in the read of it.”

    Van Sant said that the location of the shoot hadn’t been determined yet. “My latest feelings is to try to shoot in Japan,” the director said. “If it’s too difficult, we would probably go to the northwest in the States, where the land is very similar.”

    The actor and director noted the film will have a surprise ending, which they compared to “The Sixth Sense” or “Fight Club.”

    Alex Walton’s new shingle Bloom is representing international sales of the film. CAA and WME are handling domestic rights, with several studios already expressing interest including Lionsgate, according to Van Sant.


    This film sounds like it could be really good or rly embarrassing. Pls don't disappoint Gus.

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    Anyone could be gay—even a tough and rugged Viking.

    Just ask Gobber, a character in the How to Train Your Dragon movie franchise.

    Gobber (Craig Ferguson), the right-hand man to Berk tribal chief Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), comes out as gay in the much-anticipated Dragon sequel.

    And he does it in the most subtle way. While watching a husband and wife bicker, Gobber says that's why he never got married—and then he simply adds there's one other reason.

    He doesn't explain anything further, but Dragon 2's openly gay writer and director, Dean DeBlois, confirms Gobber was talking about being a same-sex-loving Viking.

    "When we were recording Craig Ferguson, I had written the line, 'This is why I never got married," and he, as he often does, added it as an ad lib and he said, 'Yup, Gobber is coming out of the closet,'" DeBlois told me earlier today at the Cannes Film Festival while promoting the film at the Carlton Hotel. "I think that's a really fun [and] daring move to put in. I love the idea that Gobber is Berk's resident gay."

    And so do we!

    DeBlois also explained how Cate Blanchett joined the cast as dragon rescuer Valka.

    He wrote the character for the Oscar winner."I went to the Oscars in 2011 when the first How You Train Your Dragon was nominated," DeBlois said. "I saw her in the cocktail reception prior to the ceremony. I walked up to her and I introduced myself and said that I had written a part for her, at which point she said her three boys were big fans. She said, 'I'm not doing anything. Send me the script.' And that was that."

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (in theaters on June 13) will have its world premiere tonight at Cannes' Palais des Festival with a party following nearby.


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    zombie's website

    The video is pretty nsfw. It's just clips of all his other movies and then an announcement about '31' (or '3I' i'm not quite sure how we're supposed to read that)

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