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    Singer Jenny Lewis has credited the recording of her new album with pulling her through “one of the most difficult periods” of her life, after suffering a meltdown following the break-up of her cult band Rilo Kiley and the death of her estranged father.

    The star recruited rocker Ryan Adams and his musician pal Mike Viola to help her complete “The Voyager,” her first solo album in six years, and she admits channeling her pain and emotions into her songs proved to be the therapy she desperately needed.

    She tells, “Making ‘The Voyager’ got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life.

    “After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on ‘The Voyager came’ out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down…

    “This record was the hardest one I ever made. ‘The Voyager’ tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest.”

    Lewis lost her dad at the end of 2010 and disbanded Rilo Kiley the following year.


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    Now that takes balls!
    Man v. Food host Adam Richman is showing off his hot body after losing a massive amount of weight.
    The 40-year-old TV star, who dropped a whopping 70 pounds last year after changing his diet, took it all off and posed naked for the July issue of British Cosmopolitan to raise awareness of male cancer for Cancer Research U.K. In the photo, Richman flashes a giant smile while lying on his back nude with only a strategically placed team USA soccer ball covering his private parts.
    Richman told the mag, "To go from hating the way I looked to being a Cosmo centerfold is a profound honor."

    "If you're a guy who's always been the fun-to-be-around teddy bear, then all of a sudden people are viewing you as sexy, it's nice," he explained."It's great not having to be the plucky best friend, or the comic relief anymore—I love that. Who wouldn't rather hear, 'Wow, you look great,' than, 'Ewww…'?"
    And the soccer ball theme of Richman's nude shoot isn't a coincidence. He actually played lots of soccer to help lose weight.
    "To combat the monotony of gym workouts, I started playing soccer," he told Men's Health. "I looked at workouts as training sessions. My soccer training includes squats, pushups, resistance-band work, and sprints. Ninety minutes of running became part of my love of the game rather than a chore."
    Looking good, Adam!
    The July issue of British Cosmopolitan is on newsstands now.


    Weight loss/fitness post?

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    Love Runs Out

    Dir. by Sophie Muller


    Posting because it's Sophie. Song's pretty good too.

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    We all know breakups are hard. And they’re probably a lot tougher when your ex-boyfriend is popping up all over the tabloids with his new girl.

    It sound like that’s exactly what Trina is dealing with right now, as French Montana, who she was reportedly involved with until earlier this year, has been spotted out and about with Khloe Kardashian. Whether she’s specifically addressing this situation or just wanted to make an anthem for the ladies, the Florida rapper is certainly getting some things off her chest with “Cut U Off,” an unofficial remix to K-Camp’s hit “Cut Her Off.”

    Riding alongside Lil Mo, Trina raps with plenty of confidence on the track. “Cut that n—a off quick/ No coming back, I’m a boss bitch,” she spews.

    “It ain’t nothin’ to cut that bitch off/ It ain’t nothin’ to cut that n—a off,” Lil Mo sings on the chorus, before adding in her verse: “Fuck him and his new bitch/I can give two shits/Especially since that was a bitch I used to be cool with.”

    So what do you think, is Trina aiming at French and Khole with this one?


    I'm over here GAGGING. Trina let Lil Mo doing the talking for her and damn, did she ever!

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    Mark Ruffalo has already been plenty generous with dropping hints about "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and now the superhero star is at it again.

    In an interview with Total Film, Ruffalo reinforces some recent statements he made about his work on the follow-up to 2012's "The Avengers," and how the Hulk will get a shot at more screen time for the second installment in the blockbuster franchise.

    "[My role's] even bigger than last time, and it's more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc," Ruffalo told Total Film.

    Whether or not that bigger role includes a love interest for Hulk alter ego Bruce Banner, Ruffalo wouldn't say; but considering the actor has strongly hinted at that possibility in the past, we're banking on that being one factor in the green guy's expanded part.

    Another aspect of the "Avengers 2" production that Ruffalo has discussed before is the motion-capture work he's done with mo-cap legend Andry Serkis, and it seems that the actor is still excited about the effects that audiences will see next summer.

    "I'm really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff," Ruffalo told Total Film. " ... Now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers."

    We can't wait to see the fruits of Ruffalo's -- and his fellow Avengers' -- labors.

    "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is due in theaters on May 1, 2015.

    I'm always here for some more Fluffalo, Bruce is one of my favorites and I don't give a shit.

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    True Blood actor Jim Parrack and his wife of almost six years, Ciera Parrack, are pulling the plug on their marriage.

    The 33-year-old actor’s wife filed for divorce in Los Angeles and listed their separation date as September 2013. She cited irreconcilable differences and said there is no community property to fight over, which implies there is probably a prenup, according to TMZ.
    Jim, who is currently starring on Broadway in Of Mice and Men, has since started dating The Hunger Games‘ Leven Rambin, 24.

    The new couple has documented their relationship on their Instagram accounts and Jim even called Leven the “love of my life” in a post just a few days ago. Looks like things are getting serious!

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    The competing queens on RuPaul's Drag Race are known for lip-synching for their lives, but sometimes, when they try to sing live, they #$%& it up, to semi-quote Ru. Many Drag Race alums have released aggressively Auto-Tuned singles after sashaying away from the show, but few of them have proven to have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to become real-life pop stars.

    But interestingly, two of this just-wrapped season's Drag Race finalists, Courtney Act and Adore Delano, are talented live singers — in fact, before making it to the Drag Race top three this year, they competed on Australian Idol and American Idol, respectively. (They lost on this Monday's finale to very worthy opponent Bianca Del Rio.) Courtney recently released her new single, "Mean Gays," and Adore, formerly known as American Idol Season 7 semifinalist Danny Noriega, just filled up our earholes with her gooey debut single, "DTF."

    So to celebrate this week’s release of Adore’s debut album, here's a party playlist of actually decent singles by actually musically talented Drag Race alumni. You betta werk!
    8. Alaska, "Ru Girl"

    Take the Rosemary's Baby-like hell-spawn of Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson, put her in a low-budget version of Madonna's "Justify My Love" video, and have her deadpan-rap the names of her fellow Drag Race alums a la the Nails doing "88 Lines About 44 Women." The result? The super-dirrty "Ru Girl." This one's totally NSFW (even if you happen to work at Logo TV or World of Wonder), but you can watch the always-controversial Alaska's unRuPaulogetically seedy video HERE.

    7. Jinkx Monsoon, "Coffee and Wine"

    Let's raise a toast to the Season 5 Drag Race queen and starlet of the traveling cabaret show "The Vaudevillians," who keeps it old-school with this charming burlesque number. That Jinkx is always such a class act! Her full-length debut, The Inevitable Album, features contributions from B-52's frontman Fred Schneider.

    5. Willam Belli, "Rupologize"

    The infamously disqualified troublemaker of Season 4 got her musical start in a dragtastic L.A. punk/glam band, whose X-rated name cannot be printed here. And post-Drag Race, Willam is still raising (perfectly stenciled) eyebrows with her music parodies, sometimes as part of DWV, a group with fellow comedy queens Detox (Drag Race Season 5) and Vicky Vox. All of Willam's NSFW singles are hilarious, but "Chow Down," a bizarre ode to anti-gay fast food joint Chic-Fil-A set to the tune of Wilson Phillips's "Hold On," and the OneRepublic sendup "RuPaulogize" are the funniest of the lot. Willam is well on her way to becoming the Weird Al of drag — and I mean that as the highest compliment.

    4. Raja, "Diamond Crowned Queen"

    The Season 3 runway-ruling champion's debut single is a deliciously trashy track, reminiscent of '70s sleazefests like "Warm Leatherette," '80s industrial, and mid-'90s house music — with a whole lot of groaning straight out of a Berlin or Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder remix thrown in. As a bonus, the song's steamy video stars the other fiercest femme fatale in Drag Race herstory, Raven. (Why didn't Raven ever put out a single, huh?)

    3. Sharon Needles, "Call Me On the Ouija Board"

    The winning Goth-glam goddess of Season 4 spent the majority of her Drag Race $100,000 booty financing the recording and promotion of her original album, PG-13. Was this money that would have been better spent at Party City? That's up for debate, but PG-13 (which features cameos by RuPaul, Jayne County, Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic, and Amanda Lepore, plus a cover of Ministry's "Every Day Is Halloween") did debut respectably at No. 186 on the Billboard 200. It even got all the way to No. 4 on iTunes' Pop chart! It also spawned two of the best Drag Race contestant singles ever. "Ouija Board" is a particularly Blondie-esque pop-punk romp.

    1. Adore Delano, "DTF"

    This is the song Kelis wishes she'd made. Adore brings all the boys to yard (or, in the just-premiered, NSFW video's case, the laundromat) with her trampy, unabashedly trashy jam with the seemingly Jersey Shore-inspired title. If only she'd been able to get this down 'n' dirty on Idol back in the day! There is a lot to adore about "DTF." Adore's brilliantly titled debut album, Till Death Do Us Party, comes out June 3.

    Complete list of songs at Source.
    What's your favorite song from a Drag Queen, ONTD?

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    The Kardashians With Kris Jenner

    Kris Jenner may still be trying to catch her breath after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's whirlwind wedding in Paris last month, but she was ready to talk about her family's busy May in an interview on TODAY's Kathie Lee & Hoda on Thursday June 5.

    The momager, 58, gushed that her second-eldest daughter's Florentine nuptials were "so beautiful and magical…it was just a love fest." In fact, Jenner added, "It was the most wonderful time I think I've ever had and it's hard to explain that to somebody in words."

    Her favorite moment from the wedding? When "Kim thought she was walking down the aisle to a recording of Andrea Bocelli singing," she explains, "And … all of a sudden she looks over and sees Andrea Bocelli standing there singing … and she looks up and she actually like screamed … it was so cute."

    Jenner went on to confirm her 33-year-old daughter did indeed change her name to Kim Kardashian West, but the newlyweds are "still my roommates.” Mr. and Mrs. West have been living with Jenner while renovating their $11 million Bel-Air home they purchased in January 2013.

    "Yesterday morning I was walking out the door to catch a plane at 4 o'clock in the morning and Kanye was rolling in [through the door at the same time] from New York and I'm like, 'I can't keep track!'"

    One benefit of sharing a roof with the Kardashian-Wests, of course, is quality time with her granddaughter North, who turns 12 months next week. "It's been amazing watching North grow up" and to see how wonderful a father Kanye is.

    "He's the best dad in the world," Jenner gushed of West, 36, "I never would have guessed that the two of them would have this little girl wrapped around their fingers, so it's been so wonderful to watch."

    PHOTOS: Stars who have been married more than three times

    And she's enjoying the extra company. "Bruce is in Malibu [and] Kendall moved out," she said, "So it's going to be just Kylie and I."

    It’s been a less joyous time for her only son, Rob Kardashian. The mom of six stayed relatively quiet on the matter but offered: "Rob is working on himself," Jenner said, "He's going to be okay. A lot of prayer and, you know, he's such a great human being … he's my heart."

    The 58-year-old then changed the subject and revealed she's executive producing the upcoming Kardashians spinoff Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons. "Contrary to popular belief," Jenner laughed of rumors the prestigious neighborhood is annoyed the girls are there, "everyone is happy they're there."

    Kourtney, who is currently in the Hamptons with Khloe and her family, is carrying precious cargo while filming the spinoff -- her third child!

    Us Weekly exclusively revealed on June 4, Kourtney is pregnant with her third child, but her mom told Kathie Lee and Hoda, "I think you're going to probably get the answer to that on the premiere of … Keeping Up With The Kardashians" which airs this Sunday, June 9.

    Destined for loneliness


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    The “Whiplash” director is courting the duo to star in Lionsgate's upcoming movie

    Four months after Damien Chazelle's critically acclaimed drama “Whiplash” won the top prize at Sundance, Miles Teller is in early talks to reteam with the writer-director on the musical “La La Land,” with “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson in talks for the female lead, multiple individuals familiar with the Lionsgate project told TheWrap.

    “La La Land” is a two-hander that follows a pair of dreamers — aspiring actress Mia, who's lonely desperate to fit in, and cocky yet charismatic jazz pianist Sebastian — who fall in love in Los Angeles. However, the city that brought them together may tear them apart, as they soon discover that balancing love and art in such a cutthroat climate isn't easy.

    Jordan Horowitz (“The Kids Are All Right”) will produce for Gilbert Films, while Fred Berger will produce for his own Impostor Pictures. Lionsgate will distribute the movie, which was packaged by WME Global. The film is also expected to find Chazelle reuniting with his go-to composer Justin Hurwitz (“Whiplash”).

    A song-and-dance romance, “La La Land” bills itself as a movie about big dreams, the big city and the kind of love that makes life feel like a musical.

    TheWrap obtained Chazelle's “lookbook” for “La La Land” — a document that helps describe the story, characters, look and tone of the film — and found the Director's Statement to be quite compelling.

    “I'd like to make a contemporary musical about L.A., starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis–one that is actually worthy of the dreams it inspires. I'd like to make a musical about the way L.A.'s peculiar rhythms can push its residents to the edge of their emotions–be they hope, desperation or love. Think the kind of teetering-toward-madness you see in “The Graduate” or “Boogie Nights”, and imagine if you were to push that further. In this case, the city pushes its residents all the way: it pushes them into song.

    The characters of this movie are just people trying to make it. One thing most movies about struggling L.A. actors and musicians miss is the poetry of their struggle: these are blue-collar folks working day in and day out to make something happen. What I'm interested in is pitting their yearnings and their ambitions against the musical genre. After all, musicals are all about the push-and-pull between reality and fantasy; the heroes of this film, because of their big dreams, are constantly poised on that edge.

    At its core, this is a movie about artists in love–and what it means to be an artist in love in arguably the most competitive city on the planet. How do you juggle the need to find success as an artist with the need to share oneself with another human being? And how do you do so in a place where every poster, every street corner and every sign remind you of the glories just beyond reach? L.A. is the “Dream Factory”, and to me there's something swooningly romantic about that: all those unsung songs and unrealized ideas clouding the air. By casting an affectionate eye on a pair of young hopefuls, while aspiring to the kind of full-fledged romanticism you hardly ever see in today's movies, I hope to capture the spirit of the city I now call home, and make a movie that feels both classical and urgent–and, yes, intrinsically L.A.”


    Y'all are some lazy ass fans.
    They should switch the character's personalities.

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    Miley Cyrus can rest easy ... the LAPD has arrested two people they say broke into her home and stole her Maserati last weekend.

    Cops ID'd a male and female -- both in their 20s -- late Thursday morning. The pair was walking on a North Hollywood street and detectives recognized them from the surveillance video.

    As TMZ first reported, Miley's stolen Maserati was abandoned almost immediately after it was stolen Saturday night while Miley was out of town.

    Cops have yet to recover some expensive jewelry that was also stolen during the break-in.

    We're told at this point the 2 suspects have no known connection to Miley.

    It's unclear if the male was wearing his now-famous skinny jeans.



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    "Orange Is the New Black," and it's the new face of comedy, too.

    Since its debut in July 2013, the original Netflix series has become the poster child for the way many of us now watch TV -- in large doses, on our own time, and often on something other than an actual television set.

    But before "Orange Is the New Black" became the hottest topic for anyone with Internet access, it was a languishing concept from "Weeds" producer Jenji Kohan, who was struggling to find a home for the series based on a book by Piper Kerman.

    As viewers learned in season one, "Orange Is the New Black" follows a well-bred New Yorker named Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), who gets sent to a Connecticut women's prison on an old drug charge that involved smuggling money for ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who just happens to be serving time in the same facility. While there, Chapman gets indoctrinated into prison life with a series of scenes that have become infamous, like a bloody tampon given to her in a sandwich and a cellmate urinating on the floor.

    Chapman, along with characters like Red (Kate Mulgrew), a grim Russian cook; Sophia (Laverne Cox), a transgender former firefighter; Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), who's initially fixated on Chapman; and Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning), a disturbed drug addict, bring this dark comedy to life in a way that wouldn't have been out of place on pay-cable networks like HBO or Showtime.

    Except neither network wanted it.

    And then, in walked Netflix. With the company's image changing from being a source of mail-ordered movies to a streaming hub of entertainment, the service happily snapped up Kohan's dark comedy. As the writer/producer recalled to The New York Times, Netflix "pretty much bought it in the room."

    The company's eagerness has paid off in full, as "Orange Is the New Black" has become the service's most-watched original series, according to an October letter to shareholders, and is already renewed for a third season.

    But first, we have to prepare for season two's arrival on Friday. Though cast members and Kohan are tight-lipped about what's to come, here are a few tidbits on what to expect:

    1. Nudity."I love graphic sex, the more sex the better," Kohan said at an industry lunch in April. And the show has certainly put some of its performers on display right from showering get-go. This year may include male nudity, Kohan said, with a caveat: "I don't think it's going to be erect."

    2. Triangle tension. You know that romantic triangle between prison guards Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) and Bennett (Matt McGorry) and Daya (Dascha Polanco)? It's going to get messier. "There's kind of a tectonic shift happening between Pornstache, Bennett and Daya by the big point of the second season, and I think you might be surprised who you may be siding with in that triumvirate," Schreiber told EW.

    3. A rising writer. Larry's had some success with his column about having a fiancée in prison, but his relationship with her is under strain. "If you're going to keep Larry involved, there needs to be some sort of change, and there are some in store," Jason Biggs, who plays Larry, told EW.

    4. More romance and back story. Big Boo (Lea DeLaria) and Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) are going to have a "sex contest," reports TV Guide. We'll find out more about Red's (Kate Mulgrew) Russian gangster past. And watch out for a key insect.

    5. A change of the guard? A number of "Orange" stars have commitments to other shows. Natasha Lyonne (Nicky) is doing an NBC show produced by Amy Poehler, and Schreiber is working on an HBO comedy. Laura Prepon (Alex) told the Daily Beast she will be in just four episodes in season two, though she's indicated she'd be willing to come back full-time for season three. Kohan is already thinking ahead. "If I could keep cycling people through and bringing in new people, the show could go on forever," she told EW.

    omg, it's almost here!!!!

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    Not too long ago, we finallyreceived official confirmationthat Channing Tatum would be playing fan-favorite Gambit in future X-Men films. However, exact details on his role in the series have been unclear. With so many films already in the franchise, and Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox working hard to build upon their already established universe, how is Gambit going to factor into all of it?

    Earlier today, we spoke to Tatum while he was in NYC promoting his new film 22 Jump Street, and we asked him where we can expect to see Gambit show up first. He confirmed that the character will get a solo outing before he appears in X-Men: Apocalypse, and that he’s hoping to do something different with the film than what we’re used to seeing with superhero flicks.

    Check out his exact quote below:

    It will probably just be a standalone film before Apocalypse. That’s if it does well. If it doesn’t do well I probably won’t make it into Apocalypse [laughs]. It would be an honor to get to do it. Marvel is such an amazing, huge machine. Just to get to embody the character would be an honor. We’re going to try and change it up a little bit and do something slightly different than what your normal superhero movie is. So we’ll see if it works.

    With X-Men: Apocalypse set for a May 27th, 2016 release, this means that we’ll be seeing a Gambit solo film at some point within the next two years, which is pretty exciting. I would imagine that 20th Century Fox would want to introduce him to audiences well before Apocalypse arrives, so a 2015 release date seems likely for the Gambit spinoff.

    Tell us, are you excited to hear that the character will be getting his own film before X-Men:Apocalypse, or would you have preferred to see it the other way around? Sound off below!

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    World Cup 2014: France's Franck Ribery out with back injury

    France attacker Franck Ribery will miss the World Cup through injury, Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

    The Bayern Munich player, 31, has been ruled out after injuring his lower back in a training session on Friday. "He is not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone playing a game," Deschamps told a news conference. Ribery pulled out of the training session after complaining of pain and was later taken for an MRI scan, which confirmed the extent of the injury. The three-time French player of the year has been suffering from lower back pains for several weeks, playing only once for club or country since 29 April. He managed 79 minutes in the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund on 17 May and missed France's warm-up matches against Norway and Paraguay. "He had to stop in training, the pain was too strong," added former Chelsea midfielder Deschamps. "We made checks in the beginning of the afternoon, checks that confirmed the situation has aggravated." But his absence could present an opportunity to either 24-year-old midfielder Schneiderlin or Montpellier attacker Remy Cabella, who have been called into Deschamps' squad as replacements for Ribery and Grenier.



    Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband 'cause the Azzurri have landed in Brazil

    Official team photo before the departure from Fiumicino

    ita departure

    More pics from their arrival...


    Selfies for all...


    Not a selfie but still deserves to be included because ~obviously


    sources 1& 2& 3

    A completely gratuitous photo of Alonso and Mata walking around Washington DC, just 'cause.


    *Of course* these two would get along...

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    Kiss vocalist-bassist Gene Simmons has signed on to co-produce a Lifetime series titled Ugly Models about a U.K. modeling agency that works with "character models with unique and unusual looks," as it makes its way into the U.S. market. The show will document how the business adapts to a different market.

    The agency's motto is, "Any beauty can be airbrushed but we want to have true character." It currently represents over 1,000 models, reportedly between the ages of 18 and 100 and sizes six and 30. Among its models are the Guinness World Record bearer for the tallest man – Sultan Kösen, who is just over eight feet tall – and a woman with 2,520 piercings. It has been in business since 1969.

    The show is not Simmons' only endeavor into TV at the moment. Together with his bandmate Paul Stanley, Kiss' songwriting nucleus has teamed with AMC for a reality series about the arena football team they own, the L.A. Kiss. The show, which is titled 4th and Loud and is set to premiere in the summer, will focus on the players, coaches and, of course, its rock-star owners, as well as Kiss manager Doc McGhee. "There's been a lot of attention to detail… so that people don't think this is a rock band in football helmets," Simmons said when the team started out. "This is real football."

    Earlier this year, Kiss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All of the original members were in attendance and, despite an acrimonious buildup in the press that led to them not performing, appeared onstage together peacefully. "To Peter [Criss, original drummer], Ace [Frehley, original lead guitarist], Gene ­– we are the original four, so we could not have done this if we didn't start this together," Stanley said in his acceptance speech. "Everything we've done is built on the past. We've got a great, great legacy."


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    Excerpt from Grazia magazine where LDR was asked about her upcoming track Fucked My Way Up To The Top and this was her reply:

    "It’s about a singer who first sneered about my allegedly not authentic style but later she stole and copied it. And now she’s acting like I am the art project and she the true super artist. My God and people actually believe her, she’s successful! I shouldn't continue ranting, it doesn’t get anywhere."

    Source (translated from this) + Source 2

    lmao expose them kween!

    Who do you think she's talking about?

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    Last night, country music was introduced to HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale, who performed "That's Damn Rock & Roll" with Eric Church at the CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. And it went pretty well, according to Billboard, who called it "one of the highlights of the evening." USA Today included the performance in the "five best highlights from the CMT Awards," noting "Church and the HALESTORM frontwoman turned this tune from Church's 'The Outsiders' album into a barnburner reminiscent of AC/DC and THE ROLLING STONES."

    As previously reported, HALESTORM debuted two new songs at two separate shows recently. The first tune, "Heartbreaker", was performed on March 28 at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee, while the second track, "Mayhem", made its debut in early April in England.

    The group began writing its third album in January, after completing more than 20 months of touring behind 2012's "The Strange Case Of…"

    HALESTORM last year issued its second covers EP, "ReAniMate 2.0", which featured renditions of songs from JUDAS PRIEST, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, MARILYN MANSON, DAFT PUNK and FLEETWOOD MAC.


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    Leave it to Litchfield to keep us on our toes. As OITNB creator Jenji Kohan told EW way back in June of last year, the "nice blonde lady" at the center of Orange was never meant to be the series' only focus. Instead, Piper was designed to serve as a "gateway drug": "We wanted to write stories about all sorts of women and their experiences. But it's very hard to sell a show about women of different colors and different ages and different socioeconomic backgrounds," she explained. "This way, we almost get to sneak in these amazing characters and amazing stories through this white girl going to prison. With each episode we explore a different character." The plan went off without a hitch: Throughout season one, Piper remained a central presence but began ceding more and more screen time to the show's expanding ensemble. We adjusted to life in prison the same way she did: first by viewing the ladies of Litchfield as one-note supporting characters in the drama that was Piper's life story, then gradually getting to know them as human beings with pasts and multi-faceted personalities. Piper, too, changed along the way, not only getting tougher ("Bitches gots to learn") but also revealing herself to be more than the bourgie stereotype she appeared to be in the show's pilot. By the end of its first season, Orange was no longer simply Piper's show; the gateway had been opened, revealing an ensemble filled with complicated characters, each capable of anchoring a series in her own right. Which is why it's so surprising to see season two of OITNB begin the way it does: with an episode that's focused completely on Piper, to the exclusion of almost everyone else we got to know and love in season one. Have Daya and Bennett been found out? Did Pennsatucky get those new teeth? How's Red adjusting after being stripped of her power, and what's the mood at Litchfield like now that the Latina women are basically running the show? We won't know the answers to any of these questions until at least episode two, which is a pretty bold move for a program that wrapped its first year with a series of increasingly insane cliffhangers. Instead, episode one begins with an utterly isolated Piper, who's gone so nuts after four weeks in the SHU that she's painting the walls with her old egg yolks ("I'm calling it Thirsty Bird"). Then the show isolates her even further, transporting our gateway drug out of solitary and taking her on a Kafkaesque journey to an unknown location. By the end of last season, we had come to understand Litchfield as an improvised community—a sort of Springfield-ian small town overflowing with quirky residents, albeit ones who had all committed federal crimes. It never felt like a safe place, exactly—recall that when most of Litchfield's ladies were bonding over soul-stirring Christmas music, Piper was busy beating Pennsatucky half to death—but there was still a sense that on some level, these women supported or at least understood each other. But once Piper leaves the relative cocoon that is Litchfield—a society that's largely matriarchal, on levels both micro (the members of the WAC) and macro (Fig ultimately rules the place with a tight, manicured fist)—she's subjected to a series of petty and not-so-petty humiliations and degradations, nearly all at the hands of men. The male guards who escort her out of solitary treat Piper as though she's invisible: They refusing to answer when she asks where she's being taken or when she'll get there; they engage in uncensored guy talk in front of her, reducing the women they know to collections of aesthetically pleasing body parts ("she's got that Kunis face, but not that Kunis ass"); they punish Piper for being a "demanding poochie," giving her the transport bus' tightest shackles; they even speed her along when she's relieving herself, demanding to hear a heavier urine stream. The most striking thing about the male/female power differential in this episode is that it exists even between male prisoners and female prisoners; once her Con Air flight goes coed, Piper is harassed by a hitman named Gun (hey, it could be worse—she thinks at first that he's a rapist) and, eventually, reduced to giving the guy her dirty underwear in exchange for a favor. Say what you will about Litchfield, but it's a little more civilized than Chicago's Metropolitan Detention Center. Why is Piper so far from home? At first, she's convinced that her transfer must have something to do with Pennsatucky. Though weeks have passed since their snowy fight, Piper is clearly still disturbed by it, especially because she's not sure whether Tiffany survived the brawl. It's all she can do to keep from breaking down when sharing details of the incident with her new Con Air pal. (I'm tempted to call the new character Ellen, because she looks like the talk-show host might if she spent some time in jail, but her name is actually Lolly, and she's played by the lovely Lori Petty.) The confession scene has Emmy Reel written all over it, but Taylor Schilling never overplays the material as she digs into the "really, really bad thing" Chapman did in December. She may be an emotionally manipulative narcissist, but guilt like this is proof that Piper's got a good heart, underneath it all. As it turns out, Piper's trip to the Windy City isn't related to the beatdown. After days in conditions that make her old cell block look like a five-star hotel, she eventually learns that Pennsatucky is alive. Piper isn't being sentenced on murder charges; she's actually being called as a witness in the trial of Alex's old boss, a drug trafficker named Kubra. (Fun fact: This is the closest the show has gotten in awhile to following Piper Kerman's actual memoir Orange is the New Black. Partway through it, the real Piper is taken to Oklahoma City, then Chicago to testify against her ex-lover's old boss. It's during this journey that she gets reacquainted with the women on whom Alex is based, though she's called Nora in the book.)

    Feel free to discuss the episodes in the comments. Just remember to hide your spoilers!

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    Washington, DC, June 6, 2014 – A majority of dads in the U.S., seven out of ten, recently reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent, according to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council. In advance of Father's Day, WWE Superstars are inspiring dads throughout the country to get more involved in their children's lives. WWE is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, and the Ad Council to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage dads to recognize their critical role and give them the tools to help get more involved.

    This month, the Ad Council will distribute the television, radio, print, outdoor and Web public service ads to media outlets nationwide. In addition, the Ad Council will make all PSA materials available through WWE will utilize all of its assets, including television, live events, in-arena, digital and social media, to generate awareness of the national public service campaign.

    WWE donated their time, talent and resources for the campaign which uses humor and features WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio, Titus O'Neil and Roman Reigns experiencing poignant moments with their actual children in an effort to inspire a nationwide commitment to fatherhood. The stars provide the voiceovers at the end, directing audiences to "Take Time To Be a Dad Today." The campaign communicates to fathers that their presence is essential to their children's well-being and emphasizes that "the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child's life." The new PSAs can be seen here.

    "WWE is honored to be a part of the Ad Council Fatherhood campaign and the mission to inspire and support men in their commitment to responsible fatherhood," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. "Even the busiest of dads can do the simplest of things to have a positive impact on their children."

    All of the creative assets direct fathers to visit or to call 1-877-4DAD411 to provide them with the information they need to become more involved with their children's lives, including parenting tips, fatherhood programs and additional resources. In addition to the English and Spanish-language advertising, the campaign also includes social and digital extensions, leveraging fans of WWE and its Superstars. To coincide with Father's Day and the campaign launch, @WWEMoms is hosting a Twitter Q&A on June 12 at 7:00 p.m. via #WWEDads. The campaign will also be leveraging Thunderclap (a public synchronized social media post), and developing blog posts and additional activities.

    "The importance of being a present and engaged dad lies in the long term effects and benefits that this responsibility has on the children and families we serve. Fatherhood must be respected as essential to the wellbeing of our communities and as an investment in the creation of a caring, healthier and more productive society as a whole. Fatherhood is both a privilege and an honor, and the greatest reward is when your child calls you dad," said Office of Family Assistance Director Earl Johnson.

    Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.

    "Of course, with our target being dads, WWE was a natural partner for this effort," said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of the Ad Council. "This campaign has already made such an impact on fathers and families throughout the country and I know that with the help of Alberto, Titus and Roman, we will be able to show dads how important their role is in their child's life."

    The new PSAs are an extension of the Ad Council's award-winning Fatherhood Involvement campaign, which launched in 2008. The ads will air and run in time and space entirely donated by the media. To date, the Fatherhood Involvement campaign has received more than $193 million in donated media.


    WELP Roman destroyed tumblr this morning

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    A new video released by Disney gives us a little preview of things to come from the seasoned version of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII.

    The clip was filmed during a photo shoot that Mark Hamill did down at Walt Disney World in Florida, where he's appearing at a promotional event called Star Wars Weekends. The shoot and clip show Hamill posing with Mickey Mouse -- and wielding a lightsaber. I don't know about you, but seeing Luke Skywalker with weapon in hand again sends a little chill down my spine, even if it's a toy one.

    The other thing to note is that Hamill, who is 60 years old, is looking much better than he has in recent years. The actor had been putting on some weight, but seems to be getting back in shape for his appearance in Episode VII. Not only does that bode well for the film, but for his overall health as well.

    Here's what he told the Orlando Sentinel:

    "I’ve altered my diet. I’ve started working out. There’s that. But on the film itself: I toured the departments, I’ve looked at wardrobe, and I saw the creature shop. I went around and met all the cast people, saw the technicians working on some new things."

    Hamill has yet to start filming his scenes, but I hope he keeps the beard for the movie -- it somehow fits since Luke will mostly likely fill the role of an elder Jedi mentor in J.J. Abrams' film.

    Watch the clip of Hamill below, in which he also talks about Star Wars fandom, and tell us what you think of seeing the new and improved Hamill wielding his "elegant weapon, for a more civilized age."

    He looks pretty good for his age and all the reconstruction on his face. Hopefully with some makeup and whatnot he'll be one badass Jedi Master.


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    Seventy years ago today, Allied troops began their assault on the beaches of Normandy, an operation which would prove crucial in the Second World War victory over the Nazis.

    Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is among those reading the original scripts of BBC news bulletins and warnings from the day of the attack to feature on Radio 4 programmes over the next few days.

    Listen to them all below...


    Actor Benedict Cumberbatch reads the original 8am BBC radio bulletin about the D-Day operations.

    John Snagge reads the special midday bulletin on the BBC's Home Service on 6 June, 1944.

    Actor Patrick Stewart reads the original radio news script from 6 June, 1944.

    Actor Toby Jones reads the original radio news script from 6 June, 1944.

    Actor Patrick Stewart reads the 9pm BBC radio news bulletin from the day after D-Day.



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