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    Singer and actress Hilary Duff is spotted heading to the gym for a workout on July 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Hilary is currently hard at work prepping her new album.

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    ONTD, have you worked off all the food you ate from the 4th of July weekend yet?

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    Jake Miller had quite a few announcements to share with this Millertary! They include him making a television appearance, his new single’s release and something about a video.

    He announced that he would release his single tonight on iTunes, though the single was released a couple of minutes prior to midnight, along with a lyrical music video!

    The song is First Flight Home and essentially describes his trip and await to get home for a significant other. He raps about texting his girl, who he hasn’t seen forever, that he’ll be home in no time, he’s catching the first flight home.

    The lyrical music contains the journey, obviously with lyrics on-screen. The video seemed fairly inexpensive with just go-pro camera recording. Miller gives big thanks to his fans along with his very helpful DJ: Joey Gandolfo.



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    As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people "attain beauty," and how the world perceives beauty.

    In general, I believe, traditional beauty will be less valuable—and more uniqueness will be heralded.

    But let me be more specific with 10 predictions:

    1. Plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol. Emphasis will be on how unique and interesting one can look, as opposed to a cookie-cutter look. People will be vying for that cutting-edge, distinct look in the way that today celebs reach for baby names that defy convention.

    2. There will be no hair extensions. If one wants longer locks, a hair-growing serum is applied to the scalp, and the length and thickness of the hair will increase in 24 hours. The popular hair texture of choice will be curly.

    3. Global warming will threaten our crops so natural food will be scarce. Hourglass, curvy bodies will be the aspirational beauty standard, representing that those women have access to bounties of fulfilling yet healthy food, which means they are affluent.


    4. The features of one's baby will be as selectable as menu items at a fast-food drive-through window. Blue and green eyes will become so common that dark brown will become the rare and newly desired eye color.

    5. Skin color and features will mesh into a similar shade for the majority of people. Typical features and coloring will lean toward a Rihanna or Beyoncé or me kind of look. People with alabaster or ebony skin will be rare and heralded for that uniqueness.

    6. Because beauty will be so readily accessible and skin color and features will be similar, prejudices based on physical features will be nearly eradicated. Prejudice will be socioeconomically based.

    7. Advertising for the beauty industry will have shifted. Since beauty will be easily attainable, models will be as relevant as a horse and buggy. Robot/avatar models with features that look totally different from the golden-skinned everyday people will represent and sell products world-wide.

    8. Everyone will have at least one personal robot/assistant/companion. If a person allows that robot/assistant to suggest products paid for by sponsors, that person's robot will be free of charge. In fact, that person will actually be paid to use the robot by a pool of advertisers. The robot will have super artificial intelligence and will be able to sense if its owner is having a low-self-esteem day and will then strategically give boosts of confidence to its owner. "Wow, Eloisa! Your eyes look especially lovely today."

    9. For those who choose not to go for plastic surgery, beauty ingestibles (active waters, etc.) will give instant, yet temporary results: contoured cheekbones, rosy cheeks, arched eyebrows. However, one must use them repeatedly to maintain results.

    10. Women's empowerment will be an irrelevant concept because the balance of power between the sexes will have shifted dramatically. Women, in control of when they can have children (up to age 120!), and having more degrees and education than men, will be in charge. Men will be responsible for 70% of cosmetics sales and plastic-surgery procedures world-wide. Why? Men will be vying for women's attention, obsessed with being attractive to females and snagging well-off ladies who can take care of them.




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    who here has had plastic surgery and what kind?

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    A few years later, Common states what was obvious to most.

    Towards the end of 2011, Drake and Common were engaged in somewhat of a “rift” that found the two rappers throwing shots at each other in the middle of their respective album rollouts, and the “beef” lasted into the new year, in which Drizzy and the Chicago vet tossed more lyrical darts at each other over Rick Ross‘ “Stay Schemin’” record–Drake appeared on the original, Common remixed it.

    At the time of the dispute, which, thankfully and as expected, remained an on-wax battle, all indications were that the two rappers were at odds because of their individual relationships with star athlete Serena Williams, with whom Common had previously been romantically involved. Earlier, in an interview with VladTV, Common, who was seldom heard from at the time of the “battle”, finally speaks a little bit on what that was all about.

    At that time, I think it was the Drake-Serena situation. I didn’t know what was going on with that. And I ain’t know if he was throwing shots at me. [Serena] my ex and we’re going our separate ways. So unfortunately the war might have been over a girl but at the time I never said that. It wasn’t totally that. It was more of do you respect me? Cause I actually like you as an artist.

    For the record, Drake used to tweet Common’s raps. We knew it wasn’t that deep, Com.

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    Dakota Fanning was just five years old and living with her parents and one-year-old sister in the small town of Conyers, Georgia, when, as she tells it, she and her mother had a heart-to-heart regarding her proto–movie star career trajectory. In the end they came to what she describes as a mutual decision: to move from their home, 20 miles southeast of Atlanta—where they were part of an athletic extended clan, and practicing Southern Baptists—to Los Angeles, where the only things anybody worships are fame and box office loot. There she would see if she could build on the success she had had being standout cute in community theater.

    Which might sound a bit implausible if it weren't coming from Fanning, who is a lively, confident, and apparently quite undamaged 20-year-old woman, despite growing up on the big and small screens. What five-year-old is that methodical in pursuing her ambitions? Surely her parents pushed her to perform, at least subliminally? Her mother Joy is a former professional tennis player who majored in fashion merchandising and who, by Dakota's own accounting, gave up everything for her daughter. Her father Steven is a former minor league baseball player. So, at least from afar, they seem to fit the bill of the cliché of living vicariously through their children, for there are two stars in the family: Dakota and her fashion plate younger sister, Elle (who is appearing in Maleficent this summer).

    But no, Dakota insists, a bit impatiently, it was all basically her idea. "It's hard to explain to someone who didn't know me as a child," she says, looking me right in the eye. "But even before I started working—when I was two, three, four, five—I was an exceptionally mature child. I just was. And my mom and I were able to have conversations like, 'Do you want to go to California and go to auditions for commercials and TV shows? Is that something you want to do?' And I was like, 'Yeah, let's give it a try.'"

    I've met Dakota at one of her favorite restaurants, Lovely Day, a few blocks from New York University, where she is attending the Gallatin School for Individualized Study. She arrived early, as if to stake her claim, and already knows what she wants: vegetable dumplings and brown rice. I've been catching up on my Individualized Dakota Studies for the past couple of weeks, streaming some of the 26 feature films she has done (in addition to TV shows, shorts, and video game voiceovers), and I was struck by her preternatural dignity and grace—even way back in 2000, when she played the straight-shooting Lucy Diamond Dawson in I Am Sam, her star-making turn at the age of six. But there was a guarded quality, too, a wariness that has something to do with those pensive, headlamp eyes, the ones that get compared to Bette Davis's, the ones that made her seem like an "old soul" to Steven Spielberg, who directed her in the 2005 movie War of the Worlds.

    Other than some nervous scribbling on the red paper sleeve her chopsticks came in, Fanning has that same assessing, unshellacked demeanor as she sits across from me. What's surprising is the tinkling blurt of a laugh—actually a wide variety of wonderfully expressive laughs, almost a language in themselves, from skeptical giggle to full-on guffaw. I get one of the latter when I mention the Bette Davis comparisons; she tilts her chin up, pulls her face taught, and bugs out her eyes in a demented impression of the screen legend. For an actress who tends to avoid comedy onscreen, it's startlingly funny.

    Perception and reality are often at odds in Hollywood. On Saturday Night Live Amy Poehler did the recurring sketch "The Dakota Fanning Show," in which she played the actress as a wound-up, supercilious brat. It was amusing, if also a projection fantasy based on Fanning's grown-up self-presentation. I kept thinking, talking to her, that she's 20 going on 35. But as a result of people's assumptions, she's in the curious position of disproving the preconceived notion that she's a needy, know-it-all ingenue.

    Kelly Reichardt, the director of this year's Night Moves, a spare, dark indie film about youthful eco-terrorists played by Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg, assumed the worst. "I always worry with our kind of filmmaking. We don't have a lot of extras or the means to spoil anybody," she says. The movie was filmed in Oregon, and Reichardt and crew were staying at a Comfort Inn right off the expressway in Medford (which locals call Methford). She intended to put Fanning up in the more picturesque town of Ashford, and rented her a car. But Fanning said she didn't need the car and moved into the Comfort Inn with everybody else. "We worked weird hours and late at night, and I'd see Dakota walking to Taco Bell."

    Reichardt theorizes that "at some point she must have made the decision to stay connected to the big black hole of life's inconveniences. You couldn't do anything for her. She doesn't allow pampering. It's all hands on deck." Which means when their characters were supposed to be loading up a boat with 150-pound bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer (to turn into a dam-busting bomb), Fanning and Eisenberg were, in fact, heaving 150-pound bags filled with ammonium nitrate, never mind that it gave her a rash. "Dakota just loved it," Reichardt says. "The itchier, the sweatier, the better." (Eisenberg, meanwhile, thought they could fake it: "Are you serious? This is a movie!")

    Maybe this connection to the quotidian has kept Fanning safe from turning into the other side of the former-child-star coin: the rehab princess. You could call her the anti–Lindsay Lohan, or the non–Amanda Bynes, or Drew Barrymore without all the baggage, an almost pre-postmodern celebrity, without a discernible exhibitionist streak or penchant for self-destruction. She has a boyfriend, Jamie Strachan, a British model who is 12 years her senior, and if you want to be thoroughly bored, Google "Dakota Fanning boyfriend" for endless shots of hand-holding on the streets of Manhattan—the beginning and end of any lovelife revelations. "I'm just never going to parade my personal life," she says. "If you choose to not do it, it's not hard to not do it."

    Not doing it, she says, has everything to do with how she was raised. "It's very interesting to grow up with half a Southern mind-set and half a California mind-set," she says. "Like going to high school in Los Angeles and living in New York City and going to NYU, but having a family that was very traditional. I credit my family pretty much with everything—and especially my mom." The combination has also helped insulate her against the fevered expectations of her fans. As she puts it, "I'm super-happy that you've enjoyed watching me grow up. That's cool," but "because people saw me grow up, there's this weird sort of ownership that they feel for me and that is…difficult. Because it's not real; it's in their minds."

    Fanning's parents were criticized for her controversial role in 2007's Hounddog, in which Fanning played a brash, naive, underparented country girl who gets raped by a milk delivery boy. The criticism—essentially "How could the adorable moppet from I Am Sam be put in such a horrible position?"—just proved "why that movie needed to get made in the first place," Fanning says. The negative attention made her feel as if, in illuminating a trauma millions of girls go through, she had done something wrong. "That's what the movie is about, that she is made to feel responsible. There is a real little girl who that is happening to right now." The reaction to the film was a turning point, forcing her to answer the question, Do you live to make yourself happy, or do you live to make other people happy? All the busybody calumny was "very, very upsetting—horrible" for her mother, she says.

    Still, the overprotectiveness of her fans is, within limits, understandable. In growing up on film, she has become like the younger cousin we see every Thanksgiving: fixed in our minds somewhere between not quite adolescent and not quite grown-up. So much so that when people meet her they frequently exclaim, "You're so tall!" She rolls her eyes at this. "Actually, I'm not even that tall," only five-foot-four, though she's in reasonably high heels today, her pants rolled up stylishly. "But compared to a childI am!" She laughs with sarcastic glee. "I feel as if one day I'm going to be married and pregnant and people will still be saying, 'Oh my god, you're so tall!'

    "People don't know me as much as they think they do," she goes on. "I'll be walking down the street and someone will say hello, and I'll go, 'Oh, hi!' I'll think I must know this person if they said hello, but then you realize, I don't know them." She laughs. "For the most part people are nice and respectful. But sometimes… Once I was sitting in a booth like this one and a girl sat down." She gestures at the seat next to her, which means she was blocked in. Fanning giggles at this further absurdity. "I'm also a real personal-space person."

    I ask her what happened next. "She said, 'Are you her? Or do you just look like her?' I'm eating my pancakes, and I say something like, 'Uh, I am her?'" Her giggle is almost a squeal now. "I'm thinking, Will you just get up? I will say whatever you want!" And yet, she adds, "as uncomfortable as that was—and I can never, ever imagine doing that—I almost love having that kind of experience, too. Who is the person who would come and sit in a stranger's booth? That is very interesting to me."

    IN SOME WAYS THE FANNING SISTERS ARE A HIGHLY unconventional result of the most conventional of parental impulses. And, strangely enough, it all worked out. "If we had been tennis players, our mother would have done the same things," Fanning says. "I know she secretly watches tennis players and thinks, 'Oh, I wish they were my daughters.' But I didn't have the talent."

    For the record, Elle, who is 16 and does a great deal of ballet, is the more athletic of the two. "I am just missing the drive for athletics, which is half of what being an athlete is," Dakota says. "I have that sportsmindedness, that work ethic, for what I do." Which is living in an imagined world and an observed world. "I'm definitely in my own head," she says. "I'm a watcher."

    She's also supremely focused, but that probably goes without saying. "Dakota's a really self-determined person," says Reichardt, who was persuaded to cast her in Night Moves, despite reservations that Fanning was too young for the part, by the actress herself. "She told me, 'I'm not too young—that's my role.'" Which is why the director finds it utterly believable that Fanning told her parents they should move to L.A. when she was five. Or that she started reading at two, skipped kindergarten, and went directly to first grade, and was a tiny, intense star by six. When Fanning was eight, the self-described nonathlete played a competitive swimmer in 2004's Man on Fire (with Denzel Washington) and willed herself to win the races against the extras, who were actual competitive swimmers. She also aced the teenage popularity contest at her North Hollywood high school, despite years of on-set tutoring. She got off to a rough start socially (initially bringing her books to school in a geeky rolling backpack), but before long Fanning was a cheerleader, then a homecoming queen who went to prom with a gaggle of girlfriends.

    Just before we meet I watch the final film in the Twilight saga—perhaps the last mortal on earth to do so, or maybe just the oldest—in which Fanning plays Jane, a nasty, uptight, lay-down-the-law bloodsucker. Based on my Fanning Studies, I joke that she's not unlike the speedily maturing half-human, half- vampire superbaby her offscreen buddy Kristen Stewart gives birth to toward the end of the movie. Fanning laughs warily. Okay, maybe not. But how many 20-year-olds have Steven Spielberg as their career rabbi?

    This fall Fanning stars in The Last of Robin Hood, playing an aspiring 16-year-old actress, Beverly Aadland, in the declining years of the old Hollywood studio system. (Weirdly, the film was shot in Atlanta, so she got to see "home" and relatives for the first time in seven years.) The movie is based, in part, on a true story and a book, The Big Love, that was written by Beverly's mother Florence, a one-legged former chorus girl who, in the late '50s, essentially pimped her daughter out to the still dashing but drug-addled Errol Flynn (played by Kevin Kline). "One of the things that makes the movie palatable is that Dakota doesn't play her Lolita-ish," says Susan Sarandon, who plays Florence. "I don't know if the word is mature, but she gives Beverly a certain grace."

    Fanning is quick to make the distinction between Florence and her own mother. Joy was, if anything, overprotective of both of her daughters. She taught them the value of privacy; neither was allowed to be on Facebook. As a result Fanning finds excessive sharing puzzling, and also self-defeating for actors. "Any part of an artistic business is made better by there being a little mystery. That's what movies are about."

    Joy was different in another important way. While she encouraged her kids, she never pushed. "She realized I had the potential to do things that were bigger than the life she knew. And she recognized that in Elle, too. When she made that initial move with me to L.A., she completely gave up her own dreams and started over in a place she never imagined living. I mean, Los Angeles, to a person from 20 minutes southeast of Atlanta, might as well be Africa." (Reichardt says that her first thought when she met Joy was that she "looks like June Carter Cash.")

    Would Fanning want her own children to be actors? "The only reason I wouldn't is that I know how much work it took from my mom: driving me to auditions every day all over the city, making sure I had the right thing to wear," she says. "I am the person I am because my mom put that energy into me to make sure that I was not going crazy and that people weren't taking advantage of me. I plan on having a career, so if I couldn't dedicate that time to my children, I wouldn't."

    Perhaps not. But it could be that, for all Fanning's maturity, she is too young to have figured out that if her children wanted to be actors there's not a lot she could do about it. Like anyone her age—and despite a career much further along than those of her friends—she is still trying to figure out just what her seemingly limitless future might hold. She chose to enroll at Gallatin because it allows her to study independently as she keeps acting. The school's flexibility lets her explore, with an adviser, what interests her. (Surprise, surprise: Fanning is a self-starter in college, too.) Her self-directed major is, loosely, a study of women in the entertainment industry. When I tell her this seems pretty meta to me, she agrees: "I'm obviously a woman in film, a part of this industry. I didn't want to stop working to go to school, and I didn't want to not go to school, so I thought that if I had them inform each other it would be interesting."

    One of her study projects was on female directors. The question she was trying to answer was, Do women directors make a particular kind of film? "It wasn't, like, Are female directors better than male directors? It was more, Do we think that female directors make films to further women, or do they just make films they like?" (Her humdrum but correct conclusion: It depends on the director.)

    Fanning shares a restless intelligence with Jodie Foster. Like the older former child star, she seems too brainy to be satisfied with just acting. And sure enough, she does want to direct and produce her own movies one day. (No surprise to Sarandon, who points out that Fanning often seemed more experienced than The Last of Robin Hood's two co-directors, who are twice Fanning's age.) In the process she hopes to right a prevalent wrong. "It's very hard to find a movie about a strong woman—one that doesn't have anything to do with a guy or the love of a guy or the heartbreak of a guy," she says. "Is that the only crisis that women deal with: love and loss of love and sadness? There's more to life than that."

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    The age-old marketing mantra 'sex sells' doesn't have the same effect on gadget fans, it seems, as Stuff magazine reveals putting sexy girls on the cover actually makes sales fall.

    The gadget magazine, which launched 19 years ago, became famous for featuring 'girls with gadgets' on their front cover and inside too.

    But publishers announced this week that they will be scrapping the tactic throughout the title.

    Stuff told MailOnline: 'What we found is that a proportion of readers thought the cover models gave the wrong impression of the content of Stuff.

    'Some didn't like the magazine lying around their homes in case the cover gave guests the wrong idea, others didn't want to read it in public.

    'With technology being a subject of such universal appeal, we needed to address this - and we have.'


    Editor-in-chief Will Findlater said: 'Stuff was launched in 1996 at the peak of the lads' mag era.

    'Nearly 20 years on - and with tech now an indispensable part of everyday life - our readership has changed.

    'The covers used to help our position on the newsstand but our research tells us this is no longer the case.

    'We want the cover to reflect what Stuff is about: the best technology in the world.

    'Our new look will make it easier for us to bring our award-winning coverage of the cleverest, most forward-thinking new gadgets and software to readers united by their passion for technology - and nothing else.'


    The Haymarket-owned title has a circulation of around 77,000 and has seen its audience shift massively over the past two decades, now comprising of 40 per cent women.

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    With the entire cast of ratings-plagued RHONY on chopping block, only RadarOnline.com has all the details about how the ladies are coping with the rumors and who has offered to work free to save her job!

    “Every year they say people will be fired. They’ll put that out in the news because they always need new girls,” an insider told Radar, insisting that “the cast mates aren’t fired”— at least, not yet.

    And while the final lineup is still undecided, that doesn’t mean that the ladies of Manhattan aren’t feeling the pressure.

    “They’re all not sure to have jobs,” the source said. And now, Radar has learned, one Housewife agreed to film for free!

    Countess Luann DeLesseps “is not getting paid this season,” the source claimed. “She had to suck it up because they didn’t want pay her. She just wasn’t bringing it. This year she got fearful so she threw Sonja under the bus.”

    Also on the chopping block is newbie Kristen Taekman. “She says she’s a model,” the source sniffed of Taekman, 36. “The models I know are old at 24! It’s sad, but true!”

    “She says she’s got modeling job for workout video,” source continued. “It’s not modeling job. [Person who hired her] doing it to get his product promoted.”

    The insider insists that series vet Ramona is sure to stay, with Sonja too. “When it’s time to do negotiations Ramona and Sonja would be the first to know,” the source claimed.

    “There is no show without Ramona and Sonja. Sonja is the funny sex pot, and Ramona’s the one who throws glasses.”

    But with changes likely and the final cast uncertain, one thing is for sure: Money is likely to be a sticking point. Says the source, “It always comes down to the money.”

    <3 luann!




    Is Sonja Jealous Of Luann?


    Sonja's latest blog post is a long one. Sonja's blog entry addressed many different things, including her friendship with LuAnn and how much of a better party hostess she is than co-stars Kristen and Carole because she has so much more experience.

    In a recent episode, LuAnn blasted Sonja for not coming to her defense when Sonja's esthetician said on camera that LuAnn had been with a Johnny Depp look-alike in St. Barth's and that she prefers short French men with thick accents. LuAnn believed that as her friend, Sonja should have stopped what her esthetician said. LuAnn later said in her recap that she treated Sonja like a family member only to be treated like a disposable friend in return.

    Sonja said that she and LuAnn have only been friends for five or six years who hang out socially. She also denied LuAnn's claim that she allowed the gossip because she's jealous. "Obviously I'm not jealous of her. I always want her happy," she wrote.

    Sonja also used the blog to brag about what a great party hostess she is and to promote her Sonja In the City event planning business. While she won't say that Kristen and Carole are bad hostesses, they simply don't have the same experience as her. She wrote that she has dinner at her home, usually for five or more people, and dinner parties for big groups last minute.










    Kristen Apologizes To Heather!


    Kristen and Heather got into a fight over geocaching, of all things. Now Kristen regrets the way she treated Heather.

    "I was exhausted from the late nights and early mornings and all of that damn drinking!" Kristen explained on her Bravo blog. "I was getting beat down by all of the woman commenting on being a shit hostess. And well ... the new girl lost it in the woods. Yup, lost it. It was like a pressure cooker and I exploded and I took it out on Heather -- and looked a little crazy. Oops sorry, Heather, my bad."

    While her half-hearted apology seemed a little insincere in last night's episode, she admits that she's sorry for misguiding her frustration at Heather.

    "Fighting or arguing sucks and when it is a friend it makes it worse," Kristen wrote. "I am happy Heather and I were able to make up. I know that I was projecting and I took my frustration out on Heather. I felt bad watching the episode because I was mean to Heather. I am just fortunate to have her as a friend and how supportive she was. Also sorry for not defending Jonathan."











    Bravo Launches Canadian Version Of The People's Couch!


    Bravo in Canada has set a July 13 launch for its latest original unscripted series, The People's Couch, based on the U.K. hit Gogglebox.

    The original Gogglebox series was commissioned by Channel 4 in the U.K. from Studio Lambert. It was adapted in the U.S. for Bravo by Studio Lambert and all3media America as The People's Couch. The series is now set for Bravo Canada, where it will air Sundays. The reality show features groups of TV fans reacting to and commenting on buzzy shows.

    “The People's Couch is an honest, raw and compelling program which has resonated with audiences around the world,” said Catherine MacLeod, the senior VP of specialty channels and Bell Media Production. “It’s the perfect addition to Bravo’s stable of clever and immersive programming.”

    “I came across this phenomenon when I was looking for an innovative new format,” said Thomas Howe, executive producer on The People's Couch. “Shortly after Gogglebox premiered in the U.K., I was impressed by the reaction of fans who demanded more episodes ASAP. Watching people watch television is surprisingly compelling and we are thrilled to bring this deceptively simple and highly addictive show to Bravo.”












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    sources: RadarOnline, Examiner, BuddyTV, WorldScreen

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  • 07/08/14--17:33: Is Wubbing The New Twerking?


  • Remember those dance crazes that were popular several years ago? From the dangerous art of 'daggering' to the hilarious and improvised Harlem Shake, and old-skool classic 'Macarena'

    It seem every now and then a dance move captures the imagination of the internet and public at large. But the latest off the production line of weird and random comes 'Wubbing'.

    Welcome to the world of wubbing. Essentially, you shuffle around with a giant phallic object and wack your dance partner with it. The more intricate the moves you can pull off with your "wub" the better.

    There’s even a website devoted to the burgeoning art form, which happens to all link to Jimmy Kimmel Live suggesting the whole thing is a joke.

    And like all true artists, wubbers are sadly misunderstood. Here’s their story:



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    It is almost time for Season 7 of “The Voice,” and the all-star coaches are locking in some serious talent to join them as guest mentors.

    Stevie Nicks will be joining Adam Levine’s team as his mentor, and “Extra’s” Terri Seymour was with Levine and Nicks to talk about the exciting news.




    Season 7 of “The Voice” premieres September 22 on NBC.

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    Trying to stay the reigning queen of pop is not easy. After 30 years of holding the title, Madonna is making sure she can keep up with the new stars hitting the charts.
    The 55-year-old put herself through a grueling workout in West Hollywood, California, on Monday and proved she is still fighting fit.
    The Holiday singer emerged looking refreshed and in a great mood despite working up a sweat with woman half her age. Not even looking tired, the music icon strutted her way back to her waiting car still wearing her gym clothes.

    For her workout, the 55-year-old donned a pair of loose fit three-quarter Nike sweats with a tight Lycra Nike T-shirt and sweatshirt round her waist. Going without make up, the star threw on a pair of big black sunglasses and a baseball cap with the word 'Reine' on it.Perhaps making sure people knew who they were dealing with, roughly translated from French it means queen.
    It also means clean and pure in Dutch which is perhaps a nod to her toyboy love Timor Steffens' native country.
    Timor, who is just 26, is probably another reason Madonna is so keen on staying fit. First seen together at the beginning of this year, things are getting much more serious between the pair.
    Grazia UK reports that the backup dancer has become part of the family and has even become very close with Madonna's son Rocco. According to the magazine, Timor is like a 'big brother' figure to the 13-year-old teaching him to dance and taking him on shopping trips. Rocco has been teaching the backup dancer a few things as well with the 13-year-old showing him how to skateboard on ramps recently. Besides working out and keeping up with her family and young beau, Madonna has also been very busy giving back to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

    On Monday, the star announced she was making a long term commitment to the city including providing funding for free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to dozens of children, buying art and music supplies and boosting funding to a nonprofit that employs homeless women who create clothes for the homeless. In a statement, the star said she was inspired by a recent visit to the city:'A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit, and I'm humbled to be able to give back to my community.'


    Her crown: the 55-year-old wore a baseball cap which said 'Reine' on it which roughly translated from French means queen


    Keeping up: The star's boyfriend Timor Steffens, who is just 26, is probably another reason Madonna is so keen on staying fit

    Part of the family: The dancer has become very close with the Holiday singer's son Rocco Ritchie

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    Even a trip to the yoga studio is just another reason for Lady Gaga to make a fashion statement.

    The Do What U Want singer was spotted heading off to a yoga studio in a luxurious satin kimono complete with a floral detail upon the sleeve and hem.

    The 28-year-old looked blissful as she prepared to hit the yoga mat during a day off from her ArtPop tour in Toronto on Tuesday.








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    Cox will play a Pulitzer Prize-winning war journalist and LGBT activist in "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce."



    Laverne Cox has landed a guest spot.

    The Orange Is the New Black actress will be featured in Bravo’s first original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, the network announced Tuesday.

    She’ll play Adele Northrop, a war journalist and LGBT activist who appears to present an award at a marriage equality gala.

    The upcoming series, based on the books by Vicki Iovine, centers on Abby (House alum Lisa Edelstein), a self-help author hiding her failed marriage with her husband, Jake (Private Practice’s Paul Adelstein).

    Cox is best known for her current role in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black as an incarcerated African-American, transgender woman. Her past television credits include TRANSForm Me, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Bored to Death and I Wanna Work for Diddy. She recently was featured on the cover on Time magazine.

    Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce will premiere on Bravo later this year.

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    HOW do you sell a cereal known for decades as “The breakfast of champions” to younger consumers who may believe “champions” is a quaint word and may perceive breakfast as something from a food truck, washed down with an energy drink?

    The Honey Nut Cheerios commercial with Grumpy Cat follows a spot for the brand with the rapper Nelly that has garnered more than 5.7 million views on YouTube since its introduction last August. “We’re looking for things relevant to consumers today in pop culture” to become “more socially connected,” said Gail Peterson, associate director of marketing for Honey Nut Cheerios and Multi Grain Cheerios at General Mills, so Honey Nut Cheerios will seem “like a new and relevant brand, not your grandmother’s cereal.”

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    If you happen to walk by the department store at New Koreatown Plaza on 159-10 Northern Blvd. in Flushing, N.Y., you might be surprised to see this ad in the shop window:


    Yes, that is a real advertisement, from Korean cosmetics brand ElishaCoy, casually asking shoppers a loaded question:

    Do you wanna be white?

    ElishaCoy is a "European styled organic skincare" brand that is part of the Korean cosmetics wave that has recently become a billion-dollar export business.

    The product is ElishaCoy's "Always Nuddy CC Cream," with the "CC" standing for Complete Correction. CC creams are a type of skin-perfecting moisturizer that one makeup artist calls "the new and improved BB [cream]."


    The question posed by the ad headline, however, leaves little ambiguity about what ElishaCoy is really trying to sell: a step closer to the hallowed European standard of beauty. In fairness, we all know that Koreans have long prized pale skin, but seeing that fixation exploited by ad copy feels not only manipulative, but actually insidious. In some ways, then, ElishaCoy has in fact created a perfect advertisement—it sells an impossible dream while also making its potential consumers feel worse about themselves.

    We'll go ahead and chalk all of this up to a "lost in translation" moment—but if ElishaCoy truly wants to cross over to the U.S. market, it should probably hire a native English speaker to its ad team.

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  • 07/08/14--18:27: Sia's candid NPR interview


  • The video for her single "Chandelier" has over 50 million views on YouTube. Her live performances of the song have gone viral. She's got a new album called 1,000 Forms of Fear out this week. (go preorder it on iTunes!!!) Between "Chandelier," and songwriting credits for the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Ne-Yo, Sia — who claims that becoming "tabloid fodder" is her worst nightmare — is becoming a celebrity.

    This latest dance with fame (she's been recording professionally for 17 years) can be traced to one song, really. It's called "Titanium" — a collaboration with DJ David Guetta that was released in late 2011. If you didn't hear it on the radio dozens of times a few years ago, you heard it in the movie Pitch Perfect. It's the song Anna Kendrick's character sings in the shower, the one that gets her a spot in the a cappella group.

    Sia actually didn't write "Titanium" for herself. She thought someone else was going to sing it, but Guetta had other plans.

    "I wrote it for Alicia Keys. And then she passed," Sia says, standing next to a black upright piano. "And then Mary J. Blige sang it. And then he took her vocal off it, and put my vocal back on, my demo vocal, without asking and released it. And I never even knew it was gonna happen, and I was really upset. Because I had just retired, I was trying to be a pop songwriter, not an artist."

    ...Around the time "Titanium" hit, she was 35 and wanted to step out of the spotlight and into songwriting alone. Instead, "Titanium," and other Sia songs (often sung by other people), have made her the kind of celebrity she didn't want to be.

    So, she has stopped showing her face.

    "I thought it would be a funny joke that I'm getting away with," she says, laughing at herself. "And it was, partly, I don't wanna go out and sell my soul, my body, my peace of mind."

    Sia now refuses to be photographed. She was on the cover of Billboard magazine, recently, with a paper bag over her head. She says she isn't going to tour anymore, and when she does perform, it's with her back to the audience.

    What Sia will show is a blonde bob wig; it's become her trademark.

    "I guess a year and a half ago, maybe I was meditating and I thought, oh, I'll just be the blonde bob!" she says, smiling, in classic black Reebok high tops, black tights and a Flashdance-y hot-pink top. "If Amy Winehouse is the bouffant, then I'll be the blonde bob." Sia's real hair is actually longer than the bob, but just as blonde.

    The chorus of "Chandelier," like those in a lot of Sia's songs, is colossal. But "Chandelier" is actually a dark song about alcoholism — partly Sia's, who has been sober now for over three years. The song is also a kind of retort to every other pop song you hear on the radio celebrating the nonstop party.

    "That's why 'Chandelier' was interesting to me. ... I wrote the song because there's so many party-girl anthems in pop. And I thought it'd be interesting to do a different take on that," Sia said. "For some reason ... I didn't wanna give it away."


    "We don't have to worry so much about what anyone else is gonna think about," Kurstin says. "We're not worried about what the label thinks, what's the single. With Sia, I feel like we get back to how we first wrote songs. And that's just cool. Someone will like it, hopefully, and if not, we'll put it out ourselves."

    The two work very quickly. The hit she wrote for Rihanna, "Diamonds," was reportedly written in 14 minutes. Sia says "Chandelier" took a little longer.

    "I mean, 'Chandelier' took like four minutes to write the chords, then like 12-15 minutes to write the lyrics," Sia says. "Probably 10 or 15 minutes to cut the vocals."


    "So, an hour for a hit?" I ask her. "Prob, yeah," she replies nonchalantly, not showing off, just stating facts.

    Sia doesn't actually read music, and says she barely can crank out a chord or two on the piano. So, a lot of times, Kurstin will start playing, and Sia will just scat until words take shape. She did that, during the interview, to show how she writes songs. She ended up with the start of a song she says she'll name "Invincible."

    "I wrote an 'Invincible' song with someone else," she says after spitting out a new chorus. "But nobody's cutting it, so I'm going to lift that."



    When Sia writes for other people, she says, it's less about making a hit and more like a therapy session. Before she starts writing, she'll have the singer come in and talk about whatever they're going through. When she wrote with Christina Aguilera, they talked about divorce. When Sia wrote with Lea Michele, they talked about each of them having a boyfriend who died. In 1997, Sia's boyfriend was fatally hit by a taxi. Back then, her therapy was drugs and alcohol, but over time, Alcoholics Anonymous helped her cope. It has also helped her songwriting.

    "I can sit while people cry," she says. "I can stand when someone's angry. Like, I don't know. I'm fine around other people's feelings. It doesn't make me nervous or anxious. Probably because of the program. If you're in an AA meeting, people are sharing. Sometimes there's crying. Sometimes there's feeling. And we're just witnessing it."

    That is perhaps the best way to think of Sia's music. Some of them may be pop hits, but they've got layers. Her songs are bearing witness to a lot. And they are supporting, for now at least, a career that doesn't require the singer to be traditionally famous. She doesn't have to show her face. She doesn't have to go on tour. She doesn't have to be as big a deal as the pop icons she now writes for.

    "I don't need to promote this album at all," she says, "because I make enough money to live nicely from all my pop songwriting."bowing

    As the interview comes to an end, Sia shows me her blonde bob wigs. She pours at least a half-dozen out of a plastic bag onto the floor, while she thinks out loud about what exactly she wants out of her career.

    "I'm trying to have a good life," she says as we look at the wigs, which symbolize her fame and what she's doing to escape that fame, all at once. "Basically, my plan is to enjoy what I have."


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    Super-Secret Bases are an awesome new way to express your creativity and join up with friends in the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games. Create a Secret Base that’s all your own, including selecting and placing Decorations however you like. You can use Decorations to create tricks in your Secret Base, decide the rules for what kind of Pokémon battles are allowed there, and make it like your very own Pokémon Gym! Then get ready for other players to come and challenge you!

    Using communication features, it’s easy to connect with other players around the world to share your Secret Bases with one another. When you visit another player’s Secret Base, that base’s members will be hanging out there. You can talk to them or even battle them! If you find base owners that you like, you can scout them as one of your Secret Pals and bring them back to your own Secret Base.



     Once you’ve become Secret Pals with someone, you can continue to have Pokémon battles against them, and also have your Pal use “special skills” to support you on your adventure.


    Another fun aspect of Super-Secret Bases is a capture-the-flag activity. Examine the flag beside the Secret PC in another player’s Secret Base to obtain it! You can take one flag per day from each base visited. Visit lots of Secret Bases and collect lots of flags to improve your team’s rank and get rewards, including increasing the skills of your Secret Pals. Flag colors will change based on a team’s rank, so you can tell another team’s rank at a glance—and others can tell yours!



    You can share your Super-Secret Base with Trainers all over the world! Symbolize your Secret Base with a QR Code. With a QR Code, you can get the Secret Base of a particular player you’ve been wanting to visit.


    To help you get started with Super-Secret Bases, you’ll meet Secret Base Expert Aarune. Aarune and his Flygon are world travelers, bursting with excitement about the Secret Base culture in the Hoenn region. This enthusiastic adventurer will teach you all about the fun of Secret Bases during your journey.

    Look forward to building your own Super-Secret Base—and visiting your friends’ Super-Secret Bases—in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, launching this November!



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    Having tackled the future with Prometheus and the present via The Counsellor, Ridley Scott is doing an inverse Scrooge for his next film and dipping into the past. The Biblical past, in fact, with Moses tale Exodus: Gods And Kings.

    Scott's latest charts the relationship between Moses (Christian Bale) and Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), one that is quickly sent packing with demands, plagues, suffering and a very long walk. Yes, it’s the old story of Moses demanding that Pharaoh set his people free so he can lead them to the Promised Land. Pharaoh, of course, has no intention of releasing his largely slave workforce, and the stage is set for an epic showdown.

    Scott has opted for old-school scale on this one, constructing massive sets for his Egyptian story, which pumps up the story to match the ambition of the designs, with it all on display in this initial promo.

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