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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    June 27, a bold new sci-fi film opened in theaters. Critics raved. Fanboys exulted. Word-of-mouth was overwhelmingly positive. No, it wasn’t “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

    Upon its release, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” appeared to have the trappings of a summertime theatrical hit. It had a grabby premise (haves and have-nots battling it out on a train hurtling through a post-apocalyptic landscape). It had wall-to-wall action (sword fights, fistfights, gunfights). It had a major star (Chris Evans of the “Captain America" and "Avengers" franchises) and a compelling, daring actress (Tilda Swinton).

    There was just one bump in the road to potential box office glory: “Snowpiercer” opened in only eight theaters. Yes, eight. That's 4,225 fewer than “Transformers" debuted in the very same day.

    Well, if you've been frustrated — or perhaps just bewildered — that you haven't yet been able to see one of the most acclaimed films of the summer (Rotten Tomatoes' score: 94%), it’s about to get a whole lot easier. Just two weeks after hitting theaters, “Snowpiercer” will be available as of Friday on VOD, much earlier than a theatrically released film normally would be.

    The “Snowpiercer” release pattern has certainly been an unusual one, but the film’s distributor, Weinstein Co.'s boutique division Radius-TWC, says it’s all been part of a carefully orchestrated strategy aimed at bringing the movie to the widest audience possible. At a time when Hollywood is struggling to work out where movies are heading in the digital age — a subject that director Christopher Nolan tackled this week in a much-discussed Wall Street Journal op-ed piece — many will watch closely to see how that strategy pans out.

    Prior to the release of “Snowpiercer,” some speculated that the film’s theatrical release may have been curtailed due to a behind-the-scenes dispute over the cut of the film. But Radius-TWC co-president Tom Quinn says that, from an early point, the company honed in on the idea of giving the film (which remains in its original, director-approved cut) a platform theatrical release paired with an early VOD debut.

    “ ‘Snowpiercer’ fits this [strategy] perfectly because it’s in the gap between what constitutes a wide release and a specialized release,” Quinn said. “We expect for it to work theatrically, and we expect it to work on VOD. We hope that they can enhance each other.”

    Indeed, “Snowpiercer” has performed well in theaters, albeit in its relatively limited release. The film, which expanded to 250 screens in its second week and will reach 354 screens this weekend, has grossed $2 million and boasted strong per-screen averages. (Internationally, it has earned more than $80 million, the majority of that in South Korea.)

    Got something to say? Start the conversation and be the first to comment.
    By releasing “Snowpiercer” on VOD ahead of the typical schedule, Radius-TWC risks short-circuiting the movie's theatrical performance. Exhibitors are, understandably, reluctant to keep screens available for films that are playing in people’s living rooms. But Quinn, who ultimately would like to expand "Snowpiercer" to about 600 screens, argues that, in this case, the early VOD release represents a way to reach more potential viewers while buzz around the film is still strong.

    “The motto at Radius is ‘a screen is a screen is a screen,'” Quinn said. “We’re screen-agnostic, and as consumer habits change, film audiences today are becoming screen-promiscuous. Starting Friday, 85 million-plus consumers will have access to 'Snowpiercer' on VOD. The film will be more widely available than every other film on screen this weekend combined. One way or the other, we’re going to find you somewhere.”

    For many cinephiles, the shift toward VOD, with many independent releases being simultaneously released in theaters and on iTunes and other on-demand platforms, has been an uncomfortable one. While it unquestionably makes many films more widely available than they would otherwise be, watching a movie on a TV, laptop, tablet or phone is hardly the same as seeing it in a theater. Some argue that releasing films this way diminishes film as an art form and results in movies being, as Nolan wrote in his essay, "thrown in with other endeavors under the reductive term 'content.'"

    For his part, though, Quinn believes that, given the rapid shifts we're seeing in technology and entertainment consumption, experiments like the “Snowpiercer” release are exactly what is needed to safeguard the future of movies as we've known them.

    “I believe theatrical and VOD can coexist,” Quinn said. “My favorite restaurant started offering home delivery, but I still go eat there. We absolutely believe in the theatrical value of our movies. But there has to be more nuance and more innovation [in film distribution] in the service of making the industry more competitive. The more competitive it is, the better the content will be. You have to tailor a release strategy to each movie. It’s not one-size-fits-all.” (Indeed, Radius-TWC took a very different tack last year with its Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” keeping that film in theaters for months.)

    Film distribution has always been as much art as science. We'll never know how "Snowpiercer" might have fared if it had been released on hundreds or even thousands of screens right out of the gate; it's certainly more offbeat and philosophical than your typical summer blockbuster, so it's quite possible that it could have become lost in the shuffle.

    But however successful the "Snowpiercer" experiment ultimately proves, it has already shown us one thing: When it comes to Hollywood’s digital future, the train has left the station.


    Best movie I've seen all year and Chris Evans SLAYED

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    When Apollo Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this week, fans were left with many questions: When will he actually enter jail? How much restitution will he have to pay? And most importantly, where was his wife, Phaedra Parks? Parks seems to have abandoned her man at his time of need — but now Kandi Burruss has come forward with an explanation.

    “She’s basically working,” Burruss said in a new interview with Hollywoodlife.com. “That’s how I deal with things too; when I have a lot going on, I just put more into work. I know that she’s promoting her book and doing her book tour,” Burruss said of Parks’ Secrets of the Southern Belle, which was released in November.

    But is Nida buying the excuse? Asked by local news reporters why his wife was a no-show at the Atlanta sentencing, he said, “I don’t know. We have other issues. She had to go ahead and take care of our children.”

    Nida previously insisted he hoped his wife would stand by him if he were incarcerated.

    “I think Phaedra, in a perfect world, should be supportive as a wife should be,” he said. “But if she chooses to derail from the plan, that’s what she chooses to do.”

    Now, she hasn’t been seen with her husband since April 4, with Nida telling Radar the couple were “working on” their relationship.

    Is Kandi Pregnant By Todd?

    Even if Todd never gets any approval from his mother-in-law, Mama Joyce, to have a baby we are sure that Kandi and her husband will still try to have a little one of their own.

    Now that the wedding drama is over, the couple are settling right in to the married life. The newlyweds are moving ahead with plans to expand their family.

    "Todd and I definitely want to have children, but it hasn't happened yet," Kandi said to BravoTV.com. "I don't know what we're doing wrong, but hopefully it will come together soon."

    Both Kandi and Todd have a daughter from previous relationships, and Sister 2 Sister reveals that Todd's daughter, Kaela will be moving in with the couple soon. Kandi's daughter is named Riley after Kandi's late brother, who passed away in an accident while in Mexico.

    Kandi at one time wanted to have a child named Kash, but her former Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star stole that dream. Kim Zolciak named one of her son's Kash.

    "I will not give out any potential names because every time I say a name that I like, somebody else get it," she revealed.

    Vicki Is A Grandma Again!

    Who needs the O.C. when grandkids are being born in Oklahoma?!

    Vicki Gunvalson became a grandmother of two today after daughter Briana welcomed her second child with husband Ryan Culberson.

    "Thrilled to say Briana gave birth today to a spectacular boy, 7 lbs. 8 oz, name not as yet given, in Oklahoma this morning," the Real Housewives of Orange County star wrote in a Facebook post. "The happy father, Ryan, and my Mom—Briana's Grandmother—and I were present."

    Briana and Ryan are also parents to son Troy, who will be 2 in September.

    The 52-year-old businesswoman and reality-TV star is herself a mother of two. Earlier in RHOC's ninth season, she traveled to Oklahoma to go house-hunting with Briana.

    Woo-hoo to the whole family!

    Teresa Dodges Questions About Prison!

    She's facing the possibility of hard prison time after pleading guilty to multiple counts of fraud. And on Thursday during an interview on The View, Teresa Giudice dodged questions about her legal woes as she talked about focusing on her family.

    The 42-year-old, however, did admit that the 'past year has been a rollercoaster' as she and husband Joe both have a court date to receive their sentences in September. The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star explained that her troubles have provided an 'amazing education on the way our legal system works.'

    Continuing to be evasive, Teresa said: 'Right now what I'm focusing on is my family
    and my husband - he not only lost his father but also his best friend.'

    She also confirmed that her sentencing hearing has been 'pushed out to late September' following the death of Joe's father Frank in June.

    Joe's father Frank died suddenly in June, which prompted the court to allow the family to grieve by postponing their sentencing from July to September.

    The Giudice's awyer has confirmed that the under fire reality TV stars - who have pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and failure to pay taxes - have had their sentencing postponed until September as they deal with the family tragedy.

    sources: Mstarz, RadarOnline, DailyMail, Eonline

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    Disney's next Marvel superhero movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” is tracking for an opening in the $60 million range, according to pre-release data that came online Thursday. That's a strong early projection for the film, which will introduce a new set of lesser-known Marvel Comics characters when it opens nationwide on Aug. 1.

    James Gunn directs the action-adventure epic about a band of extraterrestrial misfits on the run after stealing a coveted orb, and co-wrote with Nicole Perlman. “Guardians” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Karen Gillan. Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Josh Brolin will voice characters.

    Marvel movies have been front and center this summer, including “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which debuted in April. But “Guardians” is based on a comic-book series less well known those properties, and most moviegoers will be unfamiliar with characters like Star Lord (Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Cooper), Thanos (Brolin) and Groot (Diesel).

    It's big bet for Disney, with a production budget of $170 million. But the payoff will be considerable if the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is able to launch another franchise. It will open against “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman (“42”).


    Disney/Marvel are set to launch yet another superhero property with Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st. This week BoxOffice takes a closer look at the commercial prospects for this unconventional flick.

    - Disney's marketing campaign deserves an A+. Everything from the trailers to the posters have been spot on.
    - Co-star Vin Diesel has a very loyal fanbase and a whopping 77 million+ likes on Facebook that he can promote Guardians to.
    - Star Chris Pratt is on the rise and this movie is poised to make him an even bigger star.
    - Releasing the film in August means it will face less competition that it would in May, June or July.

    - It may come across as too quirky and unconventional for some viewers.
    - The trailer does not give off a family-friendly vibe.


    Marvel's next big franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, doesn't hit theaters until August 1, but we think you should brush up on your movie knowledge before it comes out and becomes the worl-- scratch that, galaxy’s biggest movie. The basic outline of the plot is: "In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan."

    Parks & Recreation star Chris Pratt got seriously ripped for the part of Peter Quill/Star Lord, and there are some other faces you might recognize. Zoe Saldana is part of yet another franchise as she stars as Gamora and, though he might not actually be on screen, Bradley Cooper is voicing a character named Rocket Raccoon. HOWEVER, before these actors were chosen for their respective parts, there were quite a few other people who were considered. Here are 27 actors you didn't know were almost cast in Guardians of the Galaxy.

    1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt— JGL auditioned and screen tested for the role of Peter Quill/Star Lord, but turned it down in order to join Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

    3. Aaron Paul— Yep, this Breaking Bad star auditioned and screen tested for Peter Quill/Star Lord too.

    7. John Krasinski— John missed out on Captain America AND playing Peter Quill/Star Lord as he auditioned and screen tested for the part.

    15. James Marsden— Cyclops also auditioned and screen tested for the role of Peter Quill/Star Lord.

    18. Olivia Wilde— Olivia was offered the role of Gamora, but turned it down.

    and the rest of the bonus stuff at 3

    Another Marvel Chris coming to slay

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    Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are desperate to make each other insanely jealous ... at least that's how it looks after they both flaunted their dinner dates with new people.
    The first shot came from Selena on Wednesday night when she hit Tao in NYC with 26-year-old model Tanz Watson ... who wasted no time posting a sexy pic of Selena pressed up against him.

    Then the Biebs responded last night with his own Instagram of himself and model Yovanna Ventura at dinner in LA with the caption, "dinner for 2 ;)."
    Sources close to the exes tell us Justin religiously watches Selena's every move on social media -- so this is no coincidence.
    As for who's winning the war -- well, Beliebers have already coined the term, Jovanna for Justin and his new chick.


    Mess!! Do you stalk any of your exes on social media?

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  • 07/11/14--23:23: SZA - Julia

  • Produced by Felix Snow
    Directed by Rodney Passé


    My fav track off the EP, glad it got a visual. Get into this ethereal knock if you haven't already

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    Captura de pantalla 2014-07-12 a la(s) 00.04.13

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    This little Disney princess doesn’t need any help — even from “Doc McStuffins.”

    Geena Davis provides the voice for Princess Persephone (or “Peri,” as she likes to be called), a doll in Friday’s new episode of the Disney Channel’s hit kiddie show “Doc McStuffins” (9:30 a.m.).

    Peri isn’t your stereotypical princess in peril — and that’s exactly why Davis is happy to help bring the character to life.

    “She has a very unconventional encounter with the cast of the show,” Davis told The News. “Peri is in a tower and wants to get down, so a chivalrous knight toy declares he will come and rescue her. But she explains that she can get down herself.”

    The role ties in nicely with Davis’ work as founder and leader of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

    She launched the group in 2007 as a research-based organization that aims to engage, educate and reduce stereotyping. It supports the creation of diverse female characters in entertainment for kids 11 and younger.

    “The poor knight gets a little upset and says he’s supposed to rescue princesses,” says Davis. “So Doc’s idea is to have a tournament between the knight and the princess, and in the end they both come out pretty even. It’s a good message.”

    On the show, Doc is a smart, sweet little girl with a magic stethoscope that brings stuffed animals and other toys to life.

    When a toy is broken, she brings it to her “clinic” — a backyard playhouse where it gets a checkup, diagnosis and treatment.

    The show’s goal is to teach children not to fear doctors. It’s among the most-watched series for young kids.


    Flawless woman continues to do flawless work. See Disney? This is the kind of stuff we should be seeing

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    the best thing this year

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  • 07/12/14--15:57: Sel's in Miami, bitch!
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    @selenagomez: Day 2 x harmony x Miami
    @selenagomez: 😈😇

    Selena also clocked a hater with #class today!
    @selenagomez: Honestly, I don’t speak up much because it’s simply *always* taken out of context. But I don’t take bullying well. I have seen too much to not say anything.

    Very interesting that she's hanging with Harmony Korine!
    Could another iconic Indie classic be in the works?!

    Sources: 01. 02.

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    the pop/r&b group got their own seats!

    Chelsea of Chelsea's Chanel interviewed the wonderful Fifth Harmony girls at their exclusive Ride Of Fame event in NYC!

    this era is gonna be epic. bless their new(?) stylist. #bobbyisabo$$


    sources: youtube x photos

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    Amber and Ethan are going to be parents, and they'll be gathering with their former cast mates to celebrate!

    From the Truth Booth to parenthood!

    Amber and Ethan earned some very special distinctions among the “Are You the One” crew: they were the show’s first perfect match and, during the reunion special, Ethan dropped to one knee and asked Amber to be his wife (we’re getting verklempt just thinking about it).

    And now, the couple is gearing up for their next big roles: mom and dad! Fortunately for fans, they’re celebrating the happy news with a baby shower/reunion special — “ATYO”-style. That’s right, the gang is gathering to fete Amber and Ethan’s growing family, and in the process, we’ll find out who’s made up, who’s broken up…and who’s still hooking up.

    But back to the parents-to-be. MTV News recently caught up with the excited twosome, and they couldn’t help but marvel at how much their lives have changed since they entered the “AYTO” house nearly a year ago.

    “I went into this show pretty open-minded but not expecting anything,” said Amber, who is in her second trimester. “Especially not expecting anything near this!”

    Ethan echoed his fiancee’s sentiments. “This has been beyond anything we had ever imagined in our wildest dreams,” he said. “But I think that’s what brought us to this point in our lives, because we went in to the whole situation very open-minded and not really having expectations. Just kind of appreciating everything for what it was.”

    The couple, who plan to raise the baby in Austin, don’t know if they’re having a boy or a girl — but they do know that this Christmas will be one to remember (Amber’s due in December).

    “We’re just looking forward to having a healthy baby,” Ethan gushed.

    As for becoming husband and wife, there’s no rush — mainly because their priorities have changed since they learned they were expecting.

    “We’ve kind of both decided it’s not so much about us anymore — it’s really about the baby,” Amber said. “So it’s just not worth being pregnant and stressing about planning a wedding. That’s a lot of stress to put on a fetus.”

    Speaking of stress, let’s hope the couple don’t ask any of their former cast mates to babysit — even though they would trust them to care for the wee one.

    “They know how particular how Amber and I are,” a chuckling Ethan said. “But if anything were to happen, they would be more afraid of Amber and I than anyone else.”

    And while the parents-to-be probably wouldn’t have met if they didn’t embark on their TV journey, would they let their offspring enter the “AYTO” house?

    “No!” Ethan exclaimed.

    “I want to say yes because we had such a good time and amazing things happened from it,” Amber said. “But now that I’m in mama mode, it’s no.”

    As for any wisdom to share with the hopefuls on Season 2, Ethan’s message is a simple one.

    “Appreciate every moment,” he said.

    Be sure to tune in to the baby special on Monday, September 22 at 10/9c and the Season 2 premiere on Monday, September 29 at 10/9c.


    Y E S reunion!!!

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    Since everyone on the Internet felt personally violated when they discovered that "First Kiss" was a promo video for a clothing line (and not a documentary I guess?) featuring strangers who happened to be gorgeous actors instead of strangers with other jobs, steel yourself before watching because this one is also a promo, this time for Showtime's Masters Of Sex.
    But who cares? It's hot people who don't know each other taking off each other's clothes. That's why we're all here. Press play.


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    Oscar winner Rachel Weisz is in early talks to join Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in Derek Cianfrance's DreamWorks drama “The Light Between Oceans,” TheWrap has learned.

    Set on a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a two-month-old infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating.

    Weisz has an offer and is in early discussions to play the mother of that child.

    Gravity” producer David Heyman will produce through his Heyday Films banner along with Jeffrey Clifford. Rosie Alison will executive produce, having brought the book into Heyday.

    Light Between Oceans” is based on the international bestseller from first-time novelist M.L. Stedman, whose book has been translated into nearly 30 languages since it was published in the U.S. in July 2012 by Scribner.

    Weisz recently starred in the big-budget blockbusters “The Bourne Legacy” and “Oz the Great and Powerful,” so “Oceans” would represent a refreshing change of pace that would highlight the “Constant Gardener” star's considerable talents. She has been making smart choices lately, working with international directors such as Paolo Sorrentino and Giorgos Lanthimos on “Youth” and “The Lobster,” respectively.

    Weisz is represented by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Independent Talent Group and Hirsch Wallerstein.

    source: thewrap

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    Dwight Howard has stepped right into the middle of a heated political issue - tweeting #FreePalestine - and then immediately deleting it, apologizing and calling it a "mistake."

    On Saturday afternoon, the NBA star offered no explanation as to why he posted the #FreePalestine tweet, but it seems it was motivated by the current situation in the Middle East.

    Moments after the tweet went up, it went down. And the backpeddling began:


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    $1 million may seem like a hefty annual salary to the average person, but for PR maven Kelly Cutrone, it can go quickly.

    The 48-year-old single mom and founder of fashion publicity firm People's Revolution, known for her various reality TV appearances, tells the Huffington Post: 'I personally have made a million dollars a year - that's not a lot of money anymore, just do the math.'

    She proceeds to break down her largest expenses: 'The taxes alone are at $300,000-$400,000. Then you have agents and managers and business managers that take another 5 percent, throw in private school in New York City, that's like $44,000.

    Ms Cutrone, who lives in New York’s swanky Soho neighborhood with her 12-year-old daugter Ava, adds: 'A nanny is like $60,000 to $70,000. I support my mom. A New York apartment, $8,000. A mortgage on my house, another $5,000 and $24,000 in taxes there. It's $650 a month to park my car.'

    In addition to running her successful company, Ms Cutrone, 48, was a recurring character on MTV's The Hills and its spinoff, The City, serving as a mentor to Whitney Port.

    Her persona as a tough-as-nails fashion boss made her a fan favorite, and she subsequently earned her own Bravo reality series, Kell on Earth, which lasted for a season in 2010.

    Her small-screen stints proved surprisingly lucrative.

    'I went on the The Hills for free. I thought this is a great way to get my clients' messages out. By the time I left I was making a shit load of money -- like $50,000 an episode. So you do 12 episodes and you make $600,000 dollars - that to me is a good game,' she tells the Huffington Post.

    The exposure also led to a judging gig on America's Next Top Model and a New York Times best-seller. In 2010, she imparted her blunt career advice in If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.

    She cites her TV work as a reason for her longevity in the fashion world, observing: 'I've had a great level of success, more than most people in my industry, and I still have to work every day.

    'The people who I know who have owned PR firms either end up in rehab, they go swim with dolphins, they join Greenpeace, they join a lesbian commune in Vermont or they quietly go away and you don't see them anymore.'


    #fightforjustice #wearethe1% #notallmillionaires

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    One Direction isn’t losing any of their grip on pop culture, judging from the band’s ability to fill seats. The British hearthrobs sold 1.6 million tickets at just 31 stadium shows, grossing $131.5 million on tour in the first half of 2014, according to a mid-year report from Pollstar. Expect them to top the year-end report, too—the band hasn’t started its North American stadium tour, which launches in August.

    One Direction led the list of the top 100 worldwide concert tours. The Rolling Stones–whose average ticket price was $177, compared to One Direction’s $81–came in at No.2 with $115.1 million. Rounding out the international top 5 were Justin Timberlake ($110.2 million), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($64.9 million) and Michael Buble ($62.2).

    Among North American tours, country star George Strait led the pack, with a gross of $61.8 million for 26 concerts celebrating his retirement from touring. Other top ticket sellers included Billy Joel ($50.7 million), Cher ($48.5 million), Justin Timberlake ($33.9 million) and co-headliners Paul Simon and Sting, who pulled in $29.5 million.

    Overall, sales have fallen this year: The top 100 North American tours grossed $1.03 billion combined, down 17% from the same time last year. The volume of tickets sold fell 12.6% to 15.3 million, despite the fact that the average price of a ticket dropped to $67.58, down from a record high last year of $70.91.

    Pollstar attributed some of the sales decline to the fact that bands are playing more music festivals, which aren’t included in the overall tour tallies. Speaking of which, Coachella racked up the biggest revenue haul of any concert event this year, grossing $78.3 over its two sold-out weekends (and $10 million more than the festival pulled in last year).

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    A Chatham girl who survived a brain tumour had a dream come true Wednesday night when she met Lady Gaga. Ten-year-old Avery Fournier spent 15 minutes with the entertainer following her Toronto concert. For a 10-year-old who's no stranger to fighting battles, the encounter was inspirational.

    “She’s a really good person. She’s not just about the fame, she cares too, about…the fans.” And it was also a “shocking” encounter as Avery’s mother didn’t tell her about the surprise beforehand. “She was keeping it a secret from me.” Avery says Lady Gaga told her to stand up for herself and be herself. Avery is an inspiration herself, having battled a brain tumour that left her legally blind. She can’t see more than 16 inches away.

    The backstage meeting happened after her mother reached out to The Toronto Star…who managed to get word to Lady Gaga's staff. “It was exciting for me because I’ve been pushing for this for so long,” says Avery’s mother Chris. She says it was touching to see the star get right up close to her daughter’s face for about 30 seconds and rub noses. Avery also received an autographed concert book from Lady Gaga. The tickets to the concert were given to her by an anonymous donor.

    a sweet video of the girl at the source

    Blind Brain Tumour Survivor Dreams of Meeting Lady Gaga at Toronto Show

    Brain tumour survivor Avery Fournier can’t see anything unless it’s 16 inches in front of her face. The 10-year-old is thrilled to be going to Lady Gaga’s concert in Toronto on Wednesday evening, but she won’t be able to see her idol from her seat. It’s her mother’s greatest wish for her legally blind daughter to meet the superstar, whose positive anthems of self-acceptance and motivation were the soundtrack to her recovery. “I can just envision Lady Gaga walking towards Avery and Avery not knowing until she’s pretty much nose to nose with her,” says her mother Chris Fournier. “I get goosebumps every time. That is all I can imagine for her. And she so deserves it after everything.”

    Fournier and her family were at the Santa Claus Parade in their hometown of Chatham last December when she noticed that her daughter was “walking funny” and having trouble seeing. Fournier took the Grade 5 student to the eye doctor, then an ophthalmologist. The family was then sent straight to an emergency room in London, Ont., where a doctor delivered shocking news. “They told us there was a tennis ball-sized brain tumour at the base of her cerebellum and it needed to come out immediately,” recalls Fournier, choking back tears. “We were literally one week away from her death.” Avery was rushed into surgery that night. Doctors were able to remove 70 per cent of the tumour. She is now legally blind.

    At crucial moments during her recovery, Avery would stick in her white earbuds and listen to her favourite Lady Gaga songs, among them “Donatella” and “Bad Romance.” “After her surgery in the hospital she would listen to her all the time, she was her motivation,” explains Fournier.“When she had to take a couple steps to a chair it wasn’t me, it was Gaga,” says Fournier with a laugh, “I’m not in her ear screaming at her.” When she had to make the trek from her hospital bed to the washroom, again it was Lady Gaga who got her there. “She’s been a huge inspiration for what she’s had to go through,” says Fournier.

    Avery has also drawn strength from the pop star’s messages of self-acceptance and anti-bullying with songs like “Born this Way,” as she struggles to adjust in school, where she has to have things printed in size 40 font to be able to see and is learning how to type. “In school the kids were making fun of her, saying, ‘You’re faking it,’ ” says Fournier. Family friend Yolla Abraham was surprised at first that the fifth grader was such a fan of the pop star who she sometimes finds “a little out there.” But Lady Gaga resonates, she said. “Kids may not do exactly what she’s doing, but they’re looking at her and see that she’s confident and she could care less what other people are saying.”

    Fournier was able to secure two tickets to Gaga’s concert in Toronto from a stranger on Kijiji after she explained Avery’s situation in a message and urged him to get his child’s eyes tested. “I’m not sure people are aware that children in Ontario are allowed one free eye check (a year),” she says. “That’s how we found Avery’s tumour,” she says. The man emailed back and gave her the tickets for free. The seats at the Air Canada Centre are in section 300, where Avery will be able to hear, but not see, Gaga sing her favourite songs from her latest album, ARTPOP.

    Fournier says she has tried to contact Gaga’s staff and her Born this Way Foundation, as well as various fan sites to ask them about Avery meeting Lady Gaga. She has yet to hear back. She has also posted Avery’s drawings on Gaga’s LittleMonsters site, which encourages fans to express their passion and creativity in an accepting online community in the spirit of the ARTPOP album.

    “She is just a 10-year-old girl trying to get though this rough patch in her life and to me, she is the epitome of that album, minus the songs with bad words,” says Fournier.


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    For those of you who enjoyed the last Veronica Mars book, Amazon has information on the second!



    Release Date: October 28th, 2014

    They have also released the summary of the second book:

    In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.

    The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story.

    The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?


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    Brazil's World Cup 2014 will be over come tomorrow night with either Argentina or Germany emerging as world champions, thus bringing to a close the past month of world cup madness, which has been glorious and given us plenty of excuses to call out of work.

    Although there may only be one winner, last night Jimmy Fallon found the time to make both teams winners, so-to-speak, in this World Cup 2014 edition of The Tonight Show's "Superlatives." Watch as players from both teams, like Argentina's Lionel Messi, or Germany's Manuel Neuer, get these unorthodox awards.

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    Sofia Copoala's stylish, iconic film "The Virgin Suicides" was released 15 years ago but is still influences fashion today.


    If you aren't familiar, the film, starring Kirsten Dunst tells of the events surrounding the lives of five sisters in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit during the 1970s. After the youngest sister makes an initial attempt at suicide, the sisters are put under close scrutiny by their parents, eventually being put into near-confinement, which leads to increasingly depressive and isolated behaviour.

    Just this year, Coppola revisited the film's style directing a "Virgin Suicides"-like ad campaign for Marc Jacobs' new fragrance, "Daisy Dream." The 30-second video shows model Antoino Wesseloh wearing a gauzy white dress, lying in a field of daisies. Sleigh Bells provides the soundtrack.


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    Sofia Coppola directed a “Virgin Suicides”-like ad campaign for Marc Jacobs’ new fragrance, “Daisy Dream.”

    Released online earlier today, the 30-second video shows model Antoino Wesseloh wearing a gauzy white dress, lying in a field of daisies. Sleigh Bells provides the soundtrack.

    Fashionista notes that Coppola and Jacobs have collaborated many times before: she’s previously directed his Daisy fragrance campaigns, starred in his campaigns, sat front row at shows, worn his designs on the red carpet, collaborated with him on handbags for Louis Vuitton.


    "Sofia has been a very dear friend of mine for many, many years. I love her as a person. We've done smaller projects over the years. She modeled in our ads. I love her vision and her voice,"Jacobs told USA Today of Coppola in 2013, commenting on Coppola’s first video for “Daisy.”

    "I never think of myself as a perfectionist. I try to do the best job I can. I never feel like that. I work with a really great group of people, as does Sofia. We're all the same head."

    I loved doing the commercial for him because we have similar taste, and I think I know what he'd like," Coppola said. "I especially wanted to a good job because it's for my friend."

    Watch the "Daisy Dream" campaign below.

    Source: http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/22294/20140711/flashback-friday-shop-the-gauzy-70s-styles-of-sofia-coppolas-the-virgin-suicides.htm

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