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    After releasing his debut solo track, “Action Cat,” and recently speaking about life after My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way has revealed a little more insight into the demise of the band. Speaking in a new interview with Kerrang!, Way revealed that 2006’s The Black Parade was supposed to be the end of MCR. “That was Black Parade, and when the tour basically ended with us conquering the world, we were supposed to ride off into the sunset,” he says.
    When asked why the band didn’t end, Way explains how it’s not that simple because of “careers, mortgages, families, crews, people, the machine itself.” Read an excerpt from the interview below, and read the full article on Kerrang!’s website.

    “I got sick physically and mentally because I didn’t listen to what my inner self said…” Which was? “Which was when Parade was over, that’s the end. I always said that to myself and I had been relatively vocal about saying that around the rest of the band. I plan things out pretty far in advance. I sat down with a piece of paper before Bullets came out and I wrote. I wrote down titles of records, what they were going to be like and what they were going to accomplish for the band.” So you’d strayed from the plan? Gerard nods. “I never went past the third record because to me the third record was the pinnacle – it was the combination of everything we had learned on one and two but really taken to some crazy extreme. That was Black Parade, and when the tour basically ended with us conquering the world, we were supposed to ride off into the sunset. I can’t think of a better ending than that. And that’s what I internally planned for myself as a human being the whole time – this is it, that’s the end.”
    The question is, why wasn’t it? “Because it’s a lot more complicated than that. Because you get into careers, mortgages, families, crews, people, the machine itself – not to mention expectations of a record label that invested quite a bit in you, that would like more out of you, a fanbase that wants more out of you. So I kept going, against every fibre in my being, I kept going. I went against myself and I lost…
    G Way will release his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, sometime this year


    he keeps saying things like this and it's just so disheartening as a fan, especially one who adored Danger Days. Way to reduce your most positive/progressive work to a mortgage payment.

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    Zoe Saldana ia dishing some pretty good relationship advice in the August issue of Marie Claire magazine. The Star Trek actress broke up with her boyfriend of 11 years in 2011 and started an on-again, off-again thing with actor Bradley Cooper that nearly lasted a year. After breaking up with Bradley for good in 2012, Zoe married Italian artist Marco Perego after a few months of dating in 2013.

    Yeah, it was a whirlwind romance, but Zoe says she’s the kind of girl who follows her heart and just knew Marco was “the one.” She also advises others not to settle, revealing she had to walk away from a relationship where she was being disrespected by an ex.

    She also reminds us, past flames who don’t belong in our lives are called an “ex” for a reason.

    come talk about your relationships, ontd

    Catch the highlights:

    On her relationship with husband Marco Perego:“I don’t do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment

    I met my husband, we were together. We knew.”

    On the biggest thing she’s learned about relationships:“Not to settle. If you’re not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow.”

    On disrespect:“I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man anymore. I don’t want to be the one going, ‘I’m cool, because I’m friends with all my exes.’ There’s a reason why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you’re going to walk this earth knowing that there’s an individual who has no respect for you.”

    On dream roles:“I would love to play Nefertiti or Cleopatra or the Queen of Sheba. We preserve more male history than we do female. We have to preserve it. No more complaining. We have to do it.”

    On growing up in Dominican Republic:“I had many female bullies growing up who wanted us to be submissive and to follow and to kiss ass, and that’s the last thing any Saldana will ever do, honestly.”


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    Emma Stone rocks her red-rimmed sunglasses as she arrives and departs from the Ed Sullivan Theater after taping her appearance for the Late Show with David Letterman in New York City on Wednesday afternoon (July 16).

    Emma out with friends in Rhode Island July 15th


    So happy she gained some weight back, she looks stunning!

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    Pixar and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull has always had a reputation as a decent person, but newly revealed court documents show that he’s been working against the interests of Pixar’s employees for years, as well as trying to hurt other animation studios who didn’t play by his rules. The documents in question are from last year’s civil class-action suit against high-tech companies. (The lawsuit, which included Pixar and Lucasfilm as defendants, was the result of a 2010 U.S. Department of Justice anti-trust action.)

    Catmull’s deposition and emails from the lawsuit confirm that he was instrumental in operating a secret wage-theft cartel that violated the Sherman Antitrust Act.But it’s even worse than you think. The cartel orchestrated in large part by Catmull robbed potential wages and job opportunities from thousands of animation industry workers at other studios, including DreamWorks, Lucasfilm, Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers, the now-defunct Orphanage, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

    Pando Daily’s Mark Ames published a piece about the documents earlier this week. Ames followed up today with another hard-hitting piece about Catmull’s callous disregard for the law in the name of profit.

    Catmull’s attempts to bring Sony into his cartel are documented in today’s piece. When Sony was first starting up their animation studio to produce Open Season, they actively recruited artists from Pixar. Their actions were both fair and legal, and benefitted employees whose wages and benefits could increase by moving to Sony. Catmull’s response to Sony, however, was illegal.

    He flew to Los Angeles in 2004 to meet with Sony’s animation co-presidents Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandy Rabins and pressure them to fix their employees’ wages and limit career opportunities. (Another bombshell: John Lasseter was both aware of and supported some of Catmull’s illegal activities.) Sony, to their credit, declined to participate in the wage-fixing syndicate and continued to recruit freely.

    Catmull, however, didn’t forget. In 2007, after Pixar had been purchased by Disney, he told Disney Studios president Alan Bergman and Disney’s head of HR, Marjorie Randolph, that he hoped other studios in his cartel would punish Sony:

    “Just this last week, we did have a recruiter working for ILM [Lucasfilm] approach some of our people. We called to complain and the recruiter immediately stopped. This kind of relationship has helped keep the peace in the Bay Area and it is important that we continue to use restraint.

    “Now that Sony has announced their intentions with regard to selling part of their special effects business, and given Sony’s extremely poor behavior in its recruiting practices, I would feel very good about aggressively going after Sony people.”

    Catmull was questioned about the email in his deposition:

    Q: You were cheering on somebody else to go after Sony?

    CATMULL: I was pissed at them. That is true

    As Catmull and other Pixar honchos and Disney got richer and richer during the CG feature animation boom, the employees’ salaries at Pixar and beyond were being artificially controlled through illegal means. With these documents, we now know that DreamWorks and Disney also undermined free market principles by colluding to restrict their employees’ wages and job opportunities. These revelations extend beyond the scope of the class-action suit, which is in the process of being settled with a paltry $9 million slap on the wrist for Pixar and Lucasfilm.

    Studios like DreamWorks and Disney are union outfits, and the Animation Guild, which represents animators, has stated on Twitter that they “are consulting legal counsel to see what can be done.” The Guild’s business representative Steve Hulett hasn’t minced words, writing on their blog that “when a group of wealthy executives get together to make sure that market forces don’t perform as they might, well, people suffer. (Mostly people that have to pay rent and meet a mortgage.)”

    Pando Daily has promised more coverage of the animation wage-theft cartel.


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    in an #oldmanbeatdown, Donny won the POV and used it on Jocasta


    Devin and Caleb are now up for eviction

    Source: My TV

    b y e tbh

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    Kate Mara was catapulted into the comic fan spotlight Tuesday, when a translation of an Esquire Latin America article suggested that 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot wouldn’t be based on a single comic from the series—or on anything that’s already been published about the superhero team.

    In an IndieWire report, Mara, who plays Sue Storm in the pic, was quoted as having said: “I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.”

    Those are bold statements, to be sure—and super fans went into a dizzying spiral trying to figure out whether this would mean good or bad things for the film, which is currently in production and set for a June 19, 2015 release. But lower your invisible force fields, fans: EW reached out to Mara’s rep for clarification on the quotes. The House of Cards vet says that she actually told Esquire Latin America‘s reporter that the film is not based on one comic, but rather drawn from the entire canon.

    A rep for Fox did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.


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    We all assume that top models like Gisele Bundchen make a ton of money, but according to Forbes, Bundchen’s has had a stellar year and has banked a whopping $47 million or $128,000 per day. Thanks to profitable campaigns with the likes of H&M, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Pantene and Balenciaga as well as her own line of sandals and her new partnership with Hope, a Brazilian lingerie brand called Gisele Intimates, where she will create her own line of lingerie, Bundchen is sitting pretty at the top.

    It should come as no surprise though, as Bundchen has been at the top of Forbes’ Highest Paid Models List for seven years in a row and counting. With Bundchen getting so much attention for her earnings, the IRS took note and she revealed to a Brazilian website Mdemulher that she was audited because she consistently topped Forbes’ list of top earners. “I do OK, I earn plenty, but not as much as they say. I’ve already been audited by the IRS because of this list and, truthfully, whether I’m on this list or not doesn’t interest me,” says the Brazilian beauty.

    holy sh*t. well if you had the money, what would you do with it?

    vintage Gisele tyfyt


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    Marvel Comics announced tonight on The Colbert Report that Sam Wilson -- a.k.a. Captain America's longtime partner The Falcon -- will don the iconic costume vacated by a currently-depowered Steve Rogers.

    "Steve had to hand the mantle over," Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada told Stephen Colbert tonight, adding that the new Cap is Wilson.

    He hastened to say that it was "strictly in the comics," presumably to curtail talk that Anthony Mackie might get Chris Evans's job.

    Colbert, though, was jokingly offered the job as the new Falcon -- an image of which you can see below.


    Falcon will take on the job in October's Captain America #25 and will serve as the full-time Captain America and star of that title for the foreseeable future. While there have been other replacements for Rogers before, Wilson will be the first person of color to appear as the title lead in the monthly Captain America comic.

    Steve Rogers recently had the Super-Soldier Serum drained from his system as part of an attack by the Iron Nail, causing his body to rapidly begin to resemble its biological age.

    Captain America's story mirrors somewhat the story of his fellow World War II hero Nick Fury, who was recently replaced by his illegitimate son. Fury, like Cap, has been kept artificially youthful via a chemical coursing through his system and has recently aged rapidly as a result of that chemical's ineffectiveness. Fury's son, an African-American as well, was seemingly introduced in order to keep pace with the movies, where Samuel L. Jackson plays Fury (in the movies, the idea of having previously had a white Fury and the whole familial relationship is not utilized). The Marvel Studios movies star Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon; he first appeared in April's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


    As is right and just.

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    With a personality as flavourful as his career, Jon Favreau has been a firm favourite for as long as I can remember. The 47 year old actor-turned-director was the saving grace of Couples Retreat; added light relief whilst leveling the overall tone in the Iron Man series (which he both acted in and produced); and has harked back to his indie roots in his latest release, Chef.

    So, when Shadow locked was offered time with the iconic actor/director/producer, you’d of been hard pushed to find someone with more of a genuine passion for an interview. Unfortunately though, the PR in question didn’t agree.

    Perhaps there were hungrier, more delicious invites for Mr. Favreau, or maybe it was decided that our entree sized application wasn’t worthy of the films mighty appetite. Whatever the case we missed out...and to this day I’m upset.

    However, ever the professional I refused to let our rejection bitter my passion, instead deciding to view the film as an independent with strong foodie undertones rather than as a work-focused film journalist; and now, having had time to let its performance digest and my thoughts to settle, I’m glad I did.

    From the outside Chef would appear to be a directors passion project, one that incorporated both an intrinsic love of food and an impressive back catalogue of celebrity friendships. And yet, when all has settled and one thinks back to the 115 minutes of culinary bliss, a number of deeper - and far more meaningful messages - begin to surface.

    Don’t believe me? Well, go grab yourself a Monte Cristo (or other kingly sandwich), kick back and allow me to blow your mind with five simple points...and a handful of food-puns:

    Find what makes you truly happy and go for it

    Without revealing too much Chef’s lead protagonist, Chef Carl Casper (ala Jon Favreau) is unhappy. His position is castrating his creativity; he’s lost sight of what’s really important to him and, worse still, his passion is taking a backseat to salary. Ultimately, his work/life balance is off, and no amount of bravado can hide this fact.

    And so, following an unsavory review, a social media call-out and his boss’ persistent demands to remain consistent and respectful of their current menu, Chef Casper snaps, venting rage that has been building for some time.

    Following some persuasion, Carl heads back to his roots, his love, and buys a food truck in which to reignite his passion, with little to no capital at his disposal. However, when Carl’s sous chef come El Jefe partner Martin asks him how he feels, his reply is priceless: “I’m broke, but for the first time in as long as I can remember I’m happy” - a line that speaks volumes.

    So…the choice is yours. You can accept that bland admin role, taking your basic 18k salary and settling into a life of ambiguity and fruitless reward; forever fighting off the ‘what ifs’ with alcoholic weekend binges and pedantic excursions. Or, you can take a risk...you can discover what it is that truly makes you happy and go for it, no matter what. Remember:

    “Give a man a job he loves, and he will never work a day in his life” (Confucius)

    Harness social media

    Thanks to the innate technological know-how of Carl’s 10 year old son Percy (Emjay Anthony), El Jefe becomes a social media phenomenon. RT’s and geo-location tags became synonymous with the food wagons success, much to the bemusement of Carl; and it’s something that all graduates should take heed of.

    Sure, social media can be an outlet - well, outlets - for one to waste hours on pointless drivel, but ignore it at your peril.

    Used correctly, however, and the likes of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn (especially) can provide outlets of advertisement for you, or any business venture you may be undertaking.

    Conversely, ask yourself - what would a potential employer like to see? How can you catch - and hold - someone's attention long enough for them to gain a vested interest in you ( off the top of my head perhaps throw a vine collage together, or produce likeable - yet targeted - articles via a blog and share across LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter?). Most importantly though, make your web-based presence felt. Tweet in the right directions, keep a polished LinkedIn profile, and make sure what you’re presenting is what you want them to see.

    Eric Qualman, public speaker and author of Socialnomics, once said: "We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it”.

    So… it’s time to assess your digital profile.

    Remember your place, but don’t let people walk all over you

    The core of Chef’s plot revolves around Chef Carl Casper’s colourful outburst towards food critic Ramsey Michel...one that is recorded on numerous phones before subsequently going viral on social media sites such as Youtube.

    However, Carl’s outburst provides a great lesson for recent graduates, or just those new to the job market. While you will be expected to take a lot of crap because of your position, age and inexperience, never allow your tenuous position to become one of slavery.

    Too often do I see young, fragile office temps, account executives - or any other junior based role - walked all over. Heck, I was once asked to iron an editors shirt on an intern-ship. But fear should not allow mistreatment - when push comes to shove you’re still the same, vertical based homosapien. Hard work should be recognised, and if the balance starts to shift to one of a ‘senior’ position exploiting either you or your hard work...speak up. Make yourself known - firmly, politely, and of course, confidently.

    More often than not it’ll show strength of character, and will be respected. However, worse case scenario, you lose your job because of it. But then ask yourself...how great of a job was it really? Mistreatment and a lack of respect...next!

    'Chef' Dated for Blu-ray

    Jon Favreau's comedy will be served up on Blu-ray this August.

    As previously reported, Universal and Open Road Films will be releasing 'Chef' on Blu-ray, and now the date has been set for August 19.

    When Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what comes next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen and zest for life and love.

    Supplements have yet to be revealed, but the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack will feature lossless audio and will have a suggested list price of $34.98.

    uno, due

    Finally saw this movie today and I loved it. I highly recommend it.

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    Todd Chrisley is certainly not the first celebrity to be surrounded by gay rumors. But very few actually address them, as he did with People Magazine in March.

    Chrisley said that he never thought that he had to address his sexuality, but answers when faced with the question. “I don't feel there's a need for me to not address it,” Chrisley told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “The reporter asked the question and it's rude of me not to respond.”

    Chrisley Knows Best is a comedic reality series following wealthy, larger-than-life Todd and his family in Atlanta. The Chrisleys recently participated in the No H8 campaign. And the family patriarch said that he holds no negative feelings about gay people.

    “I don't believe that being gay is something you should be ashamed of,” he said. “I don't believe it's something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I would call you and I would ask you go to dinner with me. But right now, I'm very content in my life with where I am. Today, I'm not gay.

    sources: Zimbio, TheWrap

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    Oh, what fools we all have been, thinking all this time that Farrah Abraham couldn't get any worse than she already is. When she was the most annoying "Teen Mom" ever, when she released those ridiculous sex tapes, when she released that erotic novel about sex tapes, every single time we thought "wow, this is the worst." But it wasn't, friends. It wasn't that at all. Because this thing she said in a recent interview is absolutely, without a doubt, the most horrible thing that she has ever done. So far.

    See, the interviewer was asking Farrah about her book, and that was fine, but then she asked Farrah what she would do if her daughter came up to her in the future and told her that she was interested in making a sex tape. Here's how Farrah responded:

    "She probably won't be saying that, she'll be like 'I HAD to try it,' and then I'll be like 'oh, you already did it, so I'm just going to say make sure you know what you're doing with it,' because, you know, I'll be like 'this is what happened to me as your mom.' It's like mommy talk. It's the birds and the bees, and so you just share 'look, I learned this from it, I hope you don't do that, read 'Celebrity Sex Tape,' learn some lessons from Fallon Opal,' but that's really all I can say."

    OK, so there are a few very strange things about this response. The first, most important thing is that Farrah assumes that her daughter will make a sex tape. Like it's not even a question, it's going to happen. And then there's the part where Farrah used her daughter's hypothetical sex tape as a way to promote her book, which is just a brand new kind of gross. Then, if you'll notice, Farrah called this future conversation "mommy talk," because of course all moms have this conversation with their daughters. And lastly, how sad is it that Farrah thinks that this mess is all she can say? About as sad as all the rest of this, that's for sure.


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    Sean Bean let a big cat out of the proverbial "Game of Thrones" bag in a new interview.The actor who formerly played Eddard Stark (RIP) seemingly confirmed a huge fan theory about Jon Snow's parentage -- which is a pretty big spoiler for those who aren't tipped off to it.

    While "Game of Thrones" makes it clear that there's a mystery about who Jon Snow's mother is, there is some speculation that Kit Harington's character isn't actually Ned Stark's bastard son at all. In fact, it's all but confirmed that it's Jon Snow's parents people should be trying to puzzle out, and Bean says exactly that in the new interview where he talks about potentially returning in Season 5 flashbacks.

    "'I've definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there. I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you?" Bean asks -- a quote which should cause book fans to simultaneously combust in excitement. (R + L = J forever!)

    Potential spoilers for Season 5 ahead: In "A Dance With Dragons," the book that Season 5 will be partially based on, Ned's son Bran is able to have visions into the past. In one such vision, Bran sees Ned praying at a weirwood tree and hears his father seemingly talking about the fact that Jon isn't actually his son. Bean says he would be interested in returning to film those scenes.

    "So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things? You never know what those guys are going to do with that. It's got to be something special. But I'm into that. I certainly would be into that," he says. "Hopefully I'll get a call soon."

    "Game of Thrones" Season 5 is expected to premiere in spring 2015.

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    John Ryan, the businessman who was set to take over Doncaster Rovers with One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, has said the deal is off.A statement released on Thursday, purporting to be sent on behalf of the Tomlinson Ryan Trust, said the deal was "in serious doubt" because of issues with the crowd-funding initiative.He said the deal has collapsed over a lack of Football League approval. "The statement is a fabrication," Ryan told BBC Radio Sheffield.
    "It is an unauthorised version of the truth. "The situation is that the crowd-funder didn't succeed and we are very sorry about that but the real problem is with the Football League.

    "They have made it so difficult now that unless you have a bag full of cash you are going to get turned down."The Football League have been contacted but have not yet made a comment on the situation at the League One club. It had previously been expected that Ryan and Tomlinson would complete their takeover on Friday, having exchanged contracts on the deal last month. They had hoped to raise additional money to support the team through the crowd-funding initiative. The 64-year-old, who guided the club from the Conference to the Championship before ending his 15-year involvement with Rovers in November, claims he will now end his association with football.

    "As far as I am concerned this is a dark day for football," Ryan added.
    "Louis and I were just looking to do the right thing but this is the end of my involvement in football now."It has been a long love affair between myself and Doncaster Rovers but it has hit the buffers today.
    "The way I feel right now I doubt I will ever go to another football match in my life." The club's current owners Terry Bramall and Dick Watson have confirmed to BBC Radio Sheffield that they are in a position to continue running the League One club. Paul Dickov's side, relegated from the Championship in May, have not made a single signing this summer.


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    Harry Potter stars Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch have cast a spell to open a new wizarding attraction in Japan.

    The actors - who played Draco Malfoy and Luna Lovegood in the movie adaptations of JK Rowling's wizarding tales - chanted a special spell to officially open the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Japan, said the Hollywood Reporter.

    After their spell, smoke filled the archway entrance.

    When it cleared, the hundreds of fans who had queued to be there got their first glimpse of the new Hogsmeade village, which is full of themed restaurants and shops such as wand maker Ollivanders.

    Actress Evanna told the crowd: "Thank you for sharing your passion and your enthusiasm for the films and books with us as all, because it means so much after all these years to still have that love."

    The attraction in Osaka features many elements of the boy wizard's world, including a huge Hogwarts Castle, where fans can explore the classrooms, and a Hogwarts Express train.

    Visitors can also enjoy the Harry Potter And the Forbidden Journey ride and the family-friendly Flight Of The Hippogriff roller-coaster.

    Hello Japan:

    Japanese fans have always been fantastic! I have received many fan letters and met with fans since my first visit to Japan in 2009. Such continuous support from Japan made me very happy and I decided to return to Japan in November in 2010 to meet fans again. Since my first visit, I have been thinking about how I can be closer to the japanese fans and what I can do to show my appreciation for their support. Everyone made me feel at home while I was here and that touched me.

    In March of 2011, sudden tragic news came to me about Japan. I felt devastated by the fact that many lives were lost and and many children were orphaned. Immediately after hearing of the tragidy, I asked my friend in Japan at Styles On Video (SOV), who supported my activities in Japan for the previous fan meetings, if I can do anything for the victims of the tsunami and earthquake.

    We came up with the idea to raise money by selling original t-shirts to fans. This was a success.
    SOV then suggested I could contribute to create a donation of Onsen-tamago (Hotspring eggs). We purchased 2,000 eggs and had them delivered to Rikuzen-Takata city, which was one of the most damaged cities. The people who were living in shelters were in need of protein. I now had an opportunity to return to Japan and I would appreciate if my Japanese friends would come together to bring continued awareness of the tsunami victims.


    Tom Felton

    In one of the most harrowing true stories of WWII, three US Navy fliers crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific. With only a 4×8 foot life raft to carry them, and no food, water or supplies, the trio must rely on each other to survive starvation, storms, and shark attacks – and somehow steer their little raft to safety.

    Starring: Tom Felton, Jake Abel, Garrett Dillahunt

    x, x, x, x

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    Microsoft is getting out of developing original series for its Xbox gaming platform and will close Xbox Entertainment Studios in the coming months.

    The tech giant made headlines Thursday with plans to layoff as many as 18,000 employees following its recent $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phones business.

    Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced Xbox Entertainment Studios will shutter and that some projects in development and production, including a live action “Halo” series, will still be produced. Variety reported early Thursday that a shift in strategy was coming at XES, given the overall corporate restructuring at Microsoft.

    Move comes as newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella is taking a hard look at all of the company’s operations and is questioning the plan to produce a broad slate of original series for Xbox platforms.

    Microsoft recruited former CBS exec Nancy Tellem (pictured) in the fall of 2012 to lead the Santa Monica-based Xbox Studios division, which was tasked with developing programming based in part on Microsoft videogame franchises such as “Halo.” Nadella is looking to focus the company’s resources and energies into its core software, Internet and videogame businesses.

    Tellem, Jordan Levin and some of the Xbox Entertainment Studios team will remain with the company to see the completion of its original programming already in production, Microsoft said. That includes a live action “Halo” series, the first major project spearheaded by the division, that’s in advanced negotiations for a pickup at Showtime in a shared window with Xbox. Project is a co-production with Amblin TV.

    Others are the live action digital series “Halo: Nightfall,” a prequel story exec produced by Ridley Scott that will introduce a key character in the next “Halo” game, and the docu “Signal to Noise,” about the notorious Atari “E.T” game flop in the early 1980s.

    Xbox Studios also produces elaborate companion material for NFL games and other “entertainment experience” apps for Xbox, and that work is expected to continue.

    Levin, the former CEO of The WB network and Generate, a production studio and talent management company, joined Tellem’s team in February as executive VP to oversee the company’s original projects.

    In April, Tellem and Levin promoted six greenlit shows and at least 11 more in development at the NewFronts, a gathering of online networks and digital programmers seeking advertising dollars from Madison Avenue. The series were the first of a slate Tellem developed over the past two years to show how the exec planned to help the Xbox One become more of an all encompassing entertainment platform.

    But that slate is now being considerably trimmed as part of the new mandate from Nadella, a 24-year company vet who was appointed CEO succeeding Steve Ballmer in February.

    In a blog post on Thursday, Spencer added: “Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, and games are the single biggest digital life category in a mobile-first world.  Success in this category, by growing a robust Xbox business, brings additional value to Microsoft. I have stated this before, but for Xbox to be successful, we must remain committed to being a consumer-driven organization with the mission of meeting the high expectations of a passionate fan base, to create the best games and to drive technical innovation.”

    Microsoft made a big push to promote its games lineup at this year’s E3 videogame confab in Los Angeles, in May, touting a commitment to focus on games as a way to sell more Xbox One consoles.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments from the entire team in XES,” Spencer said. “They have built an impressive slate of original programming and pioneered interactive entertainment on Xbox … Change is never easy, but I believe the changes announced today help us better align with our long-term goals.”


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    A. The arch of her nose is shaved down.
    B. Her boobs are perkier.
    C. The back of her arm is slightly trimmed.
    D. The zipper on the dress is erased and the fabric is smoothed.
    E. Her tummy is slimmer.
    F. The back of her leg is smoothed and a small blemish is gone.
    Bonus: Her earring is even smaller. You think she would do the opposite…

    Considering Kim has a history of lifting pictures straight from Google, it’s possible the image was Photoshopped by someone else and Kim didn’t notice. But, also considering she and Kanye spent much of their honeymoon editing a single Instagram photo, it’s hard to imagine she didn’t spend a good amount of time analyzing the picture.

    Either way, the good news for Kim is that she looks just about as trim now (one year post-baby) as she did in 2010.


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    It seems like all of the most awesome things on this planet are celebrating big anniversaries this year, from A Nightmare on Elm Street to Gremlins, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Ghostbusters.

    You can add Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction to that list, which turns the ripe old age of 45 this year. And the birthday is being celebrated in style so read on for full details!

    THR reports that Disney Television Animation is developing a Disney Channel and Disney XD animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction.

    The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children's book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct.

    Scott Peterson ("Phineas and Ferb") will serve as writer, EP, and story editor. Joshua Pruett ("Phineas and Ferb") is on board as a consulting producer and writer.

    More as we learn it!

    This could be decent but I wish there'd actually be some solid progress on the del Toro movie which is supposedly still eventually going to happen.

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    The DashCon organizers have released an official statement about the events that led to the fandom convention being described as a "complete disaster". The statement cites "mismanaged communication", contract misinformation and clerical errors for the convention's troubles. The official statement comments on all of the major concerns raised about the convention, ranging from the emergency fundraising drive to pay for outstanding costs, the cancellation of the Welcome To Night Vale podcast appearance, missing hotel rooms for guests of the convention, and allegations that minors were being allowed into 18+ panels. The organizers take responsibility for some of the problems, provide explanations for others, and also offer apologies to their attendees, guests, and the hotel that hosted the event. Two unnamed members of DashCon's staff have been removed from the company in the wake of the convention's missteps.

    The convention, which aspired to be "the largest gathering of Tumblr users to date", was held at the Renaissance Schaumburg hotel in Illinois from July 11 through 13. On Friday, July 11, the event organizers scrambled to raise $17,000 to cover outstanding costs for the hotel. "Only about $7,000 was money still due on the venue itself, as $10,000+ was for 'at event services,' such as electricity, which wasn't even quoted to us until a day or two prior to Thursday night's early registration," says Megan Eli, DashCon owner, in the official statement. According to Eli, the terms governing when payment was expected in the contract with the hotel were not correct, and the staff member who handled the contract has been removed. The official statement includes DashCon's accounting records for payments made to the hotel, showing $21,000 paid before the convention and $22,237.45 paid between July 11 and July 14. Cash donations from attendees amounted to just over $11,770, while donations raised on PayPal were disbursed to the hotel in two payments of $3,000 each, due to daily spending limits on the PayPal Debit Card used to access the funds. Attendees who wish to have their cash or PayPal donations refunded have been instructed to contact the convention by 11:59 pm Eastern on Saturday, July 19. DashCon has provided details about how to request a refund.

    DashCon also explains in detail what happened to result in the Welcome to Night Vale podcast event, including posting excerpts of emails. The Welcome to Night Vale team held a Meet & Greet with fans on July 11, and after the event Eli contacted the staff member who possessed their payment check. Unable to reach the staff member by phone, Eli states that Welcome to Night Vale team agreed to accept their payment the following day. In light of the fundraising drive, Jeffrey Cranor of the Welcome to Night Vale cast contacted the administrators with his concerns about their payment, and requested payment by cash or cashier's check before their performance. An unidentified staff member agreed to this request, which Eli and other organizers state they were not aware of until July 15. Lack of communication between staff resulted in the request not being fulfilled, and the Welcome to Night Vale event being cancelled. The staff member who replied to the request has since been let go. Refunds for reserved seating for the Welcome to Night Vale event will not be offered. Eli gives the following explanation for this decision:

    After speaking to our legal counsel, we have been advised that we are unable to provide refunds on these seats. This decision was based on several of DashCon's Rules and Policies, which can be found here. The pertinent rules are quoted below:

    #21: DashCon will not refund badges or reserved WTNV seats for any reason.

    It has been confirmed that this rule was changed to reflect WTNV seats mid-event, but other rules render any change to #21 moot regardless.
    #25: The Schedule is subject to change at any time, even during the convention.
    Last line on the Rules and Policies page: "DashCon reserves the right to change these rules at any time, and attendees are responsible for their own individual knowledge of the convention rules."
    DashCon has been instructed that refunding the reserved seats in direct opposition with our rules would call into question all of our rules and policies. We are both saddened by and understanding of this stance. Potentially losing the enforcement of all of our rules and policies is not something we can risk now or at any time in the future. For anyone who has questions regarding this decision, we will [upon request] direct you to our legal counsel.

    The statement also offers an explanation of the now-infamous tiny ball pit. "Photos on the website were not representative of products received, and the company has been contacted with photographic evidence of the quality and size of products provided to us," says Eli. When the Welcome to Night Vale event was cancelled, attendees were offered entry into a raffle and "an extra hour with the ball pit" as compensation. According to Eli, when that offer was posted, "[T]he Con Head who posted it had never actually seen the product we received, and those of us who had were unavailable to provide input at the time."

    Issues with rooms for guests of the convention are explained as a clerical error, and reports that minors got into 18+ panels is dismissed, with Eli stating that all attendees had their identification checked before entering those panels, due to problems with the 'Over 18' bracelets supplied by the convention. The bracelets were not attached tightly enough, or were attached to badges, completely defeating their purpose. Eli dismisses rumors that the Renaissance Schaumburg was unhappy with the convention attendees and that they "didn't like the 'type of clientele'" brought in by the event, and apologizes for passing on the rumors. "When two of the Con Heads were told by the third that such a thing had been said or otherwise insinuated, it wasn't wholly unbelievable - as it's happened to so many other events in the past - and, in our state of panic, we believed what we were told, therein passing it along to our attendees."

    While DashCon has owned up to some of its mistakes, the convention clearly suffered from mismanagement, miscommunication, and poor planning. The next DashCon is already being planned, to be held June 19-20, 2015 at the Indianapolis Convention Centre.

    You can read the full statement here.

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    "Fancy" is no longer #1, but thanks to Hot 100 gains for their new songs, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX can stay happy.

    While their blockbuster “Fancy” is no longer number one on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, both Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX enjoy gains for their follow-up efforts.

    “Boom Clap,” Charli XCX’s breakthrough solo offering, rises to a new peak of #16 on this week’s edition of the chart. A consistent digital seller and a strong gainer at radio, the song should continue to rise in the coming weeks.

    Iggy Azalea’s follow-up track “Black Widow,” which features Rita Ora, also hits a new peak this week. Fueled by a 118% increase to 41,000 weekly sales, “Black Widow” surges to #65 on the Hot 100. It was #97 last week.

    The chart leader for seven consecutive weeks, “Fancy” this week slips to #2 on Billboard’s all-encompassing single track chart. MAGIC!’s breakthrough “Rude” takes over #1.


    this is their summer/year<3

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    COULD Nicole Scherzinger be too old for Radio 1? Well, it seems she’s “not right” for their youthful target audience.

    For the second time in just over a year, the BBC have left 36-year-old Nicole off their playlist. And as happened with her March hit Boomerang, her single Your Love is riding high in the charts regardless.

    Capital FM, who also ignored Boomerang on their playlist, relented and put it on Tuesday when it shot up the iTunes chart.

    This week, Your Love is battling with Rixton for the top spot in Sunday’s Official Charts. But while the boyband, who are in their mid-20s, are getting maximum support on the station’s A-list, Nicole hasn’t even scraped on to the C-list. The boys are 12,000 copies ahead in the race for No1.(except she is down to #7 on UK iTunes now)

    In a statement, Radio 1 said: “Each track is considered for the playlist based on its musical merit and whether it is right for our target audience, with decisions made on a case-by-case basis.” Our sources said: “Nicole’s single was discussed at the playlist meeting but it wasn’t considered a priority track.

    “It’s not personal against her – she has been a guest on Radio 1 and the track has been played – just not playlisted. Radio 1 play a much wider range of artists than commercial radio, who largely concentrate on playing hits.”

    The station have been criticised for branding artists, such as Robbie Williams, “not relevant” because they are older than the station’s usual listeners.

    Radio 1 target the 15-24 age group, and Robbie’s 2012 single Candy failed to achieve playlist status when he released it at the age of 38. The current A-list includes Ariana Grande, 21, George Ezra, 21, Ella Eyre, 20, and teen boyband The Vamps.


    So Radio 1 won't play you, Capital FM only playlisted you 2 days ago and KISS has you in the 30's on theirs, what are you gonna do sis?UK ONTD'ers: Buy Your Love on iTunes!

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