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    The Illuminati! To paraphrase Nigel Tufnel, no one knows who they are, or what they're doing – probably because the world isn't actually controlled by a shadowy, occult super-team of pop stars, politicians and whatnot. But if you believe your average YouTube commenter (and who doesn't) practically everything a singer or rapper might do in a video or photo shoot – cover their face with a hand for a second, show off their modern art collection, wear a funny hat – is actually a totally spooky Illuminati ritual.

    For Katy Perry, the Illuminati accusations really started with her uncharacteristically dark Grammy performance of "Dark Horse," and that song's Egyptian-themed music video. A headline on the site Infowars screamed, in all caps, "ILLUMINATI PRIESTESS CONDUCTS WITCHCRAFT CEREMONY IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE WORLD." Another site did a detailed breakdown of the video, noting soberly that "birdcages are symbols of mind control."

    In interviews for her new Rolling Stone cover story with senior writer Brian Hiatt, Perry shared her thoughts on the odd controversy.  "Listen," she says, "if the Illuminati exist, I would like to be invited! I see all that shit, and I'm like, 'Come on, let me in! I want to be in the club!' I have no idea what it is. It sounds crazy.

    "Weird people on the Internet that have nothing to do find, like, strange triangles in your hand motions," she continues. "I guess you've kind of made it when they think you're in the Illuminati. But listen, I believe in aliens, so if people want to believe in Illuminati, great."


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    "We will bath the starways in your blood!" Celebrate the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters starting today, as Marvel unveils an exclusive look back at the first two phases of the MCU previously shown at Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con!

    This 6-minute video features footage from all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One movies, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel's The Avengers, along with Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two adventures Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this weekend's Guardians of the Galaxy and even a sneak peek at next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. It includes a look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver from the Winter Soldier mid-credits scene, and it all ends with a tease of Thanos' arrival.


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    Out TV writer and producer Bryan Fuller has been behind some of our favorite cult hits from the last 10 years, including Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. But he’s found real success with Hannibal on NBC, which will debut its third season in 2015. We started to pay attention in Season 2, when Bryan brought in Margot Verger, a lesbian character from the book series the show is based on (by Thomas Harris) for five episodes. Margot is expertly played by Katharine Isabelle, who sees Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to try and get over the abuse she’s received from her twin brother Mason (Michael Pitt).

    “I really like the character in the book as well as I was troubled by the character in the book,” Bryan told us exclusively at an NBC party at Comic-Con. “Because in the book she was somebody who was habitually raped since she was a toddler, essentially, by her brother. And then later sort of abused her body with steroids and destroyed her reproductive organs and it felt, to me, like the wrong message for a character — that if you’re molested as a child, you’re going to become a lesbian. And so I took the sexual angle out of their relationship because I thought that was a bad message. I’m sure that scenario has happened but the bulk of lesbians that I know are not lesbians because they were molested; they’re lesbians because they’re genetically pre-dispositioned to being lesbians.”

    Bryan said he wanted Margot’s story to be less about her being a victim.

    “I didn't want her victimization to be victimhood, if that makes sense,” he said. “I wanted her to be like, ‘Oh no–I’m going to get him.’ And she still wants to get him. And things that happened in the book, I’m very excited to see because Mason and Margot have similar fates to the characters in the book. ”

    Bryan said we only saw half of Margot’s story in Season 2 and that Season 3 will tell the other half from the original Red Dragon. She does have a love interest that has already been cast, but Bryan would not divulge any names or further details.

    “I think we will definitely be seeing other sides of her and we've been talking a lot about a paradigm for a big episode for her and we’re talking a lot about—we’re inspired a lot by Bound,” Bryan said, referencing the famous lesbian mob movie from 1996. “By lesbians conspiring!”

    Bryan also acknowledged a controversial decision he made in Season 2, which was having Margot sleep with the show’s lead Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) in episode 10.

    “For me that was all about the strategy for her, and I thought, ’0K she’s doing what she has to do,’” Bryan said. “And there was a lot of response online about that betrayed the character and I really felt that it was true to the character in this incarnation because she would do what it takes. And it wasn't an act of love or attraction; it was, ‘I’m putting a bullet in the chamber.’”

    Although Bryan said the season will not follow the book “faithfully,” it could be that Margot is looking to have a baby with a partner we have yet to meet, named Judy in the novel. However, the book also had her trying to get her brother’s sperm for a baby so who knows what will happen.


    YAS! More Katharine and more Margot! S3 sounds fk amazing!

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    fave song <3

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    In the Internet age, rock stars no longer have to perform in a band. Guitarist Eric ‘Erock’ Calderone has gained a massive following thanks to his ‘Meets Metal’ videos, where Erock blends iconic music with metal instrumentation and phenomenal shredding.

    We recently caught up with Eric Calderone, speaking with the beloved shredder about when he first picked up an axe, the long process of creating his ‘Meets Metal’ videos, his personal guitar heroes and more. Enjoy our exclusive chat with Eric Calderone!

    When did you start playing guitar?

    I was 16, so 2001. I’m a late bloomer. [Laughs]

    That is a bit late to start playing. Did you that find you had a natural talent?

    I don’t believe in that. I started off like anyone else, sounding like s–t. [Laughs] I just got so addicted to it that I just couldn’t put it down. My religious experience was when I learned the intro to ‘Enter Sandman’ and it sounded like it should. It just gave me the feeling like, “Holy s–t, it sounds like it!” I had that feeling yesterday again on a song I was learning. It’s never gotten old for me. My guitar teacher told me this one thing in college I’ll never forget and it keeps me practicing: “No matter how good you are, there’s someone younger and better than you,” and I was like, “Holy s–t!” [Laughs]

    Your ‘Meets Metal’ videos take a very long time to orchestrate and record. Can you take me through the full process?

    First thing I do is, I write a skeleton out with a MIDI file, just the main melody and tempo so I can hear what I’m basing it off of. From there I do the drums and I have severe OCD so I go through every measure to make sure that no fills repeat. I can’t just loop something. That takes about a good four or five hours of just straight work.

    After the drums, I record the wall of guitars. I do four on each side, panned all the way left to all the way stereo. I try and make it a big wall. I got that trick from Andy Sneap. He’s like my go-to tutorial guy. It’s kind of the same thing he does. I don’t copy/paste. I play the entire track straight through. It sort of loses the musicianship when you’ve got shortcuts.

    Then, after that, I take the actual solo section where there’s a solo I put in there that’s not in the original song. I sort of loop that. I probably play for about an hour or two trying to come up with ideas and if I like something, I’ll record it in that measure and then go to the next one, then I’ll listen back and see how it sounds and then erase it all and record it. Then I go back and record the main lead, one left side and one right side for harmony purposes. Then I go back and listen to the song and try and hear if there’s any harmonies and how the chords move. I wasn’t so much lost with it, but it really helped; I went to Berklee for orchestration and they’re very friendly, but harsh. [Laughs] A lot of it was drilled into my head, which when I was doing it I was saying, “Oh, this is stupid.” Now I’m like, “Oh, thank God I did that!” It’s helped me understand if something is moving a certain way, you have certain options you can go to and certain ones you can’t.

    After the harmonies I go back and play the bass. Then I put in any, I guess you can call them overdubs, any synth parts or I do a dive here or there to kind of lead up to a phrase. Then I bounce it and I do my best to master it. Then I bring it again and try and maximize it to a good volume where there’s no clipping and after that, listen to it, learn it and then when I turn the camera on I mute out the left lead guitar and that’s the live guitar and hopefully I get a good take the first or second try and upload it to YouTube.

    Because people are paying you via Patreon to make these ‘Meets Metal’ videos, you’re able to do this as a career, which is awesome. What was your job before this?

    I was a teacher.

    A music teacher?


    Specifically guitar?

    Yep, I did private lessons first and then I had a … I guess you could call it a part time college professorship. [Laughs]

    The first video you ever put up was the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ one. It’s still one of your most popular clips. How long did that one take to explode and go viral?

    Actually, I did about 10 or 11 videos. They were getting like 60-80 views. I was getting my degree at the time so I was doing them like every three weeks, just whenever I had time. The first couple or the first 10, they’re basically all movies, video games and all that. And then my brother mentioned, “Hey man, this chick Lady Gaga is kind of big right now. Maybe give her a listen? Maybe you can do one of her songs.” I was like, “Yeah. okay.”

    It’s so funny because throughout this whole time, I called my dad and was like, “Dad, I have 80 subscribers! 80 people all want to know when I release a video!” He’s like, “Oh, that’s great!” So I put out ‘Bad Romance.’ It was like my 12th video and I went to bed and I woke up the next morning and my inbox, it was something stupid, like 1100 messages in it. I was like, “What the hell?” I went through the inbox and it was all the YouTube stuff. I was like, “What’s going on with this?” I went on and it had 125,000 views and I was like, “Oh my god! This is awesome!” That’s kind of the one that started it.

    So it was the Lady Gaga cover that launched you rather that ‘Pirates.’ That’s interesting.

    Yeah, the 12th video.

    What’s your favorite video you’ve ever uploaded?

    Oh, great question. Probably the one that’s my favorite right now, and my answer could change tomorrow if you were to ask me again, it’s probably ‘The Rains of Castamere.’ I put actual metal songs inside a lot of the videos, like a tribute or a ‘thank you’ or a tip of the cap. I try to integrate it with the song. I did ‘Killer Instinct’ and I put Judas Priest‘s ‘Painkiller’ in there so it became ‘Painkiller Instinct.’ Stupid s–t like that.

    It’s cool, one of my favorite things to do is I like taking a very sad and slow song like, ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ that’s probably another one of my favorites. It’s so slow and very depressing. I just love it. When I hear it I’m like, “Man, this would sound awesome if it was fast.” I love the melody. That’s kind of what I try and do. [Laughs]

    Who are your personal guitar heroes?

    I can do a Top 3. Jason Becker will always be my No. 1. Just because it was like, the circumstance is obviously sh–ty [Becker suffers from Lou Gehrig's Disease] but it’s his passion that’s so inspiring. He was basically, at the time, he was probably the best guitar player in the world according to a lot of people. Then it’s like, “Hey, you’re going to get this disease and you’re not going to be able to move.” I couldn’t even wrap my head around it and the fact that he still makes music is unbelievable. I don’t even have a word for it. Unbelievable.

    My No. 2 would be Randy Rhoads. Not just because I love his songs, he just put such an impact on music. When people talk about him, I don’t think they realize he was only on two Ozzy albums. He made that much of a mark with just two albums. That’s why I always have a soft spot for a Rhoads. I have two Rhoads shaped V’s right now, it’s my dream of being Randy.

    There’s like, 80 more. [Laughs] I have to say, and it’s kind of standard metalhead to say Kirk Hammett, but that’s what kind of got me started, Metallica.


    And if you aren't tired of "Let it Go" yet...

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    In Sarajevo


    when a rich nigga want you....

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    From the DM:
    They proved their new romance is still very much on after they were pictured together in Ibiza on Thursday.
    And Zac Efron continued to put on an amorous display with his new love, Michelle Rodriguez, as they pair were seen kissing and cuddling while on board a yacht.
    The 26-year-old actor and the Fast and Furious star were hosting a party on their luxury vessel as they joined the host of famous faces who are lapping up the sunshine on the popular party island.


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    Justin Bieber is rubbing Orlando Bloom's nose in their Ibiza war not because he's angry, but because he thinks it makes him look hard ... and we're getting this from people who are around him right now.Here's what we're being told ... Justin's story is that he had no ax to grind with Orlando when he saw him at Cipriani restaurant before the clash. Justin insists he didn't even recognize Orlando and simply extended his hand. Bieber was pissed that Orlando rebuffed him.Now here's the thing. Bieber quickly realized the public resoundingly believed Justin won the "fight" ... and that's when he decided he could up his tough game by humiliating Orlando with pics of Miranda on Instagram. It was all about looking tough.

    When people started saying Bieber was bad ass for posting the pic ... he upped his game with the pic of a weepy Orlando.
    One source said Justin is "irrational" in the glee he's taking over the scuffle.Bottom line -- we're told he's loving this ... having a great time in Ibiza. And he thinks it's cool that people think he banged Orlando's then-wife and still won the war.

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    Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla from OUAT talk about Jamie at Comic Con

    source | source
    yasssssss gimme more Jamie <3333333333333333333333333

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    Kim Zolciak is addicted to wigs, Louis Vuitton and now, gambling.

    The reality TV star, 36, spent a whopping $1,240 on scratch off tickets on the way to Destin, Florida for a family vacation.

    The gas-station shopping spree was captured for her Bravo show, “Don’t Be Tardy…”

    “I love to gamble, but there is no casino here in Georgia, so the only way to get my thrill is to buy scratch offs,” said the slim mother of six before revealing she once took a huge hit in the Bahamas losing $250,000.

    Her oldest daughters are well aware of their mom’s addiction. “You cannot stop her, she gets into the zone,” said Brielle. “Especially with her online gambling.”

    In a short post on the show’s official website, Kroy Biermann’s wife said gambling is her love.

    “In Georgia, there is not a casino, so the closet thing to a slot machine is a scratch ticket! Every time we head to Destin, Kroy and I stop at the same gas station and get our scratch tickets. I am not sure how much I won this time but I think I broke even. It’s all in good fun, and I do it responsibly.

    After purchasing $1,240 in scratch tickets, Zolciak won $36.


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    Tish, of Skelmanthorpe, says she has no idea why her videos are so popular.

    She's gone from studying animal care at Kirklees College to being stopped in the street to pose for selfies with adoring fans - and all because of a six second video clip.

    Latitia Simmonds, 18 - known as Tish - uploaded the clip of her in her mum's car to Vine, a mobile app which takes six second videos - and became an internet sensation overnight.

    A week later Tish, of Skelmanthorpe, says she has no idea why her videos are so popular, but she's hoping her 15 minutes in the spotlight will help her on the path to a new career.

    The former Shelley College pupil said: "I found Vine and thought I would have a go. I was just sitting in the car thinking, "what shall I do? I'll do 'broom broom'.

    "I just make it up as I go along and then I tell my mum what to say."

    She put the Vine on Twitter - and in a matter of days the video was seen by millions of people.

    Tish, who says she's shy until she gets talking to people, said: "People started following me on Twitter so I did some more - one about a cheeseburger and one with a joke. I don't know why they are so popular. People must think they are funny. They have been saying , 'I love your Vines. Please make more, you are very funny'. It's a nice feeling.

    "I have been stopped in the street - even when I went to Bridlington. There have been a lot of pictures taken. People ask if they can have a selfie with me. It's really good.

    "People have been supportive but some of the comments are from haters. It makes me feel a bit sad."

    Tish deleted her Vines after receiving abuse - but then decided to make a video about cyber-bullying, telling her fans what to do if they're bullied online.

    She said: "Sometimes I don't feel like doing it when people say nasty things to me, but I just ignore them.

    "I just enjoy doing them and I want to carry on. It's a change because I used to sit around doing nothing but now I can make vines.

    "I am going to carry on doing them and see what people think. I am studying animal care, which is working with the RSPCA and looking after homeless pets. I really love animals and I've got pets at home. I might do a vine with my dog Sam who's a collie - he looks like a fox.

    "But I like doing a bit of acting so I might like to do voice over and cartoon characters. I would really like to be in a cartoon."

    Her mum Dawn, who appears in some of the videos, said: "I think she's all right but some of the comments haven't been very nice.

    "I tell her not to listen and just ignore them, or it will get her down. She enjoys doing it and if she's happy then I'm happy.

    "I don't mind being in the videos if they look all right."

    Have you seen any of Tish's videos, ONTD? What do you think?


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    "Orlando Bloom apparently threw a punch at Justin Bieber last night during an argument at a nightclub. Orlando's hand was pretty sore today, you know, from all the high fives he got."

    – Jimmy Fallon, joking about the alleged brawl between the actor and the singer, on The Tonight Show

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    "I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."

    – Katy Perry, on having a baby with or without "a dude" someday, to Rolling Stone

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    "He was supportive from a distance, and it was quite romantic in a way."

    – Angelina Jolie, on writing love letters to fiancé Brad Pitt while they were apart, to Australia's TV Week magazine

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    "My favorite hue is JayZ Blue."

    – Beyoncé, shooting down breakup rumors by sharing a sweet photo of hubby Jay Z with 2½-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, on Instagram

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    "One of the weirdest things I've ever done – sleep that close to a man in a cave. #RunningWild"

    – Zac Efron, on exploring the Catskill Mountains with British adventurer Bear Grylls for NBC's new reality series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, on Twitter

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    "We've been blessed with another angel on the way!!"

    – Alicia Keys, announcing she's expecting her second child with husband Swizz Beatz, on Instagram

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    "Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3, and they look forward to seeing her fly."

    – Anchor Brian Williams, covering the news that daughter Allison Williams landed the lead role in the upcoming NBC special Peter Pan Live!, on NBC Nightly News

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    "He's worth idolizing. He's extraordinary. That was a really interesting period."

    – Susan Sarandon, on her affair with rocker David Bowie in the early 1980s, to The Daily Beast

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    "S–– happens, you know? It's just young people ... It's normal! And, honestly, who gives a s––?"

    – Robert Pattinson, opening up about ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart's fling with director Rupert Sanders, to British Esquire

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    "We were fast friends."

    – Lady Gaga, on her relationship with musical legend (and collaborator) Tony Bennett, to PEOPLE



    HAPPY FRIDAY, ONTD!  :-)  xoxo

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    Even before Chadwick Boseman finished shooting Universal's James Brown biopic Get on Up, out Aug. 1, he was approached to star in new projects as Sam Cooke, Richard Pryor and, in Ang Lee's planned boxing movie, Muhammad Ali."I was like, 'No. I can't do that. Really?' " laughs Boseman, who last year fronted the Jackie Robinson baseball biopic 42. "That's too much."
    That Boseman, 32, would be courted to anchor upcoming films about three African-American icons speaks to his talent and experience. But it also highlights a harsh reality in Hollywood: There aren't many choices. As the first generation of global black movie stars ages out of leading-man roles, the heirs apparent to Will Smith, 45; Denzel Washington, 59; and Eddie Murphy, 53, have not established themselves at the box office."When you look at the landscape of up-and-coming talent, besides Chadwick and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), there really aren't a lot of names that come to mind, and that's an area of concern for us," says Gil Robertson, president of the African American Film Critics Association. "We haven't really done enough to cultivate the next generation. It's one thing to appear in a movie here or there, but it's another to really build a rich career."

    In the 1990s and well into the 2000s, Hollywood boasted a throng of bankable black stars, with Smith (Independence Day: $817.4 million worldwide gross), Washington (American Gangster: $266.5 million) and Murphy (The Nutty Professor: $274 million) able to get movies greenlighted and open them worldwide. Smith and Washington still can command $20 million per picture in the right role, and they have broken through with overseas audiences, who haven't always been receptive to black stars. But with that trio and other successful black actors -- including Don Cheadle, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman and Forest Whitaker -- all past 40, the question is which actors will make up the next wave of A-list black stars.

    In addition to Boseman, several under-40 black actors recently have been cast in promising roles. Jordan, 27, will play the Human Torch in Fox's The Fantastic Four reboot, making him one of the first black actors to play a lead superhero that was white in the comics. John Boyega, 22, landed a key role in Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, currently shooting. Anthony Mackie, 35, played The Falcon in April's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. X-Men: Days of Future Past actor Omar Sy, 36, co-stars in next summer's Jurassic World. And Damon Wayans Jr., 31, is being groomed for a Beverly Hills Cop-style film breakout in Let's Be Cops, out Aug. 13.

    "What I keep saying is we have to look at roles that are written and not assume that just because they don't say African-American or they don't say black, we can't cast African-Americans," says Clint Culpepper, president of Screen Gems, which often releases films with black casts. But Hollywood follows the money, and no under-35 black star has carried a global mega-grossing film in recent years. None besides perhaps Mackie carry name recognition with general audiences.

    Of course, the value of stars of any race has been questioned in the past few years. And there are recent African-American success stories. Kevin Hart has become a breakout star in the U.S. with hits like Ride Along and Think Like a Man. But his films have performed well because of a strong turnout by minorities, not general audiences. For Ride Along's opening weekend in January, African-Americans made up 50 percent of ticket buyers, followed by Hispanics (30 percent) and Caucasians (12 percent). Hart's films also have yet to perform strongly overseas (Ride Along raked in $134 million domestic but just $19 million abroad). With studios putting increased value on foreign audiences, actors must show they can open movies overseas in order to become major stars.

    "That's been the final frontier -- to have films that have leads of color perform well around the world," says African-American producer Will Packer (Ride Along). "I think that will come. I think part of it will be the studios getting behind those films and not allowing it to become a self-fulfilling prophecy that those films don't work."

    For now, when there are starring roles for young black actors in mainstream studio movies, they mostly are in historical dramas such as December's Selma, about Martin Luther King Jr., which is starring another up-and-coming actor, David Oyelowo, 38. Boseman wasn't offered that film but he probably would have passed had he been approached.

    "We're looking for the next great role and are really colorblind with it," says Boseman's agent, Michael Greene. "And we're looking for a really cool franchise for him to star in." (Yas!)

    5 Black Actors on the Cusp
    ►Damon Wayans Jr., 31
    TV roles on Happy Endings and New Girl led to Let's Be Cops (Aug. 13).
    ►Chadwick Boseman, 32
    42 grossed $95 million domestic, Get on Up is out Aug. 1, Gods of Egypt in 2016.
    ►Michael B. Jordan, 27
    Awards notice for Fruitvale Station led to The Fantastic Four.
    ►Omar Sy, 36
    The Intouchables star has X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jurassic World.
    ►John Boyega, 22
    The Attack the Block star landed Star Wars: Episode VII.

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    Challenge: In teams of three, use the movie-experience materials in the theater (including props and concession items) to create three cohesive unconventional looks as part of a team.

    Parameters: Designers have 15 minutes to gather materials and can only leave the theater with what they can physically carry. They have one day to complete the looks. One winner will be chosen from the winning team, and one loser from the losing team.

    Team Silver: Amanda, Korina, Kristine

    Amanda -- WINNER, immunity for next week


    Team Blue: Angela, Fade, Sean




    Team Purple: Char, Kini, Mitchell




    Team Green: Emily, Samantha, Alexander




    Team Red: Carrie, Hernan, Sandhya


    Sandhya -- Immunity from winning last week

    Carrie -- ELIMINATED

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    Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is adding executive producer to her résumé.

    The Golden Globe nominee and People's Choice Award winner is teaming with ABC Family to adapt Rachel Carey's 2013 novel Debt, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Debt is a satire of the 2008 financial meltdown in New York. It follows Lillian, a woman in her 20s, who works as an SAT tutor with college loans and explores how everyone she knows — even her tutee's billionaire father — is in somebody's debt.

    Pompeo will executive produce the drama, which is in the development stage. Debt hails from ABC Signature, ABC Studios' cable-focused boutique division banner. A writer is not yet attached.


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    Following fans upset at the apparent removal of the character of Janet Van Dyne from next year’s Ant-Man — and the longterm dismay about the lack of a solo movie for Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow character — Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has opened up about the possibility of a female-led movie from the studio.

    “I very much believe in doing it,” he told Comic Book Resources. “I very much believe that it's unfair to say, ‘People don't want to see movies with female heroes,’ then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn't go to the movies because they weren't good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don't mention Hunger Games, Frozen, Divergent. You can go back to Kill Bill or Aliens. These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done.”

    However, that doesn’t mean that Marvel has plans to create such a movie anytime soon, he warned.
    “We find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don't take for granted, but is a challenging thing,” Feige said, asking whether “you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one” in order to create a female-led property for the studio.

    “I hope we do it sooner rather than later,” he said. Currently, Marvel’s known future projects include Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man for 2015, Captain America 3, Thor 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Doctor Strange. Feige has also suggested that a third Avengers movie could be planned for 2018.


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    The Halt and Catch Fire star also dreams up a wonderful Pushing Daisies reunion special


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    Two of summer’s biggest hits could lead to a $5 million year as branding deals and a revived House of Style rev up the female rapper.

    Iggy Azalea has been dominating the summer, holding down the top two slots of Billboard’s Summer Songs chart for an uninterrupted nine weeks with “Fancy” and a guest spot on Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” A third single (“Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora) and an appearance on mentor T.I.’s comeback single, “No Mediocre,” also are scaling the charts. But can she translate early radio ubiquity into a sustainable career? After all, for every summer breakout like Bruno Mars or Katy Perry, there’s a Carly Rae Jepsen or Gotye that can’t quite make that next leap.

    There already have been two votes of confidence. Vin Diesel recently revealed that Azalea, 24, filmed a cameo in Fast and Furious 7, due in 2015. And on July 24 MTV named the former Wilhelmina model host of a revived House of Style on MTV.com. The eight-episode run premiered Aug. 4 and will culminate with Azalea’s appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24 and, two nights later, a House of Style VMA fashion special. The MTV gig is a natural fit for the artist, who was featured in print campaigns for Levi’s and Revolve before The New Classic, her Def Jam debut, arrived in April. Her unprecedented success as a white female rapper and growing clout on tour -- she will headline Budweiser’s Made in America Festival in Los Angeles and the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas -- suggest a promising future.

    “She speaks to an audience who hasn’t had an opportunity to have someone really represent them,” says Rene Mclean, founder of music branding-management agency RPM. “At first, hip-hop was super urban, but rap is for everybody now. She was very strategic in the way she set herself up with the ASAP Rocky and T.I. affiliations, doing records with Steve Aoki, and she ended up with a new arsenal.”

    Based on her projected royalty rates from two big radio hits and a sold-out tour of clubs and theaters, Azalea will likely pull in $3 million to $5 million in earnings in 2014, sources suggest. And an attempt to leap to the next level is imminent.

    Cara Lewis, Azalea’s agent at Creative Artists Agency, says the first leg of a 2015 arena tour already is being routed, and talks are underway with potential brand partners to integrate into the tour.“Iggy’s management team is comprised of all women, and we are in sync as a group when it comes to long-term visions and choosing the right partners,” says Lewis. “There is a lot of attention from the beauty genre, including makeup, hair and skin products.”

    Branding experts estimate that Azalea could command mid- to high-six-figures for the right campaign, and potentially more as her stock grows. “Over the past three months, we’ve gotten more inquiries [about her] than any other female artist,” says Ryan Schinman, CEO of music licensing and entertainment marketing firm Platinum Rye. “She’s not as controversial as Miley Cyrus, and she would make a terrific spokesperson for the right products.”

    As for the flap surrounding Azalea’s credibility as a rapper, with Nicki Minaj recently throwing shade at the BET Awards about writing her own verses? One major artist manager says that won’t trickle down to the rising star’s business appeal.

    “When you look at a lot of pop superstars, Rihanna’s not known to be a songwriter but she has incredible credibility when it comes to fashion and being able to move the cultural needles,” says the source. “To fans and brands, I don’t think that matters much.”


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    Clifford The Big Red Dog will be hitting the big screen in 2016.

    Universal had dated the adaptation of the children's book for an April 8, 2016 release date. The film is being touted as being a live action and 3D animated comedy.

    Deborah Forte (The Golden Compass, Tuck Everlasting) will produce.


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