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    Because it’s 2014, Toyota is marketing its Sienna minivan as the “Swagger Wagon,” and has recorded a trap-music theme song and video to boot.

    The video, which stars a white suburban family wearing red jumpsuits, has already drawn accusations of racism for its mocking of hip-hop culture and promotion of black stereotypes.
    “Listen up mother-fathers, this one is about the Swagger Wagon, I’ll wash your mouth out with soap if you call it a mini-van,” proclaims the family’s 12-year-old daughter. Dad’s verse is no less cringeworthy: “Yea, it’s called the Swagger Wagon, I know that it sounds like braggin’. When we pull up to karate. They be like, ‘who is that?’ It’s just us and the kids, swaggin’ hard until 8pm.”

    To make matters worse, Busta Rhymes contributes a verse to the song in which he declares “The Neuberts” “the craziest family” on the cul-de-sac. Need I remind you this is the same guy who wrote “Gimme Some More”.


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    USA Network is heading in a more provocative direction — and it hasn't been shy about it.

    Freshman dramas Rush, about a morally ambiguous doctor for hire, and Satisfaction, centered on a marriage gone awry, signal the NBCUniversal cable network's aggressive push into more dramatic fare, moving away from the quintessential "blue-sky" offerings it's become known for.

    USA's marketing efforts for Rush have relied heavily on the potential stardom of leading man Tom Ellis, already a known entity in the U.K. for BBC series Miranda. It's a strategy the network previously used during the early days of White Collar for Matt Bomer and Covert Affairs for Piper Perabo, boosting their stocks significantly. (Bomer, for his part, recently earned his first Emmy nomination for HBO's The Normal Heart.)

    "We knew we had a star in Tom Ellis — he's magnetic, he pops off the screen. So we decided to invert the marketing paradigm; instead of leading with the character, Dr. William Rush, we led with the actor," USA's executive vp marketing and digital Alexandra Shapiro tells The Hollywood Reporter of the network's strategy. "This is sort of his 'coming out' in America."

    does anyone else watch this show? it's pretty good, tbh.

    One of the ways USA sought to stand out from the summer TV glut was through a Rush-centric style lookbook — which could have been easily confused for an actual lookbook (see below) — that offered a snapshot of Ellis' personality while highlighting men's fashion. That particular idea was inspired by Shapiro's previous stint in the fashion industry working at Calvin Klein.

    "When you get the lookbooks from the various fashion houses, they're so well-conceived. Every detail from how the story is told to the paper they use and the size, we thought, 'Why not borrow that DNA and apply it to this show?'" Shapiro says. "It felt like a great way to elevate Tom Ellis."

    Landing Ellis was another story. Creator/executive producer Jonathan Levine, best known for The Wackness, 50/50 and Warm Bodies, described the process in finding Rush to be painstakingly long. The original intention had been to fill the role with an American. When that didn't happen, the mandate changed and the casting net expanded to the U.K. — with only weeks to spare.

    "We had a very high bar because the character was pretty strong," Levine tells THR. "By this point, we had been beaten up by the casting process — we hadn't found our guy and we were scared. Tom came in and I looked at executive producers Grant [Scharbo] and Gina [Matthews] and said, 'He's pretty good.' But it was touch and go for a while." Ellis shows off his American accent on the show, though Levine admits there were discussions, albeit fleeting, about possibly making Rush an England transplant. "That's a f---ing horrible idea!" he recalls saying.

    USA is targeting a specific audience for Rush: progressive thirtysomethings, both male and female, who don't discriminate between The Walking Dead and mass procedurals (think CBS' NCIS or CSI). Shapiro justifies their ideal viewer by putting it this way: "Things will be familiar in this storytelling and this formula, but a lot of it will be unfamiliar. It's that combination that will appeal to our core viewer and hopefully new viewers as well."

    Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/rushs-tom-ellis-usa-networks-716376

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    DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith has said that he "fucked up" girlfriend Sky Ferreira's life.

    Dicussing the pair's 2013 arrest after being found in possession of heroin and ecstasy, Smith said he still feels guilty about the effect it had on his partner, who allegedly lost modelling jobs because of the incident.

    Speaking to Stereogum, Smith said: "Basically I just was stupid. I fucked up, and it was entirely my fault, and I fucked up my girlfriend’s life. She literally didn’t do anything wrong. She basically was just a passenger in the car with a person who was out of control for a minute. She got in deep shit…"

    He continued: "Her career got really fucked up because everybody thought she was a drug addict, which she’s absolutely not. That’s the worst part of it for me, that I really fucked her over."

    In the interview Smith also said he hates the fact that his band are now associated with the arrest. "I feel like there’s all this weird mythology that sort of surrounds me, and it distracts from the purity of the band. If somebody mentioned DIIV, they wouldn’t hum the song, they’d be like, ’Oh yeah, the guy who got pulled over driving a stolen car with heroin in it.’ I really hate that," he commented.

    DIIV released their debut album 'Oshin' in 2012 and are currently working on its follow-up. Smith has revealed that he has finished over 150 songs in the past two years.


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    Hermes, Prada and plenty of drama. Mixed with bottle service, selfies, and growing #instafame, that's what you can expect when E!'s hit reality series returns for season two tonight.

    Welcome back to the 90210, which has acquired a new resident as EJ Johnson relocates to Los Angeles and joins his friends in the fabuluxe zip code over flowing with sunshine, designer fashions, and plenty of plastic by way of surgery and credit cards.

    The new season kicks off with a trip to China for the opening of an elite department store that just so happens to be owned by Dorothy's retail mogul father. Joining Dorothy on the trip are Morgan, Brendan, Jonny, and Roxy who is growing tired of Dorothy's reoccurring jabs about her career, style and being financially cut-off by her parents.

    However, Roxy isn't the only one carrying drama in her couture luggage as Dorothy's boyfriend Cooper is inexplicably absent from the crew's overseas adventures. Even with the galas, VIP treatments, amazing sightseeing and being surrounded by her #BFFs, Dorothy is still distracted by what appears to be a major bump in her relationship and an opportunity to show Cooper the Wang empire. Sounds like love is a battlefield, even when that battlefield is a multimillion dollar property in Beverly Hills and you're worth billions of dollars.

    Dorothy & Jonny Take Over China!

    On the season 2 premiere of #RichKids of Beverly Hills the #RichKids are taking over China!

    Dorothy Wang invites her friends Morgan Stewart, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Roxy Sowlaty and Jonny Drubel to go to China with her for the opening ceremonies of her father's new retail center, the largest in the world!

    Once in China, Jonny realizes that he forgot to bring pimple cream. Uh-oh!

    But Dorothy reassures him that she will save the day! Since their hotel is above the mall her dad owns, she explains, "It's closed, but I could probably get it to open."

    Roxy Dishes on Her Love Life!

    While eagerly awaiting the season two premiere of #RichKids of Beverly Hills, we caught up with Roxy Sowlaty—the interior designer in the group, to get the scoop on the group's trip to China, her dating life and much more!

    According to Roxy, the vacation to China wasn't exactly the easiest—particularly when it came to fellow castmembers Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick.

    "Morgan was a lot to handle and so was Brendan," Roxy explained. "And I was the first two nights in Nanjing. We all had our days—we each had like one really bad day."

    But despite the drama that was endured, the trip was an amazing adventure for Roxy, who unlike her friends had been there twice before.

    "China was a lot of exploration, jetlag induced drama, anxiety and stomach issues," she said. "But we got through it all and it was beautiful to see and explore Shanghai and Nanjing. But there was definitely a lot lost in translation."

    In addition to China, Roxy also went on a girl's trip to Hawaii with Morgan and Dorothy Wang, which she enjoyed, although she did point out that her dog Lychee Lou was not to happy about her being gone.

    When asked about the future of Morgan's relationship with Brendan, Roxy said, "They are in it for the long run as far as I'm concerned. Nothing is too hard for them to deal with."

    And as for the dating life of the Persian princess herself, who often jokes on the show about needing to find a new boyfriend?

    "I'm not online dating," she was quick to point out (She doesn't count Facebook dating as online dating). "But I am dating. Whatever is meant to be will be. I'm not dying for a boyfriend. I'm very focused on my work right now."

    Jonny Explains Why Season 2 Is Like Being Blackout Drunk!

    Season two of #RichKids of Beverly Hills is right around the corner and Jonny Drubel is ready to roll!

    Fresh off a plane from China and "more in demand than glitter during Pride month" as he puts it, Jonny has been extremely busy with both his career and personal life. He's chosen to take a short break from the music industry and has recently signed on as the advisor for a social media company which is getting ready to launch.

    When asked about his recent trip to China with the gang, Jonny said, "It was a s--t show. There was a lot of dumpling eating and wondering where the closest McDonald's was. You can expect a lot of #RichKids completely out of their element with Dorothy being our tour guide, which was absolutely hilarious in itself. When you travel with that many people and we're all that close, it gets dramatic because you're away and there's a lot of jetlag, there was no Facebook and no Twitter because it's a Communist country."

    In addition to dealing with travel and friendship drama, Jonny also served as nurse and caretaker to Brendan Fitzpatrick, who wasn't doing so well on the trip.

    "Brendan had the first freakout," Jonny explained. "We landed in Beijing and Brendan had a meltdown because the airport's air conditioner was literally broken and he just started sweating. I was holding him in my lap with a damp cloth over his forehead and nursing him back to health."

    As for the season two premiere of #RichKids and how it will compare to the previous season?

    "First season is like you got tipsy," Jonny said. "Second season is like you blacked out, then you wake up and go, 'How did that just happen?' You get to know everyone a lot better, how we got to where we are and how we all became friends. There's a lot of drama, a lot of fighting—there will be some explosions."

    sources: BroadwayWorld, Eonline

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    Love her as we may, it’s fair to say Mariah Carey‘s latest album campaign was a dismal disaster. It’s quite apt, then, that one of the singer’s only televised promo spots was the equally as disastrous World Music Awards 2014.

    Having taken place in Monaco way back in May, production complications meant it never aired anywhere prior to today.

    Luckily for Mimi fans, its UK premiere brought with it the songbird’s opening number – a live rendition of ‘Meteorite’ from ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’.
    Check it out below…

    Yet again, elusive live vocals. It wouldn’t be so jarring had she been doing anything other than standing still.

    Mimi will need to really evaluate her entire product moving forward, as the record-buying public are much more savvier than in times of yesteryear. As such, these lip-synched “performances” are a no-no.


    The reality is that we now live in a Beyonce and Rihanna world. And, perhaps more relevant to Mariah, one that also sees the likes of Ariana Grande dominating the “vocal starlet” lane. Therefore, Mimi – from our vantage point – needs to assess what her unique selling point to today’s audience is – polish it and re-present it to the world on her next musical outing. Because, while she may have “nothing left to prove”, it’s important for those who cling to that stance to digest the fact that – as a major artist on a major label – she has everything to prove when huge corporations are plunging money into her projects. Until she goes down the independent route, it’ll continue to be the case with each new release.

    And given the magnitude of her name, it’s only fitting that she’s afforded the major label machine to push her music. Moving forward, though, she’s tasked with tending to her own machine (see: the live vocals she continues to hide) to really re-engage the masses. Because at this point, there literally is no difference between “live Mimi” and “MP3 Mimi”.

    Your thoughts?


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    "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," the long-in-development movie based on Seth Grahame-Smith's hit mash-up novel, has found new life.

    After weathering a series of stops and starts, the film is finally set to begin shooting in September, with Burr Steers directing from a screenplay he wrote with David O. Russell, according to a Deadline report. Cross Creek Pictures has acquired domestic rights.

    Lily James ("Downton Abbey") will play Elizabeth Bennet, Sam Riley ("Maleficent") will play Mr. Darcy, and Bella Heathcote ("Dark Shadows") will play another of the Bennet sisters.

    Released in 2009, Grahame-Smith's book took Jane Austen's 1813 novel "Pride and Prejudice" and grafted elements of modern zombie horror onto the classic tale of courtship and class in early 19th century England.

    The book was a monster success and spawned a slew of similar projects, including a prequel and sequel from publisher Quirk Books, but the film adaptation has proved tricky.

    Co-writer Russell was previously attached to direct, as were Mike White and Craig Gillespie, before Steers finally landed the gig. Actresses including Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Lily Collins were all said to have been set to play Elizabeth at one point as well.

    In a 2012 interview with The Times' Hero Complex, Grahame-Smith said that "the stops and starts have been very public."

    Now the film is finally on track, but the battle is far from over. After all, in 2012, Fox attempted an adaptation of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Grahame-Smith's follow-up to "Pride," and it was a critical and box-office dud. "Pride and Prejudice" hopes for a few more … gentleman callers.

    I bought that book expecting the worst and I was not disappointed. Except for Lizzy kicking Darcy's ass, the book is a fk mess. Good luck with that.
    Book rec post? I'm reading King's It and I have 2 days unable to sleep.

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    Sammie, a shy 13-year-old girl from New Jersey, stepped out of the shower and pulled on a plain gray T-shirt. She left her hair wet and decided not to apply makeup. Careful not to wake her family, she looked into the camera and spoke in a near-whisper.

    “People at my school and camp say I’m the most ugliest person they’ve ever seen,” she said, “and I could be the ugliest person that could ever be living.”

    “Be honest and tell me if I am ugly or not,” she continued. “I can take it, but please don’t say really mean stuff.”

    She titled the video, “Am I Ugly or Pretty” and — like thousands of other young girls who have made similar videos — uploaded it to YouTube. Several months, 72,000 views and more than 2,000 comments later, she was no less insecure about her appearance, she said in a telephone interview in December. But she had learned a lot about the cruelty of people.

    “I don’t like to look at that video anymore,” she said. “It makes me upset. There are people telling me to kill myself, and it’s kind of heartbreaking to know there are people like that out there.”

    Louise Orwin, a London performance artist who has written and staged a performance, “Pretty Ugly,” based on her own experiences making videos.

    All she wanted, she said, was some clarity. “I had a lot of people telling me that I’m pretty, and then had a lot of other people telling me different,” she said. “So I figured, you know what? I’ll just find out what other people have to say.”

    As long as there have been 13-year-old girls, parents and friends have had to field the question, “Do you think I’m pretty?” But as a generation raised on YouTube and iPhones enters middle school, these questions are increasingly being posed to, well, anyone on the Internet. Today, one could spend hours clicking through short clips of insecure young girls, and the occasional boy, imploring the Internet to judge their appearance.

    Unlike the walled-off environments of Facebook or Instagram, or the one-on-one intimacy of messaging services like Snapchat, YouTube — stodgy as it may seem to someone who has never known a world without it — is where these girls find opinions from what they believe to be the larger world.

    “Be honest,” they often say. “I can take it.”

    Not surprisingly, results can be devastating, particularly to fragile young egos.

    “Yes, you are really ugly. Now go cry to someone that actually cares,” wrote one male commenter on a girl’s video. “Ugly at first I thought you were a boy,” a woman wrote to a girl who appeared no older than 12.

    Still, the videos keep coming. A YouTube search for “Am I Pretty?” turns up more than 23,000 results. Some of the videos date back to 2009, though most have apparently been made in the last year or two. And more are being uploaded (and taken down) every day. Lately, the phenomenon has spawned satires, spoofs, digital vigilantism and at least one piece of performance art.

    The videos follow a template: Talk into the camera, show your face, maybe share some pictures, explain your conundrum (“My friends tell me I’m pretty; it doesn’t seem like I’m pretty, though,” says one), then ask viewers to share their honest opinions in the comments. Some plead with viewers not to be mean.

    “If I’m ugly, comment, ‘You’re ugly,’ but in a nice way, please. If you’re mean, I’m going to be mad, and I’m going to be sad, like this,” says a girl named Brianna while demonstrating a frowny face. (“I think you’re pretty but a bit weird,” came one response.)

    Though “Hot or Not” sites have been around nearly as long as the Internet itself, seeing the format appropriated by pleading preteen girls has moved something deeper in a number of observers. To some, the videos are the shameful outcome of America’s creeping narcissism crisis. “It’s systemic of a young culture obsessed with the superficial,” said an opinion piece in The New York Post.
    Others are inclined to see the girls as victims. Such videos are “a new form of self-mutilation in line with cutting and eating disorders,” said one psychiatrist talking to The Associated Press. In 2012, Jezebel asked, “How do we get YouTube to make this illegal?”

    “We’re essentially forcing girls to participate in their own self-abuse and then blaming them for it,” the Huffington Post wrote.

    That nearly all the people in these videos seem to fall from 13 to 15 years old is not a coincidence, psychologists say. As young teenagers enter middle school, they start to leave behind the cocoon of family and childhood friends and reassess themselves by society’s standards. It’s what the psychologist Erik Erikson called the Identity Versus Confusion phase, when children struggle to understand how their emerging selves might fit into the larger picture. YouTube provides a modern resource for teenagers grappling with a timeless problem.

    “It’s very developmentally normal to want validation, and start thinking about image and about how do I define myself at that age,” said Yalda T. Uhls, a psychiatrist and researcher with the Children’s Digital Media Center in Los Angeles. “Normally they would ask their friends, but now they have this tool.”

    As any parent of a preteen already knows, there is a huge difference between knowing how to upload a video to YouTube and understanding the consequences of doing so. “Just because they know how to press the right buttons or turn off their geo location doesn’t mean they understand social learning or how the opposite sex thinks,” Dr. Uhls said.

    “They don’t understand when they put themselves out there that they are opening themselves up to this wide community,” she said. “It’s not the safe family environment they’re used to.”

    If some girls are making these videos as a pre-emptive strike against bullying, a way to say hurtful things about themselves before others can, they are at least finding protectors. Like so many big sisters, a handful of video bloggers have responded with their own clips, explaining to girls why they should stop seeking validation from strangers — or shaming the commenters who insult them.

    Others have found the humor in the videos, mockingly posing the “Am I pretty?” question to Siri, a smartphone assistant. (“You can’t handle the truth,” she responds.) Louise Orwin, a London performance artist, has written and staged a performance, “Pretty Ugly,” based on her own experiences making “Am I pretty?” videos under assumed characters.

    “What I found was that it wasn’t the ‘you should die’ comments that affected me,” Ms. Orwin, 27, said in a telephone interview, “but ones like ‘Your eyes are too close together.’ It was really hard to take, so I can’t imagine if I had been 10 years younger and receiving those messages.”

    For Sammie, the experience was similarly affecting. “It left me pretty depressed,” she said. Still, until recently, she had remained defiant about taking down the video, equating its removal with admitting she is ugly. This spring (coincidentally or not) the video disappeared just weeks after her father, who did not return calls for comment, learned it existed.

    Before the video was taken down, Sammie said that she was thinking about making a sequel, this time with makeup. “So people can see how I look during the day,” she said, “and a little bit older than how I was.”

    Jessica's Tweet x New York Times

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    Nicki Minaj owned this past weekend.

    Before releasing her second single "Anaconda" on Sunday, August 3, Nicki Minaj surprised the Barbz when appearing on the remix to Beyoncé's "Flawless."

    Late Saturday, August 2, Beyoncé dropped a remix to the Beyoncé song without notice. While some outlets (HipHopWired, Miss Info) sensed a collaboration between the two superstars was coming, it was mostly kept under wraps until the week of.

    Nicki Minaj called into Hot 97 on Monday morning to share how the remix came to be: "A month or two ago, Gee [Roberson] called me when I was on my way to Vegas and said, 'Beyoncé wants you to remix to 'Flawless.'' After I got proper medical help and started breathing again, I was like, 'What?'"

    "She sent me a version that she wanted. She told me, 'I want you to be you. I don't want you to hold back." I said, 'You sure?' She said, 'Yeah. I want you to be you and do you." I was actually in New York writing the verse. I recorded the verse in New York and she stopped by the studio. She was such a sweetheart. She was hyping me up, 'Do your thing. Don't hold back. Go in.' I was like, 'Okay. Alright,'" she continued.

    Since they met up at the NYC studio, Nicki Minaj has been sending Bey' photos of herself for the single artwork. The single cover features a collage of selfies of both, individually. "We've just been waiting for her to drop it. She said she was going to drop it in the middle of the ['On the Run'] tour. I wrote the verse before she even went on tour. We've been going back and forth. I've been sending her photos of myself. We've been going back and forth about the mixes and the single art."

    "And now, here you have it."

    Nicki Minaj revealed that while she's remixed Beyoncé's stuff in the past, such as her remix of "Sweet Dreams," featuring Lil Wayne, she almost thought a collaboration between the two wouldn't happen. "When I was putting out mixtapes and stuff, I would always remix her stuff. I have a dope remix that my fans have always been in love with, to one of her songs, "Sweet Dreams," [that] me and Wayne did. I figured that eventually we would do something together. I mean, I'm not gonna lie. Recently I thought it would never happen 'cause I felt like if she was going to ask me, she would have asked."

    "I think the stars aligned the right way. We are just in the right places in our careers that it makes sense now. With the release to her last album, her records are geared to what I do now."


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    Heading to her concert in New York


    Leaving New York City

    Leaving her hotel in New York City

    Leaving her hotel in NYC again

    @mileycyrus: cuz that's what friendz are for @angeloevans #gottagogottagorightnow


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    Source: Whoo Kid@youtube

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    There really isn't much to the Matt Murdock costume. At night the character hits the streets looking like an action hero version a demon, but during the day his employment as a lawyer keeps him wearing nice suits and dark sunglasses to protect his permanently-damaged eyes. It will be a very exciting day when we get to see the vigilante in his new costume for the upcoming live-action Marvel Studios series for Netflix - but today we're just going to have to settle for what the character looks like out of his superhero garb.

    The Instagram embed you see above comes from user craigengler (via SuperheroHype), who spent part of today on the set of Daredevil while it is in production in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The image came with the caption "And here's a sneak peek of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in Daredevil." Simple, and to the point.

    While a red tie would have perhaps been a nice touch, it's hard to complain about the accuracy of the Matt Murdock adaptation:

    The shot was actually one of two that craigengler posted, though the second was decidedly less revealing. He uploaded the following image with the caption, "So Netflix's Daredevil is filming in Greenpoint today under the code-name "Bluff". I got a sneak peek for you"

    In addition to Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, the new Marvel Studios series also stars Vincent D'onofrio as The Kingpin, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Rosario Dawson in a mystery role. Unlike the films we've seen so far from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the series is expected to be much smaller in scope and focus on street level crime. Daredevil is actually one of four Marvel shows in the works at Netflix, the others being Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, and the plan is to eventually have all of the shows link up for a Defenders minseries.

    While filming is happening now, Daredevil isn't expected to air until sometime next year - which is definitely sad news (though it will be available to binge-watch on its premiere date). Hopefully it won't be too long before we get our first look at the new costume for the lead, and when we do you can be sure that you'll find it here first.

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    As if Nickelodeon wasn't already a school of rock with its many teen stars turned pop stars, the network announced it has given a straight-to-series order to a small-screen adaptation of the 2003 film "School of Rock."

    The network is teaming up with Paramount Television, the small-screen arm of Paramount Pictures (the studio that produced the film), to produce the series. It marks Paramount Television's first dip into children's programming.

    As with the film, the show will follow the madcap adventures of a rocker-turned-substitute teacher Dewey Finn at a prestigious prep school. The film starred Jack Black in the lead role and featured Miranda Cosgrove as one of his pipsqueak pupils before she went on to star on Nickelodeon in "iCarly."

    “'School of Rock' is one of those great movies that always felt quintessentially Nickelodeon in its tone and humor, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Paramount Television and bring it to life as a TV series,” Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nickelodeon said in a statement. “Once again, kids will be able to laugh and rock!”

    The network has ordered 13 episodes of the series. Production is scheduled to begin this fall, with a rollout slated for next spring. Casting for the series, according to the network, will be announced soon.

    In addition to writing the series, Jim and Steve Armogida ("Crash & Berstein," "My Family") will serve as executive producers and show runners. And the film's kingpins will have a hand in the small-screen version: the movie's director Richard Linklater (currently earning buzz with his film opus "Boyhood") and producer Scott Rudin will be executive producers of the series.


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    In what is the biggest mystery to take place inside of an elevator since Solange went berserk on Jay Z, Taylor Swift shared a "clue" (to what, we're not sure) in the form of an Instagram video. In the video, she repeatedly presses an elevator button labeled 18. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?! We don't know. But having watched True Detective and also some old Law & Order: SVUs, we feel equipped to get to the bottom of things using only our minds (and a healthy dose of rampant, unfounded speculation). Here are 18 possible solutions to the "18" mystery that has haunted our nation for nearly five hours:

    1. 18 is a date. As in August 18. Expect new music on August 18.

    5. 18 is the number of times Ed Sheeran called and left a voicemail asking for a feature on her new album.

    11. 18 is the number of times Taylor's ended and then rekindled her friendship with Selena Gomez.

    13. 18 is, on a scale of 10, how good Taylor looks after hitting the gym. (2, on the same scale, is how good the rest of us look after the gym.)

    16.18 is the number of takes it took Taylor to get her one line right in The Giver.


    ontd what do u think the 18 means?? and what do you think the next clues will be?

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    Theresa Roemer, a 52-year-old entrepreneur and former beauty queen, said the thief broke in through a bathroom window on Friday night and stole designer bags and jewelry. The 3,000-square-foot space in Roemer’s Houston-area home has been called the ‘largest closet in America.’


    A Three-story fantasy "she-cave" closet that has gained worldwide attention has caught the eye of burglars, too.

    Friday night, a thief broke into the Woodlands home of Theresa Roemer and cleaned out much of her massive, much-talked-about closet. Roemer tells CultureMap via email that she estimates that the burglar took between $800,000 and $1 million worth of handbags, jewelry and watches.

    CultureMap was the first to tell readers about the 3,000 square foot triple-decker space that resembles a high-end fashion emporium after noting a post on the Neiman Marcus blog. Since then Roemer and her closet have been highlighted on dozens of major national and international outlets, including Good Morning America , the London Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan magazine.


    The top floor of the closet houses furs and hats. The second floor is as much activity center as storage space. In addition to her shoes, clothes and vanity (professional salon style for hair styling and makeup application), there is a champagne bar for high style partying amid the cache of designer labels. Roemer has hosted several charity fundraisers in the space.

    It appears that the burglar set his sights on the first floor of the closet, which is home to her jewelry and handbags, including over 60 classic Hermés styles, among them a number of iconic Birkin bags.

    Roemer explained that she and her husband decided to run over to the Woodlands Country Club only two blocks away for a quick dinner, so she did not think to set the alarm. The thief entered through a window in the master bathroom. Police are investigating the burglary.

    KHOU Ch. 11 News reports that surveillance video shows a suspect who was able to conceal his face with a ball cap and a hoodie. He left with three Birkin travel bags worth $60,000 a piece filled with jewelry and other expensive items.


    What a dummy...

    Source: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/city-life/08-02-14-burglars-haul-away-1-million-in-handbags-watches-and-jewelry-from-socialites-much-talked-about-closet/

    Source: http://blog.neimanmarcus.com/theresa-roemer/

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    Ariana Grande and Jai Brooks have broken up again.

    A source exclusively tells me that Grande, 21, ended things with the 19-year-old Aussie last month.

    "When her grandfather was dying, everyone was there for her. People flew to Florida to be with her, but Jai didn't," the source said. "Ariana just felt he wasn't there like he should have been."

    It wasn't even a month ago that the "Problem" singer posted pics of herself kissing the Janoskians prankster on Instagram.

    But earlier today, Grande tweeted a cryptic message that I'm told was inspired by Brooks. "July was painful for many reasons but of all the personal loss I suffered last month, the loss of my grandfather, a true gentleman, was the only one that truly mattered," she wrote, in part. "I thank my loves for being so in tune to what is good and right for me and my heart."

    "I hope you will surround yourselves with people who will be there for you thru the bad times, not just the good," she continued. "I thank everybody who was here for me when I needed them as the ones who weren't really broke my heart."

    Despite the split, things didn't get messy and Grande and Brooks have actually "remained friends," according to the source.

    Grande's rep declined to comment.

    The two first dated from August 2012 to July 2013 but reconciled earlier this year.

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    Back in June, singer Jessie Ware gave a wonderful preview of her new album Tough Love in the form of the outstanding title track. And since then, some small details have been steadily creeping out, from the album cover to some select tour dates. But today, Ware has finally unveiled the big one: The actual release date. In the UK, Tough Love will be released on Oct. 6 via PMR / Island. But in the states, we’ll have to wait a little bit longer — it’s coming out stateside on Oct. 21. But we’ll wait patiently, because we know it’s going to be good.

    As it turns out, Ware also released the tracklist today, which includes the stellar “Tough Love,” among 10 other tracks. The album was produced by BenZel along with top-40 knob-twiddler Benny Blanco, with contributions from The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, Julio Bashmore and Kid Harpoon.

    Additional tour dates have also been announced:

    Sources: 01+02++03 & its official newsletter

    ONTD, what are your favorite Jessie Ware songs?

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