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  • 08/09/14--18:29: This is an anime post!

  • Funimation announced that Shinichiro Watanabe's classic Cowboy Bebop television anime will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America in December.

    The 26-episode series will be released on DVD, standard Blu-ray, and in Amazon and Funimation.com premium Blu-ray/DVD editions. The two Premium Editions will each feature different packaging and premium items, but their precise details will be announced later.

    Funimation describes the story:

    Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form.

    The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motely lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can't wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they're they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

    The anime streaming service Daisuki announced last year that it intends to stream the series before it is released on home video.

    Bandai Entertainment previously held the license to the series. The series originally aired in Japan in 1998-1999.


    FUNimation Entertainment announced at its industry panel at Otakon on Saturday that it has licensed The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2006 and 2009 series, The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya, Nyorōn Churuya-san, Lucky Star and its OVA, the Strike Witches film, and Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu. The company has also acquired the home video rights for D-Frag!, BlazBlue Alter Memory, Riddle Story of Devil, Freezing Vibration, and Unbreakable Machine-Doll.

    The first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya premiered in 2006 and was rebroadcast in 2009 with new episodes. The story adapts Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novels. Bandai Entertainment previously held the license both series.

    The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya anime series adapts Puyo's "official gag manga" of the original light novels. Similarly, Nyorōn Churuya-san adapts Eretto's manga about a super-deformed version of the Haruhi character Tsuruya in 2008.

    The Kadokawa Anime Channel on the YouTube video-sharing website premiered the two net anime series with English subtitles in 2009. Bandai Entertainment previously licensed both and released them together on two DVDs.

    Crunchyroll streams both the first and second season of the show, as well as both spin-offs.

    The moe comedy series Lucky Star premiered in 2007. Bandai Entertainment previously held the license and Crunchyroll streams the series. The OVA sequel from 2008 is a series of short vignettes with the same characters.

    The Strike Witches film opened in Japan in 2012. Like the television series, the film adapts the mixed-media project with art by Humikane Shimada.

    The Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu film opened last year in Japan as a sequel to the 2011 television anime series. The film reunites the television series' cast and staff with a completely new story set after the "true end" of the television series.

    Funimation streams Steins;Gate and the first and second seasons of Strike Witches. The company also released both on home video.

    Funimation streamed BlazBlue Alter Memory, Freezing Vibration, and Unbreakable Machine Doll last fall, D-Frag! this past winter, and Riddle Story of Devil this past spring.


    Funimation announced the English dub cast for Ghost in the Shell Arise episodes one and two at its Otakon panel on Saturday.

    The dub is being directed by Zach Bolton. The cast includes:

    Elizabeth Maxwell as Motoko Kusanagi
    John Swasey as Aramaki
    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Kurutsu
    Christopher R. Sabat as Batou
    Eric Vale as Tsumugi
    Alex Organ as Togusa
    Jason Douglas as Paz
    Bill Jenkins as Sadamoto
    David Wald as Raizo
    Jad Saxton as Logicoma
    Brian Mathis as Mamuro
    Chris Rager and Ibachi

    Funimation describes the story:

    Border 1: Ghost Pain

    Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

    Border 2: Ghost Whispers

    Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.

    Funimation licensed the four-part anime and released the first episode in a special imported edition last August. The company plans to screen the first two episodes in a limited theatrical run later this year. The fourth episode will run in select theaters in Japan for two weeks beginning on September 6.

    The first two episodes will be available on home video in North America on October 21.

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    Now...wheres my rerelease of Witch Hunter Robin and Escaflowne?

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    Suits are being pressed, dresses are being primped and red carpets are being steam cleaned as the Toronto International Film Festival gets ready to roll in a few weeks. And a new trailer is here for one of their highlight attractions, Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie."

    Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton lead this period drama, based August Strindberg's acclaimed play, about the upstairs/downstairs romance that develops between a valet and a young aristocratic woman. Hot, corseted stuff! As you'll see in the trailer, it's all very elegant and tortured, and yes, we're really looking forward to it.

    No release dates or distributors yet for "Miss Julie." Watch below.

    I remember when Jude Law was in like, 6 movies in a year, lol. Work it, Jessica.

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    Kermit the Frog may have musical chops, a fabulous gal-pig by his side, and a great knack for journalism, but there’s one thing he’s been unable to attain: true superhero status.

    As a new MTV interview reveals, it turns out our favorite amphibian actually auditioned for The Avengers, but was turned down for the role of The Incredible Hulk. Kermit probably would’ve wanted a chance at having superpowers, but that’s none of his business…

    In the same interview, Kermit and Pepe the King Prawn talk summer movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The two also share their thoughts on CGI-heavy films and offer up their advice to animal characters looking to break into showbiz. As we all know, it’s tough out there for a Muppet.

    Watch the full interview here (won't embed).

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    Rebecca Romijn Mystique body paint expertise is featured in GSN's first-ever body painting competition show, "Skin Wars."

    Rebecca Romijn Mystique has had her own share of being painted from her head to her toes when she was the first model to be painted for the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. Rebecca Romijn Mystique had to endure an exhausting total of eight hours of make-up every single day just so she could be transformed into Mystique, as featured in "X-Men."

    Rebecca Romijn Mystique informed FOX411, "You sort of have to go to a Zen place. You have to get into some fairly awkward positions to help out the person who's painting you."

    Since she had to portray the role of a shape-shifting mutant, Rebecca Romijn Mystique had to be fully covered in lots of layers of blue body paint. According to her statement, she was oftentimes brought in at midnight so that the team can start the painting process. They had to start at this time so that Rebecca Romijn Mystique could make it to the set by 9 a.m.

    As a side effect of having all that blue paint all over her body, Rebecca Romijn Mystique said that she left a blue trail wherever she went. She said, "Blue paint on everything, including every time I had to go use the loo, blue toilet seats. Everybody knew when I had to go use the bathroom because there was a blue toilet seat."

    There were reports that stated that Jennifer Lawrence, the amazingly talented actress who was selected for Mystique in the latest "X-Men" film, requested to wear a body suit since the body paint irritated her skin. Rebecca Romijn Mystique commented on this and said, "Not that Jennifer Lawrence didn't do a great job, she's phenomenal. I love sharing that role with that girl. She's as cool as they come, but I do think nine hours of make-up makes you the villain you need to be to be Mystique."


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    Retail giant Amazon is giving Captain America, Miss Piggy and Maleficent the cold shoulder. Consumers are suddenly unable to place advance orders to buy DVDs or Blu-ray discs of forthcoming films from Walt Disney Studios, including two popular summer releases that each captured more than $700 million in global box office receipts — “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Maleficent.”

    You also can't pre-order a copy of Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon right now, even though you can at other retailers like Best Buy. Neither Disney nor Amazon responded to requests for comment on the development, which was first reported by Home Media Magazine.

    Amazon’s move is reminiscent of a dispute it had with another powerhouse Hollywood film studio, Warner Bros. Earlier this summer, Amazon halted preorders of movie discs from the studio ahead of the hotly anticipated home release of the family film “The Lego Movie.” Amazon used the hard-ball tactics to persuade Warner Bros. to agree to more favorable deal terms, according to one person with knowledge of the discussion. Ultimately, the two sides reached an accord, and DVD and Blu-ray disc sales resumed.

    On the print side, the retail giant is embroiled in a pricing dispute with book publisher Hachette, as the bookseller seeks to drop the price for electronic books. Hachette has resisted — and Amazon responded by suspending advance orders of titles from the publisher’s authors and slowing mail delivery of its books.

    A group of writers are taking out a full-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times to protest the bookseller’s actions — and Amazon has responded with a campaign of its own. Even though DVD sales are declining amid the growing popularity of Internet streaming services, the revenue remains important to underwriting the cost of a film.

    The home release of major family films such as the forthcoming titles from Disney — “Maleficent,” a fresh telling of the “Sleeping Beauty” story from the perspective of its villain, and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” a second installment in the Marvel superhero saga — remain popular with certain groups of consumers. Amazon currently offers the Disney titles, as well as “Muppets Most Wanted,” for purchase through its video streaming service, Amazon Instant Video.


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    In the continuing courtroom divorce saga of The Real Housewives of Vancouver star Jody Claman, the B.C. Supreme Court judge dismissed her evidence outright and accused her of manipulating her daughter and the psychologist and of trying to manipulate the court.

    Justice Miriam Gropper said she found Claman would do “anything to get what she wanted with no regard for the truth.”

    “It’s only one person’s opinion and I’m not offended by it,” said Claman outside court. She was prevented from commenting further because of a court-ordered ban restricting what she could say on social media or to the media.

    The couple’s divorce will be final this fall and Gropper said her decision at a later date will include whether or not Eran Friedlander is entitled to Claman’s assets and child support.

    “I’m a strong, successful woman who’s being taken to the cleaners,” said Claman, adding she had no pre-nup. “He wants half my assets that I’ve had for 30 years.”

    She offered this advice to anyone getting married: “Talk to a lawyer.”

    She's Back! Jacqueline Returns To RHONJ Amid Plummeting Ratings!

    Laurita, who appeared in the first five seasons, will make a comeback on The Real Housewives of New Jersey late into sixth edition, which just premiered on Bravo last month.

    "Yes, it's true, Jacqueline will be making a return towards the end of the season. Because she still has a close relationship with Kathy [Wakile], her scenes will mostly be with Kathy," a source told E! News.

    Laurita and her sister-in-law Dina Manzo don't get along very well, however, Laurita reportedly isn't returning to start any type of conflict.

    "She is not coming back to stir the pot or confront her sister-in-law Dina. People assume that's what she's coming back to do, but she's not. Her appearance is relatively drama-free," added the source.

    Laurita left the series with her other sister-in-law Caroline and Wakile right after filming the fifth season. Caroline and Dina also apparently have a rocky relationship behind closed doors.

    "I'm just done talking about it," Dina told E! News in July of her sister Caroline.

    "I think the more we talk about it in the press, the worse it's going to get. I'm kind of done. This week I'm doing the press junk and that's it. I don't want to mention it again because I think enough people have been through it."

    Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson Bringing Heated Exchanges to RHOBH!

    “There is absolutely no love lost between Lisa and Eileen,” a source tells the website. “Eileen can be very cold and aloof towards other women, and Lisa doesn’t like that at all. Lisa is very outgoing and says whatever is on her mind. The ladies have already had some heated exchanges during the onset of filming.”

    Woof! It sounds like these daytime TV stars are definitely breathing new life into the Bravo series — and we’re thrilled! After Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud failed to inject new drama last season, we’re definitely starved for some juicy catfights.

    Besides Eileen’s “cold and aloof” tendencies, the source alleges that Lisa takes offense to her fellow soap star quitting Days of Our Lives to spend more time with her family only to sign up for a reality show.

    “Eileen said she quit DOOL to spend more time with family, but then invites reality cameras into her house?” the source says. “There is a lot going on with Eileen’s personal life, and just doesn’t seem like the best decision to join a reality show.”

    Apparently the ladies have been bringing so much chaos to the show that the source goes on to promise that this will be “one of the best seasons for RHOBH, ever.” Um, sign us up!

    Mario Is Done With Ramona's Bullshit!

    Days before Ramona Singer announced on Twitter she was leaving her philandering hubby Mario for good, he was spotted at Upper East Side eatery Arlington Club telling anyone within earshot he was done with the reality star.

    “Mario’s behavior was erratic. He was all over the place,” one eyewitness tells Confidenti@l. “He couldn’t sit still. He was shouting on the phone and he was in and out of the restaurant all night. He appeared to be by himself and seemed to have enjoyed more than a few glasses of wine. He was carrying on, telling whoever was on the other end that it was done, that he wanted a divorce and couldn’t take it any longer.”

    Our spy says at points throughout the evening, Mario realized he was shouting inside the upscale restaurant and began getting disturbed glances in his direction.

    “He was talking very loudly and went outside to try and have a more private conversation,” the onlooker says. “But he was standing right outside the door, and anyone entering or exiting the restaurant could hear him.”

    sources: NYDailyNews, WetPaint, LeaderPost, RealityTvWorld

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    Tony Stewart was reportedly involved in an incident being investigated by the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department that happened at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night.

    The Charlotte Observer reported the sheriff’s department was conducting the investigation and the department told the Observer it would have a statement a few hours after 11:30 p.m. ET. Stewart was racing in a sprint car race at the dirt track north of Watkins Glen, where Sunday’s Sprint Cup race is being held.

    Fox Sports 1’s Bob Dillner cited a witness saying that Stewart was involved in an incident with Kevin Ward.

    The story is very fluid right now but WOW...Prayers/well wishes for Kevin Ward right now.

    UPDATE: CONFIRMED by Sherrif Povero, Driver Kevin Ward Jr. dead on arrival at the hospital. He was 20 years old.

    Note from the OP: Apologies for the 'you in danger girl' tag that I initially put up there before we got all the details. I've been trying to take it down, to no avail.


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    Chris Pratt wasn't the exactly the first person that James Gunn had in mind when he was auditioning for Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, Gunn initially dismissed the very idea of Pratt, until Guardians’ casting director, Sarah Finn, brought Pratt into audition in spite of Gunn’s protestations. But one look, and that’s all it took, according to Gunn, “Chris came in, and he was still chubby at that point, and within 20 seconds of him auditioning I just knew that he was the guy. I just knew it immediately. I turned around and looked to Sarah and I almost had tears in my eyes, because we’d gone through so many people.” In fact, Pratt ended up beating out Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, John Krasinski, Aaron Paul, Lee Pace, and James Marsden for the role.

    That had to feel awfully satisfying, after spending years getting rejected for other major movie (and television) roles. Here’s five parts Chris Pratt was rejected for on his way to playing the lead in what may end up being the biggest movie of the summer, and knowing what we know now, I almost feel like he’d have been a better choice than any of these five guys (except, arguably, Levi).

    1. The lead in NBC’s Chuck.

    Reason denied: Wasn't nerdy-looking enough.

    Role went to: Zachary Levi.

    2. As Jake Sully in Avatar.

    Reason denied: Lacked the “it” factor. “I walked into that room knowing that I did not have that thing, and I walked out thinking I would never have that thing,” Pratt said of his audition.

    Role went to the guy with the smallest “it” factor in Hollywood, Sam Worthington.

    3. As Captain Kirk in Star Trek

    Reason denied: Also, because he lacked a certain star quality.

    Role went to Chris Pine, whose star power has yet to extend beyond the Star Trek franchise

    4. As Duke in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

    Reason denied: Too schlubby. Didn’t look the part of an action figure.

    Role went to Channing Tatum, who definitely looks the part of an action figure.

    5. As Sam Flynn in TRON: Legacy.

    Reason denied: Undisclosed.

    Role went to: Garrett Hedlund


    Except Star Trek. The rest looks easily interchangeable for me.

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    The intriguing indie The One I Love is earning plenty of buzz for its central secret. Even after its rousing world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, critics raved about this inventive take on romantic comedies, yet wouldn't expose the clever cut-up's sly secrets. However, without spoiling anything, we can tell you one of the secrets even those who've seen the film have missed.

    Just yesterday, I had a chance to sit down with The One I Love's director, Charlie McDowell, to talk about his feature directorial debut. We'll give you a fuller picture of that conversation closer to The One I Love's theatrical release, but in the meantime we'd like to share the secret of Rooney Mara's involvement in this Sundance darling. Though she's not one of its stars, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo stunner took on a pivotal role.

    The cast is reported as being made up solely of Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson. They play an unhappy married couple, and their marriage counselor. But watching the film, I was struck how the costumes of these characters felt like characters in their own right. So, I asked McDowell about them, expecting just that--details about the costume choices. Then he surprised me by telling me Rooney Mara was the film's costume designer, though she's credited under the pseudonym Bree Daniel. Below, you can see how this led to an unexpectedly awkward moment.

    Charlie McDowell began by speaking about his "girlfriend," an unnamed actress who wanted to help out in the film in a way she felt she'd be well suited. (Spoiler: she is!)

    "Yeah, my girlfriend actually was the costume designer. She is an actress and not a costume designer, but she read it and was like, 'Oh, I really want to do this!' We had this kind of 'it’s all in the family, let’s all come together and do it' feeling. We went for it, and she made some really smart and interesting choices with just the subtleties of what they wear…just really making sure that what they wore was appropriate to where they were at in their relationship…all of the kind of details of hair, make-up, and wardrobe kind of complimented those ideas. And my girlfriend--right before we started shooting--came up with the idea of Ethan wearing glasses, which became a huge thing in moving forward and really helped us, really helped us define who he was. I think Mark used to wear glasses, and he kind of reverted back into this guy where he starts, he’s like pushing up the thing, (mimicks pushing a pair of glasses up the bridge of his nose) and it really became like an almost character in the movie, the glasses."

    At this point, I asked for his girlfriend's name, in case the costume designer's credit wasn't readily available. McDowell grew bashful instantaneously, I soon realized why.

    "Well, she goes by a pseudonym on the movie, but..." He hesitated. "So, my girlfriend is Rooney Mara, who is an actress. We didn’t want to credit Rooney Mara, costume designer. So she’s Bree Daniel on the credits."

    Right. He's dating Rooney Mara. Some corner of my brain knew that at some point.

    McDowell clarified he's proud of Mara's work on The One I Love, but wasn't sure how to answer the question about her name at first, because if he gave the pseudonym, it might start a gossip cycle that he's running around on Rooney Mara…with her own pseudonym. Celebrity can be complicated.


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  • 08/09/14--22:55: Andrew W.K. for President!
  • Andrew W.K. Unites America with Response to Man Complaining of ‘Super Right-Wing’ Dad

    Andrew W.K. is known as many things: Hard rocker, party enthusiast, motivational speaker, Brony icon, cultural ambassador to Bahrain (of our dreams), and all-around nice guy. And so it should come as no surprise he also wants to act as a uniter, a harbinger of friendship and humanity.

    On weekly basis, W.K. answers questions for an advice column in the Village Voice. This week’s iteration has been making the rounds on the web for its political nature.

    “I’m writing because I just can’t deal with my father anymore,” the anonymous reader submits. “He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics. I’m more or less a liberal democrat with very progressive values and I know that people like my dad are going to destroy us all.”

    The letter continues:

    I don’t have any good times with him anymore. All we do is argue. When I try to spend time with him without talking politics or discussing any current events, there’s still an underlying tension that makes it really uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love him no matter what, but how do I explain to him that his politics are turning him into a monster, destroying the environment, and pushing away the people who care about him?

    W.K.’s lengthy answer is worth reading in full, especially if you feel bummed out by these intensely partisan times. But the response opens with the rocker instructing his reader to re-think what he just asked.

    “Go back and read the opening sentences of your letter. Read them again. Then read the rest of your letter. Then read it again,” W.K. wrote. “Try to find a single instance where you referred to your dad as a human being, a person, or a man. There isn’t one. [...] The humanity has been reduced to nothingness and all that’s left in its place is an argument that can never really be won. And even if one side did win, it probably wouldn’t satisfy the deeper desire to be in a state of inflamed passionate conflict.”

    According to W.K., these deeply personal, partisan conflicts are mostly useless.

    “The world isn’t being destroyed by democrats or republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist,” he wrote, “the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world. The world is being hurt and damaged by one group of people believing they’re truly better people than the others who think differently.”

    The “Party Hard” writer warned his reader against the pitfalls of compartmentalization, and pleaded with him to understand the nuance in every argument:

    When we anticipate with ferocious glee the next chance we have to prove someone “wrong” and ourselves “right,” all the while disregarding the vast complexity of almost every subject — not to mention the universe as a whole — we are reducing the beauty and magic of life to a “side” or a “type,” or worst of all, an “answer.” This is the power of politics at it’s most sinister.

    At its best, politics is able to organize extremely complex world views into manageable and communicable systems so they can be grappled with and studied abstractly. But even the most noble efforts to organize the world are essentially futile. The best we can usually achieve is a crude and messy map of life from one particular vantage point, featuring a few grids, bullet points, and sketches of its various aspects and landmarks.

    W.K.’s final message was one of love and respect, despite differences:

    Love your dad because he’s your father, because he made you, because he thinks for himself, and most of all because he is a person. Have the strength to doubt and question what you believe as easily as you’re so quick to doubt his beliefs. Live with a truly open mind — the kind of open mind that even questions the idea of an open mind. Don’t feel the need to always pick a side. And if you do pick a side, pick the side of love. It remains our only real hope for survival and has more power to save us than any other belief we could ever cling to.

    Reminds this writer of a line from singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins: “And though you voted for that awful man / I will never refuse your hand / On doomsday.”

    In case you’re interested in other helpful Andrew W.K. columns, Village Voice compiled his greatest hits here.


    Can NOT believe it's been 13 years since this was unleashed.

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    Radiohead have topped an NME poll to establish the 100 Most Influential Artists Today.

    The list collects the artists judged to be part of the music world's DNA in 2014, including David Bowie, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Nick Cave, Kanye West, The Smiths, Aaliyah and Björk – the artists currently inspiring a new generation.

    The process behind the list – and the reasoning for leaving out big names including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones – can be found here.

    Check out the following galleries to discover who did – and who didn't – make the list.

    5. The Strokes. The Strokes remain one of the major touchstones for modern indie. Were it not for them, there would be no Arctic Monkeys, no Franz Ferdinand, no Killers, no Libertines and no Cribs; and their ardent pace, Julian’s no-fi yowls and Albert Hammond’s high-end twangs can still be heard in Palma Violets, The Orwells, Parquet Courts and Twin Peaks.

    4. The White Stripes. Ollie Walter, The Family Rain: "Anything we try to do that’s bold and fuzzy is definitely us trying to be The White Stripes. You’ve got that great initial place to start from and you can take it anywhere. The White Stripes bring a really solid backbone, it’s a really good building block in terms of being in a band – it gives you that first kick."

    3. Kanye West. As pop-culture catalysts go, no other 21st century figure has had the impact Kanye has had since storming into view with 'The College Dropout' 10 years ago. From the sunny soul-sampling of early singles like 'All Falls Down' to the futurist rap supernova that was 2013's 'Yeezus', his career's been a lesson in pushing boundaries and setting the agenda.

    2. David Bowie. Of all the old guard, David Bowie is the guy who young musicians still namedrop with devoted regularity today. The sheer breadth and scope of his career – from the music-hall roots to his glam explosion, plastic soul period and krautrock experiments –has provided countless modern acts with their impetus to plug in and play.

    1. Radiohead. Just as The Beatles came to embody the 60s, Thom Yorke is the artist who most clearly reflects our times. Nearly two decades ago he looked into the future and it weirded him out. 'OK Computer' and 'Kid A' laid the foundation for 21st-century music; one that cared not for reductive genre boxes but expected boundary-leaping experimentation from artists as standard.

    Full list at the source. Who's ya favorite artist(s), ONTD??

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    Last week when Kiefer Sutherland had to swat away Freddie Prinze Jr., I read through the Sutherland/24 Wikis to see which season Prinze was referring to (Prinze was that memorable), when I was reminded about the whole Kiefer and Julia Roberts mess. I’d pretty much forgotten the two had ever been engaged. Gosh, remember when Roberts’ personal life as tabloid fodder was as big a deal as Brangelina? That got me to thinking about the other big broken engagements that played out either in, or (purportedly) because of media and public attention, and as you all know, that means it’s time for another Seriously Random List(I fk love lists).

    7. Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson

    Engaged December 2009 - August 2010. The Breakup: Supposedly, Manson kicked Wood’s brother out of his home…or it may have their age difference (he was 36 and she, 19), or he might have been controlling, abusive or cheating. In other words, who knows?

    6. Emily Blunt and Michael Buble

    Engaged 2006 - 2008. The Breakup: Buble allegedly cheated (possibly supported with published photos taken by the other woman).

    5. Demi Moore and Emilio Estevez

    Engaged 1985 - 1987. The Breakup: Allegedly, friendly…which is really cool.

    4. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

    Engaged November 2002 - January 2004. The Breakup: Too much media scrutiny (that had to be Affleck, because that would never apply to JLo).

    3. Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow

    Engaged December 1996 - June 1997. The Breakup: Gwyneth allegedly cheated on Brad with John Hannah, her Sliding Doors co-star.

    Rest at src.

    This list is missing better pairings

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    When L’Oréal Paris recently launched their Makeup Genius app, they explained, It’s not just virtual—it’s augmented reality. Hesitant to jump down the rabbit hole of selfies, I somewhat reluctantly downloaded the app. And I quickly learned that L’Oréal Paris is leading the charge for a new breakthrough in the way we look at beauty, shopping, cosmetic application, and, of course, technology. In short, the app’s last name is Genius for a reason.

    Similar to developing a 3-D movie, special technology had to be used to ensure realistic effects. After more than seven years of research, RT Track 64 facial-tracking-algorism technology was patented, delivering the most precise facial recognition through a live mirror camera. You can move your lips and bat your lashes, and your virtual makeup will stay on. Being a skeptic prior to testing out the app, I can now say with confidence (after sufficiently testing and testing and testing—for “work” and for play) that I’ve never seen anything like this.

    In fact, I forced a few of my fellow V.F.-ers (both male and female) to test out the different looks, too. That way, I wouldn’t be the only one in awe of the technology. Not only does the look move along with your face, it's intuitive enough to discern between the skin of the lips, eyes, and other facial contours, allowing the virtual makeup to move with you as you turn your head, change your facial expression, and test out new looks at various angles and in shifting lighting conditions. Simply put, you can now test out the colors virtually and make your purchase without ever having to go to the store.

    Is this a new era in beauty? It would be impossible to say no. The future of beauty, says Guive Balooch—the global director of the Connected Beauty Incubator at L’Oréal Research and Innovation—“lies in the virtual-reality experience and will be a new and powerful way in how our consumers try on products. The goal is to empower all our consumers around the world, with science, to try on any L’Oréal product.” In 1967, John Lennon said that all you need is love. But times have changed. Now, all you need is a smartphone.



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    The cast for HBO’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, Westworld is coming together, and I have to say that I’m actually more excited about the supporting cast than I am the two leads. Specifically, I am a huge fan of the Cardellini-esqe Shannon Woodward from Raising Hope, and the tremendous Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, who blew me away in Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules. Jeffrey Wright ain’t bad, either.

    Michael Crichton’s original science fiction western-thriller was about a robot malfunction that created havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. The series comes from exec producers J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, who also co-wrote the pilot (and will direct).

    Here’s how the cast looks.

    Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford)— “The brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it.”

    Evan Rachel Wood ( Dolores Abernathy):“The quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.”

    Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe):“The brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, Bernard’s keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work—creating artificial people.”

    Rodrigo Santoro (Harlan Bell):“Terrifying and brutal, with a dark sense of humor, Harlan is Westworld’s perennial “Most Wanted” bandit. He subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.”

    Shannon Woodward (Elsie King):“A sardonic rising star in the Programming division, Elsie is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.”

    Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice:):“A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.”

    Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather):“One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.”

    Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore): “The narrative director of Westworld, his inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests—and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.”

    Hnng Rodrigo

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    Almost everyone from The IT Crowd and the previous film you directed, Submarine, are in your latest film The Double, with one notable exception – yourself. Why?
    Oh because I wouldn’t feel that I couldn’t find an actor who’s more interesting than me to be in it.

    If you don’t like watching yourself act, do you prefer to watch yourself direct?
    Well you can’t unless you watch ‘making-of’ footage.

    I mean do you prefer watching a film you’ve directed?
    Oh right. Once you’ve finished making it you wouldn’t watch it any more. That would be pretty odd. Not because I’m ashamed of it. By the end you’re watching the film twice a day for a week and you just know it.

    If it came on TV would you watch or turn over?
    I don’t think I’d keep watching it, no not really, no.
    Richard Ayoade interview: Everyone lives a double life

    You've said you get nervous acting. How is it when you're directing?
    “It’s not the same as being in the spotlight performing live – that’s probably the highest form of tension possible. Whereas in a filmed situation the highest level of tension is just having one line to deliver on a crowded set, that’s like a really tense ‘taking a penalty’ type situation.”

    What did you learn from making music videos that helped you on Submarine and The Double?
    “The main thing that came out of music videos was that I met Eric Wilson, who shot those two films, doing Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo. And meeting Alex and the band lead to him doing the songs for Submarine. A lot of the videos I made didn’t have the band in, or they didn’t want to be in them, so I got to do a story without dialogue, which was great training for me visually.”

    Any plans to work with Alex and the guys again in the future?
    “He’s in LA, I’m in London…”
    Richard Ayoade Talks The Double, Arctic Monkeys And Shunning Hollywood

    Richard Ayoade Visits the Criterion Collection

    Richard Ayoade's seeing Double

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    Jessica Alba had a life crisis when she turned 30. The 33-year-old actress, who was pregnant with her daughter Haven at the time, says she was "pissed off" and began to have doubts about her life choices.

    “I was pretty pissed off. I don’t know why it was so hard, it just was," she tells Marie Claire UK. "I was pregnant first of all, and I really wanted to party like a rock star! I didn’t even know I cared about my 20s until I turned 30."

    Despite the 30 life crisis, Alba admits that she is more comfortable in her own skin and has a newfound confidence that she didn't have in her 20s. “I feel like I look better now. I think I came into my own physically in my 30s, even when I'd had kids," she says.“ I feel more like a woman, with not such a girl face-I had such chubby cheeks".


    What age milestones has it freaked you out to pass, ONTD???

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    Nearly 90 years after Harry Houdini’s death, the fascination for the legendary illusionist and escape artist still lingers, hence a two-part miniseries on History simply titled “Houdini,” for which a trailer recently appeared on the web.

    Adrien Brody will star as the titular showman, along with “House of Cards'” Kristen Connolly as his wife Bess. It will focus on Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters important figures from his time.

    The miniseries also stars Tom Benedict Knight and Eszter Onodi. It’s written by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Uli Edel. Lionsgate Television and A&E Television Networks produce.

    Part 1 of “Houdini” will air on History Sept. 1, with the second part airing Sept. 2.

    Elsa still lives in that castle or she sold it?

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    NOOOPE @ Tara's shitty plot resolution but lmao @ bbs Sookie, Tara, & Laffy. also fifty shades of violet with her fucking red hot dildo poker = most useless plot ever second to Ifrit, French lady with ghost baby, and every Hotshot storyline. And finally...my poor queen :(</spoiler>

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