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Sitting in the heart of Venice Beach, California, is a church one block away from the iconic Gold's Gym and a stone's throw from the new Google offices. The building represents the neighborhood's storied history with religion—it once housed a standard Protestant congregation before becoming a Hare Krishna temple and, later, a new age brand of Christian fundamentalism. But in May, the property gained a new and very peculiar occupant. Hollywood actor Andrew Keegan—best known for his role in the 90s film 10 Things I Hate About You—leased the building to start his own new age temple and spiritual movement called Full Circle. The church now has a growing body of followers, some of whom have dedicated their lives to his mission.
When I visited the church, I was greeted at the door by a man who said his name was Third Eye. He quickly introduced me to the community pet Krishna, a giant talking parrot. Third Eye explained that he was part of the “inner circle,” composed of eight core members, all of whom are led by the founder Andrew Keegan. All the members are “enlightened” and have come together to initiate change. While they are cooperative, Keegan is the official leader who has, as Third Eye put it, the “ultimate say on all things.”
I met the rest of the inner circle, who told me they believed I came through the “vortex” created by Keegan's energy (in some ways, that's not entirely incorrect). A member of the group named Stav introduced himself to me, noting that he grew up with Keegan's 10 Things I Hate About You co-star Heath Ledger in Perth, Western Australia. He made sure to tell me about this connection while also rattling off the names of famous surfers, Victoria's Secret models, and sports stars, as well as other Hollywood celebrities, whom he's “tight with.” Stav is a member of the inner circle and is not ashamed to let his worship of celebrity be known.
They described their movement as “advanced spiritualism” or “the highest spiritualism founded on universal knowledge.” When I pressed them about what exactly that meant, Third Eye said something about cosmic energy and ayahuasca.
Later, Third Eye invited me to attend a special evening of music at the church, where I met Keegan and his girlfriend, Leah. She hugged me, while Keegan gave me a complicated brother-man series of handshake maneuvers before drawing me into an embrace. Venice Beach's burner community was out in full force for the evening, wearing their desert-inspired Lord of the Rings costumes. Everyone came to see new age musician Nahko Bear, but he couldn't make it. Instead, some local artists were asked to take the stage and sing songs about cutting up their credit cards and using mantras to pay their bills. This was only one of the many events Keegan threw that week—from concerts, to political gatherings for new age self-help gurus (viz. Marianne Williamson’s bid for congress), to sit-ins, and workshops on the latest colon cleanse.
We stepped outside so Keegan and Leah could smoke American Spirits, and they told me that their goal is to promote the individual becoming truly themselves outside of defined boundaries. The actor was wearing a pork pie hat and an Indian scarf; his girlfriend was adorned in a white silk kimono.
“Synchronicity. Time. That's what it's all about. Whatever, the past, some other time. It's a circle; in the center is now. That's what it's about,” Keegan explained, regarding the church's name, Full Circle.
A few weeks later, I sat down with Keegan after one of his Sunday services. The meditation at the service had involved water crystals, which participants used to focus their energy to bring an ending to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. “We’re very, very aware of the shift that’s happening in the mind and the heart, and everybody is on that love agenda,” Keegan told me after the ceremony. “We’re very much scientifically, spiritually, and emotionally aware of how it works, meaning that there’s power in the crystals, there’s power in our hearts, there’s an alignment, there’s a resonance... and it transfers through water.”
Like many religious converts, Keegan's spiritual transformation came after a traumatic experience. The actor said he was first awakened on March 11, 2011, when he and two friends were attacked by what he describes as gang members in Venice Beach. One of them pulled a gun on his manager, and after a full-on brawl, Keegan had to go to the hospital for stitches. “The significance of this occurrence is that it happened at the same time the tsunami hit Japan,” Keegan said. He then related this incident to a series of odd events, which he believes play a large role in how “synchronicity” brought him to realize his true calling.
“I had a moment where I was looking at a street lamp and it exploded. That was a weird coincidence,” he said.“At a ceremony, a heart-shaped rose quartz crystal was on the altar, and synchronistically, this whole thing happened. It’s a long story, but basically the crystal jumped off the altar and skipped on camera. That was weird.” Keegan explain that these were some of the incidents that led him to conclude that “the mission is to take the war out of our story, which is essentially peace, but activated peace.”
While Third Eye and his fellow members see Keegan as a visionary and a leader, the actor said his community is not cultish. “I very much speak what comes through [while] in the collective. We create a resonance of balance and equality of the crew,” he explained. “When you feel those chakras aligned, there's guided messaging coming in. If there is something of spiritual ego within that, it must not exist.” His followers assert that each core member has a “lot of creative latitude” in the community, but in the end, the star has the ultimate say in the decision-making process.
The shift in Keegan’s ambitions — from stardom to spirituality — shows how the culture of celebrity is not all that far off from religion. Hollywood is an industry focused on manufacturing deities, personae to be both revered and reviled, just to make a buck, like every religion in the history of the world has done. Celebrities enamor us and hold us captive in the haloed glow of their Instagram filters, whether it is Kim K’s latest “belfie” or the Platonic ideal of family life represented by Brangelina. When Kanye West declares himself a “god,” it means something, because in the modern world, celebrity is god. The special worship Keegan received on the bedroom walls of high school girls in his youth is an overt form of deification. And so Keegan’s transfiguration from teen heartthrob to spiritual guru is not only unsurprising, but maybe even expected.
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ETA: apparently AnnaLynne McCord is also involved: facebook link
FWIW salon.com flat out called this a cult in their headline. ONTD, if you were to start a cult, what would your 10 Things be?
Marvel’s Original Sin continues this week with its penultimate chapter. So far, the series, and its crossover issues, has offered readers a dramatic roller-coaster of a story filled with plenty of shocking reveals and double crosses that could potentially have some long-term effects on the Marvel Universe. It also has inspired some of us here to reflect and rank some of the biggest, most shocking character turns in comic book history.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fantastic “heel turns” (as they would say in the pro wrestling business) to talk about when it comes to the world of comics. Just like any other long-term serial medium, sometimes a creator needs to mix things up with a character in order to keep things fresh and interesting for readers. If mixing it up involves the murder of innocent people, or the betrayal of a fan favorite character, then so be it.
This list aims to look at those comic book heel turns that have had the biggest affect on the industry, either in terms of being a part of critically or commercially successful stories, or by serving as inspiration for future creators who were looking to break the hearts of their readership by turning a revered character to the dark side.
1. Jean Grey
You can't really talk about heel turns without accounting for one of the most memorable character turns in comic book history (and one of the greatest stories of all-time, period). During the famed Chris Claremont/Dave Cockrum run on Uncanny X-Men in the late 1970s, Jean Grey, one of the original members of the Silver Age X-Men, appears to have died in a crash, before bursting out of the Jamaica Bay wearing a new costume and sporting a highly augmented powerset. And thus, the Phoenix was born.
Of course, the Phoenix force would ultimately corrupt Jean, leading to the Claremont/John Byrne classic, “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” At one point, Jean wipes out an entire planet in order to “feed” the cosmic force that has possessed her, and she also fights with her teammates before she is apparently turned back to the side of good. However, when the Phoenix force makes one last stab to posses her, Jean commits suicide in the storyline’s traumatic final chapter.
Jean would be resurrected and killed off a few times since “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” while the Phoenix force itself has been used as a plot device for countless Marvel tales. However, Jean’s actions during the "Dark Phoenix" heyday have led to an interesting debate among fans and critics about whether or not her evil behavior was innate or if it was instead a byproduct of a greater cosmic force controlling her.
2. Tony Stark
Tony Stark had always had a cocky, self-absorbed streak that led to him having a hard time playing along with others, but he became the poster child for the modern era heel turn when he came out in support of the Superhuman Registration Act, leading to the onset of Civil War.
It’s important to note that Stark did not act by himself, as he had a number of high-profile allies on the Pro-Registration side, most notably Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four and Hank Pym. But as the de facto leader of the group, Stark was the firebrand and the chief antagonist for Captain America and his “Secret Avengers,” who, for all intents and purposes, were the “heroes” of the epic Mark Millar/Steve McNiven story.
At one point in Civil War, Danny Rand, who was pretending to be Daredevil in place of Matt Murdock, threw a silver dollar at Stark’s feet, a reference to Christianity’s most famous traitor, Judas Iscariot.
When Captain America surrendered and Marvel’s Civil War ended, Stark had Cap paraded around in public, which opened the door for Cap’s assassination. That’s when Stark realized the error of his ways and he famously told Cap’s corpse that the whole war “wasn’t worth it.”
3. Adrian Veidt
In a heel turn that makes the reader think (what else do you expect from an Alan Moore comic that’s notorious for the way it deconstructs the superhero genre?), Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, turns on his Watchmen teammates, even killing one, all in the name of carrying out a plan of mass genocide that would leave millions dead, but also save billions from the ramifications of an imminent nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Or in short, Ozymandias kills the Comedian, frames Dr. Manhattan, and then sends a telepathic squid creature to New York City, which explodes and kills millions, but causes the U.S. and the Soviet Union to band together against a common enemy (an extraterrestrial squid monster).
Maybe that second explanation wasn’t much simpler.
Regardless, Ozymandias perfectly emblemizes the age-old philosophical debate, “do the ends justify the means.” Ozymandias betrayed his friends and killed millions of innocents, but his actions resulted in world peace. He also got one of the coolest, and most memorable heel turn moments in industry history when he announces his intricate plan to his surviving teammates and as they’re trying to convince him to reconsider, he coldly tells them, “I did it 35 minutes ago.”
5. Bucky Barnes
As the old saying go, nobody stays dead in comics except for Uncle Ben, Jason Todd and Bucky. Except that the latter two have since been resurrected and in Bucky’s case (actually, Jason Todd too), the character was brought back as a supervillain and adversary for his one-time partner, Captain America.
Bucky’s heel turn is an interesting case because it can be argued that he wasn’t in complete control of all of his facilities, and thereby may not be totally responsible for his actions. But a mindset like that would completely ruin the fun of a list like this that looks at the most memorable times a good guy went bad, right?
In all seriousness, after the explosion that presumably kills Bucky (that Cap recaps in his Silver Age debut in Avengers #4), we learn that he was actually frozen in the water below and recovered by the Russians. Bucky is then rehabilitated and reprogrammed into a Soviet assassin. When he is confronted by his old friend Captain America during the famed Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting arc, "The Winter Soldier" (you might have heard of some movie based on this story), Bucky comes to his senses long enough to destroy the Cosmic Cube. He would later be recruited by Tony Stark to become the new Captain America after Cap’s death at the end of Civil War (more on that in a second).
7. Hal Jordan
In probably one of the more controversial heel turns in comic history, Hal Jordan gets his “90s moment” during the “Emerald Twilight” storyline (aka, the moment nearly every hero was subjected to during the decade which ended up blowing up the current status quo in traumatic fashion – see also, “The Death of Superman,” “The Clone Saga,” and “Knightfall”). During this storyline, Hal becomes distraught when his former home, Coast City, has been destroyed by Cyborg Superman in the “Reign of Superman” storyline.
Hal goes nuts seeking revenge from those who destroyed Coast City, only to get a stern finger wagging from the other Guardians for using his power ring for personal gain. This Guardians’ behavior sends him further over the deep end, so Hal snaps the neck of his old-time rival Sinestro, kills his onetime friend Kilowog, and then enters the Central Battery, coming out as the supervillain Parallax.
Hal would eventually be replaced by Kyle Rayner in the Green Lantern series, while Parallax would go on to cause trouble as part of 1994’s Zero Hour event. Jordan would later become another incarnation of the Spectre, before Geoff Johns restored the Silver Age status quo with his Green Lantern: Rebirth series in the mid-2000s, resurrecting Hal and making him the Green Lantern again.
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What are your favorite comic book arcs involving good guys turning to the dark side?
Two weeks after announcing the bulk of its core cast, the adaptation of Kevin Williamson's hit film franchise has added four new faces, with Arrow favorite Bex Taylor-Klaus replacing the previously set Amy Forsyth.
Jamie Travis (Faking It) will direct the pilot, which hails from Dimension Films and The Weinstein Co. Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds, Revenge) penned the original script, with Jill Blotevogel (Harper's Island, Ravenswood) on board to executive produce and serve as showrunner. Harvey and Bob Weinstein will exec produce MTV's reboot alongside Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad, all of whom served in the same capacity on the original franchise. Williamson is not involved in the MTV take. Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who originally brought the Scream project to MTV in 2012, will also exec produce via their DiGa Vision banner.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Apparently Anthony Anderson's character in Scream 4 was the only person of color in the town of Woodsboro
Jesse Eisenberg used to write sex jokes on napkins when he was 13 years old.
The 'Double' actor - who is dating actress Mia Wasikowska - thought the gags were great at the time but admits he recently found it funny looking back on them because they are so ''misguided''.
He said: ''[I wrote] a lot of jokes, in fact. And they were all sex-based. I've since revisited them, and looking at them I felt like, 'Clearly, this person will never have sex.' They were just totally misguided.''
But the 30-year-old star later realised he wanted to write comedy movies after watching films by Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler.
Speaking about his thoughts after watching some of their movies, he added: ''I could write stuff like this.''
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This was worth posting just for the headline alone.
The prehistoric Megalodon shark could still be alive, according to the Discovery Channel. Two programs on Shark Week on Friday night will explore the possibility that the species, which scientists believe became extinct around 2 million years ago, is actually still living.
One program aired last year called Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, which featured a search for a massive shark responsible for a rash of fatalities off the coast of South Africa.
“One controversial scientist believes that the shark responsible could be Megalodon, a 60-foot relative of the great white that is one of the largest and most powerful predators in history,” said the Discovery Channel in its description.
Now the network is re-airing some of that same footage, but says it has added some footage into the two-hour program it’s calling Megalodon The Extended Cut.
Then, another program purports to bring new evidence that the Megalodon species is still alive. “Collin Drake returns to share new details of his case and present the shocking new evidence of the existence of Megalodon, an enormous prehistoric shark that could still be roaming the oceans,” according to the network.
If you happened to be living under a rock last summer you might have missed 23-year-old model Emily Ratajkowski's stunning breakout as one of the nearly naked dancers in Robin Thicke's controversial "Blurred Lines" video. More than 320 million views on YouTube later, Ratajkowski (the j is silent) still stands behind director Diane Martel's daring vision but admits, "I didn't expect the video to become this pop-culture phenomenon."
The director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) took notice; he cast her in his next movie, Gone Girl, which is due out in October. In the film, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling 2012 novel, Ratajkowski plays Andie, a college student and mistress of a journalist (and possible wife murderer) played by Ben Affleck. On the subject of working with an Oscar-nominated director famous for his perfectionism, Ratajkowski gushes, "I worked really well with David because I was ready to be a student and he is the best teacher. He wants to do a hundred takes and I want to do them for him."
Despite her exotic looks, that foreign last name, and being born in London, Ratajkowski grew up in Southern California, the daughter of an artist and an English professor. "People either think I have a crazy Polish accent or a British accent; then I say 'gnarly' and surprise everyone." Ratajkowski signed to Ford Models at 14, but she always had her eye on the big screen, holding out for the right situation. "I didn't want to act in high school because I was sick of auditioning for Nickelodeon, Disney mean girls, or the cheerleader," she says. "I came back to it when I had enough leverage to pick and choose." The long-game strategy paid off. "I got a dream role in a dream film."
Emily talks Beauty, Diet, Exercise, Books and Boys
A year after she made the world do a triple take with her shoulder-shimmying appearance in Robin Thicke's summer 2013 anthem "Blurred Lines," Emily Ratajkowski's star is still shining. In fact, it's rising. The California beach girl will appear in the much anticipated film adaptation of the thriller novel Gone Girl with Ben Affleck, out this October, and is now filming the coming-of-age story We Are Your Friends, alongside Zac Efron.
The acting thing actually isn't something new: The brunette bombshell signed with an acting agency when she was 14, and through them, landed a contract with Ford Models as well. In fact, Ratajkowski is many things: an actress, model, bookworm, cook, and self-proclaimed karaoke fanatic. At the risk of sounding cliché (and making us even more envious), you might say she's the whole package. So when we had the chance to talk to the multi-faceted star, we peppered her with questions about all things fashion, men, literature, her career, and what it's like to get naked in front of the camera. Below, Ratajkowski shares her beauty and workout routine, plus her go-to designers when she wants to feel sexy—and tomorrow we'll get down to her dating life, what she looks for in a guy, and the naked stuff.
What does your beauty routine look like? What products do you swear by?
I love all of the Tarte Cosmetics because they're good for getting that dewy kind of look. They have a great mascara too. For my day-to-day, especially because traveling is so drying, I use a couple of different moisturizers: Chloé body lotion and Aquaphor sometimes. I put Aquaphor on my knees because planes dry me out so much.
Do you have any makeup tricks you've learned along the way?
Always keeping your eyebrows brushed up: If I don't have on any makeup and my eyebrows are in place, I feel ready, like camera ready. Also, putting lip stuff on your cheeks. I only use cream blushes or just straight up lipstick. On shoots, a lot of makeup artists do the same. It just looks so nice on your skin. Even in person, forget photographs, it's like a better look—less powdery.
If you weren't a model and you could do whatever you wanted with your look, is there anything you would do? Like bleach your hair or get a piercing?
Yeah, my mom has always had short hair, and I think she looks so good with it that I would just like to try my hair super short, like two inches. Honestly, I am not a huge beauty girl, so I'm pretty low-maintenance, California. I like going in the ocean and leaving my hair for two days with the saltwater beachy look. I think that is part of the reason I would love to cut my hair short. I just wouldn't ever have to think about it.
Tell me about your eating routine and exercise routine.
You know, I'm a carnivore. I really like to eat meat. I crave iron so I am definitely not the kind of person who you will find eating a salad. I like to keep it really balanced to give my body energy and also be healthy. I cook a lot, so that really helps: You know how much salt and sugar and all of that kind of stuff you are putting in your body.
What do you indulge in?
I think its good to indulge occasionally. I wouldn't say I am the type of girl who craves Doritos but I definitely love a good cupcake sometimes. You know what I mean? Or a croissant in the morning. I think it is like really important to give yourself a break. And also just really think about where things are coming from what kind of ingredients are going into your body.
And what about working out?
I really like to hike. L.A. is a great place for that. And doing yoga a couple of times a week is a really big part of my regimen.
What about fashion? What brands do you gravitate toward?
I really love Céline. Obviously. Alexander Wang. Givenchy. Those are probably my main favorites. Dolce & Gabbana too. I have been wearing their dresses to a couple of different events recently, and I was just like, 'Man, these guys know how to make a woman feel sexy.'
So where do you buy your lingerie?
I don't love fancy lingerie. It's beautiful, but I want to be able to be comfortable day-to-day. I love Cosabella because I don't like a padded bra, just underwire. I already have pretty full cups, so I don't want the extra push up, but I do like a little bit of support. They have just really beautiful, simple, comfortable bras that are really pretty and affordable.
Were you prepared for how much attention you got after "Blurred Lines"?
No. Absolutely not. I just thought it was another job—a music video, kind of fun. There are a million music videos and a million things that go up on the web. It took even a while for me to really understand how big of an impact it really had because people still love it, you know? Even a year later. I am really happy, but I think when you are working on a project and you are inside of it, you can't get that perspective of what is going to hit.
I heard that you love karaoke. Have you ever sang "Blurred Lines"?
I have never done "Blurred Lines."
So, what's your go-to karaoke song?
"Doo-Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill. It's so hard to sing, which is part of the reason I love it. It's a challenge.
How does it feel to be recognized on the street now?
Honestly, I just forget sometimes that this has happened and walking down the street someone might recognize me. Every time it happens, especially in New York where it happens like every day, I'm still shocked, like 'Oh, thank you'.
Is it mostly men or women who come up to you?
It's both actually, but maybe more women just because they are more comfortable with approaching.
So guys get nervous around you?
Um, yeah, it's just funny because they'll say 'Oh this picture is for my friend' and then we will go and take the picture and I can feel them shaking.
Have you ever felt held back by your beauty?
I hope no, but it's sort of a hard thing to judge. Certainly when I was going to UCLA, I did feel like there was a funny thing with being a model. Sometimes with women, they can be weird, you know how unfortunately women can react to other attractive women, threatened or whatever. But I think in general I have been very lucky and I have a lot of really wonderful people in my life.
Do you have a lot of girlfriends?
I have been so lucky, especially in my young adult life, to have a lot of really good girlfriends—which wasn't always true. I think it took me a while to understand how to even feel comfortable. But now I have a really solid group of girlfriends who I love and it makes me so happy.
You're very well-read and smart. Do you have to prove yourself to people because you're so beautiful?
I don't believe in proving myself ever. I'm in the school of thought where if someone is a curious person they can find whatever they want. So I like to present myself as I feel comfortable and not worry about having to prove myself. I hope that people around me, or at least when it comes to dating and even friendships, will be curious and the kind of people I attract will be the kind of people I want in my life anyway.
So when you are looking for a partner is his intelligence something that is very important to you?
Yeah, certainly. I don't know if it is something that I look for, but it's definitely something that I like to enjoy with someone. I really like people who are creative in some way too. I have noticed that in my dating history, I tend to get along with people who like to make things or are creatively inclined.
You've appeared nude at least a few times for work. Is there something that you have to do to get comfortable in your own skin before a shoot?
I've always felt very comfortable in my own skin. I grew up going to beaches in Spain where I would see topless women. My dad is a visual artist so I have seen so many nude paintings and that was something I always loved and was drawn to. I always found the female form from the photographer or the artists' side to be a really interesting and beautiful subject. So I never really thought of judging my body. I thought '"kay, we are going to make this image using my body and this person's eyes or camera.' So I never even thought about giving myself a pep talk, not because I'm so incredibly secure, but more because the way I framed it was different.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading Blow-Up because I have never read it and am really liking it. I am also reading a collection of short stories from my favorite author, Lorrie Moore. I love her books so it's been kind of fun to read her stories this way. I am also reading a book called After Visiting with Friends by Michael Haney.
Do you write as well?
Yeah, it's just kind of for fun, you know? Not something that I really share with people, but I love writing. I did go to UCLA for art, but the other option was going to Sarah Lawrence and doing creative writing all the way. So that is part of the reason I love to read so much.
Are you trying to make the transition from modeling to full-time acting or will you continue to model?
I would definitely like to continue to model. I have a place in New York and that to me is sort of a beacon of light with the fashion world. I will definitely continue to do both. I don't know that it needs to be a transition from modeling to acting. I think that they can both exist at the same time.
What are your goals for the future when it comes to your career?
Right now I would love to take a role that shows that I can really act. Not just like the model turned actress who can sort of make her way through a film and look pretty. I would really like to take on something that really surprises people and shows that I want to be taken seriously as an actress. Also, creatively speaking, that sounds really fun. As far as acting goes, that is definitely a goal, and then I would like to be in New York and make some moves within the fashion industry too. So we'll see.
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Hell hath no fury like a Playmate scorned!
In this exclusive teaser obtained by PEOPLE, Kendra Wilkinson demonstrates that she'll hold nothing back for the third season of WE TV's Kendra on Top.
As images of the tabloids flash in the background, Wilkinson, 29, describes what it was like to learn that Hank Bassett – her 31-year-old husband of five years and father to their two young kids – cheated on her earlier this year with a transsexual model.
"Every word that came from the tabloids," Wilkinson says as her eyes fill with tears, "Boom … boom ... boom. When did he do this? While you were eight months pregnant."
Wilkinson goes on to to describe how the news felt like she was "getting shot," and that it prompted her to take a very dramatic step: She flushed her wedding rings down the toilet.
A source told PEOPLE that the reality star is already meeting with divorce lawyers and ready to start a new chapter in her life, even though the couple continue to appear together for the sake of the show. Earlier this month, Wilkinson and her soon-to-be-ex staged a barbecue at their Calabasas home.
The new season of Kendra on Top returns Oct. 3 on We TV.
Sofia Vergara is red hot while attending the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday (August 14) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Earlier in the week, Sofia and her beau Joe Manganiello enjoyed a fun date night at Justin Timberlake‘s concert in downtown L.A. They were joined at the event by Sofia‘s Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his love Justin Mikita.
Sofia is wearing Charlotte Olympia shoes, Valentino clutch, and Kay Jewelers jewels.
Should Khloe be worried?
Not every celebrity hates the paparazzi.
In a new interview with Billboard magazine, rapper French Montana admits that he's all good with the extra attention that dating Khloe Kardashian has given him.
"I want to capitalize on it," Montana tells the magazine candidly. "I’ll get a fan base from everywhere. I just hope I’ll be able to connect with everything that’s going on."
Montana, 29, and Khloe, 30, finally confirmed their relationship in July when they sat down for their first interview as a couple with Power 105's Angie Martinez.
Most recently, the two made headlines when she appeared in his music video for "Don't Panic." In addition to starring in her new boyfriend's video, Khloe is also featured on the cover art.
"She's definitely given her feedback on the songs," he says about Khloe, who he says counts "Explicit" -- an R&B duet with Miguel -- as her favorite song off his new album Mac & Cheese.
But will he return the favor and appear in an upcoming season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians?
"I'm in a beautiful headspace," he says, before playing coy. "Wait and see."
First-look photos above and below from Ava DuVernay's "Selma," shared on her Instagram page, with the poignant caption that reads:
"This shot in particular makes me think of both the striking parallels and the chasm of difference between what's happening in #Ferguson today and what happened in Selma almost 50 years ago. The violence against and the diminishment of the black community is the same. The focused, strategic, organized response by black citizens is the difference. This is not a criticism of anything that the citizens of Ferguson have done or not done to date. Just a reminder that there are PROVEN TACTICS in the struggle for our rights that have produced results. That there are pearls of wisdom in the warrior history of people of color in this country. And that our ancestors and elders want us to remember always and replicate as needed."
Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas day initial limited release date for, followed by a nationwide theatrical expansion on January 9, 2015.
The early limited roll-out suggests an Oscar-qualifying run for the film, which shouldn't be a surprise, given the material, and the talent involved, both in front of and behind the camera.
Telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic voting rights struggle, the film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
David Oyelowo leads a cast that includes Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Keith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Kent Faulcon, Oprah Winfrey and more, in a film produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian Colson (who won an Oscar for producing "Slumdog Millionaire").
Paramount Pictures will release the Pathe UK-backed project.
Now we wait for that first trailer.
THE Cara Delevingne effect has seduced yet another, and this time it's Homeland actor David Harewood.
The pair star together in next year's Tulip Fever, a romantic drama set in the 17th Century that follows the story of a portrait artist who falls in love with his subject, although neither play the lead roles.
"Not a lot of people know that she actually was an actress and only did the modelling for a bit of money and obviously her modelling exploded," Harewood told the Evening Standard. "I'm very glad that she's turning her eye back to acting because she's very good. She's very brave and talented and I really enjoyed working with her. I think she has a really bright future."
With four films including this one in post-production and one in the making - Joe Wright's Pan - it's looking more and more like that future lies off the catwalk.
wat if cara is the next meryl streep and we just don't know yet tho
"The Net," "Firewall," "Transcendence," "Hackers," "WarGames"....they've all tried to teach us the same lesson: computers can be bad news in the wrong hands. One mouse click, and you could be in deep trouble, and that's pretty much the entire premise of "Open Windows" which takes you online for a slightly silly thriller.
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo ("Timecrimes," "Extraterrestrial"), the movie tells the story of computer nerd (Elijah Wood), who is a big fan of a young actress (Sasha Grey). But the young man gets hacked by a dude with a weird agenda, and soon he's getting much closer access to the actress than he ever thought possible, but things start taking an even creepier edge. Catching the film at the Fantasia Film Festival, our own Nik Grozdanovic wrote in his review, " the construction is clever enough to keep you interested until the end, even if the clearest message you end up taking away from the movie is how you should probably reformat your computer when you get home." That sounds about right.
"Open Windows" boots up on September 29th.
With Spanish subs.
A different one in Spanish.
This is like a wet dream for some stans
Doctor Who’s companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is set to leave the hit BBC show.
The actress, 28, is believed to be quitting her role as the Time Lord’s assistant in a sensational Christmas storyline.
Her exit could bring an end to her 18 months as Clara Oswald, creating a vacancy for another sidekick to star alongside new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.
Yesterday a source said: “The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out.
“By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.”
The source added: “It was very much a mutual decision.
“It’s important to keep the series moving and fast-paced, and the time is just starting to feel right and the feeling is that it could be a perfect Christmas storyline.”
The Doctor’s “companion” has become a key part of the success of the iconic sci-fi series, which returns to our screens on Saturday.
There have been almost 60 since the launch in 1963.
Other stars who have occupied the role include Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Catherine Tate as Donna Noble and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.
Speculation had been rife among the show’s fans about whether Jenna’s character Clara would have a romantic liaison with new star Capaldi, 56, who takes over from Matt Smith.
However boss Steven Moffatt dismissed the suggestion but hinted that Clara’s relationship with the Doctor is set to change dramatically with Peter Capaldi’s arrival.
He explained last month: “He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval.
“I would like to restore the sense that when he says, ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’, you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced. What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”
And he added that the impact on his companion would be clear, explaining: “From a Doctor she could sort-of control because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl.
“They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”
Adding that the series will become “more serious”, he said: “One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this.
"It’s not a fairy-tale – we want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt.”
The BBC refused to comment on Jenna-Louise’s exit.
I bet she left because of Moffat
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Knick' Star André Holland Talks Algernon Edwards & Cornelia Robertson's Relationship, Race Issues & More About New Cinemax Series
By JON NILES
Steven Soderbergh's new series based on a New York City hospital in 1900 showcases progressiveness in the operating room while staying conservative on other matters such as race. At the center if this issue is Dr. Algernon Edwards, a Harvard educated, European trained surgeon that is offered a high position at the Knickerbocker Hospital, but is met by opposition from Chief Surgeon John Thackery (Clive Owen). The talented André Holland portrays this important role of Edwards.
Holland recently spoke with us about how he landed this important role on the Cinemax drama, what we can expect from Algernon and the relationships he forges, and why an early second season order for The Knick is surely something fans can be excited about.
How did you get involved with The Knick?
Well, my agent sent me this script. I read it and right away I was blown away by the material, as I think everyone else was. When I read the character, I thought, Jesus he's such a complex and beautifully drawn character. I couldn't not be involved. I put myself on tape -I was in Europe at the time actually - and then I sent it out. I ended up sending out a couple of other tapes subsequently, and then I met with Steven. We had lunch together, then the writers came, and we all talked for a little while and the next day I got the offer. I was blown away! It felt so great to get a chance to work with these guys.
How did you approach a character that is challenged in pretty much every scene?
I think that's really what made it so appealing. I think it would've been very easy for this character to be presented as a noble black character who is always doing the right thing. But, I think that the story that we're telling is actually more complex than that. I think that the things that Algernon is pushing and fighting against are big things. It's not just that I have an angry redneck guy who doesn't like me because I'm black. It's actually, Clive Owens' character Dr Thackery's point of view is: "I'm not interested in leading the charge to social change." Meanwhile, the hospital is on the verge of financial ruin. In the second episode, no white patient would agree to be operated on by a black surgeon. That's his point of view, so I think that makes it that much more complicated than "oh he doesn't like me because I'm black." You know what I mean? For me, it was really exciting to figure out exactly what the nuances of that relationship was, which is different from the challenges that he faces in dealing with the relationship with Cornelia, which you will find out later. All the relationships are challenging in a slightly different way, which is really quite cool.
Can you elaborate a little more on Algernon's relationship with Cornelia?
Algernon's parents work in the household where Cornelia lives, the Robertson family. His mother is the cook, and his father is the driver. Algernon and Cornelia were raised almost as brother and sister, side-by-side. Because, Cornelia's father Captain Robertson, saw great promise in Algernon as an academic and he was quite a smart kid, he got into the best schools right alongside Cornelia, and really allowed them to grow up as brother and sister.
First of all, they are very intelligent people; they're crusaders in their own right. She's for women's rights and he's for racial equality and inclusion. They really connect in that way, and as you find out throughout the course of the first few episodes that relationship is like a very, very intimate one - a very personal relationship that goes beyond just working at the hospital. So, it just was a very beautiful relationship.
Juliet and I both being actors who kind of came from the theater, there are many times outside of set, rehearsing on our own in a coffee shop, or her apartment, or wherever; we kind of made sure exactly what the trajectory of that relationship was. I don't want to ruin it for you, but it's a very beautiful relationship. It's one of my favorite one's in the whole series.
Does Dr. Edwards create any bonds or, probably more likely, any bad blood with other characters?
It gets more complicated. Algernon and Eric Johnson's character, Dr. Gallinger, they definitely have a very contentious relationship, which just gets worse and worse. Basically the only person in the hospital that seems to have any love for Algernon is Juliet's character obviously, but then there's also Michael Angarano's character, "Bertie," who seems to be like this really young guy who's just open to whatever. He doesn't really seem to be bothered by the fact that Algernon's there.
But aside from that the patients give Algernon a hard time. The black patients who end up coming to see him in the shadow infirmary downstairs, they give him a difficult time. The nursing staff, the black people who he lives with in the rooming house in the black neighborhood - which is one of the really interesting things about Algernon; he goes home to the tenderloin district where it's an all black neighborhood. He doesn't fit in there. He's picked on because of the way he dresses and ends up getting into a fight at the place he's staying then he comes to work and doesn't quite fit in there because of the color of his skin. He's sort of caught in between these two worlds and kind of on an island which is again all the more reason why I think that relationship with Cornelia is all the more important to him.
What's so amazing about the show is that the characters that they created and the situations that they created are really interesting but they're also rooted in reality. If there's one thing that I think, you have to say that this show is incredibly well researched. Everything that we do, everything is so deeply rooted in reality that it just makes it all the more amazing. Yeah, it's really quite a special thing.
Complete interview at source.
Thoughts on last night's episode? On a technical note, I'm in love with all the tracking shots, particularly the one of everyone arriving at the hospital.
Follow-up to this post.
NOVEMBER RELEASE FOR “A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD,” FROM BIG BANG PRESS.
After a few months of work and a successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s time for Big Bang Press to announce the release date of OUR FIRST BOOK!
Written by Erin Claiborne (AKA fanfic author eleveninches), A Hero at the End of the World is a Young Adult fantasy satire of “Chosen One” narratives like Buffy, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.
"Seventeen-year-old Ewan Mao has spent his whole life preparing for his destiny: defeating the evil tyrant who’s been terrorizing Britain for as long as he can remember. But Ewan never dreamed that when the time came, his best friend Oliver Abrams would fulfill the prophecy instead.
Five years later, Ewan is living at home and working in a coffee shop while Oliver is a national hero, working at the Serious Magical Crimes Agency. But the two friends are unwillingly reunited when a strange magical cult targets Ewan in a plot to end the world as we know it.”
This book will be published on November 11, 2014, and will soon be available for pre-order in both paperback and ebook format!
The art in this post is by Jade Liebes (hydrae), who illustrated A Hero at the End of the World. We’ll be posting the full cover art and some sample illustrations soon, along with a sample chapter from the book!
Last December, BBP used Kickstarter to crowdfund three original novels by talented authors from the fanfic community. The Kickstarter was a huge success and was covered by all sorts of media outlets including io9, Wired, HelloGiggles, and Hypable. You can find out more on our website, including info about our next two books, written by Kady Morrison (gyzym) and Natalie Wilkinson (febricant).
rme... He's dating his co-star in Paradise Lost, it ain't a secret yall
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In news that means A LOT to some people and absolutely nothing to others, Comicbook.com is reporting that Disney is prepping to release the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-Ray. As in, the imperfectly perfect original cut you grew up watching and loving. Sorry, fans of Doda Bodonawieedo!
According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX. (Via)
There’s no exact date as to when this is happening, or if it will at all. It’s still just an unverified rumor, so don’t throw away your special editions DVDs quite yet. Use that space in the garbage for every last copy of Attack of the Clones in existence.