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    The ‘Desperate Housewives’ actress will play a defense attorney in a three-episode arc

    “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria will appear on a three-episode arc of Fox's “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” opposite Andy Samberg.

    In the show's second season, Longoria will appear as Sophia, a defense attorney who faces off against Samberg's Jake in court while catching his attention in the process.

    Longoria joins other season 2 guest stars including Kyra Sedgwick, who will appear in two episodes as the longtime nemesis of Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, appearing as himself, and Jenny Slate, who will appear in the season premiere.

    Longoria, best known for her role as Gabrielle on ABC's “Desperate Housewives,” also currently serves as an executive producer on Lifetime soap “Devious Maids.” She is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.

    “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” season 2 premieres on Sunday, Sept. 28.


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    Before Chris Pratt was Andy on Parks and Recreation, before he was Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, before he was braiding interns’ hair in on-camera interviews, Chris Pratt was homeless — but living in a pretty cool van.

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    Pratt shared a photo of the vehicle, which features a decal of Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, on his Facebook page with the caption, “This is the van I lived in!!! In my hand is the script for the movie that got me out of Maui. Crazy.”

    The actor spoke with EW about his post-high school days sleeping in that van in Hawaii. ”I had a friend who was like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to come out here,”’ Pratt says. ”We set up camp on the beach and lived the dream.” During that time, Pratt worked at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and waited on director Rae Dawn Chong, who gave Pratt a part in Cursed Part 3 — also known as Pratt’s ticket out of Maui.



    ONTD - Would you go out with a guy that was driving that vehicle?  Maybe just for the story that you did?

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    The National Football League doesn’t usually pay the act that performs at halftime during the Super Bowl. But in a twist this year, the league has asked artists under consideration for the high-profile gig to pay to play, according to people familiar with the matter. The NFL has narrowed down the list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates: Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay, these people said. While notifying the artists’ camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig. The pay-to-play suggestion got a chilly reception from the candidates’ representatives, these people said.


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    The beautiful #raven @ #svpride

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    The singer Desi who I just found out about from the photos of the Mercury article below.

    SAN JOSE -- Thaddeus Campbell, interim president of Silicon Valley Pride, happily pointed out that Sunday's one-day festival in San Jose is the first Pride festival to have its own app. Further, he hopes that the event will someday be "the most high-tech (LGBT) festival in the country."

    Technology is just one of the ways the former San Jose Pride festival is re-branding. Renamed "Silicon Valley Pride" this year to include all the valley's communities, it may not have the scope of San Francisco's internationally known parade and celebration, but the local festival reflects the region's commitment to the same cultural goals.

    Although San Jose has a less visible gay community than San Francisco, the city has aligned with the nearby city's legal position on gay marriage. (lol we may not be nearly as iconic but p l s @ "less visible")

    Last year, Councilmember Ash Kalra led the city's effort to support San Francisco's position against Proposition 8, which defined marriage in California as being between a man and woman. Kalra encouraged the City Council to endorse an amicus brief which went to the Supreme Court. Mayor Chuck Reed voted against the endorsement.

    Religious diversity

    In June of 2013, the Supreme Court invalidated a federal ban on benefits for same-sex couples. The court also ruled that the backers of Proposition 8 had no standing in either the Supreme Court or the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Practically, this left a 2010 trial court ruling against the proposition in place, allowing same-sex marriage to resume statewide. Opponents of gay marriage have contended there is no federal appellate ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

    Sunday's festival attracted a diversity of representatives and attendees -- from the Pastoral Committee, which encourages gays and lesbians to attend Catholic church, to a Marine Corps veteran who supported same-sex marriage.

    Michael Phillips, a volunteer for the committee, was concerned that LGBT Catholics would stop going to church, possibly losing an entire generation.

    "Once they are of an age where their parents can't force them to go to church, they just quit going, they quit going to Mass, because they don't feel welcome."

    Meanwhile, Sue Bowling, a volunteer for the Almaden Hills United Methodist Church, applauded the festival's emphasis on self-expression: she approached and patted an almost-nude Gabriel Mata on the back.

    "You know, it's such a family event, but sometimes it's all about partying and letting loose too and being in kind of a safe place to be who you are," said Bowling. "There's nothing wrong with a little shock once in a while," she added.

    A "health pavilion" with 10-12 booths offered services ranging from free 20-minute HIV testing from Santa Clara County Public Health aimed at the "high-risk" population of men who have sex with men, to booths handing out free condoms.

    "We're looking at both the physical health of the community," said Campbell, "and the spiritual health of the community."

    This year's festival also created a more user-friendly website, and brought in new vendors, gourmet food trucks and entertainment.

    But Campbell's goals reach beyond entertainment. He emphasized reaching out to LGBT members in the Asian and Latino communities, who have been less represented at past events.

    Company support

    And while Symantec had a booth at the festival -- the company has scored 100 percent on the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" index with the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- Campbell hopes to attract more big tech companies to the festival in the future.

    "If you look at it all those corporations, the Googles, the Yahoos, the Apples and so forth, all of them have large LGBT communities within their employee base," he said. "And so we need to get those corporations on board and fly their flags at this festival."

    Representatives from the HRC described most tech companies, including Apple, Google, Yahoo and Cisco, as accepting and not basing hiring decisions on sexual orientation.

    "The most common answer from (these companies), is we want our employees to be themselves because they're more productive when they bring their whole selves to work," said Danielle Daley who is on the board of governors with HRC.

    Google and Yahoo, among other Silicon Valley companies, were also listed as best places to work on the HRC index.

    Chris Stoner, a software engineer who moved to San Jose this past year, described the valley as more open than where she worked previously.

    "I was in the closet," she said. "I would have lost my job."

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    Deepa Soul and the ASL interpreter is hella getting into it.

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    Kristine W rocking it.

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    I ran into this fabulous queen Tequila Mockingbird, who mentioned being something of a name in the Tokyo drag scene but I have so far found nothing to confirm or deny it. I just had to share the outfit she had on, because it's just the right amount of OTT for a Pride event.

    Here's some LGBTQ folks to stan! (Buy "FEVA" on iTunes now!), etc. Except maybe Kristine W, having taken a peek at her Twitter she may not be, but she's something of an icon in dance music anyway.

    And did any of my fellow South Bay ONTDers make it out?

    Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and my friend with a bike my phone.

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    Twisted may be gone forever, but we’re already getting a mini-reunion!
    According to Deadline, Kylie Bunbury has just been cast in Spike TV’s six-hour event series Tut, alongside her former co-star Avan Jogia!
    Avan will star opposite Ben Kingsley, who stars as Ay, the grand vizier to King Tutankhamun, who wields tremendous power and influence as the top adviser to the young Egyptian ruler.
    Tut will be filmed entirely on location in Morocco and Canada in the fall for a 2015 debut.


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    After a whirlwind courtship, engagement and wedding, Jill Duggar (now Jill Dillard) has even more new happy news to deliver.

    "We're having a baby!" Jill tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We are so excited."

    Jill, 23, and husband Derick, 25, who tied the knot on June 21 in Springdale, Arkansas, shared their first kiss in front of more than 1,000 family and friends and then celebrated with them at a reception.

    The couple's wedding will be featured on TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, during its new season that begins Sept. 2 (9 p.m. ET).

    After taking several pregnancy tests that came back negative, Jill was persuaded by her sisters to take one of her mom Michelle's tests while she and Derick were visiting her parents' home. This test gave her a very different result – it was positive!

    "It was surreal," says Derick. "We were shocked. Both of us are so excited."

    The happy couple, who are due in March, have been having fun sharing their news with their family.

    "About 30 days after Jill and Derick got married they gathered everyone in the living room and shared the news," Jim Bob, 49, tells PEOPLE. "Everyone was clapping and cheering, and we were in shock, too."

    For much more on the couple's pregnancy and plans for a supersize family of their own – and exclusive details on her sister Jessa's romantic engagement to Ben Seewald – pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

    steal jessa's thunder, jill. yassssssss. but did they even wait for the peestick to dry tho?

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    Elliphant – real name Ellinor Olovsdotter – might have been born in Stockholm, but she developed her musical style during a summer spent listening to bass music in the U.K. Accordingly, her latest EP, Look Like You Love It, features contributions by everyone from Swedish pop wiz Dr. Luke to dubstep pioneer Skrillex, who was featured on the dramatic head-banger "Only Getting Younger."

    Fans of that song can check out its five-track remix EP, released last week, and psych ward music video, premiered above. "'Only Getting Younger' is about a lot of things – youngsters, crew, life, stayin' together," she tells Rolling Stone. "It's about being however you see yourself, not how other people see you."

    At the end of September, Elliphant will embark on a fall tour supporting Charli XCX, stopping at venues like D.C.'s 9:30 Club, New York's Webster Hall, Austin's Emo's and L.A.'s Mayan Theatre. Only Getting Younger, released via Ten/Kemosabe/Mad Decent, can be purchased here.

    Check her out, she's awesome.

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    out in the UK october 13 + rest of the world october 14

    jessie's instagram

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  • 08/21/14--12:55: vma seating chart 2014
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    Beyonce and Jay Z are NOT breaking up ... in fact, their relationship is "perfect' ... so says a woman who would definitely know -- Beyonce's mom.

    Tina Knowles was leaving lunch with Kelly Rowland at Via Alloro in Bev Hills -- and in a super-rare moment, actually opened up about rumors that B and J's marriage is on the rocks.

    Mama Knowles even had some choice words for people like Akon -- who recently told us the couple's relationship "feels corporate."

    And there seems to be evidence to back up Tina's statement -- Bey and Jay have been spotted out together a lot recently ... looking happy at the go-kart track, a restaurant opening, and they even embraced on stage.


    Passers-by in Regent’s Park were treated to an VIP ‘festival’ scene this morning as we unveiled the staggeringly realistic new wax figure of international superstar Beyoncé to a small gathering of fans. The figure will make a guest appearance here in London this summer before taking up residence in Madame Tussauds San Francisco later this year.

    Fans will have the chance to meet the new Beyoncé figure and pose for ‘selfies’ from today until the Autumn, when she will move to Madame Tussauds San Francisco. Here in London, Beyoncé will join a host of female superstars in the Baker Street attraction’s Music area, including Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kylie.

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    lol dying at how respectful the pap was with Tina, he knows not to test her. Also, that statue? Whodatwhodatwhodat.mp3

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    'Spider-Woman #1' has a special variant cover that is causing some controversy for some reason

    Good news: Marvel has a new comic book staring a female character! Better news: That female character is Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew, a severely underrated B-lister who hasn’t had a solo non-limited series since the late ’70s. Best news: Spider-Woman will team up Jessica with Silk, another female superhero, therefore all-but-assuring that Spider-Woman will be passing the Bechdel Test all over the place.

    Woohoo, Marvel! Woohoo, strong female character! Woohoo, illustrations of those strong female characters posing with strength and femininity! Why, just look at this variant cover of Spider-Woman #1 by Milo Manara:

    Yep, there’s ol’ Spider-Woman, just hangin’ out on the side of a building, as one does.

    Thrusting her posterior high in the air, as one does.

    And her legs spread all akimbo, as legs so often are.

    And also her costume appears to be painted or possibly even just tattooed on.

    And I guess she’s in a crawling position, even though she’s clearly perched on a ledge, so she doesn’t really need to do the whole “wall-crawling” thing.

    And I guess that, like, theoretically, if you were in one of those buildings behind her, and you happened to cast a glance across the street, you might let out a gasp and exclaim, “Great Scott! For a second there, I thought I saw an adolescent fantasy of subservient womanhood crawling across that building over there! I sure am glad that was just a trick of the light, because it would be really crazy if I had seen a nude red giant super-butt in a nominally family-friendly situation! Why, if I had seen something like that, I might start thinking to myself that this is exactly the kind of thing that happens in a male-dominated industry–the sort of thing that probably wouldn’t happen if there were, like, a couple women in the room to point out when something looks desperately wrong. Glad I didn’t see anything like that!”

    Anyhow, some people are upset about this for some reason. For comparison’s sake, here’s the regular cover:


    (Imagine the reaction if they ever saw fan service-heavy anime. Hell, even 'Space Battleship Yamato 2199' has more ass shots than a Jessica Alba movie and it's tame.)

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    Features: Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, Slash, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, and more.


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    If you were to ask me what Miley Cyrus is really like I wouldn't know where to start.

    Don't get me wrong. That's not some carefully considered analysis of an extraordinarily complex character. I'm not saying she's unusually complicated or impenetrable or anything like that. You're not asking me to psychoanalyse Steve Jobs.

    The truth with Miley is, I just don't know.

    I had 15 minutes to interview her. Ohhh. 18, maybe. You'd spend more time chatting to a cabby on a dash to the airport than I did yarning with the world's biggest pop star.

    And yet actually, by superstar standards, 18 minutes is an age. Usually you get four. Four measly minutes with whatever chiseled-and-cheek-boned Hollywood hunk or honey is plugging their new film or record.

    They don't want to be there. They don't want to do seventy consecutive interviews, shaking seventy sweaty hands, struggling throughout to transition from questions in thick Eastern European accents. If it weren't for contractual fineries, the faux-smiles and semi-coherent answers would be switched out in a sec.

    Just imagine for a moment what on Earth it'd be like to be asked to describe the annals of your job seventy consecutive times. By twenty you'd be bored. By thirty you'd be irritable. By sixty you'd have an eye twitch and by the last couple you'd go zongo.

    The mere fact Tom Hanks hasn't ended one of his publicity days with a maniacal scream, smearing himself in his own excretions and running in circles and being tasered by security, is the reason he wins Oscars and you and I don't.

    But Miley.

    We had somewhere between 15 and 18 minutes all up in the locker room of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

    She didn't have to do seventy interviews. But she did have to do a show: the umpteenth of her US 'Bangerz' tour. She'd be on stage in just over an hour.

    Miley was friendly, polite, and funny. Her language was more befitting a lad on the nightshift at a Southland meatworks than a Disney princess: Most Americans don't swear like Kiwis. But I've heard a whole lot worse.

    I was struck she didn't have a posse. Usually with these things, a team of panicking aids and assistants follow the star's every step.

    I did an interview once with a name-who-shall-remain-nameless, whose assistant brought him three separate coffees, least one or two happened to be the wrong temperature. It was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

    But not for this one. Nope. It was just Miley and her manager. She did her own make up. She asked to see what her shot looked like before we hit record. She initiated the small talk and claimed that any decisions about tongue stuff and twerking is all her doing, too.

    After 15 or 18 minutes I sensed time was up and turned to her manager.

    "Am I allowed to ask for a photo?" I said.

    "I'm the one you ask." Said Miley.

    I snapped back.

    "Let's get a selfie." She smiled.


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    Taylor Swift fans were bowled over this week when the singer debuted the music video for her new, previously unannounced single "Shake It Off," but fans of the format were doubly surprised by who directed it: Mark Romanek, the helmer of some of the most iconic music videos ever made, including Johnny Cash's "Hurt," Fiona Apple's "Criminal," and the Nine Inch Nails clip "Closer." These days, Romanek is more focused on feature films (his big-screen work includes One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, and he's currently circling The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining set up at Warner Bros.), but "Shake It Off" is the latest in a music-video resurgence for the director: After eight years away the medium, he directed last year's Jay Z clip "Picasso Baby" and the music video for U2's big Super Bowl single "Invisible." Clearly, Romanek's busier than ever right now, but he still made time via email to answer some of Vulture's questions about the genesis of "Shake It Off," his collaboration with Swift, and what he makes of the reaction to the video.

    When Taylor is in her B-girl outfit, with all the girls twerking around her, it seems like you’re playing around with the notion of how pervasive this imagery has become in pop music over the past few years. But what do you make of it when people like Earl Sweatshirt dispute your intent and claim that you’re simply perpetuating black stereotypes?
    I'm a fan of his and I think he's a really interesting artist. (I posted a Vine to one of his tracks once.) But he stated clearly that he hadn't seen the video and didn't even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it's this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole "controversy." We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece. It's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And — let's remember — it's a satirical piece. It's playing with a whole range of music-video tropes and clichés and stereotypes.
    You shot "Shake It Off" over three days in June, yet no one knew a thing about it until its official release this week. How does something like that happen, and is that harder and harder to do these days when even a random extra in one scene might snap something on his iPhone?
    Yes. Two months was a long time with no leaks. You know, I've made over two dozen spots for Apple. They take their secrecy very, very seriously, too, so my producer and I have become pretty practiced at keeping things secure. A series of measures are put into place. Badges and wristbands. Aggressive nondisclosure agreements must be signed. Scary legal announcements regularly made to cast and crew. Cell phones confiscated at the door. We selected a pretty remote sound stage and even placed boom boxes all around the perimeter blasting heavy-metal music, in case you could faintly hear the song during shooting. And then, after all those measures are taken, you kneel and pray.
    What was the kernel of a concept that this video sprung from? Was there some sort of idea or visual image or intent that everything else grew out of?
    Yes. In all the videos I've done over the years, I'd say pretty much all of them were my own concept. But this basic idea was all Taylor's. We met and she told me that she wanted to make a sort of paean to the awkward ones, the "uncool" kids that are actually cooler than the "cool" kids. She said she wanted to shoot all these styles of dance and then be the individualist dork in the midst of these established genres. And that she somehow wanted her fans involved. I loved that idea, so over the following week or so, we narrowed down our choices for styles of dance. I think she imagined it in more natural settings and I suggested giving it a starker, more minimalist look. And I suggested the idea of incorporating her fans as a climax, for the ending as a kind of surprise.
    You’ve directed clips for some of the biggest acts in pop music, but how does “Shake It Off” feel different than other videos in your oeuvre?
    Well, I'm not sure I've ever done such a purely pop video as this. I guess "Scream" was pop, but I think of Michael [Jackson] as sort of his own genre. No Doubt's "Hella Good" is pretty pop. I kind of pride myself on being able to tailor a bespoke style for just about any artist or genre — whatever's called for, really. In this case, the assignment was to create a purely fun, upbeat pop video. I'd never really done that, so it was a new challenge. You know, I used to be the "Prince of Darkness" and now I have two adorable daughters, so I guess I've softened up a lot. I want to make things that they might like, too. It didn't hurt that they're huge fans of Taylor's, so now I'm Super Dad.
    Tell me about casting the dancers. You’re working with some pretty stunning talents … and then at the end, normal people who dance with abandon. What is it like to direct both of those sorts of dancers, and where did you find them?
    I worked with choreographer Tyce Diorio, who Taylor recommended. He was tasked with finding all the professionals. It was really important to me that the professional dancing be astonishingly good, for a couple of reasons. One, they were going to be the "straight man," so to speak, to Taylor's Lucille Ball style of physical comedy. I knew it wouldn't be as amusing if those dancers weren't seriously good as a counterpoint. And two, it's just way more entertaining and beautiful to watch truly great dancing. As for the fan kids, it was just a matter of making them feel safe and comfortable, to make the set fun, so they could be uninhibited, so they could really express their inner dork.
    Taylor said she’s wanted to work with you for years. Had she approached you for other videos that didn’t work out? What was it about this one?
    No. This was the first time she'd contacted me. I was surprised she even knew any of my videos. As for this one, as soon as I heard the song, I knew it would be very popular. I was in.
    Tell me what your collaboration was like. What did she want to do with this video? Where did you push her?
    It was a fun and easy collaboration. She's very clear about what she likes and doesn't like, and isn't afraid to communicate it. She wanted to make sure that the message of the video came through clearly. This notion that not fitting in is more than okay. I wouldn't say I had to push her much. We tried to make the set a sort of playground to try all sorts of goofy ideas. Casting and choreographing that many dancers in a short amount of time was very challenging, but the shoot itself was super fun. Taylor is a very, very hard worker.
    Walk me through each of her personas in this video. How did you settle on these characters, and were there other ones included in the beginning phases of brainstorming?
    We narrowed down the genres and I pulled tons of reference photos (as I always do) for each genre. We talked about all the looks and styles and moves and details. I wouldn't say these are "characters" per se. These are all facets of Taylor. Or, I should say, they're all Taylor, just in different clothes. At one point we did consider a punk mosh pit thing and some swing dancing, but it didn't really work out.

    You’re really living with a music video when it’s being cut together in postproduction, but what’s the moment that still gets the biggest reaction from you, no matter how many times you see it?
    I find the structure of it quite moving actually. Because after all this goofy, stylized clowning around, the appearance of these real kids just being themselves is tremendously affecting to me. In a way, the whole video is just a setup for that moment. And this is why, I think, if Earl Sweatshirt was open-minded enough to take the four minutes to watch it, he might see what the larger, humanistic, and utterly color-blind message was intended to be.
    You’ve become suddenly prolific again when it comes to directing music videos — or, at least, prolific compared to the rest of your music-video output over the last decade. Is there a renewed interest you have in the form?
    Nope. I've always been intrigued by the form. It's just luck and happenstance. I never make any rules for myself. I never said, "I don't want to make any more music videos." I make my decisions intuitively, in the moment. If U2 and Jay Z and Taylor Swift come calling, it requires real effort to contrive of a reason to say no.
    Is there anything you can tell us about The Overlook Hotel? We’d heard that you had been in talks … have things progressed further, and what intrigues you about that project?
    Well, all I can say is that it is, indeed, an intriguing project. And, if it works out the way I hope it will, it probably won't be much like what people expect it to be.


    ok earl go back to making songs called "wake up f*ggot." the only people whose criticism matters is black women!

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    VH1 looked more like the Playboy Channel when they accidentally aired an uncensored crotch shot during an episode of the reality show “Dating Naked,” a star of the show claims in a new lawsuit.
    Jessie Nizewitz, 28, says she was repeatedly promised by the producers that her private parts would be “blurred out” during the show’s third episode in May.

    So she stripped down to her birthday suit with wet beach sand covering parts of her body and performed a WWE-style wrestling move on her date while the producers egged her on, according to the $10 million suit filed in Manhattan by her high- powered lawyer, Matthew Blit.
    “I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified,” Nizewitz told The Post, explaining that she was brought to tears.

    When the episode aired on July 31, Nizewitz became the butt of jokes on YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr, the papers state.

    Nizewitz shows the video that led to her lawsuit.

    “I immediately started getting text messages. Everyone saw it,” the mortified Nizewitz recalled.
    “One of the messages read, ‘So your money shot is on cable TV.’”

    Even the runway model’s family caught an eyeful.

    “My grandma saw it. I saw her this week and she didn’t have much to say to me. She’s probably mad. My parents are just annoyed,” Nizewitz lamented.

    The Long Island beauty has worked with famed fashion designer and convicted pedophile Anand Jon, who counted a who’s who of Hollywood stars as his friends, including Paris Hilton and Jessica Alba.
    Nizewitz’s suit names Viacom, which operates VH1, and two production companies, Firelight Entertainment and Lighthearted Entertainment.

    “I think they owe me a huge apology,” Nizewitz said.She added that the show cost her a “budding relationship” with a man she had been seeing for a month.

    “He never called me again after the show aired. I would have hoped we could have had a long-term relationship. He was employed, Jewish, in his 30s and that’s pretty much ideal,” Nizewitz said.
    Viacom, Firelight and Lighthearted did not immediately return calls for comment.


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    Talib Kweli appeared on CNN today to speak with anchor Don Lemon about the ongoing riots in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. Talib was very critical of Lemon and CNN during the interview for their coverage of the events, and said that their accounts of the situation didn't match up with what was really going on and what he saw first-hand during the protests.

    "I feel like it was important for me to be here and control the narrative, because the media has been doing a horrible job of making sure the stories get out," Talib said of the media coverage on Ferguson.

    The rest of the interview consists of Kweli and Lemon going back and forth about Talib being upset at Lemon for not letting him speak during the conversation. Above is the official video of the interview via CNN, while additional footage below shows a little bit more of the heated exchange than the network released.


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    "She said yes!!!... I think. I can't really be sure," the 26-year-old captioned a sweet snapshot of the two kissing. "I'm going marry my best friend. @italiaricci."

    Amell and the ABC Family Chasing Life star, 27, celebrated their six-year anniversary last month. "Happy 6 year anniversary to my favorite person in the entire world. I love you so much," Ricci wrote via Instagram on July 19. "Also, you're pretty good-looking. @robbieamell."


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    After working with Lady Gaga on Machete Kills, director Robert Rodriguez knew she would have to be his new Sin City sequel.

    "I told her she had to be in it," Rodriguez told me earlier this week at the movie's Hollywood premiere. "But we needed to find a role small enough that she could do while she was on tour. And then this one popped up."

    He's referring to Gaga's role as a waitress in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (in theaters tomorrow). We won't give it all away, but she shares some screen time with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    "We were shooting and it was just a couple of days away," Rodriguez said. "She happened to be on tour in Houston, just a couple of cities away from us in Austin. She was ready. She brought her own wigs! I said, 'We're not going to have time to make a wig for you.' She showed up, we did the scene, she knocked it out of the park and then she was back on tour."

    Rodriguez is certain Gaga could have a long acting career if she wants it. "She would be fantastic," he said. "The camera loves her. She's a great performer. She's performed twice for me now and I was blown away by her discipline. She studied acting before she became a singer and you could really tell."

    Frank Miller, creator of the Sin City comics, added, "She totally transforms into the part she's playing to the point that it doesn't even feel like acting."


    She could have at least changed the wig shape, it's pretty much the same as the Machete Kills look, just different color.

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    At this year's Comic-Con International, "Arrow" star Stephen Amell was flying high. After two seasons of saving Starling City on The CW's superhero drama, the actor went about the work of launching DC Entertainment's massive slate of 2014 TV debuts. Throughout the weekend and into DC TV's big Hall H presentation, the actor was the face of the company's television division, and he felt quite comfortable in the part.

    "It's really rewarding," Amell told CBR. "The WB Party that we had last night is at the same place it is every year, at the Hard Rock. And to be there last night, with five DC properties premiering in the fall and remembering being there in 2011 when I'd go up to people going 'Nice bag' when I was on the bag... it's extremely rewarding. I think that we, as a show -- as a cast and a crew and a creative team -- we can take a lot of credit for the fact that there are five DC television properties now. I'm willing to take ownership of that. We worked hard for it, and I think if we hadn't had the success that we've had so far, that wouldn't be the case."

    Of course, the show that started it all has plenty of new ideas in its quiver as "Arrow" enters its third season. Amell joined fellow actors John Barrowman ("Malcolm Merlyn"), David Ramsey ("John Diggle") and Colton Haynes ("Roy Harper") as well as writer and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg for a series of round table discussions with the press to talk about how the introduction of DC mainstays like Ray "The Atom" Palmer (played by Brandon Routh) and serious villain Ra's Al Ghul will shape a season that sees the entire "Arrow" cast asking who they really are.

    "We always look at these things as movies," Kreisberg said of the new season. "We had the first movie, and the sequel in Season 2 was a little darker and deeper. With Season 3 -- the third movie in a trilogy tends to go bigger with a few more characters added and a lot more humor. Those are the big things we're focusing on this year. Obviously, there will be the overarching emotional arc and the big bad and the villains of the week, but the changes we've made to the show, like changing the flashbacks and adding Brandon [Routh], make the show feel like a continuation of what's come before. But it's hopefully also going to feel like something new."

    With League of Assassins leader Ra's Al Ghul playing this year's big bad, the classic Batman villain (teased in "Arrow" when his daughter Nyssa appeared last season) will help shape where Oliver Queen goes as a character. "We wanted to do something that we hadn't done before," Kreisberg said. "With Malcolm, it was a very specific villain who had a very specific agenda. That was designed where they didn't even necessarily know they were up against each other until the very end. In Season 2, Slade's plan was all about revenge. It was personal. It was something he blamed Oliver for.

    "For Season 3, we wanted a new challenge for Oliver. [Ra's] really speaks to the emotional theme of the season, which is, 'Can I be both the Arrow and Oliver Queen at the same time?' The villain says to Oliver, 'The reason you're not able to fully be the Arrow and do the things you should be doing is because you're still holding on to Oliver Queen. I've left my identity behind to full commit to my cause. If you did that, you could rise as high as I am.' Knowing that was emotionally what we wanted to do, that was how we landed on [Ra's]."

    "The big heavy is someone who will bring a lot of darkness -- even more so than Barrowman's Merlyn or Manu's Slade," Ramsey added. "I think darkness is part of the overall tone of the show. We've talked about some more humor coming in, in terms of what Oliver does. He'll start matching that more into the Green Arrow of the comics who's more humorous and quirky. But I don't think it changes the way the show is dark and brooding -- which is a great contrast to 'Flash' which has a completely different feel."

    Speaking of "The Flash," The CW's spinoff drama will not merely run alongside "Arrow" but will continue to work with its sister show to expand the DCU on TV -- especially with the two-hour event that comprises the eighth episode of each show. "That's always fun," Ramsey said of the impending crossover. "I always loved the idea of crossing over shows from back when I was young. It's exciting. I'm curious though -- and I'm not even sure the writers have this all worked out yet -- because our show is so rooted in reality and theirs is so supernatural, how it'll all mesh if we do it too much. [The fear is] that all Arrow will have to do is call the Flash. 'What problems are you having this week with whoever? Just call up Barry.' I don't know if we'll do it too much, but it'll happen a couple of times this season."

    While fans wait for that specific event, they'll have plenty of other DC guest stars to fulfill their needs -- primarily Ray Palmer as played by former Superman Brandon Routh. The super scientist character may not jump directly into the shoes of his size-shrinking alter ego, but he will bring some new sci-fi elements to "Arrow" according to Kreisberg."Last season, with the Mirakuru and obviously with 'The Flash,' it's given us a little bit more license to have some less grounded stuff on 'Arrow.' That being said, Ray is actually coming in with a very grounded story," the producer explained. "Like a lot of the characters we see on the show, him actually putting on a costume and doing whatever it is that they do in the comics might be a long time coming. Right now, we're a lot more focused on Ray Palmer -- who he is and whether he's good or bad. The backstory will actually tie into things you've already seen that you might not have realized, and it does feel very real and very grounded. The best thing that Brandon is bringing on is humor. He has this old-style movie star quality about him, like Jimmy Stewart or Carey Grant, and it reminds us of an old 1930s movie where if Stephen is Clark Gable, Brandon is Jimmy Stewart, and Felicity is right in the middle between them. He adds so much to the show, it's amazing.

    "We also have Devon Aoki playing Katana, a fun comic book character who originally appeared with 'Batman & The Outsiders,'" Kreisberg added. "We're very proud of our ass-kicking female characters, so to have another one is great. And we're really excited to add some swordplay this year. Her husband Maseo, as played by Karl Yune, becomes Oliver's companion in the flashback story."

    The flashback sequences that take up a part of every "Arrow" episode will be vastly different this year, as last season's finale twist showed the Oliver of the past escaping his island prison to be recruited by Amanda Waller for a mission in Hong Kong."The thing about the flashbacks is that we're not necessarily flashing back to the island, but we're flashing back to the five years between the crash of the Queen's Gambit and Oliver's return from the island," Kreisberg said. "There were hints all along the way that he hadn't been on the island the whole time. When we made the pilot, there were two ideas that Marc [Guggenheim], Greg [Berlanti] and I had from the very beginning. One was that Sarah was still alive and that she would be the Canary when we saw her next. And the other one was that at the end of Season 2, Oliver would wake up not on the island. It's amazing to now be here in Season 3 and have gotten to those changes. But as always, the flashback story will be the continuing evolution of Oliver becoming the person we saw in the pilot. For the first two years, even though he gained some of the skills we saw when he returned to Starling, he was very much still the young Oliver. This season, we're going to see him take a big step into darkness and change as the things he's up against in the flashbacks really challenge his morality and humanity. You'll understand a lot more of what we saw in the pilot."

    Meanwhile, in the present, the early episodes of the season will see some conflict arise between Oliver and Diggle -- a development teased by a fight scene between the two in the show's Comic-Con sizzle reel. "You find us in a very good spot. It's all systems go," Amell said of where we pick up with Team Arrow after last year's finale. "But as you know, when things are good on the show it, means they're going to get really bad, really fast. It's an interesting thing for Oliver, because the dynamic has changed because Diggle has a kid -- or is about to have a kid. In the first episode, Oliver sees a version of himself that he doesn't like -- literally -- and that forces him to change his opinion on what he's willing to risk."

    "You can expect Diggle with a Bjorn and a glock. It's Daddy Diggle," Ramsey joked, noting more seriously that, "He will have a child, and that will cause some tension on the team -- not so much with Diggle himself. He knows his purpose, and he doesn't see why a personal life should hinder that. But Oliver may have some issues with it as early as the first episode."

    Expect Dig to have his own story this season, as he continues to have tensions with his baby mama Lyla Michaels. "The relationship with Lyla is a very adult relationship," Ramsey said. "They have a long history, back in the military. You'll see some of that at the beginning, but then we'll move forward as she's now the leader of A.R.G.U.S. We'll see how Diggle gets more involved with A.R.G.U.S. and the return of the Suicide Squad. You're going to see a lot more of Diggle's personal time this season. You'll see his story develop.

    "It was almost like the first season was going to be the Arrow/Diggle story," the actor added of his own character's developing role in the show. "That was a very clear relationship, and then they started to peel back and look at other characters. In the second season, the Arrow cave got even more crowded. So it's different in terms of the tentacles -- there are more tentacles in terms of the storytelling. But in terms of Diggle, he's probably one of the most solid characters on the show. He's very clear about what he wants and who he is. He's the older stalwart. He's very centered, and I don't think he's going to go away from that. I think where he evolves is where he goes with his story -- his relationship with his family and the Suicide Squad and Deadshot. H.I.V.E.! There's his investigation of that group that put out the order to kill his brother. I think those layers will get peeled back in terms of challenging his very clear ideas of who he is as a person."

    Speaking of the Suicide Squad, asked whether Season 3 would allow for a full appearance of team member Harley Quinn -- who was only teased in brief last year, Kreisberg was non-committal. "I don't know about that," the producer admitted. "There are very few things we've asked DC Comics for that we haven't gotten. That was something you asked for, and what you saw is a compromise that Geoff Johns and I came up with. To even get that much was a thrill for us. I know that they may have other plans for her, but it was certainly an Easter egg that thrilled us. But the Suicide Squad will definitely be back. Whether we see the 'deranged female killer' we saw before, we'll have to wait and see."

    One villain that is returning for sure is Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn, who has drawn his biological daughter Thea (played by Willa Holland) over to the dark side for the time being. The fan favorite actor said he'd been waiting for this opening up of his role since early in the show's run, and is hoping to play the villain with a sympathetic edge. "It's difficult, because when you're a nemesis -- as the show sees it, 'Good and Bad,' or as I see it, 'Good and Misunderstood' -- that's hard. I think the fans like Malcolm so much because I play him as someone who has a mission, but it's all going wrong for him. What happens in the future is going to be one of the most dysfunctional yet amazing relationships that you're going to come across. I think the fans are going to be shocked and thrilled at the same time with what's going to happen," Barrowman promised. "After Tommy died, it was then alluded to for a while until we found that Thea was Malcolm's daughter. Malcolm had two people at that time still in his life -- Moira and Thea. Although she's now gone, Malcolm loved Moira. He loved her because she would wind him up... Now, she's gone, and Thea is all that Malcolm has left. He lost Tommy because he could not control his emotions. He lost Moira because she gave herself up in an emotional sacrifice. Malcolm can control people with money, with violence and with destruction, but he can't control people emotionally. This is what he's got to learn how to do, and it all starts with Thea.

    "But I do want to get together with Stephen," Barrowman admitted. "They're not going to put them together right away, because it's like a love relationship. Once Ross and Rachel in 'Friends' got together, people were like, 'They've done it, now. What's next?' We're going to be careful about that. Maybe it'll happen this season, or maybe later, but we do want to face off. There will be small stuff, I'm sure, we'll do together, and there will be some fights, I'm sure. But it'll be interesting to see how Oliver reacts to the Thea situation. Because I'm just going to stir it up."

    Amell also expressed excitement at the possibility of mixing it up with Barrowman on screen. "I can't wait," he said. "I'm so excited, and without spoiling too much, John Barrowman and I have only done like two scenes together [in the show so far]. I was chained up for one, and one was us fighting, which doesn't really count. I'm a huge John Barrowman fan, and I want the real 'mano y mano' action showdown with John. I'm so fired up for that!

    "In general, I think that Willa is incredibly talented, and it really excites me because for all intents and purposes, she's kind of been a bench player for the first couple of years," the star continued, shifting the topic back to Willa Holland's character, Thea. "This year, it's us saying, 'We know how much you're capable of. So here you go. Here's your episode.' I know that Diggle's had a couple episodes like that, but this year Willa is going to have an episode like that. And Emily [Bett Rickards as Felicity] is going to have an episode like that. That's the most exciting part for me -- aside from getting a couple of days off. I'm happy that everyone is getting their moment."

    Amidst the Thea/Malcolm drama, Haynes' Roy Harper will also get his time to shine. "There is a scene coming up between [Thea and me] where Roy realizes he messed up," the actor said. "If there was one person who shouldn't have been lying to Thea, it's Roy, because they love each other. He's trying to busy himself right now by going on patrols with Team Arrow, but I think there's also an understanding between him and Thea that he really did want to go away with her. So we're going to see an interesting relationship between Roy and Malcolm because of that."

    But it won't be all relationship drama for the "don't call me a sidekick" hero as Roy takes on the costumed role of Arsenal for the first time this year. "I tried a prototype of the costume which we were going to premier in the last episode of the second season, and it looked nothing like it looks now. It was still awesome, but this one is a whole new level of badass-ness," Haynes said. "We decided with the departure of a few of the characters that the storyline [last season] needed some breathing room and saved the costume for this year. But it's the coolest costume in the world. I lost a bunch of weight, but you can put a bunch of fake stuff in the costume and still look super buff!"

    With a costume to match Oliver's, the relationship between the characters will start to resemble the "Green Arrow and Speedy" team of the comics more. "It's different but different in a good way," Haynes said. "Everyone was telling me last year that episode 20 -- 'Seeing Red' -- was going to be my big episode. I was hoping to get the script early so I could remember all my lines, and then I didn't have one line the whole episode! I was in every scene, but I didn't say anything. I ended up pulling a muscle from constantly making that angry face. I couldn't move my jaw. But now I don't have to do all that scowling because Roy has lightened up a bit. He has this real funny thing with Felicity. They've turned into this thing where it's like that scene in 'Bridesmaids' where they're all trying to one up each other. That's basically Emily and I this season. It's nice to see the lighter side, because if you go back to the cartoons and comics, Roy is a little quippy."

    But is a dark turn ahead for Roy like in the comics, where he's been known to have an arm blown off? "I've asked about that myself, and I've asked about the drug addiction and the possibility of things like Cheshire," the actor teased. "They haven't ruled any of it out, but they have reminded me that it's very expensive to CGI someone's arm out, and I really don't want to cut mine off. So I don't think we'll see any of that very soon, but we will see a lot of people from Roy's past that are prominent and give the other characters a run for their money. We're going to see and hear about some of Roy's family this year."

    Overall, the crew of "Arrow" expressed confidence that they've gotten their corner of the DCU lined up for another big year. "What's worked really well for us is asking early on, 'What does the villain want? What does the hero need to learn this season emotionally?'" Kreisberg said. "When you're in the weeds and trying to break an episode and can't figure it out, it helps so much to have that hook to latch back onto. Last season, any time we had trouble with an episode, we leaned back on the question of, 'Am I a hero or am I a villain?' That's how we realized Sarah could be going through the same things as Oliver. This year, it's identity. Every character is asking, 'Who am I?' or, 'Am I Thea Queen or Thea Merlyn?' Knowing that helps us along."

    As for Amell, he's ready to take leadership not just of DC's TV slate but also of Oliver Queen -- wherever he may go. "Green Arrow's been around since 1941, and a lot of other people have had a much longer relationship with the character than I have. But for me, any representation there is of Green Arrow, I want to be involved with it," he said. "The whole Green Arrow universe is something we've taken ownership of, and that's important to me."

    "Arrow" Season 3 debuts October 8 on The CW.


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    Tinashe announces that her debut album "Aquarius" arrives in October.

    After a few strong mixtapes and a buzzing single "2 On" (remixed by Drakeand OB OBrien), rising singer Tinashe is finally prepared to announce a release date for her debut album Aquarius.

    The West Coast native dropped off a new trailer for her album today which also happens to reveal the release date. In the somewhat creepy trailer, Tinashe has body paint on her face and back and gets into a bathtub with fish. What does it all mean? Hopefully we'll understand more as we lead up to the album, which drops October 17th.

    Directed/edited by Tinashe
    Music by Tinashe


    With her single “2 On” rising up the charts, Tinashe celebrated with a trip to Las Vegas on Thursday. The L.A. singer took over the grand cabana at TAO Beach for a daytimepoolparty with her pals. Later in the evening, she changed into a yellow dress and camouflage jacket before dining on wasabi-crusted filet mignon at TAO Asian Bistro.

    While on the red carpet, she revealed that her debut album Aquarius will be dropping in October featuring A$AP Rocky and Future.

    Following dinner, she made her way upstairs to TAO Nightclub where she hosted “Worship Thursdays” and hit the stage to perform “2 On,” which is currently No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. After dancing the night away in VIP, she joined DJ Five in the booth at 2 a.m. for an impromptu encore performance.

    “Vegas!! Celebrating my 4th consecutive week #1 at rhythmradio,” tweeted Tinashe.


    It's a rare occasion that an album interlude gets enough traction that the artist decides to release an extended version of the track as a standalone. It happened with Rihanna's "Cake" (given the single treatment with Chris Brown), and now it's happened with DJ Mustard's "Tinashe Checks In."

    The original two-minute version of "Tinashe" can be found on Mustard's new LP 10 Summers, which was released for free download yesterday via Google Play before its official release on iTunes this morning.

    Is this extended mix better than the original or does the extra minute actually hurt the track? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

    A day after Tinashe made a special appearance on DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers, the 21-year-old singer has released a track of her own, called “In the Meantime,” which is probably a little treat to hold us off until her album drops sometime in September.

    A follow-up to her successful single “2 On,” which was remixed by Drake, “In the Meantime” was produced by T-Minus, who injected a haunting, bass-heavy beat. The thumping bass accompanies Tinashe’s sexy and mesmerizing call for a guy who can keep her occupied until she finds a new man.

    “Late night, late night, ay/ Late night on a weekday/ Ridin’ ’round town smokin’ now with my windows down, ho,” she sings on the hook, and you can almost imagine smoke coming from her mouth as she delivers those lyrics.

    Whether “In the Meantime” makes it to her upcoming solo debut Aquarius or not, the captivating songtress told MTV back in May that she had recorded more than 100 tracks for the project.

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