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    justinbieber: We wake up singin good ol johny cash @khalil came with with the crazy tone lol


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    2014 Emmy Awards: Red Carpet

    Lena Dunham

    Sarah Hyland

    Laverne Cox

    Kate Mulgrew

    Samira Wiley

    Teyonah Parris

    Kiernan Shipkan

    Taylor Schilling

    Amanda Peet

    Anna Chlumsky

    Natasha Lyonne

    Anna Gunn

    Laura Prepon

    Kelly Osbourne

    Debra Messing

    Allison Tolman

    Hayden Panettiere

    Heidi Klum

    Keke Palmer

    Mayim Bialik

    Dascha Polanco

    Michelle Monaghan

    Lena Headey

    Natalie Dormer

    Julie Bowen

    Melissa McCarthy

    Christine Baranski

    Kaley Cuoco

    January Jones

    Octavia Spencer

    Taissa Farmiga

    Sarah Paulson

    Julianna Margulies

    Allison Williams

    Allison Janney

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Amy Poehler

    Kate Mara

    Katherine Heigl

    Kerry Washington

    Lucy Liu

    Betsey Brandt

    Michelle Dockery

    Sibel Kekilli

    Zooey Deschanel

    Claire Danes

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
    Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) - WINNER
    Ricky Gervais, "Derek" (Netflix)
    Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" (Showtime)
    Don Cheadle, "House of Lies" (Showtime)
    Louis C.K., "Louie" (FX)
    William H. Macy, "Shameless" (Showtime)

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
    Lena Dunham, "Girls" (HBO)
    Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
    Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep" (HBO) - WINNER
    Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly" (CBS)
    Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" (NBC)
    Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
    Andre Breaugher, "Brookiyn Nine-Nine" (FOX)
    Adam Driver, "Girls" (HBO)
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" (ABC)
    Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" (ABC) - WINNER
    Fred Armisen, "Portlandia" (IFC)
    Tony Hale, "Veep" (HBO)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
    Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
    Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" (ABC)
    Allison Janney, "Mom" (CBS) - WINNER
    Kate Mulgrew, "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix)
    Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
    Anna Chlumsky, "Veep" (HBO)

    Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
    "Episodes"— "Episode 305″ (David Crane)
    "Louie"— "So Did The Fat Lady" (Louis C.K.) - WINNER
    "Orange Is the New Black"— "I Wasn’t Ready" (Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman)
    "Silicon Valley"— "Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency" (Alec Berg)
    "Veep"— "Special Relationship" (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci)

    Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
    "Episodes"— "Episode 309″ (Iain B. MacDonald)
    "Glee"— "100″ (Paris Barclay)
    "Louis"— "Elevator, Part 6″ (Louis C.K.)
    "Modern Family"— "Vegas" (Gail Mancuso) - WINNER
    "Orange Is the New Black"— "Lesbian Request Denied" (Jodie Foster)
    "Silicon Valley"— Minimum Viable Product" (Mike Judge)

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    Cody Simpson perpetually has a smile on his face, but he's been hiding some major feelings about the people involved in his music career! Cody announced on Twitter today that he was "finally free" and working on his "first true solo album."

    Although he has since deleted the tweet, it definitely sounds like he was frustrated with his record label, Atlantic Records, for trying to turn him into just another pop star.

    We've always loved his stripped-down acoustic songs, but we're guessing this means he didn't enjoy his tracks like "Surfboard" — the dancey track definitely sounds like the kind of "beats" he's referring to.

    While we're proud of Cody for following his heart, we're definitely curious about what's next for the singer. Since he's been collaborating with Justin Bieber, we might get an entirely new sound! Cody says that he is super-excited to share his new music with us, and we're ready to hear it.

    What do you think about Cody's decision? Are you excited to hear his new music?

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    Team-up with Avengers and GotG has been "talked about"; currently casting Jessica Jones

    Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has just pulled back the veil of secrecy a bit about Marvel's plans for the five series is bringing to the network in the coming years. As of now, we know that there are four solo series planned, with a fifth one being some sort of special event that includes all four established characters in a The Defenders crossover. But not much else is known. In a chat with Empire Magazine, Sarandos offered the following insights on how this all came to be and where it could be headed.

    On how this all came to be and where it could be headed:
    "It was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers. Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time."

    On how Daredevil will differ from the 2003 Ben Affleck film:
    "The series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did. What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they're a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds."

    On The Defenders getting in on the inevitable Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy team-up:
    "It has definitely been talked about. If you sense some hesitation in my voice, that's classic Marvel fashion. They like to keep that veil of secrecy. But Daredevil is already shooting, since that's out first. Eventually the series will run very close together. You can then have a separate season where the characters will cross over."

    On the immediate future:
    "Right now, the writers' rooms are open and they're looking at casting Jessica."


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    EXCLUSIVE: Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Fronts Karen Millen’s Fall Campaign

    Over the past year and a half, British-based retailer Karen Millen has successfully implemented a major rebranding transformation to appeal to hip, younger customers, both in the U.K. and worldwide. Following the recent openings of two major flagships (one in Knightsbridge and the other on Fifth Avenue here in Manhattan), the contemporary label kept up its momentum last week by teasing the trailer to its new Fall ’14 campaign video, titled The Journey, featuring a mysterious, red-haired leading lady, which elicited the response: “Who’s that girl?”

    Today, the full film debuts here on Style.com, where KM is revealing none other than up-and-coming actress Sophie Turner (who is best known for her role as Sansa Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones) as its face of the season. The brand assembled a creative dream team for the project, including director-photographer Glen Luchford; stylist Katy England; and It Brit models Rosie Tapner, Lara Mullen, and Brogan Loftus, who explore the vibrant East London neighborhood alongside Turner, wearing pieces from the latest collection. “The idea behind the campaign is to bring our brand world and our woman to life. It is designed to give an evocative snapshot into the energy and creativity of London, where our inspiration is drawn from and the KM atelier is based,” explained Gemma Metheringham, KM’s chief creative officer. “The KM woman has both style and substance: She’s memorable, with a strong character. Sophie is not only very talented, but she also has a great personality and powerful energy, in addition to being incredibly beautiful.”

    To coincide with its #KMTheJourney campaign, the retailer will also host a pop-up at its Brompton Road location for six weeks beginning September 1. There, it will offer a curated selection of 15 statement-making fall coats that shoppers can customize in a variety of luxurious fabrications. Below, Turner took time out of her busy filming schedule (in addition to currently shooting season five of GOT in Belfast, Ireland, the talented 18-year-old will also appear in two forthcoming films, Barely Lethal and Alone) to chat with Style.com about her Karen Millen campaign, personal style evolution, and more.

    —Brittany Adams

    How has your opinion of Karen Millen changed since working with them on the new campaign?
    When I was growing up, I always saw Karen Millen as a resource for women who were a bit older. Since I started going into their stores more over the past few years, I’ve realized it’s for people of all ages, and actually a really cool brand that I can believe in, so I jumped at the chance to be a part of their campaign when they approached me.

    What was the chemistry like with the creative team on set in East London?
    I had so much fun during the two days we shot. The director, Glen [Luchford] was just incredible. He’s been behind so many awesome campaigns—like Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent—so I couldn’t believe I was actually working with him. And with Katy [England] behind the styling, we really had the best of the best on this team. It was kind of funny because we were in the middle of London shooting a fall film on what had to be the hottest day of this summer. I was wearing this huge puffy coat and—not to sound gross—but there was definitely sweat dripping down my back.

    Speaking of coats, what were some of your favorite items you wore for the shoot?
    I absolutely loved that black faux fur coat I’m in when they finally show my face toward the end of the film. I could see myself wearing it casually or for a really posh night out, and it would be perfect for both occasions. The clothes are so versatile, and I will be mixing and matching them with pieces from the ’80s and ’90s that I’ve been swiping from my mother’s closet.

    In general, can you describe how your personal style has changed over the years?
    I’m pretty young and still trying to figure out—with the help of my stylist, Alex Breed—what my signature style is. Some days I want to look like a hipster kid, and then other days I want to be prim and proper. I really wish I had, like, seven lives so I could go from being a hipster one day to a punk the next. But that’s the great thing about fashion. In a way, it’s like acting, because you can try on all these different roles. When I was younger, my mum used to dress me in, like, lime green leggings with a matching neon jumper and hair scrunch, so I’d say I’ve definitely progressed since then in terms of style.

    Aside from Karen Millen, what other brands are you a fan of?
    There is so much British talent out there now. Matthew Williamson has always been a favorite of mine, and I am definitely also rooting for up-and-coming designers like Michael van der Ham. I’ve been to two fashion shows before, for Roland Mouret and Christian Siriano, and hoping I can get a break from filming to see some of the shows next month in London.

    The GoT cast making that paper, tbh.

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    Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly was released almost exactly a year ago, and over the past 12 months, the former Nickelodeon star has transformed from pop artist you ought to know to an undeniable superstar, with three singles in the Top 10 of the current Hot 100 chart, a slot opening the MTV Video Music Awards, red-hot dating rumors and millions of followers watching her every move. Grande is expanding as both a brand and a musician: as her profile has gotten bigger, she has pulled more sounds into her repertoire while keeping her biggest weapon, a remarkable vocal range, as a steady foundation. As a full-length, Yours Truly succeeded due to its consistency, with R&B producer Harmony Samuels concocting a buttery sound for Grande to embrace and keeping the subject matter uniformly kid-friendly. My Everything acknowledges that winning formula and disregards it, instead opting to turn Grande into a dance artist, a pop artist, a soul artist and an artist capable to singing the line "Picture me and you making/Making sweet love/Baby, give it to me" with no hesitation.

    As a result, My Everything is a less cohesive project than Yours Truly, although its best moments eclipse the highs of Grande's 2013 debut. The singles "Problem" and "Break Free" remain dizzying dance tunes, and back-to-back solo songs "One Last Time" and "Why Try" possess the types of flawless melodies that are typically reserved for the world's biggest pop divas. The back half of the album's many collaborations are hit-or-miss -- "Love Me Harder" with the Weeknd amazingly meshes together two dissimilar types of artists, while the A$AP Ferg appearance on "Hands on Me" is lost amidst the song's sexual vibe. The deluxe edition of the album is a similar grab-bag, with the explosive Top 10 hit "Bang Bang" giving way to the comparatively breezy "Only 1."

    One plea for Grande's future albums: it's time for her to own a stunning ballad. Songs on My Everything like the title track and "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart" attempt to match the awe-inspiring effect of Grande's voice but fall short, and one is left longing for the rising star to burst through with her own "I Will Always Love You,""Un-Break My Heart" or "Someone Like You." Grande has proven that her fizzy pop-R&B sound can get our hearts soaring, but next time, let's hope that she breaks them.Exactly, Billboard. We need that ballad

    Which songs on My Everything are worth repeated listens? Check out our track-by-track review of Ariana Grande's sophomore album.

    1. Intro - Eighty seconds that welcomes Grande fans back into the fold, reminding everyone that her voice is still a wonder and that she's still preoccupied with finding unconditional love.

    2. Problem feat. Iggy Azalea

    The subtle introduction leads directly into the irresistible, inescapable single "Problem," in which Grande invites Iggy Azalea, Big Sean's whisper and a raucous horn riff into the fold while still doing the heavy lifting herself. As time passes and the plays add up, one starts to notice the way Grande nimbly handles her start-stop vocals, rattling off a line like "And even though I can't forgive you/I really want to, I want you" with a playful breathlessness before yearning on the following line, "Tell me, tell me, baby/Why can't you leave me?"

    3. One Last Time - A song like "One Last Time" demonstrates Grande's newfound maturity and ambition on My Everything: while the downbeat admission of "I know/that you got everything/But I got nothing here without you" is the pained sound of a narrator racked with guilt, the chorus sets aside that humiliation and scoops up a sense of hope in front of pummeling drums and a three-note synth line.

    4. Why Try - Co-written and co-produced by Ryan Tedder, "Why Try" is constructed as Grande's "Halo," an unabashed diva moment that bowls over the listener with vocal power and mid-tempo emotion. The lyrics might have needed some polishing, but Grande presents a line like "Now we're screaming just to see who's louder" as if her livelihood depended upon it. Needs to be her next single tbh

    5. Break Free feat. Zedd

    With an assist from EDM maestro Zedd, second single "Break Free" is the total antithesis from its predecessor "Problem." Whereas the Iggy Azalea/Big Sean/Max Martin collaboration was a kitchen-sink amalgamation of various talents, "Break Free" possesses a laser focus, with Zedd's outlandish electronica serving as an icy platform for Grande's towering hook and forced rhymes. An underrated, enthralling dance single.

    6. Best Mistake feat. Big Sean - A moody ballad that grows stickier upon each listen, "Best Mistake" carries a tidy collection of impressive production details, the momentary string stabs among them. Big Sean's guest verse is unnecessary, yet has morphed into an interesting confessional now that the dating rumors are on.

    7. Be My Baby feat. Cashmere Cat - Grande's voice has long invited comparisons to Mariah Carey, and on "Be My Baby," the younger singer tries to evoke the nonchalant romance of Carey's best early-90's R&B cuts. Ironically, the song sounds like it would have been better served by another vocalist, as Grande's booming pipes threaten to overpower the casual atmosphere. A solid track that moves the album along briskly, but far from Grande's shining moment on My Everything.

    8. Break Your Heart Right Back feat. Childish Gambino - The relative misstep "Be My Baby" allows the following track "Break Your Heart Right Back" to shine even brighter, as Grande sounds infinitely more comfortable with the scorned-lover track and slinky interpolation of Diana Ross'"I'm Coming Out." When Grande needs a break from twirling, Childish Gambino steps in and thumps his chest; the guest verse works, even if you have to overlook the line "The flow so gross, my nickname school lunch."

    9. Love Me Harder feat. The Weeknd - Ariana Grande and the Weeknd come from different musical planets -- Grande started on Nickelodeon, Abel Tesfaye started by singing "Codeine cups paint a picture so vivid" on his first mixtape -- but as duet partners on the springy "Love Me Harder," the pairing somehow makes sense. The driving guitar riff in the chorus is delicious 80's cheese, and the Weeknd's ultra-sincere crooning works well while serving as callbacks to Grande's demands for romantic satisfaction.

    10. Just a Little Bit of Your Heart - Also known as "the one co-written by One Direction's Harry Styles,""Just a Little Bit of Your Heart" is another showcase for Grande's stellar ability to emote all over your average love ballad… but this one does not rise above being average. The final chorus contains some spectacularly high notes, at least.

    11. Hands on Me feat. A$AP Ferg - Whoa! An out-of-left-field banger that removes Grande from her teenybopper phase and finds the 21-year-old discovering her inner Rihanna with lines like, "Shirt off, keep the high heels on/Might be a little thing but I like that long, yeah/Don't let these eyes fool ya/I can take it, hold nothing back, give it to me." A$AP Ferg dances around the bold song like a court jester, but can't distract from Grande essentially declaring that this is the end of jeer Nickelodeon phase.

    12. My Everything - While Yours Truly ended with "Better Left Unsaid," a hint at Grande's foray into dance music, the title track to My Everything concludes the standard edition of the album on a somber note. A more affecting ballad than "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart,""My Everything" calls back to the album's intro and finds Grande struggling to regain the solid footing she once had with her partner.

    13. Bang Bang with Jessie J & Nicki Minaj (bonus edition)

    Jessie, Ari and Nicki team up for this decade's version of "Lady Marmalade," and one of the more uncompromisingly fun moments on My Everything. Grande lovingly cedes the spotlight to Jessie J's massive melismas and Minaj's double entendres.
    14. Only 1 (bonus edition) - "Only 1" unspools like the best kind of bonus-edition track: one that doesn't quite fit in with the standard edition, but deserves the chance to be digested by the artist's rabid fan base. Short, snappy and sumptuous, "Only 1" is a light confection that succeeds due to its busy, intricate percussion.

    15. You Don't Know Me (bonus edition) - The deluxe edition of My Everything concludes with Grande's very first anti-fame rant. "You want a perfect picture to believe in/Then you can't be looking for me then," she sings, suggesting further messiness on album number three.


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    When Nicki Minaj switched outfits after performing ‘Anaconda’ at the VMAs, apparently she didn’t have enough time — causing a serious wardrobe malfunction. Luckily, HollywoodLife.com was there to hear her nipple-filled explanation of what went wrong.

    Nicki Minaj is definitely a good sport! At the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, the 31-year-old went directly from “Anaconda” to “Bang Bang,” and didn’t have enough time to zip up her dress. However, she totally avoided a nip-slip by holding it together — which is better than having her nipples out, she said after the performance! Good for her for having such a great attitude!

    After the performance, she headed backstage to the VMA press room and when asked what happened, she simply responded with “We ran out of time getting the dressed zipped up!”

    However, she went even further to explain that she was actually thrilled.

    She shared an Instagram post of herself with Jessie J and Ariana Grande with a caption that read, “The BANG BANG video is out now!!!! Love u girls. Sorry about my zipper.”

    She later posted a pic talking about her nipples! The caption read, “God is good. As long as a nipple didn’t come out to play, I’m fine. Love my team. CASPER, Rushka, Adam, Oscar, Joyce, Gee… Many more to name but they’re all winners! No weak links. There’s no greater feeling than having ppl who inspire u and who work passionately and relentlessly to get the job done. the myx is starting to make me feel real good right now thank u to Slim, Richelle, Katina and the entire REPUBLIC team.”


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    Werk those Lana Del Ray lips hunny!

    Source: http://www.britneyphoto.org/thumbnails.php?album=4350

    Slay Queen!

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    Okay, nerd-quiz time: if you were going to start drawing comparisons between The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire, who would be Sansa? After all, there are only three major female characters in the whole trilogy. Leave it to Game of Thrones actor and number one Sansa Stark fan Sophie Turner to come up with a really twisted and awesome idea.

    In a recent interview with Vulture, Turner commented on Sansa’s dark, manipulative transformation over the course of season four, and how by the end she seemed more like Sansa’ evil twin. “Actually, that’s the real Sansa, to be honest,” she said. “That’s how I look at her. The Sansa who’s been lurking in the shadows. She’s like Gollum and Sméagol.”

    Wait, what? Gollum? She clarified:

    “The Sansa you saw up until season four… I mean, in season one, that’s who she was. But in seasons two, three, and four, she was kind of using the facade of her season one self, to deceive. So I think what we’ve done, you missed seeing the progression into the dark Sansa, and we’re just seeing it suddenly emerge, because she’s been deceiving people with this mask. Or at least that’s how I see it!”

    Yeah, it totally works when you think about it: both fell in love with a shiny, pretty thing (the Ring; King’s Landing) and then that thing totally sucked all the innocence right out of them, and now they pretend to be more wretched and pitiable than they are to garner favor from people in a position of power above them. But will Sansa, like Sméagol, succumb to the darkness and start strangling friends and family members? Because Sophie Turner maybe kind to wants that to happen, just a little bit.

    “I would love for her to go on a massive killing spree!” she said, upon being told of the speculation surrounding a “controversial” Sansa Stark chapter that will appear in The Winds of Winter. “But not like with a sword. Poison, or something. Like a huge, huge killing spree. A mass murder. I think that would be kind of fun to play. I think I’m starting to have a dark side as well!”

    So, wait, wouldn’t that make Sansa into Shelob? Because I can get behind that 100%. Eat all the orcs and tricksy hobbitses you like, baby. You deserve it.


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    Emmy award-winning Uzo Aduba ("Crazy Eyes" in Orange is the New Black) is starring in an indie musical called Pearly Gates, and the production company has released an mp3 of her solo song available for download (free) from the movie. The woman has pipes!!

    Pearly Gates is a movie based on a stage show from a first-time director and also stars Scott Grimes, Larry Miller, Illeana Douglas, Lainie Kazan, and Vincent Spano.


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    Tori Amos finished her North American tour last night, and while the Australian tour lies ahead, here's a look at the best covers from the "Lizard Lounge" segment of her concerts so far, in which she played two cover songs each show, most of them new to her. Fan recordings, but most are pretty good quality. I've selected ten of the best.

    "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty mashed up with "Building a Mystery" by Sarah McLachlan
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada 8/8

    "Crazy" (one of Tori's own songs) mashed up with "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé
    Austin, TX 7/30

    "Creep" by Radiohead
    New York, NY 8/13

    "Rise Like a Phoenix" by Conchita Wurst
    Linz, Austria 6/7

    "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow
    St. Louis, MO 8/1

    "Dream On" by Aerosmith mashed up with "I Need a Doctor" by Skylar Grey
    Portland, OR 7/18

    "Not Gonna Get Us" by t.A.T.u.
    Moscow, Russia 6/15

    "Teardrop" by Massive Attack
    Miami Beach, FL 8/24

    "Frozen" by Madonna
    Amsterdam 5/29

    "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica

    What are your favorite covers, ONTD?

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    Chris Hemsworth ("Thor" movies, upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," upcoming "Horrible Bosses 2") are joining New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.'"Vacation" reboot, says The Hollywood Reporter.

    Ed Helms will play Rusty Griswold in the comedy, while Christina Applegate will appear as his wife. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are set to make cameos. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote the script and are making their directorial debut.

    The new version of the vacation adventures of the quirky dad and his family will follow Rusty, who now has his own family misadventures on the road.

    Hemsworth will reportedly play the husband of Rusty’s sister, Audrey (a role that has not been cast), while Day is expected to cameo as a river rafting guide.

    Chris Bender, David Dobkin, Jeff Kleeman are producing. Filming is scheduled to start in September.


    Thor in a straight-up comedic role? I'm there.

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    The Sims 4 is coming, as you may have heard, and as we told you last month, you'll probably be able to run it as long as you actually own a PC. But what if you want to run it well? That's a bit of a different matter.

    The recently-revealed recommended system requirements for The Sims 4 are a big jump above and beyond the minimum spec. This is what you'll need if you want to play the game in all its glory:

    • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.

    • OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1

    • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 or faster or AMD Athlon X4


    • HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

    • DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only

    • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better

    • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

    • DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible

    • INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

    The Core i5/Athlon X4 seems like fairly heavy stuff for The Sims, as does the GTX 650 video card, but I suppose if you're just "recommending," why mess around? The Sims 4 comes out on September 2.


    Fuck you EA. I mean I meet the recommended specs but I'm sure there are people who have ancient ass computers and we all know the recommend specs are low key the min specs irl.

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    Black women waited for years to have a princess who looked like them, and now there is a growing presence of black female characters in the comic-verse.

    Imagine, if you will, four very complex black female characters in animation all together in one show: two superheroes (Bumblebee and Rocket), one morally grey prison warden (Amanda Waller), and one supervillain (Queen Bee). DC Comic’s short-lived show Young Justice features in its two seasons the teenaged sidekicks of the senior members of the Justice League, and the young counterparts with whom they join forces. These characters exemplify diversity not only in regards to how race is portrayed in animation, but in academia, relationships, morality, and occupation.

    I was impressed with how the show incorporated the many aspects of black women seamlessly while it continued with the action. Karen Beecher/Bumblebee is a lab assistant and protégé of another superhero, and Raquel Irvin/Rocket is a hero all of her own. Both are members of the Young Justice team and operate on a positive plane with the rest of the team. Their moral compass is outstandingly straight and narrow, and it contrasts with the compasses of the other two black women. The presence of all four women is a prism illustrative of the diversity that exists in the black diaspora.

    The depiction of Queen Bee’s powers of sexuality over men and totalitarian rule over her empire, Amanda Waller’s morally ambiguous reign over a prison of supervillains, Bumblebee’s dedication to academics and her long-term relationship, and Rocket’s dedication to being a hero somehow all manage to become an archetype that encompasses what it means to be a black woman. Clearly we don’t have powers, but we do face issues of sexuality, relationships, interactions with other women, studies, and our jobs. Black women are not a monolithic group, and the complexity of this is what makes the dynamic of Young Justice so interesting.

    It is encouraging to see that instead of placing these characters into the trope of a sassy black sidekick, the creators of the show instead gave them the depth they deserved. The characters are not visibly stereotyped and operate on very different planes of existence. They are given leadership roles and other innovative tasks. They are strong and they are vulnerable. They are good and they are evil. They are students and they are queens. This diversity is essential to a more widespread portrayal of black women in real life.

    In relation to how black women have been portrayed in the past – especially in regards to superheroes – the multifaceted take on the black female characters in Young Justice is refreshing. For a long time, Marvel’s Storm was the only superhero who got major screen time and recognition, and for DC Comics to create a show where four black women have major roles is a step in the right direction.


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    Life moves quickly for Roman Reigns, even more quickly than for the typical WWE superstar. Of course Reigns is anything but typical. The lights shine a little more brightly on the former big-time college and pro football player with the wrestling pedigree. And his star is rising quickly.

    Reigns is climbing the ranks of the WWE, and has in his sites set on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He’ll have to go through Brock Lesnar, who took it at this past weekend’s SummerSlam, not to mention loser John Cena, Daniel Bryan and a host of other hungry challengers. Reigns just dispensed with Randy Orton to take another step closer. Can he continue the march to glory? Will he take a detour through Hollywood?

    Here are eight things you didn’t know about Roman Reigns.

    1. Roman Reigns was born Leati Joseph Anoa’i into the legendary Samoan American wrestling family of the same last name. His dad is Sika of the Wild Samoans tag team (with Afa), which collected NWA and WWF championships throughout the 1970s and 80s. His cousin is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, son of wrestler Rocky Johnson. Current WWE tag team champions, The Usos, consisting of twin brothers Jimmy and Jey Uso, are also family.

    2. Anoa’i played defensive line for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He was a team captain and named first-team all-ACC in 2006, his senior year.

    3. The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007 but released him. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him soon after as a backup. Anoa’i spent the 2008 season in the CFL, playing for the Edmonton Eskimos.

    4. In 2010, Anoa’i got his start in the squared circle as Roman Leakee with Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He unsuccessfully challenged for the heavyweight championship, but paired with Mike Dalton to win the tag team title. When FCW became WWE NXT, Leakee changed his last name to Reigns.

    5. Reigns fronted (lol no)the wrestling vigilante group known as The Shield, fighting injustice in the wrestling world as they saw it. The other members were Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The trio won numerous six-man tag team matches and served as hired guns in various feuds until disbanding earlier this year.

    6. Reigns and Rollins took down Team Hell No to win the tag team championship in May of 2013. The pair held the belts for five months, successfully defending their title against The Usos, The Prime Time Players and other challengers. The team of Cody Rhodes and Goldust eventually got the better of them.

    7. Reigns’ finishing move is the Spear, which is basically a shoulder tackle applied to an upright opponent’s midsection. Upon contact, he lifts their legs and drives them into the mat. Football fans will notice the similarity to a textbook football tackle.

    8. Like his super-celebrity cousin, Reigns has the looks and personality for a career in Hollywood. And he is open to the idea, as he recently discussed with Chuck Carroll on Turnbuckle Weekly. “If that opportunity comes up… I’m willing to try anything and gain a little experience in anything,” said Reigns. But his goal right now, as he made clear, is the WWE World Heavyweight title.


    I will watch any movie he's in as long as he's at least half naked. I don't care how bad it is. Also Y2J nominated him for the ice bucket challenge. Please God let him accept 🙏

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    One Direction aren't breaking up, so we're not sure why we have to read another new rumor about them splitting, like, every week. It didn't help that Simon Cowell recently commented on their inevitable split. Way to stir up more gossip, Simon.

    Niall Horan was quick to shoot down the 1D breakup rumors yet again, putting it out there plain and simple: they're going to be around for awhile. Will they eventually pack it in and call it quits though?

    Niall told the Irish Sun: "He [Simon] was clearly misquoted or something.(lol okay Niall) We're going to go as long as we can go, as long as people want us we will be here. None of that rumors business."

    As for solo rumors, he commented, "I don't want to think about that at the minute. I'm still here, still with the band," adding, "I don't need to think about it at all - I'm having a great time here, touring and having the craic with the lads - we are all still having a great time."

    He added: "We've got another album at the end of the year and doing our business as we do on a kind of yearly basis. I'm not thinking of what I have to do after just yet."

    To support all that feel-good "we're not going anywhere" stuff, Niall tweeted earlier this week: "Love this time of year, decisions . Album artwork, album title, music video ideas ! can't wait for you guys to hear and see what we're doing."

    See? Everything is good. Niall said so.


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    Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming at BET posted this to his Twitter today:


    lol k

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    From the creator of ‘Love & Basketball’ comes ‘Beyond the Lights': the story of a the story of, Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar who crosses paths with young cop and aspiring politician Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker).


    Anyone going to see this at TIFF?

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    Have the lovely ladies of Say Lou Lou ever done wrong? They haven’t, actually…and they’re not about to start now.

    The ethereal dream-pop Aussie-Swedish duo, known for such haunting gems as “Everything We Touch” and “Beloved,” are steadily preparing to release their highly anticipated debut LP, Lucid Dreaming, in February.

    Ahead of the album’s release, the duo just dropped a cover of Daft Punk‘s luscious Random Access Memories track “Instant Crush,” which they’re giving out for free. True to form, it’s an utterly stunning reworking, stripping out the electronica of the original and replacing the production with atmospheric guitars and drums. The girls carry the track beautifully, and it’s all very magical and lovely as ever.


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