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    If you're wondering what was going on with Bran Stark and that weird tree-man at the end of Game of Thrones' fourth season, you have a long wait ahead of you. In a recent interview with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Kristian Nairn — the actor who plays Bran's loyal ally Hodor in the HBO drama — revealed that Bran and Hodor won't appear in the show's fifth season at all.

    "We have a season off and we have a year's hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books," said Nairn. He adds that he plans to use the time off to travel around the world as a DJ, hosting a series of Game of Thrones-themed dance parties under the title "Rave of Thrones."
    The revelation offers an intriguing glimpse at the challenges the TV show will face as it catches up with George R. R. Martin's literary source material — as Nairn says, Bran's last appearance on Game of Thrones was pretty much in line with where Martin left him in the books. Fans can probably live without seeing Bran and his cohorts for a season, but how will they react if Arya or Tyrion reach the end of their storylines?



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    The list of September additions to Netflix Instant is highlighted by the fall TV season. The streaming service will offer recent seasons of several popular shows including "New Girl," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Walking Dead."

    Of course, movies will be added as well. There is the good ("Chinatown"), the bad ("Anaconda") and the awful ("Elizabethtown").

    You can view an early list below and check back during the next few days for updates:


    "A Price Above Rubies"
    "A Simple Plan"
    "Across the Universe"
    "Addams Family Values"
    "An Officer and a Gentleman"
    "Are We Done Yet"
    "Audrey Rose"
    "Becoming Jane"
    "Blue Car"
    "Brian's Song"
    "Cool Runnings"
    "Coyote Ugly"
    "Crocodile Dundee"
    "Days of Thunder"
    "Deep Blue"
    "Girl Rising"
    "Good Morning, Vietnam"
    "Guess Who"
    "Jay and Sielnt Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie"
    "Lords of Dogtown"
    "Mirage Men"
    "School of Rock"
    "Small Apartments"
    "Swiss Family Robinson"
    "The Believers"
    "The Blue Lagoon"
    "The Unbelievers"
    "All is Lost" (Sept. 5)
    "Kid Cannibis" (Sept. 6)
    "Le Week-End" (Sept. 6)
    "Refuge" (Sept. 6)
    "Your Sister's Sister" (Sept. 6)
    "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" (Sept. 9)
    "Deadly Code" (Sept. 10)
    "A Single Man" (Sept. 11)
    "Dennis Miller: America 180" (Sept. 11)
    "Filth" (Sept. 11)
    "The Moment" (Sept. 11)
    "Grace Unplugged: (Sept. 11)
    "Justin and the Knights of Valor" (Sept. 13)
    "Beginners" (Sept. 16)
    "One Day" (Sept. 16)
    "Silver Linings Playbook" (Sept. 16)
    "3 Days to Kill" (Sept. 17)
    "The Double" (Sept. 25)
    "Bad Grandpa" (Sept. 27)
    "Lullaby" (Sept. 29)
    "Killing Them Softly (Sept. 30)

    TV shows:

    "Chasing UFOs"
    "Doomsday Preppers"
    "Unsealed: Alien Files"
    "Zero Hour"
    "The Blacklist" Season 1 (Sept. 7)
    "Crash & Bernstein" Season 2 (Sept. 10)
    "Trailer Park Boys" Season 8 (Sept. 5)
    "The League" Season 5 (Sept. 2)
    "About a Boy" Season 1 (Sept. 14)
    "Arrow" Season 2 (Sept. 14)
    "Bones" Season 9 (Sept. 16)
    "New Girl" Season 3 (Sept. 16)
    "The Fosters" Season 2 (Sept. 17)
    "Revolution" Season 2 (Sept. 22)
    "How I Met Your Mother" (Sept. 26)
    "Parks and Recreation" Season 5 (Sept. 26)
    "Comic Book Men" Season 3 (Sept. 28)
    "The Walking Dead" Season 4 (Sept. 29)


    best stuff on netflix streaming?

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    Prior to the release of The Sims 4 there was a lot of talk about the plethora of features EA and developer Maxis had cut from the game. Ranging from pools to toddlers, the more cynical Sims fan suggested that EA was planning to save this content for a later expansion pack, but whatever the reasoning behind it, a lot of people weren’t happy.

    The Sims 4 has now released in the US, and while advance copies were not sent out to reviewers therefore meaning that critiques from publications are few and far between, users have been taking to the likes of Amazon and Metacritic to offer their opinions. Unfortunately for EA and Maxis, those opinions are mostly negative.

    The Sims 4 currently has a rating of just two-and-a-half stars on Amazon, with the top-rated review from Angela Streiff reading: “For what it is right now, I’d rate this game somewhere around 3 stars. The high price for minimal starting content is where I was a little disappointed and it loses a star. I’m hoping once expansion packs start coming out, it will be a better game and rated more between 4 and 5 stars. The price for what you get right now is steep.”

    As is typically the case with user reviews, the ratings veer wildly from five stars to one star, though its current middling rating will likely have EA sweating buckets given that this is one of the publisher’s biggest releases of the year. The previous backlash they received following the release of SimCity severely harmed the company’s image, and if The Sims 4 also fails to resonate with its target audience then it can be assumed that EA will be looking to make some drastic changes.

    Similar to the negative Amazon reviews, The Sims 4 currently has a Metacritic user rating of just 4.5 out of 10. While user Metascores are notoriously redundant, they too indicate that many are lashing out at EA and Maxis due to the various features that are missing from it that were featured in previous games in the series.

    Its easy to dismiss user scores as being a poor indication of the quality of the product, but Sims fans who haven’t paid much attention to the ongoing controversy surrounding the game may look at those Amazon review scores and, without knowing that many are immediately dismissing the game due to its cut content, decide that they won’t purchase it.

    As The Sims 4 reviews start to go online we’ll have a clearer indication of just how good/bad the game is. EA will certainly be hoping that the critics opinions will be in their favor.

    Has anyone purchased it? Thoughts?


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  • 09/03/14--13:24: Katie'$ Home
  • Katie Holmes rocks camouflage heels while shopping for itty bittys at the Hallmark Gold Crown Store last week in Los Angeles.

    The 35-year-old actress has reportedly moved out of New York City and purchased a beautiful home with her daughter Suri in Calabasas for $3,795,000, according to TMZ.


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    Mary-Kate Olsen leans on her fiance Olivier Sarkozy as they watch a match at the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday (September 1) in Queens, New York.

    The US Open runs until September 8, when the winners will be crowned!

    they look happy

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    Taylor Swift scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Shake It Off." The song debuted at the summit last week.

    Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor rebounds 3-2 with "All About That Bass," while the trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj powers 9-4 with "Bang Bang."

    As we do each Wednesday (the day that the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is compiled each week), let's run down the numbers behind all the movers and "shake"-rs in the top 10.

    The lead single from Swift's album 1989, due Oct. 27, logs a second week atop the Hot 100 despite an overall 36 percent loss in points after its lofty launch last week. Still, "Shake" leads the Digital Songs chart for a second week with 355,000 downloads sold (down 35 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's sold 899,000 in its first two weeks combined.

    The song drops in sales despite Swift having performed it on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24. (Her appearance likely helped the song from decreasing further, as a significant loss was to be expected after its mammoth first week, the fourth-biggest debut frame [544,000] ever.)

    On the Streaming Songs chart, "Shake" dips 2-4 with a 52 percent fall to 8.8 million U.S. streams in its second week, according to Nielsen BDS. (With the song not available on on-demand audio subscription services, almost all its streaming points are again via Vevo on YouTube clicks for its official video, which dropped Aug. 18.)

    "Shake" is on the rise at radio, however, zooming 9-7 with a 24 percent increase to 88 million in all-format audience, according to BDS. On the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, the track leaps 12-8 in its second week, tying eight other songs for the quickest ascent to the top 10 (since the list launched in 1992). It's just the third song in nearly 10 years to reach the top bracket in as few as two frames: in 2011, Britney Spears'"Hold It Against Me" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" also needed just two weeks each to reach the Pop Songs top 10.

    Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" returns to its No. 2 Hot 100 highpoint (3-2) with top Airplay Gainer honors for a third consecutive week (and a 3 percent gain in overall points). It's the first debut hit by a female artist to link three straight weeks winning the award since Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" in 2012. "Bass" reaches the Radio Songs top 10 (11-9; up 28 percent to 82 million); holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (which it led for two weeks) with a 6 percent decline to 266,000; and rebounds 3-2 on Streaming Songs (which it topped for a week), up by 6 percent to 12.2 million. It dips 1-2 after a week atop the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart, but with a 10 percent gain to 3.6 million.

    "Bass" swaps spots on the Hot 100 with Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," which drops 2-3 after vaulting from No. 39 to No. 2 last week. The song spends a second week atop Streaming Songs but decreases by 46 percent to 17.3 million. (Last week, it rocketed 42-1 on Streaming Songs with a 1,287 percent gain to 32.1 million following the Aug. 19 premiere of its steamy video; 81 percent of its streaming points stem from Vevo on YouTube, down from 95 percent last week.)

    "Anaconda" rises 6-4 on Digital Songs with a 57 percent jump to 188,000. Like Swift, Minaj performed her new hit as part of the VMAs' show-opening medley (read on for details). The cut also builds in airplay, slithering onto Radio Songs at No. 40 with 31 million in audience (up 26 percent). It snares a second week at No. 1 on both Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs.

    Minaj, meanwhile, lands a second concurrent hit in the Hot 100's top five for the first time, as "Bang Bang," billed as by Jessie J, new Billboard 200 leader Ariana Grande and Minaj, roars 9-4. The collab claims the top Digital and Streaming Gainer awards after the three divas performed it, mixed with "Anaconda," to open the VMAs, while its video premiered the following day (Aug. 25). "Bang" blasts by 54 percent to 244,000 sold, holding at No. 3 on Digital Songs, and flies 12-3 on Streaming Songs (up by 104 percent to 11 million). It charges 5-1 on On-Demand Songs with a 53 percent vault to 3.8 million.

    "Bang" also grows in airplay, bounding 24-19 on Radio Songs (53 million, up 8 percent).

    Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" retreats 4-5 (after climbing to a No. 2 peak). It posts a fourth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (152 million, down 7 percent).

    how tired are you of shake it off, ontd??

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    Jessica Chastain is in early talks for the female lead opposite Matt Damon the Fox sci-fi pic “The Martian.”
    Ridley Scott is directing.
    Simon Kinberg, who has been with this project from the begining and brought the book to Scott, will producer alongside his exec Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films banner. Fox exec Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio.
    Story is based on the e-book by Andy Weir about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home.
    Since Scott’s commitment, the project has quickly come together and should get a greenlight once all the deals are locked in.
    Chastain has been particular about what roles she commits to, leaning more towards prestige fare like “Lawless,” “Tree of Life,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “A Most Violent Year,” which bows later this year.
    More recently, she has been moving towards larger-scale projects such as Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” which bows in November.
    She is repped by CAA and Mosaic.


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    The Lifetime TV series Dance Moms did a full-on parody of Native culture on Tuesday night when five girls in the Abby Lee Dance Company competed for their instructor's approval in a number called "Tribal Council."

    According to the recap at Glamorosi, The group will do a Native American-inspired jazz routine called "Tribal Council" - Abby got the idea for the number after seeing Cher in concert.

    Fast-forward to the actual performance, in which a 13-year-old girl named Nia gets the lead role. As described by Glamorosi:

    The group competes first with their "Tribal Council" routine; they wear two-piece costumes that are red with gold trim, except for Nia, who wears gold with red trim. They all wear face paint and headpieces; Nia wears a full headdress, and they all take turns dancing on a large drum. This is, of course, culturally inappropriate, and I'm surprised it got by the producers, but I do not fault the girls.

    That's an important point—the (often very) young girls who compete on the show are following orders from adults, and Abby Lee Miller in particular.

    On the show's Facebook page, the issue of cultural appropriation has been brought up by a number of viewers. Here's one comment:

    as a native woman I think it's disrespectful. and frankly I always complain when famous people try to make our culture a fashion choice. Learn real ways to respect a native. The headdress is stupid, the face paint is stupid.

    Others are disturbed by Abby's trend of fetishizing minority dancers. One user says:

    So far this child has had to dress up as a dog, a 70's blacksploitation charachter a slave, an Indian and now a Native American. Abby we get it her skin is brown.

    As for the whole thing being inspired by Cher, that's an appropriation issue that has been around for years. Many Natives have found her feather-headdress act, most memorably in connection to her song "Half Breed," to be offensive. Cher's claim of Native ancestry, which might be completely true, only makes it more disappointing that she would sexualize traditional dress and sacred regalia.

    Source: Indian Country

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    A little rocker is on the way! Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump is expecting his first child with wife Elisa Yao -- and very soon! The frontman announced the news during an interview with 102.7 KIIS FM on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

    The 30-year-old revealed that he's been keeping the pregnancy under wraps, and he will become a first-time dad at the end of October.

    "I'm about to have a kid or a tattoo. I'm like the snows of Siberia — just untouched," he said. "The band is in a crazy place right now because there's a lot of little kids running around."

    Indeed, Stump's bandmate Pete Wentz welcomed his first child with girlfriend Meagan Camper on Aug. 20. (Wentz is already dad to 5-year-old son Bronx with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson. Simpson tied the knot with Diana Ross' son, Evan Ross, over the weekend.)

    Stump and Yao -- who tied the knot in October 2012 -- are clearly in good hands. When asked what parenting advice Wentz has passed on, he replied: "You can never have enough Kleenex and baby wipes."

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    Justin Bieber's homecoming trip to Canada hit another snag ... in addition to being arrested, he had to hit up a local hospital on Wednesday for a wrist injury ... TMZ has learned.

    We're told Bieber went to the Stratford General Hospital in Ontario to have his wrist checked out. According to our sources, it turns out he suffered a sprain.

    As TMZ previously reported, Bieber was arrested Friday for assault and driving dangerously following an accident between Bieber's ATV and a pap in a minivan.

    It's unclear if Bieber injured his wrist in the ATV accident ... or if he hurt it trying to reach something on a really high shelf. Ya know, cause he's tiny.

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    Best. Photo. Ever.

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of Little Rascals, the film's stars, including Blake McIver (Waldo), Kevin Jamal Woods (Stymie), Travis Tedford (Spanky), Bug Hall (Alfalfa) Brittany Ashton Holmes (Darla), Courtland Mead (Uh Huh), Ross Bagley (Buckwheat), Sam Saletta (Butch) and Blake Jeremy Collins (Woim) recreated the poster for the iconic comedy...and the amazing results will send you into 90s overdrive.

    "It's #Rascals20th day! Hooray!" McIver captioned the pic, which is even complete with the gang's dog Petey.

    But in case you haven't had enough of your He-Man-Woman-Hating fix, the cast also recreated memorable moments from the 1994 film. Remember the ballet scene where Alfalfa is stuck on stage with a frog in his tights? Or how could we forget when the gang's beloved club house burns down ("Quick, what's the number for 911?")? Let the nostalgia begin as we take a look back at our favorite moments!


    I'm sure everyone and their dog has already seen these photos on social media today. Just posting it here for those who haven't

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    The cast of Parks and Recreation is in Chicago filming this week, and that means that one of the biggest stars of the summer, Star Lord himself, Chris Pratt, was asked to throw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game last night. While I’m sure there are worse celebrity first pitches in the history of Major League Baseball, this one has to rank up there. It’s “pull Kit Keller out of the game” bad. I guess all that Moneyball training didn’t pay off.

    But in true Pratt fashion, the actor recovered with a goofy shrug and a grin.

    Your disapproval won’t stick to Star Lord. Pratt later went on to lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Pitch wasn’t really Pratt’s strongest suit throughout the evening, but what he lacked in tunefulness here, he more than made up for in attitude. It’s no “5000 Candles in the Wind,” but it’ll do.


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    Tyler Posey may be getting ready to marry a woman, but that hasn’t stopped him from finding cool gay bros nearby on Grindr.

    In a brand new preview clip from his upcoming mini-doc Being Tyler Posey, the 22-year-old heartthrob reveals he’s a huge fan of the gay networking app while his friends try and teach him about Tinder.

    “Is it like Grindr for straight people?” he asks. “I know what Grindr is because I have an account.”
    Posey has been a gay favorite since starring in his breakout role as the lead on MTV’s Teen Wolf, where he played an intensely homoerotic werewolf who prefers to be shirtless. He’s flaunted his lax sexuality at every turn since, telling a ComicCon audience that he makes out with his best bud Dylan O’Brien “all the time,” and revealing his kinky man-foot fetish on Instagram.

    Speaking with People, he says the one thing he wants fans to take from his new special is the fact that he’s shockingly normal:

    I want them to see how relatable I am. Even though I live this kind of crazy life, outside of that my life is very normal. I live a private life with my fiancée. Me and my friends hang out.

    I also want fans to take away what they need from the struggles with my mom. I just want them to know other people are going through it too. I think it’ll be a great way to make my fans feel good. Life is weird and complex, but very simple at the same time. It’s all about perception. And I really want fans to know even though I am going through all this stuff – cancer, fame – I am still a regular kid, and always will be. The goals in my life are very simple. I just want to settle down with a family and live in the woods.

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    Jack O’Connell, “Starred Up”

    Between now and the new year, the English actor Jack O’Connell, 24, will go from being relatively unknown to virtually omnipresent. Mr. O’Connell has been acting in Britain for about a decade, making a name as a bad boy in television shows like “Skins” and “The Runaway,” but this fall he will star in two films that will introduce him to the art house and then the multiplex.

    “Not a lot feels instantaneous about it,” Mr. O’Connell said, in his thick cockney accent. “I had a long time to prepare myself and compare myself. I always wanted to be held in this kind of regard.”

    David Mackenzie’s prison drama “Starred Up,” which opened in New York Aug. 27 and expands nationally this month, showcases his ability to channel mercurial rage and vulnerability as an impulsively violent son locked up in the same prison as his homicidal father (Ben Mendelsohn). (Above, Mr. O’Connell in the film.) At last year’s Telluride Film Festival, A. O. Scott of The New York Times praised Mr. O’Connell’s “superb” performance in a film “sensitive to the nuances of emotion underneath the macho belligerence.”

    Mr. O’Connell said, “In the filmmaking we were going for a kind of neo-reality, and I knew Eric” — his character — “well enough, growing up where I did, to make those decisions,” referring to his working-class upbringing in Leeds. “I’m constantly relieved that I don’t have to think spontaneously like that no more, and that I get to exorcise it a bit and channel it in some creative form.”

    On Dec. 25, Mr. O’Connell will take on a more heroic role as the lead of Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” as Louis Zamperini, the indefatigable Olympic long-distance runner who became a Japanese prisoner of war in World War II.

    “Angie, she’s queen bee,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong. She’s talking to you, and you can only comprehend the beauty at first, so I had to get over that fast. But she’ll champion you. You get knocked down, she makes you want to get back up.”

    Mr. O’Connell said, he often felt typecast. “I kind of had to stick to what I know,” he said. But he lacks none of his characters’ confidence and hopes to tackle a broader range of roles. " ‘Unbroken’ really took it out of me, but there’s nothing final about it,” he said. “I’m certain that I’ve validated my reasons for being here, but I haven’t fully demonstrated my total range yet. I’ve just got a foot in the door.”

    Teyonah Parris and Tessa Thompson, “Dear White People”

    Justin Simien’s provocative, crowdfunded satire “Dear White People” (Oct. 17) is set at a fictional Ivy League college where the melting pot of race politics boils over into a campus riot, when a controversial college radio show inspires a racist party. At the heart of the scrum are two dueling African-American women, Coco and Sam, played by two rising stars, Teyonah Parris and Tessa Thompson.

    “The things we represent are totally opposite,” said Ms. Parris (above right, with Ms. Thompson), an Atlanta native and Juilliard grad best known for playing Dawn, Don Draper’s secretary, on “Mad Men.” Ms. Parris’s brash, aggressive Coco pragmatically attempts to exploit stereotypical expectations as she hopes to land a role on a reality TV show.

    Ms. Thompson, a Los Angeles native with extensive television credits and roles in features like the indie “Mississippi Damned,” plays Samantha, a biracial, righteously indignant radical who hosts the radio show of the title. “Dear white people, stop dancing,” she decrees, adding: “Dear white people, the minimal requirement of black friends needed to seem not racist has now been raised to two. Sorry, but Tyrone your weed man does not count.”

    Whereas Ms. Parris’s Coco is animated by a steely, hard-won cynicism, Ms. Thompson’s Sam is full of impassioned, intellectual, abstract outrage, but they aren’t so different at their cores. Both actresses deliver multilayered performances that undercut expectations, as each character strikes a public pose that’s more extreme than her private thoughts.

    “A lot of what Sam says is not exactly a true representation of how she sees the world, and that’s true of Coco, too,” Ms. Thompson said, noting her character’s love of Taylor Swift and fear of Cosby sweaters. “To feel that something’s wrong in your gut and not really know how to respond to it — that’s where we leave them.”

    During the film shoot, the two actresses became close friends. Since then, they have auditioned for the same roles and wished each other luck, which seems to be working. They reconnected in Atlanta, where Ms. Parris was filming the new LeBron James-produced Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse,” set in the world of professional basketball, and Ms. Thompson was portraying the civil rights activist Diane Nash in “Selma,” Ava DuVernay’s civil rights drama set to open Dec. 25 in the heart of the Oscar season.

    It’s a heady time for two rising talents, but recently, in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Mo., and the #iftheygunnedmedown Twitter campaign, Ms. Thompson said she and Ms. Parris have been talking about how events “really changed the context of ‘Dear White People.’ ”

    “Sometimes, we see a shallow version of the African-American experience which is so deep and vast,” Ms. Thompson said. “I was excited that the film speaks on issues that never get spoken about and isn’t banging you up against the head with them, but making you laugh and feel a little uncomfortable.”

    Ms. Parris agreed: “This is the kind of work I’ve been aching to do, that I can do forever.”

    Jaeden Lieberher, “St. Vincent”

    The slight, skinny actor Jaeden Lieberher, 11, moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia with his mother in 2011 and snagged a few roles in commercials immediately. In short order, he played a Hot Wheels enthusiast, a miniature Iron Man and a bullied kid in a high-profile Super Bowl ad. But last year, when his mother got a call offering him a lead role in Ted Melfi’s “St. Vincent,” opening Oct. 24, he was confused and a little bit frightened.

    “At first I didn’t know what happened,” Mr. Lieberher, below, said by phone. “My mom, she looked so happy, and I didn’t know what she was crying about.”

    In the film, Melissa McCarthy plays a recently divorced mother who moves into a new neighborhood with her son, Oliver. In desperate need of help, she hires her older neighbor Vincent to watch him, without realizing that he’s a misanthropic, alcoholic, prostitute-frequenting gambler. Mrs. Lieberher was crying because her son would be on screen for almost the entire film, opposite the actor who plays Vincent, Bill Murray.

    “I love ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day,’ and I was terrified to meet him,” Mr. Lieberher said. “I just was shaking. It was so awesome.” They make for a very odd couple. Mr. Murray’s Vincent is an unembarrassed creature of unrepressed appetites and bottomless bitterness. Mr. Lieberher’s Oliver is frail and hypersensitive, shy but precociously alert.

    “He would call me Straight Face, because I was so nervous and stiff,” Mr. Lieberher recalled. “He said I didn’t laugh at his jokes, but he was really funny.”

    Films are overpopulated with child actors who hit their marks but seem to too polished to be believable as spontaneous kids. On the contrary, Mr. Lieberher’s vulnerable performance invites identification, from the quiet way he studies the adults around him and reacts, to his tremulous delivery of a crucial speech in front of an intimidating crowd.

    “It was very nerve-racking being in front of the camera, and then all the people in the audience,” said Mr. Lieberher, who has already completed roles in coming films for Cameron Crowe and Jeff Nichols. “I practiced it every day, and it was really tough, and I would mess up a lot. But it was really awesome at the end.” His screen mother, Ms. McCarthy, said she was rooting for him to pull it off: “Jaeden’s final speech killed me. There’s power in his quiet delivery. You see him think and process before he speaks. He’s such a cool kid.”

    Katherine Waterston, “Inherent Vice”

    From a distance, it seems as if Katherine Waterston did everything right to land her breakthrough performance, with Joaquin Phoenix, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” which will have its world premiere as the centerpiece at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 4 and open in theaters Dec. 12. The daughter of the actor Sam Waterston, Ms. Waterston, 34, studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She acted in indie films and onstage with companies like Classic Stage Company and the Atlantic Theater Company. But the pieces never clicked together.

    “The more I’ve pursued acting, the less I’ve felt there is a right way,” Ms. Waterston said. “It’s job to job. You don’t know what’s going to lead to something else. One day, you’re playing this, the next you’re playing a paraplegic prostitute in some thriller” — 2012’s “The Factory” — “and worrying about getting typecast. Like, after that, is it going to be hard to get people to see you as something different, like a quadriplegic prostitute?”

    Ms. Waterston did get an audition at “Law & Order,” but she didn’t get the part, even though her father was a mainstay of the show. (“Having an actor for a father is not like having a producer for a father,” she said teasingly.) Then Paul Thomas Anderson happened to see her performance in the 2008 indie film “The Babysitters,” five years after its release.

    In Mr. Anderson’s narcotic noir, “Inherent Vice,” set in Los Angeles in 1970 and based on the Thomas Pynchon novel, Ms. Waterston plays Shasta, right, the free-spirited, sensual ex-girlfriend who wakes the mutton-chopped private investigator Doc Sportello (Mr. Phoenix) from his stoner haze. Like a beacon shining through the counterculture’s druggie fog, Shasta bristles with the kind of wild-eyed, visceral energy Doc has self-medicated into oblivion: a romantic embodiment of what might have been, and what might be lost.

    “Certainly, this whole film is sort of the smoke clearing after the ‘60s and everyone coming to, wondering what the hell happened,” she said. “There’s a lot of uncertainty on every page of the novel. Is it all in her head? Or not? Is she as afraid as she needs to be? Or not?”

    Figuring it out by doing all of her scenes with the mercurial Mr. Phoenix was more relief than challenge, she said. “Working with a scared actor is scarier than working with a brave one.”


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    For the first time, Drake tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

    In a statement to The Associated Press, BET said Thursday that Drake received the most nominations with eight for the ninth annual awards show. It airs Oct. 14. Last year, the Canadian rapper and singer took home four awards, including the People's Champ Award.

    Drake's 2013 chart-topping album, Nothing Was the Same, had several hits from "Hold On, We're Going Home" with Majid Jordan to "Started from the Bottom."

    Rap veteran Snoop Dogg returns as host and is expected to perform during the show, which will be taped Sept. 20 at the Boisfeuillet (BOH'-fihl-ay) Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

    Jay Z, Pharrell Williams and Future each scored six nominations. Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan and YG earned five nods apiece.


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    Ten years after he first hit it big on the charts, rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule has partnered with Queen Latifah to film his home life for MTV. Latifah is among the executive producers on Follow the Rules, which has been ordered to series by the cable network.

    The half-hour "comedic docu-series" will center on Ja Rule and his family, including wife Aisha and their two sons, Jeffrey Jr. and Jordan, as well as both his and Aisha's mothers. (Their oldest daughter, Brittney, is in college.)

    "Ja Rule is the modern day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby's role from The Cosby Show," says MTV programming president Susanne Daniels."He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny."

    Besides Queen Latifah, Follow the Rules is also executive produced by Jeffrey Atkins (Ja Rule's real name), Christian Sarabia, Shakim Compere and Irv Gotti. MTV and 51 Minds are the producers.

    In what may be a network press release first, Ja Rule's quote includes the phrase "LMAO" and a series of hashtags: "#Myfamilyiscrazy #Butweloveeachother #F*ckyocouch." (That last one is a line from Dave Chappelle, playing Rick James, on The Chappelle Show in 2004.)

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    Close your eyes, Nicki Minaj! Following Miley Cyrus' parody of Minaj's racy "Anaconda" cover art, the "Wrecking Ball" singer is once again copying the rapper's signature bootylicious style in a funny new Instagram photo.

    In the pic, the 21-year-old pop star wears a giant prosthetic butt to give her the illusion of having a big booty. The fake bum in question is similarly shaped to Minaj's bountiful bum, which she shows off in only a tiny pink thong for her new hit single "Anaconda.

    Cyrus captioned the butt pic, "ass so fat need a lap dance."

    Last month, Cyrus shared a copycat photo of herself as Minaj from the "Anaconda" cover art. Minaj saw the parody and responded with a not so favorable message. "Give me one good reason why Miley made this her twitter avi. #AnacondaOniTunes," Minaj wrote.

    Doesn't Nicki know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

    Meanwhile, Cyrus recently shared a bevy of other photos featuring her wild tour props and colorfully dressed backup dancers. She also posted one of herself smoking a questionable-looking cigarette.


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    She may have been born in the U.S.A, but she’s posing for Italy.

    Like many celebrity offspring before her, Jessica Springsteen — daughter of the legendary Bruce Springsteen and singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa — has launched her modeling career. The aspiring professional horsewoman and Duke University graduate, 22, is now Gucci’s equestrian ambassador, a title she celebrated in Editorialist magazine with a photo shoot on her family’s 300-acre horse farm in New Jersey.

    Jessica Springsteen, Gucci’s new equestrian ambassador, strikes a pose for Editorialist.
    The young fashionista got a little help on set — from her parents. On a break from their High Hopes tour, the couple encouraged their daughter with a few motivational shout-outs.

    “You’re a tiger, Jess,” Mr. Springsteen (er, Mr. Boss?) crowed teasingly while she posed in a mini mod Gucci shift. “You’re a bird!” On a biker jacket look, the "Glory Days" crooner nodded approvingly. “She’s bringing the rock.”

    Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said the company chose Jessica because she is “a great horsewoman,” who “brings the elegant, dynamic spirit of Gucci alive.” As for her involvement, Jessica said Gucci is “all about strength and confidence... Those are the two most important characteristics as an equestrian.”

    Jessica also admitted to a long history of trying to steal her mother’s Gucci wardrobe, bemoaning how Scialfa would resort to hiding the luxury goods.

    “It’s Gucci,” Scialfa quipped. “She can borrow it, not have it.”

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