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The fall TV season is fast approaching and now's that time of year when we begin to decide which shows we're going to keep on our watching agenda, which shows we plan on cutting, and which new shows we're going to give a chance.
The freshman crop of programming in 2014 is a lot to take in, but we're here to help you figure out what's worth watching. From cop dramas to spin-offs to rom-coms there's a lot out there in TV land to choose from, and if you're anything like we are, you already have a lot on your plate.
That's why we've rounded up our most anticipated series of the fall TV season. Here are our picks for 11 brand spankin' new shows we're looking forward to adding to our schedule:
What's it about?:"Gracepoint" is a 10-episode mystery mini-series event that revolves around the aftermath and investigation following a young boy's death in a sleepy seaside town. It's based on the UK's popular and critically acclaimed "Broadchurch."
Who's in it?: Anna Gunn, the Emmy winning star of "Breaking Bad." Kevin Zegers ("Gossip Girl") also appears and so does David Tennant, who starred in the British original.
When's it on?: Thursday, October 2 at 9 PM
What's the premise?:"Selfie" is a modern take on the classic Pygmalion / "My Fair Lady" story. This time a marketing guru helps re-brand and humanize a social media obsessed narcissist.
Who's in it?: The adorably charming Karen Gillan, who you probably recognize from "Guardians of the Galaxy" or "Doctor Who." The equally charming John Cho, who you probably know from "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," "Sleepy Hollow," or his many other projects.
When's it on?: Tuesday, Sept 30 at 8 PM but you can stream the pilot now!
What's the premise?:"Black-ish" is a family sit-com surrounding Andre Johnson, an upper-middle class suburban black man who hopes to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite their contradicting assimilation.
Who's in it?: Accomplished comedian Anthony Anderson stars and produces and, well, he's hilarious. Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends") plays his wife, Rainbow. She's pretty hilarious, too.
When's it on?: Wed, Sept 29 at 9:30 PM
'Red Band Society' (Fox)
What's the premise?:"Red Band Society" is about a group of young patients at the Los Angeles Ocean Park Hospital. It follows their backstories, friendships, as well as the adults who take care of and mentor them.
Who's in it?: Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help"), Griffin Gluck ("Private Practice"), Dave Annable ("Brothers & Sisters.")
When's it on?: Wednesday, Sept 17 at 9 PM
'How To Get Away With Murder' (ABC)
What's the premise?: Defense attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her four law school students get embroiled in a murder mystery.
Who's in it?: Oscar and Tony winning actress Viola Davis stars in this sure-to-be-thrilling and sexy Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy") creation.
When's it on?: Thursday, Sept 10 at 10 PM
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In a new interview on The Meredith Vieira Show, Jessica admitted that when she was growing up, she felt insecure with herself.
“My teens and my 20s I just wasn’t sure of myself and I was always kind of insecure and I always felt I needed to apologize for myself,” Jessica said.“After I became, first of all, 30 and being a mom of two, I just sort of came into myself as a woman and now I have a company.”
Wearing double denim (Sept.9)
Attending the unveiling of The Honest Company's Ultra Clean Room at Mount Sinai Medical Center (Sept.10)
Heading into her hotel in New York (Sept.10)
Gwen Stefani in LA
Emmy Rossum in West Hollywood
Rachel Zoe in NYC
Julianne Hough at The Grove at outside Jimmy Kimmel
Eva Longoria in Beverly Hills
Paris Hilton in NYC
Jennifer Garner in Brentwood
Nikki Reed in LA
Jessica Alba in LA
Justin Theroux in NYC
January Jones in LA
Ellie Goulding in London
Lily Allen at JFK
Dakota Fanning in NYC
Victoria Beckham in London
Lara Stone in London
Katharine McPhee in Sirius XM Studios in New York City
Pamela Anderson in NYC
Liv Tyler in NYC
Mel B in Mexico
He came under fire for demanding fans at his Melbourne show on Wednesday stand up 'unless y'all sitting down because y'all handicapped.'
But during the Yeezus tour in Sydney on Friday night, rapper Kanye West went a step further, stopping the whole show at Qantas Credit Union Arena when two seated fans wouldn't get to their feet - because they were in wheelchairs.
'Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t. Imma see you if you ain't standing up, believe me, I'm very good at that.'
When the musician saw a concertgoer waving a prosthetic limb to explain why they weren't dancing, he acknowledged them, saying: 'Okay, you fine!'
But when another fan remained seated, he stopped the song Good Life, saying, 'This is the longest I've had to wait to do a song, it's unbelievable,' before sending bodyguard Pascal Duvier into the arena to check whether the person was in fact in a wheelchair- which they were.
'The crowd was also yelling that he was in a wheelchair but he waited for Pascal's confirmation,' the witness said, while others said the crowd made 'wheelchair motions' to alert the singer to his mistake.
'When he sent Pascal up there he said, 'He is in a wheelchair? It's fine!' the witness reported.
Another said, 'Kanye accidentally yelled at a dude in a wheelchair tonight.'
The 37 year-old artist was criticised for his comments at his Melbourne show at Rod Laver Arena earlier in the week, when midway through his song Good Life he went on one of his famous rants, demanding to know why the audience wasn't on their feet.
'I can't go on with this song if there's people in here sitting down unless y'all sitting down because y'all handicapped,' he said.
'Unless y'all have handicapped parking?'
The 28-year-old fashion designers were heading into their presentation for The Row during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015.
Before the show started, Mary-Kate and Ashley posed for a Vine video and by the looks of it, they might have thought they were posing for a photo instead. Watch it below to see for yourself!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in New York City (Sept.8)
A SCARED AND CONFUSED ELSA FROM ARENDELLE FINDS HERSELF IN STORYBROOKE AND CREATES A POWERFUL SNOW MONSTER FOR PROTECTION, REGINA WONDERS IF HER RELATIONSHIP WITH ROBIN HOOD HAS BEEN COMPLETELY QUASHED NOW THAT MARIAN’S BACK IN THE PICTURE, AND IN ARENDELLE OF THE PAST, ELSA’S SISTER ANNA WANTS TO COMPLETE THEIR PARENT’S FATEFUL JOURNEY AND DISCOVER IF THEIR QUEST MAY HAVE HELD THE SECRET TO CONTAINING ELSA’S OUT OF CONTROL ICE POWERS.
Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, The Evil Queen, Hook and all the other resident fairytale characters as they prepare to defend themselves against a magical force from the past that’s too unpredictable even for Rumplestiltskin – Elsa, the Ice Queen from Arendelle. And now that Emma has brought back Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, and possibly sparked the end of Regina’s relationship with him, will Regina return to her old, evil ways and do everything in her power to get even? And newlyweds Belle and Rumplestiltskin continue to be deeply in love with each other. But Rumple is hiding a secret from Belle -- one that, if found out, could destroy their happiness – he continues to be the master of the dagger that calls upon him to be the Dark One. Can Emma and Hook commit to one another, and can these two damaged people take their love to the next level? Mary Margaret and David have a new baby, Prince Neal, and are looking forward to raising him into a proud, brave and loving adult. But they are still sad that they were not able to do this with Emma, instead helping her escape the curse when she was first born and not meeting her again until she was 28 years old. Henry is very happy to have both of his mothers back in Storybrooke. But with biological mom Emma and paternal grandfather Rumplestiltskin’s blood running through his veins, he will be tested by both the light and the darkness. Finally, Will Scarlet (Michael Socha, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), a former member of Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men, has traveled across many lands to make his way to Storybrooke. He finds himself intertwined in the goings-on in town for the first time as his mysterious past pushes him to an unknown future.
In the season premiere episode, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” a scared and confused Elsa finds herself in Storybrooke and, fearful of the intentions of its residents, creates a powerful snow monster for protection. With Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, back in the picture, Regina wonders if her “happily ever after” with the former thief has been completely quashed; while on their honeymoon, Mr. Gold finds an intriguing object that makes him question whether or not he should officially give Belle control over the dagger that makes him The Dark One, and Hook is dismayed to discover that Emma seems to be avoiding him while she tries to help comfort Regina after being the one responsible for bringing Marian back from the past and into Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, as Elsa’s sister Anna’s wedding to Kristoff nears, Anna discovers that their parents – who died on-ship during a violent storm – were heading to a mysterious destination in a quest that may have held the secret to containing Elsa’s out of control Ice powers. And against Elsa’s wishes, Anna wants to finish their journey to find out what they were looking for.
Sex may sell -- but not to Mayim Bialik. As she shared on her Kveller.com blog on Friday, Sept. 12, the self-proclaimed "old-fashioned" actress is not a fan of billboards with sex-themed advertisements and images, in part because she worries about how they'll affect her two sons, ages 9 and 6.
"There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does," the 38-year-old Big Bang Theory actress wrote. "Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery, because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I'm sure."
The post goes on to question how the 21-year-old "Problem" singer's outfit benefits her career. "Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie?" Bialik mused. "I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?"
Grande's ad isn't the only one the mom of two objects to, either. Referring to the billboards for Showtime's Masters of Sex, she wrote, "Seriously? How am I supposed to explain those to my kids? Especially my older son who can read?"
Bialik also takes issue with the Levi's ads "where it's basically people groping each other as foreplay and undressing each other while making out." And she's not terribly fond of one billboard showing a young girl "flipping the bird." (According to her blog, it's an ad "for a new show about teenagers in school or something.")
"Am I a crotchety old lady?" the Blossom alum asked. "I guess so. But I just don't understand why this is what ads need to look like...Why do I have to be okay with young women literally in lingerie on gigantic billboards? If I want to see women in lingerie, I can walk through any mall with a Victoria's Secret."
IA tbh Grande's oversexualized child image is creepy as fk. But yeah I'm sure your boys will be fine ...
Can't stop, won't stop grooving! The brothers of Transylvania University's Delta Sigma Phi fraternity just lip-synced their way onto Taylor Swift's Twitter feed. After a video of the Kentucky-based college students dancing and mouthing the lyrics to the pop superstar's No. 1 hit single "Shake It Off" went viral this week, Swift took to social media to praise the frat's performance -- and to offer a little reward for their creativity.
I'm personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it's on me. Nailed it, bros!— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) September 12, 2014
The video, posted Saturday, Sept. 6, features the brothers fake-singing along to Swift's super-catchy single while strutting up and down the hallways of their dorm. There are also groups of guys showing off their sweet moves in the adjoining rooms.
Miami Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage after being struck under his left eye by a pitch from Mike Fiers in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Stanton was driven off the field in an ambulance after being hit in the face by a pitch in the fifth inning.
The Marlins announced Stanton suffered a laceration and was undergoing X-rays and a CT scan. But Marlins manager Mike Redmond acknowledged after the game that he was not optimistic about the extent of the injury.
"We've lost our MVP," Redmond said. "It doesn't look good."
Stanton immediately fell to the ground after being hit by Fiers' 88 mph fastball. Trainers from both teams came to his assistance, and he was placed on a backboard and then a stretcher. The grounds crew even had to use scrapers to remove all the blood from the batter's box before play resumed.
Stanton's father was at the game and came on the field while his son was treated, then left with him in the ambulance.
The team announced Friday that they didn't think Stanton would need surgery.
Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich tweeted out support for Stanton following the game.
Miami Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage after being struck under his left eye by a pitch from Mike Fiers in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch, setting up an 0-2 count. Reed Johnson pinch hit for Stanton and was hit in the hand by Fiers' next pitch. Casey McGehee was in the on-deck circle and starting yelling at Fiers, and both benches and bullpens emptied.
There was some pushing and shoving, but it did not appear any punches were thrown. When order was restored, the umpires ejected McGehee and Redmond.
Fiers appeared to be shaken as he watched Stanton being attended to, and he was still shaken after the game.
"It's very tough," Fiers told reporters. "I've never in my life experienced anything like that. It was very hard for me to take in everything at the moment and come back and throw another pitch.
"I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to Giancarlo Stanton. I would never think of throwing at somebody like that. Never in my life has something like that happened. I'm very sad that it hit them. I'm very sorry to their teammates, their fans, his family. It's just tough."
Fiers also tweeted an apology to Stanton after the game.
NGL I love bench clearing brawls. Did he have to hit the face tho? :(
Indiewire:"Credit to Chris Evans for keeping his goals modest with his directorial debut "Before We Go," but unfortunately he can't clear the low bar he sets for himself with this strained romantic drama that struggles desperately to be engaging, charming or relatable ... Evans clearly aspires to make a breezy and relatable, Richard Linklater-esque walk-and-talk movie, but lacks the skills to make it feel natural ... If there is anything Chris Evans can take away from "Before We Go," it's that to treat it as a tremendous learning experience. That making a good film requires more than simply aping the structure and superficial qualities of better movies, and that there is much to be learned by digging deeper into the technical and emotional mechanics of what makes them work ... D grade"
Variety:"A missed train sets the stage for Chris Evans’ directorial debut, “Before We Go,” but dramatically speaking, this talky, contrived and ultimately tedious actors’ exercise never leaves the station. While Evans deserves credit for wanting to reveal a more serious, thoughtful side to himself than the Marvel universe will allow, a tepid homage (in title and form) to Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s “Before” trilogy may not have been the best idea ... Dear Captain America: Don’t quit your day job just yet."
Hollywood Reporter:"If you’re going to make an ultra-naturalistic, two-character, walking-and-talking romance that tips its hat to Before Sunrise, the film that began Richard Linklater’s exquisite trilogy, then it’s best to avoid a script loaded with contrived situations and over-written dialogue. That’s the obstacle that hobbles Before We Go, Chris Evans’ wispy directing debut, almost from the start. Bland characters don’t help much either ... The insubstantiality of this actor-driven exercise makes it seem simultaneously modest and a vanity project."
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Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara are tuning up to star in the period musical Ziggy from Baz Luhrmann protege Diesel Schwarze. Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid is spearheading the film's original contemporary music.
Ziggy, which is being produced by Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof's Electric City Entertainment (The Place Beyond the Pines), will mark the feature directorial debut of the Australian writer-director.
Da Kid — who has collaborated with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, Nicki Minaj, Skylar Grey and X Ambassadors — is currently developing the music for the film with Schwarze, DeHaan and Mara.
Ziggy chronicles the rise and fall of the titular character (DeHaan), a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiancee (Mara) of a powerful media mogul.
Diesel began his career under Luhrmann, working on Moulin Rouge! and La Boheme on Broadway. He then established himself in commercials, directing under the name Augustus Punch, with his production design partner Alexandra Bolton, who trained under Luhrmann's wife, four-time Academy Award-winner Catherine Martin.
"Ziggy is one of the most unique scripts I've ever read," says Howell. "Diesel has written an incredibly beautiful and ambitious story, and his background working under Baz Luhrmann combined with his prolific commercial work, lends itself to bringing this story to life in a visually inspired and exciting way. We are so fortunate to have Dane and Rooney onboard to develop the music with us and create something truly original, contemporary and special."
Da Kid produced Eminem's Love the Way You Lie, featuring Rihanna, which earned four Grammy nominations. He also garnered album of the year Grammy nominations for co-producing Rihanna's Loud and for producing Imagine Dragons' Radioactive, as well as a best rap song nomination with Eminem, Dr. Dre and Grey for I Need a Doctor. He currently has his own label, KIDinaKORNER, under Interscope Records.
Establishing for the first time that direct brain-to-brain communication is possible, a study demonstrates that it is possible to transmit thought from one person's mind to another miles away without the aid of speech or writing, nor the use of invasive technologies.
Essentially, a reading of the transmitting person's brain pattern for a specific word was converted into an electrical signal and transmitted over the internet. On the receiving end, the signal was converted into light flashes that the recipient could see and decipher.
In a paper entitled "Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies," the authors stress that this is a form of "mind-to-mind" transmission as opposed to "brain-to-brain," because "the origin and the destination of the communication involved the conscious activity of the subjects."
A team of scientists led by Dr. Giulio Ruffini of Starlab Barcelona in Spain successfully transmitted the words 'hola' and 'ciao' between two human subjects using electroencephalogram and robot-assisted and image-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation technologies linked together by the Internet.
The interface is reminiscent of the brain-to-brain "drifting" technology that is a cornerstone of the hit movie, Pacific Rim:
Similar studies in the past have explored communication between a human brain and a computer.
Such studies make use of electrodes attached to a person's scalp to transmit action-thought to a computer which translates the signals into instructional outputs for a wheelchair or a robot. But in this study, the team added a second human brain on the other end of the system.
Leveraging existing brain pathways
"We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second person, and do so across great physical distances by leveraging existing communication pathways," said researcher Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone.
"One such pathway is, of course, the internet, so our question became, 'Could we develop an experiment that would bypass the talking or typing part of internet and establish direct brain-to-brain communication?'"
Four participants, aged 28 to 50, participated in the study. One was assigned to the brain-computer interface (BCI) that sent the words, the rest were assigned to the computer-brain interface (CBI) to receive the messages and understand them. The two interfaces were separated by a geographical distance of over 5,000 miles between India and France.
A similar experiment was conducted between individuals in Spain and France, with the end result a total error rate of 15 %, 11 % on the decoding end and 5 % on the initial coding side.
Transmitting emotions: 'sense synthesis'
According to the research team, the success of this experiment proves that communication beyond conventional means is feasible, and in the future could likely provide new avenues of communication for the disabled.
"Although certainly limited in nature these initial results suggest new research directions, including the non-invasive direct transmission of emotions and feelings or the possibility of sense synthesis in humans," they said.
The researchers also suggest that the ability to send messages between people's brains can lead us to a future where interaction with computers is entirely different. The possibilities carry social implications that must be considered.
"In the not-so-distant future [computers will] interact directly with the human brain in a fluent manner," they wrote.
"The widespread use of human brain-to-brain technologically mediated communication will create novel possibilities for human interrelation with broad social implications that will require new ethical and legislative responses."
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ONTD, what sci-fi technology do you wish existed?
Betting that visitors are more interested in travelling to Arendelle than Oslo, Walt Disney World is building a new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway pavilion in its Epcot Center park.
The new attraction, which replaces a log flume ride called Maelstrom, will “take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film,” according to an announcement from Disney. The Norway pavilion will also feature an area where guests can meet the animated movie’s stars Anna and Elsa (or actresses who resemble them, anyway).
“We think these ‘Frozen’ elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film,” Disney said in its statement.
In addition, Disney plans to transformer Cinderella’s Castle at its Magic Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla. into an ice palace from “Frozen” every night starting in early November through the end of the holiday season.
Disney fans have been demanding a greater “Frozen” presence at the company’s theme parks since the blockbuster movie came out last November and went on to gross nearly $1.3 billion worldwide and became a cultural phenomenon.
Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Laurence Fox… the ever-growing list of public school-educated actors dominating British film and television is often offered as proof that posh actors are squeezing out working-class talent. Acting, some fear, is increasingly the preserve of those with cut-glass accents whose parents can afford to bankroll them when starting out.
Further evidence of the struggles that those from more modest backgrounds face comes from Dame Judi Dench, who has told The Observer that she receives countless begging letters from aspiring young actors asking her to help fund their training.
The Oscar-winning actress said: "Anyone who's in the theatre gets letters countless times a week asking for help to get through drama school. You can do so much, but you can't do an endless thing. It is very expensive."
Dench, considered one of the greatest thespians of her generation, added that since the demise of repertory theatre – "where you went to learn and make your mistakes and watch people who knew how to do it"– financial barriers to training have made the profession more elitist.
The actress, who won an Academy award for her performance as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, believes it is vital for young actors to watch professionals on stage. "I always say to young students, 'Go and see as much as you possibly can', which is what we used to do. But then we paid a pittance for sitting in the gods," she said.
Ideally, she said, she would reinstate reps all over the country, but knows this is impractical, though she does not believe that government has to choose between hospitals and theatre: "In a civilised country, there's money for both."
She accepts that talented aspiring actors can make it without going to drama school. "But it's a hard and rocky road,"she added.
Her comments follow those of Ben Stephenson, the BBC's controller of drama commissioning, who, at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last month, said acting had become too much of a middle-class profession. He argued that entry was too expensive for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. His criticisms were echoed by Vin Harrop, a "secondary modern boy" who worked his way up to head the Council of Regional Theatre before entering BBC management. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph last month, he said: "When we had repertory theatres … people from all sectors of society took to the boards. It is a sad state of affairs when [most] actors come from the so-called 'posh' schools."
Those schools include Eton, whose old boys include Redmayne, Damien Lewis and Dominic West– best-known for television dramas Birdsong, Homeland and The Wire respectively – and Harrow, where Cumberbatch, star of the BBC's Sherlock series, and Laurence Fox, best known for his role in Lewis, were educated. Max Irons, who went to Bryanston School in Dorset, plays the lead in The Riot Club, a film version released this week of Posh, Laura Wade's satire about Oxford University's Bullingdon Club that was staged at the Royal Court in 2010.
Similar concerns were recently voiced by Sir Peter Bazalgette, the Arts Council chairman, who believes actors from public schools are "out of proportion", and Brian Cox, one of Britain's foremost actors, who lamented that acting was "cutting itself off" from working-class Britain.
Edward Kemp, artistic director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada), told the Observer that 36% of last year's students came from families with an annual income of less than £25,000. He said Rada offered bursaries and observed that the money was going to the "squeezed" middle classes, adding: "You can be earning £50,000 and have two kids in higher education and there's very little support. That's the danger area."
Kemp also spoke of a "serious worry" since the loss of repertory theatre. For those outside London, he said, "the chances of being exposed to really good theatre is getting squeezed. Facilities for drama in most private schools way outstrip any state school."
Sources say that Dench has supported students "discreetly" at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she trained, as did her brother and daughter. Gavin Henderson, the school's principal, said: "She's been enormously supportive. She was for a period president of the school. She was deemed to be generous. She came back recently and did a session with the students. She's been back several times. When we need support on certain issues, she's always very quick to come forward."
He added: "We haven't seen at Central any noticeable shift to the 'better off'. The biggest fear is what's going on in schools now, and the way in which the arts and humanities have been downgraded in schools. So it's the motivating of students from disadvantaged backgrounds towards the notion that a career in the theatre is worth pursuing. That's where the biggest problem lies."
Of course some will always find a way. Tom Courtenay, who won Oscar nominations for Doctor Zhivago and The Dresser, told the Observer that he financed his Rada training partly by working as a labourer to supplement his grant. Asked whether today's aspiring actors need private wealth, he said: "Whether they do now, I can't say. Certainly they didn't in the 1960s. John Thaw [the late Morse star] and I didn't come from money and we did all right."
Cassie Bradley has a degree in English literature from Durham University and graduated from the Oxford School of Drama last summer. She went on to appear in Sam Mendes's production of King Lear at the National Theatre. She could not have trained as an actress without the support of the Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) scholarships, awarded to trainee actors and dancers.
"A lot of us don't go into this profession because we think we're going to earn a lot of money or become famous. We do it because we love it and we're passionate about it.We're as passionate as people who want to teach or become nurses. If you don't invest in people's training, it's going to have such a huge effect on not only our theatre industry, but also our culture."
Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator wasn’t too pleased after waking up and finding the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence, on his phone.
Tyler expressed his frustration about Bono and Co. in a string of Tweets posted on Friday (Sept. 12).
FUCK YOU BONO YOU OLD FUCK I DONT WANT YOU ON MY PHONE NIGGA BITCH STUPID GLASSES FUCK BONO http://t.co/ZR1UEzh1dS— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) septiembre 12, 2014
FUCK BONO— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) septiembre 12, 2014
GET OFF MY FUCKING PHONE. YOU COULDNT COME UP WITH AN ACTUAL MARKETING IDEA? FUCK @U2 I DONT WANT YOU. FUCK BONO. I DIDNT ASK FOR YOU IM MAD— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) septiembre 12, 2014
I DID NOT YOU WERE ON MY PHONE. ITS LEGIT LIKE WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE IDK I DID KNOW YOU WERE ON MY PHONE WHAT THE FUCK— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) septiembre 12, 2014
U2 released Songs of Innocence for free on iTunes following its performance at the Apple event on Sept. 9. With lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" set to be featured in a massive media campaign from Apple, valued at $100 million by multiple sources, U2 has already scored arguably the biggest launch in music history.
OK TO BE HONEST, SAYING FUCK BONO IS REALLY FUNNY TO ME HAHAHA— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) septiembre 12, 2014
Hahahahahahahaha How The Fuck Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha Nigga Just Walk Away From The Screen Like Nigga Close Your Eyes Haha— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) diciembre 31, 2012
Iggy Azalea's lawyers are throwing the kitchen sink at a major porn company ... now claiming Vivid will get it's dirty corporate ass sued if it dares to market her alleged sex tape ... because the name "Iggy" can only be used by Iggy.
It seems a sex tape exists, even though her lawyers deny it. Initially they said it was a fabrication ... then said if it does exist she may have been a minor. The "sex partner" -- rapper Hefe Wine -- told TMZ Live Friday there is indeed a tape and she knew about it and consented. And he says she was NOT a minor ... he says he met her when she was 18.
Now Iggy's lawyers have fired off a letter to Vivid -- obtained By TMZ -- in which they say the name "Iggy" is gold ... protected by U.S. Trademark.
So maybe Vivid could market the tape this way -- STEAMY SEX TAPE, FEATURING SHMIGGY SHMEZELIA AND HEFE WINE!
Vivid is unimpressed, restating it's desire to market the tape.
BTW ... sources close to Iggy say she feels betrayed by her ex-BF.
Most fans know to expect the unexpected when it comes to Nicki Minaj's wardrobe.
But that knowledge clearly wasn't enough to prepare onlookers for the outfit the 31-year-old stepped out in on Friday night.
The US rapper was sporting one of her most revealing ensembles yet as she partied away at the uber cool Club 79 in Paris after performing on stage with Beyonce.
& Nicki reflects on performing with Beyonce
Yasss Nicki stan Princess Blue <3 Still crying at us getting a live Flawless duet before a Mine performance with Drake. I bet Jay doesn't want to share the space with him.