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    I may have teared up a little bit

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    Sharon Osbourne admitted she would do anything for love.

    "The Talk" host revealed Wednesdayduring "Secret Week" that when she was 27-years-old and not yet married to now-husband Ozzy Osbourne that she took a knife to her wrist while drinking to show how much she cared about him.

    "I've never discussed it out of embarrassment of how stupid I was at the time to do such a thing to myself," Osbourne said.

    "I was 27, I was just going out with Ozzy at the time … and when we first got together, we would drink a lot together," she explained of when she was touring with the Black Sabbath rocker.

    "We had a session of partying … and it's about 4 in the morning and he says to me, 'How much do you really love me? '… And I'm saying, 'I'd do anything for you, anything, I absolutely adore you … I'd give my life for you.'"

    The 61-year-old TV personality then admitted the shocking confession that she physically hurt herself to prove her loyalty and ended up hospitalized.

    "I'm like, 'I'll show you how much I love you, I'd die for you'… so I went to a room service table … and there was a steak knife," she said. "I get the knife and I'm like, 'I love you so much' and slash, slash, slash on my wrist.'"

    She then showed the gasping audience a close up of her scars.

    "I think we better call an ambulance," she recalled telling her love. "I got very sober, very quickly."

    Osbourne explained that she was just being a "dramatic drunk," but the people in the ambulance took it as an attempted suicide rather than a drunken mistake.

    "They put me on lockdown," she admitted.

    "These scars are a big embarrassment, I tell everyone I was attacked by a dog."

    "Dirty streak knife, drunk and trying to being dramatic and you know what the scars don't go away. They stay with you … It's a reminder to us all."

    Jesus D: What's the worst "dramatic drunk" story you know?

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    Having delivered daughter Summer Rain last month, Christina Aguilera is putting the wheels in motion for her chart return.

    The vocal powerhouse has made no secret of the fact that she’s working on a new album, the follow-up to 2012′s ‘Lotus’. Indeed, the diva had been piecing together the project throughout her pregnancy.

    And with her and fiance Matt Rutler‘s new bundle of joy finally here, the 33-year-old is putting the pedal to the metal.

    Find out how below…

    Today talent sourcing website Music Gorilla sent out the following ad to its network of songwriters and producers:

    Producer looking for songs for Christina Aguilera.

    Looking for hip hop inspired songs for next LP. In the same vein as Back To Basics LP with DJ Premier:

    Aint No Other Man: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=8x7Ta89QLo4
    Website: http://www.christinaaguilera.com

    Music Gorilla will be screening this opportunity.

    Yes, yes, and yes! While the production of the as yet untitled set has been shroud in secrecy, the ad strongly hints at the direction Xtina will be taking. One we feel is super smart.

    After all, with the charts once again favouring tracks with a throwback flair – as well as those with a more stripped back sound – no time seems more apt than the present for Aguilera to revisit exactly what she did on 2006′s ‘Back To Basics’. From where we’re standing, it’s exactly what the career comeback Dr ordered.



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    On NBC, the season finale of America’s Got Talent garnered a 2.3, down eight percent a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating for last year’s finale. The series premiere of the Mysteries of Laura earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 62 percent from a 1.3 for the premiere of Ironside. Your predictions were way too pessimistic.

    On FOX, Hell's Kitchen scored a 1.4, down 7 percent from a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s premiere. The series premiere of Red Band Society notched a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 35 percent from a 2.0 for last season’s Glee premiere. Your predictions were far too optimistic .

    On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.2, down 8 percent from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The season (and, in all probability, series) finale of Extant scored a 1.1, up 38 percent from last week's series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.


    Yikes Fox. This is gonna be a long, embarrassing TV season for them. Their only hope is Gotham at this point.

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    It's the oldest trick in the book: Past-prime pop singer attempts to boost his or her relevance in the face of dwindling sales and hastily changing trends by commissioning the help of a hotter, more bankable artist. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's Cheek to Cheekis the latest product of such a collaboration—except I'm not referring to the octogenarian Bennett, who, after 60-plus years in the business, is selling more albums than ever before, but to Gaga, whose free-fall from the upper echelons of pop has been as precipitous as her rise was meteoric.

    Despite her claims that she grew up listening to the jazz greats, Gaga comes off more as a dilettante than an aficionado on Cheek to Cheek, a collection of duets with the seasoned Bennett. (Between Madonna, Bowie, Motley Crue, and now Ella and Billie, it's hard to keep track of just how many posters adorned her bedroom walls as a child.) On songs like the Cole Porter standard "Anything Goes" and the title track, Gaga sounds like what she thinks a jazz singer should sound like; her performances are blatantly affected, marred by shouting and clichéd phrasing. She displays a total dearth of the vocal precision and enunciation that made her so-called idols the masters they were; her timbre on eden ahbez's "Nature Boy," for instance, is wildly inconsistent, shifting from soft and almost pleasant to parodic and comical, often within just a few short bars.

    Bennett doesn't fare a whole lot better, his otherwise charming performances strained throughout. The pair's solo efforts, particularly Gaga's clumsy interpretation of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and Bennett's surprisingly pitchy rendition of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," only serve to spotlight their shortcomings. The 88-year-old Bennett, who's managed to stretch his career into not just a second, but third act, obviously deserves some slack, but for a singer who isn't even 30, Gaga's voice is shockingly rough-hewn, especially on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "I Won't Dance." Even when all that's required of her is cheeky, spoken repartee on "Goody Goody," her persistent vocal fry is insufferable. If not for the session musicians' top-notch work, including Joe Lacorno's virtuosic tenor sax solos, much of Cheek to Cheek, which drags at an economical 45 minutes, would sound like glorified karaoke.


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    Ellen Pompeo posts image of “Grey's” cast doing their best impressions of the characters from the Netflix prison drama.

    The cast of ABC's “Grey's Anatomy” looked familiar, if a little off. Ellen Pompeo posted a photo to her WhoSay page with her costars doing their best impressions of the ladies from Netflix's “Orange Is the New Black.”

    She gave it the caption “Blue is the new black,” as they rocked blue scrubs rather than the prison colors of the inmates at Litchfield Correctional Facility.

    When asked by one fan on Twitter if this meant Pompeo watched the prison drama, Pompeo shot back that everyone should watch it. “Those girls are giving it,” she wrote.

    Looking at pictures like this always sparks the imagination, as we start imagining crossovers, like a Litchfield inmate being sent to Seattle Grace for medical treatment, or trying to fathom how Pompeo's Meredith Grey would fare in prison.

    She might surprise us, though we'd put our money on Chandra Wilson's Miranda Bailey or Sandra Oh's much-missed Cristina Yang over Dr. Grey any day of the week.

    “Grey's Anatomy” returns to ABC for its 11th season on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. There is no planned crossover with Netflix's “Orange Is the New Black.” *Cries*

    What Grey's cast member would you like to see crossover to OITNB & be sent (or work) at Litchfield, ONTD? Who do you think would hook up in the on-call room at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital?


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    Adam McKay is attached to direct and Seth Rogen is onboard to star in an untitled comedy that is based on a pitch from actor and Emmy-winning writer Ben Schwartz.

    Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe are teaming to develop the project, which they bought pre-emptively. Point Grey and Good Universe last collaborated on the hit comedy Neighbors, starring Rogen.

    Schwartz will also co-star in the film.

    Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, the trio behind the upcoming comedy The Interview, will produce alongside Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce, with Erin Westerman overseeing for the company. Robyn Wholey will co-produce.

    "Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we're so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much," McKay said jokingly in a statement. "Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up. He did come up with a great idea."

    Added Rogen and Goldberg: “Every 2,000 years, the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same. McKay and Schwartz are real smart, well-endowed guys, and we couldn't be more excited to be working with them.”

    Schwartz -- who won the 2009 Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics for The 81st Annual Academy Awards' Hugh Jackman opening number -- has sold pitches No Heart's Club and Would You Rather to Universal, with Imagine Entertainment producing and was hired by Paramount to reboot the comedy Soapdish. His script El Fuego Caliente was included on the 2011 Blacklist.

    As an actor, Schwartz will next be seen playing a rabbi in Warner Bros.' This is Where I Leave You and recently wrapped production on Robert Zemeckis' next film The Walk for TriStar. He also is returning for NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Showtime's House of Lies.

    Dan Freedman negotiated the deal on behalf of Good Universe. He is repped by WME, Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels and Haven Entertainment.

    McKay is handled by WME, Mosaic and Level Four Business Management.

    Rogen is represented by UTA and attorney Fred Toczek.


    yay, Benny Schwaz!!

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    @niazkilam: #longhair

    He is going through a Goblet of Fire phase. I need him to take a picture with Avan for science~.

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    ABC is looking to Korean format My Love From Another Star for its next breakout hit.
    The network has handed out a script commitment with a penalty attached to a remake of the Korean hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Based on the Korean format, My Love explores why a superhero has to save the world and asks why he can't save just one girl. ABC's take is described as epic supernatural love story about a world-famous pop star, Lark, and her anti-social neighbor, James, who happens to be from another planet. Disillusioned by the pettiness of human nature, and a resident of Earth for the past several hundred years, James has a centuries-old rule that he will never use his abilities to intervene in the lives of the people around him. But when he gets a premonition that the infuriatingly self-centered but compelling Lark is going to be murdered, James finds himself drawn into her chaotic life and falling deeply in love — just as he finally has the chance to return to his home in the stars.

    Watch a clip from My Love, below.


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    The day has come! At approximately 12:46 p.m. EST something magical happened on the Prada runway: Gemma Ward.

    The Australian model (who quit the business in 2008) strutted out onto Prada's sandy runway in a long coat and literally shocked the entire Fashionista office (and probably everyone else watching the livestream or at the show). Since leaving the business, Ward has appeared in films like "The Black Balloon" and "The Great Gatsby" and also had a child. From the look of things, she wasn't coming back to modeling any time soon... but if anyone could persuade her to take to the runway again it's Miuccia Prada and casting director Ashley Brokaw.

    Not only does Ward's appearance solidify the fact that models are making their return to the spotlight (look no further than Vogue's September cover or the major models who walked in other SS15 shows, like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Kristen Owen, Maggie Rizer or Lara Stone, who closed the Prada show, for proof), but it's also probably about to put an end to the stunt casting that dominated New York runways. I mean, who really cares which runways celebrity spawn models walked when Gemma Ward is back in the game?

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    Marvel.com interviews with both Ming-Na and Nick Blood:

    Marvel.com sat down with Nick Blood for this exclusive first interview to learn more about Lance Hunter before he debuts next week, so keep reading to learn more about the new team member’s reasons for joining up, what it’s like to join the established cast in its second season and much more!

    Marvel.com: We don’t really know much about Lance Hunter at this point aside from the fact that when he comes in, he’s a mercenary. He’s not really in it for the cause, he’s in it for the money. What can you say about his role?

    Nick Blood:
    Well, I’m not going to tell you much, because I want you to watch it. [laughs] He’s based on a Marvel character, Lance Hunter, who in the comics was the head of S.T.R.I.K.E., which was kind of like the British equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. But that’s not necessarily [the direction we’re going in] “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He’s British, he’s got military background, as did Lance [in the comics]. He kind of comes across the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang and ends up joining them. You’ll have to tune in to find out.

    Marvel.com: When we’re introduced to Lance, he has a very strong relationship already with Lucy Lawless’ character, Isabelle Hartley, and her team. What is it about her the he respects so much?

    Nick Blood:
    Yeah, they’re a real tight crew. There’s a couple of characters, Izzy and Idaho, and these guys have been through everything together. They’ve been together for a while, trust in each other explicitly, and they know each other inside out. They know what each other’s going to do before they do it. I think with that, with the experiences that they’ve gone through, comes a huge amount of love and respect for each other and a sort of deep caring for one another. So with Izzy, they’re thick as thieves. It was nice because my first few [scenes] were with [Lucy Lawless] and that was really nice to have somebody who is kind of new as well, but she knows the city really well and she’s done lots of work over here so she kind of [had that on me].

    Marvel.com: Building on that, what’s it like to toy with some of the pre-existing dynamics? Because obviously, so many of these characters from the first season had so many dynamics with each other. Now you’re a new character changing things around.

    Nick Blood:
    It’s really nice because each different character, the original characters, has a different kind of response to [Hunter]. Generally I think they’re slightly wary, a little bit suspicious, [but also] a little bit amused by him. Because the nice thing about him coming into this group is that Lance doesn’t really care that much of what people think of him. So he’s very much himself and very comfortable in it. He doesn’t bow down to the etiquette of the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy. He’s quite fun to be able to play with that. He treats Director Coulson just how he would treat Skye or Fitz.

    Before the season premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” next Tuesday, September 23 at its new time, 9:00 p.m. ET, we talked with Ming-Na Wen about what the future holds for May as Coulson and his team embark on a new journey through uncharted territory to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Marvel.com: Towards the end of last season, May and Coulson’s relationship in particular got a little rocky before it became a lot better. Going into Season 2, how would you define the dynamic between the two of them?

    Ming-Na Wen
    : I think they’ve patched things up, and they respect and understand each other enough and have a strong enough friendship where both understand why she had to follow orders. So they’re in a good place. I don’t know how much of this I can give away. What’s really great is [now] that Coulson has new duties as Director in rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s got his hands full in coordinating and recruiting S.H.I.E.L.D. members that he feels he can trust. So May is now his right hand man, or I guess, his right hand woman, I should say, in dealing with the ragtag gang of S.H.I.E.L.D. members we have left and in conducting missions. I love the fact that May now has a lot more duties and she really, truly, is in the field, which is a thing that she didn’t want in the beginning. She’s completely immersed in it and she understands why she has to be.

    Marvel.com: Another thing that’s coming up is I know that beginning in the new season, May has sort of taken Skye under her wing as well.

    Ming-Na Wen
    : Yeah, very much.

    Marvel.com: I was curious what it was that May sees in Skye. At the beginning Coulson obviously saw something in her from the get-go, but some of the other characters, it took a little bit more for them to really accept her. At this point, what does May see in Skye that leads her to become her new supervising officer?

    Ming-Na Wen
    : May does see the potential in Skye. She’s proven herself many times over the course of the last year in certain missions, [especially with] how [Skye] had to handle Ward when she found out he was Hydra. She’s really proven herself under stress. However, I think the other layer is that both Coulson and Skye share this mysterious blue formula that’s in their system. Being her S.O., I think, is something that serves several purposes. One is that she can keep an eye on Skye, she can get to know her better, and if there are any changes that happen in her she’ll be able to pick up on it much quicker. At the same time, she’s a real asset to the team as far as being able to go into the field, and we need every single member that we can get and Skye is someone that she can trust. It’s just a matter of also keeping an eye on her.

    Marvel.com: That vigilance and watching over others, is that one of the key things that you feel keeps May around with S.H.I.E.L.D., or is there also that belief in the bigger idea of what S.H.I.E.L.D. is and can be?

    Ming-Na Wen
    : I think so, because May’s friendship and loyalty to Coulson runs so deep. I find that relationship so fascinating and so fun to play between the two of them. But it’s basically her loyalty and her love for Coulson. Maybe not romantic [love], it’s just really--it’s hard to describe--it’s a bond, it’s unbreakable, and she will watch over Coulson and take care of him and help him through whatever he needs to at this point in his life because he has a lot to deal with on many levels: Physically, mentally, and emotionally. She wants to be there for him, and if it serves S.H.I.E.L.D., that’s just more or less a side effect, really.

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    "Making Friends and Influencing People" - Coulson and his team race against HYDRA to get to Donnie Gill--a dangerous gifted with the ability to freeze objects--while Simmons is caught in the crossfire on Tuesday, October 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m.ET) on the ABC Television Network.

    "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.

    Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, Dylan Minnette as Donnie Gill, Simon Kassiandes as Sunil Bakshi, Adam Kulbersh, as Kenneth Turgeon, Maya Stojan as Agent 33, David Diaan as Elias, Jarrod Crawford as Lead Hydra Agent, Nicholas Roth as Second Hydra Agent, Mo Darwiche as Ship's Captain, and Jesse D Goins as Theo.

    "Making Friends and Influencing People" was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Bobby Roth.

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    Actor Brett Dalton at the MEN'S FITNESS 2014 GAME CHANGERS event at Palihouse on September 17, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Mexican authorities are investigating Miley Cyrus after the always-controversial singer performed in front of thousands in Monterrey, Mexico Tuesday night and at one point during the show had dancers pretend to whip her comically-large prosthetic butt with tiny Mexican flags.

    According to a report from Fusion’s Mexico City correspondent Manuel Rueda, the incident has been “widely covered” by local press and may have actually violated a law that protects “national emblems, the flag and the national anthem.”

    He explains:

    The 35-page law protecting national symbols regulates the proper use of Mexico’s flag in schools, public buildings, and during government ceremonies, but does not exactly include any clause specific to butt-flogging.
    Article 52 does, however, say that acts which show “disrespect for the flag and national symbols, will be punished according to their seriousness and the condition of the person who commits them.”

    According to the law, disrespecting the flag can be punishable with fines up to 250 minimum wages, or 36 hours in jail. And if the infraction is committed for commercial purposes, the crime can be punished with a fine of up to 1,000 minimum [daily] wages — or roughly $5,200.

    Previously, Rueda reports, Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio was “fined $4,000 for appearing in a Spanish magazine with a Mexican flag draped around her naked body.”

    At least one Mexican lawmaker has spoken out against Cyrus’ act.

    “They are hitting her with the flag, or cleaning her backside. It’s a lack of respect,” Francisco Trevino Cabello, of the conservative National Action Party, said of the incident. “The interior ministry must sanction the singer Miley Cyrus for desecrating the flag.”

    You can see it happening at 2:20 in this video:


    posting this for y'all who were mocking readmymiind... smdh

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    Lady Gaga has touched down in the birthplace of the Aphrodite Lady/seashell bikini, Athens, Greece! Gaga is due to perform at the Olympic Stadium tomorrow.

    Pics from her elaborate airport entrance


    Arriving at her hotel

    Gags also shared some pictures from her hotel room where she continued the one woman photoshoot from above

    S1: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2759852/Lady-Gaga-lands-Athens-Airport-wearing-just-thong-seashells-poses-topless-hotel-bathroom.html
    S2: http://instagram.com/p/tGBiNTJFC5/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=photo&modal=true
    S3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8pn7VMlJP0

    I see Gaga has saved her best look of the year for my country of course, bless! I will be at her concert tomorrow so I'm gonna keep y'all updated

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    Lil’ Kim may hate Nicki Minaj more than Ms. Wallace and Foxy Brown combined, but one fellow femcee that she doesn’t have beef with is Iggy Azalea. The pair have been mutually supportive of each other since Iggy first hit the scene, so it was only a matter of time before they got into the studio together to record a collaboration.

    In a new interview with Revolt TV to promote her Hard Core 2k14 mixtape, Kim confirmed that she’s set to do a track with both Iggy and T.I., but is still unsure just what to do with it.

    “Iggy is my girl,” said Kim. “Her and I and T.I. are doing a track together. I don’t know if it’s gonna be for my album… We have other plans for it as well. I think we’re gonna do a double package type thing.”

    Fingers crossed that the collaboration pops up on Iggy’s upcoming The New Classic re-release. If not, then we could be waiting forever to hear it considering how long Lil’ Kim usually takes to release new music.


    the queen's back bitches, regurgitate

    I'm so READY for the iconic visuals too!!!
    Get that comeback Queen Bee.

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    Jennifer Lawrence attempts to go incognito behind her handbag as she leaves Coldplay concert after Chris Martin 'serenades' her

    Since being romantically linked earlier this year, they've been going to great lengths to keep their relationship under wraps.

    And things were no different on Wednesday night, when Jennifer Lawrence, 24, was seen leaving a concert by Coldplay, the popular band fronted by her rumoured beau Chris Martin, 37.

    Jennifer was first seen with Martin at one of his New York concerts in August and she apparently was in the mood for some more of his balladry.

    'Just before the show was supposed to start, Jennifer Lawrence walked toward the stage, surrounded by a couple girlfriends, trying to find their seat,' a source told US.

    Once the 37-year-old musician hit the stage he immediately scanned the crowd before spotting Lawrence up on a balcony seat, the insider claimed.

    Adding: 'He pointed and said "Aha! I see you!" and then smiled and waved. He kept looking up in the direction during the show and smiling, pointing, singing to her.'

    The singer performed many of his standards, including his latest song for Hunger Games: Catching Fire titled Atlas.

    Another source told US that Martin's estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow is positive about the new romance: 'Her take is, "Hey, he could do worse." She just wants him to be happy.'

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    i mean as long as she's happy......

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    Sarah Paulson has described her role in American Horror Story: Freak Show as her "most challenging so far".

    The actress will appear in the new season in a dual role as conjoined twins Bette and Dot, which has made things "doubly difficult" for the actress.

    In the previous three seasons of American Horror Story, Paulson has played a medium, a reporter hunted by a serial killer, and a witch blinded by acid.

    Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about her new role, she said: "It is the most challenging so far. There's the inherent reality that everyone knows that I do not have two heads. So we're asking the audience to go with us on this journey.

    "We're asking everybody that's a fan of the show, like people who are with the show, so I have anxiety because I just want so much for everything about it to work that people forget that they're watching something that they know isn't real and that they buy it and they believe it.

    "I think that's why these two girls seem like two different creatures. It's hard to find all the colour and variation and nuances. It's hard to play one person with all of those things going on. It's obviously doubly difficult to do it when you are trying to give shading and characterisation to two people. And I have a southern accent also."

    Paulson also said that she believes Freak Show to be the best season of Ryan Murphy's horror series to date.

    "I do know from an artistic standpoint... as a reader when I read the scripts, the stories are so rich and complicated and it's just so fascinating. I can't imagine it not being something that people embrace.

    "I think from a creative standpoint it's got that feeling of Asylum, in that it's really about something: this idea of being a forgotten soul in the world that's just been cast aside. Everybody feels like that at some point in their lives. It's something that I think has a tremendous amount of currency. It feels very honest about what it means to be a person."

    American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere in the US on October 8 on FX, and return to UK screens on October 21 on FOX.


    No role will be as iconic as Lana Banana

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    The victory of The Imitation Game at the Toronto film festival, from which I’ve just returned, seals the deal for the biopic of Alan Turing to dominate the Oscars, just as previous winners 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire have in years gone by. The Brits are coming! Again! So why my sinking heart? Partly it’s because – unlike 12 Years a SlaveThe Imitation Game simply isn’t very stirring. It’s neither turkey nor lion, a solid three-star job. Benedict Cumberbatch is as clever as ever; Keira Knightley is cute as the brainbox to whom Turing is briefly engaged. It pushes buttons with routine ease, decodes a complex bit of cryptography into something even the groggiest of us could follow. It does nothing to rock the boat, nothing you wouldn’t predict. In fact, it’s a film that must manufacture tension from foregone conclusions. Will Turing’s Enigma-busting machine work? It might. Will we win the war? It’s possible.

    Where this gets sticky is when it comes to the fate of Turing himself, who was gay when it was still illegal and convicted for gross indecency, opted for chemical castration rather than imprisonment, and died a year later, probably by his own hand, while suffering this indignity. Did you know that already? I’d figured most people would, or at least know the gist. And yet protest they did about reviewers like me spoiling the surprise. The Imitation Game marks the return of spoiler-gate, that endless argy-bargy between critics and readers about how much information is too much.

    My other problem with The Imitation Game is that it tries to have its gay martyr cake and eat it. We never see Turing romantically or sexually involved with a man. A chaste note to a schoolboy crush is as steamy as it gets. And yet it does make cinematic capital from the prejudice that led to its hero’s dreadful fate. The end credits hammer home, alongside Turing’s achievements, his terrible persecution, finishing with the balm of the royal pardon granted him by the Queen two years ago. Somehow this serves to add insult to injury. Not just because – as Peter Tatchell wrote – there is no pardon for the not-so-famous thousands of men in the same boat. But because it presents the pardon as the closing chapter in the story of a man whose sexuality cost him his life, yet about which the film is as squeamish as Mrs Grundy.


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    We love blooper reels - those rare opportunities to see how our favorite actors and actresses behave out of character.

    And we've got our exclusive paws on a great one.

    If you've seen Two Faces Of January, you'll know it's a pretty serious drama. But if you were to judge on the below four minutes - which features Viggo Mortensen grabbing groins and gurning - you'd assume it was a comedy.

    Click the video below to see Star Wars star Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo having a right old laugh.

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    Michelle Phan, who runs one of the top fashion and beauty channels on YouTube, countersued electronic-dance music company Ultra Records, which had accused the digital star of illegally using songs of its artists in her videos.

    According to Phan’s counterclaim, filed Thursday, she had indeed received authorization from one of Ultra’s managers to use the songs in question — dating back to 2009 — and that the label granted the permission in order to promote digital sales of the music on Apple’s iTunes. Phan’s primary YouTube channel currently has nearly 7 million subscribers.

    Phan’s suit seeks declaratory judgment that Ultra had issued a non-revocable license to the recordings and that her videos do not infringe on any Ultra copyright. In addition, she’s demanding unspecified monetary damages, accusing the record company of taking actions “with fraud, oppression and malice.”

    In July, Ultra Records and Ultra International Music Publishing sued Phan for copyright infringement, alleging she used songs from several of its artists, including Kaskade, in videos without permission.

    A rep for New York-based Ultra Records did not respond to a request for comment on Phan’s countersuit.

    According to Phan’s suit, like other record labels, Ultra wanted her to use the music of artists on its label as background music in her YouTube videos along with an iTunes link.

    Phan, who was featured this spring in a YouTube-sponsored ad campaign, claims she originally contacted Ultra in July 2009 requesting permission to use the songs, in return for crediting the musician and include an iTunes purchase link in the video. The Ultra manager responded that he was “more than happy to let [Phan] use this content,” per her counterclaim. That agreement between Ultra and Phan covered not only Kaskade, but all Ultra artists, according to her lawsuit.

    It was not until March 2014 that Ultra’s attorneys sent a cease-and-desist notice to Phan claiming her use of the songs was unauthorized, according to the suit. This summer, the label also sent YouTube Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices for 12 of Phan’s videos, claiming copyright infringement “even though Ultra had previously agreed that Phan could use music by Ultra artists in those videos,” according to her lawsuit.

    Phan’s law firm, Grodsky & Olecki LLP, filed the counterclaim in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    In May, Phan inked a development deal with Endemol Beyond USA, the digital arm of global TV production firm Endemol, which encompasses original content for both digital and broadcast. She also has a contract with L’Oreal Cosmetics, one of the world’s largest cosmetics manufacturers, for her own line of Em-Cosmetics makeup.


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