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    "I like life on the road,” says Leonard Cohen, as he releases his Popular Problems album. “It’s a lot easier than civilian life, you kind of feel like you’re in a motorcycle gang.”

    Cohen returned to touring in 2008 after he was embezzled by his former manager who was sentenced to prison in 2012. “I had to go back on the road: I was broke,” he tells The Telegraph. “But it renewed my interest in the whole enterprise. Besides, this and washing dishes are the only things that I really know how to do.”

    The singer/songwriter will mark his 80th birthday (Sept 21) quietly. “One of the charitable realities of my family life is that we hardly celebrate holidays or birthdays or anniversaries, so everybody’s kind of let off the hook. I think it will just go by like any other day.”

    leonard cohen


    Just an excuse for a Leonard Cohen post.

    Ontd what are y'all favourite songs by him . Mine is Suzanne

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    Wearing a Versus Versace Safety Pin Dress

    Ninja kitty want to come with me this weekend... #dontgomum #travelcat #notthistime 😹



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    Chris Martin doesn't just believe in life after love, he's found love again after the end of his marriage.

    The Coldplay frontman, 37, is falling hard for his new girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence, sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly. The singer began dating Lawrence, 24, this past August after they both became single.

    "It's a fantasy come true [for Lawrence]," an insider tells Us, noting that the Hunger Games star has had a crush on Martin since she was a teenager and is a fan of his band.

    The relationship is not just a fantasy, however, as things are becoming serious between the two. "He's fallen in love," another source adds of Martin. "It's the real deal."

    Martin and his longtime wife Gwyneth Paltrow announced the end of their 10-year marriage this past March. For her part, Lawrence broke up with boyfriend Nicholas Hoult midway through the summer.

    In the months since, the twosome has been spending time together on romantic dates. Lawrence supported her man at a Coldplay concert in Los Angeles this week, just days after she and Martin had an intimate dinner date at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.

    The big stars hardly went incognito for their supper together. "They made out at the table," an eyewitness tells Us.

    For more on Lawrence and Martin, watch this week's Hot Stuff video, as explained by Us Weekly entertainment director Ian Drew and K. Michelle, chart-topping R&B performer and songwriter, and star of VH1's K Michelle: My Life.


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    Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain attend a screening of "Salome and Wilde Salome" at BFI Southbank on September 21, 2014 in London, England.

    Lucila Sola and Al Pacino

    Merlin Holland, Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino, Robert Fox and Barry Navidi


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    Nickelodeon star MIranda Cosgrove got a spectacularly horrifying set of pics from a fan ... who threatened to kill himself with a hairdryer in a bathtub because his love for her was not returned.

    Joshua Stockton also sent Miranda pics of a slit wrist, writing, "Maybe I'll finish the job I started."

    Stockton was upset because he was vying for Miranda's affection by sending her gifts through UPS and she had them all returned -- unopened.

    Miranda filed legal docs -- asking a judge for protection -- claiming Stockton would troll her social media, looking for fan sightings of the actress. If someone posted a pic of Miranda at USC -- where she goes to school or at Disneyland -- Stockton would show up.

    A judge felt there was a serious threat ... so he ordered Stockton stay clear of Miranda.


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    For a long time as a private citizen and for some number of years as a journalist, I thought a lot about fashion, both about the individual choices people made when they got dressed in the morning and about what it meant culturally and socially when those choices began strikingly to resemble one another. It became a consuming pastime to see what trickled down and what migrated up — round-toe platform stilettos, for instance, from the world of 11th Avenue at 3 a.m. to the world of Madison Avenue and 65th Street at noon.

    At some point, my attentions managed to relocate. And yet some trends present themselves so clearly that they find you even when you are not searching for them. Over the past year, I have noticed on the subway during rush hour, or in less precious quarters of Brooklyn or the Bronx, or around community colleges and public housing complexes, that women, both young and middle-age, are often carrying Michael Kors handbags — those from the designer’s midpriced line, which typically cost no more than a few hundred dollars.

    In marketing terms the bags belong to a category known as “affordable luxury.” Some of them are heavily logoed; others, simply shaped leather satchels and totes, bear a single more discreet emblazoning of the designer’s name or initials in gold lettering. At the Macy’s in Fulton Mall in Brooklyn, all Michael Kors bags are extremely popular, a saleswoman told me, and they are bought almost exclusively by women who are not white.

    Their presentation at the store betrays a bizarre and jarring semiotic, in part because the bags are routinely locked up. The purses themselves signal the country club and luncheon life; their display, bound together by wire, suggests the fears and prejudices of the elites whose lifestyles the products encode. Duller Calvin Klein bags are liberated, but the popularity of Michael Kors bags brings concern, the saleswoman said. Similar security measures have been taken at other Macy’s branches, a corporate spokeswoman told me.

    The various styles have different names, and one of them has the strange fate of being called the “Selma.”

    On a recent morning at the Fulton Mall Macy’s, a woman named Alethea Taylor, who lives in Crown Heights, was taking pictures of the bags with her phone, to pass on to her partner, who she hoped would buy her one for her 40th birthday. She already had three. Another woman, with two children in tow, had already bought several of the bags, some of them on layaway. One particular tote, costing $358, was sold out at this particular Macy’s, and at a branch in Parkchester in the Bronx, a saleswoman said, but it was available if you were willing to travel to the Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island.

    The popularity of the bags in parts of the city that haven’t been suffocated by money arrives at a moment when the man behind the brand has been swaddled in it. In February, Mr. Kors joined the ranks of the city’s billionaires — one of the few figures in fashion to do so — a little over two years after his company underwent a successful initial public offering.

    Unlike Tommy Hilfiger, who made a conscious effort to connect to hip-hop stars and by extension communities of color, Michael Kors has made no glaring attempt to reach a diverse clientele, though his appealing turn as a judge on “Project Runway” gave him broad celebrity. His company has not advertised in Ebony or Jet, a spokeswoman for Johnson Publishing, the company that owns the magazines, told me. And Michael Kors advertising campaigns tend generally to portray the habits of a singularly narrow demographic.

    If Prada ads celebrate cool modernism, Louis Vuitton ads celebrate cinematic artiness and the latest Coach ads pay homage to a kind of urban pastoralism, Michael Kors ads unabashedly worship moneyed glamour. It’s the 0.01 percent lifestyle the images convey. The men and women in the ads are rarely resting quietly. They are forever traveling or disembarking from helicopters, yachts and planes in which legroom does not appear to be an issue. No one in a Michael Kors ad flies commercial. Women are occasionally pictured on the phone — perhaps calling the Beijing office — and they are always in control.

    “When I look at these images, they’re very similar to social media images we’re inundated with from style icons,” Mary Alice Stephenson, a fashion stylist and a former fashion editor, told me.

    The irony, of course, is that the kind of woman the ads depict is not the kind of woman who is going to buy a $300 bag, because she has a closet full of $5,000 ones at home. There is a perverse logic to the emergence of Michael Kors as the ultimate aspirational brand during the country’s most dramatic period of social inequality. In New York, census figures released this week indicated an ever more expansive divide between rich and poor. One of fashion’s cruelest means of trickery, one of its prevailing intoxicants, is to offer the illusion of wealth when the reality is too distant to inhabit.


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    Hilary Duff attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hilary is wearing a Louis Vuitton.


    Press Room


    Hilary presents Meghan Trainor at the 2014 iHeart Radio Muisc Festival

    Source 1. Source 2.

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    An explicit image appearing to show One Direction star Liam Payne naked has been leaked on Twitter.

    The photo, allegedly showing the 21-year-old boybander in the buff, was uploaded onto the social networking site in the early hours of Saturday morning and has not yet been removed. The grainy snap, seen by Mirror Celeb,shows a man with a strong resemblance to Liam sitting on a bed wearing nothing but a black cap.

    The man in the photo looks into the camera with his mouth slightly open as he rests his hand on his crotch.Within minutes of the photo being leaked onto Twitter, fans of the megagroup jumped to Liam's defence, declaring that the grainy image did not show their idol.

    "I've seen clearer Big Foot footage," said one fan. "Some of that Photoshop is just...wow," added another.

    Liam later took to Twitter to respond to the allegations.


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    In the words of the great Lindsay Lohan, “I’m sick of rumors starting.” And much like Lohan sang in her debut 2004 single, Kylie Jenner feels the same way.

    So, is Jenner trying to get a pop music career off the ground like LiLo once did, or are these just more rumors swirling around the Internet? (At least we can stop talking about her lips now.) According to a “close friend” quoted on RadarOnline, Kylie’s trying to become “the next Katy Perry.”

    But if you ask the youngest Jenner, however, she is doing no such thing. “I respect everyone’s art! but I don’t want to be the next anybody. I just want to be the next Kylie Jenner,” shetweeted on Friday (September 19).

    So, if you were counting on a second Katy Perry, you should probably put that dream to bed. Kylie’s just bein’ Kylie.


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    Don’t expect Alfie Allen to play a nice guy anytime soon.

    In “Plastic,” out Friday, the Londoner portrays Yatesy, the roughest in a gang of four lads who stage a diamond heist.

    In next month’s “John Wick,” he plays the son of a Russian mobster. Keanu Reeves stars as the titular character, a former assassin pursuing a more peaceful life until Allen’s character kills his beloved dog in a robbery gone awry.

    And, when “Game of Thrones” returns next year, Allen will resume his role as Theon Greyjoy, who betrayed the Stark family in a power grab — only to be betrayed by his men, taken hostage, tortured and turned into a slave called Reek.

    “It’s fun playing the bad guy,” Allen tells The Post. “It comes naturally.”

    It certainly seems that way. With his cutting cheekbones and icy blue eyes, Allen, 28, has an aura of danger and mischief — and the family background to back it up.

    His father is famously boozy British comedian Keith Allen, while his older sister is brash singer Lily Allen. Like his dad and sister before him, he was kicked out of various schools growing up.

    “I wasn’t expelled for anything vicious, just being cheeky, not doing what I was told … rising to the bait if someone said something annoying about my dad,” Allen told the Daily Mail in 2008.

    He says going to a boot camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when he was 12 helped him get it together.

    His sister, though, might disagree. Her 2007 debut featured a track called “Alfie” with the lyrics: “My little brother’s in his bedroom smoking weed . . . Get off your lazy arse/Alfie please use your brain.”

    In “Plastic,” the actor has even harder edges than usual, thanks to bleach-blond hair.

    “I was a bit dubious at first,” he says of the dye job. Director Julian Gilby had to convince him it was right for his character.

    The film is loosely based on the true story of a group of Manchester boys who managed to steal more than $3 million dollars in gems from a Beverly Hills jeweler by posing as a prince and his staffers. The gang hired a private jet — paid for with a stolen credit card — to fly the jewels and jeweler to London. Upon landing, the envoy was shuffled into limos, and the gang’s leader drove off with the jewels.

    In “Plastic,” the store is in Miami, and Allen enjoyed hanging out in Florida with his co-stars: Ed Speleers from “Downton Abbey,” Will Poulter from “We’re the Millers” and Sebastian De Souza from “Skins.”

    “We all got along famously,” says Allen, who declines to talk about his personal life but reportedly split with actress Jaime Winstone in July and has since been rumored to be involved with Anna Kendrick.

    The guys have a lively on-screen chemistry. Just as watching “Oceans 11” conveys the vibe that George and Brad were having a good time when the cameras weren’t rolling, so too it is with this heist flick.

    But Allen insists he didn’t get into any more trouble than karaoke-ing Dr. Dre in the hotel bar. “I’m definitely not a bad guy in real life,” he says with a sarcastic chuckle. “I’m really lovely and sensitive.”


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    Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated. (Starring Edgar Ramirez, Erich Wildpret, Maria Valverde and Iwan Rheon)


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    From St. Louis, Mo. Mz007 has been rapping professionally for 5 years doing shows through out the US and opening for mainstream artists that come through her town. This self-proclaimed #FatFlyChick is set to take the world by storm.


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    Living in Los Angeles for the past 10 years, 3,500 miles away from her bandmates, Nadine Coyle was often seen as the Girl Alone.

    Unfairly blamed for the break-up of one of Britain’s most successful female groups, in reality she was the only one in Girls Aloud desperate for them to stay together.

    But a year on from the band’s split, the singer now wants to set the record straight once and for all about what really went on behind dressing room doors.

    Contrary to popular opinion, it was Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh who decided to call time on the group.

    Informing Nadine of their decision just minutes before they were all due on stage, she refused to sign a contract formalising their separation – and has not put pen to paper to this day.

    She says: “I didn’t want the band to end, it was as simple as that.

    “I didn’t think we were going to end – we had done all the promo saying we were all together, having a great tour, wearing Victoria’s Secret wings and stomping up and down the catwalk every night, loving every single minute of it.

    “And then, on the very last night of the tour, our management and publicist came up to me and said the girls wanted to split up the band. I was thinking, ‘What?!’

    “I was in hair and make-up, about to get into my costume, and the show was starting in 20 minutes. I was shocked.

    “I went back to my make-up lady and told her, and was like, ‘F***! I don’t have a job! What am I going to do?’ I screamed and cried on stage and off stage.

    “I was really dramatic for about 15 minutes and then I was over it again.

    "But after that I was fine. I refused to even be sad about it. It is what it is. I couldn’t kick and scream, and change their minds – but had it been me, I would have done it differently. Not just before you go out on stage…

    “And then I went back to LA and got pregnant, so wasn’t around for what happened next. But I heard that they were saying that I knew the band wanted to split. No, no, no! I didn’t!

    “They’re going to have to get their stories straight because my one has been solid. The truth remains pretty solid.”

    In her recent autobiography, bandmate Kimberley mentioned Nadine’s reluctance about the split, admitting the Northern Irish performer refused “point blank” to sign any press release.

    In fact, Nadine, 29, reveals she would not sign any of the formal paperwork confirming the group’s demise.

    She adds: “Thank God somebody told the truth because I never wanted the band to split up, and afterwards they were like, ‘Well, she knew’. I didn’t. I didn’t feel it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to put my name to anything to do with it.

    “So I said, ‘If you want to write this thing from these four, write it from these four – but I’m taking no part in it’.

    “I never signed it, so technically I’m still in Girls Aloud. I’m a one man band! I need holograms made up of them so I can go back out on stage in 30 years’ time…”

    Insisting she still remains clueless as to the reasons behind the decision to call time on the band – which racked up four UK No1s and won a Brit – it is clear there is little love lost between them.

    Indeed, she was as surprised as the rest of us after Cheryl announced her recent marriage to Frenchman Jean-Bernard. But she is even more surprised that fans expected her to be at the bash.

    Smiling, she says: “I don’t know why people are shocked I wasn’t at the wedding. I mean, were you at Cheryl’s wedding?”

    When I reply that I, too, was NFI (not flipping invited), she quips: “I’m shocked!” But she insists: “I have nothing against Cheryl or the girls.” Nadine may have lived Stateside for the last decade, but her Northern Irish accent is as strong as ever.

    She has lost none of her British humour and seems surprisingly unaffected.

    Nadine, who had daughter Anaiya in January, is in the UK at the moment, singing alongside Michael Flatley in his Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games tour. And it is a job she is relishing.

    She says: “Growing up, this is what I imagined it would be like to be a singer.”

    Currently performing at London’s ­Palladium, next year she will tour with the show across Europe and America.

    The star is also “in talks” with a fashion house about the possibility of bringing out her own line, she has invested in a successful skin cream firm and her restaurant, Nadine’s Irish Mist, is doing a roaring trade in Sunset Beach, California.

    And, everywhere Nadine goes, so does baby Anaiya. The father is former American ­football star Jason Bell. He and Nadine, who got engaged four years ago, briefly split not long after the proposal, with the singer calling it off to “find herself”.

    But it did not last long, and the couple have been living together in LA ever since. Together, that is, when they are not fighting.

    Taking things one step further than husband and wife Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, who reportedly live in neighbouring houses, Nadine and Jason occasionally live in separate states.

    Chatting over what appears to be a pint of coffee, she explains: “It’s hard being with a man, it really is.

    “They just don’t ‘get’ you all the time. It’s especially hard after you’ve had a baby – sometimes you’re like, ‘I feel like I might hate you right now…’ I send him into the other room if we’re not getting on… or another house. I’m like: ‘I can’t look at you, go to the other house!’

    “We’re lucky, we have a place in LA and New York so we can get breathing space from one another.

    “So any time we need it, one of us will go to the other place – another state – or even another country. It’s healthy.”

    Of their biggest row to date, Nadine adds: “He wasn’t impressed when I decided I didn’t want to be engaged any more, and took myself off to live in New York alone.

    "We sort of split up, but not really. I was 25, engaged, and living in this beautiful house – it was all too much, all too good to be true.

    “I felt like I needed to do a bit of suffering. So I went to New York and lived in this awful apartment. It was like something out of a movie – it was like a crack den, in the East Village.

    “I thought I would try and find myself, but I was so scared the whole time. I lasted there a week. I ended up staying at the Hamptons. That was more like it.”

    And while Nadine likes her luxuries, she also insists on nothing but the best for her little one.

    She says: “I blend up all her own food. Yesterday, she had avocado and banana for lunch. For dinner I made her sweet potato, carrots, kale and broccoli.

    “This is probably the ‘most LA’ thing I’ve ever done but her hair is so shiny, her eyes are so shiny. I think this is the secret to everything.”

    Happy, healthy and honest – Nadine Coyle is a Girl Alone no more.


    gr8 interview im glad nadine is happy!!! let's bop to insatiable

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    I knew this day would come. I mean, what kind of sister would Ariana Grande be if she didn’t tweet out to vote for her brother Frankie Grande to win Big Brother’s America’s Favorite Houseguest? Other family members of houseguests are tweeting for their loved ones to get America’s vote, so isn’t it fair that Frankie gets some love from his family? I’m not so sure about that. So when Ariana Grande tweeted out to vote for Frankie to win Big Brother’s favorite award, I lost all hope that the award would actually go to someone who was America’s favorite player this season, and not who had the most social media pull outside of the game. Because that’s basically what this award has become, who has the most pull to get people to vote. Answer: A pop star with 18.8 million followers.

    It’s been a question for Big Brother fans for a long time, whether or not Ariana was going to tweet out to vote for Frankie. I, personally, am a little torn on the situation. Frankie is her brother, so it only seems fair that she should be able to show support for him like every other loved on of a Big Brother contestant. But at the same time, she should know that she has the power to completely influence the polls, and make it unfair for any other houseguest. There are a ton of Ariana Grande fans that do not watch Big Brother, which is totally fine, but when those fans start voting for Frankie because Ariana asked them to, it completely negates what the contest is actually for.
    Let’s look at the numbers:



    When I started writing this, the tweet only had 11,000 favorites, and it is only going to grow from here. With over 5,000 retweets and 12,000 favorites — not to mention how ever many people who are just following the link and not clicking “favorite” or “retweet” — Ariana’s tweet about Frankie for America’s Favorite Houseguest blows all other campaigns out of the water.



    Zach, someone who established a huge fan following once he was inside the Big Brother house, isn’t receiving nearly as much attention on his campaign tweet (most likely sent out by his mother or brother). Zach has been beating Frankie in fan favorite polls — which Ariana has not been tweeting out — for almost the entire game, so if Frankie does win this, after being dead last on Joker’s Houseguest Ratings, it is obvious that social media had a huge roll in the votes.


    So maybe Jocasta seems a little left field, but she is getting almost no love on the America’s Favorite Houseguest campaign. 12 favorites and 2 retweets? I get more attention than that when I tweet about cheese! And while Jocasta probably won’t win America’s Favorite Houseguest — sorry, but there were far more entertaining houseguests than Mama J this season — this just shows that some people don’t even stand a chance when compared to the pull that Ariana Grande has with her fame.
    I am hoping that there are more Big Brother fans voting than there are Ariana Grande fans voting. If Frankie wins because Big Brother fans vote for him to win, then so be it, but if he wins because Ariana Grande fans voted for him to win, then that is completely unjust.


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    Deleted scenes are hard to avoid. It doesn’t always come down to a simple need for a shorter movie. Sometimes a scene can slow the pace down too much or not mesh tonally with the other sequences. No matter the reason why they were cut, there are deleted scenes that are so good that it’s hard to believe anyone could approve removing them. I understand that sometimes there isn’t a choice, but it’s still unfortunate.

    Though these great scenes were cut, they live on in the DVD extras and in the post below.

    1. Boromir’s Story in “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”

    This flashback sequence lives on in the Extended Edition of “The Two Towers,” but it adds so much to Boromir, Faramir and Denethor that it’s a shame it didn’t make the theatrical cut.

    5. Lupin and Tonks Meet Before the Battle of Hogwarts in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II”

    Read the book, and you’ll say, “My heart is ripped out because Tonks and Lupin are dead, and now Teddy is an orphan.” Watch the movie, and you’ll say, “Oh, that sucks. Those people I can’t have known died. Oh well.” This scene would have brought the two closer together.

    6. Jonah Dislikes “Brokeback Mountain” in “Knocked Up”

    On top of being hilarious, this scene features some seriously impressive swearing from Jonah Hill.

    7. Cap Looks Back in “The Avengers”

    Joss Whedon expressed regret about not being able to fit this Captain America scene into his final cut. The ending of “The First Avenger” is devastating, so this would have helped the tonal shift to the lighter team-up movie.

    15. Magneto Does Drag in “X-Men: First Class”

    It’s not every day that you get to see Michael Fassbender dressed as a woman, so I can’t help but feel that this scene was a missed opportunity.

    more at the source

    What are your favorite movie scenes that didn't make the final cut?

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    The two-mile People’s Climate March began at 11:30 a.m., packing Central Park West, Sixth Ave. and concluding at 34th St. and 11th Ave.

    “I'm here primarily for my children. I want to see the leaders of the world hear the will of the people and begin to implement 100% renewable energy for 100% of the people,” said Ruffalo, who marched alongside an indigenous peoples group.

    Scores of celebs and elected officials joined in the huge gathering in advance of Tuesday’s climate summit at the United Nations. Drums echoed through Midtown, protesters chanted calls for change and waved colorful banners.


    “The oil industry and the coal industry get to dump their waste into our public air, and it doesn't make any sense,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who called for a tax on carbon.

    “Tell the politicians that we're not going to take it anymore! We need to keep delivering those body blows and this is one of them.”

    Mayor de Blasio marched alongside Al Gore and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ed Norton, Sting and “Lost” actress Evangeline Lilly also joined thee throngs.

    “Summits sometimes spark great change, rallies, protests sometimes spark great change. Sometimes they don't,” said de Blasio. “Our mission is to make this a decisive moment and a turning point moment and I felt today that I was seeing history starting to be made.”

    Participants came from all backgrounds — environmental activists walked next to victims of Hurricane Sandy, labor unions and religious groups, to name a few.

    They pushed a variety of causes, from anti-fracking to opposition of the Keystone pipeline stretching from Canada to the United States.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders took the opportunity to slam the Republican Party.

    “One of the great embarrassments in America right now is the fact that we have a major political party — it's called the Republican Party — which has rejected science, rejected what the scientific community all over the world is saying, and that is a very frightening situation,” Sanders said.

    The march coincides with the city’s climate week, which de Blasio kicked off by announcing a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% of 2005 levels by 2050.

    Tens of thousands of people are gathering in New York on Sunday, and at hundreds of events worldwide, to call for action against global warming and other environmental issues. The People?s Climate March is expected to draw around...

    De Blasio also pledged to make roughly 3,000 city-owned buildings more energy efficient by 2025, while also pushing private property owners to do the same.

    “The standards that we've announced really put us in the forefront internationally,” he said, noting that Hurricane Sandy made the environmentally friendly measures an absolute necessity.

    “This is a matter of survival. And my hope is that New York city’s example will resonate and build real momentum.”



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    Actor James Spader has had a rich and varied career, from starring in NBC’s new hit series The Blacklist to appearing in movies like the quirky S&M cult flick Secretary. It seems unlikely that anything in his previous body of work really prepared for him the task of playing a giant robot, though – which is exactly what Spader will do in Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    Just how massive is Ultron? Well, Spader spilled the beans in this clip from The Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon, which was posted over at Comic Book Movie. Does eight feet tall sound big enough for you? Because that’s how tall Ultron is, according to the just under six foot tall actor.

    "I’m Ultron, eight foot robot," Spader said when the topic got around to the latest Avengers movie. Mix that with the super-strength of the machine, and The Avengers appear set to have their hands full when the newest feature from director Joss Whedon hits theaters next year. Listen to the full James Spader clip here:

    Whedon’s not sticking to hard comic continuity with James Spader’s character – Tony Stark will be Ultron’s creator instead of Hank Pym. He won’t be quite as powerful as he in the comics, either. He will still be wickedly smart and hellbent on wiping out humanity, who he sees as flawed to the point where the only solution is extermination. Sounds delightful…

    It’s been a whirlwind run for James Spader, who’s about to learn what it’s like to juggle a hit TV series like The Blacklist with a major role in one of the biggest comic book franchises around. The actor recently had his first Comic-Con experience, which he describes as "insane."
    "But Comic-Con is the most insane…have any of you ever been to Comic-Con? [Several audience members applaud] Oh, my god, you brave, brave souls. It is crazy. I mean life really can’t get strange enough for me, but I mean it’s the craziest place I have ever been."

    For his first trip to Nerd Mecca, Spader has a pretty good grip on what Comic Con is all about. He tells Fallon how it’s essentially "three days of foreplay" with a payoff that isn’t coming for months or years down the road. He’s right – Comic Con is one of those places where the sizzle is every bit as important as the steak.

    Given that the actor’s character on The Blacklist – a high profile criminal who helps the FBI catch other high profile criminals – and Ultron are big favorites amongst con attendees, it appears likely that Spader will be attending many more conventions in the not too distant future. Hopefully, he learns to embrace the madness.

    Time to start building that Avengers ladder of friendship to beat Ultron.

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    Sept. 22 will mark the 20th anniversary of Friends, quite possibly the best sitcom ever about a group of single 20-somethings trying to make it in the big city. Apart from being just a damn good show, hitting all the right comedic and emotional notes and being filled with enough zingy, fast-paced one-liners to put a Gilmore girl to shame, Friends paved the way for countless like-minded shows to follow suit.

    Friends set the golden standard for TV shows about 20-somethings struggling to figure it all out: love, career, self, life in general. What's more, despite having aired, we repeat, 20 years ago, all the points it made about being a 20-something still ring completely true to this day. Friends got the 20-something life just right. Here's how.

    You have no idea what most of your friends do at work.

    A running gag throughout the entirety of Friends was that none of them had any idea what Chandler did for a living. (Just to clear things up, he was originally an "executive specializing in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration," and later quit to become a copywriter. He was never a "transponster.")

    The Chandler confusion is a pretty accurate representation of how many 20-somethings feel about their friends' jobs. Don't feel too alone when you suddenly realize that you have no freaking idea what most "adults" do between 9 and 5 every day.

    You're going to date a long string of weirdos and losers before finding your lobster.

    And we mean a very long string. Not all of them will be losers; some of them will be perfectly nice, fairly normal people who are perfectly wrong for you. You're going to date them anyway, though, because that's what you do in your 20s. Chandler dated Janice, for far longer than was reasonable. Monica dated "Fun Bobby" who was only fun because he was a raging alcoholic. Phoebe dated a guy who couldn't keep his nuts from hanging out of his shorts. Joey dated a girl who keeps punching him. Ross dated a woman who was really hot but also had a really, really dirty apartment. These are all variations on the same theme: weirdos you're going to sleep with in your 20s before you know better.

    You're going to live with roommates for longer than you'd planned. Much longer.

    When you were a kid, and you imagined yourself as a real, live, certified grown-up, did you picture yourself living with a platonic roommate in an apartment roughly the size of your parents' living room? Not a chance. One big wakeup call when you actually reach your 20s is that not only can you not afford the big, beautiful house you thought you'd be living in at this age, you can't even afford to live in a sixth-floor walk-up shoebox without a roomie to split the rent. Sure, Joey and Chandler and Monica and Rachel lived together for so long because they were BFFs ... but also because they probably couldn't afford not to.

    You might fall in love with a gay guy (or girl).

    And they're not going to love you back, and you're going to have to come to terms with that. It happens. This happened to both Ross and Phoebe, to different degrees. Ross' first wife, Carol, realizes she's a lesbian when she meets Susan at the gym, and goes on to have an affair that turns into a marriage. Phoebe married a gay Canadian ice skater. Okay, okay, she did it to help him get his green card, but that's a thing adults have to deal with too! Getting married so you can cross country lines? Very 20-something issue to deal with.

    You might never earn your parents' approval, and it turns out that's okay.

    People spend a lot of their young lives trying to live up to who they think they're expected to be. A whole lot of that self-imposed expectation often comes from their parents. When you hit your groove in your late 20s and start making life choices for you and not for the you you think you're supposed to be (see: No. 1), it suddenly gets easier to distance yourself from familial expectations.

    It took some of the Friends characters longer to get there than others. Monica spent many seasons trying to earn the approval of her stuck-up mother and went fairly crazy doing it. But guess what? It was all good, because, in the end, Monica finally realized that the only person she had to impress was herself. It's a good day when you have that particular "aha" moment. (Spoiler alert: Sometimes this doesn't happen until your 30s. Be patient.)

    Friends really are the family you choose.

    This is never more true than when you're living in a city far from home, sometimes on a different coast or even continent and you're still single. In the weird, figuring-it-out in-between time that is all of your 20s (sorry, it really is), the carefully curated group of close friends you choose to spend your time with really does serve as your makeshift family. And sometimes, that family is just as good (or better!) than the one you were born into.


    Let's celebrate the show anniversary with the quotes, the gifs, the stories, and everything you got, ONTD!

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    *Lilian Garcia sang the National Anthem while Mark Henry cried

    *After being declared winner of the match, Seth Rollins issued an open challenge. Dean Ambrose shows up in a yellow cab and proceeds to fuck shit up. Elbow drops everybody.

    *After hitting Brock with a 4th AA, Cena covered him until Rollins interfered. He took out Cena, hit Brock with the curbstomp, then proceeded to cash in his MITB briefcase. However, before he could get back in the ring, he was attacked by Cena. The bell did not ring, therefore Seth's cash in was not valid. Show ends with Cena laid out after an F5 by Brock.

    WWE.com has posted an update on Roman Reigns noting he underwent successful hernia surgery, and will be missing approximately 4-6 weeks of in-ring action, but according to Dr. Chris Amann, closer to 6 weeks due to the severity of the injury.

    BleacherReport, Roman's Twitter , Wrestlezone and my TV

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