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    Liza (Sutton Foster) is a 40-year-old recently divorced single mother looking to get a job, which proves difficult for a woman of her age. After a compliment from a much younger man, she decides to get a makeover, courtesy of her friend Maggie (Debi Mazar), in order to look like she is in her mid-twenties. Ultimately, she becomes an assistant to Diana (Miriam Shor) in a publishing firm, who pairs her with co-worker Kelsey (Hilary Duff).

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    I was on the fence about this show until the one user here commented and said that they saw the pilot and they praised it as one of the best pilots they have seen recently. The cast seems to get along well and I hope the writing is fresh, like Sex and The City.

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    Keri Hilson, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter, has decided to publicly pray against Satan.

    Hilson previously revealed that she has rededicated her life to Jesus Christ two years ago. Since then, the entertainer has publicly spoken about her faith and all of the blessings that came along with it, including her relationship with Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka.

    Now, Hilson is combating satanic influences in her life in a very public way. Although it is unclear what sparked her prayer, the entertainer took to Twitter to give Satan and well over 3 million followers a piece of her mind.

    Hilson went on to share her prayer for a discerning heart amid satanic influences.

    The singer-songwriter previously spoke to Global Grind about how becoming serious about her Christianity changed her love life.

    "I rededicated my life to Christ in April 2012, I came out of a really dark depression, I actually met him (Serge) maybe six months after I rededicated my life to Christ," Hilson revealed to Global Grind last year.


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    When you think of Nick Jonas - and let's face it, you've been thinking a lot about him lately - a few things come to mind: the straight-edged Jonas Brothers. Former flames Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. His abs.

    Per his handlers, two of those topics were off-limits during my chat with Nick, but so what. Ever since he posted a salacious Instagram pic of his fit, V-cut torso in 2013, it's been ab this, ab that. The 22-year-old BFF to the gay community is also releasing a self-titled, post-Jonas Brothers album (out Nov. 11), which he chatted about during our interview. You know, in addition to his abs.

    You said recently that part of the reason you're so adamant about reaching out to the gay community is because you don't feel like the Jonas Brothers did enough of it before. So, is this gay media blitz your way of making up for lost time?

    (Laughs) Maybe! I think my brothers and I did what we could, but at that time, in our career and during that moment in our lives, it was pretty crazy. We had so much going on that we were, I think, just trying to stay on top of everything. I've had a little time prior to the promotion (of this album) to establish exactly what I want to say, who I wanna talk to and the steps I wanna take.

    Did the lack of gay-media attention have anything to do with your handlers? Were people telling you not to do gay press to maintain your conservative Disney image?

    To be honest, I don't think it was that. I think if we had wanted to make an effort there it wouldn't have been an issue. It was important and it is important to me, and it's also important to me as I transition into acting.

    I'm on a show called "Kingdom" where my character goes on a pretty interesting journey. I can't give anything away - no spoilers - but it's been fun as an actor to be willing to go to that place. I love playing this role that I play, and I'm excited for the audience to go on this journey with me.

    Considering you've revealed there's a nude scene, we are also excited to go on this journey with you. What's it like shooting a nude scene?

    It's pretty bizarre. The way you have to go into it... it's not real. As actors, it's our job to tell these stories, and with a show like "Kingdom," you go the extra mile and push the boundaries and keep it very real. So, in that moment, it's just about telling the story the best way you can while trying to be honest. As far as any of the physicality goes - or nudity or sex scenes - it's just about knowing that it isn't real.

    Wait, your sex scene is not real?

    (Laughs) It's not.

    Why is it so important for you to reach out to the gays for your solo debut?

    When I was setting up this record and meeting with the team about it, I told them that I really wanted to make an effort to embrace that part of my audience. I've known for a long time that it is a great part of the audience, and I just never felt like we made all the effort we could to embrace them. It's been really fun and really incredible.

    When did you know the gay community was embracing you?

    I think it was a combination of things. I did theater prior to recording music, and so at a very young age I made a lot of really close gay friends. When I started recording music, and my brothers and I started recording and touring, we saw pretty quickly - this was back in 2005/2006 - that this was a big part of our audience. As the years went on, and as I went back into theater, I made the (gay community) a priority. It's about embracing all sides.

    You're currently on tour, and considering how much attention you've given the gays lately, how gay are the audiences that come out to see you?

    It's been pretty awesome to look out and see a difference in the crowd. It's not drastic by any means; it was kind of there prior, but there's definitely more of them embracing this next chapter in my life and my music. All that, I can feel. Looking out, there is probably a handful more gay fans out there, which is incredible.

    So, like, if you had to rate the gayness of a Nick Jonas show, where would it fall on the Kinsey Scale, 1 being straight and 6 being totally gay?

    (Laughs) I don't know if I can answer that just yet. I think I need to let it continue to evolve. It's in the early stages here. Let's see where we get in the next couple of months and then we'll make that call.

    You have a point. Considering you just performed in San Francisco, the number would be skewed.

    (Laughs) Exactly!

    Because your abs are now famous as well, do you feel obligated to show them at every show?

    (Laughs) Umm, no. I haven't showed them at any of my shows. That was more so when I was in New York celebrating the release of the new music and I went to a couple of gay clubs and... (Laughs) They kind of made me do it, so I had to! But as far as my shows go, I keep it fully clothed.

    I saw the video online, Nick. I didn't see anyone taking your shirt off for you.

    It was a few drinks in at that point. All bets were off.

    When you show up at a gay club like the ones in New York, do guys hit on you? Do they flirt? And how do you approach a situation like that?

    Yeah, it's interesting. Whether it comes from people who are aware of me and my personal life, or the person who was on the microphone saying it, there's a general awareness that I am straight but totally embracing of the gay community. I love my gay fans, so it was just a lot of love, and there wasn't a whole lot of hitting on me and flirting. A little bit, which was actually kind of fun. (Laughs) It was a pretty new environment for me, so I was just trying to take it all in and have a good time.

    What do you make of naysayers who say you're just using your body to bait the gay community?

    Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. I think it's unfortunate that some people have to find a negative in every situation. Clearly my heart is in the right place, and more than anything, if they just looked at my life and my gay friends and the authentic nature of where my heart is, they'd just see that they're kind of ignorant.

    The nature of where we are today is, we're in a time where we need to make strides and step forward as a society and embrace all people from all different walks of life. When you're trying to make a bold statement like that, some people aren't gonna fall in line with that. And that's OK. You gotta stay on your own path.

    You've recently opened up about your religious journey and how you've taken off your "purity ring." Did the gay people in your life have anything to do with reexamining your religion? Have you always been this accepting of homosexuality?

    That's a good question. I always have been. I think that's a testament to growing up in the theater and from an early age being surrounded by (gay people), and my parents - although my dad was a pastor - were very open-minded and said the same thing that I say, "We have to love people from all walks of life, and that's the key." It was nice to come from that.

    Definitely my opinion and my feelings on faith and religion, specifically, have evolved over time just having seen some of the judgments that other people show toward the lesbian and gay community. It really burdens my heart, and it saddens me in a huge way because I feel like it's not our place to judge at all. Some of the most loving, caring relationships that I've ever seen are between my gay friends, and some of my straight friends' relationships are the worst examples of what love is.

    With your parents being as open-minded as they are, were there gay people in your life even before you pursued theater?

    There were. My parents were always good about having an open mind toward everyone. Like I said, although church and religion were a cornerstone for us in a lot of ways, they (my parents) were open, and especially after we left the church and had to develop our own faith is when my views and opinions started to take shape.

    Would you still consider yourself Christian?

    I say now that I have a relationship with God and that it's my own relationship with God. It's one of those things that I try to keep most personal because I think that's the healthiest way I've learned to deal with it. I keep it as that, and I know that I love God and he loves me.

    Nick Jonas performs at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. For more information, visit http://www.thecrofoot.com.


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    Porsha is speaking out about her demotion on season 7. Today when the new recycled cast photo came out, Bravo had Photoshopped Porsha out of the photo and put in newcomer Claudia Jordan.

    Porsha shared a statement tonight via her rep, “This is not an easy time for me right now, but I want let everyone to know that I loved being a Housewife on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and I am thankful for Bravo for the opportunity but it’s not goodbye.”

    Porsha continued, explaining her shock to find out she had been downgraded. “After a long season of filming, and giving my all, I was blindsided by the announcement from the network that I was demoted from Housewife Status, but would remain on the show in a “Friend” capacity. Unfortunately, I can only be PORSHA, and portraying anything else, would not be genuine nor honest. This moment is bittersweet, but God has been so amazing to me, and I think this is a perfect time for me to spread my wings, and finally focus on all of my upcoming projects. In addition to having my recurring role on RHOA, I will be able to focus my attention on my career on DISH NATION on the Fox Network, recording my album, and building my businesses.”

    TMZ claims that Porsha was demoted because she was difficult to deal with this season.

    It's Judgement Day For Teresa & Joe!

    On Thursday, the Giudices, of Montville in Morris County, are to be sentenced. Each could get a prison term, and Joe, a citizen of Italy, could be deported.

    They have admitted that they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and that they submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe has admitted that he failed to file a tax return in 2004.

    “They know a worst case, but don’t know what’s going to happen, and it’s terrifying and they’re scared,” said Wendy Feldman, a crisis manager hired by Teresa to deal with the media.

    If Teresa keeps her word, on sentencing day she will take responsibility, express remorse and address the court directly. “I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse,” she said in a statement read by her lawyer at the courthouse in March. “I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family, especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world.”

    The couple accepted a package plea deal from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If both hadn’t agreed to plead guilty, neither would have been offered a deal, said Miles Fein­stein, Joe’s attorney.

    Bethenny Frankel Denies Return to RHONY!

    RHONY fans were psyched when it was reported Bethenny Frankel would be returning to the Bravo reality series. Us Weekly first broke the news, but the entrepreneur and former talk show host shut down these rumors.

    However, the mother of one blasted these claims on Sirius XM radio.

    "I'm going in and out of Bravo, I'm talking to Andy [Cohen] about two different projects, because he's got a production company now....I haven't signed or decided to do anything. But it's not what everyone thinks it is," Frankel told Jenny Hutt.

    "He's doing a lot of different shows, so we're talking about a couple of different things and deciding together what we're going to do. So that could be why everyone's writing about this."

    Lisa Dishes on New Season of RHOBH!

    Extra caught up with Lisa Vanderpump at the Hero Dog Awards in Beverly Hills, where she dropped a few hints about RHOBH Season 5!

    Vanderpump said she didn’t want to give too much away, but assures it's going to be “better than last season. I can’t say it is all plain sailing. At it's best, it is not an easy situation sometimes.”

    When asked about Brandi Glanville she explained, “When we left last season I really wanted to be as far away from her as I could possibly be and then things have to change, we’ll see that story kind of comes to its conclusion.”

    Could that mean a possible reconciliation? Fans will have to watch to find out.

    Read The Full Stories At: ExtraTV, FashionTimes, NorthJersey, RealityTea

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    In this month's GLAMOUR magazine, our brand new cover star Keira Knightley talks all about her wedding day, how she felt about turning 30 and whether she's found her looks to be a blessing or a curse…

    "I don't think you can say that they're a curse……it would be stupid of me to say that my looks haven't played a part in my career, because obviously they have," she told us.

    "And obviously they have got me contracts with Chanel, but there have been as many, if not more, parts that I haven't got because of the way that I look. So I suppose it balances out. And I do think that in every profession, regardless of what they look like, people have to prove themselves again and again."

    Next March, Keira will turn 30, but is she nervous about the milestone? Not quite! "I'm not actually worried about turning 30. Because, honestly, my early twenties were not much fun. Then after 25, things just got better and better. Maybe you stop caring as much about where you should be going and what other people think - which is all the shit that makes you very unhappy early on."

    And she has a reason to be happy - as well as her career going from strength to strength, she's also major loved-up with her husband, Klaxons singer James Righton. She told us all about their wedding last year: "It was a bloody good day and a lot of fun. And yes, being married feels pretty good. You only get to choose one member of your family and I made a good choice. So well done, me!"

    Keira also exclusively told us that she would 'totally discourage' any daughter of hers from becoming an actress: "I should imagine that if she wanted to act, I wouldn't have a choice, but, no, I certainly wouldn't recommend it. It can be completely heartbreaking for most people who do it, because the amount of rejection is enormous. And it doesn't matter what kind of person you are: it's impossible for that not to take a toll. Even if you're successful, you still have to go through a shitload of rejection. So I would say to my daughter: 'Be a doctor or a lawyer - something stable and useful."

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    It seems she took the saying 'shop 'til you drop' quite literally on Tuesday, as Jessica Chastain was caught yawning on the New York City sidewalk after hitting some trendy stores.
    But at least the 37-year-old actress appeared voguish during the process, showing off her conservative chic style as she perused the Soho shops.
    The redheaded beauty was spotted in a grey and black striped sweater and matching heather grey wide-legged trousers.

    She teamed her pieces with a pair of textured black dress shoes and layered on a black trench coat, clearly having dived into her Autumn wardrobe.
    The Zero Dark Thirty star cranked her simple look up a notch with a metallic statement necklace and jet black sunglasses.
    She also displayed her love of designer duds by carrying a black Christian Dior handbag.
    Jessica certainly has a love of high fashion, as she was seen carrying a shopping bag from the upscale retailer, Intermix.
    ONTD, what are your favorite places to do some retail shopping at?

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    Another anonymous confession. Trigger warning for mentions of abuse, rape and sexual assault.

    YouTuber OhhMyAnnie describes her experience with Sam Pepper's sexual assault.

    Sources:1& 2

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    Mila and I would like to welcome to Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher to the world.  May your life be filled with wonder, love, laughter, health, happiness, curiosity, and privacy.

    Can you guess which one is ours, or does it really matter? All babies are cute.


    I don't like it at all tbh. my first post ever ! pls be kind

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    Donald Trump has had another startlingly active week on social media.

    He kicked off by accidently retweeting an ode to "loving parents" Fred and Rosemary West, convicted child killers, on Monday.

    He hit headlines again after he reacted to the prank in the most Donald Trump way possible – threatening to sue the man named "@feckhead" for tricking him into it.

    Now, he’s received criticism for branding the title of new ABC comedy Black-ish racist.

    Rest at the source.

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    This article originally appeared on the Philadelphia Inquirer site.

    Something about the models walking the DKNY catwalk last month in coifs that Lucky magazine called "slicked-down tendrils" - known in my hood as baby hair - tweaked my Queens-reared soul.

    I felt a similar pull in April when Marie Claire called Kendall Jenner's cornrows "epic." Hmmph - no one ever declared mine anything but necessary for swimming in the summertime.

    That tug was followed by a twinge last week when Los Angeles Times reporter Ingrid Schmidt wrote a story about braids, referring to Bo Derek as their matriarch. Hello, what about Cicely Tyson?

    Add Vogue's recent article claiming we're in the era of big booties - because Iggy Azalea and Kim Kardashian are making round backsides aspirational for the masses - and you might as well render me invisible.

    My issue isn't with borrowing elements of style that started in the heart of black America. Appropriation has been at the center of pop culture since well, the dawn of culture.

    What's difficult to digest is this "praise" of all things black - from cornrows and large booties to acrylic nails, door-knocker earrings, and tribal fabrics - only becomes "chic," "trendy," and "epic" when worn by white women. When these same cultural markers are on black women, they are "ghetto," "urban," and "ratchet" - meaning, unpretty.

    "It's offensive," said Doreen E. Loury, director of Pan-African studies at Arcadia University. "The natural beauty of black women that has been historically demonized and classified as unattractive, is now the runway's hottest new swag. And it's not even being celebrated on black bodies."

    To make matters worse, black women are rarely, if ever, credited as these trends' impetus. That distinction goes to the designers' inspiration boards, so what could have been viewed as a form of flattery is now just an insult.

    "What's problematic to me is how these conversations, whether braids or butts, are happening without the broader social context from where they came," said Tiffany M. Gill, associate professor of black American studies at the University of Delaware. "When braids are on black bodies, they are dangerous or subversive, but celebrated as fashion on white bodies."

    Last week New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley wrote an article calling actress Viola Davis, with her darker skin, "less classically beautiful," and there were a lot of hurt feelings. Who's making these calls? Why is darker skin desirable on white women, but not on black women?

    All these hairdos, body types, and even accessories are pieces of our collective style stories as African American women. Although some are things we neither celebrate nor denigrate - cornrows - others we continue to struggle with, like the texture of our hair. Having now hit the runways, it's only a matter of time before other women start copying these looks - but stripped of their history.

    (For the record, "baby hair" is the hair at your hairline. Through the decades, in an effort to mask their hair's natural texture, black women have used gel, pomade, even Vaseline to slick down the edges. In the '80s, black teens made the gelled hair fashionable, said Ayana Byrd, coauthor of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America.

    Even I first thought I was being oversensitive, having grown up at the dawn of hip-hop with parents who remember segregation. But it turns out that even millennials - in this "post-racial" society - feel disrespected.

    "To me it's as if the industry is making a mockery out of what we call 'ghetto,' " said Isaiah Wall, a 21-year-old blogger from North Philly, who writes "The Timeless Aesthetic." Wall was referencing an online editorial published last week by Vice magazine with a photo of two white women eating watermelon with obscenely long acrylic nails.

    "Givenchy for men showed guys with do-rags [in August]. The baby hair at DKNY. These little things were once seen in a negative light, and now it's OK because it's been whitewashed," Wall said.

    In this age of quick blog posts and quicker social-media updates, I think the problem is more indifference than insidiousness. The fashion industry is only doing half the work. Yes, designers are inspired by the streets, but which ones? Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, or 52d Street in West Philly?

    "What's so disturbing is that there is just no attribution to the original," said Nakia Thomas, 34, who writes the "Stylechile" blog.

    Coincidentally, in many cases, it's social media - especially sharp-tongued black Twitter - that's correcting the spate of style-based cultural faux pas.

    Numéro magazine bronzed the body of a 16-year-old Caucasian model Ondria Hardin for a spread titled "African Queen" - back in early 2013. But a recent Facebook post about it went viral, bringing renewed attention to the irony: At a time when black models are fighting for jobs on the runway and in editorials, we're putting white models in blackface.

    While Numéro apologized at the time, Vogue has yet to do so. But thanks to the recent #voguearticles hashtag where people suggest the next-in-line appropriation - my personal favorite, "Dreadlocks: Apparently not just for white hippies and backpackers anymore" - perhaps they will do a little more research next time.


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    Watch: First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' Starring Bradley Cooper
    By Brad BREVET
    2 OCT 2014

    The most lethal sniper in U.S. history... That's the send off for this first trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper in the true story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

    Sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms, Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saved countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes and Kyle Gallner co-star.

    The film is set to begin hitting theaters on December 25, watch the trailer and check out the first poster below.

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    Sources: Rope of Silicon and YouTube

    So what do you make of the trailer and the film's chances at awards ONTD?

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    Singer Eddie Vedder has released a cover of John Lennon’s peace anthem “Imagine” in a bid to raise funds for a charity supporting unity in the Middle East.

    The Pearl Jam frontman’s version of the iconic 1971 track was recently released on iTunes, and all proceeds will go to Heartbeat, an organization that is attempting to unite the war-torn countries of Israel and Palestine through music.

    Vedder first covered “Imagine” during a performance at a music festival in Portugal earlier this year, when he told the crowd that while he has publicly spoken out against war and alluded to the ongoing Middle East conflict, he wanted to be clear he wasn’t explicitly choosing sides.

    He said, “If you’re anti-war it doesn’t mean you are pro one side or the other in a conflict. So this next song I always thought it was probably the most powerful song ever written… Which is why I have never played it.

    “It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it. If you’d like join me or use your voices or hold a light there might be some people out there that need to know they are not alone.”

    His performance of “Imagine” came days after he lashed out at pro-war advocates in a lengthy rant on stage during a gig in Milton Keynes, England.


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    She has a penchant for getting inked.

    And Lady Gaga even found time in the midst of her busy European tour schedule to lay down on the table and get a new tattoo, which she shared this with her Instagram followers on Thursday.

    The 28-year-old Do What U Want singer must have been in Hamburg, Germany for her session with tattoo artist Eric Gonzales of Deer's Eye Studio, where she flashed her behind in one of the shots of the procedure.

    'It's time!' Lady Gaga posted this photo of herself getting tattooed on Wednesday in what must have been either Sweden or Germany, after tattoo artist Eric Gonzales did his magic on her

    'Monster for life!' The tattoo was of a long nailed paw, throwing a nod to her fans who she calls her monsters, and the star revealed her nude derriere as she had the work done
    Gaga had dressed down for her time with the tattoo artist, who she perhaps flew in specifically for the job seeing as he is based out of the USA.

    She wore a basic grey dress which she hoisted up and down to reveal the majority of her body for the series of revealing Instagram shots.

    Her makeup was still intact from her day out in Stockholm, Sweden earlier, featuring a high 60's hairstyle and elaborately painted cat eyes.

    Ready to roll: The tattoo artist, who must have been flown in to work on Gaga, shared this snap of the star, 28, with the outline of a monster hand on her back ready to be inked
    As Gaga lay down on the table, her existing tattoos were visible as well as the outline the artist had drawn for her latest design.

    It appeared to be a monster hand or 'paw', complete with long nails and a scaly wrist, and it's not impossible that it was a homage to her fans, who she nicknames her 'monsters'.

    'Uh Oh...it's time monsters,' the Poker Face singer wrote in a caption alongside the first image of her tattoo session, adding: 'Paws Up.'

    Work time: The artist put together what may have been a homage to Gaga's fans, who she called her Monsters

    'Paws up' is a saying the star makes a habit of saying to her fans, reminding them to be proud of who they are and what they do.

    'Getting some very important ink from the the great @Nspired1 ...it's time #monster4life,' she wrote in another caption, further indicating that she was doing this for her fans.

    This new ink will add to her already extensive collection, which includes a peace symbol on her left wrist, a G-clef musical note on her back, roses on her left side, and daisies on her left shoulder.

    All black everything: Lady Gaga was seen leaving her hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday as she prepared to head over to Hamburg, Germany where she'll do her next concert on Friday
    She also has plenty of writing on her body, including 'Tokyo Love', 'Little Monsters', 'Dad', and 'ArtPOP'.

    Jumping forward in time, Gaga added a unicorn, an anchor, a cherub, a mouse holding a sewing needle, and a trumpet.

    The talented beauty is currently taking her ArtPOP tour all over Europe, with her next concert taking place in Hamburg, Germany on Friday night.


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    Fox’s “Gotham” has announced that another famous comicbook character is joining the Batman prequel.

    Nicholas D’Agosto (“Masters of Sex”) is joining the cast as Harvey Dent — a character who, during his good days, is known for being an idealistic assistant district attorney who vows to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham. Although he will one day serve as the white knight Gotham desperately needs, Dent also gives the audience a fleeting glimpse of the villain he will become: Two-Face.

    D’Agosto will only serve as a guest star on the series for now, as “Gotham” is currently spending the first season’s villain storyline on an origin tale surrounding Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (actor Robin Lord Taylor). But there is a series regular option in the event that the show is renewed for a second season.

    Right now, the chances of that happening look good. The second episode of “Gotham,” which airs Mondays and is produced by Warner Bros. TV and is based on the DC Entertainment characters, delivered solid ratings earlier this week. The premiere episode also topped piracy downloads. In a potentially bold move, Netflix bought worldwide distribution rights to the series’ first season in September — a deal that was announced even before the show had a chance to premiere.

    D’Agosto is repped by UTA, Emerald Talent Group and Mitch Smelkinson.


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    I Changed My Mind About “The Knick”

    What if you change your mind? It’s a problem built into a TV critic’s job, which, unlike most arts criticism, takes place over seasons and years, across hiatuses and summer doldrums and newfangled “mid-season finales.” A pilot is one art form, a finale another. In between, the question comes up over and over: Should I write early in the season? Three-quarters of the way through it? After a particularly provocative episode? Or maybe years after the finale has aired?

    Every critic has his or her own rules, and some of mine are pretty masochistic. If I pan a show, I keep watching: I want the chance to change my mind. This doesn’t apply to mixed reviews, but when there’s a show that I’ve truly thrown down with—this means you, “The Newsroom,” and you too, “True Detective”—a pan demands commitment. So far, this rule hasn’t meant much. I’ve watched a few shows turn into something much better (“Cougar Town,” for one), and others get worse (“Two Broke Girls”), or confirm my opinion in maddening ways (“Smash,” which I first praised, then panned—and which I miss more than any other terrible show). I’ve had fresh insights, and, at times, I’ve gained greater sympathy for what the creators were trying to do. But generally, I haven’t actually started to like a show that I used to seriously dislike.

    Which brings us to “The Knick,” a new series on Starz. In my initial look at “The Knick”—a sensuous, serious-minded period drama, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen—I reviewed the show after watching seven episodes of a ten-episode season. That seemed like a sufficient amount of time to draw conclusions, particularly because the seventh episode included a brilliantly filmed action sequence, which offered closure. I’d always thought that the show was visually gorgeous; the subject matter was great, too. But the dialogue felt hacky, and I was bugged by what seemed like anti-hero clichés. Worse yet, I sensed, beneath the show’s surgical gore, a smug preachiness. The good guys would cure their racism, sexism would be bad, and, in the end, brilliant geniuses would triumph together and create progress. I didn’t love that there was only one African-American character and that, despite the show’s theoretical anti-racism and a strong performance by the actor who played him, that character felt saintly. When I published the review, I felt O.K. about it: it seemed like an authentic response to the show, though I knew that many other critics had enjoyed “The Knick” more.

    Then I watched the final three episodes and … well, I changed my mind.

    I don’t want to spoil the last three episodes, but there were a few things that hit me. Somehow, in the weeks after writing the review, I’d opened my heart to Clive Owen’s manic, brooding, bug-eyed performance as the brilliant and near-total asshole Dr. Thackeray, a.k.a. Thack. I’d initially perceived the character as yet another variation on the cable anti-hero, his “bad” qualities really just sexy scars. But over time, this arrogant junkie struck me as an actual arrogant junkie, whatever his knife skills. Like Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”—which requires a whole separate conversation and just finished up a truly strange season—this show does not pussyfoot around about the prototypical surgeon’s personality. Besides, with his meaty red face and extremely angry hair, Owen owns this role. When the hot nurse played by Bono’s talented daughter (Eve Hewson) slept with Thack, I wasn’t as fully enamored of the “Don’t Look Now” homage as many other viewers were, but I was sure interested in their relationship.

    What’s more, I realized that I’d misjudged the show’s politics: the series is much grimmer than I’d understood, less preachy and more legitimately nihilistic about the circumstances surrounding scientific and social progress. In a few plots, “The Knick” is so spooky that it’s practically a horror show, verging into Ryan Murphy territory. I’m still not thrilled with the Oriental brothel scenes, or with Juliet Rylance’s stagey performance as Cornelia; I’m bored by the mobsters. But the surgical battles scared and excited me, and while I know that the scenes of gore have been off-putting for many viewers, I began to get into their ugly aggression, as well as Soderbergh’s vision of the body itself as a war zone. I fell in love with the season’s final shot. I would never apologize for a negative review, and I can’t go back in time, but I can add an addendum: a few weeks later, I no longer agree with myself. So if you were swayed by my earlier review … well, you might consider reconsidering.

    I can't at the difference between these two images. Lmao.

    I still kinda can't believe she wrote this, but I am so happy more people are seeing the light! <3 Also, sad we don't have more stills tbh.

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    Pluto is a planet again, apparently - stop the solar system we want to get off

    Harvard scientists want Pluto to be a planet again - and if they get their way it could mean new school text books for everyone

    Scientists at Harvard University have argued that Pluto is, in fact, a planet, after being downgraded to the status of 'minor planet' by the IAU in 2006.

    In a move that will have high school science teachers throughout the world worrying if they'll have to order ANOTHER new set of text books, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysicists have argued that the current classification is baffling (and they're an authority on the matter - geddit?!).

    The IAU claims that a planet must:

    Be in orbit around the Sun
    Be massive enough to be a sphere by its own gravitational force. More specifically, its own gravity should pull it into a shape of hydrostatic equilibrium
    Have cleared the neighborhood around its orbit

    Poor old Pluto failed to do the latter, and that's why it isn't (currently) a planet. But some Harvard scientists say it SHOULD be:

    “For one thing, it (the IAU ruling) only applied to planets in our solar system. What about all those exoplanets orbiting other stars? Are they planets?

    "And Pluto was booted from the planet club and called a dwarf planet. Is a dwarf planet a small planet? Not according to the IAU. Even though a dwarf fruit tree is still a small fruit tree, and a dwarf hamster is still a small hamster.”

    As you can probably tell from the above quote, the HSCFA are not, ahem, over the moon about the fact that Pluto is not a planet.

    Dr. Dimitar Sasselov said a planet is "the smallest spherical lump of matter that formed around stars or stellar remnants”... in other words - Pluto.

    But the IAU disagree, they predict a dystopian future of nigh-on impossible GCSE physics exams if the Harvard-Smithsonians get their way:

    “With the possibility of 50 or 100 [new planets] within the next decade (under Dr. Dimitar Sasselov's definition). Do we want schoolchildren to have to remember so many? No, we want to keep the numbers low.”

    MODS i know this is not a celeb post but we've had Pluto posts before plus this is major news cuz maybe we can send Donald Trump, Sam Pepper, Ariana Grande and brother off to explore Pluto etc.Also ONTDrs need to be educated once in a while

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    Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito has joined the burgeoning cast of 20th Century Fox's sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

    Giancarlo Esposito is playing Jorge, the leader of a survivor group known as The Cranks, who comes across Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers, who have escaped the treacherous maze.

    The Maze Runner stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Ki Hong Lee (Minho) and Patricia Clarkson (Ava Paige) are reprising their roles in the sequel. New cast members include Aidan Gillen as the villainous Assistant Director Janson, a.k.a. The Rat-Man, Rosa Salazar as Brenda and Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones.

    Wes Ball is directing from an adapted screenplay by T.S. Nowlin, based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner. It isn't known when production will begin.

    Giancarlo Esposito will shoot The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials before moving on to Disney's The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau. The actor is perhaps best known as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He has also appeared on NBC's Revolution and Community.

    The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials comes to theaters September 18th, 2015 and stars Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland. The film is directed by Wes Ball.


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    Such a boring episode...except the last 30 seconds

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