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- 12/02/12--13:06: Brett Easton Ellis Accidentally Tried to Score Some Coke on Twitter
- Who is this message meant for?
- Does Easton Ellis follow his drug dealer on Twitter?
- What is "do" and how do I get there?
- Is "do" some sort of L.A. drug speak?
- Is the message read "come over, at do, bring coke now" or "come over at, do bring coke now"
- If it's meant to be the latter, is "at" Easton Ellis' pet name for Alex Trebeck?
- What is "doing coke with Bret Easton Ellis and Alex Trebeck?" I'll take American revolutionaries for 300 Alex.
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Despite patching things up after this year's Summer Jam fiasco, it looks like Nicki Minaj is at odds with Hot 97 once again. Now, in a recent interview with Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg, Hot 97's program director Ebro says Nicki told him she doesn't want the station playing anymore of her music.
Ebro explained that the most recent tiff with Minaj began after he said that Rosenberg's comments ruined her career when her rap-heavy Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up only moved 36,000 units upon its release. According to Ebro, the YMCMB starlet called him from overseas, insulted him and demanded he never play her music on air again.
"I said, 'Rosenberg ruined Nicki Minaj's career' - evidence suggests based on this Re-Up release, the things [Rosenberg] said about her being pop and selling out and making that pop music came back to haunt her," he said. "Now, she puts six rap records on this album and it didn't sell…I get the phone call, the international number pops up, I answer the call, it's my friend Nicki Minaj, who then starts to proclaim how I'm fake. She used every woman's stab she could - 'I thought you were a man, you're a cornball, I thought we were friends, you're fake, everyone told me you were fake'…I said, 'Nicki, I'm helping you. I'm keeping you in the Hip Hop conversation. This Hip Hop thing's a competition; you're either ringing, or you're not, and just like I said yesterday, i love you, boo and I'll dust you off and make sure this thing is popping off again.' And she goes, 'Don't ever play my music again'…of course we are [still playing Nicki Minaj], I love Nicki Minaj."
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'The Getaway' set for August 2013
It appears that Selena Gomez is dipping into another Mickey-less role, solidifying her catapult into adulthood. Gomez is starring with Ethan Hawke in a film titled Getaway. A photo hit the internet today with the hoodied (with baseball cap) former child-star in the front seat of a vehicle with Hawke in the pic.
Also starring Jon Voight (that's an interesting one!), Paul Freeman and Bruce Payne, the film is an Action-Crime feature that is set for release next August. OnTheFlix said it is "about a retired race car driver who tries to track down his kidnapped wife with the help of a younger female computer hacker." Gomez mentioned that she's filming the pic in Bulgaria.
Speaking about another film she recently completed, Spring Breakers, at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Gomez said she is eager to move on to more mature roles.
When my series ended, I was invited to do a couple of films," said the former Wizards of Waverly Place star in Toronto. "I thought the independent film route would be best for me…The biggest challenge is that I have a younger generation of fans who follow my music, shows and clothing line."
Continuing about her fans she added: "Everything I do is for them and this may not be so accessible to them. But the other side is that people put you in a box and it is a challenge for me because some may not take me seriously because of the brand I have - that I'm fortunate to have - but it's also about doing things that I just want to do for me."
Starring James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens, that Harmony Korine-directed Spring Breakers revolves around several college girls who get arrested after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. But, they're bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.'Behaving Badly' starts screenings!
Fashion Mag favorite
With American audiences becoming more segmented than ever, it can be hard to predict which celebrities will sell magazines. Just ask Larry Hackett, the managing editor of People. “It’s not like it was 20 years ago where everybody saw the same movies and the television audience was five times as high for the top shows,” he said. So which celebrities are resonating this year? Selena Gomez was the most popular pick among fashion titles (Elle editor in chief Robbie Myers credited Gomez’s “ineffable quality” and “fresh face”), while reality stars like the Kardashians and Teen Moms managed to stay relevant (“The story may have been reduced among big movie or TV stars, but these reality stars have narratives, which people love,” said Hackett).
Selena Gomez appeared on five fashion mags this year, selling 2.2 million single copies through September.
X Factor star Rylan Clark has admitted that he would "happily" represent the UK in next year's Eurovision Song Contest.
The singer hopes to follow in the footsteps of previous X Factor acts Jedward and Andy Abraham to participate in the competition, which will take place next May.
"If the country wanted me to represent them [at Eurovision] then I'd happily fly the flag," Clark told Metro.
Bookmakers William Hill are currently offering odds of 16/1 for Clark to be selected to enter Eurovision.
"Rylan has really turned the public opinion of him since the live shows started," spokesperson Mark Young said."A number one record may not be far off and we are hearing chat that a Eurovision stint is a possibility."
The 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on May 18, 2013, following Loreen's win in Azerbaijan earlier this year.
Viewers who enjoyed ABC’s hour long “Bad 25″ special on Thanksgiving night will be happy to know that Spike Lee’s full Michael Jackson documentary contains more than an hour of extra footage not aired on television.
Lee was forced to cut down “Bad 25″ to just over an hour to fit into ABC’s 90-minute-block, but the theatrical release lasted a full 123 minutes.
Among the footage cut from ABC’s version are interviews with Stevie Wonder and Justin Bieber; footage of Jackson recording "Just Good Friends"; as well footage of an intimate dance shared by a young Sheryl Crow and Jackson during the 1987 Bad World Tour. The ABC time slot also forced certain topics to be skipped entirely, such as Jackson’s acquisition of the Beatles catalog, and the filming of the star-studded “Liberian Girl” video.
According to Lee’s Twitter, the full version of "Bad 25," along with the Director's Cut, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in February 2013.
PLUS: GRAMMY.com Interviews Director Spike Lee On 'Bad 25' And Michael Jackson's Influence On His Life
Fascinating, informative and appropriately thrilling, the Spike Lee documentary Bad 25 celebrates the quarter-century anniversary of Michael Jackson's GRAMMY Album Of The Year-nominated 1987 album, Bad. The result is an eminently watchable film that chronicles a period when the King of Pop bravely confronted his most formidable rival: himself.
The documentary -- which premiered in an edited form on Thanksgiving night -- reveals how the late King of Pop worked past self-imposed pressure to top his 1982 masterpiece, Thriller. Allowed unprecedented access to the official Michael Jackson archives, director Lee employs a wealth of never-before-seen video, photos and notes to weave the saga of how Bad was created. These multimedia materials are supplemented by insights from individuals who worked and toured with Jackson, such as Quincy Jones, Martin Scorcese and Sheryl Crow. Interviews with modern pop icons including Kanye West, Chris Brown and Questlove add icing on the cake.
In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, Lee provided the inside scoop on Bad 25 in advance of its television premiere.
How would you describe Michael Jackson's impact on your own life?
I was born in 1957, and Michael was born a year later in Gary, Ind. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., I saw the Jackson 5 on Ed Sullivan. I had an afro like Michael and wanted to be Michael, but I couldn't sing. So I grew up watching Michael grow up. I was blessed to see the full development of Michael Jackson, the artist.
The documentary chronicles the creation of most of the songs featured on Bad, but you devote the most time to "Man In The Mirror." Why?
I think it was either [journalist] Jason King or [author] Joe Vogel. One of them made the observation that when John Lennon died, people turned to "Imagine," and when Michael died people turned to "Man In The Mirror." That's the reason we focused a little more on "Man In The Mirror."
Bad was released just as your career was taking off. Does the album possess any personal significance?
Oh, yeah. Like everyone, I wanted to see the follow-up to Thriller. Mike always wanted to better himself, that's why he would write "100,000,000 copies" to himself. He wanted Bad to surpass the sales of Thriller. Michael did not become who he was by being scared. In my opinion, artists can't be scared. If you get scared you're going to keep duplicating what's been successful and not grow.
Some of the most powerful footage in the documentary involves people recalling their reaction to Jackson's death.
Yeah. I know how I felt when Michael died, so I wanted to just ask the question, "Where were you when Michael died?" It's like, where were you when JFK died? Or when Martin Luther King got assassinated? Or when 9/11 happened? One of the most amazing things in the film is a clip where it's Michael and Whitney Houston together. She was presenting a video award to Michael. Now both of them are gone.
There's a lot of footage in this documentary that few people have seen before.
All the stuff came from the estate. A film like this would not be possible [without] the involvement of the estate — that stuff is from the vault. There's loads of stuff in this film that the world has never seen before, ever. Stuff like the rehearsal footage, or the clips of Michael Jackson videotaping Siedah Garrett's demo for "Man In The Mirror." There's a lot of amazing footage, and some of it was shot by Michael himself.
Describe how you made your creative decisions with this documentary.
The manifesto for this documentary was that we wanted to deal with Michael's creative process. This documentary is not focused on anything but his music. I think there's far too much written and talked about Michael's other stuff, so let's just deal with his music. That made it very easy … people were more than happy to talk about Michael's creative process, because they were a witness to genius. They were there in Westlake [Recording] Studios, or they were there at Michael's personal home studio, creating these pieces of music that would stand the test of time.
Many of Jackson's collaborators are very protective of him, even now. How did you get people to open up?
People have seen my films. They know what I'm about, so they trust me. It's not like there's some strange person asking them questions. In all [my] documentaries, I do the interviews myself. Even though a lot of times I've never met the people I'm interviewing, they feel they know me through my films. You've got to make people feel at ease. If they feel at ease, they will be forthcoming.
Did you learn anything new about Michael Jackson while making this documentary?
I got to learn that … Michael loved what he did. He was fearless, and his work ethic was legendary. He studied Jackie Wilson and James Brown, but he also went to "Motown University," and learned all that stuff from Berry Gordy. When it came to his art, Michael was not going to compromise. He kept notes to himself where he wrote "study the greats, then be greater." To me, that's the thing.
(Bruce Britt is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Billboard, and other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.)
Source - GRAMMY.com
CLICK HERE to watch a livestream of the full, theatrical cut of "Bad 25," airing in the U.K. on BBC2 right now!
Lindsay Lohan has one more person to be angry with.
Danielle Fishel has made a hilarious spoof video, mocking Lohan's portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick.
The parody, shot for E!'s The Soup, has the Boy Meets World star in a huge bouffant black wig and bright red lipstick as she plays Lizdsay Taylorhan.
At one point, she screams "I'm so bored!" -- one of the more infamous lines in Lohan's infamous Lifetime movie -- as she throws just about everything in her dressing room at the mirror.
Unfortunately, the video was shot before Lohan's arrest Thursday morning -- we can only imagine the fun Danielle would have had with that.
Fishel is fantastic in the bit which may explain why she'll be seen in the upcoming Boy Meets World sequel series, Girl Meets World, being prepped by Disney.
Lindsay Lohan is not just going to sit around and wait for Tiffany Mitchell to sue her ... so she's hired a priviate investigator to dig in to the life of the woman who accused LiLo of assault ... TMZ has learned.
As TMZ previously reported, Mitchell has hired the omnipotent Gloria Allred to represent her following an alleged altercation with Lindsay in a New York nightclub.
But sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ the "Liz & Dick" star feels Mitchell just made up the story about Lindsay punching her to score a quick payday.
We're told Lindsay feels Mitchell is just another in a long line of people who see Lindsay as an opportunity to make a buck off her ... and the fact that Mitchell hired Allred of all people just proves that.
According to our sources, Lindsay has hired a P.I. to look into Mitchell and see if she has any criminal past or if she's done anything like this before. We're told Lindsay wants to dig up as much info on Mitchell as she can so she's ready should Mitchell pursue the case in civil court.
As TMZ first reported, Lindsay is telling friends she did not hit Mitchell and only confronted her because she thought Mitchell and her friends swiped her purse.
You know who the source is
lol, who would try to make a quick buck off lilo? bitch can't even afford to pay her own taxes and resorts to charity from charlie sheen....please.
Daniel Radcliffe has been very busy of late.... from wrapping up filming for Horns, attending Whistler Film Festival, interviews and promotion for A Doctor's Notebook, etc.
As always, Dan continues to be intelligent, amusing, well spoken and incredibly self aware. The interviews are a good read and I don't see the need for bolding. Discussing everything from all his new films, celebrity, privacy and how he handles the media. Live and learn.
Dan also officially Googled himself
You can follow him here - DanRad Google+
Plus, snippets of A Doctor's Notebook and Horns.
VANCOUVER SUN Q&A HIGHLIGHTS
Actor Daniel Radcliffe sat down with George Stroumboulopoulos at the Whistler Film Festival on Nov 30 to talk about his career, and how it has changed since the ending of the Harry Potter series. Here are some of the highlights from their chat.
On his new film Horns, which recently finished shooting in Vancouver, Mission and Squamish:
It's about a guy who wakes up one morning to discover he has a pair of horns growing out of his head. His girlfriend has been murdered, and the entire town thinks that he's done, it. And one day he wakes up with this. In the first part of the movie he uses the horns to make people confess bizarre desires and truths, and he then uses them to find out who actually killed his girlfriend. It has elements of horror. It's also one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. It's very violent, and really funny, and it's great. People are so keen to put a film into a genre -- that's the easiest way to market it. And I'm sure when Horns is coming out, you'll see it marked as a horror, or whatever it is. But it's so many things. And the harder a film is to define, the better it probably is.
On the Woman in Black as a crucial moment in his career, as his first film after the end of the Harry Potter franchise:
I certainly wasn't saying it at the time, but yeah, I think it was [a crucial film for Radcliffe]. I didn't want to do all the press for that film saying, 'really, this is a very important film for me, and if it doesn't do well, I will be very, very worried.' But yeah, if that film had done nothing, I would have been devastated, and really concerned. . . . So I was very pleased when that film did well. But I have to say, I did also smile a small smile when I heard that it was the most complained-about film ever, to the censorship commission. I did go around the whole way saying, 'if you have kids under 12, don't take them.' It is really a scary movie. And -- they took them anyway. Those kids were scared.
On leaving Harry Potter:
I think you get to a stage where you've grown as much as you can within one environment. And despite being surrounded by people I love, and people I see a lot, sometimes you need to be in a room full of strangers, and have that moment of going, 'I don't know anybody here.' I always think of myself as being really good at being on set, and being as much part of the crew as part of the cast. And then I realized that I had always done that with Potter, but then, I had grown up with that crew, so of course that was going to be the case. And I was really worried about whether I'd be able to have the same kind of familiarity with a new crew. It's about giving yourself every opportunity to fail, and hoping you don't.
On playing Alan Ginsberg in his upcoming movie, Kill Your Darlings:
It's fun. The script is not reverent. It doesn't hold these men up as the venerable greats of American literature. It shows them as the kind of drug-addled miscreants that they were in the 1940s when they first met. It's not just going to be just a dry, historical recounting of events . . . I hope it's going to be a very beautiful, very sad story about love, and what it means to be an artist.
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Kill Your Darlings is like no film I've every made before . . . It's got a lot of lines in the script that most actors would tell you they hate. It's like: 'Alan weeps uncontrollably.' And I'm like: 'Well, maybe I would. Let's see how it goes.' Unless you have that trick of being able to cry on cue, which some people can do, the more you try to force it, the more awkward and awful it becomes. As I have found!
Three, uncontrollable, breaking-down scenes later, like, three times within the first few weeks of filming . . . there were these real, raw tears. The first time that happens to you on a set, full of people . . . Even if you go in just as that character, at that moment, it is just you. Gary Oldman said to me once, 'Don't be afraid to use all your own stuff, because they're only going to see it happening to the character.'
On being remembered for his role in the Ricky Gervais satire, Extras, in which he played an oversexed version of himself as a teen:
I get [people bringing up] Extras almost as much as I get Harry Potter. It's generally men between 15 to 25, who don't really want to come up and gush about Potter - but they do want to say hello. So it's like, 'Hey man, I saw you on Extras!'
It's the weirdest way I've ever got a job, without a doubt. It's the first time I've ever said yes to anything without reading a script -- because it was Ricky Gervais. I was in Australia, making December Boys, and we'd been watching the first series of Extras. One of the local PAs, Caroline, would take us to her friend's house - they had kangaroos and snakes. In Australia you can't just have a kangaroo as a pet. I think you -- it's very specific - they have to be found, like, abandoned, in their mother's pouch, at the roadside. And then you can raise them.
So I spent most of the evening watching a snake crawl around the table and bottle-feeding a kangaroo. And then the phone rang, and it was Ricky Gervais, saying, 'do you want to be in Extras.' And that was how I got the job. I was in the other room, bottle-feeding the kangaroo, and my dad came running in with the phone: 'Umm . . . It's Ricky Gervais! Can you talk to him?' And I was, 'Yeah!'
Stroumboulopoulos: When you were a kid, your father ran in to tell you you'd got Potter when you were taking a bath.
Radcliffe: Yeah, that's the story of my life, basically - my dad running into the room to give me great news.
Stroumboulopoulos: Through this career, when most boys are moving away from their dad, you actually got a chance to spend time with your dad.
Radcliffe: Yeah, and that has its advantages and disadvantages. When you're as alike as me and my dad are - and we are incredibly alike - and you spend every day together, you can really rub each other up the wrong way. So towards the end of Potter, there was certainly a feeling that we wanted our own space. But I do feel that Potter really bonded us very closely as a family. I was really lucky that they [my parents] were both in the industry and could tell me how to be on set, and what to do, and what not to do. We are a great team, as well as a great family.
I think they must have been very aware of the risks, because they turned it [Harry Potter] down initially. They were asked to let me audition for Potter when the deal was to sign on for six films, all of which would be filmed in LA. My mum and dad both said that no, that would be way too disruptive to his life. So I suppose they knew that there were risks, but I think they trusted themselves enough as parents to be able to go, 'we can make this a good experience'. When we signed on, we signed on for two films. Particularly in those first four or five years, they would ask me all the time: 'Are you happy? Are you having a good time?'
On his upcoming mini-series Young Doctor's Notebook:
During the summer, I did a mini-series with Jon Hamm, based on a book called on A Country Doctor's Notebook, by an author called Mikhail Bulgakov, and it's all about his own experiences as a young doctor being posted to the middle of nowhere in Russia while the Russian Revolution is going on. I think it's probably the only TV series set in Russia in 1917 that features nothing about the Russian Revolution. At one point I get a letter from my friend telling me about these amazing, exciting moments of political change, and [my character is] just stuck in these backwoods. It's basically a comedy about isolation and loneliness, and morphine and syphilis.
On actors whose careers Radcliffe admires:
Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, George Clooney . . . And I'm not sure I can get to those heights, but why not set the bar high? The thing about them that I have always admired is that they do commercial projects and they do indie films, and there's never a drop-off in quality from one to the other.
I have met George Clooney -- I texted my mum afterwards, since I knew she'd be in bits. He was really, incredibly sweet. It was at a White House Correspondents' dinner, because that's the kind of life I lead. (laughs). I hope you know the reason that's funny is that I really don't . . .
The weirdest moment of that night, I'll just tell you: We were at this party afterwards, and there was a White House Correspondents' ticket on the ground, in the water, with somebody treading on it. And I was thinking, how many of these do you have to go to before you're like, 'Ah, throw that away.'
On the assertion that people in the public eye waive their right to privacy:
To me, that's not a valid argument. If you have gone out of your way to seek the attention of the press, then that's a valid argument. But that's not what I do, or have ever done. Obviously, I come here, and I talk to you, and I give interviews, and there's a certain amount of press work that goes along with my job. But I think that's different from someone who actively courts media.
For the first six years, the press really left us alone. Then, as me and Rupert and Emma, one by one turned sixteen, there was definitely [more press attention]. Poor Emma, when she turned eighteen, then the paparazzi just became criminals, in my view. In what other context could five men chase a woman down an alley, and it be ok?
In terms of keeping my life private, I think at times I have been far too open about things. But you learn. There is no clear way to do this. As you go on, you give interviews, and you learn how much you want to keep to yourself. How much of your own sanity you need to keep to yourself. You just have to learn as you go, what is the way of handling those things that makes you the happiest and most content in your own life.
Daniel Radcliffe: 'I’ve always had an intolerance for bad behaviour'
Daniel Radcliffe remains remarkably well adjusted for someone who, even at 23, still has to endure being called ‘Harry Potter’ every day. Just don’t ask about his bank balance…
By Nigel Farndale
Daniel Radcliffe bounds in to the hotel room like an eager puppy, all hand shakes and smiles for the assembled publicists, PAs and make-up artists. He is talking excitedly about the “gorgeous blonde” he just met in the corridor. She had asked if he could direct her to her room – not so subtly revealing her room number in the process – and he hadn’t been able to assist her. “But it wouldn’t have worked anyway,” he says, “because she was about 6ft 2in.” He’s joking, he has a girlfriend, but the point he makes about his height is an intriguing one. He is 5ft 5in. This is the first thing you notice about him, but luckily it is not the first thing the camera notices. Film cameras love a male lead whose head looks slightly too big for his body, and smaller actors are more likely to have this golden ratio than taller ones: think Alan Ladd, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and so on.
Today, at 23, Radcliffe looks limber and lean in jeans and checked shirt, with prominent dark eyebrows and wide blue eyes. Almost in parody of his cameo for Ricky Gervais’s Extras – he played himself as a horny teenager desperate to look rebellious – he tells me he is “addicted to nicotine” and needs to have a cigarette before we begin our interview. He rolls one up and smokes it out of the window.
I ask if this is a privilege of film stars. “They let me do it here so that I don’t have to stand outside,” he says. “There will be photographers, not for me, but just because they hang around smart hotels like this. It’s pretty much the only thing I exploit my position for, to be allowed to smoke inside.” Well I should think a lot of the time he doesn’t have to exploit his position because “his people” exploit it for him, clearing a path, booking the best table and so on. “I try not to let that stuff happen, but yes, it could be happening without me knowing. I don’t have an entourage in my personal life. I get driven here and I get driven home, but that’s it. I hate that kind of dropping a name to get a table stuff. Maybe it’s an English thing that there’s just some sort of embarrassment saying: ‘Hello, I’m Daniel Radcliffe, does that make a difference to you?’”
That he qualifies his comment about the photographers by saying that they won’t necessarily be waiting for him is telling. His modesty, self-deprecation and good manners are instantly apparent, and a great credit to his parents who managed to forge a well-rounded and functional personality out of potentially dysfunctional circumstances.
If anything, Radcliffe seems slightly too eager not to appear starry or arrogant. He tells me he never does drugs, having seen the effects they have on people. And after a few too many drinking binges that ended in blackouts he gave up alcohol in 2010. He has said in the past that he was a “really annoying, loud, inappropriate, messy drunk”.
Was it that when he was drunk he revealed a side of his personality he didn’t like? “It wasn’t that I became a nasty person at all, it was just that I felt that I was running away from thinking about things. It was a way of ignoring all my own fears about ‘Will I be able to keep going in this business after the Harry Potter series ends?’ You know, it was a way of, I think, coping with that. And it was a very bad way of coping with that.”
Well, there was life for him in the film world after Potter. On the morning I meet him the papers are all carrying stories about the film he starred in earlier this year: The Woman in Black, which has become the highest-grossing British horror in 20 years, taking more than $127 million around the world. The stories, which he hasn’t had a chance to see, are about how The Woman in Black has become the most complained about film of the year, because even though it was 12A, parents took their young children to it. “Oh that,” he says, looking relieved when I tell him why he is in the papers. “I do take a small tincture of pride about it being the most complained-about film. I would have thought from the trailer that you could sense what kind of a movie it was going to be. I said at the time, if your kid is under 12, I would advise them not to see this film. Apparently there was a girl at the British premier who fainted and when I heard that, I was, like, ‘we did something right’.” (A film he stars in next year may prove even more traumatic for Harry Potter fans; in Horns, he plays a man who suddenly sprouts devil horns, and who may or may not be a killer.)
That film was something of a rite of passage for Radcliffe, an emphatic signal that he had moved on from Harry Potter. “There was a part of me in some scenes that was slightly scared of my own face, because I know that my face is…” He trails off. “I’m scared of any sort of expression looking like a Harry expression, and so I think that the journey for me in the last year is kind of about acceptance, of going, ‘This is my face and it was also the face that played Harry’. I have to stop fighting that aspect, and not worry about being expressive at times. As far as I can tell, most actors’ main motivation is self-doubt and neuroses.”
I ask if he felt a great weight on his shoulders as an 11 year-old when he was chosen as the star of what was expected to be a blockbuster franchise? I mean, that first film could have failed; people could have said it isn’t as good as the book and the whole thing could have fizzled out. Was it stressful? “Not at that age. I didn’t start to feel that pressure until much later. I think probably, that’s one of the best things about Chris Columbus [the director], he made the process so enjoyable we never thought of it as anything but fun, and it really wasn’t until the third film that I started going ‘OK, now I want to really dedicate myself to this and start learning about acting and getting better’.’’
That he was working alongside some of the greats of British film and theatre – Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman – meant that he was learning from the best. Indeed there was little point in him going to Rada after he left school – not that he went to school, having had tutors on the set instead. But what about university? “I got my ASs but dropped out before taking my As because I figured university is something you do to find out what you want to do, and I knew what I wanted to do, and I was already doing it.” His co-star Emma Watson (Hermione) was able to combine the two, though. Did he not fancy doing that? “Well fair play to her, but I don’t think that I could have done that. And bear in mind, I did well in my GCSEs and my AS-levels, I got good grades and I was happy with them, but Emma’s grades made mine look pretty f------ shabby, you know. Emma is seriously academic.”
Besides, he is a voracious reader of poetry and fiction, as I discover when he tells me about Kill Your Darlings, the low budget but artistically uncompromised film he made after The Woman in Black, which is due to be released next year. He plays the poet Allen Ginsberg and his knowledge about and passion for the Beat Generation is certainly impressive; Radcliffe can talk at length about Ginsberg’s journey from middle-class conformity to the world of “rich, moneyed libertines”.
He’s also amusing about what it was like playing a gay man. “I was in a position that I had not been in before,” he recalls. “It was slightly odd, but that film was shot so rapidly there was no time for prudishness or for worry.” On the subject of his love life – he’s straight, by the way – he says it is much easier dating girls who are in the film world because “they can be relaxed about all the time you have to be on location, and the love scenes you have to do. Where you’re kissing someone else, that takes a bit of getting used to, for everybody. And even when I went out with an actress who was having to do a love scene with somebody, I was like ‘Erm… I’m not sure I’m going to watch that’. It is always a weird thing, there’s no getting away from that.
“The Ginsberg film wasn’t so much of a problem in that respect because it was mainly men that I was interested in for that.”
Before that film is released there will be another literary outing, this time a TV miniseries. A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a black comedy set during the Russian Revolution adapted from several short stories by his favourite Russian writer, Mikhail Bulgakov. His co-star is Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, who will play the same character, a doctor, in an older guise. “I think they were going to release it in the spring of next year,” says Radcliffe, who adds that he’s “immensely flattered” that he might one day turn into Hamm. “And then they were, like, ‘Let’s release it at Christmas, because there’s lots of snow in it’. It’s not remotely festive, but it’s snowing all the time.”
During filming he says he learnt quite a lot about how to amputate limbs. “And I do think I could probably perform a tracheotomy now."
In terms of his role choices, you have to admire the determination with which he has avoided anything that can be compared to Harry Potter, especially when you consider how much pressure he must have been under to consolidate on his success in that role. Before the Ginsberg and the Bulgakov he had an even more unexpected stage debut, at the age of 18 in 2007. It was in Equus, Peter Shaffer’s controversial play about sexual deviation.
“That was a signal of intent,” he says now. “Looking back, that’s probably the most important choice I’ve ever made, in terms of things outside of Potter, because it showed people that I’m not just here to capitalise on the fame that I’ve got from Potter for as long as I can. That’s not what I’m about. I’m playing a much longer game than that.”
The part entailed a nude scene that prompted the inevitable headline “Harry gets his wand out”. But it was worth it. Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph hailed Radcliffe’s “dramatic power” and “electrifying stage presence”. For most men, I say, exposing yourself in front of a crowd of strangers is the stuff of nightmares. So what was it like? “It’s odd the first couple of times you do it, but it does just become a job. Looking back, I do think I was probably braver then than I am now. I spoke to a friend who did Hair, and he said: ‘I like getting naked on stage, it’s fun’ and I said: ‘You were in Hair! You got naked for, like, a minute, and it’s an ensemble with loads of naked people. Mine was on my own and lasted 10 minutes!’ ”
His life so far is hard to empathise with, I say – he’s the richest person under 30 in this country, for example – but I wonder whether his teens were all that different from everyone else’s. When I was that age, as I recall, I was rather self-conscious. Was self-consciousness ever an option for him, given that he was by then used to having his face projected on cinema screens and billboards across the land?
“You can still be self-conscious in my position. And shy. Shyness displays itself differently in me. I think it’s more an awkwardness. Like when I go to those events, like the Baftas, or like I was invited to this thing called the Met Ball, and I ended up having a good night because I took a friend, but normally I feel very awkward at events like that.”
Because? “Because I don’t feel that I’m good at small talk, and I’m not… You know, meeting people in that fleeting way, I never know how to give an accurate impression of myself, so I just become nervous, and stumbley.”
When people recognise him in the street, do they say “Hey, there’s Harry Potter!” or do they say “There’s Daniel Radcliffe”? “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get Harry Potter at all. Of course I do. But you know what? I’d say the split is now rather encouragingly in favour of Daniel Radcliffe, which is rather lovely. I walked past two girls on a bench the other day, and I heard them both go ‘Oh my God, it’s Daniel Radcliffe’, and every time that happens I think: ‘Yesss!’ Not because they recognise me, because they use my name.”
One’s teenage years are awkward enough without having to live them in a spotlight, I say. Did he have people around him helping him deal with the pressures of fame – therapists, I suppose I mean? “You know, the people I talk to are my mum and dad. They are amazing people, and were always great at making me aware of which parts of it were real and which weren’t, and making me aware of which parts were important and which were not.”
It helped that they were in the business, he says. His father, Alan, is a former literary agent, who gave up his job to chaperone his son when he was chosen from thousands to play Harry Potter. His mother, Marcia, is a casting agent, who put him forward for that fateful audition.
So even though he was growing up on film sets, where the whole world was apparently revolving around him, his parents managed to keep his ego in check? “I don’t think that’s in me to be honest. I’ve not got… I’ve always had, like, from the age of about 11, I’ve had such an intolerance for bad behaviour of actors that I don’t think I was ever going to be that person.” What about the financial side of things? “I have an amazing lawyer, and I have my mum, and I have my accountant, who was my mum’s accountant when she was young. He’s called Keith and he’s also brilliant.”
I imagine Keith knows how much young Daniel is worth, but does Daniel know? “I do not, no. I hear things said, but I don’t know if any of them are true. And I never want to seem ungrateful for it all, but the money is not a motivating factor in my life. Also,” he adds with a laugh, “I would be the last person who should be left in charge of it, frankly. Because I am so terrible at maths. Not that I’d blow it or anything, but I just wouldn’t do anything with it.”
Thanks to his mother’s investment skills, then, he owns several properties in London and New York, as well as an impressive art collection including works by Damien Hirst and Craigie Aitchison. His personal fortune has been estimated as being not unadjacent to £50 million. Should the estimate be higher or lower? “I’m not going to play this guessing game,” he says politely but firmly. “I’m just not.”
His politeness seems to be one of his defining characteristics. For his own part he has, in the past, described himself as nerdy, hyperactive and skittish, and you can see little hints of those things in his personality, too. But no one seems to have a bad word to say about him, and that, all things considered, is quite an achievement.
It is time for his photograph and so we return to the other room. A change of shirt is needed and Radcliffe strips off to reveal an impressive six-pack, and biceps that can only have come from hours in the gym. And, yes, he does this completely without self-consciousness.
‘Playhouse Presents…A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ begins on December 6 at 9pm on Sky Arts 1.
There were plenty of bona fide television stars at the Syfy Digital Press Tour in Toronto in October, where I went to learn about the $100 million TV/videogame project that is “Defiance,” but the person getting the most love from the fanboys wasn’t an actor. It was David J. Peterson, a linguist and “alien culture consultant” who creates fictional languages for a living.
If you’ve ever watched HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” you’ve heard his work coming out of the mouths of Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo and his bride, Daenerys Targaryen. But Dothraki was a piece of cake compared to his work on “Defiance,” whose story involves seven different alien races.
Not only did Peterson imagine their spoken tongues, each with its own internally-consistent syntax and phonetics; in some cases, he had to come with up written languages and even number systems. (For instance, the Indogene people use a base-six mathematics inspired by their hexagonal irises.) Then came the not-inconsiderable task of teaching actors how to deliver his dialogue.
Curious what it’s like to have this most unusual of careers? I chatted with Peterson about which of his languages are his favorites, what’s coming up on “Game of Thrones” and why George R.R. Martin is a surprisingly cunning linguist in his own right.
FORBES: So how many languages did you actually write for “Defiance”?
DAVID PETERSON: Well, there’s two full languages and then two kind of language sketches or palettes. Those are for the Indogene and the Liberatta. With the Liberatta language, God, I had so much fun with that. So much slang has come into it.
Is creating languages a full-time business for you?
Yeah. Right now I’m working on “Defiance” and “Game of Thrones” and also a movie project, so I’m constantly busy.
“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has said he made up the bits of Dothraki dialogue in his books on the fly, unlike, say, J.R.R. Tolkien, who famously drew up whole families of internally-consistent languages for “Lord of the Rings.” Was it hard to turn Martin’s improvised Dothraki into something that sounded authentic?
There wasn’t that much of it in the books, actually, but I did integrate everything, because, as you know, the books had a huge fanbase and still do. So I knew that I had to integrate everything and make it so that what was in the books didn’t need to be changed, so that I wasn’t coming along and saying, “That’s not how it should be said.” Everything in the books is correct.
Now, I know he said lots of times that he doesn’t create the languages, that he doesn’t do anything like that. But he’s created really consistent bits. I don’t know how he has the skill because there are other fantasy writers that just do an awful, terrible job. He seems to be unconsciously doing a lot of the things that I give to writers when they say “I don’t want to create a full language but I want to have these langauges in here, what do I do?”
He just seems to unconsciously do a lot of the advice I give to them, which is create a consistent sound system, consistent word patterns, the series of consonants and vowels, and don’t use too much. Do things sparingly. Everything he does seems to hang together so well.
Is your work for “Game of Thrones” just Dothraki or are you creating other languages for that show?
I’m creating other lanagues now, shall we say. So I started with just Dothraki…
It’s been a while since I read the books. I guess they go to the East at some point?
Yeah, and that’s where it is now. Actually, this is kind of strange — I did like twice as much work for season three as I did for season two and only one line of Dothraki.
Do you have favorite languages you’ve created?
Yeah. I don’t want to say this too loud because ["Defiance" actor] Tony Curran’s right there, but Irathient is one of my favorites. I love Irathient. It’s a lot of fun.
Why is that not a thing you can say too loud?
Well, his language is Castithan. I don’t want him to feel slighted. But, God, I love Irathient. It’s a lot of fun. At this stage of the game, Dothraki has become second nature so I really don’t have to do to much work when I’m translating it.
Is everything you do in phonemes that would be familiar to a Western speaker, or can you go beyond that — clicks or even sounds that would be possible only with different, alien vocal parts?
It’s something I’d certainly like to do. It’s not something I’ve done very much of because basically I feel sorry for the actors. They have to be able to produce it. For me, it’s more imporant they be able to get the intonation right.
With Dothraki, I dropped in a really difficult sound, which is the uvular stop, a voiceless uvular stop Q, and it’s just — it rarely comes out right. It was just too difficult. So I try my best to use a smaller number of sounds, limit the number of really alien and difficult sounds and instead work more with syllable structure and intonation. The intonational phrasing I came up with for Irathient is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done.
Do you get any say in casting, based on who seems like they can speak your languages well?
Not in anything I’ve ever been involved with, no. The way it ends up is more like they do all their casting and say, “Great, you’re hired. And by the way, you’re going to be saying all your lines in an alien language.”
Do you want to smell like one of the houses from Game of Thrones? Maybe the Lannisters? How about the Starks? Let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to smell like most characters from Westeros. Except for Denerys. You know that she smells good. You can’t look that good and not smell good – even if you have been walking through the Red Waste for weeks. But everyone in the seven kingdoms might smell nicer if they had these soaps.
These house sigil soaps by GeekSoap are pretty neat. They will evoke sweet scents that make you think of each house. There’s Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, and Targaryen. The Lannister scent is “Pride” made from patchouli, plumeria, and orange. I guess that seems about right. Stark’s scent is “Betrayal,” a crisp combination of pine, cedar, and eucalyptus with just a hint of campfire. Yep. That’s how I always imagined they would smell. You get the idea.
There’s no Greyjoy because no one wants to smell like salt water and seaweed. They are just $6(USD) each. Or you could just pay the iron price.
I demand some sort of R'hllor scented candle or something....that smells like fire. Could easily scare away unwanted party guests with the illusion of a fire burning nearby or something idk.
The UK’s national free newspaper, Metro, today hinted that top popstars Girls Aloud have Eurovision 2013 in their sights. Journalist Neil Sean doesn’t go on to give any more details. Would such a big name act consider representing the UK? Could it be their breakthrough into Europe? Last year’s similar rumours of all-girl pop group Atomic Kitten never materialised as the UK sent Englebert Humperdinck instead.
Girls Aloud are an English-Irishpop girl group based in London. They were created through the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group consists of Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy), Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. They are signed to Fascination Records. The group have had 22 consecutive top 11 singles in the United Kingdom, including 4 number ones. All five girls have undertaken solo careers, with Cheryl being the most successful as an XFactor judge and her solo music career. The group was also named the UK’s biggest selling girl group of the 21st century.
When Ritu Kumar agreed to design wedding costumes for cousin Deepa Mehta’s much-awaited cinematic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s epic novel Midnight’s Children, recreating pre-Independence-era costumes seemed almost impossible in the frighteningly short time.
But the designer embraced the project. Research for her 1999 book Costumes And Textiles Of Royal India provided a solid foundation for her designs. She carefully re-read Rushdie’s novel and consulted Mehta regularly.
Intense brainstorming sessions followed and once all the details had been ironed out, Kumar laid out each wedding ensemble and costume for every scene and actor. She worked on the outfi ts for the weddings of Mumtaz (Shahana Goswami), Emerald (Anita Majumdar)and Naseem (Neha Mahajan), and Jamila’s (Soha Ali Khan) musical performance.
Kumar elected to use vegetable-dye colours and give the garments flow “with lots of dupattas”. She called on the entire textile repertoire of Kashmir —zari, zardosi, mukaish, chain stitch, velvet, woven Benarasis, nets and more—for the costumes. She also had to create jewellery, for which she used semi-precious stones.
“The whole story had to be as authentic as possible. I found some old photos set in Kashmir, but most are of courtesans because the royals would not allow women to be photographed. I had to locate physical pieces in people’s trunks and then use designer’s licence. The way they did their clothes in those days was like art,” says Kumar.
Goswami, who plays Mumtaz, adds, “The look does half the job in terms of what we have to do as actors. The clothes, hair and make-up take you back to that time and make you feel the part.” In the course of the film, Mumtaz ages from 19 to 45, and Goswami notes, “Even when playing an older age, as soon as the look was done, our gait and demeanour would change.”
The vamps and vampires of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2- Part 2” have sunk their fangs into the domestic and global box office, and won’t let go. The franchise finale took in $17.4 million to claim its third consecutive weekend victory in North America, but it has been even more impressive overseas.
"Skyfall” finished a close second in its fourth week with $17 million, to raise the domestic haul for the 23rd James Bond movie to $246 million. It was followed by “Lincoln,” “Rise of the Guardians” and “Life of Pi.” The Brad Pitt crime drama “Killing Them Softly” tanked in its debut, bringing in a disappointing $7 million.
"Breaking Dawn 2" has now taken in $254.6 overall in the U.S., which is just behind the comparable three-week total of 2009's “New Moon” ($259 million), but ahead of “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn 1," both of which had $251 million after three weeks. However “Breaking Dawn 2” is taking a much bigger bite of the overseas box office. It added $48.9 million this weekend and has grossed $447 million abroad to become the franchise’s biggest foreign earner, passing the $430 million rung up last year by “Breaking Dawn 1.”
With a total of $702 million, "Breaking Dawn 2" will pass "New Moon" ($709 million) to become the franchise's biggest money earner ever at the worldwide box office.
“This will be the biggest “Twilight” movie ever at the box office and the foreign grosses will be the driving force," BoxOffice.com editor-in-chief Phil Contrino told TheWrap. “These franchise films build and build overseas, and then they explode.”
Lionsgate’s head of domestic distribution Richie Fay said he isn’t surprised by the foreign success.
“You could see it coming,” he told TheWrap. “The last one, ‘Breaking Dawn 1,’ did 60 percent of its business overseas and we were confident we could build on that.” "Breaking Dawn 2" opened internationally at the same time as it did in North America, and Fay said the overseas marketing strategy played up the international aspects of the film.
The only wide opener set for next weekend in the U.S. is FilmDistrict’s “Playing for Keeps,” so "Breaking Dawn 2" could stay on top until Dec. 14, when Warner Bros. rolls out its blockbuster “The Hobbit
DreamWorks' Oscar contender "Lincoln" was third this weekend, with $13.5 million from 2,018 locations. That's an average of $6,694 per theater, well off the $12,398 per-screen pace it set over the long Thanksgiving weekend, and raises its overall domestic gross to $83.7 million after four weeks.
DreamWorks Animation's 3D "Rise of the Guardians" failed to gain much traction in its second week, taking in about $13.5 million over the three days. Distributor Paramount had hoped for an improvement on its disappointing Thanksgiving weekend debut, which caused DWA's stock to drop 5 percent last week
J-Lo to 'cover up' for Jakarta
By Elizabeth Yuan, CNN
(CNN) -- Singer Jennifer Lopez, famous for her revealing outfits, is expected to take a more modest approach when she hits the stage this weekend in Indonesia and Malaysia -- both Islamic countries. "She'll have to cover up a little bit," said Chairi Ibrahim, project manager for Dyandra Promosindo, one of the promoters for the Jakarta show of the "Dance Again World Tour" on Friday. She and all the dancers must wear clothes that don't show men's chests or women's cleavage, and sexual dance moves will have to resemble laughs as opposed to "making love," he added. Some women will wear black ties, he said, based on photos he's seen.
The adjustments are in keeping with informal rules that make the concert "suitable for Indonesia" and will satisfy the local government, Muslim Indonesians and clerics, Ibrahim said, adding that he spoke with many parties.
The near-sellout concert comes nearly six months after Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her sold-out show in Jakarta amid an uproar by Islamic hardliners against her costumes and dance moves.
Ibrahim said that Lopez's case was different because "people know her from 'American Idol,'" where she'd been a judge, and saw her as a "normal girl," while Indonesian clerics deemed Gaga's lyrics as "not very good to youngsters."
Lopez is to perform in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday.
On her website, a Malaysian fan ("Yusrizal Hamzah") expressed concern in September over whether strict rules for women might cause a "last-minute cancellation," citing a canceled Beyonce concert in 2009 as an example. "Please J.lo! Malaysian fans want u here!" he wrote.
After Kuala Lumpur, Lopez will perform in Singapore and then Australia.
gaga pic from google search.
Today (Dec. 2), Britney Spears turns 31 years old and celebrates another successful year in the spotlight. It seems like just yesterday that the Louisiana native was introducing herself on "Total Request Live," but seven albums, millions of downloads and hundreds of huge shows later, Spears is now a veteran pop performer with an awe-inspiring list of accomplishments under her belt.
From her Justin Timberlake romance to her snake-wielding performance to her new beginning as an "X Factor" judge, take a look back at Spears' pop reign so far with these 10 defining moments in her 14-year career.
"...Baby One More Time" Hits Us All
Remember the first time you heard those three notes and then "Oh, baby, baby?" How about your first encounter with Britney in a schoolgirl's outfit, coolly dancing down that hallway in the music video? "...Baby One More Time," the title track from Spears' 1999 debut of the same name, arguably remains the pop star's most iconic song to date, hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100 and turning into one of the most successful debut singles of all time. Oh baby, baby, how were we supposed to know that a pop princess had just been born before our very eyes?
OOPS! Britney Does It Again
After bursting onto the scene in 1999 with "...Baby One More Time," Spears returned in full force one year later with the sophomore effort "Oops!... I Did It Again," one of the most successful female pop albums of all time. With over 1.3 million units sold in its first week of release, "Oops!" still holds the record for the highest sales in one week by a female artist ever. And along with the monster sales came a durable collection of hits, including "Lucky,""Stronger," and of course the title track, which Spears unforgettably performed in a skin-colored spandex get-up at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
Britney + Justin = Pop Royalty
Before there was Justin and Selena, there was Justin and Britney: Spears and her fellow "Mickey Mouse Club" alum Justin Timberlake enjoyed a celebrity romance at the beginning of their budding careers, with the *N Sync star and the pop princess spending their 20th birthdays as pop culture's prettiest couple. Sadly, the good times would not last: Spears and Timberlake ended their relationship in 2002, and breakup anthems like JT's "Cry Me a River" resulted.
Britney Raises Eyebrows With "Slave" Performance
One year after Spears showed off some skin while performing "Oops!... I Did It Again" at the 2000 VMAs, the pop star once again courted controversy during her follow-up at the 2001 MTV ceremony. Performing the "Britney" lead single "I'm A Slave 4 U,"Spears slithered onstage with a collection of live animals, and eventually danced while carrying a large albino snake draped across her shoulders. A little over two years after presenting her innocent image on the "...Baby One More Time" album cover, Spears had abruptly become an adult on the VMAs stage.
Britney Locks Lips With Madonna
Thought the python performance of "I'm A Slave 4 U" was Spears' most memorable VMAs moment? Think again. Just two years later, Madonna invited Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott onstage for a performance of her single "Hollywood" to open the 2003 ceremony. Madge locked lips with Aguilera too, but it was the shared kiss with Spears, front and center on the VMAs stage, that the world will always remember. The stunt preceded the release of Spears' fourth album, "In The Zone," which featured Madonna on the single "Me Against The Music."
Britney Issues Classic Video for "Toxic"
While some may consider the music videos for "...Baby One More Time,""Piece of Me,""Overprotected" and "Stronger" to be all-around winners, it's hard to find a stronger clip of Spears' pop dominance than the 2004 video for "Toxic," which was Spears' most expensive video to date with a budget of $1 million. The espionage romp was voted by Billboard.com readers as Spears' best music video ever last year, and with good reason: nothing before or since has quite captured her sexy, vibrant spirit.
Blackout Hints At Eventual Comeback
The 2007 release of fifth studio album "Blackout" came at a highly troubled time for Spears: from her rocky romance with Kevin Federline to her struggles as a new mother to the shaved head to the rehab stint, Spears' personal life was in dire straits as she set out on promoting her new album. Still, "Blackout" was a forward-thinking batch of slinky electro-pop jams, and critics hailed the efforts while expressing concern for its creator's well-being. In hindsight, "Blackout" was the precursor to Spears' full-fledged comeback, which was fully realized when her personal issues stabilized.
Britney Seizes Control on "Circus" Tour
If "Circus," Spears' sixth studio album, was the full-length that proved that the pop star was not going anywhere despite her dramatic past, the accompanying Circus tour was her victory lap, and the epic live show that she was born to put on. Combining six albums worth of hits with an ambitious stage setup featuring acrobats, martial artistry and a dazzling light show, Spears' Circus trek ran for eight months and entertained nearly 100 venues across the globe. Out of her seven full tours, Spears' Circus is still her defining run of shows.
Britney Makes Award Show Comeback at BBMAS
After a run of shocking MTV Video Music Awards performances early in her career, Spears, mired in her darkest personal period, was heavily panned when presenting "Gimme More" at the 2007 ceremony. But less than four short years later, Spears triumphantly returned to the spotlight at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, where she made a surprise appearance during both Rihanna's opening number "S&M" as well as Nicki Minaj's set. Months after releasing another well-received album, "Femme Fatale," Spears had washed away the "Gimme More" memories in one fell swoop.
Britney Finds Her "X Factor" on TV
In the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor," Simon Cowell and Antonio "L.A." Reid welcomed Demi Lovato and none other than Ms. Spears herself to the judges table. Spears' first stint as a reality competition figure has been entertaining thus far, as Spears gets to flaunt her personality while adding a new dimension to her long-running career. Over a decade after bursting onto the scene as a teenager, Spears now gets to help guide aspiring vocalists, and help them find their own "Oh baby, baby" moment.
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The first official photo of Harry Styles and Taylor Swift has been released. Harry and Taylor were spotted together, with Tom, Lou, and Lux before heading into the zoo in NYC.
Rumors began circulating that the duo was seeing one another when news broke that Taylor was grabbing dinner with one of the members from One Direction after said awards. However, due to the information being leaked to the media the date was canceled.
Since then things between the two stars have been quiet, but this past November the rumors began to heat up. Taylor was seen in Europe wearing a very similar, if not the same, necklace that Harry had been seen rocking for the past couple of years. To further fuel the flame, a couple of days later, Harry was spotted in the United States without the necklace. To see photos click here.
Next time we heard word of the them being spotted together was at Taylor Swift’s, November 15, X Factor rehearsal Witnesses at the rehearsal saw Harry there with Taylor and her mom. Apparently, the duo was acting very flirty and Harry even carried her back to her trailer after she was done rehearsals. Yet, no pictures of the rumored get together were ever released
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They are accustomed to bathing in the adulation of models and fashion critics as they parade down the catwalks of Milan.
But Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's next public appearance in Italy's fashion capital will take place under rather less glamorous circumstances, as the famed stylists face a trial for alleged tax avoidance on an epic scale.
Monday will see the start of a trial in which they are accused of evading more than €400 million in tax when they sold their D&G and Dolce & Gabbana brands to a holding company, Gado, which they set up in Luxembourg in 2004.
Prosecutors say the complex arrangement enabled the duo, whose friends and clients include Angelia Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Monica Bellucci and Naomi Campbell, to avoid paying higher taxes in Italy and instead pay at a lower rate in Luxembourg.
Investigators say the price at which the companies were sold – €360 million – was about one third of their true market value.
The designers vehemently deny the allegations and have called the charges "absurd" and based on "a completely abstract calculation" of their companies' market value.
The business partners, regarded as gods in a pantheon of Italian fashion icons that includes Versace, Valentino and Armani, face prison sentences of up to five years if found guilty. Six associates of the duo will also be on trial, including their tax consultant, prosecutors say.
The trial comes as Mario Monti, Italy's straight-talking technocrat prime minister, has declared the government to be "at war" with tax evaders, in a country in which until recently tax dodging has been regarded almost as a national sport.o
"Some measures adopted by the government against tax evasion may seem like war measures and, in reality, they are," Mr Monti said last month.
His predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, was famous for his soft stance on tax evasion, even suggesting that it was justified if tax rates exceeded a certain level.
But since Mr Monti replaced him a year ago, he has led a crackdown on rampant tax dodging, which is estimated to cost the country around €115 billion a year.
The black economy, including undeclared income, makes up as much as 17 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the national statistics agency.
In an effort to claw back money for the exchequer, high-profile raids have been conducted by tax inspectors and finance police on upmarket ski resorts, and tax evaders have been portrayed in a hard-hitting television campaign as bloodsucking parasites.
Despite the gravity of the allegations, Dolce and Gabbana will not necessarily attend for the first days of the trial, when the timetable for witnesses will be determined. "They are not obliged to appear in court," Laura Pedio, one of the prosecutors in the case, told The Sunday Telegraph.
"They are each accused of evading around €200 million in tax so that's €400 million altogether. We'll be establishing the initial timetable for the trial. Six other people are involved, including their tax consultant."
A spokeswoman for Dolce and Gabbana in Milan refused to comment about the case. Lawyers for the fashion tycoons also declined to comment to The Sunday Telegraph.
Once dubbed the "Gilbert and George of Italian fashion", Dolce and Gabbana are known for immaculate tailoring, sensual clothing and a design aesthetic inspired by Sicily, where Dolce comes from.
Their latest advertising campaign features Monica Bellucci and dark-haired models dressed in the sort of black clothes and pinstriped suits traditionally associated with the island's peasantry and mafiosi.
"The first piece of theirs that I wore was a white shirt, very chaste, but cut to make my breasts look as if they were bursting out of it," Isabella Rossellini, the Swedish-Italian actress, once said.
But the long-running trial has earned them attention of a much less welcome kind. Investigations into the alleged tax fraud began in 2007.
A court initially cleared the partners of the allegations in April 2011, but Italy's highest court overturned that acquittal in November last year and ordered that the case should be sent back to trial.
The decision of the Supreme Court in Rome prompted a tirade on Twitter from Stefano Gabbana, who called Italian tax authorities "thieves".
"It's really true that in Italy they do whatever they want, whenever they please," he told his 164,000 followers. "Maybe it would be better to leave the country."
While the design duo received Twitter messages of support from fans, there was criticism from some Italians who said they should not have moved their businesses abroad. "If you leave Italy, don't forget to pay back all those taxes. And don't come back!" wrote one woman on Twitter.
Dolce and Gabbana are the latest in a long line of celebrities to have fallen foul of Italy's taxman, although most prior cases were settled out of court.
In 2000, the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti settled a four-year dispute and paid more than €9 million in back taxes to Italy. Former MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi agreed to pay €39 million to Italy's tax agency in 2008 after a lengthy investigation.
Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who played for Napoli in the 1980s, owes Italy around €38 million in unpaid taxes.
The national debt collection agency, Equitalia, has been seeking payments from the player since 2005. Every time he returns to the country, tax authorities pounce on him.
In 2005 they seized thousands of euros he had earned for participating in the Italian version of the television show "Dancing With the Stars." A year later the authorities seized two Rolex watches worth around €11,000 when Maradona returned to Naples for a charity match.
This is interesting considering a few days ago there was an announcement that Scarlett Johansson would be the"face" of their new fragrance called "The One Desire". Wonder how this will affect that estimated $150 million dollar profit. Mo Money, Mo Problems.
Gaga arriving in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A fan video of her arrival.
Gaga on the news in South Africa.
Gaga went on 2 Safaris with her friends. She tweeted some pictures for us.
shes sf cuute!!!
Gaga performed at a soldout show at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Which is the 14th largest stadium in the world. This makes her not only the youngest artist to perform at the venue, but also the only female and only popstar.
These are pictures from before the show started.
ughh, im sf proud of her tbh. its amazing!!!!
Some pictures from the show.
Some videos from the show.
Born This Way
The Edge Of Glory
Some tweets after the show.
Gaga did a Q&A on twitter and revealed some new information about ARTPOP.
omg, im sf excited. im dying. i cant waaait!!!
Gaga arriving in Cape Town, South Africa.
So it came as no surprise that he'd use Twitter to get some blow at four in the morning.
Oof. This looks like a direct message gone wrong. There are so many questions here:
Perhaps the message was meant for the writer's mysterious companion who he only refers to as "the 26-year-old." Please don't let this happen again. The last thing we'd ever want to see is a Bret Easton Ellis sext.
Accidentally sending a direct message as a tweet — stars, they're dumb, just like us!
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New mom Sienna Miller has opened up about life after giving birth and what it’s like to be a mother to her daughter Marlowe.
The 30-year-old actress welcomed her first child with fiancé Tom Sturridge back in July.
“It’s the best, the greatest thing in the world,” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK.
“I would do that day a million times again. I would do that day, every day. I loved it.”
Miller, who appears as the January cover girl for the magazine, also touched on her new appreciation for her own body, and the changes it’s gone through.
“My body’s a completely different thing to me, it’s not mine — all the attachment to its flaws or any aesthetic attachment is gone,” she told Harper’s.
“You understand what breasts are for; and I have such enormous respect for my body because of what it can do.”
Miller, who’s been in a relationship with Sturridge since 2011, said motherhood is “the most surreal thing.”
“I’d expected that she’d be this extension of me and I’d instantly understand who she was because she’d come from me, and then you realize that they are their own people entirely,” she added.