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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    In the aftermath of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, countless celebrities have joined millions of Americans in a plea for gun control -- Jesse James is not one of those celebrities.

    The former reality show host took to his Facebook page to express support for the National Riffle Association, the day after it finally broke its silence on last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn -- and called for armed officers in every school.

    On his Facebook page, the 43-year-old, who used to run West Coast Choppers out of Long Beach, Calif, writes that he witnessed so many shootings that having a gun was the only thing that made him feel safe.

    "Since the 1980's California has led the nation with the strictest gun control laws. In the middle of this state I have seen more dead bodies than I can count," he wrote, going on to describe weekly sightings of streets closed off with yellow police tape because someone had been shot dead.

    "On a weekly basis Cop friends would always check in to make sure I was carying (sic) a gun at all times. They would want to see it to make sure. They would tell me "You better be packing." For the last 20 years living in California I could never let my guard down, not even for a minute," James wrote in the lengthy message which was accompanied by a photo of himself with a large gun. "This is what living in a state with strict gun control was like."

    James went on to state that he doesn't think the country needs fewer guns, and he believes America could do with few gun laws as well. According to his logic, he claims that it's because of California's strict gun control legislation that so many people have been shot and killed. He writes that since moving to Texas, where there are fewer gun laws, he feels much safer:

    "I have not seen one dead body, have not experienced any drive-by shootings," he writes. "I can now relax, and live life in this free country."

    He argues that enacting stricter laws nationwide will only "keep the honest people, honest," and "people that should not have guns, will still find a way to get them." He also urged others to join the NRA.

    James, who was famously married to and cheated on Sandra Bullock, is one of the few celebrity supporters of the NRA who has spoken out since the shooting on Dec. 14. His position is at direct odds with stars including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Hamm, Beyonce, Selana Gomez, and Chris Rock, who took part in a powerful PSA that urged lawmakers to put forth a substantive plan for increasing gun control.


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  • 12/23/12--08:44: You can hate me now.
  • Rapper Nas Sued for $10 Million by Kidnapped Concert Promoter


    Nas may be rethinking the title of his most recent album, Life Is Good.
    The rapper, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, is being sued for $10 million by a concert promoter who claims he was kidnapped because the hip hop star failed to show up for a gig in Angola, TMZ reports.

    According to the site, Patrick Allocco filed a federal lawsuit on Friday, Dec. 21, in which he alleges that Nas is responsible for his kidnapping in December 2011. Allocco says the "Daughters" rapper accepted $300,000 to do a New Year's Eve concert in Africa and then never got on the plane. As a result, the promoter claims, he and his son were held captive by another promoter for 50 days, during which time they were reportedly beaten and threatened constantly.

    The suit also alleges that Allocco lost his home and company as a result of the abduction and has suffered psychological, physical, and financial damages.

    Nas, for his part, has said that Allocco's version of events is misleading. In an interview with MTV News earlier this year, the musician opened up about his side of the story, claiming that he had never made official arrangements with the promoter.

    "The business wasn't handled," he told MTV. "There was nothing sent to me, and there were no flights. By the time he did send money -- he did eventually send money to me -- it was too late to go. I didn't even have a visa to get in the country." (The rapper returned the advance after the concert was canceled.)
    Nas has not yet commented on the lawsuit.


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    Lily Collins, Ben Whishaw and Rebel Wilson were among the silver-screen stunners of this year.

    A fairy tale princess, a gadget guru and an outrageous a cappella singer walked into a theater ... and entertained the pants off of us.

    Of course, this character cabal wouldn't have been what it was if not for the breakout performances of Lily Collins, Ben Whishaw and Rebel Wilson — just a few of the fresh film faces we met in 2012. And as the year comes to a close, MTV News is reflecting on the dozen Hollywood noobs who made the marquee shine just that much brighter

    Lily Collins
    Role: The 23-year-old daughter of Phil Collins carved out her own path in Hollywood with roles in "The Blind Side" and "Abduction," but it was her turn as Snow White in Tarsem Singh's kaleidoscopic "Mirror Mirror" that left a real impression.
    Up Next: Collins will star as a Brooklyn teen who uncovers her family's mysterious history destroying demons in the big-screen adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," hitting theaters August 23, 2013.

    Ben Whishaw
    Role: Floppy-haired Brit Ben Whishaw hit big Stateside this year in a pair of films: The Wachowski's era-spanning drama "Cloud Atlas" and the latest Bond romp "Skyfall," though it will likely be Whishaw's tech-savvy quartermaster Q who will leave the most indelible impression. After all, he can do more damage on his laptop sitting in his pajamas before his first cup of Earl Grey than 007 can do in a year in the field. 
    Up Next: Whishaw can currently be seen in the second season of the BBC's winning period drama "The Hour." He'll next star alongside Matt Damon in 2013's "The Zero Theorem," and is rumored to be circling a role in Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse."

    Rebel Wilson
    Role: The Aussie's outsized sense of humor was only hinted at in "Bridesmaids" — it took the role of Fat Amy in the aca-awesome musical comedy "Pitch Perfect" to get everyone singing along.
    Up Next: Wilson has several encore performances arranged, including "Pain & Gain," starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and "Super Fun Night" (which she wrote), co-starring "Pitch Perfect" castmate Anna Camp.

    Quvenzhane Wallis
    Role: Little Quvenzhane Wallis melted hearts (and spurred plenty of awards-season speculation) with her role as Hushpuppy in the fantastical "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
    Up Next: Wallis, along with "Beasts" father Dwight Henry, will appear in Steven McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave," starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.

    Suraj Sharma
    Role: The Indian teen had no acting experience when he landed the title role in Ang Lee's picturesque epic "Life of Pi," following a boy marooned in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger.
    Up Next: College. The 19-year-old is currently studying philosophy at St. Stephen's College in New Delhi, though he hopes to make more movies in the future.

    Dane DeHaan
    Gina Carano
    Thomas Mann
    Berenice Marlohe
    Sam Claflin
    Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward

    Rest of the write up at the source.

    Also "outsized sense of humor" - REALLY?

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    It appears as though no one, who competed on ‘The X Factor,’ is going home empty handed! Tate Stevens may have won the $5 million recording contract, but he is not going to be the only contestant who gets a record deal, as Simon hints that he plans to sign Fifth Harmony. How exciting!
    It’s looking like all of The X Factor semi-finalists are getting record deals — hooray! At the Dec. 20 finale, Simon Cowell spoke to Hollywoodife.com about his plans for the contestants, and he hinted that the girl group Fifth Harmony will be getting signed by Sony.

    After Tate Stevens’ glorious victory, Simon spoke about his plans for the other contestants, saying that Emblem3 will be signed. Now, it looks like Fifth Harmony is going to get a record contract too. Phew!

    “There is such a market now for this girl band I believe, I think where there’s boybands there’ll be girl bands. We may have someone who can fit that gap!” said Simon.

    This is great news! Fifth Harmony really proved themselves throughout the duration of the competition, earning them an opportunity to collaborate with Demi Lovato, and they came in at a respectable third place. It would be so great if they made an album.

    Simon also revealed that Emblem3 will be getting a record contract, so we can expect lots of fun pop music in 2013. As for Carly Rose Sonenclar? She is bound to have a big and bright future – as long as LeAnn Rimes isn’t in it!


    my babiesssss :3333

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    It's official! Shia LaBeouf confirms relationship with Nymphomaniac co-star Mia Goth in public show of affection


    After weeks of speculation over their relationship status, it seems that Shia LaBeouf and British actress Mia Goth are official.
    The pair were spotted in a sweet embrace whilst enjoying a day out in LA on Saturday.
    Clearly at ease with each other, Mia sat back and relaxed in her Hollywood beau's arms.
    Their romance began on the London set of Nymphomanic, the latest film from Lars Von Trier.
    Although Shia was in a relationship with stylist Karolyn Pho when he first signed on to the project, reports of the couple's split circulated in November, leaving the actor free to pursue other romantic interests.
    He and Mia would have certainly become very intimate, as they share real life sex scenes in the film which follows a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounting her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a violent assault.
    But for the more conservative viewer, the director will be creating both soft and hardcore versions, with the latter featuring the x-rated fornication.
    Mia's Gallic looks suggests she could be playing a younger version of Charlotte Gainsbourg's character in the controversial movie, with a cast that includes Stellan Skarsgård, Jamie Bell, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater and Uma Thurman who has just signed on.
    Speaking of the shocking love-making scenes, producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen, told the Guardian last year, 'Lars wants to see the sexual arousement (sic) of a girl [on screen].'
    This is the exact scenario that led to the public fight between Shia and Karolyn, but now the Lawless actor couldn't seem more happier as he enjoyed a coffee with his new English rose.
    But this cosy image of the two is nothing that hasn't been seen before when it comes to the 26-year old, who over the years has dated former Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps  co-star Carey Mulligan and China Brezner who he met on the set of The Greatest Game Ever Played.
    Shia even reportedly had liaisons with his Transformers 2 co-stars Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox whilst they were with their respective partners Adrian Grenier and Brian Austen Green - now Megan's husband.
    However the National Enquirer say that a source close to the actor told them Shia believes Mia is 'a female version of him', so this time around, the girl from New Cross may very well have captured his heart for good.


    I'm not really sharing the christmas spirit here, but God those pics are fug. I don't want to be rude to that girl, only Shia deserves it.

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    Bristol Palin's DNA will always have a special place in Levi Johnston's Christmas family photo, at least in the form of the ex-couple's 4 year old son Tripp, who made a red-sweater'd cameo in this year's snapshot.

    The photo was taken last week for the Johnston family Christmas card inside Levi's Wasilla, Alaska home with Levi's new wife Sunny Oglesby and their 3 month old daughter Breeze Baretta.

    Levi is strongly considering filing official paperwork in a move to get full custody of Tripp. He believes Bristol is a bad parent because she lets Tripp run amok at home, talk back, curse, and disrespect his elders while Bristol claims he hasn't made a child support payment since June of 2010 and is only interested in talking care of their son when cameras around to tape it.



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    Kelly Osbourne had to kiss a lot of frogs to find her prince, because she didn’t think she deserved any better!

    The Fashion Police host, who has been dating vegan chef Matthew Mosshart for over a year, opens up to Cosmopolitan Body about how she finally found the love of her life and learned how to let someone love her the way she deserved to be loved – and RadarOnline.com has the details.

    “I have finally learnt to let somebody love and treat me the way I deserve to be and that’s a great feeling,” Kelly admits.

    “The thing is, if you think you don’t deserve to be treated well, you won’t be. A lot of girls don’t believe they deserve the best and their boyfriends walk all over them,”
    the 28-year-old, whose former fiancé, Luke Worrall, famously cheated on her with a transsexual, continued. “I learnt the hard way.”

    However, with her current boyfriend, things are different.

    “But when I met Matthew, everything changed and I realized I’d never been in love before.”

    To read Kelly’s full interview, pick up the new issue of Cosmopolitan Body UK, on sale Thursday, December 27, 2012, which is also available as a digital edition.


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    The cast of Cougar Town films the season finale on December 20 and 21, 2012.

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    Lindsay Lohan idn't find the new trailer for "Scary Movie 5" very funny -- in fact, she's pissed off at the producers ... claiming they secretly inserted an extra dig at her expense ... simply out of spite.

    As TMZ first reported, the working scrip of "SM 5" contains a scene where LiLo screams bloody murder -- and it's revealed she's just watching her film "Herbie: Full Loaded."

    But in the new trailer released Friday, it shows LiLo screaming at a fake news clip of her probation being revoked instead. We're told the change was NEVER cleared by LiLo.


    According to our sources, producers assured Lindsay she'd have the final say on what jokes went in ... so she was livid when she saw the probation joke instead

    We're told Lindsay feels this final joke was meant as payback from producers -- all because they blame her for holding up the shoot and trashing her trailer

    LiLo plans to speak to her team this week over the alleged breach of contract.

    Calls to Dimension Films were not returned.


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    'He was practicing a form of animal cruelty!' Justin Bieber is chastised by animal rights organisation for giving away hamster to fan

    Justin Bieber probably thought he was making a fan's year when he handed his pet hamster to 18-year-old Victoria Blair, but the California Hamster Association think otherwise.
    David Imber, an adviser and spokesman for the organisation pointed out to ABC that what Bieber, also 18, did was thoughtless and actually cruel.
    'No doubt Justin Bieber meant well in delighting his adoring fan with the gift of his hamster, but without realising it he was practicing a form of animal cruelty,' Imber said.
    An offer she couldn't refuse: Victoria Blair posted a video still on her Twitter of the shirtless singer offering her his pet
    'We have subsequently read that the recipient is attempting to be responsible about caring for the animal, but absent any other indication, in general it is extremely likely that this hamster would have been harmed,' Imber continued. 'No pet, large or small, should ever be ‘gifted’ to an unknowing recipient.'
    The Canadian star handed of the hamster to Victoria following his performance at the Jingle Ball in Atlanta on Wednesday.
    In a video obtained by TMZ a shirtless Bieber approaches the fence behind the Phillip Arena handing over Pac in a cage.
    The singer can be heard making the girl promise to do what he didn't: 'You gotta take care of PAC.'
    Blair can be heard replying: 'I will take care of him.'
    The hamster - who has his own Twitter page - had appeared in a number of Justin's Instagram pictures after the star first introduced Pac to his fans on October 20, and promised to bring his pet with him to every meet and greet.
    Since receiving world's most usual celebrity keepsake, Victoria has been dedicated to the creature posting photographs on her Twitter account of her and the hamster going to the pet shop, having play and nap time and exploring his new home.
    On her twitter Victoria explained she did not do anything out of the ordinary to become the enviable new pet owner.
    'I waited outside after the concert and he just gave it to me!!!,' the young fan, a singer herself, tweeted.
    But her new pet has also come with a whole lot of baggage for Victoria.
    After news spread of Justin's decision to give away his pet, Victoria's Twitter followers exploded and she is now followed by more than 10,000 other Bieber fans.
    Justin gift also caused some jealousy amongst other Bielebers, who sent her negative comments.
    'And I have some haters now but it's okay I'm a strong girl and Justin chose me for a reason!' Victoria wrote.
    Despite vowing to bring the hamster with him everywhere, Justin's friend and director Alfredo Flores - who is on tour with the star - explained on Twitter it was just a case of the singer and his furry friend needing a 'break'.
    'PAC will be missed but it's time for a break,' the director tweeted.
    'You will be great in the hands of that wonderful girl. Thanks for all the great memories.'


    My favorite comment at the source:
    "Why was he in a back alley, shirtless, with just his pet hamster in the first place? Strange guy".

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    From the elegant young Obamas to the jazzy Mary Berry – and some dazzling trendsetters in between. The G2 fashion team present their style winners of the year.

    Ben Whishaw as Q

    It was a total stroke of genius casting Ben Whishaw as Q in Skyfall, and thus bringing a modern spin to the tech-geek role. The specs, cord jacket and anorak worn b Whishaw in a scene with Daniel Craig's Bond, shot at the National Gallery in London, were the perfect mix of east-London-cool-meets-Burberry. Meanwhile, for scenes where Whishaw is manning various hi-tech devices, he sport a brilliant piece of knitwear: a camel-fronted zip cardigan with contrast burgundy and navy trim. At first, said cardigan was thought to be of Marni or Balenciaga origin but is, in fact, the always marvellous Dries van Noten. And his hair? Monumental. -SC

    Malia and Sasha Obama

    If Michelle Obama's style was th fashion story of Obama's first term, the evolving fashion sense of their daughters looks set to be the style story that defines his second. "The Obama girls might be the fashion news tonight – full skirts, bright colour, cute" tweeted Cathy Horyn, fashion editor of the New York Times, as the family took to the stage in Chicag in November. What makes 14-year-old Malia and 11-year-old Sasha compelling is the narrative arc we get to watch as they begin to express themselves in clothes. There is a simple all-American elegance that is recognisably their mothers' influence, but Malia favours electric blue (especially on the campaign trail – smart girl) while Sasha loves an abstract pattern. -JCM

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Jonathan Franzen recently wrote in the New Yorker that Edith Wharton persuades us to invest in what happens to her female characters not by making them likable or deserving, but by convincing us of the strength of their desire. We are won over more by desire than moral goodness. This is how Paltrow has risen from anodyne actor to pop cultural Marmite. She fascinates not by being lovable but because we can see how badly she wants success and how hard she works for it: the Tracy Anderson workouts, the backstage Instagrams, the fiercely minimalist wardrobe. What thematic link unites thewhite Tom Ford Oscar cape, th sculptural Stella Grammys gown, and the silver Prada Met Ball dress? Ambition. -JCM

    KStew and RPattz

    Forget Stewart's relationship infidelity, here are a pair of New Generation A-listers who, whether seen together or apart, bring a bit of modern bite to the Hollywood fashion conveyor belt. She's unpredictable, veering from tricky short dresses to long cocktail frocks and biker jackets (plus snarl), while he's all non-boring suits or artfully scruffed up, perhaps with a dash of Kenzo. One of thei joint triumphs this year, though, was a Twilight prom gig with K Stew flashing knickerline, and vamping it up with lace peepholes in a beigey strapless Zuhair Murad gown, while R Patz had slipped himself into a emerald green Gucci two-button suit. Utterly scorching. -SC

    Marc Jacobs

    Not content with being one of fashion's most influential designers, Jacobs is also a dresser with proper snap. One of the most analysed looks of the year is surely his Met Ball party piece. Having established that the skirt or polo shirt dress is becoming to Jacobs what high-collared shirts are to Karl Lagerfeld the designer chose a see-through lace polo-shirt-dress by Comme des Garçon to make his red-carpet statement. Showing off white boxers and sculpted pecs, Marc further threw out the rule book by accessorising with a clutch and sparkly panto shoes. In short, it's Jacobs having a Cher moment, which is amazing, obviously. -SC

    Also listed:
    Azealia Banks
    Jessica Ennis
    Mary Berry
    Cara Delevingne
    Claire Danes


    Favourite outfit of 2012?
    I'm sorry if there are random letters missing, I tried to add them it, but it doesn't appear to be working.

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    Snow White is one of the most famous of the Grimm brother’s fairy tales and has been one of the most adapted stories to film. In this article, we take a look at some of the most well-known of those adaptations and see how they stack up against each other and against the original fairytale. (From House of Geekery)       

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    Disney has a reputation for producing impeccable animated stories and their very first full-length animated feature was just that. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a treat for the eyes and the ears. With simple yet beautiful drawings in striking primary colors and lovely songs that are time-tested classics, this is a movie that simple can’t be topped. Snow White is a sweet and charming young princess, the dwarfs are each delightful characters with individual personalities, and the Evil Queen is both beautiful and terrifying. The story follows Grimm’s tale with the exception of a few minor details and does so with the wit and charm that only old-school Walt Disney could produce. You would be hard pressed to find any flaws in this film. A+
    Trivia: Dancer Marge Champion’s movements were rotoscoped to be used as guide for Snow White.

    Snow White (1987)
    This version of Snow White is (unfortunately) a musical. Dianna Rigg plays the Evil Queen as a campy, singing version of a vain old lady. Sarah Patterson plays an older Snow White who, in this story, is chased away by her step-mother at a young age (played by Nicola Stapleton) and grows up with the dwarfs for a number of years. The dwarfs themselves are for some reason so hairy that they could be confused with animals.  The one thing about this movie that worked was the Magic Mirror which was made to be quite scary.  The idea of Dianna Rigg as the Evil Queen is not enough to make this more bearable. The horrible songs, coupled with a terribly dated look made it difficult to sit through. And it was also kind of racist. F
    Trivia: Sarah Patterson also played Red Riding Hood in a movie made by the same company.

    Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
    The scariest film on this list, Snow White: A Tale of Terror made a horror movie out of a fairy tale and it worked. Monica Keena as the innocent yet intelligent princess Lilli provides the perfect balance to Sigourney Weaver’s elegant queen who slowly loses her mind to magic. Both performances were stunning enough to outweigh any of the less-than-stellar performances by more minor characters. The dwarfs have less individual personalities in this movie, save for the one romantically interested in Lilli (who also happens to be not a dwarf but an average-sized human). The tone was dark and creepy, effectively created with setting, light, and story. Although this tale has quite a few differences from the original Grimm’s story, none of them manage to derail the plot in any way and it remains a fantastic adaptation of Snow White. A-
    Trivia: The role of Lilli Hoffman (Snow White) was originally written with Alicia Silverstone in mind.

    Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001)
    This movie featured Kristin Kreuk (in her film debut) as Snow White. She was not the best actress, but she was surprising better than she was in the long-running Smallville. With the pounds of white make-up they put on her, she certainly looked the part but despite how pretty she was, it didn’t make up for the rest of the movie. The gut-wrenchingly corny music and lackluster special affects made it painfully obvious that this is a Hallmark movie. This is not a movie for critical viewers. The film is full of dreadful, oddly-contemporary dialogue delivered by bad actors. This movie also took the liberty of adding some sort of ice-demon that is inadvertently rescued by Snow White’s father and repays him by proving baby Snow with milk (since her mother has died by now and her father apparently doesn’t know how to feed her). Oh, and he gives him a kingdom too, complete with the Queen (Miranda Richardson) who was possibly the best part of the movie. The dwarfs were uncomfortably clothed in the most ridiculous looking rainbow ensemble and grating on the audience’s nerve from the very start.  All in all, this version of Snow White’s many deviations from the original story worked against it, creating a ridiculous and unnecessary tale. D
    Trivia: Kristin Kreuk is starring in the new CW television show Beauty and the Beast, another fairytale adaptation.

    Zwerge (2004)
    The German comedy 7 Zwerge has a quirky sort of humor (some of which I’m afraid was lost on this English-speaking viewer) that mixed in some modernity with its classic fairy tale. Cosma Shiva Hagen played Snow White and she has an ethereal sort of beauty about her that makes it hard to take your eyes away, which is appropriate for the role of the fairest of them all. The evil queen (played by Nina Hagen) resembled a woman gone delusional with old age; inches of blue eyeshadow and tall platinum blonde hair made look her as ridiculous and over-the-top as she acted. In this movie the dwarfs are actually grown men who live in a forbidden part of the kingdom to avoid women. This movie features over-the-top acting, silly costumes and ridiculous plot points but unlike some others on the list, it does so on purpose. There’s also a surprising and original twist ending. It’s not for everyone, but there are more than a few who would appreciate the sort of humor 7 Dwarfs has to offer. B-
    Trivia: Cosma Shiva Hagen is the daughter of New Wave/punk singer Nina Hagen and the late musician Ferdinand Karmelk.

    Grimm’s Snow White (2012)
    I have low expectations from any movie made by the Asylum Company. That being said, this movie wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. This version of Snow White, although named “Grimm’s” is very far from the original tale. It in fact has a fantasy twist to it; with elves, dragons, and other beasts. When Snow is injured after escaping from her would-be murderers, she is taken in and healed by elves, whose species is persecuted by the humans for their magic. She then ends up fighting with them against the Queen (with no explanation as to how she can use weapons so well). Plenty of other changes were made to the story; a ring instead of an apple takes the princess down, for example.  The acting was actually not bad, especially Jane March as the beautiful, Evil Queen. Jamie Thomas King as Prince Alexander was bland and forgettable and his romance with Snow White seemed undeveloped and boring. One thing this film did differently was cast a blonde as Snow White, which was interesting to see. Eliza Bennett is a cute girl didn’t really get to do all that much. The best part of the movie (besides Jane March) was the costume design, which was simple yet effective. An original take on the Snow White tale, Grimm’s Snow White is one of the better Asylum movies out there and managed to exceed my (very low) expectations, although it still ended up being anticlimactic and unnecessary. C-
    Trivia: Jane March played Jane Porter in Tarzan and the Lost City.

    Mirror Mirror (2012)
    Tarsem Singh is famous for creating visual masterpieces and that goes for this film as well. Lovely special effects and bright colors make it a treat for the eyes. The dialogue was unnervingly modern but mostly for Julia Roberts. Roberts is a terrific actress but it was sometimes difficult to picture her as anyone BUT Julia Roberts, especially with the silly dialogue she had to work with. Lily Collins was good as the pretty but naïve princess although her insane eyebrows were pretty distracting. Arnie Hammer was a charming and endearing prince whose romance with Snow White seemed appropriately realistic even if his role was a bit shallow. Each of the dwarfs was superb with great talent and not written to be ridiculous like in other versions; I simply loved all of them. The Huntsman was substituted for a combination of the Queen’s servant who brings her into the woods to be eaten by a fearsome beast. Out of all the live action Snow White films, Mirror Mirror is one of the most visually exciting and if you don’t mind a little silliness and some deviation from the original story, then you’ll enjoy this one. B+
    Trivia: Saoirse Ronan was considered for the role of Snow White, but the age difference between her and Armie Hammer was too big.

    Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
    Snow White and the Huntsman was a big budget blockbuster that didn’t quite live up to expectations. There were so many ridiculous plot points that they overshadowed what could have been a pretty awesome story about a young princess fighting to take back her kingdom from an evil sorceress. The main actors seemed like they were teenagers awkwardly delivering lines in a school play. Charlize Theron played the Queen and if there’s anyone whose beauty can enchant a king, it’s her. She plays the role in an over-the-top and campy way that most people would find annoying. Instead of writing a better story for Snow White they spent time having other characters tell us how beautiful, innocent and strong she is. Kristen Stewart was completely miscast as a princess who is supposed to possess great beauty and charisma. She delivered her lines in a very Bella Swan-esque manner, without emotion or interest (and in a terrible accent). Chris Hemsworth was appropriately ass-kicking as the Huntsman (who in this story, sides with Snow White) and Sam Claflin appropriately noble as the handsome suitor still hung up on his childhood crush. Both males were pretty much there just to give us a (completely forced) love triangle. The dwarves were all played by upstanding actors but don’t get enough screen time. The best thing about this film was the special effects including the changing scenery, magic mirror and phantom army. Overall this film is all style and no substance. C+
    Trivia:  Lily Collins auditioned for the lead role but lost to Kristen Stewart. Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder were considered to play Ravenna, the Evil Queen.
    What’s your favorite Snow White film adaptation?
    Author’s Note: Due to the overwhelming number of Snow White films I had to narrow it down to only the most well-known and those that were easy for me to get hold of (essentially, I couldn’t find many non-English or silent films). I also left out television shows (sorry Once Upon a Time) and very loose adaptations like Sydney White.


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    Following the reveal earlier this month that Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek Into Darkness villain goes by the mysterious name of "John Harrison," GyaO! (via TrekMovie) caught up with director J.J. Abrams and Cumberbatch himself.

    "When J.J. described the role to me… he described someone who was, in movie terms, a mixture of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in 'The Shining,' and the Joker in 'Batman,'" Cumberbatch said. "...He's someone who has enormous physical strength. He's someone who is incredibly dangerous, both as a physical entity and through the use of various technologies and weapons and who performs acts of what I would describe as terrorism. He's also a psychological master. He manipulates the minds of those around him to do his bidding in a very, very subtle way."

    "His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an... average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet," Abrams added, "and he turns against the group because he has got this backstory and this kind of amazing secret agenda. After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the US, our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. 'Into Darkness' is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against."

    Fans can catch a brief tease of Cumberbatch's character on the big screen now as part of a nine-minute IMAX preview during digital screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (find the full list of participating theaters here). The full film hits theaters May 17, 2013.


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    After weeks of campaigning and promoting, football fans around the world have achieved an historic feat – the Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' is Christmas No.1!

    Following widespread support for the track - a cover of the original Hollies song featuring some of the biggest names in music, including Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams - it was confirmed as the highest seller of the week on Sunday.

    Competition had been provided by X-Factor winner James Arthur with 'Impossible', but even the 24-year-old himself asked the public to purchase 'He Ain't Heavy' to ensure it finished in top spot before Christmas.

    Football supporters, both Liverpool and otherwise, backed the song from its inception, and clubs across the country have given their support by playing the record at half-time during league fixtures.

    Celebrities, politicians, football figures and contributors to the recording have all used social media to raise awareness about the single, while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made an impassioned plea for fans to buy the track on Thursday.

    All funds raised by the song will be used to aid the Hillsborough families' ongoing campaign for justice on behalf of the 96 people who lost their lives during the tragedy in 1989.

    That battle received several significant boosts earlier this week - with the High Court decision to quash the original inquest verdicts into the disaster and the Government's pledge to fund future legal costs for the families.


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    Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy have called it quits fter almost three years of marriage.

    "It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family," Frankel said in a statement Sunda

    "We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority," the statement continues. "This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."

    News of their split comes after months of speculation that their relationship was on the rocks. Earlier this summer, the reality TV star, author and talk-show host admitted that she was fighting for her marriage, which was filmed for and subsequently documented on her Bravo reality sho Bethenny Ever After.

    Frankel and Hoppy, who married March 201 when Frankel was seven months pregnant, are parents to daughter Bryn Hoppy, 2½. The family was spotted out together in New York last week, even as rumors swirle that a split was imminent.

    Frankel, 42, is the creator of the Skinnygirl ne of cocktail, food and nutrition products and rose to early fame as a cast member The Real Housewives of New York. e later starred Bethenny Getting Married? d as host of her own talk sho Bethenny. As an author, she has published four book

    Frankel met Hop at a nightclub in November 2008, and they two became engaged 11 months later. At the time, she told PEOPLE he gave her life stabilit

    "He's my anchor," she said back then. "I fell in love with a regular guy with a regular salary. He taught me that being taken care of was emotional and not financial."


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    Twitter have revealed the most popular tweets of the year on the social media site, or 'Golden Tweets' as they're called.

    'Golden Tweets' are tweets that generated the most Retweets for the year, and that caught attention around the world. Here are the some of the top tweets of the last twelve months...

    >> 'Four more years' (@BarackObama)

    Just before his second term in office was announced, Barack Obama marked his election victory in November via Twitter with the above phrase. It quickly became the most retweeted of 2012 and then the most retweeted ever on the site, having been sent by people more than 200 countries around the world.

    >> 'RIP Avalanna. i love you' (@justinbieber)

    Justin Bieber got to know six-year-old Avalanna Routh - a little girl suffering from a rare form of brain cancer - throughout her treatment. When she passed away in September. Bieber paid tribute to her in a Tweet, and many, many Twitter Beliebers responded.
    >> '29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze - We finished 3rd in medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years #OurGreatestTeam RT your support' (@TeamGB)

    The London Olympics - heralded as one of the best Games ever in some quarters - was an Olympics for Twitter. As the first Olympics in London since 1948, the 'home team' performed excellently and brought home more medals than expected. Fans followed their every move, joining in at the close of the Games to show their support for #OurGreatestTeam.
    >> '…I would like to announce here: I, Koichi Yamadera, have married Ms. Rie Tanaka … I am really happy to have met such a great partner and have our lives come together. We made up our minds to respect each other, help each other and build a home full of smiles…' (@yamachanoha)

    When actor Kouichi Yamadera announced in a Tweet that he registered for marriage with actress Rie Tanaka, it became the most retweeted message from Japan this year. Why? Both are prominent Japanese voice actors, famous for many of their anime roles.

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    Four more years gets me everytime <3 <3

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    TV star Miranda Hart says she is infuriated by the material of some of her fellow comedians.

    The writer and actress's sitcom iranda, co-starring Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis and Sarah Hadland, has been a huge hit on BBC1.

    But Hart, 39, told th Radio Times: "Comedy is so subjective...I mean there's some comedy on at the moment which makes me furious - I don't understand why people like them because I hate them so much."

    The star declined to name names, saying: "No, I couldn't possibly tell you who... As a comedian, the audience think you're saying, 'Look at me! I'm the funniest person in the whole world!'

    "You're setting yourself up for people to say 'Why on earth does she think that?' But that's not what it is - you're just doing your job."

    Hart said that she never intended that her sitcom would be about a "single woman looking for love" and told the magazine that her friends worry that becoming famous has made it more difficult for her to find a man because "men are going to feel nervous approaching me".

    She added: "I'm surprised that anyone's interested in my love life....I don't feel like a famous person. If I'm walking the dog and someone comes up to me, it's a surprise. I forget that I'm on telly."

    The Call The Midwif actress, who previously suffered depression, revealed that she has two tattoos - Chinese letters on her arm and a bird and heart on her ankle.

    "It's pretty horrible and no, I wasn't drunk - I was stone-cold sober. But I do regret it," she said.

    "I think I just wanted to say, 'I'm not the public-school stereotype you think I am'."

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    They spent Christmas in LA last year, so it seems only fair that the Stefani-Rossdale clan head across the pond to Old Blighty this festive season.

    And after arriving in London yesterday, Gwen and Gavin embarked in some good old fashion fun with the kids by taking them to the local park near their Primrose Hill home.And so without the reassurance of the Californian sun, the family made sure to wrap up warm as they larked around in the playground on Sunday afternoon.

    Joining them for the day was Gavin's daughter, the model Daisy Lowe, who brought along her cute dog for the day out. But as the afternoon drew to a close, the family headed home, with Gavin taking control of the pushchair carrying a worn out Zuma. This left his elder brother to lead the way, but their doting mother didn't stray far form her son's side.


    this is the only picture i've seen of daisy and her un-estranged dad. made me feel warm and fuzzy and christmassy. like this:

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    Statement to Employees from Acting Director Michael Morell: "Zero Dark Thirty"

    I would not normally comment on a Hollywood film, but I think it important to pu Zero Dark Thirty, which deals with one of the most significant achievements in our history, into some context.  The film, which premiered this week, addresses the successful hunt for Usama Bin Ladin that was the focus of incredibly dedicated men and women across our Agency, Intelligence Community, and military partners for many years.  But in doing so, the film takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate.

    What I want you to know is tha Zero Dark Thirty s a dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts.  CIA interacted with the filmmakers through our Office of Public Affairs but, as is true with any entertainment project with which we interact, we do not control the final product.

    It would not be practical for me to walk through all the fiction in the film, but let me highlight a few aspects that particularly underscore the extent to which the film departs from reality.

    • First, the hunt for Usama Bin Ladin was a decade-long effort that depended on the selfless commitment of hundreds of officers.  The filmmakers attributed the actions of our entire Agency—and the broader Intelligence Community—to just a few individuals.  This may make for more compelling entertainment, but it does not reflect the facts.  The success of the May 1st 2011 operation was a team effort—and a very large team at that.
    • Second, the film creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding Bin Ladin.  That impression is false.  As we have said before, the truth is that multiple streams of intelligence led CIA analysts to conclude that Bin Ladin was hiding in Abbottabad.  Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques, but there were many other sources as well.  And, importantly, whether enhanced interrogation techniques were the only timely and effective way to obtain information from those detainees, as the film suggests, is a matter of debate that cannot and never will be definitively resolved.
    • Third, the film takes considerable liberties in its depiction of CIA personnel and their actions, including some who died while serving our country.  We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory of them.

    Commentators will have much to say about this film in the weeks ahead.  Through it all, I want you to remember tha Zero Dark Thirty s not a documentary.  What you should also remember is that the Bin Ladin operation was a landmark achievement by our country, by our military, by our Intelligence Community, and by our Agency.

    Michael Morell


    Is Usama bin Ladin a legit alternate spelling of Osama bin Laden, or did the dude misspell it twice?  

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    The Clara Lionel Foundation, a humanitarian foundation formed this year in honour of Barbadian international superstar Rihanna, has donated in excess of $3.5 million (BBD) in equipment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) for its radiotherapy department, which now bears the name of the late Clara Brathwaite.

    At the renaming ceremony yesterday morning for the department, Chief Executive Officer of the QEH, Dr. Dexter James, said that the renaming of the department as ‘The Clara Brathwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine’, demonstrates the significant role that philanthropy plays in the financing arrangement of health systems.

    The Chief Executive Office revealed that negotiations began with the Clara Lionel Foundation in early July, when the Foundation approached the management of the hospital requesting ways in which they could support the health facility and it was determined that a donation of equipment in support of patients who require treatment for various forms of cancer was most prudent.

    Dr. James told those gathered that at the end of that meeting it was agreed that the Foundation would donate three major pieces of equipment – an Equinox External Beam Therapy System and related equipment at a cost of US $905 767; a Brachytherapy Treatment Planning System and related equipment valued at US $638 000 and a Gamma Camera valued at approximately US $350 000 to assist in the care of such patients.

    “The donation of this oncology equipment is very timely for it was only about two weeks ago that we launched our equipment prospectus [for] 2012. The prospectus presents a list of equipment of the highest priority that would have the greatest impact on patient care and improvement to quality and good outcomes,” he said.

    The CEO reported to those gathered, including the family of the late Clara Brathwaite, that the already-purchased Equinox External Beam Therapy System, is expected to be shipped by mid-January 2013, and it is anticipated that it would be in operation by early March. The remaining equipment to be delivered within one year after that installation.

    Once the equipment is in use, it will allow for faster turnaround times for setup of treatment. As a result, patients can expect that the backlogs will be reduced.
    Moreover, he gave those present the assurance that the necessary preventative maintenance contracts would be implemented on each installation and that the hospital would uphold the terms of the grant agreement with the Foundation in its entirety.

    Speaking on behalf of the Foundation, Rihanna said that the donation was her way of giving back to the country of her birth and to assist the QEH in its continued modernization efforts.

    “I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done in effort to save lives or at least extend it and I thank you all for being a part of it,”
    she said. (JRT)


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