November 12th, 2010

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Kik Messenger: Finally, BBM for All Mobile Platforms

Ask any non-BlackBerry smartphone user what features they want the most, and we’re sure BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be somewhere near the top of the list. BBM, RIM’s PIN-based instant-message service made solely for its BlackBerry handsets, has become one of, if not the main selling points for the BlackBerry platform. Ted Livingston realized this while working on the BBM team. Two years ago, he chucked the deuces and left to give the masses what they wanted. The resulting service is called Kik, a new instant-messaging service modeled after BBM. Kik works on the three major smartphone platforms—BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android—and has recently blown the hell up, going from 450,000 users in 10 days to 1.5 million global users in less than a month. It’s getting to be kind of a big deal. We downloaded the app and played around with it to see if it was worthy of all the attention it was getting. Check our observations below. And, in case you were wondering: Yes, it’s worth it.

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I have this on my Evo and it's cool but something you can live without.
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Top 20 kids' cartoons of the 1990s

Dear America: thanks for making such effing amazing cartoons.

If you were a kid in the 1990s you inevitably spent hours in front of the TV after school, on weekend and during school holidays watching awesome cartoons. But the question is: which cartoons that premiered in the '90s were the most awesome?

TVFIX counts down the top 20 kids' cartoons of the 1990s.

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Glee's Version of Umbrella/Singin' in the Rain

Check out the world premiere of Gwyneth Paltrow singing a mash-up of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and the classic “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The 38-year-old blond beauty sings with Matthew Morrison on the track. The song will be featured on the November 16th episode of Glee called “The Substitute”.

Check it out below. Ella ella ella ella ey ey ey ey!

Lol they changed "come into me" into "come her to me"
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Jerri Blank to guest star on 'Raising Hope'

Amy Sedaris is one of those rare women who can light up a room and make you laugh out loud, even when she's playing a completely horrible character.

Best known as Jerri Blank, the middle-aged ex-junkie in her so-wrong-it's-hysterical 'Strangers With Candy,' Sedaris has popped up on some very fun TV shows recently, including 'The Middle,' 'The Closer' and an upcoming stint on 'Royal Pains.'

Next stop: 'Raising Hope,' Fox's freshman hit sitcom (Tuesdays, 9PM ET).

Star Garret Dillahunt spilled the top-secret news to The Hollywood Reporter this weekend, saying that Sedaris "is coming in December to do the show." But the only detail he shared about her role is that his character, Burt, would be making out with her.

Wait, what? We visited the set to get a little more background on this new mystery lady in Burt's life from the boss man himself, Greg Garcia, and Dillahunt's on-screen wife, Virginia, played by Martha Plimpton. Seems like Virginia's got some close ties and a little history with Sedaris' character, too.

Just the word "nemesis" gives us happy chills that this will be another awesome role.


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7 Potential Norbits That Could Derail This Year’s Oscar Hopefuls

Unless you're unlikely contrarian Armond White, the Eddie Murphy comedy Norbit is best known for two things: being awful, and derailing Murphy's big chance to win an Oscar. When the movie came out in February 2007, Murphy was considered to be an awards-season front-runner for his recent work in Dreamgirls, yet his chances were lessened each time an Academy member had to suffer through yet another terrible ad, trailer, or poster for the upcoming Norbit; eventually, Alan Arkin walked away with the Best Supporting Actor trophy Murphy might have nabbed if he had chosen his follow-up a little more wisely. Do any of this year's potential Oscar nominees have their own Norbits waiting in the wings? Let's take a look.

Geoffrey Rush, The Warrior's Way
A very heady week is coming up for Geoffrey Rush. On November 26, the Weinstein Company will release its Oscar front-runner The King's Speech, a traditional piece of awards bait that's expected to make Rush a Best Supporting Actor candidate. Seven days later, Relativity Media's The Warrior's Way will debut, and it's an utterly insane-looking green-screen action movie where a dessicated Rush (wearing a cowboy hat and an unlikely accent) gets the centerpiece line, "Ninjas. Damn." It's the role David Carradine was born to play!

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ol they got the name of Natalie's film (which proves Black Sawn is a fluke) wrong. The Adam Sandler one looks cute
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Well...I Guess This Is One Way To Promote Safe Sex

This summer, Japanese singer GACKT finally completed his Europe and Asian wide YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz tour at Zepp Tokyo. The rocker has officially announced that this special swimsuit concert will be available on DVD this February 11, 2011.

The Three editions for the concert DVD will be a Limited Edition Jacket A, Regular Edition Jacket B, and a mu-mo Shop Exclusive Edition Jacket M. The Limited Edition will come with two edits of the concert; an Audience edit on DVD and a Standard edit on microSD. It will also come packaged with a special "magnum condom"... For reasons that probably only make sense to GACKT himself.


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Breakout Top Model Post!

River Viiperi has been modeling for barely a year and already, after walking for Calvin Klein and a ton of other huge designers, he has become one of the most in-demand sought-after male models! Most recently he's been featured in an avant-garde shoot by noted fashion photographer Dimitris Theocharis titled "THEONES2WATCH!"


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People's Top Ten Celeb Quotes of the Week!


"You ruined my life…You got people chanting [Coco], and now my kids…call me Coco instead of Daddy, which enrages me."

– Conan O'Brien, blaming Tom Hanks for starting the Coco craze, on his new late-night show

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Battle : Los Angeles Trailer

The full trailer for Battle : Los Angeles is out! The movie revolves around a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon's battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles. The movie is presented as an intense real-time war movie from the perspective of the Marines. It has been described by some as "Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day". The movie stars Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, and Michelle Rodriguez and is directed by Jonathan Liebsman.

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Teen Mom Farrah Abrahms Responds To Child Abuse


Amid claims she left her daughter Sophia at a child care facility for 12 hours a day and sometimes up to seven times a week, Teen Mom Farrah Abrahms has chosen to speak out to, declaring: "I would never forget my daughter."

Childcare worker Brittney Scheer, a licensed provider in Council Bluffs, Iowa, who looked after the tot for nine months, says the first she met the 19-year-old single mom she "showed me the diaper bag and went out the door".

"I'd have Sophia virtually all day, every day," Scheer told OK! Magazine. "Farrah left the baby with me to run errands and shoot MTV -- and sometimes she'd forget to come get her."

But now, for the first time, Farrah is opening up about the hit show that has launched her from obscurity to fame and is staunchly defending her parenting.

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A flawless being talks to Vogue about her family, her work, and her new film

Angelina Jolie is explaining why she took the role of Elise Clifton-Ward, the woman of mystery who captivates Johnny Depp in The Tourist, which opens this month. It’s because she plans things. “I was looking for a very short thing to do before Brad started filming [Moneyball],” she says. “And I said I needed something that shoots not too long, in a nice location for my family. Somebody said there’s a script that’s been around, and it shoots in Venice and Paris. And I said, ‘Is it a character I haven’t played before?’ And they said, ‘Yes, it’s a lady.’ ” She laughs.

Sitting opposite one of the world’s most notorious beauties is an experience that requires some processing. Impressions: (1) She has a seriously filthy laugh. (2) She is graceful, straight-backed, head held high. (3) Her photogenic beauty is mesmerizing in real life. Which is quite disturbing, because it makes you “gaze and gaze” (to borrow Nancy Mitford’s phrase from Love in a Cold Climate). Women who can hypnotize people just by sitting and breathing have a spooky power. Like Princess Diana (though she was not as beautiful as Angelina). I asked her producer, Graham King, at one point if he found the beauty distracting. He said, “In The Tourist?” Me: “On her face!” King: “Oh! One hundred percent.”

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Tom Cruise And Katy Holmes Too Extravagant With Suri?

Being a parent isn’t easy for anyone. Constantly trying to get it right, struggling to make ends meet, work, bills, responsibilities...the pressure is endless... But is being Hollywood celebrity parents any easier?

Tom Cruise (48) and his wife Katy Holmes (31) are two such Hollywood celebrity parents, but could it be that they are being a trifle too extravagant with their only child?

Pictured is their little angel, four year old Suri Cruise, who is known for being a little fashionista in her own right and often photographed wearing expensive designer clothes, with accessories including heels and handbags….. with both her parents being in absolute agreement that their mini-princess of the tiny designer fashion world should “wear whatever she wants.”

There is no getting away from it Suri Cruise is very sweet especially in her gorgeous designer Dolce & Gabanna red silky jacket which is part of their Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 collection and costs £579, but the collection also features a black fur coat for little girls with a price tag of £1,300…

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But like her dad Tom Cruise explains…..

“Whatever Suri wants to wear….. she wears it!”


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Die, Phone Book, Die

These days your fingers are likely walking on iPad touchscreens, not dead tree pages. After a decade of obsolescence, the local phone directory is finally getting the chop as states wise up to reality.

When was the last time you looked anything up in the phone book? No, I can't remember, either. In which case, it is excellent news that the White Pages, a Brobdingnagian exercise in paper, chemical, and energy waste, is to be pensioned off. Sent to the great hamster cage in the sky. Ripped in two by twirly-moustachioed men in leopardskin leotards (and then borne off to the great hamster cage in the sky.)

This month, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania approved Verizon's request to put the kibosh on the WPs, and Virginia should be next in line, making a total of 15 states who have either nixed or are trying to nix the directories. Between 2005 and 2008, usage of these doorstops/booster seats/aides for short actors fell from 25 to 11%. Imagine what the rate must be as we approach 2011.

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Hubby and that random chick he was cheating on me with finally split up

Marvin Humes
has reportedly broken up with girlfriend Rochelle Wiseman.

The JLS hunk and The Saturdays singer, 21, are thought to have ended things because they had little time for one another because of their busy schedules. 

'Marv and Rochelle have decided to go their separate ways,' a source tells The Sun.

'Their work commitments mean they hardly see each other. It was a mutual decision to call time, they were like ships passing in the night.'

Marvin, 25, and Rochelle started dating in March and moved in together at his west London flat in July.

They haven't sorted out what they'll do about their living arrangements yet.

JLS' new single Love You More is released on Monday.

Their second album Outta This World is out on November 22.


He confirmed it on twitter too. They really broke up because I just found out about it the other day and gave him an ultimatum. Glad he chose well. Brb makeup sex.

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'30 Rock' recap: Butt of the Joke

Last night's 30 Rock, "Brooklyn Without Limits," made a complete mockery of the Tea Party and liberal hipster doofus espresso-heads who think Urban Outfitters is 'zing. Virtually anyone could find a way to be offended...or they could just "do the right thing" and laugh! But let's be honest: The episode was really all about Liz Lemon's ass. Those new jeans made her look like a Mexican sports reporter! I'm ASS-uming the first shot, in the mirror, was an ass double (prompting her to ask "Is that really me?") but the rest was 100% Pure Lemon. From the back to the middle and around again..."Back it up, back it up, drop it like it's hot. I will haunt your dreams."

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Demi Lovato Reaches Out to Her Birth Dad From Rehab

Is rehab the new venue for healing fractured family ties?

First, Lindsay Lohan and her estranged father Michael reconnected through the venue of the Betty Ford Center, and now, Radar Online reports, Disney princess Demi Lovato has re-established contact with her birth father, Patrick Lovato, from her undisclosed treatment facility.

The elder Lovato tells Radar that his 18-year-old daughter, with whom he's shared a strained, distant relationship over the years, called him from treatment, and the news is good:

"Demi’s doing great, she’s such a strong girl...She told me she loved me, she really loves her daddy....She told me she’s getting better.”

News broke that Demi had entered treatment on November 1, following a reported altercation with a female backup dancer on the Camp Rock 2 tour, which she subsequently dropped out of. And though, since her biological father came out of obscurity to comment on her daughter's situation, there have been some strong words of caution from Disney, that's apparently not stopping him—or Demi—from mending their relationship.

Do you think that it's good for Demi to be reaching out to her estranged father in her time of need, or does that just create a further complication that might impede her recovery?


An orgasm of awesome people join new Muppet film!

I wasn’t quite sure if I could be any more excited about the new Muppet movie than I already am. After all, it was written by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), who's starring in it as well. Amy Adams is his love interest (not to mention the lovely, lovely Rashida Jones) and Chris Cooper is the bad guy. Besides the usual adorable gang of Muppets (including a new one, Walter!), Zach Galifianakis makes an appearance. I’m already trying to buy my ticket and now my excitement has reached a new (almost unhealthy) level as Slash Film reports that Paul Rudd, Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, and Danny Trejo are all joining the cast.

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X Factor gang are 'not worthy' of Harry Potter

The X Factor gang hit the red carpet for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere but say they did not feel worthy of all the attention they recieved from the crowds.

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'X Factor' coach: 'Acts need swagger'

X Factor vocal coach Savan Kotecha has said that he tries to give contestants "swagger" on stage.

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'X Factor' Wagner accused of groping female

X Factor star Wagner Carrilho has been accused of groping a 61-year-old, just weeks before he appeared on the ITV1 show.

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Teri Hatcher takes her ex-husband to court

Teri Hatcher has been divorced since 2003, but she's still taking ex-husband Jon Tenney to court. The "Desperate Housewives" star wants a judge to decide which parent will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with their daughter Emerson Rose.

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Teri Hatcher Talks her Return to Smallville

Teri Hatcher is no stranger to the Superman mythos.

The 45-year-old actress' first leading role was the dynamic Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane on ABC's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which ran from 1993 to 1997.

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Matt Damon continues to be amazing, loves the environment, etc, etc

Is it me, or is Matt Damon the busiest guy in America? He’s got two movies (Hereafter and True Grit) out this fall, he devotes much of his time to the charity he co-founded (, and as of last month, he’s got four daughters. Recently, Damon put aside some time to talk to EW about all the things that are keeping him plenty busy — but plenty passionate — at the moment.


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Dr. Drew, Gene Simmons, Cindy McCain, Tom Bergeron, Slash, Dave Navaro and others join together in an anti-bullying message from the NOH8 campaign.

From the Associated Press:
Cindy McCain splits with husband on gay policy

WASHINGTON -- Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, is speaking out against the ban on gays serving openly in the military while her husband is working to maintain it.

In a celebrity-filled anti-bullying video, Mrs. McCain says "government treats the (gay) community like second-class citizens" and gives permission to bullies by continuing policies that discriminate. Mrs. McCain says religious and political leaders tell young gays and lesbians "that they have no future."

Sen. McCain has blocked repeal of the so-called "don't ask, don't tell policy." The House and a Senate committee have approved the repeal. The Arizona lawmaker says he wants to review a Pentagon study before moving forward.

I'm really happy to see Cindy McCain in this video.
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Natalie Portman Screenplay Getting Shopped

EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman goes sapphic with Mila Kunis in the upcoming "Black Swan." Now she's getting her racy on in a different way.

For the past few weeks, Portman and college friend Laura Moses have been shopping to Hollywood studios a ribald comedy that they have written, said two studio executives who've read the script.

The project, called "BYO" (for Bring Your Own), concerns two very different twentysomething women who, after finding themselves unlucky in love, decide to throw a party to which each female attendee brings an eligible bachelor. The executives who've read the script describe it as a female-themed "Superbad."

Portman would star as one of the female leads and produce the movie, and the studio executives said they'd been told Anne Hathaway has expressed interest in the second lead role.

The project, which has been passed on by several Hollywood studios, could still get made via either a studio or, more likely, via independent financing. Representatives for Hathaway and Portman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Portman, who has never previously written a movie, graduated from more buttoned-down roles with her pole-dancing turn in 2004's "Closer." "Black Swan" sees her going back to that territory: In the film (which premiered in Los Angeles on Thursday night and opens Dec. 3), she plays a repressed ballerina who lets her hair down in a much-touted scene involving Ecstasy, a rave and sex with Kunis' character.

Now, apparently, she's adding a Judd Apatow notch to her belt, too.

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Kanye Cancels Today Show Performance; Remains Flawless

Kanye West has canceled a scheduled performance on NBC’s Today show in the wake of his unpleasant interview with Matt Lauer. “I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons,” the rapper tweeted early this morning. “I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of ‘the set up.’…I blatantly said I’m not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance….Do you guys see what I’m saying now?”

West was widely expected to back out of the performance after airing his concerns with Lauer’s interviewing techniques. “I don’t hate Matt Lauer,” he added on Twitter today. “We don’t promote hate. That’s the whole point!!! I promote love and truth!…All positive energy … all smiles. Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show. I accept ya’ll future apology in advance LOL!”


Out magazine's 2010 Out 100

Out magazine just released their annual list of the 100 gay, lesbian, bi, and trans people of the year. This year they've got Ricky Martin, Johnny Weir, Julianne Moore (an LGBT ally), Rachel Maddow, and Nate Berkus on the cover.

They chose three different themes all loosely centered around celebration (Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Stonewall Riots, and Studio 54) and the images are gorgeous. Others included in the portfolio are Chris Colfer, Michael Stipe, RuPaul's Drag Race winner Tyra Sanchez, The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko, Disney studio head Rich Ross, Nathan Lane, and Meredith Baxter. I put some pics and a few videos below but there are lots lots more at

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Excitation builds for Wheaton's 'Big Bang' recurrence

Imagine that The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) did invent time travel and took a little trip back to 1987, when actor Wil Wheaton was just getting started as wunderkind Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Would Sheldon have picked up on the evil bubbling just beneath the surface of the unitard-clad cherub? Might our anal-retentive physicist have tried to stop the teen actor before he grew up to become his arch nemesis, Evil Wil Wheaton, the Khan to his Kirk, the Q to his Picard?


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The Most Successful Child Stars

Fame at any age can be difficult to deal with, but some celebrities were able to navigate the tricky trappings of a life in entertainment despite getting introduced to them as kids. has compiled a list of the hottest Hollywood stars who were able to keep their heads straight long enough to enjoy careers as adults.


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Since stealing scenes at 10 years old in "Remember the Titans," Hayden Panettiere continues to enjoy a bustling career.

From 2006 to 2010 she starred as the bubbly cheerleader on "Heroes" and she's also had cinematic success with films like 2009's "I Love You, Beth Cooper."

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A lot were missing from this list, in my opinion.


Nicki Minaj's 'Pink Friday Diaries'

Nicki Minaj has started posting Pink Friday Diaries on her Facebook fan-page talking about songs on her debut album out November 22nd, below are 3 entries.

Pink Friday Diaries kicks off today. A daily song by song countdown: "I'm the best" is the intro to my album. It chronicles my journey from underground rapper to border-line mainstream artist. It speaks about the doubters in my life and it speaks about overcoming every challenge I was ever faced with. It's a toast to the girls who've gone hard. Who've been told they'd never make it. It's also the only song where I speak about my family and childhood. Though hard to speak about at times, it's necessary for my healing process. #itsPinkFridayHoe ;)

Pink Friday Diaries: "Did it on'em": This track follows Roman's Revenge on the album and is a ball of cocky arrogant diva bitchy insanity! Sometimes u just wanna "SHIT on'em" lol. This arrogance comes only when u mix the cute ghetto girl with the queen of England. Lol.

Pink Friday Diaries: "FLY" is one of my absolute faves. I wanted to work with Rihanna for a long time. I'm very proud of her accomplishments ; especially since she was born on an island like me :). This song is a female empowerment song. But then again, its not specific to just women. It speaks about flying, soaring high in the face of every single solitary adversity that comes your way. I speak about how the media has attempted to box me in and how that has made me feel suffocated. After years of being dragged thru the mud, I've mustered up the courage to re-define myself. I believe that I represent an entire generation. My fans have become my family ; and together we have become a movement. Get ready for it. We came to win.

Listen to the Deluxe Edition snippets of Pink Friday HERE.

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Because it's been too long between Christina Hendricks posts

CLAIM: Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss “Hate Each Other”

“Forget ‘Mad Men’! The ’60s-themed TV series has spawned two very Mad Women!” begins a piece in this week’s National Enquirer.

According to the tab, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks “are feuding over screen time and top billing on the AMC show,” which stars Jon Hamm as ad man Don Draper.

The Enquirer claims Moss is “none too pleased” that she was “hired as the female lead, but after four seasons, Christina has emerged as the sexy break-out star.”

So how bad is the blood allegedly between the two lovely ladies?

“They absolutely hate each other,” says an Enquirer source.

That same so-called insider is quoted as saying, “Christina has made in known that she considers herself the lead actress of the show now… She told a friend, ‘It’s Jon and me that people are talking about, not Elisabeth.”

Wow, this sounds almost as dramatic as the show itself.

And as scripted…

Nevertheless, a Gossip Cop pal, who spends plenty of time on the “Mad Men” set, tells us “Elisabeth and Christina are great friends,” and that the Enquirer’s story “couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Follow @GossipCop on Twitter for accurate celebrity news!
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Oh, I'm Russell Brand! Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. I'm so in love. Bullshit, bullshit...

Look at us, so freakin happy. Grinning ear to flippin ear we is.

Russell Brand is staying tight-lipped about the details of his wedding last month to Katy Perry, but he's happy to discuss the cosmic repercussions of falling in love.

"Eventually, I think you find a spiritual and emotional connection with someone, and I think it unifies you with everyone else," the comedian told the British TV show Loose Women.

"I think if you love one person, it makes you love everyone. That's how I feel now."

While Brand, 35, was not as forthcoming about his nuptials in India, he did wish to clear one thing up: He did not get Perry, 26, a tiger for a wedding gift.

"You don't give people tigers. That would be stupid and dangerous," he said. "The tiger won't like it. The only place I want to see a tiger is on a packet of Frosties, nowhere else."

Asked about his first dance, he replied: "We did a special dance. It was just a normal wedding. Everyone gets all worked up about showbiz and celebrity, but it was just a normal marriage."


Ugh, Russ, you need to get some OPP and stop with this one ho bullshit. Honestly, the only good thing that came out of this relationship is Katy writing Teenage Dream and this super-mega-awesome-foxy-hot mofo covering it.

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"In the new Us Weekly (out now), Teen Mom star Amber Portwood opens up about recently having her 2-year-old daughter Leah taken away by Child Protective Services and placed with her ex-fiance, Gary Shirley.

Child Protective Services agreed it was safer for her to stay at Gary's because of all the photographers outside my house," says Portwood, 20, whose now-infamous physical attack on her ex led to a domestic abuse investigation by police in her Anderson, Ind., hometown.

Portwood -- who is currently taking meds to cope with anxiety and depression -- tells Us Weekly being away from her girl "is the lowest of the low. Every night she's been saying, 'Where's Mommy?'""


OMG ONTD!!! WE DID IT!!! Although according to her, it's not because she' s a bad mom..... just because she's too famous!! LOLZ.  

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JK Rowling interview from 1999 released

CBS released a 60 Minutes interview with JK Rowling from 1999 that provides some new insight and information on the phenomenon of Harry Potter back when it was first gaining momentum!

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Highlights from the interview:

  • She picked her agent initially because she liked his name
  • She used to collect names of plants that "sounded Witchy" and used the book "Culpepper's Complete Herbal" as inspiration for names like "Hogwarts" and "Gillyweed"
  • She loves seeing her books well loved and well used and encouraged fans to not be embarrassed of cracking the spines -- "crack the spine and read it cause that's what it's there for"
  • "There is nothing that compares to the velocity of the success of Harry Potter." - Children's book editor of the NY Times
  • At the time in 1999, Harry Potter had been published in 26 languages and 140 countries
  • She did not write the first book on napkins; she did in fact, write it on paper.
  • Rowling has had all seven Harry Potter books "meticulously planned" and outlined since the beginning, before even being published.
  • Rowling views the novels as one long book that she broke up for the sake of the readers.
  • Based Hermione off herself: "She is really annoying. I think I was really annoying when I was eleven. I loosened up a lot as I got older - a lot - and Hermione will too."
  • "I'm writing Book 4 at the moment... and it's the first time you see their hormones kick in. Girls! Finally he's realized there are girls!"
  • Denied a company the rights to use Harry Potter to help sell margarine.

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JK Rowling: As someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.


Enter to Win All Sorts of Magical ‘Harry Potter’ Goodies from NextMovie

With the opportunity to finally see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ just days away — it’s out on Nov. 19, in case you forgot — to say we’re excited might be the understatement of the year.

Seriously, have you been keeping up with our 20 Days of Potter?! But, still, it’s not enough.

Sure, we’re spending QT on the movie’s official site, plotting to tune into ABC Family for “Harry Potter” weekend from Nov. 11-14 and planning to line up bright and early to experience the first half of the penultimate movie in IMAX, but, still, there’s something missing.

Oh yeah, gear!

Lucky for you, we’re giving away all kinds of magical ”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ stuff. And this time, we’ll have a total of six lucky winners!

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Your Daily Dose of Darren

Note: Stupid article is stupid but it's been hours since we had a Darren post and I think we are all experiencing collective withdrawal.

Glee’s newest cast member is no stranger to the show! Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, Kurt’s openly gay private school mentor, actually auditioned two and a half years ago for the Fox hit before it was even made. Finally, the 23-year-old actor got his break two episodes ago when Kurt considered transferring to an all-boys academy. Now we are just waiting to see if Blaine will be Kurt’s love interest!

Here are six things we didn’t know about Darren (assuming you've been living under a rock and/or are the biological child of Captain Obvious):

* He originally auditioned for the role of Finn.

* He graduated from the University of Michigan.

* He’s straight — though growing up, he was into girly things like musical theater. (Umm, what?)

* He is a San Francisco native.

* His YouTube videos “A Very Potter Musical” and “A Very Potter Sequel” have more than 25 million hits collectively!

* He went to an all-boys high school.

And here’s a bonus for you: He auditioned for Blaine with an a cappella version of “Baby One More Time.”


I think we officially need a Darren Criss tag. Just sayin'.

Okay girls, gays and the sexually confused football players, fap away.


Weezy is wasting no time getting back to his regularly scheduled lifestyle. He was spotted at last night’s Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat basketball game, of course he had Drake, Birdman, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, & Mack Maine right by his side. Courtside seats go for $12,000 - pocket change to these cats.

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omg flawless. greatest rapper alive, greatest live performer alive, greatest panty sniffer alive all together <3 I CAN'T
i love how chris brown is like the distant member of young money. he should just join already tbh
only thing missing this time around are some kisses from nicki


Nicki Minaj: The Billboard Cover Story

On the surface, Nicki Minaj is a cartoon: a vivacious, va-va-va-voom 26-year-old girly girl with a fondness for silly voices, hip-hugging Barbie-doll costumes, anime facial expressions and day-glo accessories.

 But three years ago, Minaj, born Onika Maraj and raised in Jamaica, Queens, was just another tough, street-wise, potty-mouthed chick who couldn't keep a job.

 "The last job I had was as an office manager in a little, tiny room where I literally wanted to strangle this guy because he was so loud and obnoxious," Minaj recalls. "I would go home with stress pains in my neck and my back. That's when I went to my mother and said, 'Look, I'm not going back to work.' I'd been fired like 15 times because I had a horrible attitude. I worked at Red Lobster before that and I chased a customer out of the restaurant once so I could stick my middle finger up at her and demand that she give me my pen back. I swear to God I was bad."

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TLC Orders Real Housewives Knockoff Set In Alabama

You know what the world doesn't have enough of? Reality shows featuring a handful of women going about their everyday lives.

So thank goodness TLC has ordered a limited run of a new "docu-series" which sounds suspiciously like our favorite housewives franchise on Bravo. The Real Housewives of Alabama -- or Bama Belles, as TLC is calling it -- stars five ladies from rural Dothan, Alabama (population: around 58K at last count in 2003). OK, so maybe it's not so Real Housewives after all.

Set to premiere Dec. 5 at 10 p.m., the BBC-produced show focuses on five women struggling to balance their families, careers and relationships, according to Variety.

"Bama Belles is exploring a group of women, a city and a life that we think our viewers will really connect to," said TLC production/development senior VP Nancy Daniels. "TLC is taking a real look at the southern lifestyle of these women in a relatable and fun way."

The cast, ranging in age from 24 to 39, includes a radio personality/real estate developer; an ex-beauty queen; an Army reservist and an internet entrepreneur originally from New York. TLC has ordered three hour-long episodes to start.

On a side note, we can't help but wonder if the folks who did Southern Belles (a Louisville,Ky.-based snoozefest that aired on SoapNet a few years back) have anything to do with this. If so, we'll take a pass. Better luck to you, 'Bama babes.


Small town? TLC? I think this will be boring, but I will watch to see anyways.
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The First BURLESQUE Review is Here!

Burlesque...Cher and Christina Aguilera shine

When Hollywood does song and dance movies badly you get Glitter. When it does it right you get Flashdance and Footloose. Hollywood's latest is Burlesque. Equal parts Chicago and a Pussycat Dolls show, Burlesque reminds us that T&A doesn't have to be shown to be sexy.

Burlesque's story is a bit Showgirls-esque. Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world (hey that's Journey, that is Journey), she took the mid-day bus going to Hollywood (ok that's just Welcome to the Jungle). But where Showgirls is Razzie-tastic, Burlesque has great performances from its stars and supporting cast.

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blind item

Many people celebrate a birthday with a big party, and this young actress is no exception. It started out with dinner with family and friends. Then dancing and drinking. Everyone was having a good time, and all the fun was legal. The evening wore on and the grown ups went home. Our young star starting inhaling lots of white powder. She then went back to the hotel for a private after-party party. For just her and two guests. At the same time. One female and one male. Yes, our girl is bisexual and she wanted a special gift for her birthday. The female was an underage actress she has worked and played with in the past, and the male was just a random cute guy at the party. Our girl is shockingly hardcore for someone so young. She loves threesomes, girl-on-girl, and the back door… and she is aware that all of this is on film. Her bosses have recently become aware that this film exists, and if it goes public, she is so totally getting fired from her current gig.

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Deathly Hallows epilogue reshoots confirmed.

LONDON - There have been many stories about the last day of shooting the decade old "Harry Potter" saga, but stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson revealed to a surprised press corps that's their time together is far from over.

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Radcliffe, who plays the iconic wizard, was asked to discuss the film's important and emotional epilogue which paparazzi had caught being filmed at King's Cross station in London. The actor sort of laughed and replied, "Partly pointless to [discuss it] since we are re-shooting parts of it"

Following up, it appears the production had more difficultly shooting such a momentous scene in a real location than expected. Any reshoot is strictly about getting the moment as right as possible back at the franchise's home, Leavesden Studios."

"We are re-shooting some parts of it," Radcliffe confirms. "It was an interesting one. I think we made it very hard on ourselves because we shot it at King's Cross for real. And this time we'll be shooting it at Leavesden on set. To have to rush that sequence and it's an important sequence, is not something any of us want to do.

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Ryan Kwanten and Isabel Lucas for The Gap Holiday Ads

Aussie actors Ryan Kwanten and Isabel Lucas are featured in Gap’s holiday 2010 campaign and has your first look!

Also joining the pair in the ad campaign are model Lauren Bush, Community’s Donald Glover, Foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai, and Broadway’s Spider-Man Reeve Carney.

The diverse mix of artists, dancers, actors, musicians and entrepreneurs are opening up about their personal causes in video vignettes now playing on Gap’s Facebook fan page.

Gap will donate $1 to a charity each time a person likes one of the videos
, so start liking!

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The Gap is clean and classic; haters keep shopping at Aeropostale.
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"NIKITA" #1.10 Preview, Devon Sawa Returns + New Love Interest

DARK MATTER - Thursday, December 2

NIKITA IS CAPTURED BY THE C.I.A. -- Owen (guest star Devon Sawa) leaks secret information from Division&rsquo;s black boxes to the media, revealing that the U.S. Government was responsible for an assassination in Chile. As a result, Percy (Xander Berkeley) frames a C.I.A. agent, Ryan (guest star Noah Bean, "Damages") for the crime. Nikita (Maggie Q) and Owen go to Chile to rescue Ryan from mercenaries and in doing so end up getting captured. Nikita reveals the secrets of Division to Ryan in an effort to save all of their lives. Back inside Division, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) spies on Percy and Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) and witnesses a side to Percy she has never seen before. Shane West, Tiffany Hines and Ashton Holmes also star.

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Did you watch last night's episode? It was so heartbreaking!
Film - The Old Guard

Q&A - Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon, aka The Really, Really Poor Man's S1!Sawyer)

Well, since interviews with everyone else from this damn cast have been posted--

The star of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Cliffhanger discusses his tendency toward "bad guy" roles and describes wearing leather in 130-degree heat.

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It's kinda weird they didn't ask about the character's racism/sexism--or his fate by the end of the ep--but still, NORMAN REEDUS! Boondock Saints + zombies = FUCK YEAH! (Still mad at you about Rubicon, AMC.)

Someone Grades DRAKE, 50 CENT, KANYE WEST & MORE

  • "Trey [Songz], 1 to 10, I'm thinking, I want to be fair," Hilson told Funkmaster Flex. "I like Trey, he looks good, sex appeal, on point, give him like, a seven. That's a good number for girls...I might give him a seven, eight. I like Trey, he's creeping on up -- J. Cole, he's talented --are all these guys on here high yellow because I like chocolate. He's not my type. He's tall, give him like a five, six.
  • Usher is definitely up there. I would give Usher like a nine.
  • I'm thinking...Kanye [West], the creativity puts him so far up, is he taller than me? I think a lot of girls would rate him pretty high. I would give him a nine.
  • John Legend, he seems like a man -- I would give John Legend a seven.
  • 50 [Cent], not my type. I'm gonna start off with he's not my type. He's a five. My type is chocolate, tall, some sort of athleticism.
  • Drake, high yellow one. He's very sensitive. It's hard to rate him, I think I might hurt his feelings if I say something about...That's why ladies 'eff' with him so much. He seems very in touch with himself -- one to ten, probably a six.
  • Lil Wayne, I love Wayne, he's very creative. He does have a lot of kids -- I don't know if I could deal with that. It seems like one big happy family, he's such a rock star...Wayne is up there. He's like a seven.

it's qt how the interviewer gave her the impression anyone cares what she thinks

go turn on your tub

Ok, this is getting ridiculous

Cher Talks About Chaz's Sex Change, Calls Him A Lesbian

Cher sat down with David Letterman Thursday night and talked about her daughter-turned-son, Chaz, who completed gender reassignment surgery earlier this year.

"The day that we talked about it, really talked about it seriously, I said, 'If you have to do this you just have to do it,'" she said. "I wasn't always able to be quite as calm through the process, but that day I was so calm, and just thought, 'This is what has to happen.'"

Cher also said she considers Chaz a lesbian, even though he has described his relationship with his girlfriend as heterosexual.

"She was a lesbian - she still is - but it's not the same now," Cher said. "She has a beautiful girlfriend. But it's not the same thing as being a homosexual, you feel as if you're in the wrong body."

Cher used female pronouns throughout the interview and recently admitted that she still sometimes slips up and calls Chaz a girl.


I know it's an adjustment and everything but COME ON GET IT TOGETHER CHER. Also, there's a shorter video at the source but it won't embed
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Any excuse for a Mila Kunis post

Mila Kunis: No Tequila Was Involved in Black Swan Sex Scene

While the industry and early audiences alike are abuzz with stories of her graphic (and sapphic) love scene with Black Swan costar Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis has just one word to describe reports that alcohol was involved: "False!"

"There was no tequila! Not sure where that rumor came from, but it's false," she told PEOPLE at the AFI Fest 2010 presented by Audi Closing Night Gala Thursday. "I don't think we could have done that scene if we were intoxicated."

While "that scene" may not have required the aid of lime and salt, both Portman and Kunis (who are are close friends off-screen) say it wasn't the only hurdle overcome to make the film.

She adds: "They're never comfortable, same-sex, opposite-sex, it's never comfortable." Not to mention, both Portman and Kunis underwent rigorous ballet training and body transformations for the film.

"I started a year ahead of time," Portman, who claims she developed longer arms and better posture, says of her dance training, "and by the end I was doing eight hours a day."

Kunis says she "lost 20 lbs." and "looked like Gollum from Lord of the Rings! ... Everything was just protruding."


X Factor favourite Matt Cardle leaves millions heartbroken

He's acquired millions of (mostly female) fans since he started on the X Factor.

But this morning, Matt Cardle has left his female fanbase heartbroken after it was revealed he is dating the show's stylist Grace Woodward.
The 27-year-old singer is said to have started a secret relationship with Britain's Next Top Model judge Woodward, and the pair have been spotted kissing and cuddling backstage.

And Woodward, 33, is so fond of Cardle that she has even given him a nickname... Matt Cuddles.

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The Vampire Diaries #2.10 "The Sacrifice"

Episode Stills & Sneak Peeks

#2.10 SYNOPSIS: Jeremy makes a dangerous mistake — Elena decides to take matters into her own hands and offers a tempting incentive to Rose for her help. When things take an unexpected turn, however, Rose calls on Damon to deal with the plan Elena has set in motion. Jeremy’s reckless attempt to help Bonnie retrieve the moonstone lands him in a life-threatening position and forces Stefan to put himself in danger. Bonnie and Luka form a closer connection. Tyler shows Caroline the Lockwood cellar, where she makes a discovery that leaves them both terrified.

Episode airs Thursday, December 2nd.

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omg fuck you, 3 week hiatus :(

*OBLIG: yes, it's worth watching.

X Factor Matt Cardle had priveleged upbringing, denies dating show stylist.

X Factor's Matt Cardle has had a privileged middle class upbringing, claim tabloid reports.

The Essex singer, who was introduced to ITV1 viewers as a down-on-his-luck painter and decorator, is being falsely portrayed, according to the Daily Star.

Cardle apparently went to a £15,000-a-year boarding school and was raised in a £500,000 four-bedroom home in the village of Maplestead.

The report also claims that Cardle attended a £500-a-week drama college called Lights Music Action.

It is alleged that Cardle's image is being closely monitored by the show because Simon Cowell suspects he could win the competition.


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Sometimes you’ve got to do the right thing even when the wrong thing is a whole lot easier, Emmy voters — and I’m talking about which “Jane” you vote for come nominations season. It’s Jane Lynch whose snippiness on Glee was rewarded this year, but it cannot be denied that Jane Krakowski has sold the hell out of Jenna Maroney’s brilliant idiocy on 30 Rock all season long, culminating last night with some of her finest one-liners yet. Let’s review the reasons this Tony winner deserves an Emmy (and therefore greater EGOT potential).

Like all characters in the diagnosable 30 Rock spectrum, Jenna boils down to a type: the narcissistic starlet with a grubby sexual history and an apathy for, say, all things that actually matter. But Krakowski infuses Jenna’s unself-awareness with vim, spot-on timing, and delirious sincerity. When she complimented Liz Lemon on her new jeans and swore “to Kabbalah monster” that she was serious, Krakowski not only beat Jane Lynch at her quippy shtick, but she did the work of three different Glee characters, combining Sue Sylvester’s timing, Rachel’s shallow perkiness, and Brittany’s blockheadedness. Simply put: She’s the most dynamic supporting actress in comedy today, a fiercely crafted hellcat we haven’t seen the likes of since Roseanne’s Aunt Jackie. She makes it look easy. Moronically easy.

She sustained her hilarity throughout the episode. Jenna panicked at the thought of Tracy’s Golden Globe chances (“I talked about your movie with my therapist last week for 20 hours,” she deadpanned), schemed to impress the Hollywood Foreign Press (“I should get a chafing dish and fill it with my underwear in case some Saudi guys show up,” she sputtered) and found herself touched by Tracy’s acting skills (“That movie gave me drunk-in-the-bathtub face”). After three seasons of almost upsetting punchy comedy, isn’t it time this impromptu balladeer (and David Blaine ex) earned her place among the great caricatures in Emmy history? She deserves something for sleeping with Roseanne and Tom Arnold. (“That was two years ago.”)

X Factor: A week in the life of...


Sunday 5.30pm

Treyc Cohen is about to be turfed off, but work has already begun on next week’s show. Judges are given a list of songs to choose from, then they brief choreographer Brian Friedman about their ‘vision’ of the chosen song.

‘Simon Cowell will say “I want it to be a big dance number” ’ says Brian. ‘Louis Walsh often says: “Go all the way Brian, make it big.” ’

On stage, the contestants are all smiles and best of friends. but back at home, a secluded £3.5million Spanish-style mansion in Arkley, near Barnet, Wagner is driving the house mad. He gets up at 5am to ­practise his martial arts. He also sings extremely loudly.

Several rivals refuse to talk to Katie Waissel, fed up with her drama-queen antics. There is also a generational divide. Mary Byrne misses her home comforts while the younger ones, One Direction and Cher Lloyd, see it as one big party. No wonder Mary was off form last weekend. She complains of being kept up by the noise.


Move your body: The week begins with the choice of the contestant's song before choreographer Brian Friedman, seen here with Cher, talks the singers through their dance moves

Monday 9am

The contestants are working on their songs with vocal coach Savan Kotecha.

‘We’ll go through the songs, then they might go to choreography then back to singing,’ says Savan. ‘Mondays are for experimenting. The judges will call to say: “Let’s try this song. Will that work?”

‘We all give our opinion, but the final word is with the judges and the contestants.’


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Here come the girls: X Factor contestants including Cher, left, Katie, centre and Rebecca are in a bubble until they get kicked off the show




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Them Crooked Vultures Working On Second Album

Them Crooked Vultures, the band consisting of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), is planning to regroup in the near future to resume work on material for its second album.

Jones told the BBC 6 Music: "Some stuff we've worked on, but we're gonna write pretty quickly and just put it down... we may be a year or so [away from completing the CD]."

He added: "It will mainly be excess material from the first album, material we started and never finished because we had to go and play the stuff we already recorded!"

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New photos from Showtime's Shameless released

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Check out the first episode photos of the new Showtime Series SHAMELESS which will premiere Sunday, January 9th 2011 at 10 pm. These photos feature Joan Cusack who plays the role of Sheila, an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter who strikes up a special friendship with William H. Macy’s character, Frank Gallagher.

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Bow Wow: “Twitter Is Not a Diary”


While some celebrities are willing to put their whole lives online for an extension of their 15 minutes, Bow Wow doesn't want to be one of them.

The rapper went on the Joy Daily Show to express his regret over posting tweets last week that indicated he was suicidal. On Saturday, Bow Wow had tweeted, "I swear i be wishing I was dead sometimes. Because i feel like that's the only way ill (sic) get peace."

Soon after, Bow Wow admitted fault in the situation, telling Daily, "Twitter is not a diary."

Bow Wow recommended that other stars keep their private lives private, suggesting options other than unloading on Twitter. "Hold your emotions, punch a wall," he said. "Have a drink."

Despite his minor Twitter meltdown, Bow Wow hopes to better contain his emotions in the future. "We're still artists at the end of the day and there's a lot of things you've got to keep secret."

What do you think, ONTD? Do people say too much on Twitter?

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Chromeo - "Hot Mess" video + interview

Chromeo lay down the law in their new video for "Hot Mess," featuring a police sauna and synchronized swimming.

'Hot Mess' is taken from the album Business Casual, available to download from iTunes now: Video directed by Jérémie Rozan.

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Questionable style post: onesie edition

Another round up of style failures. Featuring stars (and I use that word loosely) out and about making questionable style choices.

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This GQMF does not approve of the fashion FAILS in this post.

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FFA claims a Win by getting Kodak to pull ads from Degrassi cause of trans character

The Florida Family Association (FFA) claimed another victory on Wednesday when David Caton announced that, after receiving e-mails from FFA members, Kodak pulled the plug on sponsoring “DeGrassi: The Next Generation” on Teen Nick. The FFA targeted DeGrassi due to, as Caton put it in an e-mail sent out on Oct. 27 to his supporters, the show “targets teens with gay propaganda and other immoral behavior.”
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Another Romeo & Juliet Movie Being Planned

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has completed its second book purchase in the last two days, acquiring Rebecca Serle's debut novel Rosaline for Shawn Levy to produce under his 21 Laps banner. (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber will adapt the novel, which provides a new way into the classic story of Romeo and Juliet. This is a contemporary version set in a high school, and the famed love story is told from the vantage point of Rosaline, the jilted ex-girlfriend of Romeo. The scribes wrote Pink Panther 2, on which Levy was executive producer.


My last post of the night, I promise.

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Karen Smith is Little Red Riding Hood. GQMF Gary Oldman makes a special appearance in the post too.

The latest edition of Entertainment Weekly yields two official photos from Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried. The actress co-stars with Max Irons and Gary Oldman, the latter playing what sounds like a "Witchfinder General" role out to rid Seyfried's village of evil. Of course, this being a take on Little Red Riding Hood, expect werewolves. "Orphan"'s David Leslie Johnson penned the script.

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What do you guys think? Do you think she looks like a good Red Riding Hood? Or just spam with Oldman. Whichever.


NBC goes full retard, might be moving 30 Rock to 10pm

After the current – and very low-rated – installment of The Apprentice ends its run, NBC could go with a three-hour block of comedies on Thursdays.

Sources told EW that the Peacock may shake up the lineup, with 30 Rock possibly moving to 10 p.m., to make way for the return of the critically-beloved Parks and Recreation and the new comedy Perfect Couples, which has been described as depicting “the misadventures of three engaging couples as they struggle to find out what makes the ideal relationship — and how to maintain it through humorous trial-and-error.” NBC’s other cult faves – The Office and Community - would likely remain in their timeslots, while Outsourced could go at 10:30 after 30 Rock. NBC would not comment, but the possibility of a lineup change certainly piqued the interest of the competing networks. Says one high powered suit, “They’ve got nothing to lose at this point."

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Jake and Anne praise each other, remain adorable while doing so

Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway interviewed for Love & Other Drugs. Jake talks about the secret world of Viagra sales. And they list five good things about the other.

-Anne has a giggle fit and can't breathe while Jake was telling how he got information from Viagra sales people
-Jake says Anne "makes some sweet sweet movie-luv" and that she ranks up in number one among his movie partners
-Anne says Jake is a really stand up, good guy and that he just gets better

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Hit songwriter Bonnie McKee to record solo album

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Is 25 too young for a comeback? For Bonnie McKee, the fire-haired singer/songwriter from Seattle, the transition from troubled 16-year-old pop singer to behind-the-scenes writing star has become a makeshift tale of redemption.

McKee is enjoying prolonged success due to writing credits on smash hits like Katy Perry's Billboard Hot 100-topping singles "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream" and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."

After being kicked out of private school eight weeks before finishing ninth grade, McKee brought her hopes of singing stardom to Los Angeles and triggered a bidding war between the heads of Interscope and Warner Bros.
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Disney Channel Preps First Musical Series

EXCLUSIVE: Call it High School Musical: the series. Or Glee with original music. Disney Channel is fast-tracking what is described as its most ambitious series yet. Tentatively titled Madison High, the single-camera comedy is still in development but preliminary casting has already begun and a formal pilot order is expected to follow. Just like HSM, Madison High employs the break-into-song-and-dance format to tell the stories about 11-16 year-olds navigating the school social hierarchy. It is set at Madison High, which is trying to build a revolutionary theatre program, and follows a pool of students who, by the end of the year, will have produced an original piece based on their lives. The Office alum Lester Lewis, who worked with Disney Channel on another music-driven single-camera comedy, Jonas L.A., is writing Madison High, which he is executive producing with Paul Hoen. Hoen, who has directed about a dozen Disney Channel original movies, most recently Camp Rock 2, as well as episodes for that many series, is set to direct the pilot when it is greenlit.

Disney Channel introduced the contemporary musical genre to a new generation of kids and tweens with the 2006 smash High School Musical, which spawned two sequels, one on TV and one on the big screen. HSM4 is in the works, and next year, spinoff Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure starring and executive produced by Ashley Tisdale, will premiere on the channel. Fox's Glee applied the break-into-song contemporary musical concept to the series format to huge success. Now Madison High is taking it one step further. Unlike Glee, which only features cover songs, it will stick to the HSM model with all-original music. The show will commission new songs while also featuring artists from Disney's music label. Disney Channel has already found success with music-themed comedies, including multi-camera hit Hannah Montana and the channel's promising new addition Shake It Up.

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Hollywood and War

 As happens every year around this time, the cable spectrum has been heavily laced with programming throughout the week commemorating Veterans Day.  HBO trundled out its full epic and brutal miniseries The Pacific for a one-day re-run broken up by the debut of the James Gandolfini-hosted documentary War Torn 1861-2010, a disturbing look at the psychological scars America’s soldiers have suffered in every conflict since The Civil War; The History Channel ran an all-day marathon of WW II in HD, sprinkling its commercial breaks for the week with commemorative spots; AMC ran a day of war movies like The Enemy Below (1957) and A Few Good Men (1992) under the umbrella, “Vets Best” ; and so on.


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At this time of remembrance for the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform, it is worth comparing that near-universal rejection of the country’s most recent conflict with the response to Hollywood’s grappling with its first war nearly a century ago.  It was, perhaps, the American movie industry – and its audience – and their most courageous…and their most honest.


This is only a BRIEF snippet of the whole article...its a great one for those interested in military history, etc. but not for the ONTD majority.

What are your favorite war films ONTD?

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Tricky Stewart on how Christina Aguilera can get her career back on track & other stuff.

Christina Aguilera's Bionic met with disappointing sales this summer, but producer-songwriter Christopher “Tricky” Stewart is convinced she’ll be back on top soon enough. “It just seemed like the timing was a little bit off and things got a little bit out of sync for her on that project,” says Stewart, who worked on several Bionic tracks and went on to serve as executive music consultant for Aguilera’s upcoming movie Burlesque (out Nov. 24). “This film is going to bring her right back where she needs to be. When she starts to focus on a new project, I think it’s going to be amazing.”

Stewart doesn’t think Aguilera needs to switch things up when the time comes to record her next album, either. “I think what Christina does musically is always fine,” he adds. “It’s a matter of if it can be marketed properly. When I listen to [Bionic], I definitely am a fan. More than anything, it was promoted poorly.”

In addition to producing five songs for Burlesque, Stewart also recently produced two songs from Michael Jackson‘s posthumous album Michael (due Dec. 14). He shrugs off online gossip about whether Jackson really sang on Michael: “I don’t really know where all that’s coming from. The tracks that I did were 100 percent Michael Jackson.”

Rounding out his busy fall season, Stewart also produced the entirety of Jessica Simpson‘s Happy Christmas album (due Nov. 22). “To me it’s one of the best albums I’ve ever been a part of,” he says. “I’m really, really proud of that album…When I went back and listened to her country album, I was really impressed with her as a singer. I definitely think she’s underrated.”

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Full Daniel Radcliffe interview on the Graham Norton Show


Daniel Radcliffe on the Graham Norton show with Colin Ferrell, Rihanna and Rhod Gilbert.

Unfortunately, I can't embed this video so please click here to watch it. It's definitely worth it.

Dan literally rushed to this interview after the Harry Potter premiere yesterday; not even staying for the actual movie. It's a really funny interview and Colin touches Dan's shoulders a lot.