The plot of Mars Needs Moms is completely nonsensical, and that's even by the insanely low standards of a movie about a kid saving his mom from Martians. There is very little development in any of the characters, and Milo's journey takes him from "takes the garbage out while complaining" all the way to "takes the garbage out without complaining." Entire plot lines are dropped at random, and the bizarre animation creates such a disconnect from the audience that it's actually somewhat unnerving to see the characters portraying emotion. Those are the small issues. Here's the big issue: Mars Needs Moms is an incredibly anti-gay film. That's not a joke. Seriously. Let me explain...
The reason Mars actually needs moms is that all the female martians are busy being leaders, soldiers and politicians. Because of this, they are apparently terrible mothers, because no woman can be in a position of power and possess maternal instincts. (There's a nanny-bot and some memory-erasing/murder of humans involved, but it's weird and boring and overall basically unimportant.) The men are no help, because they all live in a huddle together painting themselves in bright flamboyant colors and dancing and hugging all the time. (Seriously.) The men all live together because the women are led by an old angry lady who believes that women are stronger, and we should do away with all men. Then the movie goes out of its way to show that before Butchy McLes-alien took over, all children were raised by a man and a woman. Just like the Martian bible says it should be! The whole thing plays out like a particularly preachy episode of Futurama, minus any of the self-awareness. I kept thinking that I was reading too much into the film (impossible), but when Ke tells the Martians that they were meant to be raised by two parents, because that's the only way to feel love, I was convinced. And angered.
It's not often in this line of work that I get to write pieces that really matter, so I want to make the most of this. Mars Needs Moms isn't just offensive to gays, it's offensive to anyone who has a non-structuralist family. The overall message of the film is "Unless you're raised by one Mom AND one Dad, then you're wrong." Single parent? Wrong. Living with other relatives? Wrong. The film even makes sure we know that Milo has a Dad, although he serves no other purpose than letting us know that Milo is in a "proper family." Hell, there's even an inter-species romance between Gribble and Ke, since apparently that's okay, as long as it's not gay.
Too often we tell ourselves that if a movie is made for kids, we shouldn't analyze it too hard, and that is insane. We should take a closer look at what is designed to entertain our children than anything else. Children are impressionable, and what they see in their programming leaves a mark on their development whether we want to admit it or not. If you want to show your children that love, just like bravery and every other emotion, takes all forms, take them to see Rango again. At least that won't make them look at their friends' families (or their own) and think that they're inherently flawed. However, if you can tell me that you want to send the message to your children that there's only one way a kid can be loved, then by all means take them to see Mars Needs Moms, and remind me not to let my future offspring play with yours.
Side note: I was wondering going in if Mars Needs Moms was going to have any reference to Elton John's Rocketman. I now understand why there isn't.
Damn, it's really depressing that there are some cool people involved with a film like this... like Seth Green and Joan Cusack. WTF were they thinking?
The saga of West Coast Productions' porno Teen Anal Nightmare 2 is a long and twisted one. Last November, the law firm Adult Copyright Company filed a record-breaking lawsuit against 9,729 anonymous BitTorrent users who allegedly pirated the film. A Judge threw it out, ruling that each defendant would have to be sued individually. The Electronic Frontier Foundation singled out the lawsuit as a particularly egregious example of "copyright trolling." "The motivation behind these cases appears to be to leverage the risk of embarrassment associated with pornography to coerce settlement payments despite serious problems with the underlying claims," the EFF wrote in a statement.
But Adult Copyright Company refiled a slightly different complaint in January, now joined by antipiracy law firm Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver. According to court records, this new lawsuit targets 5,289 alleged Teen Anal Pirates on behalf of West Coast Productions.
Last week, a man we'll call "Sam Smith," received a letter from his ISP informing him that they were turning over his account information to Dunlap Grubb & Weaver: He was being sued for pirating Teen Anal Nightmare 2 in the new lawsuit. After coming across Gawker's earlier TAN 2 coverage, Sam emailed us for advice: "I, I mean a friend of mine (ORLY?) downloaded that and today received a suboena to my ISP for the download.... pretty humiliating."
We spoke with Sam on the phone about his predicament:
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Dwyane Wade had a lot to celebrate this weekend. A judge awarded him full custody of his two sons after a long ugly custody battle with his ex wife Siohvaughn. According to ESPN, his teammates gave him an ovation in the locker room when he revealed the news to them yesterday evening.</p>
Although his teammates were happy for Dwyane, of course his ex was devastated. She’s only allowed to see her sons alternating weekends, holidays and for half of the summer. Her lawyer told the Tribune:
“Unfortunately I think the court got it wrong and it’s not in the best interest of these children and fails to recognize that Siohvaughn Wade has been a wonderful mother and a provider for these children, educationally, emotionally and physically. Mr. Wade, while well-intentioned, just does not have the ability to parent these children.
Siohvaughn Wade is “extremely disappointed. She’s in disbelief. She’s hurting for her children.”
You have to wonder what exactly Siohvaughn could have done for the judge to grant Dwyane full custody. That’s pretty serious. According to reports, Dwyane’s lawyers accused Siohvaughn of a pattern of erratic behavior as well as interfering with Dwyane’s visitation rights and alienating them from their father.
After he received news of his victory, he told the AP:
My life changed in a huge way. Mentally, I’ve been preparing for it for over a year now. To me, it’s bigger than that. For me, it shows a lot of people that you need to fight to be in your kids’ lives sometimes. You fight until you can’t fight any more. That’s all I was trying to be, a father in his kids’ lives. I think them living here, being here, it’s a great opportunity for them and I’m looking forward to it for them, to grow up with me and us learning together, how to be father-son. So I’m excited.”
Congrats to D Wade! I have a feeling this won’t be the end of this battle…
According to reports, actress Mila Kunis is in talks to star in Disney’s “Oz, The Great and Powerful.” Mila is apparently negotiating the role of the Wicked Witch of the West!
Walt Disney Pictures “Oz, The Great and Powerful” will be a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” movie and is set to be directed by Sam Raimi with James Franco in the leading role of Oz. The film will hit theaters in 2013.
We’ll keep you posted when more details about “Oz, The Great and Powerful” are released. Be sure to let us know what you think about the possibility of Mila being in the movie in the comments section!
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A sex tape featuring Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, is being hawked around town ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ was approached several days ago by someone claiming to have the sex tape. The person sent us a short video and two photos. We'll keep this PG-13 and just say ... the people in the video are both givers.
The video and photos are clear -- it's Usher and Tameka.
Sources close to Usher -- without specifically admitting the existence of a sex tape -- tell us they believe this video could have been among the things Usher had stolen out of his car back in December 2009. Usher reported more than $1,000,000 worth of jewelry and electronics taken -- including two laptop computers.
A rep for Usher had no comment. Attempts to contact a rep for Foster were unsuccessful.
While we’re just over two months away from Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree Of Life” hitting theaters, all we’ve had to sate our appetite for the film has been the wonderful trailer and a couple of very select official stills. Well, get ready to feast your eyes.
The Film Stage uncovered a bounty of images from “The Tree Of Life” over at the Russian film site KinoPoisk. And what can we say? They look sublime. While we’ve been discussing the Oscar prospects of the pic around the Playlist water cooler, if anything, the costume design alone looks great. And it should be noted, that pretty much all of these pics focus on the domestic scenes of the film; there are no shots of the cosmos here and probably just as well—we’ll want to see what Malick has conjured up for that on the big screen.
The long-gestating picture is a drama that ferries between a father in the 1950s (Brad Pitt) and his son Jack (Sean Penn), now grown up decades later and dealing with residue from his childhood. Take a look at a huge chunk of the pictures after the jump and the archive linked above for a few more. “The Tree Of Life” opens on May 27th.
Sources: 1, 2.
Yesterday at SXSW, Scott Wampler (our Austin contributing writer) got to sit down with director Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost to talk about Cornish’s first feature film, Attack The Block (which played huge during its midnight premiere last night). While we’ll have the whole interview online later today, one of the gems that came out of their conversation is that Frank Darabont has asked Wright to direct an episode of The Walking Dead season two! While Wright made it sound like he probably won’t do it, it’s still awesome to think that one of my favorite directors might helm an episode of the hugely popular AMC show.
Even though Wright says that, “I really enjoyed the first season, and I wouldn’t wanna be the guy that comes in and fucks it up,” it’s hard to think that he could do such a thing. After all, Wright has demonstrated that he can helm any type of scene and I’d love to see what cool shots and zombie busting moves he’d showcase if he helmed an episode of The Walking Dead. So while he makes it sound like he isn’t going to do it, perhaps if enough of us tweet him and write about it online…he might change his mind. After all, they haven’t started shooting the next season yet and I’m sure if Wright told Darabont that he would do an episode they’d find a way to schedule him.
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Jensen Ackles with wife Danneel Harris Ackles (She just changed her last name) and Jared Padalecki with wife Genevieve Cortese.
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Ewan McGregor is seen getting beat up by Gina Carano on the set of their new action thriller Haywire [last week] in Malibu (Mar. 10). Michael Douglass and Channing Tatum also star in the film about a black ops solider seeking revenge after being set up on a mission. If you don’t follow MMA, you may not recognize Carano. She’s actually one of the top female fighters in the world.
Expect Haywire to be one of director Steven Soderbergh‘s last films. He recently revealed to Studio 360 that he’s retiring:
“When you reach the point where you’re like if I have to get into a van to do anther scout I’m just going to shoot myself, it’s time to let somebody else who’s still excited about getting in the van, get in the van. And so it’s just time. For the last three years, I’ve been turning down everything that comes my way, so you’re not going to have Steven Soderbergh to kick around anymore.”
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Relationships: The Disney Model
What little girl doesn't dream that she's secretly a princess?
However, if she were to follow the Disney Model for Extremely Risky Relationships, she'd be married at 16 after dating for only a few days, and her future spouse may/may not be related to her. In The Little Mermaid, a girl goes exactly where she's not supposed to (the surface), meets her people's greatest predator (humans), and becomes infatuated enough to essentially sell her soul for a potential husband (If spending your life as a sentient shrimp cocktail in waiting doesn't qualify as at least some level of hell, you've got some personal empowerment issues to work out).
After catching her on the surface, her father confronts her about her "adventure," and she declares, "I'm 16-years old. I'm not a child anymore." After a metamorphosis that is at least as traumatic as a sex change, she becomes an entirely different species, albeit one with the appropriate genitalia (now that would have been a plot twist!) and heads for shore. After spending three days without having a single conversation with the man of her dreams, she goes ahead and marries him, thereby making drunken, random Las Vegas marriages look romantic and well-planned.
So ONTD, what's your fave Disney movie? The Little Mermaid owns tbh, but only because that HBIC Ursula and her main gay eels werqed the shit out of that seafloor and put that little ginger halfbreed in her place. I hope someday to rock a spandex bandeau and Tilda Swinton hairdo with half the pizazz of that fine, fresh, fierce, underwater bitch.
Twenty years ago, Chuck D penned the prescient "By the Time I Get to Arizona," a searing tangent aimed at the state legislators who refused to vote for a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
With the passage of April's anti-immigration laws, the state once again became a center of attention for racial tensions and political debate. In response, the always-outspoken Public Enemy frontman has collaborated on an art piece with Ravi Dosaj, the man who just last year successfully recast the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA as George Washington.
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Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles And Misha Collins Arriving On A Flight In Vancouver.
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Bryan Adams has confirmed that he's going to be a dad at 51.
On Sunday, Adams posted a message to his personal website letting his fans know that he and his personal assistant Alicia Grimaldi are expecting a baby.
"She (helped) me start my foundation years ago and it looks like she'll be running the family now!" Adams wrote.
The U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper had reported Sunday that Adams and Grimaldi were due in May, attributing the story to a "friend and near neighbour" of the Canadian pop rock star in London.
Adams also confirmed the news on Twitter (although he disputed the "friend" portion of the report), and added a thank you to his fans for the "kind wishes" he's received.
The father-to-be is currently in the midst of an acoustic tour in the United States that's scheduled to wrap on April 16 in Seattle.
Now we may get to hear what goes down in the real-life relationship of Neil and partner David Burtka.
David tells me he's been cast in E!'s in-development Foursome, a sex-themed chat show that will feature David and three others. Likening the format to the syndicated radio show Loveline, David says he'll open up about his personal life, though mainly about partners pre-NPH. "I have quite a past," admits David. "I have lots of stories to talk about."
Neil's not concerned one bit; he says all the couple have done in bed since the arrival of their 5-month old twins Gideon and Harper is try to catch some zzz's. Adds Neil, "We're not getting much sleep."
Kinda eh on this, but we might get NPH sex info, so that's a plus.
The official cover art for the Beastie Boys highly anticipated studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, which is set to drop May 3.
Justin Bieber fans dressed up as cleaners and entered his hotel room in Liverpool.
The 17-year-old singer was furious when two girls aged 16 and 18 were discovered in his suite at the Hard Days Night Hotel in the English city -- where he performed last week -- and had them swiftly evicted after a "telling-off" for taking pictures and trying to get into his bed.
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Out magazine launched their first-ever "Ladies We Love" issue with a Britney Spears cover last week, and today they debut their other cover (this is also the first time they've ever had two covers for one issue) -- vintage, never-seen-before shots of Madonna taken by photographer Richard Corman in 1982 -- a year before the material girl released her first album.
The shots are amazing -- you can totally tell that this woman was going to be a star just by the look in her eyes. Also -- love the mom jeans.
Corman's story about the shoot, along with a bunch of photos from the Out site follow after the jump. All of the photos (there are like 25 total including some shots Corman took after Madonna blew up) can be seen at Out.com.
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Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz picked up the film rights to the book (first published in May 2008) in September 2009. Meyer was reportedly going to be working closely with the threesome - who financed the purchase of the rights using their own funds, without studio backing - in bringing her first major release post-Twilight to the screen. Niccol was tapped immediately after the pick-up to adapt and direct the film, but now it appears he'll only be handling the writing duties.
There's no word yet on when production's expected to get underway or when we might hear some casting news.
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Before beginning a two-year jail sentence for gun possession, Ja Rule will be offering fans a departing gift.
The Queen-bred rap vet took to his Twitter account over the weekend to announce that his new album—his first disc since 2007’s The Mirror—will hit shelves just one day before he goes behind bars. “Breaking news,” he wrote on Sunday (March 13), “RENAISSANCE PROJECT JUNE 7th!!! Mpire Music…”
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Fringe star John Noble has claimed that the show is likely to be renewed for a fourth season.
Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly previously claimed that the sci-fi drama "could be on the air for many years" if it maintained its current ratings.
Speaking at the Emerald City Comicon, Noble said: "We've not only [maintained our viewership], we've exceeded it."
He added that the series has set a new record for time-shifted viewing, with many fans choosing to watch the show via a DVR.
"Based on those figures, I think we should be fairly safe," suggested the actor. "Unless Kevin breaks his word, and I don't think he will."
The future of Fringe has been in doubt since the show was moved to an unpopular Friday night slot earlier this year.
The series returns to Fox this Friday at 9/8c.
John deserves his own tag. Just saying......
Millionaire businessman Donald Trump sent another signal on Monday that he is seriously considering a presidential run, accepting an invitation to speak at an early summer political event in New Hampshire.
Trump, who has said he will announce a decision on a presidential bid by June, has chosen the same month to participate in a “Politics and Eggs” forum organized by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, a representative to Trump confirmed to ABC News.
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Check out the 'live sessions' The Scherzy recently performed for 'Monkey from Orange' while in the UK promoting the upcoming release of her debut album "Killer Love" (March 21st)
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In related news, Nicole officially released on Sunday (March 13th) her new single 'Don't Hold Your Breath'. The Dave Aude-produced track quickly grabbed the #1 spot on the UK iTunes and if nothing changes over the course of the week, Nicole may be before what could be her very first #1 record!
True Blood star Stephen Moyer says the vampire and werewolf-laden US drama is getting better and more interesting with every episode.
Speaking at PaleyFest in Beverly Hills, the actor, who plays Bill Compton in the hit fantasy series, said working on True Blood is like a dream.
"It's the dream that you dream of in terms that it's good, it's beautifully written, it's fantastically shot and each episode looks like a mini movie.
"If you were to put together your dream gig of how it would end up it wouldn't be much further away from this... It just keeps getting better and better and the show keeps getting more and more interesting, it's everything you hope it would be."
True Blood's cast and crew are currently busy shooting the fourth series, and Stephen admitted it will be hard to top the reception that the third season received.
"We've had these incredible spikes each year," he said. "I don't think it's historically possible to get another 60 per cent spike in audience figures, but if we maintain what we've got I think we'll be very happy."
I’ve seen the future, and there are a lot of very unhappy people.
Multiple sources are confirming that a wildly popular character on an hour drama that has long been an Aushole staple is about to take his/her last breath.
I’m told the producers of this unnamed broadcast series are planning to kill off the fan favorite either in the season finale or soon after the show returns next season.
It’s not clear if the decision was made for creative or budgetary reasons — it was likely a combination of both — but it’s my understanding that it was not arrived at lightly. Far from it, in fact.
There’s also a chance the execs at the program in question will have a last-minute change of heart, but, according my spies, it’s an extremely slim one.
Which show is putting a hit out on one of its MVPs — and whose name is on the toe tag?
The BBC has commissioned a fourth series of Being Human, which will air in 2012.
Last night's series three finale picked up 1.05m viewers for BBC Three, according to overnight ratings, and the show was once again critically acclaimed.
The fourth run of Toby Whitehouse's drama will apparently pick up with the aftermath of last night's finale as the housemates return to Barry Island. There are also plans for further guest roles following the appearances of Lacey Turner and Robson Green during the recent run.
BBC Three acting controller Harry Lansdown said: "Being Human's brilliant mixture of fantasy and everyday life continues to provide must-see, ground-breaking drama for BBC Three, and I'm delighted to announce a fourth series for 2012."
Toby Whitehouse added: "We were overwhelmed by the response to series three, and so we're absolutely thrilled that the BBC have given us this opportunity to continue our show into a fourth year.
"We've got another intense and epic story lined up for you, with some new faces and old, and even more horror and mayhem and mugs of tea. I can't wait to get started."
Series four, which was given the green light by controller of BBC drama commissioning Ben Stephenson, will include eight 60-minute episodes.
Miley Cyrus just turned 18 in November which still makes her three years below the legal drinking age in California. So, of course, here she is stumbling ass-faced into Chateau Marmont at one in the morning on Saturday where she stayed for two hours before her people slipped her out the back. Although in her defense, I probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions that this was underage drinking. For all we know she just smoked some bad cream of tartar, and I told you to stop dealing to kids, McCormick. But, no, you had to have your cumin and ground it, too, you sons of bitches.
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Just in: James Frey, controversial author of A Million Little Pieces, has penned a new work, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.
Gagosian Gallery has announced the book will have have a limited U.S. print run of 10,000 slipcased leatherette copies, as well as 1,000 collector's editions signed and numbered by the author. The book will be released on Good Friday, April 22. He is self-publishing e-editions of the book.
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The "surprise" starts around 0:58 into the video.
"Kenya" is a track created by Chris Taylor (CANT), Solange Knowles and Twin Shadow to raise money and awareness around the issue of access to water and sanitation as part of The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) founded by The Coca Cola Africa Foundation. RAIN brings together business, local government, NGO"s and committed individuals to tackle the problem of access to water and sanitation in Africa. All proceeds from 'Kenya", will be used to provide clean water and sanitation resources to Africa's most needy. Whether that's providing loos in Rwanda, rain harvesting roofs in Uganda or carrying containers in the Cameroon.
See the making of, learn more and donate at http://www.MusicforRAIN.net
The video is directed by Natalie Johns
Wait! Come back—here’s a little snippet of the production:
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We've been seeing a lot of this mother-son duo these days!
Two-year-old Archie Arnett looked absolutely adorable as he joined his mom Amy Poehler on a trip to Bristol Farms in Beverly Hills, California this weekend (March 12). Love the little octopus sweater!
Last week we spotted the Parks and Recreation star and her oldest son out on a couple of playdates together.
Amy and her equally funny hubby Will Arnett are also parents to 7-month-old son Abel.
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Most adorable family tbh
“I’m kissing all the boys and the girls” is the line. But the GoodLife version had the word “girls” edited out, Spratt says.
At first Spratt didn’t notice the censorship, but then she perked up.
“I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I know that’s not how the song goes,’” she says. “I was furious. I kept saying, 'Did I really hear that?' It was a distinct sound of a kick over the gay content in the song.”
“Not Myself Tonight” was one of the tracks selected for GoodLife's newest body-pump class. Spratt was at the company's Manulife Centre location in Toronto on Jan 30. She filed a complaint Jan 31.
Since then, Spratt has been emailing senior management at GoodLife head office, trying to find out why the song was censored. She noted that at no point did a GoodLife manager pick up the phone and call her. Spratt says she plans to pull her membership as a result of the incident.
“They are censoring explicitly sexual content. GoodLife should be stepping up to support the queer community,” she says. “If they are going to be in this community, they should not censor queer content.”
Aguilera’s "Not Myself Tonight" isn't the only song that's been censored. Spratt’s lover, Susana Romero, noticed a similar edit to Katy Perry’s "Hot and Cold" during a GoodLife spinning class on Feb 8.“They cut out the line ‘PMS,’” she says. “It’s totally censored. Why? It doesn’t make any sense. PMS? That’s not offensive at all. That’s anti-women.”
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The singer took her afro out to Giorgio Baldi Ristorante in Los Angeles last night, and put her cleavage on full display in a low cut mini dress.
Her hair and outfit both grabbed as much attention as each other, as the Bajan beauty almost spilled out of her tiny dress.
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There are those classic moments in film that we all remember. Who will ever forget when Dorothy opens her farm house door to Munchkin Land? TV shows will forever spoof the back bends in The Matrix, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a child of the 80s that doesn’t remember Tom Hanks playing on the giant FAO Schwartz foot piano in Big.
While these are all great movie scenes (and I could go on forever), I’m not here to talk about feel good movies. Instead, I’m here to pull out the most memorable horror movie moments! For those of you that read my articles regularly, you know that horror is my preferred genre of film. Because of this, it was REALLY hard for me to pull out just a few of the best horror movie moments.
However, if I didn’t start trimming down the list that I made to write this article, you’d still be reading this a week later. So, with that in mind, I welcome your additions to this list!
Ready? And we’re off!
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I'm sorry for any html fails this post might have. I hate htmls sfm.
What's this list missing? This could either become a creepy post or a movie post. Your call, ONTD.
"In the last year, he's earned nearly 1 million plays on Last.fm, more than 400,000 YouTube views and 20,000 Twitter followers. Billboard estimates that his 2010 debut full-length, "8Bit Heart," has been downloaded 150,000 times through his website since its release last March. Oh, and the album? It's free.
"I don't look at giving away the album for free as a missed opportunity for making money," says Curtis, 24, who has yet to hire a music manager or publicist. "I look at it as a really great first step, as an artist building a successful business." An artist that's building a business -- and buzz -- as his readies the release of his sophomore set, "RΔ," later this spring."- billboard.com
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There are many appropriate responses to devastation in Japan: sadness, sympathy, a feeling of helplessness, generosity, a stupefying confusion about how best to even begin processing the unimaginable scale of last weekend’s tragedy, for example. The following reactions are not ones we’d characterize as “appropriate.”
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Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Tom Hollander and Olivia Williams complete the main cast and from the trailers and this new spot it looks as if Wright has a good eye for action. With a soundtrack courtesy of The Chemical Brothers this tale of a baby faced assassin look to be one to watch – you can start with the TV spot below.
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“love ny - but the paparazzi @ jfk just gave me an anxiety attack… i was half asleep! they're such animals :( well - @ least im with my family in the end... xo.”
Of course, this is not Harry Potter author JK Rowling, but actress Poppy Montgomery who has stepped into the shoes of the boy wizard's creator for a TV movie about her life.
Australian Poppy, 35, is seen on set of the unauthorised film in Vancouver, Canada, filming scenes that recreated Rowling's first ever public reading of the debut Harry Potter novel, The Philosopher's Stone in 1997.
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The sexy new period drama "The Borgias" will air uncensored on Bravo next month.
Producers of the Canadian co-production say the sprawling miniseries will air day-and-date with Showtime in the United States beginning April 3.
"The Borgias" is set in 15th century Italy and traces the corrupt rise to power of Rodrigo Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI.
Jeremy Irons stars as the patriarch, while Stratford festival veteran Colm Feore plays his arch nemesis Cardinal Della Rovere. Montreal's Francois Arnaud appears as Rodrigo's ruthless son Cesare.
Joanne Whalley plays Vanozza, the pope's longtime mistress and mother of his children.
"The Borgias" debuts with a special two-hour episode. The co-production between Canada, Ireland and Hungary airs later this spring on CTV.
The nine-part, hour-long series was created and written by "The Crying Game" writer/director Neil Jordan.
"Certainly there was salacious behaviour in the Vatican under the Borgias," Jordan said in a release.
"But what's most interesting to me is the way in which power wears a religious cloak -- and then becomes terrifying in its appetites."
photo by Sam Jones
The harsh reality that nearly 17 million kids in America frequently go to bed hungry hits Jeff Bridges where it hurts -- as a father, as an artist and as an activist who has worked with anti-hunger orgs for decades.
Bridges and the nonprofit group Share Our Strength are in the midst of an ambitious campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
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Photoshop of horrors! Most of us are pretty used to seeing Victoria’s Secret models with no thighs to speak of, but this is just off-putting. Turns out, if you’re looking for “beach linen rompers” on the company’s website, you’ll be confronted with this alien creature from a planet of wide-hipped, spindly-legged, romper-wearing beings. When will big brands like Victoria’s Secret (and Ralph Lauren and Ann Taylor and H&M) learn that no one finds this appealing? And didn’t VS just pull this chicanery?
The New Zealand-born 46-year-old seemed to have packed on the pounds when he appeared at a charity cricket match in Christchurch over the weekend.
And as he took his place in the line-up at the match - in aid of victims of the recent earthquake in the city - he was looking decidedly portly.
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With just two episodes left in their compulsively addictive first season, I know that "Pretty Little Liars" has some big time shocks in store for fans -- mostly since stars Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario and Shay Mitchell confirmed it to me when they were in New York City last week.
And while each of them had a different response when I broached the subject of a bell tower, there was one thing they could all agree on: the "Pretty Little Liars" season finale is going to leave fans gasping for air!
"It’s insane! Fans are seriously going to die," Ashley exclaimed, to which Shay seconded, "make sure you watch it with the lights on! That's how intense things get. It’s a feature film condensed into one episode."
As for what the episode will exactly entail, Ashley reveals that the PLL's will "get very close to knowing who A is but the last two minutes are going to make fans lose your minds because the girls are put in a lot of danger. We’re talking legit life or death here."
But it was Troian who gave PopWrap the juiciest teaser of what's to come:
"In the next two episodes the stakes become so much higher -- they’re desperate to find out who is doing this, so they start really digging around and Hanna takes the lead because she's fed up of being toyed around with. They find something out that I can’t wait for fans to learn – the writers aren’t shying away from something that’s really twisted. There’s a really dark secret in Rosewood and when it comes out, it’s not only terrifying but also a total game-changer."
PRAYING THAT SQUISHY IS WRONG AND FITZ IS NOT A TBH!!! also don't forget to go to ontd_discussion tonight for episode discussion!
Fans of The Hunger Games — the dark and addictive YA trilogy that is the hottest kid-lit read this side of Twilight — have been avidly following casting rumors for the forthcoming film adaptation. But while director Gary Ross initially told Entertainment Weekly that the actress playing resentful revolutionary heroine Katniss Everdeen needn't be a "star," now it's being reported that Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone breakout Jennifer Lawrence is close to snagging the coveted role.
Lawrence is unquestionably a talented actress, widely acknowledged to have the grit to play Katniss. But the process which seems to have led to her selection is problematic in other ways –- in particular, the film's casting call contained the following criteria: "She should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, who could portray someone ‘underfed but strong,' and ‘naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.'"
Seeking actresses who look "underfed" is fraught for obvious reasons but, to be fair, that quality does reflect the book's portrayal of Katniss as perennially malnourished. But it's the blunt "Caucasian" requirement that comes as a surprise. Those who read The Hunger Games slowly enough to savor its descriptive language know that Suzanne Collins gives her heroine "olive" skin, grey eyes, and dark hair. Katniss' looks in the novel are typical of her fellow residents in "The Seam," an impoverished area populated by coal-miners like her deceased dad. The wealthier merchant class, including Katniss's mom and sister, generally are described with fair hair and skin.
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Julie Benz has joined her No Ordinary Family co-star Michael Chiklis in booking a fall pilot.
Benz has joined CBS’ untitled Susannah Grant supernatural medical drama which, like NOF, has high-concept elements. Jonathan Demme is directing the hourlong project, which centers on Michael (Patrick Wilson), an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle), a doctor running a free clinic, dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the hereafter. Benz will play Michael’s sister, an unfocused and overwhelmed single mother with a huge heart.
Benz co-starred on Showtime’s Dexter and recurred on ABC’s Desperate Housewives before she was cast as the female lead in NOF last year. The show’s star, Chiklis, last week signed on to topline another CBS pilot, the comedy Vince Uncensored. Both are in second position to the ABC superhero drama, which has struggled in the ratings and is unlikely to see a second season.
i'm currently marathoning roswell since it's on netflix and had no idea she was in it. was a nice surprise.
Ryan Phillippe might have to prep for round three of Daddy Duty!
The actor, 36, who already has two kids with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, may become a father again -- so says his ex, pregnant model-actress Alexis Knapp, who claims she's carrying his baby. (Knapp recently stepped out in Hollywood, bearing an unmistakable baby bump.)
"She's in the second trimester," a source confirms to UsMagazine.com of Knapp, who next stars in the film Project X (out this Thanksgiving) plus the Miley Cyrus flick So Undercover. (A rep could not be reached for comment.)
First-time mom Knapp dated Phillippe for several months on and off last year before he ended the relationship in September. "She has been telling people he is the father," explains another source to Us.
"Ryan doesn't know if he is the dad," adds the second source of the Lincoln Lawyer actor. "If he is, he will take full responsibility for the child."
Explains a third insider of Phillippe and Knapp: "He and Alexis were actually together for a while...It was pretty serious."
"He's a good guy," adds the insider. "He loves being a dad and takes being a dad really seriously."
His kids with Witherspoon, 35, are Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7.
"If this kid is his," the insider says, "He will do the right thing. He takes his responsibility seriously."
Phillippe's current squeeze is Amanda Seyfried -- although the duo have been tight-lipped about their romance. "I'm dating," said Phillippe on Friday's Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Not nearly as voracious as the magazines like to make out, [but] I am dating."
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The official one-sheet poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has shown up online, courtesy of IGN.
The poster features Captain Jack Sparrow in all his glory with a great background scene, including the newly featured mermaids and a burning pirate ship. Is it Captain Jack's ship?
This time, Jack Sparrow is on a mission to find the fountain of youth. He encounters Blackbeard on his journey and quickly discovers Blackbeard is on the same quest along with his daughter.
Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow and Penelope Cruz joins the cast as Blackbeard's daughter, Angelica.
The movie opens in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D on May 20, 2011.
At 2:18, she asks about his nudes, he laughs then hangs up
Jennifer Hudson touches the sky on “Angel,” a cut off her sophomore album I Remember Me, flying into stores March 22. Written by Alicia Keys and co-produced with her hubbie Swizz Beatz, the uplifting tune is charged by marching snares, bouncy piano chords, and squiggly synthesizers, with J-Hud singing about taking care of her man and being his guardian angel.
“There’s no way that I’m ever goin’ back again/ Heaven’s in your arms, got me until the end/ Let me be your angel,” she wails on the powerful chorus. Spread your wings and soar with the heavenly songbird.
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The war over Michael Jackson's family house has just heated up ... because legal docs have just been filed with the court claiming La Toya Jackson .... NOT the Michael Jackson Estate ... may actually own the home.
Alejandra Jackson -- the baby mama of Randy and Jermaine -- has been living at the house with her kids, and the estate is going to court Tuesday trying to evict her.
In new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Alejandra's lawyer claims Michael may have held the property in joint tenancy with La Toya, so when Michael died his interest in the house would have automatically gone to La Toya.
We checked the records of the L.A. County Recorder, and the title is currently held as Michael Jackson J Decd [deceased]. And Michael Kane, Michael's business manager, is listed as a co-owner. La Toya's name is never mentioned.
TMZ broke the story ... Katherine Jackson is trying to evict Alejandra and her kids. source
Putting the finishing touches on one of her many projects in the works, Emma Stone took advantage of a little downtime on the set of "The Help" in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday (March 13).
Wearing a bright red robe, the 22-year-old actress poured herself a large cup of tomato juice before having her locks curled up for the midday shoot.
As for the movie, "The Help" is described as "a look at what happens when a southern town's unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship."
The Tate Taylor directed drama co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard with a release date slated for August 12, 2011.
Enjoy the pictures of Emma Stone on the set of her upcoming drama "The Help" (March 13).
Fashion lover Daphne Guinness has taken to Twitter to defend herself against an article published in London’s Sunday Times yesterday, in which she is said to have called Victoria Beckham, among other things, an “ugly pig.” Guinness says those aren’t her words.
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STELLA MCCARTNEY and Lily Cole are among stars helping to set up a fund for tuition fee protesters. Founded by artist Jake Chapman, the campaign offers to pay any student's legal fees or fines incurred for taking part in demonstrations against the increase in tuition fees.
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Based on the book of the same name and exec-produced by Darren Starr (Sex and the City), GCB centers on Amanda (Popular‘s Leslie Bibb), a recently divorced mom of two who moves back to the affluent Texas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself immersed in the world of of gossip, Botox and duplicity.
An alum of such series as Pushing Daisies and a recurring guest star on Glee, the Oklahoma-born Chenoweth will play Darlene, the GCBs’ queen bee — a role that hopefully requires the Tony winner to occasionally do some singing.
Besides Bibb, the other series regulars are Jennifer Aspen (Party of Five), Miriam Shor (Swingtown), Marisol Nichols (24) and Annie Potts (Designing Women).
And yes, the Parents Television Council has already voiced their complaint with the title. But I’ll be darned if I’m typing out B*!¢#e$.
Ok this is just plain crazyness. So some video came out the other day called “Friday” by some black girl and I saw it floating around facebook so i watched it. So cheesy. but really catchy. and that’s the bad thing about it. anyways, i did some research and apparently the girl did the summer camp at my school two years ago and someone said she might be coming to my school next year. oh joy. anyways all of this crazyness started overnight. and how does this involve me?
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Los Angeles' DJ Franzen was the first to break the news last week, tweeting, "Drizzy murdered the 'All of the Lights' remix with @kanyewest. He played it at the Suite Party last night! I heard it 1st last Sat."
The remix version -- a full minute longer than the original -- currently circulating the web features verses from Lil Wayne, Drake, and 'Ye's fellow G.O.O.D Music rapper Big Sean. In addition to rumors that Jay-Z is still scheduled to have a verse on the remixed track, Kanye's vocals have not yet been added, which is a sure sign that the song is still incomplete. Drake -- who's original "All of the Lights" verse was scrapped from Kanye's 'My Beautiful Dark Fantasy' album -- recorded a brand new set of lyrics for the remix.
The Hype Williams-directed video for 'All of the Lights' premiered in February, but was temporarily pulled from YouTube over concerns that all of those flashing lights triggered seizures in viewers. A second version of the video was later re-released.
CAN WE NOT.
Say whaaaaaaat? Seriously- though, what do you think ONTD House fans; have the writers redeemed themselves yet? Is this show still salvageable? Any thoughts on tonights episode?
Dancing House thanks you for your time.
The first national tour launches in the Fall of 2011.
AMERICAN IDIOT began preview performances on March 24, 2010 and opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on April 20, 2010, following its world premiere, twice extended, limited engagement at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre. The show garnered the 2011 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Musical Show Album,” two 2010 Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a record 10 Broadwayworld.com Fan Choice Awards and the show was honored with Actors’ Equity Association’s Award for “Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity and Equal Opportunity on Broadway.”
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In the April issue of Vogue Magazine, director Peter Berg chatted with the magazine about Rihanna who stars in his upcoming Battleship movie and reveals the singer isn’t as tough as she seems.
The director says he picked Rihanna for the role of naval officer Cora Raikes because he was looking for an actress who could play “tough, urban, scrappy, funny” and for some reason the singer popped into his head.
He said once he meet the singer whose video persona intrigued him, he was amazed to find out that RiRi wasn’t such a badass after all.
IT’S A BOY!!!
As fun as it was reading all of your gender predictions on Twitter, I’m really bad at keeping secrets and had to share (not to mention, I was bound to unintentionally slip at some point). David and I are elated to announce that we are having a baby boy.
We can’t wait to meet him.
Boys names, anyone? Leave me suggestions in the comments!
Alyssa, David and Baby(boy) Bugliari
Aww, yay for her! Thought she was going to have a girl. I blame Charmed.
Emma Watson is the new face of Lancôme
We can reveal that Emma will be the new ambassadress for Lancôme!
In a press announcement released today, the French beauty house stated:
‘Lancôme is pleased to announce the arrival of Emma Watson as new ambassadress of Lancôme. “Thanks to her charm, romanticism and her incredible modernity, Emma Watson has become the icon of her generation. we are delighted by this new collaboration with Emma who brings a fresh spirit to Lancôme”, says Youcef Nabi, President of Lancôme International.’
Emma follows in the footsteps of other renowned actresses, such as Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet and Anne Hathaway, who have also starred in campaigns for the brand.
No one saw this coming.
Yeah, I'd quit uni for this, too
Olly Murs in a G-String
The Please Don't Let Me Go singer, who recently moaned about the difficulty of finding single girls, was trying to put on a G-string to perform at London’s G-A-Y club when Parade singer Bianca Claxton accidentally copped an eyeful in the dressing room.
The X Factor star was sharing the same room with the all-girl group, who were also performing.
After the unusual introduction, the pair hit it off immediately and moments later Murs stunned the crowd by baring all.
A backstage spy told me: ‘Parade had to share the same dressing room. Olly was slipping into his G-string behind a curtain but it fell open and Bianca and the girls were fronted with the full view. Bianca was pretty impressed with what she saw.
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He has big feet, but that's the only thing remotely attractive about him.
Singer was busted by an officer posing as a prostitute last year R&B singer D'Angelo pleaded guilty on Friday to disorderly conduct for soliciting a prostitute. The singer was arrested in March of last year for attempting to pay $40 to an undercover officer posing as a prostitute. The case is resolved, but no details have emerged since D'Angelo, his attorney and the prosecution all declined to comment on the case. D'Angelo has had other troubles with the law since he all but disappeared from the music world a decade ago. In 2005, he was given a three-year suspended sentence for cocaine possession and later that year he had his driver's license suspended for 18 months after being found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and possessing marijuana. He was also charged with assaulting a woman at a gas station in Richmond, Virginia in 2002. source ( Collapse )
- Amanda flashes her teeth
- Craig can see through Amanda's dress
- Amanda is wearing a tablecloth
- Amanda is unable to stop laughing
I have no idea what she's promoting but this woman looks fucking flawless for 39!
As Glee's New Directions makes its way to Regionals this week, Cory Monteith (Finn) gives us some scoop on the season's final episodes — and tells kids how they can sing for him and win big moolah for their own glee clubs.
TV Guide Magazine: Tuesday's episode finds New Directions performing in Regionals before a judging panel consisting of Kathy Griffin as judge Tammy Jean Albertson, Loretta Devine as Sister Mary Constance and Lima, Ohio's very own WOHN news anchor Rod Remington. What can we expect?
Cory Monteith: Well, Kathy Griffin brought her mom to the shoot and brought her usual wry sense of humor. This is our first performance of original songs.
TV Guide Magazine: And what are you shooting now?
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Lady Gaga announced today that she has raised over $250,000 to support relief after Japan’s disaster. The money comes from the sale of the “We Pray For Japan” wristband (designed by Gaga) which fans can now purchase at the singer’s official website. Click here to buy it now (you can also make an additional donation) – all proceeds will go directly to Japan!
Kate Hudson and boyfriend Matt Bellamy are set to add to their property portfolio once again and have been spotted house hunting in Malibu.
The couple were scoping out the gardens of their possible dream home, which boasted colonnades alongside an outdoor patio and a luxury barn-inspired mansion.
The pregnant actress, 31, also purchased a £4million home in North London last month, where she is set to live with her Muse frontman Bellamy, 32, for at least six months of the year.
But perhaps the couple is now planning to spend the other six months in Malibu alongside their first child and Kate’s seven-year-old son Ryder, whom she had with ex-husband Chris Robinson.
The Almost Famous actress strolled around the Los Angeles property in black leggings and a grey cardigan, as she held onto her burgeoning bump.
And they looked happy and relaxed as they were being shown the magnificent views from the sprawling garden.
The couple had only recently returned to LA from their Mexican beach holiday with Ryder, but wasted no time to check out the real estate market.
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Trina took to her Twitter last Friday to release another track off her upcoming mixtape Diamonds Are Forever, out March 28th 2011. This time she adds her own flavor to Fabolous' "U Be Killin' 'Em" and absolutely kills it with her flawless lyrical ability! A true diva amidst the current feuds, flops, and irrelevance of other female rappers in the industry. Listen to the new track below!
Sources: http://youtube.com, http://www.twitter.com/TrinaRockstarr, http://dabaddestbitch.tumblr.com
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Mods, please ignore the other post. Hit submit too soon! :P
Jordan Knight recently teased that New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys were recording a batch of new tracks together before they kick off their big NKOTBSB tour this summer. The latest news is that their efforts will see the light of day on May 24 when the official NKOTBSB album drops. The guys announced their forthcoming album on Monday (March 14) and the fans will have quite a bit of input on it.
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