November 20th, 2011

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Cody Simpson Dolls to Hit Stores by Christmas!!

Fans of Cody Simpson that are may have a Christmas wish list that involves the items revolving around the 15 year old singer.  Well now you may have to look no further then being able to get your very own Cody Simpson doll by the time the holidays hit.

You can head over to to pre-order the dolls now.  There are two versions of the doll available for pre-sale – one doll is sporting a Gold Coast T-shirt and khakis the other doll is dressed in a denim jacket and black pants with his signature hair do.  The dolls are bendable and will come with a pair of shoes, sunglasses. microphone, guitar pick and lanyard.  The Cody dolls are priced at $16.99 and will be available in stores in early December.  Cody mentioned in a press release recently how excited he was to be getting his own doll and that with the release of this doll it would signify things are happening for him and his career.  He also mentioned that his fans were the biggest motivators and without them, opportunities like this do not exist.

This isn’t the first time Cody has released a signature product. In April, the teen star teamed up with Me & Goji to release Cody Crunch, his own brand of “delicious and nutritious” cereal.  What do you think of the doll?

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Polanski, Paterno, and the Press

If any one lesson was learned these past weeks from the Penn State scandal, it is that our progressive friends have not quite figured out what is right and what is wrong.

On November 5 of this year, for instance, the Huffington Post broke the news to its readers of former coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest for sexually assaulting minors. Appropriately, there was no irony in the article, no mirth.

"This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys," Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly was quoted as saying.

A month earlier, however, the Huffington Post ran a piece by Regina Weinreich on the American premiere of the new Roman Polanski movie Carnage. Wrote Weinreich approvingly, "At Alice Tully Hall Friday night, where the movie opened the New York Film Festival, audiences cheered Polanski's credit, knowing that this master Academy Award-winning filmmaker would not attend."

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k but multiply polanski's crimes times, 20? 30?
although rape is still rape. Should the number of victims take away from the severity of the crime? hmmm tbh let's ask whoopi

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RIHANNA'S Irish field trip has proved too sexy for her French fans.

The singer may think the video for We Found Love is her best ever, but her risque dance around Ireland has landed her in hot water yet again.

France has banned the video from appearing on television before 10pm because of its explicit content.

The clip, which was filmed in several locations across Northern Ireland, first caused controversy when Bangor farmer and DUP councillor Alan Graham demanded that raunchy filming on his land be stopped, because he deemed it "inappropriate".

Now, the Supreme Council of Audiovisual of France (CSA) has banned the release of the clip on any French channel before the watershed.

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Gossip Girl celebrates 100 episodes! + Leighton Meester wants more Dan/Blair!

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Gossip Girl: 8 Things to Know About Episode 100 (aka Blair's Royally Iffy Wedding)

The well-heeled denizens of Gossip Girl occupied Wall Street — namely, Cipriani Club 55 — on Saturday night to fete the CW series’ 100th episode, airing Jan. 30. Seeing as the landmark hour centers around Blair’s wedding to Prince Louis, the cast was on strict orders to, ironically, not gossip about what happens, so “I can’t tell you” and “I’m not allowed to say” were frequent refrains. Even so, TVLine gleaned enough teasey tidbits to paint a provocative wedding picture…. Collapse )

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CNN Anchor opens up about sexual abuse in light of Penn State scandal

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Don Lemon: No matter the gender, rape is rape.
Editor's note: Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend prime-time and serves as a correspondent across CNN's U.S. programming. He is the author of the memoir "Transparent."

By Don Lemon, CNN

(CNN) - I don’t remember exactly when it started for me.

It was before the first grade. I must have been 5 years old, maybe 4. My mother was divorced and worked during the day. My grandmother was my sitter. She watched over my sisters and me as much as she could, but even her watchful eye wasn’t enough to keep me out of the hands of my abuser.

He was an older teen: the son of one of my mom’s friends. He and two older teen boys, almost in their 20s, preyed on me and some of the younger boys in my neighborhood. The "incidents" - as I referred to in therapy for years - happened up until I was 12 or 13 years old. It was easier for me to call it the "incidents" then because calling it molestation was just too hard, even for me, a survivor of child sex abuse.

So, I imagine it’s difficult for people who haven’t dealt with abuse to confront it, face it, or, for that matter, know what to call it. But if the events at Penn State are to teach us anything, it should be that we can no longer turn away from something so ugly just because we struggle to define it or accept it exists.

So, let’s just call it for what it is: rape.

Rape is what former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is accused of doing to at least one boy in a university shower. But because the victim is a boy, under Pennsylvania law, Sandusky is charged with deviant sexual behavior. If the victim had been a little girl, in fact, the law would call it rape.

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Now imagine, if you will, that 10 year old as a girl. Do you think any grown man would leave a 10-year-old girl with a grown, naked man in a shower? What if McQueary had said these words to Paterno: “I saw Jerry Sandusky raping a little girl.” Is there any doubt that getting such a report would have spurred Paterno and officials to take quicker and more aggressive action? Think about it. It is too difficult and disgusting to even conceive.

But as painful as it is for us, as far removed as we are, no matter how much we may want to put it out of our minds, no matter how much we want to turn away, we cannot and should not. Our inability to view and talk about male and female rape in the same way might have permitted a man to continue his alleged depraved behavior for decades. Rape is rape no matter the gender of the perpetrator or the victim. Pedophilia is wrong no matter the gender of the perpetrator or the victim

As a survivor of childhood sex abuse, please listen to me: We must stop turning a deaf ear to this issue. If you don’t open your ears and minds because of my plea, do it for the eight little boys whose manhood was shaped early on by, quite possibly, a monster.

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Amy Poehler megapost and you will like it.

Amy Poehler was honored at the Power of Comedy Event at the Hollywood Palladium on November 19, 2011.

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People salute Amy at Power of Comedy

If it's a Saturday in November there were likely numerous guild and Academy screenings today for all the major contenders who haven't hit theaters yet. And while many Los Angelenos were home watching the USC/Oregon game or wandering out of a "Breaking Dawn" screening somewhere in the Southland. But, at the legendary Palladium Theater, Variety's 2nd Annual Power of Comedy was underway and this year's recipient was none other than one and only Amy Poehler.

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Chris Brown Tells Everyone to Grow Up


Chris Brown has lashed out against Twitter users who continue to "attack" him over his assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. The 'Beautiful People' rapper was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service after beating up the Bajan star in 2009.

Writing on the social networking site on Thursday (November 17), Brown urged people who still dwell on the incident to "grow up" and dismissed accusations that his music promotes violence.

"Don't say s**t to anybody and everyone feels its cool to attack me. GROWN ADULTS!!!! That s**t happened three years ago," he despaired, adding later: "I know a lot of you wack ass (OLD) celebrities probably wanna f**k my ex, but talking s**t on me wont get you far! and to be REALLY HONEST, ya'll wonder why n***er spazzes all the time? (sic)"

He continued: "TWITTER GETS WACK REAL FAST...People please grow up. I've never dealt with so much negativity in my life! It's to the point now that it's just ridiculous! I'M NOT A POLITICIAN! MY MUSIC DOESNT PROMOTE VIOLENCE nor will it ever! Only thing it will increase is the pregnancy rate! I wake up thinking of living my life..... YOU wake up thinking of me...U dont have to respect me now... but u will."

Brown has since deleted all but two messages from his Twitter profile.


X Factor's "Astro" Apologizes For Meltdown+ Compares Himself To Muhammad Ali

Astro Apologizes for His Results Show Meltdown

What I do, I do for the love of Hip-Hop and my fans, and I would never doing anything to hurt either. But please try to understand where my head was last night. Muhammed Ali was hated by America when he didn't enter the draft. What people didn't know was that he would have entered if the recruiter would have addressed him by his new name. I believed I was being mistreated, and in the moment I thought about Ali's moment. I want to be the new ambassador for Hip-Hop and a leader of a new young movement of positive kids, but to be that I must have Integrity and Honor first! People are saying I'm "cocky" and "arrogant", well maybe I have watched too many Muhammed Ali films or maybe I grew up having to fight my way home everyday or battle on street corners of Brooklyn for respect. My guards are always up, and maybe I took the situation too heavy. I seriously apologize to my fans, what I said and my emotions weren't directed toward you. I'm 15 and I think I know everything, but the truth is, I don't, and I handled the situation wrong! Win or lose next week, I will make you all proud!

After the show, Astro hinted on twitter that there may have been some backstage shenanigans viewers weren’t aware of, “Politics!! don’t be fooled by what you don’t know! Thank you AstroNauts for holding me down! Its funny how people are quick to judge not knowing whats going on behind the scenes. Maybe I should have given my Disney smile instead!.”
Yeah it's time to get this child off the show. How dare he compare himself to the Great Muhammad Ali? this only made America hate him even more dumbass

Breaking Dawn Opens To A Massive 283.5 Million Worldwide

 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--Part 1 opened with a sharp bite around the globe, grossing $139.5 million domestically and $144 million overseas for a franchise best $283.5 million. In North America, Breaking Dawn wasn't able to quite match the $142.8 million opening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on the same weekend two years ago. However,Breaking Dawn made up for the gap at the international box office, where it opened day and date in 54 territories.New Moon opened day and date in only 25 territories, earning roughly $133 million for a worldwide total of $274.9 million. Breaking Dawn set two key records: It's the fifth largest opening ever at the domestic box office, and the 10th largest worldwide (supplanting New Moon). Females continued to drive the vampire franchise, making up 80 percent of North American ticket buyers. Breaking Dawn's audience, however, skewed slightly older than the previous films, with 50 percent of the audience over the age of 25. Last year, 54 percent of the opening weekend audience for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was under the age of 25. Eclipse, opening on June 30, a Wednesday, earned $157 million in its first five days at the domestic box office. Breaking Dawn, teaming director Bill Condon with franchise stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, received a B+ CinemaScore, compared to an A- for Eclipse.


Jessica Biel JEALOUS of Anne 'Judy Garland' Hathaway

Actress Jessica Biel has lost two of her most coveted roles to Anne Hathaway - The A-Team star has revealed she tried and failed to land the roles of Catwoman in the new Batman film and Fantine in the upcoming movie adaptation of Les Miserables. Not to mention, Hathaway is considered an early contender for the 2013 Oscars for her film adaptation of Judy Garland in upcoming biopic.

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Strong Black Womyn Post: Kelly to replace Nicole on XFactor?

Kelly Rowland has reportedly impressed Simon Cowell so much this year, that he is considering moving her to his American X Factor series next year.

The Destinys Child star joined the lineup of the UK version earlier in 2011, joining Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh on the British judging panel. She has coined phrases such as ‘put it down’ and ‘booboo’ on the weekly and insiders say that Cowell has been blown away by her energetic nature and magnetic personality on the reality TV show.

The sources claim that the music mogul is now considering replacing Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger on the US panel and one told The Daily Star:

“He’s made no secret of the fact he thinks she’s the star of the UK show. Simon’s been less impressed with how Nicole is faring in the US.” source

McFly think Dougie will end their career

McFly have admitted that they are worried Dougie Poynter's stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here could end their music careers.
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Fellow bandmates Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones revealed that they have warned Poynter to behave himself while in the jungle.

"The only advice we gave Dougie before he went in was to keep his mouth shut," Fletcher told the Daily Star. "We watch it nervously. I don't trust his mouth. He could say something controversial. We're just waiting for him to say something stupid and career-ending.

"We do think he can win. Mark Wright is the favourite and they're both heartthrobs, but Dougie is just a normal guy and he has a kind heart so hopefully that will come across. I just hope he doesn't upset anyone. By, like, slapping them across the face with a fish or anything."

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John Cho visited Manny Pacquiao before his fight

John Cho, adding his name to big-name fans such as Giovanni Ribisi and Evander Holyfield, visited Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in the training ring before his third, still-outcome-debated matchup last week with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas.

The point is, he was adorable okay and so was his sweater.

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another day, another article about the Graham Bear's delusional love triangle

Drake has made plenty of “Headlines” — not only with his Take Care single of that name, but also for his romantic entanglements with some of today’s hottest pop artists. The Google Music performer’s much-publicized fling with Rihanna was short-lived (despite rumors of a more recent rekindling), and MTV has been wondering about the nature of his friendship with Nicki Minaj. (Both ladies appear on his new album.) Now the lonely sleeper has opened up to The Daily Beast about his love for these ladies and more. Find out what he said below.

About his leading lady featured on Take Care’s title track, Drake says: “I came straight from Toronto, just a kid that was trying to get out of my mom’s house, and the first person I meet is a girl that’s the biggest person you could possibly meet at my age. So I meet her and it was just mind-blowing. I couldn’t believe she’d even want to talk to me. I read some interview where they painted me as so sad and heartbroken, but we’re cool. I was never torn apart by that situation.”

Then, regarding his “Made Me Proud” songbird: “If there’s any woman in my life that’s the ideal woman for me, it’s definitely Nicki. I like the stripped-down Nicki. I like Nicki with no makeup, black hair, some casual clothes in a recording booth rapping an amazing verse. That’s sexy to me. I know some great women, but all jokes aside, Nicki is somebody I could spend my life with because I think we understand each other



Lady Gaga Gives Whopping 50% of Income to Her Father

How does the biggest pop star on the planet reward herself after she’s spent the past year touring the world, performing for President Bill Clinton, opening her own boutique in Barneys, releasing a high-fashion picture book, and prepping for her appearance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”?

If you’re Lady Gaga, you go home to Mom and Dad’s and curl up in your childhood bedroom on the Upper West Side — which is what she plans to do this holiday weekend as her ABC variety special, “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving,” premieres Thursday night.

“She still doesn’t have her own place in the city,” one longtime friend tells The Post. “She and her family are very tight.

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I'm sorry but fxck the haters who say she's all about the money. Clearly if she is "all about the money," she's focused on earning money for a good reason, her family. Your faves would never, and your faves never have tbh.

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Oprah Winfrey Starts "Next Chapter," Will Launch New Primetime Series Next Year

It's no Oprah show, but fans of the former talk show host can expect to see much more of Winfrey on the small screen again...and soon.

The media mogul is set to launch "Oprah's Next Chapter" on her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) early next year, which will showcase Winfrey traveling around the world interviewing celebrities, newsmakers, leaders and real-life families, according to the network's website.

"After 25 years, I got myself out of the studio chairs," Winfrey said in a statement. "I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever—moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too. It is so energizing to be out and about in the world exploring new people, new places and new ideas."

"I sat at the dinner table with a Hasidic Jewish family and tried to explain to the children who have never seen a television what TV is...can you imagine? I fire-walked with Tony Robbins—never pictured myself doing that! I celebrated the power of God and community with Joel Osteen and I'm planning a trip with Deepak Chopra to India where I've never been," Winfrey continued.

The primetime show, which is set to premiere Jan. 1, 2012 with a two-hour episode, will first feature an interview with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler in his New Hampshire home, where the two will discuss his former drug addiction, his love life and American Idol fame.

Other episodes will include a slumber party at Food Network star Paula Deen's Georgia estate, a visit with Star Wars creator George Lucas at his Skywalker Ranch and a trip to Haiti with Sean Penn.


Doctor Who: who will play the big-screen Doctor?

Director David Yates has revealed that a film version of Doctor Who is being planned, and that the BBC franchise will go through "quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena". Yates and producer Jane Tranter are currently hunting a screenwriter, but what we're really keen to know, of course, is which actor might play the big-screen Doctor. It's a wide-open field...

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'I'm a very lucky boy': X Factor host Dermot O'Leary engaged to long-term love Dee Koppang!

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X Factor host Dermot O'Leary is thrilled after his long-term girlfriend Dee Koppang accepted his proposal.

The presenter and his TV producer/director partner got engaged during a mini-break in New York earlier this month.

Although the couple had remained coy with their big news, it was 'outed' by Xtra Factor co-host Caroline Flack last night.

She said: 'We want to congratulate you... on your engagement!'

When Xtra Factor co-host asked O'Leary why he had taken so long to propose after the couple had been dating for nine years, he replied: 'Well, you don't want to rush these things.'

Writing on his Twitter page after the show, he thanked fans for their congratulatory messages.

He tweeted: 'Thanks for all the tweets tonight. Very lucky boy.'

O'Leary apparently got down on one knee and presented Koppang with a diamond engagement ring during a steak dinner at Saxon & Parole in Manhattan's NoHo.


aww congrats to them! ... lucky bitch :P
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katy perry's teenage dream getting away as her marriage goes from hot to cold

Katy's marriage faces collapse!!

If Russell Brand and Katy Perry want to quash rumours that their year-old marriage is on the rocks, they are certainly going about it in a strange way. Last week, singer Katy, 27, appeared on a U.S. chat show to talk about their plans to start a family, but privately she is telling friends her marriage is in trouble. She is understood to have confided in musician Tore Nissen, who is playing in a support act on her California Dreams world tour.

‘Tore has been a shoulder to cry on for Katy,’ says a mole. ‘They get along well, so much so that his girlfriend became suspicious and joined him on the tour.’ Meanwhile, Russell, 35, jokingly took off his wedding ring as he announced plans for a stand-up comedy tour of U.S. colleges – and also poked fun at ‘sororities’ – female societies at universities.

‘I don’t know what a sorority is .  .  . except that they are sort of sex clubs for women,’ he posted. ‘I am going to learn first-hand about sororities.’


I believe it! As Wendy Williams always says, a lot of dumb people think having a guy's baby will keep their relationship going.
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ABC’s Mid-Season Schedule: Still No Cougar Town; Pan-Am Might be Gone


ABC unveiled its mid-season premiere dates tonight, and conspicuously absent from the schedule is Cougar Town. It's Community all over again! Almost.

An ABC insider confirms that the Cul de Sac Crew will be back in February or March, so don't fret too hard. Man Up, the ABC sitcom about masculinity that isn't the Tim Allen one, has met a different fate, though: ABC hasn't ordered more episodes past the thirteen it already has, so the show's about as good as gone. Perhaps ominously, there's still no word on more episodes of Pan Am, either. ABC's adding new shows to its schedule thusly: The drag comedy Work It will debut January 3; The River, a sort of supernatural horror drama, will premiere Tuesday, February 7; GCB, née Good Christian Bitches and Good Christian Belles, will premiere Sunday, March 4; and Missing, starring Ashley Judd, will premiere Thursday, March 15.

Time to start those Save Pan Am campaigns, fans.


Excerpts from the Kardashians' novel

I read (and I'm not ashamed to say, enjoyed) Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian's roman à clef, Dollhouse, for work. My review is here (the headline is, obviously, all my doing) and it explains why I was seduced by its trashy charm (er, charmlessness). Also, now that everyone hates them, I kind of love them? Predictable, but there you go.

Anyway, I thought I'd present some of my favorite sentences/passages as a supplement to my praise. They're below the cut. I'm not saying that you need to run out and buy Dollhouse, but I am saying that there are far worse ways to liquefy your brain.

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bye fatso!!!! heheheheh

It's that sad time of the week again. The time we say so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodnight to another X Factor contestant – and tonight it was Craig Colton's turn to sing his last. After ending up in the bottom two against Amelia Lily, the judges voted two apiece (Gary and Tulisa – Craig, Kelly and Louis – Amelia Lily) and took us to our first deadlock of the series. Oooo and errrrrr! Poor old Craig, who admitted he had a bad feeling after last night's show, was absolutely devastated, but told Dermot he'd had the “time of his life” on the show.

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so glad that fatboringfuck is outta xfactor!! gary ilu but u should really just stfu now when the whole world agrees ur song choice sucks! OMG RIRI PERFORMANCE WAS FLAWFRIH!!! WERQ GURL

MTV continues campaign to regain cultural relevance, bring back the 90s, brings back Yo! MTV Raps

Call it the "Beavis and Butt-Head" factor, but suddenly everything old is, like, cool again. Or something. Case in point: On December 4, MTV2 will herald the return of one of the most beloved franchises in MTV history, "Yo! MTV Raps."

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Maybe if this special does well, they'll bring back Yo! MTV Raps for real!

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Meryl Streep's Maggie Thatcher: A feminist icon?

The topic has become recently relevant due to the chatter around the release of the trailer for this Meryl Streep vehicle:

FOR a while it seemed the makers of The Iron Lady – the Margaret Thatcher biopic that hits UK cinemas at the turn of the year – were in a no-win situation. The daughter of a Grantham grocer was nothing if not a Marmite figure.

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Is Meryl good enough to pull this off ONTD?



New Trailer for The Grey - or Liam Neeson vs. Wolves...

'The Grey’ Sizzle Reel: Liam Neeson Faces Wolves, and His Demons

The first teaser trailer for Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey got us pretty pumped to see the movie, because it featured Liam Neeson taping broken bottles to his hands in preparation to fight a wolf. With that image in mind it’s pretty easy to forget that the rest of the first teaser trailer is a really moody, low-key thing that depicts Neeson as one of several guys lost in the wilderness after a plane crash.

Now here’s a sizzle reel for the movie (this isn’t a final trailer, though we might see a trailer that looks a lot like this one) that really promotes the idea of The Grey as a brooding adventure story. At least until the wolves attack, at least, at which point all bets are off. Check out the reel below.

Beware that, as a sizzle reel rather than a trailer, this might show more of the movie than you want to see.

I love the discordant, super-tense score; if this is Marc Streitenfeld’s music for the film I’ll be excited, though I feel like this is a piece of music I’ve heard before. And the first-person narration via intertitles is pretty great, too. Seen in tiny shots like this I’m worried about whether the wolves will really work, but this hasn’t dimmed my interest in the movie. Liam Neeson would have his inner turmoil externalized as a pack of super-intelligent wolves, wouldn’t he?

The Grey opens on January 27 2012.

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Anneke "Better Than Your Faves" van Giersbergen to release solo album.

Anneke to release album 'Everything is Changing' in January + new video for 'I Feel Alive'

Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE, ex-THE GATHERING) will release her new solo album, "Everything Is Changing", on January 20, 2012 via PIAS Holland. The CD was recorded at Ultrasound Studios in Braga, Portugal with producer Daniel Cardoso.
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Excited, I like the new song. Nothing as amazing as her work with The Gathering but it's very pretty and her voice is just so perfect.

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Cyndi Lauper Talks 'Women Who Rock'

Pop star on Madonna, Nicki Minaj and her new PBS documentary

PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock will premiere on PBS. The documentary celebrates the legacy of female musicians in rock, featuring interviews and live performances by trailblazers such as Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson and Mother Maybelle and contemporary stars such as Heart, Darlene Love, Deborah Harry, Bonnie Raitt and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna. Rolling Stone caught up with Cyndi Lauper, the host of the program, to chat about what inspired her to get involved with the film, and her favorite female rockers from yesterday and today.

How did you get involved with the Women Who Rock documentary?

I always have been saying [the Rock & Roll Fall of Fame] should include women. I was in Cleveland and I took my cousin's son to see it, because he wanted to see it, and they asked if I wanted a VIP tour and I said "Not really, because you don't really include women in your curation here." There's hardly any women, and I feel funny walking this kid around, explaining who the women were who were around at the time. The curator looked at me and it just so happened that there was a young woman who was trying to get them to do an exhibit of women in rock and they came to me, maybe because of that. You know, everybody grows and hopefully it will be more inclusive. I'm really glad they included the women they included.

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Tom Cruise Tells Jeremy Renner To "Jump" (A Lot) In Campy 'Ghost Protocol' Clip

Much to the chagrin of a certain faction of arthouse-only devotees, we've been pretty pumped about "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" for a variety of reason. It marks the live action feature debut by longtime Pixar director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles"), it boasts a pretty great cast (Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Léa Seydoux, Anil Kapoor and more) and that recent full length trailer was pretty ace. Well, a new clip has arrived for the movie over at MSN and it's a reminder that slick packaging can be deceving.

It's a little bit mind boggling why this scene above anything else in the movie was selected to keep the buzz going, because out of context (at least we hope) it's ridiculously camp. It features a tux wearing Ethan Hunt breathlessly saying "Jump" repeatedly, to the point of hilarity, to shady agent Brandt who is being implored to fall down a giant shaft toward a dangerous fan. Meanwhile, geeky Benji tries to assure him he'll be fine. Jump, jump, jump. The scene is pretty much tailor made to be hacked up and viralized with new clips being put in of people/animals responding to Cruise saying "Jump!" But yeah, the entire scene comes off pretty goofy but let's just hope it's just a case of sequence being removed from its proper environment.

"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" opens in IMAX on December 16th and then in theaters across the land on December 21st. Watch below.


As much as I hate Tom Cruise, I will watch this for Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg

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Sean Lennon: Subpar One Man Band

When it came time for writer/director Jordan Galland to give his friend and musical colleague Sean Lennon instruction on scoring his indie film, "Alter Egos," Galland recalls requesting "something that feels like 'Twin Peaks' at times and that feels like it's harnessing the power of 'The Dark Knight' at times."

By then, Lennon adds with a laugh, Galland was already editing the comedy about superheroes who have fallen out of favor with the public, and "he'd just discarded 15 other cues that I'd worked on. And we only had four days to finish the score."

Lennon wholeheartedly embraced the challenge, even taking up the gauntlet to write a new tune, complete with lyrics, after Galland told him he planned to license an old song. "Sean was like, 'C'mon man, we can totally write a song that sounds like it's from the '50s'," Galland says of their one co-write on the project.

That tune, "My Hero," joins 21 other cues composed by Lennon that span a wide array of musical styles from retro to noir to psychedelic to sweeping, tension-filled action. "It was a marathon," Lennon says, who also played all the instruments on the tracks. Aside from the time crunch, the greatest difficulty was "making something that sounded like a big-budget superhero film with only my computer,"he adds.

"[Jordan's] scripts are so quirky and different, we had to figure out our own language," says Lennon, who counts Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone among the composers who inspired him musically. "Jordan combines genres in a way that's atypical."

Galland and Lennon have been friends for around 15 years, and have collaborated on each other's albums. Lennon also scored Galland's first feature, 2009's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead." However, Galland was unprepared for how expansive Lennon's musical palette had become when it came time to work on "Alter Egos." "I was really impressed with how much he'd grown as a musician," Galland says.

The 80-minute film includes roughly 40 minutes of Lennon's score and a handful of needle drops. Galland has submitted "Alter Egos" to a number of festivals and expects it to be released in 2012.

Lennon also has a cameo as a villain in the movie.


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Henry Rollins announces 2012 tour dates, both US and Europe

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Henry Rollins announces globe-trotting spoken word tour

By Michael Roffman on November 15th, 2011 in News, Tour

He’s back. Henry Rollins, that is. Always ready to read a good book, the former Black Flag frontman will take the world in his hands – somewhat literally – when he hits the road next month for a Costco shopping cart’s worth of spoken word dates. As previously reported, he’ll first support Dinosaur Jr. in their mini holiday jaunt, interviewing the Amherst, MA legends prior to their set, but come January, the acclaimed author will be everywhere, from Germany to Italy to Ponte Vedre Beach, FL. He’s like the disease you always wanted. Check out the whole list of tour dates below, but bring a bookmark. It gets long.

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X-Men’s Charles Xavier hasn’t finished being broken down, says James McAvoy

We last saw Charles Xavier forever physically altered by his dear friend Erik Lehnsherr — so what's next for the leader of the X-Men? The actor who played the young Professor X, James McAvoy has a few ideas about Charles' future. And it starts with deflating Xavier's giant mutant ego.

We were lucky enough to speak with McAvoy one-on-one, as part of the press day for his new animated film Arthur Christmas, and he told us what he imagines will happen in the next X-Men.
Michael Fassbender recently stated that he wants more Charles Xavier in the X-Men: First Class sequel. In your opinion, where are our heroes in the sequel? Where will we find Charles and Erik?

I don't know where we find Erik — it's kind of defined at the end of the film that he's a bad guy. I can't really speak for him, but I know that with Charles, you either have to write him out of the movie or give him an interesting story. He can't just become the guy that we saw in the first three movies. He just had two major things happen to him. He's lost his best friend, essentially, and he's just been paralyzed from the waist down. Which is just a huge, huge blow to his considerable ego. So he's got to deal with that.

And I don't think we can just brush over that and go, "yeah I'm in a wheelchair now," because Professor X is in a wheelchair. You've got to deal with that, I don't care if he's a superhero and has brain powers or not, he's just had a huge part of his physical life taken away from him, by someone he cares about more than anyone else. So he's got to deal with that. That's part of the interesting ideas that we're talking about with Matthew [Vaughn], that Matthew's very excited about which I think is fantastic, but I can't really get into them with you because they may (or may not) form the spine of the story.

Would you like to be in the sequel? Have you said yes?

I would definitely like to be in the sequel, but the truth as well that I'm bound to be in the sequel by a contract that says we do three films. So if Fox decides we're doing it, then I don't have a choice. But I would still like to, I had a great time with Matthew and Michael, that was a great threesome to work with and really sort of carve out a new beginning for those two characters. So hopefully we'll have the same kind of joy on the set. The good thing is, I don't think Fox is rushing into it just because it did well. They want to make sure they get a good script, because if you can't get a good story there's no point in doing it. It can be a stand-alone film if we can't figure out a good story.

There's plenty of story left for Charles in between where he is now and where we've seen him before. I hope he isn't written off.

That's what Matthew is talking about, he's come up with a particularly interesting idea, last time I spoke with him. So he's pitching that to Fox, and they've basically just got to write the script.


I'm with James; Charles deserves more attention in the sequel. What do you think, ONTD?
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LA Times: JLo, 1Republic embarrass themselves at AMAs

This is a post largely about a couple of songs that don't even deserve to be written about. Jennifer Lopez gave what will surely be the most cringe-inducing, embarrassing performance of the night at Sunday's American Music Awards with her "On the Floor." It wasn't that Lopez wasn't really wearing any clothes, as audiences expect that nowadays. Instead, it was Lopez's choice of an accessory, which in this case was a car. When the actual commercial ran not too long after the performance, the only difference was the emphasis on the name of the brand.

Worse, however, was OneRepublic, which arrived simply to tell the world that it'd been living quite well off its one massive hit, "Apologize." New song "Good Life" is little more than a city-by-city list of where the band has thrown away cash. "My friends in L.A., they don't know," sang Ryan Tedder, "where I've been the past few years." He then told us: China, Paris, Colorado, etc. Fascinating, Ryan. Tell us more. source

I couldn't stop laughing at the car product-placement. She slayed either way.
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Lady Gaga L-U-Vs Madonna's New Single

During the “Children in Need Rocks Manchester” event the Mirror columnist Dean Piper interviewed Lady Gaga and asked her about Madonna.
She said…

"Madonna is a wonderful ­influence on me. I feel blessed to have grown up with a ­powerful, blonde woman to show us the ropes. It’s all down to her that I’m able to do what I do.
I really like her new single too. The one that was leaked. There’s no problem between us.


A perfect excuse to celebrate when I should really be studying.

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band to tour in '12

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to go on the road in 2012.
Springsteen announced plans to tour the United States and Europe on his official website Sunday. Dates were to be announced later.
He also wrote the band is "incredibly excited" about the new year, adding their new music is "almost done" and "still untitled," but with an undetermined release date.
This will be the first tour for the E Street Band since saxophonist Clarence Clemons died in June from complications of a stroke.
Springsteen's last tour was the "Working on a Dream" tour, which ended in 2009.


Bruce fans, what have you been listening to lately? I was having a religious moment with "The Ghost of Tom Joad" the other day in my car.
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This land is Oh Land's

The pop star who goes by the name of Oh Land suffered early-life ballet disappointment without going all Natalie Portman about it. She’s made a good fist of the pop game, though, having supported Katy Perry in Dublin earlier in the week. She talks to LAUREN MURPHY

NANNA Øland Fabricius: it’s an easy name to remember. You might know her as Oh Land, Denmark’s biggest pop success since Aqua unleashed Barbie Girl . Now she’s staking her claim on the rest of the world with her eponymous second album, released this summer.

But things, as the 26-year-old readily admits, could have been very different. Fabricius’s backstory is the stuff that record-label press department dreams are made of: having trained professionally as a ballet dancer since the age of 10, an injury at 18 meant that her twinkle-toed career was abruptly sidelined. You’d like to think that it’s all very Black Swan ; life and death performances driven by angst, romance and passion. In reality, her cheery voice doesn’t sound like she is too cut up about her dream as a prima ballerina assoluta being prematurely dashed. Being a naturally gifted musician and the daughter of a professional opera singer (mum) and classically trained organist (dad) helped soften the blow.

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I totally recommend her album! If you haven't listened to this yet, you totally should imo!

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 7x11 Promo & Glenn Howerton Interview

Promo for 7x11 "Thunder Gun Express"

Glenn Howerton's interview with The Morton Report

If you like your comedy dark and twisted, then It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is the contemporary sitcom for you. For seven years, the show has been a beacon of inappropriate humor on FX. The brainchild of three longtime friends and struggling actors (Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and Charlie Day), the series was able to build up a cult audience over several years on FX, a luxury that’s become sadly rare in television.

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Beckham: FIFA president's racism comments are 'not right'

Football superstar David Beckham has condemned controversial comments made by Sepp Blatter, who is refusing to stand down as FIFA president despite widespread criticism.

The head of world soccer sparked fury when he told CNN World Sport that racism is not a problem on the football field, and that any issue could be resolved by "shaking hands" after a match.

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