February 5th, 2012

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Independent: Britain’s Gay Footballers - A few thoughts

Gay footballers. Why don’t they come out? This is a topic that I visited in November 2010, and I don’t wish to sound like a broken record by going over all of that ground now. More importantly, the BBC 3 screening of Britain’s Gay Footballers presents a good opportunity for an update.



The show was a very good primer for those coming afresh to this issue, and was quite moving at a few turns. The most interesting thing about it was that it was hosted by Amal Fashanu, the niece of Justin Fashanu, who died in ignominy after coming out and then leaving the game in disgrace. The programme was therefore not so much an examination of the issue of homophobia in football as Amal’s discovery of just how Justin’s homosexuality had led to a family rift. Though only 22, she was relentless in confronting uncomfortable truths which, remarkably, she was hitherto unaware. As she discovered how unsupportive her family, and particularly her own father John – a professional footballer himself – had been, it felt like a British Nigerian version of Secrets and Lies, where she stumbled upon details of Justin’s situation in full and sometimes harrowing public view. However, John did clarify in an interview soon after Justin’s death that he had been upset that Justin had told a newspaper about his sexuality, rather than telling his family directly. He said: “If he’d have come to me and said, ‘Look John, I’m gay’ I’d have said, ’so what Justin? I’m heterosexual, I like women. I’m not going to go and scream and shout about it. “‘This is how you were made. No problem at all. Get on with your life.’”

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Egyptian film star sentenced for insulting Islam



The Arab world's most famous comic actor, Adel Imam, has received a three-month jail sentence for insulting Islam in films and plays, a court document showed on Thursday.

Imam, who has frequently poked fun at authorities and politicians of all colors during a 40-year career, has one month to appeal the sentence and will remain out of jail until the appeal process is concluded.

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10 Shows that Would Be Much Better If They Killed Off a Major Character




Even the best shows on television often carry dead weight. There always seems to be one or two characters that hold the rest of the show back. Oftentimes, these characters are introduced, serve their narrative purpose, and then just kind of hang around, waiting for something to do. Most television writers are reluctant, however, to dispose of them. So these characters float around aimlessly, taking up space in distracting subplots that pull the focus away from the major storylines. Other times, these characters are just annoying and obnoxious, and their shows would be much better off without them, if only the showrunners had the courage to write them out of their respective shows.
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on Stage Fright, Pete Doherty and a New von Trier Film





For a performer who gets stage fright, making an album of mostly live recordings – the recently released Stage Whisper – might seem an odd choice. Were you consciously pushing yourself?

Always. I love to push myself, I find it exciting. The first time I performed live, I did a terrible show in Paris. It was a nightmare and I thought I'd never do it again.
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Very modest and beautiful (idgaf) as always--you can tell how shy she is in general so it is more evidence of her artistic skill to see her in films and concerts imo!

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Black People Don't Kill Themselves, Right?

Why Don Cornelius' death should start a much-needed dialogue about African Americans and suicide.

When the news came Wednesday morning that beloved icon and creator of Soul Train Don Cornelius had died, there was a collective gasp of disbelief. Though he was 75, there seemed to be an understanding that Cornelius was immortal.

For as long as we could remember, he was, as a friend put it, "the arbiter of cool." Growing up in the small college town of Stillwater, Okla., in the 1980s, I was exposed to few examples of that intangible "cool." Michael Jackson was one; Soul Train and, by extension, Don Cornelius was the other.

Soul Train was the "hippest trip in the galaxy" and my only connection to urban America. No matter what happened during the week, no matter how often my blackness was overlooked and misunderstood, I could always count on my Saturdays being filled with music and magic. Soul Train gave me a definition. Watching these beautiful brown people juke and jive once a week was a conduit to my own self-actualization.

On Wednesday Facebook was filled with similar stories of awakening and pride that Soul Train provided. On the first day of Black History Month, we were not only grieving and mourning the man who was such an indelible part of our personal black histories; we were also celebrating our childhoods. We were trumpeting the first time we had a visual representation of "black is beautiful" that everyone could understand. It was interesting to see how similar our experiences were.

As morning rolled into day and details of this tragedy were revealed, competing with our fond memories was a small but vocal group of people expressing disbelief. Cornelius' untimely death they could handle. What they couldn't grasp was the method.

As a mental-health advocate, over the years I've heard variations of the "black people don't commit suicide" meme. Yesterday the chorus was deafening. People went so far as to create elaborate conspiracy theories rather than accept what could be a simple truth -- that Cornelius had taken his own life.

As we wait for authorities to confirm what's been reported about his death -- that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- it's easy to let our stages of grief include conspiracy theory. Who wants to believe that someone they have treasured and admired for most of their lives could do such a thing? That state of shock and disbelief is understandable, but it is dangerous to assume that "black people don't commit suicide."

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Tiquan Underwood Cut: Patriots Release WR Hours Before Super Bowl 46




INDIANAPOLIS -- So close to the Super Bowl, yet so far.

Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood has been cut by the Patriots less than 24 hours before the big game – bad news for him, of course, but a move that increases the likelihood Chad Ochocinco will be active against the Giants on Sunday.

In another move Saturday, the Patriots signed defensive end Alex Silvestro from their practice squad.

Ochocinco had a career-low 15 catches in his first season with the Patriots and was inactive for the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago. He's never played in the Super Bowl.

New England's other wide receivers are Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater.

Underwood had three catches in five games this season.

Are you guys ready for the Super Bowl? What will you be eating? GO PATS!

EDIT: Chill out my fellow Patriots fans, I only made this post so that we could have a Super Bowl pre-game discussion post.

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cory monteith disturbing the peace

CORY MONTEITH
Cops Called to Bust Up
House Party


"Glee" star Cory Monteith threw a loud birthday party for one of his friends last night -- so loud, in fact, that neighbors called the cops to have it shut down ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ cops were called to Monteith's Hollywood Hills home at 4:30 AM because neighbors were complaining about the noise level.

We're told cops spoke to Monteith and his roommate, who were both extremely nice to the officers.

In the end, we're told Cory agreed to shut off the music and end the party -- which was also attended by other cast members from "Glee" -- but not before cops gave Cory's roommate a ticket for the loud music.

No word on if any of the music in question were mash-ups of popular 90s songs.

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Nick Carter goes from Backstreet to spotlight

By John J. Moser, Of The Morning Call




Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, will play a solo show at Allentown's Crocodile Rock Cafe on February 8 and at Trocedero Theatre in Philadelphia on Feb. 4.

When Nick Carter, the youngest member of the phenomenally successful boy band Backstreet Boys, made his first solo record, "Now or Never" in 2002, it sold well enough to attain gold status, hit Billboard's Top 20 and produce a Top 40 pop hit, "Help Me."

Carter now says the record was a success almost in spite of itself.

"There were some things that were just incomplete from an artist's perspective, a personal side," he says in a phone interview. "Just all around, I wasn't even prepared for it."

So instead of releasing a follow-up, Carter rejoined Backstreet Boys after a hiatus. The group released three more albums, sold more than a million more records and performed successful tours both as a group and on an outing with fellow boy band New Kids on the Block.

Carter says that in addition to performing, he was learning.

"I learned the ropes, was able to develop relationships with producers [and] writers, learned how to be a better writer. Learned the ins and outs of some of the business things that were very important to touring, to production, even from a record company standpoint."


A decade later, Carter is now 32 and has released his sophomore solo disc, "I'm Taking Off." Its first single, "Burning Up," was released Jan. 24, and Carter is on a solo tour that stops today at Philadelphia's Trocedero Theatre and Wednesday at Allentown's Crocodile Rock Cafe.

Carter says that he has not only learned how to make a record, but this time he also actually made it. He co-wrote all 11 songs; helped in its production; released it on his own record label, Kaotic Records, and worked on distribution deals.

"I felt that it was time," Carter says. "Actually in late 2010 I was recording and writing and things came together. I like to say that I went back to college with the guys and was able to apply all of the things that I studied in my career."

Carter says the disc represents a transition in his both his career and his life.

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frankly, the whole article should be bolded imo.

i was at his concert Thursday night at irving plaza--his first show after the announcement of his sister.  oh man, the emotion that kid poured into everything he did was amazing.  he started crying by the end of "falling down" dedicated to his sister. and he stormed back onto the stage and was just like "lets celebrate her life, god damnit" and started singing IWITW until his band caught on.  purely amazing.

I missed class on thurs night to attend this concert, and now my prof is making me write an extra paper.  Ughhh, I should probably start it sometime soon… ahh, there goes my A in this class, but nikolas was well worth it.



Madonna thinks Britney Spears is better than Lady Gaga.. and is correct



It's no secret that Madonna speaks her mind (hey, did you know she doesn't like hydrangeas?), so when the press started comparing her to the likes of Lady Gaga, she had a few things to say on the matter. Earlier this month, the Material Girl callously commented on Gaga's "Born This Way," calling it "a wonderful way to redo my song." That in itself is pretty much a slap in the face, but now she's extended her wrath even further by inferring that the 25-year-old singer isn't as talented as Britney Spears in the March issue of The Advocate. Ouch.


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Eddie Redmayne Mini Post

Prince William with the Birdsong heart-throb and fellow Eton prefects... and some VERY wacky waistcoats
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Rumor: Did Vogue Play Matchmacker for Karlie Kloss and Eddie Redmayne?


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BBC receives complaints about sex scenes in Birdsong adaptation

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Bon Iver Turns Down Offer To Perform At The Grammys


Bon Iver surprised a lot of people, their own fans included, when they were nominated for Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Alternative Album. To make matters terribly ironic, it came out last December that frontman Justin Vernon thought of the Grammys as being "ridiculous". In an unpublished interview segment done around the time of Arcade Fire's big Grammy win last year, Vernon said of the awards show:

"I was like 'I would go and I would' — and I don’t think the Bon Iver record is the kind of record that would get nominated for a Grammy — 'I would get up there and be like, "This is for my parents, because they supported me," ' because I know they would think it would be stupid of me not to go up there. But I kinda felt like going up there and being like: 'Everyone should go home, this is ridiculous. You should not be doing this. We should not be gathering in a big room and looking at each other and pretending that this is important.' That’s what I would say."
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Stars of NBC sing Brotherhood of Man for Superbowl Ad



Sure, there may be a big game on today, but part of the fun for TV fans is seeing what kind of crazy commercials we get to see for our favorites shows. Since this year the game is on NBC — and given THE VOICE’s premiere tonight and SMASH premieres tomorrow — it only makes sense that one of the network’s big ads is a gigantic musical number.

Are you interested in seeing the stars of 30 ROCK, THE OFFICE, PARKS & RECREATION, COMMUNITY, SMASH, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, THE VOICE, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, PARENTHOOD, ARE YOU THERE CHELSEA?, WHITNEY, UP ALL NIGHT, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and more sing and dance about their love of NBC?

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cute. But missing Jimmy Fallon, imo.

whoops. Apparently Jimmy Fallon was in it. That's what I get for being ~forever lazy~ and not watching the last 10 secs.
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Time Warner Cable Presents "Ryan Gosling OnDemand"          


In celebration of Valentine's Day, Time Warner Cable is making eight of the Oscar-nominated actor's films available On Demand for all of February. LA Weekly reports that for prices between $1.99 and $4.99, viewers can instantly order some of Gosling's biggest hits, including his three 2011 movies: "Drive," "The Ides of March" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love," the latter two of which earned him Golden Globe nominations.

Also including in the Gosling line-up are "Remember the Titans," "Murder By Numbers," "Fracture," "The Notebook," and "Lars and the Real Girl." But the one film for which he was nominated for an Oscar, "Half Nelson," is not available and "Blue Valentine," the drama with Michelle Williams that earned her an Oscar nomination, is also missing. smfh

Still, fans of the actor will likely not be disappointed by the all Gosling, all the time opportunity.


cheers to the women of time warner

Dollar Store Zooey Deschanel Dedicates Dirty Song to the Virgin Who Can't Drive/Play Football



Katy Perry performed her first U.S. concert since splitting from hubby Russell Brand in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday night, delivering a party-starting nine-song set for guests at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Hosted by Mark Cuban and Peyton Manning.

And the pop star seemed to have Super Bowl fever: Sporting a glittery, football-themed top and high-cut grey spandex shorts, Perry kicked off the show at 11:45 p.m. by bursting through a banner emblazoned with her name, just like a hometown gridiron hero.

"Who else is excited for Madonna?" she asked later on, referring to Queen of Pop's Sunday halftime show. "That's the only reason that I came!" (Madonna's daughter, Lourdes, was spotted at Perry's concert.)

Perry, 27, made no references to Brand, 36, throughout the set, but she did jokingly give a shout out to one special fellow who was on her mind. "This one goes out to Tim Tebow," she said, before launching into her single "Peacock."

Shaquille O'Neal, Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka were among the celeb guests who caught her set from the side of the stage, while Chris Meloni and Scott Wolf made appearances.

Post-show, Perry partied with her pals in a roped-off area in the center of the room. Says an insider, "She was having the best time and was in such a great mood."

GO PATS!!!!
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Justin Bieber Vs. Lady Gaga Vs. Katy Perry: Who’s Most Influential On Twitter? [STATS]


They’re the Twitter heavyweights, the tweet elite, the upper echelon of tweeps society. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry are the three most-followed Twitter users of all time, and now they’re about to face off to see who is most influential among their tens of millions of followers.

Regardless of whose music you prefer, only one of these Twitter superstars is the best when it comes to influencing their followers. So who is it?

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Gabrielle Union Covers WMB Magazine's Winter 2012 + Behind-the-Scenes Photos

The Hollywood star of the upcoming films, "GOOD DEEDS", "THINK LIKE A MAN" and "IN OUR NATURE" graces the second issue of WMB: World's Most Beautiful Magazine 3D.






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KATY PERRY GOES AFTER SOME FOOTBALL DIQ

Katy Perry gets her flirt on with Cam Newton



INDIANAPOLIS Newly single Katy Perry is on the prowl, and she may have set her sights on a certain rookie quarterback.

Perry is in Indianapolis to perform at DirecTV's pre-Super Bowl party on Saturday, but first, she stopped by the Associated Press NFL Awards to serve as a presenter.

Perry playfully flirted with co-presenter Cam Newton, saying: "You'll be the first straight man I've had a photo with in a long time, so live up to it."

The Carolina Panthers star smiled big and coyly replied, "I am."

Newton won the 2011 offensive rookie of the year award.

Perry's husband, comedian Russell Brand, filed for divorce earlier in the year from the "Firework" singer.

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Michael Angarano Lands Lead in CBS Comedy Pilot



Michael Angarano will star in a CBS comedy pilot from The Muppets' writer/producer Nick Stoller, TV Guide.com has confirmed.

Angarano, who co-stars in the new action film Haywire, is set to play Jake, a 20-something ad agency exec who breaks up with his girlfriend but is still forced to work alongside her.

The pilot is written and directed by Stoller and is loosely based on his life.
The 24-year-old Angarano, whose casting was first reported by Deadline, has also appeared in Will & Grace, and the film Almost Famous.

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Liz Phair on Why Lana Del Rey Scares Rock’s Boys Club



Rolling Stone asked me to speak about 
Lana Del Rey. I wanted to know how big my participation in the piece would be–was it substantial or just a quote? Just a quote, they said, to which I replied that I wasn’t super interested. Which was a lie. I have a lot to say about her, but no sound bites. You see, Lana Del Rey is exactly what I was hoping to inspire when I took on the male rock establishment almost twenty years ago with my debut record, “Exile In Guyville.”

Let me break it down for you: she’s writing herself into existence. She’s giving herself a part to play because, God knows, no one else will and she wants to matter in this life. As far as I can tell, it’s working. I went straight to iTunes and bought her new release “Born To Die” in toto (how often do I do that??) because it was more than a collection of songs or a performance, it was a phenomenon. Maybe all the more so because she’s not overwhelmingly talented. The minute I hear the whisperings of “how dare she,” I’m interested.



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ONTD Exclusive: Interview with Brian Dunkleman!

I'm on a pop culture podcast called Quarter Life Crisis (found here and on iTunes). I borrow heavily from this fine community for my material, so I figure it was time to pay up.

We had the pleasure of interviewing former Season One American Idol host Brian Dunkleman! It was his very first podcast!

Highlights:
  • He's hawking a new co-ed sport called Skyball.
  • Talks about how a between Simon and Randy was staged/edited/reshot. (Reality TV isn't real, water is wet.)
  • Ryan Seacrest is a sycophant, and he actually worked to make Dunkleman look bad on the show
  • In an effort to change the awful writing he was given, Dunkleman enlisted comedian Doug Benson to write some jokes that made the show.
  • Seacrest is a dick, basically.

Click here, and skip to 41:38 for my excited squeals and the interview!


Popping my ONTD posting cherry, mods. Be gentle!
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Take This Waltz trailer starring Michelle Williams and lesser ppl

Take This Waltz, directed by Sarah Polley. Starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan, Sarah Silverman & Luke Kirby.

The film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a young couple who struggle with monogamy and fidelity, as the former is torn between her husband and a new man. Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby round out the cast that has been described as sexually frank, somewhat explicit, but bracingly honest about the complex emotions that arise out of sex and love. Featuring a soundtrack heavy on Canadian legend Leonard Cohen (not surprising, given the film's title), our A-grade review from TIFF called the movie "a modernist version of a late '60s or early '70s relationship film" that delivers "a knockout punch."

No release date yet, but Magnolia Pictures is expected to unspool the film this summer.



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Recap: Saturday Night Live with Channing Tatum



Up tonight: Channing Tatum, a name I will type out as “Carol Channing” at least once tonight.

Tatum’s not exactly known for his comedic chops.

Or, um, acting chops, if one gets right down to brass tacks.

But he’s here to pimp one or more of the approximately 438 movies that he’s inthis year.

Along for the ride on the musical front: indie darlings Bon Iver. (I looked it up: apparently “Bon Iver” is NOT a name of a dude in the band. Can you tell I have a lot of history with this band? Yeah.)

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M.I.A. flips middle finger on national tv, etc...

M.I.A. flips bird during Super Bowl halftime show

By DAVID BAUDER 
AP Entertainment Writer



For all the pomp and excess of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime extravaganza a single extended middle finger by guest singer M.I.A. is likely to be the most remembered piece of the show.



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Amanda Seyfried post



Amanda covers Glamour's March 2012 issue in a floral top by Pierre Balmain, blue jeans by Hudson, and Candy Ice jewelry.

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Horrible cover and idk about the shoot, but I heart Amanda. She's so candid.
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Glee's Grant Gustin: Fan Backlash to Sebastian is "So Intense"

Glee's Grant Gustin (Sebastian) talks about the fan backlash there's be to his character, including death threats on Twitter. Hey, fans don't take lightly when a new character tries to break up Klaine! But if anything comes across in this E! Online video, it is how sweet, endearing, and totally un-douchey Grant is in person. Seriously. Just try to hate him after watching this video. Not possible.

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French Elle Needs to Brush Up on Its Black History This Month


If a fashion writer for French Elle is to be believed—and she is not—African-Americans weren't stylish until the Obama family came into office.

"For the first time, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged [only] to its street wear codes," writes Nathalie Dolivo in a post translated from the magazine's website titled 'Black Fashion Power.'


And if this sweeping stereotyping and flat-out ignorance weren't already off base, Dolivo goes on to explain why the so-called Obama renaissance of style is so "chic." According to her assessment, it embraces "white codes" while still making what she calls "a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a 'créole de rappeur') reminiscent [of] the roots."


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somewhere in the world out there, shopaholics is shaking and creying

Look out Oprah.

Beyoncé Knowles could be the richest woman on television if she accepts a $100 million offer to be a full-time judge on The X Factor.

The New York Post reports that Simon Cowell has offered the singer TV's highest salary to join the show, which hasn't been the hit he had hoped it would be.

When the show premiered last fall, Cowell said he would be disappointed if it didn't attract 20 million weekly viewers, but the first episode attracted only 12 million and generated little buzz. (Can anyone name the first season's winner?)

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