July 2nd, 2012

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USA Women's gymnastics team announced!


Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross!

Alternates: Sarah Finnegan, Anna Li, Elizabeth Price

Link to announcement vid: NBC Olympics website

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GO USA! So excited for this team. The announcement was so emotional! My dad who never watches gymnastics stanned for Kyla and picked the correct team haha. Btw this is my first submission...

Iran Announces the Salman Rushdie Fatwa Video Game



Novelist Salman Rushdie has so far escaped the decades-old call for his death in the real world, but in the video game universe he may not be so lucky. This week the government-sponsored Iranian Islamic Association of Students announced that a Salman Rushdie computer game is in development.

Not much is yet known about the storyline for the game, but the matter-of-fact title — “The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of His Verdict” — suggests that players may get to follow through on Ayatollah Khomeini’s 23-year-old call for the author’s head.

Officials are hoping the concept will attract younger Iranians, whom they aim to educate about the “sin” committed by Rushdie — an Indian-born British author who spent years in hiding after being accused of committing blasphemy and profaning the religion of Islam with his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. Speaking with the semi-official Mehr news agency, student association representative Mohammed-Taqi Fakhrian said, “We felt we should find a way to introduce our third and fourth generation to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and its importance.”

The announcement was made during the second annual International Computer Games Expo in Tehran. Computer gaming is a growth industry in Iran of late; Mokhber Dezfouli, of the country’s governing Supreme Council, told the Fars News Agency that Iran had “developed around 140 games with Islamic and Iranian contents which can compete with foreign products.”

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Husband of Harry Styles' fling calls him "a rat", "a predator" etc.



[...]A friend told the Sunday Mirror: ­“Oliver was devastated.

He told me he asked ‘Harry Styles? The little scumbag with Caroline Flack?’ She nodded. He didn’t know how to respond. He was speechless.”

Pouring his heart out to the friend, ­Oliver, 31, admitted he was “outraged”. The friend said “I think the pain was unimaginable. Not only was his wife telling him she had slept with somebody else, she was telling him it was with Harry Styles.

“He told me, ‘I’m devastated. I feel every emotion... hatred, ­sadness, ­disappointment.”
[That's definitely not every emotion, though. Fear, mirth and ennui are missing - and that's just at first glance]


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PEOPLE cover on TomKatastrophe + more

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As one of Hollywood's most powerful stars, Tom Cruise is accustomed to being in control.

But when his wife of five years, actress Katie Holmes, filed for divorce in New York on June 29, the actor, who has been filming the sci-fi thriller Oblivion in Iceland, was caught completely off guard.

"He had no idea this was coming," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "He's totally devastated and heartbroken."

In reportedly moving for sole custody of their 6-year-old daughter Suri, Holmes has signaled she will not be backing down.

The actress did have some important help in her corner: A source tells PEOPLE that her Toledo, Ohio-based lawyer father, Martin, came to New York to aid in quickly orchestrating her decisive exit.

But the final decision was all hers. "She's a strong person and makes up her own mind," says a source in her circle. And in the choice to end her marriage, "She's unwavering."

For much more on the split, including Holmes's dramatic exit from the marriage and the legal battle ahead, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands starting today.


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The Playlist Presents: 5 Stars Who Could Be In The Running To Play Tom Cruise's Next Wife

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Some surprising news broke late Friday night which has had Hollywood abuzz all weekend. No, not another big-budget movie cancellation or high-profile reshoots, but instead a major high-profile bit of recasting. For the past five years, Katie Holmes has been playing the role of Tom Cruise's wife, one of the most widely sought-after parts in Hollywood. Her five-year contract was up, and while a renewal was widely expected, negotiations appear to have fallen apart at the last minute, with Holmes, like previous incumbents Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, exiting the role at the age of 33.

Whether Holmes goes on to Oscar-winning glory like Kidman, or competitive poker-playing like Rogers, remains to be seen, but a more immediate effect is that a casting hunt will get under way the likes of which hasn't been since the search for Lisbeth Salander and Katniss Everdeen. Like the female equivalent of James Bond or Doctor Who, each actress has had different spins on the role -- from Kidman's statuesque ice queen to Holmes' faintly-brainwashed pod person -- but the requirements remain the same : a love of extreme sports and Xenu, and a propensity for standing at premieres and waving.

Rumors in the comments section of Deadine Hollywood are that top agencies, including WME and CAA, have already received faxed casting breakdowns for the part, with those in contention for the role (screen tests are likely to take place in Iceland, where Cruise is shooting "Oblivion") are expected to sign non-disclosure agreements, before a two-year "girlfriend" trial period, known as the Penelope Cruz Clause. Names of who might be in the running are top secret, but as we've done for many other high-profile parts in the past, we thought we'd run down five possible candidates who we think might have the right stuff for one of the most demanding, yet rewarding, roles available right now.


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Anderson Cooper comes out. Declarative sentence. Like for real. For real, for real.



Written by a close friend of Anderson's.

Last week, Entertainment Weekly ran a story on an emerging trend: gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past. In many ways, it's a great development: we're evolved enough not to be gob-smacked when we find out someone's gay. But it does matter nonetheless, it seems to me, that this is on the record. We still have pastors calling for the death of gay people, bullying incidents and suicides among gay kids, and one major political party dedicated to ending the basic civil right to marry the person you love. So these "non-events" are still also events of a kind; and they matter. The visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality.

All of which is a prelude to my saying that I've known Anderson Cooper as a friend for more than two decades. I asked him for his feedback on this subject, for reasons that are probably obvious to most. Here's his email in response which he has given me permission to post here:

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Last night's 2012 BET Awards show undoubtedly belonged to the Carters ( Beyoncé and Jay-Z) as well as Jay's Throne buddy Kanye West. Aside from the countless nominations and wins between all three -- Best Female R&B Artist, Best Group, Video Director of the Year, Video of the Year -- the majority of the time we weren't watching spectacular performances, such as the Whitney Houston tribute and G.O.O.D. Music's opening set, the cameras zoomed into the front row where the night's power couples and winners sat. Solange and her boyfriend, video director Alan Ferguson, and Nicki Minaj and her rumored boyfriend Safaree were also seated in front.

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Lizzie Olsen & Dakota Fanning on set of Very Good Girls

Taking a break from their busy filming schedule, costars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen were spotted hanging around the set of their new flick "Very Good Girls" this morning (July 2).

Sporting some rather casual attire for their work day, the "Martha Marcy May Marlene" actress and the "I Am Sam" star were both clad in loose button down blouses and denim bottoms as they meandered about with braided tresses.

As for the movie itself, "Very Good Girls" centers on "Two New York City girls pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time," according to IMDb.

Due out in theaters sometime in 2013, the much-anticipated drama also boasts Demi Moore, Peter Sarsgaard and Boyd Holbrook on its cast roster, with director Naomi Foner taking the helm.


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Mariah Carey's teary-eyed speech at Whitney Houston's tribute: "I miss my friend."

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Mariah Carey helped cap-off the 2012 BET Awards with a tribute to Whitney Houston. Carey started things off reminiscing about first hearing Houston's music.

"The first time I heard Whitney's voice, I was mesmerized like the rest of the world," she said. "I was captivated by the power in her range and her unique ability to wrap a lyric in an emotion."

Carey also spoke on seeing the 48-year-old for the last time, while overseas. "Even then folks were surprised to see us sitting next to each other, clearly enjoying each others' company. I miss my friend, I miss hearing her voice in laughter, but we'll always have the music," she added, holding back tears.

The late singer was remembered by the likes of Monica , Brandy, and Houston's mother, Cissy, all of whom took the stage. Cissy's dedication to her only daughter made many in the audience teary-eyed, including Kanye West.

The melody of songs included "I Love the Lord", "I'm Your Baby Tonight, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," all of which brought the crowd to their feet.

Houston died in February one day before the Grammy Awards. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning.


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Katie Holmes officially fires old publicist, appears on Project Runway: All Stars

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After announcing her break-up from Hollywood actor Tom Cruise over the weekend, Katie Holmes has now fired her publicist and re-appointed her old, pre-Cruise one.

After seven years with the same publicist, Katie fired the highly respected Slate PR earlier today and immediately signed with BWR again. In a statement they said: "Actress Katie Holmes has left her publicist at Slate PR and has signed with BWR Public Relations."

The statement continued: "Following the announcement of her divorce from Tom Cruise, she is now represented by Leslie Sloane in the New York office and Nanci Ryder in Los Angeles. Katie is set to star alongside Chace Crawford in the upcoming film Responsible Adults which starts filming later this year."

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The illuminent beauty interviews Sam Trammell

The following video took place at Wizard World Philadelphia on June 1, 2012. Host: Clare Kramer and her guest Sam Tremell

Take 5 With Sam Trammell

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I don't care how awkward this interview is, I'm just happy the woman I stan for is doing something. This is what being a stan feels like! It's powerful! I could take on ten tiny mutant babies with this excitement!
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Outrage Over The Photographs Of The United States Olympic Team

The internet has been buzzing about the quality of the photographs by photographer Joe Klamar at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Media Summit in Dallas, Texas. The complaints came as a whole, but primarily from photographers, who claim that these photographs do not represent the upcoming U.S. Olympic team very well.

The U.S. Olympic C.M.S. invited photographers to take pictures of our country’s best athletes.

What are your thoughts on the photographs? Are people over reacting or or do you feel they could have been done better? Keep in mind that the media during these events do not have much time for setup and execution. You can check out this article for what goes on behind the scenes.

You can see the full set over at CBS: Link.

You can also see how Germany did in comparison: Link.

Our friends over at Reddit.com have also looked further into the event. Take a look at the conversation for more on the backstory and some other speculation: Reddit Link.

With that in mind, we’d love to know your thoughts!


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Beyoncé PISSED Over Lauryn Hill Diss at BET Awards



Beyoncé wasn't laughing when a boy band DISSED Lauryn Hill at last night's BET Awards ... in fact, Bey was so upset, she changed her acceptance speech (on the fly) to HONOR the former Fugee.

So let's start with The Diss -- Comedian Mike Epps and the group Mindless Behavior were co-presenting the award for Best R&B Artist when Mike jokingly tried to sing.

One of the members of the group quipped, "You sing BAD ... like Lauryn Hill's tax accountant bad."

The diss drew gasps from the crowd ... and pissed off Beyonce, who ultimately WON the award that was being presented.
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The Walking Dead: Dissecting season two and looking ahead to season 3



Say goodbye to the farm and hello to the gritty and dangerous prison!

That's where viewers will find the survivors when The Walking Dead returns for Season 3. But don't expect the prison to be a new stronghold for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) & Co. in the post-apocalyptic world in which the AMC series takes place. In fact, showrunner Glen Mazzara likens it to a haunted house. (Move over, American Horror Story!)

The prison isn't the only new setting. In fact, the season will be divided between the prison and the town of Woodbury, where the newly introduced villain The Governor (David Morrissey) holds court. Could that be where the missing Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) has been camped out all these months?

To get the scoop on Season 3 — and dissect the at-times controversial Season 2 — TVGuide.com turned to Mazzara and executive producer and comic creator Robert Kirkman to find out about the fallout from Shane's death and how this season compares to the last. "The audience will not be ahead of The Walking Dead in Season 3," teases Mazzara.
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Connor Cruise Is Team Tom

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Connor Cruise – the adopted son of Tom and his ex-wife Nicole Kidman – has spoken for the first time about the news of TomKat’s demise.

Sort of.

The teenager often reveals his feelings on Twitter, but has kept away from the social networking website since the news of his dad’s divorce from Katie Holmes went public on Friday evening.

However, Connor returned to Twitter this afternoon, to retweet the following meaningful message.

The tweet reads like a declaration of support for his dad, with Connor choosing to stay with Tom after his split from mum Nicole in 2001.

Connor and his adopted sister Isabella are thought to be close to Katie, with the pair living in the family home alongside five year old Suri.

Connor was actually in Iceland with his dad when the news of TomKat’s divorce went public. He spent last week tweeting about his experiences in Reykjavik.

Yeah, it’s safe to say Connor is having a better time than his dad right now.

Meanwhile, Katie is worried that she is being stalked by rogue members of the Church of Scientology.

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Demi Lovato Set To Host The 2012 Teen Choice Awards on FOX!

Demi Lovato is set to host the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, LOTRAF has learned, exclusively.

The 19-year old ‘X Factor’ judge will be the second youngest celebrity to host the TCAs on July 22nd, right after Miley Cyrus in 2008.

FOX, who has yet to make this announcement, believes this is a great opportunity to introduce Demi & her fun personality to many demographics beyond teens which will benefit the X Factor audience/ratings later this year.

Demi, along with gal-pal Miley, have already won (several?) awards at the upcoming ceremony.

TEEN CHOICE 2012 will once again celebrate the hottest teen icons in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web in the choicest, star-studded two-hour event airing live Sunday, July 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Scheduled attendees/participants include:
Justin Bieber, No Doubt, Flo Rida, Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Bridget Mendler, Victoria Justice, Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Pauly D, Cast of Pretty Little Liars, Tyler Posey, and so many more!


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HBO renews "Newsroom" and "True Blood"

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Breaking news from HBO: Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom has been renewed for a second season and vampire drama True Blood has been picked up for a sixth season.

After debuting to the cable network's third-best drama series bow, HBO has picked up the Jeff Daniels starrer about the inner-workings of a cable news network from the Emmy- and Oscar-winning creator of The West Wing.

The drama, which counts Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill and Jane Fonda among its ensemble cast, bowed to 2.1 million viewers, behind only Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones among HBO's drama launches since 2008.

True Blood, meanwhile, will return for a sixth season next year. The series returned this summer for its fifth season, drawing 5.2 million viewers, down 1 million year-over-year. Its most recent episode drew 4.66 million viewers and ranked as Sunday's highest-rated cable show.

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First full synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth revealed

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Despite consistently putting out products that many deem should have broken his career, M. Night Shyamalan still continues to make new movies. His latest is a collaboration with Will Smith and son Jaden Smith, one written by Gary Whitta (THE BOOK OF ELI) and titled AFTER EARTH. Now, AFTER EARTH is set to appear at Comic-Con next weekend, and included in the panel description was a plot for the up-until-now secretive movie. There are of course a few spoilers here, so be forewarned.

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Trailer for Compliance



Inspired by actual events, writer/director Craig Zobel's sophomore feature Compliance examines the complex hierarchy of authority through the experiences of a teenage fast food restaurant clerk who falls victim to a twisted practical joke. Becky (Dreama Walker) is doing her best to get through another tough shift when a man claiming to be a police officer calls to speak with her stressed out manager Sandra (Ann Dowd). According to the man on the phone, Becky has just stolen money from a customer, and likely still has the cash on her person. When Becky denies any wrongdoing, the man on the phone insists that Sandra detain the frightened girl in the back room of the restaurant, an action that sets into motion a shocking sequence of events.

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'Emmy Watch' interviews with Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, and Parks and Rec exec producer Mike Schur

Season 4 of NBC’s Parks and Recreation revealed more about the extravagant taste of Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) — both at work, with his doomed business venture Entertainment 720, and at home, with his Diamond Collection bed and breakfast amenities. “It’s always just kinda like, ‘Well, where did he get all this money from to buy all this stuff? It’s never really quite explained,” Ansari says with a laugh. “That’s the fun with all the characters in our show: They’re all very different from what you normally see on TV. They’re weirder than most TV characters, but the more you see into their world, the funnier it is.”

To that end, season 4 also taught us about the things Tom considers potential deal breakers in a relationship. No. 3 on his “Oh-no-nos” list: Not loving ’90s R&B music. He was shocked when Ann (Rashida Jones) didn’t know who Ginuwine is after Donna (Retta) shared that he’s her cousin. Watch a clip below. Ansari takes us inside the scene, which just might help you understand why you and Ann like wannabe playa Tom (even if it’s against your better judgment).



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Four seasons into NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman has turned burly libertarian Ron Swanson into one of TV’s most well-defined characters. It’s impossible to read the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness and not hear his voice in your head, which makes it easy to take Offerman’s deadpan performance for granted. Perhaps that’s why we’re hoping Emmy voters revisit the September 2011 episode “Ron and Tammys,” in which Ron’s first ex-wife, Tammy 1 (guest star Patricia Clarkson), turns him into the anti-Ron Swanson (a “neutered wimp,” to borrow Leslie Knope’s words). Watch a clip below. Offerman reflects on his transformation.



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In EW.com’s annual Season Finale Awards, readers voted Parks and Recreation‘s season 4 ender the episode most likely to earn someone an Emmy — that person being Amy Poehler. Parks and Recreation exec producer Michael Schur, who thinks there are about a dozen episodes from last season that could do that for Poehler, would obviously love that. “It’s very important to me that people know she’s never won an Emmy before,” Schur says. “I watched this happen with Steve Carell. I think if you ask the average person on the street how many Emmys Steve Carell won for playing Michael Scott, they would probably say, ‘I don’t know. Nine?’ The answer is zero, and it bummed me out deeply. Everyone who worked on that show with Steve feels this way. And now Amy is kinda in this weird similar position where she’s been nominated a bunch of times, and she’s been so good at what she’s done for so long, that I think everybody just assumes she’s been properly rewarded for that and she hasn’t. I hope this is the year that changes.”

Could 2012 also bring the show, which broke into the Best Comedy category last year, its first Emmy as well? Below, Schur takes us inside the episode he hopes voters will revisit.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why is “The Debate” an episode voters should revisit?
MICHAEL SCHUR: The main reason obviously is that it was a true Amy Poehler joint. She wrote it, directed it, and obviously starred in it. We put a tremendous amount of pressure on the episode. [Laughs] We knew we had Paul Rudd in the middle and then we were gonna get him for a couple at the end, so in order to increase the anticipation of his return, Leslie said to his campaign manager, played by Kathryn Hahn, “We’re gonna have a debate soon, and when we do, I’m gonna kick your opponent’s ass.” A huge setup, generally speaking, isn’t really a good idea because it means you really have to deliver something special if you call out how big a deal the episode is gonna be. But we did that. And it was her directorial debut. It was the biggest production we did all year. There were 400 extras, six cameras, crane shots, night shoots, and stunts — Ron Swanson climbed a telephone pole. It was a massive production and like everything she does, she pulled it off effortlessly. She prepped super hard. She watched that documentary The War Room about the Clinton campaign. We broke the story as a group, as we always do. In the outline, it was like, “So the debate is going well, and then this thing happens and this thing happens, and at the end, Leslie makes a big speech and it really moves everybody to tears emotionally and she saves the day.” Okay, go! [Laughs] There wasn’t a single pitch about what the content of that speech should be. That speech that Leslie gives at the end of the debate in that incredibly high-pressure moment is exactly Amy’s first draft. We did not change a single word of it from the moment she wrote it to the moment it aired, which is extremely rare in TV. You rewrite everything.

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Alec Baldwin marries yoga instructor in NYC

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 Alec Baldwin and his yoga instructor fiancee tied the knot Saturday in a New York City church, with a guest list that included family and famous Hollywood pals.

Baldwin, 54, and Hilaria Thomas, 28, married at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in a Catholic ceremony performed by the Rev. George Deas. His "30 Rock" co-star Tina Fey, actress Mariska Hargitay, director Woody Allen, environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Baldwin's actor-brother, Stephen, were among those in attendance.

Thomas wore a silk magnolia Amsale gown with cap sleeves and a keyhole back neckline accented with crystal buttons. Baldwin's suit was designed by Tom Ford.

The two began dating last year and became in engaged in April. Baldwin was previously married to actress Kim Basinger; they have a daughter, Ireland, who attended the wedding Saturday in a slate silk chiffon gown also designed by Amsale.

The reception was being held at New York University's Kimmel Center.

The "Rock of Ages" actor warmly received congratulations from well-wishing fans on his way in for the service, said his friend and publicist, Matthew Hiltzik.

Hours before the ceremony, Baldwin tweeted lines from an Emily Dickenson poem. One read: "Was bridal e'er like this? A paradise, the host, And cherubim and seraphim The most familiar guest."

The wedding came about a week after Baldwin and a news photographer got into a scuffle outside of a courthouse where the actor was believed to have been picking up a marriage license. Baldwin and the photographer traded barbs over who shoved whom; no arrests were made.

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Katie holmes is flying away.


It's gone -- Katie Holmes has finally removed her wedding ring.

Holmes was photographed moments ago in NYC, as she left a "Project Runway" taping ... sans finger jewelry.

Katie had worn the ring as recently as last week -- just days before she filed for divorce from Tom on Thursday.

TMZ broke the story ... Katie believes her marriage to Tom became "irretrievably broken" at least 6 months ago -- so the fact that she was still wearing her wedding ring last week is another sign she intentionally blindsided Tom with divorce papers.

Further proof -- Tom was wearing his ring last week too.

Edit:The Church of Scientology is adamant ... nobody under the age of 16, including Suri Cruise, is allowed to join its elite Sea Organization.
The Church's lawyer has released a statement ... saying in addition to the minimum age requirement (16 years old), minors must have "consent of both parents and/or all legal guardians" in order to join.

The lawyer adds, "There are no exceptions to that policy."

As TMZ first reported, Katie Holmes is concerned Tom Cruise will put 6-year-old Suri in the Sea Org. in the very near future ... and she clearly does NOT want that to happen.


Nonetheless ... the Church is adamant ... no one under 16 can become part of Sea Org.


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The Wins and Fails of the 2012 BET Awards



Last night, the 2012 BET Awards went down at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. A-list celebs like hip-hop's first family Jay-Z and Beyonce lined the front row and, fittingly, they left with some trophies. There were also great performances by their row neighbors Kanye West (with his (G.O.O.D. Music squad) and Nicki Minaj.

Of course, there were some fails, too. Champagne was spilled. Bad tributes happened. To make sense of it all, let's take a look back at all of the night's highs and lows: The best and worst of the 2012 BET Awards.
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Music Post!

Listen to Two New Blur Songs: "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan"
Studio versions revealed after Twitter live performances
By Jenn Pelly on July 2, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.


UPDATE: The live performances are over. Watch the lyric videos for both tracks now, below.


Right now, Blur are debuting two brand new tracks via a live performance from a London rooftop, broadcast via their Twitter. Starting right now, they'll play "Under the Westway". Then, they'll partake in a Twitter interview. In an hour, they'll play "The Puritan".


Both tracks were written for their upcoming Hyde Park show. Check out the lyric sheets for both songs, below. Following the webcast, both tracks will be available to download at iTunes, with a 7" release set for August 6 via Parlophone.


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The 10 most popular tags on Tumblr



The Dewey Decimal System is to a library what tags are to Tumblr: a means of organizing and searching through content that is often overlooked and misunderstood.

First to understand their importance, you must know what tags are.

In every Tumblr blog post you make—whether it be of a video or just plain text—users have the option of adding tags, or keywords, to identify the sort of content featured in the post. For example, if you posted a GIF animation of a fat cat jumping into a small box, some of the tags you may add would be “LOL,” “dog,” and “cute.”

The “LOL” tag, for example, is curated by an army of volunteer editors who, with the click of a button, can have a post appear on the tags front page. As a result, these posts typically collect hundreds of comments, likes, and reblogs—not to mention, a windfall of new followers for the person who originally posted the animation.

Aside from these curated tags, there is a whole world of community-generated (also know as “unmoderated”) tag pages that circulate around the site. Here’s a list of the top 10 user-generated tags for the last 30 days, courtesy of Tumblr Editor-in-Chief Chris Mohney.

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Nastia Liukin retires from Gymnastics

  

The dream of a repeat Olympic performance by Nastia Liukin fell flat Sunday night at the U.S. team trials in San Jose.

In her uneven bar routine, the 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist slipped and fell face-down onto the mat. After climbing back on to finish her routine, the 22-year-old was greeted with a standing ovation.

“It took a lot of courage,” a teary-eyed Liukin said, to get back on the bars and finish the routine. “I have learned to be a fighter.”

In women’s gymnastics, experience isn’t necessarily a good thing. With Liukin’s comeback failure and a middle-of-the-road performance by fellow Beijing Games alumna Alicia Sacramone, the U.S. team selected a team on Sunday featuring an entirely new generation of young female gymnasts.

The team named Sunday night, considered a serious contender for a team gold medal, includes Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross.


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People have said/will say that her comeback was embarrassing etc, but I don't think so. She just didn't give herself enough time to prepare and it's just one of those things. But despite not hitting a single bar routine, her fight after the fall was amazing and so was the reception she got at the end. She's a true champion and will always be remembered. eaux, and I'll miss her bitchface tbh.
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Nicole Kidman won't touch this shiz with a ten foot pole



Nicole Kidman has been noticeably quiet about her ex-husband being hit with divorce papers by Katie Holmes.

When Kidman and Cruise divorced in 2001, it was one of the nastiest splits Hollywood had ever seen, with both sides revealing details of their life together in declarations that were made public by their sparring attorneys.

Kidman's declaration -- unnecessary under California's no fault divorce laws -- revealed she was stunned when Tom told her that he no longer wanted to be married and that she'd asked him to stay and get marriage counseling. He refused and left for good.

"On Dec. 24 the parties had happily celebrated their 10th anniversary with a group of friends. During the balance of December and thereafter the parties were intimate; In fact [Kidman] became pregnant by [Cruise] but lost the baby through a miscarriage," her statement claimed.

"I think that divorce is hard for anyone. It's a nightmare, it just is," she told Oprah Winfrey four months later.

Kidman and Cruise are parents to two adopted children, Isabella and Connor.

Speaking of Bella's adoption, Kidman cryptically told Vanity Fair in 2007, "There's a complicated background to that, given that I never speak much about many things. One day maybe that story will be told."

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After seeing all the bullshit Katie's already going though, I get why Nicole basically just walked away from it all.

HBO to launch beauty line inspired by True Blood


Hold onto your hats Truebies! HBO and HSN have announced the release of a beauty line called "Forsaken", inspired by the hit HBO series True Blood. The collection will include fragrance by Givaudan, a first-ever lip color with coordinating nail polish from Deborah Lippmann and luxury home goods from D.L. & Co. The line will debut on HSN on August 9th and in the HBO Shop in September.


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frank ocean comes out?


Today we were lucky enough to hear the brand new debut album from Brandy SUPERFAN Frank Ocean, it’s called Channel Orange and we can tell you the music is everything we wanted it to be and much more. The new album Channel Orange has him working with Andre 3000, guitarist John Mayer has a interlude moment with ‘White’ while Earl Sweatshirt features on the brilliant ‘Super Rich Kids’.

Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it’s brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music. On the songs ‘Bad Religion’ ‘Pink Matter and ‘Forrest Gump’ you can hear him sing about being in love and there are quite obvious words used like ‘him’ and not ‘her’.

In the world we live in now we can’t see this being an issue or why it should be?? But we do commend him for not continuing a facade and conforming to what a Hip Hop so called rule book expects, we say live your life and be yourself. If you love women and men, that’s your business.

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David Gandy: Pucker

Donatella Versace Interview + Atelier Versace Fall Winter 2012-2013 Runway Show Photos


Donatella Versace Opens Up About Feminism, Being Besties with Miuccia Prada, and Sleeping in a Freezer


Donatella Versace is the subject of two profiles this morning in advance of her upcoming couture show and even though she’s one of the most recognizable faces in fashion, they reveal some pretty fascinating things.

While she may not do as many interviews as say, Karl Lagerfeld, she’s often just as honest and unfiltered. However, in these, from WWD and the Telegraph, she’s doesn’t actually say anything that head-scratching. Well, there was one thing about sleeping in a freezer. And did she really mean to say she “asphyxiated” her children? Read on for that, her thoughts on returning to the Paris Ritz for her couture show, selling the company and her friendship with fellow feminist Miuccia Prada.


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Kelly: Excited

It's been a while, I know we shouldn't have kept you waiting, but she's here now

New Song: Kelly Rowland – ‘Ice’

It’s finally here!

Kelly Rowland‘s sizzling new single ‘Ice (ft. Lil Wayne)’ premiered literally moments ago.

Do the pair have what it takes to replicate the Platinum magic of their last outing ‘Motivation’?


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cold as fire baby, hot as ice

BOW @ THE RETURN OF THE QUEEN!!!

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MARRIAGE IMPOSSIBLE (3) Bella and Katie and Suri


Scientology is being blamed for the breakdown. Specifically, Katie’s desire to block the Church from turning her daughter into the Little Sci. What started it though, according to my sources, is Katie’s desire to live in New York full time. She’s been pushing for it for over a year. Tom was against it. And, well, he then apparently tried to block it. TMZ is reporting that Tom was thinking of sending Suri to the Sea Org. But was there a “big bang moment”, something that finally sealed it for Katie, setting everything else in motion? I’m told that it was when Katie heard Isabella and Connor talking to Suri about the Gold Base, by Hemet in California. The Gold Base is not the boat you’ve been hearing about; it’s the “resort”, guarded like a military facility, accessible only to those who’ve reached the highest levels of Xenu understanding. Word is Tom thought that would be a good place to start off Suri because it was close enough to LA and Katie could come around on visiting days.

And then of course there’s how Katie observed Isabella. As Tom’s older daughter, watching Bella gave Katie some insight into what life would be like for Suri.


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KT!

Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' Movie: The 5 Best Moments

Though Katy Perry's new Part of Me styles itself as another 3D concert docu-flick, a la Justin Bieber's Never Say Never, the film comes across more like a Bravo reality show spliced with confetti-filled concert sequences. And that's no mistake: the Magical Elves production team, famous for churning out slick reality confections like Top Chef and Project Runway, co-produced this vehicle along with Perry, turning moments like her breakup with Russell Brand into a glossy plot point. (Brand is hardly seen in the movie.)



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BlindGossip – This celebrity couple is close to a final agreement over how everything – including the child/ren – is going to be divided in the divorce. However, the wife’s legal team is having her keep one chip in her pocket for the divorce trial. If the husband’s team tries any last-minute maneuvering, the wife is not afraid to reveal an incident where she (along with their child/ren) caught her husband in bed with a family friend of theirs. The friend is a professional athlete. In case you’ve been wondering why the couples rarely get together for more than an hour and a photo op – this is the reason.

SOLVED!

It’s Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes! Source: BlindGossip.com

Was “I promise to look the other way while my spouse entertains guests in bed” part of their marriage vows or part of their contract?

Sigh. What a mess. Let’s remember the happier days. Here’s Katie’s first day of voluntary servitude:

We’re not quite ready to name the family friend. It could have been a male or a female athlete. Suffice it to say that witnessing such an event must have felt like a real kick in stomach to Katie.

And if you’re wondering why Suri Cruise still needs a binky, we suspect it’s because she is still suffering from the trauma of having witnessed such a frightening event.

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Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Questlove in BLAG video


Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace take a bath
Round 1, ding ding: The interview battle commences - Chuck D of Public Enemy interviews Sarah.
Sarah interviews Tom Hardy
Sally interviews Noomi Rapace
Round 2, ding ding: ?uestlove of The Roots interviews Sally as part of the interview battle. Who will win? You decide.
Get (in) the edition HERE

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She left Tommy hanging...




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Baby I Was Born This Way?


Trout-rageous ... Lady Gaga sports smackers the size of barrage balloons

LADY Gaga sports what looks like a trout pout — as she puckers up for a Twitter photo.

The singer, 26, was posing for her online fans in a Melbourne hotel room.

Lying back on a pillow with her eyes shut, she wrote: "Night night. Love, Mademoiselle Melbourne."

But her huge, bee-stung lips did not help put those cosmetic surgery rumours to bed.

If anything, it looked like she has joined the long list of celebs boosting their kissers with augmentation ops.


Swollen and uneven, her lips look noticeably larger in this recent shot than in past photos.

A "trout pout" is often the result when needles are used to inject fillers into the sensitive mouth area.

While never asked about such non-invasive procedures, Gaga has certainly denied having plastic surgery.

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GAME OF HOLMES: the marriage contract


A source from the law firm that drew up the five year marriage contract has come forward with it’s details.

The source at the law firm, who wished to remain anonymous, says the marriage between Holmes and Cruise was just for show. The sole purpose of the heterosexual marriage was done for Scientology and preventing more gay rumours from circulating about Tom Cruise. “Homosexuality is a big no-no in Scientology.

There was a lot of pressure coming down on Tom to appear straight. Scientology leader David Miscavige told him he was going to have to make a decision soon. It was either the ‘church’ or his gay lifestyle, he couldn’t have both. This was a way Tom Cruise could appear straight and keep in good standings with the ‘church’. It was also a great way to get Katie Holmes more attention and a quick payday. It was a win-win for both of them.”

According to the source at the law firm, here are just a few of the conditions of the contract:

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