December 28th, 2012

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'Guardians of the Galaxy': James Gunn denies casting rumours

James Gunn has quashed the recent Guardians of the Galaxy casting rumours.

The director has said that reports that Zachary Levi and Jim Sturgess are competing for the lead role of Star-Lord are "completely inaccurate".

"Almost everything in that Variety article on the Guardians of the Galaxy casting (and all the following articles based on it) was/is completely inaccurate," wrote Gunn in a message on his Facebook page.

"Just for the record."

The post appears to have since been removed, but was reported by

Eight actors were previously reported to be auditioning for the role of the half-human half-alien hero, including Joel Edgerton, Garrett Hedlund, Jack Huston, James Marsden, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, Sturgess and Sullivan Stapleton.

Levi is currently filming Thor: The Dark World, in which he will play Fandral after the departure of Josh Dallas.

Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014.


Does this mean that we can go back to semi-caring about this now Lee Pace is technically still in the running?

Sharlto Copley cues up Elysium: His next collaboration with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp

“Elysium is such an interesting reimaging of the future,” enthuses Sharlto Copley. “The thing I like about Neill’s work is that he combines a very entertaining popcorn sensibility with a very intelligent understanding of human nature. I had an amazing time.” He laughs. “But there are no prawns in this one!” Neill, of course, is Copley’s South African compadre Neill Blompkamp, and after producer-turned-actor Copley’s astonishing debut turn in Blomkamp’s District 9 opened the Hollywood door (see: The A-Team, and Spike Lee’s new Oldboy, which Copley’s currently shooting in New Orleans), it’s hardly surprising to see the pair working together again.

Copley was one of the first to know about Blomkamp’s second sci-fi project. “Neill was working on what the story would be while we were promoting District 9,” he explains. “He had the basic concept and some art for it. So early on I was aware of the idea, and I loved it.” Set in 2159, the film pits the oppressed people of the ruined planet Earth against the elite abroad the Elysium space station. Matt Damon is ex-convict man-on-a-mission Max, fighting with the terrans for equality, and Jodie Foster is the dastardly government official intent on keeping Elysium for the Elysians.

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There was no text version of this interview online so I had to type the whole thing myself. Sorry if there are any grammar errors, I was too lazy to proof-read. I like out of all the things they could have quoted in the heading image, they decided to go with the Prawn line, one of the many reasons I love Empire Magazine.
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The Wanted's Nathan Sykes reaches out to Sandy Hook teacher's sister.

NATHAN Sykes, singer in boy band The Wanted, has reached out to the sister of a teacher killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Carlee, a huge fan of The Wanted, celebrated her 20th birthday on Sunday and tweeted herself a happy birthday message to which Nathan replied.

He said: "Sending all my love to @ICarlee23 for your birthday! You, Vicki and your family are such an inspiration. Hope you have a lovely day :) xx."

She could not hide her delight at receiving the tweet and replied: "@NathanTheWanted thank you sooooo much. It means so much to get a tweet from you. I don't need any more gifts cause that made my day."

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Lindsay Lohan Takes Us Into Her Home on Million Dollar Decorators


Want to get a look inside Lindsay Lohan's Hollywood home, but don't want to risk your life by actually partying with her? You're in luck! This week's episode of Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" (airing January 1) features the "Liz & Dick" star hiring interior designer Kathryn Ireland to renovate her house, and you can take a tour of Casa de Lohan in the sneak peek video above.

After a brief intro in which Kathryn asks her sons to "Google Lindsay Lohan" to find out what movies she's been in lately (um, not too many, really), the designer arrives at Lindsay's secluded Hollywood Hills manse for a walk-through. Lindsay takes her up to her shockingly sparse bedroom, with piles of handbags on the floor and a truly weird mirrored bed in the center. Luckily for Kathryn, Lindsay doesn't mind getting rid of the mirrored bed; in fact, she wants the exact same bed Kathryn has in her house. (Not at all creepy!)

All told, Bravo spent a whopping $200,000 on the shabby-chic revamp. But if you're tuning in hoping to see Lindsay react to her newly renovated home, don't hold your breath. Lohan reportedly refused to film the traditional post-makeover reveal... because the house had become such a mess. And she might not be around to enjoy her new home much longer anyway; TMZ reports that Lindsay is struggling to pay her rent and will likely move out of the house in February, when her lease ends. But hey, at least she got a free reality TV renovation out of it!


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OK composer: guitar maestro adds another string to his bow with the ACO

AFTER Radiohead completed a year-long world tour in Melbourne in November, guitarist/sound manipulator Jonny Greenwood didn't go home to England. Instead, he and his young family stayed in Sydney while Greenwood went back to work, this time with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Greenwood - who as well as being one of the creative forces in Radiohead is also a fast-rising composer of pieces for orchestra, chamber group and film - was in effect a composer in residence with the ACO for several weeks.

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deity amongst mortals tbh. if he doesn't get an Oscar nom for his score for The Master i will lose my shit.
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Could a black director have made “Django”?

Tarantino's daring film would have been received differently by the media -- or never made -- if he wasn't white


For two reasons, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” was all but guaranteed to ignite a conversation about race in America.

First and foremost, the film dares to break a major taboo. Specifically, as the New York Times critic A.O. Scott put it, “Django” dares to show “regenerative violence visited by black against white instead of the reverse” — a narrative which ”has been almost literally unthinkable” in American life, much less in big-budget pop culture productions.

Second, the film does that in the immediate aftermath of a racially charged election that saw a black man reelected to the White House with the most diverse (read: non-white) coalition in presidential history.

Because of the content and timing, then, Tarantino’s masterpiece can be seen as a metaphorical exclamation point at the end of an historic year — one that many Americans no doubt interpret as the political equivalent of Django’s triumph. Considering this, it’s hardly surprising that an American Right obsessed with promoting what I’ve called the White Victimization Narrative has utterly freaked out on the film. For different (and far more valid) reasons, it’s also not surprising that esteemed voices like director Spike Lee and University of Pennsylvania professor Salamishah Tillet have critiqued the film’s themes, raising important questions about its subtext.

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MSN's 10 Worst Movies of 2012

2012 has seen some great movies come out of Hollywood, but it’s also seen its fair share of turkeys too. From board game based banality to well, anything with Adam Sandler in it, there have been some truly awful experiences on offer at your local multiplex over the last month.

So to share in your pain, and help you to avoid any of these duds that you might have missed, here’s our countdown of the 10 worst films of 2012.

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Steven Moffat on Sherlock Radio Times win

Sherlock has won a few awards in its time – not least a writing Bafta for Steven Moffat – but the show’s co-creator made it clear he knows what’s really important after hearing the news that the BBC1 series, starring

Benedict Cumberbatch as the great detective, has topped the Radio Times poll of the best TV of 2012.

Moffat, also showrunner on Doctor Who, admitted that he and co-creator Mark Gatiss could never have imagined the extent of the show's success when they first started writing it.

“Mark and I always thought this was our vanity project. The one we could get away with, because of everything else,” he said. “For it to become such a massive hit, with all the reviews and awards you could wish for, has been the best and the biggest surprise.”

And he paid tribute to the acting duo who make the show so special – and whose careers have received something of a boost from its success.

“Of course it's all down to the astonishing cast led by those mighty film stars, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch,” he said.

A grateful Moffat then promised to reward Radio Times for the prestigious honour by revealing the solution to the mystery which has obsessed fans since the cliffhanger final episode of series two – how Sherlock made his death-defying leap from the roof of St Bart’s hospital.

Responding via email, Moffat wrote: “I've just had a word with all the others, and we're so pleased by this latest accolade from the Radio Times, we've decided to tell you how Sherlock survived the fall -- [Spoiler (click to open)] oops, we're out of space!”


Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Hosting NYE on CNN, Prayers Answered

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are teaming up for the sixth straight year to co-host CNN's New Year's Eve coverage.

The duo will broadcast live from New York City's Times Square on Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for their New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin program.

Correspondent Isha Sesay will report from the ground in Times Square, while John Zarrella will join from Key West, Fla. and Gary Tuchman from Eastport, Maine.

At 12:30 a.m., CNN's Brooke Baldwin in New Orleans' Jackson Square and HLN's Susan Hendricks in Nashville will take over the telecast to ring in the new year for the central time zone.

Prior to the the three-hour New Year's Eve coverage, CNN will air a "best and worst of 2012" Anderson Cooper 360 special at 8 p.m. Correspondents Sesay and Tom Foreman will be joined by Aisha Tyler, Ben Stein, radio host Pete Dominick, Julie Mason and Buddy Valastro



Chad's Johnson is leaving the Internet -- slowly -- courtesy of an angry cease and desist letter fired off to the 2 websites that originally posted the ex-NFL star's sex tape ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Chad tell us the sites removed the video late Thursday after they received the letter from his attorneys ... which stated the tape was stolen property which they did not have the right to publish.

We're told CJ's attorneys are now taking aim at several other smaller websites that have posted still images from the sex tape -- and they are threatening legal action against any sites that refuse to pull the material.

As TMZ first reported, Johnson has contacted the FBI because he believes the tape was hacked from his phone
I didn't even realize he had a sex tape ontd detectives find me that tape.

I didn't even realize he had a sex tape ontd detectives find me that tape.

Yoko Ono On Beatles' 'Divorce': 'They Were Getting To Be Like Paul's Band, Which They Didn't Like'


Newly released recordings of interviews with some of music's biggest names -- from Steven Tyler to Graham Nash -- reveal yet another wrinkle in the decades-long mystery of precisely why the Beatles called it quits.

In a recorded interview with industry bigwig Joe Smith (via Rolling Stone), John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono gets to the nitty gritty of what she described as a "divorce." While Ono maintained that Lennon was "feeling very good about" the breakup, she admitted that some tensions were forming within the band. "The Beatles were getting very independent," she said in the 1987 interview. "Each one of them [was] getting independent. John, in fact, was not the first who wanted to leave the Beatles. [We saw] Ringo [Starr] one night with Maureen [Starkey Tigrett], and he came to John and me and said he wanted to leave. George [Harrison] was next, and then John. Paul [McCartney] was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul's band, which they didn't like."

Ono also said the breakup put some strains on her relationship with Lennon, noting that she felt the late icon missed his bandmates and "expected all that to be replaced by me."

All told, it's an account that matches up with McCartney's recent comments. In October, McCartney told David Frost that Ono "did not break the group up" because it was "already breaking up."

More recordings, including interviews with Harrison, McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, David Bowie and many more are available at the Library of Congress' website.


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Talk Back: 2 Chainz's Birthday Song

Fostering Activism and Alternatives NOW’s (FAAN) brought this incredible talkback video regarding 2 Chainz “Birthday Song.” Check out the group’s website for more of their incredible media work, especially their campaign to the CEO of 2 Chainz’s record company, Universal Music Group, about this song and video.

Give Me A Break, Orange Is The New Black, Judging You, Laverne Cox
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Facebook, One Direction, 'The Avengers' and death: what people read on Wikipedia this year

Wikipedia isn't self-involved enough to release information on the most popular pages of 2012, but, if you're interested (and have the time, energy and skill set to peruse log files), you're able to see what people wiki-ed this year. Swedish software engineer Johan Gunnarsson was kind enough to go ahead and take care of that for everyone. He published a list of the top 10 visited pages on the English version of Wikipedia. The results won't surprise you. Facebook finished on top with more than 32.5 million views. The page for "Wiki" earned the second spot (how meta). Also, people wanted to know who died this year ("Deaths in 2012" came in at No. 3) and everyone was trying to figure out what the heck a One Direction is. Apparently it's a band? Go figure.

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Phaedra Parks Is Pregnant with Baby No. 2

It's a very special holiday season for The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks and her husband Apollo Nida!

The reality star couple tell PEOPLE exclusively they're expecting a second child together next year.

Parks showed off her growing baby bump while on the beach in the Bahamas, where she's vacationing with her family and friends.

The Atlanta entertainment lawyer married Nida, a certified personal trainer, in 2009 and the couple welcomed son Ayden a year

The pair recently released their first fitness DVD, Phine Body on

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The Oscars will be a mess next year: e-voting troubles among geriatric voters

AMPAS opened electronic voting on Dec. 17, and the system was immediately buggy, with voters unable to login with their passwords. The issue was so widespread that AMPAS sent out an apology note. Via

Thank you for contacting us regarding electronic voting. I am sorry to hear that you encountered problems when logging in to vote. While there were a few minor issues that caused problems for a small group of members, those are now cleared up so you are free to log in and vote.

I apologize that it occurred to you but rest assured that it wasn’t system wide and everything has been cleared up. We hope that you are still looking forward to voting electronically this year and encourage you to do so at your convenience.

According to Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, Academy members are still having difficulty with the voting system, perhaps owing to the fact that the older members of the body aren't used to operating websites. (As Feinberg notes, the median age of Oscar voters is 62.) Per the AMPAS, a large number of the issues stem from users "forgetting or misusing passwords."

One member says, "There will probably be a large percentage of people who will just say, 'Screw it,' and not even vote this year."

Says another: "I have heard from several that it’s been a disaster and they wanted to give up. Confused and frustrated people will just not vote.”

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FFAF: December 28, 2012

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Hello ONTD! Happy Kwanzza! I do hope all holidays that have ended for you were happy as well. Might I warn you to be careful showing what you got, if you choose to do so here, as you might be seen as "privileged bitch" whether or not it is true.

Anyway! Please enjoy FFAF with your usual comments of twitters, tumblrs, and last eff ems. Please try to refrain from fighting, advertising for monetary gain, spamming, posting lewd photos, or posting comments which might cause havoc on the computers of others who have an outdated machine (i.e. not a privileged bitch.)

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Yet another Star Trek Into Darkness post .

Abrams and Cumberbatch tease his Star Trek Into Darkness villain


Seems to us that the more we're getting closer to Star Trek Into Darkness' release date, the more we're getting tantalizing bits and pieces about J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated sequel and its extremely enigmatic villain, John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Sherlock actor and Abrams are at it again and are once more teasing us about the upcoming Trek sequel's Big Bad.

In video interviews from Korea (from the Korean site Naver Movies), brought to us by TrekMovie, both Cumberbatch and Abrams have offered more enticing details about "John Harrison."

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Matthew McConaughey My Wife Just Gave Birth ... Again!

Matthew McConaughey's wife just popped out baby #3 ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... Camila Alves gave birth earlier this morning at a hospital in Austin, TX. We're told Matthew was there, he was ecstatic for the new arrival (clearly) ... and even looked like he'd packed on a few pounds.

You'll recall ... the actor announced news of the pregnancy back in July, tweeting "Happy birthday America, more good news, Camila and I are expecting our 3rd child."

We haven't confirmed yet, but sources close to the situation tell us ... it's a baby girl!

FYI -- The duo met in 2006, but didn't get married until June 2012. They have two other children: Levi (4) and Vida (2).
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Some Musicals Are More Feminist Than Others


While Les Misérables is not your typical musical–or, as this Guardian review puts it, “There’s no dancing, there are no jazz hands and there is next to no speech”–it is typical of the genre in that, like opera, it includes more female characters than do many plays, movies and novels. Regardless if this is due to the fondness for female voices or to the swoon-inducing love ballads adored by so many, this viewer is thankful for the diverse female characters so wonderfully played by Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfriend (Cosette), Samantha Barks (Éponine) and Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier).

The film adaptation, based on the musical (seen by over 60 million people), which is itself based on Victor Hugo’s novel, arguably heightens the proto-feminist elements of the original narrative as it allows for a more close-up, more harrowing depiction of the key female characters, all of whom are “miserable” for justifiable reasons.

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‘Hobbit’: Stephen Hunter on Bombur’s blubber, dwarf boot camp

One of the most memorable dwarfs in “The Hobbit” is Bombur, described by J.R.R. Tolkien as “immensely fat and heavy.” The role was big in more ways than one for Stephen Hunter, the Sydney-based actor who brings the character to life in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” The Peter Jackson-directed trilogy is the first major feature film for Hunter, whose previous work includes parts in Australian television series. Hero Complex spoke with Hunter about landing the role, working with the brotherhood of dwarfs and grappling with his character’s enormous girth.

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I loved Stephen HUnter he was brilliant as Bombur. I hope yall catched Bombur with a tray of food in the background feeding Bifur during the scene where Balin and Thorin are talking. It cracked me up along with the poor guy hustling during the running scenes even though he was dead last. Much love to Bombur.
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Nicole Scherzinger unveils new single 'Boomerang' artwork

Nicole Scherzinger has unveiled the artwork for her new single 'Boomerang'.

The X Factor judge will release the track, the first from her second solo studio album, on January 7.

Scherzinger filmed the music video for 'Boomerang' last month, inviting her X Factor contestants James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas along to the shoot.

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Happy 90th Birthday, Stan Lee!

Today marks the 90th birthday of legendary comic scribe Stan Lee. Born Stanley Lieber on December 28, 1922, Stan Lee and his cohorts are responsible for creating some of the greatest heroes in comic book history, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, and many more notable characters in the Marvel universe.

Stan “The Man” Lee’s current project is th YouTube channe Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, which shares content dedicated to the “hero lifestyle and enthusiast culture,” includin Bonnie Burton’s Geek DIY.

and what did he get for his birthday?
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Katt Williams was arrested Friday for allegedly endangering his 4 children ... TMZ has learned.


Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... LAPD cops picked Katt up at his Woodland Hills home this morning, after an investigation from the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services concluded there were numerous guns and illegal drugs in the house that created a safety hazard for the kids.

Our sources say ... during the arrest various items were seized.

Katt is still in custody ... being held on $100,000 bail. As for the kids ... authorities have placed them in protective custody

We're told the case will go to the D.A. next week for possible felony child endangerment charges.


Kristen Stewart is armed and dangerous - with a slingshot


At the age of 22, it's probably been a while since Kristen Stewart played with a slingshot. So it's surprising to see the Twilight star carrying one as she arrived at her family's home in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Perhaps the slingshot was a gift for a young relative, or maybe she wanted to arm herself from an over-aggressive fan or paparazzo.

The film star did her best Just William impression as she visited family in Hollywood on Wednesday. Clearly enjoying the sunshine, she wore a pair of cut-off denim shorts, T-shirt, cardigan and baseball cap. Nowhere to be seen was her on/off boyfriend Robert Pattinson, who is believed to have spent Christmas with his family in England.

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Azealia Banks On Being ‘Let Down’ By The Fashion Industry

Azealia Banks may have been championed by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Nicola Formichetti, but the fashion love affair is decidedly one-sided. In a recent interview with HYPETRAK, the musician warns other artists against being “let down” by the “fickle” fashion industry — while also defending her ongoing endorsements.

“I think that too much fashion attention as an artist can actually smother you. And it can actually really, really distract from your music. And I kind of almost got there with it, you know what I mean? Where it was like fashion fashion fashion fashion fashion. And I was like this fashion darling. I was putting out records… and the only record anyone would listen to was “212″. That was the only Azealia Banks record that anyone knew…

You can very easily get sucked up by the fashion world, because they bring artists in to make themselves look a certain way, and then as soon as someone new comes up, they’ve completely forgotten about you. They’re so fickle. If you place your faith in the fashion world, yo will et let down.”

Banks is, however, quick (and smart!) to defend her work as the face of Alexander Wang, among other fashionable endorsements.

“I think that fashion and style is one thing, but I think that branding can really hurt you as an artist, especially if it’s not real. Like, I really like Alexander Wang. really shop at ASOS, so it makes sense. “

The question is, though, how does she feel about M.A.C.?


someone needs to ask her about that bindi tho
oh and this is now a beauty post idk ??

The World According to Sean Penn

The left-leaning actor/activist/Hugo Chavez BFF has been adding a new title to his résumé: journalist. Michael Moynihan takes a read.

In 1997, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck presented to America, via the lead character in their film Good Will Hunting, a shared political worldview. Will Hunting, a wicked smaht South Boston janitor with a talent for mathematics and humiliating his social betters—especially pampered, right-wing Harvard elites unfamiliar with radical historian Howard Zinn—was a Dalton Trumbo character with a Massachusetts accent. The film’s message was blindingly simple: the establishment is lying to you and the rich are screwing over the working class.

Fifteen years later and both actors are still steeped in bourgeois radicalism—Damon’s latest film is a didactic drama about fracking—though according to an interview in the January issue of Playboy, Will Hunting has finally given up on organized politics. “[T]he game is rigged,” Damon told the magazine. “And no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.”

For his part, Affleck ended speculation that he would run for John Kerry’s vacated Massachusetts Senate seat, writing on Facebook that he would instead devote his energy to “using filmmaking to entertain and foster discussion about issues like our relationship to Iran.” And there I was, thinking that Argo was just a bit of fun.

But fear not, handful of people who take political cues from actors. Because while Damon and Affleck have spurned Washington, there are still plenty of politically engaged thespians to guide us through the thicket of global politics. Indeed, it seems that everywhere one turns these days the craggy face of Sean Penn appears, ready to offer another boring bit of political heterodoxy.

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