January 4th, 2013

Lindsay Lohan got paid 100k to just attend a NYE party

Lindsay Lohan may be in London reportedly to join the cast of British "Celebrity Big Brother," but sources say she is actually in the UK because she is getting paid to party.

"Lindsay is not doing 'Celebrity Big Brother,'" Lindsay's mother, Dina Lohan, tells The Huffington Post. Rather, she jumped the pond to collect $100,000 to party with Brunei's Haji Abdul Azim, a wealthy man known as Prince Azim, who's reputed to throw lavish parties and pay celebrities to attend.

"Everyone, including Mariah Carey, Chace Crawford and Raquel Welch, have accepted his invites in the past, so it's no shame on Lindsay," a friend of the actress says. "Not only will she get paid for a few hours' 'work,' she also got travel expenses and her suite at the Dorchester paid for. Only a fool would say no."

Azim is the son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and third in line to throne. He loves hanging with American celebrities and was most recently seen hanging out with Lionel Ritchie (who the Daily News reported got paid $250,000) and Pamela Anderson.

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"The Avengers" Voted Most Overrated Movie of 2012 By a Landslide

Sure, it featured one of the most star-studded ensembles in the history of comic book movies. And yes, it took in more box-office dollars than any other movie in 2012. But Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" can now also boast another, less noble distinction: the most overrated film of the year.
According to more than 2,600 respondents to a Times online survey Joss Whedon's get-the-band-together take on the iconic superheroes was the most overpraised feature film of 2012.
The sometimes-quippy, sometimes-geeky save-the-world-fest garnered a whopping 85% of the votes, besting by a wide margin the next-closest film, Ridley' Scott's sci-fi actioner “Prometheus,” which drew just under 5%.
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Vince Gilligan on the Final Season of Breaking Bad


We’re not gonna please everyone, we’re not gonna please everyone … This is what I keep telling myself so I can sleep at night,” Vince Gilligan laughed last month, even though he wasn’t exactly joking. When he spoke to Vulture, he was putting the finishing touches on the story for the third to last episode, getting very close to tackling the series finale (the show’s last stretch of eight episodes airs on AMC starting in July). The writers room had gotten “a little schizophrenic,” said Gilligan: They’ve been taking twice as long as normal, or about three and a half weeks, to break each of these concluding episodes, and rather than building from the ground up, they’ve had to do a little reverse-engineering to arrive where they must by the end. All of which is to say, he’s more frazzled than usual, anxiously working to tie things up beautifully. “It’s going to be polarizing no matter how you slice it,” Gilligan said, “but you don’t want 10 percent to say it was great and 90 percent to say it sucked ass. You want those numbers to be reversed.” Without giving anything away (would anyone really want that?), he took some time to download ten things on his mind as he heads into the homestretch. 

(OP Note:  The whole list can be read at the source, the important BB bits are under the cut).
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Emma Watson for Marie Claire UK

The actress, who incidentally is probably the most polite star we’ve ever met, revealed that she’s only recently found the confidence to ignore negative comments from the outside world.

Emma told us: ‘Now I feel a lot more settled in who I am and what I think and how I want to do things. And because I feel good about what I’m doing, I don’t need anyone else to say whether they think it’s good or not.’

In between her impressive movie career (she has three films coming out this year alone) and being the face of both Burberry and Lancome, Emma has managed to fit in a degree in literature at Brown University.

The 22-year-old, who found international fame playing Hermione in Harry Potter, opened up to us about what she really finds important in life. ‘ Friends and family come first and work comes second; that’s just how I live my life,’ she told us.

The actress credits her impressive work ethic to her parents (both lawyers) and a mild streak of OCD. ‘I’m a bit OCD about perfectionism. I’m my own worst critic. I think that’s really hard but it also spurs me on.’

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85th Oscars to Feature Special Celebration of James Bond

The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the telecast’s producers announced today.

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Starting with ‘Dr. No’ back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m., PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


People's Top Ten Celeb Quotes of the Week!

"Here's how you find out Taylor Swift is following you. You start hearing from all the insane Taylor Swift fans that are like 'If Taylor Swift loves you I love you.'"

– Girls star Lena Dunham, on her new Twitter friendship with the country starlet, to V magazine

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Still time to vote for the best celeb quote of 2012 and see the winner here:  http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/74438716.html   


Thursday TV Ratings: Long story short, CBS is whoopin' that ass

The Big Bang Theory delivered some zazzy numbers this Thursday night, including — and again, stop us if you’ve heard this before — its largest audience ever.

Facing mostly repeats (plus Fox’s Mobbed, FWIW), Lenny, Shamy et al played to a total audience of 19 million total viewers, while rising 9 percent from its last fresh outing to match a series-high demo rating of 6.0.

Leading out of that, Two and a Half Men hit season highs in both total viewers (15.4 mil) and in the demo (4.6, up 12 percent).

On the CBS drama side, Person of Interest scored a series high in viewers (16.1 mil) and matched its all-time best demo rating of 3.4 (up 17 percent), while Elementary (11.4 mil/2.5, up two tenths) saw its best numbers since the series premiere.


19 MILLION VIEWERS?  I know everyone else was in repeats last night (and Fox is a nonmotherfucking factor this season), but shows barely get 10 million viewers anymore let alone 19 million.  GET IT CBS with your shitty comedies.

Will Tarantino's Next Project Be A WWII Film Following Vengeful Black Troops Who Go 'Apesh*t'?

Yes folks. It's definitely Quentin Tarantino week here on S & A (and ONTD - op), but then again, who else has the most talked about and discusssed film at the moment?

But if you think Django Unchained is controversial, then you ain't seen nothing yet.

In an interview with The Root, Tarantino talks about what may possibly be his next film project, dealing with black troops in France during World War II in 1944, after the D-Day invasion.

He called it Killing Crow, saying that it was to be part of a trilogy that would've included Inglorious Basterds.

In the interview when questioned about the project he said:

"I don't know exactly when I'm going to do it, but there's something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been fucked over by the American military and kind of go apeshit. They basically -- the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an "Apache resistance" -- [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland."

He goes on to say that:

"That would be the third of the trilogy. It would be connected to Inglorious Basterds too because Inglorious Basterds are in it, but is about the soldiers. It would be called "Killer Crow" or something like that."

According to Tarantino he has most of the script written already.

I can't help myself to ask, what Spike Lee would say about this...


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Will Kanye Be Another Victim Of "The Kardashian Curse"?

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She's pregnant with his baby. But what does Kanye West's much-publicized relationship with reality TV maven Kim Kardashian mean for his popularity? If Reggie Bush, Kris Humphries and Lamar Odom are any indication, the rapper could be facing a downturn in broad appeal and marketability.

We talked to SVP of Sports for Nielsen Stephen Master about the "N-Score," an algorithm that assesses an athlete's popularity. What Master noticed was that the three sports players who dated a Kardashian sister experienced a dramatic plunge in the public's perception of them. The effect is something that could be called the "Kardashian Curse."

"Between Lamar Odom, Reggie Bush and Kris Humphries, those guys have all had their N-Score hurt, and it isn't because of their awareness. Their awareness has actually shot up, in every case, but their negative appeal has also shot up," Master said. "You need to do well, and you also need to date someone who people like. The Kardashians are controversial. They have really negatively impacted the marketability of [Odom, Bush and Humphries]."

Here's what West has to look forward to, according to data we analyzed from Nielsen:
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For Lamar & Khloe, go to the SRC
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Future Emmy Winner Emmy Rossum Almost Didn't Become A Future Emmy Winner

Emmy Rossum was considered too glamorous for "Shameless" (Sunday, January 13 at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime). The actress revealed she was denied an audition by the show's producers in the new issue of "Manhattan" magazine. (Get an exclusive first look at the cover below).

“They didn’t want to see me; they wouldn’t even [let me] audition,” Rossum said of the "Shameless" producers. "They thought my image too glamorous, that I couldn’t not be pretty."

Rossum said she made a tape of herself as Fiona and sent it to the producers. "They watched it and I flew out the next day," she said. After three auditions, Rossum had the gig and told "Manhattan" she was so intrenched in the character that she shouted a slew of curse words when she got the news, “which only seemed to confirm [the producers'] decision."

See Rossum's "Manhattan" cover below[above] and click here to see the digital issue.

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Who is excited for the 13th. Will this be the season that the award circuit will finally recognize the flawless show?

Plus who was initially turned off to this show because of Emmy, this is a safe place to let go of your past hate.
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Welcome to Twitter, Megan Fox

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Seeing that Twitter recently tried to kill her off, it's not surprising that Megan Fox is making her presence known on the social media site.

"Against my better judgment, I have finally joined Twitter," Fox posted on her Facebook page Thursday, the same day "RIP Megan Fox" was a trending topic thanks to a fake report of her death.

Although she was initially tweeting using the handle @MeganFox516 - since "every possible version of my name is already in use," she told fans - the actress has changed it to simply @MeganFox. In her profile, she identifies herself as a "Lover. Healer. Mother."

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Iwan Rheon Talks to Wonderland Mag about Music, Misfits, Life and Game of Thrones

Iwan Rheon shot to fame as Simon Bellamy in the hit TV series Misfits – a show about a group of young offenders doing community service, each of whom gains a superhuman power in a freak thunderstorm. Wonderland talks Game of Thrones, music and life to the Olivier Award winning actor.

Which actor, living or dead, do you most admire?

Probably Richard Burton – I admire how he started off in the theatre and was hugely respected as a stage actor, he had ups and downs in his career but has such power on screen – and I would imagine off screen as well. People become so animated when they talk about his performances – I think he’s got to be the one for me.

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Could J.K. Rowling be penning a ‘Doctor Who’ story?

Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible that J.K. Rowling might be connected to Doctor Who. The BBC has just announced a major project featuring a collaboration with children’s authors and the Doctor Who franchise.

As part of the 50th anniversary year of celebration, the BBC is planning on collaborating with “well-known children’s authors” to publish a series of eleven original Doctor Who stories called “eshorts.” Each eshort will feature one of the incarnations of the Doctor starting with the original William Hartnell version that debuted back in 1963. According to the BBC press release:

A paperback of the stories will be published by Puffin in November.

The first children’s author will be revealed on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on Monday 7 January, followed by the first story on Wednesday 23 January.

A promotional video of each author will also be available each month on the BBC Worldwide YouTube channel starting on Friday 11 January.

Being his usual, cryptic self, showrunner Steven Moffat refused to give any hints as to whom would be on the list because it would ruin the surprise. Given that Doctor Who has very much kept to its roots as an unabashedly, iconic British show, it’s more than likely that each of these “well-known children’s authors” will have strong ties to the U.K. So the question is, who might appear on the list? Several names, Rowling’s among them, immediately leap to mind. Our prediction of likely candidates includes the following who are best known for their work in fantasy and sci-fi novels: Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman, Alan Garner, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michelle Paver, Susan Price, and Kate Thompson.

Commenting on the quality of the assembled authors, publisher Juliet Matthews stated, “We are delighted to have 11 sensational children’s authors involved in the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their eshort tribute to The Doctor. This is a who’s who of children’s fiction coming together to celebrate the much-loved Doctor Who.”

Is there any British children’s author you think is likely to appear on the list?

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Anna Faris to star in CBS's new Chuck Lorre pilot 'Mom'

Chuck Lorre has found his Mom.

Scary Movie star Anna Faris has been tapped to headline the half-hour comedy pilot from the prolific producer behind Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Mom, which Lorre co-wrote with Two and a Half Men exec producer Eddie Gorodetsky and story editor Gemma Baker, revolves around a recently sober single mother as she attempts to get her life in order in Napa Valley.

Faris will play the titular character, and should the project earn a series order, it would mark her first series regular gig following multiple episode arcs on series including Entourage and Friends. Her big screen credits also include The Dictator, THe House Bunny and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

She's repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Sloane Offer.

Lorre and Gorodetsky will executive produce the Chuck Lorre Productions/Warner Bros. Television effort, with Baker on board to produce; the trio co-wrote the spec script, which has received a pilot production order.

Should Mom land on CBS' schedule, Lorre would have four series on the air.


Ausiello's 2013 TV renewal scorecard

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To help you monitor what’s staying, what’s going and what’s anxiously riding the “bubble,” we present you with our annual easy-to-browse cheat sheet. We’ll be updating this list regularly with the latest industry intel, so we strongly suggest you bookmark this puppy and check back for updates.

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2013 Writers Guild Awards nominations announced

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2012. Winners will be honored at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2013, during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

"Flight," Written by John Gatins
"Looper," Written by Rian Johnson
"The Master," Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
"Moonrise Kingdom," Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
"Zero Dark Thirty," Written by Mark Boal

"Argo," Screenplay by Chris Terrio
"Life of Pi," Screenplay by David Magee
"Lincoln," Screenplay by Tony Kushner
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky
"Silver Linings Playbook," Screenplay by David O. Russell

"The Central Park Five," Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns
"The Invisible War," Written by Kirby Dick
"Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Written by Alex Gibney
"Searching for Sugar Man," Written by Malik Bendejelloul
"We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists," Written by Brian Knappenberger
"West of Memphis," Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin

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Fantasia Reveals Cover Photo For Her New Single "Lose To Win"

Fantasia recently revealed her brand new single cover for her track "Lose To Win."  And she's showing off the results of her gym & diet work as of late.

While rocking nothing but a fur coat and a gold choker with a busy body chain, Fantasia tapped into her sexy for the cover shot of her new single.

Meanwhile, she's working hard on a new album and "Lose To Win" will be available for download on January 8th.

Sources: http://theybf.com/2013/01/03/do-we-love-it-fantasias-revealing-new-lose-to-win-single-cover?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter; http://youtu.be/tSdjXsQuy3Q

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Last month, London duo AlunaGeorge shared a snippet or two of information about their debut album, including a two-minute teaser video for a song called "Diver". Today, the pair visited BBC Radio 1 to announce that Body Music will be released this June via Island (U.S. release details still to come) and played what the band's British publicist says is still just a demo of the song.

they also placed second on the BBC Sound of 2013 poll yeahhhhh

Kat McPhee Gets Lucky, or Lucky gets Kat McPhee?


Interview Highlights:
- she gets to wear heels in NY, something she didn't do in LA; but they make her 6 feet tall matching her husband Nick Cokas " In LA no one wears heels because they drive, but here in New York I get to wear heels. It's great!"
- she's working on Season 2 of Smash
- she's very into fashion but doesn't have time for it because of all the singing she does
- her look on Idol was on purpose, she wanted people to see her transform
- after Idolshe did Sexy Hair, 2 albums & "dozens of magazine covers"
- she did some acting in The House Bunny & Shark Night 3D (raise your hand if you've heard of the second one)
- as far as Smash goes she auditioned, got the part and it "fit her like a glove"
- at first she hated living in New York but then grew to love it
- name drops Kate Bosworth and Kate Moss stating Bosworth "is feminine but has an edge she always looks good even when caught on the street." And Moss- "she just nails it on a daily basis...plus she does it under the pressure of knowing she'll be photographed pretty much every time she leaves her house."
- she knows what looks good on her and what doesn't
- she tries to remain as ordinary as possible - she has a bike!
- she doesn't go out and party all night, she has to protect her "instrument" aka her voice
- " I'm selfish right now, but that's how and where I should be. The thing is, work is the thing I love the most."

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Original Silver Fox Gets A&E Show, Ladies Everywhere Do Declare They Have the Vapors

A&E to Premiere Reality Show Featuring Edwin & Trina Edwards

A new reality show featuring former Governor Edwin Edwards and his family debuts on A&E for a national audience in February.

The network that introduced the nation to Louisiana's millionaire duck call makers with "Duck Dynasty" green lights another reality show set in the bayou state, this one called "The Governor's Wife."

A&E's website says the series follows former Governor Edwin Edwards, his 34-year old wife, Trina. The network says it has ordered 12 episodes of the series which will premier Wednesday, February 27th at 9:00 p.m. CST.

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I was fortunate enough to meet The Gov last year. He is absolutely precious. He needs a show with President Clinton where they just walk around being suave old men, winking at young ladies.


Kelsey Grammer & Martin Lawrence To Star in Groundbreaking, Original New Sitcom

Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are in talks to appear together in a new TV comedy.

The Frasier actor and Bad Boys star would play the lead roles in the "odd couple" sitcom, Deadline reports.

The Lionsgate TV project is expected to begin hiring writers and meeting with potential showrunners in the near future.

The in-development series was reportedly inspired by a November meeting between Grammer, Lawrence and Lionsgate, during which the two stars displayed "great chemistry".

Grammer is best known for playing Frasier Crane on sitcom Cheers and its hit spinoff Frasier. His most recent role was in Starz drama Boss, which was axed in November.

Lawrence is primarily a movie actor, having appeared in the Bad Boys and Big Momma's House films. He also starred in Fox sitcom Martin between 1992 and 1997 and was developing a cop comedy pilot at CBS earlier this year.

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Emma Stone Covers 'Glamour UK' February 2013


With her new animated movie "The Croods" set to hit theaters March 22, Emma Stone pitched in on promotions by covering the February 2013 issue of Glamour UK magazine.

The 24-year-old actress looked absolutely adorable for the Matthias Vriens-McGarth shot front page while opening up about topics including her body and writing.

On her body:
"Everyone has parts of their body that they dislike, but I'm not going to lost any sleep over them."

On the paparazzi:
"It's weird in L.A.- they're hiding out everywhere. The hardest thing is that it makes me act like an a**hole because I now have this weird level of paranoia that I never had before. It feels like having a private investigator on you or something - you find yourself walking around holding your head up like you're looking in the mirror - and your friends are wondering what's wrong with you."

On writing:
"I'd really love to do that. Particularly because there just aren't enough roles for funny women out there. But I self-edit so badly that I'd have to get past the voice in my head first."

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Oxygen's New Show "All My Babies' Mamas" Makes Everyone Mad and it Hasn't Even Aired


Have we gone too far? It's a question we ask at the outset of every outrageous new reality series—be it "Survivor" or "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." It's also usually an early sign of a show's success.

"All My Babies' Mamas," a one-hour reality special slated to air in the spring of 2013, features Carlos "Shawty Lo" Walker, an Atlanta-based hip-hop artist with 11 children by 10 different women. Oh, he's also got a 19-year-old girlfriend, who's a year shy of his oldest child. But response to a new show teased as part of Oxygen Media's spring lineup, seems to mark a momentous moment when reality has truly jumped the shark. Collective and largely unchallenged outrage over the network's upcoming show "All My Babies' Mamas" is the unusual case of a show sparking enough controversy to potentially kill it.

By the looks of the leaked sneak peak and an early press release, the show's take on this challenging family dynamic is more "Brady Bunch" than "An American Family."

"As the household grows, sometimes so does the dysfunction, leaving the man of the house to split his affection multiple ways while trying to create order," reads the goofy-sitcom-style description, in a press release posted the Oxygen's website late December. "Will there be a conflict over a family holiday, who needs school supplies and who holds the household finance purse strings, or can these feisty babies' mamas band together and live peacefully as one family unit?"

Since the show was publicized, the conflict has been primarily off-camera. Calls for a boycott of the network and a petition to pull the special from the network's lineup have risen to a fever pitch in the past week.

"By pushing these degrading images, your company seeks to profit from the humiliation of girls and women and the blatant stereotyping of African-Americans," writes, Sabrina Lamb, the woman behind the petition.

Lamb first noticed the press release on Oxygen's website, and after watching a 13-minute sample reel of the series on YouTube—which at one point features Shawty Lo unsuccessfully naming his 11 kids as quiz show music plays—she wrote an open letter to the present of Oxygen calling for the cancellation of the show before it goes to air.

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'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Under Investigation for Making Fun of Morsi

Egyptian prosecutors are investigating the host of a satirical political TV news show (sound familiar?) because he may have insulted the president. Bassem Youssef is facing possible charges for his frequent criticism of President Mohammed Morsi, including mockery of his speeches and complaints about his more authoritarian tendencies.

Much like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Youssef hosts a dryly named TV show, "The Program," that mocks politicians and celebrities by wrapping jokes around photos and video clips of their speeches. He began his show on YouTube during the revolution of 2011 — he's actually a heart surgeon by trade — but was picked by private satellite networks and turned into one of Egypt's biggest media stars. He was even a guest on the real Daily Show last summer.

The report obviously concerns Egyptians who have plenty of reasons to fear that they went through a painful revolution only to replace one dictator with another. (A joke that Youssef himself has made.) Press censorship was certainly not uncommon under the old regimes, but the rise of a democratically elected government has sadly not changed the threat of sanctions against vocal critics who become too vocal. In a similar case announced the same day, a reporter and editor at one of the country's biggest daily newspapers were summoned for questioning after they reported that Morsi was planning to visit former President Hosni Mubarak in the hospital, which the president's office called "false news likely to disturb public peace."

Investigations by authorities for affronts to the government don't always result in charges, but the threat alone is often enough to intimidate and silence some critics. However, when asked on CNN last year whether politicians will ever "get the joke" Youssef said, "I don't care." The threat of censorship, of course, just gives him more material to work with.

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If you disliked changes to The Hobbit, maybe you should brush up on your Tolkien (says guy)

Why Critics Will Come to Regret Their Relentless Savaging of the New Film (I mean, probably not, but w/e)

Despite tentatively positive reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and several smaller urban newspapers, if you've heard much about the first entry in Peter Jackson's much-hyped Hobbit trilogy, it's probably that, well, it isn't very good. Right now the nearly three-hour demi-epic, controversially shot at double the frame-rate of most Hollywood features, is sporting a dispiriting 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie-review aggregator that certifies movies as "fresh" or, as in the case of Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, rotten. (But it's at 65%, unless I'm missing something...?)

What's odd about the naysayers is not their opinions--movie-reviewing, like movie-making, is an artform rife with necessary subjectivities--but how they've gone about substantiating them. If there's one biographical fact avid moviegoers have considered sacrosanct these past few years, it's that Peter Jackson was and is a nerd-king of historic dimensions whose genuine love for all things Tolkien was and is the animating principle behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its now-three-part Hobbit companion. Not so, say those scions of the movie-reviewing circuit who've heaped calumny upon The Hobbit; in fact, Jackson's decision to bloat the 310-page children's book into a trilogy on par, in length and cinematic scope, to Tolkien's 1,500-page (in manuscript form, 9,250-page) Lord of the Rings trilogy was entirely a "mercenary" one, according to CNN.

What these critics don't know, and what Jackson most certainly does, is the history of The Hobbit as a text, and of Middle Earth as a holistic construction. While knowledge of the literature behind the film doesn't necessarily imbue the film with automatic cinematic bona fides, it does suggest that, in the long run, critics of The Hobbit will be made to feel rather foolish for their circumspection and (in many instances) their open hostility toward both Jackson and his creation. If there's a reason most critics panning the film don't also encourage moviegoers to avoid it, it's likely that they sense--as they ought to--that future generations will view the effort considerably more kindly, and that therefore The Hobbit is worth seeing now, whatever its infelicities.

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iTunes to give away tracks by 2013's bright hopes

iTunes have announced they will be giving away 12 songs by some of the best new bands.

The songs, which will come in three bundles of four songs, are by the artists featured in iTunes New For 2013 list. Azealia Banks, recently embroiled in a Twitter spat with rap rival Angel Haze, and this week's NME cover stars Haim are among those included in the first batch, released on Monday, January 7. 'Liquorice' and 'Send Me Down' respectively are the tracks that will be made available.

It's completed by Gabrielle Aplin's Salvation and Rudimental's 'Not Giving In' featuring John Newman & Alex Clare.

Batch two, available on Friday January 11, features Disclosure's 'Flow', 'Like The Morning Dew' by BRITs Critics' Choice nominee Laura Mvula, 'Sleepsong' by Bastille, and 'The City' by 1975.

Finally, the third batch, released on Tuesday, January 15, includes Kodaline's 'Perfect World', 'Echo' by Foxes, 'Smother' by Daughter and 'Waterproof' by Syron. iTunes Music staff chose the 12 bands on the list, based on who they believe will succeed in the coming year.

Haim were also revealed as the winner of the BBC's Sound Of 2013 poll, decided by 213 influential radio DJs, bloggers and music journalists – including several NME staff. NME's New Bands Editor Matt Wilkinson told the BBC: "After years of boring indie bands who seem to almost be embarrassed to be featured on mainstream radio or in magazines like NME, Haim are a shining light. Not only do they write brilliant songs, but they also want to be a really big deal. We knew this when we first profiled them last April; the fact they are now getting wider recognition is no real surprise – they have a knack for writing amazingly catchy singles, they're a killer live band and they talk-the-talk miles better than most other new bands. It's a rare and exciting combination."

Source: NME.com
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Joe Biden, Reality TV Star?


Vice President Biden could join the ranks of the reality TV elite if the supporters of a new petition have their way.

A petition published on the White House website is urging the Obama administration to authorize a recurring TV show on public-affairs cable network C-SPAN that would chronicle Biden's day-to-day antics as he interacts with the world at large.

The petition cites Biden's winning personality and unifying presence as a selling point for the potential ratings-grabber.

"Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner," the petition reads. "We, therefore, urge the Obama Administration to authorize the production of a recurring C-SPAN television program featuring the daily activities and interactions of the Vice President with elected officials, foreign dignitaries and everyday American families."

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Steven Soderbergh: Every Studio Rejected Liberace Film as 'Too Gay'

Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh says his upcoming film about Liberace is airing on HBO instead of getting a theatrical release because studios thought it was "too gay."

The upcoming "Behind the Candelebra" has Michael Douglas in a compulsively watchable performance as the celebrated pianist/vocalist, Matt Damon as his young lover, and Soderbergh directing. It comes, in other words, from a trio of A-listers. So why isn't it a theatrical release?

"Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town," the "Traffic" and "Ocean's 11" director told TheWrap on Friday, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "We needed $5 million. Nobody would do it."

Wait a minute, we said. Let us get this straight: No studio would budget $5 million for a movie with Damon and Douglas?

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Gawker grades the Golden Globes menu

The best thing about Golden Globes night is that it provides dinner to a roomful of stars who otherwise could not afford to feed themselves. The celebs sit smushed elbow-to-elbow at round dinner tables and the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton looks like an Olive Garden the ad sales department has rented out for its 2003 F-ad-bulous Employee Recognition Dinner. Also everyone gets wasted, which is great for .gifs.

In order to live vicariously through the stars we were always destined to be, let's take an inside look at this year's just-announced menu:

First Course

Grilled Artichoke on Frisee served with Fennel Tomato Lemon Mousse; Kabocha pumpkin smoked dried tomato tart; pepper honey Goat Cheese [this sounds fucking awful. the only thing that would make this worse is foam]
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Anne, if you really want that Oscar, you'll put down that fork and talk about starving yourself in 17 more articles.

Also pls note that my gif of Brenden Fraser seal clapping is behind the cut b/c this post was initially rejected for that reason I guess?? Are gifs no longer allowed? Poor people, pls upgrade your computers/internet speed pls so we can go back to posting gifs outside the cut, thx!!

Fennel Tomato Lemon Sauce
And some goddamn foam
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Liam Gallagher hating on Noel (as per usual) and dissing Mumford&Sons, says he likes One Direction

Liam Gallagher has taken a pot shot at Mumford and Sons by saying they look like "they've got fucking nits".
The Beady Eye frontman was talking to Q magazine when he took aim at the multi-award winning folk-rock band. It's clear Gallagher isn't a fan of the band, as he ripped into them with his iconic wit.
He said:Everyone looks like they've got fucking nits and eat lentil soup with their sleeves rolled up. They all look like they live on the heath. Maybe that's where they record.
"Everyone's fucking Don McLean — far too many acoustic guitars, no style," he continued. "They look like they shop at Oxfam. I wouldn't put any posters up of any band if I was a 16-year-old lad. There's none of that sitting down on fucking stools for me, sweetheart."
Liam Gallagher recently revealed that Beady Eye are "definitely experimenting" on their new album. Last month, the band announced that they have returned to the studio with a surprising choice of producer - Dave Sitek. Sitek is best known as a member of TV On The Radio, but his production work includes albums by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Foals.
Discussing the band's new album, Gallagher said: "I hate the word 'experimenting', but we are definitely experimenting. In five words, it's 'majestic', 'imperial', 'out there' and, er, what was the other one? Oh yeah, 'heavy'."
Beady Eye released their debut LP, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', in February 2011. The album peaked at Number Three on the UK albums chart and spawned the Top 40 hit 'The Roller'.

Source: NME
"they look like they shop at Oxfam" I love them but this made me lol
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Source: another article from NME
They are definitely getting back together then.

Justin Bieber -- Let's Be Blunt ... Whatcha Smoking ... Weed?

Justin Bieber kicked off the new year on a real high note -- clutching a smoldering blunt at a big party inside a Newport Beach hotel room this week ... and TMZ has the photos.

The pics were snapped on January 2nd -- the day after a paparazzo was killed while trying to take photos of Bieber's Ferrari -- and it's pretty obvious ... Bieber wasn't feeling too bad about the whole situation.

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