January 1st, 2014

julian: 11th dimension

R.I.P. School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis

School of Seven Bells guitarist Benjamin Curtis has died, the Dallas Observer reports. Earlier this year, Curtis was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. He was 35.

Curtis was an Oklahoma native who later moved to Dallas. He and his brother Brandon were members of UFOFU, and later, he drummed for Tripping Daisy. In 2000, he and his brothers started the band Secret Machines.

He formed School of Seven Bells in 2007 with Alejandra Deheza. Together, they released several EPs and three full-lengths. Their most recent LP was 2012's Ghostory. Earlier this year, when it was announced that Curtis was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, artists such as Paul Banks, Devendra Banhart, Albert Hammond Jr., and many others helped raise funds to cover treatment.

You can read several messages of support for Curtis, published two months ago by FILTER, from artists including members of the Afghan Whigs, M83, Neu!, Silversun Pickups, the Polyphonic Spree, and Prince Rama.


R.I.P. :(
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Gabrielle Union's new TV series "BEING MARY JANE" starts in 6 days - *NEW* Preview

Don't miss the premiere of the BET original series Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10P/9C!

At 8P/7C, right before the series premiere, you have the chance to not only see the BET original movie that you made a hit all over again, you get a chance to see it supersized as Being Mary Jane: The Intimate Edition, loaded with cast and special behind-the-scenes footage all hosted by Shaun Robinson.

Synopsis: Mary Jane Paul is a one-woman show: a successful TV news anchor and an entirely self-sufficient powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. Intense drama and unforgettable moments unfold as Mary Jane juggles her life, her relationships, her work and commitments to her family.

Sources: http://youtu.be/eD_KX0B0E8Q; http://www.bet.com/shows/being-mary-jane/news/being-mary-jane-the-intimate-edition.html
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Dominatrixney ties up boyfriend during NYE concert, remains beautiful/lovely/harmless through 2014

Britney Spears walks her boyfriend David Lucado around the stage on a leash during her Piece of Me show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on New Year’s Eve (December 31) in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Got some fun surprises planned for the show tonight… who’s ringing in the New Year with me tonight?” Britney tweeted before the show.

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James Avery AKA "Uncle Phil" Passed Away


James Avery -- the beloved dad on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" -- has died at age 65 .. TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in an L.A. hospital last night. Avery had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness and took a turn for the worse late yesterday.

And we're told his wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside but left for a short period of time to get something to eat. When she came back, she learned he had just died.


NYE 2014 Performances Megapost!

Miley Cyrus: "Get it Right" + "Wrecking Ball" Good to see she brought her prop along for the performance.

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JFC This post took forever to compile. If I missed anything, let me know and I'll add it. How was your New Year's Eve ONTD?
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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' the most pirated film of 2013

Even if it was as middling as it was technically impressive, fans downloaded Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to make it the most pirated movie of 2013. According to TorrentFreak, the film was downloaded an estimated 8.4 million times. That number, however, trails the 8.72 million downloads last year's leader Project X managed to accrue.

Some of the biggest movies of the year come up close behind The Hobbit in the rankings. Django Unchained and Fast & Furious 6 take the second and third spots, pulling in 8.1 million and 7.9 million downloads, respectively. TorrentFreak does note, however, that it doesn't account for online streaming and cyberlocker downloads in its estimates. It's safe to say that each movie was pirated much more than what the numbers reflect.

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“Ten Reasons Why We Love Jennifer Lawrence More than Our Own Grandmothers.” “How Jennifer Lawrence Took Over Hollywood.” “I Love J-Law So Much I’d Pay Her to Use My Hair as Toilet Paper.” (Oops, kidding on the last one, but it might as well be real). All right, internet. Reel it in, would you? I am not here to stand for Jennifer Lawrence, which I guess makes it just me and Joan Rivers. But that’s ok with me.

On the eve of 2014, Lawrence was named The Entertainer of the Year by the Associated Press, and it just really grinds my gears. (Although 2nd runner-up was Miley Cyrus and the 3rd was Netflix so this was clearly a “most influential” type thing, but still).
Is there anything the Internet loved more this year than Jennifer Lawrence?  I just can’t sign on to follow Lawrence off a cliff. I don’t despise her the way Joan Rivers does, but I’m not fanning myself over her, either.
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Google Hits Rap Genius With A Spam Penalty Resulting in 80% Traffic Loss

Lyrics site Rap Genius was penalized by Google just before Christmas after being outed for a black-hat link building scheme. Rap Genius was looking for bloggers to publish links with keyword rich anchor text in exchange for tweeting out a link to the bloggers’ websites.

Despite the founders issuing a public apology to Google they were still hit with a manual penalty for violating Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by trying to artificially boost their rankings.

Rap Genius’ penalty buried every one of their pages deep beyond the first page of Google’s search results, no matter what keyword was being searched. Even searching for the name “Rap Genius” won’t bring up their domain on the first page, just their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Needless to say, this has had a profound impact on their search traffic. Quantcast shows nearly an 80% drop since the spam penalty went into effect:

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'August: Osage County' Wins 4 Italy's Capri, Hollywood Fest Awards, Including Best Pic

John Wells' August: Osage County was the big winner at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday, taking home four prizes including the festival's central film of the year honor.

August: Osage County's Meryl Streep, who did not come to the festival, won the prize for best actress, while the film's all-star cast -- which includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper -- won the festival's best acting ensemble honor. Earlier in the festival, Cooper was on hand to receive the festival's lifetime achievement prize.

The film won the festival's top prize over a power-packed lineup that included Justin Chadwick's Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Russell's American Hustle and The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) from Paolo Sorrentino the first Italian film shortlisted for the foreign language film Oscar since Don't Tell (La bestia nel cuore) nine years ago.

But most of those films did not leave Capri empty handed: Mandela star Idris Elba was named best actor and co-star Naomie Harris was selected as best supporting actress. U2's Ordinary Love, from the film's soundtrack, was selected as best song. Elba and Harris were on hand to receive their awards personally.

John Ridley won the adapted screenplay honor for his work on 12 Years a Slave, while the supporting actor honor went to Michael Fassbender for his work on the same film.

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Farrah's Fake Boyfriend Admits To Backing Out Of Couples Therapy Because Of Sham Relationship

Confirming what many suspected all along, Brian Dawe exclusively reveals that his “relationship” with former Teen Mom Farrah Abraham was solely for the purpose of appearing on VH1′s Couples Therapy. Despite substantial monetary offers, Brian told us he backed out at the last-minute not to spite Farrah — but because he couldn’t go forward with the scheme in good conscience.

“I got myself in this situation because I was only thinking about the profit I would be making from doing this show. That was wrong,” Brian said. “In the back of my head I realized I could not participate in a TV show that would further exploit Farrah, and where I would have to lie to be involved.”

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Couples Therapy premieres on VH1 on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 9/8c.


5 Celebrities Expecting Kids in 2014

In addition to all the celebrity-born babies welcomed in 2013, a slew of stars announced they were expecting a child in the new year. Just Jared took a look at which couples announced pregnancy news over the past 12 months and are due to give birth sometime in 2014.

Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky

Announced in: November
Other kids? India (daughter, born 2012)

"You become more sensitive about a lot of things," the Spanish-born star told Us of becoming a mom. "With things like this, the ocean, you want to protect it for your kid to be able to see the world the way I saw it. That's important for them to not lose it. There are so many animals endangered now in the ocean; it'll be sad she won't enjoy all those things."
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a bunch more at the Source

Who are your favorite celebrity parents?

Lady Gaga's Ex Threatens Lawsuit Over Bad Guy Portrayal In New Book

Mother Monster's former beau is not a happy camper. Lady Gaga's ex Lüc Carl claims that he is being made out to be the "bad guy" in a new book and is threatening to sue the writer, the singer's longtime friend Brendan Jay Sullivan and publisher HarperCollins.

Page Six reports:
We’re told that Carl, a heavy-metal drummer, was unhappy with the depiction of him in the book "Rivington Was Ours" and fired off legal letters to HarperCollins and Sullivan.

The book includes details from Gaga’s early career, including how she swapped her “thick, dark, raven-haired Italian mane” for a bad blond dye job to impress her “inattentive and possessive” boyfriend Carl.

Sullivan, a DJ, described Carl — who had a tumultuous relationship with Gaga before they broke up in 2008 after three years — as a negative influence on Gaga, dictating whom she could talk to and where she could work while himself being “distracted by a small coterie of drunk girls.”

Carl has admitted to being less-than-stellar boyfriend material in the past but Sullivan claims that he truly was a villain in Gaga's story.

"Gaga told me herself that Lüc told her early in her career, ‘I hope you fail,’ and that gave her the fire she needed at the time to fight for her dreams," Sullivan told Page Six. "Lüc wasn’t happy that I made him the villain of the piece. HarperCollins got a letter from him, he is threatening me and HarperCollins with a lawsuit.”
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Columnist publicly apologizes to Taylor Swift after his sea wall story goes viral

The sea wall at Swift's Rhode Island home before repairs began

David Collins, a columnist for Connecticut's New London Day, has publicly apologized to Taylor Swift for the negative press attention she received in the wake of his poorly-researched column about sea wall repairs at her Rhode Island home.

In a column entitled, “To Taylor Swift: Sorry”, Collins apologized for triggering “scorched-earth worldwide news coverage on gossip pages … I gather you must be used to it. Indeed, we first heard from your publicist hours after the column was posted online Sunday morning. She must have known what was coming. My first inkling about how sensational it might get was a headline someone sent me from Gawker Tuesday morning: "Taylor Swift is Fucking up the Rhode Island Coastline … I feel badly about this because I suspect you know very little about the work being done. I'm sure you've got other things to focus on ... Anyway, Happy New Year, Taylor."

After his story was picked up by media outlets including Vanity Fair, Collins was invited to appear on the television show Entertainment Tonight, where he admitted, "If I had that house and it was on a big cliff and I had the money to reinforce it and move those boulders, with permission, I would do it too."

The controversy began on December 29, when Collins wrote a column in which he expressed shock at workers "rearranging the rocky coastline" on a "public" beach near Swift's mansion. He claimed the boulders used in the project were being mined from the ocean floor. He bemoaned the sight of a "contraction trailer and portable potty" on Swift's land, remarking that it was "a neighborhood where trailers would not usually be welcome." Collins also quoted an unnamed surfer who claimed the work was "completely illegal."
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M.I.A. Leaves Roc Nation

Yesterday, M.I.A. prepared for 2014 by sharing a message with her followers: "im leaving @RocNation." She signed with Jay Z's management company in 2012.

Earlier this year, Roc Nation pulled a trailer for the forthcoming M.I.A. documentary from YouTube. Maya didn't take kindly to Roc Nation's decision, saying she'd been "blacklisted" from releasing the film and told her fans to "put your middle fingers up".

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Niall Horan and Barbara Palvin NYE Date with Liam Payne and Sophia Smith

Niall Horan and Barbara Palvin spent New Year's Eve together--on a double date, no less!

That's right, Niall and Barbara were seen out with Liam Payne and girlfriend Sophia Smith for Gary Barlow's New Year's Eve concert last night.

Thankfully, some fans caught pics of the two couples and shared them on Twitter--and video shows a quick snippet of the four of them enjoying the concert.

Watch the video to see a glimpse of Niall and Barbara at 2:48 and Liam and Sophia at 3:07.

Of course, this begs the question: did Niall and Barbara ring in the New Year with a kiss?

We have to guess yes!

Niall and Barbara were also spotted earlier in the week together at a pub--sounds like things are getting serious.

Niall tweeted about the New Year, writing: "Happy new year ! thank you for an incredible 2013, let's make 2014 the best yet ! Love you," he wrote.


Agent May Remains Awesome

New S.H.I.E.L.D. Clip, Episode 1x11

When the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - titled "The Magical Place" - finally comes on next Tuesday, January 7th, it will have been nearly a month since the last episode. The Marvel Studios series aired its mid-series finale back on December 10th and left us with an effective cliffhanger: how is the crew going to rescue Coulson? Where did the team leader really go after he was stabbed and killed by Loki, and why does Centipede want to know? At this stage its unclear exactly how many answers next week's episode will provide, but this new clip, shared with us by Yahoo!, does tell us one thing: the higher-ups at S.H.I.E.L.D. still aren't a bit fan of Skye.

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Cara Delevingne spends New Year's with Rihanna who celebrates in a gangster fur coat and white veil


There was no chance of RIhanna catching a cold on New Year's Eve as the singer stepped out in a gangster fur coat.

The Bajan star was wrapped up in the thick white number - that wouldn't have looked out of place on Snoop Dogg or Rick Ross - as she headed out on the town in New York with Cara Delevingne.

But if the jacket wasn't outlandish enough, Rihanna, 25, decided to wrap a white-jewelled encrusted headband with a veil to complete the look.

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Rihanna helping out the needy!!

She's a talented singer and dancer, and has even branched out into the world of fashion in recent years.
And it would seem Rihanna has yet another string to add to her bow as she displayed her hairdressing skills on best pal Cara Delevingne in New York on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old singer treated her supermodel friend to a spot of pampering before they headed out to ring in 2014 on New Year's Eve.
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Shia Pls: An Apology to Daniel Clowes Via Skywriting

“I am sorry Daniel Clowes,” read a message in the Los Angeles sky on New Year’s day that was apparently commissioned by Shia LaBeouf, who posted a photo of the writing on his @thecampaignbook Twitter feed.

The actor has been tweeting for several days to express his remorse for closely copying the comic “Justin M. Damiano,” by graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, in his short film “Howard Cantour.” “Ghost World” author Clowes lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

The skywriting was visible across several parts of Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon, including Hollywood, Glendale and Studio City. A company called Worldwide Sky Ads tweeted that their team the Skywriters was responsible for the message.

On New Year’s Eve, La Beouf tweeted that his resolution is to “work on being a less controversial tweeter.” But it’s hard not to view the whole thing as an elaborate art project, since many of the tweets he sent in apology were themselves lines from other works.

This fucker. I hope Daniel Clowes wins his lawsuit against this little creep.


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Nicole Scherzinger to sign record deal with Sony

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger is set to sign a £3million recording deal with Sony, it has been revealed.

The sexy star, who wowed TV viewers with her incredible duet with X Factor winner Sam Bailey earlier this month, is due to release a new album in the summer.

It comes as the former Pussycat Doll is set to rake in the cash with other lucrative deals over the coming year.

Rumoured to be on the table are contracts with UK fashion brand Missguided which is reportedly worth around £1million and Herbal Essences.

A source told the Sun: "Nicole was the most popular member of the X Factor panel this yerar and is the real winner in terms of bankability.

"She is set to sign with Sony and can't wait to get back to her music which took a back seat during X Factor."


She better serve us another jam like "Wet".


Is Stedman planning a SECOND proposal to Oprah?

Oprah Winfrey's fiancé is preparing for them to finally marry, more than 20 years after they got engaged.

The talk show legend originally agreed to Stedman Graham's proposal in 1992 after six years of dating and he is now planning to ask her a second time, spurred by an emotional trip to South African political figure Nelson Mandela's funeral on December 15.

A source told National Enquirer magazine: "It was a highly emotional journey for Oprah, who loved Mandela and everything he stood for. During this time of grief there was only one person in the world she turned to - her Stedman.

"It was a spiritual mission and Stedman held her close during the funeral service. He realized right then and there he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Oprah as a married couple."

Friends have been urging motivational speaker Stedman to ask Oprah to marry him again on her 60th birthday, this January.

The source added: "Stedman feels the two are soul mates, they've lasted together this long and should finally make it official. Stedman also realized that when their days end, he wants to be buried next to Oprah and knows that will only happen if they wed."



10 Best Marvel Movie Casting Decisions (So far)

6. Chris Evans as The Human Torch/Chris Evans as Captain America
Fantastic Four, 2005; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, 2007; Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011; The Avengers, 2012

Evans surprised many with his turn as Captain America -- he always seemed like too much of a goofy pretty-boy to play the stalwart Sentinel of Liberty. Yet he landed it beautifully. It's all the more surprising when he seemed so note-perfect in his previous Marvel role, as the Fantastic Four's goofy pretty-boy, and even that was a surprise, because who knew Evans could be so damn charming? At this point we're prepared to believe Evans could play all the superheroes
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