July 9th, 2014

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Career Prospectus: James Marsden



I jokingly proposed doing a prospectus on James Marsden a few weeks ago, but then thought, No but seriously—what happened to James Marsden? So I’m answering my own question with this prospectus, because Marsden is a guy—talented, likeable, good-looking—who ought to have a stand-out career, but he’s been spinning his wheels for over a decade as a workaday actor. He books a lot of gigs but he’s never really broken out, despite being involved in some very popular projects. What gives?

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Madonna Reminds The World She Is Queen Of Pop as She Gets Fighting Fit



Trying to stay the reigning queen of pop is not easy. After 30 years of holding the title, Madonna is making sure she can keep up with the new stars hitting the charts.
The 55-year-old put herself through a grueling workout in West Hollywood, California, on Monday and proved she is still fighting fit.
The Holiday singer emerged looking refreshed and in a great mood despite working up a sweat with woman half her age. Not even looking tired, the music icon strutted her way back to her waiting car still wearing her gym clothes.

For her workout, the 55-year-old donned a pair of loose fit three-quarter Nike sweats with a tight Lycra Nike T-shirt and sweatshirt round her waist. Going without make up, the star threw on a pair of big black sunglasses and a baseball cap with the word 'Reine' on it. Perhaps making sure people knew who they were dealing with, roughly translated from French it means queen.
It also means clean and pure in Dutch which is perhaps a nod to her toyboy love Timor Steffens' native country.
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First Trailer of Exodus: Gods And Kings (aka Exodus: White Gods & Kings + Misc POCs)



Having tackled the future with Prometheus and the present via The Counsellor, Ridley Scott is doing an inverse Scrooge for his next film and dipping into the past. The Biblical past, in fact, with Moses tale Exodus: Gods And Kings.

Scott's latest charts the relationship between Moses (Christian Bale) and Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), one that is quickly sent packing with demands, plagues, suffering and a very long walk. Yes, it’s the old story of Moses demanding that Pharaoh set his people free so he can lead them to the Promised Land. Pharaoh, of course, has no intention of releasing his largely slave workforce, and the stage is set for an epic showdown.

Scott has opted for old-school scale on this one, constructing massive sets for his Egyptian story, which pumps up the story to match the ambition of the designs, with it all on display in this initial promo.

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George Clooney attacks Daily Mail over 'irresponsible' story on his fiancée


Actor George Clooney has accused the Daily Mail of concocting a false and irresponsible story about his fiancée, the human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

He issued a strongly-worded statement to the popular American national newspaper, USA Today, following the publication of a Mail article which claimed that Alamuddin's mother, Baria, opposed their forthcoming marriage on religious grounds.

It cited unnamed family members as its source. Clooney wrote:

"I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday's Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being.

The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée's mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons.

It says Amal's mother has been telling 'half of Beirut' that she's against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride. Let me repeat that: the death of the bride."


In his statement he dismantled the key details of the Mail's story:

"None of the story is factually true. Amal's mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage."
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Rachel McAdams Goes Fresh-Faced for Allure Magazine Cover




It's been a while since Rachel McAdams graced the cover of a major magazine (nearly two years, in fact) but when it came time for her close-up, she was ready. Wearing minimal makeup and flashing an easy-going grin the actress looks completely comfortable—not to mention stunning—on the August 2014 cover of Allure. As for her ever-changing hair color, the A Most Wanted Man actress is still sporting the slightly auburn-brunette shade that she went back to over a year ago.

She will be appearing in the film ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ which co-stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The spy-thriller debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January to rave reviews and is based on the novel of the same name by John le Carre. McAdams plays a human rights attorney who assists a half-Chechen, half-Russian man when he turns up in Germany, and finds himself in the crossfires of the war on terror. Is he dangerous, or is he a victim?

McAdams has been in the news recently for one of her classic films, ‘The Notebook,’ which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. A big story coming out of the retro pieces is that then-boyfriend Ryan Gosling actually requested McAdams to be kicked off the set one day, according to director Nick Cassavetes in an interview with VH1. Cassavetes recalled, “Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, ‘Nick come here.’ And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, ‘Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?’ I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.’”

Also, Rachel and her sister Kayleen will be on the new season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" airing on July 23.

See the trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152448761159724

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Miley Cyrus Has Been Secretly Dating Producer Mike Will Made-It For The Last Nine Months

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Secret's out! Miley Cyrus has been discreetly dating her Bangerz album producer Mike Will Made-It for the past nine months, multiple sources reveal exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

"Everybody in her circle knows they've been together this whole time," a source close to the "Wrecking Ball" singer tells Us. Cyrus, 21, first started seeing the producer, 25, soon after splitting from her fiance Liam Hemsworth in September 2013.

Another insider tells Us the duo have become "pretty serious." The "23" hitmaker has even won over Cyrus' mom, Tish Cyrus. "Tish says he's part of the family," the insider tells Us.

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"There's No Worse Way To Insult A Woman": Wendy Williams On People Calling Her A Man

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Wendy Williams has always been a very opinionated woman when it comes to speaking about the lives of celebrities (Hot Topics anyone?) and she doesn’t hold back. Some people really love that about her, while others find her a bit off-putting. Some of the ladder actually go as far as to call her “Wendall,” implying that she was actually born a man. While that’s a mean thing to say to a woman, in an interview on Good Morning America to promote the Vegas show “Lipshtick” she’ll be doing stand-up comedy in, Williams opened up about those statements. As she put it, while it may have been a little hurtful at one time, she’s so over it:


Dan Kloeffler: “What about getting questions about your own gender or your own identity? Do you get frustrated about that?”

“No! I do plan on addressing that as part of my jokes. People think I was born a man and that is absolutely not true. I get it. I’ve got a strong face, a strong body, I’m 5’11″ and I wear wigs [laughs]. I get it! Do I get upset with it? No. Years ago, when I first heard it, like 25 years ago, I believe I was the one who started it on the radio by saying, you know, ‘Do you ever take a look at yourself from particular angels?’ I’ve always been a real conversationalist with my audience. I get where that comes from. But, in my opinion, there’s no worse way to insult a woman than to say she looks like a man. But once a woman gets over that? There is no stronger woman than a woman who, it rolls off her back when you say that. There’s nothing you can call me at this particular point. I’ve been dealing with this for decades.”


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ONTD, is this the worst thing you can call a woman?

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Eva Mendes is Pregnant with Ryan Gosling's Baby!




Women of the world who dream of having Ryan Gosling‘s baby: Eva Mendes has beat you to the punch! The actress is seven months pregnant with Ryan, and she couldn’t be happier. “She’s been ready for motherhood for a while now,” an insider tells OK!, “and to be sharing this experience with Ryan is a dream come true for her!”

It’s been tough to keep up with Eva and Ryan’s relationship. The couple, who started dating in 2011 after co-starring as parents in The Place Beyond the Pines, have been on-again, off-again for the last year, but the baby news is giving their relationship a new sense of direction. “Ryan grew up without a dad, so he always said when he had kids, he’d be there no matter what,” a source says. “This is it for him.”

That promise might not be enough for Eva. Insiders say she’s determined to make their family status official before the baby comes. “Ryan doesn’t think they need to marry just because they are having a baby, but Eva believes it’s important to have their lives fully intertwined,” says a source. Are there wedding bells and a bundle of joy on the way? Only time will tell!

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Furious—But Not Surprised—About Rosie O'Donnell's Possible Return to The View



Elisabeth Hasselbeck sure can hold a grudge.

After learning that her former View colleague might return to the program for its eighteenth season, the Fox & Friends co-host called into her new show to dredge up old drama. Hasselbeck, who is on vacation, brought up her infamous fight with O'Donnell, which led to the comic's premature exit from the show.

"What could ruin a vacation more than to hear news like this?" Hasselbeck asked Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. "I know Rosie very well. We worked quite closely. Talk about not securing the border! Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there, coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at the View table."

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MTV's Fandom Awards Nominations Revealed



MTV's college network mtvU has revealed the nominations for the first Fandom Awards taking place at San Diego's Comic-Con.

The Fandom of the Year award will be given out across four genres — movies, TV dramas, TV comedies and animation — and the winners will be decided through bracket-style voting, with the awards handed out Thursday, July 24, at Petco Park. (MTV's first Fan Fest also takes place that day.)

While many of the 32 nominees have Comic-Con ties (i.e. Captain America, X-Men, Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf), there are some that simply don't fit the mold (i.e. The Fault in Our Stars, Pretty Little Liars, New Girl, Awkward).

The Best Fandom Forever Award (BFF) highlights the top Tumblr "fandoms," with the winner determined by the largest "note" count on a MTV-created Tumblr post. Voting ends Wednesday, July 23.

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But why... this is the last thing anyone needs (just imagine if there were actor/actress categories lol).
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Margot Robbie, Australia’s Newest Movie Goddess



Margot Robbie has only gotten hotter. She’ll play Jane to Alexander Skarsgård’s Tarzan—after starring opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Will Smith, and Ralph Fiennes in three other upcoming films. But Australia’s newest movie goddess is still pinching herself and wondering why everyone carries on so about her looks. Amy Fine Collins learns how a country girl ended up showing Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese a thing or two.

Margot Robbie was so outrageously seductive as The Wolf of Wall Street’s trophy wife, Naomi (a role that earned her an Empire Award in March), that she managed to exceed the script’s hyperbolic requirement that she personify “the hottest blonde ever.” When she makes her sizzling entrance at a Hamptons bacchanal, one prurient male declares, “I’d fuck that girl if she was my sister!” Another breaks down on the spot and masturbates. Richard Curtis compares the Australian siren—who played an unattainable dream girl in his 2013 romantic comedy, About Time—to that other screen goddess Grace Kelly. And this summer Robbie is taking on the role of the ultimate irresistible Ur-female, Jane (opposite Alexander Skarsgård), when David Yates’s Tarzan begins filming in London. Martin Scorsese’s casting director, Ellen Lewis, who first brought Robbie to the master’s attention, said, “As beautiful as she is, that’s how talented she is.”


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Neymar's agent rips Phil Scolari with 'six requirements to be Brazil manager' list

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In the wake of Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany, there has been plenty of blame to go around, but most of it has fallen on manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 65-year-old apologized for the loss in his post-match press conference and described it as the worst day of his professional life. And to make sure the next day wasn't much better, Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, decided to add his unfavorable view of Scolari to the mix.

Though his client was unable to play against Germany due to a back injury suffered during Brazil's quarterfinal win over Colombia, Ribeiro mocked Scolari by tweeting a list of the "six prerequisites to become manager of the Brazilian national team.
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Play As The Original Cast Of Alien In Alien: Isolation Bonus Missions

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When Alien: Isolation was announced it was revealed that players would be taking on the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda Ripley, but now fans will be able to play as Sigourney Weaver’s iconic character in “The Nostromo Edition” pre-order DLC for the game. Twentieth Century Fox, SEGA, and The Creative Assembly have revealed that not only will these two bonus missions allow players to recreate their favorite scenes from Ridley Scott’s film but that Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) will all reprise their roles for the game.

Players that pre-order the game will automatically receive the “Crew Expenable” bonus mission which allows them to play as Ripley, Dallas or Parker, and let you explore the Nostromo from habitation deck down through engineering, coordinating your efforts with Lambert and Ash to lure the Alien into the ship’s airlock. In addition, players that pre-order at Gamestop will receive the “Last Survivor” mission which puts them solely in Ellen Ripley’s shoes as she attempts to escape the ship. Check out the video for the bonus missions below!

Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.

Alien: Isolation will be released on October 7 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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Halle Berry Sparks Pregnancy Rumors While Out With Baby Maceo



It seems as though it was only a few weeks ago that Halle Berry gave birth to baby Maceo, and already he’s becoming quite the little charmer. But is another baby on the way? Collapse )

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ngl, just posted these cuz her bb so is so cute...is this the first time we're seeing him? ontd, do you think halle and olivier martinez are gonna last?

Emmys 2014: 'Shameless' Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White deserve nominations

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With the 2014 Emmy Awards nominations due to be announced on July 10, Zap2it is making cases for the actors and shows that deserve some awards love, but would be surprising -- and therefore very exciting -- nominees.

Those who watch Showtime's "Shameless" might be shocked to learn this, but the only Emmy nomination the series has ever gotten was for Outstanding Guest Actress for Joan Cusack. The cast, and the show itself, have gone without recognition. If ever there was a time to correct that mistake, it's following Season 4.

While William H. Macy is the most recognizable member of the cast, it's Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White who deserve recognition for the crushing emotion they both showcased throughout the season. With Macy's Frank on his death bed, Rossum's character took over as the member of the Gallagher family falling from grace, eventually ending up in jail after allowing her youngest brother to ingest cocaine. Watching her slowly become the thing she's always hates, her father, was almost too much to take.

That left Lip (White) to come to the forefront as the one taking care of his family, and attempt to shake Fiona out of her wayward ways. That led to a series of truly heartbreaking moments between the two. Fiona has a hard time taking responsibility for her actions, leading Lip to face the possibility of his college dream slipping away.

While "Shameless" is more than deserving of nominations for these two, and the show as a whole, it faces a tough road. If anything is working against the show, it's the decision to compete in the comedy category, rather than drama. While the Showtime series is full of funny moments, Season 4 was by far the least comedic yet. Competing against shows like "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family," a show like "Shameless" is has a steep uphill battle ahead.

That all said, Rossum and White should be recognized for what they showed in Season 4. Now the Emmy voters just need to agree. Besides, just think about how entertaining Rossum's acceptance speech could be, should she pull out a win. An Emmy for Emmy? That writes itself.

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What the fuck does Noel Fisher gotta do to get an Emmy up in this bitch? Poor bb gives the performance of a lifetime and y'all can't even give his Canadian ass a shout out? He gotta be a Ninja Turtle instead? Yo, that shit ain't right.
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Robbie Amell Cast in The Flash

“The Flash” cast has received another super boost, with Robbie Amell set to remain in the CW family after landing the recurring role of Ronnie Raymond (aka Firestorm) in the “Arrow” spinoff.

The “Tomorrow People” star — and cousin of “Arrow” lead Stephen Amell — will make his debut in the third episode of “The Flash’s” freshman season.
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Shania Twain hints at a return to the road!

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With Garth Brooks poised for his big return, can his Nineties female counterpart Shania Twain be far off? Tonight, she'll play the first of two consecutive nights at Calgary's Saddledome in her native Canada. The shows are Twain's first outside of her wildly successful Las Vegas residency, Shania: Still the One, and in an interview with the Calgary Herald, she says it could be a sign of things to come.
"I think I'm going to do more," Twain said. "It's just something I'm enjoying more now than I have in a long time. Vegas has been a really good transition for me to get back onstage again."
The singer, who still holds the record for the best-selling country album ever with 1997's Come On Over, hinted at new material as well. "It's my priority this year and I will be in the studio as soon as I can get in, get my ducks in a row," said Twain, whose last album was 2002's Up. "I’m working on it all the time right now."
After separating from her husband, producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, Twain famously lost her voice. But the now happily remarried singer's return to Caesars Palace's showroom in 2012 left little doubt that the 48-year-old was ready to continue performing.
"Back onstage has been very natural, it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be," she told the Calgary Herald. "I'm enjoying the singing and I think my voice has a lot of qualities it didn't even have before, which is interesting. And I look forward to putting that down on record."

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Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood to headline Global Citizen Festival



This year’s free Global Citizen Festival is once again bringing serious heat to shine a light on poverty around the planet. The September 27 gig on the Great Law in New York’s Central Park will include headliner Jay Z, along with fun., Carrie Underwood, the Roots, Tiësto and No Doubt.

“Change only takes place when and where there is action,” Jigga said in a statement from the Global Poverty Project about the third-annual show. “I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.”

The event will coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and support the parent organization’s goal of helping to stamp out world poverty by 2030. This year’s focus is on children and young people living in extreme poverty.

Last year’s show was headlined by Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Stevie Wonder.

You can win one of the 48,000 free tickets by earning points taking action on the Global Citizen website. Each action equals a certain number of points, with eight points needed to win passes. There will be five drawings over the summer and you can enter up to six times.

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BBC America adapting "The Last Kingdom"

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The BBC and “Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films have teamed up to produce a new historical drama series, “The Last Kingdom,” BBC America announced Wednesday.

The eight-episode, hourlong series will be adapted from Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling novels, “The Saxon Stories,” by writer Stephen Butchard.

Set in the year 872, when many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, the great kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred the Great. Against this turbulent backdrop lives “The Last Kingdom’s” hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he — Saxon or Viking? On a quest to claim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, seek to recapture his ancestral lands.

“Cornwell’s Saxon novels combine historical figures and events with fiction in an utterly compelling way,” said executive producer Gareth Neame. “In the hands of Stephen Butchard we believe it will make original and engrossing television drama. In part the epic quest of our hero Uhtred, it is also a fascinating re-telling of the tale of King Alfred the Great and how he united the many separate kingdoms on this island into what would become England.”

Much like History Channel’s “Vikings,” “The Last Kingdom” will combine real historical figures and events with fiction, exploring themes like religion, politics, warfare and the quest for identity.

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Get that promo, Charli! Charli XCX performs on The Today Show and announces 2014 North American tour



“Fancy” British pop singer Charli XCX is set to return to North America this fall for a month-long headlining tour.

The jaunt officially kicks off on September 26th at Orlando’s The Social and comes after summer festival sets at Benicassim Festival, T in the Park, and Flow Festival. The tour features support from fellow female acts Elliphant and FEMME. Consult her full schedule below.

In related news, Charli followed up her performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers by appearing onThe Today Show this morning. She once again performed “Boom Clap”:



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Orphan Black Renewed for Season 3; Broadchurch's Second Season to Air Early 2015



BBC America has renewed its drama hit “Orphan Black” for a third season.

BBC America general manager Perry Simon confirmed the news — which was hardly a surprise — in his opening remarks Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

Lensing on 10 new episodes starring Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles is to begin again in the fall. The third season will bow on the cabler in spring 2015. The second season of “Broadchurch” will also hit the cabler in early 2015, Simon said.

The original “Broadchurch” mini, a grim mystery revolving around the murder of a boy, has been adapted by Fox as “Gracepoint,” which is expected to air in the fall.

The second round of “Broadchurch” will feature a new story but the return of actors David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill, who will reprise their roles. Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are new to the cast.

BBC America talked up two other new series, “Tatau” and “The Last Kingdom,” coming for 2015.

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Matthew McCona-slay's Emmy Nomination Hopes Are Crazy High Because The McConaissance Knows No Bounds






It’s been a few months, but who can forget the McConaissance, Matthew McConaughey’s triumphant return to real acting in real roles, starting with small indies like Mud and Killer Joe, gaining speed with cameos in Wolf of Wall Street and Magic Mike, hitting fever pitch when he won an Oscar, and winding down with a home-run performance in HBO’s True Detective? Since March’s Academy Awards ceremony, McC. has kept his profile low. It’s been over a year since we’ve seen him shirtless (and McConaughey’s probably not in the Magic Mike sequel, so it might be a while).

He’ll likely be back in time for the Emmys, where he’ll be competing with his eight-episode performance as Detective Rust Cohle. Many have called it the best work of his career, even better than his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. But HBO has decided to enter True Detective into competition as a dramatic series, not, as many predicted, a miniseries. While TD is a recurring series, each season will change cast, setting, and storyline, which, since American Horror Story broke new ground by doing the same, has been a passable credit to enter into the much less competitive Miniseries category. That loophole led to quite a few extra nominations for AHS that would have never snuck through in the ultra-competitive Drama Series field.

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Mel Gibson Sympathizes With Shia LaBeouf: 'My Heart Goes Out To The Poor Guy'

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After making headlines for his now-infamous anti-Semitic rant during his arrest in 2006 and again in 2012 when his horrific fight with then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva leaked, Mel Gibson's name was forever tainted in Hollywood. But he's hoping that it doesn't end up that way for Shia LaBeouf.

In an interview with Indiewire published July 8, Mel Gibson expressed sympathy for LaBeouf in light of the 28-year-old's recent struggles.

"When I see someone like Shia LaBeouf with the bag on his head and stuff, my heart goes out to the poor guy. I think he's suffering in some way," Gibson said.

Gibson was referring to an incident in February when LaBeouf showed up to the "Nymphomaniac" premiere with a bag over his head that read "I am not famous anymore." LaBeouf's more recent troubles include getting kicked out of a Broadway play and subsequently being arrested by New York police.

"People are in line to sort of point the finger at him and say that he's this, that, or the other. It's easy to judge. But I'm sure he's going through some kind of personal, very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there," Gibson continued.

But Gibson is hopeful that LaBeouf will turn his life around.

"He'll probably play it out and come back ... He'll be all right. I actually like the kid. I think he's good."


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Garth Brooks letter: 'If the powers-that-be can save this, I will play in Ireland

Country singer Garth Brooks still wants all five of his Irish concerts to go ahead and has asked if there is ‘any chance’ they can.


In a letter to Peter Aiken, head of Aiken Promotions, Garth writes that if ‘there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and nobody is being let down’ they can ‘proceed as planned’.

The letter, which was addressed to ‘Peter’, reads; ‘If you think for any reason that the ‘powers that be’ in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second’.

The singer said he was informed yesterday that the shows have been cancelled and that the ticket refunds will begin on Monday.

I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now,” he wrote in the letter.

“I hope you understand that to play for 400,000 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those people that they are not welcome would be a nightmare.

“To do what the city manager suggests (play three shows and not all five) means I agree that is how people should be treated and I just can’t agree with that.”

The letter, which Garth agreed could be sent to Irish media outlets, reports that his ‘guys’ are still en route to Ireland with the concert equipment.

“Our guys are still en route and if there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and nobody is being let down then we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin.”

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He continues:

“If you tell me, ‘Garth, thanks but it is over’, I will cease my efforts and bring our people and gear back to the States.

“If you think that for any reason that the ‘powers that be’ in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second.”

He concludes the note; “Please let me know how to proceed. All my gratitude, respect, and love to you and Ireland, G.”

The singer has commented for the first time since Aiken Promotions announced all five of his planned Croke Park concerts would be cancelled yesterday.
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Iggy Azalea Continues to Break Records As 'Fancy' Solidifies Its Claim to "Song of the Summer"


"Fancy" moves up among the longest Hot 100 reigns by women this decade.

Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, continues its Billboard Hot 100 command, spending a seventh week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" crowns the Radio Songs chart; Maroon 5 reaches the Hot 100's top 10 with "Maps"; and, just outside the top tier, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer soar in with their latest singles.

It's Wednesday, so time for our weekly rundown of the numbers behind the Hot 100's top 10 and more.

With her seventh week at No. 1, Azalea moves into a tie for fifth place among lead women who've scored the longest commands on the Hot 100 this decade. Here's an updated look at the smashes by women in lead roles in that span that have spent most time on top:

10 weeks, "We Found Love," Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, 2011-12
9 weeks, "Royals," Lorde, 2013
9 weeks, "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen, 2012
9 weeks, "TiK ToK," Ke$ha, 2010
7 weeks, "Fancy," Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, 2014
7 weeks, "Rolling in the Deep," Adele, 2011

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Lady Gaga goes to Vapour Central in Toronto, dabs



Employees at a Toronto cannabis lounge had to take a few deep breaths when Lady Gaga walked into Vapor Central at Yonge & College on Tuesday.

The pop superstar was in the area checking out a hemp store when word spread of her appearance.

“I politely introduced myself and [invited her] to come over and do a dab” said Kayla Baptiste, manager of the popular cannabis-friendly vaporizing lounge.

A ‘dab’ is a concentrated form of THC which is like “smoking a whole joint in one go”, explained Kayla.

The Bad Romance singer, accompanied by a small entourage which included her sister and a bodyguard, was given the superstar cannabis treatment.

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Justin Theroux covers Details


The accompanying article written by Jonathan Miles talks about Theroux as the unlikely star of HBO’s latest television show, ‘The Leftovers’. An actor, who has done both comedies and dramas, Theroux reflects on his image, sharing, “There are certain actors who can grab a woman by the back of her hair and plant a deep one on her and say something like ‘We gotta save the world,’ and that’s not me. I can’t not be outside of my body, making jokes about that dialogue. Some people do it really well and effectively because they have the charisma to pull that off. I just know that I don’t.”

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Corey Stoll Enjoys 'The Strain' of Series Stardom




This looks dire. An airliner has landed in New York with everyone onboard apparently dead.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hard-charging troubleshooter, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, is summoned to investigate.

A suspicious-looking crate the plane was carrying vanishes.

Welcome to "The Strain," a creepy new thriller about a viral outbreak threatening the human race that only Goodweather can stop.

Premiering Sunday on FX (10 p.m. EDT), "The Strain" can claim as co-creators Guillermo del Toro (the "Hellboy" films) and Chuck Hogan, who jointly wrote the novels that inspired the series. Carlton Cuse ("Lost") is the show runner.

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George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme




A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times.

Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also include Sir Michael Caine and Take That star Gary Barlow, alongside a number of top businessmen, QCs, NHS doctors, party donors and a judge, according to a secret database leaked to the British newspaper.

George Michael reportedly sought to shelter £6.2 million ($10.6 million) in record and tour sales after paying £443,000 ($750,000) in fees to Mercury Tax Group, the Leeds-based company that ran the scheme. The singer’s investments in Liberty were made about 7 years ago – around the same time that he embarked his “25 Live” world tour.

It was also reported that the four members of Arctic Monkeys - Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders - sheltered between £557,000 ($950,000) and £1.1 million ($1.9 million) in the Liberty scheme.

George Michael’s publicist and representatives of the Arctic Monkeys all declined to comment, states The Times.

Katie Melua, meanwhile, sought to shelter £850,000 through Liberty in 2008. Two years later, she was nominated for Christian Aid’s Tax Superhero Award after publicly stating that she paid “nearly half of what comes to me in taxes”.


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Shanghai Film Fest: 'Little England' Wins Golden Goblet for Best Film + other awards



The Greek film Little England (Mikra Anglia) won the Golden Goblet Award for best film at the Shanghai International Film Festival and also secured the best director award for its director Pantelis Voulgaris.

Pinelopi Tsilika added another Golden Goblet to Little England’s haul when she won the best actress award.

The jury at the 17th edition of the fest was led by Chinese actress Gong Li, the first time a woman has headed the panel.

The Jury Grand Prix went to the only Chinese film in competition,The Uncle Victory, by Zhang Meng, who directed the popular The Piano in a Factory.

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Paris Hilton: 'I Lost 5 Pounds By Quitting Fast Food...I Like Green Smoothies'


Paris Hilton has always had a love for cheeseburgers and french fries. But six months ago the 33-year-old former reality star decided to give up fast food to lead a healthier lifestyle.

'I lost about five pounds just from staying away from the Drive-Thrus,' the blonde, whose new single Come Alive debuted on Tuesday, told MailOnline exclusively. 'I can feel the difference especially when I'm in a bathing suit.'

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Leave It To Bieber '14: Charged With Misdemeanour Vandalism!

The Canadian pop star is also in trouble with police in Florida and Toronto
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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be charged with misdemeanour vandalism in connection with the egging of his neighbour's home, say prosecutors.

A spokeswoman says the singer will not be in court for the hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

Bieber, 20, faces two other criminal cases in Florida and Toronto.

Investigators searched Bieber's Calabasas, California home in January searching for evidence after the egging apparently caused serious damage.

One of the singer's friends was arrested on drug possession charges after that search.

The LA County Sheriff's Office say they were looking for surveillance video tapes when they spotted the drugs "in plain view".

Surveillance footage seized from the home appears to show Bieber high-fiving friends and celebrating after throwing eggs at his neighbour's home, police said.

The pop star could have faced a more serious felony charge if the damage to the home was greater than $20,000 (£11,670).

Two previous investigations into Bieber's conduct by the sheriff's department have not led to charges.

Prosecutors declined to charge him last year after a neighbour complained he drove recklessly through the area, and in November 2012 after a paparazzi photographer accused Bieber of assault.

Meanwhile, Miami authorities have charged him with driving under the influence and driving without a valid licence. That trial is set for July.

And Toronto prosecutors have accused Bieber of assaulting a limo driver in December.




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Rita Ora's Marilyn Monroe-inspired Roberto Cavalli fashion campaign



Rita Ora has modeled for DKNY, Material Girl, and adidas, and now the blonde beauty is taking her fashion to the next level as the face of Roberto Cavalli’s Autumn/Winter 2015 campaign.

The “R.I.P.” singer dons the designer’s exotic prints including a flowy dress and a cleavage-baring pantsuit in the breathtaking photos, shot by Francesco Carrozzini.

“RitaOraForCavalli Finally it’s OUT! Madonna Mia!!” said Rita. “I love you @robertcavalli @eva_cavalli This collaboration is a huge Honour.”

She is also gearing up to release her sophomore album this fall and has recorded a rap song with Prince. See more of the stunning shots below.

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Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J tease new song 'Bang Bang'

Jessie J has shared a snippet from her upcoming collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The 'Domino' star uploaded a short clip from 'Bang Bang' to her Instagram, along with the caption: "Me + @arianagrande + @NickiMinaj #BANGBANG WORLD premiere on 29th July!! #20DAYSTOGO."




The clip features Jessie J singing the lyrics: "She got a body like an hourglass but I can give it to you all the time/She got a booty like a Cadillac but I can send you into overdrive."

'Bang Bang' will premiere worldwide on July 29. Jessie J recently performed at Wembley Stadium for Capital FM's Summertime Ball and was joined on stage by Nathan Sykes and DJ Cassidy for 'Calling All Hearts'.

Ariana Grande is currently at number 3 in the midweek chart with her single 'Problem', featuring Iggy Azalea. Meanwhile Minaj's third studio album The Pink Print will drop later this year.

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