August 9th, 2014

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'True Detective' creator dismisses plagiarism claims, calls misogyny critiques "stupid"

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto briefly came under fire this week when a blog accused the writer and executive producer of plagiarizing the work of Thomas Ligotti and other authors. The turnaround for a response was speedy.

The claims focus on similarities between quotes delivered on the series by the character Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and passages in Ligotti's novel The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. Both Pizzolatto and HBO issued statements on Thursday flat-out denying the accusations.

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He seems completely unable to take any type of criticism whatsoever. lol.

Zayn Malik's family gather in prayer as the star's three-year-old cousin fights for her life

As he performs with his band-mates on the North American leg of their mammoth world tour, his thoughts are on the other side of the Atlantic. One Direction star Zayn Mailk and his Muslim relatives are united in prayer as they support three-year-old Arshiya Malik, who is bravely fighting for her life following a brain tumour operation.

The star's little cousin, whose image has been shared on social media by distraught yet hopeful relatives, enjoyed a special day out in July, when Zayn threw a funfair party for his fiancée Perrie Edwards on a Hertfordshire country estate as she celebrated turning 21.

On Wednesday, the star's cousin Aaroosa Malik posted a picture of Arshiya on Instagram, with the accompanying caption: 'Please can everyone pray for Arshiya as much as you can as her MRI scan didn't come out good. 'Doctors are saying theres nothing they can do & have put her on life support machines now. 'Please keep her in your duas always & the rest is up to Allah. '

In the early hours of Friday morning she tweeted: 'Went to see Arshiya today. Gutted me up! Looks like a totally different baby :( Please keep her in your duas [prayers]. Thank you'  On Tuesday, Zayn's sister Doniya Malik tweeted: 'Thank you every1 hu did dua for arshiya things are looking good, but still need ur duas she had 1% chance! Jus shows there is a god.. (sic)' She added: 'And prayers work xxx'

Arshiya, of Bradford, went in for surgery on Monday, while her famous older cousin was a whole ocean away with his 1D bandmates on their Where We Are tour. The stars are due to play at the Gillette Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts, for the second night in a row on Friday. They will then go on to Washington, DC, for a show at the Nationals Park on Monday.


My prayers go out to Zayn and his family :(
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Outlander pilot already viewed nearly 1 million times

Starz’s “Outlander” premiere has drawn almost 1 million views since it debuted in a free multiplatform preview on Aug. 2, a week before its official air date on Aug. 9.

The premium cabler made the first episode of its hotly anticipated adaptation available online through, YouTube, the Starz Play app, Starz On Demand and via various cable, satellite and telco affiliates in the U.S. Starz offered similar previews of other recent dramas, “Power” and “Black Sails,” ahead of their linear airings.

According to preliminary data drawn from Starz On Demand, Starz Play,, YouTube, and Xfinity, the premiere has been watched approximately 900,000 times by more than 600,000 unique viewers, not counting On Demand orders from the cabler’s affiliates — including Time Warner, which launched a dedicated “Outlander” Enjoy Better campaign featuring the show’s stars.

We’ve heard from fans the world over who are anxiously awaiting to see how we’ve brought Claire and Jamie to life in what may possibly be the most highly anticipated series in Starz history,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said of their sampling rollout. “Our ‘Outlander’ sampling strategy serves the dual purpose of giving early access to the series premiere for those fans thirsting to watch it as soon as possible, as well as providing a vehicle that introduces the Starz experience to prospective new subscribers who are eager to learn all about this great new series.”

While Starz added 100,000 subscribers in the second quarter, it remains to be seen whether “Outlander” can prove compelling enough to draw new eyeballs to the pay cabler following its premiere. Starz is betting big on the lavish adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel, hoping to capitalize on the “lack of female-skewing programs in the premium space,” according to Albrecht.

“Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. “Battlestar Galactica” helmer Ron Moore executive produces the series.


I admit I'm one of the multi-viewers, well not the whole episode just the end half...

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton in Talks for Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Scandal Film

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci are in advanced talks to board the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal film Spotlight.

The ripped-from-the-headlines drama chronicles the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts that came to light thanks to a yearlong investigation by The Boston Globe. Tom McCarthy (Win Win) is directing. Ruffalo and McAdams would play reporters. Insiders say McAdams' part is a supporting role.

The movie project tells of how the Globe's "Spotlight Team" reporters spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-ups by Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests, and opened the floodgates to revelations of molestation and cover-ups worldwide that still reverberate today.

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Thin Gap model prompts 'skinny-shaming' debate


While the Internet is no stranger to thigh gap scandals, it seems that retailer the Gap has now found itself immersed in the too-skinny debate.

The popular clothing company has been on the receiving end of criticism as of late after the Gap tweeted a photo of a super-skinny model wearing a pastel plaid dress.

"Dress up your days in pastel plaid. #since1969," read the caption to the pic, which features the pin-thin model.

The image sparked an endless amount of controversy from the Twitterverse, with some users defending the brunette beauty's frame, while others expressed outrage over the controversial shot.


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Devil's Playground Trailer Starring Toni Collete

DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND From the producers of The Slap, this series follows on from the 1976 movie by Fred Schepisi, The Devil’s Playground. It begins in 1988, by which time the character of Tom Allen has become a psychiatrist, a widow and father of two children. When he agrees to act as a counselor and therapist to the clergy, Tom soon finds himself caught up in a scandal that the church is trying to cover up. With its rigorous formal structure, this ambitious and expertly handled series examines the power of the Catholic church.
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Ariana Grande's Brother Frankie Reveals His Celebrity Connection to 'Big Brother' Contestants

Ariana Grande's Brother Frankie Reveals His Celebrity Connection to 'Big Brother' Contestants (Video)
Frankie Grande finally reveals his true identity during a feed on Big Brother 16!

The 31-year-old YouTube personality shared to the rest of the contestants that he was Ariana Grande‘s older brother and that he was mostly playing for charity to build homes in Africa.

After Frankie‘s confession, the other guys called him out for all his lies, while the girls were freaking out that he met Justin Bieber.

“Frankie might’ve just saved his game tonight!!! werrk @FrankieJGrande! told his whole truth & apologized for playing dirty like a man. proud,” Ariana tweeted.

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David Duchovny and Tea Leoni are divorced

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David Duchovny has divorced Tea Leoni ... TMZ has learned.

The divorce went completely under the radar. We've learned it was filed in June and they settled all the terms themselves.

David filed the documents, citing an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship.

Under the terms of the divorce ... David and Tea have joint legal custody of their 2 kids -- ages 15 and 12 -- and she has primary physical custody.

They both live on the Upper West Side of NYC ... so shuttling back and forth won't be too complicated.

He's paying $8,333 a month in child support, plus all other expenses including summer camp, private school and college.

And he's paying $40K a month in spousal support.


Lil Wayne ft. Drake 'Grindin'


Just hours before they kick off their co-headlining “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour in Buffalo, New York, Lil Wayne joins forces with Drizzy once again on his new Carter V single “Grindin.” Following their last collaboration “Believe Me,” the YMCMB all-stars share blood, sweat, and tears on the dark hustlers’ anthem, produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz.

After enlisting the services of Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tunechi called on Kevin Durant to unveil the cover art on his Instagram account.

The tourmates have also released an interactive app, which will give fans the power to decide who starts the show, who wins the show, and whose side they are on.

Tha Carter V stills awaits a release date, but Wayne has been in the studio with Nicki Minaj, Christina Milian, and Mannie Fresh.

“I’m still nervous about Tha Carter V,” he told XXL. “I’m confident about what I do, but I’m still nervous about what people think.”

Listen to Weezy and Drizzy put in work.


Sherri Shepherd -- My Ex Stole $20K From Me

Sherri Shepherd claims estranged hubby pilfered around $20K from their joint bank account before he split ... and the money could end up as a key piece of evidence in their custody war.

Sources close to the couple tell us Sherri was in the dark until she looked at a recent bank statement and saw the money was gone.

The fired "View" host is disavowing the contract she and Lamar Sally signed with a surrogate on grounds Lamar defrauded Sherri -- that the only reason he wanted the baby was so he could divorce her and collect child support. We're told Sherri will use the $20K withdrawal as proof Lamar was purely money-motivated.

Sources tell us Lamar used the money for baby expenses ... including trips he took to Pennsylvania to be with the surrogate. He also claims Sherri knew full well he took the money out of their joint account.

Lamar has yet to hear from Sherri since the baby was born.



Josh Hutcherson continues to be an inspiration.

I can exclusively reveal that Hutcherson is helping launch Power On, the new Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN) initiative with The Trevor Project and human I-T to provide LGBTQ youth access to computers and online resources.

"I'm kicking off the Power On campaign by donating one of my old computers, and it's awesome to know that it'll be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn't able to get access to information and resources that could really help them," Hutcherson said in a statement. "I've always respected the work that The Trevor Project does, and to have an opportunity for Straight But Not Narrow to collaborate with them on a campaign like Power On is exciting."

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Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic Finds Its Missy Elliott and Timbaland

Newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith join star Alexandra Shipp in the TV movie

You can't have a movie about Aaliyah without her musical mentors.

A network representative told TheWrap that Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic has cast Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith as producer-rappers Missy Elliott and Timbaland, respectively.

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Rihanna and Eminem kick off their month-long tour together + Rih covering 'W'-Mag


It's a Monster show! Rihanna and Eminem kick off their month-long tour together as RiRi's proud father watches on in the crowd
PUBLISHED: 17:00 GMT, 8 August 2014 | UPDATED: 05:00 GMT, 9 August 2014

Fans were delighted on Thursday evening after musical powerhouses Eminem and Rihanna kicked off the first night of their month-long Monster Tour at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.
Eminem, 41, and Rihanna, 26, delivered an energetic sold out set, treating the audience to a collection of their collaborative hits and solo tunes.
Perhaps the most notable face in the crowd was Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty. In the past the father and daughter having a turbulent relationship but the pair have buried the hatchet and a proud Robin watched on lovingly as his superstar child performed alongside the legendary rapper.
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+ Rihanna is covering W-Magazine (first pic)
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Derek Ho disses fellow DWTS pro Maks Chmerkovskiy: "He's inesecure" + comes for Meryl Davis

Derek Hough’s book, Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion, is coming out tomorrow (August 5), but while he was still on tour with his sister Julianne Hough, he previewed some of the book’s leading lessons with USA Today.

One lesson references Derek’s fellow
DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who has affectionately and not-so-affectionately been dubbed The Bad Boy of the Ballroom. That lesson was labeled “Power over others is weakness in disguise,” and it’s likely to raise some eyebrows — and do nothing to heal rifts in the respective Maks and Derek fandoms.

Fellow Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, known as the bad boy of the ballroom, is really insecure. Hough says Maks and his Olympic skater partner Meryl Davis were never dating, despite their closeness on the show. "No," he says, explaining that
the show created a story line for them: Meryl became the coach, Maks became the student. "I've always known this," says Hough, "but (Maks) is incredibly insecure. He's not confident in what he does as much as he puts it out. So he overcompensates
. If you think about it, that's why people lash out, get angry or frustrated - is out of fear. If you're very confident in who you are, you wouldn't have reason to lash out."

Maks probably wouldn’t disagree with the idea that he has insecurities, but is it different when a fellow pro publicly calls you out on it? (This is now the second Hough family member to call out Maks, after guest judge Julianne accused Maks of phoning in his Switch Up dance.)

Back in Season 18, Week 6, Maks exposed his fears during Tango rehearsals with Meryl, reliving the drama of Julianne accusing him of phoning it in. Meryl said the problem was that he was questioning himself. Maks said he wasn’t scared, he was terrified. In the back of his mind he could see this as the season where he could finally win. He didn’t want to get sucked into the competition, since he saw that as his mistake in past seasons, but he was right back in that mindset. “I must be the weakest friggin person in this cast,” he confessed. Their Tango ended up being one of their best dances, and of course they went on to win the season.



A Brooding Harry Styles Reads Bukowski On Stage

During a recent One Direction concert in Boston, Harry Styles clasped a copy of Charles Bukowski's You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense in his tattooed fingers and pursed his lips contemplatively. "Ah," thought Harry Styles, reaching unprecedented heights of Hot Brooding Teen in that singular incandescent moment. "Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone. But of course."

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i can't with this kid. ngl this is just an excuse for a book post...ontd what are you reading? any good recs?
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(Ugly) Football Post: Messi does a Rihanna, Pique drops stink bomb in a plane, Suarez appeals ban

Messi posts pic of wounded Gaza child (but deletes it later)

Barcelona soccer sensation and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Lionel Messi posted a picture of a wounded Palestinian child from the Gaza Strip on his Facebook page Thursday, with an accompanying caption appealing to end all violence affecting children in the region.

I am terribly saddened by the images coming from the conflict between Israel and Palestine, where violence has already claimed so many young lives and to injure countless children,” Messi, who has nearly 68,000,000 Facebook followers, wrote both in English and in Arabic.
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Gerard Pique lands in trouble after letting off a stink bomb on Barcelona's flight to Finland

Barcelona prankster-in-chief Gerard Pique has annoyed airplane staff by letting off a stink bomb on the club's flight to Finland, according to reports in Spanish newspaper Sport

According to flight attendants, the Spain international dropped the stink bomb towards the rear of the plane - forcing furious staff to apologise to travellers.
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Luis Suarez hears first day of appeal against four-month ban for biting at Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne

Luis Suarez has left the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne following a five-hour hearing on the first day of his appeal case against his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Suarez refused to answer questions as he left the CAS headquarters in the Swiss city but did stop to sign autographs for waiting fans.

The Barcelona striker and his legal team are confident the ban from 'all football-related activity', handed down by world governing body FIFA, will be halved.

This would open the way for Uruguay star Suarez, 27, to return after August 25, potentially making his debut for the La Liga club at Villarreal on August 31.
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‘The Strain': Corey Stoll Talks Eph’s Evolution and the Impending Vampire Apocalypse

As FX’s “The Strain” careens ever closer to a looming vampire epidemic, Corey Stoll’s Ephraim Goodweather remains the logical center at the eye of the storm — but that stoicism won’t last for long, according to the show’s star.

Variety sat down with Stoll at FX’s recent Television Critics Assn. summer press day to discuss Eph’s transition from brains to brawn, his experience working with Guillermo del Toro and the chances of maintaining a romantic relationship in the midst of a vampire apocalypse.

Considering everything is rapidly going to hell, Eph has done a remarkable job of keeping his cool and approaching the growing epidemic with a relatively level head, thus far. How long is that likely to continue?
Stoll: [Laughs.] Yeah, not very long. I mean, he is controlled within the context of all the shit that goes down. He does have a control over his emotions and it takes a lot for him to really lose it, but certainly, by the end of the season, he will.

He’s obviously got a lot going on professionally and personally, and we’ve seen him struggling with that balance, especially in the first couple of episodes. How is the show dealing with that balance between the professional and the personal, going forward?
Without spoiling too much, they’re very much intertwined, and I think it’s very important. Maybe in a movie we would be telling the story of New York being infested with vampires, and we’d show shots of millions of vampires, and we would be back in the situation room at the White House. But because it’s a TV show, and we’re telling the story over such a long [span], it really has to be domestic on a level, and it stays that way.

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Will 'Halt And Catch Fire' Get Cancelled? How AMC Shows Ratings Compare; Chances For Renewal

AMC remains silent on whether or not it will renew “Halt and Catch Fire,” leaving fans and critics alike to scrutinize the computer drama’s ratings in speculation of the network’s decision. The season finale on August 3, 2014 drew only 574,000 viewers on its air night, which is a sharp drop off from the already relative modest 1.2 million the show garnered with the series premiere in June 2014. Many see these numbers as the ultimate warning sign in forecasting the show’s cancellation.

However, hopes for “Halt and Catch Fire's” renewal have been buoyed lately by an unusually late increase in critical acclaim following the series’ stronger late episodes and a passionate cult fan base. The creators of the show hope “Halt” will earn the same patience from AMC that other hit shows on the network (“Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men”) have historically received. But is “Halt and Catch Fire” worthy of that kind of patience? How do the low ratings of the show stack up against AMC’s slate since it began original programming in 2007 with "Mad Men"?

“Mad Men” began AMC’s move to original scripted content and it got off to a decent start. In July 2007 the “Mad Men” Season 1 premiere was viewed by 1.2 million people, according to Reuters, and there was minimal fall off throughout the season, averaging 900,000 viewers per episode. However, this is a risky comparison to make as “Mad Men” premiered to a much less distracted and fragmented audience with much less expectation, still largely missing the Netflix and basic cable drama explosion.

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How many fellow ONTDers stuck w/ this show? While it seemed fairly dry & unexciting for the first half of the season, I'm glad I stuck w/ it specially for Donna & Cameron's story lines. My husband also finally noticed on the penultimate episode that the beginning credits is depicting an electronic sperm meeting an egg.


Selena Gomez to receive Ultimate Choice Award at 2014 TCA, Update on the 'Nudes' + Wax Figure


Selena Gomez is getting a big honor at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards!
The 22-year-old "Come & Get It" singer is being awarded the Ultimate Choice Award during this Sunday's show in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry, E! News can exclusively announce.
Past recipients of the coveted honor include greats like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mike Myers and Venus and Serena Williams.
In addition to Gomez's honor, we can also exclusively reveal Jennifer Lopez has been added as a presenter to this weekend's show.

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Selena Gomez Nude Photos Update: Rep Denies Topless Pictures Depict Singer
Selena Gomez and her rep are denying that the topless photos that surfaced on the Internet belong to the 22-year-old singer. On Aug. 6 a Tumblr user posted several nude photos of a woman said to be Gomez.
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Madame Tussauds Gives The World Another Selena Gomez!
On Thursday (August 7) its New York location unveiled a never-before-seen wax figure of Selena Gomez.

Dressed in a white blouse and leather pants the Gomez replica took a team of 20, four months to create.

This is what Selena looks like now. She’s wearing – we have her in an outfit that she wore in her concert last year. So it’s really exciting for our guests to be able to see what she looks like now,” said Bret Pidgeon, the regional general manager for Madame Tussauds.

The attraction’s Hollywood and DC locations also house Gomez figures.

The new statue will be housed in the music zone section alongside wax replicas of Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and others.
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Kermit The Frog Auditioned For ‘The Avengers’, Totally Loves ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ + More

Kermit the Frog may have musical chops, a fabulous gal-pig by his side, and a great knack for journalism, but there’s one thing he’s been unable to attain: true superhero status.

As a new MTV interview reveals, it turns out our favorite amphibian actually auditioned for The Avengers, but was turned down for the role of The Incredible Hulk. Kermit probably would’ve wanted a chance at having superpowers, but that’s none of his business…

In the same interview, Kermit and Pepe the King Prawn talk summer movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The two also share their thoughts on CGI-heavy films and offer up their advice to animal characters looking to break into showbiz. As we all know, it’s tough out there for a Muppet.

Watch the full interview here (won't embed).

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GTA Online Mods Let People "Rape" Other Players

Grand Theft Auto mods have the power to do really cool unintended things—like let players ride a UFO, or submerse the entire game underwater. They also have the power to make things rather unpleasant for other players.

This NSFW post contains content that some readers may find uncomfortable.

According to online reports and forums, modders have created a few abilities that come together in a specific brand of "trolling." Players can use mods to change their character models to anything they'd like—and some players choose to turn themselves into pantless characters. Using mods, players can also manipulate other players into doing specific things, all through the usage of a special menu. The menu varies depending on the mod used, but this one in particular has an entire section dedicated to "naughty stuff":

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Appalling. Hot Coffee 2: The Electric Boogaloo?

ONTD, what were your worst online encounter(s) during a multiplayer session? Were you ever hurt by strangers for no reason? If so, don't hesitate to confide and comfort each other.

Claudia Jordan & Demetria McKinney Are The Newest RHOA Cast Members, Confirms Petricia!


Claudia Jordan and Porsha Williams may have more in common than just “Dish Nation” as more rumors emerge about Claudia joining “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Peter Thomas spoke with WCCB in Charlotte today about the opening of Sports One last night. He informed the audience that two new women have joined the show.

“Bravo crew came out, Kenya [Moore], new girl Claudia, my wife, Kordell [Stewart]. We shot at the bar last night until 2 in the morning,” he said before later adding. “The two new girls are extremely beautiful, so there was a lot of chemistry in the house.”

Though Peter didn’t include any last names, his interview follows similar reports that Claudia Jordan and singer Demetria McKinney are the newest “Housewives.”

It’s unclear whether Claudia and Demetria will be replacing current cast members. Phaedra Parks’ role has reportedly been limited as a result of her husband’s legal drama.


idk about this season. i think it could possibly be great: there's a lot to work with following last season & that reunion but i feel like it's gonna be such a toxic atmosphere. two new girls are needed & porsha & phaedra needed to come back as friends of. also i'm starting to suspect what nene said about cynthia is true. she really DOES go where the wind blows.

Rebecca Romijn Mystique Talks About Being Painted Blue for the Role

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Rebecca Romijn Mystique body paint expertise is featured in GSN's first-ever body painting competition show, "Skin Wars."

Rebecca Romijn Mystique has had her own share of being painted from her head to her toes when she was the first model to be painted for the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. Rebecca Romijn Mystique had to endure an exhausting total of eight hours of make-up every single day just so she could be transformed into Mystique, as featured in "X-Men."

Rebecca Romijn Mystique informed FOX411, "You sort of have to go to a Zen place. You have to get into some fairly awkward positions to help out the person who's painting you."

Since she had to portray the role of a shape-shifting mutant, Rebecca Romijn Mystique had to be fully covered in lots of layers of blue body paint. According to her statement, she was oftentimes brought in at midnight so that the team can start the painting process. They had to start at this time so that Rebecca Romijn Mystique could make it to the set by 9 a.m.

As a side effect of having all that blue paint all over her body, Rebecca Romijn Mystique said that she left a blue trail wherever she went. She said, "Blue paint on everything, including every time I had to go use the loo, blue toilet seats. Everybody knew when I had to go use the bathroom because there was a blue toilet seat."

There were reports that stated that Jennifer Lawrence, the amazingly talented actress who was selected for Mystique in the latest "X-Men" film, requested to wear a body suit since the body paint irritated her skin. Rebecca Romijn Mystique commented on this and said, "Not that Jennifer Lawrence didn't do a great job, she's phenomenal. I love sharing that role with that girl. She's as cool as they come, but I do think nine hours of make-up makes you the villain you need to be to be Mystique."

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Multi-Talented James Franco To Receive Innovator Award at the Venice International Film Festival

The Oscar-nominated actor will also screen his latest film, an adaptation of William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury," at the 71st Venice Film Festival

2014 is shaping up to be quite another jam packed year for writer-actor-director James Franco. Not only has the Oscar-nominated actor made his Broadway debut in "Of Mice and Men" and released his Cormac McCarthy adaptation "Child of God," but the Venice Film Festival has announced that he will also receive the event's prestigious Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker prize, awarded to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.

"James Franco is one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene, as an actor in cinema and theatre, director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist and much more," said Alberto Barbera, the Director of the Venice Film Festival. Additionally, the festival will screen Franco's latest film, his adaptation of William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury." Both the bestowing of the prize and the screening will take place in the Sala Grande on September 5th.

Franco is no stranger to the international festival, having been there in the past with efforts such as "Spring Breakers," "Sal" and "Palo Alto." The 71st Venice Film Festival runs August 27-September 6.