August 18th, 2014

Why The Giver Failed


Ever since a boy wizard named Harry Potter became a sensation both on the best-seller list and at the box office, Hollywood has doggedly mined the pages of novels ostensibly aimed at young adults to find the next big blockbuster sensation. Occasionally, they hit the jackpot big time, like with The Hunger Games, Twilight, and this year’s more modest YA hit Divergent (as well as The Fault in Our Stars, although it is highly unlikely that film will spawn a movie franchise).

More often than not, however, Hollywood’s YA book quarry turns up not much more than box office fool’s gold.

The latest example: The Giver, based on the beloved 1993 novel by Lois Lowry, just opened this weekend with an estimated $12.8 million — a figure lower than the box office debut of several famously failed YA novel adaptations like I Am Number Four, Eragon, and Ender’s Game.

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Here are the estimated top 10 box office figures for Friday to Sunday, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $28.4 million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy — $24.7 million
3. Let’s Be Cops* — $17.7 million
4. The Expendables 3* — $16.2 million
5. The Giver* — $12.8 million
6. Into the Storm — $7.7 million
7. The Hundred-Food Journey — $7.1 million
8. Lucy — $5.3 million
9. Step Up All In — $2.7 million


So in regards to the Shamless box office battle of Noel Fisher (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) vs. Cameron Monaghan (The Giver), the weekend went a bit like this...
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ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas Checks Back in to Rehab


The 20/20 co-anchor and ABC News correspondent entered rehab Saturday for alcohol issues, Vargas' rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The New York Post first reported the news. Vargas had previously entered rehab in November 2013.

"While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center," Vargas, 51, said in a statement released to THR. "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process."

"I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down, and for that I am ashamed and sorry," she added. "I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time."
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Mischa Barton is trying to sell diet pills now or something

Mischa Barton's weight has yo-yoed since she shot to fame as Marissa Cooper on the O.C back in 2003.

But as she prepares for her new movie role, the actress, who has been displaying a fuller figure lately, has taken matters into her own hands.

Mischa, 28, has been taking a mushroom based supplement to manage her weight - and claims she's lost 4lbs in a week. Collapse )

Oxford Dictionary Adds Words Like ''Side Boob", "Throw Shade", "Mansplain" and ''YOLO''

YoUnG pEoPlE are no longer ruining the English language with their hip slang and their sassy abbreviations. Because that language is now officially just part of the English language. It's in the dictionary. FYL, old people.(FYL (abbrev.): derived from the acronym FML, which means "f--k my life!" In this case, the Y means "Your," because it is your life that is f--ked. P.S. "FML" is in the Oxford dictionary now.)

The Oxford Dictionaries has added a selection of words found in "current English" that are so frequently used they "merit a dictionary entry," explains ABC News. Those words also include: "Side Boob," "YOLO," and "Hot Mess." This is the online edition, not to be confused with the published Oxford English Dictionaries, which require words to have "much more historical, significant impact before adding them."

Here is the complete list of additions, via TIME:
acquihire (n.): buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff.
adorbs (adj.): arousing great delight; cute or adorable.
air punch (n.): thrusting one's clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph.
amazeballs (adj.): very impressive, enjoyable, or attractive.
anti-vax (adj.): opposed to vaccination.
binge-watch (v.): watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession.
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Kanye West is secretly recording with Paul McCartney!!!

Kanye West has secretly been recording tracks with Sir Paul McCartney, sources exclusively tell Page Six.The rapper and the former Beatle have quietly been collaborating on a number of tracks that could develop into an album, we’re told.

One song, tentatively titled “Piss on My Grave,” is sparking some chatter. West’s wife Kim Kardashian has been heard telling friends she was a little surprised they chose such a provocative name.

Kanye, whose rep declined to comment, was also present at McCartney’s show at LA’s Dodger Stadium last week. The legend had previously revealed he would be interested in collaborating with a rapper such as Kanye or Jay Z.
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Queen Latifah Shares Kiss with Girlfriend During Romantic Italian Vacation


Queen Latifah and her girlfriend share a sweet kiss together while relaxing poolside at the Hotel Cala di Volpe on Sunday (August 17) in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

The 44-year-old talk show host and her partner rocked colorful swimsuits as they went for a walk along the beach and soaked up the sun on their romantic getaway.

“Get some rest and have a great week Twitter fam!,” Latifah wrote on her Twitter account that day. “Xoxo”

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Fergie Opens Up About Her Long, Long, Long-Awaited Sophomore LP


Here’s some news that will put you on rock, rock. Fergie is finally getting around to recording her second solo album — eight years after the release of The Dutchess. The 39-year-old has previously spoken about working on new music in vague terms but shed more light on the project in an interview with Chelsea Handler last night (August 15).

After talking about french kissing her son (wait…), the Black Eyed Peas singer revealed: “my social life is now at the studio, everyone’s there and I think it’s the biggest party.” Fergie then confirmed that she’s working on her sophomore set but couldn’t give an exact release date. “It’s coming,” she told the Chelsea Lately audience. Apparently the “My Humps” poetess is writing about “all different things” and collaborating with “talented people”.

The much-missed diva’s debut LP The Dutchess was released way back in 2006 — not 2007 as she says in the interview — and spawned five top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including “Fergalicious”, “Glamorous” and the Grammy-nominated ballad “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)”. The new album is expected to be released on Interscope Records later this year. Watch the video after the jump.


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Are Mariah & Nick over?

Mariah Carey and Nick Canon are going to announce their separation within a few weeks as per the reports. Though from the various pictures of the couple shared on the social media, it may look like they are one happy family, the reports seem to differ.

MediaTakeOut has claimed that Mariah and Nick would be officially separating later this week. Nick and Mariah are considered to be the most beloved couple of the music industry. However, divorce rumours have encased their relationship for months now. Various sources close to the couple have suggested that Mariah and Nick are much in love and it is not known what has made them drift apart.

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An uproarious, moving John Oliver is perfect on Ferguson

John Oliver's 15 minute monologue on the protests in Ferguson in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown is exactly as angry and hilarious as you might want it to be. On last night's episode of his HBO series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he took on everything from the way Ferguson's police chief and mayor have handled the situation to police militarization to how two teenagers in Saginaw County, Michigan, deal with seeing one of those giant tank-like vehicles on the streets of their town.

Here's just a taste: "No one should ever be allowed to say there is no history of racial tension here, because that sentence has never been true anywhere on Earth."

We won't spoil the best part for you, but Oliver and his team have dug up just what one police department put in the document requesting military-grade equipment. It's as ridiculous as you might expect.

See Vox's comprehensive roundup of what's known and what's not yet known about Michael Brown's death and subsequent events in Ferguson.


& now Nixon has called in the Guard, lawd...this is a long video, but very funny. There are a few really funny moments, just a warning for those huddling in their cubes like I am...

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Best-selling female artist of all time Mariah Carey may be an elusive chanteuse, but she privileges fans with intimate glimpses of family #moments on her Instagram account, where she shares many photos of her darling twin children Monroe and Moroccan. What has the Carey family been up to this summer?

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Roc&Roe having an early @ButterflyDrink party! Get your Butterfly drink at @Walgreens & find out about my NYC summer party! #Thirsty4Butterfly

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Tough guy and Chanteuse jr. swim w/ mommy!

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Taylor Swift adds GMA to her promo schedule ... Plus, A new clue?

Swifties are very well aware that this week will be a big one for Taylor Swift fans. Over the past few weeks, Swift was teasing fans on social media about a big event this Monday, Aug. 18 at 5PM ET, which was later revealed to be a live Q&A chat on Yahoo! The Q&A will be followed by an exclusive interview with ‘Good Morning America’ on Tuesday morning and later in the week, Swift will make an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sat. night, Aug. 23.

Rumors have swirled that Swift will be debuting a new song that may or may not be titled ‘Shake it Off’ as part of the media frenzy this week. Fans have also been speculating as to what this promo tweeted by ‘Good Morning America’ anchor Amy Robach could mean.Are they saying Taylor will be dialing it up on Tuesday, or is the new song perhaps titled ‘She Dials it Up’? Or maybe it’s a lyric from the song?

Either way, Swifties will be staying glued to their computers on Monday as we learn more as to what’s coming from Swift this wee

"Origin Story" Trailer

Directed by Kulap Vilaysack
Director of Photography - Jonathan Nicholas
Edited by Chris Hayden

In my directorial debut, I explore my tangled family tree to find out who I am. When I was 14, I took my father’s side in an argument and my mother replied, “Why are you defending him? He’s not your real dad.” Twenty years later, I'm finally ready to learn what that means.

Origin Story is a feature-length, international quest with stops in Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Laos to meet the biological father I never knew. On the road, unforeseen revelations strike as hilarious or heartbreaking, rarely in between. An avid comic book reader with a vigilante character named after me in the DC Comics universe, I must summon the courage of Katharsis, because each question is another step out on a limb.

Origin Story is a deeply personal but universally relevant tale of immigration, conflict, addiction, and personal responsibility. Interviewees in the film include my extended family, husband Scott Aukerman, and close friends like Sarah Silverman, Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael and Howard Kremer.


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J.K. Rowling Unveils New Harry Potter Story and Song by Little-Known Sorceress Celestina Warbeck!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shared a short story and song with NBC's Today Monday. The tale and track are also available on, the online home for the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

"Celestina Warbeck is one of my favorite 'off-stage' characters in the Harry Potter series, and has been part of the Potter world ever since its inception, making an early appearance in the short-lived Daily Prophet series I produced for members of the equally short-lived fan club run by my British publisher, Bloomsbury. Although we never lay eyes on Celestina during the whole seven volumes of the Potter books, I always imagined her to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style. I stole her first name from a friend with whom I worked, years ago, at Amnesty International's Headquarters in London," Rowling, 49, said. "'Celestina' was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch."

Like the series' titular hero, Celestina was in Gryffindor House when she was a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She possesses the "ability to drown out a chorus of banshees." In addition to being a talented tap dancer and baker, Celestina has been married thrice and has one son. Celestina is sometimes known as "the Singing Sorceress," according to Rowling. Her best-known songs include "You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me" and "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love." The album You Stole My Cauldron But You Can't Have My Heart was a massive success

MTV VMAs Warned by Parents Television Council to Avoid "Explicit Sexual Content"!!!

Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter from PTC president Tim Winter to Janet Borelli, senor vp standards and practices at MTV Networks/Viacom Media Networks, and copied to the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, the conservative watchdog group reminded the network of how they blasted last year's scandalous moments, including the teddy-bear-and-twerk-filled performance by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.

"Parents and families around the country have had ample reason to be concerned about the material distributed and promoted by MTV over the years, particularly during MTV's original programming.

"While last year's Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance garnered most of the headlines after the fact, the sexually charged and otherwise inappropriate content of the show was not limited to them. Even more troubling was … that MTV still applied a TV-14 rating to the program, despite other adult-oriented performances and advertising messages. Such a rating was simply unacceptable to the families who depend on the television ratings system to be applied accurately and to the millions of families whose children are marketed to by MTV. The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat."

This year's show, broadcasting live from Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum, is set to include performances by Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes to Star in PlayStation Series 'Powers'

PlayStation's upcoming Powers adaptation has cast its two leading roles.

District 9 breakout Sharlto Copley and The Killing's Michelle Forbes are set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' Image/Icon comic, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Powers revolves around Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities. Sony's PlayStation picked up the drama straight to series with a 10-episode order for the project that spent years in development at FX.

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I'm glad that he is finally moving away from horrible villain roles and gravitating towards indie movies and television shows (now keep your original accent and were good), I love the fact that a WOC is the female lead too. I will most likely give this a watch.
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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From the US Open

I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open a tournament on which I’ve played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations. I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things… Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.


Following a right wrist injury Nadal had to pull out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the masters in Cincinnati, he had won both titles last year.  He was also the winner of the US Open last year, meaning his injury will have cause him to drop 4000 points from last year's US hard court season.

Nick Lachey (and his brother, Drew!) return to reality TV!

Nick and Drew Lachey have a plan to get back on your TV: Open a giant sports bar in Over-the-Rhine, and let the A&E Network film them doing it.A&E Network announced the series, "Lachey's Bar" (that's the working title), Monday.Production begins immediately on 10 half-hour episodes; in fact, CVG tweeted this afternoon that the duo had filmed there Monday.

The series is slated to premiere in 2015.A&E's press release about the show notes: "Despite their lack of knowledge about running a business, these determined brothers are ready to roll up their sleeves and learn the ins and outs of running a place where everybody knows your name. Unfortunately, drinking experience doesn't necessarily translate into drink-making experience… but they're ready to learn."Luckily, they'll have some help in that regard. Bob Deck, co-founder of hospitality group 4EG (Four Entertainment Group), told The Enquirer exclusively that the group will partner with the Lachey brothers on the new sports bar, lounge and full-service restaurant.

Tentatively named "Lachey's Bar," it will be at 1201 Walnut St. in Over-the-Rhine and should open in November."It has been a long-time dream to create our own special place in Cincinnati to eat, drink and spend time with our friends, family and neighbors," Nick Lachey said in a press release. "Partnering with 4EG was an organic fit as we have long been fans of their restaurants and bars in the area. Their expertise in managing and developing new restaurant concepts is second to none."
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UTA Pursues Overseas Crossover Potential With Two Coveted Signs


UTA is staking its claim on young Asian talent. The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned that the agency has signed South Korean actress Claudia Kim and Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao, two of the continent’s rising stars.

UTA, which signed actresses Li Bingbing from China and Ha Ji-won from Korea last year, is seeking major international franchises for all four clients. Li already has appeared in this summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which broke Chinese box office records with more than $300 million in ticket sales.

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I didn't know Ha Ji won was also looking into crossing over to hollywood..

Zendaya, photoshoot at a luxurious beachside home + honoring Madonna

There are plenty of perks to a life in the showbusiness world.
And Zendaya Coleman certainly knows that, spending her Sunday being paid to hang out in a luxurious beachside home.
The 17-year-old actress and singer was joined by the cast of her upcoming Disney Channel series, K.C. Undercover, as she sipped pomegranate juice and posed for the POM brand.

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Z is going to be on the cover of Vibe Vixen mag
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Don Lemon Almost Gets Arrested in Ferguson

Just as CNN’s Brianna Keilar threw to Don Lemon, who was reporting live from the street in Ferguson, Missouri early Monday evening he told her, “I think we’re about to be arrested.” Lemon did not end getting detained by officers there, but they did attempt to physically push him back away from CNN’s camera, shouting, “Move out of the way, sir. Move!”

“I’m not going to resist a police officer,” Lemon said and he moved backwards. “Now you see why people are so upset here, because we have been here all day,” he added. “We’re on national television. So imagine what they are doing to people when you don’t see on national television, the people who don’t have a voice like we do.”

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the national guard has arrived, i wonder what it'll be like tonight. and that autopsy :'( so awful

Kate Gosselin is coming BACK for more reality TV! WHY!?!?!


After exclusively reported that Kate Gosselin and her brood were caught entering New England’s Plimoth Plantation with a camera crew, it has been confirmed that the gang from Kate Plus 8 will be back for more! Not only was the Gosselin, 39, gang spotted touring the historic landmark, but the reality star’s bodyguard and rumored boyfriend, Steve Neild, was also seen cavorting around with the family.

“The film crew was shooting to the right of the photo, as Kate and the kids were heading in,” eyewitness Jennifer Kelly told Radar. “Steve kept standing in front of me and blocking my view.” It turns out that the new specials will follow the Gosselins on their family vacation as they travel to Boston and throughout New England, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The specials will premiere in December.

Prior to the vacation spotting, Neild was previously linked to Gosselin at a One Direction concert in New Jersey. But earlier this summer, rumors swirled that the bodyguard had left his post with the reality TV family to return to his wife and kids.

MCU Roundup Post! (feat. Captain America)

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier released on Digital HD Tuesday and Blu-ray next month, it’s time to revisit the question of which side you’re on: HYDRA or SHIELD? And to make it more fun, choosing sides might end up with you winning a trip to the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron next year.

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So did you get SHIELD or Hydra? I am now a certified agent of SHIELD.
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Brett Dalton and BJ Britt have interesting taste in shirts + more from the SHIELD cast

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Full Cast Announced For Ant-Man

Production Begins on Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

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Cheryl Cole: Crazy Stupid Love

Nicole Scherzinger Spreads 'em Wide for Career Opus, "On the Rocks"

Nicole Scherzinger is bringing out the big guns for her “On The Rocks” cover art. The former-Pussycat Doll unveiled the seductive image, which finds the gorgeous diva rocking a plunging white dress, on Instagram today (August 18). However, it’s not so much her beach-appropriate outfit that will raise eyebrows. It’s the provocative pose (above).

Once you’ve collected yourself, let’s talk about “On The Rocks”. It’s the second taste of the 36-year-old’s still-untitled sophomore set, which was entirely produced The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. Lead single “Your Love” wasn’t a huge success internationally (it did peak at number six in the UK), so there’s a lot riding on this anthem. I’m ready to be slayed.

Make your best quip about the song’s title in the comments below.



Demi Moore presents Rumer Willis with gun-shaped birthday cake

It is easy for parents to misfire when treating their grown-up children on their birthday. But Demi Moore hit the bullseye when she sent daughter Rumer Willis a gun-shaped cake to mark her big day on Saturday.

The 26-year-old beauty was absolutely delighted with the cunning confection, which paid tribute to the actress' star turn in a Quentin Tarantino themed musical.

In the caption to her Instagram photo she wrote: "Best birthday cake ever. Thank you mama..." The beauty's pistol-shaped chocolate treat was adorned with the words "Happy birthday Rumer" and "bang bang!"

Of course, the latter was a reference to the song Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), which she performs in the thrilling show For the Record: Tarantino.

Rumer, whose father is action hero Bruce Willis, sings the tune while dressed in wedding attire while in character as The Bride from Kill Bill.


Clever or tacky? You be the judge.

Pixar has 'completely reimagined' The Good Dinosaur

Until a year ago, Pixar’s film The Good Dinosaur was planned as the studio’s big offering for 2014. But in late August 2013 original director Bob Peterson exited the production, and the Pixar Brain Trust stepped in as “interim co-director.”

The Good Dinosaur moved to November 2015, leaving Pixar without a film this year.

We still don’t know who the credited directors will be, though as far as we know Pete Sohn (originally Peterson’s co-director) remains part of the production. Now there’s a report that suggests changes to the film were extensive. John Lithgow, who provides the voice for one of the film’s characters, says the movie has been “completely reimagined.”

When we saw a teaser poster for the film late last year, this was the plot:

The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters May 30, 2014, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a young human boy named Spot."

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We’ll likely get more info about The Good Dinosaur as we head into fall and winter.
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The Fosters 2x10 Recap: Nobody's Little Sister

It was heartbreak city on Monday’s Season 2 summer finale of The Fosters.

The episode was titled “Someone’s Little Sister” — the name of Brandon’s band — but the message couldn’t have been any clearer: Callie most definitely does not fill that sibling role for Brandon, nor does Sophia fill that role for her.

Let’s recap the action:

With Rita unable to find someone willing to rent to a group home, Callie asks Robert to host a fundraiser for Girls United. But what do they tell people about their connection, he asks. After all, they really look alike, Sophia points out. Callie suggests they say they’re friends. (Um, Callie, I don’t know many teenagers who are friends with middle-aged men.) Robert is OK with whatever Callie decides and signs the abandonment papers so the Fosters can adopt her, so he’s good in my book — for now. Even his wife, who I initially thought was going to be trouble, is understanding and welcoming — maybe too welcoming, because Sophia has gotten very attached to her new big sis.

When Callie finally acknowledges Robert as her father in front of everyone at the fundraiser, Sophia reveals that she snatched the abandonment papers out of the mail and ripped them up. They can still be a family! Yay?

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Ice Bucket Challenge: DC vs Marvel Roundup™ Edition

Thanks to Robert Downey Jr for nominating me for the #IceBucketChallenge. Challenge accepted. I now nominate Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans. You have 24 hours! Don't forget to make a donation at

Challenge accepted Tyler Perry. I will also donate to this very worthy cause - The ALS Association. Over to you Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Damon, and my wife. #IceBucketChallenge

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Who had the better video?

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Model Ataui Deng Found Alive

Update to this post

I am very happy to report that Ataui has been found. She is safe and sound. I want to thank all of our friends and followers and especially the NYPD for their swift and dedicated response. 🙏. #FoundAtaui. Thanks again and much love.

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Wonder if we'll find out what happened.
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Earl Sweatshirt: Taylor Swift Is "Perpetuating Black Stereotypes" With Her New Video

"haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive and ultimately harmful"


Tonight, Taylor Swift announced her upcoming album 1989 with a Mark Romanek-directed clip for her new single "Shake It Off". Among other things, the video features her singing and dancing alongside twerking women and breakdancers. Earl Sweatshirt jumped on Twitter to criticize Swift for her "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful" video.

He wrote:

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Outlander: Each Season to Adapt One Book, UK Distribution Imminent & Sam on Being a Lowlander

Well, that was luath, which I’m pretty sure means “quick” in Scottish Gaelic. The new Starz series Outlander, which got more than 5 million views across all platforms in its first week, has already been renewed for a second season — before a second episode has yet to air (that’ll be on Saturday night at 8).

Starz officials say each season will be based on a single book of Diana Gabaldon’s hit eight-book series, which debuted in 1991 (the first book is now back on the best-seller lists, no doubt because of the frenzied attention to the TV series). She’s currently in the early stages of writing Book No. 9, and says she has no idea how many there will eventually end up being. The series has sold more than 20 million copies.

The first book, Outlander, tells the story of English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall, who while on a “second honeymoon” with her husband Frank after World War II, has an “encounter” with a humming, standing stone in a Stonehenge-like circle and finds herself transported back to 1743 Scotland during the Jacobite rebellion. The first person she meets there? Frank’s lookalike ancestor Jonathan Wolverton Randall, known as Black Jack (for entirely uncomplimentary reasons), a captain in Her Majesty’s dragoons.
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