Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HIMYM - Season 7 Teaser

Drake - Trust Issues

While holed up in his “quaint” Toronto studio recently, Drake checked in with EW to give us a progress report on the album, due on his birthday, October 24. Creatively, he says he’s “at a great place” and has a tons a recorded material to select from.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In what ways are you challenging yourself this album?

DRAKE: I push myself in a lot of aspects when I write a song. I write a piece and where most people would stop and say “Oh, that’s the hook right there,” I’ll move that to the first four bars of the verse and do a new hook. That makes the song easy to learn and catchy. That’s how I like to challenge myself. I’ll write something and everyone that’s around might be like “Oh that’s that hook right there.” And then I’ll write something better than that.

How many tracks are you shooting for here?

Obviously, I can only fit so many songs on a CD. So what I’m doing is there will be a Take Care physical edition in stores that’ll hopefully have 15 to 17 songs on it. Then I know a lot of people do deluxe editions. But since October 24 is a special day for me, I got, like, a Take Care birthday edition that I’m going to put on iTunes that will have extra songs. I really want to encourage people to be excited about the album releasing. I remember how excited a lot of artists used to make me. I used to want to buy the physical copy to see the artwork. And if there were any bonus tracks, I’d go find them. I’m definitely trying to cause some of that excitement. I hope people go get the songs off the birthday edition. It’s going to be great, man. I’ve got a wide array of music this time. I’m very excited.

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Remix with Bieber:
Justin covered Drake’s woozy love song “Trust Issues” to sing about how there’s only one girl (presumably Selena) he can rely on not to break his heart.

Chad Ochocinco sleeps underneath a whole bunch of fish

What you're looking at is the extraordinary bed of New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. I had never before stopped to think about what Chad's bed might look like, but if I had, I probably would've guessed something exactly like this.

The aquarium that arches over the headboard was made by Wayde King and Brett Raymer, who operate Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), the largest aquarium maker in the country. They make aquariums for casinos, business and celebrities, including Steven Spielberg and Dr. Dre, and now they have their own show on Animal Planet (Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT).

Oh, and they also made a shark tank for his living room, upon which three HDTVs hang. I've got to hand it to Chad. If you're going to do something absurdly extravagant in your home, I like the route he's taken. I love the idea that you have this gorgeous, custom-built shark tank in your living room, but that's not enough to look at -- it needs three big TVs on it, too. I guess there's something for everyone sitting on his 700-ft. couch.

The aquariums aren't without their inconveniences, though. About the fish tank arching over his bed, Chad once tweeted that his fiancé Evelyn Lozada "stares at these damn fish every time before bed."

Kim's Shelved Music Video Leaks

Back in March of this year, Kim Kardashian attempted to follow in the footsteps of fellow reality-TV starlets Paris Hilton and Heidi Montag and launch a pop "singing" career. The resulting single, "Jam (Turn It Up)," was so awful, it made Heidi sound like Adele. The song became of the butt of jokes (pun intended) by critics and tweeters alike, and Kim swiftly went about getting engaged and orchestrating a grand tabloid wedding to make us forget all about the disaster.

But as much as we'd all like to turn it down, it seems "Jam (Turn It Up)" will not go away. Though an understandable lack of interest in the song caused its accompanying music video to be shelved months ago, a one-minute snippet of the clip has now popped up online.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Trailer - The Hunger Games Teaser

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj - Super Bass (at Swift's concert)

Jon Cryer reveals Two and Half Men details

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how are things going on that certain CBS sitcom that’s been getting so many headlines this past year?
JON CRYER: You’re talking, of course, about The Big Bang Theory. No, things are going great. Working with Ashton is a blast. Audiences have been going nuts for him. He’s clearly a guy who missed doing sitcoms quite a bit. He just lights up on show night. It’s a lot of fun for he and I because we have to discover what works between us, and he’s game for anything. There’s already — lines have been crossed already that probably never should have been crossed, as you’ll see in the first episode.

So the Men nude teaser poster that was released, that moment might manifest in the first episode?

It may well.

What are the biggest differences working on the show from a year ago?
It’s such a strange combination of the same show and a completely new show. All of us on the set keep referring to the first episode back as the “pilot” by mistake. [Showrunner] Chuck [Lorre] and I were standing around joking about trying to pitch this show and how ridiculous it would sound to a development executive: “The guy’s been divorced and his brother just passed away, but he meets this billionaire with a broken heart and…” It’s like, I would never buy that show. But it’s working amazingly well.

How does the premiere pull off not being too dark or morbid, considering it starts with a main character [Charlie Harper] dying?
This show has never had an ounce of sentimentality; it’s not what we do. There was a moment in the first season where we tried it, then we realized, no, that doesn’t work. This is [handled] with that same lack of sentimentality. Any concerns I had about it were completely washed away by the studio audience we had — which signed nondisclosure agreements — and had a terrific reaction to it.

So after the first episode is there no more looking back, or are there references to Charlie in the later episodes?
The history of the show does not go away at all. It will be dealt with all through the first season. It’s not, “Oh, that character’s gone, let’s forget completely about him.” There will be ramifications all through the season. We’re not taking this into a new universe where the first show didn’t exist.

How do the changes impact Alan?
Well, I don’t know for certain. It’s funny because everybody is signing nondisclosure agreements. The scripts go out with watermarks and every script gets handed to you personally by somebody from the show. They’re being super secretive. And that’s all new, the show has never functioned like that before. But what isn’t new is they’ve never told me what my character is going to go through. They’ve cryptically hinted at stuff. One of the characters will be institutionalized, but they don’t say which character or what kind of institution. I don’t mind that because to me that feels like life — you never know what’s going to happen next. And God knows last year proved that to me.

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Why/HOW the HELL did I miss this?

Pop-eyed pubescent boys on skateboards, families out on strolls and people lunching on patios on Queen St. E. near Woodbine all got an unexpected eyeful on Sunday afternoon as dozens of men in bras and red bikini tops and bare-breasted women of all ages, shapes and sizes marched by just after noon.

Flanked by Toronto police on bikes and led by a car pulling a U-Haul trailer and poster proclaiming “Equal Topless Rights for All or None,” the group danced, sang and jiggled their way up Woodbine Ave. from Lake Shore Blvd. E., east on Queen St. and south on Lee Ave., ending in an area bordering on Kew Gardens — but never stepping foot in the public park.

Had they done so, the bare-breasted women could have been ticketed and fined. The City of Toronto had earlier determined that aspects of a planned event to promote the right of women to be bare-breasted in public — organized by the Canadian chapter of the U.S.-based — violated the Toronto Municipal Code and a permit was recently denied.

What aspect of the Code the event violated was not divulged last week by the city’s customer care manager Mark Lawson when he spoke to the Star.

“It’s ridiculous,’’ said Diane Brisebois, one of the coordinators of the event, pointing out the women can legally walk along Toronto city streets topless but can’t put a foot on park grass.

It’s discriminatory to let men walk around in public in Toronto parks without tops, but women aren’t allowed to do the same, she said. Having the men in the march wear bras or bikini tops was meant to emphasize the inequality. Some of the women in the march wore angel wings, which are meant to keep men more “respectful,’’ said Brisebois.

She said she didn’t think that the men who take their tops off to play volleyball on the beach would take kindly to being told they have to cover up.

Brisebois described Sunday’s walk by protesters from Ontario and Quebec as a “meaningful exercise to change the way people think. We need to educate men when they see topless women to stop gawking … because it’s natural. There is no part of our body that is impure or dirty.”

But even as she spoke, Brisebois and company were being snapped by gawkers — in fact the whole entourage was followed all along their route by a posse of photo-snappers and, well, enthusiasts.

One man, who didn’t want to give his name but said he was from “north Etobicoke,” came, with his camera, “out of curiosity.”

Many seemed supportive of the group’s position. Jim Brown, 53, who lives in the area, said whether women go topless or not should be “up to them.”

One man even left his perch on a patio bar to join the group, dancing along the street with them, playing air guitar and remarking, at one point, “this has made my day. This is New Years and Halloween — all at once.”

Brisebois said the group will be applying for another permit next year.

GoTopless has started a petition with a target of 7,000 signatures, asking Toronto to respect equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Human Rights, as well as a groundbreaking 1996 Ontario Court of Appeal verdict.

That ruling exonerated Guelph resident Gwen Jacobs who had been arrested in 1991, after she took her shirt off in public on a hot day. The judgment effectively made it legal to go topless in Ontario.


Wolfgang Gartner feat. - Forever

Beyoncé - 1+1

Friday, August 26, 2011

Do you fascinate him?

Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)

What if Michael Vick were white?

This story appears in the Sept. 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

WHEN MICHAEL VICK PLAYS, I see streetball. I don't just mean that sort of football where you have to count to four-Mississippi before you can rush the quarterback, nearly everything breaks down and it's all great fun. I also mean street basketball. Vick's style reminds me of Allen Iverson -- the speed, the court sense, the sharp cuts, the dekes, the swag. In those breathtaking moments when the Eagles QB abandons the pocket and takes off, it feels as if he's thumbing his nose at the whole regimented, militaristic ethos of the game.

All of that is why, to me, Vick seems to have a deeply African-American approach to the game. I'm not saying that a black QB who stands in the pocket ain't playing black. I'm saying Vick's style is so badass, so artistic, so fluid, so flamboyant, so relentless -- so representative of black athletic style -- that if there were a stat for swagger points, Vick would be the No. 1 quarterback in the league by far.

Race is an undeniable and complex element of Vick's story, both because of his style as well as the rarity of black QBs in the NFL. A decade after he became the first black QB to be drafted No. 1 overall, about one in five of the league's passers is African-American, compared with two-thirds of all players. But after his arrest for dogfighting, so many people asked: Would a white football player have gotten nearly two years in prison for what Vick did to dogs?

This question makes me cringe. It is so facile, naive, shortsighted and flawed that it is meaningless. Whiteness comes with great advantages, but it's not a get-out-of-every-crime-free card. Killing dogs is a heinous crime that disgusts and frightens many Americans. I'm certain white privilege would not be enough to rescue a white NFL star caught killing dogs.

The problem with the "switch the subject's race to determine if it's racism" test runs much deeper than that. It fails to take into account that switching someone's race changes his entire existence. In making Vick white, you have him born to different parents. That alone sets his life trajectory in an entirely different direction. Thus when this hypothetical white Michael Vick ... wait, I can't even continue that sentence in good faith. I mean, who would this white Vick be? That person is unknowable. When you alter his race, it's like those Back to the Future movies where someone goes back in time, inadvertently changes one small thing about his parents' dating history and then the person starts to disappear. If Vick had been born to white parents, you wouldn't even be reading this right now. That Vick would have had radically different options in life compared with the Vick who grew up in the projects of Newport News, Va., where many young black men see sports as the only way out.

This is not to say there aren't insights to be gained from hypotheticals. One pertinent question: Would a white kid have been introduced to dogfighting at a young age and have it become normalized to the extent that he builds it into his life after he joins the NFL? It's possible, but it's far less likely because what made Vick stand out among dogfighters is less race than class. The deep pockets of an NFL star led to a kennel that was too big not to fail eventually. But if it did, though, would this white kid have been busted? Remember, it wasn't suspicion of dogfighting that started the investigation that put Vick in jail. It was that element that we've all seen hold back or bring down so many athletes from the hood -- the entourage. Vick's cousin Davon Boddie was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell in Hampton, Va. When police asked him for his address, he led them to the home where Bad Newz Kennels was located. After that, Vick never had a chance.

Here's another question: If Vick grew up with the paternal support that white kids are more likely to have (72 percent percent of black children are born to unwed mothers compared with 29 percent of white children), would he have been involved in dogfighting? I ask this not to look for an excuse but to explore the roots of his behavior. Vick's stunningly stupid moral breakdown with respect to dogs is certainly related to the culture of the world he grew up in, which he says fully embraced dogfighting. But it's also related to the household he grew up in.

Vick's father, Michael Boddie, was not a positive influence on him growing up. Boddie admitted to The Washington Post that he was a cocaine user and had been high and drunk around young Vick. He says he often prepared the family garage so Vick could have pit bull fights there. Boddie's account is disputed by a family friend, who says Vick's mother would not have allowed that. Either way, at some point in Vick's youth, his father became estranged from the family. This breakdown of Vick's paternal relationship is a pattern that's all too common among black men of his generation. Too many are left to define manhood on their own, so they gravitate toward the most charismatic and inspiring men in their world. Sometimes those men are gritty local sports coaches who teach them the value of hard work, but sometimes they're ghetto celebrities who are unsavory role models with bad habits.

Ultimately, there is no separating Vick from his circumstances: his race, parents, economics and opportunities. Alter any of those elements and everything about him and how the world sees him would be unrecognizable.

So let's look at him a different way. Let's see him as someone in the third act of the epic movie that is his life, leading a team that many expect to see in the Super Bowl. Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" is playing underneath because the humbled protagonist has finally overcome his personal demons and has begun living up to his athletic promise. And to those who believe we should judge a man by how he responds when dealing with the worst life has to offer -- with how he climbs after he hits rock bottom -- Michael Vick has become heroic.

And that has nothing to do with race.

Trailer: The Rum Diary

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lightning vs CN Tower

NEW Drake - Headlines

House: Season 8 Promo

OK Go and The Muppets - Muppet Show Theme Song

Lil Wayne lyrically attacks Jay-Z and 'his lady' on leaked cut from 'Tha Carter IV'

Last night his new album Tha Carter IV (slated for release Aug. 29) leaked on the Internet. And there’s one track out of the bunch that’s generating huge buzz, because of a few shots he throws at rhyme titan Jay-Z.

On “It’s Good,” which also features Drake and Jadakiss, Wayne seemingly reacts to a perceived swipe Jay took at Wayne’s Cash Money label head Bryan “Baby” Williams on his “H.A.M.” collab with Kanye West at the top of the year.

“N—-s fantasize about the shit that I do daily/ Like these rappers rap about all the shit that I do really/ I’m like ‘Really half a billion, n—-?’/ Really, you got baby money/ Keep it real with n—-s, n—-s ain’t got my lady’s money,” Jay spits on the record.

Lil Wayne finally hit back on “It’s Good,” taking it a step further and threatening to steal Jay’s wife. “Talkin’ ‘bout baby money,” he asks on the cut. “I got your baby money/Kidnap your b—-, get that ‘How much you love your lady?’ money.” Ouch. By the way, talking about folks who aren’t even involved (ie: children, wives, parents, etc…) in battle is a low blow.

Oh, how quickly things change. On the last installment of Wayne’s Carter series, the two Carters (Jay-Z’s given name is Shawn Carter, Weezy’s Dwayne Carter), happily spat side by side on “Mr. Carter.” Jay, the senior among them, encouraged Wayne to grow and accomplish more in life.

It must be noted, however, that though Wayne’s latest seem like they’re fighting words, they probably won’t lead to Beyoncé being held for ransom or a real battle starting. Wayne’s less than a year removed from jail and on probation, for crying out loud! Still, when it comes to entertainment value, this is a big deal.

The question now is if Jay will respond to Wayne’s punch. In his mind, Jay’s above tit-for-tat beefs. Not since the early aughts has he let anyone wrinkle his shirts with their lyrical tugs. I doubt he’ll start with Wayne, even if he is good competition.

And honestly, the truth can’t be argued. Forbes recently crowned Jay-Z as hip-hop’s leading moneymaker (Wayne’s three places behind). In addition to that, he and Beyoncé are music’s highest earning couple.

So it appears the ball and the riches are in Jay’s court. Think he’ll bounce back at Wayne or just go for a swim in his pool of cash?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

NEW Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me

Facebook Changes a Coming

The Star Reports: Drunken revelers rejoice: Facebook will now let you decide whether your friends can attach your name to a photo before it is circulated.

Currently, your friends can add your name to a photo on Facebook without your consent or knowledge. You can remove it later, but only after lots of others may have seen the embarrassing shots. Now, you can insist on pre-approval.

This won’t affect whether your friends can add a photo of you, only whether your name is attached to it. Still, not having the name, known as a tag, can make it more difficult for people to find a potentially embarrassing photo in a search.

Facebook said on Tuesday that the change is in response to user requests. Pre-approving photo tags has been the most requested change, said Kate O’Neill, product manager for Facebook. The pre-approval process will also apply to written posts that others tag you in. In addition, you have the option of pre-approving what others tag on your own photos and posts.

The company is making other changes to its privacy controls, too. These changes won’t affect what information will be made public or private. Rather, they will affect how users can control what they are sharing in an effort to make the process simpler.

“We are making it easier for people to share what they want, every time (they) post,” O’Neill said.

The changes will be rolled out starting Thursday.

Facebook has long been trying to simplify its privacy settings, which have many moving parts and have confused a lot of users. That confusion partly results from Facebook’s efforts to let users apply different privacy settings to different parts of their profile on the site. But the company has also come under fire for pushing users toward disclosing more about their interests to the public.

Among the latest changes:

•Instead of going to a separate settings page, privacy controls will be on users’ profile pages, next to the information they share, such as the music they like or the schools they went to. Previously, most these controls were located several clicks away on an “account settings” page.

•Instead of calling public posts visible to “everyone,” Facebook will now simply call these “public.”

•Facebook is also making a feature called “view profile as” more prominent. This lets you type in the name of another Facebook user and see how your profile looks to that person. For example, if you hide your photos and favourite music from some of your Facebook friends, this content won’t show up if you view your profile as one of them.

•In a nod to Google Plus, the online search leader’s fledgling social network, Facebook is making it easier to share posts with specific groups of people. A drop-down menu next to each post you make will let you select “public,” “friends” or a “custom” audience. Over time, Facebook said this menu will expand to include smaller groups of people.

•You will now be able to tag anyone on Facebook, even if you are not friends with them. They will have to approve your request to tag, though, before the photo or post shows up on their profile.

Eaton Centre introduces Food "Theatre"

You’re in the mood for a glass of wine. How about some smoked coconut over a tempeh wrap? Maybe it’s time to head to the food court.

Banish thoughts of dirty, cramped tables stacked with trays and the same old fast-food chains. In the battle for consumer dollars, mall owners are spending millions to upgrade their offerings to a more discerning customer.

On September 1, the Toronto Eaton Centre unveils its new $48 million Urban Eatery — perhaps the most significant evolution of the Canadian food court yet, from humble taco stand to sophisticated foodie paradise.

This is definitely not the same old. Using a palate of stainless steel, slate, marble and natural woods, Eaton Centre developers have turned the former food court into a sleek, futuristic vision.

Danish designer Vernor Panton’s iconic red plastic chairs dot the 45,000-square-foot space. And diners will notice a few changes as they come down the escalator into the basement space.

For one thing, they will be welcomed by greeters. And no more eating out of foam containers with plastic forks. All food will be plated and diners will eat with real cutlery.

“If you buy a submarine from Subway, you’ll get it on a plate if you want to,” says Brian O’Hoski, retail property manager for the Eaton Centre, which attracts as many as 1 million visitors a week.

“It’s a good way to drive customers to come to a centre not just to purchase retail goods, but also to have a healthy meal at a good price,” says Chiasson.

While many familiar restaurants such as KFC and McDonald’s will be at the new food court, they are presented in original ways.

Fried chicken chain KFC, for example, has a unit that looks like a futuristic art installation, with the face of Col. Sanders beaming down like a Chairman Mao icon.

And other local eateries not normally found at a food court, such as the Urban Herbivore, a vegan specialist. A Japanese-themed restaurant will serve liquor, although only on their premises.

“It’s great to see that they’ve included people who are real foodies, who aren’t just here to make a quick buck,” says Urban Herbivore owner Stephen Gardner. This is Gardner’s fourth restaurant and his first in a mall. He expects his barbecued tofu sandwich at $9 to be a hit.

“Normally I would be on Queen St. or Kensington Market, so this will be a different crowd, but I think they’ll like what they see and taste,” said Gardner, who was on site this week, working out last minute details on the design of his restaurant.

When the mall’s new food court opens September 1, the cramped south food court will be closed, with the area being renovated for other retail.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

NEW for WD12 - The Leviathan

Modern Family - Season 3 family portrait

Meet the new Baby, er, Toddler Lily on ABC’s Modern Family. She’s 4-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and she’ll play the adopted daughter of Cameron (Eric Stonestreet, pictured) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) this fall.

We’ll let fellow kid actor Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy) comment on the comedy’s latest cast edition: ”She’s really adorable,” he told EW. “The first day I met her, she was kind of hiding behind her mom’s leg and I brought out my iPad and started playing with it and she comes out and she’s like [gasp] and started playing with it. It was really cute. I haven’t worked with her yet. But she is really happy. She says lines. She does everything. She’s really cute.”

Anderson-Emmons replaces Jaden and Ella Hiller, the docile twins who traded off portraying Lily for the last two seasons

RIP Jack Layton - "love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair."

Jack Layton, the New Democratic Party leader who led his party to Official Opposition status in this year’s federal election, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

"We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday, August 22," said a statement from his wife Olivia Chow and his children Sarah and Michael Layton. "He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Details of Mr. Layton’s funeral arrangements will be forthcoming."

Layton announced July 25 that he would take a leave of absence as party leader to fight a second, and evidently much more serious, bout of cancer

“Your support and well wishes are so appreciated. Thank you,” Layton, posted to the social media site Twitter. “I will fight this and beat it."

It ended up being the last public announcement he would make in his long political career, which saw him evolve from campus activist to rabble-rousing left-wing municipal councilor to the most electorally successful leader of the federal New Democrats in history.

Snippet of his letter to Canadians:

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,
Jack Layton

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lady Gaga - Yoü And I

Jersey girls DON'T pump gas

HIMYM: Spoiler Alertssssss

EW: The soul-crushing cab scene in the season finale of How I Met Your Mother, where Robin (Cobie Smulders) came to the realization that she still has feelings for Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), certainly set up the pair for a little drama this season. And it all kicks off in the season premiere…with a dramatic dance scene!

“Barney and Robin clear the floor at a wedding for an awesome dance number,” executive producer and co-creator Craig Thomas tells EW. I know what you’re thinking. And no, it’s not Barney’s wedding. It’s actually Punchy’s wedding in Cleveland, which is where the events of the season premiere take place.

Carter Bays, fellow EP and co-creator, joked that the show had to match wits with the show’s competition. “You know, we’re going up against Dancing with the Stars again. So we thought if we can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Want dancing stars? We got that!”

But the dance will likely be one of Robin’s lighter moments in the premiere, as she also finds herself dealing with the fact that she still has feelings for her ex.

“You couldn’t miss it in that longing look she gave Barney, who was looking at Nora [Nazanin Boniadi],” says Thomas. “If there are fans of the Robin and Barney relationship in all of its weird complexities, they’re going to be very excited about this season. We pick up on the fact that there are feelings again.”

Adele - Someone Like You

Horrible Trailer - Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Christina Perri - Arms

Trailer - Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster's (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption. When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed--in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA's intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives--and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Academy Award(R) nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane ("Damages").

Jay-z & Kanye West - Otis

Trailer: Underworld Awakening

Burger King King isn't a King anymore. King.

Fast-food chain Burger King is making a 180 degree shift in its marketing, with a decision to drop its "King" mascot and focus on — sit down before you read this! — product.

For years, Burger King had placed its bets on edgy commercials by creative powerhouse Crispin Porter + Bogusky, targeting men in their teens and 20s. Crispin's campaigns got a lot of attention, and plaudits from the advertising community. Unfortunately, however, advertising awards don't necessarily translate into sales, and Burger King has been badly lagging main rival McDonald's. According to consulting firm Technomic, Burger King's same-store sales declined 6% in the first quarter; compare that to a 3% rise for Mc Donald's.

This discrepancy in performance is not the result of McDonald's having more "creative" advertising or a hipper mascot (Ronald Mc Donald is many things — hip he's not). But while Burger King was trying to sell consumers an edgy brand image, McDonald's focused on something much more mundane: selling burgers, fries and coffee. The rest is marketing history.

Now, under new ownership, and with a new management and marketing team, Burger King is focusing on what matters: updating the stores, fixing its food and changing its image. As Alex Maccedo, SVP, marketing, put it to USA Today: "People want a reason to go back to Burger King ... There are no plans to bring the King back anytime soon."

Along with new management, Burger King has also hired a new ad agency, McGarry Bowen. Mc Garry's ads are often derided in ad industry circles as conventional, formulaic and unhip. The criticism isn't entirely unjustified ... but who cares? Last I heard, advertising is not about creating art house shorts; it's about selling stuff. Against that standard, McGarry's work tends to perform well. A new campaign by McGarry, launching this weekend, will introduce the California Whopper, made with guacamole.

Whether the new burger will catch on remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: the marketing campaign will give it a shot at success. The entire TV commercial will focus single-mindedly on sights and sounds of the burger's ingredients being washed and diced.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil' Wayne - I'm on One

Final Destination 5 - Saved by the Bell Spoof

Miles Fisher has caught the attention of the web again thanks to his latest clip, in which Final Destination meets Saved by the Bell and nothing at The Max is ever the same again. In the video, which is set to Fisher’s latest catchy single “New Romance” (a tune he recorded with Rooney front man Robert Schwartzman), the 28-year-old rising star plays a Zack Morris-like character whose equally 90s-centric pals (i.e., his Final Destination 5 co-stars Emma Bell, Nick D’Agosto, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline Macinnes Wood, and David Koechner) all croak one by one in some pretty horrific ways.

Watch the full clip below. Fair warning, things get a little messy.

Roommate Ochocinco?

Would you like a male roommate who is financially secure and gone on most Sundays?

I happen to know of one such fellow who's looking for a place to stay in the Foxborough, Massachusetts area. His name is Chad and he's very friendly, though some might describe him as a bit dramatic.

His last name is Ochocinco, and he'd love to move in with you. Really. From Mike Reiss at

"I'm going to do something different, I'm actually going to stay with a fan for the first two, three weeks of the season," he said Tuesday. "That should be fun, until I get myself acclimated and learn my way around."

Ochocinco hasn't yet picked the fan.

"I'm not sure how it's going to work, but they have to have Internet and have to have Xbox," he said. "That's about it."

Sometimes, there's just nothing to say, and the only thing you can really do is just sit in awe of Chad Ochocinco. Most players are (completely understandably) so guarded with their personal lives and never share anything real with anyone outside of a very exclusive inner circle.

This one wants to move in with you.

How can you not love that?

Anne Hathaway Defends ‘Catwoman’ Costume

Anne Hathaway will be matching wits with Batman himself in Christopher Nolan's upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises," but right now she's facing off against Internet naysayers who responded tepidly to the first photo of her in her Catwoman suit.

"I was not going to admit it," the 28-year-old actress told MTV in a sit-down interview. "I asked someone to send me a few reactions [to the photo], and I happen to know that MTV's reaction was 'meh.' "

MTV called the photo "underwhelming" and "unflattering," but Internet commenters were far harsher (surprise, surprise). When Yahoo Movies posted the pic, commenters derided it as "weak," "cheap-looking" and some demanded to know where the "cat part of the costume" was.

Even worse, an US Magazine pollasking "which star was the sexiest Catwoman?" put the Academy-Award nominated actress in last place, with Michelle Pfeiffer taking 52 percent, Halle Berry earning 37 percent, and the "Princess Diaries" star at 11 percent.

Hathaway's response? "If you didn't like the photo, you only see about a tenth of what the suit can do," she teased. "And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste."

Considering there's not much to the costume other than skintight black leather (you can catch a sideview of the suit here) and those 3D-esque goggles, it's probable that this photo isn't of the complete Catwoman costume. After all, Selina Kyle starts out as a mere cat burglar before developing her style and powers.

Overall, considering Christopher Nolan's past track record with the franchise, fans should probably retract their claws before tearing his take on Catwoman apart.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Here's Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Skintight black catsuit? Yup. Some kind of high-tech (blue lights mean technology is happening) goggles with rubber bits that slope up into what you might generously describe as something catlike? Yipe, it's Anne Hathaway as Christopher Nolan's interpretation of Catwoman, guys

Trailer: Swinging With The Finkels

Real Madrid signs 7-year-old Argentine named Leo

A lot is made about the professionalization of young athletes in America, but young U.S. phenoms have nothing on their Spanish and South American counterparts. If there were ever any doubts about that, they could safely be dispelled on Monday, when it was announced that Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid signed Argentine 7-year-old Leonel Angel Coira to a youth development contract.

To put the entire episode in American context, the Coira signing is essentially like the Red Sox signing an elementary school student from Kalamazoo, Mich., named Derek Jeter Jones (or any other last name), who happened to go by the nickname "Jeter." Needless to say, it just wouldn't happen.

Of course, no American professional franchise would sign a 7-year-old from another country to begin with, even for a designated youth development setup. That's precisely what makes this story all the more incredible, and head scratching when you try to make sense of it all.

Yet officials at Real Madrid insist that there is nothing puzzling about what sparked their interest in Coira. According to club spokesman Juan Tapiador, the 7-year-old is simply a unique talent.

"They only have to be a standout," Tapiador told the AP of Real Madrid's reason for signing Coira at his young age. "We look for something different, that quality or talent that makes them stand out from the rest."

The elder Coira is confident that his son will achieve great things with the Spanish giants, even if they don't come until his idol has finished his playing days with Real's biggest rivals, Barcelona.

"I trust the club a lot," Miguel Coira told ABC. "I know they will take good care of him."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Matt Damon defends Teachers

Mila defends JT in Russia

video surfaced of Mila Kunis defending Justin Timberlake in fluent Russian at a Moscow Q&A for Friends With Benefits. The exchange takes place when a reporter – also female and Russian talking – asks why Justin has decided to focus on movies instead of bringing more sexy back with his music.

Reporter: “I have two questions – about the movie and the sex–”
Mila: “What?” (in a “didn’t hear you clearly” way)
Reporter: “About the movie and the sex.”
Mila: “Oh, I thought I misheard you about the sex.”
Justin: “I don’t like this! =)”
Reporter: “What brought you into movies? WHY ARE YOU IN MOVIES?”
Mila: “What?!”
Reporter: “Why movies?”
Mila: “Why movies?”
Reporter: “Well, many showbiz persons move to movies, and sometimes it’s for the better, but why is Justin in movies?”
Mila: “Wait, you’re asking why he wants to be in movies?”
Reporter: “Yes.”
Mila: “What would you rather have him do?”
CROWD: LOL, applause
Reporter: indiscernible under the applause
Mila: “Huh?”
Reporter: “I mean, isn’t showbiz enough?”
Mila (exasperated): “Well, if he WANTS to make movies, and he can, why shouldn’t he? What sort of question is that? Why are YOU here?”
CROWD: LOL, more applause
Reporter: “Well, I’m doing my job.”
Mila: “Well, he’s doing his. It’s the same thing!”
(turns to Justin, asks in English if he needs the exchange translated, he replies that he’s getting it in the earpiece, but delayed)
Justin: “This is my bodyguard!”


The Weeknd - High For This

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