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Didn't your settlement agreement have a non-disclosure clause that would bar you from doing an AMA like this one? Regardless, aren't you opening yourself up to libel or defamation claims by answering questions here (e.g. "she smoke alot of weed")?
Do you know what really happened with Perez Hilton?
She just didn't want to revolve herself around him after a while. He got offended and made it his job to try and bring her down when he could I guess.
Did you see the meat dress in person?
Yes, it was disgusting
Is there any rhyme or reason to her outfits?
What was the most ridiculous thing she ever asked you to do?
There's not really a rhyme or reason. She basically sits on her laptop all day like a 16yr old, she runs thru all the gossip sites, tumblr, twitter, etc. She gathers imagery and ideas in her head and then she finds a way to make it ridiculous. She never wanted to wear something that wasn't going to piss someone off. Especially during Born This Way, she wanted everyone to think she was a mess. I have no idea how her mind works with her costumes now.
Despite the lawsuit and issues surrounding pay, how did she treat you as her personal assistant?
She was a very kind girl. But she had her moments, I'm not going to bash her but I'll keep it real that she definitely has a big head now. The demands for me became much bigger once she started getting bigger. Very over the top, she walked around like she was Queen. But when you have 100 people screaming outside of your hotel anywhere you go, it's hard not to fall into the mindset that you actually are a queen to people.
How did you get the position?
I was a former roomate/friend of Gagas. I knew her before she was famous.
would you ever be a personal assistant to a celebrity again, based on your gaga experience?
No, it's not for me. I honestly wouldn't have had such a high paying job if it wasn't for already knowing Gaga from being roommates at a time. I think she wanted someone she knew and someone she'd feel comfortable around. But that actually ended up just ruining a friendship.
what do you think of ARTPOP?
Never heard it
Ah, so this is a desperate hater and not the desperate former-PA.
No. I just haven't heard the album. Call me bitter but the only reason I tolerated Gaga's music at the time was because she was my friend and I was working for her. On a regular, I would never chose to listen to pop music anyways. It shouldn't be unbelievable that I haven't listened to a Lady Gaga album.
Assuming you're real, aren't you breaking your confidentiality agreement by doing this?
How bitter are you?
I was extremely bitter when I was fired, and I'll admit that. Now I'm not bitter at all.
How many free YSL items did you get using her discount?
Lies lies and more lies. We had a very civil court case.
What's her worst habit yo
She smoke alot of weed
Would you describe her as a normal person that appears psychotic to the public because of all the publicity and what not or a psycho that got famous partly due to her "strange" qualities?
A normal person that appears psychotic. I think I'd praise her ability to act 24/7 more than I'd praise her creativity.
Can you describe the overtime pay situation? Why do you think what happened was unfair? If you were to look at this from Lady Gaga's point of view, why would she have disagreed with you?
I was being paid a lot of money, I won't lie. It's not like she wasn't being generous. I saw her as a friend for most of my time working for her. It wasn't until the end that I looked back and realized how much time I devoted to her and how little I had to show for it. Anything she needed, I got for her. She'd be on her computer for 10 hours and I'd be running up and down to get her whatever she needed.
I've always respected Lady Gaga for being able to separate her personal life from her image and her professional life. How successful is she at this?
Personally, I don't believe I would ever sacrifice my humanity for money and power. The ability to walk down the street on a nice hot day like today in Los Angeles to grab my favorite burger and consume it while people watching is a better experience than the psychological trauma of feeling constantly watched by people who think they know you, or paparazzi who profit from the personal lives and follies of the well known. I would never do this to myself.
Yes, she was successful at first but I think she is failing at separating her personal life. With her album Born This Way she became very involved in her fan's issues and their lives and it made her open up to her fans. She most likely regrets it now. And fame is always something she's enjoyed as far as the lights and paparazzi goes, she lives for that attention. At least a few years back she did. I imagine it's getting old.
Does Gaga have an active problem with substance abuse?
I don't think so. She has never stopped doing drugs though. She's definitely not clean. LSD, cocaine, molly, etc were all a part of her creative process pre-albums.
what does gaga really think of other pop artists such as kesha, katy and rihanna?
She had no problems with them, but there were a few her disliked her for whatever reason. She was a huge threat back in 2009. Everyone's labels were telling their pop artist's to be more like her.
Is she very promiscuous? She comes across that way.
No, that's the image she wants people to see but she's very clean when it comes to sex. She's only slept with people she is in a relationship with as far as I know.
Any anecdotes on instances where someone did not know who Lady Gaga was?
Honestly, no. Atleast not for the time I was with her. I was only with her for a total of 16/17 months all together 2009-2011
How much of an actual fucking hoodrat are you?
That quote is fake by the way
How much of what she does if actually from her, and how much of it is from her creative team?
In 2009 I'd say about 80% of it was her creative team. 2011 she definitely took on more control and now I think she may have more control than ever.
There was the story that you were made to sleep in the same bed as her because she didn't want to be alone, any truth to that? I find those kind of statements odd from celebrities, I find it hard to believe that they had no friends before being famous and simply popped into a famous friendless existence.
No, the quotes from most of those articles were made up to make Gaga look like Cruella Devil. But she wasn't far from her at times ;-)
How involved is Gaga actually with the creative process?
I don't know anymore. She always had say but relied heavily on "the haus"
So which fellow popstar does she dislike the most?
Madonna is really mean, that's all I'm gonna say. I don't know who she dislikes the most. But if I was her, I'd dislike Madonna most. And no I won't go into detail.
How did she react to Katy criticizing Alejandro for being blasphemous?
What did Gaga do behind the scenes that shocked you?
I wish I could say. But I'm not here to ruin her image
as Gaga ever deliberately tried to sabotage another artist before?
She was a smart business woman. She used to be able to find ways to bring attention to herself always. If a contemporary had a video coming out that day, she'd release something for her fans on Twitter so that the focus is still on her.
was lady gaga a bitch?
When she wanted to be.
Would you describe her as a nice kind person?
To her fans.
Is she bothered by Mother Perrysa aka Kitty Purr bka Katy Perry her success?
I haven't talked to Gaga in 2+ years. So I don't know but I doubt she's threatened by anyone.
Hi, is it true she has always been rich and pretended to have a tough upbringing in NY before fame to mimic Madonna's life story?
She's always been well off. Her story may be tweaked a bit, but I believe her when she says she was bullied.
Why do you think artpop flopped? And yes, ATRL and all the delusional monsters there, it flopped. Hard. Katy wins!
She's lost her way. She lost alot of her creative team and people who made her "LADY GAGA." It's not impossible for her to remain on top, but it's definitely difficult when people like Matthew Williams are no longer the masterminds behind your imagery.
What are Gaga's true thoughts on her pop contemporaries? Does she really like Katy Perry, or is she jealous of Katy's success? Also, is she really in it for the music, or is it all about success (like it seems)? Thanks for doing this!
She's in it for the music. She doesn't really pay mind to her contemporaries. Literally, she wouldn't even comment, look or care about what they had going on. She worried about herself and her own success. But from the looks of it now, seems like she may care about the success more than ever.
"I've been dying to go back to San Francisco," says Jonathan Groff, who plays Patrick in HBO's Looking. Now he will, with the gay-centric show officially renewed for a second season and production kicking off this summer.
The season one finale airs on March 9, and Groff spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about what to expect, why Patrick singing would be horrendous and that drunken kiss between Patrick and Russell Tovey's Kevin.
HR: First off, congratulations on season two.
Thank you. We are so stoked. We've been keeping our fingers crossed for a season two since the day we wrapped. We had so much fun, it's ridiculous. We try to get together every week and watch the episodes together.
You and Russell Tovey have such chemistry. And then there's the kiss from last week's episode.
We did a lot of takes of that kiss. I didn't know what was going to happen until I finally saw the episode because that kiss was done in so many different ways. I think the way they decided to do it was perfect. It's fitting, especially considering the finale. You don't want to blow your wad too soon, so to speak.
We've seen Agustin and Patrick come at each other this season. How do you think their friendship is able to endure so much?
I totally relate to their friendship. They've known each other for years, and I think, just like family, it's one of those people in your life you can fight with who call you on your shit whether what they're saying is true or not and can express openly their opinions to you. You can bounce back from fighting and be friends again.
And they bond over their love for The Golden Girls. If Patrick is Rose, which Golden Girl are you?
I would say I'm a mix of Dorothy and Rose. I'm a good hybrid. You don't want to be as naive as Rose, so you don't want to be one hundred percent her.
Patrick's confrontation with his mom, also last week, was interesting. It read a lot into his character.
That was the most rewritten scene of the entire series because everybody had an opinion of what the mom would be. It came out complex and not one-note; she's not just the mom who's completely accepting of her son, but she's also not the mom who isn't accepting. She's in a grey area, which I find really interesting because while Patrick may be getting some resistance from her about being gay, he's also projecting a lot of his issues on to her at the same time. Perhaps he sees himself in his mother.
What about the moment in episode six in the park where Patrick does that prance? Some have described that as self-loathing.
In that moment, he's expressing his version of what it means to be over-the-top and gay, but I think the bigger picture is asking, what is queer? How do we fit into the gay community? I feel like that moment was an exploration of that. We're not meant to state what gay men are like now; it's meant to start the conversation, not put anything into stone of what a gay series is.
Where would you like to see Patrick go in season two?
I'd love to spend more time with Agustin and Dom because in the first season they spend a lot of time apart. And I definitely want to go deeper into the triangle of Patrick, Kevin and Richie. They have both been upped to series regulars for season two, so I think they're going to explore more of that, obviously.
Would you ever like Patrick to have a secret singing talent, to get some singing into the show?
I think Patrick would be a terrible singer, actually. I have an instinct that he is the kind of person who would get super drunk and sing Madonna at karaoke, but it would be horrendous. So that would be fun.
Farewell until next year, lovely show! I'm sorry that everyone was so mean about you!
One of the biggest unanswered questions of Season 4 of The Walking Dead has been exactly what is the mysterious place called Terminus. Little is known about Terminus and the name isn’t used in The Walking Dead comic book series, but there have been some clues provided as to what type of place Terminus is. Here are
2. Terminus Is A Safe Place (According To Chris) – In the “Inmates” episode of The Walking Dead, a man named Chris tells Tyreese, Carol, and the kids, “There’s a place up the tracks. It’s safe. You can take the children there. Trust me. Leave. Follow the tracks.” Given that Tyreese has just tried to help save Chris and his son from walkers, Chris shouldn’t have a reason to lie to Tyreese. However, in the comic books, Chris was the name of one of The Hunters, who were a roving group of cannibals. Is the fact that the man was named Chris just a coincidence?
1. The People Who Run Terminus Want People To Come There – In the zombie apocalypse, there are limited supplies and resources. Many groups aren’t welcoming to strangers, because there is only so much food and other necessities to go around. To date on the series, we’ve heard a radio broadcast and seen multiple signs advertising Terminus. The signs have touted the slogan, “Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those that arrive, survive.” The people who run Terminus are actively recruiting more people to come there, which seems odd given the limited resources that most have. Could Terminus have abundant resources or is something else going on?
Given that Rick, Michonne, and Carl also found a sign for Terminus and are headed in that direction, it’s likely that at least some if not all of Rick’s group will reunite in Terminus. But is Terminus really the sanctuary that is promised? Or could Terminus be recruiting people to come there because its run by hungry cannibals?
In 1997, Lil' Kim, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Missy Elliott, Da Brat and Angie Martinez teamed up on "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Rmx)", a selection Da Brat recently spoke about during an interview with Billboard. "The whole experience was amazing," Da Brat said regarding her work on the track. "It was like a big-ass cookout with everybody there eating, drinking and having fun. Lance Rivera put that together, with the support of all our labels. I still watch it and say, 'Wow I wish we can do this again,' but in a bigger way. I don't want to do it again and it look like a bootleg of 'Ladies Night'. I want us to all be on the top of our game like we were back then and make a part two but have it be bigger and better. I want us females to unite and do something that would knock the world off its feet."
Da Brat also speaks about her bond with another woman in the entertainment business, Mariah Carey. "I first met her when working on the remix to 'Always Be My Baby'," Da Brat says. "I felt like she was just like me, but she had to keep it shielded. She wanted to do the things I did and talk the way I talked. She was signed to Sony and had this reputation to uphold of being a diva. That's why we jelled. She was living through me and we became the best of friends. We're both Aries and both like to have fun that's why we say we're 'eternally 12', 'cause we're kids."
"She was so down to earth, but her circumstances didn't allow her to do things," Da Brat continues. "We'd be in the studio at Tommy Mottola's house and she'd whisper because cameras were everywhere. It's like she was trapped. I had never seen someone have everything, but be so unhappy inside because they couldn't be themselves."
Da Brat is is the sixth rapper featured in an edition of Billboard's Ladies First. Yo Yo, MC Lyte, Angel Haze and Charli Baltimore have also been included in the series.
how about those rumors Da Brat and Mariah dated??
Actress Patricia Heaton’s publicly pro-life stance is a rarity in Hollywood, especially considering the frequency with which she voices her views on abortion.
But the star of TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle” said becoming a mom just made it something she feels she needs to speak out about.
“It just bothers me so much. It’s almost a natural, it’s almost a reflex now,” said Heaton, a mother of four, told TheBlaze in an interview. “Once you have kids and you know what it feels like to be pregnant and you know what it feels like to have that person growing inside of you, and the beauty of it, it’s just not a holistic thing to do.”
Despite having no qualms about sharing her pro-life views, Heaton, who also speaks openly about her Christianity, said it’s important to approach the issue with compassion.
“It’s tricky, because I think it’s one out of three women who have an abortion, so whoever you’re talking to you can’t assume — and it doesn’t matter if they’re a Christian or not,” she told TheBlaze. “It’s a very sensitive subject, so you want to be sensitive so that in whatever you’re saying you could be really, deeply affecting somebody within listening distance.”
She added, “In the Hollywood community, I’m the only one I know who says anything about it. I feel like I’m supposed to.”
The actress, who stars in the upcoming film, “Moms’ Night Out,” also addressed the nature of media and how an entertainer’s comments about controversial issues sometimes end up becoming fodder for television news networks and commentators alike. She said these outlets end up taking something a performer says and running with it.
“It happens on every TV show. So for actors, for a minute it feels like ‘I’m important. I got attention,’” Heaton explained. “Then you realize, ‘No someone is just using me to get their ratings up’ — and then you’re just sitting there sort of with the aftermath of opening your big fat mouth.”
For Heaton, it’s all about picking and choosing when it’s appropriate to speak up. She also noted that one’s politics can easily be fused to his or her public persona and career — a development that can alienate audience members.
“I think you really have to pick your battles and I think you can do so much more as an actor through your creative work than just spouting off your opinions,” she added.
Pushy, stubborn, bossy.
"Being labeled something matters," says Jennifer Garner in a new campaign – Ban Bossy – that's encouraging girls to be leaders.
The Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.org have teamed up to create a PSA featuring Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenberg, Garner and others that points out that girls are discouraged from taking leadership roles because of labeling and name-calling.
"Girls are less interested in leadership than boys," Beyoncé says, and that's because they worry about being called "bossy" while little boys who step up are called "leaders."
"I think the word 'bossy' is just a squasher," Glee star Lynch says. The campaign seeks to empower girls by encouraging everyone to sign a pledge to ban the five-letter word at banbossy.com.
"We need to recognize the many ways we systematically discourage leadership in girls from a young age – and instead, we need to encourage them," says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who founded LeanIn.org. "So the next time you have the urge to call your little girl bossy? Take a deep breath and praise her leadership skills instead."
"There are no limits on your horizon," former Secretary of State Rice says in the ad, while designer von Furstenberg encourages girls to "dare to be you."
But possibly the strongest Girl Power message of all comes from Beyoncé. The mother of daughter Blue Ivy, 2, says, "I'm not bossy – I'm the boss."
Marlo and NeNe won’t be rekindling their friendship anytime soon. Speaking exclusively to RadarOnline.com, Hampton revealed her former BFF asked her to NEVER call her again!
“We exchanged text messages a few days ago. It ended up with her saying, ‘Don’t call me back.’ It wasn’t good at all,” Hampton told Radar. Leakes and her had a falling out spurred by Hampton’s friendship with Kenya.
“I was surprised by her reaction to me becoming friends with Kenya. It’s like, ‘Are we in high school right now?’” Hampton said. Looking back, she revealed Kandi and Phaedra warned her about Leakes’ catty behavior – but she unfortunately didn’t heed their advice.
“When I met NeNe, everyone was against her. Everyone told me, ‘Beware! Beware!’ But guess what, I didn’t listen and got to know NeNe on my own,” she revealed.
“Kandi showed me, ‘NeNe is going to play you like chess.’ She said, ‘Marlo, when she knew you were coming onto the show, she went crazy on set. She screamed and cursed and yelled and then she befriended you.’”
While she and Leakes have been exchanging barbs through social media and their online blogs, Hampton had to laugh after Leakes called her an “opportunist.”
“It’s hilarious she’s calling me an opportunist. That’s bullshit. I met NeNe and styled her at my boutique. She couldn’t afford to shop there. She needs to look in the mirror,” she teased.
So will Leakes and Hampton ever be friends again? “It’s definitely possible, but where I’m sitting right now in this chair, that’s the last person on my mind,” Hampton said.
“NeNe does better with mimes as friends. It’s ok as long as you’re praising her and being her cheerleader, but as soon as you go to disagree, it’s a problem. I’m real and not going to sugarcoat something just so she can feel happy.”
Despite their rift, Hampton is happy for Leakes’ upcoming gig on Dancing With the Stars. “I hope she does good. I’m proud of her. She loves being the center of attention, so she should do great. As long as she has cheerleaders on the side, she will shine,” Hampton said.
You’d think that someone who could plan such over-the-top shindigs for Phaedra Parks would be able to keep his own life in order. But, for some reason, Phaedra’s go-to party planner, Dwight Eubanks, can’t seem to keep his driver’s docs up-to-date. The star was arrested on February 28 for driving with an expired license — just over two years after he was cited for the same violation!
Last we saw Dwight, he was hard at work helping to throw Phaedra’s youngest Mr. President a party in an ep from RHoA Season 6, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be having any time to put together any more soirees in the near future.
The Friend of the Housewives was pulled over on Friday morning, and when the cop asked him for his license, he only had an old license in his possession. He was asked to surrender the old ID.
This is nothing new for the “honorary housewife”, who was arrested in 2011 for driving with a suspended license. Come on, Dwight. Someone as fabulous as you can probably hire a driver, right? Or at least work at getting a working license!
If Dwight does clear this legal issue up, one hopes that he won’t make the same mistake a third time. With all of the legal issues that the Housewives franchise has dealt with in the past, this is a relatively fixable problem, after all.
Meet Geneva Thomas – the smart, sassy and funny media dynamo who has become a breakout star due to her role on Blood, Sweat and Heels. The Robertson Treatment recently caught up with this friendly diva to talk about the show and to find out her plans for the future.
Robertson Treatment: How did you come to Blood, Sweat & Heels?
Geneva Thomas: I was approached by production. They were looking for African American women in fashion and media. I got a call, and a year later, the rest is all heels.
RT: What do you feel that you add to the ensemble?
I add unapologetic realness. I’m generally the one in the group that says what people are thinking. It’s all straight and no chaser. I’m also the youngest on the cast, so career-wise, you’ll see me sharpen and further define my career as a style and pop culture journalist and brand strategist.
RT: Critics who say reality television paints an unflattering picture of black women.
GT: Well, I’ve been the critic, myself. I’ve written often about the representation of Black women on reality. There are undoubtedly unflattering images out there. What we need in Black America, is not exclusion of representations—because it’s entertainment, it’s also how some women live, and finally, numbers show they we all watching. What we need is balance. I’m elated to reveal Blood, Sweat and Heels has zero violence. We throw shade, not bottles. Our conflict is what women in New York City really experience. Our conflict is honest, witty, and clever. Real women will relate to that. We’re also extremely aspirational for young viewers. Our show offers a bit of the balance we’ve been missing.
RT: How do you plan to leverage this opportunity to grow your brand?
GT: My professional mantra has always been, “Work first. Brand later.” My exhaustive education and experience as a media and marketing professional will power the brand I’m developing. My work as a journalist is the intersection of style and pop culture. The goal is to come behind my writing desk a bit more, and create platforms where I can speak with authority and candor on celebrity culture, fashion and lifestyle. Uptown Magazine has helped me do that with the launch of my Style for Breakfast Series (SFB). SFB is an experience designed to connect beauty and fashion brands with media and social influencers. You’ll see my partnership with Uptown and SFB explored on the show. I also recently launched the 1530 Agency. It’s a digital agency for beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands that want to market to millennial women – particularly Black and Latina millennials. I’m so thrilled about it, because I get to merge my work as a content creator and brand strategist. I get to help brands concept and ideate digital strategy and strategic partnerships for the world’s power influencer, and that’s Black and Brown women. 1530 Agency soft launched in September during fashion with the social media driven event “Hair Icon” —which I designed and curated for Beautiful Textures, BET and Cadillac.
The new series takes a look at the world of online dating from the male perspective. One of stars on the new reality show, celebrity trainer and Artist Muse creative director Marcus Pierce talked to theGrio about his online dating experiences and what he’s looking for in a potential partner.
The Texas native now resides in Los Angeles and said he turned to online dating because “it made a lot of sense.” “I didn’t want to find myself goin’ out to bars and clubs and lounges and everything all the time because I just didn’t have the time to because of work,” said Pierce. “It’s very convenient. It just made sense to me that [online dating] was the route to go.”
As for the dating sites he uses? Pierce said he’s found his most successful dates from OkCupid and Match.com. While Tinder may be a hot new application, the fitness trainer said it gets confusing, trying to determine what each person is looking for.
While he admits the way a woman looks does play a role in who catches his attention, Pierce doesn’t have a particular type and focuses on common interests as a place to start conversation. Pierce is passionate about sports, art, family and friends, so he uses those as starting points when looking through online profiles.
“At the core of me was always to find that love and that relationship my parents have,” he told theGrio. “One thing in my life that I have not been able to accomplish is finding that love, that partner to spend the rest of my life with.”
Viewers will have to tune in to this season to find out whether Pierce finds love or is still in the search for the right one.
sources: TheGrio, RadarOnline, WPaint, EurWeb
“It was so annoying,” he told interviewer Jarett Wiselman.
“I thought it was a joke at my expense. I thought somebody was trying to pick the biggest loser they could find and joke about the fact I could be connected to Laurence Olivier in two steps. When you fight so hard and put your sweat and blood into trying to have your work speak for itself, I found it belittling.”
He thought the game would soon “go the way of pogo sticks and pet rocks,” but now that it’s been around more than two decades, he’s stopped worrying about it.
He also admits he wouldn’t be very good at the game himself because, as he admits, “Honestly, I’ve truly forgotten who I have and haven’t worked with at this point.”
Read the rest of the interview over at Buzzfeed.
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Chris Evans' heart isn't "in" superhero sagas as it was. The 32-year-old actor - who is set to hit the big screen in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier ' - is glad he starred in the Marvel films but admits he no longer has as much passion for the franchise as he once did.
He said: "I would never trade in the decision to have done these movies. I've been wildly fortunate. I just don't know if my heart's as in it as it once was." The hunk plays the titular character, who is also known as Steve Rogers, in the sequel to 2011's 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and feels he can relate to his alter-ego.
He told GQ magazine: "Steve has everything he wanted, and he's still not quite happy. It's like he's in his adolescence, trying to figure out where he fits in, who he is and what he wants."
Evans hinted he'd step back from fronting films and would prefer to be involved in the filmmaking process because he isn't a fan of the additional responsibility an actor is forced to undertake. He added: "I would imagine the world of a director is a little bit cleaner in terms of your responsibilities."
Chris Evans often prefers quiet evenings in to wild club night now he's no longer in his 20s. The hunky Captain America actor was once a regular on the Hollywood party scene, but says in recent years he has calmed down his fun-loving ways.
But far from being boring, 32-year-old Chris merely says that his idea of fun has changed with age. "In your twenties you think, 'How will I ever not like going out?' You have drinks, buddies, music - great! But in the last two or three years, I go to a club and I kind of wish I was home.
"My idea of a good time has evolved a bit, so a night out with me might not be as exciting as it might have been a couple of years ago," Chris laughed to British magazine Glamour.
Although cosy nights in have become more appealing for Chris, the actor still can't resist partying with his Avengers co-stars. The next Avengers instalment is due to hit cinema screens in 2015, and boasts an A-List line-up including Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr..
"It's different with those guys. You're like, 'Come on guys, this is great! This isn't going to last forever and this is a really fun group of people doing a really fun thing. Let's go get drunk!' I try to be the motivating force. Everyone's married and has kids and sh*t like that, so I'm still the one single guy going, 'Come on, shots!'" he smiled.
Marriage and children are on Chris' to-do list and he sees both in his future. "I want to get married, though I want children - to me that's the ultimate thing. When you're old and on your death bed, looking back at your life it's not going to be the films you've made or what you've accomplished, it's the relationships you have. You're survived by things that matter - the people you love and those who love you back," he concluded.
By JENNY IACURCI
OP: The interview is very long so I only posted the GoT parts, but the whole thing is worth a read at the first source link.
GALO: Aside from already being a successful actor on TV shows such as The Good Wife, Lights Out and Red Widow, you have had a very busy year so far. You just wrapped-up shooting the recurring role of Prince Oberyn Martell on season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The series’ creators described this role as being particularly difficult to cast because there are so many different elements to the character, and because his look is very specific. Were there any nerves playing a character that has such an infamous role this coming season? I know you cannot reveal the details of the plot, but the “Red Viper,” as he’s known, becomes a major player.
PP: I would say it was definitely the most intimidating role that I’ve ever played. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, I think, ultimately were open to whatever he may look like, as long as it inhabited the emotional truth that they were looking for, which is a man who lives through his passions completely — whether it be love or hate, rage or affection. He’s this kind of uncompromising person who will do as he feels, not what somebody thinks is right, but what feels right. Or by what he sees as a burning hunger in him, no matter how dangerous it may be, no matter what destruction it may cause.
GALO: So he really goes by his emotions, you’re saying?
PP: He goes strictly by his emotions. I think he’s very, very smart. He’s educated, but it’s all about what he’s feeling, and that sort of motivates everything. There’s something in particular that motivates him through this season, which tapped into the raw emotion and which was most important to them, and then with that comes his badass-ry. I mean that’s part of what makes him a badass — that he just doesn’t give a shit. He does what he wants, when he wants to do it. [Everyone else] is very strategic, very calculating, and often very afraid. He lives with no fear, which kind of doesn’t make him sane. He’s not crazy or anything like that, but he does something that we as human beings don’t do because it will make our lives very short — he doesn’t care.
GALO: That goes into the central themes of Game of Thrones, which consist of betrayal, revenge and honor, and all of the characters are constantly scheming and plotting against each other. The only comic relief we seem to get comes from Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister. This season you work closely with him because your characters find some common ground. What was it like working with him? Is he as funny and witty as his character?
PP: I was very aware of his talent growing up. I had seen him in films and on stage in New York. I had every expectation of meeting an incredibly talented and intelligent person, but he just has this razor sharp intelligence and this dry sense of humor that made me understand how David and Dan would basically only go after him for the role of Tyrion. And from the get-go, working with him was a joy. He’s the smartest person in the room; he’s without question the smartest person, and he’s also, in working, very generous. He’s very playful. I mean yes, sure, he’ll joke around and make a light environment, but when you’re actually in the scene with him, he’s just very generous and very connected to you and listening, and it’s very inspiring. It’s also a great invitation to play as well. It’s an invitation to feel very free with the material. I don’t mean with the actual writing, but just in terms of the way that the tone can fluctuate from one beat to another. It all feels really fresh and as a scene partner, it invites you to play. It was a very special experience. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever worked with.
GALO: I imagine that auditioning for this role, and in general, was both grueling and nerve-wracking. The show has been so successful in its first three seasons — I know the creators weren’t sure if it would ever get there, especially, given the cliffhanger ending of season three. And I think Peter Dinklage even commented on it in an interview, saying, “Where do you go from there?” and “How do you top that?” Did you go in with any expectations, and were you already familiar with the books and your character’s role?
PP: I had to curb my expectations. I kind of had to force myself not to have any expectations, and really deliver what was being presented to just get to the core of it and discover that place we talked about, what actually motivates Oberyn Martell, and how it’s purely an emotional place. And alongside the actual work, there was my familiarity with the show — I was a fan before the audition even came around. I binge-watched the first two seasons, and by the time the third season rolled around, I was totally caught up and anticipating each Sunday. When it first came around, I was like, “what is this fantasy show on HBO? What is that?” It was like, “Okay, I’ll watch it! Everybody’s telling me to watch it, [that] it’s amazing. Okay, I’ll fucking watch it!” Fantasy isn’t a genre that I like…disdain. It wasn’t necessarily my bag, but that’s what’s so transcendent about the books and the show — it goes way beyond one’s ideas of fantasy genre.
I was a huge fan of the show before I ever auditioned for it, so I’ve never experienced anything like that — going to a location of something that I was so aware of and already so excited by, whether I had anything to do with it or not. I knew all of the actors. I was in love with all of their characters. There was an aspect of the entire series that was surreal, aside from actually having work to do. Of course, with it came tremendous challenges that were physical, emotional and the pressure of it. At that point, I was aware that this was a character in the books that readers really cared about; and, of course, I understand why — he’s a great character — [it was about] finding a way of taking the risk of satisfying them in the truest way, which [means] understanding what makes this guy tick.
Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, and Hodor at SXSW
Sophie Turner Outtakes from Tatler UK
Some out takes from the day, not for the story, but I thought I’d share these anyway! - James Meakin, Photographer
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I love this cast sfm. <3 Also, there's going to be a new trailer airing tonight before the True Detective finale.
Today, Tumblr partnered with Universal pictures and subway to present a quick question and answer session with the director, producers and cast of the upcoming film "Neighbors" starring Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne. After about 30 minutes of answering questions the guys signed autographs and took photos for fans. Unfortunately I was unable to get a pic with them, so I snuck my way through the back where the stars parked and got a quick shot with Dave before he jetted off to the Funny or Die party.
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What a great way to start my 21st birthday celebration!
Shailene Woodley is on the verge of becoming one of the biggest young stars in Hollywood, but Woodley's already thinking about her life back in independent film.
"Studio films, there are so many cooks in the kitchen," she told me at the Independent Spirit Awards. "It's like, there are just a lot of people. Independent film is so nice because the same people in the editing room are the same people who were on set with you that day."
Woodley has major cred in the indie world. She received a Golden Globes nomination for her work playing George Clooney's daughter in director Alexander Payne's The Descendants. Last year's The Spectacular Now with Miles Teller was a huge critical success.
When I ask if she'll be returning to smaller projects after Divergent, Woodley says, "Oh, yeah! Indies are where it's at."
She also has plans to go behind the camera. "I'll direct one day," she said. "I love to feel and I love truthful, authentic films that are very thought-provoking or emotion-provoking."
The impact of kiss_ayumi
It appears a petition has started for Lupita Nyong’o to play the character of “Storm” in the Marvel series of X-Men movies.
The petition started on the Change.org website by BlackGirlNerds blogger, Jamie Broadnax pleads:
“This is important because listening to the demands of your consumer base means more than your own personal casting choices. She has the accent, the look, and the acting chops to play Storm as the comic book intended. Please kindly take this into consideration and respect the demand of Marvel consumers and fans of this amazing franchise. This petition was started based on the overwhelming responses to my tweet ‘I volunteer as tribute to lead a social media charge to get Lupita cast as Storm!’”
Halle Berry played “Storm” in the original X-Men movie as well as 2003’s X2: X-Men United and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. The next installation in the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in post production.
The average movie-goer probably thinks Berry did a solid job as the mutant with the ability to control the weather. But comic book aficionados know that Storm is actually African, and that Halle Berry probably wasn’t the best fit for the character, but simply won the role due to the lack of viable candidates in Hollywood.
We love Lupita as much as the next person but we wonder if this is a another sad case of “there can only be one”. It seems like since Lupita won her Oscar and became Hollywood’s “It Girl” critics everywhere have been discrediting every other black actress. We hope comic book nerds everywhere can get Lupita noticed, but it seems unlikely that Hollywood execs would change the character so far in the series. Either way, we’re sure there will be plenty of roles for Nyong’o as well as Kerry Washington, Angela Bassett and every other black actress we’ve seemed to up and forget about since we became convinced Lupita came and changed the game.
Do you think this petition will get any play?
If only Lupita was a tad taller... but everyone and their mothers know I LOATHE Halle Berry's Storm, so I am automatically on board.
Taylor Swift and Lorde get super silly as they encounter photographers on Sunday afternoon (March 9) in New York City.
The 24-year-old entertainer and 17-year-old singer/songwriter did some sightseeing that day in the Big Apple.
Lorde and Taylor previously hung out together late last month for a fun beach day.
Lorde has a string of shows at the Roseland Ballroom beginning tomorrow through this coming Wednesday in New York City. Perhaps Taylor is catching Lorde live in concert!
The newest Utah polygamous family featured in a reality TV show says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating.
Brady Williams and his five wives were a bit apprehensive ahead of the airing of a pilot episode in September, but they said this week an interview with The Associated Press that it felt liberating to be open about who they are and what they believe.
"It really is like coming out of the closet," said Brady Williams, 43. "It's very liberating."
His wives feel the same way, including his second, Robyn Williams, 40, who said: "I feel more free to just be who I am and not be so afraid."
The first of nine episodes of the show, "My Five Wives," airs Sunday on TLC. It chronicles the life of Brady Williams, his five wives and their 24 children who live in a small rural community outside of Salt Lake City dominated by a branch of the fundamentalist Mormon church.
The family once belonged to the group, known as the Apostolic United Brethren, but withdrew during the mid-2000s after re-evaluating their core beliefs. Now, they practice polygamy not because they think they must to get to heaven, and avoid hell, but because they prefer the lifestyle.
Their show begins airing in a social and political climate that has softened significantly toward plural families in recent years.
A federal judge in Utah struck down key parts of the state's polygamy laws in December, marking a victory for the Williams and hundreds of other polygamous families in the state. The ruling decriminalizes polygamy, making only bigamy — holding marriage licenses with multiple partners —illegal.
The family that brought that lawsuit against the state of Utah, Kody Brown and his four wives from TLC's "Sister Wives," is credited with helping create greater acceptance for plural families. Their show, which debuted in 2010 with footage of the family at their house in northern Utah, was ground-breaking in demonstrating to viewers across the country that not all polygamists are child predators like Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect on the Utah -Arizona border.
The Williams family members said they don't expect viewers to be surprised by much, other than maybe how similar they are to non-polygamous families. It's normal times five, the family jokes. Viewers will see tears, joy and quarrels, they said.
TLC is banking on viewers being fascinated by the unique dynamics of a plural family: regular family sit-down meetings among the adults where Brady Williams follows an agenda written on a notepad; side-by-side multiplexes where they live; and nightly family dinners where the children line up like kids in a school cafeteria to get their food.
Then there's the always-intriguing dynamic among the wives who share a husband. In the first episode, Brady Williams suggests the women work out their issues directly with one another rather than always coming to him, only to see it lead to hurt feelings and shouting.
Among the topics discussed by the family during the season is a possible move out of Utah, maybe even to Washington state.
The Browns of "Sister Wives" fled Utah for Las Vegas after their show aired under the threat of prosecution from a county official. The Williams aren't terribly worried about that happening to them, as long as the recent court ruling stands. But they say they don't feel welcomed in the tight-knit community where almost everyone but them belongs to the church.
"There haven't been any overt acts of disapproval," Brady Williams said. But he added: "We want to be able to feel comfortable in our own skin."
Aaron Bronson, a principal at the school in the community and member of the Apostolic United Brethren, said he doesn't begrudge the Williams family for doing the show. He said the production crews have been respectful, and he's heard no complaints from the Williams family's neighbors.
"If they want to go public with what they believe, it's their choice," Bronson said. "It's not something I would choose to do with my family. It's a rocky road."
Cressida is now thought to be living at Kensington Palace with Harry and on Valentine's Day, was spotted picking up an M&S meal for two for the pair to enjoy. And it's not the first time that she - and her royal beau - have opted to keep things low key. Other recent dates have included trips to high street burger chain Byron and to see the Cirque du Soleil production of Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall. Prior to the match, both Harry and Cressida joined in the national anthem, singing along with the rest of the 82,000-strong crowd.
British comedian has had her planned stand-up gig cancelled by the venue — because she’s a woman.
Jenny Collier yesterday shared a screenshot of an email she received in regards to a Surrey comedy venue with her followers. In the email, Collier is informed that she’s no longer on the bill for a planned May 15 event.
“I’m really sorry but the venue have decided that they don’t want too many women on the bill,” explained the sender, “and unfortunately we need to take you out of this one.”
“We hope that this doesn’t cause any inconvenience.”
Collier shared the email with her 4,000 Twitter followers along with the caption, “This just happened.”
So far, the screenshot has been retweeted more than 5,000 times.
Collier received the email on the evening before International Women’s Day, a day in which countries across the world mark women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
While the comedian doesn’t name the Haslemere, Surrey venue, blogger Red Mister has determined that the Haslemere area has only one establishment hosting a comedy show on the night in question: Hemingways of Haslemere.
Twitter users, including several other comics, have been quick to leap to Collier’s defence, with many pointing out the irony that the email was sent so close to International Women’s Day.
US comedian Sarah Silverman is a vocal supporter of fellow females in the industry, and has regularly expressed disappointment that women are still marginalised in stand-up — that ‘Are women funny?’ still comes up as a question when she’s interviewed.
Silverman retweeted Collier’s email, amongst other comedians:
As Matthew McConaughey was accepting his Academy Award last Sunday on ABC, HBO had aired/was airing/was about to air/ (depending on your time zone) True Detective, which, like Dallas Buyers’ Club, featured a breakout performance by McConaughey.
What are the chances that that McConaughey takes home an Emmy for his performance as detective/philosopher Rust Cohle when the Emmys roll around in August? It largely depends on what category True Detective competes in.
The Emmys slice things up more finely than the Oscars, making a distinction between, say, a drama series and a comedy. And, relevant to the discussion of True Detective’s chances, a drama series and a miniseries.
True Detective breaks new ground in terms of its format. The eight episodes function as a single story with a closed story arc. The stars, McConaughey and Woody Harrelson won’t be back next season. But in its marketing campaigns, HBO has been reticent to call True Detective a mini series, because it will return next year, with writer/showrunner Nic Pizzolatto at the helm.
The closest comparable is FX’s American Horror Story, which shares a similar format, in that the name, the creative team, and a few of the actors carry over from season to season, but the characters and the setting do not. AHS straddled the line between drama series and mini series and convinced the Academy that it should be included in the less competitive mini series category.
“A miniseries is a show that has no continuing story elements or narrative elements between one group of episodes and another,” FX president John Landgraf told Entertainment Weekly in 2012. ” The TV Academy itself gave us the leeway to submit the show in either category. It basically determined that it was eligible as a miniseries. So we submitted it there.”
There was a fair amount of controversy about the decision, with everyone from potential nominees to Jimmy Kimmel arguing that AHS should compete as a drama series. (To add to the confusion: Downton Abbey competed and won as a miniseries and then moved to Drama series where it’s fared less well.)
The strategy was a mixed bag for FX. AHS was phenomenally successful in garnering nominations; In 2012 and 2013, American Horror Story received 17 nominations each year, more than any show in any category over that time period. However, it was much less successful at turning those nods into statuettes, winning only four of the 34 Emmy for which it was nominated: supporting actor wins for Jessica Lange and James Cromwell, as well as hair styling and sound editing. Some Hollywood insiders have suggested that this was a result of a backlash stemming from that nomination controversy.
Where does that leave True Detective? HBO hasn’t made a decision yet about the categories for which it will submit True Detective, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hadn’t responded yet to my request for comment. (And there’s still some time: the cutoff for awards consideration is in May.)
And while the series will continue, this year’s Emmys represent both a first and last chance for the nominees in the acting categories, including McConaughey, Woody Harrelson (who might compete in a supporting actor category) and Michele Monaghan (who would likely compete in best supporting actress.)
The Best Actor in a Drama category would be brutally tough even for an Oscar winner like McConaughey. Last year’s nominees included 3-time winner Bryan Cranston, defending champ Damien Lewis of Homeland, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm (a six-time nominee), Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Oscar winner Kevin Spacey from House of Cards, and upset winner Jeff Daniels for HBO’s The Newsroom. And all of them have a strong shot at returning this year, and the only thing that’s certain is that a number of worthy performances will go unrewarded.
In the best supporting actor in a drama category, Harrelson would likely face Emmy winners Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad) and Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones as well as Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin. Michele Monaghan, who plays Marty’s ex-wife Maggie, would be a very strong contender for best supporting actress, but would likely face Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad, Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey, and perennial nominee Christina Hendricks of Mad Men.
It’s not clear what the competition will be in the mini-series category, it almost certainly represents an easier path to an Emmy. (While the Academy has again separated Best Miniseries from Best TV Movie, in the acting categories, those two genres remain together.)
And their feature-film-laden resumes would likely help the True Detective trio. Among the winners for Best Actor in a miniseries over the last decade: Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti, Robert Duval, Jeffrey Rush and William H. Macy.
Will 2014 see Matthew McConaughey added to that star-studded list? And get the opportunity to make an iconoclastic acceptance speech? [OP- PLEASE GAWD] That’s probably up to HBO, and the Academy.
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I am not ready for TD to end ;_____________________;
Marc Anthony says ex-wife had to sell her home because the wife of the married man she was banging was yelling "whore" through a bullhorn in front of her house and wouldn't stop.
Dayanara Torres is trying to increase her child support payments from $13K a month to $113K. She says she's so strapped for cash she had to sell her home and now she's living with the 2 kids in a hovel of an apartment in the San Fernando Valley.
But Marc tells a very different story. In legal docs he says Dayanara was SHAMED out of the house because the wife of her adulterous lover took to the sidewalk "with a bullhorn yelling 'whore' for the whole neighborhood to hear."
Marc says the scorned woman was so unrelenting, he sent his own security to help. And, he says, part of her financial plight is her own doing, because she ended up selling the house at a loss. Dayanara denies the whole bullhorn incident.
Marc Anthony doesn't want to up his child support payments to Dayanara Torres to $113K a month because he fears his kids will become spoiled brats or even worse.
Dayanara is asking for a huge monthly increase, she currently rakes in $13K a month. She says she needs it because their kids live in relative poverty compared to the lifestyle they see when they're with daddy. Dayanara says she wants the ability to fly her and the kids on private jets, to travel around the world and stay in 5-star hotels.
In legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Marc says he's saving Dayanara from herself by refusing to up the child support. He claims, the boys already have everything they need and the increase would "spoil them rotten."
Marc scoffs at Dayanara's plea for money so she can have a full staff, including a cook and a nanny. Marc says when he has the kids in L.A., "I cook or we order in. We often get Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut or Chinese food."
And get this. Marc hired a psychologist who wrote a declaration to the judge, discussing, "the problems of children who are raised with near unlimited funds, particularly children in Los
Angeles whose parents have made very large amounts of money in the entertainment industry."
The shrink says these kids -- especially in adolescent and teenage years -- "become high-risk for illicit drugs, alcohol and a fast-paced lifestyle that they are not emotionally capable of handling."
Congratulations, everybody. We've officially made it through the Revenge hiatus. It was a long hard run, but the Hamptons gang is finally back — with more than its fair share of addictive drama. Perhaps no one is more excited for the big return than Gabriel Mann, the man behind billionaire tech genius Nolan Ross.
Mann has been busy in the off-season as a cast member in the inspiring new movie Cesar Chavez, which is about the legend's heroic fight for workers' rights. We met up with Mann to commemorate the flick's release (it hits theaters March 28), but naturally the conversation gravitated toward tonight's mid-season premiere. And, as he tells us, the wait is going to be well worth it.
"I'm thrilled to share this back half of the season with everybody because they saved everything for these nine episodes," said Mann. "The whole first part of the year was really in service to this wedding that we were leading up to — and now that we're past the wedding the brakes have been removed. I say that in homage to our poor priest who died in a car accident earlier in the season."
For those fans who are craving even more racy material from the always-entertaining show, this season is aiming to please. In fact, Mann told us the shackles are coming all the way off, in terms of censors. "We have this new time slot at 10 p.m., which I think really suits the type of show that we are," he said. "I'm really excited because every hour that you move later into the evening means another piece of clothing can be removed. For a show like this, we need lots of love, sex, and murder, and now at 10 p.m., we're really going to get to explore all of them."
In other words, nothing is going to keep us from tomorrow night's episode. In fact, we almost feel bad for Gabriel that he doesn't get to experience the thrills along with the rest of us. Although, he assures us he has his own pop-culture obsessions. "My whole life right now is waiting for the premiere of Orphan Black, season two," he told us. "I'm counting down the days."