“Compton” tops box office again; “War Room” surprises

The Christian drama "War Room" made a surprise bid for the box-office lead

What’s the meaning of all this garbage?

NYU professor studies refuse of the nation's biggest city, finding it serves as a mirror into the lives of millions

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On the Red Carpet at the V.M.A.’s 2015

See what Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and more wore to the MTV Video Music Awards.

We didn’t replace Stone Age tomb with picnic table, mayor says

Environmental protection group accuses Spanish village of destroying 6,000-year old Neolithic burial site

RIP Wes Craven, Iconic Director of Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream

Iconic horror director Wes Craven died today aged 76, of brain cancer. In addition to creating the character of Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street and the most famous meta-horror franchise with Scream, he also directed People Under the Stairs, Swamp Thing, and The Hills Have Eyes.


Pregnant Kim Kardashian supports Kanye West at MTV VMA 2015

Kim Kardashian was out in force to support her husband Kanye West at the MTV VMAs on Sunday. 

Kylie Jenner steals Kim Kardashian’s Balmain look for MTV VMA 2015

The reality TV star, who has just turned 18, arrived at the MTV VMAs on Sunday dressed in a Balmain outfit that was reminiscent of her older sister's pre-pregnancy look.

Taylor Swift wears sequined crop top MTV VMAs 2015

The 25-year-old, who is leading the nominations for the evening, certainly went for a striking look in a gold, silver and bronze houndstooth crop top and matching trousers.

Farrah Abraham slams lovebirds Chloe and Stevi in THIRD attack on CBB housemates

She's already launched two outburts on her housemates. And it seems that Farrah Abraham just can't help herself - as she voiced a third consecutive attack at her fellow CBB tenants, on Sunday.

MTV VMA 2015 host Miley Cyrus arrives wearing Barbarella-style outfit

The 22-year-old singer turned heads in a very revealing silver number which showed off her chest and other assets while strutting down the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards.

Kristina Rihanoff wows in apricot-coloured vintage dress as she joins Janette Manrara, Brendan Cole and Natalie Lowe for retro Strictly segment at Essex railway station

Kristina Rihanoff was all smiles when she was pictured at an old-school Essex railway station, recently - where she was filming a retro segment for the return of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.

‘I hate my elephant legs’ says weather presenter Carol Kirkwood who hopes she won’t have to wear short skirts on Strictly

Carol Kirkwood has revealed she is hoping she will not be stepping out on the dance floor in a short dress as she does not want to expose her 'elephant legs'.

Jennifer Garner stocks up on fresh fruit at Farmers’ Market

The 43-year-old has been spotted without her symbolic wedding band these past few days. On Sunday, the family were joined by what appeared to be a nanny, who has been seen over the years.

Rumer Willis dons backless floral maxi dress as she joins male companion in LA

She's been showing off her athletic physique ever since starring on - and winning - ABC's Dancing With The Stars.

Bad Blood no more! Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift put Twitter feud to rest with red hot opening performance at MTV VMAs

The pop superstar received nine nominations for the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards with seven of the nods for Bad Blood.

And the worst dressed award goes to… Stars roll onto MTV VMA red carpet in kitsch, garish and VERY revealing outfits 

The MTV Video Music Awards is supposed to honour the industry's best and brightest.

The Bachelor’s Bec Chin is NOT dating mystery blonde male because she’s not into ‘Bondi hipsters’

A source revealed to Daily Mail Australia on Monday that the mystery Aussie bloke was just 'a clinger' and not someone she was into.

The Bachelor Australia contestant Nina Rolleston reveals ideal boyfriend criteria… but can Sam Wood satisfy it?

It seems The Bachelor Australia contestant Nina Rolleston has a strong idea of what she wants in her ultimate Prince Charming.

Jacqueline Jossa supports fiancé Dan Osborne at PDSA charity football match

The 22-year-old EastEnders star wore a sporty blue zip-up top over skinny jeans as she watched Dan, 24, get stuck in to the game in aid of PDSA at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Forget Kevin De Bruyne, offering Manuel Pellegrini a new deal was Manchester City’s best signing 

With Kevin De Bruyne joining on Sunday, Manchester City have now spent more than £150million this summer. But their best deal by far has been giving Manuel Pellegrini a new contract.

Watch Taylor Swift’s steamy ‘Wildest Dreams’ music video


Stunning. Steamy. Safari

Taylor Swift debuted the hotly-anticipated "Wildest Dreams" music video during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. "Wildest Dreams" is Swift's fifth single from her hugely successful album

See also: The 2015 MTV VMAs Red Carpet: Every wild, wacky and sparkly look

The '40s-esque video co-stars model/actor Scott Eastwood and is directed by Joseph Kahn, who also directed "Bad Blood" and "Blank Space." It's also a bit of a homage to Cecil the Lion, if do say so ourselves

What an amazing time working with @taylorswift Not only is she a rockstar. But someone I am proud to call a friend. She is a great person and those are hard to find in your life. When you do.... Hold tight. #WildestDreamsMusicVideo

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John Stones is a true Evertonian… he can captain England one day, insists Everton manager Roberto Martinez

As ‘money can’t buy you Stones’ and ‘£40m? You’re having a laugh’ rang out simultaneously at White Hart Lane, the country’s most coveted defender quietly got on with his business.

Ashley Hart stuns in striking crop top and pencil skirt as she arrives at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

The model caught the eye in a fitted ensemble from designer Alice McCall while occupying a front row seat at the event, which serves to showcase forthcoming collections from promising students

Bindi Irwin promises to do her late dad proud as she prepares for her debut on Dancing With The Stars, US. 

She may be focusing on perfecting her DWTS choreography, but Bindi Irwin's late father is still in the forefront of her mind.

Demi Lovato attends MTV Video Music Awards 2015 wearing skin-tight gown

The 23-year-old singer and actress was at the awards show to perform the first single off her upcoming Confident album, Cool For The Summer.

Rita Ora flashes her assets in extreme plunging gown at MTV VMAs as she represents the Brits alongside supermodel Cara Delevingne

They are both huge celebrities in their own right. So it's fitting that both Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne should fly the flag for British artists at the MTV Video Music Awards in LA on Sunday.

Manchester United looked unbalanced and confused… Swansea’s Andre Ayew had everything they were missing

The match-winning pass was delightfully absurd, a mixture of spin and vision and timing. How fitting that it was used to dismantle a club that was once the epitome of footballing adventure.

Dejan Lovren determined to bounce back after nightmare display in Liverpool defeat

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has vowed to bounce back again after his renaissance as the Reds' first-choice centre-back took a hammering.

Vanessa Hudgens and sister Stella coordinate at MTV VMAs 2015

The dynamic duo coordinated in low-cut floral gowns, stunning on the red carpet at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Service pays tribute to slain television reporter and cameraman


Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week.

The interfaith service at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke was filled with somber prayers across several religions, along with music from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and others.

See also: Remembering Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the slain WDBJ7 journalists

People filing into their seats. Some stopping to talk w/Alison Parker's family @CBS6 #WeStandWithWDBJ pic.twitter.com/IKKFNZhw5k

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Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall escape for a restorative weekend break

Jennifer Hawkins and her husband Jake Wall enjoyed a weekend reprieve to the Blue Mountains after her mother's cancer diagnosis.

Bob Paisley was a genius but his broken promises hurt me, says Liverpool ‘Supersub’ David Fairclough

IAN LADYMAN - EXCLUSIVE: It says much about David Fairclough’s Liverpool career that he arrived for one of the biggest nights of his life with a transfer request hidden in his jacket.

Slaven Bilic delivers damning verdict on Liverpool and says West Ham’s demolition job at Anfield was ‘logical’

DOMINIC KING: Slaven Bilic says West Ham's win over Liverpool was not due to ingenious tactics. He simply set up his side to attack their vulnerable areas and pounce when the opportunities arose.

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas in firing line as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho warns he isn’t afraid to sell underperforming stars

Jose Mourinho holds Eden Hazard among those responsible for Chelsea's stuttering start and promised to not think twice about wielding the axe following their shock home defeat.

X Factor’s Simon Cowell cries after Josh Daniels’ rendition of Labrinth’s Jealous

He's known as Mr Nasty. But Simon Cowell showed his softer side on Sunday evening's X Factor - just hours after learning that the show's return suffered it's lowest-ever viewing figures.

Ethan Hawke bonds with his 17-year-old daughter Maya as they take a nighttime stroll through New York City

He's been busy filming The Magnificent Seven, but Ethan Hawke took some time off from work to bond with his daughter.

The Bachelor 2015′s Lana Jeavons claims she was nominated for Bravery Award

The 27-year-old, a close friend of model Laura Dundovic, claims she once performed CPR on a complete stranger while out celebrating a cousin's birthday.

Jenna Jameson SLAMS Janice Dickinson for raiding her kosher fridge in latest CBB show-down

She is accustomed to being a celebrity model. So it's perhaps unsurprising that Janice Dickinson has been open with her demanding - and often challenging - behaviour.

Chloe Green joined by father Sir Philip during Saint-Tropez yacht getaway

Leaving behind their luxury vessel, the pair were seen heading back to shore in a small boat, with the 24-year-old looking typically chic in a pink cover-up.

Alesha Dixon in skin-tight denim and semi-sheer top for Liverpool music festival

She's known for being a judge on Britain's Got Talent. But Alesha Dixon proved that she possesses the elusive quality in spades when she stepped out in Merseyside on Saturday.

Gigi Hadid is all legs in plunging bodysuit gown as she shows off bronzed holiday tan at MTV VMAs

The 20-year-old recently returned from a tropical vacation with boyfriend Joe Jonas, 26, and showed her holiday tan in the revealing summer outfit.

Zayn Malik’s ‘love interest’ Burberry model Neelam Gill ‘heads to LA’

The 20-year-old looked very leggy in a pair of white shorts and a rock star T-shirt with paint-splattered trainers as she headed into the terminal at Heathrow airport ahead of her flight.

Peter Andre WON’T be dancing to Mysterious Girl on Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Peter Andre has revealed he doesn't want to have to dance to the hit tune when he competes on Strictly Come Dancing.

Alessandra Ambrosio is leggy in snakeskin tights as she works up a sweat with fiance Jamie Mazur at a cycling class in LA

Alessandra Ambrosio, 34, was fortunate to have a buddy by her side on Sunday, spotted leaving a spinning class with her fiance Jamie Mazur.

Jessica Alba shows off a natural and makeup-free look after her morning workout

The 34-year-old co-founder of The Honest Company wore only simple exercise clothes when spotted Sunday morning in West Hollywood, California.

Justin Bieber stopped by police for unsafe driving in Ferrari

A passer-by counted four squad cars with lights flashing lined up behind the sports car on a residential street.

Simon Cowell’s new hopefuls are already rising Youtube stars

Ahead of The X Factor’s latest series, Simon Cowell boasted how this year’s contestants were of a particularly high standard. And it seems there may be a reason they’re so skilled.

Miley Cyrus shares nude picture before hosting MTV VMA 2015

Two years ago Miley Cyrus finally decimated her Disney princess persona with a now infamous twerk session at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Sunderland make £8million bid for former loan hero Fabio Borini but face competition for Liverpool striker from Inter Milan

Sunderland have revived their bid to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini after making an £8million offer. Inter Milan are also keen on the 24-year-old but he is not their first option.

The Voice Australia’s Ellie Drennan is the youngest ever contestant to win

Ellie Drennan, 16, made history on Sunday night as the youngest ever contestant to win The Voice Australia.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez joins Bayer Leverkusen in £12m deal

Manchester United have agreed a £12million fee with Bayer Leverkusen for striker Javier Hernandez. The Mexico international is on the verge of joining the Bundesliga side having agreed personal terms.

Now Emily is gone The Bachelor’s Nina sharpens her claws on ‘fake’ Rachel

Nina said that intruder Rachel made no effort to hang out and be friendly with the other girls in The Bachelor mansion and questioned if she entered the show for love.

‘No reservations’: Ireland Baldwin shocks with topless photos on the beach as she preserves modesty with a strategically placed bumble bee 

The 19-year-old also uploaded a photo of her butt as she wore lace panties. Ireland has had a tough year, with the break-up of her rapper girlfriend Angel Haze and an entry into rehab.

Australia launches giant selfie service for tourists


Never mind your selfie sticks, Australia is now offering tourists massive selfies from hundreds of metres away.

Tourism Australia recently launched the oversized selfie service as part of a campaign to attract Japanese tourists to the country. To participate in what the agency is calling "GIGA Selfie" events, tourists will stand on a dedicated spot and use an app to set off a distant camera. They can then download a short video clip that starts as a closeup, but pulls away to reveal the surrounding landscape.

See also: Don't panic, Instagram's app icon isn't changing

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Kendall Jenner in distressed jeans and black blazer in New York City

The 19-year-old recently scooped up the title of Teen Choice Model this year, beating out Gigig Hadid and Hailey Baldwin. She is also the face of Estee Lauder's new fragrance.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini entranced by X Factor 2015′s Sean Miley Moore

The 24-year-old singer took to the stage in a rather fetching black patent pencil skirt, which he wore with a sheer long-sleeved top.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West moved by man who’ll trade Yeezy Boosts for kidney

When the rapper, 38, and reality star, 34, heard about it , they said they'd give Neal a new pair of the exclusive shoes to replace the ones he trades to his donor.

Shirtless Chris Martin shows off lean physique as he enjoys a beach day with daughter Apple 

The 42-year-old revelled in a relaxing beach day with his little girl in Montauk, New York.

Manchester United offer £36m for Monaco teen Anthony Martial as they look to boost forward options

Manchester United have opened talks with Monaco over a £36million deal for teenage striker Anthony Martial. The move comes as Javier Hernandez prepares to leave United on Monday.

Swansea 2-1 Manchester United PLAYER RATINGS: Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis star in win as Memphis Depay goes missing

Bafetimbi Gomis was the hero for Swansea as he scored the winner against Manchester United on Sunday. Juan Mata had opened the scoring for the away side before Andre Ayew equalised.

Michelle Rodriguez dines at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica

The 37-year-old actress didn't seem to have put much thought into her evening ensemble as dined at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica, California on Saturday.

Amber Rose and Blac Chyna make feminist statement on VMA red carpet


Amber Rose and Blac Chyna skipped the sequins and instead used their VMA red carpet outfits to make a bigger statement.

The models stormed the red carpet clad in beige-colored clothing painted with the words "BITCH," "SLUT," "HOE" and other derogatory words. Beside them, two friends stood in black clothing painted with the word "FAGGOT."

See also: The 2015 MTV VMAs Red Carpet: Every wild, wacky and sparkly look

So BOLD, @DaRealAmberRose #VMAs
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— MTV News (@MTVNews) August 30, 2015

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Kat Graham wears camouflage and dark glasses to stand out at LAX

She describes her music as 90s with a vintage twist, and on Saturday Kat Graham seemed to be seeing that through with her quirky fashion influences at Los Angeles International Airport too

Bake Off star Mary Berry, 80, models printed jumper and matching scarf at Carfest

The 80-year-old Great British Bake Off star chose to wear a cream jumper emblazoned with blue stars and wore a matching blue printed scarf for the occasion.

AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead special to feature ‘zombies on a plane’

The edge-of-your-seat plot centers around a group of people trapped on a plane mid-flight with a flesh-eating walker.

Victoria Justice dressed down at LAX with boyfriend Pierson Fodé

She's unfailingly super stylish - even when in rare dressed-down mode. and has the perfect accessory as she jets in to LAX on Saturday - her handsome model boyfriend Pierson Fodé!

Kylie Jenner flaunts derriere in ripped denim hot pants on night out

The 18-year-old star flashed her pert derriere in her skimpy shorts as she paid a visit to The Nice Guy bar in West Hollywood alongside a group of friends on Saturday.

Terri Seymour, 40, shows off her fashion-forward baby girl Coco with model boyfriend Clark Mallon, 27

The Extra TV reporter flaunted her slim post-pregnancy figure - she's snapped back into shape since welcoming their bundle of joy in early March.

Sam Worthington and Lara Bingle headed for a US court for $5 million lawsuit showdown

Australian super couple Sam Worthington and Lara Bingle appear headed for a US court showdown next week with a paparazzo who claims he sustained more than $A5.2 million damages in a street attack.

Padma Lakshmi in yellow skirt with daughter Krishna in New York

With her vibrant sense of style, Padma Lakshmi has never been one to blend in.

Queen of the South 1-5 Rangers: Mark Warburton enters the record books as winning streak extends to eight 

BRIAN MARJORIBANKS: An eighth straight win of the new season saw Mark Warburton equal Bill Struth’s record start to life as manager of Rangers set back in 1920.

Victor Wanyama needs to follow Morgan Schneiderlin’s lead, says Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman has advised Victor Wanyama to heed advice from former team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin and stop trying to force a move away from Southampton.

‘Hannibal’ star bids fans a cheery, scary goodbye


The critically acclaimed but ratings-poor Hannibal broadcast its series finale on Saturday, giving the artistic series a fitting end, but leaving hardcore fans of the show wanting more

On Sunday, lead actor Mads Mikkelsen, who played role of Hannibal, decided to say goodbye to fans with a decidedly lighthearted departure from his usual grim delivery

See also: 6 trends redefining the way we watch television

Posting a video on YouTube, via the De Laurentiis Company (the production company behind the show), Mikkelsen uses a Hannibal doll to do most of his talking to "Fannibals." Toward the end of the video, in which he thanks fans for watching, Mikkelsen stares into the camera and, assuming his haunting Hannibal stare, hints that his character might one day return Read more...

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No tricks here! After revealing her new look in glamourous photoshoot, Amanda Redman shows off her natural side

Amanda Redman, 58, has revealed her natural appearance post-makeover while enjoying a spot of shopping in West London at the weekend.

Robin Thicke and ex-wife Paula Patton reunite to take son Julian, five, to soccer

Paula kept a tight hold of her boy's hand as they walked across a parking lot behind Robin who carried lawn chairs and a canvas bag.

CenturyLink Takes $3B In Subsidies For Building Out Rural Broadband

New submitter club77er writes with a link to DSL Reports article outlining some hefty subsidies (about $3 billion, all told) that CenturyLink has signed up to receive, in exchange for expanding its coverage to areas considered underserved: According to the CenturyLink announcement, the telco will take $500 million a year for six years from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s Connect America Fund (CAF). In exchange, it will expand broadband to approximately 1.2 million rural households and businesses in 33 states. While the FCC now defines broadband as 25 Mbps down, these subsidies require that the deployed services be able to provide speeds of at least 10 Mbps down.

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Kris Jenner reveals Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy cravings… as she tries to flog her cookbook

'She likes sweets right now,' Kris said on Saturday. 'She probably shouldn't eat too many sweets ... but she loves all my desserts.'

Lupita Nyong’o shows she’s still just a kid at heart in Snoopy and Charlie Brown T-shirt at JFK

Her striking fashion sense is something of a show stealer on the red-carpet, but the 32-year-old actress added a playful twist as she donned a nostalgic Charlie Brown and Snoopy t-shirt

Dakota Johnson masters the tough style of ‘mom jeans’ in New York

Melanie Griffith may need to do a wardrobe stocktake as looks like her daughter has done a denim raid.

Fire at Saudi oil workers’ compound kills 10, many injured

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Fire swept through an oil workers' residential compound in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, killing 10 people, the Civil Defense agency said.

Zac Efron’s We Are Your Friends tanks at the box office

He's been doing the talk show round promoting his new movie We Are Your Friends.

Model Victoria Silvstedt, 40, wears coral bikini as she sunbathes on yacht in St Tropez

The 40-year-old looked busty as she stepped out wearing a patterned blue and red mini dress which showed off her long and lean legs.

Ray Winstone may be brutal, but X Factor judges are real savages: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS on the weekend’s TV

In The Trials Of Jimmy Rose (ITV), Ray Winstone plays Jimmy Rose, an old-fashioned villain, fresh out of the nick and trying to turn back the clock, and Amanda Redman plays his wife Jackie.

Michelle Keegan shows off her toned abs in fringed bikini top

The 28-year-old looked incredible when she dressed to impress at the Lipsy Spray party at Ocean Beach Ibiza on Sunday.

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Unveils the New Anubis Paintball Adventure

Dark HarborOver 200 Monsters, Mummies & Freaks Will Find Their Way On Board the Infamously Haunted Ship LONG BEACH, Calif., (August 26, 2015) –Fear lives here at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor as the torrid history of the haunted ship rises from the deep October 1 – November 1, 2015. In addition to Dark Harbor’s horrific […]

Southampton 3-0 Norwich: Graziano Pelle’s first-half goal and a brace from Dusan Tadic give hosts victory over 10-man Canaries

SAM CUNNINGHAM AT ST MARY'S: The contrast in attitudes to Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama were laid bare in Southampton’s comprehensive victory against Norwich.

Swansea 2-1 Manchester United: Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis help Swans come from behind to inflict first defeat on visitors

MATT BARLOW AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM: Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis helped Swansea come from behind to inflict defeat on Manchester United for the first time this season.

Brookledge: L.A.’s Mysterious Secret Showplace

The Magic Castle is a private club and the home of the Academy of Magic Arts, created by brothers Milt Larsen and Bill Larsen Jr. The place opened in 1963 in an old Victorian mansion in Hollywood, California. As a young man in law school, I was a professional magician who would often appear in their close-up room in the early 1970s. I was introduced to the place by Dai Vernon, the world's greatest magic mentor, who became a friend and ultimately a client.

Bill Larsen passed away in 1993, but brother Milt is still with us, as is Bill's widow, Irene. Bill's daughter, Erika, is now the President of the Academy of Magic Arts. The Larsen's are the first family of magic, preserving both the art and promoting the artists.

Irene resides in a Spanish-style estate in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, with a magical history of its own. In 1929 it was the home of magic manufacturer Floyd Thayer. He named it "Brookledge," a tribute to a brook that runs through the property. In 1933 he built a showroom, workshop, and theatre adjacent to his home to showcase his high quality props, and it became the Thayer Magic Studio. It was transformed into a private gathering place for the finest magicians from all over the world. They would often stage shows in the theater, demonstrating their latest and greatest effects to their peers. It was the business and social hub for magic in 1930's Los Angeles.

1930s Thayer Magic Studio gathering of magicians; Houdini's widow, Bess, in front and center.

In 1942, Thayer hung up his top hat and sold the property and his business to the Larsen family. Like this author, William Larsen, Sr. was an attorney as well as a professional magician. His sons, Bill and Milt, grew up in Brookledge, and the place continued to be a meeting place for conjurors and prestidigitators-- ultimately inspiring the Larsen brothers to create The Magic Castle®, a venue envisioned by their father.

Brookledge stayed in the family, and became the home of Bill and Irene Larsen and their children. Daughter Erika grew up there, and in 2009 she came up with the idea to return the property to what it once was. She opened the theatre, studio, and outdoor areas as a private venue for friends and guests for invitation-only variety arts performances which have become known as "The Brookledge Follies."

It is indeed a magical place, with the restored theatre, an exotic secret garden and that wonderful bridge-covered brook running through the property. But the real magic transcends the location and is attributable to the charm, humor, and grace of 79 year old Irene and of her daughter, Erika, who produces these shows, bringing a unique brand of vaudeville-inspired talent to Brookledge every month. Erika's daughter Liberty, is a frequent performer in the Follies and is following in the same family tradition.

Last night I was once again their guest for a moon lit garden reception and show, followed by an after-party, all with an eclectic group of attendees-- an odd ball mix of magicians, performers, celebs, and a wide array of other interesting invitees.

This particular show featured magician Michael Cabonaro, marionettist Matt Scott, vocalist Ursula Knudson, and ventriloquist Jay Johnson, with music directed by house musician Kristian Hoffman.

Carbonaro performed a spooky Spirit Cabinet effect, his variation of something that's been a classic since the mid-1800s. Carbonaro was often seen as "The Magic Clerk" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is the host of the cable show The Carbonaro Effect. It was a pleasure to see some of his presentations.

My friend Jay Johnson is one of the finest ventriloquists in the business. He did a 20 minute closing set with his singing vulture puppet that delighted the audience. Jay won a well-deserved Tony Award© in 2007 for his Broadway Show, "Jay Johnson, the Two and Only," a production that transcends ventriloquism to be a touching and entertaining theatrical experience. Jay is also known for his work as the character "Chuck" on the television series "Soap," where he was always accompanied by his alter ego, a puppet named "Bob." Bob also sometimes appears at Brookledge.

Master ventriloquist Jay Johnson with Bob at Brookledge, both working with their mouths taped shut.

On other occasions, I have seen a wide variety of avant-garde performers, such as frequent host magician Rob Zabrecky, Prince Poppycock, Puddles Pity Party, as well as sword swallowers, burlesque queens, dancers, fire eaters, contortionists, comics, and even a guy who put himself inside a giant balloon. Often brilliant, sometimes bizarre, the venue is more Felliniesque than Shakespearean.

"A place you can hardly believe exists. A fairy tale come to life. Not only is it a historical landmark, it is simply magical." -- Paul Reubens (aka: Pee-wee Herman).

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CLOSING CEREMONY: Beijing passes event to London in spectacular send off as Kenya top medals table

The World Championships came to end on Sunday in spectacular fashion as Beijing passed the event onto London with a stunning send off. 

Netflix won’t renew movie licensing pact with Epix

Move is part of the streaming service's efforts to use original programming to attract new subscribers.

Miley gets naked on Instagram, pre-VMAs; no one is shocked


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When yiew da host so you gotta get to the vmas early AF!!!!!

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Aug 30, 2015 at 11:21am PDT

The singer has appropriately covered her nipples — as per Instagram's standards — but the picture isn't really anything surprising, considering that Miley is nearly naked on Instagram, and in public, all the time

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The Start to Finish Guide to Sharpening a Knife with a Whetstone

There’s no need to buy new extravagant knife sets every time your blades start to dull. Instead, you can take care of the knives you have and prolong their lifespan. This video will show you how to keep them just as sharp as when you bought them.http://lifehacker.com/dont-buy-expen...


Jefferson Davis statue removed from University of Texas campus


After much debate and even court action, the University of Texas has removed the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from its place on the campus' Main Mall. The statue will now be located inside the university's Briscoe Center for American History building

See also: Not just South Carolina: Leaders across U.S. call for removal of Confederate monuments

Students get ready for removal of Jefferson Davis statue at @UTAustin#txlege #ut #confederate pic.twitter.com/iS8sStbL5Q

— Lauren McGaughy (@lmcgaughy) August 30, 2015

UT-Austin President Greg Fenves decided to move the statue in August, but the move was temporarily held up due to a request for a restraining order by the Sons of the Confederacy. That request was denied by a judge on Friday and the statue was moved on Sunday. Read more...

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NSF Makes It Rain: $722K Award To Evaluate Microsoft-Backed TEALS

theodp writes: Microsoft has $92 billion in cash parked offshore, so it's kind of surprising to see a $722K National Science Foundation award is going towards validating the efficacy of Microsoft TEALS, the pet program of CEO Satya Nadella that sends volunteer software engineers with no teaching experience into high schools to teach kids and their teachers computer science. Among its Program Changes for 2015, TEALS said it "explicitly commits to provide a core set of curriculum materials that are complete, organized, and adaptable," which should help improve the outcome of the Developing Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge through On-the-Job Learning NSF study schools are being asked to participate in. Meanwhile, CSTUY, a volunteer organization led by experienced CS teachers (including Slashdot user zamansky), finds itself turning to Kickstarter for $25K to fund Saturday Hacking Sessions. So, as Microsoft-backed Code.org — which has also attracted NSF award money to validate its CS program — is fond of saying: What's wrong with this picture? (To be fair to TEALS: it may have Microsoft backing, but it's not strictly a Microsoft effort, and also started out as a pure volunteer effort, as founder Kevin Wang explained earlier this year.)

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