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Kate Beckinsale Gets to Work on "Absolutely Anything"

Ready to start a day of work, Kate Beckinsale arrived on the set of “Absolutely Anything” on Wednesday (April 23) in London. Bundled up against… via Emag.co.uk

Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson death denied latest appeal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal by Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.

A Minute With: Sam Claflin on horror, heroes and ‘Hunger Games’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sam Claflin has fought pirates, fallen in love with Snow White and participated in a "Hunger Games" battle-to-the-death, but in his latest film, the British actor takes on the frightening consequences of the supernatural.

Brother-in-law of Britain’s Prince Charles dies in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mark Shand, the brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles, died in a New York hospital on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a fall outside a club following a charity event.

Jon Hamm Asks That You Please Stop Talking About His Penis

If you do a Google search for "Jon Hamm penis," you'll know what we're talking about, though the "Mad Men" star would really prefer it if everyone would refrain from Googling that phrase.

"Would you want people walking up to you and pointing at your dick? I can't believe I'm still talking about this. But I've worn underwear every day of my life and the fact that I'm painted as this exhibitionist is a little annoying," the 43-year-old told Men's Fitness in the magazine's May issue. "It's become a meme, I guess. Being someone who people want to photograph, you have to open yourself up to the positive and negative. It is what it is. If I get mad at it I'll look like a douchebag. But it's silly."

No, seriously, he'd really like you to stop concerning yourself with his penis.

"They're called 'privates' for a reason. I'm wearing pants, for f--k's sake. Lay off," Hamm told Rolling Stone last year, adding that intense scrutiny is one of the drawbacks to fame.

"I mean, it's not like I'm a f--king lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my c--k, I feel like that wasn't part of the deal," he said.

So, now that we're all going to stop talking about Jon Hamm's penis, he'd like you to focus on more pressing issues, such as why is Justin Bieber such a "shithead"?

"Look at Bieber or whoever. You’re like, 'What the f--k, man? What are you doing? Why?' There's no one telling those people no, and it’s a shame," Hamm told Men's Fitness. "Is there a mom or a dad or a really good friend who can say, 'Hey, shithead!' You see people in the world and you’re like, 'Do you know how a washing machine works? Do you know how to wash a dish?' Life skills are something we’re missing."

Bieber is an easy target these days, but it's not the first time Hamm has put a celebrity on blast.

"Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a f--king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly," he told Elle U.K. in 2012. "Incuriousness has become cool … It’s celebrated. It doesn’t make sense to me."

Vanessa Williams Talks ‘After Midnight’ Role, Potential ‘Soul Food’ Sequel, ‘Housewives’ Film

Following her performance in last year's Tony Award-winning Broadway production "The Trip To Bountiful," multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams returned to the Great White Way earlier this month as the latest headliner in the Broadway musical revue "After Midnight."

The Broadway show, which celebrates Duke Ellington's years at Harlem's historic Cotton Club, finds the 11-time Grammy nominee taking over the lead vocal duties of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton, who in turn replaced k.d. lang in March. Lang took over the role in February from Fantasia Barrino, who originated the part.

The Huffington Post caught up with the former Miss America winner as she divulged details on her latest Broadway gig, in addition to her thoughts on a "Soul Food" sequel hitting theaters.

What was it about "After Midnight" that influenced your decision to join the cast?

Well, I just finished "The Trip To Bountiful" in October. "After Midnight" opened a week after, and I heard great buzz on the show. And when they called to ask me whether I wanted to jump in, I agreed immediately. It's Duke Ellington's music from the Cotton Club, which is our history. There are amazing standards that have been done for years, and I knew it was the most talented cast on Broadway. So it was a no-brainer.

Since you covered a few of Lena Horne's classic songs in the production, has it ignited the urge for you to record a new album, particularly an album containing standards?

I would love to do a standards album. Lena Horne is one of my favorite icons of all time, and the fact that I get a chance to sing her signature tunes is pretty amazing. I would absolutely love to do it. I think standards and American Songbook are something that I feel really comfortable [with] and suits me. And at times I feel like I was supposed to be born in another era, just because it feels so right.

How would you describe the transition between starring in both "The Trip to Bountiful" play and Lifetime original film to jumping into "After Midnight"?

For this role I only had a week [to prepare]. So the challenge was that. Normally when you're doing a play, or even doing a new musical, you at least have a good four to six weeks to learn the material, figure out what works, and learn your track. But in this particular one, the piece was already shaped, and it was just a matter of jumping in. The good thing for me is that working with Warren Carlyle, who is the director and choreographer, he knew that I could dance and we got a chance to do a lot more dancing than I've ever done in a role. So I really have an opportunity to make it mine.

Switching gears to television and film, would you be interested in starring in a "Desperate Housewives" motion picture if the opportunity manifests?

Oh, sure! If they call me, absolutely! I had a ball doing the show for two seasons. I haven't heard anything, but I would love to play with those ladies again, for sure.

In terms of remakes of classic black films, last year we saw the sequel to "The Best Man" hit theaters. What are your thoughts on the idea of a "Soul Food" sequel hitting theaters?

It would have to be where the characters are now and would it be interesting. And I guess you would have to do it from the mind of the boy who was young. So I guess he would be all grown up and a man. And I think it also would have to depend on George Tillman, who wrote it. He was the reason why it worked, because it was his story and his first time telling a story as a director. And obviously the cast.

If it's not on the page, it ain't gonna work. And if the script is strong, that's how you start something successful. I don't think they'll do it unless they have a very strong script.

You can catch Vanessa Williams starring in "After Midnight," which runs through May 11 at New York's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. And you can see her this fall when she revives her role in "The Trip To Bountiful," scheduled to open at Los Angeles' Emerson Theatre in September.


‘Best Week Ever’ Canceled By VH1 (Again)

VH1's "Best Week Ever" is officially having the worst week ever.

The network has once again axed the long-running pop-culture round-up program, where comedians skewered the week’s pop-culture highs and lows. This serves as the second time the show has met its demise. The series ran on VH1 from 2004 to 2009, then was canceled. It was revived again last year.

Elin Nordegren And Lindsey Vonn Are Apparently Really Good Friends Now

If this rumor is true, Tiger Woods' life just got a whole lot easier.

The golf superstar has been dating Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn for more than a year now, and according to a new report from US Weekly, Woods' latest gal pal is not only close with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren, the two women are practically besties.

An "insider" tells the magazine that Nordegren, 34, initially wanted to get to know Vonn, 29, after realizing the pro skier would be spending a decent amount of time with her two young kids with Woods, 38.

What Nordegren didn't realize was just how much she and Vonn have in common, the source claimed.

"After meeting her, she found she actually liked her," the insider said of the former model. "You'd think it would be weird, but Elin loves Lindsey and they talk all the time... Elin likes that Lindsey is a strong woman."

US Weekly's insider even goes so far as to claim that the whole gang -- Woods, Vonn, Nordegren and the kids -- recently went on a vacation together.

Call us cynical, but we have our doubts that these two are pals. While we'd love for the two women to strike up a friendship for the sake of the kids, Nordegren and Vonn have never even been seen in public together -- and that's not exactly BFF behavior.

Woods went public with his relationship with Vonn back in March 2013. His marriage to Nordegren ended in 2010, in the wake of a highly publicized cheating scandal involving multiple women.

Check out the slideshow below to see what else Nordegren has been up to since the divorce, besides reportedly friending Vonn.



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Avril Lavigne, Asian Women Are Not Your Props

Remember that time a white lady brought Japanese Harajuku Girls onto the music scene, using a coterie of exoticized Asian backup dancers as detachable ornaments to wield when said lady needed a dash of quirk? That was 10 years ago, right? Yes, but it was also yesterday.

Avril Lavigne's new music video "Hello Kitty" is so derivative of Gwen Stefani's "Harajuku Girls" catastrophe that she is essentially appropriating cultural appropriation. But Lavigne's latest also comes with a few rounds of sexism -- lest secondhand racism didn't suffice.

In "Hello Kitty," a group of (relentlessly caricatured) Japanese women stand behind Lavigne, responding to her cues of glee or boredom, while she prances around in candy stores, sushi restaurants that serve cupcakes and the middle of the street. Dual language subtitles appear throughout the video as Lavigne chants "Arigatou" "hello kitty" and "kawaii" in a vaguely "Asian" accent.



The women included in the "Hello Kitty" video are not part of the story. They do not seem to have any agency, emotions or purpose beyond playing Lavigne's backdrop and representing a watered-down version of Japanese culture, palatable for a white American audience.

Hapless white girls co-opting culture earn a collective eye roll, but we should demand a little more from women who make four-minute videos viewed by millions. "Hello Kitty" is not cute. It's not novelty. It dismisses Asian culture and the women who choose to enjoy it as mindless pawns at white America's disposal. We've been over this.

While self-awareness is usually a virtue, it plays to Lavigne's detriment in "Hello Kitty." She appears privy to the ridiculous excesses of her setting, which are inconsistent with and unappreciative of how Japanese culture is truly experienced. Lavigne is by no means "embracing" Japanese culture. She is using it as her jester.

As Australian blog "The Two Chairs" put it: "Asian women are not your props. Asian women are not your backdrops; neither are they ‘oriental’ displays. Asian women are not your accessories."

Did Avril Lavigne really think, 10 years after Stefani's near-universal impeachment for using Asian women as ornaments, we'd suddenly find it excusable, or even cute?

Sorry, Avril. Asian women don't actually giggle in lieu if speaking. They have voices and they're using them on Twitter -- joined by no shortage of women of all colors who find "Hello Kitty" wholly detestable:

NEWSFLASH: ASIAN WOMEN ARE NOT A CUTE TREND.

— valar morghulis (@humancity) April 23, 2014


Urgh. Avril Lavignie does the 'oriental' thing with Hello Kitty. Gross

http://t.co/rE7tafyM2B via @humancity

— The Two Chairs (@TheTwoChairs) April 23, 2014


Cringing at Avril Lavigne's Hello Kitty music video inwhich she uses bored looking asian women as props https://t.co/TezzhN848Q

— Queen Ejizzabeth (@rabblearouser) April 23, 2014


#hollaback Avril Lavigne slammed for 'offensively racist' Hello Kitty music video - National Post... http://t.co/VY53oK2iXx #OccupyWomen

— OccupyWomen (@OccupyWomen) April 23, 2014


hey white female pop stars, if you could stop using asian women as props, that’d be super. (I'm looking at you @katyperry and @AvrilLavigne)

— julia (@juliamimken) April 22, 2014



Avril, you watched us call out Gwen, Miley, Lily, Katy and Selena for this sort of bullsh*t. Entertainers can't just get away with cultural appropriation, and the sooner we recognize that, we will all be better for it. Indeed, "Hello Kitty" has already been removed from Avril Lavigne's official YouTube video. See ya l8r.

William Hurt Drops ‘Midnight Rider’ Following Sarah Jones’ Death

William Hurt has left "Midnight Rider," following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the film's Georgia set back in February. Jones was struck by a freight train on Feb. 20 while trying to move a bed that "Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller had placed on live railroad tracks for a dream sequence. As Deadline.com reported, the transportation company that owns the tracks apparently did not give the "Midnight Rider" crew permission to film on the property.

"I said, 'Sixty seconds is not enough time to get us off this bridge.' There was a communal pause. No one backed me up. Then, we ..... Just went ahead. I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing,'" Hurt reportedly wrote in an email to a friend that the Los Angeles Times received back in March. "We didn't have 60 seconds. We had less than 30."

In the weeks following Jones' death, a Facebook page called Slates for Sarah was created as a way for film crew personnel to document their remembrances of Jones, who was 27 at the time of her death. Another Facebook group, called "I REFUSE to work on Midnight Rider! For Sarah!!!," was launched this week:

This group is for people who REFUSE to work on the show that was responsible for the death of Sarah Jones.

Unclaimed Freight Productions, the production company, is planning to bring "Midnight Rider" to Los Angles to shoot.

Let's continue to stand up for Sarah and for Sarah's parents by REFUSING to work on this show.

Lets shut them down!

Representatives for Hurt confirmed that the actor was no longer participating in the film, with an email statement that noted how all reports to the contrary were incorrect.

"The producers were notified by Mr. Hurt’s representation prior to yesterday’s post that he will no longer be involved," the statement read.

Meanwhile, Deadline.com reported that "Midnight Rider" producer Jody Savin criticized the Savannah, Ga. film commission on the weekend before Jones' death for its heavy oversight on "CBGB," which Savin and Miller, her husband, produced in Georgia last year. "We make movies by our own rules," Savin said according to Deadline.com.

"Midnight Rider" had been set to resume production in June in Los Angeles.

For more, head to Deadline.com.

Sarah Hyland Creeps Us Out In Flaunt Magazine Photo Shoot

Haley Dunphy ... is that you?

That was our first thought when we saw Sarah Hyland's photo spread in Flaunt Magazine, Issue 134: The Sharks Issue. The 23-year-old "Modern Family" star posed with a bevy of china and plush dolls wearing white Siwy overalls and a sheer organza top in one photo and thigh-high socks and bubblegum pink Giuseppe Zanotti heels in another. Though the petite star does resemble a doll herself, with her large eyes and dewy complexion, we can't help but be a little creeped out by these images.

That said, her hair and makeup look flawless. In fact, this editorial may just inspire us to try purple eyeshadow ourselves.

See Sarah Hyland transform into a life-size doll in the photos below and head over to Flaunt.com to read her interview.

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Sophia Bush Wears Crop Top To ‘Elle’ Women In Music Celebration

Rumer Willis shows off her body in a very revealing dress while attending the 2014 Elle Women in Music Celebration held at Avalon on Tuesday (April 22) in Hollywood.

The 25-year-old actress was joined by Sophia Bush, Kevin McHale, Betty Who, pregnant Stacy Keibler, Kat Graham, and Holland Roden.

Giuliana Rancic On Her Marriage & Having A Daughter Someday

Juggling a busy career and motherhood is challenging enough, but add infertility, miscarriage, and breast cancer to the mix and the difficulty escalates astronomically.

That's what E! News co-host Giuliana Rancic has endured over the last few years.

Teri Polo Files For Bankruptcy After Racking Up Nearly $1 Million In Debts

Teri Polo, best known for her role in the "Meet the Parents" franchise, has filed for bankruptcy, reports People magazine.

The 44-year-old actress' Chapter 11 filings show that she's close to a million dollars in debt -- owing nearly $745,000 to the IRS, just over $27,000 to the California Franchise Tax Board, and nearly $37,000 in credit card debt, reports Yahoo Celebrity. The actress, who currently stars on the ABC Family drama "The Fosters," claims to have less than $50,000 in assets, according to her petition filed with a Los Angeles court on April 14.

TMZ also notes that Polo's landlord filed a lawsuit back in February and is seeking $30,000 in damages, after the actress allegedly left her old apartment covered in dog feces and urine.

Jodie Foster Marries Girlfriend Alexandra Hedison

Jodie Foster is married!

A rep for Foster confirmed to E! News the actress married her girlfriend, photographer Alexandra Hedison, last weekend.

The two began dating last summer and news of their romance first surfaced in October 2013. Foster and Hedison were photographed in January taking a stroll in New York City's West Village.

The 51-year-old star publicly came out at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards while on stage accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

"I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her," she said.

"If you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you, too, would value privacy above all else," she later added.

This Week in Tabloids: Battle of the Celebrity Engagement Rings

Jezebel - Found 7 hours ago
Jennifer Aniston's says she is kind and inquisitive; and Salma Hayek is reportedly cranky and mean. What a stunning scoop.

R&B singer Chris Brown’s assault trial delayed by bodyguard case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown's trial for allegedly assaulting a fan outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., was delayed again on Wednesday after his defense said more time was needed to arrange for the testimony of his bodyguard.

Oh, the Irony: An Afternoon With Bethany Hamilton at Universal Studios

The sign that arched over the entrance may as well have said, "Welcome to Hell." I had slipped into my own personal version of it, but I hadn't died and gone there; I was very much alive and aware of what was going on around me.

"Welcome to Universal Studios! Do you have a minute to talk about upgrading to an American Express business card?" smiled a cute sales girl, unaware of the shadow she just cast on my sunny afternoon with her credit card pitch.

The smell of California Pizza Kitchen emanated from around every corner and there was no square inch of the place that wasn't for sale. And on those corners, there were credit card sales(wo)men pitching their wares, however begrudgingly. Hell, I say.

But I wasn't at Universal Studios on the first truly warm day of spring to lose my faith in American entertainment. I was there to meet with surfing's sweetheart Bethany Hamilton and talk with her about what she's up to -- winning Pipe, her future in surfing, her new sandal model and other such things.

The irony of a girl from Lihue -- a pro surfer and a fairly quiet, sweet girl -- meeting in this obnoxious, touristy Hollywood environment made me chuckle to myself as I waited for her. I assumed she was slightly uneasy as well, which she later confirmed. Her reason for being at Universal was to sign pairs of her new Cobian sandals for a gaggle of white-knuckled youngsters waiting to meet their idol.

I was told to wait at a small café-style table outside a Wetzel's Pretzels and that "Ms. Hamilton will be with you shortly."

When she did arrive, it was with no less than a small army, which consisted of her husband, brother, a PR team, a cadre of bodyguard types, the owner of a chain of Flip Flop Shops -- the store where Bethany would later do her signing -- and others. It was slightly unnerving to have this team watch your every move and listen to every word, but she appeared unfazed and used to it, I guessed.

We got down to it and, on the heels of her win at Pipe, the topic jumpstarted our discussion. I, like many who learned of her win, was surprised. She hadn't competed more than a couple of times in the last calendar year and went on to say she doesn't plan to compete much more this year either. But after spending time on the North Shore this winter, and surfing what she deemed 10-footers at second reef Pipe, she was committed to pushing the envelope -- to surfing increasingly bigger waves. To be fair, Pipe wasn't its notorious self during the event she won, but don't let that detract too much. She was just getting back in the saddle and prepping for big things ahead. You might say it was a stepping stone.

On the horizon lies a new film project. Bethany and filmmaker Aaron Lieber will work together to showcase her high-performance surfing. "That's another reason I'm not going to do as many contests. I want to go on good surf trips. We're gonna go to Teahupo'o, Indonesia, Maldives, maybe Mexico, anywhere we see the forecasts get really good."

That she's creating a new film didn't surprise me, it's that she said she'd be surfing Teahupo'o that caught me a bit off-guard. Maybe I shouldn't have been, given that she had just won an event at Pipe, but Teahupo'o at size isn't exactly equivalent to small Pipe or waist-high Manly, the other event she entered this year. I felt an eyebrow raise when the word "Teahupo'o" was confidently uttered, but she backed it up. "A lot of people know I continued surfing, but they don't realize how well I can surf... I kinda like that kind of wave," she claimed, making a general reference towards heavy, barreling waves over shallow reef.

Big waves immediately became the topic du jour with Bethany, and I was delightfully impressed. Her face lit up as I asked her if she wanted to get into bigger waves, ones that posed serious consequences. We talked about how big the North Shore had been this past winter and if waves of that size were on her radar. "Yeah, definitely!" she responded, immediately and enthusiastically, "That's definitely a big passion of mine. It's just a matter of getting your act together, making it happen, getting the support of sponsors. Over the next few years, that'll be one of my main focuses."

As our conversation continued, I asked her about towing to which her response was equally quick and positive, "Yeah, I've towed a little bit and I want to do more. Even paddling too, because that's where the big wave scene seems to be heading. When you paddle into a big wave rather than tow, it's way heavier and more impressive."

Still on the topic of danger, I was curious to know about her encounter with the shark that stole her arm years ago. I had spoken with her lifelong friend, Mike Coots, about his shark attack that left him with a prosthetic leg when he was 18. His description had surprised me in that he was so calm through the duration of the incident. Even describing it, there was no spike in emotion or tone. I was interested to know if Bethany felt the same way about that morning at Tunnels on Kauai. When asked, she flatly replied, "I'd rather not talk about it at all, and I'd rather not deal with it," which I respected. I respected it because she seems to have moved on by not talking about it. She's no longer Bethany Hamilton: the shark-attack survivor. She's now Bethany Hamilton: the surfer, the healthy living advocate, the author and more.

Speaking of, her path of inspiration continues with a new book -- Body and Soul: A Girl's Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life -- which aims to guide girls in a positive direction. As Bethany put it, "It's for the young girls who are going from being a girl to a woman and all the different things they face. The media has a lot of crap that tells girls that they have to be a certain way and I think it's more about being confident, healthy and believing in yourself and whatever you love to do."

At the end of the afternoon, the energy had shifted. What started as blatant cynicism on my part upon walking into Universal Studios ended up as a day of strictly positive discussion and discovery. Bethany seems to be moving in a new direction -- one that puts the shark attack most know her for in the rearview -- and has leapfrogged on to bigger and better things. Big wave surfing, book writing and inspiring those in dark places are all much more important than clearing the air with regard to an accident that was out of her control. She's a woman now and it seems maturity has turned over a new leaf for her. Soon we'll know Bethany Hamilton for her surfing -- the big wave surfing that has your heart in your throat much the same way a 14-foot shark might do -- which is exactly how she should be known.

This article was originally published on The Inertia

‘Noah’ Director Darren Aronofsky And Others Talk Faith And Environmentalism (LIVE VIDEO)

What can we learn about the intersection of faith and the environment?

Click on the video above at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 23 for a special live event featuring "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky. He will be joined by Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, Danielle Baussan, managing director of Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress and Jack Jenkins, a senior writer and researcher with the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress.

"There is a huge statement in ['Noah,'] a strong message about the coming flood from global warming," Aronofsky told The New Yorker in March.

Read more about Aronofsky and the live event at Mother Jones.

‘The Quiet Ones’ Review: Retro Horror Film Is Weighed Down By A Silly Script

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paying homage in style and theme to the vintage horror movies of the 1970s, "The Quiet Ones" is the latest stylish shocker from Hammer, the recently reactivated classic U.K. studio imprint. Mixing creaky haunted-house and exorcism tropes with a nod to the contemporary found-footage subgenre, the film relies on high production values and sense-battering shock tactics to make up for wooden performances and an illogical, silly script. As an exercise in retro pastiche, it impresses. But as a postmodern genre reinvention, it fails to deliver.

The sophomore feature of Washington-born screenwriter-turned-director John Pogue, "The Quiet Ones" boasts the usual vague claims to be "inspired by actual events." It draws very loosely on the "Philips Experiment" of 1972, in which a group of Toronto academic researchers tried to prove that ghosts and poltergeists are constructs of the human mind. Needless to say, the original trials did not involve satanic cults, paranormal love triangles or high body counts, but reality can be disappointingly mundane like that. Print the legend. Set in 1974, the film stars "Mad Men" veteran Jared Harris as Joseph Coupland, an Oxford University psychology professor with highly unorthodox methods. Coupland hires amateur cameraman Brian McNeil ("Hunger Games" regular Sam Claflin) to document his controversial experiments on Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke), a mentally unstable young woman who appears to be possessed by a diabolical alter ego named Evey. The professor believes Jane is creating Evey purely through her own telekinetic powers, and thus could hold the key to curing mental illness across the globe. His cutting-edge treatment, bizarrely, involves locking her in a cell-like bedroom and blasting her with loud rock music.

Driven out of Oxford by angry neighbors and nervous university authorities, Coupland and his team relocate to a crumbling country house straight out of the horror-cliche handbook. No other living souls for miles around? Check. Broken phone connection? Check. Spooky attic rooms? Check. Flickering lights that malfunction on an hourly basis? You get the picture. As the obligatory sexual tension begins to crackle between Brian and Jane — or is it Evey? — shocking revelations come to light about several key characters, and Evey's poltergeist-like antics turn steadily more sinister. A bloody battle between scientific reason and supernatural evil follows.

Harris clearly relishes playing Coupland as a louche, chain-smoking, libidinous dandy, just a degree away from hammy mad-scientist caricature. In a vintage Hammer production, Vincent Price or Christopher Lee would have owned this role. The professor may be two-dimensional, but the rest of the cast are limited to one each. Claflin's Brian is a pale cipher of naive goodness while his fellow researchers Kristina (Erin Richards) and Harry (Rory Fleck-Byrne) are thinly written eye-candy roles. All three are burdened with clunky dialogue and contrived plot exposition in place of character.

A charitable horror aficionado might interpret all these clumsy touches as self-referential allusions to Hammer's notoriously cheap, semi-exploitation ethos. But they still grate, and sit oddly alongside the film's high technical polish. Production design is strong, capturing the washed-out tobacco browns and bell-bottomed post-hippie fashions of the era. Connoisseurs of vintage British rock will enjoy a well-curated soundtrack that includes Slade, T-Rex and Hawkwind.

Visual effects are also impressive, particularly Brian's hand-held footage with its authentically retro lens flare, degraded colors and scratchy frames. The sound design is striking too, a sonic collage of percussive booms and deafening static roars that are often more unsettling than the film's relatively mild visual shocks.

"The Quiet Ones" is not very original, nor even especially scary, and its title ultimately proves as meaningless as its plot. All the same, this genteel shocker earns its place in Hammer's campy canon of superior B-movie schlock. Creaky and predictable, it should serve as comfort food to the huge and undemanding global fan base for old-school horror, the heavy metal of movie genres.

"The Quiet Ones," a Lionsgate release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "intense sequences of violence and terror, sexual content, thematic material, language, and smoking throughout." Running time: 98 minutes.

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MPAA rating definition for PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Star Jones Really Wants Hillary Clinton To Be President

Star Jones hit back at what she perceives to be sexist arguments against a Hillary Clinton presidency during an interview with HuffPost Live on April 23.

During a conversation with host Marc Lamont Hill about her involvement with the National Association of Professional Women, Jones criticized pundits who have questioned whether Americans want a grandmother in the White House following the news of Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy.

"How many grandchildren did Romney have? He has a bunch of grandchildren, beautiful kids. Nobody ever was concerned about that," Jones said. "So let's be consistent when it comes to the presidential election."

Jones also took issue with a recent New York Times piece that asserted a Clinton candidacy "would also probably block the paths for other women running for the White House, and, notably, for those who would like to be vice president."

"There have been two men at the top of the ticket for all times except a couple, as I recall, so thinking about two women at the top of the ticket seems like a pretty interesting idea," she said.

And for anyone who has doubts about whether a woman has the strength to lead the country, Jones has a simple response: "Women know how to handle business, trust and believe."

See the full HuffPost Live conversation with Star Jones below.

Wrigley Field’s Celebrity Singers Ranked From Most Cringe-Worthy To Least

In the years since the 1998 death of legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, his seventh-inning stretch tradition of singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" has continued to live on at Wrigley Field.

Officials at Wrigley -- which celebrates its 100th birthday Wednesday -- began recruiting guest "conductors," many of them celebrities passing through town on tours or press junkets, to lead the crowd in song after Caray passed away.

Some of the renditions have left a lot to be desired, proving that leading the stretch isn't quite as easy as it might look. In fact, some of the eardrum-shattering performances through the years are said to have finally prompted the Cubs to limit the tradition to only local Chicago celebrities or former Cubs players beginning last year.

In honor of the Friendly Confines' centennial, we've ranked some of the most memorable seventh-inning stretch performances, from strikeouts to home runs.

Jon Bon Jovi Gives A ‘Hand Up’ Not ‘Hand Out’ To People In Need

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi's hit tune "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" took on new meaning Tuesday as the rock star cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless in Philadelphia.

The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes opened in the Francisville neighborhood after about 18 months of construction. Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex, which he hopes will offer tenants the support they need to get back on their feet. "This is not a handout, it's just a hand up," Bon Jovi said in an interview before the official ceremony. "This opportunity for them is special and it's not easy to come by."

The four-story building, which was financed by public and private funds, also includes retail and office space. Residents will receive social services from Project HOME, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Philadelphia. HOME stands for Housing, Opportunities, Medical and Education.

JBJ Soul Homes is "taking our work to a whole new level," said Project HOME co-founder Sister Mary Scullion.

The grand opening of the facility, which coincides with the agency's 25th anniversary, is part of an initiative to build 500 such units across the city, Scullion said. Two developments totaling nearly 200 units are scheduled for groundbreaking over the coming year, she said.

Residents of JBJ Soul Homes will have access to basic medical care, employment training and educational classes; they are required to contribute part of their income toward rent. Several units have been set aside for young adults to help them transition out of programs for homeless teens.

One new resident, 53-year-old Anthony Gulley, said he had been sleeping in a local park when outreach workers from Project HOME began talking to him. Although resistant at first, Gulley said he eventually agreed to come in from the cold.

He stayed at a couple of shelters and attended regular counseling sessions before qualifying for JBJ Soul Homes. He now hopes to get a barber's license.

"I'm getting myself back together, and this is a big, big step," Gulley said. "When they give you the help, you have to be willing to do what they ask you to do. It's beautiful."

Bon Jovi has previously shown brotherly love to the city's less fortunate, supporting the Covenant House for homeless youths and helping to rebuild dilapidated row houses in gritty north Philadelphia.

JBJ Soul Homes functions as a small but crucial safety net "by providing shelter and an integrated array of services to so many of Philadelphia's most vulnerable youth and adults," he said.

The first JBJ Soul Home was built in Newark, N.J. Bon Jovi's foundation has also worked in Detroit, Los Angeles and Louisiana.

The New Jersey native once co-owned the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.

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Coldplay Performs New Song ‘Oceans’ On BBC Radio 1

Stopping by BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, April 23, to perform an in-studio session of their new song "Oceans," off of their upcoming album "Ghost Stories." Based on the live rendition, the song appears to be an acoustic-driven number that calls back to the days of "Parachutes," with a little slide guitar and a steady stream of radar bleeps added in to keep things in the now. We can add "Oceans" as another success off the band's upcoming LP, including "Midnight," "Magic," "Always In My Head" and "Another's Arms." "Ghost Stories" comes out on May 19.

USA Network Summer Dates: Here’s When Everything Returns

No summertime sadness here.

USA just announced its summer premiere dates which include returning shows "Graceland", "Royal Pains", "Covert Affairs" and "Suits". The network also announced plans for two new dramas: "Rush", about renegade physician Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer who privately caters to LA’s elite” and "Satisfaction", which “explores modern marriage at its midpoint though the lens of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak).

Eric Hill Dead: ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Dies After Paragliding Accident

Eric Hill, a contestant on the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette," has died after being severely injured in a paragliding accident on April 20.

Hill's sister Karen Tracy shared the tragic news on her Facebook page on April 23, writing:

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Hill was hospitalized and in a coma after part of his parachute collapsed while he was paragliding in Utah on Sunday, reports Us Weekly.

Hill was to be a potential suitor for Andi Dorfman on the upcoming season of the ABC reality dating series, and prior to joining the show, Hill was on a quest to visit every United Nations-recognized country in the world in just 1,200 days, which he documented on his website GO With Eric: The Global Odyssey.

The accident did not occur while Hill was shooting "The Bachelorette," according to Reality Steve, who reports that he was already eliminated.

‘Orange Is The New Black’: Watch The First Scene From Season 2

Look who's gone crazy.

"Orange Is The New Black" is set to premiere in June and by the look of the first scene from Season 2, our favorite female inmates might be slowly losing their minds. After last year’s finale ended with Piper’s bloody beat down of Pennsatucky during the Christmas pageant, it’s clear that our main convict is serving out her punishment in a decidedly solitary way. And all that alone time has helped Piper unearth her artistic side.

Minnie Driver Shuts Down Bikini Body Critics With Nude Tweet

Minnie Driver: 1; body critics: 0.

Just weeks after she quit Twitter because of cruel comments made about her body in a bikini, Driver delivered an epic shutdown to those very critics by tweeting a photo of her nude spread in Allure magazine.

If you want people to stop taking about how you look in a bikini, let them see you naked. It tends to shut them up:) pic.twitter.com/D5WkmRqE1Z

— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) April 22, 2014


The 44-year-old appears naked in the May 2014 issue of Allure magazine.

"I never could have done this when I was 25 -- no way," she said of mustering the gusto to strip down for the shoot. "All I saw then were the flaws. I still see the flaws, but I see what's great more -- and I've got a banging body."

On April 8, Driver slammed people who had hateful things to say about photos of her wearing a swimsuit taken by paparazzi while she was on vacation with her 5-year-old son, Henry.

"God some people are horrible," she tweeted at the time, per Us Weekly. "You try being photographed when you don't know it's happening, when you're on holiday with your kids." Adding, "I'm out of this Twittersphere for a while. It's too mean sometimes, about your body , about your soul. Not worth it."

Hailey Baldwin Writes Racially Insensitive Tweet, Instantly Deletes It (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Hailey Baldwin said she "wasn't meaning to be racist."

Clearly I wasn't meaning to be racist with my tweet I was making a joke about getting a tan. Everybody chill

— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) April 23, 2014


I apologize if I offended anyone. Was meant to be a joke! xx

— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) April 23, 2014


EARLIER: Ohhh, Hailey Baldwin. What were you thinking?

Early this morning, Baldwin, a blonde, hazel-eyed Ford model who's buddy-buddy with the Jenners, tweeted this from her account:

racist tweet

The incredibly insensitive tweet, which declared that Baldwin was "leaving to Florida white but coming back to N.Y. a different race" was also accompanied by a turban emoji. The tweet was taken down no less than 15 minutes after it was originally tweeted. Perhaps it was the outrage of her Twitter followers, or a sudden burst of common sense that made the 17-year-old social-media queen delete it.

@haileybaldwin that's not racist at all

— t-money (@zaynsheaux) April 23, 2014


“@haileybaldwin: leaving to Florida white but coming back to NY a different Race / ” chill hailey

— taleisha (@Imtaleelee) April 23, 2014


Baldwin's cousin Ireland also faced a major racist Twitter controversy back in September, with father Alec quickly coming to her defense. For a family that's no stranger to controversy, we certainly hope Hailey learns from this misstep.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Co-Star Reveals Lena Headey Had ‘Mixed Feelings’ About That Controversial Rape Scene

Much has been said over the past few days regarding that jaw-dropping scene between Jamie and Cersei in last week's "Game of Thrones" episode.

But as difficult as it was for us to watch the brother-sister duo have (nonconsensual) sex in front of their son's freshly murdered corpse, it was even more awkward for Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actors stuck with the job of filming that now infamous scene. Natalie Dormer who plays Margery Tyrell, Joffrey's recent widow, revealed to E! News how her co-star really felt about that controversial rape scene.

"I remember talking to her in the makeup trailer the day before she had to shoot that, she had mixed feelings about it for obvious reasons," Dormer said. " "But as an actor, those scenes are the ones you really get to sink your teeth into, so there's sort of a perverse enjoyment in exploring those really dramatic moments as well."

Perverse is definitely the right word. After the episode aired, the Internet exploded with people who were outraged that the scene in the show differed from that on the page. Comments made by the episode's director, Alex Graves, made matters worse. The outcry was so loud that series' creator George R.R. Martin took to his blog, admitting he regrets that the scene may have "disturbed fans for the wrong reason."

For some reason, we have a feeling this won't be the only disturbing scene we see this season.

"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.







Drake Lint-Rolling His Pants At The Raptors-Nets Game Is Not A Baller Move

"I'm goin' in and I'mma go hard" on you, Drake.

What in the world were you thinking when you pulled out a lint roller while sitting courtside during Game 2 between the Raptors and Nets on Tuesday night, and then proceeded to roll away at your black pants? From the looks of your braggadocious Instagram, you weren't thinking too hard.

I don't care if you had a fuzz ball the size of Canada on your bottoms, as the Raptors global brand ambassador, this is simply not a baller move. Thankfully, your home team didn't get distracted and was able to pull a win. But I bet Jay Z is just LOLing at this fashion faux pas, while he pens a few bars to help up your etiquette game.

Relive Drake's lint-rolling moment below and tell us how you really feel about it.



Angel Haze Slams Homophobia In Hip-Hop, Discusses Sexuality

Rapper/singer Angel Haze wrote a column for Noisey discussing sexuality, and hip-hop's long-standing homophobia problem. Never afraid to speak her mind, Haze explains why coming out shouldn't be a big deal, why she never feels the need to discuss her sexuality outside of "sexual situations" and the struggles she's encountered as a part of the hip hop community.

Being gay in hip hop is still really stigmatized. There are so many people in this world that are closet homosexuals. I guess I'm "out," but people ask me what my sexuality is all the time and I always tell them that it doesn’t matter, we’re not in a sexual situation so you don’t need to know. If we were in a sexual situation you would know exactly who I am sexually. But if we’re just having a conversation you don’t need to know what I do in private.

Haze went on to discuss her hesitation in releasing her freestyle over Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love."

I was so reluctant to do “Same Love,” because I get so caught up on people thinking of me as a queer rapper, I don’t discuss my sexuality in my music. But I’ve always said to myself that an artist is a person who has something to say and isn’t just a part of the noise. Adele is one of those artists for me. So are Frank Ocean and J. Cole, people who have something genuine to say and won’t just add to the room full of chatter.

Read the rest of Angel Haze's column at Noisey.

This isn't the first time Haze has written about her sexuality. Last year on Twitter, she responded to a fan who had asked if Haze was a lesbian.

No. Lol. i am whatever i am when i am it. RT @YazminAlaina: Hold up. @AngelHaze really is lesbian????????????

— Angxl Hxze (@AngelHaze) April 29, 2013


Listen to Haze's freestyle over "Same Love" below.

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