Lady Gaga gets marriage proposal for Valentine’s Day

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Slowthai has caused controversy after confronting a member of the audience at the NME awards.
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Lisa Rinna Gets Fitted for First NYFW Runway With Daughters

Designer Dennis Basso gushes over having the "RHOBH" star and Amelia & Delilah Hamlin in his show. Plus, Lisa recalls walking with Kyle Richards!
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LeBron picks AD first in draft; Giannis gets Embiid

For the second year in a row, leading All-Star vote-getter LeBron James drafted Anthony Davis — now his teammate on the Lakers — first overall. Giannis Antetokounmpo took Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid with his No. 2 pick.
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Diane von Furstenberg Gets Into Clothing Rental Subscription Business

Diane von Furstenberg is the latest to enter the clothing rental subscription business.
The company has partnered with CaaStle to launch a clothing rental subscription service today at dvflink.com.
Members can subscribe for a flat monthly fee of $ 159 to receive a box of four garments at a time, with unlimited box swaps per month. The program offers members unlimited free shipping and returns, complimentary dry cleaning, and the option to purchase their favorite pieces at an exclusive discount rate.
The web site has sections for new arrivals, dresses and jumpsuits, tops and outerwear, and bottoms.
CaaStle also handles subscription services for such brands as Vince, Rebecca Taylor, Ann Taylor, Express, New York & Co., Bloomingdale’s and the original participant, Gwynnie Bee.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter's Proposal Gets Rejected on Live TV

Dog reveals to Dr. Oz that his late wife Beth wants him to be happy, so he pops the question to his rumored GF, who's Beth's BFF. See Dog get put in the "friend zone."
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Lady Gaga Gets Cozy With New Beau in Miami: Inside Their New Relationship

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Love Island contestant gets more than 200 complaints

Love Island’s inaugural winter season has been met with controversy only a few days into the ITV dating show.
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Lightmatter (Portal-y First-Person Puzzle Game) Gets Creepy Launch Trailer

The eerie launch trailer for Lightmatter, a creepy Portal-ish first-person puzzle game where shadows equal death, has arrived (watch it above), and it explains exactly what lightmatter is in the game’s fiction and where it came from.

For more, check out the gallery of screenshots below, and if you missed the announcement trailer last month (which showcases a bit more gameplay), you can watch that too.

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Adam Thielen gets stitches on ankle after mishap in practice, hopes to play vs. 49ers

Maybe the curse of the Minnesota Vikings hasn't been lifted after all. After a huge win at the New Orleans Saints last week, one of the heroes of that game had an unusual injury in practice Wednesday. Receiver Adam Thielen, whose huge catch in overtime set up the game-winning touchdown, suffered a cut on his ankle that was significant enough that he needed stitches to close it, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.

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J.Lo Gets Hustled, Nicki Minaj Waxed & It's Ruff for Kris

Jennifer Lopez is facing a lawsuit from the real-life "Hustlers" stripper and Nicki Minaj's new wax figure isn't looking so hot. Watch on "Nightly Pop"!
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Patricia Arquette Gets Real About the State of the World in Sobering 2020 Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

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The Rush: Jason Garrett finally gets the boot

In the least surprising news of the night, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was fired, the NFL Hall of Fame nominees for this year were released, the NBA All-Star Game voting polls were revealed with a couple of surprises, Zion Williamson practiced in full for the first time this season, and Kings center Dewayne Dedmon was fined $ 50,000 for publicly demanding a trade.

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Cage spends New Year’s Eve in a small pub – and gets everyone a drink

US actor Nicolas Cage stunned regulars at a small Somerset pub by spending New Year’s Eve there – and buying them all a drink.
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Kathy Griffin Gets Married With Help From Lily Tomlin

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Baker Mayfield gets shut down by fan as awful season gets even worse

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has had issues with execution all season. We thought those issues were limited to his interactions on the field, but Week 17 gave us evidence Mayfield has struggled in the area off the field as well. You see, Mayfield has been so bad this season that he's even losing arguments to fans now.

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Cystic fibrosis boy from Hull gets new drug after campaign

Seven-year-old Olly can now get Orkambi after the NHS struck a deal with the manufacturer.
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‘The Farewell’ Gets New January Release Date in China

Awkwafina’s “The Farewell,” directed by Beijing-born Lulu Wang, is now scheduled to hit Chinese theaters Jan. 10, nearly two months after its originally announced release date and six months after its U.S. release. The movie was initially set to appear in Chinese cinemas Nov. 22 but was pulled just two days before, supposedly in the […]

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Fan clash gets Isaiah Thomas 2-game suspension

Isaiah Thomas was suspended two games for his clash with a 76ers fan on Saturday, and two fans have been banned from Wells Fargo Center for a year
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Pixel 4 gets improved Face Unlock and other surprise updates

Pixel 4 gets improved Face Unlock and other surprise updatesEarlier this month, Google announced that instead of regular Android updates, Pixel 4 devices would get a "Pixel Feature Drop" to show off splashy new features. That update has now arrived, and on top of expected changes like robocall screening and Duo call centering, there are a few welcome surprises, as spotted by XDA Developers and Android Police.



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Wiz’s Thomas confronts fan in Philly, gets ejected

Isaiah Thomas said he told a fan to not be disrespectful after the fan cursed at him. According to Thomas, the fan was upset that he made a free throw, costing the fan a free Frosty.
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Eli gets ‘special’ win, standing O in likely finale

Eli Manning was cheered by fans and earned a win in what was likely his final start for the Giants at home.
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Kylie Jenner Gets the Biggest Hug From Stormi Webster and It Will Give You Heart-Eyes

Kylie Jenner, Stormi Webster, Italy, 22nd, Birthday, InstagramKylie Jenner’s daughter continues to prove she’s the queen of cuteness!
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USC gets notice of allegations tied to fed probe

USC officials said Friday the university has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA “related to a former coach in the men’s basketball program.”
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Beat Saber Gets Green Day Music Pack, 360-Degree Levels

Coinciding with Green Day’s performance at the Game Awards, Facebook announced late Thursday that the popular virtual reality game Beat Saber is getting a Green Day music pack. The 6-song pack is slated to go live at midnight, and players will simultaneously get access to Beat Saber’s long-awaited 360-degree gameplay. The Green Day music pack […]

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Kawhi gets his ring amid ‘MVP’ chants in Toronto

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard received a hero’s welcome Wednesday night in his return to Toronto, where he was presented with a championship ring amid chants of “MVP.”
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Emma Stone gets engaged to SNL writer Dave McCary

Emma Stone has announced her engagement to Saturday Night Live writer Dave McCary.
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Riverdale Finally Gets Some Much Needed Therapy

Riverdale, Season 4Frickin’ finally, Riverdale.
We’ve been calling for all of the characters of Riverdale to get some therapy since season one, and tonight’s episode sat its main characters…

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Nattie Gets Catfished by a Jason Momoa Impostor

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Terminally ill father gets to watch new Star Wars early at hospice

A terminally ill hospice patient has been granted his wish to see the new Star Wars film early from his bed.
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Africa Roundup: Nigerian fintech gets $360M, mints unicorn, draws Chinese VC

Africa Roundup: Nigerian fintech gets $  360M, mints unicorn, draws Chinese VCNovember 2019 could mark when Nigeria (arguably) became Africa’s unofficial capital for fintech investment and digital finance startups. A notable trend-within-the-trend is that more than half — or $ 170 million — of the funding to Nigerian fintech ventures in November came from Chinese investors. This marks a pivot in China’s engagement with Africa to tech.



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Liam Payne Gets Into a Heated Argument at a Texas Bar During Outing With Maya Henry

Liam Payne, Maya HenryDon’t mess with Tex… Liam Payne.
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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Dying fan gets early screening

The patient said he felt like he had “won a million pounds” after Disney couriered the movie to him.
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The Hoodie Gets an Exhibition Of Its Own in Rotterdam

IN THE HOOD: The hoodie is as much a clothing staple as it is a divisive cultural symbol and streetwear icon favored by youth subcultures and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs alike. Now, it’s getting its own exhibition at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, which opens on Dec. 1.
The Hoodie, which runs until April 2020, traces the garment’s history, starting with its role in 1930s workwear. A selection of designers including Rick Owens, Off-White and Vetements, and makers such as Bogomir Doringer and Campbell Addy will have hoodies on display.
Depending on who’s wearing it, the hoodie can be an indicator of profession, personality and values. More so than any other garment – except, maybe, jeans – the hoodie sits at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, age, and geography. Sometimes, it can even be a provocation.
“Today, we don’t associate black leather jackets with the outsider, they’ve been normalized, evoking a specific class and market. Hoodies, however, are touted as a trend – while also being demonized,” said Lou Stoppard, curator of the exhibition.
The exhibition aims to challenge viewers on who wears the hoodie, and what it represents. Digital footage, social media posts, and the garment itself are used to explore the role of

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Shakespeare gets a digital make-over for Instagram generation

Shakespeare has been given a digital makeover, in an effort to inspire the Instagram generation to connect with arguably the world’s greatest playwright.
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LSU shreds Bama, Minnesota makes a CFP run and Illinois is bowling?!? Week 11 gets weird

The Tigers scored 46 points against Alabama’s defense, P.J. Fleck and Minnesota upset Penn State, and a wild Saturday of college football turned normal realities upside down.
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Chiara Ferragni Gets Into the Christmas Spirit for Printemps

TO TREE OR NOT TO TREE: It might only be November, but the next thing on Chiara Ferragni’s to-do list is resolutely Christmassy.
“All this got me thinking that I really need to put my Christmas tree up at home,” laughed the influencer and entrepreneur, in reference to the twinkling decorations surrounding the Christmas windows of Parisian department store Printemps.
“We usually get one for Dec.1, but last year I was so excited that I put one up on Nov. 15 — which was amazing because for a whole month and a half my house was so full of Christmas decorations, I loved it. The only problem is that it feels so empty when you take them down.”
Ferragni was chosen by Printemps to participate in what has become a Parisian tradition: The unveiling of the department store’s festive display, which this year has a Kawaii theme.
In partnership with Pomellato, for which Ferragni is an ambassador, the windows feature 60 playful articulated puppets in the shape of animals, imagined by Printemps and created by French puppeteer Pantomime. Each window will feature exclusive silhouettes and accessories created by brand partners for the Christmas season and will be on display until Jan. 6.
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Doncic gets stitches; Mavs unhappy with refs

Mavs star Luka Doncic needed stitches for a head laceration Friday night after colliding with the Lakers’ Dwight Howard, one of several no-calls that upset Doncic and his team.
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Bekah Martinez’s Bachelorette-Inspired Halloween Costume Gets Our Final Rose

Bekah Martinez, Jimmy Kimmel LiveAnd the final rose goes to…
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Oscars: Best International Feature Category Gets New Rules With an Eye Toward Global Inclusion

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed voting protocols for one of its most complicated categories, best international feature — known until last year as best foreign language film. Announcements were sent to various branches on Thursday alerting members to a change in category rules — which will significantly open up voting […]

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Mayfield gets into testy exchange with reporter

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took exception to questioning by a reporter Wednesday and then walked out of his media session.
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Trinity Fatu Gets Nervous Behind the Mic

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Little Britain gets Brexit reboot as Walliams and Lucas reunite

Little Britain is getting a reboot.
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Dennis Quaid, 65, gets engaged to 26-year-old PhD student

Hollywood veteran Dennis Quaid has got engaged to his 26-year-old girlfriend, PhD student Laura Savoie.
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Meet Adrenaline: Asterix series gets first female star

​​​​​​​A female star has been introduced to the latest Asterix adventure for the first time in the series’ 60-year history.
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Ronda Gets Rowdy in the Ring: "Total Divas" Recap (S9, Ep4)

After her RAW performance offends Nia Jax, Ronda Rousey considers a business opportunity unrelated to WWE. Watch!
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Devils’ Hughes gets 1st goal with family watching

With his older brother on the Canucks’ bench and more than 70 close friends and family in the stands, No. 1 pick Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal for the Devils on Saturday.
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Wendy Williams Gets Emotional When Addressing “Very Tough Year” at Walk of Fame Ceremony

Wendy WilliamsGrab a snack and come on back to the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Thursday was a special day for Wendy Williams who traveled to Los Angeles for the unveiling of her star.
During the…

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Ledbury Gets Capital Infusion, Opening New York Store

Ledbury is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a cash infusion that it will use to fund its growth.
The men’s shirt specialist from Richmond, Va., has closed on a $ 4.5 million financing round led by Harbert Venture Partners, an early investor in the brand.
Paul Trible, founder and chief executive officer of Ledbury, said the capital will be used to expand its brick-and-mortar presence, including a store in New York’s Greenwich Village. A 1,600-square-foot store at 355 Bleecker Street, between Charles and West 10th Streets, is slated to open sometime next month.
Ledbury operates two stores: a flagship at the brand’s headquarters in Richmond as well as one at Cady’s Alley in Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
“With the closing of our capital raise, we feel like we’re in a spot to use the funds for our growth initiatives,” Trible said. “We’re planning to open around 10 stores over the next three years.”
Trible said the locations will be in major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco, as well as smaller markets including Charlotte, N.C., Nashville and Lexington, Ky. The cities are being selected by looking at Ledbury’s strongest online markets.
“We have 50,000 e-commerce customers and our top market is New York,” he said,

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Will and Grace Gets Final Season Premiere Date After NBC Moves Sunnyside Online

SunnysideThe first schedule change of the 2019 fall TV season is upon us.
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Amazon Alexa gets Samuel L Jackson and other celebrity voices

The firm has also addressed privacy concerns about its smart assistant technology.
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Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Gets Back to ’68 by Touring Beatles’ ‘White Album’

The 50th anniversary re-release of 1969’s “Abbey Road” may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean Beatles fans have been there and done that when it comes to celebrating ’68. Todd Rundgren, the Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Badfinger’s Joey Molland and several other name musicians of a certain vintage are teaming up to go out […]

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The actress’s performance as Judy Garland is warmly received at the Toronto Film Festival.
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Kings forward Kempe gets 3-year, $6M contract

Forward Adrian Kempe, a restricted free agent, has agreed to a three-year, $ 6 million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Kings. Kempe had 12 goals and 16 assists in 81 games last season.
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Camila Cabello Gets Real About the Topic of Love in Cryptic Video

Camila Cabello, MTV Video Music Awards, MTV VMA's, Red Carpet FashionCamila Cabello has love on the brain.
The 22-year-old singer took to social media to share all of her thoughts on the topic, which led many to believe she was seemingly teasing new music…

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Bachelor in Paradise Gets in a Fight, and Hannah G. Finally Picks Between Blake and Dylan

Bachelor in Paradise, Hannah GIt’s officially a bad idea to attack a pinata in Paradise.
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Meghan gets a cheeky royal nod in latest series of Suits

The Duchess of Sussex may have left her acting days behind her, but she still got a cheeky nod in the latest series of her former TV show.
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Strasburg gets 2 hits in one inning, including HR

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg singled and hit a 420-foot, three-run homer in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Braves in Atlanta.
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Kevin Durant updates Achilles rehab, gets up shots on swimming pool hoop

Kevin Durant's not resting on his ruptured Achilles tendon. The newly signed Brooklyn Nets forward provided an update via Instagram on Thursday of his rehab from the devastating injury he suffered during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He didn't provide many details, preferring to let photos tell the story.

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Russ gets better of Lillard in chippy Game 3 win

With OKC backed into a virtual must-win, Russell Westbrook cranked up his intensity Friday night, scoring 33 points and aiming plenty of trash talk at Blazers star Damian Lillard as the Thunder took Game 3.
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DWTS’ John Schneider Gets Emotional Over His Strained Relationship with His Children

John Schneider is hoping he can mend his strained relationship with his three children.

In an exclusive clip of Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, the Dukes of Hazzard alum, who played Bo Duke on the comedy series from 1979-85, gets emotional while explaining how country music and DWTS has affected his life.

“What country music means to me is it’s three chords and the truth and it shines a light on things that happen in everyday life that are wonderful, not so wonderful, and that are heart-wrenching,” Schneider, 58, says.

“I’ve been going through a divorce now for four years and it’s awful. The worst part about it is that it’s wedged itself in between my three adult children and myself. Nothing I can do except hope one day one of my kids will call me up or show up. I look in the crowd every Monday thinking maybe tonight, maybe tonight.”

“If it weren’t for this music and now Dancing with the Stars, I don’t think I can survive it,” he admits. “It gives me great joy at a time where I desperately needed it.”

Earlier on in the season, Schneider briefly spoke towards his relationship with his children. whom he is not on speaking terms with.

“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” said Schneider told host Erin Andrews, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”

After 21 years of marriage, Schneider’s estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider filed for divorce in Los Angeles County on Nov. 14, 2014. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents.

In September 2016, Schneider — he shares adult children Leah, Chasen, and Karis with Elvira — was ordered to pay his ex $ 18,911 every month, TMZ reported.

But in June, Schneider was sentenced to three days behind bars in the Los Angeles County Jail in June for failure to pay more than $ 150,000 in owed alimony payments to Elvira. The actor was released on the same day as his initial booking because of California’s overcrowded prison system, but his legal woes were not done with that.

Schneider was also ordered to serve an additional 120 hours behind bars for contempt, but that sentence was suspended by the court on the condition that he fulfills a four-part list of conditions, including filing back taxes to help clear title to their property in Apple Valley so that it could be transferred to her, paying his ex half of his owed earnings from Maven Entertainment, and offering certain financial disclosures before the end of the year.

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Banksy’s Dismaland Gets South Bank Awards Nod

The elusive graffiti artist is one of 30 nominees at the prestigious ceremony, which will be broadcast on Sky Arts next month.
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Hamilton gets record 16 Tony nods

Hit Broadway musical Hamilton is set to dominate this year’s Tony Awards after gaining a record-breaking 16 nominations.
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Live 360 YouTube Gets Us One Step Closer to the Matrix

See the world, live, through someone else’s camera lens. The post Live 360 YouTube Gets Us One Step Closer to the Matrix appeared first on WIRED.
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Horny Dog Chases Potential Mate, Gets Stuck In Cat Door

A horny dog had to be freed by fire crews after she got her head stuck in a cat door while chasing down a potential mate.

Keeta was looking out the window of her owners’ home in Leicester, England, on Monday morning when she spotted a male dog in the garden. 

The 5-year-old American Bulldog, who was in season, decided to hook up with the other canine and raced for the tiny door designed for felines. Alas, her head fit through the cat door and her body didn’t.

She was trapped.

Determined to free herself, Keeta then ripped out the surrounding panel, but the frame remained lodged around her head.

The other dog — believed to be a smaller terrier — spotted the gap in the door, and took advantage of the moment to sneak inside, reports the Leicester Mercury.

Homeowner Nigel Page heard the commotion, and walked into his kitchen to spot the pair of pups together. When he opened the door, the male dog sprinted off.

Unable to remove the panel, Page called Leicestershire Fire Service; the firefighters then spent 20 minutes maneuvering the plastic panel safely off Keeta’s head.

Page, who adopted Keeta from a rescue center after she was abused as a puppy, said he was now waiting to see whether she would end up having offspring of her own.

“We don’t know whether they’ve done anything or not,” he told the BBC. “The other dog was smaller, a little terrier, but you don’t know. She had that thing stuck on her head so she might not have been in a good mood.”

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Alexis Bittar Gets Political for Store Windows

Alexis Bittar is getting into politics — sort of.
Today, the jewelry designer launched a new series of window displays in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Unlike his previous displays, which include, most recently, artwork done by Bradley Theodore, these are less jewelry, and more, well, Trump.
In what he’s proclaiming a “salute to absurdity,” Bittar and his visual team have created a series of larger-than-life papier-mâché models in the likeness of Donald Trump’s head — bouffant hair and all. “I’ve been increasingly disturbed by the popularity of Trump in our country and some of the more insane things he’s said,” Bittar said. “I decided to channel my energy and use our creative talent to have a comedic commentary on his vanity coupled with a dash of Halloween craziness.”
The displays feature the model head atop a mannequin dressed in a money-print suit, standing next to a full-length mirror — and decked out in Alexis Bittar jewelry, of course —  a mix of bangles, brooches and necklaces.
Stores getting the Trump treatment include SoHo, Columbus Avenue and Madison Avenue in New York; Newbury Street in Boston; City Center in Washington, D.C.; and West Hollywood, Calif.

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Wool Gets the Spotlight at Paris Museum

PARIS – A flock of sheep invaded the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this weekend as part of a global awareness campaign orchestrated by The Woolmark Company.
The three-day event, ending Sunday, includes artwork made of wool, a photo exhibit about the natural fibre, and a series of dance performances showing off wool’s versatile nature.
Brands, including Adidas, which developed running apparel based on wool, and Dormeuil, supplier of fine wool fabrics to bespoke tailors including Cifonelli, Camps de Luca and Brioni, set up stands to let visitors get physical.
WWD caught up with Peter Ackroyd, global strategy advisor for The Woolmark Company, at the event.
WWD: What is so special about wool?
Peter Ackroyd: Its diversity. It can be made into suits, blankets or sportswear, and we think we don’t even know all the end-uses of wool. But it’s not only a very diverse fibre — at the end of its life it goes back to earth and enriches the soil. It doesn’t end up as landfill. We put a wool sweater next to an acrylic sweater in Prince of Wales’ garden. In five months, the wool sweater has almost entirely gone back to nature, the acrylic one — you just shook it and put it

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Jon Stewart Gets Body-Slammed By John Cena On ‘Monday Night Raw’

Alas, Jon, that was an inevitability.

Wrestler John Cena is known to exact revenge on those who’ve wronged him, and he did just that on “Monday Night Raw,” schooling comedian Jon Stewart with his signature “Attitude Adjustment.”

“I’m just gonna do what I gotta do,” Cena said before hoisting the recently-retired “Daily Show” host onto his shoulders and body-slamming him to the ground.

While hosting WWE’S “SummerSlam” on Sunday, Stewart surprised fans by smacking Cena with a steel chair during the wrestler’s bout against Seth Rollins.

As CBS Sports notes, the move helped Rollins retain his World Heavyweight Championship and snag Cena’s United States Championship belt as well.

On Monday, Stewart attempted to explain his chair-wielding aggression. As a wrestling fan, he simply could not bear to see Cena “tie the great Ric Flair … because, in my mind, ‘The Champ is Flair,’” Stewart said. “Not on my watch. Wasn’t going to let it happen.” 

Flair is a retired pro wrestler who clinched a record 16 world titles during his career. Cena is currently looking to tie that record.

Watch Cena’s takedown of Stewart in the video above.

 

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Girl Bullied Over ‘Star Wars’ Gets Weird Al On Her Side

A girl bullied for loving “Star Wars” has the Force and Weird Al Yankovic with her.

Layla Murphy, 8, met the parody star at a concert recently after the 501st Legion, a “Star Wars” costume group with a charitable streak, helped her out.  

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Girls at Layla’s Norfolk, Virginia, school teased her, saying that “Star Wars” was for boys, CNN reported. She eventually asked her mother if she could stop wearing her “Star Wars” gear, including an R2-D2 jacket.

“She was asked if she was turning into a boy,” her mother, Nicolette Molina, told CNN.

A member of the 501st Legion who had met Layla at a fan convention was told of the kid’s troubles by Molina and summoned the Internet to send Layla support and “Star Wars” souvenirs. It was all to reassure Layla to be herself.

Then the 501st came through with perhaps the coolest gesture of all.

“Taking it one step further, Layla became the next recipient of the custom Stormtrooper armor originally built for another girl (Katie Goldman) who was in a similar situation,” the group wrote on Facebook.

A fully costumed Layla met Yankovic, who apparently mingles with denizens of the galaxy far, far away …

 … and is also known for his “Star Wars” parodies, MTV noted. 

Don’t listen to those bullies, Layla. “Star Wars” can be enjoyed by the entire universe.

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Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger (Mass Market)

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Coolest Dad Ever Gets Cochlear Implant Tattoo To Match His Daughter’s Real One

One father found a rad way to stand by his daughter. 

Alistair Campbell‘s 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, is deaf and recently got a cochlear implant for her right ear, the New Zealand Herald reported. But right before the 6-year-old from Taupo, New Zealand, received the device — her second — Campbell decided to get one as well in a show of solidarity. His, however, came in the form of a tattoo on his head. 

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On Monday, the dedicated dad posted photos of himself sporting his new tattoo on social media — one of which included Charlotte alongside him with her implant for her left ear in plain view. The moving photo generated buzz across the Internet and was picked up by various media outlets.

It’s not difficult to understand why. 

“I shared the photos with my friends and family to see, I never expected this huge response,” Campbell told The Huffington Post. “I’m pleased I have helped to raise awareness for all cochlear implantees.”

Charlotte received her first implant back when she was 4 years old. The tattoo, Campbell says, is all about honoring his beloved daughter through the challenges she’s faced. 

“Charlotte’s journey has been quite a hard journey for her and for us,” the father told Stuff.co.nz. “The tattoo was a tribute — this was all about her, not me.”

The tattoo took about 45 minutes to complete, according to Buzzfeed News. As for the pain, Campbell said it was nothing he couldn’t handle. He’ll be letting his hair grow back, but is planning to shave it off, revealing the tattoo for special occasions or when his daughter requests to see it, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The dad told HuffPost that while his daughter doesn’t quite understand the tattoo as of yet, she will come to appreciate its significance as she gets older. 

Campbell’s support for his daughter doesn’t stop there.

In December, he’ll participate in a charity boxing event to raise money for Hear 4 Kidz Trust, a group that supports kids with hearing loss in Taupo. 

 

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Saint Laurent Gets LEED Certification

GREEN SHOPPING: Saint Laurent is keen on reducing its ecological footprint. The French designer label headed by Hedi Slimane scooped up LEED Platinum Certification for three of its global flagships: the Rodeo Drive women’s boutique in Beverly Hills, London’s Old Bond Street store and the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré unit in Paris.
The architectural concept originally designed by Slimane in 2012 is based on low-energy lighting, minimal water consumption and better indoor air quality. To wit: Since its reopening in 2014, the Rodeo Drive venue has decreased its energy consumption by 57 percent via a solar panels installation on the roof of the building.
LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is managed by the U.S. Green Building Council. According to the Saint Laurent, this is the first time a luxury brand has awarded the Council’s highest certification for multiple free-standing stores.

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Early Birdy Gets the Worm

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This Story is Told in Pictures? so children 3 to 6 can? read? the pictures and enjoy the story. Waking up early one morning, Early Birdy watches Mother Birdy catch a worm. Inspired, Early Birdy wants to catch one too. But catching a worm isn’t as easy as it looks. Join Early Birdy on an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest environment created by illustrator Bill Bolton. Don’t be surprised to find yourself? smiling from ear to ear? Don’t for one minute think you’re going to? read? (aka narrate) this story to your child because you’re the adult and your child is, well, the child. Your child can? read? the pictures as well as you can. A fact that changes how this story will be read: this is a story you and your child can read together. You might start the collaboration by asking a question: You: What do you see in this picture? Child: A little baby birdy is waking up You: And in the next picture? Child: A big bird is catching a worm. You: Meanwhile back in the nest? Child: The little birdy is watching. Child: He wants to catch a worm, too. He flies down. Child: He sees a worm. Child: He bites it. Child: And then uh oh! That’s not a worm! See what just happened? you and your child were reading the book together, until your child got much too excited to wait for you to ask a question. Suddenly your preschooler is telling the story as fast as she can turn the pages. And you’re thinking, ?Wait a minute! My 3-year-old doesn’t know how to read. But she’s so excited?I can’t stop her from telling the story. She’s running away with the story. What happened to our quiet little game of question and answer

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg Gets Rap Tribute In ‘Judges Delight’ Video By Allison Lane

It’s really no secret that Ruth Bader Ginsberg is kind of a badass. Now, her legacy as a Supreme Court Justice is immortalized in an unexpected way — a rap parody of the Sugarhill Gang’s iconic “Rapper’s Delight.”

The video comes from Allison Lane, an actress, writer and filmmaker known for her work with “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Going Down In LA-LA Land” and the upcoming “Kiss Me, Kill Me.” The hilarious “Judges Delight” tribute to RBG is a feature on Lane’s popular YouTube channel called “See You Next Tuesday.”

“When the SCOTUS Marriage Equality ruling came in on Friday, I was so overcome by emotion,” Lane told The Huffington Post in an email. “It was just so beautiful… this moment of millions of rainbow profiles & #LoveWins and the Rainbow-White House! I saw 2 men in their 80s who finally got married after 54 years together! I saw a toddler jumping for joy when he learned his mommies could finally get married! It felt like a great tide had turned and I was compelled to make a video for my comedy Youtube channel to help celebrate!”

Lane added, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is actually kind of a bad ass, which is why the internet has termed her the Notorious R.B.G. I thought, what if we have fun with that bad-ass image and make her into a superhero rapper… for real. Then I heard the applesauce that Scalia was spouting in his dissents last week and well, the rap lyrics almost wrote themselves!”

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What ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Gets Right About Depression

This post contains spoilers.

When I saw Brook Soso start to fall apart on Season 3 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, I knew exactly what was happening to her. Her constant feelings of isolation and loneliness; the inescapable fear that no one likes her or cares about her; that desperate look in her eyes crying out for help and attention. I know, because I’ve suffered from depression on and off since I was a child. And I know because, like Soso’s character, I’ve also been locked in an institution and forced to deal with mental illness without the support that I needed.

Before this season, Soso wasn’t a major character on the show. She was portrayed as a fairly one-dimensional, loud-mouthed hippie who no one — including viewers — particularly liked. But Orange is the New Black loves to turn our first impressions on their heads and offer surprising depth to formerly irritating characters.

We soon see that Soso is having trouble fitting in because of her constant need to talk. She’s rejected by people she thought were her friends and gets ignored or teased by the others she reaches out to. Loneliness and depression often go hand-in-hand. For Soto, the unfulfilled need and desire for human connection became so great that it brought on a bout of clinical depression that engulfed everything. The hopelessness of being in prison certainly didn’t help, either.

Seeing Soso curled up in her bed, staring at the wall, reminded me of all the days and nights that I did the same thing. I tried so hard to make friends during the time I spent in a psychiatric hospital when I was 15. I was there because I was suffering from severe clinical depression and suicidal thoughts.

But like Soso, I couldn’t quite connect with the people around me. I got teased constantly and was told by several patients that no one liked me. Even the nurses got tired of my constant crying and sadness. The more I was rejected, the worse I felt, and the less everyone liked and cared about me.

The pain of that kind of rejection, especially by the people you think will understand you, is overwhelming. Depression can take a hold of you, and without the right support, lead to thoughts of suicide. Being trapped in a locked ward, not knowing when you’ll have a life again and when you’ll have opportunities for connection beyond the people locked in there with you, can make it so much worse.

In response to Soso’s admission that she’s feeling depressed, Sam Healy, her prison counselor, tells her: “People aren’t gonna want to be friends with you if you’re moping around because sad people are depressing, right?”

Unfortunately, he does have a point, but that’s not exactly the most helpful thing to tell someone who’s struggling with clinical depression. He then says that the secret to depression is that it’s “all in your head” and sends her off to get a prescription for anti-depressants.

Although Healy seems to genuinely want to help her, his character also genuinely misunderstands how to communicate with someone suffering from depression. Plus, in real life, he’d mostly likely just be doing what he was taught to do. Institutions often don’t have the time or resources to spend on psychological issues that they mistakenly believe can be numbed out or glossed over with medication. And this isn’t a problem unique to prisons. My psychiatric ward psychiatrist treated me the same exact way.

When I was in the psych ward, I wish I’d had someone who understood me like Berdie Rogers, the new counselor in the prison. She advocates for Soso and tells Healy it’s not a good idea to jump right to medication without talking out the problem. When he defends his decision to tell Soso that depression is all in her head, Berdie says: “When someone’s feeling vulnerable, they need their pain acknowledged, not to be made to feel worse by having it.”

Berdie reminds me of the best therapists I’ve had, the ones who didn’t belittle me or my emotions, but made me feel seen and understood. Instead of being dismissive, she’s sympathetic. She gets what depression is and how it feels.

Unfortunately, Healy has it out for Berdie and gets her suspended later in the season. Soso has no one to help her when the depression takes a turn for the worse. She asks Healy for another anti-depressant referral, which in itself is not a bad or weak thing. Anti-depressants can help a lot of people who suffer from clinical depression. I myself took them during my hospital stay and for many years after. But they can’t solve underlying problems, which for Soso is her desperate need for friendship.

Luckily, Soso has someone else looking out for her. Fellow prisoner Poussey Washington is also lonely and unsure of where she belongs. She stands up for Soso after she’s bullied and helps her recover from her failed suicide attempt. In the last episode, Poussey welcomes Soso into her group, and they hold hands.

There’s a glimmer of hope for Soso that maybe she’s found a place to belong and someone who cares about her. I eventually made a couple of friends during my stay in the psych ward. They didn’t turn out to be deep or lasting relationships, but having any kind of social connection is so important, especially to someone with depression. Those moments of connection were what made my depression bearable. They still do.

Orange is the New Black is the first show I’ve ever seen handle depression in a comprehensive, realistic and eye-opening way. The plot slowly develops over the course of the season, allowing viewers to gain a better understanding of the issue instead of cramming it into one episode and reducing it to dramatic effect. It captured the experience of having depression in an institution so beautifully, and for that, I am personally grateful.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Louis C.K. Gets The Best Father’s Day Message From His TV Daughter

If any grumpy, balding, middle-aged dad is going to earn admiration from his kid, it’s going to be Louis C.K.

Hadley Delany, who plays one of the comedian’s daughters on “Louie,” had a Father’s Day message for her show-biz pop. It beats Hallmark treacle any day.

“You taught me the most important rule of all: never, ever get fat,” she says in a Made Man video posted last week.

Later in the clip, she asks, “What other dad would catch their daughter smoking pot and then take her out for burgers? That’s like an irresponsible level of cool.”

Hey, nobody said the guy was Ward Cleaver.

Check out the full video above. And a belated happy Father’s Day to all of you other stand-up dads, even if you don’t do standup.

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Taylor Swift Superfan Gets Ultimate Wedding Surprise From T. Swizzle Herself

For Taylor Swift superfan Katy Harris, Friday was a fairytale.

On June 12, Harris and her fiancé Chris got married in a parking lot in front of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where Swift was performing that night as part of her 1989 World Tour. Harris shared their wedding plans on Instagram last Tuesday: tie the knot before the show and attend the concert in their wedding attire.

Afterwards, the couple got the ultimate wedding present: a backstage photo op with T. Swizzle herself (!!!).

“In a 24-hour window, I married the love of my life and met my hero,” Harris wrote on Instagram. “If I’m dreaming don’t wake me up.”

According to Just Jared, Swift’s mom found the couple in the crowd after reading about their story on Instagram.

The couple had originally planned to get married on 12/13/14 — Swift’s 25th birthday — but ultimately decided to postpone the nuptials.

Looks like it was well worth the wait!

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Woman Performing ‘Lose Yourself’ In Sign Language Gets Us Super Pumped

We always wondered how to say, “Mom’s spaghetti” in American Sign Language.

Luckily we have Shelby Mitchusson, an ASL interpreter who performed Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on YouTube. It’s one of her first videos — though she appears to have interpreted bad-assery at rock concerts before — but we can tell she’s going to be an internet sensation.

She really gets into it — and it looks like she plans on rewarding us with more of her videos soon.

“I have a deep love for interpreting music and would love to share more as I am always interpreting music,” she wrote on YouTube. “As always your feedback is wanted! Again, thank you all — I’ll upload more soon.”

If you think Shelby’s awesome, meet the woman who took Public Enemy’s music to a whole new level with sign language.

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Blind Pooch Gets Help Moving Around From Two Loving Pups

This dog can count on her furry friends to always have her back.

Kiaya, an Akita from Waterford, Michigan, lost both her eyes by the end of last year due to a battle with glaucoma. But the 10-year-old pooch can still get around fine, all thanks to Cass and Keller — two other dogs who help guide her, functioning much like seeing eye dogs.

“Her brothers are pretty amazing at the way they help to guide her around,” Gwen Sila, the veterinary ophthalmologist who operated on Kiaya, told ABC News. “Each of them will stand on either side of her so she doesn’t bump into anything and lead her around the yard.”

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From left to right: Cass, Kiaya, and Keller.

The 10-year-old dog began getting assistance from Cass back in 2013 when her left eye was removed, the owner of all three dogs, Jessica VanHusen, said. Cass grew more attached to Kiaya and stayed by her side. After the pooch’s second eye was removed in November of last year, he stepped up his game. He’s become protective of his “sister.”

“Cass always allows Kiaya to get to her food dish first and waits for her to start eating,” VanHusen said, in a press release. “When I take them in the car, he leans against her to keep her steady because she sometimes gets a little off-kilter. He also loves to groom her.”

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Cass and Keller, protecting Kiaya.

VanHusen says that Keller, who’s the youngest of the bunch, took a little longer to react to Kiaya’s condition but has become more and more careful and watchful.

Cass and Keller show incredible compassion, and VanHusen hopes that her dogs’ story will show others that caring for a special needs pet can be a beautiful thing.

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Cass and Kiaya.

“They’re an inspiration to everyone,” VanHusen said. “I hope others will see them and realize that a special needs pet deserves a chance. It takes a little effort, but it’s absolutely worth it.”

Sometimes, when an animal is in need, their furry friends step up to lend a helping hand. Tervel, a blind farm dog who is also partially deaf, was afraid to leave the safety of his bed, according to a National Geographic video. But a stray cat named Pudditat grew attached to him and later on began taking on the role of “guide cat,” helping the pooch get around.

“I think Pudditat must’ve realized that Tervel was a bit vulnerable,” the pooch’s owner said in the video. “He just seemed to know that there was a need there, somehow.”

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Justin Bieber Gets Burnt To A Crisp In First Clips From Comedy Central Roast

Beliebers might want to look away now.

News of the jokes from Justin Bieber’s Roast has been trickling across the Internet, but now Comedy Central finally released the first clips, and they’re brutal. In one video, Jeff Ross calls Bieber a “cocky little s–t” before comparing him to one of the most hated characters in television history:

In another clip, roast master Kevin Hart promises to give Biebs the “ass-whooping he deserves“:

Hart told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday that Bieber may have even cried during the show, so you better Belieb things are going to get even worse.

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Supremely Patient Dog Gets A Thorough Checkup From His Toddler Friend

Dog, the doctor will see you now.

In this adorable video, watch as a toddler gives her friend, Neckar the Bull Terrier, a thorough checkup.

The pooch proves to be one patient patient.

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The video was first uploaded to YouTube last month but has enjoyed a viral resurgence this week. The cute clip has been viewed more than 2.2 million times to date.

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Fred Armisen Gets Back At Bill Hader For Impersonating Him On ‘Conan’

Ouch.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein appeared on “Conan” Monday night to promote the new season of “Portlandia,” but the most memorable part of their interview had more to do with Armisen’s former “Saturday Night Live” colleague, Bill Hader.

See, Hader did an impression of Armisen the last time he was on Conan’s show, and Fred wasn’t exactly thrilled. To get back at him, not only does Armisen do a weird impression of Hader, but he even gets Conan to compare the angel who gave us Stefon to Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons.”

Again, ouch. Your move, Hader!

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New ‘Chappie’ Trailer Tones Down The Cute, Gets Heavy On Action

The first footage from “Chappie” was so cute that it probably made your brain short-circuit, but that’s not the case here.

The new trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi movie about a robot with a mind of its own goes heavy on the action. Instead of just seeing that Chappie acts like a person and watches “He-Man” cartoons, this new trailer focuses on the fact that Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver’s characters really don’t like that. There are car flips, gun fire and just enough explosions to suggest actor Dev Patel and his talking robot are in for a pretty wild adventure. “Chappie” opens in theaters March 6.

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Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski was given a game misconduct for his late hit on Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta at 14:08 of the first period Sunday night at TD Garden.
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Christian Louboutin Gets Into Lingerie With Dita Von Teese

Consider it basic math: When you add one sexy factor with another, you’re going to get even more sexy. Such is the case with news that Christian Louboutin is joining forces with Dita Von Teese on a limited-edition lingerie collection called XXXtian (a nod to the way the shoe designer signs his notes “Xtian”, according to WWD). The black-and-white floral print was designed by Mr. Louboutin.

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The line will retail only at French lingerie site glamuse.com, though it appears that shipping to the U.S. is possible. It’s aspirational underwear too, with prices starting a little over $ 100 for a pair of panties and almost hitting the $ 1,000 mark for the kimono.

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According to Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen, “I wanted the song to have something vaguely Celtic about it. Not really bagpipes and whistles, but more in mood. Something elemental and ancient. I think the drums and especially the guitar playing was very much done with those things in mind.”

Alfie adds, “As an interesting companion to this stripped down acoustic performance of “Bitter Memories” for North Shore sessions, you may have heard Jurvanen’s music as part of the new James Franco Verizon Droid commercial.”

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November 8 /// Quebec City, Canada /// Imperial*
November 15-29 /// European Tour /// EU
December 4 /// Burlington, VT /// Higher Ground†
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December 6 /// New York, NY /// Terminal 5†
January 8 /// St. Catharines, ON /// Sean O’Sullivan Theatre
January 9 /// Peterborough, ON /// Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
January 10 /// Ottawa, ON /// Bronson Centre
January 12 /// Kingston, ON /// The Grand Theatre
January 13 /// Barrie, ON /// Georgian TheatreJanuary 14 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
January 16 /// Louisville, KY /// Zanzabar
January 17 /// Nashville, TN /// Mercy Lounge
January 20 /// Houston, TX /// Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
January 21 /// Austin, TX /// Stubb’s Jr
January 22 /// Dallas, TX T /// he Kessler
January 24 /// Omaha, NE /// Reverb
January 25 /// Rock Island, IL /// TBD
January 27 /// Iowa City, IA /// The Mill
January 28 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Shank Hall
January 29 /// Chicago, IL /// Lincoln Hall
January 30 /// Ann Arbor, ME /// Ann Arbor Folk Fest
January 31 /// London, ON /// Aeolian Hall

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A Conversation with Tears For Fears’ Roland Orzabal

Mike Ragogna: Songs From The Big Chair celebrated across six discs. How did all this material come together?

Roland Orzabal: Well, it came together right at the end. We had made the whole thing, we had a lot of those songs for many years and we also had a philosophy behind Tears For Fears that very much came out. Then we were very much stuck with this success in England and the record companies saying, “Okay, we now need to follow it up.” It just went into this frame of, “Write whatever songs you have and we’re going to record.” We had a false start with a track called “The Way You Are” which was way too clever. We spent a long time on it and didn’t do that well for us. We then went on to a song called “Mothers Talk” and tried to do it in a similar way. That’s the point at which the record company was going, “No, this is not going to work.” They pulled us back and I think there was a secret mandate to beef up our sound, to put guitars on it and make it a bit more global. That influence and that pressure came from outside, it wasn’t something that came from Curt and I. Big Chair was a relatively quick album to make, I had no idea what we were doing, it didn’t sound cohesive to me, hence the title Songs. It just seemed like a random number of songs that were thrown together because we had them available at the time. It was only when right at the end of the album and I was running off cassettes…do you remember what they are? That I was forced to listen to the whole thing right from beginning to end and I thought, “This isn’t bad! There’s something there!”

MR: What was your impression when you listened to the work from top to bottom?

RO: I was surprised, because the thing is some of those tracks are quite complicated and quite layered. Some of them aren’t. I just remember how long we spent on the whole mixing process, going across to Germany in the midst of winter, God knows why, I’ve never been so cold. You just never feel particularly wonderful about what you’ve done because it’s all been a debate and discussion long into the early hours of the morning. It’s only really when you’re relaxed and step back that you can see what you’ve done. It’s only really in hindsight. Everything was done quickly with no many decisions on a certain level. For instance, the album cover. We didn’t have an album cover. It was like, “Come on, let’s get an album cover,” so we had a photo shoot and we were looking at the proofs and I leaned over to Curt and said, “Right, that’s the album cover.” Likewise with the title of the album, there was a dispute over that. It was not as if it had always been the title and everyone was happy about it. It was decided very quickly.

MR: Do you think that it came together so well because the vision was hidden there all these years?

RO: I think that’s a good point. With that question, Curt and I combined and interfaced with something that was kind of necessary at the time. To use a strong word it was sort of destined. We got very lucky.

MR: How do you feel about how your first album resonated with the culture?

RO: As I keep saying, we got lucky. I think that there were two things, really. The team that came together, the politics of the team, myself and Curt probably being on the bottom of it in a hierarchy, Chris Hughes, Dave Bates from the record company, Ian Stanley, the relationships were all changing. What was great is that because we were slightly in a rush, when I wrote “Shout” the chorus, that all I thought it was going to be, a chorus like “Give Peace A Chance,” a song about protest. Then when I played it to Ian and Chris they said, “No, that’s a single.” I said, “What?!” “That’s a single that needs a verse.” Luckily, Curt and I had to do the video for “Mothers Talk,” so we walked away, left Ian and Chris to muck about for a day and when we came back the backing track for “Shout” was born and it was like, “Whoa, okay.” That really did change how things were stacking up. Then the other thing, the track “Listen” which was really Ian Stanley’s baby, he’d been mucking about with that when we were recording The Hurting and we’d come back from London and I’d pop up and see Ian and he’d play me this track and I’m thinking, “This is just beautiful.” So we had these pieces lying around but we didn’t realize it was going to work so well to put them all together.

MR: The temptation of many artists after doing a successful album is to recycle the formula, but you guys took a complete left turn.

RO: Big Chair was so successful that we ended up touring for eight months. We used to use a Revox tape machine beside the stage to play all the electronics and backing tracks. Because it was edited in that way we played the same set for eight months pretty much. It was in hindsight the worst thing we possibly could have done. We should have toured for a while and then started recording again while everyone was in love with each other. Those eight months of just two albums’ worth of material killed us. I’ve told this story many times, when we were playing in Kansas and the audience was going mad and we were playing the same songs that we’d been playing for God knows how long. We walked into a bar in the hotel in Kansas and there was a woman in a ball gown singing with two guys in dinner jackets. Her name was Oleta Adams and I just remember sitting at the bar with our album at number one and thinking, “There’s something wrong here.” That affected me in a big way. For me it wasn’t about the success anymore, it was about the music. So it was not a good career move but I went away and explored myself spiritually and never ever lost that memory of Oleta and her powerful soul. So yes, it did change and it changed radically.

MR: And what was released after that was a giant leap from the last project.

RO: It’s a difficult one because again it’s all down to hindsight, but yes, it’s one of the best periods of my life, Seeds Of Love. Living in London, I was finally doing primal therapy which was the thing we were banging on about. I was opening up. I don’t think I could’ve written something like “Woman In Chains” if I hadn’t gone through such therapy.

MR: My feeling is that in the States, The Hurting was digested once they understood your Songs From The Big Chair. I think America really needed to shout, and “Shout” was what was needed at the time.

RO: There’s no doubt about it. When I was younger and the muse was visiting me constantly as opposed to nowadays when it’s in the odd occasion, you sit down or stand up to write and once you get into that semi-hypnotic state ideas start pouting in. Then you look at the songs that were written at the time, there was a song not particularly well known in America, by Paul Weller called “Shout To The Top” and I’m thinking that must have been written pretty much at the same time. There was obviously something floating around in the ether waiting for an open mind as they say. That’s the role of the artist, isn’t it?

MR: Roland, this expanded version of Big Chair with all its bells and whistles…for you as the artist, how entrenched in the process did you get? Did you have any other revelations as you were re-examining the album?

RO: I had to help Steve Wilson who did the 5.1 not just find the tapes but recreate the original mixes. Some of these songs I haven’t listened to in twenty years. Steve was putting it all together and sending it to me and I listened to it on headphones and going, “Wow, that sounds pretty good,” but the one that shocked me was “The Working Hour.” It’s not something that I’d listened to. I just thought, “My God, that’s a really good song.” It’s not just the hits on Big Chair, it’s also the gems, like “Working Hour” and “Listen.” Just listening to the luxuriating in the sounds and the fact that in those days we used so much reverb, it was just great. Steve did an amazing job.

MR: Being the person who has to keep the machine going, so to speak, I don’t understand how any artist in the middle of creation can fully understand what they’re doing at the time. It seems you have to wait for years to pass to truly understand it.

RO: It’s true.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

RO: I think it’s the same advice that I get from people on social media, really big fans. Dig deep. That’s fundamentally the most important thing. If you don’t really, really search and explore you’re not going to come up with the best stuff.

MR: When you were digging deeply, were there any moments where it got scary, where you had to say, “I need to deal with this another day?”

RO: No. I love it.

MR: [laughs] Beautiful! Is this still your creative approach?

RO: When you’re younger, your brain is growing, and as you get older, your classical brain takes over because you’ve learned how to cope with virtually everything that life has thrown at you. Therefore, that sort of element of chaos is contained far more. I think it’s the element of chaos within your brain that allows great ideas to come in.

MR: And if you create something that resonates well enough with the culture, it keeps coming back. Tears For Fears keeps getting rediscovered in every generation.

RO: I’m happy about it.

MR: It must be very satisfying as an artist.

RO: It’s extremely flattering.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Tears For Fears’ Curt Smith

Mike Ragogna: Songs From The Big Chair has been treated with such reverence, expanded into a six-disc super deluxe edition. Even to the artist that must be a little shocking.

Curt Smith: What, the extent to which the company has gone to make something good?

MR: [laughs] No, the huge amount of material on there.

CS: Not really. It’s a big anniversary obviously and this is really the first time when we’ve actually been involved in the process. They’ve released various limited things before and obviously they have the masters so it was beyond our control. This is the first time we’ve sat down with management and said, “Let’s do something we can all be involved in and proud of.”

MR: Listening back to all of this content was there anything that jumped out at you like, “Oh, I forgot about that, that was pretty cool?”

CS: Probably a lot of the remixes. You have to understand that when we finished the album it took off really quickly and we were on this big world tour so sometimes we only heard the remixes once or twice and said, “Okay, that’s great,” and then we’d forget about them because we were busy on tour for about a year. I guess a lot of the remixes I’d forgotten about.

MR: Were there any revelations? This must be the biggest microscope you could apply to the actual album. Were there any conclusions you came to that were different from when you originally recorded it?

CS: I think for us, it’s actually nice to look back and start to appreciate how well that record did and the amount of work we put into it and everyone put into it because I mentioned before that at the time we were so busy we didn’t really have time to appreciate it. Being able to look back and see the things that were happening that we missed at the time because we were too busy was illuminating.

MR: What happened in the birthing that made it come together as a significant work? Or were you not aware at the time that it would be as appreciated as this?

CS: When we record, I don’t think we go in with any set idea of what we’re attempting to achieve. Basically, we’re just trying to go in and make the best record we can. “The Way You Are” was not the best experiment and certainly not the best way to start it. I think after that we realized that we are more of an album band, we want to put a project together as opposed to just one-off singles. There’s no real direction in one song, it’s when you get to play with a whole bunch of songs together that you get a sense of an album and a sense of a project as a whole. For us that was the big revelation I guess. “You know what? We’re an album band. We may have hit singles, but we’re an album band.” Obviously, we had some disagreements; the record company back then wanted things done very quickly because The Hurting was successful. It wasn’t as big in America as everywhere else but it was successful. They wanted us to follow up quickly and we kind of didn’t. There were some battles to be had there.

MR: Roland mentioned a couple of tracks that changed when he got a chance to listen and dig into them with this package. For instance, he felt that “Listen” was a stronger track than he remembered it being. Did you have any similar experiences?

CS: I think I would agree with Roland about “Listen.” But I always kind of liked that track. What I remember most about it really is when we were on tour in ’85 that was our opening track, the music we played before we came on stage. In a big arena, it sounded fantastic. We just started playing for a couple of shows “The Working Hour” again live and you forget how good that song is. We just haven’t played it for a long time.

MR: Yeah, there are b-sides that are more loved than one would expect for a b-side. Given the fact that tracks like those became fan favorites, does it seem like they originally should have gone on the package?

CS: A lot of questions have been asked in recent interviews about, “Why only eight tracks?” We felt that the project was complete at that point in time. Plus you had to remember that CDs had just come in and the primary sales at that point were actually on vinyl so you were limited to twenty-two and a half minutes a side. I don’t think we could’ve fit much more on vinyl at that point in time. Going back to the b-sides, yeah, I love them. They become fan favorites and some of them we like a lot as well. For us, that was the chance to experiment outside of us making an album, and that was always fun to do.

MR: I wonder if a seventh disc might have been a re-imagining of the entire album including the b-sides.

CS: [laughs] I mean I guess it could’ve been. I don’t know where some of them fit in. I think “Listen” is really a bigger version of a b-side we would do.

MR:I grilled Roland about this, so I want your opinion as well. I feel like “Shout” and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” became huge hits resonated with everything that was going on in the world when they were released. How do you feel about their relation to that?

CS: Yeah, it was a cold war era, there was a lot of posturing on all sides from America and from Russia and also the UK to be honest. Basically, we’re writing about what we’re experiencing, so that was our viewpoint at the time and it expanded to echo your view on society at the time. In a weird way it comes full circle because the reason you write a song is because society is affecting you and then maybe your song affects society.

MR: Obviously, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is a reference to America and Russia as you mentioned, but I feel like “Shout” additionally describes your generation’s reaction to Cold War stress.

CS: Yeah, I think so. The fact was that it came about quite a way before it ended. I think it’s us reflecting what we’re seeing in the world. There were a lot of protests, the cold war was coming to a head and it wasn’t going to be much longer until the fall of the Soviet Union happened. Again, I think we’re reflecting what we’re seeing and I’m not sure how much we influenced the way other people think about it.

MR: Yeah. But that’s why I think it also resonated so strongly. You supplied an outlet for people’s thoughts and reactions to what was going on at the time.

CS: I think that in general, the people who are kind of into it are the people who agree with oyu. “Yeah, you’re right.” I don’t necessarily think it’s a new concept for them, I guess we’re just verbalizing it.

MR: There are 5.1 remixes in this collection, did you discover anything from the multis that you forgot about over the years?

CS: Not that jumped ahead of me. To be honest, I think the most interesting part of the package to me is the 5.1 mixes and being able to hear things separated more than they would be in stereo. When that happens there are things that jump out at you that make you say, “Oh, I forgot we put that on there,” because you can hear it clearly now.

MR: Are there parts that your mind is putting together now that you would’ve liked to have put on there originally?

CS: No, not really. I find the fact that I don’t really want to change any of it gratifying. I think that it still stands up. I think if I was recording today I don’t think anyone would say it was a bad recording. Even with all the technology and advancements that have happened since we did that album I still think it’s a great record.

MR: It seems each generation discovers Tears For Fears at some point, especially when “Mad World” was popular in Donnie Darko and now Lorde has covered “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” What do you think of that?

CS: Obviously, it’s very nice for us. I believe again it comes down to content. I think that as generations change each generation relates to an album that you made at that age. The amount of young bands we meet who cite The Hurting as a big influence on them purely because of the lyrical content on that record and subsequently on Songs From The Big Chair they can relate to. We were that age when we did them. I find it gratifying that other artists have embraced our music as the years have gone on and more so that they stretch across a bunch of genres. You mentioned Lorde, obviously we had the Gary Jules version of “Mad World,” which Adam Lambert also covered, and now you have Kanye West using “Memories Fade.” It crosses a bunch of genres which is interesting.

MR: Nice. There is something about the material that keeps bringing people back. There’s a timelessness to a good song.

CS: And to a good recording. I thin somewhere between the songs the production is what makes it last, I believe.

MR: Speaking of new generations, what advice do you have for new artists?

CS: It’s a very different landscape now. There are so many more ways to get noticed that it’s kind of hard to stand out. There’s so much out there because of the internet. One, do the best you can, and two, be creative. The things that stand out are those people that are being more creative. I mean that in recording and I mean that in video. It’s a multi-layered medium now. It’s not just recording, you’ve got to be doing other things as well.

MR: Can you picture starting as an artist during this era? How would you approach it if you did?

CS: I think it still starts with the song, I honestly do. My kids will find great songs online before I’ve ever heard them on the radio or anywhere else. It’s like younger kids going out and finding them for themselves. My youngest was a huge fan of Justin Bieber because of YouTube. But again, I think that a great song is always going to stand up. I think the most important part is making decent music but then you’ve got to be creative with everything else you do as well.

MR: Nice. Thank you. What are you going to be working on? Any plans for more Tears For Fears music?

CS: Yep, we’re in the middle of doing an album now. Well, we’re taking a break right now as you can tell, Roland’s in England and I’m in LA, but we’re back in the studio in November starting again. We’re now signed to Warner Brothers records. People ask when the record will be ready and my answer will always be, “When it’s ready,” but hopefully at some point next year there will be a new album.

MR: Are you conscious of gathering all of the stages of the mixes so you can have a six-disc reissue in a few years?

CS: [laughs] With the technological advancements in place now, we have everything on a hard drive somewhere.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Lloyd Cole

Mike Ragogna: Hey Lloyd, what is all this about being too old to rock?

Lloyd Cole: I think sometimes, we think a little bit too much about what is age-appropriate. I’d got to thinking that I was done with making rock music, and I was kind of okay with that. Then I wrote a bunch of songs and I was like, “Well I can’t really see any other way to do these other than with a rock ‘n’ roll band, so let’s see what happens.”

MR: How did this tracklist come together as far as direction?

LC: I just write songs. One would hope that my songwriting has evolved over the years but I still feel like I’m pretty much the same songwriter that I was when I was maybe thirty years old. I’m just older. I still get turned on by the same kind of music. I still think Prince was the biggest genius that’s ever been. I’m not sure how much is different in myself, I just think that for a certain amount of time in my forties and maybe early fifties, I was over-interested in restraint and understatement. I think I’m naturally a fairly flamboyant lyricist and maybe I’ve just been reigning it back too much. I thought on this record, “What would happen if I just don’t worry about that type of thing?” What happened is I became more colorful again.

MR: Is this album a return to what you like?

LC: Not really. In the first four or five years after The Commotions, the first year was quite frightening because I had no idea if I could make music on my own. Then when I found out that I could make music on my own it was very much just like starting with The Commotions again, “Oh, my God, I’m going to try and do this, I’m going to try and do that,” and I was excited to try and do lots of things that would not have been possible with The Commotions. I think in my later years, after I had a fairly depressing end to my major label relationships in the late nineties I think I retreated somewhat. I found myself in a niche and I wasn’t particularly happy about it. I wasn’t willing to play the game to get out of the niche and I think I turned myself into a niche artist, which is not something I’m happy about.

MR: With Standards, you’re reunited with Fred Maher and Matthew Sweet. What was getting back together like?

LC: It was weirdly exactly the same. There’s no mirrors in the recording studio so we weren’t looking at what we looked these days–I guess we were looking at each other, but we weren’t looking at ourselves going, “I’m this older, grayer, heavier guy than I was when we were working together.” As soon as the three of us started playing together with the drums, the bass and the rhythm guitar it just felt exactly as it did before. Obviously, I wouldn’t have gone back to that recipe if I didn’t think it was the best rhythm section I’ve ever worked with.

MR: When you listened to the end result, did you have any revelations or discoveries? Any moments of, “Okay, this is what I need to do going forward.”

LC: You know, it wasn’t just with this record. Part of the steps going forward were with the one before, Broken Record. I worked with Fred again for the first time on that and that was the first album that I actually went back into the studio and recorded the basics live with a band. I’d always done that in the nineties and with the commotions. It was only in the two thousands when I was consciously trying to get away from rock music and I basically went into a room and made music on my own with acoustic instruments and computers. I’m very happy with that music, but it’s a lonely experience and it’s very difficult. After we made Broken Record I just thought, “I don’t want to make any of those records in a room on my own again.” This is more the way I want to work, and I’ve made those records, I don’t need to make them again. The way forward is definitely working with musicians as opposed to computers. Having said that I’m setting up my attic right now to find a way to try and get the best of both worlds from the next record, because I’m interested in things that I can do with the modular synthesizer. It’s integrated in Standards very, very slightly but I think that there’s a way that I can take the sound of Standards and augment it with some different textures which will make for a different next record. The computer is still unfortunately part of my life.

MR: But it was fun to re-explore the rhythm section as the element of a backbone perhaps.

LC: I just think there’s certain combinations of people where the end result is greater than the sum of the parts. I just think that Fred and Matthew and I have got something that’s pretty great in that way. We don’t have to think about it. What I was very conscious about on Standards was knowing that I had to be the producer of the record. Very rarely do I start recording a record when I’ve finished writing every single lyric for ever song. When the band is having pizza between takes I’m usually going off to the office to try and write verse three. It’s not a lot of fun. But usually what I’ve done is I’ve demoed the songs up to a certain stage so I can play the songs to the band and I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I want to do with them. What I decided to do on this record is I’ve decided to not make any demoes at all but to finish every single lyric before I start it so that I didn’t have to be worried about finishing the songs. I knew I was happy with the songs and I basically wanted to say, “Okay Fred and Matthew, here’s the song now, I’m going to play it on guitar,” and a few hours later we’d have the basic track recorded.

MR: I imagine that in the studio, things evolved and changed from how you wrote them?

LC: There was nothing to evolve from. A song is a blank canvas. You can do anything with a song. All I had were the words and the chords and the melodies. I had a few basic ideas, I forced them to listen to Neu! every morning before recording because I wanted to get that kind of insistent, repetitive feel to the drums. Fred didn’t need much help in that direction.

MR: And did you also play them Tempest?

LC: No, I wasn’t trying to make a record that sounded like Tempest, I was only inspired by them inasmuch as, listening to that record it was immediately obvious, I don’t think Bob Dylan knows how old he is. If you asked him old he is he’d probably say, “I’m sixty something.” It was that aspect of things, the fact that that Bob is still pretty much just doing what he’s always done and he’s never worried about whether his music’s age appropriate or not, that was the spark for me. That was what got me back to thinking, “What would happen if I made a record not worrying about whether it was age appropriate or not.

MR: Joan Wasser also joined you. Was it your idea to have her come on board? What elements did she bring to the creative process?

LC: Joan was a friend of a friend and now she’s sort of an old friend. She used to be in a band called the Dambuilders and Dave Derby from the Dambuilders was in my band The Negatives for a while so I used to see Joan around. When she released that record Real LIfe I must say I was completely taken aback because I think it’s one of the best records anybody’s ever made. She’s my favorite. Karen Dalton’s probably my favorite singer but she’s dead. Of the female singers living now, Joan is probably my favorite singer. I was making Broken Record and I said, “Would you sing on it?” and she said, “Yes, of course,” so she sang on Broken Record and as long as she keeps saying yes, she’ll be singing on all my records. She brings a harmony and something in the sound of her voice, a texture that she adds that just brings the song to life in a way that nobody else could.

MR: And you also have your son Will on the project plating guitar.

LC: Absolutely. Quine is dead. It used to be Fred, Matthew, me and Quine. Quine’s no more, but William grew up listening to Quine and Keith Richard and the Strokes and he’s got his own thing. He’s not playing on the record because he’s my son, he’s playing on my record because I was watching his development as a musician and he got to the point where I thought, “I like what you’re doing, how about trying to play some guitar on my record?” That’s him playing the guitar solo on “Blue Like Mars” and that’s the closest to a Quine feeling that anybody’s had on my records since Quine.

MR: Nice. When you look at the people who played on Standards it seems like an amalgam of many periods of your life. You’ve got people from the Commotions, you’ve got your son, you’ve got Joan and you’ve got Fred and Matthew. Did you find that this group of people was creatively inspiring or satisfying to you?

LC: All the projects are satisfying in that way. The ones that aren’t I don’t release. It’s hard for me to say because the process of making the record, especially the two weeks in LA doing basic tracks was great fun. It wasn’t even two weeks, it was ten days. That was invigorating and that made making the rest of the record a lot easier, especially with Fred and Matthew’s enthusiasm for the material. They reminded me a lot of when we were working in the early nineties because if I wasn’t sure about a song they were always very honest about stuff. Matthew just kept going on and on, “These songs are amazing! This record’s going to be great!” Frankly that’s nice. I needed a little bit of enthusiasm. There’s no need for another record unless it’s got a chance of being great.

MR: You created a nice circle of moments in your life. That must have had some sort of happy influence.

LC: I guess so. I guess that’s just the type of thing that makes sense as you get older. You can’t have your son playing on your record when you’re thirty.

MR: What’s out there right now that you like? New things that have got your ear.

LC: I don’t listen to a great deal of popular music. The last band that I was particularly excited about was probably The Walkmen, and they don’t exist anymore. It’s nice to see somebody like the black keys become popular. That’s exciting, I think. It goes to show that the market is not as constricted as people thought. I really like Santigold. There’s music I hear every now and again where I go, “Oh, what’s that? I want to hear more of that,” but I spend more of my time listening to experimental and classical music these days. I probably spend more time listening to music made with modular synthesizers more than anything else. There’s a guy who runs a record shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also makes music with synthesizers, I listen to a bunch of his stuff. The last couple years, I’ve been more of a student than a listener because I’ve been learning how to make music without computers but with synthesizers. That’s my side project.

MR: Do you use a sequencer at least?

LC: Yeah, but it’s not in the computer.

MR: Like the old days.

LC: Yeah, like Tangerine Dream or Kraftwerk.

MR: You have Somerville, Boston and Cambridge near you. Those music scenes may not be national but do you get out to the bars and check out that music once in a while?

LC: Not much. I’m not saying I don’t, every now and again I do, but I’m about an hour and a half west of Boston, in the North Hampton valley. It’s got a similar scene to it, there’s a lot of music going on. I keep a room in a local studio that I can go to when I need to do recording that I can’t do here in the attic, so I see music coming through. I used to go out more to see music, but I have to say I go out less because I’ve been working a lot recently, and I do like silence. I probably prefer reading to listening to music.

MR: That’s a lost art, too. What advice do you have for new artists?

LC: I have to think about this all the time these days because my son’s band is in Brooklyn, they’re getting started and it looks like they have a chance. I think that you need to find your voice. If you find a voice which is your own and you feel like you have something that is not a rehash of something that’s already been done then you can run with it. But if you’ve been playing music for four or five years and you haven’t found your voice yet then you’re going to be in a cover band. That’s fine, playing music for fun is also fine, but you have to find your voice and that’s it. The music that I made before 1983 sounds like a cover band. It wasn’t until writing “Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken” that I suddenly went, “Oh gosh, this is what I’ve been wanting to do. How can I do this now when I couldn’t do this last week?” I don’t know, but I think you have to have that moment and you have to believe in it. I play golf also and you have to accept that there’s a great deal of luck involved. I got lucky in 1984, the whole band got lucky. There’s plenty of great bands that don’t get lucky but I think over all luck will even out and if you are a great band there’s a very good chance you will be found. I think if you don’t think you’ve got a chance to be great, we don’t need more music from people who don’t think they can be great.

MR: Can you see the evolution you’ve gone through over the years?

LC: There’s certainly not a linear evolution, that’s for sure. There are some terrible mistakes made along the way and certainly some dead end streets that were taken. My relationship with individual records changes. For many, many years I was very frustrated with the album Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe and kind of perplexed by why it was a lot of people’s favorite record of mine, but it’s now one of my favorite records of mine. For many years the album Love Story was the album I thought was my best solo record, I now think it’s probably my worst solo record. My relationship with things absolutely changes. I can’t sing certain songs because I don’t know where to start with them, I can’t remember what I could’ve been thinking to write them and yet other songs, maybe even older songs still seem perfectly simple, I don’t even have to think about why I wrote them and I still feel I can sing the songs. I’m not sure if evolution is the right term. I think maybe quest is better. I think I’m still trying to write beautiful songs and I think over thirty years there might be three or four songs that have absolutely nothing I would change about them. There’s maybe a dozen or twenty others that–I don’t like the term “proud of” because I don’t like pride, but I’m very happy with them. And there are a few things every now and again that I find myself looking at or hearing when I’m singing and going, “Well gosh, I think only I could’ve written that.” So maybe I am a valid addition to the canon.

MR: What advice would you have given yourself as a kid?

LC: I wasn’t really a musician, I was just kind of an ideas person. I did the right thing, I surrounded myself with musicians who were able somehow or other to invest some trust in my vision for what the band could be. I literally could barely play guitar or sing. When we were recording Rattlesnakes the only production that went into the recording of the vocals was, “Is it in tune or not?” When it was in tune it was regarded as being finished. As soon as producers started to try and direct me with how my vocals were presented, Jesus, things went terribly wrong for a while. I had no idea what I was doing, I was just some kind of savant. I got lucky. I guess I knew I needed musicians but I got lucky to find the right ones.

MR: So your advice would be stay the course.

LC: [laughs] No, I certainly wouldn’t say stay the course! If it’s not going well and you’re not sure that what you’re doing has got a chance of being great then do something else. I’ve always been pretty sure. I was sure when I was getting started and then I was unsure for about six months after the Commotions because I wasn’t sure I could do it on my own and then as soon as I started making demos on my own I was like, “Oh, I can do this.”

MR: What does the future look like? You’re going to be supporting Standards?

LC: Standards came out in Europe about a year and a bit ago. I’ve been all around the world promoting it already. We’re just sort of starting again over here. I’ve got a New York show and then some European shows in November and then probably some touring early next year over here. I’m actually getting ready to make the next record, that’s what I’m doing up here in the attic. I’m trying to reorganize it so that it’s a work space for the next record. I don’t think there’ll be a lot of work when we’re snowed in here so I’m going to try and get some recording done.

MR: Are you going to have your cast of characters back?

LC: I’m not going to record it exactly the same way as I did last time, I’m going to try and make some sketches and some recordings that can be overdubbed, or certainly sonic ideas. With Standards, the idea of the recording was more a philosophical, conceptual idea of how I wanted the bass and drums to be in terms of wanting it to be very driving and straight ahead and not even slightly jazzy. For the record, I’m thinking about I actually want to create a textural soundscape idea before I write the songs because I want to have a sound that I can then write for.

MR: I wish you very good luck and a wonderfully creative snowed-in winter.

LC: [laughs] I hope so. You’ve got to try and get something out of it when you’re snowed-in here, it’s just grim. I’m not having too many more winters, I’m going to be somewhere else when I’m sixty, that’s for sure. Snow’s cool when you’re in your teens and you can go sledding, and it’s beautiful for the first week, but when it’s been there for three months, boy. I’ve seen enough of it. But my youngest son is in high school and everything’s going well in that respect so I’m not going to move to preferable climes until he’s finished with that. That is apparently why we’re supposed to look forward to my retirement, if my body can actually stay healthy long enough.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Lang Lang

Mike Ragogna: Let’s talk about The Mozart Album that you recorded with the Weiner Philharmonkier. In the past, you’ve taken on other composers, why Mozart this time out?

Lang Lang: First of all, I must say recording with Nikolaus Harnoncourt was always a big dream in my career. For me, he is the most unique and special interpreter of Mozart. We worked for two years on those concertos. He showed me the authentic way of doing the styling on those pieces. In a way I never experienced Mozart like this before.

MR: Were there other things you learned from him?

LL: Yes, absolutely. He’s the one normally who always plays on the period instrument. He plays the instrument from many, many centuries ago. He also uses the old bowing and articulation to play. In a way, it sounds very original but at the same time he is not a very conservative style person. He’s very liberal in music making. He’s very romantic. He has this wonderful inspiration which combines both very, very authentic bowing on top of a very liberal interpretation. That really gave me the idea to play a mozart concerto in this direction. He showed me the Mozart bird from Salzberg, Vienna. The country music, the church music, the folk dance, everything he explained to me is in the roots of it. You can feel that it’s kind of local music.

MR: From this collaboration and from recording a project based around this particular composer, did you discover anything new about Mozart?

LL: Yes. Mozart is someone who you think that you know about him and then he changes. He transforms his character all the time. He never stays in the same place more than two bars. So therefore his music is like a live drama. It’s an opera, it’s a movie. You’re watching a movie of one hundred different characters walking in and out. It’s beautiful. That’s Mozart.

MR: That must be very demanding for you. Is it challenging to keep up with all the drama?

LL: You need a lot of practice. There’s a lot of spontaneous, right-on-the-beat interpretations. There are a lot of turnovers. You can even see that he makes a lot of turns in his music. As much as you need to be very precise when you practice you need to be very slow and soft. With Mozart music you really need to practice slow and soft. You cannot practice in a loud way because then your ear doesn’t feel those precise interpretations anymore.

MR: Early on, you were taught the actual history of Mozart. But is there anything you feel you now know more about him from exploring his music as deeply as you have?

LL: Certainly. One thing that’s very important about Mozart is a letter he wrote to his father about his music and his personality. He said that his music is like a tree. You have the roots, which is the left hand, you also have the leaves, which is the right hand. He said he wanted the leaves to be really free and floating, but he wanted the roots to be very solid and give a good base and support. He is basically saying life should be like that. I really love that because you can be really free but you still have the gut to tell you what to do.

MR: Are there any pieces that musically illustrate what you’ve just explained?

LL: Yeah, I would say the slow movement of the G Major Sonata is like that and then the third movement, which you’d call the bird concerto, which is also a G Major Concerto, the third movement is like a bird. One other magical thing is when you see a chromatic scale going down it means Mozart has little tears in his eyes. Just a little bit of tears. That’s what Harnoncourt told me.

MR: You’ve recorded the Mozart album, you’ve recorded various themed albums, what are the different approaches you need to take with some of these other composers? For instance, what did you discover with Chopin? Obviously, Chopin is a lot gentler, but he’s also very precise.

LL: Yes. Chopin is already almost more than one hundred years later, so the piano as an instrument had become a much bigger instrument. You can play much louder than before. Mozart’s double forte still had a limit. Chopin’s time was already what you call the romantic time. Everything’s kind of like poetry and novels. Chopin added a lot of new technique already. The harmony is totally different because the romantic harmonies are quite different than the classical ones. There’s a lot of much longer phrases because the instrument can do that. Lizst, for example, basically stretched the piano a lot because he destroys pianos all the time and needed a new piano to be as powerful as himself. Then Rachmaninoff comes later and you need a very solid grand piano to play those pieces. If you play Rachmaninoff on Mozart that’s like today’s pianists playing on the keyboard. The descriptions are still the same, “Happiness,” “Deepness,” “Sadness,” but it’s like in a movie. You have 4k or 3D and there’s a different kind of dimension.

MR: As a thirty-two year old pianist, the amount of experience and exposure you’ve had and the amount of composers’ works you’ve recorded, do you feel like you’ve become a musicologist?

LL: I think that since I’m now doing a lot of teaching work and my foundation work I need to be more precise on the things that I’m telling to the kids; how to do interpretation and how to analyze the possible ways to play on the keyboard. We need to be very critical of ourselves to get more knowledge and to get more precise and accurate to what we are looking into. I need to be better at Chopin, better at Beethoven, better at Bach. I need to find solid points to convince myself and to convince our professional world of those interpretations. I think this is a great thing. I think kids need to go through that. But at the same time it’s also very important for a kid to realize by the end of the concert they need their entire soul to come out with their playing. They cannot just follow everything they have learned from the teacher. They need to find their own way and their own signature to prove they actually received the knowledge but at the same time live through the creative parts. That’s very, very important.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

LL: In our career we’re facing a lot of challenges, whether they’re professional challenges or personal challenges. There are a lot of things that you may have wanted to do in certain ways but in the end it may not be what you thought at first impression. The important thing for us is to always follow our dream and try to achieve what is best for yourself and what is best for our musical environment.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne
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Elizabeth Gilbert Explains What Everyone Gets Wrong About ‘Soul Mates’ (VIDEO)

How many times have you heard people say they’re looking for their “soul mate?” When she embarked on her now-famous Eat, Pray, Love journey, author Elizabeth Gilbert did end up falling deeply in love with her now-husband — but he isn’t the “soul mate” that so many people search for. And that’s exactly why Gilbert says their relationship has a lasting future.

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants,” Gilbert wrote in Eat, Pray, Love. “But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you will ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.”

Before she journeyed to Italy, India and Bali for her book, Gilbert couldn’t make sense of the fact that she had found and subsequently lost a man she had believed to be her soul mate. Then, a friend of Gilbert’s carefully explained what a soul mate is — and why you don’t always want to marry him.

“He told me about somebody who I had lost — who I thought was my soul mate — he said, ‘He probably was. But you don’t understand what a soul mate is,'” Gilbert recalls her friend saying. “‘You think it’s all roses and happiness. A soul mate is somebody who changes you. And then, sometimes, they have to leave because the intensity of the relationship is so much that you can’t actually have [stability].'”

Rather than look to a “soul mate” for lasting love or marriage, Gilbert now believes in looking for something different.

“Your partner is something else,” Gilbert says. “That’s your friend. My husband is my best friend. He’s not the mirror that holds up my flaws. He’s just the guy who’s like, ‘I think you’re terrific’… It’s just simple, showing up for each other.”

Gilbert still admits that the fire and intensity of a soul mate isn’t without its merits. “Whatever they fired up in you, you might have needed fired up,” she says. “And then you might need them to go, so that you can go on your journey.”

The second part of Elizabeth Gilbert’s conversation with Oprah airs on “Super Soul Sunday” this Sunday, Oct. 12, on OWN at 11 a.m. ET, during which it also streams live on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv and Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.

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Elderly Man Gets Down To ‘La Bamba,’ Shows Everyone How It’s Done

This gentleman has some serious moves.

And he shows that anyone — at any age — can get down to a feel-good beat, dancing to a street performer’s rendition of “La Bamba” at the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney, Australia.

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Andi Dorfman Chooses Josh Murray And Gets Engaged On ‘The Bachelorette’ Finale

It’s official: Andi Dorfman has made her choice! Drumroll please … (AND SPOILER ALERT!)

The 27-year-old Atlanta district attorney chose Josh Murray during “The Bachelorette” Season 10 finale on July 28 — and he got down on one knee to propose with a Neil Lane sparkler. So did she say yes? Well, of course she did!

“Andi, you are the answer to all my prayers. You are the woman of my dreams. You are the woman that I never thought existed in this world,” Murray told Dorfman, who was smiling from ear-to-ear.

“I know that feeling from the very first time I saw you, I know that feeling now, is love. It is,” Dorfman gushed. “You’re the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. You’re the one I want to have babies with.”

Murray, 29, is a former professional baseball player who now works as Financial Services Rep for Capstone Financial. And luckily for Dorfman, he also lives in Atlanta.

The runner-up, Nick Viall, was thrown a curveball when he was sent home heartbroken after Dorfman told him their relationship just didn’t “feel right” in a hotel room before the final rose ceremony. Although he received the first impression rose on the series premiere in May, it appears Viall wasn’t the front-runner like he had thought.

Congrats to Andi and Josh! Here’s to another TV wedding …

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Tim McGraw Slaps Fan During Atlanta Concert, Woman Gets Taken Away By Security

Tim McGraw had an unusual, and uncomfortable, encounter with a fan at an Atlanta show last weekend. According to TMZ, while performing his song “Truck Yeah” at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Sunday, July 13, McGraw slapped a female fan who got a little too handsy and aggressive.

In the video above (TMZ has another version of it as well), McGraw is seen standing in a sea of screaming fans with his ripped jeans, black tank top and signature cowboy hat. At about 44 seconds in, after bending down to sing with the crowd, McGraw tries to keep on walking when something holds him back. A moment later, security rushes over.

According to TMZ, a woman grabbed on to McGraw’s leg and ripped his jeans. In the video, he is visibly upset, gesturing “What the what” with his hands, before carrying on with the show. The woman was indeed taken away by security.

HuffPost has reached out to McGraw’s reps for comment and will update this story once one comes through. The singer hasn’t addressed the incident on Twitter, instead posting the following photo at the end of the night:

McGraw is hardly the first musician whose fans have gotten a little too close for comfort.

Back in February, a fan rushed up the stage as Taylor Swift performed in London’s O2 Arena. He was escorted off by security. Beyonce was pulled off stage by an overly excited fan in September 2013, during a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wiz Khalifa had a similar encounter in October 2013, when a shirtless man got up on stage while he performed in Florida. The man was immediately tackled by security.
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‘American Horror Story: Freakshow’ Gets A Delightfully Creepy First Teaser

“American Horror Story: Coven” may have raked 17 nominations in the upcoming Emmys, but all eyes are on “American Horror Story: Freakshow” now, with its creepy new teaser released Sunday, July 13.

In the 20-second clip, the seemingly innocuous — but truly ominous — music we’ve come to expect from the series sounds, as white wings part on a small stage to reveal a sad blond woman. The camera then shifts to her rear, unveiling a terrifying clown character operating her bloody lever. Freakshow, indeed!

The Ryan Murphy-helmed Season 4 “will be set around a carnival sideshow in early-1950s Florida,” according to Rolling Stone. “Jessica Lange will return for her fourth season on the show to play a German ex-pat who runs the sideshow.”

“It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly in May, adding: “I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the ‘Asylum’ season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark.”

Umm … that explains the clown??

Sarah Paulson will also be making her return to the FX anthology and she even revealed her character via Twitter in June: a two-headed woman named Bette and Dot.

We’re already having nightmares.
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America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams


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’19 Kids And Counting’ Star Jill Duggar Gets Married To Fiance Derick Dillard

Jill Duggar, one of the stars of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” went from being a Duggar to a Dillard on Saturday, June 21.

The second daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, 23-year-old Jill Duggar married fiance Derick Dillard this weekend in her hometown of Springdale, Arkansas. Much of the Duggar family took part in the wedding, as five of Jill’s sisters were her bridesmaids, five brothers were ushers, a brother and a nephew were ring-bearers, and her sisters and a niece were flower girls.

The newlyweds waited until their engagement, which was back in April, to hold hands and saved their first kiss for after they each said, “I do.” The bride’s parents told People magazine it was an emotional time to realize that their married daughter would now be leaving home. Her sister Jinger mentioned how great Derek is for Jill saying, “I couldn’t have picked a better person for my sister. We are going to miss her so much.”

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Jonah Hill Gets Real On ‘Tonight Show’ With Powerful Apology

Things just got real.

On Tuesday, “22 Jump Street” star Jonah Hill stopped by “The Tonight Show,” and rather than promote his new movie right away, he got things off to a very sobering start first.

Over the weekend, Hill was caught on tape using a homophobic slur on a paparazzo, and he asked host Jimmy Fallon if he could take a moment to address the situation with “The Tonight Show” audience.

“My heart’s broken, and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who’s been affected by that term in their life. I’m sorry, and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness.”

“Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke,” Hill began as he revealed the circumstances that led to the incident. The actor recalled how the paparazzo in question had been following him all day, calling him names and attacking him personally until he just couldn’t take it any more.

“In response, I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment,” Hill admitted.

Though he claims he didn’t mean the term in a homophobic way, the actor went on to say, “Words have weight and meaning, and the word I chose was grotesque. And no one deserves to say or hear words like that.”

Hill has been a staunch supporter of gay rights throughout his career, even speaking out against Russia’s anti-gay laws amid the controversy surrounding the Sochi Olympics.

“My heart’s broken, and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who’s been affected by that term in their life. I’m sorry, and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness,” said Hill.

Hill finished his apology by urging young people to use him as an example of what not to do, saying that using hatred and anger just “adds more ugliness to the world.”

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Kaley Cuoco Gets A Pixie Cut

First go short, then go even shorter. Such is the case with Hollywood starlets who chop their long locks into bobs and then go for a pixie soon after.

Kaley Cuoco is the latest celeb to get a pixie ‘do just weeks after getting a long, choppy bob. The “Big Bang Theory” actress debuted her new haircut, which is a longer, tapered version of the style made famous by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow and Twiggy, in an Instagram photo Saturday, May 31.

“Thank you @clsymonds for bringing out my inner Peter Pan 🙂 #byronbeverlyhills #justcutitoff,” she wrote, giving a shout-out to hairstylist Christine Symonds.

Symonds also shared a photo of Cuoco’s fresh look, writing: “This little lamb went shorter. love playing at the hair salon with @normancook. #shortandsassy #summercut #beauty #hot #babe #byronwilliamssalon.”

After getting the chop, the 28-year-old headed out with husband Ryan Sweeting for the Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars concert at the Hollywood Bowl.


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Lindsay Lohan’s Life Coach Quits: “Sometimes It’s Better to Leave Before It Gets Ugly” – OWN

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Since Lindsay left rehab, renowned celebrity health and wellness coach A.J. Johnson has been working with her to help establish a healthy lifestyle. After confronting Lindsay on her sobriety, Lindsay suddenly refuses to see A.J. “I can’t help someone when they are not open to receiving,” A.J. says, and decides it’s time for her to leave. Later, Lindsay becomes emotional as she reveals why she shut A.J. out.

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Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go?

Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go?


“What happens to your money after you hand it to the cashier?” You pay for that cool pair of shoes or a ticket to the newest blockbuster movie; but what happens to that money once it leaves your hands? Who actually pockets it or puts it into the bank? Was the price you paid fair? Why do things cost what they do, and who benefits most from your purchase? This lively, kid-friendly book answers all these questions and others, such as, “Why are designer jeans so much more expensive than the no-name ones?” Using fun illustrations, this book traces the long and fascinating path money travels — from your pocket to cashier and on from there. Kids will also discover the trail their money takes through: advertising banks charitable giving fair trade fuel (gas) shareholders taxes utilities. Thorough and accessible, “Follow Your Money” is a vital introduction to the web of people and companies that we influence and are influenced by when we pay for a product or service.

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Kym Gets a Knee-Buckling Kiss from Actor Shemar Moore – Raising Whitley – Oprah Winfrey Network

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Kym is presenting for the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards, so she needs to be sure she’s on top of her game. Kym starts out by directing her jokes toward the audience, but soon realizes she’s in for Moore than she bargained for!

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Unbelievable YouTube Comment Fight Gets Glorious Reenactment (NSFW VIDEO)

YouTube comments may have hit a new low with the exchange that inspired this latest “Reconstruction” by Dead Parrot.

On a video about the death of Nelson Mandela, one ill-informed mourner sparked the ire of another commenter who actually knew who Nelson Mandela was… and that he didn’t appear in any of the “Almighty” movies.

Their exchange is jaw-dropping enough, but reenacted by Grahame Edwards and Eryl Lloyd Parry, it becomes otherworldly in the best possible way.

As far as we’re concerned, this is the only reason YouTube comments still exist.

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Jack Nicklaus Tournament Used Autographed Golf Bag Uda 1/1 As Rare As It Gets

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Val Gets Kym the Perfect Gift – Raising Whitley – Oprah Winfrey Network

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Val is one of Kym Whitley’s closest friends so she decides to get Kym a thoughtful gift for her birthday—shirtless men in her backyard. Val can be sure that Kym won’t forget being fed cake by Marco for many birthdays to come.

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‘Awkward’: Jenna Slips Further Into Her Bad Girl Phase, Gets Caught Smoking Pot With Collin

Is Collin a bad influence for Jenna on “Awkward“? This week, he convinced her to give marijuana a try, which seemed to quickly push her into the world of teenage pothead. Suddenly, she wanted to light up any time life started stressing her out. One of the things stressing her out was the fact that she’d lost all of her friends. In fact, other than Collin and pot, she had no one and nothing. This is not the lovable Jenna who started the series.

All teens go through experimental phases, but with each passing week this one is becoming more and more uncomfortable to watch. Jenna’s dad declared Collin a bad influence, but she had her mother on her side — at least until she betrayed her trust to sneak out and hook up with Collin. And they did hook up.

Afraid that she would lose him if she didn’t — and he did quickly start looking at his phone when she rebuffed his advances — Jenna ultimately decided to have sex with Collin. She didn’t do it out of love or because she really wanted to. She did it for an absolutely terrible reason. Clearly Collin is representing the “bad decisions” phase of her life, but how long will it last? Like everyone else in her life, we miss the old Jenna.

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Allison Janney Gets To Work With Menopause On ‘Mom’ Now, Too!

As if Christy didn’t have enough trouble dealing with her mother on a good day on “Mom,” the freshman sitcom threw in a new wrinkle into the three-generation family dynamic. Bonnie called Christy in a panic in the middle of the night. She was certain that she was pregnant. But that wasn’t it at all.

In a very quick scene that Allison Janney absolutely owned, she found out that it was menopause. All we saw was her storming across the waiting room of a doctor’s office”Are you freakin’ kidding me?! you’re a lying son of a bitch! you shouldn’t even be allowed to practice in this country!” she shouted as she stormed across the scene. “Menopause, my ass!”

Janney is having an absolute blast with this character, and she embraced the more absurd aspects of her new situation with the same gusto she’s been throwing into her boozing and whoring around. Already the most entertaining character on the show, this new development pushes Janney to a whole new level, as evidenced by her throwing a dish and a phone out the kitchen window to close the half hour.

The absurdity continues on “Mom,” Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
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