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'Game Of Thrones' Fans Thought They Spotted A Blooper, But No (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:12:48 -0400)
Did Jaime Lannister expect the Royal Wedding to be a dull affair? Is that why he brought a little pick-me-up in the form of a cup of coffee?
An image set that has been circulating online has caused many people to incorrectly assume that producers made a mistake in the final cut of the show -- but they didn't.
Keen-eyed fans of “Game of Thrones” noticed this shot of the Lannister family at the Purple Wedding. In the image, the Kingslayer (far left) is reverently holding a paper coffee cup in his hand. Yeah, that hand.
According to Uproxx, the image comes from a behind-the-scenes video on HBO GO. The footage did not air. Jaime isn’t even wearing those clothes in the final cut of last week’s episode, “The Lion and the Rose.”
The cup is difficult to spot if you aren’t looking for it, and the fact that it’s in the hand that [SPOILER ALERT] got cut off in the last season, is just the icing on the cake.
Lawyer: Bryan Singer Not In Hawaii During Sexual Assault Claim (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:08:48 -0400)
HONOLULU (AP) — Credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands, a defense attorney said Friday.
Singer was mainly in Toronto working on the first "X-Men" movie from August through October 1999, defense attorney Marty Singer told The Associated Press. A lawsuit filed by a former child model, Michael Egan III, says Bryan Singer abused him several times over those three months as well as earlier in California as part of a Hollywood sex ring led by another man convicted of luring minors across state lines for sex.
"This was Bryan's first studio film," Marty Singer said. "Clearly, he's not going to take a break in the middle of this movie while you're shooting and prepping it to go to Hawaii."
Egan's lawyer, Jeff Herman, did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.
Egan said Thursday that he was abused by Bryan Singer and others starting when he was 15. He said he was given drugs and promises of a Hollywood career while being threatened and sexually abused in Los Angeles and Hawaii.
The AP does not typically name victims of sex abuse but is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations.
Marty Singer, who said previously that he and the director are not related, declined to provide any of the personal records, saying they were private.
He said the filming records were available publicly but 20th Century Fox did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment.
"X-Men" was released in July 2000. Singer has directed three films in the blockbuster franchise, including the fifth installment, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," to be released next month, as well as other films including "The Usual Suspects."
His lawyer said the director was never interviewed by any authorities about the claims by Egan, who said Thursday he reported the Los Angeles acts and doesn't know why charges were not pursued.
The lawsuit was filed under a Hawaii law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases. The law has led to several lawsuits against clergy members and others.
A judge in Hawaii set a July 21 scheduling hearing in Honolulu for the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday.
AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles. Oskar Garcia can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oskargarcia
This Small Town Guy Landed His Dream Job In The Coolest Way (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:49:54 -0400)
Bryan Donaldson's career took an unexpected turn last fall, all thanks to Twitter.
Since October 2011, Donaldson, who had been working in IT for the past 20 years, had been tweeting a few jokes a day under the handle @TheNardvark, according to Vulture. His Twitter following quickly grew after he sent out some pretty hilarious tweets:
Why sure, I’d love to hear about all of your problems! Hang on, let me start eating my Cap’n Crunch before you start talking.— Bryan Donaldson (@TheNardvark) May 22, 2013
After a few months of spending my days in a room full of comedy writers I now realize how annoying I must be. Sorry, everyone I've ever met!— Bryan Donaldson (@TheNardvark) February 13, 2014
Here’s how @ambermruffin and @thenardvark are counting down to tomorrow night’s #LNSM premiere! https://t.co/y4dpPkF7zP— Late Night (@LateNightSeth) February 23, 2014
'Saturday Night Live' Will Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary With A Three-Hour Live Broadcast (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:43:27 -0400)
Get ready for a lot more cowbell.
NBC will celebrate "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary by airing a three-hour live broadcast special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, from 8-11 p.m. ET.
According to Variety, the show's lineup will include current "SNL" cast members, alumni and special guests. The details of exactly who will appear are still being determined.
The Emmy Award winning program began in 1975 and has helped launch the careers of Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, John Belushi, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler and many more.
"Saturday Night Live" returns Saturday, May 3, at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Inside The World's Ongoing Obsession With Vinyl Records (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:42:39 -0400)
April 19 marks the eighth annual Record Store Day, which celebrates independently-owned music sellers.
This musical day falls on the heels of a highly-anticipated book that documents the worldwide obsession with vinyl records. Nearly two years ago, photographer and record collector Eilon Paz decided to embark on a journey to photograph people around the world whose record collections trumped his own. Almost two years since his Kickstarter campaign, Paz's book "Dust And Grooves" will finally be released on Saturday.
Paz told HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani that his perspective shifted as he became more and more involved in the act of photographing vinyl collectors and owners.
"As I started, I was looking for these kind of images -- like rooms full of records, shelves floor to ceiling," Paz said. "But that eventually evolved into more in-depth things and more content, like looking for the right stories and just going into [the] adventures [of] record collectors."
Sheila Burgle, a DJ and record collector, also joined the HuffPost Live conversation to discuss her love of vinyl and why her collection is worth the time and money she spends building it.
"The time is what is so enjoyable. It’s like going on a treasure hunt, really, when you know what you’re looking for and when you find it," Burgle said.
Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about the worldwide obsession on vinyl below:
'Scandal' Heartthrob Scott Foley Explains Why Sex Scenes With His Pregnant Co-Star Are A 'Riddle' (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:42:01 -0400)
Raise your hand if you think pregnancy sex can be a bit awkward.
If you've been watching the latest season of "Scandal", you've probably noticed a change in the woman wearing the white hat. After Kerry Washington finally confirmed her pregnancy, many fans were left wondering how the show was going to hide that bun in the oven, especially with the amount of love scenes we've come to expect from Shonda Rhimes and Co. The show has done well this season to cover Washington's baby bump -- cashmere coats and strategically placed cast members were staples in every episode this season -- but when it comes to those steamy sex scenes between Olivia Pope and her leading men, things got a little tricky.
Scott Foley who plays swoon worthy Jake Ballard on the show -- and Olivia's man on the side -- said filming love scenes with his very pregnant co-star were all kinds of awkward.
"It's a riddle," Foley told HuffPost Live, "We've had some pretty lengthy conversations about how to shoot it. It's a challenge." Hiding that Washington's growing bump was only one part of the problem though.
"It's hard to enjoy those scenes," Foley said. "There's the guy fixing her bra, or my hair so it's awkward to begin with, but when you throw in a belly on top of that, or underneath it depending on the position we're in, it makes it even more so."
Celebrities Call The Paparazzi On Themselves Sometimes, Obviously (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:16 -0400)
There is an ongoing war in Hollywood between celebrities and the paparazzi hot on their trail.
Rolling Stone's latest feature on the billion dollar celebrity-hunting industry doesn't expose anything particularly shocking, except to hammer home the point that some of these photographers seem deeply unhinged, and the war is often just for show.
For every A-lister who carefully dodges the camera, there are B- and C-listers trolling celebrity haunts, looking for that extra publicity in the hopes they can retain the public's interest just a little longer.
"The ugly secret is, some stars want to be hunted. During the Great Britney Spears Hunt of 2007, the Normandy of pap history, she would reportedly call select paps right before moving. Kim Kardashian routinely tipped off the paps in her early days. Someone falling off the fame radar, like Denise Richards or Tori Spelling, will make arrangements for paps to come over and shoot them with their kids," Rolling Stone contributor Stephen Rodrick wrote for the magazine's April 24 issue.
According to Rolling Stone, it's likely that 90 percent of the paparazzi photos in Los Angeles are taken in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills -- specifically at celebrity hot spots, including "the London, Urth Caffé, Sunset Boulevard Equinox, the playground near Coldwater Canyon." They call it Pappyland, "where the stars' makeup is always perfect and their kids are freshly scrubbed and immaculate in brightly colored clothes," wrote Roderick.
And while there are many A-listers whose publicists will tip off the paps without telling their clients, there's also stars who are in it for the cash. According to Rolling Stone, Lindsay Lohan has alerted photographers to her whereabouts in return for a "gratuity," while Ryan Reynolds routinely finds himself 'captured' eating Chobani yogurt, carrying a Burger King bag, smiling at a Nespresso cafe and caressing a Can-Am motorcycle, all in apparently preplanned shots."
None of this should really surprise anyone, since when it boils down to it, those paparazzi photos are the ultimate currency in Hollywood, namely relevance. Talent aside, if the public doesn't have at least some interest in stars' personal lives, in today's landscape, it's near impossible to sustain a career.
Still, regardless of how symbiotic a relationship Hollywood actually has with the paps, the situation would no doubt be better if stars like 16-year-old Kylie Jenner weren't being followed by men who mutter, "B--ch, stop covering up. Let motherf--kers shoot you and get it over with," on a day she doesn't particularly feel like posing for the cameras.
Head over to Rolling Stone for much more on Hollywood's most-loathed players.
Bombshell Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:57:42 -0400)
I love acting. Playing with words and just being in the moment of someone else's life is a gift that God has given me. Directing is this wonderful puzzle that you have to piece together. It's a place I can have full control. It's exciting and scary at the same time. My husband says I have found a place to put all my micromanaging skills to good use.
At this point in my life I am looking for great roles for myself and also projects that I can be proud of that are artful and entertaining. Not necessarily tied to huge commercial success but that feed my creative soul.
My family is the most important thing in my life. But of course there are times when I have to be gone. What I try to do is when I'm at home or I have time away from work, I commit myself to being completely present with my family. I'm making lunches, baking for their classroom activities and doing homework. I have also learned that if I keep God and prayer in our marriage we can get through anything.
As a black woman of lighter skin in this industry, I definitely understand what she went through trying to work. While things are obviously better now there are still many injustices that I live with that could make a person bitter and resentful. There is something about her pain that I just inherently understand. When I watch tapes of her I see myself in her. Our personalities are quite similar. We have the public face of elegance but underneath there is a fire burning in a down to Earth home girl.
Dog Ears Music: Volume 328 (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:54:44 -0400)
|One String Sam|
|Legendary diddley bow-player One String Sam (a.k.a. Sam Wilson) was discovered busking on the streets of Motor City by Joe Von Battle, who bestowed Wilson his nom de plume in honor of his self-made instrument. The enigmatic wanderluster recorded just a few sides (including his signature "I Need a Hundred Dollars") in the mid-'50s at Joe's Records on Hastings Street in Detroit, then vanished. He re-emerged in the early '70s, igniting the stage at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival as part of The Motor City Blues Revue. His dolorous sound echoes a forsaken path of obscurity, riddle, and unrealized potential. Rediscover the troubadour with the rarity "My Baby Ooo," from Document Shortcuts, Vol. 3: My Babe various-artists treasury.|
Artist: One String Sam
Song: My Baby Ooo
Album: Document Shortcuts, Vol. 3, My Babe
|Los Angeles indie outfit Earlimart is the brainchild of producer Aaron Espinoza (guitar) and vocalist Ariana Murray (bass, keys). Their melodic magic was born in the mid-'90s, and has grown to a near klatch of 10 releases. Collective collaborations/shared stages include Elliot Smith, Grandaddy ex-pats Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch, The Breeders, Pedro the Lion, and Admiral Radley. Among their highlights: tracks on TV shows Vampire Diaries, Ugly Betty, Six Feet Under, The O.C., and Veronica Mars, as well as films Humboldt County, Paper Man, and The Art of Getting By. Discover "Happy Alone," from Earlimart's 2007 project Mentor Tormentor. Turn it up.|
Song: Happy Alone
Album: Mentor Tormentor
|Crooner, pianist, poet, painter, songwriter, vibraphonist (and lawyer!) Paolo Conte was born in 1937 in Asti, Piedmont, Italy. As a lad, he took up piano alongside his brother Giorgio, then the vibraphone, before diving into jazz. While practicing law, he played in various bands, juggling his two worlds, and in 1962 cut an EP for RCA. Conte found his first music success during the late '60s/early '70s writing Euro-pop hits for Adriano Celentano, Caterina Caselli, Patty Pravo, Enzo Jannacci, Johnny Hallyday, Shirley Bassey, and Bruno Lauzi. By the mid-'70s he forged his solo footprint and has issued over two dozen projects to date. In 1998, an extended run at New York City's Blue Note brought Conte continuing success Stateside. Collaborations comprise brother Giorgio Conte, Vito Pallavicini, Giorgio Calabrese, and Lilly Greco. Credits include film tracks in I Am David, Mickey Blue Eyes, French Kiss, Mostly Martha, Welcome to Collinwood, The Lake House, No Reservations, and a bevy of commercial placements. Among his accolades: the David di Donatello for Best Score, the Librex-Guggenheim Eugenio Montale Award for poetry, the Italian Republic honorific title Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and France's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts and Letters. He continues to tour Europe's champagne circuit. Revisit the 1981 "Via Con Me," from The Best of Paolo Conte.|
Artist: Paolo Conte
Song: Via Con Me
Album: The Best of Paolo Conte
|Wilmer & The Dukes|
|Soul/R&B outfit Wilmer & The Dukes were founded in the late '50s in Geneva, New York. Members comprised Wilmer Alexander Jr. (saxophone, vocals), Doug Brown (guitar), Ronnie Alberts (drums), Ralph Gillotte (keys), and Monte Alberts (bass), with Bert Collins (trumpet), Ralph Hamstent (organ), Arnie Lawrence (baritone sax), Tommy Mitchell (trombone), Richard Radice (sax), and Jerome Richardson (sax) gracing the fortified lineup. After making their name as a cover band, they issued just one full-length, along with various compilation features, during their tenure. Shared stages include Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the Bellmontes, Johnny Cash, Dionne Warwick, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Although the ensemble disbanded in 1974, they recharged in '88 as The Legendary Dukes. Discover Wilmer & The Dukes' "I'm Free," from their 1969 Wilmer & The Dukes. |
Artist: Wilmer & The Dukes
Song: I'm Free
Album: Wilmer & The Dukes
|Soprano Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1992) was born Olga Maria Elisabeth Friederike Schwarzkopf in Posen, Prussia (now central Poland), during WWI. She made her debut performance at 13, setting her illustrious trajectory. Her alliance with Berlin's Deutsche Oper in 1940 required Nazi Party membership. After the war, she married classical impresario Walter Legge. Credits include Parsifal, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Fledermaus, La Bohème, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Nozze di Figaro, and The Rake's Progress, with notable productions at Theater an der Wien, Vienna State Opera, and La Scala. Collaborations comprise Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Gellhorn, Carlo Maria Giulini, Herbert von Karajan, and Walter Susskind. Among her accolades: a UNESCO Mozart Medal, the City of Vienna medal, and posthumous induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. The diva passed away in 2006. Get started with her mid-century recording of "Der Rosenkavalier, Act One: Da Geht Er Hin, der Aufgeblasene Schlechte Kerl (Marschallin)," with Herbert von Karajan & the Philharmonia Orchestra, from the The Very Best of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.|
Artist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Song: Der Rosenkavalier, Act One: Da Geht er Hin, der Aufgeblasene Schlechte Kerl (Marschallin)
Album: The Very Best of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
|Belgian Afro-pop outfit Zap Mama was founded at the hit of the '90s by Congolese front woman Maria Daulne as an a cappella group, later adding instrumentation. The ensemble marries the world of pygmy onomatopoeic vocal practice with an amalgam of genres--R&B, pop, hip-hop, and choral styles complimented by heavenly yodeling. By 1992, Zap Mama inked with Luaka Bop, championed by the label's co-founder and Talking Heads captain David Byrne. The choir followed up with eight releases. Highlights include tracks for TV's Brothers & Sisters, MTV's Road Rules, and So You Think You Can Dance; films Blue in the Face (1995), MI:2 (2000), and The Man (2005); video game FIFA 10; various ad campaigns; and the 2014 International Womens Day Google doodle. Among Zap Mama's shared stages/collaborations: Alanis Morissette, Sergio Mendes, Common, Michael Franti, Erykah Badu, King Britt, 10,000 Maniacs, Mark Hollander, G. Love, Vincent Cassel, and Bilal. Make way for "Gissié," from Zap Mama's 1999 A Ma Zone.|
Artist: Zap Mama
Album: A Ma Zone
Once Again, Moss Hart's Name Shines on Broadway (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:48:21 -0400)
When I first met Moss Hart, he had just been discovered hidden in the bulrushes. A year later, a tall gangling youth, stunned by his own spectacular success, possessed of an extraordinary zest for life, he had been turned loose on the slippery race track that was Broadway and New York and the world of creative writing. To his amazement, he found himself one of a hardworking, realistic, laughing, talented group made up of people such as George Kaufman, Lillian Hellman, Marc Connelly, Aleck Woollcott, Dorothy Parker, Herbert Swope, Helen Hayes, George Gershwin, and many others. Moss was like a young spindling colt turned out on the track to compete with Seabiscuit and Man O' War. He promptly surged ahead and outdistanced many of them. He was younger than most; much younger than some. For me he was, I suppose, the son I'd never had -- you know, mine son de doctor.
It's five o'clock. I'm getting into the Subway on Eighteenth Street. So is the rest of New York, and we're all taking the local. The first stop is Twenty-third Street; the second is Twenty-eighth Street." He would name each stop on his way to this destination in the Bronx. Then he would continue his story. "I am trudging home from the subway and my mother is hanging out of an upper window, watching for me. 'What's for dinner, Ma?' I call up. 'Lamb stew.' 'Lamb stew, on a boiling hot night! Well, I think I'll take a shower.' 'No,' my mother answers, 'Mrs. Steinberg had to give her cat a bath and the shower's all stopped up.'
...[T]he rapidity and depth of the change in [Hart's] way of life proved punishing to his emotions. His adjustment was difficult. To accomplish it he turned to psychoanalysis in 1933 and continued with it for many years...Perhaps of all the uses to which he put his new wealth, this expenditure was the wisest of all, since not only did it make possible the continuation of his career, but eventually the sharing of his life in marriage.
The Woody Persona: Bullets Over Broadway and Fading Gigolo (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:31 -0400)
In the hilarious old-school tradition, Bullets Over Broadway at the St. James Theater, based on Woody Allen's 1994 film of the same name, features a writer who makes a Faustian bargain with a mob boss, Nick Valenti (Vincent Pastore) who makes him an offer he can't refuse. Of course, Woody wrote the book for this musical, so it may not be so surprising: That David Shayne in the person of Zach Braff, frenetic, neurotic, a shpilke-ridden nerd, evokes the Woody Allen persona we have come to know and love in his films.
Who can blame his angst over having to cast Valent's talentless main squeeze Olive (Helene York), and greater insecurity when a henchman Cheech (Nick Cordero) turns out to have real theatrical flair, becoming the ghost script doctor. Under Susan Stroman's direction, the dancing girls and high-kicking mobsters, the familiar 1920's American song book, and solid cast including Marin Mazzie as Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, and Betsy Wolfe as Shayne's girlfriend Ellen combine for a fun entertainment: Bullets Over Broadway should join the reigning contenders for Best Musical Tony: Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, AfterMidnight, and Beautiful.
In the movie Fading Gigolo. co-starring with director John Turturro, Woody Allen is Murray, a bookstore owner turned pimp (of sorts) in the ethnic enclave of New York City, making illicit income producing matches. Murray's dermatologist (Sharon Stone) and her friend (Sofia Vergara) want to have a threesome: could he suggest someone to go in with them? This thought sets off the definitive eh, career change, involving Turturro's Fioravante, a brooding stud. Many unlikely couplings take place, needless to say, but when it comes to that Woody, his presence is reassuring.
Judy Greer Had A 'Planet Of The Apes'-Themed Wedding (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:34:00 -0400)
We've seen plenty of themed weddings inspired by fan favorites like "Harry Potter" and "Alice In Wonderland." But when actress Judy Greer stopped by "Conan" on Thursday, she told the late night host about her less-than-traditional wedding theme -- and it's one we can safely say we haven't seen before.
When the "Arrested Development" actress married TV producer Dean Johnsen in December 2011, the pair planned a "Planet of the Apes"-themed affair. But Greer says the theme wasn't over the top.
"During the cocktail hour, we had the TV screens in the bar [with] the movies playing," she told O'Brien. "We had 'Rise [of the Planet of the Apes]' playing on one screen and then the original, obviously, 'Planet of the Apes' playing on the bigger screen."
Fittingly, Greer stars in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
Watch the video above for more from the interview, including other "Planet of the Apes" wedding details and the hilarious movie quote Greer had inscribed in her husband's wedding gift.
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14 Netflix Movies That Will Make Or Break Your 4/20 High (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:26:26 -0400)
Celebrating 4/20 is fundamentally easier than prepping for any other holiday. All you really need is your homegirl Mary Jane and your cousin's uncle's sister's roommate's Netflix password. Sounds pretty simple, right?
While a little bit of weed can make even an infomercial seem pretty cool, there are certain movies you need to steer clear of if you want to keep your buzz in tact. Similarly, surfing through all those options on Netflix can leave you, oh, I don't know ... dazed and confused?
So, we've put together a list of the seven best and seven worst movies to watch on Netflix this 4/20.
Disclaimer: We've skipped over some cliche stoner films you've probably seen a million times (e.g. "Friday," "Pineapple Express," "Half Baked," "Dazed And Confused") to make for a less predictable list. But if you don't know who "The Dude" is, look into that.
Best movies to watch on Netflix on 4/20:
If you don't already get your weed from a guy like Jay, you'll wish you did. Cult classic.
For the worldly -- or perhaps otherworldly -- stoner, this documentary with no narration will make you think, man.
It's not the happiest or the most politically correct Disney movie ever made, but this hallucination scene is absolutely bonkers.
"Super Troopers" (2001)
We said we'd stay away from the obvious cliches, but watching "Super Troopers" is like a rite of passage for the modern-day stoner.
"Beavis and Butt-head Do America" (1996)
Every scene in this movie is 4/20 appropriate, but nothing beats their INSANE psychedelic desert hallucination.
"Donnie Darko" (2001)
Though this creepy flick definitely has potential to bug you out, it practically doesn't make sense unless you're high.
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988)
If the trippy interaction between humans and cartoons isn't enough for you, the quotable dialogue and goofy humor will--ahem-- draw you in.
"Jiro Dreams Of Sushi" (2001)
This film about an 85-year-old sushi master is inspirational when you're sober; if you're stoned, it'll just leave you with a bad case of the munchies and an overwhelming sense of underachievement.
"Jesus Camp" (2006)
Somewhere between depressing and terrifying, this documentary about an evangelical Christian camp is a recipe for a bad trip.
"The Human Centipede" (2009)
If you've somehow managed to escape hearing about this disgusting movie, you're better off that way.
"Blue Valentine" (2010)
This realistic romance proves there's no such thing as a happy ending. Not very 4/20 friendly.
Because this terrifying film, which exists under the guise of a children's movie, will ravage your soul.
"Hotel Rwanda" (2004)
It's about genocide. (That said, everyone should see this heart-wrenching true story -- just not on 4/20.)
This coming-of-age movie starring Miley Cyrus will make you do everything but LOL (lol, right?), mainly because it's awful.
Keith Urban Compares 'American Idol' To 'The Hunger Games' (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:23:08 -0400)
Keith Urban's latest comments would probably make the girl on fire burning mad.
During a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest for "E! News," Urban compared "American Idol" to another "friendly" competition. In regard to the competitive nature of the show, Urban said, "There's friendliness, but you got that rivalry too ... Let's not deny it. It is 'The Hunger Games.'"
Whether you agree with Urban or not, you have to admit that "American Idol" and "The Hunger Games" do have a lot of similarities. For instance, on "Idol" there is weeping, and at "Hunger Games" there is a reaping. (They're similar because they rhyme.)
But seriously, one is a competition to see who's the best singer, and the other is an annual event in a dystopian society where a tyrannical government literally forces children to fight to the death. It's basically the same thing.
May the odds be ever in your favor, "Idol" contestants. It sounds like you'll need them.
You can watch the full Keith Urban interview at E! Online.
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
92 Artists Drew Our Favorite Female Disney and Pixar Characters (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:09 -0400)