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The Storied, Old-School L.A. Metal Scene Gets Its Close-Up: Bob Nalbandian and Carl Alvarez Talk 'Inside Metal' Documentary (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:37:39 -0400)

I've had occasion to mention previously in this space one of the more quirky aspects of my background -- the deep exposure I had in my teens, quite by accident, to music history in the making by virtue of hanging around Los Angeles's famed Sunset Strip in the 1980s toward the tail end of an era there the likes we will never see again. Imagine my surprise and delight to realize, decades later, that two old friends from back in the day are still flying the flag and in fact are wrapping up years of painstaking work on a cinematic history lesson of the '70s and '80s that is positively awesome -- and positively overdue.

Huffies, I give you Messrs. Bob Nalbandian and Carl Alvarez. Metalheads first, filmmakers second, to talk all things INSIDE METAL: The Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal, coming to a theater near you soon.


CJ: Bob! This is so great and you guys are the perfect people to be doing it. How did the whole thing come about?

BN: I was approached by co-producer Joe Floyd, who told me that he and his business partner Warren Croyle were planning to do a documentary on the Los Angeles metal scene and asked if I wanted to be involved. He said they were actually looking for someone to direct the documentary, and I jumped at the offer.

CJ: There have been quite a few film, TV, what have you productions about this particular subject matter, how is yours different?

BN: I was very aware of all the different documentaries and VH1 specials about the '80s LA music scene and my goal was to do something totally original and make a film that was like nothing like anything that had been done in the past. I wanted to make this documentary about the music, not about the fashion or the antics of the scene, and I wanted to focus back to the early '70s when the LA hard rock scene originally blossomed and both Joe and Warren agreed with the idea.

CJ: Let's get Carl involved in this. Carl! My childhood friend and metal mentor! Part of the documentary takes place in the middle to later '70s on the Los Angeles club scene and I'm guessing that video, film and audio of the happenings can be hard to come by. How did you deal with that? Was it a problem?

CA: We were lucky enough to have a great network of people who were there and are still part of the Los Angeles hard rock music community. We put the word out very early on, about material we needed to tell the story properly. We received photos, rare music and video from that time period. Many of the bands themselves came forward with never before seen material they had in their vaults. Another great contributor was Alan Wood who supplied us with much of the footage, photos and fliers as well.


The filmmakers with a certain drummer who appears in the documentary.

CJ: Most people are aware of Van Halen, Motley Crue, and even early Quiet Riot with guitar great Randy Rhoads on the Los Angeles music scene. How did you want to work in the lesser known bands of this era who were playing and debauching alongside those guys back in the day? The scene was huge...

BN: We approached this as how it was on the scene at the time, when all these bands were unsigned (or newly signed) "local" bands. And in the mid-late '70s bands like Van Halen were contemporaries with other hard rock bands on the scene at the time, like the Randy Rhoads-era Quiet Riot, Yesterday And Today (later becoming Y&T), Smile, Legs Diamond, A La Carte, Wolfgang, Snow and others. So we treated all bands/artists as equals, so to speak.

CJ: When Van Halen 'made it' in the '70s, who do you believe was the next LA scene band destined for stardom, that perhaps didn't make it and what were some of the factors in that?

BN: Well, truthfully this was before my time, as I was too young to catch VH at the clubs. But from what I gather from many of the other artists that we interviewed, the band Wolfgang (featuring Steve Plunkett) were equally as popular as VH in the clubs. Quiet Riot and VH were going neck and neck at the time. Legs Diamond and Yesterday and Today actually had major released albums out prior to VH and VH used to open up shows for those bands. I personally really loved the band SNOW (that featured guitarist Carlos Cavazo before he gained worldwide fame and fortune with Quiet Riot) and I thought they would become the next VH. Growing up in Orange County, I also really loved A La Carte and thought they had a really unique sound to the LA scene at the time.


CA: After Van Halen's signing and release of their monumental 1st album on Warner Bros. Records, the New Wave and Punk Rock scene hit its popularity stride in the city with bands like Oingo Boingo (aka Knights of the Oingo Boingo), the Go-Go's, X, Fear, The Plimsouls and so many more which overshadowed the Los Angeles Hard Rock music scene in a big way. In the movie, we go into detail about that whole era evolved as well.

CJ: You did a masterful job of presenting many of the upcoming local bands in Los Angeles, but also the bands who were signed that had major label record deals who were part of the scene. Talk a bit about that.

CA: It was important to not only cover the bands who people knew about and were aware of but also the bands who were integral part of Los Angeles music scene who were perhaps natives or transplants to the City of Angels. Bands like Angel, Detective, Legs Diamond and even Yesterday and Today who all had major label record deals, they all played the local venues and concert halls in the Los Angeles area. Rock radio and booked concert tours across the country were some of the methods used to create awareness and support for these bands who had built devoted followings in regional areas throughout the U.S. Keep in mind of the time, this was all before MTV and the internet, when rock radio and live concerts were king.

CJ: Lots of great interviews going on in the parts of the film that I have seen. From icons like Jack Russell of Great White, to Stephen Pearcy of Ratt giving chapter and verse about the early days of the Los Angeles Hard Rock scene. How long did it take to assemble the interviews and turn it into a concise story?

CA: It may seem seamless how the actual story flows, but we went through many revisions and edits just to get it right. We were very lucky to secure each of the artist interviews, because we knew it really must be told from their perspective of how things were on the Los Angeles music scene. With every interview with each artist we did, most if not all were very candid in telling their story. All in all though from start to finish, it took two years time.

CJ: The film is three hours broken into two parts of 90 minutes, but the time flies. You take us way back into a time capsule of the 1970s Los Angeles hard rock scene. There will be additional volumes coming, correct?

BN: Yes, this is the first of three LA METAL titles. INSIDE METAL will be an ongoing documentary series and the first three titles are an LA Metal trilogy, this first title "The Pioneers of LA Hard Rock & Metal" focusing on the early years of the LA hard rock scene, from 1975 to roughly 1981. The second title will continue where the first left off, and will be titled "The LA Metal Scene Explodes" and will be roughly from 1982-1986. The third title will be "The Rise of LA Thrash Metal." All three titles will be two DVD sets.

CJ: Share with our readers some of your personal stories of the early stages of the Los Angeles hard rock scene.

BN: I never quite made it to the Starwood. I was a little too young at the time. Being from Huntington Beach as soon as I turned 16 I was hitting the OC clubs like The Woodstock, Radio City and Golden Bear. I saw a lot of great shows at that time - Snow, A La Carte, Dante Fox, Smile, August Redmoon, and some of the early shows of Motley Crue and Ratt. I was lucky to catch the very first show of Metallica at Radio City as well as their second show, opening up for Saxon at the Whisky in March 1982 and so many other great shows during that time.


CJ: The tone of the work, while definitely entertaining, seems to me to be a bit more on the serious side -- quite different from other movies that sensationalize the groupies, debauchery, drinking, drugs and so forth. Did you mean to stay away from that subject matter?

CA; This was something that has been glorified and told before. It may have been the easy way to tell the story in that fashion, to romanticize this aspect and run with it. This was not our intention. We knew the story would be more fascinating in telling the whole truth, not just the decadent parts which most people know about already.

CJ: Talk about the release. How can people see it?

BN: We're doing limited theaters across the U.S. and select dates in Europe throughout November. You can go to MetalRockFilms.com to check out the listing of the theaters the movie will be playing. We plan to have it out on DVD the first of the new year as well as several digital media such as Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Hulu etc.

CJ: Can you tell us a little about Don Dokken's contribution in the movie? He was great.

BN: Yes, Don was great. Our producer Joe Floyd has known Don for several years and he got Don involved. We filmed at Don's house in Hollywood Hills and he told fantastic stories for over an hour! It was really difficult to edit his scenes since he had so many great stories!

CJ: You're giving fans the opportunity to be involved with the project, correct?

CA: You bet. We're running a crowdfunding campaign through FanBacked.com which goes directly towards the marketing of getting the movie into the theaters. There's plenty of cool pledge items that come with everyone's contribution. Our crowdfunding campaign ends November 11th, so act now. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are where you can get the latest updates on theater locations, upcoming DVD release dates and more. Our social media has been and continues to be an important tool to get the word out there.

CJ: Going forward, what do we expect to see from you guys in the future? It sure seems like you are having a good time with this.

BN: Apart from the three Inside LA Metal titles I previously mentioned, we plan to take this series to other metropolis cities like Inside New York Metal, Inside SF Metal and hopefully go worldwide with this and do an Inside New Wave of British Metal.

CJ: Sounds good! OK, last question. How do you see the local LA music scene now and how does it differ from what is presented in the movie?

BN: There really is no scene in LA anymore. It started to lose its appeal since the early-mid '90s and kept going downhill from there. Although there continues to be a lot of fantastic metal bands coming out of LA recently, unfortunately there is no longer a vital live music club scene in the city for unsigned local talent.

Photos / flyers courtesy of Carl Alvarez

Michael Jordan Throws Serious Shade At Obama's Golfing Game (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:29:03 -0400)

Well, it's safe to say there's someone Michael Jordan does not want to golf with.

When Jordan discussed his ideal golf foursome with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, he seemed into the idea of playing with President Barack Obama -- at first.

“I’ve never played with Obama," Jordan said. "But I would.”

But then he dialed back his request, big time.

"No, that’s OK," Jordan said. "I’d take him out. He’s a hack ... I never said he wasn’t a great politician. I’m just saying he’s a shitty golfer.”

Consider that shade thrown and slam-dunked.

H/T New York Magazine

Leonardo DiCaprio: Green Tech Can Soon Meet 100% of Global Energy Needs (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:26:07 -0400)

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The short film above, "Green World Rising," is the third episode in the Green World Rising series narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and created by Tree Media. A U.N. draft to guide upcoming climate summits is due to be published on Nov. 2. The leaked UN report says climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible” impacts on human society and nature.

We don’t need fossil fuels anymore. Many would argue that the reason we can’t stop burning fossil fuels and address climate change is that our modern civilization can’t continue without them. The notion that we depend on fossil fuels is a myth; and it’s a myth that must be busted. And busted soon, given the rapid advance of climate change.

For decades, we have had renewable technology on the shelf. We have already invented technologies -- in many cases, over 100 years ago -- that will be the basis of our future, sustainable civilization. Electric vehicles were invented in the early 1800s and had a heyday in 1900, with a hybrid car invented in 1916. The photovoltaic effect was discovered in 1839; the solar cell was invented in 1941; wind power for electricity in 1887; geothermal power plant in 1904 and biofuel from vegetable oil in the 1890s. Granted, the tech was not entirely there yet, but neither was, say, the internal combustion engine. Cars with internal combustion needed an unwieldy crank up until 1912 and, even after 100 years, can’t be driven without creating pollution. Renewable technology has, in the past decades, caught up and then some.

We can now safely say we can power civilization entirely without fossil fuels. We are starting now and can achieve this goal within decades, depending on our will and fortitude. The Solutions Project and Mark Jacobson of the Atmosphere & Energy Program at Stanford University propose that we heat our houses with solar, wind, tidal and, in some cases, geothermal. After all, we already drive cars that plug into electricity from our homes that are powered by renewables. And there will be batteries (thanks again to Elon Musk) in our homes that our cars can plug into as a reserve. We fly our jets with, get this, a carbon negative biofuel made from algae. And grow our food in regenerative organic farms. And this is just for starters.

Another myth that must be busted is that the renewable economy is unviable. Actually, our sustainable energy economy will be robust and create wealth. Already, there are more than 300 coal plants in the United States that cannot compete with solar and wind; and it is projected that the renewable energy economy will supply millions of jobs. A Brookings Institution and the Pew Center on the States report has found that greener industries grow faster than the overall economy and that states with greater green investments have generally fared better in the current economic downturn.

Which brings us to light another point: The robustness of the clean energy economy brings power back into the hands of the many, not the few. The fossil fuel energy economy is highly centralized -- not just the means of generation and transmission -- but also the wealth created, which sits in the hands of the few. Renewable energy is decentralized, puts power into the hands of communities and gives them more control over their future. Clean energy, as Billy Parish of Mosaic says, “is one of the largest wealth-creation opportunities of our time if we can make it possible for people to participate in and benefit in this transition. It is one of the biggest opportunities for broad-based prosperity.”

Given that this transition to renewables will create broad-based opportunity and wealth, will reverse climate change and will secure a vital planet for future generations, I vote for the clean energy economy. What about you?

Mama June Says 'The Truth Will Come Out' On Reports She's Dating Child Molester Ex (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:24:44 -0400)

June "Mama June" Shannon has given her first interview since allegations surfaced that she's dating the man convicted of molesting her daughter, Anna Cardwell.

E! News spoke to the 35-year-old who has has denied that she's dating convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel. (McDaniel served 10 years in prison for aggravated child molestation.)

On Sunday, TMZ published photos of Shannon sitting in a stairwell with McDaniel and her 9-year-old daughter, Alana Thompson. Asked if she had spoken to McDaniel lately, Shannon told E! News, "No. That will all come out, I don't want to say anything about anything."

Shannon, appearing unfazed, was smiling when E! News asked if she wanted to say anything to "people who say you're crazy and how can you let your child around that man."

"No. But that will all come out," she replied.

Shannon's interview arrives after Cardwell spoke out about her family drama, telling "Entertainment Tonight" that she feels "very hurt" and "betrayed" by her mother, and that she is worried about the safety of her younger sisters.

"She's smiling and giggling when he's around," Cardwell told "ET." "You know, he's a child molester, Mama. He did this to me. Why would you let him come around the girls knowing what he did? And reportedly done it to another girl? And Mama was like, 'Oh, he never done it to another girl.'"

In response to the allegations, TLC canceled the family's reality show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," and now more information from Shannon's past is coming to light.

The Daily Mail reports that McDaniel isn't the only sex offender Shannon has dated.

Listed on the State of Georgia's sex offender registry, Michael Anthony Ford, the father of Shannon's 18-year-old daughter Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, served two years in prison for the sexual exploitation of a child over the Internet in 2005. Ford is currently serving time related to a separate child abandonment charge from 2013 at the Wheeler Correctional Facility in Alamo, Georgia.

Other men in Shannon's past also have criminal records. Prison records, first obtained by the National Enquirer in 2012, show that 9-year-old Alana's father, Michael "Sugar Bear" Thompson -- from whom Shannon recently split -- was sentenced to five years in Montgomery Prison for robbing a "series of hunt­ing camps and [setting] fire to at least one camper."

Additionally, Cardwell's biological father, David Dunn, spent time in prison in 1995 for stealing a handgun, and was incarcerated again in 1998 for stealing cartons of cigarettes.

Shannon has had her own legal troubles as well. According to court records, obtained by the National Enquirer, the former reality star served time for cashing bad checks in 1998. As manager of a McDonald's restaurant, in 2004, she was arrested for allegedly stealing $3,300 from a safe, though the charges were later dismissed. Additionally, Shannon was arrested again in 2008 and charged with contempt of court and theft, relating to several child support cases at the time.

Taylor Swift Talks Books And Music With Kids (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:44 -0400)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift.

The superstar made a stop Tuesday night on her busy tour promoting her new album to share her passion for reading and writing with a gaggle of New York City public school kids -- and 100 more giggling on computer screens via Skype from classrooms in Michigan and California.

Swift, whose "1989" was expected to debut at No. 1 next week, is a lifelong lover of books and writing, particularly songwriting, but she told The Associated Press after chatting with the tweens and teens at Scholastic that she isn't ruling out other writing projects.

She's already an unpublished novelist! At 13 or 14, she wrote a 400-page book based on her life and friends, whom she had left behind during a summer away with her family.

"But since then, I've discovered music and that's the form of writing that inspires me the most. It's not to say that I wouldn't expand the mediums and the ways that I choose to write," Swift said. "What if I end up writing a script or a book, or a book of poetry or something? That would be so amazing. I would love to see that happen."

Her meetup with the kids, six surrounding her on cozy couches at the book publisher's Soho headquarters, was turned into a 30-minute video available at Scholastic.com that has her urging more young people to "open a world of possible" through books.

The students on Skype from Troy, Michigan, and Poway, California, had made signs declaring the superstar awesome. The in-person New Yorkers offered Swift their book recommendations. Among them: "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls and "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper.

And Harry Potter, natch.

The book ideas were timely for Swift as she prepares for a few lengthy flights. Making and promoting her fifth album has left her out of the loop on what to read, she said.

"I definitely walked away with a few suggestions, which I appreciate because with the way the schedule's been it's kind of lower priority and it shouldn't be," Swift said.

And while now, at 24, she feels like the older sister or a kindly aunt to kids she has spent time with at Scholastic for several years, she has never forgotten what got her interested in books at their age.

"I could read about other characters' feelings and other characters' lives and their triumphs and their downfalls and it took me to a place that alleviated the pain of my reality, and that's what music does for me," she said.

On Wednesday, Swift announced she will donate her portion of proceeds from the album's single "Welcome to New York" to New York City public schools. The song was co-written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

Two Women Imitate Kim And Kanye's Looks Like It's Their JOB (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:46:20 -0400)

It's no secret that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are known for their style as a couple. But Kathleen Lee and Katie Burroughs, of San Francisco, may have outdone Kimye -- by imitating Kimye.

On their genius Instagram and Tumblr, "What Would Yeezus Wear?," the pair recreate the couple's signature looks, as well as their poses and facial expressions.

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The duo even went for an apt Kanye-North collaboration.

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And, apparently, according to E! News, Kim approves of the photos.

"Kim liked the ice cream cone pic," Lee told E!, "But on my Instagram. At first I was like: ‘Wait, did I just see that notification?' I assumed it was a fake account, but then all of a sudden my phone blew up with likes from all of her followers."

We agree with Kim. After all, imitation is the sincerest kompliment, right?

H/T Jezebel

'Game Of Thrones' News Reveals Potential Spoiler Book Readers Don't Even Know (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:44:20 -0400)

"Game of Thrones" Season 5 isn't even complete yet, but news of Season 7 is already causing spoilery speculation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a handful of lead "GoT" actors have now signed on for a "potential" seventh season of the HBO series. The network previously renewed the George R.R. Martin-inspired fantasy series for fifth and sixth seasons back in April, but did not finalize plans for a seventh chapter in the popular series. The actors included in the news, however, reveal a possible major spoiler that even book readers don't know.

Spoiler alert for fans of the show and book. Stop reading if you don't want to know who's "potentially" returning for Season 7.

According to THR, HBO uses a tiered system to pay their actors, and the top tier includes Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. These cast members, who apparently renegotiated their contracts in tandem, are among the "highest paid" actors on cable television. But what's important for us is what the names listed there potentially reveal. While it's still unknown just how many seasons of "GoT" HBO will make -- something that's an ongoing topic among fans -- it is likely that the series will run for seven seasons. (Back in June, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly that their "unstated goal" of seven seasons was still part of their plan.) If that's the case, that means Harrington's appearance in the final season signals some major spoilers for Jon Snow.

At the end of Martin's last-published book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Dance With Dragons," Jon Snow gets stabbed multiple times, leaving readers with a cliffhanger about whether he will live or die in the next books (or become resurrected). If Season 7 is the final season of the series, it would cover material from forthcoming books, "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring." Therefore, Harrington signing on for a potential appearance in Season 7 alludes to the character's fate that not even book readers know. To no surprise, it has already caught some Reddit users' attention.

But nothing is certain here. As THR notes, the actors' renegotiated contracts include "an option for season 7," meaning that they may not even show up in the season. HBO also declined to comment to HuffPost Entertainment regarding the news. Till then, we know just as much as Jon Snow -- nothing!

For more, head to THR.

How British Talent Became Hollywood Royalty (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:43:28 -0400)

Did you know that Gravity was filmed in the UK, and that Brits were responsible for its stunning visual effects? That Twelve Years A Slave was directed by and starred Brits? Or that all of the Star Wars movies were filmed at British studios -- including the forthcoming Episode VII? If you answered "no" to any or all of the above, don't worry. It just goes to show how natural and essential a part of the American movie-going experience British talent has become.

I'm spending some time in LA this week, seeing for myself how closely Brits and Americans work together on all that makes Hollywood so special. Tonight I will have the pleasure of attending BAFTA Los Angeles' Britannia Awards ceremony. The Britannias will honor six of the brightest stars in the celluloid firmament: three Brits (Mike Leigh, Emma Watson and Judi Dench) and three Americans (Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

Britain's film-making strength comes above all from its wealth of talent. BAFTA LA's British honorees show the depth and diversity of that talent across disciplines and generations. Even the Americans have had their brushes with British entertainment prowess: Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in a hit US show, Veep, created by a Brit, Armando Iannucci, while Robert Downey Jr has played both Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes!

Mike Leigh will receive the John Schlesinger Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by the UK's GREAT campaign. Leigh is a perfect example of a British director with unique gifts. He tends not to work from a script written in advance; instead, he coaxes improvised performances out of his actors by working with them to build up their characters layer by layer. Leigh's latest movie, the hotly anticipated Mr. Turner, is a biopic about the English artist JMW Turner.

At the other end of the scale in terms of sheer spectacle are the Star Wars films. Like its predecessors, the latest instalment is being filmed in the UK, at Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire. Some familiar-looking space ships have already landed at another filming location, a former Royal Air Force base in Berkshire. George Lucas, the godfather of the franchise, has just opened in the UK a 200-person branch of his special effects company Industrial Light and Magic. The office will work not only on Star Wars but also on other prestige projects like the Marvel Comics films. No surprise, when you consider that Brits have won the Oscar for visual effects in four of the last six years.

These days, British talent, locations and facilities are in greater demand than ever before. On an average day, the streets of London will see some 50 separate film crews. In 2013, Hollywood spent well over $1 billion on productions shooting in the UK, which ranged from the Muppets to Maleficent. This year is well on track to be even bigger. New and forthcoming films shot in the UK run the gamut from the blockbuster Mission: Impossible 5 to The Imitation Game, which stars last year's GREAT campaign Britannia honouree Benedict Cumberbatch as the (British!) founder of modern computing, Alan Turing.

Nearly two-thirds of the 200 highest-grossing films of the past 12 years have involved UK talent in leading roles. That really does make me proud to be British in Hollywood this week!

The Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC America on November 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

With thousands of iconic locations and world-class talent both on and off screen, it is no surprise Hollywood spent over $1 billion on productions shooting in the UK last year.

Exclusive Interview With Amy Poehler on her book, Yes Please, and More (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:31:26 -0400)


Amy Poehler has numerous titles and accolades next to her name - she received a Golden Globe award and five consecutive Emmy nominations for her role as Leslie Knope on the hit show Parks and Recreation, is the host and producer of her award-winning, inspiring online series "Smart Girls at the Party" and will appear in a number of upcoming film projects, including The Nest, alongside her longtime-partner and close friend Tina Fey, as well as directing and producing various projects. She can now add author to the list, having just penned her first book, Yes Please, a thought provoking and entertaining collection of personal stories and advice. Having just been through the process of writing the book, she says she is now fully "on to herself."

I had the electric experience of sitting down with Amy as part of AOL BUILD, in which she shared her quick-witted blend of humor and wisdom on a wide range of topics including her career advice ("Commit just as much time doing the thing as you have been talking about it."), how to "surf your life" ("Find your center of balance...Face the waves, try to catch one, ride it and know it will end. But another one will come!"), what it was like to play "the id" of Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live, and how privileged she feels to have worked on a show like Parks and Recreation in which the writers let the characters "evolve and grow" and to be able to now "end the show on your own terms."

She also got passionately heated up when she reflected on all the recent infighting over celebrities coming out as feminist saying, "The media discussion of who is and isn't a feminist -- is yet another example of the media attempting to divide us, to take us and split us apart and get us to talk shit about each other...it's just bullshit," and how fulfilling she finds her work as ambassador for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation and what a relief it is to "be outside of yourself". Amy told me that she thinks "vulnerability is power" and that she is interested in the "open-faced sandwiches of the world." In the video clip of our interview below, she opens her own self up to us.

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have appeared in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, CNN.com, EW.com, the Women's Media Center and many others. Marianne is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, 51 percent The Women's Perspective. She is also the co-founder and executive director of the women's website and non-profit organization Feminist.com, as well as the co-founder of the environmental site EcoMall.com. She is the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice based on her interviews with a variety of well-known women. Marianne's new book is What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power. You can visit her website at www.marianneschnall.com.

Deion Sanders' Funky Toe Is Why He Will Never Be On 'Dancing With The Stars' (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:28:47 -0400)

After his Hall-of-Fame, often polarizing and downright entertaining football career ended, Deion Sanders — who gave himself the nickname "Prime Time" — never really left the spotlight.

Since his playing days ended, Sanders has been an analyst for NFL Network. He also has his own reality show, "Deion's Family Playbook," on the OWN Network, his second reality series after his first one, "Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love," ended in 2008.

In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, host Nancy Redd posed the obvious question to Sanders: why isn't he on "Dancing With The Stars?" Former athletes with enough personality for the small screen is essentially "DWTS'" wheelhouse, as fellow football greats Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Hines Ward and Warren Sapp have made appearances.

"I would not be great on 'Dancing With The Stars.' I'll show you why," Sanders said, directing the camera to point directly at a mangled toe on his left foot. "That's three toe surgeries. You think I can go on 'Dancing With The Stars' with that? You think that could hold up for 'Dancing With The Stars?' I'm just going to leave it right there while we conversate."

Toe problems among NFL players are not uncommon, as the AstroTurf of many stadiums during Sanders' playing days caused so many toe problems they named an injury after it: turf toe.

Sanders' ailment is enough to sideline him from a prime time television show he was made for. Oh well.

Catch the rest of the clip above, and watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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Jake Gyllenhaal And Jimmy Fallon's Water War Is Even More Intense Than 'Nightcrawler' (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:13:45 -0400)

Jake Gyllenhaal just gave the most intense performance of his career, and we're not talking about "Nightcrawler."

On Wednesday, Gyllenhaal joined Jimmy Fallon for a game of Water War, and things got out of hand real fast. There were crazy mind games, cards were used to cover up nipples and, at one point, the actor yelled out, "This is for my family," before splashing water in Fallon's face.

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Melissa Gilbert's Closest Friend From 'Little House On The Prairie' May Surprise You (VIDEO) (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:54:20 -0400)

Forty years ago, Melissa Gilbert made her television series debut as young Laura Ingalls Wilder on "Little House on the Prairie." From 1974 to 1984, a captive audience followed the 19th-century farm life of the hard-working Wilder family, who included Michael Landon as Laura's dad Charles Ingalls, Melissa Sue Anderson as her older sister Mary and Alison Arngrim as her brazen rival Nellie. Wilder was an adult by the time the "Little House" series finale aired, and says that growing up on the show and surrounded by her costars left quite an impact.

In this weekend's interview airing on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", Gilbert explains just how influential "Little House on the Prairie" was on her entire life.

"It shaped me in so many ways," she says. "I learned from the best! I had Michael Landon as a boss, and he was brilliantly talented."

Thanks in part to the talent of the entire cast, "Little House" became a popular show with incredible staying power. "The show's never been off the air. It went into syndication while we were shooting it," Gilbert says. "Forty years. All over the world."

The now-50-year-old actress has a special place in her heart for the late Landon, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1991, but reveals that a different costar became one of her absolute favorites.

"My closest friend on the show who I hung out with the most growing up was Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie -- who was my archrival," Gilbert says. Watch Arngrim open up about a secret she kept while working on the series.

As characters, Laura and Nellie feuded, competed and clashed (even getting into a memorable mud fight), but off-camera, Arngrim and Gilbert's relationship couldn't be more different.

"We loved each other," Gilbert says. "We had sleepovers at each other's houses. We were at each other's birthday parties."

Though the two are all grown up, Gilbert says that their friendship remains strong even after all these years. "We're still really close," she says.

Melissa Gilbert's full interview airs on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" this Sunday, Nov. 2, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Season of the Wytch: Scott Snyder and Jock Talk Their New Series WYTCHES (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:52:45 -0400)

Wolfman and Pérez. Claremont and Byrne. Johns and Lee. Levitz and Giffen. Lee and Kirby. As any fanboy (or girl) knows, that lineup of names amounts to a murderer's row of classic comic book dream teams, now we can add Snyder and Jock. The team, who most recently made their mark on DC's Batman released their first independent, creatively owned comic series WYTCHES from Image Comics to critical acclaim last month and were the TALK of New York Comic Con when Brad Pitt's Plan B Films announced they'd already optioned the series. I had the privilege of a brief chat with the duo the week before Halloween and before release of the second issue of this spectacular new series!


You and Snyder seem to work well together -- are your renderings of his imagination often similar to the way he intended?

Jock: We have history together working on BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR and I relished the opportunity to work with him again. Jumping from our work together on one of the best known superheroes to one of the best known horror myths has been a treat and Scott's instincts are great. We talked a lot about the design of the creatures... many of the details that you see in the book came from him. The features on the side of the face so they could creepily peek around trees, their size... their back story and living habits. It's been great bringing that to life.

I find it's always best to mine the writers ideas if you can, they'll often have a pretty fully formed idea of what they're trying to get across in a story, and that's invaluable.

Scott Snyder: Jock is being too kind! But yes, we work together very well. It's one of the best collaborations I've ever been a part of. We're friends outside of comics, as well, and we stay in close contact on this, talking at least a couple times a week. One thing I love about Jock's art is how thoughtful he is on the page. He's able to create these incredibly unsettling moments simply by angling the panel a certain way, or distancing the reader from a character just a bit more than expected. he's a master of creating mood, panel to panel, in these smart visceral ways. When I had the idea for Wytches, I knew he was the guy for it. He can do intimacy and he can do horror and even more impressively, he can do them in the same scene. There was never anyone else I was thinking about for this.

Wytches is the first creator owned project by the two of you and has already been optioned by Brad Pitt's Plan B films, does that add pressure on you to sustain excitement?

Jock: I guess we're aware that we're being 'watched' maybe a little more intently than if the deal hadn't been struck so soon, but honestly, you get nowhere if you worry about that stuff. Our job is to make the comic the best it can be, and that has to be our focus. At the heart of the story we're telling is the Rooks family, and their relationships. We try and set up believable, relatable characters that you care for; that way when the true horror of the wytches is revealed, it should hit home even harder. The response to issue 1 has been phenomenal so we're all very proud of what we've achieved.

And movie wise -- we do have responsibilities there too, but the guys at Plan B are amazing. One of the reasons we went with them is that their instincts for the material is so good... their slate of films all feature strong, character led story lines, even if it's a genre film. We loved that and want to capitalize on that in the film project.

Scott Snyder: Yeah, we couldn't be more grateful to Plan B for their vision and support with this one. They've been terrific to us. And I think both of us feel that the best way we can pay that forward is to simply make this best comic we can. As a writer, there are choices I'm making for the comic that I know would need to be reworked for film, choices I'm making because horror on the page comes from a different place than horror on the screen, but I know that if I wrote the comic like a movie, it'd be a worse comic for it, and that'd serve no one, you know?

The witches (wytches) pictured in this tale are much closer to the classical ancient Greek form, meaning more elemental creatures, rather than the "cast-a-spell-on-you-kind," why introduce this form into comics?

Jock: That's an interesting question, we didn't specifically draw on the ancient greek idea. Our take was to push our idea of what a witch really is, basically terrifying creatures, but grounded in reality.

I'd liken it more to the way that in ancient times, people often saw fantastic elements of nature as witchcraft.. or the gods... or 'sky chariots' carrying alien beings... whatever it was! I'd like to think our wytches have existed this whole time and have just been misunderstood up until now. We're only just finding out the truth!

Scott Snyder: Our wytches are more animalistic - they're tall, skeletal, cannabalistic. They're humanoid, but not human. We wanted them to be almost like mutations, something that branched off from humanity and now preys on us. Their design is meant to be functional, too - the eyes on the side so they can peek around trees easier... they're predators.

What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

Jock: Definitely carving pumpkins! Maybe this year's carve a Wytch.

Scott Snyder: Seeing Jock carve a wytch.


Jeff Lemire's variant cover to WYTCHES #2

WYTCHES #2 is available November 19!

Here Are Photos Of Taylor Swift Enjoying A Beer At A New York Knicks Game (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:52:28 -0400)

Taylor Swift has been honest about her thoughts on alcohol, telling Esquire magazine in 2012, "If it doesn't taste like candy or sparkles, I usually don't drink it."

Well, clearly beer tastes like candy or sparkles to T-Swift because here are photos of the "Out of the Woods" singer sipping an ice-cold brew with her BFF Karlie Kloss at the Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday:



The gal pals even shared a few laughs with Ben Stiller and his son, Quinlin:

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quinlin stiller

Swift's been having quite the week, with her new album, "1989," debuting to rave reviews on Monday. And it appears the night out at the game in New York City didn't leave her with a hangover. On Thursday, she rocked the stage before a huge crowd on "Good Morning America."

Good Morning America! Times Square! AHHHHHH!

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What's Expiring On Netflix In November 2014? (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:45:16 -0400)

November is bringing some great new titles to Netflix. But unfortunately, that means we also have to say goodbye to some of our favorite movies and TV shows currently on the site. With only a couple days left before the end of the month, start planning your marathon of all the disappearing films you haven't had a chance to watch with this list of titles leaving Netflix come November.

This list is tentative and subject to change. HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Netflix to confirm that these films will disappear from the service on Nov. 1 and beyond.


"101 Dalmatians", 1996
"American Psycho," 2000
"Apocalypse Now," 1979
"Apocalypse Now Redux," 2001
"Balibo," 2009
"The Big Chill," 1983
"Blown Away," 1992
"Breezy," 1973
"Brighton Beach Memoirs,"1986
"Broadcast News," 1987
"The Buddy Holly Story," 1978
"Bullet Proof Monk," 2003
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,"1969
"Candyman," 1992
"Caveman," 1981
"Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie," 1980
"Cloak & Dagger," 1984
"The Conqueror Worm," 1968
"The Dogs of War," 1980
"Elvis ’56," 1987
"The Escape Artist", 1982
"Footloose," 1984
"For a Few Dollars More," 1965
"Fire in Babylon," 2010
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," 1966
"The Great Outdoors," 1988
"Hammett," 1982
"Hannibal," 2001
"He Said, She Said," 1991
"Heat Wave," 2011
"Iceman," 1984
"King Solomon’s Mines," 1985/"Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold," 1987
"La Bamba," 1987
"Les Miserables," 1998
"The Ninth Gate," 1999
"The Odessa File," 1974
"One from the Heart," 1982
"Orca: The Killer Whale," 1977
"The Prince of Tides," 1991
"A Raisin in the Sun," 2008
"Red State," 2011
"Say Anything," 1989
"Serenity," 2005
"Silent Running," 1971
"Single White Female,"1992
"Small, Beautifully Moving Parts," 2011
"St. Elmo’s Fire," 1985
"Starman," 1984
"Steel Magnolias," 1989
"Stephen Fry in America," 2008 (Nov. 8)
"Tetro," 2009
"Thelma & Louise," 1991
"Tortilla Soup," 2001
"Trees Lounge," 1996
"Under the Tuscan Sun," 2003
"Up at the Villa," 2000
"Vigilante Force," 1976

TV Shows
"Bob the Builder," 1999-2012
"Land Girls," 2009-2011 (Nov.8)
"The Magic School Bus," 1994-1997 (Nov. 5)
"Thomas & Friends," 2005-2012