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A 'Back To The Future' Remake Won't Happen While Robert Zemeckis Is Alive (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:22:34 -0400)

In the era where (nearly) everything in Hollywood is a remake, there's the fear another beloved classic will be destroyed by the dreaded reboot. But thankfully, not every filmmaker is behind the trend.

When The Telegraph asked Robert Zemeckis if he wold ever allow a "Back to the Future" remake to happen, the filmmaker's response was pretty perfect. "Oh, God no,” he said. “That can’t happen until both Bob [Gale] and I are dead," Zemeckis said of himself and trilogy co-writer Gale. Though the director knows that a remake could happen once he is dead, he hopes there's a way his estate can prevent it from happening in the future. (If only Zemeckis had an actual DeLorean.)



“I mean, to me, that’s outrageous," Zemeckis told The Telegraph. The filmmaker compared it to the likes of remaking "Citizen Kane," adding, "What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?” We couldn't agree more.

Gale echoed this sentiment when he told Yahoo last year that a fourth installment of the film series wouldn't be happening. “Let’s face it, we’ve seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don’t think I can name one that’s any good, that lives up to the originals," Gale told Yahoo. "I don’t think you can recapture it.”

Instead, Gale and Zemeckis are working on a "Back to the Future" musical. The two originally planned to open the musical on London’s West End in 2015 to celebrate the film's upcoming 30th anniversary, but last October, Gale announced it wasn't quite ready. "We’re not going to put it out there until we absolutely love it ourselves," he told Yahoo.

For more, head to The Telegraph.

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Pregnant Naya Rivera Shares A Poolside Selfie (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:18:00 -0400)

Hot mama!

Soon-to-be mom Naya Rivera shared a selfie on Instagram featuring her favorite poolside accessory: her growing baby bump. The 28-year-old actress wrote in the caption that "a serious tan and a serious bump" are her "#summeraccessories."

A serious tan and a serious bump #summeraccessories

A photo posted by Naya Rivera Dorsey (@nayarivera) on





This is definitely the clearest look yet at Rivera's baby bump -- as well as her killer tan. She also posted a grainy selfie of her figure last month for Mother's Day.

Not sure why this is so blurry but here's my #MothersDay selfie

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Rivera, now appearing on Lifetime's "Devious Maids," married actor Ryan Dorsey last July. This will be the couple's first child.

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Māori Dancers Slay Beyoncé Song With Poi Dance (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:13:51 -0400)

What do you get when New Zealand's indigenous Māori dancing bows down to the sounds of Queen Bey?

Poiyoncé: A new type of dance that we're really hoping catches on.

Tāreikura, a Māori performing arts group in New Zealand, turned a fierce song, Beyoncé's "Move Your Body," into an even fiercer dance routine by combining it with poi dancing -- a traditional Māori dance that involves rhythmically swinging handmade balls attached to a rope.

When you mix Māori Culture with Beyoncé - Part 3!Credit: Tāreikura

Posted by Paint Fade on Saturday, June 27, 2015




According to the dance group's Facebook page, Tāreikura is a group of girls between the ages of 8 and 18 who speak Māori and practice the culture's dance, weaponry and footwork every week.

Traditional poi dancing is usually performed by women, according to the Māori Dictionary Project. The poi -- which is the light ball attached to a cord -- is considered an extension of the dancer, and the sounds the balls create when hitting a surface can be used to mimic the rhythms of nature.

While the dance is usually accompanied by Māori songs or chants, we're glad that the girls at Tāreikura used Beyoncé to introduce the rest of us to poi dancing.

That smile you do...

Posted by Paint Fade on Tuesday, June 23, 2015




Below, one more video of the girls' Poiyoncé dance, because you know you want more:

When you mix Māori Culture from N.Z with Beyoncé ... .... Had to Share Paint Fade Credit: Tinamaree Kaipara & Tāreikurasubscribe>> www.youtube.com/illegalmusik

Posted by Illegal Musik on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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21 Things That Are Complete Smartasses (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:47:52 -0400)

Smartasses. They're everywhere. Usually where you'd rather they weren't. Because they know you don't want them there. Which is why they're smartasses.

Still, you can't deny the fun that general smartassery brings into our daily lives. If you can allow yourself to laugh a bit, you'll usually see that the smartasses of the world are providing a very worthwhile service to all of us: Entertainment at the expense of (hopefully) someone else.

As if we didn't have enough human smartasses, here are a bunch of everyday things being smartasses too. And do you know why? Because they can be.

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Cara Delevingne Calls Out 'Totally Sexist' Superhero Movies (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:47:04 -0400)

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...another person calling out the sexism women superheroes face. And this time, it's supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne.

Delevingne is starring as the villain Enchantress in the upcoming movie "Suicide Squad." Although she thinks the movie's three women characters "have the best roles," not all crime-fighting tales are created equal.

"Generally...superhero movies are totally sexist," Delevingne told Empire Magazine. "Female superheroes are normally naked or in bikinis. No one would be able to fight like that. Wonder Woman, how the hell does she fight? She would be dead in a minute.”

Delevingne makes solid point. From big screen blockbusters (like Halle Berry's leather-clad "Catwoman") to comic books (like the unnecessarily erotic cover illustration for "Spider-Woman"), superwomen are too often sexualized no matter where they go.

We're rooting for the strong women in "Suicide Squad" -- and hoping that this movie finally shifts the superhero gears. Wouldn't it be awesome if supermen and superwomen fought the mighty villain of sexism as one united front? We think so.

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Kylie Jenner And Tyga Show Some Affection In Khloe Kardashian's Instagram Pic (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:42:52 -0400)

Kylie Jenner and Tyga look very close in Khloe Kardashian's latest Instagram photo. 


On Monday, Kardashian helped her little sister move into her new $2.7 million mansion. The 17-year-old, who celebrates her 18th birthday next month, purchased the Calabasas home back in February. 



don't you wish your move in crew looked like mine

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Tyga, 25, was apparently also on hand to assist with the move-in and showed his rumored girlfriend some affection. Kardashian joined in on the moment to make a "Michael sandwich." (Tyga's real name is Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson.) 



A Michael sandwich

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Emilia Clarke Talking Like A Valley Girl Is More Shocking Than 'Game Of Thrones' (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:42:00 -0400)

If you thought the "Game of Thrones" finale was shocking, just get ready because this is, like, a whole situation.

Actress Emilia Clarke pretty much sounds like her character from "Game of Thrones" in real life, but in an instant on Monday she went from Khaleesi to Cali from the Valley. While stopping by to promote "Terminator Genisys," Clarke told Jimmy Kimmel about a time she broke out her Valley girl accent at a Home Depot to avoid being recognized while shopping for an air conditioner -- which makes sense, because Khaleesi is supposed to like the heat. The actress demonstrated the accent, which she credits to her love of the movie "Clueless," and everyone totally had a cow fer sher.

If the people of Westeros don't give her the Iron Throne now, then they're just a bunch of snobs and a half.


Image: Giphy


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The Prickly History Of Tattooing In America (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:30:19 -0400)

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According to a Nielsen poll, one in five Americans has a tattoo, and nearly 90 percent of those who do never regret getting inked up.

Of course, it hasn't always been this way. Tattoos were once taboo in the West, even though body art is an ancient practice elsewhere. A new book, 100 Years of Tattoos, explores this decorous transformation, following tattoo art as it turned from an act of rebellion to a widely practiced personal statement.

History tells us that the concept of self-branding was embraced fully in England in the 1860s after the Prince of Wales marked himself with a cross, partaking in a Medieval ritual. Meanwhile, the art of ink was in its fledging stages in America. Martin Hildebrandt, considered one of the country's first tattoo artists, opened a shop in New York City in 1870, making tattoos accessible for citizens who weren't able to travel overseas. But before Hildebrandt's business -- which involved training apprentices -- fully took off, most tattooed Americans were soldiers inking up for good luck, emblazoning themselves with reminders of their lives back home.

American tattoo art's initial function as a sort of patriotic act inspired many styles that would come to define it. Artist Paul Rogers, owner of a trailer that came to be known as the Iron Factory, got his start tattooing soldiers with eagles and other winged creatures. He'd go on to influence Ed Hardy and others, both with his technology and his aesthetic, which included American flags, plump hearts and buxom women. And, although the U.S. Navy disapproved of pinup tattoos for a period, they were still popular among its members. Those would-be soldiers with tattoos that were deemed inappropriate due to nudity would go so far as to add clothes to their preexisting inked ladies.

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While wartime America was keen on tattoos, in less-wealthy urban districts and overseas the art was mostly confined to a small clientele. Like most aesthetic trends, tattooing didn't make its way to rural America quickly. Small-town introductions to body ink came via the circus, where those with body art were billed as bizarre attractions. In 100 Years of Tattoos, author David McComb digs into the fascinating underbelly of the industry. He discusses the gender divide among tattooed circus performers, and provides elucidating captions for images of women covered head-to-toe in body art. A picture of a totally inked woman, then employed as a sideshow act, depicts her posing proudly, covered in religious iconography and regal, historical portraits.

Women participated in the bubbling tattoo industry, which still remained beneath the surface of popular culture through the buttoned-up 1950s and early 60s. Notably, their inked art was at times an act of submission, especially among biker gangs. One spread in McComb's book pictures a girl showing off a growing sleeve of hearts, with "Property of Alan" scrawled above it. It wasn't until the 1970s, when what the author calls "the macho world of ink" was opened to women in new and empowering ways, that more feminine designs such as subtle shading and floral imagery became popular. Still, by 1979, female tattoo artists such as SuzAnne Fauser, whose depiction of a powerful pirate donning a stern expression and thick tresses can be seen below, struggled to make their mark in the industry.

McComb meticulously explores these corners of the industry, highlighting everything from the significance of tattooing within prisons to the impact of the Western-influenced ban Japan placed on tattoos at the end of the 19th century. See images from his book below.





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Why Are Joy's Eyes Blue? (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:24:56 -0400)

My wife makes fun of me when we watch Pixar movies, because whenever I see Up or the Toy Story trilogy or Monsters, Inc., I need tissues handy at the end -- even if it's the 12th time I've seen it. So when I went to see Pixar's latest movie, Inside Out, I brought my tissues, and I definitely needed them. Yet what made this movie unique is that it also helped me understand why I laugh and cry...and why I often do it at the same time.

The story of Inside Out mostly takes place inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she navigates a difficult move from Minnesota to San Francisco. The main characters are Riley's emotions -- Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear -- which guide her decisions and often compete with one another for control of her brain.

One of the biggest challenges that faced Pete Docter, the director, was how to portray abstract emotions in a concrete, visual way. And there's something rather interesting about how the five emotions appear.

Fear is tall, thin, looks like a frayed nerve and is purple. Not only that, his eyes are purple, too. Anger, which looks like a brick and is red (and sometimes flaming), has red eyes. Disgust, who is green, has green eyes. Sadness, not surprisingly, is completely blue, and even looks like a teardrop.

But Joy, who is mainly yellow, has more than one color in her. She has blue eyes and blue hair. Why?

Well, if blue represents sadness, then the message is clear: there is no such thing as "pure joy." Instead, even in our most joyous times, there is often sadness mixed in.

In fact, that's a very Jewish idea. After all, one of the most joyous moments we can experience is a wedding, but it ends with the breaking of a glass to remind us of the destruction of the Temple and that our world is still broken. In other words, even at our highest moments, there is always a little sadness in there.

But the comfort is that reverse is often true, as well -- sadness can sometimes lead us to joy. Think about how you feel after a good cry. When you cry, your body is releasing endorphins, chemicals that often make you feel good. And that's why a funeral and a shiva minyan -- some of the saddest moments we can experience -- are often filled laughter and love. Friends and family members are sharing stories of their loved one, and so are bringing a little bit of joy into these moments that seem so low.

Indeed, Inside Out reminds us that even the emotions that appear "negative" have value. As a recent article in The New York Times remarked:

"Inside Out" doesn't just stick up for dark feelings, it also recognizes that growing up comes with evolving emotional complexity...The movie suggests that the bittersweet is a step up from untarnished joy and shows how frantic cheerfulness can stand in the way of genuine connection.

In other words, Inside Out shows us that the goal of life isn't "to be happy." We will feel sad, angry or frightened. But we need our whole range of emotions for developing our sense of self and our relationship with others.

So in many ways, the fact that Joy has some Sadness in her helps her character become more fully human. If even the representation of Joy can be sad at times, so can we. And if we strive to be "happy" all the time, then we aren't truly living our lives.

Ultimately, as psychologist Steven Hayes once said, we shouldn't skirt over difficult emotions in order to "feel better." 

Instead, we need to fully experience our lives, and learn how to "feel better."

(This post first appeared on My Jewish Learning's Rabbis Without Borders blog).

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NeNe Leakes Quits 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta' (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:17:00 -0400)


It's the end of an era. 


NeNe Leakes announced Monday she is quitting "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" after seven seasons. The Georgia native, whose role on Bravo propelled her to stardom and helped her land gigs like leading roles in NBC's "The New Normal" and "Cinderella" on Broadway, made her debut on the show in Season 1 back in 2008. 


"This was definitely a hard decision for me," she told People magazine. "Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things."


TMZ reported Leakes is leaving over money negotiations, but she told People she will be working on other projects, including a "primetime television show with a big legend." 


She took to Facebook to share the news personally with her fans. 



This is so hard for me to type! I cry as I do so! After seven seaons, I am so grateful for all the love and laughs! I can confirm that I have decided not to return to RHOA for the eighth season. Thank you everyone that has watched and supported me over the years on this amazing platform! Special thanks to Andy Cohen, True Entertainment, & Bravo for giving me the opportunity to show the world Nene Leakes and sometimes give them NayNay. This has been such a big part of my life but I am excited for new beginnings that I will share with you soon. With lots of thoughts and prayer, I've decided to step out on faith and not fear.



In Season 7 of the Bravo series, Leakes had a difficult time with her castmates, including Cynthia Bailey and Claudia Jordan. She walked off-set during the reunion episode over a conversation about her mother and abandonment.  


Leakes made it clear she was not happy while promoting her upcoming Bravo show with former 'RHOA' co-star and best friend Kim Zolciak, "NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches," back in March. 


"I just left 'Housewives' where I was working with like, six monsters," she told E! News. "Working on a show like ['Housewives'] tears friendships apart. It's hard."


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Evangeline Lilly Reveals She's Pregnant By Debuting Baby Bump At 'Ant-Man' Premiere (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:15:05 -0400)

That's one way to reveal a pregnancy!

When actress Evangeline Lilly showed up at the "Ant Man" premiere in Hollywood on Monday, there was no question as to whether the 35-year-old was pregnant.

Lilly stunned in a black-and-white Halston Heritage gown that accentuated her baby bump while she posed for photos alongside her co-stars. And just in case there was any confusion, the former "Lost" star did indeed confirm to E! News that she and partner Norman Kali are expecting their second child, due in September.

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The couple are already parents to 4-year-old Kahekili and the pregnancy comes after the actress spoke of her desire to have a large family.

"What I wanted originally was six kids," she told Ocean Drive magazine in January. "I frickin’ love being pregnant. I’m one of the lucky women who just had a blissful pregnancy, but I wanted to adopt four. My partner and I have really been through the ringer in the adoption world and it’s hard, so we’ll see what happens. Life is magically beautiful, and it brings you what is perfect.”


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'Difficult People' Trailer Previews Billy Eichner And Julie Klausner's Disruptive Antics (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:03:26 -0400)

Not to be outdone by Amazon, Netflix and other streaming platforms, Hulu is revving up its original programming this year, with "Difficult People" next in line to soak up the online splendor. The Amy Poehler-produced comedy stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as best friends who live in New York and frequently land in hot water as a result of their ostentatious behavior. The Huffington Post has the show's exclusive first trailer, which finds the pair's theatrics enlivening an otherwise drab event. (In other words, don't do what they do.)

Originally in development at the USA Network, "Difficult People" will premiere two episodes on Hulu on Aug. 5, with the rest arriving in individual installments each Wednesday. The first season totals eight episodes, so spend this time practicing your cringe face.



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The Cast Of 'Suicide Squad' Has An On-Set 'Therapist' (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:48:54 -0400)

Just in case you still thought David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" would be a light and cheerful superhero movie, think again.

The film, which follows a team of supervillains, is supposedly so dark and features such heavy performances from its cast that director David Ayer has brought a "therapist" on set. Adam Beach, who plays Slipknot in the film, told E! News, "We kind of have like a therapist on board if you fall off the wagon and really are villainous." This therapist is a friend of Ayer's and is on set to help the actors make sure they "have [their] ground."

The reason behind the on-set "therapist" is Ayer's desire to make the "Suicide Squad" as real as possible, according to Beach. "David Ayer is about realism," Beach told E! News. "So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing."

The real thing for some actors, like Jared Leto who plays The Joker, means sending castmates dark and disturbing gifts. According to Beach, Leto sent co-stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith and the rest of the cast a live rat, a dead hog and some bullets.

Still not convinced? Just watch Leto's Joker hit Robbie's Harley Quinn across the face in leaked footage from the set.

For more, head to E! News.

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Caitlyn Jenner Takes A Cue From The Kardashians, Steps Out In A Bandage Dress (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:45:51 -0400)

You don't live with the Kardashians for more than 20 years without picking up a couple of style tips along the way.

Case in point: the killer long-sleeve Herve Leger bandage dress Caitlyn Jenner wore for a night out in New York City on Monday night. The 65-year-old has clearly been taking notes from stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, who at one time had a Herve Leger dress for every possible occasion.

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Jenner is in the middle of filming scenes for her upcoming docuseries, "I Am Cait," and attended a Pride party at the Dream Downtown Hotel on Sunday with cameras rolling.

On Monday, she also paid a visit to New York's LGBT Community Center. The former Olympian also shared a photo of herself at dinner.

"Such a fun dinner in NYC w/ this powerful group of trans women. They are all so beautiful. @GeenaRocero @candiscayne," she captioned the photo.

Such a fun dinner in NYC w/ this powerful group of trans women. They are all so beautiful. @GeenaRocero @candiscayne

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Jon Stewart Shows How Antonin Scalia Is A Total Hypocrite (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:32:11 -0400)

Jon Stewart said Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia may have reached his breaking point last week, with a series of bizarre and conflicting opinions that involved the use of words such as "jiggery-pokery" and "applesauce."

“You kiss your mother with that mouth?" Stewart mockingly asked on "The Daily Show" Monday night. "‘Jiggery-pokery?' ‘Applesauce?' Sir, let us not say things we can never take back ... or even understand.”

Stewart said the crankiness of Scalia's insults "runs inverse to his intellectual consistency," and then proceeded to point out all the ways Scalia's decisions repeatedly contradict themselves.

Scalia argued that the Supreme Court ignored the will of the voters in last week's historic same-sex marriage ruling, but as Stewart pointed out, he didn't seem to care about the will of the voters when he tried to destroy Obamacare just a day earlier.

"Or if the voters wanted to limit campaign finance spending, then he had no problem telling people to fuck off at that time," Stewart said.

From the Voting Rights Act to the 2000 presidential election, Scalia has a long history of trying to overturn the will of the voters himself, Stewart added.

Being on the losing end of the gay marriage decision last week gave Scalia "one of the worst Fridays of his life," so Stewart offered a gesture of empathy: a cartoon called "Antonin Scalia and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."

Check it out in the clip above, which contains both "jiggery-pokery" and "applesauce."

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