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Amanda Lear Would Do Anything Jean Paul Gaultier Asks

On and off the runway, the cast and crew of Jean Paul Gaultier’s upcoming revue “Fashion Freak Show” had turned out in full force for his smoking hot, in all senses, fall couture show. Actress and scriptwriter Tonie Marshall, the revue’s codirector, sat alongside former cabaret star and “queen of the night” Régine.
“I’d do anything Jean Paul asks,” said Amanda Lear, having done his previous revue in Berlin three years ago. “We’ve been talking about it for a while.” The singer and veteran model recently lent her voice to Edna Mode in the sequel to Disney’s animated movie “The Incredibles 2,” which was released in France earlier that day.
Visual artists Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard, best known as Pierre et Gilles, were taking in the brouhaha as Naomi Campbell took her seat under the snap of a thousand smartphones — and no shortage of professional lenses either. “There are thousands of images today, and I love it. You get to step into a person’s universe,” said Blanchard.
The artists, whose contribution to the upcoming Folies Bergères production includes an image symbolizing the love between Gaultier and his late partner Francis Menuge, are exhibiting a series of works on the religious in

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You’ll Never Love Anything as Much as Katy Perry Loves Chicken Nuggets on This Japanese TV Show

Love is a strong word, but it’s the only appropriate way to describe Katy Perry‘s feelings for chicken nuggets. That probably explains why she housed tenders by the handful during a lighthearted appearance on Japanese television Thursday morning.

The 33-year-old “Swish Swish” singer was welcomed onto the program Sukkiri with an assortment of fried bites in a variety of flavors — including cheese and spicy — presented in chicken-themed cardboard containers.

According to Us Weekly, who first shared the clip that’s making the rounds among fans on social media, the nuggets are from Lawson, a Japanese convenience store chain.

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Upon sight of the meaty morsels, Perry immediately went to town by jokingly sampling as many as she could. “I love them so much,” she mouths to the hosts between bites.

Unfortunately, disaster soon strikes when she can’t fit any more into her mouth, leading her to sheepishly spit some into one of the containers. The hosts, ever the professionals, shield their guest as she takes care of business.

Perry is in town for the Asian leg of her Witness tour, which kicked off on Tuesday. She had a very special supporter make the trip with her: on-again beau Orlando Bloom.

During the show, Perry told fans while introducing her song that she “felt very loved. And this next song is about being so loved and so seen that you never ever have felt this feeling before. This feeling of love.”

She added, “This is ‘For Me You See,’ for Bubba Doo,” apparently revealing her pet name for Bloom, whom fans spotted in the audience.

The nickname means, “One whom you adore, such as a (male) child or husband,” according to Urban Dictionary.

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Bloom, 41, made no attempts to hide that he was also in Japan, sharing a selfie with the country’s famous cherry blossoms to Instagram.

“cherry blossoms bloom ❤,” he captioned the photo, tagged in Tokyo.

On his Instagram story, the actor shared more videos from his trip, including a horse rolling around in the dirt and flags blowing in the wind.

Perry and Bloom sparked rumors of a reconciliation earlier this year by vacationing together in the Maldives, then sightseeing in Prague two months later.

Though the couple has yet to go public with their relationship status, a source recently told PEOPLE earlier this month that they are back together and taking it slow following their split in February 2017.

“After Orlando and Katy split, they stayed in touch. It wasn’t some awful split. They were just busy with their careers and it wasn’t working,” the source said.


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Shadow of War: Ask The Developers Anything

All month long we’ve been bringing you special coverage of our IGN First game of the month, Middle-earth: Shadow of War. To close out April, we’re excited to host a community Q&A with Monolith Productions, the developer behind Shadow of War. No question is off limits, but the developers will pick which ones they can best answer.

Leave your questions in the comments below and we’ll update this article next week with the answers!

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Jimmy Kimmel Is ”Going to Do Anything” to Keep Matt Damon Away From the 2017 Oscars Stage

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Lego Donald Trump Makes Christmas Anything But Great Again

This Lego Donald Trump will permanently be on the naughty list.

The plastic version of the president-elect seizes control of the North Pole just two days after his inauguration, in Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles’ latest stop-motion animated video.

And as Santa Claus, he immediately sets to work in reshaping the holidays to be exactly how he wants them ― after a little help from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What follows is a perfect parody referencing some of Trump’s most controversial moments of the past year.

There are references to Trump’s spat with the cast of the “Hamilton” musical and his ejection of a baby from a campaign rally.

The clever clip also mentions Trump’s disgusting comments about women.

“When you’re Santa, you can do whatever. Grab ’em by the antlers,” says “Santa” Trump.

He even calls “for a total ban on Gingerbread men,” in reference to his campaign vow to bar Muslims from entering the U.S.

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Why Your Realtor Doesn’t Know Anything

In my 20s I moved to London with just a duffle bag, only to exit in my thirties with a shipping container. Sometimes I regret sending my old furniture across the Atlantic, but having our British flat replicated in the basement of our house is awesome, especially when I get drunk and pass out. It’s like waking up in England, but the breakfast is better.

In the U.K. you don’t get the star realtor types with glitzy headshots and names splashed across billboards. Instead you walk into one of the few estate agencies, and a nameless employee will take you to properties they’ve never even set foot in. Should you view a place again it’ll be with a different person as they’re mostly interchangeable young drones. The upside to this approach is that they’re hands-off when it comes to selling. The downside’s that they are very much hands-on when it comes to taking their commission.

Buying

When we bought in London, the estate agent drove us to our first viewing in the corporate Mini Cooper, blasting techno music the entire way. On arrival we were pretty much ready to buy it just so we didn’t have to get back in the car. Thing is, when we got to the door it wouldn’t open because he’d taken the wrong keys. He wasn’t even embarrassed, it was as if this was a routine occurrence for him. We returned to the office for the right set, only for him to again grab the incorrect ones. Seriously, this happened. I mentioned about American realtors using lockboxes, and he quipped, “Never heard of ’em mate, but they sound like a right pain in the arse.”

There was another property we were keen on viewing, but when we got to the office the estate agent on shift explained, “I’m too busy to go with you, (Candy Crush?), but it’s tenanted and they know you’re coming. Just don’t go to the front door because it’s broken. You have to go along the side of the building to the window.”

She said this like it was perfectly normal and I felt like we were being Punk’d. While I started looking for hidden cameras, my wife asked, “So we knock on the window then?”

She told us, “Nah, their kids are usually standing outside it having a fag.”

Turning to me, my wife said, “That means smoking.”

I knew this already, but my wife has a good sense of humour, and enjoys doing this with me in front people with any common British words and terms.

I then asked, “How do we climb into it?”

“There’s an old rubbish bin there that they use, it’s easy.”

My wife explained, “That’s a garbage can.”

We decided not to see the property.

Selling

We recently sold a place in North America, and the “Viewing Expert” on our real estate agent’s team did a walk-through of our home, then went over the pros and cons. He was relieved our unit didn’t have a four in the number as they’re considered very bad luck by Asians, and nobody wants to deter any potential buyers. Thing is, we were on the fourth floor, only it was called the Penthouse, but he never caught on to that. He felt that some of our stuff showed great taste, but most of it just had to go. He toured our home and pointed out the decorating disasters.

First up, our Waring Pro Made in USA commercial blender.

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He stared at it for a beat and I could see the confusion and disgust in his eyes.

I explained, “It’s a blender.”

He said, “Mmm, weird green, too much colour, and I’m not familiar with the brand.”

I replied, “It was quite expensive.”

“Put it in storage and get a Vitamix.”

He walked around our home eyeing each piece, pointing to the door and saying…

“Storage!”

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While filming in South Africa, I bought these hand-carved book ends. They weigh a ton and I love them.

“Storage!”

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Photographs from one of our trips to Thailand that my wife had printed on hardback.

“Storage!”

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If I had an original Banksy on the wall he’d have yelled, “Storage!”

He said that he was going to have better art sent over and some red pillows for colour. This is the same genius who wanted our blender in storage because it had too much colour. I really wasn’t cool with any this. Ultimately we’d have to live with his taste, and how is it even possible that his taste is the same as the buyers’? What if they prefer our art and small appliances? I fought him until he demanded, “Just let me do my job.”

As alluring as it sounds to have a team, his job was unnecessary, and in order to validate his existence he needed to make changes. Someone always wants to put his or her stink on things.

Here’s what they sent over.

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Apparently we’re marketing this to a fashionable wino who’s terrified of fours, knows her blenders, and twerks during thunderstorms.

The one rule that real estate agents go by is that they never want the seller to be present when there’s a viewing. They firmly believe that seeing the owner in their own home makes it too personal, and they want the buyer to feel there are no attachments. I think this is a crock of sh*t.

On our last sale we’d written the copy, staged the home, taken the photos and talked to the buyers. That was in England, where the estate agents don’t do anything, and it had worked to our advantage. Though handing over thousands in commission was absolutely brutal. Since we weren’t allowed to be there, we’d head out with our dog during the viewings. This period may have been the greatest time of his life.

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“Walk! Again?”

Then this happened.

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So there we were, revealed to two other humans looking for a nice place to live. I was able to point out the benefits of our location, the things one would only know if they actually lived there. It was personal and an important part of the sale. Over the days we ended up meeting some of the others, and I’m still stunned by some of the questions that were actually brought to the table.

Is the garden hose included?

Seriously, this came up in our sale. Someone’s life-purchase was potentially halted because a sixteen-foot, ten-dollar green tube may not be included.

How are the neighbours?

There’s a dozen of them living in a one-bedroom. They use their balcony as a toilet, cook meth and they’ve set up a ten-pin bowling lane in their living room. Oh and they have J-pop karaoke parties. Nice people though, well I think they are, they don’t speak English.

Will you offer a warranty?

Please, f*** off.

Is there any crime in the area?

First off, I am surprised you managed to get here without getting stabbed. Wait, did you drive here? Please tell me you didn’t park out front, because if you did your car’s probably gone, and if it’s still there you’ll need to check for C-4. Don’t worry, I’ll lend you my bomb mirror. It’s easy, like using a selfie stick, but it’ll save your life instead of making you like a huge douchebag.

Seriously, police make crime stats readily available. Why on earth would a seller dedicate any time to going through every negative incident or event they’ve heard about?

Can you paint it for us?

Sure, how’s black?

Moving sucks, but starting over can be a thrill. Please comment and share your experiences below.

Thanks for reading,

Tommy Campbell

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Is There Anything Spiritual About Mindfulness?

These days mindfulness is the buzzword. Celebrities such as Goldie Hawn, Richard Gere and Tina Turner have been some of it’s strongest proponents. Mindfulness seems to be embraced in the west, more as a practice and discipline rather than as a religion, although its origin is in Buddhism. But does mindfulness have a spiritual and transformational quality to it?

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To explore this, I spoke with Santikaro (Robert Larson), who had trained under the famous Thai Buddhist teacher, Buddhadasa Bhikku. According to him, in the west, there are three forms that mindfulness has been shaped into. He refers to the first usage of it, primarily at large corporations, as McMindfulness. Like MacDonald food, it is fast, convenient and does the job. However, Santikaro questions the ethical and long-term value of this form of mindfulness, particularly when it is encouraged by managers in order to get results from employees. The workers who do practice it under such influence may not get the right long term results from such practices as their understanding of it remains limited.

The second form of mindfulness that is justifiably popular is referred to as therapeutic mindfulness. In recent times, Jon Kabat-Zinn, has championed the efforts to bring a scientifically researched and medically applicable usage to mindfulness. The program called Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) has been proven to bring relief to many people struggling with psychological distress and chronic illnesses.

The third form of mindfulness that we discussed (as seen in the video below), is the pristine form with its potential for complete inner freedom. Practiced correctly, mindfulness can lead to insight into the human condition and free us from our inner struggles and conflicts in life. If there is anything spiritual about mindfulness, then it is the ability to free us from the grasp of our own ego. This is the summon bonum, the lofty goal of most spiritual traditions.

Santikaro describes this form of mindfulness as a natural and effortless practice, not one forced on by an “egoic doer.” For instance, when we bring awareness to our breathing without clinging to the one who is breathing or when we observe the nature around us without the sense of an observer, then there is a moment of true mindfulness, the recognition of what can be called as “emptiness.” In such a practice of mindfulness, the experience of every moment can be deepened by the natural “recollection” of emptiness.

So going back to the question, “Is there anything spiritual about mindfulness?” In the two earlier forms of its practice, the purpose of practicing mindfulness is motivated by certain personal goals.
Nevertheless if it fulfills the criteria of being a tangible measure to spirituality in daily life by offering a superior quality of awareness in every moment, then it is a worthy practice. But to truly experience mindfulness with its fullest potential, one has to transcend the egoic intention and relinquish the “I” and “Mine” related to the experience, as these are the obstacles on our path to freedom.

Santikaro talks about the time that he asked Buddhadasa, his teacher, if he was enlightened. Buddhadasa replied to him, “who is there to be enlightened.” Perhaps in this response is the key to the right attitude towards this potentially liberating practice.

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Reddit Community Revolts After ‘Ask Me Anything’ Administrator Is Dismissed

The Reddit community was in flux after the administrator of one of the site’s most popular sections was let go on Thursday.

It’s unclear why Victoria Taylor, the administrator of /r/IAMA (Ask Me Anything), was dismissed, but volunteer moderators shut down several other sections of the social sharing site in protest, NPR reports.

On Friday afternoon, a moderator of the AMA section, or subreddit, posted an explainer:

You may have noticed that /r/IAmA was recently set to “private” for a short period of time. A full explanation can be found here, but the gist of it is that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from Reddit and the admins did not have a good alternative to help conduct AMAs. As a result, our current system will no longer be feasible.

Chooter (Victoria) was let go as an admin by /u/kn0thing. She was a pillar of the AMA community and responsible for nearly all of reddit’s positive press. She helped not only IAMA grow, but reddit as a whole. reddit’s culture would not be what it is today without Victoria’s efforts over the last several years.

We have taken the day to try to understand how Reddit will seek to replace Victoria, and have unfortunately come to the conclusion that they do not have a plan that we can put our trust in.

Taylor reportedly helped arrange and run thousands of AMAs, Reddit’s version of the Q&A, including with President Barack Obama. She said in a short AMA of her own that she was “dazed” after the firing, but didn’t give any hints as to why it happened.

As a result, several popular subreddits, including /r/IAMA, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/Art, /r/videos and /r/funny, were temporarily set to private, effectively shutting them down. Most of them appeared to be back up and running by mid-Friday afternoon, and many of them explained that the shutdown was due to Taylor’s dismissal.

In a post early Friday, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian apologized for “how we handled communicating change to the AMA team this morning.” He urged subreddit monitors to make their pages public again:

Your message was received loud and clear. The communication between Reddit and the moderators needs to improve dramatically. We will work closely with you all going forward to ensure events like today don’t happen again. At this point, however, the blackout has served its purpose, and now it’s time to get Reddit functioning again.

The popular 10-year-old site reported nearly 164 million unique viewers last month.

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Reddit Community Revolts After ‘Ask Me Anything’ Administrator Is Dismissed

The Reddit community was in flux after the administrator of one of the site’s most popular sections was let go on Thursday.

It’s unclear why Victoria Taylor, the administrator of /r/IAMA (Ask Me Anything), was dismissed, but volunteer moderators shut down several other sections of the social sharing site in protest, NPR reports.

On Friday afternoon, a moderator of the AMA section, or subreddit, posted an explainer:

You may have noticed that /r/IAmA was recently set to “private” for a short period of time. A full explanation can be found here, but the gist of it is that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from Reddit and the admins did not have a good alternative to help conduct AMAs. As a result, our current system will no longer be feasible.

Chooter (Victoria) was let go as an admin by /u/kn0thing. She was a pillar of the AMA community and responsible for nearly all of reddit’s positive press. She helped not only IAMA grow, but reddit as a whole. reddit’s culture would not be what it is today without Victoria’s efforts over the last several years.

We have taken the day to try to understand how Reddit will seek to replace Victoria, and have unfortunately come to the conclusion that they do not have a plan that we can put our trust in.

Taylor reportedly helped arrange and run thousands of AMAs, Reddit’s version of the Q&A, including with President Barack Obama. She said in a short AMA of her own that she was “dazed” after the firing, but didn’t give any hints as to why it happened.

As a result, several popular subreddits, including /r/IAMA, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/Art, /r/videos and /r/funny, were temporarily set to private, effectively shutting them down. Most of them appeared to be back up and running by mid-Friday afternoon, and many of them explained that the shutdown was due to Taylor’s dismissal.

In a post early Friday, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian apologized for “how we handled communicating change to the AMA team this morning.” He urged subreddit monitors to make their pages public again:

Your message was received loud and clear. The communication between Reddit and the moderators needs to improve dramatically. We will work closely with you all going forward to ensure events like today don’t happen again. At this point, however, the blackout has served its purpose, and now it’s time to get Reddit functioning again.

The popular 10-year-old site reported nearly 164 million unique viewers last month.

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18 Themed Groom’s Cakes That Are Anything But Boring

For couples that are all about injecting fun into their wedding day, doing a themed groom’s cake is a no-brainer.

Unlike the traditional white wedding confection, the groom’s cake usually has more personality and pizzazz and reflects the groom’s specific tastes and interests.

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The Path To The Big Screen Has Been Anything But Sunny For Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

Oh, the places Cameron Crowe will go: all the way to Hawaii, apparently, to make a movie that spent several years in development, drifted almost completely into the Hollywood ether, sprung back to life with a new cast and was condemned by a top-level studio executive. The once-exalted director — responsible for beloved hits like “Say Anything…,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” — needs redemption after the trifecta of “Vanilla Sky,” “Elizabethtown” and “We Bought a Zoo” soiled his résumé. Sadly, “Aloha” and its lengthy journey to the big screen won’t quite get him there.

Starring Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor completing a satellite mission in Honolulu, “Aloha” is part romantic comedy and part military sting operation. (Said operation deals with the militarization of space, which is as “huh?”-worthy as it sounds for a rom-com.) Cooper’s character completes his work under the watch of a chatty Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) who becomes an obvious love interest, but he also reunites with a long-lost flame (Rachel McAdams) who is now married with two kids. Along the way, the movie gets about as messy as its development woes.

Doubling as a case study about a movie gone awry, below is a timeline of the trouble (at least the extent that’s on the record) that has plagued “Aloha” over the past several years.

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June 8, 2008: Sony-owned Columbia Pictures tops four rival studios in the heated bidding for an untitled, fully developed Cameron Crowe “romanic-comedy adventure” starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon. Plot details are kept under wraps, but the movie is slated to begin shooting in January 2009. It will be Crowe’s first movie since 2005’s widely detested “Elizabethtown.”

October 2008: The plot leaks online after the script begins to circulate. Stiller is said to be playing Brian Gilcrest, a disgraced U.S. weapons consultant who is ordered to supervise the launch of a spy satellite in Hawaii. While stationed there with the humorless Major Lisa Ng (uncast), he reencounters his long-lost love (presumably Witherspoon), who is now married with two kids. Self-discovery ensues, along with a dose of the supernatural when Brian experiences visions of the Hawaiian gods and is asked to find a sacrifice for one of the island’s volcanoes. (Cue “Joe Versus the Volcano” comparisons.) Crowe, a former rock journalist, is known for his movies’ catchy soundtracks, and the script contains a sample playlist of songs that could factor into the film:
Cat Stevens — “Don’t Be Shy”
U2 — “Elevation”
The Rolling Stones — “Prodigal Son”
The Blue Nile — “Let’s Go Out Tonight”
Buckner & Garcia — “Pac-Man Fever”
Tom Jones — “What’s New Pussycat”
The Who — “Baba O’ Riley”
The Beatles — “She’s Leaving Home”
Stevie Wonder — “Ribbon in the Sky”

December 2008: The film is titled “Deep Tiki,” but Witherspoon tells Collider that shooting has been postponed until 2010.

August 2009: With “Deep Tiki” development news at a halt, Crowe reemerges by directing Pearl Jam’s video for “The Fixer,” his first behind-the-camera work since “Elizabethtown.”

May 2010: “Deep Tiki” has stalled indefinitely. Reasons are unclear, but Stiller and Witherspoon move on to other projects. Meanwhile, Crowe signs on to direct and rewrite the adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s memoir “We Bought a Zoo,” which he’d been circling since the previous winter.

March 2, 2011: “The Union,” Crowe’s HBO documentary about Elton John’s creative process, opens the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sept. 10, 2011: Crowe’s rockumentary “Pearl Jam Twenty” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. It airs on PBS’ “American Masters” one month later. Along the way, Crowe says he’d “consider” making a sequel to “Say Anything…,” and the entertainment press goes nuts. There is still no word on “Deep Tiki.”

October 2011: In a New York Times profile, Crowe reveals he plans to begin shooting his next film — from a script he finished two days before the interview occurred — in March 2012, with another movie planned after that. Befuddled journalists wonder whether the director is referring to “Deep Tiki,” the Marvin Gaye biopic to which he is tied or another project altogether.

Dec. 23, 2011: “We Bought a Zoo” opens, becoming Crowe’s first mainstream theatrical feature in six years. While doing press for “Zoo,” he says he cannot reveal what film will be his next, but teases it as “more of a straight-out comedy.”

July 30, 2012: After March comes and goes with no casting announcements, Deadline.com reports that Emma Stone has signed on to star in “untitled love story” that Crowe is directing for Sony. The article contains no mention of “Deep Tiki,” but Variety’s Jeff Sneider tweets on the same day that Crowe has rewritten the script and it is again gaining momentum at Sony. The movie’s sensibilities are said to be closely aligned with that of “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire.”

Oct. 24, 2012: A “lengthy search” results in talks with Bradley Cooper, who is anticipating Oscar buzz for “Silver Linings Playbook,” to take on Stiller’s former role.

April 11, 2013: Rachel McAdams is in talks to play a “former lover of Cooper’s character,” according to Deadline.com, which again makes no mention of “Deep Tiki” in its report of the news.

July 23, 2013: In an interview with The Huffington Post, Cooper confirms he is in the movie and that it will begin shooting in September. He also lets it slip that Danny McBride has joined the cast.

August – October 2013: The rest of the cast (Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski) rolls in.

Sept. 26, 2013: Crowe begins shooting what is now being referred to as “Untitled Hawaii Project.” No press release is sent to announce its start, with the director instead quietly posting a photo of a corresponding clapperboard on his blog. Reports clarify what we already know: This is an updated “Deep Tiki.” They also indicate the movie was also once titled “Volcano Romance.”

Feb. 14, 2014: Sony sets a Dec. 25 release date, leaving some pondering whether it could become an Oscar contender.

July 21, 2014: Sony delays the still-untitled film to May 2015. “Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures, says.

December 2014: In the wake of the massive Sony hack, Amy Pascal is found condemning the film in leaked emails. “It’s a wrap,” she says of any attempt to salvage the apparently dismal scores the movie received during test screenings. Pascal calls the script “ridiculous” and says it “never, not even once, ever works.” She criticizes producer Scott Rudin for not visiting the set or assisting during the editing process. “At least the marketing departments have something to sell. Looks big and glossy,” the email says. “We have this movie in for a lot of dough and we better look at that.”

Feb. 2, 2015: Sony announces the film will be titled “Aloha.”

Feb. 11, 2015: The first trailer debuts.

April 21, 2015: The soundtrack’s lineup is unveiled. It includes none of the songs from the playlist that circulated with the original script.

May 13, 2015: SlashFilm reports that the only junket will take place in London with select journalists in attendance, marking another omen for the film.

May 19, 2015: “It’s been months since those emails, and a ton of work has been done since then. The movie is really, really different,” a Sony executive tells Variety, referring to the testing results mentioned in Pascal’s email. “It’s going to be a lot more satisfying for audiences.” In the same breath, he warns people not to expect the next “Say Anything” or “Jerry Maguire.”

May 20, 2015: The Media Action Network for Asian Americans accuses the movie of “whitewashing” Hawaiian history by casting only white stars. The group likens “Aloha” to other Hawaii-set films like “The Descendants,” “50 First Dates” and “Pearl Harbor.” MANAA’s Guy Aoki slams Crowe for a tweet in which he said the movie enunciates the “rich history and culture of Hawaii.” The group lambastes the film’s few Asian-Pacific Islander characters, who are listed with names like “Indian pedestrian,” “upscale Japanese tourist” and “upscale restaurant guest.”

May 20, 2015: Upon inquiring, Sony tells The Huffington Post that Crowe and the cast will not be doing press in New York. On top of that, there is only one screening offered to critics and reviews are embargoed until 4 p.m. on May 28, mere hours before the film opens. (Studios typically offer several screening opportunities and at least a few days for reviews to percolate before something is released.)

May 26, 2015: Introducing “Aloha” at a Los Angeles press screening, Crowe reportedly says, “A lot’s been said, a lot’s been heard — some of it private, some of it public, some of it private that became public. But it’s always been a love letter.”

May 27, 2015: Sony counters MANAA’s claims in a statement: “While some have been quick to judge a movie they haven’t seen and a script they haven’t read, the film ‘Aloha’ respectfully showcases the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian people. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe spent years researching this project and many months on location in Hawaii, cultivating relationships with leading local voices. He earned the trust of many Hawaiian community leaders, including Dennis ‘Bumpy’ Kanahele, who plays a key role in the film.”

May 28, 2015: A source with ties to the project tells Bloomberg Business that Sony shelled out $ 20 million for the marketing campaign. (For comparison’s sake, the average cost of marketing a studio movie in 2007 was $ 36 million. Many blockbusters wind up spending hundreds of millions on their worldwide campaigns. 2013’s under-performing “The Lone Ranger,” for example, cost a reported $ 150 million in global marketing and distribution.) Box-office forecasts expect the movie to generate $ 8 to $ 10 million in its first weekend, with the studio hoping its 2,800-screen debut could give way to potential sleeper-hit status as the summer unfolds.

May 28, 2015: The first reviews trickle in a couple of hours ahead of the embargo lift, and they are not kind.

May 29, 2015: “Aloha” opens.

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Dick Cavett Explains How David Letterman’s ‘Mask Of Innocence’ Helped Him Get Away With Anything

Late-night TV legend Dick Cavett joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to look back on the legacy of David Letterman and say goodbye to the subversive comedy icon, who officially begins his retirement after his final “Late Show” episode airs tonight.

Cavett, a longtime fan of and former guest on Letterman’s show, told host Josh Zepps that the key to Letterman’s incredible interview style was his ability to hilariously insult his guests even as they sat right next to him, creating a unique “sense of danger” on his show. Cavett said Letterman was able to sneak by his biting barbs thanks to “that hayseed, rustic, Midwestern, innocent, clownish face.”

In order to do “those things that he was criticized for and the dummies didn’t get,” Cavett explained Letterman often hid his cutting wit “behind a wonderful mask of innocence, and I think that’s what made it effective for those who dug it, among whom I was one.”

Cavett added that often guests had no idea they’d been hilariously ripped apart by Letterman until after the interview was over.

“David’s attitude — it wasn’t so much ever what he said — but his attitude and his looks were priceless, and I’m sure some of [the guests] were stunned when they got home, saw themselves with David and saw what he had done to them,” Cavett said.

Click here to watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Cavett and former Letterman writers and associates.

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Amazon Review For A Coat Rack Is About Anything But A Coat Rack

If you’ve ever tried to get over a rough breakup, you know that half the struggle is letting go of all the bitterness. You must release your anger toward your ex, so go ahead and rant — even if you have to do so in an Amazon.com review of a coat rack:

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You’re the worst, Steve.

The review was posted to Reddit on Monday — but as funny as it is, it’s probably a work of fiction. By the looks of it, the Amazon user in question — one K. Murr Jr. — spent the whole of January 28, 2014 posting equally amazing (and equally off-topic) reviews of assorted furniture, Paul McCartney concert DVDs, and other things. Like this three-piece table set:

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Or this “Doctor Who” toy:

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Or this other table (the guy clearly has a thing for tables):

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As far as we’re concerned, “I hate Steve” will always be K. Murr Jr.’s masterwork.

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RuPaul Hosts Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’

Well, well, well. Looks like Ms. RuPaul himself finally sat down with the Reddit community and opened the doors for something we’ve all been waiting for: an “Ask Me Anything!”

While Ru ignored a couple of the questions that we’re dying to know the answer to (…”All Stars 2” anyone?), the Supermodel of The World did toss us a few juicy tidbits.

One of our favorite moments came when Ru discussed meeting Kurt Cobain at the ’93 VMAs shortly after Ru rocketed to stardom:

He was a real sweetheart. And he told me that he had come to see my nightclub act, in Seattle, but got there two hours too late! Haha! He had no idea that they put me on at the club so early. So he completely missed me. But he was a real sweetheart, a real kind soul. And he actually – we worked together again on SNL, you know, later on that same year. And he and the rest of the boys were absolutely fabulous, so lovely, and they really appreciated what I was doing, I think mainly because he thought outside the box and understood that, you know, what drag is at its core, totally punk-rock.

Another fan questioned Ru about the upcoming season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” noting that in the past the show has taken aim at other popular television programs. When probed about what shows will be skewered on this upcoming season, he responded with: “SCANDAL… It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia… and Workaholics.”

Ru also answered one fan’s question about why he never took a drag name, and instead built his career on his legal name.

“Because I was stupid,” he claims. “It’s important to use a stage name so that your real name doesn’t appear on public records.”

And to top it all off… Ru finally settled the debate surrounding his famous “Pickle Surprise” video with Lady Bunny, filmed way back in the day.

HAHAHAHAHAA. Oh my god,” Ru told the commenter. “Do you realize that we filmed Pickle Surprise about twenty-five years ago? And the surprise in a pickle surprise is that there is no pickle! HAHAHA!”

Head here to read the whole Reddit “Ask Me Anything.”
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How to Pay Less for Just About Anything

How to Pay Less for Just About Anything


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Anything for a Vote

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A History of Mud-Slinging, Character Assassination, And Other Election Strategies—Revised and Updated for 2012!  Today’s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!       •  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”     •  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!”      •  1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from every presidential election in United States history, Anything for a Vote is a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, that lessons can be learned from the past (though they usually aren’t), and that our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all—political campaigning.  Today’s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!       •  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”     •  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!”      •  1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that “if you vote

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Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns


A History of Mud-Slinging, Character Assassination, And Other Election Strategies—Revised and Updated for 2012!  Today’s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!       •  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”     •  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!”      •  1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from every presidential election in United States history, Anything for a Vote is a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, that lessons can be learned from the past (though they usually aren’t), and that our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all—political campaigning.  Today’s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!       •  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”     •  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!

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