Books of The Times: Expressing Complicated Love for Lauryn Hill as an Iconic Album Turns 20

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Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

In “The Tangled Tree,” Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.
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Beano turns 80: How comic’s characters have changed

The Beano – Britain’s most rebellious children’s comic – is turning 80 today.
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Books of The Times: A Parody of Smut — and of Voltaire — Turns 60

“Candy,” the satirical sex novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg now available in a new anniversary edition, wages guerrilla war on prudery.
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Real World and The Challenge Alum Wes Bergmann’s Wedding Turns Into an MTV Reunion

This is the true story…of wedded bliss!

Wes Bergmann, the Real World: Austin alum who became a mainstay of The Challenge, tied the knot with Amanda Hornick on Friday — and the wedding served as a gathering of MTV reality stars.

Nehemiah Clark, Lacey Buehler, Rachel Moyal and Melinda Stolp — who all called Bergmann their roommate during the 2005 iteration of the long-running reality show — along with The Challenge‘s Devin Walker posed alongside the bride and groom for a group photo shared by the newlywed.

“Married AF,” Bergmann, 33, captioned the shot.

Hornick also shared a dreamy black and white photo of the couple tagged at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Found my best friend & locked him down forever,” she wrote, adding the hashtags #TheLuckiest, #MrAndMrsBergmann and #MarriedAF.

“My favorite part of the wedding was the vows,” Bergmann told MTV News. “They were the most beautiful combination of seriousness and hilarity.”

The former roommates didn’t let the fun end after the wedding. On Saturday, Buehler shared photos of the crew heading to a Kansas City Royals baseball game.

“My best brother friend. One of the few people I don’t look as pale next to,” she captioned a photo with the groom. “Love you and am so happy for you.”

Bergmann was just 19 when he found reality TV fame on the Real World. He then became a fan favorite on MTV’s The Challenge and its spin-off Champs Vs. Stars, even becoming a winner on The Duel in 2007.

And it appears that the fierce competitor is coming back for more. He told MTV News he planned to “go on the next Challenge and f— some people up.”


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Tesla’s Elon Musk Turns Conference Call Into Sparring Session

CEOs of publicly traded companies typically grit their teeth and coolly dance around analysts’ pointed questions during quarterly conference calls, but Tesla’s Elon Musk demonstrated one more way that he isn’t typical.
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Jim Carrey Turns Paintbrush On Rudy Giuliani With Ghoulish New Portrait

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Microsoft Turns to Old Enemy Linux to Solve Vexing Tech Threat

To head off cyberattacks like the one in 2016 that took down Twitter and Netflix, Microsoft is deploying Linux with enhanced security features.
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Evan Rachel Wood Turns Her Trauma Into Good. On ‘Westworld’ and in Life.

Ms. Wood, who has testified before Congress about surviving rape, discusses the power of going public in the #MeToo era and how her TV character inspired her.
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A Vintage MG That Still Turns Heads in Hollywood

Inspired by the movie “Rebecca,” a Los Angeles designer and her husband bought the stylish car she has enjoyed for half a century.
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As the Winter Classic turns 10, here’s why we’re still watching

The novelty of watching professional hockey outdoors — it might be snowing! — hasn’t worn off. But that’s not the only reason we’re hyped for another edition of the NHL’s New Year’s Day showcase.
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Meghan Markle Turns Royal Trend on Its Head With Her Sheer Portrait Gown

Prince Harry, Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle is shaking things up.
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Turns out there are no answers for LeBron without Kyrie

Kyrie Irving isn’t the only beneficiary of the summer’s most-talked-about breakup, which has unlocked a version of LeBron James the NBA hasn’t witnessed in years.
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Fiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of Madmen

A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”
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Jeff Lewis’ Daughter Turns 1: Inside the Flipping Out Star’s First Year of Fatherhood

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Pedro García Launches Nordstrom Pop-Ins, Turns Focus to U.S.

IF THE SHOE FITS: Third generation shoemaker Pedro García was in Los Angeles this week to celebrate the opening of a temporary Nordstrom shop-in-shop, as the Spain-based company aims to further develop its business locally.
“In recent years this has been one of our main markets,” García said of California, pointing to a coastal climate mirroring where the company is based. “The idea is to keep developing the business, going a little bit more deep even though we know that we don’t want to go crazy with production. We want to keep delivering the quality we deliver.”
García’s grandfather, also named Pedro García, started the business in 1925, building a brand focused on the tradition of craftsmanship that’s been passed down to now the company’s third generation. The quality and style hasn’t gone unnoticed with the label seen on celebrities such as Lana Del Rey, Drew Barrymore, Emily Blunt and Sarah Jessica Parker. The line — ranging from flats to heels — are made in the company’s factory in Elda, Spain, and sold at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus and David Jones among others.
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Artist reveals how he turns ‘invisible’

Most artists won’t admit it but public recognition is important when it comes to becoming an established name in the art world. However, if you’re Liu Bolin, being noticed would be a sign he’s really messed up.
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Russell Brand gets married and turns ‘domestic’

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Cisco’s Feud With Former Star Executive Turns Personal—And Costly

Arista Networks is grabbing Cisco’s giant networking business, winning over its customers and rankling its top brass. The battle has divided CEO Jayshree Ullal and Cisco’s John Chambers, who were once close colleagues.
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Cisco’s Feud With Former Star Executive Turns Personal—And Costly

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Selena Gomez Turns 25: See Her Cutest Candid Looks Over the Years

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After His Mother’s Death, Oscar Isaac Turns to Shakespeare for Solace

Heading back to his theatrical roots, he stars this summer as the tortured, grief-stricken prince in ‘Hamlet.’
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Melrose Place Turns 25: An Ode to the Greatest Wig Reveal in TV History

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Hail to The King: Richard Petty turns 80 (Yahoo Sports)

The King, Richard Petty goes 1-on-1 with NASCAR.com to talk about his biggest achievements at NASCAR's highest level.

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Artist Turns Life With His Wife Into Adorably Relatable Comics

Artist Yehuda Devir takes life with his wife Maya in Tel Aviv and turns it into relatable comic book-style illustrations.

The pair has been together for eight years and will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary in two months. 

“My inspiration for these comics is simply our daily lives,” the artist told HuffPost. “These are real cases that happen to us.”

The couple met while they were in the army, became best friends and, over time, the platonic relationship turned into a romantic one. 

“Because of her, I make these illustrations ― she just gives me laughter and happiness for life,” Devir told HuffPost. “She is also an artist, in my opinion, better than me, and I sometimes get her reviews about the illustrations I do.”

To see more of Devir’s work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook and Instagram

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Ford’s Board Turns Up Heat on CEO

Ford Motor Co.’s board of directors is extending its scheduled meetings this week so it can press Chief Executive Mark Fields to clarify his strategy as the company’s stock price languishes and its U.S. market share recedes.
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Jean Paul Gaultier Turns Guest Editor of French TV Guide

GOGGLEBOX: “TV turned me into who I am,” Jean Paul Gaultier declared in an interview with French TV magazine Télécâble Sat Hebdo, which made him guest editor of its latest issue.
It’s timed to coincide with the screening of the documentary “Jean Paul Gaultier Voyage” (“Jean Paul Gaultier Travels” in English) on cable channel Paris Première on April 19. Director Emmanuel Le Ber followed the designer on a trip to Argentina, Mexico and Brazil last year to launch his fragrances in those markets.
Shoving vanity aside, Gaultier gleefully defaced his photograph on the cover of the magazine, adding touches like hand-drawn red nails, red lips, blue eyes and forehead wrinkles, which he said looked like the stripes on his signature sailor tops.

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In a filmed extract of the interview, Gaultier confessed to being a TV addict. “I sometimes cancel professional commitments to watch certain things on TV,” he said. “I mostly watch things that are liable to inspire me.”
Indeed, Gaultier featured French reality television star Nabilla Benattia, dressed in a va-va-voom black bustier gown, in his fall 2013 haute couture show, and bearded drag performer Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 “Eurovision” song contest, was the star of his fall

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Google Maps turns into Ms. Pac-Man for April Fools’ Day

Google Maps turns into Ms. Pac-Man for April Fools’ DayNo your eyes are not playing tricks on you – your mobile Google Maps app did just turn into a Ms. Pac-Man game. Google’s gag is just in time for April Fools’ Day. The game plays on real-life streets from wherever you are. You get the full Pac-Man experience, including the infamous sound effects. Just open up your app and you can start playing. Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/play-ms-pac-man-google-maps-april-fools-day-trick-2017-3 More:



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Boyfriend Turns His Girlfriend Into The Disney Princess She Is On Instagram

One boyfriend is putting his Disney fanatic girlfriend in “a whole new world” with nothing but his stylus pen and some epic drawing skills. 

Amin Fouzi and his girlfriend Lyana Azman are both 21-year-old students from Malaysia who are currently studying in Melbourne. Last week, the couple was waiting for food at a restaurant when Amin snapped a quick pic of Lyana.

This wasn’t just any dinner with bae photo, though; Amin proceeded to turn the pic into bonafide art on Instagram Stories: 

Lyana, a huge fan of all things Disney, was very impressed. 

“I didn’t know he was actually going to draw me as Snow White, so when I saw it, I thought it was so cool,” she told The Huffington Post. “I especially love the ‘poisonous apple’ line, referring to my iPhone.” 

Since then, Amin has turned Lyana into a number of classic Disney princesses. Here’s his take on Mulan: 

And here’s Alice from “Alice in Wonderland:” 

Heres’s Lyana wearing Aurora’s iconic pink gown from “Sleeping Beauty”: 

Lyana told us that her boyfriend finishes each drawing in less than five minutes.

“Every time Amin has to draw anything, he can do it in a short period of time and they’ll all come out amazing,” she said.

Her favorite Instagram doodle is one depicting her as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast:”

“I love it because she’s my favorite Disney princess and also because I just watched the new live-action movie!”  

People on Twitter ― where Lyana first posted the pics ― are super impressed with Amin’s drawings. 

Yep, we’d have to agree. 

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Louboutin & the Law: Switzerland Turns Down Red Soles Trademark Request

PARIS — Swiss courts have turned down a final appeal by Christian Louboutin to trademark its red-soled heels in what represents the latest setback in the shoemaker’s quest to defend its rights to the signature look.
The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland in Lausanne has denied the high-fashion footwear brand’s demand for trademark protection, finding that the red soles are merely an aesthetic element. The fact that the brand has won the battle for trademark status in other markets including China, Australia and Russia does not mean the shoes should enjoy the same status in Switzerland, the court said.
Louboutin’s fortunes have been mixed during the house’s legal battles for a monopoly on red-soled shoes. In 2011 and 2012, Louboutin and Yves Saint-Laurent engaged in a year-and-a-half tug-of-war over the latter brand’s right to sell shoes that were red all over, including the sole. A New York federal judge denied Louboutin’s claim that YSL’s monochromatic model represented copyright infringement, but the brand was able to retain its trademark for red soles that contrast with the rest of the shoe in an appeal.
In 2013, the Dutch company Van Haren was forced to cease production of a red-soled model when the Brussels Court of Appeal ruled in favor of an injunction by Louboutin, finding that the red soles represented a

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First Lady Melania Trump Turns to Alexander McQueen For Latest Look

RED ALERT: Having taken an increasingly public role on the world stage in the past week or two, First Lady Melania Trump was front-and-center at the Saturday rally President Trump held in Florida.
Not to be missed in a cap-sleeve red Alexander McQueen knee-length dress, FLOTUS led the crowd in The Lord’s Prayer. The President (who kept his own look casual with a white buttoned down shirt but no tie) smiled affirmatively as he crossed the stage before his wife offered a few remarks.
Wearing the Republican party’s signature color, the First Lady pledged to create and support initiatives that would help women and children throughout the world.

She told supporters, “It is my honor and a great pleasure to stand here before you as First Lady of the United States. The America we envision is one that works for all Americans and where all Americans can work and succeed. A nation committed to greater civility and unity between people from all sides of the political divide.”
“I will always stay true to myself and be truthful to you no matter what the opposition is saying about me.” FLOTUS said.
Before she introduced her husband, the First Lady said, “My husband is creating a country

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Girlfriend Turns Life With Her Boyfriend Into Ridiculously Cute Comics

Who needs grand gestures when there’s so much romance to be found in everyday life?

Since November, artist Catana Chetwynd has been using her relationship with her boyfriend John as fodder for her adorably relatable Catana Comics series

“Every day there is something that happens where both John and I look at each and just know that it’s going to be a comic eventually,” she told The Huffington Post. “We are always having a good time so it’s very easy to find inspiration from every little thing.”

Nervous about people’s reaction to her work, Catana wasn’t originally planning to post the comics online. So John took matters into his own hands and shared some of the comics on Reddit where they soon went viral. 

“I knew he was going to post them, I just wasn’t thrilled about it,” Catana said. “Of course, as soon as I saw the response those feelings instantly went away.”

The pair, who has been dating for over a year, first connected on Tinder but the conversation fizzled and they didn’t end up meeting. Weeks later, on one fateful night, Catana spotted John at a bar and with her friends’ help, finally introduced herself. 

And yes, the couple really is just as in love as they seem in the comics. 

“John is constantly amazing me with his generosity in the way he treats me and everyone else he meets,” Catana said. “He is always finding ways to perk me up when I’m sad, support his friends, and is always finding the bright side of bad situations. He’s also pretty goofy which is perfect ― hours of free entertainment.”

Check out more of Catana’s work below. You can also follow her Instagram or visit her website

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‘Spinal Tap’ Spoof Of Donald Trump’s ABC Interview Turns It Up To 11

Donald Trump’s first television interview as president has received a glorious “This Is Spinal Tap” makeover.

BuzzFeed editor Jesse McLaren dubbed audio from the 1984 comedy’s iconic “up to 11” scene over Wednesday’s footage of Trump discussing the size of the crowds at his inauguration with ABC News anchor David Muir.

The resulting clip, which McLaren posted to Twitter on Thursday, is hilarious:

McLaren said the inspiration for the parody came from filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski, who posted a joke on the same theme to Twitter.

Watch the clip above, and see the original scene from Rob Reiner’s movie below:

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Good Witch’s Bailee Madison Turns Her Garage into a ‘Lady Cave’

She’s played a fairytale princess on Once Upon a Time and a teenager with supernatural powers in the Hallmark channel’s Good Witch, but actress Bailee Madison needed some real life magic (and a little help from Wayfair) to transform her run-of-the-mill garage into a fabulous hangout spot.

“After months of filming on location or a long day of travel it’s the best feeling to be able to look forward to walking into my own space where I get to be me!” says Madison, 17. To create the chic and cozy space she’s dubbed her “lady cave,” the actress worked with Wayfair designer Ryan Saghian, who brought in layers of fresh neutrals and some glam accents worthy of a budding starlet.

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Like any teen, Madison says her personal aesthetic is forever evolving, and her Los Angeles home has been an ideal proving ground. “My style has matured over the last few years but my family has always encouraged me to embrace my creativity and what makes me feel most like myself,” she says.

“She is far beyond her years, and so is her aesthetic,” says Saghian. “She wanted a glamorous, feminine, and playful space.” He selected timeless staples like a cream-colored sofa with nailhead trim, an Eames-style molded-plastic desk chair and an ultramodern console in white and clear acrylic. The more playful pieces — a purple over-dyed rug, fur-covered director’s chair and a metallic lip-print poster — can be switched up as her tastes change.

Already a Hollywood vet (she also appeared in Brothers with Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Just Go With It with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler), Madison knows the power of a great makeover sequence . . . and a Hollywood ending.

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“I love taking a moment to appreciate the transformation of a blank canvas and how Ryan turned it into a beautiful inviting space,” she says. “My favorite part of the garage remodel is the memories that are about to be made!”


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ALL-AMERICAN STYLE: For Friday’s two big inaugural events, Ivanka Trump turned to Oscar de la Renta’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for an outfit for her father’s swearing-in ceremony in the morning and she donned a Carolina Herrera champagne-colored embellished gown for the inaugural balls. She also wore a burgundy velvet Carolina Herrera dress Saturday morning to the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
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Artist Turns Donald Trump’s Most Controversial Quotes Into Comic Book Covers

An artist is giving President-elect Donald Trump’s most outrageous comments the comic book treatment.

Cartoonist Robert Sikoryak is transforming several of the controversial and offensive statements that Trump made during the presidential election campaign into eye-catching and thought-provoking illustrations.

“The idea occurred to me right before the election,” the New York City-based artist told The Huffington Post on Saturday.  Trump had said so many outrageous things during his campaign that I wanted to catalogue them.”

“It was important to me to only use Trump’s actual quotes, I didn’t want to put any words in his mouth,” he added. “Once Trump became the president-elect, I felt I had to do it.”

Sikoryak’s work has previously appeared on the cover pages of The New Yorker magazine and the Harvard Business Review. He has also transformed Apple’s iTunes terms of service into comic parodies.

For this project, titled “The Unquotable Trump,” he has compiled the images into a mini-comic. He’s also posting them on a dedicated Tumblr page.

“The reaction has been very enthusiastic, much more so than I expected,” Sikoryak told HuffPost. “I needed to get these comics out of my system, so it’s gratifying that other people have been enjoying them.”

Check out more of his Trump-themed comic book covers below and see his other work via his website, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter accounts.

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J. Crew Turns to Instagram Stories for Crowd-Sourcing

For the first time, J. Crew on Instagram (@jcrew) is tapping into Instagram Stories to ask followers to vote on a new product offering.
For 24 hours starting on Friday, J.Crew used Instagram Stories — which is content that disappears after 24 hours — to garner feedback from customers on next year’s color for its $ 365 Chateau Parka.
Customers can vote for the colors Heather Grass, Light Mustard or Heather Cosmos by sending a direct message to the brand’s account, and the color with the most votes will go into production for 2017. Voting is only open during the 24 hours in which the promotion is visible on Instagram Stories.
This is the first time the brand has used Instagram to crowd-source through voting for a future collection, but in the past, J.Crew has used Instagram Stories for presales, meaning items appeared on Instagram before they become available on its web site and followers could click a link on the brand’s page to purchase.
J. Crew has also used Curalate, a visual marketing platform, to allow customers to purchase a new link of sunglasses using a “Like2Buy” link. According to Curalate, half of the 50 sunglasses that were available sold out in two hours, with all

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SELLER: Christian Slater LOCATION: New York City, NY PRICE: $ 1,110,000 SIZE: 1,067 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Property records reveal, and our celebrity real estate gossip compadres at Luxury Listings were the first to spot, a modest if not exactly cheap condominium in a nondescript, post-war non-doorman building on a largely… Read more »

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Turns Out Prince Harry Was Causing Trouble From A Very Young Age

Prince Harry’s partying days seem mostly behind him. You’re now more likely to find him working to de-stigmatize HIV testing, being the world’s best boyfriend and rescuing endangered elephants than causing a ruckus.

But in newly released hand-written letters from Princess Diana to Cyril Dickman, a steward at Buckingham Palace who became a friend, it’s clear the bad boy persona that plagued Harry’s younger years started even earlier than we thought. 

“The boys are well and are enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” Diana wrote to Dickman in 1992, when Harry was just 8 years old.

Diana’s letters went up for auction by property and auctioneering firm Cheffins on Jan. 5, along with other, less appetizing royal collectables like a piece of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1947 wedding cake. The notes to Dickman were expected to sell between $ 372 and $ 1,118  but ended up selling for much more ― between $ 2,733 and $ 3,976 each, according to Cheffins. 

In another note included in the auction, Diana thanked Dickman for his well wishes following Harry’s birth and revealed another personal tidbit about Prince William’s affection for his new little brother.

“William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!” she wrote. 

The letters are a glimpse into royal life, and a reminder of the value of hand-written notes, and a sweet homage to the beloved princess, all in one. Now if only we had a few thousand spare pounds lying around. 

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Husband Turns Spare Closet Into A Beautiful Vanity For His Nurse Wife

Christmas came early this year for wife and mom of three Kari Koelsch.

After casually mentioning to her husband Todd that she wished she had her own space to get ready in, he decided to convert a spare closet in their Tiffin, Ohio home into a vanity where she could do her makeup. And it’s all kinds of gorgeous: 

“I was talking about how we are always rushed when we are getting ready to go somewhere,” Kari told The Huffington Post. “We are very busy and I mentioned it would be nice if I had my own place to get ready. That way none of my things would be in his way.”

The couple, who tied the knot in July 2015, have number of other home improvements they are hoping to tackle. But Todd prioritized the vanity project so it would be complete in time for the holidays and Kari’s birthday, which is also in December. 

“My husband always puts me first, which is nice,” she said. “As a nurse, I don’t often get the luxury of putting myself first. So it’s so sweet that my husband does.”

Todd told his wife not to look in the closet until he was finished, but ultimately Kari couldn’t stop herself from sneaking a peek at his progress. 

“I was completely shocked when I saw it,” she told HuffPost. “I could not have asked for anything more beautiful and perfect for me.”

On Sunday, Kari’s sister Molly Maksemetz tweeted a before-and-after photo of the vanity closet. The sweet gesture clearly captured the Internet’s heart: the photos were retweeted more than 66,000 times. 

According to Kari, Todd is planning to complete the project this weekend. He still needs to add additional lights around the mirror, install another drawer and finish the seat.  

“I took those pictures when it wasn’t even done yet,” she said, referring to the images above. “I couldn’t wait! I was so excited.”

Kari told HuffPost that she is a fan of the color pink, sparkles and “anything girly.” So the decor, from the pink and white walls to the gold accents to the crystal light fixture, perfectly suits her taste.

“I’m almost shocked that Todd came up with such a feminine design,” she said. “He is a utility worker that’s usually covered in mud. He’s a big tough guy that wears work boots every day. I’m definitely surprised he thought of pink stripes.”

And while some couples may choose to buy pricey gifts for one another, Kari said it means so much more that her husband makes her presents instead. 

“When I look at my vanity I think of all the time he spent designing it and how much love he put into it,” she said. “He told me he didn’t spend very much money on it and most of the things he put in it were on sale. But when I look at it, all I can think of is how priceless it is to me. Money can’t buy the things I have.” 

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Kirk Douglas turns 100 after decades of film

Kirk Douglas, the veteran actor behind Paths Of Glory, Lust for Life and Spartacus turns 100 years old on Friday.
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New Mutants: Josh Boone Turns in Second Draft of Script

20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff The New Mutants moves one step closer to becoming a reality, as the second draft of the film’s script is now complete.

In a post on Instagram, filmmaker Josh Boone shared the cover of The New Mutants’ completed draft, which he and Knate Lee crafted based on Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod’s original Marvel Comics series of the same name.

The New Mutants will be directed by Boone, and tells the story of a group of teenage mutants who are training to become heroes. According to producer Simon Kinberg, the film will bring a young adult vibe to the X-Men universe.

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Calvin Klein Turns Up at Moncler Event, Highlights His Plans for a Book

CALVIN IN DEVELOPMENT: Latecomers to Moncler’s “Art For Love” dinner Thursday night at the New York Public Library missed Calvin Klein giving the exhibition his full attention.
Curious about Fabien Baron’s curation of the exhibition and how he wrangled the 32 featured photographers, Klein wanted to see for himself. Baron, whom Klein first worked with in the early Nineties, was one of several of his go-to photographers who mingled nearby. “It’s so well-done.” Klein said.
Another emissary of his past, Richard Avedon’s grandson Michael took a moment for a quick hello, telling Klein how he was recently looking at some of the work the designer had done with the prized photographer. And apparently so has Klein, who is in the early stages of a new book.
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Antonio Banderas Turns Fashion Student

BANDERAS’ NEW CLOTHES: Having comfortably established himself as a film star, Antonio Banderas is turning his hand to fashion. This week, the Spanish actor posted an image on his Instagram account of him standing amid tailor’s mannequins, to chronicle what he called his “2nd week of studies at Central Saint Martins,” calling the experience “intense, exciting, serious and fun all at the same time.”
A spokeswoman for Central Saint Martins confirmed Thursday that Banderas is studying a short course in bespoke tailoring at the London art school, which runs over four weeks.
“[Banderas is] starting from scratch and learning the basics of bespoke tailoring,” the spokeswoman said, noting that Banderas had spoken to the college earlier this year about enrolling in a tailoring course. The spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Banderas is planning to launch his own line. A representative for Banderas could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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Magician Turns Girlfriend Into His Fiancee With His Best Trick Yet

For Neil Henry, the writing wasn’t on the wall, it was in a can of alphabet soup. And it spelled “–M-A-R-R-Y—M-E–“.

Henry, a professional magician, employed all his skills earlier this week to surprise his girlfriend, Charlie Gardner, by proposing to her in front of a live audience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, inviting her on stage under the pretense of needing an assistant.

Henry set up the bit by first downing a cold can of alphabet soup and slurping up a long piece of string, then asking Gardner to join him on stage.

As she looked on suspiciously, Henry proceeded to slowly pull the string from his mouth. One by one, letters popped out, attached to the string as if by magic, slowly building to one big question.

Gardner reacted with disbelief at first, which quickly turned to shock and tears as she realized just what was happening.

“Having you in my life is real magic,” Henry told her as she stood on the side of the stage, “and I never want that magic to end.”

With a magical flourish, he then lit a piece of paper on fire, somehow turned it into a ring, and popped the question.

Gardner, in between squeals of “oh my god!” said yes.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Henry explained the alphabet soup bit regularly features in his show, though it involves a random audience member and a random word.

“When I decided to ask Charlie to marry me (easiest decision of my life by the way!!), the idea of vomiting up the proposal made me laugh so much I just had to do it,” he said. “I told my mum and she said eeewww… it was then that I knew it was perfect!”

He said he considered tying the ring to the end of the string, “but thought that was just a little too gross!”

Afterward, Henry said he bought the entire audience a drink, then the happy couple went out and grabbed a bite to eat. 

“Charlie once said to me that if I was ever to propose it better be amazing as I’m a magician, so I was really keen to do something cool,” he added. “I’m so happy she liked it…and even more happy she said yes!!!”

 

Sure beats another rabbit-in-a-hat trick.

 

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Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

The above is a work-in-progress for a documentary film about rehabilitative theater with incarcerated young men of color called The Odyssey Project.

“I wanted to tell the story of the criminal justice system”

Iraq, the BP oil spill, the rights of union workers, food insecurity, and the juvenile incarceration system aren’t necessarily the first things that come to mind when one thinks of a summer afternoon in Santa Barbara. However, they’re what documentary filmmaker and longtime Santa Barbara resident Mark Manning concerns himself with. I walk down a red brick path through a verdant garden to arrive at Manning’s office at Conception Media, which is in the back cottage of a nice town house. Inside, a husky sleeps on the floor, a few screen-savers swirl on several monitors in the background, and Manning goes about brewing herbal tea after kissing his beautiful wife goodbye for the afternoon. He probably went surfing this morning, but he spent all last summer filming incarcerated youth.

After journeys across the country and world for his documentaries, what about the Odyssey Project — a partnership between UCSB and the juvenile justice system that brings incarcerated young men into a theater workshop — caught Manning’s eye? Why this, for his newest film?

“I always look for a way to tell a real important social issue through characters. To humanize the issue,” Manning says, leaning back in his chair.

“I wanted to tell the story of the criminal justice system…and I did it because I was a little bit afraid. I had some fear about meeting them. I realized I don’t know anything about young people of color who are locked up. I’m living a life of white privilege here; Santa Barbara is one of the centers of white privilege in the world. To tell the story of the prison pipeline here is a good juxtaposition.”

So, last summer, Manning and his crew followed the “personal odysseys” of the incarcerated young men participating in UCSB professor Michael Morgan’s Odyssey Project theater class. Those young men created pieces of personal creative writing and art, performed their own spoken word raps, and acted and danced alongside UCSB undergraduates in a public performance retelling The Odyssey as an epic tale of contemporary homecoming. The Odyssey Project film, if it gets produced, has the potential to change the way juvenile incarceration works in America by demonstrating how successful the arts can be as a tool for rehabilitation and reducing the recidivism rates of jailed youth. Manning’s company, Conception Media, collected the footage without certain knowledge of where funding would come from to finish the film.

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An incarcerated youth performs in The Odyssey alongside UCSB undergraduates (photo credit Clarissa Koenig)

It’s a labor of love, but Manning wasn’t paid to make the award-winning Road to Fallujah, either. Social justice is what makes Mark Manning tick, and what I find most fascinating about him is that this wasn’t always the case: he came to Santa Barbara when he was still a teenager to go to diving school so he could work for Big Oil out in Louisiana. Born and raised in California’s bay area, Manning was a surfer from early on, and wanted to make a living on the ocean. “There was an oil boom going on at the time,” Manning recalls. “I did underwater welding, burning, construction, explosives, whatever it took. Working 60 to 600 feet down underwater. Fun job, made a lot of money.”

But somewhere in those two decades of working for offshore oil companies, Manning slowly grew a conscience. “I didn’t like the way things were going,” he says simply. So by the time he signed up for an eight-week night class in filmmaking, he knew firsthand “how powerful those corporations actually are. How big they are.”

“A sophisticated machine”

By chance, Manning heard a program on the radio about a documentary about Palestinian children. He quit his oil job, took that filmmaking class, and started making nonprofit PSAs in Santa Barbara. It was 2001, and he couldn’t believe 70% of Americans supported the war in Iraq. “Go up and down State Street and ask people why,” someone suggested.

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Mark Manning (photo credit Clarissa Koenig)

Manning followed that suggestion — except he didn’t just go to downtown Santa Barbara, he went all over the country, talking to Wall Street bankers, members of the Ku Klux Klan, farmers, urbanites, in the South, the Midwest, Los Angeles. He asked them all the same questions, “and no matter the class, race, gender, or location of the person I asked,” Manning says, “they all said the same thing. If they were for the war, they said it was because terrorists hated us for being free. If they were against it, they said it was about oil.” But whenever he asked the interviewee for a fact to back that up — even one — from the Wall Street bankers to the KKK members, no one really had any. Thus Manning made the film American Voices, and in doing so, he learned that the mainstream media is as powerful as the big corporations he’d been working for. “It’s a sophisticated machine out there, influencing all of us.”

Manning’s current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that “sophisticated machine” of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility. This belief was informed not only by his experience working for Big Oil and making Voices of America, but his firsthand experience in Iraq. As Manning interviewed people for the documentary that would become American Voices, he met Nadia McCaffrey, the mother whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq and who became famous for standing up to the Bush administration (which had claimed it banned the press from documenting military caskets coming home for the sake of the families’ privacy) by inviting the press to view the return of her son’s casket. Nadia asked Mark if he’d come with her to Jordan on her subsequent peace-building mission, where Iraqi families and American families who had lost children in the war were going to meet. That’s how Manning made Journey to Peace. “There was a lot of press there, just not American press. I was the American press,” Manning says wryly. “Some people needed to vent. Some needed to testify. Some people had lost their kids just days before that meeting. I mean, it was raw.”

And in challenging the fear Manning himself had around youth of color in the prison pipeline by embarking on this new documentary about The Odyssey Project, he discovered a similar rawness in the extraordinary space that professor Michael Morgan creates every summer with incarcerated youth in his very own Santa Barbara county. “Just getting to know these incarcerated young guys,” Manning recalls, shaking his head, “and seeing the friendship and relationships and seeing the beauty involved there, the willingness of everybody involved to drop preconceived judgements together, reminded me of watching the American and Iraqi families come together. They just let it go, and that’s where peace happens.”

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Incarcerated youth rehearse for The Odyssey alongside UCSB undergraduates, summer 2014 (photo credit Clarissa Koenig)

“The Truth is in the Voices of the People”

While making Journey to Peace with Nadia, Manning befriended an Iraqi woman name Rana, who regularly stopped US Marines from dropping bombs by telling them where she was running to among their targets and emerging with women and children. When Manning went into Iraq in 2004 and 2005 and lived in the city of Fallujah, he did so alongside Rana as one of the only outsiders to live un-embedded in Iraq. Rather, he lived simply as another human in the holy city, which had been the site of the Iraq War’s bloodiest battle in 2004 after four American contractors were killed there. Manning made it a point to tell the story of Fallujah from the perspective of the Iraqi people, and when the resultant film, Road To Fallujah, was released in 2009, it hit the festival circuit with a life of its own, garnering a few awards to boot.

“What’s generally missing in the media,” Manning explains, “are the voices of the people in the stories. You have paid-for pundits, paid-for research, but not those voices. With the Odyssey Project, that’s the missing element of the prison pipeline: where are the voices of the people who are in the pipeline? Where are those voices? That’s where the truth is. The truth is in the voices of the people.”

We conclude our interview by talking about courage, which it takes to make documentary films that might make a difference, sure, but Manning is talking about that of the incarcerated men themselves: “their courage to explore their emotional side, which is difficult when you have to be vulnerable with the new peers you just met, and then with the other people you’re incarcerated with and deal with whatever the framework is there. The courage was a constant blessing to be around. To get along with each other, to drop judgements, to listen, takes courage. And they have it.”

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Incarcerated youth perform The Odyssey alongside UCSB undergraduates, summer 2014 (photo credit Clarissa Koenig)

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Mississippi Man Turns Saucy lyrics Into Dollar Menu Delight

A talented Mississippi man recently turned some saucy freestyle lyrics into a dollar menu delight at a fast-food restaurant.

“Ain’t got no big money, ain’t got them racks. What you got on the dollar menu, I don’t need a Big Mac,” 25-year-old Chase Carter sang into a drive-thru intercom at a Hattiesburg McDonalds late last month.

Carter (pictured below) told The Huffington Post he composed his soulful lyrics on the spot. The idea, he said, came about when he and best friend Michael Sykes made a pit stop after spending the afternoon putting in job applications.

“He was like, ‘Man you gotta get your talent out there bro,'” Carter explained. “I said, ‘That’s stupid, I ain’t doing that.’ He said, ‘Trust me,’ and it just went from there.”

Carter said the impromptu drive-by concert turned out “better than expected” and the reception he received by store employees made his day.

“They were going crazy,” he said. “A lady said, ‘Boy, you can sing. You better get in the studio.'”

Carter’s video has since gone viral and has been featured on Good Morning America and Mississippi’s WDAM-News.

“It’s a blessing,” Carter said of the exposure. “I didn’t expect it to get this far and I just thank God.”

Carter’s mother is a gospel singer and his father is a traveling musician. He has been producing and uploading music to Soundcloud in hopes of getting a big break.

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Doubling Down on Shark Conservation as Jaws Turns 40

As Shark Week arrives for 2015, movie goers have the opportunity to relive a thrilling moment in cinema history with the re-release of the first bona fide summer blockbuster and the celebration of one of the ocean’s (and this planet’s) most magnificent set of creatures.

By now, we all know the sad story of sharks and rays. Through directed fishing, by-catch, surging demand for shark and ray products, and misaligned incentives, the world’s shark and ray populations have been decimated over the past four decades and now a quarter are at risk of extinction. In the worst cases they have gone locally extinct; in many others, up to 90 percent of populations have been lost.

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I am spending the beginning of Shark Week viewing the world’s largest whale shark aggregation in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, where living sharks contribute millions of dollars annually in ecotourism dollars to the local economy. Photo by Caleb McClennen ©WCS.

Sharks and rays’ vulnerability also derives from their specific life cycle. Most shark and ray species take many years to reach sexual maturity, then produce few young — more akin to marine mammals such as whales and dolphins than fish. Thus, they are especially threatened by overfishing and slow to recover.

Fortunately, it has become increasingly unpalatable for people across the globe to watch idly as we lose one of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring assemblages of marine biodiversity the world has to offer.

There is hope. The shark and ray conservation movement has made great headway in tackling this global and highly complex challenge.

For the first time ever, commercially fished sharks were listed through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2013. Thanks to over a decade of concerted effort by shark scientists, advocates and governments, CITES requirements are now beginning to increase the sustainability (and future prospects) of whale sharks, basking sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagle sharks, and three species of hammerhead sharks, all sawfishes, and manta rays.

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Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries personnel display confiscated manta ray gills at their offices in Negara, Jembrana, Bali. Photo by Paul Hilton ©WCS.

In the past year we celebrated the actions by Indonesia to crack down on the now illegal manta trade and countries are coming together to impose catch restrictions in their waters’ critical marine habitats for sharks (or in some cases their entire economic zone). In Asia we see reported signs of a reduced demand for shark fin for the traditional culinary delicacy shark fin soup.

Back home in the United States, our shark fisheries are some of the best managed in the world — successfully championing a ban of shark finning on all but one species and other critical measures.

On the East Coast, full protection measures for White Sharks in the 1990s have led to a recovering populations and are now back just off the outer beach of Cape Cod, feeding on the result another amazing conservation success story: the dramatic recovery of grey and harbor seals. Nationally, we are seeing the full protection of many species in the U.S. and the successful recovery of shark fisheries in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.

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It has become increasingly unpalatable for people across the globe to watch idly as we lose one of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring assemblages of marine biodiversity. Photo ©Keith Ellenbogen.

I am spending the beginning of Shark Week in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, viewing the world’s largest whale shark aggregation. Here, sharks alive are contributing millions of dollars annually in ecotourism dollars to the local economy.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador, a number of shark conservation advocates will be working at a meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Guatemala to push for increased protections for Mobulas, Silky Sharks, and Hammerheads currently suffering huge mortality rates that can be sensibly reduced.

In New York, where I work for WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), our New York Aquarium is committing to a major new focus on sharks, with new exhibitry and education programming. A team of dedicated WCS shark conservationists will be out on the water all summer researching these animals to learn more about how to protect them and inspire New Yorkers and others around the world to conserve them.

This Shark Week 2015 — and on the 40th anniversary of Jaws — let us reflect upon our growing appreciation for (and willingness to protect) these vulnerable species. Let us then dramatically scale our commitment to reverse the decline of these magnificent species on a global scale.

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The re-release of “Jaws” this summer on its 40th anniversary is drawing attention to the critical importance of protecting vulnerable shark and ray species globally. © Universal Studios.

The good news is we know what is necessary: We must leverage our successes to fully protect the most vulnerable species, improve shark and ray fisheries management world-wide, and shift demand away from unsustainable shark and ray products.

This coming week should be about celebrating the amazing work of shark conservationists who have committed their lives to saving sharks and rays. Their combined impact is turning the tide. We owe them our most since thanks and our increased commitment to this critical challenge for the ocean and our planet.

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Tattoo Artist Turns Girl’s Leg Braces Into A Pair Of Wicked Awesome Disney Villains

A tattoo artist helped to make this girl feel like a Disney star; not a princess or queen, but an awesome villain.

Aaron Guillemette, a tattoo artist in Fall River, Massachusetts, created a set of Disney designs for 8-year-old Hope Laliberte’s leg braces, Today Parents reported. The illustrations feature two villains from classic animated movies — Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians” — and they’re wicked awesome.

“I’m glad to be in a position where I can help the community in any way,” Guillemette told the news outlet. “When I was first approached about designing Hope’s braces, I thought it would be an awesome idea — especially when I heard what the subject matter would be. Hope wanted Disney villains on her braces, not princesses.”

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Hope and her twin sister were born premature at 24 weeks. The 8-year-old has cerebral palsy and a rare form of epilepsy, Yahoo reported, but her sister, Paige, does not. Hope has been wearing leg braces for the past four years but the clinic at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, where her braces are fitted, has limited designs.

Knowing their daughter was a big fan of Disney villains, Hope’s parents, Aaron Lebeau and Pamela Laliberte-Lebeau, turned to Guillemette, who owns the tattoo studio Up in Flames, for some custom designs.

Guillemette painted the Disney characters on sticker paper, which he then applied to Hope’s braces with coats of polyurethane to ensure they stuck, the artist told Herald News. The designs recreated the villains, but also incorporated Hope’s name — making them extra special.

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And when Hope first saw her braces? “I screamed,” she told the news outlet.

The experience was special for Guillemette too, as he told Today Parents, “The look on her face when I gave them to her was worth everything it took to make them.”

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Westfield Turns to Virtual Reality in London

WESTFIELD’S VIRTUAL TRENDS: Westfield in London has turned to virtual reality technology to showcase its spring 2015 fashion trends to customers in its Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City malls. Both locations will host a series of digital fashion experiences in March and April called Future Fashion, to bring trends such as denim, florals and “future modern” to life for the malls’ customers. One experience will allow customers to use virtual reality headsets to explore abstract interpretations of different trends in what Westfield called “a completely fantastical space.” Gesture-tracking technology will also mean that customers can use their hands to interact with characters in the virtual world and travel through the space. Another will center on fashion avatars, as part of which customers can use their body movements to create avatars on large screens, in a palette of patterns and images that reflect the trends, such as woven threads or flowers.
Meanwhile Edit Me, Westfield’s trends micro-site — which is available on touch screens in the malls — will allow customers to curate and shop products from Westfield’s retailers that fit with those trends. Westfield has partnered with Inition, a London-based emerging technologies production company, to create the experiences. Myf Ryan,

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Postmodern Jukebox Turns ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Into A Jazzy, 1920s Number

YouTube’s Postmodern Jukebox is back this week with a new toe-tapping cover. This time, it’s a 1920s-style rendition of the 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

The song, by rapper Coolio, appeared on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film “Dangerous Minds.” It’s previously been covered by artists like British singer James Morrison and was even parodied by Weird Al Yankovich. But we’re pretty sure you’ve never heard it quite like this.

Postmodern Jukebox’s latest cover has been viewed more than 400,000 times to date. Watch it above.
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Ted Baker Turns Its Hand to Interior Design

LONDON  (Reuters) – Not content with producing quirky jackets or floral cut dresses, British clothing brand Ted Baker has made a move into interior design with ‘Ted styled’ apartments.

The firm said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with property group THAT BCL, majority owned by Ted Baker’s founder and CEO Ray Kelvin, to provide a trade mark license and design services for the development of apartments in Bournemouth, southwest England, in return for a 250,000 pound ($ 377,000) fee.
Under the agreement Ted Baker will craft the interior of 15 luxury penthouse apartments in a development anchored by two Hilton Hotels in the seaside town. Rooms could be kitted out with furniture designed by Ted Baker or selected by the firm.
Ted Baker’s finance chief Lindsay Page is also a shareholder and director of THAT BCL, which focuses on mixed-use city center projects in the south of England. Kelvin, who owns almost 36 percent of Ted Baker, is THAT BCL’s principal equity provider.
Ted Baker has enjoyed a strong period of sales growth both in Britain and overseas where it has ramped up expansion in recent years. The firm often tests new areas of business, with audio equipment and crockery two of its

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Turns Out Christina Aguilera Does a Perfect Britney Spears Impression

If we're talking 2000's pop rivalries, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears are near the top of the list (bested by only BSB and 'NSYNC). But no matter where your fierce loyalties stood 15 years ago,…




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Rice University Student Turns His Dorm Room Into A Ball Pit (VIDEO)

By now, you’ve probably heard every reason ever to come back to a guy’s room. From watching a movie to checking out his fish tank, the opportunities are endless. While it’s easy enough to turn down a night spent getting halfway into The Notebook before the MO begins, it’s almost impossible to turn down a quick tumble in the ball pit. No, that’s not a double entendre, this college student quite literally built a ball pit in his dorm room.

David Nichol, a Rice University senior is obviously brilliant — and not just because he’s majoring in computer engineering.

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Happy Birthday, Joe Manganiello! The Hunky Actor Turns 38

Happy 38th birthday Joe Manganiello! Before landing his breakout role as Alcide in the HBO hit Trueblood, the actor toured with band Goldfinger as a roadie, while appearing in TV shows such as One Tree Hill and How I Met Your Mother. Earlier this year, the muscular hunk made his directorial debut with his documentary […]
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A Taekwondo Match Unexpectedly Turns Into a Dance Battle; Everyone Wins The Round

A Taekwondo match can sometimes look like a beautiful, choreographed fight, almost like a dance. But sometimes, it can be an actual choreographed dance.

Watch the fighters above get down to the “We No Speak Americano” song as they put the combat aside, and battle with their dance moves instead.

Kevin Bacon would be proud.

Though the video made rounds on the Internet in 2013, we are thankful America’s Funniest Home Videos reposted the clip this week to remind us that combining dancing and fighting never gets old.

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Turns Out Booking R. Kelly To Play Your Music Festival Is Bad For Business

An Ohio music festival has found itself in a difficult position on the heels of its booking of controversial R&B singer R. Kelly as one of its headliners.

The Fashion Meets Music Festival, slated for Aug. 29-31 in Columbus, Ohio, has run into a number of troubles since they announced last month that Kelly would be playing their inaugural fest alongside jam band O.A.R. and Destiny’s Child alum Michelle Williams, among others.

Since then, two Ohio-based bands — Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca — have dropped out of the lineup since Kelly’s booking was made public and Sunday Columbus Alive reported that radio station WCBE 90.5 FM has withdrawn from sponsoring the festival, also due to Kelly’s participation in the event.

As WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis notes, ticket sales for the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s performance at the festival — which start at $ 58.50 plus fees — also appear to be selling very slowly.

The pushback stems from Kelly’s past allegations of child pornography and sexual assault, a story DeRogatis helped break and Jessica Hopper detailed in a viral news story for the Village Voice in December 2013.

“We feel [R. Kelly’s] selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault,” Saintseneca said in a statement explaining their decision. “We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society.” The band plans to host an alternative concert benefiting victims of sexual assault.

In response to the criticism, Fashion Meets Music Festival co-founder Bret Adams defended the booking to Columbus Alive, noting that Kelly was acquitted of the allegations in 2008, saying, “we’re not the morality police.”

Kelly also headlined the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago last year, a booking DeRogatis lashed out against but which was not met by any bands or sponsors dropping out from the event. Kelly also played the Bonnaroo and Coachella festivals in 2013.
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‘True Blood’ Turns Ted Cruz Fundraiser At George W. Bush Library Into A Bloodbath (SPOILER ALERT)

True Blood” fans know to expect plenty of bloodshed, often in unique circumstances. But on Sunday night’s episode, the show stepped it up a notch.

SPOILER ALERT: STOP READING IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THIS EPISODE.

Vampires Eric and his progeny Pam attended a Ted Cruz fundraiser supposedly held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas to search for the parents of their enemy, Sarah Newlin.

Trying to blend in, Eric dons a Western-style suit with a bolo instead of a necktie while Pam puts on a purple dress worthy of a gala on either side of the aisle.

But when she catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror, Pam utters a line that would light up Twitter:

Even some on the right admitted they got a kick out of the scene:

When Sarah shows up with the yakuza in hot pursuit, a bloody massacre ensues.

“True Blood” is in its final season so you can expect even more bloodshed before the Aug. 24 series finale.
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G.I. Joe, ‘World’s First Action Figure,’ Turns 50

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — G.I. Joe is turning 50.

The birthday of what’s called the world’s first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well. Since Hasbro brought it to the world’s attention at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964, G.I. Joe has undergone many changes, some the result of shifts in public sentiment for military-themed toys, others dictated by the marketplace.

Still, whether it’s the original “movable fighting man” decked out in the uniforms of the four branches of the U.S. military, or today’s scaled-down products, G.I. Joe remains a popular brand.

“Joe stood for everything that was meant to be good: fighting evil, doing what’s right for people,” said Alan Hassenfeld, the 65-year-old former CEO for Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro Inc., whose father, Merrill, oversaw G.I. Joe’s development in 1963.

But it’s Don Levine, then the company’s head of research and development, who is often referred to as the “father” of G.I. Joe for shepherding the toy through design and development. Levine and his team came up with an 11½-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts, and since the company’s employees included many military veterans, it was decided to outfit the toy in the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, with such accessories as guns, helmets and vehicles.

Levine, who served in the Army in Korea, said he got the idea for the moveable figure as a way to honor veterans.

But he and his team knew the product wasn’t in Hasbro’s usual mold, and it took years of pitches before Merrill Hassenfeld gave it the company’s full backing.

“Most boys in the ’60s had a father or a relative who was or had been in the military,” said Patricia Hogan, curator at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, home to the National Toy Hall of Fame. “Once you’ve bought Joe, you need to buy all the accessories and play sets and add-ons, which was great for business.”

G.I. Joe hit the shelves in time for the 1964 Christmas shopping season and soon became a big seller at $ 4 apiece.

It remained popular until the late 1960s, as opposition to Vietnam intensified and parents shied away from military-related toys. Hasbro countered in 1970 by introducing “Adventure Team” G.I. Joes that played down the military connection. Into the ’70s, G.I. Joes featured “lifelike hair” and “kung-fu grip” and were outfitted with scuba gear to save the oceans and explorer’s clothing for discovering mummies.

Hasbro discontinued production later that decade. In the early 1980s, Hasbro shrank Joe to 3¾ inches, the same size as figures made popular by “Star Wars.” It has stuck to that size, with the occasional issue of larger special editions.

Over the decades, G.I. Joe has spawned comic books, cartoons, two movies starring Channing Tatum, and a G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and its annual convention — GIJoeCon — held in Dallas in April. But for many G.I. Joe fans of a certain age, the newer products hold no appeal.

“The 12-inch G.I. Joe built that company,” said Tearle Ashby, of the New York village of Ballston Spa. “The stuff they put out now is garbage.”

Ashby, a psychotherapist who turns 50 in June, played with G.I. Joes as a boy, but few survived, falling victim to encounters with firecrackers and little parachutes that failed to open.

“Casualties of war,” said Ashby, who started collecting 12-inch G.I. Joes 20 years ago and now owns about 2,000.

On Saturday, he and other collectors plan to bring their 12-inch G.I. Joes to the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs to celebrate the 50th birthday.

The exact date of G.I. Joe’s introduction remains hazy. Ashby and others, including Hasbro, believe it was in February 1964 — but American International Toy Fair organizers say it was held in March that year.

Hasbro said it intends to announce details of its 50th anniversary plans during this year’s fair in New York on Feb. 16-19.

G.I. Joe was elected into Toy Hall of Fame in 2004, six years after Barbie was enshrined. Hogan said the hall doesn’t have policies prohibiting toy weapons from induction, although all candidates must be deemed safe. The U.S. was in the early stages of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq a decade ago, so G.I. Joe’s induction didn’t meet the opposition it might have faced as the conflicts dragged on, Hogan said.

“I suspect,” she said, “most people would have acknowledged that G.I. Joe really does belong in the Toy Hall of Fame.”
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