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  • Reporter Attempts To Eat Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Absurd 7 Meal Diet

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    It's no secret, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to eat a crazy amount of food to take on the role of Hercules in his upcoming film, according to The Huffington Post. So when USA Today reporter Bryan Alexander agreed to try the actor's entire 7 meal diet, he knew he had a challenge ahead of him. Still, he vowed to at least attempt the meal plan, which includes steak for breakfast, 12 egg whites before bed and...lion's blood.

  • Duran Duran Sues Duran Duran Fan Club

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Duran Duran, the ’80s pop group known best for the hit song “Hungry Like the Wolf,” is suing their Glenview-based fan club after it allegedly breached its contract by not giving the band its promised revenue, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. entered into a contract with Duran Duran in 2010 that stipulated the company would create and manage a fan club for the band. The fan club was also to warehouse and sell band merchandise, maintain accurate fan club records, collect membership fees, keep accurate accounting and give Duran Duran 75 percent of all profits, the suit said. Worldwide Fan Clubs would keep the other 25 percent, The Sun-Times reports.

  • Lawsuit: 'Duck Dynasty' stole 'camo' idea

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    When Uncle Si Robertson declared on "Duck Dynasty" that "My favorite color is camo" it spurred a line of clothing sold to the A&E show's fans, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. But the cable channel's sales of T-shirts, hoodies and other apparel bearing that quote violate a trademark owned by Hajn, a Florida company that was already marketing "My Favorite Color is Camo" merchandise, according to CNN. The company claims it registered the trademark and put it on shirts, pants, hoodies, hats, magnets, stickers and bumper stickers in 2011, a year before the "Duck Dynasty" reality series began airing on A&E.

  • Sarah Palin bites into 'True Blood' for 'misogynist attacks'

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    First Ted Cruz had problems with HBO’s "True Blood," and now Sarah Palin does, too. USA TODAY reports the former Alaska governor told Breitbart News that she rejected an overture from the producers of the vampire show, which on Sunday’s episode featured a scene in which Republicans were killed attending a Ted Cruz fundraiser. “The brilliant minds of True Blood were brazen enough to ask me to do a cameo on their show, apparently so they could insult a conservative woman in person instead of just all conservative women in general,” Palin told Breitbart News. “Their offer wasn’t presented in any negative way, perhaps to benefit from a surprise factor after the guest appearance. I turned them down anyway.”

  • WATCH: Laverne Cox Talks Transgender Issues On 'The View'

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    2014 has been quite the year for Laverne Cox -- and it seems to just keep getting better. The transgender activist and "Orange Is The New Black" star stopped by The View this week to talk about the hit Netflix series, as well her position as the most prominent voice for the mainstream transgender community, according to The Huffington Post. At one point during the discussion, Whoopi Goldberg brought up how, as the first transgender activist to gain this level of notoriety, Cox had to take the "slings and arrows" of the critics.

  • Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Blogs About Graduating High School

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Just because her mom is one of the most famous pop stars in the world, doesn't mean Lourdes isn't your typical American teenager — well, sort of. In a new blog post, Madonna's eldest daughter, who goes by Lola, dishes on her graduation from New York's LaGuardia High School, how she's spending her pre-college summer, and what it was like going to prom, according to Yahoo Celebrity. "HEY to all the readers. I don’t know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School. It’s very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like its something I’ve been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened," she explained before adding, "There also isn’t the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you’re about mid way into the beautiful summer." "This past weekend I went to a music festival upstate and truly had the most beautiful time," the Material Girl designer mused. "It was a little bit outside of New York, the vibes were amazing. Great crowd of people too and my god I heard such incredible music."

  • Oklahoma TV station apologizes for giving rapper the boot

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    An Oklahoma City television station has apologized to a popular music artist and said it made a mistake when it booted the hip hop artist off its Monday "Oklahoma Live!" morning show after producers found out he was a rapper, according to Reuters. Oklahoma City-based performer Jabee Williams, who is black, said on Tuesday the move by TV station KSBI may have been racially motivated. KSBI President CEO Vince Orza, a former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate, said his station typically does not invite rap or heavy metal artists for its morning show but it should have let Williams perform, especially since he has also been on the show twice.

  • ‘True Blood's’ Nelsan Ellis Slams Luke Grimes For Quitting Over Bisexual Storyline

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Nelsan Ellis has long portrayed one of the most popular characters on HBO's “True Blood.” As Lafayette, he's tough and totally unique. The character also happens to be gay. That last detail was purportedly too much for one of his co-stars, who quit over this season's gay storylines, according to The Wrap. Luke Grimes took on the role of James on the show, spending much of last season wooing fellow vampire Deborah Ann Woll‘s Jessica. This season, though, James suddenly had a new face as Nathan Parsons took over the role. At the time, Grimes issued a statement saying that he left over his feature film schedule, and that it had nothing to do with storylines, but HBO alleged that his decision was due to “the creative direction of the character.” That direction became clear as the seventh and final season of “True Blood” started airing, and James was revealed to be bisexual, starting a relationship with Ellis’ Lafayette.

  • Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose: Coroner Rules Socialite's Cause of Death

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Three months after the untimely death of Peaches Geldof, the socialite's cause of death has been revealed. The TV personality and model passed away on April 7, 2014 at the age of 25, and the coroner ruled on Wednesday, July 24, that it was due to a heroin overdose, according to US Weekly. Pathologist Peter Jerreat said in a inquest held in Kent, England, that Geldof's body showed puncture wounds on the elbows, thumbs, and wrists, and she had heroin levels in the "fatal range" in her system. Her blood stream also held traces of methadone, codeine, and morphine.

  • Sigourney Weaver says 'Alien' role 'part of her DNA'

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Thirty-five years ago, actress Sigourney Weaver assumed the role of warrant officer Ellen Ripley in "Alien," one of the most important science-fiction movies ever made. This fall, Ripley -- believe it or not -- returns as part of a downloadable mission for the video game Alien: Isolation, with Weaver lending her vocal talents to a character she last portrayed in 1997's "Alien: Resurrection," according to USA TODAY. "It was eerie, because it was like no time had passed," Weaver said of reprising the role of Ripley 17 years later. "I opened my mouth and Ripley started talking. I think after four films where I played Ripley, it's somehow part of my DNA now, and I didn't really expect that to be."

  • 'Orange' is the new problem for jail uniforms

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    "Orange is the New Black" is making orange jumpsuits "cool" at one Michigan jail, and the sheriff is putting a stop to it, according to USA TODAY. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel is switching his inmates to jumpsuits with black-and-white horizontal stripes to address "cultural issues." The Netflix series is an example of life imitating art, he said.

  • Netflix Plans To Take Over The World

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    If the last two years for Netflix were about driving subscriber growth through big splashy original programming, the next year will be about international expansion, according to BuzzFeed. As part of its second-quarter earnings report Monday, Netflix said that it surpassed 50 million subscribers for the first time in its history, adding just under 1.7 million total subscribers during the three months ended June 30. The company surpassed its projection of adding 1.46 million streaming subscribers in the quarter. More than one million of Netflix’s new subscribers came from international markets, a 78% increase from the second quarter of last year. The company now boasts 13.8 million overseas subscribers and expects to add another 2.36 million in the third quarter. Netflix plans to spend heavily to grow its international subscriber base, expecting to post a loss of $42 million in the third quarter as it expands into Germany, France, and other markets, BuzzFeed reports.

  • We Only Use 10% of Brain? That's a Myth

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    It’s a common conversation starter to assert that we only use 10% of our brains. In Lucy, the soon-to-be-released thriller about a woman forced to work as a drug mule for the Taiwanese mob, Professor Norman lectures, “It is estimated most human beings only use 10% of their brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access 100%. Interesting things begin to happen," according to Conversation.com. Now, I know Morgan Freeman is well versed in playing the wise sage, and I know that I haven’t earned my PhD yet – but professor, I beg to differ. You see, we all access 100% of our brains every day. And we don’t have to be telekinetic or memorise an entire deck of cards to do it. In the film, the drugs implanted into Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson) leak into her system, allowing her to “access 100%” of her brain. Among other things, Lucy can move objects with her mind, choose not to feel pain, and memorise copious amounts of information. In a way, the idea that we only use 10% of our brains is rather inspiring. It may motivate us to try harder or tap into some mysterious, intact reservoir of creativity and potential. There are even products that promise to unlock that other 90%.

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman's kids won't get fortune

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Court documents show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant's suggestion that he set aside money for his three children because he didn't want them to be "trust fund" kids, according to The Associated Press. The New York Post says the children's court-appointed lawyer recently interviewed the actor's accountant, David Friedman. In a July 18 filing in Manhattan Surrogate Court, Friedman recalled conversations with Hoffman where the topic of a trust for his children was raised. He said Hoffman wanted his estimated $35 million fortune to go his longtime partner and the children's mother, Mimi O'Donnell.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal First Look as ‘Nightcrawler’ Surfaces in Craigslist Video: ‘Hard Worker Seeking Employment’

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The first video of Jake Gyllenhaal as his “Nightcrawler” character surfaced on the Internet Saturday in a bizarre place: Craigslist. Or perhaps not a bizarre place at all and simply the kickoff of a clever viral marketing campaign, according to The Wrap. A representative for Open Road has not yet returned TheWrap's request for comment. In the clip, Gyllenhaal's character — an aggressive freelance crime journalist — is searching for employment while philosophizing on the current climate for present day job seekers.

  • Netflix tests private viewing mode to hide your B-movie binges

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    We’ve all been down that road: You decide to watch some roadhouse B-movie fare on Netflix, hoping that it will be fun on some level, but it ends up just being a very bad choice — one that you and everyone sharing your account are reminded of the next day, and that your friends may even see as well, if you have chosen to share your viewing with Facebook. Netflix may be able to help you with those B-movie binges soon: Gigaom.com reports the company is starting to test a private viewing mode.

  • Patriot Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Dies at Age 21

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson's young daughter in 2000's The Patriot, died at the age of 21 on Saturday, July 19. She was found at her home in Houston, Texas, but a cause of death has not been determined, CNN reports. Bartusiak's mother Helen McCole Bartusiak told CNN that her daughter had been suffering from epileptic seizures recently, and her boyfriend found her sitting up in her bed. "We think she had a seizure and choked and nobody was there," her mother said. "They were working on her for 45 minutes and could not get a heartbeat."

  • WATCH: 105-year-old woman throws out ceremonial first pitch

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    SAN DIEGO — At 105 years old, Agnes McKee of Oceanside, Calif., became the oldest person to toss the ceremonial first pitch at a San Diego Padres game when she took the field Sunday. In honor of her big birthday, McKee was chosen to throw the first pitch at the Padres game Sunday.

  • Blake Shelton Brags on Miranda Lambert: 'I'm Proud of Her'

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    It’s not hard to see that Miranda Lambert has one very proud husband in country star Blake Shelton. The ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ singer brags on his talented lady regularly, but as of late, it’s been for her success with her store, the Pink Pistol, according to TasteOfCountry.com. Lambert, who is quite the fashionista — and apparently, quite the entrepreneur – opened up the Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, Okla. in November 2012. The store’s opening has subsequently launched another store in Lambert’s hometown of Lindale and a pop-up shop in Nashville, but most importantly, has revitalized Shelton’s tiny town. “I think it’s great what it’s done for the community and the people there love it, and I’m proud of her when you do drive through,” Mr. Miranda Lambert brags. “If you could have seen a picture of downtown Tishomingo four years ago and see it now, it would blow your mind. It’s unbelievable. It went from absolute ghost town with tumbleweeds and skinny dogs walking up and down the street to, it looks like Pigeon Forge or something around there now. And that is all centered around the Pink Pistol. It’s amazing what it’s done.”

  • Justin Timberlake's website appears to have been hacked

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The front page of justintimberlake.com looked a bit different than usual this morning. While everything is now back to normal, it appears someone named Ethical Dragon had hacked the page, according to USA TODAY. It’s unclear who’s behind Ethical Dragon — and if it was a hack at all and not some stunt — but the message seems to convey benevolent intentions concerning security.