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|Monday, December 9th, 2013|
|Katy Perry Reveals The Dark Days After Split From Russell Brand & How John Mayer Made It All Be
Breaking up is hard to do! But this new revelation from Katy Perry is so dark, it’s almost scary!
Miz Perry opened up about her split from ex-husband Russell Brand in a new interview with Marie Claire. How did she handle losing the man who was supposed to be the love of her life?
AND hear why she had to take a break from boyfriend John Mayer!
Read all the juicy deets…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
ON HER SPLIT FROM RUSSELL BRAND
"There were two weeks of my life after I found out the truth of my marriage where I was like, 'OK. All right. I can't feel this. This is too intense right now.' I was, like, just eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that's it.”
ON HER OFF-AND-ON ROMANCE WITH JOHN MAYER
"I took a break from my boyfriend, not one that I wanted. It was like a splash of cold water to search inward on what was going on with me. That is what led me to this new awakening, this realizing, if I don't do some self-love, I'm not going to be able to keep the love that I want. I still needed to deal with all of my ex-husband stuff. I hadn't. It's almost like if I kept talking about it, it would seem like I actually cared about it. I don’t."
ON HER RELATIONSHIP NOW WITH JOHN
"He's just a fantastic partner. I've been a fan of his for such a long time. He's got a brilliant, brilliant mind. It's a rad, mature relationship."
[Images via BauerGriffinOnline.]
|Mary-Kate Olsen Has Wedding Bells On Her Mind With Boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy??
Here comes the bride!
Well, soon-to-be bride??
It sounds like Mary-Kate Olsen is planning a future with her longtime boyfriend, 44-year-old Olivier Sarkozy!
The 27-year-old has been spotted looking at giant
rocks engagement rings all by her lonesome at Neil Lane in El Lay.
A source who witnessed the SIGHting revealed:
“Mary-Kate has been seen several times in the last three weeks checking out huge engagement rings at the Neil Lane store. She really likes cushion-cut diamonds, and all of the rings she has looked at are over 5 carats. She has narrowed it down, but still hasn’t made a final decision.”
Uh, looks like MK is going to be joining the Big Ring Club when she makes her decision!
While all the engagement rings Mary-Kate was looking at were priced well over $100k, the source revealed:
“I don’t think price was an issue.”
Well, why should it be?!
If gurlfriend wants a big diamond ring, gurlfriend will GET a big diamond ring. Besides, it's not like Olivier is one to worry about money.
P.S. CLICK HERE to check out other ginormous celebrity engagement rings!
[Image via BauerGriffinOnline.]
|Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Officially Back Together? Talk Of Shacking Up In London Or P
Are they or aren't they?!
After supposedly spending Thanksgiving together in El Lay with Kristen Stewart's family, Robert Pattinson is apparently returning the favor by inviting his on-again, off-again GF to London for Christmas!
So, will Rob be hanging up the mistletoe for Kristen's arrival??!
Not quite yet!
A source dished:
"They talked for awhile and by the end of the conversation he invited her to come see him in London. Not sure if she’s 100% going to take him up on it, but she was just so happy."
Seriously??! How can anyone resist the opportunity to take a bite out of R-Patz??!
Thankfully the hipster-tastic pair will have another chance for romance abroad AFTER the new year in Paris.
The source continued:
"But she's hoping they’ll travel to Paris together on Boxing Day and from there on to the Loire Valley. She reckons it could be the relaxing break they need to completely get things back on track."
Anyway, Paris is WAY more romantic than London!
Robsten would be TOO cute nibbling on croissants (and each other) under the Eiffel Tower! TOO CUTE.
Who knows?! Maybe Rob and Kristen really ARE meant to be together forever like Edward and Bella!
Now all we need is a snap of whatever European jaunt they take so we can take our Twilight poster out of storage! LOLz!!!!
[Image via Twitter.]
|Victoria Beckham Confesses Falling Out Of Love With The Spice Girls & Leaving The Group For Goo
It's truth time for Posh Spice!
Word is circulating now of Victoria Beckham's confession to Vogue Paris, revealing her insane insecurities and the real reason why she left the Spice Girls!
It was speculated that Becks left the group because of feuds with her fellow members…
But in a new interview, she's confirming saying goodbye for good after falling out of love with the band!
The designer mogul revealed:
"I realized it was finished for good in 2008, when we reformed for our reunion tour. The day of the concert at Madison Square Gardens in New York, the other girls spent time relaxing in bed, shopping and in the gym before heading off to the sound check. I arrived with three kids in tow in a really tight dress because I’d been in meetings all day. I put my bags and the children down, I picked up the mic and I sung. It should have been the best moment of my life, but I just wanted to be elsewhere."
Guess the stressed momma was all out of girl power!
She continued on by explaining that something was definitely missing:
"It wasn’t a lack of respect for the girls or the audience, but the passion just wasn’t there. By contrast, in my new career, the passion grows every year. I still want more."
And as far as her grumpy sass character of Posh Spice—Victoria digresses it was all a rouse to cover up her own insecurities:
"I looked moody. But I wasn’t! I was shy, not very sure of myself. The other girls would sing and dance on tables with no complexes, I wasn’t confident enough to do that. I had to invent a character and I thought of that: staring at people and pouting. My insecurities helped me create the character in a way. Nowadays, it’s like a barrier that comes back whenever I go out in public. That’s the way fame has affected me."
We cant help but feel sympathetic for Vic, especially because she's been made out to be the bad guy for so many years !
This candid and honest interview has surely cleared the air on her end!
|Shia LaBeouf Is Out Of Control! Threatens Fan With Murder Over An Autograph!
And he was behaving so nicely!!
Shia LaBeouf is back to his uber unpredictable bad boy ways!
This time, the Nymphomaniac hunk threatened the life of an innocent fan!
It all went down at London's ultra chic Covent Garden when an excited fan asked the beefy leading man for his autograph before he made her cry for some mysterious reason!
But that's not even the worst of it! The lady fan's BF came to the rescue and Shia got SO pissed that he had to be escorted by a fleet of waiters and diners!
One eyewitness described:
“Shia went for this guy after he upset his girlfriend. It was shocking. He looked out of control.’ Shia pursued him and was overhead saying, ‘I can get you killed'.”
Aye dios mio!!!
No one knows what words the boys exchanged, but it's pretty safe to say Shia overreacted a bit.
Didn't he learn anything after getting fired from Orphans for losing his cool?
We think Shia is scary talented, but that won't mean much if he scares away all his fans.
Dude needs to get his temper under control or else his successful career will transform faster than Optimus Prime!!!!
|Why Roger Ebert’s Website Is Running A Week Of Stories Completely Written By Women
Chaz Ebert, the late film critic Roger Ebert’s wife, introduced a new experiment at his eponymous site today: a week of reviews, essays, and dialogues written entirely by women (including yours truly, considering nine of the most memorable performances by women this year). Chaz explains:
Sometimes when I read certain movie reviews I know instinctively that a female critic could have brought something different to the party, a morsel of thought untapped by the male critic. Of course this doesn’t happen with every movie. There is, more times than not, a critical consensus that has nothing to do with race, or gender or age. However, how do we know? Most of the reviews we read are by men, and usually of movies that are about men.
What if we had a week of articles and reviews by women? That’s the experiment I want to try this week at Rogerebert.com. This is something that Roger was also interested in doing, that we discussed several times, particularly when we could see a difference in our own thoughts about a movie, and we could pinpoint it to gender. Men and women are just raised differently in our society and so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we may think differently.
One of the things I think is striking about the experiment is that the ability to fill an entire week’s coverage with work by women is a reminder of just how many women are writing film criticism, and criticism in general. This is not to say that you can’t find female political correspondents, or investigative journalists, or even prominent female sports reporters. But the concentration of women in criticism is higher than in any other area of journalism I’ve worked in, and women occupy an impressively large number of important positions in criticism.
In film, there’s Manhola Dargis at the New York Times, Ann Hornaday at the Washington Post, Betsy Sharkey at the Los Angeles Times, Dana Stevens at Slate, Claudia Puig at USA Today and Karen Durbin at Elle. The concentration’s even more intense in television, where Emily Nussbaum is the critic at the New Yorker, Alessandra Stanley is the chief television critic at the New York Times, Linda Holmes roves across television, film, books, and more at NPR, Maureen Ryan has the top TV job at Huffington Post, and Willa Paskin is the television critic at Slate. When the New York Times, which also has Michiko Kakutani as its chief book critic, announced its new lineup of Bookends contributors, six of the ten were women: Rivka Galchen, Zoë Heller, Anna Holmes, Francine Prose, Slate’s Stevens and Jennifer Szalai. Heller regularly burns up the pages on which her work appears at the New York Review of Books, which also regularly publishes women’s writing on subjects ranging from lesbian sex to sea monsters.
I’m not sure why women have been able to make such inroads on criticism as a profession, while remaining underrepresented fields, even those that involve commentary, like writing opinion columns at major newspapers. Maybe there’s some relationship between the idea that criticism isn’t hard news and women’s success there doesn’t threaten traditional male preserves in hard news. Maybe it’s that there’s some flexibility in many criticism jobs, which means that wanting to spend some time caring for your family doesn’t have to be seen as a dereliction of duty or a lack of commitment to your subject matter. And of course there’s the fact that women are enormous consumers of culture and entertainment, and it makes sense to employ critics who share some priorities and experiences with your readers.
One of the virtues of having women in important critical positions also means that there are a lot of female lenses–and those lenses vary from critic to critic–being cast over works that are, in the case of film and television, primarily produced by men. If culture is depicting us, we’re looking back at that culture and the people who produce it, and we’re in a position to say things about their successes, flaws, and abject failures. Chaz Ebert’s decision to publish a whole week of women looking at depictions of ourselves, and back at the men and women who gave us those depictions concentrates that experience, letting readers marinate in a wide range of female gazes. I don’t expect, as Chaz wrote, that our conclusions will be easily predictive based on our gender. But I do think it’ll be a new experience, and an exciting one, to see the world of art primarily through women’s eyes for a week.
The post Why Roger Ebert’s Website Is Running A Week Of Stories Completely Written By Women appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Synth and piano build, the sound of cheering and screaming crowds blur in and out. We hear a woman whisper and then all is still.CUT TO: INT CLUB NIGHT
A beautiful slender werewolf stands on a stage singing her heart out. The song builds and repeats, the voices of backup singers sound as their silhouettes become visible behind the spotlighted werewolf. Text of the lyrics display over top the scene until...
Text unfolds on the screen.
PLAYER 1: A YOUNG CHILD BORN OF BARBADOS, STARING AT GATSBY FROM ACROSS THE SEA, ROLLING ANCUT TO: EXT SUNSET BEACH
IMAGINARY JOINT IN ONE HAND, SPRINKLING INVISIBLE DIAMONDS ON IT WITH THE OTHER.
A young girl raises an imaginary diamond joint to her mouth and in doing so causes it manifest. As she inhales the camera pans 180 behind the head of the girl. On the horizon of the ocean is a rising full moon, as the smoke begins to obscure the moon it turns into a green light.FADE TO BLACK EXCEPT FOR GREEN CLOUDY ORB.
Music continues break back down into synth and piano. The camera pushes into the green circle letting the screen frame it like an eye in the night sky. As the camera pushes in stars appear which may or may not be diamonds. They are a mixed constellations which form the white of the eye. In the green pupil we see the face of the girl emerge from the murky green ocean water. He face in the light of the moon begins to age beautifully till at age 27 she begins to transform into a werewolf.
Text unfolds on the screen.
PLAYER 1: THE WOLF BELIEVES IN THE GREEN LIGHT, THE ORGYISTIC FUTURE, SHE BELIEVES IN A MAGICAL
UNIVERSE... UNPREDICTABLE, SPONTANEOUS, ALIVE. A UNIVERSE WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
The entire time this transformation takes place the camera continues to push in onto the pupil till it is eye to eye with the werewolf that then screams the first lines of the chorus in conjunction with continually building song.
WEREWOLFCUT TO: INT CLUB NIGHT
Back on the stage the werewolf continues to ungulate on stage repeating the chorus over and over. The silhouettes of the backup singers contort and wave as if they were on fire. The werewolf is singing harder than ever, the siren quality of her voice beings to oscillate going from organic to digital to sharp and icy. Her song then becomes a screams and the sound of millions of marching spiders gliding sharp legs over dead fields of nuclear glass.CLOSE UP: WEREWOLF
With a final scream the werewolf begins to vomit a river of diamonds, a seemingly endless torrent of priceless emesis. The backup vocalists scream and sing in unison, adding to the hysteria of the scene. Finally the song ends and she has finished her task.CUT TO: ESTABLISHING SHOT OF THE STAGE
The background silhouettes are now missing and all we see is a darkened stage with a singular spotlight on the beautiful woman in an equally stunning black sequin dress, panting on all fours, alone on the floor.END
|Elizabeth Warren still firing back against Wall Street Democrats
Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't backing down on the fight Third Way picked with her
over Social Security. In an interview with Mother Jones
, Warren brought facts to counter Third Way's fear mongering.
"If we made no changes at all to Social Security," Warren said, "it would continue to make payments at the current level for about 20 years," meaning there is no immediate crisis facing the program, which assists some 58 million Americans. "Modest adjustments," she added, "will make certain… we could increase benefits for those who need it most." [...]
In the interview, Warren emphasized that Third Way, as well as many in Congress and the media, are framing the debate over Social Security in the wrong way. "We should stop having a conversation about cutting Social Security a little bit or a lot," she said.
Warren's increasing clout
with actual Democrats stands her well in this conflict. That's largely because she's actually helping them get elected. At the same time, she's actually building working relationships with Republicans. Bloomberg cites
projects she's taken on with both Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio. Third Way and the Wall Street Democrats seem to have underestimated the seriousness and the clout of Warren as a policy-maker.
They're also missing the basics of what being an actual Democrat is, as candidates like Rep. Allyson Schwartz, running for governor in her home state of Pennsylvania, and John Bohlinger (lieutentant governor under Brian Schweitzer) running for Senate in Montana. Just more proof that standing up for Social Security has never been bad for Democrats, and it's always been both good politics and good policy. So it seems like Third Way's foray against economic populism has backfired on them.
|Virginia GOP chairman mocks critics who say his party is too extreme
[Virginia Republican Party Chairman Pat] Mullins mocked post-election analysis that said [2013 GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken] Cuccinelli was too conservative for a changing state.
“This is false narrative by false prophets,” he said. “Republicans do not win when we are mini-Democrats or Democrat Lite.”
Free advice for Mr. Mullins: If you're trying to explain why the Republican Party hasn't been overrun by hardline zealots and right-wing lunatics, you might want to come up with something other than accusing your critics of spreading "a false narrative by false prophets."
On the other hand, while talking about false narratives and false prophets does sound a little crazy, it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the chairman of a party of extremists, especially a party of extremists who think Cuccinelli's real problem was that he didn't spend enough time during the campaign talking about right-wing social issues:
RNC national committeeman Morton Blackwell said the party must more “effectively respond to campaigns of vilification” in the future.
“There was nothing wrong about his political match with the voters of Virginia,” Blackwell said of Cuccinelli. “It would have been helpful if Ken had not, through much of the campaign, gone silent on his pro-life and other traditional values positions.”
Yeah, sure, if only Ken Cuccinelli had more effectively channeled his inner Rick Santorum, then instead of Governor-elect Terry McCauliffe, we'd be talking about his miraculous come-from-behind victory. And instead of laughing at
Marco Rubio's pre-election pronouncement that Virginia 2013 would set the stage for the 2014 and 2016 elections, we'd all be quaking in our shoes at the juggernaut that surely would have been known as The E.W. Jackson Express
|Campus Officer Shoots And Kills Texas Student During Traffic Stop
Robert Cameron Redus
CREDIT: Screenshot from KABB San Antonio
A campus police officer shot and killed a San Antonio college student early Friday during a traffic stop.
Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. for driving erratically, according to a police report. Police said a “struggle ensued between the suspect driver and the police officer” before Cpl. Christopher Carter fired several shots. Police told ABC News they don’t know the cause of the struggle, or why Carter fired the shots. But one witness said he heard someone say “‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost,” before he heard 4-6 shots fired. Redus was pronounced dead at the scene. Carter was put on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate the incident.
Redus was a communications major at University of the Incarnate Word who was described by several friends and neighbors as “the nicest guy” whose greatest strength was compassion. He was co-valedictorian of his high school and was on the dean’s list the last two semesters.
Carter was one of 17 officers employed by the University of the Incarnate. He was licensed and trained by the state as a peace officer, and held nine jobs in the last eight years, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Redus’ death is one of a spate of police shootings of unarmed individuals including youths, the mentally ill, and even dogs. In another deadly incident with a college student just last month, police shot and killed a 19-year-old on Iowa State University’s campus who had driven off in his father’s truck. The county attorney deemed the use of force “justified.”
Redus’ death is still under investigation.
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|Extending Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Would Save 240,000 Jobs
Without Congressional action by the end of the year, unemployment benefits will abruptly stop for millions of people who have been out of work past the typical state-level benefit cutoff of 26 weeks. But reauthorizing the program would save as many as 240,000 jobs, according to a White House report. The report also notes estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and JP Morgan that indicate that a failure to extend the benefits would mean a drop in GDP growth by 0.2 to 0.4 percentage points.
Unemployment benefits don’t just offer a lifeline to those who have been out of work for six months or more. They boost the economy given that the recipients are usually in need of immediate help with day to day expenses, so they are likely to spend the money quickly, increasing consumption. The CBO has found that unemployment aid has “the largest effects on output and employment per dollar of budgetary cost” for this reason. The program also partially offsets its own costs by helping to generate tax revenue through the increased economic activity.
On the other hand, a typical family whose head of household is out of work but doesn’t get benefits spends 22 percent less on food. Household income drops by about 16 percent when benefits are exhausted due to time limits. And without the financial support, many families have to rely on other government programs, such as food stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as welfare). Given all of these factors, the report notes, “the net cost to the Federal government is less than the official cost.”
The report also notes the beneficial impact for the unemployed besides these financial supports. Benefits for the long-term unemployed keep them from dropping out of the labor force and giving up on trying to find a job altogether. Even though the rate at which they’re able to find a job is lower than for those who have been out of work for a shorter period of time, keeping them on the hunt increases the chances that they will eventually get new work.
Congress has reauthorized the program 11 times since it was first enacted in 2008, and Democrats have been pushing to do so again before the year-end deadline. But Republicans are indicating that they won’t support an extension as part of the current budget negotiations. That will mean 1.3 million people losing the checks that they currently rely on. More than 4 million people have been out of work for more than 27 weeks, accounting for 37 percent of all unemployed people.
The stories of just three people out of the million who face losing their benefits illustrate how important they are. Lillian Humphrey, 62, told ThinkProgress she faces tough odds in getting a new job because of her age, but she needs to work. Without the benefits, she’ll have to tap into Social Security and still need a part-time job to get by. John De Marchi will have to exit his career as a 3-D artist and take any job he can get to keep supporting his household. And Alan will have to give up on his interest in getting training to teach English as a second language and move in with a friend in another state.
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