Friday, 30 November 2012

Champ Rockhold calls Larkin attack 'pretty amateur,' eyes early 2013 for return

Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold today told ( that he never signed a bout agreement to fight Lorenz Larkin and never intended to fight at the promotion's final event.

When officials announced the Jan. 12 event in early November, Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) said he informed officials that a wrist injury lingered and that he was unable to fight.

That's why he's particularly irritated by a series of verbal attacks from Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) regarding his willingness to compete.

"He was obviously misinformed to some extent," Rockhold said. "I've been in that situation, but just to lash out at me, that's pretty amateur."

Larkin, who today addressed his grievances with Radio, was twice scheduled to vie for the title before injuries interceded.

"I just feel like guys are acting like they haven't paved any way for them to go to the UFC and a catastrophe could happen on Jan. 12, where [UFC President Dana White is] going to be like, 'No. I didn't like the way you fought, and you're not going to come over,'" Larkin said.

Rockhold, however, said the UFC wasn't a part of his decision. He noticed his injury eight weeks prior to a fight scheduled for a Nov. 3 event and announced his withdrawal two weeks later.

"Every time I would grip something, it would be a sharp pain," he said. "I'd punch wrong, and it would make me want to cry."

Rockhold saw multiple doctors and had several MRIs done on his wrist. Training never completely resumed.

Four weeks ago, he underwent a blood therapy called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to speed the healing process on what was diagnosed as a tear to his triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) and ligament sprain. He also spent three weeks in a hard cast, which was removed this past week.

"I don't take steroids, so I don't know if I can heal as fast as some of these guys," Rockhold said. "I do things the way I know how."

Strikeforce and broadcast partner Showtime dually announced the Jan. 12 event with three title fights: lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy, Rockhold vs. Larkin, and welterweight champ Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine.

Melendez earlier this month withdrew from the event, later titled "Strikeforce: Champions," citing a nagging shoulder injury. News of Rockhold's withdrawal became public over the weekend.

Rockhold believes the confusion over his status may stem from a conversation with Strikeforce officials following his first injury in which he gave a timeline for his readiness to fight.

"They never really got back to me, and they just thought I'd be ready, and I wasn't able to get on it," he said. "I don't really know. I don't really want to get into it, to tell you the truth. I wasn't able to train.

"They announced the fight, and I immediately called and told them how I felt and now here we are. They wanted to make a date happen, and I know they want to get done with this thing probably as much as anybody else, and for some reason they have to put on a last card. Pushing this card hard, it seems like. I just wasn't able to make the date at that time."

Relations between Strikeforce parent Zuffa and Showtime steadily have deteriorated since a March meeting between UFC President Dana White and Showtime officials. White said he was "hands-off" with Strikeforce after his input on the look of the event was nixed.

Two Strikeforce events have been canceled due to high-profile injury withdrawals that prompted Showtime to decline low-wattage events.

With the promotion's final event slated for January, Rockhold won't defend the belt he won with a September 2011 decision over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. But he stressed that he didn't withdraw from the event because he had designs on starting anew in the UFC once Strikeforce folded.

"That was not any part of my thought process," Rockhold said. "I'm injured. I want to get paid. I want to shut Lorenz's mouth. I'm not waiting in any shape or form for the UFC. You can never count on that happening. I've heard that in the past, and I'm not going to wait for that to happen.

"I have a lot of things I want to do in my life. This has set me back. I was going to buy a house, and now it looks like I'm going to wait until I'm more financially stable. I want to fight, plain and simple. It doesn't matter who. Except at this point, after the talk, obviously I'm partial to fighting Lorenz."

The feeling isn't mutual for Larkin, who said he wants to move on.

Rockhold doesn't hold that against the middleweight contender. He estimated he'll be ready to return in three to four months after completely healing his wrist. He is unconcerned with the location of the next bout.

"I'd be completely happy with the UFC, but I just want to fight and get paid," he said. "I want to be best in the world. Eventually, whether it's here or there, I want those fights."

For more on "Strikeforce: Champions," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Kerry Washington is Women’s Health Cover Girl (Photo Gallery)

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Kerry Washington in Women's Health

Kerry Washington took a break from her hit ABC drama “Scandal,” to pose for the cover of Women’s Health.

Washington spoke to the magazine about her pre-acting ambitions. “If I wasn’t an actress, I would probably be a teacher. Either an elementary school teacher or a yoga teacher. Both of which I did when I was living in New York pursuing a career in acting. I liked doing both of those things very much. I think it would surprise people to know that what I really wanted to do as a child was to be the woman in the Shamu show at Sea World. And the big joke in my family is that I started taking Marine Biology and I was like, forget the whale, I’ll just be on stage by myself.”

The actress also spoke about her upcoming film, “Django Unchained.” She said, “One of the things that I really love most about my job is the research part of it. So, I studied a lot. It’s kind of hard to articulate the level of preparation that we all had to do for this film because so much of it was emotional and psychological preparation. It’s hard to talk about because we all had to go into a part of American history that is so dark and complicated and fraught with the past sins of this country.”

Read more in the December 2012 issue of Women’s Health, available now.

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Kerry Washington is Women’s Health Cover Girl (Photo Gallery)

Posted by Marissa & filed under Photo Gallery, SFW, The Daily Dose (Entertainment News).

Kerry Washington in Women's Health

Kerry Washington took a break from her hit ABC drama “Scandal,” to pose for the cover of Women’s Health.

Washington spoke to the magazine about her pre-acting ambitions. “If I wasn’t an actress, I would probably be a teacher. Either an elementary school teacher or a yoga teacher. Both of which I did when I was living in New York pursuing a career in acting. I liked doing both of those things very much. I think it would surprise people to know that what I really wanted to do as a child was to be the woman in the Shamu show at Sea World. And the big joke in my family is that I started taking Marine Biology and I was like, forget the whale, I’ll just be on stage by myself.”

The actress also spoke about her upcoming film, “Django Unchained.” She said, “One of the things that I really love most about my job is the research part of it. So, I studied a lot. It’s kind of hard to articulate the level of preparation that we all had to do for this film because so much of it was emotional and psychological preparation. It’s hard to talk about because we all had to go into a part of American history that is so dark and complicated and fraught with the past sins of this country.”

Read more in the December 2012 issue of Women’s Health, available now.

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Hilarity Ensues in "Girls" Season Two Trailer: Watch Now!

Posted Friday November 30, 2012 1:15 PM GMT

Amping up excitement for its second season, HBO released a brand new trailer for “Girls” this afternoon (November 30).

Starring the show’s creator Lena Dunham, the hilarious clip reveals the trials and tribulations the characters are in store for in its upcoming episodes.

Coined as a “Sex and the City” spinoff, “Girls” deals with four characters in their twenties dealing with love and life in Brooklyn.

The show also stars Allison Williams, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet and returns to HBO on January 13.

Watch the hilarious clip below!

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Jimmy Choo Is Looking For PR/VIP Los Angeles Interns For 2013!

We are seeking Interns to work in JIMMY CHOO’s PR/VIP Los Angeles Press Office for the Winter 2013 semester. Duties will include but are not limited to answering phones, updating inventory, trafficking samples, organizing showroom and basic administrative work. Internship is unpaid but we offer school credit and $10.00 per day for lunch. Must be available 2-3 days per week minimum, beginning in January.

If interested, email resume to Place resume in body of email and attach as well.

Published on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 10:17 AM

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Watch Victoria’s Secret Angels Lipsynch to Justin Bieber (and Try To Avoid Getting Motion Sickness)

Ladies' man

If you’re in the mood to experience a little motion sickness while looking at some very pretty people plus Justin Bieber, we recommend watching the following promo for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, featuring the Angels lip syching to the genuinely awesome and totally enjoyable Beauty and the Beat. (What can I say? I’m a born-again Belieber.)

There’s spinning. Lots and lots of spinning. And Biebs–lots of him, too. Further highlights include Erin Heatherton taking things a little too seriously, Alessandra Ambrosio absolutely loving life, Lily Aldridge probably hoping her rockstar husband never sees this, Behati Prinsloo looking like she hopes no one ever sees this, some neato, iPhone related special effects a la the song’s original video, more hair flips than is quantifiable, and not enough Barbara Palvin. Then again, is there ever??

But don’t take our word for it! See it for yourself:

Published on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 7:30 PM

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Video: Strikeforce's Larkin lashes out at Rockhold's withdrawal, questions UFC timing

MMA News

Friday, November 30, 2012

by Ben Fowlkes on Nov 30, 2012 at 2:15 am ET

When Firas Zahabi says Nick Diaz should be next in line for GSP, is this a sign that he is a visitor from outer space? What is the difference between a DQ and a no contest? This week's Twitter Mailbag tackles these big questions with all the fury it can muster.

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by Matt Erickson on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:30 am ET

Demetrious Johnson, the UFC's first flyweight champion, will host a special Q&A session for UFC Fight Club members prior to weigh-ins for UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle on Dec. 7.

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by Matt Erickson on Nov 30, 2012 at 12:30 am ET

A lightweight bout between Estevan Payan and Michael Bravo is the latest addition to next month's Strikeforce event. Sources close to the fight on Thursday confirmed the news to

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by Matt Erickson on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm ET

All fighters competing at Friday's Bellator 82 today successfully made weight for the show, which features a Season 7 welterweight tournament final between Lyman Good and Andrey Koreshkov.

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by Matt Erickson on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm ET

Strikeforce's January card in Oklahoma City continues to take shape with the addition of Lorenz Larkin vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Smith.

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by Kyle Nagel on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm ET

Twelve years ago, Kevin Engel's promising football career was stopped by appendicitis and he needed to find reason for contact. That had always been one of his favorite parts about the game. He was good at it, too.

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by Staff on Nov 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm ET

January's quickly filling "Stikeforce: Champions" card in Oklahoma City has yet another addition: middleweights Roger Gracie and Anthony Smith.

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by Steven Marrocco on Nov 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET

ONE Fighting Championships has scheduled its next event for Feb. 2 at Putra Indoor Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's one of 12-14 that company CEO Victor Cui has planned for 2013.

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by Staff on Nov 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm ET

Top UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman underwent successful shoulder surgery on Wednesday and plans to be back at full speed in four months.

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by Steven Marrocco on Nov 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm ET

Mike Dolce considers Firas Zahabi a friend and colleague, but vehemently disagrees with the trainer's belief that Nick Diaz is the No. 1 welterweight contender. That distinction, he said, belongs to Johny Hendricks.

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by Steven Marrocco on Nov 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm ET

Strikeforce's final event will serve as Josh Barnett's final obligation to the promotion, and it'll come against Strikeforce newcomer Nandor Guelmino.

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by Staff on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm ET Radio kicks off at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with UFC 155 fighter Jim Miller and Bellator champ/Bellator 83 competitor Zoila Gurgel.

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by Steven Marrocco on Nov 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm ET

Jose Aldo would like to exchange his four-ounce gloves for a soccer ball when he hangs it up at 35. The UFC featherweight champ told Radio his retirement could give way to a return to his former sport.

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by Dann Stupp on Nov 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm ET

The welterweight-tournament final is set for "The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K." as Brad Scott and Robert Whittaker now meet at next month's UFC on FX 6 event.

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by Matt Erickson on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm ET

Welcome to our mini-recap for episode No. 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK," which this week features a welterweight semifinal between Aussie teammates Xavier Lucas and Robert Whittaker.

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by Staff on Nov 29, 2012 at 7:30 am ET

Robert Whiteford and Chris Fishgold have been scratched from Cage Warriors 50, and featherweights Nathan Beer and Graham Turner have taken their spot on the main card.

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by John Morgan on Nov 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm ET

Since 2007, Brian Stann has served as President and CEO of a non-profit organization designed to assist military veterans in their transition back to civilian life. On Wednesday, he announced a very powerful company is taking up the same cause.

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by Staff on Nov 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm ET

Strikeforce's next card continues to soldier on. A pair of fights now are official for "Strikeforce: Champions" as Gegard Mousasi meets Mike Kyle and Ryan Couture takes on K.J. Noons.

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by Matt Erickson on Nov 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET

Ask all you want about what Clay Guida's going to use for his walkout song at UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago in a couple months. He's not talking.

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by Steven Marrocco on Nov 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm ET

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson still bristles at the thought of his most recent loss. There's a reason, however, that the 29-year-old doesn't fight the flood of emotion that still comes with it.

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by Dann Stupp and John Morgan on Nov 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm ET

If Anderson Silva meets fellow UFC champion Georges St-Pierre in a long-discussed superfight, Rogerio Camoes, Silva's strength and conditioning coach, believes it should be at 176 pounds.

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by Ben Fowlkes on Nov 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm ET

As MMA legend B.J. Penn is unfortunately learning ahead of next week's UFC on FOX 5 event, it's sometimes too late to start worrying about your legacy.

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by Steven Marrocco on Nov 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm ET

If Georges St-Pierre stays in his division and puts off a potential superfight with Anderson Silva, Tristar head trainer Firas Zahabi believes there's a No. 1 contender there, and it's not Johny Hendricks.

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by Staff on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm ET

Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will have to wait a while longer to fight rival Jim Alers, who's been replaced by Ivan Buchinger in the year-end Cage Warriors 51 headliner.

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by Staff on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:15 am ET Radio kicks off at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with UFC 155's Jim Miller, UFC on FOX 5's Ramsey Nijem, and Bellator champ/Bellator 83's Zoila Gurgel.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Atlanta Falcons in great playoff shape after latest win

The MVP candidate, quarterback Matt Ryan, struggled. The running game bogged down after the first quarter. And yet the Atlanta Falcons still pulled off their biggest win of the season Thursday night in the Georgia Dome, 23-13 over the New Orleans Saints.

This Falcons team doesn't always pass the eye test. They often seem to get outplayed -- like against the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders -- yet find a way to win. They win games in the final seconds, like against Carolina and Tampa Bay. And they beat their biggest division rivals on Thursday night in a sloppy, often inexplicable affair.

This is just how the Falcons are going to be. Get used to it, because they are headed for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and we're going to be talking a lot about them. They will officially clinch the NFC South if the Tampa Buccaneers lose or tie on Sunday.

On Thursday night, the Falcons showed they can win games with their defense. On a night when Ryan only had 165 yards and plenty of wayward passes, the Falcons picked off Drew Brees five times. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's unit gave up a lot of yards, but buckled down in the red zone. They knocked down 12 passes with swarming pass coverage. They got a huge sack from John Abraham in the fourth quarter when the Saints were driving, only down by seven. Yes, they got their share of luck.

At 11-1, the Atlanta Falcons clearly aren't a perfect team. But they do have a perfect record at home. After this win over their most hated rival, they should be playing at home through the NFC playoffs. That matters a lot more than any eye test.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Atlanta Falcons' Asante Samuel suffers another shoulder injury

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel will play in "Thursday Night Football" against the New Orleans Saints, according to a team source, despite being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.

The Falcons later confirmed that Samuel was active, but he didn't last long in the game. He suffered another shoulder injury in the first quarter and was questionable to return. Falcons coach Mike Smith later told NFL Network's Alex Flanagan that Samuel likely was out for the game.

Samuel, an All-Pro defender, has 28 tackles and two interceptions this season.

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Video: Strikeforce's Larkin lashes out at Rockhold's withdrawal, questions UFC timing

by Dann Stupp on Nov 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm ET

The welterweight-tournament final is set for "The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K." as Brad Scott and Robert Whittaker now meet at next month's UFC on FX 6 event.

by Staff on Nov 28, 2012 at 9:00 am ET

The UFC is officially returning to London; officials today confirmed that its Feb. 16 event, UFC on FUEL TV 7, will take place at historic Wembley Arena.

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Diane Kruger & Stephanie Meyer Talk "The Host" in The Hollywood Reporter

Posted Thursday November 29, 2012 4:50 PM GMT

After her mega-popular “Twilight Saga” reached its peak, Stephenie Meyer teamed up with Diane Kruger and Jake Abel to talk with The Hollywood Reporter to chat about their new project, “The Host.”

After posing for a spread by Jeff Lipsky, the trio dished about everything from writing a successful sequel to the characters in the new film.

A few highlights from their interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to The Hollywood Reporter!

Miss Meyer on writing a sequel to “Twilight”:
"It’s really tough. I mean, it’s such a different kind of creative expenditure. When you’re working on the movies, it’s very collaborative, there’s a lot of other people involved. When you’re writing, it’s all you all the time and it is interesting to have the actors in the back of my head and think, ‘Anything that I write down, they may have to do.’ It’s a little bit more challenging to have that distraction."

Miss Kruger on her character in “The Host”:
The Seeker is very interesting because on paper, she’s portrayed as the bad guy, but the judge is still out whether or not she really is the bad guy," says Kruger. "My character has more possibilities still to come [in future sequels]. Especially with the human aspect."

Mr. Abel on why he loves his character:
“I play a lot of villains, so I’ve been wanting to play someone that had something different going on and Ian was definitely that.”

Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky for THR

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Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson's only career roadblocks at this moment.

Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he's capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC.

"I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we'll see how it goes," he told (

Ronson (12-2) dominated Healy (23-12) over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision win at this past Friday's Score Fighting Series 7 event, which took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event's main card, including Ronson's feet, aired on AXS TV.

One judge scored the lopsided fight 30-25 in favor of Ronson, a native of nearby London, Ontario. The crowd, including 75 of his friends and family, chanted "UFC" during the action.

Ronson, though, snickered at the thought of a UFC offer on his desk.

"I didn't know they came that soon," he joked. "Was I supposed to get it on Saturday?"

The 26-year-old has had far more time to win over his training partners at London's Adrenaline Training Center, which Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki and Mark Hominick founded. An endorsement from the Canadian MMA stars won him the representation of agent Rob Roveta.

"They're pulling for me," Ronson said. "We'll see if I get that call."

The resources at Ronson's disposal were considerably smaller in his early career. He trained at a kickboxing academy in London and had few grappling partners.

"I would do jiu-jitsu with the guys that were there," he said, "with guys that didn't know what jiu-jitsu was, and I was fighting MMA."

That changed when Ronson joined Adrenaline in September 2010. Although he went 1-2 in his next three outings, including an eye-opening loss to the well-rounded Mike Ricci of "The Ultimate Fighter 16" fame, he has won his past seven fights.

And Healy, who's brother is current Strikeforce contender Pat Healy, couldn't keep the fight on the mat to ground and pound him.

Although satisfied with his win, Ronson expressed frustration at being unable to finish his opponent, who took no fewer than three head kicks in the waining minute of the third and final round.

"I was just upset because I think I landed six or seven clean ones with my power leg and two or three with my lead leg, and I was like, 'This guy has to go down from one of these,'" Ronson said. "So I threw the one and he wobbled, so I'm like, 'One more and he's going down.' I hit him with the second one, and he didn't go down. The more he didn't go down, the more I wanted to hurt him and try to knock him out."

The knockout didn't come, but Ronson certainly made a statement about his abilities.

If the UFC comes calling, he said he'd like to fight in February. But in reality, any time will do.

"If they call me and say, 'Do you want to fight this guy,' I'm not going to say no," Ronson said.

For more on Score Fighting Series 7, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

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Taylor Swift Rocks the 2012 Aria Awards

Posted Thursday November 29, 2012 10:20 AM GMT

Giving her Australian fans an early Christmas present, Taylor Swift performed live on the 2012 Aria Awards in Sydney, Australia today (November 29).

The “Should’ve Said No” singer looked high school stellar in a faux varsity jacket as she belted out her heartbroken hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

And it sounds like T. Swizzle was pumped about the gig, as she took to her Twitter page prior to her big arrival.

Taylor tweeted, “So excited about performing on the ARIA’s tonight! Never been before. Here’s comes ‘trouble’…. See what I did there? Sorry. I know. Sorry.”

Enjoy the pictures of Taylor Swift performing at the 2012 ARIA Awards (November 29).

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Manziel the best scrambler in the business

Johnny Manziel finished his regular season in style, completing 32 of 44 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns in Texas A&M's 59-29 win against Missouri. He also ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Manziel’s 439 yards of total offense in the game pushed his season total to 4,600, breaking the SEC single-season record held by Cam Newton in his 2010 Heisman Trophy season.

When Newton broke the record in 2010, he supplanted Tim Tebow’s Heisman Trophy season in 2007.

Manziel has been putting up impressive numbers all season. He had three games in which he had at least 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards, the most for any player in a single season since 2000.

The rest of the nation has had eight such games the entire season.

Manziel also has six games with at least two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns. That's tied with Tebow in 2007 for the most such games in a season since 2000. Collin Klein is second in FBS this season with three such games.

But what makes Manziel the Heisman frontrunner has more to do with the style in which he plays than the raw numbers that he is amassing.

Manziel has an uncanny ability to make plays happen when things break down. As Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told the media earlier this season: “He is very instinctive. He has a unique ability to extend plays and seems to know when to take off and run it.”

Look no further than Manziel’s “Heisman Moment” against Alabama when he bobbled the ball then scrambled to his left and threw back across the middle for a 10-yard touchdown to Ryan Swope.

This season, Manziel has completed 60 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns when scrambling out of the pocket.

To put that into perspective, fellow SEC quarterbacks AJ McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, Aaron Murray and Connor Shaw have four passing touchdowns combined when forced out of the pocket and are completing just over 40 percent of their passes in those situations.

Against Missouri on Saturday, Manziel completed 10-of-12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns when forced out of the pocket, including 5-of-6 passes on third down.

Manziel also makes plays with his legs when forced to improvise. He has gained 784 of his SEC-leading 1,181 rush yards on scrambles.

That's 43 more yards scrambling than Braxton Miller, Marcus Mariota and Klein have combined. Manziel has scrambled for 35 first downs this season, including 20 first downs on third down.

On third down, Manziel has converted 50 percent of his running or passing attempts. As a result, Texas A&M leads FBS with a 55 percent third-down conversion rate.

In the Aggies’ win against Alabama, Manziel converted 9-of-13 third down chances (69 percent), which was the highest conversion percentage for a quarterback against Alabama in the last nine seasons.

Whether Johnny Football wins the Heisman is yet to be determined, but it is safe to say that he has scrambled his way to a freshman season to remember.

What is most impressive may not be the records that he has broken, but the style in which he has broken the records, something that is unlike anything that the SEC has ever seen before.

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‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Crowned at Gotham Film Awards

Posted by Marissa & filed under SFW, The Daily Dose (Entertainment News).

“Moonrise Kingdom” just rang in the awards season in a promising way. The film scored Best Feature Film at The Gotham Independent Film Awards.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” lost out in the Artist Award category to Jared Leto‘s film “Artifact.” This led Leto himself to say, “I feel like ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ should be up here.”

There were a couple of films that are expected to do really well this awards season that didn’t have a good showing at the Gotham Awards. In fact, they didn’t win a single award. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “The Master,” and critical darling “Silver Linings Playbook.” It just goes to show that you can never be certain what will happen in Hollywood.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

‘Arrow,’ Season 1, Episode 7, ‘Muse of Fire’: TV Recap

After a Thanksgiving break last week it is time to get our green hoods and archery equipment out again as well all enjoy the latest episode of Arrow. The CW’s highest rated show is doing just fine thank you very much! It has already been picked up for the full season and the most recent episode was the highest rated one since the pilot. Arrow is going to be around for a while, I suspect.

So, let’s see what our green hero is up to tonight.

The episode starts with Oliver Queen on motorcycle looking insanely cool. He is on his way to meet his evil mother, Moira, for lunch. When he gets to the Queen Consolidated building, mom is waiting outside talking to a man name Caponi about a business deal. Caponi? I wonder if he is mob connected!

Another man on motorcycle pulls up and shoots Caponi several times in the chest, or was he shooting at mom? Oliver checks on his mother and she is fine. He runs off to pursue the assassin, but the bad guy gets away.

Mommy Moira gets checked out by a doctor, who says she has a mild concussion and she can go home. Oliver feels guilty for leaving his mother’s side to chase the gunman. His sister, Thea, scolds him too and makes a crack about no one in the family being able to trust him any longer.

The cops arrive and inform Oliver that the Caponi guys was, “connected, mobbed up to the eyeballs.” Well, we saw that one coming a mile away, didn’t we? The cops think the mob guy was the target, not Moira.

Time to check in with Oliver’s ex-girlfriend, Laurel. She gets a knock at her door and it is Oliver’s best friend Tommy, who is now very into Laurel. Tommy surprises her with a take-out sushi dinner. He asks her out on a date.  I’m betting she is going to say yes.

Oliver is in his hideout, talking to his side-kick, Digg. Oliver has figured out that the dead mob guy, Caponi, was connected to a big-time mob boss named Frank Bertinelli. A bunch of Bertinelli’s men have been hit lately and Oliver figures the best way to find out what is going on is to get close to Bertinelli. I like Oliver having Digg to talk to. It removes the need for voice-over narration from Oliver telling us what is going on. Oliver really wants revenge on the motorcycle killer. “When I find out who this guy is, he’s a dead man.”

I am going to go on the record right now and predict that “this guy” is actually a girl.

Right on cue, we see the assassin drive “his” motorcycle into a garage. There are a bunch of photos of on the wall, many with Xs through them. This is clearly the assassin’s hit list. The killed takes off “his” helmet and… it is girl. I knew it! For my next prediction, I am going with Oliver dating this attractive young lady.

Back at the Queen family mansion, Oliver and his sister are debating which one of them is going to stay in for the night to watch over momma. Thea loses and Oliver gets to go out. Tommy stops by and tells Oliver that he is taking Laurel out on a date. Oliver wishes them well and says he needs to head out for a business meeting.

The meeting is with mob boss Frank Bertinelli at Bertinelli’s house. Look, its Jeffrey Nordling playing Bertinelli. I remember Nordling from the TV show 24 a few years back. He was on Desperate Housewives too. Welcome to the world of bows and arrows, Jeff! Hope you last more than 1 episode! As Olvier and Bertinelli walk into the living room for the meeting, the beautiful assassin walks by. It appears the person killing all of Bertinelli’s men is Bertinelli’s daughter!

Bertinelli and Oliver make some small talk and then Bertinelli says he wants the contract to build a new division for Queen Consolidated. Oliver is agreeable, even though his mother did not want to do business with Bertinelli earlier. Bertinelli’s daughter, the motorcycle assassin, walks into the room. Her name is Helena. Her father has another meeting he needs to go to but he wants Helena and Oliver to have dinner and to discuss the construction contract.

Bertinelli’s meeting is with the Chinese Triad. China White, the female assassin who took on Arrow in an earlier episode is there. She tells Bertinelli that her people are not the ones killing his associates. He says that if he loses any more men, he is going to come after the Triad. China White seems unconcerned.

Helena and Oliver are at dinner. She seems really disdainful toward her father’s business. They start talking about Oliver’s time on his deserted island and seem to be bonding a bit.

Tommy and Laurel are out to dinner too. They too seem to be bonding. The waiter comes up and says that Tommy’s credit card is being denied. I thought Tommy was a billionaire… is he somehow broke now?

Back at Helena and Oliver’s date, they are talking about the cross that Helena wears around her neck. It reminds her of her dead fiancé. They each confess they like the other, at least a little bit. Oliver has to go though, Digg is calling with some crucial information.

Mommy Moira gets an unexpected visitor to her house. It is the “well-dressed man” who we have seen in earlier episodes. He’s the guy Moira plotted with to get her husband killed. He wants to make sure Moira is still dedicated to his evil cause. She is.

Digg’s phone call informs Oliver that Bertinelli’s enforcer is making the rounds, trying to squeeze extra money out of their “protection” clients. His next stop is the same restaurant at which Oliver was just having dinner. Arrow is about to make his first appearance of the episode!

The mobsters are about to break some bones inside the restaurant when Arrow starts taking them out. Suddenly, the motorcycle assassin (Helena) shows up and begins shooting. She’s gunning for the mobsters too, but soon, she and Arrow are fighting. She holds her own for a minute, but Arrow rips her helmet off and sees that it is Helena. She runs off.

The police are looking into the restaurant shooting. Det. Lance, who HATES Oliver, is looking at videotape of the people who ate at the restaurant. He sees Oliver eating with Helena and is quite intrigued. Det. Lance goes to Oliver’s home and warns him to stay away from Helena. Oliver seems unmoved.

Tommy goes to visit his father, to ask about the credit cards being cancelled. It turns out that Tommy’s super-rich daddy is none other than the “well-dressed man!” Whoa!! I did not see that one coming. He lectures Tommy about being lazy and says he has cut him off.

Helena is hanging out in a church graveyard. She is kneeling by her dead fiancé’s tombstone. Oliver has followed her from her house and they start chatting about her loss. She says, “You should stay away from me.” Just then, a van pulls up with some of Bertinelli’s henchmen in it. They grab both Helena and Oliver and take them away.

Oliver and Helena are tied up in a warehouse. They are being questioned by Bertinelli’s right-hand man. Helena admits that she has been killing mob guys because her father had her fiancé killed. The fiancé was killed because he was gathering evidence against Bertinelli. Helena says the person gathering the evidence wasn’t the fiancé, it was her all along. “My father is a monster,” she says.

The lead mobster, who says he killed the fiancé, pulls out a gun and is about to shoot Helena when Oliver busts free of his plastic handcuffs. Helena does too. Maybe plastic cuffs were a bad idea. The two of them each begin taking out mob henchmen, breaking necks left and right, until the lead mobster is the only one left and Helena has him by the throat. She breaks his neck too. “I didn’t have a choice,” she says to Oliver. “No one can know my secret.”

The police are worried as they investigate the crime scene where all the mobsters got killed. They think this will lead to Bertinelli and the Chinese Triad going to war.

Tommy goes to visit Laurel. He confesses that his father has cut him off. She is very sympathetic to his plight.

Oliver goes to visit Helena. She says she knows he is the “hooded vigilante.” She saw the Arrow fight and then saw Oliver fight. She can tell they are one and the same. He now has someone to share his secret with. But he’s resisting and insists that he and Helena are different. She disagrees and makes a pretty convincing argument about how they are each trying to right the wrongs of their fathers. It feels good to have someone to share secrets with and the two of them fall into each other’s arms. A passionate kiss… and the episode is over.

This episode was a real departure from the way the show has gone up until now. There were no flashbacks to the island. It also feels like part 1 of a 2-part episode. Helena’s story certainly needs to be resolved and I suspect she is going to be hurt or killed soon because Arrow doesn’t need another sidekick. Plus, I am sure we are about to get a taste of full-on mob warfare between Bertinelli and the Triad. I guess we will all get to see next week at this time!

Until then, leave your thoughts in the comment section and we can chat about it. I’ll see you there!

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Carly Rae Jepsen is Cosmopolitan’s January 2013 Cover Girl (Photo Gallery)

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Carly Rae Jepsen in Cosmopolitan

Carly Rae Jepsen is Cosmopolitan’s January 2013 cover girl. Inside the magazine, the singer opened up about her career, her style and her love for Justin Bieber.

Jepsen spoke about her career goals by saying, “For me, the goal of music has never been ‘I need to be the biggest superstar in the world.’ It was ‘I want to spend my life doing this, and I want to make a career that I can live off of so I don’t have to tend bar and waitress to make this fly. I don’t want to be Cinderella for a night. I want to be Cinderella for life.”

Part of that life includes her style. “I love being classy and as elegant as possible in my apartment. But when I’m onstage, I can’t dance in 4-inch heels, so I’ll generally sport flats. I’m 5-foot-2, so yeah, I’m going to look a little bit more playful. But I don’t think that means I’m trying for an age younger than I am.”

As for Justin Bieber, whose being a fan certainly hasn’t hindered Jepsen’s career, she says, “I’m forever indebted to him for the lovely boost that he’s given me.” She then continued, “I never get tired of being asked about him.”

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The Package: Zack Kassian

Today, we check in with Vancouver Canucks dose of sandpaper-on-the-wing Zack Kassian, who has done his part with the Chicago Wolves by racking up penalty minutes while still finding the back of the net.

We at will be keeping an eye on the next generation of NHL stars on Canada's seven clubs, whether they're working on the "farm" in the AHL or honing their game overseas, waiting for the end of the lockout.
We'll periodically check in with these players throughout the 2012-13 season, no matter what league they'll be lacing up their skates in. Today, we check in with Vancouver Canucks' does of sandpaper-on-the-wing Zack Kassian, who has done his part in racking up penalty minutes in the AHL while still finding the back of the net.

Zack Kassian
Age/ Birthplace: 21, Windsor, Ont.
Position: RW
NHL club/draft position: Vancouver Canucks, drafted 13th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2009
NHL GP: 44 (17 with the Canucks)
Junior team: Peterborough Petes/Windsor Spitfires
Current team: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Stats on current team: 16GP, 5G, 6A, 40 PIM

As we stated last time we spoke of Kassian, we talked about how the Canucks traded away a "natural goal-scorer in Cody Hodgson in exchange for Kassian and the skill set they believe the big forward possesses: size (6'3", 214 lbs.), physical presence and an offensive upside."

Kassian seems to be fitting the bill so far with the Wolves, after just 16 games with the club he has 40 minutes in penalties, with moderate offensive production. One case in point of his role going forward with the parent club Canucks is his performance in Abbotsford, B.C. last month, torching the Heat with what one commenter called a "Kassian hat trick;" that is a goal, fight and shootout tally:

Highlight: Slow-motion score

Bonus highlight: Chucking knuckles in Abbotsford

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Naomi Campbell on Making it as a Black Model: ‘It was an Uphill Struggle’

Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Naomi Campbell’s boobs cover the latest issues of both Interview Russia and Interview Germany. We’ve already shown you the Mert & Marcus-lensed editorial, and now we have an excerpt from the story, for which Moss interviews Campbell about her early modeling days.

We learn that a seven-year-old Campbell once cried upon meeting Bob Marley because she thought his dreads were snakes and that fighting for equality in the modeling biz was, not surprisingly, a bit of an uphill battle.

Read on for the full excerpt.

KATE: I read that you made your first public appearance in a Bob Marley video.

NAOMI: Yeah. I was 7, I think. He was such a handsome man. I remember I started crying when I saw his dreadlocks because I thought they were worms. But he was really, really gentle.

KATE (on ethnic prejudice in the modeling world): When I first got to New York, I was like: “What are they talking about?”. I couldn’t tell, you know. It was really weird and also I think growing up in South London, it’s so mixed race.

NAOMI: Exactly, we just know our area and how we were raised, so it was a big eye opener to me.

KATE: Did it feel like a battle you were fighting? And are you still fighting for equality in fashion?

NAOMI: It felt… I can’t say that the word battle is the right word but it definitely felt like it was an uphill struggle for something. I felt like I had to do what I had to do for my race and to keep awareness out there.

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‘The Hobbit’ Premieres in New Zealand

It was a party in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington Wednesday with thousands of fans lining the Red Carpet at the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

They came in droves to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars and many came in costume. Barbara, Brenna and Kathy Ring, three sisters from San Diego proudly showed off their handmade Hobbit garments and their large hairy feet. “Our feet have a lot of patches, we’ve been using them for awhile,” said Kathy Ring.  Being a hobbit is about being “a small person, in a big world and just making the best you can out of it,” she said. Pablo Bouyssounade, a fully decked-out hobbit with very authentic looking feet, was an extra in the movie. “It was one of the best experiences I have ever had,” he said.  He said he is looking forward to seeing the movie as “so far I’ve only seen two scenes, the ones I was in.”

Kiwi singer Neil Finn and his band welcomed the crowd with a set of Split Enz and Crowded House favorites and the haunting “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” which he wrote and performed for “The Hobbit” soundtrack.

Stars from the movie like Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, and Cate Blanchett, who plays Galadriel, were highly sought after for autographs while Andy Serkis drew a wild cheer from the crowd when he spoke in his whispery Gollum voice.

Some brought ladders to see better, while others stood on the nearby rooftops and balconies and smaller fans clambered onto their parents’ shoulders. At least one person, sporting elfin ears, was up a tree.

Several groups camped out overnight to secure their spot.   Cinnamon Tararo, who came  event with her son and husband and waited for more than eight hours in the sun said  “it’s absolutely awesome. It’s been a long day, but is it ever worth it.”

Samuel, age 14, sat on a folding chair playing solitaire under the shadow of several trolls. “I’ve been here since early this morning, but I don’t want to see actors, I want to see Peter Jackson,” he said with a grin. Mr. Jackson had many fans in the crowd with some waving signs that said “Peter Jackson for Prime Minister.”

Mr. Jackson gave a brief interview as he made his way down the 500-metre red carpet, a journey that took him more than two hours.

“New Zealand is a very small country, it is a very young country and we like to celebrate when we punch above our weight. We sometimes do quite well at sports and now we are doing okay at movie making too,” he said.

Mr. Jackson said Wednesday marked the second time he has seen the entire movie and the first time with an audience. “I am just very proud of the whole movie at the moment. I haven’t really picked a favorite scene yet,” he said.

Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, also stopped for a brief chat about being the Hobbit himself. “I love his vulnerability but I also love his strength of character. I love the fact that he feels the fear and does it anyway. I love the fact that he likes corduroy and food,” he said.

As the last of the stars made their way up the red carpet and the official speeches drew to a close hot, tired and happy fans began to wind their way homeward, clutching their grey wizard hats and souvenir Hobbit flags.

“It was the greatest day,” said Hayley Ison, who had also waited all day to catch a glimpse of the stars. “I can hardly wait to see the movie.”

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown – who saw the movie tonight – said the film was “amazing” and the 3D technology “made the cliff paths and the falls in the mountain terrifying.”

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Alexandre Dumas

From Harvard Magazine:

DumasHe was the son of a black slave and a renegade French aristocrat, born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) when the island was the center of the world sugar trade. The boy’s uncle was a rich, hard-working planter who dealt sugar and slaves out of a little cove on the north coast called Monte Cristo—but his father, Antoine, neither rich nor hard-working, was the eldest son. In 1775, Antoine sailed to France to claim the family inheritance, pawning his black son into slavery to buy passage. Only after securing his title and inheritance did he send for the boy, who arrived on French soil late in 1776, listed in the ship’s records as “slave Alexandre.” At 16, he moved with his father, now a marquis, to Paris, where he was educated in classical philosophy, equestrianism, and swordsmanship. But at 24, he decided to set off on his own: joining the dragoons at the lowest rank, he was stationed in a remote garrison town where he specialized in fighting duels. The year was 1786. When the French Revolution erupted three years later, the cause of liberty, equality, and fraternity gave him his chance. As a German-Austrian army marched on Paris in 1792 to reimpose the monarchy, he made a name for himself by capturing a large enemy patrol without firing a shot. He got his first officer’s commission at the head of a band of fellow black swordsmen, revolutionaries called the Legion of Americans, or simply la Légion Noire. In the meantime, he had met his true love, an innkeeper’s daughter, while riding in to rescue her town from brigands.

If all this sounds a bit like the plot of a nineteenth-century novel, that’s because the life of Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie—who took his slave mother’s surname when he enlisted, becoming simply “Alexandre (Alex) Dumas”—inspired some of the most popular novels ever written. His son, the Dumas we all know, echoed the dizzying rise and tragic downfall of his own father in The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Known for acts of reckless daring in and out of battle, Alex Dumas was every bit as gallant and extraordinary as D’Artagnan and his comrades rolled into one. But it was his betrayal and imprisonment in a dungeon on the coast of Naples, poisoned to the point of death by faceless enemies, that inspired his son’s most powerful story.

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Irina, Laetitia & Izabel Glam Up Vogue & Mario Testino's December Issue Party

Posted Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:01 PM GMT

Looking ever-fashionable for the magazine, Irina Shayk, Izabel Goulart, and Laetitia Casta attended the Vogue & Mario Testino party at Fernan Nunez Palacein Madrid, Spain on Tuesday (November 27).

Slim and sexy, Irina Shayk wore a black blazer sans shirt, black skinny pants, and very high heels with her hair slicked back while Izabel Goulart posed playfully in a knee-length black semi-sheer dress with pointy black heels. Also celebrating the launch was Laetitia Casta, who went for the vixen look in a sleeveless black and red-ruffled gown and deep red lipstick.

In the upcoming December Vogue España issue, photographer Mario Testino captures some nearly nude shots of some of the biggest models in the biz.

Kate Moss graces the cover and shares the spotlight inside with both Irina and Izabel, as well as Isabeli Fontana, Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, Toni Garrn, Constance Jablonski, Edita Vilkeviciute and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Enjoy the pictures of Irina Shayk, Izabel Goulart, and Laetitia Casta atthe Vogue & Mario Testino party at Fernan Nunez Palacein Madrid, Spain (November 27).

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Tits and Tires: The Pirelli Calendar from 1964 to Today

The famed Pirelli calendar, a tradition dating back to 1964, was unveiled today in Brazil–the setting for this year’s calendar shot by photojournalist Steve McCurry.

For a calendar that’s become famous for its steamy nudes and titillating full-frontals, McCurry’s work is definitely a departure. In an effort to make this year’s “a ‘calendar of the soul,’” McCurry kept all the women clothed–which leaves viewers to focus on more important things, like the NGOs and humanitarian projects each model is supporting.

But while 2013 definitely has a different vibe than recent scantily-clad years, it’s not as much a departure from the Pirelli legacy as you might think. Begun in 1964, the calendar started out rather chaste, evolving over the years to include more and more skin exposure–with some weird exceptions along the way. Like, for instance, 1988′s calendar, shot by Barry Lategan, which saw one model dressed in a tire print body suit in a scene that looks straight out of a Dali painting.

Click through for highlights from the calendar from every year since 1964 until now. They’re full of beautiful women and exotic locales–and sometimes a tire tread or two.

Oh, and lots and lots of T&A. (Seriously. LOTS. We warned you.)

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Kourtney Kardashian Dishes on the Perfect Men's Holiday Gift

Posted Tuesday November 27, 2012 9:18 PM GMT

Stepping out for some quality family time, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick took their son Mason to a local park in Miami, FL on Tuesday (November 27).

The E! reality TV beauty looked comfy and casual in a loose-fitting gray top and black pants while she joined her two-year-old little man on the nearby play equipment.

Eager to have some fun with the main men in her life, the eldest Kardashian sister took to her Twitter page, writing, "Hitting up the park with my two guys."

In other news, although Kourtney and her fellow sisters, Khloe and Kim, know all about women's fashions, it looks like their brother Rob is taking over on the must-have item for men.

Earlier in the day, the busy mom-of-two took to her Celebuzz blog page to dish on perfect holiday gifts for the guys in your life, writing, "My brother Rob‘s sock line Arthur George hit stores last month and we’re all so proud! The designs are so fun!"

"If you’re looking for a stylish and affordable gift for your brother, dad, boyfriend or even your guy friends, look no further. They are the perfect stocking stuffers and let’s be honest… guys can never have too many socks," Kourt added.

Enjoy the pictures of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick taking their son Mason to the park in Miami, FL (November 27).

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Jennifer Lopez Covers ELLE Canada January 2013

Posted Tuesday November 27, 2012 3:55 PM GMT

Taking a break from her Dance Again World Tour, Jennifer Lopez soaked up the spotlight by covering the January 2013 issue of ELLE Canada magazine.

Looking ready as ever to tackle the new year, the 43-year-old singer looked stunning for the Matthias Vriens-McGarth shot front page while opening up about everything from her beautiful children to her upcoming project.

A few highlights from Miss Lopez's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to ELLE Canada!

On the advice she gives her children:
"I hope I'm teaching them about life by example. Like that with hard work you can accomplish anything; you have to be charitable; that you have to treat people the way you want them to treat you. You can tell kids things until you're blue in the face, like, 'Don't drink!' But if you drink all day, they're going to probably wind up drinking. They will pick up on that. I just try to be a good mom and set a good example."

On her TV-project about a lesbian couple called "The Fosters:"
"It's about a couple who foster children. People are making a big deal about it because of the content. But it's just a pilot right now. We don't know where it's going to go."

On showing personal pictures of her kids during her shows:
"When you're doing your own show, you can craft things exactly the way you want them. Nobody gets to interpret it for you. It was really nice to be able to do that.I think, as an artist, I wanted to really how all the different parts and sides of who I am: who people see me as, who I really am, then me as a mom and then where I am in my life today. I feel like that journey is super-important. There's no way I could leave them out, you know?"

On who she thinks the most powerful woman in the world is:
"I would have to say the women who raised me: my mother and my grandmother. They were very powerful, very strong Puerto Rican women. And they taught me everything I know about working hard, being proper and being a lady."

Photo Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGarth for ELLE Canada

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Angus T. Jones -- Silent Standoff On 'Two and a Half Men'

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Angus T. Jones is in showbiz limbo, because he hasn't quit "Two and a Half Men" and show execs haven't fired him after he trashed the show ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with "Men" tell TMZ ... all of the execs on the show and at Warner Bros. have seen Angus' video, in which he calls the sitcom "filth" and asks the audience to boycott. 

We've learned Angus -- who rakes in $350,000 an episode -- has not contacted any of the show honchos to express his intentions, nor have any of his reps done the same. Although Angus says in the video he doesn't want to be on the show anymore, that message has not been conveyed to show execs.

On the other side, we've learned Chuck Lorre, the brains behind the show, has not played his hand ... even to Warner Bros. executives. 

Today could be telling, because there's a scheduled rehearsal this AM. It's unclear if Angus is supposed to be there, but if he's a no-show his absence could be the first step toward the door.

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Nicki Minaj to Steven Tyler: You're Racist

Posted Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:30 AM GMT

A battle of words has heated up between Nicki Minaj and former "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler.

In an interview with MTV News, the Aerosmith front man criticized the lack of camaraderie among the new "Idol" judges, saying that the relationship between Minaj and Mariah Carey will take the spotlight off of potential talent.

“They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they’re in New York City, they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying,” Tyler told MTV.

Angered by his comments, the Pink Friday songstress fired back on Twitter. “Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield???” wrote the rapper. “Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!"

She went on to tweet, “I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist comment.” and “You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*ck yourself and worry about yourself babe."

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Killer Style: How to Dress Like A Hitchcock Heroine

Hitchcock, the Oscar-vehicle starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitch and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, hit select theaters this past weekend. There hasn’t been much fashion buzz about the film aside from Scarlett Johansson’s Psycho-themed V cover, which focused more on her scream than her clothes (as well it should have), but we’ve always had a soft-spot for the fashion in Hitchcock’s films.

Famed costume designer Edith Head was responsible for outfitting many of Hitchcock’s heroines–she made them look glamorous and sexy but they were still able to hold their own (and even dangle from Mount Rushmore a la Eva Saint Marie in North by Northwest) despite those tight fitting pencil skirts. If you’re Mad Men-ed out but still yearning for some ’60s fashion inspiration, may we suggest the ladies of Hitchcock’s films? Take a look at Janet Leigh, Tippy Hedron, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and more in some of their most memorable looks from their most memorable Hitchcock roles–and get their looks today.

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Kwong: Grand Prix figure skating season a head-scratcher

I have to be honest, the Grand Prix season left me scratching my head on more than a couple of occasions. My biggest issue is the fact that the fields are so small now that if there is a withdrawal during the event, it can compromise the quality of the competition for the viewers.

The Grand Prix season is over.  

The skaters who ranked in the top six over the course of the six-event campaign are on their way to Sochi for the Grand Prix Final in early December.

I have to be honest, the series left me scratching my head on more than a couple of occasions. 

My biggest issue is the fact that the fields are so small now that if there is a withdrawal during the event, it can compromise the quality of the competition for the viewers. 

The most glaring example that comes to mind is the field at the Cup of China where there were only nine men to hit the ice initially instead of 10. Two more then withdrew before skating their free programs, leaving seven men in total and not much of a competition.

My other issue is how the substitutes are chosen. It would have been a no-brainer for me to have Skate Canada champion Kaetlyn Osmond be the first person to be offered a place if one became available in the ensuing four events after her victory. There were spots that came up because athletes withdrew and yet none came Osmond's way. It is the hosting federation of each of the six events which gets to extend the invitation to the athlete for their competition. 

Re-examining the process

I believe that this process needs to be re-examined in favour of the athletes, the competition and not just the federations. However, since it is the hosting federations that vote on the rules, I am not sure it will happen. The federations after all foot the bill for the event, while the ISU's obligations are only for the Grand Prix Final and the prize money, making this beyond their control.

Let's start with the ladies. I am not worried that Japan's Mao Asada took the title over teammate Akiko Suzuki.  What was surprising was that she did it while 'popping' four of her jump elements. There was a lot of chat on Twitter commenting that it didn't seem fair given the superb performance turned in by Suzuki on her way to winning the free program. 

In checking things out for myself, what I discovered was that what Asada did, she did very well and was appropriately rewarded. The same could be said for Suzuki. The issue came down to the math and the fact that for the second time in a row, Suzuki placed fifth in the short program and was unable to close the gap in the free.

The final and very small .05 margin separating the gold and silver medallists should serve as a cautionary tale for these two at the Grand Prix Final.

Yuzuru Hanyu is turning out to be the man to beat this season. He set another mark in the short program, besting his own world record from Skate Canada by .25. Hanyu also won the free program to give him the title ahead of Daisuke Takahashi. 

Earning Grand Prix Final spots

Both men have now earned spots for the Grand Prix Final, giving Japan an unprecedented four out of six entries in the men's event.

American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White were going to walk away with the NHK title unchallenged in my opinion, which is exactly what happened. Paying closer attention to their free dance, I am still unmoved. Set to the music and story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmerelda and his unrequited love, I am still waiting for the passion and the suffering to become apparent. 

For me it's just not there.  

Davis and White have hit so many home runs in the past with their free dances that I guess I just want more. Regardless, I am really looking forward to their head-to-head match-up in a couple of weeks against Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in Sochi.

The Russian pair of Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov came to Sendai in order to clinch the title and their spot for the Grand Prix Final. Mission accomplished. 

Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch had a much stronger showing in Sendai in winning the silver medal and qualifying as the last entry for the Grand Prix Final.

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Monday, 26 November 2012

‘The Voice’: The Top Eight Perform Live

Tonight let’s focus on Nicholas David.

He seems the least likely contender to prevail in a program like this. He’s older than most of his rivals, and far geekier. With Nicholas, you don’t get short skirts or a jerking head, or jumping.

Not only does he have two kids, but we learned tonight he has another on the way.

I thought I was something of an outlier in hearting Nicholas earlier in this contest. But now, at least based on last week’s voting, it seems he’s among those in the lead. That suggests either that the demographics of this show’s audience skew older than I realized. Or, viewers of whatever age see past the clothes and the sets and truly appreciate the voice.

This evening, Nicholas sang what Adam called an “incredibly soulful song.” It was “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye. I’m no fan of the Big Chill soundtrack. But I do tip my hat to Nicholas for a distinctive performance.

Otherwise, Trevin Hunte was a highlight. Cee Lo picked Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All, and what a pick it was. “Learning to love yourself, it is the great, est, love … of all.” Beautifully rendered.

Cassadee Pope, she’s growing on me. She has a real voice. But I don’t think it’s THE voice.

Otherwise, I can’t pluck out too much particularly noteworthy. (I confess to having missed Melanie Martinez.)

Dez Duron didn’t seem to blow away the judges besides his, Christina, whose praise was over the top. But that’s understandable as he’s her last shot.

I personally think the time has come for Dez and Cody Belew to go.


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Like Mother Like Daughter: Anna Nicole Smith’s 6-Year-Old Daughter Is a Guess Girl

We’ve seen lots of girls following in their model moms’ famous stiletto-clad footsteps lately. Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber modeled for young Versace (and JCPenney) and Kristen McMenamy’s daughter Lily made her modeling debut for YSL and Chanel. But here’s one we never saw coming: Anna Nicole Smith’s six-year-old daughter Dannielynn is…wait for it…officially a Guess model.

You may recall that a few months after Dannielynn’s birth, Smith died of an overdose, and then there was that ugly paternity battle between her two former paramours, Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern. DNA proved Birkhead to be the father (and if you look at pictures it’s kind of obvious–she looks just like him). Anyway, with the exception of a few tabloid articles about the adorable little girl, there hasn’t been much written about her. That all changes today with her just-announced modeling debut for Guess.

Guess put Anna Nicole Smith on the map after the curvy model replaced Claudia Schiffer as the Guess girl du jour back in 1993, and now it’s Dannielynn’s turn. She’ll be plastered all over buses and magazines in the spring 2013 Guess Kids campaign. “Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on a set,” said Paul Marciano, Creative Director for GUESS?, Inc. said in a release. “She is a second-generation GUESS girl, which makes this campaign a first for us.”

Dannielynn looks eerily like that other famous and controversial child model, Thylane Blondeau, with her light eyes and flowy hair. Thankfully though, there is nothing overtly sexual or inappropriate in the shoot at all. We think she looks gorgeous and exactly how a six-year-old should look.

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Published on Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 4:47 PM

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Google’s scary powerful Spanner database gets us one step closer to Skynet

Google’s Spanner is a single database that runs across hundreds of data centers throughout the world. It’s so smart that it rapidly shifts resources during outages without human intervention and keeps everything perfectly in sync using GPS and atomic clocks.

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While Spanner was introduced a few months back, a detailed profile from Wired today explores more about how Spanner works and why it’s revolutionary. Google has spent four and half years on Spanner, and it’s hard to imagine where the project will be in a few more years.

Here are four big points that show what makes Spanner so cool:

1. Spanner replicates Google’s data across multiple data centers, and Google services can pull from these replicas as needed.

2. Because Spanner can replicate data so easily, it makes Google infrastructure more resistant to “network delays, data-center outages, and other software and hardware snafus.”

3. To get the best timing accuracy possible, Google installed GPS antennas on top of its many data centers and connected them to the millions of machines inside those centers. In case the GPS fails at keeping accurate time (during an extreme weather event, for example), there are atomic clocks there too to keep time perfect.

4. Google’s advertising network (which generates the vast majority of the company’s cash) benefits greatly from Spanner. These auctions need to have incredibly precise time, especially with some auctions decided by milliseconds.

Spanner isn’t quite Skynet — the self-aware artificial intelligence system in the Terminator movies — but it does show how far we’ve come at building connected systems and databases.

“When there are outages, things just sort of flip — client machines access other servers in the system,” Google software engineer Andrew Fikes told Wired. “It’s a much easier service story. … The system responds — and not a human.”

While Google Spanner is impressive, TransLattice claimed a few months back that its globally available, geographically distributed multinode database has been available for two years. However, TransLatice’s system appears to be much smaller in scope.

And then we have Facebook building its Prism software platform that will reimagine how “big data” scales. That’s also a little scary with Facebook knowing so much about its more than 1 billion users.

Thinking about all these powerful global databases, I’ll have to consider moving into an underground bunker. I’ll climb out of the bunker briefly for CloudBeat this week in San Francisco if you want to talk more about what’s happening on the ground with cloud services and big data.

Terminator photo: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines/Warner Brothers

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TMZ Live: Angus Jones -- I Choose God Over 'Men'

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Angus Jones
Choosing God Over 'Men'

Angus Jones is bashing "Two and a Half Men" -- despite his $350,000 per episode paycheck -- in a testimonial for his church. After Charlie Sheen's meltdown ... is Angus going to be the next star leaving the hit sitcom?

Plus, what's Halle Berry's next move in court after her fiance Olivier Martinez and Gabriel Aubry's vicious hand-to-hand brawl?


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