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The plan with them was always that their version of whatever kind of romantic attraction they had for each other was going to be a really slowly developing thing that was punctuated by different moments. The only danger is if suddenly this nice ensemble cast show about people who work in this police precinct, if it ever feels like it’s becoming about that thing, then I think we’re screwing up. By the end of the year, there will be other development, but it’s not the focus of the show.
You have an impoverished school with high needs kids, a lot of ESL, and a lot of them needing help in any number of ways in rudimentary skills. Should you invest in just those basic skills, like math and English, and put all your energy and resources there? These teachers are saying, “Nope, not at all.” You give kids goals and challenges, you give them dreams, and they’re going to learn those ABCs and rudimentary skills in pursuit of those dreams. If you give a kid a worksheet and say, “Learn multiplication,” they’re bored, and they won’t do it. But if you give kids a robot and say, “Assemble that, and it could drive across the floor,” they’ll learn everything they need to know. That was a powerful concept.
Ending the interview season with a splash...

…of dog urine. On my way from the parking lot to the hospital, stepped into a giant puddle of it. Argh!!

The bottom of my pants are wet and I’m currently in the bathroom doing what I can with paper towels. It seems better now but I love this suit set. I hope that getting to the dry cleaner this late afternoon/evening won’t be too late!

This has once again been md-a, letting everyone know that med students and doctors are only human and sometimes we have super crap luck.

Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno slams ‘square’ Brit Awards and ‘pop’ nominees Clean Bandit and Ed Sheeran

30/01/15

The guitarist says that his band’s snub by the Brits judges is “bull****, an outrage” and believes the competition has slipped into its safe and cosy pre-Britpop ethos

They are already miffed about not being nominated at this year’s Brit Awards – now Kasabian have had a pop at Clean Bandit and Ed Sheeran, who got nods instead.Guitarist Serge Pizzorno insists he would not want to be nominated alongside the groups – but at the same time rants that being snubbed is “bulls**t”.He tells 3am: “We’ve had one of the most incredible years, so to overlook that is bulls**t. It’s an outrage.”We represent a lot of music lovers who go to gigs and buy albums. Clean Bandit don’t even write their own tunes. I don’t know what kind of message that sends out.“If that is what the Best British Group is, you can’t put us in the same category. That’s a pop category.
"The Brits need to figure out what they mean by Best British Group. There is something amiss upstairs but f*** them.”(FYI, Serge, Clean Bandit do pen their own songs and often team up with other writers.)Yesterday, we revealed that Jessie J was “gutted” not to receive a nomination. But even though pop acts were left off the list, Serge reckons the ceremony is less rock ’n’ roll.Speaking at Spotify’s HQ in London, he adds: “The Brits are so square – they are trying to shut our kind of thing out."Before 1995 there was Phil Collins and all these squares and everyone realised, ‘God, this is boring’. Then it returned with Oasis and Jarvis Cocker – they were the best nights – so hopefully this will be the last one. It’s about the people who run the competition.”
In fairness, it is the same voting academy as when Kasabian were nominated nine times over the past 10 years.Next month the band – Serge, frontman Tom Meighan, bassist Chris Edwards, and drummer Ian Matthews – will open the Baftas.And Serge reckons he would prefer to do that than perform with the likes of Ed Sheeran, 23, who is up for Best Male and Best Album at the Brits.He says: “Playing the Baftas means way more than, say, playing with Ed Sheeran. I ain’t really a**** about that.”

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Antonia Thomas talks about her character in the scifi thriller Scintilla

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#TokioHotel Facebook [30.01.2015] - "A quick recap by Billboard of our NYE performance at the Brandenburg Gate."

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Fresh off the release of their fifth full-length Kings of Suburbia, German band Tokio Hotel performed two songs from the album in front of a massive crowd at Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate on New Year’s Eve. Today Billboard is exclusively premiering footage from the show, which includes the band playing their latest single, “Love Who Loves You Back,” and their first live performance of “Feel It All.”


The twin brothers in Tokio Hotel — Bill and Tom Kaulitz — moved from Germany to Los Angeles before making Kings of Suburbia. Bill calls this period “the first real life we’ve ever had. We had come out of school at 15, started the band, and from that moment on, there was no private life, only Tokio Hotel.” In L.A., the German superstars were relatively unknown. Tom says, “We wanted to do regular stuff, things we couldn’t do before. I was riding my bike, bought groceries, and went to the DMV. It was great.

"The band wasn’t necessarily looking to play a show in Berlin on New Year’s Eve. "Usually we reserve that night to party," Bill jokes, "But it was hard to say no when you get to perform in front of more than half a million people!

"We had a blast," he continues. "All of our friends and family were there. We got super drunk after the performance and went out all night. We left the last club at 6:30 in the morning. It was definitely a night to remember!" 

I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.
—  Björk
[Women] are the people I want to talk about, they’re the people I want to protect, they’re the people I want to put in my movies and see fail or win. As a writer, as a human being, and as a young man, it’s easier for me to express my anger, to ask questions, to seek answers, to talk, to cry as a woman in a movie. I connect with those figures more than I connect with men. Men are born privileged in the scale of things - I’m generalizing, but it’s true. Women have to define themselves in the eyes of men. They have to fight for their rights, especially in a society that will pretend that there is no fight or no battle, that it’s a cliche, that feminists are reactionary, all these things. As a young man who struggled to find his identity and to find his place, I relate to that quest for belonging in society. With mothers, especially, with their flaws, the way they have made huge sacrifices in order to be good moms or just moms. They probably sacrificed a part of their career, they sacrificed some desires, some dreams. I cannot relate, but I love to talk about it.
—  Xavier Dolan for Interview Magazine