entertainment editor

i have too much free time, uhh

tinteresting stuff to read~

  • gods, spirits, demons
  • common misconceptions
  • things you’ve never thought about
  • crack pop culture theories
  • thought catalogue
  • learn fictional languages
  • CATS????????????????????
  • DOGS????????????????????
  • myths & urban legends
  • mysterious disappearences
  • free books
  • loads of college resources

paranormal blogs~

  • idream-ofghosts
  • spiritworldblogextra
  • iseeaghost
  • fuckyeahparanormalphenomena
  • fuckyeahnightmares
  • creepylittleworld
  • creepypastafactory
  • veryoddthings
  • theoverworld
  • lincolncountyparanormal
  • supernaturalhappenings
  • southeastparanormalresearch
  • letsgetparanormal
  • strangeaccounts
  • paranormalplanets
  • pumpkinspiceandeverythingspooky
  • cryptidchronicles
  • myparanormal
  • spookymrsboo
  • extreme-paranormal
  • paranormalnight
  • paranormalbeat
  • veryoddnews

generators/makers~

  • make your own video game sounds
  • text bubble generator
  • make your own planet
  • acapella band maker thing
  • paint your own friggin nebula

lifehacks~

  • healing herbs
  • moar herby goodness
  • DATE IDEAS (perf)
  • nature survival
  • learn new languages ok
  • more languages stuff
  • covering up tattoos using makeup
  • IT DOES YOUR MATHS HOMEWORK
  • keeping your shit together when you’re depressed

gender/sexuality/personality/etc. stuff~

  • gender-neutral Facebook
  • chest binder tutorial
  • personality test
  • the asexual spectrum
  • deepening your voice for pre-T trans dudes
  • ya friendly books about/written by trans* ppl
  • atheism vs theism vs agnosticism vs gnosticism

text effects~

  • Full  width.
  • Za̢͞ĺ̷go͢͏ ҉̴͝t̡̛͘ȩx̢t҉̵͞
  • uʍop əpısdn
  • unicode text
  • drawn letter recognition
  • WORDS MADE FROM CATS

writing~

  • ultimate fictional world/people designer thing

emoticons~

  • emoticons
  • and some more
  • more!!!
  • and cat ones omf

???????????~

  • this page is strange
  • another weird page ok
  • ANONYMOUS search engine; no hacking/saving/etc.
  • crouton.net
  • it plays animal crossing music according to the time!??!
  • the bEST ONLINE STORE EVER
  • loads of cosplay help stuff!!!
  • list of paraphilias
  • different tattoo styles

making gifs~

  • gifs for begginers
  • gif making
  • easy gif tutorial for Mac
  • blur effect
  • tweening frames
  • transition tutorial
  • How to add transitions to gifs
  • Reducing the amount of color on your gif
  • How to make a 500px x 500px gif
  • Two gifs on one canvas
  • Multiple animations with continuous effect in one image

tutorials~

  • make a cool eyeball shirt
  • moss graffiti
  • origami diamond things
  • cool ways to tie your shoelaces
  • wig care um??
  • turn mountain dew into a glowstick
  • glitch effect

reaction gifs~

  • ok
  • fuckyeahreactions
  • reddit is the best
  • reactiongifsarchive
  • manatopia

online photo editors~ 

  • fotoflexer
  • picmonkey
  • befunky
  • pixlr
  • kawaii
  • lunapic
  • phixr

backgrounds~

  • hughswagman
  • ritzies
  • rapbattles
  • toukos
  • snaappy
  • merps
  • rnioda
  • a download
  • pink bgs

themes (ones I like, anyway)~

  • tyronepines
  • modernise
  • vervainnecklacethemes
  • forenkladthemes
  • theme-hunter
  • arcanjas
  • atonals
  • zeldathemes
  • themesbyjames

tumblr stuff~

  • note eraser
  • recover your old themes
  • browser extension
  • tags within tags
  • ‘yamblr’ logo
  • get the old Tumblr post layout
  • multiple lined tags
  • dashboard themes
  • post limit info
  • download audio posts from Tumblr

textures~

  • ofabeautifulnight
  • accio-glow
  • sesatdijalan

tumblr theme help~

  • fandom scarves
  • white follow button
  • basic codes
  • ponies wow
  • moving title bar
  • scrollbar with image
  • adding a favicon
  • creating a custom theme
  • general stuffs
  • music player 1
  • music player 2
  • music player 4 haha betcha didn’t see that comin
  • moving the ‘follow’ and ‘dash’ buttons
  • create a coundown clock
  • fabulous sparkling cursor
  • welcome message
  • online users counter
  • falling snow
  • cus bby ur a firewok
  • mouseover effects
  • search box
  • moving words on tab
  • scroll to the top buttons

cursors~

  • catgasmic
  • totallylayouts
  • the-cursors-vault
  • snazzyspace

pixels~

  • alltimepixel
  • pixelatedpug
  • iheartpix3ls
  • pixelian
  • 16bitty
  • pixelstuck
  • ilovepixels
  • pixelshiba

pixel tutorials~

  • supajackle
  • pixeljoint
  • finalbossblues
  • drububu
  • alexhw
  • natomic
  • pixel patterns
  • try using this

inspiration stuff~

  • daily themes/challenges
  • object head generator
  • ideas
  • more ideas
  • video game name generator

colour palettes/schemes~

  • colour scheme designer
  • make colour palette from a picture
  • makin ur colour scheme more interesting
  • creating a colour palette using MS paint

art/crafts tutorials~

  • geekcrafts
  • how to draw chibis
  • loads of art tutorials
  • 8-bit heart popup card

drawing refs~

  • nude bodz
  • clothing
  • ice
  • heads from different angles
  • anatomy and rotation of the head
  • human anatomy for artists
  • speed drawing studies
  • hands
  • arm and wing movement
  • beer bellies
  • body types
  • noses
  • box and egg/run of the stroke
  • a trick for arm proportions
  • body diversity
  • anatomy of the waist
  • feet
  • hands and forearms
  • knees
  • fur
  • noses
  • faces
  • an entire friggin blog for refs

brushes~

  • fractured-sanity
  • brushlovers
  • iconlove
  • designfruit
  • getbrushes
  • at0mica

fonts~

  • abstractfonts
  • dafont
  • fontfreak
  • urbanfonts
  • creamundo
  • azfonts

films/tv shows~

  • p much every film ever
  • these are all fab films I have watched yes
  • ANIMAYONNAISE
  • Studio Ghibli
  • Supernatural
  • Hannibal
  • Disney
  • Disney Pixar
  • Game of Thrones
  • Doctor Who
  • Teen Wolf
  • Adventure Time
  • Hetalia
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Walking Dead
  • Merlin
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Dexter
  • Teen Titans
  • Digimon
  • Halloween movies
  • Horror flims
  • Pokemon
documentaries~
  • The US President’s Secret Book
  • Brainman
  • Archimedes’ Secret
  • Galileo: Genius
  • OBEs, Other Dimensions and Astral Travel
  • Automatic Brain: The Power of the Unconscious
  • Theory of Everything
  • Body-Soul and the Subconscious Mind
  • The Awakening
  • The Genius Sperm Bank
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • Consciousness
  • God’s Existence
  • How Does Memory Work
  • Holographic Universe
  • The Signs of God’s Existence
  • Mind Science Kept Hidden
  • LSD, Magic Mushrooms and CIA Mind Control Experiments
  • Kim Peek: The Real Rainman
  • The Secret Life of Chaos
  • The Unknown Genius of Nikola Tesla
  • Conspiracy of Silence
  • The Dark Ages
  • The Life of the Buddha
  • Dark Fellowships: The Nazi Cult
  • The Da Vinci Code: The True Story
  • Atlantis: Lost World (History Channel)
  • Abraham Lincoln Biography (History Channel)
  • Genocide: Worse Than War
  • Atlantis: The Lost Continent
  • Physics: 100 Greatest Discoveries
  • Inside LSD
  • Mermaids: The Body Found
  • The Truth of Troy (BBC)
  • The Universe: Beyond the Big Bang
  • To Infinity and Beyond
  • Time Trip
  • Pearl Harbor: The Untold Story
  • Biography: Albert Einstein
  • Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”
  • What Are Dreams?
  • The Real Count Dracula
  • Serial Killers: The Real Silence of the Lambs
  • Mein Kampf: The Story of Adolf Hitler
  • Secrets of Egypt: Cleopatra
  • Lord of the Rings: Facts Behind the Fiction
  • Book of Secrets: Freemasons
  • Who’s Afraid of a Big Black Hole?
  • The Real Eve
  • The Secret You
  • The Surprising History of Sex and Love
  • The Missing Secrets of Nikola Tesla
  • The Revelation of the Pyramids
  • Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy
  • The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
  • The Genius of Beethoven
  • The Ghost in Your Genes
  • The Hunt for the Higgs
  • The Secret
  • Van Gogh: Painted With Words (BBC)
  • Albert Einstein: How I See the World (PBS)
  • Around the World in 90 Minutes
  • Da Vinci: The Lost Treasure (BBC)
  • Darwin’s Darkest Hour
  • Do You Want  to Live Forever
  • Einstein’s Biggest Blunder
  • Examined Life
  • Faster Than the Speed of Light
  • Fractals: The Colors of Infinity
  • History of the World in Two Hours
  • How Does the Brain Work?
  • Impressionism: Revenge of the Nice
  • Miracle Cure? A Decade of Human Genome
  • Newton’s Dark Secrets
  • Nice Guys Finish First

screencaps~

  • FILMS: 500 Days of Summer, Alice In Wonderland, Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman, Avatar, A Walk To Remember, Batman, Black Swan, Clueless, Easy A, Grease, Harry Potter, Hercules, High School Musical, Iron Man, Mean Girls, Mulan, Pirates of The Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Tangled, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, The Lord Of The Rings, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Titanic, Twilight Saga, UP, X-Men.
  • TV SHOWS:American Horror Story, Arrow, Awkward, Bones, Dexter, Doctor Who, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, My Mad Fat Diary, Nashville, New Girl, Once Upon A Time, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, Wizards Of  Waverly Place.

PS helpblogs~

  • yeahphotoshop
  • kyungsumption
  • heartitactions
  • 009095
  • photoshop-addict
  • fyeahphotoshop
  • fuckyeahresources
  • nanresources

for when yo sad~

  • the nicest place on the internet
  • make everything ok
  • happy news
  • calming manatee 
  • calm
  • 1000 awesome things
  • calmsound.com
  • the quiet place
  • is it going to be ok?
  • 90 second relaxation exercise
  • gives me hope
  • rainy mood

cute~

  • cute baby fix
  • watch penguins being adorable
  • cute overload
  • perfect
  • cute animals

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Dame Judi Dench is ‘full of admiration’ for Queen Victoria

Dame Judi Dench has said she is “full of admiration” for Queen Victoria and her “interest” in men in her later years, adding: “She was a goer!”

The actress will next be seen playing the late monarch on the big screen in her latest film Victoria And Abdul, 20 years after she portrayed her in John Madden’s film Mrs Brown.

Dame Judi Dench during filming of the Graham Norton Show (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Directed by Stephen Frears, Victoria and Abdul documents the close friendship that developed between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, a member of the Royal household.

Talking about accepting the role, she told the Graham Norton show: “Diaries and letters have recently come to light.

“Abdul came to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to present her with a coin. But, having seen him she wasn’t so interested in the coin!”

(Left-right) Judi Dench, Jamie Foxx, Graham Norton, Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell during filming of the Graham Norton Show  (Isabel Infantes/PA).

Asked about Queen Victoria’s reported romantic interests in her later years following the death of Prince Albert, Dame Judi said: “She was a goer and I am full of admiration!”

The 82-year-old star said of portraying Queen Victoria again: “You never think you’re going to go back to revisit a character you played so long ago, but because I didn’t know about the story, because it was so beautifully written and directed, and because it was a part I had done all the homework on, it was irresistible, I couldn’t have said no.”

American rock band Haim performing during filming of the Graham Norton Show (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Hollywood actors Jamie Foxx, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig are also guests on the BBC One talk show tonight.

American rock band Haim perform their new single Want You Back ahead of taking to the stage at Glastonbury music festival on Sunday.

:: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One at 22:35pm

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🎬💉Check out the #Monday especial, and then tag an 🔪Ex of yours! 🎬Starring the folks over @dirtbag_ent directed and chopped @ky_gelly #getweird thanks to @perfumegenius for the amazing #music have a great week, y'all! 🤾🏽‍♂️👊🏽 #startyourweekWEIRD #mayweatherchallenge#daily#original#content#allday#director#filmmaker#film#video#editor#creative#creator#la#losangeles#lb#longbeach#hollywood#entertainment#elprimobrand (at Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco)

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Taylor Swift's Incredible Decade: Marking the 10th Anniversary of Her Billboard Chart Debut

When Swift made her Billboard chart debut 10 years ago, expectations were slim. But she transformed the pop machinery to her purposes, and kept her humanity in the process.

Imagine a world in which Taylor Swift is the very opposite of clickbait. It’s easy if you… well, no, it’s pretty much unfathomable even if you try, though those reading technically lived through that Paleolithic period – that is to say, the proto-Swift years. It was exactly 10 years ago this week that era ended and a new one began as Swift made her first Billboard chart appearance: July 1, 2006, when debut single “Tim McGraw” inauspiciously bowed at No. 60 on Hot Country Songs. At that point, country radio, much less pop, couldn’t be bothered to care. The tabloids and rock press didn’t care. Vogue did not care. Truth be told, Tim McGrawprobably didn’t even care. (Much. He is a polite guy.)

Her inability to get arrested by the media didn’t quite end overnight, as evidenced by the six months it took “Tim McGraw” to crack the country top 10. Those of us who were covering country as journalists at the time remember the calls from an independent publicist begging – no, really, begging! – us to give Swift a few inches of ink. But she really didn’t look like anything other than a promising novelty, since the history of young girls making it in country began and ended eons earlier with LeAnn Rimes.

Here was a 16-year-old singing about real teen concerns in a genre where 30 was considered the demographic’s bottom end – a girlish figure in the wake of the defiantly womanly Gretchen Wilson. Mildly intrigued by what I’d heard of the debut album, I went to see Swift perform at a low-key guitar pull in Nashville, sharing the stage with a few other acoustic guitar-strumming artists from her brand new label. I watched her take her turn singing about high school flirts and hurts and, with all the brilliant foresight and canny prescience I could muster, thought to myself: Good luck with that.

But Taylor Swift was already perfecting one of her greatest talents: the art of the end run. The curly-haired debutante that some of us were ready to alliteratively write off as Borchetta’s boondoggle ran long around the resistant radio programmers and press by galvanizing the audience she was rapidly collecting on social media (which, in 2006, of course, meant exclusively MySpace).

Those young fans called their local country radio stations demanding to hear “Tim McGraw” until handfuls of them finally realized it might be worth alienating a few older listeners to win the hearts of a few younger ones. That slow radio climb beget a first wave of adoring press. Press begat TV. And the rest is history, give or take a whiz-bang blizzard of MTV – which cautiously began testing a remix of “Teardrops on My Guitar” toward the end of 2007 – and Perez Hilton and arena multi-nighters and Grammys and Kanye and #squads and world domination.

What it comes back to is the thing that it’s always been hardest for her detractors to believe: that Swift is the architect and auteur of her own career… both the art and the business of it. It didn’t matter that she wasn’t old enough to vote; she was old enough to drive pop culture, and do it her way. There were no Svengalis, or even stage moms. I remember talking with Andrea Swift early on, who struck me as not exactly Teri Shields when she assured me Taylor was self-driven: “Music was never my dream (for her). We were on a farm, and I had her sitting on a pony when she was 9 months old.

If my dream had gone well, she’d be in a horse show right now.” I talked with Liz Rose, everyone’s best guess at the time for the real brains behind the songwriter operation. But she seemed perfectly happy to declare that her function as Taylor’s co-writer was mainly to be her editor and sounding board. Big Machine had a lot going on, but the label was too nascent to be a Machiavellian machine. There was no managerial maestro pulling the strings.

Again, the early success only seemed overnight. “Tim McGraw” finally peaked at No. 6 on the Country Songs chart, but had little pop crossover. The second single, “Teardrops on My Guitar,” made it to No. 2 at country and No. 7 on Pop Songs. It wasn’t until “Our Song” that she had a country chart-topper, but that particular track had too much twang to cement the deal on the pop side. There was still a lot of uncertainty about whether her modicum of success at Top 40 was a fluke. She sold her first million albums without making too much of a dent on the pop consciousness. Some of us wondered aloud whether she could really break through without embracing someone else’s inner skank, if not her own, at least a little.

Toward the end of 2007 I sat down with Swift at an In-N-Out on Ventura Blvd. at the nexus where Hollywood meets the Valley. Besides the fact that Swift actually likes hamburgers, I think part of the idea was that my editors at Entertainment Weekly and I hoped that we’d prove she was crossing over to pop by portraying her as besieged by new fans at the busy burger joint. But during an hour of sitting there, only one young boy came up, meekly addressing her as “miss.” Yes, I wish I had some video to prove that even after she had a platinum record Taylor Swift sat in an In-N-Out for an hour, unmolested as she worked on a No. 2 with no onions and a chocolate shake (“It doesn’t count if you eat it out of town. That’s a rule,” she informed me).

She had as strong a sense of herself then as she does now, although there were a few moments that seem amusingly un-prophetic in retrospect. On the fact that she hadn’t had a boyfriend for years: “I’m not opposed to dating. I just haven’t found the right person that I’m gonna date. You want to hear my new career philosophy and my relationship philosophy? When I find someone who fascinates me as much as my career, I’m gonna go for it.” Lucky for everyone, probably, she managed to find some interesting boys after all. We also talked about her still bodyguard-free life, and I brought up the obviously troubled star of the moment. “You know, being compared to Britney… I haven’t been hounded for the last couple years of my life. I don’t know what that’s like, so I can’t ever speculate. I haven’t been completely mobbed everywhere I go. I imagine I would go crazy if every single thing I did, there were 30 photographers taking pictures of it.”

Those were the least prophetic words she ever spoke. Because the 30 arrived, and then some, yet Taylor Swift became the legend of The Pop Star Who Did Not Go Crazy, Or Turn Into a Mean Girl On Us. (Yes, we know Katy Perry might beg to differ, but still.) You remember how those boys in Weird Science cooked up their vision of the perfect woman in a lab? Swift is practically the embodiment of what some Grammy board of directors would have created in a laboratory as the perfect pop star, if they could have. She’s a repeat Album of the Year winner who also happens to be zeroed in more than any other celebrity of note on philanthropic efforts. She’s seen as caring deeply about music education… whether that’s contributing millions to programs that foster the arts for kids, or just educating the public about why she thinks “freemium” sucks. And people in the industry and sick kids alike she has the ability to walk into a room and make everyone in it feel special, like no one this side of Dolly Parton.

Which, for all rights and purposes, ought to make her intensely boring. There’s a reason nearly every pop starlet plays the bad girl sooner or later, and it’s not necessarily because they’re all bad. Swift has maintained a credible image of public virtue and good-heartedness while making records with increasingly complicated emotions. The early trope was that her records were all about the guys who wronged her — and she certainly got some of her most scorching material out of that — but starting with “Back to December,” she proved perfectly capable of sharing her own culpability in song. In a tune like “Blank Space,” she could even play with the image of the good girl as future crazy ex-girlfriend who “can make the bad guys good for a weekend.”

Her songs are meta, and they’re not. “Mean” could be the anthem for anyone who feels like an underdog, even if the “I… can’t… sing” line stepped out of universal character to hilariously refer to a very specific circumstance for her as a criticized celebrity. Fans scour the lyrics for offbeat details that confirm the sentiments came out of a real-life situation – a mention of a scarf or pendant someone remembers seeing in a paparazzi photo, or of a month or location that registers in lore –  not so much for the purpose of confirming gossip as just authenticating that her stuff has the bracing ring of non-fiction.

It’s ageless, too… as in, non-age-specific, all those patronizing comments about “it’s fine for teenage girls” to the contrary. When I was first reporting on industry reaction to “Tim McGraw,” I was finding out from country radio programmers that their older listeners related to the material as something nostalgically remembered, if not recently experienced. Take away a few lines about cheer captains and bleachers in “You Belong With Me” and it’s the anthem for any adults who feel like they’re always playing the Eve Arden role in someone else’s romantic comedy.

The references to stitches and hospital rooms in “Out of the Woods” tell us this is autobiographical, and almost weirdly autobiographical – but anyone who’s in a relationship they feel might still be in the forest just sings along with everything but that telling section. And the thought you might have had a “Last Kiss” and didn’t realize it at the time? It’s a rueful feeling experienced just as much by divorced fiftysomethings who are back on the dating scene – trust us on this one– as by listeners who are feeling 22 because, you know, they’re actually 22.

That individuality is why Swift stands out among a sea of singers who use the kind of hit producers profiled in the recent book The Song Machine: The Hit Factory. Swift uses Max Martin and a lot of the others now too, now, but to her own purposes – as with Liz Rose in the earlier days, more as arrangers than credited ghostwriters (as the snippets of demos she tags on to her deluxe editions shows). She’s not just the ghost in the machine; she’s the spirit that commands the machine.

So as much as some of us might want to bitch about how girl squads don’t really constitute feminism, she’s become a feminist icon over the gradual course of a decade because she’s earned it. Swift is powerful enough, certainly, to be a ballbuster, yet works well with others. Yes, it takes a village to make a pop star, but Swift has always been the chieftain of her own village – creating the songs, imagining the tour designs, running the business – at 16, as now at 26. A decade after that modest bow, in the year of Hillary, it’s Swift who has tens of millions of fans with that hashtag hovering in the back of their minds, just behind all those earworms: #I’mWithHer.

-Chris Willman, Billboard (x)

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Tonight Hot 104.1 has the chance for you to see the new Tupac biopic “All Eyez On Me” before it hits theaters nationwide tomorrow at tonight’s premiere screening.

Follow Us on Twitter: Follow @Hot1041

But before you head to the Moolah Theatre tonight at 5 p.m., get the scoop on what it was like behind the scenes, why producer LT Hutton chose to the tell Tupac’s story the way he did, the chemistry between actors Demetrius Shipp Jr. and Kat Graham from this exclusive interview with the “All Eyez On Me” cast.

Our Online Editor and Entertainment Reporter Bobby Pen sat down with the cast last week in Washington, D.C. in an intimate press junket. For an hour, a room full of 8 bloggers and writers discussed the ins and outs of LT Hutton’s first featured film. The music producer, turned filmmaker had several run-ins while navigating Hollywood, pushing him to the point of flipping tables and even threatening to cancel the project altogether! In the very candid discussion both Demetrius and Kat share their experiences on set, what it was like to prepare for their roles, what this film will mean to their careers moving forward and what they hope moviegoers will takeaway:

Here’s what Bobby Pen came back with from:
  • Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac
  • Kat Graham as Jada
  • LT Hutton, Film Producer

Had a great time talking with the cast of @alleyezmovie today at the DC press junket. The convo was so good producer @lthutton gave the press an additional 10 minutes. Can’t wait to recap and share the film review by TBP writer @myfairladyt to TheBobbyPen.com soon! Huge thank you to @alliedimdc for the support and inclusion over the years #thebobbypen #bobbypen #alleyezonmemovie #tupac #demetriusshippjr #katgraham #lthutton #interview #tvhost #entertainmentreporter #blogger

A post shared by Founder • Lo Will Media, LLC (@bobbypen) on Jun 7, 2017 at 3:39pm PDT

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Demetrius Shipp Jr. on becoming Tupac

Q: Was there one scene that you couldn’t wait to film because you knew, “I’m going to kill it!” ?

A: The concert scene. (laughs)

It’s so funny because, LT– the day before I was rehearsing, and LT was like, “Man, your energy ain’t there. You got to take it up. You got to be like…” We was just rehearsing. It wasn’t nobody in the crowd, but I know the whole time, “bro, don’t even trip. (laughs) I got you. It was a good time, so that’s the one scene.

Q: Because you have such a striking resemblance to Tupac, do you feel like that put on an extra pressure for you to perform this role?

A: No. Not the resemblance. To me that’s just the foot in the door for me, because obviously– it might not be hard to believe, but there were a lot of people that had the look. Honestly, some videos LT showed me– there were people coming in there… I was like, “Damn! That’s close right there!” (laughs) So, I do think that was like a foot in the door, but LT said, “You know, at the end of the day you’ll get the acting down. You’ll get the chops up, and you can have a great run at this.

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Kat Graham on portraying Jada Pinkett-Smith

Q: I read a lot of his poetry, and you did a lot of research. You actually talked to Outlawz and a lot of close people so we saw the real side. Even just the mannerisms of you guys as actors, you guys nailed it! (To Demetrius) I got chills when I saw you. I thought I was looking at Pac. (To Kat Graham) and you looked just like Jada. So you guys as actors, what did you take away from your individual characters in the movie?

A: Well, I think for me… I think it’ great to embrace being an empowered black woman in this industry. For me, those roles just– as Kat talking– are few and far between, and I think we have to fight for those and fight to see more of those in Hollywood and in scripts and directors and projects. So, to know that not only do they exist,  but you can be celebrated for that. And I’m hoping that through this film there will be more empowered roles for black women and a lot of young girls we see. Because maybe a lot of young people didn’t grow up watching Jada or even watching Janet in “Poetic Justice” with Pac, and they didn’t grow up watching these strong– like I feel like now we have amazing artists like Janelle Monae, we have Taraji, we have all these other women now that they’re growing up with, but me. When I was growing up I had Jada, you know what I’m saying? So, it’s really great to not just pay homage to this woman, because she’s still very much relevant, but it’s also amazing for people to get educated on– kind of, the beginning of the successful black actress movement that really flourished in the 90’s with the Jada’s and the Janet’s and the Queen Latifah’s and the list goes on and on.

Q: Since your character is still living, what was the process to become Jada Pinkett and Tupac’s muse?

A: Well, I worked with this coach Ivana Chubbuck. She’s been my partner in crime. We’ve done a lot of work. She worked with Halle [Berry] in [Monster’s Ball]. She’s someone who understands the complexity and wonders of this woman and this time in her life. And it’s also important to show who she was, even as a young girl, you don’t just become Jada Pinkett. And how does this relationship– how do we capture the dynamics? So it was important that we– me and Demetrius, we didn’t just want to be like imitating, you know, these very prolific, ahead-of-their-time friends. We wanted to embody their energy, and we wanted to capture their dynamic to see why they inspired each other. Lucky for us, we have a really great friendship and we’re super close so it came easy for us and we had each other’s back. But there’s definitely a lot of work that was done in finding the parallels between he and this woman. The losses I’ve had in my own life and finding ways to connect my soul to the energy of this character, and doing the work and having LT on set for every single scene. I’ve worked on a lot of different shows and films and, you know, sometimes the producer just ain’t around! (laughs) It’s like, “Um, I have a question!” but he was like with us and he held our hand through this entire process, and if I had a question he was there and Benny [Boom] was so trusting and so giving. To have that kind of support, and to be supporting each other– like, there were no nerves, because we have each other’s back. I mean, whatever you need, I’ve got you. And that kind of camaraderie, you felt that when you walked on set and you feel it now.

Q: Now, you actually talked on the phone to Jada. At what stage was that? During filming?

A: Yeah. Well, I had texted– I know Willow and Caleb, her brother– the second I found out that this was happening I was like, I wanted her to know and if there was anything that she wanted. Out of respect, anything she wanted me to know, anything she wanted me to stay away from, anything like that. I wanted to protect her. This is her life. This isn’t a movie, for her. This is a portrayal of her life. Specific instances of someone she deeply cared about. She wasn’t aware of our shooting schedule so by the time she text back we had literally just wrapped the final scene. But I believe in God and destiny and believe that this is the way that it was meant to be. She was incredibly supportive and she was like, “Yeah, you got this.”

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Director LT Hutton on The Making of “All Eyez On Me” and why now?

Q: (to Demetrius) I really enjoyed the Interscope scene when you got into it with the record execs… 

A: Can you believe they tried to make me take that scene out?! (press gasps)

Q: Why?

A: Because Pac– the thing is, a lot of times people are scared of educated young black men. And even with the control of the perception– they say, “perception is reality.” The biggest definition of perception is a visual. He who controls the visual controls perception. So they want to perceive us in a certain way, and to some of the people that are supposedly quote-unquote “in Tupac’s life” they didn’t like the fact that Tupac came across in that scene very intelligent. I said, “That’s what he’s supposed to do. You know? That’s why we’re making the movie about this guy. So they felt that they would be depicted as dummies, because “Oh, Tupac is just the smartest person in the world.” In this instance, he is. And that’s what it was supposed to be so, they tried to get me a little– they really tried to take that part out. That was one of my fights.

Q: One thing I noticed: it seems like it was very purposeful to showcase the different parts of Tupac’s personality. Where he only kind of got angry a few times, especially towards the beginning. And those few times led to bad instances where when something good happens, something bad always happens. How important was that for you to kind of show those specific points in his personality to portray?

A: In most interviews you’ll hear me, I’m pretty consistent and I’ll add a little color to it. With Tupac, people have this over personification of what they thought he was. If you like sports, if you don’t watch the whole game you can’t really say how good of a game it was if you’ve only seen the highlights. So with this film, you know, the trajectory was to give you insight to see how he came and arrived at these certain scenarios. He didn’t just walk in upset. There were things that triggered that. And like I often say, we criticize people for the choices they make, never understanding what we had to choose from. So, what I wanted to do was give you an understanding of the things that he had to choose from so now you can say, “Ohhh! Wow! That was a decision now that I know what he had to choose from.” You follow what I’m saying? So it was very important to flush out that Tupac had multiple sides and he wasn’t… If you ask your mother who you are, then you ask your friends who you are, and then you ask your boyfriend who you are you’re going to get three different stories. Which one is wrong? None of them! They’re all right. It’s just different complexions of you. So with Tupac, people tend to think he had one side and one button which was on 11 at all times, but that wasn’t going to get you close to Tupac so I wanted to give you an intimate look at him so you can really humanize him and understand he was a man also. He was a person. This guy was human and he’s liable to make certain mistakes. Not saying that we forgave him in the film. As you guys saw, he had to answer for everything he did. Whether it was good or bad. And he had to think about it. So, it was important to showcase that.

Q: You were very intentional with making a movie, going through interviews, even with the directors, producer, the actors you chose. What would you say was your one biggest challenge in telling Tupac’s story?

A: It was so many challenges. That’s what you got to understand. Just understand, this is Hollywood. And in Hollywood, we’re still talking about “The First Black.” In 2017, we’re still talking about “The First Black.” Let’s be clear on that. So, when looking at Kat Graham, Demetrius Shipp, when you see the portrayal on screen you would think that it was a shoe-in. I had to fight for both of them. I had a huge argument. I almost– when you hear the story: Well, LT was crazy and he was this, I just wasn’t going to let Hollywood make me do something that I didn’t believe in. And like I said. I’m fighting for “New Hollywood,” to give new opportunities and new situations. So, you know, Demetrius– I had had him all the long, the entire way, but he didn’t physically get hired on the job. Production was up and he was getting nervous and I told him, “I got you.” But, you know, he didn’t physically come on until… (Demetrius: November 18th) We started shooting December 17th. (press: Wow!) You see what I’m saying? On that day, people understand, you know, I turned over a few tables. Said I was deleting the project. I’m done. I’m packing up. I’m doing this somewhere else. I’m not going to do it with this particular company because this is the guy. I don’t want to see another… It got so bad to the point where, you know, no disrespect to Atlanta, but we had Tupac auditions coming in from Atlanta and it’s like, you know, there’s a certain dialect that you have to have. You know? Tupac couldn’t be like, ” Yo shawty, yeah…” It just wasn’t there, so I was like I’m not going to keep going back and forth. So like I said, with Kat, for me– Jada:She sounds like Jada. She looks like Jada. She’s got Jada’s bubbly spirit. She brings everything that we need. They still want to give me a usual suspect. And it’s like that’s not going to happen. So whatever I had to do– this was a vision I had since day 1. So you couldn’t share the vision and come in and be not self-serving, and you didn’t come to serve Tupac. And Tupac’s mission. And Tupac’s voice. And Tupac’s goal. If you came in thinking that it was going to be the “Tupac & I” story, or “I had a long walk with Tupac,” or “Tupac Was My Friend” story, it wasn’t going to happen. Certain things we had to fight for to keep that integrity and that’s pretty much what I did. So it wasn’t just one. I’m still fighting right now. You see me walking around here on the phone, and the movie comes out next week, [June 16] and I’m still screaming. (laughs)

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VIDEO : 'Grey's Anatomy' Stars Spill Scoop on 'Complicated' Midseason Finale | EW

It sounds like Grey’s Anatomy fans are in store for a stressful hiatus.

After the cast sat down with Entertainment Weekly Editor-in-Chief Henry Goldblatt for Three Rounds at EW PopFest, we grilled Kelly McCreary, Jerrika Hinton, Jason George, and Giacomo Gianniotti for scoop on the upcoming midseason finale. Asked to describe it in one word, here’s what the cast offered up:

“Rubble,” McCreary said.

“Complicated,” Hinton added.

“Justice,” said George.

But Gianniotti expanded on his answer: “There are certainly a couple long-coming truths that are revealed.”

What could this all mean? With Alex’s (Justin Chambers) trial nearing, “justice” certainly sounds foreboding, but does the word “rubble” worry anyone else about Grey Sloan’s disaster track record?

A look ahead at the midseason finale was far from the only scoop the cast shared during our sit-down. If you’re sensing that DeLuca may have feelings for Jo (Camilla Luddington), you’re not alone. “They’ve gotten really close through this trial,” Gianniotti says. “He’s found a real friend in her, and through that, maybe something more than that has developed.”

The cast also spilled details on Stephanie’s past, Maggie eventually learning the truth about Meredith and Riggs, and much, much more! Watch the video above, and listen to more interviews from EW PopFest all week long on SiriusXM’s EW Radio (ch. 105).

Sharon Osbourne is looking for talent not ‘tits and ass’ on this year’s X Factor

X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne has said she is hoping to find “a fabulous girl that’s got a great voice, no tits and ass” for the show this year.

Osbourne, 64, made the comments as the Liverpool auditions for this year’s instalment of the ITV series got under way.

Talking about finding talent up north, she said she and her fellow judges – Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger – were on the lookout for “just loads and loads of talent, that’s what we want”.

Asked if she had anything specific in mind she added: “I’m looking for a great girl… a fabulous girl that’s got a great voice, no tits and ass, just somebody that’s really talented.”

Sharon Osbourne attending X Factor filming at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool(Jon Super/PA)

The singing show has lowered the minimum audition age to 14 this year, in the hopes of finding talent such as Liam Payne, who was the same age when he auditioned as a solo artist in 2008.

Two years later Payne returned to the audition stage and was more successful when he was recruited as a member of One Direction.

Osbourne appeared to take subtle aim at Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who found fame at a very young age after posting his singing videos on YouTube.

Sharon Osbourne attending X Factor filming at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool (Jon Super/PA)

Asked if she was “hoping to maybe find somebody like that” she quipped: “God, I hope not!

“No, I’d like to find somebody yes who is young, but very grounded and actually knows what they are doing and knows how hard this business is and has a great work ethic.

“Somebody that’s grounded but young.”

The start date of the new series has not yet been confirmed, but Dermot O’Leary will return to front the popular show.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Cast Goes Three Rounds at EW PopFest | EW

The cast of Grey’s Anatomy got candid — and maybe a little tipsy — at EW PopFest on Sunday, sharing secrets behind the long-running ABC medical drama while imbibing alongside Entertainment Weekly Editor in Chief Henry Goldblatt.

Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins), Jason George (Ben Warren), Kelly McCreary (Maggie Pierce), Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew DeLuca), and Jerrika Hinton (Stephanie Edwards) shared their audition stories, who they’d like their characters to hook up with, and the future of Arizona’s love life. Here are the highlights:

- Capshaw revealed she auditioned for Grey’s four times, first going out for the part of Nurse Rose, who came between Meredith and Derek in an early season, and then for the role of Sadie, played by Melissa George. “Shonda [Rhimes] had conceived of a three-episode arc for a plucky… surgeon,” Capshaw said. “And there I was.”

- George initially auditioned for a Shondaland pilot called Inside the Box — which also starred Grey’s Anatomy actors Martin Henderson, Kim Raver, and Sarah Drew — that never made it to series and that’s how he landed in the world of Grey’s. “Originally I was supposed to do Bailey kind of dirty and then check out,” George said. He eventually went to star on the short-lived Shondaland medical drama Off the Map before returning to Grey Sloan. “Fortunately she didn’t kill Ben Warren, so I got to come back.”

-  When McCreary auditioned, her character sides said the character name was Claudette, but once she signed on and came to set, Sandra Oh had resumes for her character that said she’s Maggie Pierce. “Who am I?” McCreary recalls thinking, unaware she’d go on to be Meredith’s half-sister. “Then I met with Shonda and she surprised me with the much deeper backstory.”

- Likewise, Hinton didn’t know who Stephanie was when she first joined the show. Roughly a year ago, she met with Rhimes to build out the character’s backstory, borrowing a story from her cousin — Stephanie was revealed to have a sickle cell disease last season. “My cousin very graciously let me use her life to give Stephanie life,” Hinton said.

- Capshaw was initially hesitant to explore the story about Arizona’s leg being amputated in the wake of the plane crash, but after extensive research, she felt she could rise to the challenge. “Arizona losing her leg was a surprise to me,” Capshaw said, noting that Rhimes had pulled experience from someone she knew who had recently lost a leg. “She called and said she had this very important story to tell… and I was completely terrified of it. My first reaction to almost everything is no. I sat with it and talked about it and it was because it was a huge responsibility, and I didn’t feel like I could do it unless I gave it everything.”

The cast was asked whether they’ve been mistaken for real doctors over the years? and McCreary said she gets this question a lot: “Have I performed enough surgeries at this point that I feel like I know what to do? The answer is I could cut you, [but that’s about it]” she said with a laugh. Gianniotti revealed his own expertise: “I actually removed a sliver from Kelly’s hand once on set,” he said.

What’s the weirdest prop on set?
There’s a mold of now-Scandal star Scott Foley’s head that they sometimes use to stand in for patients when they’re not actually laying on the table. The cast also agreed that the fake babies are all very creepy, especially when the prop masters put raspberry jam on them. Meat is also used for the doctors to operate on — and when the doctors need to cauterize them, the smell is said to be disgusting. The blood on the show is made with corn syrup so it’s very sticky.

Recalling her most memorable moment on Grey’s Anatomy.
Capshaw recalled a scene early in the Callie and Arizona relationship. “There was this moment where they just danced,” Capshaw said. “I don’t even think there was dialogue. We had so much fun doing it. I think it was my favorite because it held so much promise. It was that beginning of the relationship that was so exciting and you don’t know where it’s going to go.” Capshaw also said she’s really happy with where Arizona is now as there is so much promise ahead now that Callie has moved to New York and is happy with Penny. “I hope that the fans can allow for that to be the moment that Arizona really gets to move on and find that dancing moment with someone else soon,” she said.

Who would they like their character to hook up with at Grey Sloan?
Hinton: “Maggie.”
Gianniotti: “Jason.”
McCreary: “I don’t mean this in the hookup way, but I love Catherine Avery. I want Maggie to learn so much from Catherine Avery. I want her to hook up with her to learn from her.
George: “He’s pretty seriously taken.”
Capshaw posed the question to the crowd, to which they yelled “Addison” from Private Practice.

Lastly, the cast shared three words to describe what’s going on with their characters for upcoming episodes.
McCreary: “Transition of power.”
Capshaw: “Flirty. Fun. Incarceration.”
Gianniotti: “Trial. Trial. Trial.”
Hinton: “I’m going to associate myself with ‘transition of power.’”