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Harry Styles: The Rockstar Nobody Expected (And How That Will Help Him)
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Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

“Sign Of The Times’ was greeted first with surprise, and then with almost unanimous acclaim. Critics everywhere loved not only the chance Styles took in going down this rock-y road, but many applauded the song itself, and the majority of media outlets suggested readers give the cut a try. Skeptics and those expecting more boy band-esque fodder were forced to immediately reconsider the man not just as a bestseller, but now as a true artist. One Direction may have taken over the world with their music, but they were never true critical favorites. Where he stands in the eyes of critics and music journalists everywhere may change now that Styles has shown what he can do when left to create with the right talents and some freedom. “Sign” elevates him to a place few singers reach after leaving the group that made them stars.

Perhaps most importantly, everything about his first single out of the gate as a standalone act separates him noticeably from his former bandmates, all of whom are also attempting to make it as solo artists. Zayn, the first One Direction member to leave the band, has already achieved global success, and he is now attempting to do so again with a second album, which is expected later this summer. Other 1D singers like Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have only dropped one proper single, but they are also off to a good start. Each man has chosen a different lane to operate in, and he and his team were smart enough to know that if they were going to succeed, they needed to differentiate the British boybander from the crowd…and it’s working.

In fact, nobody in the top 40 world is rocking out like Styles seems prepared to do with his upcoming self-titled album, and that will work in his favor. It’s incredibly difficult to out-pop Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, or to beat Calvin Harris or The Chainsmokers when it comes to EDM, but without a serious, famous challenger in the rock arena, Styles can claim charting records and shoot up the charts and grab plenty of attention and new fans doing so.

These are still early days for Harry’s fledgling solo career, but with a serious smash hit already to his credit, a slew of public appearances currently taking place and an album scheduled for less than a month from now, an era of rock and roll from an unlikely candidate may already be upon us.

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Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

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Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

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Through four series and thirteen episodes, Sherlock and John have never shown any romantic or sexual interest in each other. Furthermore, whenever the creators of ‘Sherlock’ have been asked by fans if the relationship might develop in that direction, they have always made it clear that it would not.

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On this day in music history: January 14, 1983 - “Nena”, the self-titled debut album by Nena is released (US release is retitled “99 Luftballons” and is released on February 28, 1984). Produced by Reinhold Heil and Manne Praeker, it is recorded at Spliff-Studio in Berlin, West Germany in Late 1982. The German new wave pop/rock bands debut release includes their worldwide smash “99 Luftballons” (#2 US Pop), which is inspired when the bands guitar player Carlo Karges watches balloons being released at a Rolling Stones concert in West Berlin. He collaborates on the song with the bands’ keyboardist Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen. The songs’ lyrics are a fictional narrative of children releasing balloons that are mistaken for incoming weapons by the East German army, setting off a nuclear war between the east and west. When the album is released in the US thirteen months after its international release, it features three of the songs re-recorded in English, including “99 Luftballons” (re-titled “99 Red Balloons”) and the follow up single “Just A Dream” (#102 Bubbling Under). “Nena” hits number one on the German album chart, with the US version “99 Luftballons” peaking at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200.

#TBT: That Time Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett Predicted the Future
(L-R) Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn of Gorillaz visit fuse Studios in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Sixteen years ago, when Blur frontman Damon Albarn launched the animated band Gorillaz with illustrator Jamie Hewlett and a rotating cast of crazy characters, their debut single “Clint Eastwood” may have become a worldwide smash — but the entire project still seemed like a lark. The Internet was relatively new, and social media and smartphones had yet to take over our lives, so the sort of “virtual reality” that Gorillaz offered was difficult to grasp. Little did anyone know, when Albarn and Hewlett visited Yahoo Music to promote what would turn out to be the first in a line of five groundbreaking, full-length Gorillaz albums, that their little cartoon side-project would basically predict the future.

“Kids are gonna be not only making music on computers, but they’re gonna be creating amazing sorts of crazy images to go with that,” Albarn said at the time. “And that will eventually mutate into a whole new kind of band, and hopefully a whole new form of entertainment.”

“People won’t go to concerts anymore. They’ll just spend their days glued to their computer screens,” Hewlett added, years before everyone would be live-streaming Coachella at home, watching fan-captured concert clips on Instagram, or racking up milions of views for YouTube stars’ amateur bedroom performances.

What follows is Yahoo Music’s March 2001 Gorillaz interview, when Murdoc, Russel, 2D, and Noodle were but two-dimensional glimmers in Albarn and Hewlett’s obviously all-seeing eyes. Gorillaz’ first album in six years, Humanz, comes out this week.

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On their flat, two-dimensional surface, Gorillaz may seem like a new-millennium incarnation of the Chipmunks, the Archies, or Josie & The Pussycats. But Gorillaz are hardly the warm ‘n’ fuzzy kiddy characters of Walt Disney or Hanna & Barbera’s celluloid dreams. See, unlike Jessica Rabbit, they really are bad — they’re not just drawn that way.

First, there’s sociopathic scumbag band leader Murdoc, “a nasty piece of work” with green skin and even greener teeth who “really stinks.” Then there’s mop-topped, vacant-eyed frontman 2D, “a pretty-boy singer suffering with severe brain damage,” and guitarist Noodle, “a 10-year-old, very enigmatic Japanese girl” who ingeniously Fed-Exed herself to her band audition. Finally, rounding out the lineup is drummer/MC Russel, an American gangsta who, due to an Exorcist-style demonic possession he suffered as a child, is blessed/cursed with special powers that enable him to summon up the spirits of dead musicians (and of living ones, too, including Del Tha Funkee Homosapien).

Related: Gorillaz Announce First Ever Live Interview with Murdoc and 2D

Suffice it to say, don’t expect a Saturday-morning TV show, set of action figures, or limited-edition series of collectible 7-11 Big Gulp cups from the Gorillaz any time soon.

And don’t expect an in-person Gorillaz interview, either. Unfortunately, none of the reclusive band members are here with Yahoo Music today. But their seemingly rude no-show isn’t their fault, really: The technology needed for them to travel from their storyboarded world to ours simply hasn’t been invented yet.

“They arrived [onto the music scene] before the technology became there for them,” explains one of the virtual group’s spokesmen and mysterious collaborators, Damon Albarn of Blur, who is here with Gorillaz’ other flesh-and-blood ambassador, Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett, to speak on the animated band’s behalf. “They should be here instead of us, so we’re just here to fill that gap until they can.”

“You know, the technology to do what we wanna do doesn’t exist, so we’re sort of having to make it up as we go along. But we want to get the message across that we’re Gorillaz’ human representatives for now,” Hewlett stresses. “And then later on, they’ll appear themselves. Hopefully.”

Related: Gorillaz’s ‘Saturnz Barz’ Video Has Best Debut in YouTube VR History

So the Gorillaz — especially Murdoc, a self-declared Satanist (“more of a paganist, I would say,” corrects Hewlett) and star-tripping, swelled-headed control freak who once purportedly drove Albarn to file a restraining order — don’t mind having some comic strip artist and a Britpop icon speak for them in press interviews? “Actually, they hate it!” Hewlett laughs. Albarn just shrugs. “Yeah, they’re not that pleased about it,” he adds. “But they don’t have much choice at the moment.”

Albarn and Hewlett, who allegedly “discovered” the fledgling band in London’s Leicester Square, discuss the music and mythology of Gorillaz with such reverence — and with such straight faces — that it’s surprisingly easy to forget that this is just a cartoon band, a novelty act, a cheeky side-project. Or is it? “It’s not just a gimmicky cartoon. They’re as real as any other band,” Albarn argues emphatically. “In a way, this is more honest, really, because celebrities and pop stars have to lie all the time about their private lives.”

“Gorillaz are bred to be pop stars. That’s their job. They’re on this planet to be pop stars and not have a personal life, basically,” explains Hewlett. “They’re dedicated.”

Related: See Gorillaz Debut ‘Humanz’ Songs at Secret London Gig

So here’s the official biography of this dedicated young band: Murdoc, the self-appointed Svengali and speed-freak of the group, ran into a lad named Stu-Pot — literally — when he drove his car through the window of the London organ shop where Stu-Pot was employed at the time. Poor Stu subsequently lapsed into a coma, and Murdoc, as community-service punishment for this heinous crime, was sentenced to be the irreversibly brain-damaged boy’s caretaker. Another auto accident took place not much later, when Murdoc — driving recklessly to show off to some girls at Nottingham’s Tesco Carpark, while a comatose Stu-Pot vegetated obliviously in the backseat — slammed into a concrete post, thus sending the hapless Stu flying headfirst through the windshield. This second head-trauma mishap thankfully jostled Stu out of his coma (though to say he ever fully regained control of his faculties would be a gross exaggeration), and Murdoc soon decided it would be really cool to start a new band with his court-appointed young disciple, whom he rechristened with the more flashy stage name “2D.” Later, Murdoc and 2D met Russel while burglarizing the Soho rap record store where he worked. Finally, Noodle mysteriously turned up to answer their “guitarist wanted” ad — looking like the secret ousted fourth Powerpuff Girl as she leapt from her Fed-Ex box, striking a kung-fu pose and brandishing a Les Paul guitar. And, of course, the rest was history: Gorillaz were born. It’s a typical, classic band saga, something straight out of Behind the Music or E! True Hollywood Stories.

OK, so maybe it does seem a wee bit far-fetched, but further fostering Gorillaz’ fiction-as-fact illusion (along with Albarn and Hewlett’s unflappable, unflinching earnestness) is the current state of pop music: After all, Hewlett is quick to point out that today’s over-the-top pop stars are “sort of like cartoon characters anyway,” and then there’s the glut of manufactured teen bands that are so one-dimensional, they make the two-dimensional Gorillaz seem as credible as the Beatles (or at least the Rutles). So, are Gorillaz a reaction against, or a social statement about, this prevailing prefabness in pop?

Related: Gorillaz Says Morrissey and Sade Turned Them Down, TV Series in the Works, More

“There’s a lot of manufactured bands, and they’re all manufactured very poorly. We just thought, if you’re going to manufacture something, why not do it properly?” Hewlett reasons.

“It would be a lot easier to do things in a more conventional way, but we’re trying to change something about the popular culture we live in, because we’re not happy with it,” says Albarn, launching into a recitation of the Gorillaz Manifesto. “We think it’s got some sinister aspects to it which are conditioning people in a really negative way. And that’s what we’re doing this for.”

Sinister aspects? What unspeakable evils have these cartoon superfriends come to rescue the “pop”-ulation from, exactly? “The lack of intelligence and the sort of dumbness that’s encouraged,” gripes Albarn. “When pop music becomes generic — in whatever form, whether it’s hip-hop, heavy metal, or just straightahead pop — it starts to dumb down, and it just loses any soul. It doesn’t really give a worldview.”

Gorillaz’ music is nothing if not worldly. Encompassing the aforementioned hip-hop, metal, and pop along with punk, funk, trip-hop, hot-buttered soul, rump-shakin’ disco, Beasties/Beck-style indie-rock, U.K. garage, U.S. electro, Jamaican dub and reggae, and saucy Latin rhythms, Gorillaz have come up with a phat, phunky-phresh, old-school-meets-new-school sound that they’ve imaginatively termed “zombie hip-hop.”

Of course, much of the international flava of Gorillaz’ self-titled debut can be credited to their many collaborators, including Ibrahim Ferrer of the Cuban combo Buena Vista Social Club, Miho Hatori (Noodle’s alter ego) from the East-meets-West duo Cibo Matto, West Coast rapmaster Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (channeled telepathically by Russel), Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth from the Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club, Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, Jamaican dub legend Junior Dan, and Deltron 3030/Dr. Octagon/Jon Spencer producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura.

Related: Gorillaz’s New AR App Requires Access to the Color Magenta

With such a stellar supergroup assembled for their first album, Gorillaz will certainly have a hard time topping themselves when it comes time to re-enter the studio (yes, contrary to popular belief, Gorillaz is not a one-off, so get ready for a sequel). But the crafty band members are already full of ideas: Murdoc has repeatedly expressed interest in working with his idol, Sir Ozzy Osbourne, and of course, Russel’s psychic ability to break on through to the other side could lead to countless collaborative possibilities. “You never know what is gonna pop out of Russel’s head, so that’s a bit unnerving,” Albarn remarks wryly.

“Russel can house the spirits of dead singers, so we’re hoping that we might be able to work with Tupac, Elvis, Frank Sinatra… whoever,” Hewlett adds excitedly.

In the meantime, collaborating with his animated protégés has reanimated Albarn’s own career and creativity. “I’ve never had so much fun in my life, just being able to work with whoever I want to, whoever really inspires me,” he marvels. “Now I can, because there’s no actual commitment except for making music. This is a way of remaining underground and simultaneously being mainstream.”

Related: Gorillaz Return After Six Years With Apocalyptic ‘Hallelujah Money’ Video on Inauguration Eve

If Gorillaz continue to wage pop-culture warfare as aggressively as they have been thus far (their album’s been a fixture in the U.K. top 10 for three months now, and in the U.S., it’s already charted higher than any previous album by Albarn’s “real band,” Blur), they’ll no doubt soon infiltrate the mainstream completely, paving the way for all sorts of groundbreaking virtual bands. At least, that’s what Albarn hopes/predicts: “I think in a few years’ time this will be the norm, so we just tried to set a blueprint that was of sufficient quality,” he declares. “Kids are gonna be not only making music on computers, but they’re gonna be creating amazing sorts of crazy images to go with that. And that will eventually mutate into a whole new kind of band, and hopefully, a whole new form of entertainment.”

“People won’t go to concerts anymore. They’ll just spend their days glued to their computer screens,” Hewlett prophesies.

However, these days, people are still going to concerts, so Albarn and Hewlett figured Gorillaz should deliver their music to masses via a proper live gig. And so, on one surreal night in March 2001, the Gorillaz came to life at London’s Scala nightclub. Actually, Murdoc, 2D, Russel, and Noodle were larger than life, their Technicolor likenesses towering above the confounded capacity crowd on a 50-foot monitor while anonymous musicians played behind the video screen, shielded from view.

Related: The 5 Greatest Cartoon Bands of All Time

“Actually, I’d like to think that the audience is actually behind the screen,” postulates Albarn. “It’s all reversed. You don’t see a band, although they are there. Because you can’t see the musicians, you don’t know who is there — no one knew Ibrahim Ferrer was there, or whether I was there. There was a sense of mystery about it.”

Amazingly, the majority of the Scala audience seemed to readily accept the fact that Albarn and his famous co-conspirators planned on concealing their superstar identities for the duration of the evening. “There were a few people who kept shouting, ‘Show yourself!’“ admits Hewlett. “But most people bought into it.” Somehow, Gorillaz made the impossible possible, further blurring (no pun intended) the line between the second and third dimensions, and somehow, it all worked.

In fact, so far, most everything Gorillaz have done has worked, in wondrous ways that non-believers in the three-dimensional world could have never predicted. “If it keeps going this way, hopefully in a year’s time we can do concerts and have four characters onstage and some guy sitting up on the roof with a big deck of buttons twiddling things,” Hewlett contemplates ambitiously. “The fact that it’s working means now we have to push it farther and farther. We sold nearly a million singles in Britain alone, and in Europe, it’s on the top of the charts everywhere. So without boasting, it’s working so far.”

He then adds incredulously, “I mean, we had little 12-year-old kids jumping around the playground to Gorillaz and getting into dub and reggae… as opposed to Westlife and Britney Spears!”

Speaking of kids, what about Albarn’s daughter? Does she favor Gorillaz over the teenybop Britney brigade as well? Well, she certainly perks up whenever she catches sight of her favorite new cartoon character: Says Damon with a smirk, “Whenever she sees 2D, she thinks it’s me.”

Smash islam worldwide. Don’t let it hurt people further. A life of an arab girl is just as important as a life of an english girl. And if you want to present yourself as a protector of human rights, them all lives are your responsibility. Because there is one thing that makes the west so great, and this thing is equality. 

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Prominent Japanese lyricist Rokusuke Ei has died at the age of 83. The composer of Chinese descent was best known for his work on the 1963 worldwide smash hit Sukiyaki, which protested against continued US military presence. The song was released in 1961 and topped the US Billboard charts, selling more than 13m copies worldwide and more recently served as one of the main themes in Studio Ghibli’s 2011 film From Up On Poppy Hill set in 1960’s Japan. Relatives said Mr Ei suffered from Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer and died peacefully at home.

Stock up on rice and iron, because Pulgasari is back! Netflix announced today that the streaming service will revive the famous North Korean kaiju for a new thirteen-episode animated series titled Pulgasari: The Legendary Adventures.

Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said:

With the recent worldwide success of the smash hit comedy ‘The Interview’, we at Netflix think the world is ready for another dose of North Korean craziness. ‘Pulgasari’ is among the great North Korean films, and ‘The Legendary Adventures’ will honor its legacy. Each episode is an exciting fantasy-adventure, which makes watching ‘Pulgasari’ an event the whole family will enjoy.”

Netflix will drop all thirteen episodes on the 22nd of August. Voice talent for the series is yet to be announced. Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will act as executive producer, continuing his father’s monster movie legacy.

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This week’s LAST photoset of Sakurai’s Pics of the Day! December 1st - December 5th 2014. More of those Extravagant! Wii U features :D And wait… Both Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS has now been released Worldwide!!! Happy Smashing Japan! Go get your copy! Mewtwo is still on his way… Just wait on it! :D Well that’s the News for this week. Until next week see ya! :)  #PicsofTheWeek #EventsofTheWeek

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Sick Chirpse Meets Asa Butterfield

If you haven’t heard of him, Asa Butterfield is one of the biggest child (almost adult) actors in the game, having starred in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Merlin and the worldwide sci-fi smash hit Ender’s Game. Fortunately for us, he’s also a massive fan of Sick Chirpse so was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule – he’s currently in New York filming a new movie with Ethan Hawke – to answer a few of our questions. Check out what he had to say below:

Your name is really unique (I’m including Maxwell Thornton Farr in that too), any stories behind how that came about? 

(‘Maxwell Thornton’ is on my birth certificate, but I never use it, my passport/real name is Asa Bopp Farr Butterfield. Which is just as weird.)

My middle name ‘Bopp’ came about from the comet (Hale-Bopp) that was in the sky when I was born, other than that I just have my parents’ names.

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Sia is on Woman’s Hour’s 2015 Power List! The list features 10 influential women.

Sia: singer, songwriter and music video director.

“Sia Furler is a singer-songwriter who has penned hits for the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé. She’s also gained popularity as a performer of her own work, despite shunning publicity.Raised in Australia, Sia rose to fame after moving to the U.K. where she worked as a prominent guest vocalist and released her own solo albums.She withdrew from the spotlight in 2010 and became a backroom songwriter for names including Madonna, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, and Rihanna, for whom she wrote the worldwide number one smash hit Diamonds.In 2013 she started on a new album and negotiated a near-unprecedented contract with RCA which stipulated that she would not have to tour or do press; her first public appearance to promote the album on US show saw her perform her new single Chandelier with her back to the audience. The album, entitled 1000 Forms of Fear, arrived in July 2014. It promptly hit number one in several countries, including the U.S. and Australia.”

Amy Poehler to Star in Basketball Comedy ‘Balls’ for Universal

Amy Poehler will star in and produce comedy “Balls” for Universal through her Paper Kite Productions.

Poehler will play a once-promising basketball coach who is asked to lead an NBA team. Ike Barinholtz, who will also appear in the pic, will co-write the script with David Stassen.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will join Poehler as producers, producing through Bluegrass Films along with Paper Kite’s Brooke Posch, Barinholtz and Stassen, who will serve as exec producers.

The film is quite timely following the San Antonio Spurs making history by tapping former WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first female assistant coach in the NBA. Hammon was named head coach of the Spurs Summer League team made up of first and second-year players, leading them to a Summer League title.

Poehler is hot off the worldwide smash hit “Inside Out” and will next be seen in Universal’s “Sisters” opposite Tina Fey and Barinholtz. She is currently shooting the New Line comedy “The House” opposite Will Ferrell.

Barinholtz and Stassen wrote the upcoming action/comedy film “Central Intelligence” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, and continue to write for “The Mindy Project,” which will start its fourth season on Hulu later this year.

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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: (is Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of a worldwide musical phenomenon)
  • Me: (smashes 13 mirrors, walks under a ladder, buys a black cat) SUPERSTITION IS A LIE
  • Me: IT DIDN'T WORK WHERE IS MY SUCCESS
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: Um, excuse you, I actually worked really hard and you have been sitting in a pile of broken mirrors holding that black cat for like 20 minutes. You need to put in some effort, starting with cleaning up this mess.
  • Me, grabbing a broom: Fuck.