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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Mary Lambert Releases "Secrets' Video

Mary Lambert has some secrets to spill.

In the queer musician's latest music video, "Secrets," Lambert once again seeks to challenge the patriarchal norms by encouraging young girls to not bottle up their secrets. By revealing some of her own secrets, like the fact the she has bipolar disorder and her family is "dysfunctional," Lambert wants to show others that it's ok to be open about the things that are less-than-perfect in their own lives.

Lambert told HitFix:

“I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice. There is so much shame and guilt in our society and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We are all facing battles... We’ve all had someone who has hurt us. So let’s talk bout it.”

Check out the video for "Secrets" above. Want to see more from Lambert? Check out "Body Love."

(h/t Towleroad)
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Portia De Rossi Is Joining 'Scandal' In A Top Secret Arc

It looks like "Arrested Development" star Portia de Rossi is joining the "Scandal" gang next season.

On Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that her wife will appear on "Scandal" in a "top secret arc":

"Scandal" Writers confirmed the news as well:

Neither de Rossi's rep nor ABC immediately responded to HuffPost's request for comment. In the time being, don't trust Ellen with any secrets.

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I Don't Want Your Apology. I Want You to Think Before You Tweet.

Bill Maher recently expressed his opinions on Twitter regarding the tensions in the Middle East by likening Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, to a "crazy woman" that "you just have to slap."

Naturally, there was a bit of an uproar over his sexist comment that seemed to make light of domestic violence.

Other journalists have taken note of Bill Maher's tweet making light of domestic violence. Washington Post daily blogger/weekly columnist Alexandra Petri wrote, "Violence against women, as a hilarious joke premise, went out of style somewhere between the passenger pigeon and the Pole joke."

But the question is: Why are celebrities and comedians and people in general continuing to say jokes that demean and belittle women? Even worse than making a joke is having a horrific event become a viral trend. Sixteen-year-old Houston native Jada found out she was raped after pictures of her limp body appeared online. Within 24 hours, the hashtag #Jadapose increased in popularity with people posing on the floor in a similar position as Jada when she was unconscious. The recent launch of the hashtag #IamJada shows that there are people out there who are standing up for Jada.

However, Bill Maher wasn't the only one in hot water this past weekend over a social media post. Rihanna and NBA all-star Dwight Howard were called out for tweeting "#FreePalestine" before quickly deleting their posts, respectively, after thousands of RTs and favorites had accumulated.

Regarding the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that was confirmed to have been shot down in Ukraine, Jason Biggs then tweeted an inappropriate joke, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?"

Biggs appeared on HuffPost Live this past Monday after the repercussions of his social media posts and said to host Alyona Minkovski:

"You just need to think about what you put out there. Because people can get hurt and that's what happened, that's what I did -- I hurt some people. And that's not my intent, that's never my intent, so yeah, moving forward I need to not be stupid."

Rihanna, Dwight Howard and Jason Biggs all have respectively sent out apologies (or a more sincere post) over Twitter. But is an apology enough?


Dwight Howard:

Jason Biggs:

With the resulting backlash one has to wonder: Why make the statement at all? Why feel the need to tweet something immediately instead of sleeping on it, or even waiting five minutes and actually considering whether it's something that should be sent out into the world?

Too often it seems as if celebrities and politicians (as well as everyday people) can say whatever they want and if something goes wrong with what they say they simply air out an apology (or even if they don't have an apology), and all is forgiven and we move on with our lives.

Sometimes a celebrity tweets a comment and they just don't know anything about the matter at hand and their ignorance is evident. Actor Ashton Kutcher reacted to the firing of Penn State coach Joe Paterno before learning the details of the Sandusky trial in 2012 by tweeting: "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste," which has since been deleted. After uproar broke about this tweet, Kutcher apologized and said he's given the reins of his Twitter account to a PR team.

Other times a tweet is sent out when the celebrity is not completely sober or too exhausted to be able to make a comment. Lena Dunham appeared as host of "Saturday Night Live" this past March and parodied her numerous nude appearances on "Girls" by dressing up as Eve from the Garden of Eden. Twitter user @Bobbythornton tweeted that she didn't always have to get naked, and Dunham replied with a tasteless molestation joke, which Buzzfeed editor Rachel Zarrell saved below.

Lena Dunham has since apologized and said that she was "really sleepy" when she sent out the tweets:

Sometimes celebrities make horrible jokes in response to a tragedy, like Gilbert Gottfried regarding the 2011 tsunami and earthquake that happened in Japan. Buzzfeed made a list of the 10 worst Gilbert Gottfried tsunami jokes and here's one of the worst ones he tweeted: "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'There'll be another one floating by any minute now.'"

Gottfried was ridiculed for these jokes saying it was too soon after the tragic event, and the insurance agency he worked for fired him and he no longer plays the voice of the iconic Aflac Duck. Gottfried did apologize afterward (from People):

"I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Celebrities shouldn't have to keep giving these apologies, because they should really be thinking and using common sense before they tweet. They should realize they have power because of their celebrity. So ,whether they acknowledge it or not, their words have a wider audience than the average person. Whatever they say can and will be viewed under a microscopic lens.

Twitter is an efficient social media platform to use when talking about events live or making comments in real-time. The chances of making an inappropriate tweet are much higher during or directly following a large-scale event (especially with a trending hashtag).

I understand people mess up. I get that people say stupid things. I know that people get angry and say hurtful things and then apologize for said hurtful things. But with the rise of social media and the power of a screenshot, or a recording of an interview, or a clipping of the printed word, it should really encourage celebrities (and everyone in general) to be careful with what they say.

There are apologies over scandals, cheating, divorce, sexts, nude shots, rude comments. There are so many celebrities who have apologized on Twitter, or in general. There are the half-assed apologies (we've all experienced those) that somehow manage to still count. You have to watch what you say, watch what you wear, watch what you text or type or send. Everything can be captured as a screenshot or recorded and saved forever, with no chance of it disappearing.

Bill Maher wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in 2012 titled "Please Stop Apologizing" about this exact topic. He wrote:

When did we get it in our heads that we have the right to never hear anything we don't like? In the last year, we've been shocked and appalled by the unbelievable insensitivity of Nike shoes, the Fighting Sioux, Hank Williams Jr., Cee Lo Green, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, Don Imus, Kirk Cameron, Gilbert Gottfried, the Super Bowl halftime show and the ESPN guys who used the wrong cliché for Jeremy Lin after everyone else used all the others. Who can keep up?

This is an interesting perspective to have. Why are we keeping up with celebrity apologies? Shouldn't we be actively trying to decrease the number of statements made that would, in effect, result in an apology rather than resigning ourselves to the fact that we are fighting an uphill battle? There are dozens of celebrity apologies already out there and history will continue to repeat itself regarding apologies.

I don't want to keep seeing and reading celebrity apologies. I want celebrities (and everyone, really) to think before they tweet.

Maher continues:

I don't want to live in a country where no one ever says anything that offends anyone. That's why we have Canada. That's not us. If we sand down our rough edges and drain all the color, emotion and spontaneity out of our discourse, we'll end up with political candidates who never say anything but the safest, blandest, emptiest, most unctuous focus-grouped platitudes and cant [sic]. In other words, we'll get Mitt Romney.

Though that was a more of a political spin than a statement on apologies (this was made in 2012 after all), the message is clear. We need those sharp edges that ruffle our feathers every once in a while. However, it's imperative that we are considerate when making those statements. Bill Maher kept the edges rough with his domestic violence joke, however it was viewed as tasteless and it breaches an even bigger concern: Why do we continue to not think about the repercussions before we speak or tweet?

Because now more than ever that comment, picture, recording, etc. will not go away. It will live forever.

And no apology will ever be able to take it back.
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11 Suprising Facts About Internet Superstar George Takei

Not everyone can successfully play the social media game, let alone someone in their 70s. George Takei, best known for his iconic role as Enterprise helmsmen Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek," has spent the last few years working as an LGBTQ advocate with incredibly funny and poignant accounts on major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Despite the Japanese-American star's ever-growing Internet presence and outspokenness on both past and current views, there are still some obscure facts that you might not know about this incredibly talented man.

1. He's named after royalty.

Takei's father was a major Anglophile, so he named both of his sons after members of the British royal family. George is named after King George VI, whose coronation was just a few weeks after George's birth in 1937. His brother is named Henry Takei after the infamous King Henry VIII. His sister, Nancy Reiko Takei, managed to avoid the naming trend.

2. He spent part of his childhood in an internment camp.

As a Japanese-American family living in California in the 1940s, the Takeis were placed in an internment camp, first in their home state, then in Arkansas. Takei was 5 years old when he entered, and 8 when they were released. Even though he was just a child, his experiences there deeply shaped who he is as a person, and even inspired the new musical "Allegiance," starring Takei. Plans are that "Allegiance" will arrive on Broadway soon.

3. His first acting jobs were voice overs.

Given the small number of roles available to Asian actors in Hollywood, it's not surprising that Takei's first roles were not on-screen gigs. According to IMDb, Takei's very first job was as an uncredited voice actor for the film "Godzilla Raids Again," followed by another uncredited role in "Rodan." Takei's big break came in 1959, when he starred in an episode of the hit crime show “Perry Mason,” nearly seven years before he landed the part of Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek."

4. Takei and Walter Koenig weren't always close.

takei koenig

Fans of Takei know of his rocky relationship with "Star Trek" co-star William Shatner, but you may not know that he and co-star Walter Koenig got off to a rough start. Takei had to miss nine episodes of the show's second season because of his work on "The Green Berets." Koenig was brought on as Pavel Chekhov to replace Sulu, which Takei was no happy about. In an interview with Mother Jones, Takei said, "When I came back [to the show] I hated Walter sight unseen." The two had to share a dressing room and a script when Takei returned, but soon they became close friends. Koenig was even best man at Takei's wedding in 2008.

5. He was involved in a lot of local politics.

Takei was not only involved in Hollywood, but also in Los Angeles politics. He ran for City Council in 1973 and lost, but was appointed to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District by Mayor Tom Bradley. He served from 1973 to 1984, and was also the vice president of the American Public Transit Association. And he didn't only work to better the Southern Californian community; he also served two terms on the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission in the 1990s, appointed by President Bill Clinton.

6. He only came out recently.

george takei gay

Takei's involvement in LGBTQ activism makes up a big part of who he is today, but he wasn't always involved in the movement. In fact, he didn't officially come out as gay until 2005, after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a same sex marriage bill. He told The Huffington Post he then knew it was time to reveal his orientation: "I was angry, but I couldn’t speak out without coming out. My voice had to be authentic. And so that’s when I talked to Frontiers [magazine]."

7. He co-wrote a science fiction novel.

Takei is not stranger to the literary world, having written "To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu," "Oh Myyy!: There Goes The Internet" and "Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back." What you may not know is that he co-wrote a science fiction novel with author Robert Asprin entitled "Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe." The plot follows a professional killer and his fight for survival after a computer reprograms all the others around the world to destroy humanity. Gene Roddenberry would be proud.

8. He starred in a "Twilight Zone" episode you've probably never seen.

george takei twilight zone

Like his "Star Trek" co-star William Shatner, Takei appeared on the famous 1960s show "The Twilight Zone," but his episode only aired once in the United States, on May 1, 1964. The episode was entitled "The Encounter," about a World War II vet and a Japanese gardener getting locked in an attic together and dealing with their personal demons. The episode received a lot of complaints due to the gardener's backstory and its portrayal of Japanese-Americans. It was then pulled from syndication in America, though not anywhere else. It can be found on the Season 5 DVDs as well as on Netflix.

9. He's a skilled marathoner and fencer.

Takei's hobbies are not limited to acting and local politics. Takei is a skilled athlete, who showed off his fencing skills on "Star Trek." He also was on the track team during his high school days as a long distance runner. Along with completing five marathons, he was part of the Olympic Torch Relay for the 1984 summer games.

10. He has his own brand of cologne.

george takei cologne

Celebrity scents are a dime a dozen, but they typically belong to young actors looking to bank on their names, not a seasoned science-fiction star. But if anyone could pull it off, it would be Takei. His scent, Eau My, is a unisex scent described as "subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger." Just in case you were looking for a new signature fragrance.

11. "Oh my!" became his catchphrase because of Howard Stern.

It may be hard to believe but Takei's signature "Oh my!" was not originally meant to be his catchphrase. He uttered the words during an interview on Howard Stern's radio show, and Stern captured it as soundbite for his show before Takei came on as an announcer in 2006. The phrase became associated with the actor, who in turn embraced it as his go-to motto.
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Mark Ruffalo Has His Lost Wallet Returned By Stranger After Twitter Exchange

Just when you think the world is only full of bad news and depressing stories, the smallest acts of common decency can really brighten your day.

Take Mark Ruffalo, who got a big surprise after he lost his wallet last week: The actor learned that sometimes you can depend on strangers when a man tweeted at him saying he found his wallet in a cab and wanted to know how he could return it:

"@Trezeduet thank you! Wow! Another point for the decency in people," the 46-year-old actor replied, and asked the Twitter user to send him a direct message. He added, " You are a hero!"

TMZ identified the kind Twitter user as Ross McHale, who apparently didn't recognize Ruffalo's name and had to Google him to see how he could get in touch to return the wallet.
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This 6-Year-Old's 'Smooth' Moves Would Make Michael Jackson Proud

This kid has some seriously impressive skills.

In a video originally uploaded to YouTube last year and resurfacing online this week, 6-year-old Willie Osborn performs a dance routine to Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" at a talent show in Munster, Indiana.

Not only can little Willie work a white suit, but he really knows how to break it down. Watch as Willie stuns the crowd with his fancy feet. His dance moves are second only to the King of Pop himself!

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Ryan Gosling's 'Young Hercules' Performance Is Still LOL

Because there's never a bad time to post videos of Ryan Gosling, has reminded us that The Gos starred on "Young Hercules" during the late 1990s. He played Hercules as a youth on the series, and had to say things like "the Falls of Artemus" with a straight face.

"I had a fake tan, leather pants. I was fighting imaginary monsters -- they weren't really there, but I was acting like they were there," Gosling said of his early work when discussing it in 2013. Work up your best Hey Girl references for social media purposes and watch the video below. For more, head to

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Here's Why 'Jeopardy!' Bloopers Are The Best Kind Of Bloopers

Okay, so it might not be the thing we're most proud of, but we can't deny our affinity for game show fails.

Seriously, what's more fun than watching an average joe completely screw up his 15 minutes of fame? And no matter what Pat Sajak tries to argue, "Jeopardy!" is the end-all-be-all when it comes to epic game show bloopers. Sure, anyone can guess the wrong letter or have a bad spin on "Wheel of Fortune" but only "Jeopardy!" can give us these truly-inspired moments of hilarity.

The good people at Uproxx combed through mountains of old YouTube clips in order to dig up some of the most classic bloopers in "Jeopardy!" history, and to remind us how well Trebek could rock a 'stache.

Head over to Uproxx to see the rest of the bloopers.

[h/t Uproxx]
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Laverne Cox Talks Transgender Issues On 'The View'

2014 has been quite the year for Laverne Cox -- and it seems to just keep getting better.

The transgender activist and "Orange Is The New Black" star stopped by The View this week to talk about the hit Netflix series, as well her position as the most prominent voice for the mainstream transgender community. At one point during the discussion, Whoopi Goldberg brought up how, as the first transgender activist to gain this level of notoriety, Cox had to take the "slings and arrows" of the critics. Cox responded:

"This weekend I was thinking about Sydney Poitier. He won the Academy Award 50 years ago for best actor and it was actually the year the Civil Rights Act was signed. What he says about that moment is that he didn't feel like we had overcome as black actors because he was the only one. And so I think the revolution happens when it's not just me -- there's more of us."

Laverne Cox also recently appeared on the cover of Time magazine, in addition to receiving an Emmy nomination for her work on "Orange Is The New Black." Check out the clip from "The View" above.
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'Game Of Thrones' Actress Joins ABC's 'Resurrection'

Michelle Fairley’s TV career is getting resurrected once again! First the actress was killed off as Catelyn Stark on HBO’s "Game of Thrones." Then she had an arc on USA’s "Suits." Then she played a terrorist on Fox’s "24: Live Another Day"—and was killed off again.
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Gary Oldman Laughing At His Death Scene Supercut Is Hysterical

Gary Oldman didn't just die laughing; he died having a complete giggle-breakdown.

Conan O'Brien recently put together an Oldman death scene supercut to honor the actor, who has died onscreen more than almost anyone, and Oldman thought it was the funniest thing ever.

The montage's perfect mix of odd deaths and emotional music had the veteran actor cracking up basically the entire time, and it's awesome.

Check it out above.

"Conan" airs weeknights at 11:00 p.m. ET on TBS.
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Miranda Kerr Looks For A Genuine Heart In A Potential Partner

Miranda Kerr steps out of her SUV at JFK Airport to catch a flight on Wednesday morning, July 23, in Queens, New York.
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Lady Gaga Pulls A Miley Cyrus

Lady Gaga had some fun while onstage in Los Angeles, California, July 21, as part of her ARTPOP Ball tour.
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Maude Apatow Will Guest Star On 'Girls' Season 4

Maude Apatow was seen dancing with Lena Dunham on the set of "Girls" Season 4, and now HBO confirmed to HuffPost Entertainment that she'll have a guest role on the hit show. TVLine was the first site to report the casting news.

Fifteen-year-old Apatow, who is best-known as all-star Twitter teen and Judd Apatow's daughter, will guest star as a character named Cleo, TVLine reported, and may appear in several episodes. Her credits include roles in "This is 40" and "Knocked Up." Judd Apatow is the executive producer of "Girls," and Dunham has spent time with Maude Apatow for years (they went to a Taylor Swift concert together and live tweeted the event for Teen Vogue -- it's worth a read).

"Girls" has already locked down Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne and Zachary Quinto for guest roles on Season 4.

Apatow's rep did not return immediate request for comment.


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Anne Hathaway's Hair Is Officially 'Long' Again

Ladies and Jared Leto: if you've had a pixie cut for like, 23,403,840,328 years, you know damn well it's a momentous day when you can finally gather your locks into a ponytail.

Anne Hathaway hit that hair milestone on July 22, taking to the streets of New York, pony proudly on display with the help of a bright blue hair tie:

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Nope, no shame in Hathaway's pony game. That pony is loud and proud, and she is simply owning it.

Just promise us this, Anne -- that you'll never forget how far you've come:


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Boyhood: The Last of Its Kind

Boyhood, Richard Linklater's latest brainchild, is an epic, beautiful, and poignant film. It was shot over 12 years using the same actor, Ellar Coltrane, from age 6 to 18 and while the film has been getting a lot of attention for its grand time frame, its perhaps most notable for its timeliness.

Richard Linklater is no stranger to films that straddle fiction and reality. His 2011 film, Bernie, is based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, an assistant funeral director in Carthage, a small Texas town, who commits a murder. The film features testimonials from actual people from Carthage who knew the real Bernie. Linklater's Before Sunrise trilogy gives an improvised feeling since the films are all centered on long and wieldy conversations between two lovers as they walk around at different points in their lives. So Boyhood, which became tethered to how the real Ellar Coltrane developed, in many ways seems like the ultimate experiment in balance between reality and fiction.

Except that there already is a longitudinal project that is constantly updating and straddling that line: the Internet. Boyhood began its production 12 years ago - only two years before Facebook was founded. At the time when Linklater came up with this project home videos and photo albums were obviously a popular way of cataloging someone's growth - but those methods are incomparable to the behemoth of data and information that makes up our online social media networks today. If Linklater had thought up the idea for Boyhood today it wouldn't work because it kind of already exists.

It's possible that years from today historians will look back at this film and use the main character, Mason, as the prototypical example of one of the last people to be born into a world not dominated by social media. In interviews Linklater has said that it was important for the film to be from the point of view of the boy and so the scenes that he chose to include were not necessarily landmarks but rather memories that a child would retain. In the film we see the boy going with his sister to buy the newest Harry Potter book the night it comes out, going to a baseball game, and playing on a Wii. These small details are the essence of much of social media today. The number of cupcakes on instagram far outweighs the number of pictures related to traumatic family events or other dramatic occurrences that may be featured in a film.

That is not to say that Boyhood is frivolous or irrelevant but rather that it marks an end. I have no pictures from the days when my parents took me to buy the Harry Potter books at midnight but today my mother snaps an iPhone photo at just about any event my younger brother attends. I can only speculate but it seems likely that more and more memories from childhood will be attached to a corresponding online photo or live tweet and we will all be constructing our own personalized versions of the movie Boyhood.

There's a scene in the film where Mason and his girlfriend Sheena are driving and he complains to her about social media. He says something to the effect of, "People are constantly checking their phones even though they are not that interested in what their friends have to say. Yet they are not fully present in the in-person interactions they're having so they aren't having a whole experience." This seems ironic since the film in many ways mirrors social media: it's a history or biography that is shaped both by reality (the manner in which Ellar grows or, in the case of social media, life in general) and curation (on social media people make many decisions that impact the manner in which they are projected and the film was scripted and conceived by Linklater).

Boyhood is not special because of its universality but rather its specificity. This is not a film about what it means to be a boy, it is a film about what it means to be a boy today in this very peculiar time that happens to coincide with a drastic shift in the manner in which we remember and tell our own stories.
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Snoop Dogg, The Roots Express Their Love For HuffPost In This Incredible Freestyle Mashup (VIDEO)

At HuffPost Live, we've had many rappers drop by the studio, and we usually ask them to freestyle about HuffPost. Snoop Dogg, Black Thought of The Roots and Wayne Brady all accepted our challenge and spat a few bars on command. What happened, as you can see in the video above, is off-the-cuff lyrical magic.

The verses are great on their own, but they reach another level in this incredible mashup that features the unlikeliest of backing bands, including David Lee Roth, Linda Perry and a violinist. Check out the magic for yourself, and you'll be humming along for the rest of the day.
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First 'Nightcrawler' Trailer Is Jake Gyllenhaal's Lottery Ticket

Filming on Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" was so intense for Jake Gyllenhaal that he was forced to get stitches in his hand after punching a mirror. That sequence is teased below in the first official trailer for the film, which HuffPost Entertainment is happy to debut. Gyllenhaal stars in the film as Lou Bloom, "a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism."

"I wouldn't really call him a journalist," Gyllenhaal said of his character in an interview with Vulture last year. "I would actually consider him a cinematographer. He's a total observer, and a visual artist."

Co-starring Rene Russo and Bill Paxton (who sports a snazzy goatee), "Nightcrawler" is out in theaters on Oct. 17. The film will premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival in September alongside other 2014 awards hopefuls. As Gyllenhaal's Lou says in the clip, "If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket."

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This Is What Happens When You Run Into Walder Frey At A Wedding

In the "Game of Thrones" universe, Walder Frey -- a.k.a the evil mastermind behind the "Red Wedding" -- is the last person you'd want to see at someone's nuptials.

But that's exactly what happened to one wedding photographer, who posted the following picture to Reddit Monday, titled, "I was at a wedding with Walder Frey. Needless to say I was concerned."

Wedding with Walder

Turns out, "Frey" -- who is played by 72-year-old David Bradley -- was there for a happy reason: to see his very own daughter tie the knot. And according to the Redditor, "He's a great guy really!" He then offered this second picture as proof:

Still, congrats to the photog -- for making it out alive.

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Sherri Shepherd's Estranged Husband, Lamar Sally, Adds More Drama To Divorce Battle

As television personality Sherri Shepherd continues to manage her public divorce battle with estranged husband Lamar Sally, new reports have surfaced regarding the couple's soon-to-be-born child.

According to TMZ, Sally, a television writer, is reportedly drafting legal documents in an effort to ensure that Shepherd, a former co-host of "The View," doesn't withdraw from their separation request. The request grants Sally full custody of the newborn, who is due July 28 via a surrogate. Sally's legal precaution comes following reports that Shepherd allegedly "doesn't want anything to do with the child and refuses to pay any child support," in the words of an anonymous source quoted by FOX411 this week.

Last July, 10 months prior to filing for divorce, Shepherd opened up to Hello Beautiful on the difficulties of meeting new friends and the importance of healing following a breakup.

"I don't do new friends very easily because I have a hard enough time keeping up with my old friends," Shepherd said in that interview. "You know, to really develop a friendship you need to go through things and I'm not trying to go through new things with new people."

"I get over a breakup ... with time," she continued. "You have to know time will dull everything, and I think don't get back into a new relationship until you heal. You gotta go through it to get over it. So, take time out after a breakup to know who you are and be by yourself and to be OK with being by yourself."
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