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'Game of Thrones' announces 9 new cast members, including “Whale Rider” star Keisha Castle-Hughes

“Game of Thrones” announces 9 new cast members, including “Whale Rider” star Keisha Castle-Hughes
Castle-Hughes will play Prince Oberyn’s eldest bastard daughter, Obara Sand. She'll be joined by veteran actor Jonathan Pryce and a new actress to play Cersei's daughter. PLUS: Watch the "GoT" blooper reel.

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Nicki Minaj

UPDATED: Why Nicki Minaj and her butt can't have it both ways

She protests a little too much over her latest controversy

UPDATED: Minaj has delayed the release of "Anaconda" a week for unspecified reasons. The single will now come out Aug. 4. She also released a new photo of her in the same outfit as the single cover, this time from the front, surrounded by a yoga mat, weights, and work out ball. All in pink, natch.

 

So Nicki Minaj wants to know why models get no push back— so to speak—when they flash their asses in photo spreads and yet the world is all over her famous backside after she posts a shot of her “Anaconda” single cover that features her derriere.

After the photo went viral and threatened to break the internet, Minaj got some praise, but she also got her share of grief, so last night, she started posting photos of such things as the last Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover and asking why that’s “angelic”and yet her butt shot is “unacceptable.” She even threatened to post some more explicit photos, but decided better of it… or maybe she’ll just wait for that until the next time she’s desperate for some publicity.

Well, Nicki, you have every right to cop a squat and show off your formidable rear, but here’s a few reasons why you're causing such a stir and why you may want to think this through.

1. Your shot is aggressively in your face in a way the model shots are not. Add high heels and it would be a trademark stripper pose. Whether it’s the crouched position or the disappearing pink thong or the come hither look, your shot is sexualized in a way that the other shots are not. That's fine if you want to be known primarily for that asset as opposed to others, but maybe not such a smart move, if not.

2. The sad fact is that women can still not have it both ways. I’m not saying that it’s OK that we can’t, I’m just saying that we haven’t gotten to the place yet where a women who plasters her bare ass in a provocative pose all over the internet is then going to be taken completely seriously for her music. Some folks won’t see it as an issue, but given the comments flooding the internet, others do. You don't get to cry foul when people focus on your behind and your looks instead of your music if you're doing to flaunt your appearance this way. When Lil Kim showed up topless other than a pasty,  we all knew it was because the music was secondary to the spectacle. Is that the message you want to send?

3. You seem to be working really hard to clean up your image: the funny wigs are gone, you’ve been dressing classier at awards shows. No one says you have to wear a nun’s habit (actually, you’ve already tried that and it didn’t go over so well), but it feels like you back slid here. We’re not saying that women can’t express all different facets of themselves, but there’s sexy and there’s tacky and this seems more of the latter.

4. Look at you. Everyone’s talking about you. Again. Good for you. But wouldn’t it be nice if they were talking about the music instead of your ass?  With "Pills N' Potions," people were talking about the song and how it showed a different side of you. But now, everyone's just talking about your butt. Maybe it doesn’t matter to you, but for someone who has pretended for the last 24 hours that those doesn’t care what people think, you’re spent a lot of time on Twitter fanning the flames.

What do you think? Is the photo too much?

 

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"Game of Thrones"

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'Game of Thrones' offers Season 5 teases at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Series creators and stars, characters living and dead, hit Hall H

That was a fine "Walking Dead" panel.

And now, Hall H is going from zombies to White Walkers, or from "Walking Dead" to "Game of Thrones."

The panel is supposed to include series masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, franchise creator George R.R. Martin and a slew of cast members including John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). Oh and Craig Ferguson will be moderating.

That's another big panel.

Click through and follow along!

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Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard to star in NBC’s 'The Slap' miniseries

Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard to star in NBC’s "The Slap" miniseries
Based on the Australian series, “The Slap” explores what happens when a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix and Doctor Strange</p>

Joaquin Phoenix and Doctor Strange

Credit: AP Photo/Marvel

Joaquin Phoenix reportedly being courted for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

The three-time Oscar nominee would bring a lot of prestige to Marvel's slate

Well, maybe Benedict Cumberbatch really is just in Comic-Con for "The Penguins of Madagascar" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Though the "Star Trek Into Darkness" star had been strongly rumored for the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel's upcoming film (which will be directed by Scott Derrickson), The Wrap is reporting that Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to take the part.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 5 gets premiere date, trailer

“The Walking Dead” Season 5 gets premiere date, trailer
AMC’z zombie series returns Oct. 12.

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<p>Andrew Lincoln of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln of "The Walking Dead"

Credit: AMC

'Walking Dead' team teases Terminus and beyond at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Andrew Lincoln, Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman and more hit Hall H

Thursday was a big first day for live-blogging at San Diego Comic-Con.

I live-blogged "Penny Dreadful," "Community," "Under the Dome" (ugh) and "24."

Friday (July 25) started with "Big Bang Theory," which I'll write up later, but didn't live-blog.

Now it's time for chaos, with live-blogs for "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones" and "Arrow," plus possibly "The Originals," depending on timing.

Whee!

Up first? The Hall H panel for "The Walking Dead," which is likely to be as big as any panel at Comic-Con, featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, showrunner Scott Gimple, franchise creator Robert Kirkman, long-running EPs Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, producer-director-makeup genius Greg Nicotero and moderator Chris Hardwick, who might as well be on the panel himself.

Let's see what goes down!

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Beastie Boys

Revisiting Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' 25 years later

What did the critics say when it first came out?


The stakes were high for the Beastie Boys on their second album, “Paul’s Boutique.” The trio’s first set, 1986’s “Licensed To Ill,” had catapulted Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Michael “Mike D” Diamond into rap’s forefront with tunes like the bratty anthem, “Fight For Your Right (To Party)”showed three white New Yorkers could steal the rap spotlight.

But the bigger question was if they were making novelty music for frat parties or were here to stay. “Paul’s Boutique” authoritatively proved it was the latter.

When it came time for “Boutique,” which came out 25 years ago today, on July 25, 1989, the Beasties had split with producer Rick Rubin and turned to the Dust Brothers.  The album came with a more serious, dedicated attitude and a quarter century after its release, it is considered the Beastie Boys’ masterpiece.

So how was it received when it first came out? Here’s a look at some of the initial reviews in 1989 for “Paul’s Boutique.”


Rolling Stone gave it four our of five stars with David Handelman declaring, Yet with the dense, crafty Paul's Boutique (produced by the Dust Brothers, including Tone-Loc helmsman Matt Dike), the Beasties reinvent the turntable and prove they're here to stay. Gone is Rubin's wailing guitar (and with it, probably, the chance of a crossover hit single), but in its place is a nearly seamless set of provocative samples and rhymes — a rap opera, if you will, complete with an Abbey Road-like multisnippet medley called "B-boy Bouillabaisse." If the misogyny, hedonism and violence of the first album bothered you, the sequel shows little remorse — merely replacing beer with cheeba — but it's a much more intricate, less bludgeoning effort.”

Robert Christgau, reviewing for Playboy, noticed the sea change: “If Paul's Boutique (Capitol) doesn't jump you the way great rap usually does, it also announces that these guys aren't about to burn out on their vaunted vices--not cheeba, not pussy, certainly not fame. With Rick Rubin producing hard rock full-time, Paul's Boutique doesn't pick up on the expansive pop-metal hooks that made them rich and famous. It's not as thick and threatening as Public Enemy or as waggish as De La Soul. But the Beasties and Tone-Loc's Dust Brothers have worked out a sound that sneaks up on you with its stark beats and literal-minded samples, sometimes in a disturbing way, and while I don't hear a "Fight for Your Right," I also wasn't smart enough to handicap "Wild Thing" as the biggest rap single in history. Bearing down on the cleverest rhymes in the biz…the Beasties concentrate on tall tales rather than boasting or dissing.”

“Paul’s Boutique” peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, but time has given the album a certain revered, elder statesman status among rap titles.  Spin ranked it No. 12 among its 100 Greatest Albums released between 1985 and 2005; Pitchfork listed it at No. 3 on the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s, and Time Magazine named it among its “100 Greatest Albums of All TIME.”

“Hey Ladies” was the only hit from “Paul’s Boutique,” reaching No. 36, but the entire album’s influence only continues to grow.

What’s your favorite track from “Paul’s Boutique?”

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<p>On the set of &quot;A Most Wanted Man&quot;</p>

On the set of "A Most Wanted Man"

Credit: Roadside Attractions

Anton Corbijn talks 'A Most Wanted Man,' Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kurt Cobain

The John le Carré adaptation is now playing in limited release

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" — featuring the last leading man performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman — makes its way to theaters today.

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Exclusive: Dawes performs 'Someone Will' for Guitar Center Sessions: Watch

Exclusive: Dawes performs 'Someone Will' for Guitar Center Sessions: Watch

SoCal band performs tale of unrequited love

Dawes will star on Sunday’s (27) episode of Guitar Center Sessions on DIRECTV’s Audience Network, but you don’t have to wait until then to get a sneak peek at the Southern California’s folk rockers’ appearance.

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<p>&quot;The Judge&quot;</p>

"The Judge"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'The Judge' with Robert Downey Jr. will open the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

Looks like Warner Bros. is steering clear of Telluride this year

After revealing the film as part of its official lineup of premieres on Tuesday, the Toronto Film Festival has waited until today to announce that "The Judge," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, will serve as the event's opening night presentation on Sept. 4.

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Comic-Con attendees forbidden from asking 'Big Bang Theory' writers about cast negotiations

Comic-Con attendees forbidden from asking “Big Bang Theory” writers about cast negotiations
When a Deadline reporter at this morning’s “Big Bang” panel tried to ask about the negotiations, a Comic-Con monitor exclaimed, “We can’t let you ask about that — it’s a legal question.” Still, the writers seemed to be conveying the message that everything is proceeding as normal.


AMC orders Afghanistan-set “White City” pilot
AMC calls “White City” “a gripping geopolitical drama focused on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.”


Cartoon Network renews 5 shows, including “Adventure Time”
“Uncle Grandpa,” “Clarence,” “Regular Show” and “Steven Universe” also got picked up for another season.


“Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke shaves her head at Comic-Con
Norman Bates’ pal Emma is bald for a new movie role.


Blame Jack Bauer for the rise of “Bonkers TV”
Bonkers TV is when a show goes from one gasp-inducing plot point to the next, from “Scandal” to “Salem,” according to Tara Ariano. Bonkers TV, says Ariano, "operates on the outskirts of our television renaissance. This is programming designed to stun its audience at any cost (even coherence  and plausibility) in an effort to restore some kind of order to a chaotic media landscape.”


Brooks Wheelan: I never expected to be on “SNL"
"I had a good time on it,” he says. "Looking back, it was a cool year. I never expected to be on Saturday Night Live, so the fact that I got to do it for a year is like, What?! It’s an added bonus.” PLUS: 1982-85 vet Gary Kroeger on being fired from “SNL."


Watch Jordan Peele play Stan Lee on “Key & Peele”
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele revealed the upcoming sketch at Comic-Con.


“Airline Repo” gets a Season 2 premiere date, adds a female pilot
The Discovery Channel reality show returns Aug. 22.

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