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<p>Only a few months ago, Amy Winehouse performed with The Specials at the V Festival in England.</p>

Amy Winehouse brings the bad to the Q Awards

Posted Oct 27, 2009 1:07 AM By Melinda Newman


Welcome back, Amy.   With Britney having cleaned up her act, it’s been so boring without you. Only a few weeks after it seemed that Amy Winehouse was back on track, her appearance at Monday night’s Q Awards in London had onlookers wondering if she needed to return to “rehab.”

First,  Winehouse missed her appearance as a presenter to most inspirational artist winners The Specials.  Following a delay while organizers looked for Winehouse, her co-presenter, reggae singer Don Letts, handed out the award solo. Winehouse then burst on stage interrupting the Specials during their acceptance speech, according to U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail.
But she wasn’t done yet. As Robert Plant accepted the outstanding contribution to music award, Winehouse heckled him from the audience. She stopped the stunned legend in his tracks, according to the Daily Mail.
Furthermore, in an effort to show off her new, enhanced chest, Winehouse wore an outfit so revealing that most newspapers were forced to censor the photos.
As we reported three weeks ago, Winehouse has turned in demos to a potential follow-up to 2007’s  Grammy-winning  “Back in Black,” and things were looking good for a 2010 release.  Here’s hoping last night was just a momentary relapse and not a return to form.


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Miley Cyrus just got really honest about the hellscape that was 'Hannah Montana'

Posted Aug 14, 2015 1:18 PM By  

Miley Cyrus got "some body dysmorphia" from her "Hannah Montana" days. Are we surprised by this? (We aren't.)

"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show," said Cyrus in a new interview with Marie Claire. "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the fuck am I?"

We should all be thankful that those soul-sucking days are over, not only for Miley's sake ("It was like Toddlers & Tiaras'," she went on) but for our own: who knew she was such an off-the-cuff, freewheeling spirit underneath those pounds and pounds of Disney pageant makeup?

A few other choice quotes from the interview:

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 2: "Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong. Everything happened to me on that set."

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 3: "I would have anxiety attacks. I'd get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of."

On wanting to get it on with Joan Jett: "When [I] introduced Joan Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I said, 'The reason I'm here tonight is because I want to fuck Joan,' everyone laughed because they thought it was a joke. It wasn't." (I believe you, Miley.)

On unrealistic beauty standards: "I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."

After you're finished pre-ordering your copy of Marie Claire's August issue (out August 18!), be sure to check out their damning expose on "The Coolest New Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar." ("From Louboutin lipsticks to micellar face wipes"). Marie Claire: fighting body dysmorphia one $300 bottle of Olaplex Hair Perfector at a time.

[via The Wrap]

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Jared Leto's journey to becoming The Joker continues...

Posted Mar 6, 2015 11:10 AM By Brendan O'Brien

UPDATE: August 26th, 2015

And just like that, Jared Leto says goodbye and his Joker journey has come to an end. 



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UPDATE: April 24th, 2015

Here he is... no more out of focus teases, or paparazzi shots.

UPDATE: April 20th, 2015

Some tricksy sneaky snooping snapshots are showing more of Jared Leto's Joker.

UPDATE: April 16th, 2015

WHOA! Jared Leto shared this via Snapchat.


UPDATE: April 10th, 2015

Suicide Squad Writer/Director David Ayer Tweeted out a look at Leto as The Joker.

A clear homage to this:

UPDATE: April 7th, 2015

Jared Leto jumped in the makeup chair and teased "Transformation begins." on Instagram


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UPDATE: April 3rd, 2015 

Is he practicing?


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UPDATE: March 23rd, 2015

This could be Jared Leto giving us a sneak peek at his "Joker Voice"

Or it could just be Jared Leto being a good showman... or both! 

UPDATE: March 18th, 2015

Jared Leto just Snapchatted a video of himself being very Joker-y with a Batman score playing in the background.


He also posted a close up of those eyebrows. I think he is digging his new look.



Jared Leto's Joker journey continues as he colors his hair and takes his eyebrows... 

It was just a short while ago when we were all gazing at Jared Leto's amazing mane


Yes this happened. Me and the incredibly talented @benedictcumberbatch

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Then he did this.


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Which made him look like this.


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And now he's done this.


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But wait, what is under those glasses? NOTHING! 


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While it might look like he is going for his old Fight Club look, he is probably going for this.


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'Hannibal' creator: 'I wanted to be sure we had an ending for the story'

Posted Aug 29, 2015 11:00 PM By  

Tonight, Bryan Fuller and company gave us the end of "Hannibal" as we know it. Even if the money and logistics can ever be worked out for some kind of movie or miniseries featuring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, and this creative team, the show's time as an ongoing TV series is done, and it ended in a way that functions as a conclusion to the story, even if it's one that may outrage some fans. (My finale review is here.)

Earlier this week, I spoke with Fuller about that ending, potential ways he could continue the franchise, the challenges of finally doing a direct adaptation of "Red Dragon," and a lot more — including me having a very different interpretation of the post-credits scene than what Fuller intended — coming up just as soon as you take the key from around my neck...

At what point in the season did you realize that this is how you were going to end it?

Bryan Fuller: Probably about halfway through the season. We're always looking for a way to end a season in a way we could end the series. We never knew we were coming back. At the beginning of season 3, NBC was talking to me about new development, and that was a pretty big indicator to me that they weren't planning on picking up a season 4. So I wanted to be sure we had an ending for the story we were telling, but also leave room for a continuation of the tale of Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham should we get the option to tell more of it.

So you have an idea in mind in the event of something more where this is not the end of the story?

Bryan Fuller: Right. In my mind, the most interesting chapter of Will Graham's story has yet to be told.

Once NBC made their decision official and you couldn't find a buyer elsewhere for a fourth season, were you at peace with the idea that this is it?

Bryan Fuller: I knew the writing was on the wall. I knew that we had gotten ridiculously preferential treatment on this show by the network. The fact that they allowed us to tell the tales we were telling, and in a manner that was much more suited to a cable audience than a broadcast network audience. They were bending over backwards to accommodate us, and I knew they could only bend so far with ratings as bad as we had! (laughs)

Where do things stand now? What are the options?

Bryan Fuller: Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film. The season 4 that we were going to tell is such a restart and reimagining that I still hope in some way that we get to tell a version of that, if not "Silence of the Lambs" itself, as a miniseries. I would love to return this cast to the big screen from whence they came, and Hannibal Lecter to the big screen, from whence he came. It seems perfectly symmetrical.

Last time we talked, you put the odds on a fourth season at 50-50. What would you say the odds are now for any kind of filmed continuation?

Bryan Fuller: Oh, God. I have no idea. I think they're less than 50/50, and not in our favor. But I'm curious to see how folks respond to the finale, and then also if that satisfies them? If that feels like "We got a conclusion to our story and it's wrapped up in a bow, and we don't need anymore," then the audience will dictate. But if the audience is still there for the show and still wants a continuation of that story, I'll continue looking for ways to give it to them.

Why does Will, to your mind, pull Hannibal off the cliff. Is it what Bedelia said about how he can't live with him or without him, so they have to go down together?

Bryan Fuller: Essentially, the conclusion of the season really started very early in the Italian chapter of the story, where Will is admitting if he doesn't kill Hannibal Lecter, he has the potential to become him. Then he escapes that trajectory with Hannibal being institutionalized, and finding a family, and once being exposed to the heroin needle again, as it were, he's realizing how much of an addict he actually is, but is aware enough to know, and to start making moves toward his previous goal of ending Hannibal. And he's willing to do what it takes. Bedelia says, "Can't live with him, can't live without him." It's not necessary for him to survive this, in order to accomplish what he needs to accomplish. There's something so fated about that final act of Will's. And also, the awareness of this is perhaps the best solution for both of them.

Hannibal looks so happy when Will is embracing him. Does he know what's going to happen next, or is he thrown for a loop when they go over the cliff?

Bryan Fuller: I think Hannibal is thrown for a loop when they go over. In that final scene between them, it was Hugh Dancy and I talking about what those last moments that we see of Hannibal and Will in the series on NBC, how they need to connect, and yet Will can't totally surrender to Hannibal, because he's still Will Graham and still a human being, but he also knows that it's going to be very difficult to go back to his family life, seeing his wife murdered over and over again in his mind every time that he looks at her. Any possibility of a relationship that could save him from Hannibal Lecter seems dimmer and dimmer in his mind, that it is acceptable to him that he not survive.

You've talked about this relationship in romantic terms. Bedelia makes that even more explicit in some of her conversations with both men this season. Was there any thought given to having them do more than embrace at the end, or would that in some way be diminishing the very unique and strange nature of their relationship?

Bryan Fuller: Mads and Hugh, there were a lot of takes where they got very intimate, and lips were hovering over lips. I definitely had the footage to go there, because Mads and Hugh were so game. They called me and warned me: "We really went for it!" And then I saw the dailies, I thought there was a fine line from that #Hannigraham fan fiction motive to give the hardcore audience exactly what they want in terms of this actually being a homosexual relationship between these two men, and what is authentic for the characters in that final moment. I mean, it's not "Brokeback Mountain." Mads isn't gonna be spitting on his hand and getting to work. (laughs) We felt we had to keep it genuine to the tone of the relationship as we've been telling it in the series, and even in that moment when Will asks if Hannibal is in love with him, and Bedelia says, "Of course he is, ya big queen!" Even in that moment, it's not quite dipping into the physical passions that would be the case if they were both homosexual. But I feel one is ominisexual and one is heterosexual and there's a lot of influence going back and forth, who knows with a six pack of beer what would happen.

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Did 'Fear the Walking Dead' really just kill that character?

Posted Aug 23, 2015 11:15 PM By  

Warning: Full spoilers for the premiere episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” follow…

Two of the biggest questions that audiences asked themselves ahead of the debut of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” companion series “Fear the Walking Dead” were: How will it distinguish itself from its parent series? And will “Fear” learn from “The Walking Dead”’s mistakes?

The former remains to be seen, though we did speak with “Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson about his long-term plans for the series. As to the latter, there are multiple interpretations of the exact nature of “The Walking Dead”’s mistakes. The audience does tend to make their thoughts on the matter known, though. Often in the form of memes.

As one example, “The Walking Dead” has come under fire in the past for what many felt was a pattern of introducing male African American characters only to either quickly dispatch them or give the character a minimal storyline until just before they were set to die on the series. For some, it seemed as if the show would only have one central male African American character at a time.

Take a look at one of the aforementioned memes capturing this sentiment below:

I was legitimately surprised when I watched the premiere episode of “Fear” and realized that they’d introduced two young, male, African American characters -- Maestro Harrell as Matt and Keith Powers as Calvin -- only to kill Calvin off by the close of the entry and leave Matt in what appears to be imminent danger.

Read Alan's review of the "Fear the Walking Dead" premiere here

It’s a fairly stereotypical failing of the horror genre, and one that I’d thought that the “Fear the Walking Dead” team would be sensitive to. When I sat down with Erickson, I asked him if he’d thought about the potential response from viewers.

“I would start from this place,” Erickson reflected. “The show is set in Los Angles, primarily in East LA, so we wanted to make sure that the background of our characters and the ethnicity of our characters mirrored the environment they’re living in. Really with the exception of Madison (Kim Dickens) and her kids. So, it is a tricky thing, because the reality is that if you’re going to do a show that is multiethnic and diverse, and you’re doing a zombie show, then ancillary characters are going to die.

Here's how "Fear the Walking Dead" is like "Apocalypse Now"

“There have been times where there were characters that were scripted one way and then we found an actor we loved and so we cast that actor. The thing about Calvin is that Keith is such a good actor, so it’s always that thing when someone dies on the show where I would love to hold onto them because I would love to see where the character would go. I understand that it’s delicate, and I know there have been conversations about the original show. I would say this: there is nobody who is safe. I’m not thinking of anybody in particular when I say that."

“We’re going to continue to live in an urban environment for the indefinite future," the showrunner continued. "And what I don’t want to do is get into a situation where I’m casting people or writing people specifically because I’m thinking, ‘If that character dies in six episodes is it going to be…[problematic].’ I know I can’t speak for [‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner] Scott Gimple and I’m sure he’s responded to this. But we have a predominately Latino cast so I’m sure over the course of these episodes, this season, and beyond, there are going to be people of color who die, there’s going to be…Everyone is going to die. Honestly in the pilot stage I didn’t even think about it. It didn’t come up in conversation.”

I find it interesting, and in some ways fairly problematic, that the creative team didn't think about these decisions ahead of time. And that raises a few questions for discussion: Is the ethnicity of the characters something that he and the other “Fear the Walking Dead” producers should have thoughtfully considered in pre-production? Particularly in regards to the characters who will be quickly killed and therefore read as of lesser value to the story?

Now to be fair, “Fear the Walking Dead” is -- as Erickson points out -- a diverse cast and it's not yet clear who will come to the forefront as a central player. Nor can we be sure of Matt’s fate. It certainly doesn’t look good for him, though, and Calvin’s introduction and immediate death is indisputable. Perhaps it wouldn’t be as noticeable if there were a larger/more significant presence of male African American characters. Or if audiences hadn’t already been having a similar conversation about “The Walking Dead.” 

I’m not sure that getting into “outrage” mode is really helpful, here. Nor is dismissing the question as “PC nonsense.” In fact, I’m sure neither is. I can’t really stop anyone if that’s what they want to do, of course. I do think this is something that warrants examination. It's almost shocking that the "Fear the Walking Dead" producers didn't consider the implications. First, because it is by-in-large the same creative team that’s behind “The Walking Dead.” Second, the deaths of young African American men in our very real world is so much at the forefront of our cultural discourse right now. Perhaps these are two entirely separate issues.

Certainly, people are going to die on a zombie series and if – as Erickson says – it’s a diverse cast, then people of color are going to die. The very last thing anyone would want is for either of those actors to lose out on the roles. Yet, it’s hard not to notice that only two young African American male characters were introduced and one is now gone. It's subtle, but in the language of media that can say, "These characters are less important than the others." So, I suppose it does feel like some thought should be put into who dies and when - even on a zombie series.

Let me us know what you think in the comments below. Are these questions that we should ask ourselves as viewers? I certainly feel they are. Should producers also put the onus on themselves to think about the message they are delivering when it comes to the treatment of certain characters as disposable -- or not  -- in media.

Take a look at Alan and I give our initial thoughts on the series in the video below:

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