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    Conan O'Brien, his production company and TBS are being targeted in a lawsuit claiming the talk show host's jokes were stolen from a man's Twitter account and blog.


    In a lawsuit filed in California on July 22, comedy writer Robert Kaseberg claims that "Conan" allegedly violated copyright on four of his jokes between January and June of 2015. But Conaco, Conan O’Brien’s production company, and "Conan" announcer Andy Richter aren't having any of it.


    In a statement released on Monday, a rep for Conaco told Entertainment Weekly, "We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit." Richter also commented on the news. On Monday, Richter joked about the allegations, writing, "There's no possible way more than one person could have concurrently had these same species-elevating insights!"





    The first joke on which the lawsuit claims "Conan" violated copyright was published on Kasenberg's blog on Jan. 14, 2015. In the joke, Kasenberg writes, "A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight." As The Hollywood Reporter points out, O'Brien told a similar joke about a Delta flight that same day.


    According to the lawsuit, Kaeberg also wrote a Tom Brady joke on his blog and Twitter on Feb. 3, 2015 that he claims was stolen. Kaseberg wrote, "Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll." The next day, a similar joke appeared during O'Brien's monologue. The two other jokes mentioned in the complaint were on the topics of Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument, separately.


    The lawsuit comes after recent news that Twitter is cracking down on stolen tweets. and allowing users to claim copyright infringement. View the full complain against "Conan" here.


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    It's 2015. By now, reality TV is a young adult, but it hasn't grown out of "The Bachelor" franchise. Despite its bizarre dating rituals, low success rate, and questionable racial and gender politics, the stable of shows is, if anything, more popular than ever. Do people love "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," or do they love to hate it? It's unclear. But here at "Here To Make Friends," we both love and love to hate them -- and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail.


    In this week's "Here To Make Friends" podcast, hosts Claire Fallon, Culture Writer, and Emma Gray, Senior Women's Editor, recap the finale of "The Bachelorette," Season 11. We'll discuss Nick's rejection, Shawn's proposal and the awkward couples therapy that was "After The Final Rose." 




     


    Plus, Sam Usher and Sammy Smith, also known as two-thirds of The Bachelor Dudes, join to give us their "Bachelorette" finale commentary.  




    The best tweets about the "Bachelorette" finale...


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    In 2008, Tina Fey proved that comedy and politics are pretty much indistinguishable. Now, as the 2016 primary fights heat up, she thinks the latest crop of candidates could prove just as entertaining.


    At a Television Critics Association summer press tour event for her Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Fey said she believes Donald Trump's presidential bid will make particularly good joke fodder.


    "It's great for comedy," she said at the Tuesday morning panel. “It’s one of those things where I’m sure ‘Saturday Night Live’ wishes they were on the air right now … next year at this time you’ll be doing a panel with just Darrell Hammond.”


    Fey said she doesn't yet have "fully formed jokes” about the 2016 race, but if history teaches us anything, it's that Tina Fey may once again single-handedly alter the course of human events. 




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    Joel Edgerton's new thriller "The Gift," which he wrote, directed and stars in, explores what happens when an old grudge compels a high school acquaintance to come back to haunt a young married couple. When Edgerton stopped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss his role in the film, he remembered the ups and downs of his own high school years.


    "To be honest, like in the development of the script, I had to really remember my high school years and go, 'There were times where I wasn't a good person.' There were times where I felt the threat of navigating school, trying to avoid certain people who were bullying me. So I could understand both sides of the coin," he told host Josh Zepps.


    While Edgerton said his school life closely resembled the '80s coming-of-age hit "The Wonder Years," he admitted he wasn't always the straight-laced Kevin Arnold character.


    "I wouldn't call myself a bully. I wasn't like your typical [kind of bully who was] waiting around the corner to try to steal some kid's lunch or whatever, but I remember being part of that pack mentality, which is all fear-based," he said. "It's like if I can be part of the group, then I'll survive. And if I'm part of the group, unfortunately sometimes it means excluding other kids. That's definitely a form of bullying."  


    Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with "The Gift" actor and director Joel Edgerton here


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    Danielle Brooks’ latest Instagram post is the perfect dose of body confidence.


    The "Orange Is The New Black" actress shared a photo of herself at the gym to celebrate something she’s always wanted to do: work out in only a sports bra, without shame.



     


    Brooks explained to her 1 million followers that the moment was significant for her because she has "felt shameful" in the past of her body. But not anymore.


    "Today my inner being told me to turn up the notch on my self-love," she wrote in the caption. "I should not be ashamed of my body. I’m not a walking imperfection! I’m a Goddess. Secondly, I’m a confident woman! That doesn’t stop once I take off my spanx."


    Brooks has been vocal about the importance of self-love, writing an essay on the topic for Glamour magazine and frequently adding hashtags like #lovethyself and #voiceofthecurves to her posts. Two weeks ago, she announced on Instagram she was joining People Style Watch for a #LoveYourShape campaign, prompting others to share their photos with the hashtag.



     


    Now that's what body positivity looks like.


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    Get in the holiday spirit with the first trailer for "The Night Before," because nothing says Christmas like getting super high while coming to terms with the fact that your partying days are probably behind you. 


    Seth Rogen plays a father-to-be who spends every Christmas with his pals played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie. The friends decide it's time to end their little tradition, but not before they have one last drug-fueled night together. 


    Also starring Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, Michael Shannon, Mindy Kaling, and oh, there's a cameo from Miley Cyrus, too -- just know you have four months to prepare yourself to watch Rogen vomit in the middle of a church. 


     "The Night Before" hits theaters November 25.


     


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    Netflix kicked off the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday with a slew of new announcements. From an upcoming Keith Richards documentary and new Aziz Ansari series to details on "Fuller House" and Season 2 of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," there's a lot to look forward to. Here's everything we learned:


    The first episode of "Fuller House" has been shot.


    We already saw pictures of John Stamos on the set of the new "Full House" reboot and an Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky reunion. But on Tuesday, Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of Netflix, revealed that the first episode was shot last week, and teased that the Olsen twins mightpossibly return for the reboot. Sarandos also said of the new series, "It's very much in the same spirit, but it's a modern take on 'Full House.'"


    "Arrested Development" Season 5 is in talks.


    Sarandos teased a new season of the beloved comedy during the panel, saying that Netflix is "plugging along" with it. "It is our intent to have a new season of 'Arrested Development,' and all the negotiations are underway." 



    Aziz Ansari is getting his own series.


    Co-created by Ansari and Alan Yang, "Masters of None" is a comedy about Dev (Ansari), a 30-year-old actor through his personal and professional struggles. The series will be executive produced by Mike Schur ("Parks and Recreation"), Dave Becky ("Louie") and David Miner ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), and will also star H. Jon Benjamin, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe, Noel Wells and Kelvin Yu. "Masters of None" will premiere on Nov. 6 along with the fourth season of "Longmire."


    "Jessica Jones" and "A Very Murray Christmas" are coming soon.


    A handful of new shows and specials will debut on Netflix during the fourth quarter of 2015. Those include Marvel's "Jessica Jones" series, Sofia Coppola's Bill Murray Christmas special "A Very Murray Christmas," Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' "With Bob and Dave," the third and final season of "Hemlock Grove," and Bill Burr's animated comedy, "F is for Family." 



    "BoJack Horseman" renewed for Season 3.


    Will Arnett will return for a third season to voice his titular '90s sitcom star horse, along with Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris and Alison Brie.


    A Keith Richards doc will debut on Netflix.


    Following news that the rock 'n' roll icon will release his first solo album in two decades, Richards has a new documentary headed to Netflix. "Keith Richards: Under the Influence," from "20 Feet From Stardom" filmmaker Morgan Neville, who also directed Richards' latest music video, will premiere on Sept. 18.


    "Sense8" hasn't been renewed, yet.


    During the panel for Netflix's sci-fi series, co-creator J. Michael Straczynski said the show had not yet been renewed for a second season, but that the creators are "cautiously optimistic."



    Chelsea Handler does drugs ... sort of.


    Handler's docu-series with Netflix, "Chelsea Does," will include four films "Chelsea Does Marriage," "Chelsea Does Drugs," "Chelsea Does Racism" and "Chelsea Does Technology." Last month, Handler revealed details about the series, saying that the "Drugs" film revolves around ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew from South America. During her TCA panel, Handler also said her Netflix talk show will be coming next year and be on "a few times a week."


    Tituss Burgess responded to the "Kimmy Schmidt" race backlash.


    After "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" premiered on Netflix earlier this year, the new comedy was met with criticism over its depiction of race. Tons of critics condemned the series for its portrayal of Native American and Asian-American characters. At the panel, "Kimmy Schmidt" star Tituss Burgess said he was "surprised" about the backlash. "I don't think it was warranted," he said. "I think we all did a gorgeous job of raising a discussion and putting it to bed." The cast and executive producers also announced that production on Season 2 will begin next month. During the panel, Tina Fey also commented on Donald Trump's presidential bid, saying it's "great for comedy."


     


    Maureen Ryan contributed reporting.


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    Jaden Smith dropped a new video for his track "Scarface" on Tuesday. Without any previous promotion, the rapper-actor posted his video on the website, 490tx, and then tweeted about it.


    Directed by former "Hannah Montana" star and Smith's friend Moises Arias, the video follows Smith through the dark streets of Matera, Italy -- so dark we wonder if the crew forgot their lighting equipment at home. Watch Smith rap with a gaint mug in his hand as he's followed by a creepy person (we think?) crawling behind him.


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    Miley Cyrus can't stop, won't stop hyping up her gig as host of this year's MTV VMAs.  


    The 22-year-old shared a new promo clip for the award show on her Instagram account Tuesday in which she's seen in front of a neon-green background, wearing a fluffy white jacket and crop top combo, and a sparkly cherry headpiece. Her arms are crossed over her chest and she's giving her best badass-boss-lady pout. 


    In the clip, which she captioned "F**k Yeah VMAzzzzzz!," music plays as the "Bangerz" singer "winds up" her own hand like a jack-in-the-box, and then pop (!) goes her middle finger and out comes her tongue. She then proceeds to throw up both middle fingers while bopping along to the beat. 


    She's just being Miley, y'all. 



    A video posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on



    The former "Hannah Montana" star first announced she'd been chosen for the hosting gig with a rather creative Instagram pic. In the image, the performer is seen dressed in an alien costume and sandwich board sign that reads, "MTV won't let me perform ... So I'm hosting this year's VMAs." 



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    We're sure she'll being out all the stops for the show, which is set to air on August 30th. 


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    Cara Delevingne is learning that promoting a movie doesn't just involve attending glamorous premieres with famous friends -- it also means appearing on random morning shows with hosts who could really use a clue. 


    The model-turned-actress endured one of the most awkward interviews in recent history when she appeared on "Good Day Sacramento" to promote "Paper Towns." (The hosts started things off with a bang by calling her Carla instead of Cara.) The interview was just a series of cringeworthy questions, with the tone-deaf hosts actually asking if she was "just exhausted," explaining that she sounded much more excited in previous interviews. Keep in mind, this was right after they asked her the incredibly original question of whether or not she had anything in common with her character in the movie. 


    And just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, one of the hosts told the 22-year-old, "We'll let you go take a little nap, maybe get a Red Bull, how about that?" The model didn't respond, but the look on her face spoke volumes. 


     


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    Three years after the release of their mega-hit collaboration “Latch,” electronic duo Disclosure and singer Sam Smith have joined forces once more -- this time on a groovy track called “Omen.”


    Disclosure dropped the song, and an accompanying music video, on Monday morning. Thus far, the video has been watched more than 2.5 million times on YouTube.


    Sharing the release of the track with his fans on social media Monday, Smith expressed his elation.





     


    Within hours, the 23-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer said the song -- which will feature on Disclosure’s upcoming album “Caracal” -- had soared to the number 2 spot on the iTunes UK chart.


    “It's a beautiful thing to wake up to @disclosure #OMEN being number 2 on UK iTunes and seeing all this insane response,” Smith wrote in an Instagram caption Tuesday, accompanying a snap of him and Howard and Guy Lawrence, the British brothers behind Disclosure.  


    In an earlier Instagram post featuring another shot with the house duo, the singer wrote that he was thrilled to be “be releasing music with my best friends again.” 



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    Disclosure's “Caracal” will be released on September 25. Watch the “Omen” music video above.


     


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    The first trailer for Michael Bay's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" debuted on Tuesday, and it sets a pretty clear tone for the dark, intense action-thriller.


    Based on Mitchell Zuckoff's book of the same name, "13 Hours" recounts the events of September 11, 2012, when militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The film stars James Badge Dale and John Krasinski as two members of a six-man security team that defended the consulate that day.


    "13 Hours" arrives in theaters January 15, 2016.


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    Back in 2002, all six stars of NBC's hit show "Friends" were able to successfully negotiate $1 million per episode salaries for themselves, meaning they'd each take home a cool $24 million for the season (the series wrapped the following year, after another 18 episodes.)


    They certainly weren't the first to snag such mega paydays, but  "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman doesn't think they deserved all that bank, according to the Wrap. On Tuesday, during a Television Critics Association press tour panel, Kauffman, who is now the showrunner of Netflix's "Grace and Frankie," told reporters, "A million dollars an episode is kinda ridiculous."


    Kauffman, who was speaking to the differences between her old and new gig, added, "Let’s be honest, that’s a lot of money. I think it’s inflated. And there’s something unrealistic about it. Not everybody is going to get a million dollars an episode. So I think actually what we’re all doing [now] is actually more reasonable and makes more sense." 


    According to The Wrap, Kauffman was addressing a reporter who specifically asked about the much-publicized demands of the cast of "Friends." It came in relation to a question about whether the fact that Netflix currently doesn't share viewing numbers has any affect on an actor's ability to negotiate salary. 


    She claimed it's a different situation, since networks are beholden to ratings and advertisers. Because Netflix doesn't have advertisers, they aren't "pandering" to them or to the network. "All we’re doing is making the show we want and that we believe in,"she said. 


    Still, Kauffman's comments are somewhat surprising, given that the cast were far from the first to negotiate those kinds of salaries.  Jerry Seinfeld was already making $1 million per episode back in 1997 (additionally, cast members Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander received 300 percent raises, from $150,000 to $600,000, in the show's final season) and turned down NBC's offer of $5 million an episode to stay on for a 10th season of "Seinfeld."


    Then in 1999, "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen reportedly nabbed a $1.25 million per episode contract from ABC for the show's last season, which was later followed by "Mad About You" stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, who were also able to renew their contract with NBC at $1 million per episode. 


    NBC clearly didn't want to risk losing any of the "Friends" cast at a time when the show was  averaging 25 million viewers each week. While Kauffman might find the salaries "ridiculous," Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, visited HuffPost Live in January and disagreed



    I've been asked this question before, but phrased as, do I think we were worth it? Were we worth $1 million? To me, that's such a strange question. It's like, well, that's irrelevant. Are you worth it? How do you put a price on how funny something is? We were in a position to get it. If you're in a position in any job, no matter what the job is -- if you're driving a milk truck or installing TVs or an upholsterer for a couch -- if you're in a position to get a raise and you don't get it, you're stupid. You know what I mean? We were in a position and we were able to pull it off. "Worth it" has nothing to do with it.



     


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    In a Complex  interview released July 27,  Khloe Kardashian came to the defense of her 17-year-old sister Kylie Jenner's relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga, after being asked whether criticisms of the couple's age difference are fair. Her answer: 



    "I think at 16 I was probably f*****g someone that was in their 20s, for sure. I wouldn’t say I was even dating, probably just sleeping with them. But again Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old. You’re not gonna say, “Hey, so what are you doing this weekend?” and have her say, “Having a slumber party at my girlfriend’s,” or “Going to prom.” That’s not what Kylie does. Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she’s going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting. That’s not even what people do in their 30s. It’s a rare circumstance, so let’s treat this as a special case."



    "Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old... So let's treat this as a special case."


    Right there, in that simple, seemingly innocuous statement, lies everything that is wrong with how we react to underaged girls dating older men. And it needs to stop. 


    The rumors of Jenner and Tyga's alleged romanced were confirmed in March of this year via an Instagram post from Tyga himself, where the rapper shared a picture of Jenner with his 6.2 million Instagram followers accompanied by the caption, "Certain things catch your eye, but only few capture the heart." 


    Scrutiny about the rumored couple and their eight-year age difference (Jenner was allegedly 16 when they began dating) started in early 2014, as photos of them together first emerged. Initially, Tyga and Jenner denied the romance, with the rapper tweeting in September 2014 that he and the Kardashian family were "all just friends."


    But at this point it's common knowledge that he and Jenner are not just friends, and that their romantic relationship is a known and accepted fact amongst those they are closest to. Khloe is not the only member of the Kardashian family who has expressed approval, and ignored the moral and ethical implications of the relationship -- Kanye West went on record in a February radio interview (before Tyga actually admitted he was dating Jenner) to say that he believed the couple were "in love." 


    He added, "I think he got in early. I think he was smart."



    Certain things catch your eye, but only few capture the heart.

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    There's always been an obvious double standard when it comes to older men dating younger women. And in Hollywood, there's also a disturbingly long history of older men openly dating underage girls. As Bustle writer Amy McCarthy pointed out, these "illicit, and potentially illegal relationships with underage girls are ignored, and often celebrated." 


    Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, Sonny Bono, Jerry Seinfeld, Wilmer Valderrama, Chad Michael Murray, R. Kelly, Doug Hutchinson, and the late Paul Walker, are just a few of the male stars known to have dated girls under the age of consent with very little scrutiny and virtually no legal ramifications. Most of them are known or remembered best for their legacies as artists. Even R. Kelly, who was prosecuted for sleeping with an underage teen  -- he also married singer Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27 -- went on to enjoy a thriving music career afterward. And the outrage that did exist about the scandal was tied to the fact that Kelly urinated on his victim -- not the fact that she was underage. 


    In the case of Jenner and Tyga, their coupling has resulted in some raised eyebrows, but mostly it's just been juicy tabloid fodder, yet another salacious addition to the spectacle that is all things Kardashian.


    It's generated drama that includes Instagram battles between Jenner and Tyga's ex-girlfriend Blac Chynna, and a Twitter spat between Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose, who called out Tyga for dating an underaged girl. But any initial shock and public disapproval that first met reports of the illegal relationship (the age of consent in California is 18), has largely dissipated. On Tumblr, there's even a "Kylie and Tyga" blog dedicated to celebrating the couple. 


    What's so disturbing about the idea that Jenner and Tyga are a "special case" because of her maturity, is that maturity level has long been used to justify older men indulging in the sexuality of young girls. (Even the fact that phrases like "jailbait," and "barely legal" are fetishized across every mainstream porn site demonstrates this.) Because a girl supposedly looks or acts like a woman, an older man's interest in her should be accepted, and even expected. 


    To put it bluntly: these older men aren't having sex with 16-year-olds because these young women are mature. They're sleeping with them because they're young, and in a culture that's obsessed with youth, virginity and the perceived sexual "purity" of women, to "get in early" is the ultimate win.


    This is a dynamic implicit in every one of these relationships, but it's rarely discussed. Tyga may get a diss on a Drake track for dating Jenner, but he has yet to be truly challenged for his desire to date an underage girl. He has yet to be challenged on the questionable power dynamic that inevitably arises when an older man, especially a famous one, dates a teenage girl.


    It's impossible to speculate on the particulars of any one couple's relationship, but there is evidence that suggests these type of relationships could be negative for the younger party involved in them. A 2012 study by University of Minnesota sociologist Ann Meier compared the mental health of teens who had sex with a partner at least two years older than them with teens who had sex with partners of about the same age. The research revealed the potentially damaging effects of underaged girls dating older men. 


    "We did in fact find that teens who had sex with an older partner reported higher levels of depression and lower levels of self-esteem," Meir told MPR News


    What might be seen as "maturity" could in fact be tied to a desperate need to please someone with power and influence, someone who holds all (or at least more) of the cards. 


    But we also need to challenge ourselves. Why do these relationships keep happening, and why are they generally regarded as scandalous but never as the crimes, legally speaking, that they are? There is certainly an argument for reforming age of consent laws -- but that's another discussion for another piece. The real question is, why do we culturally give a pass to these types of relationships in particular? 


    Khloe Kardashian admitted that when she was 16 she was surely sleeping with men in their twenties -- something that many women can probably relate to. But that doesn't necessarily make it OK. These relationships -- so often marked by their uneven power dynamics -- are products of a society that sees younger women as playthings and older women not at all. These "special cases" aren't really so special. 


     


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    Former "Parks and Recreation" co-executive producer and writer Harris Wittels died from an accidental heroin overdose, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner confirmed in a report released on Tuesday. 


    Wittels was found dead in his Los Angeles home at the age of 30 on Feb. 19.  According to the medical examiner's report, "drug paraphernalia, including a spoon, syringe cap and remnants of latex balloons were recovered from the scene," reports E! News. Additionally, the examiner noted there were no signs of foul play. 


     Wittels, who had been to rehab twice, was open about his struggle with drug addiction. 


    In addition to producing and writing for "Parks and Recreation," which ended after seven seasons shortly after his death, Wittels also worked on "Eastbound & Down," and "The Sarah Silverman Program." 


     


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    The Weeknd has finally released the video for his latest hit (this editor's current jam) "Can't Feel My Face," and it's (quite literally) fire.


    In the three-and-a-half minute clip (released on Apple Music), the Canadian hip-hop artist tries to wow a very bored crowd with his dance-y track, but they're just not feeling it. They hate it so much they even start throwing things at him. It's not until a sinister looking member of the audience throws his lighter on stage, igniting the performer in flames, that the crowd wakes up and really gets into it. 


    The 25-year-old performer uses the flames to his advantage and proceeds to channel his inner Michael Jackson with some pretty impressive dance moves. Who knew he had that in him?


    You can watch the video for yourself below -- we've got it on repeat. 





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    Dracula is back, again.


    According to Deadline, the latest film to hop on the remake train is F.W. Murnau's 1922 horror classic, "Nosferatu." Robert Eggers ("The Witch") is writing and directing the untitled remake according to the trade, with Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen’s Parts & Labor company producing for Studio 8.


    It comes as little surprise that Murnau's silent film is being reworked, especially after news that another classic, Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," is also being remade. This reimagining will be more one of the numerous adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula -- Murnau's film was an unauthorized retelling of the classic novel.


    "Nosferatu" is regarded as one of the greatest, and scariest, horror films of all time, mainly for its chilling black-and-white cinematography, which leaves the audience in suspense while viewing the gothic corridors of the vampire's Transylvanian home. Even watching the film, and Max Schreck's eerie performance as Count Orlok, today is an unnerving experience -- turn the lights off and try watching it alone with the volume blasting (bearing in mind it is from the '20s).


    But we can't help feeling disappointed by such news, since Dracula adaptations have been far overdone, not to mention the vampire sub-genre alone. The concept of a modern reworking of a silent horror film that chills mainly due to its lack of elaborate special effects and dialogue, seems antithetical. Still, we're open-minded and hopeful Eggers can bring something new and refreshing to the original, or at least to the genre. After all, Grantland called "The Witch" the scariest film at Sundance this year.


    For more, head to Deadline.


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    Coral! This is going to be crazy, Coral!


    A new casting announcement for "The Walking Dead" is hinting at a huge moment from the comics finally coming in Season 6. 


    (Warning! Spoilers!)


    New additions for the upcoming season include actors Corey Hawkins and Ethan Embry, who will be joining the cast as Heath and Carter, respectively; however, the biggest news is that actress Merritt Wever is going to be playing Alexandrian Dr. Denise Cloyd. EW confirmed the news, tweeting this photo of Wever in costume: 





    Cloyd's medical skills are pivotal to Alexandria, especially after what Rick Grimes did to Pete Anderson, but, most importantly, the news seems to confirm that one major moment is ahead:


    Carl Grimes is about to get shot in the eye.




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    In the comics, Carl gets shot in the head during a zombie attack, losing his right eye, his recent memories and, almost, his life -- if not for Dr. Cloyd. 


    It's a major moment in the comics and seemed to be foreshadowed in the Season 4 episode "Claimed." In the episode, Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) are searching a house when Carl comes across a painting. Michonne unwraps it to discover one, it's a pretty terrible painting, and two, the right eye seems to be crossed out. Hmm ... that's the same eye that Carl loses. 


    Probably just coincidence ...



    As shown with all the speculation about Glenn's fate in Season 5, "Walking Dead" has teased major moments from the comics before that haven't yet happened on the show. It was even thought for a while the storyline about Carl's eye might just be cut out completely. He did already get shot once. Like, seriously, the show is going to cut him a break, right? 


    Uh, hell no! (Maybe.)


    We've already pointed out the foreshadowing, but even the Season 6 trailer appears to hint that the zombie attack during which Carl gets shot is in an upcoming episode. Now that Dr. Cloyd is onboard, the kid should probably start picking out a pair of sunglasses.


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    On July 1, an American hunter killed Cecil the lion, one of the most famous creatures in Zimbabwe, causing widespread outrage. Musician and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent has since spoken out about the controversy, calling it "a lie" and a "joke." 


    In a Facebook post, Nugent attacked all the people who were upset by the lion's death, writing: 



    "the whole story is a lie. It was a wild lion from a "park" where huntng is legal & ESSENTIAL beyond park borders. all animals reproduce every year & would run out of room/food to live w/o hunting. I will write a full piece on this joke asap. God are people stupid."  



    Nugent is a known gun activist who once penned an op-ed on WorldNet Daily arguing that fellow gun activists should take a cue from Rosa Parks and be more firm in their convictions.  



    Cecil, the 13-year-old lion who rose to fame after his participation in a scientific study that tracked his movements with GPS technology, was killed by a dentist from Minnesota named Walter James Palmer. BBC is reporting Palmer may have paid approximately $50,000 to kill the animal.  


    Palmer also claimed that, at the time of the hunt, he was unaware of Cecil's celebrity status. He also insisted he had secured all proper permits for the hunt and was led by two local guides. The Hollywood Reporter notes the men led Cecil out of the national park, shot him, tracked him for 40 hours and then killed him


    The New York Times has pointed out that Palmer, who is being sought on poaching charges by Zimbabwean authorities, already has a felony record in the U.S. for shooting a black bear in Wisconsin


    According to the BBC, Palmer expressed regret for killing the lion, saying in a statement, "I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion." 



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    Today, the name and image of Marilyn Monroe is synonymous with Hollywood glamour, but in 1949 she was just another struggling young actress trying to make it in Tinseltown.


    Tight on cash with a car payment looming, the starlet, who was just days away from her 23rd birthday, agreed to pose nude for $50 for photographer Tom Kelley. The photos, featuring Monroe against a red velvet background, would go on to make up the now-iconic "Golden Dreams" calendar and would appear in the first issue of Playboy in 1953. 


    Now, 21 never-before-seen photos from the original shoot have just been released and can be viewed this summer in a traveling exhibition across the U.S. courtesy of Limited Runs. 


    And while die-hard fans may think they've seen it all, these photos show how the images were retouched (pre-Photoshop, of course) adjusting everything from lipstick and hair color levels, to adding items of clothing over the original photo.



     


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