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Too White for Tiger Lily?

Warner Brothers’ Peter Pan origin story, Pan, has cast Rooney Mara to play Tiger Lily, a Native American. This isn’t the first time Neverland’s been a bit racist.

Because Hollywood truly is a mystical Neverland, where studio executives Neverlearn and Neverevolve, Warner Brothers’ upcoming Peter Pan origin story, Pan, has cast the gorgeous, talented, and whiter than a bleached ghost Rooney Mara to play the part of Tiger Lily, a Native American.

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Suffice it to say that, in response, no one’s thinking happy thoughts.

Rabbit Hole

Celebrity Conspiracy Theorists

From government spying to 1969 moon landing, see what celebrities are searching for the ‘truth.’

Courtney Love blessed Twitter with her own Malaysian flight 370 conspiracy theory on Monday, offering a picture of what she alleges to be the Boeing's crash site. While Love didn't succeed in finding the missing plane (though it looks like she found the picture on Reddit), she did successfully join a star-studded pantheon of celebrity conspiracy theorists, with obsessions ranging from government spying to the 1969 American moon landing (or should we say, "alleged" moon landing).

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What do Charlie Sheen, Marion Cotillard, and Mos Def have in common? They're all “9/11 Truthers,” aka conspiracy theorists who don't believe the official story of the September 11 attacks.

Dauntless

Hollywood’s Next Icon. No, Really.

‘Divergent’ is just the beginning. From ‘The Spectacular Now’ to being cast as Mr. Fantastic, young indie darling Miles Teller is about to be everywhere.

If Miles Teller was in a faction like the characters in Divergent, he would be in Dauntless. And as for those Hunger Games comparisons? “It’s flattering to be compared to such a successful franchise.” It’s the 50th time, he estimates, he’s provided those two bits of information that day, he tells me, when I ask what questions about Divergent he’s had just about enough of answering.

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Teller plays Peter in Divergent, the hit book trilogy-turned-film-franchise about a teenage girl named Tris (Shailene Woodley) in a dystopian future where citizens are classified into communities based on their attributes—Dauntless for the brave, Erudite for the intelligent, etc.—and anyone exhibiting multiple talents is branded “Divergent” and a menace to society.  It’s the twilight hours of a Saturday of whirlwind press for Teller’s role in the forthcoming blockbuster and, like any good, hard-working It Boy, the 27-year-old actor is tired.

BOX CLEVER

Watching Us, Watching Them

Away from the constantly bitching ‘Housewives,’ a quieter reality television hit is taking root. ‘The People’s Couch’ observes people observing television and proves that how we watch is often as funny as what we watch—if not more so.

Princella Zeno wants her feet rubbed. She plonks one foot right in front of her husband Lamont’s hand. His momentary intention to resist this silent request—a “like, seriously?” pause—is met by an emphatic glance from his wife which makes it clear her foot is there to stay. And it requires rubbing.

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Bravo

The funniest moments on Bravo’s The Peoples Couch are not necessarily the snarky or outrageous reactions people have about the TV shows they watch, but the way they watch TV itself. It’s a simple idea, franchised from the hugely popular British show, Gogglebox (the British colloquial word for television): place robotic cameras on top of the TV to watch viewers respond to what is on TV, and record not just off-the-cuff outbursts, but also how they tune in. So, we are watching them watching TV. Soon, there will be a show of us watching them watching TV, and so on—until we all become self-regarding motes of dust. 

Infectious

She Kills Zombies—And Sings, Too

She can kill zombies, but have you heard her sing? On ‘Expired Love,’ Nebraska-born Emily Kinney sings about stoner boyfriends, jealousy, and lost loves.

Onstage at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, Emily Kinney has a story to tell.

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“So, there’s this boy I really like. He lives in Brooklyn and we’re perfect for each other. Like, perfect. There is one problem though. He has a girlfriend, Julie.”

Unfilmmable

‘Dune’: The Lost Classic

The avant-garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky was supposed to make ‘Dune’ in 1975, starring Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and featuring original music by Pink Floyd. What happened?

Not many directors today compare their films to a drug experience. The idea was more fashionable in 1975, when Alejandro Jodorowsky was planning his version of the sci-fi novel Dune. As he recalls in Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about that meticulously prepared and never-shot epic, he intended it to be a “sacred” experience that would also “give LSD hallucinations without the drug.” 

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Now 85, the Chilean-born Jodorowsky is a charismatic, white-haired presence on screen, a major reason for the documentary’s allure. You can see how his genial insistence on the visionary greatness of his Dune—intergalactic battles, mythic creatures that presaged those in Star Wars, a mystical theme, Salvador Dali as Shaddam Corrino IV, the emperor of the galaxy—could have persuaded a core of talented collaborators to join him in Paris to get started.

Use the Force

Ultimate Star Wars Cheat Sheet

Read this, young padawan. From Lupita Nyong’o to Adam Driver, here’s your ultimate guide to the new ‘Star Wars’ movie.

Do you feel a disturbance in the force? You should, because we’re only 21 months away from the release of Star Wars: Episode VII. The film will take place about 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and will “star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.” And while there are rumors floating around, one thing is certain: Disney plans on releasing a new Star Wars movie every year starting in 2015. Because clearly nothing can go wrong with pumping out film after blockbuster film of a beloved franchise.

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The Daily Beast

Here's what we (sort of) know:

Outspoken

Rosario on Beating Hollywood Bias

The actress-activist discusses her latest film ‘Cesar Chavez’ and how she navigated the treacherous, sexist, and oft-racist terrain of Hollywood.

Rosario Dawson is, in many ways, an anomaly. One day, filmmaker Larry Clark and screenwriter Harmony Korine spotted her on her front stoop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and asked her to audition for a role in their movie. It was the cultural touchstone Kids, and at 15, Dawson, a young woman of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent raised in an abandoned building squat, was granted entrée into Hollywood.

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Rosario Dawson arrives for the world premiere of "Trance" at Leicester Square in London March 19, 2013. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

Over the years, she’s managed to become one of the most formidable Latina actors in the biz, someone who, in an industry that loves to pigeonhole actors of color, has convincingly played everything from a government agent (Eagle Eye) to a femme fatale (Trance).

We Stopped Believing

What Went Wrong With 'Glee'?

'Glee' was once so fresh and fun and clever that it made us want to sing. Now, after 100 episodes, we just want to throw a slushie in its face.

It's always a little funny, isn't it, when you pay a visit to the elderly.

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Glee turned 100 last night. Rather, Glee aired its 100th episode last night, and visiting the series again on this milestone of aging was a lot like anytime you visit someone so elderly. You realize the person's become hopelessly senile, a fact you have to forgive if you ever want to enjoy your time with them. You see that they've lost their sharp wit and edginess, but you've long come to terms with that. And visiting them, as was the case with Glee Wednesday night, often turns into a walk down memory lane when, let's face it, things were a whole lot better.

Uncool

Music Criticism Has Gone to Hell

In the new paradigm, artists generate coverage by their clothes, hook-ups, and run-ins with the law. What happened to the music?

Imagine, for a moment, football commentators who refuse to explain formations and plays. Or a TV cooking show that never mentions the ingredients. Or an expert on cars who refuses to look under the hood of an automobile.

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These examples may sound implausible, perhaps ridiculous. But something comparable is happening in the field of music journalism. One can read through a stack of music magazines and never find any in-depth discussion of music.  Technical knowledge of the art form has disappeared from its discourse. In short, music criticism has turned into lifestyle reporting.

Posthumous

Johnny Cash’s Lost LP

‘Out Among the Stars’ isn’t a bottom-of-the-barrel hodgepodge assembled by Cash’s heirs to keep the family coffers full—it’s an ‘endeavor of the heart’ by Cash’s son.

Most “new” albums released after a musician’s death aren’t really new at all. Instead they tend to be leftovers—the live tracks, B-sides, and outtakes that the artist didn’t see fit to release in his or her lifetime.

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Johnny Cash (Michel Linssen/Redferns)

But the new Johnny Cash album, Out Among the Stars, is different. This isn’t a bottom-of-the-barrel hodgepodge assembled by Cash’s heirs to keep the family coffers full. It’s an actual lost LP by the Man in Black—an entire disc that was supposed to come out back in the mid-1980s but was shelved by Cash’s record company before it could be completed.

Directing ‘Divergent’

Not the Next ‘Hunger Games’

Director Neil Burger knows that you thought his take on ‘Divergent’ would be a lot like ‘The Hunger Games,’ and he worked doggedly in order to change your mind.

The director of Divergent is facing a major conundrum.

Everyone—everyone—is asking director Neil Burger how his film version of the phenomenally popular young adult novel compares to The Hunger Games. “Every time I say something about The Hunger Games,” Burger says, “I get, like, death threats.”

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Listen Up

From Gossip Girl to Risqué Rocker

She played Jenny Humphrey on the hit CW series, but now the 20-year-old has found her comfort zone as the lead singer of the band The Pretty Reckless. Momsen opens up about her journey.

“Fame is so fleeting and stupid,” utters Taylor Momsen.

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Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless performs on stage at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on November 4, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Christie Goodwin/Redferns)

For three-plus years, the celeb-infatuated sphere knew the striking blonde as Jenny Humphrey, problem child extraordinaire on the CW series Gossip Girl. Jenny was, as the concerned Dad would say, a real piece of work; a Machiavellian social climber who pushed pills, covered up a cancer misdiagnosis, and was deflowered by the town lothario.

Why the GOP Is Angry About Colbert

When Stephen Colbert was announced as David Letterman's successor, Rush Limbaugh and company both criticized and politicized the move. Keli Goff discusses whether they're actually mad.

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