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Jon Favreau's Food Porn

The blockbuster filmmaker behind ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Iron Man 2,’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ opens up about his food-centric passion project, ‘Chef,’ at SXSW.

Jon Favreau did the unthinkable. Just over three years ago, the director of the first two Iron Man films, which grossed a collective $1.2 billion worldwide, decided to walk away from the Marvel cash cow. He’d just wrapped production on his latest mega-entertainment, Cowboys & Aliens, and sought a change of pace.

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Open Road Films

As an avid consumer of cooking shows, even serving as a guest judge on Season 11 of Top Chef, the 47-year-old filmmaker was intrigued by the concept of the modern-day “chef-as-rock star.” So, in ten days, he cranked out a script about a once-renowned chef who’s fired from his lackluster restaurant and forced to start from scratch, selling Cubano sandwiches out of a food truck. He hadn’t felt a creative rush like that since he penned Swingers.

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Lena Dunham: SNL's Funny 'Girl'

Lena Dunham mocked herself on a strong episode of 'Saturday Night Live.' But while the 'Girls' star showed off her body (duh), she could've showed a bit more range.

Can Lena Dunham act?

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That's the question many people—or at least this person—were wondering when the Girls star was announced as host of this week's Saturday Night Live. The question was never "Will Lena Dunham be funny?" We knew she would be. Dunham's particularly gifted, as we see in Girls, at delivering a good one-liner with the kind of soft slyness that lands a good SNL joke.

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The Overseas Abortionist

'Vessel' follows the Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves, which provides abortion services on a boat in international waters to women in countries with restrictive laws.

Protesters call it the “Ship of Death.”

GOMPERTS

Rebecca Gomperts, founder of the Dutch-based Women on Waves Foundation, gives a television interview beside the abortion ship Aurora, rechristened the Sea of Change, while docked in Dublin, June 15, 2001. (Paul McErlane / Reuters)

Since 2001, Women on Waves (WoW), a Dutch non-profit organization, has chartered a yacht to countries with restrictive abortion laws. It docks in places ranging from Ireland to Morocco, and women in desperate need of abortions board the ship (sometimes in disguise), sail into international waters, and undergo a medical abortion—a non-surgical pill that combines the drugs misoprostol and mifepristone. The whole operation is possible due to a loophole in international law whereby when on a vessel in international waters, the laws of the flagship country apply. Women on Waves boat is a Dutch ship, and in the Netherlands abortion is legal up to six-and-a-half weeks into a woman’s pregnancy.

Holy Hotness

Hot Jesus: A Jew’s Perspective

Why the eager attractiveness of Jesus in the new movie ‘Son of God’ could be a major turn off, especially for a Jew.

Hello my name is Sara and I’m a Jew for Jesus. Not that kind of Jew for Jesus. (Cue audible sigh of relief from my mother.) More like the “Everything I Do, I Do it For Jesus” heart struck, Ryan Adams kind. The “I Only Have Eyes For Jesus” lovah-lovah kind. Why? For one simple and admittedly shallow reason: He’s hot. That’s right, Diogo Morgado, the actor who plays the The Chosen One in the new movie Son of God is one beautiful being—however almighty he may be. The silky, scraggly bedhead, the I-don’t-care facial scruff, the hazel eyes and the just-moist pouty lips—that’s what digs deep into my soul.

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Lightworkers Media

The film, which is the first of its kind in decades, also marks famed reality TV producer Mark Burnett’s first foray into scripted drama and follows the success of he and his wife Roma Downey’s hit series on the History Channel, The Bible, in which Mr. Hunka-Hunka-Burning-Love also starred.

Vows and Deadlines

The Marriage Behind ‘Good Wife’

The powerhouse married showrunners piloting ‘The Good Wife’ have been expertly calling the shots together for five seasons on broadcast TV’s most acclaimed show.

It’s been more than three decades since Robert and Michelle King, The Good Wife’s married showrunners, first intertwined their professional and personal lives. Back in 1983, when Robert moved to L.A. as an aspiring playwright, he made ends meet by working at FrontRunners, an athletic shoe store around the corner. There, he crossed paths with Michelle, a part-time coworker who was about to start her senior year at UCLA. “We met each other stocking the sock wall,” recalls Robert. They soon started dating, but “we kept our relationship secret,” Robert says. “We didn’t want to deal with the pressure of the office…” “The shoe world!” Michelle pipes in, laughing. Adds Robert, “We don’t keep it a secret now!”

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As if they ever could. As the powerhouse creators and showrunners behind The Good Wife, broadcast TV’s most acclaimed show (and one of the best series on broadcast or cable), the couple has expertly calling the shots together for five seasons as Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles) has navigated her tenuous marriage while rising through the ranks at Lockhart/Gardner, before leaving the firm this season in a blaze of glory to start her own practice. As The Good Wife returns March 9 after a two-month hiatus (to avoid the Olympics and a slew of other recent major Sunday night events, including the Super Bowl, Oscars, and Grammys), Robert, 54, and Michelle, 51, sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss how they’ve successfully pulled off being married to their job—and each other. “If it weren’t fun,” says Michelle, “we wouldn’t be doing it.”

Outspoken

Julian Assange Invades SXSW

The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.

Introduced as “a trailblazer who has led the fight against censorship,” the White Stallion of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was beamed into a packed hall of journalists and concerned citizens from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been staying in asylum from an extradition order for over a year, for a Skype chat with Benjamin Palmer of The Barbarian Group, an interactive marketing firm based in Boston.

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And the dapper Assange, who’s been in exile for 650 days, had some harsh words for President Obama on the National Security Agency revelations brought forth by Edward Snowden. 

Say What?!

Craziest SXSW Band Names

Thousands of bands descend on Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest music festival. From Casual Sex to Death By Unga Bunga, here are the wackiest names of the fest.

Whether it’s a dearth of unused options or good ol’ psychedelic-induced lunacy, band names have gotten more and more inscrutable as time goes by. The Chumbawambas, Goo Goo Dolls, and Hoobastanks of the world have given way to creatively-appellated acts like Escrow Tomato and The Albino Toilet Boys (yes, these are actual bands).

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The Daily Beast

A plethora of up-and-coming bands will flex their musical muscles at the 27th annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Downtown Austin, Texas. And my, what names some of these acts have.

Whimsical

Goldblum on Budapest and Bieber

Who would play Jeff Goldblum’s character in a ‘Jurassic Park’ reboot? ‘The best version of the young me is Justin Bieber,’ he says.

Jeff Goldblum won’t stop pacing.

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Jeff Goldblum poses for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

We’re at the Crosby Street Hotel and he’s pulled a tiny blue Fitbit out of his blazer. “My goal is 4,000 steps a day,” he says while ping-ponging between the room’s window and a back table. The effects of shooting Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel don’t seem to have worn off him yet, as he’s still dressed the part of a whimsical, vaguely nostalgic character, debonair in a powder blue suit, red bowtie, and vintage glasses.

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The Week in Viral Videos

From Adele Dazeem to the cutest polar bear cub in the world, take a look at this week's best viral videos.

5. Cookie Monster is Jean Bon-Bon

"Me tummy in despair." Jean Bon-Bon was just a Frenchman is search of a cookie. But then he met Flantine...you get the picture. All you need to know is that Sesame Street made a Les Mis parody.

He’s, Err, Back

How Awkward Will His Return Be?

Remember when Isaiah Washington was unceremoniously shown the door from Seattle Grace for using homophobic slurs in reference to co-star T.R. Knight? Now he’s coming back.

Remember when Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke on Grey’s Anatomy for three years, was unceremoniously shown the door from Seattle Grace for using homophobic slurs in reference to co-star T.R. Knight? Now he’s coming back.

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So what happened? Washington reportedly first used a gay slur on set in October 2006 during a fight with co-star Patrick Dempsey, during which Washington reportedly told Dempsey, “I’m not your little faggot like T.R. [Knight].” As reports of the incident began to spread in the media, Knight was actually forced to come out of the closet. Washington’s actions angered many gay groups, and he released a public apology after Knight came out October 19 stating “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words...I have nothing but respect for my co-workers.”  After the initial incident, things calmed down until the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.  

The March to War

Miley’s Hot, Katy’s Cold

Katy Perry kissed a girl named Miley and she feels really meh about it.

Katy Perry kissed a girl, and she feels really meh about it. On the off chance you don’t have a Google alert set up for cheap publicity stunts, the aforementioned kiss occurred back in February, when Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus made out at Cyrus's concert. A careful re-watching of the kiss (aka celebrity journalism at its finest), reveals that it was more of an uncomfortable truth or dare peck than a full on make out sesh.

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Culture Cheat Sheet

Ke$ha Leaves Rehab, Miley Cyrus Poses With Sex Toy

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And Lindsay Lohan Gets Soaked.

Good Afternoon. Here are today's biggest entertainment news stories:

Ke$ha Leaves Rehab. A more mature Ke$ha has wrapped up her two-month rehab stint, losing the dollar sign in her Twitter handle and gaining a newfound focus on her career along the way. MTV

Miley Cyrus Joins the Solo Mile High Club. Cyrus tweeted a series of photos posing with a Hand of Adonis sex toy on a a plane. Seems like the controversial celeb could use a hand with her PR. Huffington Post

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The Genesis of Noah's Art Show

The Noah’s Ark Darren Aronofsky read about wasn’t a ship you can navigate—it was big box. In a new exhibit, the director asks artists to share their vision of the biblical story.

A mix of artists, actors, and film nerds made their way into SoHo Thursday night for the opening of Foundations of the Deep: Noah and the Flood, an art exhibition organized by director Darren Aronofsky in support of his new film, Noah.

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Courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

For the last several months, most of the press surrounding the biblical epic has been geared toward its religious content––whether it will appease believers or non-believers, whether it will offend or not offend. In October 2013, word leaked that initial test screenings of the film had been received poorly by churchgoers. And just last month, a report surfaced that Paramount had altered the marketing materials to include a disclaimer that the film was only inspired by the Bible, not a literal interpretation of it (the studio allegedly made the change without Aronofsky’s knowledge).

House of Cards

Claire Underwood’s Real Quest

Robin Wright has been battling against sexual violence for years, in fact it was her campaigning that inspired the mission of her character Claire Underwood in 'House of Cards.'

When Robin Wright is staring at you intently, even extending her hand to grasp your arm as she speaks, she has an almost disarmingly warm and earnest demeanor. At a glance, she appears to have nothing in common with Claire Underwood, her character on House of Cards, who never leaves the house without her cruel, icy gaze.

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But, as it turns out, she and her on-screen alter ego do have something in common: an activist streak. Underwood, in the show, runs a clean water initiative until she leaves her post to draw up a political battle plan against sexual assault in the military. And Wright, in real life, has been an outspoken advocate against sexual violence used as a weapon of war.

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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