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Efron Exposed

His Eyes Are Up Here, Ladies

When Rita Ora relieved Zac Efron of his shirt at the MTV Movie Awards, his apparent surprise shifted quickly to strutting. Is this really a new era of male body anxiety?

Handily, Zac Efron wore a pop-button shirt to Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards. Handily, because when he won the Best Shirtless Performance award for That Awkward Moment, to catcalls from a baying crowd and a little help from the singer Rita Ora, the shirt was first unbuttoned, and then—in a oh-damn-it-all moment from its wearer—came off.


Zac Efron accepts the award for best shirtless performance for "That Awkward Moment" as his shirt is ripped open by presenter Rita Ora at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California April 13, 2014. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

The actor looked resistant at first and then, with the look of a man who knows his pecs are perky and biceps pumped for prime time, not so resistant. He threw his microphone down and, with a stripper-style toss of the pop-button shirt, revealed a body bronzed the color of a well-done Thanksgiving turkey.


King Joffrey Uncut

The Irish actor stopped by University College Dublin in October and answered every question you’d dream of asking about his evil boy-king. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

If you have not seen Sunday night’s riveting episode of Game of Thrones, do yourself a favor and stop reading now.


In “The Lion and the Rose,” we were treated to the glamorous, star-studded wedding reception of King Joffrey Baratheon, the bastard son of incestuous brother-sister duo Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and Margaery Tyrell, the throne-hungry schemer.


MTV Movie Awards Best Moments

Marky Mark dropped some F-bombs, Zac Efron showed off his abs, and more highlights from the MTV movie awards.

50 Celebrities, 1 Opening

After thousands of emails from MTV and celebrity representatives, host Conan O’Brien was able to land fifty stars for the opening act. The jazz-like sequence featured Hollywood’s elite, including Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Shaun White, Lupita Nyong’o (a last minute addition), and even Grumpy Cat.


Wild Speculation!

9 Signs Don Draper Will Die

Two new theories that ‘Mad Men’ will end with the ad man’s death popped up in Sunday’s season premiere. Add ‘em to the list.

The final season of Mad Men has begun, which means it’s time to obsess over how the final season of Mad Men will end. (We’re not ones to bask in the moment, are we?) Sunday night’s Season 7 premiere unveiled “a new Don Draper.” But ever since the opening credits rolled on Mad Men’s first episode, with that cartoon guy falling through the sky to his certain demise, we’ve wondered: is there going to be a dead Don Draper?


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Everyone has a theory on how Mad Men will end, and one of the most popular is that our suave, slick antihero will die. He might not. BUT HE MIGHT! Realizing that we are totally reading tea leaves when there might not even had been tea, here, collected in one place, are all the signs from the seven seasons of Mad Men that Don Draper will die.


‘She-Mail’ Exits Drag Race

Blasted by activists for using the terms ‘she-mail’ and ‘she-male,’ the producers of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ have apologized for causing offence. But the drag superstar should stop using the word ‘tranny’ too.

Earlier today, Logo TV released a statement regarding popular reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race, in which they apologized for use of the word “she-male”—a transphobic slur—during a recent episode, and made it clear that the word will not be used in any of the show’s future episodes.



“We wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term ‘she-mail’ on Drag Race,” Logo’s statement reads. “Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again. Furthermore, we are removing the ‘You've got she-mail’ intro from new episodes of the series. We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.”

Sky Ferreira

With a push to make editorial content more accessible for purchase, online retailer SSENSE is breaking boundaries with a series of shoppable music videos.

Early last year, online magazines began making a big push towards allowing the products in its features and advertisements to be easily shopped by readers. By simply clicking on a product within an image or article, consumers would no longer have to spend time tracking down hard-to-find items.

Pushing the boundaries one step further, online retailer SSENSE—which carries over 200 luxury designers including Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney—is integrating shoppable music videos into its stream of online editorials. As a partnership with edgy, London-based glossy System magazine, SSENSE will release a series of new music videos every two weeks that will blend e-commerce with music, fashion, and film.

“Today, more than ever before, fashion informs music, music informs fashion, and technology informs everything," System's editor-in-chief Jonathan Wingfield said in a press release. "Our exciting partnership with SSENSE allows us to bring together these three worlds and share them quickly and nimbly with a global community. In doing so, we hope to reignite the music video as the cultural catalyst for our times.”


Going Grunge on Government

Twenty-five years after smashing the music business, Krist Novoselic would like to do the same to special interests.

After Nirvana broke up in the aftermath of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, the two remaining band members went in entirely different directions. Drummer Dave Grohl started The Foo Fighters and became a rock star in his own right. But bassist Krist Novoselic’s ambitions run closer to the Founding Fathers than the Foo Fighters.

Krist Novoselic

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Last Thursday, Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, 25 years after the release of their first studio album, Bleach.  

A Wheel of Fortune contestant loses his money and his dignity.

What does it feel like to lose a million dollars, a free car, and your dignity, all in thirty minutes of primetime television? We have no idea, but feel free to ask Julian from Indiana University.

The poor—literally and figuratively—Wheel of Fortune contestant managed to produce three epic fails in a single episode, even botching a puzzle after every single letter was filled in. There’s never been a more cringe-worthy performance on Wheel, which means there’s never been a more entertaining one.


Mad Men's '90s Siren

The star of ‘90s favorites ‘Scream,’ ‘The Craft,’ and ‘Party of Five’ discusses her mysterious new role on the AMC series, her film career, and more.

Now she’s played a big role in two of the coolest decades.

Neve Campbell


Sunday night’s Season 7 premiere of Mad Men treated us to a host of familiar faces. There was Don Draper (Jon Hamm), in all his brooding, solipsistic glory; Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and her delusions of Hollywood stardom, as well as a very Sharon Tate-y pad;  Roger Sterling (John Slattery) engaged in a strange ménage-a-trois with a hippie; Peggy Olson’s (Elisabeth Moss) problems with her new boss.

Mad Man

Jon Hamm on the New Don Draper

The actor, who plays the iconic ad man men want to be and women want to be with, discusses where Don’s head is at, and where it’s going.

Mad Men's Season 7 premiere, which aired Sunday night on AMC, was a big episode for Don Draper—but then again, which episode of Mad Men isn't big for Don? For seven years now, Jon Hamm's debonair ad exec has been the existential question mark at the center of the series. But it's not clear how much lower he can go. His marriage to Megan (Jessica Pare) is crumbling. His relationship with his kids is damaged. And he's no longer welcome at SCDP, the firm he founded and fostered.


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To help unravel the secrets of "Time Zones," The Daily Beast caught up with Hamm earlier this week in Los Angeles. He told us why Don seems to be giving up on Megan, how his scene with Neve Campbell surprised him, and what Don is really doing in the episode's final moments. Oh, and he also revealed that as he prepares to say goodbye to Don—Mad Men comes to an end next year—he's been turning to two other iconic television actors for advice: Tina Fey and Bryan Cranston.


Is ‘Mad Men’ Out of Ideas?

Don resists temptation. Peggy fails to impress her new boss. Roger indulges. Almost everything that happened seemed like it was from an earlier episode. Is ‘Mad Men’ out of ideas?

Peggy Olson is trying—and failing—to impress her distant male boss. Pete Campbell is living alone. No one is taking Joan Harris as seriously as they should, until she proves them wrong. Roger Sterling is drinking and sleeping around. Megan Draper is giving it a go as an actress. And Don Draper is picking up the pieces—at work and at home—after his latest transgression.


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Even Freddy Rumsen showed up, for old time's sake.

Valar Morghulis

‘Thrones’ Cast Talks Monster Twist

Jaime Lannister, Arya Stark, Jon Snow, and more weigh in on the explosive episode. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

It finally happened.


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The tagline for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, HBO’s sprawling, ultraviolent fantasy epic, is “All Men Must Die”—or Valar Morghulis, in High Valyrian. Up to this point, that’s mostly meant good, noble men. There was the Cersei-orchestrated death of Robert Baratheon while hunting boar (which led to Joffrey claiming the Iron Throne). The beheading of Ned Stark. Khal Drogo’s infected wound. The dozen or so arrows fired into Robb Stark’s chest.

All Men Must Die

Game of Thrones’ Royal Shocker

The second episode of Season 4 brought us another wedding ceremony for the ages, and ended with a bang. [Warning: SPOILERS]

In retrospect, we really should have seen it coming.


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I am referring, of course, to the Big Shocking Plot Twist at the end of Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones. The one that everybody is tweeting about on Twitter. The one that everybody will be talking about tomorrow.

(WARNING: If you haven't seen "The Lion and the Rose" yet, stop reading now. The rest of this story will consist of nothing but spoilers.)

We got our first clue last week when Arya Stark and The Hound stumbled across a tavern in the woods. Peering through the brush, Arya spied Polliver, the jabbering Lannister lackey who stole her sword Needle and stabbed her pal Lommy with it. 


Edie Falco on Jackie’s Relapse

Can Jackie stay sober? Edie Falco talks about the heartbreaking season premiere of ‘Nurse Jackie,’ and why addiction is an issue she’s so passionate about.

Jackie’s off the wagon.


Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie. (Showtime)

The heartbreaking moment came at the end of Nurse Jackie’s season finale last year when, on her way to the party celebrating her first year of sobriety, Jackie Peyton popped another pill. It was a frustrating moment for viewers who keep rooting for TV’s toughest nurse to climb up from rock bottom and carve a life for herself that’s both sober and happy. Sunday night’s Season 6 premiere of Nurse Jackie reiterated that, at least at the moment, those two states of being can’t co-exist in Jackie’s life.

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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