Farewell, dear friend. Blockbuster, which will soon shutter completely, was perhaps the most maddening retail chain ever. But each trip was a bit of a magical experience, right?
I was at the beach in Los Angeles this summer when I saw a unicorn.
My friend and I were driving to dinner when I looked out the window and made the sighting, instinctively withdrawing my iPhone from my pocket to snap a picture with the speed of a pistol at a duel. It was, live and in living color, an actual brick and mortar Blockbuster store.
And you could be the next Han Solo.
Lady Gaga will sing in space in 2015. Gaga will blast off on a Virgin Galactic ship and sing a number during the Zero G Colony high-tech music festival in New Mexico. The pop star, with her manic interviews, psychedelic music videos, and out-there outfits, is already the ultimate space cadet. Us Magazine
Oprah shares her 2013 'Favorite Things' list. The mega star unveiled her annual list in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Perfect for the high-tech, fashion-forward, truffle-loving millionaire in all of us. USA Today
Disney hosts open casting call for new Star Wars film. Casting directors will be meeting aspiring Darth Vaders and Princess Leias throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, hoping to cast fresh faces in two unspecified lead roles. NY Post
When you’re the heavyweight champion of the world life is just more complicated. From his absurd sex life to the 62 cars to bankruptcy, here are the 7 best parts from Mike Tyson’s memoir, “Undisputed Truth.”
Mike on the Make
In a sport not lacking for imploding superstars, Mike Tyson squandered his natural talent like few boxers have before or since. However, his memoir makes clear that he was lucky to even have been alive to make his professional debut at 18. His mother was an alcoholic, and he grew up in a brothel. His childhood was spent committing petty thefts and violent muggings. He was first arrested at age 10 for stealing a credit card; he had already at gained a reputation as a skilled street fighter, and by thirteen was fighting grown men for money. Tyson would probably have been killed by either the police or a rival gang had he not, while incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility, been introduced to boxing by a sympathetic gym teacher.
Mike Tyson (R) lands a right jab against Donovan Ruddock during the fight at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, on March 18,1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike Tyson won by a TKO 7. (The Ring Magazine/Getty)
Tyler Shields has a long history of shooting stars in controversial poses—Mischa Barton licking raw meat, Lindsay Lohan with a gun in her mouth. A new book showcases his greatest hits.
"Tyler Shields saved my life. Right after he almost killed me,” writes actress Emma Roberts in the opening of Shields’s new book, The Dirty Side of Glamour (Available November 12, It Books). She then proceeds to describe her experience of being pushed off of a bridge—all for a photo.
Shields has built his career around capturing almost death-defying scenarios, such as his Suspense series, which included Roberts flying through the air and falling from bridges, and Glee star Heather Morris sporting a severly black eye. Not to mention his infamous photo of the annihilation of a $100,000 Birkin bag.
Somehow, Shields has a way of getting his celebrity friends to do just about anything—even things no one believed he would be able to. According to the artist, that was a lot of people’s mindset during the beginning stages of his career. “I started it probably five or six years ago,” Shields told The Daily Beast. “I had all of these crazy ideas and people were just like, ‘That will never happen. You’re never going to be able to get celebrities to do this, to get out of their comfort zone.’”
The ex-heavyweight champ, who’s back (again) with a memoir and a Spike Lee-directed HBO special, ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,’ airing Nov. 16, sits down for an in-depth interview.
Mike Tyson is fast asleep.
The former undisputed heavyweight-boxing champion of the world-turned-entertainer is in New York to promote his autobiography, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, as well as his HBO special of the same name, a Spike Lee-directed taping of his acclaimed one-man show on Broadway. I ask him how he’s doing these days.
Mike Tyson, a cast member in "Scary Movie V," arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the film at the Cinerama Dome on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
‘New Girl’ had filmed the perfect pilot with four perfect roommates. Then Damon Wayans Jr. left. On Tuesday’s episode, the aggressively nutty Coach came back to the loft.
Leave it to an old guy to show how much New Girl has grown.
Damon Wayans, Jr as 'Coach' and Zooey Deschanel as 'Jess' in the episode 'Menus' of FOX's "New Girl." (Greg Gayne/FOX)
Consoling fans of Happy Endings with perhaps the only reason to be happy the show was cancelled, New Girl brought Damon Wayans Jr. back to the loft Tuesday night. Wayans’s return, as the uber-intense about life and uber-clueless about women Coach, is a peculiar occasion for the sitcom—it would be a peculiar situation for any series, really. It’s also a timely reminder why this show deserves more credit than it’s getting.
It’s been long thought that used video games would be the death of the industry. But charging a $10 fee on a secondhand copy? You’re going to piss off a lot of gamers.
The online pass is dying. Last week after the launch of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, when Ubisoft announced that it was shutting down its uPlay passport system immediately and indefinitely, it was just another slap for a system that has always been criticized by those who actually purchase games (though rarely developers or financial analysts). The idea of an online pass is simple: new copies of games come with a one-time-use code that players input to unlock some aspect of the game experience. In many cases, it would be access to the game’s multiplayer; other times it would be chunks of single-player content that would be otherwise unavailable. Players who went to a GameStop a few weeks later and bought a used copy would have to pay a fee (usually $9.99) to unlock that portion of the game.
The practice goes back to 2009, although the term “online pass” didn’t originate until a year later with the release of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. Gears of War 2 released with an “exclusive” set of multiplayer maps for those who bought the game new, but the maps were later made available to used purchasers for $5. But that’s almost-irrelevant to many players: EA really made the practice it big. The first major instance was with the epic fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Origins. Included in the box was a code for “The Stone Prisoner,” a substantial chunk of downloadable content that would be free for new-game buyers, but $15 for those without the code.
And the people have nominated their choices.
For the second year, Kimmel enlisted viewers to trick kids into thinking they’re Halloween treats are gone. Watch more great clips from the unparalleled king of viral videos.
Sorry Kids, There's No More Candy
Like watching children cry? This is for you. Jimmy Kimmel had the crueler members of his audience tell their children that they had eaten all of their hard-earned Halloween candy and film the results. Most of the children just throw tantrums, but there are few that really stand out, like the oddly muscular boy stomping around in his underwear and the sobbing little girl who tells her mother that “It’s okay.” But that one’s not funny. It’s just sad.
It's been a big year for the star of the new film Big Sur. Kate Bosworth talks finding love on set, Beat Generation style, and her latest collaboration with Topshop.
This year has been a whirlwind for Kate Bosworth—featuring a new movie, new design collaboration, and even a new husband. In the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, written and directed by Michael Polish (Bosworth’s now spouse), the 30-year-old actress plays “Billie” Dabney, Neal Cassidy’s mistress turned Kerouac’s lover. While Bosworth’s character in the film may not be adept at love—the audience sees Billie, a young, single mother, experience a series of relationship mishaps—in real life, the actress is pretty much floating on cloud nine.
Bosworth met Polish on the set of Big Sur, and in late August, the duo officially tied the knot—Bosworth in a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown. “[De la Renta] has just seen it all,” Bosworth told Lucky magazine (she covers the November issue), “the fact that I’ll be able to share my most important moment to date with him is profound. I couldn’t control my reaction to sitting with him and talking with him about my wedding dress. I was trying not to cry, so I probably had this bizarre twisted face on.”
Meeting with de la Renta to discuss wedding dresses, however, was not Bosworth’s first foray into fashion design. Just last week, the actress unveiled her second collaboration with British retailer Topshop, a 46-piece collection described as “the ultimate capsule wardrobe for winter.”
Tracy Letts isn't exiting stage left anytime soon. The Pulitzer-winning playwright behind ‘August: Osage County’ (and its film adaptation), plays a bombastic senator on ‘Homeland.’
On a stage, there’s seemingly nothing that Tracy Letts can’t do. He won the Pulitzer and Tony Awards in 2008 for writing the drama August: Osage County, and picked up another Tony in June for his incendiary turn as George in last season’s Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tracy Letts poses on the set of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' in Washington, D.C on February, 25, 2011. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post, via Getty)
When he stepped in front of a TV camera this summer, however, all that confidence vanished. After agreeing to appear in Homeland’s third season premiere as Sen. Andrew Lockhart, Letts found himself on-set for the first time since 2006. “I haven’t worked on camera in a long time, and the first thing we shot was that scene with Mandy at the end of the first episode,” says Letts of the scene in which he grills Saul, played by Mandy Patinkin, while chairing a committee hearing about the CIA’s failure to stop last season’s catastrophic bombing. “And I was terrified! There were 200 extras in the room, the cameras were on me, I have long speeches and a lot of exposition and stuff. I was very nervous.”
Expecting Eminem to channel his late-20s self was an impossibly ambitious demand. ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ reminds us the superb rapper is older—but really hasn’t grown up much.
Eminem is 41 years old and it’s showing. Having released his debut album Infinite in 1996, he’s now taking his rightful place alongside Jay Z in leading the charge of legacy rappers who refuse to quit, midlife crises be damned. The Detroit MC’s new Marshall Mathers LP 2, designed to be a direct continuation of 2000’s seminal Marshall Mathers LP, puts him definitively in the category of so-called #DADRAP.
Eminem performs on stage on Day 2 of Reading Festival 2013 at Richfield Avenue on August 24, 2013 in Reading, England. (Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty)
Early in his career, the angst, violence, and pills that inspired the ire of parents and the admiration of teenagers the world over were just as integral to Eminem’s success as his talents. Without the controversial lyrics that detailed hatred for his mother, his wife, and the Justin-Britney-Christina axis of pop, he could easily have ended up just another marginal battle rapper. So when he graduated from antihero to pop stalwart in the mid-aughts, the rap world largely lost interest. MMLP2 is Eminem’s attempt to reverse that narrative. And while he gets some of it right, the album is mostly an abrasive, inconsistent reminder that he’s further from his origin story than he’s ever been.
Prosecutors say code names from a WWII movie and a fake pizza delivery were used to cover up a conspiracy to destroy evidence of phone hacking at News of the World.
Senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s News International launched a complex operation to cover up their crimes after illegal activities were exposed by the phone hacking scandal, the lead prosecutor at a trial in London alleged on Monday.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey courthouse in London on November 4, 2013. (Andrew Winning/Reuters, via Landov )
Rebekah Brooks was accused by the prosecution of orchestrating a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by using News International employees and resources to hide or destroy notebooks, computers and emails that would prove the company had repeatedly broken the law.
Facing more anti-gay accusations for the lyrics of 'Rap God,' Eminem stands by his claim that a homophobic slur is just a common diss. Who's tired of the broken record?
There’s an old trick in hip-hop, where a sound effect mimics the screech of a record breaking, and the same few bars of a song keep playing over and over again in loop, like a stutter. Eminem has been using the trick for over a decade now— in his music and in his life.
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Since the debut of The Slim Shady LP in 1999, critics, civil rights organizations, and music fans with consciences have blasted Eminem over the rampant use of lyrics in his songs that could be construed as homophobic, or, at the very least, hateful and offensive to the gay community. And since the debut of The Slim Shady LP in 1999, Eminem has denied that he is defined by any of those bigotry-indicating adjectives…but has gone on using the controversial language anyway.
And Eminem responds to homophobia accusations.
Lea Michele opens up about Cory Monteith death to Elle magazine. Michele stayed with Kate Hudson immediately after Monteith's death because her home was surrounded by reporters. Entertainment Weekly
Britney Spears releases new song "Perfume." It smells, er, sounds good! Plus, she’s actually singing! E! News
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The Daily Beast goes backstage at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, seeing how models like Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge get ready for the runway.