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Shhhh! Do not rustle this bizarre creature.

Behold! In what could be her boldest image shift to date (no, not really), Lady Gaga appears in Harper’s Bazaarwith NO MAKEUP.

WHAT?

What is going on? Who is this person? Is she Swedish? Is she iamamiwhoami? Is this going to presage an acoustic album? Will all her outfits be fashioned out of natural fibers on manual looms?

Perhaps the answers lie below.

“Don’t you think that what’s on the cover of a magazine is quite artificial?” she asks. “There’s this idea that it’s all natural, but everything’s been staged to look natural. It is also an invention. It’s just that my inventions are different. I often get asked about my artifice, but isn’t fashion based on the idea that we can create a fantasy?”

She may have lost me at “magazine.”

I love this new look but am not really buying the no-makeup thing. How many different swipes of very subtle makeup in similar shades to the features they are covering (can you tell I have no idea how to write about makeup…or anything) do you think this Bazaar effort took? I would guess 47.

 

Amy Winehouse performing in Berlin in 2007

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Amy Winehouse‘s family has released the results of the late singer‘s toxicology tests, which reveal that no illegal drugs were present in the singer’s system at the time of her death, the AP reports.

The final tests showed that alcohol was present, but how it affected Winehouse has yet to be determined. Chris Goodman, a Winehouse family spokesman, released a statement today saying, “Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy’s system at the time of her death.”

It was previously suspected that Winehouse died of alcohol withdrawal while others have reported that she had taken hard drugs the night before her death. The new report does not detail why the singer died. Her family is awaiting the full investigation, which is set to begin in October.

 

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An employee displays the newly launched ‘Angry Birdsmooncakes, a popular Chinese baked pastry made from lotus seed paste and salted egg yolks available this time of the year, during the Hong Kong Food Expo on August 14. The pastries are named after the popular mobile game.

The mooncakes come in two flavours -- chocolate, and mango and pomelo

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular mobile , which was first launched for Apple’s mobile operating system in 2009, features cartoonish, wingless birds that the player must slingshot into enemy pig territory to reclaim stolen eggs.

Its huge popularity has prompted a restaurant chain in Hong Kong to strike a deal with its creator and turn the bird into mooncakes — a pastry eaten to mark the Chinese mid-autumn festival, which falls on September 12 this year.

“The  game is a world phenomenon now, it is well-liked by people from three-year-olds to 80-year-olds,” said Stephanie Chan, marketing manager of Maxim’s Group, which released the bird-shaped mooncakes.

The mooncakes come in two flavours, chocolate, and mango and pomelo, and sell at HK$38 ($4.90) per pair, making their debut at the Hong Kong Food Expo on Sunday where they were immediately snapped up by fans.
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Bags containing newly released ‘Angry BirThe mooncakes were snapped up by fans

ds’ mooncakes are seen at the Hong Kong Food Expo on August 14. The pastries are named after the popular Angry Birds mobile game and feature cartoonish, wingless birds.

“I come here to buy the mooncakes because I like playing the game,” said an excited Kiki Au, a seven-year-old primary school student.

 

Angry Birds’ popularity has led to versions of the game being released for all major smartphone brands, personal computers, and . It currently has at least 120 million active users on mobile devices.

Its creator, Finland-based software developer Rovio Mobile, launched merchandise sales of its own last year, including Angry Birds soft toys, and said in January that it is developing a cartoon series based on the game.

China’s mooncake tradition is said to have started after the people were rallied to revolt against the country’s Mongolian Yuan dynasty rulers by pieces of paper calling for an uprising on the mid-autumn festival inserted in each cake.

Miles Fisher Final Destination 5 Video Spoof

If you happen to see “Final Destination 5″ this weekend, try to keep your eyes open long enough to check out Miles Fisher, a singer, actor and viral video hit-maker extraordinaire, who stars in the gory summer flick.

Chances are you’ll think he looks familiar–and it’s not just because his uncanny resemblance to Tom Cruise. Fisher has become something of a viral sensation as of late, thanks to his hilarious (yet scarily accurate) Tom Cruise imitation in “Superhero Movie” and a raunchy tribute to “American Psycho,”featuring his cover of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”.

But it’s his latest clip that’s generated the most viral buzz, in which the bloody “Final Destination” franchise meets the teenage innocence of “Saved by the Bell“–and let’s just say, it’s pretty epic.

In the video, which is set to Fisher’s catchy pop single “New Romance” (a track he recorded with Rooney frontman Robert Schwartzman), the 28-year-old actor plays a very Zack Morris-like character, complete with a “brutal blonde wig spray painted to oblivion,” says Fisher in an interview with The Huffington Post. But Bayside High wouldn’t be complete without the likes of Kelly Kapowski, Jessie Spano and Mr. Belding, so Fisher asked his “Final Destination 5″ co-stars Emma Bell, Nick D’Agosto, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline Macinnes Wood, and David Koechner for a little help.

“I decided that I wanted this video to have a much safer, family-friendly vibe, and immediately early-90s sitcoms popped into my head, but I’m always looking at how to make things a little more subversive and edgy,” says Fisher. “So as we were looking at incorporating this world of violence into a ‘Saved by the Bell’ bright, lucky, happy, safe world, I started thinking that these people [the “Final Destination 5″ cast] could fit really well as cameos for various characters, and they all agreed to do it.”

So the idea of a “Saved by the Bell”/”Final Destination” mash-up was born, and after days of tediousresearch (i.e. “watching every season of ‘Saved by the Bell'”) Fisher and his frequent collaborator, Dave Green, who directed the “New Romance” video, needed to find the perfect way to execute the video–and his friends, of course.

“They were crazy to have faith in me,” says Fisher. “Figuring out ways in that world for people to die, death by pom-pom catching on fire or by locker falling, it was a lot of fun, and I’m really happy with the result.”

Fisher admits that he’s “not a huge fan of horror movies,” so perhaps it comes as no surprise that he would turn to retro–borderline cheesy–’90s humor to make the violence a little less disturbing, but what exactly does blood and guts in a high school cafeteria have to do with the song “New Romance”?

“For each song that I write, I aways think about how I want the video to be done,” says Fisher. “So for this one I really wanted a high school setting to go along with this happy-go-lucky pop song. The original idea was a happy back-to-school song about high school and new romance, and I was always kind of thinking of Kelly Kapowski in the back of my head. She’s like the typical high school dream girl. It’s funny people people will comment on the video and say, ‘Man, this video is so cool, not crazy about the song though.’ But I think of the song more as a soundtrack to the video, not necessarily a stand-alone track.”

While some people may not be too crazy about the song, the video is a bonafide hit. It’s already been viewed over 380,000 times, and even “Saved by the Bell” star Mark Paul Gosselaar has given his stamp of approval.

“A friend of mine saw him at the airport, and he walked up over to him to show him the video, and he was already watching it on his laptop, which is pretty funny.”

Fisher will also be releasing another track this September–and as to be expected–there will be another video to accompany it, this time with one featuring “Secret Circle” actress Phoebe Tonkin (and without severed body parts).

But don’t expect any spoofing, as he assures us, “This one’s a totally original concept.”

eureka gets one more episode

Eureka fans should totally send SyFy a thank you card! This is actually a really nice gesture!

Yesterday, we learned that Eureka would NOT be returning for a sixth season, and that the show’s 12-episode fifth season would be its last.

Sure, that was disappointing for Eureka fans, but NOW we’ve learned that SyFy will give the world ONE MORE EPISODE to tie everything up!

Here’s what showrunner Jaime Paglia had to say about it:

“They’ve all been amazingly behind us. [The cancellation] was shocking news—I think shocking to even the people involved in making the decisions. We just want to go out on a high note in the most positive way we can.”

And here’s what show star Erica Cerra had to say about it:

“[The Eureka writers] have the opportunity to give us and the viewers closure—they’ve been loyal, loyal fans for years.”

We’re sure people will still hate on SyFy for cancelling the show, but we give them credit for this extra episode. Given the circumstances, we think it’s actually a pretty cool move.

What do U think? Does the extra episode order help make up for the show’s cancellation?

Director Michael Bay films a woman prancing up the stairs and cooing to a guy in bed, “My hero needs to wake up.” Over the next two and half hours of screen time, cars and jets transform into robots that blast Chicago into a shooting gallery. Welcome to Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, a dumb, loud movie that would be forgivable if it were only stupid.

A closer look reveals the film to be a sexist, racist, nationalist Pentagon commercial that feeds off male anxiety. It promotes vitality through war and reaffirms white supremacy. It uses women as tokens of male potency. It universalizes American foreign policy. And it just plain sucks. But is the film’s over-the-top military masculinity related to the impotency of its male audience? Is Transformers 3 a form of Hollywood Viagra?

The first goal of a narrative is to have the audience identify with the protagonist. When we first see Sam Witwicky, played by Shia LeBeouf, he is an out of work, recent college graduate whose girlfriend gives him lunch money. He goes on job interviews and is repeatedly denied. The character mirrors a larger national anxiety. A recent New York Times/CBS poll done in June found that four in 10 Americans think the U. S. is in a permanent economic decline. Young men in the theaters see themselves reflected in Witwicky, the fidgety, motor-mouthed, underemployed underdog.

Then he does land a job, he drives a creaky jalopy to his girlfriend’s office where her oily boss Dylan Gould gives them a tour of his antique cars. The boss, played by a smug Patrick Dempsey, tells him it was his phone call that got Witwicky the job. It is a telling moment of class tension that reflects the increasing power the wealthy have over us.

Witwicky is attacked by a vulture-like Decepticon, and sure enough, he learns the evil robots are planning to again seize the planet and enslave humanity. He transforms from mundane paper-pusher to global savior and rejoins his Autobot allies. His male anxiety of being impotent is released into a cathartic fight against the enemy. Running to war he tells his girlfriend, “I just want to matter.”

The troubling thing is how that enemy is imagined. When you look closely, the Autobots aren’t aliens, they’re Americans. They act out American foreign policy by blasting a secret Middle Eastern nuclear plant that obviously stands in for Iran. Decepticons aren’t aliens, they’re Arab, African or wild animals. We first see Megatron, the Decepticon master-villain, as a refugee-terrorist in the North African desert with, hold your breath, a rag on his head. He growls orders as robot flies crawl over him. I almost howled in the theater at the racism — Megatron is a “raghead.”

Almost every Decepticon is ethnic. In the first battle scene, Decepticons chase the Autobots on the highway. One has dreadlocks and resembles an enraged Bob Marley. They drool and growl like metallic wolves. They are uniformly black. Yet the subliminal racism is concealed by a surface layer of militaristic racial integration. Black men are valued only as comrades in arms. Black women don’t exist in this world. The one Latina is a stereotypical hurricane of Spanish who wears a “hoochie-outfit” and is called a Latin meltdown.

The one good woman in the camera’s gaze is Witwicky’s girlfriend, Carly Spencer, played by English model Rosie Huntington-Whitely. She’s not just white, she’s Anglo-Saxon white, blazingly white, original white. She is so white that after running through a giant alien robot war that turned downtown Chicago into grimy rubble, her face and her clothing are still a pristine white. Her beauty is often studied in slow motion, as are the Transformer acts of violence. Slow motion is cinema’s money-shot because that’s when the narrative tension between characters is released in a display of sexuality or graphic brutality.

Big Boi

 

MIAMI — Grammy-winning OutKast rapper Big Boi has been arrested in Miami on charges of illegally possessing drugs including ecstasy and Viagra pills.

The rapper, whose real name is Antwan Patton, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia on Sunday. According to the Miami-Dade County Corrections website, the 36-year-old Patton was also carrying MDMA, which is the main ingredient in Ecstasy.

The rapper was booked around 1:30 p.m. on $16,000 bond.

Phone and email messages were left for Big Boi’s publicists.

Big Boi is best known as half of the groundbreaking rap duo OutKast, which includes Andre 3000. The Atlanta-based group won six Grammys and churned out six platinum-plus albums, including “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” which sold over 10 million copies.

The first official image of Anne Hathaway as Chris Nolan’s Catwoman from The Dark Knight Rises strips Selina Kyle of her cat ears! Looks like this cat burglar is a lot more tech-nerd and a lot less kitten-with-a-whip.

Warner Bros. has released this first ever photo of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle from Nolan’s Batman movie via the film’s official website. And as you can see this is a whole new look for Catwoman.

A few months back an inside source let it slip that Selina (who may or may not go full Catwoman in this feature) would look a lot less sexy and a lot more “tactical” in this movie. And they weren’t kidding. She looks like a sexy android with a bouffant.

Meow! The first official photo of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight RisesNo time for kitten claws, but still time for red lipstick? Ah well, she still looks pretty bad ass, and it goes without saying, we trust Nolan when it comes to Batman movies.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Tom FeltonAnother Apes movie!! Another freakin’ Apes movie?!

Which reflex response you have to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, opening Friday, probably depends on your love—or not—of what surely is Hollywood’s most out-there franchise.

If you’re on the fence about the latest, James Franco-led entry, here’s some info to help you make up your puny human mind:

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1. You Don’t Have to Know a Thing About All the Other Apes Movies: Rise is billed as an “origin story,” i.e., it tells you all you need to know about how apes started calling the shots. So don’t worry if the quote, “You maniacs! You blew it up!” doesn’t ring any bells.

2. In Fact, It Might Be Helpful If You Didn’t Know a Thing About All the Other Apes Movies: See, Rise takes place today, thereby screwing with the timeline established in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, which told audiences all they needed to know about how apes started calling the shots in the 1990sRise and Conquest also differ on how the empowerment came about: In Rise, it’s all Franco’s fault—his drug called “the cure” makes primate Caesar very, very smart and possessed of superb organizational skills; in Conquest, Caesar is born that way—he’s the offspring of PhD-accomplished chimpanzees Cornelius (Roddy McDowell) and Zira (Kim Hunter) from the 1970s Apes movies. For the record, Rise director Rupert Wyatt considers his film a prequel to the original Planet of the Apes, rather than a reimagining of Conquest.

3. It’s the Apes’ Show: Sure, Franco gets top billing, but Rise‘s motion-capture army of animals, led by Lord of the Rings alum Andy Serkis, gets all the big moments. It’s not for nothing the movie was originally supposed to be called Caesar: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

4. No, Wait, It’s Serkis’ Show: The actor, who puts the emotion in motion capture, has been compared to the brilliant Charlie Chaplin by his director, and is being talked up for an Oscar for his turn as Caesar.

5. All Is Forgiven, Mark WahlbergIt’s been 10 summers since Wahlberg and director Tim Burton tried, but failed to revive the franchise with their version of Planet of the Apes. But there’s no sense in griping still about their ending. The franchise finally is back, and maybe for a while. Rise‘s box office is expected to be strong, and early reviews, from the likes of the New York TimesRoger Ebert and the Hollywood Reporter are good. Maybe even much better than you’d expect from another freakin’ Apes movie.

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Winehouse burial raises Jewish questions about tattoos, cremation

Your Jewish grandmother might have told you not to get a tattoo if you want to be buried in a Jewish cemetery when you die. If you ignored her, rest easy – not only progressive Jews, but Britain’s Orthodox Jews now have no problem with burying Jews with tattoos.

The question came up Tuesday as the heavily tattooed Amy Winehouse was laid to rest in a traditional Jewish ceremony in London. The funeral was conducted by a rabbi and the Winehouse family will sit shiva – the Jewish custom and tradition of receiving guests in their home – starting Tuesday night, Winehouse spokesman Chris Goodman said.

Winehouse was cremated, Goodman added – a more controversial practice among Jews.

Traditionally Jews do not cremate their dead because of the belief they will be resurrected when the messiah comes, said Nikki Saunders, a spokeswoman for Britain’s mainstream Orthodox movement, the United Synagogue.

“That can only happen if your body is intact,” Saunders said.

More liberal Jews don’t have that concern, though, explained Ben Rich of the Movement for Reform Judaism in the UK.

“Physical resurrection isn’t something that progressive Jews believe in, so that isn’t a concern,” he said. Progressive Jews also don’t accept the Orthodox belief that cremation is the mutilation of a corpse, he said, since it is done respectfully, not maliciously.

“We have therefore been happy to allow cremation for those who want it,” he said, calling it “extremely common. It wouldn’t be anything to raise an eyebrow about in the progressive movement.”

In fact, he argued, there is Biblical precedent for cremation.

“If you go back to Biblical times, it is normal and there are references to King Saul being cremated,” he said.

There is a tradition of not burying people with tattoos, said progressive Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, but he said there didn’t seem to be much support for it in Jewish law, or halacha.

It seems to come from instructions in the Biblical book of Leviticus against marking one’s skin, he said.

“But this part of a whole series of Canaanite cultic practices which the Israelites were not supposed to imitate,” he said.

Reform Jews today would not disapprove of tattooing, he said dryly, “since we do see ourselves as in danger of impersonating Canaanite cultic practices.”

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