Going to prison isn't supposed to be fun, but the inmates of Litchfield Prison on the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black certainly make it look that way sometimes.
Loyalty Above All ElseNo matter who you are, there's a group of locked-up ladies ready to share your pain and fight for you, if necessary. Just look at the partnerships of Morello and Nicky or Poussey and Taystee. Just don't doublecross anyone. Red learned that the hard way in season one and Pennsatucky has been on the outs with everyone this season.
New Life SkillsGot a broken TV? Do you need to brush up on your classic literature? Or maybe laundry has never been your strongsuit. The jobs at Litchfield don't seem all that bad and you'd be lying if you said the skills wouldn't be useful once you got out. But the baddest job of all is clearly the kitchen, run by the feisty ladies from Spanish Harlem.
Technology DetoxThe inmates at Litchfield don't tweet, post pics to Instagram or update their statuses on the regular, but they don't seem too bad off without it. If you feel bound to your cell phone, tablet or laptop, some time behind bars could help you remember how we all used to interact: talking.
Extracurricular ActivitiesWhen was the last time you got to take a FREE yoga class? Getting your savasana on sounds like a lot more fun with Yoga Jones, AKA Patti Mayonnaise. Beyond that, you could always join a side business, like Red's greenhouse contraband ring, train dogs like Big Boo or stand up for the greater good of your inmates with Soso.
Piper still has eight months left, so start placing your bets now for what craziness the third season will bring.
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Lana Del Rey is speaking very candidly about her death wish in a new interview with The Guardian. Here is the opening from the interview:
“I wish I was dead already,” Lana Del Rey says, catching me off guard. She has been talking about the heroes she and her boyfriend share – Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain among them – when I point out that what links them is death and ask if she sees an early death as glamorous. “I don’t know. Ummm, yeah.” And then the death wish.
Don’t say that, I say instinctively.
“But I do.”
“I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”
Do what? Make music?
“Everything. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, then I wouldn’t say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming, but …”
For some people, tragic LDR works perfectly for her music, but in real life it's a bit much. It's one thing to idolize the dead. It's another to want to emulate them in their postmortem state. And yet, if you're a fan of Lana's, this whole statement isn't very surprising. It could also be argued that she's speaking from a state of depression, which brings up an entirely different set of issues.
You can read the full interview here. Lana goes on to talk about more dark subject matter, and reaffirms her status as a non-feminist.
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Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling was left petrified after police officers confronted her on the street to compliment her about prison drama. The actress is still getting used to all the attention after her show became an instant hit when it debuted on Internet streaming service Netflix earlier this year (14) and she was stunned when two officers pulled up next to her as she walked down a street.
Schilling admits she was scared speechless, but the officers simply wanted to tell her how much they enjoyed the show.
She says, "(They were like), 'Taylor Schilling!' and I was like, 'Oh, my God'. I thought people might be upset with me because I was doing this show about the prison system and these two police officers... were like, 'Oh my God, we love your show!'
"I felt so bad because I couldn't even pull it together and say, 'Hey thanks'. I was so scared, and then they just drove away."
Schilling tells The Hollywood Reporter she felt uncomfortable when she went from being an unknown to a familiar face overnight after the show launched.
She reveals, "There was a 24-hour period where everyone had watched all 13 hours of season one (of Orange is the New Black). All of a sudden there was over-familiarity... It's very weird and deeply uncomfortable. People say some pretty mean things about my character."
Singer FERGIE and actress Sarah Jessica Parker were among the stars who turned out for the amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York City on Tuesday night (10Jun14) to raise money for AIDS research. The Black Eyed Peas singer attended the star-studded event, held at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel, with her actor husband Josh Duhamel, who was among the speakers, along with Parker.
The event featured a fashion show, which included a runway turn by model Tyson Beckford, and an auction to raise funds, as well as a performance by British music veterans New Order.
The charity was co-founded by Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Music producer/guitarist Don Davis has died at the age 75. The veteran musician passed away from an unknown illness on 5 June (14). He is survived by his wife and their three children.
Davis began his career playing on Motown records, and later became the frontman for the Don Davis Trio.
He went on to work as a producer, earning his first hit on the song Who's Making Love by John Taylor in 1968, and also produced records for Destiny's Child and JT Money.
Davis founded his own music publishing and record production companies, which were used by artists such as Aretha Franklin and George Clinton, and started his own label, Tortoise International, in the mid-1970s.
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Taylor Swift showed off her sewing skills by hand-stitching a Drake-themed needlepoint to give to her celebrity pal Ed Sheeran.
Sheeran displays the homemade present, which features a lyric from Drake's song Started From The Bottom and a picture of the friends climbing a flight of stairs, during MTV documentary 9 Days And Nights Of Ed Sheeran, which airs in the U.S on Tuesday (10Jun14).
However, Swift, who has previously showed off her baking and jam-making skills, was surprised by the reaction to her needlepoint artwork, writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "But I thought everyone does this?"
Beloved children's book writer Eric Hill has died, aged 86. The Brit, best known for creating the Spot The Dog series, passed away at his home in California following a brief illness.
A statement from his family reads, "Although this time of loss is a great hardship for us, we can honestly say that we take some solace in the joy he brought to so many children and families through his work. We know Spot, and therefore Eric, has had a beloved presence in so many homes and bedtime readings. And we know we share our grief with many."
Hill worked as a designer and illustrator before coming up with the iconic Spot The Dog character for his son. The first book he wrote, Where's Spot, was published in 1980 and went on to become a sensation and a children's reading staple.
The book series also spawned a spin-off TV show, which aired in both Britain and the U.S. with notable American stars including Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Haley Joel Osment providing the title character's voice.
Hill was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Queen Elizabeth II's 2008 New Year's Honours List.
British journalist Matthew Wright has launched a campaign to have actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor commemorated with a special plaque. Before her death in 2011, the Hollywood icon made Wright promise to secure a blue plaque to mark her birthplace in Hampstead Garden Suburb, north London.
However, English Heritage, the organisation responsible for allocating the markers, has a strict rule that a star must be dead for 20 years before they receive the posthumous honour.
Wright's request for the organisation to make an exception in light of Taylor's huge fame and exemplary humanitarian work was rejected, and an e-petition has now been launched to gather public support for the campaign to have the rule relaxed.
A statement posted on the campaign's website reads, "One of Dame Elizabeth Taylors (sic) most personal wishes prior to her death was to have a blue plaque erected at the place of her birth... Her well established reputation is unlikely to diminish in the next 17 years... English Heritage must make an exception to their 20 year rule for Dame Elizabeth Taylor."
Pop star Ed Sheeran is celebrating after scoring his first U.K. number one single. The A Team hitmaker has previously enjoyed four top 10 hits from his debut album, +, but new song Sing is the first of his tracks to hit pole position in his native country.
The chart triumph comes days after Sheeran admitted he didn't want to release Sing as the initial offering from his forthcoming album X, revealing he was swayed to do so after receiving advice from his superstar pals Taylor Swift, Elton John and superproducer Pharrell Williams.
The song keeps Sam Smith's Stay With Me at number two, while last week's chart-topper, Secondcity's I Wanna Feel, drops two places to three.
In the U.K. albums chart, Smith lands a second week at the top with The Lonely Hour, ahead of Coldplay's Ghost Stories at two and Clean Bandit's New Eyes, which debuts at three.
There was also good news for Dame Vera Lynn - the beloved entertainer's new war songs release, titled The Ultimate Collection, enters the albums chart at 13, making her the oldest living artist to hit Britain's top 20 at the age of 97. The disc was released this week (ends08Jun14) to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Lynn became the darling of British troops during World War Two with her songs of hope. She also holds the record as the first and only artist over the age of 90 to reach number one on the U.K. album charts, thanks to her 2009 compilation album, We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn.
If you're like much of the Twitter-verse you may or may not have called in sick to work to binge-watch Season Two of Orange Is The New Black. The glorious premiere day is finally here and chances are you're mid-way through binging right now. Take a breather, and check out some hilarious videos from some of the Instagram pages of your favorite OITNB cast members.
Uzo Adoba AKA Crazy Eyes shared fan art:
Lea DeLaria AKA Big Boo reveals the best part of Season Two:
A Crazy Eyes romance spoiler (sort of):
This one from Jason Biggs AKA Larry isn't a video, but how can we not share?
And on that note, you may now return to your binge-session. Happy OITNB Day, one and all!
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